Willow Creek Leadership Summit
The Willow Creek mega-church in Illinois has long been an inspirational and training center for United Methodist pastors and lay leaders. The Willow Creek Association (WCA) is committed to the singular idea that inspired, encouraged, and equipped Christian leaders transform their communities. Bill Hybels and John Ortberg are just two of the Methodist leaders who have served at Willow Creek. For 25 years, WCA has been privileged to serve Christians through events like The Global Leadership Summit.

This year, its annual Global Leadership Summit will take place on Friday, August 10th and Saturday, August 11th, and it will be simulcast to Bay Hope UMC (formerly Van Dyke UMC). 

 There is currently an “early bird special”, that allows interested leaders to register for $149. If you would like to be a part of the 2017 Global Leadership Summit, you will need to notify Pastor Merritt by Monday, May 15, 2017.  More information about the Summit can be found at this link.

Don’t Let Our Shut-Ins Feel Forgotten
We have several shut-ins that were formerly active members of our church. A card, a telephone call or a visit will go a long way towards making a shut-ins day. Here is a list of current shut-ins:

  • Juanita Hannaway at Consulate Health Care (Room 411)
  • Marian Watson at Belvedere Commons (279-6690)
  • Johnny Jones, 13220 Balm-Boyette Road, Riverview (689-7604)
  • Sandra Sprang, 12406 Tocci Lane, Riverview (677-0709)
  • Rudy Rattman, 6509 Reed Drive, Riverview (677-1750)

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.

RUMC Book Club News
The RUMC Book Club is currently reading “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht. Set in an unnamed Balkan Country, Natalia, a young doctor, treats children in an orphanage by the sea. She is surrounded by age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her, and forces working in her own life as well.

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.
News from the Conference and the District

Proposed Re-Districting Plan
A proposed re-districting plan will be voted on by the delegates to the Florida Annual Conference. The number of Florida districts will be reduced from nine to eight, with our district, the South Central District, disappearing. 

Under the proposed plan, our church will now come under the jurisdiction of the Gulf Central District which will geographically include all of Pinellas, Hillsborough and Polk counties. The newly-formed district will include 87 churches and 2 missions, and its offices will be headquartered at St. Paul UMC in Largo, Florida. The Rev. Candace M. Lewis will be our new District Superintendent. 

New Church Starts in Florida – 
A 4-Year Plan
The Florida Conference has initiated a four-year strategic plan to plant new churches throughout Florida. Data was collected through MissionInsite, an updatable demographic research program to identify areas of the state where new populations are growing, or where large existing populations are being underserved.  This link identifies the proposed new startups in the stateincluding two new churches in Hillsborough County.

A startup church is proposed for the Apollo Beach / Riverview area to serve a rapidly growing population.  If you have traveled South on U.S. 301 and then East on Big Bend Road recently, you would be amazed at the number of new subdivisions and homes going up in that area. Initially, the new church plant would be associated with the Sun City Center church—the largest United Methodist church in Hillsborough County. The Rev. Ryan Hall, an associate pastor at Sun City Center would be the new church’s first pastor.

Preparing for the 2017 Florida Annual Conference
The Annual Conference for Florida in 2017 will be held on June 8-10 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Walt Disney World. The lay representatives from our district will have a prepatory meeting on May 21st from 3-5 PM at the United Methodist Temple, 2700 S. Florida Avenue in Lakeland. The main topics for the 2017 Annual Conference includes five constitutional amendments, nine resolutions, and District Realignment for the entire Conference.

Rev. Merritt Waters will be the clergy representing us at Annual Conference, while Bev Aveyard has been tapped to be our lay delegate.

St. Stephens Dedicates Its New Campus in June
The new home for St. Stephens Catholic church, on Boyette Road, will be dedicated on Thursday, June 29th. St. Stephens began in a storefront on Bell Shoals Road. Their new church contains a spacious 30,000 sq. ft. sanctuary that can comfortably seat 1,100 parishioners. 

Prior to its dedication, the new sanctuary will be used to stage the Broadway musical, The Cross and the Light, which will play in the new sanctuary from Thursday, May 18th until Sunday, May 21st. The musical’s message holds firm to biblical truths, portraying Jesus’ life from the Passion to the Pentecost—a timely topic for this time of year. The musical has a cast of seven actors and singers and a state-of-the-art video projection system. Visit this website to see a listing of show times and date and to purchase tickets.

Florida Conference Mission U
United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God, to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and, to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Two Pre-Annual Conference Events
The Florida UMC Foundation is sponsoring a special workshop in Orlando Florida in June. Entitled “Old Money, New Money, More Money” the seminar discusses how to cultivate generous givers to transform the ministry of the church.

Many churches lack a vision to guide their ministry. But cultivating generous givers requires offering a vision that people can embrace and support with their gifts. Money follows ministry. The nearly three-hour workshop identifies five steps need to cultivate generous giving to your church’s ministries.

The workshop, to be held on Wednesday, June 7th, will be led by the Rev. Dr. Michael Vilardo, president and founder of Transforming Christian Ministries located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The workshop will be held from 1:30-4:30 PM at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32819. You may register by May 31 
at the following link or by contacting Heidi Leab at (800) 282-8011 ext. 192 or at hleab@flumc.org.

After the seminar, there will be a presentation of “Children at Risk: A Mission of Bridge Building” beginning at 6:30 PM. The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Tammy Pawloski, a leading expert on children in poverty. Click on this link if you would like to register for this event. The Florida United Foundation will be sponsoring a “Sweet Treats” Reception following that talk.

The Merger of Two Small UM Churches 
in Polk County
First United Methodist Church of Haines City and Davenport United Methodist Church were small, aging Polk County congregations with uncertain futures seven years ago. With the encouragement and support of the Florida Conference and the South Central District, they voted in 2010 to merge. The new congregation became New Horizon Church.

“By coming together, they had an opportunity to become a stronger and more vibrant church,” said Dan Jackson, who consulted with New Horizon as director of the Florida Conference’s New Church Development office.

After the merger, the 250-member congregation sought a new location to support outreach to families moving into the county. They found it in a 20-acre site adjacent to the new Ridge Community High School in a fast-growing residential area. Between 2000 and 2013, the population within a five-mile radius of the church site grew 39 percent. It’s projected to grow another 16 percent by 2023.

The congregation sold the Davenport church property and used some of the proceeds to purchase the new land. It began worship at the downtown Haines City property and launched a capital campaign to build a new church. New Horizon UMC will dedicate its new worship space this coming June 4.  Go to this link to learn more about this new church plant in our area.

New Horizon UMC, Haines City, Florida
For participants, the United Methodist Womens “Mission u” conferences provide an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on current mission study topics with special emphasis on the responsibilities of women in fulfilling the mission work of the church. Participants grow in understanding the mission of the church in the current world context; conference events are open to members and non-members of United Methodist Women. “Mission u” events also include opportunities for worship and singing, interest groups centered around current issues and events, mission project, audiovisual presentations and fellowship events.

This year’s Florida Conference “Mission u” Conference for the United Methodist Women will be held from Thursday, July 13th through Sunday, July 16th on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University at Daytona Beach, Florida. For more information on “Mission u” Conferences in general, or to register for the Florida conference in particular, please go to this link.