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First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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THE LORD’S DAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016

MORNING WORSHIP - 9:30 A.M.

Scripture: John 1:35-42 (p. 1647)
Message: WHO IS JESUS? (2) – MEETING HIM

EVENING WORSHIP - 6:30 P.M.

Scripture: Romans 15:1-13 (p. 1766)
Message: ACCEPT ONE ANOTHER!

 

Offering: Christian Education
Next Sunday’s Offering: Alpha Center

 

Stewardship Verse:

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
1 Chronicles 29:14

 


THIS WEEK’S OPPORTUNITIES

bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Christmas Program practice for classes for grades 3-8; choir
bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee and cookies in the fellowship hall.
bulletToday 10:40 a.m. -Christmas Program practice
bulletTues. 7:00 p.m. - Council, consistory and deacons’ meetings.
bulletWed. 9:30 a.m. - Coffee Break Women’s Bible Study and Children’s Story Hour. Lesson 7, Hebrews.
bulletWed. 6:30 p.m. - Latino Ministry Supper followed by Bible study
bulletWed. 7:00 p.m. - Catechism classes for grades 9-12
bulletThurs. 7:00 p.m. - Friendship Class
bulletFri. 8:15 a.m. - Moms in Prayer – Southwest Minnesota Christian conference room

 


OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Bert Klumper (Care Group 6) is recovering from bladder cancer surgery at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

We want to thank everyone for the meals, visits, cards, and prayers over the last couple of months. We feel so blessed by our friends, family, and church. We have experienced the power of prayer and God is GOOD! Thank you all so much. Jen and Ross Brands

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN THIS ADVENT SEASON we look forward to celebrating Christ’s first coming and also anticipate his return in glory. This morning the Trevor and Alisha Ekkel family will light the first two candles on the Advent wreath.

SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY PRACTICES IN DECEMBER:
    10:40 a.m.— 3 yr. olds-8th grade meet in old nursery to practice songs.
    11:00 a.m.—practice program in sanctuary on risers
    11:30 a.m.—practice is over/bell practice for interested players meet until 11:50 in balcony.

RISER SET-UP HELP would be greatly appreciated before and after practices. Willing helpers are welcome!

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 4 so we can get them sent off. Pray that they may receive strength and wisdom for each day. Thank you, the Mission Committee

DECEMBER SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Luke 2:10–11 “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’”

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 4 so we can get them sent off. Pray that they may receive strength and wisdom for each day. Thank you, the Mission Committee

CHURCH MAILBOXES: If you are giving a gift to someone, please do not put it on the tray of the person’s church mailbox where it will block other mailboxes. Put a note in the mailbox and put your gift on top of the mailbox unit. Thank you!

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. The fudge needs to be in the church kitchen by noon December 14. Please follow the recipe provided and do not make any substitutions. If you have questions or are willing to make fudge, contact Thea Nykamp (507.227.9513 or rnykamp@frontiernet.net).

ROD OBBINK will be on vacation December 5 through December 18. Please contact Brian Busker about custodial concerns during this time.

 


ADVANCE DATES:

bulletDecember 18 (PM) - The Christmas Program will be part of the evening service.
bulletDecember 25 (AM) - Christmas Day Service
bulletDecember 25 (PM) - Combined service at our church
bulletJanuary 1 (AM) - Ordination and Installation of Elders and Deacons
bulletJanuary 1 (PM) - Combined service at our church

 


REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

TO THE MEMBERS of First CRC: The Edgerton Food Shelf would like to thank the congregation for your generous gift of grocery items donated to the food shelf. Along with your gifts and others we are able to assist many families in the community who have needs. We have truly been blessed and it makes it possible to bless others. Thank you to our Heavenly Father for his love and blessing’s to us. In this season of the year it is gratifying to share with others who have needs.

