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Daily Devotional


First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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THE LORD’S DAY, May 29, 2016


Scripture: John 8:1-12 (p. 1661)


(This evening the congregations of Bethel CRC and Ebenezer CRC of Leota will join us for a combined worship service. A separate bulletin will be handed out.)
Scripture: Romans 14:1-12 (p. 1765)

Offering: Denominational Ministry Shares
Next Sunday’s Offering: World Renew


Stewardship Verse:

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 
2 Corinthians 9:6



bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee in the fellowship hall.
bulletTonight 6:30 p.m. - Combined worship service in our church.
bulletWed. 6:30 p.m. - Latino Ministry Supper followed by Bible study



Minnie Huisken (Care Group 6) returned home from the hospital on Tuesday.

Thank you so much for all the thoughts, prayers, calls and food brought in while I was in the hospital and recovering at home. It was all very much appreciated. Lori Boer

Missionary Darin Fey remains in the hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, recovering from a brain bleed. Remember Darin, Jonna and their children in your prayers.



WE WELCOME Pastor Dan De Groot to our pulpit this morning. Pastor Dan served Bethel CRC from 1986-1993. He also served as the Executive Director of Justice for All. May God bless his ministry to us.

THIS MORNING coffee will be served in the new fellowship hall.

THIS EVENING the congregations of Bethel CRC and Ebenezer CRC of Leota will join us for a combined worship service. A separate bulletin will be handed out. Pastor Stephen Wynja will lead the service and bring the message. The offering will be for the Southwest Minnesota Latino Ministry. Refreshments will be served following the service in the fellowship hall.

PASTOR TIM AND JEAN BROWN plan to return on Tuesday, May 31. Those with special needs should contact Pastor Aaron or their Care Group elder or deacon.

PASTOR AARON is leading worship at Worthington CRC today.

IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING you'd like to submit for the June/July/August issue of the Threads Newsletter, please email to Ashley Stoel (first.threads@gmail.com) or put it in her church mailbox by Monday, May 30. Thanks!

OUR CHURCH PANTRY SHOWER will be Saturday, June 4, at 9:30 a.m. in the new church fellowship hall. We will be honoring the following couples: Orey and Carmen Fey, Alyssa (Hulstein) and Joseph De Weerd, Alexia Pater and Jason Katsma, Amber Pater and Andrew Top, and Justin Fey and Cassie Gleis. Tables are set up for each couple.


1) HELPERS MEETING! If you have volunteered to help with VBS, you are asked to attend a brief helpers orientation meeting on Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 p.m., at the Reformed Church. We will go over many of the details for the week that will enable you to more effectively direct the kids. The directors don't have time to speak with each of the helpers individually, so PLEASE make every effort to attend this meeting. Thank you for volunteering your time! We are getting excited to ROCK THE BOAT!

2) If you have missed the registration deadline, you can still register your child/grandchild. The cost is $10. Registration forms are on top of the mailboxes and can be returned to Christa or Erica as soon as possible.

3) VBS is still need of empty Kleenex boxes for a craft the younger children will be doing. The small, square Kleenex boxes are preferable, but we will take any kind of Kleenex box at this time. Please place in back of church and we will pick them up as they become available. Thank you!

DETAILS for the week of VBS: JUNE 6-10, 2016. 4 and 5 year olds have VBS in the Presbyterian Church from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Please drive THROUGH the parking lot. Don't try turn around in the parking lot as there are many little people that attend there. Kindergarten through 5th graders will meet at the Reformed Church at 9:00 a.m. and can be picked up at 11:30 p.m. All kids are expected to wait at church for someone to pick them up or let their leader know when they are leaving the church. Nursery will be provided at Bethel CRC for any babies/toddlers of those who have committed to help with VBS.

VBS MISSION: Our mission for the week is to supply the Edgerton Food Pantry with food and to support the Latino ministry with our monetary gifts. We will be accepting nonperishable food items at the Reformed Church throughout the week of VBS and at the program on Friday evening. Offering will be taken during am devotions each day during the week of VBS and at the program as well. The money raised will allow the Latino ministry to purchase Bibles for their adult ministries and children's worship materials for their children. Please join us as the hands and feet of Jesus as we support these local ministries!

