Rock News

Blue Valley Food Pantry: We’re collecting soup as February’s item to share with the Blue Valley Food Pantry. The collection box can be found in The Rock Cafe. Let’s fill it up with lots of souper donations!

Souper Sunday Lunch: We’ll have another opportunity for lunch together on February 4 for “Souper Sunday” right after our worship gathering.  Everyone is invited bring their favorite soup, along with some dessert, to share.  The Rock will provide some soups, drinks, and table service. Can’t bring food this time? No problem. Come and eat with us anyway!

LCMS National Youth Gathering Summer 2019: Teens who are currently between 7th and 11th grades will be eligible to attend next summer’s national Lutheran youth gathering. Teens and adults from The Rock had an amazing experience at the 2016 gathering. Stay after church on Sunday, February 11 to learn more about this event, including fundraising opportunities, travel possibilities, and more.  http://www.lcmsgathering.com/

Ash Wednesday Family Devotions: The whole family is invited to join us at 6:30 on Wednesday, February 14 for an Ash Wednesday family devotion with imposition of ashes.  Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season known as Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter which we use to help us focus on Christ’s death and resurrection. Childcare for Stepping Stones and Faith Ink will not be provided during this service.

Women’s Day In:  Ladies – Need some time away to scrapbook (or any type of craft) with no distractions? On Friday, March 2 from 1PM-midnight and Saturday, March 3 from 9AM-midnight, The Rock Café will be open and available for use. Bring your own drinks, a snack to share, and cash if you would like to be included in the group carryout order for meals (Friday supper, Saturday lunch and supper). Please invite a friend! If you would like to attend one or both days, please email JenJanousek@yahoo.com to reserve your table.

ACCESS The Rock in February: Pastor Mike has postponed the ACCESS The Rock opportunity that was scheduled for January 28.  It has been re-scheduled for February 25, same time, same place.

Stepping Stones News

Come join us this week at Stepping Stones and bring a friend!

This month and next we are collecting soup for the food pantry.  Please bring a can of soup to share.

We will look at how Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good.

Our story comes from: Job 1-42

Our Key passage: Psalm 100:5

Big Picture Question: Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.

Hope to see you there!

Rock News

This Sunday is Life Sunday. Join us to learn about the legacy of our faith and the hope we have in God’s promises.

Blue Valley Food Pantry: We’re still collecting soap and shampoo as this month’s items to share with the Blue Valley Food Pantry. The collection box can be found in The Rock Cafe.

Souper Sunday Lunch: We’ll have another opportunity for lunch together on February 4 for “Souper Sunday” right after our worship gathering.  The Rock will provide 2 soups and everyone is invited bring their favorite to share.  Can’t bring food this time? No problem. Come and eat with us anyway!

LCMS National Youth Gathering Summer 2019: Teens who are currently between 7th and 11th grades will be eligible to attend next summer’s national Lutheran youth gathering. Teens and adults from The Rock had an amazing experience at the 2016 gathering. Stay after church onSunday, February 11 to learn more about this event, including fundraising opportunities, travel possibilities, and more.  http://www.lcmsgathering.com/ 

LCEF Account Goal Reached! We reached our goal for LCEF accounts!  PTL! If you’re interested in setting up one of these accounts for yourself or someone else, we’ll still be glad to help you do that.

Women’s Day In:  Ladies – Need some time away to scrapbook (or any type of craft) with no distractions? On Friday, March 2 from 1PM-midnight and Saturday, March 3 from 9AM-midnight, The Rock Café will be open and available for use. Bring your own drinks, a snack to share, and cash if you would like to be included in the group carryout order for meals (Friday supper, Saturday lunch and supper). Please invite a friend! If you would like to attend one or both days, please email JenJanousek@yahoo.com to reserve your table.

ACCESS The Rock in February: Pastor Mike has postponed the ACCESS The Rock opportunity that was scheduled for January 28.  It has been re-scheduled for February 25, same time, same place.

