Rock News

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Pastor Appreciation should be more than just a designated event on the calendar but an encouragement to him in service to God and the Church. How can you participate?

  • Pray for your pastor daily. 
  • Creatively communicate words of encouragement to your pastor for his service to God and the Church with a card. 
  • Take special care to listen and respond to your pastor’s sermons.
  • Team up with your local Christian bookstore to recognize and honor your pastor by giving a gift card to purchase a book or other special items.
  • Send a Pastor Appreciation gift basket which includes thoughtful gifts for your pastor’s kids and your pastor’s wife.
  • Be aware of the unique needs of the pastor’s children by providing financial help for camp, youth group retreats or missionary trips.
  • Invite them to a dinner or party with your family and friends

This only scratches the surface of what you can do to show your appreciation to pastor and his family for their service to God, Forever Family at The Rock, and community.


Faith Graphic T-shirt Fundraiser

Share your faith with these high-quality, soft Christian graphic tees. There is a Thanksgiving, Christmas, The Rock, and any day of the year designs in multiple colors for youth and adults! These would also make excellent Christmas gifts! Orders due October 17th and will be available for pick up at Sports Express or The Rock after October 29th. Shipping is available for out of town customers! Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards The Rock Lutheran Church youth who are attending the National Youth Gathering in Houston next summer. Thank you for your support!

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The Skit Guys, whose videos we often enjoy as part of our Sunday service and who have been at many National Youth Gatherings, will be performing at CUNE on Wednesday, October 13 at 7pm. The tickets are free, but you do need to get a ticket so they can plan seating. If you’d like to go, you can get your FREE ticket at skitguysatcune.eventbrite.com


Entrance sign installation update: The installers of the new entry sign ran into some unexpected complications in attempting to hang it on the south main entrance façade.  The need for special parts and tools have delayed but not cancelled plans for the installation.  The new target is an installation sometime in October.


The Immanuel (Middle Creek) Lutheran Soup Supper is back!  Join Immanuel Sunday, October 10 from 4:00 – 8:00.  A free will donation gets you soup, a sandwich, a slice of pie, and a drink.  They will throw in the amazing fellowship for free!  Hand crafted items and baked goods will be available for purchase.  7 miles east of Seward on Highway 34.  You won’t want to miss this kick-off to the fall season.


The GivePlus app is being phased out, but not until the end of the year. We still encourage you to consider setting up giving on the Vanco website–your login information from the app should also work on the website. 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.

Click here to visit The Rock’s Vanco giving website for one-time and recurring donations. The Rock’s Mission Fund covers our day-to-day mission and ministry expenses.  Special projects is the place to make your additional gifts to help with expenses like our building fund, outreach fund, children’s ministry, Comfort Dog ministry, etc. Contact info@therockseward.org for more information.


The Rock has the opportunity to reschedule our Guatemala Mission trip for Thanksgiving week. If you have a current passport AND love kids OR speak Spanish OR have musical talent OR can mentor teenage boys AND want to go to Guatemala over Thanksgiving, please contact Pastor Mike or Jen Janousek ASAP.


Building Fund Gifts: Total expenses for The Rock’s building improvements and recent outdoor sign and shed additions are in the $20,000 range.  In you are moved to consider an additional gift to cover some of these expenses, please designate your gift to “Building Fund” by including a note or writing on the memo line of your check.


YogaFaith News:  Join Erika Rolf (RYT-200) or Sara Moll (RYT-200) for Christian YogaFaith classes at The Rock!  Class offerings are as follows:  All Level YogaFaith is on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 5:30 p.m.; Restorative YogaFaith every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m.; Flow and Go is offered twice a month on Saturday mornings from 8:00-8:45 a.m.;  and a 15-minute Sonrise YogaFaith class focuses on stretching, prayer and God’s word. Please see their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information.  https://www.facebook.com/YogaFaith-Seward-256010628294784/


Our October item for the Blue Valley food pantry is rice. The collection box is in the Rock Cafe. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way! You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website



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Prayer requests are received by our prayer warriors, as well as Pastor Mike Meyer. If you would like them kept confidential and not included in public prayers on Sundays, just let us know in your email.

 

Rock News

The Board of Blue Valley Community Action Partnership voted on Tuesday to pursue a space at The Rock for some of their Seward County services. Visit our website at this link to access a document with some background on the proposed space arrangements at The Rock and conversations that have occurred thus far between BVCA and The Rock’s Directors.

The Directors would value your feedback and welcome your questions about this proposed arrangement.  You are invited to share feedback after church on Sunday, March 21, or you may email Scott Seevers, Congregational President, at scott.seevers@cune.edu.  The next Directors meeting for The Rock is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23rd, and this will be the major item on the agenda. Your feedback will be shared with all the directors at The Rock.  Thanks for participating in the conversation about this opportunity.


