Ebenezer CRC

Our Bulletin

The Season of Easter – May 28, 2017

Welcome! It is our joy to worship and serve Christ our King. Respond to his gracious love with your grateful love. Lift up your heart to the Lord!

THE MORNING SERVICE: “Soldiers of the Lord Jesus”
Scripture: Philippians 3:17 - 4:1 

Offering today: ECES             Offering next Sunday: Justice for All



Mon 7:30 -10:00 AM Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast at SWCH



Pray for the Lord to give comfort to Keith and Dawn Esselink, and Kelly, Caleb and Sydney in the death of their mother / grandmother, Dorothy Esselink, on Monday, May 22 at the age of 92. We express our sympathy also to each member of the extended family, as well as to friends and neighbors. Dorothy’s funeral service was held Saturday. We rejoice with Dorothy in her new home in God’s glorious presence.

We extend joyful congratulations to Arlyn and Melissa, Megan, Emma, and Kaylee Rylaarsdam in the birth of a healthy son/brother, Devin Marvin Rylaarsdam, on Wednesday, May 24.

Congratulations to our 2017 high school graduates Emily DeGroot, Calissa Lubben, Matthew Mouw, Tucker Van Essen, and Jared Vis. Congratulations also to Calvin graduate Leah VandenAkker and to Northwestern graduate Klint Knutson.

How lucky were we to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.  We have found assurance in God’s Word and peace in His presence and have felt overwhelming love through all of our friends, family, and community.  Thank you for the calls, visits, prayers, scripture, food, and hugs during such a difficult time.  We have truly been blessed to be part of such a wonderful community. –

Steve Eernisse, Jen & Ross Brands, Carrie & Tony Schumacher , Josh & Nicole Eernisse

Congratulations to Lavonne Hulstein who celebrates her 83rd birthday on May 30th.



This evening at 6:30 p.m.we will join with the congregation of Bethel CRC and First CRC for a combined worship service at Bethel CRC.  Rev. Duane Tinklenberg will give the message.  If you wish to give an offering for the GEMS program, you will be able to do so at the sanctuary doors as you exit at the after the service. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall after the service.

A preparation class will be held for anyone interested in making public profession of faith in Christ. Please notify Pastor Joe if you are interested in participating. We will meet after the morning services in the council room starting June 4 for 3-4 sessions. If these dates do not work for you, please let Pastor Joe know and we will try to find alternate dates.

Custodian position opening: Keith and Dawn Esselink have expressed their desire to end their service as church custodians as of June 1. If you are interested in serving as custodian, please contact Building and Grounds chairman Ron Van Der Linden or Pastor Joe.

MEMORIAL DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST at SWCH on Monday, May 29 from 7:30-10:00 a.m. Come enjoy unlimited pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk, and juice. Thank you for your support of the sponsoring parent group and SWMCH. A free-will offering will be taken.

Edgerton Christian Elementary School is celebrating 100 years of God's faithfulness. Join the generations of people, young and old, as we enjoy an old-fashioned picnic on Saturday, June 3. 5:00-6:00 p.m. – a light picnic lunch will be served; 6:00-6:45 p.m. – a short reflection program; 6:45/7:00-8:00 p.m. - old-fashioned picnic games for pre-school and grade school children, tours of the school will be given, opportunity for reminiscing and socializing.

All Leota VBS Volunteers training meeting Wednesday May 31, 6:30pm-7pm at Ebenezer CRC basement we are still in need of 1 Crew leader and someone to lead or co-lead the Closing each night. 

VBS Snack Donation needs are on the table in the foyer.  Please bring your snack items to the kitchen at EBENEZER CRC by Sunday, June 4, unless otherwise noted on the sign up sheet.  Questions call Julie 507-227-3862 or Kim 605-214-1437

Like to decorate/craft/paint?  Our VBS team is needing help with transforming Ebenezer church into the Maker Fun Factory!  Come Wednesday, May 31 from 7-8pm to help! Wear old clothes as you may get a little messy. 

Prayer request:  We have 5 gems girls going to GEMS Camp at Camp Foster on Lake Okoboji (Shelby Appel, Rihanna Hulstein, Olivia Muyskens, Izzy Hubbling, and Mateya Gilbertson) and counselors Calissa Lubben and Emily DeGroot Thursday, June 1-Saturday, June 3.  Pray for open hearts to receive God's love and for safety while they are there and while traveling too.

The SWCH and ECES Boards will conduct their annual society meetings on Tuesday, June 6, 2016 in the Edgerton Christian Elementary Gymnasium.
5:30-6:30 – Burger Feed Fundraiser hosted by the 2018 SWMCH Seniors
6:30 p.m.  - Edgerton Christian’s Society Meeting
7:30 p.m. – Joint society meeting for the purpose of discussing a potential merger.
8:00 p.m. - Southwest MN Christian Society Meeting
The foundations of both schools will meet prior to the society meeting at 6:30 and 8:00 respectively.

ECES Board Nominations:
Bethel CRC - Elliot De Jongh, Heather Rieck; Luverne CRC - Cayla Hamm, Mike Feikema;
Non-supporting Churches - Angie Houselog, Kent Vander Lugt

SWMCH Board Nominations:
Edgerton Area -  Randy Pater, Troy Talsma, Cheney Vander Top, and Jon Walhof
At Large – Sy Schaap, Michele Van Dyke

SWMCH Foundation Nominations:
Edgerton Area - Wes De Kam, incumbent and Del Van Essen
Pipestone Area - Ed Scholten, incumbent and Lyle Blom