Happy Thursday, hope all is well with you! Looks like it is going to be a beautiful Memorial Day! Congrats to all the students - you made it another year!
Last night was a great night in the Rock! We had a bunch of fun being together!
We spent a bunch of time in groups with each other last night! We kicked our time off with a connections game to help the students not only connect with those they know and love but connect with new people, the people they don’t usually spend time with. It is great to see students of all ages together talking about life, and praying for each other!
We finished our final series of the school year last night in the Sermon on the Mount. It was a great night where Jesus challenged where our hearts really are at - are we following him or something else?
I hope you it was as helpful for those engaged as it was for me.
If you want to check out the talk from last night check out the sermon or video below!
Camp - We had our first of two parent meetings last night. We will have next weeks in the gym for those that missed the meeting!
Remember, FREE Camp is Jun 28-July 2. You can sign up HERE! The price is currently $215 for camp and will increase to $230 on June 14th. A deposit of $20 now will lock your price in for camp. All outstanding balances need to be paid by June 27th. If finances are a problem, please shoot firstname.lastname@example.org and email.
Service Opportunity: If your student is interested in serving in the Firehouse, Foundations, VBS, or basketball camp let me know and we will get you connected where you need to be!
SPLASH MISSION - Tuesday and Wednesday (June 1-2) we are leaving the church at 9AM to serve our local schools helping teachers move out of their classrooms and other things in the school! This is a great opportunity and we desperately need your help!
Student Leadership - If you are involved in being apart of the student leadership team, let Andrew know! This will be a group of Rock students who are engaged, mature and have a desire to play a larger role in the Rock!
SPRING FLING - We will be meeting as the Rock in the gym next week to hang out together as we end the semester! Make sure you come to the gym for service at 6:45p on Wednesday, June 2! This is a great time to bring a friend!
We have a ton lined up and lining up for the summer, its going a great time full of local missions, open gym nights, a new series, camp and way more! Connect with us!! Remember, anything we do as a ministry is always an out reach opportunity!
I love you and am thankful to serve with you! I and the leaders are always here for you!
Hey there, happy Thursday. Man, what a day... Summer is almost here!
We've got a lot going on and a lot coming up check out the details below!
Last night was a great night as we are heard from King Jesus again what it looks like to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God! We talked about how judging can be helpful and how it can be hurtful. Jesus helps us understand how to judge wisely because the judgement we use with other will be used towards us! He even shows us how to exercise judgement when it comes to those who continually reject us! God is our Father, he desires good for us and if we ask he will meet our desires if they are his desires. He is the model for us - because he gives to us, we should give to others! Ultimately, Jesus summarizes, "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." All in all, great night! If you missed last night or just want to hear or see it again, check out the sermon and live below!
CAMP (June 28-July 2) - Sign-ups are under way and we've got a great crew going so far! Remember, camp prices are $215 now and will go up to $230 on June 14th! To lock in the price, all you have to do is sign-up and put a $20 deposit down. You can sign up HERE anytime! We will have parent meetings Wednesday May 26th before the Rock at 6pm in the Rock as well as June 2nd! (You only need to swing by one of these!) May sure all of your forms are up to date HERE.
FIREHOUSE TAKEOVER (This Sunday!) - Periodically the RockSM gets the opportunity to serve in the Firehouse Children's ministry, this week is one of those weeks! Be on the look out for some pictures for our time together! If your student wants to help, tell them to get with Andrew or Garrett and we'll get them plugged in!
VBS (June 14-18) - As you know summer is close and so is VBS! Michael has some great plans for VBS and is in need of volunteers. If you or your student wants to volunteer you can email him at Michael@roopvilleroad.org! After VBS there is also an opportunity to serve in BASKETBALL CAMP (June 14-17)! If you are interested in that you can email Garrett@roopvilleroad.org!
SPLASH MISSION (June 1-2) - We are working with the local school systems for our annual SPLASH mission. SPLASH is a local mission in which we get to go into the school and give back to them for all they do. You can find all the information HERE.
