There are chapters in all of our lives, and we want you to join for the beginning of our next chapter. We are moving to 2 Keewaydin Drive, Salem, NH and our gatherings will begin there on February 25, 2018. There has been a major renovation of our new facility, and we want you to enjoy the new space with us.
In addition to a new location there will be new gathering times. On February 25 we will begin meeting at on Sunday at 9:30AM and 11:00AM. Our gatherings are both the same and last for one hour. We sing a few songs, have a roughly thirty-minute message, and take communion every week.
If you have any questions, email email@example.com
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’” (Luke 11:1)
“Lord, teach us to pray.” What a request! In itself, it’s probably one of the greatest prayers ever uttered.
Do you struggle with really knowing how to pray? You’re not alone! Apparently, even the people who knew Jesus best, His early disciples, recognized their need to do better in this vital area of life. In our four-Sunday February worship series, let’s sit at the feet of the Master and take our own next steps!
February 4 “LORD, teach us to pray.” The Submission of Prayer
February 11 “Lord, TEACH us to pray.” The Progression of Prayer
February 18 “Lord, teach US to pray.” The Fellowship of Prayer
February 25 “Lord, teach us to PRAY.” The Necessity of Prayer
Some time ago, I initiated discussions with the Rockingham Christian Church elders about the tenure of my work here and the best timing, at some point, of my stepping away from this ministry. Karen and I have served here for over 12 years now and have loved it very, very much. But we also realize that sometimes change can be good, for everyone. And so, as a team of leaders we’ve discussed and prayed over the details of best timing for the church and for the Gerdts family. A big ingredient in this process has been the hard fact that most of our family, including both of our moms and most of our kids and grandkids, live a great distance from here, and fulfilling the responsibilities of this ministry makes it quite difficult to do life with them as we’d like to. So I’ve informed the elders and staff that I’ll be resigning as RCC’s Lead Minister, effective this March.
I very much appreciate these elders for listening patiently to Karen and me on these matters, and giving their thoughtful feedback. At all times, our primary consideration has been what’s best for the church. I considered stepping away at an earlier time, but some unexpected staffing changes and a longer-than-expected facility search seemed to make that inadvisable. Now, with a great new facility and after a successful NEXT Campaign, I believe RCC is well situated to move strongly into the future and make a greater impact than ever. Some might think that soon after the church moves into 2 Keewaydin Drive is an inopportune time for my departure, and I can understand that. But I’ve also learned from previous experiences that there’s never a good or easy time for something like this. Karen and I believe that as you keep your eyes on Jesus, RCC won’t miss a beat in building effectively on the foundation that’s been laid — in continuing to meet people where they are and help them follow Him. 2018 will be another year of substantial change – newness, you might say. You, our brothers and sisters, have responded beautifully to all kinds of changes, and I believe you’ll continue to do so as God faithfully leads you into the future.
We both thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for your friendship and partnership. We love you all. Some of you will probably miss me a lot less than you miss Karen, and I totally understand that. She’s a fantastic minister in her own right. Some of you have walked side-by-side with us in this good work for all of these 12 years; others of you we’ve just recently met, and everything in between. But you’re all precious in the Lord’s sight, and in ours. I recently ran across a quote that says, “Hang on to Jesus tightly, and to one another loosely.” I think that’s great advice. In this imperfect world where everything seems to be temporary, we’re often required to let go, for now, of people who are dear to us. All the more reason to look joyfully forward to that perfect world in which all Christ-followers will get to hang on tightly to Him together, and forever.
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!
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!