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Church History – 1963 Writeup

Brief History of Rockford Reformed Church

Prepared for Fifth Anniversary Celebration


WAVE Chaos Day

Wave Chaos Day

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wear your craziest, most chaotic outfit!

Ride for Refuge

Ride for Refuge

Join or sponsor the Beyond Bikers Ride Team in the family-friendly Ride for Refuge on September 29, 2012 as a tangible and meaningful way to partner with the Sliedrechts, missionaries of our church, and their team! Simply go to the Beyond Bikers Ride Team page or email for more information. To learn more about the Ride for Refuge, check out their website:

Family Game Night

Family Game Night

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 • 6:30-8:30pm

>> Fellowship Hall

Join us for a fun, casual evening! Bring some games, snacks, the kids, your friends…we want people of all ages! There’s no set agenda – just show up and hang out with other families. Fun and games will ensue!

Childcare available for $2/child. Must pre-register with Lora Jenema.


Women’s Christmas Event

Women's Christmas Celebration

Women’s Ministry Christmas Event

• Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012
• Time: 7pm
• Location: Family Life Center

Join us for our annual Women’s Christmas Event with magical entertainment by Paul Critelli! Entertainment begins at 7pm with divine desserts to follow!

Sign up at the women’s ministry board or by emailing Guests are welcome, so be sure to invite your friends for this fun evening!

Rockford Puppet Ministry

Puppet Ministry

RPM is puppets and people that deliver a biblical message in either a skit or a song, and we would love to have you join our team! Once we are scheduled for a performance, we meet 2-3 times to prepare the song and/or skit. The practices are about one hour long. We do about 4 to 5 performances a year. It’s fun and the puppets and people are great to work with! We can train you to work a puppet. It’s not hard! If you are interested in joining the RPM team, please contact Sue Kalee (616-874-6289).

Stop Reading Your Bible

The Beacon - September/October 2012

By Ben Gandy • From our September/October 2012 newsletter

At least stop reading it as we are being told to read it nowadays. Allow me to explain.

Walk into a bookstore – any modern one will do. Purchase your two-dollar coffee and wander until you find the “religion” section. Now take a look at all the Bibles they have for sale. Look at the variety. There’s The Couples Bible, Daily-Walk Bible, NIV True Images Bible, Catholic Women’s Devotional Bible, MANual, Life Recovery Bible, The Message ,The Story, Precious Moments Bible. And the list could go on and on.


Children’s Ministries Update

The Beacon - September/October 2012

By Beth Jennings • From our September/October 2012 newsletter

Focusing on the upcoming Caravan year, I think of how my role as Director of Children’s Ministries is incomplete without parents and their role in their child’s growing faith in Christ.

In today’s fast-paced society of video games, extra-curricular activities, and everything else that fills up our calendars, sometimes it’s hard to put God first. It is times like these when it is most important to sit down, take a breath, and pray! Pray for strength and guidance.

Psalm 78 tells us “not to hide these truths from our children.” It is God’s plan to keep faith alive in today’s generation and to continue faith into the next. It is our job as parents to take hold of their hands, walk with them, and anchor them on a path of faith.

Let your children see you rely on God. Pray together, maybe not at every meal or every night, but occasionally. Focus on understanding God’s Word. Let them experience the message of grace; give without receiving. Use every teachable moment.

I am so thankful to be the Director of Children’s Ministries and be able to teach your children about the love of Christ!

Take a look at our website for information on our fall programming for children!

Pioneer Clubs Update

The Beacon - September/October 2012

By Brenda VanderHeide • From our September/October 2012 newsletter

Pioneer Clubs are for children ages 2 years through 5th grade. We meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. starting in the Sanctuary. Parents of 2-year-olds through Kindergarten must stay in the building during Clubs. It’s a perfect chance to check out the Adult Bible Studies going on at the same time!

Come early the first night for a family pizza party – 6:00 p.m., September 19 in the Family Life Center.

Our theme this year is based on Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Volunteers are needed! Parents and church members, please prayerfully consider leading a Bible Exploration (4 weeks), or being a club leader or helper. We have many areas that need extra hands and hearts, even outside of the club classrooms.

Please check out our club information table at the Fall Festival on Sunday, September 9. Club registration will be available there.

Kids Hope Update

By Audrey Shantz • From our September/October 2012 newsletter

In December a child from Valley View was referred to the Kids Hope USA program. This second grade boy’s father was not present in the home, and his teacher thought he could benefit from a positive male role model and someone to help him with his school work. A wonderful man from our congregation volunteered and went through the mentor training. He started meeting with the boy in January. After just 3 visits together his teacher said she could already see a difference! A few months later he was getting 100% on his spelling tests and his confidence was soaring.

As adults we often strive to use our time and our abilities to feel purposeful and fulfilled. We want to do good in this world and feel like we’re making a difference. Kids Hope USA is such a simple way to be the hands and feet of Jesus – one child, one mentor, one hour each week. School is hard! Sometimes I can’t believe how many hours a week kids are in school, how much planning ahead, homework, and schedules they have to keep to at such a young age. Kids can be referred into the program for a variety of different reasons – because they are behind in school, have trouble making friends, could use some one on one attention, have had a difficult life, act out in school, or need some help reading. Working with a child from one week to the next, a mentor has an opportunity to praise even the smallest progress and achievements. Those positive words can breathe life into a child.

Becoming a mentor can be a blessing to the adult, not just the child. In meeting every week, a friendship is developed. A relationship is built. You feel needed, even if you’re just playing games and helping with homework.

Virgil Gulker, founder of Kids Hope USA, tells of his favorite story. A second grader in Indiana was asked if he could describe Kids Hope USA . “Sure,” he said. “Old people come to Kids Hope USA when they need a friend.”

For more information on becoming a mentor, please contact Audrey Shantz: 616-866-2308.