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Announcements for 7-21-19

by: Valerie Sneller

07/19/2019

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Prayers:

  • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

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

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

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

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

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

•Karen Reemts (recovering at home from knee surgery)

•Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots… read more

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Prayers:

  • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

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

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

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

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

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

•Karen Reemts (recovering at home from knee surgery)

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

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

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

•Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn & Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (see prayer update below)

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

•Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (see prayer update below)

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

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

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

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

Sympathy:We extend our sympathy to Arnie & Donna Kwikkel on the passing of Arnie’s brother Kenneth on July 13.Kenneth’s funeral was held this past Friday (July 19) at the Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center.

Thank you to our caring church family for remembering us with prayers, cards and words of encouragement at this very difficult time.Special thanks to Jenn Kock, our care elder, and Pastor Dan for their concern.We will certainly miss Ed, but rejoice that he is in heaven and can breathe! ~ Conrad, Audrey De Noble & family

Vacation:Pastor Dan and Sue will be on vacation from July 15-29. Please direct any pastoral concerns to one of our Elders or Cheryl Van Beek.

Journey Group:If you are interested in participating in a Journey group this fall, please pick up an application from the church secretary and turn it in to the church office by August 4.

Looking for helping hands to serve at Bread of Life on July 24.If you are available 5:30-7:30 pm that day, please contact Cheryl Van Beek for more information.712-470-0278

The Bible League Christmas in July will be held on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 1:30 pm at the Faith Reformed churchof Rock Valley, Iowa You are asked to bring an item such as baked goods, crafts, plants, etc.,to place on the silent auction tables. You will be given time to view the items and place your bids.Sheri Ten Napel and Katie Haan will share what they experience in their trip with Bible League International to Nicaragua.Hope to see many of you at this event.

Sandford Hospice is looking for volunteers to do companionship visits with Hospice patients.A 2-day training session will be held on August 5th and August 6th, 2019 from 9 – 3 at the Pizza Ranch in Rock Rapids.A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.Please call Laurie at 712-324-6419 or email her at laurie,vaniperen@sandfordhealth.org to request further information and to register for the volunteer training by July 31st.

Special Music:On August 11th, the men’s chorus will be singing “Midnight Cry” as special music during our Sunday service.All men including high schoolers and college students are invited to take part.We will be rehearsing in the choir room on July 21st and August 4th immediately following church services, and also on August 11th, before worship at 9:10 am.We are very short on copies and this piece is now out of print, meaning that we cannot buy additional copies.If you have a copy at home, please return it to church and put it on the table in the choir room.

Offerings Sunday 7-14-19 Offerings to 7-14-19 Budget to 7-14-19

General Fund: $5,370.00 $165,903.63 $210,874.00

Benevolent Fund: $270.00 $87,402.83 $94,415.20

Building Fund: $0.00 $17,379.51 $69,461.56

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

Pulpit Supply – Rev. Robert Vander Schaaf

2:30 pm - Lyon County Fair Concert in the Sanctuary

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

9:00 am Staff Meeting with Val

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:

Walk in Love in 345

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

10:30 am - Services at Inspiration Hills


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Announcements for 7-14-19

by: Valerie Sneller

07/11/2019

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Prayers:

  • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

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

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

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

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

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

•Karen Reemts (recovering at home from knee surgery)

•Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots… read more

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Prayers:

  • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

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

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

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

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

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

•Karen Reemts (recovering at home from knee surgery)

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

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

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

•Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn & Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (see prayer update below)

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

•Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (see prayer update below)

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

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

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

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

Prayer Updates:Lena Jolee Olivier has been discharged from the hospital and is doing well at home.Greyson Austin:We so appreciate your continued prayers for Greyson.He began Humira injections this past week, as he is now being treated for Crohns as well as colitis.Remicade infusions were not successful, so we pray that Humira will work.Grey is home for now and remains in good spirits.We serve an amazing God, who is our Great Physician!So this is where we continue to put our trust.

Congratulations! to Eric and Amy Hartter on the birth of their son, Holden Grae, on July 8.We rejoice with you on this special blessing in the life of your family.

Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to Heath and Wendy Huisman and their family on the death of Heath’s uncle, Ron Gruis, on July 10.

Thank you to our caring church family for remembering us with prayers, cards and words of encouragement at this very difficult time.Special thanks to Jenn Kock, our care elder, and Pastor Dan for their concern.We will certainly miss Ed, but rejoice that he is in heaven and can breathe! ~ Conrad, Audrey De Noble & family

Vacation:Pastor Dan and Sue will be on vacation from July 15-29. Please direct any pastoral concerns to one of our Elders or Cheryl Van Beek.

Congratulations to Koriene (Schulte) and Johnathon Gallegher on their wedding yesterday at First Reformed.

A "Journey" discipleship and leadership group is in the process of being formed to start this fall. "The Journey” involves meeting weekly (with exceptions) with a group of other adults who engage in a relational learning process of Christian discipleship and leadership. The group is guided by three primary questions: “Who is God?” “Who am I?”“What does God desire to do through me?” Overall the process lasts 18 weeks and we make several meals together! An informational meeting is scheduled for Sunday, July 14 at 7:00 PM in the Youth Room. The meeting will last one hour and you are under no obligation to apply by attending.

The Lyon County Fair Association is sponsoring a gospel ministry to open the 2019 fair.This will be Sunday July 21, 2019 at First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, 512 South Union Street at 2:30 pm.An ice cream social will follow the program.Performing this year will be Master’s Voice Quartet.A free-will offering will be taken.The money is given to the performers and the church for letting us use their facility.Thank you.

Looking for helping hands to serve at Bread of Life on July 24.If you are available 5:30-7:30 pm that day, please contact Cheryl Van Beek for more information.712-470-0278

The Bible League Christmas in July will be held on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 1:30 pm at the Faith Reformed churchof Rock Valley, Iowa You are asked to bring an item such as baked goods, crafts, plants, etc.,to place on the silent auction tables. You will be given time to view the items and place your bids.Sheri Ten Napel and Katie Haan will share what they experience in their trip with Bible League International to Nicaragua.Hope to see many of you at this event.

