Bible Studies – Wednesdays

Wednesdays • 6:45-8:00pm

How People Change: How Christ Changes Us by His Grace
Fireside Room 253
Begins October 2, 2019
Led by Pastor Tim
 
Change doesn’t happen overnight for the Christian. Growth is a lifelong journey. In the How People Change DVD Seminar, Paul Tripp and Tim Lane masterfully guide participants toward biblical truths that lead to a life of repentance and faith by inviting them to consider their circumstances, as well as their responses to them, and examining their heart’s desire and turning toward Christ. Featuring twelve teaching sessions, this class guides people in understanding how Christ’s life, death, and resurrection bring lasting change.
 
 
Women’s Bible Study
Room 250
Begins October 2, 2019
Led by Polly Johnson
 
Throughout the fall session, we’ll work our way through three series:
 
Enough: Laugh. Cry. Love.
Laugh your way to a more fulfilling life! Continuing the relatable journey she began in the best-selling DVD Laughing in the Dark, Chonda Pierce employs her quick wit and incomparable storytelling skills to help you reach out to others and connect with God in new ways. Her encouraging message of hope will propel discussion, outreach, and healing.
 
Me & My Big Mouth
Open mouth. Insert foot. Ever said anything you wish you could take back? Of course you have. We all have. Even if what you said was true, those words may have cost you your job, your reputation, or even a relationship. Conversations don’t come with backspace buttons, so how do we prevent our big mouths from getting us in big trouble next time? Andy Stanley shares the secret to keeping our mouths shut in this 4-part DVD study.
 
You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
God will deliver you and use your mess for good. In this six-session, video-based study, Max Lucado offers refreshing assurance for anyone facing trials. Consider the story of Joseph – tossed in a pit by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned. God weaved what was meant for evil into good. He is in the business of redeeming the broken. He was then. He is still. Do you crave some hope for these tough times? Then this is the message you need.


Adult Sunday School

Sundays, 11:15am

Digging Deeper
Fireside Room #253
September 15, 2019 – May 3, 2020
 
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. Types of questions you might discuss are…
  • What were the main points or take-aways of the sermon?
  • What are some questions you have?
  • Did you have any “Aha!” moments during the sermon?
  • How has the sermon challenged you, affirmed what you have been thinking, comforted you, or changed you?
  • What will you plan to do to apply your take-aways into this week and beyond?
 
Several times throughout the year we will be inviting the High School group to join us as we work toward more cross-generational interaction in our programming.  Adults are also invited to join the High School Youth Group (Sundays, 6:30-8pm) on the following dates: Oct 6, Dec 8, Feb 23, and April 19.
 
Leader Schedule:
  • 9/15 – Karen Bazen
  • 9/22 – Eric Pilko
  • 9/29 – Jim Scholten
  • 10/6 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 10/13 – Kevin Johnson – meet in Room 250
  • 10/20 – Scott Jacobs – meet in Room 250
  • 10/27 – Eric Pilko – meet in Room 250
  • 11/3 – Jim Scholten (HS youth invited)
  • 11/10 – Kevin Johnson
  • 11/17 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 11/24 – Scott Jacobs
  • 12/1 – no class
  • 12/8 –
  • 12/15 – Meg DeVries
  • 12/22 – no class
  • 12/29 – no class
  • 1/5 – Eric Pilko
  • 1/12 – Jim Scholten (HS youth invited)
  • 1/19 – Kevin Johnson
  • 1/26 – Scott Jacobs
  • 2/2 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 2/9 – Eric Pilko
  • 2/16 – Jim Scholten
  • 2/23 – Kevin Johnson
  • 3/1 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 3/8 – Scott Jacobs
  • 3/15 – Eric Pilko (HS youth invited)
  • 3/22 – Jim Scholten
  • 3/29 – Kevin Johnson
  • 4/5 – no class
  • 4/12 – no class
  • 4/19 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 4/26 – Scott Jacobs
  • 5/3 –



Bible Studies – Tuesdays

Tuesdays • 9:30-11:00am

Nehemiah: The Courage to Face Opposition (begins Sept. 10, 2019)
Led by Marcia Coleman & Carol Knox, Room 212
 
Nehemiah was a leader who faced opposition and difficulty from every side – even from his own people. Yet he stood against the enemy and trusted God. Although we may never confront our enemies in war, we can learn from Nehemiah’s courage and faith as we struggle with the world and its values.
 



SeptemberFest

Sunday, September 8, 2018

Sunday, September 8 is our annual SeptemberFest! We will once again have our worship service outdoors, so dress for the weather. It’s forecasted to be a bit chilly, so wear something warm! Please bring chairs if you can – maybe even extras to share with those who don’t bring their own. We will have folding chairs available for those who need them. KidLife Worship and nursery will be available.
 
After service, it’s time to eat! Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided, along with buns, toppings, tableware, and water. Please bring a dish to share (salads, sides, chips, desserts, etc.). You can drop it off in the gym / kitchen before service. This year, we plan to have the food tables set up in the gym so we don’t have to worry about the wind blowing everything away. Once you get your food, please head back outside to eat. We will have some tables set up, or just circle up the chairs you brought! Please don’t bring chairs into the gym.
 
We will also be handing out information on all of our various ministries, fall programming, and volunteer opportunities, so this is a good time to learn how to plug into the RRC community and have any questions answered.
 
Also be on the lookout for:
  • cornhole tournament – signups will be available Sunday
  • bounce houses – we will have one outdoors for the older kids, and one in the gym for kids 5 and under
  • 9 square
  • ice cream table
  • guessing jars for prizes
  • other games and activities – also feel free to bring games of your own!
  • lost and found table in the gym
 


Men’s Skeet Shoot

Saturday, August 24, 2019 • 9am

Men (and boys accompanied by an adult): Darryl DeGood is hosting a skeet shoot at his house on Saturday, August 24, beginning at 9am. BYOG and skeet and shotgun shells. Darryl will provide burgers and hot dogs for lunch along with punch and water. Please bring a snack or a dish to pass. If you have questions, you can call Darryl at 616-340-3369.


