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Announcements for 3-24-19 Youth Sunday

by: Valerie Sneller

03/21/2019

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Cori Klarenbeek (recovering from carpal tunnel surgery), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Greyson Austin,… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Cori Klarenbeek (recovering from carpal tunnel surgery), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (pray for continued improvement with eating and energy as well as healing of the j-pouch), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the spring months), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with paracardial effusion; has been able to return to work but has physical limitations), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), and Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (diagnosed with acute leukemia).

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

Congratulations! to Sarah and Blair Wilson on the birth of their daughter, Cora Lyn, on March 15. We rejoice with you on this special blessing in the life of your family!

Sympathy: We wish to extend our sympathy to Vi and Loren Dengler upon the death of Vi’s sister, Henrietta Van Roekel, on March 16. Henrietta’s funeral was held last Wednesday, March 20, at the Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley.

GriefShare: Our next GriefShare class will be held on Monday, March 25, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our topic for this session will be “The Journey of Grief – Part 2”. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, GriefShare will give you support, understanding, and tools to help with your grief. Please feel free to come!

Mid-Week Meal: Join us this Wednesday, March 27th for our next Midweek Meal. On the menu: Tator Tot Casserole, Dinner Roll, Fruit Cocktail Jello. All are invited to attend. Serving begins at 5:45 PM. See you there!

Change: Adult Choir will be singing next Sunday, March 31.

Next Sunday Night! The Council of Churches Fifth Sunday service will be held at First Reformed Church, March 31 at 6:30 PM. Dr. Dave and Heather Springer will be giving a presentation regarding mission and culture. Thank you to Roger Oliver for putting posters up for us advertising this event.

Looking Ahead: Consistory will be meeting on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

NISO: The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Spring Concert, The Organ: King of Instruments, on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Guest artist on the organ for the evening is MaryLou Wielenga. As in the past, this Spring Concert will also feature the announcement of the 2019-2020 Season of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Season tickets for next year will be offered that evening for a special discounted price. 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.

Hope Haven, Inc. will host their Annual Benefit Auction on Friday evening, April 5 at Te Slaa Trucking (corner of Hwys 75 & 18). Help support the local and global ministries of Hope Haven through this exciting evening of fun and fellowship. The evening’s schedule is: doors open at 4:30 pm; food booth and buy-it-now table opens at 5:00 pm; live auction begins at 5:30 pm. Visit our website for a list of items that will be auctioned off: www.hopehaven.org. The whole family is invited to this community event!

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with a generous grant from Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council will present a Guest Concert by Gaudete Brass on Saturday, April 13. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. 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. Pre-Season tickets for the 2019-2020 Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will be offered that evening for a special discounted price.

Mark Your Calendars: The Women’s Ministry is hosting an All-Church Breakfast on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 8-9:30 am. They will be serving rolls, egg bakes, and yogurt parfaits. Please come and join us before worship for a time of fellowship and breakfast before enjoying the Easter Cantata! Everyone is welcome!

ARISE! Ukraine: Because you have been an important part of the Arise! Ukraine Ministry, we invite you to be with us for a special 25th Anniversary “Evening in Ukraine” dinner. Sunday, April 14, 4:00 pm at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. ~ In Jesus’ love, Paul Logan


Offerings Sunday 3-17-19 Offerings to 3-17-19 Budget to 3-17-19

General Fund: $2,873.00 $59,420.47 $81,750.50

Benevolent Fund: $8,354.33 $42,462.66 $37,984.65

Building Fund: $0.00 $1,815.00 $27,288.47

Sunday School Offering: March 17, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 105 Last week's Attendance: 114

Last Year’s Offering: $106.00 Last week's Offering: $178.00

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 6 – The Tabernacle Was Built (Session 2)

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 6 – Rule for Sacrifice (Session 3)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: YOUTH SUNDAY!

MONDAY: Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 6:30 am

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

6:45 pm – 8:45 pm GriefShare in the Fellowship Hall

TUESDAY: Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

9:15 am – Staff meeting with Val

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

5:45 pm - Mid-Week Meal (Glenda H, Amy S, Jen H, & Barb D)

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – JR RCYF

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8:00 pm – SR RCYF

THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

6:30 pm – Night MOPS in the Youth Room

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: 3 & 4 year old Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Recitation in the am

Baptisms

6:30 pm – 5th Sunday Services at First Reformed featuring

Dave & Heather Springer

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Family Activity Night Photos!

by: Valerie Sneller

03/14/2019

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Thank you to Sheila Haspels for coming and teaching our youth about taking care of soil and ultimately taking care of God's green earth! Check out these fun photos from the night!

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Thank you to Sheila Haspels for coming and teaching our youth about taking care of soil and ultimately taking care of God's green earth! Check out these fun photos from the night!

