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Announcements for 12-15-19

by: Valerie Sneller

12/12/2019

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, great-grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (has been re-admitted to Mayo Hospital in Rochester due to a breathing episode)

•Carol Groen (see prayer update below)

•Dalton Korthals (recovering from knee surgery on November 13)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s… read more

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, great-grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (has been re-admitted to Mayo Hospital in Rochester due to a breathing episode)

•Carol Groen (see prayer update below)

•Dalton Korthals (recovering from knee surgery on November 13)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to make progress in physical therapy)

•Greyson Austin (doing well on Humira; pray for Greyson’s stamina to increase)

•Denise Roskam (pray for continued healing from cancer)

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

•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (has started chemotherapy for ovarian cancer)

•Laura Stuerman (recovering from recent surgery on her Achilles tendon)

•Ray Schram, Jeff Schram’s father (recently diagnosed with cancer on his leg)

•Jordan Menning (recovering at home from recent back surgery)

•Joe Gacke (recovering from gall bladder surgery on November 26)

•Doris Calkins (hospitalized with leg pain at Avera Hospital in Rock Rapids)

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt; continues to be treated for cancer and is experiencing a lot of fatigue), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (Arlene’s cancer has moved to her lungs; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), and Trish Lombard, Tara Bouwman’s mother (recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer).

Prayer Update on Carol Groen:Carol has scheduled appointments at Mayo Clinic for consultation regarding her lower back problems.Prayer Update on Melissa Moser:Melissa has finished participating in the new trial for her cancer.The results this week showed that her large tumor had decreased by 25%, and 3 small tumors have remained the same.To us this is truly a miracle!Praise God!Thank you for all of your continued prayers.–Bruce & Kathy (Moser) Hasche

*Please No Shaking Hands due to the cold and flu season.The upper respiratory and G.I. bugs are getting around.Thank you ~ The Rock Rapids Clinic

Calendars!!!The New Year will soon be here, so now is the time to order your birthday/anniversary calendars.Price is $5.00.Please contact Sharon Tilstra or Mary Hoogers TODAY.Proceeds will go toward the Hand Bell Choir Fund.Thanks in advance from the Bell Choir

SOUP SUPPER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Soup Prep- Volunteers needed to help cut veggies for our delicious homemade soups.9am-Noon on Jan 8, 2020

Soup Stirrers- Volunteers needed to stir the soups once prepared. Noon-130pm and 130-300pm, Jan 8, 2020

We need to borrow Roasters. They will be returned.

Please see Cheryl or the Sign Up on the Gathering Space Information Table if you can assist!

CARE PACKAGE ADDRESSES:We need your student’s college address today, Dec. 8, so we can mail the final Care Package out this week! Sign up on the Gathering Space Info Table.

Offerings Sunday 12-8-19 Offerings to 12-8-19 Budget to 12-8-19

General Fund: $10,859.25 $345,570.01 $370,712.50

Benevolent Fund: $915.00 $173,185.37 $168,931.35

Building Fund: $6,392.50 $96,839.29 $121,557.73

Sunday School Offering:December 8, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 136 Last Week's Attendance:149

Last Year’s Offering: $115.00 Last Week's Offering:$159.00

Sunday School Lessons:

December 15: Session 4 The Kingdom Divided/ A Son Rejects Wisdom

December 22: No Sunday School

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

Christmas Contata at 9:30 am

MONDAY:

TUESDAY: Staff Meeting with Cheryl

6:30 Grace Circle

WEDNESDAY:9 – 11 MOPS

6:30 Wed Night Activities

6:30 pm Handbells

6:30 pm JR RCYF

7:30 pm Praise team practice

8:00 pm SR RCYF

THURSDAY

Walk in Love 7:30 pm 345

FRIDAY

8 am Men’s Bible Study

SATURDAY
SUNDAY

NO Sunday School


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Announcements for 12-8-19

by: Valerie Sneller

12/05/2019

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, great-grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (has been re-admitted to Mayo Hospital in Rochester due to a breathing episode)

•Carol Groen (see prayer update below)

•Dalton Korthals (recovering from knee surgery on November 13)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s… read more

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, great-grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (has been re-admitted to Mayo Hospital in Rochester due to a breathing episode)

•Carol Groen (see prayer update below)

•Dalton Korthals (recovering from knee surgery on November 13)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to make progress in physical therapy)

•Greyson Austin (doing well on Humira; pray for Greyson’s stamina to increase)

•Denise Roskam (pray for continued healing from cancer)

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

•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (has started chemotherapy for ovarian cancer)

•Laura Stuerman (recovering from recent surgery on her Achilles tendon)

•Ray Schram, Jeff Schram’s father (recently diagnosed with cancer on his leg)

•Jordan Menning (recovering at home from recent back surgery)

•Joe Gacke (recovering from gall bladder surgery on November 26)

•Doris Calkins (hospitalized with leg pain at Avera Hospital in Rock Rapids)

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt; continues to be treated for cancer and is experiencing a lot of fatigue), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (Arlene’s cancer has moved to her lungs; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), and Trish Lombard, Tara Bouwman’s mother (recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer).

Prayer Update:Carol Groen has scheduled appointments at Mayo Clinic for consultation regarding her lower back problems.

Thank you for all of the cards, texts, and meals that were dropped off during and following Dalton’s surgery.A special thank you to Sue for stopping to see Dalton at the Avera Orthopedic Institute the day of surgery, it was much appreciated. ~ Family of Dalton Korthals

Thank you to everyone for the prayers, cards, meals, and words of encouragement. We greatly appreciate your love and support. The surgery and healing have gone well so far.- Jordan & Kellie Menning

*Please No Shaking Hands due to the cold and flu season.The upper respiratory and G.I. bugs are getting around.Thank you ~ The Rock Rapids Clinic

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.

This morning we are holding our annual Congregational Meeting to select new Elders and Deacons for the 2020 Consistory as part of our worship service.

