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Congregational Survey

Congregational Survey
“Give me your two cents worth in just five minutes!” -Pastor David

Here is a simple survey that allows you to give Pastor David some very specific feedback on Rockford Reformed Church in just five minutes. Quick and Easy. Tell him what you think about: 

  • our worship
  • our ministries for different age groups (children, youth, adults)
  • how effectively we’re organized
  • how well we communicate
Twenty-six clicks of your mouse is all it will take! So easy you can do it during a TV commercial! Do it now! Just Do It!

Survey is closed. Thank you for participating!

The Goal: 250 respondents

The Results: Get them at the next Congregational Information Meeting on September 14th

All-Church Training

All-Church Leadership and Volunteer Training

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • 6-8pm

Get oriented, get motivated, get ready to kick off a great year of ministry together!
Don’t miss this important training and team-building event for all church leaders and volunteers. Whatever your role (usher, teacher, Ministry Team member, music leader, Consistory, Bible study leader, Children’s Ministries, Youth Ministries, Worship Team, staff) your presence is important! Child care will be provided. Please sign up here and, if you need child care, please indicate how many children you’ll be bringing with you.
During hour one, we’ll all be meeting together in the sanctuary. We’ll learn what the Bible has to teach us about serving. We’ll take a look at Leadership Principles that distinguish Christian ministry from volunteering. We’ll make sure all of us understand how to create a safe and caring environment for everyone who enters our doors.
During hour two you will meet with the team members you serve with (see breakout sessions below). If you’re on more than one team, choose to attend the team that is your primary responsibility and let your other team leader know why you won’t be attending. They’ll probably have some important handouts to share with you.
We’re looking forward to an important training and team-building time together. Please choose to invest in your ministry here at RRC by joining us!
Questions? Contact Laura Jolliffe, Wilma Nelson, Pam Jacobs, or Pastor David.

Breakout Sessions (you’ll choose one)

Children’s Ministry
(sunday school, pioneer clubs, vbs, children’s worship)
Youth Ministry
(sunday school, youth groups)
Adult Ministry
(sunday school, bible studies, small groups, special events)
Kids Hope
(mentors, prayer partners)
(elders, deacons, administrative board)
Missions & Outreach
(haiti, hearts for orphans, birthday blessings, thanksgiving dinner)
(praise team, choirs, dance, puppets, sound)
(grounds, property, building, equipment, IT)
Hospitality & Fellowship
(ushers, greeters, adult fellowship, dinners, meals)

Youth Ministry Update 07-25-14

As many of you know, Ben Gandy has resigned his position as Youth Director to attend seminary. Ben’s last day with us will be Sunday, August 10th. Please join us for a farewell for Ben between the services in the Family Life Center that day, beginning about 10 AM. Ben will be attending Calvin Theological Seminary beginning later in August. We wish him and Lindsay God’s presence and blessing as they begin this new chapter in their faith journey!


Sermon PowerPoint: Psalm 1

Psalm 1Click on the image to download a pdf file of Pastor Tim Meendering’s sermon slides on Psalm 1: Substance, Meerkats, and Meditation.

Library Additions June 2014

Library Books

We have two new videos in the family section of the library:

1. The Jesus Film (F-626) – donated by Mike Knox. It is the latest video put out by Campus Crusade showing the life of Jesus in dramatic form. It has been shown worldwide – viewed by more than 6 billion people.

2. Mercy Rule (F-628) – a family video starring Kirk Cameron (Fireproof and Courageous) and comedian Tim Hawkins. It is a movie about baseball and family – or, maybe – family and baseball.

Check it out!

Cran-Hill Golf

Cran HIll Golf Fundraiser

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Make sure that you mark Wednesday, August 13th as the date for this year’s Cran-Hill Ranch Golf Fundraiser. Their annual golf fundraiser is one way for you to partner with their ministry and help them reach more kids with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

This event will again take place at Pilgram’s Run Golf Club in Peirson, MI. For all the info for this year’s Golf Fundraiser, visit Help make this another successful event for the ministry of Cran-Hill Ranch!

Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club
11401 Newcosta Avenue, Pierson, MI 49339 (map)

HS Hangout

HS Hangout

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 • 3:30-10pm

We will meet at church at 3:30pm and will be heading over to the Bielema house for a day at the pool followed by a bonfire. Dinner will be provided. Please bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, footballs, etc. We will return to church around 10pm. Contact Ben or Trisha if you have any questions: 866-2308.

Pastor David Dethmers

David DethmersI’ve been serving as a Specialized Transition Minister since April of 2012, after serving congregations in New Jersey, New York, and Colorado and serving the Reformed Church in America in International Ministries for a dozen years. It gives me great joy to share God’s word with people who are hungry for it and to help congregations hear and pursue God’s calling on their lives.

My wife, Anna, and I live in Canadian Lakes and love living in the midst of God’s magnificent creation. I enjoy hiking, biking, reading, and just hanging out by our river.

My favorite Bible verse: Micah 6:8 – “God has shown you what is good. And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God!!” If that isn’t the key to a fulfilled life, I don’t know what is!

Haiti Euchre Night

Haiti Euchre Night

Saturday, June 14, 2014 • 6pm

At the Anderson Household (email for address)

Cost to play: $20/person
Includes a full taco bar, but please bring your own beverage!

Cash prizes & 50/50 raffles!

Please RSVP by June 7 (walk-ins welcome).
Questions? Please contact Bre Bowen,

* You do not need a partner *

Proceeds support a team of 14 people traveling to Haiti this summer from the Rockford area. Thanks in advance for your support and prayers.

Planting Day

Planting Day

Thursday, May 29, 2014 • 9am

We need people to help plant 19 flats of summer flowers! Please bring garden tools or whatever you need to plant annuals. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Kalee.