December 3rd Is Moving Day
We haven’t yet completed all the repairs to the sanctuary ceiling, as it has been discovered that we also need new duct work. However, we ARE planning to hold services back in the Sanctuary next Sunday, December 4th. As heat will not be turned on yet, please dress for the weather.

Saturday, December 3rd is our moving day. Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, we are asking that everyone come to the Sanctuary to prepare it for services once again. In addition to restoring the pulpit, bench cushions, the sound system, and the other items back to the sanctuary, we will also be decorating the Chrismon tree and other areas for Advent. Please come to help and join the party!

RESTORE’s Christmas Toy Store
RESTORE will be holding its Christmas Toy Store in Crichton Fellowship Hall every weekday except Wednesday during the week of December 12-16 from 10 AM until Noon. RESTORE is accepting donations of new, clean, or slightly used clothes for ages (newborn to age 18) and toys (for newborns to age 12). This is our congregation’s opportunity to brighten the Christmas holiday for others!

Christmas Cantata
On Sunday, December 11th, the church choir will bring us the annual Christmas Cantata. This year, the children’s choir will also perform a Christmas program. Our Hispanic congregation will also join us for this special celebration.

Next Visioning Meeting
The next meeting of our Vision Committee will be held on November 29th at 10 AM. Our Church Review, which will include Beth Potter and others from the District, will follow from Noon until 2:00 PM as the District assesses our overall health and performance.

The “No Christmas Tree Sale”
The United Methodist Men will once again NOT be having a Christmas Tree sale this year. Each member of UMM has pledged $200 for the honor to NOT BE selling trees. We are also asking persons and groups to donate what they can to this effort. All donations to the “No Christmas Tree Sale” will be returned to programs of the church in 2017.

Young Adult Bible Class
The church is starting a Bible Class specifically geared for Young Adults. It will be initially moderated by Sharon Cayce and Connie Mosley with the hope that a young adult moderator will soon emerge. The first session of the class will be held this Thursday, December 1st in Sunday School Room 6 at 6:00 PM. To start the class will be working with the church wide study (“The Redemption of Scrooge”) but after that the class will choose material that will meet their unique needs.

Do You Want to Be in Pictures?
We are looking for someone who can help us edit videos of our weekly services, so that we can store edited videos on our You Tube site. Then we can create links to those videos from Facebook or the RUMC website so that our services can be shared by church members and the community at large. This is your chance to be in pictures—contact Gary Floyd at 677-7679 if you are interested.

Join the Women’s Retreat in February
A group of RUMC ladies, headed by Sharon Cayce, are planning to attend the Florida Conference Women’s Retreat on February 10-12th. The retreat will be held at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, Florida. The Reverend Juana Jordan will be the keynote speaker, and there will be Bible study, music, devotional times, and enrichments. You can find out more information and even register online 
at this link. And you can contact Sharon at to become part of the RUMC delegation.

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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/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.
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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 29
Visioning Meeting.  Church Library, 10:00 AM

Wednesday, November 30
“The Redemption of Scrooge.” Pastor’s Bible Study, Library, 6:45 PM.

Thursday, December 1
Initial Young Adult Faith Group Meeting. Sunday School Room 6, 6 PM.
Saturday, December 3
Church Work Day.  Sanctuary, 9 AM.

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.

Sunday, December 4
Advent Worship Services in the Sanctuary. 10:30 AM and Noon.

Sunday, December 11
Christmas Cantata / Children’s Christmas Program.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM.

December 12, 13, 15, 16
RESTORE Christmas Toy Store.  Crichton Hall, 10 AM-Noon

Friday, February 10—Sunday, February 12
Women’s Retreat at Fruitland Park.  4991 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park, Florida.
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November 27 from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
Advent Prophecy

A child is born to us, a son is given to us, and authority will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

There will be vast authority and endless peace for David’s throne and for his kingdom, establishing and sustaining it with justice and righteousness now and forever.

Isaiah 9:6-7 CEB