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Spark in the Dark

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

6-8pm in the gym
 
Join us for our 4th annual Spark in the Dark party the week 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! It’s also a great time to invite friends and neighbors to RRC. Hot dogs will be available along with other snacks. If you have any questions, please call 866-2308 or email connect@rockfordrc.org.
 


Consistory Nominations

Deadline for 2018 nominations is 12 noon on Sunday, September 30.
Up for nomination: 2 Shepherd Elders and 2 Service Deacons
 
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. When we follow biblical teaching toward choosing who should serve as elders and deacons, your nominations must involve a careful and thoughtful evaluation of whether the candidates demonstrate biblical criteria and specific gifts and abilities. Below is a list of qualifications and criteria for these roles:
 
Biblical and General Qualifications of an Elder or Deacon (see 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1)
  • Demonstrates spiritual maturity in personal devotional life, family life and leadership within the congregation.
  • Is respectable and has a good testimony within the church and community with regard to integrity, sincerity, and character.
  • Passionate for and actively participating toward RRC’s vision, mission, and ministry.
  • Committed to knowing, believing, applying, and living out the truths of the gospel.
  • Biblical qualifications specific to an elder include being self-controlled, gentle, not quarrelsome or quick-tempered, hospitable, able to teach, disciplined, not a lover of money, loves what is good.
  • Gifts specific to an elder may include leadership, wisdom, faith, intercession, knowledge, and exhortation.
  • Gifts specific to a deacon may include mercy, hospitality, service, leadership, wisdom, and faith.
 
Specific Role of Shepherd Elder
  • Provide pastoral care through visits and personal contacts
  • Oversee membership changes
  • Exercise discipline according to Scripture and the Book of Church Order
  • Schedule and administer the sacraments
  • All elders watch over the life and maturity of the members
  • All elders are tasked with watching over one another, the deacons, and pastor, and making certain that what is taught and preached is in accord with Scripture
 
Specific Role of Service Deacon
  • Promote generous Christian stewardship
  • Approve priorities for special offerings
  • Oversee distribution of Helping Hands Fund to members in need
  • Provide for the collection and counting of offerings
  • Promote and be involved in RCA Diaconal Ministries
  • Challenge the congregation with new service ministries
 
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.
 
A list of those eligible for nomination can be found with the nomination forms in the back of the sanctuary. Those currently on consistory are ineligible, as are all RRC staff. Spouses cannot serve on consistory at the same time.
 


Missions Donation Bin

November / December 2018

 
Throughout the year, we collect donation items for various community ministries such as North Kent Connect and Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs. Signs in the lobby will tell you what items we are currently looking for.


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?


REAL Men

Every other Friday, 7am, Arnie’s Restaurant

REAL exists to strengthen our relationship with Christ and with each other by authentically sharing our faith journey so we all can be encouraged and grow in our faith.
 
REAL is a group that strives to create authentic and meaningful relationships among men and that desires a deeper relationship with Christ. It is a group that believes God is actively working in our lives, and that we all have a story that He wants us to tell. It is not a Bible study or an accountability group, and it is not exclusive to RRC, so invite others! Each meeting will feature a speaker. See below for the current schedule.
 
Note: Starting in January, we will be meeting at Arnie’s Restaurant, 34 S Squires St, downtown Rockford. The restaurant isn’t open at that time, so we have the place to ourselves. Coffee and refreshments provided.
 

Goals

  • Relationship – God created to us to be in fellowship, and when we share in life, we experience the fullness of the life he created for us.
  • Encouragement – God has enriched our lives with experiences that are not just for us. The blessings and tribulations of our lives are also intended to enrich the lives of others.
  • Authenticity – We are perfectly loved by God and our need for acceptance is found in Him alone. This frees us to express ourselves as who we are, not as who we wish we were.
  • Love – With humility and grace towards others as God does with each of us.
 

2019 Schedule

  • Jan 4
  • Jan 18
  • Feb 1
  • Feb 15
  • Mar 1
  • Mar 15
  • Mar 29
  • Apr 12
  • Apr 26
  • May 10


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
 


SeptemberFest

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday, September 9 is our annual SeptemberFest! We will be having our worship service outdoors followed by an all-church picnic, complete with music, games, activities, prizes, and delicious food. There will still be KidLife Worship available for the kids. We will also have a giant slip-and-slide for the kids (and brave adults), so be sure to pack bathing suits and towels! For lunch, we will provide hotdogs, hamburgers, water, lemonade, and sno-kones. Please bring a dish to pass (sides, salads, desserts).