Rockford Christmas Celebration

Friday, Dec 14, 2018 • 7:00-9:00pm

  • Christmas caroling gathers at Rockford Baptist Church from 6:30–6:45pm Caroling begins at 6:50pm.
  • Nativity scene located at Speed Merchants Bicycle Shop. Foretelling of Jesus’ birth begins at 7pm.
  • Free refreshments available for all at Rockford United Methodist Church, 7-8pm.
RRC members are invited to join local residents and guests in celebrating our Savior’s birth at the “Rockford Christmas Celebration & Live Nativity” to be held in downtown Rockford. The event takes place on Friday, December 14th from 7:00-9:00pm at Speed Merchants Bicycle Shop. Those wishing to be a part of the caroling event are asked to meet at Rockford Baptist Church by 6:45pm to walk down E. Bridge Street to the nativity. Please bring a battery operated candle, flashlight, or your cell phone to carry as you walk. Additional information can be found here.


Flu Clinic

Wed, October 10, 2018 • 5-6:30pm

In Room 141 (next to the gym)
 
Offered by the Spectrum Health Continuing Care Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). For your health and the safety of others, the best way to prevent the spreading of flu is to get your flu shot. This is especially true if you spend time with the young or elderly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone older than six months be vaccinated for the flu. Spectrum Health provides a number of convenient ways for you and your family to get vaccinated, including this clinic at Rockford Reformed Church.
 
Questions?


REAL Men

Every other Friday, 7am, Arnie’s Restaurant

REAL exists to strengthen our relationship with Christ and with each other by authentically sharing our faith journey so we all can be encouraged and grow in our faith.
 
REAL is a group that strives to create authentic and meaningful relationships among men and that desires a deeper relationship with Christ. It is a group that believes God is actively working in our lives, and that we all have a story that He wants us to tell. It is not a Bible study or an accountability group, and it is not exclusive to RRC, so invite others! Each meeting will feature a speaker. See below for the current schedule.
 
Note: Starting in January, we will be meeting at Arnie’s Restaurant, 34 S Squires St, downtown Rockford. The restaurant isn’t open at that time, so we have the place to ourselves. Coffee and refreshments provided.
 

Goals

  • Relationship – God created to us to be in fellowship, and when we share in life, we experience the fullness of the life he created for us.
  • Encouragement – God has enriched our lives with experiences that are not just for us. The blessings and tribulations of our lives are also intended to enrich the lives of others.
  • Authenticity – We are perfectly loved by God and our need for acceptance is found in Him alone. This frees us to express ourselves as who we are, not as who we wish we were.
  • Love – With humility and grace towards others as God does with each of us.
 

2019 Schedule

  • Jan 4
  • Jan 18
  • Feb 1
  • Feb 15
  • Mar 1
  • Mar 15
  • Mar 29
  • Apr 12
  • Apr 26
  • May 10


Bible Studies – Wednesdays

Wednesdays • 6:45-8:00pm

Growing Together
A biblical approach to fruitful ministry in the body of Christ
Fireside Room 253
Begins February 27, 2019
 
What does fruitful interpersonal ministry look like? This 6-week video study explores six ways we grow together as the body of Christ:
  • By expressing true need for God and for others
  • By combining knowledge of people with knowledge of Scripture
  • By praying in ways that connect actual human need to the promises of God
  • By understanding the centrality of friendship in the Christian life
  • By keeping a close watch on ourselves in pursuit of integrity
  • By maturing together as each of us puts the Spirit’s gifts to work so that we grow up into the likeness of Christ
  • Learn more here
What Makes You Happy
by Andy Stanley
Women’s Study Led by Polly Johnson, Room 250
Begins January 9, 2019
 
Everybody wants to be happy. Everybody is on a happiness quest. For many, happiness is measured in moments. Experiences. It’s elusive. Unsustainable. What about you? What makes you happy? Something comes to mind for each of us. We are often tempted to believe that happiness comes from acquiring things, but happiness is actually an outcome of what we sow in our lives. We can’t acquire, consume, or exercise our way to happiness, but we may be able to serve and volunteer our way there. In the end, we find that if we live as if it’s all about us, we will never be happy.


Bible Studies – Tuesdays

Tuesdays • 9:30-11:00am

Woman of God (begins April 9, 2019)
Led by Carol Knox, Room 212
 
How can we become women of God? These studies from Old and New Testament passages show us how to develop the traits of a godly woman: how to be strong, trustworthy, wise, resourceful, forgiving, beautiful, content, confident – and how to claim God’s grace when we fall short. This study guide in the new revised format features questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, as well as a “Now or Later” section in each study. 10 studies for individuals or groups. Book by Cindy Bunch. Learn more here.
 



