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Faith Presbyterian introduces midweek worship service
‘The River’ is more casual approach, planners say
By By Evelyn Jorgenson
BVHS intern

October 23. 2013 9:32AM
Beginning next month, Faith United Presbyterian Church will hold weeknight church services on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. The alternative worship services will be kicked-off Nov. 6, 13 and 20.

Each night there will be a short, more casual service with messages given by various speakers. One of the speakers for the kick-off days, Jay Tripp, said different people will be speaking for the services to allow them to share their gifts.

“The River is a new, fresh, contemporary Wednesday night worship service,” Tripp said.

A committee of members from the church has been gathering to prepare and organize the less formal services. The committee includes Pastor Chuck Asche, Tripp and Justin Blom, as well as other members.

“We feel a contemporary service is a great way to provide more modern service options to the community,” Blom said.

The name of the service, “The River” comes from John 7:38.

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

The committee and its congregation hope to bring more people closer to Christ through these services. Blom said they realize that oftentimes families are out of town on the weekends.

“By having a mid-week service,” he said, “it will allow them to take part in those activities, yet still able to have time to attend a wonderful service and worship the Lord on a Wednesday night.”
Each week prior to the service – at 5:30 – the church will serve a “Simple Supper,” as they have been before Wednesday night youth events. “Simple Supper” is a true evening meal provided by the church and is open to anyone. Tripp said it was a nice break from cooking in the middle of the week with all of the busyness.

Along with The River, the church has Sunday worship at 9 a.m. followed by Sunday school at 10.

The church has no expectations of how many worshippers will attend the midweek service.

“We are just jumping in with both feet,” Tripp said, “with hope that it takes off in our community.”

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