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. 

 

Rock News

  • 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 made by noon on Wednesday and communicated by email / Facebook. The Rock will provide table service, but the meal is potluck. Please bring enough of a dish to feed your family and share with others. Bring your own drinks, lawn chairs, blankets, etc. All Stepping Stones, FaithInk, and Godparent families are invited to  join us for this kickoff picnic.

    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.

  • Adopt-a-Bulldog! This program connects Concordia students with families at the Rock! Sign up on Sunday using the sheets in the Rock Cafe or email megboggs00@gmail.com. After Sept. 8 the students will be matched up with families and those who signed up will be contacted.

    Students: Get to know some Seward locals, have someone to sit by at worship, enjoy a home-cooked meal or some baked goods, be a “big brother or sister” to any young kids in your “adopted family,” know that you have someone close by cheering you on, supporting you and praying for you!

    Families: Get to know a Concordia student, invite them over for a meal or out to lunch after church once in awhile, make them a “finals-week” goodie basket or bake them a cake on their birthday, attend their sporting/performing arts events when you can, support and pray for them!

  • Starting September 9, join some of the men of The Rock at the Sparetime during football game halftime for devotions.

  • Did you know that there are four opportunities in Nebraska for students to get connected to Lutheran student ministry and deepen their faith? Holy Cross Campus ministry in Kearney, University Lutheran Chapel at UNL, Living H20 Campus ministry in Omaha, and Cup of Grace in Wayne are all eager to connect to your college students and keep them growing in their faith while they’re away from home. You can learn more about these ministries at http://www.ndlcms.org/district-ministries/ or ask Kim Myers or Rich Boring 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

  • The Concordia University Men’s Basketball Team would like to invite all boys going into grades 3rd thru 8th to a Sunday Night Youth Basketball League (SNYBL) beginning September 8th. This league provides young basketball players the chance to compete in a game environment against players of similar age – all within a Christian atmosphere. A great opportunity to develop your basketball skills and get ready for the upcoming season! To register or for more information, go to www.CUNE.edu/SNYBL or call 402-643-7310.

  • We are seeking greeters to help connect people before worship services.  Do you like to meet and visit with people? Would you like to use your gift of hospitality at The Rock?  Then YOU are needed! To sign up to greet, please click here. Contact Diana Boring at dboring58@gmail.com with any questions.

  • 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’ll start collecting boxed meals for September. If you still have some canned fruit, which was our August item, feel free to add that to the box as well.

  • We have faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings:  Going Deeper, room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike. Women’s Bible study with Ann Schranz will resume sometime in the next year.

  • 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. No classes on Sept. 1 and 5.

    Candlelight on Sundays at 7:00 pm  – September 8, 15, 22, and 29 (no class on Sept. 1)
    All Level YogaFaith on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm –  September 3, 10, 17, and 24
    All Level YogaFaith on Thursdays at 5:30 pm – September 12, 19, and 26 (no class on September 5)
    All Level YogaFaith on Fridays at 9:00 am –  September 6, 13, 20, 27

Rock News

  • 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 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

  • Do you have a heart for moms and kids? Over forty area moms are connecting through the ministry of Seward Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS) but more help is needed with child care to make the meetings possible. Volunteer or paid positions are available to help with one or two Friday meetings per month on a regular or occasional basis from 8:45-11:15am. Please e-mail Karlie at karliejoyschreiner@gmail.com if interested.

  • We are seeking greeters to help connect people before worship services.  Do you like to meet and visit with people? Would you like to use your gift of hospitality at The Rock?  Then YOU are needed! To sign up to greet, please click here. Contact Diana Boring at dboring58@gmail.com with any questions.

  • 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. Our August item is canned fruit. If you plan your shopping in advance, we’ll be collecting boxed meals in September.

  • We have faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings:  Going Deeper, room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike. Women’s Bible study with Ann Schranz will resume sometime in the next year.

  • 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. No classes on Sept. 1 and 5.

    Candlelight YogaFaith on Sundays at 7:00 pm  – September 8, 15, 22, and 29 (no class on Sept. 1)
    All Level YogaFaith on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm –  September 3, 10, 17, and 24
    All Level YogaFaith on Thursdays at 5:30 pm – September 12, 19, and 26 (no class on September 5)
    All Level YogaFaith on Fridays at 9:00 am –  September 6, 13, 20, 27

Rock News

  • 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 teens to go to the LCMS National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis. It was an amazing experience for them.

