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Thank you, everyone, for your very loving financial gifts to Robert and me on the 38th anniversary occasion. We truly appreciate your generosity.


Notice to ROL members:  Cam’s dad is very near to dying right now.  Please be aware that it is possible we may be serving them in some capacity, e.g., a memorial service with a potblessing or just  a fellowship with a ROL potblessing time – McKays are still deciding what exactly to do when dad passes.  There will be food either way and they asked that the food be eaten in the auditorium so as to allow for musical expression during that time.  When/if that happens, we will have to set up tables in the auditorium.  This is fyi so you will be responsive and mentally prepared when the time arrives.

Tonight everyone, except for children’s church, will meet together in the fellowship hall.

There will be a very quick children’s church staff meeting in the office right after church with Rosemary.

Now  through 1/27 / 18 :  ROLWMS and ROL resume study cycle:  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). 

You can start Acts immediately; soon after I, Rosemary, get back from Fla., I will give you a paper to study for the topic.

On 1/13 was the first 2x a year sacrificial giving offering if you did not give then, please give now or soon.  We want each member to contribute something even if you consider it to be small so as to maintain the decade’s long unity demonstrated in this offering.

1/20: This Sabbath:  Pastor Cliff Baker will be in charge of what happens for both services.  Your senior pastors will be in Detroit at Robert sister’s funeral (which starts 10 am for family).

1/22:  TV 25

1/27:  Communion in first service; ROLWMS after second service

1/27: Widow’s use building at 5:30 PM

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

2/6:  Ask the Pastor – Rosemary is on TCT TV live from 2 to 3 PM

2/10: Widow’s use building at 5:30 PM

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

2/12:  TV 25

2/18:  Annual positioned leadership & spouses’ party –  7: 00 PM: 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 Years’ time.

This is a potblessing at our, Robert and Rosemary’s, home. 

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.

2/24: Widow’s use building at 6 PM

2/26: TV 25

2/28: Children’s Church staff meeting after church

3/10 & 3/24:  Widow’s use building at 5:30 PM

3/6 & 4/3: Ask the Pastor – Rosemary is on TCT TV live from 2 to 3 PM

Ongoing ROL programs: 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. We are at WKTV, 5261 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509;

261 5700.   You can find programs also on 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 Five Fold Ministry people (Eph. 4:11).   Students 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 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.  Note: The weekly hearing ear slips are due Sunday evening at midnight each week; the monthly work   is due the Sunday evening after the school day at midnight.   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.

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 Assay.  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 to various venues in the city in order to praise, worship, testify, and pray for people. Cards will be available with our church information to hand out in an invitation for people to come to our services. Participation is open to all ROL members. The ministry is basically seasonal, i.e., during the warm months, usually on Wednesday after church when it is not raining and at least 68 degrees.  We go out from Memorial Day to Labor Day; then, once during Art Prize, and once to do Christmas carols.