Rock News

  1. Stay for Lunch!  Everyone is invited to stay for lunch right after worship on Sunday, January 7.  If you are able to bring food, we would ask those with last names ending in A-M to bring a main dish and a salad or vegetable, and those with last names ending in N-Z to bring a main dish and a dessert.  If it doesn’t work for you to bring food, plan to stay anyway as there should be enough to go around.  Drinks and table service will be provided.
  2. Pastor Mike just got back into town.  He will be at The Rock for the Sunday service, but Rev. Rich Boring will be leading the message time.  Last week he talked about hope, and this week he is going to look at what to do when hopelessness sets in.
  3. The January item for the Blue Valley Pantry is soap and shampoo. Leave your donations in the collection box near the main door of The Rock Café.
  4. We only need 5 more signups to hit our goal for LCEF accounts. You only need $25 to start up one of these accounts, and if we hit our goal, it will lower the interest on our loan. Learn more about Lutheran Church Extension Fund here. Contact Dave Kumm for more information.
  5. Stepping Stones, Faith Ink, and Godparents groups start up again this Wednesday. If your child isn’t yet a part of one of these great opportunities to learn more about the God who loves them, contact us for more information about how to get involved.
  6. A Sunday morning Bible Study for women, will begin on Sunday, January 7, at 8:45 at The ROCK. We will be studying the book of Matthew. Please join us! Contact Ann Schranz with any questions.
  7. Camp Luther Summer Camp registration is now open! View their online brochure and register your child today at www.campluther.org/summer! Dates, prices, camp descriptions, and answers to frequently asked questions including discounts and financial aid, can all be found there as well. (Camp Luther is located in Schuyler.) If your child has never been to camp, or if you have any questions or concerns of any sort, don’t hesitate to contact them. You can email them at campluther@campluther.org or call 402-352-5655.

Rock News

 

  1. ROCK GARAGE SALE THIS SATURDAY!!  There is stuff leftover from when the Rock facilities were the Seward Middle School.  Since we don’t have use for it, we are offering it for sale.  The silent auction is concluded.  There are items in the small gym and a couple other rooms on the first floor.  That area will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 1pm Saturday and the public is welcome.  Items will be available to take in exchange for a free will donation.  Tell your friends!
  2. THIS SUNDAY:   Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the beginning of a new series called a “Bridge to Jesus.”  We’ll focus on how comfort dogs can be a bridge to reaching people and connecting them to Jesus.  Come relax and learn and worship!
  3. COMFORT DOG MEETING THIS SUNDAY:  Want to learn more about Nicodemus and the comfort dog ministry?  Plan to attend a meeting after worship at 11:15 a.m. this Sunday at the Rock.  You are not making any kind of commitment by attending the meeting but it will be a great way to hear about the many ways you can help.  Questions?  Respond to this email or contact Pastor Mike or Randy Newsome.
  4. MARK YOUR CALENDAR – PASSING THE LEASH:   Plan to be at the Rock on Sunday morning, September 24 at 10:00 a.m.  As part of our regular worship gathering, Lutheran Church Charities will be on hand to commemorate the completion of Comfort Dog Nicodemus’ training and officially “pass the leash” to the Rock.  We anticipate a number of other Nebraska comfort dogs will be on hand to help us celebrate.  There will be an opportunity to stay for lunch as well.  Watch for more details soon.
  5. FAITH INK & STEPPING STONES & GODPARENTS:  Wednesday night activities for kids from age 3 through 12th grade will be starting up again after Labor Day.  To learn more and to register, go to our web site and click on the “CONNECT” tab.  www.therockseward.org.
  6. BLUE VALLEY PANTRY:  Last Sunday for canned fruit!

Rock News

Here’s your Rock news for the week:

THIS SUNDAY:  This week is the final week of God’s Wild Kingdom.  We’ll conclude the series with a look at sheep and shepherds (think the Good Shepherd, not Little Bo Peep who apparently lost her sheep).  Grab those graduates and all the family that is in town for the weekend and join us at 10:00 a.m.

CLEAN-UP DAY:  Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 3.  We’ll be having clean-up day at the Rock to do some inside cleaning and some outside cleaning.  We need cleaners and outdoor workers and people who can help haul stuff around.

EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES

  • DE-STRESS WITH TESS:  Looking for an early morning workout?  Come to the Rock on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays at 5:30 a.m. for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Sweat away some stress in Room 211.  Classes are free with free will donations to the Rock.  Questions?  Respond to this email or contact Tess Watson.
  • YOGA AT THE ROCK:  Tuesdays at 5:30 pm – Everyone is welcome to YogaFaith – flow and stretch with Erika or Emma in Room 211.  Bring a mat if you have one.  Thursdays at 5:30 pm – Everyone is welcome to Yoga with Marge on the 2nd floor.   Cost is $5.

BLUE VALLEY PANTRY:  Spring hayfever affects people in need too.  Grab some facial tissues this May and drop them off at the Rock.

Blessings on your weekend!

Rock News

Here’s your Rock news for the week:

THIS SUNDAY:  Join us at 10:00 a.m. for Week 2 of God’s Wild Kingdom.  God had a plan for Jonah, but Jonah wasn’t too happy about it.  That’s when a big fish got involved and Jonah went to Nineveh with the ultimate fish story.  Invite a fishy friend to join you at the Rock this weekend.

