Pastor Scott Menez & Jeff Dillard


Pastor Scott Menez and Missions Leader Jeff Dillard are headed to Siguatepeque, Honduras, during March 14-20.

Pastor Scott will be teaching a series of lessons in a conference at MEDA seminary. He and Jeff will also be assisting in ministry with two of Riverbend's on-the-field missionaries--Mark Patterson and Pastor Melvin Romero.

Please keep them in your prayers.

'Bible Fellowship Groups'

Coming April 2

A new Bible Fellowship Group for young marrieds/singles (late 20s-to-early 40s) begin meeting April 2 in Fellowship Hall.  Pastor Michael Harsch heads a teaching team that includes Brent Carnathan, Kyle Knight and Marcel Simons.

A new Bible Fellowship Group for median adults (early 40s-to-mid-50s) will be meeting in one corner of the Worship Center. Pastor Jason Karr will lead a teaching team that includes Jeff Dillard, Brian Giaquinto, Pastor Scott Menez and David Sasser.

People currently enrolled in Pastor Michael's and Pastor Jason's groups are free to move to other groups.


BFG Three existing adult Bible Fellowship Groups will continue to operate, but with a revised lineup of teachers. They will accent the mid-50s-&-up group:   Grace Abounding (led by Pastor Rick Cobb), Sovereign Grace (led by Pastor Jerry Schaeffer) and Sojourners (led by Pastor Alden Stephens).

These age groupings overlap on purpose to create some flexibility for you to go where you fit best. You may stay where you are now or choose a different BFG (no registration necessary). You may even shop around for a few weeks before deciding which BFG is best for you.

Bible Fellowship Groups, with leadership teams    (effective April 2)
  • Crossroads (HS grads-to-late 20s, married or single) ... Room 184 ... Heyward Evans, Leader ... Team: Paul Grenelle.
  • NEW--name to be announced (late 20s-to-early 40s) ... Fellowship Hall ... Pastor Michael Harsch, Leader ... Team: Brent Carnathan, Kyle Knight, Marcel Simons.
  • NEW--name to be announced (early 40s-to-mid 50s) ... Worship Center ... Pastor Jason Karr, Leader ... Team: Jeff Dillard, Brian Giaquinto, Pastor Scott Menez, David Sasser.
  • Grace Abounding (mid-50s-&-up) ... Choir Room ... Pastor Rick Cobb, Leader ... Team: Brent Davis, Charlie Hicks, Larry Price, Mark Stene.
  • Sovereign Grace (mid-50s-&-up) ... Room 186 ... Pastor Jerry Schaeffer, Leader ... Team: Rick Delaney, Gary Giovanni, John Griffin, Brad Harris.
  • Sojourners (mid-50s-&up) ... Room 185 ... Pastor Alden Stephens, Leader ... Team: Craig Cameron, Mike Harsch Sr., Dale McCormick, Bill Wilder.
  • Joy (senior ladies) ... Library ... Donna Ruttan, Leader ... Team: Carol Wilder, Pam Cochran.
  • WARM (ladies from Carter Sanctuary) ... Room 182 ... Kay Moody, Leader ... Team: Various teachers.
  • Faith-full (special education) ... Room 187 ... Anand Ramsaran, Leader ... Team: Evie Brewster.
  • Youth (high school & middle school) ... Youth Center ... Aaron Johnsen, Leader ... Team: Matt McCray, Seth Shealy.
  • Children (infants-grade 5) ... Kingdom Corner wing ... Summer Harsch, Leader ... Team: teachers for various ages.

Tech Min

Come serve the Lord with us!

You could serve your church family in sound, lighting, lyric projection, live streaming, camera operation, stage manager, and a myriad of other ways. We need men and women regardless of age. We will train you and you can jump in as soon as you feel ready. Please see Pastor Rick Cobb, Heyward Evans or Troy Dittman. We need you!
If your feet could talk, they would say "thank you"--if you took them to Sole-Savers at Riverbend.  They would enjoy a free pedicure, foot-calf massage, nails painted, great snacks and super fellowship.

Saturday, March 18 ... 8:30-11:30 pm ... Youth Center




Riverbend Family Retreat

Sept. 22-24 (Friday-Sunday)




Champions Gate FL

(6 miles south of Disney)

Tony Sanelli, founding pastor of Grace Bible Church in Pleasant Hill, Calif., preached installation sermon when Pastor Scott Menez first came to Riverbend ... 28 years in ministry ... graduate of The Master's Seminary ... teaches theology at Cornerstone Seminary ... he and wife Sherri have 3 children & 3 grandchildren.

