Mission San Marcos Update

Mission San Marcos wrapped up the first half of the Summer Day Camp program on Thursday, July 10th. The first four weeks of the program presented great opportunities to be involved in the lives of the campers and to grow with them.

During the past four weeks, Mission San Marcos has served 39 different children! The majority of these campers were present for the Mid-Summer Party on Thursday. They participated in a scavenger hunt that included collecting items from the field, making a craft, having a dance competition, and coloring a poster. Once they completed their scavenger hunt, the group enjoyed popsicles and hanging out with each other. Some of the campers even took to the field for a game of football!

Mission San Marcos will be taking a break from Day Camp July 14th-18th, but will be back for the second half of the summer on July 21st! The camp will continue to run Monday-Thursday from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM until August 21st. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering with the Day Camp program, please contact Emily Barber, Director of Youth Programs, at emily@missionsm.org.


Have you been wondering where you can serve at River Stone?

Historically we have referred to River Stone as a “nomadic church”. We will meet anywhere we can fit and have met in more places than I can remember. We once met outside of Travis because it was locked!

Being nomadic has its ups and downs. We have never owned a building, so we have never had to go into debt or raise huge amounts of money (though we tried that once). This gives us opportunity to invest our money into more Kingdom things like missions and spreading the love of Christ in our city.

The downside of a church of nomads is that we never get to leave our meeting place “lived in”. In other words, while it’s ok to leave some dirty laundry on the floor in your own house, it is certainly frowned upon if you leave it on someone else’s floor.

Every week there is a list of duties that must be done by someone. These duties usually fall on the band, the sound person, or whoever is preaching that week. While these folks complete these tasks cheerfully, they can add up and become burdensome.

So, we are asking for your help! Our list is too long for one person to do on their own, but if each person does one thing, our Sunday mornings will be much more productive. If you want to volunteer to do one thing please email Ryan@river-stone.org or just show up at Travis at 7:30 AM on Sunday morning and ask us what is needed. If 7:30 is too early for you, stick around afterward to see how you can help us tear down. We don’t want to leave our laundry on Travis’ floor!

Needs include:

-Stage/Sound setup
-Chair setup
-Nursery/KidsRock setup
-Table setup (communion, coffee, “The Table”)
-Coffee brewing
-Sound board management (We are willing to teach)
-ProPresenter management (Also willing to teach)
-Musicians (Anyone play Cello?)
-KidsRock & Nursery Volunteers (Fill out a background check)

Mission San Marcos Update


Mission San Marcos wrapped up the first week of day camp at Regency Mobile Home Park this past Thursday. The week started off slow with only a few campers, but it was a great opportunity for the summer staff to get to know the kids and find out what their expectations were for the summer!

On the second day, the number of campers tripled and the staff shared the story of the birth of Christ. Campers will continue learning about the life of Jesus through weekly Bible stories, which will be shared every Tuesday.

Wednesday saw the highest attendance of the week with 20 campers. The big group allowed for big fun, but also highlighted the need for volunteers. With campers ranging in age from five to fifteen, it was a challenge keeping everyone entertained. Additional volunteers could enable the campers to break up into age groups and could also provide extra support for the growing numbers of kids.

The week wrapped up on Thursday with crafts. The campers had a great time creating their own personalized pennants, which they got to take home at the end of the day. Thursday we had help from two volunteers, Hannah and Erin, and they were a HUGE help to us!

Before leaving, the staff reminded everyone we would meet again on Monday. Many of the campers expressed their desire to see us on Fridays and even on the weekends. This is great encouragement and motivation for the remaining eight weeks!

Mission San Marcos is still in need of volunteers. If you are in need of volunteer hours, have a heart for serving kids, or simply have free time on your hands, we would love to have you! Please email Emily Barber, Director of Youth Programs, at emily@missionsm.org if you would like to begin volunteering.

Sunday Recap (3.2.14)

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  • God Undefeatable (Austin Stone)
  • You Are Worthy of Your Glory (Austin Stone)
  • Holy Spirit (Jesus Culture)
  • With Everything (Hillsong)
  • Forever Reign (Hillsong)
  • Solid Rock (Austin Stone)

Proverbs: Truth & Lies


  • Spring Break Mission Trip to Haiti
  • CRU summer projects to Senegal, Greece, and California
  • Conflict in Ukraine


photo courtesy of Andy Heatwole (http://www.bluehourphoto.com)

photo courtesy of Andy Heatwole (http://www.bluehourphoto.com)

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Weekend Announcements!

