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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
IDSIM
Bluefields
Zelaya Sur, Nicaragua
abebyomi@ibw.com.ni

Jim & Beth Harrison
National Evangelical Church
PO Box 1
Manama, Bahrain
jimharrison@pobox.com

Mike & Sheryl Knox
12624 Moss Park Ridge Drive
Orlando, FL 32832
Mike.knox@usmc.org

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht
International Teams
PO Box 711
Soroti, Uganda
sliedrechts@hotmail.com

Dan & Heidi Smith
Paradise Bound Ministries
PO Box 156
Hamilton, MI 49419
info@paradisebound.org

Mark & Deb Wilson
FH Cambodia
PO Box 140
Phnom Pinh, Cambodia
family_wilson@rca.org

Greg & Laura Yoder
Christian World Outreach
PO Box 2716
Littleton, CO 80161-2716
gyoder@cwomissions.org



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.



Birthday Blessings Hosting

Hosting is easier than you think!

Would you like to brighten a child’s life with special treatment?

Currently, there are several children on the waiting list who might not otherwise receive an organized birthday party, meal, and gifts. Would you consider hosting one in the Family Life Center? It’s easier than you think, and you’ll have as much fun as the kids!

Myth: You have to come up with games, play the games, and generally run around with the kids.

Reality: If you can read aloud, that is all you need. Many children just want unorganized play time, but if they are interested in games, we have a game bin complete with games and detailed instructions ready to go. You don’t have to play them yourself, just read the directions and have the family help out. Most parties are family parties, or a mix of adult family members and kids (not just all kids).

Myth: You have to buy and set everything up.

Reality: You’ll need to pick up the pizza on your way there (it will already be paid for). Other than that, the party will be set up for you before you arrive. Just be there to open the door, greet the guests, celebrate, and clean up when it’s over. We have a helpful hosting binder on site to guide you. There are no costs to you unless you want to donate a wish-list item.

Myth: You have to devote a lot of time.

Reality: Most parties last under 2 hours.

Visit our BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS page to view the party calendar and learn a bit about the children waiting to celebrate! If you are interested in hosting sometime in the future, please email us. We will add you to our host mailing list so you can be notified when parties are ready for hosts.



Church History – 2008 Writeup

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:14)

In June of 2008, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rockford Reformed Church, and reflect on a legacy etched with faith, mindful that, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)


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