Rock News, May 23, 2024

Happening at The Rock

June 10-13, 2024, GLOW Vacation Bible School (age 3 through 4th grade)

July 14, 2024, 2:00, installation of John Bartels as pastor, followed by a reception (more details soon)


We are getting ready to welcome Jonathan Bartels to serve as our next pastor. Soon-to-be Pastor Bartels,d his wife, Emily, and their newborn son, Shepherd, will be moving to Seward this summer. Praise God for his wonderful blessings!

While we wait for his ordination and installation day (scheduled for the afternoon of July 14), let’s prepare to shower them with local gift cards. Between now and their arrival in July, put any gift cards or Chamber Bucks you’d like to gift them into the offering basket. We’ll collect them and gift them to the Bartels at their welcome reception. (We will share more details about that day soon.)


Registration is now open for GLOW: Go Light Our World, our Vacation Bible School, meeting this summer from June 10-13, 9am to 11am. Kids age 3 through 4th grade are invited to join and bring friends. If you want a T-shirt for your child, this Sunday, May 26 is the last day to sign up. (You can still register kids later, but they won’t get a shirt.)

Are you willing to help decorate for VBS or help during the event? Click here to see the different opportunities to volunteer. No need to committ to the whole time. Lessons and activities are already prepared!


The Rock is adding two baby boys to our forever family, so it’s time for another diaper drive! We will collect diapers for them through June 9. For one family, we’ll collect sizes 2 & 3, with no brand preference. For the other, we’ll collect sizes 3 and up, with no brand preference. If possible, please attach a gift receipt so they can exchange for a different size later, if needed.


Our May item for the Blue Valley food pantry is facial tissue. 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.


Visit the YogaFaith Facebook page for a full calendar and more information.


Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE.

April minutes from our Directors are available HERE.

Visit our website leadership page to see who is serving and how to contact them.


Contact Us | [email protected]
Prayer Requests | [email protected]
Giving | https://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

Prayer requests are received by our prayer warriors. If you would like them kept confidential and not included in public prayers on Sundays, just let us know in your email.

Rock News

Upcoming at The Rock

June 10-13, 2024, GLOW Vacation Bible School (age 3 through 4th grade)


We have a new pastor! We are thrilled to announce that Jonathan Bartels has been placed at The Rock to serve as our next pastor. The announcement was made at Concordia Seminary’s Call Day service this week. Soon-to-be Pastor Bartels will graduate from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis this May. He and his wife, Emily, and their newborn son will be moving to Seward this summer. Praise God for his wonderful blessings!


Thank you for joining us for our second rib cookoff. We raised $813 for our upcoming Vacation Bible School. Congratulations to Tim Preuss, who was crowned our winner. We have several others who want to enter the competition next year and win the apron!


Registration is now open for GLOW: Go Light Our World, our Vacation Bible School meeting this summer from June 10-13, 9am to 11am. Kids age 3 through 4th grade are invited to join and bring friends. We’ll share information soon about supplies you can donate and how you can volunteer to help.


We have many ways you can help support our Guatemala mission team:

The Rock has new shirts! Contact Micky Sloup by text at 319-830-9039 with your size. Proceeds benefit the Guatemala Mission Team’s trip this summer.

The Guatemala mission team still has some coffee for sale. $15 for regular blend, and $20 for premium.

Mother’s Day/Graduation Flower Orders: Please fill out this form so we can fulfill your flower order. All flower orders will be ready to be picked up at The Rock on Friday, May 10th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Cash, Venmo, or a check will be accepted at pickup. If paying with a check, please make it to The Rock and in the memo write Guatemala Mission Trip. Thank you!

Bring all of your loose change for a Noisy Offering after the service on Sunday, May 5. Those donations will also help support the mission trip.


Thank you very much to those who contributed to the Seward County Pro-Life Council by donating $1 for a mother’s name to be in the Mother’s Day ad in the Seward Independent on May 8.  The Rock gathered 67 names and the amount of money collected was $97!


Tremendous thanks to Connie Butler, who served us as administrative assistant. We hope that her retirement is amazing!


Our May item for the Blue Valley food pantry is Kleenex. 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.


