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Missionary Letter 03/07/13

Think our postal system is bad?

An email from Mark Wilson, our missionary in Cambodia:

Imagine our surprise when Debra went to the Post Office today after getting a package slip and something amazing happened … we received a wonderful gift from you all at Rockford Reformed … *a Christmas gift box*!

What a wonderful surprise and so delicious too … some great treats from home including dried cherries and trail mix that included dried blueberries … I can’t begin to tell you how sweet they are in so many ways.

So, please let folks know that we did (at last) receive the package (and in good shape and unopened), and how thankful we are for your thoughtfulness … it is so encouraging (and tasty), especially these days when the temperature has gone up into the upper 90s and even breaking 100 (and it’s not even hot season yet), and, due to power shortages our electricity cuts out each day. So, this treat at this time is truly special – Thank you!

Yours in Christ,
-Mark, Deb & Zachary

 



Constant Contact All Star 2012

2012 All StarRockford Reformed Church has been named a Constant Contact All Star for 2012! Only 10% of the email service’s clients receive this distinction.



Cell Phone Drive

cell phone drive

Needed: old cell phones

For: Safe Haven Ministries

Safe Haven Ministries offers comprehensive domestic abuse services to women and their children as well as community education and prevention programs.

Please put in the Victoria’s Secret bags in the back of the Sanctuary by Sunday, March 17, 2013. Thank you!



Running For Hope

Running For Hope

Saturday, March 23, 2013 • 8:30am

Running For Hope 5K Run/Walk
2350 Belmont Center Dr NE, Belmont (map)

Click here for online registration

$25 Pre-registration till March 16th
$30 Late registration March 16th till Day of Race



Member Story: Steve Majerle

Steve MajerleWood TV8 recently ran a story on one of our members, Steve Majerle:

Coach with Parkinson’s gets 2nd chance.

It’s amazing and inspirational. Check it out!


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Library Additions March 2013

Library BooksThe following items have been added to our church library and are available to check out! We have included a link to each title on christianbook.com in case you would like to learn more about them. Click below to continue…


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Rockford Expo

Rockford Expo

Saturday, March 16, 2013 • 9am-3pm

Stop by and see our booth at this year’s Expo!
Rockford High School (4100 Kroes St)

Looking for volunteers! Here’s what we need: 

Someone to go set up our table on Friday night between 5-9pm, and 2 people per shift on Saturday to be friendly and answer questions about our church.

Shifts:

1st shift- 8:30am – 11:00am
2nd shift- 11:00am – 1:30pm
3rd shift- 1:30pm- 3:00pm (plus tear down)

Please contact Audrey Shantz if you can help man the booth!



Men’s Euchre Nite

Men's Euchre Nite

Friday, March 1, 2013 • 6-10pm

Family Life Center (gym)

Pizza and pop provided. $5 suggested donation to cover the food, beverages, and prizes for the evening. For guys ages high school and above. Please sign up in the back of the sanctuary, online by logging in to the Table, or by emailing connections.rrc@gmail.com.

Questions: please contact Kevin Johnson (874-8695).



Jesus Storybook Bible

New In the Church Library:

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

This is the Bible recommended by Pastor Rick at a recent baptism. The Jesus Storybook Bible is designed to be read to children. It is short stories from the Old Testament that all point to Jesus.

If you find this special Bible a “keeper,” stop by Kregel Parable Christian stores for a copy for yourself. It is currently 50% off!

Love from your librarians.

 



Lent

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On Wednesday this week we begin the season of Lent. The word “Lent” is derived from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “to lengthen” and refers to a season of the church year when the days become longer similar to our season of spring. The forty days of Lent (Sundays aren’t counted) are probably symbolic of the 40 days’ fast of Moses, Elijah, and especially our Lord himself. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at noon on Saturday before Easter.

The observance of Lent probably originated in the 4th Century and was a time of fasting, self-examination, alms-giving, strict attendance at worship and an abstaining from festivities. The first break in Lenten observance in Europe may have occurred in 1572 when Zwingli sided with certain Zurich printers who insisted that they had to have something more invigorating to eat than fish on Fridays to carry out their duties. In the years since there has been less and less emphasis on the original disciplines of the season. Unfortunately the pre-Lenten festivals such as  Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) have had an increased emphasis on self-indulgence with drunkenness, immorality, and destruction being wide spread.

So what are we to do with Lent? If I interpret the New Testament correctly, the whole life of the believer is to be lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus the important question is not “What shall I give up for Lent?” but rather “Am I filled with the Holy Spirit?” or “How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?”

That being said, it doesn’t necessarily follow that we do away with the celebration of Lent. Don’t Spirit-filled Christians need to look into their personal lives? Of course we do. We all become careless. We all tend to forget our obligations and to ignore those people we should be remembering and helping. All of us need a fresh look at the cross. In other words we need to be filled again and again with God’s Spirit. So whether we decide to give something up for Lent or to do something extra for Lent, may our actions help us to become more like Jesus through the working and leading of the Holy Spirit.

Have a blessed Lenten Season,
Pastor Rick
2013

The RCA’s website has some great resources for families to use during Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. View them here!