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 email@example.com
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 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.