Highrock MetroWest News!

Apr 14, 2022

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We're Only 3 Counting In-Person Easters!

by Pastor Ryan Marshall

People So Dearly Loved By God,

We’re just a few days away from celebrating Easter and, honestly, I have no idea what to expect. I mean, of course, I am involved in planning a lot of what is going to happen and, spoiler alert, Jesus comes back, so we have that to look forward to! What I mean is, this is the first in-person Easter we’ve celebrated since 2019! And before that, Highrock MetroWest only celebrated one other Easter! If you count our age as a church by Easters celebrated in-person, we’re only 3!

Now, add to that the dark few years we’re emerging from and the changing norms around church attendance and I feel like we’re working through a recipe for a dish that we’re unfamiliar with! I just don’t know what to expect! 

I want to invite you into that same perspective. You see, in years past, I would have tried to have a tighter, firmer grip on what should unfold on Easter Sunday. The music should be this way, the liturgy should be that way, and each detail should go according to my plan. The event was, in my mind, very much measured by whether or not things went according to my expectations. But now, perhaps thanks to a few more years under my belt but more likely because of God’s persistent weeding of sin in my heart and mind, I am holding this Easter much more loosely.

We do have some great things planned, and if they go well, it will be so lovely! We’re making music together, speaking words that are carefully chosen, and dedicating some children to God’s tender care. We’re having a party with curated entertainment and delicious food! And if the weather holds, things will be beautiful. But what I am really trying to tune my senses to is what God is doing in the hearts of those who are just getting to know Highrock Church and Jesus. 

In the last few months, we have had as many brand new folks come to in-person worship as we’ve had members. We’ve had people from many ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds come to worship in person. We’ve had people from various family structures come to check things out. And not only are people coming to visit us but Highrock is being invited deeper into the life of our surrounding community through initiatives by the town’s Substance Abuse Prevention Network and Youth and Family Services! Something is happening, friends!

This Easter Sunday will be powerful and amazing one way or another, but I’m looking at it as a mile marker on a much longer journey that God is taking us on that is, in so many ways, unexpected.

What we can count on, though, is that God’s resurrection power is at work in us, as it says in Ephesians 1:19-20; 

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe in him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. (NLT)

Whether you’re with us in Needham on Sunday, with Highrock Online (where you’ll catch Jason and me leading music), or somewhere else, I pray that you’ll experience God’s resurrection power in unexpected ways. 

Blessings,

~pastor ryan

 

 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

 

A Special Thank You

Sometimes we are tempted to think that ministry is done by pastors and the people receive it. At Highrock MetroWest, we have an incredible number of people doing ministry for each other. And the goal is to increase that more and more. We are so grateful at HRMW for the scores of volunteers who lead worship and tech, pray for us, welcome us into worship, lead our men's and women's ministries, prepare SoulFood, love on our kids in Kidsrock and our youth in Middle and High School ministries; for our many small group leaders and participants, for those who do practical acts of care for each other, for our Guides and Councilors, and those who lead us in compelling outreach projects; and last of all, to the many, many volunteers who are making this Holy Week and Easter celebration possible. We are a church that ministers to each other! Think of your staff, not as the players on the field, but as coaches, who train and equip the people to minister to the people. To God be the glory! 

 

Early Childhood Kidsrock Starts Again!

And a New Check-In System for Kidsrock

Early Childhood Kidsrock is relaunching! Starting April 24th, we'll have Kidsrock for all ages, birth-5th Grade. Along with Kidsrock for all ages, we're also relaunching our check-in system. Get a head start and download the app here!

 

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 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

 

MAY 1, 11:15 AM -- Newcomers' Lunch with a Pastor

If you consider yourself new to Highrock MetroWest come spend a little more time getting to know our history and values in a casual setting with Pastor Ryan. After worship on May 1, we’ll grab our SoulFood and then sit down for a conversation in a quieter room of the church. Pastor George will be present as well to talk about the future direction of Highrock MetroWest and our team-based model of ministry. Please let Pastor Ryan know you’re thinking of coming so we can reserve enough space: ryanm@highrock.org

 

MAY 14, 2 pm. Trail Sisters Walk (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, 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

 

MAY 15, 10: AM. Volunteer Appreciation Sunday!

A time to acknowledge the volunteers to serve us and lead our ministries. Catered SoulFood. 

 

JUNE 5, 11:30 AM. Youth Benefit Concert for Ukrainian Children.

Save the date for this wonderful concert held in the Highrock MetroWest worship center to benefit Ukrainian children. More details to come. 

 

JUNE 15, 10 AM. Milestone Sunday/Confirmation Sunday.

A joyous Sunday worship service of welcoming our confirmation youth into the full membership of the church, baptizing new members, and celebrating what God is doing with our children and youth!

 

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 (K to Grade 5 - Early Childhood starts 4/24) meets every Sunday at 10 am during the worship hour. 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!

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

HighrockOnline has a broad range of learning opportunities. Check them out here

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for more devotional and study links.

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

 

Daily Devotional with John Mury, Dave Swaim, and Highrock Staff

A 15-minute devotional released daily at 5 am. 

"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

Let your church know how to improve worship and ministry to draw people into a deeper life with Jesus.