We hope you’ll stick around after the service this Sunday, March 21 for another Forever Family meal. We’ll have a baked potato bar set up with lots of toppings, and we’ll provide all plates, utensils, etc. Please bring some dessert to share. 


Let The Rock egg your house (or someone else’s) just in time for Easter. On the evening of April 3, 2021 we will come to your home (or the home of a friend or neighbor) and hide 12 Easter Eggs in the yard. There will be 11 candy-filled eggs and 1 empty egg as a reminder of the empty tomb! $10 per dozen eggs

Please contact jen axt (308) 631-7065 by text/phone or by email: jen.axt@gmail.com

Payment by cash, check, or venmo (@Jen-Axt) by March 29, 2021.  Please provide the following information: Purchaser’s name and phone number; family and address of “the egging”; # of dozen eggs to be delivered; any message to be delivered with the eggs (there will be a flyer explaining the fundraiser left on the door).


Plan now to join us on Easter morning, April 4, for Easter breakfast before the service starting at 9 a.m. No tickets are required—instead, we will collect a free will donation to help fund our teens and leaders who will attend the 2022 National Lutheran youth gathering in Houston, TX. 


Please join us right after worship on Sunday, April 25 to celebrate Nicodemus Comfort Dog’s 5th birthday! You can greet Nico, enjoy a cupcake, and visit with the Comfort Dog Team.  Also, please plan to stay for a short meeting to learn more about all the ways God works through Nico and his team and how you can be a part of it. There are a number of ways that you can help.  We need more Handlers (people trained to be on the leash and take Nico on walks and to ministry opportunities, Ministry Partners (people that go with Nico and a Handler to provide assistance), and Care Givers and back up Care Givers (trained as Handlers and they keep Nico in their home on a full time or part time basis).  There will be lots of time to ask questions!  Please contact Randy Newsome at ranewsome@live.com and 402-643-6595 if you have any questions before the meeting.


Attention high school students who are part of the classes of 2022, 2023, 2024, AND 2025! If you are interested in attending the National Youth Gathering in Houston in 2022, please contact Jen Axt (308) 631-7065 by text or phone, jen.axt@gmail.com by email, or join The Rock LCMS Youth Gathering Facebook page.  You can also join the Remind group @therocklcm.

Fundraising efforts are underway for this exciting, fun, Christ-centered gathering of youth from all over the country!  


We are looking for volunteers who are interested in learning how to manage the audio-visual, livestream, and lighting console on Sunday mornings. We’ll teach you everything you need to know! Contact Pastor Mike, Tim Moll, or Shane Sloup. 


Our March item for the Blue Valley food pantry is peanut butter. The collection box is in the Rock Cafe. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way! You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website.


View The Rock’s service each week from home! We will continue to provide viewing options on Facebook and YouTube for those who need to or prefer to worship from home at this time. We’re so glad  you join us for worship in whatever way you do, and we look forward to being together again as a Forever Family!


Join Erika Rolf (RYT-200) or Sara Moll (RYT-200) for Christian YogaFaith classes at The Rock!  Class offerings are as follows:  All Level YogaFaith – Tuesday and Thursday nights at 5:30 pm, Restorative Candlelight YogaFaith every Sunday night at 7:00 pm and YogaFaith Flow and Go is offered twice a month on Saturday mornings at 8:00-8:45 a.m.  Please see our Facebook page for a full calendar and more information.  https://www.facebook.com/YogaFaith-Seward-256010628294784/

The Seward City Council repealed the ordinance that required masks to be worn in all public buildings, including places of worship.   As a result, our mask policy at YogaFaith-Seward has also changed. Please feel free to wear your mask if you would like to, but masks are not required to enter The Rock or to practice Yoga at YogaFaith-Seward.  Class size will no longer be limited to 6 students per class and we are no longer requiring that you sign up in advance for the Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday classes. 

However, we will limit Restorative YogaFaith classes to 8 students per class because of the limited number of props that we have available. Please continue to use Sign Up Genius for that class only. We will still be offering online classes for people that want to take our YogaFaith classes at home!

Please click on this link to sign up for a class. If you would like to take the class online please email Sara at tmoll@neb.rr.com and she will give you instructions! 



If you have any questions about The Rock, need information about our events, or anything else, please contact us at info@therockseward.org.  Also, if you have a prayer request to submit during the week (or anytime) send it to prayers@therockseward.org. Our prayer warriors will receive these, as well as Pastor Mike Meyer. 

