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First Sunday in Advent – November 29, 2015

WELCOME to the joy of worshipping Christ, the Lord. Today we mark the start of the Advent season – a time of reflection, repentance, renewal, and refreshment of our faith in the Savior. He alone can fill us and satisfy our longing for something more in life.


THE MORNING MESSAGE: “In the Wilderness: 1. Hope and Promise”
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-12

Offering today: Dordt College 
Offering next Sunday: Justice for All



Sun  10:45 AM No Church School classes or Choir rehearsal today

Wed  7:00 PM Men’s Life Bible Study: Good Question! p. 176-181
          7:00 - 8:00 PM Leota Area Youth Ministry
          7:00 - 9:00 PM Cadets will meet at Bethel, Edgerton
          8:15 PM Worship Committee meeting

Thu  6:45 PM Golden Hour Christmas sing-along with Edgebrook residents. Bring 1 bread.



Harvey Sas has completed his series of cancer treatments. Pray that they may have successfully killed off the cancer in his bladder. Also pray for Harvey and Gert as they adjust to life in the Edgebrook Apartments.

Continue to pray for healing for Melanie Vis who has been suffering from a painful disc problem in her back. Pray that the shot she received and the therapy she is undergoing may prove helpful.

Alma Rozeboom continues to receive care at The Cottage hospice home in Luverne. She is alert and in good spirits but her heart is very weak and she tires very easily.

THANK YOU—A very big thank you to everyone who attended our youth supper. We really appreciate the generosity of those who donated desserts, cash or time. We cleared $2050!! We also say an extra thank you to the person(s) who donated for the beef. This is an awesome gift to help us even more…THANK YOU!! Thank you to all for everything!!

A BIG thank you to all of you who put a box or boxes together or gave monetary amounts for Operation Christmas Child! We surpassed our goal! We delivered 88 boxes. Now would be a great time to start praying for the children who receive these boxes and that their hearts will be open to the love of Jesus! May your Christmas have more joy because you gave to bless others! Thanks!



Ministry in Music: Thank you to the high school and college youth serving as our praise team this morning.

There will be no evening service tonight. Dates to remember for Advent and Christmas worship: December 20, our morning service will be a Leota Community Christmas Service held at Bethel Reformed; there will be lots of involvement by the children of our two churches and the community. On December 24 at 6:30 p.m. we will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service of lessons and carols. (No service on Christmas Day or on the evening of December 27.)

The outcome of the nominations, congregational voting, and selection by lot of elders and deacons is that Milo Feikema and Myron Hulstein were selected as elders and Bryce Schelhaas and Corey Vis were selected as deacons. We thank all of those who were willing to make themselves available for consideration. Installation is planned for the morning service on Jan. 3.

On Monday evening, the ECES and SWC Societies held a special meeting to vote on the proposal to adopt a shared administrative structure between the two schools beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. The proposal was passed by both societies. We thank you for the support that has been shown to ECES and SWC and covet your prayers as we continue to work together to provide a Christ-centered education to our students.

ECES K-8 Christmas Program will be held on Monday, December 7, at 7:00PM in the SWCH gym. Grades K-5 will present the musical, "A Shepherd's Story." The combined 6th-8th grade choir will sing and the 6th-8th grade band will perform. The 8th grade chimes and a violin ensemble will provide a prelude. We hope you will join us as we hear the Christmas story told through the voice of the 4th grade shepherds. Students are asked to dress nicely for the concert - skirts, dresses, dress pants and dress shoes are appropriate attire. Grades 6-8 please gather in your assigned seats at 6:45. Grades K-5 will meet their teachers in their assigned rooms by 6:50.

Celebrating Christ's Birth Through Song - The SWCH Music department is excited to announce our upcoming Christmas concert. Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14th at Bethel CRC, Edgerton. The concert will include performances by the Concert Band, Eagle Choir, One Accord, Bel Canto and the Chamber Choir. The ensembles will combine their talents to share the message of the birth of our Savior culminating in a special performance of "All is Well" by the combined choirs of Southwest. We hope that you are able to share in this special evening as we celebrate Christ's birth through Christmas songs and carols of past and present!

2016 CRC World Missions Calendars are available on the literature rack in the narthex. If you would like a calendar and there are none left, Pastor Joe can order more at no charge.


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