ROCK THE WEEK
24 March 2021
~Easter Happenings and More~
We're OPEN!

Shadow Rock Preschool opened their doors (many doors, for the sake of safety!) this Monday, bringing much joy and excitement to families in our community. Welcome back, teachers, parents, and students!

The church staff is also back in the office. You can expect a staff member (at least one) Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. While we can be really proud of our pivot to online worship and remotely working staff, we are thrilled to be back on campus!
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It's time to make a reservation to attend services in-person on Easter morning! PLEASE use the form rather than a personal email. We are relying on the automatically generated attendance tally for contact tracing and setting up for social distancing. Reservations will continue to be part of our routine for services after Easter. We will have three services Easter Sunday:
  • 7:00 am in the Festival Garden
  • 9:00 am in the Sanctuary, also streamed to YouTube
  • 11:00 am in the Sanctuary, available on YouTube and Zoom

Let's all be prepared for safety: make a reservation, wear a mask, observe social distancing. We're also prepared for hospitality. Because the Rocket (our cute golf cart that helps people from their vehicle to the Sanctuary) is being repaired, volunteers are available with wheelchairs and even a valet parking service by the elevator. Questions about in-person worship for Easter and beyond? Just click reply to this email to connect with the staff.

One final bit of Easter news: our campus partner St. Teresa of Avila Ecumenical Catholic Community will have Holy Week services as follows: Maundy Thursday at 6:30 pm, Good Friday at 6:15 pm, and Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) at 6:30 pm. Rev. Kate and the STA congregation invite your participation!
This Week Online
Wednesday (3/24): Connections Count on Zoom at 7:00 pm
On Wednesdays, we pray! Connections Count has been part of our week since Summer 2020 and it's been a blessing to so many. Bring your whole self: celebrations and prayer requests. Click here at 7:00 to participate.

Thursday (3/25): Season of Nonviolence / Spirituality Thursday
A clever nonviolent maneuver from Jesus and a favorite Holy Week story - this is our topic for Spirituality Thursday this week, live on the Shadow Rock Facebook page. Catch this short scripture talk live or tune in later to watch the recording.

Mondays: Small Groups, re-starting April 5 at 7:00 pm
Small Group Ministry will start fresh on April 5. After Easter, we'll be on Zoom Monday evenings for an exploration of Easter stories, Easter appearances, and Easter creativity. What does resurrection art from different parts of the world tell us about how our spiritual ancestors understood Easter? What does our own creativity tell us about ourselves? Planning to participate? Get a reminder and a fresh Zoom link by emailing Karen.

Sunday, March 28
10:00 am Adult Spiritual Formation is on Zoom. Start your Sunday with the link in the worship email. This Sunday is the wrap-up of our Lenten Journey of the Spirit study, 'Season of Nonviolence.' We'll celebrate by looking at interesting and playful nonviolent direct actions from the past. 10 o'clock is a good time for listening and exploration. All are welcome!

11:00 am Worship is on Zoom.
We're hopeful that this Palm Sunday service is our last entirely online gathering. We won't have a procession of palm branches, but we can get silly with some crafty fun. Color and cut out this palm frond and get ready to wave it in the Zoom gallery. No matter how we gather, we extend a welcome to everyone.
Learn and Explore
We're using Rock the Week to share anti-racism resources as our congregation continues work to de-center whiteness and reckon with our nation's history of white supremacy and colonialism. What if you're interested in racial conciliation but want to read fiction? Try the works of Octavia Butler or Ursula K. LeGuin. Filling our reading lists with a wider range of authors and thinkers helps us grow our capacity for compassion.
The Phoenix Welcome Center continues to meet the needs of asylum seekers and refugees. You can help by keeping the clothing room at the Welcome Center well-stocked! Particularly needed at this time are men’s jeans and sweatpants, men’s t-shirts (small), women’s leggings or stretch pants, shoes and flip-flops, men’s underwear, women’s socks, hoodies and jackets, towels, and backpacks. You're invited to email Pastor Ken if you have items to donate and arrange to meet in the church parking lot. Easy peasy!
It's that time of year! The Southwest Conference United Church of Christ is preparing for the 2021 Annual Meeting. Shadow Rock is in covenant with the Southwest Conference and with the national setting of the UCC. Stay tuned for links to watch worship (Friday, April 23 is our own Rev. Liana Rowe preaching) and workshops. We're grateful for connections and partnerships and for board members who are serving as our delegates this year!
Shadow Rock's 2021 Lenten Offering is directed to RIP Medical Debt. Our offering at Shadow Rock will join gifts from other Southwest Conference churches and the Conference Executive Board to provide local debt relief within our conference's geography: Arizona, New Mexico, El Paso TX, and the Navajo Nation. Make your gift securely online here or write Lent Offering/RIP Medical Debt on the memo line of your check.
Supporting Shadow Rock
Thank you for your love and support of Shadow Rock! The Shadow Rock General Fund makes our ministry possible. If you have questions about giving electronically, contact Heidi. You can give to the General Fund and to special offerings by clicking the yellow donate button below.
Rock the Week is published each Wednesday, and covers the upcoming week and future special events. To submit content or offer comments, please email karen@shadowrockucc.org.