Consistory – December 2015


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Celebrate the birth of our Savior with Christmas Eve worship at our Candlelight Services on December 24 at 4pm & 6pm. Childcare will be provided for children second grade and younger.

Results of Our Annual Congregational Meeting

Our annual Congregational Meeting was held on December 6.  The 2016 Budget was approved. We selected new Elders and Deacons. The new Administrative Elder is Megan DeVries; the new Shepherd Elders are Luke Morgan and Jason Vergouwe; and the new Service Deacons are Chad Kleis (1-year term), Emillie Clayton, and Peter Jolliffe. The new office holders will be installed during the January 3, 2016 worship services.

Thank You to the Outgoing Elders and Deacons!

We thank the elders and deacons who have faithfully served our congregation. Outgoing Administrative Elder is Wilma Nelson, who has served more than a few years! Shepherd Elders finishing their terms are Megan DeVries – though she will transition to Administrative Elder, and Karen Bazen. We also say goodbye to Service Deacons Wally Glaza, Laura Jolliffe, and Nate Jennings.

Are you “New” to Rockford Reformed?

Then you’re invited to join the Pastor for lunch! Perhaps you have come to RRC several times to “check us out” or perhaps you already know you want to become a member of our church.  Pastor Paul and his wife, Tammy, will be hosting a lunch in the Fireside Room after the second worship service periodically. The first lunch is December 13. The group will enjoy fellowship together and discuss any questions you have about the church.

Communion Frequency Changing

Beginning in February, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month, as a reminder and observance of Christ’s sacrifice for us. We will alternate the traditional serving of Communion with intinction, where the bread is dipped into the cup.

Online Giving is Now Available!

Online giving is an easy way to give if you are on vacation or out of town, or even if you want the convenience, and RRC now has it available. You have the option of setting up recurring donations or making a one-time donation. Check it out!  Look for the Online Giving logo on the church website,

Staff and Consistory Leadership Workshop Coming Up

On January 16, the Consistory, Staff, Ministry Team Directors, and Ridder Team members will attend a leadership workshop at Lincoln Lake Camp in Gowen. Andrew Bossardet, the RCA Coordinator for Equipping Thriving Congregations, will be the keynote speaker.

Joshua Rupp is our Interim Worship Director

Joshua Rupp began work as our Interim Worship Director in November and plans to continue with us at least through Easter if no permanent Worship Director is found before that time. If you haven’t had an opportunity to meet Josh yet, please stop and say hello to him after the service.


Adult Ministry – December 2015


Luke Morgan is the new leader of the adult ministries team. At this time, the primary responsibilities of the committee include finding leaders to teach adult Sunday School and adult Wednesday groups. The committee is also available as a resource for other RRC adult ministries.

On January 3, there will be a Concert of Prayer to celebrate and ask God’s blessing on a new season of church ministries. On Sunday mornings at 10:00, Bren Shantz will teach a class about the four portraits of Jesus, based on the four gospels. On Wednesday evenings at 6:45, Polly Johnson will continue to teach a women’s class using Andy Stanley DVDs. Concurrently, Pastor Paul Bradford will be leading a Discovery Life Group for newcomers.

Also on January 3, there will be a Winter Festival to introduce church-wide winter ministry offerings. Information and sign-up sheets will be available regarding ongoing and new Life Groups. Everyone in the congregation is strongly encouraged to participate in at least one 10-week session in a Life Group to facilitate personal spiritual growth and to build Biblically based relationships with other members and attendees at Rockford Reformed Church.

Details of winter adult ministry offerings will be shared via email, newsletters, church service bulletins and announcements. 


Youth Ministry – December 2015


Hello congregation, I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. Please read over the following information about what is going on in the youth ministry.

What’s Coming Up?


  • Youth Group meets on Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8:00pm
  • Girls Bible Study (Middle & High School) on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:00pm at Family Fare Starbucks
  • No Youth Group on December 16, 23, or 30
  • Winter Retreat is January 22 – 24


  • Youth Group meets on Sunday nights from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Girls Bible Study (Middle & High School) on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm at Family Fare Starbucks
  • No Youth Group: December 20, December 27, and January 3
  • Winter Retreat is February 26 – 28

Winter Retreats! 2016 Winter Retreats will be at Spring Hill Camp in Evart, MI. Activities include an indoor pool with water slides, broomball, tubing, indoor athletic courts, and so much more!

MIDDLE SCHOOL:  Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24

*Total cost is $100. To sign up, a $50 deposit is due Sunday, December 20.

HIGH SCHOOL:  Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28

*Total cost is $100. To sign up, a $50 deposit is due Wednesday, January 27.

Parent’s Tip: If you have the time please consider taking a few hours to serve our community as a family. This time of year can be very tough on some families in our community. If you are looking for suggestions please feel free to contact me.

What We’re Studying: The Bible is a big story about how God rescues His people. God loves us and through the Old and New Testaments, He has a good news message for us. RRCYM is working through a study called “Continuum” where we are learning about the story of the Bible and what it means for our lives. It is an 8 week series that digs into these main points:

  1. In the beginning a good God created a good world that reflected how good He is.
  2. When sin entered the world, everything was broken, but God didn’t abandon His creation.
  3. God initiated a promise with His people even though they didn’t deserve it.
  4. No matter what Israel did or didn’t do, God never deserted His people or His promise.
  5. God fulfilled what He promised in Jesus, who demonstrated a new way to live.
  6. Jesus gave His life to rescue those who put their faith in Him.
  7. Jesus Christ defeating death proved God had a plan since the beginning.
  8. Jesus’ followers shared His message of love with the world.


Children’s Ministry – December 2015


We are sharing praises this month! RRC filled 104 shoes boxes for Operation Christmas Child. KidLife has quite a large “sock pile” to donate to North Kent Community Center. Pioneer Clubs kids made 6 tie-blankets and donated them to D.A. Blodgett St. John’s. They also made Christmas cards for the residents at Bishop Hills. Kids love to give, and it’s apparent when we do outreach activities such as these.

“Simply Christmas! Kids” Is Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00pm for simple supper and 6:45pm program. Kids need to arrive by 6:30 to the Fellowship Hall. “Dressy casual” is what we are asking the kids to wear, since only a few kids have costumes this year.

Reminder: there will be No Sunday school on December 27 & January 3. Merry Christmas!

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14


Outreach – December 2015


Bless someone this Christmas with a small act of kindness:

The Outreach Influence Team is hoping that Rockford Reformed Church will overwhelm our community this Christmas season with 500 acts of kindness. On the table in the back of the sanctuary are 500 “Just Because Cards.” The cards include a brief note to brighten someone’s day, along with contact information and an invitation to worship with us. Please take as many as you want and hand them out with a small gift.

Ideas for blessing someone with a “Just Because Card”

  • Leave it with a personal note and a large tip for your server at a restaurant.
  • Give one to a cashier along with purchasing their favorite candy bar.
  • Give one to the person behind you in line at the grocery store along with some flowers.
  • Give one to the person ahead of you at Starbucks along with paying for their coffee.
  • Give one to a teller at the bank along with a small gift.
  • Leave one in your mailbox along with a small gift for the mail carrier.
  • Give one to someone at the dollar store along with a dollar or two.

Rockford Santa Parade small act of kindness:

On Saturday, December 5 Rockford Reformed Church was able to bless the children in our community at Rockford’s Santa Parade. Members of the Outreach Influence Team passed out approximately 900 bags for candy, along with a candy cane and a poem telling the story of Christ love for each us. The bag also included the message “Jesus loves you”,  along with our church’s name, address, and contact information.