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River Bank Run

Saturday, May 13, 2017

We’re looking for 20 people to join the Rockford Reformed Adoption Team for the Fifth Third River Bank Run on Saturday, May 13. All of the money we raise will go toward Rob and Stephanie’s adoption fundraising. Our goal? To raise $3,000! The 5K Walk is a great family event with strollers and dogs on leashes welcome.
 
If you would like to sponsor us with a tax-deductible donation, please make checks out to Rockford Reformed Church and write “adoption” on the memo line. Checks can be placed in Rebecca Cruttenden’s mailbox.
 
To participate:
 
1. Pick your event – 5K Walk, 5K Run, 10K Run, 25K Run
 
2. Let Rebecca Cruttenden know you’d like to join the team – rebecca@teamorphans.com
 
 
4. Ask 2 friends or family members if they will sponsor you by making a donation to the Bergman’s adoption. Checks are made to Rockford Reformed Church with “adoption” in the memo section. We will also send out info to the church family asking for sponsors.
 
5. Wear your Team Orphans shirt during the race
 
6. Ask someone to take a picture of you in your shirt and email it to Rebecca
 

Our 2017 Team

Dan and Trisha VanStensel
Rob and Stephanie Bergman
Emily and Isaac DeWitte
Scott and Amanda Gerhardt
Jodi Becksvoort
Marie DeGood
Dan Triezenberg
Eric Ringnalda
Shannon Fanberg
 

Past Teams

2015:  Dan Triezenberg, Jim Scholten, Luke & Amanda Morgan, Bren & Parker Shantz, Matt & Ashley Edwards, Amy Wittenbach, Seth Clayton, Shelley Plambeck, Dave & Kristen VanStensel, Kevin Johnson, Ryan DeVries, Tom & Rebecca Cruttenden, Andre Jarrell
 
2014:  Kristen Van Stensel, David Van Stensel, Kevin Johnson, Jim Scholten, Bren Shantz, Matt Edwards, Ashley Edwards, Shelly Plambeck, Dan Triezenberg, Dan Van Stensel, Kelsey Vaas (not pictured)

 



Easter Baskets

Baskets due Sunday, April 2, 2017

The deacons are excited to announce a service offering for NKCS. We are hoping to gather up to 240 filled Easter baskets for children who may not get to experience the joy of Easter. We will be providing empty Easter baskets. Anyone who is willing to fill them with small toys, treats, and a personal note can pick them up in the lobby starting March 5. Baskets need to be returned by April 2. This is a great opportunity for all!
 
Please include:
  • Easter candy (chocolate eggs, Peeps, jelly beans, etc. – please do not include candy containing peanuts)
  • A small gift (a Matchbox car, crayons, small stuffed animal, etc.)
  • A personal note to the child who will receive the basket
 
Please DO NOT include:
  • Food containing peanuts or peanut butter
  • Anything perishable
  • Toys that could be a choking hazard
 


Paper Gator

We no longer have a Paper Gator – we weren’t collecting enough to meet the requirements of the program. You can still find Paper Gator bins at Our Lady of Consolation, Rockford Baptist Church, and North Rockford Middle School.


Adoption Fundraiser – Bergman

Monday, March 20, 2017

7:00-8:30pm Open House Style • Fellowship Hall
 
Our Hearts for Orphans Jewelry Fundraiser this year will be to help Rob and Stephanie Bergman, who are in the process of adoption. Our generous jewelry lady at Premier Designs donates ALL of her profits to our orphan ministry – that’s 50% of total sales! Can’t come but would like to order? There will be catalogs available at church in the weeks before the show. Place orders and catalogs in Rebecca Cruttenden’s mailbox.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

9am-2pm in the gym • All proceeds from this garage sale will go toward the Bergman family adoption. Stop by and shop for a good cause!


Loving Others Toward Christ

Sermon Series: Loving Others Toward Christ

Jesus has called us to bring people to saving faith in him. We bring people to Jesus by loving people to Jesus. People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care. If we are to be a church that brings people to Christ, we must have amazing hospitality. We also need to be there for those who don’t know Jesus, caring for them in love right where they live. And, yes, we also need to know how to share the good news of Jesus in a loving and compelling way. Join us as we dive into this important series: Loving Others Toward Christ.
 
