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Human Space Invaders – Threshold Jr Nov 15

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 21:03

 

THIS WEEK

Human Space Invaders!
+ Stuck Pt 1

Watch the virtual video game come to life!
We will also be starting a new series called Stuck, it’s about what to do when you feel stuck in life!  Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

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


NEXT WEEK

Dartpocalypse

You have been waiting all year to shoot your friend in the eyeball with a nerf dart! So don’t miss your chance.  Safety glasses, blasters, darts are all provided (Do not bring your own)  Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 22, 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

 

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 November 17th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:29


This week…


Uprising Conference
November 17th-18th
Price: $55 Dollars
Join us for a 2 amazing days of worship, preaching and experiencing Jesus. Hundreds of youth will be in attendance this year along with great artists and speakers, but most importantly, will you be there?
Email me back!

The following week…

Coffee House / Talent Show
November 24th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm

Show us how talented you are by signing up and performing onstage at HSM. Any act is welcomed—use your imagination! Invite your friends as well!
Performers must come at  6:00pm to setup!

The week after that…

Dr. Seuss Rap Battle

December 1st @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
Pick a Dr. Seuss book to rap to and face off against your friend!  Then we will all see who is truly livin’ the thug life! We are starting a new series called ’Supernatural’.   It’s about exploring the idea that our reality is more than what we see in the natural world.

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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Re-Post: Keeping Daily Prayers Alive and Fresh

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

Prayer is a discipline that enriches our awareness of the Living God and his care for us. Prayer is therefore bedrock for living adequately as believers.

Through the years I have kept distraction at bay, and centered my prayer using the five classic elements of prayer as follows.

1. ADORATION. The Virgin Mary began, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46, 47). That’s adoration. Taking our lead from the Psalmist we may say, “O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty,” and then let the reality sink in (Psalm 104:1).

Words of adoration, when thoughtfully offered to God, take us into the inner sanctuary of worship. This exercise can concentrate the mind and bring under control our scattered thoughts. The Book of Psalms gives many examples: (Psalm 108:5; 104:33; 145:1; 138:1,2; 111:1; 104:1; 103;1; Psalm 66:1,2).

2. CONFESSION. In a collection of prayers that John Wesley published before he was 30 years of age, he gave this helpful pattern: “Heal, O Father of mercies, all my infirmities (_____), strengthen me against all my follies (____), forgive me all my sins (_____). Wesley left the blanks so that anyone using this prayer could personalize it. However we fill in the blanks, confession must be a part of every honest prayer.

3. PETITION. To petition means to implore or to beseech. Often our prayers of confession lead naturally to petitions for mercy, grace, forgiveness, or strength to obey. Petitions may also have to do with our infirmities, follies, or sins. Or they may arise out of daily needs, however large or small.

Keeping current in this way makes for soul health. George Buttrick wrote, “No situation remains the same when prayer is made about it.”

4. INTERCESSION. This means praying for others — family, friends, associates, neighbors, distant ministries, civic leaders. The efficacy of intercession is one of the profoundest mysteries of the spiritual life. Its effects are often imperceptible but in God’s time come home to us as real.

Intercession saves our prayers from becoming merely “want” lists. It stretches our horizons. James Hastings wrote, “It would not be unfair to estimate a person’s religion by the earnestness by which he longs for the welfare of others.”

5.THANKSGIVING. This aligns with adoration as follows: In adoration, we worship God for who he is; in thanksgiving we praise him for all his benefits. It is good to let our spirits soar in daily thanksgiving.

During this part of our prayer, it is good to remember the smallest mercies alongside the great and grand ones.  And when we pray we give thanks above all else for the gift of redemption through Jesus Christ, the greatest blessing of all!  He is our salvation and we walk with him as Lord!

Photo credit: Stephen Platt (via flickr.com)


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Thurs. Nov. 16 – Trivia Night

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 19:45

Test your knowledge with some trivia!

Trivia Night
Thursday, Nov. 16
7:30pm

We’ll be breaking into teams and attempting to answer as many questions as we can. We’ll have multiple rounds of play, with free time in between to chat and meet new friends. It should be a pretty chill evening with coffee and snacks. So come on out and hang with us!

