Commencement 2019

HEAR Grads-19

Katrina Toth,  Class of 2019, Riverbend Academy

 Zachary Murray, Canon Menez, Aleah Bedrosian, Jacob Giaquinto & Caleb Glenfield --
Class of 2019, HEAR (Home Educators at Riverbend)

Graduates of both Riverbend Academy and HEAR (Home Educators at Riverbend) will be honored in Commencement ceremonies in the Worship Center:
  • Riverbend Academy on  Friday, May 17 , at 7 p.m.
  • HEAR (Home Educators at Riverbend) on  Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m.
Everyone is encouraged to support the Class of 2019 by attending the festivities.

Keynote Speakers

Mitch Stokes (left), a mechanical engineer, college professor and author, will speak at the Academy ceremonies on May 17. He is a former self-proclaimed "natural skeptic" who has published books on Galileo and Isaac Newton, as well as two books about atheism.

Scott Menez (right), teaching pastor at Riverbend and seminary professor, will speak at the HEAR festivities on May 18. Pastor Scott is in his fourth year at Riverbend Community Church after spending nearly 30 years as a church planter and "cowboy" preacher.

Mitch Stokes

Scott Menez
Registration now under way in the Kingdom Corner lobby

NOTE:  VBS Planning team meets Sunday, May 19,
at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall


Hire Youth
From Aaron Johnsen,  Youth Director

To keep the cost of Summer Camp from deterring students from participation, the Youth Ministry seeks assistance from those willing to provide small work opportunities or scholarships.

We are looking for jobs suitable primarily for Middle School to younger High School youth (male/female).

The camp fees/expenses are $365 per student.

If you can assist, please contact me (672-1821 or click here.)
On the church campus ... for all Riverbenders & guests


Special Recognition

Riverbend was honored at a banquet last Thursday evening for its support of the Ormond Beach Police Department. A framed certificate (above) expressed the church's loyalty to serving with the police over the years.  Also (below), two Riverbend members--Chef Gabriel Martinez (second from left) and Church Hostess Sheila Smith (third from left)--were among the people who were graciously honored by the police during that special occasion in the Riverbend Worship Center.  Gabriel and his team prepared the dinner for the banquet, and Sheila and her team provided the banquet decorations.

Comm Groups
You are invited to participate in one of Riverbend's 15 Community Groups, which
meet regularly in homes for Bible study, discipleship, fellowship and/or outreach.
Call the listed leader about meeting times.   Here is the latest list:

1. Home of Matt McCray (449 Woodstock Drive, Port Orange) ...  Leader:   Matt McCray (386-523-4713)
2. Home of Mo McKinney (76 Big Buck Trail, Ormond) ...  Leader:  John Griffin (386-239-0365)
3. Home of Matt Carswell (269 Pine Woods Road, Ormond) ...  Leader:  Josh Brown (386-295-2565)
4. Home of Robbie Richmond (400 Windwood Place, Ormond) ... Leader: Stephen Collins (386-679-6931)
5. Home of David Mills (115 Horseshoe Trail, Ormond) ... Leader: Tom Sheahan (970-999-2740)

1. Home of Rick Matherly (13 Dormer Drive, Ormond) ... Leader:   John Carswell (386-453-0895)

1. Home of Duke Landorf (23 Foxfords Chase, Ormond) ...  Leader:   Mike Waters (386-871-7704)
2. Home of Mike Mergener (3 Cliffwood Circle, Ormond) ... Leader:  Andrew Mills (386-871-4274)
3. Home of Linda DeBord (206 Bay Pines Court, Ormond) ...  Leader:   Bill Wilder (440-666-7089)
4. Home of Rick Delaney (268 Treeline Lane, Ormond) ...  Leader:   Brad Harris (386-453-7036)
5. Home of Linda Goad (1200 Oak Forest Drive, Ormond) ...  Leader:   Mark Stene (386-405-8479)
6. Home of Norman Black (16 China Moon Drive, Ormond) ...  Leader: Dave Sasser (386-547-1228)

1. Home of Gary Giovanni (234 Riverside Drive, Ormond) ...  Leader:   Gary Giovanni (386-672-1154)

1. Home of Glen Harvey (14 Kingsgate Court, Ormond) ...  Leader:   Ryan Cochran (386-523-2984)
2. Home of Bruce Lorenzana (96 N. St. Andrews Drive, Ormond) ...  Leader:   Bruce Lorenzana (386-569-5644)

NOTE:  If your group is not listed here, please send a note to Pastor Jerry (click here).

For more info, call the church office: 386-672-1821
Hope Place
Hope Place collection baskets near the Bookcart at Riverbend

'Salt and Light' Opportunity at Hope Place

From Bobby Caliendo, Minister of Outreach & Evangelism

Hope Place is an emergency shelter (1340 Wright Street, Holly Hill) that houses 120 residents, half of whom are children. Some residents are former foster children who have aged out of the system. 

The Riverbend ministry goal is to lovingly meet physical needs while attempting to share the Gospel. We kindly ask for Riverbenders to consider donating items and/or their time. 

Items needed include sheets (both twin and double), bed bug covers (twin or double), laundry sacks, towels, washcloths, dishes, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, bleach, Tilex, pots, pans, plates, silverware, cooking utensils. Other needs include: serving dinner (5-7 p.m.), moving residents (need trucks), pressure-washing sidewalks, tutoring students. 

