Rock News

We’re still looking for volunteers to help with different activities during our Light of the World Vacation Bible School, June 27-30, 9-11 a.m. Click this link to sign up to help. There’s also a list in The Rock Cafe of supplies that we’re collecting for this event.


Everyone is welcome to the Blue Valley Community Action Open House on June 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Join the Seward Chamber ribbon cutting at 10:00. Tour the new office, food pantry, and thrift store; meet and greet their team; and enjoy refreshments. 


Please pray for the teens and leaders getting ready to attend the LCMS Youth Gathering in July. Thank you to all who have supported their fundraising efforts including the envelope wall, Egg-Your-House, Easter Breakfast, and meals this spring.  


We’re changing up our livestream options. We’re going to be using Vimeo as our main streaming account, hoping to connect the livestream to Facebook each week. If you’re watching on a computer or tablet, you can find us at https://vimeo.com/therockseward

If you watch us on Facebook or YouTube, you should be able to go there and view it as normal, or through a link we’ll post if we have trouble getting the service to stream to Facebook.

If you have questions, find someone at “the bridge” in the back of the worship area for details, or reply to this email with questions.


Our June item for the Blue Valley food pantry is just-add-water pancake mix. 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. Also, they would still like more of the following: pasta, pasta meal mixes, instant potato side dishes, and mashed potatoes. 


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 Website | http://www.therockseward.org/

Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

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, 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

Are you ready for our Light of the World vacation Bible school event, June 27-30, 9-11 a.m.? Kids ages 3 to 4th grade are welcome. It’s time to start registering your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors… All kids ages 3 to 4th grade!  Click this link to register children.

We’re looking for volunteers to help with different activities during VBS. Click this link to sign up to help.


From the teens and leaders getting ready to attend the LCMS Youth Gathering in July: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOREVER FAMILY! Thank you to all who have supported our fundraising efforts including our envelope wall, Egg-Your-House, Easter Breakfast, and GOP meals this spring.  WE ARE SO BLESSED by an amazing church family that has supported our journey to IN ALL THINGS in HOUSTON!


We’re changing up our livestream options. We’re going to be using Vimeo as our main streaming account, hoping to connect the livestream to Facebook each week. If you’re watching on a computer or tablet, you can find us at https://vimeo.com/therockseward

If you watch us on Facebook or YouTube, you should be able to go there and view it as normal, or through a link we’ll post if we have trouble getting the service to stream to Facebook.

If you have questions, find someone at “the bridge” in the back of the worship area for details, or reply to this email with questions.


Our May item for the Blue Valley food pantry is tissues. 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. We will collect pancake mix (the “just add water” type) for our June item. Also, they would still like more of the following: pasta, pasta meal mixes, instant potato side dishes, and mashed potatoes. 


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 Website | http://www.therockseward.org/

Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

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, 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: Sign up for Vacation Bible School!

Plan now for our Light of the World vacation Bible school event, June 27-30, 9-11 a.m. Kids ages 3 to 4th grade are welcome. 

It’s time to start registering your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors… All kids ages 3 to 4th grade!  Click this link to register children.

We’re looking for volunteers to help with different activities during VBS. Click this link to sign up to help.


We’re changing up our livestream options to give us more flexibility with our content. We’re going to be using Vimeo as our main streaming account, and connecting the livestream to Facebook each week. If you’re watching on a computer or tablet, you can find us at https://vimeo.com/therockseward. (The Vimeo app on Roku and Fire devices doesn’t seem to find us.)

If you watch us on Facebook or YouTube, you should be able to go there and view it as normal, or through a link we’ll post if we have trouble getting the service to stream to Facebook.

If you have questions, find someone at “the bridge” in the back of the worship area for details, or reply to this email with questions.


Our May item for the Blue Valley food pantry is tissues. 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


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 Website | http://www.therockseward.org/

Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

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, 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

Upcoming events:

Good Friday, April 15—service at 6:30

Men’s Breakfast, April 16, 7:00 in the cafe

Easter Sunday, April 17—Easter breakfast starting at 9:00 (donations benefit the youth gathering trip) and service at 10:00

Moms and Muffins, April 18, 25—stop in anytime between 9-10:30 a.m.

Spring Clean Up, April 30—bring your cleaning supplies and join us from 10-2:00


Let’s help send our youth to the National Youth Gathering in Houston this July!

Join us before the service this Sunday, April 17 for our annual Easter breakfast. Starting at 9:00, our youth will be serving a breakfast of eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls, and fruit. No tickets are required, but your generous donations are appreciated as they raise funds for their trip to the National Youth Gathering. We’re thankful to Thrivent Financial for a community action grant to help with the costs of the breakfast.