VALET PARKING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you are willing to be put on a schedule to help with valet parking, please contact Dave Brons (442-6244) or Wes De Kam (442-3576).

SHARE THE HARVEST! Do you have extra produce from your garden you would like to share with others? We again have a table in the back of church where you can do this. Feel free to bring items from your garden or feel free to enjoy the bounty of other gardens.

MAY SCRIPTURE MEMORY (REVIEW): Psalm 1:3-4 “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.”



bulletJune 6-10 - Vacation Bible School
bulletJune 26 - Communion
bulletJuly 3 (PM) - Combined evening worship service at Ebenezer CRC, Leota



Darin Fey has been hospitalized since last Sunday in Pretoria, South Africa. Suffering a debilitating brain bleed, Darin was cared for and is recuperating at the hospital at least until this coming Tuesday. The cause of the bleed was not determined, and since then has had a couple setbacks with another brain scan over the weekend. Doctors wanted the full seven days to observe his recovery before sending him home. Darin, Jonna, Tyson and Jori thank the congregation for your prayers and ask that you continue to pray that Darin regains all his strength, and Jonna and the kids have patience to continue with daily activities. The Feys with Take Action Ministries!

MEMORIAL DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be May 30, serving from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Southwest MN Christian High School cafeteria. Please come and support Southwest Christian this Memorial Day. A freewill donation will be accepted for the hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausages, and drink.

PLAN TO ATTEND the Edgerton Christian Elementary School Annual Society Meeting on Tuesday, May 31, at 7:00 p.m.! The financial statements will be reviewed and the proposed budget will be presented. Mr. Pfeifle will give the Principal’s report. Howard Schaap will give the Board report. ECES Foundation information will be available, and new board members will be elected.Nominations for the ECES School Board to fill three positions are: Luverne – Jamie Pap and Brian Fick; First CRC - Ryan Blom and Kurt Talsma; Bethel CRC - Rob VanHill and Mark VanderPol. Nominations for the ECES Foundation to fill one position are: Colin Feikema and Lloyd Prins.

BETHEL CRC OF EDGERTON is hosting a concert featuring local talent to raise money for Children of the Promise of Haiti. Children of the Promise is an infant care center (or creche as it is called in Haiti) for sick or malnourished infants and children. It is a transition home providing 24-hour care for infants in need until they can be returned to their biological family or, if that’s not possible, are adopted into a new family. The concert is Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Bethel CRC (610 Main Street, Edgerton) and will include: Josh Stromberg, Becca Van Schepen, Anna Agresto, Katie Van Dam, Mariah Talsma, Tom Bouma, and Victoria Kiers. A free will offering will be collected for COTP. CD's will also be available to purchase for $10. All proceeds will go to COTP. Join us as we help empower Haiti’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

THE SOUTHWEST MN CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL will hold their annual society meeting on Tuesday, June 7, beginning at 7:00 p.m.in the music room. Please join us for an evening of reflection and praise for the 65-year history of SWMCH and a collective night of information and inspiration. There is a great mission that occurs each year as we educate students and help them grow in knowing, loving and serving God and others, and we look forward to sharing with you about the past school year and going forward! Please join us for this evening for a burst of excitement for what God is doing at SWMCH, in the lives of our students, staff, and supporters! During the brief informational meeting, the election of new school board members and presentation of a few financial matters will take place. New board nominations include Jolene Groen and Mike Homandberg (Chandler area), Nicole Fey and Stewart Kreun (Edgerton area), and Steve Robinson (Worthington area). Absentee ballots may be picked up at the school office between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

THE SOUTHWEST MN CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL Foundation will conduct its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 7, following the SWMCH society meeting in the school’s music room. Foundation board elections and a presentation of the foundation’s work will be given. Foundation board nominees include Jerry Beckering (incumbent) and Jim Rozeboom (Leota area) and Leon Vander Woude (incumbent) and Glen Talsma (Chandler area).

