Three Distinct Services 
This Easter Weekend


Good Friday Service (6:30 p.m.)
One-hour in Worship Center ... seven men will speak 5 minutes each on the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross ... children welcome

Sunrise Service (6:30 a.m.)
Front lawn of the church ... bring lawn chairs ... children welcome

Traditional Easter Celebration (10:30 a.m.)
Worship Center ... childcare available ... prayer gathering at 10 a.m. in
Room 187 ...  no Life Seminars or  Bible Fellowship Groups



All families should take advantage of having your family photo taken on Easter (this Sunday).  A backdrop will be outside the entrance near the church office.  So ... before & after Morning Worship, make a memory photo.


Three men recommended for eldership at Riverbend spent two hours last night answering questions by the current elders regarding Bible doctrine, ministry, church history and other theological matters. Before a gathering of Riverbend members, each also gave testimonies about his walk with the Lord, how God brought him to salvation and how he sensed the call toward eldership.

Last night's discussion (pictured above) had been preceded with an extensive vetting process by the current elders: interviews with each candidate and his wife, references and recommendations from people who know them well,  an extensive questionnaire (200+ questions about Bible doctrine, church history and practical application of ministry), etc.

What's Next? ... Affirmation by the Church
This process begins on Sunday, April 28 and will continue through the month of May.  All Riverbenders are asked to pick up at the Welcome Center (near the church office) an
Affirmation form for each candidate. Use this form to give your support ... or to list any character issues that should be considered before ordination is scheduled.  Return the completed forms to the appropriately marked box at the Welcome Center.

Once the affirmation process is complete, the men will be ordained and begin to function along with the other elders, according to the Church By-Laws.

The Elder Candidates
John Griffin
Elder Brian G
Brian Giaquinto
Bobby Caliendo

So I exhort the elders ... shepherd the flock of God that is among you ...
1 Peter 5:1-2 
Take advantage of opportunities near you

Next Course

An in-depth study:

1.   General Epistles
1-2 Peter
1-2-3 John

2.   Revelation

Gold Cross

CTS Type

Tuesdays & Thursdays during April 30-May 23
(8 sessions)

6-9:45 p.m. 

You may audit this 
course for $50

For more info, or to register, call the 
seminary number: 
(386) 271-8766

Skate Nite 19

All ages welcome for this FREE Sunday night event at the Ormond rink:  250 North U.S. 1


Saturday, April 27

Riverbend's Persevering Saints (senior adults) are sponsoring a visit to Sand Hill Farms near Eustis for some old-fashioned blueberry-picking. All ages welcome.

Mo & Mary McKinney are leading this venture, which involves leaving the church at  8 a.m. for the one-hour drive to the farm. Return to the church will be shortly after lunch (hamburgers & hot dogs are available at the farm).

Interested?  Contact Mo (386-299-4806) as soon as possible so proper transportation can be arranged.  Then be at the church before 8 a.m. to get in on the car-pool.
Pastor Scott Menez

Preaching the Word

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

SUNDAY  (10:30 a.m.)
Mark 7:24-30

WEDNESDAY  (6:15 p.m.)
Genesis 34-36
These 9 a.m. Sunday morning sessions resume April 28 ...
They do not meet Easter Sunday (April 21)

Purity in a Porn-Saturated World ... led by Pastor Brian Shealy ... Room 182

Strategic Biblical Hospitality ... led by Gary Giovanni ... Room 184A

Bearing One Another's Burdens  ... led by Tom Sheahan ... Room 184B

Walking in the Faith of 6 Old Testament Men ... led by Craig Cameron ... Room 185A

Growing in Christ  ... led by Bobby Caliendo ... Room 186

Membership Matters ... led by Pastor Jerry Schaeffer ... Church Office

How to Study God's Word: Maximizing Devotions  ... led by Josh Brown ...  Room 185B

Parenting: Moment-by-Moment ... led by Pastor Jason Karr ... Fellowship Hall

Contentment in Life's Seasons ... led by Heyward Evans ... Choir Room

Finding & Doing God's Will ... led by Brian Giaquinto ... Worship Center

Saturday, April 20 ...  8:30-11:30 a.m.