Visit the YogaFaith Facebook page for a full calendar and more information.


Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE.


Contact Us | [email protected]
Prayer Requests | [email protected]

Giving | https://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

Prayer requests are received by our prayer warriors. If you would like them kept confidential and not included in public prayers on Sundays, just let us know in your email.

Rock News

3/25/24

Happening at The Rock

Friday, March 29, 6:30, Good Friday service

Sunday, March 31, 9:00, Easter breakfast


Let’s help send our youth to the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans next July! Join us before the service this Sunday, March 31 for our annual Easter breakfast. Starting at 9:00, our youth will be serving a breakfast of eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls, and fruit. No tickets are required, but your generous donations are appreciated as they raise funds for their trip to the National Youth Gathering.


Let the youth egg your house! On the evening of March 30, 2024, our stealthy youth will come to your home (or the home of a friend/family/neighbor) and hide 12 Easter Eggs in the yard. There will be 11 candy-filled eggs and 1 empty egg as a reminder of the empty tomb! $15 per dozen hidden eggs; $10 for each additional dozen. Go to this link to sign up.

Contact Megan Boggs with questions: (402) 643-3938, or by email at [email protected]


The Guatemala Mission Team has a raffle for 4 tickets to the upcoming Lauren Daigle concert (will be held at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on May 10). Get one raffle ticket for $10 or 3 for $20. The drawing will be held on April 7, so get your tickets asap! Contact Emma Dannehl or any member of the Guatemala team.

The team is also selling bracelets for $5 each after church services.


News from the Nicodemus Comfort Dog team: Greetings with Peace and the Grace of our Lord from the Nicodemus Comfort Dog Team.

The Ministry has been operating without a Back-up Caregiver that is supposed to be in place with this Ministry. The Back-up Caregiver is in place to give needed time off to the Primary Caregiver, which has been Randy and Marcia Newsome for the last 6 ½ years.

Recent events have made it very clear to Randy and Marcia that a Back-up Caregiver is very necessary for the forward motion of the Team’s service to our community and to our own church. The role of the Back-up Caregiver is the same as the Primary Caregiver, only a much shorter time commitment. The Back-up Caregiver cares for the needs of Nico, getting him ready to go out to service when Randy and Marcia have scheduled time off. The Nico fund would set up that person or family with all needed supplies and training as to Nico’s verbal and house commands.

The Back-up Caregiver does NOT have to be a member of the Rock Church or even a Lutheran, but must be a follower of Jesus. Policy from the Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), the head of the Comfort Dog Ministry who set the rules and commands for all the Comfort Dogs across the U.S.A., has changed.  Another pet within the Back-up Caregiver home is allowed but still not preferred.

What the Nico Team is asking is that you sit with our Lord in prayer, to ask for a name that might be a possibility for a Back-up Caregiver for our Ministry. Please get that name with contact information to one of Nico’s Team members or one of the Rock’s leadership members, or submit it to our church office. Thank you for your prayers and help.


The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Nebraska District College Scholarship was developed to encourage college students in the Nebraska District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) to pursue their educational goals. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA or current full-time post-secondary student at an accredited institution with at least one year of courses remaining and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must also be a member of a congregation belonging to the Nebraska District LCMS.

Applications close April 14, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 6, 2024. Learn more and complete your application at lcef.org/nebraskascholarship.


Our March item for the Blue Valley food pantry is peanut butter, and we will start collecting paper towels in April. 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.


Visit the YogaFaith Facebook page for a full calendar and more information.


Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE.

February Directors’ Minutes can be found here.


Contact Connie Butler, our administrative assistant, at [email protected] or by calling the church office at 402-643-6624. She is available Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.

Contact Us | [email protected]
Prayer Requests | [email protected]

Giving | https://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/

Prayer requests are received by our prayer warriors. If you would like them kept confidential and not included in public prayers on Sundays, just let us know in your email.

Rock News

Happening at The Rock, March 8, 2024

 

Lincoln Lutheran has earned their way to the state championship game tomorrow at 4:15 against Amherst. Help them pack the Pinnacle Bank Arena and cheer on the Warriors to victory!


