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Daily Devotional


First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11


Scripture: Matthew 27:27-44

Offering: Christian Education
Good Friday’s Offering: Cornerstone Prison Church
Next Sunday’s Offering: Home Missions


Stewardship Verse:

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Galatians 6:10



bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Choir
bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee in the foyer
bulletToday 2:30 p.m. - Easter Music Festival in our church
bulletMon. 7:00 p.m. - Special council meeting
bulletTues. 7:00 p.m. - Dave Ramsey Course
bulletWed. 6:30 p.m. - Latino Ministry Supper and Bible study
bulletWed. 7:30 p.m. - Catechism classes for grades 9-10; Pre-confession Class
bulletThurs. 7:00 p.m. - Friendship Class
bulletFri. 5:45 p.m. - Adult Chimes practice
bulletFri. 7:00 p.m. - Good Friday Communion Service



Congratulations to Trevor Ekkel and Alisha Vander Wal (Care Group 3) who were united in marriage on Saturday, April 12. May God bless their newly established home.

Clares Christians (Care Group 5) had bypass surgery on a blood vessel in his leg on Monday. He is recovering at home.

Jennie Van Ruler (Care Group 2) returned to Edgebrook Care Center on Wednesday.

John and Harriet Vander Haar (Care Group 1) are serving with a World Renew Disaster Response Team in High River, Alberta. They will be there through April 26, dealing with damage resulting from floods in 2013. Remember them in your prayers.

THE DEACONS would like to give thanks for the most recent contributions to the Radio Fund in memory of Betty Obbink



THIS MORNING’S SERVICE is preparatory to our celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Good Friday.

PASTOR AARON is preaching at Ebenezer CRC in Leota this evening.

KID’S PRAISE will not be meeting until next season, so after church Children’s worship parents are asked to meet their kids by Room 2.

ADULT CHIMES will be practicing after choir at 11:30 this morning. Also on Good Friday Adult chimes will be meeting at 5:45 to practice instead of Wednesday at 8:30.

EASTER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Please join us for our 19th annual Easter Music Festival today at 2:30 p.m. at the First CRC of Edgerton. Southwest's choir, area church choirs and choral groups 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. (Sponsored as a fund-raiser by Circle #12).

CADET COUNSELORS meeting will be this Tuesday, April 15, at First CRC in Sioux Falls at 7:30 p.m.

CADET PANCAKE SUPPER: Come and enjoy pancakes and sausage at the Cadet fund-raiser Wednesday, April 16, at ECES. It is freewill donation. Serving will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

GOOD FRIDAY COMMUNION SERVICE: We will be gathering to remember our Savior’s death and celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.

REJOICE! CHRIST IS RISEN. Celebrate the glory of God at the Community Easter Sunrise service on April 20, 2014 at our church. Ministry in Music will begin at 6:55 a.m. Mr. Timothy Kooiman will be the speaker. Tim is currently a student at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul and serves as the interim Director of Youth Ministries at Faith CRC in New Brighton, Minnesota. Danish rolls, coffee and orange juice will be served after the worship service.

PUBLIC PROFESSION OF FAITH: Young people interested in making public profession of faith should contact Pastor Brown. We are hoping to begin classes this Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Room.

: The council reports the following items from its meeting on April 7:

bulletIt was decided to propose to the congregation extending Pastor Aaron’s three-year term call for another three years, through December 31, 2017. The proposal will be voted on by the congregation at a special congregational meeting after the morning worship service on May 4.
bulletIt was decided to approve a new Children’s Ministry Application that will be used in connection with the Child and Youth Safety Policy mandated by our insurance company. More information about this will be given in the future.
bulletThe Stewardship Committee reported that volunteers from our church served breakfast to over 200 people at The Banquet in Sioux Falls.
bulletIt was reported that a few updates and corrections will be made to the new picture directory. The council thanks the picture directory committee for their excellent work.
bulletA special meeting of Classis Minnkota will be held at our church on Thursday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. The council appointed Pastor Brown and elder Bob Van Essen as delegates. The meeting will not be open to visitors.
bulletThe council will have a special meeting on Monday, April 14, to consider the report of the Building Addition Committee.

NEW PICTURE DIRECTORIES are available, one per family or single confessing member. If you missed getting one last Sunday, please contact your Care Group elder or deacon or any council member.

Care Group Elder/Deacon Teams: #1: Duane Baker, Craig Fey; #2: Randy Pater, Brad Prouty; #3: Gord Prins, Allen Brands; #4: Phil Blom, Cheney Vander Top; #5: Bob Van Essen, Al Schelhaas; #6: Dar Schelhaas, Jonathan Schmidt; #7: Dave Brons, Rod Obbink.

APRIL SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Isaiah 53:6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

WE ARE HAPPY to host our annual Church Pantry Shower on Wednesday evening, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. in our church fellowship hall. The evening will include devotions, introductions from the couples and lunch. The couples being honored are Kelsey De Kam and Brooks Knutson, Danielle (De Weerd) and Garret Werkmeister, Cassandra Hulstein and Jacob Rice, Brandon Huisken and Alyssa Claar, Marshall Pater and Tawni Van Berkum, Randy Schelhaas and Peng Reyes, John and Jana (Van Zanten) Top, Danielle Vanden Berg and Jason Gylling, Alisha (Vander Waal) and Trevor Ekkel, Rob Van Hofwegen and Brenda Hofer. We appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement for these ten couples.

