“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

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“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

This past weekend, Joe and I (and Jack) went away. Although I had plenty of work to do, I knew that what I needed more was to refresh my mind and relax a little. Sometimes you just need to have a change of scenery. There is something about being out in nature, away from distractions (electronics) and just "be" in God's presence. My spirit and my mind were refreshed. My "to do" list, the concerns on my mind and heart just seemed to dim in light of His presence, felt in creation.  I get why people like to camp.... well, not so much the camping part but the getting away part, experiencing God's power in what He created. Romans 1:20 explains the concept well, For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 

Please don't misinterpret my point. I am not saying that we should close the church doors and spend our Sundays out in the woods or on the golf course, on the lake, in a deer stand etc. instead, what I am saying is that sometimes it's beneficial to unplug, change our scenery, simplify our life and sense His presence in HIs creation.

 I am looking forward to our new sermon series which we will start this Sunday, called Deeper. Whether you are a new Christian or "mature" in your faith, there will be something that all of us can learn and grow from. I hope you will join us!

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Please don't forget that everyone is invited to come at 8am Sunday morning to pray!

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 For Our Community-

We are almost at our goal for the amount of candy we will need and decorated trunks.  Thank you to all you have helped so far. In addition, we need volunteers to help out in our NextGen space (making popcorn, handing out candy etc) and also needed are trays of cookies and people who will make coffee and provide hospitality to our guests. Help us provide a safe and fun evening for our kids while providing an opportunity for folks to see our NextGen space.  If you can help out in any area please contact Sherri Nourse at Sherri_Nourse@yahoo.com . Thank you !

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Coffee with Helen

Ladies Only~ Join us Saturday Oct 28th at 9:30 for Coffee with Helen. Helen Minerella is a gifted speaker with a passion for seeing the Holy Spirit move in His church.  It's not too late to have your question added to the discussion. Send Pastor Beth your question at beth@rock-church.org for Helen. Refreshments will be served and a Free Will offering will be taken.

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Spectators are welcome to watch and cheer on the runners at the Rock Run Raiser.  There is a small fee for admission. Click here to register!

 

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Real Hope !

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Real Hope !

                 

Oh, how our world needs real hope and healing. (Sound familiar?) The news lately can be overwhelming to the point of feeling hopeless but God has promised us, "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."                  

Do you believe this? then Join me for prayer on Sunday at 8am.

 

Ladies~ on Oct 28th Helen Minerella will be joining us for a casual conversational time together from 9:30-12:00 in Sandown. Helen will be answering your questions over coffee. (Questions should be submitted to Pastor Beth ahead of time at beth@rock-church.org)

 

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For Our Community- Help us provide a safe and fun evening for our kids while providing an opportunity for folks to see our NextGen space.  We will need donations of candy (LOTS of candy) decorated cars in family friendly themes and volunteers. If you would like to be involved please contact Sherri Nourse at Sherri_Nourse@yahoo.com

 

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          Sometimes when it's hard to pray, I sing.  As I sing, I start to feel His presence and His peace. I pray the same for you. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday ! Pastor Beth ~

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,                                                                                                                                                                      My anchor holds within the veil.                                                             

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,                                                                                                                                                             He then is all my hope and stay.                                                       

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

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No more complaining.

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No more complaining.

I have a confession to make, lately I’ve becoming more aware that I have a tendency to complain about dumb, insignificant things and I’ve got to nip it in the bud.  I say to myself that, “this is such a first world problem”, which reminds me that I’m being ridiculous.

(Definition of first world problem: a usually minor or trivial problem or annoyance experienced by people in relatively affluent or privileged circumstances especially as contrasted with problems of greater social significance facing people in poor and underdeveloped parts of the world) 

Maybe some of you are you wondering what I was complaining about.  Well, I had the nerve to complain that the ice cream I wanted was in the freezer in the garage and I had to go outside to get it. Pathetic, right? I know !! Not a proud moment but none the less, it is a truth. I have come to realize that when I was keeping a daily gratitude journal my attitude was definitely better and I was less apt to complain but be more thankful. I went and found my journal.

So, today I start being more intentional with noting all the things I have to be thankful for.  