Give your feet a treat by heading to the Youth Center for a free pedicure, foot/calf massage, polishing of nails (optional), blood-pressure check, tasty refreshments and Christian fellowship.


Peter Pan

3 Performances at Riverbend
Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

For tickets, call (386) 615-0986 or purchase at the door

General Admission:  $10 for age 12 & up ... $5 for children ages 5-10
April 17

Garlic herb roasted chicken ... stuffed pork loin ... smashed red potatoes ... pineapple spoon bread ... Brussels sprouts with cranberries/pecans ... salad bar ... dinner rolls ... carrot cake

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.
Dear Riverbend:
    During a time like this (the passing of Jean Knight), we realize how much our friends and relatives really mean to us ... Your expressions of sympathy will always be remembered.   --Jimmy Knight & Family
Seminary Book Sale


Check It Out! ... You Might Find What You're Looking For!

Purchase these books ($1 per inch of binding) ... Proceeds go to Christ Theological Seminary to provide scholarship funds ... See Bill Wilder at the Bookcart or Josh Brown at the church office.

This 'n that

CrossRoads Young Adults will meet for fellowship and Bible study on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the Choir Room.
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Parents who desire to participate in the May 5 Baby Dedication are expected to attend the orientation session Wednesday, April 24. It will be at 7:30 p.m. in Room 182.

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
NOTE:  Life Seminars do NOT meet on Easter, April 21
Other Regular Weekly Activities
Sunday -- Riverbend Praise Team Warm-up, Worship Center, 8 am  [8:45 am on Easter]
Sunday -- Riverbend Worship Choir Rehearsal, Worship Center, 8  am  [9 am on Easter]
Sunday -- 'Call Upon His Name' Prayer Time, Room 187, 8:30-8:45 am  [10-10:15 am on Easter]
Sunday  -- Nursery opens (birth to pre-K); Children's Wing, 8:45 am  [10:15 am on Easter]
Sunday  -- Children's Church, Children's Wing, 10:30 am  [Cancelled on Easter]
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  -- Worship Choir rehearsal, Choir Room, 7:30 pm
Wednesday  -- Worship Orchestra rehearsal, Stage, 7:30 pm
Thursday -- Morning Worship, Avante Assisted Living,  10 am

17 (Wed) -- Youth Camp Staff, Room 182, 7:30 pm
19-22 (Fri-Mon) -- Academy Easter Break
19 (Fri) -- Good Friday Service, Worship Center, 6:30 pm
20 (Sat) -- Sole-Savers (foot care), Youth Center, 8:30-11:30 am
21 (Sun) -- Easter 
21 (Sun) -- Sunrise Service, front lawn, 6:30 am
21 (Sun) -- Bible Fellowship Groups (Life Seminars) CANCELLED
21 (Sun) -- Easter Service, Worship Center, 10:30 am
23 (Tue) -- CrossRoads Fellowship, Choir Room, 7 pm
24 (Wed) -- Baby Dedication Orientation, Room 182, 7:30 pm
26 (Fri) -- Academy presents Peter Pan Jr, Worship Center, 7 pm
27 (Sat) -- Blueberry Picking Trip, Sand Hill Farm (near Eustis), meet at the church, 8 am
27 (Sat) -- Academy presents Peter Pan Jr, Worship Center, 2 pm & 7 pm
28 (Sun) -- Eldership Affirmation process begins
28 (Sun) -- Family Skate Night, Ormond's Skate & Shake (250 North US 1), 5:30-7:30 pm

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Family Matters

Fred & Donna Griffin & Family on the loss of her dad

Points to Ponder
One of the things I love about the Bible: its timeless truths do not change.  --Scott Menez

Stewardship Update
April 14, 2019
Regular Tithes/Offerings ... $27,178.63
Facility Usage Fees ... $3,586.16
Missions ... $746.00
Designated ... $147.00

2019 Totals
Weekly Budget Need ... $31,351.77
2019 Budget Need to Date ... $470,276.55
Total Tithes/Offerings/Use Fees ... $475,310.70
+/- Budget (+1.0%) ... +$5,034.15
Missions (since 1/1/19) ... $33,860.75