RUMC Ministries News

CHILDREN:  The Children’s Choir meets on Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:20 AM and on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-7:20 PM. They sing in church about once a month. They have begun practicing for their Christmas program which will be performed on Sunday, December 16th during the 10:30 worship service. The Children’s Choir accepts youngsters from 3 years old through the 5th Grade, and it includes the youth group in their major productions.

YOUTH:  On Wednesday evenings, they share a meal together, and then they gather in the Youth building to talk about upcoming events and how to serve God in our church and community. They have a short Bible lesson and discussion followed by free time to play video games, pool, and foosball. They end their Wednesday time together in group prayer.

On Sunday evenings, the youth meet at 6:00 PM to rehearse music that they play on select Sunday services, followed by youth fellowship in the Youth Building from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

The Youth will be selling pumpkins again in October. They are expecting pumpkins to arrive on or about October 13th, and they are hoping that members of the congregation will help them unload the truck and set up the patch.

CARE COMMITTEE:  They will be sponsoring a new members luncheon on October 7th following the worship service. A menu and sign-up sheets for the luncheon have been posted in the Fellowship Hall.

They are searching for homebound folks who would appreciate visits from members of the congregation. Contact Connie Mosley (766-7104) to share a friend or neighbor’s information or to sign up to be a visitor.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS: RESTORE continues to operate as a food pantry and thrift shop on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 AM until Noon. In August, RESTORE provided groceries to almost 500 families from our community. RESTORE is planning to distribute frozen turkeys for Thanksgiving. They will also sponsor an Angel Tree for Christmas, so that children from local families can receive much-needed clothing and toys.

Our partnership with Metropolitan Ministry continues to serve luncheons on Saturdays from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. RESTORE clients have been notified about this free hot lunch opportunity.

ADULT EDUCATION:  Lay Pastor Norma Encarnacion is holding English As a Second Language (ESOL) Class on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM in Room 8. Connie Mosley is moderating a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University (FPU) class on Thursday evenings from 6:45-8:15 AM in the Library.

There are two adult Sunday school classes that meet every Sunday starting at 9 AM. The Gleaner’s Class meets in the Library, and they are currently studying God’s Creation and the Genesis stories. The Journey class meets in Room 8, and they are currently learning about “Take the Flag” and following God’s signals in the race of life.

There are two lady’s bible studies that meet during the week. Diana Williams leads a study on “Spiritual Warfare” on Monday mornings from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM in Room 6. The Wednesday Night Ladies Bible Study is “Looking for Lovely” and studying how perseverance endurance, character and hope are essential to the Christian life. The Wednesday Night Bible Study also meets in Room 6 at 7:00 PM.

There are two other studies ongoing on Wednesday evenings. The Pastor’s Bible Study led by the Rev. Louis Telcy meets in the library at 7:00 PM, and is currently studying the Gospel of Luke. The Hispanic Bible Study led by Lay Pastor Norma Encarnacion meets in Crichton Hall at 7:00 PM.

ADULT MUSIC:  The chancel choir, led by Kim Floyd, practices every Thursday evening beginning at 6:30 in the choir room. The praise band, led by Carole Bradley and Danette Garcia, practices on Sunday evenings at 5:00 PM in the sanctuary.

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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.)

SUNDAY
9:00 AM Faith Groups 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 RUSH Youth Group—Youth Building

MONDAY
11:30 AM-12:30 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

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

WEDNESDAY
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

THURSDAY
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
6:45-8:15 PM Financial Peace University--Library
7:00-9:00 PM ESOL Class--Rm 8

FRIDAY
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SATURDAY
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.
Conversational English Class
Lay Pastor Norma Encarnacion will resume leading the “Conversational English Class” on Thursday, January 10, 2019. This is offered free of charge for the entire Riverview community. Classes will be held every Thursday evening from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. You can enroll at the church office or at the first class in January.

Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers who can assist in the preparation of the Sunday church bulletins. Volunteers come to the library each Friday morning between 9:00 and 11:00 AM to fold bulletins including inserts. This project takes about one hour and will make an extremely valuable contribution to the church’s overall worship experience. Contact the church office to volunteer or for more information.

