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NKCS Chili Cook Off


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 (

To register your team, go to genius link at:

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.

Past Sermon Titles

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  • 08/09/15: The Nation (Bradford)
  • 08/02/15: God’s Workmanship (Bradford)
  • 07/26/15: Grace Alone (Bradford)
  • 07/19/15: Alive (Bradford)
  • 07/12/15: Power, Riches, and Glory! (Bradford)
  • 07/05/15: Revelation (Bradford)
  • 06/28/15: The Deposit – The Already and Not Yet (Bradford)
  • 06/21/15: The Seal (Bradford)
  • 06/14/15: Holy (Bradford)
  • 06/07/15: Chosen (Bradford)
  • 05/31/15: Life Is Hard – God Is Good! (Poppen)
  • 05/24/15: Making Memories (Wiers)
  • 05/17/15: Does Easter Really Matter If We Forget Christ’s Ascension and Do Not Celebrate Pentecost? (Robrahn)
  • 05/10/15: Jesus’ Respect for Women (Robrahn)
  • 05/03/15: Counting the Cost (Bradford)
  • 04/26/15: I Can’t Stand It! (Poppen)
  • 04/19/15: Five Chairs Under Your Table (Ingebretson)
  • 04/12/15: Three Reasons to Leave a Church (Ingebretson)
  • 04/05/15: Tragedy to Transformation (Ingebretson)
  • 03/29/15: Road Trip To A Tough Town (Ingebretson)
  • 03/22/15: Releasing the Past (Poppen)
  • 03/15/15: Me First! (Poppen)
  • 03/08/15: An Inescapable God (Plantinga)
  • 03/01/15: Legacy Discipleship (Ingebretson)
  • 02/22/15: Multiplying Discipleship (Ingebretson)
  • 02/15/15: Troubled Discipleship (Ingebretson)
  • 02/08/15: Tempted Discipleship (Ingebretson)
  • 02/01/15: Community Discipleship (Ingebretson)
  • 01/25/15: Diligent Discipleship (Ingebretson)
  • 01/18/15: Leading Discipleship (Ingebretson)
  • 01/11/15: Missional Discipleship (Ingebretson)
  • 01/04/15: Authentic Discipleship (Ingebretson)
  • 12/28/14: Rachel Still Weeps (Robrahn)
  • 12/21/14: Advent Love (Gafa)
  • 12/14/14: Advent Peace (Dethmers)
  • 12/07/14: Advent Hope (Dethmers)
  • 11/30/14: Advent Joy (Dethmers)
  • 11/23/14: Gratitude Changes Everything (Ingebretson)
  • 11/16/14: Generosity Changes Everything (Ingebretson)
  • 11/09/14: Sermon on the Mount: Are You Smarter Than Jesus? (Dethmers)
  • 11/02/14: Sermon on the Mount: Philanthropist’s Folly (Dethmers)
  • 10/26/14: Sermon on the Mount: Getting Cheeky with Our Enemies (Dethmers)
  • 10/19/14: Sermon on the Mount: Can Obeying the Law Really Be Fulfilling? (Dethmers)
  • 10/12/14: Sermon on the Mount: Lighten Up, Christians, Lighten Up! (Dethmers)
  • 10/05/14: Truth and Love (Poppen)
  • 09/28/14: Confession – Good for the Soul (Poppen)
  • 09/21/14: Healthy Churches Reflect an Attitude of Gratitude (Dethmers)
  • 09/14/14: Healthy Churches Focus on Their Strengths (Dethmers)
  • 09/07/14: Fall Festival (no sermon)
  • 08/31/14: I’ll Believe It When I See It (Matthews)
  • 08/24/14: Healthy Churches are Mission Minded (Dethmers)
  • 08/17/14: What’s Coming Out of You? (VanderWall)
  • 08/10/14: In Healthy Churches People Manage Community Conflict (Dethmers)
  • 08/03/14: In Healthy Churches People Manage Personal Conflicts (Dethmers) no recording available
  • 07/27/14: Healthy Churches’ Leaders Challenge People (Dethmers) no recording available
  • 07/20/14: Healthy Churches Value Differences (Dethmers) no recording available
  • 07/13/14: Healthy Churches Honor Roles and Responsibilities  (Dethmers)
  • 07/06/14: Power Through the Lord (Matthews)
  • 06/29/14: Substance, Meerkats, and Meditation (Meendering)
  • 06/22/14: Your Call to Ministry (Dethmers) no recording available
  • 06/15/14: Temptations…and Turning Points (Dethmers)
