Joy in the Midst of Suffering

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Joy in the Midst of Suffering

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, were you able to relate to the suffering of Paul mentioned in 2 Corinthians 12?  Does it seem like the trial you’re experiencing is relentless like “a thorn in your flesh”?  In Christ, we have the strength of the Holy Spirit, the power of Christ, and the hope of eternity and through this still have Joy.

This has been a great sermon series that gives us perspective on joy.  I have been witness to people who I know are going through some intolerable hardships and yet haven’t lost their joy.  Like the song writer Horatio Spafford who lost his four daughters at sea and penned the hymn “It is well with my soul”, we can drown in our sorrow and grief, or we can be transformed in our faith and find Joy in Christ even in the midst of suffering.  

I pray this series has challenged your thoughts about joy.  Our world needs the joy found in a relationship with Christ.  They need to see it in us!  We carry it into our homes, work, and communities so it’s important we are attentive to the joy we are experiencing in our lives.  If it’s not your reality today, pray that God would reveal what is keeping you from joy.  Our world cannot see it in us if we don’t have it.  

Let’s be attentive to our joy,
Pastor James

On Sunday, May 20th we are taking in new members at all campuses.  To prepare for membership, Pastor Steve is hosting a Membership Inquiry Class this Saturday, May 12 at 1 pm in Plaistow. If you would like to take membership, please plan to attend this class. Please RSVP to Lynette at lynette@rock-church.org.

Also, in Plaistow on Sunday, May 20th we are doing Water Baptism. If you are interested in being baptized please contact Lynette at lynette@rock-church.org.

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Joy in the Circumstances...

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Joy in the Circumstances...

Hello Friends,

I hope this beautiful spring day fills you with enjoyment.  This sermon series on Got Joy is special.  This week we looked at ways to preserve our Joy by not being distracted with the circumstances in our life.  We do this by taking a long view and a broad view.  Our enemy desires us to focus on the imminent aspects of our lives and how we feel today rather than to put these in context of what God promises for our future.  

Sunday night I mentioned a little book by CS Lewis (who wrote the Narnia series) and the title is The Screwtape Letters.  This is a great read and it highlights the enemy’s desire to keep us distracted and ineffective for the work God has called us to.  We can be distracted through pain or suffering, but also through positive circumstances.  Have you noticed that when our circumstances are very positive we can be distracted from the work God has for us?  That’s not to say we shouldn’t seek after challenging circumstances, but it does remind us that we need to be diligent to seek God’s plans even in the good times.

I hope your week is filled with joy, which is internal, not merely happiness, which is external.

Have a great week!
Pastor James

Men - Friday is Men’s Breakfast at Casey’s Diner at 6:30 am.  Hope to see you there.

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Whatever Is Lovely...

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Whatever Is Lovely...

Hello Friends,

Have you ever admired a really beautiful work of art, or intricate woodworking, maybe a wonderful scenic overlook?  These experiences are called aesthetic experiences.  These take us to a place where we can admire the designer or craftsman, or even God.  I love going to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston (or anywhere in the world) to enjoy these moments.  I think this is what the Apostle Paul was leading to in his letter to the Philippians.  

In Pastor Steve's message this week, he challenged us to take an inventory of our personal conditions as they relate to our experiencing Joy.  First are the people who we surround ourselves with.  The second is the influences of media in our lives. And the third is the "tape reel" or messages others have spoken to us that we allow to influence our self-worth.  I know that joy is a decision I make but I need God's help to keep the influences of my environment from taking that away.  I've heard our brains are like coffee filters, once stained it takes a lot of water to purify it.  God's word has that purifying capacity.  If we let the scriptures wash over our minds over and over again, it will purify us just by hearing God's promises, intentions for us, and instruction.

I hope you have a very blessed week and your inventory proves fruitful. 

Pastor James

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Spring is Just Around the Corner

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Spring is Just Around the Corner

Hello Friends,

Spring is just around the corner...and under two feet of snow.  

The sermon series about God’s great plan is now being fulfilled in spite of Israel’s rebellion and failures in the leadership.  I was struck by how much God pursues us, even when we rebel and turn away from him.  Isn’t that the heart of the resurrection message?  “For God showed his great love for us, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!”  When we lived in rebellion to God, drowning in our sin, an enemy of the most high God, he sent his son to die for us.  And we are the keepers of this message of hope.  As pastor Steve pointed out, the church is God’s plan to carry this message to the world.  We cannot tire in our gratitude, we cannot lose heart in the face of rejection and, like Elisha, we have to be “all in”.  

