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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.

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 (

Reveal 2

Reveal 2

It’s Here!

To take the survey, click: (closed)

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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