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Middle School Spring Retreat

MS Spring Retreat 2014

March 21-23, 2014

at Cran-Hill Ranch

We will be leaving from church at 6pm on Friday, March 21. Please eat dinner before you arrive and make sure to bring your white RRCYM informed consent (if you received one in the mail) as well as the Cran-Hill liability waiver. You cannot go without this!

We will return to church around 12pm on Sunday, March 23.

Emergency Contact Information

  • We will be staying at Cran-Hill Ranch (231-796-7669)
  • If there is an emergency and you need to contact us please call Ben Gandy (780-3744) or Ashley Edwards (616-822-3938).

Packing List

  • jeans, sweatshirt, t-shirt, gloves, hat, coat (we will be doing outdoor activities so come prepared to spend time outdoors!)
  • toiletries (towel, soap, shampoo, deodorant, washcloth, etc.)
  • shoes for hanging out indoors
  • pajamas
  • flashlight
  • sleeping bag, pillow
  • Bible, notebook, pen
  • camera, if desired


Early Bird Cost: $75 (due February 19)
After February 19 Cost: $100

To sign up please fill out an account withdrawal slip or make checks payable to “RRCYM” and place in the Youth Mailbox (located on the Youth Room Door).


Contact Trisha at

Typhoon Haiyan

A message from the RCA CARE Network

Typhoon Haiyan–possibly the strongest tropical storm ever to hit land–blew through the Philippines last November causing extensive damage and killing thousands.

The RCA CARE Network is responding to the disaster on several fronts. “Our capable partners immediately began responding to Typhoon Haiyan, and going forward, we will be supporting the efforts of World Vision and World Renew,” says Jay Harsevoort, coordinator of the RCA CARE Network. The RCA CARE Network has already disbursed initial grants to World Vision and Food for the Hungry. Both are active in the Philippines.

What you can do:

Please pray for the people whose lives have been torn apart by this typhoon–for people who have lost loved ones, suffered injury, or sustained damage to their homes or businesses. Pray too for the rescue workers, first responders, and early response coordinators.

Donations should be made directly to the RCA:
To support disaster response efforts, donate online at or send a check to Reformed Church in America, Attn: Finance Department, 4500 60th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512. Checks should be designated “Haiyan.”

Library Additions January 2014

Library BooksWe have added 5 new books to the library in January 2014. For Bible Reference: Ephesians: Finding Your Identity in Christ by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz. Christian Living: Richard Foster’s Prayer, Nancy Guthrie’s Holding on to Hope, Max Lucado’s A Love Worth Giving, and Stormie Omartian’s Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On. We also have a new fiction book, although your librarian hates to call it fiction: The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn. This is a most thought-provoking book. Come on in and check it out!

Bible in a Year 2014

Bible in a Year

Are you up for the challenge?

Join us as we read through the Bible together in 2014! We will be using Words of Hope’s accompanying daily devotional. You can request a hard copy of the book, or receive the daily devotional via email (or both). If you would like the book, please email, or sign up at the info desk. If you wish to subscribe via email, click here and check the box that says “Read the Bible in a Year”.

To see a sample daily devotional, click here.

Be sure to pick up a bookmark from the Info Desk to use either in your devotional book or your Bible!

Note: The book is organized by day of the year (Day 1, Day 2, etc.) and not by date. To help you out, we have created a bookmark that matches the day of the year with the actual date. The type is small, so if you need a bigger reference, just download and print this pdf!

World Vision Ballot

World Vision Ballot

In honor of RRC Children’s Ministries, we have decided to do something a little different this year in lieu of Christmas gifts. Week 2 of our “Get Ready for Christmas” lessons had us all thinking – is it better to give or receive? There were some mixed feelings about this.

This year we have decided to GIVE in honor of our children and leaders to World Vision! The fun part is that the kids, along with their families, get to decide what we are going to give! Below you will find three pictures with different options for giving. Please talk and pray about this with your family and decide on one option: (a) a goat & 2 chickens, (b) 5 ducks, 1 chicken, & 2 rabbits, or (c) 3 ducks & a goat!

For your vote to count (and we want it to!), please cut out the option you have chosen and bring it with you to church. The kids will then place it in a voting box and we will announce on December 15 which option has won!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Download the 2013 ballot here!

And the winner is….1 Goat and 2 Chickens!

Rag Ball Ornaments

Rag Ball Ornaments

Rag ball ornaments made by our Pioneer Clubs children are available on the lower level near the Pioneer Clubs office for you to take. Donations benefit our 2014 Haiti Mission Team.

About the ornaments

In Haiti, children make soccer balls out of rags. These “rag ball” ornaments were made to remind us of our blessings and to support the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty.

Jwaye Nowel! Merry Christmas!

MS Ice Skating

MS Ice Skating

Saturday, January 18, 2014 • 3:00-6:30pm

Join us for a day of ice-skating at Rosa Parks Circle followed by a pizza dinner!

We will be leaving the church at 3:00pm and will return to church at 5:30pm for pizza, where you are welcome to hang out and play games until 6:30pm. Bring a friend and see you there!

If you don’t have your own skates, you can rent them for free once we get there!

Ice Skating Expectation vs Reality

Community Thanksgiving Service

Community Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, November 24, 2013 • 6pm

(note this is Sunday, not Wednesday)

Rockford United Methodist Church (159 Maple St.)
Food and monetary donations will benefit North Kent Community Services.

Sponsored by the Rockford Area Ministerial Association.


Reverb All-Nighter

Reverb All-Nighter

10pm Friday, Dec. 6th – 7am Saturday, Dec. 7th, 2013

Drop off and pick up at North Rockford Middle School

$15 before 12/2
$20 12/2-12/6

To sign up:

  • NRMS: Turn in your money and signed parent consent form to a Reverb leader at lunch on Thursdays, at Reverb on Tuesdays (7 am in the Gym), or to Mrs. Kibbe in the Art Room, or the Office.
  • ERMS: Turn in your money and signed parent consent form to a Reverb leader at lunch on Wednesdays, or at Reverb on Thursdays (7 am in the Gym).

Steve High (ERMS Reverb Director): 866-9597 Ext. 133
Ashley Edwards (NRMS Reverb Director): 822-3938

>> Click to download the parent consent form.

Bus transportation to the 3 Mile Project provided by Blythefield Hills Baptist Church. Please make checks payable to BHBC.

Library Additions October 2013

Library BooksWe have added 14 new books and a Veggie Tales movie to the church library since July. To save room here, I won’t record all the titles, but there is a list of them posted in the hallway near the library. Just as a teaser, we got the two books Pastor Rick named during his sermon last Sunday. Come on in and check it out!