• All services and events are canceled this week through Saturday.
• Sunday Service will be at Hessel Church in Sebastopol at 1 pm
• As of Thursday, October 12th the church building is still standing and has no fire damage.
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Update from Saturday, October 14, 2017
Dear church family,
we are so excited to be able to gather together tomorrow afternoon at 1 PM at Hessel Church. Just to be clear, the congregation at Hessel will be leaving their morning service a little early so that our congregation can use their facility. I will be speaking and sharing from the Word and we will worship and pray together. There will also be a lot of helpful updates concerning our fellowship and information on resources for those who have lost their homes or are evacuated. Keep praying, keep looking up, and we will see you tomorrow!
- Pastor Ross
Update from Thursday, October 12, 2017
Hello Church Family,
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits! (Psalm 103:1) Even in the midst of loss, struggle, and hardship, God is good and worthy of our praise! We look forward to gathering on Sunday and singing His praises together, comforting one another in his love, and being encouraged in the Lord. And will have a chance to do that this coming Sunday, thanks to the generous, kind offer of our good friend, Pastor Rich Cundall.
Because our church facility on Piner Road does not yet have power and access to Piner Road is still difficult, we are unable to meet there Sunday.
CHURCH SERVICE THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, WILL BE AT HESSEL CHURCH IN SEBASTOPOL AT 1PM. Please spread the word!
We will have one large, family-friendly service. Afterwords, there will be refreshments so we can spend some time together and catch up with one another.
At this point, there are at least 30 families who have lost their homes from our fellowship. (The Roscoes, our worship leader, their apartment complex on the Hopper burned down. They escaped as the complex was on fire.) There are many stories like this. Many of them have insurance but the grief is still great. I don't think there are any words to describe what it must feel like to lose everything! All of these will need to either rebuild or find a new home. Some of them were not adequately insured and we are hoping to be of some help to them, and not just them, but to everyone who's hurting.
We'd love to hear your stories and share some of them on this page for others to hear and pray and so that way we can be sensitive and helpful to those we know who are hurting. Send your testimonies to Pastor Carlin at . (Today we have a letter from Tim and Leigh Anne Delaney.)
If you're in need, please fill out the form on the link provided on this page. People are being very generous with their time and their resources and we look forward to connecting those who are willing to help with those who have need.
From the staff, Barb and I, Zack and Caitlin Reinman, Zackariah and Jordan Brownell, Pastor Carlin and Jeanette, Sherilee Williams, Pastor Adam Wilson and Katie, are still all displaced/under evacuation orders and away from our homes, as are many in the congregation. All of us are safe and have adequate housing at this time. Please keep us all, and the church family in your prayers and will see you Sunday!
- Pastor Ross
Update from Wednesday, October 11, 2017:
Sammy and Randall Precup's House
Update from Tuesday, October 10, 2017:
Dear Church Family,
Barb and I, along with several other staff, are still under evacuation orders away from our homes, but we are all safe and have temporary places to stay.
There are at least 24 families in our fellowship who have lost their homes and we expect the number to climb. Our hearts go out to you. There are no reported injuries. Amazingly everyone we have spoken to is in good spirits, full of faith and drawing near to God--even though there is terrible heartbreak. Barb and I, and the whole pastoral staff are grieving with you and standing with you in prayer. God will prevail and bring something beautiful from the ashes.
The church building is in an evacuation zone and we are still prohibited from entering the building or being on the property. The shops on the corner of Range and Piner are burnt to the ground and some of the structures on Piner are still on fire. ALL SERVICES/EVENTS ARE CANCELLED THIS WEEK. Sunday services are pending as we wait for the all clear. We will let you know by Friday about church on Sunday.
Piner and Range road. Gun shop and furniture store by church.
Moble Home park next to church
IF YOU'RE IN NEED
There will be a daily update on this page. If you have lost your home or are under evacuation orders and need assistance, click the link above and let us know how we can provide assistance.
IF YOU CAN HELP
Click the link above if you can house a family temporarily or wish to donate toward the fire relief fund.
Interesting, the Sunday service--especially first service--closed with Jesus' words about His followers being tested through the fires of tribulations. It wasn't even 24 hours before many of us saw those words come to pass in quite a literal sense. Along with the fires of testing, comes the faithfulness of the Lord to sustain us and work all things together for our good. Here's an encouraging word:
Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
We love you all! Keep looking up because His appearing is near!
Pastor Ross and Barb, and the team here at The Rock