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2019_May Happenings @ Riverside

2019_may Happenings @ Riverside


Who Am I? My Identity in Christ

Pastor Otto's new sermon series began on Sunday, May 28th. His series is as follows:

  • I Am in Christ
  • I Am Justified
  • I Am a New Creation
  • I Am an Adoptive Son of God
  • I Have Been Bought with a Price
  • I Am a Saint
  • I Am a Member of the Body of Christ
  • I Am Secure

National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.  The NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signs into law the designation of the first Thursday in May as the annual observance for the National Day of Prayer.
Our theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2019 is Love One Another.  The theme comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34 which challenges us to "Love one another. Just as I have loved you."

Riverside will have a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm in the Worship Service on Thursday, May 2nd, we hope you'll join us.

Summer in The Tropics

All Married and Engaged Couples are invited to join us on Saturday, May 4th for Summer in The Tropics 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Enjoy a time of fellowship and delicious food with other like-minded couples! Food: Summer Potluck Dishes. To register, please contact Bert & Lourdes Ponce at hponce@bellsouth.net or sign up in the Foyer. To reserve childcare (for children up to 5th grade), please send an e-mail to Lieska Dejesus (lieska@riversideonline.org) with your child(ren)’s name and ages by Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Saturate Miami

Saturate Miami will be held on Saturday, May 11th between 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. We'll be heading out into the surrounding neighborhoods to drop off door hangers with the Gospel and invitations to come join our services. We will also need help to stuff the door hangers with our VBS flyers. So if you can't go out into the field you can help us prepare door hangers. We will also need prayer warriors to pray for those that will be braving the Miami heat and humidity. Here are some great reasons to join us on Saturday!

  • Its a great workout for all you fitness gurus: We tracked 3 miles and 6 flight of stairs on our last outing. What a workout!
  • Great Conversation: There is no better way to get to know your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • An opportunity to serve: This ministry plugs in straight to The Great Commission. Getting God's message out to the world.

Mothers Day Tea

The Children’s Ministry will be hosting a Mothers Day Tea Party for all mothers and daughters on Saturday, May 11th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. So we can adequately prepare please RSVP your attendance by Tuesday, May 7th to Lieska Dejesus at lieska@riversideonline.org or by calling 305-595-0542.

Mother's Day/Baby Dedications

One of the highlights of Mother's Day at Riverside is the dedication of children born during the year. If your family is among those blessed with the birth of a child since last Mother’s Day, we invite you to dedicate your child during our worship service on Sunday, May 12th at 11:00 AM. If you want to participate or need additional information, please contact Lieska Dejesus at lieska@riversideonline.org or (305) 595-0542 by Tuesday, May 7th.

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's plant the seeds of love. A Mother's Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for bringing my children into my life. Help me guide them and teach them through example to lead lives of wisdom and strong, loving faith. Please let them learn to serve you always in thought and deed. And remind me, Lord, to always be there for my family as you are always there for me. Amen.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

 VBS will be held June 10th-14th, 9:00 AM-Noon, and is for children ages 4 (on or by September  1st, 2019) through completed 6th grade. Preregistration runs until Sunday, May 26th. Space is limited so register early!

To provide a quality, safe experience for our children, those who miss the May 26th enrollment deadline will be accepted if space is available. Availability will be determined the first morning of Vacation Bible School, June 10th.

Our theme this year is “In the Wild!” We invite your kids to gas up the all-terrain vehicle and head out on a wilderness adventure like no other. Get up close and personal with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles, and so much more! This summer kids will focus in on some amazing, real-life encounters with Jesus and discover the most amazing truth of all—Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing we can have life in His name.

To register, visit our Ministry Page, Children, VBS 2019 or come by the church office (10:00 AM-4:00 PM).

We are also looking for volunteers to assist in the classrooms. Students (completed 7th-12th graders) can volunteer and receive community service hours. To volunteer come into the church office and pick up a volunteer form or print one from the web. Printed volunteer forms must be brought to the church office; sorry faxes and emails cannot be accepted.

Join us...

