by: Valerie Sneller
Prayers:Your prayer support is appreciated for the following individuals and their special circumstances: Missy (Michelle) Perkins (currently a resident at the Rock Rapids Health Center), Stacy Dieren (recovering from colon surgery), Mykenah Horstman (pray for the plans to get Mykenah fitted for a brace that she can wear at night), Pam Foster, Bob Dreke’s sister (coping with Huntington’s Disease), 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), Lezlee Benz (recovering at home following surgery), Greyson Austin, Marlene Mellema’s grandson/Meredith & Joe Vander Zee’s nephew (pray for continued improvement with eating and energy as well as healing of the j-pouch), Thomas Bouwman, Tom & Sheryl Bouwman’s son (recently diagnosed with paracardial effusion; has been able to return to work but has physical limitations), Gayle Wagenaar, Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s brother-in-law (recently diagnosed with acute leukemia), Jeremy Hespen, Merlin & Jackie Groen’s nephew (recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma), Zucker Freerks, Sara and Justin Groen’s nephew (see prayer update below), Danny Bolerjack, Danielle Bouwman’s father (recovering from a stroke), 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: Dave Kwikkel (Arnie and Donna Kwikkel’s son), Gail Hartter (Eric Hartter’s mother), Marilyn Kuyper (Ethanie Pulscher’s aunt), and Arlene Sterler (Robbie Korthals’ mother).
Prayer Update: We are pleased to share that Zucker Freerks recently celebrated his first birthday! Zucker has had a challenging year as he was born 9 weeks early and with Down Syndrome. During his first year Zucker has been hospitalized 5 times. At this time all of Zucker’s heart concerns have been cleared. Please continue to pray for a healthy spring for Zucker.
Thank You: We appreciate your caring and support. Thank you for the many prayers, calls, visits, and gifts of food following my recent surgery. We thank Sue and Diane, our care elder, for staying in touch. Bob and Karen Reemts
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
Attention: You Tube Watchers – The past month there has been some technical problems with the live streaming at 9:30 am each Sunday morning. We are working on the problem. If this happens you can watch the sermon the next day on the church website. To do this you must go to the sermon tab at the top of the web page and click on sermons. Then scroll down and pick the date of the service you would like to watch and click on it. If you have any questions please call the office and we will get someone to help you. Thank you
Grace Circle: We will be meeting on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 pm. Sherri De Jong will be our hostess and she will lead Bible study, Lesson #2. Let’s make this a priority.
Change: Adult Choir will be singing the 5th Sunday, March 31.
GriefShare: Our next GriefShare class will be on Monday, March 18, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our topic for this session will be “The Journey of Grief – Part 1”. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, GriefShare will give you support, understanding, and tools to cope with your grief. Please feel free to join us!
Looking Ahead: Consistory will be meeting on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
NISO: The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Spring Concert, The Organ: King of Instruments, on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Guest artist on the organ for the evening is MaryLou Wielenga. As in the past, this Spring Concert will also feature the announcement of the 2019-2020 Season of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Season tickets for next year will be offered that evening for a special discounted price. 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.
Offerings Sunday 3-10-19 Offerings to 3-10-19 Budget to 3-10-19
General Fund: $10,412.52 $56,547.47 $74,155.00
Benevolent Fund: $1,450.00 $34,108.33 $34,531.50
Building Fund: $55.00 $1,815.00 $24,807.70
Sunday School Offering: March 10, 2019
Last Year’s Attendance: 114 Last week's Attendance: 88
Last Year’s Offering: $102.00 Last week's Offering: $67.00
This Week’s Lesson: Unit 6 – The Golden Calf (Session 1)
Next Week’s Lesson: Unit 6 – The Tabernacle Was Built (Session 2)
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WEEK
SUNDAY: Pulpit Supply – Rev. Dr. John Hartog III
MONDAY: Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 6:30 am
8:30 am Bethesda in 345
Moms in Prayer – College & Careers at 5:00 pm
7:00 pm Circle of Kindness
6:45 pm – 8:45 pm GriefShare in the Fellowship Hall
TUESDAY: Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 12:00 pm
6:30 pm Grace Circle
WEDNESDAY 9 -11 pm MOPS
Moms in Prayer – Traditional Group at 6:30 pm & 8:00 pm
6:30 pm - Wednesday Night Activities
6:30 pm – JR RCYF
6:30 pm – Hand Bells
7:30 pm – Praise Team
8:00 pm – SR RCYF
THURSDAY: Grandmothers in Prayer at 12:15 pm
Pastor Dan & Sue will be out of the office Thursday through Monday
FRIDAY: 8:00 am- Men’s Bible Study in the Conference Room
First Reformed is hosting the Prom Meal
SUNDAY: YOUTH SUNDAY!
LOOKING AHEAD! The Council of Churches Fifth Sunday service will be held at First Reformed Church, March 31 at 6:30 PM. Dr. Dave and Heather Springer will be giving a presentation regarding mission and culture. More information to follow.