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Loving Others Toward Christ

Sermon Series: Loving Others Toward Christ

Jesus has called us to bring people to saving faith in him. We bring people to Jesus by loving people to Jesus. People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care. If we are to be a church that brings people to Christ, we must have amazing hospitality. We also need to be there for those who don’t know Jesus, caring for them in love right where they live. And, yes, we also need to know how to share the good news of Jesus in a loving and compelling way. Join us as we dive into this important series: Loving Others Toward Christ.
 
  • February 19 – “Being Hospitable” – Hebrews 13:2
  • February 26 – “Being There” – Luke 10:25–37
  • March 5 – “Being Good News” – Matthew 5:14-16


The Seven Churches of Revelation

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Sermon Series: The Seven Churches of Revelation

 
Jesus has a dream for His Church. He knows what he wants. He wants a Church in love with Him, on fire, unstained by the world, faithful, authentic, full of faith, and filled with the Holy Spirit. He reveals this desire to the Apostle John with thunderous words in a spectacular vision. It’s all recorded in the Revelation of John, chapters two and three. Join us as we look into the heart of Jesus for us!
 
  • January 1 – “Loving Jesus” – Ephesus – Revelation 2:1-7
  • January 8 – “Faithful Through the Fire” – Smyrna – Revelation 2:8-11
  • January 15 – “In the World but not Of the World” – Pergamum – Revelation 2:12-17
  • January 22 – “Overcoming Through Obedience” – Thyatira – Revelation 2:18-29
  • January 29 – “Authentic and Alive” – Sardis – Revelation 3:1-6
  • February 5 – “Pursuing God’s Best in Faith” – Philadelphia – Revelation 3:7-13
  • February 12 –  “Finding Life in Christ Alone” – Laodicea – Revelation 3:14-22


Magi Tree

Items due December 11, 2016

Our Magi Tree is back in the lobby! Every year, North Kent Community Services takes donations to distribute to the many area families who need assistance. Pick a star off the tree for item suggestions, or bring in a suggested item from the list below. Please bring the items to church (unwrapped) by Sunday, December 11, 2016. Thank you for helping your neighbors in need!
 
Suggested items:
  • pajamas
  • socks
  • underwear
  • bath towels, dish towels
  • bedding, pillows
  • winter coats
  • pants
  • boots


Candy Cane Commitment

candy-cane-treeStop by the lobby and pick up a candy cane to remind you of your commitment to pray for and support Jorvens financially.
 
Thank you for your continued love and support of Jorvens. Jorvens came to the states this past summer and was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. He began treatment shortly thereafter, and the cancer is now 98% gone! Jorvens is very close to  being in complete remission. Although Jorvens lost his sight, he has not lost his zest for life. He brings joy to everyone he encounters and his story continues to touch the hearts of people near and far. You can read about Jorvens’ journey here.
 
God has a plan for Jorvens, and we are a part of that plan. We are hoping that RRC can help see this mission through. Thanks to your previous givings, all of the emergency medical costs have been covered. We are now in the phase of paying for the cost of the ongoing treatments, estimated to be $50,000. We would like to continue using our benevolent fund to pay for the remainder of Jorvens’ medical bills and to secure a safe and smooth transition when he returns to Haiti in May or June of 2017.
 
We are not in this alone; other organizations and individuals that have been touched by Jorvens’ story are actively raising funds this December as well. Please consider making a special offering in December. You can designate your gift to Jorvens in the memo line of your check or on your envelope. If you have questions on the tax-deductibility of your donation, please ask for a copy of our Benevolent Fund Policy. Please make checks out to Rockford Reformed Church.
 
Thank you, and know that you are playing a significant role in the life of one of His children!


A Christmas Carol

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Sermon Series: A Christmas Carol

Few songs express the longings and dreams of the human heart like the songs of Advent and Christmas. Many of these songs are filled with scriptural imagery and truth. Each week this Advent season we are going to take an in-depth look at a classic Christmas Carol. As we delve into the truths embedded in these carols, these beautiful songs will take on an even deeper and richer meaning, and bring greater joy not only to this season, but to your lives as well.
 
