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 (pray for Graham’s transition from the hospital to his home; also pray for improvement in Graham’s reactions to reflux)
•Carol Groen (coping with lower back problems)
•Dalton Korthals (recovering from knee surgery on November 13)
•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)
•Roberta Flier (recovering from shoulder surgery at home)
•Vicky Van Houten, Judy Netten’s sister (has started chemotherapy for ovarian cancer)
•Laura Stuerman (recovering from recent surgery on her Achilles tendon)
•Ray Schram, Jeff Schram’s father (recently diagnosed with cancer on his leg)
•Jordan Menning (recovering at home from recent back surgery)
•Joe Gacke (recovering from gall bladder surgery on November 26)
*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).
Thank You:We want to thank each of you for your prayers, calls, and concern in the recent weeks.We praise God directing us to excellent specialists to address Rod’s problem.Thankful for successful surgery; favorable results and renewed strength.Our God is a God of miracles. ~ Rod and LaVonne Grooters
THANK YOU to everyone who helped in any way with Operation Christmas Child this year! As a congregation, we packed 167 boxes! As a drop-off location, we took in 707 boxes. As a region, Sioux Falls collected over 22,000 boxes! Our gifts are now in Denver, waiting to be processed in the coming days before heading on to their final destinations. Please continue to pray for the volunteers who continue the journey of the gifts, and especially for the children who will soon receive them. Pray that their hearts would be ready to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Also, if you have supplies that you gather over the coming year for our next packing party, you can store them at church. Thanks!
*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
Next Sunday, November 8, we will hold our annual congregational meeting during the worship service to select new Elders and Deacons for 2020.
NOMINATIONS FOR 2020 CONSISTORY: The following have been nominated for Consistory starting in the year 2020. These names will be published for three Sundays concluding on December 8 when we will have our Congregational Meeting. If anyone has a spiritual or moral reason any of these persons should not be considered please speak with one our elders or Pastor Dan. ELDERS: Greg DeJong, JD Hommes, Jerry Pytleski, Scott Sieperda. DEACONS: Tait Anderson, Brad Baker, Bryce Hunt, Lance Iwen, Jeff Jager, Mike Klarenbeek, Jerry Pytleski, Daniel Moser, Rodney Vanden Top.
Our Sunday School Christmas Program (ages 3 – 5th grade) will be Sunday, December 1st at 4:00 PM. Please note the time change. Pre-K – 5th grade classes will be practicing in the sanctuary this morning. Kids will report to their classrooms for attendance and a snack before coming to the sanctuary. Parents: please plan to pick your children up in the sanctuary around 12:00 PM today. They will need to be back to church at 3:45 PM this afternoon. K-5th grade can report to the fellowship hall. Pre-K and 3&4 year old classes can report to their classrooms. Thanks!
Calendars!!!The New Year will soon be here, so now is the time to order your birthday/anniversary calendars.Price is $5.00.Please contact Sharon Tilstra or Mary Hoogers by December 15th.Proceeds will go toward the Hand Bell Choir Fund.Thanks in advance from the Bell Choir
You Are Invited!We are having the Annual All-Church Christmas Party on Wednesday December 11 at 5:45 pm with a meal and lots of fun games and prizes. See the Bridge and the green ½ sheet in your mailbox for more details.You must RSVP for this meal by signing up in the gathering space or by calling the church office by December 8.We hope to see you all there.Provided by the Women’s MinistriesJ
Attention:Cable TV Channel 12 Church Service Watchers:
This past month Premier Communications has been having technical difficulties.We now have the capability of sending our service to them electronically instead of delivering the DVD to another site.Since this change, church services from our area have been wrong.Premier Communications is working on the problem.Sorry about this, but hopefully they will have this corrected soon.If it is not fixed soon there are still other options to watch the service.
3 other options:
- Go to church website – www.rockrapids frc.org/ - click on watch service live and it will come on.Also, can click on link that says sermons to get previous church services.
- Go to www.youtube.com – type in First Reformed Church Rock Rapids on the search bar – all the church services are on display – pick which date you would like to see.
- A DVD is still being made and put in the box by the church mailboxes.This DVD can be taken home, but please remember to return them in a timely manner.
Offerings Sunday 11-24-19 Offerings to 11-24-19 Budget to 11-24-19
General Fund: $11,234.38 $315,453.76 $355,521.50
Benevolent Fund: $550.00 $163,856.37 $162,025.05
Building Fund: $35,970.00 $90,346.79 $116,596.19
Sunday School Offering:November 24, 2019
Last Year’s Attendance: 119 Last Week's Attendance: 130
Last Year’s Offering: $215.25 Last Week's Offering:$164.20
Sunday School Lessons:
December 1:Session 2 Wisdom for God’s people/A Son Learns True Wisdom
December 8:Session 3 Solomon Built the Temple/A Son Builds the Temple
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
4:00 pm Christmas Program (NOTE:New Time)
9:15 am Staff Meeting with Sue
WEDNESDAY:9 – 11 am MOPS
6:30 pm Mid-Week Activities (6th Grade to the Premier Estates)
Memory Work:Psalm 139:1-16
6:30 pm Hand Bells
6:30 pm JR RCYF
7:30 pm Praise Team
8:00 pm SR RCYF
6 pm Peace Circle
7 pm Walk in Love in 345
8:00 am- Men’s Bible study in the conference room
Care Center Services
3:15 pm – Health Center
4:00 pm – Lyon Manor