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First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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THE LORD'S DAY, AUGUST 30, 2015


MORNING WORSHIP - 9:30 A.M.

Scripture: Exodus 3:1-17 (p. 90)
Message: THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

EVENING WORSHIP - 6:30 P.M.

Scripture: Acts 9:32-10:48 (p. 1708)
Message: Who is Gospel Worthy?


Offering: Rev. Bill and Aletha Green – Latin American Fellowship of Reformed Churches
Next Sunday’s Offering: Christian Education

 


Stewardship Verse:

“But just as you excel in everything … see that you also excel in this grace of giving. … For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
2 Corinthians 8:7–9

 


THIS WEEK’S OPPORTUNITIES

bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee in the foyer
bulletToday 11:00 a.m. - Discussion group in the Council Room: Islam
bulletMon. – Thurs. - Congregation Care Visits: Please check your schedule.
bulletTues. 6:00 a.m. - Women’s Bible Study in the Council Room: Psalm 148
bulletWed. 6:30 p.m. - Latino Ministry Supper followed by Bible study

 


OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Pete Krosschell (Care Group 7) was hospitalized at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls on Tuesday.

Lorraine De Groot (Care Group 1) returned home from the hospital on Monday.

MEMBERSHIP CHANGES: The memberships of Kent and Brandi Corbin and their children (Care Group 7) were transferred to the Reformed Church of Steen, Minnesota, at their request. The membership of Cory Vander Lugt (Care Group 4) was transferred to Good News Reformed Church of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at his request. May God bless Kent and Brandi and their family and also Cory in their new church homes!

Albert and Henrietta Vander Haar (Care Group 3) have moved to Edgebrook Estates #404. Gord and Jean Dyk (Care Group 3) have moved to 1410 Evergreen Drive, Luverne, MN 56156, Their home phone is now: 507-935-2024.

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

SPECIAL MUSIC: Bryce Schelhaas, Bridget Pap, and Becca Van Schepen will contribute special music in church this morning. They will sing “Your Grace Still Amazes Me” and also “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” for the doxology.

PASTOR AARON GONZALEZ is preaching at First Reformed Church in Edgerton this morning.

THIS MORNING the discussion group will continue a discussion of the beliefs and practices of the religion of Islam. We meet in the council room at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome!

CONGREGATIONAL CARE VISITS (Family Visits) continue this week for those whose last names begin with A-M. The pastor and elders are looking forward to this opportunity to meet with you. The theme for the visits is “Building God’s Temple,” based on 1 Corinthians 3:10-17. Please check your schedule and try to be on time. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please try to switch times with someone and call Curt Walhof (442-6291) or Duane Vanden Berg (442-8231).

HEY GEMS GIRLS! Mark your calendars to join us for GEMS Theme Night, Wednesday, September 9th at Bethel church at 6:45 pm. We’re excited to kick off another fantastic year with this year’s theme, Choose Truth: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

WOULD YOU BE WILLING to be a prayer warrior? Currently we have more teens than adult volunteers to pray for them. It is a privilege to be a prayer warrior as a special bond is created with one of our young people. Please consider this opportunity and, if interested, contact Gloria Roemeling.

HEY SISTERS IN CHRIST! If you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to be the hands and feet of Christ here in our community, enjoy having fun worshipping our Creator, digging into God’s Word, hanging with friends, dancing & crafting, we have the PERFECT ministry for you!!! The Edgerton GEMS Girls’ Club is still looking for a GEMS Counselor for the up and coming school year! Please contact Jen Vlietstra at cjvliet@vastbb.net, 507-227-1859 or Priscilla Pater at rpater@svtv.com, 507-215-1482 to learn more. We’d LOVE to have you on ou

COPIES OF THE MESSENGER from Mid-American Reformed Seminary are located in the foyer.

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.

AUGUST SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

 


ADVANCE DATES:

bulletSeptember 6 (PM) - Combined evening worship service in our church
bulletSeptember 13 (AM) - Commissioning of ministry leaders; catechism teachers’ meeting
bulletSeptember 13 (AM) - Kid’s Praise 3 yr old -2nd grade begins
bulletSeptember 16 (PM) - Adult chimes practice begins Wednesdays at 8:30. New ringers welcome!
bulletSeptember 20 (AM) - Presentation of Bibles to third grade catechism students; catechism students in grades 3-6, 11-12 meet with teachers to get materials and assignments.
bulletSeptember 23 - Catechism classes for grades 9-12 begin.
bulletSeptember 27 (AM) - Communion
bulletSeptember 27 (AM) - Sunday School for grades K-2 and catechism classes for grades 3-8 begin.

