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Pando

Pando 2014

Wed, Feb 4, 2015 • 6-8pm

Pioneer Clubs (grades 1-5) and MS (grades 6-8)

  • Who: 1st through 5th grade Pioneer Club Members, RRCYM Middle Schoolers, and their families
  • When: Wednesday, February 4
  • Where: Pando Winter Sports Park, 8076 Belding Rd. (map)
  • Time: Meet at Pando at 6pm and tube until 8pm
  • Cost: $12 for 11 and older, $10 for 10 and below. Pre-buy tickets at church January 14, 21, or 28.

Sign up by the Pioneer Club office if you plan on attending! A Pando waiver must be signed by a parent for each person attending at time of purchase (download and print).

There will be NO regular Pioneer Clubs or MS Youth Group meeting this night. Skippers and Scooters will have a sledding night here at church!

You MUST check in with Laura Jolliffe when you arrive at Pando. Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up children, and are encouraged to stay and participate in the fun!

Hot chocolate and cookies will be available for all tubers throughout the night. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Jolliffe at 350-3351 or email connections.rrc@gmail.com.

Skippers & Scooters (ages 2-Kindergarten)

  • When: Wednesday, February 4
  • Where: Here at church! Outside, weather permitting.
  • Time: Dinner at 6 in the Family Life Center, sledding and activities to follow!
  • What to bring: Snow pants, winter jacket, boots, hat, mittens, scarf, sled

Parents: at 6 we will have dinner in the Family Life Center. At 6:30 we will go sledding on the hill behind the Family Life Center. Please bring a sled. We may have a few extras, but there are no guarantees. Please stay to help your children while sledding and dressing/undressing. Thank you!

Come for a night of wintery fun!

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Jolliffe at 350-3351 or email connections.rrc@gmail.com.



Youth Group Outing

Youth Group Outing

Sun, Jan 18 • Wed, Jan 28, 2015

@Alpha Family Center
 
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27

This spring the Youth Groups will be answering the question: “what is the church?” and learning what role they play in doing what the church does. We will be having a format of learning about the topic and then going and doing what the church does. Our first topic is that of Orphans and Widows in the context of James 1:27. Having studied this topic, we’ll now be putting it into practice with a local ministry partner of our church.

So why am I writing this to you, the Church?

On behalf of the Youth Ministries, I would like to invite you to partner with us as we care for the Widows and Orphans of our community. In our meeting with Alpha, the director shared some of the immediate needs their center has right now. Our students are collecting these items and bringing them with us when we volunteer at Alpha together.

The High School Youth Group will bring the first round of donations up on Sunday, January 18th. The Middle School Youth Group will bring a second round up on Wednesday, January 28th. To help properly meet the immediate needs of their clients, Alpha is in need of the following items:

  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Wet Wipes
  • Dry Cereal

    Items may be placed on the back counter in the Youth Room. If you have any questions, comments, concerns please feel free to let us know!



Small Group Dinners

Small Group Dinners

Please sign up by January 18, 2015

 
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” I Corinthians 12:27
 
All are welcome to get better acquainted with other members of the “body of Christ” at Rockford Reformed Church by joining a Small Group Dinner gathering.
 
If you are already in a Small Group Dinner group, we assume that your group will continue to meet through May or June unless you request a change.
 
New dinner groups are now forming. Groups of 8 to 10 people will meet in homes or at church for potluck meals. You may take turns hosting or your group may prefer to make arrangements to meet at church. Plan to meet about once a month through May or June. If possible, you will be placed with other members of your Care Group. Both members and visitors are welcome to join.
 
Sign up sheets are located at the back of the sanctuary or you may contact Nancy Steenwyk (nancysteenwyk@yahoo.com). Deadline for signing up is January 18.


HS/MS Parent Meetings

HS: January 11  •  MS: January 18

Coming up in January we will be having our Mid-year parent meeting with the parents of both the High School and Middle School Youth Groups. This will be a a great time for you to hear about what is coming up in the youth groups this spring, as well as giving you the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback as we move into the second half of the youth ministry year. Both meetings will take place during the Sunday School Hour in the Old Fellowship Hall (next to the Old Kitchen).


Adoption Fundraiser Dinner – Morgan

Hearts for Orphans Special Event

Sunday, January 25, 2015 • 5pm

Adoption Fundraiser Dinner & Silent Auction
for Luke & Amanda Morgan
 
You are invited to attend an elegant plated dinner by Chef Al Valk that includes a silent auction to benefit Luke and Amanda’s adoption! Punch Bowl begins at 5:00 with dinner following at 5:30. Dinner will include a salad, your choice of entrée, two side dishes, and dessert. Tickets are $12 per person or $80 per table, with tables seating 8 people. Registration deadline: January 11. Click here to reserve your spot!
 
There is also an inspirational time of singing and worship following the dinner and you are welcome to join us! Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there! Find more information on the dinner here.
 
 
Silent Auction
Please prayerfully consider donating a silent auction item even though you may not be attending. Auction item donations may be dropped off to the church office during office hours Monday, January 12 – Tuesday, January 20. Click here to donate silent auction items.

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Library Additions December 2014

Library Books

We have just added a new book to the children’s section of the library: Book 15 of the Imagination Station Series – Surprise at Yorktown by Marianne Hering and Nancy I. Sanders. Come on in and check it out!
 
Update – we also now have:


HS Progressive Dinner

HS Progressive Dinner 2014

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 • 3:30-9:00pm

Enjoy 5 delicious courses (appetizers, salads, main course, dessert, and hot chocolate bar) and a white elephant gift exchange! The secret dinner locations will be revealed the day of the party!

Sign up via email (rjmatthews08@gmail.com) or Facebook by December 7!



Youth Winter Retreats

Winter Retreat 2015

High School: Jan 23-25, 2015

Middle School: Feb 13-15, 2015

Join us this winter as we head to Cran-Hill Ranch for an exciting retreat featuring 3 sledding hills, broom ball, snow shoeing, x-country skiing, a game room, ice climbing wall, a guest speaker, and live bands! This promises to be a great time of growing closer to each other and closer to Christ. Sign up today!
 
To sign up, please make checks out to RRCYM (see below for costs) and place in the RRCYM mailbox located on the Youth Room door, or hand in to Rob or Jessica Matthews. Additional information, including packing lists and Cran-Hill consent forms, will be sent out at a later date.
 
High School
Early bird cost: $80 (due December 14)
After December 14 cost: $95 (due January 11)
 
Middle School
Early bird cost: $80 (due December 10)
After December 10 cost: $95 (due January 28)


Thanksgiving Help Needed

We need your help to make our Thanksgiving Community Dinner another success! We need both volunteers and donations. Please look below and let us know if you can help out in any way! Just email us or else sign up in person at the back of the sanctuary.

Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Thursday, November 27, 2014 • 12pm

 

Donations:

  • Desserts (we need lots!)
  • Turkeys (we have limited freezer space this year – once we figure out how many we need, we’ll let the congregation know)

Volunteers:

  • Setup Crew (Wednesday night, 6pm-?)
  • Servers (Thursday, 10am-1pm)
  • Cleanup Crew (Thursday, 1pm-?)