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Aug 18, 2022

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Highrock MetroWest Youth Writer Series: Part 4

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

By Rachel Lee, a Highrock MetroWest High School Student

Last week, I went to a sleep away camp on Martha’s Vineyard, which is devoted to helping young people discover and strengthen their faith. During the week I was there, I saw God in the wonderful and supportive community of students, volunteers, and staff.

Every morning and evening, the whole camp would gather to worship and listen to talks and testimonies. It was truly inspiring to see how our faith brought us together to praise God in song, as one voice, though we had only met each other a day ago, and how open the staff was in their stories.

One thing you should know about me is that though usually I don’t show it, I am an introverted person. Social interactions tire me out very quickly. About halfway through the camp, I was getting worn out, and became pretty quick to complain. I saw God through my counselor, cabin mates, and friends, who were not only kind enough to put up with me, but also to let me know about my grumbling so that I could pay more attention to this flaw and work on it.

Finally, many of the counselors were volunteers, who gave up a week of their lives to help us strengthen our faith. They were open to us asking any question we could throw at them, about the bible, our lives, or even their lives. They inspire me to do more service in my community and perhaps one day even volunteer at the camp itself to help the next generation of young people to find themselves and discover their faith. I will never forget that week.

The Youth Writers' series is organized and edited by Highrock Highschool Student Averie Lee, our summer intern. 

 

Sermon Series and Study Resources through Sept. 6

Centered: Moving Towards What Matters Most Sermon Series

This week, the sermon is based on the Evangelical Covenant Church's affirmation Church as Fellowship of Believers. Learn more about the sermon series here.

Book Discussion Group: The Pietist Option

In parallel with the Centered sermon series, Pastor Meghan leads an online small group discussing The Pietist Option by Christopher Gehrz and Mark Pattie, III.

 

Ways to Be Involved!

 

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 at 9 pm for 20 minutes to pray for the needs of the church and in-person at HighrockMetrowest on a monthly basis. Please consider praying with us. The next in-person prayer meeting at church is on Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm in the Prayer Room. During the week of the Thursday evening in-person prayer meeting, there is no Wednesday prayer session. 

 

AUG. 25, 7 PM -- Highrock MetroWest In-Person Prayer Meeting

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, Aug. 25, from 7 - 8 PM. This time of structured prayer is deeply meaningful and spiritually refreshing, benefitting both those who pray and those prayed for. 

 

SEPT. 13, 7:45 PM -- The Christian Story

What is Christianity all about? We believe that the Christian faith, at its heart, is a grand story that illuminates all of life. This course explores that story — the Christian Story — as it unfolds in Scripture. In this class, you’ll be introduced to an understanding of how the Bible, as a diverse collection of books and writings, tells the story of God’s faithfulness, how it speaks to questions of belonging and solidarity, and how this story brings about transformation in our lives and in the world. Learn more here

 

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! We'll meet right after church on Sunday, Oct. 2, in the Fellowship Hall at church. More info to come!

 

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, Guardians, 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 and guardians 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. Contact MetroWest pastors at GerogeC@highrock.org or RyanM@highrock.org

 

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.