First Reformed is in charge of the Care Center Services today.You are invited to come and assist in bringing residents to the service, hand out hymnbooks and help the residents find page numbers.Matt & Jen Kock and family are leading.The Health Care Center service starts at 3:15 pm and Lyon Manor at 4:00 pm.

Full Consistory meets on Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 pm.

Calendars!!!The New Year will soon be here, so now is the time to order your birthday/anniversary calendars.Price is $5.00.Please contact Sharon Tilstra or Mary Hoogers by December 15th.Proceeds will go toward the Hand Bell Choir Fund.Thanks in advance from the Bell Choir

You Are Invited!We are having the Annual All-Church Christmas Party this Wednesday, December 11 at 5:45 pm with a meal and lots of fun games and prizes.See the Bridge and the green ½ sheet in your mailbox for more details.You must RSVP for this meal by signing up in the gathering space TODAY.We hope to see you all there.Provided by the Women’s MinistriesJ

SOUP SUPPER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Soup Prep- Volunteers needed to help cut veggies for our delicious homemade soups.9am-Noon on Jan 8, 2020

Soup Stirrers- Volunteers needed to stir the soups once prepared. Noon-130pm and 130-300pm, Jan 8, 2020

We need to borrow Roasters. They will be returned.

Please see Cheryl or the Sign Up on the Gathering Space Information Table if you can assist!

CARE PACKAGE ADDRESSES:We need your student’s college address today, Dec. 8, so we can mail the final Care Package out this week! Sign up on the Gathering Space Info Table.

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra (NISYO), led by conductor Dr. Angela Holt, will present its Fall Concert on Saturday, December 14, at 3:00 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa. Consisting of talented middle school and high school string players, NISYO will perform works by Handel, Hofeldt, Tchaikovsky, Meyer, and Spata, as well as an American Spiritual Christmas carol and music from the movie “Frozen”. The concert is free and open to the public.

Offerings Sunday 12-1-19 Offerings to 12-1-19 Budget to 12-1-19

General Fund: $6,457.00 $334,710.76 $363,117.00

Benevolent Fund: $4,654.00 $172,270.37 $165,478.20

Building Fund: $100.00 $90,446.79 $119,076.96

Thanksgiving Offering:

General Fund - $12,800.00 (the totals have been added above)

Benevolent Fund - $3,760.00

Sunday School Offering: December 1, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance:0Last Week's Attendance:114

Last Year’s Offering:$200.00Last Week's Offering:$130.26

Sunday School Lessons:

December 8:Session 3 Solomon Built the Temple/A Son Builds the Temple

December 15:Session 4 The Kingdom Divided/A Son Rejects Wisdom

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: Congregational Meeting during services

Care Center Services

3:15 pm – Health Center

4:00 pm – Lyon Manor

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY: 9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

5:45 pm All-Church Christmas Meal & Party

6:30 pm Hand Bells

6:30 pm JR RCYF

NO Praise Team Practice

8:00 pm SR RCYF

THURSDAY:

Consistory Meetings – Elders @ 6:30, Deacons @ 7, Full Consistory @ 7:30

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY: Christmas Cantata at 9:30 am


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Thanksgiving Eve Bulletin (no Outline, no video)

by: Valerie Sneller

11/27/2019

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Prelude : Skit Guys Video: Attention to Thankfulness

Welcome

Call To Worship (Psalm 147)

One: Our help is in the name of our God, who made heaven and earth.

All: Amen.

One: Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving.How good it is to celebrate God's presence and sing praise to God each day!

All: How good it is to sing praise and give honor to our God!

One: all of nature sings aloud of God's goodness… It is God who creates and sustains our world with his never ending love.

All: How good it is to sing praise and give… read more

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Prelude : Skit Guys Video: Attention to Thankfulness

Welcome

Call To Worship (Psalm 147)

One: Our help is in the name of our God, who made heaven and earth.

All: Amen.

One: Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving.How good it is to celebrate God's presence and sing praise to God each day!

All: How good it is to sing praise and give honor to our God!

One: all of nature sings aloud of God's goodness… It is God who creates and sustains our world with his never ending love.

All: How good it is to sing praise and give honor to our God.

Opening prayer

Hymn: #559 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Prayer Of Confession:

One: Loving God, we gather today rich in blessings yet somehow believing you owe us the wealth and comforts that we enjoy.Forgive us, our God, for the attitude of entitlement.

All: Lord, have mercy upon us.

One: With our stomachs full of food we offer token gestures to the hungry in our world and feel we have done enough.Forgive us, God, for keeping a distance between "us" and "them" and closing our ears to the cries of the hungry.

All: Christ, have mercy upon us.

One: Father forgive us for clinging to our possessions rather than to you. Unite us with hearts of thanksgiving we may work to ensure freedom and justice for all.

All: Lord, have mercy upon us

Assurance Of Pardon:

One: “Hear what God has said to his people: "The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those… who repent of their sins."(Isaiah 59:20)

Response Of Gratitude:

All: "My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:12 -- 13)

Ministry Of Music: “Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart” music video

Scripture:Psalm 24:1-2; 1 Timothy 6:6-8

Message: Entitlement: The Enemy of Gratitude

Response to God

One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our Rock,
our Fortress and our Deliverer.
Let us remember his mercy
for he is gracious and compassionate.

All:We thank you, Lord, for calling us to faith in Christ, for putting yourSpirit within us for giving us the mind of Christ,for gathering us into your church.

One: We thank you, Lord,
for extending your grace to us,
for calling us to a life of gratitude,
for calling us to service in your Kingdom.


All: Thanks be to God!

One: Let us give thanks to the Lord,
for he satisfies the thirsty,
he fills the hungry with good things,
and he heals the afflicted.
Let us celebrate his abundant goodness.


All: We thank you, gracious Father, that you provide for all our needs,
for food on our tables, for the clothes on our bodies,
for the beds we sleep in, for the dwellings that shelter us.


One:We praise you, Lord,
for all your gifts that go beyond our basic needs,
for the things that make our work easier,
for the conveniences of modern life,
for the beauty and pleasure that you bring into our lives.


All: Thanks be to God!

