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 (is now 4 lbs and 2 months old; family is grateful for ongoing prayers)
•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)
•Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (continues to experience some improvement; is now working on another round of physical therapy goals)
•Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke)
•Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).
•Missy Perkins (currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center)
•Greyson Austin (see prayer update below)
•Denise Roskam (see prayer update below)
•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (see prayer update below)
•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)
•Judy Knigge, Audra Klinkenborg’s mother (dealing with several health issues)
*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), Arlene Sterler, Robbie Korthals’ mother (recently fell and fractured her leg; currently has several spots on her leg that are cancerous; pray for Arlene’s doctors to have wisdom as they care for her), and Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma).
Prayer Updates:Denise Roskam has finished her treatments for cancer.Please continue to pray for her healing.Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister, has started her chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer.
Update on Greyson Austin:Greyson continues to do well on Humira.He is completely off the steroids, for which we are thankful.His appetite is good, and he is slowly getting back into shape.His stamina is not so good since he was bedridden so long.He has started using a fitbit and is counting the steps each day.We are so thankful for all the prayers from Rock Rapids.What a blessing to be part of a praying community.Even though Carrie and I have been gone for over 30 years, we still feel that Rock Rapids is a “home” to us.Thanks again for all the cards and prayers. ~ Mike and Carrie Austin, Dell Rapids, S.D.
Sympathy:We wish to extend our sympathy to Tom and Sheryl Bouwman and their family on the death of Sheryl’s father, John Gerber, on October 11, 2019.John’s funeral was held last Wednesday, October 16, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, IA.
Thank You for your prayers and support this last year during my surgeries and recent treatments! I am humbled by all the cards, food, hugs, and many acts of kindness.You have blessed me through some very anxious days!! I have completed my treatments for now and am waiting on the next step.Please pray for continued healing and for no more cancer!! ~ Rich & Denise Roskam and families
NOMINATION BALLOTS DUE TODAY! Please fill out your nominations for Elder and Deacon and place them in the box by the mailboxes. Thank you.
Women's Ministry Executive Committee will meet on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 345.Please find the agenda for the meeting in your church mailbox.
To All Care Elders:Our Care Elder Fall Gathering will be held on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.Our program for the evening will be “What Is Your Story?”We will explore the importance of your personal faith journey and how to share your faith journey with your Care Group members!We will also have some delicious snacks for you to enjoy and some time to share with your fellow Care Elders.We hope to see YOU on October 22!
MEMBERSHIP CLASS:Pastor Dan is going to hold a “Membership Class” on Wednesday nights.Participating in the class does not require you to join the church and can be a time to explore and ask questions.Please let me know is you are interested in attending. ~ Pastor Dan
Hope Haven’s 55th Annual Society Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Hope Haven in Rock Valley beginning at 5:00 pm.Society members will have the opportunity to elect Board members, review recent audits and budgets, and receive the annual report on the ministry of Hope Haven.Hope Haven is a society owned agency; therefore, you are encouraged to exercise your membership and become involved in the business of Hope Haven.
Save the Date! Center of Hope in Sioux Falls invites you to attend their fun-filled Fall Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Sioux Falls Christian Schools. We will have a wonderful time celebrating what God has done this past year and sharing about the changes coming in 2020.We are looking forward to seeing you there! Tickets are $10 per person over age 12 and are available at by phone at 605-334-9789 or on our website at www.centerofhopesf.org. ALL proceeds will benefit the ministry of the Center of Hope. We are thankful for the generous corporate support from Sammons Financial Group and First Premier Bank in covering the evening’s expenses.
It’s Operation Christmas Child time again! We are still looking for a few supplies for our packing party. Please visit the table in the gathering space to see what you can donate. You are also encouraged to pack a box (or two!) on your own. Boxes and brochures are available in the gathering space. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry that makes an eternal impact on kids, families and communities all around the world.
Church Pictorial Directory Information
We invite members and all those who regularly attend First Reformed and are not officially members to have your picture taken and put in the Pictorial Directory.
LifeTouch was here week before last.Thank you to all you participated in the photo sessions!There are still some photo sessions available on Tuesday – Wednesday, Oct 22 and Oct 23.Call the church office or use the link on our website to sign up for a session.
For those who are signed up for a photo session, here is some additional information:
Will take approximately 1 hour (1/2 hour for photo shoot and ½ hour for viewing and selecting photos). The photo shoot time will be for the directory but there is an option for a fun photo, baby pictures, pictures of the children, etc. if you wish
Photos may be submitted if you are unable to attend a photo shoot.
Sunday School Offering:Oct. 13, 2019
Last Year’s Attendance:126 Last week's Attendance:113
Last Year’s Offering:$131.75Last week's Offering:$200.25
Sunday School Lessons:
Unit 11:October 20:Session:2 David Showed Mercy/A Fugitive Spares His Rival
Unit 11: October 27:Session:3 God’s Servant with David/A Servant Receives God’s Promise
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
SUNDAY:Care Center Services (3:15 pm-Health Center & 4 pm Lyon Manor)
7 pm Uninvited Bible study in the youth room
NOON – Quarterback Club in the fellowship hall
7:00 pm Circle of Kindness
7:00 pm Women’s Executive Committee Meeting in 345
Directory Photos resume Tuesday (22nd) and Wednesday (23rd)
7:00 pm Care Elder Fall Gathering in the Fellowship Hall
WEDNESDAY:5:45 pm All-Church Meal
(Glenda H, Amy Sieperda, Robin H, & Kay W – helpers)
6:30 pm Wednesday Night Activities
-Memory Work:Psalm 139:4-6
(5th grade to Premier Estates)
6:30 pm Hand Bells
6:30 pm JR RCYF
7:30 pm Praise Team
8:00 pm SR RCYF
8:00 am- Men’s Bible study in the conference room