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Consistory – January 2015


Consistory members attended a Workshop on Saturday, January 11th, along with staff members and the pastor search committee. Our classis representative, Pastor Tim Meendering, led us in a time of reflection on how Rockford Reformed Church can grow into a church of intentional discipleship. We are grateful for his leadership now that Pastor David is enjoying sunny skies and warmth. We are excited to see what 2015 brings for Rockford Reformed Church. Please pray for that leader that God has already chosen as our next pastor.

In the absence of a pastor, Dianne Bennett has graciously agreed to lead staff meetings and provide support to staff until we have a pastor in place. We are grateful to Dianne, as this will give them consistency and an experienced resource.

You may have a new elder/deacon team for your care group. Make a point of getting acquainted with them and provide input throughout the year to them. Be sure to affirm you are in the same care group as a few folks were moved or added.

Pastor Ken Westrate will continue to make hospital visits when needed. Your elder/deacons teams are your first line of support for other needs. To avoid confusion, here are the ways you can seek help:

  • Call your elder/deacon team OR
  • Whenever the church office is open, you may continue to contact Marcia (866-2308) with your updates or needs. She immediately sends an email to your elder/deacon team stating the situation and lets Pastor Ken know when appropriate. In emergencies, she will make needed phone calls.
  • At other times (such as evenings and weekends) we offer two options. Call your elder or deacon first. If they do not answer, call our VP of consistory, Scott Brownell. His phone number is 616-866-6570. If you have any concerns or needs not being met, please contact Scott.

We have assigned all consistory members to a ministry team as a liaison between the team and consistory. Some teams are well established and some will be formed in the next year. We will post ministry team assignments on the bulletin board at the back of the church.

The Human Resources Committee has just been formed and will soon address the need for a permanent Youth Director. Lyn Peterman (chair), Dianne Bennett, and Eric Ringnalda make up the core committee. They will be working on forming a search team for the YD position.

Pastor Ben Ingebretson will preach for RRC, on his discipleship series, until March 1. Once we have additional information for March and beyond, we will let you know.


Adult Ministry – January 2015

Nancy Steenwyk and Karen Bazen will be forming this new committee and eventually move into a liaison role to the consistory. The committee is being formed to focus efforts on opportunities for the spiritual growth and fellowship of our adults. Areas of programming include adult Sunday School classes, Wednesday night classes, small group Bible studies, small group dinners, and other seasonal programming. Some of these functions were previously done by the Pastor or Admin Board or even other members of the congregation. Nancy and Karen will be solidifying the scope of the committee as well its members after the end of March. If anyone in the congregation has ideas or suggestions for adult programming, please contact Nancy or Karen. Your input would be appreciated!

Current offerings (more information can be found on the bulletin board by the sound booth, at the info desk, or online):

Sunday School:

  • Caregiving, led by Ken Westrate, Room 22
  • Spiritual Formation, led by Luke Morgan, Fireside Room

Tuesday Mornings (Women’s):

  • Growing Older & Wiser, led by Jean Boyd & Marcia Coleman, Rm 1

Wednesday Evenings:

  • Women of the Bible, led by Polly Johnson, Fireside Room
  • Gospel of Matthew, led by Pam Jacobs, Room 21

Men’s Groups:

Small Group Dinners & Bible Studies: sign up by January 18

Adult Fellowship: first Wednesday of every month

There will not be any adult Sunday School on the second Sundays of February, April, and June so that you may attend the congregational update meetings.


Youth Ministry – January 2015


Welcome to 2015! Break is over and things are starting up again at Rockford Reformed Church. Tuesday Bible Studies are beginning, Youth Groups are meeting, and Sunday School will resume at its usual time; but its the calm after the Christmas Season, and its too often a time when I go back to my normal routine and forget that we just celebrated the hope for the world. It is my prayer for you and your families this year that this hope would shine in our actions and conversations with those we come in contact with at home, at school, at work, and at church. This New Year holds so many possibilities, may Christ’s light shine in you in a special way this year.