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Announcements for 3-17-19

by: Valerie Sneller

03/14/2019

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Lezlee Benz (recovering at home following surgery), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Lezlee Benz (recovering at home following surgery), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (pray for continued improvement with eating and energy as well as healing of the j-pouch), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (recently diagnosed with paracardial effusion; has been able to return to work but has physical limitations), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (see prayer update below), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

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

Prayer Update: We are pleased to share that Zucker Freerks recently celebrated his first birthday! Zucker has had a challenging year as he was born 9 weeks early and with Down Syndrome. During his first year Zucker has been hospitalized 5 times. At this time all of Zucker’s heart concerns have been cleared. Please continue to pray for a healthy spring for Zucker.

Thank You: We appreciate your caring and support. Thank you for the many prayers, calls, visits, and gifts of food following my recent surgery. We thank Sue and Diane, our care elder, for staying in touch. Bob and Karen Reemts

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

Attention: You Tube Watchers – The past month there has been some technical problems with the live streaming at 9:30 am each Sunday morning. We are working on the problem. If this happens you can watch the sermon the next day on the church website. To do this you must go to the sermon tab at the top of the web page and click on sermons. Then scroll down and pick the date of the service you would like to watch and click on it. If you have any questions please call the office and we will get someone to help you. Thank you

Grace Circle: We will be meeting on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 pm. Sherri De Jong will be our hostess and she will lead Bible study, Lesson #2. Let’s make this a priority.

Change: Adult Choir will be singing the 5th Sunday, March 31.

GriefShare: Our next GriefShare class will be on Monday, March 18, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our topic for this session will be “The Journey of Grief – Part 1”. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, GriefShare will give you support, understanding, and tools to cope with your grief. Please feel free to join us!

Looking Ahead: Consistory will be meeting on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

NISO: The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Spring Concert, The Organ: King of Instruments, on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Guest artist on the organ for the evening is MaryLou Wielenga. As in the past, this Spring Concert will also feature the announcement of the 2019-2020 Season of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Season tickets for next year will be offered that evening for a special discounted price. 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.

Offerings Sunday 3-10-19 Offerings to 3-10-19 Budget to 3-10-19

General Fund: $10,412.52 $56,547.47 $74,155.00

Benevolent Fund: $1,450.00 $34,108.33 $34,531.50

Building Fund: $55.00 $1,815.00 $24,807.70

Sunday School Offering: March 10, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 114 Last week's Attendance: 88

Last Year’s Offering: $102.00 Last week's Offering: $67.00

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 6 – The Golden Calf (Session 1)

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 6 – The Tabernacle Was Built (Session 2)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

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

MONDAY: Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 6:30 am

8:30 am Bethesda in 345

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

7:00 pm Circle of Kindness

6:45 pm – 8:45 pm GriefShare in the Fellowship Hall

TUESDAY: Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

6:30 pm Grace Circle

WEDNESDAY 9 -11 pm MOPS

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

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – JR RCYF

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8:00 pm – SR RCYF

THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

Pastor Dan & Sue will be out of the office Thursday through Monday

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

First Reformed is hosting the Prom Meal

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: YOUTH SUNDAY!

LOOKING AHEAD! The Council of Churches Fifth Sunday service will be held at First Reformed Church, March 31 at 6:30 PM. Dr. Dave and Heather Springer will be giving a presentation regarding mission and culture. More information to follow.

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Announcements for 3-10-19

by: Valerie Sneller

03/07/2019

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Karen Reemts (recovering at home following bladder surgery), Lezlee Benz (recovering at home following surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Karen Reemts (recovering at home following bladder surgery), Lezlee Benz (recovering at home following surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (pray for continued improvement with eating and energy as well as healing of the j-pouch), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), and Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (recently diagnosed with paracardial effusion; has been able to return to work but has physical limitations).

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

Congratulations! to Derek and Whitney Van Veldhuizen on the birth of their daughter, Evelyn, on February 28. We rejoice with you on this special blessing in the life of your family!

Thank you for all of the prayers and cards following my surgery. It is very much appreciated. Also, thank you for those that contributed to the wonderful meal that was delivered the day I came home. ~ Lezlee Benz

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

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 any event in the church please notify the church office what rooms will be used, the time, and date. Thank you for your help.

Attention: You Tube Watchers – The past month there has been some technical problems with the live streaming at 9:30 am each Sunday morning. We are working on the problem. If this happens you can watch the sermon the next day on the church website. To do this you must go to the sermon tab at the top of the web page and click on sermons. Then scroll down and pick the date of the service you would like to watch and click on it. If you have any questions please call the office and we will get someone to help you. Thank you

Change: Adult Choir will be singing the 5th Sunday, March 31.

GriefShare: Our second GriefShare class will be on Monday, March 11, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our topic for this session will be “Challenges of Grief”. Helpful information is shared each week about how to cope with the loss of someone you love. Please feel free to join us!

The Community May Breakfast planning committee will meet Wednesday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m., in the Church Library.

We are looking for some ground beef for our upcoming Midweek Meals. If you are interested in donating some, please talk to Amy Schulte or Katie Boender. Thanks!