Prayers of Intercession

THANKSGIVING OFFERING: -Offering For The Benevolent Fund Unless Otherwise Designated.

Prayer And Dedication: #620 We Give Thee But Thine Own

Hymn:#556 Now Thank We All Are God

Benediction

Sending Chorus: #624 Doxology

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Announcements for 12-1-19

by: Valerie Sneller

11/27/2019

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, great-grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (pray for Graham’s transition from the hospital to his home; also pray for improvement in Graham’s reactions to reflux)

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

•Dalton Korthals (recovering from knee surgery on… read more

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, great-grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (pray for Graham’s transition from the hospital to his home; also pray for improvement in Graham’s reactions to reflux)

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

•Dalton Korthals (recovering from knee surgery on November 13)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to make progress in physical therapy)

•Greyson Austin (doing well on Humira; pray for Greyson’s stamina to increase)

•Denise Roskam (pray for continued healing from cancer)

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

•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (has started chemotherapy for ovarian cancer)

•Laura Stuerman (recovering from recent surgery on her Achilles tendon)

•Ray Schram, Jeff Schram’s father (recently diagnosed with cancer on his leg)

•Jordan Menning (recovering at home from recent back surgery)

•Joe Gacke (recovering from gall bladder surgery on November 26)

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt; continues to be treated for cancer and is experiencing a lot of fatigue), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (Arlene’s cancer has moved to her lungs; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), and Trish Lombard, Tara Bouwman’s mother (recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer).

Thank You:We want to thank each of you for your prayers, calls, and concern in the recent weeks.We praise God directing us to excellent specialists to address Rod’s problem.Thankful for successful surgery; favorable results and renewed strength.Our God is a God of miracles. ~ Rod and LaVonne Grooters

THANK YOU to everyone who helped in any way with Operation Christmas Child this year! As a congregation, we packed 167 boxes! As a drop-off location, we took in 707 boxes. As a region, Sioux Falls collected over 22,000 boxes! Our gifts are now in Denver, waiting to be processed in the coming days before heading on to their final destinations. Please continue to pray for the volunteers who continue the journey of the gifts, and especially for the children who will soon receive them. Pray that their hearts would be ready to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Also, if you have supplies that you gather over the coming year for our next packing party, you can store them at church. Thanks!

*Please No Shaking Hands due to the cold and flu season.The upper respiratory and G.I. bugs are getting around.Thank you ~ The Rock Rapids Clinic

Next Sunday, November 8, we will hold our annual congregational meeting during the worship service to select new Elders and Deacons for 2020.

NOMINATIONS FOR 2020 CONSISTORY: The following have been nominated for Consistory starting in the year 2020. These names will be published for three Sundays concluding on December 8 when we will have our Congregational Meeting. If anyone has a spiritual or moral reason any of these persons should not be considered please speak with one our elders or Pastor Dan. ELDERS: Greg DeJong, JD Hommes, Jerry Pytleski, Scott Sieperda. DEACONS: Tait Anderson, Brad Baker, Bryce Hunt, Lance Iwen, Jeff Jager, Mike Klarenbeek, Jerry Pytleski, Daniel Moser, Rodney Vanden Top.

Our Sunday School Christmas Program (ages 3 – 5th grade) will be Sunday, December 1st at 4:00 PM. Please note the time change. Pre-K – 5th grade classes will be practicing in the sanctuary this morning. Kids will report to their classrooms for attendance and a snack before coming to the sanctuary. Parents: please plan to pick your children up in the sanctuary around 12:00 PM today. They will need to be back to church at 3:45 PM this afternoon. K-5th grade can report to the fellowship hall. Pre-K and 3&4 year old classes can report to their classrooms. Thanks!

Calendars!!!The New Year will soon be here, so now is the time to order your birthday/anniversary calendars.Price is $5.00.Please contact Sharon Tilstra or Mary Hoogers by December 15th.Proceeds will go toward the Hand Bell Choir Fund.Thanks in advance from the Bell Choir

You Are Invited!We are having the Annual All-Church Christmas Party on Wednesday December 11 at 5:45 pm with a meal and lots of fun games and prizes. See the Bridge and the green ½ sheet in your mailbox for more details.You must RSVP for this meal by signing up in the gathering space or by calling the church office by December 8.We hope to see you all there.Provided by the Women’s MinistriesJ

Attention:Cable TV Channel 12 Church Service Watchers:

This past month Premier Communications has been having technical difficulties.We now have the capability of sending our service to them electronically instead of delivering the DVD to another site.Since this change, church services from our area have been wrong.Premier Communications is working on the problem.Sorry about this, but hopefully they will have this corrected soon.If it is not fixed soon there are still other options to watch the service.

3 other options:

  1. Go to church website – www.rockrapids frc.org/ - click on watch service live and it will come on.Also, can click on link that says sermons to get previous church services.
  2. Go to www.youtube.com – type in First Reformed Church Rock Rapids on the search bar – all the church services are on display – pick which date you would like to see.
  3. A DVD is still being made and put in the box by the church mailboxes.This DVD can be taken home, but please remember to return them in a timely manner.

Offerings Sunday 11-24-19 Offerings to 11-24-19 Budget to 11-24-19

General Fund: $11,234.38 $315,453.76 $355,521.50

Benevolent Fund: $550.00 $163,856.37 $162,025.05

Building Fund: $35,970.00 $90,346.79 $116,596.19

Sunday School Offering:November 24, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 119 Last Week's Attendance: 130

Last Year’s Offering: $215.25 Last Week's Offering:$164.20

Sunday School Lessons:

December 1:Session 2 Wisdom for God’s people/A Son Learns True Wisdom

December 8:Session 3 Solomon Built the Temple/A Son Builds the Temple

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:Ministry Fair!!!

