Bennigan’s on April 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Ladies-Night-OutApril’s Sisterhood Get-Together will be Monday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bennigan’s Grill and Tavern in downtown Rock Island. All women are invited to come, and all are encouraged to bring a friend as well. There will be a devotion, dinner, fellowship, and a fun time with friends. Contact the church office at 309-788-9384 for more details. Bennigan’s is at 226 17th Street in Rock Island. Each month the ladies’ group decides to meet at a different restaurant in or around Rock Island.

Youth Retreat at Camp Milan Apr 24-25

In partnership with the Illinois Great Rivers Camping Ministries, Camp Milan will host a youth retreat on April 24-25. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. It is hoped that about 50 youth and adults will come to the event from churches from around the district.

Worship will be led by Rob Leveridge. The preacher will be Rev. Sharon L. S. Cook. Leveridge is an experienced worship leader who has recently relocated to the Quad Cities. You can listen to his music at http://robleveridge.bandcamp.com/. Cook is the director of camping ministries in the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The theme of the event is “Arts in the Spirit,” and participants will be encouraged to think of ways that creating art can be a spiritual exercise. There will be opportunities for youth to explore their creativity and strengthen their prayer life.

CLICK HERE for schedule and list of needed items.

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Holy Week

Holy Week at Two RiversEaster Sunday is April 5. It is the holiest day of the Christian year, and a day of great rejoicing. The best way to experience the power and joy of Easter though, is to experience the rest of Holy Week.

Palm Sunday – 4:00 p.m. Two Rivers Church and The Center For Living Arts present Godspell. A 4:00 p.m. presentation of the energetic musical will be a great way to begin the Holy Week eperience.

Maundy Thursday – 6:30 p.m. The worship service will be the telling of the story of Jesus’ last days. It is a responsive reading, beautiful in its simplicity. Similar to a Christmas service of lessons and carols, this Maundy Thursday service combines readings and solemn hymns. The service includes Communion and the stripping of the altar.

Good Friday – 3:00-6:00 p.m. The church will be open for people to do a self-guided reflection. There will be stations throughout the church for people to do reading, prayer, and reflect on the crucifixion.

Easter Sunday.

6:30 Sunrise Service meets in the south parking lot, with a spectacular view of the rising sun.

7:15-8:30 Pancakes and Sausage will be served by the United Methodist Men.

8:30 Easter Egg Hunt for the kids in the sanctuary

9:30 Worship the risen Christ with beautiful traditional service. Trumpets and organ will welcome the empty tomb. New members will be welcomed into the Two Rivers family, and all will be invited to Christ’s Table of Grace.

March Movie Matinee

Joseph movie showingJoin us on March 21 at 2:00pm for a wonderful March Movie Matinee!

We will be showing

Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Classic Family Musical

“Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

This movie showing is free and open to the public.

Popcorn and water will be provided.

2015 Lenten Noontime Concert Series

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The 2015 Lenten Noontime Concert Series of Two Rivers United Methodist Church, Rock Island will begin its 24th season on Wednesday, February 25, at 12:15 p.m. in the church Sanctuary.

The series will begin with an appearance by The RiverBend Bronze Handbell Ensemble.  This group is directed by Larry Peterson of Augustana College and is a community-based ensemble that has presented several concerts in the area.

Michael Wahlman, Cello and Robert Elfline, Piano will be playing for us on March 4.

The Rock Island High School Chamber Singers will return to the series on March 11.  They are directed by Scott Voight and accompanied by Cheryl Bolt.

Gregory Etzel, Baritone will sing on March 18. Gregory, a native of Moline and former member of Two Rivers Church, is the Director of Music at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, and also is a member of the River Valley Brass Quintet and the Peoria Municipal Band.

Edgar Crockett, Trumpet, and David Holcomb, Piano will present the program on March 25.   Edgar holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Iowa and is currently a professor of music at Black Hawk College, Moline.  Dave is a well-known pianist, having performed at many venues in the Quad City Area.

On April 1, our last concert of the season, Stephen Steely, Organ will perform for us. Stephen is the Director of Music at First Lutheran Church, Moline and Temple Emmanuel, Davenport, and also plays for several Sunday Masses at St. Plus Church in Rock Island.

 

The Lenten Noontime Concert Series is presented by the church for the enjoyment of its members, those who work in the downtown Rock Island area, for the retired, and for all those who love great music.  The concerts begin at 12:15 P.M. and last approximately one/half hour and will take place in the church Sanctuary.  The concerts are free of charge, but freewill donations will be gladly accepted.

#tryLENT photo journal

TRYLent revisedThis Lent, the people of Two Rivers United Methodist Church are encouraged to participate in a new discipline. Starting on Ash Wednesday, people are encourage to participate in this photo journal. There is a theme for each week from Wednesday to Wednesday. Over the course of the week, people can take pictures and post them on Facebook, Instragram, Pinterest, or Twitter. All pictures posted should include the hashtag #TRYLent.

Each weekly theme coincides with the sermon that will be given at Two Rivers on the Sunday of the week. This way, pictures that are posted before Sunday can be shared at worship. Then, after the worship experience, people can continue to ponder the theme for the week for a few days before moving on. Each major theme is a song from the musical Godspell. Under the main theme are several smaller ideas that you can capture over the course of the week.

Each Sunday in Lent Pastor Robb will be talking about a song, theme, or story from the musical Godspell. Two Rivers and The Center for Living Arts are working all through Lent on producing the musical on Palm Sunday at 4 p.m.

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