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High School Ministry Weekly February 17th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 21:09


This week…

Human Horseshoe!
February 17th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Created by our own students, we’ll be be horsing around with a new game called Human Horseshoe!  We’ll be also continuing with our Dateable series!  Come check it out with friends or maybe someone you wanna date .

Next week…

Ask Anything!
February 24th @ 7:11pm—10:00pm
You probably have some questions by now!  Let us have them!  We are answering questions about the series OR anything!  Think about them and text them in anonymously if you want!  We are also in Part 3 of Dateable.

The week after that…

Small Groups
March 3rd @ 7:11pm—10:00pm
Yup, we get to relax with our small groups and have snacks to talk about Jesus!  We finish off our Dateable series!

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Threshold Jr: Feb. 15 – Game Show Wednesday

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 16:31
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Game Show Wednesday +
Judgement Call 2

Come for an opportunity to be a game show contestant
and win some prizes!
Plus we continue our series called Judgement Call!

Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Skyzone (Feb 22)
Cost: $17 + $3 (If you don’t have Skyzone socks)

Meet @ 6:30pm at Church of the Rock (1397 Buffalo Place)
Pickup @ 9:00pm at Church of the Rock (1397 Buffalo Place)

**Both Church of the Rock & Skyzone forms required for this event **
Forms available here: http://churchoftherock.ca/thresholdjr-forms

(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

 

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Re-post: How to Raise Your Happiness Levels

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:00

A lot of material that comes at me from the Internet gets a glance and then I press the delete button, but one recent item caught and held my attention.

It offered five ways to improve one’s happiness. These were not merely some psychologist’s suggestions, or points from some pastor’s “how to” sermon. They were strategies brought to light by recent research. That is, each point was backed up by information gained from studies involving large groupings of people.

Upon reading these five points, I saw immediately how fundamental they are to one’s being a happy Christian. Here they are, with my comments.

1. Be Grateful.

If one person in a wheel chair with crippling arthritis can be grateful for his blessings while another with a million dollars in the bank and a boat at the marina can find things to be grumpy about, that can only mean that gratefulness is a matter of “selective perception.” It has to do with what we choose to highlight in our living.

In one of his moments of worshipful exuberance King David exhorted himself to “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” As an antidote to forgetting, he then listed several — forgiveness, health, rescue from disaster, God’s love and compassion, even the satisfaction of one’s holy desires and the renewal of one’s youth. Lest we forget, we all should make our lists from time to time.

2. Be Optimistic.

Perhaps our genes regulate in some measure how inclined we are to be either optimistic or pessimistic. And for this reason, some may never reach the levels of Browning’s maiden who sang, “God’s in his heavens, all’s right with the world.” Christians with biblical understandings are realists, so we know that all is not right with a fallen world. But faith in God’s sovereignty helps us face every day, saying “God’s in his heavens.” This is the basis for our unforced optimism.

3. Count Your Blessings.

When I was 13 year of age, on Sunday afternoons I sometimes attended a Salvation Army Sunday School a block from our home. The Salvationists sang exuberantly to the accompaniment of horns and tambourines, and sometimes they revised their choruses imaginatively. For example, the chorus, “Count your blessings, name them one by one” became, “Count your blessings, name them ton by ton.” Whether we measure our blessings by the tons or not, it’s good to take time daily to identify blessings that permeate our lives. They are beyond numbering, and reviewing them expands our happiness.

4. Use Your Strengths.

We all have both strengths and weaknesses. It is a simple principle of Christian effectiveness to build on our strengths while at the same time monitoring our weaknesses. I recall Alma, a Sunday School teacher assigned to teach a high school class. Her effort was a disaster. While she attempted to teach, the boys climbed in and out of a first floor classroom window and otherwise disrupted the class.

The wise Sunday School superintendent reassigned her to a small class of nine-year-old girls. It was an immediate fit. The class flourished and grew and Alma was happy with her assignment. She had a strength that matched the needs of those nine-year-olds. We do ourselves no favor if we fail to find and build upon our strengths.

