THE LORD’S DAY – December 21, 2014
Greetings to you in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ! We are delighted to
have visitors share with us in our advent celebration of God's love for the
world. Thank you for joining us.
THE MORNING MESSAGE: “Peace on Earth”
Scripture: Luke 2:11-15
THE EVENING MESSAGE: “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy!”
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38 / Lord’s Day 14
Offering today: Helping Hands Pregnancy Center
Offering next Sunday: SWCH
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND SERVICE:
Thu 9:30 AM Christmas Worship Service
PRAYERS AND PRAISES
We give thanks that Mike Schuller was able to return home from the
hospital on Wednesday.
Milo Feikema is currently in Rochester and is scheduled to undergo the
harvesting of stems cells from his blood on Dec. 22. This will be followed by
very strong chemotherapy to kill off the remaining (potentially cancerous) cells
and then the return of the good stem cells that were harvested. The process will
compromise his immune system and require that he be in special housing near the
hospital for at least a month. Pray that the procedure will go well and prove to
be successful. Their address is: Gift of Life Transplant House, Room # 65, 705
Second Street S.W., Rochester, MN 55902
Continue to keep Rich Van Hill in your prayers in light of his cancer.
Lillian Mouw continues to undergo therapy and receiving care at Avera
Hospital in Sioux Falls. Pray for her during this time of healing and
Pray for God’s comfort for Aryln and Melissa Rylaarsdam and their
girls Megan, Emma, and Kaylee as they continue to grieve the loss of Melissa’s
Dordt College thanks the congregation for its recent offering for the
Dordt College Fund Drive. Your support is deeply appreciated.
Thank you to everyone who contributed fudge and funds to the Christmas
Sacks for Cornerstone Prison Church. We delivered 9 batches of fudge (216
pieces/30 lbs) and $25 in cash.
Congratulations to Pete De Kam who celebrates his 81st birthday today,
to Nick De Boer who celebrates his 84th birthday on December 25th and to John
Sas who celebrates his 88th birthday on December 26th.
This morning is our Leota Community Christmas Service. Welcome to all
who have come to join us in celebrating Christ’s birth with instrumental and
vocal music from children in pre-school through high school, as well as an adult
community choir. We thank Julie Ruiter and Shelli DeGroot for organizing and
directing. Thanks to all who took part in any way.
Our Leota Community Service offering will be for Helping Hands
Pregnancy Center. The deacons will pass the offering bags just once. Checks with
“General Fund” on the memo line (or cash placed in an enveloped marked “General
Fund”) will support Ebenezer’s church budget. Loose cash and all other
checks will go to the Helping Hands Pregnancy Center.
Tonight we will have our annual Candlelight Service. We express
our gratitude to Emily DeGroot and Karen VandenAkker for their contributions on
Our Christmas Day Worship will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. We will enjoy
the singing of carols and reading of Christmas prophecies, the conclusion of our
Advent series on Ruth, and special music from our choir. We hope you will join
us as we honor our newborn King!
Are there any college age students or young adults who’d be home for
Christmas and interested in joining a praise team on Sunday, Dec 28th? Please
contact Lisa Vander Maten if interested.
On December 28, the morning service will have an Old Year’s focus
and will include installation of incoming elders and deacons. There will not be
a P.M. service.
Men’s Life Bible Study: We will take a two week break and resume on
The Southwest Christian Foundation is celebrating God’s faithfulness. We
have reached a value of $1,408,000 with principal investments totaling $545,000
and the quarter section of land valued at $764,000. The remaining $98,000 is the
increased market value. We have more to celebrate; the foundation has given
$589,000 to Southwest Christian since its 1968 start. What a covenantal and
stewardly blessing as we all work to educate God’s children in the fear and
understanding of Him!
In the spirit of giving, we thank God for the gifts you have given us. Please
continue to consider the SWCH Foundation, which is a separate organization from
SWCH in your giving and estate planning. Thank you for your support through
prayer, gifts, and encouragement. May Christian education advance God’s
kingdom in Southwest MN.
Day of Encouragement: This annual day of workshops aims to stimulate
spiritual growth and equip God’s people for a variety of personal and church
ministries to others. The workshops will be held on February 7 from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. See the bulletin board for specific information or go to www.dordt.edu/doe.
Notify Pastor Joe no later than Sunday, Jan. 18 (with your 4 preferred
workshops). Registration costs will be covered by our church’s educational