 

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Do you believe that prayer changes things?  I do ! Do you want to see God move in our church and our community? I do. Then join me for prayer at 8am before our Sunday service begins. Please feel free to come in and join us, even if you are a little late, just enter quietly.                      All are welcome!

 

  Ladies- mark your calendars for Oct 28th for Coffee with Helen                                     

                              Helen Minerella

                              Helen Minerella

   Helen Minerella will be joining us for a casual conversational time together from 9:30-12:00. Helen will be answering your questions over coffee. (Questions should be submitted to Pastor Beth ahead of time at beth@rock-church.org)

 

I pray that God has been using this current sermon series, Real Hope, to show you that whatever it is you might be struggling with, He is the answer.  I hope to see you all in worship this Sunday.

God Bless~

Pastor Beth

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Prayer

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Prayer

 

Happy Friday Church!

I wasn’t going to write a blog this week as my “to do” list was pretty long but I have since changed my mind.  And I have changed my mind for one reason and that is to invite you to join me Sunday morning at 8 am to pray.  I am looking for people to join me who will not only pray for our morning worship time together but also pray for our church, our community, our kids and for each other.  

     The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much

 I look forward to seeing you on Sunday! 

               ~Pastor Beth

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Do you ever wonder why?

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Do you ever wonder why?

Some pics from the weekend.....Old Home Day, First day of NextGen,  Beach BBQ and Baptism service and foot washing

Do you ever wonder “why”? I’m not talking in a spiritual sense, like asking God why certain things happen, but more along the lines of, “why do we do what we do”? I wondered that at 5:30 am Sat morning as I jumped out of bed, 45 minutes behind schedule because my alarm was set to PM not AM….(don’t judge) “Why am I getting up this early on a Saturday”?  “Why are we dragging all this stuff out to sit in a field for 5 hours and give away waters and freeze pops”? “Why do we go to such lengths to be a presence in our community”? 

Well, come Sunday, that question was answered. We had 4 new kids attend NextGen after coming to a Free Movie Night or stopping by our booth at Sandown Old Home Day and we had 2 new families come to worship Sunday after eating at the pancake breakfast. One of our visitors on Sunday told me that she was touched by the fact that our church was not looking to get something from the community but impressed with how we were trying to bless our community. So, if like me, you have ever wondered if what we do matters, I want to encourage you with a resounding YES!! 

A big THANK YOU to all who helped at Old Home Day and the Pancake Breakfast!

We have started our new Fall series entitled, Real Hope. It’s going to be excellent and I know you will want to join us Sunday to hear this encouraging word.  (Invite a friend so that they too may be encouraged by the hope that is only found in Jesus.)   

God Bless your week!

   ~Pastor Beth

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Transitions.......

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Transitions.......

I lead my first mini service at Fox Den this morning. (Fox Den is a retirement community in Sandown). We had 17 residents attend the service and they were very gracious and welcoming to me, the new pastor. My time there today brought back a memory I haven't thought of for a while. When I was a little girl, my mom and dad would stop and pick-up Mr Olsen for church. He was an older gentleman with no family.  (I am being kind when I say older as he was really OLD).  He would get in the backseat and sit next to me; he smelled of moth balls and after shave. His hand would shake as he rested it on the seat next to me. His hands were time worn with arthritis and age spots.  He never said much other then thank you when my dad would help him in and out of the car each week. This was not a huge undertaking for my parents but it certainly was a blessing to Mr Olsen. A simple act of kindness meant the world to an OLD man and left a lasting impression on a little girl. Maybe that's why I enjoyed my time at Fox Den this morning, legacies can start at young ages.

I want to thank Sue, Betty and Al and Wayne for their commitment to Fox Den as their way of serving For Our Community.

This is going to be a fantastic weekend for us at Rock Church Sandown; I hope to see you throughout the weekend.                                                                                                                      God Bless,  Pastor Beth

  Please join us at Old Home Day this Saturday  

             We will be hosting a FREE Pancake Breakfast at the Rec Center from 7-10am

                                           Wear your For Our Community T-shirts

 

 

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NextGen starts this Sunday at 10am.