Special Music:On August 11th, the men’s chorus will be singing “Midnight Cry” as special music during our Sunday service.All men including high schoolers and college students are invited to take part.We will be rehearsing in the choir room on July 21st and August 4th immediately following church services, and also on August 11th, before worship at 9:10 am.We are very short on copies and this piece is now out of print, meaning that we cannot buy additional copies.If you have a copy at home, please return it to church and put it on the table in the choir room.

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

General Fund: $4,440.00 $160,533.63 $203,278.50

Benevolent Fund: $6,383.00 $87,132.83 $92,962.05

Building Fund: $305.00 $17,379.51 $66,980.79

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

7 pm Circle of Kindness

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

Lyon County Fair Concert in the Sanctuary at 2:30 pm

Pulpit Supply – Rev. Robert Vander Schaaf


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Announcements for 7-7-19

by: Valerie Sneller

07/05/2019

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Prayers:

  • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

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

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

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

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

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

•Karen Reemts (recovering at home from knee surgery)

•Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots… read more

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Prayers:

  • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

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

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

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

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

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

•Karen Reemts (recovering at home from knee surgery)

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

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

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

•Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn & Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (pray for continued growth and development)

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

•Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (pray for internal healing and for Greyson’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for him)

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

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

Prayer Updates:Andrew De Noble has recovered well from his shoulder surgery. Arietta Beyenhof is finishing up physical therapy for her knee on July 5. Harriet Hoff has returned home from the Rock Rapids Health Center.Please pray for continued healing for her foot.

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.

A "Journey" discipleship and leadership group is in the process of being formed to start this fall. "The Journey” involves meeting weekly (with exceptions) with a group of other adults who engage in a relational learning process of Christian discipleship and leadership. The group is guided by three primary questions: “Who is God?” “Who am I?” “What does God desire to do through me?” Overall the process lasts 18 weeks and we make several meals together! An informational meeting is scheduled for Sunday, July 14 at 7:00 PM in the Youth Room. The meeting will last one hour and you are under no obligation to apply by attending.

Offerings Sunday 6-30-19 Offerings to 6-30-19 Budget to 6-30-19

General Fund: $3,707.00 $156,093.63 $195,683.00

Benevolent Fund: $675.00 $80,749.83 $89,508.90

Building Fund: $5,718.00 $17,074.51 $64,500.02

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

THURSDAY:

Walk in Love Circle in 345

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:


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July 2019 Volunteer List

by: Valerie Sneller

06/27/2019

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Announcements for 6-30-19

by: Valerie Sneller

06/27/2019

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Prayers:

  • Andrew De Noble (recovering from shoulder surgery)

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

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

•Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

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

•Arietta Beyenhof (pray for continued healing of Arietta’s knee following surgery)

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

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

•Tanner Lincecum (pray for relief from… read more

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Prayers:

  • Andrew De Noble (recovering from shoulder surgery)

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

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

•Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

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

•Arietta Beyenhof (pray for continued healing of Arietta’s knee following surgery)

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

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

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

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

•Karen Reemts (knee replacement surgery on June 25)

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

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

•Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn & Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (pray for continued growth and development)

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

•Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (pray for decrease in prednisone & surgery possibly this fall)

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

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

Update on Greyson:Greyson is at Mayo for a few days, and will stay on Prednisone for now.Doctors will try a different type of infusion other than Remicade for internal healing.Greyson had a good 5 weeks at home and was able to gain some weight.Pray for answers.We continue to feel your care and love.

Prayer Update:Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother, has finished her treatments for pancreatic cancer.Arlene’s last report showed no signs of pancreatic cancer.However, she is very weak and is currently fighting an infection in her lungs.

Sympathy:We extend our sympathy to Audrey and Conrad De Noble on the death of Audrey’s brother, Edward Meendering, on Tuesday, June 25, at his home in Sibley, Iowa.Edward was an uncle to Nicole Gerleman, Hedy Kruger, and Val Krull.Edward’s funeral was held yesterday, June 29, at the First Reformed Church in Sibley.

Best Wishes:We wanted to wish our parents, Randy and Cindy Bosch, a very special 40th wedding anniversary that they celebrated last Saturday, June 22nd and a happy 60th birthday to Cindy Bosch today, June 30th.

~ Love Jereme, Nikki, Olivia, Liam, Dustin, Taylor, and Ellie

Communion:Today we will celebrate Holy Communion as a congregation

Farmer’s Stress Hotline:The Avera Farmer’s Stress Hotline is now available to callers.Simply dial 1-800-691-4336 to connect with a trained mental health counselor.

Executive Committee meets on Tuesday, July 2 at 7:00 pm in the office conference room.

A "Journey" discipleship and leadership group is in the process of being formed to start this fall. "The Journey” involves meeting weekly (with exceptions) with a group of other adults who engage in a relational learning process of Christian discipleship and leadership. The group is guided by three primary questions: “Who is God?” “Who am I?”“What does God desire to do through me?” Overall the process lasts 18 weeks and we make several meals together! An informational meeting is scheduled for Sunday, July 14 at 7:00 PM in the Youth Room. The meeting will last one hour and you are under no obligation to apply by attending.

5th Sunday Service will be at Peace Lutheran Church tonight at 7:00 pm.The Hwy 9 singers will perform some numbers (you may have heard them at the fair).And, they will lead us in singing some familiar hymns.Ice cream and snacks will be served during time for fellowship after the service.



Offerings Sunday 6-23-19 Offerings to 6-23-19 Budget to 6-23-19

General Fund: $10,500.00 $152,386.63 $188,087.50

Benevolent Fund: $460.00 $80,049.83 $83,055.75

Building Fund: $460.00 $11,356.51 $62,019.25

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:Communion in the am services

7:00 pm - 5th Sunday Services at Peace Lutheran Church

Featuring the Highway 9 Singers.Ice cream and snacks to follow.

