Join us Sundays at 9:00 a.m. at 10:30 a.m. at Central Elementary as we start a new series (Messiah) this holiday season. Additionally, we invite you to join us on Christmas Eve from 4-4:45p.m. for a family service. All are welcome. Come as you are!
We are starting a new tradition at LRC by giving a Big Picture Story Bible to the parents on the day they dedicate their baby. One reason for this is that baby dedications are not for the salvation of the baby but for the dedicating the parents in the mission of leading the child to know and follow Jesus Christ. Baby dedications are done publicly in the worship service because they involve a whole body committed to discipling children in the Christian faith. Dedicating a child to the LORD was done by Hannah, Joseph and Mary. Our choice to dedicate babies, and not baptize them, probably goes back to the Reformation and the Anabaptist tradition. It also relates to one’s theological view of the Covenants. Our view is that there is an Old Covenant and a New Covenant (not a Covenant of Works and a Covenant of Grace).
With the high number of births at LRC this year, I expect we may have many baby dedications to come in 2020! For a good summary on baby dedications and other questions, go to the Compelling Truth website.
A recent study shows that the average church going kid comes 1.7 Sundays per month or about 20 weeks per year. With precious little time the task of leading children and youth to Christ and teaching them to follow Christ must be emphasized in every home and is one of our highest priorities as a church! Pray God will use our families and our body to pass on the faith to the next generation.
If you would like to schedule a baby dedication, please fill out this simple form, so someone from our office can discuss this important day with you. For the dedication, we will have you send us a baby picture and a verse you’d like to use for your child’s dedication. Also let us know what day and service you’d like to dedicate your child. We encourage you to make this day special and invite family and friends to your baby’s dedication. We look forward to celebrating with you!
Pastor Roger Eng
Join us THIS Sunday, November 17th for our PLANTED Celebration Sunday! We will have one combined Worship service at 10:30 a.m. A full banquet will be catered by Unhinged at 11:45 a.m. (Nursery and childcare available). We will sing and give thanks for the LORD’S faithfulness to LRC these 17 years as a portable church. We will celebrate our progress towards our vision to be PLANTED. Jeremiah 32 will provide the challenge for our body to keep the vision alive and the invitation open for more people to join us as we enter the final 13 months of the PLANTED Campaign.
Jeremiah Sermon Series by Pastor Roger is now available for listening on Soundcloud.
September 11, 2001 and 2011
By Pastor Roger
The first day at a new church can be stressful, especially if you are the new pastor! My family sold our home in Fremont, NE and moved to NYA in record time. My first Sunday at Living Rock Church was Sept. 11, 2011. It was the 10th anniversary of 9-11.
When 9-11 happened, my family was in Lancaster, PA — just 100 miles from all three tragic sights. I recall the churches in our city having noon prayer meetings that week — not because pastors were planning them but because the people were gathering. We knew it was time to pray.
Since 9-11, I made it a personal goal to read and study the religion of Islam and understand their book (the Quran) and their man (Mohammed). Even when I was packing boxes in Nebraska, I remember listening to lectures on Islam and Christianity! It is critical to comparing “the book and the man” of Islam and Christianity in order to get the heart of the issues with clarity. This idea was the topic of my first sermon at LRC.
Below is a link to my first message at LRC on Sept. 11, 2011, “The Way of the Cross and The Way of the Sword