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. Hot Chocolate Bar to follow!


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?


Bible Studies – Wednesdays

Wednesdays • 6:45-8:00pm

Grace/Truth 1.0
by Preston Sprinkle
Led by Tim Meendering, Fireside Room 253
Through January 16, 2019
 
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.
Growing Together
A biblical approach to fruitful ministry in the body of Christ
Fireside Room 253
January 23 – February 27, 2019
 
What does fruitful interpersonal ministry look like? This 6-week video study explores six ways we grow together as the body of Christ:
  • By expressing true need for God and for others
  • By combining knowledge of people with knowledge of Scripture
  • By praying in ways that connect actual human need to the promises of God
  • By understanding the centrality of friendship in the Christian life
  • By keeping a close watch on ourselves in pursuit of integrity
  • By maturing together as each of us puts the Spirit’s gifts to work so that we grow up into the likeness of Christ
  • Learn more here
What Makes You Happy
by Andy Stanley
Women’s Study Led by Polly Johnson, Room 250
Begins January 9, 2019
 
Everybody wants to be happy. Everybody is on a happiness quest. For many, happiness is measured in moments. Experiences. It’s elusive. Unsustainable. What about you? What makes you happy? Something comes to mind for each of us. We are often tempted to believe that happiness comes from acquiring things, but happiness is actually an outcome of what we sow in our lives. We can’t acquire, consume, or exercise our way to happiness, but we may be able to serve and volunteer our way there. In the end, we find that if we live as if it’s all about us, we will never be happy.


Bible Studies – Tuesdays

Tuesdays • 9:30-11:00am

Spiritual Warfare (begins Jan. 8, 2019)
Led by Carol Knox, Room 212
 
What is spiritual warfare? What does it look life? How does it affect us? The Bible has much to say about the battles we face. These studies will deepen our understanding of our supernatural struggle and direct us to sources of power and hope. This LifeGuide Bible Study in the new revised format features questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, as well as a new “Now or Later” section in each study. Book by Jack Kuhatschek. Learn more here.
 



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 – Tim Meendering
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
 


Ladies Book Club

Last Thursday of every month

7:00-8:30pm, Fireside Room (253)

The Ladies Book Club is always open to new faces! We meet the last Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Fireside Room. This is not a Bible study or religious book study – books from a wide variety of genres are picked. Past selections include A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis Majors, and Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny. Coming up:
  • 11/29/18: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
  • no December meeting
  • 1/31/19: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • 2/28/19: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. We will meet early (6:30pm) and watch the movie before we discuss. Popcorn, candy, soda, water, and coffee provided!
  • 3/28/19: Educated by Tara Westover