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Welcome to Riverbend

We understand that visiting a church can be awkward and intimidating, but Riverbend was created for people who are intimidated by church. We invite you to give us a try! Feel free to take your time, look around and get to know us. We hope to see you soon!

Pastoral Care

Stephen Ministers

Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone to care, to listen, to share God's love with, can help us get through the confusion, stress and loneliness we may be experiencing. Stephen Ministers are part of the Pastoral Care Team at Riverbend. They are volunteers who have completed 50 hours of training and are asked to commit to at least two years for training, service and regular supervision. Stephen Ministers assist Riverbend's Pastoral Care Ministers and their blue name badges identify them.


If you are interested in trainining to become a Stephen Minister at Riverbend, contact Paulette at 215.3045 or  Linda at 215.3044.

What do Stephen Ministers do?

They listen, pray, share Christ's love, maintain confidentiality, and attend to the care-giving process. Stephen Ministers care for people who are: grieving, in a crisis, in need of long-term care, dying, hospitalized, divorcing, experiencing losses as they age, or most other crises. A Stephen Minister is not a counselor or therapist, a problem solver, or a casual visitor. For information or referral, contact Barbara Shepherd or (512) 215.3048. Stephen Ministers also serve communion every Sunday in the Upper Room from 10:30 till 11:00 a.m. 

Rewards of being a Stephen Minister: 
Joy and satisfaction of participation in a meaningful ministry
Friendship and support of Christian community developed in training and supervision sessions
Personal growth through training, service, and supervision
Enhanced relationships with family, friends, co-workers
Enhanced spiritual journey
Many Stephen Ministers often serve past their two year commitment 

Definition of Stephen Ministers:
Servants, listeners, supportive resource persons
SM are not counselors, therapists, pastors, or mental health professionals

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Riverbend provides a unique place for loved ones to be remembered and/or memorialized. Whether it's a memorial service in our Smith Family Chapel or an intimate gathering in Remembrance Gardens, we are there to help you through this difficult time in your life. Remembrance Gardens offers a variety of ways to honor loved ones. You may devote space to memorialize a life, select a place for the ashes of a loved one, or simply come to reflect on life's passages.To reserve the Chapel or Fellowship Hall, please contact Paulette Schwartz, Pastor of Care & Recovery at (512) 215.3045. For information on interment or scattering of ashes in Remembrance Gardens, please call Keary Bailey at (512) 329-6007.