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Game Show Wednesday – Threshold Jr Nov 1

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 20:04

 

THIS WEEK

Just Dance/Dance Central – DANCE OFF!!
+ Measure Up Pt 3

We just got the newest Just Dance 2018 and we are going to see who is the best dancer at youth by putting it on the screens in the youth room!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 8, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Human Space Invaders!
+ Stuck Pt 1

Watch the virtual video game come to life!
We will also be starting a new series called Stuck, it’s about what to do when you feel stuck in life!  Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 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

 

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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You called my name…

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 19:14
… and I ran out of that grave! Hello Women of Worth! We trust you all enjoyed your new study group this last week!

Just a reminder:

  • Coffee/Tea is served from 9:15am – 9:35am in the Chapel
  • Worship begins around 9:35am
  • Then grab your snack and head to your small group study room!
IMPORTANT FOOD ANNOUNCEMENT!

Based on Manitoba Legislation, we need to change the way we “do food” at the church.

We can no longer bring in any homemade food.

All food must be purchased from a grocery store or restaurant. The food must come to church in the sealed package that it was purchased in (or in Restaurant packaging – for eg, Tim Horton’s Box of Muffins)

So what does this mean for WOW?

Well, we still love our snack break, so please continue to bring snacks when you feel so inclined and just make sure it is purchased! Yes, we will miss those home cooked goodies but we are excited to follow this new procedure to ensure the health and safety of the ladies attending the ministry!

    

40 Days of Praise – let’s keep it going!

Now that we’re finished the 40 days of Praise Campaign, let’s use some of those “tools” we learned about to keep on praising the Lord.  Try the “goal post” or “wash the windows” while you listen to this song that we did at church this last weekend.

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High School Ministry Weekly November 10th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:21


This week…


Just Dance/Dance Central – DANCE OFF!!
Friday, November 10th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
We just got the newest Just Dance 2018 and we are going to see who is the best dancer at youth by putting it on the screens in the youth room!  We had a blast last year so you don’t want to miss this!  We continue our home-grown series called #YourStory, where you get to tell the story of what God has done in your life!

The following week…

Uprising Conference
November 17th-18th
Price: $55 Dollars
Join us for a 2 amazing days of worship, preaching and experiencing Jesus. Hundreds of youth will be in attendance this year along with great artists and speakers, but most importantly, will you be there?
Email me back!

The week after that…

Coffee House / Talent Show
November 24th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm

Show us how talented you are by signing up and performing onstage at HSM. Any act is welcomed—use your imagination! Invite your friends as well!
Performers must come at  6:00pm to setup!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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How Aging Takes You By Surprise

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

I was a college pastor, 37 years old, when a student from the campus across the street came for an appointment. She talked out her problem and we had prayer.

As she got up to leave, she said with a warm smile, “Thanks very much for seeing me; I thought it would be good for me to talk to someone middle-aged.”

Me? Middle-aged? It was a brand new and entirely unexpected thought. I pondered it for some time after she left.

I’m not middle-aged, I thought. I am young. Not that much different from the hundreds of students I preach to every Sunday.

But the truth slowly sank in and from that time to the present, people here and there have managed to keep me conscious that the aging process is real.

For example, I was holding a church conference in Western Canada when I was in my early 60s.  Crossing the conference grounds from the lodge to the meeting place, singing to myself, I saw Maurice coming toward me.

He stopped, put his hand on my forearm, and in a most solicitous voice said something like, “At your age, you shouldn’t be walking and singing at the same time.”

On another occasion some time later my wife, Kathleen, and I were driving across Michigan on I-94. It was late afternoon and time to quit for the day, so I pulled into a motel and went inside.

I asked the usual questions: Do you have a nonsmoking room for two — preferably on the main floor? The desk clerk studied his charts and then, smiling as if he had found the right match said, “I can give you a handicapped room. Fully equipped.”

It was another jarring moment. I wondered, Do I look that infirmed?

But the coup de grace came later that summer, from the boss of a roofing crew replacing the shingles on the house next door. I asked him to look at the roof of my house and give me his opinion.

We walked together to my driveway and he stood for a few moments looking up. Then, he said pleasantly, “You won’t be around to replace those shingles.”

Many observant seniors are aware of the subtle social changes that begin to manifest themselves as age creeps on: Sales clerks seem to show diminished interest in giving service; con artists treat the aged as easy prey for their schemes; people in a group may ignore the comments of the elderly.

Growing old is not for the humorless. I’ve been collecting funny stories about aging and loss of memory for some time now. This is not politically incorrect because my stories are about me and my own age group.

