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Volunteer Ministry Opportunities!

by: Ashley Pena

11/13/2018

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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… 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 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).

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:… read more

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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

by: Ashley Pena

10/30/2018

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Announcements for 10-28-18

by: Valerie Sneller

10/26/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Mary Vermeer (currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center for therapy), Dennis Altman (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (hospitalized last week for myocarditis which is an inflammation of the heart muscle; able to return home but with restrictions), Asher Menning (continue to pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord does not re-tether), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Mary Vermeer (currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center for therapy), Dennis Altman (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (hospitalized last week for myocarditis which is an inflammation of the heart muscle; able to return home but with restrictions), Asher Menning (continue to pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord does not re-tether), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith and Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (recovering from colon surgery), Rosemary Harman (Steve Harman’s mother), Russell Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from 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: Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie & Donna Kwikkel’s son), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt).

Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to the family of Frances Weerheim regarding the death of Frances on October 22. The funeral for Frances is planned for Monday, October 29, at 2:00 p.m. here at First Reformed Church. The visitation for Frances will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday at our church.

Thank You: Words cannot express how thankful we are to everyone for your kindness during Donna’s illness. Your love and support meant so much to her and to all of us this past year. We appreciate all of you. --The family of Donna Hulshof

Thank You: We would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, memorials and food we received in the loss of my mom, Gert Van Roekel. Special thanks to her care elder Dayna Altman for all of your visits and also to Pastor Dan and Sue for all of your help. We have been so thankful for how our congregation has supported mom since she moved to Rock Rapids and feel truly blessed. ~ Laurine & Don Gerritsen

Baptism: This morning we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy baptism with the De Wit family as they are baptizing Feanix Jerel. God’s blessings on the Joel De Wit family.

Just a Reminder! Change your clocks next week! It’s that time of year again folks! Time to “Fall Back” and turn your clocks back 1 hour next weekend.

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 Harmon, Dale Jansma, Nick Beyenhof, Bryce Hunt and Mike Pulsher. If anyone has any scriptural reason any of these candidates should not be on Consistory please inform Pastor Dan or on of our current elders. Let us all be in prayer for the process of selection.

It’s Operation Christmas Child time again! There are many opportunities for you to get involved: you can pack a shoebox or two on your own (shoeboxes are available in the gathering space), you can donate items for our packing party (sign-up sheet available in the gathering space), you can volunteer during collection week, or you can do all three! Each box has the potential not only to change a child’s life for eternity, but an entire family and sometimes community. Please see Amy Schulte for more details.

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.

Come learn about Kingdom Boundaries Aftercare, get updates to what is happening during the last year, and find out what’s being looked into for the future. Monday, October 29th, 5:30 – 8 pm. Carmel Reformed Church, 2801 360th Street, Rural Rock Valley, IA 51247. Fellowship time and silent auction: 5:30-6:30 pm. Dinner, testimonials, and a ministry update: 6:30-8 pm. Please RSVP Rhonda at 605-695-0059 or email www.kingdomboundaries.org/events/

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 10-21-18 Offerings to 10-21-18 Budget to 10-21-18

General Fund: $9,800.75 $231,457.91 $289,706.52

Benevolent Fund: $6,311.00 $131,975.23 $138,182.52

Building Fund: $0.00 $41,585.74 $100,333.38

Sunday School Offering: October 21, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: 110 Last week's Attendance: 97

Last Year’s Offering: $99.75 Last week's Offering: $141.00

This Week’s Lesson: Oct 28 – Session 1 – God’s Covenant with Abraham

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

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Baptism

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm

TUESDAY:

Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm

WEDNESDAY

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

6:30-7:30 pm – Trunk or Treat Youth Family Event

6:30pm- Hand Bell Practice

7:30pm- Praise Team Practice

THURSDAY:

Grandmas in Prayer-12:15pm

FRIDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am

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

SATURDAY: 2:00 pm Hospice Memorial Service

SUNDAY:

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Announcements for 10-21-18

by: Valerie Sneller

10/19/2018

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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), Mary Vermeer (currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center for therapy), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Rosemary Harman (Steve Harman’s mother), Russell Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from surgery), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith and Joe Vander… 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), Mary Vermeer (currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center for therapy), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Rosemary Harman (Steve Harman’s mother), Russell Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from surgery), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith and Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (has returned home and is 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: Marilyn Pulscher (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), and Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother).

A Note of Praise! Aubree Boender has been “cleared” by her doctor as her arm has completely healed. Dawn Vanden Top has recovered well from her surgery, and she has been able to return to work.

Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to John Hulshof and Todd Warntjes & his children, Mitchell, Anna, and Isaac on the death of Donna Hulshof on October 18. We pray for God’s peace to surround you during this time of sadness and loss. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Sympathy: We extend our Christian sympathy to Angie Jager and her family in loss of Angie’s grandma, Joyce Overocker of Spirit Lake.

Update on Greyson Austin: Greyson was dismissed form Mayo last Sunday, and able to return to his home at Dell Rapids, S.D. He will return on October 29th for a checkup with his surgeon. If all is healed well, he will return to Mayo on Dec. 6th so that his surgeon can perform the surgery to remove his rectum and attach the small intestine to the anus to be used as his colon. This is so that he can go normally with no exterior colostomy bag. We thank you for your many prayers, and ask that you continue to remember him. Greyson, though needing strengthening, has kept his “sunny” personality! God continues to be so good, and with us through it all. For this we give Him our heartfelt thanks and praise. ~ Marlene Mellema and families

Thank you for all the meaningful words, cards, meals and prayers before, during, and after my recovery from surgery. It is truly a blessing to have such a great church family. We appreciate everything! Dan Aeschliman and Dawn Vanden Top and family.

Women’s Ministry Executive Committee will meet on Monday, October 22 at 7:00 pm in Room 345. This meeting is for all officers, chair persons, and circle leaders. An agenda will be placed in your mailboxes. Please bring your 2018 Women’s Ministry Booklet. Thanks - Geneva

To All Care Elders! Our Care Elder Fall Gathering will be held on Tuesday, October 23, at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Our program for the evening will be “Care Eldering 202: Pitfalls that We Face”. This will be a humorous but informative presentation on “pitfalls” that might come our way as we serve and minister to our Care Groups. We will also have some delicious snacks for you and some questions to discuss around your table. We hope to SEE YOU ON OCTOBER 23!

It’s Operation Christmas Child time again! There are many opportunities for you to get involved: you can pack a shoebox or two on your own (shoeboxes are available in the gathering space), you can donate items for our packing party (sign-up sheet available in the gathering space), you can volunteer during collection week, or you can do all three! Each box has the potential not only to change a child’s life for eternity, but an entire family and sometimes community. Please see Amy Schulte for more details.

