Riverview United Methodist Church 4012 W. Court St. Pasco, WA 99301 Mailing address: P.O. Box 2306 Pasco, WA 99302 Phone: 509-547-5981; Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Excerpts from the April 2019 UMC Newsletter
From the Pastor’s Desk
April! The snow has melted and Spring has sprung. The daffodils are blooming in my yard. It’s a beautiful time of the year when creation is renewed. It also means allergies! BOO!!! Around six weeks of misery for me. At least it’s only six weeks. I know many people who deal with allergies for the entire spring and summer. Yuck! May God preserve you and the antihistamines work well! Easter is April 21st this year. We will begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday on April 14th. Our Good Friday service will feature a Service of Tenebrae. The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness." The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of the passion of Jesus. This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus' death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise also sounds symbolizing the closing of Jesus' tomb. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the coming Resurrection. It’s a powerful spiritual experience! Easter Sunday will begin with the Sunrise Service at 7:00am. We gather on the church patio and begin with the lighting of the Paschal Candle and decorating the Flower Cross. Please bring cut flowers for the cross! We proceed into the sanctuary and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! The morning continues with a pancake breakfast prepared and served by the Boy Scouts of Troop 945. The breakfast begins at 8am. The morning continues with our Resurrection Service at 10:00am. We will cele-brate our Lord’s resurrection with special music and sermon. Don’t miss it! There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids right after the 10am service. I would like to thank all of you who attended one of the Single Board Town Hall Meetings! Your questions and input has shaped the final proposal which will be before the Ad Council on April 8th. If the Ad Council approves the proposal there will be a Special Charge Conference on Tuesday April 30. More details to come! I encourage you to pray for the April meeting of the Judicial Council of the UMC on April 24-25. They will be ruling on constitutional issues pertaining to the work of the 2019 Special General Conference of the UMC. Their decisions will have a huge impact on the United Methodist Church in the next year. Please lift the Judicial Council members in prayer! As always please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. May the grace of our loving God be with you! Pastor Derek email@example.com 509-380-2263
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Jackson Seed Ministry The UMW is collecting vegetable seeds to send to the Jackson Seed Ministry. This ministry collects and distributes vegetable seeds to low income family/individuals of southeast Ohio. The goal of this ministry is to help these families and individuals to grow some of their own food which helps them stretch their food budget and increase their access to fresh produce. Please have seeds dropped off at the church by Sunday, April 14th.
Eldeena Maxson Memorial Scholarship We are proud to announce that the scholarship applications are available at the church office window! The scholarship is available to: • A high school senior or student to attend a college, technical school, or seminary. • A member or constituent of Riverview United Methodist Church. • An individual who has not previously received this scholarship award.
The scholarship submission deadline is April 15th. The recipient will be notified by Riverview UMW in May. Please return the completed application in a sealed envelope marked Eldeena Maxson Memorial Scholarship to the church office. Scholarship money is designated for tuition, fees, books, and housing during the next academic year after it has been awarded. The scholarship award will be up to $500 and will be issued by the Riverview UMW after proof of registration and a student number has been as-signed by the institution. The check will be issued to the educational institution, or in certain cases, to the student if the monies are used for off campus housing.
Thank You! Thank you everyone at RUMC that brought food in for our special Spring Break Bite 2 Go food drive. Also, thank you to Kevin Clark of Fiesta Foods Pasco store who donated the bags we used and got us the few extra food items we needed. Because of everyone’s generous giving, the UMW had enough bags and food so that each Bite 2 Go recipient at Mark Twain received enough food for seven days.
Trustees Corner Our normally scheduled meeting for the second Tuesday of each month did not occur in March due to freezing rain and snow. Consequently, a short meeting was held after worship services on March 24th to discuss the two items that require some action before our next scheduled committee meeting in April. These were:
Siding & Window Replacement The March Compass described how the exterior siding of the Fellowship Hall (South side) has been deteriorating for some time and that we had selected a contractor to replace the old siding and install new double pane windows. This proposal has now received budgetary approval by the Administrative Council and we are in the process of arranging installation by the contrac-tor. Special thanks to Judy Pettigrew, the Trustee Secretary, for her continued efforts in handling these arrangements.
Special Preparations for Easter This is always a good time to spruce up the church and grounds after the stress of the winter season. A special work day is being planned to take care of any minor repairs such as; pruning, gutter cleaning, mowing, and window washing, etc. You will hear more about these plans later but reserve the morning of April 6th if you would like to help.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00 PM. All are invited to attend. From Your Trustee Representatives: Lance Dever, Aneda Evans, Dale Kennedy, Alan Kleinbach, John Pettigrew, Nanette Walkley, and Bette Ward.
