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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.

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)


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: