Upcoming Sunday Schedule
For the next several Sundays, we will be celebrating school, scouting and church events during our Sunday worship.
On Sunday, May 21st, we have invited all our Cub Scouts (from Pack 83) and Boy Scouts (from Troop 83) for a Scout Appreciation Sunday. We want to thank all of the scouts for representing our church over the past year, and especially for the good job they did helping prepare our church grounds for our Sonrise Service on the River this past April. Following the service, the Care Committee will be serving hot dogs and corn dogs with sides and trimmings in Crichton Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, May 28th, is Graduation Sunday when we recognize our high school and college graduates. If you know of any student who is graduating this year, let the church office know so that he or she can be included in our recognition. May 28th is also part of Memorial Day Weekend, when we remember loved ones who have passed and especially service men and women who gave their lives so that we can live in a free and blessed country.
Sunday, June 4th, is Pentecost Sunday. On that Sunday, we remember the official birthday of the church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon that first congregation in Jerusalem. Since June 4th is the last Sunday before Annual Conference, we will be taking the Bishop’s Offering at that service. This year’s donation will go to help pastors in Cuba and children in Haiti. Please pray for Pastor Merritt and our Lay Delegate, Bev Aveyard as they attend the Florida Annual Conference in Orlando on June 7-10.
Metropolitan Ministries Project Team Meeting
A group of RUMC members is exploring the possibility of becoming a meal partnership site for Metropolitan Ministries. RUMC would be the only Metropolitan Ministries provider in our part of Hillsborough County.
It is thought that our fellowship hall might make an ideal location for serving meals on a weekly basis. RUMC would supply the paper goods, pick up the pre-cooked meals from Metropolitan Ministry kitchens, set-up and clean-up after the meal, and greet and interact as a Christ-like servant to our local homeless and hungry. Our steering committee is currently considering serving lunch on Saturdays—perhaps for the period between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM.
The next planning meeting for this committee will be this coming Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM in Crichton Fellowship Hall.
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. More information about VBS will follow soon.
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.
Early Riverview Methodist Church History
Much appreciation is owed to Nick Gatanis, and the Gleaners Sunday School Class, for reprinting a booklet of early Riverview Methodist Church History. This booklet covers church events from its founding in 1846 up until 1959, the year it was compiled and published by Garnet K. Tien. The document is an essential record of the first 113 years of the history of first Methodist church founded in Hillsborough County—and one of the first Methodist churches in our state. If you are interested in obtaining your copy of this informative booklet, contact Nick or Dewey Brown, the President of the Gleaners Class.