Seniors Exercise Class

Tuesdays, 9-10am
 
The Seniors Exercise Class meets every Tuesday in the gym from 9-10am. These one-hour sessions are designed to meet the needs of active older participants, focusing on strength, balance, flexibility, and cognitive function. $5 drop-in fee. Please bring an exercise mat, water, and facial mask. Weights are provided, please bring something to carry them home in (such as a reusable grocery bag). Class is run by Kathie Gebben, CPT, Senior Fitness Specialist, NASM. New participants welcome!

october

tue27oct9:00 amSeniors' Exercise Class9:00 am RRC Gym

november

tue03nov9:00 amSeniors' Exercise Class9:00 am RRC Gym

tue10nov9:00 amSeniors' Exercise Class9:00 am RRC Gym

tue17nov9:00 amSeniors' Exercise Class9:00 am RRC Gym

tue24nov9:00 amSeniors' Exercise Class9:00 am RRC Gym

december

tue01dec9:00 amSeniors' Exercise Class9:00 am RRC Gym

tue08dec9:00 amSeniors' Exercise Class9:00 am RRC Gym

tue15dec9:00 amSeniors' Exercise Class9:00 am RRC Gym

tue22dec9:00 amSeniors' Exercise Class9:00 am RRC Gym

tue29dec9:00 amSeniors' Exercise Class9:00 am RRC Gym

january

tue05jan9:00 amSeniors' Exercise Class9:00 am RRC Gym



Indoor Service

September 13: This week we will be outdoors at 10am for SeptemberFest
Because of the limited capacity at this time, we ask that you please let us know if you are coming. The first 75 people to sign up will get a confirmation that they are on the list. If you don’t make it one week, you will go to the top of the list for the next week. You can RSVP by calling the church office and leaving a message (866-2308), texting Laura, or sending an email to connect@rockfordrc.org.
There are some who may wish to consider worshipping from home:
  • If you are part of the vulnerable population (over the age of 65, or if you have a medical condition or are on medications that compromise your immune system).
  • If you are at higher risk of having exposure to coronavirus (you work in a setting with definite or likely contact with people who have Covid-19, or if you have traveled to an area with a high prevalence or Covid-19 in the past 2 weeks).
  • If you aren’t comfortable wearing a mask.
  • We know some of you are excited to be back together, but please be wise in assessing your own health. Church is one of those places we often show up to no matter how we feel, but at this time, that doesn’t work. Staying home while sick is a way we love our neighbor, so please help us out with that.

Overview

Here’s what to expect for our indoor service:

Details

  • Masks are required for those 2 and over. We have individually wrapped cloth masks available for adults and older kids (that you may keep). A $5 donation to North Kent Connect is appreciated. We also have individually wrapped disposable child-size masks.
  • Bring your Bible (pew Bibles have been removed)
  • Please use Entrance A, which will be propped open. The elevator will be available if necessary, but we are trying to keep the majority of the building closed at this time.
  • Please follow social distancing guidelines: keep a minimum of 6 feet from all non-household members. We know you will want to handshake, hug, and greet each other warmly because you haven’t seen people in a while, but we need to save those greetings for the future.
  • Singing will take place only at the end of the service and masks will still be required. This allows those who don’t wish to be in the room during singing a chance to leave early (since singing can be as bad as coughing when spreading droplets).
  • No printed bulletins – everything will be on the screens
  • We will not be passing an offering plate. Drop boxes are available in the sanctuary and in the lobby.
  • The lobby bathrooms are available for urgent needs. Only one person/family is permitted at a time, and please use the provided disinfectant wipes and spray to clean all surfaces touched when done.
  • There will be no childcare or nursery available at this time. So just be prepared for kids who are restless and noisy. This is ok!


Outdoor Service

July 19: No outdoor service. Live service online @ 9am.
While the building is still closed, we will be having service outdoors at 9am as long as weather permits it. An email will be sent out each week with more information.
Our goal is to worship God with consideration for the safety of others and ourselves. The service will take place in the back parking lot. Here are a few guidelines that we ask you to please abide by.
 
There are some who may wish to consider worshipping from home or in their car:
  • If you are part of the vulnerable population (over the age of 65, or if you have a medical condition or are on medications that compromise your immune system).
  • If you are at higher risk of having exposure to coronavirus (you work in a setting with definite or likely contact with people who have Covid-19, or if you have traveled to an area with a high prevalence or Covid-19 in the past 2 weeks).
  • We know some of you are excited to be back together, but please be wise in assessing your own health. Church is one of those places we often show up to no matter how we feel, but at this time, that doesn’t work. Staying home while sick is a way we love our neighbor, so please help us out with that.

What to Bring

  • Chairs if you won’t be sitting in your car.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged for those 2 and over. We have individually wrapped cloth masks available for adults and older kids (that you may keep). A $5 donation to North Kent Connect is appreciated. We also have individually wrapped disposable child-size masks. We are encouraging masks not out of fear, but out of love for others, because any one of us could be a carrier of Covid-19 and not know it. Wearing a mask helps prevent us from spreading it to those around us.
  • Water or drinks if you think you might need them.
  • Sunglasses. Because of the parking lot acoustics and so that Tim doesn’t have to stare into the sun, he will be preaching from the southeast corner of the back lot, which means that some of us will be facing the sun.
  • Your Bible.
  • A gracious attitude! We are all doing our best and figuring things out as we go.
  • Also, until we are able to get a tent or canopy, you may want to bring an umbrella for shade.

