Wednesday, Dec. 6

Honoring 25 Years
Of Dedicated Service

dessert reception  to honor Pastor Alden & Nancy Stephens for 25 years of Riverbend service is scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6:50-7:30 p.m. (last half of Mid-Week Worship) in Fellowship Hall. 

Pastor Alden is leaving the staff on Dec. 31.

A basket will be available for you to show appreciation with a note or a gift.

Christmas Carol

Members of Sarah's Circle gather on the church patio yesterday prior to taking some Christmas goodies to Riverbend's homebound members
Christmas Eve

Missions Prayer

'Missions Update'

Saturday, Dec. 9

Fellowship Hall

9 a.m.

Riverbend's Christmas Mailbox  is open near the church office

Use it to send Christmas Cards to fellow Riverbenders. Place card in the appropriate alphabetical slot, leaving in the marked container the money you would use for stamps. These collected funds will go to the church's Above & Beyond missions.

Hands of Grace women's ministry, led by Bonnie Huguenin, made 150 Christmas gifts last week for Avante nursing home residents. The toiletries, socks, tissues, gospel tracts, candy, pens, pencils, etc. were all donated by the ladies in the ministry. They packaged the items in cardboard tubes and wrapped them separately for men and women in tissue paper and stickers. This is the second year Hands of Grace has done this particular Christmas project.

Tuesday, Dec. 5 ... 10 a.m.

Fellowship Hall

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

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 a.m.)
Love or Die ... Revelation 2:1-7

LAST WEDNESDAY (6:15 p.m.)
God and His Creation ... Genesis 1:1-2

Senior Adult Bible Study

Thursdays (for 6 weeks): Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8

10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

Dwight Brown, a long-time friend of Riverbend, a member of the Riverbend seminary planning board and a retired pastor in Colorado Springs, will be leading this weekly one-hour study  

 All Riverbenders are welcome!
Lake Aurora

Deadline for youth to register for the Feb. 2-4  Youth Winter Retreat  is Wednesday, Dec. 13. A $35 deposit is due on that date, with the balance ($80) due by Wednesday, Jan. 17. The retreat will be at Lake Aurora Christian Camp in Lake Wales. For more info, contact Youth Director Aaron Johnsen (click  here ).

Enhance Your Music Skills

Riverbend's Conservatory of Music is now accepting applications for the winter term, which begins Jan. 2.

Learn from scratch or merely improve your skills--instrumental or voice--under the tutelage of professional musicians.  

For more info or to enroll, grab a flyer and application form at the Welcome Center or contact Director Cindy Best (click here).

CHRISTMAS  GIFT  IDEA:   Why not give a promising young student a semester of music lessons?
Year-End Giving

The final offering of 2017 will be received during the Christmas Eve Service (10:30 a.m.) on Sunday, Dec. 24.  If you will not be present for that service, here are other ways to insure that your tithe/offering qualifies for 2017 tax purposes:

1.  Deliver to the church office by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21. The office will be closed Dec. 25-29.
2.   Mail to the church office with a postmark no later than Sunday, Dec. 31.
3.  Give online through the church app (smart devices) or through the church website (click here) no later than 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31.

2018 envelopes for weekly giving of tithes & offerings are now available for you to pick up in the hallway near the church office. They are positioned alphabetically.

Please do not use these envelopes before Jan. 1, 2018.

December 6

Meat loaf ... BBQ chicken ... mashed potatoes ... roasted vegetables ... soup ... dinner rolls ... salad bar ... carrot 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

December 13 -- Christmas Dinner

Apple cranberry stuffed pork loin ... honey mustard baked chicken ... Key Biscayne veggies ... cauliflower au gratin ... home-made garlic mashed potatoes ... dinner rolls ... Italian wedding soup ... salad bar ... apple pie & pecan pie    (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


GIFT IDEA:   $5 and $20 gift certificates for Fellowship Supper ... available at register.

Christmas Events

Be certain to notify the church office of your group's date, time and place

Dec 5 (Tue) -- Promise Land preschool program, Worship Center, 10:30 a.m.
Dec 7 (Thu) -- HEAR (Home Educators at Riverbend), Off-campus, 9 a.m.
Dec 7 (Thu) -- Church Staff, Pastor Michael Harsch home, 6:30 p.m.
Dec 8 (Fri) -- Covenant Life BFG, Pastor Michael Harsch home, 6 p.m.
Dec 8 (Fri) -- Riverbend Academy presents: A Christmas Carol, Worship Center, 7 p.m.
Dec 9 (Sat) -- Riverbend Academy presents:  A Christmas Carol, Worship Center, 7 p.m.
Dec 10 (Sun) -- Sojourners BFG, Tom Massebeau home, 12:30 p.m.
Dec 12 (Tue) -- Riverbend Academy Christmas Pageant, Worship Center, 1 p.m.
Dec 13 (Wed) -- Christmas Dinner, Fellowship Hall/Worship Center, 4:30-6 p.m.
Dec 13 (Wed) -- Children's Program & Congregation Sing, Worship Center, 6:15 p.m.
Dec 15 (Fri) -- Middle School youth, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 p.m.
Dec 15 (Fri) -- High School youth, Gary Dillman home, 6:30 p.m.
Dec 16 (Sat) -- Gospel Life BFG, Jeff Raines home, 6 p.m.
Dec 16 (Sat) -- CrossRoads Young Adults, Rick Delaney home, 5 p.m.
Dec 24 (Sun) -- Christmas Eve Service, Worship Center, 10:30 a.m.