Join us this Wednesday, March 13th for our Midweek Meal. On the menu: Chili & Chips, Cinnamon Rolls, and Fruit. Serving begins at 5:45 pm and all are welcome to join us. Parents of 1st thru 6th graders: please plan to stay afterwards with your children for our March activity, Taking Care of God’s Green Earth. See you then!

OVERSIZED OBJECTS IN MAILBOXES: Because the placing of oversized object in the mailboxes is becoming problematic in several ways, we need to find a creative way to share the gifts, materials, etc. with each other. If you have a helpful suggestion for an alternative system of sharing please email our secretary at frchurch@premieronline.net. Thanks!

Hope Haven Concert Announcement: Just a friendly reminder that Friday evening, March 15, the King’s Choraliers Male Chorus from Grand Rapids, MI will be at the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College for a full concert of male chorus music and praise to God! This concert will begin at 7:30 pm and is part of their 5-day Spring Tour with stops in Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Joining them for the evening will be the Valley Male Chorus from Rock Valley, IA. You will not want to miss what promises to be a wonderful evening! A freewill offering will be taken for Hope Haven.

Mark Your Calendars: The Women’s Ministry is hosting an All-Church Breakfast on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 8-9:30 am. They will be serving rolls, egg bakes, and yogurt parfaits. Please come and join us before worship for a time of fellowship and breakfast before enjoying the Easter Cantata! Everyone is welcome!

ARISE! Ukraine: Because you have been an important part of the Arise! Ukraine Ministry, we invite you to be with us for a special 25th Anniversary “Evening in Ukraine” dinner. Sunday, April 14, 4:00 pm at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. ~ In Jesus’ love, Paul Logan

Offerings Sunday 3-3-19 Offerings to 3-3-19 Budget to 3-3-19

General Fund: $5,842.00 $46,134.95 $66,599.50

Benevolent Fund: $8,441.00 $32,658.33 $31,078.35

Building Fund: $0.00 $1,760.00 $22,326.93

Sunday School Offering: March 3, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 119 Last week's Attendance: 116

Last Year’s Offering: $156.86 Last week's Offering: $115.00

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 5 – The Ten Commandments (Session 3)

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 6 – The Golden Calf (Session 1)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Care Center Services (All are welcome to attend and assist)

3:15 pm – Health Center

4:00 pm – Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 6:30 am

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

6:45 pm – 8:45 pm GriefShare in the Fellowship Hall

TUESDAY: 9:00 am Staff Meeting with Amy (Staff, please note the time)

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

WEDNESDAY 9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

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

5:30 pm May Breakfast Committee Meeting in the Library

5:45 pm Mid-Week Meal (Glenda H., Doris S., Diane A., & ReNae L.)

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – Girl’s League

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8:00 pm – Guy’s Night

THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Pulpit Supply – John Hartog III

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Announcements for 3-3-19

by: Valerie Sneller

03/01/2019

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Lezlee Benz (recovering at home following surgery), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Karen Reemts (recovering at home following bladder surgery), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Lezlee Benz (recovering at home following surgery), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Karen Reemts (recovering at home following bladder surgery), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (see update below), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is recovering at home), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), and Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke).

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

Update on Greyson Austin: Thank you so much for all of you who continue to pray for Greyson and for our family. We are glad to be home again after 10 days in Rochester. Greyson has autoimmune pancreatitis, which they are treating with steroids. He is responding well, and we are so glad that he is doing better. He is eating 3 meals a day for the first time in 11 weeks. After losing 30 lbs. over the last 11 weeks, he is finally taking in some much needed calories and is keeping the food down. We are grateful beyond measure for God’s mercy in this situation. The surgeon has moved Grey’s March 12 surgery to May 7, as he will need to be off his steroids before they operate. It sounds like he will be on steroids for 8 weeks. Prayers for continued improvement with eating and energy, along with prayers for healing of the j-pouch are appreciated. We are encouraged knowing that so many of you are praying and lifting Grey up by name before our Heavenly Father! ~ Mike and Carrie Austin, Marlene Mellema, and families

Greyson Austin’s address: If you would like to send Greyson an encouraging card or note, here is his home address: Greyson Austin, 1004 Westview Drive, Dell Rapids, SD 57022

Thank You Church Family – I want to thank you for helping me celebrate my 100th birthday! Your cards, calls & Well wishes mean so much to me and helped me to realize that even though I’m living four hours away, my true home in at my church with my family there. Thank you! Gertie Feller

Sympathy: We wish to extend our sympathy to Joyce Hommes and her family upon the death of her sister, Jane Baker Bosch on Saturday, Feb. 23. Her funeral was held this past Friday, March 1 at the Reformed Church of Steen.

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

Women’s Ministry Executive Committee meeting Monday, March 4 at 7:00 pm in room 200.

Midweek Activities: Children grades 1st – 6th grade are asked to bring a treat to share with their small group on Wednesday night. For example, Scott could bring Snickers.

