|RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY CHURCH ACTIVITIES|
Ten ladies met Feb. 25, 2006 at Riverview Community Church for a Day of Quilting for the Quilt Club of Debbie Swango. Members from Riverview who participated were Kay Horn, Shannon Kegarise, Leota Holloway, and Debbie Swango. Debbie taught the group how to do the "Crazy 8" pattern. This consisted of taking 8 fat quarters of fabric (18" x 22") and placing a muslin square divided into 8 sections on top. Cutting the square then produces 8 segments that were sewn together to make a 12 1/2" block. To get the desired placement the sections were further divided by taking the first piece in stack #1 and moving it to the bottom of 1, taking the first 2 sections in stack #2 and moving them to the bottom, taking the first 3 sections in stack #3 and moving it to the bottom etc., but leaving stack 8 as is. The segments were then sewn in order 1-4 and 5-8 and these two sections sewed together to get the finished block. You can see Shannon and Kay's finished untrimmed blocks and Debbie's finished top. The group plans to meet the 4th Saturday of the month for the next few months. Quilt Class Photos
KeenAgers at Rubergs Kay Horn & Marilyn Ruberg prepare goodies
New Year's Eve observance is held each December 31. There is a committee who shares the responsibilities of games, movies, and food. The festivities start around 9:00 p.m. Last year, the committee had the "Fear Factor" contests that were really weird, and sometimes scary. Talk to Bob Fisher, the Gunter's, and Mark Heishman about eating the "baby food" and "worms". There are sometimes groups who compete for prizes against each other and this is always fun. Check the pictures on the foyer bulletin board too. As the Old Year winds down a communion service is held and Pastor has a devotional and then everyone goes home ready to tackle a New Year!
The1st Riverview Chili Cook-off was held February 12, 2006. The participants pictured below were Keith Gunter, Pat Eaton, Larry Mowrer, Sheena Green, Mark Heishman, Gary West, Pastor Rod Ruberg, and Kathy Cole. Winners (below right) in the 1st Riverview Chili Cook-off were Pat Eaton - 3rd place (won for most unusual ingredients), Gary West - 2nd place, and Kathy Cole - 1st place and People's Choice. Pat's ingredient list said at the bottom: "As of 4:00 our cat came up missing!" Hence, the designation of the most unusual ingredients...Just teasing of course. Mark Heishman's was the hottest chili. A good time was had by all.
Good Friday Services are held each year either at Riverview, Mentone First Baptist, Harrison Center, Whipporwill Community, or Tippecanoe Community Churches. The service includes the taking of Communion for the body of believers. There are songs from the participating church's groups either ensembles, choirs, or individuals, and Scripture readings appropriate for the season. Following the service there is a fellowship time in the fellowship hall with "finger foods" usually brought by the various church ladies.
Sunrise Services on Easter morning is always uplifting as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior. The services begin at 7:00 a.m. with singing, scripture reading, and a short devotional by the Pastor. These services are open to the churches in the area that may not have Sunrise services. After the service at about 7:45 a.m. the men have breakfast ready since they've been at the church since 5:30-6:00 a.m. preparing bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, toast, or biscuits and gravy. There is also coffee, juice, and assorted fruit trays or cereal if you don't care for the special items on the menu. After the sumptuous breakfast the men change into "good" clothes and attend Sunday School and Morning Worship at the normal times.
Bob Fisher cooking Easter 2003 Dick Cole Sunrise Breakfast 2003
Work Days are held periodically, usually on a Saturday with the building committee in charge of which areas need worked on. Curt Richardson is head to this committee and he has a lot of volunteers who help out. Others volunteer throughout the week if they don't come on Saturdays. Things that get done are painting outside walls, inside walls, plumbing, electrical wiring, lights needing changed, shelves getting built, doors getting hung, bushes and shrubs getting pruned, and windows getting washed. The workers (could be male, female, or teens) might begin the day with donuts and coffee and sometimes ladies bring in food for a lunch for the workers. This could be sloppy joes, chili soup, or cold meats for sandwiches. Whenever there are workers at Riverview, there is someone to feed them. It could be members of the hospitality committee or the workers themselves could bring in treats to share.
