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Tickets For Our 50th Anniversary Dinner Are Available!

There are many wonderful things about our dinner gathering Sept. 23rd. Celebrate who we are! Reconnect to each other, our vision, and our mission. Our celebration is also supporting a great community partner. One Step Beyond is catering our dinner. Read more about them using the link.



Picture: Our friend Vaughn Hillyard is a national political correspondent for NBC and MSNBC. We are proud to claim him as one who grew up in our congregation. He is our speaker for the dinner. Below is his bio.

Vaughn Hillyard, a national correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, was raised a son of Shadow Rock Church. For nearly three decades, he has remained close to the Shadow Rock faith community. Vaughn first began attending the church while at Shadow Rock Preschool, where he was a Butterfly and a Rainbow. He sang for years as a Gemstone, took part in Wednesday Express, Alternative Rocks, and Marketplace, was (and will forever be) an Earthling, an enthusiastic youth group participant, and a church camper. In his decade at NBC News based out of Washington, D.C., and New York, Vaughn has reported on human, policy, and political stories in all 50 states. He is currently covering the 2024 presidential election.

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,

you are welcome here!

This Sunday at Shadow Rock

A big mid-week HOWDY, Shadow Rock Family! Even though the Valley temperatures are still 100+, we're staying cool and feeling good on Sunday mornings. Here's what to expect this week:

9:00 am

  • Spiritual Formation for Adults in the Multi-purpose Room. Topic is communion and baptism. Do these rituals mean anything to anyone, anymore?
  • Childcare is in the Blue Room, 9-11:30 am.
  • Spiritual Formation for Children is in the Red Room, 9-10 am.

10:15 am

Worship in the Sanctuary

11:15 am

Sermon Reboot this Sunday, 9/3.

Developing A New Program for Children's Spirituality

Dr. Cindy Hoard is helping us develop a ministry focused on the spirituality of children. She is a charter member of Shadow Rock and she is putting together a team and the board is discerning the best way to equip them. Here is a little background about Dr. Cindy.

She is a retired child psychologist and former special education teacher who has worked primarily with children from birth to age six and their families in a variety of settings and cultures. She has worked with Head Start and Early Intervention Programs for over 20 years, truly her passion. She has had an amazing variety of experiences and has continued to learn from and with the children and families she has served.


Cindy integrates aspects of formal religion, world religions, meditation, spirituality and mindfulness as integral to all facets of her life. Daily practices are essential to the maintenance of her calm and peacefulness.


Cindy enjoys a variety of creative projects such as quilts, cooking, needlework, making cards with dried flowers and multimedia pieces of art. She enjoys music, singing, and playing the flute and loves personal retreats in rich natural settings.

Disaster Relief for Maui

Many of you have been asking how we can help with disaster relief for Maui. Here is a link to support the UCC relief efforts. Thank you!

Call to Artists for Shadow Rock UCC’s Golden Celebration Art Show Opening & Sale

Shadow Rock United Church of Christ is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a Golden Celebration of Community Art Show & Sale. This art show will feature artists from the Southwest, and many of whom share a connection with Shadow Rock UCC and the Moon Valley area. If you are an artist and would like to participate in our art show, please use the link below for more information and to sign up.

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Shadow Rock WISE Team News

The WISE Team will be focused on two things over the next few months.

  • Book Study of Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family, and Church written by Sarah Griffin Lund.
  • Participating in the NAMI Walk on Saturday, October 21st. For more information go to


or contact our own Liz Curry at

[email protected]

More Art Show Asks:

Call for Martini Glasses

Monet Davis hosted one of our most popular Pick-a-Parties. It involved martinis and a souvenir martini glass. She is asking to borrow your souvenir glass to create a sculpture for the art show in November. If you will let her borrow your glass for a short time it would be a great help. Contact Monet at [email protected].


From time to time we will introduce you to members of Shadow Rock's governing board. We thank them for their service!

Tom Mehlert

Brenda and I were married here at Shadow Rock 3/22/97. We joined “shortly “ after. We both grew up in Iowa, however met here in Arizona. Daughter Isabelle is married to Enrique with our granddaughters, Frances and Molly reside in Portland, Oregon.

I started my career in technical education in 1986. I have been the Executive Director of AZStRUT which stands for Arizona students recycling used technology, started in 1997 by Intel and Motorola. They wanted to get their used equipment out to Arizona schools and nonprofits they thought could benefit from them. For more information,

Barbara Zaborowski

My family has been coming to Shadow Rock since about 1985, thanks to my daughter's curiosity about who used the campus when preschool was over. I taught in our preschool for 31 years and, since I retired in 2018, find myself still involved with both the preschool and various elementary schools as a volunteer. Once a year my husband Roy and I go somewhere in the country to work on building homes for Habitat for Humanity with our Blitz Home Builders group. I have been chair of the youth team, as well as a member of various other teams, and especially enjoyed being a part of the Sunday School planning committee.

Last week when presenting Peter Johnston as one of our governing board members the editorial staff of Rock the Week made a mistake and we want to make a correction. The picture on your right is the correct current picture. The picture on the left was obviously a mistake as that is Peter's high school picture. Thank you, Peter, for your grace!