Small Group News

Thank you all for taking the time to complete the brief survey that was distributed at both services on 11-19-2017. If you didn’t have a chance to attend, the survey will also be included in the Stewardship mailing the week of 11-20-2017.

Your input is valuable, whether you currently participate in a Small Group here at RUMC or not. This information will be used to make sure we are meeting the needs and wants of our Congregation relative to Small Groups and Discipleship.

If you haven’t done so, please take the time to complete this survey and return it to church via the office or the offering plate. Contact me with any questions or comments.

Sue DeHoek
Small Group Coordinator

Rockford United Methodist Men’s Group (RUMC-MG)
All men are cordially invited to join in fellowship as they walk with Christ.  Below, for prayerful consideration, are the current opportunities.  May you be blessed in the path you choose!

Meeting at Church on the First Saturday of Each Month 8-9:30 am.   Act Like Men:40 Days to Biblical Manhood by James MacDonald: The study of this biblical approach to becoming more of a Christian man will begin on January 6 and continue until May (total of 5 meetings). This book is available on Amazon and in preparation, please read the introduction, Section 1 (pages 1-71) and Questions. Please contact Chip Stevers ( , or 734-395-0025) for greater detail.

Monday Evening: Held weekly at 9 PM at various men’s homes. *A new topic beginning in December & changing every 6-8 weeks. I’d like you more if you were more like me: a book study by John Ortberg. Please contact Chad Inman (616-402-5562) for specific detail.

Service for men:  Wednesday Evening Meal: RUMC Men shop, prepare, serve, and clean up on the following 4 dates in 2018: January 10, February 7, March 14, and April 25. The meal consists of hamburgers, tossed salad, potato chips and beverages. Meal preparation begins at 4 PM with the meal served from 5:30 to 6:10 PM; facility cleanup is from 6:20 PM until completed (usually around 7: 15 PM).

All RUMC Men are welcome to devote some time helping serve the Church be it room set-up, shopping, food prep, serving, or cleanup. Please contact Chip Stevers ( , or 734-395-0025) for greater detail.

PENDING: A RUMC Men’s Group Fellowship breakfast is being planned for a Saturday morning in either December or January. Allmen are welcome and will consist of food, fellowship, and hearing from the United Methodist Men’s Organization on how we can grow a vital Men’s Ministry at RUMC. More details will be announced as the speaker commits.

Adult 50+ Potluck  – will meet Thursday, December 14th at 12:00 noon in Fellowship Hall. John Dibble will provide our Christmas program. Please bring your own table service and dish to share, beverages provided. Plan to join us. We have some lively conversations and lots of fun. See you there!

Senior Connections – a fellowship group, welcomes all of those over 60 to join in our activities and adventures. Please watch the bulletin above the water fountain near the restrooms for announcements.

  • Scrabble will be held at 1:00 pm on the 1st and 3rd Mondays each month during the winter, rotating at different homes.  Call Nancy Jensen at 551-7612 if you have questions or location directions.

Amity Bible Study meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 1:00pm for Bible study and discussion. The women meet in the Fellowship Hall and led by Ruth Brod.    Contact Lynne Harms with questions.

Widowed Persons Support Group: Will not meet in December. They will resume meeting on January 23 in the Wesley Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  This group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month and is sponsored by Widowed Persons Service.

Hasenpfeffer Night meet on the 2nd Friday of the month. Join us Friday, January 19 at 7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall, for a night of cards, fun and fellowship. Congratulations to the 11/17/17 winner (Ruth Reickard) and loser (Hayley Lindemer) (since Ruth was host, Jack VanderZanden received the grand prize for 2nd place!). Lots of fun and treats to share were had by all. If you do not know how to play the game of Hasenpfeffer, we will be happy to teach you.  Bring a snack to share, beverages will be provided.  Please join us!

RUMC Adult Group  This is a group for adults at RUMC who want to get to know other adults in the church. It’s a place for socializing with your church family and for getting to know adults who want more for their church. Our vision for this group is that once people begin to get to know each other and create connections, they can then define what other things they’d like to pursue. Maybe it’s a small group spin off, marriage course, softball team, monthly dinner meeting, coffee; whatever it is, we want for God to be able to move and help us to become a real “family of God.”
God wants more for us than Sunday handshakes, brief conversations and forgetting each other’s names. God wants us to struggle together, celebrate together and grow in His word together. We hope this RUMC Adults group will help us do that!  Contact Suzi Richards with ideas for future meetings.


In addition to these groups,  please see our other education opportunities.