Monday, May 21, 2018

May Update

I’ll never forget stepping out of my car onto Court Street after graduation weekend my first year of campus ministry. It was a truly odd feeling to walk around Uptown Athens and feel like I’d somehow stepped into an alternate dimension. Everything was quiet and nobody was outside on the streets… I briefly considered that perhaps I had stepped onto the scene of an old-fashioned Western Show-down when the reality hit me; this is summer time in Athens! 
ROC's Giving Campaign is off to a
great start, but we still have a long way
to go. Would you prayerfully consider
joining ROC's support team?
Summer is an extremely important time in the life of the ministry of ROC for many reasons. First, summer is one of the first opportunities that we have to meet the class of 2022. ROC is actively involved with Bobcat Student Orientation where Bobcats-to-be and their parents come to get housing assignments, take placement tests, finalize financial aid details, and prepare for life in Athens this fall. ROC will be tabling along with other campus ministries to share information about faith community options at OU. 
Secondly, summer is an important time for ROC students to “Be Sent” (one of our 3 core values). As you may recall from Noah’s update last month, in addition to ROC students who will be joining me on the mission field in July and those serving with me at OVCA in June, we have 3 students who have been given some incredible opportunities to serve this summer. Noelle Mash, who will be our incoming ROC Student Org President this fall, will be serving in Kentucky with Crossroads Missions. Blayne Smith, incoming ROC Student Leader, is serving with the American Indian Christian Mission in Show Low, AZ. Finally, Abby Cohen, incoming ROC Student Leader, will be serving at Children’s Hospital in South Africa. 
Baptizing our friend Tera Hogue at
Year End Bash!
Asyou may have guessed, summer is an important time for fundraising to provide for the needs of the ministry. We are on the go a lot during the summer meeting with current supporting churches and donors as well as talking to new and potential supporters who are considering joining the ROC Financial Support Team. If you are a current supporter or are interested in becoming one, please get in contact with us! We would love to talk with you about what God has been doing in the ministry this year. 
Along those same lines, we are pleased to give you an update on our summer fundraising progress. This month our supporters came through and picked up new monthly support in the amount of $300! We are so incredibly encouraged by this generosity, but we still have a good ways to go to meet our goals! 

Some of the ROC Community at Year
End Bash. 
We want to encourage you to join us in celebrating. Just a few short weeks ago at ROC’s annual Year End Bash, we had the privilege of baptizing our friend Tera Hogue into Christ! What an incredible exclamation point on an amazing year of ministry. Tera has been an active part of the community for several years now, participating in Crosswalk, Bible Studies, retreats, and even our Spring Break Mission Trip. This year she decided to take that all-important step in her faith and be submissive in baptism. We, of course, couldn’t be more excited. 
As we look forward to summer events, we can’t help but think about the amazing things that God has in store for us this fall. Of course, we believe that YOU are a big part of our success. We know that without your prayers, encouragement, and ongoing commitment to the ministry of ROC, none of this would be possible. For that, we are eternally grateful. 
Blessings,

-Dodger

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