We are looking for some ground beef for our upcoming Midweek Meals. If you are interested in donating some, please talk to Amy Schulte or Katie Boender. Thanks!

SPRING AHEAD! Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead this weekend for Daylight Saving Time March 10, 2019.

Are you looking for support, understanding, and tools to deal with your grief from the loss of a family member or friend? GriefShare is coming! We will be offering this class here at FRC beginning on March 4, 2019. We will meet in the church Fellowship Hall from 6:45-8:45 p.m. Registration is $20 (scholarships are available). GriefShare features Biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar includes nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people followed by a group discussion about what was viewed. The topic for the first week will be “Is This Normal?” Please contact Val or Sue at the church office (472-3729) for more information and/or to register for this class.

OVERSIZED OBJECTS IN MAILBOXES: Because the placing of oversized object in the mailboxes is becoming problematic in several ways, we need to find a creative way to share the gifts, materials, etc. with each other. If you have a helpful suggestion for an alternative system of sharing please email our secretary at frchurch@premieronline.net. Thanks

Offerings Sunday 2-24-19 Offerings to 2-24-19 Budget to 2-24-19

General Fund: $0.00 $40,292.95 $58,964.00

Benevolent Fund: $0.00 $24,217.33 $27,625.20

Building Fund: $0.00 $1,760.00 $19,846.16

Sunday School Offering: February 24, 2019

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

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

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 5 – Jethro Helped Moses (Session 2)

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 5 – The Ten Commandments (Session 3)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 6:30 am

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

6:45 pm – 8:45 pm GriefShare in the Fellowship Hall

7:00 pm Women’s Executive Committee Ministry Meeting in room 200

TUESDAY: 9:15 am Staff Meeting with Amy

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

WEDNESDAY 9 – 11 am MOPS

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

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – JR RCYF

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8:00 pm – SR RCYF

THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

Walk in Love Circle

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Care Center Services (All are welcome to attend and assist)

3:15 pm – Health Center

4:00 pm – Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)

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Volunteer List for March 2019

by: Valerie Sneller

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Announcements for 2-24-19

by: Valerie Sneller

02/22/2019

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Karen Reemts (recovering at home following bladder surgery), Lezlee Benz (recovering at home following surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin and Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Karen Reemts (recovering at home following bladder surgery), Lezlee Benz (recovering at home following surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin and Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is recovering at home), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (admitted to Mayo Hospital on February 11 due to eating problems and continued weight loss), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), 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), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son).

Update on Greyson Austin: Greyson has been at Mayo this week with many appointments. The surgeon and G.I. teams are committed to find answers concerning Greyson’s various health concerns. Please continue to pray with us, asking God for answers and healing. We know that He hears our prayers. We have been uplifted by your calls and encouraging cards. It is wonderful to be a part of such a loving, caring family of God. –With our sincere appreciation, Marlene Mellema & families

Greyson Austin’s address: If you would like to send Greyson an encouraging card or note, here is his home address: Greyson Austin, 1004 Westview Drive, Dell Rapids, SD 57022

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

Baptism this morning we are celebrating the sacrament of baptism of Ruthie Hofmeyer presented by her parents Brent and Melissa and Bentley Rypkema, presented by his parents Brad and Ashley.

Consistory: Consistory meets this Monday, February 25. Elders are 6:30 pm, Deacons at 7:00 pm and full consistory at 7:30 pm. Please note time of change.

To All Care Elders: Our Care Elders Winter Gathering will be held on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our program for the evening will be “Tools for the Care Elder’s Toolbox”. Most of us have used a tool to help us accomplish a project or a task. Having a variety of tools gives us options as we work on a project. We hope that the “spiritual tools” we will discuss at our meeting will be helpful to you as a Care Elder. As always, you will have some time to share with your fellow Care Elders and to enjoy some tasty treats. We hope to see you on February 26!

Join us this Wednesday, February 27th for our Midweek Meal. All are invited and encouraged to join us. On the menu: Lasagna, Garlic Bread, and Salad. Serving beings at 5:45 PM.

World Day of Prayer: “Come-Everything Is Ready” at the Christian Church of Disciples 110 S Greene Street Rock Rapids, IA on March 1, 2019 at 1:30 pm. The offering will go towards Hope for the Homeless (an organization that help homeless people in NW Iowa provide support and bring hope to those in homeless situations).

Are you looking for support, understanding, and tools to deal with your grief from the loss of a family member or friend? GriefShare is coming! We will be offering this class here at FRC beginning on March 4, 2019. We will meet in the church Fellowship Hall from 6:45-8:45 p.m. Registration is $20 (scholarships are available). GriefShare features Biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar includes nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people followed by a group discussion about what was viewed. The topic for the first week will be “Is This Normal?” Please contact Val or Sue at the church office (472-3729) for more information and/or to register for this class.

