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Discovery Class

Next class: Sunday, Oct 20 & 27, 2019, 5-7pm

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. Dinner 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.


Hymn Sing

Sunday, October 27, 2019 • 4-5pm

Join us on Sunday, October 27 at 4pm in the Sanctuary for a Hymn Sing! This event is for anyone who loves to sing praises to God!


Life Group Leader Training

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 • 7pm

Fireside Room 253, led by Pastor Tim
 
This training is open to anyone who at some point might consider starting another Life Group group or serving as a leader of a small group. Our aim is to connect all people in real gospel community. Come to learn, encourage, and challenge one another to know Jesus and share his love in deeper and more personal ways.


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.
 
 


Harvest Hoedown

Saturday, October 19, 2019 • 4-8pm

You are invited to join us for a fun, free event in the RRC gym! We are having a Harvest Hoedown, complete with food, games, music, and dancing!
  • Square / line dancing DJ is coming in from 5-7pm. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to dance – the DJ will be teaching everyone the moves.
  • For those who come in western gear, we will be awarding trophies for best dressed – one adult and one child.
  • There will be lots of food – hot dogs, chips, salad, cupcakes, apple cider, and more.
Bring your friends and neighbors! We hope to see you there!


Flu Clinic

Wed, October 9, 2019 • 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?


Bible Studies – Wednesdays

Wednesdays • 6:45-8:00pm

How People Change: How Christ Changes Us by His Grace
Fireside Room 253
Begins October 2, 2019
Led by Pastor Tim
 
Change doesn’t happen overnight for the Christian. Growth is a lifelong journey. In the How People Change DVD Seminar, Paul Tripp and Tim Lane masterfully guide participants toward biblical truths that lead to a life of repentance and faith by inviting them to consider their circumstances, as well as their responses to them, and examining their heart’s desire and turning toward Christ. Featuring twelve teaching sessions, this class guides people in understanding how Christ’s life, death, and resurrection bring lasting change.
 
 
Women’s Bible Study
Room 250
Begins October 2, 2019
Led by Polly Johnson
 
Throughout the fall session, we’ll work our way through three series:
 
Enough: Laugh. Cry. Love.
Laugh your way to a more fulfilling life! Continuing the relatable journey she began in the best-selling DVD Laughing in the Dark, Chonda Pierce employs her quick wit and incomparable storytelling skills to help you reach out to others and connect with God in new ways. Her encouraging message of hope will propel discussion, outreach, and healing.
 
Me & My Big Mouth
Open mouth. Insert foot. Ever said anything you wish you could take back? Of course you have. We all have. Even if what you said was true, those words may have cost you your job, your reputation, or even a relationship. Conversations don’t come with backspace buttons, so how do we prevent our big mouths from getting us in big trouble next time? Andy Stanley shares the secret to keeping our mouths shut in this 4-part DVD study.
 
You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
God will deliver you and use your mess for good. In this six-session, video-based study, Max Lucado offers refreshing assurance for anyone facing trials. Consider the story of Joseph – tossed in a pit by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned. God weaved what was meant for evil into good. He is in the business of redeeming the broken. He was then. He is still. Do you crave some hope for these tough times? Then this is the message you need.


Adult Sunday School

Sundays, 11:15am

Digging Deeper
Fireside Room #253
September 15, 2019 – May 3, 2020
 
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. Types of questions you might discuss are…
  • What were the main points or take-aways of the sermon?
  • What are some questions you have?
  • Did you have any “Aha!” moments during the sermon?
  • How has the sermon challenged you, affirmed what you have been thinking, comforted you, or changed you?
  • What will you plan to do to apply your take-aways into this week and beyond?
 
Several times throughout the year we will be inviting the High School group to join us as we work toward more cross-generational interaction in our programming.  Adults are also invited to join the High School Youth Group (Sundays, 6:30-8pm) on the following dates: Oct 6, Dec 8, Feb 23, and April 19.
 