Rock News & Seward Mask Mandate

The Directors and Ambassadors at the Rock are grateful for your willingness to adapt to our frequently-changing COVID-19 worship precautions.  This week, the City of Seward passed an ordinance requiring face coverings in public indoor spaces when groups of 10 or more people gather, including in churches. Aligning our worship practices with this ordinance, face coverings will be required for anyone aged 5 years or older, with exceptions for those with some health conditions. Our face covering practice will apply to in-person worship and all other activities at The Rock until the ordinance is amended or no longer in effect. Please keep in mind that we will continue offering an online worship alternative.

Thanks for cooperating with our local health and policy-making officials who are endeavoring to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  As we all walk through this time together, let us continue to walk in the Lord.


The Rock’s Advent Challenge with Heifer International: Help us meet our goal of raising enough funds to provide 10 sheep for families in developing countries.  10 sheep X $120/sheep = $1200.  To learn more, go to heifer.org.


 

Bell ringing for the Salvation Army red kettles will be at the Seward Wal-Mart.  All sign-up is done on-line at https://www.registertoring.com/Default.aspx  Simply find Seward, NE and sign up for a time to ring.  Remember, that 90% of the funds collected stay in Seward County to do the most good right here. The Salvation Army funds are dispersed in Seward County by the Seward Ministerial Association.


 

Our December item for the Blue Valley food pantry is tuna. The collection box is in the Rock Cafe. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way!


 

The Rock has been blessed throughout 2020 with continued strength in monthly giving that has allowed us to meet our budget, even amidst difficult economic conditions. Praise God for this!

This fall, however, components of a large roof air conditioning unit failed and the Directors have authorized repairs for Spring 2021 at a cost of about $20,000.  We will use available cash and the church’s line of credit to cover this work.

If your family is in a position to make an extra gift at the end of 2020, it would be a blessing to The Rock and reduce the amount we place on our line of credit.  If you choose to do so, indicate the extra gift is for the “A/C Repair Project.”

Finally, consult your tax advisor about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation.  It allows 2020 tax deductions for charitable donations of up to $300, even if your family does not itemize deductions.


View The Rock’s service each week from home!

We will continue to provide viewing options on Facebook and YouTube for those who need to or prefer to worship from home at this time.

We’re so glad  you join us for worship in whatever way you do, and we look forward to being together again as a Forever Family!


YogaFaith is offering both in person classes and online classes.  Class offerings are as follows:  All Level YogaFaith – Tuesday and Thursday nights at 5:30 pm and Restorative Candlelight YogaFaith is every Sunday night at 7:00 pm.  To stay 6 feet apart, we are limiting the number of people in the room to 6 (including Sara and Erika) so you will have to register in advance for an in-person class. Please click on this link to sign up for a class. If you would like to take the class online please email Sara at tmoll@neb.rr.com and she will give you instructions!  As always please check our Facebook page for more information.   https://www.facebook.com/YogaFaith-Seward-256010628294784/


Thank you for being so faithful in your giving. As a reminder, we have 4 giving options other than the offering basket:

  • 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 donation can be made via credit/debit card or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) through your checking/savings account. Through a collaboration with the InFaith Community Foundation and Thrivent Financial, The Rock will not be assessed any fees if you give through this online portal.
  • Joyful Response is a way for individuals to make their stewardship commitment to God through The Rock on a regular basis. They can determine the start and stop date of the giving as well as the intervals of payment. This is a simple way for each of us to support the ministry through The Rock. People can designate their gifts to be split out towards the general fund or maybe they want some money to go into a building fund or outreach fund.
  • Click here for an electronic offering form. Forms need to be turned in to Rock treasurer Dave Kumm for processing, or mailed to The Rock.

 



If you have any questions about The Rock, need information about our events, or anything else, please contact us at info@therockseward.org.  Also, if you have a prayer request to submit during the week (or anytime) send it to prayers@therockseward.org. Our prayer warriors will receive these, as well as Pastor Mike Meyer. 

Rock News

  • 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. Someone from the congregation will also be taking them several meals that can be frozen and stored.

    A Meal Train has also been set up for the Boggs family (Seth and Megan) to help them while Megan is undergoing treatment. If you would like to minister to the Boggs family by bringing them a meal, please sign up at this link. Just as with the Parry family, restaurant or grocery gift cards would also be a help. Delivery info is available on the Meal Train link, and questions can be directed to Kim Myers or Jen Janousek.

    Questions and/or gift cards can be given to Jen Janousek or Kim Myers if you don’t see one of the Parrys or Boggs. Let’s bless these families during this time!

