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Announcements for 10-20-19

by: Valerie Sneller

10/17/2019

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Prayers:

•Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

•Tanner Lincecum (Pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)

•Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

•Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

•Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 4 lbs and 2 months old; family is grateful for ongoing prayers)

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some… read more

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Prayers:

•Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

•Tanner Lincecum (Pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)

•Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

•Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

•Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 4 lbs and 2 months old; family is grateful for ongoing prayers)

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

•Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

•Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

•Missy Perkins (currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

•Greyson Austin (see prayer update below)

•Denise Roskam (see prayer update below)

•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (see prayer update below)

•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

•Judy Knigge, Audra Klinkenborg’s mother (dealing with several health issues)

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (recently fell and fractured her leg; currently has several spots on her leg that are cancerous; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

Prayer Updates:Denise Roskam has finished her treatments for cancer.Please continue to pray for her healing.Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister, has started her chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer.

Update on Greyson Austin:Greyson continues to do well on Humira.He is completely off the steroids, for which we are thankful.His appetite is good, and he is slowly getting back into shape.His stamina is not so good since he was bedridden so long.He has started using a fitbit and is counting the steps each day.We are so thankful for all the prayers from Rock Rapids.What a blessing to be part of a praying community.Even though Carrie and I have been gone for over 30 years, we still feel that Rock Rapids is a “home” to us.Thanks again for all the cards and prayers. ~ Mike and Carrie Austin, Dell Rapids, S.D.

Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to Tom and Sheryl Bouwman and their family on the death of Sheryl’s father, John Gerber, on October 11, 2019.John’s funeral was held last Wednesday, October 16, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, IA.

Thank You for your prayers and support this last year during my surgeries and recent treatments! I am humbled by all the cards, food, hugs, and many acts of kindness.You have blessed me through some very anxious days!! I have completed my treatments for now and am waiting on the next step.Please pray for continued healing and for no more cancer!! ~ Rich & Denise Roskam and families

NOMINATION BALLOTS DUE TODAY! Please fill out your nominations for Elder and Deacon and place them in the box by the mailboxes. Thank you.

Women's Ministry Executive Committee will meet on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 345.Please find the agenda for the meeting in your church mailbox.

To All Care Elders:Our Care Elder Fall Gathering will be held on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.Our program for the evening will be “What Is Your Story?”We will explore the importance of your personal faith journey and how to share your faith journey with your Care Group members!We will also have some delicious snacks for you to enjoy and some time to share with your fellow Care Elders.We hope to see YOU on October 22!

MEMBERSHIP CLASS:Pastor Dan is going to hold a “Membership Class” on Wednesday nights.Participating in the class does not require you to join the church and can be a time to explore and ask questions.Please let me know is you are interested in attending. ~ Pastor Dan

Hope Haven’s 55th Annual Society Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Hope Haven in Rock Valley beginning at 5:00 pm.Society members will have the opportunity to elect Board members, review recent audits and budgets, and receive the annual report on the ministry of Hope Haven.Hope Haven is a society owned agency; therefore, you are encouraged to exercise your membership and become involved in the business of Hope Haven.

Save the Date! Center of Hope in Sioux Falls invites you to attend their fun-filled Fall Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Sioux Falls Christian Schools. We will have a wonderful time celebrating what God has done this past year and sharing about the changes coming in 2020.We are looking forward to seeing you there! Tickets are $10 per person over age 12 and are available at by phone at 605-334-9789 or on our website at www.centerofhopesf.org. ALL proceeds will benefit the ministry of the Center of Hope. We are thankful for the generous corporate support from Sammons Financial Group and First Premier Bank in covering the evening’s expenses.

It’s Operation Christmas Child time again! We are still looking for a few supplies for our packing party. Please visit the table in the gathering space to see what you can donate. You are also encouraged to pack a box (or two!) on your own. Boxes and brochures are available in the gathering space. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry that makes an eternal impact on kids, families and communities all around the world.

Church Pictorial Directory Information

We invite members and all those who regularly attend First Reformed and are not officially members to have your picture taken and put in the Pictorial Directory.

LifeTouch was here week before last.Thank you to all you participated in the photo sessions!There are still some photo sessions available on Tuesday – Wednesday, Oct 22 and Oct 23.Call the church office or use the link on our website to sign up for a session.

For those who are signed up for a photo session, here is some additional information:

  • Please be on-time as there are many photo sessions scheduled for the day
  • Photo sessions will be held here at First Reformed. Use the north door of the church (by the offices)
  • Pictures will be taken in the Adult Choir Room (by the nursery)
  • Volunteers will be present to show you where you need to go
  • Will take approximately 1 hour (1/2 hour for photo shoot and ½ hour for viewing and selecting photos). The photo shoot time will be for the directory but there is an option for a fun photo, baby pictures, pictures of the children, etc. if you wish

  • You will receive a free 8x10
  • Option to purchase pictures, but no obligation to purchase
  • If you order pictures, they will be shipped directly to the address you provide at the photo session
  • You will receive a printed copy of the directory in January
  • Background color is stone
  • Reminder phone calls and emails will be sent to give you a reminder of your photo session
  • Photos may be submitted if you are unable to attend a photo shoot.

  • If you are submitting a photo, it must be 250 dpi (dots per inch).It is recommended to be a horizontal picture.
  • Email your photo to Val at frchurch@premieronline.net no later than Monday, October 21
  • You must have a signed copyright release if it is a professional photograph.(Val has a release form in the office if you need one)
  • You will receive a printed copy of the directory in January
  • Offerings Sunday 10-13-19Offerings to 10-13-19Budget to 10-13-19
    General Fund:$20,778.50$268,822.59$309,615.50
    Benevolent Fund:$870.00$137,671.37$141,306.15
    Building Fund:$500.00$34,376.79$101,711.57

    Sunday School Offering:Oct. 13, 2019
    Last Year’s Attendance:126 Last week's Attendance:113
    Last Year’s Offering:$131.75Last week's Offering:$200.25
    Sunday School Lessons:
    Unit 11:October 20:Session:2 David Showed Mercy/A Fugitive Spares His Rival
    Unit 11: October 27:Session:3 God’s Servant with David/A Servant Receives God’s Promise

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
    SUNDAY:Care Center Services (3:15 pm-Health Center & 4 pm Lyon Manor)
    7 pm Uninvited Bible study in the youth room
    MONDAY:
    NOON – Quarterback Club in the fellowship hall
    7:00 pm Circle of Kindness
    7:00 pm Women’s Executive Committee Meeting in 345
    TUESDAY:
    Directory Photos resume Tuesday (22nd) and Wednesday (23rd)
    7:00 pm Care Elder Fall Gathering in the Fellowship Hall
    WEDNESDAY:5:45 pm All-Church Meal
    (Glenda H, Amy Sieperda, Robin H, & Kay W – helpers)
    6:30 pm Wednesday Night Activities
    -Memory Work:Psalm 139:4-6
    (5th grade to Premier Estates)
    6:30 pm Hand Bells
    6:30 pm JR RCYF
    7:30 pm Praise Team
    8:00 pm SR RCYF
    THURSDAY:
    FRIDAY:
    8:00 am- Men’s Bible study in the conference room
    SATURDAY:
    SUNDAY:

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    Announcements for 10-13-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    10/10/2019

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    Prayers:

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (Pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 4 lbs and 2 months old; family is grateful for ongoing prayers)

    •Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is… read more

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    Prayers:

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (Pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 4 lbs and 2 months old; family is grateful for ongoing prayers)

    •Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

    •Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

    •Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    •Missy Perkins (recovering from surgery; currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

    •Greyson Austin (has started Humira injections every 2 weeks; pray for Greyson’s internal healing; so thankful that he is able to be off his Prednisone for now.We thank you again for your prayers)

    •Denise Roskam (pray that Denise’s cancer treatments will go well and be effective)

    •Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (diagnosed with ovarian cancer; recovering from recent surgery)

    •Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

    •Judy Knigge, Audra Klinkenborg’s mother (undergoing medical tests)

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (recently fell and fractured her leg; currently has several spots on her leg that are cancerous; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to Joyce Mellema and her family on the passing of her 71 year old brother, David Vanden Bos of Sturgis, MI.David passed away on October 7 and a Celebration of his Life was held yesterday, October 12 in Sturgis, MI.

    Thank you to our church family for all the personal condolences, cards, gifts, flowers, food & especially for all the prayers as we have experienced two losses our grandson Leo & my Mom, Jean in the past couple months. We have felt the comfort of the Holy Spirit through many prayers! ~ Dave, Deb Markus & family

    Thank You for Your Service!For 17 years Audrey Postma, Nettie Roskam, Rodney Vanden Top, and Dave Hulstein have been delivering VCR tapes and DVD’s with our church service on it to Immanuel Lutheran Church and putting it in the player so that everyone could watch the Sunday Service on channel 12 on cable TV at 5:30 pm each Sunday.Premier Communications has changed arrangements and now it is electronically sent and will still be seen at 5:30 pm every Sunday Night. We’d like to thank these individuals for their service and dedication to this ministry.

