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High School Ministry – Nov 23rd – Don’t Cocoon, Let’s Connect!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 21:04

***ANNOUNCEMENT***
Dear Parents & Students,
We will have multiple meetings as we hunker down in 2nd lockdown.
We will be hosting times to hang out with our students through Zoom Small Groups, gaming opportunities, Watch Parties, and our normal Online Youth Service.

Here’s what you need to know!
First, please download Discord for your device! You can do this by downloading the application here.
Second, add yourself to our High School Ministry Discord Server by clicking THIS LINK.

We will keep you informed on what’s coming up AND spontaneous hangouts!

This week’s events!



Among Us

Monday (Nov 23th) & Tuesday (Nov 24th) @ 2:00pm-2:45pm
JOIN on Discord HERE



Zoom Small Group
Monday – Nov 23rd – 7:30pm – 8:30 pm
Join our Zoom Small Group Study happening Monday nights for the lockdown! Anyone can join!
Join us by clicking here!


Jackbox Party Pack!
Friday – Nov 27th – 7:30pm-8:30pm
The latest and greatest party pack we can play over the net! Win at this game and you’ll receive a McDonald’s meal! We continue with our series call Seems Legit, where we talk about common misconceptions that Christians make.
Join us on Zoom by clicking here.

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Threshold Jr – Nov 23rd – Let’s Connect!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 19:35


***ANNOUNCEMENT***
Dear students and parents! We are introducing a new way for our students to connect during the lockdown! We will have spontaneous and scheduled meetings prompted over Discord.

Here’s what you need to know:
First, create a Discord user by downloading the application here.
Second, sign on to our Threshold Jr Discord server by clicking here.
You’ll be up to speed throughout the week!

This week!

Find Baby Yoda
November 25th – Wednesday 7-8:30 pm
Whoever can Find Baby Yoda the fastest will win a fast-food prize! Join us as we meet online and talk about what Christian myths are wrong about Jesus and walking with Him!
To join our Zoom service CLICK HERE.

&


Tuesday – Nov 24th – 3:30pm-4:15pm
Join us on Discord! Click here!

Next week!

Jackbox Party Pack!
November 25th – Wednesday 7-8:30 pm

The latest and greates Jackbox party pack to win a McDonald’s meal! We finish our series on faulty Christian thinking!
To join our Zoom service CLICK HERE.

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A Psalmist’s Dry Spell — and How He Recovered

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:00

A psalmist, feeling forlorn and far from Jerusalem, the Holy City he loves, sits in front of his cabin. He watches a deer across the field, moving in and out of scrub trees, searching for water. The psalmist reaches for his writing tablet.

What can be going on in this lonely stranger’s life? What prompts his sudden reach for his tablet? Imagine with me.

This must be a believer who feels strangely disconnected from his God, his spiritual source, and is therefore in distress. He writes:

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Four times in the first two verses he makes reference to God, once even calling him the “living God.” That is, God is no mere idol, but a Living Presence. But it doesn’t seem to help.

My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, Where is your God?

His emotions run deep, and he thinks, some friends! They taunt him because he has temporarily lost his sense of faith as a living reality. A cup of cold water or a few words of encouragement would have been better. 

The psalmist reviews the past.

These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.

He has known days of glorious worship with his fellows. And public worship had in the past been deeply enriching.  

In summary, it appears that the psalmist now feels alone. His associates are discomfiting; he has been cut off from the rejoicing throng whose company once strengthened his faith. Yet he talks to himself in the language of hope.  

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

He does what people of faith often do; he confesses to God and himself his discouragement but then looks to the future, telling himself that days of praise will be restored and that will be his hope. People of faith who come upon what some call “dry times” fan the embers of faith in this way and carry on trustingly until assurance is restored.  

The psalmist knows his distress is only temporary. Faith will return. He can rest in that certainty. And with him, we too can say in times of discomfort and uncertainty: “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

 Amen!

(We will continue our trip of imagination through Psalm 42 in the next blog.)

