Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Rivendell Gathering Holiday Schedule

- Friday, December 16th, 2005 Rivendell Gathering will not meet for Leadership Christmas Holiday Vactions.

- Friday, December 23rd, 2005 join us for our
Christmas Party!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Life is like blogging

Life is like blogging! They are both a journey. Life and blogging have a purpose. The purpose of life is to get to the destination. But many people are so are focused on the destination they become far-sited and miss the forest for the trees, so to speak. Eventhough we are to keep in mind our destination; we are to enjoy the scenery along the way. Look at each and every branch and bough, every twig and leaf. Enjoy the wood while keeping your eye on your destination and you won't get lost in the woods on the way.

Its kind of like that old proverb of that sometimes wise old sage Bilbo Baggins, "It's a strange business walking out your front door; you step out onto the path, and if you don't keep your feet on the road there's no knowing where you'll be swept off to."

Now the purpose of blogging is to chronicle that journey from the perspective of each blogger. Some sad, some lost and some angry, while for others its about joy, being found or on their way to being found.

Before, one could journal their journey and maybe it might be shared to many, if they became famous or their journal was discovered by the right person, which was rare. But now, every one has a greater chance of sharing their story. And stories are the journey of life. And rather the story be tragic, magnificent or anywhere in between; the more shared stories we have at our disposal the richer our lives can be.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Come join us this Friday

Come hang with us this Friday, November 11th, 2005.

"Now, on to business!" After a small break last week, we are ready to go! Come for the six o'clock meal (If so, RSVP 804-908-0687) or come at 7:00 PM for the worship and Bible/book study.


Friday, November 04, 2005

Metting Cancelled this Friday, November 4th, 2005

The Teaching Pastor is under the weather, so we decided to cancel. See you next week.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Friday, August 12, 2005

New Date for Men's Retreat

The men's retreat has been rescheduled for August 17th 2005. Be there or be square.

For more info call Kirby at 804-908-0687

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Rivendell Family Mountain Trip Update

The Rivendell Family Mountain Trip has been postponed. Due to unforeseen circumstances, several of our planned events have had to be postponed. Our Rivendell Family Mountain Trip has been the latest victim. We will reschedule soon.

What a beautiful day

What a beatiful day the Master has made! What a life giver! What an artist!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Rivendell Men's Retreat Has been Postponed

Our Retreat has been postponed, until It can be rescheduled.

Quite a few of the guys ended up having schedule complications at the last minute.

Sorry, life happens! We'll have a new date real soon.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Rivendell has a new night on - MONDAY

Rivendell Christian Fellowship has decided to add a new night on mondays starting August 15th at 7:00 PM. We call it Deeper Still. We will study the bible line by line, verse by verse, and read the compelling and exciting story God has chosen to tell us in it. This is the story of God and man, which continues as we add to the story through our very lives. We are a story in the making, within His story.
Check it out at:

P.S. There will be no meal on mondays.

Rivendell Gathering back on for july 22nd

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Rivendell Gathering not meeting July 15th

We are not meeting due to water damage in our meeting place, caused by the massive down pour the other day.

We were going to have our gathering, eventhough my family would be out of town. Ramel and Wanda Peed were to host in our stead, but the clean up will not be ready in time, especially since we have to pack as well.

So, see you on July 22nd.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Wisdom learned

Never be a pack rat. Every time that I 've moved I've put stuff that I didn't need or didn't have time to go through in a family storage house (one that I lived in for a while). I've moved four times since I moved out of what is now the storage house. I recently had to move everything out of there all at once. It was full of stuff, including tons of boxes full of wires, papers, pictures, ect. Some of the stuff, maybe 5 or 10 percent, is good. The rest is junk, but mixed together with the good, so I can't just throw it out. It needs to be sorted.

Every where that I've lived, the stuff that I didn't have time to go through I threw in a box. Whenever I moved it went into the storage house. Plus, I've kept way, way, way, way too much stuff every time I've lived somewhere. So, now I have a room full of stuff, though spread through parts of many different rooms. Also, there is the stuff I've accumulated while here at my new home. I've created a monster.

This mess has always held me back and kept me from doing things with others and living life. (Stuff like 'I can't go there with you cause I've got to clean and organize. blah blah blah' )

Now, this life struggle is affecting my family's quality of life (can't go here, can't do that, not right now Daddy and Mommy have to do this, that or the other organizing and cleaning. agh!). I now know the meaning of scripture 'The sins of the father visit the children for several generations' (I think thats how it goes).

The Apostle Paul said that he didn't want to be a slave to anyone or anything. Well, I'm sick and tired of it enslaving me and my family, and so is my wife. But, I can't change it in my own strength. I've tried over and over and over. Its hopless. That is its hopeless if I continue to try to do it in my own strength.

Sure, I could probably make myself straighten it out. I've done it before (never fully though-I've always packed it neatly away). But, whatever. It never lasts. It is embedded in me habitually. Bad habits: laziness; procrastination; I want more, more, more - more stuff. I'm done. I give up. Its beaten me.

The only answer is a changed heart that makes me act differently in the first place. But I can't change my own heart. Only God can change the heart.

So, I did the only thing I do have the power to do and that is to ask God, to do just that, to change my heart.

Well, He did it and I'm finally in the process of going through it all. Really purging it. I might not get it all right and fully do it all this first go round, but somethings different. I can feel the change in my heart that desires this demon to be conquered once and for all.

I, also think God knew that I would never go through it all if it wasn't all in my new home. That it would help defeat me and make me ready to have Him change my heart.

So, learn from the wise (that means one who's gone through and failed and learned his lesson from the experience of 'been there, done that'). And if you do learn from me and my mistake and don't go there yourself, then that makes you wiser than the wise.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Day of rest

Now, I see why God instituted the Sabbath, not as a break our backs law-keeping measure, but so we don't wear ourselves to thin. Actually, He said that when He said " I made the Sabbath for man, not man for the Sabbath." I think the All-knowing knew we had a tendency to work ourselves to death. That's why it is called a day of rest.

Well, I'm good at proving Him right. I have been working my self to the bone. We, Erica and I (or should I say mostly I), have a tendency to be packratish. Well its gotten to an insane level, so we have been going through and purging the house. There is a lot of work and its wearing on me a bit. Usually, I try to have a Sunday day of rest, and its proving to be a blessing. Its a refresher. I've been doing it for two years, but I've never really apreciated it until now. All that constant go-go-go is contrasted against that still peace.

God sure is smart.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

I ate too much meat

No wonder God lists glutony as a sin! The Family and I went to Baltimore yesterday. Erica's Aunt Sue got married. She married a guy named Zippy. He's been to over 3000 Dead shows (half in the show and half he never made it out of the parking lot). He is also a world class chef. He cooked two hams and about twelve slabs of beef on the spit. Plus, there was a mean grilled tuna pasta salad. The meat, especially the beef was so suculant and mouth watering, that I just ate and ate and ate and ate - you get the picture. I couldn't move. I'm still suffering today. An atkins nightmare. I ate to much meat.

God doesn't label stuff sin to ruin our fun. He's just way smarter than us, and He knows the bad results of certain actions. He knows glutony will make you sick, as well as, fat. Want proof just look at my watermelon, I mean belly.


Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Friday Nights

Come gather on Friday Night's for Rivendell Christian Fellowship's weekly Gathering. We start with a meal, some musical worship, then go line by line thru some scripture and Finally rap it up by hanging out or watching part of a movie!

We Just Hang Out And Get To Know Each Other.

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Friday Gathering will be held Monday

Friday June 17th Gathering will be held Monday June 20th

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