February 10, 2021
Communication is Key!
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We're heating up your Inbox! Sometimes it feels overwhelming to receive all our communication electronically, and we appreciate your patience and attention. This week, Pastor Ken sent an update "State of the Church." If you missed it, you can read it here. More communication regarding finances/stewardship and pandemic updates will be coming your way soon. To provide feedback or ask questions, feel free to click 'reply' or email Ken anytime.
This Week Online
Wednesday (2/10): Connections Count on Zoom at 7:00 pm
This mid-week opportunity to listen and share is a highlight for many who participate. We share celebrations and prayer requests; we listen and hold space for one another. Everyone is welcome for this time of connection. Click here at 7:00 to participate.

Friday (2/12): Yoga Nidra
Look for yoga nidra, a relaxing guided meditation time, live on the Shadow Rock Facebook page. No stretchy pretzels! This is not an experience involving yoga poses. Just grab a mat or blanket and wear something cozy.

Monday (2/15): Small Group Ministry
Our small group ministry for Season of Nonviolence 2021 is a beginner-level exploration of compassionate communication (sometimes called non-violent communication). This week, we'll be reviewing our experiences with compassionate communication and looking toward the weeks of Lent. Click here on Monday at 7:00 pm to join.

Sunday, February 14
10:00 am Adult Spiritual Formation is on Zoom. Start your Sunday with the link in the worship email. It's the last Sunday before the season of Lent, a 6-week time of reflection and preparation leading to Easter. This Sunday is our last week with Three Things. We are trying some quick response writing and sharing around mindfulness and gratitude. Expect a welcoming and lively conversation!

11:00 am Worship continues virtually on Zoom until gathering in person is safe for everyone. Did you miss special guest preacher Andrew Ponder Williams from UCC@ASU last week? Catch his sermon here. Worship is "what we do" together, celebrating and affirming our community and our symbolic life together. This week's worship theme is 'Witness to Wonders.' No matter how we gather, all are welcome.
More to Explore
One place to start our work in anti-racism is with self-reflection. We come to an understanding that the effects of our behavior are more important than our good intentions! This is difficult work that often challenges our self-perceptions. One tool to spend time with is Harvard University's Project Implicit, an online Implicit Association Test. If you use this resource and find it helpful, or if you have favorite articles to share, please email Karen.
We're sad to share the news of Jan Gerencser's death this past week. Please keep Jack and their extended families in your thoughts and prayers this week. Jan was a wonderful person and an avid learner. She'll be missed so much. Cards and notes of support can be sent to Jack at 3621 West Belmont Avenue, Phoenix 85051.
We're using our community resources to support community health!

Our next blood drive will be Sunday, February 28. Red Cross Blood Services will be in Smith Hall from 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Appointments are required; also required are masks and picture ID. To get an appointment, please call 800-RED-CROSS (1800-733-2767) or visit and use the sponsor code shadowrock.
Our Lenten Offering this year will support the elimination of medical debt. Organized through the UCC Southwest Conference, this appeal will allow donors to supercharge their generosity because each $1 cancels $100 of debt! See updates on the RIP Medical Debt campaign on the Conference website.

Lent begins February 17. This offering will provide real relief to families and individuals whose medical debt has become a huge burden.
NEW! Free assistance with tax filing for 2020 is available at Shadow Rock through AARP. Appointments begin February 25 and continue through mid-April (first just on Thursdays, then on Thursdays and Fridays). Hours are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. We're so pleased to be able to use our campus in ways that benefit our community. To make an appointment, visit or call 480-463-4912 or 623-252-1567.
The Season of Nonviolence is a stretch of time between the assassination dates of Mahatma Gandhi (January 30) and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King (April 4). Season of Nonviolence overlaps Lent and Journey of the Spirit, so we're taking an opportunity to coordinate worship, small groups, sermon series, and spiritual formation to reflect our core value of justice.

Our Choose-Your-Own Adventure study is almost here!
Our 2021 Lenten study will be a Choose-Your-Own Adventure Journey of the Spirit with Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Monday evening options. Lent begins next week, so stay tuned. Don't feel like waiting? For more information or ways to get involved, please email Karen.
Reminders While the Campus is Closed
  • The United States Postal Service is experiencing service delays due to the pandemic. If you are sending mail that needs special attention, please contact Heidi.
  • 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 support of the Shadow Rock General Fund is more important than ever. If you have questions about giving electronically, please reach out to Heidi. You can give to the General Fund (also to special offerings, Pastor's Charitable Fund or Facilities Improvement Fund) by clicking the yellow donate button below.

Did you know? You can find previous weeks' worship emails, Rock the Weeks that you might have missed, and COVID data tracking by going to our website and clicking "News" at the top of the page.
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