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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:

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!