Christmas Eve Services

Monday, Dec 24, 2018 • 5pm

Join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5pm in the Sanctuary. Childcare available for kids Kindergarten and under (in the nursery). Our special offering this year will go to the RRC Benevolence Fund.


KidLife Club Christmas Program

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

  • 6:00: Christmas dinner in the gym
  • 6:45: Christmas program in the Sanctuary

Everyone is invited to our annual KidLife Club Christmas Celebration! Be sure to tell your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for this fun event!



Parents’ Night Out

Friday, Dec 7, 2018 • 5:30-8:00pm

Parents’ Night Out! Drop off your kids (ages infant through 5th grade) in the gym and enjoy a few hours of freedom! Our youth group will be providing care (overseen by Beth and Brian). Dinner and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Beth Jennings (beth@rockfordrc.org). Donations will be accepted to go towards the youth accounts.


Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, December 2, 2018 • 5pm

Meet in the gym at 5 for the meeting followed by a potluck dinner to celebrate paying off our debt!
 
On the agenda:
  • Vote of affirmation for elder and deacon candidates
  • Vote of affirmation for Pastor Tim serving as our next pastor
  • 2019 Budget (details will be provided prior to the meeting)
 
Absentee ballots will be available starting Sunday, November 18, in the back of the Sanctuary. You may also call the office with your vote and we will record it on your behalf.
 
Nursery will be available for the meeting portion of the evening.
 
Potluck:
  • Main course will be provided
  • Care Groups 1/2: salads
  • Care Groups 3/4: sides
  • Care Groups 5/6: desserts
 


Hymn Sing

Sunday, December 9, 2018 • 4pm

Join us on Sunday, December 9 at 4pm in the Sanctuary for a Hymn Sing! This event is for anyone who loves to sing praises to God!


Flu Clinic

Wed, October 10, 2018 • 5-6:30pm

In Room 141 (next to the gym)
 
Offered by the Spectrum Health Continuing Care Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). For your health and the safety of others, the best way to prevent the spreading of flu is to get your flu shot. This is especially true if you spend time with the young or elderly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone older than six months be vaccinated for the flu. Spectrum Health provides a number of convenient ways for you and your family to get vaccinated, including this clinic at Rockford Reformed Church.
 
Questions?


REAL Men

Every other Friday, 7am, Fireside Room

REAL exists to strengthen our relationship with Christ and with each other by authentically sharing our faith journey so we all can be encouraged and grow in our faith.
 
REAL is a group that strives to create authentic and meaningful relationships among men and that desires a deeper relationship with Christ. It is a group that believes God is actively working in our lives, and that we all have a story that He wants us to tell. It is not a Bible study or an accountability group, and it is not exclusive to RRC, so invite others! Each meeting will feature a speaker. See below for the current schedule.
 

Goals

  • Relationship – God created to us to be in fellowship, and when we share in life, we experience the fullness of the life he created for us.
  • Encouragement – God has enriched our lives with experiences that are not just for us. The blessings and tribulations of our lives are also intended to enrich the lives of others.
  • Authenticity – We are perfectly loved by God and our need for acceptance is found in Him alone. This frees us to express ourselves as who we are, not as who we wish we were.
  • Love – With humility and grace towards others as God does with each of us.
 

2018 Schedule

  • Sept 14 – Rob Bergman: My wife Stephanie and I have been in the process of infant domestic adoption for just over 14 months. Come to hear from me some of the struggles as well as the great joys we have experienced over this process. Also, hear me share a few of the lessons I have learned while working as a hospice social worker.
  • Sept 28 – Kevin Johnson: Yes, the picture is one of the first realities that empty nest was upon Polly and I this summer as Lilly graduated. I hope to see you this Friday as I share my experiences of fatherhood; both in being fathered and the ever-present struggles still today as well as being a father and the journey into more defining moments of these young adults.  
  • Oct 12 – Seth Clayton: My story is about God’s unfailing love and the means that He used to draw me to Himself. From my rebellious early years to my current day struggles, God has continued to pursue me despite some of my best attempts to elude Him. I look forward to sharing how God has used some of the past events of my life to show me that we are never beyond His grasp.
  • Oct 26 – Darryl DeGood: Come listen to me tell about running from God and realizing he is real.
  • Nov 9 – Shaun Moore: Come endure the ramblings of a common sinner saved by God’s Grace – a man who’s tired of pretending he has it all together.
  • Nov 30 – Kerry McDonough:
  • Dec 7


