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High School Ministry Weekly May 26th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:10


This week…

Missions Night & Local Missions Trip—COST $15

May 26th– 7:11pm  to May 27th – 10:00pm
FRIDAY NIGHT IS FREE & A NORMAL YOUTH FRIDAY WITH A MISSIONS FOCUS!  So, be sure to come out anyways!
Going on a mission trip is not just for foreign countries, it’s also for our own city.  We will be serving local charities and learning about the needs of our city.
SIGN-UP Needed
Get Waivers HERE
Get More Information Including Itinerary HERE

Next week…

Handball Frenzy
June 2nd @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
We’ve got new nets we want to try out and a new game for HSM!  Handball is a ton of fun and super easy to play!  We’ll all compete to see which group get snacks.  We are also continuing with Part 3 of our Limitless series.

The week after that…

Love Winnipeg
June 9th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
Every year we go out of our way to show love to our city!  This year we are handing out water bottles in Osborne Village and blessing people as they pass by!  This is a great way to show the love of Jesus is practical ways.  We meet at the church!


By the way!  For at least 2 years we have been supporting Simon Munyaneza as our sponsor child!  We hope that our students might have the opportunity to be generous through this sponsorship.  We take an offering almost every Friday and invite our students to participate.  All of the money goes straight to Simon!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Threshold Jr – May 24 – Game Show Wednesday **Also important information about next week!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:47
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Game Show Wednesday +
If I Could Ask God Anything… Pt 2

Come for the last opportunity to be a game show contestant of the school year
and win some prizes!
Also we continue “If I Could Ask God Anything”

Wednesday May 24, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Love Winnipeg
We will be packing backpacks for homeless
people in Winnipeg!
Donations needed!
New or Gently-Used Items:
Backpacks (for adults), mitts, toques, scarves, blankets

New Items:
Deodorant, sanitary napkins, socks, long underwear, toothbrushes,
toothpaste, soap, body wash, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner,
disposable razors, granola bars, bottles of water, juice, travel mugs,
pocket size Kleenex, decks of cards, lip balm, hard candy

 

Wednesday May 31, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply and say “Unsubscribe” (DO NOT click on the “Unsubscribe” link below).

Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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Re-post: Mending Fences

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:00

In 1956, when I was a young pastor in the Pacific Northwest Conference, the late Reverend C. W. Burbank was my conference superintendent. I had been appointed to the New Westminster church on the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, and Kathleen and I had crossed the continent from Kentucky immediately after my graduation from Asbury Seminary. Our personal belongings and four little children were packed into our turquoise colored Plymouth and a large spring-less trailer joggled along behind us every mile of the way.

Before Superintendent Burbank entered the ministry he was a logger. He had an outdoors ruggedness about him. He was not a seminary trained man; back then, seminary training for ministers was less common and more difficult to attain than now. Many pastors of earlier eras got whatever theological training they received by means of serious correspondence courses they were expected to wade through.

But he was an urgent preacher, well respected by his peers, and a man of down-to-earth common sense, something he learned or polished, as I understand, while in the logging business in the Okanagan Valley of Washington State.

During one of my first conversations with him he shared a bit of wisdom. He explained that some ministers are more skilled at mending their fences than others. He meant that when a misunderstanding or even an unintended interpersonal rift developed, such pastors seem to have a knack for restoring trusting relationships.

Others, he went on, leave the gap unaddressed and allow it to take on a certain permanence. If this happens with another family, and then another, Rev. Burbank explained, the misunderstandings accumulate sufficiently to destroy the trust of the congregation as a whole. A wall develops and the minister loses the trust of the congregation and he must move on.

Rev. Burbank didn’t say exactly how to recover healthy relationships. Nor did he mention what to do if a pastor’s efforts to keep fences mended are rejected. That is another aspect of the issue, and there are such situations. To take his counsel a step further, here are a couple more suggestions.

First, the greatest hindrance to correcting wounded relationships is pride – that dangerous quality within us that makes us tend to over-rate our worth or abilities. Pride is a point of vulnerability with all of us, Christian or not. When something is said or done from either side that injures our self esteem the rift is in danger of opening. Before repair can even be attempted pride must be acknowledged and brought to heel.

