June 3, 2020
Check Out Our New Look!
Welcome to our new version of Rock the Week! We realized it was time to refresh and revitalize our weekly newsletter, and also make it fit our current online community. Got suggestions for how we can better communicate or connect during this unprecedented time? Please email Abeth your ideas and suggestions!
This Week Online
Wednesday (6/3): Connections Count on Zoom at 7:00 p.m.
A combination of celebrations and prayer requests, plus a chance to connect with our Shadow Rock family. Click here at 7:00 to participate.

Thursday (6/4): Spirituality Thursday on our Facebook page
A weekly video highlighting a different spiritual practice or concept. This week, Spirituality Thursday is 'praying the examen.' The examen is a meditation style to review your day (or some other period of time) that includes gratitude and mindfulness.

Friday (6/5): Yoga Nidra on Facebook at 9:00 a.m.
Yoga Nidra will be pre-recorded for this week and available on the SR Facebook page on Friday morning around 9. The theme is embracing growth and renewal.

Sunday, June 7
Virtual Worship is delivered to your inbox first thing in the morning. This Sunday we finish our series on the Essential Functions of the Church. We come full circle and ask what are our priorities and what is our future in light of the essential functions of teaching, breaking of bread, fellowship and prayer. The pandemic and civil unrest expose the fault lines of our destiny.
It's the first Sunday of the month, so join us on Zoom for communion at 11:00 a.m. Bring the bread and juice of your choice and come together as a church family to share this ritual.
We'll be staying on Zoom after communion for fellowship and virtual Coffee Chat. We will NOT be switching over to Facebook Live.

Faith Formation is a continuation of last week's discussion on pastoral care basics, with the focus on the pastoral care skill of listening. We had a phenomenal conversation last week, and we hope you'll join us this Sunday! To participate in faith formation, click the zoom meeting link at 10:30 a.m. in Sunday's worship email. We'll talk until it's time for communion at 11:00.
More to Explore
Strengthen the Church (STC) is a special mission offering to reimagine and build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches. We will take up this special offering during our virtual worship on June 7th. Learn more about STC by clicking here .
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Pastor Ken has written a letter to the congregation about recent events across our nation. Please take the time to read it and ponder our next steps as a community of faith, and as a nation. You can read the letter here.
Focus On....
Each week we'll be spotlighting an organization or site that's worth looking into. If you would like to suggest a future group to feature, please contact Abeth .

Volunteer Match connects individuals with volunteer needs in their communities. With the current pandemic, they have several "virtual" volunteering opportunities, such as ESL tutoring, grant writing, technology support, and more. If you are able to give your time and share your expertise, you may consider checking out their listings!
Reminders While We're Closed
  • Our mail service is on hold and being picked up more sporadically. If you have important mail that needs our attention, please contact Heidi and she will give you an alternate address so we can receive it quicker.
  • If you need any assistance securing groceries, medicine or toiletries, please contact us via email. We want to do our best to make sure everyone is safe and well.
  • One of the most important things we can do for each other during this time of isolation and distance is to keep in touch. We're a very social church family, and it's hard to be apart from one another! Try to take time every day or two to call, text, or email one of your Shadow Rock friends. 
Supporting Shadow Rock
Thank you for your love and support of Shadow Rock! Your financial support and donations are more important than ever as we go through this unprecedented time of uncertainty. If you have questions about giving electronically, please reach out to Heidi and she'll be happy to help! You can also give to our Pastor's Charitable Fund or Facilities Improvement Fund by clicking the yellow donate button below.

Miss a week? You can find previous Virtual Worship services as well as older editions of Rock the Week by going to our website and clicking "News" at the top of the page.
Rock the Week is published each Wednesday, and covers the upcoming week and future special events. To submit content for Rock the Week, please email [email protected] no later than noon on Monday. We welcome all comments, criticisms, concerns, critiques, and compliments at the same address.