Photo credit: magnetismus (via flickr.com)

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Elementary – November 22nd

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 21:00

ACTIVITIES FOR THIS LESSON

Worship Video

 

Check out our ongoing resources for each age group: And don’t forget to follow Kidz Rock on Facebook and Instagram!

   

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Collide – November 22nd

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 21:00

Collide Discussion Questions
Check out our COLLIDE Spotify Playlist!

Decision

Check out our ongoing resources for each age group:

And don’t forget to follow Kidz Rock on Facebook and Instagram!

   

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Preschool – November 22nd

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 21:00

ACTIVITY PAGES TO DOWNLOAD
SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

Worship Video

Check out our ongoing resources for each age group: And don’t forget to follow Kidz Rock on Facebook and Instagram!

   

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Parent Cue Cards – November 22nd

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 21:00

Hi Parents,

You can use the below activities to engage in fun and conversation with your kids over the week.

Preschool
Elementary
Salvation Guide
Kidz Rock Spotify

Check out our ongoing resources for each age group:

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Re-post: God of the Storms

Just Call Me Pastor - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 04:08

I remember how abruptly storms came up during hot summer days on the prairies of Saskatchewan. 

It might be an oppressively steamy hot, sunny day. The air would be still. Then, to the west, a menacing dark cloud would form on the horizon. In a very short time it would expand and ascend to fill the sky.

Streetlights came on prematurely. In the semi-darkness the rain came in a torrent. Lightning flashed like a giant’s welding torch, followed by thunderclaps that shook the earth.  

After drenching the fields the storm moved on and the sun filled the sky again. Our world had been refreshed.

As a child, it was one thing to be caught running for home in terror during such a pyrotechnical display. It was another thing to be safe inside, looking out the window with a parent at one’s side. Nature’s fireworks were both terrifying and awe-inspiring.  

Psalm 29 is built on such a description. During his fugitive days the psalmist David must have watched many times from the mouth of a cave as the amazing drama in the heavens displayed this wonder. 

In his case, the storm would be coming in from the Mediterranean Sea — hence his statement that “the voice of the LORD is over the [mighty] waters…” (v. 3a).

It would have moved inland over Lebanon where it exerted its enormous strength on the mighty cedars of that region, snapping some of them as though they were spindly saplings (v. 5).

And as the wind drove sheets of rain across the forest, the trees bending back and forth in unison reminded him of a playful, skipping calf (v. 6a). The storm then drove further inland and toward the south where it showed its force over towering Mount Hermon (Sirion). Again it appeared to skip playfully, but here like a young wild ox (v. 6b).

Driving southward it washed over the desert in the southern regions of Kadesh, where it seemed without effort to twist the oaks and strip the forests bare (v. 9).

How should a devout observer consider such a demonstration of nature’s power? As the nasty work of some malevolent force? As nothing more than the unfeeling tricks of nature? As an act of Baal, whom the Canaanites worshiped as the storm god?

No, none of the above. Rather, the sight should fill us, as it did the psalmist, with an impulse to call all the unseen heavenly beings to praise the Almighty (vv. 1,2):

Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones,

ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

        worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

His closing words are no less exultant (vv. 10,11): 

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;

        the LORD is enthroned as King forever. 

The LORD gives strength to his people; 

        the LORD blesses his people with peace.

To enter the spirit of Psalm 29 is to enlarge our vision of our God. We worship him even while the wind blows and the thunder rumbles. He is God, not only over the storms, but over all.  

And we always remember that he is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Threshold Jr – Nov 16th – Kahoot!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 22:26


***ANNOUNCEMENT***
Dear students and parents! We are introducing a new way for our students to connect during the lockdown! We will have spontaneous and scheduled meetings prompted over Discord.

Here’s what you need to know:
First, create a Discord user by downloading the application here.
Second, sign on to our Threshold Jr Discord server by clicking here.
You’ll be up to speed throughout the week!

This week!

Kahoot!
November 18th – Wednesday 7-9 pm
Just because we can’t move around for games doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! Everyone can join us on a couple of rounds of Kahoot for fast-food prizes! We will be talking about how to share your faith!
To join our Zoom service CLICK HERE.

