Rockford Reformed Church
Sermon Series - The Christian Family

Paul calls marriage a profound mystery. Throughout the Bible both marriage and family are seen as foundational for healthy life and healthy society. Through godly marriages and families, God's relationship with us is mirrored, godly character is formed, and our faith is passed on to the next generation. In this series, we will look at the purpose and covenant of marriage. We will explore the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and even employers and employees. This is a series about love and relationships, the very heart of our Christian faith and our lives in Christ.
Sunday, April 2
Fifth Sunday in Lent
"Husbands Who Love their Wives"
Ephesians 5:25-33  /  Pastor Paul  /  8:45 & 11:00 a.m.

No Sunday School (spring break)
adults  / youth  children

Easter Baskets Due

Easter Candy Needed

Needed - small, individually wrapped candy for our Easter Egg Hunt. Donations can be placed in the basket in the lobby. Thank you!
Journey to the Cross

March 27 - April 14 in the upper level of the gym.  To observe Lent, our Journey to the Cross Prayer Walk will be available to individuals, families, and groups. You are invited to walk through 7 interactive, self-guided stations designed to help you reflect upon the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus' death so that you might experience the grace and love of God more profoundly during this Lenten season. Availability coincides with weekly office hours (8:30am-4:30pm) and evening/weekend programming when building is open. Some times may be quieter than others. For guidance on group or quiet times, call the office at 616-866-2308.
Cleanup Day

Saturday, April 1, 8am-12noon. Lunch provided. Come help us keep our church grounds looking great! The more help we have, the faster we can get things done. Please bring wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, etc. If you plan on coming, please RSVP to Roger Hoogewind (call or text 401-8631) so we can plan lunch accordingly.
Easter Baskets

Baskets due Sunday, April 2. We are hoping to gather up to 240 filled Easter baskets for children who may not get to experience the joy of Easter. We will be providing empty Easter baskets. Anyone who is willing to fill them with small toys, treats, and a personal note can pick them up in the lobby starting March 5.

Saturday, April 29, 8am-2pm in the gym. All proceeds from this garage sale will go toward the Bergman family adoption. Stop by and shop for a good cause!

Sunday, May 7, 4pm. Join us on Sunday, May 7 at 4pm in the Sanctuary for a Hymn Sing! This event is for anyone who loves to sing praises to God! Following the hymn sing, everyone is invited to an Ice Cream Social at Tom & Rebecca Cruttenden's house. Family and kids welcome. Fenced-in yard with games for the kids. Ice cream will be provided - please bring a topping (chocolate syrup, nuts, whipped cream, fruit, etc.) 7690 Honeysuckle Lane, Rockford.

Saturday, May 13. We're looking for 20 people to join the Rockford Reformed Adoption Team for the Fifth Third River Bank Run on Saturday, May 13. All of the money we raise will go toward Rob and Stephanie's adoption fundraising. Our goal? To raise $3,000! The 5K Walk is a great family event with strollers and dogs on leashes welcome. Registration instructions are on our website.

Saturday, May 20, 8:00am. Rockford Reformed Church recognizes the value of prepared members in an emergency. We are sponsoring a class (free to those who attend RRC) that will result in earning an American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR card and also equip you in the basics of First Aid. There are new standards from the American Heart Association, so those who took this class two years ago will be given preferential placement in this class to update their training. This class is taught by a Rockford Ambulance educator. Class size is limited to 12 people. We need a minimum of 8.

8:00am until approximately 3:30pm in the Fellowship Hall (times may be adjusted by a half hour). Lunch provided. If you have a favorite beverage, bring it along. Wear comfortable clothing for bending and kneeling. Sign up in the lobby or contact Wilma Nelson 616-690-4479 before March 30, 2017.
Upcoming Events
Closing Night

Parents, please join us for a special program to close out the year! We start with pizza in the gym at 6pm, then all groups (preschool - 5th grade) meet in the sanctuary at 6:30 for our program.

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30pm in the gym. Hot dogs and chips available for dinner. Everyone is invited to join us for an evening of races, prizes, food, and fun!

April 9 - Palm Sunday (8:45 & 11:00am)
April 13 - Maundy Thursday Communion Service (7:00pm)
April 14 - Rockford Area Community Good Friday Service (7:00pm at Bella Vista Church, 5100 Belding Road)
April 16 - Easter Sunday (8:45 & 11:00am)

Sunday, April 9, both services. All kids (3 years - 5th grade) have been invited to wave palm branches and help portray a part of the Bible story from John 12:12-15 during a song at both services. This is not a requirement, but it would be so nice to have a large group of kids to make an impact on our congregation for Palm Sunday.

If your child would like to participate, please have them meet Mrs. Jennings in the fellowship hall at 8:40am. After they wave the palms, they will be dismissed to children's worship or back to parents to sit through the service. We would ask them to join us again at the beginning of second service in the fellowship hall. Kids can be picked up downstairs after they are done. You could then return to service or leave.

Saturday, April 15, 9:30am. Join us for a morning of family fun! Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is on Saturday, April 15. The egg hunt will begin at 9:30am on the front lawn. All kids infant through 5th grade are invited to participate! Bring your friends! Immediately following the egg hunt, there will be a family pancake breakfast in the gym. Suggested donation for breakfast: $3 for adults, $2 for children, $10 family max.
VBS 2017 Dates: June 25-28
Ongoing Events

KidLife Worship (3 years - 3rd grade)
Sundays during worship services in Room 112

KidLife Sunday School  (3 years - 5th grade) (no meeting this week)
Sundays, 10:00-10:50am
DK and under begin in Room 111, K-5 begin in Room 101

KidLife Club (3 years - 5th grade)
Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm
DK and under begin in Room 112, K-5 begin in the Sanctuary

Mission Trips - save the date: HS June 18-24, MS July 23-29. Details will be posted at a later date.

Camp Voucher Codes for 2017 have been posted online.
Ongoing Events

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm in the Youth Room

High School Youth Group   (no meeting this week)
Sundays, 6:30-8:00pm in the Youth Room

Sundays, 10:00-10:50am   (no meeting this week)
Middle School in the Youth Room (153);  High School in Room 246
Ongoing Events


10:00-10:45am, Fireside Room (Room 253)
Topic: Thy Kingdom Come
No meeting this week


6:30-7:30pm, Sanctuary


7:00am, Fellowship Hall (Room 100)

9:30-11:00am, Room 212
Topic: The Ten Commandments


Adult Fellowship (first Wednesday / month)
Even months: noon potluck
Odd months: coffee at 10am
Next meeting April 5 @noon - lunch provided, rsvp with Wilma (866-2389)

Discovery Class: (registration closed)
Women's class: Women of the Bible, Part 2 (Room 250)
No classes this week so that parents can attend KLC closing night


Ladies Book Club (last Thursday / month)
7:00-8:30pm, Fireside Room (Room 253)
March Book:  The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
Next meeting March 30


Men's Breakfast & Study  (every other week)
7:30-8:30am, Fireside Room (Room 253)
Topic: Manhood Restored
Next meeting April 1

Rockford Reformed Church
4890 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford, MI 49341

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