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First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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Song Service (9:20 A.M.)
Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-22 (p. 1818)


Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-25 (p. 1164)

Offering: Denominational Ministry Shares
Next Sunday’s Offering: Benevolence


Stewardship Verse:

“But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”
Deuteronomy 8:18



bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Kids’ Praise, Sunday School, catechism classes for grades 3-8; choir
bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee and cookies in the fellowship hall.
bulletMon. 7:30 p.m. - Consistory (elders’) meeting [Note later time.]
bulletTues. 2:00 p.m. - Christian Fellowship in the social area of Edgebrook Apartments. Prayer, Lesson 8.
bulletWed. 9:30 a.m. - Coffee Break Women’s Bible Study and Children’s Story Hour. Elijah and Elisha, Lesson 2.
bulletWed. 6:30 p.m. - Latino Ministry Supper followed by Bible study
bulletWed. 7:00 p.m. - Catechism classes for grades 9-12
bulletWed. 8:30 p.m. - Adult Chimes
bulletFri. 8:15 a.m. - Moms in Touch prayer at Southwest Christian conference room



Our sympathy to Wilma Grootwassink (Care Group 1), Gert Jasper (Care Group 6) and Dorothy Van Essen (Care Group 1) and their families. Their sister, Alice Van Essen (Care Group 2) passed away on Saturday, January 7. We also extend our sympathy to Mitch and Irene Van Berkel (Care Group 1) and their family. Mitch’s sister, Maryann Schut, passed away on Tuesday, January 10. And we extend our sympathy to Gloria Fey and Roger Fey (Care Group 3), Craig and Shelley Fey (Care Group 1) and their families. Gloria’s brother and Craig’s uncle, Verlon Spronk, passed away on Tuesday, January 10. May God grant his comfort and peace.

Congratulations to Steve and Jen Landman (Care Group 2) on the birth of a boy on Wednesday, January 4. They have named him Rein John.

Congratulations to Minnie Huisken (Care Group 6), who will celebrate her 95th birthday on Monday, January 16.



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

THE SPECIAL MUSIC SCHEDULER for January through March is Vonda Talsma (443-6664).

JANUARY SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”



bulletJanuary 22 - Communion
bulletJanuary 29 (PM) - Combined service at Bethel CRC



DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT, 2017: Plan now to attend the thirteenth annual Day of Encouragement at Dordt College on Saturday, February 4, 2017. 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 Dr. Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research. There are sessions for ministry basics for council members, seminars aimed at spirituality and leadership plus seminars on outreach and service. For more information, check the Day of Encouragement website at www.dordt.edu/events/day_of_encouragement. Registration will be paid by the church for members who wish to attend. Contact Pastor Brown if you are interested.

CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH is asking for donations of yarn. The inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary have the opportunity to knit hats for children in need. The prison does not provide the yarn, so we ask churches and individuals to help with this important ministry. Thank you for your generosity.

THE ECES ANNUAL BUILDING AND DEBT REDUCTION DRIVE will continue through the month of January. If you have already made a donation, thank you! If you haven't made a donation yet, please prayerfully consider a generous gift to the drive. Whether it be a new gift, payment towards a pledge, or the willingness to lend money to ECES through a demand note, gifts of every size make a difference and are greatly appreciated. Please note that there will be no solicitors coming around this year to collect. All donations should be dropped off at the school office or mailed to ECES, 210 Elizabeth St. W, Edgerton, MN 56128. If you did not receive a copy of the information regarding this drive either in your church mailbox or by mail, please stop by the school office or download from the ECES website: www.edgertonchristianschool.org.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS will be holding a blood drive at the Presbyterian Church in Edgerton on Wednesday, January 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please call Betty Huisken at 442-7131 for an appointment to donate. Anyone 16 years or older and in good health is eligible to donate. Making an appointment keeps the day going smoother and the waiting time not so long. You may also make an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org. The need is constant. Please donate a unit of blood.

THE LCSS ANNUAL SOUP AND PIE SUPPER will be held on Wednesday, January 25, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Luverne CRC. Mark your calendars! Delicious homemade soup, BBQ's , rolls, dessert and beverages. The cost is a free will donation with the proceeds going to the Luverne Christian School Society.

THE ECES HOSTESS SUPPER on February 11 promises to be a night of enjoyable food, fellowship and entertainment. The menu features whole, bone-in pork loin grilled by Spronk Brothers along with rosemary red-skinned potatoes, chalet vegetables - garlic butter sauce, broccoli, cauliflower, orange and yellow carrots, lettuce salad, and ice cream for dessert. Dawn Ryswyk and the rest of the Happy the Dog Ministry will be providing entertainment throughout the evening. Call the school office at 442-6181 to reserve your spot by February 3. A free will offering will be taken for the Special Gifts Fund. We are looking for people willing to host a table for the Hostess Supper. Food is provided, you just decorate the table and invite some friends for a fun evening together! If you would be willing to host a table or if you have any questions, please call or email the school at 442-6181 or eces@iw.net. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!

