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Daily Devotional


First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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Scripture: Acts 20:7-12 (p. 1728)


Scripture: Proverbs 21:1-8, 30-31 (p. 1015)

Offering: Benevolence
Next Sunday’s Offering:


Stewardship Verse:

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 
2 Corinthians 9:7



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.
bulletTues. 7:00 p.m. - Executive Committee meeting
bulletWed. 6:30 p.m. - Latino Ministry Supper followed by Bible study
bulletWed. 6:50 p.m. - GEMS
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



Congratulations to Matt and Natalie Sorenson (Care Group 2) on the birth of a daughter on September 16. They have named her Karlie Marie.

Bev Boer (Care Group 5) returned home from the hospital on Tuesday.

Thanks to everyone for your words of concern and prayers for Dennis Broekhuis while he was receiving treatment for cancer. His tests taken last week show that the cancer is in remission. He has made a good recovery with no physical problems. Praise the Lord with us! The Broekhuis family

A heartfelt thanks for the cards and best wishes received for our 60th wedding anniversary. Bernard & Gert Baker

MEMBERSHIP CHANGE: The membership of Gord Dyk (Care Group 3) is being transferred to the Cornerstone Prison Church at his request. Gord is transferring so he can help mentor deacons who are members of Cornerstone. Jean Dyk’s membership will remain here at First CRC.



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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES for kindergarten through grade 2 will meet this morning following Kids’ Praise. Kindergarten will be in the old nursery (Children’s Worship Room) with Evon Van Hofwegen; grade 1 will be in Room 2 (half of the Kids’ Praise room) with Courtney Vis; grade 2 will be in the Youth Room with Jan Schelhaas.

CATECHISM CLASSES for grades 3-8 will meet this morning following the morning service. Grades 3-4 will be in the new Council Room with Rod Bleyenberg; grades 5-6 will be in the old Council Room with Ray Schelhaas; grades 7-8 will be in the new Pastor’s Study.

PARENTS OF CHILDREN K-8TH GRADE: Please send your child right to Kids Praise/Sunday School/Catechism after church. Their teachers will bring a plate of cookies for each child to have one so they will not need to go to the fellowship hall for cookies. Thank you for your help with this!

PARKING: If you don’t use valet parking and park on Center Street, please park on the north side of the street and refrain from parking on the south side. If you do use valet parking, please remain inside the building until your vehicle is brought to the door. Thanks for your cooperation!

VALET PARKING: Would you be willing to volunteer to help with this service. Contact Wes DeKam at 507-920-6891.

CARE GROUP #2 is having a fellowship dinner today. Please bring a main dish and/or salad/dessert to share; beverages will be provided. We plan to eat shortly after Sunday school dismisses, around 11:45 a.m. Hope to see you there!

CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP AND MARY GUILD MEMBERS: The study guides for this season are in your church mailboxes.

COFFEE BREAK BIBLE STUDY –Join other women in the study of God’s word and make new friends! All women of the community are invited to Discover Hebrews. This “back to basics” book of the Bible has a unique style that is distinct from other letters in the New Testament. Hebrews still speaks to us today. As you study this book you will be reminded of all that Jesus is and all he has done for us and why faith in him matters today. The fall session of Coffee Break and Children’s Story Hour (ages 3-Kindergarten) begins October 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (new addition) of First CRC in Edgerton. Nursery will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but the benefits are priceless. If you have questions or if you would like to attend but cannot make it to the first meeting, contact Thea (442-3512 or 227-9513) or Jean (442-5384). Please note the change in start time. Coffee Break will meet at 9:30 a.m. instead of 10:00.

NOMINATIONS for the offices of elder and deacon will be prepared by the council in October. Members of the congregation are encouraged to submit names of those they believe have the biblical qualifications for these offices (see 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9). Please submit names to an elder or deacon no later than today.

A LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS was sent on behalf of the congregation to our missionary, Margaret Njuguna. Margaret was recently recognized as a 2016 Distinguished Alumna of Calvin College.

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.

