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Daily Devotional


First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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THE LORD’S DAY, May 1, 2016


Scripture: Romans 2:1-16 (p. 1748)


(This evening we will join the congregation of Bethel CRC for a combined GEMS Sunday worship service at Bethel CRC.)

Offering: Benevolence
Next Sunday’s Offering: Back to God Ministries International
                                  CRWM (South Africa) – Sosthene and Kara


Stewardship Verse:

“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”
Proverbs 3:9–10



bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee in the foyer.
bulletToday 5:00 p.m. - Young Peoples Society
bulletTonight 6:30 p.m. - Combined GEMS Sunday service at Bethel CRC
bulletMon. 9:30 a.m. - Mary Guild end of the Year Party
bulletMon. 7:00 p.m. - Stewardship Committee meeting
bulletTues. 2:00 p.m. - Christian Fellowship, meeting in the social area of the Edgebrook apartments. Lesson 12.
bulletTues. 7:00 p.m. - Council, consistory and deacons’ meetings.
bulletWed. 6:30 p.m. - Latino Ministry Supper followed by Bible study
bulletThurs. 7:00 p.m. - Community National Day of Prayer Service, Chandler CRC
bulletFri. 8:15 a.m. - Moms in Prayer at the Southwest Christian conference room



Ed Van Dam (Care Group 7) remains in Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, recovering from a stroke.

A gift in memory of Alma Spronk has been received. As requested, the gift is being used to purchase appliances for the new kitchen.

Thank you to all who expressed their sympathy to us with cards and hugs after the death of our brother Dal. Most of all, we thank you for your prayers. We are grateful for being a part of God's family of believers. Mary & Howard Van Essen, Jean & Milt Schaap

We wish to thank everyone for the expressions of sympathy, visits and prayers and acts of kindness on behalf of our son-in-law Brian Bork during his illness and passing. We are all very blessed to be a part of such a caring congregation. God bless each and every one of you.
Virg & Eleanor Schoolmeester family



THIS EVENING we will join the congregation of Bethel CRC for a combined GEMS Sunday worship service at Bethel CRC.

MARY GUILD End of the Year Party: On Monday, May 2, at 9:30 a.m. members of Mary Guild are invited to Judy Zwart’s house for Punch and Brunch. See you there.

A COMMUNITY NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 7:00 P.M. at the Christian Reformed Church of Chandler. Members of our churches will lead us in prayer for various areas of local and national concern. An offering will be taken for ATLAS for Life (Pipestone). Don’t miss this opportunity to pray for our nation and communities.

GEMS HAS CONCLUDED another year and we are so thankful to each one of our supporters! A huge thank you to each counselor for giving of her time and energy each week as she prepared to mentor her class and reflects the love of Christ to her girls! We as counselors and GEMS girls grew in our faith walk this year as we worked through the theme of “Choose Truth: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105” and studied how God’s Story, the Bible, transforms our lives’ stories. We are also so thankful for each one of you, as members of the Body of Christ, for supporting our ministry monetarily, with your prayers and giving of your time…you truly are a blessing to our ministry as we strive to “help bring girls into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ”. Our vision is to “see girls around the world actively and enthusiastically expressing love for God and others - girls equipped, motivated, and passionately engaged in living out their faith”. A special thank you to Priscilla Pater who faithfully lead GEMS worship and mentored GEMS girls for 14 years…you will be missed!

A DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH BUILDING ADDITION is being planned for Pentecost Sunday, May 15. Following the morning service, we will reflect on God’s faithfulness and thank those who have helped make the addition a reality. We plan to celebrate with refreshments in the new fellowship hall. There will be a congregational potluck for those who wish to stay for that.

GRADUATES: We plan to honor college, high school and eighth grade graduates after the morning service on Sunday, May 22. We would appreciate it if parents of college graduates would call the church office (442-6701) with the graduate’s name, college/school, and degree.

