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Sunday Service for August 9 Is Now Available

Stained glass of Christ saving Peter from the water
Stained glass of Christ pulling Peter from the water, Mt. Vernon AME Church, Columbus, OH

The service for August 9, 2020 is now available here. You can also view a list of past Sunday services here.

Please remember to join the online prayer meeting at 11:00 am after the Sunday service. Today’s prayer meeting will close with virtual communion. Please have wine or juice and bread or a cracker ready to share in this sacrament.

To balance the spiritual needs of church-goers with the physical health risks from gatherings and COVID-19, Riverside Baptist Church is offering online Sunday services. Rev. Nick shares the word of God and a bulletin guides you through the service. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Sunday Service for August 2 Is Now Available

The service for August 2, 2020 is now available here. You can also view a list of past Sunday services here.

Please remember to join the online prayer meeting at 11:00 am after the Sunday service. Today’s prayer meeting will close with virtual communion. Please have wine or juice and bread or a cracker ready to share in this sacrament.

Also remember that Riverside Readers will meet online at noon, on August 2, after the prayer meeting to discuss “Morning Poem” by Mary Oliver. Visit the Online Community Services page for details on connecting.

To balance the spiritual needs of church-goers with the physical health risks from gatherings and COVID-19, Riverside Baptist Church is offering online Sunday services. Rev. Nick shares the word of God and a bulletin guides you through the service. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Riverside Readers Discuss “Morning Poem”

At noon this Sunday, August 2, Riverside Readers will discuss and critique “Morning Poem” by Mary Oliver after the 11:00 am prayer meeting. Please read it, and if you have time, join us at the discussion. Details on how to join the discussion are on the Online Community Services page.

Morning Poem
by Mary Oliver

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches—
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead—
if it’s all you can do
to keep on trudging—

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted—

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

Sunday Service for July 26 Is Now Available

The Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed

The service for July 26, 2020 is now available here. You can also view a list of past Sunday services here.

To balance the spiritual needs of church-goers with the physical health risks from gatherings and COVID-19, Riverside Baptist Church is offering online Sunday services. Rev. Nick shares the word of God and a bulletin guides you through the service. Through this online resource, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Sunday Service for July 19 Is Now Available

The service for July 19, 2020 is now available here. You can also view a list of past Sunday services here.

To balance the spiritual needs of church-goers with the physical health risks from gatherings and COVID-19, Riverside Baptist Church is offering online Sunday services. Rev. Nick shares the word of God and a bulletin guides you through the service. Through this online resource, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Sunday Service for July 12 Is Now Available

The Sower – Luke 8:4-15

The service for July 12, 2020 is now available here. You can also view a list of past Sunday services here.

Please remember to join the online prayer meeting at 11:00 am after the Sunday service. Today’s prayer meeting will begin with virtual communion. Please have wine or juice and bread or a cracker ready to share in this sacrament.

To balance the spiritual needs of church-goers with the physical health risks from gatherings and COVID-19, Riverside Baptist Church is offering online Sunday services. Rev. Nick shares the word of God and a bulletin guides you through the service. Through this online resource, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Pastor Search Suspended

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, church leadership has temporarily suspended the search for a full time pastor. This is not an appropriate time to introduce new leadership. Leadership will instead focus their energies on the current needs of the church.

Fortunately, interim pastor Rev. Nicolas Mumejian is committed to serving Riverside throughout this period. The church will resume the search for a full-time pastor once members are able to return to the sanctuary and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are relaxed.

Interim Pastor Announced

Riverside’s deacons and trustees are pleased to announce they have selected Rev. Nicolas Mumejian as an interim pastor for Riverside Baptist Church. Rev. Nick joined Riverside February 2, 2020.

Ordained within the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and in communion with and support of the Alliance of Baptists, Rev. Nick has served in pastoral positions at Baptist churches in North Carolina and Connecticut. Rev. Nick is personally passionate about matters of interfaith relations, ecumenism, reconciliation, and LGBTQIA advocacy. He has organized, led, or participated in religious events at churches, synagogues, mosques, and cultural centers in North America and abroad.

Nick’s academic background includes a Master of Divinity from Duke University and doctoral studies in Hartford Seminary’s joint PhD program with the University of Exeter, which focused on comparative religion. He is is the Managing Editor of The Muslim World, a peer-reviewed academic journal housed in Hartford Seminary’s Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian – Muslim Relations where he has served for over a decade working for both the journal and teaching seminary courses.

Rev. Nick happily spends his time outside of work with his wife, Virginia, and twin sons, Declan and George.

Our Duty

Keep Moving Forward!

As we grieve the departure of our dear Pastor Bledsoe, we must not forget our calling.  Sunday is not about us. Church is not about us.  It’s about our mission to reach every man, woman and child in need of refuge.  It’s about the poor, the sick, the downtrodden — looking for an open door or a lifeboat to keep from drowning.

We, your deacons and trustees, are committed to continue the legacy that defines our beautiful church.  It is not just our responsibility, it is our duty.

There is work to do.  Don’t look back!  We are not heading in that direction.

Onward in Christ,
Riverside Deacons and Trustees