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Daily Devotional


First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN

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Scripture: Matthew 27:57-28:20 (p. 1549)


Scripture: Galatians 2:11-3:14 (p. 1811)
Message: Letter To The Galatians, PARt 2: The Law and the spirit

Offering: Christian Reformed Home Missions
Next Sunday’s Offering: GEMS


Stewardship Verse:

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thank to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:12



bulletToday 10:40 a.m. - Coffee in the foyer
bulletTues. 7:00 p.m. - Dave Ramsey Course
bulletWed. 6:30 p.m. - Latino Ministry Supper and Bible study
bulletWed. 7:30 p.m. - Catechism classes for grades 9-10; Pre-confession Class
bulletThurs. 7:00 p.m. - Friendship Class
bulletFri. 8:15 a.m. - Moms in Touch prayer at the Southwest Christian conference room



Henry Nykamp (Care Group 2) is in Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Thanks so much for the prayers, cards and food brought over during my recovery from knee replacement surgery. It is wonderful to belong to such a large "Christian Family" who can uplift each other's needs to our Heavenly Father. Thanks for your prayer support as I continue to recover. Lorelei Schelhaas

A statement of membership for Greg, Tanya, Lydia and Clara Talsma (Care Group 1) has been received from the Hills United Reformed Church of Hill, Minnesota. We welcome them to our fellowship!

John and Harriet Vander Haar (Care Group 1) are serving with a World Renew Disaster Response Team in High River, Alberta. They will be there through April 26, dealing with damage resulting from floods in 2013. Remember them in your prayers.



PASTOR AARON will lead our worship service this evening.

MOM'S OF YOUNG KIDS GROUP (MOMS): Next gathering, this Tuesday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m. at First CRC Edgerton. Kendra Kuipers will have a variety of crafts for moms to do with their preschoolers! Nursery is provided for younger siblings. Bars and drinks are also provided! Come and enjoy the fellowship! Just bring your favorite Dessert Recipe to share. Also for the craft, if you have an left over Easter candy, please bring it along as it could be used as a part of one of the crafts. Any questions contact Kendra Kuipers - kuipers@knology.net. Hope to see you all there! Questions about MOMS group? Contact Kelly Kroeze (712-324-1527) or Kelsey Schmidt (507-227-8570)

WE ARE HAPPY to host our annual Church Pantry Shower on Wednesday evening, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. in our church fellowship hall. The evening will include devotions, introductions from the couples and lunch. The couples being honored are Kelsey De Kam and Brooks Knutson, Danielle (De Weerd) and Garret Werkmeister, Cassandra Hulstein and Jacob Rice, Brandon Huisken and Alyssa Claar, Marshall Pater and Tawni Van Berkum, Randy Schelhaas and Peng Reyes, John and Jana (Van Zanten) Top, Danielle Vanden Berg and Jason Gylling, Alisha (Vander Waal) and Trevor Ekkel, Rob Van Hofwegen and Brenda Hofer. We appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement for these ten couples.

WEIRD ANIMALS VBS is only six weeks away! It will be held June 2-6 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church here in Edgerton. Look for the registration materials in the back of church today! Registrations need to be returned to one of the directors by May 4! Also, VBS needs many volunteers to be crew leaders, assisting the children through the different stations: Bible Story, Science Experiments, Music, Rec. and Snack. If you can give up a few hours of your time, please sign up at the VBS table in the back of church. It's going to be WILD! Karen Fey and Erica Prins, Directors

PRESCHOOL VBS!!! Still FUN! Still EXCITING! But tailored especially for little eyes and ears! The Edgerton VBS program has received grant money and it was decided that now is a GREAT time to try a VBS specific for preschoolers! It will be held the same week as VBS, June 2-6, but will be held at the Presbyterian Church from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. NOTE the time difference, which allows for dropping off and picking up children at two different locations. We are praying that by adding this program to an ever growing VBS, children ages 4 and 5 will not only experience God's love through a program designed for them, but will also be relieved from some of the stress and anxiety of what is often an overwhelming experience the first two years. Please speak with one of the directors if unsure of which age group your child should be placed in or any other questions you may have regarding the addition of this program. Karen Fey and Erica Prins, Directors

FOR THE MONTHS of March and April, there will be a box in the back of our church for you to share the blessings God has given you with people in need. Thank you from Pipestone County Food Shelf.

