​Normal Weekly Recurring
Events at RUMC
(Call the church office at 677-5995 for more information about these or other events sponsored by the church.)

8:00 AM Early Worship Service--Fellowship Hall
9:00 AM Sunday School for All Ages
9:00 AM Children's Choir
10:00 AM Refreshments & Relationships
10:30 AM Worship Service
11:45 AM Prayer Warriors--Rm 8
12:00 PM Hispanic Congregation Service
6:00 PM Youth Band Rehearsal
7:00 PM R.U.S.H. Youth Group—Youth Building

1:00 PM-2:30 PM Women’s Small Group Bible Study—Rm 6
7:00-9:30 PM Southern Company Chorus Rehearsal —Fellowship Hall
7:00 PM Cub Scouts Meet--Classrooms

10:00 AM RESTORE Food Bank and Thrift Store Open*
6:30 PM Boy Scout Troop #83—Fellowship Hall

6:30-7:30 AM AA Meeting—Rm 8
6:00 PM Fellowship Supper—Fellowship Hall
6:45 PM Children & Youth Activities
6:45 PM Hispanic Church Bible Study —Fellowship Hall
7:00 PM Pastor Telcy’s Bible Study--Library
7:00 PM Ladies Bible Study—Rm 6

6:30-7:30 AM AA Meeting—Rm 8
10:00 AM RESTORE Food Bank and Thrift Store Open*
6:30 PM Chancel Choir Rehearsal
6:30 PM Financial Peace University--Library
7:00-9:00 PM ESOL Class--Rm 8


9:00 AM RUMC Book Club, 9720 Lorrayne Avenue, Riverview
11:30 AM--12:30 PM Metropolitan Ministry Free Lunch Program, Fellowship Hall

*RESTORE is an equal opportunity provider and is open to the public.
Youth News
The youth are planning an “End of School” party to honor our graduates and to celebrate the completion of another school year. This event will also include a youth baptism. It will be held on Sunday night, May 19th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Youth who are planning to attend summer camp and Warren Willis need to turn in their signed camp application as soon as possible. R.U.S.H. has reserved the week beginning July 22nd. Those parents and youth with questions should contact Pastor Rick Phillips.

Summer Hiatus
The Monday Ladies Bible Study will be taking a break for the summer. We will meet for the last time on May 20th at 1:00 PM in Room #6. Then, the ladies will not meet again until September 9th.

The United Methodist Men will not be meeting in June, July or August. The men will next meet on the first Tuesday in September (9/3/2019). We will meet in the library at 6:00 PM just prior to Trustees meeting on that same night. As an incentive, pizza will be served.

Prayer and Connect Cards
If you or someone you know needs prayer, please fill out the yellow Prayer and Connect Card located on the back of each pew. These cards are passed along to the Prayer Warriors of RUMC. Our Prayer Warriors meet every Sunday in Room #8 immediately after the service for 15 minutes of prayer. It is their honor to pray for you and your concerns.

Also, Prayer and Connect Cards can be used if you want the church to know that you are interested in becoming a member, or if you would like to receive more information about our church 

If you would like to be added to our church directory, included in our church email blasts, or have your birthday and anniversary included in our monthly newsletter, please complete a Prayer and Connect Card and include in the Sunday offering plate. You can also visit the church office on most business day mornings, or you can contact us by phone or email.

Contribute to RUMC Through Amazon Smiles
If you shop online with Amazon, please be aware that RUMC is a recognized charity with Amazon Smiles. Amazon will donate 0.5% of everything registered church members by through Amazon Smiles back to the church. Over the Christmas holidays, eligible Amazon online shoppers returned about $20.00 back to the church.

Just log into Amazon via the smile.amazon.com link and indicate that Riverview First United Methodist Church is your charity of choice. After that, every time you purchase something through that link, a portion of that sale will come directly back to the church.

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Pastors Message
About Us

Norma Encarnacion, Our Hispanic Lay Pastor
Doings at Fruitland Park
At the beginning of 2017, the Life Enrichment Center at Fruitland Park and its neighboring camp, Warren Willis Camp, merged to form a single great ministry. In 2019, the merged organization became known as the Warren Willis United Methodist Camp and Conference Center.

