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Announcements 5-26-19

by: Valerie Sneller

05/23/2019

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Prayers:

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

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

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

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

•Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery)

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

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

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

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

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Prayers:

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

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

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

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

•Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday School Offering:May 19, 2019

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

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

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

Memorial Day – Offices will be closed

TUESDAY:

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

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:


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Announcements for 5-19-19

by: Valerie Sneller

05/17/2019

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Prayers:

•Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

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

    •Brock Klarenbeek (recovering from recent chest surgery)

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

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

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

    Hearing Devices Available: Are you having difficulty hearing the service?Our church has a hearing assistance system.If you are having difficulty hearing during the worship service and would like to try a receiver, please check at the sound booth at the back of the sanctuary or with Dave Hulstein.

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

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

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    Announcements for 5-12-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    05/09/2019

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    Prayers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sunday School Offering: May 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY: Senior Recognition Sunday

    Pulpit Supply – Rev. Doug Van Aartsen from Sioux Center

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

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

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

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

    9 – 11 MOPS

    7:30 pm Praise Team

    THURSDAY:

    Walk in Love Circle in 345

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

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY: Last Day of Sunday School

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    Announcements for 5-5-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    05/02/2019

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    Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Pastor Dan (recovering from recent surgery), Brock Klarenbeek (scheduled for surgery on May 2 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN to correct his sunken chest), Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Alice Feikema (recovering from surgery on her leg; recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping… read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sunday School Offering: April 28, 2019

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

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

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

    Presence

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

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY: 1:30 Council of Churches at FRC

    Baptism

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

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

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

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

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

    9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

    6:30 pm Hand Bells

    7:30 pm Praise Team

    THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

    7:00 pm Peace Circle in 345

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

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY: Senior Recognition Sunday

    Pulpit Supply – Rev. Doug Van Aartsen

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    VBS June 5 to June 7, 2019

    by: Valerie Sneller

    05/01/2019

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    Join Us For

    ROAR VBS

    Note the new dates and times:

    REGISTER HERE

    For a paper copy click HERE

    June 5, 2019 — June 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

    512 S. Union St.
    Rock Rapids, IA 51246

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    Join Us For

    ROAR VBS

    Note the new dates and times:

    REGISTER HERE

    For a paper copy click HERE

    June 5, 2019 — June 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

    512 S. Union St.
    Rock Rapids, IA 51246

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

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    Volunteer List for May 2019

    by: Valerie Sneller

    04/26/2019

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    Announcements for 4-28-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

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    Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Pastor Dan (recovering from surgery on April 23), Alice Feikema (scheduled for surgery on her leg on April 26; she will be recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home), Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (currently at Mayo Hospital due to recurring headaches), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at… read more

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    Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Pastor Dan (recovering from surgery on April 23), Alice Feikema (scheduled for surgery on her leg on April 26; she will be recuperating at her daughter Lois’ home), Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery; currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (currently at Mayo Hospital due to recurring headaches), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (upcoming surgery on May 7), Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn and Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (pray for continued growth and healthy development), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with paracardial effusion; has been able to return to work but has physical limitations), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), Jon & Dani Markus (prayers for Leo, their unborn baby boy who has ongoing health concerns), Andrew Perry, Anita and Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the spring months), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sunday School Offering: April 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY: Pulpit Supply – Jason Jackson from Sioux City

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

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

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

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

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

    9:15 am – Staff Meeting with Cheryl

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

    9 – 11 am MOPS

    6:00 pm Mothers & Others Event

    Hand Bells

    Praise Team

    THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

    Walk in Love Circle in 345

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

    MOPS Night out in 345

    SATURDAY:

    9:00 am – May Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall

    SUNDAY: 1:30 Council of Churches at FRC

    Baptism

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    Announcements for Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

    by: Valerie Sneller

    04/18/2019

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    Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery on April 18), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Stacy Dieren (has started chemotherapy treatments), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with paracardial effusion; has been able to return to work but has physical limitations), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s… read more

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    Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Harriet Hoff (recovering from foot surgery on April 18), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Stacy Dieren (has started chemotherapy treatments), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with paracardial effusion; has been able to return to work but has physical limitations), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (see update below), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Andrew Perry, Anita and Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve), Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn and Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (pray for continued growth and healthy development), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), Jon and Dani Markus (prayers for their unborn baby boy and ongoing health concerns), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (diagnosed with acute leukemia), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), and Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the spring months).

