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Superfest 2012 :: More Photos Posted

What?!  Looking for more photos from this years Superfest at PLNU…Well you can go HERE or you can go to http://www.sdrock.com/photos/2012-01-28-superfest/

Observations, Ocotlan & Being Yoked

Walking down the street from Casa Arnel, on the way to Ocotlan and guess what I see in the car window…Go Chargers!

The view from the road to Ocotlan…

On the bus ride to Ocotlan….reading God’s Word! 

Pineapples!  Lots of Pineapples!

Walking through the market I saw this Dad talking to his son…it looked as if he was encouraging his son, he had a big smile as he was talking with him and gesturing and holding his son’s head in what can only be described as a loving manner.  Not sure who the other kid was, if it was his brother or friend, but he was smiling too, even though you can’t see his face in the photo.  Trust me, it was all good.

I love all the colors in the market, but unfortunately they use these blue and red tarps to cover and shield the market area from the sun…but it casts this blue and red shade on everything.  So when i saw these beautiful bell peppers in the sun I had to get this photo!  I wish yall could have seen this in real time…the colors just popped!!

I took this photo for Cyndy…since she couldn’t make it this time to Oaxaca and seems to only know how to take photos of flowers and her dog!

These guys don’t look so happy… after-all it is market day in Ocotlan and they’re for sale!

I love how big and colorful the churches are in Mexico.  Yes it is a Catholic Church.  But It doesn’t stop me from acknowledging the God I serve and having reverence and awe for how big He is and how small I am!  And remembering that He died on the cross for my sin that I might have life and breath…to serve Him with my whole heart.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
(Matthew 11:29-30 ESV)

What a great reminder…this yoke weighed about 40 pounds.  Can’t imagine trying to roll with this on my back for more than a few seconds.  It reminds me that I need to trust Christ first and foremost for all my needs.  That while I was the only photographer able to make it to Oaxaca this time, it is a team effort.  The work is made easier and less burdensome with the help of many hands.  I believe that’s why we are told in Hebrews

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
(Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)

I am encouraged by what I see in Oaxaca…and the main work hasn’t begun yet.  It was a great day with God!

Superfest SD 2012

Superfest 2012 at Point Loma Nazarene University

Sports is a great platform to share the Good News of Christ!  Praise God for all the folks who came forward in response to the message of Life through Christ!  More photos soon…

Dog Lovers

The Dog Lovers Ministry from The Rock Church teamed up with SNAP (Spay Neuter Action Project) and the Chula Vista Animal Shelter at The Rock Park on Sunday to help some adorable dogs find a home.

Adopting a shelter dog saves two lives; the dog you adopted and the dog that takes its place in their temporary home at the shelter!

Content to be held, but really needing a home!

One of the adopted dogs with his new loving family.

Thanks to the Dog Lovers Ministry fifteen Dogs were adopted on Sunday, Grizzly was one of them. This volunteer has tears of joy knowing he will be going to a great new home.

“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animals…” ~ Proverbs 12:10

For more information on The Dog Lovers Ministry click HERE

To see more photo or download them for free check out our SmugMug site HERE

iaomai guatemala 2011 :: kids…

kids are great. They are full of so much energy and curiosity along an attitude of innocence.

 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
 (Matthew 19:14 ESV)

at heart im still a kid. I love adventure, exploring new places, like guatemala.  i still love to play cards and board games and whenever i get a chance…i love to play on the swings.

on the way to huehue, one of our rest-stops was at a restaurant that happened to have a swing set.  of course i went for a swing. It was great!  at that moment i didnt care who was around me or for that matter where i was.  for that short time, i was a kid back in san diego, playing on the swings and seeing how hi and how far i could jump off…at least in my imagination!my days of how hi and how far are long gone.   unfortunately my body has begun the process of aging and i dont recover as fast as i used to and my kness are shot.  but what has kept me from doing alot of the stuff i used to enjoy, like bodyboarding, snowboarding, mtn biking and play tennis and badminton…ive come to appreciate the simple things.  like a good swing set and some time to spend with Dad!maricel, chanel and yoni

monday morning the army base we are at had an official ceremony thanking iaomai and helps international for the humanitarian/ medical help they provide for the people of huehue.

