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Announcements for 1-13-19

by: Valerie Sneller

01/10/2019

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Missy (Michelle) Perkins (hospitalized at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls and is recovering from recent surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is recovering at home), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4… read more

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Missy (Michelle) Perkins (hospitalized at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls and is recovering from recent surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is recovering at home), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), and Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith and Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (see prayer update).

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt).

Update on Greyson: Greyson needed to return to Mayo as he didn’t seem to be progressing well. After tests there, they determined he has pancreatitis. They are treating with pancreatic enzymes. Please pray that this will help heal the inflammation. Thanking you again for your care and prayers. ~ Marlene Mellema and families

Thank You to everyone who upheld Mitch and our family in prayer before, during and after Mitch’s shoulder surgery. Thank you also for the meals, cards and visits. We appreciate your thoughtful kindness. ~ Blessings, The Van Beeks, Keith, Cheryl and Mitch

Thank You for all your prayers and cards during my recent surgery and recovery. A special thank you to Mary Hoogers and Sue Haggar for their visits. ~ Jeff Van Veldhuizen

Attention: We are being asked to not shake hands to prevent the spread of infections and the flu. We can still greet one another but in ways other than hand contact. ~ Thank you

MEMBERSHIP CLASS starts today after worship in Room 200. We still have room if you did not sign up. Join us to learn about what it means to make profession of faith.

CONSISTORY: Reminder we meet Monday, January 21.

Grace Circle: Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30 pm, Grace Circle will meet at Marlene Mellema’s condo (3rd one on the west # 105). You may pay for your book “True Spirituality” at our meeting. Let’s begin the new year with everyone present! J

ATLAS OPEN HOUSE! Where? the ATLAS Ministry Center 113 First Avenue Rock Rapids (former Modern Home Store building) When? Held Thursday, January 10th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm and Friday, January 11th from 9:30 am to 11:00 am Why? See what God is doing in your backyard mission and learn about/sign-up for opportunities to serve! To God Be The Glory…Great Things He Has Done!

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT: Piano Dreamer, January 26, at 7:30 PM in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Composer, pianist, and conductor Jan Mulder will be joining the orchestra as guest artist for the evening. NISO’s Celebrity Conductor Contest will be held in conjunction with this Concert. Advance tickets are available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

Dordt College’s Andreas Center will host song and modern-day hymn writer Sandra McCracken on Monday, February 4th as part of our First Mondays Speaker Series. This event and the series is free (though RSVP is necessary for the concert).

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY to be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Larchwood. The course will run from Sunday, Feb. 3rd-Sunday, March 31st (April 7th will be a make-up date). The class will be from 4-5:30 PM. Cost of the course is $109/household; checks can be made payable to CFE (Center for Financial Education); cash payments also accepted. We need a minimum of 10 households registered to have this class. You can register here: https://www.fpu.com/1083055. Please contact Josh Feucht (605-261-6768) with any questions/payments. Once payment has been received, you’ll receive an ID number to set up your online membership. We look forward to seeing you!

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Crossroads Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is accepting applications for the upcoming weekend at the Reformed Church of Steen in Steen, Minnesota. TEC is an interdenominational three day Christian retreat/lock-in designed to help high schoolers learn more about their faith and their community. The next TEC is Friday February 15 through Sunday February 17, 2019. If you would like to learn more about TEC or register, please visit www.CrossroadsTEC.com/apply or email CrossroadsTEC@gmail.com. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt, meals & other special gifts. Scholarships are available upon request. Crossroads TEC is also looking for adults with a passion for ministering to teens to help make the weekend a success.

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 4 years old you could qualify for a FREE center-based program through Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Head Start. For more information contact 1-800-859-2025. Give your child a “Head Start” in education. Early Head Start is taking applications for the FREE resource Program serving pregnant women and children under the age of 3. For more information contact 1-800-859-2025 for this supportive program.

FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 1-6-19 Offerings to 1-6-19 Budget to 1-6-19

General Fund: $2,991.00 $2,991.00 $7,595.50

Benevolent Fund: $5,599.00 $5,599.00 $3,453.15

Building Fund: $350.00 $350.00 $2,480.77

Sunday School Offering: January 6, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 116 Last week's Attendance: 108

Last Year’s Offering: $324.00 Last week's Offering: $117.25

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – Joseph Explained Dreams (Session 2)

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – Joseph Saved His Family (Session 3)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Becca Roskam Testimonial and Spaghetti meal at noon

in the fellowship hall. Free-Will Offering

MONDAY: Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 5:00 pm

TUESDAY:

6:30 pm Grace Circle at Marlene Mellema’s home

(see the announcements for directions and more information on the lesson)

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

WEDNESDAY

9 -11 MOPS

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 6:30 pm & 8:00 pm

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – Girl’s League

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8 pm – Guy’s Night

THURSDAY:

Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

FRIDAY:

Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 7:00 am

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Nursing Home Services (all are welcome to assist)

3:15 pm Health Center

4:00 pm Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)

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Announcement for 1-6-19

by: Valerie Sneller

01/03/2019

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Missy (Michelle) Perkins (prayers as she was admitted to Sanford Hospital on the 22nd of December), Mitchell Van Beek (recovering from shoulder surgery), Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Missy (Michelle) Perkins (prayers as she was admitted to Sanford Hospital on the 22nd of December), Mitchell Van Beek (recovering from shoulder surgery), Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is slowly recovering at home), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), and Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (recovering at home from his second colon surgery).

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Dave Kwikkel (Arnie & Donna Kwikkel’s son), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother).

Update: Greyson Austin was able to come home for Christmas. Thank you Lord. Please keep him in your prayers for strength and healing for his upcoming Feb 6th surgery, healing is necessary. Our family thanks you for your care and prayers. ~ Marlene Mellema and families

Attention: We are being asked to not shake hands to prevent the spread of infections and the flu. We can still greet one another but in ways other than hand contact. ~ Thank you

Grace Circle Members: Grace Circle will continue to meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. On January 15th we will meet at Marlene Mellema’s home. Our new books may be paid for and picked up from Lisa Vande Stouwe at ATLAS. We are excited to be studying Chip Ingram’s “True Spirituality!”

Cornerstone Prison Church Faith Fellowship Weekend: Friday, January 25 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm & January 26 & 27 – 7:15 am to 4:00 pm each day. The theme for the weekend is “Year of Reconciliation” based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions. The deadline for signing up is Monday, January 7, 2019. We would be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it. Sign up at office@cornerstonepcsd.org or call 507-215-3670. Thank you for considering this wonderful ministry opportunity!

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT: Piano Dreamer, January 26, at 7:30 PM in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Composer, pianist, and conductor Jan Mulder will be joining the orchestra as guest artist for the evening. NISO’s Celebrity Conductor Contest will be held in conjunction with this Concert. Advance tickets are available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Crossroads Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is accepting applications for the upcoming weekend at the Reformed Church of Steen in Steen, Minnesota. TEC is an interdenominational three day Christian retreat/lock-in designed to help high schoolers learn more about their faith and their community. The next TEC is Friday February 15 through Sunday February 17, 2019. If you would like to learn more about TEC or register, please visit www.CrossroadsTEC.com/apply or email CrossroadsTEC@gmail.com. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt, meals & other special gifts. Scholarships are available upon request. Crossroads TEC is also looking for adults with a passion for ministering to teens to help make the weekend a success.

FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 12-30-18 Offerings to 12-30-18 Budget to 12-30-18

General Fund: $10,501.00 $333,571.91 $365,582.10

Benevolent Fund: $3,320.00 $179,875.23 $174,373.18

Building Fund: $29,164.04 $86,662.12 $126,611.17

Sunday School Offering: December 30, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: 78 Last week's Attendance: 86

Last Year’s Offering: $82.00 Last week's Offering: $585.50

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – Joseph Sent to Egypt (Session 1)

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – Joseph Explained Dreams (Session 2)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Installation & Ordination of Elders and Deacons

MONDAY: Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 5:00 pm

TUESDAY:

Staff Meeting with Sue at 9:15 am

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

WEDNESDAY

Joy Circle in 345 at 9:30 am

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 6:30 pm & 8:00 pm

SOUP SUPPER, serving from 5-7 pm in the fellowship hall

NO Mid-week Activities

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

THURSDAY:

Peace Circle at 7:00 pm

Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

FRIDAY:

Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 7:00 am

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Becca Roskam Testimonial and Spaghetti meal at noon

in the fellowship hall. Free-Will Offering

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Volunteer List for January

by: Valerie Sneller

12/28/2018

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Announcements for 12-30-18

by: Valerie Sneller

12/27/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Missy Perkins (prayers as she was admitted to Sanford Hospital on the 22nd of December), Mitchell Van Beek (recovering from shoulder surgery), Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Missy Perkins (prayers as she was admitted to Sanford Hospital on the 22nd of December), Mitchell Van Beek (recovering from shoulder surgery), Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is slowly recovering at home), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), Nelva Rohlfs, Lavonne Grooters’ sister (recovering from hip surgery; pray for regained strength), Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), and Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (recovering at home from his second colon surgery).

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Dave Kwikkel (Arnie & Donna Kwikkel’s son), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother).

Thank you for your prayers, cards, and acts of kindness after my recent surgeries. Special thank you to Pastor Dan and Sue for your calls and visits in the hospital, as well as Bob and Karen Reemts our Care Elders. We are thankful for good reports and pray for continued good health. ~ Denise Roskam

Attention: We are being asked to not shake hands to prevent the spread of infections and the flu. We can still greet one another but in ways other than hand contact. ~ Thank you

Pastor Dan & Sue will be on a vacation break from Tuesday, December 25 through Friday, January 4. Please contact your Care Elder, Elder, or Cheryl Van Beek with any concerns.

ATTENTION: No Choir Practice this morning, December 30, 2018. Thank you

OFFICES CLOSED: The offices will be closed on Monday, December 31st and January 1st for the holiday.

Cornerstone Prison Church Faith Fellowship Weekend: Friday, January 25 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm & January 26 & 27 – 7:15 am to 4:00 pm each day. The theme for the weekend is “Year of Reconciliation” based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions. The deadline for signing up is Monday, January 7, 2019. We would be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it. Sign up at office@cornerstonepcsd.org or call 507-215-3670. Thank you for considering this wonderful ministry opportunity!

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Crossroads Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is accepting applications for the upcoming weekend at the Reformed Church of Steen in Steen, Minnesota. TEC is an interdenominational three day Christian retreat/lock-in designed to help high schoolers learn more about their faith and their community. The next TEC is Friday February 15 through Sunday February 17, 2019. If you would like to learn more about TEC or register, please visit www.CrossroadsTEC.com/apply or email CrossroadsTEC@gmail.com. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt, meals & other special gifts. Scholarships are available upon request. Crossroads TEC is also looking for adults with a passion for ministering to teens to help make the weekend a success.

FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 12-23-18 Offerings to 12-23-18 Budget to 12-23-18

General Fund: $14,489.00 $323,070.91 $351,786.54

Benevolent Fund: $1,710.00 $176,555.23 $167,793.06

Building Fund: $2,500 $57,498.08 $121,833.39

Sunday School Offering: December 23, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: Last week's Attendance: 0

Last Year’s Offering: $ Last week's Offering: $0.00

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 - Christmas: Jesus was Born

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – Joseph Sent to Egypt (Session 1)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK (No Moms in Prayer this week)

SUNDAY:

Pastor Steven Van Wyhe has pulpit supply

MONDAY:

Offices are closed for New Year’s Eve

TUESDAY:

Offices are closed for New Year’s Day

WEDNESDAY

9 – 11 am MOPS

NO Mid-week Activities

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

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Announcements for 12-23-18

by: Valerie Sneller

12/21/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Mitchell Van Beek (recovering from shoulder surgery), Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is slowly… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Mitchell Van Beek (recovering from shoulder surgery), Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is slowly recovering at home), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), Nelva Rohlfs, Lavonne Grooters’ sister (recovering from hip surgery; pray for regained strength), Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), and Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (recovering at home from his second colon surgery).

Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Dave Kwikkel (Arnie & Donna Kwikkel’s son), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother).

Prayer Updates: Asher Menning was discharged from the hospital last week. He continues to recover from RSV and pneumonia. Jack Gable, Allison Van Aartsen’s father, has had a bout of pneumonia as well as some vision issues. Jack is also dealing with strength issues in his legs.

Congratulations! to Melissa and Brent Hofmeyer on the birth of a baby girl, Ruthie, on Tuesday, December 18th.

Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Margie and Richard Reitsma and Heather and Dave Springer & their family on the death of Margie’s sister, Jenny Cerrullo, on December 15. A memorial service for Jenny was scheduled on December 22 in Springfield, Missouri.

Prayer Request: Prayers are requested for Erica Vik’s family. Erica, 26 year old daughter of Keith and Angie Vik, took her life on Sunday, December 16th in the San Francisco area. A memorial service is planned at Grace Bible Fellowship Church at 2:00 pm on December 29th in Washburn, WI. The address for Pastor Keith and Angie Vik is 214 5th Avenue E, Ashland, WI 54806. Erica is the niece of Bob and Karen Reemts. ~ Thank you.

Update: Please be in prayer for Greyson Austin and his family while he is in Mayo having all of his vitals reviewed to make sure he will be ready for his Feb 6 surgery to complete the reconstruction of his colon. ~ Marlene Mellema & families

Thank you for your prayers, cards, and acts of kindness after my recent surgeries. Special thank you to Pastor Dan and Sue for your calls and visits in the hospital, as well as Bob and Karen Reemts our Care Elders. We are thankful for good reports and pray for continued good health.

Thank You: Sue and I want to extend to each of you our sincerest Christmas blessings and thanks for all the cards and gifts of appreciation given to us during this season. Your kindness and support sustains us in the ministry entrusted to us at First Reformed Church. As we enter our 20th year with you we look forward to continuing God’s mission and ministry together in Rock Rapids and beyond! Peace and grace, Pastor Dan

Christmas Eve Services: We will be having Christmas Eve Services at 6:30 pm. This will be a candlelight service with communion. Please plan to join us for this time of celebrating Jesus’ birth.

Attention: We are being asked to not shake hands to prevent the spread of infections and the flu. We can still greet one another but in ways other than hand contact. ~ Thank you

Pastor Dan & Sue will be on a vacation break from Tuesday, December 25 through Friday, January 4. Please contact your Care Elder, Elder, or Cheryl Van Beek with any concerns.

