Merry Christmas! I know we may have said that already but it's ok to say it more than once right? So from Andrew and myself, and all the leaders of The Rock SM, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
We truly do love serving and partnering with all of you. We have the best parents and students in the world. We treasure every opportunity to be together in person or online. The task of helping students, leaders and parents to know Christ and make Christ known is never ending. There will always be a need for this task. In fact, Christmas helps us stay committed to this task. Christmas is a beautiful reminder that God keeps His promises. That's encouraging in light of the promise that God would help us in the task He's given to us. The task is to do exactly what our ministry is about, know Christ and make Christ known. So thank you for yet another year of this being done. It may have looked a bit different, but by God's grace and with His help it was done! Please join us in praying for yet another great year. I can't begin to imagine what 2021 will look like. What I do know is this, God holds our future in His hands. He is capable and can be trusted. He keeps His promises!
Have a great weekend and we hope to see you all Sunday morning. Simeon's Song! Jesus is the greatest expression of God's love and has come to redeem the world. I can't wait!
Happy Thursday to all! Christmas is here. The time for breaks, too much food, last minute gift ideas or the dreaded remembering that you need that one last gift. Whatever your lot I pray "IT IS WELL" is the message ringing in your ears. While there seems to be so much going on around us that can easily distract and deter us from this one reality, we pray you cling to the promise that God is good and always working! The King has come and has brought a peace that passes all understanding. May we all worship and live in light of this peace this Christmas. With that said, Merry Christmas from The Rock SM!
Our planned bonfire did not happen last night due to weather. In light of this we retreated back indoors and enjoyed a creative walk through the Christmas Story. We sang, read, laughed and loved as we celebrated Christmas together. There was no live stream due to there being some "non-mic'ed" moments. But I do trust your students were encouraged and reminded that Jesus has come and his life is the greatest gift.
MIDDLE SCHOOL REFUEL
We are planned and ready for Refuel. We've shared with you our schedule and changes but wanted to share that again, along with some other details.
If you have any questions please email or text Chris/Andrew.
Though we hate to have to change up Refuel, we're thankful this option is available.
Again, have a great Christmas and we hope to see you all Sunday Morning!
Hope you're all having a great Thursday. Praying for many of you who are sick and dealing with different things. Please know you have a ministry and family here at The Rock that are praying for you and fighting with you.
Next week we'll have our annual Tacky Christmas Party. This will be a bit different as we'll be in the far back left of the church property. We'll have some folks showing you where to go but you can head to the back left of the cemetery to park. Comforting I know. Regardless, we'll be in the field just away from this spot. You'll see the lights, smoke and fire. Our night will be simple. We'll read the Christmas story from Luke 2, enjoy some hot chocolate, maybe sing some carols and then just hang out, safely. We'll need you help with this. You can help by reminding your student to bring and wear a mask while also following all the directions from our leaders as we're together. We don't want to get to lax in our safety stuff as we get comfy with the new normal.
By now you've probably heard about our changes for our Middle School Refuel trip. We hated to do this of course but felt it was necessary. The good news is we can still accomplish the heart of the trip. We can be together, study together, have fun together and then do so closer to home. I've sent out a few details but quickly want to again list some broad details. We'll have more specifics next week, after another round of leaders meetings this Sunday.
Again, while this isn't plan A we realize God can still be glorified and sought after. We plan to create a jam packed overnight event for our middle schoolers. We ask and hope you'll be praying as the planning and carrying out of that plan go forth.
At this time our High School Refuel trip will be as planned. We will communicate any changes or plans closer to that event.
Our last official Rock of 2020 was last night. Yes, we will be meeting next week but it's our Tacky Christmas Party. If the weather helps that will actually be outside, in the field to the far left of the campus and we'll have a bonfire. So not exactly a normal night.
Last night was all about what Jesus said about himself. Our short Christmas series was spent looking at this King that was promised way back when. We've seen what the Old Testament folks said and what God himself had promised. Now we see what Jesus himself says. It was a great night together. It's below if you missed it or want to see it again.
Happy December! We made it.I sure do love this time of year and am always reminded of the hope we have in Jesus. This hope is not seasonal but there's just something about the newness that Christmas brings. It seems to rejuvenate the reality of hope that is always present, offering an opportunity to refocus on that which matters most.
We have a few things that are inching closer and closer. Follow closely and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
We began our last series of 2020 last night by looking at the coming of the King. We spent our time looking back at prophecies made regarding this king and then looked at how Jesus actually fulfilled those prophecies. This gives us hope and confidence as we walk with Him today. Below is the video from last night.
Love you all and thankful for your partnership in the gospel!
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A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.