We are in the process of launching a very special new outreach at 60 West Market called "With". It is focused on providing safe space for and presence with families waiting for their visitation time with their loved one at the jail across the street from our building. This is a multi-church/organization effort as we are partnering with several other communities in the area to begin this outreach. We are currently working on finding and training committed volunteers for this unique ministry. If you are interested in more information, please email Roy Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RISE is hosting our first ever Disc Golf Tournament on August 19th at 3 pm at Westover Park in Harrisonburg. This is set to be a major fundraiser for the RISE community, so we need your help to get the word out! Teams of four are encouraged to register at $100 per team. All proceeds go to benefit the ministries at RISE. To register, please visit www.riseharrisonburg.com/discgolf and fill out the registration form. This event is open to anyone and everyone, so please spread the word! Prizes will be given out to various winners of the tournament. See you there!!
It's a favorite at RISE and it's back! Our Blessing of the Animals worship service is happening at the JMU Arboretum on Sunday, July 29th at exactly 10(ish). Bring your pets (leashed or contained, please, as there will be other animals) to receive a blessing from the RISE community during this super casual and friendly outdoor worship service. Bring your own chair or blanket as well, as there won't be any seating. We'll sing some songs, pray together, and enjoy God's good creation together!
We hope you will join us for two very special mid-week worship experiences this month. These services last no longer than one hour and offer intentional times of quiet reflection, prayer, meditation, and mindfulness. By stilling our hearts, we can dwell on and experience the presence of God's Holy Spirit among us. Our first meeting was such a joy for everyone who attended and we really hope you'll join us for the next two services.
RISE will be at the Harrisonburg Pride Festival yet again this year. We will be handing out freeze pops and stickers to celebrate God's great gift of diversity and love! We hope you'll join us.
If you would like to volunteer at our table, please contact Megan Marker at email@example.com to sign up for a slot. Thanks!!
RISE, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is hosting a blood drive on July 9th from 1p to 6p. If you would like to give the gift of life, please register to donate by clicking the link below, typing "RISE" in the search bar, and clicking on our blood drive page. https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive
Throughout our July and August worship services, we will be welcoming members of our community to the stage along with one of our pastors for very special interviews to share their stories of faith and life. We are excited to offer this unique take on a long standing summer worship tradition at RISE!! We hope you'll join us at exactly 10(ish) over the next two months!!
Valley 4th is a 4th of July celebration that is held in downtown Harrisonburg and is a chance for RISE to connect with other members of the Harrisonburg community. We are looking for volunteers for that day -- if you're interested email firstname.lastname@example.org
Still is a different way to worship. Still will be happening throughout the summer on Wednesday evenings at 60 West and will explore ancient practices of meditation, prayer and deep reflection to connect with God.
Invite a friend and discover the different ways you can dive deeper in connection with your higher power.
A small act of kindness can go a long way. It can also combat loneliness. So we thought, what could be better than to hang out after worship and do a "small acts of kindness" scavenger hunt together! You'll be put into teams to head out around town and spread love and kindness in the community. Mending God's creation together :)
This is happening Sunday, June 24th after worship so plan to stay!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.