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Daily Devotional


First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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Scripture: James 2:1-13 (p. 1881)


(This evening we will be joining congregations of our community for a combined Thanksgiving service at Ebenezer CRC in Leota. Note that the service will begin at 6:30 p.m.)

Offering: Benevolence
Next Sunday’s Offering: Rev Bill and Aletha Green, CLIR Publications


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. - Kids’ Praise; Sunday School; catechism classes for grades 3-8; choir
bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee in the foyer
bulletToday 11:30 a.m. - Christmas program practice until 11:50 a.m.
bulletTonight 6:30 p.m. - Combined Community Thanksgiving Service at Ebenezer CRC, Leota
bulletMon. 7:00 p.m. - Men’s Society. Prayers of the Old Testament, Lesson 2.
bulletMon. 7:00 p.m. - Mary Guild. Christian Character, Lesson 4.
bulletWed. 10:00 a.m. - No Coffee Break Bible Study and Story Hour this week.
bulletWed. 6:30 p.m. - No Latino Ministry Supper and Bible study this week.
bulletWed. 7:30 p.m. - No catechism classes for grades 9-12
bulletThur. 8:50 p.m. - Adult Chimes practice instead of Wednesday evening.
bulletThurs. 9:30 a.m. - Thanksgiving Day Service



Clarice Broekhuis (Care Group 2) returned home from the hospital on Tuesday. She is recovering from back surgery.

We extend our sympathy to Linda Schelhaas (Care Group 6) and her family. Linda’s brother, Ed Buys, passed away on Friday, November 14. May God grant his comfort and peace.

MEMBERSHIP CHANGE: A statement of membership for Brad, Michelle and Gabrielle Bruxvoort (Care Group 3) has been sent to the Living Hope Evangelical Free Church in Edgerton at their request. May God bless them in their new church home.



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.

DURING THE OFFERING this morning, we will view two videos that remind us that people with disabilities have gifts to share with the whole body of Christ.

THIS MORNING we will also select new elders and deacons.

SPECIAL THANKSGIVING OFFERING ENVELOPES were distributed today in your mailboxes. Extra envelopes are available on the table in the narthex. All unspecified monies received on Thanksgiving will go to the Latino Ministry. The Deacons thank you in advance for your generosity to so many kingdom causes.

this evening we will join other area congregations for a combined Community Thanksgiving worship service. The service will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church of Leota. The offering will be for the Southwest Minnesota Latino Ministry.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM practice will begin today for 3rd-8th grade after catechism class. We will meet on the steps of the sanctuary to practice until 11:50.

THERE WILL BE no catechism classes for grades 9-12 this Wednesday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

OUR THANKSGIVING DAY SERVICE will be on Thursday, November 27, at 9:30 a.m. For the service, members of all ages are encouraged to write down things they are thankful for on the insert that is in the bulletin today. (Extra sheets are on the table in the foyer.) Please bring the inserts with you to the Thanksgiving Day service. They will be collected and Pastor Brown will incorporate some of them into a thanksgiving prayer. Children should also bring their Peter Fish, which will be collected during the service.

THE PETER FISH will be collected on Thanksgiving morning. The deacons will pick them up during the offering. We hope you enjoyed the giving calendar and that it was helpful in your giving. Do you recall the story from Luke 5 when Peter complained to Jesus that they had worked hard all night and had not caught any fish? Jesus then tells them to go to the deep water and put down the nets. They caught such a large number that their nets began to break. Our prayer is that this project is equally as successful. Thanks for taking part.

THE IS THE WEEK—the last notice! The Craft and Vendor Fair Noon Lunch is this coming Saturday, November 29, at the EHS Lobby from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. We appreciate and thank all that donated goods or gave of your time for this event! Come and check out the baked goods table or the bargain book table after having lunch. Family and friends are invited! See you there! Care Group #7

CARE GROUP 5 Potluck Dinner will be on Sunday, December 7, at the Verdoos Room at 11:30 a.m. If you have any questions, you may contact either Karen Van Essen at 442-8563 or Jan Schelhaas at 442-3773.