Mother-Daughter Banquet is held each May on or near Mother's Day. There is a committee to plan the event and invite a speaker or someone to bring special music or talk for those in attendance. The committee decorates the fellowship hall appropriately, and there are usually flowers or special gifts for special Mothers (the mother with the most children present, the mother who came from farthest away, the youngest mother, the oldest mother etc). The meal could be a catered affair, or those attending could be asked to bring a special item as for a "salad supper" or a dessert etc. The committee tries to keep the cost in line, so that is the reason for the carry-ins. This event draws a large number of Mothers and Daughters and very well attended.
Mother's Day entertainment 2003 Randy Shaver sings Mother's Day 2004
Father-Son Banquet is held in June in or near Father's Day. This is traditionally a "no frills" get-together. There have been cookouts in the back of the church with burgers and hot dogs and the committee bringing salads and desserts and drinks. Last year, there was a patriotic theme with flags and red, white and blue colors used. There were prizes given to those chosen for having the most children in attendance, coming from farthest away, the youngest dad, the oldest granddad, etc. Prizes were M&M's, plates of cookies, and pies. Sometimes, a committee plans this event and invites the men, or sometimes the men do everything themselves.
Spellbowl - The Fulton County Literacy Coalition holds Annual Spellbowl competition in September in the Rochester Middle School Gymnasium. The Riverview Community Church team called the Riverview Radical Revelators is comprised of Beth Cohagan, Kay Horn, Linda Oden, Pastor Ruberg and Tom Tucker. The team study word lists and learn words labeled “beginner, intermediate and advanced”. The group spells sixty words taken from these lists. The Fulton County Literacy Coalition is a program of the Fulton County Public Library and the entry fees go to purchase books for children 0-5 years in various First Steps and Healthy Families programs in Akron and Rochester.
Clergy Appreciation Month is a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors and pastoral families for their hard work, sacrificial dedication and provision of multiple blessings. It is typically scheduled in October, but can be held at any time that is convenient for the community and church. While Clergy Appreciation Month celebrations are most intense during October, appreciation and affirmation of our spiritual leaders is appropriate throughout the entire year.
The nature of the service provided by pastors and their families is unique. God has entrusted to them one of the most precious of assignments—the spiritual well-being of His flock. When a pastor becomes ineffective, the very souls of his parishioners are endangered. When eternity is in the balance, we should all be concerned.
Pastors and their families live under incredible pressures. Their lives are played out in a fishbowl, with the entire congregation and community watching their every move. They are expected to have ideal families, to be perfect people, to always be available. To never be down and to have all the answers we need to keep our own lives stable and moving forward. Those are unrealistic expectations to place on anyone, yet most of us are disappointed when a pastor becomes overwhelmed, seems depressed, lets us down or completely burns out. And we certainly never blame ourselves for their “failures.” That’s why God has instructed us to recognize His servants.
The elders who direct the programs of the church are also worthy of honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. (1Timothy 5:17)
There are two ways to help your pastor and his family feel appreciated. First, figure out what you can do personally to recognize and honor them. A simple card, an invitation to lunch, a promise to pray for them, or an offer to help in some way make wonderful statements. Let’s all do SOMETHING for Pastor Rod and Marilyn.
The adult Christmas Party is always fun. The last two years it has been at the Manitou Banquet Room in Rochester. There is a lavish buffet to choose from with salads, meats, vegetables, and yummy desserts prepared by Jack Townsend and staff, a funny Christmas gift exchange (white elephant or not-so-new gifts) that tries to have a different twist each year with a dirty Bingo format, gag gifts mixed among the really serious gifts. Everyone always has a good laugh or two and good fellowship.
Caroling during the Christmas season is always a fun time. Many bring cookies to share and plates are filled with assorted goodies to give to those who are sung to. The group tries to go to the homes of shut-ins, or those older members who don't get around as well as they used to. After the caroling is finished the group returns to the Church for a time of fellowship with hot chocolate and chili soup to eat. There is always a committee assigned to organize the food, cookies and the places that the carolers will visit.