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America’s Got Couches

couches
 
Our Youth Room is undergoing a face-lift.
 
We are currently auditioning used couches to take the place of our old ones.
 
If you have a couch that you think might make the cut, let us know! We aren’t looking for perfection, but we would like something in better shape than what we have. Keep an eye on Craigslist as well – let us know if you see a good deal!


MS Fun Day

Craigs Cruisers

Saturday, March 14, 2015 • 11am-3:30pm

Join us for a day at Craig’s Cruisers on Saturday, March 14! We will be leaving church at 11:00am and returning around 3:30pm. While there, you will have 3 activity options and 20 arcade credits. Lunch is included. You may bring money for extra activities or arcade games.
 
Possible Activities include:
  • Indoor Go -Karts
  • Laser Tag
  • Ropes Course
  • Frog Hopper
  • And More!
 
Cost: $10 (Due March 4th)
FREE for guests (students who do not attend RRC Youth Group)


Women’s Lenten Morning

Women's Lenten Morning 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015 • 9-10:30am

Fireside Room • Free Continental Breakfast

The Cross – A Revelation of Christ’s Character

For this Lenten program, we will wean our eyes away from ourselves and focus on the attributes of Christ as revealed in His word. Throughout the morning, we will get to know Christ better, increase our trust in His promises, and learn to take on His character as we live in the power of His Holy Spirit. All the women in your life (teens and up) are encouraged to attend! Don’t forget to bring your Bible!
 
Update: Click here for a recap of the morning!
 
Click here to download your free copy of Ray Pritchard’s 2014 “Lord of Glory” – A Daily Devotional on the Attributes and Names of Christ.
 

What is Lent?

The season of Lent is once again here with us. Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18, is the 40-day period when Christians fast and pray and do penance in preparation for Easter, Sunday, April 5. It is commonly perceived as a time of giving up what one normally enjoys eating, drinking, and/or doing, often with a worthy charitable cause benefiting from this abstinence. However, Lent is a spiritual marathon of self-denial, reflection, and repentance. The emphasis is on individual redemption more than on social reformation.
  • Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock.
  • During Lent we are to reflect on what needs to be changed in our lives if we are to be faithful Christians. The season calls us to rededicate ourselves to God.
  • Lent should awaken life in our mind, bodies, and spirit. Just as spring awakens life in the earth, we too must be awakened and tune in with God to allow the indwelling Christ to do His will in our lives.
  • By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days.
  • All Christians are encouraged to take this season’s observances very seriously and participate in Lenten programs and daily devotions.


Chicago Day Trip

Chicago Day Trip 2015

Cancelled

Join us for an exciting day trip to Chicago on Saturday, April 18! We will be leaving church at 7:00am and returning around 11:00pm. Come enjoy a day of shopping and sightseeing along the Miracle Mile.
 
Possible Optional Activities (at additional cost):
Shedd Aquarium
Field Museum
 
Cost: $25 (due March 29)
FREE for guests (students who do not attend RRC Youth Group)


Youth Room Painting Parties

Youth Room Painting Party

The color is decided, the paint is bought, and now all we have to do is get it on the walls! We would like to invite you to be a part of our Youth Room Painting Parties
 
Who: Leaders, Youth, and their Families
When: February 28, March 7, April 25, & May 16 from 1-5pm
Where: RRC Youth Room
 
Please show up dressed and ready to paint! If you have paint brushes/rollers/pans please bring them so we know we have enough materials for everyone to participate!


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).