We are about to observe the emotionally powerful week beginning with Palm Sunday.  Every year at this time, I reflect on what God did on my behalf.  I am so thankful He pursued me and saved me from a life of pain.  Let’s partner together and tell our world of His redeeming love.  

I hope God’s spirit is putting people on your mind to invite!  

In Christ,
Pastor James

Don’t forget that we are showing the movie “I Can Only Imagine” this Saturday, March 17, at VisionMax Theater in Salisbury, MA.  Please register on line at www.rock-church.org/icanonlyimagine. We will be having a continental breakfast at 9:00 am and the show at 10:00am.  This is a great opportunity to invite a friend!

We also have Holy Week services throughout the Rock Church campuses on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Find our Holy Week schedule at www.joyfuleaster.org.

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Stay Safe Through the Storms

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Stay Safe Through the Storms

Hello Friends,

I hope you’re having a great week, please stay safe through the storms.  

This week in the sermon series “God’s Great Plan” we looked at the pivotal turning point in the nation of Israel when it split in two.  What a sad development that led to permanent occupation of the country.  The bad governance of Solomon (at the end) to Rehoboam’s oppression and Jeraboam’s betrayal of God’s plan.  Remember in the previous week’s sermon when God warned Israel that a King would be a heavy burden for them and told Samuel it was actually Israel rejecting God?

Big decisions are a part of each of our lives, but rarely do we know we’re making it either.  When Lynette and I decided to move to Massachusetts and leave our families and home, we knew it was a big decision.  In the end, like Pastor Steve’s decision to stay, we know that God led us in the best path for us.  But, unlike Jeraboam, we did seek God’s direction fervently.  I can say that with all our travels, we have found that when we sought Him first, the details fell into place.  Most of the time we had to take a step of faith first, but quickly He confirmed it.  

I hope you have the benefit of Godly counsel, humility, and the satisfaction of knowing you sought him first in your decisions.

Have a blessed week!

Pastor James

Easter is coming and here is how you can be a part!  We are looking for volunteers in the following areas: prayer volunteers for the unchurched, friends and family, personal invitation to Easter services,  put up a lawn sign, Easter help with hospitality, parking, and overflow, donations of candy and plastic eggs, donations of funds for supplies, volunteers for egg hunts in Sandown, Plaistow and Amesbury, writing postcards, sharing and liking events on social media, and follow-up with visitors after Easter. This is a big job and we need a huge team!  If you can help email lynette@rock-church.org to sign up!

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Reconnecting with Friends

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Reconnecting with Friends

Hello Friends,

I hope in this Lenten season you are able to be more intentional about prayer and preparation for the Easter celebration.  As part of that I want to encourage to be praying about who God may be putting on your heart to invite to Easter service.  Many people have some positive experience with Easter and are willing to consider reconnecting at this time.  We want to be very intentional about reaching beyond our four walls to be the hands and feet of Christ.  

Are you also encouraged by the new sermon series?  If you didn’t get a chance to read the book of Ruth, please take a few minutes to read it, it’s only four chapters.  Pastor Steve’s message about the book of Ruth shows us that the plan for redemption (our redemption) came through the love and dedication of a Moabite woman who was faithful to her mother-in-law.  The savior of the world was not going to be for one group or locale, but for all mankind.

I hope your week is blessed,

Pastor James

Ladies - On Monday February 26 is GROW!  I hope you have a chance to connect with other women.  I especially want to encourage you to look for new people because Grow is a place of connecting to the body on a personal level.  Come enjoy appetizers at 6:00pm and great worship and ministry at 7:00pm.

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Be Strong & Courageous

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Be Strong & Courageous

Hello Friends,

I hope you are having a great week or as good as possible with the Patriot’s loss. I really hope you’ve been hearing God speak to you in the current sermon series.  Our home group has been studying the history and geography of the truths the Bible tells us, it’s a real blessing to be immersed in faith lessons from the past.  We continue to see how God’s unfolding plan of redemption took certain paths that only he could have orchestrated.  

As we draw upon the faith lesson from this week, “be strong and courageous,” let’s re-enlist for the next phase of our ministry.  Our work is to reach the world for Jesus Christ, boldly and fervently, without ceasing, and without apology.  I’ve been a Christian for so many years that I’ve seen the plans of God mocked and, in time, reaffirmed.  I know we are on the right path, we are pilgrims on a journey that only ends with the words “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Be blessed in Christ,

Pastor James

An Announcement about our Texas Mission Trip!