EVERYONE IS INVITED to the ECES Christmas program on Monday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. in our new school gym! We are excited to share the true meaning of Christmas with you as K-5 presents the musical, "Really, Really, Really Good News.” The combined 6-8 band and choir will also perform vocal and instrumental Christmas selections for your enjoyment. A violin ensemble and 8th grade chimes will add to the holiday spirit! Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of Christmas praise!

ECES Annual Building& Debt Reduction Drive: As we approach the end of the year, we stand in awe of the many ways in which God has blessed Edgerton Christian Elementary School throughout the past three years of construction. We have a beautiful new addition that will continue to provide opportunities for our students to grow. We are appreciative of the overwhelming support that we have received through financial donations and prayers. The ECES Board has decided to run one drive this year that will encompass both our annual maintenance expenses and debt reduction. Information has been either distributed to supporting church mailboxes or mailed directly to supporters. If you do not receive the letter, please check out the school website at www.edgertonchristianschool.org or contact the school office at eces@iw.net or 442-6181. There are three ways that you can help support our Annual Building & Debt Reduction Drive.

bulletFill out the note at the bottom of the drive letter and mail back with your tax-deductible donation.
bulletWe have over $400,000 in pledges for the project. In order to help us reduce our debt, would you consider paying ahead on your pledge?
bulletECES is looking for additional individuals that would be willing to lend money to ECES through a 1% Demand Note. If you would be interested or have questions, please contact either Doug Eisma or Randy Pfeifle.

Please note that there will be no solicitors coming around to collect this year. Please prayerfully consider a generous gift to the Annual Building & Debt Reduction Drive this yearend.

 

“THE PEOPLE WHO have walked in darkness have seen a great light, those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness on them a light has shown.” Isaiah 9:2. Join the bands and choirs from Southwest MN Christian as we celebrate the light that has come into the world at Bethel Church on December 12 at 7:00 pm. The concert will include arrangements of two classic TransSiberian Orchestra pieces as well as arrangements of favorite Christmas carols past and present. Come celebrate the birth of our Savior with the staff and students of Southwest!

SOUTHWEST MN CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL is making plans for homecoming activities on Friday, December 16. The night will include double header varsity girls and boys basketball with Mountain Lake, sub supper served by the Senior class, homecoming games for some to participate in and all to watch following the SW/Mt. Lake games (competition between the recognized classes, a men’s and women’s half-court basketball games, knock out and more), and recognition of the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997, and 2007. Tell your former classmates, tell your neighbors, friends and family, about the evening and encourage them to attend!

JUSTICE FOR ALL is gearing up to do our annual service trips! If you’d like to join us or want more information feel free to call or email Lauren at (712)476-2804 or laurenk@jfa-nwiowa.org.
        Harvest Hands Ministries, Juarez, Mexico: January 27-February 3
        Spencer Perkins Center, Jackson, MS: February 18-24
        Voice of Calvary, Jackson, MS: February 25-March 3
        Tentatively: Grace Reigns Ministries, Colorado City, AZ: March 19-25

FARMER TO FARMER DISCOVERY TRIP: Are you interested in seeing firsthand the work of Farmer to Farmer in Nicaragua? You can join Stan and Karen Wynia February 12-20 on a Discovery Trip where guests will see the beautiful country of Nicaragua and visit some of the farms involved in F2F. For more information contact Stan at 712-441-1308 or wyniask@mtcnet. Commitment must be made by December 1.

GROUNDWORK: GOSPEL BEGINNINGS: MATTHEW - Have you ever wondered why the four gospels tell the same story different ways? Join the conversation as we anticipate Christ’s birth by studying Matthew 1 to discover why this gospel begins with a long list of family names. 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 - THE CHRISTMAS LIST MYSTERY - Cole’s got a big bag of presents that he says are all for him! But why is he hiding his list, and why is he sneaking around town all night? It’s up to the Lizarado Detective Agency to solve this Christmas Mystery! Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Check out KC's special Advent Paper Chain Calendar craft at www.kidscorner.net

SPECIAL ADVENT DEVOTIONAL SERIES - Looking for more meaning in the midst of a busy Christmas season? This Advent, ReFrame Media offers a special email devotional series just for you. With daily devotions and encouragements from Today, Family Fire, Groundwork, and the fun of Kids Corner, we designed it to help your whole family experience the true wonder of Christmas, the coming Christ. Subscribe at ReFrameMedia.com/Advent.