Meals on Wheels: Monday – Friday, October 22 – 26, Rosewood Route – Roger & Carol Oliver; Town Route – Monday – Amy & Sue, Tuesday - Cheryl & Ashley, Wednesday – Amy & Sue, Thursday – Cheryl & Dave, and Friday – Pastor Dan & Val. Any questions, please direct them to Cheryl Van Beek

Hope Haven: Hope Haven’s 54th Annual Society Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Hope Haven in Rock Valley beginning at 1:00 pm. Society members will have the opportunity to elect new Board members, review recent audit 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.

The 1st Fall Inspiration Hills auction is coming up fast- Friday, October 26! This year’s auction proceeds will go towards the kitchen remodel. Everyone is invited to attend. Come for the fellowship, food and the amazing items! The doors open at 6:00pm when you can look over the donated items and enjoy soup and dessert. The auction will begin at 7:00pm. We are looking to have a number of larger items (dinners, tickets, outings, and meat bundles whatever you can think of). Smaller items and homemade goods are also welcome! We will combine them to make some awesome baskets. If you would like to donate items, please contact Cheryl Van Beek or Dave Heilman at Inspiration Hills 712-360-0140.

Come learn about Kingdom Boundaries Aftercare, get updates to what is happening during the last year, and find out what’s being looked into for the future. Monday, October 29th, 5:30 – 8 pm. Carmel Reformed Church, 2801 360th Street, Rural Rock Valley, IA 51247. Fellowship time and silent auction: 5:30-6:30 pm. Dinner, testimonials, and a ministry update: 6:30-8 pm. Please RSVP Rhonda at 605-695-0059 or email www.kingdomboundaries.org/events/

Save the date! 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 BRIDGE! Get your information in to Val for the Bridge by Wednesday of this week!!! Thank you.

FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 10-14-18 Offerings to 10-14-18 Budget to 10-14-18

General Fund: $7,130.25 $221,657.16 $282,808.74

Benevolent Fund: $2,125.00 $125,664.23 $134,892.46

Building Fund: $0.00 $41,585.74 $97,944.49

Sunday Offering: October 14, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: 110 Last week's Attendance: 126

Last Year’s Offering: $99.75 Last week's Offering: $129.75

This Week’s Lesson: Oct 21 – Session 6 – The Suffering of Job

Next Week’s Lesson: Oct 28 – Session 1 – God’s Covenant with Abraham

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Pulpit Supply – Rev. Dr. John Hartog III

MONDAY:

8:30 am – Bethesda Meeting

12:00 noon Quarter Back Club

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm

Women’s Executive Committee Meeting in 345

TUESDAY:

9:15 am – Staff Meeting with Pastor Dan

Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm

6:30 pm Bethesda Council Meeting in the conference room

7:00 pm Care Elder Fall Gathering in the Fellowship Hall

WEDNESDAY:

5:45 pm Midweek Meal (Glenda Hellenga, Jill & Dionne Jansma, & Jennifer Lincecum)

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

6:30pm – Activity Night (verse to know: Deuteronomy 6:18)

6:30pm- Hand Bell Practice

6:30pm- Jr. RCYF

7:30pm- Praise Team Practice

8:00pm- Sr RCYF

THURSDAY:

Grandmas in Prayer-12:15pm

FRIDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Baptism

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Mary Vermeer (currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center for physical therapy), Donna Hulshof (receiving Hospice care at Fellowship Village in Inwood), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Aubree Boender (for complete healing of her arm), Dawn Vanden Top (recovering from surgery on her liver), 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), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery),… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Mary Vermeer (currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center for physical therapy), Donna Hulshof (receiving Hospice care at Fellowship Village in Inwood), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Aubree Boender (for complete healing of her arm), Dawn Vanden Top (recovering from surgery on her liver), 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), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith and Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (hospitalized at Mayo and recovering from surgery to remove his colon), Rosemary Harman (Steve Harman’s mother), 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: Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), and Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother).

Prayer Update: Thank you for your prayers over the past months for Marilyn Kuyper, Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt. At a recent check-up Marilyn’s doctor found that the cancer has spread. At this time Marilyn’s heart and kidneys are too weak for surgery or chemotherapy. Marilyn’s family is asking for continued prayers and for strength and comfort for Marilyn.

Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Laurine and Don Gerritsen and their family on the death of Laurine’s mother, Gert Van Roekel, on October 4. Gert’s funeral was last Tuesday, October 9, here at First Reformed Church.

Thank You! Thank you for all the prayers for Greyson Austin. The 5 hour colectomy (colon removal) surgery at Mayo went well. His appendix was also removed. He will be there at least a week. A second and possibly third surgery will be done within a year. Eventually he would use the small intestine to function as his colon with no exterior bag; which will make everything normal for Greyson. Praising God for new medical procedures. We, as his family, thank our church for the many heartfelt prayers. We are asking for continued prayers – as he heals. ~ Marlene Mellema and families

Thank you to my faithful friends and family at First Reformed for their cards, prayers, food, and visits received this past week after Karen’s death. To Rev. Haggar & Sue for heartfelt support and to my faithful Care Elder, I thank you. Karen’s memories will live on. ~ Alice Feikema & families

Congratulations! to Paul and Josie (Menning) Moser on the birth of their daughter, Jade Lynn, on September 30. We rejoice with you on this special blessing in the life of your family!

JR RCYF: Those who are registered for the Ultimate Retreat will be leaving the church parking lot at 2:30pm on Saturday, Oct 20 unless other transportation arrangements have been made. REMEMBER a sleeping bag, tennis shoes and warm clothes. We will be outside! We will return around 3pm on Sunday, Oct 21.

SR RCYF: Girls League is meeting on Wednesday, October 17 at 630pm at Rosie’s. ALL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. Guys Night will meet at 8pm. We will be going to Pumpkins on Garfield Corn Maze. Dress Appropriately and you will need $5. We will be home around 930pm.

Pastor Dan will be attending a seminar at Sioux Falls Seminary this coming week, Oct. 15- 19. He will be fulfilling a Classis assigned pulpit supply at Bethel Reformed Church in rural Little Rock on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Advance Notice: Women’s Ministry Executive Committee will meet on Monday, October 22 at 7:00 pm in Room 345. This meeting is for all officers, chair persons, and circle leaders. An agenda will be placed in your mailboxes. Please bring your 2018 Women’s Ministry Booklet. Thanks - Geneva

To All Care Elders! Our Care Elder Fall Gathering will be held on Tuesday, October 23, at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Our program for the evening will be “Care Eldering 202: Pitfalls that We Face”. This will be a humorous but informative presentation on “pitfalls” that might come our way as we serve and minister to our Care Groups. We will also have some delicious snacks for you and some questions to discuss around your table. We hope to SEE YOU ON OCTOBER 23!

