News from the Conference 
and the District

Learning Life Skills at the 
Florida Children’s Home
Colin, 16, enjoys building deck chairs and gliders. Carpentry is a trade he learned while enrolled in the Life Skills program at the Florida United Methodist Children's Home.

Hard work paid off. The dark-haired teen's Adirondack chairs won Best of Show and first place at the Volusia County Fair.

Like Colin, some residents of the Children's Home are foster children placed there by the state. Others are children and young adults referred privately by Methodist ministers and others. And like Colin, many residents have benefited through the years by participating in the Children's Home Independent Living Life Skills program.

“We're here to fortify youth that didn't get the life experience that they needed to survive out there in the real world,” said Zoe Peterson, Life Skills coordinator, who has worked at the Children's Home almost 18 years. “We teach them to be resourceful in the outside community.”

“If staff members believe they can meet a young person's needs, he or she comes into placement,” said Dr. Debra Suto Henry, director of Independent Living at the Children's Home, whose home base is a 100-acre campus in Enterprise, between Daytona Beach and Orlando. 

The Children's Home cares for about 470 children and young adults at multiple facilities and foster homes around the state. There are about 105 children and adults, ages 1 to 26, in Enterprise. More information about the Children’s Home Independent Living initiative 
go to this link.

Lifeline Screening Coming in May
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventative health screenings will be at RUMC on Monday, May 8th. Five ultrasound screenings to identify risk factors for cardiovascular disease are available for a combined $149. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risk factors helps you and your doctor address problems early.

You need to pre-register for your screening slot. Call toll-free at 888-814-0416 to register for your screening to receive a $10 discount. Or you can visit this website to pre-register online.

Springtime Invitations
Pastor Merritt would like to begin a Confirmation Class in the coming weeks. If your child or teen is interested, please contact the church office as soon as possible.

If you are ready to join the RUMC church family as a full member, Pastor Merritt would also like to talk and pray with you.

A Reminder About Youth Summer Camp
It’s time for the youth of the church to reserve their spots for summer camp at Warren Willis. Everyone who wants to go needs to fill out an application and get it to the church office as soon as they can. There is a non-refundable deposit required to hold the church’s spots at camp. The church will pay the initial deposit, but the balance that each young person owes will vary depending on how many pumpkin patch and other service hours that were earned.
Camp applications are available from

If you need more information, please see Rick Phillips on Wednesday or Sunday at R.U.S.H. activities.

Contribute Via AmazonSmile
If you shop online with Amazon, be aware that Riverview First United Methodist Church is now registered with AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to our church. Just log into Amazon via the AmazonSmile link and indicate that Riverview First United Methodist Church is your charity of choice. Every time after that when you log into Amazon through a portion of the monies from your purchases will go directly to the church.

Book Club News
The RUMC Book Club is currently reading “The Hangman’s Daughter” by Oliver Potzsch. When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, in 1660’s Germany, local hangman, Jakob Kuisl, was called upon to investigate whether witchcraft was at play. That’s how “The Hangman's Daughter” begins. This chillingly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller is from German television screenwriter, Oliver Potzsch--a descendent of the Kuisls’, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.

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.
8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
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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.)

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
12:00 PM Hispanic Congregation Service
6:00 PM Youth Band Rehearsal
7:00 PM R. U. S. H. (Youth Group) Meeting

11:30 AM Women's Bible Study, Room 6
7:00 PM Cub Scout Pack Pack 83

10:00 AM RESTORE Food Bank and Thrift Store Open*
6:30 PM  Boy Scout Troop 83
7:00 PM ESOL & GED Classes

6:30-7:30 AM AA Meeting
6:00 PM Potluck Dinner and Fellowship
6:45 PM Children & Youth Activities
6:45 PM Pastor’s Bible Study
6:45 PM Hispanic Church Bible Study
7:00 PM Ladies Bible Study
​7:00 PM Christians Connecting with Christ

6:30-7:30 AM AA Meeting
10:00 AM RESTORE Food Bank and Thrift Store Open*
6:30 PM Chancel Choir Rehearsal
6:45 PM Financial Peace University
7:00 PM College and Career Small Group
7:00 PM ESOL & GED Classes


9:00 AM RUMC Book Club

*RESTORE is an equal opportunity provider and is open to the public.
Learning Independent Living Life Skills at the Florida UM Children's Home
Searching for a Way Forward
The 32 members of the Commission on a Way Forward are getting down to the business of doing what their name says — helping a denomination deeply divided over homosexuality move toward some sort of future together. That future could end up looking very different than how The United Methodist Church operates at present.

“After meetings of building relationships and team building, the commission is now delving deeper into its intended task — finding a way forward for the church,” said Mazvita Machinga, commission member and a dean at United Methodist Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

“There is high optimism that a way forward will unwind itself as the team works together,” she added.

The multinational commission held its third meeting April 6-8 at the United Methodist Building in Washington. Just as was true with its first two meetings, the commission’s third gathering was closed to reporters.

The commission, authorized by General Conference 2016, is looking at new ways to be a global church where many United Methodists view the practice of homosexuality as a sin while many others view restrictions on LGBTQ individuals as sinful.
For the complete report on the work of the Commission
 go to this link.