Offering Envelopes: Are you interested in giving your offering in an offering envelope? Please talk with one of the Deacons and they will get you a box of envelopes for 2019. If you already have a number your box of envelopes will be in your mailbox soon. Your numbers did not change. Thank you, The Deacons.

Cornerstone Prison Church Faith Fellowship Weekend: Friday, January 25 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm & January 26 & 27 – 7:15 am to 4:00 pm each day. The theme for the weekend is “Year of Reconciliation” based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions. The deadline for signing up is Monday, January 7, 2019. We would be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it. Sign up at office@cornerstonepcsd.org or call 507-215-3670. Thank you for considering this wonderful ministry opportunity!

FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 12-16-18 Offerings to 12-16-18 Budget to 12-16-18

General Fund: $3,539.00 $308,581.91 $344,888.76

Benevolent Fund: $13,793.00 $174,845.23 $164,503.00

Building Fund: $415.00 $54,998.08 $119,444.50

Sunday School Offering: December 16, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: 97 Last week's Attendance: 106

Last Year’s Offering: $104.00 Last week's Offering: $76.25

This Week’s Lesson: NO Sunday School

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 - Christmas: Jesus was Born

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK (No Moms in Prayer this week)

SUNDAY: NO Sunday School

MONDAY:

6:30 pm Christmas Eve Services & Communion

Office are closed for Christmas

TUESDAY:

Offices are closed for Christmas

WEDNESDAY NO Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

Pastor Steven Van Wyhe has pulpit supply

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Announcements for 12-16-18

by: Valerie Sneller

12/13/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Jenny Cerrullo, Margie Reitsma’s sister (diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia; pray for regained strength and recovery), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Pam Foster (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Mitchell Van Beek (scheduled for reconstructive shoulder… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Jenny Cerrullo, Margie Reitsma’s sister (diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia; pray for regained strength and recovery), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Pam Foster (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Mitchell Van Beek (scheduled for reconstructive shoulder surgery on December 18), Zucker Freerks, Justin & Sara Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), and Nelva Rohlfs, Lavonne Grooters’ sister (recovering from hip surgery; pray for regained strength and recovery).

Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie & Donna Kwikkel’s son), and Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother).

Prayer Updates: Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis) is slowly improving at home; however, he is very restricted, i.e., no physical activity. Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father, has made moderate progress in recovering from his stroke. Danny continues to receive outpatient physical therapy.

We want to thank everyone for all the support and prayer over the past several months for Asher and his blood clot. Wednesday we learned the clot in his heart has not changed much and the medicine was not able to dissolve the clot. While this is not the news we have been praying for, the clot is not causing blood flow issues and may possibly be within the lining of the heart, which is good. Asher will not receive any more treatment for now and they believe the clot should not cause issues moving forward. They will continue to monitor it over the next year to make sure nothing changes. Thank you all again for the continued support and prayers! ~ Jordan & Kellie Menning

Greyson Austin had surgery on December 6th and the surgeon was only able to complete half of the reconstruction surgery. The team decided healing was necessary to complete the last half. He remains at Mayo yet this week. Greyson was very weak from the long surgery. Day by day he is slowly gaining strength. Prayerfully in 6 to 8 weeks, the surgeon will be able to complete the last half of the connection. We thank God for this measure of surgery, and we ask for continued prayers for Greyson. We are feeling your prayers. –Marlene Mellema and families

Congratulations! to Owen and Myriah Fastert on the birth of their daughter, Harvey Jeanette Dannon Fastert, on December 7. We rejoice with you on this special blessing in the life of your family!

Christmas Eve Services: We will be having Christmas Eve Services at 6:30 pm. This will be a candlelight service with communion. Please plan to join us for this time of celebrating Jesus’ birth.

Attention: We are being asked to not shake hands to prevent the spread of infections and the flu. We can still greet one another but in ways other than hand contact. ~ Thank you

Pastor Dan & Sue will be on a vacation break from Tuesday, December 25 through Friday, January 4. Please contact your Care Elder, Elder, or Cheryl Van Beek with any concerns.

A SHOUT OUT “THANK YOU” to everyone who participated in decorating the church, involvement in programs and worship and making food during the Advent season. You all helped to create a meaningful Christmas celebration.

Calendars!!! The New Year will soon be here, so now is the time to order your birthday/anniversary calendars. Price is $5.00. Please contact Sharon Tilstra or Mary Hoogers today, December 16th. Thanks in advance from the Bell Choir.

Offering Envelopes: Are you interested in giving your offering in an offering envelope? Please talk with one of the Deacons and they will get you a box of envelopes for 2019. If you already have a number your box of envelopes will be in your mailbox soon. Your numbers did not change. Thank you, The Deacons.

You are Invited! Join us this Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 PM in the fellowship for an event, Keepsake Christmas: Making Memories at the Manger. We will hear from Joseph, Mary and the Angel Gabriel about the night Jesus was born. We will also be making our own keepsake nativity sets to enjoy for years to come. All are invited and encouraged to come.

Cornerstone Prison Church Faith Fellowship Weekend: Friday, January 25 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm & January 26 & 27 – 7:15 am to 4:00 pm each day. The theme for the weekend is “Year of Reconciliation” based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions. The deadline for signing up is Monday, January 7, 2019. We would be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it. Sign up at office@cornerstonepcsd.org or call 507-215-3670. Thank you for considering this wonderful ministry opportunity!

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Crossroads Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is accepting applications for the upcoming weekend at the Reformed Church of Steen in Steen, Minnesota. TEC is an interdenominational three day Christian retreat/lock-in designed to help high schoolers learn more about their faith and their community. The next TEC is Friday February 15 through Sunday February 17, 2019. If you would like to learn more about TEC or register, please visit www.CrossroadsTEC.com/apply or email CrossroadsTEC@gmail.com. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt, meals & other special gifts. Scholarships are available upon request. Crossroads TEC is also looking for adults with a passion for ministering to teens to help make the weekend a success.

FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 12-9-18 Offerings to 12-9-18 Budget to 12-9-18

General Fund: $26,385.00 $305,042.91 $351,786.54

Benevolent Fund: $1,685.00 $161,052.23 $164,503.00

Building Fund: $205.00 $54,583.08 $119,444.50

Sunday School Offering: December 9, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: 119 Last week's Attendance: 136

Last Year’s Offering: $134.00 Last week's Offering: $112.00

This Week’s Lesson: Dec 16 – Session 3 – Jacob’s New Name (Unit 3)

Next Week’s Lesson: NO Sunday School

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: 9:30 am – Christmas Cantata

MONDAY: 8:30 am – Bethesda Meeting in 345

7 pm Circle of Kindness – Christmas Gathering

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm

7:00 pm Women’s Ministry Executive Committee Meeting - 345

TUESDAY:

9:15 am – Staff Meeting with Ashley

Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm

6:30 pm – Grace Circle

WEDNESDAY 9 – 11 am MOPS

6:30 pm – Keepsake Christmas (All Church Christmas Event)

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

Moms in Prayer – traditional group – 6:30 pm & 8 pm

THURSDAY:

Grandmothers in Prayer – 12:15 pm

FRIDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: NO Sunday School

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Announcements for 12-9-18

by: Valerie Sneller

12/07/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Joe & Meredith Vander Zee’s nephew (scheduled for his second surgery on December 6 at Mayo… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Joe & Meredith Vander Zee’s nephew (scheduled for his second surgery on December 6 at Mayo Hospital), Zucker Freerks, Justin & Sara Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis; is recovering at home), and Nelva Rohlfs, Lavonne Grooters’ sister (had surgery on November 28 for a broken hip at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls; transferred to Orange City Health System on December 4 with “swing bed” status; pray for regained strength and recovery).

Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), and Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother).

Attention: We are being asked to not shake hands to prevent the spread of infections and the flu. We can still greet one another but in ways other than hand contact. ~ Thank you

Baptism: Today we celebrate the baptism of Jade Moser, daughter of Paul & Josie Moser and Berklee Hoefert, daughter of Garrett and Tracey Hofert.

Merry Christmas! You will always have a special place in our hearts! The instruction that I (Amy) received while growing up among you gave me the foundation of faith and trust in our God. Thank you and thank you for continuing to encourage us in this work through your prayers and financial gifts. May the unity and hope that people see in you build His Kingdom! Merry Christmas, with gratitude. ~ Amy & Seung Kim

Calendars!!! The New Year will soon be here, so now is the time to order your birthday/anniversary calendars. Price is $5.00. Please contact Sharon Tilstra or Mary Hoogers by December 16th. Thanks in advance from the Bell Choir.

RESERVE TODAY: All-Church Christmas Meal, Wednesday, December 12 at 5:45 pm. Please plan to join us for food (Pork Loin sandwiches, Cheesy Potatoes, and Corn), games, fun, and fellowship for all ages. You must sign-up at the Information Center by today, Sunday, December 9 (this is provided by the Women’s Ministry). A free-will offering will be taken for the meal. Hope to see you all there!

All ladies are invited to Women’s Connection on Wednesday, December 12 at 9:15 am at the Whispering Heights Senior Center in Rock Valley. Our inspirational speaker will be Jan Schiferl with “A Change of Plans”. Music and sing along of Christmas season. An offering will be received for Stonecroft Ministries. Brunch is $4.00 and reservations are necessary. Please call Winifred at 470-5549 or Bertha at 476-2583 if you would like to come!

Inspiration Hills: Celebrate Christmas, December 15 & 22. Do you love food that comes from the camp kitchen? Or are you simply stressed with making all the goodies during the Christmas season? Well we are here to help! Order camp goodies by December 12th to help us raise funds for camp! Go to our website under the EVENTS tab to order.

Cornerstone Prison Church Faith Fellowship Weekend: Friday, January 25 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm & January 26 & 27 – 7:15 am to 4:00 pm each day. The theme for the weekend is “Year of Reconciliation” based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions. The deadline for signing up is Monday, January 7, 2019. We would be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it. Sign up at office@cornerstonepcsd.org or call 507-215-3670. Thank you for considering this wonderful ministry opportunity!

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Crossroads Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is accepting applications for the upcoming weekend at the Reformed Church of Steen in Steen, Minnesota. TEC is an interdenominational three day Christian retreat/lock-in designed to help high schoolers learn more about their faith and their community. The next TEC is Friday February 15 through Sunday February 17, 2019. If you would like to learn more about TEC or register, please visit www.CrossroadsTEC.com/apply or email CrossroadsTEC@gmail.com. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt, meals & other special gifts. Scholarships are available upon request. Crossroads TEC is also looking for adults with a passion for ministering to teens to help make the weekend a success.

FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 12-2-18 Offerings to 12-2-18 Budget to 12-2-18

General Fund: $920.00 $278,657.91 $331,093.20

Benevolent Fund: $5,178.00 $159,367.23 $157,922.88

Building Fund: $0.00 $54,378.08 $114,666.72

Sunday School Offering: December 2, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: 145 Last week's Attendance: 0

Last Year’s Offering: $93.00 Last week's Offering: $200.00

This Week’s Lesson: Dec 9 – Session 2 – Jacob and Rachel (Unit 3)

Next Week’s Lesson: Dec 16 – Session 3 – Jacob’s New Name (Unit 3)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Baptisms

6:30 pm Sunday School Christmas Program

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm

TUESDAY:

Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm

WEDNESDAY

5:45 pm – All Church Christmas Meal (Free-will Offering)

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

Moms in Prayer – traditional group – 6:30 pm & 8 pm

THURSDAY:

Grandmothers in Prayer – 12:15 pm

FRIDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: 9:30 am – Christmas Cantata

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Volunteer Ministry Fair

by: Valerie Sneller

12/02/2018

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Will you prayerfully consider how you can be involved in ministry? Sign up on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in the gathering space!

Worship Ministry:

*Scripture Reader for Sunday Morning Worship- You will read the assigned scripture reading during morning worship.

*Greeters- Be the front lines of welcoming others to worship. Be watchful of visitors and welcome all to the community of believers.

*Ushers- Assist others in finding seats for worship that best meet their needs for hearing, vision, and worship. Also be watchful for visitors and those with questions.

*Musicians- Share your musical gifts with our congregation. Several areas are available for volunteer ministry: Pianists,… read more

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Will you prayerfully consider how you can be involved in ministry? Sign up on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in the gathering space!

Worship Ministry:

*Scripture Reader for Sunday Morning Worship- You will read the assigned scripture reading during morning worship.

*Greeters- Be the front lines of welcoming others to worship. Be watchful of visitors and welcome all to the community of believers.

*Ushers- Assist others in finding seats for worship that best meet their needs for hearing, vision, and worship. Also be watchful for visitors and those with questions.

*Musicians- Share your musical gifts with our congregation. Several areas are available for volunteer ministry: Pianists, Organists, Praise Team, Choir, Special Music, and Pianist for Cherub Choir

*Medical Assistant- This important ministry needs volunteers who will sit in the rear of the sanctuary and be alert and aware of anyone in need of medical assistance. This may include following someone out of worship to check on them.

*Power Point/Computer Volunteer- Are you gifted in technology? This is the perfect fit for you! We need people to prepare power -point presentations that correspond with the Order of Worship for Sunday Mornings and other special events.

*Sound System/Video Volunteer- This area is for those willing to be trained in the audio/visual equipment of our church family. You would be responsible for making sure sound system and/or video details are in place for morning worship and special events.

*Nursery- Here is a ministry that allows parents of small children to participate in worship while their children under 3 years of age are cared for in the nursery.

*Coffee Break Ministry- You will be assigned a Sunday and be responsible for making coffee and providing a snack for the fellowship time following morning worship.

Also needed are cookies for the Sunday School children to enjoy with their classmates before Sunday School.

Ministry of Caring and Outreach:

*MOPS- MOPS meets twice a month and is a ministry for mothers of preschoolers and their children. While moms meet upstairs (to hear speakers, videos, have discussions) while their children are cared for in the youth room and Sunday school rooms. If you would like to assist this ministry here are some ways to volunteer:

Childcare Volunteer: 2-4 hours a month. This would be providing childcare for the children. Ages 6month-1 year in the nursery, 1-3 year olds are in the youth room, preschool-kindergarten meet in a Sunday School Room and school-age children also meet for a time of learning.

