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Daily Devotional


First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 (p. 1846)


(This evening other area congregations will join us for a combined service. A separate bulletin will be handed out.)


Next Sunday’s Offering: Christian Education


Stewardship Verse:

“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:3–4



bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Kids’ Praise, Sunday School, catechism classes for grades 3-8; choir
bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee in the foyer
bulletTonight 6:30 p.m. - Combined worship service in our church
bulletMon. 7:00 p.m. - Men’s Society. Prayers of the Old Testament, Lesson 5
bulletMon. 7:00 p.m. - Mary Guild. Christian Character, Lesson 7.
bulletTues. 7:00 p.m. - Congregational Callers meeting
bulletWed. 10:00 p.m. - Coffee Break Women’s Bible Study/Story Hour. Gospel of John, Lsn. 3.
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
bulletFri. 8:15 a.m. - Moms in Prayer at the Southwest Christian conference room



Our sympathy to the loved ones of Ella Kooiman (Care Group 6). Ella went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 19. May God grant his comfort and peace.

Adrian and Carrie Kuipers thank the congregation for thoughts and prayers, visits, food and the many other acts of kindness shown to them during Adrian’s surgery and recovery. We thank God for His protection and healing.

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and expressions of sympathy in the loss of our mother and grandmother. We are so blessed to be part of this congregation. Rod, Ruth, Kent, Brandi and family.



THIS MORNING it is our joy to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. If you are a visitor, we would encourage you to review the communion card you received at the door. If you are a professing member of a Christian church, we invite you to share this celebration of communion with us.

THIS EVENING the congregations of Bethel CRC and Ebenezer CRC of Leota will join us for a combined worship service. Pastor Aaron will lead the service. The offering will be for New Life Treatment Center. Refreshments will be served afterward.

EVERYONE IS INVITED to watch the Cadets race their Pinewood Derby Cars Friday night, January 30. Weigh-in begins at 6:30 p.m. Racing starts around 7:00 p.m. Note that it will be held at SWCH gym this year.

RESULTS OF THE SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: The proposal to change the requirements for beginning construction of the planned addition to the present church building passed. It received about 80% of the votes cast. This means that we need $1,200,000 (including both pledges and any additional cash given by those who have not pledged) before construction can begin.

THE BUILDING ADDITION FINANCE COMMITTEE would like to thank you once again for showing your support for this project by voting to approve the proposed finance changes. The change was approved by 80% majority at the meeting last Monday evening. But with that vote of support also comes the responsibility to come up with the necessary funds to pay for the project. We would like to remind you that we have extended the pledging time frame. Please see the sheet in your mailbox. Again, thank you and may God bless us all as we move forward together in His name.

JANUARY SCRIPTURE MEMORY: 1 John 1:8-9 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”



bulletFebruary 22 (PM) - Combined worship service at Bethel CRC



THANK YOU to all who attended the Edgerton Christian Elementary School Society Meeting this past Wednesday evening or turned in an absentee ballot. We had 68 members in attendance and 93 absentee votes. The motion to move forward with Phase 2 of the ECES Expansion Project as proposed was passed with 96% in favor. Please pray for the Steering and Building Committees as they finalize plans with TSP and prepare to put bids out. Our prayer is that we will be able to break ground this spring. We are so appreciative of the support that we have received thus far and excited for the plans that God has in store for our school community.

PASTOR RICK and the Cornerstone Prison Church Council ask for prayers from our brothers and sisters in Christ as we seek to fill the open staff positions of Co-Pastor and part-time Worship Leader. Pray for God's leading as we seek individuals who will minister to the growing inmate congregation.

EDGERTON CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, January 27, for new families of students that will be enrolled in grades K-8 for the 2015-2016 school year. Classroom visits are available from 8:15 – 9:00 am. There will be a time for questions, tours, rolls, and coffee at 9:00 am. Childcare will be available. Please RSVP by email to eces@iw.net.

DAVE RAMSEY FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY CLASSES will begin Tuesday, January 27. from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the ATLAS for Life office. These classes will be held weekly on Tuesdays. Please call the office to sign up at 507-562-5777. Cost is minimal. Come and find out how to obtain financial freedom, as Dave Ramsey says: "This changes everything, Your Money, Your Story, Your Life!"

THE RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE will be at the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, January 28, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The need for blood is constant. Please contact Betty Huisken (442-6881) if you are willing to donate a unit of blood. Anyone 16 years or older and in good health is encouraged to donate.

HEY LADIES! Come out and relax with some friends and enjoy some food and fellowship! Who: Any woman---bring your friends! When: Thursday, January 29; Where: End Zone in Edgerton; Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Why: Everyone is always busy, but I'm guessing you're busy running to games, working, volunteering, keeping up at home. Here is your opportunity to take a couple hours for yourself--for fun, food, and fellowship! Eat your food hot (without having to share with little fingers--or your husband), leave the dishes for someone else to wash, visit uninterrupted--sounds lovely, doesn't it? End Zone also offered 50% off of your order! What’s not to love about this opportunity!?

EDGERTON CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is sponsoring a Hostess Supper on Saturday, January 31. This promises to be a night of enjoyable fellowship, entertainment, and delicious food. Entertainment will be provided by Holly Vanden Berg, a local musician from Pipestone. Call the school office at 442-6181 to reserve your place before January 23. A free will offering will be taken for the Special Gifts Fund.