WEIRD ANIMALS VBS is only six weeks away! It will be held June 2-6 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church here in Edgerton. Look for the registration materials in the back of church today! Registrations need to be returned to one of the directors by May 4! Also, VBS needs many volunteers to be crew leaders, assisting the children through the different stations: Bible Story, Science Experiments, Music, Rec. and Snack. If you can give up a few hours of your time, please sign up at the VBS table in the back of church. It's going to be WILD! Karen Fey and Erica Prins, Directors

PRESCHOOL VBS!!! Still FUN! Still EXCITING! But tailored especially for little eyes and ears! The Edgerton VBS program has received grant money and it was decided that now is a GREAT time to try a VBS specific for preschoolers! It will be held the same week as VBS, June 2-6, but will be held at the Presbyterian Church from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. NOTE the time difference, which allows for dropping off and picking up children at two different locations. We are praying that by adding this program to an ever growing VBS, children ages 4 and 5 will not only experience God's love through a program designed for them, but will also be relieved from some of the stress and anxiety of what is often an overwhelming experience the first two years. Please speak with one of the directors if unsure of which age group your child should be placed in or any other questions you may have regarding the addition of this program. Karen Fey and Erica Prins, Directors

COPIES OF The Messenger from Mid-America Reformed Seminary are located in the foyer.

MARCH IN MINNESOTA is food share month. For the months of March and April, there will be a box in the back of our church for you to share the blessings God has given you with people in need. Thank you from Pipestone County Food Shelf.



bulletApril 15 - Men’s Lenten Breakfast at First Reformed Church, 6:30 a.m.
bulletApril 18 (PM) - Good Friday Communion Service
bulletApril 20 (AM)- Community Easter Sunrise Service in our church, 7:00 a.m.
bulletApril 27 (AM)- GEMS Sunday service in Bethel CRC.
bulletApril 30 - Church Pantry Shower
bulletMay 1 - Area National Day of Prayer Service at Bethel CRC.
bulletMay 4 - Special congregation meeting after the morning service



THE MEN’S LENTEN BREAKFAST will meet at First Reformed Church on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 a.m. Pastor Dave Lightner, who is serving the Living Hope Evangelical Free Church in Edgerton, will be the speaker.

THE VOLUNTEERS IN MERCY THRIFT STORE is in need of volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to help display clothing and household items, or to assist at the checkout counter. If you are able to help, please call the Thrift Store at 507-562-0378, and ask for Christy or America.

ECES KINGDOM KIDS PRESCHOOL is now accepting registration for 2014-2015 school year. The registration form can be found at www.edgertonchristianschool.org

EDGERTON CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will be hosting Kindergarten Round-Up for children entering kindergarten this fall on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Tours of the school are available from 6:30 -7:00 p.m. The current Kindergarten class will give short program starting at 7:00 p.m. followed by a parent meeting. Please contact school if you have any questions at 442-6181 or eces@iw.net

THE NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present its annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. NISO will also hold a Visual Art Auction in the lobby of the BJ Haan Auditorium in conjunction with the Spring Concert. NISO concludes The Year of the Composer with works by three of the most beloved composers of all time: Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. After opening with Beethoven's rousing Consecration of the House, NISO will feature its principal musicians in the virtuoso solo parts for violin, flute, oboe, and trumpet of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. The concert ends with Brahms' Symphony No. 2, inspired by the composer's visit to the Austrian Alps. As in the past, this Spring Concert will also feature the unveiling of the 2014-2015 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 the following retailers: True Vine in Sioux Center, Dove Christian Bookstore in Orange City, Something Special in Rock Valley, and Contents in Sheldon. 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.

ALL SENIOR CITIZENS in the community are invited to Southwest Christian High School to join the freshman class for a hymn sing, cookies, and coffee from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16.

JUSTICE FOR ALL will be holding their annual spring fund-raiser on April 19, 2014. You’re invited to join us at the Antique/Collectible Auction! There will be lots of interesting items. It will be held at the JFA Ministry Center at 1335 Valley Drive. Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. for browsing and the auction will start at 11:00 a.m. Come and join the fun time as we raise funds for ongoing JFA ministry efforts! There will also be food, so you can come and join us for lunch if you want. If you have questions, please call JFA at 712-476-2804.

ECES IS CELEBRATING Christian Education Week April 22-25. There will be open house for parents on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Grandparent's Day is Friday afternoon, April 25. There will be an all-school chapel at 1:00 p.m. at First CRC. Grandparents are invited to stay after chapel to visit classrooms with their grandchildren.

"IT'S ABOUT ONE MOMENT. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back." These are the stories and characters of today, the "Songs for a New World" performed by SWMCH on April 22 (7:30 p.m.), 25 (7:30 p.m.) and 26 (meal at 6:30 p.m., general admission open at 7:15 p.m.) in the school gymnasium. Tickets for all three performances may be purchased at the school office (442-4471 - info.swmch@gmail.com) or at the door. Tickets for the Dinner Theater on April 26th must be purchased in advance.

