For many years Riverview Community Church has presented a thirty-minute program the first Sunday of the month via the radio station WROI (92.1 fm) in Rochester at 7:30 A.M. Pastor Ruberg plans and records the program from the church during the week prior to its broadcast. The program includes music, teaching of the Bible and often a guest to relate how being a Christian makes a difference in life. We anticipate being on other radio stations in the future as we have the opportunity.
NURSING HOME SERVICES
Many of the churches of Rochester share in ministering to the residents of the nursing care facilities. Each church ministers approximately four times a year at both Hickory Creek and Life Care Center – the service at Life Care Center begins at 1:30 p.m. and the service at Hickory Creek begins at 2:15 p.m. Each service lasts approximately thirty minutes. We of Riverview Community Church are pleased to take our “turn” in ministering to the residents of these centers.
When we present the service at these nursing care centers, the service consists of singing hymns and choruses, special music, testimony and teaching from the Bible. Several people from Riverview attend and take part in these services. We are pleased to be able to share in the lives of these individuals.
WYNNFIELD CROSSING SERVICE
A new opportunity for ministry is at the retirement center called Wynnfield Crossing. Several churches share this ministry to these retired people each week at 3:00 p.m. for about forty-five minutes. Riverview Community Church has been assigned the second Sunday of each month to bring a service to the residents. We are privileged and honored to have this time to share the Bible with these individuals who are usually unable to attend their church.
The service includes singing hymns and choruses, sharing of testimonies, singing or playing special music, teaching from the Bible. It is our goal to provide a full service (without the offering!) to the residents to encourage them to grow in their Faith in Jesus Christ and their commitment to Him.
Pastor Ruberg has been part of the Woodlawn Hospital Chaplaincy program for over twenty years – having been responsible for the program for many of those years. The Pastors of the area are given opportunity to volunteer for a week up to three times each year to minister as a Chaplain at the hospital. During that week the Chaplain is “on call” for emergencies. He is also expected to daily make routine visits to the patients at the hospital to bring encouragement and comfort to those who would appreciate the visit. Over the years this has been an excellent opportunity to show the community the Love of Jesus.
It has long been the practice of Riverview Community Church to reach out to the families of the church during the death of a loved one. One of the ways in which we do this is to offer to have a meal for the family before or after the funeral service. The purpose is to provide an atmosphere where the family can have a meal and at the same time talk with one another – comforting, encouraging, and loving – whatever is needed in the situation.
Riverview Community Church provides this meal at no cost to the family. The church usually pays for the meat and the ladies of the church provide the vegetables and desserts. The church provides the dinnerware as well as the drinks also.
There is a committee of ladies who are responsible for organizing the meal and making sure the food and dinnerware is available to care for the family.
This is simply another ministry of the church to reach out and share our love with others.
THE FOOD PANTRY has been organized to help those of our church family who might need a boost with some groceries. In addition, they help families in the neighborhood when they experience a special crisis. The church helps by donating non-perishable food items or money each month or as needed. Violet Richardson or Pastor Rod oversee the administration of this committee.
THE BENEVOLENCE FUND has been established to help members of Riverview Church family who might be having unusual financial difficulties. First, you can help by letting Pastor Rod, Kay or Arnold Horn know of anyone who needs some help with medical bills, utility bills, or unexpected car repairs or the like. Secondly, you can help by making gifts to this fund. Simply designate the gift for the Benevolence Fund in order for the Treasurer to know your special intent. For information or questions, see one of the Horns or Pastor Rod.
CAMP at Camp Emmanuel is held in July. For many years, it was at Camp Emmanuel, but for the last three years was changed to the former Sangralea boys home west of U.S. #31 the other side of Peru, IN. The Senior Camp is held first and junior camp is second with campers coming from many area churches in and around Mathews, Bell Center, Peru, Kokomo, Rochester, and Logansport. The campers are housed in houses on the grounds with outdoor facilities for recreational activities, spacious rooms where campers can go for Bible study and memory work. In order for a camper to attend camp at no cost to them, they must learn the Roman's Road Bible verses and attend church at one of the churches affiliated with the camp's administration. Riverview Church ladies and men usually cook for the campers one day during the week. They prepare a noon and an evening meal. The counselors usually prepare breakfast for the campers each morning. Activities include a swimming pool, outdoor games, fun arcades, films, spiritual growth, and socializing.