One story my wife and I both enjoy is about the elderly couple driving out to meet friends for a social evening. She says to him, “Honey, you try to remember where we’re going and I’ll try to remember who we are.”

Admittedly, there is a less pleasant side to growing old. Strength begins to wane, degenerative diseases show up, creaks and aches become regular companions.

Perhaps worst of all is the subtle anxiety, always just under the surface, about what the future will hold in this high speed new world.

The Psalmist’s prayer takes on new meaning for us: “Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone” (Ps. 71:9).

In my experience, that sort of response is the right one. We can allow faith to take us by one arm and hope by the other as we walk, perhaps a little less briskly than before, down this pilgrim path.

Faith says in one ear, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you” (Rom. 8:11).

That verse doesn’t need to apply only to our future resurrection. It can also mean that even the closing years of this life can be infused with special energy from God’s Spirit.

And hope says in the other ear, “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory” (Rom. 5:2, NLT).

In the meantime, the people of God — the church — can do a wonderful thing for those in their midst who are of advanced years. It can counter today’s tendency to diminish and devalue the aged.

I think of this when I read one of my at-present favorite chapters in the Old Testament, Leviticus 19. It sets forth a summary of how God’s chosen people were to live out His holiness in community.

One verse says, “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:32).

(A version of this piece was first published in Christianity Today)

 

Photo credit: Garry Knight (via flickr.com)


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Game Show Wednesday – Threshold Jr Nov 1

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:59

 

THIS WEEK

Game Show Wednesday
+ Measure Up Pt 2

Come for an opportunity to be a game show contestant and win some prizes!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 1, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Just Dance/Dance Central – DANCE OFF!!
+ Measure Up Pt 3

We just got the newest Just Dance 2018 and we are going to see who is the best dancer at youth by putting it on the screens in the youth room!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 8, 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

 

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 November 4th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 17:05


This week…


MOVIE NIGHT/ VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENT

SATURDAY November 4th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
We have a conference for youth workers on Friday so we are moving our night to Saturday.  Come to hang out in the cage with tons of activities!

The following week…

Just Dance/Dance Central – DANCE OFF!!
Friday, November 10th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
We just got the newest Just Dance 2018 and we are going to see who is the best dancer at youth by putting it on the screens in the youth room!  We had a blast last year so you don’t want to miss this!  We continue our home-grown series called #YourStory, where you get to tell the story of what God has done in your life!

The week after that…

Uprising Conference
November 17th-18th
Price: $55 Dollars
Join us for a 2 amazing days of worship, preaching and experiencing Jesus. Hundreds of youth will be in attendance this year along with great artists and speakers, but most importantly, will you be there?
Email me back!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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Boys Must Become Good Men

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:00

Hollywood movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein, has been in the news for several weeks. It appears that he used his powerful position in the entertainment industry to abuse in unspeakable ways women striving to rise to stardom.

Close associates of Weinstein claim complete ignorance of his offenses, but a large number of women believe his abuse was widely known by them but was protected, not rebuked.

Similar scandals have erupted at Amazon, Fidelity, and NBC News, but we don’t have final information on any of these.

As the stories unfold, however, we are likely to hear counselors explain rightly that the evil conduct of these men is driven not by sexual desire but by an excessive need to dominate women in cruel and humiliating ways.

If charged, these men are likely to experience long days, even months, in court leading in some cases to jail time or other punishments.

For the offended, it will take years to achieve justice and some measure of healing. The expertise not only of lawyers, but also psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation centers, therapy groups, ministers, priests, and rabbis will be called upon. Such wounds go deep.

It seems to me that parallel to all this two questions deserve the attention of large numbers of citizens: First, when do grown men take their first steps towards character-grounded respect for womanhood? Second, What are the resources Judeo-Christian understanding provides?

First, the training for respectful conduct toward women begins unconsciously with what boys learn in early childhood — particularly what they learn from how their dad treats their mother.

But the boys’ learning is cumulative over time from a great variety of sources such as: the strength of family cohesion, what goes on at the playground; the influence of a kindergarten teacher; what their friends laugh at; what they learn in Sunday School; the friendships they develop: print media; endless television; and pornography. The influences are numerous.

Second, the primary Christian resource is the Bible and the primary classroom is the home. Genesis 1 tells us that God created everything that exists.

It is God’s world, and he is everywhere present and all-knowing. Little boys can grasp early that he sees our every thought and action. Thus, conscience is reinforced and respect for others engendered.

