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Rockford Christmas Celebration

Friday, Dec 20, 2019 • 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 20th 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.


Christmas Eve Services

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 • 4 & 6 pm

Join us for a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 4pm or 6pm in the Sanctuary. Childcare available for kids Kindergarten and under (in the nursery). Special offering will be for the Benevolent Fund. Hot Chocolate Bar in between services!


MS Fundraiser Dinner

Sunday, November 10, 2019

In the gym at 12:15pm (after Sunday School)
 
The RRC Middle School Youth Group is hosting a Fundraiser Dinner on Sunday, November 10 in the gym following the Sunday School hour. Everyone is welcome! All proceeds of the dinner go towards middle school mission trips. Menu: chicken alfredo, lasagna, seasoned green beans, salad, garlic bread, apple cake, brownies


Discovery Class

Next class: Sunday, January 12 & 19, 2020, 5-7pm

If you are thinking about membership with Rockford Reformed Church, or if you just want to learn more about us, this class is for you! Attending class in no way obligates you to join. We will explain the basic beliefs and background of the Reformed Church in America and answer any questions regarding our worship, ministry, or doctrine. Dinner will be provided. Childcare available if needed. Registration required. Please contact the office (connect@rockfordrc.org, 616-866-2308) if you would like to participate.


Hymn Sing

Sunday, October 27, 2019 • 4-5pm

Join us on Sunday, October 27 at 4pm in the Sanctuary for a Hymn Sing! This event is for anyone who loves to sing praises to God!


Life Group Leader Training

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 • 7pm

Fireside Room 253, led by Pastor Tim
 
This training is open to anyone who at some point might consider starting another Life Group group or serving as a leader of a small group. Our aim is to connect all people in real gospel community. Come to learn, encourage, and challenge one another to know Jesus and share his love in deeper and more personal ways.


Consistory Nominations

Deadline for 2019 nominations is 12 noon on Monday, 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.
 
 


Harvest Hoedown

Saturday, October 19, 2019 • 4-8pm

You are invited to join us for a fun, free event in the RRC gym! We are having a Harvest Hoedown, complete with food, games, music, and dancing!
  • Square / line dancing DJ is coming in from 5-7pm. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to dance – the DJ will be teaching everyone the moves.
  • For those who come in western gear, we will be awarding trophies for best dressed – one adult and one child.
  • There will be lots of food – hot dogs, chips, salad, cupcakes, apple cider, and more.
Bring your friends and neighbors! We hope to see you there!


Flu Clinic

Wed, October 9, 2019 • 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?


Adult Sunday School

Sundays, 11:15am

Digging Deeper
Fireside Room #253
September 15, 2019 – May 3, 2020
 
Our Digging Deeper Sunday School is a series of discussions based on each Sunday’s sermon. Each week’s leader will guide you in conversation that will let you learn from each other, discuss what you can learn from the sermon on a deeper level, and help you grow in your understanding in how to carry out God’s purpose for your lives. Types of questions you might discuss are…
  • What were the main points or take-aways of the sermon?
  • What are some questions you have?
  • Did you have any “Aha!” moments during the sermon?
  • How has the sermon challenged you, affirmed what you have been thinking, comforted you, or changed you?
  • What will you plan to do to apply your take-aways into this week and beyond?
 
Several times throughout the year we will be inviting the High School group to join us as we work toward more cross-generational interaction in our programming.  Adults are also invited to join the High School Youth Group (Sundays, 6:30-8pm) on the following dates: Oct 6, Dec 8, Feb 23, and April 19.
 
Leader Schedule:
  • 9/15 – Karen Bazen
  • 9/22 – Eric Pilko
  • 9/29 – Jim Scholten
  • 10/6 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 10/13 – Kevin Johnson – meet in Room 250
  • 10/20 – Scott Jacobs – meet in Room 250
  • 10/27 – Eric Pilko – meet in Room 250
  • 11/3 – Jim Scholten (HS youth invited)
  • 11/10 – Kevin Johnson
  • 11/17 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 11/24 – Scott Jacobs
  • 12/1 – no class
  • 12/8 –
  • 12/15 – Meg DeVries
  • 12/22 – no class
  • 12/29 – no class
  • 1/5 – Eric Pilko
  • 1/12 – Jim Scholten (HS youth invited)
  • 1/19 – Kevin Johnson
  • 1/26 – Scott Jacobs
  • 2/2 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 2/9 – Eric Pilko
  • 2/16 – Jim Scholten
  • 2/23 – Kevin Johnson
  • 3/1 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 3/8 – Scott Jacobs
  • 3/15 – Eric Pilko (HS youth invited)
  • 3/22 – Jim Scholten
  • 3/29 – Kevin Johnson
  • 4/5 – no class
  • 4/12 – no class
  • 4/19 – Ryan DeKuiper
  • 4/26 – Scott Jacobs
  • 5/3 –