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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 (

Reveal 2

Reveal 2

It’s Here!

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Last year many of you participated in the REVEAL Spiritual Life Survey. Rockford Reformed Church is now preparing to do our follow-up survey for input on your spiritual life and our church’s role in it. Our goal is to ensure that we are addressing the areas of concern raised in last year’s survey and continue to improve our efforts to support your spiritual growth.

We would like to hear from everyone who calls Rockford Reformed Church their church home. The more input we have the better our efforts to support your spiritual life will be. Please take the survey if you took it last year or if you missed that opportunity. We want to hear from everyone!

This information will be especially important as Pastor Rick leaves so he can see the progress made this year. It will also be valuable input to the new pastor we will be seeking.

The survey is comprehensive and thought provoking. We are asking you to set aside 35-40 minutes to take it. Think of this time as an investment in your own spiritual life as well as the future of your church.

Your specific answers will remain anonymous: only an overall report will be generated for the church as a whole.

The survey is online, so you may take it at home. We will also have computers available at church for your use.

You will be contacted by an elder or deacon during this timeframe to answer any questions you may have regarding the REVEAL survey.

The survey must be completed between March 2-17.

Thank you!

Engage 2014

Engage Logo

Saturday, May 31, 2014

at Rockford Reformed Church
4890 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford (map) • 616-866-2308

8:15 a.m. Coffee & Refreshments • 8:45–12:15 Conference • Light lunch to follow

This event is free, but please register by May 23! You can register online (see bottom of page) or download and print the registration sheet and return it to Lori VerMerris at Rockford Reformed Church.

Encounter, Engage, & Experience God Daily

Amy RauGuest Speaker Amy Rau is delighted to share an experience of fellowship, fun, and faith at our first annual Ladies Day event! She is married to a wonderful Christian man, Nick, and has a daughter (Arianna, 11) and two step-children (Samantha, 22, and Benjamin, 20). Amy has a pre-seminary degree from Kuyper College and is currently a member of The Springs Free Methodist Church in Cedar Springs. She serves on the Church Board (Visionary Leadership Team), leads the Welcome Team, and is currently teaching God’s Word to 5th & 6th graders on Wednesday evenings. She also finds time to lead evening services at their sister church in Sparta. Outside of church, Amy sits on the CASSA (Cedar Area Select Soccer Association) board, volunteers weekly in her daughter’s elementary school classroom, and coaches girls basketball.

Through God’s word and her own personal testimony, Amy’s goal is to invigorate and activate women in this journey called life. She is passionate about loving Jesus personally and sharing Him with everyone! She says that her existence is to “reflect Christ to all in any circumstance for which I am a work in progress.” She also believes that Abraham Kuyper said it best, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”

Break-out session 1: Fellowship & Fun (pick one)

  1. Healthy Snacking with Rebecca Cruttenden – Have fun while sampling healthy food for snacking, and go home with the recipes.
  2. Knitting 101 with Jean Boyd – Have fun knitting with new friends! Beginners to advanced welcome! Materials supplied, but if you have knitting needles bring them along!
  3. Painting on Canvas with Karen Halbersma and Nancy Tigchon – Have fun while learning the basics of painting on canvas! All materials supplied.
  4. Mag-net-fy the Lord with CJ Hoogewind – Have fun making a crafty magnet that can give you encouragement every day!

Break-out session 2: Fellowship & Faith (pick one)

  1. Everyone Has a Story to Tell with Amy Rau – Allowing God to use your testimony to encourage others.
  2. Discovering Myself with Ruth Hansen – Bring fresh enthusiasm and motivation to yourself, your family, and the world around you by recognizing your personality type and how to respond positively to differing personalities whether at home, work, church, or play!
  3. Digging Deeper: Make the most of your devotions with Pam Jacobs – Learn a simple method to deepen your personal relationship with Christ.
  4. Adoption: The Beauty and the Brokenness with Rebecca Cruttenden – Adoption is a beautiful picture of God’s love for us, but it is only possible because of great tragedy and loss.
  5. Gift of Hope – Haiti with Rachel DeKuiper – If you couldn’t provide for your child, would you want to keep him/her? Learn how to keep families together by empowering struggling women in Haiti.


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Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange

Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange

leave one / take one / repeat

Why buy new puzzles when you can just trade? Stop by the bookcases in Room 2 and refresh your puzzle supply!

Sticky Faith in the Church Library

A book was mentioned in Jim Scholten’s Sunday School class that addresses a very big concern for the church: Children who are raised in Christian families but who leave the church after high school. This book, called Sticky Faith – Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids by Dr. Kara E. Powell and Dr. Chap Clark is now in the library in the Christian Living section. It has ideas for how the church as a whole can reach out to the young people in their congregation, so don’t skip this book if you don’t have children or teens.

HS Hockey Night

Griffins Hockey Night

Saturday, March 8, 2014

HS Youth Group Griffins Hockey Night

We will be leaving church at 5:45pm (game starts at 7) and will return to church after the game (around 10:30pm). Please eat dinner before you arrive.

Cost: $5

You must pay by March 5 in order to go! Cash or checks (made out to RRCYM) can be handed to Trisha. Questions? Contact Trisha at

If you want snacks at the game please bring extra money. Bring a friend and you will both receive a free snack!

FYI – It is Star Wars Night at the Griffins. Feel free to dress up in that Darth Vader costume you have lying around.

Pizza Hut Fundraiser

Pizza Hut Fundraiser - HFAP

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Make Tuesday night pizza night! Just use the coupon you got in your church mailbox and 20% of all sales generated will go to Haiti Foundation Against Poverty. Valid from 11am-11pm at Rockford Pizza Hut – WingStreet, 2745 10 Mile Road. 616-863-3311.

Library Additions February 2014

Library BooksWe have added 6 new books to the church library. We have a fiction book called White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick; We also have two non-fiction books. The Good News We Almost Forgot (by Kevin DeYoung) lets us rediscover the gospel in the Heidelberg catechism, and On Two Wings – Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding (by Michael Novak) is a scholarly in-depth review of the public stands taken by the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. We have 3 books for the Christian Living section: Come Thirsty and Cure for the Common Life, both by Max Lucado, and Reaching for the Invisible God by Philip Yancey. Happy reading!