5. Commit Acts of Kindness.

Paul’s advice to the Galatian church during a time of severe conflict can be a tip to us all. He wrote, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10). Upon retiring from school teaching, Lila asked me for a list of shut-ins to whom she could take Sunday School papers each Monday. She developed a weekly ministry, even in some cases taking elderly folks to the store to do their grocery shopping. Happiness and service are close cousins.

We Christians know that happiness is not life’s primary goal. But we also know that when our spirits are joyful and our countenances bright our faith tends to be more contagious. So we’ll take all the help we can get to tone up our happiness.


Photo credit: Ivana Jurcic (via flickr.com)


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Engage – Thursday, February 16th – Rock Talks Coffeehouse

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 19:47
Rock Talks Coffeehouse
Thursday, February 16th
7:30pm
Youth Room

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

Tammy Junghans from Segue at the University of Manitoba
is our guest speaker for the evening but
her topic is being kept a surprise!

Come out to the Youth Room for a night of great discussion
and to find out what challenge Tammy with give us to face!

We’re going back to coffee!
We have a coffee machine that can make dreams come true for only $1.50 each.

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We Groan

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 22:03

There are many things which can cause us to groan from within, whether it be the pressures of life, the burdens of others or the sickness of a loved one.  The frustration or sense of helplessness within ourselves will cause us to groan over our inabilities.  In Romans 8 we are told that at times we don’t know how to pray but the Spirit groans within us, making intercession on our behalf.

2 Cor 5:4 talks about a different type of groaning.  “For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.”  This is not groaning because of an injustice or unreachable goal, but rather a cry for something better that is still to come.  It is yearning for a future walk with God that is stronger and more tangible than what we presently have.  We often groan as we look for a change to our situations, yet God’s word tells us that something inside of us is craving for a sensing of God that will truly satisfy all desires of the heart, for in His presence is fullness of Joy (Ps . 16:11).

The nature of exciting experiences and fulfilling relationships always cause us to desire more.  There is a parallel between the fulfillment of things here on earth and the spiritual fulfillment of our walk with God.   Just as good experiences here on earth leave us yearning to have more, so too, a good walk with God will always leave us somewhat empty and unsatisfied, wanting more of a relationship with Him.  Because of our finite nature, here on earth we can never fully receive enough of an awareness or experience with God to be truly satisfied.  We need to keep coming to Him again and again to experience more and more of Him.

How do we experience God?  A good place to start would be with a desire to see and sense Him.  To this we can add:

  • Learning about the life and nature of Jesus – no one can come to God except through Jesus.
  • Reading the scriptures and asking that God would make them relevant to your life.
  • Praying for God to help you to see Him working in and around you
  • Asking for the Holy Spirit to gently drop His thoughts and impressions into your heart.
  • Seeking to be more aware of the love of God in your life, and the peace of God in every situation.

In your heart there will be groanings of dissatisfaction, wishing that things would be different.  Take time to turn this groaning into times of great satisfaction as you experience the love and nature of Jesus Christ, the one who truly satisfies.

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Threshold Jr: Feb. 8 – Dr Seuss Rap Battles

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 19:50
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Dr Seuss Rap Battles
+ Judgement Call 1

We see who has the best rap skills as Dr. Seuss provides the lyrics…
Plus we start a new discussion called Judgement Call

Wednesday Feb. 8, 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 +
Judgement Call 2

Come for an opportunity to be a game show contestant
and win some prizes!
Plus we continue our series called Judgement Call!

Wednesday Feb. 15, 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

 

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Re-post: God Knows Everything

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 11:00

When we were little children in Sunday School seventy years or so ago we used to sing a chorus that went like this:

He sees all you do, He hears all you say,
Our God is writing all the time, time, time.

Sometimes, in that simple little one room church in a prairie town in Western Canada, the superintendent would add a few words of earnest counsel. He wanted to be sure we understood. We would gaze up at him wide-eyed. God knows everything. It was a heavy message for little impressionable minds.

