The River Church
7 Secrets to Prayer
Join us this Sunday as guest teacher, Pastor Jeff Raker, teaches on the 7 Secrets to Prayer and how to connect with God in a regular, personal conversation.
Locations & Times
  • The River Church
    5546 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, Liberty Township, OH 45044, USA
    Sunday 9:45 AM, Sunday 11:15 AM
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Upcoming Events
For more information on these and other events at The River Church,

August 6th - Sleep In Heavenly Peace Bunk Bed Build Day
This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families in our community. To register as a volunteer go to If you would like to contribute financially you can go to and select SHP from the drop down box or write SHP on your check memo line.

August 13th - Carpentry Skills Needed!
On Saturday, August 13 at 11:00am we will be resetting the stage. The design involves wood, and carpentry skills are needed. If you are able to assist, please contact

August 20th - Small Group Leader Brunch & Updates 9:00 - 11:00 am.
Information has been sent to all small group leaders. Please let Leslie know if you are able to attend by emailing her at

New Groups Forming!
We will be starting an Empty Nester Couples Group, Senior Adult Group, and Veteran’s Group. If you are interested in possibly joining, know others to invite or have questions please email Leslie Stone, at

Attention Veterans!
The River Church is planning a future recognition and event for all our Veterans. If you have served or are currently serving in any of our Armed Services and are not in our Veterans group list, please email and she will add you. Thank you for your service!

This Fall - Womens Bible Studies
Starting in September, we will be offering two different options for womens bible study. There will be a Tuesday evening class from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. and a Friday afternoon class from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. please go to our website to read more about these studies and to sign up!

Affinity Group Events
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August 1st - Ladies Book Club 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
August 13th - Crafting 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
August 20th - Clay & Trap Shooting 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
August 27th - Kayaking 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

River Kids Events
For more info about these events go to our website or email

August 13th - Annual Volunteer Meeting 10:00 a.m.

River Youth Events
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July 31st - River Youth going to The Cone 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
August 7th - Pool Party at the Hibbard’s Guys 1:30-3:30/Girls 4:00-6:00 August 14th - Water Wars 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
August 21st - Back to School Prayer Night 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
What are your questions about prayer?
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“Worry him with the haunting suspicion that the practice is absurd and can have no objective result. Don’t forget to use the “Heads I win, tails you lose” argument. If the thing he prays for doesn’t happen, then that is one more proof that petitionary prayers don’t work; if it does happen, he will, of course, be able to see some of the physical causes which led up to it, and 'therefore it would have happened anyway,' and thus granted prayer becomes just as good a proof as a denied one that prayers are ineffective.”
Philip Yancey

“Prayer helps correct myopia, calling to mind a perspective I daily forget. I keep reversing roles, thinking of ways in which God should serve me, rather than vice versa. As God fiercely reminded Job, the Lord of the universe has many things to manage, and in the midst of my self- pity I would do well to contemplate for a moment God’s own point of view.”
Five things help us pray

1. Perseverance
Five things help us pray

2. Humility

Feed humility and your praying will grow
Five things help us pray

3. Listening

"Let your words be few."
Five things help us pray

4. Boldness
Five things help us pray

5. Relationship
Philip Yancey

“The main purpose of prayer is not to make life easier, nor to gain magical powers, but to know God. I need God more than anything I might get from God.”

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