Blue Christmas

Christmas is a season of good cheer, but for some it can mean a time of sharpened pain. Christmas can bring anxiety, stress, and deeper sense of loss. The Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. is a chance a time to speak this truth about Christmas. It is okay to be hurting at Christmas. This doesn’t mean you are less faithful. It doesn’t meant that there is something wrong with you. It doesn’t mean that you are a “Scrooge.” It just means that you are human.

The Blue Christmas service will be a short time of quiet reflection, prayer, and contemplation. There will be a song of lamentation – or complaint. There will be a time of quiet prayer. There will be a chance to speak publicly to the pain of the season – but this is certainly not required. There will also be a short ritual of transformation and an invitation to Christ’s table.

Click below to see Pastor Robb on Paula Sands Live for last year’s service.

http://kwqc.com/2016/12/08/blue-christmas/

Beatles Sunday


Beatles Sunday

 

On July 23, Two Rivers United Methodist Church will present a special day of worship featuring music from The Beatles. Members of the Quad Cities’ own “Generations Band” will help lead the church in worship with classic Beatles songs such as “Help,” and “All You Need is Love.” The service will be built much like a regular worship service, but all the music will be provided by the band in an acoustic style. Pastor Robb McCoy, a long time Beatles fan, will share a message of love, hope, and peace.

The day will be a fun time of worship, and is a great chance to invite people to experience a new kind of worship service. According to Pastor Robb, “This is further evidence that we are willing to have a little fun, and try something new in worship.” The service will begin at 9:30 as usual, and people are encouraged to invite others to this special experience.

Church Picnic and Movie

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Saturday, July 29, Two Rivers Church will host a picnic and movie night under the stars at the Camp Milan Retreat Center. This is an all-church picnic. Everyone is invited to come and bring a friend. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be provided. People are invited to bring a side dish to share. The meal will be served at 6 p.m.

After dinner, all are invited to stick around and see what the STEAM Camp kids were up to all week. The work of the STEAM Camp will take place for kids Pre K through 6th grade during the early part of the week. All the kids in the STEAM Camp and their families will be invited to come to the picnic and show off the work they had done during the week. There will also be outdoor games for everyone to enjoy.

At dusk, a movie screen and projector will be set up for our first “Movie Under the Stars.” The movie will be a Disney-Pixar classic that fits the STEAM Camp theme of robotics and science. People should bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up in the lawn as the movie screen will be set up on the edge of the covered pavilion.

Summer sermon series

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The next sermon series will examine different stories in the Bible about transformation. The very first story of the Bible is one of God transforming chaos into order. The rest of the Bible is full of stories of God doing work in people, transforming them for God’s purposes. All are called to be transformed by the Spirit of love and grace.

June 18 – From Isolation to Community — Romans 12:1-18

June 25 – From Separation to Reconciliation—2 Corinthians 5:13-20

July 2 – From Hidden to Leader – Esther 4

July 9 – From Persecutor to Champion—Acts 9:1-19 

 

STEAM Camp July 24-27

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Registration deadline is July 17, 2017.  REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

From July 24-27, Two Rivers United Methodist Church is offering a different kind of Vacation Bible School experience this summer. Instead of the traditional crafts, songs, and Bible stories, Two Rivers is putting together their second annual STEAM Creators’ Camp for kids Preschool through 6th grade.

As many involved in education know, STEAM usually stands for Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. For the Two Rivers Camp, the M stands for Music. The Camp will offer four different workshops, and kids who are entering 1st-6th grades will be assigned to two workshops based on how they rank their interests at registration. Kids age 4-5 who have not finished Kindergarten will be kept together in a Preschool group.

The four-day camp will last from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The time will be divided into five segments. It will begin with group time for a devotional, icebreakers, and games. Then the kids will break into their first workshop. The group will come together for a nutritious snack, then kids will go into their second workshop. Each day will close with the kids coming together to work on a group mission project.

The Science workshop will include various science experiments and demonstrations. In 2016, one of the Science days included an egg drop, where kids built structures to protect an egg that was dropped from a low roof of the church.

The Music workshop will include instruction on learning to play the ukulele. Two Rivers has recently started a ukulele choir, and youth are learning these instruments in Sunday school. They will also be building their own instruments, and learning some of the science behind the music.

The Engineering and Technology workshop will likely include computer programming basics with Sphero robots and building structures with random objects.

The Arts workshop will include a variety of projects with different artistic techniques.

In addition to the camp from July 24-27, there will be a special STEAM Camp Fair, Picnic and Movie on Saturday, July 29 at the Camp Milan Retreat Center. At 6:00 p.m. there will be a free dinner of hot dogs, hamburgers, and lots of sides. After dinner, kids will be able to show their work to their parents. There will also be games and activities. There will be a “Movie Under the Stars” at dusk. The movie will be a Disney/Pixar classic that fits the theme of robotics. This is a rain or shine event. If the weather is inclement, the activities and movie will be moved inside.

Register below. The workshop details are not finalized, and are subject to change. The workshops themselves will still fall under these four categories. Children who have completed Kindergarten will be entered into groups that participate in the different workshops. Children age 4-5 who have yet to go to Kindergarten will be kept together as a Preschool group, and complete more traditional Sunday school crafts, playing, and activities.

Free Concert

 

heatherlyn and ben graceOn Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00pm, Two Rivers United Methodist Church will host a free live concert with Heatherlyn and Ben Grace.  The admission to the concert will be “pay as you wish.” Guests will be asked to pay their admission after the concert, paying as much as they see fit.

Members of Two Rivers may remember Heatherlyn from her visit to the Quad Cities in the summer of 2015. That year she performed at a house concert in Rock Island, the Lion and Lamb Festival in Milan, and gave a concert at Two Rivers Church. Her song “Ever,” was used in worship as the closing song for about a month that fall. Her lyric, “May we choose courageously, may we hope defiantly, may we love outrageously, and walk on lightly in humility,” struck a chord with many.

Heatherlyn and Ben Grace are going to embark on a special tour of Illinois called “10 Days in May.”

Learn more about Heathlerlyn at her website.

Learn more about Ben Grace at his website.

click on the picture below to join the Facebook group for the 10 Days in May Tour

10 days

Ben Grace and Heatherlyn Music are teaming up for the 10 Day in May Tour to bring beauty and fun to your community through a concert of music, story, and poetry! Here’s a little about each of them!

Ben Grace is an Australian songwriter who lives in Brooklyn NY with his wife Sara Ann and adopted “Brooklyn Terrier” Gigi. Persistent and prolific Ben has had more than 50 songs released over the last 20 years and has written in a range of styles from power pop to country. In late 2011 he left his hometown of Sydney to pursue cowriting in the US and has hosted a songwriting community that meets monthly in his apartment for the last five years. Ben has a passion for local craft beer, good stories, messy community, and better questions. He cannot wait to get to know new friends in the Mid West this May!

Heatherlyn is an international troubadour, a singer/song-artist with soul, roots, and rock vibes infused throughout her songs.
More than anything, Heatherlyn believes in the power of Love.

Deeply connected to her own story and compassionate toward the stories we all carry; her soulful, honest voice resonates with people from many various walks of life.

Heatherlyn enjoys painting, yoga, and origami, sipping whiskey, and getting to be a witness of people coming alive with laughter or a new found passion.

Originally from Maine and having made the MidWest homebase for the past 14 years, Heatherlyn is excited to share this part of the U.S. with friend and collaborator Ben Grace and for this part of the world to meet him and his music!