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Gentleness

In Galatians Paul challenges us to walk in accordance with the Spirit. One of those traits is gentleness. Some of us are naturally more gentle or patient, some of us are not. But when we are working with students we will always encounter students or situations that leave us flustered, impatient, stressed. When we begin to feel these stresses we can begin to act out of them. We can be short with a student, dread interacting with them or we don’t build them up the way we are capable of.  Even the way we joke or have fun with students can be an opportunity to make sure they receive life-giving words. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” The challenge for the next few weeks becomes to identify which students and situations have become a source of stress or struggle for us, and to begin praying for them. Pray that you may have gentleness and patience, and pray for students that this can be a place where their brokenness doesn’t determine the love and care they receive. The church should be the place where they are embraced with love and care in the face of their brokenness.
 
Some things to consider:
 
Do I encourage students with gentle words? If not how can I do that once this week.
 
Are there students who give me higher levels of stress? Have I let that stress interfere with the way I care for that student? How can I bring this to God.
 
 


Bible Studies – Tuesdays

Tuesdays • 9:30-11:00am

Discover Acts: The Early Church (begins Nov. 21, 2017)
Led by Marcia Coleman and Jean Boyd, Room 212
 
Be inspired and challenged by the lives of God’s people in the early days of the church. The book of Acts is the exciting account of the Christian church’s birth and early years. It tells of the violent opposition the young church often faced from both Jews and Gentiles, as well as problems within the church itself. Acts also bears witness to the power of God’sHoly Spirit, who guided and empowered the church as it boldly preached the gospel of salvation throughout the Roman world.
 
Discover Acts: The Gentile Connection (begins Feb. 13, 2018)
Led by Marcia Coleman and Jean Boyd, Room 212
 
Throughout the first eight chapters of the book of Acts, the early Christian church is launched and is commissioned to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. In chapters 9-21, the focus of this study, the apostle Paul is converted to the Lord and chosen to lead this great gospel campaign. Despite increasing spiritual opposition, imprisonment, and threats of death, Paul and his missionary companions establish churches and encourage Gentile believers in key cities across Asia Minor and Greece. It’s a period of unparalleled growth and opportunity for the cause of Christ.
 


Garage Sale

Saturday, March 17, 2018 • 9 am – 3 pm

Gym

The annual church garage sale to support Rockford Reformed Church Youth Ministries is coming up! Money raised at the garage sale will go towards supporting the youth summer mission trips.

springcleaning

Donations

Time to start spring cleaning! To make this year another great success we need your stuff! So clean out those closets and bring your “junk” to church!
 
Items can be dropped off March 6-16 during office hours (M-Th 9am-2:30pm). Signs in the gym will show you where to place your items. Donation receipt forms will be available. Please note that we cannot take any large appliances or TV’s.
 

For more information

Cash and checks will be accepted at the sale. If you have any questions, please contact Deb Coon (204-3860).
 
 


HS Fundraiser Dinner

Sunday, February 25, 2018

12:30pm In the gym • Family and friends are invited to join us for a delicious dinner and to support our High School Youth Group as they raise funds for their mission trips and retreats!
 
Menu: Italian Buffet
  • homemade lasagna
  • spaghetti with meatballs
  • chicken alfredo with rotini noodles
  • Olive Garden style salad
  • French green beans
  • Italian bread
  • hot fudge sundae
  • punch, water, coffee


Camp Voucher Codes

RCA Camps (Geneva & Cran-Hill) & other Christian Camps (Camp Roger, Pine Ridge, Spring Hill, etc.)

Camp Registration Policy: RRC will pay $150 per child/youth one time each calendar year for those not already receiving financial support from another church or organization.

Who is eligible?

  • Any child/youth who is a member of Rockford Reformed Church.
  • Any child/youth (non-member) who attends church or other programs at RRC such as Sunday School, KidLife Club, Youth Groups, etc.
  • One guest (non-member) may be invited by persons from the above two categories.
  • Other Christian camps subject to approval on an individual basis.