Donate Paper Products: Each time MOPS meets a hot breakfast is served. If you could donate plates, cups, silverware or napkins this would be a huge blessing.

Provide a breakfast: Individuals or groups are welcome to plan and prepare a breakfast for our moms.

Monetary Donations: Mops provides scholarships for moms who need help with the registration cost of $25 and other donations would be used to purchase materials and go to basic operating costs.

*Prayer Shawl Ministry- Volunteers for this ministry pray and create beautiful prayer shawls for those in our congregation and extended church family in need of special care and prayers.

*Transportation- Volunteers for this ministry would assist in transporting individuals needing medical treatments to and from their doctor’s appointments.

Also, Van Drivers for Sunday Morning Worship transportation for those who no longer drive or prefer to be picked up on Sunday Mornings.

*Meals of Blessing- Meals are offered following a hospitalization, surgery or with the arrival of a new baby. If you love to cook this would be an excellent way to minister to others.

Also, volunteers to plan and prepare or donate supplies for the mid-week family meals for Pioneer Club.

Finally, drivers are need to deliver MEALS ON WHEELS a few times per year.

*Common Ground Team- This ministry brings people together before worship in fellowship and is also available following worship. Volunteers here would prepare and serve coffee while extending a smile, greeting and over all welcome to members and visitors alike.

*Consistory Committees- Work side by side with our elders and deacons in a variety of ministry areas. Volunteer to be a member of the following Consistory Committees. Christian Education, Property Committee, Advocates for Disability Awareness, Social Activities and Publicity, Evangelism and Missions, Sacrament and Pulpit Supply, and Safety and Security.

*Women’s Ministry Volunteer- All the women of the church are invited and encouraged to participate in Women’s Ministry. We currently have eight Bible study groups that meet at various times to accommodate our busy schedules. There are opportunities to be on committees that include Spiritual Education, Service, Children in Covenant, Decorating, Supply and Packing, Sunshine & Visitation or Lookout. In addition to these committees we have special groups for planning our March Meeting, Mother/Daughter Banquet in May and the Christmas Gathering in December.

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Announcements for 12-2-18

by: Valerie Sneller

11/29/2018

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden’s strength to be renewed following his hospital stay), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis; is recovering at home), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather… read more

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden’s strength to be renewed following his hospital stay), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis; is recovering at home), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), and Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia).

Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son).

Prayer Update:Zucker Freerks, Justin and Sara Groen’s nephew, was hospitalized last week with aspiration pneumonia. Zucker has returned home, and he is recovering well. Zucker’s family has asked that we pray for a healthy winter for Zucker.

Prayer Update: Greyson Austin will have his 6 hour surgery at Mayo Hospital on Thursday, December 6th. They will attach his small intestine for his colon. Thank you for your many prayers. ~ Marlene Mellema & families

Thank You: We would like to thank everyone who helped with laying concrete and moving a garage to put house. It has added a much needed workspace for Scott to do some projects and keep him busy this winter. Special thanks go to Gary & Karen Van Wyhe, Eric Harrter, Steve Harman, Todd VandeKop, Health Huisman, Joel Vis, Dustin Bosch, and Dave Altman. ~ Scott and Deb Hunt

Thank you to all volunteers and donations given to the Annual Thanksgiving Meal held on Thanksgiving Day. It was once again a great day of fellowship and everyone enjoyed a great traditional Thanksgiving meal. Over 150 meals were served either here at the church, or delivered to shut-ins living in town. A special thank you to Nettie Roskam and Leona Vanden Top for once again organizing the event. We appreciate your many years of service and dedication to this special event. From the Social Committee

New Elders & Deacons: Our newly elected Consistory members for 2019 include Elders Bob Tilstra and Matt Kock; Deacons Steve Harman, Mike Puscher, and Dale Jansma.

Consistory meets this Thursday night, December 6. Elders meet at 7 pm and the Deacons at 7 pm with a joint meeting at 8 pm.

Mid-Week Meal Rescheduled! Due to the cancelation of the Mid-week meal last week (Wednesday, November 28) we will be having it this Wednesday, December 5, 2018 starting at 5:45 pm. Thank you.

Calendars!!! The New Year will soon be here, so now is the time to order your birthday/anniversary calendars. Price is $5.00. Please contact Sharon Tilstra or Mary Hoogers by December 16th. Thanks in advance from the Bell Choir.

RESERVE: All-Church Christmas Meal, Wednesday, December 12 at 5:45 pm. Please plan to join us for food, games, fun, and fellowship for all ages. You must sign-up at the Information Center by Sunday, December 9 this is provided by the Women’s Ministry. A free-will offering will be taken for the meal. Hope to see you all there!

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.

Just a Reminder: When scheduling any meetings or any events in the church please notify the church office what rooms will need to be used, the time, and date. Thank you for your help in this matter. ALSO… If you have any used greeting cards we do still collect them in the side table next to the mailboxes. The drawer is marked. Thank you in advance.

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Crossroads Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is accepting applications for the upcoming weekend at the Reformed Church of Steen in Steen, Minnesota. TEC is an interdenominational three day Christian retreat/lock-in designed to help high schoolers learn more about their faith and their community. The next TEC is Friday February 15 through Sunday February 17, 2019. If you would like to learn more about TEC or register, please visit www.CrossroadsTEC.com/apply or email CrossroadsTEC@gmail.com. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt, meals & other special gifts. Scholarships are available upon request. Crossroads TEC is also looking for adults with a passion for ministering to teens to help make the weekend a success.


FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 11-25-18 Offerings to 11-25-18 Budget to 11-25-18

General Fund: $7,763.00 $266,037.91 $324,195.42

Benevolent Fund: $630.00 $151,910.23 $154,632.82

Building Fund: $1,065.00 $54,278.08 $112,277.83

(+Thanksgiving: General-$11,700.00, Benevolent-$2,279.00, Building-$100.00)

Sunday School Offering: November 25, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: 117 Last week's Attendance: 119

Last Year’s Offering: $91.25 Last week's Offering: $215.25

This Week’s Lesson: Dec 2 – Session 2 – Jacob and Rachel (Unit 3)

Next Week’s Lesson: Dec 9 – Session 3 – Jacob’s New Name (Unit 3)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: 9:00 am & after services – Volunteer Fair!!! Sign-up today!

6:30 pm Sunday School Christmas Program

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm

TUESDAY:

9:15 am Staff meeting with Val

Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm

WEDNESDAY

9 – 11 am MOPS

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

Moms in Prayer – traditional group – 6:30 pm & 8 pm

THURSDAY:

Grandmothers in Prayer – 12:15 pm

6:30 pm Peace Circle at Judy Fiekema’s home

Consistory Meetings – 7 pm Elders, 7 pm Deacons, 8 pm Joint Meeting

FRIDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Baptisms

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11/26/2018

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Announcements for 11-25-18

by: Valerie Sneller

11/26/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery on November 19), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis; is recovering at home), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery on November 19), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis; is recovering at home), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt).

Prayer Update: Caden Wright is continuing to regain his strength and heal following his hospitalization.