&


Tuesday – Nov 17 – 3:30pm-4:15pm
Join us on Discord! Click here!

Next week!

Find Baby Yoda
November 25th – Wednesday 7-9 pm

Whoever can Find Baby Yoda the fastest will win a fast-food prize! Join us as we meet online and talk about what Christian myths are wrong about Jesus and walking with Him!
To join our Zoom service CLICK HERE.

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High School Ministry – Nov 16th – Meet Whenever!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 20:21

***ANNOUNCEMENT***
Dear Parents & Students,
We will have multiple meetings as we hunker down in 2nd lockdown.
We will be hosting times to hang out with our students through Zoom Small Groups, gaming opportunities, Watch Parties, and our normal Online Youth Service.

Here’s what you need to know!
First, please download Discord for your device! You can do this by downloading the application here.
Second, add yourself to our High School Ministry Discord Server by clicking THIS LINK.

We will keep you informed on what’s coming up AND spontaneous hangouts!

This week’s events!



Among Us

Monday (Nov 16th) & Tuesday (Nov 17th) @ 2:00pm-2:45pm
JOIN on Discord HERE



Zoom Small Group
Monday – Nov 16thth – 7:30pm – 8:30 pm
Join our Zoom Small Group Study happening Monday nights for the lockdown! Anyone can join!
Join us by clicking here!

Kahoot!
Friday – Nov 20th – 7:30pm-8:30pm
Win a Kahoot round to win a free Fast Food Meal!
Join us on Zoom by clicking here.

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Elementary Craft Bag Instructions – November 15th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 16:00
Kinder to Grade 4

Grade 2 to 4

If you’d like a craft bag for next week’s lesson you can do so by registering here:

 

Check out our ongoing resources for each age group: And don’t forget to follow Kidz Rock on Facebook and Instagram!

   

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Elementary – November 15th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 11/14/2020 - 23:00

ACTIVITIES FOR THIS LESSON

Worship Video

 

Check out our ongoing resources for each age group: And don’t forget to follow Kidz Rock on Facebook and Instagram!

   

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Parent Cue Cards – November 15th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 11/14/2020 - 23:00

Hi Parents,

You can use the below activities to engage in fun and conversation with your kids over the week.

Preschool
Elementary
Salvation Guide
Kidz Rock Spotify

Check out our ongoing resources for each age group:

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Preschool – November 15th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 11/14/2020 - 23:00

ACTIVITY PAGES TO DOWNLOAD
SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

Worship Video

 

Check out our ongoing resources for each age group: And don’t forget to follow Kidz Rock on Facebook and Instagram!

   

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Collide – November 15th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 11/14/2020 - 23:00

Collide Discussion Questions
Check out our COLLIDE Spotify Playlist!

Decision

Check out our ongoing resources for each age group:

And don’t forget to follow Kidz Rock on Facebook and Instagram!

   

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COTR Youth Events – Circuit Breakers!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 11/10/2020 - 20:59

Well, we’ve got another lockdown amoung us! But youth still need to be encouraged! So, we continue on with some new ideas!

We’ll still be having services ONLINE with our Zoom community!

For High School Ministry students…
CLICK HERE for Friday Nights at 7:30pm-8:30pm

For Threshold Jr students…
CLICK HERE for Wednesday Night at 7:30pm-8:30pm

This week!
We continue with our online services!

The Week After!
We’ll have our services but also scheduled Watch Parties, Group Mobile Games and Small Groups! Look at our schedule next week to see what you’d like to attend!

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High School Ministry – Nov 9th – Mars Dash Tournament!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 17:33

***ANNOUNCEMENT***
We are happy to say that we are still meeting in person AND online! If you intend to come in person make sure you are adhering to the Government of Manitoba Guidelines in regards to masks & social distancing.


This week!

