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Volunteer List February 2020

by: Ashley Pena

01/22/2020

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Announcements for 1-19-2020

by: Valerie Sneller

01/16/2020

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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 (Graham has returned home and is doing well thus far)

•Carol Groen (continues to be evaluated at Mayo Clinic regarding her lower back problems)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to… 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 (Graham has returned home and is doing well thus far)

•Carol Groen (continues to be evaluated at Mayo Clinic regarding her lower back problems)

•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 (see prayer update below)

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

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

•John Hulshof (was hospitalized and treated for blood clots; is now home; pray for John’s recovery)

*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:Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister, is tolerating her chemotherapy treatments well.Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather, has moved from his home to an assisted living facility.

Thank you for celebrating our anniversary with us.Thank you also for the cards, gifts, and well wishes. ~ John & Ruth Van Aartsen

CORRECTION:In last week’s bulletin we shared information about the death of Rev. Wilmer VerMeer.Wilmer was related to several families in our church.Wilmer was listed as a nephew of Hyman & Arietta Beyenhof and Betty Vanden Heuvel.This was incorrect, as Wilmer was a second cousin to Arietta and Betty.

Weekday Membership class meets Tuesday, January 21 at 7 pm

First Reformed is leading the worship services at the Health Centre and Lyon Manor this afternoon at 3:15 pm and 4:00 pm respectively.You are welcome to join us to help the residents get to the services and find page numbers in the hymnbooks.

Next Sunday, January 26, we will be celebrating Holy Communion.

Grace Circle members:Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m.Sherri De Jong will be our Bible study leader and hostess.We will be meeting at Sherri’s home.Hope to see YOU there!

Adult Choir:The choir is starting to work on the Easter Cantata and the second half of the year.We would love to have anyone with a love of music come and share their talent with us.We meet in the choir room down the hall from the nursery after worship service.Please come and check us out if you are interested. ~ Thank you! Judy Gacke

The Search Committee is up and running. Please pray for those on this team seeking to discern God’s direction for our future pastor: Steve Harman, Chairperson, Shari Kastein, Jeff Jager, Dan Van Beek, Chelsea Hunt, Joe Vander Zee, Mary Hoogers, Evan Metzger, Kathy Moser, Jen Hoefert, and Amy Schulte. They are currently working on completing a Church Profile, a resume of First Reformed Church. The next steps will include submitting the profile to the Reformed Church who will then match it with prospective candidates and send the search committee pastor’s profiles to review and evaluate. The search committee can also send FRC’s profile to prospective pastors they know of through networking and invite conversation. Once a pastoral candidate is narrowed down further interviews and conversation will be conducted with Consistory and groups within the congregation. At this time the congregation has opportunity to get to know and ask questions of the candidate in small group meetings. Ultimately it will be the Consistory who recommends and presents a candidate for pastor to the congregation to vote on. There could be variations on this process if there is any consideration of restructuring the staff. The search committee will be keeping us all informed as to where they are in the process and you can give input to any of the members as the journey unfolds.

Upcoming Opportunities for the whole family!

1. A one day retreat for fathers is scheduled for February 29, 9am-4pm in Maurice, Iowa.The title is “Dad Tired”.It promises to be a great day. See the link for more information and how to register-

https://mauricereformed.org/dad-tired-conference/

2. URBAN PLUNGE- March 13-15 is a weekend of ministry planned for all generations!We will travel to Sioux Falls on that Friday and experience several ministry opportunities throughout the weekend.Please see Cheryl Van Beek TODAY, if interested.

*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

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

General Fund: $11,778.00 $17,453.00 $15,172.58

Benevolent Fund: $720.00 $5,552.00 $6,977.24

Building Fund: $55.00 $195.00 $3,157.70

Sunday School Offering & Attendance

Last year’s attendance:108Last year’s offering:$83.08

Last week’s attendance: 115Last week’s offering:$119.00

Sunday School Lessons:

January 19:Session 3 – Elijah and Elisha/The Gifts of God’s Power

January 26:Session 4 – Elijah and the Army/Visions of God’s Strength

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:Services at the Nursing Homes:

3:15 pm – Health Centre

4:00 pm – Lyon Manor

(all are welcome to assist)

MONDAY:5:00 pm – Moms in Prayer – College & Career Group

7:00 pm – Circle of Kindness

TUESDAY:9:15 am – Staff Meeting

6:30 pm – Grace Circle

7:00 pm Membership Class

WEDNESDAY:

5:45 pm Mid-Week Meal (Glenda H, Sara H, Julie DR, & Amy S)

6:30 pm Regular Wednesday Night Activities (4th Grade to Premier Estates)

Memory Work:Psalm 139:1-24

6:30 pm Jr RCYF

6:30 pm Hand Bell Choir

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:Holy Communion


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Announcements for 1-12-2020

by: Valerie Sneller

01/09/2020

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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 (Graham has returned home and is doing well thus far)

