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We will be gathering at our building for in-person worship starting next Sunday, July 5 with certain limitations in place.  Click here to “make your reservation” by noon on Friday, July 3 and let us know how many people we can expect. (We are limited to 50% capacity, so your help in providing exact numbers of those who will attend is appreciated.) To read the full policy about returning to in-person worship, click on this link to our website. (We’ll open up our sign up sheet for Sunday, July 12 on the afternoon of July 5.)  We will continue to…

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Join us online tonight

We’ve been able to get the Sunday service uploaded and ready to go for this evening. Join The Rock online at 7 for worship, a message, and prayer! YouTube  //  Facebook  

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Rock News: 6/27

Join us for church online tomorrow for week 4 of our series “Masks.”  Watch on YouTube     //    Watch on Facebook    //  Watch on our website   We will be gathering at our building for in-person worship starting next Sunday, July 5 with certain limitations in place.  Click here to “make your reservation” and let us know how many people we can expect. (We are limited to 50% capacity, so your help in providing exact numbers of those who will attend is appreciated.) To read the full policy about returning to in-person worship, click on this link…

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Returning to In-Person Worship

Returning to In-Person Worship   As we plan to reopen The Rock for Sunday gatherings, we are using our best efforts to balance the interests of all involved. We are concerned for those who should not attend in-person gatherings at this time because they are at higher risk for severe illness or are in close contact with someone at risk. We are concerned for those who, for a variety of reasons, are not yet comfortable attending an in-person gathering. We are concerned for those who are not at high-risk and are anxious to gather for worship in person. In all…

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Join us for church today as we start a new series about the masks we wear. Watch on YouTube     //    Watch on Facebook    //  Watch on our website Stepping Stones (Pre-K thru 4th grade children’s ministry) is in the process of planning to start back up in September.  We need some more leaders and helpers to help our children continue to grow in their baptismal faith each week.  Is God nudging you to serve His little children in this way?  We’d love for you to learn and grow with us too!  The curriculum we use is…

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Rock News for 6/6/20

Join us for church tomorrow as Pastor Mike reminds us that even though our world is filled with sin, death, and suffering, Jesus is still risen and still reigns over all of it. Watch on YouTube     //    Watch on Facebook    //  Watch on our website The Rock Ambassadors and Directors, along with Pastor Mike, have jointly determined to continue recorded online worship services through June.  They continue to develop a plan following state guidelines for public worship that will be accompanied by a live webcast.  Technology for the live webcast capability is being acquired and is…

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Join us for church tomorrow as Rev. Rich Boring leads us while Pastor Mike takes a well-earned break! Watch on YouTube     //    Watch on Facebook    //  Watch on our website The Rock Ambassadors and Directors, along with Pastor Mike, have jointly determined to continue recorded online worship services through June.  They continue to develop a plan following state guidelines for public worship that will be accompanied by a live webcast.  Technology for the live webcast capability is being acquired and is expected to be in place by July.   If you have one of The Rock’s…

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Join us for church tomorrow as we wrap up our series, “Love Does.” Watch on YouTube     //    Watch on Facebook    //  Watch on our website   Find the description of the Family Altar that Pastor Mike has been talking about by clicking on this link. The Ambassadors continue to meet every Tuesday to prepare to tentatively reopen in-person worship on June 7th. When we return, we are concerned for those who are at-risk and not able to return to The Rock at this time. We will continue to record  our services and put them online for…

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Rock News: Quick Survey

The Ambassadors continue to meet every Tuesday to prepare to tentatively reopen in-person worship on June 7th. When we return, we are concerned for those who are at-risk and not able to return to The Rock at this time. We will continue to record  our services and put them online for anyone to view. (The recordings will be available on Sunday afternoons until we’re able to get properly set up for livestreaming the services.) Our concern is also for those who will be able to return.  Loving our neighbor at this time may include doing things that are uncomfortable to…

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May 16, 2020 Join us for church tomorrow, for part four of our new series, “Love Does.” Watch on YouTube     //    Watch on Facebook    //  Watch on our website Find the description of the Family Altar that Pastor Mike mentioned last week by clicking on this link. We are going to be offering “drive up” Holy Communion for those who are interested. We’re working on a safe process for packaging and handling the elements (gloves, masks, letting things sit for a few days) and then a two-part process of giving you a bag with your bread/wine…

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Rock News: Drive Up Communion and Tentative Opening Date

Join us for church tomorrow, for part three of our new series, “Love Does.” Watch on YouTube     //    Watch on Facebook    //  Watch on our website We are going to be offering “drive up” Holy Communion for those who are interested. We’re working on a safe process for packaging and handling the elements (gloves, masks, letting things sit for a few days) and then a two-part process of giving you a bag with your bread/wine as you drive up and then driving forward to pray with Pastor Mike. We’ll have three Saturday morning sessions and one…

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The Rock’s Plan to Tentatively Resume Public Worship, June 7th

The Rock’s Plan to Tentatively Resume Public Worship, June 7th After prayerful consideration, hearing from our church body leaders, and reading through “Nebraska State Guidelines to Resume Worship,” The Rock leaders have decided to tentatively resume public (in-person) worship gatherings June 7th.  We will visit each week about opening earlier than June 7th if restrictions change.  Until then, The Rock will continue to stream worship. God’s Word reminds us in Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV), “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and…

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Join us for church tomorrow, for part two of our new series, “Love Does.” Watch on YouTube     //    Watch on Facebook    //  Watch on our website   We have updates from some of the missionaries supported by The Rock. See a video from Ashley Johnson (Cambodia) by clicking here Read the Hutton family’s latest newsletter here We now have 4 giving options: You can mail your offering checks to us at: The Rock Church, PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434 Download the GivePlus app and give to The Rock using your smartphone. Enjoy the convenience of…

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Join us for church tomorrow, when we dive into our new series, “Love Does.” Watch on YouTube     //    Watch on Facebook    //  Watch on our website We now have 4 giving options: You can mail your offering checks to us at: The Rock Church, PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434 Download the GivePlus app and give to The Rock using your smartphone. Enjoy the convenience of making credit or debit card donations as a guest user, or create an account to set up recurring donations and view your giving history. Give online through InFaith and your…

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April 18, 2020 Join us for church tomorrow, April 19 when we dive into what we mean when we say that part of The Rock’s mission is to go “Beyond Borders.” Missionary Rev. Brent Smith talks about some amazing work God is doing through some amazing missionaries. Watch on YouTube     // Watch on Facebook    // Watch on our website   We now have 4 giving options: You can mail your offering checks to us at: The Rock Church, PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434 Download the GivePlus app and give to The Rock using your smartphone. Enjoy…

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Easter at Home with The Rock

Join us at 10:00 on YouTube or Facebook for our Easter Sunday service! YouTube |  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpglnedR-Cg Website | http://www.therockseward.org/ Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/ Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward Contact Us | info@therockseward.org Prayer Requests | prayers@therockseward.org     We now have a mobile giving option!  Download the free GivePlus app from the Google Play or Apple app store and set up your account for an easy way to send your tithes and offerings. Learn more here: https://giveplushelp.vancopayments.com/

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Rock News: A Word of Encouragement

April 7, 2020   Dear Forever Family at The Rock,   We definitely are in uncharted waters in our world, community and our church today.  While it is frustrating for all of us to not have our regular worship gatherings in-person and other Rock activities, it’s important for all of us to keep perspective on what we have control over.  We certainly have no control over a virus, public health directives, and executive orders.  Yet, we do have control over how we react to social distancing and new, creative ways of connecting with each other.  We look forward in hope,…

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Rock News: Challenges and Resources

Kingdom Challenges/Resources   In the message time these last two Sundays, Pastor Mike challenged all of us to take action to spread the Kingdom of God (his redemptive presence) to our community.  Here’s a reminder and more information on how you can be part of it.       Last week, we focused on Jesus’ teaching and how He revealed the Kingdom of God to us by being with us and showing us how to overcome the obstacles we face.  Pastor Mike asked us to send a note or email of encouragement to someone who helped teach us about Jesus. A sample…

