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Daily Devotional


First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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Scripture: Matthew 5:13-20 (p. 1501)


Scripture: Hebrews 10:11-25 (p. 1873)

Offering: Christian Education
Next Sunday’s Offering: Denominational Ministry Shares


Stewardship Verse:

“But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”
Deuteronomy 8:18



bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Kids’ Praise, Sunday School, catechism classes for grades 3-8; choir
bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee and juice in the foyer.
bulletTues. 7:00 p.m. - Consistory (elders’) meeting
bulletWed. 10:00 a.m. - Coffee Break Women’s Bible Study/Story Hour. Gospel of John, Lsn. 11.
bulletWed. 6:30 p.m. - Latino Ministry Supper followed by Bible study
bulletWed. 7:30 p.m. - Catechism classes for grades 9-12
bulletWed. 8:30 p.m. - Adult Chimes
bulletThur. 7:00 p.m. - Friendship Class
bulletFri. 8:15 a.m. - Moms in Prayer at the Southwest Christian conference room



NEXT SUNDAY it will be our joy to witness the baptism of Cooper Weston, the son of Grant and Courtney Vis (Care Group 5).

Dustin Roemeling (Care Group 7) is recovering from surgery for his Crohn’s Disease at Mayo Clinic.



PASTOR AARON will lead our worship service this morning. He plans to lead worship this evening at the First CRC of Prinsburg.

KID’S PRAISE will be singing for the opening of church Sunday March 29 for Palm Sunday. Kids are asked to meet in Room 2 at 9:20 a.m. We will walk in together. Children will return to parents after they sing.

THANK YOU, thank you, thank you! Two little words don’t seem like much, but they truly express how grateful we are for the congregation’s giving to the building addition. After our last count, we have met and surpassed our goal of $1.2 million. All that we have is a gift from God and we praise and thank Him for getting us this far. Please continue to keep all committee members and this project in your prayers as we move forward together with His blessing. Building Addition Finance Committee

THE BUILDING COMMITTEE met with TSP and Merlin Cleveringa on Tuesday evening. We went through the estimates one by one. We are now working on fine tuning the plans. There will be several meetings in the next couple of weeks to satisfy the needs of our church and stay within the budget. Please keep all those involved in this process in your prayers.

MARCH SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Matthew 7:7–8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

REJOICE! CHRIST IS RISEN. Celebrate the glory of God at the Community Easter Sunrise service on April 5, 2015 at our church. Ministry in Music will begin at 6:55 a.m. Rev. Douglas Kuiper, pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church, will be the speaker. Danish rolls, coffee and orange juice will be served after the worship service. An offering will be taken for Hope Haven.

CHURCH PANTRY SHOWER: Plans are beginning for the next Church Pantry Shower. We do not want to miss any brides/grooms, so if you have a son or daughter getting married this year, or who has gotten married and was not included in the last Pantry Shower, please contact Denise De Kam or Evon Van Hofwegen so that everyone may be included.



bulletMarch 29 - Easter Music Festival in our church in the afternoon.
bulletMarch 29 (PM) - Combined Cadet Sunday Service at Bethel CRC
bulletApril 3 (PM) - Good Friday Communion Service
bulletApril 5 - Community Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m.
bulletApril 19 (PM) - Combined service with Valley Male Chorus at our church.



CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN! The spade is in the ground; the bids have been let, and ECES is clearing space for the next generation of students educated in Christ! We need your help! ECES would like to solicit the remaining $1.5 million needed for the project through private loans from our constituents and friends. In order to have funds available for construction fast, ECES is seeking people willing to loan the project money via Demand Notes issued at 1% interest. Interested? Call school at 442-6181 to ask for more information or to add your name to the list.

PLEASE COME OUT to support ATLAS for Life, Ltd. of Pipestone in their Spring Fundraiser Tip Night at the Pipestone Pizza Ranch on Monday March 23rd from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Following some great food, stop by the ATLAS office Open House from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., located at 101 2nd St. NE, for a tour of our office and the newly remodeled east room "The Gathering Place". Your support will be MATCHED up to $6,000! Thank you for your generous support of ATLAS for Life, Ltd. of Pipestone!

THE SOUTHWEST CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL CIRCLES invite you to their annual Spring Soup & Dessert Supper on Tuesday, March 24. Serving time is 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm. Menu choices include chili, cheesy vegetable, pea and chicken noodle soups, barbeques and desserts. Free-will donations gratefully accepted.

