Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, December 2, 2018 • 5pm

Meet in the gym at 5 for the meeting followed by a potluck dinner to celebrate paying off our debt!
 
On the agenda:
  • Vote of affirmation for elder and deacon candidates
  • Vote of affirmation for Pastor Tim serving as our next pastor
  • 2019 Budget (details will be provided prior to the meeting)
 
Absentee ballots will be available starting Sunday, November 18, in the back of the Sanctuary. You may also call the office with your vote and we will record it on your behalf.
 
Nursery will be available for the meeting portion of the evening.
 
Potluck:
  • Main course will be provided
  • Care Groups 1/2: salads
  • Care Groups 3/4: sides
  • Care Groups 5/6: desserts
 


Hymn Sing

Sunday, May 5, 2019 • 4pm

Join us on Sunday, May 5 at 4pm in the Sanctuary for a Hymn Sing! This event is for anyone who loves to sing praises to God!


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.
 

Summer 2019 Schedule

  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9


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.


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
 


Discovery Class

Next class: Sunday, Feb. 10 & 17, 2019, 12:30-2:30pm

If you are thinking about membership with Rockford Reformed Church, or if you just want to learn more about us, this class is for you! Attending class in no way obligates you to join. We will explain the basic beliefs and background of the Reformed Church in America and answer any questions regarding our worship, ministry, or doctrine. Lunch will be provided. Childcare available if needed. Registration required. Please contact the office (connect@rockfordrc.org, 616-866-2308) if you would like to participate.


Garage Sale

Saturday, March 16, 2019 • 9 am – 2 pm in the gym

The annual church garage sale to support Rockford Reformed Church Youth Ministries is coming up! Money raised at the garage sale will go towards supporting the youth summer mission trips. Bag sale from 1-2pm.

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Donations

To make this year another great success we need your stuff! So clean out those closets and bring your “junk” to church!
 
Items can be dropped off March 6-15 during office hours (M-Th 9am-2:30pm). Signs in the gym will show you where to place your items. Donation receipt forms will be available. Please note that we cannot take large appliances, TV’s, child car seats, or mattresses (crib mattresses are ok).
 

Setup

Thursday, March 14 starting at noon, and Friday, March 15 all day.
 

For more information

Cash and checks will be accepted at the sale. If you have any questions, please contact Deb Coon (204-3860).
 
 



HS Fundraiser Dinner

Sunday, February 24, 2019

12:30pm In the gym • Family and friends are invited to join us for a delicious dinner and to support our High School Youth Group as they raise funds for their mission trips and retreats!
 
Menu
  • chicken alfredo, Italian sausage, pasta marinara, green beans, salad, breadsticks, applesauce.


Financial Peace University

January 10 – March 7, 2018

 
  • Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm in the Fireside Room (253)
  • Registration: $109 per couple – includes a workbook and online support for a year
  • Led by Dianne Bennett and Dan Triezenberg
Financial Peace University is coming to Rockford Reformed Church! Learn Dave Ramsey’s seven steps to financial peace, budgeting, how to make wise spending decisions, how to save for the future, and more. Whether younger or older, single or married, you’ll gain sound financial advice to last you a lifetime. Experienced, trained teachers will lead you over the course of 9 weeks. Childcare is provided. Take the first step of your financial future by enrolling online. Be sure to place a checkmark in the box saying you are signing up for a Financial Peace group at a church. If you are interested, but not sure you can afford it, please contact Karen Bazen. For questions about the class itself, please contact Dianne Bennett.