5:15 AM. That’s what time I started writing this blog. That’s a little earlier that I sometimes start working, but I couldn’t help it. For weeks now I have been sensing in my spirit that God is preparing to do something great, something amazing, something awesome here at Rock Church. And this morning, I awoke with such a sense of anticipation that I just couldn’t wait to start the day.

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One of the many exciting things coming up is that we are preparing to launch Sunday morning worship in Newburyport. For months we have been offering a Thursday night service at our Newburyport campus, and we will continue to do that. But we are now ready to add Sunday morning to the schedule. For the first several months, we will do a once a month “preview service.” The first of these will be Sunday October 21 at 10:00 am at our space on the Rt. 1 traffic circle.

These preview services will give us an opportunity to work out the logistics of a Sunday morning experience in a new space as we continue to build our core group at this new location. We are looking for “missionaries” to serve in Newburyport. These missionaries are people from our existing campuses who are willing to be a part of a launch team to help get this new Sunday service off to a great start. If you think you might be called to help in this important work, I would invite you to join us for this first preview service and learn more about what God is doing in Newburyport.

This new work in Newburyport is just one component of a greater vision that I believe God has given us to reach this region for Christ. Over the next couple of months I will have much more to share with you about what God has placed on my heart for Rock Church. I’ll be 56 years old this Saturday (I know, that’s really old!). But I have to tell you that I am more excited and energized for our ministry than I have ever been.

Before I sign off, I want to remind you that we have some great outreach opportunities this month.

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  • This Saturday, October 13, will be the Rock Run Raiser. You can register at this link. We can also still use some volunteers. You can sign up here.

  • Next Saturday, October 20, will be the Field of Flags set up at 9:00 am at our Plaistow campus. Bring a hammer and join us. It is a great experience, and a wonderful way to honor our veterans as Veterans Day approaches.

  • Trunk or Treat. These have become a great outreach event to help us connect to unchurched families and children. It also offers a family friendly alternative to what Halloween can sometimes be. Donations of snack sized candy can be dropped off at any campus this Sunday or next. We also need trunks! Go to www.trunkortreat.rocks for all the details.

This Sunday we will continue our series “Follow the Leader” as we dig into one of the most unusual and intriguing stories in the gospels. You won’t want to miss this!

God bless,

Pastor Steve



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