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

Executive Committee meets on Tuesday, July 2 at 7:00 pm in the office conference room.

TEC Council Mtg in the Youth Room at 7:00 pm

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

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:

Offices closed to observe the holiday

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

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Announcements for 6-23-19

by: Valerie Sneller

06/20/2019

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prayers:

  • Andrew De Noble (recovering from shoulder surgery)
  • Jennifer Klarenbeek (scheduled for back surgery on June 25)

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

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

•Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

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

•Arietta Beyenhof (pray for continued healing of Arietta’s knee following 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… read more

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prayers:

  • Andrew De Noble (recovering from shoulder surgery)
  • Jennifer Klarenbeek (scheduled for back surgery on June 25)

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

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

•Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

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

•Arietta Beyenhof (pray for continued healing of Arietta’s knee following surgery)

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

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

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

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

•Karen Reemts (prayers as she will be having knee replacement surgery on June 25)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (has experienced some improvement; has recently met his physical therapy goals)

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

•Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn & Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (continues at Sanford NICU in Sioux Falls; pray for continued growth and development)

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

•Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (pray for decrease in prednisone & surgery possibly this fall)

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

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

Sympathy:We wish to express our sympathy to Henry Zoet and family on the death of Wava Zoet on June 17.Wava’s funeral was held yesterday at Hartquest Funeral Home in Luverne, MN.

Thank You:The Kwikkel families cannot express into words, our appreciation of your prayers, acts of kindness and heartfelt sympathies in the past 3 years in the passing of our sons, Steve and Dave.Thank you Sue, Pastor Dan, Bob and Barb Tilstra and all who have been at our side in our grieving.

Congratulations:Evan & Kristi Metzger and family welcomed McCoy Evan on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Congratulations:Matt & Danielle Bouwman on the birth of Wren Anna on Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Congratulations to McKenzie Leuthold and Dalton Skidmore who were united in marriage Friday, June 21 at Frist Reformed Church.

Announcement:On Sunday, June 9 it was announced that a “target” date for Pastor Dan and Sue’s “retirement” will be late spring of 2021.The plan is to form a search committee who will write and create a church profile of our congregation; inform the denomination of our intent to call a lead/senior pastor; and begin the search process.Once God leads us to that person and a call is accepted Pastor Dan will become a “transition” pastor and help the new senior pastor acclimate to his/her role for 3-6 months.The length of this transition will depend on the age and experience of the new pastor.

Communion:Next Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion as a congregation

Thank you to everyone who extended happy birthday wishes to me on my birthday earlier this month.The cards and gifts are much appreciated. – Pastor Dan

Thank you to all who helped with the church float for the Heritage Days parade.Thank you to the float riders and candy throwers (Boenders, Groens, Hunts, Kocks, Pulschers, Carson VDT, Olivia L), Fred and Sharon Tilstra (drivers of the van/float); and Chelsea H, Amy S, Dale K, Kylee M, Jen K, Evan D, Linda D, and Al T for making it all happen!Dwayne & Sharon

Farmer’s Stress Hotline:The Avera Farmer’s Stress Hotline is now available to callers.Simply dial 1-800-691-4336 to connect with a trained mental health counselor.

5th Sunday Service will be at Peace Lutheran Church on June 30th at 7:00 pm.The Hwy 9 singers will perform some numbers (you may have heard them at the fair).And, they will lead us in singing some familiar hymns.Ice cream and snacks will be served during time for fellowship after the service.

Offerings Sunday 6-16-19 Offerings to 6-16-19 Budget to 6-16-19

General Fund: $0.00 $141,886.63 $180,492.00

Benevolent Fund:$0.00 $79,589.83 $82,602.60

Building Fund: $0.00 $10,896.51 $59,538.48

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

6:45 pm Post GriefShare Meeting in the Fellowship Hall

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

7:00 pm - 5th Sunday Services at Peace Lutheran Church

Featuring the Highway 9 Singers.Ice cream and snacks to follow.


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Announcements for 6-9-19

by: Valerie Sneller

06/06/2019

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prayers:

  • Andrew De Noble (recovering from shoulder surgery)
  • Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve),

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

•Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

•Craig Wynia (pray for recovery from hip replacement surgery on June 4)

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

•Arietta Beyenhof (pray for continued healing of Arietta’s knee following surgery)

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

•Pam Foster, Bob… read more

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prayers:

  • Andrew De Noble (recovering from shoulder surgery)
  • Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve),

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

•Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

•Craig Wynia (pray for recovery from hip replacement surgery on June 4)

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

•Arietta Beyenhof (pray for continued healing of Arietta’s knee following surgery)

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

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

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

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

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (has experienced some improvement; has recently met his physical therapy goals)

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

•Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn & Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (continues at Sanford NICU in Sioux Falls; pray for continued growth and development)

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

•Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (pray for decrease in prednisone & surgery possibly this fall)

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

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

Prayer Updates:Alice Feikema has returned to her own home.

Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to Arnie and Donna Kwikkel on the death of their son Dave on Saturday, June 1.Dave’s funeral was held at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Storm Lake, IA this past Friday, June 7.

NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 16, is the outdoor Heritage Days Worship Service held in Island Park at 10: 30 AM. Steve Van Wyhe, a son of our congregation, is the guest preacher. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy worship in the beauty of the park. First Reformed Church is the alternative site in the event of rain.

Next Sunday, June 16, First Reformed is in charge of leading the Care Center Services. We welcome volunteers to help assist the residents with their hymnbooks and our fellowship. The Health Care Center service is at 3:15 PM and Lyon Manor is at 4:00 PM.

Congratulations to Andrew Metzger and Tayler Kruse on their wedding held yesterday at FRC.

Farmer’s Stress Hotline:The Avera Farmer’s Stress Hotline is now available to callers.Simply dial 1-800-691-4336 to connect with a trained mental health counselor.

Women's Ministry Executive Committee will meet Monday, June 17 (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE).We will meet at 7:00 p.m. in Room 345.Please check your church mail box for the Agenda.