CAN YOU BELIEVE that VBS is only 5 weeks away? It’s time to sign up to board the ARK with NOAH and his family! The registration materials are now located in the back of church. Note the new form. Please return to the mailbox of Erica Prins with your payment to VBS. Watch for the music CDs to be in stock at Katie’s Closet very soon also!

HELP NEEDED! VBS is in need of several volunteers to lead children through each of the four stations during the mornings of VBS. There is a sign-up sheet found on the registration table in the back of church. We need many volunteers to make this week a safe and fun experience for the children. Prayerfully consider how you can help. For questions, contact Erica Prins.

THE VBS DIRECTORS have decided on a dual VBS mission project this year. We have chosen to support the Edgerton Food Pantry with gifts of food and the Latino Ministry with the offering, both to be collected throughout the week of VBS. The gifts for the Latino Ministry will be used to purchase materials for their children's worship program, materials to use in their youth ministry, and to purchase Bibles to give to families who need one. There will be an area at the First Reformed Church for food collection during the week of VBS. Thank you for your support of these local ministries as we teach our children how to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

WE ARE PLANNING a Church Pantry Shower for all recently married and soon-to-be married brides and grooms from our church. Please let us know when you were or will be married so we can add you to our honored guest list. We hope to have the shower in June when the new fellowship hall is ready. Call Brenda Kooi at 507-227-5174 or Deb Christians at 507-920-0020.

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.

MAY SCRIPTURE MEMORY (REVIEW): Psalm 1:3-4 “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.”



bulletMay 5 - Community National Day of Prayer Service at Chandler Christian Reformed Church
bulletMay 8 - Ascension Sunday/Mother’s Day
bulletMay 15 (AM) - Pentecost Sunday; dedication of the church building addition
bulletMay 22 (AM) - We will honor our graduates after the morning service.



DEAR 5TH GRADE STUDENTS AND LEADERS, Thank you very much for the gifts you collected and sent to World Renew. When you save money for World Renew you shed your light all over the world. I hope you found joy in saving your dollars and coins to purchase goats and chickens for families in need. World Renew

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Beyond Blessed by all the support of all of our amazing family and friend who organize, donated, volunteered and came to the benefit! Thankful for the wonderful community we live in who is so willing to help in so many ways!! Also to all who were unable to be there and offered gifts of Love and Prayers!! It is truly humbling to be on the receiving end of such blessings! Praise God for all of this. He had this planned far before we did and with him anything is possible! God Bless you! Love you all! Ryan, Ronica, AJ, Austin Vanderby, Bill & Shirley Vanderby, Arlyn & Rose Vander Beek

SOUTHWEST MN CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL is conducting their annual building fund drive and with your help will be able to make renovations and improvements to the science classroom. We do have the matching gift this year for all gifts of $500.00 or more. If you have not been contacted, please direct your contributions to SWMCH, 550 Elizabeth St., Edgerton, MN 56128. Thank you for your continued prayer, financial, and encouragement support.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to the Edgebrook Auxiliary Fundraiser annual May Basket social on Monday, May 2, at 1:30 p.m. in Edgebrook Dining Area. Join us in bidding for a luncheon basket to share with the residents during their 3:00 p.m. lunch.

    May 6 - K-4 Spring Musical at ECES 9:30 a.m.
    May 10 - 5-8 Spring Concert at ECES 7:30 p.m.
    May 18 – 8th Grade Graduation
    May 31 – ECES Society Meeting

FRIDAY, MAY 6, is the ECES K-4 Spring Musical, “Fish Tales,” at 9:30 a.m.! Continuing our “Tell the Story” theme, the 3rd graders, along with Mr. Gill, will grab their gear and head to the “Fish Tales Fishing Tournament” to hear Bible stories that are anything but “fishy!” The songs used to tell these stories are guaranteed to “hook” both the K-4 singers and their audience. You are invited to come and enjoy this musical with the students.

