August 2014


Dear Rising Family,
This Sunday, August 31st, is the 5th Sunday of the month and our Community Service Sunday.  We do not have a regular church service on the 5th Sundays, but instead take our service to the community, and we become the sermon for people to see.  Our 5th Sunday will feature a luncheon for the senior citizens of Pennsauken and the senior citizens of The Rising, including small group discussions with the seniors about their needs in the community.  The mayor of Pennsauken will be here for the luncheon and will conduct a short question and answer period with the senior citizens.  A group of us will once again be going out into the community for a few cleanup projects.  If you are interested in participating in this Community Service Sunday (luncheon or community projects), please be here at The Rising at 10:30AM.  From 10:30AM to 11AM, we will have a time of worship, prayer, and encouragement together before we go out to serve the community.  Our tithes and offerings for this Sunday should be placed in the boxes in the foyers.  Hope to see you here at The Rising for Community Service Sunday!
In His Name,
Pastor Charlie



August 2013 

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3465 Haddonfield Road, Pennsauken, NJ 08109

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Charles Simonka, Pastor

Jesse Dariano, Youth Director/Pastor’s Assistant



Dear Rising Family,


Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!  I hope you had a great and blessed summer.  The fall season is upon us, and there are many exciting and significant happenings here at The Rising.


As we move into the final four months of 2013, our theme for the month of September is “Vision and Leadership,” specifically focusing on our vision and mission at The Rising and the type of leadership that will be able to execute the vision.  We will begin this Sunday, September 8th, with a message and teaching from Jesse Dariano, entitled “Wisdom’s Call.”  Pastor Charlie will give messages on vision and leadership, on September 15th and 22nd.  The messages and teachings in the month of September will prepare the way for our leadership weekend on September 28th and 29th with Dr. John Williford.


On Saturday, September 28th, Dr. Williford will conduct a leadership workshop.  There will be a continental breakfast from 9AM to 9:30AM.  The workshop will be from 9:30AM to 12:30PM.  The entire Rising Family is invited to this workshop, as well as anyone who is called to be a part of The Rising.  If you are already in leadership here, if you want to grow as a leader, or if you aspire to be a leader at The Rising, it is mandatory that you attend and participate in this workshop.


The Rising is rising (no pun intended), and moving in a new direction, and in doing so, there is vision, there are missions, there are goals and objectives, and if you are going to be a leader at The Rising, it is Mandatory that you attend this workshop. This ensures that all of us can be in one accord and we are all hearing the same thing at the same time.  If you have questions, this would be the time when we will discuss and reflect on all questions.


We want to take hold of the heartbeat of ministry to this present age.  If you are called to be in this ministry, this is your weekend, as we lay a foundation for the future.  I would encourage us all to attend this workshop so that we can be in one accord, so as we go forward to execute the vision, mission, goals and objectives from October 2013 forward, we will all be moving together.  That is why it is imperative that you make every effort to be at this leadership workshop and the whole weekend.

Don’t forget some of the other events happening at the Rising in September!  Our Back-to-School Breakfast Fundraiser and Giveaway is Saturday, September 14th, from 8AM to 10AM, at Applebee’s on Haddonfield Road in Cherry Hill.  There is still time to purchase tickets and invite your family and friends, so please get your tickets and come join us for a great time of fun and fellowship.  There is also still time to bring in school supplies, which we will be giving away to all the school-aged kids who attend.

One final note for now:  On Wednesday, September 18th at 7PM, The Rising leadership is calling the Rising Family to prayer.  Come on out and join us for an evening of prayer, as we seek the Lord together for the people of The Rising, for people who will be coming to The Rising, for our families and friends, for our vision and ministries, and for everything that will be taking place here at The Rising in 2013.  Hope to see you there ready to connect with God and each other through prayer.

It is a privilege and honor to serve you here at The Rising.



Charlie Simonka

Pastor Charlie Simonka




Saturday, September 14:     Back-to-School Breakfast at Applebee’s from 8AM-10AM


Saturday, September 18:     The Rising Call to Prayer Night, 7PM


Saturday, September 28:     Leadership Workshop with Dr. John Williford, 9:30AM-12PM

Continental Breakfast, 9AM-9:30AM


Sunday, September 29:      Dr. John Williford speaking at Sunday morning service


Sunday, October 6:   Communion Feast Service/Family and Friends Day


Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 13:  The Rising Women’s Retreat


Saturday, November 2:       Grief Support Group Begins for 6 weeks


Saturday, November 16:     Men’s Seminar with Dr. John Williford (details forthcoming)


Sunday, November 17:        The Rising’s First Anniversary Service with Dr. John Williford

and other guests and surprises


Sunday, December 15:         Adult Christmas Communion Feast Service


Sunday, December 22:        Kids’ Christmas Service