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It’s been a few years since we’ve asked our members to share their personal contact information with us. We’d like everyone, even if you’ve been members from the start or only occasionally gather with us for worship, to visit the form at this link and fill in as much personal information as possible. This information is for our leadership only. Your contact information will eventually be shared in a members’ directory that will be password protected, and you will have the opportunity to decide how much of your contact information will be public. If you have questions about how we’re…

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Rock News: 3/28/20

Join us online for our service at 10 on Sundays. You can watch on our Facebook page at this link to the post, or on our YouTube channel at this video link.  Feel free to share your comments and prayer requests (if public) in the comments on either platform. Website | http://www.therockseward.org/ Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/ Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward YouTube |  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQd1aldKGg-JO-sjPtgjebw Contact Us | info@therockseward.org Prayer Requests | prayers@therockseward.org   While we are unable to gather in person for services, you can still send your offerings in via mail to: The Rock PO Box 199 Seward, NE…

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Join us online for our service at 10 on Sundays. You can watch on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/therockseward/, or on our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQd1aldKGg-JO-sjPtgjebw.  Feel free to share your comments and prayer requests (if public) in the comments on either platform. You can also send your prayers to prayers@therockseward.org at any time. While we are unable to gather in person for services, you can still send your offerings in via mail to: The Rock PO Box 199 Seward, NE 68434 Order carry out from La Carreta on Monday, March 30th from 11 a.m-9:30 p.m. to support the Guatemala Mission Team. …

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Rock News: Join us online for worship tomorrow

We hope that you will join us online each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. until we can resume worship together at The Rock. We have three options available for viewing: Join us on our YouTube channel at 10:00. Join us on our  Facebook page at 10:00. Watch the video later on Sunday here at our website. We hope that you’ll join us, comment with your prayer requests, and pray for each other this week. Contact Us:  info@therockseward.org Prayer Requests:  prayers@therockseward.org Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

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Face-to-Face Worship and Activities Suspended Until Further Notice

The Rock and COVID-19 Operations: March 18, 2020 Face-to-Face Worship and Activities Suspended Until Further Notice   In just a week, the COVID-19 situation in Nebraska has changed significantly and The Rock is adapting its ministry accordingly.   In accordance with the Governor’s announcement earlier this week, events that include more than 10 people, including in-person worship and Stepping Stones children’s ministry, are cancelled until the restrictions are lifted.    Forever Family Questions & Answers   What alternatives will we have for Sunday Worship? Routine and connection is important, so we will be piloting an online worship gathering, pre-recorded yet…

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Rock News: No Wednesday Activities

Seward Public Schools have just cancelled classes from March 17-22. Therefore, per our policy, Stepping Stones, FaithInk, and Godparents groups are cancelled for this Wednesday.

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The Rock Lutheran Church: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response Plan

The Rock Lutheran Church: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response Plan   Mindful of the implications for public health posed by the coronavirus, The Rock has prayerfully chosen an action-oriented plan informed by Christian calling and civic responsibility. And, fully acknowledging that this is a serious matter, we are choosing a faith-forward approach over a fearful approach.  We commit to the following: In anxious times, The Rock will still worship our God and serve our neighbor We fully intend to continue with ministry at The Rock: Sunday worship, Bible Studies, Stepping Stones—all of it—and we’ll adapt as necessary if our local situation changes….

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2022 National Youth Gathering News: GET READY 6-9TH GRADERS–WE ARE READY TO KICK OFF FUNDRAISING FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING IN HOUSTON!  There will be a short kickoff meeting after worship on March 15 in the Rock Cafe. Our first fundraiser will be the Easter breakfast before worship on Easter Sunday.  We will be collecting contact information for kids and parents who would like to go. Please visit our Facebook page, by following this link and clicking “join.”   Take a moment to check out the pictures, videos, and posts from the NYG in Minneapolis last summer.  It is…

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A Meal Train sign up has been set up for the Parry family (Ike & Holly) to help lighten their load while Holly is recovering from an upcoming surgery. If you would like to minister to the Parry family by providing meals as Holly recovers, please sign up at this link to bring them a meal. If you don’t live in Lincoln or can’t help out by providing a home-cooked meal, then restaurant or grocery delivery gift cards (Walmart/Hy-Vee, etc.) would also be much appreciated! They can be mailed to the Parry family at 1724 Belford St., Lincoln, NE 68521….

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Join us on Ash Wednesday, February 26, from 5:30-6:30 in the Rock Cafe for a Taco and Nacho Supper, followed by an Ash Wednesday family service at 6:30. A freewill offering will be taken to support the Guatemala Mission Team. (Ash Wednesday service includes the imposition of ashes.) There will be no separate Stepping Stones or FaithInk that night. We ask parents to attend both the meal and service with their children.   Annual giving statements are available in the Rock cafe.   Join the Seward County Pro-Life Council on Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 at the Seward Civic Center…

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Join us on Ash Wednesday, February 26, from 5:30-6:30 in the Rock Cafe for a Taco and Nacho Supper, followed by an Ash Wednesday family service at 6:30. A freewill offering will be taken to support the Guatemala Mission Team. (Ash Wednesday service includes the imposition of ashes.) There will be no separate Stepping Stones or FaithInk that night. We ask parents to attend both the meal and service with their children. Annual giving statements are available in the Rock cafe. Join the Seward County Pro-Life Council on Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 at the Seward Civic Center auditorium for…

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1/28/20 Join us for another Forever Family Meal! We’ll gather again after the service on February 2 for our annual Souper Sunday meal. The Rock will provide table service and drinks, and we ask each family group to bring both a soup and a dessert to share. We’ll have lots of extension cords for your slow cookers of soup! Weather policy for kids’ activities: Last Wednesday, we called off our Stepping Stones, FaithInk, and Godparents groups due to the weather. Just a reminder: if Seward County public and parochial schools are cancelled on a Wednesday, The Rock’s activities are cancelled…

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Rock News: Wednesday Cancellation Due to Weather

All activities at The Rock are cancelled today, since Seward Public/Parochial schools have cancelled classes today. This includes Stepping Stones, FaithInk, and Godparents. We look forward to seeing your children next week! (The Rock’s policy is that all weekday activities are cancelled if/when Seward’s public & parochial schools close due to weather.)  

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Join us for two upcoming Forever Family Meals! Our first is this Sunday, January 19 when we’ll gather after the service for a baked potato bar. The Rock will provide potatoes, toppings, and drinks. We ask each family group to bring a dessert to share. We’ll gather again on February 2 for our annual Souper Sunday meal. The Rock will provide table service and drinks, and we ask each family group to bring both a soup and a dessert to share. We’ll have lots of extension cords for your slow cookers of soup!   Greeters are needed to welcome people…

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Join us for a potluck meal after worship on Sunday, January 5 with special guests the Concordia Men’s Basketball Team! We ask each family to bring two things: all families should bring a main dish to share; those with last names starting with A-N should bring a side dish or salad to share; those with last names starting with O-Z should bring a dessert to share. Drinks and table service will be provided. Greeters are needed to welcome people on Sunday mornings to our worship service.  No experience necessary! Sign up is easy — just go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4ea4af2ca0fb6-connect. Pick the…

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Join us for a potluck meal after worship on Sunday, January 5 with special guests the Concordia Men’s Basketball Team! We ask each family to bring two things: all families should bring a main dish to share; those with last names starting with A-N should bring a side dish or salad to share; those with last names starting with O-Z should bring a dessert to share. Drinks and table service will be provided. Join us for our Christmas services! Our Stepping Stones kids will sing during the service on Sunday, December 22. Bring the family and your friends for our…

