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)
  •   4:30p - Womens Group - Study: Encounter The Spirit

  • 6:30p - Celebrate Recovery @ Covenant Church

  • 6:00p - G3 (Girls Growing in God) - Study: GROW 4 Kids
  • 7:00p - Boy Scout Troop 632

  • 6:30p - Wednesday Life Group

  • Serve: Dinner On Us @ Church of Christ


  • Heads Up!! All worship services, small groups, and meetings are being held on the lower level of our building.
  • Q: Where can I park during this time? A: We have upper and lower level parking lots. The lower level parking lot offers a handicap ramp into that level of the building. Please use either lot. On Sunday mornings we encourage people who are able and willing to consider parking in the upper lot, use the main doors and bring the stairs down. This helps let people know we are having service since the lower parking lot is not visible from the road.
  • Q. How do I get to the lower parking lot? A. There is a drive from the upper parking lot to the lower parking lot at the back (West end) of the upper parking lot. Drive in as normal, go to the West end of the parking lot and turn left. Take the drive down to the lower level.
  • Q. Why are you meeting downstairs? A. We are replacing carpet in the worship center and lobby. It's a big job and coupled with several related projects it will take a number of weeks. One of the great things about Riverend is your flexibility! Thank you for being you!
  • Thank you to Pam Callis and all who helped with your Outdoor service and potluck on October 8th.
  • Thank you to each one who helped prepare the meal and host the EFC-Great Lakes District meeting, including Melinda Minor, Joyce, Harsh, Roma Fogelsong, and Norma Fogelsong
  • Friends Disaster Service is onsite in Texas, helping families in need rebuild their homes after Hurricane Harvey. Work groups are going down weekly, and you can join most of them. EFC-Great Lakes will be sending a team November 6-12. The projected time frame for Friends Disaster Service teams to be going to Texas is October through February. If you would like to give to these work missions, you can give directly to Friends Disaster Service, you can give a check to Riverbend with the notation that it is for Friends Disaster Service, or you can give online at EFC-Eastern Region, which will divide the donations between our work teams and aid to EFC-Mid-America to help their churches. We are closing in on $100,000 in relief funds from EFC-Easter Region.
  • G3 (Girls Growing in Grace) is a discipleship group for girls in grades 4-8. They will be starting the Grow for Kids New Testament at 6:00p on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.
  • 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.
  • Pastor Mike will be a guest assessor at EFC-ER's first ever Church Planters Assessment Center during October 16-19. Please pray for God's presence, leading, discernment, and wisdom. This is an important step in identifying and equipping those called to start new churches.
  • Fierce Women's Conference is coming Saturday, October 21 at our sister church, Alliance Friends Church, in Alliance, OH. Ladies from The River will drive down on Friday and spend the night. See Dawn Dennis if you have questions and to make room reservations.
  • The Womens' Life Group resumes with a new study "Encounter the Spirit" by Carolyn Moore, at 4:30p on October 29, 2017. Location: The Cafe @ The River (lower level, look for the signs).
  • Youth Explosion 2017 is November 10-12. Register this week for early bird rates. (Significant savings!). See Dawn Dennis for more information.
  • Our 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

  • Appleumpkin

    October 14-15, 2017, Tecumseh, MI - Riverbend volunteers will be serving as Hospitality Ambassadors
  • Church Planters Assessment Center (EFC-ER)

    October 16-19, 2017, North Olmsted Friends Church, North Olmsted, OH - please keep this event in your prayers
  • EFC-ER Singles Annual Luncheon sponsored by Friends Adult Ministries

    October 19, 2017, October 19 @ the Amish Door, Wilmot, OH. Details and reservation form available here.
  • Fierce (Women's Conference)

    Saturday, October 21, 2017, Alliance Friends Church, Alliance, OH - Women from The River will attend Fierce (Women's Conference). They will drive down Friday, Oct. 20th and spend the night.
  • G3 (Girls Growing in God) starts new study: GROW 4 Kids - New Testament

    6:00p, October 24, 2017. GROW 4 Kids is a year long study. G3 is open to new members for the next several weeks and then will close. See Dawn Dennis for info.
  • Women's Life Group Resumes; New Study: Encounter the Spirit

    4:30p, Sunday, Oct 29, 2017. Location: Cafe @ The River (lower level)
  • EFC-Great Lakes / Friends Disaster Service Hurricane Harvey Work Team to Texas

    November 6-12. Location: Houston, TX Region. Contact Matt Smith (Assoc. Pastor @ Battle Creek Friends for details: (269) 968-9376
  • Youth Explosion 2017

    November 10-12, 2017 @ Friends Church, Willoughby Hills, OH. Info @ Youth Explosion. See Dawn Dennis if you are interesting in attending.