Here are some important announcements going into this wonderful first weekend of November.  Let us know if you have any questions or need more information about anything.


In our modern age of smart phones managing our lives, it’s getting harder and harder to miss a Daylight Savings event.  Nonetheless, should you rely on a dumb phone or old-school clock, remember that we gain that coveted hour back this Saturday night.

Partner Class 11-3

An e-mail went out this week about the “New Era of RS Partners.”  We would love for you to join in on the movement.  We would love for you to sign-up for our Partner Class this Sunday. More information can be found here: https://us6.admin.mailchimp.com/campaigns/show?id=461649

Prayer NightDue to National Night Out, we missed our October Prayer Night, but we are back for November.  We will be meeting for prayer on Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30pm.  This is also election day, so it will be a timely opportunity to pray for our city.  Also, as we’ve made it to November, we will spend some focused time giving thanks.  We would love to pray for you about anything you might need.  Please join us if you would like to pray or be prayed for.  We will meet Tuesday at Travis Elementary.  We will meet you out front and show you where to go. If you can’t make it and still would like us to pray for you, please fill out a blue card on Sunday, e-mail us or text us to let us know your request (info@river-stone.org or 512.761.7722).

Travis WorshipOur Worship Gathering this week will be at Travis Elementary.  We have a very special guest with us this weekend – Simon from Rwanda.  Simon is the Country Director for True Vineyard Ministries (one of our For the World Partners).  This is his first time to America, and you will not want to miss hearing him share about their work with the widows in Rwanda.

Be Generous - MSMDuring November, we are asking our church family to pray about giving sacrificially for Mission San Marcos.  MSM is how we reach out to the families of San Marcos, and financial resource allows the work to further with more strength.  We will be taking up a special offering on November 24th to put our faith into action by “Being Generous.” Click on the image above for more information.

Be Generous: Mission San Marcos

Be Generous - MSMIn our “Be the Church” series we looked at the importance of being generous with our time, our stuff, and our finances.  We feel like it is appropriate for us to have an opportunity to respond to the call to generosity by investing in one of our mission areas.  Over the next several weeks, we would like to ask you to pray about how you can “Be Generous” in reaching out to our city.  Mission San Marcos depends on the generosity of people in the community to enrich the lives of at-risk children and families in our city. MSM needs both financial and volunteer investment.

We will be taking up a special offering for Mission San Marcos on November 24th as a part of our weekly worship gathering.  That is not the only day that you can give to MSM (of course), but it will be the day we celebrate being generous together.  You can give on our website (giving link below) any time, just put “forthecity” in the memo line.  All of those donations will be given to Mission San Marcos.  If you write a check, please put “forthecity” in the memo line.  We will have a donation box on the 24th if you’d like to wait until then to make your donation.

We will be seeing video each Sunday about different areas of Mission San Marcos that will help us see where our investment is going.  We would love to answer any questions you might have about Mission San Marcos, and if you’re not sure the best way for you to be involved, we’d love to talk to you about that as well (contact us).

Please be in prayer about this opportunity to BE GENEROUS.  Also, be thinking about sacrifices that you can make over the next month that will allow you to invest into the Kingdom of God by giving to Mission San Marcos.


About Mission San Marcos
MSM partners with local schools and neighborhoods to build relationships with at-risk kids and families to help change the future of San Marcos.  Specifically, MSM focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty that has enslaved so many people in our city.  Our work in this area is accomplished through After-School Clubs, In-School Mentoring, After-School Athletics, Reading Support Clubs, Affordable Christmas, and more. To learn more about Mission San Marcos, please visit our website: http://www.missionsm.org .

9.8.13 Sunday Recap


We started a new series on Sunday called “Be the Church.” The first sermon is up on the website here.

Here are the songs that we sang…

  • “Open Up Our Eyes” – Elevation Worship
  • “Christ is Enough” – HillSong
  • “Forever Reign” – Hillsong
  • “Cornerstone” – Hillsong
  • “Give Me Faith” – Elevation Worship

Here are some important Announcements…

  • KidsRock Club at Travis Elementary starts next week.  Training will be this Wednesday.  We need at least 10 more folks to help serve the kids at Travis. If you would like to help out, please contact Ryan Damron.
  • Overflow Groups are meeting beginning this week.  Click on the link below for more information.


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