Second, once a rift happens, anger tends to follow and it invariably only clouds issues. So, no correction should be attempted until anger has been faced and dissipated. Most of us have learned this lesson by unhappy experience. In the face of breakdown of relationship and accompanying anger, only the indwelling Spirit of Christ can save us from further anger-prompted division.

Third, wise pastors will know that once in awhile, a relationship may grow cool or may even seem beyond repair. This may be due to disagreement on a particular issue. Or it may arise when a parishioner seems to have a fixed point of view about some circumstance. In these sorts of cases, when honest efforts have been made to restore relationship and fellowship—without success—ministers should labor on. As all pastors learn, in a busy growing pastorate there will be those who do not agree with the minister on issues. After honest efforts have been made to seek corrected and restored fellowship — without success — ministers should go on with their work diligently, all the while treating objectors with civility and grace. Only humility can keep the door open to the other person permanently. And it can only be hoped that the minister’s continued faithful service to the congregation will bear fruit and that eventually hearts will melt and be reconciled.

Ministers are much more likely to stay afloat in troubled waters and navigate through rocky relationships if they remember that their ultimate accountability for their efforts is to God. Their hope is that God may be pleased, since it is to him they will finally answer. Just remembering this makes them more careful to avoid missteps.

Mending fences is not only a challenge to ministers. Broken relationships are a universal peril in our fallen world. It would be hard to find someone of mature years who does not have a measure of pain over damaged relationships and even unresolved relationship issues at this point. So ministers and laymen alike need strength and grace help in the arduous task of living openly and charitably — insofar as possible — with all. Praying for increased sensitivity to the needs of others for Christ’s sake is the starting point.

Many years after our conversation, Rev. Burbank died in the pulpit while doing what he loved — preaching the gospel. I am just one of many who profited from his ministerial leadership and wise counsel. His insight regarding mending fences was a lifelong gift, not always exercised to the greatest effectiveness, but always treasured.

Photo credit: Josh Liba (via flickr.com)


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Engage – Thursday, May 18th – Rock Talks Coffeehouse

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 21:16

Rock Talks Coffeehouse
Thursday, May 18th
7:30pm
Youth Room 

Want to really hear God?

Rock Talks is a casual evening where
we invite a guest speaker to
challenge us on a topic of their choice.

We have guest speaker, Margaret Woodason, lined up to teach us how to
do listening prayer so we can not only talk to God, but hear from Him too.

Enjoy coffee or tea for only $1.50 each. It’s worth it, trust us.

Meet in the Youth Room at 7:30pm.

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High School Ministry Weekly May 19th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 21:10


This week…

Archery Tag
Cost $5 or FREE if you bring a friend
May 19th @ 7:11pm—9:45pm
It’s the newest tag game on the market.  If you like lazertag and you love archery—this is for you!  Totally safe and fun!  Remember its free if you bring a friend not a sibling!
Waivers Needed CLICK HERE

Next week…

Local Missions Trip—COST $20

May 26th– 7:11pm  to May 27th – 10:00pm
Going on a mission trip is not just for foreign countries, it’s also for our own city.  We will be serving local charities and learning about the needs of our city.
SIGN-UP Needed
churchoftherock.ca/hsm-forms

The week after that…

Handball Frenzy
June 2nd @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
We’ve got new nets we want to try out and a new game for HSM!  Handball is a ton of fun and super easy to play!  We’ll all compete to see which group get snacks.  We are also continuing with Part 3 of our Limitless series.


By the way!  For at least 2 years we have been supporting Simon Munyaneza as our sponsor child!  We hope that our students might have the opportunity to be generous through this sponsorship.  We take an offering almost every Friday and invite our students to participate.  All of the money goes straight to Simon!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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Threshold Jr – May 17 – National Chocolate Chip Day

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 20:26
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

National Chocolate Chip Day +
If I Could Ask God Anything…

Happy Belated Chocolate Chip Day! Come celebrate with us!
Plus we look at questions you have for God!
Hangout & Café in The Cage

Wednesday May 17, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)

NEXT WEEK

Game Show Wednesday +
If I Could Ask God Anything… Pt 2

Come for the last opportunity to be a game show contestant of the school year
and win some prizes!
Also we continue “If I Could Ask God Anything”

Wednesday May 24, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply and say “Unsubscribe” (DO NOT click on the “Unsubscribe” link below).

Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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In Secular Times Can Weddings Be Clearly Christian?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:00

In one sense we can call any wedding “Christian” if it is conducted in a Christian church or guided by Christian ritual: “In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I now pronounce you husband and wife.”