Choruses like these formed an early chapter in our moral training. The bottom line issue was that God knows us altogether and we can’t hide anything from him so we should keep this in mind when we go about our daily activities. I thought of those early lessons this morning as I read about the outrageously wicked King Herod the Great, and the innocent little Baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

They called him Herod “the Great” for good reasons. He built the seaport at Caesarea and wisely named it after the emperor. He built a theater in Jerusalem and an amphitheater outside the city. He set in motion the rebuilding of the temple which became a magnificent structure for the Jewish people. Herod was an exceptionally skilful administrator and diplomat.

But power was his issue, and he used it ruthlessly. His police were everywhere. Purges were frequent. His own wife, Mariamne, was marched off to execution because he suspected her of plotting against him. Her three sons also, and five others of his children from various unions met the same end. He even had all but two members of the ruling council of Jerusalem, the Sanhedrin, murdered. Herod’s viciousness was about on a par with the viciousness of a Saddam Hussein.

So, when some mysterious figures called Magi arrived in Jerusalem coming from a land as far away as Persia, the word spread through the city fast. The place must have buzzed. And when Herod learned these Magi claimed to have been divinely guided by a heavenly light to come to the birthplace of a baby born to be King of the Jews, his paranoid tendencies flared.

No matter that the child the Magi sought was a miracle baby sent by God to be the redeemer of the world. How could such an infant be safeguarded against the murderous jealousy of a powerful sovereign who would stop at nothing to keep his shaky throne secure?

Here’s how: God in Heaven knew what was in Herod’s mind. God knows everything. He sent a warning to the baby’s human father, Joseph. He sent it by means of a dream in the night: Get up right away and get out of town; head for Egypt; the murderous Herod intends to find and kill the child. Joseph obeyed and the child’s life was spared.

Today we have a more sophisticated word for the belief that God knows everything. We say he is omniscient. But he can’t be omniscient unless he knows the end from the beginning, and the whole sweep of history down to its minutest detail. The psalmist, David, wrote, “Before a word is on my tongue/ you know it completely, O Lord.” (Ps. 139:4) Jesus said his Father sees the insignificant sparrow fall. He also said that his Father alone knows the future date for the end of human history.

The little choruses sung in Sunday Schools 70 years ago may not fit our present cultural moods. Times have changed. But the truth has not changed. It is still a cornerstone conviction of orthodox Christians that God knows everything. And when we operate on that conviction we handle the crises of life better and our daily walk is more stable.

Image credit: woodleywonderworks (via flickr.com)


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High School Ministry Weekly February 10th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 16:49


This week…


Dodgeball – COST: FREE
February 10th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
We haven’t played this magnificent game in a while!  Join us as we see who the kings and queens are of dodgeball!  We are starting a new series called Dateable.  It talks about some new concepts on how we should look at dating as Christians.

Next week…

Human Horseshoe!
February 17th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Created by our own students, we’ll be be horsing around with a new game called Human Horseshoe!  We’ll be also continuing with our Dateable series!  Come check it out with friends or maybe someone you wanna date .

The week after that…

Ask Anything!
February 24th @ 7:11pm—10:00pm
You probably have some questions by now!  Let us have them!  We are answering questions about the series OR anything!  Think about them and text them in anonymously if you want!  We are also in Part 3 of Dateable.

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Threshold Jr: Feb. 1 – Beach(Ball) Volleyball

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 21:51
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Beach(Ball) Volleyball
+ Over Time Pt 3

Beach volleyball in winter?  Who’s the best volleyball player with a GIANT beach ball?
Plus we conclude our series called OVER TIME

Wednesday Feb. 1, 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

Dr Seuss Rap Battles
+ Judgement Call 1

We see who has the best rap skills as Dr. Seuss provides the lyrics…
Plus we start a new discussion called Judgement Call

Wednesday Feb. 8, 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

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Engage – Thursday, February 2nd – Bowling

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 21:42

Bowling
Thursday, Feb. 2nd
7:15pm
Academy Bowling Lanes
394 Academy Road

Come bowl with us!
We’re getting out of the house for
something a little different,
and bowling seems like just the thing.

