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The Lord’s Day – December 4, 2016

WELCOME! On this second Sunday in Advent, we light the Bethlehem candle and joyfully declare that there is room in our hearts for Jesus, our Savior and King. As we thoughtfully prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth, reflect on Mary’s (and your own) attitude of humble readiness to serve God’s purposes.

THE MORNING SERVICE: “Advent Anticipations: 2. Where is He Coming?”
Scripture: Micah 5:1-5; Revelations 21:1-8, 22-27 

THE EVENING MESSAGE: “Love’s Gifts: Peace, Joy, Hope and Life”
Romans 5

Offering today: Benevolent Fund                 Offering next Sunday:  ECES



Sun   10:45  AM Church School
          10:45 AM Community Christmas Program rehearsal
          7:45 PM Sunday Night Bible Study - lesson 2

Mon     8:30 AM Worthington Thrift Store
            7:00  PM ECES Christmas Program

Tues   7:00 PM Council Meeting

Wed   7:00  PM Men’s Life: Good Question, p. 339 “Money Matters”

Sat     8:30 AM Worthington Thrift Store



Vonda Danneman’s cancer surgery is scheduled for December 14. Pray for the Lord’s strength and for the gift of peace as they await surgery.  

John Mouw passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the age of 86. The funeral took place on Saturday. We pray for the Lord to comfort Milo and Cheryl, Brad and Linda, Cindy and Dan, and Mike and Lori, along with their children and grandchildren in their time of grief. We also extend our sympathy to LaVonne Hulstein, Gord and Elaine Mouw, and Stan and Pat Prins.

Dorothy Vanderberg has been hospitalized this week due to intense pain in her lower back where she had two vertebrae fused recently. Pray for this problem to be resolved soon.

Continue to pray for Ruth Sas as she undergoes therapy at Edgebrook following her stroke.


Ministry in Music: We are grateful to Lisa and Shelli for organizing our morning praise team and to each of the singers on the praise team.

We express our thanks to Gene and Brenda Van’t Hof for participating in the Advent reading and lighting of the Bethlehem candle this morning.

What does the IHS symbol on the pulpit banner mean? IHS are the first three letters in the Greek form of the name Jesus (IHSOUS). This symbol is also popularly understood as the Latin initials for Iesus Hominum Salavator (Jesus Humanity’s Savior).

Our newly selected elders and deacons are asked to meet with the Council Tuesday at 7:00 pm to take part in electing council officers at the opening of our meeting. Incoming elders are Garvin Vis and Mike Schuller; incoming deacons are Dave Kuik and Cody Lubben.

Holiday services: Our morning service on December 18 will be a Leota Community Christmas Service with a children’s musical and a combined adult choir as special features. The evening service on December 18 will include a closing candle lighting portion. Our Christmas Worship service will be held Sunday morning, December 25. There will be no evening service. On Sunday, Jan. 1, Rev. Dale Ellens will be our guest minister. There will be no evening service. Installation of incoming office holders will take place the morning of January 8.

Sound system operator needed: The Worship Committee is in need of a person who is willing to serve as a sound system operator for one month at a time every third month. Please contact Pastor Joe if you are interested. Contact Garvin Vis, Brent Feikema, or Loren DeGroot with questions about what this involves.

Everyone is invited to the ECES Christmas program on Monday, December 5th at 7:00pm in our new school gym!  We are excited to share the true meaning of Christmas with you as K-5 presents the musical, "Really, Really, Really Good News.”  The combined 6-8 band and choir will perform vocal and instrumental Christmas selections for your enjoyment.  A violin ensemble and 8th grade chimes will add to the holiday spirit!  Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of Christmas praise!

SWCH Circle # 5 is reminded to bring bars for the Burger Feed Friday evening at SW. Parent of SW students are asked to bring 2 pans. Please have them in the Ebenezer kitchen by 3:30 p.m.

There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer if anyone would be willing to help us out with additional bars for our Burger Feed on Friday. Please cut in 12-15 pieces and wrap individually.

Gems Christmas Party is Saturday, Dec 10.

Christian Fellowship Christmas Party is Saturday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Cornerstone Prison Church is once again looking for homemade fudge donations to put in the Christmas Sacks for the inmates. Fudge needs to be at church no later than next Sunday, December 11.  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Van Der Linden.

Join the bands and choirs from SWCH as we celebrate the light that has come into the world at Bethel CRC on December 12th at 7:00 pm. The concert will include arrangements of two classic TransSiberian Orchestra pieces as well as arrangements of favorite Christmas carols past and present. Come celebrate the birth of our Savior with the staff and students of SWCH.

2017 CRWM Calendars are available in the foyer if you are interested.

Justice for All is planning to bring 200 school supply boxes and 200 hygiene kits along to Juarez, Mexico in January. A box is in the foyer for any donated supplies. Please help if you can!


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