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The Lord’s Day – May 24, 2015

Today is Pentecost Sunday. On this day we celebrate the powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit sent by the ascended Lord Jesus to energize Christ’s Church and change countless lives. Praise the Lord for the Spirit’s work in you and in His Church!


THE MORNING MESSAGE: “The Holy Spirit: Bonding Agent”
Scripture: John 14:15-17, 25-26

THE EVENING MESSAGE: “Faith on the Field of War”
Scripture: Psalm 57

Offering today: Dordt College 
Offering next Sunday: Benevolent Fund



Mon 7:30 - 10:00 AM Free-will Donation Pancake Breakfast at SWCH



On this Memorial Day weekend, we give thanks to the Lord for all those who gave their lives in battle in order that we might enjoy freedom in our nation and so that others may as well.

Congratulations to Jordan and MacKenzie Christians in the birth of their first child, a daughter Brooklynn Sophia. Pray for God to equip them for their new role as parents.

Gene Van’t Hof was able to have an artificial knee installed this week. Praise the Lord for healing the infection that had made it necessary to remove his previous artificial knee. Pray for Gene as he now heals from this latest surgery. While installing the new knee, his femur bone cracked so Gene will need to be on crutches and avoid putting weight on the knee for four weeks.

Continue to pray for those who are living with cancer and receiving treatments to keep it in check.

Congratulations to Lavonne Hulstein as she celebrates her 81st birthday on May 30th.



The flowers in the front of church are in celebration of Pastor Joe and Karen's 35th wedding anniversary. Thankful for the faithful example of Christ-like marriage they have provided over the years, their children wish them many more years of happiness together.

This morning, we celebrate Pentecost – the 50th day after Easter and the day on which the ascend Christ equipped his church with the promised gift of the Holy Spirit.

Music Ministry: We are grateful to Milo and Nancy Van Dyke for their contributions in song to our service this morning.

This evening, we will host a combined service in our sanctuary. Bethel CRC and First CRC of Edgerton will join us for a Memorial Day focused service of worship. Pastor Joe will bring the message.

Pastor Joe will be leaving this week for two weeks of vacation time in Michigan with their children. Plans are to return again on June 8, Lord willing. If pastoral needs arise, please contact your care team elder.

Next Sunday morning, May 31, we will be led in worship by former pastor, Rev. Henry Entingh. In the evening, Pastor Stephen Wynja from Holland CRC will lead our service.

Gems camp is Thursday through Saturday (May 28-30). Please pray for Jastin Pena, Abbey Lang and Nicole lang (counselor) as they grow in their faith and relationship with God and other Christian young women at Camp Foster on Lake Okoboji.

SWCH Circle #11 would like to invite you, your family, and friends to the free-will donation pancake breakfast tomorrow, May 25 serving from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, and drink will be served.

Leota Burial Association will hold a special society meeting to discuss the Burial building and property on Monday, June 1st.

VBS: We are still looking for a few individuals to help cover some of the activities. Please consider helping out, even if it is just for one evening. Lots of hands make light work for everyone. The last day to sign a student up for VBS is today. VBS will be June 1-5 from 6:30-9:00 at Ebenezer. The VBS program will be Sunday evening at 6:30. Donation lists for needed snacks and items are also out. Donated items should be placed in the box labeled VBS at Ebenezer by no later than Sunday, May 31, unless otherwise noted. Please label all items. Lastly, THANK YOU to those of you that have already signed up to help or donate items!!! Any questions, please call Patty Sas at 442-8459.

RiseFest 2015 is one for the record books with two days of mainstage entertainment featuring Newsboys, Matthew West, Jason Gray, Rend Collective, Sidewalk Prophets, Rhett Walker Band, Mark Schultz, Ginny Owens, Remedy Drive, and more! Seminars, Kids Zone, ROTR Youth Tent; there’s something for everyone at RiseFest. Get your RiseFest tickets now at Through the month of May, take advantage of the last group special of $25 when you buy 10 or more. Kids 10 and under are free. See you at RiseFest, June 19 and 20, Father’s Day weekend in Sheldon, Iowa!



May 24 a.m. – Gene & Brenda Van’t Hof
                p.m. – Garv & Bonnie Vis
    May 31 a.m. – Leon & Donna Van’t Hof
                p.m.– Orv & Judy Vis

May 24 a.m. – Erin, Matthew
    May 31 a.m. – Calissa, Emily

May 24 a.m. - Lavonne; p.m. Karen
    May 31 a.m. – PT; p.m. Julie

Children’s Church
May 24 – Emily De Groot, Calissa Lubben
    May 31 – Patty Sas

Sound System: Garvin Vis

Ushers: Daniel Mouw, Justin Feikema


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