April 5, 2021
Riverbend celebrated the greatest sequence of events in all of history—the death, burial & resurrection of Jesus—with three worship services throughout the Easter weekend. The sunrise service (above) drew 235 folks. More than 350 attended the chilly, breezy outdoor Good Friday service on the front lawn. The weekend culminated with nearly 700 on campus for the traditional Easter service (Worship Center, plus two overflow rooms & nursery), with the children's choir (below) launching the Christ-centered celebration. Praise the Lord for a great Easter weekend at Riverbend!
Photos: Aaron Johnsen & Shayna Mills
Pastor Scott Menez
Preaching the Word

To hear a sermon from Riverbend, click the title:

SUNDAY, (Traditional Easter Service), April 4
Luke 24:50-53

SUNDAY (Sunrise Service), April 4
Luke 24:1-12

Luke 23:14-39

Exodus 34:17-35
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The 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship services and the Wednesday 6:15 p.m. worship services are
live-streamed via the church website (click here) and other social venues
Tickets ($50) available in the Academy office thru tomorrow, April 6

More details: 386-615-0986

Middle School: 5:30-8 p.m.
High School: 7-10 p.m

Friday, April 9

From Youth Director Aaron Johnsen

Hey, Youth! ... Come and join us at Riverbend for a casual night of games. We'll play "youth group games," participate in some recreation and share in Christ-centered fellowship ... Please eat dinner beforehand ... The snack stand will be open for your enjoyment.
Appreciation Lunch
For Children's Workers

Sunday, April 18

All volunteers currently serving in the Riverbend Children's Ministry are invited to the Appreciation Lunch planned Sunday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

"This is a time to say 'Thank You!' and to offer encouragement," said Children's Director Rachel Mergener. "We want it to be a time of fellowship. Plus, we hope to take a large group photo for the Kingdom Corner wall."
NOTE: The next meeting of volunteers is Sunday, April 25: 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Hope Place
Marchman Center

From Bill Wilder

Two great outreach opportunities have been re-opened to Riverbend. They are at Hope Place and the Stuart Marchman Center.

My wife Carol and I have for several years been leading Bible studies in these two facilities, but we were shut down about a year ago due to Covid. Now, we are, due to health reasons, unable to continue. But are praying that some fellow Riverbenders will become involved and reach out to people who are in crisis situations in their lives. In recent years, these Bible studies have been the only Christian witness in these two locations.

Hope Place, primarily for homeless women and their children, is run by Halifax Urban Ministries. The study, usually involving four women, is at 6:45 on Monday evenings at the facility located on Wright Street, near Derbyshire and LPGA. A woman leader is preferred and a second woman helpful. People are typically there about three months.

Marchman Center, off Highway 92 on Red John Drive (about four miles west of I-95), houses people who are in detox or have been Baker-acted. Bible studies here need to be evangelistic, as the people are usually there only a few weeks. Our studies with 6-8 men and women each time were at 2:30 and 3:30 on Tuesday afternoons. A husband-wife team would be great for this one.

If you are interested in leading one of these studies or just want more information, please contact us: 440-666-7089 or 440-781-1908 ... We will be glad to take you the facilities and help you get started.
The Friday performance is "SOLD OUT"! ... Tickets for both Saturday performances now available in the Academy office

Thursday, April 22

This event was moved to April 22—two weeks later than originally scheduled—to insure that the blueberries will be ripe.

So, on April 22, meet at the east parking lot at Riverbend about 8:45 a.m. for a 9 a.m. departure via car-pool.

Senior adults and guests will be heading to Artisan Acres off Highway 44 near Eustis. Maps will be available. Six acres of blueberries will be available. Cost is $4.50 per pound.

No need to sign up ... just show up at the church. All ages welcome!

Spring Semester
Begins April 12

Now is the time to register for the eight-week spring semester which begins Monday, April 12.

You may enhance your music skills or embark on a new venture: Piano, violin, guitar, voice, woodwinds, percussion & conducting.

