Calendar of Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 12
Day of Prayer and Fasting.  No Wonderful Wednesday Activities.

Thursday, April 13
Maundy Thursday Service.  New Hope UMC, 120 N. Knights Avenue, Brandon, 7:30 PM.

Friday, April 14
Good Friday Service.  St. Andrews UMC, 3315 S. Bryan Road, Brandon, 7:00 PM.

Sunday, April 16
Coffee and Rolls in the Parsonage. Parsonage, 7:00-8:00 AM.
Sonrise Service “Down by the River”. Parsonage Grounds, 8:00 AM.
Easter Sunday Brunch. Fellowship Hall, 9:15 AM—10:30 AM.
Traditional Easter Service. Sanctuary, 10:30 AM.

Friday, April 21
RESTORE Movie Night. “Heaven Is for Real”, Crichton Fellowship Hall, 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 6
UMM “Manly Man” Yard Sale.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 8:00 AM – Noon

Monday, May 8
Life Line Screening.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, by appointment only.
Our Holy Week Schedule
Please join the congregation at RUMC for our usual Holy Week schedule. On Palm Sunday, April 9th, our chancel choir will perform its annual Easter Cantata. 

Pastor Merritt is calling for Wednesday, April 12th to be a day of Prayer and Fasting. There will be no Wonderful Wednesday events scheduled for that day.

Thursday, April 13th will be Maundy Thursday. A Maundy Thursday service will be held at New Hope United Methodist Church (formerly First Brandon UMC) on 120 N. Knights Avenue in Brandon, beginning at 7:30 PM.

Friday, April 14th will see the Good Friday Service at St. Andrews UMC on 3315 S. Bryan Road in Brandon, starting at 7:00 PM.

Sunday, April 16th will be Easter. We will have two services on that day. Our annual “Sonrise Service Down by the River”, will be held on the parsonage grounds with a lovely view of the Alafia River. Lay Pastor Norma Encarnacion will be preaching at that service, and the parsonage itself will be open before and during the service. Come early to see what is new at the parsonage and to have some coffee and rolls before the Sonrise Service.

Our regular Easter service will be held in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM, with Pastor Merritt Waters officiating. Between the two services, the Care Committee will be serving Easter brunch in the Fellowship Hall.

We sincerely invite everyone to spend some time in worship at RUMC during Holy Week. If it has been a while, maybe it’s time to get reacquainted with our Savior in Riverview this year.

Prayer Warriors Wanted
Are you—or someone you know—in need of special or extra prayer? If so, the Connect and Prayer Card, an insert into your weekly bulletin, may be for you. Written prayer requests are collected during the weekly offering, and they are prayed on immediately after the service in Sunday school room #8. A group of prayer warriors spend an intense 15 minutes lifting individual prayer requests up to God.

If you want to join our Prayer Warrior team, please come to room #8 immediately following next Sunday’s worship service.

RESTORE Movie Night
RESTORE, RUMC’s food pantry and thrift store, will be sponsoring their first Movie Night on Friday evening, April 21st from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. We will be showing the inspirational movie “Heaven Is for Real”—an experience suitable for the whole family. Ice cream and popcorn will be served. Friends and family are invited—see you at the movie!

Manly Man Yard Sale in May
The United Methodist Men are planning to hold their annual Manly Man Sale on Saturday, May 6th. Once again, we are looking for donations of tools, yard tools, hardware, sporting goods, and small appliances. As you are cleaning out your yards and garages this month, remember to donate your unwanted tools to RUMC. You can coordinate your giving by calling the church office, contacting Joe Cornell, or by notifying any UMM Member. Thanks for your ongoing support.

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Pastors Message
About Us

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

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor, 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 April, 2017
BELL Newsletter from this link.
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.

Download the Prayer Tree for 
April 9 from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
The Stone Is Rolled Away

When the Sabbath was over, just as the first day of the week was dawning Mary from Magdala and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. At that moment, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven, went forward and rolled back the stone and took his seat upon it. His appearance was dazzling like lightning and his clothes were white as snow. The guards shook with terror at the sight of him and collapsed like dead men. But the angel spoke to the women, “Do not be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here—he is risen, just as he said he would. Come and look at the place where he was lying. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead. And, listen, he goes before you into Galilee! You will see him there! Now I have told you my message.”

Then the women went away quickly from the tomb, their hearts filled with awe and great joy, and ran to give the news to his disciples.

Matthew 28:1-8 (Phillips)
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