 


REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

BIBLES FOR MISSIONS THRIFT STORE CHANGE-OVER: We are having our fall change-over of summer to winter items at the Bibles for Missions Thrift Store on Monday, August 31. We invite all who are willing to help. Please come and join us in this big effort. We hope to accomplish this in one day. We would like to start at 8:00 a.m. and be finished by 3:00 p.m. Donuts and coffee will be furnished. Thank you.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in participating as part of a work team going to Cuba in late December, 2015, please contact Roger Talsma no later than September 5, 2015. Please note that three months are needed to process visas for Cuba. Roger’s contact information rpasem@frontiernet.net or 507-227-2649. You must have a valid US passport.

LABOR DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST – SWCH Circle #2 will be serving all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausages, juice, coffee and milk on Labor Day, September 7t, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the SWCH cafeteria. Hope to see you there!

PLEASE COME OUT TO SUPPORT ATLAS for Life, Ltd. of Pipestone in their Fall Fundraiser Tip Night at the Pipestone Pizza Ranch on Wednesday September 9th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Following some great food, stop by the ATLAS office Open House from 5:00 pm to 8:00 p.m., located at 101 2nd St. NE, for a tour of our office and the new ALTAS Boutique. Thank you for your generous support of ATLAS for Life, Ltd. of Pipestone!

NISO AUDITIONS: Auditions for membership in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will be held on Friday, September 11, and Saturday, September 12. Anyone wishing to play in the orchestra for the first time must audition, and all student members need to re-audition each year. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH of Sioux Falls, SD, invites church ministry volunteers to enjoy a Day of Inspiration on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The theme for the day is “the Wonder of It All: Grace is Better Than You Ever Dared to Imagine” based on Ephesians 3:14-21. Dr. Syd Hielema, Team Leader of Faith Formation Ministries of the CRCNA and former professor Youth Ministry at Dordt College will be the guest speaker. Please register by September 4 by either calling church office at 605-338-6904 or registering online at www.firstchristianreformed.org.

1ST ANNUAL KINGDOM BOUNDARIES Prison Aftercare Banquet: You are invited! Jeff and Bruce will be giving a ministry update including information on The Carpenter Shop, the housing portion of KBPA. Testimonies will be given by Jeff Shaffer. This will be held at Harrisburg Event Center, 126 W. Willow St., Harrisburg, South Dakota on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Please let us know by September 1 if you can come so we can plan how much food to prepare. To RSVP, call or text Rhonda at 605-695-0059.

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS an amazing concert featuring One Way Quartet at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Iowa on September 15 at 7:00 p.m. With three pianist and five vocalists, the variety of music is one thing the members truly enjoy about singing together. At the concert, hosted by Bible League International Volunteers, there will be an offering to provide Bibles to South America. Concert tickets can be purchased at your local Christian book store, or you can buy them at the door as long as seating is available. You won’t want to miss this great evening of music! Make plans to come with your group now!

ALL WOMEN ARE INVITED TO: A Living Proof Live simulcast featuring Beth Moore on Saturday, September 19, at 8:30 a.m. Registration/Coffee to 3:15 p.m. at Christ the King Free Lutheran Church, N Hwy 75, Pipestone, MN. Please note the date is one week later than the International Simulcast due to scheduling conflicts in our community. This FREE event is co-Sponsored by Faith Community, Cornerstone EFC, Living Hope EFC, Pipestone CRC and Christ the King. A salad luncheon will be served. This will be a fun-filled Bible study, teaching, and worship experience that challenges and encourages women to grow deeply in their faith! Beth brings a fresh Word from God to each event - no two are the same- as she explores the Bible and how it applies to real life. For the first time, Beth will pre-release a new book, “Audacious” at this event. It can be purchased or ordered at the simulcast and used as a follow up to the event. Come and bring a friend. A freewill offering will be taken for Samaritan’s Purse.

A WORKSHOP ON ABUSE AND ABUSE IN THE CHURCH will be presented in September and October. Judy De Wit, a licensed marriage and family therapist, will be the presenter. The workshop will help attendees identify kinds of abuse, identify what abusive church leadership looks like, understand shame, guilt and sexual addiction, provide pastoral care to victims, offenders and their families, and understand how to stop abuse. The cost is $20. The same presentation will be offered on two dates: Friday, September 25, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Room 204B/Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls SD and Friday October 23, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Kuyper Loft/Dordt College, Sioux Center IA. RSVP via e-mail: educator.84@hotmail.com or cell: 605-359-0034.

GOSPEL CONCERT - fundraiser for Recovery Bibles For New Life Treatment Center: Benefit to raise money for Recovery Bibles for clients at New Life Treatment Center, Woodstock MN. At the American Reformed Church, Woodstock MN on Sunday, October 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Master's Voice, Cornerstone and local talent will all be there along with testimonies from clients. Free Barbecues and Ice Cream Sundaes will be served. Come out and enjoy some great music and help support the Bible fundraiser.

FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL MISSION TRIP to Cuba in 2013, another trip is being planned for this winter to help finish a new parsonage/education building with the CRC Church in Torriente, a small city about 100 miles east of the Cuban capital, Havana. Tentatively we are planning to leave on December 28, 2015 and return on January 4, 2016. In addition to construction opportunities for involvement in sports and educational activities are being planned. If you are interested in joining this venture and for further details please contact Roger Talsma at rpasem@frontiernet.net or 507-227-2649. The deadline for signing up for this trip is Saturday, September 5, 2015. (They will need the funds to buy tickets and to obtain visas, a process that may take up to three months.)

GESTURES OF GOODWILL - Week of August 30 How would you react if you discovered your prospective employee had a felony? Theresa Vickers, workforce development director at Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, explains how Goodwill helps returning citizens move beyond the stigma of their pasts and achieve vocational success. Go to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!

GROUNDWORK: THE LIFE EVERLASTING: - “The life everlasting:” the final three words of the Apostles’ Creed. Today on Groundwork we think about “the life everlasting” and dig into John 3:16, John 11 and John 17 to see what we’re professing to believe. 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: ABSOLUTELY: - What does “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” mean? Help Liz discover the real truth on this Kids Corner. 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.

HEADING OFF TO COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY? - As you study, experience the multitude of perspectives and worldviews, and develop new relationships, why not also be part of a community that gathers together to grow in faith and to engage God’s world. There are over 35 Christian Reformed Campus Ministries on campuses across North America, comprised of students, faculty and staff. To find out if there is one on your campus, please go to http://bit.ly/BackOnCampus. No campus ministry at your school? You can also find the nearest CRC at www.crcna.org and select “find a church”. For further assistance please contact us at: campusministry@crcna.org.

GLOBAL PRAYER SAFARI IN KENYA - Join the Global Prayer Safari in Kenya as a team of North Americans goes alongside a team of ministry leaders from Kenya to pray for teachers, students, ministry leaders, and officials. This is a great opportunity to see how God is working in the East African church. Date: February 4-15, 2016. Application Deadline: January 4, 2016. For more information visit: www.crwm.org/safari or contact Bill at bthornburg@crcna.org; 616-224-0848.

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

DO YOU EVER WONDER - what life is like for children with disabilities in other countries, and want to make things better for them? Volunteer with Tesoros de Dios (God’s Treasures) in Nicaragua and serve the needs of these precious children and their families. Details for various volunteer positions can be found at www.crwm.org or contact volunteer@crcna.org.

RECONSTRUCTION VOLUNTEERS needed in Lusk, Wyoming: - World Renew Disaster Response Services is responding to an early-June flood that devastated this small town. Volunteers are needed, between September 19 and October 17, to get homes repaired before winter. Work includes insulation, drywall, flooring, trim, and more. Accommodations are available. If you or your group are within a day's drive and can help for a week or more, please get in touch! 800-848-5818 or drs@worldrenew.net.

RUN, BIKE, OR WALK FOR WORLD RENEW THIS OCTOBER! - Ride your bike at Ride for Refuge on October 3, 2015, or run or walk in the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Marathon on October 18, 2015, and help people living in poverty, through World Renew. Learn more or sign up at myworldrenew.net or call 800-552-7972.

 

 

 

TODAY:

Greeters
    AM: Bill & Jeanette Bleyenberg, Ryan & Christa Blom Lori Boer
    PM: Phil & Deb Blom Pete & Bev Boer
Ushers
: AM: Brett Kroeze, Jeff Schaap, Nathan Blankers, Greg Masselink
Nursery

    AM: Kim Van Hofwegen, Jan Schelhaas, Brooklyn De Kam, Cybil Vander Top
    PM: Lori Schelhaas, Zachary Prins
Library
: AM: Marj Nibbelink  PM: Lori Schelhaas
Children’s Worship
: Vonda Vander Top, Cybil Vander Top
Medical Assistants
: AM: Greg Masselink  PM: Evie Van Dam

 

NEXT SUNDAY, September 6

Ushers: AM: Ross Brands, Tadd Prins, Howard Schaap, Kirk Bleyenburg
Nursery

    AM: Jody Schaap, Vonda Vander Top, Jennifer Schelhaas, Huter Vander Haar
    PM: Karen Fey, Sydney Van Hulzen
Library
: AM: Eleanor Schoolmeester PM: Estella Vis
Children’s Worship
: No Lesson, Labor Day Weekend
Medical Assistants
: AM: Rod Obbink  PM: Gord Prins

 

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