Special Congregational Meeting Pastor Karen Fitz La Barge has been called to be our next pastor beginning on July 5, 2016. We welcome Pastor Karen and her family to our North Kent family
Flowers Sunday are in celebration and thanks for all the volunteers and leaders at North Kent. Thank you for you dedicated service.
Sunday will be a joyful day to thank our choir and musicians for music which has enhanced our worship all year long, and to recognize our Sunday School teachers and students. We will also be thanking our Pastoral Nominating Committee for their work on behalf of all of us and all other volunteers who work hard to make this a place where we love and serve God well. We welcome the Moms and Munchkins group who are with us in worship today. Thanks to the Membership Committee who will host our coffee hour.
Pentecost Sunday is today and we are receiving our Presbyterian Church’s Pentecost offering. Each year the Pentecost offering is devoted to the youth of the church. Some funds support the Youth Triennium, including a prayer center, travel funds, scholarships, youth ministry and outreach.
Some funds support the YAV-Young Adult Volunteers who serve communities at home and around the world while learning skills to help them grow in Christ. Some funds support CYP-Child and Youth Protection Policy of the church. This is an outgrowth of the baptism and the promises we as a congregation make to guide and nurture the children of our church. It includes rules such as providing that all programs, events and interactions with children and youth will have a minimum of two adults present. No adults are allowed to be alone with a child, assuring that all children feel safe and loved and know they are loved by God and adults who love God.
Offerings in this area help support Camp Greenwood, another safe nurturing place for our children to learn and grow in the love of Christ. Please consider a generous gift to the Pentecost offering today.
Save the Date Saturday, June 11th from 9 am to noon is the spring clean-up day. A list of possible areas needing attention will be posted. Come ready to have fellowship and clean the grounds and building areas. Beverage and snacks will be available.
Name Tags please remember to use you name tags in the coming weeks. We have lot of activities scheduled and it will help our guests get to know us by name.
Special Music A sign-up sheet has been placed on the narthex bulletin board for Special Music in worship services this summer. Gather your solo, duet, or group—vocal, instrumental, or drama and sign up soon. Start practicing. Enjoy the fellowship with each other. The dates are fast being filled.
Please note that on Sunday, May 29 we will begin our summer worship schedule with our service at 10:00 a.m.
Pastor Paula’s last Sunday will be June 5. Following that the session has invited the Rev. Bert Nelson to be the “interim-interim” pastor until the arrival of Rev. Karen Fitz La Barge who will be preaching on Sunday, July 10. Rev. Nelson has recently retired from serving the Lyons-Muir congregation. A small group of elders and a deacon will be meeting with him to welcome him and answer any questions he may have as he begins his time with us.
STUART LEITCH PIANO CONCERT: First Congregational Church of Rockford's own musician, Stuart Leitch, will continue his bimonthly series of solo piano concerts in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Rockford, 192 E. Bridge St., Rockford, on May 22 at 4:00 P.M. with a reception after. He will be playing “Bach & Schubert: Fantasy & Dream,” including Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue, BWV 903 (Bach) and Piano sonata in Bb major, D 960 (Schubert). Donations by cash or check are gratefully accepted. For more information, please call (616) 866-2412.
Sunday Discussion Group will take a two week break starting today.
This Week of May 15, 2016 through May 22, 2016
Sunday (15) 10:00 am Choir Practice
10:45 am Worship Service
Monday (16) 10:30 am Moms & Munchkins
7:00 pm Boy Scouts
7:00 pm Session meeting
Tuesday (17) 7:15 am BNI
7:30 am Men’s Breakfast (Mr. Burger, 5181 Northland Dr.
1:15 pm J.O.Y. Bible Study at church
6:30 pm Disciple Bible Study at church
7:00 pm Women’s AA
Wednesday (18) 8:00 am Women’s Breakfast (Real Food Café, 5430 Northland Dr. NE)
7:00 pm AA
Friday (20) 9:00 am Morning AA
Next Sunday (22) 10:45 am Worship Service