Leader Schedule:
  • 9/15 – Karen Bazen
  • 9/22 – Eric Pilko
  • 9/29 – Jim Scholten
  • 10/6 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 10/13 – Kevin Johnson – meet in Room 250
  • 10/20 – Scott Jacobs – meet in Room 250
  • 10/27 – Eric Pilko – meet in Room 250
  • 11/3 – Jim Scholten (HS youth invited)
  • 11/10 – Kevin Johnson
  • 11/17 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 11/24 – Scott Jacobs
  • 12/1 – no class
  • 12/8 –
  • 12/15 – Meg DeVries
  • 12/22 – no class
  • 12/29 – no class
  • 1/5 – Eric Pilko
  • 1/12 – Jim Scholten (HS youth invited)
  • 1/19 – Kevin Johnson
  • 1/26 – Scott Jacobs
  • 2/2 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 2/9 – Eric Pilko
  • 2/16 – Jim Scholten
  • 2/23 – Kevin Johnson
  • 3/1 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 3/8 – Scott Jacobs
  • 3/15 – Eric Pilko (HS youth invited)
  • 3/22 – Jim Scholten
  • 3/29 – Kevin Johnson
  • 4/5 – no class
  • 4/12 – no class
  • 4/19 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 4/26 – Scott Jacobs
  • 5/3 –

The History of Church Music in America from 1600 to the Present
Fireside Room #253
October 13, 20, & 27, 2019
Led by Al Valk
 
Music is an integral part of our worship service, and has been for centuries. Within our lifetime we have witnessed many changes in the style and character of worship music. This is not a new phenomenon. To put these changes in perspective, it is both necessary and fascinating to look at the history of church worship music. My three talks will examine this history within the United States from 1600 to the present. I will examine the evolution of music, with recorded examples of each style, as well as looking at the factors that influenced the music of the time. I will also talk about the history of worship music within the Reformed Church specifically. This history shows us what a rich heritage we have in our music and looking at it makes us realize that the controversies within our Christian churches regarding music are nothing new, but have been ongoing since the 1600s. I welcome everyone to come and experience this exciting history.
 


Bible Studies – Tuesdays

Tuesdays • 9:30-11:00am

Nehemiah: The Courage to Face Opposition (begins Sept. 10, 2019)
Led by Marcia Coleman & Carol Knox, Room 212
 
Nehemiah was a leader who faced opposition and difficulty from every side – even from his own people. Yet he stood against the enemy and trusted God. Although we may never confront our enemies in war, we can learn from Nehemiah’s courage and faith as we struggle with the world and its values.
 



SeptemberFest

Sunday, September 8, 2018

Sunday, September 8 is our annual SeptemberFest! We will once again have our worship service outdoors, so dress for the weather. It’s forecasted to be a bit chilly, so wear something warm! Please bring chairs if you can – maybe even extras to share with those who don’t bring their own. We will have folding chairs available for those who need them. KidLife Worship and nursery will be available.
 
After service, it’s time to eat! Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided, along with buns, toppings, tableware, and water. Please bring a dish to share (salads, sides, chips, desserts, etc.). You can drop it off in the gym / kitchen before service. This year, we plan to have the food tables set up in the gym so we don’t have to worry about the wind blowing everything away. Once you get your food, please head back outside to eat. We will have some tables set up, or just circle up the chairs you brought! Please don’t bring chairs into the gym.
 
We will also be handing out information on all of our various ministries, fall programming, and volunteer opportunities, so this is a good time to learn how to plug into the RRC community and have any questions answered.
 
Also be on the lookout for:
  • cornhole tournament – signups will be available Sunday
  • bounce houses – we will have one outdoors for the older kids, and one in the gym for kids 5 and under
  • 9 square
  • ice cream table
  • guessing jars for prizes
  • other games and activities – also feel free to bring games of your own!
  • lost and found table in the gym