My Dear Friends,

I am sure like me this week, many of you are dealing with many emotions. The events we’ve watched transpire in Las Vegas are incomprehensible. In fact, so are many of the events we’ve experienced over the last several months. Trying to make sense of them simply is not possible based on our understanding. However, I’ll once again share one of the Scriptures we discussed on Sunday morning as my best effort to do so:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ~ Ephesians 6:12

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It may seem hard to find good news in the midst of something like this, but here it is:  JESUS IS THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS. He is Real Hope and His Spirit is present with us now. I’d ask you all to be in prayer with me – for the city of Las Vegas, for the victims of the shooting and their families, for our churches that we may respond well to those who are struggling and fearful, for our church that we may continue in the way God would lead us and that we would not “become weary in doing good” (Galatians 6:9) and for one another that we would continue to hold this Real Hope that we’ve been learning about on Sunday mornings together alive.  I know sometimes it may seem as though the darkness may be gaining ground.  I pray you’ll join me in saying to the enemy “NOT TODAY!” In the end, our God will have the victory.


P. Rachel


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FAMILY FUN NIGHT: This Friday, October 6th, starting at 6pm at Rock Church Amesbury, and we’re having a GLOW PARTY! Please join us for an evening of great and colorful fun for the whole family including glow face paint, henna, music, dancing, snacks and more!  For more info, please contact Jessica Pontes at  Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us!


ROCK RUN RAISER is approaching fast!  This 2 mile extreme obstacle course race will be at our Plaistow campus on Oct 21st.  We need some Amesbury teams to participate in the race so WHO’S IN? If you’re not up for racing, we also need over 50 volunteers! For those interested in helping please join us for a meeting at Rock Plaistow coming up on Thursday, September 28th at 7pm. More information and registration is available at this link.

TRUNK OR TREAT: This is one of my favorite events we do all year round and I hope you’ll consider either in decorating a trunk or joining us with your little one.

Amesbury – Tues. Oct. 24th (downtown trick-or-treat)Contact: Pastor Jon at

Plaistow – Sat. Oct. 28th
Contact: Cara Fatout at

Sandown – Tues. Oct. 31st
Contact: Sherri Nourse at

We also need TONS of candy donations at all campuses so look for donation bins appearing soon. We hope you’ll join the fun and help us to bless our communities!