Highrock MetroWest News!

Apr 07, 2022

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Faith at Work

A Guest Devotional by Dr. Chris Manasseh of Highrock MetroWest

As one of the clinical faculty in a large urban academic medical center, I find I look forward to the year-end review. I had always been one of the top performers in my department. One particular review was no different. The hour went by fast, and just when I thought we were done, my supervisor asked me a question:

“Hey, what is the secret to your success?”

I wasn’t expecting this at all, so I came up with the usual reasons: my work ethic, strong family, and inner motivation as being the drivers for success. But deep within my heart, I knew the real reason was that as someone who committed his life to Jesus, I rely on His grace and trust in His favor every day at work.

I view myself as someone who walks the walk and not just talks the talk, so I feel that my actions should speak louder than words, especially at work where I spend most of my waking hours of the day. I thought if I demonstrated the love of God in a practical way somehow people will be drawn to Christ. I asked God to show me a way to do this without coming across as someone self-righteous or spiritually arrogant.

God revealed to me that I could reflect His image by building relationships with the intent of positively impacting people’s lives for Christ. When I began applying this principle to my life, I found that others and myself were greatly blessed.

For example, one of my interns was looking for someone to talk to after a cancer patient she was caring for died suddenly following a bad respiratory illness. This experience shattered her faith in Christ, especially since she herself had lost her own mother to cancer when she was in high school. Little did she realize that I also shared a similar life experience, as my mother had died from metastatic breast cancer.

So I shared with the scripture verses that uplifted me in my time of grief and encouraged her to be steadfast in her faith. As time went on, she graduated from residency and joined the faculty becoming my colleague. We continue to build each other up in our faith in Christ.

Another time God was glorified in my interactions with people at work was when a patient of mine called me before he attempted suicide. By God’s grace, I was able to send help to him at the right time. Not only was his mind restored, but he also rededicated his life to Jesus. He still continues to see me in the clinic, not only to talk about his healthcare issues but also for a spiritual check-in, encouraging me in my walk with God. There have been times that the scripture verses he shares with me have been so timely, and I continue to be amazed at the inexplicable ways God chooses to speak to me.

While it’s a joy to be Jesus’ disciple, it’s not always easy to walk in His footsteps and be like Him. I always have to remember that I am Christ’s representative at work. What I say when someone offends me, how I react when something bothers me and where I turn to when I’m down, says a lot about my faith in Him. Each day I am reminded of God’s promise that His joy will be my strength and even though it may be difficult to live a life that reflects God at all times, the strength He gives me makes it possible. I have peace knowing that Christ’s love will overflow in and through me so that all at work will know that I belong to Christ and be drawn to Him.  -- Dr. Chris Manasseh

 

 Holy Week & Easter at Highrock MetroWest

 

April 14, 7 pm  Maundy Thursday

Join us for a light meal and communion liturgy to commemorate Maundy Thursday. 

Please RSVP so we can prepare well for you!

 

April 15.  Good Friday

View our online Good Friday service, available on YouTube or Facebook.

Please note, there will be no in-person service hosted by Highrock MetroWest, but The Needham Interfaith Clergy Association is hosting an Ecumenical Service at which Pastor Ryan will contribute.

Ecumenical Service on Friday, April 15th at 7:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Needham.

April 17.  Easter . 10 AM Worship; 11 AM Easter Celebration

We look forward to having you for a joyful service of celebration followed by an outdoor festival for all ages with food, music, games, and more! The Easter Celebration after the 10 am worship service includes bouncy houses, a magician, a cotton candy machine, crafts and games, special SoulFood, and more! Invite your neighbors to enjoy it. 

Please note: Children are welcome in the worship service. We will not have Kidsrock programming that day.

 

EASTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

Please go HERE to discover ways to serve to help make this year's Easter celebration wonderful! For more information, contact Pastor Ryan at RyanM@highrock.org

 

Ways to Be Involved!

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please send your prayer requests to Foluke Ajayi at mofoluwake09@gmail.com. Please pray for those suffering in the Ukraine! 

