Notice of Voters’ Meeting

Sunday, February 18, 2024

We were notified on Friday (2/16) by Pastor Doug Slavens that he is declining our call to serve as the next Pastor of the Rock. Please pray for Pastor Slavens and our brothers and sisters at Memorial Lutheran in Sioux Falls that God would bless his continued ministry there. It is now time to determine our next steps in the search for our next pastor. Please plan to attend a special voter’s meeting that will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 29, 2024, in the worship center at the Rock. The call committee will be meeting this week to review our options and prepare information and recommendations to present at the meeting. One possibility is to ask that a pastor graduating from the seminary be placed at the Rock. The deadline to make that application is March 1, 2024, which is why it is important to have a voter’s meeting soon. Between now and the meeting, please pray for the work of the call committee and for God’s clear guidance for the Rock.  If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Call Committee: Ross Briggs, Emma Dannehl, Jake Eckles, Marcus Gubanyi, Tim Moll, Matt Myers, Brenda Reif, and Andrea Sloup.

Rock News

Happening at The Rock, 2/14/24

 

Pastor Loeschen’s birthday is Saturday, February 24. Remember to pray for him and wish him a happy birthday!


Are you curious about the new Christian high school that began this fall as an institute of Concordia University?  Do you like pizza?  If you answered yes to both of these questions, join Trinity Academy Headmaster Dr. Gabe Haley after worship this Sunday, February 18. The information session will be held in The Rock Café and pizza will be available for attendees.


Free Resource for Families: Conversation Starters for Mealtimes

Who’s your best friend? What is your favorite Bible verse? What do you think it means to have courage? These questions and more, written especially for families to use as conversation starters at mealtimes.

Download a free pack of conversation cards for your family to use at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table to add some excitement to your normal mealtime conversations and “mix up” the kinds of things your family talks about with one another. Martin Luther and his family understood well the importance of welcoming others into their home for lively conversation around a shared meal at the table. Some of these conversations were even recorded by hand and compiled into a collection of writings that are now known as Luther’s Table Talk. LCMS Family Ministry hopes these resources will help your family continue this tradition of good and lively conversation at the dinner table.

Read more about how to use this resource.

Printable cards available in black and white and in color.

Conversation cards (Color)  //  Conversation cards (B&W)


The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Nebraska District College Scholarship was developed to encourage college students in the Nebraska District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) to pursue their educational goals.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA or current full-time post-secondary student at an accredited institution with at least one year of courses remaining and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must also be a member of a congregation belonging to the Nebraska District LCMS.

Applications close April 14, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 6, 2024. Learn more and complete your application at lcef.org/nebraskascholarship.


Remember to Designate Your Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 31! Thrivent investors should act now to designate their Thrivent Choice Dollars before the March 31 deadline. We are grateful for all who designate these funds to The Rock each year.


Continue to pray for the call process. We have issued a call to Rev. Doug Slavens, and he and his family are prayerfully considering the call. Rev. Slavens wrote the following in his acknowledgment of the call:

I am truly honored and humbled to receive this call. In the days ahead I will be in contact with the leaders of your congregation as well as the leaders here at Memorial, in an effort to discern where I can best serve the Lord in His kingdom. I look forward to learning more about your congregation and the ministry that you do in the community of Seward and beyond. In the meantime, I humbly ask for your prayers. Join me, please, in praying for the ministries of both The Rock, and Memorial Lutheran churches, and that the Lord would lead me to a decision that pleases Him.


Our February item for the Blue Valley food pantry is soup. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way. You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website. Year-round they also collect the following: pasta, pasta meal mixes, instant potato side dishes, and mashed potatoes. 


Connie Butler has started work as our new administrative assistant. You can contact her at connie.butler@therockseward.org or by calling the church office at 402-643-6624. She is available Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.


YogaFaith News: Visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. 