Sr Adult Party
More than 150 Riverbenders participated in the Celebrate Christ! festivity in the Worship Center last week.  It included a Christmas concert and Pastor Scott Menez' message on peace.
DTP Logo

Sunday Schedule

Discipleship Training Program

Dec. 10 -- Women, 5 p.m.
Dec. 17 -- Men, 6 p.m.
Jan. 7 & 14 -- CANCELLED
Jan. 21 -- Women, 5 p.m.
Jan. 28 -- Men, 6 p.m.

  This 'n that

DTP (Discipleship Training Program),  which meets Sundays Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, will take a four-week holiday break--not meeting Dec. 24, Dec. 31, Jan. 7 or Jan. 14. This is possible because the spring Passion Play has been cancelled.  Sessions will resume Jan. 21 (women at 5 p.m.) and Jan. 28 (men at 6 p.m.). The final DTP dates: April 22 (women) and April 29 (men). 
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Orchestra players needed:   trumpet, french horn, tuba, flute, clarinet, strings ... Please contact Pastor Rick Cobb (672-1821 or click  here ).


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 -- Solid Rock & Cornerstone choir rehearsals, campus, 5:15 pm
Wednesday -- Music & More (children) choir rehearsals, campus, 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

4 (Mon) -- Conservatory of Music accepting applications for winter term
5 (Tue) -- Moms' Moments of Grace, Fellowship Hall, 10 am
5 (Tue) -- Promise Land preschool Christmas Program, Worship Center, 10:30 am
6 (Wed) -- Honoring Alden & Nancy Stephens for 25 years of service, Fellowship Hall, 6:50 pm
6 (Wed) -- Deacons meeting, Library (Room 128), 7:30 pm
7 (Thu) -- HEAR (Home Educators at Riverbend) Christmas Party, Off-campus, 9 am
7 (Thu) -- Riverbend Staff Christmas Party, Pastor Michael Harsch home, 6:30 pm
8 (Fri) -- Covenant Life BFG Christmas Party, Pastor Michael Harsch home, 6 pm
8 (Fri) -- Riverbend Academy presents: A Christmas Carol, Worship Center, 7 p.m.
9 (Sat) -- Missions Prayer & Support Team, Fellowship Hall, 9 a.m.
9 (Sat) -- Riverbend Academy presents:  A Christmas Carol, Worship Center, 7 p.m.
10 (Sun) -- Sojourners BFG Christmas Party, Tom Massebeau home, 12:30 pm
10 (Sun) -- DTP (Discipleship Training Program) for Women, throughout campus, 5 pm
12 (Tue) -- Joy BFG Luncheon, Fellowship Hall, 11:30 am
12 (Tue) -- Riverbend Academy Christmas Pageant, Worship Center, 1 pm
13 (Wed) -- Deadline for Youth to register for Feb. 2-4 Winter Retreat
13 (Wed) -- Music & More Christmas program/Congregational Sing, Worship Center, 6:15 pm
15 (Fri) -- Middle School Christmas Party, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm
15 (Fri) -- High School Christmas Party, Gary Dillman home, 6:30 pm
16 (Sat) -- Gospel Life Christmas Party, Jeff Raines home, 6 pm
16 (Sat) -- CrossRoads Christmas Party, Rick Delaney home, 5 pm
17 (Sun) -- DTP (Discipleship Training Program) for Men, throughout campus, 6 pm

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Family Matters

John & Faye Griffin on their 52nd wedding anniversary (Dec. 5)

Fermin & Nelita Ano on their 55th wedding anniversary (Dec. 8)

Stewardship Update
December 3, 2017
Regular Tithes/Offerings ... $32,136.72
 Missions ... $839.00
Designated ... $280.00

2017 Totals
Weekly Budget Need ... $35,802.60
2017 Budget Need to Date ... $1,754,327.40
Total Tithes/Offerings ... $1,476,850.90
+/- Budget (15.82%) ... -$277,476.50
Missions (since 2/1/17) ... $58,367.12