  • 06/08/14: Pentecost Power (Dethmers)
  • 06/01/14: Christ In Us & We In Christ (Westrate)
  • 05/25/14: In That Day (Matthews)
  • 05/18/14: No Greater Joy (Tigchon)
  • 05/11/14: Is Heaven For Real? (Ingebretson)
  • 05/04/14: Christian Light Company (Tigchon)
  • 04/27/14: No Experience Required (Rottman)
  • 04/20/14: A Shared Victory (Tigchon)
  • 04/13/14: Cancellation due to power outage
  • 04/06/14: A Pure Heart (Tigchon)
  • 03/30/14: Have Mercy! (Tigchon)
  • 03/23/14: Hungry & Thirsty (Tigchon)
  • 03/16/14: Meek Not Weak (Tigchon)
  • 03/09/14: Mourned Lately? (Tigchon)
  • 03/02/14: The Riches of Poverty (Tigchon)
  • 02/23/14: Praise, Prayer & Preparation (Shantz)
  • 02/16/14: Dealing With Our Prejudice (Tigchon)
  • 02/09/14: Impacting Our Community (Tigchon)
  • 02/02/14: An Optimum Optimist (Tigchon)
  • 01/26/14: What Kind of Neighbor Am I? (Tigchon)
  • 01/19/14: Lordship Test (Tigchon)
  • 01/12/14: Settling the Lordship Issue (Tigchon)
  • 01/05/14: The Basics of Lordship (Tigchon)
  • 12/29/13: Succeeding God’s Way (Tigchon)
  • 12/22/13: Cancellation due to weather
  • 12/15/13: Christmas Music Celebration
  • 12/08/13: An Advent Sermon (Boersma)
  • 12/01/13: Emmanuel – God With Us (Tigchon)
  • 11/24/13: Source of Contentment (Tigchon)
  • 11/17/13: Vocare: Our Gospel Shaped Lives (Boersma)
  • 11/10/13: Vocare: Our Gospel Shaped Lives (Boersma)
  • 11/03/13: The Pharisee in Us! (Tigchon)
  • 10/27/13: Travel Companion (Boersma)
  • 10/20/13: Investing In Eternity (Tigchon)
  • 10/13/13: Responsible Sexuality (Tigchon)
  • 10/06/13: The Gift Defiled (Tigchon)
  • 09/29/13: The Gift of Sex (Tigchon)
  • 09/22/13: Awww, Do We Have To? (Boersma)
  • 09/15/13: Nothing But Bones (Tigchon)
  • 09/08/13: Fall Festival
  • 09/01/13: The Problem With Success (Tigchon)
  • 08/25/13: Individual Responsibility (Tigchon)
  • 08/18/13: And He Lived Among Us (Boersma)
  • 08/11/13: The Gospel in Destruction (Morgan)
  • 08/04/13: A Special Sanctuary (Tigchon)
  • 07/28/13: The Faith of Our Fathers (Westrate)
  • 07/21/13: Hope That Makes a Difference (Tigchon)
  • 07/14/13: Guest Speaker: Jim Harrison, RCA Missionary to Bahrain
  • 07/07/13: Strength to Bear the Burden of Faith (Tigchon)
  • 06/30/13: Our Personal God (Tigchon)
  • 06/23/13: The Voice (Boersma)
  • 06/16/13: Hope for the Family (Tigchon)
  • 06/09/13: How to Increase Your Joy (Tigchon)
  • 06/02/13: The Resurrection Meal (Boersma)
  • 05/26/12: Trinity: Three in One (Tigchon)
  • 05/19/13: The Blessings of Sacrifice (Tigchon)
  • 05/12/13: You Owe it to Your Parents and Yourselves (Tigchon)
  • 05/05/13: Tsame and Dipsao (Boersma)
  • 04/28/13: Bonding With Jesus (Tigchon)
  • 04/21/13: Standing on the Promises of God (Gandy)
  • 04/14/13: Songs of Lament (Tigchon)
  • 04/07/13: Eye the Prize (Tigchon)
  • 03/31/13: The Christmas Promise Fulfilled (Tigchon)
  • 03/24/13: Witnessing Your Way (Tigchon)
  • 03/17/13: Keys to Sharing Your Faith (Tigchon)
  • 03/10/13: Spiritual Conversations (Boersma)
  • 03/03/13: Overcoming Apathy & Fear (Tigchon)
  • 02/24/13: Worship: Learning the Landscape (Ezikian)
  • 02/17/13: Right Worship (Gandy)
  • 02/10/13: Mountaintop Experience (Tigchon)
  • 02/03/13: Come to the Table (Tigchon)
  • 01/27/13: _____ward (Boersma)
  • 01/20/13: Dealing With Conflict (Tigchon)
  • 01/13/13: Critical Surgery (Tigchon)
  • 01/06/13: Unity (Tigchon)

New Testament Song

A Caroling Thank-You

Received via email:

Dear Rockford Reformed “Family”…

Please tell those of your members who braved the cold night of December 23rd “thank you” for the Christmas caroling!!

