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EASTER SUNDAY – April 20, 2014

Welcome to the joy of Easter morning! “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. Death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Cor. 15:20, 54). Hallelujah, what a Savior!

 

THE MORNING MESSAGE: “Walking with the Shepherd: 8. Forever!”
Scripture: Psalm 23:6b; John 11:17-44, 14:1-3

THE EVENING MESSAGE: “Easter Victory”
Scripture: John 20:24-29


Offering today: SWCH 
Offering next Sunday: Young People

 


OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND SERVICE:

Sun 10:45 AM NO Church School today

 


PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Bert Schelhaas is scheduled for knee replacement surgery on Tuesday. Pray that the surgery will be free of complications and that the Lord will give him a speedy recovery.

Frank Koelewyn was able to transfer to Edgebrook Care Center on Saturday. Please keep him in your prayers. Along with his cancer, he currently has gout in his feet.

Thank you to everyone that attended and supported the Easter Festival on Palm Sunday. Thanks to those that participated and made it all happen. It was a beautiful afternoon of Praise and Worship. To God be the glory, great things He has done!! SWCH Circle #12

Thank You! A sincere thank you to all who contributed and participated in the ECES Donation Sale.

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our Easter celebration of Christ’s resurrection victory begins with a potluck breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the church basement. Drinks and table service will be provided. This year, the hymn sing and decoration of the cross with cut flowers will be part of our 9:30 morning service (not prior to it). Please remember to take flowers with you to decorate the cross. A few will be available in the narthex for visitors and those who forget. Our second service will be held at 6:30 p.m. as usual.

Ministry in Music: We are very thankful to the choir for singing for our Good Friday service and again this morning.

In order to come prepared with material for the Pre-profession of Faith Class, I would like to know how many are interested in attending the class and making public profession of your faith in the Lord. If you haven’t notified Pastor Joe yet, please call me or email me at joevandenakker@gmail.com. A four-session class to review the basics of our faith will be offered following the morning service in the Council Room beginning May 4.

ECES is celebrating Christian Education Week April 22-25. There will be open house for parents on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Grandparent's Day is Friday afternoon, April 25. There will be an all-school chapel at 1:00 p.m. at First CRC. Grandparents are invited to stay after chapel to visit classrooms with their grandchildren.

SWCH, as part of Christian Education Week, would like us to remember. Remember Abraham and his faith and his faithfulness. Remember those who sacrificed yesterday so that children today are experiencing a Christian education which is firmly rooted in the Word and which biblical worldview is imbedded in core values and curriculum of our schools. Commit today, as believers in Christian education, to insure that our Christian schools are sustainable for the generations to come. Events that will be happening at SW during Christian Education Week: Tuesday – Leader’s for Life Chapel @ 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday – Christian Education Week Activities – Student body; Thursday – Grandparents’ Day – grandparents please join us for morning devotions at 8:15 a.m. in our small groups, then attend a class & join Mr. Ulferts’ Freshmen class for activities and then stay for lunch (please RSVP if you will be joining us for lunch 442-4471); Friday- Parents/Grandparents/Community Members are invited to join us for caramel rolls at 8:00-8:30 and chapel following led by Revelation Band.

"It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back." These are the stories and characters of today, the "Songs for a New World" performed by SWMCH on April 22 (7:30 p.m.), 25 (7:30 p.m.) and 26 (meal at 6:30 p.m., general admission open at 7:15 p.m.) in the school gymnasium. Tickets for all three performances may be purchased at the school office (442-4471 - info.swmch@gmail.com) or at the door. Tickets for the the Dinner Theater on April 26th must be purchased in advance.

On Thursday, April 24 at 7pm in Luverne, Keith & Kristyn Getty will bring a perfect ending to your Holy Week worship. Keith & Kristyn have written many scripturally based songs that focus on our risen King. You can get your tickets at itickets.com or SWCH. Please join us for an evening of joyful singing, exuberant praise and reverent worship!

On Saturday, April 26 we will be cleaning up at the LEOTA PARK, beginning at 8:30 am. We would appreciate any help for any amount of time. Many hands make light work!

An open house bridal shower will be held for Karli Decker, bride-to-be of Kyle Schelhaas on April 26 at 9:30 a.m. at Bethel Reformed Church. She are registered at Target & Kohls

There will be an open house Bridal Shower for Abby DeGroot, bride-to-be of Zach Huisken on Sat, April 26 at 10:00 AM at Ebenezer CRC in Leota. It's an Either/Or Shower - Pampered Chef or Miscellaneous. A Pampered Chef Consultant will be present if you wish to order a gift for Abby or something for yourself. The couple is also registered at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and M&H Hardware. The shower is given by Abby & Zach's aunts.

April 27 Next Sunday morning, will be our Youth Service at Ebenezer. The youth have chosen Tom Voigt to be their guest speaker for that morning service.
Our theme for this year is "Called by Christ: blessed for the journey together" ....please plan to attend!! Youth Group.....please all be at church at 8:30 am.

SWCH Music Department will be performing their spring concert on Sunday, May 4 at the Bethel CRC in Edgerton beginning at 2:00 p.m. The concert will include psalms, praise songs, and scripture to give thanks for the past school year and to bring another school year to a close.

May 4 Youth Group will meet at 6:30pm. Pershin & Matthew have lunch. Tadd has devotions.

**Youth Group Serve Date - June 8-11.

Summer Opportunity to Serve: Join the Justice For All team that will be serving the small community of Mt Olive, MS through Mt Olive Ministries. MOM has been doing community and youth development since 1993. You will have the opportunity to be involved with the children of their summer enrichment program and also through construction/rehab type projects. Dates: June 14-20, 2014 Contact: Kurt Franje - kfranje@siouxlandhabitat.org or call 712-476-2804. There is still room for more volunteers. This would be a wonderful opportunity for families to serve together!

 


Dear Church Family,

Greetings from Prague! Spring is already filling our hearts and days with budding trees, blossoming flowers and bright sunny skies. While occasionally there are chilly days and cool showers, it is a joyful time of Easter and festive decorations complement the inner joy we have as believers in our Risen Savior and Lord. Likewise, the recent news of your incredible generosity leaves us humbled, affirmed, and encouraged as we continue our first few weeks of married life.

We are so thankful to our families for all that they did to make our wedding so memorable, beautiful, and meaningful. Thank you, too, for Pastor Joe & Karen, the Bouws, Groens, and many other members of Ebenezer who attended our March 22nd wedding in Brandon, South Dakota. We are honored by the on-going prayers, words of affirmation and cards...and again, we are so grateful for the financial gifts that you’ve bestowed upon us during the recent wedding shower.

As with the changing spring weather in Prague, we, too, are moving forward with interesting changes. Like many other newlyweds, we have the excitement of changing our apartment around to “fit” us both, trying new recipes with one another, and simply enjoying being married. And, like many other couples, we, too, are experiencing multiple trips to doctor’s offices, various kinds of treatments, and hopeful, yet sobering medical updates.

As we know that the sun continues to shine high above any rain clouds that may temporarily darken the horizon, we know, too, that there is absolutely nothing in this world that can separate us from the love of God that is found in Christ Jesus. Your love, prayers, and affirmation are concrete expressions of the body of Christ in action. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again. Even if we are not physically present with you at this current time, please know that your love and support are tangibly felt and do truly strengthen us in the Lord presently and for what lies ahead.

“I thank my God every time I remember you” (Phil. 1:3).

 

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