FINANCIALS

Offerings Sunday 2-17-19 Offerings to 2-17-19 Budget to 2-17-19

General Fund: $840.00 $40,292.95 $51,368.50

Benevolent Fund: $2,911.33 $24,217.33 $24,172.05

Building Fund: $0.00 $1,760.00 $17,365.39

Sunday School Offering: February 17, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 105 Last week's Attendance: 73

Last Year’s Offering: $101.00 Last week's Offering: $69.00

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 5 – Jethro Helped Moses (Session 2)

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 5 – The Ten Commandments (Session 3)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Baptisms

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 6:30 am

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

6:30 pm Elders, 7:00 pm Deacons, and 7:30 pm Full Consistory meeting

7:00 pm Women’s Executive Committee Ministry Meeting in room 200

TUESDAY:

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

7:00 pm Care Elder Winter Gathering

WEDNESDAY

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

5:45 pm – Mid-Week Meal (Glenda H, Amy Sieperda, Jill & Dionne J, and Jen H)

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – JR RCYF

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8:00 pm – SR RCYF

THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

6:30 – 8:00 pm Mom’s Night Out in the Youth Room

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

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Announcements for 2-17-19

by: Valerie Sneller

02/15/2019

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin and Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin and Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is recovering at home), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (admitted to Mayo Hospital on February 11 due to eating problems and continued weight loss), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), 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), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son).

Prayer Update: Mykenah Horstman was seen recently for a follow-up appointment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Tests revealed that Mykenah’s spinal cord is again tethered, but it is not as tight, and Mykenah does not have symptoms. Mykenah will be fitted for a brace that she will wear at night in hopes that spinal fusion surgery can be delayed until she is older and bigger.

Thank You! I would like to thank everyone for the cards and memorial gifts that were given in memory of Christine (Gilbert’s mother). It was much appreciated and your generosity will not be forgotten. ~Gilbert & Leona and families

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

Valentine supper and activity night have been postponed from February 13th to this coming Wednesday, February 20th. On the menu: Lasagna, Garlic Toast, and Salad. Serving begins at 5:45 and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Parents, please plan to stay with your child after the meal as we will be learning that God is Love through a fun night of activities and making Valentine treats for a neighbor or loved one.

Grace Circle Members! Grace Circle will meet on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm at the home of Marlene Mellema. Please bring your new study book, “True Spirituality”. It should be an exciting year of study. See you all there.

To All Care Elders: Our Care Elders Winter Gathering will be held on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our program for the evening will be “Tools for the Care Elder’s Toolbox”. Most of us have used a tool to help us accomplish a project or a task. Having a variety of tools gives us options as we work on a project. We hope that the “spiritual tools” we will discuss at our meeting will be helpful to you as a Care Elder. As always, you will have some time to share with your fellow Care Elders and to enjoy some tasty treats. We hope to see you on February 26!

Are you looking for support, understanding, and tools to deal with your grief from the loss of a family member or friend? GriefShare is coming! We will be offering this class here at FRC beginning on March 4, 2019. We will meet in the church Fellowship Hall from 6:45-8:45 p.m. Registration is $20 (scholarships are available). GriefShare features Biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar includes nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people followed by a group discussion about what was viewed. The topic for the first week will be “Is This Normal?” Please contact Val or Sue at the church office (472-3729) for more information and/or to register for this class.

Offerings Sunday 2-10-19 Offerings to 2-10-19 Budget to 2-10-19

General Fund: $7,744.95 $39,452.95 $43,773.00

Benevolent Fund: $1,100.00 $21,306.00 $20,718.90

Building Fund: $0.00 $1,760.00 $14,884.62

Sunday School Offering: February 10, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 128 Last week's Attendance: 98

Last Year’s Offering: $161.23 Last week's Offering: $260.25

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 5 – Bread From Heaven (Session 1)

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 5 – Jethro Helped Moses (Session 2)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Council of Churches at 1:30 pm

MONDAY: 8:30 am – Bethesda Meeting in 345

Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 6:30 am

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

7:00 pm Circle of Kindness

TUESDAY: 9:15 am Staff Meeting – Dave M.

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

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

WEDNESDAY 9 – 11 am MOPS

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

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – Girl’s League at Rosie’s

6:30 pm – JR RCYF

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8:00 pm – Guy’s Night

THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

Walk in Love Circle

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Baptisms

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Announcements for 2-10-19

by: Valerie Sneller

02/08/2019

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Esther Altman, (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at Rock Rapids Health Center), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Mykenah Horstman (had follow-up appointments at Mayo Clinic this past week), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Zucker Freerks, Sara… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Esther Altman, (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at Rock Rapids Health Center), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Mykenah Horstman (had follow-up appointments at Mayo Clinic this past week), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is recovering at home), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (pray that Greyson will continue to eat and get stronger; his last surgery is scheduled for March 12), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

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

Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Stacia and Jeff Van Veldhuizen and their family on the death of Stacia’s stepmother, Shirley Long, on February 3. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Thank You: The family of Nieva Boer Breuer want to thank you the congregation and Pastor Dan so kindly for remembering Ava in your prayers. She was two and a half years old when diagnosed with leukemia. She went two years with chemo treatments. Then hospitalized again suffering with internal chicken pox, (on a respirator) fighting for her life. Prayers were coming from all over creation! Then the good Lord miraculously healed her! Ava is now eight years old, speaking Spanish and doing excellent in school. God is so good! We have been truly blessed!! Again we say thank you – May God Bless You All!

