Sock Drive

Donations due by December 17, 2017

Children’s Ministry is hosting a sock drive! Did you know socks are the least donated and most needed item for homeless shelters? The donation crate is located in the fellowship hall. We would love to overflow the bin and bless our community with new socks this season. Thank you for your support!
 


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.


Homrich Fundraiser

 

Saturday, Sept 23, 2017 • 6:30pm-12:00am

Assumption Family Life Center:
6390 Belmont Ave, Belmont, MI
 
This fundraiser is in support of Chris and Mary Newkirk’s son-in-law, daughter, and family. If you would like to volunteer or provide donations for food and prizes, please contact Diann Bertsch (616-540-7288) or Tammy Bonds (616-437-9091).
 
30-year-old Brandon served his country 6 years in the Air Force. He is the loving husband of Danielle (Newkirk) and Dad to his 4-year-old and 5-year-old sons. Brandon was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of lymphoma in October of 2016. After undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant, Brandon was told his cancer is unresponsive to treatments. Brandon is now part of a clinical trial.
 
Join us for a fundraiser to help the family with medical bills and day-to-day living expenses. A fun night of music, heavy appetizers, chance drawings, and games. $10 per person. Donations can also be made at Lake Michigan Credit Union Homrich Helping Hands. If you have questions, please call Tammy Bond at 616-437-9091.
 


Ladies Day

This event is over, but you can listen to guest speaker Pam Stonehouse here:

 

Click to registerFriday, April 12, 2019

@Rockford Reformed Church
4890 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford (map) • 616-866-2308
4:30pm Doors Open  •  5:00pm Dinner  •  5:30-8:30pm Conference
 
Ladies of all ages, save Friday, April 12, for our annual Ladies’ Day Event. We are changing things up this year and holding the conference in the evening. In addition to our main speaker, Pamela Stonehouse, there will be a variety of breakout sessions and a delicious dinner, all enjoyed in fellowship with other women from our church and community. Register today!
 
This event is free, but please register by April 5! You can register online, or download and print the registration sheet and return it to Lori VerMerris at Rockford Reformed Church. You are welcome to register after April 5, but the amount of food will be based on April 5 numbers. Late registrants may also need to be placed in breakout sessions based on availability of supplies. Your understanding is appreciated.
 
 

Open Hearts, Open Hands, Open Homes

The desire to share the gospel must begin with an open heart. Seeing others as God’s beloved children blended with his command to love ignites us to reach out. Open hands share, give, help, and hold. Open homes convey humility, generosity, and caring. These three together become the key and motivation for godly hospitality. 
 
 

Guest Speaker Pam Stonehouse

Exhortation, encouragement, and hope mark Pam Stonehouse’s ministry. For 30 years, she has been impacting women in conferences, special events, classes, and retreats. Her practical, relatable style draws you in as her love for God helps lift you up. Pam has served in Women’s Ministry leadership in various roles, including Director of Women’s Ministry. Pam has authored a mentoring curriculum and articles for her ministry. She also hosted a local cable TV show entitled Reflections for Life. Pam’s continuing passion is to speak truth and life into women’s hearts. She draws from her 38 years of marriage to her husband Rick, raising their six children, and her walk with God to share wisdom and insights. The current highlight in Pam’s life is to love, nurture, and spoil her 13 grandchildren!
 
 

Breakout sessions (pick two):

  • Jewelry Making with Nancy Steenwyk: Make a pair of earrings and either a bracelet or necklace to match. Design them for yourself or for someone special. Limit 8 participants per session. SESSION IS FULL
  • Painting on Canvas with Karen Halbersma: Paint a beautiful spring piece with neutral colors which will accent any décor. Keep it and create a warm and inviting home of your own or give it as a gift to someone you love. Limit 20 participants per session.
  • No Pressure Hospitality – how to host a game night with the RRC outreach team: How to show hospitality toward others by inviting them to your home for a simple and fun game night.
  • Mission-Minded with Rachel DeKuiper: Showing hospitality toward the foreigner. (Emphasis on Haiti)
  • Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality with Emillie Clayton: Come hear a summary of the book The Gospel Comes With a House Key, discuss key points, and brainstorm ideas of how to implement them in your home or church. Everyone can do it! Includes a recipe for a pot of soup!
  • Adoption Journeys – showing hospitality toward the orphan with Diane Brownell, Rebecca Cruttenden, and Audrey Shantz: Three women will share their journeys with domestic and international adoption and the differences of each. Come with questions and a readiness to learn how you can get started on this journey yourself, or just how to help those who have chosen to show hospitality the orphan.


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!


Refugee Program Presentation

Sunday, May 21, 2017 • 10am

Fireside Room • Join us for a presentation from Bethany Christian Services on the status of their Refugee Program and the needs associated with it. They will share information on how our church can be of help, especially concerning local refugee children. Adults and high school youth are invited to join us at 10:00am (between services) in the Fireside Room #253. Light refreshments will be served. (Childcare will be available)


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
 


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!


Thanksgiving Baskets

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Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

On Sunday, November 13, there will be bags available, provided by North Kent Community Services, for you to take and fill with food item donations. The donations need to be back to church by Sunday, November 20.
 
This year we have set a goal for 150 frozen turkeys. We don’t have room to store that many at church, so if possible, please bring them to church on November 20. We will have people in the parking lot ready to pack up the donated items and take them to North Kent. Other items can be placed in the lobby any time before November 20.
 
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