ATLAS DOLLAR DAYS Rummage and Boutique Sale! Come and check out all the beautiful items that the gals have been busy creating at the ATLAS Boutique! Great Mother's Day gifts and 100% of proceeds go to continue the ministry at ATLAS. Join us on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 101 2nd St NE. Our rummage in the community room includes various brand new household items at rummage prices! Rolls available and free coffee served!

GRADES 5-8 AT ECES invite family and friends to their Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. Join the students as they praise God through song and instruments!

NEW LIFE TREATMENT CENTER 37th Annual Horse-Ride-A-Thon: The board and staff of New Life Treatment Center announce the Annual Horse Ride-a-Thon. Horses with riders and horse drawn rigs will begin their trek from Pipestone County Fairgrounds and proceed to their destination at the Center in Woodstock. The date is Saturday, May 14, 2016, beginning at 10:00 a.m. We held our first Horse Ride-A-Thon in 1980 and it continues to be a great opportunity for friends to meet and have fun together while raising funds for New Life! The Horse Ride-a-Thon has been greatly enjoyed by all who participate and attend. If any rider or buggy or wagon drivers would like to join the caravan, regardless of fund raising amounts, we welcome you to join. There is no "entry fee" or minimum amount that any person must raise, all riders are welcome. The proceeds for the Horse Ride-a-Thon will go towards furnishings and equipment in the men’s and women’s areas. Awards and prizes will be presented in recognition of various categories. Our Horse Ride-a-Thon will be concluded at the Center at approximately 1:30 pm with all participants enjoying a picnic lunch and T-shirts. For further information, contact New Life Treatment Center, Woodstock, MN, at (507) 777-4321.

MEMORIAL DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be May 30, serving from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Southwest MN Christian High School cafeteria. Please come and support Southwest Christian this Memorial Day. A freewill donation will be accepted for the hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausages, and drink.

GROUNDWORK: SAVED BY GRACE - NOW WHAT? - As we conclude our study of some of the early church’s ‘faithful sayings,’ we reach Titus 3 which helps us ponder justification by grace, hope for eternal life, and what we need to do as a result of our salvation. 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: LOVE ALWAYS - Liz and his friends have a fight while rehearsing with their band for the Terrene Youth Fest. Then the speaker (Grandpa Anole) teaches about agape love. 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 including KC's Life of Jesus coloring book which focuses on Jesus' work of helping others and sharing His story.

SOAAR IN NICARAGUA - If you have a heart for kids needing extra help at school through Special Education programs, come join the Nicaragua Christian Academy for a semester or two and help students to 'SOAAR'! More information on this 6 – 12 months volunteer opportunity is available at www.crwm.org or volunteer@crcna.org.





    AM: Wilma Grootwassink & Phyllis Hartog, Mike & Sue Hulstein, Brenda Kooi
    PM: Arlene Hulstein, Harold & Gert Jasper
: AM: Bob Van Essen, Steve Landman, Kurt Talsma, Dale Mesman

    AM: Denise De Kam, Lori Schelhaas, Sara Schelhaas, Isabelle Niemeyer
    PM: Thea Nykamp, Carter Van Hulzen
: AM: Eleanor Schoolmeester  PM: Estella Vis
Children’s Worship
: Ross/Jen Brands, Kylee Brands
Medical Assistants
: AM: Brenda Kooi  PM: Greg Masselink



    AM: Dave & Vel Kooiman, Pete & Alice Krosschell, Steve & Jen Landman
    PM: Brett & Kelly Kroese, Adrian & Carrie Kuipers
: AM: Ross Brands, Del Van Essen, Mark Sorenson, Jeff Schaap

    AM: Megan Bleyenburg, Jody Schaap, Haley Tinklenberg, Elizabeth Prins
    PM: Sy Schaap, Sydney Van Hulzen
: AM: Marj Nibbelink  PM: Lori Schelhaas
Children’s Worship
: Ryan/Christa Blom, Zachary Prins
Medical Assistants
: AM: Evie Van Dam  PM: Rod Obbink



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