No cigarette butt or candy wrapper left behind by Trash Team

Standing in front of their headquarters tent,  just outside the Lions’ beer tent, is one of Rockford United Methodist Church’s SOS Trash Team crews with just a few of the well over 200 bags of accumulated trash picked up during the three-day festival. Pictured are (l–r) crew leader Mike Walden, team leader Ruth Reickard, along with Rockford High School students Mitch and Matt Dickenson. (Not pictured: RHS graduate Jake Schemmel.)

Rockford church youth make clean sweep during SOS Celebration by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Perhaps the most popular of all of the events hosted by the City of Rockford, the Start of Summer (SOS) Celebration kicked off the summer vacation season this past weekend with a jam-packed three days of festivities. There was something for […]

Annual arts show highlights local talent


The Rogue River Artist Association held its annual Spring Sale and Show on Saturday, April 30 at the Rockford United Methodist Church in downtown Rockford. There were thirteen participating artists displaying watercolor paintings, oils, acrylics, fabric arts and hand-crafted cement bird baths. A nice flow of shoppers enjoyed the displays throughout the day. Light refreshments […]

Church fundraiser has history of centuries

Robbin Sheasley and Kris Hassan are proud of the efforts of church volunteers who turn out in force to make the pasty sale a success. Hassan is pasty chair and “chief whip-cracker.”

Food is portable, saved miners from eating arsenic by BETH ALTENA The Rockford United Methodist Church held its 33rd annual pasty sale last week from from ? to ? and baked and sold nearly 6,000 of the “pies” filled with beef, pork, rutabagas, onions, carrots, potatoes and secret seasonings. The tradition is a long one […]

A Message for You — July 1, 2010

Church: safest place to be by PASTOR DICK RILEY  Rockford United Methodist Church I read an article last month about the safest places for us humans to be, and it had some very interesting statistics in it. For example: • Don’t ride in your car—they cause 20% of all fatal accidents! • Don’t stay at […]

A Message for You — February 25, 2010

Done for you! by PASTOR DICK RILEY Rockford United Methodist Church Several years ago in California, a seven-year-old boy fell into an old abandoned mine shaft. His playmate ran for help. Rescue workers moved in quickly. Heavy machinery was brought in, and tons of dirt began to be moved. Finally, after 36 hours of digging, […]