It’s Operation Christmas Child time again! There are many opportunities for you to get involved: you can pack a shoebox or two on your own (shoeboxes are available in the gathering space), you can donate items for our packing party (sign-up sheet available in the gathering space), you can volunteer during collection week, or you can do all three! Each box has the potential not only to change a child’s life for eternity, but an entire family and sometimes community. Please see Amy Schulte for more details.

“Dream, Dream On!” is the inspirational message for Women’s Connection on Wednesday, October 17 @9:15am in the Whispering Heights Senior Center in Rock Valley. Sue Bader is the speaker. Jeaneen De Jager will do the feature on the work in Haiti and Beth Kats will sing! Brunch is $4.00 and an offering will be received for Stonecroft Ministries. Reservations are necessary so call Winifred at 470-5549 or Bertha at 476-2583 if you would like to come!!

Seeds of Faith Church in Lester will be having a free Movie Night Saturday, Oct 20th at 7 PM. We will be showing the movie “I CAN ONLY IMAGINE”. The movie is a gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, and beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love. Based on a true story it shows how the Gospel can transform people and changes lives. Please join us! Due to some of the highly emotional scenes in the movie we recommend it for 10 yrs. of age and up.

Meals on Wheels: Monday – Friday, October 22 – 26, Rosewood Route – Roger & Carol Oliver; Town Route – Monday – Amy & Sue, Tuesday - Cheryl & Ashley, Wednesday – Amy & Sue, Thursday – Cheryl & Dave, and Friday – Pastor Dan & Val. Any questions, please direct them to Cheryl Van Beek

Hope Haven: Hope Haven’s 54th Annual Society Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Hope Haven in Rock Valley beginning at 1:00 pm. Society members will have the opportunity to elect new Board members, review recent audit 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.

The 1st Fall Inspiration Hills auction is coming up fast- Friday, October 26! This year’s auction proceeds will go towards the kitchen remodel. Everyone is invited to attend. Come for the fellowship, food and the amazing items! The doors open at 6:00pm when you can look over the donated items and enjoy soup and dessert. The auction will begin at 7:00pm. We are looking to have a number of larger items (dinners, tickets, outings, and meat bundles whatever you can think of). Smaller items and homemade goods are also welcome! We will combine them to make some awesome baskets. If you would like to donate items, please contact Cheryl Van Beek or Dave Heilman at Inspiration Hills 712-360-0140.

Justice For All invites you to join them for an informational meeting about upcoming Service & Learning Trips on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 7 pm at the JFA Ministry Center, 1335 Valley Drive. Hear details and experiences of what Service & Learning trips are about, as well as answering any questions about dates, times, and locations. Come check the possibility of where God may be leading you. If you cannot make the meeting but would like more information, please call Luke Grooters at JFA, 712-476-2804 or lukeg@jfa-nwiowa.org.

Offerings Sunday 10-7-18 Offerings to 10-7-18 Budget to 10-7-18

General Fund: $3,827.75 $214,526.91 $275,910.96

Benevolent Fund: $8,755.00 $123,539.23 $131,602.40

Building Fund: $555.00 $41,585.74 $95,555.60

Sunday Offering: October 7, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: 110 Last week's Attendance: 129

Last Year’s Offering: $819.00 Last week's Offering: $137.00

This Week’s Lesson: Oct. 14 - Session 5 - The Tower of Babel

Next Week’s Lesson: Oct 21 – Session 6 – The Suffering of Job

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

12:00 noon Quarter Back Club

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm

7:00 pm Circle of Kindness

TUESDAY:

Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm

6:30 pm Grace Circle

7:00 pm TEC mtg in the Youth Room

WEDNESDAY:

9-11 am MOPS

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

6:30pm – Activity Night (verse to know: Genesis 1:27)

6:30 pm Girl’s League (see announcements for details)

6:30pm- Hand Bell Practice

6:30pm- Jr. RCYF

7:30pm- Praise Team Practice

8:00pm- Guy’s Night (see announcements for details)

THURSDAY:

Grandmas in Prayer-12:15pm

FRIDAY:

Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Pulpit Supply - John Hartog III

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Dawn Vanden Top (recovering from surgery on her liver), Mary Vermeer (currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center for physical therapy), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Donna Hulshof (receiving Hospice care), Aubree Boender (pray for complete healing of her arm), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Dawn Vanden Top (recovering from surgery on her liver), Mary Vermeer (currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center for physical therapy), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Donna Hulshof (receiving Hospice care), Aubree Boender (pray for complete healing of her arm), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson (remains hospitalized at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls with ulcerative colitis; pray that the infusion treatments will be effective in saving Greyson’s colon), Russell Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from surgery), Rosemary Harman, Steve Harman’s mother, 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: Gert Van Roekel (Laurine Gerritsen’s mother), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother who was recently diagnosed with cancer).

To All our Friends at First Reformed Church, A very special “Thank you” to each of you who reached out to us after Dick and Mary’s Accident and deaths. Thank you for all the cards, the prayers, visits, and food given to us to help us through a very sad time. We felt the support and will continue forward with all the memories. Ev Breuer, Jean & Ruben Fick, Lance & Cindi Iwen, Robin & Dustin Horstman, and Shawn & Heather Van Wyhe families

Congratulations! to Paul and Josie Menning on the birth of their daughter, Jade Lynn, on September 30. We rejoice with you on this special blessing in the life of your family!

Sacrament of Holy Baptism: Today we are administering the sacrament of baptism to Asher Dean Menning, son of Jordan & Kellie Menning, and James Alexander Hunt, the son of Bryce & Chelsea Hunt.

Consistory: Consistory will meet this Wednesday, October 10 at 8:00 pm. Elders and Deacons will meet separately prior at 7:00 pm.

Advance Notice: Women’s Ministry Executive Committee will meet on Monday, October 22 at 7:00 pm in Room 345. This meeting is for all officers, chair persons, and circle leaders. An agenda will be placed in your mailboxes. Please bring your 2018 Women’s Ministry Booklet. Thanks - Geneva

To All Care Elders!: Our Care Elder Fall Gathering will be held on Tuesday, October 23, at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Our program for the evening will be “Care Eldering 202: Pitfalls that We Face”. This will be a humorous but informative presentation on “pitfalls” that might come our way as we serve and minister to our Care Groups. We will also have some delicious snacks for you and some questions to discuss around your table. We hope to SEE YOU ON OCTOBER 23!

