A Friendly New Look
Children's Director Summer Harsch (left) and Social Media Coordinator Shayna Mills pose at the Kingdom Corner check-in desk that was recently remodeled. Also involved in the change of decor for the entrance to the children's wing was Rachel Mergener (not pictured).
Fam Mtg

Wednesday, May 2
Youth Center ... 7 p.m.
(after an abbreviated 6:15 p.m. Mid-Week Worship)

  • Looking ahead
  • Safety & security update
  • DTP (Discipleship Training Program)
  • Community Groups
  • Wednesday evenings
  • Budget
  • Eldership
  • Seminary

All 233 folks who have purchased tickets are reminded that the start time is 6 p.m. this Friday, April 20 ... Doors open at 5:30.



Church Hostess Sheila Smith needs your help this week in preparing for the Banquet.  Please consider lending a helping hand for these two situations:
Tuesday, April 17, at 1 p.m.
 She needs help in washing all the dishes that will be used
Thursday, April 19, at 10 a.m.
She needs help to set the tables and decorate
PLEASE consider offering your help, if possible ...
Contact Sheila: call 295-4865 or email her by clicking here



Fifteen of Riverbend's Persevering Saints (senior adults) enjoy a picnic lunch together after picking several pounds of blueberries last Saturday at Sand Hill Farms near Eustis.

'Our Children
In Church'

For a brief, 4-minute message from Teaching Pastor Scott Menez about bringing children into Riverbend's Worship Services, click here.

Monthly Gathering

When:  Tomorrow, April 17, at 5:30 p.m.

Where:   Home of Bonnie Strutton, 8 Bay Pointe Drive (Plantation Bay), Ormond

Food:   Theme is "International Dish"

RSVP (for planning purposes): 
Pat Massebeau  (673-9330 or click here)

Happy Feet
'Happy Feet'

Your feet will smile and be happier when you take them for a free pedicure at Sole-Savers on Saturday, April 21. Stop by the Youth Center during 8:30-11:30 a.m. and relax while your feet receive some royal treatment.  You can also have your nails painted, get your blood pressure checked, enjoy the Christian fellowship and partake of some tasty snacks.


Teaching Pastor Scott Menez recently outlined his sermon series, The Seven Churches of Revelation.  To go back and hear any of those sermons, you can find them by date or title after clicking here.


Pastor Scott Menez
Click on sermon title below
to hear it

SUNDAY (10:30 a.m.)
Building a Strong Church,
One Person at a Time
Romans 12:9-21

WEDNESDAY (6:15 p.m.)
Genesis 3:21-4:2
Pastor Michael Harsch
Connect with Riverbend Thru These Links



May 27 (Sunday) -- Riverbend Family Picnic on the church campus, time to be announced

June 17 (Sunday) -- Family Beach Day at Andy Romano Park (A1A, Ormond), 4-8 p.m.

July 15 (Sunday) -- 'Riverbend's Got Talent' (variety show) in the Worship Center, 6:30 p.m.

August 5 (Sunday) -- Building Riverbend Friendships (host a family for lunch)

August 26 (Sunday) -- Building Community Friendships (host guests for lunch)

Dear Riverbend:
   Sharathon 2018 was a blast!  Our theme was "To Tell of Him (Jesus)." Our goal at the Cornerstone is to accomplish our mission of seeing people saved and disciples made. Due to the generosity of others, we will carry on with this mission this year, and, Lord willing, the years to come.
   Thank you for allowing your talented chef, Gabriel Martinez, to prepare a meal for 15 staff and volunteers: meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, chicken casserole, green beans, ooey gooey cake.  It was a quintessential taste of home and a wonderful expression of Christian community. Everyone had plenty to enjoy, and all were happily filled. This provided energy for a long day at the studios and kept everyone encouraged.
   Thanks also to those Riverbenders who helped us in the studios, especially answering phones. Your kindness has been outstanding.     --Riverbender Bill Powell, General Manager, Cornerstone Radio
DTP Logo

Sunday Schedule

Discipleship Training Program

 April 22 -- Women, 5 p.m.
April 29 -- Men, 6 p.m.


DTP 'Potluck Supper' on Sunday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m.

For all participating members and their families ... to celebrate your completion of DTP ... each family should bring an entree AND a side dish or dessert ... bring food to Fellowship Hall, beginning at 5 p.m. ... the church is providing beverages & paper goods ... no childcare provided.
  This 'n that

The Youth Moonlight Ball  on Friday, April 27, features fellowship with a variety of games in the Youth Center and the Worship Center:  Middle School, 6:30-9 p.m. ... High School, 8:30-11 p.m.
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Deposit deadline for Youth Summer Camp 2018  is Wednesday, April 18.  All planning to attend the July 22-27 event in Black Mountain, N.C., should turn in $65 by April 18, with the $300 balance due July 1.
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Hands of Grace monthly luncheon is Tuesday, April 24 (11:30 a.m.), at the Cracker Barrel restaurant near the church.



Suppers at Riverbend resume on Wednesday, April 25

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
Fellowship Supper CANCELLED on Wednesday, April 18

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 -- 'Call Upon His Name' Prayer Time, Room 187, 8:30-8:45 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 (Bunnell), 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

17 (Tue) -- Sarah's Circle, home of Bonnie Strutton (8 Bay Pointe Drive, Ormond), 5:30 pm
17 (Tue) -- CrossRoads Young Adult Fellowship, Choir Room, 7 pm
18 (Wed) -- Fellowship Supper CANCELLED
18 (Wed) -- Youth: Camp deposit ($65 due), Youth Center, 6:15 pm
20 (Fri) -- Christ Theological Seminary Kickoff Banquet, Worship Center, 6 pm
21 (Sat) -- Sole-Savers (foot care), Youth Center, 8:30-11:30 am
22 (Sun) -- New Member Welcome, during Morning Worship, 10:30 am
22 (Sun) -- Discipleship Training Program (DTP) for Women, campus, 5 pm
24 (Tue) -- Hands of Grace lunch, Cracker Barrel restaurant (near church), 11:30 am
24 (Tue) -- Conservatory of Music Spring Recital #1, Choir Room, 6:30 pm
25 (Wed) -- 'Journey 2018' Planning Meeting, Room 185B, 7:30 pm
27 (Fri) -- Stand in the Gap personal prayer time, Fellowship Hall, 4-6 pm
27 (Fri) -- Youth 'Moonlight Ball,' Youth Center, Middle School, 6:30 pm; High School, 8:30 pm
29 (Sun) -- Lord's Supper, during Morning Worship, Worship Center, 10:30 am
29 (Sun) -- Music Camp Training, Room 186, 12:30 pm
29 (Sun) -- Discipleship Training Program (DTP) for Men, campus, 6 pm

Points to Ponder

If hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let no one go unwarned or unprayed for.  --Charles Spurgeon

When you pray, better to let your heart be without words than to utter words without a heart.   --John Bunyan

Gathered worship is our way of celebrating victory that the war is won, that our enemy is crushed and that our future is secure in our returning and conquering king.  --Burk Parsons

Stewardship Update
April 15, 2018
Regular Tithes/Offerings ... $27,650.39
 Academy/Preschool Reimbursement ... $4,600.00
Missions ... $320.28
Designated ... $1,331.00

2018 Totals
Weekly Budget Need ... $33,275.76
2018 Budget Need to Date ... $499,136.40
Total Tithes/Offerings/Reimbursement ... $449,328.83
+/- Budget (-10.0%) ... -$49,807.57
Missions (since 1/21/18) ... $30,411.02