October 12, 2020

'Intro to Biblical Counseling'
That's the next course available for audit at Riverbend's Christ Theological Seminary.

Tuesdays/Thursdays for 4 weeks: Oct. 13-Nov. 5 ... 6-9:45 p.m. ... Room 185 at Riverbend

Audit fee: $50 ... Registration deadline: TODAY ... Call the seminary office at 386-271-8766 by 4:30 p.m.

Professor Ernie Baker

It's a real treat to have Professor Ernie Baker as the instructor. He has nearly 30 years of experience and now serves as Pastor of Counseling at First Baptist of Jacksonville and at the Grace Center for Biblical Counseling. Previously he was Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, Calif. He is a Certified Conciliator with The Institute for Christian Conciliation, a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and a Council Board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.
How You Can Help ...

  • Numerous activities are planned, and volunteers are needed for one-hour increments: 5-6 p.m., 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Sign-up in the Bible Hall or contact Lauren Harris (see below).

  • Some 32 two-person teams are needed to compete in the single-elimination Corn Hole Tournament. This is on a first-come basis, so grab a buddy and sign up quickly in the Bible Hall.

  • Invite your friends, family and neighbors ... open to guests ... post the event online.

More Info: Contact Lauren Harris at 305-318-9597 or click here.
Preaching the Word

To hear a sermon from Teaching Pastor Scott Menez, click the title

Sunday, Oct. 11
Mark 16:1-8

Wednesday, Oct. 7
Exodus 21
---- 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
Michael & Gillian Mackewich
Ormond Beach
Both by statement

New Members
These two couples are the newest Riverbenders ... They were introduced yesterday (below, left) by Pastor Bobby Caliendo (right), as were many of those who actually joined back in April but had only been introduced digitally due to the pandemic.
Jack & Janet Martin
Ormond Beach
Both by statement
Launching the Christmas season at Riverbend
—A tasty banquet prepared by Chef Gabriel & his kitchen team—
—An all-music program led by musician Todd Murray of Jupiter, Fla.—
Special Meeting

This Wednesday
(Oct. 14)

An important Family Meeting for Riverbend members is planned this Wednesday (Oct. 14) immediately following Mid-Week Worship. This brief meeting will deal with a membership situation.
Saturday, Oct. 17
Youth Center ... 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Give your feet a treat ... they will "thank you" when you finish and walk out

Free pedicure ... foot/calf massage ... nails painted ... tasty snacks ... sweet fellowship
Riverbend Returning To WARM

From Kay Moody of Riverbend's WARM Ministry
In God’s Word, we are challenged to “go and make disciples in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria” and the Scriptures infer to the furthest outreaches of the world to proclaim His Word (Matt. 28:19-20). Have you ever stopped and asked, "Where is my Jerusalem, Judea or Samaria? Where has God called me to serve?" My Jerusalem, along with many other women of all ages, is WARM, and by God’s grace, lives are being changed at WARM.

WARM is a residential behavioral healthcare program for mothers (and their children under five) who through various means have had issues with either drug or alcohol addiction. They are, for the most part, required by the Court be in a rehab facility for about six months where they are counseled and have an opportunity to glean skills that enable them to lead a successful recovery and life. During their time at WARM, the facility provides parenting classes, employment support and a “graduation.” WARM (facilities pictured below) also assists with finding housing.

Drugs and alcohol? Well, I am not interested, you say. I understand totally, I felt the same way. But my heart was captured from the moment I began meeting the women, as they were just like my granddaughters—needing love, attention, a listening ear, a hug, kindness. God opened my heart and opened the door for me, along with many other ladies from Riverbend—many times, with their daughters, to be blessed by this ministry. It is true, you receive more than you give!
A typical Monday evening involves someone leading worship songs, Biblical teaching, as well as opportunities to meet the women and hear their stories. Many opportunities develop to encourage and pray with the women, building relationships. We meet at WARM Monday evenings around 6:15 and leave about 7:45. The stories we share as sisters in Christ on the rides to-and-from are testimonies of how God is working in these women’s lives, as well as our own.