SEPTEMBER SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Isaiah 64:4 “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”



bulletOctober 5 - Cadets first regular meeting
bulletOctober 16 (AM) - Stewardship Emphasis begins
bulletOctober 19 - Chili Filler and Stewardship Presentation by Rick Droog
bulletOctober 23 - Stewardship Emphasis; Baptism (Top)
bulletOctober 30 (PM) - Combined Reformation Sunday worship service at First Reformed.



TO BETHEL CRC AND FIRST CRC: The Edgerton Food Shelf wants first of all to thank you both for your generosity for your past gifts. We have received both grocery items and financial aid from the two congregations which we are very thankful. The food shelf has been blessed in many ways and we also want to give our God the praise for his hand in making it a mission for our local community. In recent weeks we have had requests from new families and individuals from our community and as a result we are running short on some grocery items. If possible, we would appreciate donations of the items mentioned here: pancake mix, syrup, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned corn, canned peas, canned beans, refried beans, cereal, toilet paper, chicken noodle soup, tomato soup, canned peaches, canned pears, noodles, flour, and sugar. Thank you very much from Edgerton Food Shelf

ATLAS for Life is offering the following classes this fall: "Blueprint for Life" on Tuesdays at 1:30, "GriefShare" meeting every first and third Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., Dave Ramsey Financial Freedom, on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., "Warrior Mom's" on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., "Breath...the Life of God in Us" by Beth Moore on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Please contact ATLAS at 507-562-5777 for reservations and additional information. We would love to have you join us or any of our studies!

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS will be holding a blood drive at the First Reformed Church in Edgerton on Tuesday, September 27, from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Please call Betty Huisken at 442-6881 for an appointment to donate. Making an appointment keeps the day going smoothly and the waiting time not so long. You may also make an appointment on line. The need is constant. Give blood!

MARK SATURDAY, October 1, on your calendars for a full activity-filled fantastic fall day. The Rock River Pumpkin Festival will be held on the grounds of Southwest MN Christian High School, 550 Elizabeth St., in Edgerton, so we hope you can join us for this event. It is a day for all ages. Inflatables, carnival games, climbing wall, paintball, hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin patch, pulled pork lunch, vendor fair, 5K walk and run, decorated/carved pumpkin contest, apple/pumpkin dessert contest, fastest pumpkin eater contest, and a pumpkin catapult throw are just a few of the things that will be happening. A $3 wristband is required for most activities, but not to attend the vendor fair, walk the grounds, purchase lunch items, or watch the catapult throw. (Separate charge for a few events/items). More information about registration for the walk/run, Amazing Race (grades 5-8), and paintball may be obtained by calling 442-4471 or checking the website www.rockriverpumpkinfestival.com - hope to see you there. May we add, if you would like to be part of the fun as a volunteer, please call Denise at 442-4471.

YOU ARE INVITED to a Gospel Concert in Woodstock, Minnesota at the American Reformed Church on Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is our annual fundraiser to purchase Recovery Bibles for clients at New Life Treatment Center. Music will be provided by Master’s Voice, Cornerstone Quartet, Horizon, Denny and Rachel Tinklenberg. Testimonies will be given by alumni from New Life Treatment Center. Barbeques and ice cream sundaes will be served. Freewill donation will be accepted. Come and go as you please.

THE LUKE SOCIETY invites area donors, supporting churches and others who would like to learn more about the ministry to an open house and ice cream social on Monday, October 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Luke Society central office (3409 S. Gateway Blvd., Sioux Falls, SD). A short program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and include a special presentation from Luke Society ministry director Dr. Paul Atem of Cameroon. Dr. Atem is a dynamic speaker with a passion for serving the Lord in his African nation. The event will be held inside the Luke Society office (note change). Come as you are and allow your hearts to be blessed.

BIBLE FOR MISSIONS THRIFT STORE CELEBRATION: The board of the bible for Missions Thrift Store invites all volunteers and their spouses to a dinner to celebrate the final payment on the store building. We will also have passed the $2 million mark in donations. The dinner will be held in the multi-purpose room at the American Reformed Church at 1720 N. Burlington, Worthington, Minnesota, at 6:00 p.m. on October 19, 2016. Please let Joyce Aykens (372-2017) or Verla Wheeler (360-5811) know how many are coming from your church by October 12.

