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 (has been re-admitted to Mayo Hospital in Rochester due to a breathing episode)
•Carol Groen (see prayer update below)
•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)
•Doris Calkins (hospitalized with leg pain at Avera Hospital in Rock Rapids)
*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).
Prayer Update:Carol Groen has scheduled appointments at Mayo Clinic for consultation regarding her lower back problems.
Thank you for all of the cards, texts, and meals that were dropped off during and following Dalton’s surgery.A special thank you to Sue for stopping to see Dalton at the Avera Orthopedic Institute the day of surgery, it was much appreciated. ~ Family of Dalton Korthals
Thank you to everyone for the prayers, cards, meals, and words of encouragement. We greatly appreciate your love and support. The surgery and healing have gone well so far.- Jordan & Kellie Menning
*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
Hearing Devices Available:Are you having difficulty hearing the service?Our church has a hearing assistance system.If you are having difficulty hearing during the worship service and would like to try a receiver, please check at the sound booth at the back of the sanctuary or with Dave Hulstein.
This morning we are holding our annual Congregational Meeting to select new Elders and Deacons for the 2020 Consistory as part of our worship service.
First Reformed is in charge of the Care Center Services today.You are invited to come and assist in bringing residents to the service, hand out hymnbooks and help the residents find page numbers.Matt & Jen Kock and family are leading.The Health Care Center service starts at 3:15 pm and Lyon Manor at 4:00 pm.
Full Consistory meets on Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 pm.
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 this 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 TODAY.We hope to see you all there.Provided by the Women’s MinistriesJ
SOUP SUPPER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
Soup Prep- Volunteers needed to help cut veggies for our delicious homemade soups.9am-Noon on Jan 8, 2020
Soup Stirrers- Volunteers needed to stir the soups once prepared. Noon-130pm and 130-300pm, Jan 8, 2020
We need to borrow Roasters. They will be returned.
Please see Cheryl or the Sign Up on the Gathering Space Information Table if you can assist!
CARE PACKAGE ADDRESSES:We need your student’s college address today, Dec. 8, so we can mail the final Care Package out this week! Sign up on the Gathering Space Info Table.
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra (NISYO), led by conductor Dr. Angela Holt, will present its Fall Concert on Saturday, December 14, at 3:00 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa. Consisting of talented middle school and high school string players, NISYO will perform works by Handel, Hofeldt, Tchaikovsky, Meyer, and Spata, as well as an American Spiritual Christmas carol and music from the movie “Frozen”. The concert is free and open to the public.
Offerings Sunday 12-1-19 Offerings to 12-1-19 Budget to 12-1-19
General Fund: $6,457.00 $334,710.76 $363,117.00
Benevolent Fund: $4,654.00 $172,270.37 $165,478.20
Building Fund: $100.00 $90,446.79 $119,076.96
General Fund - $12,800.00 (the totals have been added above)
Benevolent Fund - $3,760.00
Sunday School Offering: December 1, 2019
Last Year’s Attendance:0Last Week's Attendance:114
Last Year’s Offering:$200.00Last Week's Offering:$130.26
Sunday School Lessons:
December 8:Session 3 Solomon Built the Temple/A Son Builds the Temple
December 15:Session 4 The Kingdom Divided/A Son Rejects Wisdom
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
SUNDAY: Congregational Meeting during services
Care Center Services
3:15 pm – Health Center
4:00 pm – Lyon Manor
WEDNESDAY: 9:30 am Joy Circle in 345
5:45 pm All-Church Christmas Meal & Party
6:30 pm Hand Bells
6:30 pm JR RCYF
NO Praise Team Practice
8:00 pm SR RCYF
Consistory Meetings – Elders @ 6:30, Deacons @ 7, Full Consistory @ 7:30
8:00 am- Men’s Bible study in the conference room
SUNDAY: Christmas Cantata at 9:30 am