UPDATE on Greyson Austin: Please continue to pray for Greyson’s upcoming surgery at Mayo on Dec. 6th. After a fainting episode, his hemoglobin and iron levels were found to be deficient. With iron meds and fluid increase, we pray this will take care of the deficiency. He is gaining weight and still loves to eat! We feel your many prayers, and this helps give us inner peace for the upcoming surgery. May God bless you for your prayers. ~ Marlene Mellema and families.

Thank You: We once again were reminded of what a wonderful church family we belong to. We definitely felt the power of prayer during the ambulance ride and the first hours in the hospital. Thanks to our church staff and care elders, Dwayne and Sharon, as well as our pew partner, Ruth Hocking, for their diligence in checking up on us. Also thank you for the cards and food. Most of all, thank you for continuing this journey with Caden. We appreciate you all more than you know. ~ The Wrights

Nominations for Elders and Deacons who will be selected at a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 25 include: Elders (selecting 2): Bob Tilstra, Randy Grooters, Matt Kock, and Jerry Pytleski; Deacons:(selecting 3) Matt Kock, Jeff Jager, Steve Harman, Dale Jansma, Nick Beyenhof, Bryce Hunt and Mike Pulscher. If anyone has any scriptural reason any of these candidates should not be on Consistory please inform Pastor Dan or one of our current elders. Let us all be in prayer for the process of selection.

Due to personal reasons, Shari Kastein has removed her name from nomination for Elder. Matt Kock replaces her on the ballot. Matt is also nominated for deacon and if not selected for elder will also continue on the ballot for deacon.

Budget Meeting is set for November 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Budgets were placed in your mailboxes.

A New Shipment Arrived. Come to the Church Library to check out the new movies and books. Just in: Movies - Grace Card, The Star, and I Can Only Imagine. Books – The Christmas Blessing, Defiant Joy, At Any Cost, Faith Over Fear, The Prodigal Prophet, A Love Like Ours, and so many more fiction, inspirational and personal stories. We are also adding to the school age kids’ book section. Ages 9-12. Books – Cooper Kids Adventure Series and Christy of Cutter Gap Series. Come and see all that’s new in the library.

Operation Christmas Child: Another successful Operation Christmas Child campaign has come to an end for our congregation, but the journey of our shoeboxes is just beginning. On Monday, 154 boxes from FRC and 634 boxes total that we collected from the surrounding area were delivered to Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls collected a total of 25,822 boxes. By now, they have probably arrived at the Denver processing center, where they will be prepared for shipment to kids all over the world. Continue to pray for the children who will receive these boxes, that their hearts will be ready to receive the Good News and that they will learn through the discipleship program, The Greatest Journey, how to share the gospel with their families and communities. Thank you again for your support throughout the year. If you see items on sale throughout the year and feel led to purchase them, please feel free to do so. OCC is a year-round event

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Announcements for 11-18-18

by: Valerie Sneller

11/16/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Caden Wright (hospitalized in Sioux Falls and is being treated for an infection), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Joe and Meredith Vander Zee’s nephew (recovering from colon surgery), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis; is recovering at home), and Tony Schoneveld,… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Caden Wright (hospitalized in Sioux Falls and is being treated for an infection), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Joe and Meredith Vander Zee’s nephew (recovering from colon surgery), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis; is recovering at home), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Dave Kwikkel (Arnie & Donna Kwikkel’s son).

A Note of Praise! Twilla Hoekstra has been given a cancer free report from her doctor. We rejoice with Twilla on this encouraging report!

Congratulations: Sawyer and Sara (Uken) Hrdlicka were united in marriage on Saturday, November 10 at the Evangelical Free Church in Britt, IA. We would like to welcome Sara into our church family.

Thank you to the anonymous giver of the baseball card “Baltimore Orioles Future Stars” with Cal Ripken Jr.! What a surprise and a great addition to my collection. ~ Pastor Dan


Council of Churches meets today at 1:30 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE!!! We will gather at 6:30 pm on Wednesday night to express our thanks to God for his goodness and provision.

Nominations for Elders and Deacons who will be selected at a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 25 include: Elders (selecting 2): Bob Tilstra, Randy Grooters, Matt Kock, and Jerry Pytleski; Deacons:(selecting 3) Matt Kock, Jeff Jager, Steve Harman, Dale Jansma, Nick Beyenhof, Bryce Hunt and Mike Pulscher. If anyone has any scriptural reason any of these candidates should not be on Consistory please inform Pastor Dan or one of our current elders. Let us all be in prayer for the process of selection.

Due to personal reasons, Shari Kastein has removed her name from nomination for Elder. Matt Kock replaces her on the ballot. Matt is also nominated for deacon and if not selected for elder will also continue on the ballot for deacon.

Volunteers needed to help decorate the church following the services on Wednesday night. Thank you in advance.

Budget Meeting is set for November 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Budgets were placed in your mailboxes last week.

A New Shipment Arrived. Come to the Church Library to check out the new movies and books. Just in: Movies - Grace Card, The Star, and I Can Only Imagine. Books – The Christmas Blessing, Defiant Joy, At Any Cost, Faith Over Fear, The Prodigal Prophet, A Love Like Ours, and so many more fiction, inspirational and personal stories. We are also adding to the school age kids’ book section. Ages 9-12. Books – Cooper Kids Adventure Series and Christy of Cutter Gap Series. Come and see all that’s new in the library.

Thank you to those of you who have supplied roasts for our November 28 meal already. We are still looking for a few more. If you have an abundance in your freezer and would like to share with us, please talk to Amy Schulte or Katie Boender. And, as always, everyone is invited to our midweek meals. This month, they are November 14 and November 28. See you there!

Operation Christmas Child: Thank you to everyone who brought supplies, participated in the packing party, or packed a box (es) on your own. Each one of you has been instrumental in making this yet another successful shoebox season! It’s a simple way to be the hands and feet of Jesus, yet will have such a profound impact on the lives and communities of the children who will receive the boxes from our congregation. In your bulletin this morning is a prayer bookmark. Please keep it in your Bible to remind you to pray for this ministry and the gift recipients, not only this coming week, but throughout the year.

THANKSGIVING MEAL: We are once again offering a Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at noon. We have sign-up sheets in the gathering space on the information table for you. We will be in need of people to donate pies & salads, volunteer in one of two shifts and to deliver meals. If you would like to contribute in one of these ways we would like you to sign-up before November 18, 2018. We would love for you to join us and enjoy the meal, fellowship, and give thanks to the Lord. If you have any questions you can contact Justin Groen, Brent Hofmeyer, Nettie Roskam, or Leona Vanden Top. Thank You!!! NOTE: We are still in need of more pies and salads to be donated.

RESERVE: All-Church Christmas Meal, Wednesday, December 12 at 5:45 pm. Please plan to join us for food, games, fun, and fellowship for all ages. You must sign-up at the Information Center by Sunday, December 9 this is provided by the Women’s Ministry. A free-will offering will be taken for the meal. Hope to see you all there!