4:00 pm Christmas Program (NOTE:New Time)

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

9:15 am Staff Meeting with Sue

WEDNESDAY:9 – 11 am MOPS

6:30 pm Mid-Week Activities (6th Grade to the Premier Estates)

Memory Work:Psalm 139:1-16

6:30 pm Hand Bells

6:30 pm JR RCYF

7:30 pm Praise Team

8:00 pm SR RCYF

THURSDAY:

6 pm Peace Circle

7 pm Walk in Love in 345

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:Congregational Meeting

Care Center Services

3:15 pm – Health Center

4:00 pm – Lyon Manor

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December 2019 Volunteer List

by: Ashley Pena

11/25/2019

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Announcements for 11-24-19

by: Valerie Sneller

11/22/2019

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, great-grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (see prayer update below)

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

•Dalton Korthals (recovering from knee surgery on November 13)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to make progress in physical therapy)… read more

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, great-grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (see prayer update below)

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

•Dalton Korthals (recovering from knee surgery on November 13)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to make progress in physical therapy)

•Greyson Austin (doing well on Humira; pray for Greyson’s stamina to increase)

•Denise Roskam (pray for continued healing from cancer)

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

•Missy Perkins (see prayer update below)

•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (has started chemotherapy for ovarian cancer)

•Laura Stuerman (recovering from recent surgery on her Achilles tendon)

•Ray Schram, Jeff Schram’s father (recently diagnosed with cancer on his leg)

•Jordan Menning (scheduled for back surgery on November 22 in Sioux Falls)

•Joe Gacke (scheduled for gall bladder surgery on November 27 in Rock Rapids)

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt; continues to be treated for cancer and is experiencing a lot of fatigue), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (Arlene’s cancer has moved to her lungs; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), and Trish Lombard, Tara Bouwman’s mother (recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer).

Prayer Updates:Graham Johnson was discharged from Mayo Hospital in Rochester, MN on November 11, 2019.Graham is now living at home with his parents and grandparents in Wisconsin.Graham’s parents have requested prayers for Graham’s transition to home.They have also asked for prayers that Graham would be past his severe reactions to reflux.Missy Perkins will be living at the Rock Rapids Health Center on a permanent basis.Missy appreciates the Health Center staff and the care that she is receiving there.

Thank You! We would like to say thank you for all your kind expressions of sympathy and thoughtfulness after our mother passed away.It is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.Tom, Audra Klinkenborg and family ~ I would also like to say a special thank you to my care group for the beautiful lantern in memory of my mom.I am grateful for such a caring and loving group. Audra

Thank You! We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the sympathy, prayers, and love you all have extended to our family during this time of loss. Your support means a great deal to us. It is heartwarming to know that we are part of such a loving community. Sincerely, Bryce, Chelsea, and James Hunt

NOMINATIONS FOR 2020 CONSISTORY: The following have been nominated for Consistory starting in the year 2020. These names will be published for three Sundays concluding on December 8 when we will have our Congregational Meeting. If anyone has a spiritual or moral reason any of these persons should not be considered please speak with one our elders or Pastor Dan. ELDERS: Greg DeJong, JD Hommes, Jerry Pytleski, Scott Sieperda. DEACONS: Tait Anderson, Brad Baker, Bryce Hunt, Lance Iwen, Jeff Jager, Mike Klarenbeek, Jerry Pytleski, Daniel Moser, Rodney Vanden Top.

Baptism:This morning we are privileged to administer the sacrament of Baptism to Liam Michael Wallace Schartze, the son of Chris and Ashley Schwartze and brother to Lily and Noah.

Meeting TODAY:November 24 the Decorating Committee will be meeting at 2:00 pm in the social hall.

BUDGET MEETING:Tomorrow night, Monday November 25, at 6:30 pm the Deacons will be available to review the church budget for 2020 with any and all member of the congregation in the Fellowship Hall.All are welcome.

THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP SERVICE:This coming Wednesday night, November 27 at 6:30 pm is our annual Thanksgiving Worship Service.The offering from this worship event is a significant contribution to our Benevolent Fund.

This morning will we pray over all the boxes our congregation has packed for Operation Christmas Child. Thank you to each and every one of you who contributed to or helped at our packing party and who packed boxes on your own. Each shoebox gift has the potential to make an eternal impact on the child who receives it, as well as many others! There is a prayer bookmark in today’s bulletin. Please consider making these prayers a part of our daily routine, not just in the coming week, but all year long.

Thanksgiving Meal!Celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey and all the fixings at the Community Thanksgiving meal at First Reformed Church on Thursday, November 28.Meal starts at noon.If you plan to attend or would like a Thanksgiving meal delivered to your home sign-up by Sunday, Nov. 24 in the back of church, contact the Church office, or Chamber of Commerce.Volunteers and Food Donations are still needed.We need food donations of Pies and/or Salads dropped off at the church kitchen by 9:30 am.If you plan to attend you can come early and help with set-up or stay late to help with clean-up.Set-up crews are needed to come in from 9:30 am - 11:00 am.Delivery Drivers please arrive at 10:30 am.Clean-up crew can start at 2:00 pm.Thank you!!!

Needed:Willing workers (Men, Women & Children) to help decorate the church and gathering space for the Christmas Season.Please come and assist the decorating committee on Wednesday, Nov. 27 immediately after the Thanksgiving Eve Services.Thank you!

Our Sunday School Christmas Program (ages 3 – 5th grade) will be Sunday, December 1st at 4:00 PM. Please note the time change. Pre-K – 5th grade classes will be practicing in the sanctuary the next two weeks. Kids will report to their classrooms for attendance and a snack before coming to the sanctuary. Parents: please plan to pick your children up in the sanctuary around 11:40 AM today and next week. Thanks!

You Are Invited!We are having the Annual All-Church Christmas Party on Wednesday December 11 at 5:45 with a meal and lots of fun games and prizes.See the Bridge and the upcoming bulletin for more details.You must RSVP for this meal by signing up in the gathering space or by calling the church office.We hope to see you all there.Provided by the Women’s Ministries

Attention:Cable TV Channel 12 Church Service Watchers:

This past month Premier Communications has been having technical difficulties.We now have the capability of sending our service to them electronically instead of delivering the DVD to another site.Since this change, church services from our area have been wrong.Premier Communications is working on the problem.Sorry about this, but hopefully they will have this corrected soon.If it is not fixed soon there are still other options to watch the service.