    Today we are celebrating Holy Communion. Guests who are in good and right standing with their home church are invited to partake with us.

    MEMBERSHIP CLASS:Pastor Dan is going to hold a “Membership Class” on Wednesday nights.Participating in the class does not require you to join the church and can be a time to explore and ask questions.Please let me know is you are interested in attending. ~ Pastor Dan

    NOMINATIONS FOR ELDERS AND DEACONS! Please check your box for the annual letter to members of the congregation asking you to nominate elders and deacons to replace those whose terms are finished at the end of the year. Carefully read the letter for those persons who are not eligible or declined to be nominated. The deadline for ballots being turned in is Sunday, October 20, 2019.

    Women's Ministry Executive Committee will meet on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 345.Please find the agenda for the meeting in your church mailbox.

    To All Care Elders:Our Care Elder Fall Gathering will be held on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.Our program for the evening will be “What Is Your Story?”We will explore the importance of your personal faith journey and how to share your faith journey with your Care Group members!We will also have some delicious snacks for you to enjoy and some time to share with your fellow Care Elders.We hope to see YOU on October 22!

    Save the Date! Center of Hope in Sioux Falls invites you to attend their fun-filled Fall Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Sioux Falls Christian Schools. We will have a wonderful time celebrating what God has done this past year and sharing about the changes coming in 2020.We are looking forward to seeing you there! Tickets are $10 per person over age 12 and are available at by phone at 605-334-9789 or on our website at www.centerofhopesf.org. ALL proceeds will benefit the ministry of the Center of Hope. We are thankful for the generous corporate support from Sammons Financial Group and First Premier Bank in covering the evening’s expenses.

    Our Operation Christmas Child supply drive is underway! Though our packing party isn’t until November, now is a great time to gather supplies with the Back to School sales. There is a sign-up sheet in the gathering space and a box under the coat racks to drop off your supplies. If you have any questions, please talk to Amy Schulte. Thanks!

    Church Pictorial Directory Information

    We invite all those who are regularly attend First Reformed and are not officially members to have your picture taken and put in the Pictorial Directory.

    LifeTouch was here this past week.Thank you to all you participated in the photo sessions!There are still some photo sessions available on Tuesday – Wednesday, Oct 22 and Oct 23.Call the church office or use the link on our website to sign up for a session.

    For those who are signed up for a photo session, here is some additional information:

  • Please be on-time as there are many photo sessions scheduled for the day
  • Photo sessions will be held here at First Reformed. Use the north door of the church (by the offices)
  • Pictures will be taken in the Adult Choir Room (by the nursery)
  • Volunteers will be present to show you where you need to go
  • Will take approximately 1 hour (1/2 hour for photo shoot and ½ hour for viewing and selecting photos). The photo shoot time will be for the directory but there is an option for a fun photo, baby pictures, pictures of the children, etc. if you wish

  • You will receive a free 8x10
  • Option to purchase pictures, but no obligation to purchase
  • If you order pictures, they will be shipped directly to the address you provide at the photo session
  • You will receive a printed copy of the directory in January
  • Background color is stone
  • Reminder phone calls and emails will be sent to give you a reminder of your photo session
  • Photos may be submitted if you are unable to attend a photo shoot.

  • If you are submitting a photo, it must be 250 dpi (dots per inch).It is recommended to be a horizontal picture.
  • Email your photo to Val at frchurch@premieronline.net no later than Friday, October 18
  • You must have a signed copyright release if it is a professional photograph.(Val has a release form in the office if you need one)
  • You will receive a printed copy of the directory in January
  • Offerings Sunday 10-6-19 Offerings to 10-6-19 Budget to 10-6-19
    General Fund: $2,249.00 $248,044.09 $302,020.00
    Benevolent Fund: $6,755.00 $136,801.37 $137,853.00
    Building Fund: $155.00 $33,876.79 $99,230.80

    Sunday School Offering:Oct. 6, 2019
    Last Year’s Attendance: 129 Last week's Attendance:140
    Last Year’s Offering: $137.00 Last week's Offering:$192.25
    Sunday School Lessons:
    Unit 11:October 13:Session:1 David Was Anointed/A Shephard Slays a Giant
    Unit 11: October 20:Session:2 David Showed Mercy/A Fugitive Spares His Rival

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
    SUNDAY: Holy Communion
    7 pm Uninvited Bible study in the youth room
    MONDAY:
    NOON – Quarterback Club in the fellowship hall
    TUESDAY:
    9:15 am Staff Meeting with Dave
    6:30 pm Grace Circle
    WEDNESDAY:9 – 11 am MOPS
    6:30 pm Wednesday Night Activities (4th grade to the Health Center)
    -Memory Work:Psalm 139:1-3
    6:30 pm Hand Bells
    6:30 pm JR RCYF
    7:30 pm Praise Team
    8:00 pm SR RCYF
    THURSDAY:
    6:30 pm Bethesda Board Meeting in the Conference Room
    7:00 pm Walk in Love in 345
    FRIDAY:
    8:00 am- Men’s Bible study in the conference room
    SATURDAY:
    SUNDAY:
    Care Center Services (3:15 pm-Health Center & 4 pm Lyon Manor)

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    Announcements for 10-6-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    10/04/2019

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    Prayers:

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (Pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (see update below)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 3 lb. 2 oz; family is grateful for prayers)

    •Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom &… read more

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    Prayers:

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (Pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (see update below)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 3 lb. 2 oz; family is grateful for prayers)

    •Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

    •Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

    •Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    •Phyllis Te Slaa (see update below)

    •Missy Perkins (recovering from surgery; currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

    •Greyson Austin (has started Humira injections every 2 weeks; pray for Greyson’s internal healing; so thankful that he is able to be off his Prednisone for now.We thank you again for your prayers)

    •Denise Roskam (pray that Denise’s cancer treatments will go well and be effective)

    •Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (diagnosed with ovarian cancer; recovering from recent surgery)

    •Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

    •Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (recently fell and fractured her leg; currently has several spots on her lungs that are cancerous; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her)

    •Judy Knigge, Audra Klinkenborg’s mother (undergoing medical tests)

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to John and Sharon Pap and their family on the death of Sharon’s brother, Scott Bechler, on Sept. 13, 2019.There was a memorial visitation for Scott on Sept. 21 at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Rock Rapids.We also extend our sympathy to Dan and Nikki Van Beek and their family on the death of Nikki’s grandmother, Norma Joyce, on Sept. 28, 2019.Norma’s funeral was held last Thursday, October 3, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD.

    Next Sunday, October 13, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper in morning worship.

    MEMBERSHIP CLASS:Pastor Dan is going to hold a “Membership Class” on Wednesday nights.Participating in the class does not require you to join the church and can be a time to explore and ask questions.Please let me know is you are interested in attending.Pastor Dan

    NOMINATIONS FOR ELDERS AND DEACONS! Please check your box for the annual letter to members of the congregation asking you to nominate elders and deacons to replace those whose terms are finished at the end of the year. Carefully read the letter for those persons who are not eligible or declined to be nominated. The deadline for ballots being turned in is Sunday, October 20.

    October 19, 2019 - Retreat:Embrace, Engage, Encourage:You are humbly invited to a morning of spiritual renewal.Come rest with us.Embracing an encouraging message on “Leaning into Christ”.Includes soul space, a light snack and spiritual energy to continue your calling in Christ.Freewill donation.Invite friends.For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Meredith Vander Zee, Certified Spiritual Director, via message, phone 712-400-9559, or email vanderzeemeredith@gmail.com.*taking time to be with God is the best place to find strength*

    Save the Date! Center of Hope in Sioux Falls invites you to attend their fun-filled Fall Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Sioux Falls Christian Schools. We will have a wonderful time celebrating what God has done this past year and sharing about the changes coming in 2020.We are looking forward to seeing you there! Tickets are $10 per person over age 12 and are available at by phone at 605-334-9789 or on our website at www.centerofhopesf.org. ALL proceeds will benefit the ministry of the Center of Hope. We are thankful for the generous corporate support from Sammons Financial Group and First Premier Bank in covering the evening’s expenses.

    Our Operation Christmas Child supply drive is underway! Though our packing party isn’t until November, now is a great time to gather supplies with the Back to School sales. There is a sign-up sheet in the gathering space and a box under the coat racks to drop off your supplies. If you have any questions, please talk to Amy Schulte. Thanks!

    Church Pictorial Directory Information

    We invite all those who are regularly attend First Reformed and are not officially members to have your picture taken and put in the Pictorial Directory.

