Ministry Directory

MINISTRY:

A Two-Fold Purpose

 

 

Riverbend Community Church is blessed with several ministries which carry out the purpose and mission of the church. The purposes of Riverbend’s ministries are two-fold:

 

(1) To glorify God

(2) To edify others

 

As a Christian first, and also as a Riverbend member, you are expected and encouraged to be involved in ministry, using the spiritual gift(s) God has given you.  The staff is available to help you find your just-right fit into ministry at Riverbend.  It may be in an existing ministry, or God may have put you here to begin a new ministry. 

 

Why not start out by considering one of the existing ministries?  This booklet lists Riverbend’s ministries, provides a brief description of what each is all about, then lists the ministry leader and pastoral adviser, either of whom is ready to answer any questions you may have. Pertinent e-mail addresses and phone numbers are listed with each of the existing ministries.

 

If you believe God is leading you in a ministry direction that is not currently included in this listing, perhaps you should contact Jerry Schaeffer, Pastor of Ministries, who will be happy to discuss that possibility with you.  Or you may pick up a New Ministry Application from the church office and submit it to Pastor Jerry.

 

  


 

 

Riverbend’s

 

Ministry Opportunities

 

 

 

June 2013

 

 

 

Above & Beyond — providing missions support around the world ... includes missions trips and financial assistance to missionaries ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Alden Stephens (672-1821 or alden@riverbend church.com).

 

Automobile Safety Inspections — assists in evaluating vehicles for safety and for routine maintenance ... Team Leader: Marvin Foster (756-7398), Pastoral Adviser: Jeff Eckert

 

Banners — provides attractive, Bible-based banners and crowns for special worship occasions ... Team Leader:  Diane Miller (677-4277 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser:  Rick Cobb

 

Baptism — coordinates the planning and conducting of baptisms in worship services ... Team Leaders:  Louie & Ruth Donath (258-6044 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Jason Karr

 

Bible Fellowship Groups — systematic in-depth look at scripture ... meets Sunday mornings at 7:45, 9 and 10:30 a.m. ... various classes by age-groupings ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Jason Karr (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Biblical Guidance — providing Biblical guidance, support & assistance to those with specific spiritual needs ... also provides training ... participation is by invitation only ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Kenny St.John (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Bookcart —offers books and other literature (for sale) to Riverbenders ... Team Leader: Bill Pletcher (453-6088 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Kent Pletcher 

 

CA$H (Correct Attitudes for Stewardship Habits) — one-on-one guidance related to personal finances ... Team Leader:  Dale McCormick (671-1262 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Jerry Schaeffer

 

Chairs — group of men & women who set up chairs for Sunday worship activities ... Team Leader: Scott Barton (673-7268 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Rick Cobb

 

Chamber Choir — 16-voice group chosen by Pastor Rick Cobb ...  

singing advanced, mostly acapella music ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser:  Rick Cobb (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Children’s Bible Fellowship Groups — children in kindergarten through 5th grade are taught the Scripture ... classes meet Sundays at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. ... Team Leader: Summer Harsch (672-1821 or 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Michael Harsch.

 

Children’s Church — children in kindergarten through 2nd grade experience a mini-church service ... Sundays at 10:30 a.m. ... Team Leader: Summer Harsch (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Michael Harsch.

 

Conservatory of Music — provides opportunities for all ages to learn to play a musical instrument or to enhance singing ability through private lessons ... quality faculty ... Team Leader:  Pat Schaeffer (673-2475 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Rick Cobb

 

CrossRoads — meeting needs of college-age singles ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser:  Jeff Eckert (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Deacons — servant leaders ... assist with pastoral duties (administer communion, minister to widows, orphans, etc.) ... Team Leader: Gary Dillman (672-3676 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Dr. R.A. Hargrave

 

Disaster Relief — providing assistance to civil authorities in times of crisis ... Team Leader: Paul Tomazin (386-427-7409 or paultomazin@bellsouth.net), Pastoral Adviser: Tommy Clayton

 

Discovering Riverbend — nine-week seminar for prospective members ... taught by the pastoral staff ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Jerry Schaeffer (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Fellowship Supper — Wednesday evening meal ... Team Leader:  Joe Dima (492-4358 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Alden Stephens  

 

First Touch — contacts first-time visitors (usually by phone) within 48 hours of their attendance ... Team Leader: Faye Brooks (615-6756), Pastoral Adviser: Jason Karr

 

Food Services — prepares meals for church activities ... Team Leader:  Joe Dima (492-4358 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Alden Stephens

 

Foundation Builders — prayer and encouragement ministry ... those involved commit to spend 30 minutes a day in prayer ... they also actively seek out and offer assistance to guests on Sundays and Wednesdays ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser:  to be announced. 

