Rock News

Remember to join us this Sunday!

Join us this Sunday, April 16 for Nico’s 7th birthday party & a BBQ Cookoff fundraiser lunch after the service. Nicodemus Comfort Dog is almost 7 years old! Praise God for this ministry and all the opportunities it has brought over the last 6 years. Due to the length of time required to apply for and receive a new comfort dog, we need to start considering Nico’s retirement now. The application process takes between 2 and 3 years to complete. When Nico eventually retires, Randy and Marcia Newsome will retire as top dogs as well. Our main concern when considering the continuation of the Comfort Dog ministry with a second dog is the need for volunteers. If you feel called to volunteer for the Comfort Dog ministry in the future after Nico’s retirement, please let a member of the Directors, Ambassadors, or Comfort Dog Team know! Over the next month we will be determining our capacity to support the Comfort Dog Ministry in the future, and considering the possibility of passing leadership of the Comfort Dog Ministry in Seward to St. John Lutheran Church if necessary. If you’d like further information, we will be discussing this situation and answering questions at Nico’s birthday party on Sunday, April 16.

Stepping Stones and Faith Ink Potluck

The weather is getting warmer and that means summer activities are starting and the Faith Ink/Stepping Stones year has come to an end. We hope all Stepping Stones and Faith Ink families will come to our end of the year potluck at The Rock on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 in The ROCK Cafe. Bring a dish to share.  It has truly been a blessing to be a part of your kids’ faith journey. We hope to see them at VBS this summer!

Please pray for Pastor Mike and his family as they consider a Divine Call for him to serve Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Rogers, Arkansas, as their Associate Pastor for Family and Youth. They are visiting that congregation this weekend. Please pray for them as they contemplate this opportunity, and share any words of encouragement and support you might have for them. He anticipates announcing his decision by April 16. 

Tribute for Mother’s Day

Names for the annual Mother’s Day ad sponsored by the Seward County Pro-Life Council will be gathered on April 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Names cost $1 and will be published in The Seward Independent newspaper just before Mother’s Day.  The $1 donations will be used to pay for the ad, and any excess will be used by the SCPC as they see fit.  A mother’s name (mother, grandmother, daughter, etc. – as long as they’re a mother – living or deceased) will be listed only once in the ad.  The theme is “Thank You Mom For Giving Me Life”.  Mary Kropf will be taking mothers’ names in The Rock Cafe before and after each of the three services listed above.  Let’s see if we can surpass the number of names collected at The Rock last year which was 65!

Southeast Nebraska CASA is working to raise awareness during the month of April for Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Part of that awareness is partnering with churches on April 30th for Blue Sunday, a national event where faith communities come together and take time during their weekly service to acknowledge victims of child abuse and neglect.  Blue Sunday began in 1994 to raise awareness among the faith community and encourage churches to pray for the abused and neglected children.

We encourage you to pray this month for survivors and victims of child abuse and neglect. Please keep these vulnerable children in your prayers, take a moment to honor them, and join us in raising awareness of child abuse and neglect.

Blue Valley Community Action

Our April item for the Blue Valley food pantry is paper towels, which we collect in a tub in the Rock cafe. Thanks for being a blessing to the community in this way! You can see our Blue Valley Pantry item schedule on our website. Year-round they also collect the following: pasta, pasta meal mixes, instant potato side dishes, and mashed potatoes. 

YogaFaith News

Join Erika Rolf (RYT-200) or Sara Moll (RYT-200) for Christian YogaFaith classes at The Rock!  

April class offerings are as follows:  

  • Online Sonrise YogaFaith Class (online class – take anytime and as many times as you want – a new 30 Minute class is offered each month)  – 4/3 (Erika)
  • Restorative Wall YogaFaith  –  This special class focuses on the “Legs Up the Wall Pose” and the many variations available in this position.   Monday, 4/24 7:00-7:45 pm  (limited to 3 spots on the north wall) If you don’t mind doing wall yoga on the cupboard side (west) of the room, please let me know by replying to this email.  The cupboard side works better for shorter people!  🙂
  • Tune up Tuesday at CUNE (for Concordia University students) at 3:45-4:30 pm/Cattle Conference Center –  4/11 (Sara), 4/25 (Erika) FREE
  • All Level Tuesdays at 5:30 pm CST at The Rock  – 4/4 (Sara), 4/11 (Erika), 4/18 (Erika), 4/25 (Erika)
  • All Level Thursdays at 5:30 pm CST at The Rock  – 4/6 (Erika), 4/13 (Sara), 4/20 (Sara), 4/27 (Sara)
  • Restorative YogaFaith from 7:00-8:00 pm CST at The Rock – 4/2 (Sara), 4/9 (NO CLASS), 4/16  (Erika), 4/23 – NO CLASS, 4/30 (Erika)*  SIGN UP IN ADVANCE PLEASE. 

*Restorative and Restorative Wall is also offered online – please message us if you want this class.

*Restorative YogaFaith classes are limited to 8 students per class because of the limited number of props we have available. Please secure your spot for Restorative YogaFaith by signing up on Sign Up Genius here:

If you want to take Sonrise or Restorative online, please message their Facebook page. Also visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information.

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