Adult Ministry – January 2016


At the Adult Ministries Team meeting on January 7, Karen Bazen agreed to assume leadership of the team. Primary responsibilities of the team include Wednesday and Sunday adult ministry offerings and coordination of Life Groups. The team also discussed the formation of a Women’s Ministry team to coordinate special women’s events for Lent, Christmas, etc. If you are interested in volunteering for this team, please contact Karen Bazen or another team member.

With the January 3 Winter Festival and Concert of Prayer, a new season of Wednesday night and Sunday morning adult classes began. Bren Shantz is teaching a Sunday class on the Portraits of Jesus based on the four gospels. He is sharing the historical and cultural background that brings greater understanding to Jesus’ actions and teachings. Please feel free to join this class any time that works for your schedule.

On Wednesdays at 6:45, there are two class offerings. A women’s class is taught by Polly Johnson, and a coed class on the book of Hebrews is taught by Pastor Paul Bradford. See the calendar on the church’s website for more details.

Life groups have expanded. We have made more progress toward our goal of full congregational participation in a weekly life group during at least one 10 week session each year. In order to meet the needs of more individuals and families, some groups meet every other week or monthly. One of the current groups includes newcomers to Rockford Reformed Church. All life groups have been using Sunday sermon topics as a basis for discussion. Groups stress relationship building with God and with other group members. Watch for announcements about the formation of new life groups this spring.

As time goes on, the Adult Ministry team plans to continue to emphasize outreach into our community.

“What IF we lived like Jesus?” Ladies, join with women around the world to participate in the simulcast of IF: Gathering 2016. Listen to speakers, share in conversation, and worship together – all while wrestling with the question, “What IF we lived like Jesus?” The IF: Gathering seeks to gather, equip, and unleash this generation of women to live out God’s calling on their lives.

  • IF: Grand Rapids – Remembrance Church
  • 4575 Remembrance Rd, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
  • Friday, February 5, 6 – 9:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 6, 8:30 am – 6 pm

Dessert will be served on Friday evening. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be served on Saturday. IF: Gathering asks that you provide a donation (minimum $1) toward their organization, and you are also able to provide a donation to Remembrance Church to help cover the costs of hosting the event ($20 suggested donation). Please register by January 31. For more information and to register, go to: or contact Betsy Miedema, 616.453.7700×20 or