MAKE YOUR WORLD a better place! Come to CONNECT – a Christian Community Development Regional Conference at Dordt College October 27-29, 2016. Attendees will hear from community development veterans like Dr. John Perkins, Mark Prosser, Kurt Rietema and Joel Van Dyke. Workshop topics will include exploring issues such as “Immigration and the Law,” “Siloing instead of Sharing,” “Muslim Neighbors,” and topics like drugs, housing, domestic violence, English language learning, racial reconciliation, and other community development hurdles. Evening activities include participation in Native American and Immigration simulations and viewing the documentary “The Fourth World.” The plenary sessions are open to the public and are free (TH 7 pm, FR 6:30 pm, SA 8 am). Find more information and registration on the website: https://dordt.edu/events/ccdiowa/. Questions? Call or email Vicki at 712-722-6341, vicki.vermeer@dordt.edu.

GROUNDWORK: JUSTICE, HEROES AND JESUS - The pervasive nature of injustice can make our efforts to seek justice feel insignificant. Join Groundwork in studying Isaiah 1, Hebrews 7, Matthew 5, and Ephesians 1 to discover how recognizing Christ as prophet, priest, and king encourages us in our pursuit of justice. Join the conversation each week: subscribe for free weekly email notifications at www.ListenToGroundwork.com or visit www.GroundworkOnline.com to find a local radio station or listen at any time.

KIDS CORNER - BRAND NEW EPISODE! LIGHTS OUT - Terrene’s power has gone out. No television, no X-monsters gaming and no community fundraising dinner. When the kids complain that there’s nothing to do, Granny sends them on an adventure to Falcon’s Wood. What’s Scooter worried about? And Liz better watch where he’s going! Subscribe for free at www.getkidscorner.com. Check out KC's new Bible verse bookmarks at www.kidscorner.net.

CHILD SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR NEEDED - Tesoros de Dios, a ministry for children with disabilities and their families in Nicaragua is looking for a volunteer coordinator for a child sponsorship program. The Sponsorship Coordinator will be responsible for sending regular updates to sponsors on behalf of the children, as well as keeping sponsorship information up to date. If interested, contact Lisa Sochacki at lsochack@crcna.org.

GLOBAL PRAYER SAFARI IN UGANDA - The Gospel is doing amazing work in Uganda. Come see for yourself and serve various ministries by praying with their leaders on the Global Prayer Safari, February 2-13, 2017. Find out more and see a video from last year’s Prayer Safari at crwm.org/safari.

LIFE TO THE FULL - Whether you are a person with exceptional needs, a family member, a church leader or volunteer, or simply interested in the intersection of disability and faith, we hope that you will join us October 28-30 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for "Life to the Full. Ability. Belonging. Community." (website: www.lifetothefull2016.org) Scholarships are available for Christian Reformed Church members who have disabilities. For more information about scholarships, contact Heather at hdeboer@crcna.org or call 1-800-730-3490.




    AM: Rita Fey, Orey Fey, Phyllis Hartog & Dena Hibma
    PM: Al & Lois Hoogland, Mike & Sue Hulstein
: AM: Rod Bleyenberg, Ross Brands, Kurt Talsma, Randy Pater

    AM: Brooklyn De Kam, Sommer Schaap, Israel Fey, Elizabeth Prins
    PM: Cynthia Spronk, Clayton Blankers
: AM: Marj Nibbelink  PM: Lori Schelhaas
Children’s Worship
: No Lesson - Communion
Medical Assistants
: AM: Evie Van Dam  PM: Rod Obbink
Valet Parking
: Bob Van Essen, Ray Schelhaas


NEXT SUNDAY, October 2

    AM: Stan & Linda Hartog, Dan & Dana Huisken
    PM: Harold & Gert Jasper, Arlene Hulstein
: AM: Rod Bleyenberg, Duane Baker, Ryan Blom, Ross Brands

    AM: Lois Schmidt, Kim Van Hofwegen, Sara Schelhaas, Hunter Vander Haar
    PM: Ashley Schelhaas, Kylee Brands
: AM: Eleanor Schoolmeester  PM: Estella Vis
Children’s Worship
: Jen Brands, Kylee Brands
Medical Assistants
: AM: Cynthia Spronk  PM: Gord Prins
Valet Parking
: Denise De Kam, Rick Fey



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