Sunday, October 31st (from 4:00 until 5:30 PM)--Trunk or Treat on our South Parking Lot. Invite your children, grandchildren, and neighbors to this safe option for trick or treating. Halloween candy will be given out from trunks of cars, and there will also be a free bouncy house.
Sunday, November 14th –RUMC’s 175th Anniversary Celebration. Please in prayer for this very special day. We are inviting all members, former members, former pastors, and all our Riverview neighbors to this event. It will begin with a special Sunday morning worship service, followed by a delicious pot luck dinner. The goal is to reminisce, visit, and share wonderful memories of our Church.
For questions, please call the church office at 813-677-5995, or Fran Carrillo at 813-677-6836. We are looking forward to seeing old and new friends--Fran, Jan, and Sharon (the 175th Anniversary Committee).
By the way thanks to Linda Chion Kinney of the Observer Newspaper for spending two whole mornings at Riverview United Methodist Church on behalf of our church’s 175th Anniversary and our RESTORE food bank operation. She was invited on campus by Annabelle Lennard, and she did a great job getting interviews and pictures. You can read her article in the August Observer at this link.
The Gulf-Central District is working to put a relief container together to help the relief of the village of Cayes, Haiti—Pastor Telcy’s hometown. After recent earthquake sandwiched between two separate tropical storms, many of the towns and villages in Southern Haiti have been destroyed. Many people are homeless, or are living without the basic necessities of food, pure water, or electricity.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is also announcing a new Emergency Advance to assist the people of Haiti more generally. RUMC is currently collecting financial contributions to assist both of these efforts. You can donate online or by designating a portion of your offering envelope as “Haiti”.
Note that we have added two new giving category options onto our online giving portal. You can now direct money to our long-term building savings account “The Legacy Fund”, or to “Missions” which for the near-term will be monies designated for Haitian relief.
News and Notes
World Communion Sunday. This Sunday, October 3rd is World Communion Sunday. United Methodists will join Christians around the globe to recognize their oneness in Christ. In The United Methodist Church, special donations support scholarships to equip U.S. students of color and international students to transform the church and their communities as both laity and clergy
Wednesday Morning Bible Study. Beginning on Wednesday, October 6th, the Wednesday Morning Bible Study will begin a study of Romans 8: The Greatest Chapter in the Bible, led via videos by Dr. David Jeremiah. There will be a series of eight classes taking us into the Advent season. We meet in the church library from 10 AM until 11:30 AM each Wednesday morning. All are welcome to join us.
RESTORE Thanksgiving. Once again, we will be supplying Thanksgiving turkeys and fixings to our RESTORE clients this November. We anticipate giving away at least 200 turkeys this Thanksgiving along with much of the trimmings. We are asking the congregation for donations of cash and/or fixings. USDA has already provided us with the dehydrated mash potatoes, and we are looking for donations of green beans, mushroom soup, French fried onions, cranberry sauce, yams, and boxed dressing—all items that you can leave in the big RESTORE container in the sanctuary narthex on Sundays or bring to RESTORE during the week. South Shore United Methodist Church has once again agreed to partner with us in this endeavor. We hope to be a blessing for many needy families in our neighborhood this Thanksgiving season.