Class Schedule:

  • Monday Sonrise 8:00 am- 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
  • Tuesday All Level 5:30 pm – 1/2, 1/9/, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
  • No classes on Thursday
  • No CUNE Classes
  • Sunday Restorative 7:00 pm – 1/14, 1/21, 1/28

Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE

Minutes for the January Directors’ meeting are available here now.



Our Website | http://www.therockseward.org/
Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/
Minutes from leadership meetings | CLICK HERE
Vimeo | https://vimeo.com/therockseward 
YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRockSewardNebraska
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward
Contact Us | info@therockseward.org
Prayer Requests | prayers@therockseward.org
Mail | PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434

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

 

Rock News

Happening at The Rock, 2/9/24

Join us this Wednesday, February 14, for our Ash Wednesday dinner and service. We’ll start at 5:30 with a taco dinner in support of the Guatemala mission team. Join us between 5:30-6:30 and drop your freewill offering for this meal in the baskets in the cafe. Then at 6:30 we will have our Ash Wednesday service. We will have communion and the imposition of ashes for those who want it. 

Please note: there will be no Stepping Stones or FaithInk this week.


Continue to pray for the call process. We have issued a call to Rev. Doug Slavens, and he and his family are prayerfully considering the call. Rev. Slavens wrote the following in his acknowledgment of the call:

I am truly honored and humbled to receive this call. In the days ahead I will be in contact with the leaders of your congregation as well as the leaders here at Memorial, in an effort to discern where I can best serve the Lord in His kingdom. I look forward to learning more about your congregation and the ministry that you do in the community of Seward and beyond. In the meantime, I humbly ask for your prayers. Join me, please, in praying for the ministries of both The Rock, and Memorial Lutheran churches, and that the Lord would lead me to a decision that pleases Him.


Our February item for the Blue Valley food pantry is soup. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way. You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website. Year-round they also collect the following: pasta, pasta meal mixes, instant potato side dishes, and mashed potatoes. 


Connie Butler has started work as our new administrative assistant. You can contact her at connie.butler@therockseward.org or by calling the church office at 402-643-6624. She is available Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.


YogaFaith Schedule:

Visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. 

Class Schedule:

  • Monday Sonrise 8:00 am- 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
  • Tuesday All Level 5:30 pm – 1/2, 1/9/, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
  • No classes on Thursday
  • No CUNE Classes
  • Sunday Restorative 7:00 pm – 1/14, 1/21, 1/28

Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE


Our Website | http://www.therockseward.org/
Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/
Minutes from leadership meetings | CLICK HERE
Vimeo | https://vimeo.com/therockseward 
YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRockSewardNebraska
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward
Contact Us | info@therockseward.org
Prayer Requests | prayers@therockseward.org
Mail | PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434

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

 

Rock News

Happening at The Rock, 1/18/24

NOTICE OF CALL MEETING: A meeting of the voting members of the Rock will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2024, in the worship center at the Rock. The purpose of the meeting is to issue a call for a pastor. All are welcome to attend the meeting, but only voting members will be permitted to vote. If you are not a voting member and would like to be, please contact Pastor Loeschen or one of the Ambassadors right away. The call meeting will include the following:  

  1. Pastor David Palomaki, the Circuit Visitor for the Seward Circuit of the Nebraska District of the LCMS, will be present with us and will provide an explanation of the call process and other information.
  2. A member of the call committee will review the process leading up to the call meeting.
  3. The call committee will provide information and recommendations on the candidates on our call list who have indicated they are willing to consider a call.
  4. After seeking God’s guidance in prayer, the voting members will vote to extend a call by a written ballot.

After the meeting is concluded, Pastor Palomaki and the Rock leaders will contact the pastor who has been selected and will issue formal call documents for him to consider.  

Please plan to attend this important meeting and please pray earnestly for God’s guidance and blessing as we move through the call process.


The next women’s Bible study will meet on Sunday mornings starting February 4 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. in room 211. It will be a one-month study with meetings on February 4, 11, 18 and 25

Please purchase your own copy of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World to participate in this study. Book available for purchase at ChristianBook.com or Amazon or through Chapters Books

Learn more about the book here. If you are interested in participating in this study or if you have any questions, please contact Andrea Sloup at Andrea.lyn.sloup@gmail.com.


