Worship – February 2016

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RRC welcomes our new Worship Director, Micheal Fisk! We are very thankful that our long search has come to a close. A big thank you goes out to Stephanie Bergman, who led the search, and to her entire team – Brian Fleetham, Teresa Scholten, Eric Ringnalda, Luke Morgan, and Tammy Bradford – for their hours of diligent effort!
 
Mike’s first Sunday leading will be February 28. Joshua Rupp, as interim Worship Director, will continue to lead until then. Thank you, Joshua, for stepping in during the vacancy and sharing your gifts and passion for worship with us. 
 
We’re excited to have Mike on board. Though only 28, he has been leading worship for a decade. He has a genuine love for the Lord, proficiency in music, a good knowledge of technology, and a warm, gracious spirit. Mike’s wife Melissa will be a wonderful blessing to our church family as well. Both are from CRC backgrounds. Melissa’s parents have been missionaries in Mexico where she grew up (she’s fluent in Spanish). They have an infant son, Matthew. 
 
We look forward with anticipation to what God will continue to do through Worship at RRC and through Mike as he begins to lead us!

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Worship – January 2016

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The Worship Search Team continues to press forward in our process. We currently have three candidates we are engaged with. All three have humbling gifts and passion for Kingdom work and regardless of who ultimately joins the team at RRC, we’re so grateful to have been able to meet and engage each of these individuals. We ask for your continued prayers for our team that the Holy Spirit would direct us in this process. We continue to be abundantly thankful to Joshua for his willingness to share his gifts and talents with RRC in this season and for all of the awesome volunteers who tirelessly give their time each week to help usher us into worship on Sunday mornings. If you have any questions about the search, please do not hesitate to contact me at stephanie.l.bergman@gmail.com.


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Worship – November 2015

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The Worship Search Team has been interviewing two interim worship director candidates to fill our short term need. Both candidates are qualified and excited about RRC and we hope to have a decision made soon.

In regards to our search for a full time Director of Worship: the resumes are pouring in as we have opened this search up to a wider audience than we did in the first phase of our process. There are a few candidates that we are excited about interviewing based on their passions for worship, gifts, and skills set.

Our team asks that the RRC family would continue to pray for candidates who are considering whether or not RRC could be their church home and for our team to have clarity, wisdom, and encouragement moving forward in this search process. Our thanks is also expressed to all the worship team members who continue to step in and lead us in meaningful, Christ-centered worship each week during this time of transition.


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Worship – October 2015

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The Worship Director Search Committee presented their recommended candidate for hire to consistory at their meeting on October 13. Consistory voted unanimously in their approval of the presented candidate. Please join us in thanking God for His faithfulness in this process thus far, and continue to join with us in prayer as the candidate considers the offer we’ve presented.
 
On behalf of the Search Committee, I’d like to express my thanks to Bren Shantz and the rest of the invaluable members of our worship ministry. Their dedication to leading us in Christ-centered worship during the past 6 months of our search has been such an encouragement. I would also like to publicly express my thanks to the individual members of the Search Committee – Eric Ringnalda, Teresa Scholten, Brian Fleetham, Tammy Bradford, Luke Morgan and Pastor Paul – for the time, energy, prayers, and wisdom they poured into me and this process. To God be the glory. -Stephanie Bergman, Chair

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Worship – September 2015

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The search for our next Worship Director continues. We have successfully interviewed a variety of candidates and feel confident in the candidates we have selected for second-round interviews. Pastor Paul will join us for the second interviews and the meetings will take place within the next 2 weeks. We are prayerfully seeking God’s direction for us and hope that you will join us in praying that God would make it abundantly clear to us which of the candidates He has already chosen for the church. If you have any questions or would like to talk in more detail about the process, please do not hesitate to reach out to Stephanie Bergman at church on Sundays or by email/phone during the week: stephanie.l.bergman@gmail.com or 616-901-1429. 

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Worship – August 2015

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The search for our next Director of Worship continues. We’ve reached out to our own networks, targeted local colleges, and posted the job on a variety of sites online to find qualified candidates. We have done a couple of first interviews. We continue to pray and ask God to direct us to the right candidate and also to place a call on the heart of the person He has for us. Summer, as you all know, is a slower season (for anything but visits to the beach, that is!) and we are trusting God will open up an abundance of doors for us as we head toward the fall. Please pray with us. If you have recommendations for qualified candidates, please don’t hesitate to let anyone on the team know.
 
As a team, we would also like to thank Bren Shantz for continuing to coordinate the worship team schedule and all of the volunteers who are so joyfully and patiently planning and leading our body in worship as we make our way through this time of transition.
 
Search Team members:

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Worship – July 2015

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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.


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Worship – June 2015

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The Worship Leader Search Team has been formed and will begin the search process soon. The team members are Stephanie Bergman (chair), Brian Fleetham, Luke Morgan, Teresa Scholten, Tammy Bradford, and Eric Ringnalda.


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Worship – March 2015

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Benefit Concert: On Saturday, March 28, we will be hosting a free concert in the Sanctuary from 7-9pm to benefit Praise in the Park. Admission is free. A love offering will be taken, with 100% of all donations going to Praise in the Park to help fund the 2015 season (for tax purposes, donations are not deductible). Featured bands: Carpenter’s Cross, Perfect Shelter

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Worship – February 2015

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Praise in the Park: Though it’s still several months away, we wanted to let you know that we are participating in Praise in the Park once again! Our music team will take the stage on Sunday, July 12, at 6pm. More info to come.


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