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    Wow, what a summer this has been!  This morning I went out early to walk and pray.  I began to reflect on what an amazing summer of ministry this has been.  Golf Tournament, For Our Community day, Honduras Mission trip, Soulfest, two weeks of Day Camp, Men’s Retreat, two Salisbury Beach Concerts (actually one of those is tonight), Plaistow Old Home Day, Amesbury Days and more (and we still have Sandown Old Home Day to come on Sept 8).  Every one of these events has been an opportunity to advance our mission to share Jesus and to help people grow deeper in faith.

     On Sunday September 9 we will have our Rock Church Fall Kick Off!  This day marks the beginning of a new season of NextGen (our Sunday morning children’s program), the launch of new Lifegroups and the beginning of a great new series entitled “Follow the Leader!” I would like to declare September 9th a “Bring a Friend” Sunday.  Throughout the summer we have been sowing seeds, making connections and building relationships.  Fall is a perfect time to extend an invitation for a friend or neighbor to join us at Rock Church.  If you were fortunate enough to meet someone new at one of our summer outreach events, this would be the perfect time to reconnect and invite them to join us.


     For those who attend at our Plaistow campus, I wanted to share some exciting news with you.  This summer we experimented with a new service schedule (9:00 and 10:30 am).  The response to the new schedule has been overwhelmingly positive, so we have decided to continue the schedule into the fall.  We will also be offering NextGen at both service times.  I am super excited about this!

     I also want to let you know that our Newburyport campus is gearing up to expand to Sunday mornings, while continuing to offer the Thursday night dinner worship.  We are going to begin Sunday morning services by doing a few monthly “preview services” as we build a full team there and work out the logistics of Sunday worship in our new space.  The first of those will be on October 21.  We are looking for “missionaries” who are willing to be a part of the launch team for our Newburyport Campus.  You will be hearing more about that soon.

      Have a great week.  Join us this Sunday at any of our Rock Church locations.  If you are traveling, join us on-line or catch the rebroadcast on Monday.  We have a message this Sunday that you will not want to miss.

God bless,

     Pastor Steve