Bobby Caliendo 
Joins Staff

Bobby Caliendo, a Riverbend member for the past year, has been added to Riverbend's staff as Director of Evangelism and Outreach.

Bobby will be serving in a part-time role overseeing the new "First Impressions" ministry and the new "Growing in Christ" Bible Fellowship Group (see below), as well as other new outreach venues.

"Our elders are excited that Bobby was available to take on this leadership responsibility," said Pastor Scott Menez. "It is obvious from our meetings with him, and what he has been doing in ministry already, that he has a heart for making people feel at home and for reaching people with the gospel."

Bobby has preached a couple of times at Riverbend, has taught several times at WARM (Women Assisting Recovering Mothers) and in Bible Fellowship Groups and has been involved in local evangelism. 

He was ordained as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach and served on that church's Finance Board; worked at various times with youth, college students and young marrieds; organized Mercy Ministries; and created a curriculum for Evangelism and Discipleship. 

"One of my primarily goals," said Bobby, "is to continue serving alongside other Riverbenders in compassionately engaging families and our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Bobby recently completed his Master of Divinity degree in Christian Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He has degrees from Stetson University (Bachelor of Business Administration) and the University of Virginia (Master of Accountancy). He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Bobby has coached youth in basketball, soccer and football. A few years ago, he also developed the curriculum and taught business ethics to international college students during a missions evangelism trip to Kosovo. 

He and wife Heather are Florida Foster/Adoptive Parents and have three children: Roman (10), Nolan (8) and Thomas (4).


CLASS of 2018

All Riverbenders are invited to Commencement for both Riverbend Academy and HEAR (Home Educators at Riverbend).

Ceremonies for the Academy are planned Friday, May, 18, at 7 p.m. The HEAR commencement is Sunday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m.  
Both will be in the Riverbend Worship Center.

The graduates:
  • Left -- Haley Shaw, Riverbend Academy
  • Below (from left) -- Zach Epps, Elena Simons, Landon Beck, all of HEAR (Home Educators at Riverbend)

HEAR Grads


Sunday, May 27

Riverbend Campus

12:30 p.m.

BFGs cancelled ... Come to worship at 10:30 in casual attire (shorts & t-shirts welcome) ... Free BBQ Lunch (after Morning Worship) ... Lots of children's activities, including inflatables, bubbles, hula hoops, etc. ... Old-fashioned 'Hymn Sing' ... Snow cones & popcorn ... Activities for all ages: cornhole, soccer, flag football, dodgeball, basketball, water slides   (those planning on getting wet should bring a change of clothes & a towel) ... and more

New 'Bible Fellowship Group'

Growing in Christ

Begins Sunday, June 3 ... Room 182 ... 9 a.m.

Designed for:
  • new believers, 
  • new Riverbend members 
  • people interested in Riverbend's Discipleship Training Program (DTP 1)**
** Due to the depth of the theological study in DTP, the elders desire that you complete Fundamentals of the Faith or this new class (Growing in Christ) before enrolling in DTP

Donna McCormick
Thank You, Donna

All of Riverbend says "thank you" to Donna McCormick, who has served as a pastoral secretary at the church for more than 15 years. She also served much of that time as the church clerk (maintaining official membership records).

She and husband Dale (who has been a deacon, Bible Fellowship Group teacher, youth leader, Passion Play participant, CA$H ministry counselor, pastoral search committee member, etc.) have moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where Dale has taken a banking position .

Please pray for them in this new venture.

June 2

8 a.m. - noon

Church campus

Clean windows ... pressure wash ... trim palms ... clean debris from ponds ... take scrap lumber to burn pile ... clean out flower beds ... collect rocks off back property ... trim hedges ... clean pond drain ... clean school tables ... hauling ... etc.

Gloves ... hat (outdoors) ... sun screen ... work shoes ... clippers ... wheelbarrows ... hauling trailer ... pressure washer ... tree trimmers ... chain saw ... etc.

Bottled water ... snacks ... donuts.