ATTENTION 8-12th GRADERS!  The next LIT (Living in Truth) event is THIS SUNDAY from 6pm to 8pm at the Rock.  All 8-12th graders from the Rock and from the community are welcome.  Bring a friend and come for food and fun.

BIBLE STUDY FOR TEENS:  Joel and Sara Endorf of Seward are putting together a youth bible study open to all teens and to begin soon.  Here’s the info from the Endorfs:  You are invited to Joel and Sara Endorf’s house for a Bible study every other Friday night (Starting May 5) at 7:30-9pm. We will study and discuss what it means to be a child of God, who God says I am, and how to live life in that grace and freedom. All high schoolers of any denomination are invited. Feel free to bring a friend! Our address is 740 N. 2nd in Seward. We hope to see you then! (Allergy alert: we own a kitty-cat).

BLUE VALLEY PANTRY:  This Sunday is the last Sunday for paper towels.  We’ll stay with paper products, but switch to facial tissues for May.

Blessings on your weekend!

Rock News

Here’s your Rock news for the week:

GOOD FRIDAY. Gather with us at the Rock at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening to remember the price Jesus paid in blood on a Friday over two thousand years ago.

EASTER SUNDAY:  He is risen!! Come celebrate with us at the Rock this Sunday!!  Join us at 9:00 a.m. to enjoy scrambled eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, coffee, juice, milk. All donations support youth ministry at the Rock.  Stay to worship at 10:00 a.m.  The music will rock as usual and we’ll take some time to look at what the disciple John was doing on the first Easter weekend and in the days and weeks that followed.  Invite some friends!  Bring the whole family!

LAST CHANCE FOR WORSHIP SURVEYS:  Thanks to everyone who has completed a worship survey.  We have 55 responses so far, but we would love as many people as possible to participate.  If you haven’t already completed a survey,  click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/ r/rockworshipsurvey.

QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS.  Do you have questions about what we teach and believe at the Rock?  Do you have questions about how to get involved in the Rock?  Do you have questions about becoming a member at the Rock?  Do you like to eat pizza after worship on Sundays?  If you have questions, plan to stay after worship on Sunday, April 23, for ACCESS THE ROCK from 11:30 am to 1pm.  Lunch will be provided.  To sign up, please respond to this email or sign up in the Rock Café or email Pastor Mike at pastor@therockseward.org.

STEPPING STONES & FAITH INK CALENDAR:

Wednesday, April 19 – Stepping Stones Pick Up Sticks at Greenwood Cemetery
Wednesday, April 26 – Family Picnic for Stepping Stones and FaithInk families (and everyone else who wants to come)

DE-STRESS WITH TESS:  Need to burn off a couple of those chocolate Easter bunnies?  Looking for an early morning workout?  Come to the Rock on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays at 5:30 a.m. for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Sweat away some stress in Room 211.  Classes are free with free will donations to the Rock.  Questions?  Respond to this email or contact Tess Watson.

YOGA AT THE ROCK: Tuesdays at 5:30 pm – Everyone is welcome to YogaFaith – flow and stretch with Erika or Emma in Room 211.  Bring a mat if you have one.
Thursdays at 5:30 pm – Everyone is welcome to Yoga with Marge on the 2nd floor.

LIT:  Mark your calendar.  The next LIT (Living in Truth) event at the Rock for 8th graders and high schools will be in the evening on Sunday, April 30.

BLUE VALLEY PANTRY:  April is paper towel month for the pantry.

He is risen!

Rock News

Here’s your Rock news for the week:

  1. THIS SUNDAY This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of the week leading up to Easter.  Join us at 10:00 a.m. for a special gathering.  We’ll look back at Jesus’ triumphant entry and look forward to His triumphant return to take us to heaven.  We’ll also celebrate with a number of our young people as they confirm their faith.
  2. EASTER WEEK CALENDAR: 
    1. Good Friday Gathering – 6:30 p.m. at the Rock
    2. Easter Sunday Breakfast – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Rock
    3. Easter Sunday Worship – 10:00 a.m.
  3. WORSHIP SURVEYS:  As we plan for the future, we’re gathering information about how Sunday mornings should look in the future.  Thanks to everyone who has already filled out a survey.  We would love it if everyone in your family would complete a survey. If you haven’t already participated, here’s what to do:
    1. Complete the survey you took home with you this week and bring it to the Rock on Sunday.
    2. Complete the survey online by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rockworshipsurvey.
  4. QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS.  Do you have questions about what we teach and believe at the Rock?  Do you have questions about how to get involved in the Rock?  Do you have questions about becoming a member at the Rock?  Do you like to eat pizza after worship on Sundays?  If you have questions, plan to stay after worship on Sunday, April 23, for ACCESS THE ROCK from 11:30 am to 1pm.  Lunch will be provided.  To sign up, please respond to this email or sign up in the Rock Café or email Pastor Mike at pastor@therockseward.org.
  5. STEPPING STONES & FAITH INK CALENDAR:
    1. Wednesday, April 12 – Stepping Stones Easter Party
    2. Wednesday, April 19 – Stepping Stones Pick Up Sticks at Greenwood Cemetery
    3. Wednesday, April 26 – Family Picnic for Stepping Stones and FaithInk families (and everyone else who wants to come)
  6. DE-STRESS WITH TESS:  Looking for an early morning workout?  Come to the Rock on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays at 5:30 a.m.  Sweat away some stress in Room 211.  Classes are free with free will donations to the Rock.  Questions?  Respond to this email or contact Tess Watson.
  7. YOGA AT THE ROCK:
    1. Tuesdays at 5:30 pm – Everyone is welcome to YogaFaith – flow and stretch with Erika or Emma in Room 211.  Bring a mat if you have one.
    2. Thursdays at 5:30 pm – Everyone is welcome to Yoga with Marge on the 2nd floor.
  8. LADIES BIBLE STUDY LEADER:  A number of ladies have expressed interest in a bible study opportunity in the evenings or on the weekend, but we need a leader.  Would you consider leading a group?  You could meet every week or every other week or whatever works best and we have lots of materials available.  Please respond to this email if you would consider leading.
  9. LIT:  Mark your calendar.  The next LIT (Living in Truth) event at the Rock for 8th graders and high schools will be in the evening on Sunday, April 30.
  10. BLUE VALLEY PANTRY:  Pick up some rolls of the quicker picker upper any time this month.  April is paper towel month for the pantry.

 

Rock News

  1. THIS SUNDAY.   When is it too late?  Are death-bed conversions really a thing?  Join us this Sunday at 10:00 am for another installment of Jesus: The Final Days.  We’ll look at Jesus’ interactions with the criminals who were crucified with him and what it means for us.  Want to get a head start?  Read Luke 23:32-43.  NOTE:  On Sunday, April 9, we’ll celebrate with a number of young people at the Rock at they confirm their faith.
  2. QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS.  Do you have questions about what we teach and believe at the Rock?  Do you have questions about how to get involved in the Rock?  Do you have questions about becoming a member at the Rock?  Do you like to eat pizza after worship on Sundays?  If you have questions, plan to stay after worship on Sunday, April 23, for ACCESS THE ROCK from 11:30 am to 1pm.  Lunch will be provided.  To sign up, please respond to this email or sign up in the Rock Café or email Pastor Mike at pastor@therockseward.org.
  3. COMFORT DOG:  We continue to move closer to the day Lutheran Church Charities will “pass the leash” to the Rock.  Interviews for dog handlers are being scheduled and the process is moving.  Keep watching for more updates.  Also, the next time you see someone from St. John Lutheran School, give them a big thank you hug or handshake.  They have designated chapel offerings at the school for the support of the comfort dog ministry at the Rock and recently donated over $300!  It is a great blessing to have them partner with us. If you would like more information about the comfort dog or would like to be involved, please respond to this email or contact Randy Newsome.
  4. DOUBLE THE YOGA AT THE ROCK:  There are two opportunities for Yoga at The Rock!  Marge leads a yoga class on Thursdays at 5:30 pm which is going great and will continue at a cost of $5.  Also, another class is available on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome to YOGAFAITH – flow and stretch with Erika or Emma in Room 211 at The Rock.  The new class is an all-levels Christian basic yoga class to help you focus and connect with Him while you strengthen, stretch and balance.  Please bring a mat!  Classes are $5 but the first class is FREE.
  5. LADIES BIBLE STUDY LEADER:  A number of ladies have expressed interest in a bible study opportunity in the evenings or on the weekend, but we need a leader.  Would you consider leading a group?  You could meet every week or every other week or whatever works best and we have lots of materials available.  Please respond to this email if you would consider leading.
  6. LIT:  Mark your calendar.  The next LIT (Living in Truth) event at the Rock for 8th graders and high schools will be in the evening on Sunday, April 30.
  7. BLUE VALLEY PANTRY:  It’s a new month and time for a new item for the Pantry.  We’re going off the normal schedule this month.  The food item for April is baloney (or bologna) – think “my baloney has a first name…”.  Help us bless the pantry with a bunch of baloney!  Or, you can remember what day it is today and grab some paper towels.