On the other hand, it could be argued that a fully Christian wedding requires that the bride and groom be confessing Christians and the event be witnessed by at least a few believers.

Since the Enlightenment, which began in late 17th or early 18th century, the secular has been invading the precincts of the sacred, creating conflict.

I have seen this trend even in the short span, relatively speaking, of my 91 years. Early in my pastoral work, young people raised in evangelical churches tended to be sympathetic to the idea that their weddings be “Christ-honoring,” and were usually open to help in having their understanding deepened as to what this meant.

However, as the years passed, the desire to honor Christ as a primary focus seemed to fade somewhat for some young people who had grown up in a Christian congregation and sung its choruses and hymns and heard Scripture read. Standards were loosening and thoroughly Christian rituals were not always wanted.

I was on occasion asked to incorporate a song into a wedding that was itself sentimental but had no trace of Christian thought — a song perhaps more suited to the reception to follow. I was on occasion presented with a proposed wedding ritual written by bride or groom, and lacking the theological grasp required for a Christian wedding.

For purposes of guidance, the central feature of a Christian wedding should be its ritual, not its decor or its symbols, though the latter can assist in creating atmosphere. As I see it now, a couple contemplating marriage might benefit by being asked to read the proposed ritual for the service several times before becoming immersed in the complex planning of the event.

Why not sharpen the meaning of the upcoming wedding with such questions as: What does the ritual say about the origin of marriage? What is the extent of the vows it sets forth? What does it say about the irreversibility of our vows? A Christian wedding is not only a “rite of passage;” it is also a distinctly Christian event.

The purpose and content of the reception that follows the wedding are different. But a reception should also be Christ honoring — a time for rejoicing, for sharing good stories about the wedding couple, for speeches that elevate, for words of welcome or words of thanks from family to family, or music to add to the festive spirit. It is an event at which Christ is to be equally present and in that atmosphere family bondings can be strengthened. If the tone is not set in advance, a Christian reception can sometimes be diminished by off-color humor, or even drunkenness.

During increasingly secular times such as ours it is good to be a part of a congregation, whether large or small, that not only sounds the gospel clearly from its pulpit but also whose church board takes the trouble to spell out the implications of that gospel for the weddings it hosts.

Photo credit: Ian D. Keating (via flickr.com)


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Threshold Jr – Movie & Basketball Night

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:21
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Movie & Basketball Night

After a busy retreat weekend, come relax with a movie we will vote on or play some basketball!  Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday May 10, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)

NEXT WEEK

National Chocolate Chip Day +
If I Could Ask God Anything…

Happy Belated Chocolate Chip Day! Come celebrate with us!
Plus we look at questions you have for God!
Hangout & Café in The Cage

Wednesday May 17, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)

 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply and say “Unsubscribe” (DO NOT click on the “Unsubscribe” link below).

Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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High School Ministry Weekly May 12th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:15


This week…

Human Fooseball
May 12th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Let’s figure out who the next Ronaldo is going to be!  Come ready to win snacks for your small group!  We will be continuing with our Limitless series – Part 2.  Anyone from High School is welcome, so bring your friends!

Next week…

Archery Tag
Cost $5 or FREE if you bring a friend
May 19th @ 7:11pm—9:45pm
It’s the newest tag game on the market.  If you like lazertag and you love archery—this is for you!  Totally safe and fun!  Remember its free if you bring a friend not a sibling!
Waivers Needed churchoftherock.ca/hsm-forms

The week after that…

Local Missions Trip—COST $20

May 26th– 7:11pm  to May 27th – 10:00pm
Going on a mission trip is not just for foreign countries, it’s also for our own city.  We will be serving local charities and learning about the needs of our city.
SIGN-UP Needed
churchoftherock.ca/hsm-forms


By the way!  For at least 2 years we have been supporting Simon Munyaneza as our sponsor child!  We hope that our students might have the opportunity to be generous through this sponsorship.  We take an offering almost every Friday and invite our students to participate.  All of the money goes straight to Simon!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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What to Do When A Little Boy Cries for Justice

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 11:00

Imagine two brothers, ages four and six. Their Uncle Carl gives them a small bag of candies of all shapes and sizes.

They run excitedly to their mother. They know they can trust her to divide the candy equally between them.

