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THE LORD’S DAY – February 22, 2015

On this first Sunday in Lent, we gladly welcome you to the Lord’s house! May Christ be our focus and may every heart be open to receive him.

THE MORNING MESSAGE: “The King’s Suffering: 1. Faithful Leader; Faltering Followers”
Scripture: John 18:12-27

Offering today: Calvin College 
Offering next Sunday: Gideons



Sun 10:45 AM Church School
        10;45 AM YPS will meet

Tue 7:00 PM Gems meet at Ebenezer. Please note change of date!

Wed 1:00 PM Golden Hour
          7:00 PM Men’s Life: Ch. 5 (remaining sections)
          8:15 PM Worship Committee meeting



Gene Van’t Hof entered Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls on Wednesday due to a severe infection in his artificial knee. On Thursday they decided it was necessary to remove the artificial knee until the infection is gone.

Beth Van Dyke had same day surgery on Thursday to remove a portion of a bulging disk in her spine that was pressing against a nerve. Pray for her healing.

Also continue to uphold in prayer Rich Van Hill and Milo Feikema and their spouses as they continue to receive care for cancer. Remember, too, those who are in a time of grief over the loss of loved ones.

Thank you for remembering us with your thoughts and prayers when Dick had his shoulder surgery and when we traveled to Rochester for Arla’s tests. Thanks for the phone calls, cards and for the food that was brought over. -- Dick & Arla Ruiter



This morning, we begin the 6-week Lenten season of spiritual reflection and repentance that precedes our observance of Good Friday and our celebration of Resurrection Sunday. You are urged to take a brief portion of time each day to reflect on your walk with the Lord, to confess your need for him and to ask him to enable you to have a closer walk with him.

This evening we will participate in a combined worship service with First CRC and Bethel CRC in Bethel CRC’s sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. The service will be a "Celebration of Hymns". In the service we will sing some of the inspirational hymns of our faith as well as hear the stories behind them and their authors. Please join us as we praise God through the gift of music and see his hand at work throughout the history of the church. There will be coffee and fellowship afterwards. (The Dordt Praise Team that last week’s bulletin said would be present had to cancel out.)

Next Sunday morning, March 1st, the congregation is invited to join us for cake following the morning service to celebrate Ed & Evy Lubben’s 60th wedding anniversary.

Circle 5 Members—please sign up for the spring soup supper. The sheets for donating food items and work shifts are on the table in the foyer. Please sign up!! We have a lot of shifts and food to bring, so we need everyone’s help. Please take note of when your food item is to be brought to SW for serving or if ground beef, have it there by the date given. You can put the cash donations in a marked envelope in Julie’s mailbox. If you choose to donate more than one of the same thing, please put your name on two separate lines. THANK YOU ALL!!

Ebenezer is responsible to work at the Bible League Thrift Store on Saturday. Please join us!

Church Directory update: Don and Louisa DeBoer’s correct Arizona address is listed in the non-web bulletin.

The community is invited to hear Dordt College professor emeriti, James Schaap, read from his collection of best loved stories at Southwest Christian’s chapel on Friday, Feb. 27. Schaap is the author of 23 books, including novels and devotionals. His work has earned him awards from Christianity Today, Best Christian Writing, Evangelical Press Association, and Associated Church Press, as well as the Christy Award. Chapel is held in the school gym at 12:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Dordt College Alumni Association.

The Song Goes On! A Hymn Celebration featuring Bella Voce, Kantorei, Chorale, Concert Choir with organ, brass and other instrumentalists will be held at BJ Hann Auditorium on March 4 at 7:30.

Christian Illusionist, Brett A. Myers, will be entertaining families at SWCH on Tuesday, March 10 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the school's gymnasium. Brett is an illusionist who has taken his talents around the world to share the gospel of Christ. Each year he performs over 140 shows that include army bases, theatres, colleges, conferences, corporations, and churches from coast to coast. Please mark your calendar and invite family and friends of all ages to this exciting and fun event. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover expenses. Please check Brett's website for promo video and more information:

SAVE THE DATE: Atlas of Rock County will be holding their first annual Fundraising Banquet on Thursday April 30th. Mark your calendars and look for more details coming soon in our Spring Newsletter.


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