Announcements for 3-5-23
We are hiring! Gary and Karen are retiring. Cheryl is changing job roles to Adult Discipleship Director. We are looking for a church custodian and a youth director. If you would like more information on either of these positions, please contact Jammie at the Church office or Cheryl Van Beek. If you are interested in applying, please submit the application form available at the church office along with your resume and a cover letter.
Adult Discipleship Opportunities:
Adult Sunday School: join us for the spring Adult Sunday school, March 2-April 30. We will watch and discuss The Chosen, season 1, the first-ever multi-series TV show of the life of Christ. We will watch it together on Thursdays at 9:30 am starting March 2nd in the sanctuary. If that doesn't work for you, please watch it on your own time! After church on Sundays, we will discuss each episode. Make sure to bring your bible! Nursery will be available on Sundays. To watch it yourself simply download The Chosen app on your smart phone or smart TV for free!
Parenting Class: “Equipping our Children for Battle”; Protect their Minds, Bodies, and Hearts. Will be held on Wednesdays after the family meal on March 15,22 and 29. 530-630pm. Nursery is available. Please sign up in the Gathering Space.
Prison Ministry Opportunity: Join us for worship with Cornerstone Prison Church Friday, March 31. You must be 18 years or older. You must complete a waiver and background check and return to Valerie Lenderink by Sunday, March 5. Questions, ask Valerie Lenderink, firstname.lastname@example.org 314-637-8383.
What is Rocky Mountain High?
Rocky Mountain High is a Youth Retreat for 9-12th students that is hosted by the Synod of the Heartland.
This event is held every 3 years in Estes Park, Colorado. This year the dates are July 22-26 (we realize this is part of “dead-week”, we would love to work around your family’s vacation plans as needed). We highly encourage all high school students to attend! Please see the registration information below for more details. The out- of- pocket cost per student is $200 (there are scholarships available). We will fundraise the remaining cost. Please contact Cheryl Van Beek if you have any questions.
Rocky Mountain High Registrations Opened Feb 1. Deadline to register is April 1. Here is the link https://brushfire.com/synodyouth/rockymountainhigh/537636/register.
Ask Cheryl Van Beek for access codes.
Thank you to First Reformed Church for giving so generously to the Cherish Center and Cherish House baby bottle fundraiser. We collected $1460.45!
~TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES- We are currently experiencing problems with our land-line phone calling tree. If you would like to get prayer chains and other announcements through text messaging to a cell phone or an email, please call the church office. 712-472-3729. We are working to fix the current problem with the land-line messaging and hope to have it working again soon!
-On April 2nd our Women’s Ministry will be serving a breakfast from 8-9:15am. The menu is breakfast pizza and fruit. So please consider joining us before worship.
Club 512 Volunteers for 3-8-23
Games: 1st & 2nd 3rd&4th 5th&6th
Snacks: Jan Spyksma Meal Helpers: Tracy Arnold, Glenda Hellenga, Audra Klinkenborg,
Lisa VandeStouwe Randy Bosch, April DeWit & Amy Sieperda
Nursery: Ashlyn Murray Nursing Home Chaperone: Merlin Groen
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy,
blot out my transgressions.”- Psalm 51:1
Condolences to Shannon Klarenbeek & family for the loss of her mom, Charlotte Wood.
Please pray for…..
Jan Spyksma Judy Netten
Denise Roskam JoAnn Douglas
Hermina Gerritsen Betty Vanden Heuvel
Karen Flier Sherri Weerheim
Lorelei Reynolds (Laureen Schram’s sister) Bonnie Wilson (Blair Wilson’s mom)
Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law) Greyson Austin (Marlene Mellema’s grandson)
Roger Van Maanen (Heather Van Wyhe’s dad) Sandra Smith (Laurie David’s mom) cancer
Karen DeNoble (Dave DeNoble’s mom) Bob & Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthal’s parents)
Lora Puttmann (Kellie Menning’s mom) Nancy Aaker (Shari Kastein’s mom)
Jody Kooiman (Gordy & Sue Faber’s niece) chemo Kathy Kunze
Mandie Sprock (Marilyn Mammenga’s daughter)
Remembering our Nursing Home, Assisted Living & Senior Living Residents:
Ruth Van Aartsen Edna Jongerius Hermina Gerritsen
Lucille Smit Wilma DeRoo Pam Foster
Chris Vonk Doris Calkins Missy Perkins
Harriet Hoff JoEllen Sorgdrager Pearl Folkens
Lloyd Hoefert Joyce Mellema
- Parenting your Parents’ Workshop- March 13th @ 6:30pm
-Lyon County Health Nurse will speak on “Becoming the Caregiver” &
-Dr. Shawn Scholten will speak on “Caring for the Mental Health of Your Aging Parent and Self as Caregiver”
- Grief Share beginning on April 3rd @ 6:30pm
Thank you for the cards, gifts, texts and many expressions of sympathy extended to us and our family during mom’s hospital & then hospice stay and following her passing. Special thanks to Amy Ryals, Pastor Steve, Pastor Dan & Sue Haggar and Anita Dieren, our care elder. Also thank you to the ladies group who helped server the funeral meal and to Ev Breuer for the delicious cakes! We are blessed to belong to such a caring congregation! ~JD & Lesa Hommes Family, & extended family of Joyce Hommes
The March Bridge is now available in the clear boxes next to the mailboxes.