APRIL SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Isaiah 53:6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”



bulletApril 27 (AM) - GEMS Sunday service in Bethel CRC.
bulletApril 30 - Church Pantry Shower
bulletMay 1 - Area National Day of Prayer Service at Bethel CRC.
bulletMay 4 - Special congregation meeting after the morning service



THANK YOU! We offer a sincere thank you to all who contributed and participated in the ECES Donation Sale. $49,155.55 was raised for our school's general fund!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE that attended and supported the Easter Festival on Palm Sunday. Thanks to those that participated and made it all happen. It was a beautiful afternoon of Praise and Worship. The offering totaled $1455.45. To God be the glory, great things He has done!! A special thank you to First CRC for hosting this event and for the wonderful staff that made this event a success!! SWCH Circle #12

ECES IS CELEBRATING Christian Education Week April 22-25. There will be open house for parents on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Grandparent's Day is Friday afternoon, April 25. There will be an all-school chapel at 1:00 p.m. at First CRC. Grandparents are invited to stay after chapel to visit classrooms with their grandchildren.


SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN, as part of Christian Education Week, would like us to remember. Remember Abraham and his faith and his faithfulness. Remember those who sacrificed yesterday so that children today are experiencing a Christian education which is firmly rooted in the Word and which biblical worldview is imbedded in core values and curriculum of our schools. Commit today, as believers in Christian education, to insure that our Christian schools are sustainable for the generations to come.

Events that will be happening at SW during Christian Education Week:

Tuesday – Leader’s for Life Chapel at 12:30 p.m.
                Musical Performance – Songs for the New World at 7:30 p.m. – may purchase your ticket in advance through the school office or at the door ($6.00 for adults, $4.00 for students)

Wednesday – Christian Education Week Activities – Student body

Thursday – Grandparents’ Day – grandparents please join us for morning devotions at 8:15 a.m. in our small groups, then attend a class and join Mr. Ulferts’ Freshmen class for activities and then stay for lunch (please RSVP if you will be joining us for lunch 442-4471)

                  Getty’s Concert in Luverne American Reformed Church – 7:00 p.m. – purchase your ticket through Wednesday at Southwest Christian School Office or at the door Thursday evening.

Friday - Parents/Grandparents/Community Members are invited to join us for caramel rolls at 8:00-8:30 and chapel following led by Revelation Band.

            Musical Performance – Songs for the New World at 7:30 p.m. – may purchase your ticket in advance through the school office or at the door ($6.00 for adults, $4.00 for students)

Saturday - Musical Performance – Songs for the New World dinner theatre. Tickets for the dinner theatre may be purchased through Wednesday by contacting the school office. Tickets for the dinner theatre starting at 6:30 p.m. are $12.00 for the meal and performance. Tickets for only the performance (bleacher seats) may be purchased also in advance or at the door beginning at 7:15 p.m.


THE VOLUNTEERS IN MERCY THRIFT STORE is in need of volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to help display clothing and household items, or to assist at the checkout counter. If you are able to help, please call the Thrift Store at 507-562-0378, and ask for Christy or America.

ON THURSDAY, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the American Reformed Church in Luverne, Minnesota Keith and Kristyn Getty will bring a perfect ending to your Holy Week worship. Keith and Kristyn have written many scripturally based songs that focus on our risen King. You can get your tickets at itickets.com or SW MN Christian High School in Edgerton. Please join us for an evening of joyful singing, exuberant praise and reverent worship!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, the highly acclaimed southern gospel singing group, the Inspirations from Bryson City, North Carolina will be presenting a benefit concert on Saturday evening, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center. The Inspirations have been performing since 1964 and they have received every honor and award that southern gospel music has to offer. The concert will also feature the Journey Bound Quartet of Des Moines, Iowa and the Circuit Riders Quartet from Sheldon, Iowa. Tickets will be $15.00 per person and sold at the door only. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. All proceeds of the concert will benefit the local and global ministries of Hope Haven. Mark your calendars now for Saturday evening, April 26, for an evening of great southern gospel music beginning at 6:30 p.m. sharp!

AUDITIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra will be held on Saturday, April 26, at the Dordt College Music Building. Now completing its seventh season, NISYO is seeking string players from middle school through high school to join all sections of the orchestra. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact NISYO conductor Yurii Henriques at 712-722-6204 or Yurii.Henriques@dordt.edu.