Float for Heritage Days Parade - Volunteers are Needed!

Work is under way for creating a float for the Heritage Days Parade!Our theme is from Matthew 4:19 of Jesus' words "Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men."We need a few more volunteers including: a driver; adults and children to ride the float; and adults and children walking and passing out candy.If you would like to participate, please contact Dwayne or Sharon Postma at 712-470-0533.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD:Thanks so very much for participating in OCC this past fall! The count is in: 10.5 million shoeboxes were packed and sent to over 100 countries. That number represents the number of children who will hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, and have opportunities to study what it means to be His disciples through The Greatest Journey lessons. Please continue to pray for these children, that they would come to know Jesus as their friend and Savior, and be equipped to boldly share His love with families, friends and communities.In Christ, Loralie Wiese, Sioux Center, OCC Church Relations

Hope Haven’s 24th Annual Gospel Music Festival will be held at Central Park in Sioux Center, IA on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, 2019.The Gospel Music Festival will provide great continuous music from 1:00 pm to 9:30 pm on Friday and from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm Saturday.Currently 20 different groups from five states are scheduled to sing!The Gospel Music Festival is a benefit for Hope Haven and freewill offerings will be taken each day.A lunch stand will be open both days.In case of inclement weather, the Music Festival will be held at the Rec Center on the Campus of Dordt College.

Offerings Sunday 6-2-19 Offerings to 6-2-19 Budget to 6-2-19

General Fund:$4,437.50 $129,309.52 $162,301.00

Benevolent Fund:$6,190.67 $79,294.33 $75,969.30

Building Fund:$255.00 $10,896.51 $54,576.94

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

9:30 am Joy Circle in room 345

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

Heritage Days Services in the Park at 10:30 am

Care Center Services (All are welcome to come and assist)

Health Center – 3:15 pm

Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor) – 4:00 pm


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Announcements for 6-2-19

by: Valerie Sneller

05/30/2019

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Offerings Sunday 5-26-19 Offerings to 5-26-19 Budget to 5-26-19

General Fund:$6,213.00 $124,872.02 $157,705.50

Benevolent Fund:$350.00 $73,103.66 $72,516.15

Building Fund:$0.00 $10,641.51 $52,096.17

Sunday School Offering for May 19, 2019:

Last year’s attendance: 98 Last week’s attendance: 129

Last year’s offering: $137.00 Last week’s offering: $197.73

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

9:15 am Staff Meeting with Dave

Consistory Meetings (see announcements for times)

WEDNESDAY:

VBS 9 - 2

THURSDAY:

VBS 9 – 2

FRIDAY:

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

VBS 9 – 12:00 pm

VBS Program at 11:30 am

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

Prayers:

  • Andrew De Noble (recovering from shoulder surgery)
  • Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve),

•Brock… read more

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Offerings Sunday 5-26-19 Offerings to 5-26-19 Budget to 5-26-19

General Fund:$6,213.00 $124,872.02 $157,705.50

Benevolent Fund:$350.00 $73,103.66 $72,516.15

Building Fund:$0.00 $10,641.51 $52,096.17

Sunday School Offering for May 19, 2019:

Last year’s attendance: 98 Last week’s attendance: 129

Last year’s offering: $137.00 Last week’s offering: $197.73

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

9:15 am Staff Meeting with Dave

Consistory Meetings (see announcements for times)

WEDNESDAY:

VBS 9 - 2

THURSDAY:

VBS 9 – 2

FRIDAY:

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

VBS 9 – 12:00 pm

VBS Program at 11:30 am

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

Prayers:

  • Andrew De Noble (recovering from shoulder surgery)
  • Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve),

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

•Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

•Alice Feikema (recovering from surgery on her leg; recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home)

•Arietta Beyenhof (see prayer update below)

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

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

•Tanner Lincecum (see update below)

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

  • Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (has experienced some improvement; has recently met his physical therapy goals)

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

•Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn & Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (continues at Sanford NICU in Sioux Falls; pray for continued growth and development)

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

•Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (see prayer update below)

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

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

Prayer Updates:Tanner Lincecum returned to Mayo Clinic on May 29 for another adjustment of his shunt as his headaches have continued.Tanner’s family is asking us to pray for relief from his headaches, for his doctors to have wisdom, and for Tanner to have ongoing strength.Arietta Beyenhof has completed 6 weeks of physical therapy following her knee replacement surgery.There has been some improvement.Arietta will be continuing therapy for an additional 4 weeks.Please pray for Arietta to have strength in the weeks ahead.Greyson Austin is tapering off the prednisone.Please pray for the surgery that will complete the connection of the small intestine to be used as the colon.It is hoped that Greyson can have this surgery in the fall or later.We feel your prayers.

Thank You:Thank you for the calls, texts and cards after Brock's surgery. A special thank you to ReNae Leuthold and Dayna Altman for the delicious meals. We couldn't be more blessed to have such wonderful church family- Mike, Shannon and Brock Klarenbeek

Reminder: Consistory meets on Tuesday, June 4. Elders at 6:30 pm, Deacons 7:00 pm, Full Consistory at 7:30 pm.

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

Needed For Tennessee Work Camp:6 & 8 foot ladders, if you have one that you are willing to loan us please contact Cheryl Van Beek.

It’s VBS time! We will be hosting VBS here at FRC June 5-7. All children ages 4 – completing 6th grade are invited to join us. More information and a registration link is available on our website, rockrapidsfrc.org. We are still in need of a few volunteers. The positions left take very little, if any, prep work. All that’s needed is a willing heart! Please contact Amy Schulte if you are interested. Also, there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the gathering space for the food items we will need. Thanks for your support!

Float for Heritage Days Parade - Volunteers are Needed!

Work is under way for creating a float for the Heritage Days Parade!Our theme is from Matthew 4:19 of Jesus' words "Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men."We need a few more volunteers including: a driver; adults and children to ride the float; and adults and children walking and passing out candy.If you would like to participate, please contact Dwayne or Sharon Postma at 712-470-0533.