SAVE FRIDAY, March 27, for the ECES Donation Sale and Grilled Hamburger Supper. Your donated items would be appreciated! Please bring them to school before the sale! The Grilled Hamburger Supper will be serving from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Donation Sale will begin at 7:00 p.m.

SOUTHWEST CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL Circle #12 is sponsoring the 20th Annual Easter Music Festival to be held at the First Christian CRC in Edgerton on Sunday, March 29 at 2:30pm. Choirs and music groups from area churches and from Southwest will present individual numbers during this afternoon of praise. Members of the audience will be invited to join the mass choir for the Hallelujah Chorus. An offering will be taken for Southwest Christian High School. If there are any groups that would be interested in singing for the Easter Music Festival, please call or email Kristi Stroeh at 507.283.9375 or akstroeh@hotmail.com.

EDGERTON CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will be having Kindergarten Round-Up for children entering kindergarten this fall on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Tours of the school will be given from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The current Kindergarten class will give a short program starting at 7:00 p.m. followed by an informational meeting with prospective parents. Please contact school if you have any questions at 442-6181 or eces@iw.net.

THE RED CROSS blood drive will be held at the First Reformed Church in Edgerton on Monday, April, 6, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:3 p.m. The need is constant; the gratification is instant. Please call Betty Huisken at 507-442-6881 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome. Anyone 16 years of age or older and in good health are encouraged to come to donate.

JUSTICE FOR ALL will be hosting a “Volunteer Night” for people to come check out what it would mean to volunteer at JFA. There will be pizza, time to meet the staff, and a tour. Whether you are interested in volunteering daily, weekly, monthly, or just once, all your questions will be answered. Come join us! All ages welcome. It will be on Tuesday, April 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come and go as you please!

PAT VANDER POL is retiring from JFA and we are hosting a party in her honor. It will take place on May 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Calico Skies Winery. There will be appetizers as well as drinks for purchase. If you plan on attending, email your confirmation and how many in your party to laurenk@jfa-nwiowa.org by April 25. If you are unable to make it and would like to send well-wishes, please have them at JFA by May 1. Cards may be sent to: Justice for All, 1335 Valley Drive, Rock Valley, IA 51247.

THE NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present its annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. NISO will pay tribute to one of the most popular composers of all time – Tchaikovsky! In a concert that features all music by Tchaikovsky, Anthony Arnone, professor of cello at the University of Iowa, will join the orchestra for a virtuosic performance of Variations on a Rococo Theme. One of the highlights of the program will be the passionate Symphony No. 5, full of despair, romance, and triumph, featuring the powerful brass section of NISO. The program will also include the well-known “Waltz” from Sleeping Beauty. As in the past, this Spring Concert will also feature the announcement of the 2015-2016 Season of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra! Season tickets for next year will be offered that evening for a special discounted price. Advance tickets are available at True Vine in Sioux Center and Dove Christian Bookstore in Orange City. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

SOUTHWEST MN CHRISTIAN Drama Department will be presenting "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" on April 9 at 1:15 p.m., April 10 at 7:00 p.m. and April 11 at 7:00 p.m. This imaginative retelling of the classic story of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is hugely entertaining with a large cast of colorful characters and a story to keep the whole family on the edge of their seats (and rolling in the aisles!). Wrapped within the entertainment of the play is a valuable lesson that true beauty is found not on the outside but rather inside our heart. This is Faith affirming "family entertainment" at its best. Reserved seating may be purchased in advance at the school office or at the door. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for students.

DO YOU HAVE A PASSION for Youth Ministry? Minn-I-Kota Youth Network is looking to hire a part-time Youth Coordinator for 20 hours a week. Main responsibilities are Ministry administration, facilitate events, coordinate summer ministry travel, and support youth group and leaders. Some travel is required. If you are interested or have any questions contact Dane Buren at dburen@rosenboom.com.

CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH Council, Board and Congregation would like to invite you to the Annual Benefit Banquet on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, Rock Valley, Iowa at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Save your spot by calling Trinity CRC at 712-476-5292 or go to our website www.cornerstonepcsd.org. Enjoy an evening of fun, food and fellowship as we listen to Kempers Quartet perform and hear how God is working in hearts and lives of inmates in the South Dakota State Penitentiary!

MID-AMERICA REFORMED SEMINARY is hosting a promotional dinner on Saturday, April 18, at Dordt College. Rev. Jeff De Boer, Mid-America alumnus and new Director of Enrollment Management, will be the keynote speaker. Reservations are required and can be made online at www.midamerica.edu/nwiadinner, by emailing info@midamerica.edu or by calling Mid-America at 888-440-6277. The reservation deadline is April 10. Early reservations are appreciated. Seating is limited. Punch will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m.

