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Welcome! Our hope for this blog is to give you insight into the whys of what we do. We value open communication, not only from leadership to the congregation, but from the congregation to leadership as well. To learn more about RRC’s ministry philosophy and how we put it into action, check out our Leadership Principles section.

Children’s Ministry – June 2015

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Caravan Kids have finished another wonderful year of Sunday school! We enjoyed learning about Who Jesus Is, focusing on Matthew 16:15 – “Who do you say that I am? You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” The kids really enjoyed some of our large group lessons, like Unfrozen and What does the Bible Say? It was a fun year with really great kids! We also graduated 9 fifth graders!

There are some summer events in the works, the biggest one being Vacation Bible School. The theme this year is Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. We are looking for volunteers, middle school through adults!

We are looking forward to hosting two events for 3rd through 5th graders as well. We are planning for one in June and one in August. They will be held on a Wednesday evening, plan to bring your friends and have fun! Watch your inbox for more information. As always if you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Beth Jennings.


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Outreach – June 2015

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Have you ever wondered why God draws people to a particular church? Have you ever asked yourself why God would draw people to RRC? Have you ever been apprehensive about inviting a friend or neighbor to church? Has it ever crossed your mind that God might actually keep people from attending a particular church, even Rockford Reformed Church?

The Outreach team has been studying the book Organic Outreach for Churches by Kevin Harney. During the last two meetings we have been discussing and contemplating these very important questions and how they relate to each of us personally and to Rockford Reformed as a church.

Matt. 22:37-40  To those who asked him what matters most to God, Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Loving God and loving others are the two big hooks on which everything hangs. When we think of outreach, love must be the foundation and our motivating factor. Jesus made it clear that love is our starting point for everything. “If we fail to love God, he will not draw people to our congregation. When we love God passionately, he will entrust people to our congregation so we can lavish them with His love and grace.” (Kevin G. Harney, Organic Outreach for Churches)

As a church we need to seriously ask ourselves: Does our heart, as a church, beat with the love and compassion of the living God? Can people see our compassion? Can they feel it? Are we fulfilling God’s call to lavish him, each other, and our neighbors with love?

SATURDAY, JUNE 13 we have the opportunity to invite our friends and neighbors to watch the fireworks from the hill at RRC. This is a non-threatening way for our church family to show the love we have for God and for His people. Please say a prayer and invite your friends! We hope to see you there!

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU: We have a great opportunity for the person or persons who has the gift of video-taping and editing. Our hope is to video-tape testimonies of God’s goodness and grace in the lives of our church family so that we can use them to encourage and inspire people within RRC and those outside our doors. Please email Lisa DeBoer at ladinteriors@hotmail.com or call 616-560-6220 if God is calling you to be part of this exciting opportunity.


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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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Property – June 2015

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We are considering replacing lighting in the FLC and replacing broken fans. The grounds have been well-maintained and we are moving into summer. Marcia is enjoying her new security system. When she is alone in the building, it will be locked. A sign on the west entrance will ask you to please use the intercom system for entry.

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HR Committee – June 2015

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Please take the time to introduce yourself to Brian Ellis, who started as our Youth Director this week. The Worship Leader Search Team has been formed and will begin the search process.

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Consistory – May 2015

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Everyone is invited to the Installation Service for Rev. Dr. Paul Bradford on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at our church. It is a Classis Worship Service and 30-35 people from Classis will attend, as well as special guests. A reception will follow the service. Childcare will be provided. Dr. Bradford will preach his first worship service as our new Pastor on June 7.

May 31 is also Graduation Sunday, when we celebrate our high school and college graduates. A cake reception will take place between the services. Watch for a booklet featuring information on the graduates.

Bren Shantz will be recognized on May 31 for his time as Worship Leader. His last day as regular leader is June 7. We are grateful for his heart for God and talents in leading us in worship each week the last few years and in keeping our focus on God in our corporate worship. You may personally thank Bren at the cake reception between services.

The next Congregational Update is June 7. We will give updates on the search for a youth director and a worship leader.

Our Summer Worship Schedule moves to one service at 9:30 a.m. on June 14. The new schedule will run through September 6, Labor Day weekend. The change in schedule will be communicated in the local community and on our church website in the future.

Summer Socials will be held after the 9:30 a.m. services throughout the summer. Different ministry teams of the church will take turns hosting them. This is a good time for fellowship.

RCA “One-Sunday” Pentecost Offering on May 24, 2015: As we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the RCA is receiving a “One-Sunday” Pentecost offering. The offering will be for local Church Planting. The deacons will take the offering at the same time as the regular one and request donations be inside a clearly marked envelope.

RCA Request for Nepal Relief Giving: Nepal, India, and Tibet have been devastated by recent earthquakes and more than 8,000 are dead. You can help bring aid to this area of the world with prayer and financial giving. RCA Global Mission is teaming with World Vision to bring relief. Giving can be done by donating online directly to the RCA (https://www.rca.org/news/rca-responds-nepal-earthquake), or by placing a clearly marked envelope in the offering plate any Sunday until the end of June. Information will also be in your mailboxes.


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Youth Ministry – May 2015

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“For everything there is a season,

a time for every activity under heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die.

A time to plant and a time to harvest.

A time to kill and a time to heal.

A time to tear down and a time to build up.

A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.

A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.

A time to search and a time to quit searching.

A time to keep and a time to throw away.

A time to tear and a time to mend.

A time to be quiet and a time to speak.

A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
 
What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 (NLT).
 
With graduation just around the corner, a new senior pastor, and the anticipated hire of a permanent youth director, this is a time of change and transition in the life of our church and our youth program. Please take some time in prayer for our graduates, our church, and our students, during this season of change.
 
Parents’ Tip:
Pass this on to your students as they graduate from High School, from Middle School or from one grade to the next. http://www.relevantmagazine.com/slices/denzel-washington-college-grads-put-god-first-everything-you-do

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Outreach – May 2015

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Saturday, June 13: Summer Celebration Fireworks – View From The Hill. You are invited to enjoy the Start of Summer Celebration fireworks from the hill at Rockford Reformed Church. Free popcorn, refreshments, and children’s activities provided. Please bring a chair or a blanket, your family and friends, and enjoy the beauty of the fireworks from a top the hill at Rockford Reformed Church. Hope to see you there!

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Consistory – April 2015

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Youth Director Update – The Human Resources Committee is conducting first-round interviews for the youth director position throughout the month of April. We have several qualified candidates with different backgrounds and experience levels. Please pray for the Committee as they go through this process and ask that God grant them wisdom and discernment.
 
Please be in prayer for all the leadership positions that need to be filled – Pastor, Youth Director, and Worship Leader (Bren Shantz has resigned from that position effective June 7).
 
The Outreach Team is making efforts to reach into our community. For more information, please see the Outreach Team section in the newsletter.
 
June 14 is the date our summer worship schedule moves to one service at 9:30 a.m. We will continue with the new schedule through September 6, Labor Day weekend. The change in the schedule will be communicated in the local community and on our church website in the future.

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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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