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These posts are listed in order of publishing date, with the newest posts at the top. For a list of events in calendar order, please visit our calendar page.

Christmas Eve Services

Monday, Dec 24, 2018 • 5pm

Join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5pm in the Sanctuary. Childcare available for kids Kindergarten and under (in the nursery). Our special offering this year will go to the RRC Benevolence Fund. Hot Chocolate Bar to follow!


KidLife Club Christmas Program

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

  • 6:00: Christmas dinner in the gym
  • 6:45: Christmas program in the Sanctuary

Everyone is invited to our annual KidLife Club Christmas Celebration! Be sure to tell your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for this fun event!



Parents’ Night Out

Friday, Dec 7, 2018 • 5:30-8:00pm

Parents’ Night Out! Drop off your kids (ages infant through 5th grade) in the gym and enjoy a few hours of freedom! Our youth group will be providing care (overseen by Beth and Brian). Dinner and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Beth Jennings (beth@rockfordrc.org). Donations will be accepted to go towards the youth accounts.


Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, December 2, 2018 • 5pm

Meet in the gym at 5 for the meeting followed by a potluck dinner to celebrate paying off our debt!
 
On the agenda:
  • Vote of affirmation for elder and deacon candidates
  • Vote of affirmation for Pastor Tim serving as our next pastor
  • 2019 Budget (details will be provided prior to the meeting)
 
Absentee ballots will be available starting Sunday, November 18, in the back of the Sanctuary. You may also call the office with your vote and we will record it on your behalf.
 
Nursery will be available for the meeting portion of the evening.
 
Potluck:
  • Main course will be provided
  • Care Groups 1/2: salads
  • Care Groups 3/4: sides
  • Care Groups 5/6: desserts
 


LVL

Leadership / Vision / Life

From Pastor Tim: I do a lot of study/reading/listening through scripture, books, articles, blogs, and lectures with our church, you, and your family in mind. As I do so, I come across gems that I REALLY WISH you all could read/absorb. I often send the best of these to consistory and staff but I don’t want to flood everybody’s inbox. LVL stands for Leadership, Vision, Life. And so many of the articles and my own reflections, etc. would revolve around developing leaders, understanding God’s vision for us, and how we can make progress in the Christian life — with topics such as Bible study, parenting, and how the gospel changes us. The frequency of these emails would vary but there would likely be several each month. You can always opt out at any time. Let Laura know if you want to be a part of this list and she will get you set up.
 


Hymn Sing

Sunday, May 5, 2019 • 4pm

Join us on Sunday, May 5 at 4pm in the Sanctuary for a Hymn Sing! This event is for anyone who loves to sing praises to God!


MS Fundraiser Dinner

Sunday, October 28, 2018

In the gym at 12:15pm (after Sunday School)
 
The RRC Middle School Youth Group is hosting a Fundraiser Dinner on Sunday, October 28 in the gym following the Sunday School hour. Everyone is welcome! All proceeds of the dinner go towards middle school mission trips. Menu: ham, twice baked potatoes, corn, green beans, salad, rolls, apple crisp.


Rockford Christmas Celebration

Friday, Dec 14, 2018 • 7:00-9:00pm

  • Christmas caroling gathers at Rockford Baptist Church from 6:30–6:45pm Caroling begins at 6:50pm.
  • Nativity scene located at Speed Merchants Bicycle Shop. Foretelling of Jesus’ birth begins at 7pm.
  • Free refreshments available for all at Rockford United Methodist Church, 7-8pm.
RRC members are invited to join local residents and guests in celebrating our Savior’s birth at the “Rockford Christmas Celebration & Live Nativity” to be held in downtown Rockford. The event takes place on Friday, December 14th from 7:00-9:00pm at Speed Merchants Bicycle Shop. Those wishing to be a part of the caroling event are asked to meet at Rockford Baptist Church by 6:45pm to walk down E. Bridge Street to the nativity. Please bring a battery operated candle, flashlight, or your cell phone to carry as you walk. Additional information can be found here.


Spark in the Dark

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

6-8pm in the gym
 
Join us for our 4th annual Spark in the Dark party the week before Halloween! There will be games, food, prizes, candy, and more! Invite your friends and family! Costumes welcome.
 
Note: This is not a “normal” KidLife Club night – we are not meeting in separate groups and leaders are not responsible for watching the children. We want this to be a family event, so come join your kids for a night of fun! It’s also a great time to invite friends and neighbors to RRC. Hot dogs will be available along with other snacks. If you have any questions, please call 866-2308 or email connect@rockfordrc.org.
 


Consistory Nominations

Deadline for 2018 nominations is 12 noon on Sunday, September 30.
Up for nomination: 2 Shepherd Elders and 2 Service Deacons
 
Every year members of RRC have the opportunity to nominate fellow members to the Consistory, our governing body made up of 6 Shepherd Elders, 6 Service Deacons, and the Administrative Board. When we follow biblical teaching toward choosing who should serve as elders and deacons, your nominations must involve a careful and thoughtful evaluation of whether the candidates demonstrate biblical criteria and specific gifts and abilities. Below is a list of qualifications and criteria for these roles:
 
Biblical and General Qualifications of an Elder or Deacon (see 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1)
  • Demonstrates spiritual maturity in personal devotional life, family life and leadership within the congregation.
  • Is respectable and has a good testimony within the church and community with regard to integrity, sincerity, and character.
  • Passionate for and actively participating toward RRC’s vision, mission, and ministry.
  • Committed to knowing, believing, applying, and living out the truths of the gospel.
  • Biblical qualifications specific to an elder include being self-controlled, gentle, not quarrelsome or quick-tempered, hospitable, able to teach, disciplined, not a lover of money, loves what is good.
  • Gifts specific to an elder may include leadership, wisdom, faith, intercession, knowledge, and exhortation.
  • Gifts specific to a deacon may include mercy, hospitality, service, leadership, wisdom, and faith.
 
Specific Role of Shepherd Elder
  • Provide pastoral care through visits and personal contacts
  • Oversee membership changes
  • Exercise discipline according to Scripture and the Book of Church Order
  • Schedule and administer the sacraments
  • All elders watch over the life and maturity of the members
  • All elders are tasked with watching over one another, the deacons, and pastor, and making certain that what is taught and preached is in accord with Scripture
 
Specific Role of Service Deacon
  • Promote generous Christian stewardship
  • Approve priorities for special offerings
  • Oversee distribution of Helping Hands Fund to members in need
  • Provide for the collection and counting of offerings
  • Promote and be involved in RCA Diaconal Ministries
  • Challenge the congregation with new service ministries
 
Each communicant member of Rockford Reformed Church can fill out one nomination form. You can find the form in the back of the sanctuary. Completed forms can be placed in the box at the back of the sanctuary. You can also email your nominations directly to the front office.
 
A list of those eligible for nomination can be found with the nomination forms in the back of the sanctuary. Those currently on consistory are ineligible, as are all RRC staff. Spouses cannot serve on consistory at the same time.