Each child mounts a chair on either side of her as she empties the bag on the kitchen table. When the content of the bag is divided she slides each portion toward one of the boys.

Suddenly there is a mighty yelp from the four-year-old. “That’s not fair!” he cries, pointing out that the older brother appears to have more big pieces.

The pleasure of sharing the candy disappears. Claims and counterclaims take over. Tears flow. So the mother patiently goes through the process again.

Where would a four-year-old boy come onto “fairness” language? And why does the mother take such care in being fair to both children? Christians would say it all derives from the image of God borne by both mother and children.

That is, Christians believe fairness is intrinsic to the nature of God and because we are made in his image, a basic grasp of fairness is inborn in humans. At our best we can see when wrong has been done, and want it to be corrected.

Of course, our human sense of fairness does not always function well because of the Fall. Selfishness or bias can distort.

We call the administration of fairness by the more formal word, justice. That is what the mother of the two boys was attempting. Whether consciously or not, she was honoring God himself in this apparently minor human transaction.

The Christian family should strive to model fairness not only between children but also between parents and children as well as between parents themselves. Parents need to remember that they are not always right even though they are always parents.

When our two boys were about 14 and 16 I corrected them pointedly for what I thought was an offense. The 14 year old spoke up strongly, “Dad that’s just not fair.” I sat down alone to reflect. I came to see that he was right, so I called the boys together and apologized for my error.

Commitment to fairness should be evident in the church too, whether in a local congregation or a denomination with stations in many countries.

Blessed is that body of Christ which not only preaches love and grace to its people but also strives in all the conduct of its business from local to international, to administer justice in plain view.

When Uncle Carl gave two little nephews a bag of mixed candies he didn’t know that the issue of justice would come to the fore and that an explosion might occur over the issue of fair play.

But fortunately the boys had a mother who knew about the need to promote fairness by practicing it early in the boys’ lives — with patience and understanding. In the name of Jesus and as a witness to the world, may that sense be evident, too, in the church!

Photo credit: andrea (via flickr.com)


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No Threshold Jr this Wednesday – RETREAT THIS WEEKEND!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 16:18
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Wednesday May 3 – No Threshold Jr

THRESHOLD JR RETREAT 2017

May 5-7
**Registrations required **

An action packed weekend at Camp Arnes full of fun, food, friends & growing in God!
Activities include: swimming, zip line, ropes course, giant swing, archery & more!
We will be staying in separate guy/girl cabins with leaders (Approx. 15 people per cabin)

Meet at COTR @ 5:30pm Friday.
Pickup at COTR @ 3:15-3:30pm Sunday

What to bring:
Meals will provided Saturday-Sunday plus a snack on Friday night
· Sleeping bag or bed roll / Twin Sheet for mattress
· Pillow
· RUBBER BOOTS **Please label your rubber boots!
· Clothing – dress for warm & cold the entire weekend and bring extra socks
· Jacket (rain jacket and rain pants recommended)
· Swimsuit & towel
· Toiletries
· Outdoor shoes and indoor shoes/slippers
· Outdoor clothes (prepare for rain/mud)
· Plastic bags for dirty laundry and wet clothes
· Water bottle
– Flashlight
– Optional $$ for canteen on Saturday
· DO NOT BRING: MP3 player, IPod, Electronic Games, Cell Phones etc

NEXT WEEK

Movie & Basketball Night

After a busy retreat weekend, come relax with a movie we will vote on or play some basketball!  Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday May 10, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)

 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply and say “Unsubscribe” (DO NOT click on the “Unsubscribe” link below).

Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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High School Ministry Weekly May 5th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 15:26


This week…

Dance Off – With Dance Central!
May 5th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Who’s got the best moves in the youth room?  You’ll just have to come out and find out as we let small groups go head-to-head to see who will be the best dancer!  Winner of the dance off wins snacks for their small group!  Get your groove on by practicing!  We will also be starting a new series called Limitless! This series is about how God’s possibilities for our lives are limitless!  Bring friends!

Next week…

Human Fooseball
May 12th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Let’s figure out who the next Ronaldo is going to be!  Come ready to win snacks for your small group!  We will be continuing with our Limitless series – Part 2.  Anyone from High School is welcome, so bring your friends!

