Brrrr, did you feel that? Felt like fall outside to me today. As a summer lover, I have to admit that I miss long sunny days but fall at OU is beautiful. Also, fall in the ROC community is also one of our favorite times of the year. Why? Because it’s filled with events like ROC Fall Retreat, outdoor worship nights, and much more.
Since it’s been a month since we last caught up, let me share with you a few highlights. First, ROC at OU outgrew our normal meeting space! For the past several years we’ve met for Crosswalk in a room in Schoonover Center, but in order to allow for more space we have moved just across the street to Copeland Hall to a larger room. The community has been meeting there for the past couple weeks and everyone seems to like our new home!
Similarly, the meeting location for ROC at Rio has changed as well. Last year we set up each week in “The Storm Shelter”, Rio’s Student Union. It was an easy place for students to find us, but was also a shared space for other groups, so this fall we’ve found a new home in Bob Evan’s Hall! It’s high-tech and fancy, so I’m trying not to break anything expensive hahaha.
Earlier I mentioned that one of our favorite activities of the fall has been outdoor worship night. Last year we held one on each campus. This year, we intend to do the same. ROC at OU actually held its first one on September 9th. It was a great night full of worship. Of course, kudos to our worship team, Scripture, teaching, and testimonies. ROC at Rio’s worship night is coming up Monday evening October 11th at 6:30pm in the amphitheater behind the Davis Career center. If you’re in Gallia County, we’d love for you to join us that evening.
Speaking of exciting news. ROC has a new staff member. Our board voted to bring Noah McCune on as ROC’s new Associate / Worship Minister. Noah is a ROC alum and lives nearby in Glouster, Ohio with his wife Gracie (another ROC Alum). Noah’s focus will be assisting me with ministry on both campuses while also helping to develop musicians and teach them about worship arts. I absolutely love having alumni come back and serve with ROC and Noah is certainly no exception. We are looking forward to seeing how God continues to bless the ROC community through Noah.
As always, we want to thank you for your love and support. We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve our students, and you are a vital part of the system that allows us this privilege. Praying that you’ve been encouraged by hearing some of the things that are happening in the community.