Two spots have become available for the TEXAS Mission Trip, Feb 24- Mar 3.  If you would like to go on this mission trip, the deadline has been extended to Sunday, Feb 11th (spots will be given on a first come basis). Please contact Sue Reynolds at suzannereyolds08@comcast.net.

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Satisfaction and Confidence

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Satisfaction and Confidence

Hello Friends,

I hope your week is going great!  I also hope you’ve had some time to think about the times when you did exactly the right thing to receive God’s promise.  It will also bring to mind the times when we missed it, but God is still with us.  In the early years of our marriage, Lynette and I moved around quite a bit and each time we were faced with the dilemma of hearing God’s plan for our next move or to stay.  One pastor prayed for us and said God will give us confidence, direction, and satisfaction.  Well, we had to take action without a rolling thunder moment, but God did give us confidence and satisfaction with the direction we took.  

I pray that for your big life choices, you receive the same (or rolling thunder voice-of-God) but that you can rest with satisfaction and confidence.  The important point is that you seek God first.

Have an awesome week

Pastor James

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The Days are Getting Longer...

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The Days are Getting Longer...

Hello Friends,

The daylight hours are getting longer and pretty soon we’ll have as much day as night!  As we heard the story of Joseph (the dreamer) in prison, I can imagine how difficult it would be to steel your mind to focus on the positive.  His life was this series of peaks and valleys, yet through it all he remembered that God was still with him.  Did you notice in the story that Pastor Steve related that Joseph lost his coat each time before he dealt with adversity.  He lost his protective covering and was exposed.

Sometimes I feel like I’m exposed when I face trials in my life, it’s a sense of vulnerability and weakness.  I realize how much I need God’s protection and to know He is still with me.  Maybe you’ve gone through a season like this or maybe you are in one right now.  I encourage you to remember that Jesus told us “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (quoting from the book Isaiah).  Just like he continued to raise up Joseph from despair to blessing, God is with us.

The days are getting longer and the night is going to be shorter.

Have a blessed week!
Pastor James

Below are a few things to note…

GROW Ladies Night is coming up on Monday, January 29 at our Plaistow campus.  Come for a light dinner at 6 pm and 7 pm for the program. Our January Speaker, Emily Brake is sharing the message Carefully Crafted: What Does it Mean to Be God’s Workmanship?

Are you interested in finding an area to serve?  We are currently building up our hospitality teams at all of our campuses.  Please see Vic Meola (v.meola@comcast.net) our Plaistow hospitality coordinator if you are interested and for more information. This is a frontline area of ministry and it takes a large and dedicated team! The time requirement is short but the impact is huge!!

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Happy New Year!!

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Happy New Year!!

I love the transition to the new year.  It always feels like a new beginning, or a time for changes, or high hopes for great new year. Great message Sunday, but here’s the question, which of the life choices Pastor Steve highlighted are going to be your biggest challenge?

1.        Forgive Quickly

2.        Risk Boldly (serving God, being vulnerable and transparent, or opening your heart to people)

3.        Live Generously!

4.        Leaving Margin (rest, opportunity to reflect, accept divine appointments)

5.        Practicing self care

I want to add one item that is the converse of forgive quickly and that is to repent quickly.  I think repenting (either to God or one another) helps us to live vulnerably, forgive quickly, and live generously.  When we remember our role in relationships, both good and bad, it helps us to keep forgiveness close by.

I love New Year’s resolutions, and these are a great start.  I hope you’re able to experience the fullness of Christ by living in freedom from anger, resentment, fear, and self doubt.  God’s given us this life to live, let’s make the most of it.

Pastor James

Men, we are meeting this Friday at Casey’s Diner in Plaistow, NH for breakfast at 6:30 am.  Be early to get a good seat!

Men, we are also having First Monday on Jan 8th at the Rock Plaistow at 6:30 pm for dinner and fellowship, 7:30 pm for worship and a great message. 

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Unwrapping Love

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Unwrapping Love

Hello Friends,

The season of Advent reminds us of the promise, hope, and love we have in Jesus.  This week we unpacked the love that God showed us by sending His Son.  It is seasons, like Advent when we need to give focus to how we felt when we first understood how much God loves us.  In turn, we are called to love others who don’t yet know the one who sent the redeemer.  God was the initiator of a love relationship with us, how awesome was that!  Our love for others is expressed in words and deeds.  