    LifeTouch will be here next week (Tuesday, Oct 8 – Saturday, Oct 12) and on Tues-Wed, Oct 22-23 for the photo sessions.Photo sessions will be held here at First Reformed.For those who are signed up for a photo session, here is some additional information:

    Please be on-time as there are many photo sessions scheduled for the day

    Use the north door of the church (by the offices)

    Pictures will be taken in Rooms (Children’s Worship Room) and Adult Choir Room.

    Viewing of the photos will take place in the Youth Room.

    Volunteers will be present to show you where you need to go.

    Will take approximately 1 hour (1/2 hour for photo shoot and ½ hour for viewing and selecting photos). The photo shoot time will be for the directory but there is an option for a fun photo, baby pictures, pictures of the children, etc. if you wish

    • You will receive a free 8x10
    • Option to purchase pictures, but no obligation to purchase
    • If you order pictures, they will be shipped directly to the address you provide at the photo session
    • You will receive a printed copy of the directory in January
    • Background color is stone
    • Reminder phone calls and emails will be sent to give you a reminder of your photo session

    Photos may be submitted if you are unable to attend a photo shoot.

    • If you are submitting a photo, it must be 250 dpi (dots per inch)
    • Email your photo to Val at frchurch@premieronline.net no later than Friday, October 18

    • You must have a signed copyright release if it is a professional photograph.(Val has them in the office if you need one)
    • You will receive a printed copy of the directory in January

    Offerings Sunday 9-29-19 Offerings to 9-29-19 Budget to 9-29-19

    General Fund: $13,296.50 $245,195.09 $294,242.50

    Benevolent Fund: $5,530.00 $130,046.37 $134,399.85

    Building Fund: $10,782.28 $33,721.79 $96,750.03

    Sunday School Offering:Sept. 29, 2019

    Last Year’s Attendance: 128 Last week's Attendance: 137

    Last Year’s Offering: $95.00 Last week's Offering: $1,195.00

    Sunday School Lessons:

    Unit 10:October 6:Session 3:Israel’s First King/God Rejects a King

    Unit 11: October 13:Session:1 David Was Anointed/A Shephard Slays a Giant

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY:

    7 pm Uninvited Bible study in the youth room

    MONDAY:

    NOON – Quarterback Club in the fellowship hall

    TUESDAY:

    1st Day of Pictorial Directory Pictures!(Oct 8 – 12; 22 – 23)

    WEDNESDAY:

    9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

    5:45 pm All – Church Meal in the Fellowship Hall

    (Glenda H, Jill & Dionne J, Kathy M, & Barb D – Helpers)

    6:30 pm Family Night in the Fellowship Hall

    6:30 pm Hand Bells

    6:30 pm Girls League

    7:30 pm Praise Team

    8:00 pm Guys Night

    THURSDAY:

    7 pm Peace Circle in 345

    FRIDAY:

    8:00 am- Men’s Bible study in the conference room

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:Holy Communion

    7 pm “Uninvited” Bible study in the youth room

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    09/26/2019

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    Announcements for 9-29-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    09/26/2019

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    Prayers:

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (Pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (see update below)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 3 lb. 2 oz; family is grateful for prayers)

    •Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom &… read more

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    Prayers:

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (Pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (see update below)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 3 lb. 2 oz; family is grateful for prayers)

    •Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

    •Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

    •Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    •Phyllis Te Slaa (see update below)

    •Missy Perkins (recovering from surgery; currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

    •Greyson Austin (has started Humira injections every 2 weeks; pray for Greyson’s internal healing)

    •Denise Roskam (pray that Denise’s cancer treatments will go well and be effective)

    •Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (diagnosed with ovarian cancer; recovering from recent surgery)

    •Roberta Flier (discharged from the hospital on September 23; recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    A Note of Praise! – Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law, is back to work full-time and doing well.

    Thank You:Prayer Shawl Committee – At the current time we have enough shawls made.Thank you so much for your diligent work in our ministry – you are a blessing to our church and those who have received a shawl.We continue to present shawls to those with a need and will let you know when our supply is running low. ~ Thank you again!

    CONSISTORY NOMINATIONS:All those who have declined nomination for Consistory and whose name is on the Do Not Nominate List, is you would like to remove your name from that list and be considered for nomination, please contact Pastor Dan by Wednesday of next week (October 2, 2019).Thank you.

    MEMBERSHIP CLASS:Pastor Dan is going to hold a “Membership Class” on Wednesday nights.Participating in the class does not require you to join the church and can be a time to explore and ask questions.Please let me know is you are interested in attending.Pastor Dan

    5th Sunday PM Services:Faith Baptist Church will be hosting this month's Fifth Sunday Service. Please join us TONIGHT! September 29 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of music and meditation based upon Psalm 139.Light refreshments to follow the service.

    Pictorial Directory:We invite all those who are regularly attend First Reformed and are not officially members to have your picture taken and put in the Pictorial Directory!

    It is not too late to sign up for a photo session.We have some time slots available yet on Tuesday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 23.Photo sessions will be held at the church.Contact Val or go to our website and click on the link.We also need a few more volunteers to welcome and assist during the photo session days.Please contact Brent Hofmeyer, Matt Kock, Amy or Eric Hartter or Sharon Postma if you can help for a couple of hours.Thank you!

    October 19, 2019 - Retreat:Embrace, Engage, Encourage:You are humbly invited to a morning of spiritual renewal.Come rest with us.Embracing an encouraging message on “Leaning into Christ”.Includes soul space, a light snack and spiritual energy to continue your calling in Christ.Freewill donation.Invite friends.For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Meredith Vander Zee, Certified Spiritual Director, via message, phone 712-400-9559, or email vanderzeemeredith@gmail.com.*taking time to be with God is the best place to find strength*

    Save the Date! Center of Hope in Sioux Falls invites you to attend their fun-filled Fall Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Sioux Falls Christian Schools. We will have a wonderful time celebrating what God has done this past year and sharing about the changes coming in 2020. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Tickets are $10 per person over age 12 and are available at by phone at 605-334-9789 or on our website at www.centerofhopesf.org. ALL proceeds will benefit the ministry of the Center of Hope. We are thankful for the generous corporate support from Sammons Financial Group and First Premier Bank in covering the evening’s expenses.

    Our Operation Christmas Child supply drive is underway! Though our packing party isn’t until November, now is a great time to gather supplies with the Back to School sales. There is a sign-up sheet in the gathering space and a box under the coat racks to drop off your supplies. If you have any questions, please talk to Amy Schulte. Thanks!

    Offerings Sunday 9-22-19 Offerings to 9-22-19 Budget to 9-22-19

    General Fund: $10,925.61 $231,898.59 $286,829.00

    Benevolent Fund: $310.00 $124,516.37 $130,946.70

    Building Fund: $0.00 $22,939.51 $94,269.26

    Sunday School Offering: Sept. 22, 2019

    Last Year’s Attendance: 120 Last week's Attendance: 122

    Last Year’s Offering: $415.47 Last week's Offering: $700.25

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY:

    7:00 pm - 5th Sunday Services at Faith Baptist – see announcements for details.

    7 pm Uninvited Bible study in the youth room

    MONDAY:

    NOON – Quarterback Club in the fellowship hall

    TUESDAY:

    9:15 am – Staff Meeting with Cheryl

    WEDNESDAY:

    9 – 11 am MOPS in the fellowship hall

    6:30 pm Wednesday Night Activities

    6:30 pm Hand Bells

    6:30 pm JR RCYF

    7:30 pm Praise Team

    8:00 pm SR RCYF

    THURSDAY:

    7 pm Walk in Love Circle in 345

    FRIDAY:

    8:00 am- Men’s Bible study in the conference room

    SATURDAY:

    9 – Noon: Day of Service & Community

    SUNDAY:

    7 pm Uninvited Bible study in the youth room


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    Announcements for 9-22-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    09/19/2019

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    Prayers:

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (Pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 2 lb. 11 oz; family is grateful for prayers)

    •Carol Groen (coping… read more

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    Prayers:

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (Pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 2 lb. 11 oz; family is grateful for prayers)

    •Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

    •Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

    •Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    •Phyllis Te Slaa (see update below)

    •Missy Perkins (recovering from surgery; currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

    •Greyson Austin (has started Humira injections every 2 weeks; pray for Greyson’s internal healing)

    •Denise Roskam (pray that Denise’s cancer treatments will go well and be effective)

    •Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (diagnosed with ovarian cancer; recovering from recent surgery)

    •Roberta Flier (recovering at home from total shoulder surgery on September 18)

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    A Note of Praise! – Phyllis Te Slaa has been discharged from the Rock Rapids Health Center after 2 months of receiving physical therapy following her knee replacement surgery in July.Phyllis was able to return home, and we are thankful for her recovery.

    Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to Deb and Dave Markus on the death of Deb’s mother, Jean Evelyn (Graves) Jankord, on Wednesday, September 18.Jean’s funeral will be held on Monday, September 23, at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield, South Dakota.

