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Thank you for your extremely generous gift to Robert on his birthday on 3 3!

Passover is coming soon!! We will celebrate Passover – the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, on March 31. Be planning dances, skits, poems, songs, instrumentals – whatever way you can share the gospel as contained in the Passover! 

From now through 3/10 we are studying:  Micah, Amos, Titus, Hosea, Joel

3/7:  Tonight:  River Comfort in office after service (This would have been on the 3/14h; but, R/R will be gone then.)

3/10: First service: Students from ROLWMS share; Second service: We serve communion; after services:  ROLWMS meets in the office.

3/10:  The widows use the building at 5:30 PM

3/11:   10:30 AM:  Bridal shower brunch at church for Hannah Menninga.  ROL sisters aged 12 and older are invited to come.  Hannah is registered at Wayfair and at Bed Bath and Beyond.  We are asking that people bring words of wisdom and encouragement and a fun story about Hannah.  There will be food, fun and games. RSVP with Mycah Roark at

3/11:  Received from our friend, Veruynca Williams (The one who leads the Blessing of the Students in the Fall):     #iAmWorship 2018,  Psalms 150, City-wide Youth Experience (Ages 14+),Area youth pastors, ministers and leaders along with Calvin College and Cornerstone University will proudly host an inter-faith worship for teens and youths March 11, 2018 at 5:45 PM.   This service will be held at Calvin College, Covenant Fine Arts Center, 1795 Knollcrest Circle, SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546.    The integration of prayers, thematic preaching, praise bands, poets, dance and drama will fulfill the vision of this City-wide Teen/Youth Worship gathering. Pastors Jeffrie and Maria Hunter, Life International Family Training Center (Holland, Michigan) will tag-team and deliver the evening message.     We believe this worship will be a spiritually exalting experience for ALL in attendance.  COME ON, we have 1,000 seats to fill and it is Open to the public.  A free-will offering will be received.  COME ON, Bring your teens and youths to this SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP that is youth-planned and youth-led! {End of VW’s announcement}

From 3/11 through 4/7 we will be studying Zechariah, Malachi, 1 John, and Women in Ministry –  A study paper will be provided concerning the topic.

3/12:  TV 25 – Richard Menninga is in charge.

3/14 and 3/17:  Cliff Baker is in charge; Karen Cook is in charge of prayer times; Karen Vander Vliet is in charge of the Barnes’ home and all administrative work.

3/24: Deacon Richard Menninga’s birthday offering

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

3/28: Clean up night.   River Comfort after cleanup.

3/30: 7:30: Passover rehearsal

3/31: We celebrate Passover – We will have communion together too as is our custom on Passover

4/7:  ROLWMS, no communion as we are doing that on 3/31.

4/8:  Children’s Church staff event – Tracy, Greg, and Ryan are welcome to join us for dinner if they would like to.  Location to be announced later.  We will have our seminar from around 2 PM to 6 PM and dinner at around 6:30 PM.  There will be a quiz (with a 50.00 first prize) concerning the books that were handed out to the CC staff on 2 14 18.

4/9: TV 25

Sunday, 4/15, 11:00 AM: Hannah and Dylan are getting married in our churchJWeather permitting, there will be food and fellowship outside after the ceremony. The ROL family is invited.   Please rsvp. You can visit their website at

4/17:  Associate minister’s meeting in R/R home.

4/23:  TV 25: The Single Seniors will be bringing food for the crew after we tape the programs.

In May the Senior Singles will be attending a White Caps game–the exact date will come soon.

5/12: ROLWMS

5/30: Light Force season begins J

6/1 through 6/3:  Downtown festival

6/13:  An evening to honor our graduates,  Hannah  Menninga  Schneider (a bachelor’s degree) and Elijah Brown (a high school diploma). Pastor Karen Vander Vliet  will be ministering. There will be a continental breakfast and then a potblessing after service. 

6/16: ROLWMS

6/20:  Children’s Church staff after service:   Planning session for the August event

Probable time, i.e., somewhere in this framework: 6/25 through as long as 7/10: R/R on trip (unsure if driving or flying…shorter time if flying) to Florida.

7/12: The Senior Singles group will be going to Cannonsburg Ski Area for a concert and fireworks.

7/24: Positioned Leadership meeting – 1st 2 quarters finance reports


8/10—8/12:  Children’s Ministry weekend (Children’s Church and Powerhouse   aged children, i.e., aged 5 through 15):  Friday around 7 PM; Saturday during both services; and Sunday around 4:00 PM  , for  a program (and light meal)  to present to the  parents and friends of those who attend as well as the ROL family. We will be handing out fliers so as to encourage many children to attend.  The theme will be about enjoying the presence of the Lord. 

9/8: Tentative date for our annual church picnic

9/15:  Youth Seminar

10/20:  Probable date for a Children’s event after church:  The children will be creating greeting cards to put in the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. 

Possible trip for R/R to go see EG:  Length within this time frame depends on whether a plane or driving is involved:  10/22 through 11/6

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.