BLESSINGS BEHIND BARS - Week of March 22: A prison sentence is certainly not a pleasant experience, but can imprisonment ever be a blessing in disguise? This week, hear inspiring letters from CBI students who have found reasons to thank God for their incarceration. Go to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!

GROUNDWORK: GOD'S RICH MERCY AND GREAT LOVE: - Today on Groundwork we’ll study Ephesians 2:1-5 to see how Paul moves us from the paralysis of being spiritually dead to something most glorious indeed. It airs on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. or 9:30 p.m. on KDCR at 88.5FM; or on KNWC at 1270AM on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Listen anytime on your computer at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: HEART OF GRACE: - What’s wrong with Chamy? Why is she crying? Lucille finds out and learns a lesson about being a friend. Also, a new KC song premieres! 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/offer.

FAMILY FIRE - is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy. Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com. Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook.

FREE WEBINAR - Join Rev. Martin Vellekoop on March 25 for “Disagreeing Agreeably: Practicing Grace Instead of Exerting Control”. This free, one-hour webinar is designed for any Christian who desires to grow in their own capacity to be a grace-filled presence in the middle of a challenging exchange. For more details, registration, and webinar handouts visit crcna.org/webinars.

PRAYER SUMMIT 2015: | Register Now! - Prayer Summit 2015 will be held April 13-15 at All Nations Christian Reformed Church in Lake View Terrace, CA. Join fellow CRC pastors, church and ministry leaders, prayer leaders, and intercessors in a binational event to pray for the CRC and its North American and worldwide missions. Prayer Summit 2015 will provide opportunities to learn how to pray, discuss building a prayer ministry in your ministry, and partner in prayer with other organizations and congregations in your region. For more information and to register, visit JoinPrayerSummit.org.

ATTENTION EDUCATION GRADUATES - As the college days draw to an end, schools located around the globe are looking for teachers for the 2015/16 school year. CRWM partners with these schools to help fill these positions. If you are interested in working internationally in Asia, Africa, Central America, or Europe, check crwm.org/teaching to find the opportunity of a lifetime!

VBS IN ASIA - Millions of children in Asia have not heard yet that Jesus loves them. Will you go and share the good news? If you love kids and VBS, this 5-week volunteer opportunity from July 2-August 9, 2015 is perfect for you! More information is available at www.crwm.org or volunteer@crcna.org.

PARLEZ VOUS FRANCAIS? - Are you also interested in gender issues, sexual abuse prevention, trauma healing and food security? Come alongside WORLD RENEW staff for 18 months in Mali and see your BA degree come alive with hands-on experience as you bless others. Details on this partially funded volunteer position can be found at www.worldrenew.net or contact volunteer@crcna.org.

CYCLE TO END POVERTY! - Join other cyclists this summer for a 10th anniversary ride with Sea to Sea -- and raise money to fight poverty! Choose to participate in a 6-day ride in Ontario or a 10-day ride in Alberta. Proceeds from your ride will fund ministry by World Renew, Partners Worldwide, International Justice Mission, and local poverty initiatives. Volunteers are also urgently needed to assist with both rides. For more information, or to register, visit seatosea.org. The Alberta ride is nearly full. Register today to avoid disappointment!





Ushers: AM: Ryan Veldhuizen, John Top, Brett Kroeze, Marshall Pater

    AM: Kim Van Hofwegen, Jan Fey, Carli Vander Top, Cybil Vander Top
    PM: Megan Bleyenberg, Sara Schelhaas
Praise Team

    AM: Erica Prins, Lori Boeve, Verna Brands, Becky Schelhaas, Jody Schaap, Sy Schaap
          Keyboard—Erin Van Hulzen/Carter Van Hulzen--drums
Elevator Committee
: Arvin Schelhaas
Children’s Worship
: Brian/Becky Schelhaas, Isabella Niemeyer
: Eleanor Schoolmeester, Stella Vis, Henrietta Klumper
Medical Assistants
: AM: Brenda Kooi  PM: Gord Prins



Ushers: AM: Ross Brands, Tadd Prins, Orey Fey, Kirk Bleyenburg
    AM: Karen Fey, Jodi Schaap, Haley Tinklenberg, Syndey Van Hulzen
    PM: Barb Obbink, Jennifer Schelhaas
Elevator Committee: Pete Boer
Children’s Worship: Jody De Kam, Brooklyn De Kam
Library: Lori Schelhaas, Jean Dyk, Marj Nibbelink
Medical Assistants: AM: Evie Van Dam  PM: Rod Obbink



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