Groups for age 4 through High School 

 

We will be taking a special offering for those effected by Hurricane Harvey this Sunday. 

 

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Looking Ahead...

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Looking Ahead...

What a great weekend that just passed! Family Movie Night in Sandown was a blast and well attended. The women had a great time at their BBQ on Saturday…..they worked off those calories in a very fun way and of course, the men had their retreat and came back renewed and refreshed. “Thank you” to all of you who made those events so successful.

We have ALOT to look forward to in the next week or so.
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Choir Starts this Thursday at 7:30 and will end with dessert and fellowship
Please contact Pastor Beth if you’re interested in joining choir.

Sandown Old Home Day is September 9th.
For our Community- Free Pancake Breakfast
At the Rec Center- 25 Pheasant Run Dr. 7:30am-10:00
Help is still needed at 10:00 to Breakdown and Clean up
We will also be giving away water and freeze pops during the day.
We need donations of water bottles.
These can be brought to St Matts anytime before the 9th

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Begins Sunday- September 10th at 10:00am
age 4 through High School
You can register on line at: cometotheparty.org or on site on Sunday

Rock Church Family BBQ and Baptism Service
Sept 10th at 1:00 at Camp Tasker
36 Country Pond Rd Newton, NH

Alive Retreat For Women with guest Speaker Kelly Latta
Fri, Sept 29 - 6:45 pm – 8 pm Sat, Sept 30 - 9am – 3 pm at Rock Church Plaistow
For more information or to register online go to  rock-church.org/womens-ministry/
Contact Tracy Meola at tmeola@comcast.net for more information.

 

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Forgive...Love....Serve.....

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Forgive...Love....Serve.....

This past Sunday was special. I want to clarify that I think every Sunday is special or at least it should be, but the reason I say this about last Sunday is that I got to see answers to prayer right before my very eyes. I witnessed the “church” in action being the hands and feet of Christ.  I witnessed two friends who had been at odds for a while, warmly and genuinely greet each other with a smile and a hug after a period of hurt and misunderstanding.  I was given a hug by a very special person who on Wednesday was in an operating room due to a heart attack and quite frankly, not sure how that was going to turn out. I saw an overflowing container of school supplies that had been collected for families in town who need a little help and then a basket pretty full of money that had been collected for another family that lost everything in a fire. I saw first hand the power of prayer for reconciliation and healing and I saw people putting their faith into action by helping others in need.  I think there might be something to this series we’re in….. Love one another, Serve one another, Forgive one another….. don’t you?

I look forward to sharing the next message in our one another series with you this Sunday.   Men have an awesome retreat; we will be praying for you!   God bless.       ~  Pastor Beth

 

 This Friday- FREE Family Movie Night- SING-  7pm 

Free PopCorn, snacks, Games and Give-aways.

NEXTGEN Open House at 6:30

      NextGen workers/volunteers- Training MtgThu Aug 24th at the Rock- Plaistow 6-8

LADIES

Women’s BBQ- Aug 26th at 5pm at the Rock- Plaistow

Come and enjoy some great food and fellowship.

Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Kids are welcome!

Mark your calendars Ladies for Sept 28th and 29th

Ladies 2 day Retreat- ALIVE at the Rock- Plaistow

Childcare will be available

Register now on line at achurch4all.org or at each campus

Coming in September

Sandown Old Home Day- Sept 9th

For our Community- Free Pancake Breakfast - 7:30-10:00

Seeking donations of water bottles and Volunteer Help

NEXTGEN- Sept 10th.

                                       Registrations now being accepted on line at: achurch4all.org or at each campus

   Rock Church BBQ and Baptism Service ~ Camp Tasker-Newton, NH . If you’re interested in being baptized in the lake, notify Kristin at kristin@stmattuc.org. 

 

 

 

Register now on line

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Love One Another

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Love One Another

        I received an email from a friend whom I recently reconnected with from High School. We have been catching each other up on our lives and have committed to praying for one another. The prayer she sent me today, so resonated with the words from yesterday’s sermon about loving one another, I wanted to share her prayer with you and also make it mine for each and every one of you.

