Consistory – July 2015

(Note: Consistory does not meet in July, so there is no news)
Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
This summer is a time of change for Rockford Reformed Church. Do you like change? Sometimes change can be a little scary and makes us feel uncertain. Change can present challenges to our way of thinking and our behavior. It takes us out of our “comfort zone”, but can lead to blessings we never even dreamed of as well. God wants us to change. He wants us to change so our humanity becomes weaker and our Godliness becomes stronger. At the same time, His truths do not change. He is to be depended on and can be trusted. In our changing world, aren’t you glad that God is unchanging and faithful to us?


Adult Ministry – July 2015

The Adult Ministry Team met on July 7. Our team was joined by new members Pastor Paul Bradford and Luke Morgan. Pam Jacobs was also present and will be assisting us by researching topics that will support future planning.
During the summer months, we will be reviewing our church’s vision, purpose, and priorities that relate to adult ministries. By the Fall Festival, we hope to share a “big picture” look at the many adult ministry offerings at Rockford Reformed. We recognize the value in the many ministries that we already offer; we will be reviewing ideas to further develop a unity of purpose among ongoing and potential new ministries. We also hope to provide guidelines to assist leaders and potential participants through the maze of multiple ministry opportunities.
Rockford Reformed Church has always had many committed volunteers and staff to lead adult ministries. Starting in September, we are pleased that Bren Shantz will be leading one Sunday School class, and Polly and Kevin Johnson will be leading the other. During Pioneer Clubs on Wednesdays, Polly Johnson and Pastor Paul will each lead a session. More details will be available later in the summer, along with a class calendar.
We all feel energized since Pastor Paul joined our ministry team. We all have ideas to support and improve our church’s ministries, but seeking God’s will is our most important task. All of our ideas and planning are bathed in prayer. In all things, we are dependent on the grace of God and the work of the Holy Spirit among us. We ask that everyone continue to pray that everything at Rockford Reformed be done in humility, for the glory of God and the furtherance of his kingdom.


Youth Ministry – July 2015

A few reminders: The High School Bonfire is Wednesday, July 22 from 7-9pm at the Marsman’s house (9210 13 Mile Road). Also, the Middle and High School Lake Day is coming up on Thursday, August 6. If you are planning on going, please let Brian know. There is a signup list on the youth ministry board.
Needed: female small group leaders for our high schoolers. Please see Brian if you are interested.
Congregation: the youth groups are working on a few service projects later this summer. One of the projects is at Kids Food Basket, and we are hoping to gather some of the following items to take with us:
  • 100% Fruit Juice Box (less than 7 ounces)
  • Individual Fruit Cup or Pouch
  • Granola Bar
  • Small Raisin Box
  • Quart Size Bag
You can drop these off in the back of the sanctuary or in Brian’s office. Thank you!


Children’s Ministry – July 2015

If you didn’t make it to our Noise Night, you missed out! Even a small group of kids can make quite a lot of noise. In the end, the boys beat the girls, and Ethan Shantz was the overall winner for making the loudest noise. We will be having another fun event in August. More info to come!
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There’s still time to sign up for Vacation Bible School! It is Sunday-Wednesday, July 26-29, from 6-8pm. You can sign up online at


Missions – July 2015

Rockford Reformed Church will be hosting a booth at the Rockford Farmer’s Market downtown on Saturday, July 25. The Farmer’s Market is open from 8am-1pm and has built an amazing reputation as one of the Best Farmers Markets in America!
This year the Missions Team and the Outreach Team are joining together to raise money for our global missions efforts as well as spreading some love to our community. We will be selling baked good items that have been top sellers in the past such as brownies, cookies and cookie bars, and rice krispie treats!
We are in need of donations baked items to be dropped off at church on or before Friday, July 24 at 6pm. We would love to have your support and to see familiar faces of our RRC family by stopping by our booth and saying hello!


Outreach – July 2015

Photos from our first annual View From the Hill:
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Worship – July 2015


The search for our next Director of Worship is well underway. The team has now met three times. In partnership with Pastor Paul and the Admin. Board, we have successfully updated the job description and have begun a targeted search for candidates. We also have developed a set of first interview questions and are praying for 6-7 qualified candidates to meet with initially. Please join us in praying that God would make evident to us the person he has already chosen for this important role in our church.

Search team: Stephanie Bergman (chair), Brian Fleetham, Luke Morgan, Teresa Scholten, Tammy Bradford, and Eric Ringnalda.


Property – July 2015


Thank you to those doing outdoor maintenance in the garden, the lawn, and the flowers. Everything looks great! A few things under consideration right now:

  • lighting options in the Family Life Center
  • replacing faucets in the old kitchen and the utility room by the office
  • cooling/heating options in the Fellowship Hall