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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

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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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In My 92nd Year, I Heard the Gospel Afresh This Morning!

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:00

Ninety-one years is a long time to be a regular church attender.

When I was only two weeks old, my parents carried me into church in a wicker bassinet. It was the start of a long history. Growing up, I was expected to attend church faithfully so long as I lived in my parents’ home. It was the same when I spent three winter seasons of my teen years in a residential Bible School where regular chapels were just that — regular.

Later, as an ordained minister, evenings or weekends often found me ministering to a gathered congregation. And later, as a church overseer, special needs could draw me toward a congregation of believers during the week.

It all represents a great amount of church exposure.

I’ll admit, however, that across a long life of intensive church involvement there have been times when weariness whispered in my ear to take a pass. And there have also been church events that were without spiritual energy, thus refreshing to neither mind or spirit.

I tell you all this for a reason: I am just home from a Good Friday service at Wesley Chapel Free Methodist Church across Toronto 30 miles to the east of where I live. At least once a year, Wesley Chapel Free Methodist Church joins with the congregation of Briarwood Presbyterian church nearby for a Good Friday service. They alternate locations and participants.

I listened as the two congregations worshiped together, and in every part of the service I heard the gospel ring out afresh. It fed my faith and reminded me why all the evil of that dark and despairing first Friday turned out to be in a special sense Good Friday.

Near the beginning of the service this morning, a woman from Bridlewood read slowly and thoughtfully from Isaiah 53: 1-12. She used the New Living Translation. I recalled that verses 4 and 5 were part of a prophecy about Jesus written nearly 800 years before his birth. Here are those verses:

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried, our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped and we were healed.

All week long I had been pondering the doctrine of substitution described here — the idea that Jesus took the punishment for our sins to relieve us of that burden and set us free.

I heard the same assurance when the congregation stood to sing one of my wife Kathleen’s favorite hymns: Hallelujah, What a Savior. Again, the lines filled the sanctuary, igniting faith and warming the soul:

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned he stood;
Sealed my pardon with his blood.
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

In my place! In my place! I heard that resonant note in the Gospel so clearly today, and rejoiced.

The pastor of the Bridlewood church, Reverend Joseph Choi, preached from John 18. He explained Pilate’s political maneuvering to escape condemning a man he knew to be innocent, but despite his innocence, eventually had Jesus flogged to placate the crowds.

In this flogging, Jesus took my place, which he did again when he dragged his own cross toward Calvary, and when he suffered the harrowing treatment on Calvary’s cross. He was an innocent man and at the same time Creator God of the universe, dying for others.

When he bore the wrath of God for the sins of humanity he suffered so that I — and all other confessed sinners — would not need to suffer endless torment for our sin.

So, with Good Friday fading I face Easter Sunday with a renewed conviction that he who died to bear the burden of my sins lives to assure me of eternal life, bought for Christ-believers and followers at so great a price. This Good News, reiterated this morning, washes over me and I ponder it still.

Photo credit: Koshy Koshy (via flickr.com)


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Women of Worth – April 12 – Spring Potluck Brunch

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 16:44

Spring Potluck Brunch!

Join us this Wednesday as we celebrate the upcoming Easter Season and our last Women of Worth Session!  Bring your favorite dish to share!

Caroline Holowka

Last week Caroline gave us a snap shot of her prayer journey with the Lord! She has taken this to the next step and developed her own website where she will be sharing her story! For daily prayers visit – carolineholowka.com.

 

With WOW coming to an end, check out this new study starting soon!

Ladies Group Study:
Propel Series
Starts Friday April 21st at 7pm at Church of the Rock
For more information email:   propel.cotr@gmail.com

In Passion You Will Discover:

Session 1: How to live a passionate life
Session 2: How to identify passion in yourself and others
Session 3: How to navigate passion under siege
Session 4: How to create with passion
Session 5: How to live with integrated passion
Session 6: How to lead with passion

A huge thank you to everyone involved with Women of Worth!  From Small Group leaders, to coffee ministry, to check in, to worship team members – THANK YOU for your willingness to serve.

Thanks for a wonderful Session!

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Threshold Jr: April 12 – Life Size Dutch Blitz (**Retreat registrations included)

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 15:47
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Life Size Dutch Blitz +
All Access Pt 3

We finish our series “All Access” & play the card game
that needs the whole gym! Hangout & Café in The Cage

Wednesday April 12, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

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)

 

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 14th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 16:16


This week…


No Youth – Good Friday
Join us at Church of the Rock at 10:30am for the Good Friday Service.  There will be no youth group that evening.

Next 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!

The week after that…

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!


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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Re-Post: Getting Ready for Easter

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:00

[The following piece was first posted March 5, 2012]

On Sunday, April 8 of this year, millions of Christians on all five continents will gather, not only in magnificent cathedrals and traditional churches, but also in worship centers, store front chapels, and even thatched huts.