Senior Care Important at RUMC
Are you looking for a way to serve your church, your community, your Lord? We are starting a new small group at RUMC, a Senior Care Group. As you know, we are a church full of older senior citizens and some not so old. We are not doing enough for these folks. Do you have an extra hour or two a week to visit? Perhaps bring a meal or snack? Provide needed transportation or other services? You may be just waiting for the right opportunity to serve—you decide when, where, and how. The important thing is that we need you.

If you are a senior or homebound individual, let us know if you would appreciate a visit or some caring concern. Or perhaps you have a neighbor or friend who would enjoy some occasional company. We want isolated people to know that God loves them and so do we at RUMC.

To contact us, call our Lay Leader, Connie Mosley at (813) 766-7104.

Getting to Know You
Pastor Telcy would like to get to know you. If you are interested in talking with the Pastor, he has left “signup sheets” on the back and front tables in our church. Please fill in your name, phone number and the date and time you would like to meet with him. Or you can make an appointment with him by calling the church office (813)677-5995.

Still Time to Order Christmas Poinsettias
You can still order your Christmas Poinsettias for placement in the sanctuary for the Advent season. Poinsettias will be ordered in the church office or by using the form included in the Sunday bulletin. Each plant in a 6 1/2” pot will cost $7.50 ordered in advance. Each plant can be ordered in honor or memory of a relative or friend. Your deadline to order is Thursday, December 13.

RUMC Book Club News
The RUMC Book Club is currently reading “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarity.

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

The RUMC Book Club meets every Saturday morning at 9:00 AM—usually at the home of Connie Mosley, 9720 Lorrayne Road in Riverview. You can contact Connie at 766-7104 for more information.
ECHO Comes to Riverview

One of the county’s largest charitable organizations is now serving Riverview and other South County communities. The Emergency Care and Help Organization (ECHO) opened near Riverview First United Methodist Church in late September. ECHO is located at 7801 Capitano Street within 0.1 miles of our church.

ECHO is headquartered in North Brandon and has recently expanded into our area. It offers emergency food and clothing and provides connections to other local resources for poor and homeless individuals and families. ECHO’s expansion was driven by the fact that over 600 families a week come to their Brandon facility from Riverview, Gibsonton, and Progress Village. With so many families driving to Brandon for service, ECHO felt that there was a large untapped need in our area.

ECHO is a much larger organization than RESTORE and other local church-based food pantries and thrift stores. ECHO has an annual budget $1.5 million, and gets corporate support from Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Publix and other local businesses. ECHO was founded in 1987 and helped more than a quarter of million people since its opening. By contrast, RESTORE has no corporate sponsorships and relies heavily on its volunteer work force, USDA food, surplus food from local vendors (Winn-Dixie, Save-A-Lot, Publix and Pizza Hut), and donations from its church members and neighbors.

ECHO addresses immediate needs using a fully stocked pantry and a clothing area. It also provides programs in job skills training, GED instruction, and financial literacy.

The new ECHO Riverview facility is open from Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM until 1 PM. More information about the Riverview facility can be contacted by calling their local number, 540-9880, or by visiting their website.

News from the District and 
the Conference

Florida Advocacy Days
On March 14-16, the Florida United Methodist Church will partner with Florida and the Florida African Methodist Episcopal Church to advocate for children at the Florida capital in Tallahassee. Representatives from all three organizations will meet to learn about the issues confronting children in poverty as well as those in dependency care across the state. Then, they will meet with state legislators and become an organized voice for children. Look for more information about this in the months ahead.

Innovation! for Midsize and Small-Local Churches
The Gulf Central District is planning a learning event for midsize and small local churches in the district. The seminar will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Anona UMC in Largo, Florida. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Reaching into your community-The power of Asset Mapping
  • Reaching children through growing School Partnerships
  • Digital & Websites for the novice
  • How to buy Technology smartly
  • Sharing the Gospel when you’re scared to death
  • Keeping our sanctuary safe in today’s world

Registration for this seminar will open on January 8,2019, when we will be able to register at www.flumc.org/events.