  • Christ-centered education opportunity:  Are you looking for a quality Christ-centered and community engaged school for your child? Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Staplehurst currently has openings in all grades, starting in 3-year-old preschool through 8th grade. If you have any questions please call Principal Anson at the school at 402-535-2251 to schedule a visit. We would love to have your family be a part of our family at Our Redeemer.

  • Greeter Meeting: On Aug. 4 after the service, we will have a short meeting with all those interested in greeting.  Please come with your ideas and questions so we can help visitors to the best worship experience possible. Contact Diana Boring at dboring58@gmail.com with any questions.

  • This month we’re collecting canned meat for the Blue Valley Community Action Pantry (but not tuna, which has its own month!). The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity.

  • We have faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings:  Going Deeper, room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike. Women’s Bible study with Ann Schranz will resume sometime in the next year.

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

  • Sara Moll and Erika Rolf teach YogaFaith classes in Room 216 on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m.  While Marge Rhodes is taking a break from Thursday evening yoga for the summer, YogaFaith will offer an all levels class  on Thursdays at 5:30 in room 216. Also, they offer a Sunday Candlelight class at 7-8 p.m. each week in the summer. Everyone is welcome to join a 1 hour long Christ centered yoga classes – your first class is FREE!  Please contact Sara at tmoll@neb.rr.com if you have any questions. Check for the most recent YogaFaith schedule here on Facebook for more updates or here on Instagram.

Rock News

  • 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 envelopes are on a table in the cafe for any who would like to help the teens and adult leaders with their expenses at the National Youth Gathering. Those envelopes can be put in the offering baskets or given to Pastor Mike or Kim Myers. The group leaves on July 10 and will be back on July 15. Please pray for them as they head off to this event.
  • We are still seeking greeters to help connect people before worship services.  Do you like to meet and visit with people? Would you like to use your gift of hospitality at The Rock?  Then YOU are needed! A sign up sheet will be available on the counter under The Rock Café sign or contact Diana Boring at dboring58@gmail.com. We’ll have a greeting meeting in August just before school starts again.

  • If you still have some “just add water” pancake mix for the Blue Valley Food Pantry, please bring on Sunday. In July we’ll be collecting canned meat (but not tuna, which has its own month!). The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity.

  • We have faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings:  Going Deeper, room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike. Women’s Bible study with Ann Schranz will resume sometime in the next year.

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

  • Click here to download the summer newsletter from Nebraska Lutherans for Life.

  • Please note – YogaFaith will be taking the 4th and 5th of July off!
    Sara Moll and Erika Rolf teach YogaFaith classes in Room 216 on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m.  While Marge Rhodes is taking a break from Thursday evening yoga for the summer, YogaFaith will offer an all levels class  on Thursdays at 5:30 in room 216. Also, they offer a Sunday Candlelight class at 7-8 p.m. each week in the summer. Everyone is welcome to join a 1 hour long Christ centered yoga classes – your first class is FREE!  Please contact Sara at tmoll@neb.rr.com if you have any questions. Check for the May YogaFaith schedule here on Facebook for more updates or here on Instagram

 

Rock News

  • 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 send our kids to the Gathering. 
  • 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.  
  • Join us for a Spring Clean-up day at The Rock on April 27 form 9:00 to noon. We’ll be tidying up inside and out.  
  • Tastefully Simple Fundraiser: Our teens are also selling Tastefully Simple items as a fundraiser for their trip to the Gathering. Find a teen on Sunday, or check with Jennifer Janousek for more information. 
  • We are SEEKING GREETERS to help CONNECT people before worship services.  Do you like to meet and visit with people? Would you like to use your gift of hospitality at The Rock?  Then YOU are needed! A sign up sheet will be available on the counter under The Rock Café sign or contact Diana Boring at dboring58@gmail.com. 
  • We’re collecting paper towels for the Blue Valley Food Pantry this April. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity.  
  • The Concordia University Men’s Basketball Team would like to invite all boys entering grades 3rd thru 12th (Fall grade 2019) to the Concordia Basketball Skills Camp on June 3rd-5th. Campers learn the fundamentals of basketball in a fun, competitive, and Christian environment. Held in the beautiful Walz Human Performance Complex, this camp includes basketball skill development, team and individual competitions with kids of similar age, and much more.

