On the longest night of the year, we will gather for a special “Blue Christmas” service. On Wednesday, December 22, at 7:00 p.m., we create space for grief and healing in this annual tradition of Blue Christmas. On the night when the darkness is the greatest, we will enter it and find beauty.
People of faith too often feel pressure to find only joy in Christmas. but the messiness and reality of life reminds us that there is often pain this time of year. In fact, there are things about the Christmas season that sharpen the pain of loss, grief, anxiety, and depression. This service is a chance to speak to this truth.
The service will last about 30 minutes. There will be a time for quiet prayer, music, reflection, and a ritual for healing that will create something beautiful. The piece that we create will be a part of the Christmas Eve atmosphere on Friday at 4:00 p.m., when we celebrate the coming of Christ in worship.
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This is not your father’s Vacation Bible School. This summer Two Rivers is creating a new experience based on choice. From July 11-14, the Creators’ Camp will give kids a chance to focus on two workshops. Group worship, snacks, and daily devotions will help kids see God, our Creator, in all that they do.
The five workshops that we are going to offer are Cooking, Mission, MakerSpace (STEM robotics), Arts and Crafts, and Science. When you register, pick you top three workshop choices. You will be assigned to 2 workshops. Each day, kids will start in the sanctuary for opening worship. They will then go to their first workshop, then meet in Epworth Hall for a snack, then go to their second workshop before meeting again in the sanctuary for closing worship.
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These delicious pizzas are for sale now. Order now by calling 309-788-9384, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by filling out an order form on Sundays. They will be made fresh on the morning of February 5 using local ingredients and loving care. Pick them up on the afternoon of the 5th. Delivery is available by request (consider a donation if you choose delivery, but its not necessary). Cook them fresh (the Big Game is Sunday, Feb 7), or freeze them for a few months. They come wrapped, not sealed, in plastic and in a cardboard box.
“This is the best frozen pizza I’ve ever had. We bought ten last year, and wish we had bought more,” says Pastor Robb McCoy.
This is the main fundraiser for the United Methodist Men, who support local ministries, scholarships, youth events, and more.
$9.50 for Cheese only.
$10 for sausage, pepperoni, sausage & pepperoni, veggie, or veggie & sausage.
$12 for Gluten Free (any topping)
The Christmas Eve service at Two Rivers United Methodist Church in Rock Island, will be at 6:30 p.m. The gathering will include traditional carols, an invitation to ALL to come to the Lord’s Table, and the sharing of Christ’s light. The service, as always, will close with the beautiful rendition of Silent Night sung with the raising of the candles in the dark night. The light of Christ chases away the darkness.
Here is a reflection about Christmas Eve, written by Pastor Robb. “To those who only come on Christmas Eve, ‘Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.'”
The Blue Christmas service will be at 4:00 p.m. on December 22. This service is designed for those who are grieving. Grief takes many forms, and can be caused by many things. Grief can make it difficult to sing “Joy to the World,” for grief can drain the joy from our hearts.
The Blue Christmas service is a chance to name the grief, not to dwell in it. It is a chance for those who are hurting to know that they are not alone. Christmas is a time for joy, but the only path to true joy lies through authentically naming the fear, worry, and doubt that clouds our vision of Christ.
This service will include music, silence, a brief ritual, and Communion. It will end at sunset of the longest night of the year. Read a reflection written by our Pastor Robb on his blog.
Two Rivers Church is at 1820 5th Avenue in Rock Island. For more information, call the church office at 309-788-9384