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    Community Gatherings!

    Getting Connected

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    Testimony Time!

    Sharing our lives together

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    Testimony Time!

    Sharing our lives together

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    Testimony Time!

    Sharing our lives together

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    Enjoying Lunch Together!

    Building community over meals

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    Sunday Morning Worship

    Fellowship

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    Worship Team

    Leading us into a time of praise

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    Neighborhood Development

    Cameron Elementary

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    Neighborhood Development

    Kids Camp

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    Testimony Time!

    Sharing our lives together

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    Youth Ministry

    Sunday Gatherings

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    our future space

    3709 W. Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60651

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    ESL Ministry 2015 In New Building!

    Connect in 2015 for classes!

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    Sunday Morning Worship

    Fellowship

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    Enjoying Lunch Together

    Building community over meals

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    Testimony Time!

    Sharing our lives together

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    It takes a village

    Our church body

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    Worship Team

    Leading us into a time of praise

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    OUR NEW BUILDING COMING SOON! SUMMER 2014!

    3709 W. Grand Ave Chicago

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    Inside our future Space

    Looking in


River City has changed its Sunday morning start time! We now meet @ 10 a.m. Join us this Sunday at 2018 N Richmond. Look forward to seeing you there!

Before You Come

We want to do our best to prepare you so you can relax, be comfortable, and have a great time when you visit River City Community Church. We are much more than just a building, a location, or a place on a map. We are a vibrant community of people who love God and love God’s people. We invite you to learn more about us, and it is our prayer that we could become an access point for you to connect to God on a deeper level, to build great relationships with other people, and to participate in the mission of God by contributing your gifts and talents.

Getting Connected

We want every person that is part of River City Community Church to be vitally connected in community. We want to facilitate your journey to get involved both in new relationships as well as in ministry opportunities that utilize your gifts and strengths while advancing the kingdom of God. Here you will find an array of opportunities for next steps in your journey.

About Us

God has led River City Community Church on amazing journey, and we know the story has just started. We invite you to hear some of that story up to this point, to learn more about our vision and values, and to take a peek into the heartbeat of our community. And then we hope and pray that you too will become part of the unfolding story!

Michelle Kim on Asian American Voice

Michelle KimSome of my consistently favorite moments at church come when we have the opportunity to hear a testimony from someone working out their faith in real time. When someone shares in an authentic way it has an ability to create a powerful and sensitive environment for others to do the same.

As you know, we observe Asian American Heritage Month each May, and were fortunate to hear an amazing testimony almost every Sunday this month. Michelle Kim has graciously offered to share hers on the River City blog, and for that I am very grateful. I’m sure you will be encouraged and stirred by her account:


Once in 1st grade, I saw my classmate across the room doing something the wrong way, and I yelled out her name. My teacher turned to me and cried,

“Michelle!”

I braced myself for her rebuke.

“I’ve never heard you talk so loudly!”

I think I got a star sticker on my chart for that, too.

In school, I was quiet. It was on every report card, mentioned in every parent-teacher conference. I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked,

“Can you speak up?”

I began to think it was just the way I am. Quiet. But one day, years later in high school, my piano accompanist bailed on me right before a competition, and in tears, I choked out my frustration that she informed me so late that I couldn’t at least look for a different accompanist. When I told my mom, she remarked,

“You have this way of always speaking up if you have something to say.”

And in that small moment, I started to realize that it was true. Even in the instance in 1st grade, the whole thing started because I could not hold back from yelling my classmate’s name.

Whenever I felt that I had something to contribute, something in me would not let me stay silent.

And yet.

The voice that came out was often barely a whisper, or the words would come out all wrong and jumbled. This infuriated me.

I wanted to speak up. I really did. I started noticing that many people mistook my shyness for arrogance and an unwillingness to engage with them, and I hated that. I had things to say in class, but in order to speak up, I would rehearse what I was going to say over and over, and hear my heart thumping in my chest as I raised my hand, not knowing if I hoped the teacher would call on me or just pass me by.

In college, a whole other dimension was added when I started to realize the cultural factors that came with being quiet. Again, it was a tension. On one hand, I started realizing that maybe the reason I struggled so much with speaking up was from the way that I was taught to respond to unknown situations—defaulting to learning by listening rather than by asking questions. In this sense, it was liberating. On the other hand, I realized that my quietness fit into a stereotype about Asian women.

When God started opening my eyes to issues of racial reconciliation and social injustice, I heard a subtle message from people around me that told me that I needed to defy stereotypes as much as possible.

Last spring, I participated in Spring Break CUP where we explored issues of racial reconciliation in the context of the gospel. This was when I yelled at God.

“Why would you give me the heart to fight for justice and not the voice to do it? Either take away this heart, or equip me with what I need. Why on earth would you give me this useless combination? If I am to be a voice for the voiceless, shouldn’t my voice be strong?”

I had never been angrier with God.

Obviously, God knew better than I did.

My voice did not sound like that of successful leaders I saw around me. I didn’t know where I fit. But the more I tried to change my voice, the more I strangely started realizing that I didn’t want to. As I’m slowly learning to be content with that, though, I’m faced with another question.

What does it matter that I speak up if no one hears me?

Even if I’m comfortable with my voice sounding the way it does, if the society around me does not know how to listen to it, what difference does it make? To what extent do I change to gain respect and to what extent do I keep true to myself?

One day I was thinking about Korean dramas. In many of them that I grew up watching, when the heroine faces injustices, she squares her shoulders and works even harder until her perseverance prevails. It struck me as interesting that many of the American heroines I admired responded to injustices by speaking out and prevailed through a refusal to submit to them. If these pictures of a Korean and American heroine saw each other react to injustice, using their respective voices as loudly as they could, what would they think of each other? What does that mean for me, who grew up admiring both?