My prayer for you and I today, is that the Lord will use our pain, our hurts, and our struggles to help heal/grow someone else in their own walk in Jesus' sweet name. 

May they draw closer to Him as we speak truth, meeting them right where they are, in the middle of their junk, as Jesus did when he walked the earth. No judgement; just love and acceptance. 

May we be rest for weary souls...

And, may we be His hands, His feet as we move through the world, and may others be drawn to Jesus in us. May they see that we choose joy, and that they can too!

I pray that the Lord will place people in our path, today, who need a dose of His truth, grace and mercy. May we be bold as we share our own redemption stories, for His glory, and may we be good listeners; help us to hear with our hearts, and not just our ears, Jesus.

And ...           

may we be still, so that our savior can fight for us, as we've been promised He will do.

Choosing joy, today!   

 

Our last FREE Family Movie Night of the summer will be Aug 25th at 7pm .

NEXTGEN OPEN HOUSE at 6:30 PM

August’s movie is SING !

Invite your friends ~ FREE popcorn and snacks     games and give aways

 

               Coming up in SEPTEMBER              

 September 9th  Sandown Old Home Day

      FOR OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Starting bright and early at 7:30 am, we will be hosting a FREE pancake breakfast at the Rec Center- 25 Pheasant Run Dr  In addition, we will have a booth offering FREE water and freeze pops throughout the day.  Many volunteers will be needed.   

                              Donations of cases of water will be gratefully accepted         

 

      September 10th - Rally Day (NEXTGEN begins) 

Our annual Church BBQ and Baptism service will be on Sept 10th at Camp Tasker in Newton, NH. If you are interested in being baptized in the lake this year, please contact Kristen at: kristen@stmattumc.org

                                                            Some pics from last week !  

 

I hope this week brings you opportunities to love on the people in your life.  Whether it’s a monumental sacrifice that will be very costly or the continual small acts of love that let those around you know how much you care and allow them to see Jesus in you. Never underestimate the power of love and kindness. Until Sunday…… God Bless, Pastor Beth

 

 

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August already?

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August already?

Wow! Is anyone else having a hard time believing it’s August already?  The Back-to school commercials are already on (if I was a kid, I would hate that!). Personally, I look forward to fall each year; it’s my favorite season, especially in New England. But I am especially excited for it this year because we will be launching our NextGen program at all three campuses. You should start to see transformation taking place in our “Sunday School” space. This new endeavor is a lot of work and comes at significant cost, but it’s an investment that I believe will be well worth the time and money. 

I spent a day up at Soulfest last week. Someone asked me which band I wanted to see, I told them, “I didn’t care” as I just wanted to spend time with our group and share in the “experience” that is Soulfest. (OK, I cheated a little,…. I didn’t sleep on the ground, get sun burn or stuck in a torrential downpour which happens at least once during the week.) But what I did get, was to see some of the kids that I had in youth choir quite a few years ago, that have grown into some pretty terrific young adults, thriving in that environment. Aside from feeling a little old, I felt proud and fortunate to see how these kids have grown in their faith and relationships with one another and their leaders! I attribute much of that to their faithful attendance in church and Sunday school, at youth group and in choir and to parents who were diligent and teachers and leaders who were dedicated. Our message won’t change but how we deliver it has to. There’s too much at stake to not make every effort in providing an environment that kids want to come to, where they feel welcomed and can learn how to develop their own relationship with Christ.

Meetings for all volunteers/leaders of NextGen will be Aug 20th and Sept 3rd, immediately following worship. 

 

     Open Invitation

 Every year thousands of babies die from sudden infant death syndrome.   Kristen Gondolfo is organizing a special remembrance celebration for her daughter, Isabella who passed away to SIDS in 2006. This will take place at St. Matthews on Thursday August 10th at 6:00 pm.  The Gondolfo family would like to extend an invitation to all, not only to celebrate the life of Isabella on her birthday but also remember the life of each of these babies who are no longer with us.  This is an open invitation to our church family and community. 

 

              Our last FREE Family Movie Night will be Aug 25th at 7pm .

Our last movie of the summer will be ~ SING.

