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The Lord’s Day – October 16, 2016

Welcome to this gathering of believers. May your faith be nourished, your love deepened, and your courage strengthened. Visitors are invited to join us in coffee and fellowship after the morning service.


THE MORNING SERVICE: “Do You Believe God Can?”
Scripture: Acts 12:1-19   

THE EVENING MESSAGE: “The Power of the Gospel”
Scripture: Romans 1:1-17  

 Offering today: Atlas for Life – Pipestone                 Offering next Sunday:  ECES



Sun   10:45  AM Church School

Wed   1:00 PM Golden Hour Bible Society meets to study lesson 2

Wed   7:00 PM Cadets will meet at Bethel, Edgerton



Henry Van Dyke is scheduled to have a stent installed on Monday at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. Pray for the procedure to go smoothly.

Continue to pray for improved health for Gord Mouw. Pray that the medication he has been prescribed may enable the upper portion of his heart to get back into rhythm with the lower portion.

Marlyn Groen is making good progress in healing from his pressure sores, but continues to receive care at Edgebrook. Pray for his ongoing recovery.

We would like to thank everyone for their prayers while Lillian was in Hospice and now for the family as she is in her home in Heaven. Thanks for the food brought in to each of our homes, all the cards, hugs & words of sympathy to our families.  Your thoughtfulness and concern is greatly appreciated. John’s  address is: Trail Ridge Senior Living, 3412 W. Ralph Rogers Rd., Apt. #125, Sioux Falls,  SD  57108                                                       -- John W. Mouw, and the Mouw family



Ministry in Music: We are grateful to Lisa and Shelli for selecting our songs and organizing the Praise Team for this week. Thanks to the Praise Team singers also.

Next Sunday evening, Pastor Joe and Pastor Josh Christoffels of Chandler CRC will exchange pulpits. On Tuesday, they will be participating in a Rural Pastors gathering in Sioux Falls.

The congregation is invited for cake after this morning’s service to celebrate Con & Linda Brouwer’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Reminder to Ebenezer Family: October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Please show your appreciation to our Pastor with words of encouragement and acts of kindness.

The deacons would like to inform the congregation that our General Fund is running low at this time. We ask that you take this into consideration in your giving. Thank you!

Is anyone interested in a 1st Sunday night of the month Bible study? Please meet in the fellowship room down the basement this Sunday night to plan. Anyone welcome, married or single. If you are interested but unable to attend tonight, please call Lonna Vis.

We will be making Pig in the Blankets this week, October 21 and 22.  Sign-up sheets are in the foyer. Please bring potluck items for coffee breaks Friday and Saturday and for lunch on Saturday.  Selling pigs from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at $11.00/dozen on Saturday, Oct 22.  If you know of someone who would be willing to help, please bring them along.  Thanks!

Please join us as we begin choir rehearsals following the AM service on Oct 23.  We would welcome any new members! 

Newsletter Committee members needed. We are looking for three new members to serve on the Newsletter Committee. For more information as to what is involved, contact Lisa Van Dyke. To indicate your willingness to serve, notify Pastor Joe. No volunteers = no newsletter.

World Renew invites you to join thousands of others in this year’s World Hunger Campaign. Use the devotional booklet “Changing the Story” that is in your mailbox to reflect on the ways that God changes our stories for the better. On November 6, an offering will be received enabling you to participate in World Renew’s work of changing the story for hungry and malnourished families.

HELP NEEDED—there is a sign-up sheet in the foyer for the Soup Supper at SW to help with work shifts and food and cash donations. Please take note of when and where the ground beef and cash need to be delivered. It is set for Tues, Nov 8.  Please take a look and see if you can help us out!  We really appreciate all the help we have always gotten from our church family.

October is Stewardship Month! On Wednesday, October 19 First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton will be hosting a chili feed with chili, corn bread, and apple crisp for a free will donation benefiting the church's recent building project. Serving time will be 5:15-6:45 p.m. This will followed by a presentation at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary by Rick Droog, executive director for the Siouxland Diaconal Conference. The title of his presentation is "Consumers to Missional, In the Area of Stewardship", encouraging stewardship in our mission work inside and outside our own church walls. We hope you can join us!

If you have unanswered questions about your Estate Plan, you are not alone. Jim Prichard, a Christian attorney from Barnabas Foundation, will be meeting with Christian families in our area from October 25 to October 27, 2016.  Jim will be happy to provide clear and easy-to-understand Estate Planning information regardless of the size of your Estate, your age or stage in life.  There is no financial obligation for this confidential meeting. If you would like to meet with Jim, please contact Deb Harder at Barnabas Foundation at 888-448-3040 or email


Southwest Minnesota Christian High School current and upcoming events:

Grain Drive Fundraiser is underway with the crop being harvested. Please consider a donation to SWMCH through grain, hay, or livestock. Contact the school or your local elevator.

Soup and Pie Sales - Wednesday, October 5 through Monday, October 17. If a student does not contact you, please call the school office (442-4471) to order soup, pie, and/or cinnamon rolls. The monies raised through this annual event go to the building fund. This year they are being ear marked for a fund to replace the gym bleachers and refinish the floor.

Tuesday, October 18: Think Pink night at the SWC/SFC volleyball game. Shirts will be available to purchase. Please contact the school office (442-4471).

The Fall Music Concert at SWMCH will be held on Thursday, October 20 starting at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature Southwest choirs and bands.  The choirs will perform pieces in a variety of styles including classical, praise & worship, hymns, and a couple of unique novelty numbers.  The band will premiere several pep-band pieces that will played at this year’s sporting events.  Pleasethe students in giving Glory to our King through their musical gifts!

An Open House at SWMCH will be held on the same evening as the fall music concert. Please join us as we celebrate and give praise for the continued wonderful support that allowed the renovation to the science room, the new shop area, and weight room area. Tours will be given from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and following the concert. Teachers will also be available in their rooms. An ice cream social will conclude this evening of music, fellowship, and celebration!

The annual All-Circles soup supper will be held on Tuesday, November 8.

Tuesday, November 15: Fine Arts Night, Players group will perform and Den Ouden writing winners announced.

Carry the Light (donation sale) will be held on Saturday, November 19. Mark your calendars for an evening of fun, friendship, family, and faith building as we gather together to encourage one another in serving God in the setting of our gift of SWMCH and raise funds to support the school board in meeting the school general operating needs.

We would like to invite you to get involved in OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD, a unique project of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers gift-filled shoe boxes to hurting children around the world. This simple, hands-on mission project gives our entire church family, especially children, a tangible way to demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas----- God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Encourage your children to use some of their own money to buy items for the boxes. How about the Young Adults and Teenagers are you willing to take on the challenge to do a box ? We have set a goal of doing 80+ boxes from our church. Boxes are available today. Feel free to pick up more than one box for your family to do. Return the filled boxes back to church at anytime, deadline is NOV 13 and we will deliver them for you. If shopping is too difficult for you, and you would still like to participate you may put money in an envelope, put it in my mailbox, and I will do a box or two for you. This helps us reach our goal! Any questions contact Elaine Prins @ 507-442-5763

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