We are meeting at Academy Bowling Lanes,
394 Academy Rd, at 7:15pm
.

Cost is $15 which includes shoe rental,
two hours of bowling,
and pizza!

Bowling starts at 7:30pm sharp.

Please bring cash.

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High School Ministry Weekly February 3rd

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 21:28


This week…

Missionfest Manitoba Concert
February 3rd @ 6:45pm-9:45pm
COST—FREE.

We will be meeting at Immanuel Pentecostal Church just inside the doors for a concert by THE COLOR . Perfect time to rock out to a great local artist!

Next week…


Dodgeball – COST: FREE
February 10th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
We haven’t played this magnificent game in a while!  Join us as we see who the kings and queens are of dodgeball!  We are starting a new series called Dateable.  It talks about some new concepts on how we should look at dating as Christians.

The week after that…

Human Horseshoe!
February 17th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Created by our own students, we’ll be be horsing around with a new game called Human Horseshoe!  We’ll be also continuing with our Dateable series!  Come check it out with friends or maybe someone you wanna date .

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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Re-post: On Wesley’s Journey to True faith

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 11:00

I’ve been reading again about John Wesley – 5 feet 3 inches tall, 126 pounds, Oxford University Greek instructor, failed missionary to the New World, and father of Methodism. I’ve decided he deserves more attention than his spiritual children sometimes give him.

From his early 20s onward he was a man of what appeared to be great piety. This stood out in contrast to the widespread godlessness of his generation. He organized his days around times of prayer; along with companions he served the sick and the poor; he attempted to manage his time as a spiritual trust; and he even made the perilous journey to America, as he reports in his journal, to work out his own salvation. However, on the latter point, even the piety did not conceal his lack of evangelical faith.

His passage from England to Georgia aboard the Simmonds revealed inner uncertainties about his salvation. Even though he and three traveling companions carried out with great diligence religious duties daily aboard ship — conducting worship, teaching the children, giving Christian counsel — his journal shows that several times during a series of bad storms he felt afraid to die.

He became aware of this by the example of 26 Moravians also on board. These were devout Christians from a community called Hernhuth in Germany. On one occasion they had just begun a service of worship aboard ship when a storm broke over the vessel. The 26 German Moravians continued singing while many of the 80 or so English passengers screamed in terror.

This fortitude in the presence of mortal danger did not escape John Wesley’s attention and he inquired of their leader: Were his people not afraid to die? He was assured they were not. Were the women and children not afraid, he asked further? Again, he was told they were not.

When the ship arrived at Savannah, Georgia, Wesley approached the Moravian pastor, a Mr. Spangenberg, and engaged him in conversation. He asked him if he would tell him what he found wrong in him — like an accountability partner. Here was a further hint not so much of deep humility as of self-preoccupation.

The pastor responded, “I must first ask you one or two questions. Have you the witness within yourself? Does the Spirit of God bear witness with your spirit, that you are a child of God?

Spangenberg noticed that Wesley, this Oxford-trained clergyman, seemed perplexed. So he asked further, “Do you know Jesus Christ?”

Wesley paused and then answered, “I know he is the Saviour of the world.” To which Spangenberg replied, “True. But do you know he has saved you?” Wesley responded, “I hope he has died to save me.” Moments later Wesley tried to make his answer more convincing but of that effort he writes in his journal, “I fear they were vain words.”

In spite of his great learning, his apparent piety, and his willingness to go abroad on Christian mission, something was missing. He lacked that assurance of salvation which the Moravians had and which Spangenberg knew was a key witness to a genuine faith.

