Announcements 11 15 18

Study books and topic now through —11—18 :   The book is Nahum and the topic is Communion with a special look at its connection with the New Covenant.

11/15:  Tonight:   Helps meeting with Karen Roark right after church for the Kitchen servers

11/18:  ROLWMS right after service.  During the first service the students will be sharing; we will share communion in the second service.

In our class we will be fine tuning the skit as an exercise in learning to work together; but, ALL the people who raised their hands to participate should  come to ROLWMS this time – it will be an excellent learning/planning event for our students (many of whom are part of the skit):  We will probably do the skit in the first service  on 12 16 and leave the other talent entries for the second one….  Those who raised their hands:   Cordell , Jacob, Joshua, Moriah, Mycah , Hannah, Austin, Rebecca, Dylan, and  Karen Cook  whoever absolutely cannot come will get the script and their lines. (If we missed a hand, just show up.)

We will go through the skit together once on Sabbath, 12- 9 right after church. 

11/22, Wednesday: R/R gone: Pastor Cliff , Pastor Karen C., Pastor Karen V V will be in the positions of responsibility while we are gone (unless they tell us otherwise)

Helps meeting right after church for the ushers with Karen Roark.

11/24:  Happy Thanksgiving! Robert and Rosemary will again be joining the praise team  with their trumpets at Crossroad (Christian Reformed) Church in Madison, Wisconsin.

11/25: Apostle Wilfred Dilbert and his wife, Pastora Dania, will be with us in both

services . He oversees over 30 churches in Honduras.  He lives in La Ceiba, Atlantida, Honduras

11/25:  Widow’s group, 5:30 PM

11/27: TV 25 -- Pastor Karen Cook will be sharing  -- Greg will be bringing the food J

11/29:  In preparation for our Christmas program:  River Comfort rehearsal after church in the office

12/2: Fall youth seminar – Topic:  Personal Relationships  -- Feel free to invite friends and relatives (aged 12 through 21) .

Note to leaders: I will be sending you the content of this soon  -- we will have to do our usual pre seminar planning  meeting via email because there are SO many things that ROL is doing right now!  Tell me ahead of time if you are willing to do the usual food help – buy/prepare. 

12/6:  River Comfort rehearsal after church

12/9:  Christmas skit rehearsal right after service.

12/13:  River Comfort rehearsal after church

12/12:  Rosemary is on “Ask the Pastor” live from 2 PM to 3 PM on TCT TV

12/15: Rehearsal, 7:30 PM, for Christmas program

12/16: River of Life Annual Christmas Celebration in both services – let’s make sure we invite others – especially children! 

12/20 Light Force after service – We will leave service at 7:45 PM and try to start as close to 8 PM as possible to sing and to  play  Christmas Carols downtown:  We will try to get the spot in front of where the TV station has been by Rosa Parks Circle or, somewhere near there.

12/30: Widow’s Group, 5:30 PM

1/1/18:  ROLWMS resume study:  We will be studying  Acts and “Seeing others through God’s Perspective” (considering all forms of wrongful discrimination so we learn to discern other’s character after the Spirit rather than by  race,  gender, culture, age, education , wealth, outward appearances, i.e.,  all outward human distinctions). 

1/6/17:  ROL 38th anniversary celebration day – Last year we tried to make this celebration a bit more informal, less “rehearsed”. We shared vision for the future, memories from the year before, and any open pulpit talent entries we desired to give. As we were pleased with those results, we will be doing that again this year.

1/27: ROLWMS

1/30: 6:45 PM:  ROL and annual HMF Board meeting – finance reports from 2017

  • 2/10 & 11: The Madison Choir –which Pastor Robert is in – is doing a musical, “God’s Trombones”.   The email sent to us says, “This musical though song, dance, and sermon poems tells the salvation story from God’s Creation to the Judgement Day”.
  • Madison Square Christian Reformed Church is on 1441 Madison Ave SE,  Grand Rapids, MI 49507

2/18:  Annual positioned leadership/spouses party – This is actually a holiday party; however, we have all agreed we like a party after we have recovered from all the other gatherings connected with Christmas and New Year’s timeJ .

