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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.
 


Tree of Hope

Items due December 8, 2019

North Kent Connect needs your help to provide items for families in northern Kent County this Christmas season. To participate, please take a tag form the tree in our lobby. On each tag is a suggested gift item (things such as blankets, sheets, toys, clothes, etc.). Purchase the item and bring it back to the lobby by Sunday, December 8. Thank you! 



Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6pm

The congregations is invited to a Thanksgiving Dinner in the gym! It takes place during the regular Family Dinner time that meets every week before the Wednesday night activities. If you think you might come, please let us know so we can estimate how many turkeys and sides to make. RSVP to either the front office or to Dave VanderWiere. Thank you!
 


Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, December 8, 2019 • 5pm

Meet in the gym at 5 for the meeting followed by a potluck dinner!
 
On the agenda:
  • Vote of affirmation for elder and deacon candidates
  • 2020 Budget (details will be provided prior to the meeting)
  • Ministry Updates
 
Nursery will be available for the meeting portion of the evening.
 
Potluck:
  • Main course (pulled pork) will be provided
  • Care Groups 1/2: salads
  • Care Groups 3/4: sides
  • Care Groups 5/6: desserts
 


KidLife Club Christmas Program

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

  • 6:00: Christmas dinner in the gym
  • 6:45: Christmas program in the Sanctuary
Everyone is invited to our annual KidLife Club Christmas Celebration! Be sure to tell your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for this fun event!
 


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.
 


NKC Food Drive

Items due November 20, 2019

This year, North Kent Connect has a very specific wish list for Rockford Reformed’s annual food drive. The following items are needed for Thanksgiving baskets.
  • Checks for the purchase of turkey and ham. Make checks out to Rockford Reformed Church and put North Kent Connect in the memo line. We will send one check to NKC after the 20th. OR donate directly to NKC during their “10 Days of $10 Turkeys” by clicking here.
  • Pasta (all varieties)
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned vegetables
  • Quinoa
  • Low sugar cereal/oatmeal


Rockford Christmas Celebration

Friday, Dec 20, 2019 • 7:00-9:00pm

  • Christmas caroling gathers at Rockford Baptist Church from 6:30–6:45pm Caroling begins at 6:50pm.
  • Nativity scene located at Speed Merchants Bicycle Shop. Foretelling of Jesus’ birth begins at 7pm.
  • Free refreshments available for all at Rockford United Methodist Church, 7-8pm.
RRC members are invited to join local residents and guests in celebrating our Savior’s birth at the “Rockford Christmas Celebration & Live Nativity” to be held in downtown Rockford. The event takes place on Friday, December 20th from 7:00-9:00pm at Speed Merchants Bicycle Shop. Those wishing to be a part of the caroling event are asked to meet at Rockford Baptist Church by 6:45pm to walk down E. Bridge Street to the nativity. Please bring a battery operated candle, flashlight, or your cell phone to carry as you walk. Additional information can be found here.