Pastor Steve gave us homework this week to notice if our words bring life, bring hope, bring love.  Do our deeds as believers show the promise, hope, and love of Christ to a world that is dying without him.  I’ve noticed this week the people who need words of life, need to be shown compassion, and ultimately shown the gift of a savior that wants a living relationship with them.  Let’s be diligent in our homework.

Blessings,
Pastor James

Christmas Eve Services - Sunday, December 24th
Sunday Morning Worship

All Sunday morning worship services will meet at our normal times on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
Sandown: 4 p.m. 
Plaistow: 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Amesbury: 4 p.m.

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Promise and Fulfillment

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Promise and Fulfillment

At work this week I sent dozens of emails out, only to find that our server was being problematic.  Then I’m left with the uncertainty of knowing if or when people received them.  Do you do it all again? Will it confuse them if I resend it?  What do I say the second time?  It occurred to me Sunday that is what it’s like to wait on God’s promises.  When a promise is not fulfilled we think, “Did He hear me?”, “Did I miss something?”, or “Did I ask for the wrong thing?”  Think of how the nation of Israel waited for the promise of a redeemer.  In that time, Babylon came to power, conquered and dispersed them, Alexander the Great conquered them, the second temple was built, and then Rome conquered the region.  THEN God sent His Son.  What a blessing we have to live in the fulfillment of the promise of a redeemer.  

We are each waiting on promises from God, and we all have answered promises too.  It’s important to focus, write down, tell someone of the promises we’ve received to build our hope for the promise yet-to-be-fulfilled.  

I pray for a renewing of your hope this week.
Pastor James

Here are a few things coming up…

Monday, December 11th
6.00 p.m. Fellowship & 6:30 p.m. Dinner

Men join us for a Christmas feast at our campus in Sandown, featuring Bill’s baked ham and all the fixings.  Bring a dish to share and come enjoy the fellowship. If you have any questions contact Bill Stewart at nhstewart@mygsc.com.

Christmas Giving Tree - For Our Community
This Sunday will be the last day to choose a tag from the giving tree in Plaistow. Unwrapped gifts with tags attached are due back Sunday (12/17).  Thank you for spreading Christ's love this season!

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Growing Deeper in Witness

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Growing Deeper in Witness

My first experience sharing my witness happened when I was in college.  It was a God moment that only He could have orchestrated. The important part of sharing our witness is that we need to prepare enough that we can be effective in relating it to another person.  Plan on having God use you!  Besides some preparation (which is awesome to share with your LifeGroup as practice) it also requires some confidence and a clear understanding of what changed.  Be specific on the before and after.  People relate to changed lives.  

Be ready, be excited and God will use your witness to change the lives of the people you love.  We begin Advent this Sunday, when we celebrate the coming of the savior and redeemer of the world and begin our next sermon series entitled What It's Really All About. Let the joy of the coming King build your courage and excitement to share the witness of what God did for you.

In Christ,
Pastor James

A few things coming up this weekend...

Annual Advent Carol Sing
Sunday, December 3rd at 6 pm at our Sandown Campus!
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of Advent with our Annual Carol Sing and family fun night for folks of all ages. We’ll round off the evening with dessert and fellowship.  Please bring a dessert to share. 

Parent’s Night Out!
Saturday, December 2nd from 5:30 pm to 9 pm at our Plaistow Campus!
We're going to have a party while the parents go out! This is open to all children ages 4 to 18. Crafts, games, cookie decorating, prizes and more! Please RSVP to stevenandglenda@comcast.net or text 603-557-9009.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you’re being challenged by this “Deeper” sermon series.  This week we examined going deeper in mission.  I went on my first mission in college with a group where we went to perform outreach in a city.  It was exactly what Pastor Steve described in the sermon, it lets us use our gifts, it changes our focus, and it pushes us out of our comfort zone.  If you haven’t had a chance to go on a mission, it’s a great time to consider doing so with our Texas Mission Trip now taking reservations. 

I have so much to be thankful for and this time of year is a great reminder to count our blessings.  We have a great church family for which I’m very grateful to serve alongside.  Out of gratefulness for each other and what Christ has done for us our depth of faith is built.  Through an attitude of gratefulness we will have a heart for being missional, growing deeper in understanding, and wanting more of what God wants to do in our lives.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor James

Don’t forget to invite your friends in the community and family who may be alone or are not able to cook for Thanksgiving this year. This dinner is for anyone who wants to share a meal with friends. All are invited to a Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Rock Plaistow from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.!  Walk-ins are welcome, but if possible a reservation would be appreciated by calling 603-887-4922 or online at this link.

