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January 21 - February 11

The Light of the Gospel 
To All Nations

Sunday Speakers
(Q&A during BFG, Message during Morning Worship)
Jan. 21 -- Kyle & Dela Stringer, Morocco
Jan. 28 -- Pastor Scott Menez, Riverbend
Feb. 4 -- Carlos Montoya, Honduras
Feb. 11 -- Didier Mukotshi, Congo

On these four Sundays, all adult BFGs meet at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for coffee & fellowship, then head to the Worship Center at 9:20 for combined meetings

". .. I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."
     Isaiah 49:6
Dwight Brown (left) leads the first of six sessions on 'The Beatitudes'

Seniors Bible Study

Thursdays: Jan. 11, 18, 25, 
 Feb. 1, 8

10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

 All Riverbenders (and guests) are welcome!

Tuesday, Jan. 9 ... 10 a.m.

Fellowship Hall

for moms with children 18-under, plus married women not yet moms

Guest Leader This Week:  Anne Brown

Need childcare:  RSVP to Yvette Dillman -- (386) 547-2854

Preaching the Word

Click on the title to view/hear Pastor Scott Menez' latest sermons

LAST SUNDAY (10:30 a.m.)

New Year's Eve (10:30 a.m.)
Psalm 86:11

Here's a reality that never changes: there is always another church that does something better than your church. You can never find the perfect church any more than you can marry the perfect mate or be employed at the perfect job. But you can find God's will for you and your family.

What should you look for?

1. Leaders that seek above all else to obey the Head of the church (Christ).
2. Teaching that probes the Scriptures and let's you in on what God actually says, even if it is uncomfortable.
3. Fellowship among believers that is constant and not just on Sundays.
4. Pastoral involvment in your life on a regular basis. Pastors should know the sheep and care for them.
5. A clear understanding of the gospel that saves.
6. A proper view of baptism as required by Christ.
7. An attempt to have a regenerate membership.

There is more, but these are some of the more important ones listed by Jim Ellis in The Perfect Church .
I thank God for all you in leadership positions at Riverbend.  Cindy and I are grateful that Riverbend is our church home!     --Tom Best
Fellowship Supper

Roasted chicken ... shell lasagna ... sweet potatoes ... steamed broccoli ... salad bar ... Texas toast ... soup ... Mississippi mud cake  (items subject to change)

ALSO: Greek dinner salad or chicken dinner salad  (ordered a week in advance at register)

COST:  Under 4 & over 90, free ... ages 4-12, $4 ... others, $5 ... family, $20 maximum

Bible Study for age 3-thru-Grade 5

Each Wednesday

6:15-7:15 p.m.

Children's Wing

  This 'n that

Congratulations to Senior Pastor Scott & Gina Menez on their 30th wedding anniversary (Jan. 9).
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All youth going to the Feb. 2-4 (Friday-Sunday) Winter Retreat at Lake Aurora are reminded that the balance of your reservation fee is due on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
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The church's Lost & Found ministry is in need of a leader.  If you are interested, please contact the church office (672-1821).
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The annual Daytona Gospel Sing, featuring Legacy Five and the Guardians, is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6, program begins at 7.  Admission: $12. Contact Judy Bickel for more info: click here.
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Sarah's Circle meets Tuesday, Jan. 16 (6:30 p.m.), at the home of Linda Giovanni (234 Riverside Drive, Ormond). Bring your favorite Italian dish. RSVP to Pat Massebeau (673-9330 or click here).

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Sunday Schedule

Discipleship Training Program

Jan. 14 -- CANCELLED
Jan. 21 -- Women, 5 p.m.
Jan. 28 -- Men, 6 p.m
Feb. 4 -- Women, 5 p.m.


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 -- Riverbend Worship Choir Rehearsal, Worship Center, 8 am
Sunday  -- Nursery opens (birth to pre-K); Children's Wing, 8:45 am
Sunday  -- Children's Church, Children's Wing, 10:30 am
Monday  -- Be Renewed at WARM, Vince Carter Sanctuary, 6 pm 
Wednesday -- Truth & Grace Club (TAG), Children's Wing, 6:15 pm
Wednesday  -- Youth: Family Group 'Breakouts,' Youth Center, 6:15 pm
Wednesday -- Worship Choir (adults) rehearsal, Choir Room, 7:30 pm
Wednesday -- Worship Orchestra rehearsal, Worship Center stage, 8 pm
Thursday -- Morning Worship, Avante Nursing Home, 10 am

8 (Mon) -- Bridal Shower for Elizabeth Johnson, Saccone home (400 Chelsea Pl., Ormond), 6 pm
9 (Tue) -- Moms' Moments of Grace, Fellowship Hall, 10 am
10 (Wed) -- Fellowship Supper resumes, Fellowship Hall/Worship Center, 4:30-6 pm
10 (Wed) -- TAG (Truth & Grace Club for children) begins, Children's Wing, 6:15 pm
10 (Wed) -- Deacons meeting, Library (Room 128), 7:30 pm
11 (Thu) -- Senior Adult Bible Study (#2 of 6), Fellowship Hall, 10 am
12 (Fri) -- Grace Abounding BFG Fellowship, Dan Medina home, 6 pm
16 (Tue) -- Sarah's Circle, Giovanni home (234 Riverside, Ormond), 6:30 pm
17 (Wed) -- Board of Directors, Library (Room 128), 7:30 pm
18 (Thu) -- Senior Adult Bible Study (#3 of 6), Fellowship Hall, 10 am
18 (Thu) -- HEAR (Home Educators at Riverbend): Literature Fair, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm
20 (Sat) -- Sole-Savers (foot care), Youth Center, 8:30-11:30 am
21 (Sun) -- Missions Focus: BFGs meet in Fellowship Hall at 9 am, Worship Center at 9:20 am
21 (Sun) -- DTP: Women (Discipleship Training Program), campus, 5 pm



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Family Matters

Riverbenders Hunter Landorf & Naomi Carswell were married on Jan. 6

Points to Ponder
God blesses His Word. If there is any success to my ministry, it is that God has honored His Word.   --Adrian Rogers

The Christian who is careless in Bible reading is careless in Christian living.   --Max Reich

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.   --Theodore Roosevelt (32nd U.S. President)

The whole Book is about Him. Look for Him on every page; He is there. If you fail to see Him there, you need to read that page again.  --J.C. Ryle
Stewardship Update
January 7, 2018
Regular Tithes/Offerings ... $18,988.89
 Academy/Preschool Usage ... $4,600.00
Missions ... $767.00
Designated ... $351.00

2018 Totals
Weekly Budget Need ... $33,275.76
2018 Budget Need to Date ... $33,275.76
Total Tithes/Offerings/Usage ... $23,588.89
+/- Budget (-29.11%) ... -$ 9,686.87
Missions (since 2/1/17) ... $63,118.81


December 31, 2017 (incomplete)
Regular Tithes/Offerings ... $ 73,609.18
 Missions ... $1,120.00
Designated ... $390.00

2017 Totals (incomplete)
Weekly Budget Need ... $35,802.60
2017 Budget Need to Date ... $1,897,537.60
Total Tithes/Offerings ... $1,638,156.79
+/- Budget (-13.67%) ... -$259,380.81
Missions (since 2/1/17) ... $62,351.81