    Thank You for all your prayers, the visits, food, and well wishes during and following Phyllis’s surgery as well as the visits during her stay in the nursing home for rehab.All was much appreciated. ~ Al & Phyllis Te Slaa

    Thank You:Prayer Shawl Committee – At the current time we have enough shawls made.Thank you so much for your diligent work in our ministry – you are a blessing to our church and those who have received a shawl.We continue to present shawls to those with a need and will let you know when our supply is running low. ~ Thank you again!

    Tuesday, September 24 Consistory meets as well as Deacons and Elders in separate sessions.

    Bell Choir:Looking for a new hobby during Wednesday night activities?Come join bell choir!While your child is learning about youth club our youth group, come join us for an hour of enriching music and fun.No experience needed, we will teach you!Contact Erica Groen for more information.

    5th Sunday PM Services:Faith Baptist Church will be hosting this month's Fifth Sunday Service. Please join us September 29 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of music and meditation based upon Psalm 139.Light refreshments to follow the service.

    Church Directory:We are updating our church photo directory.Photography dates are Oct 8-12 (Tue-Sat) and Oct 22-23 (Tues-Wed).Please note that we have added 3 additional photography dates (Oct 8, 22, 23). Sign up today in the gathering space after church, go online to FRC website at www.rockrapidsfrc.org or call the office at 472-3729.

    Volunteers Needed to Help with Church Directory:We need volunteers to assist during the photography sessions (greet people, check-in, etc.).If you are willing to volunteer a couple hours of your time, please contact Eric and Amy Hartter, Brent Hofmeyer, Matt Kock or Sharon Postma.Thank you!

    Adult Small Group Study:Please join us for a new bible study being offered this fall.We will be going through “Why I Believe,” by Chip Ingram.This is an apologetic series that looks at our faith’s big questions.What happens when we die?Can miracles be explained?Is there really a God? Ingram shares answers systematically and with logical research.Please join us as we look into this eight week study.Our group will meet after worship service during Sunday school in room 200, starting September 29th.If you are interested please contact Joe Vander Zee (712.400.9558).There is a study guide to purchase for $7.Joe will arrange a purchase of these guides, so please contact him if you are interested.

    October 19, 2019 - Retreat:Embrace, Engage, Encourage:You are humbly invited to a morning of spiritual renewal.Come rest with us.Embracing an encouraging message on “Leaning into Christ”.Includes soul space, a light snack and spiritual energy to continue your calling in Christ.Freewill donation.Invite friends.For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Meredith Vander Zee, Certified Spiritual Director, via message, phone 712-400-9559, or email vanderzeemeredith@gmail.com.*taking time to be with God is the best place to find strength*

    Our Operation Christmas Child supply drive is underway! Though our packing party isn’t until November, now is a great time to gather supplies with the Back to School sales. There is a sign-up sheet in the gathering space and a box under the coat racks to drop off your supplies. If you have any questions, please talk to Amy Schulte. Thanks!

    Offerings Sunday 9-15-19 Offerings to 9-15-19 Budget to 9-15-19

    General Fund: $2,525.00 $220,972.98 $279,233.50

    Benevolent Fund: $6,483.00 $124,206.37 $127,493.55

    Building Fund: $500.00 $22,939.51 $91,788.49

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY:

    Sunday School Starts!

    1:30 pm Council of Churches at United Methodist Church

    MONDAY:

    TUESDAY:

    6:30, 7:00, & 7:30 pm Consistory Meetings

    WEDNESDAY:

    5:45 pm Wednesday Night Activities begin with an All church Meal

    (Glenda H, Kay W, Dayna A, & Jen L are meal helpers)

    6:30 pm Hand Bells

    6:30 pm JR RCYF

    7:30 pm Praise Team

    8:00 pm SR RCYF

    THURSDAY:

    FRIDAY:

    8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:

    7:00 pm - 5th Sunday Services at Faith Baptist – See Announcements for details.


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    Announcements for 9-15-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    09/12/2019

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    Prayers:

    • Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (see note of praise below)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don… read more

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    Prayers:

    • Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (see note of praise below)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 2 lb. 3 oz; family is grateful for prayers)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

    •Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

    •Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    •Phyllis Te Slaa (recovering from knee replacement surgery; currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

    •Missy Perkins (recovering from surgery; currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

    •Greyson Austin (has started Humira injections every 2 weeks; pray for Greyson’s internal healing)

    •Denise Roskam (pray that Denise’s cancer treatments will go well and be effective)

    •Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (diagnosed with ovarian cancer; recovering from recent surgery)

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    A Note of Praise!Tanner Lincecum had a follow up appointment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN on September 11.Tanner’s report was positive as he is doing better than expected.Tanner’s headaches are minimal, and his shunt appears to be working well.We praise God for this good news!

    Thank You:A sincere thank you to all who remembered us with prayer, food, cards, and calls.A special thank you for the act of kindness shown by Pastor Dan & Sue.The unexpected death of my sister, “Fiddy” reminds us once again of the good Lords power and plan for each of us.God bless you all. ~ Clarence & Karyn Boer

    Thank You:Prayer Shawl Committee – At the current time we have enough shawls made.Thank you so much for your diligent work in our ministry – you are a blessing to our church and those who have received a shawl.We continue to present shawls to those with a need and will let you know when our supply is running low. ~ Thank you again!

    Thank you for the donation of the fall trees (4).Thank you for using your gift of decorating and making our church beautiful – from the Decorating Chair

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:We would like to inform you about 2 events in Sept. that will allow you to learn more about the ministry of Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare.It would be great if you could attend 1 or both events.On Sept 15th, 2019 at 5:00 pm KBPA is hosting a hymn sing at the First Reformed Church in Rock Valley.We will be having a few residents share their testimonies as well as having many of your favorite hymns sung.On Sept. 16th, 2019 KBPA is hosting its 5th Annual banquet at the New Life Reformed Church in Sioux Center.There will be a meal, silent auctions and live auctions, updates about KBPA, and residential testimonies.Fellowship time and silent auction is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, dinner, testimonies, live auction and ministry update – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

    Hello Grace Circle Members!Grace Circle will begin meeting again after our summer break.Our next meeting is on Tuesday, September 17, at 6:30 pm.Carol De Noble will be our hostess and Bible study leader.Let’s all try to attend as we head into fall!

    Reminder:Please save your Pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald Charities of South Dakota.You can put your tabs in the drawer of the wicker shelves just north of the church mailboxes.We recently received this thank you from them:

    THANK YOU:Dear friends at First Reformed Church, Rock Rapids.Thank You!You have our heartfelt appreciation for your kindness, generosity and support.Your pop tab donation help us to provide our guest families a home away from home when they need it most.Blessings, Nadine and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota.

    Sunday School Kick Off Breakfast!Sunday School starts Sunday, September 22!! TO help kick off another fantastic year, we invite everyone to a pre-service breakfast.Serving begins at 8:00 am, and we will be serving eggs, bacon, and cinnamon rolls.Come enjoy some food and fellowship as we celebrate another year of our education programs!

    Tuesday, September 17 Pastor Dan, John Hulshof and an elder will be attending the West Sioux Classis meeting at Peace Reformed in Sioux City.

    Tuesday, September 24 Consistory meets as well as Deacons and Elders in separate sessions.

    Bell Choir:Looking for a new hobby during Wednesday night activities?Come join bell choir!While your child is learning about youth club our youth group, come join us for an hour of enriching music and fun.No experience needed, we will teach you!Contact Erica Groen for more information.

    5th Sunday PM Services:Faith Baptist Church will be hosting this month's Fifth Sunday Service. Please join us September 29 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of music and meditation based upon Psalm 139.Light refreshments to follow the service.

    Church Directory:We are updating our church photo directory.Photography dates are Oct 8-12 (Tue-Sat) and Oct 22-23 (Tues-Wed).Please note that we have added 3 additional photography dates (Oct 8, 22, 23). Sign up today in the gathering space after church, go online to FRC website at www.rockrapidsfrc.org or call the office at 472-3729.

    Volunteers Needed to Help with Church Directory:We need volunteers to assist during the photography sessions (greet people, check-in, etc.).If you are willing to volunteer a couple hours of your time, please contact Eric and Amy Hartter, Brent Hofmeyer, Matt Kock or Sharon Postma.Thank you!

    The women of Sioux Falls First will be hosting the 2019 “Enough Women’s Conference”.The theme this year is “Created with a Purpose”.The Conference will be held September 20-21 at Sioux Falls First.The main session speaker will be New York Times best-selling author, Karen Ehman.The second session speaker is Twyla

    Kuntz, Vice President of Student Development at Trinity Bible College. Worship will be led by Top 10 Billboard Christian artist, Blanca.For more information see the poster on the Women’s Ministry bulletin board or go to EnoughConference.com and EnoughConference@SiouxFallsFirst.com.