  • The Rock’s Guatemala Mission Team will be selling t-shirts as a fundraiser. The shirts will have The Rock’s logo and “Saved to Serve” on them and are available for $15 in different colors. They’ll be on sale until March 19 with orders taken at a table in The Rock Cafe. (Make any checks out to “The Rock”)

  • Our amazing Nicodemus Comfort Dog is going to be 4 years old and the community of Seward is invited to his birthday party open house at The Lied Senior Center, at 1010 Manor Drive, Seward, on Sunday, March 29th from 4pm-6pm. We will have a hot dog meal and birthday cake. No tickets are needed — we’ll have a freewill offering collection at the door.

  • Join the Seward County Pro-Life Council on Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 at the Seward Civic Center auditorium for a special speaker addressing the topic “Conceived in Rape: From Worthless to Priceless.” Rebecca Kiessling is a pro-life speaker who will talk about her story of being conceived in rape, nearly aborted, but protected by the law and later adopted. Learn more about her story and organization, Save the 1, at their website.

  • Concordia University, Nebraska’s Art Department will be holding Saturday School morning sessions for elementary and middle-level students to learn about and create art. The sessions will be taught by Concordia students enrolled in Methods of Art Education and observed by professor and department chairman Don Robson. The sessions, available to Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students, are divided by age group. Each session will be based on a discipline-based art education unit plan, addressing art history, aesthetics, constructive criticism, and art making.

    All sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The classes will be held on Concordia University’s campus in Brommer Art Center, Room 123. A $5.00 fee per student is required for registration and supplies. Each session has 25 seats available. Please dress your child in clothes that can get messy. The dates for Saturday Art School for Spring Semester, 2020 are: March 28: Pre-Kindergarten;   April 4: Kindergarten; April 18: 1St & 2nd Grade; April 25: 3rd & 4th Grade; May 2: 5th – 8th Grade *Note: Registration is online. To register your child/children please follow this link: https://go.cune.edu/saturdayartspring20

  • We need donated bags of ice melt to help keep our sidewalks and steps clear this winter. Please drop them off in the designated area to the left of the main stairs. Are you willing and able to help us clear sidewalks this winter? Contact Tim Moll or Tim Butler to volunteer. (High school students in need of service hours can log some by doing this!)

  • Greeters are needed to welcome people on Sunday mornings to our worship service.  No experience necessary! Sign up is easy — just visit this link to sign up. Pick the date(s) that work for you.  On that date be here around 9:45 with a warm smile!  Name tags are on the Cafe counter.

  • Every month we collect items for the Blue Valley Community Action Pantry. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity. We’re collecting soup for the month of February and we’ll start collecting peanut butter in March.

  • Join us for some faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings before the service:  Going Deeper meets in room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike.

  • The Ladies’ Bible Study, Morning Amigas,  meets from 10:00 to 11:30 on Thursdays in the Rock Cafe.  Questions? Contact Karen Hoffbauer (karenhoffbauer@hotmail.com) or Marcia Newsome (mooma496@hotmail.com).

  • Everyone is welcome to YogaFaith – flow and stretch with Erika or Sara at The Rock (237 South 3rd). YogaFaith has moved into its new room at The Rock!  Where: Room 120 (located in the north east corner of the basement of The Rock.)

    Directions from south parking lot:  Enter the south doors, walk past old Yoga room.  Keep walking to the staircase at the end of the hall.  Walk down the ½ flight of stairs, turn right, walk down another ½ flight and the room is to your left. Directions from the east parking lot:  Eventually we will recommend that everyone park in the east parking lot and enter through the north doors. This is the quickest way into the room.  Enter through north doors, go down ½ flight of stairs on your left and the room is on your left.

    Shoes and coats:  There are hooks outside of the room to hang coats and a small hallway to put your shoes. Bathrooms:  There are no bathrooms in the basement. Please continue to use the Bathrooms on the second floor.

    Join us for an all-levels Christian yoga class to help you focus and connect with Him while you strengthen, stretch and balance.  Please bring a mat, if you are able, but we do have mats that you can borrow. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays at 9:00 a.m.  Also, on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m., join us for a gentle and relaxing Candlelight YogaFaith class at The Rock. These classes focus on stretching and slow movements.  They are Christ-centered, restful and appropriate for all levels. First class is free; after that it is $5.00 per class. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early in order to settle into your space. 

 


If you have any questions about The Rock, need information about our events, or anything else, please contact us at info@therockseward.org.  Also, if you have a prayer request to submit during the week (or anytime) send it to prayers@therockseward.org. Our prayer warriors will receive these, as well as Pastor Mike Meyer. 

