Food, Boat Parade, and Music on December 3rd
This Saturday, December 3rd, RUMC will present an evening of Food and Music, and an opportunity to view the Alafia Boat Parade from our church’s vantage point.

Between 4 and 7 PM, the Scouts of Troop 83 and the Cub Scouts of Pack 205 will be holding their spaghetti dinner fundraiser in Crichton Fellowship Hall. Dinners will include spaghetti, salad, bread, a drink, and a dessert all for $10 a person. To make your reservation you can call or text (813)245-6312 so that the scouts can get a head count.

Then at dark, around 6:00 PM, the boats for the annual Alafia Christmas Boat Parade will be assembling down by the Riverview Civic Center just across the Alafia River from the RUMC parsonage. Everyone is invited to come down to the parsonage yard to view the boats as they assemble and pass by.

Promptly at 7:00 PM, we will present a musical event in the RUMC Sanctuary. Rene Riddle and her group Ramblin’ Rose will provide an evening of gospel, country, and Christmas music for your enjoyment. Rene and her two sisters will be assisted by Rene’s husband Eddy who is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist in his own right. Admission is by donation, so there is no reason for your whole family not to come and join in the festivities.

We hope to see all our friends on Saturday night, for good food, outdoor viewing fun, and foot stompin’ good music.

Order Poinsettias for Advent
RUMC is once again selling Poinsettias for the Christmas season. This year, we are offering two different sizes: a six-inch pot containing 5-7 flowers for $10, and a slightly larger 6.5-inch pot containing 7-9 flowers for $12. Poinsettia order forms are located next to the Sunday bulletins, or they can be obtained through the church office. Please include your payment with your completed order form. We accept cash of checks made payable to RUMC. The deadline for placing your poinsettia orders is Friday, December 9th.

A Big Thank You to South Shore UMC
Throughout the past two years, South Shore United Methodist Church has acted as a crucial partner to the RESTORE Food Pantry. They have provided us with substantial monthly food donations, regular volunteers (especially Rev. Dave and Eric), and periodic donations. This week, they sent RESTORE a check for $2,839. For the month, the church received a total of $3,474 in donations bound for RESTORE, more than enough to offset the pantry’s costs in purchasing 200 $15 Publix Gift Cards which we distributed to our clients for Thanksgiving.

Don’t Forget Amazon Smiles this Yuletide
Last week we received yet another contribution from Amazon Smile. If you are an Amazon customer, don’t forget to enroll in the Amazon Smiles program, and to designate RUMC as your favorite charity. That way a portion of every purchase you make during the Christmas Season will come back to RUMC to defray its general operating expenses.

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

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  • 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
Saturday, December 3rd:  Scout Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Fellowship Hall, 4:00-7:00 PM. Renee Riddle Concert, Sanctuary, 7:00 PM. (Come early and see the Alafia Boat Parade from our parsonage.)

Friday, December 9th:  Deadline for Poinsettia Orders.
Sunday, December 11th:  Farewell Celebration for Bishop and Mrs. Carter, Hyde Park UMC, 4:00-6:00 PM

Tuesday, December 13th:  Finance Committee Meeting, Library, 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 18th:  Christmas Cantata, Sanctuary, 10:30 AM (No 8:00 AM Service that Sunday)

Friday, December 23rd:  Office Closed for Christmas Holiday
Saturday, December 24th:  Christmas Eve Service, Sanctuary, 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 25th:  Christmas Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 AM (No 8:00 AM Service that Sunday)
Monday, December 26th:  Office Closed for Christmas Holiday.

Bible Passage of the Week
The Prince of Peace

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. … For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.

Isaiah 9:2, 5-7a (NIV)

Say Farewell to Bishop Carter
Everyone is invited to come say farewell to Bishop Kenneth Carter and his wife, the Rev. Pam Carter, on December 11, 2022 from 4 to 6 PM at Hyde Park UMC in downtown Tampa. Bishop Carter will be leaving his post after serving the Florida Conference for 10 years, leading us through the dissolution crisis and the pandemic. He and Pam will be returning to their native North Carolina where Bishop Carter will continue as the Resident Bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference.

The Farewell Celebration will begin in the Hyde Park UMC Sanctuary with a special worship service and program to thank the Carters for their years of service and ministry within the Florida Conference. Festivities will conclude with a reception in the nearby Harnish Center.