MISSIONARY CHRISTMAS CARDS - Please remember our missionary families this Christmas season with a card or letter to let them know that you are praying for them. There are boxes in the foyer for you to place your Christmas cards in. Please have your cards in by Sunday, December 7 so we can get them sent off. Pray that they may receive strength and wisdom for each day. Thank you, the Mission Committee

VISIT CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH - Although Cornerstone Prison Church has been through some difficult times lately, God is still working through this very active ministry. Each Friday evening, about 80-100 men meet in the chapel of the South Dakota State Penitentiary for worship. On Friday, December 12, you have the opportunity to worship with the men, learn more about the ministry and meet the new pastor, Rick Van Ravenswaay. The inmates really appreciate visitors and your presence is a tremendous encouragement to them in their faith walk. We will meet at church at 4:45 p.m. for rides to Sioux Falls. If you have never visited the worship service, there are a couple forms to fill out and it takes 2-3 weeks to complete the background check and be given clearance to visit. Please sign up on the sheet in the foyer or talk to Ron or Thea Nykamp. If you would like to visit the worship service, but December 12 does not fit your schedule, there are many other Friday evenings that have room for visitors.

FUDGE FOR CHRISTMAS SACKS - Each year, the ministries at the South Dakota State Penitentiary come together to make sacks of Christmas goodies for the inmates. Fudge is a popular treat in the sack and you can help! The recipe is unusual, but easy to follow. Please use the recipe that was provided with the Cornerstone newsletter. No substitutions are allowed. Fudge can be brought to the First CRC kitchen by noon on Wednesday, December 17. If you are willing to make fudge, please contact Thea Nykamp 442-3512 or rnykamp@frontiernet.net.

NEW BOOK in the church library: The Waiting by Cathy La Grow, 2014. It is a true story of a mother, Minka De Young, who was raped, and her baby was given for adoption. Minka prayed for her daughter, but never thought she’d see her again. It is an awesome story of faithfulness and hope in the Lord. This book will keep you turning pages until the last one!

IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING you'd like to submit for the December/January/February issue of the Threads newsletter, please turn in submissions by today to first.threads@gmail.com or put them in Ashley Stoel's church mailbox. Thanks!

NOVEMBER SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Psalm 125:1–2 “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and for evermore.”



bulletNovember 27 - Thanksgiving Day Service
bulletNovember 30 - First Sunday in Advent
bulletDecember 21 (PM) - Christmas program



THE SOUTHWEST MN CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL board and staff would like to thank everyone who supported Carry the Light with auction items, attendance, bidding, and purchasing. The amount raised to date is $47,581.16. We had a goal of $55,000, so please consider a donation if you were not able to attend. Last year we raised $60,500. Please keep Southwest Christian in your prayers and thoughts as we continue to challenge students to grow in knowing, loving, and serving the Lord. Together we can make meeting the financial needs for this school year happen! Blessings to you along with your family and friends during this season of THANKS.

JUSTICE FOR ALL is seeking some volunteers for our Workshop. Job description: checking small appliances and electronics, doing minor repairs on furniture, scrapping out and recycling unusable or broken items. Hours: whatever works in your schedule--we are open from 8-4:30 M-F. Wages: free coffee and 1 to 2 cookies depending on experience. Benefits: helping provide quality goods to people in need (both locally and to partner ministries around the country), great fellowship with other volunteers and staff. Contact Corwin or Joe at JFA.--712-476-2804, or just stop in.

SERVICE PROJECT OPPORTUNITY: The Rock Valley Long Term Flood Recovery Group is seeking volunteers to do some work in Rock Valley for those who still are in need of home repairs following the flood. We will be doing some dry-walling, plumbing, electrical work, trim work, and painting in homes that were flooded the week of June 15th. To receive a volunteer application and a medical release form, or for more information, please contact Justice for All at 712-476-2804 or jfainfo@jfanwiowa.org. Much has been done but there is still much to do and we hope that you will consider being part of bringing hope and wholeness to these families.

THE ANGEL TREE is your opportunity to bring a smile to a resident’s face this Christmas. You are invited to stop by the Edgebrook Business Office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) November 17 through December 15 and select a tag from our tree. On the back of each tag there will be a list of items that you can purchase for that resident. You choose to buy one item or all the items listed but we ask that you not exceed $20. Return the wrapped gift(s) by December 18 and we will distribute them during Christmas week.

LEADING THE CONVERSATION ON PORNOGRAPHY – Aaron and Nicole Baart, along with Southwest MN Christian invite parents, pastors, and community members to engage the conversation on pornography, a growing problem for men and women today. (Students will have a similar presentation during the school day). Aaron is the Dean of Chapel at Dordt College, and Nicole, his wife, is a novelist. They often speak together on topics of sexuality and culture. Join in leading the conversation on pornography, not just reacting to it, on November 25 at 7 pm in Southwest’s music room.