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Join us for a potluck meal after worship on Sunday, January 5 with special guests the Concordia Men’s Basketball Team! We ask each family to bring two things: all families should bring a main dish to share; those with last names starting with A-N should bring a side dish or salad to share; those with last names starting with O-Z should bring a dessert to share. Drinks and table service will be provided. Join us for our Christmas services! Our Stepping Stones kids will sing during the service on Sunday, December 22. Bring the family and your friends for our…

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It’s time to sing! Kids (or adults) with musical talents can sign up for a slot to play or sing a song before worship starts on the Sundays in December. Just click on the form below or contact Megan Boggs in church on Sunday. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4faea623a1fb6-christmas Team Nicodemus will host an Advent meal fundraiser at St. John in Seward: On Wed., Dec. 18, at 4:45pm, Nicodemus Comfort Dog Team will be serving beef tacos (soft & hard shell) and cookies for the Advent meal in the St. John Fellowship Hall.  The team needs donations of cookies for this event. Please contact…

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Thank you to all who showed interest in the Guatemala Mission trip taking place June 2-9, 2020 with The Rock and Concordia University, Nebraska. Please remember that the $300 deposit per person to sign up to be part of the team is due this Sunday (October 27). Checks should be written to The Rock and given directly to Jen Janousek or Pastor Mike. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to either of them with questions.  The estimated cost of $1600 includes: airfare; transportation in Guatemala; 6 nights in a dorm and one night in a hotel for a tourist day;…

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Children of the Seward community and surrounding areas are invited to participate in the annual Project Pumpkin trick-or-treat event Sunday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m., in David Hall located on Concordia University, Nebraska’s campus. Concordia students will hand out treats to children, and each floor of the women’s residence hall will be decorated in a different theme ranging from candy land, to outer space, to a safari jungle. David Hall is located on the corner of Lincoln Street and Locust Avenue. 25 by 25:  We still have a few weeks in our campaign to raise $25,000 by October 25 to…

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Plan to stay after the service on September 29 for a “Family Favorites” potluck lunch, followed by a voters’ meeting to review and approve the 2019-20 ministry plan and review needed building repairs.  Family Favorites Potluck Instructions: We are asking each family to bring two dishes.  All families, please bring a main dish that is one of your family’s favorites.  If your last name begins with A to N – please also bring a family favorite side dish or a salad.  If your last name begins with O to Z – please also bring a family favorite dessert.  Drinks and…

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Plan to stay after the service on September 29 for a “Family Favorites” potluck lunch, followed by a voters’ meeting to review and approve the 2019-20 ministry plan and review needed building repairs.  Family Favorites Potluck Instructions: We are asking each family to bring two dishes.  All families, please bring a main dish that is one of your family’s favorites.  If your last name begins with A to N – please also bring a family favorite side dish or a salad.  If your last name begins with O to Z – please also bring a family favorite dessert.  Drinks and…

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Plan to stay after the service on September 29 for a potluck lunch, followed by a voters’ meeting to review and approve the 2019-20 ministry plan and review needed building repairs. We’ll give you more information about what food to bring soon! We have started our Wednesday faith building activities for Stepping Stones (3 years – 4th grade) and FaithInk (5th-8th grade).  Learn more about Stepping Stones and Faith Ink on our website, and register your kids by clicking on the “Register Here” links–it’s not too late for your kids to join us! Families with high school students can learn…

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The first night of faith building activities for Stepping Stones (3 years – 4th grade) and FaithInk (5th-8th grade) will be September 11 from 6:30-7:30 at The Rock on level 2.  Learn more about Stepping Stones and Faith Ink on our website, and register your kids by clicking on the “Register Here” links. Families with high school students can learn more about our Godparents program here. If you plan for your children to attend, but have not yet registered them, please visit the links above and register them–even if they are returning students. Adopt-a-Bulldog! This program connects Concordia students with…

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This Sunday, Ashley Johnson, who serves as missionary to Cambodia with Mission of Christ Network, will join us in our service. Learn more about Ashley’s work and how you can support her ministry financially and prayerfully by clicking the link below and reading her latest newsletter, Follow My Heart to Cambodia. Stepping Stones (3 years – 4th grade) and FaithInk (5th-8th grade)  will begin with a family picnic on Wednesday, September 4 from 6:30-7:30 at Plum Creek Park West (the shelter by the tennis courts). If it rains, we will relocate to The Rock.  If needed, a decision will be…

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Stepping Stones (3 years – 4th grade) and FaithInk (5th-8th grade)  will begin with a family picnic on September 4. Watch for more details coming soon! The first night of faith building activities will be September 11 from 6:30-7:30 at The Rock on level 2.  Learn more about Stepping Stones and Faith Ink on our website, and register your kids by clicking on the “Register Here” links. Families with high school students can learn more about our Godparents program here. We are still in need of people willing to assist us in keeping our grass in good shape. We’ve been…

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Our tentative date for the next voters’ meeting is Sunday, July 27 after worship. We’ll elect leaders and adopt a budget. Not sure if you’re a registered voting member? Check with Bill Schranz or Tim Moll for more information. We are still in need of people willing to assist us in keeping our grass in good shape. We’ve been gifted a beautiful new riding lawn mower–now we just need people to ride it! To sign up, talk to Tim Butler or visit this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044eaaa62da4fb6-rock Thank you to all who made it possible, through your donations and prayers, for our…

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Look for our float in the parade! Members of the Rock worship band will be performing some of our favorite songs while on a float in the Seward 4th of July parade. Sing along when you hear them coming! We are in need of people willing to assist us in keeping our grass in good shape. We’ve been gifted a beautiful new riding lawn mower–now we just need people to ride it! To sign up, talk to Tim Butler or visit this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044eaaa62da4fb6-rock National Youth Gathering Meetings: Teens are requested to stay after the service on July 7 for…

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We are in need of people willing to assist us in keeping our grass in good shape. We’ve been gifted a beautiful new riding lawn mower–now we just need people to ride it! To learn more, talk to Tim Butler or click here to sign up for a time slot. National Youth Gathering Meetings: Teens are requested to stay after the service on July 7 for lunch and a pre-gathering Bible study. This Bible study is important for the group to share together, so we hope you will make an extra effort to come. Fundraiser for National Youth Gathering:  Colorful…

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6/8/19 This Sunday we are celebrating Living Victoriously with our new message series! Show the joy we have on the inside by wearing bright colors on the outside. Wear your best Hawaiian shirt or something bright red (Huskers optional). This Sunday, June 9, 2019, there will be a special meeting of the voting members of the Rock right after worship.  Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. Voting members will be asked to sign in and will be entitled to vote. The sole purpose of the meeting is to review and approve refinancing the Rock’s current building debt with Lutheran…

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Rock News: Correction

One important announcement was left out of this week’s newsletter: This Sunday, April 28, is the last day to register with Mary Kropf to have your mom’s (or wife, grandmother, etc.) name put in the Seward County Independent Mother’s Day ad which is sponsored by the Seward County Pro-Life Council.  Their theme is “Thank You Mom, For Giving Me Life.”  The cost is $1/name (a name will be printed only once in the ad).  The $1 will pay for the ad and any excess will be used by the SCPC as they see fit.  Mary will be in the Rock…

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4/26/19 Join us for a Spring Clean-up day at The Rock on April 27 from 9:00 to noon. We’ll be tidying up inside and out, so there is work to be done even if it rains. Bring along some gardening and cleaning supplies and help us get our church home ready for summer. Did you know that all of the adult leaders (including Pastor Mike) who help our youth attend the National Youth Gathering are self funded? If you would like to help offset the cost our leaders take on for this event, contact Wayne Bruns or Kim Myers about…

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Join us for our Good Friday service at 6:30 tomorrow!   Easter Breakfast: Join us starting at 9:00 on Easter morning for a breakfast of eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls and fruit. Our teens will be serving you, and a freewill offering will be taken at the serving table to help cover some of their costs at this summer’s National Youth Gathering. If you’d like to help sponsor our teens, you can also give online through Thrivent. Thrivent covers all fees, so 100% of your online giving goes to the youth and their leaders. Click here to make a donation to…

