September 2, 2020
Who Was That Masked Man?
Unlike the Lone Ranger, these Shadow Rockers work together! Our thanks to Gene, Roy, Greg and Joe for coming up to the campus last Saturday and helping repair some irrigation and plumbing issues. Our volunteers are the best!
This Week Online
Wednesday (9/2): 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 (9/3): Spirituality Thursday on our Facebook page
A weekly video highlighting a different spiritual practice or concept. This week, we begin talking about our favorite Psalms!

Friday (9/4): 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.

Small Group Ministry on Zoom
Small groups return on September 14th. See below for details about the new offerings!

Sunday, September 6
Virtual Worship is delivered to your inbox first thing in the morning. The message for this Sunday will extend our discussion on spirituality. This discussion will include a message via Zoom at 11 a.m., breakout groups and then regather as a large group to summarize our discussion. We hope you will add to the experience of becoming and belonging by participating.

Faith Formation is at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. You'll find the link in Sunday's worship email. This week, we continue with: Worship for God's People. When we say “that was a great Sunday,” what do we mean? Click here for an updated flier with all of our fall Faith Formation Topics.
More to Explore
There will be a virtual memorial service for Shepherd of the Hills Pastor Emeritus Rev. Dr. Donald Heinrich (August 18, 1922 - July 18, 2020). It will take place on Thursday, September 3rd at 3:00 p.m. on Shepherd of the Hills' website:

In addition to serving at Shepherd of the Hills, Rev. Heinrich also served as the interim pastor at Shadow Rock for a period in the early 90's. We remember fondly his love of Peanuts cartoons and the clever ways he found to work them into his sermons.
Thanks to everyone who responded to last week's survey about reopening. After reviewing the results with our staff and safety committee, our plan moving forward has shifted slightly. We are looking at waiting until October 4th (Worldwide Communion Sunday) before resuming any kind of in-person experiences. We also are shifting the location of these experiences from Smith Hall up to the sanctuary. We will continue to offer virtual worship throughout the fall. This is an ongoing conversation and we always value your thoughts and ideas. Please contact Pastor Ken via email if you have questions about this process.
Our church staff is starting to resume office hours on campus. Not all staff members will be onsite, and those that are keep very limited hours. The church office is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you come by at those times, you will need to wear a mask at all times and use the hand sanitizer by the front door. We're taking "baby steps" to resume normal operation and need your help in following safety procedures.
Our July/August small groups were fun and encouraging! After a short hiatus, we'll be starting again: Mondays at 6:55 pm on Zoom, beginning on September 14. Our new topics (alternating weeks) are...
  • Our Whole Lives Bookclub (18+) "this is how it always is" by Laurie Frankel - a family-centered novel exploring gender and peaceful parenting
  • Creativity Challenge - respond to a prompt by creating something with items in your home; no art experience needed
Get the Zoom link or get your questions answered with a quick email to Karen. All are welcome to participate!
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.

In 2019, Halo Animal Rescue found homes for nearly 4500 pets! In addition to adoption events, Halo also helps new owners with pet care education and sterilization services. They are always looking for cash donations, as well as new or gently used pet supplies.
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.