Chopin: The Polonaises

     Pianist Andrzej Kozlowski will share a breathtaking performance at Two Rivers United Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $20 and can be purchased online by clicking here. This concert is a fundraiser that will be split between the Rock Island Music Scholarship Fund and the Two Rivers Church Youth Fund. 

     Kozlowski is the owner of the Sound Conservatory, a new music academy and shoppe in downtown Rock Island. Located at 2235 Third Avenue in Rock Island, the Conservatory features seven different instructors, including voice, piano, strings, brass, bassoon, and guitar. Recent concerts featuring Kozlowski and other area musicians have raised scholarships for students from both Edison and Washington Junior High. Pastor Robb and his daughter Lucy started taking piano lessons with Andzej in March.

     Andrzej Kozłowski was born in Gdynia, Poland but in 1992 he and his family emigrated to the United States permanently. At the age of 14, he began piano lessons with concert pianist Dwight Pelzter, but due to the teacher’s health complications the lessons ended after only 9 months. After a few months of self-teaching, Andrzej’s piano tuner referred him to a renowned pianist and composer Zaven Khatchadourian, with whom he further continued his studies till his sudden death in 2003. He went on to continue his studies at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University in music education but shortly after moved on to study piano performance at the Juilliard School.

     As a pianist, Andrzej has dedicated his career specializing in the music of Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin. One of the most important national dances of Poland, the polonaise’s majestic and ceremonial character allowed Chopin to express his own patriotism. Pianist Andrzej Kozlowski will share his vision on these iconic works by one of Poland’s greatest composers.

Pentecost discussion of LGBTQ inclusion

Pentecost is June 5. This is the day that we celebrate the “birth of
the Church.” We commemorate the story in Acts when the Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples. They have an ecstatic religious experience. Peter declares to the gathering crowd, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Young people will see visions. Your elders will dream dreams.”

We will gather to discuss our vision and our dreams of what Two Rivers United Methodist Church can be. We are facing a crossroads in the United Methodist denomination. As the Church grapples with issues of sexuality, gender, and inclusion, decisions have been delayed for several years by the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel restrictions, technology difficulties have delayed decisions that were set to be made in 2020. It has been decided that the next General Conference will take place in 2024, where decisions about the nature of the future church will be made.

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Youth Group Restart  

Youth Group and Kids Club will restart on Wednesday, May 25. This first meeting will be at Two Rivers UMC from 3:30 – 5:30pm. Starting June 1 we will meet at Camp Milan for games, discussion, and dinner. We will meet from 3:30-5:30 every Wednesday. We are happy to announce that we will be joined by the youth group from Trinity Lutheran Church of Moline. Volunteers are needed to help with dinner, games, and be a part of our discussions. If you are interested in volunteering or participating in Youth Group activities, please contact the church office at 309-788-9384.

Camp Milan Open House

The Camp Milan Meeting Retreat Center is hosting an open house on May 12, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Camp Milan is the best kept secret in the Quad Cities, and that needs to change. This facility has existed about 10 miles south of the Quad Cities for decades, but few know about the facility, or that it is available to the public for rent.

Camp Milan can be found at 12909 13th St, Milan, IL 61264. Camp Milan is about 7 miles south of Rock Island, just off of route 67. It is a short drive, but feels like a remote getaway. The conveniences of a grocery store convenience stores, and fast food are within a five minute drive. The website is campmilan.org.

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Youth Group Survey and Poll

Youth Group and Kids Club will restart during the last week of May. We will meet at Camp Milan for games, discussion, and dinner. We will meet from 3:30-5:30. Volunteers are needed to help with dinner, games, and be a part of our discussions. The day that we will meet has not yet been selected. If you are interested in volunteering or participating in Youth Group activities, please go to the link below to vote in our Doodle Poll. Remember, we are not just choosing the day/time to start, but the best day that will work for you all summer.

Survey for Best Youth Group Day

Volunteers are needed to help with Spring Sunday school. Pastor Robb will be in Epworth Hall for the kids and youth Sunday school from 10:30-11:30. We will need at least one more volunteer every Sunday. If we have two volunteers stick around, then we can divide the kids and youth into two different ages groups.

Sunday School Volunteers