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THE LORD’S DAY – November 23, 2014


Welcome to Ebenezer Church and to the opportunity to exalt the Lord together. May his name be glorified and may his Word enlighten our hearts and guide our lives.

 

THE MORNING MESSAGE: “Faith-based Giving”
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; 9:5-15

THE EVENING MESSAGE: “For Blessings Received…”
Scripture: Exodus 23:16; Romans 5:3-5; Colossians 1:15-18

 

Offering today: Volunteers in Mercy 
                     p.m. Southwest Minnesota Latino Ministry 

Thanksgiving: ½ World Missions; ¼ ECES, ¼ SWCH

Offering next Sunday: SWCH

 


OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND SERVICE:

bulletSUN10:45 AM Choir will meet today. Please join us. We would love to have you.
bulletMON 7:30 PM Chr Fellowship - Lesson 3. Dev – Marlys; leader – Sandy; lunch - Dawn
bulletWED 7:00 PM Men’s Life – No meeting this week
bulletTHU 9:30 AM Thanksgiving Day Worship

 


PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Give thanks to the Lord that Rich Van Hill has regained use of his right arm and is walking better also after receiving a radiation treatment to destroy the tumor on his brain. Pray for Rich and Glenda as they consult with oncologists.

Milo Feikema continues with chemotherapy treatments. He is scheduled to undergo a stem cell transplant procedure in mid-December.

Give thanks that Dal Schelhaas has returned home and has shown considerable improvement.

Cynthia DeBoer is regaining her health at home following her earlier hospitalization for pneumonia.

Congratulations to Glen Kooiman who is celebrating his 82nd birthday today.

Stan and Marlys VanderMaten and family invite you to enjoy cake and refreshments with them following this morning’s service as they praise God for 60 years of marriage.

We are so appreciative of the love and support shown to us in so many ways. We thank God for each one of you and ask that you continue to pray for us. -- Rich and Glenda Van Hill

Thank you to all who contributed to the Food Pantry. 203# of food was collected and they are very grateful!

The SWCH board and staff would like to thank everyone who supported Carry the Light with auction items, attendance, bidding, and purchasing. The amount raised to date is $47,581.16. We had a goal of $55,000, so please consider a donation if you were not able to attend. Last year we raised $60,500. Please keep Southwest Christian in your prayers and thoughts as we continue to challenge students to grow in knowing, loving, and serving the Lord. Together we can make meeting the financial needs for this school year happen! Blessings to you along with your family and friends during this season of THANKS.

A BIG thank you to all of you who put a box or boxes together or gave monetary amounts for Operation Christmas Child! This is the first year we have met our goal. We delivered 79 boxes, 4 over our goal. Please be in prayer in the next month for these boxes to be delivered to the children and that their hearts will be open to the love of Jesus! May your Christmas have more joy because you gave to bless others. Thank you!

How do I begin to say thank you for all the deeds of love this Christian, caring community showed to us the past month. Thank you for the prayers, visits, telephone calls cards and food brought in. This was a longer ordeal than anticipated but I never felt forgotten. Thank you everyone and let us praise God together for the healing. -- Harriet and Gerrit Kroontje

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

For our Ministry in Music this morning, Myron Hulstein and his granddaughter Taylor DeBoer will be singing “Lord, I Need You.” We are grateful to them for their special contribution to our worship.

Selection of new elders and deacons: At the close of our morning service, out-going elders and deacons will select by lot two new elders and two new deacons from the pool of nominees elected at our congregational meeting this past Thursday.

This evening, at 6:30 p.m., we will host a Community Thanksgiving Service for the churches of Edgerton, Leota, and Woodstock. There will be three mini-meditations led by various pastors, a community praise team led by Tom Bouma, and prayers of thanks to God. Refreshments will follow. We hope you will join us as together with others in our broader community we lift up our hearts in gratitude to the Lord.

Come with a thankful heart and joy in the Lord to our annual Thanksgiving Day Worship Service, Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The choir will provide our ministry of music.

Men’s Bible Study: Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday we will not meet this Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you on Dec. 3.

World Renew Gift Catalogs are available on the literature rack. This Christmas, in honor of a friend or family member, consider giving the gift of clean water, a bicycle, seedlings, a mosquito net, or other gifts to an impoverished person or family.

 

Leading the Conversation on Pornography – Aaron and Nicole Baart along with Southwest MN Christian invite parents, pastors, and community members to engage the conversation on pornography, a growing problem for men and women today. Aaron is the Dean of Chapel at Dordt College, and Nicole, his wife, is a novelist. They often speak together on topics of sexuality and culture. Join in leading the conversation on pornography, not just reacting to it, on November 25 at 7 pm in Southwest’s music room.