The recent news has been dark, and impresses upon us that we have an oncoming generation of little boys to train to show respect across gender lines.

The oft-repeated saying, Boys will be boys usually used to excuse some mischief — needs to be changed to Boys will be men — fine men — because that’s where we should be leading them.

 

Photo credit: Frank Boston (via flickr.com)


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The Size and Glamor of the Temple

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 01:48

In 2 Chronicles Solomon is building a temple to house the presence of God.  The structural dimensions and costs involved, for the era or for our time, would have been staggering. The foundation for the temple was around 90 feet long and 30 feet wide.   The entry room was 30 feet wide and 30 feet high and was covered with pure gold. The paneled main room of the Temple was made with cypress wood, which was overlaid with fine gold, and decorated with carvings of palm trees and chains.  The Temple had extra decorations of beautiful jewels.  The beams, entrances, walls, and doors throughout the Temple were overlaid with gold, and there were carved figures of cherubim on the walls.  The interior of the temple was covered with 23 tons of thin sheets of fine gold. (At today’s values of $1244 per oz.  = $1,009,258,593.28).  Gold nails were used to fasten the materials in the holy place of the temple, these weighed 20 ounces each.  You can read through the other details about the construction of the temple and the furnishings within the temple in 2 Chronicles chapters 3 – 5.

When Solomon has completed the construction, realizing the vastness and nature of God, he prays to God, “But will God really live on earth among people? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built!” (2 Chronicles 6:18 NLT)

All of this structure and expense was to prepare a place for God to dwell, yet at the same time knowing that there is nothing large enough or exquisite enough to contain or house God.  Man’s best efforts would never be good enough for the eternal, all mighty, omnipresent God. From God’s perspective the very thought that sinful humans would want to contain or meet with Him here on earth could seem outlandish.  Maybe even offensive.  Perhaps this is why the Psalmist when looking over the vastness of the heavens above said, “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you set in place what are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them?” (Psalm 8:3,4)

Yet we see in the scriptures that God actually has a desire to walk with man, to communicate, and actually dwell together.  We see this in Genesis 3 where God desires to walk in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve.  God allowed there to be a temple where He would meet with His followers in real ways.  Perhaps the expense and grandeur of the temple helped people to remember how insignificant they were in comparison to God.

In the New Testament we see that God no longer dwells within temples made by human hands.  Instead He actually chooses to live, by His Spirit, in us.  

1 Corinthians 3:16  “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

1 Corinthians 3:17  “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

2 Corinthians 6:16  “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Ephesians 2:21  “in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord”

Considering the enormous expense of a hand crafted temple, He chooses instead to dwell within His people.  Obviously you are more valuable than you think!  Being the Temple of God, the place where God dwells should affect our perspective to what God wants to do in and through us.  Take a moment to think about how rich and wonderful this is to have God actually dwelling within you.

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Tues. Oct. 31 – Rock-O-Rama

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 21:12

Halloween is almost upon us and we want to dress up and join the fun!

Rock-O-Rama
Tuesday, Oct. 31
6:15pm

Every year the church holds a Halloween alternative for the kids, and we thought we’d help out before we have our own fun. So grab a friend, come up with a costume (of a positive nature), and SIGN UP for a game to run!

Some games that are available include:
Fishers of Men
Snake Pit
Rebekah at the Well
Face Painting
Disc Slam
Gi-normous Football
Mini Golf
Feed the Monkey
Ring Ross
and more!

There are only 3 DAYS LEFT to sign up! Contact Alfie by emailing her at alfie@churchoftherock.ca. Volunteers show up between 6:15pm-6:45pm for instructions and the night ends around 8:30pm. After Rock-O-Rama finishes we’ll meet on the stage in the sanctuary for a group photo and discuss where we should go to hang out next. 

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Catchphrase – Threshold Jr Oct 25

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 21:05

 

THIS WEEK

Catch-Phrase
+ Measure Up Pt 1

How many words can you get your friends to say without saying them?
Come and win a prize!
Also we start a brand new series called Measure Up!

NOTE: The east parking lot we usually use for youth will be closed for paving

Wednesday Oct. 25, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Game Show Wednesday
+ Measure Up Pt 2

Come for an opportunity to be a game show contestant and win some prizes!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 1, 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

 

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 October 27th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:20


This week…


Catch Phrase
October 27th @ 7:11pm—10:00pm

We gather Halloween related words and see how many you can describe to your friends without saying them!  It’s on stage so the pressure is on!  Also, we start a new series called #YourStory where you get to tell your own story!