A men’s Bible study is being held on Saturday mornings, starting January 6 at 7 a.m. in the cafe, focused on The Story by Randy Frazee. Please see Randy Newsome after church to sign up so he can order the books. The price of the books is $10. Coffee and treats will be provided. You can text Randy at 402-641-0138 with questions.


Our Forever Family is growing and it’s time to hold another diaper drive, this time for Baby Monroe, born to Johnny and Nataliy. We’re collecting sizes 2, 3, and 4, any brand, until February 4.. Look for a collection bin in the cafe area.


Anti-Fragile Parenting: Best Practices for Childhood and Youth Mental Health. We all want healthy children. We all desire that our children have strong bodies and minds, deep faith, and healthy relationships. But there are an increasing number of challenges that we face as families that threaten these hopes. Join Our Redeemer, Staplehurst on Wednesday, January 24 at 7 in their gym for a conversation about how we can push back against these forces in our children’s lives, led by Rev. Dr. Justin Hannemann, CEO of GracePoint Institute for Relational Health and Nebraska District executive for Church Worker Care. (More events on this topic will be held later in the year hosted by other congregations in the Nebraska District.)


In February, The Rock will host a Faith Partners Comprehensive Workshop: How Your Congregation Can Play Its Unique Role in Alcohol/Drug and Mental Health Issues. The workshop will be held in two parts:

  • Thursday, February 8, 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration Requested) This session is a pre-requisite for the training on Saturday. Anyone is welcome to attend this session to learn about the program.
  • Saturday, February 10, 9:00am to 4:30pm (Registration Required)
  • Registration for these events can be found at THIS LINK.

  A flier to share about this event can be found HERE.


Our January item for the Blue Valley food pantry is soap and shampoo. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way. You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website. Year-round they also collect the following: pasta, pasta meal mixes, instant potato side dishes, and mashed potatoes. 


National Youth Gathering – New Orleans, LA – July 19-23, 2025  It is time to start organizing and fundraising for the next NYG! The event is for 14–19-year-old students. (Must be 14 years old at time of the Gathering OR entering his/her 9th grade year at the time of the Gathering). If your student is interested in attending the 2025 NYG, please contact Jen Janousek (JenJanousek@yahoo.com or 402-499-3512) and be on the lookout for an informational meeting in January. 


We are excited to announce that the Rock Directory is now open. We are asking you to do two very easy things:

  1. Follow THIS LINK and check if you are in the directory, and if not, e-mail us and we’ll send you a form to fill out so that we can add you. The password currently is “ForeverFamily” but will change from time to time to protect our information.
  2. If you are already in it, go to THIS LINK for instructions on how to setup your login (which we won’t change on you) so that you can update your information and add a photo of your family. (link to Bill’s instructions)

The quality of the directory depends on you updating your information. We’ve gotten several requests for a directory from the Rock Family, and now that it’s available, we hope you will get in, update it and use it.

If you have any questions, contact Bill Schranz at Bill.Schranz@cune.edu or Matt Myers at myersgeneral@gmail.com


YogaFaith Schedule:

Visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. 

Classes start up again on January 2nd!  Things will look a little different over the next two months!  Here is a word from Erika… “I have accepted a long- term substitute teaching position for the months of January and February. I will be leaving for Maui on January 1 and will return on March 1. Thank you for understanding as our schedule changes a bit for the 2 months while Sara is the only YogaFaith instructor. I look forward to seeing you in March! Erika.”