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Forever Family Snack and Game Night:  To wrap up this year in Stepping Stones and FaithInk, we’re inviting all families to join with our children/teens and our volunteer teachers on Wednesday, April 24 in the Rock Cafe area from 6:30-7:30 for a snack/dessert potluck and some family games. Bring a finger food, snack, or dessert to share while we enjoy a family night. Since this is a Forever Family event, all members of The Rock of all ages are invited to join us, whether they have young children at home or not. We’ll provide drinks and table service. Easter Breakfast:…

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Forever Family Reunion:  Please plan to stay after worship this Sunday, March 31, for a Taco Fundraiser Meal to celebrate Nicodemus Comfort Dog’s 3rd Birthday.  Everything will be provided! There will be a free will offering with all the proceeds going to support the Rock’s Comfort Dog Ministry. We’re wrapping up our collection of our March item for the Blue Valley Food Pantry (peanut butter) and getting ready to collect paper towels for April. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity. The Youth Group of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Goehner (1042 May…

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Rock News: Wednesday Night Activities Cancelled

Due to poor road conditions in rural areas from flooding in Seward County, FaithInk and Stepping Stones are cancelled tonight, March 13.  Several of our leaders are unable to get into Seward from their homes. Thank you for your understanding!  See you next week!

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3/9/2019 We are celebrating Pastor Mike’s 50th birthday this Sunday. Be sure to wish him a happy birthday when you see him, and stay after the service for cake! Forever Family Reunion:  Please plan to stay after worship on Sunday, March 31 for a Taco Fundraiser Meal to celebrate Nicodemus Comfort Dog’s 3rd Birthday.  Everything will be provided! There will be a free will offering with all the proceeds going to support the Rock’s Comfort Dog Ministry. 2018 giving statements are now available in a box in the Rock Cafe area next to the dog bowl (for donations to the…

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Ash Wednesday worship will be at 6:30 p.m. on March 6.  Imposition of ashes will be offered during worship. The youth and leaders preparing for this summer’s National Youth Gathering will be hosting a dinner of chili and cinnamon rolls (and hot dogs for kids who prefer them) before the service, starting at 5:30. Suggested offering for the meal is $5 per person, or $20 per family. This will help cover their costs at the gathering. Thanks to the Rolfs, Homps, and Berrys for organizing this meal. Stepping Stones and FaithInk will not be meeting separately–we encourage families to attend…

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Rock News: Worship Service Cancelled

Due to the weather, Sunday morning worship service for tomorrow at The Rock (February 24) is cancelled. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to gathering next week!  

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Rock News: Winter Weather Warning

Take care during the upcoming winter weather! Our weekend services are still on, but watch this page or channels 8 or 10/11 for any schedule changes.

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Forever Family Reunion:  Please plan to stay after worship on Sunday, March 31 for a Taco Fundraiser Meal to celebrate Nicodemus Comfort Dog’s 3rd Birthday.  Everything will be provided! There will be a free will offering with all the proceeds going to support the Rock’s Comfort Dog Ministry. 2018 giving statements are now available in a box in the Rock Cafe area next to the dog bowl (for donations to the Comfort Dog ministry) , so be sure to pick yours up this week! Snow days: Remember that if the Seward Public Schools are closed on a Wednesday due to…

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2/15/19 2018 giving statements are now available in a box in the Rock Cafe area next to the dog bowl (for donations to the Comfort Dog ministry) , so be sure to pick yours up this week!  Scholarship Opportunity: Thrivent Student Resources is giving away $5,000 that you can use for higher education . Enter today for your chance to be one of FOUR lucky winners. Visit https://bit.ly/2v1PUnH to enter. Open to US residents 14 or older. Complete official rules available through the link. Contest closes 3/31.  We are still in need of ice melt. If you’re able to donate…

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2/6/19 2018 giving statements are now available in a box in the Rock Cafe area next to the dog bowl (for donations to the Comfort Dog ministry) , so be sure to pick yours up this week!  Gary Thies, Mission Development Counselor with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, will be joining us at The Rock for Bible class (8:45) and in the worship service on February 10. Gary lives on a farm in Western Iowa and is Director of Mission Central. He would love to share with you the news of what is really happening in missions through the LCMS. Be…

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1/30/19 Gary Thies, Mission Development Counselor with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, will be joining us at The Rock for Bible class (8:45) and in the worship service on February 10. Gary lives on a farm in Western Iowa and is Director of Mission Central. He would love to share with you the news of what is really happening in missions through the LCMS. Be sure to invite someone to come with you because you, too, are a missionary! Gary brings to you and the congregation an in-person presentation with pictures and artifacts direct from the mission field. He has visited…

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1/18/19 Anyone interested in the short-term mission opportunity to Guatemala (June 22-29, 2019) needs to contact Dr. Jen Janousek or Pastor Mike by this Sunday! Plans are being put into motion, so your urgent response is appreciated! Families with teens headed to the National Youth Gathering this July are invited to a short meeting about fundraising and travel on February 3, in the cafe after the morning service. Gary Thies from Mission Central in Iowa will be joining us at The Rock for Bible class (8:45) and in the worship service on February 10. He would love to share with you…

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1/11/19 Anyone interested in the short-term mission opportunity to Guatemala (June 22-29, 2019) needs to contact Dr. Jen Janousek or Pastor Mike by January 20! Plans are being put into motion, so your urgent response is appreciated! If you miss a week at The Rock and want to hear the sermon (or just want to listen again), recordings of each week’s sermons can now be found on our website at http://www.therockseward.org/worship/  or on our Facebook page. The Hutton family is hard at work planting seeds of hope and Good News in Costa Rica. Click here to to watch a video…

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1/3/19 If you miss a week at The Rock and want to hear the sermon (or just want to listen again), recordings of each week’s sermons can now be found on our website at http://www.therockseward.org/worship/  or on our Facebook page. We are in need of ice melt. If you’re able to donate some, please drop it off inside the front doors. We use about 40-50 pounds each time there’s ice or snow and winter is just getting started! Thanks to all who have already donated some! Stepping Stones and FaithInk will resume next week. Hope to see everyone there! Lutheran…

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12/27/18 If you miss a week at The Rock and want to hear the sermon (or just want to listen again), recordings of each week’s sermons can now be found on our website at http://www.therockseward.org/worship/  or on our Facebook page. We are in need of ice melt. If you’re able to donate some, please drop it off inside the front doors. We use about 40-50 pounds each time there’s ice or snow and winter is just getting started! Thanks to all who have already donated some! Stepping Stones and FaithInk will take a break for the New Year holidays on January…

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12/17/18 There will be an informational meeting concerning The Rock’s Guatemala short-term mission opportunity in June 22-29, 2019.  The meeting will be on December 19, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Rock Café.  Dr. Jen Janousek and Pastor Mike will share more about this opportunity.  Anyone who is interested should attend. If there are people who are interested but unable to come on the 19th they need to contact Pastor or Jen ASAP. Christmas Services: Sunday, December 23 at 10:00 and Monday, December 24 at 5:30 Thanks to those who have already brought ice melt. If you’re able to donate some,…

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12/6/18 Due to a communication error, Friday, Dec 21 is NOT the date slotted for The Rock to ring bells for Salvation Army.  The new date is this Saturday, Dec 8 from 2:00p-7:00pm and there are still a few spots open.  This date is being shared with Faith Lutheran and the Rotaract Group from CUNE.  You can click here to sign up for a time slot. (Contact us if you need help signing up.) 90% of donations received through Salvation Army Red Kettles in Seward stays in Seward County! Help us make a difference in our community!  On Friday, Dec.14…

