3465 Haddonfield Road, Pennsauken, NJ 08109
856.665.4494/95 – Fax: 856.665.5596
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.
Pastor Charlie Simonka
UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2013 TO PRAYERFULLY SUPPORT
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