Next week…

MOVIE NIGHT/ VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENT

SATURDAY November 4th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
We have a conference for youth workers on Friday so we are moving our night to Saturday.  Come to hang out in the cage with tons of activities!

The following week…

Just Dance/Dance Central – DANCE OFF!!
Thursday, November 10th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
We just got the newest Just Dance 2018 and we are going to see who is the best dancer at youth by putting it on the screens in the youth room!  We had a blast last year so you don’t want to miss this!  We continue our home-grown series called #YourStory, where you get to tell the story of what God has done in your life!

In November…

Uprising Conference
November 17th-18th
Price: $55 Dollars
Join us for a 2 amazing days of worship, preaching and experiencing Jesus. Hundreds of youth will be in attendance this year along with great artists and speakers, but most importantly, will you be there?
Email me back!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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Here’s what’s happening this session!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:22

A huge thank you for making 40 Days of Praise an unforgettable experience! Here’s a short clip of our last session, The Dancing Fool. Can’t wait to keep praising the Lord together each session!

Lesson 5 from Lisa Zeilstra on Vimeo.

Paint Night

November 9th at 7pm
Tickets – $20 each
Covers supplies and food for the event

Tickets go On Sale this Weekend after the Sunday Services!
Or purchase them this Wednesday at Women of Worth!

Book Study Options

Our next WOW Session goes from October 25th – December 13th.
Cost for this session is $15
(covers material, coffee, and other costs associated with WOW)

Wednesday October 25th
  • 9:30 – Sign in and grab a coffee
  • 9:40am – 10:00am – Worship In Chapel
  • 10:00am – 10:20am – Intro of Study Options & Coffee/Snack Break
  • 10:20am – 11:00am – Break into Small Groups to Connect

ChaZOwn

Do you wake up each day motivated by knowing exactly why you were created?
Enter: Chazown. Hebrew for “vision,” God wants to give His for you, and this book will reveal it! Living God’s dream will rock your world and align every area of your life!

  • 10Min Videos followed by discussion with material
  • Meeting Rooms: A1 & A2

No More Perfect Kids

Love Your Kids for Who They Are. Your kids are created in God’s image, not your own. Jill Savage and Kathy Koch will guide you in truly appreciating your kids. They will teach you how to study and become an expert on your children, because you cannot fully embrace them until you truly know them. One of the best gifts we as parents can give our children is to set them free to be all that God has created them to be!

  • Short 3 min video sessions followed by book discussion
  • Meeting Room: K1

The Grave Robber

If you long to see God work in miraculous ways in the life of your church, you will love the faith-building, life-giving message found in The Grave Robber. Join pastor and bestselling author Mark Batterson on a seven-week journey as he reveals the incredible power of the seven miraculous signs of Jesus found in the Gospel of John and walks us through the very spots where Jesus chose to reveal himself through these miraculous events.

  • 15 Min Videos followed by Discussion with Participant’s Guide
  • Meeting Room: Chapel

Perfect Love

We all want to be known and loved. Though we can experience deep relationships with others, there will always be a hole in our hearts for the perfect love of Christ. How do we pursue intimacy with an invisible God?

In six powerful sessions, author and Bible teacher Lisa Harper walks women through the Song of Solomon to answer those questions and more.

  • 20min Videos followed by Discussion with material.
  • Meeting Room: K2
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Learning to Fire the Bright Spots

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:00

When I was just out of seminary and beginning to lead my first church as a full-time pastor, a retired minister, the Rev. C. P. Stewart, told me a story I have carried with me throughout my life. Here it is:

Back in the days when steam-driven locomotives pulled 100-car freight trains across this continent, a westward bound train was laboring up a pass in the Rocky Mountains.

Its pace gradually slowed until finally it came to a standstill. The fireman in the engine cab was young and found himself defeated and helpless.

Riding the caboose at the end of the train was a retired fireman. He walked the length of the long string of boxcars, climbed into the locomotive’s cab, and offered his help.

The young fireman was glad to let him take over.

The retired fireman started methodically shoveling coal into the firebox. The steam gauge began to rise and when it registered that pressure was adequate he signaled the engineer to open the throttle.

After a couple of sharp tugs the train began to move again and this time made it up the grade of the mountain pass.

