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LVL

Leadership / Vision / Life

From Pastor Tim: I do a lot of study/reading/listening through scripture, books, articles, blogs, and lectures with our church, you, and your family in mind. As I do so, I come across gems that I REALLY WISH you all could read/absorb. I often send the best of these to consistory and staff but I don’t want to flood everybody’s inbox. LVL stands for Leadership, Vision, Life. And so many of the articles and my own reflections, etc. would revolve around developing leaders, understanding God’s vision for us, and how we can make progress in the Christian life — with topics such as Bible study, parenting, and how the gospel changes us. The frequency of these emails would vary but there would likely be several each month. You can always opt out at any time. Let Laura know if you want to be a part of this list and she will get you set up.
 


Hymn Sing

Sunday, May 5, 2019 • 4pm

Join us on Sunday, May 5 at 4pm in the Sanctuary for a Hymn Sing! This event is for anyone who loves to sing praises to God!


MS Fundraiser Dinner

Sunday, October 28, 2018

In the gym at 12:15pm (after Sunday School)
 
The RRC Middle School Youth Group is hosting a Fundraiser Dinner on Sunday, October 28 in the gym following the Sunday School hour. Everyone is welcome! All proceeds of the dinner go towards middle school mission trips. Menu: ham, twice baked potatoes, corn, green beans, salad, rolls, apple crisp.


Rockford Christmas Celebration

Friday, Dec 14, 2018 • 7:00-9:00pm

  • Christmas caroling gathers at Rockford Baptist Church from 6:30–6:45pm Caroling begins at 6:50pm.
  • Nativity scene located at Speed Merchants Bicycle Shop. Foretelling of Jesus’ birth begins at 7pm.
  • Free refreshments available for all at Rockford United Methodist Church, 7-8pm.
RRC members are invited to join local residents and guests in celebrating our Savior’s birth at the “Rockford Christmas Celebration & Live Nativity” to be held in downtown Rockford. The event takes place on Friday, December 14th from 7:00-9:00pm at Speed Merchants Bicycle Shop. Those wishing to be a part of the caroling event are asked to meet at Rockford Baptist Church by 6:45pm to walk down E. Bridge Street to the nativity. Please bring a battery operated candle, flashlight, or your cell phone to carry as you walk. Additional information can be found here.


Spark in the Dark

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

6-8pm in the gym
 
Join us for our 4th annual Spark in the Dark party the week before Halloween! There will be games, food, prizes, candy, and more! Invite your friends and family! Costumes welcome.
 
Note: This is not a “normal” KidLife Club night – we are not meeting in separate groups and leaders are not responsible for watching the children. We want this to be a family event, so come join your kids for a night of fun! It’s also a great time to invite friends and neighbors to RRC. Hot dogs will be available along with other snacks. If you have any questions, please call 866-2308 or email connect@rockfordrc.org.
 


Consistory Nominations

Deadline for 2018 nominations is 12 noon on Sunday, September 30.
Up for nomination: 2 Shepherd Elders and 2 Service Deacons
 
Every year members of RRC have the opportunity to nominate fellow members to the Consistory, our governing body made up of 6 Shepherd Elders, 6 Service Deacons, and the Administrative Board. When we follow biblical teaching toward choosing who should serve as elders and deacons, your nominations must involve a careful and thoughtful evaluation of whether the candidates demonstrate biblical criteria and specific gifts and abilities. Below is a list of qualifications and criteria for these roles:
 
Biblical and General Qualifications of an Elder or Deacon (see 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1)
  • Demonstrates spiritual maturity in personal devotional life, family life and leadership within the congregation.
  • Is respectable and has a good testimony within the church and community with regard to integrity, sincerity, and character.
  • Passionate for and actively participating toward RRC’s vision, mission, and ministry.
  • Committed to knowing, believing, applying, and living out the truths of the gospel.
  • Biblical qualifications specific to an elder include being self-controlled, gentle, not quarrelsome or quick-tempered, hospitable, able to teach, disciplined, not a lover of money, loves what is good.
  • Gifts specific to an elder may include leadership, wisdom, faith, intercession, knowledge, and exhortation.
  • Gifts specific to a deacon may include mercy, hospitality, service, leadership, wisdom, and faith.
 