Assurance was something Wesley could not talk himself into. Nor could his closest associates have convinced him. This inner assurance could not be reasoned or argued into existence. It was a certainty to be given by the Spirit of God to his own inner being – his own spirit — in response to sincere repentance plus the full trust of himself to the saving mercies of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:14).

That conversation with Pastor Spangenberg took place on February 7, 1736. Not until May 24, 1738 did John Wesley fully understand and completely surrender to the truth that salvation is by faith alone – the renunciation of one’s sins and the full transfer of one’s trust from oneself to Jesus Christ. And when he exercised that faith the Spirit gave him the inner witness of his salvation and his ministry took on a new spiritual quality, sanctioned by God’s power in unusual ways.

Image info: Stormy Sea at Night, 1849, Ivan Aivazovsky


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Parenting Teens Online Class: Shared Hobby

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 19:02

Dear Parents,

I want to encourage you to begin something new in your relationship with your teenager. Shake off the staleness of the same ole’ day in and day out and start fresh! A great way to do that is to find a hobby that you can share with your teen. Something you both can become passionate about!

And that means asking your teenager their opinion on this! What do they like, what do you like, what are their interests, and what are yours? Write them all down and then find a common thread that you can work with.

There is something powerful in watching a son and his dad play golf together, or a mom and her daughter go hiking together or a parent and their teen reading the same book while they share coffee at a coffee shop together.

God has given us a very valuable gift and it is called time. Psalms 31:15 says, “My times are in Your hand…” I know that time is hard to come by with all of the commitments that we have.

Think of how much more valuable our time would be if we took it out of our hands and placed it in God’s by creating a time that we could share with our teenager…a time that you could get to know each other as individuals by sharing a hobby. A hobby is so much more than doing something that is fun. It is creating an avenue where relationship can blossom!

Here’s a quick video filled with more encouragement for you: https://goo.gl/TaLi7D

 

I know raising a teenager is hard work. Probably harder than you ever thought possible sometimes! And when some of you read the first section of this email, you probably thought finding a hobby that you could agree on with your teenager was next to impossible let alone putting it into practice! But I want to just encourage you not to quit trying!

You may have even asked your teenager what they thought about sharing a hobby with you and all you got was the usual eye roll and grunt! But can I just share with you what you have already accomplished by just asking them about it?

You have given them value! You have said, “I think you are interesting enough that I want to figure out how to spend time with you outside of our normal lives!” You have let them know that in our time-starved world, you choose them. You choose to invest money, time, and effort into their lives.

That’s big! And that is just communicated because you asked them what they thought of the idea? Can you imagine what it says to them when you actually follow through and find a hobby that you can share together?! It could be a game changer in your relationship with your teenager!

One of the things that I love to study about Jesus is how He gave value to his disciples and followers by just spending time with them. He listened to their thoughts and knew what they loved. He cared about how they felt and what they knew.

Finding a hobby is not just about finding something fun that you and your teen can enjoy together. It is about…

Getting to know this amazing individual that is growing into an adult that one day will be your friend.

Allowing them to get to know you as an individual with tastes and dreams and wishes.

Giving them a safe place to put this crazy world aside for a few hours.

Telling them that you love them through actions because we all know that our words don’t always make it past the cell phone they happen to be texting on.

Encouraging them to learn what they love and can be passionate about no matter the labels they may wear at school or even home.

Even teaching them about God’s creative side through all the things He has put in this world for us to enjoy!

And we thought hobbies were just time wasters. Hobbies can actually be the memories that we make with our teens that they will always remember!

Tweetable Thoughts

  • What hobbies did you enjoy at that age? Do your teens?
  • Psalms 31:15a “My times are in your hands…”
  • Hobbies can create fantastic memories, especially if shared.
  • Hobbies are a tool. Relationship can be the result.
  • Video games, texting, and friends. #teenhobbies Candy crush, worry, and exhaustion. #adulthobbies
  • We need to teach our #teens how to live and not just exist! Do we know the difference?
  • What would your teen pick if you gave them a list of hobbies to choose from?
  • What would you choose if your teenager gave you a list of hobbies to choose from?
  • Compile your hobby lists and pick 3 that you can agree on and go see which one works! #soundsfun
  • A shared hobby speaks a language that says “I love you” and “I want to spend time with you!” #foreignlanguage

Feel free to forward this email to other parents of teenagers and have them email me if they would like to join our online parenting class.

