New Member Sunday
This coming Sunday, March 19th, we will be honoring a crop of new members joining our church. They will be introduced at the end of the 10:30 AM service, and celebrated afterwards with a special lunch. It is our traditional potato bake (something we usually do around St. Patrick’s Day). We will also be honoring everyone who has been helping out at the church. Everyone is invited, so come and meet our new members and celebrate the Irish in style.

UMCOR Sunday, March 19th
As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) assists United Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need. UMCOR comes alongside those who suffer from natural or human-caused disasters (famine, hurricanes, war, floods, fire, etc.) to alleviate suffering and to serve as a source of help and hope for the vulnerable. UMCOR provides relief, response, and long-term recovery grants when events overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on their own. UMCOR also provides technical support and training for partners to address emerging and ongoing issues related to disaster relief, recovery, and long-term health and development.

On Sunday, March 19th, United Methodists everywhere will be participating in UMCOR Sunday. We are asking that RUMC worshippers give an extra amount that Sunday to the cause of our worldwide mission’s effort.

Years ago, generous patrons of Riverview First United Methodist Church established a special trust at the Florida United Methodist Foundation for the purpose of making annual contributions to UMCOR. Every year 5% of that trust is sent to our church so that we can make a generous contribution to UMCOR missions. In early March 2023, we received $1,936.00 for that purpose. We currently have about $2,500 in a special dedicated fund for UMCOR. A special subcommittee, headed up by Joyce Schuetz, has been tasked with the responsibility to allocate these funds to the various UMCOR projects (known as “advances”).

Our Easter Events
The trustees have planned a pre-Easter work day for Saturday, April 1st. The primary purpose of the work day is to prepare the lawn behind the parsonage for use during our Easter by the River worship service.

On Palm Sunday (April 2nd), our chancel choir will be performing a brand-new Easter Cantata at our 10:30 AM Service.  

On Easter Sunday (April 9th), we will once again have our Easter by the River worship outside down along the Alafia River on the lawn behind the parsonage. This is usually a beautiful and inspiring service, and the entire Riverview community is invited to attend.

Between services, the Care Committee will be serving an Easter brunch inside the Fellowship Hall. They will be serving ham, turkey breast, deviled eggs, biscuits and gravy, scalloped potatoes, muffins, sweet rolls, fruit, coffee, tea, and juice. This is a great alternative to waiting in line at a local restaurant on an Easter morning.

We will have a traditional Easter service at 10:30 AM in the sanctuary. There will be worship and breakfast for everyone at RUMC on Easter.

Easter Lilies Can Still Be Ordered
Easter Lilies can be ordered until March 24th. Each Lily comes in a 6-inch pot and can be purchased for $12.00. Please include the order form found with your church bulletin and your payment in cash or check (made payable to RUMC). Orders can be placed in the offering plate, or they can be brought to the church office during business hours.

Family News in the Bell
Kim Floyd has assumed the role of the Family News editor for our monthly newsletter, The Bell. Years ago, The Bell was the inspiration of her mother when her mom was the church secretary. Kim asks that we submit praises about our families—not only birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations, but also health concerns, trips that you are planning, visitors you are entertaining and the like—to either herself or the church office. That way, The Bell can not only be a source not only of church news, but of people news as well.

Our “Virtual Church” Continues
We are still currently Live Streaming our 10:30 AM Sunday worship service every week. You can see worship as it is actually happening by connecting to our YouTube Channel "RUMC Live".
Online Giving at RUMC

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

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.

If you a first time online​ giver, this link provides instructions that you might find helpful.

Rev. Louis Telcy, Pastor

Here at RUMC, it is our mission to win people to Jesus Christ; to train believers to become growing disciples; and, to send disciples to impact our community and world for Jesus Christ.

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Upcoming Dates
Sunday, March 19th—UMCOR Sunday Offering. New Member Sunday, Sanctuary, 10:30 AM, followed by an Irish Potato Bar Reception, Fellowship Hall, 11:45 AM
Sunday, March 26th--Worship Committee Meeting, Library, 6:00 PM
Saturday, April 1st—Church Work Day. (Prepare the grounds for Easter)
Sunday, April 2nd—Easter Cantata, Sanctuary, 10:30 AM
Sunday, April 9th—Easter Sunday Down By the River, 8:00 AM; Easter Brunch, Fellowship Hall, 9:00 AM-10:15 AM; Easter Sunday Service, 10:30 AM

Bible Passage of the Week
The Curtain that Is His Body
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:19-25 (NIV)