Please, bring an adult gift to share (one that can be for a man or woman) – You can get new or used (around 10.00 guideline) but make sure it is pleasantly useful, i.e., not “gag gifts” this time. 

2/24: ROLLWMS & Youth seminar:   We will have the winter youth seminar on “Discerning one another’s Worth through God’s Perspective” AND the ROLLWMS on the same day.  We will also have communion.


Our TV 25 program, “River Reflections” at TV 25 in Wyoming, is taped the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month except for December. TV Staff arrives at approximately 6:30 PM. After the taping (usually around 8:30 PM we eat together – we depend on River of /Life volunteers to provide the food at the station or (if they are relatively near the station) invite us into their home – tell Karen Vander Vliet if and when you are willing to volunteer for this. Rosemary is the Director/Producer of this program. When both Robert and Rosemary are gone, Richard Menninga is the program planner. We tape the program at WKTV, 5261 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509;    261 5700.  We also bring the tape to GRTV to air and we upload them to Reflections

Media Club: We rely on this club for the videotaping and editing of clips (or full programs) to be shown on TV 25; however, potentially ALL media expression to minister can be included (the Internet, written productions, etc.). Jacob Menninger is the director of this club – let him know if you are interested in joining. The club can use more film takers and editors. Or, if you took a good video with sound clip during a service…pass a copy on to Jacob.

River of Life Word Ministry School (ROLWMS): A school training students to become part of the Five Fold Ministry (Eph. 4:11).   Students, aged 18 and above,  who enter the school must be members of River of Life already be demonstrating some Word Ministry student candidate qualities (e.g., effective participation in open pulpits and in  prayer service, faithfulness, availability to be help out others, etc.).   Rosemary is the founder/director.   ROLWMS consists of much at home (online) work but will be meeting together once a month or so too. Let Rosemary know if you are interested and she will give you a resume form to complete and a brochure (so you can read it and “count the cost” before coming to a meeting).  Before you come to the first meeting, you will be required to hand in the work from the month before as well as demonstrating those Word Minister traits mentioned above.  Completed work is to be sent to Rosemary at   You will find the school details on the site.  You must get a Thompson Chain Bible and either own or have access to a computer. All work is shared online; however, hard copies of all weekly and monthly work are to be given to Rosemary too.

Prayer Guard: If you or your immediate family (grandparents, parents, spouses, and siblings) needs prayer, please send that request to Sue Mulder who will forward your request to the email addresses of our congregation. (If she does not have your email address, please give it.) She is at    when a request for prayer is on prayer guard it is the duty of all ROL members to pray for that request! If you want   to send a prayer request apart from the stated prayer guard inclusions, you are free to use the ROL email list to do that as often as you desire; however, that is not an “official” ROL family “duty” for us all to respond ; however, of course it would be a loving thing for us all to do! (You may put in the subject line “request for prayer – not part of ROL prayer guard” if you wish.)

Christian Senior Singles (ages 50 +): The leader is Ida Assfy.  The purpose is to simply enjoy fellowship with one another both spiritually and socially. All Christian senior singles, male and female, are welcome whether they are single through divorce, have never been married, or have lost their spouse to death. You must stay in touch with her to see what plans are currently in place.

Light Force: Robert and Rosemary are the leaders of this evangelistic outreach ministry. We take instruments and our voices downtown to praise, worship, testify, and pray for people. This ministry occurs weekly during the warm months (after Memorial Day, before Labor Day), on Wednesday after church when it is not raining and at least 68 degrees.  During our “official ministry time” there together we ask ROL participants not to give anything to the street people who approach us only to ask for help financially.  We also go out once during Art Prize, and once to do Christmas carols.