 If you want to see previous issues you can view them here:  http://blog.churchoftherock.ca/tag/parenting-teens-online-class

Tim Hamm – Threshold Jr (Grade 6-8) – tim@churchoftherock.ca
Mathew Povey – High School Ministry (Grade 9-12) – mathew@churchoftherock.ca

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High School Ministry Weekly January 27th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 20:39


This week…

Say the Same Thing!
January 27th @ 7:11-10:00pm
Have you played the app ‘Say the Same Thing’?  Well, download it and get good because we are playing it for some sweet prizes!  We are finishing our series called ‘I’m In”.  Friends and new people are always invited!

Next week…

Missionfest Manitoba Concert
February 3rd @ 6:45pm-9:45pm
COST—FREE.

We will be meeting at Immanuel Pentecostal Church just inside the doors for a concert by THE COLOR . Perfect time to rock out to a great local artist!

The week after that…


Dodgeball – COST: FREE
February 10th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
We haven’t played this magnificent game in a while!  Join us as we see who the kings and queens are of dodgeball!  We are starting a new series called Dateable.  It talks about some new concepts on how we should look at dating as Christians.

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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WOW – Armor of God

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 17:17

Armor of God

It’s always such a joy when you start a new WOW session and have the morning rather planned and then Chickie and Fay show up in full out Armor gear!  And we wouldn’t want it any differently.  What a great way to introduce one of our studies by Priscilla Shirer, Armor of God.  (Ephesians 6:10-18)  Thanks ladies

You were here, now you are lost.

There are some Room Changes for next week!

Armor of God – you’re moving to the Multi Purpose Room
Transformation – head over to A1

All other groups meet where you gathered last week!

 

If you missed last week, then come early and grab your book study!

All remaining books will be sold at $20 each after Worship!

If you would like to bring a snack to share one week that would be great!

See you on Wednesday!

9:25am– Arrive and Checkin
9:35am – Worship in the Chapel
9:50 – 10:00am – Coffee in the lobby
All remaining books will be available for sale!
10:05 – 11:00am – Small Group Study
11:15am – Please make sure your children are picked up from Childcare

Blessings,
Your WOW Leadership Team

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Threshold Jr: Jan 25 – Adrenaline Adventures Snow Tubing **6:15 – 9:25pm $17 **

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 21:06
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Adrenaline Adventures Snow Tubing (Dress Warm)
** 6:15 – 9:25 p.m. Cost: $17 **

2 Parent-signed forms needed:
churchoftherock.ca/thresholdjr-forms
Includes tow lift pass & snow tubes (Optional helmet rental $2)
Meet & pickup @ Church of the Rock (1397 Buffalo Pl.)

Wednesday Jan. 25, 2017
6:15 p.m. – 9:25 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: $17
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)


NEXT WEEK

Beach(Ball) Volleyball

Beach volleyball in winter?  Who’s the best volleyball player with a GIANT beach ball?
Plus we conclude our series called OVER TIME

Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
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In Your Opinion, Was Buckie Treated Properly?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:00

When Kathleen taught preschool she started each new group of children with a little exercise. Addressing one of them, she would say, “Betty, please pick up this piece of paper.” When Betty complied, Kathleen would lead the children in a round of applause saying in a musical voice, “Oh, Betty obeyed me!”

Soon afterwards she might say, “George, would you mind closing the door?” George would respond and the class would be led in another round of applause. This is how she taught the meaning of the word obedience.

One day she said with mild excitement, “Okay, everybody please stand up.” Four-year-old Buckie refused. She asked him three times to be sure he understood his own response. Each time, his response was, “No, I won’t.”