A THEOLOGY OF STAR WARS - Anyone in your family excited about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming out soon? Some of the sharpest thinkers on theology and pop culture explore key themes in the seven previous films in “A Theology of Star Wars,” an ebook from Think Christian. Simply sign up to receive Think Christian articles by email and the ebook is yours! Learn more at thinkchristian.net/starwars.

HOLY LAND LEARNING TOUR - Walk where Jesus walked and meet His people living in this area today on a Holy Land Learning Tour from August 8-18, 2017. To learn more and see a sample itinerary, visit crwm.org/HolyLand

AVAILABLE FREE in the Digital Library - “Celebrating the Milestones of Faith” is available free to all in the CRC through the Digital Library (crcna.org/Library). This inspiring book helps you and your church identify faith milestones and celebrate them together.

YOUNG ADULT GATHERING in Leipzig, Germany - On June 23-28, young people between the ages of 18 and 28 will meet the world prior to the General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. If you fall within that age bracket and are interested in meeting other Reformed young people for Christian fellowship and an exploration of what it is like to be a disciple of Christ in our unique contexts, visit http://youth.wcrc.eu/ for more information.

Give the Best Gifts Ever for Christmas: - This Advent, World Renew asks you to give the Best Gifts Ever to people in need. For just $4, World Renew can provide a lantern for an adult who as no formal education to learn to read and write at night. Include a gift catalog item on your Christmas list this year. Get your copy online at worldrenewgifts.net or call 800-333-8300 to request your catalog in the mail.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE to Sign up for 2016 Advent Devotionals: - Starting November 28, World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice began sharing a devotional series for Advent 2016 called The Things that Make for Peace to orient your Christmas season. To sign up, go to crcna.org/advent.

 

 

Members in Service:

TODAY:

Greeters
    AM: Bob & Linda Schelhaas, Rolland and Grace Schelhaas
    PM: Arlan & Lois Schmidt, Virg & Eleanor Schoolmeester
Ushers
: AM: Duane Baker, Rod Bleyenberg, Ross Brands, Kurt Talsma
Nursery
    AM: Jeannette Tinklenberg, Evon Van Hofwegen, Carli Vander Top, Cybil Vander Top
    PM: Lori Schelhaas, Grant Busker
Praise Team: AM: Kirk & Sydney VanHulzen, Elizabeth & Tadd Prins, Howard & Sommer Schaap
                         Keyboard—Erin Van Hulzen, Drums—Carter Van Hulzen
Library: AM: Marj Nibbelink  PM: Lori Schelhaas
Children’s Worship: Karen Fey, Israel Fey
Medical Assistants: AM: Cynthia Spronk  PM: Brenda Kooi
Valet Parking: Brian De Weerd, Randy Fey


NEXT SUNDAY, December 11

Greeters
    AM: Jonathan & Kelsey Schmidt, Mark & Rose Sorenson
    PM: Leon & Cynthia Spronk, Nathan & Ashley Stoel
Ushers: AM: Duane Baker, Randy Pater, Ryan Blom Mark Sorenson
Nursery
    AM: Christa Blom, Lori Van Essen, Isabelle Niemeyer, Kathryn Prins
    PM: Sy Schaap, Jacob Masselink
Library: AM: Eleanor Schoolmeester  PM: Estella Vis
Children’s Worship: Jody Schaap, Zachary Prins
Medical Assistants: AM: Greg Masselink  PM: Gord Prins
Valet Parking: Rick Fey, Ryan Veldhuizen

 

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