    Register online or download the brochure at https://www.cune.edu/athletics/teams/basketball/camps/ or call 402-643-7310 for more information. 
  • We have faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings:  Going Deeper, room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike. Women’s Bible study with Ann Schranz will resume sometime in the next year.
     
  • Ladies’ Bible Study, Morning Amigos, meets from 10:15 to 11:30 in the Rock Cafe.  Questions? Contact Karen Hoffbauer (karenhoffbauer@hotmail.com) or Marcia Newsome (mooma496@hotmail.com).
     
  • Yoga at The Rock:  Marge Rhodes teaches Yoga at The Rock on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome!

 

  • Sara Moll and Erika Rolf teach YogaFaith classes in Room 216 on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and Friday mornings at 9:45 am.  Also, we offer a Sunday Candlelight class at 6:30-7:30 pm twice a month. Everyone is welcome to join us for 1 hour long Christ centered yoga classes – your first class is FREE!  Please contact Sara at tmoll@neb.rr.com if you have any questions. Check for the March and April YogaFaith schedules  here on Facebook for more updates or here on Instagram. Weather Policy: If the Seward school system cancels school due to the weather, then we will not have class.

 

Rock News

  • 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 the service together.

  • Pastor Mike’s 50th birthday is coming soon. Be sure to wish him a happy birthday when you see him on Sunday the 10th!

  • 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!

  • Our March item for the Blue Valley Food Pantry is peanut butter. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity.

  • Concordia University, Nebraska is celebrating its 125th anniversary: In 2019, Concordia University, Nebraska is celebrating its 125th year of educational ministry. As part of these celebrations, on Saturday, March 23rd, Concordia and Jones Bank are presenting Celebration at the Lied, at Lincoln’s Lied Center for the Performing Arts. This one time only concert, held in a fantastic setting, will feature Concordia University, Nebraska’s acclaimed music ensembles performing a variety of sacred and secular selections intended to entertain and inspire. It will be a great experience for any and all who enjoy Concordia’s music programs, in particular, as well as for those who simply enjoy quality choral and instrumental music. Tickets, which range from $45 to $15, are on sale now online.

  • We have faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings:  Going Deeper, room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike. Women’s Bible study with Ann Schranz will resume sometime in the next year.

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

  • Yoga at The Rock:  Marge Rhodes teaches Yoga at The Rock on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome! YogaFaith with Sara Moll and Erika Rolf meets in Room 216.  Everyone is welcome to join us for 1 hour long Christ centered yoga classes – your first class is FREE! Please contact Sara at tmoll@neb.rr.com if you have any questions. Check for the March YogaFaith schedule  here on Facebook for more updates or here on Instagram. Weather Policy: If the Seward school system cancels school due to the weather, then we will not have class.

 

Rock News

  • 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 snow, then we will not have Stepping Stones and FaithInk. Each godparent group will decide together whether or not they will meet. If the weather causes us to cancel church on a Sunday, an email will be sent to this list early that morning and the information will be posted on our Facebook page.
  • We’ve gone through a lot of ice melt this winter. 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 in full swing! Thanks to all who have already donated some!

  • Concordia University, Nebraska is celebrating its 125th anniversary: In 2019, Concordia University, Nebraska is celebrating its 125th year of educational ministry. As part of these celebrations, on Saturday, March 23rd, Concordia and Jones Bank are presenting Celebration at the Lied, at Lincoln’s Lied Center for the Performing Arts. This one time only concert, held in a fantastic setting, will feature Concordia University, Nebraska’s acclaimed music ensembles performing a variety of sacred and secular selections intended to entertain and inspire. It will be a great experience for any and all who enjoy Concordia’s music programs, in particular, as well as for those who simply enjoy quality choral and instrumental music. Tickets, which range from $45 to $15, are on sale now online.

  • Our February item for the Blue Valley Food Pantry is soup. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity. Next month we will collect peanut butter.

  • We have faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings:  Going Deeper, room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike. Women’s Bible study with Ann Schranz will resume sometime in the next year.

