The Rock Run Raiser is coming up in just over a week on Saturday October 13th. Personally, I can’t wait. I’m running it and I hope you will too. If you are not familiar with it, the Run Raiser is a 2 mile obstacle course/mud run that takes place right at our Rock Plaistow campus. The run is organized in “waves” that step off every 20 minutes beginning at 9:00 am. There are both competitive and non-competitive waves. If you want to compete for prize money, sign up for a competitive wave. If you want to run it just for fun, go with one of the non-competitive waves.
But this event begs a question. Why would a church organize a mud run? On the surface, it doesn’t seem like a very “churchy” event. Well, first of all, it is a charitable event with all proceeds going to great missional causes, include our For Our Community initiative. But even more importantly, it is open to the community. This is the kind of event that helps us connect to people who have no church home.
As we often say, everyone needs Jesus. But sometimes our challenge is connecting to people who do not yet have a relationship with him. That is why events like the Rock Run Raiser, Day Camp and Trunk of Treat are so important to us. These community outreach events are our opportunity to meet, and begin to build relationship with, those in our communities who do not yet know Jesus.
So I’m inviting you to support this event in one or more of the following ways:
· We need donations of water bottles, fruit (apples, oranges, bananas) and granola bars. Those can be brought to any of our locations this Sunday.
· We need many volunteers. We need help on Friday Oct 12th with the final set up and we need help on Saturday Oct 13th at the various stations of the race. You can choose a place and time to volunteer at this link.
· We need people to participate in the race. If you are up for the challenge, you can get more info and sign up at this link.
The Rock Run Raiser happens to fall on my birthday this year. So I invite you to come out and help me celebrate by being a part of an awesome event!
While we are talking about great outreach opportunities, I also want to remind you that we are going to do a Christmas concert this year. Rehearsals begin next Thursday. If you love to sing, I would encourage you to email Pastor Beth to let her know you would like to joins us.