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“To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Matthew 28: 19-20a spells out the task of this mission. We seek to fulfill that mission by becoming an ‘inviting, welcoming, nurturing, and serving community of Christ.’ We invite you to join us in that endeavor. We eagerly want to be in ministry with you, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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  • CROP Walk 2016

    Sunday, October 16, 2016 1:00 PM

    Join us physically, monetarily, and/or spiritually as we participate in the annual CROP (Community Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk for the Rockford area. This is an interfaith event that builds community while making a difference locally and globally. In the last 25 years, CROP Hunger Walks have raised more than $300 million to help people struggling to feed their families -- both around the world and around the corner. Up to 25% of the funds raised benefit the community where the walk takes place, by supporting local food banks, pantries, community gardens and other hunger-fighting initiatives. You may register online at crophungerwalk.org or you may contact Verlette Gorman (815-636-0514) or Ryanne Ludington (815-985-4260) to sponsor or walk. To walk, we will meet at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 North Main St., at 1pm to register with Step-off at 2pm. You walk at your own pace - the total walk is 4 miles. All are welcome!

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  • Family Concert & Dinner

    Sunday, September 18, 2016 4:00 PM

    The 4:00 p.m. Concert will premier 2 original works, What is Man, for tenor solo & piano, performed by Alexis Kossike and composer/pianist, James Marck, and a percussion piece by Rockford Rhythm instructor, Samuel Campbell. Concert will include live performances of both piano & organ works by Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Beethoven, Max Reger and Harold Darke. Local musician and retailer Joel Ross will lead a mini-workshop on the inside workings of the piano. The 5:30 p.m. Dinner will feature Geri Ryan’s Tastes of Italy: nest of spaghetti, small chicken parmesan, stuffed pasta, with salad, vegetables, rolls, & iced spumoni. Alternate children’s choice for the meal is spaghetti. Cost for Concert & Dinner: $25 per person, $5 for children 10 & under. Cost for Concert only: $10 per person, free for children 10 & under. Proceeds to go towards the Rockford Rhythm program.

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  • Rally Day - Sunday School is Back!

    Sunday, September 11, 2016 9:00 AM

    Help us kick-off our program year by starting with Sunday School on Sunday, September 11th, at 9:00 a.m. We will then proceed to worship together at 10 a.m. in our sanctuary as we sing praises to our merciful Father. Stick around after worship for some Facetime, with lots of coffee, tea, juice, and donut balls, as we greet each other. If you're feeling really adventurous, participate in the Music and Youth Open House where you can try a lot of different activities for free, just to see if you like them. All are welcome as we begin our new program year where we Forge a Family of Faith.

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  • You, too, can be part of our Family of Faith!

    You, too, can be part of our Family of Faith!

    (Rockford, IL) Come and participate with us on Sunday, October 2nd, as we celebrate our past, our present, and our future at Homecoming 2016. Gather together at the Table, Renew old friendships, Make new friends, View our partnership in Downtown Rockford revitalization. You are invited for refreshments in the Parlor at 8:30, Sunday School at 9:00, Worship at 10:00, & lunch at 11:30. You will not go away hungry! At the Homecoming Celebration Worship Service we will have a table called “The Sharing Table” where you may share a picture, an item of interest, a memory, an idea or a suggestion. Please label with name and contact information so it (they) may be returned to you, if necessary.
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  • Joel Ross to lead mini-workshop during Family Concert

    Joel Ross to lead mini-workshop during Family Concert

    (Rockford, IL) Court Street UMC will welcome Joel Ross, local musician and retailer, on Sunday, September 18th, as he leads a mini-workshop designed especially for children and youth. He will show and discuss the inside workings of a piano as they gather around.
    The workshop is part of a Family Concert which will take place that day beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Court Street's sanctuary. The concert will also premier 2 original works, 'What is Man,' for tenor solo & piano, performed by Alexis Kossike and composer/pianist, James Marck, and a percussion piece by Rockford Rhythm instructor, Samuel Campbell. The concert will include live performances of both piano & organ works by Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Beethoven, Max Reger and Harold Darke. To attend the concert, the cost is $10 per person, free for children 10 & under.
    After the concert, a Family Dinner consisting of Tastes of Italy: nest of spaghetti, small chicken parmesan, stuffed pasta, with salad, vegetables, rolls, & iced spumoni, will be offered. Alternate children’s choice for the meal is spaghetti. Cost for Concert & Dinner: $25 per person, $5 for children 10 & under. Please RSVP to (815) 877-2141 by Sunday, September 11th, if you plan to attend the dinner. Proceeds to go towards the Rockford Rhythm program.
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  • Music & Youth hold Open House on Sunday, September 11th

    Music & Youth Hold Open House on Sunday, September 11th

    (Rockford, IL) Check out what's happening with the Music and/or the Youth at Court Street UMC by experiencing the variety of groups of which you could be a part. Here's the schedule for the day - come & go as you are able. And, it's FREE!

    Call now to RSVP! (815) 962-6061 - with which ones you will attend. We want to have enough material available for everyone.

    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Sunday School - All Ages

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM: Worship - All Ages
    Join the whole congregation in prayer and song
    as we open our program year in praise of God.

    11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Facetime by the Big Bell
    Children’s Choir (ages 6-14)
    While parents enjoy coffee, sweets, and fellowship,
    children ages 6-14 go downstairs for a fun, elementary chorus session.

    12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Youth Lunch

    12:00 PM – 12:50 PM: Adult Beginner’s Choir
    Adult Beginner’s Handbells
    Choose between a no-experience-required session
    on either basic handbell ringing, or on basic adult chorus.

    12:30 PM – 1:15 PM: Puppets (ages 4-14)

    1:00 PM – 2:50 PM: Adult Cantata Choir
    Adult Intermediate Handbells
    Have some experience singing or ringing?
    Join others of similar ability in read-throughs of concert repertoire.

    1:15 PM – 2:00 PM: Stick Ministry (grades 3-12)

    3:00 PM – 3:50 PM: Rockford Rhythm: Intro Class
    (Elementary through middle-school ages)
    As part of an integrated program with Phantom Regiment,
    Court Street United Methodist offers elementary training in drumming
    and rhythm-reading. Try it out free! No experience required.
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