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Last weekend, April 19 & 20, 2024, Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock held its 26th annual Rock & Roll Fundraising Bash. On Saturday evening, we attended Coopstock, followed by Alice Cooper’s Golf Classic the following morning.

The non-profit raised a good chunk of change for its three teen centers (Phoenix, Mesa, and Goodyear). The event was phenomenal; everything, including the entertainment, food, and weather, was perfect.

This trip to Phoenix was much different than 2022’s visit for “Christmas Pudding.” Instead of a wet, muggy, rainy trip, we got to experience springtime in Phoenix. It was breathtaking. Everything about the experience was worth every minute.

While the Solid Rock events were the main attraction, we were fortunate enough to visit some local attractions and learn even more about the area and landscape.

Much like the last time we visited Phoenix, many thoughts, ideas, and talking points came to mind. Some of those were Scenery, Spirit, Solace, and Solidarity.

Scenery.
It’s often been said that “a change of scenery” is sometimes needed. It’s good for the soul.  Time away to recharge and reflect leads to growth, healing, and restoration.

Many times, those getaways aren’t much more than a few miles up the road or perhaps a trip to the lake or beach. However, not every day does one get to travel across the nation and experience a completely different landscape and feeling in the air.

What’s home for one is entirely foreign to another. Phoenix smells, looks, and has a history so different from the Southeast; there’s no doubt we were still in the United States, yet the differences between Florida and Arizona are vast.

Driving along the roads and seeing nothing but brown and green may sound dull, but we assure you it’s not. Cacti and rock are everywhere, and they are gorgeous. What would typically be swampland and marsh in Florida is mountainous and desert in Arizona. It was breathtaking.

David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

“Praise be to you, Lord,
    the God of our father Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name. – 1 Chronicles 29:10-13

As David declared, “Everything in heaven and earth is (God’s).” Our Creator’s witness marks and divine creativity are evident here and above. No excuse exists for anyone unwilling to see and experience His Awesomeness (Romans 1:20).

The following are some videos and photos displaying the awe-inspiring landscape of Phoenix.

Spirit.
Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock embraces the Gospel of Jesus Christ and calls upon His Holy Spirit to move in its Teen centers and within the hearts of those participating in its events.

Pastor Goddard, Sheryl Cooper’s father, set the tone at Coopstock 2024 with a beautiful invocation and prayer, calling everyone together as one in the Spirit. Singers, musicians, and dancers then performed an exhibition of praise, offering reverence and worship to the Author of Life.

After working with non-profits and ministries for many years, it was a breath of fresh air to witness an organization practicing what they preach. Folks, Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock is the real deal. If anyone is skeptical of the work or services they offer, we’d like to assure you that they are legit.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.1 John 4:1-6

We are called to test the spirits. That being said, we can honestly say that the Holy Spirit’s power and peace were felt throughout Saturday’s concert and Sunday’s golf tournament. He was present and displayed in the hearts and minds of those leading the event.

Witnessing the participants, volunteers, and performers edifying one another was a welcomed observance, something we are called to do yet seldom see (Romans 14:19).

The following are some pictures taken during the show and the golf tournament.

Solace.
There’s something about isolation, not days spent in solitary confinement or anything like that. But, just a few moments alone to collect one’s thoughts. To regroup, focus, and digest past and present ideas while making plans for the future.

Although we were not often alone, it was easy to wonder what it must have been like to wander the desert or leave home searching for gold (and other precious metals). There had to be moments of isolation, reflection, and perhaps desperation.

Granted, when we choose God and ask His Spirit to reside within us, we are never alone. However, perhaps we feel and hear Him most when we are isolated. There’s a peace that comes with that – being alone with Him.

One of the attractions we visited during our trip was Goldfield Ghost Town and Mine. It was located within a few miles of the Superstition Mountains (a mountain range stretching nearly 270 miles at its base). Needless to say, the attraction and view of the mountains were spectacular.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.
Psalm 23:1-6

Perhaps one of the most well-known verses in God’s Word, David’s 23rd Psalm, reminds us of our solace in Him. Accepting Him means we are promised eternal glory no matter how treacherous life or its circumstances become (1 John 2:25).

Below are a few pictures taken at Goldfield Ghost Town and Mine with Superstition Mountains in the background.

Solidarity.
Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock is two separate Teen Centers (Phoenix and Mesa), with a third quickly developing in Goodyear, AZ. As Solid Rock grows, its vision and purpose remain the same. It is united in its endeavor to make an everlasting difference in the lives of the teens who enter its doors.

Is it that surprising to see what God can and will do when people from all walks of life come together in HIS name? Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock is the perfect representation of solidarity. Each volunteer, team member, sponsor, and others come together to help pave the way for the next generation.

As creative expression, free speech, and other art forms are suppressed and discouraged (even today) based on draconic laws, policies, and standards, Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock stands for freedom – the freedom for teenagers to find their voice and place in this world.

We were fortunate enough to speak with some volunteers and staff during Sunday’s golf tournament. Hearing stories and witnessing firsthand the hard work and determination each participant offers Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock was a blessing.

Whether setting up or tearing down the silent auctions, merchandise booths, band equipment/instruments, etc., everyone had a smile and a stellar attitude as they completed each task. Again, watching folks work with conviction and purpose was a magnificent sight – a rare find in today’s world.

Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.Galatians 3:23-28

For those who have come to know Him as Lord, Christ binds us together as one without discrimination. Because of Him, we know love (1 John 3:16), and the world may know we are His because of the love we show others (John 13:35).

On our last day in Phoenix, we met Alexis Hernandez, the Director of the Mesa Teen Center. He gave us a firsthand tour of the facility and activities the Center offers its teens.

Below are some photos from the Teen Center in Mesa. We were unable to photograph the dance studio and one of the wreck rooms. Students were present, and we did not want to interrupt them or invade their privacy.

In conclusion, is it obvious how impressed we are with Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock? We hope it is.

As long as Fridays With Alice remains up and running, we will continue to support Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock. The positive impact they have on their community and the next generation is infectious. We believe their model, vision, and purpose should be implemented in every city across the nation (and the world).

We give thanks for every opportunity to support Solid Rock and for the ability to step away from the ins and outs of life (if only for a few days). Celebrating the arts and admiring God’s creation are great ways to recharge. We give Him all the praise and glory as we prepare our hearts for what’s to come.

That’s all for this week. Catch you next Friday.

Until next week, Keep Walkin’ in Faith and Rockin’ with Alice!

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ALICE COOPER’S SOLID ROCK TEEN CENTER:

For more information about Alice’s Solid Rock Foundation, you can click the links below and learn more about them:

Solid Rock is a Christian, 501(c)(3), Arizona nonprofit corporation. The Board of Directors is made up of Christian men and women dedicated to SRF’s purpose.

Started by Alice Cooper and friend Chuck Savale along with an eight member board of directors, incorporated November of 1995.

Solid Rock’s primary goal is to honor Christ by helping to meet the spiritual, economical, physical, and social needs of teenagers and children within our community.

To honor Christ by providing a facility geared toward teenagers that will help them to negotiate through the turbulent adolescent years. The relationally trained Christian staff, of men and women, and the different venues will create an atmosphere which will make it a place where they “hang out”. “The Rock,” the name of the building, will be designed to be a flexible needs structure centered around music. Programs will focus around a multi-use concert hall, coffee house (kitchen/snack bar for concert & other events), indoor basketball/floor hockey court, rock climbing walls, sound room and recording studio, computer/reading/study rooms, game room.

Their goal is to make an everlasting difference in the lives of the teenagers and children they are dedicated to helping.

COOPSTOCK 2024

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