Riverbend's World-wide Discipleship

Riverbend Senior Pastor Scott Menez speaking to pastors and leaders in The Philippines

From Pastor Nilo Sanchez in The Philippines
Thank you, Riverbend, for the many blessings you have shared with us. The Lord used Pastor Scott mightily in preaching and teaching to more than 200 pastors and church leaders who attended our "Sovereignty of God" conference. An extra blessing was when he undertook to teach a women's group for two sessions. My wife rejoiced at what she learned from those two meetings with Pastor Scott.  Please accept our heartfelt thanks for sending him to minister to us in The Philippines, in spite of the perceived danger here. Please consider sending him back with Gina in the future to follow through what he started.

'Hello, Riverbend,' From Pastor Scott Menez

Greeting from Pastor Scott
Greetings from The Philippines

Riverbend 'Missions Prayer & Support Team'
Meets Saturday, Aug. 26 ... Fellowship Hall ... 9 a.m.


Identity Theft Awareness Workshop

FREE! ... a presentation by retired detective Joe Pine, now with the non-profit group, 
Metro Crime Prevention of Florida 

Thursday, Aug. 24 ... 6 p.m. ... Choir Room (#124)

Learn ways to be safe, aware and scam-free during this one-hour presentation
Credit Cards

Topics to be addressed:
  • Fraud, scams and identity theft protection
  • Safeguarding your valuables
  • Protecting your records from digital hackers
  • Safekeeping and sharing of medical information
  • Protecting your home from break-ins
  • Use of lethal and non-lethal defense weapons
  • Current crime tendencies

This event is sponsored by Persevering Saints (senior adults) and is open to the entire church ... will be especially helpful to young couples, singles, widows and single parents

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Aug. 25 (Fri), 5 p.m.

Omni Card

  • A great time for spiritual enrichment & family fellowship
  • Located at Champions Gate, Fla. (6 miles south of Disney)
  • 2-night stay (Fri-Sat) includes 9 a.m. Riverbend Sunday Morning Worship
  • Two other meetings: Friday evening at 7, Saturday morning at 9
  • To use childcare (toddler-age 5), which is available during all 3 meetings, call the church office by Sept. 18 with names & ages of children
  • Guest speaker:  Tony Sanelli from Pleasant Hill, Calif.
  • Lots of time for fellowship & recreation with fellow Riverbenders
  • Cost: $335 per room: King (for 2 people) or 2 Queens (for 4 people)
  • You may add up to 2 people per room at no additional charge
  • Fee includes parking, taxes and resort fees
  • Must register (Riverbend rate) by Aug. 25, 5 p.m.: 800-843-6664 or here
  • Your credit card reserves your room; pay room bill at checkout
  • Rooms may be cancelled without penalty thru Sept. 19 at noon
  • Earliest check-in: 3 p.m. Friday ... latest check-out: 11 a.m. Sunday
  • Meals not included in cost ... lots of fast food options nearby & at Omni
  • Recreation options (some require *extra fees): lazy river, swimming pools, *putt putt, water slide, wave pool, volleyball, *golf, basketball, tennis, *biking, playground, *par 3 golf, hiking, *spa & salon, jogging, *fishing, fitness center, *arcade, free shuttle to Disney, free wifi
  • More information:  call the church office (672-1821)


Wednesday, Aug. 23

4:30 - 6:15 p.m.

All books at the Riverbend Bookcart, except the Bibles, are being sold at half the marked price! 

Quantities are limited!

Authors include John MacArthur ... John Piper ... R.C. Sproul ... A. W. Pink ... Martyn Lloyd-Jones ... Paul David Tripp ... J.I. Packer ... Richard Phillips ... Jerry Bridges ... Ken Ham ... Elisabeth Elliott ... Ron Dunn ... Susan Hunt ... Don Whitney ...Wayne Grudem ... John Flavel ... Robert Coleman ... C.J. Mahaney ... Joshua Harris ... Randy Alcorn ... John Frame ... and more.

For a list of the available books, click here.




Register Now!

14 Sunday sessions for women (all 6-9 pm) ...  starting Sept. 10
Sep 10; Oct 1, 15, 29; Nov 12, 26; Dec 10;  Jan 7, 21; Feb 4, 18; Mar 4, 18, Apr 8

14 Sunday sessions for men (all 6-9 pm)...  starting Sept. 17
Sep 17, Oct 8, 22; Nov 5, 19; Dec 3, 17;  Jan 14, 28; Feb 11, 25; Mar 11, 25; Apr 15

No sessions on Sept. 24, Dec. 24, Dec. 31 & April 1

Registration  ($15) now thru Sept. 3  at the Welcome Center (near office)



'Living the Gospel Through Our Calling 
As Wives & Mothers'

Begins Tuesday, Sept. 5 ... 10 a.m. ... Fellowship Hall 

Taught by Gina Menez & some special guests

Monthly on Nine Tuesdays (10-11:30 a.m.)
Sept 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 8

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

Need childcare?  RSVP to Gina Menez by clicking here

Light lunch included ... No childcare available

To register, call the church office (672-1821) or click here

Preaching the Word
Pastor Jason Karr
Pastor Dwight Brown
Bill Wilder

To view and listen to a sermon, click on the title

Pastor Dwight Brown on July 26  (6:15 p.m.)

Bill Wilder on Aug. 16  (6:15 p.m.)

