by: Valerie Sneller
Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis; recovering at home), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Twilla Hoekstra (recovering from surgery), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Joe & Meredith VanderZee’s nephew (recovering from colon 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: Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie & Donna Kwikkel’s son), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), and Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt).
A Note of Praise! – Russell Carver, Rachelle Johnsen’s father, is adjusting to having only one kidney. Russell’s doctors have given him the “all clear” that he is cancer free! Russell continues to feel better each day, and he is able to live a healthy life.
Prayer Update: Tanner Lincecum had a follow-up appointment with his surgeon and also had an MRI done on November 5 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Overall it was a good appointment in that all looks to be stable. Tanner has been headache free up to this point, and this is a huge blessing. Our continued prayer is that Tanner’s lumbar shunt will work longer than his doctors predict and that it will continue to keep the fluid balanced in his brain with no complications. Thank you to all for the prayers and support. –The Lincecum family
Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Steve and Jessica Harman and their family on the death of Steve’s mother, Rosemary Harman, on November 2, 2018. Rosemary’s funeral was held this past Friday, November 9, at First Reformed Church in Hull.
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, Matt Kock, and Jerry Pytleski; Deacons:(selecting 3) Matt Kock, Jeff Jager, Steve Harman, Dale Jansma, Nick Beyenhof, Bryce Hunt and Mike Pulscher. If anyone has any scriptural reason any of these candidates should not be on Consistory please inform Pastor Dan or one of our current elders. Let us all be in prayer for the process of selection.
Due to personal reasons, Shari Kastein has removed her name from nomination for Elder. Matt Kock replaces her on the ballot. Matt is also nominated for deacon and if not selected for elder will also continue on the ballot for deacon.
Care Center Services: First Reformed Church leads the worship services this afternoon at the Health Care Center at 3:15 pm and Lyon Manor at 4:00 pm. You are invited to come and help bring residents to the service and assist them with hymnbooks.
Thank you to those of you who have supplied roasts for our November 28 meal already. We are still looking for a few more. If you have an abundance in your freezer and would like to share with us, please talk to Amy Schulte or Katie Boender. And, as always, everyone is invited to our midweek meals. This month, they are November 14 and November 28. See you there!
Operation Christmas Child: We are looking forward to our Packing Party this Wednesday, November 14. All are invited. Supper will begin at 5:45 PM with the packing party to follow. If you are coming, please consider writing a letter (including your email address) and a photo to include in your box, though it’s not required. ALSO…there is still time to pack your own box. There are empty boxes in the gathering space for you to use. A small gift can have a huge, eternal impact not only on the child who receives it, but also on their family and community. The kids who receive a shoebox gift go through a discipleship program which teaches them to share the Good News throughout their communities. A shoebox gift is so much more than what is physically inside. Completed boxes are due back to church next Sunday, November 18th before the worship service. We will be dedicating the boxes at that time.
A GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” seminar will be offered at our church this coming 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.
THANKSGIVING MEAL: We are once again offering a Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at noon. We have sign-up sheets in the gathering space on the information table for you. We will be in need of people to donate pies & salads, volunteer in one of two shifts and to deliver meals. If you would like to contribute in one of these ways we would like you to sign-up before November 18, 2018. We would love for you to join us and enjoy the meal, fellowship, and give thanks to the Lord. If you have any questions you can contact Justin Groen, Brent Hofmeyer, Nettie Roskam, or Leona Vanden Top. Thank You!!!
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.
It’s a “Swap and Shop” Silent Auction at the Women’s Connection on Wednesday, November 14 @ 9:15 am in the Senior Center of the Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. No offering will be received this month so you can buy goodies. There will be lots of home baked items and “White Elephants”! The inspirational message is “Life’s Many Detours” by Dolly Smitselar. Brunch is $4.00. Reservations are necessary! Call Winifred at 470-5549 or Bertha at 476-2583 if you would like to come!!
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 11-4-18 Offerings to 11-4-18 Budget to 11-4-18
General Fund: $5,475.00 $246,499.91 $303,502.08
Benevolent Fund: $13,529.00 $145,779.23 $144,762.64
Building Fund: $5,405.00 $46,990.74 $105,111.16
Sunday School Offering: November 4, 2018
Last Year’s Attendance: 114 Last week's Attendance: 127
Last Year’s Offering: $103.50 Last week's Offering: $622.00
This Week’s Lesson: Nov 11 – Session 3 – Isaac and Rebekah
Next Week’s Lesson: Nov 18 – Session 4 – God’s Promise to Isaac
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
SUNDAY: Care Center Services (All are welcome!)
Health Center at 3:15 pm and Lyon Manor at 4:00 pm
Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm
Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm
Special Classis Meeting
WEDNESDAY 9:30 am Joy Circle
Moms in Prayer-traditional group-6:30pm and 8:00pm
5:45pm Mid-week Meal & Operation Christmas Child Packing Party
(Meal helpers: Glenda H., Doris S., and Dayna A.)
6:30pm – Girl’s League
6:30pm- Hand Bell Practice
7:30pm- Praise Team Practice
8:00pm – Guy’s Night (helping with the packing party)
Grandmas in Prayer-12:15pm
6:45-8:45pm GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays”
Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am
8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room
SUNDAY: 1:30pm Council of churches at Immanuel Lutheran
Operation Christmas Child Dedication Sunday