Arriving

  • Ushers will be in the parking lot to direct you.
  • Those who plan to stay in their car will be directed to the north side of the back lot. We ask that those staying in their cars turn their engines off. If you have difficulty hearing, the sermon will be transmitted via radio – tune in to 97.5 FM.
  • Those with chairs will park and walk to the south side of the back lot. If mobility is not a problem for you, please leave the closer spaces (nearer the prayer garden) available for those who need them. We have marked off socially distant seating areas and ushers will be there to guide you. We ask that only those who live in the same household sit together at this time.
  • Please follow social distancing guidelines: keep a minimum of 6 feet from all non-household members. We know you will want to handshake, hug, and greet each other warmly because you haven’t seen people in a while, but we need to save those greetings for the future.

During & After Service

  • The order of service, song lyrics, and scripture will be emailed each week. You can print them off, or bring your phone with you. We will also have a paper printout available if you need it.
  • We will not be passing an offering plate. We will have drop boxes available. Online giving and mail-in giving are both still an option.
  • The bathrooms will be available for urgent needs. Please use Entrance D (the gym entrance). Only one person/family is permitted at a time, and please use the provided disinfectant wipes and spray to clean all surfaces touched when done. We also ask that you don’t go throughout the building at this time.
  • There will be no childcare or nursery available at this time. So just be prepared for kids who are restless and noisy. This is ok!
  • After service: Although an organized fellowship time will have to wait, you are free to safely connect with people after worship elsewhere. The ushers will help direct everyone to leave in an orderly fashion. Those in cars will be the first to leave.


Connection Card

C19 Connection Card
Choose all that apply
Prayer Request Privacy Level

Prayer Requests

You can use the form above to submit prayer requests. A few notes:
 
Submitting your own prayer request
 
Though you may submit anonymously, it helps those praying to know who they are praying for, and to have a way to contact you if they need more information or want to check back in.
 
There are several levels of privacy that you can choose from, each one offering a wider circle of people praying.
 
1 – Pastor only
2 – Plus elders
3 – Plus prayer groups, prayer chain
4 – Entire congregation
 
Weekly Email
 
Any congregation-wide request will be included in a weekly email that gets sent out. If you would like to receive this weekly email, let us know. This helps us maintain a little more privacy than publishing them on the website.
 
Submitting on behalf of others
 
If you hear of a prayer need for someone, you can submit it here and we will keep it private as we direct it to the proper people. If you have a prayer request for another congregation member, we will need to confirm with them that they are ok with sharing their information before we include it in the weekly email.


Blood Pressure Screening

Second Sunday of each month following service in Room 211

Many people suffer from hypertension, sometimes unaware of it. Routine blood pressure screening is one way to either screen for elevated blood pressures or monitor control (if on medication for high blood pressure). Your health ministry RNs offer blood pressure screening the second Sunday of every month and upon request. They are located in Room 211 (behind the sanctuary) after the morning service. Feel free to stop by to have your pressure checked. Contact Wilma Nelson if you want to be checked at a time other than the second Sunday.


Sermon Series: Messiah

 
In the wake his recent conversion to Christianity, Kanye West, last Sunday, presented his “Nebuchadnezzar” opera and took a beating from critics for what they said was really an oratorio. Almost three centuries ago, George Frederick Handel, in 1741, was struggling because London audiences were losing their taste for his operas and so he made the shift to oratorio in Dublin and composed, in just 3 weeks, and presented “Messiah” to enthusiastic crowds.
 
An oratorio is an extended musical setting of a sacred text made up of dramatic, narrative, and contemplative elements. And like Kanye, audiences struggled with the presentation of a sacred story in a secular venue. But unlike Kanye, whose “oratorio” will likely soon be forgotten, “Messiah” is yet today probably the most-performed and most-beloved piece of music ever written.
 
Unlike most oratorios, “Messiah” has no plot or characters as such, only Bible verses telling of the mysterious divine events. Charles Jennens’ careful compilation of the texts (60% from the Old Testament) are perhaps more responsible for the enduring power of “Messiah” than the music itself. And this is why we will focus on some of these key texts. The music and texts form a narrative that portray God’s salvation through Jesus.
 
“Messiah” was not written for church worship; Handel’s creative life was in public performance. But Handel famously said, “I should be sorry if I only entertained them, I wish to make them better.” Jennens, as he compiled the texts, was also clearly motivated with a desire to hold up Jesus as the Messiah (Anointed One) for the increasing numbers of skeptics and scoffers in his day. Legend has it that Handel said after finishing the Hallelujah chorus that “I did think I did see all heaven before me, and the great God himself!”
 
