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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday, September 10 is our annual SeptemberFest! We are taking things outdoors for an all-church picnic, complete with music, games, activities, prizes, and delicious food. Each of the ministries will have information and signups available, so it’s a great time to see what programs and events are coming up at RRC, as well as ways you can get involved.
September 10 is also our final Sunday with just one service. We return to two services on September 17.
Picnic:  RRC will provide hotdogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments, tableware, water, and lemonade. The rest is up to you! Please bring food to share (salads, sides, chips, desserts, etc.)
Seating:  Bring your chairs and blankets for a picnic on the front lawn. There will be a limited number of tables and chairs set up in the parking lot for those who would like them. We hope to have some canopies to provide shade. 
Games:  Feel free to bring any outdoor games you and others might enjoy. We have a lot of space for people to spread out and have fun!
If you have any questions or if you have items that we can borrow, please call us at 866-2308 or email

Homrich Fundraiser


Saturday, Sept 23, 2017 • 6:30pm-12:00am

Assumption Family Life Center:
6390 Belmont Ave, Belmont, MI
This fundraiser is in support of Chris and Mary Newkirk’s son-in-law, daughter, and family. If you would like to volunteer or provide donations for food and prizes, please contact Diann Bertsch (616-540-7288) or Tammy Bonds (616-437-9091).
30-year-old Brandon served his country 6 years in the Air Force. He is the loving husband of Danielle (Newkirk) and Dad to his 4-year-old and 5-year-old sons. Brandon was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of lymphoma in October of 2016. After undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant, Brandon was told his cancer is unresponsive to treatments. Brandon is now part of a clinical trial.
Join us for a fundraiser to help the family with medical bills and day-to-day living expenses. A fun night of music, heavy appetizers, chance drawings, and games. $10 per person. Donations can also be made at Lake Michigan Credit Union Homrich Helping Hands. If you have questions, please call Tammy Bond at 616-437-9091.

Consistory Nominations

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.
Elders’ responsibilities include the administration of the sacraments, pastoral care visits, and membership.
Deacons’ responsibilities include the collection and counting of offerings, stewardship education, and overseeing the Benevolent Fund.
The Administrative Board provides the visionary leadership of the church and oversees the program ministry and budget of the church. They are also responsible for the implementation and evaluation of ministry goals.
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. Be sure to include one name for Administrative Elder, one name for Administrative Deacon, two names for Shepherd Elder, and three names for Service Deacon.
A list of those eligible for nomination can be found with the nomination forms in the back of the sanctuary. They have also been emailed. Those currently on consistory are ineligible.
Deadline for 2017 nominations is 12 noon on Sunday, September 3.

Prayer for Revival

Mondays • 7-8pm • resumes Sept. 11, 2017

Do you have a passion to join together in united, humble prayer for a deeper walk with Jesus and a move of the Holy Spirit in our midst? This weekly prayer meeting focuses on revival in our personal lives and in our congregation. Nothing could be more important in our personal lives, our families, our church, and indeed, in our community, than lives and a congregation on fire for God. Join us for this weekly time of prayer together in the Sanctuary. Come weekly, or come when you can. Everyone is welcome!

Worship on the Waterfront

Sundays 7:00-8:30pm through Aug 27, 2017

If you are looking for more outdoor worship opportunities this summer, check out Worship on the Waterfront in Grand Haven, sponsored by First Reformed Church of Grand Haven. It takes place at the Grand Haven Waterfront Stadium (1 N. Harbor) on Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30. No tickets are required – just come dressed for the weather! To get all of the details and view their artist lineup, check out their website at
  • July 16 – Hawk Nelson
  • July 23 – Jamie Grace
  • July 30 – The City Harmonic
  • Aug 6 – Jonny Diaz
  • Aug 13 – Jason Crabb
  • Aug 20 – Citizen Way
  • Aug 27 – Mark Schultz

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
Barbeque Sauce
Peanut Butter
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
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

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


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

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

@Rockford Reformed Church
4890 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford (map) • 616-866-2308
8:30am Coffee & Refreshments  •  9:00am Conference  •  12:30pm Lunch
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 breakout 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 register today!
This event is free, but please register by September 17! You can register online, or download and print the registration sheet and return it to Lori VerMerris at Rockford Reformed Church. You are welcome to register after September 17, but the lunch option will be closed as the amount of food will be based on September 17 numbers. Late registrants may also need to be placed in breakout sessions based on availability of supplies. Your understanding is appreciated.

Guest Speaker

Karen Hossink is a wife, mother, speaker, and author. She and her husband, Brian, have three children: Elizabeth, Joshua, and Matthew, and they make their home in Okemos, Michigan. Karen graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, which was helpful, but it is an on-going education at Weary Mom University which has led to her roles as speaker and author. When God revealed to Karen that He was using her children and her struggles as a mother to make her into the woman He wants her to be, she found hope, and in 2005 she began sharing that hope with other women as a regular speaker for women’s groups. Since then, Karen has shared her story with hundreds of women across the state of Michigan and around the United States. Learn more about Karen at her website,

Breakout sessions (pick one):

  • Prayer Bears for Haiti with Nita Broome: Would you like to make a Prayer Bear for the Haiti project or to give to a special little one? No advanced sewing ability needed. These bears are  primitive and sewn by hand. If this interests you, then please join me for a very easy and fun project!
  • Creative Cards with Elice Davey: Have you ever wanted to make your own cards (for any occasion) for friends and family? Join us as we learn beautiful techniques to create homemade cards your friends and family will ooh and ahh over! Card samples can be found on the Facebook page Happy Heart Designs.
  • Painting on Canvas with Karen Halbersma: Paint a pre-planned picture on a large 16″ x 20″ canvas. All materials supplied! Take your masterpiece home with you at the end of the day! This popular session is limited to 20 participants, so sign up today!
  • Jewelry Making with Nancy Steenwyk: Make a bracelet, earrings, or necklace for yourself or to give away. Choose from a wide variety of colors and styles of beads.
  • Being Present in the Moment with Amy Rau and Beth Jennings: Are you a “Martha” or a “Mary”? Whichever one you are, please join two self-proclaimed Marthas as they share the joys of learning to be more like Mary and how to simply be present in His presence. Participants will make a beautiful Prayer Key Chain as well as have a time of relaxation, fellowship, and reflection.

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.


  • July 9 – Consistory
  • July 16 – Kids Hope
  • July 23 – Missions Team
  • July 30 – Team Orphans
  • August 6 – Ladies Tuesday Bible Study
  • August 13 – Men’s Prayer Breakfast
  • August 20 – Adult Ministry
  • August 27 – Staff
  • September 3 –