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Daily Devotional


First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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Scripture: Ephesians 4:25-5:2 (p. 1822)


(This evening other area congregations will be joining us for a combined Community Thanksgiving Worship service. A separate bulletin will be handed out.)

Offering: Benevolence
Next Sunday’s Offering: Denominational Ministry Shares


Stewardship Verse:

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” 
Matthew 6:24



bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Kids’ Praise; Sunday School; catechism classes for grades 3-8; choir
bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee in the foyer
bulletToday 11:30 a.m. - Christmas program practice until 11:45 a.m.
bulletTonight 6:30 p.m. - Combined Community Thanksgiving Service at our church.
bulletMon. 7:00 p.m. - Men’s Society. Resurrection, Lesson 4.
bulletMon. 7:00 p.m. - Mary Guild. Lesson 4.
bulletWed. 10:00 a.m. - No Coffee Break Bible Study and Story Hour this week.
bulletWed. 6:30 p.m. - No Latino Ministry Supper and Bible study this week.
bulletWed. 7:30 p.m. - No catechism classes for grades 9-12.
bulletThurs. 7:00 p.m. - No Friendship Class
bulletThur. 8:50 a.m. - Adult Chimes practice before Thanksgiving service
bulletThurs. 9:30 a.m. - Thanksgiving Day Service



THIS MORNING it is our joy to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. If you are a visitor, we would encourage you to review the communion card you received at the door. If you are a professing member of a Christian church, we invite you to share this celebration of communion with us.

THIS MORNING we will also select new elders and deacons.

CATECHISM STUDENTS grades 3-8 will be involved in the Christmas program on December 20. Practice will begin this morning after catechism class in the sanctuary till 11:45. Students will be meeting that time November 29 as well. In December practice will be right after morning church with 3yr -2nd grade students.

this evening other area congregations will be joining us for a combined Community Thanksgiving Worship service. Pastor Brown will bring the message. The offering will be for Volunteers in Mercy. Refreshments will be served afterward.

BECAUSE of the combined service this evening, only the morning offering will be for Benevolence. Please bear this in mind as you give.

THERE WILL BE no catechism classes for grades 9-12 this Wednesday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

OUR THANKSGIVING DAY SERVICE will be on Thursday, November 26, at 9:30 a.m. For the service, members of all ages are encouraged to write down things they are thankful for on the insert that is in the bulletin today. (Extra sheets are on the table in the foyer.) Please bring the inserts with you to the Thanksgiving Day service. They will be collected and Pastor Brown will incorporate some of them into a thanksgiving prayer.

THANKSGIVING DAY we will be collecting food for the Edgerton food shelf. Canned goods and non perishables will be collected in boxes in the back of church. As we gather together to give thanks for all we have been blessed with, let us also be a blessing onto others as well. This is one way we can show our gratitude for all we have been given. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving. The Stewardship Committee

THANKSGIVING ENVELOPES are your mailboxes! This year we received many requests from local agencies asking for support. We have decided to highlight their needs by including them as designations on the Thanksgiving Envelope. Those who wish to support other causes may still do so by making a note on their check or envelope. Thank you! The Deacons.

THANKSGIVING DINNER: Our church will host a dinner at 11:30 after our Thursday Thanksgiving church service. Families that would like to share a good meal and fellowship are encouraged to sign up on the sheet in the foyer with the number of people and what you would be willing to bring to share. If you want to add your name AFTER today, please call Rick and Karen Fey at 631-7563. We celebrate a bountiful harvest and a beautiful fall and encourage everyone to share the “thanks” together!

FUDGE FOR INMATES – The various Christian ministries (including Cornerstone Prison Church) at the SD prisons come together each Christmas to give the men a Christmas goodie sack. The sacks include fudge, candy, peanuts, and cards. Would you consider making a batch or two of fudge? It is one way we can help bring a bit of Christmas joy behind the prison walls. There is a sign-up sheet and recipe in the foyer. The fudge needs to be in the church kitchen by noon December 16. Please follow the recipe provided and do not make any substitutions.

MISSIONARY CHRISTMAS CARDS - Please remember our missionary families this Christmas season with a card or letter to let them know that you are praying for them. There are boxes in the foyer for you to place your Christmas cards in. Please have your cards in by Sunday, December 6 so we can get them sent off. Pray that they may receive strength and wisdom for each day. Thank you, the Mission Committee

SUBMISSIONS for the December/January/February Threads Newsletter can be submitted to Ashley Stoel (first.threads@gmail.com) by Monday, November 30. Thanks!

