Conversations around LGBTQ inclusion

The United Methodist Church is in a season of great upheaval. The start of the Global Methodist Church and the disaffiliation of hundreds of United Methodism congregations has left our denomination in a state of uncertainty. It was decided in an informal meeting on Pentecost Sunday 2022 that Two Rivers Church would undergo a series of meetings and conversations with the intent of making a clear statement as a local congregation.

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Young Lions Roar volunteer meeting Monday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m.

A launch party for the Young Lions Roar program is set for Monday, October 24 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. The launch party will include food, refreshments, performances by several local artists and a chance for students and volunteers to meet and greet one another.

The program will then proceed on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30-6:00. It will include monthly showcases and performance opportunities. The students involved will be in grades 7-12. They will learn about emotional intelligence, process grief and trauma, and healthy channeling of emotional distress. Volunteers who are interested in learning more about the program should come to Two Rivers on Monday, Oct 10 at 5:00 p.m. Volunteer schedules can be built around your availability. Volunteers can be “behind the scenes” or “hands on” with the students. 

Students interested in the program can register now at YoungLionsRoar.com

Church Picnic

On August 5, 2022 we will have a Church Picnic at Camp Milan. Everyone is invited to this celebration. The Methodist Men will help grill hamburgers, hot dogs, and provide lemonade. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. 

Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., so please come a little early to make sure your dish is available to share. After dinner, we will have games for kids of all ages, including bean-bag toss, basketball, and other carnival games. There will be a campfire for s’mores too!

Bring a lawn chair if you want to enjoy the “Movie Under the Stars” at 8:30 p.m. We will show a classic family-friendly movie on the big screen hanging from the pavilion a few minutes after sunset (which is 8:15 p.m.).

After the movie we will have a kids and youth lock-in. Kids must be registered before the night of the event to sleep over. They should bring their own bedding and toiletries.

6:00 Dinner under the pavilion

8:30 Family Movie Under the Stars

11:00 Youth Lock-In begins in the Retreat Center

11:00 a.m. Lock-In ends and parents pick up.

REGISTER YOUTH FOR LOCK-IN

A hard copy of a signed medical release form is also required.

Lemon Shake-Ups for Sale!

Volunteers can help raise funds and awareness for Camp Milan at the Rock Island Artists’ Market on Sunday, July 17 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. The Rock Island Artists’ Market is an open-air market at the Skeleton Key Antique shop across the street from Two Rivers Church.

Our booth will sell lemon shake-ups and popcorn to shoppers at the market. Lemon shake-ups are a quick and easy way to make a refreshing glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade. We also have a small popcorn popping machine to make fresh-popped popcorn. At the last market, we made a little over $200 for Camp Milan. In addition to the fundraiser, we raised awareness for the facility by posting our posters and handing out brochures and flyers to customers.

We are hoping to fill two shifts – from 11:30-2:30 and 2:30-5:30.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO HELP

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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