Hi church family!

As you probably heard, Jon and I were traveling for the last couple of weeks with our Honduras Mission Team. We made it home around 3:30am on Saturday morning and we are still recovering, BUT IT WAS POWERFUL! I’m sure we’ll be holding a time of sharing so we can update you all on what God was able to do in and through us during this time on mission so stay tuned for that, but in the meantime, this last trip has left me thinking a lot about community. As a church, we’ve been focusing on community quite a bit with the launch of our “For Our Community” campaign.  I’ve heard so many incredible stories of people getting together and just being the church (as it should be) to those around us.  We may have even brought a little For Our Community to our friends in Honduras as well. 

But what I’ve been left thinking about recently is actually a little different. Have you ever heard the term koinonia?  Translated from the Greek word κοινωνία, koinonia loosely translates to a close communion or sharing of relationship and is generally accepted as the intimate bond existing between Christian brothers and sisters. After being on mission together 24/7 for 10 days (not to mention the night before without any sleep at all), you can imagine that we were living in a tight community, AND IT WAS POWERFUL. Right now, we have approximately 120 youth, young adults and families preparing to go to Soulfest where they will live together in this intimate relationship for a little under a week. This is always a great experience for all, AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THIS YEAR WILL BE POWERFUL.

I love that God has given us the opportunity and desire to live in koinonia, not just in these special times of refuge like on mission and at Soulfest, but everyday as we do life together as a church family.  And I truly do love living in this way with all of you. 

As we enter into the month of August and enjoy the beginning of the end of summer, here are some great things going on that I’m so looking forward to sharing with all of you:

OUTREACH CONCERT SERIES:  If you haven’t already heard, Rock Church will be the host church and the Rock Church Amesbury worship team (along with a few guests) will have the opportunity to perform at the Summer Outreach Concert Series at the new Salisbury Beach stage on Wednesday, August 9th.  Come on out to sing praises to God at the beach while supporting the church and the worship team – what could be better?! Concert starts at 7pm, but we’ll be there early to set up tables and get ready.  We’d love your help if you’re up for it!

HERO CENTRAL DAY CAMP: Day camp is right around the corner!  The week of August 14th – 18th we’ll be working to bless the families of our community by hosting a full day camp at a very low cost (currently only $39 for registration!) at our Rock Church Plaistow location.  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 looking for 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. We’re looking forward to another great week!

CHURCH PICNIC & BAPTISM: This year we will hold our Rock Church picnic and baptism service at Camp Tasker in Newton, NH on September 10th.  I know this may seem like a world away right now, but will be here before you know it. If you are interested in being baptized in the lake this year, please connect with Debra Haggstrom (deb@rock-church.org) or you can always just let us know on your connection card on Sunday.

May the rest of your week be lived out in koinonia with one another! 

P. Rachel



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