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Rockford Reformed Church Weekly News
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
Second Sunday of Advent
Kings in Conflict
Matthew 2:1-18 / Rev. Tim Meendering / 10:00 a.m.
Pre-Service Prayer @ 9:35 (Room 212)
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
Thank you to everyone for coming out to last week's Congregational Meeting! All ballot items were passed. We welcome to consistory Doug Peterman, Scott Jacobs, Darryl DeGood, and Shaun VanderTuuk. Thank you to outgoing members Jason Vergouwe, Tom Wright, Pete Jolliffe, and Scott Cool. They will be ordained and installed on January 6 at the 10am service.
Tree of Hope - THIS SUNDAY
Items Due December 9. Take a tag form the tree in our lobby, purchase the item, and bring it back (unwrapped) by Dec 9. Our goal this year is 100 tags!  more info
Hymn Sing - THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, December 9, 4pm. Join us in the Sanctuary for a Hymn Sing! This event is for anyone who loves to sing praises to God!
Friday, December 14, 7-9pm. Join local residents and guests in celebrating our Savior’s birth at the “Rockford Christmas Celebration & Live Nativity” to be held in downtown Rockford. more info
Monday, December 24, 5pm. Join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5pm in the Sanctuary. Childcare available for kids Kindergarten and under (in the nursery). Our special offering this year will go to the RRC Benevolence Fund.
Our annual Youth Garage Sale is set for Saturday, March 16 from 9am-2pm. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, and we need your help to make it happen! Now is a good time to start setting donations aside. more info
VOLUNTEER NEEDS
click buttons to email for more info or to volunteer
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. Behold Your God: Studies on the Attributes of God . Led by Carol Knox.
Come early for Family Dinner, 6-6:30pm in the gym.
Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm, Fireside Room. Grace/Truth 2.0 - Led by Tim Meendering.
Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm, Room 250. Before Amen - Women's Bible Study led by Polly Johnson.
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: December 14.
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: January 31 (no December meeting) - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
First Wednesday of every month, Fellowship Hall. Odd months we have coffee at 10am, even months we have a potluck at noon. Next meeting: January 2 - coffee at 10.
Adult Single Women's Lunch
Last Saturday of every month, 1pm. Next meeting: TBA
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. Come early for Family Dinner, 6-6:30pm in the gym.
January 18-20, 2019. The Middle Schoolers will be at Center Lake Bible Camp for this year's winter retreat. Signup deadline is January 6. Cost is $50.
December 14-15. See Brian for more info. Cost is $20 due December 13. Meet at church at 10:20pm, pick up 7:30am. Click here for the waiver.
February 8-10, 2019. Cost is $50.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
Parents - please fill out our online Informed Consent Form for the 2018-19 school year!
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.
Wednesday, December 19, 6pm dinner in the gym, 6:45 program in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to our annual KidLife Club Christmas Celebration! Be sure to tell your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for this fun event!
Through December 9
Information is in the Events & Announcements section above.
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