Events at the Church of the River

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

2017-2018 RE Fall Semester Begins (all ages) (September 10, 2017)

Fall semester for Religious Education classes begins September at 11:00 a.m. All children and youth begin in the Sanctuary with families every Sunday. They will then go to the education wing from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to join their grade level classes.

Ministry Fair (October 15, 2017)

The church is hosting the annual Ministry Fair. This event demonstrates all that we do to enrich our church community as well as the broader community. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about each ministry and sign up to participate in ministries that are of interest to them. The Ministry Fair is held in the Mississippi River Room before the church service and during coffee hour afterwards.

Trunk or Treat (October 29, 2017)

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 benefiting UNICEF, this event is sponsored by the Children’s Ministry Team and the CMT Grillers.

Covenant Sunday (November 5, 2017)

Renew your commitment to the church by making a pledge for the coming year. A Covenant Appreciation luncheon will follow after the Sunday service.

Remembrance Day (November 5, 2017)

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.

Stone Soup Sunday (November 19, 2017)

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. This event is hosted by the Hospitality team.

Holiday Spirit Potluck Dinner (December 8, 2017)

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.

Alliance Bake Sale (December 10, 2017)

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

Caroling Around the Tree (December 10, 2017)

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 17, 2017)

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 14, 2018)

Ever hear of an un-birthday party? The church has one each year! The un-birthday celebration is an inter-generational 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 28, 2018)

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 18, 2018)

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 25, 2018)

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 (March 4, 2018)

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.

Kite Workshops (Dates TBD)

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 (Date TBD)

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 (Date TBD)

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 (Date TBD)

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.

Mother's Day & Flower Communion (Sunday, May 13, 2018)

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 (Date TBD)

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 (Date TBD)

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 (Date TBD)

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 (Date TBD)

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 (Date TBD)

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 (Date TBD)

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.