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This issue of RTW contains two important 50th Anniversary Deadlines:

Dinner Tickets and Call to Artists!

Tickets For Our 50th Anniversary Dinner Are Available!

There are many wonderful things about our dinner gathering Sept. 23rd. Celebrate who we are! Reconnect to each other, our vision, and our mission. Our celebration is also supporting a great community partner. One Step Beyond is catering our dinner. Read more about them here here.



Vaughn Hillyard listening less incredulously to politicians and ready to go live!

Picture: Our friend Vaughn Hillyard is a national political correspondent for NBC and MSNBC. We are proud to claim him as one who grew up in our congregation. He is our speaker for the dinner. Below is his bio.

Vaughn Hillyard, a national correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, was raised a son of Shadow Rock Church. For nearly three decades, he has remained close to the Shadow Rock faith community. Vaughn first began attending the church while at Shadow Rock Preschool, where he was a Butterfly and a Rainbow. He sang for years as a Gemstone, took part in Wednesday Express, Alternative Rocks, and Marketplace, was (and will forever be) an Earthling, an enthusiastic youth group participant, and a church camper. In his decade at NBC News based out of Washington, D.C., and New York, Vaughn has reported on human, policy, and political stories in all 50 states. He is currently covering the 2024 presidential election.

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

you are welcome here!

This Sunday at Shadow Rock

A big mid-week HOWDY, Shadow Rock Family! Even though the Valley temperatures are still 100+, we're staying cool and feeling good on Sunday mornings. Here's what to expect this week:

9:00 am

  • Spiritual Formation for Adults in the Multi-purpose Room. We begin a new study series about the politics of Jesus.
  • Childcare is in the Blue Room, 9-11:30 am.
  • Spiritual Formation for Children is in the Red Room, 9-10 am.

10:15 am

Worship in the Sanctuary. Come, celebrate, and renew your baptism as we baptize Christine Butler.

11:15 am

Sermon Reboot will happen this Sunday, 9/17. This is a time to discuss the message and stump the pastor.

Founding Minister Bill Smith Blesses Us Again September 24th

As part of our year long celebration of our 50 years of ministry we will share a video of Rev. Bill Smith's last sermon at Shadow Rock from his retirement Sunday. The video will be the message for our morning worship service Sept. 24, at 10:15 am. Put it on your calendar and join the celebration!

Shadow Rock Preschool Fundraiser September 20th!

Be deliciously lazy and helpful at the same time. Go to Chipolte at 425 E Bell, 4-8 pm, buy dinner and support the preschool. When you order use code 9VRP3ZZ so the preschool gets 33% credit of your order. Easy money for a delicious easy meal. Thanks!

Call to Artists for Shadow Rock UCC’s Golden Celebration Art Show Opening & Sale

Shadow Rock United Church of Christ is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a Golden Celebration of Community Art Show & Sale. This art show will feature artists from the Southwest, and many of whom share a connection with Shadow Rock UCC and the Moon Valley area. If you are an artist and would like to participate in our art show, please use the link below for more information and to sign up. Last day for artist sign up is September 15th.

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Apply for art show here.


Safety Team Looking for Team Members

The Safety Team is in dire need of "extra hands on deck" during services including weddings and funerals. Our team's main operations are to keep everyone safe using "eyes and ears" and to assist in medical emergencies. You can still be a member of the congregation during these events, though we might need your extra help in an emergency! We do provide first aid classes for our team each year. Please talk/email Bill Peterson with questions or to say you want to help us out.

Shadow Rock Offers Hybrid Worship Experience

We can be together on Sunday morning in three ways. Join us in person. Join us by way of Zoom so you can share with us your thoughts, prayers, and celebrations. This is a way to be online and interactive. Contact us so we can send you the Hybrid Worship Service and Zoom link as an email. Join us by way of YouTube by going to the Shadow Rock UCC YouTube channel. Share with your friends and family.

Here is an example of last Sunday's service.

We love the great things that have happened for people with our online presence. If you want to help us by volunteering to be a Zoom Host or Stream Master, please contact Pastor Ken at

When Travis is Away, Christine Kyhn Will Play!

CHRISTINE KYHN began her formal study of music at the age of 5 in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from California State University East Bay focusing on Organ and Piano performance with additional work in Voice and Choir. She also earned the Colleague of the American Guild of Organists Certificate (CAGO). Christine spent 20 years teaching general music in the public school systems in California, Colorado, and Arizona. In addition, she developed and directed church and community children's choir programs working with hundreds of children, fostering their love of music. She is currently the Principle accompanist with the West Valley Chorale under the direction of Ken Goodenberger. She is accompanist for the Glendale Community College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Nina Garguilo. She is the Collaborative Accompanist for the Glendale Prep Charter School choral program under the direction of Dr. Tom Bookhout. Having recently resigned from her permanent position as Music Director and Organist at Congregational church of Sun City she now serves as substitute organist and/or pianist in churches all over the Valley. She is a Distinguished Member Friend of the Arts of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. Christine lives in Glendale, AZ with her husband, Peter Kyhn. They have three grown children who are active in the arts, and five amazing grandchildren.


From time to time we will introduce you to members of Shadow Rock's governing board. We thank them for their service!

Susan Wadell

A UCC’er since 1957 discovering Shadow Rock was like “coming home” for me. Jerry and I with our two children (Shadow Rock preschoolers) joined the SR community in the mid 80’s. I plugged into the children’s education programming at church and soon began teaching at Shadow Rock Preschool. In 1992, Rev. Smith asked if I would be interested in working for the church. What a terrific decision for me: so began a wonderfully fulfilling and challenging time on the journey. Whatever job you can think of, I did. 

In 2010 our first of five grandchildren was born, so Jerry and I retired and have been sharing stories of them with whomever will listen. Let me tell you about…