Class Schedule:

  • Monday Sonrise 8:00 am- 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
  • Tuesday All Level 5:30 pm – 1/2, 1/9/, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
  • No classes on Thursday
  • No CUNE Classes
  • Sunday Restorative 7:00 pm – 1/14, 1/21, 1/28

Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE



Our Website | http://www.therockseward.org/
Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/
Minutes from leadership meetings | CLICK HERE
Vimeo | https://vimeo.com/therockseward 
YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRockSewardNebraska
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward
Contact Us | info@therockseward.org
Prayer Requests | prayers@therockseward.org
Mail | PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434

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

 

Rock News: Weather Update

1/13/24

We WILL be holding our regular 10 a.m. worship tomorrow for those who are able to safely attend and will livestream the service for those unable to attend. Stay safe and warm and remember to pray for all those who have to be out in the cold these coming days.

Rock News

Happening at The Rock, 1/11/24

 

NOTICE OF CALL MEETING: A meeting of the voting members of the Rock will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2024, in the worship center at the Rock. The purpose of the meeting is to issue a call for a pastor. All are welcome to attend the meeting, but only voting members will be permitted to vote. If you are not a voting member and would like to be, please contact Pastor Loeschen or one of the Ambassadors right away. The call meeting will include the following:   

  1. Pastor David Palomaki, the Circuit Visitor for the Seward Circuit of the Nebraska District of the LCMS, will be present with us and will provide an explanation of the call process and other information.
  2. A member of the call committee will review the process leading up to the call meeting.
  3. The call committee will provide information and recommendations on the candidates on our call list who have indicated they are willing to consider a call.
  4. After seeking God’s guidance in prayer, the voting members will vote to extend a call by a written ballot.

After the meeting is concluded, Pastor Palomaki and the Rock leaders will contact the pastor who has been selected and will issue formal call documents for him to consider.   

Please plan to attend this important meeting and please pray earnestly for God’s guidance and blessing as we move through the call process.


Our Forever Family is growing and it’s time to hold another diaper drive, this time for Baby Monroe, born to Johnny and Nataliy. We’re collecting sizes 2, 3, and 4, any brand, until February 4.. Look for a collection bin in the cafe area.


A men’s Bible study is being held on Saturday mornings, starting January 6 at 7 a.m. in the cafe, focused on The Story by Randy Frazee. Please see Randy Newsome after church to sign up so he can order the books. The price of the books is $10. Coffee and treats will be provided. You can text Randy at 402-641-0138 with questions.


Anti-Fragile Parenting: Best Practices for Childhood and Youth Mental Health

We all want healthy children. We all desire that our children have strong bodies and minds, deep faith, and healthy relationships. But there are an increasing number of challenges that we face as families that threaten these hopes. Join Our Redeemer, Staplehurst on Wednesday, January 24 at 7 in their gym for a conversation about how we can push back against these forces in our children’s lives, led by Rev. Dr. Justin Hannemann, CEO of GracePoint Institute for Relational Health and Nebraska District executive for Church Worker Care. (More events on this topic will be held later in the year hosted by other congregations in the Nebraska District.)


Get connected with Megan Hakes, who spoke on New Year’s Eve about her mission work, so you can help support her with giving and prayer. She will be in Spain, working with victims of domestic violence. Learn more about her work and support needs at THIS LINK


In February, The Rock will host a Faith Partners Comprehensive Workshop: How Your Congregation Can Play Its Unique Role in Alcohol/Drug and Mental Health Issues. The workshop will be held in two parts:

  • Thursday, February 8, 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration Requested) This session is a pre-requisite for the training on Saturday. Anyone is welcome to attend this session to learn about the program.
  • Saturday, February 10, 9:00am to 4:30pm (Registration Required)

Registration for these events can be found at THIS LINKA flier to share about this event can be found HERE.


Our January item for the Blue Valley food pantry is soap and shampoo. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way. You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website. Year-round they also collect the following: pasta, pasta meal mixes, instant potato side dishes, and mashed potatoes. 


National Youth Gathering – New Orleans, LA – July 19-23, 2025  It is time to start organizing and fundraising for the next NYG! The event is for 14–19-year-old students. (Must be 14 years old at time of the Gathering OR entering his/her 9th grade year at the time of the Gathering). If your student is interested in attending the 2025 NYG, please contact Jen Janousek (JenJanousek@yahoo.com or 402-499-3512) and be on the lookout for an informational meeting in January. 


