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Haiti Mission Trip

Donations due Tues, June 27, 2017

We are in a time of prayer and preparation as we get ready to send another team to Haiti. In addition to prayer, we are also asking for some donations. Below is a list of items that will be utilized in Haiti while the team does teacher training, provides Bible studies, holds Vacation Bible Schools, and walks alongside our Haitian neighbors.
 
Monetary donations are tax-deductible. We are anticipating about $1600 in baggage fees in addition to the costs of our in-country projects (Bible Studies, Day Camps, Teacher Training, etc.). Checks can be made out to RRC Missions Team.
 
Supplies needed for Haiti:
Powdered Gatorade Mix
Juice Mix
Ketchup
Barbeque Sauce
Mayo
Peanut Butter
Jelly/Jam
Diapers (all sizes)
Wet Wipes
Cans of Cooked/Diced Chicken
Dry Milk
Brownie Mix
Cake Mix
Cake Frosting
Pancake Mix
Pancake Syrup
Toddler Snacks
Kids Snacks (individually wrapped)
Spaghetti Sauce
Pizza Mixes
Pepperoni
 
Thanks RRC for your continued support of our partnership with the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty. To learn more about the organization we work alongside, go to haitipoverty.org.


Hillview Learning Center

Hillview Learning Center 2017

Our friends at Hillview invite you to help out with their summer program for students. Hillview Learning Center meets M-Th from 10-11am. Can you spare an hour to help kids work on reading or math? You don’t need to do any planning, just show up! The Learning Center is in the yellow building in the middle of the parking lot (click photo to enlarge). Sign up here.
 
 


Men’s Study Breakfast

Begins Saturday, June 10, 2017

7:15-8:30am

The Men’s Study Breakfast meets every other Saturday morning from 7:15-8:30am in the Fireside Room. Coffee/juice and a continental breakfast will be served (donuts, bagels).
 
For the summer session, we will be revisiting the series Manhood Restored by Eric Mason. The earthly crisis within manhood will be there until Jesus returns, but in Christ men are pointed toward the gospel as the vision for renewal. Manhood Restored by exciting new pastoral voice Eric Mason combines theological depth with practical insights, putting men in step with a gospel-centered manhood that will enrich every facet of their lives.
 
Meeting dates:  June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, Aug 5, Aug 19
 
Please contact Kevin Johnson with any questions.


Ladies Day

Save The Date! Saturday, September 30, 2017

@Rockford Reformed Church
4890 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford (map) • 616-866-2308
 
Ladies of all ages, save Saturday, September 30, for our annual Ladies’ Day Event. This year’s speaker will be Karen Hossink, author of Confessions of an Irritable Mother and Finding Joy. Karen has been a speaker for moms’ groups and women’s events since 2005, talking about the hope God gives in the midst of struggles. In addition to our main speaker, there will be a variety of break-out sessions and a delicious lunch, all enjoyed in fellowship with other women from our church and community. This is a half-day you won’t want to miss, so mark your calendars now! More info will be posted later this summer.


After-Service Socials

July 9 – September 3, 2017

Back by popular demand! After-Service Socials will begin on Sunday, July 9. This is a great opportunity to connect with people in a relaxed atmosphere. Don’t miss this chance to meet, greet, and eat! Snacks may be simple, such as cookies and milk, but each week is a surprise! If your family, small group, or ministry is willing to host a week, please let Laura Jolliffe know.
 

Hosts

  • July 9 –
  • July 16 –
  • July 23 – Missions Team
  • July 30 – Team Orphans
  • August 6 – Ladies Tuesday Bible Study
  • August 13 –
  • August 20 –
  • August 27 – Staff
  • September 3 –


One Sunday

Sunday, June 4, 2017

For the past several years we have participated in the RCA “One Sunday” Pentecost Offering. This offering provides opportunities to support local church planting efforts. To participate, please use your “special offering” envelope from your packet (or a pew envelope), mark it “Pentecost Offering,” and place it in the offering plate. Make checks payable to Rockford Reformed Church, and be sure your name and/or offering envelope number is on the envelope. You may also give online – just choose the One Sunday option.
 
 
The One Sunday offering Pentecost Sunday provides an opportunity for you, your church, and your classis to partner in the work of the Holy Spirit by starting new RCA churches. Hundreds of congregations will come together in prayer, in commitment, and with expectancy this Pentecost season. What is Jesus calling you to do so that more churches will be planted this year?
 
What is One Sunday?
One Sunday is a way for you to support local church planting efforts. Every year on Pentecost, we celebrate church planting in the RCA through the One Sunday offering. The RCA has planted 60 new churches since 2013. Your One Sunday gift will help church plants change lives for Christ. Church planters depend on your gifts and continued prayers as part of their support system.
 
What does church planting have to do with Pentecost?
Pentecost celebrates the birth of the church in Jerusalem through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This was the beginning of the first church planting movement. The Jerusalem church soon spread to Samaria, then Antioch, then places like Philippi. Philippi was the first church planted in Europe, whose churches later planted the gospel in the United States and Canada.
 