Hope Haven is celebrating 50 years of unleashing potential in people and we are inviting you to a “Night of Gratitude.” On December 1, national Christian recording artist Mark Schultz will present his Christmas tour concert at the Dordt College BJ Haan auditorium at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00. Opening the concert for Mark Schultz will be a beautiful 14 year old girl with a disability called arthrogryposis multiplex congentia which is a rare disorder that causes curving in her wrists and she is unable to use her arms. She will melt your heart with her voice and personality. Contact Missy at mkuiper@hopehaven.org or call 712-476-3174 for your complimentary tickets to this night of gratitude and thankfulness.

Are you excited about our upcoming Leota Community Christmas program on Dec. 21 during the 9:30 service? Please consider joining. There will be songs and acting/reading opportunities for kids ages 3 and up and also adult choir. We also would like some instrumentalists. Rehearsals are Nov. 30, Dec. 7 & 14 at 10:45-11:45 and also a second dress rehearsal on the 14th at 4:00 followed by pizza. Please sign up on the table in the foyer. Please also spread the word and invite those from the community to join us. Contact Shelli DG if you have questions.

Bring a smile to the face of an Edgebrook Care Center resident this Christmas. Stop by the Edgebrook Business Office Mon-Fri from 8 to 4:30 prior to December 15 and select a gift tag from their Angel Tree. On each tag is a list of items for a specific resident – buy one or all as you wish but do not spend more than $20. Return the wrapped gift by December 18. No matter what age, the joy of giving and receiving never gets old.

SW Parent Circle #14 will be hosting a barbecue, hot dog, chili dog, pulled pork and super nacho supper on Friday, December 5 starting at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria when the SW boys basketball hosts Ellsworth. This meal is sure to please all appetites with the choices listed along with drink and homemade bars.

Justice For All is planning the 2015 Jan-Feb ‘Serving & Learning’ Opportunities and would love to have you join one of the teams! These weeks are wonderful opportunities to serve others but also to experience and understand God’s Kingdom in new and important ways! Projects are being planned in Mexico, Mississippi, & Haiti throughout the months of January & February. For specific locations and dates, you can check out our website – www.jfa-nwiowa.org; call Pat or Lauren at 712-476-2804; or email jfainfo@jfa-nwiowa.org There will be an informational meeting on Monday evening, Jan 5, 2015 at JFA Ministry Center, 1335 Valley Dr, Rock Valley, IA at 7PM. You can also come by JFA at any time to visit about the trips. Sign up is possible by picking up an application at JFA, or by email. If you are interested in the Mexico trip, please contact Pat by the end of December.

2014 CRC World Missions Calendars: In an effort to be more stewardly with the funds entrusted to it, CRWM is distributing its 2015 calendars through CRC churches. Copies are available in the narthex.

 

Dear Ebenezer,

The trees are almost bare here in Prague; the few yellow and red leaves left are clinging with tenacity! Autumn's my favorite season, so I'm cheering on these persistent fading fragments of the season. I'm not ready for winter, but the stores are starting to accumulate Christmas merchandise - so the time is near!

And speaking of time, it's more than time for me to send a thank you your way! Thank you for all of the emails, cards, letters, notes on my Caring Bridge website, queries to my family about my health, etc. I know these are indicators of your love, care and many prayers. Last month, God blessed us with a really encouraging report from my oncologist (hopefully you've seen the details of that in the recent Tarleton Times) - on top of the ability to make a ministry trip with SHARE. Thank you, thank you, for your part in making all of this happen. A special thank you to you for the very generous financial gift that recently found its way to my ministry account. This was a special timely blessing both financially and emotionally. I pray that God will heap these blessings back on you in abundant ways, ways that are fraught with His fingerprints.

With many reasons for Thanksgiving to God!
    Mindy (Tweet) Tarleton

 

 

Greeters
   
Nov 23 a.m. – Con & Linda Brouwer
                  p.m. Nick & Cynthia De Boer
    Thanksgiving - Lee & Dawn Christians
    Nov 30 a.m. – Ron & Ava Christians
                 p.m. Carol DK, Harriet VL

Nursery
   
Nov 23 a.m. – Lisa VD, Samantha F
    Nov 30 a.m. – Erin F, Emily DG

Sound System
   
Garvin Vis

Accompanists
   
Nov 23 a.m. Julie; p.m. Lavonne
    Thanksgiving: Glenda
    Nov 30 a.m. Karen

Children’s Church
   
Nov 23 – Melissa Rylaarsdam
    Nov 30 – Stephanie McLain

Ushers
   
Lee Christians, Kyle Van Dyke

 

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