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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

Candy Cane Commitment

candy-cane-treeStop by the lobby and pick up a candy cane to remind you of your commitment to pray for and support Jorvens financially.
Thank you for your continued love and support of Jorvens. Jorvens came to the states this past summer and was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. He began treatment shortly thereafter, and the cancer is now 98% gone! Jorvens is very close to  being in complete remission. Although Jorvens lost his sight, he has not lost his zest for life. He brings joy to everyone he encounters and his story continues to touch the hearts of people near and far. You can read about Jorvens’ journey here.
God has a plan for Jorvens, and we are a part of that plan. We are hoping that RRC can help see this mission through. Thanks to your previous givings, all of the emergency medical costs have been covered. We are now in the phase of paying for the cost of the ongoing treatments, estimated to be $50,000. We would like to continue using our benevolent fund to pay for the remainder of Jorvens’ medical bills and to secure a safe and smooth transition when he returns to Haiti in May or June of 2017.
We are not in this alone; other organizations and individuals that have been touched by Jorvens’ story are actively raising funds this December as well. Please consider making a special offering in December. You can designate your gift to Jorvens in the memo line of your check or on your envelope. If you have questions on the tax-deductibility of your donation, please ask for a copy of our Benevolent Fund Policy. Please make checks out to Rockford Reformed Church.
Thank you, and know that you are playing a significant role in the life of one of His children!

A Christmas Carol


Sermon Series: A Christmas Carol

Few songs express the longings and dreams of the human heart like the songs of Advent and Christmas. Many of these songs are filled with scriptural imagery and truth. Each week this Advent season we are going to take an in-depth look at a classic Christmas Carol. As we delve into the truths embedded in these carols, these beautiful songs will take on an even deeper and richer meaning, and bring greater joy not only to this season, but to your lives as well.
The songs we’ll be discussing include:
  • Come, O Come Emmanuel (November 27)
  • Let all mortal flesh keep silence (December 4)
  • Joy to the World (December 11)
  • Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (December 18)
  • What Child is This? (December 23 Candlelight Service)
  • Come Let Us Adore Him (December 25 Christmas Service)

Thanksgiving Challenge


40 Day Thanksgiving and Joy Challenge

Thanksgiving is a chosen perspective and an essential spiritual discipline which, put into practice, will transform our lives. The challenge: for 40 days choose joy and thanksgiving. The 40 days begins November 21 and ends New Year’s Eve, December 31. During this time:
  • Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and repeat daily. I’d encourage you to repeat the verse several times throughout the day, beginning when you first awake in the morning, and ending when you lay down at night.
  • Continually give thanks and rejoice for who God is and for all he has done for us. “Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5)
  • Begin or end every prayer you pray with heartfelt thanksgiving.
On New Year’s Eve discuss with your family how the Thanksgiving and Joy Challenge has impacted your life. If you live alone, discuss the impact with a friend or journal the impact before the Lord.

Thanksgiving Baskets


Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

On Sunday, November 13, there will be bags available, provided by North Kent Community Services, for you to take and fill with food item donations. The donations need to be back to church by Sunday, November 20.
This year we have set a goal for 150 frozen turkeys. We don’t have room to store that many at church, so if possible, please bring them to church on November 20. We will have people in the parking lot ready to pack up the donated items and take them to North Kent. Other items can be placed in the lobby any time before November 20.

Family Movie


Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 • 3:30pm

Takes place in the sanctuary. Movie begins promptly at 3:30. Popcorn provided!

Owlegories – The Sun, The Seed, The Water
Who is the creator of the universe? Follow these curious owlets as they seek the answer! On the first day of class, the fledglings explore the desert to learn how The Sun is like God. While visiting a park, they discover that faith grows like a Seed. Then they dive into a lesson revealing how the Source of life is similar to Water.
Owlegories is an animated series that teaches kids about God through the amazing things found in nature and revealed in God’s word.

Griffins Game


Friday, Nov 11, 2016 • 6-9:45pm

  • Who: 6-8 grade students
  • What: Grand Rapids Griffins Game
  • Cost: Free!
  • How to sign up: Turn in an event form by Sunday, November 6. This event is ticket-based, so please make sure your slip is turned in on time.

