Volunteer Opportunities at RUMC
We are looking for volunteers to help Sharon Cayce with Children’s Moments on Sunday mornings. If you are interested, please contact Sharon at 802-8325.
We need counters to help after church services on Sundays, usually for about an hour or so. If you have time available, please contact Mike Plett (at 349-9000) or stop by the library immediately after church.
We need additional Communion stewards to help Debbie Stephens on the first Sunday of every month. If you can help, contact Debbie at 689-0109.
Plan for the 2018 UMW Retreats
Registration is now open for the 2018 Women’s Retreats at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park. The theme for the retreats is “Restored and Free”, and the weekends are February 16-18 or March 9-11. For more information,
Help Support Our School Partner
RUMC continues to partner with Riverview Elementary School by donating emergency school supplies. Donors can leave their supplies in bins outside the church office. Note that only unopened, packaged, basic school supplies will be accepted.
Purchase from AmazonSmile
We are reminding everyone in our congregation to do their shopping throughout the year at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a portion of each purchase to our church. Shop at this link and help the church financially at the same time.
RUMC Book Club News
The RUMC Book Club is currently reading “Lincoln on the Bardo” by George Sanders. This description of the book comes from a Goodreads reviewer:
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy’s body.
From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.
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.