by: Valerie Sneller
- Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)
- Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)
- Lambert Van Olst (is currently in remission with leukemia)
- Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)
- Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to make progress in physical therapy)
- Anita Dieren (continues to recover from heart surgery)
- Greyson Austin (see prayer update below)
- Caden Wright (please pray for Caden to remain healthy as he returns to school)
- Janine De Bruin (continue to pray for healing after recent surgeries)
- Chuck Hoekstra (pray for healing and recovery from recent back surgery)
- Slate Stuerman, infant son of Scott & Kayla Stuerman (see prayer update below)
- Talen Anderson (pray for recovery from hernia surgery on August 18)
- Gerald Postma (had surgery for a pacemaker on August 19; pray for healing and recovery)
- Ethan Hoefert (had back surgery on August 24; pray for healing)
- Bonnie Muller, MaryAnn Van Aartsen’s daughter (recently diagnosed with cancer)
- George Schneidermann (recovering from open heart surgery on September 23)
- Jayme Van Wyhe (had double hip surgery on October 6; pray for healing & recovery)
*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Melissa Moser, (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt; continues to be treated for cancer and is experiencing a lot of fatigue), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (Arlene’s cancer has moved to her lungs; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), Trish Lombard, Tara Bouwman’s mother (recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer), Vicki Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (Vicki has finished her chemotherapy treatment; she is now getting a preventive treatment that will finish in November), and Gail Hartter, Eric Hartter’s mother (has had a reoccurrence of cancer).
Prayer Update: Slate Stuerman was discharged from the NICU at Avera Medical Center in Sioux Falls on Friday, October 2. He is home with his family and is doing well.
Prayer Update: Greyson Austin had a follow-up appointment at Mayo this past Monday. All of his blood work looked very good, and the scope that they did showed no signs of activity that would be a cause for alarm. More good news is that the doctor said if Greyson were to get COVID 19 he would not necessarily have to stop the Humira injections that he has been getting. That was a big relief to us as we were concerned that if he did get the virus, he would have to stop the injections which could lead to his body rejecting the drug when it was resumed.
Thank you, First Reformed Church, for your faithful prayers these past few years for Grey. We have felt God’s hand in all of this. Grey is now a senior in high school who has a strong faith and is loving life. –Mike & Carrie Austin
Congratulations to Claire Snyder and Newt Johnson who were united in marriage yesterday, Oct. 10 here at First Reformed Church. Claire is the daughter of Dan and Rhona Snyder.
Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Cody Hoefert, Jen and their family in the unexpected death of Cody’s mother, Celeste Mokros in Salem, SD last Sunday, October 4. Celeste’s funeral was Thursday, October 8 in Salem.
Sympathy: We wish to extend our sympathy to Marcus and Kristi Kahl and their family on the death of Marcus’ father, Lyle Kahl, on Sunday, October 4. Lyle’s funeral was held at our church this past Friday, October 9.
THANK YOU for all your prayers, thoughts and expressions of concern during my recent hospitalization for surgery, with a special thanks to Pastor Dan and Sue and to our care elders Fred and Sharon Tilstra for their contacts these past few weeks. The surgery was very successful. I am on a good path to recovery and look forward to rejoining our worship services soon. Prayers were answered. God is good! - George Schneidermann
Adult Choir Members & Friends! We will be starting choir practice/discussion following services in the sanctuary on October 18. The practice will last until approximately 11:30 am. Please bring your blue book or your folder to practice. We will be singing “Mighty God” on October 25. All are welcome to join.
Membership Class today in room 104 (9th Grade Classroom) immediately following worship.
NOMINATIONS FOR ELDER AND DEACON: Check your mailbox for nomination ballots and related information. Each communicant member can nominate two for Elder and three persons for Deacon. Please prayerfully consider this process as we enter a new season of life of the church. TODAY (October 11) IS THE DEADLINE TO TURN IN YOUR NOMINATIONS.
FRC Lost & Found: Please take time to look through the lost and found items in the church to retrieve anything that may be yours. (above the south coat rack) Anything left after today will be donated to ATLAS. Thank you
Attention All Care Elders! You are warmly invited to the Care Elders Fall Gathering on Tuesday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall! Mark your calendars for this evening of learning, fellowship, and sharing about our ministry as Care Elders. Our training for the evening will be, “Walk a Mile in My Shoes”/What Makes Christian Care Distinctive?” We will use social distancing, and we will have some “packaged” treats for you. See you on October 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall!
Common Ground & Girl’s League: The FRC Girl’s League will be serving at the Common Ground the 2nd Sunday of every month. They will have rolls available when they serve for a free-donation as a fundraiser to help cover their cost for projects and events.
Our Operation Christmas Child packing party is quickly approaching. Check out the table in the gathering space for supplies still needed. We will also need volunteers to help distribute the items at the packing party. Please let Amy Schulte know if you are interested. Thanks!
The JFA Annual Meeting Fall Auction has been changed to October 29 with dinner beginning at 6:00 pm at the Parkview Event Center – Rock Valley. Please RSVP for the fun event by Oct 22, 2020. Dinner will be catered by Uncle Ed’s and an offering will be taken for JFA ministry.
Inspiration Hills Live & Online Fall Auction: Friday, October 23rd 2020, doors open at 6:30 pm with the live & online auction beginning at 7:00 pm. Visit our website at www.inspirationhills.org to register for online bidding and viewing of the auction items.
The report from the Vision 2020 Committee has been released with their recommendations for how the Reformed Church should proceed into the future with its current conflicts. You can access it on the internet at https://www.rca.org/ or request a copy from the church office.
* Watch the website for additional updates and cancellations: rockrapidsfrc.org.
Nursery: The downstairs nursery is NOT staffed with volunteers but is open if you need a place to listen to the service and occupy your children. Thank you
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES: Bulletins are provided. We ask that your give your offering as you exit so that the money is not laying exposed in the plates during the service. We will continue to usher people in and out.
ALSO… please remember, social distancing should still be practiced by keeping group gatherings to small numbers depending on the room. We are asking that you call the church office to reserve a room. The rooms available include 345, the Children’s Center, and 107. We also ask that the tables, chairs and door handles be wiped down with wipes provided in each room. Please limit where you go in the building.
Offerings Sunday 10-4-20 Offerings to 10-4-20 Budget to 10-4-20
General Fund: $10,287.00 $252,099.36 $303,451.60
Benevolent Fund: $10,968.00 $138,546.51 $139,544.80
Building Fund: $20,000.00 $37,294.67 $63,156.00
Sunday School – 10/4/2020
Last Year’s Attendance: 140 Last week's Attendance: 84
Last Year’s Offering: $192.25 Last week's Offering: $239.00
*All events are subject to change
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
Sunday School -
Session 4: Daniel’s Dream/God’s Promise Sustains His People
MONDAY: 12:00 Noon Quarterback Club in the Fellowship Hall
2:30 – 5:00 pm Club 512
5 – 6:30 pm Midweek Meal will be served. All are welcome!
6:30 pm Girl’s League
6:15 pm Hand Bell practice
7:00 Praise Team Practice
8:00 pm Guy’s Night
FRIDAY: 8:00 am Men’s Bible Study in 345
SUNDAY: Sunday School –
Session 1 – Obadiah the Prophet/The Vision of Future Justice