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Lori Cotter

January Prayer Meeting

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With so much happening at RISING and with the start of 2020, would you consider starting the new year off by joining us in prayer on Tuesday, January 28th at 7:30pm? Do you long to see God work in powerful ways both in us and through us at RISING and in your daily life? Do you really believe that God is able to do abundantly more than all we ask or imagine in our individual and church life? Then why don’t you join us at this church-wide prayer meeting as we Ask, Seek and Knock. Whether you are comfortable or not with group prayer, we want to invite everyone to join us for this special time lifting up RISING in prayer.

Date: Tuesday, January 28th
Location: Kimberly and Aaron Young’s, 175 W. Shadburn Avenue, Buford
Times: 7:30pm
Contact: Pat Circe or Casey Lyon

Guy’s Getaway 2020

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As men we are known for and pride ourselves in our ability to go non stop. This is not sustainable and at some point in our lives we need to slow down whether we want to or not. There may not be a better time for the Men of RISING to do so than at this Winter’s Guy’s Getaway.

We are taking some time this February to slow down, get away, reset, relax, grow, learn and worship together. We will have a great mix of fun events around town, meals together and meetings with great teaching and worship.

Getaway Schedule

Friday Night
6:00 – Meeting #1
8:00 – Bowling (Pizza and drink included)
10:30 – Home

7:45 – Meeting #2 (Coffee/water + Donuts)
9:00 – Leave for Top Golf
10:00 – Top Golf (Lunch included)
12:00 – Leave for Whirly Ball
12:30 – Whirly Ball
2:30 – Leave for Suwanee
3:30 – Meeting #3
5:00 – Dismissed



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GROVES are relaunching the week of January 26th. This Sunday, January 12, Aaron will be revealing and explaining the topic of our discussions for this semester, which will run for 9 weeks, from the end of January through the end of March. We’ll be reading and discussing a book, which Aaron will share on Sunday morning. Books will be available for purchase starting this Sunday after the service for $15. Couples can definitely share a book. If you would like to join a GROVE or switch GROVES for any reason, please contact Kimberly Young.

DATES: January 29 – March (9 weeks)
CONTACT: Kimberly Young

RISING Basketball

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Over the past few years we’ve seen what can come from mutual experiences and shared memories. Basketball is an opportunity to have fun, deepen relationships and bring about friendship like no other activity. Are you interested in playing basketball with your friends at RISING?

RISING Basketball will be kicking off our season Saturdays from 10am-12pm through March, April and May. This league is for friends and family of those at RISING in 9th grade or older. The cost is $40 per adult player and $35 RISING Student which includes at least 7 games and a team shirt.

When: March 7, 14, 21, April 11, 17 (Friday), 25, May 2
Who: Friends and family of RISING Church
Where: George Pierce Park Gymnasium
Cost: $40 / adult player – RISING Student $35
Registration Deadline: Sunday, February 12th.
Contact: Stuart Atkins


RISING Student Parent Meeting

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2020 may have just started, but we’re already making moves and want you to be in the know about everything we have going on this Spring, Summer, and Fall! That’s why we’ll be holding our Spring 2020 Parent Meeting on January 26th, right after service in the theater. At this meeting, we’ll be handing out dates and broad-scope details on all major events and trips in 2020, so mark this on your calendar and be the first to be in the loop on everything happening at Rising Students this year.

When: Sunday, January 26th
Time: Immediately following service
Who: 6th-12th grade students’ parents
Where: NGHS Theater
Contact Person: Blaine Tiller


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The time has come to dust off your crockpot and put on your chef’s hat. It may be chilly outside, but it is going to hot and spicy inside, the theater lobby that is. On Sunday, February 2, Let’s Chili together and enjoy lunch after our Annual Meeting and before the Super Bowl.

How it works:

  1. Sign up to bring your bomb, signature chili (any style you want), rolls/cornbread or a side item.
  2. We will provide paper products, serving utensils, power surge protectors
    and extension cords.
  3. Can’t cook, no problem, sign up to help with set-up or take down.
  4. Stay, eat and enjoy!

Please let us know if you’re planning on attending by registering below.

Date: Sunday, February 2
Location: Theater at NGHS
Times: At the end of worship service
Contact: Lori Cotter

Fishes and Loaves

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We invite any friends who are in Kindergarten through 5th grade to come help prepare freezer meals for the foster families in our area. We will prepare all the meals, package, and label them. This is an opportunity for our kids to serve locally and to see where our RK offering from November is going. It’s also a great opportunity to invite a friend or two! Kindergarteners must have a parent or guardian attend with them. If you’re interested in being an adult volunteer please reach out to Kelly. Follow the link below to register!

Date: January 25th, 2020
Location: 4852 Gold Nugget Way Sugar Hill, GA 30518
Times: 10am-12pm
Contact Person: Kelly Phillips



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Our next “New Partner Orientation” will be held on Sunday, January 26th (1:00pm) at the home of Aaron and Kimberly Young (175 W. Shadburn Avenue, Buford). If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a partner/member of RISING Church and linking arms with us, please save this date and join us for this special time together. Lunch is included so please RSVP to Lori Cotter.

When: Sunday, Januray 26
Where: 175 W. Shadburn Avenue, Buford
Time: 1:00pm
Contact: Lori Cotter

Bible Blitz

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“Bible Blitz” is our annual 3rd-grade program that is designed to teach students the basics of Bible application. It will begin with Bible Presentation Sunday on January 12th. From there the students will go through a 4-week class to learn how to use and apply their Bibles to their daily lives. This class will take place during regular Sunday service starting on Sunday, January 12th and will continue for the following three weeks. Our team at RISING Kids is committed to partnering with you to equip your child in learning how to use and love the Bible. If you’d like your child to participate, please register them today!

Date: January 12th, 19th, 26th & February 2nd, 2020
Location: North Gwinnett High School
Times: 10:30am-12:00pm
Deadline: January 10th, 2020
Contact Person: Kelly Phillips


Annual Meeting

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RISING’s Annual Meeting, where we officially approve and commission all members of our leadership teams (elders, personnel team, stewardship team, mission advisory team), as well as present an overview of where we landed financially in 2019 and what our 2020 budget currently is, will take place after the service this Sunday, February 2nd. We are hoping to end our service early and start the meeting by 11:45am and conclude no later than 12:20pm. Please do everything you can to attend this important governance meeting of RISING Church and its members/partners!

Date: Sunday, February 2
Location: Theater at NGHS
Times: At the end of worship service
Contact: Aaron Young