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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 - email@example.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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.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
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).