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The First Musicians

You might think thatif someone came up to me after a worship servicewhere Ijust preacheda sermon and said, "I was really movedby the musictoday",it would bother me.But it doesn't. In fact, I love it.Does that make me weird?As we prepare for our Nativity Celebration this Sunday with all sorts of great music from all generations, I am reminded of how meaningful music has be...

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Ed's Announcement

In case you missed our worship services today, I made anannouncement on behalf of Pastor Ed (who is home sick so he was unable to do it in person - pray for him!)I'll let him tell you in his own words. (See below) To My Dear Rockland Community Church Friends,After much prayerful deliberation, Michelle and I believe that the Lord is leading me to retire from my professiona...

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O Come, All Ye Faithful

I would have Christmas tunes playing on the radio year-round if Nikki would let me. I love them. The songs we sing at Christmasare some of the finest pieces music known to man, and the classic hymn "O Come, All Ye Faithful" is certainly one of theuniversal favorites. It is a Christmas classic. It is a Latin hymn written in the 18th century and translated by Frederick Oak...

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Merry Christmas, Rockland

It has been said that the job of a preacher is both comforting the broken heart, andbreaking the hard heart. The story of Christmasis the story of bothcomfortfor those who are hurting,andjoyfor those whose hearts need to be quickened to Him. It encompasses both comfort and joy in perfect harmony.Like thesong says: God rest ye merry gentlemenLet nothing you dismayRemember...

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New Year

"By the time thenextdecade starts, we will be empty nesters" ...was the statement I un-advisedly made to my wife to ruin an otherwiseperfectly lovely evening we were having.Oops.[ NOTE: Please read to end of email for links to document for the annual meeting ]That realization shook us a bit. After all, we still have two kids in elementary school! It got me thinking in ter...

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Overheard by the Church Mouse- October

...Henry David Thoreau, American author famous for writing Walden. Someone asked if he had made peace with God. Thoreau answered "I didn't know we had ever quarreled." How did that happen, you ask? Sometimes, the history is so insightful that it adds measurably to the overall story. Thus, it is with our mountain missions. Nancy Judge, EChO Development Director, and Sandy ...

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Elder's Corner - October

Your elders have met monthly since the last Chimes update. We always begin with prayer and a devotional seeking the Lord's wisdom and guidance in all we do and consider. At several meetings, we discussed and reviewed recommendations for changes to our Constitution from the Document Review Team. A final version was approved by the elders at the September meeting and will b...

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Family Camp 2019

Late in September, 12 families spent a weekend together at Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center in Larkspur, CO. It was a weekend to kick back, relax and build new or grow deeper relationships with one another. Time was set aside for parents to dialogue and explore with one another what it means to lead their kids towards a life-long journey of faith following Jesus C...

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