Bible Studies – Wednesdays

Wednesdays • 6:45-8:00pm

Grace/Truth 1.0
by Preston Sprinkle
Led by Tim Meendering, Fireside Room 253
Fall 2018
 
Pastor Tim will lead a discussion through a five-week learning experience that introduces Christians to LGBT+ people, the language to use and avoid, a theologically faithful view of marriage and sexuality, and practical guidance on how to embody the love of Christ toward sexual and gender minorities. We will utilize thoughtful written material, small group questions, high-quality teaching videos including a documentary on LGBT people in the church, along with optional podcasts and in-depth papers. The multidimensional learning experience helps ensure that different learning styles are utilized and those who want to go deeper are given many avenues to do so. This five-week series may be followed by a second five-week series. Additional info can be found at centerforfaith.com and prestonsprinkle.com.
Before Amen
by Max Lucado
Women’s Study Led by Polly Johnson, Room 250
Fall 2018
 
Do you wish you prayed more – with more fire, faith, and fervency? Embarking on a journey to the very heart of biblical petition, Lucado explores the quotable, repeatable, portable prayer that Jesus gave his first followers when they struggled with this spiritual discipline. Discover how to have a heartfelt dialogue with God – and let the conversation begin!


Adult Sunday School

Sundays, 11:15am

Digging Deeper
Fireside Room #253
September 16, 2018 – May 5, 2019
 
Our Digging Deeper Sunday School is a series of discussions based on each Sunday’s sermon. Each week’s leader will guide you in conversation that will let you learn from each other, discuss what you can learn from the sermon on a deeper level, and help you grow in your understanding in how to carry out God’s purpose for your lives.
 
Leader Schedule:
Sep 16 – Jim Scholten
Sep 23 – Megan DeVries
Sep 30 – Kevin Johnson
Oct 7 – Ryan DeKuiper
Oct 14 – Brian Ellis
Oct 21 – Eric Pilko
Oct 28 – Jim Scholten
Nov 4 – Kevin Johnson
Nov 11 – Megan DeVries
Nov 18 – Ryan DeKuiper
Nov 25 – No Sunday School
Dec 2 – Brian Ellis
Dec 9 – Eric Pilko
Dec 16 – Jim Scholten
Dec 23 – No Sunday School
Dec 30 – No Sunday School
Jan 6 – Kevin Johnson
Jan 13 – Ryan DeKuiper
Jan 20 – Megan DeVries
Jan 27 – Brian Ellis
Feb 3 – Kevin Johnson
Feb 10 – Jim Scholten
Feb 17 – Eric Pilko
Feb 24 – Ryan DeKuiper
Mar 3 – Brian Ellis
Mar 10 – Kevin Johnson
Mar 17 – Megan DeVries
Mar 24 – Eric Pilko
Mar 31 – No Sunday School
Apr 7 – Ryan DeKuiper
Apr 14 – Jim Scholten
Apr 21 – No Sunday School
Apr 28 – Brian Ellis
May 5 – Eric Pilko
 



SeptemberFest

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday, September 9 is our annual SeptemberFest! We will be having our worship service outdoors followed by an all-church picnic, complete with music, games, activities, prizes, and delicious food. There will still be KidLife Worship available for the kids. We will also have a giant slip-and-slide for the kids (and brave adults), so be sure to pack bathing suits and towels! For lunch, we will provide hotdogs, hamburgers, water, lemonade, and sno-kones. Please bring a dish to pass (sides, salads, desserts).