PIPESTONE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER: Dinner is scheduled to be held at First Lutheran Church on Thanksgiving Day. Please see bulletin board announcement for details. This is for those who need a place to have the Thanksgiving meal. Donations of food are requested.

HOPE HAVEN is celebrating 50 years of unleashing potential in people and we are inviting your to a “Night of Gratitude.” On December 1, 2014, national Christian recording artist, Mark Schultz, will present his Christmas tour concert. Opening the concert for Mark Schultz will be a beautiful 14-year-old girl with a disability called arthrogryposis multiplex congentia, which is a rare disorder that causes curving in her wrists and she is unable to use her arms. She will melt your heart with her voice and personality. The concert will be held at the Dordt College BJ Haan auditorium at 7:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:00 p.m. To express our heartfelt thanks for supporting Hope Haven for 50 years, please contact Missy Kuiper at mkuiper@hopehaven.org or call 712-476-3174 for your complimentary tickets to this night of gratitude and thankfulness. Tickets will be on a first come, first serve basis with no reserved seating. You must present your ticket at the door the evening of the concert. If you call and there is no answer, please leave your name, phone number and address on the message.

SW PARENT CIRCLE #14 will be hosting a barbecue, hot dog, chili dog, pulled pork and super nacho supper on Friday, December 5, starting at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria when the SW boys basketball hosts Ellsworth. This meal is sure to please all appetites with the choices listed along with drink and homemade bars.

THE NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA, led by conductor Dr. Bradley Miedema, will present its Fall Concert on Saturday, December 6, at 3:00 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Consisting of middle school and high school string players, NISYO will perform works by Vivaldi, Bach, Bizet, Ewazen, Hofeldt, and more. The concert is free and open to the public.

JUSTICE FOR ALL is planning the 2015 Jan-Feb ‘Serving & Learning’ Opportunities and would love to have you join one of the teams! These weeks are wonderful opportunities to serve others but also to experience and understand God’s Kingdom in new and important ways! Projects are being planned in Mexico, Mississippi, and Haiti throughout the months of January and February. For specific locations and dates, you can check out our website – www.jfa-nwiowa.org; call Pat or Lauren at 712-476-2804; or email jfainfo@jfa-nwiowa.org There will be an informational meeting on Monday evening, January 5, 2015 at JFA Ministry Center, 1335 Valley Dr, Rock Valley, IA at 7PM. You can also come by JFA at any time to visit about the trips. Sign up is possible by picking up an application at JFA, or by email. If you are interested in the Mexico trip, please contact Pat by the end of December.

EMPOWERING RETURNING CITIZENS WITH HELP AND HOPE - Week of November 23: Is a successful reentry to society dependent on landing a job? Finding a house? Joining a church? While all of these are key factors, Pastor Jim Bright, president and CEO of Living Water Prison Ministry Network, explains why hope is the most foundational element for reentry success. Go to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!

GROUNDWORK - The Ten Commandments: We think polytheism is a problem only for those in the Bible or in pagan cultures. But as people define God according to their own taste, we are becoming a society with millions of gods. Our need is identical to Israel's at Sinai. We need to hear who God is and what he demands. Join the Groundwork 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 – The Wedding Gift: Join the KC gang as Liz and Lucille face problem after problem helping Olivia and Roger get married! Liz the wedding planner? Lucille a bridesmaid? Can Liz get the gang working together in time to give the couple a special wedding gift? 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.

FREE WEBINAR - Join us December 3 for "Everybody Serves: The Picture Needs Each Piece" presented by Mark Stephenson and Shellie Power. Too often people with disabilities are viewed only as needing but not giving to others around them. This webinar will teach ways to recognize that every individual, including persons with disabilities, has been created with gifts that are needed by the body of Christ.

FREE ADVENT DEVOTIONS - This Advent season, consider using "Seeking God’s Face" to come together in prayer as a church family. A free Advent sampler PDF is available for download and can be posted on your church’s website or included as a link in your church bulletin, e-newsletter, or social media. Visit www.FaithAliveResources.org/SGF to download the sampler.

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL AND CALENDAR - Starting November 30, World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice will share a devotional series called Reconciliation: Breaking Through, and an Advent calendar with daily ideas for prayer, meditation, and giving for the whole family. Slow down and orient your spirit to the season—discover God’s reconciling work in us, through us, and around us. Signing up is easy! Go to crcna.org/adventdevos to receive these daily emails in your inbox for Advent.

