Rock the Week for November 17
Your Wednesday Dose of Shadow Rock News
Arriving Soon!

Over two months ago, Shadow Rock was asked to sponsor an Afghan family that was especially vulnerable. The request came to us through friends and a chain of personal contacts. Since that time, this family has been in an agonizing hold waiting for the Department of Homeland Security to approve their application for humanitarian parole and travel visas to the United States. We received word yesterday that they were finally approved, and we rejoice in this good news. More details of their story will be shared when they are safely on the ground here in Phoenix, AZ. For now we introduce you to the Elham Family: Navid, Shajia, Omar (5 years), and Yosuf (18 months).

Thanks for your prayerful patience.

Our 2022 fall stewardship campaign theme is "A Future With Hope." What does that mean for our fellowship in these times? Our time together on Sunday mornings gives us some guidance: we share our symbolic life together, we care for one another, we share what's our our hearts, we find ways to celebrate.

It's this sense of care and celebration that guides the stewardship of our resources. In case you missed it, here's stewardship information from our Financial Officer, Heidi Zinn. Later this week, you'll see one more communication about stewardship, from Treasurer Bob Lee.

Compassion and Sharing During the Thanksgiving Season - Donations Collected This Sunday!

We often feel a call on our hearts in this season, to share our family's abundance and make life good for others. We have opportunities to do just that! First, we will be receiving donations via cash, check, or e-giving for Desert Mission Food Bank. Your financial support of the food bank will make Thanksgiving meals possible for many families in the Valley.

Second (a new opportunity for 2021), Ktizo UCC has asked for our help in supporting their homeless outreach with these specific donation items:

To support their weekly feeding program:
  • Creamy peanut butter (no crunchy, please)
  • Jelly other than grape 
  • Individually wrapped single servings of canned fruit 
  • Individual containers of applesauce 
  • White bread 

To stock their clothing closet:
  • men's pants 34 to 36 waist (new or gently used and freshly washed) 
  • socks 
  • new underwear
  • hygiene products such as body wash, shampoo, lotion, travel size toothpaste
  • blankets 
  • jackets
  • sweaters 

So, we have two opportunities (Desert Mission and Ktizo) and two ways to give (money and in-kind) that are connected by our shared values of compassion, service, and generosity. Please bring your donations to Shadow Rock THIS WEEK, on or before November 21.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Stepping Stone Foundation family!

A Stepping Stone Foundation thanks the Shadow Rock Community for their steadfast love and support for our Christmas Angels over the past 30 years. Because our capacity is down AND the generous response we have had, we are out of Christmas Angel tags. Our sincere apologies if this comes as a disappointment to you. 

We will continue the tradition of accepting cash donations, which we use to fill the teachers’ wish list for new classroom supplies. We already have commitments for grocery certificates for all families. If you would like to make a cash contribution to our Angel program, please make your check payable to A Stepping Stone Foundation and write Angels in the memo. Mail it to: P.O. Box 87149, Phoenix, AZ 85080, or donate online and be sure to write Angels in the comments section.  

Thank you to all our Shadow Rock Angels!
Sacred Adventures

The Sacred Sites planning team is excited to share an update with you this coming Sunday morning, immediately following worship in the Narthex. With two trips already complete, Sacred Sites is a group you'll want to get to know! Whet your appetite to learn with this summary from Doug Davis. A third trip is in the planning stages for January 2022.
Advent Sing-Along!

The last couple of weeks, we've gotten a loud and clear message from a young adult congregant: "Let's Sing!" So we're happy to announce a special musical event...

~Sunday, November 28 at 9 o'clock~

Join Forrest, Julie, and Karen in the sanctuary or on Zoom for our favorite Shadow Rock Standards plus Advent and Christmas hymns and carols. Let us know your favorite song with the poll below so our musicians can be prepared. If your favorite isn't listen below or if you can't stand to choose only one favorite, drop an email with your choice.
I'll be there in person or on Zoom and here's one favorite that I'd like to sing:
Christmas Hope
Those Who Wait on the Lord
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Away in a Manger
All Are Welcome
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Come All Ye Faithful
God Is Still Speaking
~Advent and Christmas Preview~
As a church family, we look forward to Advent and the Christmas Season. While some aspects of our shared holidays are still being planned, we are ready to share these dates and opportunities with you!

  • Advent Decorating in the Shadow Rock Sanctuary will take place during Thanksgiving week. Look for sparkle and loveliness on the first Sunday of Advent, November 28.
  • Our campus partner St. Teresa of Avila is hosting an Advent retreat on Saturday December 4. The retreat will use the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" as a lens through which to view the Advent season. Register via St. Teresa's events website.
  • Be on the lookout for new information about an Advent Coffee Chat! Thanks to the Safety Team for their thoughtfulness and care. We are excited about the possibilities of fellowship together.
  • Monday Evening Small Group Ministry returns for December 6, 13, and 20 at 7 pm via Zoom. We will take a slow and meditative look at the Christmas stories in Matthew, Luke, and John. Email Director of Spiritual Formation Karen Richter to get the Zoom link.
  • Our early evening Christmas Eve service will be at 5:00 pm. This will be a traditional service incorporating candlelight and a choral reading. This service will be available in person and on Zoom.
  • Our late Christmas Eve service will be at 10:00 pm. This is a new kind of service, an outdoor candle vigil. This can be experienced in person and via Facebook Live.
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