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Family Ministry

“…that he may command his children…after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice.”

Genesis 18:19

Parent with the end in mind

That end is not, “Happy 18th birthday!”
It’s, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” 
We take family ministry seriously, because we know it’s our job to help you succeed as a parent.  Parents, we partner with you and invest in you as you train your children to follow Jesus Christ -- In the Home: Parents get to shape the spiritual destiny of their children; and In the Church: Equips and encourages families to build God’s Kingdom together.  Our mission is to  foster a grace-driven community of actively growing disciple-makers in every child’s life.
“that the next generation might know” Psalm 78:6

God wants your family to thrive.  We’re here to help.

How We Partner with You

Godly Parent Values
Our parenting values often reflect short term needs rather than eternal ones.  We help refine those good parent values with God’s truth so that you can parent with deep spiritual impact.

Faith at Home
We equip you with resources, training, and tools so you can lead well.  You’ll become a pro at what we call “faith talks,” “faith walks,” and “faith practices.”

Milestone Preparation
Every child undergoes big transitions that you can utilize to help deepen their faith and show your love.  From child dedication to preparing for adolescence to high school graduation and others – seven different milestone opportunities exist for you to harness for even greater impact.  We will give you the tools for that.

Community of Faith
None of this can exist in a vacuum or come from a pamphlet.  It happens in a community of faithful parents who share their encouragement and struggles and ideas to overcome them.  We intentionally create opportunities to come together to foster this vital community.

Family Ministry News

Overcomer Movie Event
January 9th, 2020
You are invited to come out to a family-friendly movie night on Friday, January 24 at 7pm in the Sanctuary to view the movie, “Overcomer” [rated PG] from the Kendrick brothers. A high-school basketball coach volunteers to coach a troubled teen in long-distance running. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new-found friend, John becomes the least likely coach helping the least likely runner attem...
Youth Groups, Jan. 12
January 9th, 2020
This Sunday we will discuss the return of the exiles - God keeps his word!  The early chapters of Ezra share about this return and the praise God's people gave to him - even when they were still a bit fearful of attack for open worship.My prayer is that your discussion at home will help you and your family celebrate God's freedom and help reveal areas where you might still live as though you are i...
Youth Groups, Jan. 5
December 30th, 2019
God is in the business of restoration.  However, that restoration is reserved for the humble.  The prideful, however, are resisted by God.  This Sunday we'll look at a fascinating book: Obadiah.  It's super short, but it's packed with some powerful truth.  The nation of Edom (Esau's descendants) stood by when Israel was conquered, and they even celebrated the nation's downfall.  God pronounces jud...
52 Verses - January
December 30th, 2019
Memorize (Head) and discuss (Heart)What does this verse mean?How can we put this verse into practice in our family?What do you think will happen to the person who lives out the message of this verse?What are some signs that a person has put this verse into practice?Does this verse remind you of any other verses in the Bible?Pray together and thank God for his Word.  Ask for God’s help in applying ...
Youth Groups, Dec. 22
December 19th, 2019
Does the Christmas story still fill you with awe?God actually looked at our sinful, human plight and decided to do something about it.  He came as one of us to do what none of us could do.  Lately we've been covering the time of the exile, seeing that God didn't forget about his people even after they had been carried off because of their own rebellion.  All of us have known the exile caused by si...
ROC Kitchen Volunteer Training
December 12th, 2019
If you volunteer or plan to volunteer in the ROC Commercial Kitchen, this training is MANDATORY!Not sure if you need this training or not?  If you are on a team, committee, or volunteer for an activity, event, or camp requiring the use of the ROC Kitchen or even stepping into the ROC Kitchen, this training is for you.  Still not sure if you need this training?  Come anyway!Those who do not attend ...
Christmas Eve Service
December 10th, 2019
Bring the whole family and join us at 6pm for our Christmas Eve candlelight and communion service.  All are welcome!......
Youth Christmas Party, Dec. 8
December 5th, 2019
Our annual youth Christmas party is almost here!  Youth are invited to join us in the barn from 5:00-7:30 pm.  We will provide a main dish and drinks.  There will be fun games and a gift exchange!Youth are asked to bring...Side item (guys) or dessert (girls) to shareWrapped gift, $5 or less, for our gift exchange ("white elephant" gifts are fine)Note the added half hour in our time for a 7:30 pm p...
Youth groups, 12/8
December 3rd, 2019
On December 8, our youth groups will be reminded of God's authority sustaining his people.  Part of this lesson covers Nebuchadnezzar.  You know, the guy who thought he was so great, God let him live like a beast for years until he humbled himself.  I don't know of anyone else who has had that sort of consequence, but I've encountered many who have a pride problem...sometime's it's that person in ...
Upward Sports - Basketball and Cheer
December 3rd, 2019
Upward practices will begin the week of December 3 at 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. All participants must attend the practice night and time for their team. Coaches will call each team member to verify time, day and location of practice. Upward Game Days: Let the games begin!We have posted the schedules for the basketball teams online.  Please refer to this for all game schedules for the se...