Attention Prayer Warriors! We are looking for volunteers who are interested in praying with our Sunday School teachers at 10:50 AM each Sunday before they head into their classrooms. If you feel led to do so, please check out the sign up sheet on the table in the gathering space.

Sunday School Hour Nursery: We are looking for a volunteer to care for the children of our volunteers during Sunday School and Adult Choir. Please contact Cheryl or Amy if you can help one Sunday a month.

Operation Christmas Child: Psalm 96 tells us to Declare His Glory Among the Nations. Since 1993, Shoebox gifts have been collected in the United States and Canada. Those first boxes were distributed to Bosnian children suffering an ethnic war. Over the past 25 years, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered more than 157 million Operation Christmas Child boxes to children in need around the world. These tangible gifts of God’s love allow local churches to share the Gospel, transforming entire families and communities. It is again time to pack boxes! Boxes and other materials will soon be available at our OCC table in the gathering space, but you can start gathering items for your boxes now. Most of all, please pray. Pray that our congregation will pack several boxes, reaching many children & families for Christ, that our packing party will be a success and have an impact on the children of our community, and for all the many volunteers across the country and throughout the world to work to make this ministry a possibility.

Center of Hope: You’re invited to join us for dinner Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Sioux Falls Christian. Tony’s Catering will again be providing a wonderful meal. We will have a wonderful time celebrating what God has done this past year, hear how lives have been changed, and support the ministry of the Center of Hope. Tickets are only $10 and must be purchased in advance at 605-334-9789 or online at www.centerofhope.org. We hope to see you there!

REGISTER FOR A HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE OF A LIFE TIME! Crossroads & Northwest Iowa Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) are accepting applications for the upcoming weekend at the First Reformed Church in Maurice, Iowa. 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 November 16 through Sunday November 18, 2018. 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.

The Lyon County Jail is no longer accepting donations at this time. The jail currently has enough resources on hand at this time. Thank you.
Meals on Wheels: Monday – Friday, October 22 – 26, Rosewood Route – Roger & Carol Oliver; Town Route – Monday – Amy & Sue, Tuesday - Cheryl & Ashley, Wednesday – Amy & Sue, Thursday – Cheryl & Dave, and Friday – Pastor Dan & Val. Any questions, please direct them to Cheryl Van Beek

The 1st Fall Inspiration Hills auction is coming up fast- Friday, October 26! His year’s auction proceeds will go

towards the kitchen remodel. Everyone is invited to attend. Come for the fellowship, food and the amazing items!

The doors open at 6:00pm when you can look over the donated items and enjoy soup and dessert. The auction will

begin at 7:00pm. We are looking to have a number of larger items (dinners, tickets, outings, and meat bundles

whatever you can think of). Smaller items and homemade goods are also welcome! We will combine them to make

some awesome baskets. If you would like to donate items, please contact Cheryl Van Beek or Dave Heilman at

Inspiration Hills 712-360-0140.

Justice For All invites you to join them for an informational meeting about upcoming Service & Learning Trips on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 7 pm at the JFA Ministry Center, 1335 Valley Drive. Hear details and experiences of what Service & Learning trips are about, as well as answering any questions about dates, times, and locations. Come check the possibility of where God may be leading you. If you cannot make the meeting but would like more information, please call Luke Grooters at JFA, 712-476-2804 or lukeg@jfa-nwiowa.org.


FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 9-30-18 Offerings to 9-30-18 Budget to 9-30-18

General Fund: $8,572.12 $210,699.16 $269,013.18

Benevolent Fund: $120.00 $114,784.23 $128,312.34

Building Fund: $14,615.97 $41,030.74 $93,166.71

Sunday Offering: Sept. 30, 2018

Last Year’s Attendance: N/A Last week's Attendance: N/A

Last Year’s Offering: N/A Last week's Offering: N/A

This Week’s Lesson: Oct. 7- Session 4- Noah and The Ark

Next Week’s Lesson: Oct 14 – Session 5 - The Tower of Babel

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Baptism

MONDAY:

12:00 noon Quarter Back Club

Mom’s In Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm

TUESDAY:

9:15 am Staff Meeting with Cheryl

Mom’s In Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm

WEDNESDAY:

9:30 am – Joy Circle in 345

Mom’s In Prayer-traditional group-6:30pm and 8:00pm

5:45pm- Midweek Meal and Activity Night Theme: Tailgate Night

(Glenda Hellenga & ReNae Leuthold)

6:30pm- Hand Bell Practice

6:30pm- Jr. RCYF

7:30pm- Praise Team Practice

8:00pm- Sr. RCYF

7 & 8 pm Consistory Meetings

THURSDAY:

7:00 pm Peace Circle

Grandma’s In Prayer-12:15pm

FRIDAY:

Mom’s In Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

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Announcements for 9-16-18

by: Valerie Sneller

09/17/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: John Van Aartsen (recovering from surgery on September 11 to remove a kidney stone), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Roger Oliver (recovering from a second stent procedure), Donna Hulshof (receiving Hospice care), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Russell Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: John Van Aartsen (recovering from surgery on September 11 to remove a kidney stone), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Roger Oliver (recovering from a second stent procedure), Donna Hulshof (receiving Hospice care), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Russell Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), and Greg De Jong (recovering from bypass surgery).

Your prayers are also appreciated for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Gert Van Roekel (Laurine Gerritsen’s mother), Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother).

Prayer Updates: Dawn Vanden Top was discharged from Nebraska Medicine on September 8. Dawn is continuing to recover from her surgery at home. Aubree Boender’s arm is healing nicely. Please continue to pray for full healing for Aubree.

Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Arnie and Donna Kwikkel on the death of their son Steve on September 11. Funeral was this past Saturday in Clear Lake with a private internment on Tuesday the 18th at Riverview Cemetery.

It is once again time to make our NOMINATIONS for two new Elders and three new Deacons for the Consistory. Each professing member has a letter and ballot to fill out. PLEASE READ THE LETTER CAREFULLY and note the three lists of those who have asked not to or are ineligible to be nominated. The deadline for the ballots is Sunday, September 30.

Council of Churches meets at 1:30pm at The Holy Name Catholic Church today.

Classis of West Sioux meets here at First Reformed Church Tuesday, September 18, at 5pm.

Consistory meets this Wednesday, September 19. Elders meet at 7pm; Deacons at 7pm. Full consistory at 8:00pm.

Reminder: First Reformed Church is no longer a drop off location for Atlas. You may bring your items to the Pizza Ranch Parking lot or the Atlas thrift store. Thank you.