 

GraceWorx — media ministry, including the internet, television and 

radio, as well as videos and printed theological materials ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser:  Kent Pletcher (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Greeters — provides “welcome” atmosphere for guests—from parking lot into a seat ... Team Leader:  Brian Bulger (788-4096 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Rick Cobb

 

HarvestFest — fall festival ... church-wide event for all ages ... Team Leader:  Michelle Fleming (677-6837 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Rick Cobb

 

HEAR (Home Educators at Riverbend) — provides information, encouragement and activities in support of home-school families ... Team Leader: Deirdre Registrato (672-4849 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Kent Pletcher

 

Helping Hands — assists widows, seniors and single moms in repair tasks around their homes ... Team Leader: Dave Van Zuiden (265-4843 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Jerry Schaeffer

 

Kids for Christ — Wednesday night childcare for children whose parents are involved in choir rehearsal or functioning and approved ministry activities and special events ... Team Leader: Vicki Means (672-1821), Pastoral Adviser: Rick Cobb

 

Kingdom Corner — children’s ministries ... coordinates the calender of special events for the children’s programs ... helps plan such activities ... includes TAG & Summer Fun Days ... Team Leader:  Summer Harsch (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Michael Harsch

 

Lost & Found— attempts to re-connect a lost item in the church with its owner ... Team Leader: Debby Foster (756-7398 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) ... Pastoral Adviser: Jerry Schaeffer

 

Man-to-Man — men’s leadership mentoring group ... Team LeaderPastoral Adviser: Kenny St. John (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Military Family Support — prayer support and services to servicemen and their families  ... sends literature, CDs of services, spiritual guidance, goodies, etc. ... Team Leaders: Ken & Linda Edwards (677-6690 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastor Adviser: Kenny St.John

 

Ministerial Interns — ten-week program for summer ministry interns ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Kent Pletcher (672-1821 or kent@riverbendchurch.com)

 

Ministry Fair — periodic display, in a festive atmosphere, of the church’s ministries ... each ministry promotes itself to the congregation ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Jerry Schaeffer (672-821 or jerry@riverbendchurch.com)

 

Music (vocal & instrumental) — leading in and promoting praise and worship during church services and group events ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Rick Cobb (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Music & More — music instruction and training for children ... teaches them to sing, read & perform music for the glory of God ... includes Music Camp in the summer ... Team Leader: Donna Karr (677-8252 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Rick Cobb

 

Nursery & Preschool — child care provided by volunteers (VIPs) for all regularly scheduled Sunday morning and Wednesday evening worship services ... for bed babies through age four ... Team Leader: Summer Harsch (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Michael Harsch

 

Persevering Saints -— provides spiritual encouragement, fellowship and ministry support for senior adults (age 55-up) ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Jerry Schaeffer (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Prayer — provides direction and support for intercessors ... includes Prayer Closet, Stand in the Gap, Pastor’s Prayer Partners & Bless This House ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Jason Karr (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Promise Land Enrichment Center — preschool for newborn-age 4 ... open weekdays at 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. ... Team Leader:

Pam Stricklen (615-0986 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Jason Karr

 

Publications — helping get the Riverbend word out to the public, as well as to members ... includes newsletters, bulletins, electronic communications, pamphlets, advertising, etc. ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Jerry Schaeffer (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Reaching Out — spiritual care for those unable to attend worship services, especially at assisted living facilities ... Team Leader: Roy & Joan Holbrooks (677-6369 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Jerry Schaeffer

 

Recreation — organized sports and other fun-type activities ... includes basketball, softball, etc ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Michael Harsch (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Riverbend Academy — classical Christian school which teaches kindergarten through 12th grade ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Jason Karr (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Riverbend Bible Institute — theological training for church members in seminary fashion, with topics designed to help members grow continually in the Christian life ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Kent Pletcher (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Singles — meeting needs of singles (all ages) in all phases of life ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Kenny St. John (672-1821 or kenny@riverbendchurch.com)

 

Sole-Savers — provides foot-care (pedicure, washing, massage) for those needing assistance ... Team Leaders: John & Faye Griffin (239-0365 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Jerry Schaeffer

 

Songwriters -— group which meets periodically to share ideas about new songs ... writes music which is used in worship services ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Rick Cobb (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Special Productions — church-wide and community-wide events produced by Riverbend ... includes Passion Play, Celebrate America, Christmas Eve, etc. ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Rick Cobb (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

TAG (Truth & Grace Club) — theological training for children (age 3 through 5th grade) through catechism questions, answers and Scripture memory ... meets Wednesdays ... Team Leader: Summer Harsch (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Michael Harsch

 

Upper Room — provides technical expertise in sound, lighting and multimedia for worship and special events ... Team Leader: Troy Dittman (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) ... Pastoral Adviser: Kent Pletcher

 

Website — provides information about Riverbend on the world-wide web ... located at www.riverbendchurch.com ... second church site contains info about GraceWorx ministry: graceworx.com ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Kent Pletcher (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Welcome Center — staffs information desks, answers questions, provides printed materials about the church ... Team Leader Barbara Coleman (795-2763 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Pastoral Adviser: Michael Harsch

 

Wills — provides last wills and testaments for Riverbend members for an administrative fee ... Team Leader: Craig Cameron (386-437-4725 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Pastoral Adviser: Jerry Schaeffer

 

Women of Grace — women seeking a greater intimacy with God & His Word ... meets periodically and sponsors helpful women’s events ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Kenny St.John (672-1821 or kenny@riverbend church.com)

 

Youth — extensive program of activities for youth (grades 6-12), with almost daily happenings to choose from ... Team Leader & Pastoral Adviser: Michael Harsch (672-1821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.