Consider making a donation via  our envelope wall fundraiser!  We would love to have every envelope filled by Easter Sunday  (empty envelope wall on the day we celebrate the empty tomb!) Simply choose an envelope and give the corresponding amount (in dollars $$$) marked on the envelope. Fill your envelope and drop in the box! There are literally a hundred ways to give. No donation is too small! Questions? Contact Jen Axt by email: jen.axt@gmail.com or phone: (308) 631-7065.  Thank you for supporting our youth!

Let the youth egg your house! Back by popular demand!  Easter is ONLY 3 weeks away.  Send some Easter love to friends, family, grandchildren, neighbors, children whose house we can “egg.”  You will find candy filled eggs in your yard Easter morning! We will leave a personalized message on the door.  Proceeds will help send The Rock Youth to the LCMS National Youth Gathering in July! 

On the evening of April 16, 2022, our stealthy youth will come to your home (or the home of a friend/family/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! $15 per dozen eggs, $25 for 2 dozen, $35 for 3 dozen, $45 for 4 dozen, $55 for 5 dozen.

Please contact Jen Axt (308) 631-7065 by text/phone or by email: jen.axt@gmail.com with questions. We accept payment by cash, check, or Venmo (@Jen-Axt) by April 15, 2021. Fill in your order at this link.


Men’s breakfasts are back from now until April 16. Breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m. in the Rock Cafe, and the study will be about aligning our priorities with God’s Word. 


Moms and Muffins: Monday mornings in April from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Rocker Room (on the third floor). Join the group for coffee, muffins, and conversation. Children are welcome! (April 18 and 25)


Join us for a Spring Clean Up on April 30 from 10-2! We ask people to bring their own cleaning supplies (vacuums, towels, sprays, garden tools) so we can tidy up the facility. We’ll pay special attention to the Rocker Room and the Stepping Stones classrooms. Students in need of community service hours, come help! 


Our April item for the Blue Valley food pantry is paper towels. 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

Blue Valley is also currently in need of boxed meals, pasta, and instant potato items. 


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 Website | http://www.therockseward.org/

Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

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, 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

Upcoming events:

Moms and Muffins, April 4, 11, 18, 25—9-10:30 a.m.

Good Friday, April 15—service at 6:30

Easter Sunday, April 17—Easter breakfast starting at 9:00 (donations benefit the youth gathering trip) and service at 10:00


Let’s help send our youth to the National Youth Gathering in Houston this July!

Join us before the service on Sunday, April 17 for our annual Easter breakfast. Starting at 9:00, our youth will be serving a breakfast of eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls, and fruit. No tickets are required, but your generous donations are appreciated as they raise funds for their trip to the National Youth Gathering. We’re thankful to Thrivent Financial for a community action grant to help with the costs of the breakfast.

Consider making a donation via  our envelope wall fundraiser!  We would love to have every envelope filled by Easter Sunday  (empty envelope wall on the day we celebrate the empty tomb!) Simply choose an envelope and give the corresponding amount (in dollars $$$) marked on the envelope. Fill your envelope and drop in the box! There are literally a hundred ways to give. No donation is too small! Questions? Contact Jen Axt by email: jen.axt@gmail.com or phone: (308) 631-7065.  Thank you for supporting our youth!

Let the youth egg your house! Back by popular demand!  Easter is ONLY 3 weeks away.  Send some Easter love to friends, family, grandchildren, neighbors, children whose house we can “egg.”  You will find candy filled eggs in your yard Easter morning! We will leave a personalized message on the door.  Proceeds will help send The Rock Youth to the LCMS National Youth Gathering in July! 

On the evening of April 16, 2022, our stealthy youth will come to your home (or the home of a friend/family/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! $15 per dozen eggs, $25 for 2 dozen, $35 for 3 dozen, $45 for 4 dozen, $55 for 5 dozen.

Please contact Jen Axt (308) 631-7065 by text/phone or by email: jen.axt@gmail.com with questions. We accept payment by cash, check, or Venmo (@Jen-Axt) by April 15, 2021. Fill in your order at this link.


Men’s breakfasts are back from now until April 16. Breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m. in the Rock Cafe, and the study will be about aligning our priorities with God’s Word. 


Moms and Muffins: Monday mornings in April from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Rocker Room (on the third floor). Join the group for coffee, muffins, and conversation. Children are welcome! (April 4, 11, 18, and 25)


As a part of the Rock’s Ministry Plan for this year, we are going to host a couple of bridge events, which will be opportunities for us to connect with our Seward community, by sharing Jesus through acts of service and fellowship, as we have done in the past. If you have ideas for an event, or are willing to help plan and organize an event, please contact Pastor, or one of the directors (Scott Seevers, Tim Moll, Matt Myers, Emmie Moll, Wayne Bruns, Jeremy Hogue) and let them know.


