RISE will be holding our second open mic worship service on Sunday, May 27th since the first was absolutely incredible! Knowing how many extremely talented folks there are that attend RISE, the open mic Sunday service will be on a first come first serve basis with limited spots. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in signing up and sharing your talents/the ways you connect with God.
RISE is having a ROYAL SHOWER! Please bring hygiene items for Rise and Shine every Sunday in May in honor of the marriage of Prince Harry and soon to be Princess Megan.
It's gonna be a pretty royally awesome time.
RISE is partnering with Faith in Action and they have some really exciting things planned in the next month or two. Check out their website at for details on what’s happening and how you can attend: http://www.harrisonburgfaithinaction.org
G-Life Toy Drive will be throughout all of April. The Kids of G-Life are asking everyone to bring new or gently used (we mean GENTLY) toys to be donated to Mercy House. There will be a table to drop off toys before or after service on Sunday mornings at exactly 10(ish) at 60 West Market Street.
Graduation Sunday will be on April 29th during worship. We will honor all graduates, be they from college, grad school, high school, middle school, preschool, or the school of hard knocks. If you are a graduate or know of a graduate connected to RISE, please let us know if you will be attending!
First off, we have a beautiful new donation cabinet for RISE and Shine and Love Packs gifts. You’ll find it between the information table and the hospitality table! Big shout out to Darlene Kemper for helping make that possible!
Secondly! RISE & Shine needs toothpaste and shampoo for the month of April. Please drop off any donations at worship on Sunday mornings at exactly 10(ish) at 60 West Market Street or email email@example.com to set up a time to drop off any donations outside of worship hours.
The Love Packs Challenge for April Is Canned Pasta-14.5 oz. size, any brand, any flavor. We need your help! Please bring any donations to worship on Sundays at 60 West Market Street at exactly 10(ish) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a time to drop them off outside of worship hours.
Money Talk- a post service conversation about yet another uncomfortable topic: money. The leadership at RISE, in our continued efforts to be transparent and honest about our financial health invite everyone to a conversation on April 29th immediately following worship at 60 West. During this meeting, leadership will present a snapshot of our current financial situation which has much to celebrate while still having challenges we need to face, together. Following the short presentation, we will open the floor to questions and conversation about how we can continue to grow financially.
Our sermon series will be exploring courage through the stories of the ‘wonder women’ of the Bible. Some you may have heard of such as Mary Magdalene, Esther, and Ruth. Others may be new to you such as Deborah, the unnamed Syrophonecian woman, and Lydia. Their stories are truly remarkable and we have a lot to learn from them about what courage looks like. We hope you’ll join us at 60 West Market Street on Sunday mornings at exactly 10(ish).
Good Friday March 30th, 2018 at 7:00pm in Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Death isn't the easiest thing to talk about. Crucifixion of an innocent god-man? That's probably harder. But when we gather and remember the death of Jesus, we do so as a community that recognizes that life is fragile, and hatred can do a whole lot of damage. But Jesus demonstrates the way of love in the face of hatred and rejection. Come join us as we reflect on what that might mean for us as we seek to mend God's creation together.
Easter Sunday: RISE is gonna throw down for Easter this year at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum on Sunday April 1st, 2018. Breakfast is gonna blow your mind. (in fact, if you want to respond to this email and make a special request for breakfast, we’ll do our best to have it there, within reason of course. We probably can’t pull off an omelet station after all) Breakfast will start at 9:00(ish) followed by worship in a stunning, outdoor environment at 10(ish). Really, does it get any more beautiful than April in the Arboretum? Wear your bowtie, your Easter bonnet, your prom dress, your Easter flip flops, or your pajamas, we don’t really care. We just want to celebrate with you! Spread the word, bring your friends, and tell them there will be sausage muffins, ducks, and some really friendly folks.
We need your help... cereal-isly.
Love Packs had the goal of collecting as much cereal this month as possible! So get cuckoo for coco puffs or "crunchitize" us captain because trix are for kids! (Sorry, we'll stop... you get the scoop). Drop off your donations on Sunday mornings at 60 West Market street or contact Jennifer Wood at email@example.com to arrange a time to drop off donations outside of worship hours.
Don't leave us in a poopy situation.
For the month of March, RISE & Shine is looking to receive tons of diapers (sizes 5 and 6) and baby wipes! Bring your donations to 60 West Market Street on Sundays at exactly 10(ish) or contact Karen Newcomer at Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org to organize a way to drop off the donations.
Let's do it for the babies! (and their caretakers). <3
We still have Coffee Cards redeemable at Shenandoah Joe right here in Downtown Harrisonburg! Come to worship on Sunday mornings at exactly 10(ish) and pick up a few to give to friends, neighbors, strangers, you name it! Spread the love through a free cup of coffee! Cards are valid now through mid March so get them while you can!
WE NEED YOUR HELP, PEAS!
Love Packs had the goal of 45 cans of cream of Chicken soup (22.6 oz) and a goal of 45 cans of mixed vegetables (14.5 oz). You can drop off your donations on Sunday mornings at 60 West Market street or contact Jennifer Wood at email@example.com to arrange a time to drop off donations outside of worship hours.
RISE Harrisonburg is partnering with Rise Against Hunger to purchase and package meals for those around the world in need! Each meal costs only .29 cents! Help us meet our goal of $4,800 to package a total of 20,000 meals by donating here and attending our Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event on March 22nd at the JMU Festival Ballroom at 7pm!
POWDERED LAUNDRY DETERGENT & TOILET PAPER, Y'ALL!
For the month of February, RISE & Shine is looking to receive tons of powdered laundry detergent and toilet paper! Don't leave us in a poop situation. Bring your donations to 60 West Market Street on Sundays at exactly 10(ish) or contact Karen Newcomer at Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org to organize a way to drop off the donations.
Let's make like toilet paper and get on a roll! (of donating that is).
We realize that our Lenten series, "THE BODY" will stir a lot of thoughts, feelings, and possibly questions. With that being said, we will have "Body Talk" discussions immediately following certain services at 60 West Market Street where we will allow an hour of time to talk and wrestle with those things together. Body Talk sessions will take place after worship on the following Sunday's: February 25th, March 11th, and March 18th.
If you'd like to participate just stay behind immediately after worship.
If God created us and called us "very good," why then do we struggle with the true acceptance of our bodies? Why is our relationship with food often so disordered? Why do we sometimes long to escape our bodies, these vessels of wonder and possibility? What does is really mean to be "The Body of Christ?" Join us as we wrestle with these and countless other questions. This series will be challenging and transformational, but hey, that's what the Lenten journey is all about right?
Let's be honest, what's a better way to kick off your Valentine's Day than being reminded of and wrestling with human mortality and inevitable death!? So join RISE at 60 West Market Street on February 14th at 7am for our Ash Wednesday morning service. Ash Wednesday also marks the beginning of the Lenten season leading up to Easter. So bring a friend and dive into this Lenten season of self reflection.
PS: Super weird Ash Wednesday related Valentine's will be provided. Because we love you.