  • February 19 – “Being Hospitable” – Hebrews 13:2
  • February 26 – “Being There” – Luke 10:25–37
  • March 5 – “Being Good News” – Matthew 5:14-16


The Seven Churches of Revelation

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Sermon Series: The Seven Churches of Revelation

 
Jesus has a dream for His Church. He knows what he wants. He wants a Church in love with Him, on fire, unstained by the world, faithful, authentic, full of faith, and filled with the Holy Spirit. He reveals this desire to the Apostle John with thunderous words in a spectacular vision. It’s all recorded in the Revelation of John, chapters two and three. Join us as we look into the heart of Jesus for us!
 
  • January 1 – “Loving Jesus” – Ephesus – Revelation 2:1-7
  • January 8 – “Faithful Through the Fire” – Smyrna – Revelation 2:8-11
  • January 15 – “In the World but not Of the World” – Pergamum – Revelation 2:12-17
  • January 22 – “Overcoming Through Obedience” – Thyatira – Revelation 2:18-29
  • January 29 – “Authentic and Alive” – Sardis – Revelation 3:1-6
  • February 5 – “Pursuing God’s Best in Faith” – Philadelphia – Revelation 3:7-13
  • February 12 –  “Finding Life in Christ Alone” – Laodicea – Revelation 3:14-22


Magi Tree

Items due December 11, 2016

Our Magi Tree is back in the lobby! Every year, North Kent Community Services takes donations to distribute to the many area families who need assistance. Pick a star off the tree for item suggestions, or bring in a suggested item from the list below. Please bring the items to church (unwrapped) by Sunday, December 11, 2016. Thank you for helping your neighbors in need!
 
Suggested items:
  • pajamas
  • socks
  • underwear
  • bath towels, dish towels
  • bedding, pillows
  • winter coats
  • pants
  • boots


Candy Cane Commitment

candy-cane-treeStop by the lobby and pick up a candy cane to remind you of your commitment to pray for and support Jorvens financially.
 
Thank you for your continued love and support of Jorvens. Jorvens came to the states this past summer and was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. He began treatment shortly thereafter, and the cancer is now 98% gone! Jorvens is very close to  being in complete remission. Although Jorvens lost his sight, he has not lost his zest for life. He brings joy to everyone he encounters and his story continues to touch the hearts of people near and far. You can read about Jorvens’ journey here.
 
God has a plan for Jorvens, and we are a part of that plan. We are hoping that RRC can help see this mission through. Thanks to your previous givings, all of the emergency medical costs have been covered. We are now in the phase of paying for the cost of the ongoing treatments, estimated to be $50,000. We would like to continue using our benevolent fund to pay for the remainder of Jorvens’ medical bills and to secure a safe and smooth transition when he returns to Haiti in May or June of 2017.
 
We are not in this alone; other organizations and individuals that have been touched by Jorvens’ story are actively raising funds this December as well. Please consider making a special offering in December. You can designate your gift to Jorvens in the memo line of your check or on your envelope. If you have questions on the tax-deductibility of your donation, please ask for a copy of our Benevolent Fund Policy. Please make checks out to Rockford Reformed Church.
 
Thank you, and know that you are playing a significant role in the life of one of His children!


A Christmas Carol

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Sermon Series: A Christmas Carol

Few songs express the longings and dreams of the human heart like the songs of Advent and Christmas. Many of these songs are filled with scriptural imagery and truth. Each week this Advent season we are going to take an in-depth look at a classic Christmas Carol. As we delve into the truths embedded in these carols, these beautiful songs will take on an even deeper and richer meaning, and bring greater joy not only to this season, but to your lives as well.
 
The songs we’ll be discussing include:
  • Come, O Come Emmanuel (November 27)
  • Let all mortal flesh keep silence (December 4)
  • Joy to the World (December 11)
  • Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (December 18)
  • What Child is This? (December 23 Candlelight Service)
  • Come Let Us Adore Him (December 25 Christmas Service)


Thanksgiving Challenge

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40 Day Thanksgiving and Joy Challenge

Thanksgiving is a chosen perspective and an essential spiritual discipline which, put into practice, will transform our lives. The challenge: for 40 days choose joy and thanksgiving. The 40 days begins November 21 and ends New Year’s Eve, December 31. During this time:
  • Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and repeat daily. I’d encourage you to repeat the verse several times throughout the day, beginning when you first awake in the morning, and ending when you lay down at night.
  • Continually give thanks and rejoice for who God is and for all he has done for us. “Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5)
  • Begin or end every prayer you pray with heartfelt thanksgiving.
On New Year’s Eve discuss with your family how the Thanksgiving and Joy Challenge has impacted your life. If you live alone, discuss the impact with a friend or journal the impact before the Lord.