At 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, the workers installing the new roof at The Rock noticed smoke and called 911. The Seward fire department responded immediately, locating and extinguishing the source of the smoke. The building did not sustain any smoke or water damage, and has been approved for regular use. The roofing company resumed their work with no interruption. We are thankful for the fast response from the Seward police and fire departments.

We are excited that work is being done on our roof. During the week, please enter the building through the north entrance. The south entrance will still be open on Sundays. There may be limited space in the main parking lot until the work is complete.


Plan your meals now for March 11. Dine in or carry out lunch or dinner (or both!) at La Carreta and help support The Rock’s Guatemala Mission Team.


The women’s Bible study group is starting a new, short Sunday morning study. The group will meet at The Rock from 8:30-9:45 a.m. on March 17, March 24 and finish the book on April 7. They will read The Case for Easter (a 3 chapter book) which is an excerpt from Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ. Be encouraged to invite friends! This is for all females, high school age and up. Get the book here. Please try to get your own copy of the book, or contact Andrea Sloup if you cannot. You can contact Andrea with any questions and to let her know you’ll be attending at [email protected] 


 News from the Nicodemus Comfort Dog team: Greetings with Peace and the Grace of our Lord from the Nicodemus Comfort Dog Team.  

The Ministry has been operating without a Back-up Caregiver that is supposed to be in place with this Ministry. The Back-up Caregiver is in place to give needed time off to the Primary Caregiver, which has been Randy and Marcia Newsome for the last 6 ½ years.  

Recent events have made it very clear to Randy and Marcia that a Back-up Caregiver is very necessary for the forward motion of the Team’s service to our community and to our own church. The role of the Back-up Caregiver is the same as the Primary Caregiver, only a much shorter time commitment. The Back-up Caregiver cares for the needs of Nico, getting him ready to go out to service when Randy and Marcia have scheduled time off. The Nico fund would set up that person or family with all needed supplies and training as to Nico’s verbal and house commands. 

The Back-up Caregiver does NOT have to be a member of the Rock Church or even a Lutheran, but must be a follower of Jesus. Policy from the Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), the head of the Comfort Dog Ministry who set the rules and commands for all the Comfort Dogs across the U.S.A., has changed.  Another pet within the Back-up Caregiver home is allowed but still not preferred.  

What the Nico Team is asking is that you sit with our Lord in prayer, to ask for a name that might be a possibility for a Back-up Caregiver for our Ministry. Please get that name with contact information to one of Nico’s Team members or one of the Rock’s leadership members, or submit it to our church office. Thank you for your prayers and help.


Let’s help send our youth to the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans next July! Join us before the service this Sunday, March 31 for our annual Easter breakfast. Starting at 9:00, our youth will be serving a breakfast of eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls, and fruit. No tickets are required, but your generous donations are appreciated as they raise funds for their trip to the National Youth Gathering.


The men of The Rock, young and old, are invited to Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island for Man Feast 2024. Come for amazing ribs, inspiring music, and join over 500 men as you listen to guest speaker, Darin Kinder of Valiant Ministries. Tickets: $25; April 7 @ 5:30pm (Doors open at 5:00) Register here.


The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Nebraska District College Scholarship was developed to encourage college students in the Nebraska District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) to pursue their educational goals.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA or current full-time post-secondary student at an accredited institution with at least one year of courses remaining and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must also be a member of a congregation belonging to the Nebraska District LCMS.

Applications close April 14, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 6, 2024. Learn more and complete your application at lcef.org/nebraskascholarship.


Remember to Designate Your Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 31! Thrivent investors should act now to designate their Thrivent Choice Dollars before the March 31 deadline. We are grateful for all who designate these funds to The Rock each year.


Faith Partners Team at The Rock: We are exploring the formation of a team to minister to individuals with addiction and mental health issues. Can you help? All ages are needed. An informational meeting will be held March 13 at 7:30.


Our March item for the Blue Valley food pantry is peanut butter. We’ll collect paper towels in April. 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: Visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. 

