LVL

Leadership / Vision / Life

From Pastor Tim: I do a lot of study/reading/listening through scripture, books, articles, blogs, and lectures with our church, you, and your family in mind. As I do so, I come across gems that I REALLY WISH you all could read/absorb. I often send the best of these to consistory and staff but I don’t want to flood everybody’s inbox. LVL stands for Leadership, Vision, Life. And so many of the articles and my own reflections, etc. would revolve around developing leaders, understanding God’s vision for us, and how we can make progress in the Christian life — with topics such as Bible study, parenting, and how the gospel changes us. The frequency of these emails would vary but there would likely be several each month. You can always opt out at any time. Let Laura know if you want to be a part of this list and she will get you set up.
 


Consistory Nominations

Deadline for 2018 nominations is 12 noon on Sunday, September 30.
Up for nomination: 2 Shepherd Elders and 2 Service Deacons
 
Every year members of RRC have the opportunity to nominate fellow members to the Consistory, our governing body made up of 6 Shepherd Elders, 6 Service Deacons, and the Administrative Board. When we follow biblical teaching toward choosing who should serve as elders and deacons, your nominations must involve a careful and thoughtful evaluation of whether the candidates demonstrate biblical criteria and specific gifts and abilities. Below is a list of qualifications and criteria for these roles:
 
Biblical and General Qualifications of an Elder or Deacon (see 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1)
  • Demonstrates spiritual maturity in personal devotional life, family life and leadership within the congregation.
  • Is respectable and has a good testimony within the church and community with regard to integrity, sincerity, and character.
  • Passionate for and actively participating toward RRC’s vision, mission, and ministry.
  • Committed to knowing, believing, applying, and living out the truths of the gospel.
  • Biblical qualifications specific to an elder include being self-controlled, gentle, not quarrelsome or quick-tempered, hospitable, able to teach, disciplined, not a lover of money, loves what is good.
  • Gifts specific to an elder may include leadership, wisdom, faith, intercession, knowledge, and exhortation.
  • Gifts specific to a deacon may include mercy, hospitality, service, leadership, wisdom, and faith.
 
Specific Role of Shepherd Elder
  • Provide pastoral care through visits and personal contacts
  • Oversee membership changes
  • Exercise discipline according to Scripture and the Book of Church Order
  • Schedule and administer the sacraments
  • All elders watch over the life and maturity of the members
  • All elders are tasked with watching over one another, the deacons, and pastor, and making certain that what is taught and preached is in accord with Scripture
 
Specific Role of Service Deacon
  • Promote generous Christian stewardship
  • Approve priorities for special offerings
  • Oversee distribution of Helping Hands Fund to members in need
  • Provide for the collection and counting of offerings
  • Promote and be involved in RCA Diaconal Ministries
  • Challenge the congregation with new service ministries
 
Each communicant member of Rockford Reformed Church can fill out one nomination form. You can find the form in the back of the sanctuary. Completed forms can be placed in the box at the back of the sanctuary. You can also email your nominations directly to the front office.
 
A list of those eligible for nomination can be found with the nomination forms in the back of the sanctuary. Those currently on consistory are ineligible, as are all RRC staff. Spouses cannot serve on consistory at the same time.
 


Buy A Brick

Orders due May 30, 2018

Within our Memorial Prayer Garden is a heart-shaped patio containing bricks inscribed with the names of loved ones that are no longer with us. You may contribute to the garden by buying an inscribed brick for $40 that can be personalized with the name of your loved one. Order forms are available at church (or download below) and should be turned in to the front office. Bricks are ordered once a year.

Buy A Brick Order Form (pdf)



Concert of Prayer

Sunday, September 24, 2017 • 5pm

Postponed – watch for new date

Our next all-church prayer meeting takes place September 24 at 5pm in the sanctuary. We’ll worship together and pray for all the major areas of ministry at RRC as one body. Children are encouraged to attend with their parents.
 
