News from the Congregation
Our warmest and most sincere congratulations go to Rob and Carole Bradley on the marriage of their daughter Emily Rose Bradley to James Vance Cockerham III. Their marriage ceremony was conducted in Gainesville, FL on Sunday, August 5th.
We say farewell to Verlin O’Neal. After a breakfast in his honor, sponsored by the Gleaner’s Sunday School Class of which he was a long-time member. Verlin and his daughter attended Sunday Services. Then Verlin was transported to Spring Hill where he will live in an assisted-living facility to be near his daughter’s family.
Please be in prayer for Connie Mosley, Mindy Williams, Pastor Merritt and Lay Pastor Norma and these four individuals will be attending the Global Leadership Summit at Bay Home UMC in Lutz on Thursday and Friday, August 10-11.
Public schools in Hillsborough County start up again on Thursday, August 10th. Please be in prayer for all our students, parents, guardians, teachers, and staff.
Our New Ice Machine
A great big thank you goes out to RESTORE and the United Methodist Men who have helped us purchase a brand new ice machine. We should now have a constant source of ice for our Wednesday night potlucks, our Saturday noon Metropolitan Ministry luncheons, and our special Sunday events.
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 smile.amazon.com 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 smile.amazon.com a portion of the monies from your purchases will go directly to the church.
Faith Groups Study Andy Stanley
The Journey Sunday School Class meets in Sunday School room #8 on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM, and the Christian’s Connecting with Christ meet in Room #8 on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. Both faith groups are currently studying the 2014 Andy Stanley study “Why in the World”—a five-part study that attempts to answer the question Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
For those of you unable to attend either faith group, this series is also available online at www.whyseries.org.
As part of the homework for this study, every participant is asked to read any gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John), and to answer for themselves “What have I learned about God the Father from reading about the Son?”
Remember, GOD loves you and so do we at RUMC.
RUMC Book Club News
The RUMC Book Club is currently reading the book “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly. This book contains the untold story of the black women who helped win the space race. The biographical text follows the lives of human computers such as Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three mathematicians who overcame discrimination, as women and as African Americans, while working at NASA during the space race.
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.