  • Online Sonrise stretch class – available every Monday –   3/11, 3/18, 3/25 (Sara teaches all Sonrise classes)  – Sign up for this class on Sign Up Genius.  NO CLASS ON 4/1
  • All-Level Tuesdays at 5:30 pm at The Rock –   3/12 (Erika), 3/19 (Sara), 3/26 (Erika)  
  • All-Level Thursdays at 5:30 pm at The Rock – 3/7 (Sara), 3/14 (Sara), 3/21 (Erika), 3/28 (Sara)
  • Restorative YogaFaith from 7:00-8:00 pm at The Rock –  3/10 (Erika), 3/17 (Sara), 3/24 (Erika)  No class on 3/31.  *PLEASE SIGN UP IN ADVANCE PLEASE. 


Contact Connie Butler, our administrative assistant, at [email protected] or by calling the church office at 402-643-6624. She is available Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.

Our Website | https://www.therockseward.org/
Giving while at home | https://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/
Minutes from leadership meetings | CLICK HERE
Vimeo | https://vimeo.com/therockseward
YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRockSewardNebraska
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward
Contact Us | [email protected]
Prayer Requests | [email protected]
Mail | PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434

Prayer requests are received by our prayer warriors. If you would like them kept confidential and not included in public prayers on Sundays, just let us know in your email.

 

Building Update: Thanks be to God!

At 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, the workers installing the new roof at The Rock noticed smoke and called 911. The Seward fire department responded immediately, locating and extinguishing the source of the smoke. The building did not sustain any smoke or water damage, and has been approved for regular use. The roofing company will resume their work tomorrow with no interruption. We are thankful for the fast response from the Seward police and fire departments.

If we have any further information to share, we will send another update on Friday.

Rock News

Happening at The Rock, 3/6/24

We are excited that work is being done on our roof. During the week, please enter the building through the north entrance. The south entrance will still be open on Sundays. There may be limited space in the main parking lot until the work is complete.


Plan your meals now for March 11. Dine in or carry out lunch or dinner (or both!) at La Carreta and help support The Rock’s Guatemala Mission Team.


The women’s Bible study group is starting a new, short Sunday morning study. The group will meet at The Rock from 8:30-9:45 a.m. on March 17, March 24 and finish the book on April 7. They will read The Case for Easter (a 3 chapter book) which is an excerpt from Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ. Be encouraged to invite friends! This is for all females, high school age and up. Get the book here. Please try to get your own copy of the book, or contact Andrea Sloup if you cannot. You can contact Andrea with any questions and to let her know you’ll be attending at [email protected] 


 News from the Nicodemus Comfort Dog team: Greetings with Peace and the Grace of our Lord from the Nicodemus Comfort Dog Team.  

The Ministry has been operating without a Back-up Caregiver that is supposed to be in place with this Ministry. The Back-up Caregiver is in place to give needed time off to the Primary Caregiver, which has been Randy and Marcia Newsome for the last 6 ½ years.  

Recent events have made it very clear to Randy and Marcia that a Back-up Caregiver is very necessary for the forward motion of the Team’s service to our community and to our own church. The role of the Back-up Caregiver is the same as the Primary Caregiver, only a much shorter time commitment. The Back-up Caregiver cares for the needs of Nico, getting him ready to go out to service when Randy and Marcia have scheduled time off. The Nico fund would set up that person or family with all needed supplies and training as to Nico’s verbal and house commands. 

The Back-up Caregiver does NOT have to be a member of the Rock Church or even a Lutheran, but must be a follower of Jesus. Policy from the Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), the head of the Comfort Dog Ministry who set the rules and commands for all the Comfort Dogs across the U.S.A., has changed.  Another pet within the Back-up Caregiver home is allowed but still not preferred.  

What the Nico Team is asking is that you sit with our Lord in prayer, to ask for a name that might be a possibility for a Back-up Caregiver for our Ministry. Please get that name with contact information to one of Nico’s Team members or one of the Rock’s leadership members, or submit it to our church office. Thank you for your prayers and help.


The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Nebraska District College Scholarship was developed to encourage college students in the Nebraska District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) to pursue their educational goals.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA or current full-time post-secondary student at an accredited institution with at least one year of courses remaining and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must also be a member of a congregation belonging to the Nebraska District LCMS.

Applications close April 14, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 6, 2024. Learn more and complete your application at lcef.org/nebraskascholarship.