We are excited to announce that the Rock Directory is now open. We are asking you to do two very easy things:

  1. Follow THIS LINK and check if you are in the directory, and if not, e-mail us and we’ll send you a form to fill out so that we can add you. The password currently is “ForeverFamily” but will change from time to time to protect our information.
  2. If you are already in it, go to THIS LINK for instructions on how to setup your login (which we won’t change on you) so that you can update your information and add a photo of your family. (link to Bill’s instructions)

The quality of the directory depends on you updating your information. We’ve gotten several requests for a directory from the Rock Family, and now that it’s available, we hope you will get in, update it and use it.

If you have any questions, contact Bill Schranz at Bill.Schranz@cune.edu or Matt Myers at myersgeneral@gmail.com


YogaFaith Schedule:

Visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. 

Classes start up again on January 2nd!  Things will look a little different over the next two months!  Here is a word from Erika… “I have accepted a long- term substitute teaching position for the months of January and February. I will be leaving for Maui on January 1 and will return on March 1. Thank you for understanding as our schedule changes a bit for the 2 months while Sara is the only YogaFaith instructor. I look forward to seeing you in March! Erika.”

Class Schedule:

  • Monday Sonrise 8:00 am- 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
  • Tuesday All Level 5:30 pm – 1/2, 1/9/, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
  • No classes on Thursday
  • No CUNE Classes
  • Sunday Restorative 7:00 pm – 1/14, 1/21, 1/28

Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE



Our Website | http://www.therockseward.org/
Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/
Minutes from leadership meetings | CLICK HERE
Vimeo | https://vimeo.com/therockseward 
YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRockSewardNebraska
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward
Contact Us | info@therockseward.org
Prayer Requests | prayers@therockseward.org
Mail | PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434

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

 

Rock News

Happening at The Rock, 1/5/24

 

A men’s Bible study will start up on Saturday mornings, starting January 6 at 7 a.m. in the cafe, focused on The Story by Randy Frazee. Please see Randy Newsome after church to sign up so he can order the books. The price of the books is $10. Coffee and treats will be provided. You can text Randy at 402-641-0138 with questions.


This Sunday after worship, helpers are needed for three important projects: moving office furniture in preparation for the administrative assistant’s first day, moving classroom tables and chairs into a freshly-carpeted classroom, and moving the nativity scene back into storage.  With a good sized crew, we should be able to make short work of the projects.  We’ll have some pizza for all willing helpers!


Join us for a special time of prayer this Sunday, January 7, praying for the call process, our future pastor, and The Rock during the vacancy period. We’ll gather in room 211 (near the stairs) from 9:15-9:50. All are welcome! 

If you have questions about the call process, you can ask Ross Briggs, Lori Bruns, Emma Dannehl, Jake Eckles, Marcus Gubanyi, Tim Moll, Matt Myers, Brenda Rief, Andrea Sloup, and our circuit visitor, Rev. David Palomaki. Please pray for them and for our vacancy pastor, Rev. David Loeschen.


Get connected with Megan Hakes, who spoke last Sunday about her mission work, so you can help support her with giving and prayer. She will be in Spain, working with victims of domestic violence. Learn more about her work and support needs at THIS LINK


In February, The Rock will host a Faith Partners Comprehensive Workshop: How Your Congregation Can Play Its Unique Role in Alcohol/Drug and Mental Health Issues. The workshop will be held in two parts:

  • Thursday, February 8, 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration Requested) This session is a pre-requisite for the training on Saturday. Anyone is welcome to attend this session to learn about the program.
  • Saturday, February 10, 9:00am to 4:30pm (Registration Required)
  • Registration for these events can be found at THIS LINK.

  A flier to share about this event can be found HERE.


Our January item for the Blue Valley food pantry is soap and shampoo. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way. You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website. Year-round they also collect the following: pasta, pasta meal mixes, instant potato side dishes, and mashed potatoes. 


