May 22 Earth (Creation out of dust) Genesis 2:4-9
In the beginning God formed a human out of dirt because there was no one to till the fertile land. This is our oldest creation story, and in it we see that our first priority as humanity is to care for all that God has entrusted to us. On this day that we bless the animals, we remember that God made all things, and created us to care for it.
May 29 Water (God’s promise to Noah) Genesis 8:15-19, 9:7-13
God needed a reset, and so he returned Creation to its primordial state of being covered by water. From this water emerged a second chance. Along with the second chance was a promise and another mission. Our mission is to “be fertile and multiply. Populate the earth, and multiply in it.” The promise is that never again would God destroy it all. God hung up God’s bow as a sign of this promise.
June 5 Wind (Camping Ministries)
There is no place where the wind of the Holy Spirit is more powerful than at Church camp. On this Sunday, we will hear stories of lives transformed by our conference camping ministries..
June 12 Sky (Tower of Babel) Genesis 11:1-9
The people wanted to “settle, and make a name for themselves.” The only problem: God had told them to be fruitful and fill the earth. So God helps them spread out. Diversity is not a curse – it is what God used to help us fulfill the mission. When we diversity as a curse, we are fighting against the mission God has given us to care for all things (and all people).
June 19 Fire (Renewed heaven and Earth) Revelation 8:6-13, 21:1-7
The imagery of Revelation includes fire and destruction, but this is a misrepresentation of what Revelation is about. God does nor promise a “new heaven and new earth” as if this present one is disposable. God’s promise is for renewal, and for an intimacy with all of Creation that we are called to live into now, not just in some unknown future that needs to be decoded.
On May 22, Two Rivers United Methodist Church is extending a special invitation to our four-legged, winged, furry, or scaly friends. A special Sunday celebrating God’s Creation will include a special prayer and blessing of animals as well as a gathering of pet-friendly craft vendors and animal care givers.
All are invited to bring their animal to the Church parking lot from 2-4 p.m. At 2:30, Rev. Robb McCoy will lead those gathered in a special prayer for all animals, and will have a special blessing for every animal that is brought forward.
After this short service, all are invited to stay to check out the vendors and volunteer groups that care for animals in and around the Quad Cities. Anyone who cares for animals is invited to be a part of the day. If you are a vendor that caters to pets and pet owners, or if you are a part of a volunteer organization that cares for animals, and would like to be a part of this special Animal Blessing Festival, call Two Rivers Church at 309-788-9384.
The day will start at the regular worship time of 9:30 a.m., when Pastor Robb will begin a five-part series called “All Things,” which focuses on God’s Creation, and our role in it. “We have been given a special place in God’s creation,” Pastor Robb says. “That is of caregiver and steward. As people of faith, we are called to take care of what God has given us, and not to treat it as disposable.”
The series will focus on the themes of Earth, Water, Sky, Wind, and Fire. On May 22, the theme will be Earth, of which the animals are a part. Two Rivers Church is at 1820 5th Ave. in Rock Island. The website is http://tworiversumc.org. For any questions call Pastor Robb at 815-514-3779, or the church office at 309-788-9384.
Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Join in the fun of country western dancing. Come and boot scoot, or just kick back and watch. We’ll have professional instructors lead us through an hour of line dancing from 3-4, and an hour of square dancing from 4-5. Then, after we’ve all worked up an appetite, we’ll have a cowboy supper. Meet in Epworth Hall. Cowboy attire not required. Dance shoes not required either.
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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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Based in part by the writing of Father Dominic Garramone, the Bread Monk, this series will be a perfect follow up to the Easter season. Baking bread is an artful science. There are basics to learn, but each loaf is its own creation. This is much like the Christian life. While there are certain things that go into discipleship, each life is its own artful creation. We will look at the ways that Baking Bread is like living in Christ, working toward Pentecost and we wonder, “What kind of bread will you be?”
Thursday, Friday, and Sunday March 24, 25, and 27 form the holiest three days of the Christian year. Known sometimes as Holy Week, these three days are a chance to remember Jesus’ final acts of life, service, sacrifice, and resurrection.
While the powers of the world wanted to crush the dreams and visions of God, Jesus revealed to us the path of love, forgiveness, and grace. The dreams and visions of God could not be erased with a Cross.
Maundy Thursday 6:30 – This strange word means “Commandment.” On this day we remember Jesus command to his disciples to love like he loved. We remember Jesus enacting what we now call Communion. We break the bread and share the cup to re-member Jesus.
Good Friday 3-6 p.m. It is on this Friday that Jesus was crucified. People are invited to come any time between 3 and 6 p.m. to participate in a self-guided tour. Right inside the front door, a booklet will be available for people to pick up. They will then be guided in readings and prayers as they walk along the Stations of the Gospel, remembering Jesus life, teaching, and death.
Easter Sunday. In the South Parking lot we will gather to meet the Risen Christ under the rising sun. It was at dawn that the women found the empty tomb and first encountered Jesus resurrected. After this service, we will share a breakfast inside with pancakes and sausage. Kids will enjoy a fun Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. before starting a glorious Easter celebration. A brass combo will be a part of the celebration.