Happy Fall Ya'll! Hope you're enjoying the cooler weather. I will remind you that this is 2020, so be prepared for a few more heat waves. I'm sure it'll be back in the 90's with 100% humidity just in time for Thanksgiving or your family bonfire.
Only a few things to mention today. Things to know and/or do.
Things to know and/or do...
Another great crowd joined us live and in person as we finished up our Imposters series. This series centered around the question of WHY. Why did we need freedom? Why did we need saving? Why did God need to act on our behalf? Genesis 1-3 tells an incredible story. The most amazing thing reality is that this was only the beginning. Last night we saw this as the Plan to Redeem was unleashed. All would not be lost. Below are the notes and video from last night.
Hello! Right out of the gate I just want to thank God for the opportunity to be together last night. We had around 80 folks brave the elements and join us live and in person at The Rock. It was so good to be together again although it did feel a little weird. When we learned we would be able to meet again we counted back and realized it would be a span of 6 months in between our in person meetings. That's crazy. Needless to say, there was some kinks we needed to work out. Overall, last night was good and felt as though we'd never left. In some ways it really did feel like it had been ages since we met. It looked a bit different with chairs spanning all the way back to where ping pong tables usually sat. It felt different having live human beings in the room with us. Remember, we have been doing the live stream for 6 months. So I had to stop myself from asking why everyone was there! So again, thanks to all those who came, we could not be any more excited about last night and the weeks to come!
The good news is that we are still able to live stream our services. We are so excited to provide this way of staying connected when you're not able to attend in person. We realize weather, sickness, and activities sometimes happen. Isn't it great that you can still participate in the service when you can't physically be here?
And how about our leaders? They were great last from the check in station, temperature checks, long distance hugging fests. From the moment a student walked in the room they were greeted and loved. You can train leaders but you simply can't re-create the canvas. Thankfully we have leaders who need very little training.....they just need to be unleashed.
So thanks to all the leaders for making last night go as smooth as possible.
So now, we move on the next week and next steps to normalcy.
With that said, below we have activities coming up as well as the service video and notes.
Thing to know and do....
HIGH SCHOOL FORM
I want bore you with too many details. Last night we continued our Imposters Series. Below you can find the sermon notes along with the live stream recording of the entire service.
We hope everyone has a great rest of the week and weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone Sunday morning as we worship the victorious King together, in person. I doubt we'll ever again take that for granted!
Rock Students, Parents and Leaders! Hope you're all doing well today. It seems we're slowly getting back to the school schedule. If I'm not mistaken we now have all our Rock SM students back in school. Of course that means band, sports and homework are also in full effect. All of this just in time for us to be back together on Wednesday night for The Rock SM. More on that below but I pray to see all the students back in the seats beginning this Wednesday night. We know most everything has started back up, but we pray you'll notch out some time as we gather again as a student body. But before we get into Wednesday, here are some things to know and also some things to consider as you plan.
The Rock Returns - September 16th - 6:45pm
We mentioned this exciting news last week but want to remind you of any precautions as well as instructions as we prepare for the return of The Rock in person service.
I will attach the plan again below. Here are a few highlights and procedures details.
Again, here is our official document for a more detailed look at preparations/procedures
We began our first official sermon series of FREE entitled "Imposter." This series will mainly answer one HUGE question, "WHY WAS FREEDOM NEEDED." This may seem like a simple question but I think it's important to understand that from the very beginning there has been a thread running throughout all of Scripture. That thread was there to remind us that God has been in control the whole time. But how did we get to where we needed to be FREE'd? I could go on and on with explanation so I'll just link the service below as well as give you the notes from last night.
BUT AGAIN, NEXT WEEK YOUR STUDENT CAN JOIN US LIVE AND IN PERSON!
Until then, have a great rest of your week and we'll see you all Sunday and then together, for the first time in 6 months, worship as a student body in THE ROCK. I'm excited!
Hope everyone is doing good on this sunny Thursday! If you're reading it on a day other than Thursday, hope that one is equally as sunny and good.
By now you have heard the exciting news that The Rock, along with other Wednesday night discipleship opportunities will begin meeting together again, in person on SEPTEMBER 16th.
We've included an initial plan to ensure we approach and enjoy this special day in a safe and right way. Attached below is our plan. There are things we have and are doing on our end. There are also some things for you to keep in mind as you come back to The Rock.
Before you read the letter know this:
Last Night - FREE OVERVIEW
Last night we went in to depth on our new theme of FREE. I won't go into too much detail here. But I'd encourage you to watch the service from last night. I've also included two things below that may be helpful just to read through. One is our series direction for the year and the other is the rough transcript for last night.
We are very flexible in our series and plans as we move throughout our year. But we also think it's important to have direction, a plan. Each year we have a one word theme that provides this direction. Our hope is that each student will have a comprehensive view and teaching of the entire Bible by the time they graduate High School. We won't teach through every book bu the hope is we touch the important themes that God's Word brings out. We do this through many avenues and events. But no event or activity can replace our time together each Wednesday night. So we give much thought to our series and how they tie together. So this year we walk through the idea that we are FREE. Through Christ we are free from sin and free'd to live. Why we needed this, How God brings it, and What it means for us now is what this year is all about.
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.