National Youth Gathering – New Orleans, LA – July 19-23, 2025  It is time to start organizing and fundraising for the next NYG! The event is for 14–19-year-old students. (Must be 14 years old at time of the Gathering OR entering his/her 9th grade year at the time of the Gathering). If your student is interested in attending the 2025 NYG, please contact Jen Janousek (JenJanousek@yahoo.com or 402-499-3512) and be on the lookout for an informational meeting in January. 


We are excited to announce that the Rock Directory is now open. We are asking you to do two very easy things:

  1. Follow THIS LINK and check if you are in the directory, and if not, e-mail us and we’ll send you a form to fill out so that we can add you. The password currently is “ForeverFamily” but will change from time to time to protect our information.
  2. If you are already in it, go to THIS LINK for instructions on how to setup your login (which we won’t change on you) so that you can update your information and add a photo of your family. (link to Bill’s instructions)

The quality of the directory depends on you updating your information. We’ve gotten several requests for a directory from the Rock Family, and now that it’s available, we hope you will get in, update it and use it.

If you have any questions, contact Bill Schranz at Bill.Schranz@cune.edu or Matt Myers at myersgeneral@gmail.com


The young adults group meets on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at Brevin and Michaela Sloup’s house! (1616 Eastridge Ave) Contact them for more information.


YogaFaith Schedule: Visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. Classes start up again on January 2nd!  Things will look a little different over the next two months!  Here is a word from Erika… “I have accepted a long- term substitute teaching position for the months of January and February. I will be leaving for Maui on January 1 and will return on March 1. Thank you for understanding as our schedule changes a bit for the 2 months while Sara is the only YogaFaith instructor. I look forward to seeing you in March! Erika.”

Class Schedule:

  • Monday Sonrise 8:00 am- 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
  • Tuesday All Level 5:30 pm – 1/2, 1/9/, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
  • No classes on Thursday
  • No CUNE Classes
  • Sunday Restorative 7:00 pm – 1/14, 1/21, 1/28

Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE


Our Website | http://www.therockseward.org/
Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/
Minutes from leadership meetings | CLICK HERE
Vimeo | https://vimeo.com/therockseward 
YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRockSewardNebraska
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward
Contact Us | info@therockseward.org
Prayer Requests | prayers@therockseward.org
Mail | PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434

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

 

Rock News, 12/14/23

Happening at The Rock, 12/14/23

Holiday Services:
December 24: 10 a.m. morning worship with communion, and evening worship at 5 p.m.
December 31: 10 a.m. morning worship


This Sunday, December 17, is the last day we are collecting toys for Christmas donations. Donate new, unwrapped toys for all ages–remember middle & high school kids need gifts, too! We’re also collecting gift wrap/bags and tape.  Collection bins will be in the cafe area and second floor. Benefits local families (Foster Friends).


Please pray for healing for Nebraska District LCMS President Rev. Richard Snow and his wife Valorie as they both recover from surgery after injuries. President Snow had surgery on his collarbone and Valorie on her hip. If you are able to provide a meal during this time of healing you can sign up through Meal Train at https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/41ydq7


We have hired a part-time administrative assistant. Connie Butler, a member of The Rock since its inception, has accepted our offer to serve as Administrative Assistant for the congregation.  Connie was the longtime Director of Human Resources at Concordia University prior to her recent retirement from full-time employment.  She brings a wealth of administrative skills, extensive experience with LCMS processes, a strong ministry mindset, and a servant’s heart to her new part-time role.  

Connie will serve 19 hours/week beginning in January, and we are still determining what her regular office hours will be.  We are working to update the offices on each side of the level two hallway to accommodate both the pastor and administrative assistant. Updates will include a combination of fresh paint, furniture, and technology in hopes of supporting their work on behalf of The Rock’s ministry.  We are also updating the level two restrooms.


Join us for a special time of prayer on Sunday, January 7, praying for the call process, our future pastor, and The Rock during the vacancy period. We’ll gather in room 211 (near the stairs) from 9:15-9:50. All are welcome! 