I don’t have the answers to these questions. I know I probably won’t for a long time. But that’s ok. I know God knows the answers and he knows me. Writing this testimony, I realize how far he’s taken me on this journey, and though it’s not easy, I’m excited that it isn’t over yet.

Good Friday service

Good Friday Service When: Friday, April 18th @ 7 p.m. Where: River City HQ (2124 N Milwaukee) What: A time of reflection, prayer, and communion as we reflect on the significance of the Crucifixion Info: Any questions? Email us at info@rivercitychicago.com

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Holy Thursday Worship @ The Emmaus Community

Hey River City! One of the churches with whom I feel the most natural synergy with is the Emmaus Community in Chicago Heights. Pastor Alise Barrymore is one of the finest preachers I know, and is also a good friend. For the last two years they have provided turkeys for us at Thanksgiving for Cameron, and we’ve been able […]

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Blog Posts on Ephesians 5

Hello River City! We crossed a big milestone when we finished the book of Ephesians a couple weeks! Including the guest speakers we welcomed, we invested 24 weeks in this important book of the Bible. We are now moving into the final stages of Lent, and I am excited as we prepare to celebrate Resurrection […]

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River City Podcast on iTunes

Listen & download sermons on iTunes. Click this link  River City iTunes Podcast

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Some blog reflections on Ephesians 4…

Hello River City! I set out to write a single blog post on Ephesians 4.1-16 on my blog, and it turned into 8 posts! It may be true that I am incapable of writing anything short =) When I preached through this text a few weeks ago I shared a few minutes on how this […]

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Some blog reflections on Ephesians 3…

Hello River City! I am trying to be more intentional to further reflect on some of the passages we are covering together as a community on my blog. I am not caught up to where we are at in Ephesians 4 yet, but should be there soon. Here are a couple of reflections that I […]

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Blog series on Fear, Faith, and Courage

Hey River City! As you know, we are currently on a series on the book of Ephesians, and I am going to soon blog about some of the important themes we have been discussing. As an aside, I also wanted to share a just completed, 2-week blog series I did on fear, faith and courage […]

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A “Blueprint” for Our Future Home

This is the conclusion of a 10-part blog series exploring some of the vision and values of River City Community Church. We will occupy our new home some time in the spring of 2014, and we are in the final stages of our capital campaign process. One of the questions we receive most frequently is […]

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“Not by might, nor by power…” [Christine Chang]

When I consider the Biblical vision of a community binding together to end poverty, I’m often left feeling lost among the questions and fears this vision presents.  How might I, a second-generation Asian-American woman who maximized my access to higher education, interact with this complex question within a culturally and socioeconomically diverse community of Christ-followers?  […]

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When Reconciliation and Neighborhood Development collide…

Myself, along with some of the leaders of River City, are working on a series of blog posts that examine core dimensions of our church’s vision (click here to see the intro). As you most likely know by now,  our community is taking on the riskiest endeavor in its 10 year history, as we are purchasing/renovating a warehouse in the […]

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The End of Poverty – grappling with big words like reconciliation, justice, and shalom

In the last post I explored the Biblical call for people of faith to seek “The End of Poverty.” There are all kind of practical questions that arise with that vision, and those need to be addressed. But for people of faith, there are all kinds of theological issues too. Biblical concepts like “shalom” and […]

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The End of Poverty

One of the most compelling book titles I’ve ever come across is Jeffrey Sach’s “The End of Poverty.” An American economist, he argues that extreme global poverty could be eliminated through carefully planned development aid, and through helping the poorest countries reach the “bottom rung” of the ladder of economic development. I read the book in 2005, and […]

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The most important thing I’ve ever learned about worship

My favorite passage about worship comes from Luke 24, the final chapter in Luke’s account of the life of Jesus: “While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why […]

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The centrality of worship

Today our blog series on the vision of River City continues with Aaron Eddy, part of the RC3 staff team: Worship gives us Access As I think about the pillars of our church, Worship, Reconciliation, Neighborhood Development, I think of how they intertwine and are totally dependent on each other.  After all, you can’t fully do one without the other.  In […]

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A Place of Worship

Today our blog series on the vision of River City continues with Carlos Ruiz, part of the RC3 staff team: I have been thinking lately about places. Places have always had a huge resonance in my walk with God and in my worship. I still remember the place where i was invited to open the Scriptures […]

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What is worship?

What is worship? It’s a really important word in the Bible, and it is the first pillar of the River City vision. We long to see every person not only reconnected with their creator, but growing into a posture and lifestyle of worship. That word worship is a big one though, and because of its […]

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When the Christ in your heart encounters the Christ in my heart

“The Christ in their own hearts is weaker than the Christ in the word of other Christians. Their own hearts are uncertain; those of their brothers and sisters are sure. At the same time, this also clarifies that the goal of all Christian community is to encounter one another as bringers of the message of […]

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Join us for a Sunday with Dr. Christena Cleveland!

We are very exited to host Dr. Christena Cleveland this Sunday, October 20th! Here is her formal bio: Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist with a hopeful passion for overcoming cultural divisions in groups.  Drawing from a vast body of research, she uncovers the underlying processes that affect relationships within and between groups and helps leaders […]

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Guest Speaker this Sunday: Pastor David Choi

We are very excited to have Pastor David Choi of Church of the Beloved speak at River City this Sunday, July 21st at River City.  He’s an RC favorite, so you won’t want to miss!

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