Moms in Prayer is an interdenominational ministry where women come together to pray for their children, schools and grandchildren. First Reformed is host to several groups – from Traditional (those praying for Central Lyon), to College & Careers, to a Grandma’s Group! More information will be given during the service on September 23rd. If you are interested in joining a group, please talk to Sue, Cheryl or Amy.

Adult Choir: If you love music and love to sing, please join us downstairs in the choir room after church during the Sunday School hour. We will be singing on September 30th this month and on the 4th Sunday of each month thereafter. We only sing once a month, so if you have a conflict, and have to miss a practice, it isn’t a big deal. Please come and check us out, join us as we fellowship and sing praises to God and his glory. We will start on the Christmas cantata shortly so we can avoid additional practice times in the busy holiday season. Come and share your talent! Judy Gacke

Adult Bible Study: Joe VZ will be leading a small group Bible study around stewardship, leadership and Christian business. The study he plans to go through is called “Our Great Exchange”. If you are interested please text or call him at 712-400-9558. The study will start on Sunday, September 23 and go for 7 weeks. The group plans to meet after worship each Sunday morning. Please see the description below.

*Why would an all knowing God call us to be stewards of his creation? Why are we granted such a high calling as his stewards? In God’s economy, we indeed play a profound role. With the help of our guide, Pastor Jim Liske, along with seven inspiring stories and key biblical insights, Our Great Exchange takes us on a journey to explore his purposes for our stewardship of all that he created. Ultimately, stewardship is about doing what God calls each of us to do, so we can become the people he created us to be.

Looking Ahead: Back-to-School sales are in full swing which makes it the perfect time to purchase Operation Christmas Child shoebox supplies! There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the gathering space with a list of needed items for our packing party on November 14th. A small shoebox gift can change the heart of one child and in turn an entire family or even village for Christ. One box = and eternal impact! Please consider contributing to this event.

Christian Women’s Event - Have some overalls or straw hat to wear? We will be “Pickin and Grinnin” with Ezra and Lubus at the women’s connection on Wednesday Sept. 19 at the Whispering Heights Senior center in Rock Valley at 9:15am. The inspirational speaker will be Kaira Sargent with “Belonging in my Search for Truth”. An offering will be received for Stonecroft Ministries. Brunch is $4.00. Reservations are essential, so call Winnifred at 470-5549 or Bertha at 476-2583 to join in the fun!!

Hope Haven will be holding its Annual Trail Ride on Saturday, September 22, 2018. This year we are at a new location, Newton Hills State Park. Registration starts at 8:30 am with the ride beginning at 10:00 am. Lunch will be served from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We ask that you support this event by making a donation towards wheelchair sponsorships. For more information please visit, www.hopehaven.org.

Justice For All invites you to attend the Fall Banquet & Annual Society Meeting on Tuesday evening, Oct 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Faith Reformed Church of Rock Valley, IA. Our special guests this year will be Mike & Dawn Menning with Great Commission Utah. They will share about their great work in Utah, supporting/mentoring the wonderful Christian ministries that are ministering among the FLDS, as well as their own experiences of reaching out and being a presence in a community which so desperately needs to hear God’s truth!! There will also be a short business meeting. Reservations for the meal are necessary and can be made by calling 712-476-2804 or emailing joevz@jfa-nwiowa.org by Oct 5. Please join us as we celebrate JFA ministry over the past year and look forward to what God is calling JFA to in the next year! An offering will be taken for JFA ministry.

1st Annual NISO Soup and Bread Cook-off! Saturday, Oct 13, 5:30 pm at The Ridge in Sioux Center. RSVP to niso@dordt.edu or Nancy Vermeer at nancyv@mtcnet.net if you are willing to make soup or bread (deadline is Sept 22; for rules see niso.dordt.edu, OR if you would like to attend, tickets are $25 per person. (RSVP by Oct 4th to niso.dordt.edu or Nancy Vermeer at nancyv@mtcnet.net). Come for an evening of great food, enjoyable music, and sufficient wines from Bon Croix Vineyard.

The 1st Fall Inspiration Hills auction is coming up fast- Friday, October 26! His year’s auction proceeds will go

towards the kitchen remodel. Everyone is invited to attend. Come for the fellowship, food and the amazing items!

The doors open at 6:00pm when you can look over the donated items and enjoy soup and dessert. The auction will

begin at 7:00pm. We are looking to have a number of larger items (dinners, tickets, outings, and meat bundles

whatever you can think of). Smaller items and homemade goods are also welcome! We will combine them to make

some awesome baskets. If you would like to donate items, please contact Cheryl Van Beek or Dave Heilman at

Inspiration Hills 712-360-0140.

FINANCIALS

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

General Fund: $10,529.00 $198,182.79 $248,319.84

Benevolent Fund: $425.00 $107,399.23 $118,442.16

Building Fund: $250.00 $24,848.77 $86,000.04

Sunday Offering: Sept. 9, 2018

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

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

This Week’s Lesson: Sept 16, Session 1 - God Created The World

Next Week’s Lesson: Sept. 23, Session 2 - God Created People

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

Sunday School Starts

1:30pm Council of Churches at Holy Name Catholic Church

MONDAY:

12:00 noon Quarter Back Club

7:00pm Circle of Kindness

TUESDAY:

9:00am Staff Meeting with Sue

6:30pm Grace circle

Classis - Sanctuary

WEDNESDAY:

9:00-11:00 MOPS

6:30-pm. Midweek activities (1-6 grade)

6:30 pm Handbell practice

7:30 pm Praise Team

8:00 pm Sr RCYF

7:00pm Deacons and Elders meeting

8:00pm full Consistory meeting

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

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Announcements for 9-9-18

by: Valerie Sneller

09/07/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Roger Oliver (recovering from a second stint procedure on September 5), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Dawn Vanden Top (recovering from recent surgery at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), John Van Aartsen (recovering from a recent heart procedure), Donna Hulshof (receiving hospice care), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Greg De Jong (recovering from bypass surgery), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Roger Oliver (recovering from a second stint procedure on September 5), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Dawn Vanden Top (recovering from recent surgery at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), John Van Aartsen (recovering from a recent heart procedure), Donna Hulshof (receiving hospice care), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Greg De Jong (recovering from bypass surgery), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Myron Krull (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Aubree Boender (pray for patience and the healing of Aubree’s arm), Melissa Moser, Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law (recovering from a surgical procedure to treat her cancer on September 4 in Iowa City), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Jack Gable, Allison Van Aartsen’s father (receiving treatment for myasthenia gravis), Russell Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from surgery), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD.

*Your prayers are also appreciated for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Gert Van Roekel (Laurine Gerritsen’s mother), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Steve & Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s sons), and Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt).

Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Ev Breuer, Jean and Ruben Fick, their families, and their extended family on the deaths of Ev and Jean’s sister, Mary Van Zee, and her husband Richard (Dick) Van Zee, as a result of a motor vehicle accident on September 2. Our prayer is that God’s comfort and assurance will surround these families in this time of sadness and loss.

Congratulations! to April and Joel De Wit and their family on the birth of Feanix Jerel on August 26. We rejoice with you on this special blessing in the life of your family!

Praise Team members: We are excited to begin a new season of worship and praise here at First Reformed Church! Our first rehearsal will be this Wednesday, September 12, at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. Please make an effort to attend as we will be discussing our schedule for the fall. See you there! --Sue and Denise

Thank you so much for your prayers, cards, phone calls, visits, flowers, food that was brought to us, and the gift card for the Pizza Ranch. Special thanks to Sue for her phone calls, visit and prayers. It is so great to belong to such a caring church family. I have another surgery coming up but not sure of the date. Your continued prayers will be appreciated. Arietta and Hyman Beyenhof

Thank you to everyone who donated unused Christian Literature in the past weeks. Our donations have been taken to a drop off site at the Sioux Center First Reformed Church. All of the material collected in Sioux Center was taken to the International Christian Literature Distributors in Minneapolis. ICLD, which is run completely by volunteers, will send our donations throughout the world to spread God’s word. We will continue to have a box under the south coat rack for any donations you may have throughout the coming year. Thanks again.

CARE CENTER WORSHIP SERVICES are conducted by First Reformed Church this afternoon and volunteers are welcome to help gather residents and assist them with their hymn books. We begin at 3:15 PM at the Health Care Center and 4:00PM at Lyon Manor.

Our Midweek Meals will resume this week! Everyone is invited to share in the fellowship. This week, September 12th, we will have our first meal at the shelter house by the pool. Serving begins at 5:45 PM. All children up to 8th grade will have their programming at the park following the meal. Parents are asked to stay. Sr. RCYF will meet at church at 8:00 PM. See you there!

Moms in Prayer is an interdenominational ministry where women come together to pray for their children, schools and grandchildren. First Reformed is host to several groups – from Traditional (those praying for Central Lyon), to College & Careers, to a Grandma’s Group! More information will be given during the service next Sunday, September 16th. If you are interested in joining a group, please talk to Sue, Cheryl or Amy.

Adult Bible Study: Joe VZ will be leading a small group Bible study around stewardship, leadership and Christian business. The study he plans to go through is called “Our Great Exchange”. If you are interested please text or call him at 712-400-9558. The study will start on Sunday, September 23 and go for 7 weeks. The group plans to meet after worship each Sunday morning. Please see the description below.

*Why would an all knowing God call us to be stewards of his creation? Why are we granted such a high calling as his stewards? In God’s economy, we indeed play a profound role. With the help of our guide, Pastor Jim Liske, along with seven inspiring stories and key biblical insights, Our Great Exchange takes us on a journey to explore his purposes for our stewardship of all that he created. Ultimately, stewardship is about doing what God calls each of us to do, so we can become the people he created us to be.

Adult Choir – If you love music and love to sing, please join us in the choir room during the Sunday School hour on September 16. We will start off the fall season and hope to have a great year sharing your talents. We will be singing on September 30 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. We will start on the Christmas cantata soon to avoid additional practice times. Thank you

Looking Ahead: Back-to-School sales are in full swing which makes it the perfect time to purchase Operation Christmas Child shoebox supplies! There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the gathering space with a list of needed items for our packing party on November 14th. A small shoebox gift can change the heart of one child and in turn an entire family or even village for Christ. One box = and eternal impact! Please consider contributing to this event. Thank you!

Hope Haven will be holding its Annual Trail Ride on Saturday, September 22, 2018. This year we are at a new location, Newton Hills State Park. Registration starts at 8:30 am with the ride beginning at 10:00 am. Lunch will be served from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We ask that you support this event by making a donation towards wheelchair sponsorships. For more information please visit, www.hopehaven.org.

Justice For All invites you to attend the Fall Banquet & Annual Society Meeting on Tuesday evening, Oct 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Faith Reformed Church of Rock Valley, IA. Our special guests this year will be Mike & Dawn Menning with Great Commission Utah. They will share about their great work in Utah, supporting/mentoring the wonderful Christian ministries that are ministering among the FLDS, as well as their own experiences of reaching out and being a presence in a community which so desperately needs to hear God’s truth!! There will also be a short business meeting. Reservations for the meal are necessary and can be made by calling 712-476-2804 or emailing joevz@jfa-nwiowa.org by Oct 5. Please join us as we celebrate JFA ministry over the past year and look forward to what God is calling JFA to in the next year! An offering will be taken for JFA ministry.

1st Annual NISO Soup and Bread Cook-off! Saturday, Oct 13, 5:30 pm at The Ridge in Sioux Center. RSVP to niso@dordt.edu or Nancy Vermeer at nancyv@mtcnet.net if you are willing to make soup or bread (deadline is Sept 22; for rules see niso.dordt.edu, OR if you would like to attend, tickets are $25 per person. (RSVP by Oct 4th to niso.dordt.edu or Nancy Vermeer at nancyv@mtcnet.net). Come for an evening of great food, enjoyable music, and sufficient wines from Bon Croix Vineyard.

Mark your calendarInspiration Hills will be holding their FIRST ANNUAL auction on Friday, October 26! This year’s auction proceeds will go towards the kitchen remodeling project. Everything that happens at Inspiration Hills – whether its summer camps, family reunions, weekend retreats or whatever involves food – it’s an important part of ministry! We have a great food service team and the updated kitchen will help them and their ministry immensely! Please plan to join us on Friday evening, October 26th. More details to come or contact Dave Heilman at 712-360-0140 if you have any questions.

Offerings Sunday 9-2-18 Offerings to 9-2-18 Budget to 9-2-18

General Fund: $7,995.50 $187,653.79 $241,422.06

Benevolent Fund: $3,594.59 $106,974.23 $115,152.10

Building Fund: $905.00 $24,598.77 $83,611.15

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Care Center Services

3:15 p.m. Health Center

4:00 p.m. Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)

5:00 p.m. Soul’d Out Concert

MONDAY:

12:00 noon Quarter Back Club

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

9:00 a.m. Joy Circle 345

5:45 pm (see insert) Midweek meal

6:30 pm Handbell practice

8:00 pm Sr RCYF

THURSDAY:

7:00 pm Peace Circle

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

Sunday School Starts

1:30 pm Council of Churches at Holy Name Catholic Church

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September 2, 2018 Announcements

by: Valerie Sneller

09/04/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Dawn Vanden Top (recovering from her recent surgery), Bob Reemts (recovering from a bowel blockage), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from hip replacement surgery), John Van Aartsen (recovering from a recent heart procedure), Sue Faber (recovering at home), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Myron Krull (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Aubree Boender (pray for patience and the healing of Aubree’s broken arm), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Tanner Lincecum (pray that… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Dawn Vanden Top (recovering from her recent surgery), Bob Reemts (recovering from a bowel blockage), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from hip replacement surgery), John Van Aartsen (recovering from a recent heart procedure), Sue Faber (recovering at home), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Myron Krull (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Aubree Boender (pray for patience and the healing of Aubree’s broken arm), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Greg De Jong (recovering from bypass surgery), Donna Hulshof (transitioning to Hospice care), Russ Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Jack Gable, Allison Van Aartsen’s father (receiving treatment for myasthenia gravis), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), Melissa Moser, Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law (as she prepares for surgery on the 4th in Iowa City for her cancer).

