Becoming Beloved Community

This is an important opportunity to join a movement for positive change in our community. People from three churches are invited to participate in this groundbreaking program. Two Rivers UMC, The House, and Riverside UMC will be coming together for frank discussions and powerful learning. The workshops will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Mondays, starting June 10. The location will rotate between the host churches. There will be refreshments at the gatherings.

The six-week dialogue workshop and training is led by Kaleidoscope Institute facilitator, Rev. Dr. James Fielder. The course is designed to help embrace and enact the vision of Becoming a Beloved Community, a lifelong spiritual journey. Change happens in the space between comfort and fear, what has been described as the Grace Margin.

The work of the Kaleidoscope Institute is based on respectful communication and building relationships where people can change and learn. This is powerful anti-racism training that includes exploring historical and contextual instances of oppression and racism in which we all participate.

Through invitational dialogue, wondering together, questioning assumptions, telling historic truth, we can begin to overcome systems and patterns and begin to plot a new course.

This is an important step toward making our community stronger. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to live toward the Kingdom of God and work together for justice and inclusion. This can be the start of something big here in the Quad Cities, and you can be a part of that vision.

To RSVP to the first session, please contact Robb McCoy at 815-514-3779 or email mccoy@tworiversumc.org

Two QC Pride events

Look for the Two Rivers Church tables at two Quad Cities Pride fests this June. We will have a table on May 31-June 1 at Schwiebert Park, Rock Island; and June 15 at Bass Street Landing, Moline. Our first Pride event was last year at Bass Street Landing, and everyone who participated shared what a wonderful experience it was. Volunteers can help make buttons, pass out literature, or just be a warm and friendly face. There are two-hour blocs to sign up to be a part of our table. Volunteers are still responsible for entrance fees to the Schwiebert Park festival. There will be a tent for our table and chairs.

These two pride events are an important way to let people know that LGBTQ people and Christian allies can find a spiritual home at Two Rivers Church.

To volunteer at either of these events, see the schedule of two-hour blocs in the form.

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER

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 campmilan.org. 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.

Do Unto Others

We have all heard “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It is the Golden Rule. Jesus said it is the summary of the Law and the Prophets. It is the foundation of what being a Christian should be. But what does it actually mean? What does it mean to apply this concept in the world? Jesus had many chances to “Do unto others,” especially to women.

Women were often the object of his kindness, advocacy, and grace. Our current worship series will reveal how Jesus applied “Do unto others” to a poor widow at the Temple, a woman caught in adultery, a foreign woman at the well, two women grieving, and the women who accompanied him.

As we move toward Easter we will see what “Do Unto Others” really looks like and also how “Do Unto Others” is not just a cliche slogan for being nice. It is actually a radical, counter-cultural choice that led him to the Cross.