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Just These Thoughts My Friends

Just These Thoughts My Friends...            


Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate! The 250th anniversary of the founding of Rock Presbyterian Church is now underway, and there are going to be many, many opportunities for our church family to celebrate. In fact, we are going to spend this next year remembering our past, rejoicing in the beauty of our current life together, and flourishing in the ministries that God is calling us to as we bring our gifts together and use them for his kingdom.

As we begin this important year, we hold onto the fact that the strand that runs through all of this pomp and ceremony, is the faithfulness of the Lord. The good work that he began here in 1770, providing a place for settlers to this frontier to worship and serve him near the Rocky Creek, he now continues in 2020. Think about that. Before our country declared her independence, men and women of the Presbyterian faith began gathering here to make a priority of worshipping and serving the Lord. The names of those impacted by the presence of a church in this place are uncountable. For the reach has been far beyond this 13 acre plot just north of Greenwood. It has extended to the greater Lakeland’s community, and even internationally. We celebrate this in this historic year.

We will begin our celebrations this first month of 2020 with a number of things meant to keep our eyes focused, not only on our historic faith, but on Jesus our Lord. First, we are going to spend the first quarter of the year focusing our thoughts on a Bible reading plan based on the book, “The Essential Jesus.” This reading plan will be provided to the congregation so that together we can read and study the same passages of scripture. Sunday sermons and Wednesday nights will seek to reinforce the teachings about Jesus, as well as the words he taught his disciples.

Secondly, we are going to be presented with the fascinating history of the Rock Church. In this past year, a brief history of the church has been researched and compiled. At our January Family Supper on Wednesday, January 15, we will welcome the Rev. Dr. Joseph Johnson, former pastor of the Rock Church to present this history to us. Along those lines, be on the lookout each week for a “Rock Church” trivia question, featured in your bulletin. My guess is we are all going to learn many more details about the history of Rock.

Finally, on Sunday, January 26, we will worship together as we observe our annual Founder’s Day Anniversary, ordain and install elders at the 11:00 a.m. worship service, and enjoy a breakfast and fellowship celebration at 10:00 a.m. You do not want to miss this day of worship and fellowship. Mark your calendars now! Friends, let me say this once again. This is a historic year. And we have much to celebrate. Join me this year in praying that God will renew in each of us a desire to love him, know him, and serve him.


Dr. Chris Leonard

Remembering the Past
Rejoicing in the Present
Flourishing in the Future
Sunday, May 17, 2020 10:30 a.m.