If needed, childcare is available for ages 7 and under. We will have children’s worship time (with a lesson and activities) for kids 3-7 years old. Kids can head downstairs to the Children’s Worship room as soon as you arrive. We also have nursery for those age 2 and under.
 


Sermon Series: Spiritual Warfare

Sermon Series: Spiritual Warfare

The world is engaged in an epic war between forces of good and evil. We need to be aware of the war, understand the enemy, and know how to wage spiritual warfare. If we aren’t knowledgable and prepared, we will be vulnerable to the deceptions and temptations of Satan, the enemy of our souls. But greater is he who is in us than he that is in the world! This series will help prepare you to engage in this spiritual war and win through the power of God.
 
  • May 21 – “The Adversary” – Ephesians 6:10-12
  • May 28 – “Our Weapons – Truth & Righteousness” – Ephesians 6:13-14
  • June 4 – “Our Weapons – Peace & Faith” – Ephesians 6:13-14
  • June 11 – “Our Weapons – Salvation, Word, & Spirit” – Ephesians 6:15-17
  • June 18 – “Our Weapons – Prayer in the Spirit” – Ephesians 6:18-24


Summer Schedule



The Christian Family

Sermon Series: The Christian Family

Paul calls marriage a profound mystery. Throughout the Bible both marriage and family are seen as foundational for healthy life and healthy society. Through godly marriages and families, God’s relationship with us is mirrored, godly character is formed, and our faith is passed on to the next generation. In this series, we will look at the purpose and covenant of marriage. We will explore the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and even employers and employees. This is a series about love and relationships, the very heart of our Christian faith and our lives in Christ.
 
  • March 12 – “The Purpose of Marriage” – Ephesians 5:31-33
  • March 19 – “The Covenant of Marriage” – Ephesians 5:31-33
  • March 26 – “Wives Who Respect Their Husbands” – Ephesians 5:21-24, 33
  • April 2 – “Husbands Who Love Their Wives” – Ephesians 5:25-33
  • April 9 – “Children Who Honor Their Parents” – Ephesians 6:1-3
  • April 16 – Easter Sunday
  • April 23 – “Parents Who Mold Their Children, Part 1” – Ephesians 6:4
  • April 30 – “Parents Who Mold Their Children, Part 2” – Ephesians 6:4
  • May 7 – “The Christian in the Workplace” – Ephesians 6:5-9


Paper Gator

We no longer have a Paper Gator – we weren’t collecting enough to meet the requirements of the program. You can still find Paper Gator bins at Our Lady of Consolation, Rockford Baptist Church, and North Rockford Middle School.


Adoption Fundraiser – Bergman

Monday, March 20, 2017

7:00-8:30pm Open House Style • Fellowship Hall
 
Our Hearts for Orphans Jewelry Fundraiser this year will be to help Rob and Stephanie Bergman, who are in the process of adoption. Our generous jewelry lady at Premier Designs donates ALL of her profits to our orphan ministry – that’s 50% of total sales! Can’t come but would like to order? There will be catalogs available at church in the weeks before the show. Place orders and catalogs in Rebecca Cruttenden’s mailbox.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

9am-2pm in the gym • All proceeds from this garage sale will go toward the Bergman family adoption. Stop by and shop for a good cause!


Loving Others Toward Christ

Sermon Series: Loving Others Toward Christ

Jesus has called us to bring people to saving faith in him. We bring people to Jesus by loving people to Jesus. People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care. If we are to be a church that brings people to Christ, we must have amazing hospitality. We also need to be there for those who don’t know Jesus, caring for them in love right where they live. And, yes, we also need to know how to share the good news of Jesus in a loving and compelling way. Join us as we dive into this important series: Loving Others Toward Christ.
 
  • February 19 – “Being Hospitable” – Hebrews 13:2
  • February 26 – “Being There” – Luke 10:25–37
  • March 5 – “Being Good News” – Matthew 5:14-16