3 other options:

  1. Go to church website – www.rockrapids frc.org/ - click on watch service live and it will come on.Also, can click on link that says sermons to get previous church services.
  2. Go to www.youtube.com – type in First Reformed Church Rock Rapids on the search bar – all the church services are on display – pick which date you would like to see.
  3. A DVD is still being made and put in the box by the church mailboxes.This DVD can be taken home, but please remember to return them in a timely manner.

Offerings Sunday 11-17-19 Offerings to 11-17-19 Budget to 11-17-19

General Fund: $1,487.00 $304,219.38 $347,926.00

Benevolent Fund: $10,985.00 $163,306.37 $158,571.90

Building Fund: $20,000.00 $54,376.79 $114,115.42

Sunday School Offering:November 17, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 120 Last Week's Attendance: 120

Last Year’s Offering: $113.25 Last Week's Offering: $131.00

Sunday School Lessons:

Unit 12:November 24:Session 1 Solomon Asked for Wisdom/A Son Requests Wisdom

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:Deadline to sign-up for the Thanksgiving Meal!!!

Holy Baptism of Liam Schwartze

2:00 pm Joy Circle will meet in 345 to listen to the audio cassette of

Clara Van Gelder’s Memorial Service

2:00 pm Decorating Committee Meeting in the Fellowship Hall

MONDAY:

6:30 pm Budget Meeting in the Fellowship Hall

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

6:30 pm Thanksgiving Eve Services

*Volunteers needed after the service to help decorate the gathering space

THURSDAY:

Noon - Thanksgivings Day – Noon Meal – reservations needed

Offices Closed

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:Ministry Fair!!!

4:00 pm Christmas Program (NOTE:New Time)

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by: Valerie Sneller

11/14/2019

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, great-grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (has gained weight and is 6lbs. 6oz.; family is grateful for ongoing prayers)

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

•Dalton Korthals (recovering from knee surgery on November 13)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl… read more

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, great-grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (has gained weight and is 6lbs. 6oz.; family is grateful for ongoing prayers)

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

•Dalton Korthals (recovering from knee surgery on November 13)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to make progress in physical therapy)

•Greyson Austin (doing well on Humira; pray for Greyson’s stamina to increase)

•Denise Roskam (pray for continued healing from cancer)

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

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

•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (has started chemotherapy for ovarian cancer)

•Laura Stuerman (recovering from recent surgery on her Achilles tendon)

•Ray Schram, Jeff Schram’s father (recently diagnosed with cancer on his leg)

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt; continues to be treated for cancer and is experiencing a lot of fatigue), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (Arlene’s cancer has moved to her lungs; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), and Trish Lombard, Tara Bouwman’s mother (recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer).

Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to Barb & Bob TIlstra, Brenda & Rodney Vanden Top, and their families on the death of Barb and Brenda’s brother-in-law, Michael Zschetzsche, on November 6, 2019.Michael’s funeral was held on November 11 at the American Reformed Church in Luverne, MN.

Thank You!We as the staff of First Reformed Church want to express our gratitude for the recognition, support, and appreciation shown to us last Sunday through the potluck, gifts and program. We are so blessed to minister to and with a caring congregation like ours. We look forward to the journey together in ministry that lies before us, Pastor Dan, Sue, Cheryl, Amy, Val, Dave, and Ashley.

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in any way to our Operation Christmas Child Packing Party! What fun it was to gather together Wednesday evening to pack boxes together.Because of you, 100 children will hear the Good News and be invited to learn how to share it with others. There is no greater joy! Did you know that there is a greater demand for boxes by local churches than there are shoeboxes available? You can continue to help! There are empty boxes in the gathering space if you are interested in packing a box or two on your own. The deadline is Sunday, November 24 before our worship service. We will be praying over the boxes that morning. Thanks!

NOMINATIONS FOR 2020 CONSISTORY: The following have been nominated for Consistory starting in the year 2020. These names will be published for three Sundays concluding on December 8 when we will have our Congregational Meeting. If anyone has a spiritual or moral reason any of these persons should not be considered please speak with one our elders or Pastor Dan. ELDERS: Greg DeJong, JD Hommes, Jerry Pytleski, Scott Sieperda. DEACONS: Tait Anderson, Brad Baker, Bryce Hunt, Lance Iwen, Jeff Jager, Mike Klarenbeek, Jerry Pytleski, Daniel Moser, Rodney Vanden Top.

Council of Churches meets today at 1:30 pm at the Ransom Church.

Grace Circle:Grace Circle will meet on November 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 345 at the church.Sue Haggar is the hostess and Bible study leader.Hope to see YOU there!

Pictorial Update:Thank you to everyone who participated in the photo shoot for our pictorial directory.If you ordered pictures, you should have received them or will be receiving them very soon.For those who did not order any additional pictures, your free 8x10 photo is here at the church.The photo is too large to fit in your mailbox.Please stop by the church office and Val will get you your picture.

“Surviving the Holidays” is coming!A GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” seminar will be offered here at First Reformed Church on Monday, November 18, 2019, from 6:45-8:45 p.m.This seminar is helpful and encouraging for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death.It features practical suggestions and gives reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death.Topics to be discussed include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about traditions, how to survive social events, and where to find comfort and strength.For more information and/or to register contact Sue Haggar at the church office (472-3729).There is no charge for this seminar, and participants will receive a helpful booklet about the information shared.

Thanksgiving Meal!Celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey and all the fixings at the Community Thanksgiving meal at First Reformed Church on Thursday, November 28.Meal starts at noon.If you plan to attend or would like a Thanksgiving meal delivered to your home sign-up by Sunday, Nov. 24 in the back of church, contact the Church office, or Chamber of Commerce.Volunteers and Food Donations are still needed.We need food donations of Pies and/or Salads dropped off at the church kitchen by 9:30 am.If you plan to attend you can come early and help with set-up or stay late to help with clean-up.Set-up crews are needed to come in from 9:30 am - 11:00 am.Delivery Drivers please arrive at 10:30 am.Clean-up crew can start at 2:00 pm.Thank you!!!