With the New Year comes a new opportunity. On Tuesdays we will still be having our Girls Bible Study (same time and place), and we will be adding to Tuesdays a High School/Middle School Guys Bible Study as well. Rob will be leading this Bible Study and it will meet at the Rockford McDonald’s from 3-4pm. If you would like more information, contact either Rob or Jess.

January Calendar:

February Calendar:

  • 4:  No MS Youth Group or HS Small Groups – meet at Pando
  • 11: No MS Youth Group – retreat prep
  • 13-15: MS Winter Retreat – at Cran-Hill Ranch

Parents’ Tip:

As many of you are aware, there are many harmful apps, websites, etc. that our students are exposed to, and its hard to keep track of what’s what on their phones. Here is an article that I found helpful in learning what some of these apps are, and why they might be harmful. 



Children’s Ministry – January 2015


Upcoming Events (more information will be available as the dates draw closer):

  • January 16: Parents’ Night Out
  • March 1: Children Lead Worship
  • March 15: Family Movie
  • March 28: Easter Event

Pioneer Clubs: It’s almost Pando time! First through fifth graders and their families can sign up to go to Pando on February 4. Tickets will be available the next two Wednesday nights by the Pioneer Clubs office downstairs. Parents must sign a waiver, and ticket money is due no later than February 1 (ages 11 and older are $12, ages 10 and under are $10).

We recently finished our unit on Friends. Children learned that true friends care for and help each other, and that Jesus sets the perfect example. We learned that we can forgive our friends because God forgives us, and that Jesus wants us to reach out and include everyone. Finally, we also learned that our friends influence us, and we need to be able to evaluate whether their influence is good or bad, so we can say yes to the good and no to the bad.

In our next unit, we will talk about what it means to be in God’s family. Keep this page handy – the memory verses are listed below:

In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:14 (learn by January 28)

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24 (learn by February 11)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (learn by February 18)


Outreach – January 2015


Ephesians 2:10. It was God Himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ago he planned that we should spend these days in helping others.

Do you have a heart for helping others, a heart for reaching out to the poor, the orphans, the widows, and those who do not yet know Jesus Christ? If so God has given you a heart of service and compassion.

I would like to invite you to please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to use your talents by joining the newly forming Outreach Team.

If you feel God is leading you in this direction and would like to serve RRC and the surrounding community in this valuable way, please contact Lisa DeBoer at 616-560-6220 or email ladinteriors@hotmail.com.

P.S. On Friday, March 6 & Saturday, March 7, Corinth Reformed Church in Byron Center will be offering an Outreach training event. This event will equip us to learn how to share the love and message of Jesus Christ in natural ways that fit who we are. I will be going and would love to have you join me. Early bird sign-up is January 31. Please let me know if you are interested.


Worship – January 2015


Our worship team is always looking for new talent – especially instrumentalists. If you have a heart for worship and are interested in joining the team, please contact Bren Shantz.

Praise Night – Join us in the sanctuary January 25 after the adoption fundraiser dinner (approximately 6:30) for a time of singing and worship.


Pastoral Search – January 2015


We are officially gathering candidate information and reviewing profiles to begin our first interviews. There is a lot of networking happening on many levels, and we are sending out the church profile and job description information through a targeted search. Please continue to pray for the leader God has already chosen for us.


Brent Willett, 2012

I didn’t grow up learning about God until I moved into a “Christian home” when I was 8 years old. I then began my journey to learn about Christ at Rockford Reformed Church. But as a young kid, I didn’t really “get it.” When I started youth group in 6th grade I began to see the bigger picture. During my high school career I started losing track of God, coming back, and then losing him again. Running my mouth and lying to teachers and parents was becoming a trend. Over the past year, youth group really hit “home” to me. I now “get it” and have accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior.


Kristin Bielema, 2012

I used to be “one of those kids.” Throughout high school, I started to look to alcohol and boys as my main activities throughout the week and my way to get through the pain. I grew up in a Christian home, yet I never really had a relationship with God. When I started attending youth group at Rockford Reformed Church, I saw life in a new light. It was different for me. The things that were discussed were applicable to even my own life. Shortly after my first attendance, I reaccepted Christ as my Savior and Lord. And now, I am happy. I am finally happy.



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