 

Rock News

  • 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 a special speaker addressing the topic “Conceived in Rape: From Worthless to Priceless.” Rebecca Kiessling is a pro-life speaker who will talk about her story of being conceived in rape, nearly aborted, but protected by the law and later adopted. Learn more about her story and organization, Save the 1, at their website.
     
  • Concordia University, Nebraska’s Art Department will be holding Saturday School morning sessions for elementary and middle-level students to learn about and create art. The sessions will be taught by Concordia students enrolled in Methods of Art Education and observed by professor and department chairman Don Robson. The sessions, available to Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students, are divided by age group. Each session will be based on a discipline-based art education unit plan, addressing art history, aesthetics, constructive criticism, and art making.

    All sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The classes will be held on Concordia University’s campus in Brommer Art Center, Room 123. A $5.00 fee per student is required for registration and supplies. Each session has 25 seats available. Please dress your child in clothes that can get messy. The dates for Saturday Art School for Spring Semester, 2020 are: March 28: Pre-Kindergarten;   April 4: Kindergarten; April 18: 1St & 2nd Grade; April 25: 3rd & 4th Grade; May 2: 5th – 8th Grade *Note: Registration is online. To register your child/children please follow this link: https://go.cune.edu/saturdayartspring20
     
  • We need donated bags of ice melt to help keep our sidewalks and steps clear this winter. Please drop them off in the designated area to the left of the main stairs. Are you willing and able to help us clear sidewalks this winter? Contact Tim Moll or Tim Butler to volunteer. (High school students in need of service hours can log some by doing this!)
     
  • Greeters are needed to welcome people on Sunday mornings to our worship service.  No experience necessary! Sign up is easy — just visit this link to sign up. Pick the date(s) that work for you.  On that date be here around 9:45 with a warm smile!  Name tags are on the Cafe counter.
     
  • Every month we collect items for the Blue Valley Community Action Pantry. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity. We’re collecting soup for the month of February and we’ll start collecting peanut butter in March.
     
  • Join us for some faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings before the service:  Going Deeper meets in room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike.
     
  • The Ladies’ Bible Study, Morning Amigas,  meets from 10:00 to 11:30 on Thursdays in the Rock Cafe.  Questions? Contact Karen Hoffbauer (karenhoffbauer@hotmail.com) or Marcia Newsome (mooma496@hotmail.com).
     
  • Everyone is welcome to YogaFaith – flow and stretch with Erika or Sara at The Rock (237 South 3rd). YogaFaith has moved into its new room at The Rock!  Where: Room 120 (located in the north east corner of the basement of The Rock.)

    Directions from south parking lot:  Enter the south doors, walk past old Yoga room.  Keep walking to the staircase at the end of the hall.  Walk down the ½ flight of stairs, turn right, walk down another ½ flight and the room is to your left. Directions from the east parking lot:  Eventually we will recommend that everyone park in the east parking lot and enter through the north doors. This is the quickest way into the room.  Enter through north doors, go down ½ flight of stairs on your left and the room is on your left.

    Shoes and coats:  There are hooks outside of the room to hang coats and a small hallway to put your shoes. Bathrooms:  There are no bathrooms in the basement. Please continue to use the Bathrooms on the second floor.

    Join us for an all-levels Christian yoga class to help you focus and connect with Him while you strengthen, stretch and balance.  Please bring a mat, if you are able, but we do have mats that you can borrow. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays at 9:00 a.m.  Also, on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m., join us for a gentle and relaxing Candlelight YogaFaith class at The Rock. These classes focus on stretching and slow movements.  They are Christ-centered, restful and appropriate for all levels. First class is free; after that it is $5.00 per class. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early in order to settle into your space. 

 


If you have any questions about The Rock, need information about our events, or anything else, please contact us at info@therockseward.org.  Also, if you have a prayer request to submit during the week (or anytime) send it to prayers@therockseward.org. Our prayer warriors will receive these, as well as Pastor Mike Meyer. 

 

 

 

Rock News

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 too! (But our prayers@therockseward.org address is always open if you need us to pray for you or your family.)
  • We need more donated bags of ice melt to help keep our sidewalks and steps clear this winter. Please drop them off in the designated area to the left of the main stairs. Are you willing and able to help us clear sidewalks this winter? Contact Tim Moll or Tim Butler to volunteer. (High school students in need of service hours can log some by doing this!)

  • Greeters are needed to welcome people on Sunday mornings to our worship service.  No experience necessary! Sign up is easy — just click here. Pick the date(s) that work for you.  On that date be here around 9:45 with a warm smile! Name tags are on the Cafe counter.