Summer Special Music:We are in search of your special talents this summer.We have a sign-up sheet in the gathering space on the information table and would love to have you sign-up for a Sunday to share of you talents for special music this summer.There are spots available yet.If you have any questions please contact Brad Rypkema or Dustin Bosch.Thank You.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD:Thanks so very much for participating in OCC this past fall! The count is in: 10.5 million shoeboxes were packed and sent to over 100 countries. That number represents the number of children who will hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, and have opportunities to study what it means to be His disciples through The Greatest Journey lessons. Please continue to pray for these children, that they would come to know Jesus as their friend and Savior, and be equipped to boldly share His love with families, friends and communities.In Christ, Loralie Wiese, Sioux Center, OCC Church Relations

Faith Fellowship Weekend Friday, July 12– 6:00-7:45pm & July 13 & 14 – 7:15am-4:00pm each day.The theme for the weekend is “A Closer Walk with Christ” based on Colossians 2:6-7 “6 so then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions.The deadline for signing up is Sunday, June 23.We would be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it.If you would like more information or to sign up, please contact us at office@cornerstonepcsd.org or call 507-215-3670.Thank you for considering this wonderful ministry opportunity!


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Announcements 5-26-19

by: Valerie Sneller

05/23/2019

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Prayers:

  • Andrew De Noble (scheduled for shoulder surgery on May 23)

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

•Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

•Alice Feikema (recovering from surgery on her leg; recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home)

•Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery)

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

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

•Tanner Lincecum (pray for effective treatment of his headaches)

•Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous… read more

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Prayers:

  • Andrew De Noble (scheduled for shoulder surgery on May 23)

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

•Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)

•Alice Feikema (recovering from surgery on her leg; recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home)

•Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery)

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

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

•Tanner Lincecum (pray for effective treatment of his headaches)

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

  • Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (has experienced some improvement; has recently met his physical therapy goals)

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

•Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn & Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (continues at Sanford NICU in Sioux Falls; pray for continued growth and development)

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

•Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew

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

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

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

Sympathy:We extend our sympathy to Dave and Deb Markus and their family on the death of their grandson, Leo Jonathan Markus, on Monday, May 20.Dave and Deb have asked for prayer and comfort for Leo’s parents, Jon and Dani Markus, as well as Leo’s young sister Eden.Leo’s memorial service will include a private family burial service at Oakdale Cemetery in Adel, IA on Tuesday, May 28, at 3:00 p.m.This will be followed by a time for comfort and support at the Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Adel from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

It’s VBS time! We will be hosting VBS here at FRC June 5-7. All children ages 4 – completing 6th grade are invited to join us. More information and a registration link is available on our website, rockrapidsfrc.org. We are still in need of a few volunteers. The positions left take very little, if any, prep work. All that’s needed is a willing heart! Please contact Amy Schulte if you are interested. Also, there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the gathering space for the food items we will need. Thanks for your support!

Summer Special Music:We are in search of your special talents this summer.We have a sign-up sheet in the gathering space on the information table and would love to have you sign-up for a Sunday to share of you talents for special music this summer.If you have any questions please contact Brad Rypkema or Dustin Bosch.Thank You.

GriefShare:Our final GriefShare session will be on Tuesday, May 28, 6:30-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.Our topic for this wrap-up session will be “What Do I Live for Now?”We will learn about why moving forward is a necessity and why peace and pain will always coexist.We will share a meal together and reflect on our journeys of grief and the progress we have made.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD:Thanks so very much for participating in OCC this past fall! The count is in: 10.5 million shoeboxes were packed and sent to over 100 countries. That number represents the number of children who will hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, and have opportunities to study what it means to be His disciples through The Greatest Journey lessons. Please continue to pray for these children, that they would come to know Jesus as their friend and Savior, and be equipped to boldly share His love with families, friends and communities.In Christ, Loralie Wiese, Sioux Center, OCC Church Relations

Faith Fellowship Weekend Friday, July 12– 6:00-7:45pm & July 13 & 14 – 7:15am-4:00pm each day.The theme for the weekend is “A Closer Walk with Christ” based on Colossians 2:6-7 “6 so then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions.The deadline for signing up is Sunday, June 23.We would be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it.If you would like more information or to sign up, please contact us at office@cornerstonepcsd.org or call 507-215-3670.Thank you for considering this wonderful ministry opportunity!

NEW LIFE TREATMENT CENTER 40th ANNUAL HORSE-RIDE-A-THON

The board and staff of New Life Treatment Center announce the 40th Annual Horse Ride-a-Thon.Horses with riders and horse drawn rigs will begin their trek from Pipestone County Fairgrounds and proceed to their destination at the Center in Woodstock.The date is Saturday, June 8, 2019, leaving fairgrounds at 10:00 a.m.We held our first Horse Ride-A-Thon in 1980 and it continues to be a great opportunity for friends to meet and have fun together while raising funds for New Life! There is no "entry fee" or minimum amount that any person must raise, all riders are welcome.The Horse Ride-a-Thon will conclude with lunch, awards, T-shirts and prizes for participants at NLTC at approximately 1:00 pm.New Life will then continue with the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Horse Ride at the Woodstock Ball Diamond, joins us for a Car Cruise in, door prizes, music, a $5 kids wristband that gives access tobouncy houses, Zoo Mobile, Plinko (w/prizes) & balls for the dunk tank. There is also a Bean Bag tourney ($20/pp or $40/per team) with $800 in prizes split among the top teams, all starting at 1:00pm. This is a drug and alcohol free event, no coolers please.For further information, contact New Life Treatment Center, Woodstock, MN, at (507) 777-4321.