Why is church planting important?
The RCA has discovered that nonreligious people are more open to visiting start-up churches, so these churches can reach new people with the good news of Jesus Christ at a higher rate. These new churches are deeply engaged in their communities, extending God’s kingdom to the people there. Did you know that new churches annually baptize an average of ten adults for every 100 confessing members? Established churches baptize an average of three.


Softball

Tuesdays through August 1, 2017 • 6:30pm

Tournament – August 12, 2017 • Come out and cheer on our team Tuesday nights! Here is our 2017 schedule:
 
May 23 – vs Sparta Baptist @ Art Van Field 8
May 30 – vs Camp Lake Baptist  @ Courtland Township
June 6 – vs Plainfield Christian @ Art Van Field 5
June 13 – vs Blythfield Hills @ Art Van Field 8
June 20 – vs Grace E.V.Free @ Our Lady of Consolation
June 27 – vs Our Lady of Consolation @ Our Lady of Consolation
July 11 – vs Rockford Baptist @ Our Lady of Consolation
July 18 – vs Rockford Springs @ Rockford Springs
July 25 – vs First Congregational @ Art Van Field 5
Aug 1 – vs Sparta Baptist @ Art Van Field 8
 
Art Van Fields (click to enlarge):
 


Cookie 5K

Saturday, July 22, 2017 • 8am

Robinette’s Apple Haus: 3142 Four Mile Road (map)

$20 Individual / $60 Family

Take a bite out of the global orphan crisis and enjoy some homemade cookies at the same time! Walk or run the beautiful apple orchards of Robinette’s and then enjoy hundreds – maybe thousands – of homemade cookies and chocolate milk at the finish line. Every dollar is donated toward Team Orphans child adoption grants through Bethany Christian Services. Grants are placed on waiting orphans and awarded to adopting families to help cover adoption costs. Serious runners, walkers, families, and kids are all welcome! Run the 5K, walk the 5K, or walk just the first mile and end up by the cookies! Prizes donated by Gazelle Sports. Get more info and register at teamorphans.com/5k.
 
We need cookie bakers and race day volunteers! Bring cookies to the church kitchen by 4pm on Friday, July 21. Contact Rebecca Cruttenden (email below) for specific needs.
 
Please email Rebecca at rebecca@teamorphans.com or call 874-9828 if you can help or have any questions!


Praise in the Park

Sundays • June 4-August 27, 2017 • 6pm

6:00-7:30pm at the Garden Park Stage (by the dam)
 
Come out and enjoy some Christian music along the banks of the Rogue River in downtown Rockford. Everyone is Welcome!
 
The community is invited to come out and enjoy an evening of Christian music every Sunday evening. Christian praise music will be provided by music teams from area churches and Christian bands. Join your neighbors & friends every Sunday evening at the Rockford Garden Park stage next to the dam for an evening of fellowship and praise, and maybe a family picnic! Learn more about Praise in the Park on their website.
 

RRC will be playing on July 16

2017 Schedule:
June 4:  Grace Fellowship Church
June 11:  River Rock Church
June 18:  Bella Vista Church
June 25:  Carpenter’s Cross Christian Band
July 2:  Marty Miller
July 9:  Resurrection Life Church
July 16:  Rockford Reformed Church
July 23:  Bridgeway Community Church
July 30:  Rockford Baptist Church
August 6:  Perfect Shelter Christian Band
August 13:  The Point Church
August 20:  Blythefield Baptist Church
August 27:  The Springs Church


Lifewalk

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Morley Park, Cedar Springs (map)

  • 5K LifeRun (8:30am, registration at 7:30)
  • Kids’ FunRun (9:15am, ages 5-11)
  • LifeWalk (10:00am, registration at 9:00)
Come out and support the Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs by participating in the 22nd annual LifeWalk / 5K LifeRun through the heart of Cedar Springs. Great for the whole family as well as friends, kids, youth, serving, small, and church groups! Participants are encouraged to collect a minimum of $50 in pledges in lieu of the registration fee. Door prize donations are greatly appreciated. There will be face painting, cookies, a special speaker, and a grand finale you won’t want to miss! Call us at 616-696-2616 for registration information and forms for collecting donations.
 

Downloads

Pledge Form – To collect pledges, ask family and friends to sponsor you for either the 5K or the walk (maybe both). Have them complete their information on pledge form. Bring you completed pledge form and monies collected to LifeWalk June 17.
 
Coloring Contest (ages 3-10) – prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners! Contest due date: June 7. Winners will be notified by mail and prizes will be awarded at the LifeWalk. See download for details.
 
Essay Contest (ages 11-18) – prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and honorable mention in each age group (11-14, 15-18). Contest due date: June 7. Winners will be notified by mail and prizes will be awarded at the LifeWalk. See download for details. Email to teresa@alphafamilycentercs.org.