Connecting to a

CHRIST

centered life and

KINGDOM

centered living

ABOUT THE ROCK

Located in Garfield Heights, OH, at The Rock we try to take a simple and straightforward approach to church. With a warm and loving atmosphere we want people to know that faith isn’t a guilt trip. Christianity is relevant, church can be meaningful, and a relationship with Jesus is life-changing. You won’t find anyone here trying to pretend to be spiritual superstars. We are real people who are committed to deepening our relationship with God and others.
 
We are committed to traditional and vintage Christian beliefs; however, no matter where you’re at on your spiritual journey, we want you to know that you’re welcome here. We want to be a safe place for you to explore authentic Christianity or grow in the faith.
 
We are also deeply committed to service, justice, and compassion. We desire to see transformation of our people, our homes, our neighborhoods, our cities, and our world through sharing the Good News in meaningful and practical ways.
 
We desire to connect to Christ through personal and corporate worship. We desire to connect the body of Christ through small groups. We desire to connect the disconnected through service and sharing the gospel.
 
We value truth, diversity, holistic outreach, spiritual community and kingdom partnerships. Read our complete value statements.
 
Why do you start your worship services at 10:02 AM?
 
We’re glad you asked. It’s to remind us of something that Jesus said in Luke 10:2.  “And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’ When Jesus tells us to pray for something, we should probably take it seriously. God is on mission in our world, restoring the broken, reconciling relationships, transforming hearts and minds, and saving souls.  He’s invited us to join Him on that mission. We start our worship service at 10:02 AM with this prayer to remind ourselves that as part of the Church, we’re not here for ourselves.  We gather together as people who are sent; sent out into the world by Jesus to share His love and serve others in His name.
 
 

MINISTRIES

 
Available for Nursery-5th Grade
on Sunday Mornings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Food Pantry, Community Night, and more. See the events calendar below for upcoming events.
Other ways we may serve you include:
Baptism
Pre-Marital / Marriage Coaching
Baby Dedication
Counseling & Referral
Benevolence Assistance
Recovery Support Groups
 
If you are interested in any of these other opportunities, please send us a message.

EVENTS

ONLINE GIVING

 
Everything we do at The Rock happens because of the support of our members, attenders, and friends. Without their tithes and offerings it would be impossible to provide the ministries that are touching and changing lives every day.  As a service to you we have provided the option to support the outpouring of The Rock through a convenient and secure online giving site.
 
 
If you’re new or simply checking us out, we consider you as our guest. This area is for those who consider The Rock their church home or who otherwise want to honor God through supporting us as a friend in the ministry.
 
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We are also on  Amazon Smile as an eligible charity of choice, where 0.5% of your purchase is given back to us.

TEACHING

Current Series:
We have been looking at the promises of the Kingdom of God in both the Old and New Testament by studying the lives of the pilgrims of the faith.  
Past Sermon Audio:

Oct 8, 2017
The Faithful and the Fugitive
Genesis 28:10-22
WatchNotesDownloadDateTitle
  • Oct 8, 2017The Faithful and the Fugitive
    Oct 8, 2017
    The Faithful and the Fugitive
    Genesis 28:10-22
  • Oct 5, 2017The Tables Are Turned
    Oct 5, 2017
    The Tables Are Turned
    Genesis 29-30
  • Oct 1, 2017Unity Over Patriotism
    Oct 1, 2017
    Unity Over Patriotism
    Series: (All)
    Ephesians 4:1-6
  • Sep 24, 2017The True Vine
    Sep 24, 2017
    The True Vine
    Series: (All)
    John 15:1-11
  • Sep 17, 2017It’s Not Fair
    Sep 17, 2017
    It’s Not Fair
    Genesis 25:29-33 & Genesis 27
  • Sep 10, 2017Generation to Generation
    Sep 10, 2017
    Generation to Generation
    Genesis 25:19 - 26
     
  • Aug 20, 2017Faith Without Borders
    Aug 20, 2017
    Faith Without Borders
    Genesis 22:1-19, Hebrews 11:17-19
     
  • Aug 13, 2017Hagar and Ishmael
    Aug 13, 2017
    Hagar and Ishmael
    Genesis 21:8-21
  • Jul 30, 2017No Turning Back
    Jul 30, 2017
    No Turning Back
  • Jul 23, 2017Intercession
    Jul 23, 2017
    Intercession
    Genesis 18:16-33

LIFE ANSWERS

Millions around the world are searching for answers to the problems they face throughout life’s journey. Many end up disappointed or disillusioned. Others, however, have found the answer. These fortunate ones are able to rise above hurtful circumstances and enjoy life at its fullest. Hopefully, you are one of the fortunate; however, if you are not, there is still hope.

 

BLOG

 

Peace in a Broken World

There is a lot going on in the world, to say the very least. It seems like there isn’t a day that goes by where is terrible news is not flashing across our television screens or mobile devices; another shooting, an attack on whole communities overseas, a seemingly ever reaching terrorist organization, a contentious political campaign…the list goes on. I am sure that many of us are already adding to the list as circumstances that may hit even closer to our hearts stamp our minds.

It is very easy for us to live in fear, for our minds to run rampant, to be a mess of anxiety, and to feel helpless. In light of these things I wanted to share some scriptures that remind us of the peace and power of God that tends to our hearts and minds.


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Worship for a Perfect God

Here is a beautiful and humbling picture of how our worship is received by God.
 
Psalm 96:4-9 reminds us of the greatness of God and the worship he requires:
“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor an …

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Learning from Lazarus

In the book of John, chapter 11, Jesus does something wild! He raises his good friend Lazarus from the dead. It’s quite a spectacle and is the final straw for those wanting Jesus dead. The entire situation is spelle …


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Championship Reflections

There is a connection between sports and faith. I’m not just talking about players who profess to be believers, but also the connection between how fans of teams respond after their teams win or lose. During the past few weeks, I have been wondering why sporting events can be so important to me at times, and whether it is healthy to get so emotional about the results of these games.
Athletes and the sports they play have been held in great esteem for hundreds of years. Paul the Apostle used metaphors to compare the Christian faith and athletic training. God created the human body to do some amazing feats, and it is fun to watch other humans push the envelope on what is physically possible. I believe God gave me a passion for sports, and that is a good thing.

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Remember We Have Seen Jesus

I’ve recently been reading through the book of John and came upon chapter 9. In this chapter Jesus heals a blind beggar and stirs the pot with the religious leaders of the time. They disapprove of Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath (a holy day on which no work was to be done) and quiz the poor ex-blind beggar’s family of who they believe Jesus to be. When the man cannot deny that something miraculous and divine has just occurred in his life, the religious leaders kick him out of the synagogue (their place of worship). I’ll spare the sermon but wanted to give an idea of what is happening in the chapter and why the next part is so ground breaking to me. After the ex-blind beggar is thrown out of the synagogue, Jesus approaches him and the interaction goes like this:

“When Jesus heard what had happened he found the man and asked, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’.The man answered, ‘Who is he sir? I want to believe in him’. Jesus says, ‘You have seen him and he is speaking to you’. The man then says, ‘Yes, Lord I believe’ and worshipped Jesus”. (v. 35-38)


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The Rock Community Church
9403 Garfield Blvd
Garfield Heights OH, 44125
info@rockcle.org
216-429-2636