Welcome to The River!

"TheRiver" is actually a nickname we go by. Our full name is Riverbend Friends Church. It tends to get shortened to Riverbend Church or just Riverbend. Our favorite is "TheRiver". It has a double meaning. We are located at where The River Raisin enters Red Mill Pond. So literally, we are @TheRiver. It also reminds us that the Bible tells us that life flows from God like a river.


We are big on the idea of community. Why? Because the Bible makes a big deal about it. We gather together to worship, to learn, to encourage, to laugh, to have fun, to pray, and to serve.


Being a Christian means following Jesus, growing in our understanding of who he is (abiding) and then practicing what he taught (obeying).


Going is as close as your family, friends, and neighbors. It is far as the other side of the world, or any point in between. Going is about serving God and others, using your gifts and talents for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Going is telling people the good news about the Kingdom of God. Going is introducing people to Jesus. It's that simple.

Where & When

Weekly Schedule:


  • 10:00a - Sunday Morning Discipleship Class
  • 11:00a - Sunday Morning Worship Gathering
  • 11:00a - RiverKids Discipleship (During Adult Message)
  •   6:00p - Womens Group

  • 6:30p - Celebrate Recovery @ Covenant Church

  • 6:00p - G3 (Girls Growing in God)
  • 7:00p - Boy Scout Troop 632

  • 6:30p - Wednesday Life Group

  • Serve: Dinner On Us @ Church of Christ


  • There are lots of facility improvement projects being planned and prioritized. One of the next "big" projects is carpet in the worship center, and possibly the lobby. We may also take the opportunity to paint and do some other minor face lift projects in the worship center while things are tore up. You can help with this project in several ways, including grunt work, skilled labor, and the cost of the upgrades. See Ron Johnson for more information.
  • Help Need: Volunteers on June 22 & 23 to help Roma Fogelsong prepare for her auction (Amish Direct) on June 24th
  • G3 (Girls Growing in God) is our new discipleship group for girls ages 9 to 14 every Tuesday @ 6:00p. The girls are using the excellent bible study "Grow In His Word for Kids".
  • Adults: We are looking for adults who will pray for and encourage our G3 girls, and come alongside them as they memorize scripture. See Dawn Dennis for more info.
  • CPC Lenawee's Annual Baby Bottle Fundraiser kicked off on Mother's Day. This is a simple way to help serve our community as we partner with Care Pregnancy Center of Lenawee. Here's what you do: Sign out your baby bottle at the church. Over the coming month drop in your change each day. Or cash. Or checks work too! Bring your bottle back on Father's Day, and we'll get the bottles to CPC. Simple. If you want, you could even help the CPC staff out by converting your change to cash before you return your bottle.
  • Pray as we explore a possible new church project (replant) in Portsmouth, RI
  • Pray for our newest church planting project North Chicago
  • Pray for our church plant in St. Paul, MN. Specifically they have asked we pray for God to provide a van for their use
  • Pray for our church plant in Oklahoma City, OK
  • Contact Sharon Heisler to help with flowers and gardening. Check with Ron Johnson for all other projects and to help with mowing the lawn.
  • New website is underway. We have published the new front page. Additional pages and resources are in progress. Thank you for your patience!
  • Serve Opportunities: As we plan upcoming events there are opportunities to lead by serving. See Pastor Mike or Dawn for details.

Upcoming Events

  • CPC Lenawee Baby Bottle Drive

    May 14 to June 18, 2017 (Baby Bottles due back on Father's Day)
  • Camp Gideon

    June 11 through July 19, 2017 - Grade K-9 (Various Camps) @ Camp Gideon, Mechanicstown OH
  • Friends Youth - United (EFC-ER)

    July 17-21, 2017 @ Malone University, Grades 6-12
  • EFC-ER Leadership Conference

    July 22-24, 2017 @ First Friends, Canton, OH