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THE LORD’S DAY – December 21, 2014

Greetings to you in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ! We are delighted to have visitors share with us in our advent celebration of God's love for the world. Thank you for joining us.


Scripture: Luke 2:11-15

THE EVENING MESSAGE: “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy!”
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38 / Lord’s Day 14

Offering today: Helping Hands Pregnancy Center 
Offering next Sunday: SWCH



Thu 9:30 AM Christmas Worship Service



We give thanks that Mike Schuller was able to return home from the hospital on Wednesday.

Milo Feikema is currently in Rochester and is scheduled to undergo the harvesting of stems cells from his blood on Dec. 22. This will be followed by very strong chemotherapy to kill off the remaining (potentially cancerous) cells and then the return of the good stem cells that were harvested. The process will compromise his immune system and require that he be in special housing near the hospital for at least a month. Pray that the procedure will go well and prove to be successful. Their address is: Gift of Life Transplant House, Room # 65, 705 Second Street S.W., Rochester, MN 55902

Continue to keep Rich Van Hill in your prayers in light of his cancer.

Lillian Mouw continues to undergo therapy and receiving care at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls. Pray for her during this time of healing and rehabilitation.

Pray for God’s comfort for Aryln and Melissa Rylaarsdam and their girls Megan, Emma, and Kaylee as they continue to grieve the loss of Melissa’s mother.

Dordt College thanks the congregation for its recent offering for the Dordt College Fund Drive. Your support is deeply appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who contributed fudge and funds to the Christmas Sacks for Cornerstone Prison Church. We delivered 9 batches of fudge (216 pieces/30 lbs) and $25 in cash.

Congratulations to Pete De Kam who celebrates his 81st birthday today, to Nick De Boer who celebrates his 84th birthday on December 25th and to John Sas who celebrates his 88th birthday on December 26th.



This morning is our Leota Community Christmas Service. Welcome to all who have come to join us in celebrating Christ’s birth with instrumental and vocal music from children in pre-school through high school, as well as an adult community choir. We thank Julie Ruiter and Shelli DeGroot for organizing and directing. Thanks to all who took part in any way.

Our Leota Community Service offering will be for Helping Hands Pregnancy Center. The deacons will pass the offering bags just once. Checks with “General Fund” on the memo line (or cash placed in an enveloped marked “General Fund”) will support Ebenezer’s church budget. Loose cash and all other checks will go to the Helping Hands Pregnancy Center.

Tonight we will have our annual Candlelight Service. We express our gratitude to Emily DeGroot and Karen VandenAkker for their contributions on the flute.

Our Christmas Day Worship will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. We will enjoy the singing of carols and reading of Christmas prophecies, the conclusion of our Advent series on Ruth, and special music from our choir. We hope you will join us as we honor our newborn King!

Are there any college age students or young adults who’d be home for Christmas and interested in joining a praise team on Sunday, Dec 28th? Please contact Lisa Vander Maten if interested.

On December 28, the morning service will have an Old Year’s focus and will include installation of incoming elders and deacons. There will not be a P.M. service.

Men’s Life Bible Study: We will take a two week break and resume on January 7.

The Southwest Christian Foundation is celebrating God’s faithfulness. We have reached a value of $1,408,000 with principal investments totaling $545,000 and the quarter section of land valued at $764,000. The remaining $98,000 is the increased market value. We have more to celebrate; the foundation has given $589,000 to Southwest Christian since its 1968 start. What a covenantal and stewardly blessing as we all work to educate God’s children in the fear and understanding of Him!

In the spirit of giving, we thank God for the gifts you have given us. Please continue to consider the SWCH Foundation, which is a separate organization from SWCH in your giving and estate planning. Thank you for your support through prayer, gifts, and encouragement. May Christian education advance God’s kingdom in Southwest MN.

Day of Encouragement: This annual day of workshops aims to stimulate spiritual growth and equip God’s people for a variety of personal and church ministries to others. The workshops will be held on February 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. See the bulletin board for specific information or go to Notify Pastor Joe no later than Sunday, Jan. 18 (with your 4 preferred workshops). Registration costs will be covered by our church’s educational budget.


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