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.
 


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.


Family Camp

August 24-26, 2018

Cran-Hill Ranch: 14444 17 Mile Road, Rodney, MI 49342 (map)
 
Join us next August for two nights at Cran-Hill Ranch! Camp together with your church family and enjoy a variety of activities, including an open beach with boat rentals, rock walls and ropes courses, horseback and pony rides, horse-drawn hayrides, tie dye sessions, gaga park, giant slip n’ slide, bonfires, and more! If you can’t stay for the weekend, you are welcome to come out just for the day and join us for a potluck on Saturday night! RSVP with Sharon Dulyea: 616-696–0577. Signup deadline is November 5!


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!


Congregational Meeting

Sunday, October 1, 2017 • 5pm

Postponed – watch for new date

Consistory will be holding a congregational update meeting on Sunday, October 1 at 5pm in the sanctuary. Childcare will be available.
 


Ladies Movie Night

Friday, May 5, 2017 • 7pm


Fireside Room • 
Ladies and Teenage Girls (13 and older) – come and enjoy a double-feature movie night at church on May 5! “Love’s Long Journey” and “Love’s Abiding Joy” will be presented. The movies are based on Janette Oke’s popular book series. Stay for one or both movies. Drinks provided. Please bring a snack to share.


River Bank Run

Saturday, May 13, 2017

We’re looking for 20 people to join the Rockford Reformed Adoption Team for the Fifth Third River Bank Run on Saturday, May 13. All of the money we raise will go toward Rob and Stephanie’s adoption fundraising. Our goal? To raise $3,000! The 5K Walk is a great family event with strollers and dogs on leashes welcome.
 
If you would like to sponsor us with a tax-deductible donation, please make checks out to Rockford Reformed Church and write “adoption” on the memo line. Checks can be placed in Rebecca Cruttenden’s mailbox.
 
To participate:
 
1. Pick your event – 5K Walk, 5K Run, 10K Run, 25K Run
 
2. Let Rebecca Cruttenden know you’d like to join the team – rebecca@teamorphans.com
 
 
4. Ask 2 friends or family members if they will sponsor you by making a donation to the Bergman’s adoption. Checks are made to Rockford Reformed Church with “adoption” in the memo section. We will also send out info to the church family asking for sponsors.
 
5. Wear your Team Orphans shirt during the race
 
6. Ask someone to take a picture of you in your shirt and email it to Rebecca
 

Our 2017 Team

Dan and Trisha VanStensel
Rob and Stephanie Bergman
Emily and Isaac DeWitte
Scott and Amanda Gerhardt
Jodi Becksvoort
Marie DeGood
Dan Triezenberg
Eric Ringnalda
Shannon Fanberg
 

Past Teams

2015:  Dan Triezenberg, Jim Scholten, Luke & Amanda Morgan, Bren & Parker Shantz, Matt & Ashley Edwards, Amy Wittenbach, Seth Clayton, Shelley Plambeck, Dave & Kristen VanStensel, Kevin Johnson, Ryan DeVries, Tom & Rebecca Cruttenden, Andre Jarrell
 
2014:  Kristen Van Stensel, David Van Stensel, Kevin Johnson, Jim Scholten, Bren Shantz, Matt Edwards, Ashley Edwards, Shelly Plambeck, Dan Triezenberg, Dan Van Stensel, Kelsey Vaas (not pictured)

 



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