  • Every month we collect items for the Blue Valley Community Action Pantry. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity. We’re collecting soup this February, but if you still have soap and shampoo for January you’re welcome to add that to the collection box as well.

  • Join us for some faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings before the service:  Going Deeper meets in room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike.

  • The Ladies’ Bible Study, Morning Amigas,  meets from 10:00 to 11:30 on Thursdays in the Rock Cafe.  Questions? Contact Karen Hoffbauer (karenhoffbauer@hotmail.com) or Marcia Newsome (mooma496@hotmail.com).

  • Everyone is welcome to YogaFaith – flow and stretch with Erika or Sara in Room 216 at The Rock (237 South 3rd).  Join us for an all-levels Christian yoga class to help you focus and connect with Him while you strengthen, stretch and balance.  Please bring a mat, if you are able, but we do have mats that you can borrow. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays at 9:00 a.m.  Also, on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m., join us for a gentle and relaxing Candlelight YogaFaith class at The Rock. These classes focus on stretching and slow movements.  They are Christ-centered, restful and appropriate for all levels. First class is free; after that it is $5.00 per class. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early in order to settle into your space. 

 


If you have any questions about The Rock, need information about our events, or anything else, please contact us at info@therockseward.org.  Also, if you have a prayer request to submit during the week (or anytime) send it to prayers@therockseward.org. Our prayer warriors will receive these, as well as Pastor Mike Meyer. 

 

Rock News

  • 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 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 date(s) that work for you.  On that date be here around 9:45 with a warm smile! Name tags are on the Cafe counter. 
  • Every month we collect items for the Blue Valley Community Action Pantry. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity. We’re collecting soap and shampoo for January.
     
  • Join us for some faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings before the service:  Going Deeper meets in room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike.
     
  • The Ladies’ Bible Study, Morning Amigas,  meets from 10:00 to 11:30 on Thursdays in the Rock Cafe.  Questions? Contact Karen Hoffbauer (karenhoffbauer@hotmail.com) or Marcia Newsome (mooma496@hotmail.com).
     
  • Everyone is welcome to YogaFaith – flow and stretch with Erika or Sara in Room 216 at The Rock (237 South 3rd).  Join us for an all-levels Christian yoga class to help you focus and connect with Him while you strengthen, stretch and balance.  Please bring a mat, if you are able, but we do have mats that you can borrow. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays at 9:00 a.m.  Also, on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m., join us for a gentle and relaxing Candlelight YogaFaith class at The Rock. These classes focus on stretching and slow movements.  They are Christ-centered, restful and appropriate for all levels. First class is free; after that it is $5.00 per class. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early in order to settle into your space. 

 


If you have any questions about The Rock, need information about our events, or anything else, please contact us at info@therockseward.org.  Also, if you have a prayer request to submit during the week (or anytime) send it to prayers@therockseward.org. Our prayer warriors will receive these, as well as Pastor Mike Meyer.

Rock News

  • 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 Christmas Eve service with candlelight and singing on December 24 at 5:30.

  • 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 date(s) that work for you.  On that date be here around 9:45 with a warm smile! Name tags are on the Cafe counter.

  • It’s football season! Come  join some of the men of The Rock at the Sparetime during football game halftime for devotions.

  • Every month we collect items for the Blue Valley Community Action Pantry. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity. We’re collecting tuna for December and will collect soap and shampoo for January. 

  • Join us for some faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings before the service:  Going Deeper meets in room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike.

  • New start time for Ladies’ Bible Study, Morning Amigas! The ladies will now meet from 10:00 to 11:30 on Thursdays in the Rock Cafe.  Questions? Contact Karen Hoffbauer (karenhoffbauer@hotmail.com) or Marcia Newsome (mooma496@hotmail.com).

  • Everyone is welcome to YogaFaith – flow and stretch with Erika or Sara in Room 216 at The Rock (237 South 3rd).  Join us for an all-levels Christian yoga class to help you focus and connect with Him while you strengthen, stretch and balance.  Please bring a mat, if you are able, but we do have mats that you can borrow. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays at 9:00 a.m.  Also, on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m., join us for a gentle and relaxing Candlelight YogaFaith class at The Rock. These classes focus on stretching and slow movements.  They are Christ-centered, restful and appropriate for all levels. First class is free; after that it is $5.00 per class. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early in order to settle into your space. **No classes November 28 & 29!**


If you have any questions about The Rock, need information about our events, or anything else, please contact us at info@therockseward.org.  Also, if you have a prayer request to submit during the week (or anytime) send it to prayers@therockseward.org. Our prayer warriors will receive these, as well as Pastor Mike Meyer. 