New Missionary:We are now helping to fund Jennifer Lucking and her family in southern Ontario, Canada through the RCA as the Lampens are no longer missionaries.Please stop by our Missionary Wall and check out the missionaries and where they are on the map.

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present a Fall Concert, “The American Dream,” on Tuesday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Tickets are available to purchase online at https://niso.dordt.edu and at the door the night of the concert.For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

Attention:Cable TV Channel 12 Church Service Watchers:

This past month Premier Communications has been having technical difficulties.We now have the capability of sending our service to them electronically instead of delivering the DVD to another site.Since this change, church services from our area have been wrong.Premier Communications is working on the problem.Sorry about this, but hopefully they will have this corrected soon.If it is not fixed soon there are still other options to watch the service.

3 other options:

  1. Go to church website – www.rockrapids frc.org/ - click on watch service live and it will come on.Also, can click on link that says sermons to get previous church services.
  2. Go to www.youtube.com – type in First Reformed Church Rock Rapids on the search bar – all the church services are on display – pick which date you would like to see.
  3. A DVD is still being made and put in the box by the church mailboxes.This DVD can be taken home, but please remember to return them in a timely manner.

Offerings Sunday 11-10-19 Offerings to 11-10-19 Budget to 11-10-19

General Fund: $13,823.99 $302,732.38 $340,330.50

Benevolent Fund: $425.00 $152,321.37 $155,118.75

Building Fund: $0.00 $34,376.79 $111,634.65

Sunday School Offering: November 10, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 124 Last Week's Attendance:122

Last Year’s Offering: $150.65 Last Week's Offering:$139.00

Sunday School Lessons:

Unit 11:November 17:Session 6 David’s Psalm/The Good Shepherd

Unit 12:November 24:Session 1 Solomon Asked for Wisdom/A Son Requests Wisdom

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:1:30 pm Council of Churches meets at Ransom Church

MONDAY:7 pm Circle of Kindness

TUESDAY:9:15 am Staff Meeting – Amy

6:30 pm Grace Circle in 345

WEDNESDAY:9 – 11 am MOPS

6:30 pm Mid-Week Activities

Memory Work:Psalm 139:1-14

6:30 pm Hand Bells

6:30 pm JR RCYF

7:30 pm Praise Team

8:00 pm SR RCYF

THURSDAY:

7:00 pm Walk in Love - 345

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:Deadline to sign-up for the Thanksgiving Meal

LOOKING AHEAD:

*Wednesday, November 27th at 6:30 pm Thanksgiving Services!

*Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving Day – 16th Annual Thanksgiving Meal at noon

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Announcements for 11-10-19

by: Valerie Sneller

11/07/2019

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, greatgrandson of Don & Doris Calkins (has gained weight and is 6lbs.; family is grateful for ongoing prayers)

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

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

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

•Graham Johnson, greatgrandson of Don & Doris Calkins (has gained weight and is 6lbs.; family is grateful for ongoing prayers)

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

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

•Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (see prayer update below)

•Greyson Austin (doing well on Humira; pray for Greyson’s stamina to increase)

•Denise Roskam (pray for continued healing from cancer)

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

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

•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (has started chemotherapy for ovarian cancer)

•Laura Stuerman (recovering from recent surgery on her Achilles tendon)

•Ray Schram, Jeff Schram’s father (recently diagnosed with cancer on his leg)

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (Arlene’s cancer has moved to her lungs; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), and Trish Lombard, Tara Bouwman’s mother (recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer).

Prayer Update:Danny Bolerjack has made some progress in recovering from his stroke.He has surpassed the expectations of his therapists in his recovery, and he is able to live independently.Danny and his family are grateful for our prayers.

Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to Wade and Amber Huisman and their family on the death of Wade’s father, Fredrick “Fred” Huisman, on November 4, 2019.A memorial service for Fred was held on November 7 at Bethel Reformed Church in rural Little Rock.

Thank You:We would like to extend out thank you to our church family for their many thoughts, prayers, cards, food, and other expressions of sympathy following the loss of our father and grandfather, John Gerber. ~ Sheryl & Tom Bouwman and family

Library News!Exciting news:New released movies – Unplanned & Breakthrough are available to be checked out in the Church Library.Also come see what other new and exciting books are available.

Potluck Today!Today at 11:45 we are having a potluck meal in appreciation of our staff here at FRC.This will be a time to fellowship together and enjoy some delicious food.Let's overwhelm our staff with appreciation with our attendance.Even if you couldn't or didn't prepare something, we all know there will be plenty of food!Please join us for this festive event.

Pictorial Update:Thank you to everyone who participated in the photo shoot for our pictorial directory.If you ordered pictures, you should have received them or will be receiving them very soon.For those who did not order any additional pictures, your free 8x10 photo is here at the church.The photo is too large to fit in your mailbox.Please come to the table in the gathering area after church today or stop by the church office and Val will get you your picture.

Consistory meets this Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 pm. Elders gather at 6:30 and Deacons at 7:00 pm.

Please join us this Wednesday, November 13th for our 4th Annual Operation Christmas Child Packing Party! Supper will be served beginning at 5:45 PM with our packing party to follow. All are welcomed and encouraged to join us! We still need a couple volunteers to help with the party. Please talk to Amy Schulte, if interested. Thank you to everyone who brought supplies to make this possible. Please continue to be in prayer as these boxes make their journey to their final destination…the hands of a child who will not only be filled with joy over the gift, but will also receive the greatest gift, The Good News. Also, please consider packing your own boxes at home. Supplies can be found in the gathering space. Thank you!

“Surviving the Holidays” is coming!A GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” seminar will be offered here at First Reformed Church on Monday, November 18, 2019, from 6:45-8:45 p.m.This seminar is helpful and encouraging for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death.It features practical suggestions and gives reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death.Topics to be discussed include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about traditions, how to survive social events, and where to find comfort and strength.For more information and/or to register contact Sue Haggar at the church office (472-3729).There is no charge for this seminar, and participants will receive a helpful booklet about the information shared.

