A VERY MERRY XKL
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
Rockingham Christian Church will kick off the Christmas season on Saturday, December 2, with A Very Merry XKL family celebration. We invite EVERYONE to join in as we kick off the Christmas season with a fun evening of songs, skits, cookies, a Christmas photo booth and more. The evening will be hosted by the dynamic duo of Mr. Chris and Miss Amy D. We are excited to feature some new, young cast members to the Clubhouse gang and new dancers to the dance team. We will sing and dance to some of our favorite Christmas carols sung in fun, new ways. The evening will be topped off with cookie decorating, hot cocoa and a Christmas photo booth. If you ask nicely, Miss Amy D. might even pose for a few photos with you! We hope you will join us and bring a friend to ring in the Christmas season!
What shall we name the baby?
That’s a question as old as human history itself, and obviously an important one.
A little over 2,000 years ago, a young couple named Mary and Joseph must have asked it, at least inwardly; but they got some supernatural assistance in answering it (Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:31). And now most of us know Him best by that simple name – Jesus. But we also get help from dozens and dozens of scriptures which give Him various names, descriptive titles, and designations – literally from A to Z. Each one is rich with meaning.
In our Christmas Season worship series, we’ll explore some of them and their beautiful implications. Let’s learn together what it means to live, “Knowing Him By Name”!
November 26 Jesus / Yeshua (Savior)
December 3 Christ / Messiah (Anointed One)
December 10 Lamb of God (Sinless Substitutionary Suffering Sacrifice)
December 17 Prince of Peace (Bringer of Shalom)
December 23-24 Immanuel (God With Us)
December 31 Son of Man (Eschatological Lord)
“I can’t wait until NEXT week!”
“Your turn is NEXT.”
It’s a great word — one that pops up constantly in our conversations, but one that we usually take for granted. It means “coming immediately after”. It’s a word of expectation, anticipation, hope. And it’s a word that captures the vibe of the RCC community right now. We’re eagerly anticipating what God has in store for the NEXT chapter of our history, and the positive impact it will make on our neighbors. And it’s not like we have to sit idly by and wait for God to act. We’re privileged to be full partners in the process! Join us for a five-Sunday series (October 22 through November 19) in which we’ll explore and celebrate what’s NEXT for all of us, together!
We human beings seem to be experts at complicating things. We can take a beautifully simple idea, add layers and layers of opinions and traditions, and emerge with a confusing and unrecognizable concoction. Have we done this with the idea of following Jesus? Some would say “Yes!” And they might be right. So let’s return to first principles. The essence of Christianity is . . . Christ. Not a system, an organization, or an institution, but a person. And He is enough. Jesus plus nothing equals everything! Join us for a three-Sunday series (October 1, 8, and 15) in which we’ll focus like a laser on Jesus. Period.
Sometimes we see how much need there is around us and have a difficult time deciding exactly where to invest our resources, but right now we have an excellent opportunity to help our our school and community! Woodbury middle school is in immediate need for some copies of a book for the 6th grade class, so we created a wish list on Amazon, and you’re welcome to purchase any quantity of books. They will ship directly to the middle school and begin being used immediately. You can click here to get to the wish list.
Also, we have a fantastic opportunity to support another event in our city for our students. The 2nd Annual Salem Scramble is this coming Saturday in the fields behind the middle and high schools. It’s a chance for our kids to do a tough mudder with kid-sized obstacles. Each age group will be participating at different times, and to help offer some entertainment between groups, Rockingham Christian Church will be bring a trailer full of games. We have the morning broken down into three, 1-hour segments and would like 8 individuals for each hour. If you’re interested, email Brian for more details.
We think partnering with our schools and town is one of the best way to let others know we love them. Take some time this week and help us move toward that goal.
It’s a classic Dr. Seuss quote. It’s also a great Beatles song. But most importantly it’s the Christian mission. Jesus has commissioned his followers to spread His Good News here, there, and everywhere. Our mission field starts at our front door, extends to more distant and unfamiliar settings, and reaches even to the farthest corners of the earth. In this three-part worship series (September 10, 17, and 24), we’re celebrating what God and His people are doing in some of those far-off places, and we’re also being challenged with some practical possibilities for being missionaries right here in our backyard. I hope you’ll join us!
The theme of this year’s workcampNE mission trip was “Mountaintop.” We talked about several mountaintop experiences in the Bible and then about our own. workcampNE itself was even a mountaintop for our group.
Not only did we serve 15 or so residents in the Springfield, VT, area, but we grew closer to God and each other. Two of our students even made decisions to be baptized, which will happen this Sunday after the 11:30 worship gathering! And several others are strongly thinking about it!
Below are the daily videos made by the workcampNE staff, which will show you a bit more of what we did this week, including some of the fun that happens back at the school when we’re not working on our job sites.
The local newspaper also covered our time in Springfield. You can read their article by clicking here.
If you are a teenager or college student and haven’t been to a workcampNE mission trip, please consider going next summer. If you’re an adult, we are always looking for crew leaders, crew co-leaders, kitchen workers, troubleshooters, drivers, and more!
Here is a note I read at RCC’s worship gatherings on Sunday, July, 2, 2017:
Ten years ago, I first visited Rockingham Christian Church. I was wrapping up my ministry resident program at a church in Illinois, I had a girlfriend back there, and I had a God-sized future ahead of me in New England. Over the years, I married that girl, met some amazing people here, and have been able to partner with an awesome team of youth workers to build a student ministry and play a small role in the lives of teenagers and families in this area.
Many of you have heard me say that it has always been my goal to flip the statistics on their heads — the ones about how many teens walk away from the church and their faith after high school — and this church has seen some very positive results, as the majority of our students are not only still involved but pursuing leadership for Christ.
One of the things Yvette and I have taught students and families over the years is to follow God wherever He leads you. We often have no clue what He wants to do through us, but we have to be ready for the adventure. It’s that adventure that brought us to New England and specifically to RCC.
While there is still work to be done, we are currently in a very very bittersweet time of our lives, because we have recently felt and heard God saying it is time to move on. Trust me when I say that I really wrestled with God on this, because I truly love what I’m doing and we love you all. If we could be in two places at once, we would. But that’s not yet possible… And we would be hypocrites if we didn’t obey our own teaching to follow God’s call.
So in a few weeks, Yvette and I will be moving to Longmont, Colorado, to become the Student Pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church. It is a move that was very unexpected. But God has made His plan very clear. It’s a great church that has done some amazing things in its community and in God’s Kingdom, but they need a student pastor, and it has been obvious that is where God wants us for the next chapter of our ministry. We are very excited about this new opportunity, but it will be very hard to leave you all!
We cannot thank RCC enough for your openness and love to us over the years. You all have put up with me as I learned how to be a better teacher and speaker. Parents, you have entrusted us with your kids, which I am forever grateful. And you will forever be in our hearts! I don’t know all the details of God’s plans, but we say as Joshua did, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord,” wherever that takes us and to do whatever He asks of us.
Thank you, RCC!
A lot of words have been used to describe the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation: Mysterious, prophetic, controversial, even scary.
Here’s another one: Colorful! It’s jam-packed with vivid, captivating, and colorful images, some of which can be really, really, REALLY hard to decode. However, as challenging as the details are, the essential message is surprisingly clear and compelling.
In our eight-week summer worship series, starting July 2, we’re going to focus on that message. You might be amazed at how effectively this book can equip us, today, to experience life “In Living Color!”