by: Valerie Sneller
Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Mitchell Van Beek (recovering from shoulder surgery), Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray that Mykenah’s spinal cord will not re-tether), Caden Wright (pray for healing and for Caden to regain his strength following his hospital stay), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad & Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (diagnosed with myocarditis and is slowly recovering at home), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), Nelva Rohlfs, Lavonne Grooters’ sister (recovering from hip surgery; pray for regained strength), Zucker Freerks, Sara & 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 & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (recovering at home from his second colon surgery).
Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Dave Kwikkel (Arnie & Donna Kwikkel’s son), Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother).
Prayer Updates: Asher Menning was discharged from the hospital last week. He continues to recover from RSV and pneumonia. Jack Gable, Allison Van Aartsen’s father, has had a bout of pneumonia as well as some vision issues. Jack is also dealing with strength issues in his legs.
Congratulations! to Melissa and Brent Hofmeyer on the birth of a baby girl, Ruthie, on Tuesday, December 18th.
Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Margie and Richard Reitsma and Heather and Dave Springer & their family on the death of Margie’s sister, Jenny Cerrullo, on December 15. A memorial service for Jenny was scheduled on December 22 in Springfield, Missouri.
Prayer Request: Prayers are requested for Erica Vik’s family. Erica, 26 year old daughter of Keith and Angie Vik, took her life on Sunday, December 16th in the San Francisco area. A memorial service is planned at Grace Bible Fellowship Church at 2:00 pm on December 29th in Washburn, WI. The address for Pastor Keith and Angie Vik is 214 5th Avenue E, Ashland, WI 54806. Erica is the niece of Bob and Karen Reemts. ~ Thank you.
Update: Please be in prayer for Greyson Austin and his family while he is in Mayo having all of his vitals reviewed to make sure he will be ready for his Feb 6 surgery to complete the reconstruction of his colon. ~ Marlene Mellema & families
Thank you for your prayers, cards, and acts of kindness after my recent surgeries. Special thank you to Pastor Dan and Sue for your calls and visits in the hospital, as well as Bob and Karen Reemts our Care Elders. We are thankful for good reports and pray for continued good health.
Thank You: Sue and I want to extend to each of you our sincerest Christmas blessings and thanks for all the cards and gifts of appreciation given to us during this season. Your kindness and support sustains us in the ministry entrusted to us at First Reformed Church. As we enter our 20th year with you we look forward to continuing God’s mission and ministry together in Rock Rapids and beyond! Peace and grace, Pastor Dan
Christmas Eve Services: We will be having Christmas Eve Services at 6:30 pm. This will be a candlelight service with communion. Please plan to join us for this time of celebrating Jesus’ birth.
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
Pastor Dan & Sue will be on a vacation break from Tuesday, December 25 through Friday, January 4. Please contact your Care Elder, Elder, or Cheryl Van Beek with any concerns.
Offering Envelopes: Are you interested in giving your offering in an offering envelope? Please talk with one of the Deacons and they will get you a box of envelopes for 2019. If you already have a number your box of envelopes will be in your mailbox soon. Your numbers did not change. Thank you, The Deacons.
Cornerstone Prison Church Faith Fellowship Weekend: Friday, January 25 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm & January 26 & 27 – 7:15 am to 4:00 pm each day. The theme for the weekend is “Year of Reconciliation” based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions. The deadline for signing up is Monday, January 7, 2019. We would be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it. Sign up at email@example.com or call 507-215-3670. Thank you for considering this wonderful ministry opportunity!
Offerings Sunday 12-16-18 Offerings to 12-16-18 Budget to 12-16-18
General Fund: $3,539.00 $308,581.91 $344,888.76
Benevolent Fund: $13,793.00 $174,845.23 $164,503.00
Building Fund: $415.00 $54,998.08 $119,444.50
Sunday School Offering: December 16, 2018
Last Year’s Attendance: 97 Last week's Attendance: 106
Last Year’s Offering: $104.00 Last week's Offering: $76.25
This Week’s Lesson: NO Sunday School
Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 4 - Christmas: Jesus was Born
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK (No Moms in Prayer this week)
SUNDAY: NO Sunday School
6:30 pm Christmas Eve Services & Communion
Office are closed for Christmas
Offices are closed for Christmas
WEDNESDAY NO Wednesday Night Activities
6:30 pm – Hand Bells
7:30 pm – Praise Team
8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room
Pastor Steven Van Wyhe has pulpit supply