The camp and conference center continue to host many pilgrims who come for community and spiritual renewal. Over 100 different groups utilized the combined facility during the first three months of this year. Organizations such as the Lift Disability Network (supporting families that are living with disabilities), Oasis Spring Break Camp (families living under generational poverty), and Central Florida Men’s Workshop (men recovering from addiction), use camp facilities for fellowship and respite. Guests can unplug from daily life and live fully in the moment.

Warren Willis provides a support location for Confirmation of young people. This spring, three Confirmation retreat weekends assisted 44 churches and over 500 young people in Confirmation training. These kids have incredible potential to advance God’s kingdom in their churches, schools, and communities.

Another special service of the conference center is hosting local artisans from the Leesburg, Fruitland Park, The Villages, and other area communities. Whether they be quilters, scrapbookers, sewing clubs, dance groups, or other artisan groups, the center creates spaces to allow them to practice their art together and to share their passion with their friends.

A major emphasis of Warren Willis each summer is to provide a summer camp experience for United Methodist youth from all over Central Florida. The theme of this year’s Summer Camp is “Speak Peace”. In addition to all the fun things that happen at summer camp and the life-long friendships that will be formed, camp leaders hope to teach campers how to live at peace with one another and within themselves.

Warren Willis is supported by Work Campers—a community of RV retirees who dedicate three months of their time each year to care for the buildings and vehicles, to do the groundskeeping, to serve camp meals, and to support camp administration. The camp also gets support from NOMADS—another RV group of retirees that travels the country performing three-week projects wherever they go. Another priceless camp resource are local volunteers who help out year-round to maintain the space and care for guests.

To find out more about the Warren Willis United Methodist Camp and Conference Center, or to access their schedule of retreats and programs, go to this link.

UMC’s Commitment to 
Scouting and Our Youth
The bottom line is that our denomination’s Center for Scouting Ministries has not changed. The UMC is committed to the scouting ministries because they work. We express the love of Christ by reaching into communities’ care and partnership. What does this status quo in ministry look like?

Boy Scouts of America – Churches charter the units, and they should consider the Cub Scout pack, Scout troop, Venturing Crew, Sea Scout ship, or Exploring club or post an extension of their ministry. The charter church representative should get to know potential adult leaders and approve them for service. These leaders should ensure that the youth obtain life skills and engage in faith-building experiences.

Girl Scouts of the USA–The Girl Scout Council is the charter organization of the unit, not the church. An active partnership makes the program a ministry. Encouragement and involvement in troop activities is ministry.

Camp Fire – Councils in 25 states provide THRIVEOLOGY, a systematic and proven program based on the highest level of research. The program opens the doors for community growth as well as the growth of the youth. If Camp Fire is near you, please be willing to share the opportunity.

Big Brothers Big Sisters – This individual mentorship program is a great way to provide care for a child. This is an opportunity that does not require a building or a structured group. Anyone can share time and love with a child.

These partner organizations offer a variety of ways to be in ministry to all youth. Find the one that fits your church and personal gifts. A trained scouting coordinator can help interpret policies and provide answers for the local church.

Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Grace and Peace, 
Steven Scheid, Director of the Center for Scouting Ministries 
General Commission on UM Men 

Annual Conference, 2019
Make plans now to attend Annual Florida United Methodist Church Conference 2019 by booking your hotel rooms early. A list of Lakeland hotels and rates can be found at the Conference website, and housing will also be available at Florida Southern College, home of the Annual Conference.

The theme of the 2019 Annual Conference is “On Mission Together”. The conference will begin on Wednesday, June 5 with separate clergy and lay sessions at 10 AM. The conference will conclude on Saturday, June 8 with the service of Licensing, Commissioning and Ordination. All events will take place at Florida Southern College.

The Gulf-Central District will offer an air-conditioned tent near Branscomb Auditorium to get food and to fellowship with other delegates. Annual Conference is free and open to anyone who would like to attend. However, only Lay Members to the 2019 Annual Conference will have a vote during the proceedings.

Branscombe Auditorium, Florida Southern University, Lakeland, Florida.  Site of the 2019 United Methodist Annual Conference.