Offerings Sunday 5-19-19 Offerings to 5-19-19 Budget to 5-19-19

General Fund:$2,804.00 $118,659.02 $150,110.00

Benevolent Fund:$6,200.00 $72,753.66 $69,063.00

Building Fund:$200.00 $10,641.51 $49,615.40

Sunday School Offering:May 19, 2019

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

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

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

Memorial Day – Offices will be closed

TUESDAY:

6:30 pm – 8:45 pm GriefShare in the Fellowship Hall with Potluck

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:


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Announcements for 5-19-19

by: Valerie Sneller

05/17/2019

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Prayers:

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

  • Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)
  • Alice Feikema (recovering from surgery on her leg; recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home)
  • Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery)
  • Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)
  • Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)
  • Tanner Lincecum (scheduled for surgery on May 16 to place a different valve to see if it will help his headaches)
  • Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects… read more
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    Prayers:

    •Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

  • Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)
  • Alice Feikema (recovering from surgery on her leg; recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home)
  • Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery)
  • Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)
  • Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)
  • Tanner Lincecum (scheduled for surgery on May 16 to place a different valve to see if it will help his headaches)
  • Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)
  • Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (has experienced some improvement; has recently met his physical therapy goals)
  • Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)
  • Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn & Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (continues at Sanford NICU in Sioux Falls; pray for continued growth and development)
  • Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the spring months)
  • Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew
  • Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve),
  • Jon and Dani Markus (prayers for Leo, their unborn baby boy who has ongoing health concerns)
  • Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).
  • *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law),Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), Stacy Dieren (has started chemotherapy treatments), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    It’s VBS time! We will be hosting VBS here at FRC June 5-7. All children ages 4 – completing 6th grade are invited to join us. More information and a registration link is available on our website, rockrapidsfrc.org. We are still in need of a few volunteers. The positions left take very little, if any, prep work. All that’s needed is a willing heart! Please contact Amy Schulte if you are interested. Also, there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the gathering space for the food items we will need. Thanks for your support!

    Summer Special Music:We are in search of your special talents this summer.We have a sign-up sheet in the gathering space on the information table and would love to have you sign-up for a Sunday to share of you talents for special music this summer.If you have any questions please contact Brad Rypkema or Dustin Bosch.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.

    GriefShare:Our next GriefShare session will be on Monday, May 20, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.Our topic for this week will be “Heaven”.We will learn about what heaven is like and also whether near-death experiences are reliable descriptions of heaven.You are welcome to join us!

    Float for Heritage Days Parade in June:Volunteers are needed to help with First Reformed Church’s float entry in the Rock Rapids parade in June.An idea has been developed and sketched up

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    Announcements for 5-12-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    05/09/2019

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    Prayers:

    • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering at home from surgery on May 2 to repair his sunken chest)

  • Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)
  • Alice Feikema (recovering from surgery on her leg; recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home)
  • Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery)
  • Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)
  • Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)
  • Tanner Lincecum (scheduled for surgery on May 8 at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, MN)
  • Bonita Schwan,… read more
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    Prayers:

    • Brock Klarenbeek (recovering at home from surgery on May 2 to repair his sunken chest)

  • Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center)
  • Alice Feikema (recovering from surgery on her leg; recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home)
  • Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery)
  • Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night)
  • Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)
  • Tanner Lincecum (scheduled for surgery on May 8 at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, MN)
  • Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (see prayer update below)
  • Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (has experienced some improvement; has recently met his physical therapy goals)
  • Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)
  • Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn and Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (pray for continued growth and healthy development)
  • Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the spring months)
  • Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew
  • Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve),
  • Jon and Dani Markus (prayers for Leo, their unborn baby boy who has ongoing health concerns)
  • Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).
  • *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law),Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), Stacy Dieren (has started chemotherapy treatments), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    Prayer Update: Please continue to pray for Bonita Jansma Schwan as she is experiencing serious conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries. Currently Bonita has been placed on bed rest through June 4. Bonita is also experiencing emotional stress due to the death of her 22-year-old son, Elijah Schwan, in an accident in Spain. Funeral Services for Elijah Schwan will be Saturday, May 18 at 1 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1801 S Valley View Road in Sioux Falls. Visitation is on Friday, May 17, 5:30-6:30 pm at Miller Funeral Home, 7400 S. Minnesota Ave. Sioux Falls, SD.

    Pastor Dan and Sue are away this weekend for a family event. Pastor Doug Van Aartson is filling our pulpit. Doug is a son of First Reformed Church, is Scott Van Aastson's brother and is the son of the late Bernie and Tillie Van Aartson. He is recently retired and living in Sioux Center.

    It’s VBS time! We will be hosting VBS here at FRC June 5-7. All children ages 4 – completing 6th grade are invited to join us. More information and a registration link is available on our website, rockrapidsfrc.org. We are still in need of a few volunteers. The positions left take very little, if any, prep work. All that’s needed is a willing heart! Please contact Amy Schulte if you are interested. Also, there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the gathering space for the food items we will need. Thanks for your support!

    Summer Special Music: We are in search of your special talents this summer. We have a sign-up sheet in the gathering space on the information table and would love to have you sign-up for a Sunday to share of you talents for special music this summer. If you have any questions please contact Brad Rypkema or Dustin Bosch. Thank You.

    NO ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE TODAY! The choir will NOT be practicing today because of Mother’s Day. See you all on the 19th! Thank you

    GriefShare: Our next GriefShare session will be on Monday, May 13, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our topic for this week will be “Lessons of Grief – Part Two”. We will learn about who you are now that your loved one is gone, and why no one grieves perfectly. We will also address what grief can teach us about relationships. Please feel free to join us!