Invite your friends ~ FREE popcorn and snacks, games and give aways 

 

Reminder that the deadline for donating School Supplies is Aug 20th.  If making a financial donation, please make your check out to CARE ministry with school supplies in the memo line.

 

HERO CENTRAL DAY CAMP will be held the week of August 14th – 18th at our Rock Church Plaistow location (currently only $39 for registration!).  If you have a child going into K-8th grade, or know someone who may be interested in attending, we’d love to have them!  We’re also in need of volunteers to help out before, during and after the week so if you have some time and a desire to bless our community while pouring into the next generation, we’d love to have you!  Registrations for campers or volunteers are available online at http://2017.cokesburyvbs.com/rockchurch.

                 Coming up in SEPTEMBER              

September 9th  Sandown Old Home Day

      FOR OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Starting bright and early at 7:30 am, we will be hosting a FREE pancake breakfast at the Rec Center.  In addition, we will have a booth offering FREE water and freeze pops throughout the day. 

               Many volunteers will be needed.                

 

September 10th - Rally Day (NEXTGEN begins) 

Our annual Church BBQ and Baptism service will be on Sept 10th at Camp Tasker in Newton, NH. If you are interested in being baptized in the lake this year, please contact Kristen at: kristen@stmattumc.org

I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy this lovely summer weather and while you may be taking time away for vacation that you stay faithful in your alone time with the Lord. I hope to see you all in worship this Sunday!       God Bless, Pastor Beth

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Here I sit.....

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Here I sit.....

One of the tasks that I’ve been given to do as campus pastor is to write a weekly Blog.  I have a few issues with this task. One being, that I am doubtful that I have that much to say on a weekly basis that people would want to read and secondly… it involves another area of technology that I need to navigate.  I am technologically challenged; it doesn’t come naturally to me and I often feel inadequate. I am told that it will get easier and to keep at it . And lastly, its too one sided. It’s not conversational; there’s no feedback; I don’t even know if anyone’s reading it. So, here I sit.

So, for this week, I will gladly use this space and opportunity to tell you about the events and activities that are going on and how what we do as a church is making a difference in and for our community.               

                                    THANK YOU

I want to thank all the volunteers that helped out on Movie night this past Friday. What made the evening so successful (Other than we had loads of fun and popcorn) was that we had twice the amount of kids that we had at our first movie.  What I want to celebrate was that we had 4 unchurched families attend the movie. That's exactly why we had this event. We had an opportunity to tell them about NextGen and invite them back. That's the win! 

I want to congratulate Michael and Lyla Gondolfo for winning the Stillwell's Gift Certificate for bringing the most friends and Sam Harrington for winning the FREE movie pass drawing.  

Our last FREE Family Movie Night will be Aug. 25th at 7pm. 

 

For Our Community- Opportunity to Help

We are joining with the Food Pantry in providing school supplies for those families in town that need a little assistance.  ( Some suggestions: backpacks, markers, crayons, wide rule loose leaf paper, different colored note books, binders) If you would like to help, donations will be accepted through Aug 20th.  If you would like to make a cash donation please make your check out to CARE ministry with School supplies in the memo line

NEXTGEN UPDATE

  Work Party on Wed Aug 2nd at 9am to clean out closets and general use areas.          

One of our needs as we get ready for this fall is to purchase, build and paint materials that will transform the current space into an environment that is engaging and fun for kids. So, if you want to support our kids but don't necessarily have the extra time or energy to work with them, you can make a financial donation that will help us purchase what is needed. This can be done online under NextGen or in the offering on Sunday. 

 

Coming SOON ~ Hero Central~ SummerDay Camp

Aug14-18 at Rock Church Plaistow

Summer Inspirational Program for Children Grades K – 8 

Great arts and crafts program~ Sporting events ~Group projects
Activities and Discovery ~Movies~ Recreation ~ Special surprises & more...                              

 For more info- contact Pastor Jon at Jon@rock-church.org

 

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How are those New Year's resolutions coming?

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How are those New Year's resolutions coming?