The church’s half of the fee is paid by using:

  • A voucher code for CRAN-HILL (2018: 1023882-150D18)
  • A voucher code for CAMP GENEVA (2018: 8415-150D)
  • Other Christian Camps: Copy of paid registration is submitted to the church and church portion is paid directly to the camp.
 
Camp Geneva & Cran-Hill Ranch will bill the church directly. The individual’s portion of the fee is payable at the time the registration form is mailed. Covered camps include: RCA Camps (Geneva & Cran-Hill), other Christian Camps (Camp Roger, Pine Ridge, Spring Hill, etc.).
 
If your child invites a guest, please be sure to let the church office know the child’s name. This helps us know if the camp billing is correct when it comes. Thank you!


Chili Cookoff

Sunday, January 28, 2018

in the gym following the 11am service
 
Missions Chili Cook-off! Join us in the gym after the 11am service on January 28 as we enjoy some award-winning chili and corn bread! Darryl DeGood will share about his recent Guatemala trip, Rachel DeKuiper will present a Jorvens update, and there will be info about the missions we support! Cost: donations toward missions!
 
Season up those chili pots! We are looking for 10 people to bring their AWARD-WINNING CHILI to church on Sunday, January 28 to be judged by members of the missions team! Awards will be presented to the top three. Let us know you’ll be bringing your famous chili! RSVP with your name and the type of chili to connect@rockfordrc.org.
 
* there will be hot dogs available for children or those who do not like chili


Trivia Night

Friday, February 23, 2018

6:15-9:00pm in the gym
Appetizers and refreshments 6:15-6:45
Trivia begins promptly at 7:00!
 
Registration deadline: February 18
Or, registration forms may be placed in the basket in the back of the sanctuary.
 
Does your brain hold a lot of useless information? Then invite your friends, neighbors, or family members to join us for a fun night of trivia, led by MI Team Trivia. Enter as a team of 5-8 and work together to answer the questions. No team? No problem! We will place you with an existing team or form a team with others who come solo.
 
Cost is free! Snacks and refreshments provided! Prizes for the winning team!
 
Childcare will be provided by our youth ministry to raise funds for mission trips and retreats – nursery for ages 3 and under, activities and snacks for ages 4 and up. 


Bible Studies – Wednesdays

Wednesdays • 6:45-8:00pm

If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat
Led by Cathy Hallenbeck, Fireside Room 253
January 10 – February 14, 2018
 
You’re one step away from the adventure of your life. Peter may have been the first one out of the boat, but Jesus’ invitation to walk on water is for all of us. In this six-session DVD study, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, John Ortberg helps small-group participants answer Christ’s call to greater faith, power-filled deeds, and a new way of knowing him.
Listen Love Repeat
Led by Polly Johnson, Room 250
 
In a culture saturated and obsessed with self, Listen Love Repeat inspires readers to embrace backwards living by finding true joy through intentional acts of kindness. Providing practical tips and encouragement, Karen Ehman inspires us to live alert and to be on the lookout in conversations with others for hints of what kindness we might show them.


Adult Sunday School

Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

 
Parental Guidance Required
Led by Kevin & Polly Johnson, Fireside Room
January 7 – February 18, 2018
 
Of all the assignments God will give you during your time on earth, none may be more sacred than the task of raising your children. The Parental Guidance Required Study Guide is designed to give you the counsel you need to help prepare your children for the future. Intended for use in personal study or in small groups, this six-session companion study guide to the Parental Guidance Required DVD is a practical resource that will encourage you to look at the relationships in your children’s lives and ask the important questions. Asking the right questions is the key to helping you assess your family’s needs and ensure that the influence you have is one that will last a lifetime.
 


Sock Drive

Donations due by December 17, 2017

Children’s Ministry is hosting a sock drive! Did you know socks are the least donated and most needed item for homeless shelters? The donation crate is located in the fellowship hall. We would love to overflow the bin and bless our community with new socks this season. Thank you for your support!