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

    Prayer Update on Greyson Austin: Greyson has had a good couple of weeks with eating, drinking, and gaining some weight. His next appointment at Mayo will be on May 6 with surgery on May 7 if all appears well. His surgeon plans to complete the last half of the beginning surgery by reconnecting his small bowel to be used for his colon with no colostomy anymore. Our family has leaned on your prayers so much in the past, and we would be so grateful for your prayers again. Please pray that the surgery will go well and that there will be healing without complications or infection. With our thank you, Mike, Carrie & Greyson Austin and families

    Professions of Faith: This morning we celebrate the professions of faith in Jesus of nine individuals who met with the Elders and shared their decisions to follow the Savior. They include: Caden Wright, Tim Lyman, Brenda Van Hofwegen, Emily Grooters, Kyle Grooters, Madisen Iwen, Andrew De Noble, Devon Miller, and Zach Springer.

    If you no longer have a landline telephone, please contact the church office so we can update our prayer chain announcement calling system. As of right now there are many calls that go unanswered. It will more efficient and help to get these messages out in a timely manner if we can update our phone system. Thank you.

    GriefShare: Our next GriefShare session will be on Monday, April 22, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our topic this week will be “Complicating Factors”. We will learn how traumatic experiences affect our grief. We will also address how to deal with nightmares and flashbacks as well as how our thinking affects our emotions. Please feel free to join us!

    IT’S TIME FOR SPRING CARE PACKAGES FOR OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS!

    Sign up in gathering space today if you would like one sent to your son or daughter. Deadline to sign up is April 24.

    They will be mailed out on Monday, April 29. If you would like to assist in preparing the packages, let Cheryl Van Beek know.

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

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

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

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

    Offerings Sunday 4-14-19 Offerings to 4-14-19 Budget to 4-14-19

    General Fund: $9,324.00 $90,934.87 $112,132.50

    Benevolent Fund: $560.00 $50,537.66 $51,797.25

    Building Fund: $0.00 $5,783.25 $37,211.55

    Sunday School Offering: April 14, 2019

    Last Year’s Attendance: 0 Last week's Attendance: 117

    Last Year’s Offering: $0.00 Last week's Offering: $109.00

    This Week’s Lesson: Unit 7– April 21 – Easter: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection/Fear Gives Way

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

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY: EASTER SUNDAY!

    Confessions of Faith

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

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

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

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

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

    All Family Event at Air Madness! (Includes middle school)

    6:30 pm – Hand Bells

    7:30 pm – Praise Team

    7:00 pm Sr RCYF (NOTE: Time change!)

    THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

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

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY: Pulpit Supply – Jason Jackson

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    by: Valerie Sneller

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    Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery on April 10), Jon and Dani Markus (prayers for their unborn baby boy and ongoing health concerns), Andrew Perry, Anita and Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Stacy Dieren (has started chemotherapy treatments), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for… read more

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    Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Arietta Beyenhof (recovering from knee replacement surgery on April 10), Jon and Dani Markus (prayers for their unborn baby boy and ongoing health concerns), Andrew Perry, Anita and Curt Dieren’s brother-in-law (pray for Andrew’s blood clots to dissolve), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Stacy Dieren (has started chemotherapy treatments), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (pray for continued improvement with eating and energy as well as healing of the j-pouch), Lena Jolee Olivier, Marilyn and Bill Mammenga’s infant granddaughter (pray for continued growth and healthy development), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with paracardial effusion; has been able to return to work but has physical limitations), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Zucker Freerks, Sara & Justin Groen’s nephew (pray for Zucker to maintain good health during the spring months), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (diagnosed with acute leukemia), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).

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

    Thank you! Words cannot express the thankfulness for all the love, prayers, and support we have felt during my journey of cancer. We do not know what lies ahead, but we know who holds the future—our Lord and Savior. May God richly bless you. Love, Gail & Jerome Hartter

    Parents: Please be aware that in the Power Point pictures during the Cantata there is one “somewhat” graphic scene of the flogging of Jesus.

    Living Stations of the Cross: People of all ages and faiths are invited to attend the Living Stations Of The Cross taking place tonight, April 14th at 6:30 PM at Holy Name Catholic Church, Rock Rapids. Relive Jesus’ final steps and prepare your hearts for Easter. A free-will donation will benefit Atlas of Lyon County.

    GriefShare: Our next GriefShare session will be on Monday, April 15, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our topic this week will be on the issues of “Guilt and Anger”. We will learn about how to deal with false guilt. We will also address how to grieve relationships that are conflictual as well as how to handle grief-related anger. You are welcome to join us!

    Maundy Thursday Worship Service: we will gather on Thursday night, April 18 for our annual Maundy Thursday worship/Communion service starting at 6:30 pm.

    Back by popular demand, the best known name in Gospel Music, the Blackwood Brothers will be presenting a benefit concert on Saturday evening, April 20 at 6:30 pm at the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center. The concert will also feature the Master’s Voice from Sioux Falls, SD and the Four For Him Quartet from Sanborn, IA. Tickets will be $15.00 per person and sold at the door only. The doors will open at 5:00 pm. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the local and global ministries of Hope Haven. Mark your calendar now for Saturday evening, April 20 for a great night of gospel music!

    Looking ahead: May 1st will be the date for our Mothers and Others Event held here at the church. Be watching the bulletin and your mailboxes for further information.

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

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

    Offerings Sunday 4-7-19 Offerings to 4-7-19 Budget to 4-7-19

    General Fund: $4,523.40 $81,610.87 $104,537.00

    Benevolent Fund: $6,550.00 $49,977.66 $48,344.10

    Building Fund: $0.00 $5,783.25 $34,730.78

    Sunday School Offering: April 7, 2019

    Last Year’s Attendance: 103 Last week's Attendance:

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

    This Week’s Lesson: Unit 7– April 14 – The Bronze Snake/The Promise of God’s Salvation

    (Session 2)

    Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 7 – April 21 – Easter: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection/

    Fear Gives Way

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY: 8 – 9:30 am Palm Sunday Breakfast served – All are welcome

    9:30 am - EASTER CANTATA!

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

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

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

    7:00 pm - Circle of Kindness

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

    9:15 am – Staff Meeting with Sue

    6:30 pm – Grace Circle

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

    9 – 11 am MOPS

    6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

    6:30 pm – JR RCYF

    6:30 pm – Hand Bells

    7:30 pm – Praise Team

    8:00 pm – SR RCYF

    THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

    6:30 pm - Maundy Thursday Services & Communion

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

    GOOD FRIDAY!

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY: EASTER SUNDAY!

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    Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Mary Vermeer (had surgery for a broken hip; is currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with paracardial… read more

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

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

    Please be in prayer for Jon & Dani Markus and their unborn baby boy as their have received tests that have caused them concern for both mother and baby. They will be seeking medical advice in Iowa City on Monday the 8th. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

    A Note of Praise! We are happy to share that Missy (Michelle) Perkins has been discharged from the Rock Rapids Health Center and has returned to her group home.

    Update on Greyson Austin: Greyson was at Mayo Hospital last week due to stomach flu and dehydration. This week Wednesday he is headed back to May due to bleeding out of his stoma the last 4 days. He is feeling better; able to eat and drink, but we need to determine where the bleeding is coming from. We are asking for prayers for answers and treatable solutions. We are grateful for you as a praying church. We feel your prayers. ~ Marlene Mellema and families.

    Thank You: We thank each of you, for your prayers, your caring thoughts and kind words at the time of Nelva’s passing. As a part of the family of God, each of you reflected God’s comfort, his perfect peace and his abiding love. We thank him for his promise of eternal life. ~ LaVonne & Rod Grooters

    Somehow word is out that I am having surgery next month. To clarify, I will be having a procedure done on April 23 in Sioux Falls. Cancer in not involved. Thanks for any prayers for success and recovery. Pastor Dan

    There will be no pulpit supply on Easter Sunday as indicated on the calendar. Pastor Dan will lead us in services.

    GriefShare: Our next GriefShare session will be on Monday, April 8, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our topic this week will be on the question of “Why?” We will learn about sharing our feelings with God and why being honest with God is an expression of faith. We will also learn what God has to say to us about our “why” questions. Please feel free to join us!

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

    Living Stations of the Cross: People of all ages and faiths are invited to attend the Living Stations Of The Cross taking place on Sunday, April 14th at 6:30 PM at Holy Name Catholic Church, Rock Rapids. Relive Jesus’ final steps and prepare your hearts for Easter. A free-will donation will benefit Atlas of Lyon County.

    Thursday, April 18 is Maundy Thursday and will we worship together and observe Holy Communion at 6:30 PM.

