Newsletter - Chips Off The Rock - October 2017

Comforters, crafts, Christmas items,
crocheted and knitted items,
quilted and knotted wall hangings,
children’s grab bag,
and much, much more.

Noodles, pies,
cinnamon rolls, bread,
cookies, candy, snacks–
all homemade by the loving
hands of Rock Run people!

Buy one large cookie, ½ dozen,
or dozens of cookies. There will be around
14 different kinds of cookies.

Meals will be served from 8:30-1:00 p.m.
Cinnamon rolls
Sandwiches: sloppy joes, hot dogs, chili dogs
Soups: chicken noodle, chili, ham & bean
Homemade pies
Drinks: cider, milk, coffee

Bring your family and friends and
share a meal and fellowship
with community members.

Getting Ready for the Bazaar

The Rock Run Church will be having its 53rd Annual Bazaar on Saturday, October 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Crafts: Any type of craft item would be welcomed. Please try to price you items before bringing them to the church as you know how much you spent on supplies and how much time you put into making them. You may bring items that didn’t sell last year as different people come each year.
Cookie Walk: The cookie walk will be in the narthex upstairs. These cookies are large (1/4 cup cookie dough) and people will be able to buy several different kinds of cookies.
Grab Bag: Items for the grab bag can be anything a child would enjoy – toy, food, craft, etc. It needs to be worth at least 25 cents and wrap them so no one knows what it is.
Comforters: The Fellowship makes comforters throughout the year. They will be for sale at the following prices: Queen $55, Double $50, Twin $45, and Baby $30.
Quilted and Knotted Wall Hangings: There are quilted and knotted wall hangings available, but the prices have not been established.
Homemade Noodles: Help is needed to make the noodles on Mondays, Oct. 2 & 16 starting at 4:00 p.m. ‘til finished. The more hands the faster we get done.
Food: More food items will be appreciated as food is our biggest seller. All food items for the Bazaar must have a list of ingredients attached to the item. The prices for the foods have not been set yet, so they will be priced when they are brought to the church. Please do not bring cream or refrigerated pies as we do not have room to keep them cold. Cakes do not sell well. If you need someone to type your labels for the food, please contact Joellen Sands and she will find someone to do it for you.
Breakfast and Lunch Bar: Breakfast and lunch will be served all during the Bazaar. Chicken noodle soup will be available for take home.
Bringing items: Please bring your items on Friday, October 27, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. If you can’t make it then, please bring them before 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Items not sold need to be picked up immediately after the Bazaar ends or on Sunday morning. You may leave things to see if anyone wants to buy items on Sunday morning (especially food), but everything should be cleared out by Sunday noon.
Thank you to all who donate items and help with the Bazaar. Also to all who will come to buy items and food. All proceeds will be donated to local charities and/or outreach of the church.


Congregational Business Meeting on Sunday, October 8, 2017
Haystack fundraiser for the Youth, noon
Meeting in Fellowship Room, 1:00 pm


Camp Mack Festival

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1113 E. Camp Mack Rd., Milford, IN
Special Guest: Les Gustafson-Zook, Autoharp Champion will share his experiences from 10 a.m. – noon.
Demonstrations: Spinning, woodturning, pottery, popcorn in the kettle, candles, animals in the tipi, a roving banjo/mandolin player, and more.
Food Booth: Vendors will be selling cinnamon rolls, coney dogs, vegetable soup, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, hot apple cider, whoopee pies, and other delicious foods.
Live auction at 1:30. Come join in the bidding for antiques, theme baskets, quilts, rugs, furniture, and other unique treasures.
Flea Market: held outdoors from 10-1.
Children’s Activities: These will be held from 9-3 with games, crafts, and other hands on activities.


Summary of District Conference

District Conference was held on Friday, September 15, (worship service) and Saturday, September 16 (business session). The theme for this conference is “Be still and know that I am God.”
The business session contained reports from various Church of the Brethren entities along with reports from Camp Mack, Timbercrest, Manchester University, and District Board and committees.
There were two main items of business. The first was updating the District’s Plan of Organization bylaws and addenda. These concerned the way written materials were disseminated by the district, changes in selections of board members at both Timbercrest and Manchester, change of the name of Manchester College, and changing the name of the Resident Agent in charge of Camp Mack. These were all things that had already happened and were in use but had not been changed in the bylaws and addenda.
The biggest discussion was on a resolution to reaffirm that racism is a sin against God and our neighbors.
The District Personnel Slate was approved.
The offering for EYN (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) was $2054.85.
The District Board has started a Northern Indiana District Church Planting Prayer Initiative. Each month there will be a prayer topics which will be printed in the newsletter. They have a tree made up of the Northern Indiana District churches and the many difference names for Jesus as a logo for this project. A copy of it is in the narthex on the east bulletin board.
The October prayer topic is: Openness to creative possibilities for new mission.

Minutes for Mission

September 3, 2017 – Norm Waggy presented Minutes for Mission during the worship service and gave the congregation an update on several mission efforts and opportunities through our church and the Church of the Brethren denomination.

Nationally, the Church of the Brethren has formal missions in the Great Lakes region of Africa, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nigeria, and Spain.  Denomination members contributed over $1.8 million in disaster response last year, but giving to the denomination itself is down.  He encouraged the congregation to remember that the COB takes only 13% of donations for overhead expenses, well below the 20% gold standard for non-profits.  Other national Church of the Brethren ministries that continue to grow and present opportunities for involvement include the Global Food Initiative, church planting in the US, Brethren Volunteer Service, various work camps, On Earth Peace, and more.  Visit to learn more about these efforts.

We have heard a lot about the devastating flooding in Texas and continue to keep the people there in our prayers.  There are also millions of people affected by flooding in South Asia right now.  Over 12,000 people have died due to the flooding there, and 1/3 of the country of Bangladesh is underwater.  We would like to keep everyone around the world experiencing disaster in our thoughts and prayers.

Locally, there is a COB District Service Project Day at Camp Mack on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from approximately 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Volunteers of all skill levels are needed, and lunch will be provided.


Northern Indiana District News
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Information forthcoming.