thats when i spotted yoni and his cousin chanel peaking from behind a tree.  i tried to get a photo of them but they ran off.  a few minutes later, i saw three of them in between the trees.  they were joined by maricel, big sister to yoni.the 2 girls ran off and yoni ran towards me…stopping short to show off his tree hanging skills.  next thing i know im taking his photo and his sister and cousin are coming to join yoni.   i took a few more photos when cyndy walked over to where i wasi introduced the kids to hermana cyndy and the girls gave her a hug  it reminded me of the scripture where were told to have that child like faith.

Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
(Luke 18:17 ESV)

kids are great judges of character.  if they dont trust you, theyre gonna keep you at heishman distance.  i reckon being a big kid has its benefits…the kids let me take lots of fun photos and i got to meet yoni and maricels parents.  God used yoni to  remind me to keep things simple and try not to take myself too seriously, have fun and trust that Dad is in control!

Praise God!!me and yoni, photo taken by his sister maricel

dont forget to visit iaomaimedical.org to read more stories and learn more about what God is doing through Iaomai

Do Something World | Barrio Logan

Every time I go to shoot a Do Something World Event I am so impressed with how many people have come out to work and how organized it is. This Barrio Logan event had 15 designated work areas running 6 big city blocks between National Ave. and Logan Ave. This also included the Chicano Park area and the Paradise Senior Center. There was somewhere around 700-800 people working hard to display God’s Love to those living in this neighborhood.

I especially enjoy seeing the families out working together. Mothers & Daughters, Fathers & Daughters, Mothers & Sons

There were a large variety of different projects completed on Saturday morning. Volunteers weeded, trim trees & bushes, clean out drainage ditches, repair sprinkler, landscaped with new plants, put down tons of mulch, swept streets & sidewalks, cleaned up graffiti, power washed a roof, stairs and sidewalks, and paint inside and out.

To see more photos please go to our SmugMug gallery HERE

Do Something World – Barrio Logan

Yet again the Rock Church through our Do Something World actions helped the community of Barrio Logan with some clean up, painting and other repairs.  God was really working through the participants and it was truly awesome to see people pitch in to help the people in this area of San Diego.

We ministered to the homeless as well during our time there and it was great to even see people who were not with the church helping.  One homeless person was busy picking up trash and other debris from around his shelter.  He also had some good conversation with some of the volunteers as he assisted with the efforts.  I would have loved to have gotten the photos but sometimes you just have to know when to put the camera down either to help out or out of respect for someones privacy.  While the gentleman was very helpful he felt ashamed of his situation and didn’t want to be photographed.  Hopefully the Lord will bring better times to this kind homeless man so that he can participate from a different perspective in our next event.  Sometimes you run into people who are mentally challenged,  addicted to something, or just on a bad run of things but more and more it is happening to people who just can’t find a job.  It happens more times than you think  in this economy and we have to remember that we are all just a couple of steps from being on the street.  Pray that this gentleman and many of the homeless get the assistance they need to get off the street and into a home.  The colder weather is coming and any way you can help is appreciated.

Ok now for some of the photos from the event.  Brother Joe should be posting the complete collection soon.


Jim Wanglund

2011 Rock Academy Football

the rock academy football season is about to begin, they play vincent memorial  tomorrow at del norte high school, 7pm.  come out and support the warriors as they begin their 2011 campaign.to see the whole team you can visit the rock website photo galleries or just click HERE

Serving In Serra Mesa

The Do Something Event in Serra Mesa is not just about saving the government money; it is about seeing a need and having  ample pride in our community to take time out of our own busy schedule and help meet that need.

