Good morning! Hope the first week of summer has gotten off to a good start for everyone. Looks as though many of you are out of town. Hope you all have a good time of rest, this weekend, when you get back from your "rest." Am I the only one who needs about 2 days of nothing to recover from being on vacation?
Last night we took our small crowd and did a little recap of our Don't Waste Your Life Study. This is a great book by John Piper and it's also been a challenging time together. It causes you to take inventory of your life, strip away the claims you make and actually look hard at how you're living. Are you wasting life or have you willingly lost it for Jesus' sake, for the gospels sake?
Last night we simply reiterated the main thought of DWYL and then looked at Scripture for a clearer understanding (Mark 8) and an example from the woman at the well in John 4.
The notes and bulletin are attached. Hope you'll take some time to look at it and see where we're headed at The Rock SM.
Reach Camp is close. This year we will be having 2 Camp Nights at the Rock. Typically we have one night designated to announce teams and then let them take some time to prepare some things for the week at camp. This year we will be having two camp nights. The first is next week, June 3rd.
This Camp night will simply be a time to announce teams and let them begin some prep work. This may need minor but it's a great way to allow them to work as a team. Sure, not all teams hunker down and work everything out but it helps identify leaders and allows them to work as a team to accomplish some goals. Students learn some lessons about leading, following, being a part of a team, dealing with laziness and goals. It's much more than simply get a name, make a flag, and work some things out.
We'll also be making some tie dye shirts during the night, so maybe have students wear some clothes that could get stained. We'll have some other stations (4 for the night) for teams to go through. And don't worry if your student is not attending camp, this is a great way for them to experience camp.
Our second camp night (June 17) will be more of a preparation of the heart. We'll have some team time but we'll spend most our time in Worship through song, the word and prayer as we begin to turn our hearts toward Reach Camp 2015. It's going to be a good year.
In the meantime, be getting those names and deposits in. I am putting teams together today and Monday and would hate to leave anyone off the initial list. This helps out tremendously so please help us out and email me if your student is planning on going to camp but haven't signed up.
We have two camp meetings each year. You are only required to attend one. These meetings will be June 14th and June 17th at 6 pm. These meeting are set up for us to share some information and for you to ask some questions. You can gain a lot of information from the Camp Site (under events at Therocksm.org).
We do need consents for each student going. Consents are good for 2015 so if your student attended DNOW or Refuel we have a consent for them. If you are unsure regarding the consents simply email me and I'll let you know.
If you are unable to attend either meeting please let me know.
Camp season is officially underway! Get those deposits/payments in and have a great weekend!
Good afternoon! Sorry this is a little late. I've been detained by 8th grade graduation/awards and then a celebration lunch following. Wanted to give you some info real quick.
Andrew led our time together in the Word last night. We looked at Psalm 67 and continued our look at the book Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper. I'd recommend you all buying the book and reading it at some point, it will forever change the way you view and live life.
Our hope is to shed some light on the big principles of the book. Attached are Andrew's notes as well as the bulletin and outline for you to catch up to where we're at.
We've got a ton of names on the list for camp and many have deposits in. A reminder that you are more than welcome to pay in full at any time. The payments are due the Sunday before camp, deposits are due May 31st. For more information regarding Reach Camp please visit the camp page on our website.
Next week, Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be helping area schools prepare for summer. All teachers are cleaning, organizing and moving things to the hallway so any extra help they can get is greatly appreciated. Such a great way for us to partner with them and shine bright in our community.
Students can arrive at the Church by 9am each day and then be picked up by 4pm. No spending the night this year unfortunately. For more information please visit our Splash page.
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
Splash is a short, at home, mission trip to give students a taste of missions without leaving home. We've got many projects lined up at several local schools and need students to go and serve.
This is a great way to fill those first few days of summer. Here is the link to the Splash Page. Go and get the info and then have your students sign up in the Rock to help us get a count.
We'll have more information Thursday but for now we're looking for all students and any helpers to be ready to go and serve next Tuesday.
Happy end of school year madness! It's a crazy week and time in the Altman home as I'm sure it is in your home as well. Praying for grace, strength and wisdom to make it through!
I'm currently in a training workshop in learning how to better read, study and communicate the Bible. I ask for prayers as many pastors from the area gather to sharpen skills as well as gain some encouragement in the Word.
With that said I'll be short today but really ask you strongly consider signing up for some trips coming up.
Reach Summer Camp is very close and the need for deposits to start coming in is huge. We also have a short, at home, trip called Splash. This will be here in Carrollton, helping area schools prepare for summer. This will be the Tuesday and Wednesday after Memorial Day. We'll have more details next week on these trips but feel free to learn more about Reach Camp by looking under the "events" tab at the top of the menu.
Last night we continued our study in a book called Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper. A huge time looking at Christ being our greatest treasure. Some challenging thoughts and questions we all need to consider. I pray you'll look at the notes and questions and continue the conversation at home.
If you have students who are graduating we need to meet with them shortly before the service to ensure everyone is present and to also go over some quick details as to the recognition of them during our service. So please have them meet me in front of the stage around 10:30.
We have been going through a study of the book Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper. It's a challenging book that confronts many issues we face as we seek to live to glorify God in all things.
Last night we looked at a major "hang up" or potential roadblock to this happening in our lives. If we are to glorify God one pursuit is to make others glad in Him also. But is that always the case? Do we actually seek to do this with an unforgiving heart or do we harbor these feelings and only wish harm on folks? Don't they deserve to be punished? Why should I extend grace and mercy? Some big questions we need to answer as we seek to live and act in a way that makes much of Jesus.
Attached are the notes from last night. Rather than having long small group times at the end we changed it up a bit. If you walk through the sermon notes you'll notice some questions we ask along the way.
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Hope everyone has a great weekend and a great Mother's Day
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