by: Ashley Pena
Welcome to Jay Wielenga is a native of Rock Rapids and 1st Reformed Church. He’s a 1978 graduate of Central Lyon and 1982 graduate of Northwestern College. After working in higher education and sales and marketing in private business, in 1995, Jay began working in the Advancement office at Northwestern where he currently serves as Vice President. He and his wife Rosalyn (Halma), an Inwood native, have two adult children, Aaron in Sioux Falls and Leah in Holland, MI.
-We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Greta Hommes who died on Friday, November 6, at Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids. Greta was a long-time member here at First Reformed Church. The funeral for Greta was held on Tuesday, November 10, here at our church.
-We extend our sympathy to Mary Hoogers on the death of her brother, Niclas Wolterstorff, on Saturday November 7, at his home is Sioux Center, Iowa. Niclas’ funeral was on Saturday, November 14, at Faith Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center.
“Surviving the Holidays” is coming! A GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” seminar will be offered here at First Reformed Church on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, from 6:45-8:45 p.m. This seminar is helpful and encouraging for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. It features practical suggestions and gives reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death. Topics to be discussed include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about traditions, how to survive social events, and where to find comfort and strength. For more information and/or to register contact Sue Haggar at the church office (472-3729). There is no charge for this seminar, and participants will receive a helpful booklet about the information shared.
NOTE THE CHANGE: Our 18th Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal is set for Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020. DUE TO COVID 19 recommendations this year will be DELIVERY ONLY. Please remember to call the Chamber (472-3456) or Church Office (472-3729) to order your meals. Check the gathering space for sign-up sheets for ways you and your family can help. Note: We still need pies, salads and coolers.
Thank You: Sue and I want to express our sincere thanks to the Consistory and all those who shared expressions and gifts of appreciation to us during Pastor Appreciation Month. As we near the end of our careers in the church it is extra meaningful to have you share your thoughts and feelings with us. Sincerely, Pastor Dan
Vacation Pastor Dan and Sue will be on vacation November 12-16.
Club 512 Volunteers for November 18:
1st/2nd Alex Lyman 3rd/4th Emerson Kelderman 5th/6th Bucky Thomas
Kyla Kruger Paige Dieren Cael Schulte
Emma Baker Gabe Schulte
Nursery Snacks Midweek Meal
3:15 – 4:45 pm Kay Wynia Linda Jansma Glenda Hellenga 4:15 – 5:15 pm Doris Schneidermann Peggy Metzger Audra Klinkenborg
The following have been nominated for the positions of Elder and Deacon for 2021: Elder nominees: Scott Sieperda, Shari Kastein, Dave Hulstein, and Nate Schulte. (John Metzger and Dwayne Postma, retiring elders, are submitting their names to the selection for a second term which our bylaws allow). Deacon nominees: Jeff Jager, Bryce Hunt, Curt Dieren, Nate Schulte, Jerry Mulder, Nick Beyenhof, Lance Iwen, Mike Klarenbeek, and Brandon Lenderink. (If not selected Elder, Nate Schulte will be up for Deacon). We will publish these names for three weeks. If anyone has evidence of any Biblical grounds any of these person should not be on Consistory please inform one of the Elders.
Task Force Meeting Recommendations: *Please call the church office (472-3729) to reserve a room. *Please remember, social distancing should still be practiced. We also ask that the tables, chairs and door handles be wiped down with wipes provided in each room./9*+
- Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s disease)
- Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to work effectively)
- Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to make progress in physical therapy)
- Greyson Austin (family asks for prayers while waiting for a second surgery in the future)
- Caden Wright (please pray for Caden to remain healthy as he attends school)
- Chuck Hoekstra (pray for healing and recovery from recent back surgery)
- Gerald Postma (had surgery for a pacemaker on August 19; pray for healing and recovery)
- 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: Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt; recent tests showed that Marilyn’s cancer has grown a small amount; treatment now includes a new type of drug). Melissa Moser, (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law) Melissa will be going to Iowa City for liver surgery on November 13 due to spreading of pancreatic cancer in her body. Please pray for the doctors, her and the family as this will be long recovery. Karen De Noble (David De Noble’s mother, please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments) 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, 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).
SERMON POINTS TO PONDER
Synonyms for Legacy
3 Legacy Myths
Who invested in my spiritual legacy?
What verses/stories/songs are part of my legacy?
Sunday 11-08-20 YTD Offerings YTD Budget
General Fund: $ 11466.00 $286,315.86 $341,383.05
Benevolent Fund: $ 1050.00 $159,104.47 $156,987.90
Building Fund: $ 0 $42,380.49 $71,048.25
SUNDAY: Sunday School- Unit 18, Session 1: Esther Saved Her People/God Saves His People Through a Queen
7 pm Moms in Prayer: Traditional
MONDAY: 12:00 Noon Quarterback Club in the Fellowship Hall
5:15 pm Moms in Prayer: College & Careers
OCC HOURS: 2-4pm
12:00 pm Moms in Prayer: Traditional
OCC HOURS: 1130AM-130AM
WEDNESDAY: 5:30 pm Moms in Prayer: Traditional
2:30 – 5:00 pm Club 512
5:00 – 6:30 pm Midweek Meal will be served. All are welcome!
6:30 pm JR RCYF
6:15 pm Hand Bell practice
6:30 pm Elders and Deacons Meet /Full Consistory at 7:00pm
7:00 pm Praise Team Practice
8:00 pm SR RCYF
OCC HOURS: 6-9PM
THURSDAY: 1:00 pm Grandmas in Prayer
7:00 pm Peace Circle
OCC HOURS: 10AM-NOON
FRIDAY: 8:00 am Men’s Bible Study in 345
SATURDAY: OCC HOURS: 10AM-NOON
SUNDAY: Sunday School –7:00 pm Moms in Prayer: Traditional
Sunday School- Unit 18, Session 2: The Walls Rebuilt/God Protects His People through a Cupbearer
OCC HOURS: 1-4PM