Please join us right after worship this Sunday, April 25, to celebrate Nicodemus Comfort Dog’s 5th Birthday! You can greet Nico, enjoy a cupcake, and visit with the Comfort Dog Team. Also, please plan to stay for a short meeting to learn more about all the ways God works through Nico and his team and how you can be a part of it. There are a number of ways that you can help. We need more Handlers (people trained to be on the leash and take Nico on walks and to ministry opportunities, Ministry Partners (people that go with Nico and a Handler to provide assistance), and Care Givers and back up Care Givers (trained as Handlers and they keep Nico in their home on a full time or part time basis). There will be lots of time to ask questions! Please contact Randy Newsome at firstname.lastname@example.org and 402-643-6595 if you have any questions before the meeting.
Those who are members of a Seward circuit LCMS congregation and intend to study to become a church worker in an LCMS congregation or school, or who are already ordained or commissioned workers, can apply for a scholarship from the Seward circuit ministerial training fund. The fund exists to: provide assistance to retiring debt of those who are LCMS pastors and church workers; provide scholarships for students attending an LCMS university or seminary to become a church worker; provide training for lay leadership programs of the Nebraska District and Synod. Assistance is limited to no more than $1500 per applicant, per year. The deadline for applications is June 2. Please contact Pastor Mike about an application, or to make a donation.
Action Alert for your consideration:
Concerns with The Equality Act currently before Congress in Washington D.C.:
The Equality Act that is being considered by Congress sounds innocent. All Americans should enjoy equality and the protections of the U.S. Constitution. But in elevating sexual orientation to a protected class, the Equality Act will bring sweeping changes to current laws, to the great detriment of the religious and constitutional freedoms of biblically faithful churches, institutions, Christian schools and individuals.
In fact, those churches and institutions that are bound by the Word of God to the truth of marriage between a man and a woman could be punished for simply standing on our consistent beliefs. The Equality Act effectively outlaws the words of Christ and our free exercise of religion.
The Equality Act expands the definition of “public accommodation” and puts an ultimatum to individuals, religious non-profits, food banks, schools, charities, adoption agencies and others: “Change your faith-based practices or face government punishment.”
What can you do?
- Treat all people with kindness and respect (“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” Mark 12:31).
- Become informed about the Equality Act and the issues of gender dysphoria.
- Consider your role as Christian citizens and make your voice known to your elected officials. Our friends at Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI) have created a simple web tool to allow you to reach out to your congressperson.
- Pray for our officials, government, and the church in these challenging days.
Concerns with the K-12 Health Education Standards proposed by the Nebraska Department of Education:
The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) recently released a first draft of K-12 Health Standards. These standards are meant to guide curriculum for all Nebraska schools, including public and non-public schools.
The Health Standards are a deeply flawed, ideologically driven document. Should such standards be adopted by schools, children will be placed in peril, many educators will find their professional judgment and conscience under attack, and the culture will move toward a further normalization of child sexualization.
Read the proposed Health Standards and take special note of the “Human Growth and Development” section in each grade. Here are a few highlights:
- In Kindergarten, students will “discuss different kinds of family structures (e.g. single parent, blended, intergenerational, cohabitating, adoptive, foster, same-gender, interracial). Note that traditional marriage between a man and woman is not mentioned.
- In 1st grade, students “define gender, gender identity, and gender-role stereotypes.”
- In 4th grade, students “distinguish between sex assigned at birth and gender identity and explain how they may or may not differ.”
- In 8th grade, students would be taught that abortion is “reproductive care” and how to develop a plan to eliminate an unplanned pregnancy.
What can you do?
- Pray for Christian teachers and staff serving in our public schools, that they may find opportunities to freely share their faith.
- Double down on your commitment to Christian education for your own family.
- Talk about your concern for the new health education standards with your friends. Make sure that they are aware of the educational standards being proposed for every public school in Nebraska.
- The Nebraska Department of Education is seeking feedback about these standards. Please take some time to fill out the NDE online survey and speak up for all Nebraska kids!
- Watch for local Health Education Standards.
As The Rock enters the final quarter of the fiscal year ending June 30, financial support for the ministry has been strong enough thus far to meet the budget needs and also address some maintenance projects that have arisen. Since the end of January, weekly contributions have softened and are still trending downward as we enter the spring and summer, typically times when contributions are lower. While trusting in the Lord’s provision, leaders at The Rock will be keeping a close eye on both expenses and contributions during April, May and June. As always, we are thankful for both your generosity and your stewardship of all God has provided. Learn more about ways you can give, online or in person, at https://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/.
THANK YOU FOREVER FAMILY for your support of the Egg Fundraiser and Easter Breakfast! We are blessed with a wonderful church family!
Attention high school students who are part of the classes of 2022, 2023, 2024, AND 2025! If you are interested in attending the National Youth Gathering in Houston in 2022, please contact Jen Axt (308) 631-7065 by text or phone, email@example.com by email, or join The Rock LCMS Youth Gathering Facebook page. You can also join the Remind group @therocklcm.
Fundraising efforts are underway for this exciting, fun, Christ-centered gathering of youth from all over the country!
We are looking for volunteers who are interested in learning how to manage the audio-visual, livestream, and lighting console on Sunday mornings. We’ll teach you everything you need to know! Contact Pastor Mike, Tim Moll, or Shane Sloup.
Our April item for the Blue Valley food pantry is paper towels. The collection box is in the Rock Cafe. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way! You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website.
View The Rock’s service each week from home! We will continue to provide viewing options on Facebook and YouTube for those who need to or prefer to worship from home at this time. We’re so glad you join us for worship in whatever way you do, and we look forward to being together again as a Forever Family!
Join Erika Rolf (RYT-200) or Sara Moll (RYT-200) for Christian YogaFaith classes at The Rock! Class offerings are as follows: All Level YogaFaith – Tuesday and Thursday nights at 5:30 pm, Restorative Candlelight YogaFaith every Sunday night at 7:00 pm and YogaFaith Flow and Go is offered twice a month on Saturday mornings at 8:00-8:45 a.m. Please see our Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. https://www.facebook.com/YogaFaith-Seward-256010628294784/
The Seward City Council repealed the ordinance that required masks to be worn in all public buildings, including places of worship. As a result, our mask policy at YogaFaith-Seward has also changed. Please feel free to wear your mask if you would like to, but masks are not required to enter The Rock or to practice Yoga at YogaFaith-Seward. Class size will no longer be limited to 6 students per class and we are no longer requiring that you sign up in advance for the Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday classes.
However, we will limit Restorative YogaFaith classes to 8 students per class because of the limited number of props that we have available. Please continue to use Sign Up Genius for that class only. We will still be offering online classes for people that want to take our YogaFaith classes at home!
Please click on this link to sign up for a class. If you would like to take the class online please email Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will give you instructions!
If you have any questions about The Rock, need information about our events, or anything else, please contact us at email@example.com. Also, if you have a prayer request to submit during the week (or anytime) send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our prayer warriors will receive these, as well as Pastor Mike Meyer.