by: Valerie Sneller
Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Jeff Van Veldhuizen (recovering from hip replacement surgery), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), 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), Asher Menning (pray that the blood clot in Asher’s right atrium will dissolve), Tanner Lincecum (pray that Tanner’s shunt will continue to be effective), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Joe & Meredith Vander Zee’s nephew (scheduled for his second surgery on December 6 at Mayo Hospital), Zucker Freerks, Justin & Sara Groen’s nephew (recovering from aspiration pneumonia), Tony Schoneveld, Jessica Harman’s grandfather (has stage 4 COPD), 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; is recovering at home), and Nelva Rohlfs, Lavonne Grooters’ sister (had surgery on November 28 for a broken hip at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls; transferred to Orange City Health System on December 4 with “swing bed” status; pray for regained strength and recovery).
Your prayers are also requested for the following individuals who are coping with cancer: Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), and Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother).
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
Baptism: Today we celebrate the baptism of Jade Moser, daughter of Paul & Josie Moser and Berklee Hoefert, daughter of Garrett and Tracey Hofert.
Merry Christmas! You will always have a special place in our hearts! The instruction that I (Amy) received while growing up among you gave me the foundation of faith and trust in our God. Thank you and thank you for continuing to encourage us in this work through your prayers and financial gifts. May the unity and hope that people see in you build His Kingdom! Merry Christmas, with gratitude. ~ Amy & Seung Kim
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 16th. Thanks in advance from the Bell Choir.
RESERVE TODAY: All-Church Christmas Meal, Wednesday, December 12 at 5:45 pm. Please plan to join us for food (Pork Loin sandwiches, Cheesy Potatoes, and Corn), games, fun, and fellowship for all ages. You must sign-up at the Information Center by today, Sunday, December 9 (this is provided by the Women’s Ministry). A free-will offering will be taken for the meal. Hope to see you all there!
All ladies are invited to Women’s Connection on Wednesday, December 12 at 9:15 am at the Whispering Heights Senior Center in Rock Valley. Our inspirational speaker will be Jan Schiferl with “A Change of Plans”. Music and sing along of Christmas season. An offering will be received for Stonecroft Ministries. Brunch is $4.00 and reservations are necessary. Please call Winifred at 470-5549 or Bertha at 476-2583 if you would like to come!
Inspiration Hills: Celebrate Christmas, December 15 & 22. Do you love food that comes from the camp kitchen? Or are you simply stressed with making all the goodies during the Christmas season? Well we are here to help! Order camp goodies by December 12th to help us raise funds for camp! Go to our website under the EVENTS tab to order.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-215-3670. Thank you for considering this wonderful ministry opportunity!
CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Crossroads Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is accepting applications for the upcoming weekend at the Reformed Church of Steen in Steen, Minnesota. TEC is an interdenominational three day Christian retreat/lock-in designed to help high schoolers learn more about their faith and their community. The next TEC is Friday February 15 through Sunday February 17, 2019. If you would like to learn more about TEC or register, please visit www.CrossroadsTEC.com/apply or email CrossroadsTEC@gmail.com. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt, meals & other special gifts. Scholarships are available upon request. Crossroads TEC is also looking for adults with a passion for ministering to teens to help make the weekend a success.
Offerings Sunday 12-2-18 Offerings to 12-2-18 Budget to 12-2-18
General Fund: $920.00 $278,657.91 $331,093.20
Benevolent Fund: $5,178.00 $159,367.23 $157,922.88
Building Fund: $0.00 $54,378.08 $114,666.72
Sunday School Offering: December 2, 2018
Last Year’s Attendance: 145 Last week's Attendance: 0
Last Year’s Offering: $93.00 Last week's Offering: $200.00
This Week’s Lesson: Dec 9 – Session 2 – Jacob and Rachel (Unit 3)
Next Week’s Lesson: Dec 16 – Session 3 – Jacob’s New Name (Unit 3)
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
6:30 pm Sunday School Christmas Program
Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 5:00pm
Moms in Prayer-traditional group 12:00pm
5:45 pm – All Church Christmas Meal (Free-will Offering)
6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities
6:30 pm – Hand Bells
6:30 pm - JR RCYF
7:30 pm – Praise Team
8:00 pm – SR RCYF
Moms in Prayer – traditional group – 6:30 pm & 8 pm
Grandmothers in Prayer – 12:15 pm
Moms in Prayer-College and Careers 7:00am
8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room
SUNDAY: 9:30 am – Christmas Cantata