Amazed, the young fireman asked his senior what he had done differently, noting that he himself had been shoveling just as hard.

As the train moved forward, gradually gaining speed, the older man opened the door of the firebox. First he pointed out a couple of clinkers — residue of burned coal — lying dead in the ashes, then pointed to places in the bed where the fire was burning brightly.

Pointing out this contrast with his long poker, he said, “If you want the train to move you have to fire the bright spots.”

Rev. Stewart was giving a young pastor a tip on how to go about leading a congregation without becoming a casualty of stalled initiatives.

Local churches are complex and lots of activities are going on at the same time – children’s programs, choir practices, committee meetings, some of which can at times be stalled by a variety of conflicting opinions.

While helping a church grow, gaining momentum and depth in ministry, Rev. Stewart intimated, one must take courage from the programs that are thriving, reporting this good news to the congregation whenever possible.

But the story fits many situations: the highly energized family, the public school classroom, the student striving to work her way through college, to name a few.

Things in life go better when one learns to fire the bright spots.

Photo credit: Thomas’s Pics (via flickr.com)


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Oh Cannabis

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:29

When I was growing up in the 60’s, drug use, especially pot, was very common place. Everybody knew someone they could get some weed from if they wanted. Our high school was pretty clearly split between the ‘burnouts’ (pot smokers) and the “boozers” (underage drinkers). I never had much interest in the burnouts because they were so incredibly boring. They sat around in someones’s basement listening to Pink Floyd while getting baked. Every once in a while someone would say “Whoa… dude that David Gilmore is amazing”. That would be pretty much the most exciting moment of the night. The boozers on the other hand started out getting drunk in someones’s basement and then went out and did dangerous and stupid things. It was all fun and games until someone died a violent and gruesome death. Which actually did happen… but that is a blog for another day. If the boozers were losers, the burnouts were even bigger losers. Their grades were poor, they didn’t do sports, and they lacked motivation of any sort.

Before Justin Trudeau was elected Prime Minister, his party stated that they thought it would be an awesome idea to legalize marijuana. On the campaign trail Trudeau repeated the promise even (especially) when speaking to high school students. One of their stated reasons was to ‘protect young people’. But if you read the policy statement, the intention is not to stop them from smoking pot, but from getting a criminal record when they do. “Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug.”  So we should not be surprised that the government’s new legislation for legalizing pot, Bill C45, provides a provision for children ages 12-17 to possess up to 5 grams of dried marijuana (Section 8(1)(c)). For reference, this would be enough for 10 average sized joints and to ensure that Little Johnny could remain stoned for the entire school day and have enough left over for some buzzed video gaming in the evening. Yes, I know that it will be illegal to sell marijuana to a minor, but if they are permitted to possess it, they will have no trouble procuring it.

I am tired of hearing the refrain that pot is a harmless recreation drug, and that it is safer than alcohol. Wow, what a ringing endorsement! The deleterious effects of pot on youth is no longer in question. It has been widely studied and the conclusions are always the same. Teens that smoke pot regularly suffer from brain defects and demonstrate cognitive impairment on a multitude of levels.  Here are some of the stats.

  • 60% less likely to finish High School than peers.
  • 18 times greater chance of becoming cannabis dependent.
  • 8 times more likely to use other illicit drugs in adulthood
  • 7 times more likely to attempt suicide
  • 6 % lower IQ scores

The intellectual deficits are minor compared to the emotional ones.

Speaking to the Saskatchewan Leader Post, Rand Teed a Canadian drug and alcohol educator and certified addictions counselor, explains the problem. He says marijuana use has permanent negative effects on youth brain development, particularly for emotional and social development. It causes young people to have problems learning how to manage their emotions, which makes them depend on drug use to help. “The perception is that we feel better, but the actuality is that we feel less,” Teed said.  He continued by stating that marijuana can affect how youth learn to handle life. By starting to smoke weed at the age of 12 or 13, it can make kids lose out on learning conflict management skills.“By the time you’re 17 or 18, you’re still stuck with the emotional tool kit of a 13 or 14-year-old and so everything seems to be more complicated, more stressful, more difficult.”  If this is what the science is telling us, it poses the big question: What good reason could there be to have an emerging generation jacked up on legally supplied government pot?

I can not help but think of Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World.