•Carol Groen (continues to be evaluated at Mayo Clinic regarding her lower back problems)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to… 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 (Graham has returned home and is doing well thus far)

•Carol Groen (continues to be evaluated at Mayo Clinic regarding her lower back problems)

•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)

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

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

•John Hulshof (was hospitalized and treated for blood clots; is now home; pray for John’s recovery)

*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 Hyman and Arietta Beyenhof and to Betty Vanden Heuvel on the death of their nephew, Rev. Wilmer VerMeer, on December 15, 2019.Wilmer was a son of our church.A memorial service for Wilmer was held on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN.Condolences may be sent to Joyce VerMeer, 5950 West 130th Lane, Apt. 327, Savage, MN 55378-2691.Joyce’s phone number is 952-226-2217.

Thank you to all who assisted with the decorating or taking down of the decorations over the past months.

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s soup supper a HUGE success.We had volunteers onsite from 8am-8pm to make sure all ran smoothly!Thank you to those who donated items for the meal, helped prepare the meal, served and/or cleaned up. Finally, thank you to all who attended and/or supported our youth with your donation.Each of you are appreciated!!Cheryl Van Beek and the SR RCYF

Anniversary Wishes:During coffee break this morning cake will be served in honor of John and Ruth Van Aartsen's 70th Wedding Anniversary.Please join us as we celebrate this special occasion.The flowers in church this morning are in honor of their anniversary. ~ Congratulations from your children and grandchildren!

Adult Choir:The choir is starting to work on the Easter Cantata and the second half of the year.We would love to have anyone with a love of music come and share their talent with us.We meet in the choir room down the hall from the nursery after worship service.Please come and check us out if you are interested. ~ Thank you! Judy Gacke

Installation & Ordination:This morning we are installing newly elected Elders and Deacons. J.D. Hommes and Greg DeJong are our new Elders; Brad Baker, Jerry Pytleski, and Tait Anderson are our new deacons. Tait will also be ordained as Deacon.

CONSISTORY: We meet next week, Tuesday, January 14. Elders and Deacons separately at 6:30 PM and full Consistory at 7:30 PM.

Membership Class meets this morning after worship.

The Search Committee is up and running. Please pray for those on this team seeking to discern God’s direction for our future pastor: Steve Harman, Chairperson, Shari Kastein, Jeff Jager, Dan Van Beek, Chelsea Hunt, Joe Vander Zee, Mary Hoogers, Evan Metzger, Kathy Moser, Jen Hoefert, and Amy Schulte. They are currently working on completing a Church Profile, a resume of First Reformed Church. The next steps will include submitting the profile to the Reformed Church who will then match it with prospective candidates and send the search committee pastor’s profiles to review and evaluate. The search committee can also send FRC’s profile to prospective pastors they know of through networking and invite conversation. Once a pastoral candidate is narrowed down further interviews and conversation will be conducted with Consistory and groups within the congregation. At this time the congregation has opportunity to get to know and ask questions of the candidate in small group meetings. Ultimately it will be the Consistory who recommends and presents a candidate for pastor to the congregation to vote on. There could be variations on this process if there is any consideration of restructuring the staff. The search committee will be keeping us all informed as to where they are in the process and you can give input to any of the members as the journey unfolds.

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT with NISO in concert with the Texas Tenors, January 18, at 7:30 pm in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt University in Sioux Center, IA.NISO’s Celebrity Conductor Contest will be held in conjunction with this Concert.

*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

Offerings Sunday 1-5-19 Offerings to 1-5-19 Budget to 1-5-19

General Fund: $5,675.00 $5,675.00 $7,586.29

Benevolent Fund: $4,832.00 $4,832.00 $3,488.62

Building Fund: $140.00 $140.00 $1,578.85

Sunday School Offering & Attendance

Last year’s attendance: 106 Last year’s offering: $117.25

Last week’s attendance: 93 Last week’s offering: $174.00

Sunday School Lessons:

January 12:Session 2 – Elijah at Mount Carmel/Signs of God’s Presence

January 19:Session 3 – Elijah and Elisha/The Visions of God’s Strength

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

Installation of Elders and Deacons during am services

MONDAY:

5:00 pm – Moms in Prayer – College & Career Group

TUESDAY:

Consistory Meetings:Elders – 6:30 pm; Deacons – 6:30; Joint meeting – 7:30 pm

WEDNESDAY:

9-11 am MOPS

6:30 pm Regular Wednesday Night Activities (5th grade to Premier Estates)

Memory Work:Psalm 139:1-20

6:30 pm Jr RCYF

6:30 pm Hand Bell Choir

7:30 pm Praise Team

8:00 pm Sr RCYF

THURSDAY:

7:00 pm 7:00 pm Walk in Love Circle 345

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:


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Announcements for 1-5-2020

by: Valerie Sneller

01/03/2020

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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 (Graham has returned home and is doing well thus far)

•Carol Groen (continues to be evaluated at Mayo Clinic regarding her lower back problems)

•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to… 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 (Graham has returned home and is doing well thus far)

•Carol Groen (continues to be evaluated at Mayo Clinic regarding her lower back problems)

•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)

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

•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).

