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Spring Gardening

Gardening Day

May 2 & 3, 2014 rain or shine!

Spring Gardening This Weekend!

Sorry for the short notice, but spring is here and we don’t want to waste any time! Let’s all help get the church grounds looking fresh for Pastor Rick’s open house on May 10. Wood chips are being delivered and will be ready to spread this Friday and Saturday morning, May 2 & 3, rain or shine.

Any help we can get would be greatly appreciated! Even if just for an hour – it all adds up! We will be here on Friday at 9am and Saturday at 8am. If enough people show up we should have no problem getting it all done by noon on Saturday.

If you have them, don’t forget to bring your rakes, shovels, pitchforks, brooms, blowers, wheelbarrows, etc.

Thank you in advance! If you have any questions, please call Scott Jacobs, 866-6318, or Scott Brownell, 866-6570.

Urgent Need in Haiti

Hope House Wall

The wall around the Hope House compound MUST be moved by orders of the mayor’s office. There is an URGENT need to raise between $100,000 and $150,000 to complete this project in a safe and timely manner. If HFAP doesn’t move the wall by the deadline, the mayor’s office will knock it down themselves.

Haiti is very busy expanding and improving roads which is why the wall must be moved. This is an extremely large undertaking for the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty because their kitchen, supply depot, and residence are next to this wall. The security of the compound and the safety of the children and adults that live and work there are at risk.

Please consider donating at Every dollar donated will be doubled by an anonymous donor! To follow the developing situation, please go to Thank you and God bless you!

Kids Hope Mentor Training

Kids Hope USA Love

Sunday, April 27, 2014 • 8-10am

Fireside Room

If you are thinking about becoming a Kids Hope mentor, please join us for mentor training  Sunday morning, April 27, from 8-10am. Breakfast and coffee will be provided! We would like to have a handful of new mentors ready and waiting for next fall. Please contact Audrey Shantz for more information.

Missionary Visits Spring 2014

Missionary Visits Spring 2014

There are two opportunities coming up for you to meet and learn about the mission work being done by missionaries we support.

Mark Wilson

On Sunday, April 27, Mark Wilson will be here to share about his work in Cambodia. This will take place in the Fellowship Hall at 10am (between first and second services). Coffee and pastries available!

Tim and Angie Sliedrecht

On Sunday, May 4, Tim and Angie Sliedrecht will be here to share about their work in Uganda. This will take place at a luncheon (pasta bar) in the Family Life Center following second service.

Jewelry Fashion Show April 2014

Jewelry Fashion Show 2014
Friday, April 25, 7:00-8:30pm

Meet at our church at 6:30 pm to carpool.

Trinity Baptist Church

2050 Aberdeen St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 (map)

This is our only Team Orphans event with no guys and no exercise! Ladies and girls only! 100% of the profit will go toward Team Orphans adoption grants through Bethany Christian Services. Trisha Van Stensel, Sienna, Rebecca Cruttenden, and Rosa will be modeling the jewelry with other mothers and adopted daughters. Emily Davis, the Premier Designs jeweler who did the fundraiser show for the Einfelds, is the generous jeweler who is donating everything!

HS Mission Trip

HS Summer Mission Trip 2014

June 15-21, 2014

We will be working on homes in the Kentucky Appalachia Region where:

  • poverty is more than double the national average
  • one in four lives below the poverty level – 105,000 children, 195,000 adults, and 35,000 elderly
  • 62,500 homes are substandard
  • 19,000 homes lack adequate kitchens
  • 21,000 homes lack complete plumbing
  • nearly half of the families have annual household incomes below $20,000


$300 if you pay before May 11. After May 11 – $350 due May 18. Because we are not running this trip, there are no late signups!

To sign up

  • Register with ASP – Go to this link: (our group number is 3627).
  • Fill out the Volunteer Statement and Registration Form (a notary is required; most banks and credit unions have one).
  • Fill out an account withdrawal slip or make a check out to RRCYM and place in the RRCYM mailbox or hand to Trisha Van Stensel.

Mandatory HS Mission Trip Meeting on June 8, 6-7pm in the Youth Room.

High School Spring Retreat

HS Boys Retreat 2014

HS Girls Retreat 2014

May 9-11, 2014

Boys: Living for God in a Challenging World

High School Boys – Join us May 9-11 for the HS Boy’s Retreat. We will be heading up to Martiny Lakes (near Cran-Hill Ranch) where we will be spending the weekend camping, studying how we can live for God in today’s world, and doing the manly bonding.

Girls: True Beauty – Finding Your Identity in Jesus

High School Girls – Join us May 9-11 for the HS Girls’ Retreat! We will be staying at the VanderHeide cottage in Ludington and exploring the meaning of “true beauty.”


$30 if you pay before April 27
April 27-May 4: Cost becomes $45

To sign up please fill out an account withdrawal slip or make a check out to “RRCYM” and place in the Youth Room Mailbox (located on the Youth Room door) – or give to Trisha Van Stensel!

True Beauty

Tigchon Open House

Tigchon Open House

Saturday, May 10, 2014 • 3-7pm

A Farewell Open House will be held for Pastor Rick and Nancy Tigchon on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 3:00-7:00pm in the Family Life Center. Come and give them best wishes as they begin an exciting new chapter in their lives!

Easter Schedule

Easter Schedule 2014


Sunday, April 13

Palm Sunday (8:45 & 11:00 a.m.)

Thursday, April 17

Maundy Thursday Communion Service (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 18

Rockford Area Good Friday Service (7:00 p.m. at Bella Vista Church)

Saturday, April 19

Easter Egg Hunt and Family Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)

Sunday, April 20

Easter Worship Service (8:45 & 11:00 a.m.)

Celebration Choir

Celebration Choir

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Join our Celebration Choir! All are welcome – the more, the merrier!

We will be performing on Pastor Rick’s last preaching day, Sunday, May 18, 2014 at both morning services.

Rehearsals (in sanctuary):
– Tuesday, May 6 • 6:30 pm
– Wednesday, May 14 • 6:30 pm

If you are interested or have any questions, please call the church office (866-2308) or Joel Van Houten (