When Huxley wrote BNW in 1934 he feared a future in which we would be controlled by those who let us have whatever we want. By contrast, fifteen years later George Orwell wrote 1984, in it he feared a dystopian future where the world would be controlled by those who would deprive us of pleasure and inflict pain on the population. There are certainly places in the world where an omnipotent leader rules with an iron fist, tightly regulating what his citizens can and cannot do.  Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea come to mind. And interestingly, Orwell’s 1984 shot up on Amazon’s bestseller list immediately after the last US election. Not sure what that was about? Orwell feared that what we dread will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us. But the West today looks far more like Huxley’s version of the future than Orwell’s.

In 1949 after the release of Orwell’s 1984, Huxley sent him a letter thanking him for sending him a copy of the book. You see Huxley was Orwell’s former French teacher from years earlier at Eton College. After genuine congratulations on a well written novel, he continued that he really didn’t think all that “flogging and kicking them into obedience” was necessary to subdue a population. He believed his own book offered a more plausible version of the future, as all that was needed was to lead people into “loving their servitude”. The totalitarian rulers in Huxley’s book do this not by oppressing their citizens, but by giving them exactly what they want, or what they think they want —  the proverbial sex and drugs and rock ’n’ roll thus lulling them into a perpetual state of complacency. The World State (government) in BNW always made sure there was an abundant supply of a drug called Soma. It was a feel good drug that had “all the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.” The author argues that it was the best tool the government had for controlling its population. It sedates, calms, and most importantly distracts a person from realizing that there’s actually something very, very wrong—namely, that the citizens of the World State are enslaved.

Bill C45 makes one wonder if anyone at the top has ever read BNW. Or worse yet, that they have! Although Justin Trudeau may come across to some as the dopey metrosexual, he claims he is a voracious reader; “I am a massive reader, have been all my life, I read anything, and everything, in huge quantities. These days most of what I read are scholarly policy works and briefing papers, so listing my favourite fiction is really tough.” Are we being fooled by the smiling gladhander who is out and about putting to good use the considerable skill set that he gained as a former snowboard instructor and part time drama teacher? Just for the record, I do not think so! I am sure he feels they are genuinely trying to build a freer Canada where people can do what they want as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody else – which is the cornerstone belief of the secular humanistic worldview that both he, and his father before him, embrace.

Nevertheless I cannot think of a more misguided idea than to legalize pot in a time when people have already become profoundly complacent about the true freedoms that people before us fought so hard to secure. I loathe to think that we are heading towards a future where a doped up population will just bump through life indifferent to the fact that everyday they are becoming greater slaves to recreational drugs and, by consequence, an increasingly more powerful state.

Oh Canada?  Oh Cannabis, Oh my!

 

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Women of Worth

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:10

This is it!  The last session of 40 Days of Praise and the lesson is “The Dancing Fool” so get ready to get your Praise on!

After 40 Days of Praise…

Our next Session for Women of Worth Begins October 25, 2017, so watch for specific books options and more information in a newsletter by October 23. Books will be available for purchase the morning of Oct 25 during Women of Worth.

Women’s Ministry Presents Another Paint Night!

Join us November 9th at 7pm at Church of the Rock Winnipeg South Campus. Tickets are only $20 each, which covers the cost of all supplies and food for the evening! Purchase your ticket this Sunday after the services or at WOW on October 25th after the 40 Days of Praise Campaign.

 

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High School Ministry Weekly October 20th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:54


This week…


U-Puttz Thrill Zone
October 20th @ 6:45pm – 10:00pm
COST : 17 Dollars
Time to head out to one of the most entertaining places to be in Winnipeg with HSM youth group!  The price includes UNLIMITED sessions with Laser Tag, Mini Golf and Bumper Cars.  It’s something you’ll definitely want to bring all your friends to!
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Next week…

Catch Phrase
October 27th @ 7:11pm—10:00pm

We gather Halloween related words and see how many you can describe to your friends without saying them!  It’s on stage so the pressure is on!  Also, we start a new series called #YourStory where you get to tell your own story!

The following week…

MOVIE NIGHT/ VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENT

SATURDAY November 4th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
We have a conference for youth workers on Friday so we are moving our night to Saturday.  Come to hang out in the cage with tons of activities!

In November…

Uprising Conference
November 17th-18th
Price: $55 Dollars
Join us for a 2 amazing days of worship, preaching and experiencing Jesus. Hundreds of youth will be in attendance this year along with great artists and speakers, but most importantly, will you be there?
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