Hi Church Family!
Pastor Rachel here coming to you with my first blog of 2018. How has your year started out so far? Have you had the opportunity to put into action any of the choices we talked about on New Year’s Eve? Speaking of New Year’s Eve, what a great service that was! It was so great to celebrate with those of you who were able to face the bitter cold and make it out for a party on Sunday morning. I can’t help but think, “Isn’t that how we should celebrate the hope we have in Jesus every week?!” If you weren’t able to be with us, you can check out the video of our service (including the conga line at the end) by clicking here.
This past Sunday was also great (in a far more subdued way) as we began our new sermon series looking at God’s Big Plan: From Creation to the Cross. This past week we started in the beginning, with the story of creation from the book of Genesis. This is a journey that we’ll continue on through Easter Sunday during which we’ll explore the plan God put into motion in the garden and which came to fruition on the cross. I promise that if you stick with us each step of the way for the next 12 weeks, we will not only have a greater understanding of the continuous story told in the Bible, but we will also have the opportunity to experience Easter in a deeper way than ever before. If you were not able to be with us on Sunday morning, but would like to catch up on the first sermon in this series, you can watch that online also here.
I know Easter may seem a world away right now, but it will be here before we know it. This Easter, we’d like to do something very different and impactful. We want to memorialize Jesus’ defeat of death on the cross by offering the opportunity to experience emersion baptism right in our own sanctuary on Easter Sunday. This is a chance for those who have chosen Jesus to stand before their brothers and sisters and demonstrate outwardly the inward transformation He has made in their lives by leaving their old lives below the water. I think many who were with us the last time we did baptisms in service would testify that it was an incredible experience in the presence of the Spirit! If you feel you would like to take the step of being baptized on Easter morning, email Pastor Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org or make a note on the back of your Connection Card on Sunday and we’ll be in touch.
Looking forward to seeing all of you soon! A reminder that we are here at Rock Church Amesbury every Tuesday night for Celebrate Recovery (dinner @ 5:30, large group worship @ 6:30 and small groups @ 7:30) and on Sunday for breakfast & LifeGroup @ 9am and Worship @ 10:10.
We also have a few other great things going on that I’d like you to check out:
MEMBERSHIP: Make no mistake, you are a member of our family from the moment you walk through the door. Taking membership, however, is the opportunity for those who have made the decision to live out their faith life as a part of our church to stand, before God and our church family, and boldly say, “I’M ALL IN!” We plan to take in new members soon at Rock Church Amesbury. If you are interested in learning more about membership and were not able to attend our last inquiry session, please email Debra Haggstrom (email@example.com) and Pastor Jon or Rachel will be in touch!
FOR OUR COMMUNITY: If you’ve been around much at all, you may have heard that Rock Church is For Our Community! Our For Our Community Group will meet this week, January 14th after service @ 12:30 over lunch for an initial time of brainstorming and dreaming. If you haven’t already let Deb (firstname.lastname@example.org) know that you are able to attend, please shoot her a quick email so we know how many to plan for lunch.
Giving thanks for you all this week!