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. We’ll be collecting paper towels in April.

Blue Valley is also currently in need of boxed meals, pasta, and instant potato items. 


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 Website | http://www.therockseward.org/

Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

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, 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

Our Christmas Eve gathering will be at 5:30pm and will include candles and singing.  There is no worship gathering on Christmas Day.  Our normal gathering / time will occur on the Sundays of December 26 & January 2.

To go along with our Advent series Awkward Christmas, we’re collecting your favorite awkward family Christmas photographs. Share them with us by email between now and January 1 by sending them to info@therockseward.org


New faith growth opportunities are now available, starting in January 2022:

Being Lutheran, Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Rock Café, starting on January 20. Come explore what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess, along with how it’s lived out in today’s world. (Led by Tim Moll & Pastor Mike)

Faith That Sees Through the Culture, Tuesdays at 7 p.m., starting on January 11. Participants will utilize online resources and a weekly group gathering via Zoom. (Led by Pastor Mike)

Men’s Breakfast, Saturdays at 7 a.m. in the Rock Café, starting on January 15. Topic we’ll be discussing is Joseph: Carpenter of Steel. Breakfast will be provided. (Led by Pastor Mike)

Sign up for one or more of these groups using the form on our website at this link. Contact info@therockseward.org if you have any questions.


Camp Luther art contest:  Help to create a piece of art that expresses this year’s theme! All sizes and mediums are welcome. Camp Luther will choose one winner from each age category, and the artwork will be featured in their spring newsletter! Age categories are: Grades K-2; Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8. Please label your work on the back with your name, age, grade, school, and address. The winner in each age group will receive a $100 scholarship to any youth camp session in 2022! Art pieces should be related to the 2022 camp theme: “Rooted” with the theme verse of Ephesians 3:17-18.  Entries must be received by Wednesday, January 26. Please call the Camp Luther office at 402-352-5655 with any questions.


Replenishing the Building Fund: This year, The Rock has invested over $28,000 on facility-related initiatives for maintenance and improvements, including the Blue Valley partnership building renovation and needed enhancements to the facility and grounds.  Thanks be to God, over $19,000 has been contributed to make these improvements.  Nonetheless, The Rock’s building fund, now hovering at about $20,000, needs a boost of $15,000 to restore it to previous levels and fund 2021-22 initiatives.  If you are in a position to make an additional gift to the Building Fund this year, large or small, it will bless The Rock’s ministry. We’ve already been blessed to receive $1,500 toward our goal! Thank you.

You can give to this fund in the offering basket on Sundays, or give online in our Special Projects category. (Indicate “building fund” to designate your gift.)


New snow blower in search of service-minded humans:  We have a new, powerful snow blower to clear sidewalks this winter (as well as a smaller unit)!  We are in need of volunteers to serve on a side-walk clearing crew.  Weekend (for Sundays) and week-day slots are open.  Even if you can only help on occasion, please contact danna.seevers@gmail.com to discuss how you can help.


Please consider helping send The Rock Youth to the 2022 LCMS National Youth Gathering in Houston, TX! The Rock Youth is holding an envelope donation fundraiser to help send the youth and adult leaders to the LCMSNYG in Houston next summer! Simply choose an envelope and give the corresponding amount (in dollars $$$) marked on the envelope. Fill your envelope and drop in the box! There are literally a hundred ways to give. No donation is too small!

Thank you for considering a financial gift during this holiday season, especially in a time when it is increasingly challenging to be a teenager who follows Jesus. Questions? Contact Jen Axt by email: jen.axt@gmail.com or phone: 308.631.7065


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 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! You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website

Blue Valley is also collecting gently used men’s, women’s, and children’s winter coats, gloves, and shoes. The collection box is in the cafe near the food collection box.

They’re also always in need of people to help sort donations during the week on Monday to Friday from 9-4. 



Our Website | http://www.therockseward.org/

Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

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, 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

We’re posting daily reminders about our 40 Day Being Challenge on our Facebook page. Ask Tim Moll or Pastor Mike for details about the Being Challenge book.


October is Pastor Appreciation Month and there are still 3 days left to express your appreciation! 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.


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.


YogaFaith:  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. We’ll start collecting toothpaste in November.



Our Website | http://www.therockseward.org/

Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQd1aldKGg-JO-sjPtgjebw

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, 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

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!

The Rock Online Store


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



Our Website | http://www.therockseward.org/

Giving while at home | http://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

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Mail | PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434

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.