So, how are those New Year’s resolutions coming?  Did you make any this year? It’s the end of July and I would bet by now, most have been forgotten. Typically we make resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, join a bible study, be more organized, spend more time with family and friends etc and by March, if not before, they are forgotten. Why does that happen? Were we not sincere when we made our goals? I don’t think that’s the case. Were our goals too ambitious? This, I believe is some of the issue. Instead of starting out with a realistic and manageable goal, we tend to aim a bit too high and when the goal begins to seem unobtainable, we find ourselves giving up. 

I’d like to try something different. I would like to invite you to join me in making a Mid-Year’s Resolution. You can choose whatever you feel is needed for making a positive change in your life. . . For example: lose weight ( start at 5 pounds not 50), get in shape ( walk 15 minutes a day instead of running marathon) grow in your faith ( choose one verse and mediate on it ALL day instead of reading 10 chapters and remembering nothing). And if we’re talking about positive changes, what if we all made a resolution, on behalf of, For Our Community, to do one random act of kindness per week? (or one per day if you’re up to it ) Can you imagine the impact that could have on your family, at your workplace, in your neighborhood?    

The Honduras Mission Team is still in Honduras through this week and greatly appreciates your prayers for the work they are doing and for safe travels home.

 

FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Ladies Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Collected needed items requested by Place of the Skull ( motorcycle ministry) for the Homeless .   Thank you Ladies!

 

For Our Community- NEW Opportunity to Help

We are joining with the Food Pantry in providing school supplies for those families in town that need a little assistance.  ( Some suggestions: backpacks, markers, crayons, wide rule loose leaf paper, different colored note books, binders) If you would like to help, donations will be accepted through Aug 20th.  If you would like to make a cash donation please make your check out to CARE ministry with School supplies in the memo line.

Update on NEXTGEN

We had a great turn out at our NEXTGEN meeting. Thank you to all who came. 

You will be hearing from Lisa soon with updates and info.

Our first work party will be Wed Aug 2nd at 9:00 am to clean out closets and general use areas.

More work party dates TBA 

Summer Day Camp is coming up fast!  The week of August 14-18th Rock Church will be running a full day summer day camp from 9-4 at our Plaistow location.  Our theme this year is HERO CENTRAL, and you can be a hero too by volunteering any time during the week or ahead of time or afterwards in the evenings with set-up or other administrative tasks.  We’d love to have you!  There will be a volunteer meeting coming up on July 31st at 7pm at our Plaistow campus so I hope you’ll put that on your calendar and let me (jon@rock-church.org) know that you want to be a hero too!    Thanks, Pastor Jon

MOVIE NIGHT IS THIS FRIDAY- July 28th  at 7pm.  

Bring a friend  !! 

I look forward to seeing you all in worship this Sunday!   ~ Pastor Beth

 

 

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Out of sight, out of mind

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Out of sight, out of mind

Out of sight , out of mind. I think that I believe this about certain things, but not always and certainly not about people.  Sometimes, if there’s a new idea or initiative that I’d like to do more about and if I don’t put a reminder in front of me, I will most probably forget about it. I am curious to know if this happens to anyone else as well.  And to be more specific, I am wondering if anyone has remembered the short sermon series that was taught right before Biblical Life Hacks…. anyone remember?  Ok, let me help, “For Our Community”.(Ahhh, now you remember right?!)  Pastor Steve challenged us, as a church, to work together to bless and give to our communities.  That might include volunteering at any number of outreach events where we give away freeze pops, water etc, or by helping out at the FREE Family movie night or Summer Day Camp or by you personally doing something to bless someone else. Maybe buying someone’s coffee in the car behind you at DDfor example. So, I’d love to hear about any way in which you’ve done something for our community and if there’s an “oops, I forgot”,  it’s not too late.  Check out the newsletter for more volunteer opportunities coming up and if you should need a reminder like I do, wear a bracelet or put it where you can see it often or put out a sign and make someone’s day!

 

 

 

NextGen Vision Casting-Informational Meeting Sunday the 23rd 

Immediately following worship

Please join us, even you don’t have children; you can still help to make a difference.

 

 

Our Next FREE Family Movie Night is July 28th at 7:00pm in Sandown

Come see Smurfs- The Lost Village and bring a friend

Free pop-corn and snacks. Games and Give Aways

Prize given to the Youth who brings the most friends!