****to see more photos that cyndy, lisa & terry took go visit our fb site HERE!****

A variety of people from all different walks of life, educational bsckgrounds, ages, ethnic groups and income levels worked side by side to clean up and beautify the Serra Mesa Recreational Center.

“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” John 17:23

Families donated their time and talents while teaching their children an important lesson; that serving others can be fun.

Our church family is unified as they work together to serve the community.

Live from the Rock Church…its the Rock Church

beginning this sunday, jan 16th, rock church live!

the rock is now broadcasting live all 5 sunday services.

8am, 10am,12noon, 5pm, 7pm (PST)  tell a friend…


parenting worskshops this fri and sat at the rock

parenting conference with dr john rosemond, at the rock on friday and saturday.

dr john rosemond spoke at rock north county on tuesday & wednesday, so if you missed that, you can catch him in pt loma. friday and saturday are different topics requiring seperate sign-ups.   each day is  $15 ($20 per couple)

to learn more about john rosemond please visit his website     www.rosemond.com

A Call to Prayer and Worship…no class this wed

A Call to Prayer and Worship

today and tomorrow at the rock, 7pm-845pm in the sanctuary

 we will be joining with the rest of the rock family in the sanctuary this wed to pray and worship. which means we will not be meeting for class.  please come join us for a great time of praise, worship and fellowship.

we wont be meeting next week either, due to the thanksgiving holiday. 

our next class meeting will be dec 1st…stay tuned for more details

if you have any questions please feel free to email us at


attention church…ron jeremy has left the building

last saturday the rock hosted a truly historic, if not comical event…the self porclaimed king of porn was seen inside the rock church.  ron jeremy, said king of porn, and craig gross (aka the porn pastor) held one of the pornography debates.  the 2 of them have been traveling around the country, to mostly college campuses, hoding debates on whether  pornography is harmless entertainment or a dangerous addiction.

ron jeremy was clearly “out of his element” inside the rock.  most college campuses view him as some sort of hero and craig gross is the underdog.   there were quite a few “fans” of ron jeremy in attendance at the rock, but the packed sanctuary was clearly anti-pornography/pro craig gross.

craig gross is the founder of xxxchurch.com, a christian anti-pornography website that aims to help those who struggle with pornography overcome their addiction.  pastor miles moderated the nites event, and it was an often hilarious evening on a very serious topic.  i dont think the evening convinced either craig or ron to come to the others “side” but it was great to see so many folks who might not ordinarily come inside a church inside a church.

if you need help, check out xxxchurch.com

Calling All Those Interested In Photography…

Please come join us for some fun, fellowship, and learning on Wednesday nights at 7pm in the Jr High Room on the third floor.  Whether you are new to photography or experienced this is a great way to get involved and Do Something.  During this series of classes we will explore the basics of the craft, have practical exercises, and even get in a field trip or two in.  If you are interest please join us on the following dates:

10/06 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Intro to the team & who we are as a ministry

10/13 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Fundamental Techniques

10/20 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Practical Use Of Different Camera Modes

11/03 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Framing & Composition

11/10 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Creative Techniques

11/17 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Equipment, Bodies, Lenses & Flashes

Photo Class 1: Fundamental Techniques

Photo Class 1
Fundamental Techniques
Wednesday 10/13/10
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Jr High Room

Are you interested in photography? Do you want to learn more about the art or maybe you just want to take a better family photo? If you answered yes to either of those questions please come join us for our first class. We have already had a great intro session but there is still room for more people. Feel free to come and check us out. For those who would like to participate please see below for a few things to remember to bring to the first class.

