Ebenezer CRC

Our Bulletin

The Lord’s Day – February 18, 2018

We gladly welcome all those who have come to glorify God! On this first Sunday in Lent, we begin a six-week journey in which the book of Psalms will guide us as we ask the Holy Spirit to open our hearts to the sin-atoning, life-transforming grace of Jesus.

THE MORNING SERVICE: “A Lenten Journey: 1. Which Path Will You Take?”
Scripture: Psalm 1 

THE EVENING SERVICE: “Jesus Our Substitute”
Scripture: John 13:1-20 

Offering today: Volunteers in Mercy                     Offering next Sunday: ECES

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND SERVICE:

Sun  10:45 AM  Church School

Mon  6:30 PM  Gems meet

Wed  1:00 PM  Golden Hour meets to study lesson 9

Wed  7:00 PM  Men’s Life – “Good Question” p. 15
          7:00 PM  Leota Community Youth meets

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

We praise God for answered prayer! Marty Christians is resting at home after a critical case of pneumonia landed him in the Intensive Care Unit (in Kansas) for several days. More prayer is needed since tests revealed that his immune system was seriously compromised from a rare form of blood cancer – hairy cell leukemia. Thankfully, chemotherapy is highly successful in treating this form of cancer. Treatments will begin as soon as he regains sufficient strength.

Joyce Schelhaas is back home again after receiving care at Sanford Hospital in Luverne following her hip replacement surgery.

It is with a grateful heart that we say “Thank You” to everyone who recently attended and contributed to the ECES Hostess Supper.  After expenses, $19,000 was raised for the Faith Fund which helps to offset student tuition.  Your support is truly a blessing to the school!  

Thank you to all who remembered me in your prayers, sent cards and showed your concern with the death of my sister, Lilian Nagelhout -- Tena Winkelhorst

ANNOUNCEMENTS

This morning we begin the Lenten season, a six-week period of humbly reflecting on our need for Christ’s sin-atoning, life-transforming sacrifice, opening our hearts to his grace, and praying for the Spirit to unite us more fully to the Lord Jesus.

Ministry in Music: We are grateful to Lisa VanderMaten and Shelli DeGroot for selecting songs and organizing our Praise Team for this morning.

This evening, Pastor Joe will exchange pulpits with Pastor Josh Christoffels from Chandler CRC. The exchange follows their attendance at a rural pastors peer group meeting in Sioux Falls this past Tuesday -- part of the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence ministry of the CRC.

Next Sunday evening, Ebenezer will host a combined evening service in which First CRC and Bethel CRC of Edgerton will join us for worship. A time of refreshment and fellowship will follow the service.
Choir will begin rehearsals next Sunday, February 25 at 10:45.  We would love to sing Easter morning and possibly Good Friday and we need members to do so.  Please consider coming to choir!

Ebenezer family, this is an invitation to pray!  Beginning Wednesday, February 28 from 8:00 AM to -9:00 AM, time has been set aside for time with God!  We will be praying for our church, community, nation and world.  We will meet every Wednesday in the church foyer.  Everyone is welcome!  Call Linda Mouw or Helen DeKam if need further info.

Our Sunday School offering from November through January was $49.50. This will go to Harvest Hands Ministry Children’s Home in Juarez, MX.

COFFEE BREAK - Coffee Break will be beginning a new session on Wednesday, February 21. We will be exploring the crucifixion and resurrection of our Savior through the comparison of the four gospels. We will kick off this study on February 21 at 9:30 a.m. with a breakfast luncheon featuring Pastor Brian Kornelis in the fellowship hall of First CRC in Edgerton. Pastor Brian will give us a presentation detailing the four authors of the gospels and how their messages are different and yet the same. All women are invited! Story Hour for 3-5 year olds and nursery is provided. Please join us on our quest to learn more about our Savior. If you have any question please contact Thea Nykamp at 507-227-9513 or Elaine Tinklenberg at 507-220--0420. We hope to see you there!

SPRING SCRAPBOOKING & CRAFT WEEKEND IS BACK! First CRC, Edgerton on February 23 & 24. See last week’s bulletin for details.

SAVE THE DATE!  ATLAS of Rock County will be hosting their annual Fundraising Banquet on Thursday, April 5.