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11/29/2018 Due to a communication error, Friday, Dec 21 is NOT the date slotted for The Rock to ring bells for Salvation Army.  The new date is Saturday, Dec 8 from 2:00p-7:00p.  This date is being shared with Faith Lutheran and the Rotaract Group from CUNE.  You can click here to sign up for a time slot. (Contact us if you need help signing up.) 90% of donations received through Salvation Army Red Kettles in Seward stays in Seward County! Help us make a difference in our community! We are out of ice melt. If you’re able to donate some,…

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11/20/18 Bob and Mary Kropf would like to take this means to thank all of the wonderful people who helped us in any way to prepare for our trip to Mission Central. In no particular order they are: Pastor Mike; Nick, Andrea, and Haylie Sloup; Megan and Ethan Boggs; Pat Cochran; Matt and Kim Myers; Brenda Rief; and Bill Schranz. Your assistance was greatly appreciated and made our job much more manageable!  Thank you, thank you! All of you are Not Normal! 😁 The 5-6th grade FaithInk kids are in need of socks for a project. If you have stray…

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Please note a correction to the news about Yoga at The Rock in November: there is no morning YogaFaith on Friday the 23rd. Marge Rhodes is now teaching Yoga at The Rock on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome! (Note: no class on Thanksgiving.) All are welcome! YogaFaith with Sara Moll and Erika Rolf meets in Room 216 on the following dates: Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, 27 (Erika). Fridays at 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 30 (Sara). Everyone is welcome to join us for 1 hour long Christ centered yoga class – your first class is FREE!…

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11/15/18 The 5-6th grade FaithInk kids are in need of socks for a project. If you have stray socks without their matching sock, too-small-socks, or socks that are too ugly to wear (but not holey), please bring them along this or next Sunday. We’ll also gladly take crafting scraps like bits of ribbon, felt, fabric, etc. A collection bag will be on a table in the Cafe on Sunday, or you can find Kim Myers. Stepping Stones and FaithInk will not meet on Wednesday, November 21 so our volunteers can prepare/travel for Thanksgiving. We’ll meet again as normal the following…

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11/7/18 We’ll gather for a Rock Family Reunion Meal this Sunday, November 11 after church for a Thanksgiving feast! Please bring a dessert to share. All the rest will be provided. Trip to Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa:  This Sunday morning is your last chance to register for the free lunch at Mission Central on the following Saturday, Nov. 17. You may still register to go on the trip up through Nov. 16, but you would need to bring your own sack lunch then. (What is Mission Central? Visit https://missioncentral.us/ to learn more.) If you have not yet been contacted by…

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11/1/18 Rev. Dr. Fungchatou Lo will be a guest preacher this Sunday, Nov. 4 at The Rock. Rev. Lo and his family are serving the Lord in Thailand through Mission of Christ Network. Fung’s primary ministry is to improve the theological training that is currently going on with the Hmong pastors and leaders in Southeast Asia, where there are over two million Hmong who still don’t know Jesus. Learn more here. We’ll gather for a Rock Family Reunion Meal on Sunday, November 11 after church for a Thanksgiving feast! Please bring a dessert to share. All the rest will be…

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There will be no Stepping Stones or FaithInk on October 31.   On Sunday, October 28, Orphan Grain Train will be at The Rock to share about their work and treat us to some grilled brats. Please bring a dessert and a side to share. Table service and drinks will be provided. We’ll gather again on Sunday, November 11 after church for a Thanksgiving feast! Please bring a dessert to share. All the rest will be provided. More information soon!   October is Pastor Appreciation Month! Be sure to thank Pastor Meyer and his family for all they do for…

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There will be no Stepping Stones or FaithInk on October 31. On Sunday, October 28, Orphan Grain Train will be at The Rock to share about their work and treat us to some grilled brats. Please bring a dessert and a side to share. Table service and drinks will be provided. We’re still in need of grills and people to grill the brats. Contact The Rock leadership if you’re willing to volunteer. October is Pastor Appreciation Month! Be sure to thank Pastor Meyer and his family for all they do for our forever family at The Rock! The Rock is…

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Changes for tonight’s kids activities: On Wednesday, October 3, children in K-4th grades will be meeting at Holthus Plaza at Concordia University (the fountain and bench area between Janzow and Thom). They’ll be visiting students along with our comfort dog, Nicodemus, and inviting them to worship at The Rock. Please bring your children by 6:30 and pick them up in the same location at 7:30. Pre-K students will still meet at The Rock. Middle school students in 5-8th grades should meet at Zabka Funeral Home (410 Jackson Ave) at 6:30. Parents should pick them up from the funeral home at…

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This Sunday, we continue our series on Jonah. The book of Jonah is a quick read, so consider taking a look at it before Sunday’s service. Changes for this Wednesday night’s kids activities! On Wednesday, October 3, children in K-4th grades will be meeting at Holthus Plaza at Concordia University (the fountain and bench area between Janzow and Thom). They’ll be visiting students along with our comfort dog, Nicodemus, and inviting them to worship at The Rock. Please bring your children by 6:30 and pick them up in the same location at 7:30. Pre-K students will still meet at The…

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This Sunday, we start our new series on Jonah. The book of Jonah is a quick read, so consider taking a look at it before Sunday’s service. We’re still filling up our Blue Valley Food Pantry collection box with our September item of boxed meals. Add some to your shopping list and bring it along to bless others. The collection box is in The Rock cafe. In October, we’ll be collecting rice. We have faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings:  Going Deeper, room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike; Women’s study, room 217, 8:45, with Ann Schranz. Women’s Midweek Bible Study:…

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You are invited to join Trail Life for an Evening of Fishing and Fun on Aug 26th at 4:30 pm at the Seward Pond at the Fairgrounds. There will be fishing, games and a hot dog meal.  Trail Life is a Christian Outdoor Adventure group for boys, ages 5-17. Contact Troopmaster Rick Backhus 402-532-2143 or email at tltroop48@gmail.com with any questions.  We hope to see you there! Stepping Stones & FaithInk Kickoff Picnic: When:  Wednesday, Sept. 5th at 6pm Where:  Plum Creek Park – Softball fields  (at the shelter that’s part of the 2-plex on the west side of Karol…

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This Sunday, August 12, Missionary Ashley Johnson will share what God is doing in Cambodia.  She was with us last year prior to her deployment. We’ll be having a potluck lunch followed by a voters’ meeting after the service on Sunday, August 19. The Rock will provide table service and drinks. We hope that you will provide the rest! Those with last names starting with A-M, please bring a main dish and a side dish to share. Those with names ending in N-Z, please bring a main dish and a salad (fruit or vegetable) to share. But even if you…

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This week, we continue our series called “The Sweet Life” and we’ll learn more about God from another delicious candy. In this series based on God’s Word, we’ll be reminded of His trustworthy promises to us as He shows us the truly “sweet” ways He “treats” those in His forever family. We’ll be having a potluck lunch followed by a voters’ meeting after the service on Sunday, August 19. The Rock will provide table service and drinks. We hope that you will provide the rest! Those with last names starting with A-M, please bring a main dish and a side…

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This week, we continue our series called “The Sweet Life” and we’ll learn more about God from another delicious candy. In this series based on God’s Word, we’ll be reminded of His trustworthy promises to us as He shows us the truly “sweet” ways He “treats” those in His forever family. We’ll be having a potluck lunch followed by a voters’ meeting after the service on Sunday, August 19. The Rock will provide table service and drinks. We hope that you will provide the rest! Those with last names starting with A-M, please bring a main dish and a side…

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This week, we begin a new series called “The Sweet Life” and we’ll learn something about God from chewing gum. The sweetness of candies are appealing to most of us.  We all have our favorites! In this series based on God’s Word, we’ll be reminded of His trustworthy promises to us as He shows us the truly “sweet” ways He “treats” those in His forever family. Our Blue Valley Food Pantry item for July is canned meat—but not tuna! Bring spam, chicken, ham…any type of canned meat that’s not tuna. (Tuna gets its own month!) The collection box is in…