Women’s Retreat


Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2016

Ladies, are you looking for an inspiring and relaxing weekend, away from the pull of kids and the demands of work and home? After a busy summer, a bit of time away may be just what you need. You are invited to a Women’s Retreat at SpringHill Camp (Evart, MI) September 30-October 2.
The weekend starts at 6pm Friday night and ends at 2pm on Sunday. Over the weekend you will hear speaker Micca Campbell, a noted speaker from Proverbs31 Ministries, and enjoy singing praises with other women under the direction of worship leader Jaime Jamgochian, a musician from Nashville, TN. In your free time, have fun riding the zipline, riding the trails, or playing paintball. Or you can just enjoy the quiet outdoor setting by yourself or with a group of friends.
All housing has electricity and bathrooms nearby. Cost is $165 ($50 deposit due September 11) and includes meals, housing, and retreat materials.
You can check out Spring Hill’s website for details on the retreat. Questions about the retreat can be directed to SpringHill at 231-734-2616.
If you are interested in going, please sign up (in the lobby or online) and submit your $50 deposit to Lori VerMerris or Karen Bazen by September 11 so we can reserve your spot. Please make checks out to Rockford Reformed Church and write “Women’s SpringHill Retreat” on the memo line.
If we get 15 or more signups, a discount of $15 per person will be applied once the registration has been processed by the camp, so be sure to invite friends and family!
If this retreat is something you feel God has placed before you to attend, but due to financial hardships cannot attend, please see a deacon to discuss if funds are available to make attendance possible.
Any questions? Contact Lori VerMerris or Karen Bazen.

Whitecaps Family Day


Sunday, Aug 21, 2016

  • Game time: 1:00pm (gates open at noon)
  • Come early for: pre-game autographs, play catch on the field (12:15-12:30)
  • Post-game: kids run the bases
  • Price: $14.50 – includes one ticket, a hot dog or pretzel, and a soda
  • Parking: $7.00 per vehicle (not included in the price of the ticket)
Financial assistance is available for your own family, or friends you would like to invite. Just sign up for the number of tickets you need and donate whatever is comfortable for you. Tickets and donation envelopes will be placed in your family folder once sign-up is complete.
Only 120 tickets available!
Begin signing up June 19. Signup deadline is July 17.

Children and the Lord’s Table

This Sunday, the sermon will be on the Lord’s Supper. I will be discussing Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper, what the Supper means for us, and why children should be welcomed at the table – a decision that was unanimously approved by the RRC Consistory earlier this month. Children being invited to the Lord’s Supper is new to some of us. We want to provide resources to help you personally understand (1) why we are making this change at RRC and (2) how you can talk to your children about coming to the Table. 
From now on, when we serve communion we will state that, “All who have put their faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior are welcomed at this Table.” The decision concerning whether an individual child has put their faith in Jesus and understands the meaning of the table will be left up to the parents (or guardians) of the child. A simple conversation with your child will make that clear. If you believe they have put their faith in Jesus, you are welcomed to have them come forward with you. We will be serving communion by intinction (dipping) on Sunday, June 5.
Below is a link to three valuable resources from the RCA. We will have all of these available in printed form in the lobby this Sunday and next. The resources include:
Both the RCA and the CRC denominations have long encouraged Children at the Lord’s Table. Nearly 3 decades ago the Commission on Theology wrote the following in their Report to the 1988 General Synod of the RCA:
What is required of anyone to partake of the Lord’s Supper is faith in and love for the Savior, ability to experience the Savior’s love expressed in the bread and the cup, and the sense of belonging to the covenant community. The believing and discerning of the child can be as fully authentic as that of the adult, but the believing and discerning will be at the level appropriate to the child’s age. Children can show the kind of love, trust, and thankfulness appropriate to their place in the family of God. They can love Jesus and experience Jesus’ love in return. We are reminded of Jesus’ words, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14). They can be loved by parents, friends, and other members of the body of Christ who have taken responsibility for their nurture as children in the church. They can commit themselves meaningfully to Christ and obey and serve their Lord. Indeed, current research in cognitive development affirms the importance of the church’s sacramental life for nurturing children in the faith.
That’s a profound statement. Perhaps children are as well equipped as adults to grasp the mystery of the Table! 
I’m excited about this sermon series, and even more excited about the powerful experience of God’s grace our children will experience at the Lord’s Table.
In Christ Love,
Pastor Paul