Thank You!I would like to thank everyone for all of your prayers, visits, food brought in, and the many cards sent during my recovery time.It is all much appreciated. ~ Roberta Flier

Congratulations to Stefanie O’Leary on the birth of her baby girl, Harper Skye, born on December 19. She weighed 7 lbs and 13 oz, 21 inches long.Mom and baby are doing well.

*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

Anniversary Card Shower!The family of John and Ruth Van Aartsen request a card shower in honor of their 70th Wedding Anniversary which is January 10th.Cards can be placed in their church mailbox or sent to them at 911 S. Tama St., Rock Rapids. Thank you for helping them celebrate this special occasion.

Pastor Dan will be on vacation from December 25 - January 6.

Soup Supper Announcement:

Please join us on Wednesday, January 8 for our annual Soup Supper!Serving will be 5-7pm in the church fellowship hall.Soups, sandwiches and homemade desserts are on the menu!

Reminder- ALL SR RCYF members please report to church at your scheduled time.(You should have received a text with your time.)Also remember your $10 donation and homemade dessert.All desserts should be at church at 3pm on Jan 8.THANK YOU!!

Installation and Ordination of Elders and Deacons will be Sunday, January 12.

Attention All Volunteers:If you signed up last year, the volunteer calendar goes from March 2019 through March 2020.The new schedule will begin in April 2020.Thank you to all who signed up.There is still time to sign-up if you haven’t had a chance, we would love to have you join in and be a vital part of the church. ~ Thank You

Offerings Sunday 12-29-19 Offerings to 12-29-19 Budget to 12-29-19

General Fund: $11,389.00 $368,636.01 $393,499.00

Benevolent Fund: $1,205.00 $178,573.79 $179,290.80

Building Fund: $9,138.00 $99,584.79 $129,000.04

Sunday School Lessons:

January 5:Session 1 – Elijah and the Widow/The Pictures of God’s Authority

January 12:Session 2 – Elijah at Mount Carmel/Signs of God’s Presence

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:Welcome Dr. David Mulder (pulpit Supply)

MONDAY:

7 pm Women’s Executive Committee Meeting in 345

TUESDAY:

9:15 am Staff Meeting with Pastor Dan

WEDNESDAY:

9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

5 – 7 pm Soup Supper in the Fellowship Hall

NO Wednesday Youth Activities

6:30 pm Hand Bell Practice

7:30 pm Praise Team Practice

THURSDAY:

7 pm Peace Circle

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

Installation of Elders and Deacons during am Services


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Announcements for 12-22-19

by: Valerie Sneller

12/19/2019

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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 (Graham has returned home and is doing well thus far)

•Carol Groen (continues to be evaluated at Mayo Clinic regarding her lower back problems)

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

•Thomas… 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 (Graham has returned home and is doing well thus far)

•Carol Groen (continues to be evaluated at Mayo Clinic regarding her 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)

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

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

•Doris Calkins (see prayer update below)

*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 Doris Calkins:Following a short stay at Lyon Specialty Care, Doris was able to return home on Tuesday, December 17.

Thank You:I would like to thank everyone that has helped me in any way on my road to recovery.I truly appreciate all of you. ~ Laura Stuerman

*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

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT WORSHIP SERVICE:You are invited to celebrate the birth of Christ at our annual Christmas Eve service which begins at 6:30 pm.As part of the worship we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Pastor Dan will be on vacation from December 25 - January 6 and Sue will be on vacation from December 25 - January 2.

Installation and Ordination of Elders and Deacons will be Sunday, January 12.

SOUP SUPPER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

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

Soup Stirrers- Volunteers needed to stir the soups once prepared. Noon-1:30 pm and 1:30-3:00 pm, 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!

Attention All Volunteers:If you signed up last year, the volunteer calendar goes from March 2019 through March 2020.The new schedule will begin in April 2020.Thank you to all who signed up.There is still time to sign-up if you haven’t had a chance, we would love to have you join in and be a vital part of the church. ~ Thank You

Offerings Sunday 12-15-19 Offerings to 12-15-19 Budget to 12-15-19

General Fund: $1,634.25 $336,345.01 $378,308.00

Benevolent Fund: $4,348.42 $176,618.79 $172,384.50

Building Fund: $0.00 $90,446.79 $124,038.50

Sunday School Offering:December 15, 2019

Last Year’s Attendance: 106 Last Week's Attendance: 109

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

Sunday School Lessons:

December 22:NO Sunday School

December 29:NO Sunday School

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:NO Sunday School

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

6:30 pm Christmas Candlelight Services

WEDNESDAY: Offices closed for the holiday

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:NO Sunday School

Pulpit Supply:Pastor Steven Van Wyhe


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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

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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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Announcements for 11-17-19

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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