    Adult Small Group Study:Please join us for a new bible study being offered this fall.We will be going through “Why I Believe,” by Chip Ingram.This is an apologetic series that looks at our faith’s big questions.What happens when we die?Can miracles be explained?Is there really a God? Ingram shares answers systematically and with logical research.Please join us as we look into this eight week study.Our group will meet after worship service during Sunday school in room 200, starting September 29th.If you are interested please contact Joe Vander Zee (712.400.9558).There is a study guide to purchase for $7.Joe will arrange a purchase of these guides, so please contact him if you are interested.

    Retreat:Embrace, Engage, Encourage:You are humbly invited to a morning of spiritual renewal.Come rest with us.Embracing an encouraging message on “Leaning into Christ”.An RSVP includes soul space, a light snack and spiritual energy to continue your calling in Christ.Freewill donation.Invite friends.For more information, please contact Meredith Vander Zee, Certified Spiritual Director, via message, phone 712-400-9559, or email vanderzeemeredith@gmail.com.*taking time to be with God is the best place to find strength*

    Our Operation Christmas Child supply drive is underway! Though our packing party isn’t until November, now is a great time to gather supplies with the Back to School sales. There is a sign-up sheet in the gathering space and a box under the coat racks to drop off your supplies. If you have any questions, please talk to Amy Schulte. Thanks!


    Offerings Sunday 9-8-19 Offerings to 9-8-19 Budget to 9-8-19

    General Fund: $10,248.47 $218,447.98 $271,638.00

    Benevolent Fund: $730.00 $117,723.37 $124,040.40

    Building Fund: $100.00 $22,439.51 $89,307.72

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY:

    Volunteer Appreciation and Training after services

    MONDAY:

    7:00 pm Circle of Kindness

    TUESDAY:

    9:15 am Staff Meeting – Cheryl

    6:30 pm Grace Circle

    Pastor Dan, John Hulshof and an elder will be attending the West Sioux Classis meeting at Peace Reformed in Sioux City.

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    7:00 pm Walk in Love in 345

    FRIDAY:

    8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:

    Sunday School Starts!

    1:30 pm Council of Churches at United Methodist Church


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    Announcements for 9-8-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    09/06/2019

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    Prayers:

    • Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (see prayer update below)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don &… read more

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    Prayers:

    • Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (see prayer update below)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is now 2 lb. 3 oz; family is grateful for prayers)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

    •Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

    •Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    •Phyllis Te Slaa (recovering from knee replacement surgery; currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

    •Missy Perkins (recovering from surgery; currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

    •Greyson Austin (has started Humira injections every 2 weeks; pray for Greyson’s internal healing)

    •Denise Roskam (pray that Denise’s cancer treatments will go well and be effective)

    •Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (diagnosed with ovarian cancer; recovering from recent surgery)

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Gail Hartter, (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Stacy Dieren (chemotherapy treatments), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    Prayer Update:Tanner has experienced some progress as his morning headaches are occasional, and they improve with Tanner being active.Tanner has a follow up appointment at Mayo on September 11.Please pray that his shunt will continue to work well.

    Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to Karyn and Clarence Boer and their family on the death of Karyn’s sister Phydelis Hamann, on Thursday, August 29.Phydelis’ funeral was held on September 3 at St John Lutheran Church in Luverne.We wish to extend our sympathy to Trudy and Brad Beyenhof on the death of Trudy’s father, Albert J. Kracht, on August 28.Albert’s funeral was held on Tuesday, September 3 at Jurrens Funeral Home.

    Sympathy:Our sympathy is extended to JoAnn Douglas and her family on the death of her son-in-law, Gregory Smith, on Thursday, August 29, in Rapid City, SD.A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Pactola Lake Campground near Silver City, SD.We extend our sympathy also to Pam and Tom Tille and their family on the death of Pam’s father, Harold Kix, on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.Harold’s funeral was held yesterday (September 7) here at First Reformed Church.

    Baptism:Today we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Baptism of Wren Bouwman, daughter of Matt & Danielle Bouwman; McCoy Metzger, son of Evan & Kristi Metzger; and Holden Hartter, son of Eric & Amy Hartter.

    Reminder:when scheduling any meeting or event in the church please notify the church office what rooms will be used, the time, and the date.Thank you for your help.

    Hearing Devices Available:Are you having difficulty hearing the service?Our church has a hearing assistance system.If you are having difficulty hearing during the worship service and would like to try a receiver, please check at the sound booth at the back of the sanctuary or with Dave Hulstein.

    Church Directory:It’s time to update our church photo directory!Our last photo directory was printed in 2015. We have new families, there have been weddings, babies, and kids who are young adults now. We’re changing and a new photo directory will help us capture these changes.Every family photographed receives a complimentary printed directory, access to our mobile directory and an 8x10 portrait. Photography dates are Oct 9-11 (Wed-Fri) 2-9 pm; Oct 12 (Sat) 10am – 5pm.The photography and portrait viewing will take place at our church with no sitting fee.You will have an opportunity to purchase additional portraits on the day of your portrait session. You should receive your pictures around the beginning of December.Your photography session will take about an hour, during which time you will check-in, be photographed and view your portraits. Our directory will not be complete without you!You can sign up for photography online at our church website at www.rockrapidsfrc.org or call our office at 712-472-3729.Sign up today!

    Volunteers are needed for the Church Directory!We need volunteers to contact members who have not signed up for a photography session and we need volunteers to assist during the photography dates and times.If you are willing to volunteer your time to assist with this project, please contact the Social Committee (Amy and Eric Hartter, Brent Hofmeyer, Matt Kock, Sharon Postma)

    The women of Sioux Falls First will be hosting the 2019 “Enough Women’s Conference”.The theme this year is “Created with a Purpose”.The Conference will be held September 20-21 at Sioux Falls First.The main session speaker will be New York Times best-selling author, Karen Ehman.The second session speaker is Twyla

    Kuntz, Vice President of Student Development at Trinity Bible College. Worship will be led by Top 10 Billboard Christian artist, Blanca.For more information see the poster on the Women’s Ministry bulletin board or go to EnoughConference.com and EnoughConference@SiouxFallsFirst.com.

    Adult Small Group Study:Please join us for a new bible study being offered this fall.We will be going through “Why I Believe,” by Chip Ingram.This is an apologetic series that looks at our faith’s big questions.What happens when we die?Can miracles be explained?Is there really a God? Ingram shares answers systematically and with logical research.Please join us as we look into this eight week study.Our group will meet after worship service during Sunday school in room 200, starting September 29th.If you are interested please contact Joe Vander Zee (712.400.9558).There is a study guide to purchase for $7.Joe will arrange a purchase of these guides, so please contact him if you are interested.

    Our Operation Christmas Child supply drive is underway! Though our packing party isn’t until November, now is a great time to gather supplies with the Back to School sales. There is a sign-up sheet in the gathering space and a box under the coat racks to drop off your supplies. If you have any questions, please talk to Amy Schulte. Thanks!

    Offerings Sunday 9-1-19 Offerings to 9-1-19 Budget to 9-1-19

    General Fund: $5,315.00 $208,199.51 $264,042.50

    Benevolent Fund: $6,543.00 $116,993.37 $120,587.25

    Building Fund: $155.00 $22,339.51 $86,826.95

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY: Baptisms

    Care Center Services (all welcome to join us to assist residents)

    3:15 pm – Health Center

    4:00 pm - Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)

    MONDAY:

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

    6:30 pm Hand Bell Practice

    7:30 pm Praise Team Practice

    THURSDAY:

    7:00 pm Peace Circle in 345

    FRIDAY:

    8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:

    Volunteer Appreciation & Training


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    Announcements for 9-1-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    08/29/2019

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    Prayers:

    • Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (pray for relief from headaches and for Tanner’s doctors to have wisdom in caring for him)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (see prayer update below)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort… read more

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    Prayers:

    • Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (pray for relief from headaches and for Tanner’s doctors to have wisdom in caring for him)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (see prayer update below)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Graham Johnson, great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (is gaining weight & is now 2 lb. 2 oz.)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

    •Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

    •Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the summer months)

    •Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    •Phyllis Te Slaa (recovering from knee replacement surgery; currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

    •Missy Perkins (see prayer update below)

    •Greyson Austin (has started Humira injections every 2 weeks; pray for Greyson’s internal healing)

    •Denise Roskam (recently diagnosed with cancer; pray that Denise’s cancer treatments will go well and be effective)

    •Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (diagnosed with ovarian cancer; scheduled for surgery on August 29)

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Gail Hartter, Eric Hartter’s mother (see prayer update below), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Stacy Dieren (chemotherapy treatments), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin &

    Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    Notes of Praise!Brock Klarenbeek has recovered well from his chest surgery earlier this summer.Gail Hartter, Eric Hartter’s mother, has completed her treatments for cancer.Gail has received a positive report, and she is considered cancer free at this time.