Hope Haven International Ministries presents “Rejoice!” featuring Nashville recording artist Jill Miller on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm at the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt University in Sioux Center, IA. Tickets are $15.00 and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $25.00 each. The VIP Meet & Greet begins at 6:00 pm in the Terrace Room located at the Dordt Student Center. VIP tickets are only sold at Hope Haven. Tickets are on sale at Peoples Bank in Rock Valley, American State Bank in Sioux Center and Iowa State Bank in Orange City. Tickets may also be purchased at the Rock Valley Christian School, Sioux Center Christian School and at Hope Haven. The Christmas concert will also feature a choir made up of students form Rock Valley Christian, Sioux Center Christian and Orange City Christian Schools. Proceeds will go toward funding wheelchair sponsorships for an upcoming distribution trip to Vietnam in 2019. For more information, please visit www.hopehaven.org.


FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 11-11-18 Offerings to 11-11-18 Budget to 11-11-18

General Fund: $9,544.00 $256,043.91 $310,399.86

Benevolent Fund: $610.00 $146,389.23 $148,052.70

Building Fund: $200.00 $48,990.74 $107,500.05

Sunday School Offering: November 11, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: 132 Last week's Attendance: 124

Last Year’s Offering: $155.00 Last week's Offering: $150.65

This Week’s Lesson: Nov 18 – Session 4 – God’s Promise to Isaac (Unit 2)

Next Week’s Lesson: Nov 25 – Session 1 – Jacob and Esau (Unit 3)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: 1:30pm Council of churches at Immanuel Lutheran

Operation Christmas Child Dedication Sunday

Deadline to sign up for the Thanksgiving Meal – (more pies and salads needed)

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm

7 pm - Circle of Kindness

TUESDAY:

9:15 am – Staff Meeting with Amy

Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm

6:30 pm Grace Circle in 345

Special Classis Meeting

WEDNESDAY 9 – 11 am MOPS

6:30 pm – Thanksgiving Eve Services

THURSDAY:

Thanksgiving Meal at Noon

Thanksgiving Day – Offices are closed

FRIDAY:

Offices are closed

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Congregational Meeting during am services

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Announcements for 11-11-18

by: Valerie Sneller

11/08/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis; recovering at home), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Joe & Meredith VanderZee’s nephew (recovering from colon surgery), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis; recovering at home), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Joe & Meredith VanderZee’s nephew (recovering from colon surgery), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie & Donna Kwikkel’s son), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), and Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt).

A Note of Praise! – Russell Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father, is adjusting to having only one kidney. Russell’s doctors have given him the “all clear” that he is cancer free! Russell continues to feel better each day, and he is able to live a healthy life.

Prayer Update: Tanner Lincecum had a follow-up appointment with his surgeon and also had an MRI done on November 5 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Overall it was a good appointment in that all looks to be stable. Tanner has been headache free up to this point, and this is a huge blessing. Our continued prayer is that Tanner’s lumbar shunt will work longer than his doctors predict and that it will continue to keep the fluid balanced in his brain with no complications. Thank you to all for the prayers and support. –The Lincecum family

Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Steve and Jessica Harman and their family on the death of Steve’s mother, Rosemary Harman, on November 2, 2018. Rosemary’s funeral was held this past Friday, November 9, at First Reformed Church in Hull.

Nominations for Elders and Deacons who will be selected at a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 25 include: Elders (selecting 2): Bob Tilstra, Randy Grooters, Matt Kock, and Jerry Pytleski; Deacons:(selecting 3) Matt Kock, Jeff Jager, Steve Harman, Dale Jansma, Nick Beyenhof, Bryce Hunt and Mike Pulscher. If anyone has any scriptural reason any of these candidates should not be on Consistory please inform Pastor Dan or one of our current elders. Let us all be in prayer for the process of selection.

Due to personal reasons, Shari Kastein has removed her name from nomination for Elder. Matt Kock replaces her on the ballot. Matt is also nominated for deacon and if not selected for elder will also continue on the ballot for deacon.

Care Center Services: First Reformed Church leads the worship services this afternoon at the Health Care Center at 3:15 pm and Lyon Manor at 4:00 pm. You are invited to come and help bring residents to the service and assist them with hymnbooks.

Thank you to those of you who have supplied roasts for our November 28 meal already. We are still looking for a few more. If you have an abundance in your freezer and would like to share with us, please talk to Amy Schulte or Katie Boender. And, as always, everyone is invited to our midweek meals. This month, they are November 14 and November 28. See you there!

Operation Christmas Child: We are looking forward to our Packing Party this Wednesday, November 14. All are invited. Supper will begin at 5:45 PM with the packing party to follow. If you are coming, please consider writing a letter (including your email address) and a photo to include in your box, though it’s not required. ALSO…there is still time to pack your own box. There are empty boxes in the gathering space for you to use. A small gift can have a huge, eternal impact not only on the child who receives it, but also on their family and community. The kids who receive a shoebox gift go through a discipleship program which teaches them to share the Good News throughout their communities. A shoebox gift is so much more than what is physically inside. Completed boxes are due back to church next Sunday, November 18th before the worship service. We will be dedicating the boxes at that time.

A GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” seminar will be offered at our church this coming Thursday, November 15, from 6:45-8:45 p.m. This seminar is helpful and encouraging for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. It features practical suggestions and gives reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death. Topics to be discussed include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about traditions, how to survive social events, and where to find comfort and strength. For more information and/or to register for this seminar contact Sue Haggar at 472-3729.

THANKSGIVING MEAL: We are once again offering a Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at noon. We have sign-up sheets in the gathering space on the information table for you. We will be in need of people to donate pies & salads, volunteer in one of two shifts and to deliver meals. If you would like to contribute in one of these ways we would like you to sign-up before November 18, 2018. We would love for you to join us and enjoy the meal, fellowship, and give thanks to the Lord. If you have any questions you can contact Justin Groen, Brent Hofmeyer, Nettie Roskam, or Leona Vanden Top. Thank You!!!

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will open its season, “Orchestral Celebration,” with a concert on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. NISO’s program includes Prelude to Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck; Hans Christian Andersen Suite by

principal conductor, Christopher Stanichar featuring Deborah Greenblatt on the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish instrument; Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Grieg; and Finlandia by Sibelius. Advance tickets are available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

It’s a “Swap and Shop” Silent Auction at the Women’s Connection on Wednesday, November 14 @ 9:15 am in the Senior Center of the Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. No offering will be received this month so you can buy goodies. There will be lots of home baked items and “White Elephants”! The inspirational message is “Life’s Many Detours” by Dolly Smitselar. Brunch is $4.00. Reservations are necessary! Call Winifred at 470-5549 or Bertha at 476-2583 if you would like to come!!

You are invited to a Soup & Pie Supper Wednesday, November 14, serving from 5-7 PM at Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids. Soups, hot sandwiches, pie, cheesecake, bars will be served for free will offering. Raffle items this year include Chamber certificates, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort package, and a handmade quilt by Clara George. Proceeds benefit parish programs. Sponsored by St. Catherine's Society, Holy Name Catholic Church.

FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 11-4-18 Offerings to 11-4-18 Budget to 11-4-18

General Fund: $5,475.00 $246,499.91 $303,502.08

Benevolent Fund: $13,529.00 $145,779.23 $144,762.64

Building Fund: $5,405.00 $46,990.74 $105,111.16

Sunday School Offering: November 4, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: 114 Last week's Attendance: 127

Last Year’s Offering: $103.50 Last week's Offering: $622.00

This Week’s Lesson: Nov 11 – Session 3 – Isaac and Rebekah

Next Week’s Lesson: Nov 18 – Session 4 – God’s Promise to Isaac

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Care Center Services (All are welcome!)