Worship and Connect Group Information:

Join us for worship:

  • Riverside ONE Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Worship Center
  • Spanish/Portuguese Worship Service, 10:30 AM, Warehouse
  • Connect Groups for all ages at 9:30 AM (Babies-Senior Adults).
  • Children's Ministry Extended Session (Babies-Kindergarten) and Children's Worship (1st-5th Graders) meet at 11:00 AM.

Lord's Supper: Thursday, May 5th. All who believe in Jesus are invited to join us at His table.

Baptisms: Sunday, May 19th.  If interested in being baptized May 19th you will need to meet with Pastor Otto following one of our worship services on Sunday, May 12th. (The 3rd Sunday is when we generally celebrate Baptisms.)

Weekly Events @ Riverside

Stephen Ministers

are available every Sunday from 12:30-12:45 PM in the Health/Prayer Room, if you are in need of prayer.

Moms in Prayer

meets Mondays (during the school year) @ 9:00 AM in the Brides/Prayer Room.

Adult Exercise and Fellowship Class

meets Monday, Wednesday & Friday @ 10:00 AM in Room 215.

Men of Impact Men's Ministry

meets Mondays @ 7:00 PM at the Warehouse (our free standing building). It is a time of prayer, Bible Study, fellowship, support, and encouragement. This ministry is for men 18 and older and meets on a weekly basis.

Heart and Hands Ministry

meets every Tuesday @ 10:00 AM in Room 204.

Detention Center Ministry

meets every Tuesday @ 7:00 PM at the Detention Center

Music Ministry Rehearsal

meets every Wednesday from 7:30-9:00 PM in the Music Suite.

Church Prayer Meeting

meets every Wednesday @ 6:45 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Men's Prayer Breakfast

meets every Thursday @ 7:00 AM at Sergio's (SW 107 AVE/Kendall) for breakfast and prayer.

Riverside Young Adults

(High school graduates and those just beginning their career up to age 29) meets every Thursday @ 7:30 PM in the Warehouse (10250 SW 107 AVE).

Women’s Outreach Bible Study

meets every Friday @ 10:00 AM off campus

Riverside Park-Children in Action

Children (ages 3-5th grade) meets every Friday @ 7:00 PM in Room 215 (The Dock) during the school year.

Riverside Students

(6th-12th Graders) meets every Friday @ 7:00 PM in the Warehouse (10250 SW 107 AVE).

Spanish/Portuguese Prayer Meeting

meets every Saturday @ 7:00 AM at the Warehouse.

Monthly Events @ Riverside

Potluck Dinner, Wednesday, May 10th, 6:00-6:45 PM, Fellowship Hall. (The second Wednesday of each month we start our prayer time with a potluck dinner. Grab some food to share and join us as we fellowship before our prayer time.)

International Seafarers Ministry Outreach, Saturday, May 13th, 9:00 AM @ the Port of Miami (We hold this outreach event the second Saturday of every month.)

Rebound Outreach Ministry meets the second and fourth Monday of each month @ 7:00 PM in Room 201.

The Couples Ministry Fellowship is held the first Saturday of the month from 7:00-9:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Stephen Ministry Supervision Meeting, Sunday, May 19th  in Room 207. (This meeting, for our Stephen Ministry Leaders, is held the third Sunday of each month.)

Important Dates to Remember!

  • Wednesday, May 1st: Building and Grounds Committee Meeting, 8:00 PM, Room 204
  • Thursday, May 2nd: National Day of Prayer Service, 7:00 PM, Worship Center
  • Saturday, May 11th: Saturate Miami, 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 11th: International Seafarers Mininstry Outreach, 9:00-11:00 AM at the Port of Miami
  • Saturday, May 11th: Mothers Day Tea, 4:30 PM, Fellowship Hall
  • Saturday, May 18th: VBS Training, 9:00 AM-Noon, Fellowship Hall
  • Tuesday, May 21st: Board of Trustees and Stewardship Committee Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 201
  • Thursday, May 23rd: CDC Spring Graduation, 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 25th: Spanish Women's Tea, 9:00 AM-Noon, Warehouse
  • Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day, church, public schools, and CDC closed
  • Friday, May 31st: Last Day of CDC