Church office hours: 9-1 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday from 9-12.
*Bulletin announcements need to be to the office by Thursday at 11am for the Sunday bulletin
*The 2023 church directories are available! If you would like a copy please contact the church office email@example.com or 712-472-3729. Thanks!
FIRST REFORMED CHURCH
March 5, 2023 at 9:30am
Prelude: Shout To The Lord
WE APPROACH GOD
Mission Minute: Arise Ukraine Video
Ministry of Music: Cherub Choir
Word of God Speak
WE HEAR GODS WORD
(4 & 5 year-olds may exit for Children & Worship)
Scripture: Acts 8: 26-40
Message: God Cares About the One
WE RESPOND TO GOD
Closing song: Be Thou My Vision
(6th grade & below may exit for Sunday School)
Closing song: Be Thou My Vision v.4
Mission statement: “TO SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS”
Serving us this week 3-5-23
MINISTRY OF MUSIC- Cherub Choir
NURSERY- Jen & Ellie Hoefert
COMMON GROUND (before worship)- Joel & Katie Vis
COFFEE BREAK (following worship)- Shawn & Heather Van Wyhe
SUNDAY SCHOOL NURSERY- Ella Jager
SUNDAY SCHOOL COOKIES- Karen Reemts
SUNDAY SCHOOL PRAYER LEADER- Lisa Vande Stouwe
CHILDREN & WORSHIP- Leader: Brenda Van Hofwegen Greeter: Mali Kellenberger
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER- Pastor Steve
CHILDRENS MESSAGE LEADER- Pastor Steve
SOUND SYSTEM- Matt Kock
VIDEO TAPING- Randy Bosch
PROCLAIM PRESENTER- Olivia Lyman
MEDICAL ASSISTANT- Scott Hunt
*THE LOOSE OFFERING- Benevolent Fund
Serving us next week 3-12-23
MINISTRY OF MUSIC- Handbells
NURSERY- Joel & Katie Vis Family
COMMON GROUND (before worship)- Girls League
COFFEE BREAK (following worship)- Girls League
SUNDAY SCHOOL NURSERY- Rachel Eckenrod
SUNDAY SCHOOL COOKIES- Dayna Altman
SUNDAY SCHOOL PRAYER LEADER- Joel Vis
CHILDREN & WORSHIP- Leader: Jen Lincecum Greeter: Emory & Alexis L.
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER- Billy Kirch
CHILDRENS MESSAGE LEADER- Pastor Steve
SOUND SYSTEM- Keith Van Beek
VIDEO TAPING- Justin Groen
PROCLAIM PRESENTER- Kadence Boender
MEDICAL ASSISTANT- April De Wit
*THE LOOSE OFFERING- General Fund
Sunday School 2-26-23
Last Year’s Attendance: 94 Last Week’s Attendance: 76
Last Year’s Offering: $105.00 Last Week’s Offering: $101.00
Sunday School lesson: Session 2: Letters to the Seven Churches/ The Redeemer Calls His People Toward
The Chosen Discussion: Fellowship Hall following worship
3-8pm Worship @ Freedom’s Gate Church
6:30-8pm Young Women’s bible study *Rm 345*
9:30am Joy Circle *Rm 345
10am Staff Meeting
3:30-5pm Club 512 *note time change*
5-6:15pm Midweek Meal *everyone is welcome* (Baked Ziti)
6:30pm Jr. RCYF
6:30pm Girls League
8pm Guys Night
9:30 The Chosen- viewing event *sanctuary*
7pm Peace Circle *Rm 345*
8am Men’s Bible Study
Sunday School Lesson: Session 3: Before the Throne/The Redeemer is Worshipped
March 19: NO SUNDAY SCHOOL *due to TEC at the church*
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