Adult Sunday School

Sundays, 11:15am

Digging Deeper
Fireside Room #253
September 16, 2018 – May 5, 2019
 
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.
 
Leader Schedule:
Jan 27 – Brian Ellis
Feb 3 – Tim Meendering
Feb 10 – Jim Scholten
Feb 17 – Ryan DeKuiper
Feb 24 – Ryan DeKuiper
Mar 3 – Brian Ellis
Mar 10 – Kevin Johnson
Mar 17 – Megan DeVries
Mar 24 – Eric Pilko
Mar 31 – No Sunday School
Apr 7 – Ryan DeKuiper
Apr 14 – Jim Scholten
Apr 21 – No Sunday School
Apr 28 – Brian Ellis
May 5 – Eric Pilko
 


Ladies Book Club

Last Thursday of every month

7:00-8:30pm, Fireside Room (253)

The Ladies Book Club is always open to new faces! We meet the last Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Fireside Room. This is not a Bible study or religious book study – books from a wide variety of genres are picked. Past selections include A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis Majors, and Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny. Coming up:
  • 11/29/18: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
  • no December meeting
  • 1/31/19: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • 2/28/19: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. We will meet early (6:30pm) and watch the movie before we discuss. Popcorn, candy, soda, water, and coffee provided!
  • 3/28/19: Educated by Tara Westover
  • 4/25/19: The Forgotten by David Baldacci
  • 5/30/19: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • 6/27/19: Wolf’s Mouth by John Smolens
  • There will be no meetings in July or August
 


SeptemberFest

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday, September 9 is our annual SeptemberFest! We will be having our worship service outdoors followed by an all-church picnic, complete with music, games, activities, prizes, and delicious food. There will still be KidLife Worship available for the kids. We will also have a giant slip-and-slide for the kids (and brave adults), so be sure to pack bathing suits and towels! For lunch, we will provide hotdogs, hamburgers, water, lemonade, and sno-kones. Please bring a dish to pass (sides, salads, desserts).


Haiti Mission Trip

Donations due Sunday, June 10, 2018

We are in a time of prayer and preparation as we get ready to send another team to Haiti. In addition to prayer, we are also asking for some donations. Below is a list of items that will be utilized in Haiti while the team does teacher training, provides Bible studies, holds Vacation Bible Schools, and walks alongside our Haitian neighbors.
 
Monetary Donations are tax-deductible. We are anticipating about $1000 in baggage fees in addition to the costs of our in-country projects (Bible Studies, Day Camps, Teacher Bed Deliveries, etc.). Checks can be made out to RRC Missions Team.
 
We just received a call from Haiti about starting up a Sunday School program at a church in Port-au-Prince. The church currently has 80-100 children attending each Sunday and has hired a Director of Children’s Ministries, BUT they need our help. They are lacking the curriculum, furniture, and resources necessary to help this program, J.A.M. (Jesus and Me, or in Creole, Jezi Ak Mwen), thrive. Our team will be responsible for training the volunteers for this program AND for making the children’s space a place where they can experience the love of Jesus each and every Sunday. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help with this effort, please consider doing so! Checks can be made out to RRC Missions and are tax-deductible. Thanks! Mesi Anpil!
 
Supplies needed for Haiti:
Powdered Gatorade Mix
Peanut Butter
Jelly/Jam
Kids/Baby Shampoo
Soap/Body Wash
Kids/Baby Lotion
Vaseline
Baby Powder
Coconut Oil (for hair)
Cans of Cooked/Diced Chicken
Cans of Tuna
Dry Milk
Brownie Mix
Cake Mix
Cake Frosting
Pancake Mix
Pancake Syrup
Pizza Mix
Pepperoni
Toddler Snacks
Kids Snacks
Toilet Paper
Wet Wipes for Babies
 
Thanks RRC for your continued support of our partnership with the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty. To learn more about the organization we work alongside, go to haitipoverty.org.
 



After-Service Socials

June 10 – August 26, 2018

After-Service Socials will begin on Sunday, June 10.  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 10 – Staff
  • June 17 – Triezenberg / Vergouwe
  • June 24 – Staff
  • July 1 – Tuesday Women’s Bible Study
  • July 8 – Hospitality
  • July 15 – Missions
  • July 22 – Deacons
  • July 29 – Tuesday Men’s Prayer Group
  • August 5 – Adult Ministries
  • August 12 – Elders
  • August 19 – Bennett Small Group
  • August 26 – Kids Hope
  • September 2 – Labor Day Ladies