by: Valerie Sneller
Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Missy (Michelle) Perkins (hospitalized at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls and is recovering from recent 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), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is recovering at home), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), and Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith and Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (see prayer update).
*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).
Update on Greyson: Greyson needed to return to Mayo as he didn’t seem to be progressing well. After tests there, they determined he has pancreatitis. They are treating with pancreatic enzymes. Please pray that this will help heal the inflammation. Thanking you again for your care and prayers. ~ Marlene Mellema and families
Thank You to everyone who upheld Mitch and our family in prayer before, during and after Mitch’s shoulder surgery. Thank you also for the meals, cards and visits. We appreciate your thoughtful kindness. ~ Blessings, The Van Beeks, Keith, Cheryl and Mitch
Thank You for all your prayers and cards during my recent surgery and recovery. A special thank you to Mary Hoogers and Sue Haggar for their visits. ~ Jeff Van Veldhuizen
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
MEMBERSHIP CLASS starts today after worship in Room 200. We still have room if you did not sign up. Join us to learn about what it means to make profession of faith.
CONSISTORY: Reminder we meet Monday, January 21.
Grace Circle: Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30 pm, Grace Circle will meet at Marlene Mellema’s condo (3rd one on the west # 105). You may pay for your book “True Spirituality” at our meeting. Let’s begin the new year with everyone present! J
ATLAS OPEN HOUSE! Where? the ATLAS Ministry Center 113 First Avenue Rock Rapids (former Modern Home Store building) When? Held Thursday, January 10th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm and Friday, January 11th from 9:30 am to 11:00 am Why? See what God is doing in your backyard mission and learn about/sign-up for opportunities to serve! To God Be The Glory…Great Things He Has Done!
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT: Piano Dreamer, January 26, at 7:30 PM in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Composer, pianist, and conductor Jan Mulder will be joining the orchestra as guest artist for the evening. NISO’s Celebrity Conductor Contest will be held in conjunction with this Concert. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dordt College’s Andreas Center will host song and modern-day hymn writer Sandra McCracken on Monday, February 4th as part of our First Mondays Speaker Series. This event and the series is free (though RSVP is necessary for the concert).
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY to be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Larchwood. The course will run from Sunday, Feb. 3rd-Sunday, March 31st (April 7th will be a make-up date). The class will be from 4-5:30 PM. Cost of the course is $109/household; checks can be made payable to CFE (Center for Financial Education); cash payments also accepted. We need a minimum of 10 households registered to have this class. You can register here: https://www.fpu.com/1083055. Please contact Josh Feucht (605-261-6768) with any questions/payments. Once payment has been received, you’ll receive an ID number to set up your online membership. We look forward to seeing you!
CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Crossroads Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is accepting applications for the upcoming weekend at the Reformed Church of Steen in Steen, Minnesota. TEC is an interdenominational three day Christian retreat/lock-in designed to help high schoolers learn more about their faith and their community. The next TEC is Friday February 15 through Sunday February 17, 2019. If you would like to learn more about TEC or register, please visit www.CrossroadsTEC.com/apply or email CrossroadsTEC@gmail.com. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt, meals & other special gifts. Scholarships are available upon request. Crossroads TEC is also looking for adults with a passion for ministering to teens to help make the weekend a success.
If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 4 years old you could qualify for a FREE center-based program through Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Head Start. For more information contact 1-800-859-2025. Give your child a “Head Start” in education. Early Head Start is taking applications for the FREE resource Program serving pregnant women and children under the age of 3. For more information contact 1-800-859-2025 for this supportive program.
Offerings Sunday 1-6-19 Offerings to 1-6-19 Budget to 1-6-19
General Fund: $2,991.00 $2,991.00 $7,595.50
Benevolent Fund: $5,599.00 $5,599.00 $3,453.15
Building Fund: $350.00 $350.00 $2,480.77
Sunday School Offering: January 6, 2019
Last Year’s Attendance: 116 Last week's Attendance: 108
Last Year’s Offering: $324.00 Last week's Offering: $117.25
This Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – Joseph Explained Dreams (Session 2)
Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 – Joseph Saved His Family (Session 3)
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
SUNDAY: Becca Roskam Testimonial and Spaghetti meal at noon
in the fellowship hall. Free-Will Offering
MONDAY: Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 5:00 pm
6:30 pm Grace Circle at Marlene Mellema’s home
(see the announcements for directions and more information on the lesson)
Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm
9 -11 MOPS
Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 6:30 pm & 8:00 pm
6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities
6:30 pm – Girl’s League
6:30 pm – Hand Bells
7:30 pm – Praise Team
8 pm – Guy’s Night
Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm
Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 7:00 am
8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room
SUNDAY: Nursing Home Services (all are welcome to assist)
3:15 pm Health Center
4:00 pm Care Initiatives (Lyon Manor)