More info: Pastor Rick Cobb (386-672-1821 or click here) ... Church website (click here)
Conservatory Logo
Dear Gabriel & Riverbend:
Thank you, Chef Gabriel and Riverbend folks, for your gift of the dinner during our recent fund-raising Sharathon. What a blessing that food was! We had quite a few volunteers with Irish roots who appreciated the St. Patrick's Day traditional food. God bless you! —Your friends at Cornerstone Radio

Menu — April 7

  • Fried chicken
  • Country fried steak
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Loaded mashed potatoes
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Salad
  • Desserts
  • Drinks

COST: $7 per person ... except: $4 for ages 4-12, $25 max per family ... free for under 4 & over 90

Covid guidelines being practiced
Credit Card payments now accepted at the cash register
A drop-in baby shower for Deborah Giaquinto is happening Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m.-noon, at the home of Andrea Giaquinto, 69 Pergola Place (off Airport Road), Ormond Beach. Baby Giaquinto (boy) is registered at Target and Amazon.

Tom Sheahan, Riverbend's Director of Biblical Counseling, and wife Cheryl are attending the IBCD Domestic Abuse Counseling Conference in Jacksonville. The first of two sessions, led by Jim Newheiser, was last Thursday, and the final session is this Thursday, April 8.

Foot Care, featuring free pedicures, foot-calf massages, nails painted, and great fellowship is planned Saturday, April 17. Drop by the Youth Center during 8:30-11:30 a.m.

FREE — Antique oak dining table with four chairs ... queen-size therapeutic mattress with cover. If interested, call Michael Caldwell: (864) 257-3185.

FREE3-piece sofa, side table, coffee table, end tables ... call By or Harriett Byington: (386) 788-3318. 

Job Wanted: Riverbender Marilyn Oliver is seeking a full-time job in the Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach area. Marilyn has experience in office and administrative positions but is eager to work in any position. If you know of any job opportunities, please contact her at 386-262-7322 or moliver5417@netzero.net.

Pierce Landscape & Maintenance is searching for a full-time employee. Please call Alex Pierce at 386-864-0228.
April 20 — Sarah's Circle ... also 5/18, 6/15, 7/20
April 22 — 'Pick Your Own Blueberries'
April 27 — Hands of Grace ... also 5/25
May 1 — Baby Shower for Deborah Giaquinto
May 2 — Women's DTP Banquet
May 9 — Mother's Day ... Baby Dedication
May 15 — Foot Care ... also July 17
May 16 — P.M. Baptism & Church Fellowship
May 21 — Academy Commencement
May 31 — Memorial Day
June 6 — Men's 'Soul Care' Banquet
June 13-18 — Youth Summer Camp
June 27 — Membership Class
June 30 — Recognition of Graduates
July 4 — Independence Day
July 12-16 — Vacation Bible School
July 28 — 'Music & More' Registration
July 29-31 — Middle School 'Melee'
  • 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 (also O, 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 [Cancelled on April 12]
Monday — WARM Bible Study, Carter Sanctuary in Bunnell, 6:15 pm
Wednesday — Youth Praise Team, Youth Center, 5 pm
Wednesday — Youth Choir (Cornerstone), Choir Room, 5:30 pm
Wednesday — Nursery (birth to pre-K), Children's Wing, 6 pm
Wednesday — 'One Voice' Kids Praise Club, Children's Wing, 6 pm
Wednesday — Truth & Grace Club (TAG), Children's Wing, 6:30 pm
Wednesday — Youth 'Breakouts', Youth Center, 6:15 pm
Wednesday — Worship Choir rehearsal, Choir Room, 7:30 pm
Wednesday — Worship Orchestra, Stage, 7:45 pm

6 (Sun) — Joy Bible Fellowship Group luncheon, Fellowship Hall, 11:30 am
9 (Fri) — Youth Game Night: Middle School, 5:30-8 pm; High School, 7-10 pm
10 (Sat) — Academy Legacy Dinner & Gala, Oceanside Country Club, 6 pm
11 (Sun) — Women's DTP (Discipleship Training), Fellowship Hall, 5 pm
12 (Mon) — Conservatory of Music begins spring semester
14 (Wed) — Deacons, Academy Library, 7:30 pm
16 (Fri) — Academy presents Beauty & the Beast Jr., Worship Center, 7 pm
17 (Sat) — Foot Care, Youth Center, 8:30-11:30 am
17 (Sat) — Academy presents Beauty & the Beast Jr., Worship Center, 2 pm & 7 pm
18 (Sun) — New Member 'Welcome', both worship services, 9 & 10:45 am
18 (Sun) — Children's Workers Appreciation Lunch, Fellowship Hall, 12:30 pm
18 (Sun) — New Life BFG Picnic & Games, Patio, 5 pm
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The church office is regularly open Mon-Thu: 9 a.m - 4:30 p.m. ... Phone 386-672-1821