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Our Blue Valley Food Pantry item for July is canned meat—but not tuna! Bring spam, chicken, ham…any type of canned meat that’s not tuna. (Tuna gets its own month!) The collection box is in The Rock cafe. Outdoor movie on Friday, July 6th! 8:30pm The Rock’s south parking lot.  Popcorn & water provided. Bring lawn chairs / blankets. Showing Inside Out!  For a review check this link https://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/inside-out Come Unto Me: The Liturgical Art of Reinhold Marxhausen will be on display at Red Path Gallery in Seward from June 9th through August 25th. The exhibit includes 40 pieces with Christian…

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Our Blue Valley Food Pantry item for June is “just add water” pancake mix of any brand. Drop some off in the collection box in the cafe at any time during June. Thanks for your generosity! Come Unto Me: The Liturgical Art of Reinhold Marxhausen will be on display at Red Path Gallery in Seward from June 9th through August 25th. The exhibit includes 40 pieces with Christian themes by nationally recognized Seward artist Reinhold Marxhausen. Photos and videos of the artist will also be on display. We have faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings:  Going Deeper, room 213, 8:45…

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Our sermon series In Search of the Perfect You will continue this week when we learn about “The End of the Earthly You.” We’re always striving to make ourselves better–and that can be a good thing–but in the end there is always failure. Weight comes back, bodies fail, minds fail, jobs end. We all meet the same ultimate fate so putting all your efforts into finding the “perfect you” here on earth will lead to disappointment. So how do we focus on the perfect version of ourselves that God has planned for us? The Juniors godparents group will have a…

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Join us on Sunday for the start of a new sermon series: In Search of the Perfect You. We’re always striving to make ourselves better–and that can be a good thing–but in the end there is always failure. Weight comes back, bodies fail, minds fail, jobs end. We all meet the same ultimate fate so putting all your efforts into finding the “perfect you” here on earth will lead to disappointment. So how do we focus on the perfect version of ourselves that God has planned for us? We start this Sunday with “We’re Focusing on the Wrong Body.” This…

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Our current sermon series is based on God’s Word, along with “Little Visits with God,” the devotional resource for families that Concordia Publishing House put out long ago.  There have been numerous editions and volumes published over the years. Join us and be encouraged as families and individuals to set aside a time every week and day, to engage face-to-face with God’s Word and recognize the benefits and blessings in this spiritual discipline. This week, we’ll learn about the Holy Spirit and how Jesus invites us into a relationship that demonstrates itself in loving obedience to what He says and…

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Our current sermon series is based on God’s Word, along with “Little Visits with God,” the devotional resource for families that Concordia Publishing House put out long ago.  There have been numerous editions and volumes published over the years. Join us and be encouraged as families and individuals to set aside a time every week and day, to engage face-to-face with God’s Word and recognize the benefits and blessings in this spiritual discipline. This week, our theme verse is Colossians 3:13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you…

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Our current sermon series is based on God’s Word, along with “Little Visits with God,” the devotional resource for families that Concordia Publishing House put out long ago.  There have been numerous editions and volumes published over the years. Join us and be encouraged as families and individuals to set aside a time every week and day, to engage face-to-face with God’s Word and recognize the benefits and blessings in this spiritual discipline. This week, learn what it means when the Bible speaks of Jesus as “the Way.” See how the Bible points to Jesus as the only way to heaven…

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Next week is the Stepping Stones and FaithInk (grades 5&6) Servant Event:  We will be meeting at Brookdale to play bingo with the residents.  Please meet at the front doors at 6:30.  We ask that each family bring 2 to 3 “prizes” to donate.  They can be anything little, examples: chapstick, fruit, pens, or fancy notepads .  We will finish at 7:30. Grades 7&8 will still meet at the The Rock with Pastor Mike. April 25 is our end of year family picnic for Stepping Stones and FaithInk (all ages/grades). We’ll meet at The Rock in the fellowship hall (cafe area) from 6:30 to…

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1. Nicodemus, our amazing comfort dog, turned 2 this week! We’re going to celebrate his birthday with a potluck lunch after the service this Sunday (April 8). The Rock and Nicodemus will provide table service, drinks, and cake. We hope that you will provide the rest! Those with last names starting with A-M, please bring a main dish and a side dish to share. Those with names ending in N-Z, please bring a main dish and a salad (fruit or vegetable) to share. But even if you can’t bring something to share, please do stay with us and join the…

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Join us this Friday at 6:30 p.m. for our Good Friday service. This will be a service of contemplation about Christ’s great sacrifice for us, and will include Holy Communion. Start your Easter Sunday with breakfast in The Rock Cafe. We’ll have eggs, bacon, rolls, and fruit all served by the youth of The Rock with serving time starting around 9:00 a.m. A free will offering will go to defray the cost for our teens to attend the 2019 National Youth Gathering. Easter worship begins at 10:00 a.m. and will include Holy Communion. We look forward to seeing you there…

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Come this Sunday to learn about what Jesus meant when He said He was the Bread of Life. Then join us again next week for two things to celebrate: Palm Sunday and the rite of Confirmation! We have two opportunities for Sunday morning Bible study groups: Going Deeper, meeting in room 213 at 8:45 with Pastor Mike; and a Women’s study, meeting in room 217 at 8:45, with Ann Schranz. Nicodemus Comfort Dog Team is meeting on March 25 @ 11:20a in the Rock Café. The Youth Group of Holy Cross LCMS 1042 May St. Goehner, NE invite you to join them March 31st, Holy Saturday, for their first annual Resurrection Run!…

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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! 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. If you are interested, join the event Facebook group to keep up with news. Don’t forget to submit your ideas for fundraisers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ Women’s Day In:  Ladies – Need some time away to scrapbook (or any type of craft) with no…

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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! 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…

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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…

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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…

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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. Pastor Mike just got back into town.  He will be at The…

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  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! THIS SUNDAY:   Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the beginning of a new series called a…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Here’s your Rock news for the week: 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. EASTER WEEK CALENDAR:  Good Friday Gathering – 6:30 p.m. at the Rock Easter Sunday Breakfast – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Rock Easter Sunday Worship – 10:00 a.m. WORSHIP SURVEYS:  As…

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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. QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS.  Do you have questions about what we teach and believe at the Rock?  Do you have questions about how to get…

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Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY.  Jesus knew his suffering and death was near.  What were His last teachings to His disciples before it all started?  Join us this Sunday at 10:00 am for Week 4 of Jesus: The Final Days.  We’ll look at what those last instructions were and what it means for us. COMFORT DOG:  We received word recently that Lutheran Church Charities will be conducting interviews with some members of our comfort dog team starting next month.  That is great news and means we are getting closer to the day we will be assigned…

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    Here’s your Rock news for the week: CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS! Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend.  Don’t forget to move your clocks AHEAD one hour tonight. THIS SUNDAY.  Join us this Sunday at 10:00 am (which will feel like 9am) for Week 3 of Jesus: The Final Days.  Did you ever think about the fact that Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen to him?  He went to His last days knowing just what kind of injustice and cruelty was coming.  He talked about it before He even got to Jerusalem.  Take a look at the Parable…

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Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY. Jesus’ final days started with a celebration of his entry into Jerusalem. It’s the beginning of the huge party God is preparing for us. This week in Week 2 of Jesus: The Final Days, we’ll look at the “cause” behind what Jesus did at the end of his life on earth. We all are willing to do lots of things for a “good cause.” Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. to look at what Jesus was willing to do for a good cause. EMBRACE ADOPTION SUPPORT: Has your life been…

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Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY.  This Sunday is Week 3 of “In Christ Alone.”  Last Sunday we threw away all our bad trash and our good trash and learned that when God looks at us, He doesn’t see our sin, but sees Jesus.  In Christ alone we can all say, “I am righteous!”  Join us again this week at 10:00 am to look at Humility!  If you get a chance, read Philippians 2. PAINTERS/MOVERS/SHAKERS:  Work continues on the 2nd floor of the Rock to get everything ready for Stepping Stones.  Demo is mostly done so it…