 

APRIL 9, TRAIL SISTERS WALKS (AND SUPPER SISTERS RETURNS!)

Please join HRMW women for their monthly trail walks and fellowship this Spring! Dogs welcome. The Trail Sisters Leadership Team: Milway katiesmith.milway@gmail.comKathryn Dietz dietz.kathryn@gmail.comCamille Humphries camille.humphries@gmail.com, and Jillian Chen chenjillian@gmail.com

Upcoming walks:
Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m.   Boulder Brook Reservation, Wellesley, MA, Meet at 68 Elmwood Rd (Kelly Park lot).

Saturday, May 14, 2 p.m.  Noanet Woodlands, Dover, MA,  Meet at  107 Dedham St., Dover, MA (Caryl Park lot).

June Supper Sisters Patio Meal, Date TBD

 

April 10, 8 - 9 PM HIGHROCK CHURCH MEMBERS MEETING

Please join our next members’ meeting. At this important meeting, we will elect members to the Nominating Committee, which is responsible for nominating members to the Council. Registration and more information HERE. Questions? Please contact Pastor Walt at walt@highrock.org

 

APRIL 28 (Thursday), 6 PM. BURGER BROTHERS!

Save the date! Details will be in next week's newsletter.

 

APRIL 29 - MAY 1 -- Highrock/Evangelical Covenant Church Women's Retreat Exhale.

Join the Pilgrim Pines Women's Retreat Exhale to spend time with other Highrockers and women from churches in the New England Conference. Pastor Nicole Bullock of Bethel Seminary will lead spiritual direction and workshops in a relaxed setting to care for your soul and connect with God. Cost $170. Register here. Questions? contact Abby Rice abby@highrock.org

 

JULY 18-22 - Kidsrock Summerblast!

Mark your calendars for Kidsrock's annual Summerblast event. More to come. Contact KidsRock Director Grace Taber at GraceT@highrock.org for more information. 

 

COVID PROTOCOLS

Read about them here

 

Resources for Growing Deeper!

For Parents, Youth and Families

In-person Kidsrock (Grades K - 5) meets every Sunday at 10 am during the worship hour. Early Childhood Kidsrock (Nursery & Pre-school is temporarily closed due to COVID). Read about Middle School and High School youth programs. 

The Highrock Family Ministry Team released excellent new resources for parents of tweens, teens, and young adults. The resources are entitled Fresh Ideas for Better Connections related to our current theme Growing With. Check them out here!

Milestones Preschool Parenting Small Groups. Would you like to build a better relationship with your young child through blessings, fun, spiritually rich activities, and even when you have to discipline them? We've combined two milestone experiences, THE BLESSING and THE DISCIPLE, to make a course that is easy to access and full of biblical and practical ways to express unconditional love and teach them to honor others well. Four Sunday nights, March 13 - April 3, via Zoom, 8:15-9:15 pm ET. Register here. Questions? Contact Brian Dietz Brian@Highrock.org

High School Internships

Highrock MetroWest has created 10-week volunteer high school internships for the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2022. The program involves both service to the church and also leadership development training resulting in a public ceremony in church and the presentation of a Certificate in Leadership Development for a Non-Profit. For more information on the HRMW program, contact Pastor George at GeorgeC@highrock.org

Study and Small Groups at Highrock

Interested in an exegesis of the Gospel of John? See a continuous weekly exegetical post -- a two-minute read -- here . Also, a weekly five-minute podcast by Pastor George on the last sermon preached at HRMW here.

We have newly formed Highrock MetroWest small groups. Contact Pastor George for more information: GeorgeC@Highrock.org

SoulCare and Pastoral Care

For those wanting to go deeper in spiritual practices and contemplative prayer, we encourage you to look into the work of our guides and the work of the SoulCare ministry

 

"God in Five Minutes!" 

A five-minute weekly podcast based on the last sermon preached.

It's Greek to Me! 

Biblical exegesis in a five-minute read by Pastor George (Note: this link takes the reader to GeorgeCladis.com.)

HRMW Feedback Form

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