More than 40 members of HEAR, Riverbend's home-school group, recently took a field trip to Daytona Beach's Hangar 15 for some trampoline fun       --Photo by Cindy Gornto

HEAR Meeting -- Aug. 24
HEAR (Home Educators at Riverbend) is planning its first regular meeting of the new academic year on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the home of Alison Glenfield, 16 Peruvian Way (Tymber Crossings--off Tymber Creek Road), Ormond Beach. It begins at 6 p.m.
Kingdom Corner
Leadership Training
For Children's Workers

From Summer Harsch, Children's Director

Children's volunteers and teachers (who did not make one of the first two gatherings) should plan to attend ONE of the two remaining training sessions.

Those dates (all Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m.):  
Aug. 23 & 30.   We will meet in Room 184. 

Please check your calendar and let me know the date you can attend. Register at the check-in desk Sunday or Wednesday, or click here.
supper menu

August 23
  • Baked chicken alfredo
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Gluten-free pasta w/marinara sauce
  • Home-made meatballs
  • Garlic bread
  • Salad bar  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
  • Soup
  • Carrot cake

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

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

GIFT CARDS:  $5 & $20 cards available at the register
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Enhance Your
Music Skills

Make your music skills sharper by enrolling in Riverbend's Conservatory of Music. 

Professional musicians will guide you each week to the next level in piano, voice, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, drums, trombone, saxophone, French horn or conducting. 

For more information about the fall semester, which begins Sept. 11, grab a flyer at the Welcome Center, contact Director Cindy Best (click here) or visit the church website (click here).
Dear Riverbend:
   GraceLife will launch its second church plant on January 7, 2018. It will be in Ormond-by-the-Sea. We will partner with North Peninsula Baptist Church, which was a church plant of Riverbend (Oct. 6, 1963) that has seen its congregation dwindle in recent years.
   Pastor Keith Harwood of North Peninsula contacted GraceLife and asked if we would partner with them to revive the church and provide some fresh vision. They desire to grow, reach outsiders and recommit themselves to fulfilling the Great Commission. 
   After multiple meetings, discussions and prayer, GraceLife Deltona has decided to send Jeff Eckert to lead this church. He will assume the lead pastor position of GraceLife Beachside (North Peninsula's new name) in January, leading them with a new vision and new values. Please be in prayer about this tremendous opportunity. 
   Also, thank you, Riverbend, for your continued prayers and financial support for GraceLife Deltona through our first three years of existence! You have helped us to reach many people with the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.            --Pastor Tommy Clayton, GraceLife Deltona

Dear Riverbend:
   The day has come; I am on my way to college (Liberty University in Virginia)!  My heart is so full when I consider the past 10 years in Florida. I think of Riverbend, my second home, the means by which God has saved and continues to sanctify me.
   I think of Riverbend Academy and everything I have learned--not just for an education but for living for God and for others. I think of my family, my friends and all those who made a difference in my life. God used each and every one of you to mold my life in the most incredible and mysterious ways.  I love you all so much. Thanks so much for your prayers, hugs and encouragements!       --Sarah Matherly
Campers wear Journey 2017 T-shirts for official camp photo

Harsch at Camp
Pastor Michael Harsch preaches to campers

Community Group discusses Scripture

Pastor Scott Menez (left of center, white shirt) encourages Riverbend campers and prays for them prior to their departure for North Carolina           --Photos by Troy Dittman
This 'n that

Children's Director Summer Harsch is still in need of a Kindergarten teacher and an assistant for 9 a.m. Bible Fellowship Group time on Sundays. Please contact her for more information (click here).
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Hands of Grace luncheon is planned Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 11:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
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Stand in the Gap personal prayer time is slated Friday, Aug. 25, at 4-6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

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  -- Men's Basketball, Worship Center, 6-9:15 pm
Monday -- Be Renewed at WARM, Vince Carter Sanctuary (Bunnell), 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

23 (Wed) -- Book Sale, East hallway tables, 4:30-6:15 pm & after Mid-Week Worship
23 (Wed) -- Kingdom Corner Training, Room 184, 5:15 pm
23 (Wed) -- DTP registration, Welcome Center, 6-6:15 pm & 7:15-7:30 pm
24 (Thu) -- Crime & Identify Theft Workshop, Choir Room, 6 pm
24 (Thu ) -- HEAR (Home Educators) gathering, Gornto home, 6 pm
25 (Fri) -- Stand in the Gap prayer time, Fellowship Hall, 4-6 pm
25 (Fri) -- Deadline to get Riverbend rate at Sept. 22-24 Family Conference ... 5 pm
26 (Sat) -- Missions Prayer & Support Team meeting, Fellowship Hall, 9 am
26 (Sat) -- Baby shower for Sarah Wagner, Mergener home (3 Cliffwood Circle), 10 am-noon
27 (Sun) -- Lord's Supper during Morning Worship, Worship Center, 10:30 am
27 (Sun) -- DTP registration, Welcome Center, 8:45-9 am, 10:10-10:30, noon-12:15 pm
29 (Tue) -- Hands of Grace luncheon, Fellowship Hall, 11:30 am
30 (Wed) -- DTP registration, Welcome Center, 6-6:15 pm & 7:15-7:30 pm
30 (Wed) -- Kingdom Corner Training, Room 184, 5:15 pm

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Family Matters

John & Barb Coleman & Family on the loss of her mother

A special service honoring the late Pershing Pitre is planned Sept. 30 (Saturday): 10 a.m. at Riverbend 
Stewardship Update
August 20, 2017
Regular Tithes/Offerings ... $17,903.05
Missions ... $330.00
Designated ... $1,065.00

2017 Totals
Weekly Budget Need ... $35,802.60
2017 Budget Need to Date ... $1,217,288.40
Total Tithes/Offerings ... $973,150.71
+/- Budget (-20.06%) ... -$244,137.69
Missions (since 2/1/17) ... $44,954.12