The songs we’ll be discussing include:
  • Come, O Come Emmanuel (November 27)
  • Let all mortal flesh keep silence (December 4)
  • Joy to the World (December 11)
  • Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (December 18)
  • What Child is This? (December 23 Candlelight Service)
  • Come Let Us Adore Him (December 25 Christmas Service)


Thanksgiving Challenge

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40 Day Thanksgiving and Joy Challenge

Thanksgiving is a chosen perspective and an essential spiritual discipline which, put into practice, will transform our lives. The challenge: for 40 days choose joy and thanksgiving. The 40 days begins November 21 and ends New Year’s Eve, December 31. During this time:
  • Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and repeat daily. I’d encourage you to repeat the verse several times throughout the day, beginning when you first awake in the morning, and ending when you lay down at night.
  • Continually give thanks and rejoice for who God is and for all he has done for us. “Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5)
  • Begin or end every prayer you pray with heartfelt thanksgiving.
On New Year’s Eve discuss with your family how the Thanksgiving and Joy Challenge has impacted your life. If you live alone, discuss the impact with a friend or journal the impact before the Lord.


Thanksgiving Baskets

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Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

On Sunday, November 13, there will be bags available, provided by North Kent Community Services, for you to take and fill with food item donations. The donations need to be back to church by Sunday, November 20.
 
This year we have set a goal for 150 frozen turkeys. We don’t have room to store that many at church, so if possible, please bring them to church on November 20. We will have people in the parking lot ready to pack up the donated items and take them to North Kent. Other items can be placed in the lobby any time before November 20.
 
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Family Movie

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Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 • 3:30pm

Takes place in the sanctuary. Movie begins promptly at 3:30. Popcorn provided!

Owlegories – The Sun, The Seed, The Water
Who is the creator of the universe? Follow these curious owlets as they seek the answer! On the first day of class, the fledglings explore the desert to learn how The Sun is like God. While visiting a park, they discover that faith grows like a Seed. Then they dive into a lesson revealing how the Source of life is similar to Water.
 
Owlegories is an animated series that teaches kids about God through the amazing things found in nature and revealed in God’s word.


Griffins Game

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Friday, Nov 11, 2016 • 6-9:45pm

  • Who: 6-8 grade students
  • What: Grand Rapids Griffins Game
  • Cost: Free!
  • How to sign up: Turn in an event form by Sunday, November 6. This event is ticket-based, so please make sure your slip is turned in on time.


Women’s Retreat

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Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2016

 
Ladies, are you looking for an inspiring and relaxing weekend, away from the pull of kids and the demands of work and home? After a busy summer, a bit of time away may be just what you need. You are invited to a Women’s Retreat at SpringHill Camp (Evart, MI) September 30-October 2.
 
The weekend starts at 6pm Friday night and ends at 2pm on Sunday. Over the weekend you will hear speaker Micca Campbell, a noted speaker from Proverbs31 Ministries, and enjoy singing praises with other women under the direction of worship leader Jaime Jamgochian, a musician from Nashville, TN. In your free time, have fun riding the zipline, riding the trails, or playing paintball. Or you can just enjoy the quiet outdoor setting by yourself or with a group of friends.
 
All housing has electricity and bathrooms nearby. Cost is $165 ($50 deposit due September 11) and includes meals, housing, and retreat materials.
 
You can check out Spring Hill’s website for details on the retreat. Questions about the retreat can be directed to SpringHill at 231-734-2616.
 
If you are interested in going, please sign up (in the lobby or online) and submit your $50 deposit to Lori VerMerris or Karen Bazen by September 11 so we can reserve your spot. Please make checks out to Rockford Reformed Church and write “Women’s SpringHill Retreat” on the memo line.
 
If we get 15 or more signups, a discount of $15 per person will be applied once the registration has been processed by the camp, so be sure to invite friends and family!
 
If this retreat is something you feel God has placed before you to attend, but due to financial hardships cannot attend, please see a deacon to discuss if funds are available to make attendance possible.
 
Any questions? Contact Lori VerMerris or Karen Bazen.