IF YOU HAVE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS about your Estate Plan, you are not alone. Jim Prichard, a Christian attorney from Barnabas Foundation, will be meeting with Christian families in our area from June 8-June 9, 2016. Jim will be happy to provide clear and easy-to-understand Estate Planning information regardless of the size of your Estate, your age or stage in life. There is no financial obligation for this confidential meeting. If you would like to meet with Jim, please contact Deb Harder at Barnabas Foundation toll free at 888-448-3040.

ATLAS FOR LIFE CELEBRATION PICNIC: ATLAS Back Porch and Parking Lot ~ In case of rain, will be held at Christ the King Church is Saturday, June 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We are so grateful to all of you who have volunteered, donated, prayed, supported, and encouraged us here at ATLAS. As our way of saying thanks we invite you to come and join us in celebrating all that the Lord has done and is doing at ATLAS! A complimentary meal will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by some great worship music, testimonies, and stories!

THE BEST GIFT a mother can give her children is to love their father! Give the best Father's Day gift possible, attend the June 18-19 Marriage Encounter! Weekends are held at Mt Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington. Visit www.marriages.org to register or call 651.454.3238.

WHY TRUE WOMAN '16? (Indianapolis, IN - September 22-24, 2016) - The serious problems that plague our world won’t be solved through human effort or political strategies. Our only hope is for God to intervene. Throughout dark times in history, He has called women to their knees, and He has worked through their prayers. We’re believing God for a historic gathering of women to join together and Cry Out! for such a time as this. Will you join us? Featuring plenary speakers, worship by Keith & Kristyn Getty, and breakout sessions. See the website for more information/registration (discount for groups of 10 women or more): TrueWoman16.com. Contact: Karen Christoffels (CRC of Chandler, MN) 760.412.1806 if you are interested in attending.

GROUNDWORK: GOD REMEMBERS OUR WORK - Work can be frustrating, unsatisfying, and it can leave us longing for more. Join the Groundwork conversation this week as we study Ecclesiastes 2 and 3 and Psalm 90 to discover hope and a new perspective for our daily work. 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: CHUCK T DAWG - Liz talks his mom into getting a dog. But Liz finds that it costs a lot of time and money to take care of a dog. So he tries to raise some cash by joining Cole’s poker game. Follow the adventures of Liz and his pals every week: subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Find more great resources for kids and parents at kidscorner.net including KC's Life of Jesus coloring book which focuses on Jesus' work of helping others and sharing His story.

FAMILIAR WITH GOOGLE AND ITS DATABASES? - Join World Renew from your home office or in our Cambodia office to review our field reporting database and assist to improve our understanding and use of our Google Site and Google Drive. Your volunteer contribution will help us to develop more efficient reporting on the field. More information available at www.worldrenew.net/gvp or volunteer@crcna.org.




    AM: Larry & Arlene Punt, Brad & Melissa Prouty, Mark & Gloria Romeling
    PM: Gord & Judy Prins, Willard & Eileen Sankey
: AM: Bob Van Essen, Steve Landman, Kurt Talsma, Dale Mesman

    AM: Lois Schmidt, Kim Van Hofwegen, Ann Pater, Aidan Schaap
    PM: Cynthia Spronk, Cybil Vander Top
: AM: Eleanor Schoolmeester  PM: Estella Vis
Children’s Worship
: No Lesson-Memorial Day weekend
Medical Assistants
: AM: Evie Van Dam  PM: Rod Obbink



    AM: Harvey & Darlene Sawyer, Jeff & Jody Schaap, Arv & Lorelei Schelhaas
    PM: Howard & Sy Schaap, Al & Jan Schelhaas
: AM: Ross Brands, Del Van Essen, Mark Sorenson, Jeff Schaap

    AM: Jeannette Tinklenberg, Ashley Schelhaas, Brooklyn De Kam, Kathryn Prins
    PM: Alisha Ekkel, Sommer Schaap
Praise Team
: Craig Fey, Mark Boeve, Brian Busker, Kurt Talsma, Brad Prouty
                     Keyboard—Erin Van Hulzen; Drums—Carter Van Hulzen
: AM: Marj Nibbelink  PM: Lori Schelhaas
Children’s Worship
: Rod/Heather Bleyenberg, Cybil Vander Top
Medical Assistants
: AM: Cynthia Spronk  PM: Brenda Kooi



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