December 30, 2020
Happy New Year from Shadow Rock
Welcome to this special edition of Rock the Week. This is a "digital care package" put together by Abeth and Karen. It has links to fun corners of the Internet in a "take what you need" format. As 2020 winds to a close, we hope this brings you a small piece of whatever it is you're looking for.
Your regular edition of Rock the Week resumes next Wednesday, January 6th.
If you are looking for coziness....
A Winter Poem Collection from the Poetry Foundation
If you are looking for a challenge....
Sporcle's "Name the Countries of the World" quiz
If you are looking for peace....
Doane Choir Alumni singing "Precious Lord"
If you are looking for a snack....
Baked almond butter banana
If you are looking to get it together....
9 Lesser-Known Tips for Getting and Staying Organized
If you are looking for a laugh....
"I've Decided to Marry You" from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
If you are looking for something new to read....
Thousands of digital and physical offerings from the public library
If you are looking for creative inspiration....
Virtual Art Installation from the UofA: "Picturing 2020"
If you are looking to the future....
Future tech "Skyhook" video from Kurzgesat
Other Seasonal Reminders
important date
Mark your calendars for these important events coming in 2021:

Electronics Recycling January 8, 9, and 10
Bring your old equipment to Shadow Rock between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day as we partner with AZStrut to refurbish and recycle it.

Community Blood Drive Sunday, January 10
Taking place in Smith Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and all CDC and AZDHS guidelines for safety will be followed.

NEW! Watch Night
Thursday, 12/31 at 11:00 p.m.
Communities of faith and conscience have gathered on the eve of a new year for centuries. During the Civil War, this service accumulated new meanings as enslaved persons worshipped in anticipation of the Emancipation Proclamation. Watch Night, or Freedom's Eve, has been a cornerstone of the worship calendar for African American churches ever since. This year, we too will celebrate this history and the call to freedom that is central to God's Kin-dom. Join us as we begin again in hope and gratitude.
Year End Giving Information: Please remember contributions must be in the church office or postmarked by 12/31/20 to be included for 2020 tax records. If this applies to you, feel free to either mail in your contributions or complete them online using our new giving portal! (Please make sure they are labeled or marked "year-end giving.") Thank you for contributing in so many ways to Shadow Rock.
This year, we asked congregants to celebrate loved ones with a virtual poinsettia as we are not decorating our sanctuary in our usual way. You can find the list of those families by clicking the blue button below.
The holidays are usually a joyous time, but for some, it can be a difficult and troubled season. Southwest Conference Lay Minister for Disability Education, Advocacy, and Awareness Michael Curry has put together a document that might help. These resources for mental health range from general to specific niche groups, and are all free to use. Please reach out!
thank you blue flowers
A special thank you to all the volunteers who have made this unique advent and Christmas season happen. We want to recognize all those who helped with the tree display, Bryan Baca for putting together the choir compilation video, the Botticelli Family for helping with the luminarias, and the safety team for working hard to make the Christmas Eve drive-through experience happen.
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 blue 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.