Thankfully, Riverbend has been granted permission to return on Nov. 2 after an eight-month sabbatical due to the pandemic. But with the upcoming holidays and other circumstances, we need additional help and prayer as we re-enter His mission field. Our greatest need at the moment is someone to help with childcare, along with volunteers to come alongside and help in supporting these women.  We encourage you to come once or as many times as your heart leads you.

Our upcoming Monday (6:15 p.m.) schedule:
  • Nov 2 … Teaching (Pastor Scott Menez)
  • Nov 9 ... Thanksgiving message
  • Nov 16 … Teaching
  • Nov. 23 … Off for Thanksgiving holiday
  • Nov 30 … Teaching 
  • Dec 7… Christmas Party & devotional 
  • Dec. 14 ... Christmas program (Pastor Scott Menez)
  • Dec. 21 & 28 … Off for Christmas holidays
  • Jan. 4 … Resume regular weekly schedule
For more info or to learn about car-pooling to WARM, contact: contact Kay Moody, (386) 383-3828 (click here), or Bonnie Harris at: (386) 589-3512 (click here) or the church website (click here).
'How To' Class

Sunday, Nov. 1

9 a.m. in Room 186

Led by Pastor Bobby Caliendo
Riverbend Worship Leader Heyward Evans (behind the podium in the background) teaches the Parable of the Talents during a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University last Thursday at the Center for Faith & Spirituality on campus. He was assisted by Riverbenders Shannon Ruane, Zach Murray, Landon Beck and Pastor Bobby Caliendo, who shot this photo.
Express your love and support for your pastors by dropping a note or card into the Pastor Appreciation box in the main lobby (near the church office)
  • Baby Dedication Orientation, for parents who will be having their children dedicated in November, is planned Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy Library (Room 128).

  • Hands of Grace luncheon is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

  • Middle School 'Game Night' is this Friday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Riverbend.

MENU — Oct. 14

  • Choice: Chicken pot pie or Shepherd's pie
  • Salad bowls
  • Soup
  • Dinner rolls
  • Desserts
  • Drinks

COST: Under 4 & over 90, FREE ... ages 4-12, $4 ... others, $5 ... family max, $20

NOTE: Menu is subject to change

Covid-19 guidelines in effect
To all our friends, neighbors, family and church family who showed such love and kindness to us during our recent illnesses with your prayers, meals, deliveries, calls and cards...this is how we feel about you all! Our gratitude comes with heartfelt appreciation of you and hugs & kisses! “I led them with cords of kindness, with ropes of love; I lifted the yoke from their necks and bent down to feed them.” Hosea 11:4. Kindness and love produce great gratitude from those who have suffered. —John & Faye Griffin
Riverbend Academy is seeking a part-time Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 teacher's aide. If interested, please call Michelle Fleming in the Academy office: 386-615-0986.
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Pierce Landscape & Maintenance is searching for a full-time employee. Please call Alex Pierce at 386-864-0228.
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Part-Time Position at Alpha Thrift Store: applicant should be adept at sorting & pricing clothing items, able to lift 50 pounds, good at greeting/assisting customers, able to work cash register, do cleaning of store areas. $9-$10 per hour, based on experience. If interested, email resume: click here.
  • 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
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

12 (Mon) — Columbus Day
13 (Tue) — Seminary class ('Intro to Biblical Counseling') begins, Room 186, 6-9:45 pm
14 (Wed) — Deacons, Academy Library, 7:30 pm
16 (Fri) — Middle School Game Night, Youth Center/Worship Center, 6:30 pm
17 (Sat) — Sole-Savers (foot care), Youth Center, 8:30-11:30 am
20 (Tue) — Hands of Grace luncheon, Fellowship Hall, 11:30 am
20 (Tue) — Crossroads, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm
23 (Fri) — Sarah's Circle: Pastor Appreciation Dinner, Giovanni home, 5:30 pm
25 (Sun) — Women's DTP, Fellowship Hall, 5 pm
25 (Sun) — Moms' Moments of Grace, Youth Center, 6 pm
25 (Sun) — In His Image, Choir Room, 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