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present a Fall Concert, “The American Dream,” on Tuesday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Tickets are available to purchase online at https://niso.dordt.edu and 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:The Valley Male Chorus is joyously welcoming new members to be a part of the upcoming 2020 concert season (January-March 2020)!The Valley Male Chorus sings praises to God, while also supporting the local and world-wide ministries of Hope Haven.For more information, please contact:Tom Hydeen (712-737-4909 or 712-737-2544) or Rich Koele (712-476-3117 or rkoele@hopehaven.org)

Attention:Cable TV Channel 12 Church Service Watchers:

This past month Premier Communications has been having technical difficulties.We now have the capability of sending our service to them electronically instead of delivering the DVD to another site.Since this change, church services from our area have been wrong.Premier Communications is working on the problem.Sorry about this, but hopefully they will have this corrected soon.If it is not fixed soon there are still other options to watch the service.

3 other options:

  1. Go to church website – www.rockrapids frc.org/ - click on watch service live and it will come on.Also, can click on link that says sermons to get previous church services.
  2. Go to www.youtube.com – type in First Reformed Church Rock Rapids on the search bar – all the church services are on display – pick which date you would like to see.
  3. A DVD is still being made and put in the box by the church mailboxes.This DVD can be taken home, but please remember to return them in a timely manner.

Offerings Sunday 11-3-19 Offerings to 11-3-19 Budget to 11-3-19

General Fund: $5,848.00 $288,908.39 $332,402.00

Benevolent Fund: $7,952.00 $151,896.37 $151,665.60

Building Fund: $555.00 $34,376.79 $109,153.88

Sunday School Offering:November 3, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 109 Last Week's Attendance: 127

Last Year’s Offering: $622.00 Last Week's Offering: $203.00

Sunday School Lessons:

Unit 11:November 10: Session 5 David Sinned and Was Restored/A Sinner Receives Forgiveness

Unit 11:November 17: Session 6 David’s Psalm/The Good Shepherd

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:11:45 am – Potluck Appreciation for Pastor Dan & staff

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

6:30 pm (Elders), 7:00 pm (Deacons), & 7:30 pm – Consistory Meetings

WEDNESDAY:9:30 am Joy Circle in room 345

5:45pm All-church meal (helpers:Glenda H, Doris S, ReNae L, & Diane A)

6:30 pm OCC Packing Party in the Fellowship Hall

6:30 pm Hand Bells

6:30 pm Girl’s League

7:30 pm Praise Team

8:00 pm Guy’s Night

THURSDAY:

7 pm Peace Circle in 345

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:1:30 pm Council of Churches meets at Ransom Church

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Announcements for 11-3-19

by: Valerie Sneller

10/31/2019

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

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

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

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

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

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

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

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

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

•Greyson Austin (doing well on Humira; pray for Greyson’s stamina to increase)

•Denise Roskam (pray for continued healing from cancer)

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

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

•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (has started chemotherapy for ovarian cancer)

•Laura Stuerman (recovering from recent surgery on her Achilles tendon)

*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (Arlene’s cancer has moved to her lungs; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), and Trish Lombard, Tara Bouwman’s mother (recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer).

Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to Bryce and Chelsea Hunt and their family on the death of Chelsea’s father, Keith Czapla, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in East Carondelet, Illinois.A visitation for Keith was held at Braun Family Funeral Home last Tuesday, October 29, in Columbia, Illinois.

Sympathy:We extend our sympathy to Tom and Audra Klinkenborg and their family on the death of Audra’s mother, Judy Knigge, on October 28, 2019.The funeral service for Judy will be on Tuesday, November 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Miller Funeral Home-Southside Chapel in Sioux Falls, SD.There will be visitation beginning one hour prior to the service.

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

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

Library News!Exciting news:New released movies – Unplanned & Breakthrough are available to be checked out in the Church Library.Also come see what other new and exciting books are available.

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

Sunday, November 10 (next Sunday) at 11:45 - Potluck at First Reformed:

We are having and staff appreciation potluck meal next Sunday, November 10 at 11:45 am.This is a time to fellowship together and to also show appreciation for our staff here at FRC.We ask that you either bring a hot dish or a cold dish.Tableware and drinks will be provided.A gallon of milk or dinner rolls would be a great substitute if you are unable to prepare a dish (please contact Mary Hoogers at 472-3097 and she will let you know what is needed).Let's OVERWHELM our staff with appreciation and enjoy one another's fellowship and food!!

We are only a couple weeks away from our 4th annual packing party! Some supplies are still needed. Please check the sign-up sheet in the gathering space to see what you can donate. You are also encouraged to pack a box or two as an individual or a family. There are boxes and brochures for your use at the OCC table. Please feel free to take all you need. I urge you to include a letter in your box. There are many stories of the most precious gift to the child who receives a shoebox gift is the letter inside. Volunteers are also need for our drop-off center as we receive boxes from individuals and other churches in the area. A sign-up sheet can be found on the OCC table. Thank you for your continued support in this ministry that has eternal impacts on the children who receive our gifts, as well as their families and communities. You are a blessing.

“Surviving the Holidays” is coming!A GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” seminar will be offered here at First Reformed Church on Monday, November 18, 2019, from 6:45-8:45 p.m.This seminar is helpful and encouraging for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death.It features practical suggestions and gives reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death.Topics to be discussed include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about traditions, how to survive social events, and where to find comfort and strength.For more information and/or to register contact Sue Haggar at the church office (472-3729).There is no charge for this seminar, and participants will receive a helpful booklet about the information shared.

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present a Fall Concert, “The American Dream,” on Tuesday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Tickets are available to purchase online at https://niso.dordt.edu and 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:The Valley Male Chorus is joyously welcoming new members to be a part of the upcoming 2020 concert season (January-March 2020)!The Valley Male Chorus sings praises to God, while also supporting the local and world-wide ministries of Hope Haven.For more information, please contact:Tom Hydeen (712-737-4909 or 712-737-2544) or Rich Koele (712-476-3117 or rkoele@hopehaven.org)

Attention:Cable TV Channel 12 Church Service Watchers:

This past month Premier Communications has been having technical difficulties.We now have the capability of sending our service to them electronically instead of delivering the DVD to another site.Since this change, church services from our area have been wrong.Premier Communications is working on the problem.Sorry about this, but hopefully they will have this corrected soon.If it is not fixed soon there are still other options to watch the service.

