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Services Live
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Beginning this Sunday, Feb. 17, Riverbend's worship services will be live-streamed on Facebook.

Troy Dittman, Director of Riverbend's Upper Room tech ministry, says that access will be through Riverbend's regular Facebook page. "It is merely a duplication of what we are already doing through the church app and the church website," he said. "Facebook Live just gives us another avenue to make our worship services available."

Troy asks that anyone who would like to assist in the tech ministry should contact him at 672-1821 or email by clicking  here.

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Registration Deadline:  TODAY

Details on the life of Christ, plus the origin of the church, will be featured in the next course at Christ Theological Seminary:  New Testament Gospels & Acts .  You are encouraged to audit this course.

Dwight Brown will be teaching Tuesday and Thursday evenings (eight sessions) during Feb. 12-March 7 at 6 p.m.

Audit fee is $50.  Deadline to register in church office: Monday, Feb. 11.
Church Life

Digital Church Directory
Available to Members

All Riverbend members can have access--via smartphones and tablets--to the church's digital membership directory.

With the directory, you can find a member's phone number, address and email address.  You can dial the phone number with one click, you can send them an email with one click or you can get a map to their address with one click.

To learn how acquire this on your device, follow these printed directions (click here).
NEW: Get Coffee in Office Lobby

Coffee procedures for Sunday mornings have changed. No longer being carted to the classrooms, coffee will be available to Bible Fellowship Groups during 9-9:20 a.m. in the lobby near the church office. Get a cup of coffee there and head to your classroom.

Coming Soon to BFG Hour at Riverbend

Life Set

March 3 - April 7
9:00-10:15 a.m. -- during BFG time

Choose from the following nine studies:

Growing in Christ
A Thoughtful Engagement of Scripture, Evangelism & Apologetics ... led by Bobby Caliendo

Membership Matters
For Perspective New Riverbenders ... led by Pastor Jerry Schaeffer

Marriage: Moment-by-Moment
God's Perfect Design ... led by Pastor Brian Shealy

Managing God's Resources
A Look at Biblical Stewardship ... led by Brian Giaquinto

Christians in the Workplace
Maintaining Your Faith on the Job ... led by Brad Harris

Cults & False Religions
Evaluating Erroneous Beliefs ... led by Paul Grenelle

Don't Waste Your Suffering
Using Trials & Tribulations for God's Glory ... led by John Griffin

Two Ways to Live
A Choice to Make ... led by Pastor Rick Cobb

Lessons From Their Lives to Ours
Looking at Great Men of Faith ... led by Mark Stene

Each class will have limited seating ... Sign up on
Sundays & Wednesdays at the table near the church office


Additional topics are scheduled to be taught for six sessions
during April 14-May 26

Purity in a Porn-Saturated World  (Pastor Brian Shealy)
Hospitality & Soul Care  (Gary Giovanni)
Parenting: Moment-by-Moment  (Pastor Jason Karr)
Intro to Biblical Counseling  (Tom Sheahan)
Finding & Doing God's Will  (Brian Giaquinto)
Contentment in Life's Seasons  (Heyward Evans)
Maximizing Your Devotional Time  (Josh Brown)
Walking in the Faith of Six Old Testament Men  (Craig Cameron)
Growing in Christ  (Bobby Caliendo)

We are scheduled to return to traditional BFGs
after the second six-week set of seminars

Valentine Menu:  February 13

Beef Wellington ... stuffed chicken marsala ... steamed vegetables ... scalloped potatoes ... risotto spinach florentine ... salad bar ... tiramisu cups

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

Note:   Dinner salads for following week may be ordered a week in advance at cash register.


Pastor Scott Menez
To hear sermons from the Riverbend pulpit, click on the title:

SUNDAY  (10:30 a.m.)
Ephesians 4:1-6

WEDNESDAY  (6:15 p.m.)
Genesis 28
Pastor Jerry Boyle


Pastor Scott Menez interviews Pastor Jerry Boyle about their early days in ministry together in Northern California. To hear the interview, click here.

Photo by 'His Vision' Ministry
Missions Prayer

Missions History

Riverbend has used the last four Sundays to accent some of its current missions endeavors and to hear from people actually on-the-field.

For the record, a glance back through the church's 62-year history shows that Riverbend has been involved internationally in 33 countries in starting churches, constructing churches or assisting pastors and missionaries in their work.  

Those countries (alphabetically): Austria, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, England, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Inner Mongolia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Uruguay, Zululand.