Recognizing this as a challenge, Kathleen picked him and his chair up together and moved them gently to the nearby wall. She explained, “Everyone in my class must obey me. If you can’t obey me then you can’t share in what the rest of the class is doing.”

Buckie’s face clouded. Even for a four-year-old isolation from the group can be unpleasant.

Needless to say Buckie soon relented and joined the class. He never balked at Kathleen’s instructions after that day. Children are pliable and learn quickly what does and doesn’t work.

Resistance to authority is an inborn trait and must be addressed, brought to consciousness, and appropriately restrained in the early years of life. Teaching a child to obey is actually the child’s first step toward freedom.

A significant number today might see Buckie’s treatment as controversial. “A little child should be allowed to assert himself,” some may say. Or “leave him alone and he will figure it out for himself.” Or even, “Humor him a bit.”

Christian parents, however, should see their children with Christian realism. Early in life every human being is prone to resist authority and we all must learn, as Buckie was learning, to obey the requests of parents and teachers and eventually managers, bosses and civic officers.

We take our tips on these things from the Scriptures. Paul writes, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1). Parents are to be the teachers, insisting on obedience.

Recall that, to raise the child, Jesus, God chose devout parents, who as pious Jews followed the requirements of the law toward him (Luke 2:39). “And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). From such parenting, we are told that, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).

A recent rash of teenagers physical attacks on teachers in the classroom and vulgar hate songs against law officers in the streets should alert us that children left to grow up however they please makes for incivility and even violence as a way of life.

Picking a child up, chair and all, and isolating him for a brief moment is not a bad way to tell him in the earliest years that legitimate authority must be obeyed. The four-year-old learns early what is true throughout life: that we all face boundaries and comply with rules and we must be taught the art early.



Photo credit: Mith Huang (via flickr.com)


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Alternator Repair

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 00:00

Google is so great.  Some time ago I had to do some repairs on a faulty alternator on my vehicle.  After a couple of keystrokes on my laptop I had step by step instructions on how to remove the alternator, pictures were included and even a video walking through the steps, how easy was that!  The video took about 6 minutes of time, though when watching the video it was obvious that there were some time cuts.  A 6 minute video, mechanics handbooks estimated less than an hour of time, how hard could the task be?  Well it took longer than an hour, in fact it took several removals, partial disassembly of the alternator reassembly, checking it out, and then just as many installations.  In the end a broken commutator brush and faulty ground wire on the engine was the problem, $2.50 worth of parts.

We often say or think, “Just give me the steps that I need and I’ll be on my way.”  Isn’t it interesting that the Bible does not give a list of steps, for how to walk with God.

I often thought that it would be nice if the Bible gave simple guidelines on how to become a Christian, three steps for hearing the voice of God, seven principles for overcoming challenges.  In the church we often give such steps and principles to people, yet always there is an understanding that some form of connection with God is necessary and simple steps cannot bring that about.  Gregory of Nyssa said that “Concepts produce idols, only wonder grasps anything”.  If God were to give us a set of steps then these concepts could end up being the things which we focus upon, they could in themselves become idols unto us. Doing the steps would become more important than the end result which the steps point toward.  That is why the scriptures do not give such lists or steps.  Instead we have historical accounts of people who met with God, people who failed to meet with God, the prayers offered, the frustrations lived, the rebellion of the heart, and lives that were changed.

It is in applying the teaching of Jesus and the work of Jesus Christ to our lives, then as we examine the variety of biblical lives and observe their struggles, we see aspects of our lives in some of these people.  Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit we learn from the positive and negative examples of others in the scripture and from that we gain the results that God has for us.

Out of our relationship with Jesus Christ and our obedience to His prompting – life comes.

