Ebenezer CRC

Our Bulletin

The Lord’s Day – November 19, 2017

Welcome to this day set aside so that we may rest in God’s gracious care and be spiritually renewed. This day is God’s gift to us. Let us celebrate his mighty works: he has created this glorious world and redeemed us from our sins. Praise the Lord and enjoy the day!

THE MORNING SERVICE: “Changing the Story”
Scripture: Philippians 4:10-20 

THE EVENING SERVICE: “A Quiet Contributor to Society”
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

Offering today: World Renew World Hunger
Thanksgiving Offering:
¼ ECES, ¼ SWC,½ Resonate Global Mission (CRC World/Home)
Offering next Sunday:
Benevolent Fund



Sun     10:45 AM Church School at Bethel Reformed
              3:00 PM Edgebrook worship service
              7:45 PM Choir rehearsal

Wed     7:00 PM No Men’s Life this week

Thu       9:30 AM Thanksgiving Day Worship Service

Sat       8:30 AM Worthington Thrift Store



Pray for safety for all who are traveling this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Congratulations to Bertha Van’t Hof who celebrates her 83rd birthday on Nov 21st and to Glen Kooiman who celebrates his 85th birthday on Nov 23rd.

THANK YOU….Circle 5 would like to say a very big thank you to Ebenezer church for all the support and help with the soup supper again.  You are very generous about helping donate desserts, soup, money, ground beef and your time to help make that fundraiser a big success. Thank you so much Ebenezer!!

Thank you to all who cared for me during my heart incident Oct 29th. Also, thank you for your prayers, cards, phone calls, visits and all the delicious food you brought to our home. It was ALL appreciated. -- Bertha & Marv Van’t Hof



Our annual congregational meeting will be held today immediately following the morning service. Ron Christians and Ivan Schelhaas are retiring as elders and Wayne Mouw and Ron Van Der Linden are retiring as deacons. Because Corey Vis and Bryce Schelhaas are resigning in order to join churches closer to home, four deacons will be going off of Council this year. The council decided to reduce the number of elders and deacons from 6 to 5 for each office. This means that from the three elder nominees – Gary Baker, Jerry Beckering and Jim Rozeboom -- the congregation will select two whose names will be placed in envelopes and one of the two will be randomly chosen to serve. From the seven deacon nominees – Lee Christians, Rick DeKam, Brent Feikema, Brad Mouw, Milo Van Dyke, Denny Vis and Todd Vis – the congregation will select six whose names will be placed in envelopes and three of the six will be randomly chosen to serve. One of the deacons will be chosen to serve a one year term and the other two will be chosen to serve three year terms. The final random drawing will take place during the morning service on November 26. The proposed budget will also be reviewed and voted on.

Due to the congregational meeting, the choir will rehearse immediately following the p.m. service today.

Thanksgiving Day: We will gather for worship at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to give thanks to the Lord for his abundant blessings. The choir will sing. We hope you will be able to join us!

Men’s Life will not meet this week due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

There will be no evening service next Sunday, November 26.

Benefit for Mark Engeltjes - Saturday,Dec.2, 5:00-7:30, Bethel Reformed Church, Leota-serving a free-will meal of pulled pork, baked beans, chips & root beer floats. We will also be having a bake sale of Christmas goodies.

World Renew has a donor who will match any gift received through November 28th.

Upcoming special worship events: Our next celebration of the Lord’s Supper has been moved to December 3. That service will also include the baptism of Nova Mae DeKam, daughter of Rick and Jessica. Dec. 10 a.m. – Mindy Tarleton will give an update on her work. Dec. 10 p.m. – Rev. Ed Tarleton will lead the service. Dec. 17 a.m. – Leota Community Christmas Program at Bethel Reformed. Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. – Service of Lessons, Carols, and Candlelight. This will be our Christmas worship service.

Leota Community Christmas Program is Sunday, December 17 during the 9:30am service at Bethel Reformed Church.  Contact Julie Ruiter 507-227-3862 or Shelli DeGroot 507-220-5678 with questions.  There are many opportunities to get involved:
    -Adult Choir (practicing Dec 3 & 10 at 10:45am Ebenezer’s sanctuary)
    -Children’s Choir (4yr olds-5th grade) practicing  Sunday’s Dec 3 & 10 from 10:40-10:55am and Wednesday’s Dec 6 & 13 from 6:40-7pm in Bethel’s sanctuary.
    -Reader’s Theatre (6th-9th grade) practicing on Sunday, Dec 10 from 10:40-10:55 and Wednesday Dec 13 6:40-7pm