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Rockford Reformed Church Weekly News
SUNDAY, MAY 5
What Are You Drinking?
John 2:1-11 / Rev. Tim Meendering / 10:00 a.m.
Communion
Pre-Service Prayer @ 9:35 (Pastor Tim's Office)
Sunday School (last meeting)
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
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!
Sunday, June 2. Join us as we celebrate our high school and college graduates! There will be a cake reception following the service. Parents of high school and college graduates - please see our website for instructions on contributing to the graduation booklet.
Orders due June 2. During the month of May we are taking orders for inscribed bricks for our Memorial Prayer Garden. Order forms are in the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Cost is $40.
Saturday, June 15, 8pm. Watch the Start of Summer Celebration fireworks from the hill at RRC! Popcorn, refreshments, kids activities provided. Please bring a chair or blanket.
Sun-Wed, June 23-26, 6-8pm. For kids ages 3 years through those who are in (or have just completed) 5th grade! Join us for four nights at ROAR VBS, where kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. more info
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.
STAFF NOTES
Mike Fisk - Director of Worship

Hello there RRC family! This week, I’ve been spending some time reflecting on our volunteers for the Worship Team, and I wanted to ask you all to join me in showing our appreciation for them. Our Worship Team is made up of over fifty different volunteers, all of which are using their incredible God-given talent and skill to serve and lead us in worship. Our musicians put in tons of work throughout the week preparing the music on their own time, spending time away from their families Thursday nights for rehearsal, and getting up early Sunday mornings for our morning rehearsal and our worship service. We also have our Audio and Visual team who have spent tons of time learning how to run and operate our presentation program, and our sound board, and work extra hard to try and make sure everything runs smoothly on Sunday morning.

We have a selfless, hard-working, and extremely talented team and I am very thankful for each and every one of them. So if you see someone on stage this week, or any week, please let them know how much you appreciate them, and their leadership.

Finally, if you have a passion for music and worship, or if you like the behind-the-scenes audio/visual side of things, and you’re interested in joining RRC’s worship team, please email me at mike@RockfordRC.org with your name and a little background on you, where you are interested in serving, and why.
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: May 10.
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: May 30 - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
First Wednesday of every month, Fellowship Hall. Next meeting: June 5
Adult Single Women's Lunch
Last Saturday of every month, 1pm. Next meeting: May 25 - Lunch at Golden Wok, 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!
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!
Sun-Wed, June 23-26, 6-8pm. For kids ages 3 years through those who are in (or have just completed) 5th grade! Join us for four nights at ROAR VBS, where kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. more info
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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