by: Valerie Sneller
Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Mary Vermeer (currently at the Rock Rapids Health Center for therapy), Dennis Altman (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (hospitalized last week for myocarditis which is an inflammation of the heart muscle; able to return home but with restrictions), Asher Menning (continue to pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord does not re-tether), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith and Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (recovering from colon surgery), Rosemary Harman (Steve Harman’s mother), Russell Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father (recovering from surgery), and Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD).
*Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie & Donna Kwikkel’s son), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), and Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt).
Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to the family of Frances Weerheim regarding the death of Frances on October 22. The funeral for Frances is planned for Monday, October 29, at 2:00 p.m. here at First Reformed Church. The visitation for Frances will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday at our church.
Thank You: Words cannot express how thankful we are to everyone for your kindness during Donna’s illness. Your love and support meant so much to her and to all of us this past year. We appreciate all of you. --The family of Donna Hulshof
Thank You: We would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, memorials and food we received in the loss of my mom, Gert Van Roekel. Special thanks to her care elder Dayna Altman for all of your visits and also to Pastor Dan and Sue for all of your help. We have been so thankful for how our congregation has supported mom since she moved to Rock Rapids and feel truly blessed. ~ Laurine & Don Gerritsen
Baptism: This morning we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy baptism with the De Wit family as they are baptizing Feanix Jerel. God’s blessings on the Joel De Wit family.
Just a Reminder! Change your clocks next week! It’s that time of year again folks! Time to “Fall Back” and turn your clocks back 1 hour next weekend.
Nominations for Elders and Deacons who will be selected at a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 25 include: Elders (selecting 2): Bob Tilstra, Randy Grooters, Shari Kastein, and Jerry Pytleski; Deacons:(selecting 3) Matt Kock, Jeff Jager, Steve Harmon, Dale Jansma, Nick Beyenhof, Bryce Hunt and Mike Pulsher. If anyone has any scriptural reason any of these candidates should not be on Consistory please inform Pastor Dan or on of our current elders. Let us all be in prayer for the process of selection.
It’s Operation Christmas Child time again! There are many opportunities for you to get involved: you can pack a shoebox or two on your own (shoeboxes are available in the gathering space), you can donate items for our packing party (sign-up sheet available in the gathering space), you can volunteer during collection week, or you can do all three! Each box has the potential not only to change a child’s life for eternity, but an entire family and sometimes community. Please see Amy Schulte for more details.
A GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” seminar will be offered at our church on Thursday, November 15, 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 for this seminar contact Sue Haggar at 472-3729.
Come learn about Kingdom Boundaries Aftercare, get updates to what is happening during the last year, and find out what’s being looked into for the future. Monday, October 29th, 5:30 – 8 pm. Carmel Reformed Church, 2801 360th Street, Rural Rock Valley, IA 51247. Fellowship time and silent auction: 5:30-6:30 pm. Dinner, testimonials, and a ministry update: 6:30-8 pm. Please RSVP Rhonda at 605-695-0059 or email www.kingdomboundaries.org/events/
Center of Hope in Sioux Falls invites you to attend their fun-filled Fall Benefit Saturday, Nov 10, 5:30-8:30 pm, at Sioux Falls Christian Schools. We will have a wonderful time celebrating what God has done this past year, hear how a life was affected through the Center of Hope and support the ministry through giving at our Live and Silent Auction. We hope to see you there! Tickets are $10 per person over age 12 and are available 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.
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will open its season, “Orchestral Celebration,” with a concert on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. NISO’s program includes Prelude to Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck; Hans Christian Andersen Suite by
principal conductor, Christopher Stanichar featuring Deborah Greenblatt on the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish instrument; Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Grieg; and Finlandia by Sibelius. 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.
You are invited to a Soup & Pie Supper Wednesday, November 14, serving from 5-7 PM at Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids. Soups, hot sandwiches, pie, cheesecake, bars will be served for free will offering. Raffle items this year include Chamber certificates, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort package, and a handmade quilt by Clara George. Proceeds benefit parish programs. Sponsored by St. Catherine's Society, Holy Name Catholic Church.
Offerings Sunday 10-21-18 Offerings to 10-21-18 Budget to 10-21-18
General Fund: $9,800.75 $231,457.91 $289,706.52
Benevolent Fund: $6,311.00 $131,975.23 $138,182.52
Building Fund: $0.00 $41,585.74 $100,333.38
Sunday School Offering: October 21, 2018
Last Year’s Attendance: 110 Last week's Attendance: 97
Last Year’s Offering: $99.75 Last week's Offering: $141.00
This Week’s Lesson: Oct 28 – Session 1 – God’s Covenant with Abraham
Next Week’s Lesson: Nov 4 – Session 2 – Abraham & Isaac
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm
Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm
Moms in Prayer-traditional group-6:30pm and 8:00pm
6:30-7:30 pm – Trunk or Treat Youth Family Event
6:30pm- Hand Bell Practice
7:30pm- Praise Team Practice
Grandmas in Prayer-12:15pm
Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am
8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room
SATURDAY: 2:00 pm Hospice Memorial Service