November 16, 2020

Chef Gabriel's
Thanksgiving Feast

  • Oven-roasted turkey breast
  • Baked ham
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cornbread stuffing
  • Green bean casserole
  • Pineapple spoon bread
  • Marshmallow pecan-crusted sweet potato casserole
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Apple sauce
  • Rolls & butter
  • Pie (pumpkin, apple, pecan)
Under 4 & over 90, FREE ... ages 4-12, $4 ... others, $5 ... family max, $20
Launching the Christmas
Season at Riverbend

— A tasty banquet by Chef Gabriel & his team —
— A festive all-music program led by musician Todd Murray (pictured here) of Jupiter, Fla. —

Stuffed pork loin, boneless roasted chicken w/sun-dried pesto sauce, spinach florentine risotto, garlic-parmesan green beans, salad bowls, rolls & butter, dessert, tea, coffee, water

Only 18 tickets remaining before this event becomes a sellout
Available this Wednesday (Nov. 18) & this Sunday (Nov. 22) until all sold
Tickets for sale before & after worship services in the East Lobby (formerly Bookcart area)
Preaching the Word
Pastor Scott Menez
To hear a sermon from the Riverbend pulpit, click on title:

Sunday, Nov. 15
Psalm 138

Wednesday, Nov. 11
Titus 2:11-14
Pastor Paul Grenelle
---- Live-Streamed ----
The 10:45 a.m. Sunday and 6:15 p.m. Wednesday worship services are
live-streamed via the church website (click here) and other social venues

Please pray for the people of already devastated Honduras, as well as Nicaragua, as they are about to experience their second major hurricane in two weeks.

Especially pray for the Honduras missionaries, their families and their ministries, that Riverbend supports: Carlos Montoya, Melvin Romero and Hernan Sierra.
Corn Hole Tournament Winners Jacob Schutte & Chandler Grace ... Runners-up: Heyward Evans & Josh Winings
Pie-Eating Champion Mike Murray ... Runners-up: Matt McCray & Daniel Kennedy
Thanks to Troy Dittman for his photos

Do You Know
A 'Person in Need'?

If so, why not submit that name to the PIN Ministry? Help may be available.

Head to the Resource Center in the East Lobby (former Bookcart area), grab a PIN form and fill it out so that person/family can be considered for a Thanksgiving basket or other help during the holiday season.

Drop the completed form in the offering basket, the lock boxes at the Worship Center exits or at the church office.
If you prefer to donate cash (rather than food items), please place it in an envelope and label it "Person in Need." Leave it in a Sunday offering basket or in the church office.

Sharing Christ & Thanksgiving Baskets
Please contact Pastor Bobby Caliendo (386-672-1821 or email by clicking here) if you are interested in delivering Thanksgiving baskets to families in need, starting Nov. 19. Teams of two/three will go out. Be sure to take advantage of this great ministry opportunity.

A Class Just for You

Continuous 13-study now under way Sundays at 9 a.m. in Room 186

Led by Bobby Caliendo, Pastor of Outreach & Evangelism

A solid opportunity for beginning the discipleship process at Riverbend
All regular Wednesday activities on Nov. 25 (the day before Thanksgiving) have been cancelled. This includes Fellowship Supper, Mid-Week Worship, all rehearsals, etc.

Also, closed during Nov. 23-27: the church office, the Academy and the Seminary.
Here are the foreign missionaries currently supported by Riverbend:

  • Didier & Annie Mukotshi, Compassion for the Congo
  • Paul & Ginny Anthes, Compassion for the Congo (California)
  • Edier Urbina & Francisco Bustos, Costa Rica
  • Hoor Church Ministries, Egypt
  • Carlos & Magali Calderon, El Salvador
  • Carlos & Lori Montoya, Honduras
  • Melvin & Alejandra Romero, Honduras
  • Hernan & Gabriela Sierra, Honduras
  • Patti Parks, Ireland
  • Kyle & Dela Stringer, North Africa
  • Nilo & Feley Sanchez, Amiel & Sarah Ayon, Philippiines
  • Tan & Kaarin Molina, Spain

Wednesday, Dec. 9
7 p.m.

All members of the Riverbend Church Family are encouraged to attend this gathering, immediately after a shortened Mid-Week Worship service.

Presentation of the proposed budget for 2021 highlights the agenda, which will also include some other ministry-related items.

Foot Care

Nov. 21

8:30-11:30 a.m.
Youth Center

Free pedicure,
foot-calf massage, nails painted,
tasty snacks,
sweet fellowship

Five members of one family (representing four generations) were present at last month's Sole-Savers event

Cindi Whiting
Tommy Whiting
Betty Bray
Abby Carey
Lily Carey (born shortly after this photo was made)

Christmas Music

Cornerstone Radio will be playing 100% Christmas music, beginning the day after Thanksgiving: Friday, Nov. 27.

  • 89.7 FM (New Smyrna Beach)
  • 90.3 FM (Flagler Beach)
  • 97.3 FM (DeLand, Daytona Beach)
  • 101.3 FM (St. Augustine)
  • 102.7 FM (Deltona)
  • 1450 AM (Greater Daytona)
  • Online at
  • Tomorrow's Hands of Grace monthly luncheon has been CANCELLED.

  • Dr. Ernie Baker, currently teaching the counseling courses at Riverbend's Christ Theological Seminary, will be guest preacher at Riverbend on Sunday morning, Dec. 6.
Be certain that your Ministry, Bible Fellowship Group, Community Group, etc. has your Christmas party listed. Send a note to the church office (click here).