The week after that…

Archery Tag
Cost $5 or FREE if you bring a friend
May 19th @ 7:11pm—9:45pm
It’s the newest tag game on the market.  If you like lazertag and you love archery—this is for you!  Totally safe and fun!  Remember its free if you bring a friend not a sibling!
Waivers Needed churchoftherock.ca/hsm-forms

 


By the way!  For at least 2 years we have been supporting Simon Munyaneza as our sponsor child!  We hope that our students might have the opportunity to be generous through this sponsorship.  We take an offering almost every Friday and invite our students to participate.  All of the money goes straight to Simon!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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The Best Gift

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 00:09

Thinking back, what was the best gift that you have received?  Was it your first bicycle, a doll, a diamond ring, the love of a spouse or a child?  No doubt there are many good gifts.

In John 3:16 we have a very familiar verse which many can quote by memory.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  When God considered what was the best thing that He could give to us, He chose to give us His Son.  Jesus Christ coming down to earth, with the option of Jesus Christ then living within us.

It is interesting that many times we would think or complain because “if God really loved me He would”: heal my body; give me a better job; provide money for the bills; work more in the situations around me; etc.  But instead of always doing those things for us, He gave the best thing which He had, He gave Himself.

The implications behind this action are phenomenal.   In the giving of Himself, God is not saying that the things we want and think that we need are not important, but rather that there is something better.  It also means that when we are feeling that perhaps God is not answering our prayers, or that He has been unjust or unfair in His working around us, then perhaps our disappointment is a sign that we are looking or focusing on the wrong things.   For in the midst of every situation God has more of Himself to give to us.  This is the best gift.

It is unfortunate that we can easily focus upon what we get from God, the promises of God, or the change that we want God to bring about, but we fail to focus upon the most important thing which we and all people can have, that is God Himself.

In the times of pressure, distress, loneliness or fear don’t look at what you are missing, but rather see what you have, Christ in you the hope of glory (Col 1:27).  Take a moment to reflect on how Jesus is the best gift and how that can affect your responses to situations around you.

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Engage – Thursday, May 4th – May the Fourth be with You

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:32

May the Fourth be with You
Thursday, May 4th
7:30pm
Youth Room 

Ready for Star Wars?
We’re having an epic dodge ball battle in the gym –
we’re talking Jedi versus Sith here –
and then hanging out with Star Wars snacks, like Han Rolos!

Meet in the Youth Room at 7:30pm.

We wants to see some awesome costumes too! 

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Re-post: What Did the Apostle Paul Look Like?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:00

The Apostle Paul is featured in 15 of the 28 chapters of The Acts of the Apostles. Also, he is the declared author of 13 of the 21 epistles in the New Testament. So what did he look like?

Was he bearded? Tall or short, slight or heavy? Was his complexion light or swarthy, wrinkled or smooth? We are left to wonder.

But a document that appeared around the middle of the second century AD claims to know. It is The Acts of Paul and Thecla which never made it into the New Testament but was read widely in the developing early church.

Thecla, according to the story, was a virgin engaged to be married at a time when Paul was to come to Iconium. And, according to the story, Paul is approaching the city and Titus has given Onesiphorus a description of his appearance. He was to watch for a man who was “small in size, bald-headed, bow-legged, well built, with eyebrows that met, rather long-nosed and full of grace.”

Thecla, it turns out, heard and was fascinated with Paul’s message to the point that she abandoned her engagement and declared lifelong virginity. It was a notion held by some and circulated in the early years of the church that virginity was more holy than marriage.

The description of Paul’s appearance may be accurate and may have been kept alive for a century through oral tradition. Some church fathers believed so, and the story is still alive in the Church of Rome and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

But, whether true or not, this ample description of the Apostle can be set over against the larger fact that we don’t know much about the physical features of Bible characters because physical features are not the critical issue. So, details are sparse.

In Genesis we are only told that Rebekah was “very beautiful” and described as nimble of movement (Gen. 24:15-21). We know only that Jezebel, Ahab’s pagan queen “painted her eyes and arranged her hair” (2 Kings 9:30). Absalom was handsome in appearance with an inordinately large mop of hair (2 Sam. 14:25,26). And we’re told that Saul who became King of Israel was a head taller than his fellow Israelites (1 Sam. 9:2).

In the New Testament, we learn of Zachaeus only that he was short in stature (Lk. 19:3); Bartimaeus was blind (Mark 10:46); and we infer that the Apostle John was likely slight of build because he was a good runner (John 20: 3,4).

