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HT Summit


October 23-24, 2015 • 9am-4pm

Northern Michigan Human Trafficking Awareness Summit
Did you know that Michigan is the second highest human trafficking state in the country? That there are over 2400 children for sale on the internet at any given time in West Michigan alone? We wanted to make you aware of an event coming up in Cadillac on October 23 & 24 – the Northern Michigan Human Trafficking Awareness Summit. One of the primary focuses will be the role of the faith communities in combating human trafficking.
If this is an issue that touches your heart, or even if you just want to learn about the crisis, more information can be found at There, you will find information on the summit, the speakers, event registration, and more facts about human trafficking in Michigan.
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa DeBoer at 616-560-6220 or

Family Biking Day


Saturday, Sept 12, 2015 •  9:30am

Meet at the White Pine trailhead in Rockford (by the Wolverine Shoe Store – click for map) for muffins and juice. Bike at your own speed. Join the fun!

Beacon – August 2015

Block Parties

Block Party

2015 Block Parties

Two opportunities to serve:
Hillview Community
Wednesday, August 26, 11:30am-1:00pm
  • hot dogs, games, drawings
  • need set up help at 10am, grillers, servers, visitors to interact with guests, local $5 or $10 gift card donations
192 Rollingwood Drive (Ken and Wilma Nelson’s home)
Thursday, August 27, 5:30-7:30pm
  • hot dogs, games, bounce house for kids
  • need setup help at 4pm, grillers, servers, visitors to interact with guests, bounce house supervision, local $5 gift card donations
Can you help out? Contact Wilma Nelson at or call/text 616-690-4479 and provide your name, event you are available for, and what you want to do if you have a preference. Thank you!
The purpose of a Block Party is not to throw a good party for the church, but for the church to throw a good party for the neighborhood, no strings attached. It’s a chance for us to connect with our community and show God’s love. Read more about it here.

NKCS Supply Drive


Back-to-School Supply Drive 2015

NKCS is having their annual Back-to-School Drive! Each fall, many students in northern Kent County face the prospect of starting school without the most basic school supplies. NKCS collects donations of school supplies (see list below) and distributes them in backpacks to students entering K-9th grade. You can drop off the items in the NKCS basket in the back of the sanctuary and we will take them in for you! Please drop off any donations by Sunday, August 23. Thank you!
  • notebooks
  • loose-leaf paper
  • rulers
  • pens, pencils
  • highlighters
  • erasers
  • pencil boxes
  • folders
  • 3-ring binders
  • crayons
  • markers
  • colored pencils
  • glue sticks
  • scissors

HS Service Projects


August 18-20, 2015

For three days in August, our high schoolers will be traveling to local ministries to serve. Students should be dropped off at church at 8:30am and picked up at 4pm. Sack lunches will be made at the church. On Wednesday kids need to bring work gloves and safety goggles.
Tuesday: Degage, Harvest Way
Wednesday: Mustard Seed Ministry, Kids Food Basket
Thursday: North Kent Community Services, Alpha Family Center
On Wednesday we will be serving at Kids Food Basket. We are planning on taking a food donation with us. If you can help us out, please place donations in the bin at the back of the sanctuary under the missions board. Thank you!
  • 100% Fruit Juice Boxes (less than 7 ounces)
  • Individual Fruit Cups or Pouches
  • Granola Bars
  • Small Raisin Boxes
  • Quart Size Bags

Living Room Chats


Sundays, 6:00-7:30pm

Join Pastor Paul & Tammy for dessert. Each session is limited to 12 individuals. View open dates below and sign up in the back of the sanctuary or by emailing us at If you cannot attend a chat that you have signed up for, please contact the church office.
Paul & Tammy’s address: 8149 Vista Royale Ln, Rockford (map)

Beacon – July 2015

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rockford Reformed Church will be hosting a booth at the Rockford Farmer’s Market downtown on Saturday, July 25. The Farmer’s Market is open from 8am-1pm and has built an amazing reputation as one of the Best Farmers Markets in America!
This year the Missions Team and the Outreach Team are joining together to raise money for our global missions efforts as well as spreading some love to our community. We will be selling baked good items that have been top sellers in the past such as brownies, cookies and cookie bars, and rice krispie treats!
We are in need of donations baked items to be dropped off at church on or before Friday, July 24 at 6pm. We would love to have your support and to see familiar faces of our RRC family by stopping by our booth and saying hello!
Questions – see Jen Klaasen or Kristen VanStensel.
The Rockford Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning from 8am to 1pm, June through October, and is located in the South Squires Street parking lot (map).

Lake Day


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Middle and High School Lake Day at the VanderHeide’s cottage. We will be leaving from church at 9am and will return at 9pm. Please bring sandals, a towel, sunscreen, bathing suit (modest), and a life jacket if you have one. Please sign up at the Youth Ministry bulletin board if you plan on coming so we have an idea of how many to expect. Thank you!