Health Center at 3:15 pm and Lyon Manor at 4:00 pm

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm

TUESDAY:

Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm

Special Classis Meeting

WEDNESDAY 9:30 am Joy Circle

Moms in Prayer-traditional group-6:30pm and 8:00pm

5:45pm Mid-week Meal & Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

(Meal helpers: Glenda H., Doris S., and Dayna A.)

6:30pm – Girl’s League

6:30pm- Hand Bell Practice

7:30pm- Praise Team Practice

8:00pm – Guy’s Night (helping with the packing party)

THURSDAY:

Grandmas in Prayer-12:15pm

6:45-8:45pm GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays”

FRIDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: 1:30pm Council of churches at Immanuel Lutheran

Operation Christmas Child Dedication Sunday

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Announcements for 11-4-18

by: Valerie Sneller

11/02/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Dennis Altman (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (recently diagnosed with myocarditis; has returned home with restrictions), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Rosemary Harman (Steve Harman’s mother), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), and Russell… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Dennis Altman (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (recently diagnosed with myocarditis; has returned home with restrictions), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Rosemary Harman (Steve Harman’s mother), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), and Russell Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from surgery).

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Dave Kwikkel (Arnie & Donna Kwikkel’s son), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother).

Prayer Updates: Mary Vermeer has returned home from the Rock Rapids Health Center.

Update on Greyson Austin: Greyson had a checkup with his surgeon at Mayo on Monday. She said he is healing well. He is off all prednisone, and is gaining weight. He says that food tastes “amazing!” He continues to have his “sunny personality”. He will return to Mayo on Dec 6th for his next surgery. Hopefully he will only need this one more surgery, but his surgeon will assess this after she gets into the surgery. The end result will be to use his small intestine for his colon so that he can go normally with no more exterior bag. Praising God for his wonderful surgeon and for this amazing medical procedure! We, as his family, thank you for your many prayers; and ask you to continue to remember Greyson. We want you to know that we have felt your prayers so many times. With heartfelt thanks, Marlene Mellema and families.

Thank you to a great church home for the prayers, cards, and visits that we received after Denny’s knee replacement surgery. It was all much appreciated. A special thank you to Sue Haggar. ~ Denny & Diane Altman

Thank you all for the expressions of appreciation given to me as Pastor through the last month and for the gift and recognition given last Sunday by the Consistory. Even though I am awkward in receiving it, please know I do appreciate the support and encouragement. May God bless us in the year to come as we seek to do mission and ministry together! ~ Pastor Dan

Consistory will meet this coming Tuesday night, November 6, 2018.

Today is International Prayer for the Persecuted Church. As we remember those oppressed for following Jesus we also pray concerning the attacks on all houses of worship in our country.

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.

Nominations for Elders and Deacons who will be selected at a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 25 include: Elders (selecting 2): Bob Tilstra, Randy Grooters, Shari Kastein, and Jerry Pytleski; Deacons:(selecting 3) Matt Kock, Jeff Jager, Steve Harman, Dale Jansma, Nick Beyenhof, Bryce Hunt and Mike Pulscher. If anyone has any scriptural reason any of these candidates should not be on Consistory please inform Pastor Dan or one of our current elders. Let us all be in prayer for the process of selection.

Operation Christmas Child: We are still looking for a few supplies for our Operation Christmas Child packing party on November 14th. If you signed up for something, please remember to have your items to church by Sunday, November 11th. We are also looking for volunteers for National Collection Week (week of November 12th). Sign-ups for both supplies and volunteering are in the gathering space. Want to pack a box or two of your own? Great! Feel free to pick up as many boxes as you need. ALSO…Do you have any extra beef roasts in your freezer? If so, we are looking for a total of 20 roasts for our November 28th meal (Hot Beef Sandwiches). If you would like to donate a roast or two, please talk to Amy or Katie Boender. Thanks!

A GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” seminar will be offered at our church on Thursday, November 15, from 6:45-8:45 p.m. This seminar is helpful and encouraging for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. It features practical suggestions and gives reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death. Topics to be discussed include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about traditions, how to survive social events, and where to find comfort and strength. For more information and/or to register for this seminar contact Sue Haggar at 472-3729.

THANKSGIVING MEAL: We are once again offering a Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at noon. We have sign-up sheets in the gathering space on the information table for you. We will be in need of people to donate pies & salads, volunteer in one of two shifts and to deliver meals. If you would like to contibrute in one of these ways we would like you to sign-up before November 18, 2018. We would love for you to join us and enjoy the meal, fellowship, and give thanks to the Lord. If you have any questions you can contact Justin Groen, Brent Hofmeyer, Nettie Roskam, or Leona Vanden Top. Thank You!!!

Center of Hope in Sioux Falls invites you to attend their fun-filled Fall Benefit Saturday, Nov 10, 5:30-8:30 pm, at Sioux Falls Christian Schools. We will have a wonderful time celebrating what God has done this past year, hear how a life was affected through the Center of Hope and support the ministry through giving at our Live and Silent Auction. We hope to see you there! Tickets are $10 per person over age 12 and are available 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.

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will open its season, “Orchestral Celebration,” with a concert on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. NISO’s program includes Prelude to Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck; Hans Christian Andersen Suite by

principal conductor, Christopher Stanichar featuring Deborah Greenblatt on the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish instrument; Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Grieg; and Finlandia by Sibelius. Advance tickets are available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

You are invited to a Soup & Pie Supper Wednesday, November 14, serving from 5-7 PM at Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids. Soups, hot sandwiches, pie, cheesecake, bars will be served for free will offering. Raffle items this year include Chamber certificates, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort package, and a handmade quilt by Clara George. Proceeds benefit parish programs. Sponsored by St. Catherine's Society, Holy Name Catholic Church.

Offerings Sunday 10-28-18 Offerings to 10-28-18 Budget to 10-28-18

General Fund: $9,567.00 $241,024.91 $296,604.30

Benevolent Fund: $275.00 $132,250.23 $141,472.58

Building Fund: $0.00 $41,585.74 $102,722.27

Sunday School Offering: October 28, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: 115 Last week's Attendance: 129

Last Year’s Offering: $113.00 Last week's Offering: $248.00

This Week’s Lesson: Nov 4 – Session 2 – Abraham & Isaac

Next Week’s Lesson: Nov 11 – Session 3 – Isaac and Rebekah

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm

TUESDAY:

9:15am Staff Meeting with Dave

Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm

7 & 8 pm Consistory Meetings

WEDNESDAY

9-11am MOPS

Moms in Prayer-traditional group-6:30pm and 8:00pm

6:30pm Wednesday Night Activities (verse to know: Psalm 139:14)

6:30pm – JR RCYF

6:30pm- Hand Bell Practice

7:30pm- Praise Team Practice

8:00pm – SR RCYF

THURSDAY:

Grandmas in Prayer-12:15pm

7:00pm Peace Circle in 345

FRIDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Care Center Services (ALL Are Welcome!)

Health Center at 3:15 pm and Lyon Manor at 4:00 pm

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Volunteer List for November

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10/30/2018

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