Preaching the Word

To listen to Pastor Scott Menez' latest sermon, click on the title:

SUNDAY (10:30 a.m.)
Various verses

' Straw Hat' Luncheon

Sarah's Circle hosts Hands of Grace for this special event at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15.  It will be at the home of Linda Giovanni (234 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach).

It is a Southern style menu.

RSVP to Carole Edwards by clicking here.
TRAINING -- John Wells (center), an EMT official and paramedic, instructs members of the Riverbend staff how to use the new emergency defibrillators that have been installed at the church

Ministry Opportunity

(Women Assisting Recovering Mothers)

Each Monday several Riverbenders head to the Vince Carter Sanctuary near Bunnell to minister to many young mothers there.  It is a special time of learning and fellowship.  Ministry opportunities include teaching the women God's Word, providing hospitality and support, helping with childcare, etc.

Please continue to pray for this ministry. But also consider becoming a volunteer. Contact Bonnie Harris (386-589-3512) or Kay Moody (386-383-3828) for more information. 

Riverbender Bobby Caliendo (right) teaches
during a Monday night session at WARM
  This 'n that

Riverbend Academy is looking for two full-time Grammar School teachers. Application forms are available in the school office, and a resume or curriculum vitae may be sent to Headmaster Jason Karr by clicking here .
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Thirteen Persevering Saints (senior adults) depart at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, on a seven-day trip to Washington, D.C. The trip will include a visit to the new seven-story Museum of the Bible.
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Riverbender Susan Black and daughter Susanna Williamson are featured in the latest Ormond Beach Observer, as Susanna was the winner of this year's "Mother Knows Best" contest.
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Enhance your music skills by enrolling in Riverbend's Conservatory of Music. The summer term begins June 4, and applications are now available at the Welcome Center. Options include voice, piano, guitar, brass, percussion, woodwinds.
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The recent hit movie, I Can Only Imagine, will be shown at the church as part of a church-wide Movie Matinee one Sunday at 5 p.m. during the summer.  Details to be announced soon.  


MAY 16

Egg casserole ... sausage patties ... bacon ... biscuits & gravy ... hash browns ... assorted pastries ... orange juice

ALSO:  Dinner salads  (ordered a week in advance at register)

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

Sunday  -- Bible Fellowship Groups, 9 am ... Morning Worship, 10:30 am
--BFGs cancelled on May 27
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 -- '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

15 (Tue) -- Sarah's Circle hosts Hands of Grace for lunch, Giovanni home, 11:30 am
15 (Tue) -- Riverbend Academy: Kindergarten Graduation, Worship Center, 5 pm
15 (Tue) -- CrossRoads Young Adult Fellowship, Choir Room, 7 pm
16 (Wed) -- Registration for Middle School Mid-Summer Melee, Youth Center, 5 pm
16 (Wed) -- Deacons meeting, Library (Room 128), 7:30 pm
18 (Fri) -- Riverbend Academy: Commencement, Worship Center, 7 pm
19-25 (Sat-Fri) -- Senior Adult trip to Washington, D.C.,
20 (Sun) -- Lord's Supper, during Morning Worship, 10:30 am
20 (Sun) -- HEAR (Home Educators) Commencement, Worship Center, 6:30 pm
23 (Wed) -- Music Camp Staff Meeting, Room 186, 5 pm
23 (Wed) -- Community Group Training Meeting #1, Choir Room, 7:30 pm
23 (Wed) -- Kingdom Corner Summer Teaching Meeting, Room 186, 7:30 pm
25 (Fri) -- Stand in the Gap prayer time, Fellowship Hall, 4-6 pm
26 (Sat) -- Sole-Savers (foot care), Youth Center, 8:30-11:30 am
27 (Sun) -- Bible Fellowship Groups CANCELLED
27 (Sun) -- Riverbend Family Picnic, church campus, 12:30 pm
28 (Mon) -- Memorial Day (church office & Promise Land preschool closed)


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