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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.

Family Spotlight: The Einfelds

The Beacon - September/October 2012

From our September/October 2012 newsletter

Attending since June of 2011 • Dan and Jen Einfeld began attending Rockford Reformed Church in the spring of 2011, shortly after they moved to Rockford . Their first Sunday visit to Rockford Reformed involved a slight detour. They mistakenly walked into Our Lady of Consolation across the street due to a lack of direction. Once they realized they had missed their initial target, they immediately rerouted themselves into Rockford Reformed, and have felt welcomed ever since. They enjoy the small church feel and have developed some close friendships with others in the church.

Dan and Jen have been married since August of 2005 and have three children, Aviela (6), Asher (3), and Azalia (1). Dan works for an accounting firm, and enjoys biking, sports, reading, and spending time with his family. Jen works as a post partum nurse part time and enjoys cooking, crafts, and doing fun activities with her kids. She is a volunteer in the nursery, Kids Hope, and walkout worship.

Aviela enjoys doing art projects, riding her bike, and dancing. Asher enjoys collecting things, playing with any kind of ball, and making people laugh. Azalia is easy going, happy, continuously moving, and likes to eat. Currently John (Li Li Jiang) is staying with them as a foreign exchange student from China. John enjoys playing and watching basketball and watching the t.v. show “Master Chef.” He is a junior at Grand Rapids Christian High School and will be living with them for the entire school year.

Family Dinner

Wednesdays • 6pm • Gym

Family Dinner is a great opportunity to come together not just as couples, individuals, or families, but as a larger church family. We will gather each week over a homemade meal to meet and connect with our greater church community. This meal is available for those who are attending Bible Studies, KidLife Club, Middle School Youth Group, and anyone else who would like to connect and grow in relationships at Rockford Reformed Church. We look forward to serving and seeing you Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Suggested donations: $2.50 adult / $2.00 child.

Open Doors Orphanage 5K

When: Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Where: Race Day Registration and Race Start in Huizenga Park in Zeeland
Time: Registration at 6pm. Race/Walk at 6:30pm.
Cost: $20 if registered by Friday, Sept. 21st. $25 if registered after Sept. 21.

**Registration includes an Open Doors 5K shirt!**

Proceeds from this event go to benefit the Paradise Bound Open Doors Orphanage in Guatemala.