    REGISTER FOR AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFE TIME! Crossroads & Northwest Iowa Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) are accepting applications for the upcoming weekend at the First Reformed Church in Hull, IA. TEC is an interdenominational three day Christian retreat designed to help high schoolers learn more about their faith and their community. The next TEC is June 28-30, 2019. If you would like to learn more about TEC or register, please visit www.CrossRoadsTEC.com/apply or www.NWIowaTEC.com/applications or email CrossRoadsTEC@gmail.com. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt & other special gifts. Scholarships are available upon request.

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

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

    Offerings Sunday 3-31-19 Offerings to 3-31-19 Budget to 3-31-19

    General Fund: $7,078.00 $77,087.47 $96,941.50

    Benevolent Fund: $810.00 $43,327.66 $44,890.95

    Building Fund: $5,783.25 $5,783.25 $32,250.01

    Sunday School Offering: March 31, 2019

    Last Year’s Attendance: 124 Last week's Attendance: 121

    Last Year’s Offering: $89.26 Last week's Offering: $101.75

    This Week’s Lesson: Unit 7 – April 7 – Joshua and Caleb/Rebellion of God’s People (Session 1)

    Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 7 – April 14 – The Bronze Snake/The Promise of God’s Salvation

    (Session2)

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY:

    1:30 pm Council of Churches

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

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

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

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

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

    9:30 am Joy Circle in room 345

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

    6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

    6:30 pm – JR RCYF

    6:30 pm – Hand Bells

    7:30 pm – Praise Team

    8:00 pm – SR RCYF

    THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

    7 pm Peace Circle in room 345

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

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:

    8 – 9:30 am Palm Sunday Breakfast served – All are welcome

    9:30 am - EASTER CANTATA!

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    Announcements for 3-24-19 Youth Sunday

    by: Valerie Sneller

    03/21/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    NISO: The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Spring Concert, The Organ: King of Instruments, on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Guest artist on the organ for the evening is MaryLou Wielenga. As in the past, this Spring Concert will also feature the announcement of the 2019-2020 Season of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Season tickets for next year will be offered that evening for a special discounted price. Advance tickets are available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

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

    The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with a generous grant from Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council will present a Guest Concert by Gaudete Brass on Saturday, April 13. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Advance tickets are available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu. Pre-Season tickets for the 2019-2020 Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will be offered that evening for a special discounted price.

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

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


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

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

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

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

    Sunday School Offering: March 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

    SUNDAY: YOUTH SUNDAY!

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

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

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

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

    9:15 am – Staff meeting with Val

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

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

    6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

    6:30 pm – JR RCYF

    6:30 pm – Hand Bells

    7:30 pm – Praise Team

    8:00 pm – SR RCYF

    THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

    6:30 pm – Night MOPS in the Youth Room

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

    SATURDAY:

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

    Baptisms

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

    Dave & Heather Springer

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    Family Activity Night Photos!

    by: Valerie Sneller

    03/14/2019

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

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

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    Announcements for 3-17-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    03/14/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    NISO: The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Spring Concert, The Organ: King of Instruments, on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Guest artist on the organ for the evening is MaryLou Wielenga. As in the past, this Spring Concert will also feature the announcement of the 2019-2020 Season of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Season tickets for next year will be offered that evening for a special discounted price. Advance tickets are available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

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

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

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

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

    Sunday School Offering: March 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

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

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

    8:30 am Bethesda in 345

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

    7:00 pm Circle of Kindness

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

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

    6:30 pm Grace Circle

    WEDNESDAY 9 -11 pm MOPS

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

    6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

    6:30 pm – JR RCYF

    6:30 pm – Hand Bells

    7:30 pm – Praise Team

    8:00 pm – SR RCYF

    THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

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

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

    First Reformed is hosting the Prom Meal

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY: YOUTH SUNDAY!

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

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    Announcements for 3-10-19

    by: Valerie Sneller

    03/07/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Hearing Devices Available: Are you having difficulty hearing the service? Our church has a hearing assistance system. If you are having difficulty hearing during the worship service and would like to try a receiver, please check at the sound booth at the back of the sanctuary or with Dave Hulstein.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sunday School Offering: March 3, 2019

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

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

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

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

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK

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

    3:15 pm – Health Center

    4:00 pm – Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)

    MONDAY:

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

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

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

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

    Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm

    WEDNESDAY 9:30 am Joy Circle in 345

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

    5:30 pm May Breakfast Committee Meeting in the Library

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

    6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

    6:30 pm – Girl’s League

    6:30 pm – Hand Bells

    7:30 pm – Praise Team

    8:00 pm – Guy’s Night

    THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm

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

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY: Pulpit Supply – John Hartog III

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