Part I celebrates the birth of Christ, in prophecy, fulfillment, and thanksgiving. Part II tells of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection and their significance. Part III is an affirmation of faith, based primarily upon events chronicled in the Book of Revelation, building into majestic praise. Over these next five Advent services (including Christmas Eve), we will focus on the texts from the five scenes of Part I and seek to become “better” by seeing the glory of God and his salvation in new ways.
 


Someday

RRC Vision 2028

Someday…
 
Someday the kingdom of God will fully come and there will be no more darkness. But we are not there yet. It is a destination seemingly far away and impossible to reach, a trek of a thousand miles with pitfalls and setbacks along the way. Yet we have assurance that we will get there, so every day we take steps. Some small, some bold.
 
Every day, we see our neighbors, co-workers, and friends comfortably traveling through life and yet restless, lost, isolated, and searching. In this landscape of darkness, we will be a light. Over the next eight years, we will turn from our paths of self-centered, tiny-world busyness to join a shared path of others-centered kingdom sacrifice. The gospel will fuel a movement of bold love, genuine concern, and radical hospitality.
 
Every day, we will work to develop and deploy leaders. By the year 2028, we will raise up 300 gospel guides equipped to lead others on their life journey into the light of joy and Christ-contentment. A gospel-centered discipleship pathway will train us for organic outreach and compel us to relentlessly pursue and draw people in who are wandering in a darkness of anxiety, loneliness, and discontentment.
 
Christ-centered worship will unite, encourage, and empower us for the mission. We will pray, strategically start two new churches in the greater Rockford area, and not be dissuaded until we see the stunning renovation of marriages, families, workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods for the glory of Jesus.
 
This is our someday. We get there through the every day.
 


Consistory Nominations

Deadline for 2019 nominations is 12 noon on Monday, September 30.
Up for nomination: 2 Shepherd Elders and 2 Service Deacons
 
Every year members of RRC have the opportunity to nominate fellow members to the Consistory, our governing body made up of 6 Shepherd Elders, 6 Service Deacons, and the Administrative Board. When we follow biblical teaching toward choosing who should serve as elders and deacons, your nominations must involve a careful and thoughtful evaluation of whether the candidates demonstrate biblical criteria and specific gifts and abilities. Below is a list of qualifications and criteria for these roles:
 
Biblical and General Qualifications of an Elder or Deacon (see 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1)
  • Demonstrates spiritual maturity in personal devotional life, family life and leadership within the congregation.
  • Is respectable and has a good testimony within the church and community with regard to integrity, sincerity, and character.
  • Passionate for and actively participating toward RRC’s vision, mission, and ministry.
  • Committed to knowing, believing, applying, and living out the truths of the gospel.
  • Biblical qualifications specific to an elder include being self-controlled, gentle, not quarrelsome or quick-tempered, hospitable, able to teach, disciplined, not a lover of money, loves what is good.
  • Gifts specific to an elder may include leadership, wisdom, faith, intercession, knowledge, and exhortation.
  • Gifts specific to a deacon may include mercy, hospitality, service, leadership, wisdom, and faith.
 
Specific Role of Shepherd Elder
  • Provide pastoral care through visits and personal contacts
  • Oversee membership changes
  • Exercise discipline according to Scripture and the Book of Church Order
  • Schedule and administer the sacraments
  • All elders watch over the life and maturity of the members
  • All elders are tasked with watching over one another, the deacons, and pastor, and making certain that what is taught and preached is in accord with Scripture
 
Specific Role of Service Deacon
  • Promote generous Christian stewardship
  • Approve priorities for special offerings
  • Oversee distribution of Helping Hands Fund to members in need
  • Provide for the collection and counting of offerings
  • Promote and be involved in RCA Diaconal Ministries
  • Challenge the congregation with new service ministries
 
Each communicant member of Rockford Reformed Church can fill out one nomination form. You can find the form in the back of the sanctuary. Completed forms can be placed in the box at the back of the sanctuary. You can also email your nominations directly to the front office.
 
A list of those eligible for nomination can be found with the nomination forms in the back of the sanctuary. Those currently on consistory are ineligible, as are all RRC staff. Spouses cannot serve on consistory at the same time.
 
 


Buy A Brick

Orders due May 31, 2020

Within our Memorial Prayer Garden is a heart-shaped patio containing bricks inscribed with the names of loved ones that are no longer with us. You may contribute to the garden by buying an inscribed brick for $40 that can be personalized with the name of your loved one. Order forms are available at church (or download below) and should be turned in to the front office. Bricks are ordered once a year. Buy A Brick Order Form (pdf)



LVL

Leadership / Vision / Life

From Pastor Tim: I do a lot of study/reading/listening through scripture, books, articles, blogs, and lectures with our church, you, and your family in mind. As I do so, I come across gems that I REALLY WISH you all could read/absorb. I often send the best of these to consistory and staff but I don’t want to flood everybody’s inbox. LVL stands for Leadership, Vision, Life. And so many of the articles and my own reflections, etc. would revolve around developing leaders, understanding God’s vision for us, and how we can make progress in the Christian life — with topics such as Bible study, parenting, and how the gospel changes us. The frequency of these emails would vary but there would likely be several each month. You can always opt out at any time. Let Laura know if you want to be a part of this list and she will get you set up.
 


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