Specific Role of Shepherd Elder
  • Provide pastoral care through visits and personal contacts
  • Oversee membership changes
  • Exercise discipline according to Scripture and the Book of Church Order
  • Schedule and administer the sacraments
  • All elders watch over the life and maturity of the members
  • All elders are tasked with watching over one another, the deacons, and pastor, and making certain that what is taught and preached is in accord with Scripture
 
Specific Role of Service Deacon
  • Promote generous Christian stewardship
  • Approve priorities for special offerings
  • Oversee distribution of Helping Hands Fund to members in need
  • Provide for the collection and counting of offerings
  • Promote and be involved in RCA Diaconal Ministries
  • Challenge the congregation with new service ministries
 
Each communicant member of Rockford Reformed Church can fill out one nomination form. You can find the form in the back of the sanctuary. Completed forms can be placed in the box at the back of the sanctuary. You can also email your nominations directly to the front office.
 
A list of those eligible for nomination can be found with the nomination forms in the back of the sanctuary. Those currently on consistory are ineligible, as are all RRC staff. Spouses cannot serve on consistory at the same time.
 


Missions Donation Bin

Spring 2019

We are currently collecting the following items. They can be placed in the giant wooden crate in the lobby:
  • North Kent Connect: cereal & oatmeal
  • The Other Way: crackers & juice boxes
 
Throughout the year, we collect donation items for various community ministries such as North Kent Connect and Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs. Signs in the lobby will tell you what items we are currently looking for.


Flu Clinic

Wed, October 10, 2018 • 5-6:30pm

In Room 141 (next to the gym)
 
Offered by the Spectrum Health Continuing Care Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). For your health and the safety of others, the best way to prevent the spreading of flu is to get your flu shot. This is especially true if you spend time with the young or elderly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone older than six months be vaccinated for the flu. Spectrum Health provides a number of convenient ways for you and your family to get vaccinated, including this clinic at Rockford Reformed Church.
 
Questions?


REAL Men

Every other Friday, 7am, Arnie’s Restaurant

REAL exists to strengthen our relationship with Christ and with each other by authentically sharing our faith journey so we all can be encouraged and grow in our faith.
 
REAL is a group that strives to create authentic and meaningful relationships among men and that desires a deeper relationship with Christ. It is a group that believes God is actively working in our lives, and that we all have a story that He wants us to tell. It is not a Bible study or an accountability group, and it is not exclusive to RRC, so invite others! Each meeting will feature a speaker. See below for the current schedule.
 
Note: Starting in January, we will be meeting at Arnie’s Restaurant, 34 S Squires St, downtown Rockford. The restaurant isn’t open at that time, so we have the place to ourselves. Coffee and refreshments provided.
 

Goals

  • Relationship – God created to us to be in fellowship, and when we share in life, we experience the fullness of the life he created for us.
  • Encouragement – God has enriched our lives with experiences that are not just for us. The blessings and tribulations of our lives are also intended to enrich the lives of others.
  • Authenticity – We are perfectly loved by God and our need for acceptance is found in Him alone. This frees us to express ourselves as who we are, not as who we wish we were.
  • Love – With humility and grace towards others as God does with each of us.
 

Summer 2019 Schedule

  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9


Bible Studies – Wednesdays

Wednesdays • 6:45-8:00pm

Growing Together
A biblical approach to fruitful ministry in the body of Christ
Fireside Room 253
Begins February 27, 2019
 
What does fruitful interpersonal ministry look like? This 6-week video study explores six ways we grow together as the body of Christ:
  • By expressing true need for God and for others
  • By combining knowledge of people with knowledge of Scripture
  • By praying in ways that connect actual human need to the promises of God
  • By understanding the centrality of friendship in the Christian life
  • By keeping a close watch on ourselves in pursuit of integrity
  • By maturing together as each of us puts the Spirit’s gifts to work so that we grow up into the likeness of Christ
  • Learn more here
What Makes You Happy
by Andy Stanley
Women’s Study Led by Polly Johnson, Room 250
Begins January 9, 2019
 
Everybody wants to be happy. Everybody is on a happiness quest. For many, happiness is measured in moments. Experiences. It’s elusive. Unsustainable. What about you? What makes you happy? Something comes to mind for each of us. We are often tempted to believe that happiness comes from acquiring things, but happiness is actually an outcome of what we sow in our lives. We can’t acquire, consume, or exercise our way to happiness, but we may be able to serve and volunteer our way there. In the end, we find that if we live as if it’s all about us, we will never be happy.