Tony Sanelli


Pastor Tony will speak at a church-wide gathering in the Riverbend Room on Friday evening, then on Saturday morning and again on Sunday morning.

Plenty of time for fellowship with Riverbenders (850-foot lazy river, 18-hole putt putt, 2 swimming pools, wave pool, 2 championship golf courses, sand volleyball, lighted par 3 golf, tennis, basketball, biking, jogging, hiking, fitness center, spa, wifi, playground, arcade, free shuttle to Disney).  Extra fees apply to some events (check website by clicking here).


Riverbend has reserved 75 rooms at a discounted rate at this 4.5-star resort. They are available on a first-come basis. 

Rooms are $335 total for the 2-night stay--King (2 people) or 2 Queens (4 people).  Also, you may add up to 2 people in either at no extra charge. 

Cost includes room, parking, taxes and all resort fees.


(not included in room fee)

Eight dining options (restaurants and snack stands) are located at the Omni. 

Plus, there are nine restaurants within five minutes of the resort.
Reserve your room
  • Information will be available soon on how to reserve your room--online or by phone.
Introducing a New Ministry: The King's Table

Riverbend has a new special needs children's ministry called The King's Table. Based on Luke 14:15-24 and 2 Samuel 9, its mission is to show families of children with special needs that we believe each child is created in the image of God, who has designed each with a unique purpose. This ministry  received a boost when Dorothy Lefford (right) of Easterseals came to the church to discuss how to help families of children with special needs. For more info about The King's Table, or to become a BUDDY to a child with special needs, contact leader Stacie Bagamery  (left) by clicking here .

DEADLINE:  March 15 (This Wednesday)

Ark Trip

Persevering Saints May 15-19 trip to Kentucky: 
visit Noah's Ark & Creation Museum

$150 deposit in church office by March 15 ... $200 balance due by April 15  (includes lodging, transportation &  tickets (does not include meals, but motels provide complimentary breakfasts)

For more details, contact Pastor Jerry Schaeffer (672-1821 or click here).

Preaching the Word

The latest sermons from Pastor Scott Menez ... to listen, click on the title

SUNDAYS, 10:30 a.m.
Study of Titus: The Traits of the Master's Family (Titus 1:1-4)  

WEDNESDAYS, 6:15 p.m.
Study of Ecclesiastes:   The Search for Wisdom  (Eccl 7:19-29)


An 'Incredible' Venture

Report from Riverbenders Adam (right) and Jamie Begin (left) after their recent mission trip to Haiti:  

"The trip was incredible. I think we were able to see 400+ patients and accomplish many more things. We saw souls won for Christ in the midst of the most voodoo-influenced communities. We were blessed to be able to have even a small part in the work God is doing there!  Thank you, Riverbend, for your support!"


Good Friday (April 14)
Worship in Worship Center, 6 p.m.  (no childcare ... kids welcome in Worship)

Easter Sunday (April 16)
Beach Sunrise Service (Renick Park, A1A, Ormond), 6:30 a.m.
No Bible Fellowship Groups ... No Children's Church
Morning Worship at Riverbend, 10:30 a.m.  (childcare: 4-under)

That's the distance Troy Dittman, Riverbend technical director, will be putting on his bicycle during an organized ride March 18-22.  

The occasion?  To raise money for New Missions Systems International, which sponsors more than 200 missionaries in 24 countries. 

The ride, staged by Ends of the Earth Cycling, will be from Fort Myers to Key West.  It is to directly benefit youth work in Kenya.

More information about the trip, plus how to sponsor Troy with a donation, can be found by clicking here

Mar 14, Apr 11 -- Joy BFG Luncheon
Mar 17 -- St. Patrick's Day
Mar 18, Apr 15 -- Sole-Savers
Mar 19 -- Discipleship Training (men) cancelled
Mar 21 -- HEAR: Coop Missions
Mar 21-24 -- Cornerstone Radio 'Sharathon'
Mar 22 -- Board of Directors
Mar 24, Apr 28 -- Stand in the Gap prayer time
Mar 25 -- Wedding: Courtney Brown/Chris Hatton
Mar 26 -- Lord's Supper
Mar 26 -- Membership Class
Mar 28 -- Hands of Grace Luncheon
Apr 1 -- Missions Prayer & Support Team
Apr 2, 9, 23, May 7 -- Discipleship Training: Men

