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Building Bridges of

Inclusion, Justice, and Spirituality!

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,

you are welcome here!

Speaking of Building Bridges...

In the heat of the summer and during our July Sabbath some work always needs to be done. You can pull your ox out of a ditch even on the Sabbath. Our thanks to Roy Zaborowski, Joe Botticelli, Gene McWhorter, Karen Dritsas, Chris Butler, Sydney Velazquez, and Pastor Ken!

Let's Get Together!

Enjoy these photos of a busy and beautiful July Sabbath. Our church family re-gathers this coming Sunday, August 6 for worship, connection, and formation. Here's what to expect:

9:00 am

Spiritual Formation for Adults and Children

Adults will be in the Multi-purpose Room. Children will be in the Blue Room. The topic for adults is the How and Why of Spiritual Connections.

10:15 am

Worship in the Sanctuary

11:15 am

Sermon Reboot (in the Narthex), a time to talk back to the morning's worship ideas

4:00 pm

Love Seed: Shadow Rock at North Mountain Brewing (522 East Dunlap Avenue) - a time of fellowship and discussion; more info below

Save the Date - Anniversary Celebration

Our next big 50th Anniversary event seems like it's right around the corner. Check your calendar and mark September 23 with a big star! The dinner will include guest speaker MSNBC correspondent and former Shadow Rock youth Vaughn Hillyard. Catering is by One Step Beyond. You won't want to miss it.

Watch Rock the Week for a reservation link.

Love Seed Topic for This Sunday

We pick up where we left off, but if you're new to Love Seed, don't let our ongoing topic deter you from participating! All are welcome.

Affirmation 7: Preserving religious freedom and the Church’s ability to speak prophetically to government by resisting the commingling of Church and State;

Luke 20:25; 1 Peter 2:17

As Christians, we strive to live as responsible citizens of our country, just as we seek to live as Christ’s disciples. We celebrate the separation of Church and State as much for the protection of the Church, and other faith communities, as the State.

We affirm that the Path of Jesus is found where Christ’s followers honor the role of the State in maintaining justice and peace, so far as human discernment and ability make possible. We affirm the separation of Church and State, even as we endeavor to support the state in as far as Christian conscience allows.

Deaths in Our Community

Life is short and beautiful, and one of the best things we do together is support one another in grief. We join the families of these Shadow Rockers in sadness and in gratitude for the lives of Pearl Grapentine, Marvin Shever, and Diane Wick.

Women's Retreat Opportunity

The Arizona Disciples of Christ Women’s Ministry is inviting all who identify as women in the UCC Southwest Conference to their annual fall retreat: Friday, September 8 - Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Chapel Rock Retreat Center in Prescott, Arizona.

The retreat leader is Rev. Katie Sexton, who you might know from her role as Executive Director of Arizona Faith Network. You might also recognize Wende Gonzales of the UCC Southwest Conference staff who will serve as song leader.

The keynote speaker is Rev. Carol Devine, the Director of Blessed Tomorrow, a coalition of diverse religious partners united as faithful stewards of creation, and Co-Director of Green Chalice for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

This retreat will focus on cherishing creation. Registration information is available here.