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Rockford Reformed Church Weekly News

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Gifts for Everyone
Ephesians 4:7-16 / 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 ( click for current classes)
High School - Room 246
Middle School - Youth Room
Children - Fellowship Hall check-in

EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Consistory Nominations due September 30
Every year members of RRC have the opportunity to nominate fellow members to the Consistory, our governing body made up of 6 Shepherd Elders, 6 Service Deacons, and the Administrative Board. This Sunday, nomination forms will be available at the back of the sanctuary, along with a list of eligible members. More information will be sent out in a separate email.
Ordination of Jason Vermeulen
Jason Vermeulen's ordination will take place here at RRC this Sunday, September 23 at 3pm. Jason spent many weeks preaching here when we were without a pastor. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Family Camp at Cran-Hill Ranch
Sharon Dulyea is looking for someone to take over the coordinating of the annual Family Camp weekend. If you are interested, please contact Sharon (696-0577).
Volunteer Opportunity - Brew Crew
The Brew Crew is looking for individuals or groups to help with coffee and snacks on Sunday mornings. You would be responsible for making coffee and preparing hot water before the service, and setting up and serving snacks (provided) for after the service. Training provided. Contact Emillie Clayton if interested!
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5-6:30pm, Room 141
Offered by the Spectrum Health Continuing Care Visiting Nurse Association. more info
Sept. 30 & Oct. 7, 6-8pm, Fireside Room
For those interested in membership at RRC. Registration required. more info
ADULTS - PRAYER & BIBLE STUDY
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 . In this study of God's character and person, each lesson covers a truth about God's character and encourages practical application of this knowledge to daily living. Led by Carol Knox.
Please let us know if you plan to attend one of these classes so we can order enough books!
Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm, Fireside Room. Grace/Truth 1.0 - Pastor Tim will lead a discussion through a five-week learning experience that introduces Christians to LGBT+ people, the language to use and avoid, a theologically faithful view of marriage and sexuality, and practical guidance on how to embody the love of Christ toward sexual and gender minorities.
Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm, Room 252. The Gospel Comes With a House Key - Emillie Clayton will lead a weekly discussion on this book about Radically Ordinary Hospitality. We will examine what it is and determine the who, when, where, and why of living out these biblical truths. Read the chapter during the week, then come to class for discussion.
Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm, Room 250. Tough As Nails - Uncertainty is unavoidable. Being fearful is optional. In this series, Andy Stanley reminds us that the faith of Jesus' early followers was characterized by fearlessness, confidence in Jesus, and love for others. As a Jesus follower, would you say the same about your faith? Led by Polly Johnson.
Come early for Family Dinner, 6-6:30pm in the gym.
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: September 28 - Kevin Johnson
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
Mondays, 5pm at Cedar Chase Golf Club. $15 for 9 holes. No reservations are needed. Contact Jerry Coon with any questions (616-204-3858).
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: September 27 - Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore.
First Wednesday of every month, Fellowship Hall. Odd months we have coffee at 10am, even months we have a potluck at noon. Next meeting: October 3 - potluck at noon.
Adult Singles Lunch
Last Saturday of every month, 1pm. Next meeting: September 29 - Lunch at Houlihan's, then back to church for dessert and games 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!
High School Youth Group - Begins September 30
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.
September 23: Bonfire, 6-8pm @DeGood's
Middle School Youth Group - Begins September 26
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.
Volunteer Opportunities
1 female leader for High School (meets Sunday evenings)
5 van drivers for Wednesday evenings
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
Parents - please fill out our online Informed Consent Form for the 2018-19 school year!
KidLife Club - Begins October 3
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.
Volunteer Opportunities
  • KidLife Pre-K Worship Leaders (adults) & Helpers (6th grade and older) - during the service, rotating schedule
  • KidLife Pre-K Sunday School Leaders (need 2 adults) - following service
  • KidLife 1-3 Grade Sunday School Helper (adult)
  • KidLife 4-5 Grade Sunday School Leader (adult) - alternating weeks
  • KidLife Club Male Leader for 3&4 Grade Boys - Wednesday nights
Through September 30

This month we are collecting items for Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs. If you would like to donate, please place these items in the large wooden bin in our front lobby by Sunday, September 30 and we will transport them to Alpha for you. Needed items: diaper wipes, newborn onesies (size 0-3 months), baby shampoo, baby lotion, hooded bath towels.
Volunteer Opportunity
Several new Kids Hope mentors will be needed for the many students that will be recommended to the program as the new school year gets underway. Contact Emillie Clayton.
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