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Rockford Reformed Church Weekly News: Oct 27 - Nov 2, 2019
OVERVIEW
VISION UPDATE
We are excited to present a new vision for our church family!

You may recall that our consistory and various other leaders met with Doug McClintic over two days in February to discern what we believe is God’s vision or dream for us as we seek his kingdom in the greater Rockford area. At that time, we well agreed that our vision should include saturating our community with the gospel and it should include adopting some need that we will seek to address in our community. We also started working toward some short-term and longer-term goals so that there is real progress.

In much the same way that God holds out a vision of his coming kingdom, we have developed a picture or vivid description of what our sliver of the kingdom coming in our community will look like for us. The 2028 vision (which coincides with RRC’s 70th anniversary) is the result.

We are all well acquainted with how easy it is—in life and in the church—to settle in to a comfortable status quo with little progress in faith, mission, or risk. I want to change and yet I don’t. And so our overall focus is summarized with “ Someday through every day.” We will keep holding up the bold “someday” of this vision and relentlessly, every day, focus on taking some steps of progress.

And so for example, we have a goal of training 150 people in Organic Outreach (OO) by early next year and will be hosting an OO training weekend in early February. I am starting a sermon series tomorrow (October 27) that will weekly hold up both the “someday” and the “every day” ways that we can make real progress. Raising up 300 gospel guides over the next 8 years means that 300 people will have been equipped, through a specific discipleship/training pathway, to be gospel-equipped disciples who are actively making disciples. And we think in terms of planting churches because it is shown to be one of the most productive ways to saturate a community with the gospel.

All of this may seem to be a bit audacious but we are also convinced that this vision needs to be God-sized—meaning that he will continue to amazingly work in and through us to make this all happen. This all needs to be much bigger than what we can do by ourselves. More details and explanation will follow in the weeks ahead.

This is a kingdom vision and countercultural rebel movement that is worthy of our sacrifice! I am giving my life to this vision and hope that you will as well. I look forward to continuing to hold up the “someday” and equip us for the “every day” so that Jesus is glorified.

Pastor Tim
DETAILS
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Hymn Sing
Sunday, October 27, 4-5pm.
Join us on Sunday, October 27 at 4pm in the Sanctuary for a Hymn Sing! This event is for anyone who loves to sing praises to God!
Spark in the Dark
Wednesday, October 30, 6-8pm, gym.
Join us for our 5th annual Spark in the Dark party the day before Halloween! There will be games, food, prizes, candy, and more! Invite your friends and family! Costumes welcome. Note : This is not a "normal" KidLife Club night - we are not meeting in separate groups and leaders are not responsible for watching the children. We want this to be a family event, so come join your kids for a night of fun! It's also a great time to invite friends and neighbors to RRC. Hot dogs will be available along with other snacks.
Adult Single Ladies' Lunch
Saturday, November 2, 1pm, Honey Creek Inn.
Each month we meet at a restaurant, then head back to church for games and dessert in the Fireside Room. Please RSVP with Carol Knox.
Middle School Fundraiser Dinner
Sunday, November 10, 12:15pm, gym.
The RRC Middle School Youth Group is hosting a Fundraiser Dinner on Sunday, November 10 in the gym following the Sunday School hour. Everyone is welcome! All proceeds of the dinner go towards middle school mission trips. Menu: TBA
new Ladies' Book Club
Thursday, November 21, 7-8:30pm, Fireside Room.
The Ladies Book Club is always open to new faces! We typically meet the last Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Fireside Room (may be adjusted due to holidays). This is not a Bible study or religious book study – books from a wide variety of genres are picked. November's book is The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood.
Life Groups
A Life Group is a small group of 8-12 people that focuses on three priorities – sharing, study, and support. Life Group members will commit to meet together at least every other week through the school season—and even better, through the summer. We call these “Life Groups” because they are focused on (1) helping us grow in our life in Christ and (2) sharing life together. If you are interested in joining a life group or starting one up, please contact our Life Group Coordinator, Pam Jacobs .