Chairman: Lee Rogers
Ministry Spotlight Bite 2 Go Each week, usually on Friday, a group of volunteers load up boxes filled with Bite 2 Go kits. They take these kits and distribute them to the students at Mark Twain Elementary that have been identified as facing chronic food shortages at home. The kits contain healthy kid-friendly foods that are shelf stable and do not require any cooking. Each kit’s contents have enough food to cover meals for the weekend and 3 snacks. The time commitment for the weekly delivery is less than an hour! If you would like to volun-teer and be part of the “Lunch Bunch”, please contact Bette Ward at 547-2615.
Camping/Mission Scholarship Scholarships are available to assist youth and scouts that would like to attend a summer church camp, a scout camp, or a mission trip. One scholarship ($200 maximum) per attendee is available each calendar year. To request a scholarship, please contact the office to receive the scholarship application. The completed application will need to be turned in 3-4 weeks before the event. Information that may be considered in the approval of the scholarship is: • Regularly attends and participates in youth group. • Regularly attends church. • Boy Scout member in good standing. • Financial need.
Scout’s Easter Break Sunday, April 21st 8:00 AM—9:45 AM You are cordially invited to attend this annual tradition! Troop 945 will be preparing and serving a delicious breakfast of eggs, pancakes, ham, and fruit. All are welcome to attend! There is no cost to attend but donations are greatly appreciated.
Birthdays Helen Hyland 4/7 Bethany Riddle 4/8 Jerry Johnson 4/17 Virginia Flower 4/27
Anniversaries Julie and Stacy Estes 4/13 Debbie and John Lucas 4/24 If we missed your April birthday or anniversary, please contact Janiece and she will get your information added. You can also send your information to: RiverviewUMCPasco@gmail.com
Dinner for 8 A new ministry is beginning this summer! This ministry will take place outside of the church’s walls. It involves food, fellowship, and only requires one day/evening commitment a month for three months. So what is this new ministry? It is Dinner for 8. The title is a little misleading as each group will be able to decide what time they will meet. It can be breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, or dessert. This is a chance for our church community to have fellowship outside of the church’s walls. Be on the look out for sign up opportunities. There will be groups that meet at restaurants and others that will decide to meet at each other’s’ homes and do potluck style dinner. If you have any questions, contact the office and we will be happy to help!
Church Directory Update The church directory has been updated. Please stop by the office and get your copy!
Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) - Event on Climate Change Legislation Global climate change is believed by many to be a serious problem calling for national action. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 is the bipartisan congressional bill drafted to help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide and reduce the effects of climate change. The Tri-Cities chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby is holding an event to discuss and answer questions about the provisions of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Richland Public Library (955 Northgate Drive). Here are a few of the questions that will be addressed: How will the policy affect family budgets? How will it affect the economy? How effective will it be in reducing emissions and slowing climate change? Contact Roger Ovink with questions. All are welcome!
Snores and Smores Camping Group Announces the 2019 Camping Trip Greetings fellow campers! Are you feeling a bit down from the long gray days of winter? Are you anxious to get the RV or tent out of storage and get camping? Well, for heaven’s sake don’t do it now it’s still winter out there! But I do have a great opportunity for you to consider. The Snores and Smores camping group will be heading out again this year to Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston Idaho. Last year’s trip to Hells Gate was an overwhelming success and campers liked it so much that we’re going back again this year. The dates for the 2019 trip are May 17, 18, and 19. There were still lots of camping sites available as of just a few days ago, although word has it that several of the Snores and Smores campers have already made reservations. Have a friend, relative, or neighbor that might like to join in, invite them as well. The trip is open to all so come join in the fun! You can find out more about the campground and make reservations by visiting the campground website https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/hells-gate. The trip from the church is about 2.5 hours and only 130 miles. It’s a great drive through the Palouse region of our state and the two-lane roads are good for the entire way. So, join us this year at Hells Gate State Park for a fun filled weekend of camping, food, and fel-lowship. There are lots of activities such as hiking the many trails in the park, disc golf, boat rides up the Snake River, biking your way around the park, or reading a good book as you watch the river flow by on its way to the ocean. In addition, the Nez Perce National Historic Park is just a short drive from Hells Gate, with fascinating displays of artifacts and a glimpse of the traditional life of the Nez Perce people. And, located in the park, the Jack O'Conner Hunting Heritage and Education Center displays the hunting trophies of outdoor writer and conservationist Jack O'Connor and tells the story of American's hunting heritage. For more information call me at 509-492-1821 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’d If you’d like to join the Snores and Smores mailing list, just send me your email and you’ll be added.
Happy Camping! Dave Riddle
Riverview United Methodist Church, 4012 W. Court St. Pasco, WA 99301; Mailing address: P.O. Box 2306 Pasco, WA 99302;Phone: 509-547-5981; Office Email: email@example.com.