Monday Night Golf

Monday Night Golf – Summer 2019

Monday night golfing has started! For $15, you get 9 holes and a cart on one of Michigan’s top courses. Tee times start at 5pm. No reservations are needed – just show up and be prepared to have a great time golfing! The kitchen is open if you want to get a bite to eat when you are done. Tee times are reserved throughout the summer, so come when you can! Please contact Jerry Coon with any questions (616-204-3858, gerald.l.coon@gmail.com).
 
Cedar Chase Golf Club: 7551 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 (map), 616-696-2308.
 



Haiti Mission Trip

Donations due Sunday, July 21, 2019

As you know, RRC has been serving in Haiti for nearly a decade. We have been blessed to work alongside the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty (HFAP) and are still extremely invested in this organization’s ministries. This year however, we have been called to serve in a different capacity and are excited about this new opportunity.
 
On July 29, a team from Rockford will be traveling to Haiti to serve with Greg Yoder and Christian World Outreach (CWO). We will still spend a day serving with HFAP in Port-au-Prince, but then will head to the countryside to serve with CWO. We are extremely excited to see another side of Haiti and share the gospel with some of the world’s most unreached people. While there, we will be sharing His love with 500+ children in the community of Monbin.
 
With any new opportunity, there are also new challenges. One of our challenges has to do with fundraising. We are traveling to La Victoire in northern Haiti and therefore have additional travel expenses to consider. We also would LOVE to share a meal with the 500 children that we work with each day. We want to feed their souls and their bodies, but know that we can only do so with the support of our friends and family.
 
With that said, we are sincerely asking for your prayers. Pray that God will prepare us for our visit and bless our efforts as we minister to the people of Haiti. We also need prayers that our financial needs will be met. At this time, we need to raise $4,500 for the feeding program we hope to provide in the countryside. Donations can be made directly to CWO online at cwomissions.org. Please designate in the comments section that your donation is for the Rockford team. You can also donate by writing a check to RRC Missions. Please include in the memo line that your donation is for Haiti.
 
Please know that whether you feel led to contribute financially, through prayer, or both, all of your support is greatly appreciated. We look forward to doing God’s work in Haiti and letting you know all about how God has worked through this team when we return later in August.
 
Supplies needed for Haiti:
Canned Chicken
Canned Tuna
Baby Formula
Size 4 Diapers
Size 5 Diapers
Diaper Wipes
Baby Shampoo
Baby Soap
Protein Bars
Powdered Gatorade
Granola Bars
Peanut Butter
Kids Snacks (individually wrapped…crackers, cookies, fruit snacks, etc.)
 
*Donations can be dropped off in the bins at church anytime between now and July 21.
 
**Donations can also be dropped off at Espwa Boutique between 11 am and 4 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and between 11 am and 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Make a donation AND receive 10% off your total Espwa purchase that day!
 
***Monetary donations are also being accepted for this year’s trip and are greatly appreciated. You can make a check out to RRC Missions and place in the Missions Mailbox at church OR you can donate online at cwomissions.org. Simply click “Donate”, “Haiti”, and type “Rockford” in the comments section. Your prayers and donations are greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you for supporting this summer’s mission trip to Haiti!
 


Adult Singles

Last Saturday of the month, 1pm

Each month we meet at a restaurant, then head back to church for games and dessert in the Fireside Room. Please RSVP with Carol Knox.


Praise in the Park

Sundays • June 2-August 25, 2019 • 6pm

6:00-7:30pm at the Garden Park Stage (by the dam)
 
Come out and enjoy some Christian music along the banks of the Rogue River in downtown Rockford. Everyone is Welcome!
 
The community is invited to come out and enjoy an evening of Christian music every Sunday evening. Christian praise music will be provided by music teams from area churches and Christian bands. Join your neighbors & friends every Sunday evening at the Rockford Garden Park stage next to the dam for an evening of fellowship and praise, and maybe a family picnic! Learn more about Praise in the Park and find coupons for local restaurants on their website.
 

RRC will be playing on August 25

2019 Schedule:
June 2: Rockford United Methodist Church
June 9: River Rock Church
June 16: Father’s Day – no event scheduled
June 23: Resurrection Life Church
June 30: Grace Fellowship Church
July 7: Greenville Community Church
July 14: Crossfire Ministries Church
July 21: The Tribes Church
July 28: Rockford Baptist Church
August 4: Bridgeway Community Church
August 11: Trinity Baptist Church
August 18: Blythefield Hills Baptist Church
August 25:  Rockford Reformed Church


After-Service Socials

June 16 – September 1, 2019

After-Service Socials will begin on Sunday, June 16.  Join us in the gym after each service this summer for an opportunity to connect with people in a relaxed atmosphere. Don’t miss this chance to meet, greet, and eat! Snacks may be simple, such as cookies and milk, but each week is a surprise! If your family, small group, or ministry is willing to host a week, please let Laura Jolliffe know.
 

Hosts

  • June 16 – Staff
  • June 23 – Adult Ministry Team
  • June 30 – Care Group 1
  • July 7 – Tuesday Women’s Bible Study
  • July 14 – Care Group 6
  • July 21 – Care Group 2
  • July 28 – Care Group 4
  • August 4 – Care Group 5
  • August 11 – Care Group 3
  • August 18 – Kids Hope
  • August 25 – Deacons
  • September 1 – Labor Day Ladies