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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.

Library Additions September 2012

Library BooksThe following items have been added to our church library and are available to check out! We have included a link to each title on in case you would like to learn more about them. Click below to continue…


Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Tuesdays • 7-8am

Join us in the Fellowship Hall (Room 100) any time. Fellowship, prayer, coffee, and maybe donuts!

NKCS Backpack Project

New Backpacks and School Supplies Needed! 2012

North Kent Community Services is preparing for the new school year and hopes to distribute 500 new backpacks with school supplies to children in grades K-12 whose families cannot afford to purchase them. They are asking that we help by donating new backpacks and school supplies before August 15, 2012.

Backpacks are their greatest need. A donation of just $5 will enable them to purchase a nice backpack wholesale. Imagine how happy and successful you can make a child when they start the school year with a brand-new backpack and school supplies like everyone else.

Please consider donating the following new items:

  • pens – black, blue, red
  • two-pocket report folders
  • crayons – 24 packs
  • glue sticks
  • scissors (blunt edge)
  • colored pencils
  • erasers
  • rulers
  • pencil boxes
  • pencils – wood, mechanical
  • washable markers
  • college-ruled notebooks
  • wide-ruled notebooks
  • three-ring binders
  • filler paper

Please bring donated supplies to church and place them in the white chest in the back of the sanctuary by August 12, 2012.

Make monetary donations directly to North Kent Community Services.

Into All The World

By Sue Yurick • From our July/August 2012 newsletter

Reflections on short-term mission trips

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

One of the very last things Jesus said while physically on earth was to “go out into all the world.” For first century believers, WE in the as-yet-undiscovered western hemisphere were “the ends of the earth.” The mission field is vast and still includes parts of the world where the gospel, though preached for centuries, appears to have lost its grip on the people. We are never to give up preaching the gospel, “using words when necessary,” as the saying attributed to St. Francis of Assisi goes.


Family Mealtime Devotionals

From our July/August 2012 newsletter

Busy, busy, busy! Many families today are on the go so much that it’s hard to get everyone around the dinner table long enough to share a meal, let alone hold a meaningful conversation. If this describes your family, make the most of the times when you are together. Use these brief readings to grab everyone’s interest and get them interacting in lively, often hilarious, conversation! Click here to download the printable page (pdf).

If you enjoy these, there are more on Focus on the Family’s website – one for each week of the year!