Remember to Designate Your Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 31! Thrivent investors should act now to designate their Thrivent Choice Dollars before the March 31 deadline. We are grateful for all who designate these funds to The Rock each year.


Faith Partners Team at The Rock: We are exploring the formation of a team to minister to individuals with addiction and mental health issues. Can you help? All ages are needed. An informational meeting will be held March 13 at 7:30.


Our March item for the Blue Valley food pantry is peanut butter. If you still have soup from February, continue to bring that in this Sunday. 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: Visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. 

Class Schedule:

  • Online Sonrise stretch class – available every Monday –   3/11, 3/18, 3/25 (Sara teaches all Sonrise classes)  – Sign up for this class on Sign Up Genius.  NO CLASS ON 4/1
  • All-Level Tuesdays at 5:30 pm at The Rock –   3/12 (Erika), 3/19 (Sara), 3/26 (Erika)  
  • All-Level Thursdays at 5:30 pm at The Rock – 3/7 (Sara), 3/14 (Sara), 3/21 (Erika), 3/28 (Sara)
  • Restorative YogaFaith from 7:00-8:00 pm at The Rock –  3/10 (Erika), 3/17 (Sara), 3/24 (Erika)  No class on 3/31.  *PLEASE SIGN UP IN ADVANCE PLEASE. 

Payment info:

  • Monthly Unlimited Class Pass – $65.00 (expires at the end of each calendar month) – Take as many classes as you like during the month for one price.
  • 5-Class Pass – $35.00 (each pass will expire if not used within 6 months of purchase)
  • Regular Walk-in classes are $8.00.
  • Both Sara and Erika now have Venmo for your convenience! We also take checks made payable to “Sara Moll YogaFaith-Seward” or “Erika Rolf Gracefull Yoga”.

Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE



Contact Connie Butler, our administrative assistant, at [email protected] or by calling the church office at 402-643-6624. She is available Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.

Our Website | https://www.therockseward.org/
Giving while at home | https://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/
Minutes from leadership meetings | CLICK HERE
Vimeo | https://vimeo.com/therockseward 
YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRockSewardNebraska
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward
Contact Us | [email protected]
Prayer Requests | [email protected]
Mail | PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434

Prayer requests are received by our prayer warriors. If you would like them kept confidential and not included in public prayers on Sundays, just let us know in your email.

 

Rock News

Happening at The Rock, 2/28/24

It is now time to determine our next steps in the search for our next pastor. Please plan to attend a special voter’s meeting that will be held at 7:00 p.m. TOMORROW (Thursday, February 29), in the worship center at the Rock. The call committee has met to review our options and prepare information and recommendations to present at the meeting. One possibility is to ask that a pastor graduating from the seminary be placed at the Rock. The deadline to make that application is March 1, 2024, which is why it is important to have a voter’s meeting soon. Between now and the meeting, please pray for the work of the call committee and for God’s clear guidance for the Rock.  If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Call Committee: Ross Briggs, Emma Dannehl, Jake Eckles, Marcus Gubanyi, Tim Moll, Matt Myers, Brenda Reif, Lori Bruns, and Andrea Sloup.

Remember to use the north doors when you arrive for the meeting!


Starting this week, you will see work being done on our roof. During the week, please enter the building through the north entrance. The south entrance will still be open on Sundays. There may be limited space in the main parking lot until the work is complete.


LCMS Connections, a newly launched free matchmaking service for LCMS singles who are seeking a faithful spouse, is now live! LCMS Connections is for marriage-minded confessional Lutheran singles hoping to connect with others like them throughout our Synod. Learn more on their website at https://www.lcms-connections.com/ or contact them by email at [email protected]

(While LCMS Connections is organized and managed by Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod laity and clergy, it is not authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the offices of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates.)


The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Nebraska District College Scholarship was developed to encourage college students in the Nebraska District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) to pursue their educational goals.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA or current full-time post-secondary student at an accredited institution with at least one year of courses remaining and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must also be a member of a congregation belonging to the Nebraska District LCMS.

Applications close April 14, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 6, 2024. Learn more and complete your application at lcef.org/nebraskascholarship.


