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Rockford Reformed Church Weekly News
SUNDAY, APRIL 21
Easter Sunday
Resurrection Changes Everything
John 20:10-29 / Rev. Tim Meendering / 8:00 & 10:00 a.m.
Pre-Service Prayer @ 7:35 (Pastor Tim's Office)

Services at 8 & 10 a.m.
Join us in the gym for a continental breakfast in between services

KidLife - 8am service: Nursery available, NO KidLife Worship
KidLife - 10am service: Nursery available, KidLife Worship for Preschool ONLY

There will be goodie bags available in the lobby for kids kindergarten - 5th grade
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
2019 Directories
The latest church directory is printed and available in your mail folder in the office hallway. You may request extras from the front office.
Gardening Help Needed
We have an opening on the grounds team for the season for someone to plant flowers around the trees by the parking lot and around Entrance B. Simple upkeep of weeding only; watering is already taken care of. Please contact Roger Hoogewind if you are interested (616-401-8631).
We are currently collecting the following items that can be placed in the missions donation bin in the lobby: cereal, oatmeal, crackers, juice boxes. See the Missions & Outreach section at the end of this email for more urgent needs.
Sunday, May 5, 4pm. Join us in the Sanctuary for a Hymn Sing! This event is for anyone who loves to sing praises to God!
STAFF NOTES
Beth Jennings - Director of Children's Ministries

He has Risen! Happy Easter!

It's been a busy couple weeks here for children's ministry. We finished KidLife Club and enjoyed our annual Derby Car Race. Congratulations to all who participated! A huge thank you to the team of 22 leaders who helped to make KidLife Club run smoothly this year! The last day for Sunday school will be May 5. Another huge thank you to the 5 committed leaders who enjoy small group Sunday school with preschool through 5th grade. You all ROCK!

This Summer we will be taking a 5-week break from KidLife Worship. Nursery will still be available. There are many reasons for doing this but most importantly our leaders are due for a break! I am looking for "extra" leaders who want to snuggle some babies in the nursery this summer during the 5 weeks off (June 30 through July 28) to help alleviate those who serve regularly. You get to share the love of Christ with the smallest amongst us! Please contact me ASAP to get in on the action.

Last but not least, on April 28, be on the lookout in the lobby for all things ROAR! Vacation Bible School. We will have our donation board and volunteer signups ready for you. VBS is June 23-26. There will be a VBS workday on Saturday, May 18 from 10am-1pm. Lunch provided. More info to come!
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. Woman of God - Led by Carol Knox.
Every other Friday, 7-8am, Arnie's Restaurant. 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. Note: 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. N ext me eting: April 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: April 25 - The Forgotten by David Baldacci
First Wednesday of every month, Fellowship Hall. Next meeting: May 1
Adult Single Women's Lunch
Last Saturday of every month, 1pm. Next meeting: April 27 - Lunch at Rio Grand, then back to the Fireside Room for games and dessert. 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.
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.
High School: June 16-22 - Kentucky - $275
Middle School: July 21-27 - Ohio - $275
Promo codes available here.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
Parents - please fill out our online Informed Consent Form for the 2018-19 school year!
Upcoming Dates
  • Last day of Sunday School - May 5
  • ROAR! (Vacation Bible School) - June 23-26
Promo codes available here.
We are currently collecting the following items. They can be placed in the giant wooden crate in the lobby.

North Kent Connect has put out an urgent plea to help them replenish their pantry. Their current supply is nearly depleted. Their biggest needs right now:

  • low-sugar cereal & oatmeal
  • canned tomato sauce & penne pasta
  • canned spinach, beets, & pears
  • monetary donations to help them purchase food in bulk
 
Throughout the year, we collect donation items for various community ministries such as North Kent Connect and Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs. Signs in the lobby will tell you what items we are currently looking for.
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