August 12, 2020
Spirituality Thursdays Are Back!
Our Facebook page is home to Spirituality Thursdays. This video series, led by Karen Richter, explores different spiritual practices or disciplines each week. They're a great way to explore something new, or dive deeper into a practice you are already familiar with. Just visit our Facebook page and click "videos" to find them! Here's the schedule of topics for this fall:

August 13: mindful eating on Facebook Live
August 20: process theology in the campfires - instead of stumbling upon a clearing called Shadow Rock, can we imagine that the Spirit has led us there? Was some part of our soul responding?
August 27: creativity

September monthly theme: favorite Psalms
October monthly theme: outdoors 
November monthly theme: gratitude for the church 
December monthly theme leaning in
This Week Online
Wednesday (8/12): 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 (8/13): Spirituality Thursday on our Facebook page
A weekly video highlighting a different spiritual practice or concept. This week, look for a discussion of mindful eating on Facebook Live.

Friday (8/14): Yoga Nidra on Facebook at 10:00 a.m.
Yoga Nidra will be on Facebook Live this week at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to participate.

Monday (8/17): Small Group Ministry on Zoom at 6:55 p.m.
Small groups continue through August, alternating between discussions of popular culture and anti-racism. Next Monday is anti-racism. Contact Karen if there is a topic of interest you'd like to explore in a small group format in the future.

Sunday, August 16
Virtual Worship is delivered to your inbox first thing in the morning. Pastor Ken will be giving a short message LIVE at the 11:00 a.m. Coffee Chat time. It is a distraction to think of Justice as an abstract idea. It is simplistic to limit ourselves to think of justice as fairness and a feeling. Justice is concrete and local. Justice begins at home. This is our message for Sunday. Also at the 11:00 hour, our Virtual Welcome Back Potluck! See below for details.

Faith Formation is at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. You'll find the link in Sunday's worship email. This week, we're continuing to explore the iceberg model of culture with a look at white supremacy culture and its commonalities with American culture.
More to Explore
Faith Formation has returned. We're excited for our new offerings this fall! All are welcome to join us online at 10:00 a.m. for great discussion and connection. You'll find the link in each Sunday's Worship email, delivered right to your inbox.

For a peek ahead at Faith Formation topics for the fall, click here.
This Sunday the 16th, we will have a virtual potluck! Come to virtual Coffee Chat at 11:00 a.m. and bring a plate of food and a drink. We'll enjoy food and fellowship together, through Zoom. Between now and the 16th we are collecting church potluck recipes. You can email Karen a recipe that is a family favorite or share one for silly fun.
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Our church is led by our amazing board. These volunteers meet monthly to discuss the official business of the church, from nitty-gritty policy to grand visions of the future. Due to some recent transitions on the board, there are a couple of seats open for this 2020-2021 year. If you would like to learn more about this important way to serve at Shadow Rock, please contact Board President Nanci Campbell, or Past President Liz Curry.
Thanks to all who responded to our recent Census. We're working our way through the 120+ responses, double checking our information and updating our databases. If you did not fill out the census, the form is now closed, so you will be unable to do so. You will likely be getting a call in the next month or two from one of our volunteers to confirm your information. We appreciate your help!
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.

ICM has been serving the Valley since 1983 with food, clothing, toiletries, diapers, and more! They believe that with every meal, every item of clothing and every time they teach a class, they’re giving hope and dignity back to the working poor in Phoenix. They always need donations and volunteers. See their website for details.
Reminders While the Campus is 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 no later than noon on Monday. We welcome all comments, criticisms, concerns, critiques, and compliments at the same address.