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Rockford Reformed Church Weekly News
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
Coming Home
Hosea 14:1-9 / Pastor Tim / 10:00 a.m.
Pre-Service Prayer @ 9:35 (Room 212)
Sunday School
Immediately following the service until 12:15
Adults - Fireside Room ( classes)
High School - Room 246
Middle School - Youth Room
Children - Fellowship Hall check-in

EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
A quick note from your Consistory - Your elder and deacon are here for you, and would be happy to get together and pray with you, whatever the reason. Whether you are having a baby or an upcoming surgery, have questions or simply want to talk, give them a call. If you aren’t sure who your elder and deacon are, contact the front office. It is also listed in the back of your church directory.
Survey - In the recent letter update, we noted that Scott Lokers has met with the elders, deacons, and staff to gain their input and comments as we consider what we should look for in our next pastor. The survey linked below is now your opportunity to provide input. The survey lists 11 aspects/roles of a lead pastor that we would like you to consider. While all parts are important, no one person can be great at every last one. So, we are asking that you think these over and choose which four you feel are the most important strengths that we need in a pastor here at RRC. The data you submit through your answers, along with any written comments you choose to provide, will be compiled for the consistory as they develop a preferred profile for a pastor who can serve our congregation well in its next chapter of ministry. We ask that you please provide your name, though your specific results will not be shared beyond the team evaluating the results. We are targeting to gather all of these survey results by October 28. click to go to survey
Candy Donations Needed for Spark in the Dark! - Donations appreciated by Sunday, October 21. This annual event takes place on Wednesday, October 24, 6-8pm in the gym. Carnival games, face painting, activities, and pie-eating contests! Hot dogs, chips and a drink served concession style beginning at 6pm. This is a family event, so parents need to accompany their children. No regular programming. It’s a great time to invite friends and neighbors to RRC!
Packaged Cookies Needed for Wednesday Dinners! - There is an ongoing need (through next March) for desserts for Wednesday night Family Dinners. Packaged cookies work out well and last a while. If you would like to bring in a freshly-made dessert, please contact Terri Katsma (616-292-8230).
Sunday, October 28, 12:15pm. The RRC Middle School Youth Group is hosting a Fundraiser Dinner on Sunday, October 28 in the gym following the Sunday School hour. Everyone is welcome! All proceeds of the dinner go towards middle school mission trips. Menu: ham, twice baked potatoes, corn, green beans, salad, rolls, apple crisp.
VOLUNTEER NEEDS
click buttons to email for more info or to volunteer
ADULTS - PRAYER & BIBLE STUDY
Karen Bazen, Adult Min. Leader; Kevin Johnson , Men's Min. Leader
Tuesdays, 7-8am, Fellowship Hall. Join us as we gather for coffee, breakfast, a devotional, and prayer.
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am, Room 212. Behold Your God: Studies on the Attributes of God . Led by Carol Knox.
These do not meet on the 24th or the 31st. See Children's Ministry section below for details on Spark in the Dark!
Come early for Family Dinner, 6-6:30pm in the gym.
Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm, Fireside Room. Grace/Truth 1.0 - Led by Tim Meendering. Additional earlier meeting time from 4:30-6:00pm. No childcare available at the earlier meeting.
Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm, Room 250. Before Amen - Women's Bible Study led by Polly Johnson.
Every other Friday, 7-8am, Fireside Room. REAL - Relationship through Encouragement, Authenticity, and Love. 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. Next meeting: October 26
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.
ADULTS - JUST FOR FUN
Last Thursday of every month, 7-8:30pm, Fireside Room. This is not a Bible study or religious book study - books from a wide variety of genres are picked.  Next meeting: October 25 - The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs.
First Wednesday of every month, Fellowship Hall. Odd months we have coffee at 10am, even months we have a potluck at noon. Next meeting: November 7 - coffee at 10am.
Single Women's Lunch
Last Saturday of every month, 1pm. Next meeting: October 27 - lunch at Bravo, followed by games and dessert in the Fireside Room. RSVP with Carol Knox, 866-4845.
YOUTH MINISTRIES
Parents - please fill out our online Informed Consent Form for the 2018-19 school year!
Sundays, 6:30-8pm, Youth Room. Students in grades 9-12 spend time in worship, hear about God's word, and spend time in small groups. Special events throughout the year.
This week, Oct. 24: help run Spark in the Dark
Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm, Youth Room. Students in grades 6-8 spend time in worship, hear about God's word, and spend time in small groups. Special events throughout the year. Come early for Family Dinner, 6-6:30pm in the gym.
Saturday, October 20, 6-9:45pm. Students need to be at church at 6pm, and we will return at approximately 9:45pm. Student cost is $15. This is a great event to invite a friend to - and the friend is free! Please contact Brian with any questions.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
Parents - please fill out our online Informed Consent Form for the 2018-19 school year!
No regular meeting on the 24th - it's time for Spark in the Dark!
Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Children ages 3 years through 5th grade join together for Bible lessons, small group discussions, games, activities, and more. 1st grade and above begin in the Sanctuary, K and below begin in Room 101. Come early for Family Dinner, 6-6:30pm in the gym.
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6-8pm in the gym.
Games, food, prizes, candy, and more! Invite your friends and family! Costumes welcome. more info
Help North Kent Connect offer a healthy dinner to the families who need it most. Please place donations in the donation bin in the lobby by Sunday, November 11. Thank you!

  • monetary donation for turkeys (can be turned in with offering or to the front office)
  • stuffing
  • low-sodium canned vegetables (carrots, yams, green beans, etc.)
  • boxed potatoes
  • canned fruit (peaches, pears, mandarin oranges, cranberries, etc.)
  • gravy (no glass containers)
  • pie crust and filling
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