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Parenting Teens Online Class: Lines of Communication

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:25

Dear Parents,

Do you remember the story in Luke 1 when the angel appeared to the priest, Zechariah, to tell him that he and his elderly wife, Elizabeth, would have a son and name him John? Zechariah doubtfully questioned the angel, and swift consequences followed. His ability to speak was taken from him until the day of his son’s birth. Why is that important? Zechariah’s ability to communicate clearly with people was removed and they had no clear idea what had happened. Is that happening today?

Here is another way to ask this question. Do you know what ROFL, 831, 9, BWL mean? If not, then our teen’s style of communication and our style is very different. These are considered texting shorthand. And this is why our teens must know how important real communication is. For those of us who are a little uninformed when it comes to texting shorthand, the following is a list of the definitions of the above shorthand:
ROFL – rolling on floor laughing
831 – I love you
9 – parent watching
BWL – bursting with laughter

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to have a conversation with your teen when they won’t even make eye contact because they are glued to the screen of their phone or tablet. Or are we the culprit? Do we immerse ourselves in the digital world to the point that our teens can’t get OUR attention?

We are going to be talking about opening those lines of communication with our teen this month. And we can either make technology work for us or against us. How about we WTO (win this one)! Made that one up all by myself.

Here’s a quick video filled with more encouragement for you: https://goo.gl/y6KonP

 

Communication with your teen is vitally important to the health of your relationship! But communication is changing as fast as your teen is!
I want to give you a few ideas to help you with this very important issue.

  1. Sit down with your teen and talk with them and not to them. They want to know that you are really listening to what they say and not what you think they are saying.
  2. Agree that yelling is not allowed. You can’t yell at them and they can’t yell at you. It shuts you both down and makes you feel undervalued and disrespected.
  3. Don’t just “lay down the law” about cell phone and computer use! Allow your teenager to have input. For example, your teen can text while doing homework, but no cell phone is allowed within ten feet of the dinner table.
  4. Agree to never argue through texting. There is no way in the world you can know what the other person is saying unless you can at least hear tone of voice.

There are sooo many other ideas, but these should get you rolling.

It is vitally important that you teach your teenager that communication is not with the fingers on a keypad, but it is tone of voice and hand gestures and wise choice of words.

Remember, Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray.” But unless we teach our teens about real communication, they will not know how to truly appreciate this verse!

Tweetable Thoughts

  • Speak more with your actions than your words. #notalwayseasy
  • Words are only painted fire. A look is the fire itself! Mark Twain
  • Write your teen a note. #saywhatyoumean
  • Ask your teen what they think communication looks like. #differentanswers
  • Send 3 encouraging texts to your teen today!
  • They really do hear you. Just don’t tell them you know
  • Whisper when you want to yell. They have to listen harder!
  • The most important thing about communication is hearing what isn’t said! Peter Drucker
  • Your face, not just your eyes, are a window to your soul. Let your teen see it! #vulnerability
  • Prayer, the most important communication of all! #prayforyourteen

Feel free to forward this email to other parents of teenagers and have them email me if they would like to join our online parenting class.

 If you want to see previous issues you can view them here:  http://blog.churchoftherock.ca/tag/parenting-teens-online-class

Tim Hamm – Threshold Jr (Grade 6-8) – tim@churchoftherock.ca
Mathew Povey – High School Ministry (Grade 9-12) – mathew@churchoftherock.ca

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Threshold Jr: Jan 18 – Game Show Wednesday

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 15:48
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Game Show Wednesday +
Over Time

Come for an opportunity to be a game show contestant
and win some prizes!
Plus we continue our series called Over Time!

Wednesday Jan. 18, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Adrenaline Adventures Snow Tubing (Dress Warm)
** 6:15 – 9:25 p.m. Cost: $17 **

2 Parent-signed forms needed:
churchoftherock.ca/thresholdjr-forms
Includes tow lift pass & snow tubes (Optional helmet rental $2)
Meet & pickup @ Church of the Rock (1397 Buffalo Pl.)

Wednesday Jan. 25, 2017
6:15 p.m. – 9:25 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: $17
(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

 

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