Rockford Reformed Church Weekly News: Jan 19-25, 2020
From North Kent Connect: It's tax season! Sign up for free tax help, or to feed our wonderful volunteer tax preparers.
Birthday Blessings is looking for a few new helpers. Birthday Blessings is an eight-year ministry at RRC. Birthday Blessings brings birthday celebrations, support, and joy to children ages 3 years old through the end of 5th grade. The families that we work with are referred to us by North Kent Connect. Around 25 to 40 children are celebrated each year. Each party, even those that take place off-site, gives us the opportunity to interact face-to-face with families and to be able to express God’s love to them. 

We offer the parents party choices of an open gym party, a party package, Chuck E. Cheese gift card, or a North Star Cinema gift card.

In our 8 years of service, we have helped many, many families to be able to have a special day for their child. So many of the moms, dads, custodial grandmas and grandpas are so appreciative of this ministry. Some have cried as we handed them their party choice. Many hugs have been shared. We have listened to their stories and prayed with them.  

All children deserve to be celebrated. This ministry comes alongside the parents to help them celebrate their child’s birthday.

We are in need of one or two people who think this ministry might be a good fit for them. If you have questions or are interested, please contact Sue Kalee (799-2969).
Kids Hope needs more mentors. From Emillie: I am in need of mentors for some great students at Valley View Elementary School. Please prayerfully considering getting involved and opening your heart and an hour of your life to a student who is struggling. This is a program that really benefits the lives of these students. It's a big deal! 1 John 3:18, "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." Please contact me if you will consider being a mentor or prayer partner.
Cards for Jim VanderMoere: Jim turns 95 this month, and we want to shower him with birthday cards! Cards can be placed in the bag at the back of the sanctuary, or can be mailed to the church.
Save the dates! Trivia Night is Friday, March 13. VBS will be June 28-July 1.
2020 Camp Voucher Codes have been posted here.
We need your photos! It's time to update our church directory, so if we don't have your family photo yet, or if you want to update what we currently have, please get it to the front office asap! They don't need to be formal portraits, just a photo with a nice, clear view of everyone's faces. If digital, please send the full-size photo to connect@rockfordrc.org. Thanks!
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Friday, January 24, 7am, Arnie's Restaurant.
REAL Men is a group that believes God is actively working in our lives, and that we all have a story that He wants us to tell. It is not a Bible study or an accountability group, and it is not exclusive to RRC, so invite others! Each meeting will feature a speaker. Meet at Arnie's Restaurant, 34 S Squires St, downtown Rockford. The restaurant isn't open at that time, so we have the place to ourselves. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.
Hoops for Haiti
Friday, January 24, 6pm, Rockford High School
Rockford Basketball presents the 11th Annual Hoops for Haiti. Please join us for a family-friendly event supporting the work Rachel DeKuiper and a team from Rockford will be doing in Haiti this summer. more info
Adult Single Ladies' Lunch
Saturday, January 25, 1pm, The Red Bird Bistro and Grill.
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.
Ladies' Book Club
Thursday, January 30, 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. January's book is The Reckoning by John Grisham.
Organic Outreach Workshop
Saturday, February 1, 9am-4pm at RRC.
Come join other Christ-followers from other local churches at the Organic Outreach for Ordinary People Workshop. Together, we’ll join hearts and minds for a day of inspiration, fun, collaboration and practical insights. Learn more and register here . Signup sheets are available in the sanctuary.
Missions Chili Cook-off
Sunday, February 16, 12:!5pm in the gym.
Season up those chili pots! We are looking for 20 people to enter our chili cook-off on February 16. If you want to offer cheese or sour cream as well, go ahead and bring it. We will provide hot dogs, tortilla chips, oyster crackers, and dessert. To enter, please RSVP with your name and the type of chili to connect@rockfordrc.org . more info
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 .
Blood Pressure Screening
2nd Sunday of each month, Room 211
A note from the RRC Health Ministry: Many people suffer from hypertension, sometimes unaware of it. Routine blood pressure screening is one way to either screen for elevated blood pressures or monitor control (if on medication for high blood pressure). Your health ministry RNs offer blood pressure screening the second Sunday of every month and upon request. They are located in Room 211 (behind the sanctuary) after the morning service. Feel free to stop by to have your pressure checked. Contact Wilma Nelson at 616-690-4479 if you want to be checked at a time other than the second Sunday.