SEEKING NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Is God calling you to serve him in a unique capacity? Bethesda Christian Counseling is searching for new board members to fill current vacancies. Bethesda is a Christian non-profit ministry supported by both the Reformed and Christian Reformed Churches. We are looking for men and women who have an interest in being part of a healing ministry to the mentally ill, to marriages and families in crisis, and to church congregations who desire to be intentional places of grace. If you are a person of compassion, have empathy for the hurting, possess some leadership qualities, have served or are serving in the field of business, law, medicine, mental health or a full time ministry please contact Bethesda for more information. Contact Dale Ellens either at (605) 334-3739 or www.dale@bethesdachristiancounseling.org. There is no obligation for inquiring about this ministry opportunity.

THE NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT: The Memory of All That: Gershwin Tribute, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Guest artist is award-winning entertainer Spider Saloff, who earns rave reviews from audiences and the press for bringing Gershwin’s music to life. In this performance with NISO, Saloff will be joined by her pianist/music director Jeremy Kahn who has performed with jazz greats world-wide. NISO’s Celebrity Conductor Contest will be held in conjunction with this year’s Winter Pops Concert. Prominent local individuals have been invited to compete by soliciting support from family and friends. Each dollar donated to NISO will constitute one vote, with results tabulated during intermission. The winner, with attire and baton of choice, will then have the distinct and well-earned privilege of conducting the orchestra in a special selection. Candidates who are vying for the honor are Jason Alons, Orange City, IA; King Hickman, Sheldon, IA; Matthew Nice, Sioux Center, IA; and Greg Westra, Rock Valley, IA. Advance tickets are available at the 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.

THERE WILL BE a 13- week Women's Bible Study on the "Bait of Satan" written by John Bevere at ATLAS for Life starting on Thursday, February 5. The sub-title says it all "Living FREE from the deadly trap of Offense". The Study will be held on Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please call the office at 507-562-5777 or Roxie at 507-227-0905.

Join us for homecoming evening of food, fun, and fellowship as we “remember when.” We are celebrating the classes of 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, and 2005.
        Alumni Women’s Game: 2:30 pm
        Alumni Men’s Game: 3:30 pm
        Senior Class Sub Supper: 4:45 – 7:15 pm
        JV Boys’ Game: 5:00 pm
        Varsity Boys’ Game with alumni national anthem: 6:30 pm approximately
        After the game, we will serve ice cream and have some time to socialize.

is planning another bus tour! This spring we are planning a trip to Mississippi. Dates are April 8-15. Please sees more details on the bulletin board. Or please call Vern or Pat at JFA (712-476-2804) for more information or to sign up for the tour. We will need commitments by the end of February.

THE NEW FACE OF CBI GUATEMALA - Week of January 25: Did you know that CBI provides Bible study courses not only for prisoners, but also for correctional officers? This week, Byron Aguilar, the new director of CBI Guatemala, explains how this top-down ministry approach could bring systemic change to his country’s prison system. Tune in to hear how Crossroad students are trying to repair such large-scale brokenness even as they do time behind bars. Go to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!

GROUNDWORK - Service and Giving: On today’s Groundwork we’ll study passages from Matthew and Luke to help us understand the spiritual discipline of giving – giving of time, service, and money. Join the weekly 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 – Don't Judge a Book by its Cover: Liz and Lucille visit the Basilisk family—who have a reputation of being a little strange. But they find they have more in common than they thought. Follow the Kids Corner 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.

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.

VBS IN THE ORIENT - 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.

EXCITING CHICAGO INTERNSHIP - Spend 2 years on a team in a Chicago neighborhood serving, learning, and implementing the principals of asset-based community development. Live as a member of an intentional community while developing a perspective on poverty, justice, missions and development work. Sound intriguing? See worldrenew.net/globalvolunteerprogram for information or contact Mary Dykstra mdykstra@worldrenew.net.

CYCLE TO END POVERTY! - Registration is now open for the 10th anniversary ride of the Sea to Sea Bicycle Tour. Join other cyclists this summer for a 6-day ride in Ontario or a 10-day ride in Alberta and raise money for the fight against poverty. Proceeds will fund ministry by World Renew, Partners Worldwide, International Justice Mission, and local poverty initiatives in communities along the route. Volunteers are also urgently needed to assist with both rides. For information or to register, visit seatosea.org.




    AM: Ross Brands, Tadd Prins, Orey Fey, Kirk Bleyenburg
    PM: Ryan Veldhuizen, John Top, Brett Kroeze, Marshall Pater

    AM: Ashley Schelhaas, Carli Vander Top, Brooklyn De Kam, Kaitlyn Schelhaas
    PM: Christa Blom, Derek Fey
Elevator Committee
: Pete Boer
Children’s Worship
: No Lesson, Communion
: Eleanor Schoolmeester, Stella Vis, Henrietta Klumper
Medical Assistants
: AM: Rod Obbink  PM: Cynthia Spronk


NEXT SUNDAY, February 1

    AM: Ross Brands, Tadd Prins, Orey Fey, Kirk Bleyenburg

    AM: Jan Schelhaas, Barb Obbink, Sara Schelhaas, Trey Huisken
    PM: Jodi Schaap, Israel Fey
Elevator Committee
: Paul Ward
Children’s Worship
: Jan Schelhaas, Jennifer Schelhaas
: Lori Schelhaas, Jean Dyk, Marj Nibbelink
Medical Assistants
: AM: Brenda Kooi  PM: Gord Prins



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