Christmas at Two Rivers

christmas at two rivers

 

Christmas Pot-Luck and Children’s Program.  Sunday, December 14, 5:00 p.m.  We will gather in Epworth Hall for a wonderful meal.  Afterwards, everyone will go upstairs to the sanctuary to sing carols, and enjoy a no-rehearsal Christmas program.  All kids and youth are invited to participate.

Christmas Carols with the Church of Peace.  Sunday, December 21, 2-5 p.m. Youth and adults are invited to this special time of fellowship and building relationships with our neighbor church, the Church of Peace United Church of Christ.  We will gather at Two Rivers at 2, to practice some songs, then go to a few local nursing homes.  We will finish at Church of Peace for some cookies and hot chocolate.

Longest Night Service.  For those who struggle at Christmas.  Monday, December 22 from 6-7 p.m.  This service in the sanctuary will be a quiet, reflective time to remember those that struggle at Christmas.  This will be a holy time to recognize that while Christmas can be a joyful time, it can also sharpen the pain of loss.  Holy Communion will be shared.

Christmas Eve Carols and Candles.  Wednesday, December 24 at 6:30 p.m.  Wonderful music, the Christmas story retold, Holy Communion shared, and the lighting of candles at the singing of “Silent Night.”  Christmas Eve is a unique worship experience.

Christmas Carols Top Ten. Sunday, December 28 at 9:30 a.m.  All through Advent, people will be invited to vote on their favorite Christmas songs.  On the Sunday after Christmas, we will reveal Two Rivers Church’s Top Ten.

November Worship Series: Come to the Feast

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“Come to the Feast,” is a new four-part worship series that begins on November 2.  During the series, Pastor Robb will be revealing the depth of Jesus’ radical table sharing ministry. By looking at four different stories of Jesus eating with others in the Gospel of Luke.

November 2 – Jesus shares a meal with his disciples.  We still remember this particular even in our act of Communion.  The United Methodist Church values the open table.  All are invited.

November 9 – Jesus eats with the tax collectors.  The cultural significance of eating with tax collectors cannot be overstated.  The tax collectors were the lowest of the low – they collaborators with a foreign oppressor, and profited from the pain of their neighbors.  Yet Jesus broke bread with them.

November 16 – Jesus eats with the Pharisees.  On the other end of the social spectrum are the Pharisees.  These were respected men, and often portrayed in the gospels as Jesus’ enemies.

November 23 – Jesus eats with Zacchaeus.  An oft misunderstood story, Jesus and Zacchaeus is usually seen as a story of conversion, but there is more to the story than the traditional interpretation.

Sunday school options growing for all ages

GPS-2012-curriculumTwo Rivers Sunday school options for all ages are growing.  Worship usually lasts from 9:30-10:30.  Immediately afterwards, kids in grades K-12 are invited down to Epworth Hall for a time of snacks and fellowship.  Sunday school lasts from 10:45-11:45, and nursery care is provided by background-checked professional attendants until 11:45.

There are two adult classes, both meet upstairs.  One meets in the Asbury Parlor.  Starting in November, they will be discussing the text from worship, and any discussion notes that arise from Pastor Robb’s sermon.  Another class meets in the Keystone Room.  This is led by Pastor Robb.  They use the same material that the kids use, so parents and kids can go home with the same Bible lesson, and can discuss it after church.

Kids in grades K-3 stay in Epworth Hall at 10:45.  There are always two adult teachers that lead the kids through the Grow Proclaim Serve lesson of the week.  There is a Parents Guide available online.  At 11:15, the kids switch, and go with Tammy Baugh to practice for the kids’ choir.  The Kids Choir sings about once a month in worship at 9:30.

Students in grades 4 and up go with Tammy at 10:45 and practice the Youth Choir.  After practice, she takes them down to Epworth Hall where they have their own Grow Proclaim Serve lesson.

TRY Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

six thingsTwo Rivers Youth (TRY) meets every Wednesday night at 7 p.m.  We start in the upstairs Movie Room, where we have some time to chat and catch up before having a devotional, often with a DVD to help stir the conversation.  After that, we will play some games, and have a great time.

As we move along, we will think of different mission projects and special events, like a bowling party, a retreat at Camp Milan, or volunteering at Fort Armstrong.

Our first conversation will be about “6 Things We Should Know About God.”  The six chapters include:

  1. God Loves You
  2. God Understands You
  3. God Forgives You
  4. God Wants You to Be Free
  5. God Wants You to Change
  6. God Wants to Be With You Forever