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First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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THE LORD’S DAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014


MORNING WORSHIP - 9:30 A.M.

Scripture: John 1:1-18 (p. 1645)
Message: THE WORD WITH GOD AND WITH US

EVENING WORSHIP - 6:30 P.M.

(A special bulletin will be handed out.)

 

Offering: New Roots (Rev. Carl Bruxvoort)
Christmas Day’s Offering: World Renew, 2nd offering – The Banquet
Next Sunday’s Offering: Christian Education

 

Stewardship Verse: 

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” 
Matthew 6:33

 


THIS WEEK’S OPPORTUNITIES

bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Christmas program practice; choir
bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee in the foyer.
bulletTonight 6:30 p.m. - Evening service including Christmas program and candlelight service
bulletThurs. 9:30 a.m. - Christmas Day worship service

 


OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Henry Spronk (Care Group 3) returned home from the hospital on Tuesday.

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN THIS SEASON OF ADVENT, we “wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” This morning Kirk and Megan Bleyenburg will light the first four candles on the Advent wreath.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PRACTICE: Everyone 3 years old through 8th grade will meet in Room 2 after morning service. We will review songs in Room 2 and then head upstairs to practice until 11:30. Worship Ringer players will meet in the balcony after practice till 11:45. If anyone is willing to help set up the front sanctuary after church with risers your help would be appreciated greatly.

TONIGHT, for Christmas Program, kids involved in special music for the prelude are asked to meet at church by 6:15. The other children involved are asked to meet in Room 2 at 6:20.

YOUNG PEOPLES, there will be a brief practice before church starting at 5:45 on December 21 for the candlelight service.

THIS EVENING our 6:30 p.m. worship service will include the Christmas program, “A Shepherd’s Story” and end with candlelight.

OUR CHRISTMAS SERVICE will be on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, at 9:30 a.m. At this special “Lessons and Carols” service, it will be our joy to join with family and friends in celebrating the birth of our Savior.

CATECHISM CLASSES will not meet this Wednesday, December 24, or next Wednesday, December 31, (grades 9-12) or next Sunday, (grades 3-8). Classes for grades 3-8 will resume on Sunday, January 4. Classes for grades 9-12 will resume on Wednesday, January 7.


COUNCIL NOTES
: The council reports the following from its meeting on December 9:

bulletCouncil officers for 2015 were elected as follows: Vice President: Dave Brons; Clerk: Rick Fey; Recorder: Curt Walhof; Asst. Recorder/Vicar: Gord Prins; Chm. of the Deacons: Brad Prouty.
bulletRepresentatives of the Building Addition and Building Addition Finance Committees met with the council. The council decided to propose to the congregation that the requirements for beginning construction be changed; a letter describing the proposal will be distributed to the congregation in the near future.


DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
if you want to give members of the congregation items that are too large to fit in the church mailbox, please leave a note in their mailbox and put the item on top of the mailboxes. Then the item will not block other mailboxes.

DECEMBER SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

 


ADVANCE DATES:

bulletDecember 25 - Christmas Day, Festival of Lessons and Carols
bulletDecember 28 (PM) - Old Year’s Service
bulletJanuary 4 (AM) - Installation of Elders and Deacons
bulletJanuary 25 - Communion

 


REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

On behalf of Back to God Ministries International, thank you for your prayers and support over the last 75 years. Please continue to pray for us as we share the gospel and carry out discipleship through media. We've been so blessed by your faithfulness, and countless others around the world have been touched by your efforts. lf you'd like more information about our 75 years of media ministry, check out our website at www.backtoqod.net/75. Thanks again, and we look forward to your continued partnership in the coming years. Kurt Selles, Director, Back to God Min. Intl.

SOUTHWEST MN CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION: The Southwest Christian Foundation is celebrating God’s faithfulness. We have reached a value of $1,408,000 with principal investments totaling $545,000 and the quarter section of land valued at $764,000. The remaining $98,000 is the increased market value. We have more to celebrate; the foundation has given $589,000 to Southwest Christian since its 1968 start. What a covenantal and stewardly blessing as we all work to educate God’s children in the fear and understanding of Him! In the spirit of giving, we thank God for the gifts you have given us. Please continue to consider the Southwest MN Christian High School Foundation, which is a separate organization from Southwest MN Christian High School, in your giving and estate planning. Thank you for your support through prayer, gifts, and encouragement. May Christian education advance God’s kingdom in southwest Minnesota.

DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT, 2015: Plan now to attend the tenth annual Day of Encouragement at Dordt College on Saturday, February 7, 2015. This day is not only geared for church leaders, but for anyone who wishes to develop their gifts as church members. The keynote speaker is Chuck De Groat, an associate professor at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. There are sessions for ministry basics for council members, seminars aimed at spirituality and leadership plus seminars on outreach and service. Brochures are available in the foyer racks, or you can check the Day of Encouragement website at www.dordt.edu/events/day_of_encouragement. For more information, contact Rachel Verwolf at Rachel.Verwolf@dordt.edu or 712-722-6022. In the past, registrations of those who plan to attend have been paid by our church. Please put completed registrations in Pastor Brown’s mailbox by January 17.

DELIVERING CHRISTMAS TO PRISONS- Week of December 21: While the radio croons “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” many prisoners are singing a different tune. This week, CBI students express how personalized cards and letters from Crossroad help them fight depression during the holidays. Go to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!

GROUNDWORK - The Incarnation of Jesus and Our Rebirth: Today on Groundwork we dig into John 1:12-18 to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Together we’ll rediscover the deep wonder that is the incarnation of God’s own Son and the holy mystery that brings us into the family of God. Tune in and join the 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 – Mary's Miracle: The birth of Christ is the incarnation of God in human history. Kids Corner presents this dramatic presentation of the miracle of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Mary. 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.

LAST CHANCE to sign up for the Kenya Prayer Safari - You have the opportunity to serve hand-in-hand with local Kenyan leaders by praying with them for ministry centers and people in leadership positions in Kenya's capital city. Join the Prayer Safari on February 5-16. Visit crwm.org/safari to sign up.

HIGH ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMP - Rock climbing, orienteering, rope courses, arts and crafts are some of the activities at this adventure camp high in the Staja mountain region of Romania, where youth are challenged in creative problem solving, facing and conquering fears, team work, compassion and more. You are invited to be a North American Christian role model and come alongside Romanian camp leaders in this unique ministry that empowers youth with the skills to live life well. Additional details can be found at www.crwm.org or contact volunteer@crcna.org

CONSTRUCTION FOR HEALTH - Use your construction skills to improve health care in Malawi. Serve alongside community workers to repair homes on the Nkhoma Mission Hospital compound, providing suitable housing for hospital staff. The goal of the program is to provide safe and secure housing and support for the work of Nkhoma Mission Hospital in ways that will express our love for, encourage, and strengthen their ability to provide quality healthcare in Malawi. More information available at www.worldrenew.net or volunteer@crcna.org.

TEACH OVERSEAS! - Students in Madagascar and Kyrgyzstan would love to learn how to speak English and World Missions is now giving them an opportunity to do so. Love working with students? Looking for international travel? Want to make a difference in the lives of young people? Then check out these two teaching opportunities! For further details see www.crwm.org or contact volunteer@crcna.org

 

 

 

TODAY:

Greeters
    AM: John & Linda Vander Wal, Celia Van Essen & Jennie Van Essen, Del & Lori Van Essen
    PM: Dorothy Van Essen & Wilma Grootwassink, Kirk & Erin Van Hulzen
Ushers: AM: Rod Corbin, Owen Tinklenberg, Curt Walhof, Ross Brands
Nursery
    AM: Jan Fey, Megan Bleyenberg, Ashley Schelhaas, Hunter Vander Haar
    PM: Christmas Program – no nursery
Elevator Committee: Peter Boer
Children’s Worship: Brandon/Traci Vander Haar, Amy Jo Vander Wal
Library: Lori Schelhaas, Jean Dyk, Marj Nibbelink
Medical Assistants: AM: Evie Van Dam  PM: Rod Obbink

 

CHRISTMAS DAY, December 25

Greeters: AM: Allen & Estella Vis, Curt & Kathy Walhof, Paul & Ora Ward
Ushers: AM: Marshall Pater, Gord Dyk, Randy Fey, Ryan Veldhuizen
Nursery: AM: Joann Schelhaas, Jeannette Tinklenberg, Brooklyn De Kam, Syndey Van Hulzen

 

NEXT SUNDAY, December 28

Greeters
    AM: Jesse & Kim Van Hofwegen, Jim & Evon Van Hofwegen, Merrick & Tessa Van Otterloo
    PM: Ryan Veldhuizen, Grant & Courtney Vis
Ushers: AM: Rod Corbin, Owen Tinklenberg, Curt Walhof, Ross Brands
Nursery
    AM: Lori Van Essen, Denise De Kam, Haley Tinklenberg, Cybil Vander Top
    PM: Rose Sorenson, Avery Pater
Elevator Committee: Paul Ward
Children’s Worship: No Lesson – Christmas break
Library: Eleanor Schoolmeester, Stella Vis, Henrietta Klumper
Medical Assistants: AM: Evie Van Dam  PM: Rod Obbink

 

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