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The Privilege of Sacrifice

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The Privilege of Sacrifice

What a privilege we have to give of ourselves for the Christ’s work in this world.  When Jesus commissioned the disciples to go into all the world, they were asked to give up everything.  Have you started to pray this week what God has called you to that may remove you from your comfort and plans?  Do you dare?  Are you ready to enlist?

I have seen the generous nature of our congregation as it’s poured out week after week for many of the great works we celebrate each Sunday.  It is important to remember that personal sacrifice is for our betterment as well as God’s glory.  Whether it’s time, comfort, finances, or personal freedoms we stay connected to our community by giving of ourselves.  That’s the realignment that Pastor Steve was talking about.  Discover the joy of sacrifice, trust in God’s provision, and consider others above ourselves all exemplify the privilege of sacrifice.

In Christ,
Pastor James

Here are a few things coming up.

Join us at Rock Church Sandown for a Spaghetti Dinner Mission Fundraiser this Saturday, November 18th from 5 pm -7 pm. The purpose is to raise funds for building materials for our upcoming Texas Mission trip in Feb 2018. For information please contact Sue Reynolds at Suzannereynolds08@comcast.net.

At Rock Church Plaistow we are hosting a Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner on November 23rd at 11:30 am – 1 pm. The dinner is FREE and open to anyone in the greater Plaistow community. We still need lots of volunteers. To sign up to help, please go to signupgenius.com  and search care@stmattumc.org.

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Standing Stones

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Standing Stones

Hello Friends,

I hope you are being drawn deeper in your faith through this sermon series.  I know this week’s sermon on prayer is an area where I constantly have to give focus, mostly because I’m not that good at it.  Pastor Steve categorized the three stages of desiring prayer as have-to, want-to, and need-to.  I’m not where I will be some day, but definitely better than I was before.

I think that is the point of the sermon series.  We all have not arrived at our final place but our faith journey is like a pilgrimage.  As we journey further we’ve learned much, experienced much, and now expect much.  That is what can help fuel our motivation to grow deeper in our faith.  

The Hebrew children came out of the desert and into the promise land and created standing stones as a visual image where they could look back and remember what God did in that place.  Today we can create our own by writing down the special times God did something significant in our lives.  Perhaps a loved one accepted Christ, you experienced a healing, or an answered prayer.  It’s important to create a lasting way to remember what God did for us.  I think that is why Christ said “as often as you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”  Remembering what God did helps us stay motivated to journey further.

So what is the next step for you in prayer?  What is drawing you further down the faith path?  Ask God to reveal where he is calling you.  

In Christ,

Pastor James

Men, join us for First Monday on November 6! We’ll start with a pizza buffet and fellowship at 6:30 pm and the program will begin at 7:30 pm.

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"Deeper"

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"Deeper"

Hello Friends,

What does deeper mean to you?  Have you been hungry to experience more of God, to feel His presence, power, healing, or purpose?  If so, guess what...you’ve had an encounter with the Holy Spirit.  God puts those desires in our hearts like seeds planted into the ground.  He gives us the desire to pursue him just like any relationship we experience.  Do you remember the time when you were smitten by someone or something?  You wanted to just remain in every moment together or quickly return after a brief separation.  We need to pursue those desires for more of God by opening ourselves up to the working of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is a gift, a very good gift indeed.  He’s there to help us do the work, be a blessing to those who receive it, and be a witness to God’s power, love, and work in creation.  The Holy Spirit is available to be empowering you the same way we receive Christ, through invitation.  It’s as simple as asking him to direct you, show you God’s will, and empower you to do the work.  Isn’t God awesome!

I hope your week is Spirit-filled,

Pastor James

 

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Trunk or Treat is coming up in Plaistow on Sat, Oct. 28th (4-6 pm) and in Sandown on Tues, Oct. 31st (5-7 pm). We can use volunteer help as well as more Trunks! To sign up your trunk go to trunkortreat.rocks! For more information contact: Cara Fatout in Plaistow at carafa2@gmail.com and Sherri Nourse in Sandown at sherri_nourse@yahoo.com.

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Comfort in Christ

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Comfort in Christ

Hello Rock Church Family!