Thank you Pastor Dan & Sue and everyone else for your prayers and food brought in. ~ Esther & Jack Altman

TODAY, February 10, we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion together in morning worship

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

Mid-Week Meal: Join us this Wednesday, February 13th for our Midweek Meal and Activity Night. On the menu: Lasagna, Garlic Toast, and Salad. Serving begins at 5:45 and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Parents, please plan to stay with your child after the meal as we will be learning that God is Love through a fun night of activities and making Valentine treats for a neighbor or loved one.

JR RCYF REMINDER: Registrations for Power Connection need to happen by Feb 15. Please go to www.synodyouth.org and register online ASAP! Your cost is $100 but there is scholarship funds available to assist with that. DO NOT let the cost be the reason you don’t go! No money is due now. Please register soon!

To All Care Elders: Our Care Elders Winter Gathering will be held on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our program for the evening will be “Tools for the Care Elder’s Toolbox”. Most of us have used a tool to help us accomplish a project or a task. Having a variety of tools gives us options as we work on a project. We hope that the “spiritual tools” we will discuss at our meeting will be helpful to you as a Care Elder. As always, you will have some time to share with your fellow Care Elders and to enjoy some tasty treats. We hope to see you on February 26!

Are you looking for support, understanding, and tools to deal with your grief from the loss of a family member or friend? GriefShare is coming! We will be offering this class here at FRC beginning on March 4, 2019. We will meet in the church Fellowship Hall from 6:45-8:45 p.m. Registration is $20 (scholarships are available). GriefShare features Biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar includes nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people followed by a group discussion about what was viewed. The topic for the first week will be “Is This Normal?” Please contact Val or Sue at the church office (472-3729) for more information and/or to register for this class.

Offerings Sunday 2-3-19 Offerings to 2-3-19 Budget to 2-3-19

General Fund: $2,154.00 $31,708.00 $36,177.50

Benevolent Fund: $6,940.00 $20,206.00 $17,265.75

Building Fund: $260.00 $1,760.00 $12,403.85

Sunday School Offering: February 3, 2019

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

Last Year’s Offering: $96.50 Last week's Offering: $141.00

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – The Red Sea Crossing (Session 6)

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 5 – Bread From Heaven

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Communion

5:00 pm – New Members Meal

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 6:30 am

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

TUESDAY:

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

WEDNESDAY

9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

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

5:45 pm Mid-Week Meal (Glenda H, Kathy M, Diane A, & Barb D)

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – Girl’s League

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8:00 pm – Guy’s Night

THURSDAY:

Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

7:00 pm Peace Circle in 345

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

Council of Churches at 1:30 pm

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Announcements for 2-3-19

by: Valerie Sneller

01/31/2019

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery on Jan. 29), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (discharged from Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls and admitted to the Rock Rapids Health Center), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Esther Altman (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery on Jan. 29), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (discharged from Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls and admitted to the Rock Rapids Health Center), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Esther Altman (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is recovering at home), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), and Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (see prayer update below).

*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).

Prayer Update: Feanix is doing well! Thank you for all of your prayers! We are happy that he is on the mend, and we hope for an uneventful rest of the winter. –Joel & April De Wit and family

Update on Greyson Austin: Greyson returned to Mayo and was hospitalized on Friday, January 25. The doctor was planning to do a biopsy of the pancreas to find the source of his pancreatitis. In a miraculous turn of events, Greyson was able to start eating, and his pain disappeared. The surgeon found no reason to do the biopsy, and Greyson was discharged on Tuesday, January 29. His last surgery is scheduled for March 12. Thank you to all of you who pray for Greyson so faithfully. We feel your prayers! Please pray that Greyson will continue to eat and get stronger. –Marlene Mellema & families

Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Gilbert and Leona Vanden Top, Rodney & Brenda Vanden Top, and Audrey & Gerald Postma on the death of Gilbert’s mother, Christine Vanden Top Kroon. Christine’s funeral was held this past Friday at the Christian Reformed Church in Rock Rapids.

Thank You: The family of Jack Gable wishes to thank you all for your prayers and support for Jack while he was battling Myasthenia Gravis, and your prayers and support for us as we dealt with the passing of our husband, dad, grandpa, and great grandpa. The gifts and food were especially appreciated as well. – Elaine Gable, Lisa Vermeer, Nikki & Jerry Dvorak, Kevin & Beth Gable, Allison & Scott Van Aartsen, and families

To All Care Elders: Our Care Elders Winter Gathering will be held on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our program for the evening will be “Tools for the Care Elder’s Toolbox”. Most of us have used a tool to help us accomplish a project or a task. Having a variety of tools gives us options as we work on a project. We hope that the “spiritual tools” we will discuss at our meeting will be helpful to you as a Care Elder. As always, you will have some time to share with your fellow Care Elders and to enjoy some tasty treats. We hope to see you on February 26!