Riverbend has had a hand in starting or assisting U.S. churches in Mars Hill, Pa.; Ironton, Ohio; Belpre, Ohio; Paragould, Ark.; Albany, Ga.; Ormond-by-the-Sea;  Palm Coast; Deltona; Miami; Green Cove Springs, Jacksonville.


'Above & Beyond' Offering This Sunday

The annual offering in support of our church's Above & Beyond Missions Ministry will be collected this Sunday, Feb. 17, at the close of the Morning Worship service.


Community Outreach

Riverbender Linda DeBord (left) serves soup last Saturday to folks who attended the 'Empty Bowls' Charity Benefit  sponsored by Halifax Urban Ministries in support of Hope Place, the new homeless shelter in Daytona. Also assisting were Riverbend members Bonnie Huguenin and Maria Calder, and Riverbend Academy teacher Angie Stephens.  

Photo by 'His Vision' Ministry

Life After Death

Bible Study

Each Thursday thru March 7
10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

For Riverbenders & Guests

Led by Dwight Brown

To hear last week's session, click here


Tickets Now on Sale
For Academy 'Gala'

From Alesha Richmond of Riverbend Academy

Riverbend Academy's Legacy Dinner & Gala happens on Friday, March 29, at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond.

We are currently selling tickets for $50/each.   Yummy dinner ... over 100 silent auction items from local businesses and others state-wide ... live auction with 20+ prizes ... on-site catering from our very own Gabriel Martinez, with Las Brasas.

Click here  by Thursday, March 7,  to reserve tickets.  All proceeds will go toward expansion of 6th  and 8th  grades, including soon-to-come science lab and art studio.
More Photos From Youth Winter Retreat
Youth from three churches attended Riverbend's Winter Retreat recently at Lake Aurora Christian Camp near Lake Wales. The other churches: Lakeside Community Chapel in Clearwater and Lakewood Ranch Baptist in Lakewood Ranch.
Photos by Troy Dittman

Riverbend Children_s Director Rachel Hargrave was guest singer at a multi-church service yesterday at the Daytona International Speedway.
Riverbend Children's Director Rachel Mergener (center) was guest singer at a multi-church worship service Sunday at Daytona International Speedway
This 'n that

Sarah's Circle  meets Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 p.m., at the home of Linda Giovanni (234 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach). Please RSVP by contacting Carole Edwards (click here ).
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Sole-Savers will make your feet happy. Give this foot care ministry a try and you'll be looking forward to when it is scheduled again.  It happens Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Youth Center.  Free pedicure, foot-calf massage, nails painted, blood-pressure check, refreshments, fellowship.
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Recent new members will be welcomed into the church this Sunday, Feb. 17, during Morning Worship.


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, 8 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
Sunday -- Afternoon Worship, The Gardens (health & rehab center), 4 pm
Monday  -- Be Renewed at WARM, Carter Sanctuary, Bunnell, 6:30 pm
Monday  -- Men's Basketball, Worship Center, 6 pm
Wednesday -- Truth & Grace Club (TAG), Children's Wing, 6:15 pm
Wednesday  -- Youth Breakouts, Youth Center, 6:15 pm
Wednesday  -- Worship Choir rehearsal, Choir Room, 7:30 pm
Wednesday  -- Worship Orchestra rehearsal, Stage, 7:30 pm
Thursday -- Morning Worship, Avante Assisted Living,  10 am

12 (Tue) -- Seminary Audit Class begins, Room 185, 6 pm
12 (Tue) -- CrossRoads Fellowship, Choir Room, 7 pm
13 (Wed) -- Deacons meeting, Academy Library, 7:30 pm
14 (Thu) -- Valentine's Day
14 (Thu) -- 'Heaven & Hell' Bible Study, Fellowship Hall, 10 am
15 (Fri) -- Riverbend Academy: Family Day
16 (Sat) -- Sole-Savers (foot care), Youth Center, 8:30-11:30 am
17 (Sun) -- Daytona 500 race
17 (Sun) -- New Member Welcome, during Morning Worship
18 (Mon) -- President's Day
20 (Wed) -- Academy Night at Mid-Week Worship, 6:15 pm
21 (Thu) -- Academy: Open Enrollment begins, 8 am
21 (Thu) -- 'Heaven/Hell' Bible Study, Fellowship Hall, 10 am
23 (Sat) -- Drop-in Bridal Shower for Becky Evans, Mergener home (3 Cliffwood Cir), 10 am-noon
24 (Sun) -- 'Vacation Bible School' Planning Team, campus, 12:30-2 pm
24 (Sun) -- Discipleship Training Program (DTP), campus, 5 pm

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