Plan your meals now for March 11. Dine in or carry out lunch or dinner (or both!) at La Carreta and help support The Rock’s Guatemala Mission Team. 


Remember to Designate Your Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 31! Thrivent investors should act now to designate their Thrivent Choice Dollars before the March 31 deadline. We are grateful for all who designate these funds to The Rock each year.


Faith Partners Team at The Rock: We are exploring the formation of a team to minister to individuals with addiction and mental health issues. Can you help? All ages are needed. An informational meeting will be held March 13 at 7:30.


Our March item for the Blue Valley food pantry is peanut butter. If you still have soup from February, continue to bring that in this Sunday. 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:

Visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. 

Class Schedule:

  • Monday Sonrise 8:00 am- 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
  • Tuesday All Level 5:30 pm – 1/2, 1/9/, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
  • No classes on Thursday
  • No CUNE Classes
  • Sunday Restorative 7:00 pm – 1/14, 1/21, 1/28

Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE

Minutes for the January Directors’ meeting are available here now.



Contact Connie Butler, our administrative assistant, at [email protected] or by calling the church office at 402-643-6624. She is available Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.

Our Website | https://www.therockseward.org/
Giving while at home | https://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/
Minutes from leadership meetings | CLICK HERE
Vimeo | https://vimeo.com/therockseward 
YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRockSewardNebraska
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward
Contact Us | [email protected]
Prayer Requests | [email protected]
Mail | PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434

Prayer requests are received by our prayer warriors. If you would like them kept confidential and not included in public prayers on Sundays, just let us know in your email.

 

Notice of Voters’ Meeting

Sunday, February 18, 2024

We were notified on Friday (2/16) by Pastor Doug Slavens that he is declining our call to serve as the next Pastor of the Rock. Please pray for Pastor Slavens and our brothers and sisters at Memorial Lutheran in Sioux Falls that God would bless his continued ministry there. It is now time to determine our next steps in the search for our next pastor. Please plan to attend a special voter’s meeting that will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 29, 2024, in the worship center at the Rock. The call committee will be meeting this week to review our options and prepare information and recommendations to present at the meeting. One possibility is to ask that a pastor graduating from the seminary be placed at the Rock. The deadline to make that application is March 1, 2024, which is why it is important to have a voter’s meeting soon. Between now and the meeting, please pray for the work of the call committee and for God’s clear guidance for the Rock.  If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Call Committee: Ross Briggs, Emma Dannehl, Jake Eckles, Marcus Gubanyi, Tim Moll, Matt Myers, Brenda Reif, Lori Bruns, and Andrea Sloup.

Rock News

Happening at The Rock, 2/14/24

 

Pastor Loeschen’s birthday is Saturday, February 24. Remember to pray for him and wish him a happy birthday!


Are you curious about the new Christian high school that began this fall as an institute of Concordia University?  Do you like pizza?  If you answered yes to both of these questions, join Trinity Academy Headmaster Dr. Gabe Haley after worship this Sunday, February 18. The information session will be held in The Rock Café and pizza will be available for attendees.


Free Resource for Families: Conversation Starters for Mealtimes

Who’s your best friend? What is your favorite Bible verse? What do you think it means to have courage? These questions and more, written especially for families to use as conversation starters at mealtimes.

Download a free pack of conversation cards for your family to use at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table to add some excitement to your normal mealtime conversations and “mix up” the kinds of things your family talks about with one another. Martin Luther and his family understood well the importance of welcoming others into their home for lively conversation around a shared meal at the table. Some of these conversations were even recorded by hand and compiled into a collection of writings that are now known as Luther’s Table Talk. LCMS Family Ministry hopes these resources will help your family continue this tradition of good and lively conversation at the dinner table.

Read more about how to use this resource.

Printable cards available in black and white and in color.

Conversation cards (Color)  //  Conversation cards (B&W)


The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Nebraska District College Scholarship was developed to encourage college students in the Nebraska District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) to pursue their educational goals.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA or current full-time post-secondary student at an accredited institution with at least one year of courses remaining and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must also be a member of a congregation belonging to the Nebraska District LCMS.

Applications close April 14, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 6, 2024. Learn more and complete your application at lcef.org/nebraskascholarship.