Apr 4 -- Moms' Moments of Grace
Apr 8 -- Car Care Clinic
Apr 8 -- Movie Matinee: War Room
Apr 11 -- Sarah's Circle
Apr 12 -- Deacons
Apr 14-23 -- Academy Easter Break
Apr 14 -- Promise Land closed
Apr 14 -- Good Friday Service (6 pm)
Apr 16 -- Sunrise Service on beach (6:30 am)
Apr 16 -- Easter Worship at Riverbend (10:30 am)
Apr 18 -- Wycliffe Bible Translation Banquet
Apr 19 -- All Wednesday events CANCELLED
Apr 23 -- Lord's Supper
March 15

American chop suey ... slow-cooked corned beef brisket ... steamed cabbage ... buttered potatoes ... baked rutabaga ... salad bar ... whole wheat rolls ... soup ... upside-down apple cake.

NOTE:  Some items on the menu subject to change without notice.

Cost:  Under 4 & over 90, free ... ages 4-12, $4 ... others, $5 ... family, $20.
This 'n that

Cornerstone Radio is seeking volunteers to answer phones at specified times during the 2017 Sharathon fund-raiser, March 21-24.  If you can help for a couple of hours, call 756-9004 or click here .
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Joy BFG luncheon is Tuesday, March 14, Fellowship Hall, 11:30 a.m.
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War Room will be shown during the Persevering Saints' Movie Matinee scheduled Saturday, April 8, at 1 p.m. in the Choir Room.
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Riverbend Academy is now accepting enrollment applications from prospective new students for the 2017-18 school year. For more info, call (386) 615-0986.


Looking Ahead

Sunday -- Bible Fellowship Groups, 9 am ... Morning Worship, 10:30 am
Wednesday -- Fellowship Supper, 4:30-6 pm ... Mid-Week Worship, 6:15 pm

Other Regular Weekly Activities
Sunday -- Riverbend Praise Team Warm-up, Worship Center, 7:45 am
Sunday -- Worship Choir Rehearsal, Worship Center, 8 am
Sunday -- Bless This House prayer gathering, Library (Room 128), 8:30 am
Sunday -- Nursery opens (birth to pre-K); Children's Wing, 8:45 am
Monday  -- Men's Basketball, Worship Center, 6-9:15 pm
Monday -- Be Renewed at WARM, Vince Carter Sanctuary (Bunnell), 6 pm
Wednesday  -- TAG (Truth & Grace Club) for kids age 3-Grade 5, Children's wing, 6:15 pm
Wednesday  -- Pastors' Prayer Partners, Library (Room 128), 5:45 pm
Wednesday -- Youth: Family Group 'Breakouts,' Youth Center, 6:15 pm
Wednesday  -- Worship Choir (adults), Choir Room, 7:30 pm
Thursday -- Morning Worship, Avante Assisted Living, 10 am

14 (Tue) -- Joy BFG Luncheon, Fellowship Hall, 11:30 am
17 (Fri) -- St. Patrick's Day
18 (Sat) -- Sole-Savers, Youth Center, 8:30-11:30 am
19 (Sun) -- Discipleship Training Program (men) ... CANCELLED
20 (Mon) -- Spring begins
21 (Tue) -- HEAR (Home Educators): Coop Missions & Art, Fellowship Hall, 11:30 am
22 (Wed) -- Board of Directors, Library, 7:30 pm
24 (Fri) -- Stand in the Gap prayer time, Choir Room, 4-6 pm
25 (Sat) -- Wedding: Riverbender Courtney Brown & Chris Hatton, Worship Center, 11 am
26 (Sun) -- Lord's Supper (during Morning Worship), 10:30 am
26 (Sun) -- Membership Class, Fellowship Hall, 2-5 pm
28 (Tue) -- Hands of Grace, Fellowship Hall, 11:30 am

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Family Matters

Winton & Sarah Cox on their 53rd wedding anniversary (March 14)

Jim & Patti Skelly & Family on the loss of her brother

Scott & Bridget Barton & Family on the loss of her grandmother

Stewardship Update
March 12, 2017
Regular Tithes/Offerings ... $31,591.34
Missions ... $1,131.77
Designated ... $45.00

2017 Totals
Weekly Budget Need ... $35,802.60
2017 Budget Need to Date ... $393,828.60
Total Tithes/Offerings ... $299,164.72
+/- Budget (-24.04%) ... -$94,663.88
Missions (since 2/1/17) ... $23,112.52