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Rock News

  • 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; most meals, translators, and trip insurance. Does NOT include: tourist day activity, restaurant meals (2-3 meals), souvenirs, snacks.

  • Every year, Habitat for Humanity at Concordia picks a Saturday in the fall to help rake leaves for Seward residents. Right now, the rake day is scheduled for Nov. 2nd. In the past, they have served anywhere from 2-4 homes, but they know they can do more. If you know of people who are in need of help in completing this task, contact Kim Myers as soon as possible (reply to this email) with the details so she can pass them on for consideration.

  • 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 are wrapping up our campaign to raise $25,000 by October 25 to cover some unanticipated building expenses. Brick repair is needed on the upper north exterior wall of the Rock facility. There are areas where water (and snow in the winter) are leaking through. The solution to this issue is tuck pointing to repair the brick at a cost of just under $21,000.  Second, it is necessary to perform some maintenance on the elevator. The recent regular elevator inspection revealed that the elevator “jack” should be repacked at a cost of around $3,200. Rather than borrowing these funds to complete the necessary repairs, the Board of Directors believes it is best to conduct a short-term fundraising campaign. Look for the information on how much we raised this coming Sunday!

  • Consider joining the Living Water Rescue Mission of York on November 11 for a free celebration banquet at the Holthus Convention Center. Come hear the amazing testimonies of lives changed by Jesus, enjoy a great meal, and be encouraged by beautiful music. For your free reservation, please call the Mission at 402-362-0127. Seating is a 6 and the meal starts at 6:30. Learn more about the Mission at their website: http://www.lwrmyork.org/

  • It’s football season! Come  join some of the men of The Rock at the Sparetime during football game halftime for devotions.

  • Renovations at the University Lutheran Chapel in Lincoln are nearly complete and they want you to join them on Sunday, October 27 for a dedication service and open house.  A worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m.  and an open house from 1:00-3:00 p.m. 

  • Christ wants you to know who He is and what He has done for us. Concordia Publishing House is here to help you with that.  We are dedicated to helping Christ’s families read, study, teach, and learn about the miracles that God has shown us. Our newest releases, such as the Portals of Prayer Devotional Bible, Enduring Faith Sunday School Curriculum, The Mighty and The Mysterious, and The Growing in Faith Bible Storybook, in addition to thousands of other resources, allow for families of all ages and stages to share in Christ’s love. CPH is overjoyed to be able to offer these resources for your family to grow with Christ for generations to come. To see all we have to offer, please visit us at cph.org.

  • Every month we collect items for the Blue Valley Community Action Pantry. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity. For October, we are collecting rice. Thanks for being a blessing to the community of Seward! In November, we’ll be blessing the pantry by collecting toothpaste.

  • Join us for some faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings before the service:  Going Deeper meets in room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike.

  • Ladies’ Bible Study, Morning Amigos, meets from 10:15 to 11:30 on Thursdays in the Rock Cafe.  Questions? Contact Karen Hoffbauer (karenhoffbauer@hotmail.com) or Marcia Newsome (mooma496@hotmail.com).

  • Everyone is welcome to YogaFaith – flow and stretch with Erika or Sara in Room 216 at The Rock (237 South 3rd).  Join us for an all-levels Christian yoga class to help you focus and connect with Him while you strengthen, stretch and balance.  Please bring a mat, if you are able, but we do have mats that you can borrow. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays at 9:00 a.m.  Also, on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m., join us for a gentle and relaxing Candlelight YogaFaith class at The Rock. These classes focus on stretching and slow movements.  They are Christ-centered, restful and appropriate for all levels. First class is free; after that it is $5.00 per class. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early in order to settle into your space.


If you have any questions about The Rock, need information about our events, or anything else, please contact us at info@therockseward.org.  Also, if you have a prayer request to submit during the week (or anytime) send it to prayers@therockseward.org. Our prayer warriors will receive these, as well as Pastor Mike Meyer. 

 

Rock News

  • 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 table service will be provided.   Power strips will be available to plug in crock pots and the like.  If you can’t bring food, join us anyway!

  • 25 by 25:  We recently launched a campaign to raise $25,000 by October 25 to cover some unanticipated building expenses. Brick repair is needed on the upper north exterior wall of the Rock facility. There are areas where water (and snow in the winter) are leaking through. The solution to this issue is tuck pointing to repair the brick at a cost of just under $21,000.  Second, it is necessary to perform some maintenance on the elevator. The recent regular elevator inspection revealed that the elevator “jack” should be repacked at a cost of around $3,200. Rather than borrowing these funds to complete the necessary repairs, the Board of Directors believes it is best to conduct a short-term fundraising campaign. Feel free to ask questions at our meeting after worship this Sunday.