  • Please read through your manual for your camera and bring it to class. If you are missing a manual you can find it on the manufactures’ website for most models. You don’t need to know it all, just become a little more familiar with your camera.
  • Always bring your camera to class if you have one. We may need it to instruct you on a particular technique.
    • If you are shooting digital please make sure the battery is charged and that you have a card ready with available space.
    • If you are shooting film please make sure that you have fresh batteries and general purpose film ready to go. If you are not sure what to get don’t worry. Just bring your camera and we will help you with getting setup for our next class.
  • For our first class please bring your top 5 photos in digital format or on photo paper. We would prefer digital so that it is easier to share with the whole class. We will work with most digital formats including but not limited to: CF, SD, Compact Disc, USB Thumb Drives, and DVD.
    • Please make sure the photos are easy to find, preferably in a folder separated from your other photos. If you are unsure of how to do this don’t worry. Just write down the names of the photos on your preferred media on a piece of paper and we will explain how to move the files around during class.
    • Please make sure to also note one favorite of the bunch. Just in case we don’t have enough time for everyone to get through five we will have enough time for one photo each.
    • It would also be nice to have a little background behind each picture. Just a little something to tell the class what you were thinking and why you took the photo. Accidents are welcome as a good part of photography is timing and sometimes things just happen without you knowing how it was performed. This can lead to some interesting discussions to decipher what made the shot.
  • Most important of all is to bring an open mind to others visions and views of the world. We all come from different backgrounds which can make for a great learning experience for us all. A little prayer also can’t hurt and can go a long way toward letting God work in your life.

If you have any questions please let us know: photoministry@therocksandiego.org. I look forward to seeing you all in class.


Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer

Malia’s Do Something Slideshow


to see more photos from this saturdays event, you can visit the rock website or go HERE

Walk Down Memory Lane

The Rock Cancer C.A.R.E ministry exists to serve cancer patients, cancer survivors, family members and caregivers by filling the “Gaps” in cancer care.  They celebrated their 2nd annual Walk Down Memory Lane with a 5k walk around Liberty Station and fun family activities. The team of volunteers have touched so many lives and it was clear to see with all the smiling faces!

Visit www.rockcancercare.org for more information on how you can help this great ministry!

Lisa Ronco

lets go shoot fireworks!

***Photo Class 2Nite!!***

we are gonna go shoot pics of the sea world fireworks show tonite.  we are meeting up in the jr hi room at the rock tonite to talk more about shooting fireworks then we are gonna go over to crown point to take pics of the fireworks.

its not too late to come join us…if youre interested, email us and leave your phone# and we will call you back to let you know where we are.


Rock Parking Ministry BBQ…Phil’s BBQ!!

The great Men and Women that help you find that parking space every Sunday came together for a night of fellowship at to eat some Phil’s BBQ. They had a great time playing games and getting to know each other that serve at different services. The Parking Ministry is always looking for men and women to serve so the Rock does not have to pay people to do this.
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3rd annual worldwide photowalk…Little Italy

we will be taking part in this years walk, leading the photowalk in Little Italy.  come and have fun with us…for more info and to sign up you please go to the official photowalk site HERE

have camera, will travel…

while im still recovering from the cayman trip, i am anxious to get out there to shoot more.  looking forward to mexico in july with adventures in life.  more on that later.  one of the blogs i check out from time to time is scott kelbys photoshop insider blog, you can visit it HERE.

he linked a great article from the folks at national geographic on travel and photography…well worth sharing.  there are some really great, basic insights, that i wish i had known prior to going to the cayman islands and jamaica…but better late than never i suppose.  you can check out the article Right Here.

yes, this is  your camera staring at you saying “lets go shoot…”

WWJS? Anything that blesses!

I was asked the question, “What would Jesus Shoot?” by Brother Joe, the leader of the Photography Ministry. After a lengthy discussion, we came to the conclusion that Jesus would shoot as an act of service. He would offer his gifts to bless those that needed it the most. I’ve wanted to develop a project for a long time in which I offer free senior portraits to high school seniors who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get them done. The main reason for this is because I was one of them. When I was in high school, the cheapest senior portrait package was $250. Being a girl from a single-parent family, it seemed like an unnecessary luxury. Even though I really wanted them and I cringed with envy every time my friends gave me a wallet of their portraits and I couldn’t give them one of mine, I didn’t want to put undue financial pressure on my mom.

