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Kids Hope Book Drive

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Items due May 1, 2016

The Kids Hope students at Valley View have been working on a reading incentive. They are working hard to read enough books to earn a prize at the Kids Hope party in May. This is where you come in. We need new book donations!
 
You can donate (new, not used) books that would be appropriate for K-2nd grade or 3-5th grade. We can also accept donations towards buying books!
 
Donations due by May 1, 2016. Please contact Audrey Shantz
with donations or questions!


Beacon – March 2016



Sermon Series: Life Together

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Life Together (and Holy Week)

March 6 – Ephesians 4:1-6
Community Glue
 
March 13 – Ephesians 4:1-6
True Unity
 
March 20 (Palm Sunday) – Matthew 21:1-14
Holy Week: Behold, the Lamb of God
 
March 27 (Easter Sunday) – Luke 24:13-35
Holy Week: The Road to Faith
 
April 3 – Ephesians 4:7-16
Body Building
 
April 10 – Ephesians 4:17-28
Living In Our New Humanity
 
April 17 – Ephesians 4:29-30
Life-Giving Words
 
April 24 – Ephesians 4:31-32
The Freedom of Forgiveness
 
May 1 – Ephesians 5:1-17
Living in the Light
 
May 8 (Mother’s Day) – Ephesians 5:18-20
Spirit-Filled Living


Bible Studies – Fridays

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Fridays • 9:30-11:00am (starts April 15)

Unglued
Making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions (Lysa TerKeurst)
 
To sign up: contact Emillie Clayton or Trisha Van Stensel by April 10 so we can order your book!
 
What do we often do with our raw emotions? We stuff, we explode, or react somewhere in between. Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Her answer is yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa shows you how.
 
Filled with gut-honest personal examples and Biblical teaching, 
Unglued will equip you to know with confidence how to: 
  • Resolve conflict in your important relationships
  • Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended
  • Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication
  • Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode or react somewhere in between
  • And how to gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control
 
Childcare available. Led by Emillie Clayton and Trisha Van Stensel, Fireside Room.


MS Mission Trip

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July 31 – August 6, 2016

Milwaukee is a wonderful city that unfortunately struggles with poverty. The city’s 29% poverty rate is around double the national average. The Middle School Youth Group will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to try and bring God’s love to this community through prayer and service.
 
No matter what type of work project we have, we will partner with a local ministry. This allows us to know we are serving organizations that will continue to help the community long after we leave. Each worksite will have Next Step Ministry staff on hand to help students safely learn skills and accomplish projects.
 
Cost:
$325. This cost includes meals Sunday night through Saturday morning. Students are responsible for two meals – we will stop once on the way to Milwaukee and once on the way home for food (Subway, Wendy’s, etc). There are plenty of ways students can fundraise towards their trip. Ask Brian Ellis about grow packets to learn more.
 
How to Sign up:
To reserve a spot, turn in a $50 deposit by April 13. The full balance for the trip will be due May 11th. Spots are limited and students will be signed up on a first come, first serve basis. Please do not hesitate to contact Brian Ellis with any questions.


Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

9 or 10am in the gym
 
Join us at either 9 or 10 for a fundraiser pancake breakfast for Bren and Audrey’s Foster/Adoption! Cash donations accepted. Please RSVP your time and number of people to
beth@rockfordrc.org or place form in Beth Jennings’ mailbox.


Beacon – February 2016



The Fred Team Relay

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August 5-6, 2016

Please register with Dan Triezenberg by February 29
 

Are you a runner? Are you interested in joining a church team for a 200 mile running relay race? The Fred Running Relay Race travels from Comstock Park to Cadillac and back. A team is made up of 6-12 runners taking legs for the duration of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail and back. The race is August 5-6. If you are interested or want to know more, please call or email Dan Triezenberg before February 29 – dtriezenberg@wolvgas.com or 616-915-3574.

Learn more at http://www.fredmeijerwhitepinetrail200.com/.



Profession of Faith Retreat

Profession of Faith Retreat

Friday-Saturday, April 1-2, 2016

Middle and High School students: If you have ever been interested in making a Profession of Faith, or if you have any questions regarding what that entails, we invite you to join us for our Profession of Faith Retreat! Contact Brian with any questions. No cost!



Guest Pastor – Tony Campbell

TonyCampbellOn Sunday, February 14, RRC welcomes Tony Campbell as our guest pastor, teaching on the topic Prayer That Heals. Tony Campbell is the Coordinator for African American/Black Ministries for the Reformed Church in America. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Yale Divinity School. He pastored churches in South Carolina and Texas and has worked extensively with community development: as executive director for community mobilization for America’s Promise while Colin Powell was chairman, as president of the Institute for Educational Partners, and since 2004 as vice president for community investments for Heart of West Michigan United Way. Campbell is married to Molly, and they have five children: Ben, Sarah, Paul, Emma, and Madison.