    Offerings Sunday 5-5-19 Offerings to 5-5-19 Budget to 5-5-19

    General Fund: $5,087.00 $108,823.02 $134,919.00

    Benevolent Fund: $7,619.00 $66,308.66 $62,156.70

    Building Fund: $255.00 $10,441.51 $44,653.86

    Sunday School Offering: May 5, 2019

    Last Year’s Attendance: 100 Last week's Attendance: 118

    Last Year’s Offering: $615.50 Last week's Offering: $177.13

    This Week’s Lesson: Unit 8 – May 12 – Crossing the Jordan/The Call to Courage

    Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 8 – May 19 – The Battle of Jericho/The Promise of Victory

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY: Senior Recognition Sunday

    Pulpit Supply – Rev. Doug Van Aartsen from Sioux Center

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

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

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

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

    9 – 11 MOPS

    7:30 pm Praise Team

    THURSDAY:

    Walk in Love Circle in 345

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

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY: Last Day of Sunday School

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    Announcements for 5-5-19

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    Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Pastor Dan (recovering from recent surgery), Brock Klarenbeek (scheduled for surgery on May 2 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN to correct his sunken chest), Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Alice Feikema (recovering from surgery on her leg; recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement 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… read more

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    Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Pastor Dan (recovering from recent surgery), Brock Klarenbeek (scheduled for surgery on May 2 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN to correct his sunken chest), Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Alice Feikema (recovering from surgery on her leg; recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Tanner Lincecum (recently at Mayo Hospital for treatment of recurring headaches), Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (being treated for cancer and is also dealing with the death of her son Elijah in an accident in Spain), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (has experienced some improvement; has recently met his physical therapy goals)), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn and Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (pray for continued growth and healthy development), Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the spring months), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (see prayer update below), Andrew Perry, Anita & Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve), Jon and Dani Markus (prayers for Leo, their unborn baby boy who has ongoing health concerns), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

    *Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), Stacy Dieren (has started chemotherapy treatments), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother; see prayer update below), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

    Prayer Updates: Please pray for Melissa Moser, Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law. Melissa is experiencing new liver cancer progression, and she will be starting a trial drug in Iowa City soon. Also pray for Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother. Arlene’s blood work is low, and she is very weak and tired. Arlene’s doctor has stopped her chemotherapy treatments at this time. Arlene hopes to resume her radiation treatment in the next weeks when her blood count has improved.

    Update on Greyson: At this time Greyson remains in the Mayo Hospital. They feel it is very possible that he has Crohn’s as well as colitis that caused his colon to be removed last October. The surgery to reconnect his small bowel on May 7 has been put off 6 months to a year. They have begun the Remicade infusions again to help with the inflammation and bleeding. Please pray for the infusions to work to accomplish this purpose. We are so thankful that Grey is able to eat and drink again right now, and so is he. Please pray that the Lord may surround him with His loving arms to lift his spirits, and that He may give the doctors the knowledge of how to treat him. We are so thankful for your many, heartfelt prayers; and for all the care you continue to express to Greyson and our family. In Christ, Mike & Carrie Austin

    Prayer Update: Please continue to pray for Bonita Jansma Schwan as she is experiencing serious conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries. Currently Bonita has been placed on bed rest through June 4. Bonita is also experiencing emotional stress due to the death of her 22-year-old son, Elijah Schwan, in an accident in Spain. Services for Elijah are pending at this time.

    Thank you: We want to thank you all for the support, prayers, and thoughts given to us this past week with Tyler’s health scare. We were blessed as they caught it in its early stage and with medication – hopefully he will stay healthy. We especially want to thank Sue, Cori’s Moms in Prayer Group, Cheryl Van Beek, Karyn Boer, Julie De Ruyter, Shannon Klarenbeek and many more who called or texted us. We thank God placing us in such a loving church family. With gratitude we thank you all. ~ Dale, Cori, and Tyler Klarenbeek

    Baptism: Today we joyfully administer the sacrament of baptism to Cora Lyn Wilson, the daughter of Blair & Sarah Wilson and sister of Reagan Wilson.

    The Council of Churches will be meeting at 1:30 pm today at the First Reformed Church.

    It’s VBS time again! Our theme this year is Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good. Due to the numerous snow days, VBS will be a 3 day event this year. Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6 will be from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Friday, June 7 will be from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Lunch will be served all three days. Also note: Our program will be at 11:30 AM on Friday. All are welcome & encouraged to attend. We are still looking for a few volunteers: Crew Leaders, Preschool KidVid Cinema, Preschool Crafts (Friday only), Elementary Service Project (Friday only). There are registration forms on the table in the gathering space. Please fill one out for each child attending. There is also a link for online registration on our website. Paper registrations may be placed in Amy’s mailbox, or turned in at the church office. We look forward to another week full of energy, fun, and learning to be wild about God!

    Summer Special Music: We are in search of your special talents this summer. We have a sign-up sheet in the gathering space on the information table and would love to have you sign-up for a Sunday to share of you talents for special music this summer. If you have any questions please contact Brad Rypkema or Dustin Bosch. Thank You.

    GriefShare: Our next GriefShare session will be on Monday, May 6, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our topic for this week will be “Lessons of Grief – Part One.” We will learn about an overlooked reason regarding grief being so painful. We will also address why going to church can be difficult as well as the benefits of helping others. Please feel free to join us!

    Parade Entry for Heritage Days 2019 - How cool would it be to have a First Reformed Church entry in the 2019 Rock Rapids Heritage Days Parade?!! A planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. If you are interested, we would love your help! If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to participate or help, please contact Dwayne or Sharon Postma at 712-470-0533. Thank you!

    Offerings Sunday 4-28-19 Offerings to 4-28-19 Budget to 4-28-19

    General Fund: $10,035.55 $103,736.02 $127,323.50

    Benevolent Fund: $500.00 $58,689.66 $58,703.55

    Building Fund: $4,403.26 $10,186.51 $42,173.09

    Sunday School Offering: April 28, 2019

    Last Year’s Attendance: 101 Last week's Attendance: 111

    Last Year’s Offering: $134.24 Last week's Offering: $130.15

    This Week’s Lesson: Unit 7– May 5 – Moses’ Farewell/The Promise of God’s

    Presence

    Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 8 – May 12 – Crossing the Jordan/The Call to Courage

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY: 1:30 Council of Churches at FRC

    Baptism

    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

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

    9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

    6:30 pm Hand Bells

    7:30 pm Praise Team

    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: Senior Recognition Sunday

    Pulpit Supply – Rev. Doug Van Aartsen

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    VBS June 5 to June 7, 2019

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    Join Us For

    ROAR VBS

    Note the new dates and times:

    REGISTER HERE

    For a paper copy click HERE

    June 5, 2019 — June 7, 2019

    Wed 5 - 9:00am to 2:00pm (Lunch will be served)

    Thu 6 - 9:00am to 2:00pm (Lunch will be served)

    Fri 7 - 9:00am to 12:00pm with a program at 11:30 AM.

