November 11, 2020
Honoring Veterans
Today is Veteran's Day, and Shadow Rock honors all those who have served or who have family members who have served. Whether Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Army, or Coast Guard, we thank our Veterans for their service.

Poppies were adopted by the National American Legion as their official flower of remembrance 100 years ago, in 1920. This was due to their prominence in the World War One poem "In Flanders Fields."
This Week Online
Wednesday (11/11): 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 (11/12): Spirituality Thursday on our Facebook page
A weekly video highlighting a different spiritual practice or concept. In November, we'll jump on the gratitude bandwagon with a whole month of gratitude for the church. We'll get started tomorrow by being grateful for people who helped our understanding of spirituality mature - teachers, mentors, and all our shepherds.

Monday (11/16): Small Group Ministry on Zoom at 6:55 p.m.
Monday Small Groups return next week, November 16 and continue on Monday evenings through December 7. We know holiday celebrations will be different this year (duh!) but how will we respond. Group discussions and mutual support will help us cultivate mindful curiosity about our 2020 holiday season. Email Karen to get the Zoom link!

Sunday, November 15
Virtual Worship is delivered to your inbox first thing in the morning.
Due to increasing positive COVID test results in our local area, we have returned to a Zoom-only worship experience. Click the Zoom link at 11:00 am in the worship email for music, prayer, sermon with discussion, and celebrations! This Sunday, we continue our emphasis on "ultimate" stewardship: our prayerful caretaking and consideration of one another.

Adult Spiritual Formation is at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. The link is in the worship email. November's topic is creative prayer practices, which this week is focused on service to others as a prayerful experience. Spiritual formation is a time to connect our values to our experiences. Conversations are warm and encouraging, and all are welcome.
More to Explore
The 2021 Stewardship Campaign is underway. If you missed the introduction letter last week, you can find it by clicking here. Because of our campus closure, please consider filling out your Estimate of Giving Card electronically this year. Thank you for coming on this journey "Together."
Shadow Rock will be hosting a free flu shot clinic on Monday, November 16th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is free, but if you have insurance, please remember to bring your card. It will speed things up if your consent forms are filled out ahead of time - you can find them here in English and Spanish.
Please note, there will be NO Facilities Work Day this Saturday, November 14th. We're grateful for our volunteers who keep our campus beautiful and running, even when we aren't there! If you want to learn more about being a part of the Facilities Team and helping out with special projects as they come up, please contact Roy Zaborowski.
The annual Turkey Trot is coming! Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 15th. The Desert Mission truck will be on campus to safely accept your donations of turkeys, canned sides, or cash donations from 9:00 a.m. until noon. You can also mail your donation to the church or contact Heidi to donate online. Just be sure to indicate "Desert Mission Turkey Trot" on your check or e-giving. Thanks for your support! Gobble gobble!
What does it mean to “DECOLONIZE THANKSGIVING,” and WHY would we want to do it??
Southwest Conference leaders will sponsor and facilitate intergenerational conversation and idea-sharing Zoom gathering for the whys and ways we might begin as families and church cultures to DECOLONIZE THANKSGIVING on Sunday, November 22 at 3 pm. The Zoom link will be available in our weekly newsletter The Loop. Learn more about this opportunity by clicking here.
A Stepping Stone Foundation once again proudly presents the Christmas Angel Program
for disadvantaged preschool children and their families. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we
can only serve 20 families, so our Angel tags are sure to go quickly.

Since the Shadow Rock campus is closed, there will be no physical tree this year. Instead, click below to learn how you can still take part in this holiday tradition and make the season bright for a special family.
What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu? Our Minister of Wholeness, Rev. Dr. Patricia StandTal Clarke breaks it down for us! Read her latest letter by clicking here.
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.

Desert Mission Food Bank has been serving the valley for 90 years! We're proud to partner with them each year for the annual "Turkey Trot." Although it may look different this year as we are not on campus together, our neighbors still need your help and donations. Please read the box above with the colorful turkey to learn more about this year's Turkey Trot, or click the yellow button to learn more about Desert Mission and their needs.
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.