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Rockford Expo

Rockford Expo

Saturday, March 16, 2013 • 9am-3pm

Stop by and see our booth at this year’s Expo!
Rockford High School (4100 Kroes St)

Looking for volunteers! Here’s what we need: 

Someone to go set up our table on Friday night between 5-9pm, and 2 people per shift on Saturday to be friendly and answer questions about our church.

Shifts:

1st shift- 8:30am – 11:00am
2nd shift- 11:00am – 1:30pm
3rd shift- 1:30pm- 3:00pm (plus tear down)

Please contact Audrey Shantz if you can help man the booth!



Men’s Euchre Nite

Men's Euchre Nite

Friday, March 1, 2013 • 6-10pm

Family Life Center (gym)

Pizza and pop provided. $5 suggested donation to cover the food, beverages, and prizes for the evening. For guys ages high school and above. Please sign up in the back of the sanctuary, online by logging in to the Table, or by emailing connections.rrc@gmail.com.

Questions: please contact Kevin Johnson (874-8695).



Jesus Storybook Bible

New In the Church Library:

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

This is the Bible recommended by Pastor Rick at a recent baptism. The Jesus Storybook Bible is designed to be read to children. It is short stories from the Old Testament that all point to Jesus.

If you find this special Bible a “keeper,” stop by Kregel Parable Christian stores for a copy for yourself. It is currently 50% off!

Love from your librarians.

 



Lent

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On Wednesday this week we begin the season of Lent. The word “Lent” is derived from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “to lengthen” and refers to a season of the church year when the days become longer similar to our season of spring. The forty days of Lent (Sundays aren’t counted) are probably symbolic of the 40 days’ fast of Moses, Elijah, and especially our Lord himself. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at noon on Saturday before Easter.

The observance of Lent probably originated in the 4th Century and was a time of fasting, self-examination, alms-giving, strict attendance at worship and an abstaining from festivities. The first break in Lenten observance in Europe may have occurred in 1572 when Zwingli sided with certain Zurich printers who insisted that they had to have something more invigorating to eat than fish on Fridays to carry out their duties. In the years since there has been less and less emphasis on the original disciplines of the season. Unfortunately the pre-Lenten festivals such as  Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) have had an increased emphasis on self-indulgence with drunkenness, immorality, and destruction being wide spread.

So what are we to do with Lent? If I interpret the New Testament correctly, the whole life of the believer is to be lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus the important question is not “What shall I give up for Lent?” but rather “Am I filled with the Holy Spirit?” or “How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?”

That being said, it doesn’t necessarily follow that we do away with the celebration of Lent. Don’t Spirit-filled Christians need to look into their personal lives? Of course we do. We all become careless. We all tend to forget our obligations and to ignore those people we should be remembering and helping. All of us need a fresh look at the cross. In other words we need to be filled again and again with God’s Spirit. So whether we decide to give something up for Lent or to do something extra for Lent, may our actions help us to become more like Jesus through the working and leading of the Holy Spirit.

Have a blessed Lenten Season,
Pastor Rick
2013

The RCA’s website has some great resources for families to use during Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. View them here!



Potluck & Praise Night

Potluck and Praise Night

Potluck & Praise Night

Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5pm in the Family Life Center.

Join us for some great food and a night of singing love songs to our Savior! Please bring a dish to share and invite your friends & neighbors!



Icemen

Icemen

Weekly Ice Fishing 2013

Thursdays beginning January 31, 2013. Meet at church at 3pm. For more information, please contact Tom Nederveld (874-3256) or Vic Yurick (866-0572).



Adventures in Odyssey – The Imagination Station Series

Library BooksOur library has a new book series designed for young readers ages 7 and up: Adventures in Odyssey – The Imagination Station. So far, we have books 1-10, which can be found on the children’s shelf (under the teen books). The books do not have to be read in order. They are a combination of history and adventure involving a boy and his girl cousin who travel into the past by way of a time travel machine called the Imagination Station.

  • Flesch-Kincaid system rates it as a reading grade level 2.1
  • Books will by on the shelf by January 27
  • Book 11 is due out in May 2013

 

Book 1: Voyage with the Vikings
Book 2: Attack in the Arena
Book 3: Peril in the Palace
Book 4: Revenge of the Red Knight
Book 5: Showdown with the Shepherd
Book 6: Problems in Plymouth
Book 7: Secret of the Prince’s Tomb
Book 8: Battle for Cannibal Island
Book 9: Escape to the Hiding Place
Book 10: Challenge on the Hill of Fire

                 



Reveal

Reveal

It’s Here!

To take the survey, click: http://www.revealnow.com/slsurvey?uid=6664

Rockford Reformed Church is launching a special survey asking for input on your spiritual life and our church’s role in it.

Our goal is to better understand what the church can do to support your spiritual growth.

We’d like to hear from everyone who calls RRC their church home (ages 18 and older). The more input we have, the better our efforts to support your spiritual growth will be. So please…take the survey!

The survey is comprehensive and thought provoking. We’re 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 at church available for you to use.

The survey must be completed between February 7 – 25.



NKCS Chili Cook Off

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Our friends at North Kent Community Services have a new fundraiser this year. They are hoping to raise thousands of dollars to help shelter and feed the families they serve this winter. They need 24 teams to enter their chili, as well as many hungry chili fans! They are also looking for volunteers to help at the event. If you are interested in helping, please contact Deb McIntyre at NKCS, 616-866-3478 ext. 103.

North Kent Community Services Fire and Ice Chili Cook Off

at the Rockford Ice Festival • Located downtown in the Rotary Pavilion

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Set up begins at 7:00 a.m.
Cooking begins at 7:30 a.m.
Judging begins at 11:30 a.m.

Entry fee: $25 per team by January 24.

Trophies and cash prizes to be awarded for: People’s Choice, Best Professional Chili, Best Novice Chili, Best Non-Red Chili, and Best Dressed Booth.

Chili available for purchase to the public from 12:15-2:00 p.m. for 50 cents per cup. Vote for your favorite chili to win the People’s Choice Award!

All proceeds benefit the families of North Kent Community Services.

For more information, contact Barb Manne (rdhbarb73@aol.com).

To register your team, go to genius link at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C44A8AF2EA02-rockford



Pornography Seminar 01-21-13

To the parents of RRCYM students:

We want to make you aware of an upcoming FREE seminar at Northpointe Christian Schools. “Pornography – The Battle for the Family” takes place on Monday, January 21, at 7pm. The focus will be on equipping families for the battle against pornography. The guest speaker is Chip Huber, Dean of Student Engagement at Cornerstone University.

Free tickets are available through all three school offices. Please contact Renee Koert (942-0363 x210) if you have any questions or would like to secure free tickets.

For more detailed information, please download their flyer.