January 6, 2021
electronic recycle
Electronics Recycle Drive
Got old equipment just taking up space? This weekend is Shadow Rock's annual Electronics Recycling Drive, with our partners at AZStRUT. Bring your old computers, tablets, printers, phones, and more to Shadow Rock between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Friday January 8th - Sunday January 10th. The donation of your "not needed any longer" electronics will, 1) Create more space in your home, 2) Help young people learn a trade, 3) Help schools get needed equipment, and 4) Save our landfills. Almost all electronic devices and equipment are accepted, but NOT CRT monitors.
This Week Online
Wednesday (1/6): 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.

Also, today (January 6th) is Epiphany, so click here for a fun star coloring sheet.

Friday (1/8): Yoga Nidra Returns! 
Look on the Shadow Rock Facebook page for a yoga nidra recording. The theme will be healing and leaving behind old hurts. Yoga nidra is a gentle meditative practice; no yoga experience is required. Grab your comfy clothes and comfort items for a short session. 

Monday: Small Group Ministry
Our small group ministry re-starts on Monday, January 18 with a new topic: Season of Nonviolence. Monday evenings leading up to Lent, we'll be super practical: trying to use compassionate communication as a tool in interpersonal communication. See the 2021 preview in this email for more information, or email Karen with questions.

Sunday, January 10
Virtual Worship is delivered to your inbox first thing in the morning.
Due to increasing positive COVID test results in our local area, we are continuing a Zoom-only worship experience. Click the Zoom link at 11:00 a.m. in the worship email for music, prayer, sermon with discussion, and celebrations! 

Adult Spiritual Formation is at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. The link is in the worship email. On Sunday, we continue exploring new starts, with an emphasis on our experiences with childhood transitions. Spiritual formation is a time to connect our values to real life! All are welcome.
More to Explore
There is a community blood drive at Shadow Rock this Sunday, January 10th. It will take place in Smith Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and will follow all health and safety recommendations from the CDC and the Maricopa County Health Department. While walk-ins are accepted, you are able to make an appointment by clicking here to sign-up. Thank you for your support of this vital need in our community.
We'll have Facilities Workday this Saturday, January 9th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. There's some plant cleanout near the labyrinth and irrigation repair to do, as well as a few indoor jobs. If you are able to help out, you must wear a mask while on campus. Thanks for helping maintain our campus, even when we are not able to gather on it!
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). Many communities use this time to re-dedicate themselves to peace and to learn about nonviolent movements and tactics that promote positive change. During the Season at Shadow Rock, we'll be bundling up worship, small groups, sermon series, and spiritual formation to reflect our core value of justice.

Season of Nonviolence, Part 1
Our first foray into the Season will be a new small group on Monday evenings beginning January 18. The topic is Compassionate Communication Basics, a tool for interpersonal and group communication. 

Season of Nonviolence, Part 2
The second phase will be our 2021 Lenten study, a Choose-Your-Own Adventure Journey of the Spirit with Sunday morning and weekday options including Black History Month and a new book club. Stay tuned for the details as we get closer to the beginning of Lent.

It's a great time to dive into community at Shadow Rock as we explore freedom, peace, and service. For details or ways to get involved, please email Karen.
Happy New Year! Year-end giving statements for 2020 will be sent by snail mail via USPS the week of January 25th. Thank you for your continued support of Shadow Rock.
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.

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