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.


Family Camp

August 24-26, 2018

Cran-Hill Ranch: 14444 17 Mile Road, Rodney, MI 49342 (map)
 
Join us next August for two nights at Cran-Hill Ranch! 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! RSVP with Sharon Dulyea: 616-696–0577. Signup deadline is November 5!


Men’s Study Breakfast

Will resume in the new year

Saturdays, 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:  Postponed until the new year
 
Please contact Kevin Johnson with any questions.


Cookie 5K

Saturday, July 22, 2017 • 8am

Robinette’s Apple Haus: 3142 Four Mile Road (map)

$20 Individual / $60 Family

Take a bite out of the global orphan crisis and enjoy some homemade cookies at the same time! Walk or run the beautiful apple orchards of Robinette’s and then enjoy hundreds – maybe thousands – of homemade cookies and chocolate milk at the finish line. Every dollar is donated toward Team Orphans child adoption grants through Bethany Christian Services. Grants are placed on waiting orphans and awarded to adopting families to help cover adoption costs. Serious runners, walkers, families, and kids are all welcome! Run the 5K, walk the 5K, or walk just the first mile and end up by the cookies! Prizes donated by Gazelle Sports. Get more info and register at teamorphans.com/5k.
 
We need cookie bakers and race day volunteers! Bring cookies to the church kitchen by 4pm on Friday, July 21. Contact Rebecca Cruttenden (email below) for specific needs.
 
Please email Rebecca at rebecca@teamorphans.com or call 874-9828 if you can help or have any questions!


Congregational Meeting

Sunday, October 1, 2017 • 5pm

Postponed – watch for new date

Consistory will be holding a congregational update meeting on Sunday, October 1 at 5pm in the sanctuary. Childcare will be available.
 


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)

 



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


Men’s Game Night

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Friday, November 20, 2015

7:30pm in the Fireside Room
Join us for a Men’s Game Night! Games and snacks will be provided, but you are welcome to bring more! Please use Entrance B (west door). Contact Bren Shantz with any questions.


Men’s Friday Morning Breakfast

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January-May, 2016

Beginning January 15, the Men at Rockford Reformed will resume meeting every other Friday morning in the Fireside Room from 6:30 to 7:30 to begin to discover God’s real plan for men. We’ll be learning what it really means to be a man and capture an inspiring vision of authentic manhood.
 
We’ll be watching “33” – a series of video talks that look at the 33 years of Jesus’ life on earth to give us a model of true manhood. See the trailer here. Though we’ve gone through this series before, we are doing it again, this time at a slower pace. So, if you missed it the first time around, now’s your chance to dive in!
 
Here’s the schedule:
  • 6:30am Breakfast – eggs, pancakes, oatmeal, granola bars, and coffee
  • 6:45am Video & Discussion – while we’re finishing breakfast we’ll watch an inspiring video together, then talk about what we just learned and how it impacts our lives
 
The ten sessions will include:
  • Create and Cultivate (Jan 15, 2016)
  • Create and Cultivate (Jan 29)
  • Manhood Definition (Feb 12)
  • Manhood Definition (Feb 26)
  • King/Warrior (Mar 11)
  • King/Warrior (Mar 25)
  • Lover/Friend (Apr 8)
  • Lover/Friend (Apr 22)
  • Seasons (May 6)
  • Seasons (May 20)
 
If you have any questions, you can contact Kevin Johnson, Seth Clayton, or Bren Shantz.


Men’s Tailgate Cookout

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Men’s Tailgate Cookout 2015

Guys – join us at RRC in the gym and back parking lot for a cookout while we watch the game on the big screen! Bring your friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Food and drinks provided. If you have any questions, please call Kevin Johnson (291-3991) or Bren Shantz (821-8907). click to download flyer
 
Monday, October 5, 2015
7:30-10:00pm
Lions @ Seahawks
 
Thursday, December 3, 2015
7:30-10:00pm
Packers @ Lions


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