Renewing Our Partnership with Riverview Elementary
Believe it our not, another school year has already begun. Once again, we will partner in support of Riverview Elementary School. We are asking for your donations of school supplies and backpacks. Supplies must be provided in unopened packaging. The school cannot accept used items, toys, DVD’s or books, they are only looking for brand new, basic school supplies. Thanks in advance for reaching out to the children in our community.​


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8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Sunday Services
Faith Groups (Sunday School) for all ages at 9:00 AM
Worship Service at 10:00 AM
Hispanic Service at 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

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 August, 2016 
BELL Newsletter from this link.
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.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 4
Worship Service.  10:30 AM, First Sunday in Fellowship Hall (Note this time change).

Friday, September 9
“War Room” Movie Night.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 7:00 PM.

Saturday, September 10
Church Work Day.  Church Office, Fellowship Hall, Parsonage.

Wednesday, September 14
“War Room” Bible Study (Hispanic).  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 7:00 PM. (First of Five Weeks.)

Thursday, September 15
Financial Peace University Begins. Library, 6:45 PM (First of Eight Weeks.)

Friday, October 7—Saturday, October 8
Men’s Lead Like Jesus Training.  Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park.

Friday, October 14—Sunday, October 16
Annual Men’s Retreat.  Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park.

Tuesday, November 1
Annual Church Conference. Sanctuary, 6:30 PM (Jamie Westlake, Presiding Elder)
Changes Coming to RUMC Worship
The next time you are in the sanctuary, look up! You will notice that there are a number of ceiling tiles being held in place only by duct tape. Tiles have been coming loose and sometimes falling throughout the past year. For the past few months, our trustees have been working with the District’s building committee and Superintendent Dr. Monroe to find a remedy to this situation.

Recently, an insurance adjuster was sent out to inspect the damage. He found not only loose tiles, but moisture between the roof and ceiling, and several broken and curled roof shingles. His company has authorized a claim payment that will significantly help us with ceiling repairs. His report is currently under review by Florida Conference officials. We await direction from the Conference and the District Superintendent before we can proceed.

The Church Council has voted to close down the sanctuary until repairs can be made. However due to the uncertainty with the start date of the project, they have decided this week to continue holding services in the sanctuary through August 28th. This date is tentative and may be moved up if we can get contractors to be initiate work earlier than that.

So, on Labor Day Sunday, September 4th, we will hold our first service in Crichton Fellowship Hall. Services will continue to be held in Crichton Hall until ceiling repairs are complete.

Many church members have requested a change in worship times to accommodate longer Sunday school classes and to allow choir members time to prepare between Sunday school and church. So starting in September, we will be making a simple adjustment to our worship service time. Again, beginning September 4, note the following time changes for Sunday morning worship:

  • Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00-9:55 AM
  • Relationships and Refreshments, 10:00-10:25 AM
  • Worship Service, 10:30 AM
  • Hispanic Worship Service, 12:00 Noon

Ladies Bible Study Has Restarted
After a brief hiatus for the summer, the Ladies Bible Study will kick off on Monday, August 15th. Our ladies small group meets every Monday in Sunday School Room 6 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The group will be studying “Unusual Healings” by Adam Thomas, a study series from the book of John.

Ladies, you are invited to take a lunch break every Monday morning and to be spiritually fed with your friends at RUMC. Contact Diana Williams for more information.​

Are We Looking for You?
Rolinda Smoak is interested in starting a Young Adult Faith Group Class, and she is looking for a teacher to start the class. The Pastor is also looking for someone coordinate a Sister Church outreach to partner with a church in Cuba. Please contact the church office if you are interested in assuming either of these roles. The Lord will bless you for your interest and concern.
Download the Prayer Tree for 
August 21, 2016 from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
The True Vine
I am the true vine, and my Father is the 
vineyard keeper. He removes any of my
 branches that don’t produce fruit, and he
 trims any branch that produces fruit so 
that it will produce even more fruit. You 
are already trimmed because of the word 
I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and
 I will remain in you. A branch can’t 
produce  fruit by itself, but must remain
 in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce 
fruit unless you  remain in me. I am 
the vine; you are the branches. If 
you remain in me and I in you, then 
you will produce much fruit. 
Without me, you can’t do anything.

John 15:1-5 CEB

Financial Peace University 
Starting Soon at RUMC

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

The next session of Financial Peace University will begin at Riverview First United Methodist Church on Thurday evening, September 15th at 6:45 PM. Connie Mosley will be your local moderator as you work through Dave’s video lessons on cash flow planning, dumping debt, retirement and college planning, and more. There are a series of nine sessions, planned for consecutive Thursdays from 6:45-8:15 PM.

You can register for FPU at RUMC
 at this link.