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

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.

BABY BOTTLES are due back TODAY - February 3. All donations go toward the Cherish House Ministry. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Next Sunday, February 10, we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion together in morning worship.

A note from Paul Logan and Arise! Ukraine: We are overwhelmed by your response to help us buy coal, wood and food for the poor in eastern Ukraine. To date, $7,976.10 has been raised and we are currently delivering the loads. You can still send a gift to: Arise! Ukraine P.O. Box 812 Sioux Falls, SD 57101. You will receive a tax receipt. Thank you!

Card Shower Request: Gertie Feller will be turning 100 on Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2019). The family states that she enjoys getting mail from back home and looks forward to receiving her bulletin each week. Please take a moment and write her a note and send a birthday card to: Gertie Feller, Keystone Assisted Living, 3810 Alder Lane, Apt 219, Eagan, MN 55122

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

Offerings Sunday 1-27-19 Offerings to 1-27-19 Budget to 1-27-19

General Fund: $14,501.00 $29,554.00 $28,582.00

Benevolent Fund: $2,120.00 $13,266.00 $13,812.60

Building Fund: $1,000.00 $1,500.00 $9,923.08

Sunday School Offering: January 27, 2019

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

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

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – The Plagues and the Passover (Session 5)

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – The Red Sea Crossing (Session 6)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 6:30 am

9:15 am - Staff Meeting with Cheryl

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

TUESDAY:

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

WEDNESDAY 9 -11 am MOPS in the Fellowship Hall

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

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – Jr. RCYF

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8:00 pm – Sr. RCYF

THURSDAY:

Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

Walk in Love Circle

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Communion

5:00 pm New Members Meal

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Announcements for 1-27-19

by: Valerie Sneller

01/24/2019

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Feanix De Wit (discharged from the hospital and recovering at home from RSV), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (hospitalized a second time at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls; is recovering from surgery), Esther Altman (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Thomas Bouwman, Tom… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Feanix De Wit (discharged from the hospital and recovering at home from RSV), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (hospitalized a second time at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls; is recovering from surgery), Esther Altman (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is recovering at home), Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith and Joe Vander Zee’s nephew, (see prayer update below), 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 and Donna Kwikkel’s son), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother).

Update on Greyson: Greyson was able to return home on Monday after his bowel blockage surgery at Mayo. Though very weak, he is so happy to be home! J. His last half to attach his small intestine to the outside to be used for his colon had been moved to March 12. Thank you from our hearts for your many prayers. God hears and answers and has been with us all the way. Marlene Mellema and families.

Baptism: Today Owen and Myriah Fastert are presenting their daughter Harvey for baptism.

BABY BOTTLES are due back on February 3. All donations go toward the Cherish House Ministry. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Thank You: The family of Erica Vik thanks you for your prayers, cards, gifts and memorials given in honor of Erica's life. Your expressions of sympathy meant so much to our family at this difficult time. ~ Keith and Angie Vik, Bob and Karen Reemts, and Neil and Sacia Vik

Thank You: A Big thanks to all of the Meals on Wheels Volunteers this month; Denny and Diane Altman, Lincoln and Jonathan Kock, Mary Hoogers, Roger and Carol Oliver, John and Jan Spyksma, Gilbert and Leona Vanden Top, Scott Sieperda, Jan Meester, Sue Haggar, Amy Schulte and Pastor Dan.

Card Shower Request: Gertie Feller will be turning 100 on Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2019). The family states that she enjoys getting mail from back home and looks forward to receiving her bulletin each week. Please take a moment and write her a note and send a birthday card to: Gertie Feller, Keystone Assisted Living, 3810 Alder Lane, Apt 219, Eagan, MN 55122

Inspiration Hills Single Mom’s Retreat: Do you know a Single Mom? Visit our website to learn how to register them for our Single Mom’s Retreat on Feb 1st – 3rd. Throughout this retreat there will be plenty of stories, pampering time, discussions, mentoring, delicious food, and a positive experience for you to take home. We promise to support and provide you with a weekend you’ve been needing! The theme come from Psalm 23:3, “He restores my soul”. Register online to be rejuvenated, empowered, and filled with joy. Visit our website for more information and to register.

Inspiration Hills 4th – 6th Grade Winter Retreat: 4th – 6th graders, do you want a summer camp reunion with your friends to play great camp games, eat delicious food and chapel? Inspiration Hills 4th -6th grade Winter Retreat is on February 15th & 16th. Our theme is – ANCHOR from Hebrews 6:19 – “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul firm and secure.” If you would like to request a Scholarship, please register before Feb 3rd. Visit our website for more information and to register.