Remember to Designate Your Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 31! Thrivent investors should act now to designate their Thrivent Choice Dollars before the March 31 deadline. We are grateful for all who designate these funds to The Rock each year.


Continue to pray for the call process. We have issued a call to Rev. Doug Slavens, and he and his family are prayerfully considering the call. Rev. Slavens wrote the following in his acknowledgment of the call:

I am truly honored and humbled to receive this call. In the days ahead I will be in contact with the leaders of your congregation as well as the leaders here at Memorial, in an effort to discern where I can best serve the Lord in His kingdom. I look forward to learning more about your congregation and the ministry that you do in the community of Seward and beyond. In the meantime, I humbly ask for your prayers. Join me, please, in praying for the ministries of both The Rock, and Memorial Lutheran churches, and that the Lord would lead me to a decision that pleases Him.


Our February item for the Blue Valley food pantry is soup. 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. 


Connie Butler has started work as our new administrative assistant. You can contact her at [email protected] or by calling the church office at 402-643-6624. She is available Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.


YogaFaith News: Visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. 

Class Schedule:

  • Monday Sonrise 8:00 am- 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
  • Tuesday All Level 5:30 pm – 1/2, 1/9/, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
  • No classes on Thursday
  • No CUNE Classes
  • Sunday Restorative 7:00 pm – 1/14, 1/21, 1/28

Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE

Minutes for the January Directors’ meeting are available here now.



Our Website | https://www.therockseward.org/
Giving while at home | https://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/
Minutes from leadership meetings | CLICK HERE
Vimeo | https://vimeo.com/therockseward 
YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRockSewardNebraska
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward
Contact Us | [email protected]
Prayer Requests | [email protected]
Mail | PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434

Prayer requests are received by our prayer warriors. If you would like them kept confidential and not included in public prayers on Sundays, just let us know in your email.

 

Rock News

Happening at The Rock, 2/9/24

Join us this Wednesday, February 14, for our Ash Wednesday dinner and service. We’ll start at 5:30 with a taco dinner in support of the Guatemala mission team. Join us between 5:30-6:30 and drop your freewill offering for this meal in the baskets in the cafe. Then at 6:30 we will have our Ash Wednesday service. We will have communion and the imposition of ashes for those who want it. 

Please note: there will be no Stepping Stones or FaithInk this week.


Continue to pray for the call process. We have issued a call to Rev. Doug Slavens, and he and his family are prayerfully considering the call. Rev. Slavens wrote the following in his acknowledgment of the call:

I am truly honored and humbled to receive this call. In the days ahead I will be in contact with the leaders of your congregation as well as the leaders here at Memorial, in an effort to discern where I can best serve the Lord in His kingdom. I look forward to learning more about your congregation and the ministry that you do in the community of Seward and beyond. In the meantime, I humbly ask for your prayers. Join me, please, in praying for the ministries of both The Rock, and Memorial Lutheran churches, and that the Lord would lead me to a decision that pleases Him.


Our February item for the Blue Valley food pantry is soup. 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. 


Connie Butler has started work as our new administrative assistant. You can contact her at [email protected] or by calling the church office at 402-643-6624. She is available Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.


YogaFaith Schedule:

Visit their Facebook page for a full calendar and more information. 

Class Schedule:

  • Monday Sonrise 8:00 am- 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
  • Tuesday All Level 5:30 pm – 1/2, 1/9/, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
  • No classes on Thursday
  • No CUNE Classes
  • Sunday Restorative 7:00 pm – 1/14, 1/21, 1/28

Minutes from the Ambassadors’ and Directors’ meetings can be found HERE


Our Website | https://www.therockseward.org/
Giving while at home | https://www.therockseward.org/giving-at-the-rock/
Minutes from leadership meetings | CLICK HERE
Vimeo | https://vimeo.com/therockseward 
YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRockSewardNebraska
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/therockseward
Contact Us | [email protected]
Prayer Requests | [email protected]
Mail | PO Box 199, Seward, NE 68434

Prayer requests are received by our prayer warriors. If you would like them kept confidential and not included in public prayers on Sundays, just let us know in your email.