Your prayers are also appreciated for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Gert Van Roekel (Laurine Gerritsen’s mother), Steve & Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s sons), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother).

Thank You: We wish to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers for our dad and grandpa, Jack Gable. The Lord sustained him through the serious circumstances in intensive care at Sanford Sioux Falls. He has been diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, which means his body makes too many antibodies and they attack his nerves. After plasma replacement therapy, we hope this can be managed with medication. While he has returned home (Ortonville, MN) and is doing much better, please continue to remember him in your prayers. They have been a blessing to Jack and Elaine and to us. Thanks again. -- Allison and Scott Van Aartsen and family

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.

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.

Welcome: We wish to welcome Calvin Ver Mulm from Rock Valley to our pulpit this morning.

Looking Ahead: Back-to-School sales are in full swing which makes it the perfect time to purchase Operation Christmas Child shoebox supplies! There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the gathering space with a list of needed items for our packing party on November 14th. A small shoebox gift can change the heart of one child and in turn an entire family or even village for Christ. One box = and eternal impact! Please consider contributing to this event. Thank you!

Justice For All: JFA will be sending a truck full of supplies to Grace Reigns our partner ministry that is located in Colorado City, Arizona. Our supplies help supply the Grace Reigns thrift store and they in turn help people in the community transition out of the FLDS community. We are looking for a few people to join us on this trip to assist with our truck and help our partners at their thrift store. The trip will take place the first week in September, most likely flying or driving out on Tuesday, September 4. Contact Luke Grooters at 712-476-2804 if you are interested.

NISO Auditions for membership in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will be held on Friday, September 7 (Winds & Percussion) and Saturday, September 8 (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.

Bible League International Volunteers: Ask a friend or two to join you at the retreat and/or evening concert hosted by the Bible League International Volunteers on September 11, 2018 at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center, IA. Registration deadline is September 4. Registration brochures are available from La Vonne Grooters or online at bibleleague.org/retreat18.

Hope Haven will be holding its Annual Trail Ride on Saturday, September 22, 2018. This year we are at a new location, Newton Hills State Park. Registration starts at 8:30 am with the ride beginning at 10:00 am. Lunch will be served from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We ask that you support this event by making a donation towards wheelchair sponsorships. For more information please visit, www.hopehaven.org.

FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 8-26-18 Offerings to 8-26-18 Budget to 8-26-18

General Fund: $2,896.00 $179,658.29 $234,524.28

Benevolent Fund: $175.00 $103,379.64 $111,862.04

Building Fund: $0.00 $23,693.77 $81,222.26

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Pulpit Supply – Calvin Ver Mulm

MONDAY:

Office Closed in Observance of Labor Day

TUESDAY:

9:15 am Staff Meeting with Val

12 Noon – Quarterback Club

WEDNESDAY:

9-11 am MOPS

Volunteer Meeting for Sunday School

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

Cheryl Hulstein – Fellowship Hall

SUNDAY: Care Center Services

3:15 pm – Health Center

4:00 pm – Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)

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Announcements for 8-26-18

by: Valerie Sneller

08/23/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Bob Reemts (was hospitalized with a bowel blockage but went home Thursday afternoon), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from hip replacement surgery), John Van Aartsen (recovering from a recent heart procedure), Sue Faber (recovering at home), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Myron Krull (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Aubree Boender (pray for patience and the healing of Aubree’s broken arm), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Bob Reemts (was hospitalized with a bowel blockage but went home Thursday afternoon), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from hip replacement surgery), John Van Aartsen (recovering from a recent heart procedure), Sue Faber (recovering at home), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Myron Krull (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Aubree Boender (pray for patience and the healing of Aubree’s broken arm), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Greg De Jong (recovering from bypass surgery), Donna Hulshof (transitioning to Hospice care), Russ Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Jack Gable, Allison Van Aartsen’s father (receiving treatment for myasthenia gravis), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

Your prayers are also appreciated for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Gert Van Roekel (Laurine Gerritsen’s mother), Steve & Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s sons), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother).

Prayer Update: Dawn Vanden Top’s surgery date has been changed from August 28 to August 30 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Vacation: Pastor Dan and Sue will be gone on a vacation break from August 27 – September 3. Please rely any care concerns to the church office or one of the Elders/Care Elder.

Welcome: This morning we welcome Steve and Debbie Crane into full membership of First Reformed Church as they have made their profession of faith with the board of Elders and will repeat them this morning.

Women’s Ministry Executive Committee will meet at 7:00 pm on Monday, August 27 in room 345. This meeting is for all officers, chairpersons, and circle leaders. Please plan to attend or have someone else represent your group. It is important to get input from everyone. An agenda will be placed in your mailboxes. Please take your 2018 Women’s Ministry Booklet along.

Looking Ahead: Back-to-School sales are in full swing which makes it the perfect time to purchase Operation Christmas Child shoebox supplies! There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the gathering space with a list of needed items for our packing party on November 14th. A small shoebox gift can change the heart of one child and in turn an entire family or even village for Christ. One box = and eternal impact! Please consider contributing to this event. Thank you!

Women’s Ministries Night of Renewal: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Come and kick start your fall activities and be challenged by our guest speaker Marilyn Moser, author of “Code to Grace”. Refreshments to follow in the fellowship hall.

Justice For All: JFA will be sending a truck full of supplies to Grace Reigns our partner ministry that is located in Colorado City, Arizona. Our supplies help supply the Grace Reigns thrift store and they in turn help people in the community transition out of the FLDS community. We are looking for a few people to join us on this trip to assist with our truck and help our partners at their thrift store. The trip will take place the first week in September, most likely flying or driving out on Tuesday, September 4. Contact Luke Grooters at 712-476-2804 if you are interested.

NISO Auditions for membership in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will be held on Friday, September 7 (Winds & Percussion) and Saturday, September 8 (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.