All individuals and families (including children) may participate.  A collection basket for donated items is located near the Bookcart throughout May.
Preaching the Word

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

SUNDAY  (10:30 a.m.)
Various Texts

WEDNESDAY  (6:15 p.m.)  
Table Talk
Pastor Brian Shealy
Pastor Brian Shealy
Dear Riverbend Church Family:
   Thank you for the beautiful service to honor our precious mom, Marie Cortese. Your thoughtfulness, compassion and kind words made a difficult time a little easier for us. A special thanks goes to Sarah's Circle for not only the wonderful reception after the service but also the friendship and love you gave to our mom as a part of your group.  It brings us great peace to know that our dad (Fred) has such a strong and loving church to support and comfort him in the days ahead.    --The Cortese Children
Academy Sign

Teacher Openings at Riverbend Academy

From Jason Karr,  Pastor of Education

Riverbend Academy is seeking to hire committed Christian men or women who desire to teach in a Godly, academically excellent and loving environment. 
We are hiring new teachers for Latin, Spanish, some K through 6th openings, and some upper school and core subjects. If interested, please continue reading and submit an application. 
All teachers at Riverbend Academy are required to have and share a personal testimony of Biblical faith in Jesus Christ and must demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Christian living. It is not required that applicants have a current and thorough understanding of classical philosophy and pedagogies, but such is definitely preferred and will be taught and furthered as part of training here. 
If you want to be considered, please contact Stephen Collins (call 386-615-0986 or click here ).  

May 15

Chicken parmesan ... spaghetti in marinara sauce ... Italian meatballs ... roasted veggies ... salad bar ... dinner rolls ... desserts

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.
Some Dates for Your Calendar

June 2 (Sunday) ... Riverbend Family Picnic, 5-8 p.m. on church campus

June 5 (Wednesday) ... Children's Summer Program begins, 5:45 p.m. in Children's Wing

June 10-14 (Monday-Friday) ... Vacation Bible School for grades K-5 completed, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

June 12-Aug 7 (Wednesdays) ... Fellowship Suppers cancelled (for kitchen maintenance)

June 17 (Monday) ... Youth "12-2 Bible Study", 10 a.m. in Youth Center (also 6/24, 7/8, 7/15)

June 27-29 (Thursday-Saturday) ... Middle School Mid-Summer Melee, 6-9 p.m. in Youth Center

July 11-13 (Thursday-Saturday) ... Youth Basketball Camp (5th-8th grade completed), 9 a.m.-noon

July 21-26 (Sunday-Friday) ... Youth Summer Camp at Black Mountain, N.C.

Aug 4 (Sunday) .. Family Beach Day at Andy Romano Park, 2-6 p.m.

Aug 12 (Monday) ... Riverbend Academy begins classes, 8 a.m.

Aug 25 (Sunday) ... Membership Class (for prospective members), 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall


This 'n that

Remember: Three Riverbend men have been nominated by the current elders to become new church elders. As a member, you have a part in seeing this through. Please grab an affirmation form at the Welcome Center, complete it and leave it in the appropriate box there.  Deadline: May 30 (Thursday).
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Sole-Savers (foot care) is set for Saturday, May 18, during 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Youth Center.
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Sarah's Circle meets Tuesday, May 14, at the home of Arleen Fortson (10 Carrington Lane, Ormond). It begins at 5:30 p.m.  RSVP to Carole Edwards by clicking here.
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Joy Bible Fellowship Group monthly luncheon is planned Tuesday, May 14, at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Looking Ahead

Sunday  -- Life Seminars, 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, 8:15 am
Sunday -- Riverbend Worship Choir Rehearsal, Worship Center, 8:15  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  -- WARM Bible Study, 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  -- Final Spring Worship Choir rehearsal (May 15), Choir Room, 7:30 pm 
Wednesday  -- Final Spring Worship Orchestra rehearsal (May 15), Stage, 7:30 pm 
Thursday -- Morning Worship, Avante Assisted Living,  10 am

13 (Mon) -- Conservatory of Music Recital, Choir Room, 6:30 pm
14 (Tue) -- Joy BFG Luncheon, Fellowship Hall, 11:30 am
14 (Tue) -- Sarah's Circle, home of Arleen Fortson (10 Carrington Lane, Ormond), 5:30 pm
14 (Tue) -- CrossRoads Young Adults Fellowship, Choir Room, 7 pm
17 (Fri) -- Riverbend Academy Commencement, Worship Center, 7 pm
18 (Sat) -- Sole-Savers (foot care), Youth Center, 8:30-11:30 am
18 (Sat) -- HEAR (Home Educators at Riverbend) Commencement, Worship Center, 1 pm
19 (Sun) -- New Member Welcome, during Morning Worship
19 (Sun) -- Vacation Bible School Planning, Fellowship Hall, 12:30 pm
22 (Wed) -- Summer Camp Staff, Room 185B, 7:45 pm
23 (Thu) -- Seminary concludes first academic year, Room 185, 6-9:45 pm
26 (Sun) -- Lord's Supper, during Morning Worship
27 (Mon) -- Memorial Day ... WARM Bible Study cancelled ... Men's Basketball cancelled
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