Remember to join us for our Ash Wednesday service this week at 6:30. Imposition of ashes will be available for those who wish. Parents, this will take the place of Stepping Stones and FaithInk. Please plan to attend with your whole family. Join us before the service for a taco/nacho meal. See below for details.
Another way to support the building fund If you’re looking for another way to support the Rock, Emmi Moll currently has artwork for sale with all proceeds going to the fundraiser for building repairs. The art is on display at Neutral Grounds coffee shop in Seward through the end of February. The “Solid through the Storm” building initiative will prepare The Rock to address facility repairs arising from last summer’s hail storm. As shared previously, The Rock’s insurance deductible is $45,000 and total costs are still not fully known. Any funds raised beyond the storm repair costs will be held in reserve for additional facility repairs and improvements deemed ministry priorities. Goal: $45,000 total by 6-30-2023
Men’s breakfasts have started again Men’s breakfasts have resumed on Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in the Rock cafe.
Support the Guatemala mission trip with upcoming fundraisers Did you know The Rock has 12 mission team members traveling to Guatemala in June? With high airfare prices and inflation impacting team expenses/fees in Guatemala, they could really use your support with two upcoming fundraising opportunities:
Team Nicodemus Meeting Interested in becoming a handler or ministry assistant for Nicodemus Comfort Dog? The next regular scheduled Nico Team Meeting will be on Sunday, February 26 in Room 217 on the second floor at the Rock at 11:20.
Tales of the Wag - Stories about the Comfort Dog Ministry Last time I wrote about relationships being built over time in this ministry with God's grace right in the middle of the construction. This time I would like to look at how God connects His dog and our brains. Our Nico is AKC certified and has passed the AKC good citizenship test. He is trained to the level of a service dog. Nico has been conditioned to remain calm in most situations. To this training Nico, just as all LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, has been commissioned through the Holy Spirit into His service. Our God-created brains have brain chemicals or hormones to help us process our lives. Cortisol, the fight or flight hormone, is produced under stress, fear, anxiety, and trauma. Needed, but if not controlled or removed, cortisol can have an ill effect on our health. This is where a 'pet' can help. As one pets Nico, it is processed in a different part of our brains than the stress, fear, anxiety, and trauma. During the 'pet' other hormones are produced, like oxytocin and dopamine. These hormones calm us and actually give a rest to our brains. The tale: A circle of CUNE students are petting Nico and are having conversation with each other, as well as the Handler. A young lady walks up to the circle and gets a hand onto Nico but doesn't talk, just pets. The students leave but she remains to tell us that her stomach ache has stopped since petting Nico. With some enthusiasm she expresses that she is ready to go back to meet the challenge of her project that caused her stomach ache. Her brain rested, she received some calm, then her brain reset under God's grace. Our Team has seen this happen on a very large scale with trauma, as well as with a kindergartener having a bad morning. The rest, the calm, the reset under God's Grace. Next time I want to write about the Power that God puts into the 'pet'. Until that time, may you absorb our Lord's Presence, Peace, and Love. Thoughts from Marcia Newsome.
Blue Valley Community Action Our February item for the Blue Valley food pantry is soup, which we collect in a tub in the Rock cafe. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way! You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website. Year-round they also collect the following: pasta, pasta meal mixes, instant potato side dishes, and mashed potatoes. They’ve had quite a few more families making use of the pantry this winter, so your help is greatly appreciated.
YogaFaith News Join Erika Rolf (RYT-200) or Sara Moll (RYT-200) for Christian YogaFaith classes at The Rock! February class offerings are as follows:
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