Some will risk their lives to attend. They will be there to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as they listen with intensity to resurrection Scriptures and sing with joy resurrection hymns.

But individual persons in these throngs will differ from one another in their grasp of resurrection truth and also in the intensity of their faith in Christ. What will make that difference? One possibility will be how well they have prepared heart and mind during the weeks prior to Easter Sunday.

The importance of preparation for Resurrection Sunday has been formalized in church practices since as far back as the fourth century A.D. when the forty days prior to Easter Sunday were set apart for that very purpose. During these forty days of Lent, special observances are encouraged – such as fasting, acts of self-denial, increase in the giving of alms, etc.

My idea is to live devotionally during those days with the Gospel accounts of the last days of our Lord’s life up to his crucifixion. To do this, my heart is drawn to the Gospel according to John. His account has 21 chapters; yet, as early as chapter 12, he introduces his readers to the events of one week — the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. So, chapters 12 to 19 – eight of its 21 chapters — are devoted to the events of that one single week. If a third of John’s gospel covers only one week of Jesus’ 33-year lifespan, that tells us they are very important.

Please note how Chapter 12 begins: Martha serves a dinner in Jesus’ honor. Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, is at table. In an act of extravagant devotion, Mary breaks open a jar of the expensive perfume, nard, and pours the whole content on Jesus’ feet. The fragrance fills the house.

Judas is openly offended and complains that this ointment could have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor. But John, writing much later, tells the truth about Judas: he “… was a thief; as keeper of the money bag he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6).

What a wide range of concerns in that room! Just so in this Easter season: some will love the Lord with the warmth and sincerity of Mary; others may be present but kept from worship by blockages of greed, pride or sensuality. How appropriate to test our love by a verse of an old hymn:

More love to thee, O Christ, more love to thee;
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea, more love, O Christ, to Thee
More love to Thee; more love to Thee.

Photo credit: Robin (via flickr.com)


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Threshold Jr: April 5 – Scooter Hockey

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 16:53
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Scooter Hockey +
All Access Pt 2

We continue our series “All Access”
+ Scooter hockey in the gym
& Hangout & Café in The Cage

Wednesday April 5, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Life Size Dutch Blitz +
All Access Pt 3

We finish our series “All Access” & play the card game
that needs the whole gym! Hangout & Café in The Cage

Wednesday April 12, 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

 

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High School Ministry Weekly April 7th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 15:11


This week…


Small Groups
April 7th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
Sometimes, you just need to relax and hang out with your friends.  And this is what this night is all about!  We have a faith based discussion with complimentary snacks in a chill environment.  Of course, our youth room will be open as well!  See you there!

Next week…

No Youth – Good Friday
Join us at Church of the Rock at 10:30am for the Good Friday Service.  There will be no youth group that evening.

The week after that…

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!

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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Can One Be “Born Again” and Ignore the Life and Ministry of Christ’s Church?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:00

At a youth camp I fell into conversation with the man hired to set up and manage the public address system. During our chat he suddenly announced: “I’m a born again Christian, but I haven’t been inside a church in years.” There are many thousands in this country, he went on, who would say the same thing.

His statement was assertive but not hostile. It needs to be examined.

In the Bible, expressions like “being born again” or “born from above” stand for an inner transformation God brings about that is indeed radical. It’s the giving of new life by his Spirit. A love for Jesus, the Savior, is born. New habits, new associates, new religious practices begin to form.

Jesus described what new birth involves when he said to Nicodemus, a devout Jew: “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” (John 3:5)

To be “born of water” stands for our being cleansed from the moral and spiritual defilement of the old life. John the Baptist called sinners to take their sins seriously when he uttered the command: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (John 3:2) Jesus also began his ministry with the same call. (Matthew 4:17)

But, to Nicodemus Jesus adds, to be born again also implies to be born of the Spirit. This stands for the energy of the new life, the indwelling power of the Spirit of God, enabling the believer to live out the new life in Christ.

With new birth comes an instinct for fellowship with the people of God. Imagine a new convert in China walking to a house where several Christians are meeting secretly for worship. She takes a risk but is inwardly compelled to do so. The same is so for young people in Cuba who meet furtively for prayers.

The church has always been both a gathered and a scattered community. It gathers for worship and scatters to serve. The commonest word for church in the Scriptures means “the called out” or “assembly.” The Apostle Paul presented the church as “the body of Christ” — a living organism of which Christ is the head and director.

In the light of all this it is hard to imagine how the Spirit of God indwelling us would allow us to live in isolation from a company of God’s people. We are called to loyalty to other fellow believers by such words of example as these: “Christ loved the church and gave himself up (as a sacrifice) for her” (Ephesians 5:25b). He calls every believer to be there, sign in, take part, love what Christ loves and imitate him in service to his people.

Photo credit: David Goehring (via flickr.com)


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