What a joy it was to listen to young and old singing!!  It made an extraordinarily stressful day so much sweeter!!  We used to go caroling in the youth group we used to be part of and we truly miss that.  Thank you for the unexpected gift!!  You made a difference…

A Rockford Neighbor

Have We Met?

A message from Pastor Rick

Once again our annual Christmas Music Celebration was an awesome time of worshiping our great God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Many shared how blessed they were through the various aspects of the services, especially in the singing of the last song “Behold Our God.” I understand that closing song brought out a lot of tears. I am grateful for our staff and the many volunteers who made that service so special.

I also heard said, “There were a number of people there I didn’t know!” One of the challenges with combining our two 11:00am services is that sometimes it will be difficult to know if an unfamiliar face belongs to a visitor or some long-time member who has worshiped at a different service. Here are a few suggestions as to what to say:

  1. Introduce yourself and say, “I don’t believe we have met, have we?” This goes a long way toward solving the problem of greeting an unrecognized fellow member, and also provides direction for the conversation.
  2. If the person is a visitor, ask, “What brings you to our church today?” This provides a key to the way the church may continue its ministry to that person. Ordinarily, these are the only questions you would ask, since questions can be uncomfortable for the visitor.
  3. At some point in the conversation, say in one sentence what you most appreciate about our congregation, such as “I enjoy this church because. . . .”
  4. Introduce the visitor to someone else and invite them to Sunday School or Pioneer Club.
  5. Invite the visitor to return.


Again I remind you that many people are receptive to church involvement at this time of year. May we share the Good News of Jesus Christ not only during our services, but also before and after, as we greet our visitors and welcome them. In doing these things, I believe that we will have an even more blessed Christmas!

Missionary Christmas Card List

Adrian & Bernardeth Bobb-Kelly
Zelaya Sur, Nicaragua

Jim & Beth Harrison
National Evangelical Church
PO Box 1
Manama, Bahrain

Mike & Sheryl Knox
12624 Moss Park Ridge Drive
Orlando, FL 32832

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht
International Teams
PO Box 711
Soroti, Uganda

Dan & Heidi Smith
Paradise Bound Ministries
PO Box 156
Hamilton, MI 49419

Mark & Deb Wilson
FH Cambodia
PO Box 140
Phnom Pinh, Cambodia

Greg & Laura Yoder
Christian World Outreach
PO Box 2716
Littleton, CO 80161-2716

Caroling, Cookies, & Cocoa

On December 16 & 23, 2012, you are invited to join a group of people from church and go caroling in some of the nearby neighborhoods. At each house we will give out an invitation to our Christmas Eve services along with a treat. Afterwards, we will gather back at church for cookies, hot cocoa, and fellowship.

There will be a place to sign up at church the next two Sundays so we can gauge how many people are coming.

Meet at church in the Family Life Center between 6-6:30pm, caroling from 6:30-8pm, meet back in the Family Life Center for dessert!

Celebrating Advent

A message from Beth Jennings, Director of Children’s Ministries:

Even though all the advertisements on TV are about Christmas, right now we are actually in the season of Advent. During Advent we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming celebration of Jesus’ birth. A great way to celebrate Advent as a family is with an Advent activity. You may already have something you do to prepare for Advent. Here is a link to an activity that I found on Focus on the Family that you could do!

Focus on the Family: Making Meaningful Christmas Memories

I hope you enjoy your family during this busy time of year and take the time to make Christ the center of it all!

HFAP Sunday

December 2, 2012 • 8:45 & 11am services • 12:30pm lunch

Please join us Sunday, December 2 for a “Moment in Missions” with Mallery Neptune, founder of the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty. Mallery will speak at the 8:45 and 11:00 services.

A fundraiser luncheon will follow the 11:00 service at approximately 12:30pm. A Haitian meal of chicken and rice along with fruit salad and fried plantains will be offered by members of Rockford’s 2012 Mission team.

Mallery Neptune and her husband Frentz will share more about their experiences in Haiti at this time. A free-will offering to help fund future mission trips will be collected. Door prizes from Haiti will also be awarded!

Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.