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Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY.  Join us for the beginning of a new series called “In Christ Alone.”  Pastor and the youth and leaders just returned from the LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans.  Over the next four weeks, they want to share some of the awesome experiences they had and lessons they learned.  This Sunday is week 1 and a look at what it means to have real Joy in Christ Alone.  We’ll gather at 10:00 a.m. at the Rock.  See you there. SPECIAL EVENT FOR VETERANS AT THE ROCK:  If you know anyone…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY. Two weeks ago we began Monumental Moments with the Statue of Liberty – a beacon of hope for the downtrodden and a reminder of the work that God does in our lives through baptism to call us into His Kingdom. Last week we journeyed on to Mount Rushmore. The four great faces reminded us of the people God puts in our lives to help us on the journey. This week we travel a little south to Nebraska and Chimney Rock. Bring the all the out-of-town relatives along and join…

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Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY.  Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the beginning of a monumental new series!  We’ll be looking at some famous monuments in the United States and the monumental moments in our journey from baptism to heaven.  What’s the week 1 monument?   Invite a friend and come relax with us and find out. AIR CONDITIONING/PARKING LOT.   Back in April, the voters approved spending an additional $80,000 (over and above the prior construction budget) to pay for fire marshal items, purchase the parking lot, finish paving the parking lot, and install phase…

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Here’s a bunch of Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY!  This Sunday is the final week of CTRL-ALT-DEL.  We’ll conclude the series with a look at JOY.  How can you rejoice in the Lord no matter the circumstance? Join us at 10:00 am to find out.  We still have some air conditioning issues on the 3rd floor so dress cool and we’ll find joy in the warmth! WE WON!  Thanks to everyone who sent in pictures for the LCEF Photo Scavenger Hunt.  We were notified this week that the Rock won a $500 prize! AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM RANDY…

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Here’s your Rock news for Memorial Day weekend: THIS SUNDAY! Join us this Sunday for Week 4 of CTRL-ALT-DEL. The Devil takes our desires and twists them (because he’s a liar) to lead us away from God’s plan. He’s been doing it from the very beginning (think Eve, a snake and some fruit). We’ll gather at 10:00 am to look at how we can reboot our desires with God’s help. WE NEED YOU: In July, we will have our annual meeting to elect leaders and to adopt a budget for the upcoming year. We are in need of people willing…

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Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY!  When you’re having a bad day and things seem out of control, don’t you wish you could press CTRL-ALT-DEL and reboot your day (or your life)?  Join us this Sunday for the beginning of a new series called (appropriately enough) CTRL-ALT-DEL to examine how to reboot your life.  We’ll gather at 10:00 a.m. at the Rock for great music and time together in God’s Word. HEY GRADUATES!  Are you graduating from high school or college in the next days or weeks?  We’d love to recognize all the Rock graduates on May…

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Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY!  This Sunday is the final Sunday of Gladitude.  Join us at 10:00 a.m. for a concluding  look at life with God’s waterfall of blessings flowing powerfully through you to others.  Bring your big kids and all the little squirts and come relax and worship with us. CAN YOU PICTURE SOME CASH FOR THE ROCK?  Do you have some pictures of the Rock (new or old Rock activities, Rock building pictures, really anything)?  If so, please take a few minutes to submit them to the Lutheran Church Extension Fund Photo Scavenger Hunt.  If we submit enough photos the…

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Dear Friends: I hope your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations were blessed and joyful. After a few missed weeks of news (because of the holidays and my general delinquency), there is a quite a bit of news to share: 1. THIS SUNDAY: The year is new. We have new life because Jesus became human to save us from our sin. What do we do now? We live the way God planned for us to live because He knows best. Join us this Sunday at 10:00 am at the Rock for Week 2 of “Life Under Construction.” We’ll be looking at…

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Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY:  The decorations and trees are going up.  Christmas music is on the radio and the stores are full of shoppers.  It’s time to get ready for Christmas.  Join us this week at 10:00 a.m. at the Rock for  Week 1 of “We Need a Little Christmas.”  We’ll look at the some of the things we really need this Christmas.  Want to get warmed up for Sunday?  Click here:   https://www.facebook.com/therockseward/videos/10153659148776343. SARAH KANOY:   Last Sunday we welcomed Sarah Kanoy to the Rock.  She is a nurse missionary working in Kenya and other parts of East Africa. …

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Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY:  Last week we concluded “A Firm Place to Stand.” The M&M’s (Miracles & Marvels) we have from God are a natural thing to share with those around us.  This week, we’ll have a chance to see how we can share beyond our borders.  We’ll be joined by Sarah Kanoy, a career missionary and nurse who is planning medical mission work in Kenya.  Click here for a little more information (http://i.b5z.net/i/u/1461075/ f/KANOY_FINAL_AGRMT.pdf) and join us a 10:00 a.m. on Sunday for a lot more information. A FIRM PLACE TO STAND.  Thanks to everyone who was…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week: DEDICATION RESCHEDULED!  Remember that we have our normal gathering this Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  The Dedication Celebration that was going to occur in the afternoon has been postponed while work proceeds on the new parking lot (they started moving dirt today!). We’ll be scheduling an alternate date for the dedication soon.  Here’s the schedule for worship at the new Rock for the rest of November: November 15, 2015:  Sunday gathering at 10:00 a.m. (No dedication at 2pm) November 22, 2015:  Sunday gathering at 10:00 a.m. – Stay for LUNCH! November 29, 2015:  Sunday gathering at 10:00 a.m. THIS SUNDAY:  We think we’ve got it all under control,…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week: DEDICATION RESCHEDULED!  We have postponed the Dedication Celebration that was going to occur on November 15.  The reason is good news!  Work is scheduled to begin soon on the parking lot on the south side of the new Rock.  The paving work may make parking a little more difficult for a couple weeks and may affect access to the south entrance.  We didn’t think it wise to have the Dedication at a time when access is uncertain. We’ll be scheduling an alternate date soon.  So, here’s the revised schedule for worship at the new…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week: SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK THIS WEEKEND!  Daylight savings time ends this weekend.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. THIS SUNDAY:  The first week at the new Rock was great!  Praise God and thanks to all who worked so hard to get everything ready.  Guess what?  We get to do it again.  Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for our second worship gathering at the Rock at 237 S. Third Street.  We’ll take a look “Behind the Music” and see how God used tragedy to…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week (in chronological order): WORK DAY ON SATURDAY: Thanks to everyone who has been helping this week. We’ll have another work day this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon or so. The outdoor cleanup work is mostly done so we’ll focus on cleaning up, setting up chairs and getting the worship and fellowship space ready. Bring a vacuum cleaner if you can. THIS SUNDAY – NEW HOME FOR THE ROCK: Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (or a few minutes after) for our first worship gathering at the Rock at 237…

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Rock News – We’re Moving!

Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news: NEW HOME FOR THE ROCK:  Our first worship gathering at the Rock (237 S. Third Street) will be Sunday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.!!  Here’s what you need to know: 237 S. Third Street is the old Seward Middle School located just south of Main Street (Highway 34).  There is a new bank under construction next door. Parking will be a little bit of a challenge for a while until the parking lot is completed.  The best place to park for now is along Third Street. Worship will be on the 3rd Level.  You…

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Rock News – Special Update

Friends: As we announced at church this morning, the date is set!  Our first worship gathering at the new Rock (237 S. Third Street) will be Sunday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.!!  Here’s what you need to know: We’ll meet next Sunday (October 18) at 10:00 am at the Lied Senior Center for one last time. We’ll have our first Sunday gathering at the new Rock (3rd level) on Sunday, October 25 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The next few Sundays will be kind of messy.  We’ll be getting things moved and finished and cleaned and figuring out how everything works in the new space and learning all the little…

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Here’s your Rock news which is late for last week and early for this week: THIS SUNDAY:  We’ve completed the Game Day series on spiritual disciplines, but just because the series is over, don’t forget about prayer, fasting, silence and service.  Keep working to make these a part of your daily life – not to earn brownie points, but to build your relationship with Him.  This Sunday we’ll revisit a series called iBelieve.  It will be a time to review how God touches us with the gift of the sacraments (Baptism and Communion).  Join us at 10:00 am at the Lied Senior Center. STAY…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY:  Life these days is REALLY LOUD!  The TV or radio is always on, the kids are loud and things are always beeping, dinging, ringing or ticking.  Is there any time or place that is just quiet?  Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Lied Senior Center.  We’ll take some time for silence and to talk about the discipline of finding God in the quiet times. COME EARLY TO GO DEEPER:  Everyone is welcome to do some bible study before our gathering each Sunday.  Come to the Rocker Room at…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY:  Practicing some spiritual disciplines will help you get in the game.  Week 1 was prayer – the regular huddle with God we all need to know the play.  Week 2 was fasting – an exercise to help take the focus off of our needs and wants and focus on what God wants for the team.  Please plan to join us at 10:00 a.m. at the Lied Senior Center this Sunday for Week 3 of Game Day. COME EARLY TO GO DEEPER:  Everyone is welcome to do some bible study before our…

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Dear Friends: It’s another game day!  Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY:  Please plan to join us at 10:00 a.m. at the Lied Senior Center this Sunday for Week 2 of Game Day.  Last week we looked at the discipline of regular prayer – the huddle with God we all need to play the game.  This week we’ll look at the spiritual discipline of fasting.  What exactly is fasting and what does it have to do with game day?  I don’t know but we’ll all find out! BIBLE STUDY ON SUNDAY:  Everyone is welcome to do some bible study before our gathering…

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Dear Friends: It’s game day (GBR and Go Dawgs)!  Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY:  It’s Game Day and time for a new series called (conveniently enough) Game Day!  Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Lied Senior Center for Week 1.  Before the team hits the field, you need to huddle up with the coach.  We’ll take some time to look at how the team gets ready. ALSO:  If you haven’t had the chance to finish your Remember and Give Thanks assignments, it is still a good time to get them done.  Week 1 Assignment – Put your memorial…

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Dear Friends: It’s not really late-breaking, but it is kind of late. Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY: Last week, we took some time to remember and give thanks for the blessings of the last 10 years. Have you set up your rock as a memorial to help you remember one of God’s blessings to you? If not, there is no time like the present. You’ll be amazed at how much a simple visible reminder can help keep your focus in the right places during the week. Join us this Sunday for Week 2 of Remember and…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY:  As we get closer to a new facility and a new chapter in the history of the Rock, it is a good time to stop and give thanks for all of God’s blessings.  The first meeting to talk about a new church in Seward (which eventually became the Rock) happened ten years ago.  What has happened in your life over the last 10 years?  Looking back, can you see God’s hand in the good times and the bad?  What stories do you have to tell your children and family? …

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Dear Friends: Here’s the last summer edition of Rock news: THIS SUNDAY:  Holy No. 2 pencils!  It’s back to school time!  Many schools are starting next week with all the others following soon.  Take a break from buying school supplies and lacing up those new school shoes and join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Lied Senior Center for a special back to school Sunday before we start another series. GOING DEEPER:  Looking for some time to dig a little deeper into the bible?  Come to the Lied Senior Center a little early (at 8:45 a.m.).  The group is starting a new discussion called, “The…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY:  Feeling like you’re always busy?  Did you stop reading in the middle of this email to check a text message?  Are you reading this email on your smart phone in the bathroom because it’s the only place to get a little peace?  Well, take a little time to join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Lied Senior Center.  Pastor Rich Boring will be leading us and will focus on what God’s Word has to say about the busy-ness we struggle with daily.  Come get a cup of coffee and…

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Dear Friends: Since I bombarded you with emails last week, I held off a little with the Rock news. Here’s the news for this week and last week: LAST SUNDAY & THIS SUNDAY: We finished up with Week 5 of Joining Jesus yesterday. We learned how to connect to people through prayer. Don’t forget to pray over the prayer request you took home with you on Sunday. Also, keep working on working prayer into your relationships. If someone shares a concern or a joy, ask if you can pray for them or (better yet) ask if you can pray with…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY:  We’re going through 5 simple practices you can do every day and everywhere to help connect people to Jesus.  Week 1 was “Seeking the Kingdom” (looking for a place where a little grace or a little truth can be applied).  Week 2 was “Hearing from Jesus” (getting into Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Bible to watch what Jesus did and hear what He said).  Week 3 was “Talking to People” (creating agenda-less friendships with people around you).  Join us at 10am at the Lied Senior Center this Sunday for Week 4 and…

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Dear Friends: Here’s some Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY:  Join us this Sunday at 10am at the Lied Senior Center for Week 2 of Joining Jesus on His Mission.  Last Sunday we looked at seeking Jesus where He is working.  This week we’ll examine how we hear form Jesus.  Does He still talk to us and how do we hear what He is saying?  Come relax and learn with us this week.  Also, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the book, Joining Jesus on His Mission, by Greg Finke.  They will be available on Sunday. NEW WEBSITE!  Check out the updated web…

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Dear Friends: Here’s a bunch of Rock news for the week: THIS SUNDAY:  Dr. Christianstein is safely back in his home country so it’s time for a new series.  But before we go whole hog (or whole mountain goat) into something new, this Sunday will be a stand-alone Sunday focused on “Speaking of Jesus.”  Want to get a jump start?  Read the story of Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3.  We’ll gather at 10:00 a.m. at the Lied Senior Center, but you can also come early at 8:45 a.m. for some bible study time with Pastor Mike.  The group is currently working through some video bible study sessions. NEWTON…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week THIS SUNDAY:  Quite a while ago, we did a series for a few Sundays called Weird Science.  Pastor Mike did some science experiments and we learned some cool things about God in the process.  Can it get any weirder than doing science experiments right in the middle of a church service?  Yes, I think it can.  Grab the whole family and your safety goggles and join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Lied Senior Center for Week 1 of Weirder Science! COME EARLY/STAY AFTER THIS SUNDAY FOR EDDIE THE COMFORT DOG!  Eddie the Comfort Dog, along…

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Dear Friends: Here’s a little Rock news… THIS SUNDAY:  It’s a good thing I’m so humble, because I’m a really a pretty big deal.  Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Lied Senior Center for the last week of Liar Liar.  The world is always telling you it’s all about you, but is it really?  We’ll see what God’s Word has to say about the subject.  Grab your mom (she really is a big deal) and the whole family and join us at the Rock this week. COMFORT DOG:   On Sunday, May 17, Eddie the Comfort Dog, along with some of his handlers,…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week… THIS SUNDAY.  All you need is love.  Could the Beatles have been lying to us all these years?  Ringo, say it ain’t so.  Come to the Lied Center at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday for Week 2 of Liar Liar.  We’ll look at what you really need. STAY FOR LUNCH THIS WEEK!  Please plan to stay for lunch after our gathering tomorrow.  It will be great time of fellowship and we’ll have the opportunity to say thanks and ask God’s blessings on our DCE interns as they complete the semester and their work among us.  If you can,…

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Dear Friends: Here’s your Rock news for the week… THIS SUNDAY.  Come to the Rock this Sunday for Week 1 of Liar Liar, a new series that really makes you want to say “pants on fire.”  We’ll be taking a look at some of the things the world readily accepts as truth, but that don’t square up with God’s Word.  This week we’ll examine whether “all roads lead to Rome.”  Check out theRock’s facebook page for a video previewing the series.  We’ll gather at 10:00 a.m. at the Lied Senior Center and that’s no lie. STAY FOR LUNCH NEXT SUNDAY.  Please plan to stay for lunch after our…

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