ROCK FIELD DAY (This Sunday, 1:30-3:30) - Once a month, we get together and have fun at Central High School playing a bunch of random field games, come and bring a friend!
Well, thats enough for now. If you need anything, you can always reach out!
Happy Thursday - its a beautiful day! Hope your week is going great!
Check all the latest below!
Last night -
Man. Last night was emotional, fun, well-deserved, exciting time as we hung out with the Altmans for their final night in the Rock! It really was a great time and if you didn't get to see them off, don't worry they haven't gone far! The Altmans have been a crucial asset to the Rock for 22 years! It is terribly sad to see them go but know that God is going to use them to great things no doubt!
If you missed last night, check out the live stream below!
We will jump back into our series in the Sermon on the Mount next Wednesday night!
Can't wait to see you there!
A quick thanks...
I know, it seems like every time you turn around there's another "statement" from Chris. I promise this is the last one, in this capacity. I wanted to thank you as parents for allowing me to play a small role in the life of your student(s). I'm not sure how I could say it in a way that would fully communicate the depth and the love we have for them and you. It was with great care that we took that responsibility very seriously. We never attempted to replace you, simply compliment. We were thankful to be a part of your village. We fully anticipate continuing that role, though in a different way for sure.
We came here as kids ourselves, we learned how to parent by watching the youth parents. We further developed our parenting skills by watching many of you. You understand that could mean that we chose to not do what you were doing right? Only kidding. It's crazy to think of all the transitions we've made during our time here and how much we learned by this Rock SM community/family. I believe my "youth ministering" changed a bit once my own kids entered The Rock. If nothing else, it was a great reminder to ensure what we were doing was the right thing, done the right way. There's a lot to be said by having a youth parent as a youth pastor/leader. It helps to keep the main thing the main thing.
I won't go on, Andrew has plenty of stuff to let you know about. I simply wanted to say thank you and I pray our love for you and your worth to us has been communicated during the time we've known each other. Please pray for us and know we'll be praying for you.
Chris, Suzanne, Ivy and Walker Altman
I John 4:4
UP AND COMING:
CAMP - A few new things to communicate this week about camp!
This week we have implemented a price change for camp. Originally, we were going to be limited on the number we could take because of social distancing regulations. However, now that those have lifted we are able to take more and thus lower the price for camp.
Camp cost is currently $200 ($215 after May 19th - $230 after June 13th).
Full payment is due June 27th. You are free to pay early and are more than welcome to pay in payments. If you want to sponsor a student please let me know (email@example.com)!
For more details and/or to register check out our camp page HERE!
GRADUATE QUESTIONNAIRE - The registration sheets can be found at HERE and at each welcome desk in the church. We have added the opportunity for the graduating student to set up a table in the church for members, family and friends to stop by and say congrats. This also makes a great opportunity of out reach for family and friends to come for.
VBS VOLUNTEERS - Michael Lee and the Firehouse are in need of some volunteers for VBS. If you or your student would be interested in serving in that way, you can let us know or let Michael Lee know directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great way to serve!
BASKETBALL CAMP VOLUNTEERS - Garrett and the recreation team need volunteers for Basketball Camp the week of VBS. You don't have to know anything about basketball, there are always ways in which you can serve!
FIREHOUSE TAKEOVER – On May 23rd the RockSM will takeover the Firehouse. Those who volunteer will spend time with the students in the Firehouse playing games, leading worship, and helping set a great example for the kiddos. If your student wants to help tell them to sign-up in the Rock at the INVOLVE board!
SERVING IN FOUNDATIONS - Another opportunity to serve is in Foundations. If you are interested in doing this on a rotation, or even just giving it a shot, you can sign-up at the INVOLVE board or let us know!
There is a bunch of exciting stuff going on we don't want you to miss - make sure you keep a check on your inbox and text messages.
(this is also a remind - if you don't currently get text messages from us throughout the week or emails from us shoot me an email and we can fix that - email@example.com)
Love ya, see you soon!
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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.