Events at the Church of the River

Find out what's happening at our church by viewing our calendar, receiving our weekly newsletter, liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, coming to church, and reading our Order of Service. Here are many of the special events that we have annually.

2016-2017 RE Fall Semester Begins (all ages) (September 4, 2016)

Fall semester for Religious Education classes begins the first Sunday each September at 11:00 A.M.

Ministry Fair (October 2, 2016)

At this time of year, the church hosts a Ministry Fair. The purpose of the event is to demonstrate how much we do enrich our church community and the broader community as well. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about each ministry, have questions answered and sign up for ministries that are of interest to them. The Ministry Fair is held before the church service and during coffee hour afterwards.

Remembrance Day (October 30, 2016)

This year, we are returning to the Sunday before All Souls Day as a time for lifting up the names of those we have lost since our last remembrance. Please join us. This event will be part of our regular Sunday service held in the church sanctuary.

Trunk or Treat (October 30, 2016)

Join the fun - a cookout and trick-or-treating from the trunks of decorated cars in the parking lot following the morning worship service. Watch the children in their costumes gather treats and fill their UNICEF boxes while enjoying an outdoor lunch prepared by the Children’s Ministry Team Grillers. With proceeds from food ticket sales benefitting UNICEF, this event is sponsored by the Children’s Ministry Team and the CMT Grillers.

Covenant Sunday and Covenant Appreciation Luncheon (November 6, 2016)

Renew your commitment to the church by making a pledge for the coming year. A Covenant Appreciation Luncheon will also take place that day, after the Sunday service.

Alliance Bake Sale (November 13, 2016)

Bring your baked goods before the service and purchase goodies after. It’s all good! Contact Dennis Eleogram for more information.

Stone Soup Sunday (November 20, 2016)

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Stone Soup Sunday is celebrated. Families who attend church that day bring a cup of cut up raw vegetables and a cup of cut up fresh fruit to contribute to lunch for the congregation. Each family’s church service donation goes to MIFA, and everyone is invited to stay after the church service for lunch. During the church service, the minister reads the story of Stone Soup, an old French folktale. Meanwhile, soup is cooking in the kitchen. Lunch is complete with soup, fresh fruit, bread, and fellowship.

Holiday Spirit Potluck Dinner (December 2, 2016)

Family, friends and neighbors are invited to gather at the river to get into the holiday spirit with a party. Children of all ages are invited to the ornament-making stations. Make holiday ornaments for a tree or to give as a gift. Shhhh....secret gift making will take place in the Nifty-Gifty hideaway. These gifts will be appropriate for parents, family, friends or teachers. Nothing brings on the spirit like the excitement of children so come join the fun and bring a favorite dish to share. If you have questions or want to assist at one of the stations, call, email or text Debra Walker.

Caroling Around the Tree (December 18, 2016)

Church members gather around a Christmas tree in the Mississippi River Room. There, church families (singers and non-singers) ring in the season with the annual performance of the Twelve Days of Christmas, complete with a collection of props.

Christmas Candlelight Service (December 18, 2016)

On this Sunday at dusk, everyone joins together for a traditional family service featuring choir music, carols and special readings. Sixth grade girls play the roles of Santa Lucia and her attendants. A sixth grade boy presents the opening reading. Children bring forward their "gifts for the baby" which go to needy mothers of newborns. Childcare is provided for children ages 3 years and younger.

Un-birthday Celebration (January 15, 2017)

Ever hear of an un-birthday party? The church has one each year! The un-birthday celebration is an intergenerational celebration. Twelve brightly decorated tables represent the months of the year and are adorned, not only with a cake, but the name of a famous Unitarian whose birthday is that month. Children and adults sit at the tables representing their birth month and enjoy the birthday cake. It is called the “un-birthday” because, although it probably isn’t anyone’s birthday that is present, everyone celebrates their birthday (month) together.

Winter Congregational Meeting (January 27, 2017)

The primary purpose of the winter congregational meeting is to approve the budget for the new year and hear financial reports.

Love and All That Jazz (February 11, 2017)

On the Sunday closest to Valentine’s Day, this memorable church service includes music and reading, celebrating the gift, glory and trouble of love. Jazz musicians and the Awesome Little Choir are featured.

Awesome Little Choir Soup, Salad and Dessert Lunch (February 19, 2017)

Stay after church to enjoy lunch featuring a tasty lunch lovingly prepared by members of our Awesome Little Choir. You won’t go home hungry. Your generous donations support the Music Fund.

Youth Sunday (February 26, 2017)

Each year, the high school youth take responsibility for all aspects of a Sunday worship service. Planning and preparation for Youth Sunday is done with the help of adult advisors and is an important part of the Religious Education Program.

Maundy Thursday Communion Service (April 13, 2017)

On Maundy Thursday, a communion service conducted by Rev. Posa is held in the Chalice Room. Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday) is the Christian feast, or holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. It is followed by Good Friday.

Kite Workshops (March 5, 2017 and March 12, 2017)

Don’t feel left out on Kite Day on April 2! Join Sandy Kozik in the Mimi Loeb Art Room after church for a workshop on making and flying your very own kite. No experience necessary. You’ll look like a pro when you launch your colorful creation into the wind on April 2nd. Each workshop is limited to the first seven people who sign up. So contact Sandy today!

Kite Day (April 2, 2017)

Join us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Kite Day. For 50 years, church families have gathered on this special day to fly colorful kites above the Mississippi River bluff as a welcome to Spring. Bring your own kite, or buy one from the church’s two youth groups. You can even buy a sandwich "brown bag lunch" from the youth groups so your family can enjoy a picnic on the lawn.

Children's Ministry Volunteer Recognition (April 9, 2017)

To celebrate the many volunteers who make children's ministry possible, we recognize our volunteers by hosting a brunch for them. They will then be honored in the worship service at 11:00 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt (April 16, 2017)

After church, children enjoy an egg hunt on the church grounds. Eggs are donated by the congregation and hidden by junior high "bunnies" during church. Adult supervision ensures safety as well as fun.

Alliance Bake Sale (April 9, 2017)

Bring your baked goods before the service and purchase goodies after. It’s all good! Contact Dennis Eleogram for more information.

Mother's Day & Flower Communion (Sunday, May 14, 2017)

On this special Sunday, a flower is brought by everyone and placed in a communal basket. After the church service, everyone takes a flower as they leave, symbolizing the diversity and community of the church.

Spring Congregational Meeting (May 17, 2017)

The primary purpose of the spring congregational meeting is to hear budget and financial reports and to address any issues that require a congregational vote including annual elections.

The Awesome Little Choir's Spring Music Concert (June 4, 2017)

A special Sunday service held the first Sunday in June, the Choir prepares a program and the minister reads poetry. Guest musicians often perform.

Final Sunday of the Program Year (June 18, 2017)

The church year begins the first Sunday in September and ends the last Sunday in June. After that, a summer program for those enrolled in Religious Education at the church is provided.

Summer of Faith Preaching Series (June 25, 2017)

Think we are taking the summer off? Think again. We invited noted local speakers to join us and speak on a selected theme. Speakers and themes change annually. Join us in the church sanctuary on Sunday mornings at 11:00 A.M.

Summer of Art for K-rising 5 (July/August, 2017)

This program is designed for children in kindergarten through rising 5th graders. It will meet at 11:00 in the Mimi Loeb Art Center. Details will follow.

Back-to-RE Splash Party (August 20, 2017)

Come enjoy the water slide in the OASIS! Today marks the end of summer programming and the first Sunday of the new church year programming for all ages.