    Prayer Updates:Missy Perkins has been discharged from Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.Missy continues to recover from surgery and receive therapy at the Rock Rapids Health Center. Lambert Van Olst is receiving treatment for leukemia.Thus far he is experiencing few side effects.

    Now Available!Sermon Note Sheets for students on the information table in the gathering space.Please feel free to pick one up and use them to help your child engage in today’s sermon.Thank You

    Thank you for your prayers, cards, and the food brought in following my foot surgery.It was much appreciated.Harriet Hoff

    Hello Praise Team members!We will be starting our season of praise and worship on Wednesday, September 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary!We will be practicing our music during the month of September, and we’ll sing for the first time on October 6.Come for singing, fellowship, and praising God together!

    Women’s Night of Renewal will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.There will be a speaker from the Cornerstone Prison.Root Beer Floats will be served.A freewill offering will be taken.

    Adult Choir will begin practice!If you love music and love to sing, please join us in the choir room during the Sunday School hour on September 15.We will start off the fall season and hope to have a great year sharing your talents.We will be singing on September 22 and then on the 4th Sunday thereafter.Please come and check us out.I think you will be blessed by the time spent together in singing praises to God and his glory.

    Every child needs a praying mom. What better gift could you give your children than to intercede on their behalf with our heavenly Father? Each week, women from around the world meet to lift their children and schools in prayer. We pray a 4-step, simple, conversational prayer that impacts the lives of our children in more ways than we may ever know. Join us this Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 PM in the fellowship hall to hear more about Moms in Prayer and how you can join a group. Often it’s when we step into fear with courage that we see the most blessed results. We pray you will join us, and bring a friend! (Grandmas are welcome, too!)

    Registration Forms for Fall Programming - Planning is underway for our fall programs! If you have a child 6th grade and under, please pick up a registration form (one per child) on the table in the gathering space or from the church office and return it to Amy Schulte’s mailbox. You can also find a printable registration form on our website. We are still looking for a few volunteers, particularly small group leaders for Wednesday nights. If you are interested, please contact Cheryl or Amy. Thanks!

    Church Directory:It’s time to update our church photo directory!Our last photo directory was printed in 2015. We have new families, there have been weddings, babies, and kids who are young adults now. We’re changing and a new photo directory will help us capture these changes.Every family photographed receives a complimentary printed directory, access to our mobile directory and an 8x10 portrait. Photography dates are Oct 9-11 (Wed-Fri) 2-9 pm; Oct 12 (Sat) 10am – 5pm.The photography and portrait viewing will take place at our church with no sitting fee.You will have an opportunity to purchase additional portraits on the day of your portrait session. You should receive your pictures around the beginning of December.Your photography session will take about an hour, during which time you will check-in, be photographed and view your portraits. Our directory will not be complete without you!You can sign up for photography online at our church website at www.rockrapidsfrc.org or call our office at 712-472-3729.Sign up today!

    Volunteers are needed for the Church Directory!We need volunteers to contact members who have not signed up for a photography session and we need volunteers to assist during the photography dates and times.If you are willing to volunteer your time to assist with this project, please contact the Social Committee (Amy and Eric Hartter, Brent Hofmeyer, Matt Kock, Sharon Postma)

    Bible Study Fellowship invites all women to join us as we encounter our UNSTOPPABLE God during our study of Acts and Letters of the Apostles! This 30 week study meets at Faith Baptist on Thursday mornings beginning September 12th from 9:30-11:00. Registration is ongoing, so you can join anytime. For more information, please email Mitzy Johnson at Mtzjhnsn@gmail.com.Visit www.bsfinternational.org to sign up for the study. You can contact Deb Markus 605-254-4676 if you have questions.

    The women of Sioux Falls First will be hosting the 2019 “Enough Women’s Conference”.The theme this year is “Created with a Purpose”.The Conference will be held September 20-21 at Sioux Falls First.The main session speaker will be New York Times best-selling author, Karen Ehman.The second session speaker is Twyla

    Kuntz, Vice President of Student Development at Trinity Bible College. Worship will be led by Top 10 Billboard Christian artist, Blanca.For more information see the poster on the Women’s Ministry bulletin board or go to EnoughConference.com and EnoughConference@SiouxFallsFirst.com.SPECIAL!This weekend ONLY!!! – Buy 2 tickets and get 1 FREE.Go to enoughconference.com and put in the code 3for2 between Friday August 30 and Monday September 2 to get in on this deal.There will also be an after party on Friday with the purchase of a $25.00 ticket to meet and greet the speakers, food and concert, so check it out!!!

    Adult Small Group Study:Please join us for a new bible study being offered this fall.We will be going through “Why I Believe,” by Chip Ingram.This is an apologetic series that looks at our faith’s big questions.What happens when we die?Can miracles be explained?Is there really a God? Ingram shares answers systematically and with logical research.Please join us as we look into this eight week study.Our group will meet after worship service during Sunday school in room 200, starting September 29th.If you are interested please contact Joe Vander Zee (712.400.9558).There is a study guide to purchase for $7.Joe will arrange a purchase of these guides, so please contact him if you are interested.

    Our Operation Christmas Child supply drive is underway! Though our packing party isn’t until November, now is a great time to gather supplies with the Back to School sales. There is a sign-up sheet in the gathering space and a box under the coat racks to drop off your supplies. If you have any questions, please talk to Amy Schulte. Thanks!

    Offerings Sunday 8-25-19 Offerings to 8-25-19 Budget to 8-25-19

    General Fund: $11,341.96 $202,884.51 $256,447.00

    Benevolent Fund: $350.00 $110,450.37 $117,134.10

    Building Fund: $300.00 $22,184.51 $84,346.18

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY:

    MONDAY:

    LABOR DAY – Offices are closed

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    6:30 pm Moms in Prayer Informational Meeting in the fellowship hall

    6:30 pm Hand Bell Practice starts for the year

    7:30 Praise Team Practice starts for the year

    THURSDAY:

    6:30 pm – Women’s Night of Renewal in the Fellowship Hall

    7:00 pm Walk in Love in 345

    FRIDAY:

    8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room

    SATURDAY:

    99 County Bible Reading Event on the Court House Lawn

    SUNDAY:

    Care Center Services (all welcome to join us to assist residents)

    3:15 pm – Health Center

    4:00 pm - Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)


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    by: Valerie Sneller

    08/22/2019

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    Prayers:

    • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

    •Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (pray for relief from headaches and for Tanner’s doctors to have wisdom in caring for him)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (currently faced with several health concerns)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has… read more

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    Prayers:

    • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

    •Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (pray for relief from headaches and for Tanner’s doctors to have wisdom in caring for him)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (currently faced with several health concerns)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

    •Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

    •Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the summer months)

    •Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    •Phyllis Te Slaa (recovering from knee replacement surgery; currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

    •Missy Perkins (recovering from recent surgery at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls)

    •Greyson Austin (has started Humira injections every 2 weeks; pray for Greyson’s internal healing)

    •Denise Roskam (recently diagnosed with cancer; pray that Denise’s cancer treatments will go well and be effective)

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Stacy Dieren (chemotherapy treatments), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin &

    Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    Jess Nichols, Angie Jager’s father, recently had surgery to remove his prostate.Jess’s surgery was successful in removing the cancer, and no further treatment is needed.

    Note of Praise:Graham (great grandson of Don & Doris Calkins) has gained 2 more ounces and is now 1lb 14 oz.He will be in Rochester, MN for a long time.We do appreciate your prayers.Don & Doris

    Thank you so much for thinking of Greyson on his birthday and continuing to remember him in prayer.We are grateful for the body of Christ. ~ Mike & Carrie Austin

    Congratulations to Tiffany (Groen) & Joey Clark who were united in marriage by Rev. Dick Poppen on their farm in Howard, South Dakota last Saturday, August 17, 2019.

    Now Available!Sermon Note Sheets for students on the information table in the gathering space.Please feel free to pick one up and use them to help your child engage in today’s sermon.Thank You

    Women’s Executive Committee Meeting will be held tomorrow night, August 26th at 7:00 pm in 345, plan to attend!

    Registration Forms for Fall Programming - Planning is underway for our fall programs! If you have a child 6th grade and under, please pick up a registration form (one per child) on the table in the gathering space or from the church office and return it to Amy Schulte’s mailbox. You can also find a printable registration form on our website. We are still looking for a few volunteers, particularly small group leaders for Wednesday nights. If you are interested, please contact Cheryl or Amy. Thanks!