3 other options:

  1. Go to church website – www.rockrapids frc.org/ - click on watch service live and it will come on.Also, can click on link that says sermons to get previous church services.
  2. Go to www.youtube.com – type in First Reformed Church Rock Rapids on the search bar – all the church services are on display – pick which date you would like to see.
  3. A DVD is still being made and put in the box by the church mailboxes.This DVD can be taken home, but please remember to return them in a timely manner.

Offerings Sunday 10-27-19 Offerings to 10-27-19 Budget to 10-27-19

General Fund: $7,142.51 $283,060.39 $324,806.50

Benevolent Fund: $575.00 $143,944.37 $148,212.45

Building Fund: $0.00 $34,376.79 $106,673.11

Sunday School Offering: Oct. 27, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance:129 Last Week's Attendance:121

Last Year’s Offering:$248.00 Last Week's Offering:$201.00

Sunday School Lessons:

Unit 11:November 3:Session: 4 David’s Kindness/A King Shows Kindness

Unit 11: November 10:Session 5 David Sinned and Was Restored/A Sinner Receives Forgiveness

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:Pulpit Supply – Jason Jackson

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

9:15 am – Staff Meeting with Amy

WEDNESDAY:9 – 11 am MOPS

6:30 pm Wednesday Night Activities

-Memory Work:Psalm 139:1-12

(4th grade to Premier Estates)

6:30 pm Hand Bells

6:30 pm JR RCYF

7:30 pm Praise Team

8:00 pm SR RCYF

THURSDAY:

7 pm Walk in Love - Room 345

7 pm Decorating Committee Meeting

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

11:45 am – Potluck Appreciation for Pastor Dan & staff

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Announcements for 10-27-19

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

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

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

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

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

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

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

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

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

•Greyson Austin (doing well on Humira; pray for Greyson’s stamina to increase)

•Denise Roskam (pray for continued healing from cancer)

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

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

•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

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

•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (has started chemotherapy for ovarian cancer)

•Laura Stuerman (recovering from recent surgery on her Achilles tendon)

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

A Note of Praise!Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew, has finished his treatment for cancer.At this time Jeremy is considered to be cancer free.We rejoice with him on this good news!

Congratulations!to Chris and Ashley Schwartze on the birth of their son, Liam Michael Wallace Schwartze, on October 11.We rejoice with you on this special blessing in the life of your family!

Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to Craig and Julie De Ruyter and their family on the death of Craig’s father, Cornie “Sparky” De Ruyter, on October 18, 2019.Sparky’s funeral was held last Tuesday, October 22, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rock Valley, Iowa.

Thank you for all the prayers, the food that was brought in, and the many visits.I am healing but it is going slow.

~ Art E. & Roberta Flier

Thank you to my church family for the personal condolences and cards in the loss of my brother, Dave. ~ Joyce Mellema and family

FREE Hot Dog Supper!Sponsored by the Christian Reformed Church, RR.Games for the kids in the gym at the activity center here in town.Please come and join us tonight, October 27, from 5 – 7 pm.

Pastor Dan will be gone this next week for Continuing Education.

  • DON’T FORGET to set your clocks BACK 1 hour next weekend. “Spring Ahead & Fall Back”.

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

Come to New Roots Ministry's event---"Looking Back, Yet Looking Forward: Immigrant Stories!" Learn from, and be inspired by, people formerly of Liberia, Nicaragua, Somalia, former Yugoslavia, Ethiopia, and Bhutan as they discuss: 1) the main causes of migration from their home countries & neighboring countries, 2) how things are now there, and 3) answers to, "what do you wish we Americans would have known when you came?" Date & time: Saturday, November 2, 8:30am--12pm, Place: Sioux Falls Ministry Center, 225 E 11th St, Sioux Falls. No RSVP needed for this FREE event. Come also to enjoy a variety of light ethnic treats!

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

SAVE THE DATE!On Sunday, November 10, after the Sunday School hour, there will be a potluck appreciation meal for Pastor Dan.Pastor Dan is celebrating his 20th year with First Reformed Church – Rock Rapids and we want to celebrate along with him

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Announcements for 10-20-19

by: Valerie Sneller

10/17/2019

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

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

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

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

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Prayers:

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

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

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

•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

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

•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

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

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

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

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

•Greyson Austin (see prayer update below)

•Denise Roskam (see prayer update below)

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

•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Church Pictorial Directory Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Announcements for 10-13-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    10/10/2019

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    Prayers:

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

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

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

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

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

    •Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

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

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    Prayers:

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

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

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

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

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

    •Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    •Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Church Pictorial Directory Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Announcements for 10-6-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    10/04/2019

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    Prayers:

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

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

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

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

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

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

    •Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

    •Thomas Bouwman, Tom &… read more

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    Prayers:

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

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

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

    •Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)

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

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

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

    •Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)

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

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

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

    •Phyllis Te Slaa (see update below)

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

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

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

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

    •Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Church Pictorial Directory Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sunday School Offering:Sept. 29, 2019

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

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

    Sunday School Lessons:

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

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

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY:

    7 pm Uninvited Bible study in the youth room

    MONDAY:

    NOON – Quarterback Club in the fellowship hall

    TUESDAY:

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

    WEDNESDAY:

    9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

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

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

    6:30 pm Family Night in the Fellowship Hall

    6:30 pm Hand Bells

    6:30 pm Girls League

    7:30 pm Praise Team

    8:00 pm Guys Night

    THURSDAY:

    7 pm Peace Circle in 345

    FRIDAY:

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

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:Holy Communion

    7 pm “Uninvited” Bible study in the youth room

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    October Volunteer List

    by: Valerie Sneller

    09/26/2019

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