THE NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA GUEST CONCERT will occur on Saturday, February 4, with a performance by the Lark Quartet, at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Advance tickets are available at True Vine Bookstore in Sioux Center and Jubon Juweelen in Orange City. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

THE ESTHER SCHOOL in Zambia, Africa, is looking for a skilled contractor who would like to serve as our campus Facilities and Site Director. The full job description is available at estherschool.org. Contact Jill Postma by email, jill.p@estherschool.org, or phone (616) 241-5616 ext. 3040, to inquire. The Esther School opened in 2012 as an outreach of GEMS Girls' Clubs.

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED in a JFA serve trip or would like to meet others who are going on the various trips, join us on Tuesday, January 10, at 6:00 p.m. for pizza, an informational meeting, and a time to get to know each other. If you plan to attend, PLEASE RSVP by January 6 so we can plan accordingly. Please RSVP to Lauren by calling (712)476-2804 or email laurenk@jfa-nwiowa.org.
Serve trip opportunities:
    Harvest Hands Ministries, Juarez, MX: January 27-Feb 3
    Spencer Perkins Center, Jackson, MS: February 18-24
    Voice of Calvary, Jackson, MS: February 25-March 3
    Grace Reigns, Colorado City, AZ: March 19-25

GROUNDWORK: THE SUPREMACY OF CHRIST - We use a lot of phrases to describe Christ and his role: firstborn of the dead, firstborn of all creation, reconciler, and head of the church. Join the conversation on Colossians 1:18-20 to discover their origin and what they mean we believe about Jesus Christ. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES AUDIO BIBLE STUDY - Prayer, fasting, study, solitude...spiritual disciplines through which God transforms our lives that we might be more like his Son, Jesus. Groundwork is offering an in-depth, audio Bible teaching series examining these essential discipleship practices. It’s great for personal, family, or group study. Get it free with study guides when you subscribe at GroundworkOnline.com/SpiritualDisciplines.

KIDS CORNER: ROUTE 32 - At www.kidscorner.net, Liz and his Dad go on a road trip, but there is one disappointment after another. Liz gets angry and frustrated, but his dad encourages him to think that —problems are just opportunities in disguise. Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Also download the 2017 KC calendar.

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY Seeks Half-time Staff Person - International Student Fellowship at Western Michigan University is seeking a second half-time campus pastor to fill our ministry team. This could grow into a full-time position. For a detailed position description and to apply, please contact Ron DeYoung at: rdy263@gmail.com

SERVE ABROAD THIS SUMMER - Are you interested in serving overseas this summer? You can lead English camps in Lithuania or Asia, an adventure camp in Romania, or visit the Holy Land. Visit crwm.org/Summer2017 for more information.

AVAILABLE FREE IN THE DIGITAL LIBRARY - “Every Bit of Who I Am” is available free to all in the CRC through the Digital Library (crcna.org/Library). These powerful devotions by James C. Schaap help teens dig deeper into faith as they see that every bit of who they are hinges on their relationship with God.

GOT PHOTOS? - Do you have photos of your church living out its mission as a family of believers? Share them with your wider Christian Reformed Church family! We'd love to see photos of your church in action: potlucks, worship services, mission trips, fellowship, fun activities, neighborhood service...anything that makes up the life of your church. Send your high-resolution, diverse, beautiful photos to communications@crcna.org. Remember to get permission from any people whose faces are visible.

PRAY FOR INSPIRE 2017 - Inspire 2017 is a conference to connect people from across the 1000+ churches in the Christian Reformed Church for three days of worship, workshops, speakers, and conversation. As we plan and prepare for this event, happening August 3-5 in Detroit, Michigan, please join us in praying for the event and all who will attend. This week, please pray for final details and finishing touches for the website (crcna.org/inspire).




    AM: Dean & Evie Gilman, Roger & Gloria Fey
    PM: Rick & Karen Fey, Wilma Grootwassink & Phyllis Hartog
: AM: Nathan Blankers, Allen Brands, Gord Prins, Bob Schelhaas

    AM: Joann Schelhaas, Kim Van Hofwegen, Sara Schelhaas, Cybil Vander Top
    PM: Rose Sorenson, Grant Busker
Praise Team
: AM: Kirk & Sydney VanHulzen, Elizabeth & Tadd Prins, and Howard & Sommer Schaap
Keyboard—Erin Van Hulzen, Drums—Carter Van Hulzen
: AM: Marj Nibbelink  PM: Lori Schelhaas
Children’s Worship
: Melissa Prouty, Derek Fey
Medical Assistants
: AM: Greg Masselink  PM: Evie Van Dam
Valet Parking
: Dave Brons, Denise De Kam


NEXT SUNDAY, January 22

    AM: Mike & Sue Hulstein, Harold & Gert Jasper
    PM: Rita Fey & Arlene Hulstein, Dave & Vel Koioman
: AM: Jon Schmidt, Jim Van Hofwegen, Dean Gilman, Dale Mesman

    AM: Jennifer Schelhaas, Brooklyn De Kam, Sydney Van Hulzen, Kaitlyn Schelhaas
    PM: Cynthia Spronk, Sommer Schaap
: AM: Eleanor Schoolmeester  PM: Estella Vis
Children’s Worship
: No Lesson - Communion
Medical Assistants
: AM: Rod Obbink  PM: Cynthia Spronk
Valet Parking
: Bob Van Essen, Ryan Veldhuizen



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