POSITION OPENING - Independent Contract Opportunity - IRM Evaluation: World Renew seeks to engage an independent consultant who will evaluate World Renew’s International Relief Manager (IRM) Program. The evaluation will assess the IRM Program in its current state, as well as assess where changes or enhancements need to be made. Please submit a letter of interest that includes the stipulations outlined in the Consultancy Requirements at www.worldrenew.net/careers, your current CV/resume, as well as a fee structure outlining your costs on or before December 1, 2014 to World Renew attention: sshaheen@worldrenew.net.

POSITION OPENING - Independent Contract Opportunity – Haiti Evaluation: World Renew seeks to engage an independent consultant who will evaluate World Renew’s housing program in Léogâne, Haiti, in response to the January 2010 earthquake. Please submit a letter of interest that includes the stipulations outlined in the Consultancy Requirements at www.worldrenew.net/careers, your current CV/resume, as well as a fee structure outlining your costs on or before December 1, to World Renew attention: sshaheen@worldrenew.net.

POSITION OPENING - The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has a position opening for an Interim Editor in Chief of The Banner. This position is part-time and anticipated to be a 1 year appointment, summer of 2015 - summer 2016. For additional information or to indicate your interest in being considered for this position please send an email to Rev. Joel Boot at dma@crcna.org by December 1, 2014.

WORLD MISSIONS - Service Opportunity in Mexico: God is at work in Mexico and you have the opportunity to take part in that work while serving alongside missionaries in the Yucatan. From March 4-15, 2015 you would disciple children and youth through Vacation Bible School, encourage young and woman through Bible study, and see how God is working through the local church. Go to crwm.org/serve to read more and apply.

WORLD MISSIONS - Teach English in Kyrgyzstan: Students in Kyrgyzstan would love to learn how to speak English and you can help them do so. Make a difference in the lives of international students while living abroad for one year. For further details visit crwm.org/serve.

HEALTH IN AFRICA - Are you interested in HIV/AIDS care and prevention? Do you have some knowledge in health programming? Do you enjoy learning a new language and already speak some French? Come alongside WORLD RENEW staff for 18 months in Senegal and see your BA degree come alive with hands-on experience as you bless others in your role as a volunteer ‘health educator’. Details on this substantially funded position can be found at www.worldrenew.net or contact volunteer@crcna.org.

ROMANIA ADVENTURE CAMP - Connect with Romanian youth this summer as they learn what it means to serve as a Christian role model and learn skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, social entrepreneurship and values like compassion, perseverance and leadership. All this in the Staja mountain region near Lupeni, Romania! If you're a young adult (20yrs or older) and interested in further information see www.crwm.org or contact volunteer@crcna.org.




    AM: Virg Schuld, Larry & Beva Snyder, Matt & Natalie Sorenson
    PM: Jim & Jeanette Sluis, Mark & Rose Sorenson
: AM: Marshall Pater, Gord Dyk, Randy Fey, Ryan Veldhuizen

    AM: Ann Pater, Haley Tinklenberg, Jennifer Schelhaas, Elizabeth Prins
    PM: Sy Schaap, Carter Van Hulzen
Elevator Committee
: Arvin Schelhaas
Children’s Worship
: No Lesson - Communion
: Eleanor Schoolmeester, Stella Vis, Henrietta Klumper
Medical Assistants
: AM: Brenda Kooi  PM: Greg Masselink



Greeters: AM: Mark & Rose Sorenson, John & Jana Top, Duane & Roseann Vanden Berg
: AM: Rod Corbin, Owen Tinklenberg, Curt Walhof, Ross Brands
: AM: Evon Van Hofwegen, Dana Huisken, Israel Fey, Micah Schaap


NEXT SUNDAY, November 30

    AM: Nathan & Ashley Stoel, Owen & Jeannette Tinklenberg, Cody & Carrie Top
    PM: Leon & Cynthia Spronk, Greg & Tanya Talsma
: AM: Marshall Pater, Gord Dyk, Randy Fey, Ryan Veldhuizen

    AM: Alisha Ekkel, Lori Schelhaas, Dayton Van Hulzen, Derek Fey
    PM: Barb Obbink, Isabelle Niemeyer
Elevator Committee
: Pete Boer
Children’s Worship
: Ruth Corbin, Kaitlyn Schelhaas
: Eleanor Schoolmeester, Stella Vis, Henrietta Klumper
Assistants: AM: Evie Van Dam  PM: Rod Obbink



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