2016 CRWM CALENDARS: In an effort to be more stewardly with the funds entrusted to it, CRWM is distributing most of its 2015 calendars through CRC churches. If you did not receive a calendar in the mail you can pick one up in the foyer.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Students at Dordt College or other colleges endorsed by the CRC who wish to apply for a scholarship from Classis Minnkota should contact Pastor Brown for an application. The application deadline is December 31, 2015.

CRC YEARBOOKS: If anyone would like a copy of the 2016 CRC Yearbook, please contact Curt Walhof (442-6291). The print edition will be more concise than it has been in the past.

NOVEMBER SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Psalm 100:4–5 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”



bulletNovember 29 - First Sunday in Advent
bulletDecember 20 (PM) - Christmas program



Calvin College is pleased to announce a new $4000 Legacy Award to support new students who have a historical connection to the college. The Legacy Award will be provided automatically to Fall 2016 incoming students who are members of a Christian Reformed Church and/or are children of alumni and will continue for up to five years. The Legacy Award combines the Denominational Grant-in-Aid and the Alumni Legacy Scholarship awards into one program for new students. For further details, please contact the Calvin College admissions or financial aid office. (www.calvin.edu)

ECES EXPANSION UPDATE: Last week, outside concrete work was completed. Plumbing, HVAC, and electrical continue to make progress. We anticipate the front entrance to be enclosed in the upcoming week, which will allow for interior painting to begin. Financially, we have nearly $3 million committed toward a $4.5 million project—meaning we’re almost 2/3 of the way to our goal! However, the bills keep coming in. We’ve borrowed almost $820,000 to date. As we celebrate the blessings God has bestowed upon us, please remember us in your year-end giving!

at Southwest MN Christian High School:
    Friday, December 4: Circle #14 Supper at the SWMCH/EHS BB game.
    Monday, December 14: Christmas Music Program
    Thursday, December 17: Circle #10 Supper at the SWMCH/Canby double header BB games.
    Monday, December 21: Snow Day for SWMCH or ECES Christmas program.
    Saturday, January 2: Homecoming Events, BB with Dawson/Boyd

THE NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA, led by conductor Dr. Bradley Miedema, will present its Fall Concert on Saturday, December 5, at 3:00 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Consisting of middle school and high school string players, NISYO will perform works by Vivaldi, Handel, Grainger, Meyer, Leyden, and more. The concert is free and open to the public.

THE ANGEL TREE is your opportunity to bring a smile to the face of a resident of Edgebrook Care Center this Christmas. You are invited to stop by the Edgebrook Business Office, Mon. – Fri. from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November 16 through December 14 and select a tag from our tree. On the back of each tag there will be a list of items that you can purchase for that resident. You may choose to buy one item or all the items listed (not to exceed $20). Return the wrapped gift(s) by December 16 and they will be distributed during Christmas week.

SWC AND ECES will be holding a combined society meeting on Monday, November 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the ECES gym. At this meeting both societies will be voting separately on the following proposal: To adopt a shared administrative structure between SWC and ECES, including a Head of Schools and part-time Director of Learning starting in the 2016-2017 school year. We will meet at 7:00 p.m. to briefly lay out the proposal and then proceed with the vote. If you are a member of both societies, you will be able to cast a ballot for each school society. For those that do not feel a need to attend or ask more questions, absentee ballots can be obtained by calling either the ECES (442.6181) or SWC (442.4471) office. Please return these ballots in an envelope with your name signed across the back of the envelope and write which society you are voting for. Please place only 1 ballot per envelope. The vote will take a simple majority from both societies in order to pass. Please make plans to cast your vote!

FROM MAFIA TO MINISTRY- Week of November 22: One lonely night in his prison cell, former Mafia member Frankie Palermo encountered Christ and his life was changed forever. Frank and his wife Judy, founders of No Boundaries Ministries, share how they are seeing the Gospel restore lives as they travel the nation to preach in churches and prisons. Go to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!

GROUNDWORK: RECOGNIZE AND IMITATE GOOD - The church is full of hypocrites; it’s true. The best Christians are still sinful humans. So join Groundwork as we turn to Scripture and study the letter of 3 John for help discerning which Christian leaders are worth following and which are not. Join the conversation each week: subscribe for free weekly email notifications at ListenToGroundwork.com or visit GroundworkOnline.com to find a local radio station or listen at any time.

KIDS CORNER: TALL LIZARD TALE - Liz desperately wants to be Student of the Week and since rescuing an unknown stranger from drowning, Liz has become so famous that his story will be on the national news. But why is Liz acting so strangely, and why is he avoiding Lucille; the one lizard who knows him the best? Follow the adventures of Liz and his pals every week: subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Be sure to download this special song, “Leap of Faith,” at kidscorner.net.