We have no description of any of the 12 disciples. We are not even given details about the physical features of Jesus, our Lord, even though we have extensive reports of his activities covering three years of ministry.

Apparently what matters most about the Bible characters we encounter is not their physical features but their hearts and their motivations. In the Bible, the heart is the seat of physical, spiritual and mental life. It is that aspect of our beings known fully only to God.

What prayer goes deeper in the Scriptures than the penitential prayer of King David: “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Ps 51:10).
According to Jesus, the human qualities that bring us the greater and deeper happiness stem from the state of the heart. He said, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God” (Matt. 5:8). For Jesus, the heart counts first and foremost.

None of this is to say that our physical features don’t matter at all. We do the best we can with whatever God has given us through our DNA – we may curl our hair or powder our faces or wear elevator shoes.

But by current beauty standards the Apostle Paul wouldn’t stand a chance. According to The Acts of Paul and Thecla, Paul’s features gave him less than a model’s physique. Except that what radiated out of him giving symmetry to all else, according to the story, was this: he was “full of grace.”

“Full of grace!” That’s what we hope and pray can be said of us. Abundant grace, we dare to believe, will enhance even our less-than-perfect physical features.


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Threshold Jr: April 26 – Talent Show (**Retreat registrations due this week)

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 19:40
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Threshold Jr Talent Show!

Come prepared with your special talent.
Music, acting, writing, art, funny faces, weird
abilities…whatever it is, show us what you got!

Wednesday April 26, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)


NEXT WEEK

Wednesday May 3 – No Threshold Jr

THRESHOLD JR RETREAT 2017

May 5-7
**Registrations required **

An action packed weekend at Camp Arnes full of fun, food, friends & growing in God!
Activities include: swimming, zip line, ropes course, giant swing, archery & more!
We will be staying in separate guy/girl cabins with leaders (Approx. 15 people per cabin)

Meet at COTR @ 5:30pm Friday.
Pickup at COTR @ 3:15-3:30pm Sunday

What to bring:
Meals will provided Saturday-Sunday plus a snack on Friday night
· Sleeping bag or bed roll / Twin Sheet for mattress
· Pillow
· RUBBER BOOTS **Please label your rubber boots!
· Clothing – dress for warm & cold the entire weekend and bring extra socks
· Jacket (rain jacket and rain pants recommended)
· Swimsuit & towel
· Toiletries
· Outdoor shoes and indoor shoes/slippers
· Outdoor clothes (prepare for rain/mud)
· Plastic bags for dirty laundry and wet clothes
· Water bottle
– Flashlight
– Optional $$ for canteen on Saturday
· DO NOT BRING: MP3 player, IPod, Electronic Games, Cell Phones etc

Registrations due April 27!
Download registration package here:
http://churchoftherock.ca/threshold-jr-retreat

 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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High School Ministry Weekly April 28th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:47


This week…


Camp Arnes *Registration is required*

April 28th—30th
We are heading to Camp Arnes for an action packed weekend full of fun, food, friends & growing in God!
Meet at COTR @ 5:30pm Friday.
Pickup at COTR @ 3:15-3:30pm Sunday

Cost: $165 ($95 for those that were at the Fundraiser)
Download the forms here!

Next week…

Dance Off – With Dance Central!
May 5th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Who’s got the best moves in the youth room?  You’ll just have to come out and find out as we let small groups go head-to-head to see who will be the best dancer!  Winner of the dance off wins snacks for their small group!  Get your groove on by practicing!  We will also be starting a new series called Limitless! This series is about how God’s possibilities for our lives are limitless!  Bring friends!

The week after that…

Human Fooseball
May 12th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Let’s figure out who the next Ronaldo is going to be!  Come ready to win snacks for your small group!  We will be continuing with our Limitless series – Part 2.  Anyone from High School is welcome, so bring your friends!

 


By the way!  For at least 2 years we have been supporting Simon Munyaneza as our sponsor child!  We hope that our students might have the opportunity to be generous through this sponsorship.  We take an offering almost every Friday and invite our students to participate.  All of the money goes straight to Simon!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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Beware of Spiritual Hackers!

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:00

I was on the phone with a banker to change a password. The officer I was speaking with suddenly informed me that my account had just been locked. Apparently an unauthorized party was trying to get into it.