    Church Directory:It’s time to update our church photo directory!Our last photo directory was printed in 2015. We have new families, there have been weddings, babies, and kids who are young adults now. We’re changing and a new photo directory will help us capture these changes.Every family photographed receives a complimentary printed directory, access to our mobile directory and an 8x10 portrait. Photography dates are Oct 9-11 (Wed-Fri) 2-9 pm; Oct 12 (Sat) 10am – 5pm.The photography and portrait viewing will take place at our church with no sitting fee.You will have an opportunity to purchase additional portraits on the day of your portrait session. You should receive your pictures around the beginning of December.Your photography session will take about an hour, during which time you will check-in, be photographed and view your portraits. Our directory will not be complete without you!You can sign up for photography online at our church website at www.rockrapidsfrc.org or call our office at 712-472-3729.Sign up today!

    Volunteers are needed for the Church Directory!We need volunteers to contact members who have not signed up for a photography session and we need volunteers to assist during the photography dates and times.If you are willing to volunteer your time to assist with this project, please contact the Social Committee (Amy and Eric Hartter, Brent Hofmeyer, Matt Kock, Sharon Postma)

    Faithwalking:Church members and leaders spend so much time caring for others that we don’t always take care of ourselves. We don't schedule time to engage our own growth and transformation. When was the last time you truly invested in your own transformation, healing, and wholeness?I’d like to invite you to join me, and others from the area in a spiritual formation journey. The material is called Faithwalking. You can check it out at https://www.faithwalking.us/ One pastor who recently completed Module 1 recently said, Faithwalking Foundations was the “best investment I made this year in my own spiritual life.”Faithwalking Foundations is not just for pastors.People from all walks of life have participated.One person said this of their experience, “Faithwalking gave me the chance to reflect on my life in ways I never had before.I now have tools that will impact my life, my work, and my engagement in my church.”Sessions are conducted via the internet on Zoom calls. The next Module 1 will begin on August 28 and last 10 weeks and the enrollment cost is $175. Two session times are available, either 6:30-7:45 a.m. or 11:45a.m.-1:00p.m.To register follow this link: https://www.faithwalking.us/registration-fw-foundations/Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions or for additional information.

    Women’s Night of Renewal will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.There will be a speaker from the Cornerstone Prison.Root Beer Floats will be served.A freewill offering will be taken.

    Adult Small Group Study:Please join us for a new bible study being offered this fall.We will be going through “Why I Believe,” by Chip Ingram.This is an apologetic series that looks at our faith’s big questions.What happens when we die?Can miracles be explained?Is there really a God? Ingram shares answers systematically and with logical research.Please join us as we look into this eight week study.Our group will meet after worship service during Sunday school in room 200, starting September 29th.If you are interested please contact Joe Vander Zee (712.400.9558).There is a study guide to purchase for $7.Joe will arrange a purchase of these guides, so please contact him if you are interested.

    Auditions for membership in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO) will be held on Friday, September 6 (Winds & Percussion) and Saturday, September 9 (Strings). Anyone wishing to play in the orchestra for the first time must audition, and all student members need to re-audition each year. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact the NISO office at niso@dordt.edu or 712-722-6230.

    The women of Sioux Falls First will be hosting the 2019 “Enough Women’s Conference”.The theme this year is “Created with a Purpose”.The Conference will be held September 20-21 at Sioux Falls First.The main session speaker will be New York Times best-selling author, Karen Ehman.The second session speaker is Twyla

    Kuntz, Vice President of Student Development at Trinity Bible College. Worship will be led by Top 10 Billboard Christian artist, Blanca.For more information see the poster on the Womens Ministry bulletin board or go to EnoughConference.com and EnoughConference@SiouxFallsFirst.com

    Our Operation Christmas Child supply drive is underway! Though our packing party isn’t until November, now is a great time to gather supplies with the Back to School sales. There is a sign-up sheet in the gathering space and a box under the coat racks to drop off your supplies. If you have any questions, please talk to Amy Schulte. Thanks!

    Offerings Sunday 8-18-19 Offerings to 8-18-19 Budget to 8-18-19

    General Fund: $2,521.00 $191,542.55 $248,851.50

    Benevolent Fund: $12,484.18 $110,100.37 $113,680.95

    Building Fund: $100.00 $21,884.51 $81,865.41

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY:

    10:30 am - West Side Park Services

    MONDAY:

    7:00 pm Women’s Executive Committee Meeting in 345

    TUESDAY:

    9:15 am Staff Meeting with Sue

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    FRIDAY:

    8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:


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    Announcements for 8-18-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    08/16/2019

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    Prayers:

    • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

    •Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (pray for relief from headaches and for Tanner’s doctors to have wisdom in caring for him)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (currently faced with several health concerns)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has… read more

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    Prayers:

    • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

    •Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (pray for relief from headaches and for Tanner’s doctors to have wisdom in caring for him)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (currently faced with several health concerns)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (continue to pray for the remaining blood clots to dissolve)

    •Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

    •Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

    •Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the summer months)

    •Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    •Phyllis Te Slaa (recovering from knee replacement surgery; currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

    •Missy Perkins (recovering from recent surgery at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls)

    •Greyson Austin (has started Humira injections every 2 weeks; pray for Greyson’s internal healing)

    •Jess Nichols, Angie Jager’s father (recently diagnosed with prostate cancer)

    •Denise Roskam (recently diagnosed with cancer; pray that Denise’s cancer treatments will go well and be effective)

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Stacy Dieren (chemotherapy treatments), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin &

    Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    Thank you for all of the prayers, cards, visits and phone calls when our brother-in-law Rick Munce passed away.A special thank you to Fred and Sharon Tilstra for being such wonderful care elders.We truly appreciate all of your kindness and support shown to us during these past days and weeks.You are both such blessings to us!Laureen and Jeff Schram and family

    Thank You!Don & Doris Calkins thank you for your prayers for their great grandchild, Graham.He is now one pound ten ounces.They are in Rochester, MN.Graham was born on August 10, 2019.

    Now Available!Sermon Note Sheets for students on the information table in the gathering space.Please feel free to pick one up and use them to help your child engage in today’s sermon.Thank You

    Join us tonight, August 18th, at 5:00 PM at the pool shelter house for a picnic, followed swimming! All are welcome and encouraged to come. We will also have registration night for 6th graders and down.If you are unable to attend, please pick up a registration form from the table in the gathering space or the church office. Thank you!

    HELLO PRAISE TEAM!We hope you have enjoyed your summer break!

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    Announcements for 8-11-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    08/08/2019

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Prayers:

    • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

    •Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (pray for relief from headaches and for Tanner’s doctors to have wisdom in caring for him)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (recently hospitalized for tests; discharged on 7-30-19 and is home)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (see update below)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some… read more

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Prayers:

    • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

    •Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (pray for relief from headaches and for Tanner’s doctors to have wisdom in caring for him)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (recently hospitalized for tests; discharged on 7-30-19 and is home)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (see update below)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

    •Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

    •Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the summer months)

    •Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    •Phyllis Te Slaa (recovering from knee replacement surgery on July 9)

    •Missy Perkins (hospitalized at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls following surgery on August 6)

    •Greyson Austin (See update below)

    •Jess Nichols, Angie Jager’s father (diagnosed with prostate cancer; will have surgery on August 12 to remove his prostate)

    •Denise Roskam (recently diagnosed with cancer; pray that Denise’s cancer treatments will go well and be effective)

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Stacy Dieren (chemotherapy treatments), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin &

    Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    Note of Praise!Carter Krull has recovered from surgery on his broken arm.

    Prayer Update: Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson, has begun Humira injections every 2 weeks because the Remicade installations were not benefiting him.Greyson’s doctors are also trying to taper his Prednisone again.The Mayo specialists are hoping that this new medication will help Greyson heal internally so that he can have the last half of surgery for his new colon.Greyson is at home, has gained weight, is catching up with school work and is his happy self again.We appreciate your many caring prayers, and we continue to trust in the Great Physician in all things.Greyson has a birthday on August 15 when he will turn 17.If you would like to send him encouraging birthday wishes, his address is:Greyson Austin, 1004 Westview Drive, Dell Rapids, SD 57022.

    Prayer Update:Andrew Perry, Anita and Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law, has improved as his blood clots have decreased greatly.However, he still has a few blood clots which will need to dissolve.

    Thank you for all the prayers, food, cards, and visits when our brother-in-law and Uncle Wayne passed.A special thank you to the Kocks for being such wonderful care elders and to Cheryl Van Beek for all her support during this most difficult time.Truly a blessing to have a caring Church Family. ~ Conrad & Audrey De Noble and Ben & Nicole Gerleman & family.

    Christian Literature is now being collected!We are now collecting Christian Literature from now until August 20.Check your July issue of the Bridge for a list of items that we can and cannot accept.The boxes are located underneath the coat racks across from the restrooms.Thank you for your donations.

    Sanford Hospice is looking for volunteers to do companionship visits with Hospice patients.A 2-day training session will be held on August 5th and August 6th, 2019 from 9 – 3 at the Pizza Ranch in Rock Rapids.A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.Please call Laurie at 712-324-6419 or email her at laurie.vaniperen@sandfordhealth.org to request further information.

