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Rockford Reformed Church Weekly News
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
King on a Cross
John 18:28 - 19:16 / Rev. Tim Meendering / 10:00 a.m.
Pre-Service Prayer @ 9:35 (Pastor Tim's Office)

Note: Communion this month will take place during our Maundy Thursday service on April 18
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
Yard Help
Did the harsh winter leave your yard full of fallen branches and brush? Darryl and Dylan DeGood have offered free help cleaning it up! All you have to do is call Darryl at 616-340-3369.
Friday, April 12, 5:00-8:30pm. We are changing things up this year and holding the conference in the evening. In addition to our main speaker, Pamela Stonehouse, there will be a variety of breakout sessions and a delicious dinner, all enjoyed in fellowship with other women from our church and community. Register today! more info
Saturday, April 20, 9:30am. Join us for a morning of family fun! Egg hunt on the front lawn for ages infant - 5th grade. Followed by a family pancake breakfast in the gym. more info
Click here to view the schedule.
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

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share with you all the exciting adjustment that we made to the worship team. Starting back in March we began incorporating a worship choir into our regular rotation! 
 
Here are a couple reasons I’m excited about this:

First, our worship choir is a great model for our congregation, made up of many of the diverse ages and stages of life that make up our congregation.
 
Second, our worship choir provides more opportunities for people who love to sing. As RRC continues to grow and more and more people look for areas to be involved, many may want to participate in the worship team. With the choir we will have an opportunity to include new people from our church with all levels of skill - both new members and long-time attenders. It also allows singers from our church to serve with more regularity.
 
Implementing this choir in our worship team schedule will help usher in an exciting new dynamic for our worship through song at RRC! I hope you all will be as excited about our new worship choir as I am! 
 
If you’re interested in joining the choir, please email me at mike@RockfordRC.org with the following information,
Your name (First and Last)
Your preferred mode of communication (Email, text, phone, facebook etc.) 
Your phone number
and why you want to participate in our new worship choir
 
Thanks everyone! Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!
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.
Wednesday evening classes will resume in the fall.
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 12.
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!
KidLife Club will resume in the fall. Kids in grades 1-5 still have their Derby Car Race the week after spring break:
Derby Car Race is April 10 for children 1st - 5th grade! Doors open at 6, race starts at 6:30. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be available at the kitchen window.
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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