March 24th Will Be a Busy Day at RUMC
The day actually begins at the Applebee’s Restaurant at 829 Providence Road in Brandon. The United Methodist Men are hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser in cooperation with this restaurant. Tickets will continue to be on sale, through Sunday. For a mere $7.00, hungry breakfasters can feast on pancakes, sausage, and coffee—with $5.00 for each ticket going directly to the United Methodist Men and their programs.
Immediately following the breakfast, come to the church. The RUMC Trustees are sponsoring church work day from 10 AM until mid-afternoon. While most of the effort will be given to prepare the parsonage grounds for the Sonrise on the River Easter Service, we will need help inside the parsonage and for some other special projects. Many hands will make light work in improving the appearance of our church and its grounds.
Our Holy Week and Easter Schedule
Holy Week begins on March 25th, Palm Sunday. On that Sunday, the RUMC Chancel Choir will be presenting the Easter Cantata. On Wednesday, March 28th, Pastor Merritt is urging us to participate in a day of prayer and fasting; there will be NO fellowship supper or Wonderful Wednesday activities during that evening. Maundy (Holy) Thursday services will be held at 6:30 PM on March 29th (including communion), and Good Friday services will be held at 6:30 PM on March 30th.
Easter Sunday begins at 8:00 AM with a Sonrise Service “Down by the River”. This traditional RUMC service will be held in our parsonage’s expansive back yard. There will be a limited number of folding chairs available for the service, so we are asking everyone to bring along their own folding or camper chairs. We are also expecting some Tampa Bay Area Emmaus members (mostly from New Hope UMC), as well as other visitors. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the wonderful outdoor vista and an inspiring Easter service.
Immediately after the Sonrise Service, an Easter Sunday breakfast will be provided to everyone at Crichton Hall. There will also be a regular Easter Sunday worship at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary, as well as an Hispanic Easter Sunday worship service at 12:00 Noon.
English Instruction Available
We are teaching ESOL classes to non-English speakers at RUMC. Classes are being held every Tuesday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 PM in Room 6, and there are about 12-15 mainly Hispanic students participating. All are welcome.
RESTORE Changes its Hours
The RESTORE food pantry and thrift store are now open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 AM until Noon. In February, RESTORE provided emergency food to 392 families in Riverview, Gibsonton and Progress Village—and we continue to be a vital source of groceries to our community.
Come Sing with the Southern Company Chorus
RUMC is now the rehearsal location for the Southern Company Chorus, a women’s barbershop harmony group. The chorus meets at the church every Monday from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. The chorus is always looking for new members, and women of all ages are welcome! For more information, follow this link to www.southerncompany.chorus.org.