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Newsletter - Chips Off The Rock - October 2022

What is the Rock Run Church?

What is Rock Run Church of the Brethren? It is a church, that’s clear. But what does it mean to be a part of this church, this faith community?

It means being part of Northern Indiana District of the Church of the Brethren. On September 23 and 24 delegates and other interested persons gathered at Camp Mack to discuss what it means to be a part of Northern Indiana District and the Church of the Brethren. At this District Conference, four congregations’ “disorganization” was affirmed, meaning that they are no longer part of the Northern Indiana District. I am glad that Rock Run remains a part of a larger community of churches that partner together to seek to serve God in each of their unique settings.

Rock Run is a church with programming for the children and youth of the congregation. In September, having children go for Sunday school during the worship service was a new way of providing Christian education and nurture to the children of the congregation. I hope this new arrangement proves to be a helpful one in supporting this important part of who Rock Run is, the young members of the congregation.

Rock Run is a congregation with traditions. One of those longstanding traditions is the Fall Party at the Williams’ Farm. I am disappointed that Missy and I will have to miss the Fall Party this year due to a prior commitment. I’m sure those who are able to attend will have a wonderful time!

Another tradition of the congregation is the Women’s Fellowship Bazaar. This is another longstanding tradition, one for which Rock Run is well known in the community. I look forward to being a part of this Rock Run tradition for the first time on October 29th.

Most Christian churches celebrate communion, although some call it partaking of the Lord’s Supper or taking Eucharist. The first Sunday in October is World Communion Sunday. We will be participating in Communion at Rock Run during the worship service that Sunday.

On October 9, there is a Council meeting to approve the leadership slate and the budget for Rock Run for the coming year. This is a way that Rock Run organizes what it does as a church.

At the Council meeting, I plan to present my Listening Report from my first six months with the congregation. This Listening Report will allow me to share what I have heard as I have talked with members of Rock Run about who the church is – and also what people want it to become.

I have also prepared a Timeline that lists important dates in the history of the Rock Run congregation. Members of the congregation are invited to write the dates of important events in their lives on the Timeline as a way of representing the history of the congregation, which shapes what the congregation is now and will be in the future. (This Timeline is now hanging on the wall across from the elevator – as long as it has not fallen down again!)

In my sermon on September 18, I suggested that the church is a part of God’s mission to the world made known through Jesus Christ. What is Rock Run? These things that make up the congregation are all things that help the congregation to participate in this mission of God as followers of Jesus Christ.

May God bless the Rock Run congregation as you seek to faithfully live out this larger calling of Christ’s church!
Pastor John

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