I hope your week is blessed and fruitful.  Here we are in the middle of another great sermon series on Real Hope, the one promised in Isaiah 61 and fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ.  Bringing good news, healing the broken-hearted, experiencing freedom, transforming darkness into light, and comfort are all messages we have to receive from a God who loves us.  These are promises that are available, but we also have to be in a position to receive them.  What kinds of things keep us from receiving comfort or freedom?  Pastor Steve explained these can be spiritual battles.  CS Lewis wrote an excellent novel called “The Great Divorce” that talks about the things that keeps us from experiencing God’s best.  (A great read.)  

My hope for all of us is that we are able to personally experience all these promises so we can tell the world the good news, that there’s healing, freedom, renewal, and comfort for those who receive Christ, repent and turn, and surrender to God’s will for them.

I pray your lives are comforted this week!

Pastor James

A few things coming up.

Join us for the Rock Run Raiser at Rock Plaistow on Oct 21st. We still need volunteers! For those interested in helping please contact Heidi at hmongeau@comcast.net.  Or if you plan to participate in the race please click this link to sign up

With trunk or treat coming up at all sites we need candy donations! There are bins at all sites for donations.  There will be plenty of candy, free refreshments, free family photos, and family movie drawing. For more information please visit www.trunkortreat.rocks. Join at the following times and locations.

Amesbury – Tues, Oct. 24th (5:30 -7:30 pm)
Plaistow – Sat, Oct. 28th (4-6 pm)
Sandown – Tues, Oct. 31st (5-7 pm)

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From Darkness to Light

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From Darkness to Light

"From Darkness to Light". How timely was Pastor Steve's message from Isaiah 61.  Within a few short hours we see the darkness of men's hearts, not just through the malicious act, but spreading despair to the families affected as well.  It is absolutely heart breaking.  With each act of violence, report of disease, or loss of a loved one, we are faced with the question: How do we continue to walk in the light?  Or maybe the question is: where else can we go but to the light of Christ?

Walking in the light is a spiritual battle against the different forms of darkness: despair, sin, or ignorance.  It's time to live in the light.  As you pray this week, please remember those who do not know what it means to walk in the light of Christ.  Walking in the light is a spiritual battle against the different forms of darkness: despair, sin, or ignorance.  It's time to live in the light.  As you pray this week, please remember those who do not know what it means to walk in the light of Christ.  Event's like the tragedy in Las Vegas should make the light shine brightly, but some don't understand it.

In Christ,
Pastor James

Men, join us at Casey's Diner this Friday at 6:30am.

Join us for the Rock Run Raiser at Rock Plaistow on Oct 21st. We still need volunteers! For those interested in helping please contact Heidi at hmongeau@comcast.net.  Or if you plan to participate in the race please click this link to sign up

With trunk or treat coming up at all sites we need candy donations! There are bins at all sites for donations.  There will be plenty of candy, free refreshments, free family photos, and family movie drawing. For more information please visit www.trunkortreat.rocks. Join at the following times and locations.

Amesbury – Tues, Oct. 24th (5:30 -7:30 pm)
Plaistow – Sat, Oct. 28th (4-6 pm)
Sandown – Tues, Oct. 31st (5-7 pm)

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Freedom In Christ

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Freedom In Christ

Hi Friends,

How about you?  This was the question Pastor Steve posed about captivity.  Are we being held captive by sin, addiction, debt, religiousness, or fear?  Are you “taken” captive or have you yielded?  The amazing thing is that through Jesus, we don’t have to stay.  He came to proclaim freedom to the captives (Isaiah 61:1)

Not only does God free us from captivity, if we follow him, he doesn’t lead us into captivity.  Have you ever reflected on times of your life when you recognized that following Christ meant you didn’t end up in a terrible place?  I thank God regularly for protecting me and my family from the storms of life because we chose to follow him. 

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I hope you are blessed by this sermon series on Isaiah 61.  What a gift it is for us today as it was when Christ pronounced it’s fulfillment in him.

In Christ,
Pastor James

Here are some upcoming opportunities for invitation and service.

Ladies don’t forget to sign up for the Alive Women’s Retreat coming up September 29 and 30. We’re excited to have Kelley Latta coming to minister to our women.  You can find more information about Kelley’s ministry at her website.   To register online or for more information please click this link.

Another great event fast approaching is the Rock Run Raiser at Rock Plaistow on Oct 21st. We need over 50 volunteers! So for those interested in helping please join us for a meeting at Rock Plaistow coming up on Thursday, September 28th at 7 pm.  Or if you plan to participate in the race you can register at this link.

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