Space is limited at the September 11, 2018

FINANCIALS

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

General Fund: $3,297.00 $176,762.29 $227,626.50

Benevolent Fund: $5,698.02 $103,204.64 $108,571.98

Building Fund: $0.00 $23,693.77 $78,833.37

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: West Side Park services with Rods ‘n Rides (bring a lawn chair)

9:30 am Breakfast

10:30 am Services

MONDAY:

12:00 pm - Quarterback Club in the Fellowship Hall

7:00 pm Women’s Ministry Meeting in 345

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

7:00 pm – Women's Night of Renewal

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

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Announcements for 8-19-18

by: Valerie Sneller

08/17/2018

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: John Van Aartsen (recovering at home from a heart procedure on August 15), Myron Krull (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Aubree Boender (pray for patience and healing of Aubree’s broken arm), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Greg De Jong (recovering from bypass surgery), Sue Faber (recovering at home), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease),… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: John Van Aartsen (recovering at home from a heart procedure on August 15), Myron Krull (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Aubree Boender (pray for patience and healing of Aubree’s broken arm), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Greg De Jong (recovering from bypass surgery), Sue Faber (recovering at home), Asher Menning (continue to pray about the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Donna Hulshof (transitioning to Hospice care), Russ Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from surgery), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), and Jack Gable, Allison Van Aartsen’s father (has returned home to Ortonville, MN; is continuing to receive treatment for myasthenia gravis).

Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Gert Van Roekel (Laurine Gerritsen’s mother), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Steve & Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s sons), and Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt).

Prayer Updates: Tanner Lincecum’s surgery on August 10 at Mayo Hospital in Rochester was successful! Tanner was able to return home on August 12. Dawn Vanden Top’s recent medical procedure for her liver function was also successful. Dawn is scheduled to have surgery on August 28 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Erick Erickson and his children Alex, Kael, and Oliver on the death of Briana Erickson on August 11. Bri’s funeral was held last Wednesday, August 15, here at First Reformed Church.

Baptism: Today it is our joy to welcome into the family of First Reformed Church Evan John Vander Zee, the som of Joe and Meredith, through the sacrament of baptism.

Congratulations to Coryn (Van Beek) & Eric Clausen who were united in marriage yesterday here at First Reformed.

NEW Care Elders! This is a reminder of our NEW Care Elders training today, August 19, from 4:00-5:30 pm. We will meet in room 345 near the Children’s Center in the lower level of our church. I’m so thankful for each one of you, and I’m excited to get you started in your Care Elder ministry! --Sue Haggar

Praise Team: We will be singing at the outdoor service at the west side park on August 26. We will have practice this Wednesday, August 22, at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary to prepare for the outdoor service. Hope to see you there! --Sue and Denise

Christian Literature is being collected by our church for use in spreading God’s word throughout the world. A list of acceptable material is included in the last issue of The Bridge. The list will also be posted above the collection boxes which will be under the south coat rack from Aug 1 – 19th. Thank you for sharing your unused Christian material.

CONSISTORY reconvenes on Wednesday, August 22. 7 PM elders and deacons meet separately and full Consistory meets at 8 PM. Due to all that went on last week it was decided to put it back a week, thank you.

Church will be held at West Side Park on August 26, 2018. We will be joined by Rods ‘n Rides, breakfast will start at 9:30 am with the services following at 10:30 am. Please bring a lawn chair and plan to join us.

Advance NoticeWomen’s Ministry Executive Committee will meet at 7:00 pm on Monday, August 27 in room 345. This meeting is for all officers, chairpersons, and circle leaders. Please plan to attend or have someone else represent your group. It is important to get input from everyone. An agenda will be placed in your mailboxes. Please take your 2018 Women’s Ministry Booklet along.

Looking Ahead: Back-to-School sales are in full swing which makes it the perfect time to purchase Operation Christmas Child shoebox supplies! There is an insert in today’s bulletin with a list of needed items for our packing party on November 14th as well as a sign-up sheet on the table in the gathering space. A small shoebox gift can change the heart of one child and in turn an entire family or even village for Christ. One box = and eternal impact! Please consider contributing to this event. Thank you!

Women’s Ministries Night of Renewal: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Come and kick start your fall activities and be challenged by our guest speaker Marilyn Moser, author of “Code to Grace”. Refreshments to follow in the fellowship hall.

Put some spice in your life with the Women’s Connection on Wednesday, August 22 @9:15am in the Whispering Heights Senior Center. Jane Shroyer will be the inspirational speaker with “Make Lemonade from Lemons of Life” and provide the music. Bonnie De Ruyter will share her Guatemala Mission experiences for the feature. An offering will be received for Stonecroft Ministries. Brunch is $4.00. Reservations are essential and call Winifred at 470-5549 or Bertha at 476-2583 if you would like to come!

Justice For All: JFA will be sending a truck full of supplies to Grace Reigns our partner ministry that is located in Colorado City, Arizona. Our supplies help supply the Grace Reigns thrift store and they in turn help people in the community transition out of the FLDS community. We are looking for a few people to join us on this trip to assist with our truck and help our partners at their thrift store. The trip will take place the first week in September, most likely flying or driving out on Tuesday, September 4. Contact Luke Grooters at 712-476-2804 if you are interested.

NISO Auditions for membership in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will be held on Friday, September 7 (Winds & Percussion) and Saturday, September 8 (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.

Space is limited at the September 11, 2018

Bible League International Volunteer Retreat. (Late fees are charged for registrations after August 24) Sign up today to enjoy the day of fellowship with special guests, including key note speaker, Liz Curtis Higgs. Her messages are biblical, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny, helping sisters and seekers experience the depth of God’s love. Registration brochures are available through La Vonne Grooters or online at bibleleague.org/retreat18.

FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 8-12-18 Offerings to 8-12-18 Budget to 8-12-18

General Fund: $3,941.00 $173,465.29 $220,728.72

Benevolent Fund: $5,104.00 $97,506.62 $105,281.92

Building Fund: $1,080.00 $23,693.77 $76,444.48

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Baptism

4:00 – 5:30 pm New Care Elder Training in 345

MONDAY:

8:30 am – Bethesda in 345

7 pm – Circle of Kindness

TUESDAY:

9:15 am - Staff Meeting with Amy

WEDNESDAY:

7:00 pm Deacons meeting

7:00 pm Elders meeting

8:00 pm Full Consistory meeting

7:30 pm Praise Team practice

THURSDAY:

7:00 pm Peace Circle at Lesa’s home

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: West Side Park services with Rods ‘n Rides (bring a lawn chair)

9:30 am Breakfast

10:30 am Services

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