Adult Ministry – July 2015

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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.

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Adult Ministry – June 2015

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It is the start of summer, but the Adult Ministries Committee is already thinking about Fall and what classes will be offered for the Sunday School hour and for Wednesday night studies. We want to give opportunities for people to grow in the knowledge of Christ and in fellowship with other Christians.

Volunteers for teaching some of the classes have graciously come forward and we anticipate offering a variety of class topics. If you are not already in a small dinner or Bible study group, there will be an opportunity to join one, so be thinking about that. You will be able to sign up for classes and activities at the Fall Festival, planned for September 13.

As a new committee, we are determining the scope of groups/activities for our committee to oversee. Our church has many groups and activities and we distinguished between outreach activities and social activities before coming up with the following:

  • Wednesday adult groups
  • Small groups – dinner and Bible study
  • Adult fellowship group & singles group
  • Men’s prayer breakfast
  • Men’s mentoring group
  • Saturday men’s and boy’s group
  • Women’s Bible study – several groups
  • Women’s lenten morning
  • Community ladies day
  • Church library

If you are a leader for one of these groups, our committee would like to be a resource for you, to help promote the group and, if needed, help find study materials. We also want to be aware of what each group is teaching – the topic or name of the book, etc., when you meet, and how to join the group. When new people come to church, we want to be able to “plug them” into a group if they desire that. Knowing who to contact and what is being taught would help us to do that. One of the committee will be connecting with the leaders of each group this summer. Please let us know if we can help you. 

Colossians 1:9-11 (NIV)

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…


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Adult Ministry – April 2015

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Welcome to Jim Scholten and Lisa Vergouwe who join Karen and Bazen and Nancy Steenwyk (consistory liason members) on the newly formed Adult Ministry Team. The scope of this team is still evolving, but we are certainly available to support existing adult ministries and actively provide leadership of the Sunday morning and Wednesday evening adult education offerings. We also plan to expand our Care Group small group offerings. The team will coordinate with the Outreach Team as appropriate in order to be a blessing to our Rockford community as well as to our own members. Our team members welcome any feedback that will help us nurture our adult ministry efforts.
 
Please take the time to review the many adult ministry opportunities that we already have in place and are described in church emails. There are many quality Bible studies and events with a variety of meeting times and purposes. There is something for everyone to help us grow in the knowledge of God’s Word and the fellowship of believers. Contact the church office if you do not receive email and wish to receive paper updates instead.

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Workshop Updates

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Workshop Session 2

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Workshop Session 1

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Adult Ministry – March 2015

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First of all, “Thank you!” to all of the women who planned the Women’s Lenten Breakfast on March 7! It was a blessing to be able to participate in this type of event. As we focused on the character of Christ in this period of Lent, we could – and can – appreciate more the gift of salvation and grow in love for the Giver for so lavish a gift.
 
On April 18, the Ladies Day will be another opportunity for women to gather for a time of fellowship and fun, anchored with speaker Ruth Hansen. It is half a day on a Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. and going through lunch (12:30 p.m.), so forget the chores at home and plan on attending. Don’t forget to invite a couple friends, as this is a community event.
 
Ruth Hansen, Linda Van Houten’s mother, will be speaking about “Refreshing your Heart, Mind, and Spirit” as well as “Thriving in the Lord” – two speaking/discussion sessions. Some of the fun breakout sessions are: Freezer Meals (Audrey Shantz & Trisha VanStensel), Painting on Canvas (Karen Halbersma), Candle Making (Kimberly Tuttle), Essential Oils (Laura Aulbach), and Relax & Refresh (Beth Jennings, Rachel DeKuiper, & Megan DeVries). Lori VerMerris may still need discussion facilitators and a pianist, so please contact her if you can help out. Click here to register online.
 
The Saturday Series is for “the guys” (both big and small), and meets the first and third Saturdays of the month. Men and their sons share the time in the Family Life Center from 7-8:30 a.m., eating a hearty breakfast and then having a stimulating discussion and growing in Christ. They may meet through the summer but haven’t made any specific plans yet. Usually 6-8 men have attended on a given weekend. The 5 boys who have come usually play in the gym while the men meet. The discussion topics have been about cultural and familial messages relating to masculinity, looking specifically at men’s roles in the church, some time talking about discipleship, and an in-depth study of Galatians. Upcoming studies likely will be 1 and 2 Thessalonians and/or 1 and 2 Corinthians. If you haven’t come out for this yet, the invitation is always open. If you have any questions, see Bren Shantz.
 
Don’t forget the Church Library and the Puzzle Room! As winter is not quite over, you can enjoy a good book or a challenging puzzle on these cold nights. The library is for anyone who attends RRC, not members only. You are asked to sign the materials out – don’t just take them, as that is the only way Melanie Matthews, the librarian, keeps track of what is out and for how long. Please return the items within a couple of weeks so others can enjoy them as well. Book categories are: Christian Living, Teen, Children, Bible, Bible Reference, Non-fiction, Fiction, Biography, and Marriage.
 
New fiction to the library:
  • The Third Target, by Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Twisted Innocence, by Terri Blackstock
  • Where Truth Lies, by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan – book 2 in the Return to the Canadian West series
  • Movie: Noah’s Ark – Veggie Tales
 
The puzzle room is the brainchild of Bill Stadt. All the puzzles are contained in the room across from the library and operates similarly to “give a penny/get a penny” you see at the stores. People contribute and people use – no sign ins or outs – no inventory – no church money involved – just an opportunity for a fun challenge when you open each box.

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The Cross: A Revelation of Christ’s Character

Submitted by Pam Jacobs • Here is a recap of the Women’s Lenten Morning. Read more…

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Frustrated, Incomplete, Disappointed

A message from Luke Morgan to those in the Spiritual Formation: Growing in Christ Sunday School Class:

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Adult Ministry – February 2015

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The Adult Ministries Team is in the organizing stage, with members of the group to be finalized in March and April. In the meantime, there are some upcoming events for women, and we are thankful for people willing to use their talents to organize events like these. We encourage all women to take advantage of attending at least one of these events. Look for additional information on our website or at the info desk.
 
Women’s Lenten Morning: The Cross – A Revelation of Christ’s Character
Saturday, March 7 • 9-10:30am in the Fireside Room
For this Lenten program, we will wean our eyes away from ourselves and focus on the attributes of Christ as revealed in His word. Throughout the morning, we will get to know Christ better, increase our trust in His promises, and learn to take on His character as we live in the power of His Holy Spirit. All the women in your life (teens and up) are encouraged to attend!More information can be found at the info desk or on our website (rockfordreformedchurch.org/womens-lenten-morning).
 
Celebrating Women’s Leadership in the Church
Friday, March 13 • Western Theological Seminary
This full-day retreat will celebrate, empower, and encourage women. We will leave this day with tangible next steps on how to be co-creators with God and the broader church in the ongoing work of transformation, mission, and leadership. Co-leaders Rev. Liz Testa, the RCA’s coordinator for women’s transformation and leadership, and spiritual director Ms. Lesley Mazzotta will be joined by guest speakers Dr. Carol Bechtel, Rev. Denise Kingdom-Grier, and Rev. Jessica Shults. More information and a registration link is available on Western Theological Seminary’s Journey page (westernsem.edu/journey).
 
Ladies’ Day Event
Saturday, April 18
Last year was a first for this type of event that had a little of everything. For half a day, women can sing together, pray together, and learn together with an inspirational speaker and breakout sessions. If you would like to get involved, please contact Lori VerMerris. Look for more details on this next month.

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