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

  • Yoga at The Rock:  Marge Rhodes teaches Yoga at The Rock on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome! YogaFaith with Sara Moll and Erika Rolf meets in Room 216.  Everyone is welcome to join us for 1 hour long Christ centered yoga classes – your first class is FREE! Please contact Sara at tmoll@neb.rr.com if you have any questions. Also, find YogaFaith here on Facebook for more updates or here on Instagram. Weather Policy: If the Seward school system cancels school due to the weather, then we will not have class. The February schedule is as follows: Candlelight YogaFaith on Sundays, 7-8 p.m. – February 24 – Sara   /    All Levels YogaFaith: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 PM:  Feb. 26 (Erika) Fridays, 9:45-10:45 AM  (Sara) The March schedule will be set soon.

Rock News

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 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 75 countries and continues to connect weekly with over 100 LCMS missionaries around the world. More information at www.missioncentral.us.

    Stay after the service on 2/10 for Souper Sunday, a soup and dessert potluck lunch. We’ll provide two types of soup, table service and drinks. We ask all who are able to bring along a soup to share or some dessert. Can’t cook? Come anyway and join our Forever Family Reunion lunch. 
  • National Youth Gathering Valentine’s Fundraiser:  Looking for a unique gift for a loved one on Valentine’s Day? Surprise them at work, school or home (within Seward city limits) with a serenade by our local Kitones quartet group. The group will sing two love songs, give them a rose and take a picture to share with them later that day.

    Call Cliff at 308-708-0325 by Tues, February 12th to schedule a time for the serenade. A suggested donation of $25 (mailed to 762 Cory Drive, Seward NE 68434 by February 11, or dropped off by February 13 at the Seward United Methodist Church between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mon through Fri) will benefit all of the teens and chaperones headed to the Gathering. Checks need to be made out to The Rock Church. 

    Other arrangements can be made for delivering your donation if needed, and a serenade can be scheduled for Friday, February 15 if needed.

  • 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 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 in full swing! Thanks to all who have already donated some! 
  • Lutheran Marriage Encounter has been hosting weekends for 50 years enriching thousands of marriages.  These couples have had the opportunity to renew not only their relationship with each other, but also with God and with their church. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Marriage Encounter is offering a 50% discount off the application fee. This year’s event will be held March 1-3 at the Ramada Midtown in Grand Island. To learn more and to register, click here: https://godlovesmarriage.org/event/marriage-encounter-grand-island-ne/

  • Concordia University, Nebraska is celebrating its 125th anniversary: In 2019, Concordia University, Nebraska is celebrating its 125th year of educational ministry. As part of these celebrations, on Saturday, March 23rd, Concordia and Jones Bank are presenting Celebration at the Lied, at Lincoln’s Lied Center for the Performing Arts.

    This one time only concert, held in a fantastic setting, will feature Concordia University, Nebraska’s acclaimed music ensembles performing a variety of sacred and secular selections intended to entertain and inspire. It will be a great experience for any and all who enjoy Concordia’s music programs, in particular, as well as for those who simply enjoy quality choral and instrumental music. Tickets, which range from $45 to $15, are on sale now online. 
  • Our February item for the Blue Valley Food Pantry is soup. The collection box is in The Rock cafe and our community appreciates your generosity.  
  • We have faith growth opportunities on Sunday mornings:  Going Deeper, room 213, 8:45 with Pastor Mike. Women’s Bible study with Ann Schranz will resume sometime in the next year. 
  • Ladies’ Bible Study, Morning Amigos, meets from 10:15 to 11:30 in the Rock Cafe.  Questions? Contact Karen Hoffbauer (karenhoffbauer@hotmail.com) or Marcia Newsome (mooma496@hotmail.com). 
  • Yoga at The Rock:  Marge Rhodes teaches Yoga at The Rock on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome!

    YogaFaith with Sara Moll and Erika Rolf meets in Room 216.  Everyone is welcome to join us for 1 hour long Christ centered yoga classes – your first class is FREE!  Please contact Sara at tmoll@neb.rr.com if you have any questions. Also, find YogaFaith here on Facebook for more updates or here on Instagram. Weather Policy: If the Seward school system cancels school due to the weather, then we will not have class. The February schedule is as follows:
    Candlelight YogaFaith on Sundays, 7-8 p.m. – February 10 – Erika; February 24 – Sara
    All Levels YogaFaith: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 PM:  Feb. 12, 19, 26 (Erika) Fridays,  9:45-10:45 AM: Feb. 8, 15, 22 (Sara)