June 7, 2015 @ 10 AM–Holy Communion and Worship

This Sunday’s message is meant to encourage those that may find themselves in troubled Blessedsituations. God is STILL with you! The sermon will be taken from the 138th Psalm and is entitled, “Blessed Anyhow”.

God willing, we’ll see you Sunday at 10 a.m. at 82 Woodside Rd. in Riverside, IL

Easter Sunday Worship 2015

Please join us for Easter worship this Sunday (April 5) at 10:00 a.m.  The sermon is entitled “The Rolling Stone.”  We hope to see you and your families at RUMC (82 Woodside Road) to help us celebrate the resurrection of Christ.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  Wishing you a blessed Easter and a happy spring!

Christmas Eve 2014

Nativity Scene - Crow version

Be sure to join us for our Christmas Eve Service, Wednesday, December 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. We will celebrate God coming to share our human form in the person of Jesus as we seek ourselves to embody God’s love in our own lives.
Image: Nativity – Crow version

RUMC Set to Begin Youth Sunday

While it is no secret that RUMC has struggled with its attempts to engage youth in recent years past, the church has continued to pray that God would send children and provide vision and direction for such a ministry.  Gratefully, God has blessed RUMC with several new families with children that seem to breathe new life into the congregation.  Therefore, RUMC will be having monthly Youth Sundays beginning on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

These services will be held the fourth Sunday of every month during the regular 10 a.m. worship hour.  Every aspect of this service will be specifically geared toward youth.  In addition, the young people will be asked to help lead the worship service.  This may come in the form of scripture readings, worship songs, or even the morning sermon.  While the youth services will be all about the youth, all adults and parents are encouraged to come out, worship, and support.  We are excited about what God is doing for the church of tomorrow — today!


Holy Week and Easter Events

ResurrectionJoin us this Thursday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Tope Room for our Maundy Thursday worship.
Friday, April 18, we will host the Riverside/North Riverside Covenant of Churches ecumenical worship at noon in the sanctuary.
Easter Sunday, April 20, features an Easter breakfast in Fellowship Hall at 8:30 a.m. followed by Easter worship with Holy Communion in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. Take part in any or all of these services and activities with us.
If you plan to join us for breakfast on Sunday, call the office and leave a message by Saturday morning, so we can be sure to have enough food for those who will be attending.
And whether you join us or not, may the joy of Easter be yours in the coming year.

62nd Pancake Day Saturday, Feb. 1

pancakes and sausageCome join us for our 62nd Pancake Day this coming Saturday, February 1, between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall. It’s all you can eat of pancakes with butter and syrup, some delicious breakfast sausage, orange juice, milk and/or coffee and tea for only $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for young persons aged 5 to 12, and at no cost to those under 5 years of age. Bring family and friends for a hearty breakfast in an atmosphere of warmth and fellowship.

Guest Musician Sunday, January 5

We want to wish everyone God’s richest blessings in 2014.
This coming Sunday, January 5, at our 10:00 a.m. worship we’ll have a real treat. Jimmie Sit will sing “A Little Bit of Everything” by Dawes, and Pastor Doug Asbury will base his sermon on the song. Come hear what one contemporary song has to say about life and what sense Christians and other seekers might make of it.

Christmas Eve Worship 2013

Madonna & Angels - BouguereauJoin us for a candlelight worship on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Hear again the familiar story of God coming to dwell with humanity, full of grace and truth. Sing the familiar carols of the season, including “Silent Night” by candlelight. We pray you will leave the service having been blessed, and that you will carry that blessing with you throughout the holiday season.

[Friday, Dec. 20] Here’s an update on some of the music that will be featured during our Christmas Eve worship at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 24. The choir will open the service with a Christmas song from the Renaissance period and will sing two songs that include familiar carols. In addition, soprano Olga Bojovic will grace us with Mozart’s joyous “Alleluia” from “Exsultate, jubilate” as well as Adolphe Adam’s “O Holy Night.” Be sure to join us on this festive night!

Book Group(s) Proposed

The Politics Of Meaning – Michael Lerner

Pastor Doug Asbury invites all who are interested to participate in a book group to be held weekly at a time and day to be decided by those who desire to participate. The plan is that each session will last 90 minutes.
The first book to be discussed will be Michael Lerner’s 1996 publication, “The Politics of Meaning: Restoring Hope and Possibility in an Age of Cynicism,” copies of which are available through for as little as $4.00 including shipping, as well as from other sources.
Those who are interested in participating in the group are asked to contact Pastor Asbury via the church email: [email protected], or by calling 708-447-1760. Please include your preference of day(s) of the week and time(s) of day in your response.
Finalization of day and time of the meetings will take place when at least 6 persons have indicated in their responses that a particular day and time work well for them. If two or more workable days and times emerge from the responses, more than one group will be scheduled.
There will be no cost for participation in the group(s) beyond the initial cost of the book. The group will determine the books to be discussed following the completion of the Lerner book. Our hope is that the books discussed will help us live more abundantly through exposure to the ideas and images the authors share.
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Asbury as indicated above. Also, please feel free to invite friends and neighbors to participate.

Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

Rockwell, Thanksgiving.jpg



Local residents who have no one with whom to share the Thanksgiving holiday are invited to join us for a dinner on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27, at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at the church at 82 Woodside Road in Riverside, IL.  We will provide turkey with the trimmings, pumpkin pie, and beverages and invite those of you who attend to add potluck dishes of your choosing.

There will be no charge for the meal.

Please contact Marcia Minol in the office (708-447-1760) or Pastor Doug Asbury ([email protected]) to let them know if you plan to attend.  Also, extend this invitation to those with whom you are acquainted who might appreciate being part of this.

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