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)
•Bonita Schwan, Norma Jansma’s daughter (serious health conditions and side effects from previous cancer surgeries)
•Lambert Van Olst (receiving treatments for leukemia)
•Karen De Noble, David De Noble’s mother (has been diagnosed with cancer; please pray for comfort as Karen goes through chemotherapy treatments)
•Graham Johnson, great-grandson of Don & Doris Calkins (Graham has returned home and is doing well thus far)
•Carol Groen (continues to be evaluated at Mayo Clinic regarding her lower back problems)
•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to make progress in physical therapy)
•Greyson Austin (doing well on Humira; pray for Greyson’s stamina to increase)
•Denise Roskam (pray for continued healing from cancer)
•Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD)
•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (has started chemotherapy for ovarian cancer)
•Ray Schram, Jeff Schram’s father (recently diagnosed with cancer on his leg)
•John Hulshof (was hospitalized and treated for blood clots; is now home; pray for John’s recovery)
*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer:Melissa Moser (Kathy Moser’s daughter-in-law), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt; continues to be treated for cancer and is experiencing a lot of fatigue), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (Arlene’s cancer has moved to her lungs; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), and Trish Lombard, Tara Bouwman’s mother (recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer).
SYMPATHY:We wish to extend our sympathy to Hyman and Arietta Beyenhof and to Betty Vanden Heuvel on the death of their nephew, Rev. Wilmer VerMeer, on December 15, 2019.Wilmer was a son of our church.A memorial service for Wilmer was held on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN.Condolences may be sent to Joyce VerMeer, 5950 West 130th Lane, Apt. 327, Savage, MN 55378-2691.Joyce’s phone number is 952-226-2217.
Thank you to all who assisted with the decorating or taking down of the decorations over the past months.
Thank you to everyone who made this year’s soup supper a HUGE success.We had volunteers onsite from 8am-8pm to make sure all ran smoothly!Thank you to those who donated items for the meal, helped prepare the meal, served and/or cleaned up. Finally, thank you to all who attended and/or supported our youth with your donation.Each of you are appreciated!!Cheryl Van Beek and the SR RCYF
Anniversary Wishes:During coffee break this morning cake will be served in honor of John and Ruth Van Aartsen's 70th Wedding Anniversary.Please join us as we celebrate this special occasion.The flowers in church this morning are in honor of their anniversary. ~ Congratulations from your children and grandchildren!
Adult Choir:The choir is starting to work on the Easter Cantata and the second half of the year.We would love to have anyone with a love of music come and share their talent with us.We meet in the choir room down the hall from the nursery after worship service.Please come and check us out if you are interested. ~ Thank you! Judy Gacke
Installation & Ordination:This morning we are installing newly elected Elders and Deacons. J.D. Hommes and Greg DeJong are our new Elders; Brad Baker, Jerry Pytleski, and Tait Anderson are our new deacons. Tait will also be ordained as Deacon.
CONSISTORY: We meet next week, Tuesday, January 14. Elders and Deacons separately at 6:30 PM and full Consistory at 7:30 PM.
Membership Class meets this morning after worship.
The Search Committee is up and running. Please pray for those on this team seeking to discern God’s direction for our future pastor: Steve Harman, Chairperson, Shari Kastein, Jeff Jager, Dan Van Beek, Chelsea Hunt, Joe Vander Zee, Mary Hoogers, Evan Metzger, Kathy Moser, Jen Hoefert, and Amy Schulte. They are currently working on completing a Church Profile, a resume of First Reformed Church. The next steps will include submitting the profile to the Reformed Church who will then match it with prospective candidates and send the search committee pastor’s profiles to review and evaluate. The search committee can also send FRC’s profile to prospective pastors they know of through networking and invite conversation. Once a pastoral candidate is narrowed down further interviews and conversation will be conducted with Consistory and groups within the congregation. At this time the congregation has opportunity to get to know and ask questions of the candidate in small group meetings. Ultimately it will be the Consistory who recommends and presents a candidate for pastor to the congregation to vote on. There could be variations on this process if there is any consideration of restructuring the staff. The search committee will be keeping us all informed as to where they are in the process and you can give input to any of the members as the journey unfolds.
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT with NISO in concert with the Texas Tenors, January 18, at 7:30 pm in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt University in Sioux Center, IA.NISO’s Celebrity Conductor Contest will be held in conjunction with this Concert.
*Please No Shaking Hands due to the cold and flu season.The upper respiratory and G.I. bugs are getting around.Thank you ~ The Rock Rapids Clinic
Offerings Sunday 1-5-19 Offerings to 1-5-19 Budget to 1-5-19
General Fund: $5,675.00 $5,675.00 $7,586.29
Benevolent Fund: $4,832.00 $4,832.00 $3,488.62
Building Fund: $140.00 $140.00 $1,578.85
Sunday School Offering & Attendance
Last year’s attendance: 106 Last year’s offering: $117.25
Last week’s attendance: 93 Last week’s offering: $174.00
Sunday School Lessons:
January 12:Session 2 – Elijah at Mount Carmel/Signs of God’s Presence
January 19:Session 3 – Elijah and Elisha/The Visions of God’s Strength
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
Installation of Elders and Deacons during am services
5:00 pm – Moms in Prayer – College & Career Group
Consistory Meetings:Elders – 6:30 pm; Deacons – 6:30; Joint meeting – 7:30 pm
9-11 am MOPS
6:30 pm Regular Wednesday Night Activities (5th grade to Premier Estates)
Memory Work:Psalm 139:1-20
6:30 pm Jr RCYF
6:30 pm Hand Bell Choir
7:30 pm Praise Team
8:00 pm Sr RCYF
7:00 pm 7:00 pm Walk in Love Circle 345
8:00 am- Men’s Bible study in the conference room