April 19, 2015
We extend a warm welcome to all visitors who are with us
today. May the Lord be praised and our lives renewed as we approach God in
THE MORNING MESSAGE: “Share the Light”
Scripture: Matthew 5:14-16
Offering today: Young People
Offering next Sunday: CRWRC
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND SERVICE:
Sun 10:45 AM Catechism
6:30 PM Worship at First CRC,
PRAYERS AND PRAISES
Evy Lubben was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is glad to be
back home. She continues to have difficulty swallowing liquids. Pray that this
may improve soon with the help of outpatient therapy in Luverne.
We express our thanks to the family of Bertha Corbin for their memorial
gift to the Benevolent Fund.
Our family is so appreciative of the tremendous outpouring of love and
support during Rich's illness and passing. Your prayers, cards, visits, food,
and gifts have blessed our lives throughout this very difficult time. Thank you
so much. Glenda Van Hill and family
A BIG thank you to all of you for being God’s hands and feet in my
life the last 6 weeks as I healed from a broken arm. Thanks for all the prayers,
cards, food, rides, visits and for being my right arm when I needed it! “No
one person can fulfill all your needs, but the community can truly hold you, the
community can let you experience the fact that beyond your anguish there are
human hands that hold you and show you God’s faithful love.” (Henri Nouwen).
Thanks for letting God’s love flow through you. Marlene Hofkamp
This morning, the Young People will serve as our Praise Team and
participate throughout the service. We are grateful to each of them and their
leaders for their contributions to our worship.
This evening, we will join with other congregations in a combined service at First
CRC in Edgerton. The Valley Male Chorus will be singing as part of
the service. The offering will be for Hope Haven. Refreshments will be served
Next Sunday morning we have the joy of witnessing the baptisms of Mack
DeKam, son of Rick and Jessica and Kaylee Rylaarsdam, daughter of
Arlyn and Melissa.
Men’s Life has completed its season of Bible study. Thanks to all
ECES is celebrating Christian Education Week April 20-24. There will
be open house for parents on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Grandparent's Day
is Friday afternoon, April 24. There will be an all-school chapel at 1:00 PM at
First CRC. Grandparents are invited to stay after chapel to visit classrooms
with their grandchildren.
SWCH will be conducting their annual building fund drive the week of
April 20. We ask you prayerfully consider supporting the building needs of the
school as we continue to challenge students in knowing, loving, and serving God
and others. Thank you for your continued support.
For all those collecting for SWCH, please try to finish this week. Packets
can be given to Brent Feikema or dropped off at SW. Thank you
The SWCH freshmen would like to invite all Senior Citizens to join us
from 10:00-11:00 a.m. for an hour of fun on these dates: April 22 - Cards; April
29 - Patriot Day; May 6 - Bingo. Coffee and cookies will be served. Please join
us for a fun-filled morning at SWMCH.
Newsletter items are due next week April 26th.
Ebenezer will be working at the Thrift Store in Worthington this
Saturday. Please join us.
ATLAS of Rock County will be holding their first annual Banquet and
Fundraiser, “Christ’s Love Compels Us”, on Thursday, April 30th. The event
will be held at the Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne. Social hour will begin
at 6:00 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. The cost to sponsor a table
of 8 is $250.00 and individual tickets to the event are $35.00. Please call the
ATLAS office at 507-449-5777 to make reservations.
ATLAS for Life Spring Rummage & Bake Sale Fundraiser will be held
on Friday, May 8th, 9am-6pm and Saturday, May 9th, 8am-2pm at the ATLAS
building, 101 2nd St NE Pipestone. HUGE SALE! FREE COFFEE! YOU DON'T WANT TO
MISS THIS ONE! Also on Saturday from 9am-1pm join us at the ATLAS building's
east side "Gathering Place" for an Open House Road Show featuring
repurposed items for the new ATLAS Boutique! If you would like to donate items
for the rummage sale you may bring them in after April 21st, we welcome any
donations you may have however we will not be selling clothing items. Baked good
donations will also be greatly appreciated at the time of the sale!!! Thanks so
much for your support of this ministry!
The highly acclaimed southern gospel group, the Inspirations from
Bryson City, North Carolina, will present a benefit concert on Saturday, April
25 at 6:30 p.m. at the BJ Haan Auditorium at Dordt College. Tickets are $15 and
sold at the door only. All proceeds will benefit the local and global ministries
of Hope Haven.
Pat Vander Pol is retiring from JFA and we are hosting a party in her
honor. It will take place on May 15 from 6:30-9:30pm at Calico Skies Winery.
There will be appetizers as well as drinks for purchase. If you plan on
attending, email your confirmation and how many in your party to email@example.com
by April 25. If you are unable to make it and would like to send well-wishes,
please have them at JFA by May 1. Cards may be sent to: Justice for All, 1335
Valley Drive, Rock Valley, IA 51247
Pipestone County Hospice will be offering six Grief Support Group Sessions.
Grief is a very difficult experience. This support group is open to anyone who
has experienced a death loss, even if the loss has been years ago and no hospice
services were utilized. We will hold these sessions on Thursdays, April 23rd –
May 28th from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Hospice Home Conference Room, directly
east of the Pipestone Co Medical Center. To register or for more information,
please call 507-825-5024.
Join us during the week of June 1-5 to embark on an “icy” mountain
adventure-right here at Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church. At Everest VBS,
kids will learn to conquer challenges with God’s mighty power! They will
explore one of the most majestic, beautiful (and sometimes dangerous!) places on
earth. Kids will join Climbing Crews to “trek” through Everest, discovering
God’s power and promises along the way. Kids will also learn that God’s
awesome power is enough to overcome any “mountain” or problem in their
lives. Please sign your child(ren) up for this amazing adventure where they will
explore God’s incredible power and love for his children.
Vacation Bible School Volunteers are Needed: Please consider joining
us on this amazing adventure through Everest. It is our prayer that with your
help, God’s love will come to life like never before…..touching lives,
changing hearts, and drawing kids and adults closer together.
April 19 a.m. – Curt & Beth Van Dyke
April 26 a.m. – Kyle & Lisa Van Dyke
p.m. – Pastor Joe and Karen
April 19 a.m. – Lisa, Emily
April 26 a.m. – Dawn, Matthew
Loren De Groot
April 19 a.m. PT/Julie
April 26 a.m. Karen; p.m. Lisa
April 19 – Linda Beckering, Holly Vis
April 26 – Lexi Knutson, Matthew Mouw
Arlyn De Kam, Colin Feikema, Brad Mouw