  • Church-wide Christmas Banquet ... Friday, Dec. 4, Worship Center, 6 pm
  • Youth Christmas event (at church) ... Saturday, Dec. 5: Middle School, 3 pm; High School, 5 pm
  • Crossroads Young Adults event ... Saturday, Dec. 5, at church, 5 pm
  • Church Staff party ... Friday, Dec. 11, Cosan USA, 6 pm
  • Sojourners BFG party ... Saturday, Dec. 12, Cameron home, 6 p.m.
  • Parents Night Out ... Sunday, Dec. 13, Children's Wing, 5-8 pm
  • Gabriel's Christmas Dinner ... Wednesday, Dec. 16, Fellowship Hall, 4:30-6 pm
  • 'One Voice' Christmas program ... Wednesday, Dec. 16, Worship Center, 6:15 pm
  • Crossroads Young Adults party ... Friday, Dec. 18, Grenelle home
  • Worship at 9 & 10:30 am ... Sunday, Dec 20 ... Bible Fellowship Groups cancelled
  • 'Christmas Eve Eve' ... Wednesday, Dec. 23, front lawn (outdoors), 6:30 pm
  • Christmas Day ... Friday, Dec. 25
  • Worship at 9 & 10:30 am ... Sunday, Dec 27 ... Bible Fellowship Groups cancelled
  • All Wednesday events cancelled ... Dec. 30
Pam Cochran has a quick need, if anyone can provide (for husband Bill, who is recovering from a stroke): a shower chair with a back or a rail. If you can assist, please contact Pam at 386-852-8102.

Riverbender Joy Vegerano has started a new cleaning business which uses organic, natural products, most of which she makes using essential oils. "I don't charge by the hour or square footage. I go by what is IMPORTANT to YOU!! Everyone's needs are different and every house is different. I can assure you that I will work my hardest to provide excellent service as unto the Lord. Call or text me with your needs and I will be glad to set up an appointment." ... 386-569-4961.
  • 9 a.m. — Morning Worship
  • 9 a.m. — Bible Fellowship Groups
  • 10:45 a.m. — Morning Worship
  • 10:45 a.m. — Bible Fellowship Groups

  • 4:30-6 p.m. — Fellowship Supper
  • 6:15 p.m. — Mid-Week Worship

Other Regular Weekly Activities
Sunday — Praise Team warm-up, Stage, 7:45 am
Sunday — Worship Choir warm-up, Risers, 8 am
Sunday — Worship Orchestra warm-up, Stage, 8:15 am
Sunday — Nursery (age 2-under), Children's Wing, 8:45 am
Monday — Men's Basketball, Worship Center, 6 pm
Monday — WARM Bible Study, Carter Sanctuary in Bunnell, 6:15 pm (cancelled Nov. 23)
Wednesday — Youth Praise Team, Youth Center, 5 pm
Wednesday — Nursery (birth to pre-K), Children's Wing, 6 pm
Wednesday — 'One Voice' Kids Praise Club, Children's Wing, 6 pm
Wednesday — Youth 'Breakouts', Youth Center, 6:15 pm
Wednesday — Worship Choir rehearsal, Choir Room, 7:30 pm
Wednesday — Worship Orchestra rehearsal (Wednesday before playing), Stage, 7:45 pm

16 (Mon) — Conservatory Recital, Choir Room, 6:30 pm
17 (Tue) — Hands of Grace luncheon, CANCELLED
17 (Tue) — Crossroads Young Adults Fellowship, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm
18 (Wed) — Gabriel's Thanksgiving Feast, Fellowship Hall, 4:30-6 pm
18 (Wed) — Food Collection for Thanksgiving baskets, Bible Hall
18 (Wed) — Christmas Banquet tickets on sale, East Lobby, before & after worship
21 (Sat) — Sole-Savers (foot care), Youth Center, 8:30-11:30 am
22 (Sun) — Christmas Banquet tickets on sale, East Lobby, before & after worship
22 (Sun) — Sarah's Circle Cookbook sales, East Lobby, before & after worship
22 (Sun) — Women's DTP (Discipleship Training), Fellowship Hall, 5 pm
22 (Sun) — Moms' Moments of Grace, Youth Center, 6 pm
23-27 (Mon-Fri) —Church office, Academy & Seminary closed
25 (Wed) — All Wednesday activities CANCELLED
26 (Thu) — Thanksgiving
29 (Sun) — Missions Mailbox opens, Main Lobby
29 (Sun) — Sarah's Circle Cookbook sales, East Lobby, before & after worship

1 (Tue) — Crossroads Young Adults Fellowship, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm
4 (Fri) — Christmas Banquet (church-wide), Worship Center, 6 pm (doors open at 5)
5 (Sat) — Bridal Shower for Stephanie Black, Grenelle residence, 10 am-noon
5 (Sat) — Youth Christmas activities at church, Middle School, 3 pm; High School, 5 pm
5 (Sat) — Crossroads Young Adults Christmas event at church, 5 pm
6 (Sun) — Offering envelopes available for pick up, Bible Hall
6 (Sun) — Guest preacher: Dr. Ernie Baker, Worship Center, 9 am & 10:45 am
6 (Sun) — Women's DTP (Discipleship Training), Fellowship Hall, 5 pm
6 (Sun) — In His Image women's Bible study, Youth Center, 6 pm
Connect with Riverbend thru These Links
The church office is regularly open Mon-Thu: 9 a.m - 4:30 p.m. ... Phone 386-672-1821