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Garage Sale

Saturday, March 21, 2020 • 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 11-19 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 19 starting at noon, and Friday, March 20 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, March 1, 2020

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
  • TBA


Hoops for Haiti

Friday, January 24, 2020 •  6pm

Rockford High School Gymnasium (4100 Kroes St. • map)

Rockford vs. Hudsonville

Rockford Basketball presents the 11th Annual Hoops for Haiti. Please join us for a family-friendly event supporting the work a team from Rockford will be doing in Haiti this summer.

Activities include:

  • Hoops for Haiti T-shirt Sale
  • Espwa Boutique Sale
  • Silent Auction
  • Face Painting
  • Hula Hoop Competition
  • Halftime Shooting for Haiti
  • Paper Airplane Contest
  • 50/50 Drawing
  • Bake Sale
  • AND So Much More!
 


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.


Chili Cookoff

Sunday, February 16, 2020

in the gym following Sunday School (12:15)
 
Missions Chili Cook-off! Join us in the gym after Sunday School on February 16 as we enjoy some award-winning chili! Claire Guisfredi from North Kent Connect will be our guest speaker, and Rachel DeKuiper will give a brief update on all missions. Cost: donations toward missions! This year you will vote with your donations. Each chili entry will have a donation jar, and the one that raises the most money wins! Cash and checks accepted (no coins, please).
 
Season up those chili pots! We are looking for 20 people to enter our chili cook-off on February 16. If you want to offer cheese or sour cream as well, go ahead and bring it. We will provide hot dogs, tortilla chips, oyster crackers, and dessert. To enter, please RSVP with your name and the type of chili to connect@rockfordrc.org.
 


Bible Studies – Wednesdays

Wednesdays • 6:45-8:00pm

Learning from the Word and Loving Jesus
Fireside Room 253
Begins January 29, 2020
Led by Pastor Tim
 
Many of us have struggled to consistently read, study, and benefit from the Bible because we don’t know how to get to the meaning and personal application. This class is about becoming equipped to read, study, and apply the Bible so that it comes alive for us and changes us. We will learn a lot about the Bible itself and practice using some key questions and techniques for the interpretation and personal application of various kinds of texts. Take your Bibles along to the class. But a book entitled, “A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible” will also serve as a resource for us. Please sign up and let us know if you plan to participate so that we know how many books to order. Note that it is OK if you sometimes travel or for other reasons are unable to make it to the class. Come when you can and you will benefit from our learning and practice together.
 
 
Go Fish – Women’s Bible Study
Room 250
Begins January 29, 2020
Led by Polly Johnson
 
This new study by Andy Stanley will take the struggle out of sharing your faith. Go Fish offers a new perception of the word “evangelism” by showing how believers can make it natural, easy part of everyday life. Divided into a six-session study, participants will enjoy the DVD lessons and thought-provoking study guide that help change the way they view sharing their faith.


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.
 

Winter/Spring 2020 Schedule

  • Jan 10 & 24
  • Feb 7 & 21
  • Mar 6 & 20
  • Apr 3 & 17
  • May 1 & 15


Parents’ Night Out

Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 • 5:30-8:00pm

Parents’ Night Out – Pajama Party! Drop off your kids (ages infant through 5th grade) in the gym (entrance D) and enjoy a few hours of freedom! We will enjoy dinner, games, crafts, and a movie with popcorn! This is a fundraiser for our Youth students so donations are much appreciated. Please RSVP to Beth Jennings (beth@rockfordrc.org) by December 13.


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.
 


Organic Outreach

Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 • 9am-4pm at RRC

 

Organic Outreach for Ordinary People

More than anything, Christians want to see other people come to Christ. So why do most of us find it so difficult to join in making that happen?
 
The truth is, God is the One who brings people to Himself. But as He invites you and me to join Him in that process, we can experience one of life’s greatest joys! It doesn’t have to be difficult, because He wants to use us just the way He made us—bringing others closer to Christ, one step at a time!
 
Come join other Christ-followers from other local churches at Organic Outreach for Ordinary People Workshop. Together, we’ll join hearts and minds for a day of inspiration, fun, collaboration and practical insights.
 

Speaker: Walt Bennett

Walt Bennett (B.S. – Math, Engineering, Physics and Psychology, Regents College; M.A. -Teaching, Seattle Pacific University) is the President and CEO of Organic Outreach International.
 
Walt has held significant leadership and teaching roles in the US Navy, Public Schools, and the Corporate World. He has designed and led training in subjects from Nuclear Engineering and Risk Management to Leadership and Coaching. He finds this realm of teaching culture change within the church to be both the most challenging and satisfying work in which he has ever engaged.
 
Walt trains and coaches leaders throughout the world on how to infuse the DNA of their ministries and congregations with a passion for natural evangelism.
 

Registration Fee

General Admission: $35
RRC members / adherents: $15
Students: $15
 
Registration fee includes the full-day conference, conference materials (minus the book), and lunch. If you wish to purchase the book “Organic Outreach for Ordinary People” by Kevin Harney ($10), you may do so at check-out.
 

Registration Link

 

About Organic Outreach International

Organic Outreach is about living the kind of life that naturally draws people to Jesus. It involves speaking the kinds of words that you use in ordinary conversations and that reveal the presence of a loving God. It means loving people in a way that is genuine. Organic Outreach is all about sharing our faith in a way that is authentic, real, and feels natural to the people around us. Organic Outreach International is a ministry of Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. We are committed to providing training and coaching to churches around the world in reaching out to the lost through building relationships and having natural conversations.