News Feed

These posts are listed in order of publishing date, with the newest posts at the top. For a list of events in calendar order, please visit our calendar page.

Operation Christmas Child

Due Sunday, November 12, 2017

Operation Christmas Child boxes are now available for pick-up! There is a table located in the lobby with boxes and a flyer with information. Please remember to mark if the box is for a girl or boy and add the shipping money ($9). Boxes need to be turned back into church in the lobby by November 12, 2017 to ensure proper delivery.
 
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.
 

Packing your shoebox:

1. Use the box we have provided (or any empty shoebox of average size). Pray for the child who will receive your gift.
 
2. Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Use the appropriate boy/girl label from the brochure we provided. Mark the correct age category on the label and tape it to the top of your box.
 
3. Fill with gifts! See below for suggestions.
 
4. Please include $9 for shipping in the envelope provided.
 
5. Bring back to church and place it in the lobby.
 

Gift Suggestions:

 
“WOW” ITEMS
Outfit, shoes, musical instrument, soccer ball with pump, stuffed animal, doll, etc.
 
SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
 
TOYS
Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch,® toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky,® etc.
 
NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS
Toothbrush (toothpaste is no longer allowed), mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
 
OTHER
T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
 
A PERSONAL NOTE
You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)
 
DO NOT INCLUDE
Candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.


Spark in the Dark

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

6-8pm in the gym
 
Join us for our 3rd annual Spark in the Dark party the Wednesday before Halloween! There will be games, food, prizes, candy, and more! Invite your friends and family! Costumes welcome.
 
Note: This is not a “normal” KidLife Club night – we are not meeting in separate groups and leaders are not responsible for watching the children. We want this to be a family event, so come join your kids for a night of fun! Hot dogs will be available along with other snacks. If you have any questions, please call 866-2308 or email connect@rockfordrc.org.
 


Family Camp

August 2018

Cran-Hill Ranch: 14444 17 Mile Road, Rodney, MI 49342 (map)
 
Join us next August for two nights at Cran-Hill Ranch! We will post the exact dates as soon as we know what they are. Camp together with your church family and enjoy a variety of activities, including an open beach with boat rentals, rock walls and ropes courses, horseback and pony rides, horse-drawn hayrides, tie dye sessions, gaga park, giant slip n’ slide, bonfires, and more! If you can’t stay for the weekend, you are welcome to come out just for the day and join us for a potluck on Saturday night! Contact Sharon Dulyea with questions: 616-696–0577. Signup deadline is early November – watch for more info.


Flu Clinic

Wed, October 11, 2017 • 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?


Men’s Study Breakfast

Begins Saturday, September 23, 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).
 
This fall, we will take a look at Accepting the Call to Personal Transformation. It will be based on the book The Leader’s Journey – Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation by Jim Herrington. Though written for leaders, the principles are applicable to everyone.
 
Meeting dates:  Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 18, Dec 2, Dec 16
 
Please contact Kevin Johnson with any questions.


Bible Studies – Tuesdays

Tuesdays • 9:30-11:00am

Faith: Depending on God
Led by Marcia Coleman and Jean Boyd, Room 212
 
Why don’t I get what I pray for? How do I know God is really there? If you ever struggle with uncertainties about faith, you find good company in the pages of the Bible. In these studies by Dale & Sandy Larsen you’ll meet people who asked similar questions. And you’ll learn from the biblical teachings of faithful people. Asking hard questions is the first step in your journey to deeper trust.
 


Bible Studies – Wednesdays

Wednesdays • 6:45-8:00pm

 
From Big Bang to Stars and Planets—New Revelations of God’s Creation
Led by Steve Steenwyk, Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus, Calvin College; Room 253
September 27 – October 18, 2017
 
This series of lessons on God’s acts of creation takes the “two books” view of God’s revelation seriously. To lead us into deeper understanding of God’s written revelation, the Bible, we expect (even require) our pastors to learn the original languages of the Bible. We expect them to consult works of other scholars from such fields as archaeology and ancient near eastern history. If we truly believe God has also revealed himself in nature, then we should likewise expect to gain deeper understanding of God as creator using the tools of science that open up the language of His general revelation. God has left us abundant clues in nature to help answer questions of how and when he created the universe. Humans are now learning the language to read them. Using the “artifacts” embedded in nature, new discoveries in fields of astronomy and physics allow us to see God’s creative genius more profoundly than the psalmists could ever imagine. Those who attend will have even more reason to sing “How Great Thou Art”.
 
Women’s Bible Study
Led by Polly Johnson, Room 250
September 27 – December 13, 2017
 
Polly will once again be leading a women’s Bible study on Wednesday nights. Her classes are no-prep, so you don’t have to worry if you miss a week. Just drop in when you can! The first three topics will take you through Christmas.
 
1. A Piece of my Mind by Chonda Pierce
 
The latest laugh-fest from Chonda Pierce is for anybody who has nearly exploded with exasperation-and then seen the funny side of daily life! With true stories that nobody would dare to invent, one of America’s most hilarious ladies will have you holding your sides with her trademark humor and down-to-earth insights on shopping, diets, menopause, raising kids, and more.
 
2. Address the Mess by Andy Stanley
 
It’s a common misperception that the Christian life is all about avoiding messes and staying out of trouble. But it turns out that your messes and the messy people you meet along the way may actually be your greatest opportunity to know God. In this 4-session DVD study, Andy reminds us that following Jesus isn’t about avoiding something; it’s about becoming something.
 
3. Who Needs Christmas by Andy Stanley
 
The details of the Christmas story can seem unbelievable. So now, thousands of years after shepherds watched their flocks and wise men followed a star, you may be asking, “Who needs Christmas?” In this 3-part series, Andy Stanley shows us that we still need Christmas – but maybe not for the reason you think.
 


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.
 


SeptemberFest

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 connect@rockfordrc.org.


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.