THE KEITH & KRISTYN GETTY CONCERT in Luverne, Minnesota is less than 2 weeks away! Get your tickets today at itickets.com or SW MN Christian High School. The concert will be held at the American Reformed Church on April 24 at 7:00 p.m.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, the highly acclaimed southern gospel singing group, the Inspirations from Bryson City, North Carolina will be presenting a benefit concert on Saturday evening, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center. The Inspirations have been performing since 1964 and they have received every honor and award that southern gospel music has to offer. The concert will also feature the Journey Bound Quartet of Des Moines, Iowa and the Circuit Riders Quartet from Sheldon, Iowa. Tickets will be $15.00 per person and sold at the door only. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. All proceeds of the concert will benefit the local and global ministries of Hope Haven. Mark your calendars now for Saturday evening, April 26, for an evening of great southern gospel music beginning at 6:30 p.m. sharp!

AUDITIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra will be held on Saturday, April 26, at the Dordt College Music Building. Now completing its seventh season, NISYO is seeking string players from middle school through high school to join all sections of the orchestra. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact NISYO conductor Yurii Henriques at 712-722-6204 or Yurii.Henriques@dordt.edu.

THE FOOLISHNESS OF THE CROSS - Week of April 13: Hear Dr. David Schuringa deliver a special Holy Week devotional on a perceived contradiction in the crucifixion. Tune in to watch Crossroad Connection at www.cbi.tv.

GROUNDWORK - Jesus Comes to Jerusalem: The day has come: Jesus arrives at sacred Jerusalem riding a colt to begin his crucifixion week. Christians know this day as “Palm Sunday” or “The Triumphal Entry”. But as we will see, Luke does not have any palm branches, and Jesus hardly looks triumphant. So what is really going on in this story? Join the Groundwork conversation. 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 - Risen Indeed: Kids Corner tells the Easter story in a way you surely won’t want to miss. Terrene turns into Capernaum quickly, and Chamy begins to think that denying Christ’s resurrection may indeed be impossible. Check out the program at KidsCorner.net. Then contact Kids Corner at Box 506, Worth IL 60482 or go to kids@kidscorner.net for your very own Bible study.

NEXT WEEK we will be collecting an offering for Christian Reformed Home Missions. In this coming week, please prayerfully consider supporting Home Missions as they spread the Gospel through funding local missionaries, offering leadership development courses, and supporting new church plants.

WORLD MISSIONS - Called to teach overseas? Visit www.crwm.org/teaching to learn more about partnering with Christian Reformed World Missions and international teaching opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year. Have questions? Contact Brenda DenHouten at bdenhouten@crcna.org.

FREE WEBINAR - Join us on April 23 for "Choosing Children's Curriculum" presented by Jolanda Howe. If your church is considering a change in Sunday school or children's curriculum, this webinar will provide practical tips on finding a curriculum that fits your theology and your context. For more details and registration for this free, one-hour event visit crcna.org/webinars.

AROUND-THE-CLOCK SUMMER CAMP - We sometimes call it an Evangelistic English Camp. Sports, crafts and camp activities are great vehicles in helping youth learn English and introduce them to our God who loves them. Come to Hungary and Romania for a 24/7 exciting camp leadership experience for the month of July, and impact young people for Christ. Additional details available at www.crwm.org or volunteer@crcna.org.




    AM: Phyllis Hartog & Dena Hibma, Al & Lois Hoogland, Dan & Dana Huisken
    PM: Rod & Ruth Corbin, Mel & Liz De Boer
: Rod Corbin, Owen Tinklenberg, Leon Spronk, Ross Brands

    AM: Jeannette Tinklenberg, Vonda Vander Top, Avery Pater, Zachary Prins
    PM: Joann Schelhaas, Hunter Vander Haar
Elevator Committee
: Arvin Schelhaas
Children’s Worship
: Brian/Becky Schelhaas, Chesa Vander Top
: Eleanor Schoolmeester, Stella Vis, Henrietta Klumper
Medical Assistants
: AM: Brenda Kooi  PM: Greg Masselink



Ushers: AM: Leon Spronk, Ross Brands, Curt Walhof
: PM: Ashley Schelhaas, Amy Jo Vander Wal, Isabelle Niemeyer



    AM: Stan & Linda Hartog, Mike & Sue Hulstein, Harold & Gert Jasper
    PM: Henry Klumper, Dave & Vel Kooiman
: Curt Walhof, Gord Dyk, Randy Fey, Ryan Veldhuizen

    AM: Jan Schelhaas, Denise De Kam, Sara Shelhaas, Sydney Van Hulzen
    PM: Lois Schmidt, Benjamin Sluis
Elevator Committee
: Pete Boer
Children’s Worship
: No Lesson, Easter
: Bertha Baker, Lori Schelhaas, Jean Dyk, Marj Nibbelink
Medical Assistants
: AM: Evie Van Dam  PM: Rod Obbink



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