Keranisha is involved in the Milestone House program which offers on-site tutoring, educational therapy, reading enrichment programs, independent living skills training, and individual career counseling for at-risk teens. It was an honor to serve and do what I love while giving her these memories she can keep forever. We had a lot of fun taking pictures of her along the boardwalk of Oceanside Pier and she was effortlessly photogenic!

I dropped off some prints and a CD of images for her a couple days ago. As she thanked me relentlessly, I realized that this really is what Jesus would shoot. He would want to bring the smiles to their faces, warm their hearts and just plain bless them!

I am currently looking for more high school seniors that are in a federal or state funded program, foster youth program, are homeless or are part of a low-income household. Please contact me at malia@maliadadez.com if you are interested or would like to nominate a program or individual for my project.







Come one come all, and bring your clothing, dishes, anything that you don’t need the Rock thrift store wants it. everything that is sold goes back to DO SOMETHING San Diego and the world. Miles McPherson and San Diego City Councilman  Kevin Faulconer were present to celebrate the opening of the Rock Thrift store.
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for more info about the thrift store or directions visit www.rockthriftstore.com

rounding third, heading for home….

this is just a small part of the black pearl.   one of the bmx stunt riders going for  spin…

its sunday morning, and everyone seems tired.  it was a fantastic week of ministry and the 2 festival nights were the icing on the cake.  more pics when get back to diego.   blessings

Cayman 2010: Jesus in the Schools

As I strolled through my assigned school Monday, John A Cumber, and Wednesday Savanna and Bodden Primary I was once again amazed at how foreign schools and students are so polite. Not that they do not have troubled youth, but they are a decided minority.

I worked in schools in Russia for a year and have had some contact with schools in almost every country I’ve been in, and it never fails to amaze me at how, for the most part, the students are very well mannered and studious.
It seems that for U. S. students there is no expectation for excellence and thus they rise to the level of mediocrity which is expected of them. I guess those that are in authority in the education system in the U. S. are more concerned with little Johnny’s feelings or little Mary’s self esteem than producing young adults that can compete on the world stage or show some modicum of being educated beyond Kindergarten.

In Russia I met kids that could name all fifty of our States and the Capitals as well as much of our history, such as who Presidents Washington, Jefferson or Lincoln is and their contribution to history and the U. S. is not their country. While our students have trouble naming the Capital of their own state and think Washington is a street, Jefferson and Lincoln are schools. I have listened to ‘Man on the Street,‘ and sadly some college students and adults can’t answer those questions.  OK, I may be exaggerating a little here, but regretfully it has some merit.

I was at a Culture Center in Russia and I remember an eight year old girl said, “I’ve read, ‘War and Peace,’ three times, what are your kids reading?” And I replied, “Nintendo.”

One reason, I believe, is that they have some instruction in values and ethics.  When I went to Russia with the CoMission we were charged by  the Minister of Education with teaching Values and Ethic based on the life of Christ. Where in the U. S. can that be done? No where! It seems it is preferable to invite gangs, tennis shoe pimps and dealers to our schools than Jesus and  a culture of values.

But I digress, I believe that the reason for the high level of kindness and politeness can be traced back to the lack of fear in praying and mentioning Jesus. While in the States there is a morbid fear among Progressives against any mention of Christ, a fear so strong they will sacrifice their children, not on an altar of tolerance but an altar of intolerance for anything that is a threat to their life of slavery, shared by those lost to a life of sin and degradation.

While at Cumber, a public school, I looked at the curriculum from 1st form to 6th form and in the first year was included a comparative religion course, progressing to the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus in the sixth year.
At Savanna the teacher prayed with her students before snack, and none of the students, including the non-Christian students, were offended. During one assembly over 80 kids prayed a prayer of Salvation.

If Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are any indication of God moving, then the Festival Friday and Saturday will be off the charts.

Terry Schwartz