SPECIAL ADVENT DEVOTIONAL SERIES - Looking for more meaning in the midst of a busy Christmas season? Let us help! This Advent, ReFrame Media offers a special e-mail series just for you. With daily devotions and encouragements from Today, Family Fire, Groundwork, and the fun of Kids Corner, it's designed to help you and your family experience the wonder of Christmas. Sign up at ReFrameMedia.com/Advent.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING BTGMI - From BTGMI Spanish ministry leader Rev. Guillermo Serrano: “Thank you for your support of Back to God Ministries Spanish outreach. Without your support it would be impossible to do this ministry.” Thanks to your partnership, our Spanish programs are broadcast on nearly 600 radio stations and more than 200 TV stations. We also produce a devotional that reaches 7,000 homes each month, and a children’s website that draws youth into relationship with Jesus.

CHAPLAINCY AND CARE MINISTRY - Please join us in honoring our chaplains on Chaplain Sunday, November 22. The CRCNA chaplains are specially trained men and women who serve in hospitals, hospices, counseling agencies, long term care facilities, correctional facilities, community service agencies, Veterans Affairs centers, the military, and the workplace. They touch hundreds of lives every day with the presence and the love of Christ. Our network of chaplains stretches literally from the prison to the Pentagon. Whether in a nursing home or on a battlefield, our chaplains have served with courage and distinction over the course of the last century.

OPEN MISSIONARY POSITION IN ASIA - The Spirit is moving in Asia and you have the opportunity to be a part of that exciting church growth. CRWM is looking for a long-term person or couple to work with the local church and other Christian ministries to disciple local Christian leaders in biblical knowledge and other ministry skills. If interested, contact Nalini Van Den Bosh at nvandenbosch@crcna.org.

"WHAT BEING PRO-LIFE MEANS TO ME" Blog Series - Have you been following the Office of Social Justice's "What Being Pro-Life Means to Me" series on the Do Justice blog? Over the past couple months, the series has covered topics such as refugees, abortion, Palestinian farmers, missing and murdered indigenous women, physician-assisted suicide, and the death penalty. Read more about what it means to hold the label "pro-life" with integrity by visiting DoJustice.crcna.org.

SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE Sunday Resources - January 17 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and the CRC Office of Social Justice is pleased to offer resources for your church to honor the day -- including bulletin inserts, a PowerPoint presentation, and a responsive reading. We hope your congregation will join the many others commemorating the sanctity of human life in ways that are mindful of the impact abortion has on our communities and affirm the value of every human life, at all stages of development. Visit crcna.org/life for worship resources and more information.

ARE YOU A HANDS-ON PERSON? - Join a team in January 2016 and discover Haiti while working alongside local Haitians. Your team will begin constructing the means for the Leogane community to receive easier access to clean water. See details at www.worldrenew.net/gvp or contact volunteer@crcna.org.

GLOBAL PRAYER SAFARI - Do you have a heart for missions and the missionaries who serve in Africa? Make plans to join World Missions Kenya Prayer Safari in February 2016 to spiritually strengthen, encourage and refresh Christian missionary workers in various missions settings. Additional details can be found at www.crwm.org or contact volunteer@crcna.org.





    AM: Dale & Tami Mesman, Clarice Krosschell & Shar Miedema
    PM: Archie & Marj Nibbbelink, Brett & Kelly Kroeze
Ushers: AM: Brett Kroeze, Jeff Schaap, Nathan Blankers, Greg Masselink
    AM: Sara Schelhaas, Sydney Van Hulzen, Elizabeth Prins, Isabelle Niemeyer
    PM: Rose Sorenson, Avery Pater
Library: AM: Marj Nibbelink  PM: Lori Schelhaas
Children’s Worship: No Lesson, Communion
Medical Assistants: AM: Brenda Kooi  PM: Greg Masselink



Greeters: Ron & Thea Nykamp, Rod & Barb Obbink
Ushers: Ross Brands, Tadd Prins, Howard Schaap, Kirk Bleyenburg
Nursery: Ashley Schelhaas, Denise De Kam, Ann Pater, Zachary Prins


NEXT SUNDAY, November 29

    AM: Barb Nykamp & Nelvina De Kam, Tadd & Erica Prins
    PM: Randy & Priscilla Pater, Gord & Judy Prins
Ushers: AM: Brett Kroeze, Jeff Schaap, Nathan Blankers, Greg Masselink
    AM: Sy Schaap, Christa Blom Jennifer Schelhaas, Hunter Vander Haar
    PM: Cynthia Spronk, Kathryn Prins
Library: AM: Eleanor Schoolmeester  PM: Estella Vis
Children’s Worship: Howard/Sy Schaap, Micah Schaap
Medical Assistants: AM: Evie Van Dam  PM: Rod Obbink



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