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

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

Offerings Sunday 1-20-19 Offerings to 1-20-19 Budget to 1-20-19

General Fund: $1,155.00 $15,053.00 $20,986.50

Benevolent Fund: $4,652.00 $11,146.00 $10,359.45

Building Fund: $0.00 $500.00 $7,442.31

Sunday School Offering: January 20, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 120 Last week's Attendance: 107

Last Year’s Offering: $262.62 Last week's Offering: $84.00

This Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – Moses was Born and Called (Session 4)

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – The Plagues and the Passover (Session 5)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Baptism

MONDAY:

Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 6:30 am

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

TUESDAY:

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

WEDNESDAY

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

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – Jr. RCYF

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8:00 pm – Sr. RCYF

THURSDAY:

Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Esther Altman (recovering from knee replacement surgery on January 10), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (hospitalized at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls and is recovering from recent surgery), Feanix De Wit (hospitalized on January 15 for possible pneumonia and dehydration), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tony Schoneveld,… read more

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Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Esther Altman (recovering from knee replacement surgery on January 10), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Missy (Michelle) Perkins (hospitalized at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls and is recovering from recent surgery), Feanix De Wit (hospitalized on January 15 for possible pneumonia and dehydration), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is recovering at home), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (is currently at home and is being treated for pancreatitus), and Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke).

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).

Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Allison and Scott Van Aartsen and their family on the death of Jack Gable, Allison’s father, on January 12. Jack’s funeral was held on January 16 at New Life Community Baptist Church in Ortonville, Minnesota.

CONSISTORY: Reminder we meet tomorrow night - Monday, January 21.

Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday "We know that one out of three women have had an abortion, and this means that they sit in the pews of our churches. The first baby step in healing from abortion is to know the truth about it so it can be confessed and healing can begin. The post-abortive woman must come to know that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus in regards to her abortion. Only then can he begin to heal her broken heart and ultimately transform her life. We must--all of us--bring the gospel of the Lord to a culture of death that has been deceived and wounded, deeply wounded, by the tragedy of abortion."—Nancy Kruezer, "Preaching on Abortion," Preaching Today

First Reformed is leading the Care Center Services today at 3:15 PM at the Health Care Center and 4:00 PM at Lyon Manor. You are invited to come and help gather residents for the service and assist them with finding pages for the hymns.

Card Shower Request: Gertie Feller will be turning 100 on Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2019). The family states that she enjoys getting mail from back home and looks forward to receiving her bulletin each week. Please take a moment and write her a note and send a birthday card to: Gertie Feller, Keystone Assisted Living, 3810 Alder Lane, Apt 219, Eagan, MN 55122

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

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

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

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

Offerings Sunday 1-13-19 Offerings to 1-13-19 Budget to 1-13-19

General Fund: $10,907.00 $13,898.00 $15,191.00

Benevolent Fund: $895.00 $6,494.00 $6,906.30

Building Fund: $150.00 $500.00 $4,961.54

Sunday School Offering: January 13, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 123 Last week's Attendance: 108

Last Year’s Offering: $144.50 Last week's Offering: $83.08

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

Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – Moses was Born and Called (Session 4)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

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

3:15 pm Health Center

4:00 pm Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)

MONDAY: 8:30 am Bethesda Meeting in 345

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

7 pm Deacons Meeting, 7 pm Elders meeting, 8 pm Full Consistory

7 pm Circle of Kindness

TUESDAY: 9:15 am Staff Meeting with Cheryl

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

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

5:45 pm – Mid-Week Meal (Glenda H, Jennifer L, Kay W, Jill & Dionne J.)

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – Jr. RCYF

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8:00 pm – Sr. RCYF

THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

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

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONSISTORY: Reminder we meet Monday, January 21.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FINANCIALS

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

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

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

Building Fund: $350.00 $350.00 $2,480.77

Sunday School Offering: January 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Becca Roskam Testimonial and Spaghetti meal at noon

in the fellowship hall. Free-Will Offering

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

TUESDAY:

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

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

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

WEDNESDAY

9 -11 MOPS

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

6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

6:30 pm – Girl’s League

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

8 pm – Guy’s Night

THURSDAY:

Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

FRIDAY:

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

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

SATURDAY:

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

3:15 pm Health Center

4:00 pm Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)

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by: Valerie Sneller

01/03/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FINANCIALS

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

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

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

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

Sunday School Offering: December 30, 2018

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

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

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

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

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Installation & Ordination of Elders and Deacons

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

TUESDAY:

Staff Meeting with Sue at 9:15 am

Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

WEDNESDAY

Joy Circle in 345 at 9:30 am

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

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

NO Mid-week Activities

6:30 pm – Hand Bells

7:30 pm – Praise Team

THURSDAY:

Peace Circle at 7:00 pm

Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

FRIDAY:

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

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Becca Roskam Testimonial and Spaghetti meal at noon

in the fellowship hall. Free-Will Offering

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