  • Concordia University, Nebraska’s Art Department will be holding Saturday School morning sessions for elementary and middle-level students to learn about and create art. The sessions will be taught by Concordia students enrolled in Methods of Art Education and observed by professor and department chairman Don Robson.

    The sessions, available to Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students, are divided by age group. Each session will be based on a discipline-based art education unit plan, addressing art history, aesthetics, constructive criticism, and art making.

    All sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The classes will be held on Concordia University’s campus in Brommer Art Center, room 123. A $5.00 fee per student is required for registration and supplies. Each session has 25 seats available. Please dress your child in clothes that can get messy.

    The dates for Saturday Art School for I Semester, 2019 are: 11.2, Pre-Kindergarten Saturday School; 11.9, Kindergarten Saturday School; 11.16, 1St & 2nd Grade Saturday School; 12.7, 3rd & 4th Grade Saturday School; 12.14, 5th – 8th Grade Saturday Schools *Note: Registration is online. To register your child/children please follow the link below:                                                                                            https://go.cune.edu/saturdayartfall19

  • Life Chain is an annual peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans silently praying for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception.

    In Seward, meet at the west side of the Courthouse to pick up a sign and then line up along highways 15 and 34 from 2:00 till 3:00.

  • It’s football season! Come  join some of the men of The Rock at the Sparetime during football game halftime for devotions.

  • ROCK Guatemala mission opportunity in SUMMER 2020! Come to a short information session on October 6 after worship to learn about an upcoming mission opportunity.  It will be a short 15-20 minutes outlining what the trip would look like, dates, and costs. Jen Janousek and Pastor Mike will be your leaders.

  • Renovations at the University Lutheran Chapel in Lincoln are nearly complete and they want you to join them on Sunday, October 27 for a dedication service and open house.  A worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon, and an open house from 1:00-3:00 p.m. If you plan to attend the lunch portion of this day, please RSVP by Friday, October 18, either online at  www.ndlcms.org/rsvp/ or by calling 402-643-2961. If you only plan to attend the open house, no RSVP is needed.

  • Christ wants you to know who He is and what He has done for us. Concordia Publishing House is here to help you with that.  We are dedicated to helping Christ’s families read, study, teach, and learn about the miracles that God has shown us. Our newest releases, such as the Portals of Prayer Devotional Bible, Enduring Faith Sunday School Curriculum, The Mighty and The Mysterious, and The Growing in Faith Bible Storybook, in addition to thousands of other resources, allow for families of all ages and stages to share in Christ’s love. CPH is overjoyed to be able to offer these resources for your family to grow with Christ for generations to come. To see all we have to offer, please visit us at cph.org.

  • Every month we collect items for the Blue Valley Community Action Pantry. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity. We are now collecting boxed meals for September and we’ll start collecting rice in October. Thanks for being a blessing to the community of Seward!

  • Join us for some faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings before the service:  Going Deeper meets in room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike. A 4 week couples’ study from “Simply One In Marriage” started on September 15th in room 217 starting at 8:45. More information about the study can be found here: http://simplyoneinmarriage.com/

  • Ladies’ Bible Study, Morning Amigos, meets from 10:15 to 11:30 on Thursdays in the Rock Cafe.  Questions? Contact Karen Hoffbauer (karenhoffbauer@hotmail.com) or Marcia Newsome (mooma496@hotmail.com).

  • Everyone is welcome to YogaFaith – flow and stretch with Erika or Sara in Room 216 at The Rock (237 South 3rd).  Join us for an all-levels Christian yoga class to help you focus and connect with Him while you strengthen, stretch and balance.  Please bring a mat, if you are able, but we do have mats that you can borrow. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and Friday at 9:00 a.m.  Also, on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m., join us for a gentle and relaxing Candlelight YogaFaith class at The Rock. These classes focus on stretching and slow movements.  They are Christ-centered, restful and appropriate for all levels. First class is free; after that it is $5.00 per class. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early in order to settle into your space.

    Below you will find the September YogaFaith schedule.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Candlelight on Sundays at 7:00 pm  – September 22, and 29
    All Level YogaFaith on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm –  September 24
    All Level YogaFaith on Thursdays at 5:30 pm – September 26
    All Level YogaFaith on Fridays at 9:00 am –  September 27

 


If you have any questions about The Rock, need information about our events, or anything else, please contact us at info@therockseward.org.  Also, if you have a prayer request to submit during the week (or anytime) send it to prayers@therockseward.org. Our prayer warriors will receive these, as well as Pastor Mike Meyer.