Mars Dash Tournament!
From 7:30pm – 10:00pm
November 13th Friday

We’ve found a way to get this fun game on the Big Screen! We’ll play to see who is the best! Bring your smart phones! Download the app Bunch!
**YOU CAN ZOOM INTO THIS MEETING! CLICK HERE!**

PLEASE SIGN UP IF YOU PLAN TO COME IN PERSON BY…
CLICKING HERE!

Next week!

Mall Hunt! (POLO PARK)
November 20th – Friday **7:00pm – 9:30 pm**
Come early for this event in order to have enough time before the mall closes! We have leaders disguised in the mall and you  must find them! Remmeber, we meet at church!

PLEASE SIGN UP IF YOU PLAN TO COME IN PERSON BY…
CLICKING HERE!

Questions? Email Mathew back!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

 
Click here for the church calendar

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Threshold Jr – Nov 9th – NO YOUTH!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 16:44


***ANNOUNCEMENT***
We are happy to say that we are still meeting in person AND online! If you intend to come in person make sure you are adhering to the Government of Manitoba Guidelines in regards to masks & social distancing.

This week!

Remembrance Day – No Youth
November 11th
Stay at home and enjoying this holiday with family and we’ll see you next week!

Next week!

Kahoot!
November 18th – Wednesday 7-9 pm
Just because we can’t move around for games doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! Everyone can join us on a couple of rounds of Kahoot for candy prizes! We will be continuing with the Greater Passion series!
To join our Zoom service CLICK HERE.
PLEASE SIGN UP IF YOU PLAN TO COME IN PERSON BY…
CLICKING HERE!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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For Wanderers, the Way Back to God

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 11:00

There is a verse in Jeremiah’s compelling letter to the Israelite exiles in Babylon that arrests me whenever I read it. God says to his people: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you” (Jeremiah 29:13-14a).

But first, let us review the context from last week. Jeremiah, the prophet, remains in the region of burned-out Jerusalem. Nebuchadnezzar’s troops had crushed the city to the ground and taken thousands of Israelites, young and old, into exile.

From ruined Jerusalem, Jeremiah had written these exiles a letter telling them how they were to accommodate themselves to their new situation: by building houses, planting gardens, raising families. In summary, they should fit in, but remain communally strong.

He told them in addition that their captivity was to last seventy years, but then God would turn his face to them and there would be a glorious round-up of fellow exiled Israelites from many places, who would return in droves to Jerusalem. He would restore the glory of Israel, and the people would again worship him. God would keep his covenant.

Nestled in the midst of this richness of promise is the compelling condition quoted above — that the people would find him when they sought him with all their heart.

“Seek” is an action word. We ask a friend: “What’s your son, Barry, doing these days?” Answer: “He’s seeking employment.” Then follows a recitation of the details of his search. Seeking requires energy, focus, attention.

The God we serve seeks us. In one of Jesus’ parables, he features God as a shepherd who leaves the flock to “seek” for one lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7). That is God’s mind toward the lost.

And God expects us to seek him, too. Isaiah counsels: “Seek the Lord while he may be found” (Isaiah 55:6a). Regarding prayer, Jesus taught: “Seek” and you will find (Matthew 7:7a).

All these verses call for intensity, focus, desire. That is where Israel repeatedly failed. It was not only that they had not sought God’s favor in their worship. They had also gone after what God had forbidden — the idols of Moab, Ammon, Edom. They pursued sexual immorality. They sought greed-driven wealth. These things displaced the proper pursuit of God himself.

Only concentrated search for the favor of God could keep them from further wandering from the paths of righteousness.

That’s why the verse in Jeremiah about finding God by seeking him wholeheartedly is so compelling. And why what Jesus said is so compelling too: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength” (Mark 12:30).

To the God of Israel, nothing less than continual seeking after him and abject devotion to him are acceptable.

Photo credit: Walt Stoneburner (via flickr.com)

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Parent Cue Cards – November 8th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sun, 11/08/2020 - 04:00

Hi Parents,

You can use the below activities to engage in fun and conversation with your kids over the week.

Preschool
Elementary
Salvation Guide
Kidz Rock Spotify

Check out our ongoing resources for each age group:

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