    ORDINATION SERVICE for Steve Wyhe will be held this evening at 6:30 PM at the Carmel Reformed Church in rural Rock Valley. Steve is a “son” of First Reformed in Rock Rapids and we are invited to attend this special event in Steve’s life. Steve’s parents are Paul and Susan Van Wyhe and Ashley Pena is his sister.

    CONSISTORY: We meet this Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30 PM. Elders will meet at 6:30 PM.

    Open House Retirement Coffee:Peace Lutheran Church invites you to an Open House Retirement Coffee for Pastor Hansen on August 18, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.All are welcome.

    Faithwalking:Church members and leaders spend so much time caring for others that we don’t always take care of ourselves. We don't schedule time to engage our own growth and transformation. When was the last time you truly invested in your own transformation, healing, and wholeness?I’d like to invite you to join me, and others from the area in a spiritual formation journey. The material is called Faithwalking. You can check it out at https://www.faithwalking.us/ One pastor who recently completed Module 1 recently said, Faithwalking Foundations was the “best investment I made this year in my own spiritual life.”Faithwalking Foundations is not just for pastors.People from all walks of life have participated.One person said this of their experience, “Faithwalking gave me the chance to reflect on my life in ways I never had before.I now have tools that will impact my life, my work, and my engagement in my church.”Sessions are conducted via the internet on Zoom calls. The next Module 1 will begin on August 28 and last 10 weeks and the enrollment cost is $175. Two session times are available, either 6:30-7:45 a.m. or 11:45a.m.-1:00p.m.To register follow this link: https://www.faithwalking.us/registration-fw-foundations/Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions or for additional information.

    In 2019, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough boxes to reach another 11 million children in more than 100 countries. Gift-filled boxes demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way, and is many times the first gift these children have ever received. Not only is it a tangible gift, but each shoebox has eternal value. Once the gift is in the hands of a child, an opportunity arises to share Jesus Christ with them. The children in our own congregation are also impacted as they pack gifts and pray for the children each of those gifts will reach at our annual packing party.But we need your help! Please consider donating items for our packing party. There is a supply list/sign-up sheet available in the gathering space. Please take a moment to look it over and see where you might be able to help. If you have any questions, please talk to Amy Schulte. Thank you for your participation!

    Offerings Sunday 8-4-19 Offerings to 8-4-19 Budget to 8-4-19

    General Fund: $5,795.00 $175,453.63 $233,660.50

    Benevolent Fund: $5,391.00 $97,116.19 $104,774.65

    Building Fund: $55.00 $21,684.51 $76,903.87

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY:Care Center Services (all are welcome to come and assist residents)

    3:15 at the RR Health Center

    4:00 at Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)

    MONDAY:

    TUESDAY:

    9:15 am Staff Meeting with Ashley

    Consistory Meetings:Elders meet at 6:30, Deacons at 7:00 and Full Consistory at 8:00 pm

    WEDNESDAY:

    9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

    THURSDAY:

    FRIDAY:

    8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:

    Pool Party starting at the Shelter House 5 pm - ? (see your bulletin inserts)


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    Prayers:

    • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

    •Carter Krull (pray for recovery following surgery on June 5 to repair Carter’s broken arm)

    •Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (pray for relief from headaches and for Tanner’s doctors to have wisdom in caring for him)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (recently hospitalized for tests; discharged on 7-30-19 and is home)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law… read more

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    Prayers:

    • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

    •Carter Krull (pray for recovery following surgery on June 5 to repair Carter’s broken arm)

    •Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)

    •Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)

    •Tanner Lincecum (pray for relief from headaches and for Tanner’s doctors to have wisdom in caring for him)

    •Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)

    •Lambert Van Olst (recently hospitalized for tests; discharged on 7-30-19 and is home)

    •Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve),

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)

    •Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)

    •Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the summer months)

    •Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    •Phyllis Te Slaa (recovering from knee replacement surgery on July 9)

    •Missy Perkins (will be having surgery on August 6 at Sanford in Sioux Falls)

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Stacy Dieren (chemotherapy treatments), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin &

    Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    Sympathies:We wish to extend our sympathy to the Jeff and Laureen Schram family on the loss of their brother-in-law, Rick Munce of Sioux Falls, Wednesday morning July 31.Services were held this past Friday in Sioux Falls.

    Sympathies:We wish to extend our sympathies to Bonnie Nail and her family on the death of her mother, Arlo Weerheim, July 26, 2019.Her funeral was held this past Wednesday, July 31 here at First Reformed.

    Thank you:We are so appreciative of the well wishes, prayers, cards, food and visits following my knee surgery.Special thanks to our Care Elder, Diane Altman and to Sue Haggar.We are so thankful to be part of a caring church family. ~ Karen and Bob Reemts

    Christian Literature is now being collected!We are now collecting Christian Literature from now until August 20.Check your July issue of the Bridge for a list of item that we can and cannot accept.The boxes are located underneath the coat racks across from the restrooms.Thank you for your donations.

    Sanford Hospice is looking for volunteers to do companionship visits with Hospice patients.A 2-day training session will be held on August 5th and August 6th, 2019 from 9 – 3 at the Pizza Ranch in Rock Rapids.A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.Please call Laurie at 712-324-6419 or email her at laurie,vaniperen@sandfordhealth.org to request further information.

    You are invited!Pastor Steve Van Wyhe would like to thank First Reformed Church of Rock Rapids for their financial support and prayers as he finished his Masters of Divinity degree this past May.Pastor Steve and family wish to extend an invitation to attend his ordination and installation service as Associate Pastor of Youth and Discipleship at Carmel Reformed Church on August 11 at 6:30 pm.Note the change of time

    Special Music:On August 11th, the men’s chorus will be singing “Midnight Cry” as special music during our Sunday service.All men including high schoolers and college students are invited to take part.We will be rehearsing in the choir room today immediately following church services, and also on August 11th, before worship at 9:10 am.We are very short on copies and this piece is now out of print, meaning that we cannot buy additional copies.If you have a copy at home, please return it to church and put it on the table in the choir room.

    Open House Retirement Coffee:Peace Lutheran Church invites you to an Open House Retirement Coffee for Pastor Hansen on August 18, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.All are welcome.

    2019 Tri-State Conference – Hosted by Bible League International Volunteers: Get your tickets today for the “His Plan…Our Purpose” events hosted by the Bible League Volunteers.Dinner on September 9, conference on September 10, 2019, both at First Reformed Church in Sioux Center.Tickets available online at bibleleague.org/tickets.

    Faithwalking:Church members and leaders spend so much time caring for others that we don’t always take care of ourselves. We don't schedule time to engage our own growth and transformation. When was the last time you truly invested in your own transformation, healing, and wholeness? I’d like to invite you to join me, and others from the area in a spiritual formation journey. The material is called Faithwalking. You can check it out at https://www.faithwalking.us/ One pastor who recently completed Module 1 recently said, Faithwalking Foundations was the “best investment I made this year in my own spiritual life.”Faithwalking Foundations is not just for pastors. People from all walks of life have participated. One person said this of their experience, “Faithwalking gave me the chance to reflect on my life in ways I never had before. I now have tools that will impact my life, my work, and my engagement in my church. ”Sessions are conducted via the internet on Zoom calls. The next Module 1 will begin on August 28 and last 10 weeks and the enrollment cost is $175. Two session times are available, either 6:30-7:45 a.m. or 11:45a.m.-1:00p.m.To register follow this link: https://www.faithwalking.us/registration-fw-foundations/Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions or for additional information.

    In 2019, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough boxes to reach another 11 million children in more than 100 countries. Gift-filled boxes demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way, and is many times the first gift these children have ever received. Not only is it a tangible gift, but each shoebox has eternal value. Once the gift is in the hands of a child, an opportunity arises to share Jesus Christ with them. The children in our own congregation are also impacted as they pack gifts and pray for the children each of those gifts will reach at our annual packing party. But we need your help! Please consider donating items for our packing party. There is a supply list/sign-up sheet available in the gathering space. Please take a moment to look it over and see where you might be able to help. If you have any questions, please talk to Amy Schulte. Thank you for your participation!

    Offerings Sunday 7-28-19 Offerings to 7-28-19 Budget to 7-28-19

    General Fund:$2,770.00 $169,658.63 $226,065.00

    Benevolent Fund:$400.00 $91,725.19 $103,321.50

    Building Fund:$0.00 $21,629.51 $74,423.10

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY:

    MONDAY:

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    6:30 pm Peace Circle in Judy Feikema’s Farm Shed

    Walk in Love in 345

    FRIDAY:

    8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:

    Care Center Services (all are welcome to come and assist residents)

    3:15 at the RR Health Center

    4:00 at Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)


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