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Sticky Faith in the Church Library

A book was mentioned in Jim Scholten’s Sunday School class that addresses a very big concern for the church: Children who are raised in Christian families but who leave the church after high school. This book, called Sticky Faith – Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids by Dr. Kara E. Powell and Dr. Chap Clark is now in the library in the Christian Living section. It has ideas for how the church as a whole can reach out to the young people in their congregation, so don’t skip this book if you don’t have children or teens.



HS Hockey Night

Griffins Hockey Night

Saturday, March 8, 2014

HS Youth Group Griffins Hockey Night

We will be leaving church at 5:45pm (game starts at 7) and will return to church after the game (around 10:30pm). Please eat dinner before you arrive.

Cost: $5

You must pay by March 5 in order to go! Cash or checks (made out to RRCYM) can be handed to Trisha. Questions? Contact Trisha at tvsatrrc@gmail.com.

If you want snacks at the game please bring extra money. Bring a friend and you will both receive a free snack!

FYI – It is Star Wars Night at the Griffins. Feel free to dress up in that Darth Vader costume you have lying around.



Pizza Hut Fundraiser

Pizza Hut Fundraiser - HFAP

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Make Tuesday night pizza night! Just use the coupon you got in your church mailbox and 20% of all sales generated will go to Haiti Foundation Against Poverty. Valid from 11am-11pm at Rockford Pizza Hut – WingStreet, 2745 10 Mile Road. 616-863-3311.



Library Additions February 2014

Library BooksWe have added 6 new books to the church library. We have a fiction book called White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick; We also have two non-fiction books. The Good News We Almost Forgot (by Kevin DeYoung) lets us rediscover the gospel in the Heidelberg catechism, and On Two Wings – Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding (by Michael Novak) is a scholarly in-depth review of the public stands taken by the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. We have 3 books for the Christian Living section: Come Thirsty and Cure for the Common Life, both by Max Lucado, and Reaching for the Invisible God by Philip Yancey. Happy reading!


Middle School Spring Retreat

MS Spring Retreat 2014

March 21-23, 2014

at Cran-Hill Ranch

We will be leaving from church at 6pm on Friday, March 21. Please eat dinner before you arrive and make sure to bring your white RRCYM informed consent (if you received one in the mail) as well as the Cran-Hill liability waiver. You cannot go without this!

We will return to church around 12pm on Sunday, March 23.

Emergency Contact Information

  • We will be staying at Cran-Hill Ranch (231-796-7669)
  • If there is an emergency and you need to contact us please call Ben Gandy (780-3744) or Ashley Edwards (616-822-3938).

Packing List

  • jeans, sweatshirt, t-shirt, gloves, hat, coat (we will be doing outdoor activities so come prepared to spend time outdoors!)
  • toiletries (towel, soap, shampoo, deodorant, washcloth, etc.)
  • shoes for hanging out indoors
  • pajamas
  • flashlight
  • sleeping bag, pillow
  • Bible, notebook, pen
  • camera, if desired

Cost

Early Bird Cost: $75 (due February 19)
After February 19 Cost: $100

To sign up please fill out an account withdrawal slip or make checks payable to “RRCYM” and place in the Youth Mailbox (located on the Youth Room Door).

Questions?

Contact Trisha at tvsatrrc@gmail.com.



Typhoon Haiyan

A message from the RCA CARE Network

Typhoon Haiyan–possibly the strongest tropical storm ever to hit land–blew through the Philippines last November causing extensive damage and killing thousands.

The RCA CARE Network is responding to the disaster on several fronts. “Our capable partners immediately began responding to Typhoon Haiyan, and going forward, we will be supporting the efforts of World Vision and World Renew,” says Jay Harsevoort, coordinator of the RCA CARE Network. The RCA CARE Network has already disbursed initial grants to World Vision and Food for the Hungry. Both are active in the Philippines.

What you can do:

Please pray for the people whose lives have been torn apart by this typhoon–for people who have lost loved ones, suffered injury, or sustained damage to their homes or businesses. Pray too for the rescue workers, first responders, and early response coordinators.

Donations should be made directly to the RCA:
To support disaster response efforts, donate online at www.rca.org/haiyan or send a check to Reformed Church in America, Attn: Finance Department, 4500 60th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512. Checks should be designated “Haiyan.”



Library Additions January 2014

Library BooksWe have added 5 new books to the library in January 2014. For Bible Reference: Ephesians: Finding Your Identity in Christ by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz. Christian Living: Richard Foster’s Prayer, Nancy Guthrie’s Holding on to Hope, Max Lucado’s A Love Worth Giving, and Stormie Omartian’s Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On. We also have a new fiction book, although your librarian hates to call it fiction: The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn. This is a most thought-provoking book. Come on in and check it out!



Bible in a Year 2014

Bible in a Year

Are you up for the challenge?

Join us as we read through the Bible together in 2014! We will be using Words of Hope’s accompanying daily devotional. You can request a hard copy of the book, or receive the daily devotional via email (or both). If you would like the book, please email connections.rrc@gmail.com, or sign up at the info desk. If you wish to subscribe via email, click here and check the box that says “Read the Bible in a Year”.

To see a sample daily devotional, click here.

Be sure to pick up a bookmark from the Info Desk to use either in your devotional book or your Bible!

Note: The book is organized by day of the year (Day 1, Day 2, etc.) and not by date. To help you out, we have created a bookmark that matches the day of the year with the actual date. The type is small, so if you need a bigger reference, just download and print this pdf!



World Vision Ballot

World Vision Ballot

In honor of RRC Children’s Ministries, we have decided to do something a little different this year in lieu of Christmas gifts. Week 2 of our “Get Ready for Christmas” lessons had us all thinking – is it better to give or receive? There were some mixed feelings about this.

This year we have decided to GIVE in honor of our children and leaders to World Vision! The fun part is that the kids, along with their families, get to decide what we are going to give! Below you will find three pictures with different options for giving. Please talk and pray about this with your family and decide on one option: (a) a goat & 2 chickens, (b) 5 ducks, 1 chicken, & 2 rabbits, or (c) 3 ducks & a goat!

For your vote to count (and we want it to!), please cut out the option you have chosen and bring it with you to church. The kids will then place it in a voting box and we will announce on December 15 which option has won!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Download the 2013 ballot here!

And the winner is….1 Goat and 2 Chickens!



Rag Ball Ornaments

Rag Ball Ornaments

Rag ball ornaments made by our Pioneer Clubs children are available on the lower level near the Pioneer Clubs office for you to take. Donations benefit our 2014 Haiti Mission Team.

About the ornaments

In Haiti, children make soccer balls out of rags. These “rag ball” ornaments were made to remind us of our blessings and to support the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty.

Jwaye Nowel! Merry Christmas!