If you have questions about the call process, you can ask Ross Briggs, Lori Bruns, Emma Dannehl, Jake Eckles, Marcus Gubanyi, Tim Moll, Matt Myers, Brenda Rief, Andrea Sloup, and our circuit visitor, Rev. David Palomaki. Please pray for them and for our vacancy pastor, Rev. David Loeschen.


A men’s Bible study will start up on Saturday mornings, starting January 6 at 7 a.m. in the cafe, focused on The Story by Randy Frazee. Please see Randy Newsome after church to sign up so he can order the books. The price of the books is $10. Coffee and treats will be provided. You can text Randy at 402-641-0138 with questions.


In February, The Rock will host a Faith Partners Comprehensive Workshop: How Your Congregation Can Play Its Unique Role in Alcohol/Drug and Mental Health Issues. The workshop will be held in two parts:

  • Thursday, February 8, 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration Requested) This session is a pre-requisite for the training on Saturday. Anyone is welcome to attend this session to learn about the program.
  • Saturday, February 10, 9:00am to 4:30pm (Registration Required)
  • Registration for these events can be found at THIS LINK.

A flier to share about this event can be found HERE.


Our December item for the Blue Valley food pantry is tuna. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way. You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website. Year-round they also collect the following: pasta, pasta meal mixes, instant potato side dishes, and mashed potatoes. 


National Youth Gathering – New Orleans, LA – July 19-23, 2025  It is time to start organizing and fundraising for the next NYG! The event is for 14–19-year-old students. (Must be 14 years old at time of the Gathering OR entering his/her 9th grade year at the time of the Gathering). If your student is interested in attending the 2025 NYG, please contact Jen Janousek (JenJanousek@yahoo.com or 402-499-3512) and be on the lookout for an informational meeting in January. 


Interested in serving on a mission trip to Guatemala in the summer of 2024?  The Rock is looking for a team to love and serve the people of Guatemala with a VBS, teen ministry, and women’s ministry.  If you are interested or want to know more information contact Emma Dannehl at emma.dannehl@cune.org


We are excited to announce that the Rock Directory is now open. We are asking you to do two very easy things:

  1. Follow THIS LINK and check if you are in the directory, and if not, e-mail us and we’ll send you a form to fill out so that we can add you. The password currently is “ForeverFamily” but will change from time to time to protect our information.
  2. If you are already in it, go to THIS LINK for instructions on how to setup your login (which we won’t change on you) so that you can update your information and add a photo of your family. (link to Bill’s instructions)

The quality of the directory depends on you updating your information. We’ve gotten several requests for a directory from the Rock Family, and now that it’s available, we hope you will get in, update it and use it.

If you have any questions, contact Bill Schranz at Bill.Schranz@cune.edu or Matt Myers at myersgeneral@gmail.com


The young adults group meets on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at Brevin and Michaela Sloup’s house! (1616 Eastridge Ave) Contact them for more information.


YogaFaith Schedule:

Visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. 

  • All Level Tuesdays at 5:30 pm CST at The Rock
  • All Level Thursdays at 5:30 pm CST at The Rock
  • Restorative YogaFaith from 7:00-8:00 pm CST at The Rock  *Sign up in advance, please.

*Restorative YogaFaith classes are limited to 8 students per class because of the limited number of props we have available. Please secure your spot for Restorative YogaFaith by signing up on Sign Up Genius. If no one is signed up for Restorative YogaFaith by 5pm on the Sunday of class, we will consider the class canceled. Be sure to sign up early to ensure this class will continue to be offered!  


Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE. Minutes for the November Directors’ meeting are available HERE.



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Rock News: Christmas Open House with the Loeschens

All of The Rock family are invited to a Christmas open house at the Loeschens’ home this Sunday, December 10. Stop by between 2-5 p.m. for cookies, cider, and fellowship at 10710 Crescent Moon Drive, Lincoln.

Remember that we’ll kick off this festive Sunday with a potluck lunch after the service. Bring both a main dish and either a dessert or side to share.