 

Soulfest is quickly approaching- Aug 1st -5th. If you have questions and would like more information about the event, please contact Sheri Williams.

 

Coming in August~ Hero Central~ SummerDay Camp Aug14-18 at Rock Church Plaistow

Summer Inspirational Program for Children Grades K – 8 

Great arts and crafts program~ Sporting events ~Group projects
Activities and Discovery ~Movies~ Recreation ~ Special surprises & more...

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"It's going to be Christmas before you know it!"

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"It's going to be Christmas before you know it!"

“It’s going to be Christmas before you know it.”  I have already said that statement in the last week. Am I trying to rush summer? No way!  But my mail box has been full with the new preview music for the upcoming Advent and Christmas season. So, while I’m driving around with the AC on, wearing my shorts and flip flops, I am listening to Christmas music. What this actually is reminding me is that time passes all too quickly and it will be Christmas before we know it.  My mom used to say, “you’re wishing your life away” because I would always be wishing for the next thing to come. “I wish I could drive” or “I wish Christmas would get here already” and I wasn’t appreciating the day ahead of me. What I am getting better at is to make the most out of every day,  to be fully engaged with the people I am with and the work I am doing and making the most of every opportunity. So, while I’m listening to What Child Is This? and Joy to the World I’m going to stop and get an ice cream cone and enjoy every minute of not needing my jacket or boots!

The next Free Family Movie Night is Friday July 28th at 7:00pm

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The movie for July will be Smurfs- Lost Village.  Invite your friends to enjoy a great family friendly evening…. There will be again FREE pop-corn, snacks and drinks, games and giveaways.

      This month we are offering a special prize to the youth who brings the most friends !

 

I hope you will join us Sunday, July 23rd,  for an important visioning meeting for NextGen (Children’s Ed program). We are excited to share our vision for the Fall and have many areas where you can help make this ministry successful for reaching our kids and youth for Christ.

 

I want to thank you all for making my first "official" Sunday such a blessing by your support and encouragement. I am excited to see where God leads us

                                                                 

   I hope to see you Sunday!   Pastor Beth

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"Are you nervous?"

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"Are you nervous?"

Do you want to know the most frequently asked question I’ve heard since Pastor Steve announced that I would bethe next campus Pastor in Sandown?  Any guesses?  It’s been, ”are you nervous?”  The answer…. “yes”.  But even more than being nervous, I am excited. This certainly wasn’t part of my plans but then I’ve learned over time that God has a way of re-directing my steps to His perfect will and timing.  Have I always been obedient? No, but as I get older, it’s becoming easier because He has been faithful.   Another thing I’ve learned is that ,I don’t take a step forward untiI go down on my knees. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us !

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I want to thank Lisa Post and all the volunteers that helped to make our first Family Movie night in Sandown so much fun ! ( Did you know, that thank to Rick Russell, we watched the movie on the BIG screen? It was awesome !) There were games and prizes, free pop corn and candy and the Grand Prize drawing of the night, of FREE movie tickets, went to Jackie Carey. We can’t wait until our next movie night on July 28th at 7:30. There will be a special prize given to the youth who brings the most friends.   Mark your calendar for July 28th and join us in Sandown as we provide this fun, free family movie night For Our Community.

I’d like to invite our Sandown congregation to attend a short but important vision casting meeting for our Children’s Ed ministry, NextGen, on July 23rd right after worship. Even if you don’t have young children, you can still play an important role in this area of ministry. Our families are a priority, from those in the nursery to our grandparents. Please join us on the 23rd.

Coming up very soon is Soulfest. Aug 1-5 Rock Church will be taking approx 120 youth and adults to one of the biggest Christian Music Festivals around. The student fee is very affordable which includes camping, food and wristband ticket for the whole event. This year's line-up includes: Jars of Clay, Tenth Avenue North, For King and Country, Rend Collective, Matthews West, Crowder, Sidewalk Prophets, Toby Mac and much, much more.  Click here to register before our space is full. 

I hope you'll join us Sunday!

Pastor Beth

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