Native American Ministries Sunday

The relationship between Native American people and Christianity is a complicated one. Part of the process of healing and reconciliation is to learn about history and culture. It is also important to know that Native spirituality and Christianity are not mutually exclusive. On Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Camp Milan Retreat Center, there will be a worship service sponsored by two United Methodist Churches that honors Native American Ministries Sunday.

Portions of the offering at this service will go to fund scholarships, help people in native reservations, and fund ministries in Illinois specifically allocated for Native American ministries. The service will be led by retired United Methodist pastor Rev. Dan Lybarger, who is of Cherokee and Ojibwe descent.

Lybarger is a Native American historian, storyteller, and flute player. He is a retired United Methodist Elder who served many years as the pastor for Native American Fellowship Dayspring Church in East Peoria. Dayspring is a unique faith community in that they are centered on the gospel of Christ, but their worship include flute playing, drum circles, dance, and other traditional native customs. Lybarger knows there is great potential for such an expression of Christianity in the Quad Cities area.

Organizers hope that this Sunday will be the first step in a more sustained effort to minister to people of native American descent. Pastor Lisa Wiedman of Trinity United Methodist Church in Milan will be a part of the service. She is of Cherokee descent and will share Communion with indigenous elements.

“Black Hawk is all over the Quad Cities. It a college, a hotel, a bank, a park, historic site. You can’t go far through the Quad Cities without running into something recalls the leader who once dwelt in this land. How many people however, know much about the man?” wondered Pastor Robb McCoy of Two Rivers United Methodist Church, one of the hosting churches.

McCoy will take a back seat in the service, allowing the other leaders to teach and share their faith from their indigenous perspective. He will share his findings from local historians as well as his research into the local history and some insight he has found from reading books like The Autobiography of Black Hawk.

After the 10:30 a.m. worship service, there will be a pot-luck picnic. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. There is refrigeration and electricity at the site to keep dishes either hot or cold until the 12:00 lunch. The service and picnic will be outside under the covered pavilion unless there is inclement weather. If there is rain, everything can be moved inside to the retreat center.

Information and a map to Camp Milan can be found at The street address is 12905 13th Street in rural Milan, south of the main town, off of route 67.

Holy Week

Palm Sunday, March 24, 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul UMC, Cedar Rapids

We will have our regular worship service at 9:30 a.m. After we worship, a group from Two Rivers Church will leave from Rock Island at about 11:00 a.m. in order to get to St. Paul’s UMC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There, we will worship with the African Nationals multilingual service. It is our ho

Maundy Thursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. at Church of Peace, Rock Island

We will gather at the Church of Peace (UCC) in Rock Island for our pot-luck and worship service. If you can, bring a dish to share for a wonderful dinner. Then, after dinner we will remember Jesus’ last supper, denial, betrayal, anguish, and arrest. The entire service will take place in the Church of Peace fellowship hall. The address of Church of Peace is 1114 12th Street, Rock Island, IL.

Good Friday, March 29, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Two Rivers Church

Stations of the Gospel is a self-guided tour through the Gospel of Matthew from baptism to crucifixion. It is a chance to reflect on Jesus’ life, ministry, and the reasons why he went to the Cross. The church will be open from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and the ten stations will take about 30 minutes to get through.

Easter Sunday, March 31, 9:30 a.m. at Two Rivers Church

Our worship service on Sunday will be an extraordinary expression of joy and resurrection. A talented local brass player will join our choir. We will share Communion – where all are welcome to the Table. We will welcome new members. After the service, the kids will be invited to a egg hunt in the fellowship hall where they can win prizes.


The Two Rivers Youth are making pizzas to help send kids to Summer Camp and on a Mission Trip this summer. We had 11 young people baptized or confirmed this year, and many of them – and more – want to go to Summer Camp or join in the Denver Mission Trip. To help make it possible, the youth and Methodist Men are teaming up to make pizzas. These are all local, fresh ingredients and hand made on the day you pick them up! They come wrapped in plastic for easy freezing, or cook them the next day for the Superbowl. Bring a stack to your party and be a big hit. Order some for your office or for those friends who gave you unexpected Christmas cookies. Sell some to your neighbors and support a great cause!

Pick them up on Saturday, February 10 between 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Order over the next few Sundays in the West Entrance at church. Pick up an order form to sell to your friends and neighbors.


GriefShare coming in January

A GriefShare support group is a safe, welcoming place where people understand the difficult emotions of grief. Through this 12-week group, you’ll discover what to expect in the days ahead and what’s “normal” in grief. Since there are no neat, orderly stages of grief, you’ll learn helpful ways of coping with grief, in all its unpredictability—and gain solid support each step of the way.

The group at Two Rivers Church will be led by a team that is combined laity and clergy. It will meet on Monday evenings, starting January 15. It is open to all – you do not need to be a member of Two Rivers Church to participate. There is a $10 registration fee, which helps cover the cost of the GriefShare workbook. Each session will include a video presentation, group discussion, and each week people will be invited to reflections in their workbook.


Christmas Dates to Remember

Christmas Eve is on Sunday this year, and we will have two services.

9:30 a.m. is the fourth Sunday of Advent. We will share worship as a typical Sunday style. We will tell the fourth Grandmother story, Bathsheba.

4:00 p.m. is the Christmas Eve Service. We will sing Christmas songs, light the Christmas candles, share Communion, and finish he night with the singing of “Silent Night” as the light of Christ fills the sanctuary.

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