After a few words of advice the call ended. Almost instantly there was a notice on my screen saying I should phone a certain number to obtain protection from a hacking attempt against my computer.

I didn’t suspect the banker. I had initiated the call to him. I also knew that clicking on a link is what you never do at a time like this. I also learned from a person of experience that you may take the risk to phone a number or receive a call so long as you provide the caller with zero information.

So out of curiosity that some might caution against, I phoned the number on the screen. When the voice on the other end of the line informed me that he was calling from “Mac” — I own an Apple — I began to sense I was in touch with the evil intentions of a hacker so I hung up.

That left me curious about the term. Where does it come from? What is its original meaning? I discovered a definition: “A malicious or inquisitive meddler who tries to discover information by poking around.” Our world has more than its share of computer hackers — clever but dishonest people who hone their electronic skills in order to cheat the unwary.

But does it occur to us that there is a Hacker prowling around in the spiritual realm and preying on the unwary, with even greater cunning, especially towards Christians?

I refer to a master spiritual hacker who goes by several names — Lucifer (star of the morning) satan (deceiver), the devil (false accuser). This evil force is known as well by many metaphors — wolves in sheep’s clothing, a (deceitful) angel of light, a roaring lion, a great dragon and a serpent.

Consider the Apostle Paul’s description of the spiritual environment in which believers in the city of Ephesus were to live out their faith: “For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 NLT).

The Scriptures exhort us to beware of these spiritual hackers! They repeatedly caution us that our only eternal defence is to avail ourselves by faith of the grace, peace, and truth lodged in our Lord Jesus Christ. And not only to believe in him, but to surrender our lives to him so as to live under his guidance. In all of this, we are assisted by His Spirit, His Word and Christian friends.

The caution is real. As Saint Peter exhorted the early Christians: Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

A loss of the contents of a bank account to a human hacker or valuable content in our computers could be costly–even devastating–in this life. But loss of faith and our very souls to the master of all spiritual hackers will be eternal and irreversible.

Photo credit: Garrett Coakley (via flickr.com)


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Threshold Jr: April 19 – Bowling (**Retreat registrations included)

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 20:29
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Bowling!!
**6:45 – 9:00pm Cost: $8

Parent-signed forms needed: churchoftherock.ca/thresholdjr-forms

Get your bowling shoes on for some glow bowling at Academy lanes!

Wednesday April 19, 2017
6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: $8
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)


NEXT WEEK

Threshold Jr Talent Show!

Come prepared with your special talent.
Music, acting, writing, art, funny faces, weird
abilities…whatever it is, show us what you got!

Wednesday April 26, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)

 

THRESHOLD JR RETREAT INFO!

May 5-7   **Registrations required **

We are heading to Camp Arnes for an action packed weekend full of fun, food, friends & growing in God!

Meet at COTR @ 5:30pm Friday.
Pickup at COTR @ 3:15-3:30pm Sunday
Cost: $165 ($95 for those that were at the Fundraiser)

Download registration info here:
 http://churchoftherock.ca/threshold-jr-retreat

 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply and say “Unsubscribe” (DO NOT click on the “Unsubscribe” link below).

Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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High School Ministry Weekly April 21st

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 00:05


This week…


HSM Plays Password!

April 21st @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
Get your team to guess the PASSWORD by only giving one word hints!  The small group that wins gets the glory and abundance of snacks!

Next week…

Camp Arnes *Registration is required*

April 28th—30th
We are heading to Camp Arnes for an action packed weekend full of fun, food, friends & growing in God!
Meet at COTR @ 5:30pm Friday.
Pickup at COTR @ 3:15-3:30pm Sunday

Cost: $165 ($95 for those that were at the Fundraiser)
Download the forms here!

The week after that…

Dance Off – With Dance Central!
May 5th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Who’s got the best moves in the youth room?  You’ll just have to come out and find out as we let small groups go head-to-head to see who will be the best dancer!  Winner of the dance off wins snacks for their small group!  Get your groove on by practicing!  We will also be starting a new series called Limitless! This series is about how God’s possibilities for our lives are limitless!  Bring friends!


By the way!  For at least 2 years we have been supporting Simon Munyaneza as our sponsor child!  We hope that our students might have the opportunity to be generous through this sponsorship.  We take an offering almost every Friday and invite our students to participate.  All of the money goes straight to Simon!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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