    *Lunch will be served for Kids, Parents, Grandparents following the program

    512 S. Union St.
    Rock Rapids, IA 51246

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    Join Us For

    ROAR VBS

    Note the new dates and times:

    REGISTER HERE

    For a paper copy click HERE

    June 5, 2019 — June 7, 2019

    Wed 5 - 9:00am to 2:00pm (Lunch will be served)

    Thu 6 - 9:00am to 2:00pm (Lunch will be served)

    Fri 7 - 9:00am to 12:00pm with a program at 11:30 AM.

    *Lunch will be served for Kids, Parents, Grandparents following the program

    512 S. Union St.
    Rock Rapids, IA 51246

    Make your VBS the mane event! This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.

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    Announcements for 4-28-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

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    Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Pastor Dan (recovering from surgery on April 23), Alice Feikema (scheduled for surgery on her leg on April 26; she will be recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home), Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (currently at Mayo Hospital due to recurring headaches), 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: Pastor Dan (recovering from surgery on April 23), Alice Feikema (scheduled for surgery on her leg on April 26; she will be recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home), Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (currently at Mayo Hospital due to recurring headaches), 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), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (upcoming surgery on May 7), Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn and Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (pray for continued growth and healthy development), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with paracardial effusion; has been able to return to work but has physical limitations), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), Jon & Dani Markus (prayers for Leo, their unborn baby boy who has ongoing health concerns), Andrew Perry, Anita and Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the spring months), 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: Stacy Dieren (has started chemotherapy treatments), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son).

    A Note of Praise! Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law, has had 7 months of treatment for acute leukemia. Gayle recently had some tests completed, and he is considered to be in remission at this time.

    Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Norma Jansma, Todd & Andrea Jansma, and Jackson Jansma on the death of Norma’s grandson, Elijah Schwan, on April 18. Elijah was killed in an accident in Spain. Elijah is a nephew of Todd and Andrea Jansma as well as a cousin to Jackson. Elijah’s mother is Bonita Jansma Schwan. Funeral services for Elijah are pending.

    GriefShare: Our next GriefShare session will be on Monday, April 29, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our topic for this week will be “Stuck”. We will learn about how to prevent getting stuck in grief. We will also address some common misperceptions that hinder healing as well as why the path to healing is not always smooth. You are welcome to join us!

    End of Year Event: Wow! What an end to a fantastic year of Midweek Activities! Ninety jumpers + spectators met at Air Madness on Wednesday, April 24th for a fun night of jumping, laughing, and talking. Thank you to all who attended and made the night a success!

    The Women’ Executive Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 345. This meeting is for all Women’s Ministry Officers and Circle Chairpersons. If you are unable to attend, please send a substitute. Your participation and input is important for the mission of Women’s Ministry.

    Community May Breakfast -Ladies you are invited to attend the Community May Breakfast which will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 9:00 a.m. here at First Reformed. Please join us for a spring morning of sunshine, breakfast and fellowship. Mary Hoogers will speak on the topic “Bloom Where You are Planted”, special music by Sherri De Jong and Judy Gacke. Bring a favorite artificial flower.

    ATTENTION the Bible League International Spring Salad Luncheon is scheduled for Monday May 6, 2019 at 11:30 at the Alton Reformed Church at 305 8th Street, Alton, Iowa. Come and enjoy a fashion show featuring clothes form the Bible for Missions Thrift Center. John Scafe, the national director of Bibles for Missions Thrift centers will also be at the luncheon. You are asked to bring a salad for every two people to share. Drinks will be provided. Please give this prayerful consideration. The attendance has been down and it would be so GREAT to have a large group come together to support the work of Bible League International.

    Parade Entry for Heritage Days 2019 - How cool would it be to have a First Reformed Church entry in the 2019 Rock Rapids Heritage Days Parade?!! A planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. If you are interested, we would love your help! If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to participate or help, please contact Dwayne or Sharon Postma at 712-470-0533. Thank you!

    Transitioning and/or needing a place to belong? Contact the ATLAS office at (712) 472-9016 and request an appointment to learn more about where and how you can serve! With the ministry growth, opportunities to bless and be blessed exist everywhere: our Lost But Found Store Manager (Vicki) is seeking volunteers to work in the thrift store as well as others with a pickup and hitch to pull a 14 foot trailer to Justice For All in Rock Valley. “Let us spur one another on toward love and good deeds!” (Hebrews 10:24)

    Offerings Sunday 4-21-19 Offerings to 4-21-19 Budget to 4-21-19

    General Fund: $2,765.60 $93,700.47 $119,728.00

    Benevolent Fund: $7,652.00 $58,189.66 $52,250.40

    Building Fund: $0.00 $5,783.25 $39,692.32

    Sunday School Offering: April 21, 2019

    Last Year’s Attendance: 101 Last week's Attendance: 85

    Last Year’s Offering: $34.24 Last week's Offering: $85.00

    This Week’s Lesson: Unit 7– April 28 – Balaam & Balak/The Blessings on God’s People

    Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 7 – May 5 – Moses’ Farewell/The Promise of God’s Presence

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY: Pulpit Supply – Jason Jackson from Sioux City

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

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

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

    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 Cheryl

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

    9 – 11 am MOPS

    6:00 pm Mothers & Others Event

    Hand Bells

    Praise Team

    THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

    Walk in Love Circle in 345

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

    MOPS Night out in 345

    SATURDAY:

    9:00 am – May Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall

    SUNDAY: 1:30 Council of Churches at FRC

    Baptism

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