Flapjack Fundraiser This Saturday
Tickets for our next Flapjack Fundraiser are on sale.  Once again, the United Methodist Men are sponsoring breakfast at the Applebee’s Restaurant on Providence Road just north of Lumsden Road. The price for each ticket is just $7--$5 of which goes to support the programs of the United Methodist Men. The event will be held on Saturday morning, October 22nd. It’s a great opportunity for food and fellowship—two staples of Methodism—and a chance to support your church!

The Pumpkin Patch is Open for Business
We are looking for volunteers to work at the pumpkin patch—especially during the week when the youth are in school and not able to come until evening. The sign-up book is available in Crichton Hall on Sunday mornings and at the patch whenever it is open. The Patch’s hours of operation are 3 PM until 8 PM during the week, 10 AM until 8 PM on Saturday, and Sunday from Noon until 8 PM. Our Youth Group RUSH will appreciate everyone’s help.

Called Church Council Meeting
We will have a Called Church Council Meeting immediately following next Sunday’s service (10/23). The purpose of this special meeting is to approve our Lay Leadership nominations and our general church budget for 2017. This meeting is a necessary preliminary for our annual church conference, and everybody’s input and approval is requested.

The Annual Church Conference will be held on Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30 PM. Rev. Jamie Westlake of New Hope UMC will be our presiding elder.

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8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Sunday Services
Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships and Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

(Until further notice all worship activities are in Crichton Fellowship Hall)

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarcion, Lay Speaker, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the October, 2016 
BELL Newsletter from this link.
Online Giving at RUMC

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To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 22
Flapjack Fundraiser. Applebee’s Restaurant on Providence Road North of Lumsden Road, 8:00 AM—11:00 AM.

Sunday, October 23
Called Church Council Meeting. Crichton Fellowship Hall, 11:45 AM

Tuesday, November 1
Annual Church Conference. Sanctuary, 6:30 PM (Jamie Westlake, Presiding Elder)

Wednesday, November 2
Community Spaghetti Dinner, Crichton Fellowship Hall, 5:30 PM.

Monday, November 7
United Methodist Women.  Library, 7:00 PM ... United Methodist Men.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, November 8
Church Council Meeting, Library, 6:30 PM

Saturday, December 3—
Sunday, December 4
Christmas Cookie Sale/Silent Auction. Boys and Girls Club, 213 N. Knights Avenue, Brandon. (9 AM Saturday; Noon Sunday). Proceeds go to Family Promise of Greater Brandon.
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October 23 from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
Hoping for Help from God

GOD’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.  How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over).  He’s all I’ve got left.

GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from GOD.
It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times.

When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear.
Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.  The “worst” is never the worst.

Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return.
If he works severely, he also works tenderly.  His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way.

Lamentations 3:22-33 (The Message)
Saying Goodbye to Three Saints

This coming Saturday (October 22), we will be celebrating the homegoing of two of the important past members of our RUMC Church Family.

At 11:00 AM, the funeral service for Clare Bryington will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Zephyrhills, 5510 19th Street in Zephyrhills. Nearly 10 years ago, Clare was one of three ladies (along with Muriel Harris and Linda Bauer) who began our RESTORE food pantry and clothes closet. Eventually Clare, with the help of her husband Jim, managed RESTORE for nearly five years. Jim and Clare moved to Zephyrhills about five years ago to be closer to the care of their daughter. Jim predeceased Clare two years ago. Both Jim and Clare received Volunteer of the Year awards from RUMC, and they will be deeply missed by many in our congregation.

The funeral service for Harmon Robinson will be held at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home in the afternoon. Harmon was the long-time head usher and until recently an extremely active member of the church and the United Methodist Men. He was always available to help out on a church workday or to sell Christmas trees, or to assist in whatever needed doing. He passed away a few days before his 88th birthday. He was survived by his wife of 67 years, Lucile, and an extensive family that lives throughout the area.

Serenity Meadows is located at 6919 Providence Road, Riverview. The visitation will begin at 1:00 PM, with the funeral at 2:00 PM. After the service, a reception will be held in Crichton Fellowship Hall. 

Doug Boring’s mother, Jesse Strain, also passed away recently. Jesse has long been a home-bound member of our church, living with Doug and Cheryl and another longtime home-bound member, Johnny Jones. Jesse’s funeral will be held at Southern Funeral Home, 10510 Riverview Drive, Riverview on Saturday, October 29th. Visitation will begin at 10 AM with the service to start at 11 AM.