Calendar of Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 2
Eat Your Dessert First!  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 11:45 PM

Tuesday, July 4
Fourth of July Holiday. RESTORE and the Church Office will be closed.

Monday, July 10—Friday, July 14
Vacation Bible School.  Church, 6:30-8:30 PM

Thursday, August 10 – 
Friday, August 11
Willow Creek Leadership Summit. Bay Hope United Methodist Church, Lutz, Florida
RUMC Metropolitan Ministry Project Launched
Saturday, June 24th marked the launch of RUMC’s Metropolitan Ministry Saturday Lunch program. Volunteers from RUMC and neighboring churches served food to all comers from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. Hot meals (a meat dish, a starch, and a vegetable dish) were prepared by Metropolitan Ministry in Tampa and delivered to our Crichton Fellowship Hall where it was dished up and served by our local volunteers. Desserts and bread were provided by RESTORE in conjunction with the Winn-Dixie bakery on Big Bend Road. Other contributors provided drinks, ice and the paper goods needed to make our first week a success.

On our first Saturday, we served 24 meals free to customers, and we are hoping to grow our client-base as word spreads throughout the community. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a nutritious hot meal, and to spend time in fellowship with their friends and neighbors.

VBS Dates Have Been Chosen
Dates for our Vacation Bible School have been tentatively set for July 10-14. This year’s theme is “Hero Central”, where the children will be invited to discover their strength with God. As usual, we will need teachers, leaders, helper, refreshment providers and other volunteers. 

Rolinda is also asking for children’s t-shirts in a variety of bright colors. She and her helpers will be using them to create capes for our new young “heroes”.

To register your young superheroes or to volunteer to help, 
link to this registration website. 

Pie a la Mode Social
Eat Your Dessert First! The Care Committee is sponsoring a Pie a la Mode Social on Sunday, July 2nd immediately after the worship service. Have a sweet treat in celebration of our country’s birthday on July 4th.

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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 July, 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 
June 25 from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesians

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation that makes God known to you. I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers.

I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.

Ephesians 1:17-19; 3:17-18 (CEB)

Cooling Down for Summer
The church has been experiencing many recent air conditioner failures and repairs. Those members who have recently been in Sunday School Rooms 5-8 know that we have additional A/C work to complete. We have nearly exhausted the building fund in trying to keep up with the repairs. So, we are asking every family to add $5.00 a week to their giving—designated to the “Building Fund”—to help us complete our A/C repairs. A few extra dollars from every giver during the summer will help us keep “cool in the summer.”

Gideon’s Sunday

Sunday, June 25th was Gideon’s International Sunday at Riverview UMC. Millions of people around the world are living their lives with no access to the Scriptures. The Gideon’s International seeks to place God’s Word into their hands.

Every Scripture distributed by The Gideon’s International is provided because of gifts from local churches and individual Christians. The Gideon’s partner with churches throughout the world to reach the unreached everywhere. Gideon’s share more than a million copies of God’s Word every five days—often reaching people who may never own, or even see, God’s Word.

For an investment of about a dollar and a quarter, you can provide for the purchase and placement of a Scripture throughout the world. You can contribute by visiting The Gideon’s International at