Highrock MetroWest News!

Jul 28, 2022

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Highrock MetroWest Youth Writer Series

Prompt: What is a recent God sighting in your life? 

My first experience with sleepaway camp was last year. I had been away for two nights before, but this was the first time I was going for a whole week. I never expected to get homesick, but it happened on the second day, and because of it, I couldn’t fully enjoy the camp. Since then, I have never been too fond of staying away from home for long periods of time.

This year was my brother’s first time at sleepaway camp. My brother and I have similar personalities, so I assumed that his experience would be similar to mine. I begged my mom not to send him, hoping to spare him from my miserable homesickness. She told me to just let him have a chance, and suggested that he might end up enjoying it. On the day of his departure, we said goodbye, and I mentally prayed “Please, have at least a little bit of fun.”

When he returned, I expected him to complain a little about his time at camp, but instead he smiled, talking about the fun things he got to do, like scuba diving. Surprised, I asked him if he would go again. With newfound maturity, he said yes, because he felt like he became more independent.

I see God here teaching me to not make assumptions about other people’s experiences. I have to remember that everyone has different reactions and feelings. I also see God helping Christian to use his uncomfortable situation towards something positive: growth. He could have easily been scared away from all of the new faces and difficult living style, but I think that God gave him the courage to conquer that challenge and grow as a person.

By Averie Lee

 

New Sermon Series and Study Resources -- Starting July 31

Centered: Moving Towards What Matters Most

Are you in or out? This is a question that has come to define many communities, especially spiritual ones. Do you believe the right things, say the right things, act the right way? If so, you can join. If not, you're out. But what if there were a different way? A way that puts life with Jesus at the center, and invites everyone to move towards that life together, regardless of difference? We want to be a community like that at Highrock. Beginning on July 31st, our Centered: Moving Towards What Matter Most sermon series will look at the six Affirmations that shape the center of our church and invite all of us to transformation and relationship. We hope you'll join!

Book Discussion Group: The Pietist Option

In parallel with the Centered sermon series, Pastor Meghan will be leading a six-week online small group discussing The Pietist Option by Christopher Gehrz and Mark Pattie, III. This book is a great introduction to our church’s historical and spiritual roots in the Pietist movement. Pietism lays the foundation for a way of being the church together in the face of a world that tends to offer only polarized options. 

Intrigued? Join the discussion! Groups will meet on Tuesdays from August 2nd to September 6th from 7:30-9:00 pm on Zoom. Please register by July 26th so that we can plan well. Highrock MetroWest break-out sessions will be led by Pastor Ryan Marshall. 

 

Ways to Be Involved!

 

SUMMER AT HIGHROCK METROWEST

Summer slows down at Highrock programmatically, but we are busy planning for the Fall. Please know that your pastors are available. The prayer group meets weekly as described below and many of the small groups continue as well. Please pray for your staff as they meet in August to combine plans for a meaningful Fall and Winter together exploring what it means to live out the extravagant love of Jesus at MetroWest. 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please send your prayer requests to our Prayer Team Leader Foluke Ajayi at mofoluwake09@gmail.com. The prayer team meets weekly by zoom on Wednesday evenings to pray for the needs of the church and in-person at HighrockMetrowest on a monthly basis (see below). Please consider praying with us.

 

JULY 28, 7- 8 PM. Prayer Meeting at Highrock MetroWest - Praying the Scriptures

The Highrock Prayer Team (Foluke Ajayi, Kathryn Dietz, Anita Tenbrook) invite you to join them for an hour of prayer in the prayer room at Highrock MetroWest on Thursday evening, July 28, from 7 - 8 PM. This time of structured prayer is deeply meaningful and spiritually refreshing, benefitting both those who pray and those prayed for. This month our theme is "Praying the Scriptures."

 

JULY 29, 7 PM. Free Christian Concert

Liberty Church located at 495 Hartford Turnpike in Shrewsbury invites area churches and neighbors to their summer concert Holy Spirit Come! The concert features area artists singing contemporary Christian favorites. No tickets are necessary; there is no charge for the concert. 

 

OCT. 2 -- Edible Theology: A Hands-on Food Event with a Deep Meaning by Kendall Vanderslice. 

This will be a lot of fun and richly meaningful and educative! Save the date!

 

OCT. 22 -- Women's Fall Retreat: Forgiveness & Renewal.

Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at the home of Camile Humphries Lee, 11 Cushing St, Wellesley, MA.

Our Fall HRMW Women's retreat will take place on Saturday, October 22 - 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. . Spiritual Director and former RCC pastor Adele Calhoun will lead us in a study of forgiveness and renewal through three more chapters of her book, Invitations from God. 

There is no need to have attended our winter retreat to derive full benefit from this fall retreat! 

We have 20 spots. The cost of registration is $35 for women who already have the book, and $50 for first-timers, which includes a copy of the book. We look forward with joy to this time of togetherness.  

Purchase your spot for the retreat, and a book if you need one, using this form.  Registration question? Contact katiesmith.milway@gmail.com

 

Resources for Growing Deeper!

For Parents, Youth, and Families

Kidsrock is on summer break. Activity clipboards are available for children in the worship service. 

Youth: 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 volunteer high school internships for the 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

Sermon series and related study guides are 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 is 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.