HOSPICE OF MURRAY COUNTY will hold a bereavement group for adults at the Hospice of Murray County office in Slayton. It is for 6 sessions, on Wednesdays, and the spring group will begin on Wednesday April 30th and will continue through Wednesday, June 4th, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is no cost for the bereavement support group as it is sponsored by Totzke Funeral Home of Fulda and Slayton, and Hospice of Murray County. Pre-registrations are appreciated so materials can be put together. You can pre-register by calling the Hospice office at 507-836-8114 by Monday, April 28th.

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN HIGH Music Department will be performing their spring concert on Sunday, May 4, at the Bethel CRC in Edgerton beginning at 2:00 p.m. The concert will include psalms, praise songs, and scripture to give thanks for the past school year and to bring another school year to a close.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Join the Justice For All team that will be serving the small community of Mt Olive, MS through Mt Olive Ministries. MOM has been doing community and youth development since 1993. You will have the opportunity to be involved with the children of their summer enrichment program and also through construction/rehab type projects. Dates: June 14-20, 2014 Contact: Kurt Franje - kfranje@siouxlandhabitat.org or call 712-476-2804. There is still room for more volunteers. This would be a wonderful opportunity for families to serve together!

HOPE FOR DISADVANTAGED PERSONS - Week of April 20: This week, Joan Cornelison, executive director of pastoral services at Hope Network, discusses how the organization helps returning citizens and people with mental illness achieve their highest level of independence. Tune in to watch Crossroad Connection at www.cbi.tv.

GROUNDWORK - The Resurrection: Long ago, Voltaire said, “It would be easy to start a new religion to compete with Christianity. All the founder would have to do is die and then be raised from the dead.” Voltaire, a non-Christian, was being ironic, but he was also being perceptive. Jesus’ resurrection is the foundation of our faith; Christian faith could be known as Easter faith. 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 - Miracle of Easter: Kids Corner presents the dramatic presentation of the resurrection of Christ. Go to www.kidscorner.net to hear this incredible miraculous story, and then check out the website for devotions, puzzles and more.

POSITION OPENING - World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a full time opening for a Staff Developer. The position will be located in either Grand Rapids, Michigan or Burlington, Ontario. The position is responsible for the development and management of all World Renew’s learning systems and processes that enhance program and partner consultants’ work with partners and communities. Visit www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information; to apply, send your resume and a cover letter to lchiarot@worldrenew.net or submit online at www.worldrenew.net/careers. Application deadline is April 21.

POSITION OPENING - The Christian Reformed Church in North America has a full-time (40 hrs/wk) position opening for a Software Portfolio Manager. This position will perform the necessary leadership, analysis and design tasks related to managing a diverse software application portfolio for the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). A Bachelor's degree in computer science, systems analysis or a related study and at least six years of experience in at least two IT disciplines. Master’s degree in Information Technology preferred. For more information or to apply, visit www.crcna.org/jobs. Application deadline is May 5.

BLOG ABOUT MINISTRY - Now, anyone can blog about church ministry on the newly-redesigned Network site. Including you! If you've got something to share, visit crcna.org/Network, select the ministry area, and write a post that will help others doing church ministry. Join us online for a conversation about the 'nuts and bolts' of church ministries.

A VEGETABLE GARDEN MINISTRY IN THE CITY? - Volunteer as an urban agriculture coordinator or assistant from mid-May to mid-October with Mission Montréal. With an emphasis on ministry to youth at risk, you can help develop missional communities close to university and college campuses, where multiculturalism abounds and less than 4% of Montréalers attend church. More details at crcna.org/servicelink or at volunteer@crcna.org.

FREE WEBINAR - Join us for "Transformational Leadership through Prayer" at 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 30. This webinar, presented by Mary Sterenberg, will challenge pastors, church leaders, and prayer coordinators to work together to move our churches toward becoming houses of prayer. For more details and registration for this free, one-hour event visit crcna.org/webinars.

GENDER ISSUES, - Biblical justice, food security, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, trauma healing, environmental issues - Work alongside WORLD RENEW staff for 18 months in Niger, Mali or Senegal and see your BA degree come alive with hands-on experience as you bless others. Details on each volunteer position can be found at www.worldrenew.net or contact volunteer@crcna.org.

TEACH AND MENTOR - new Timothy Leadership Training students in the Dominican Republic and see how your involvement impacts the local CRCs in that country. Be part of a dynamic ministry team as you serve from one to four months and be an encouragement to local Christians. Ability to speak Spanish is required. For further information see www.crwm.org or contact volunteer@crcna.org

GOT PLANS FOR THE SUMMER? - Are you a young adult still looking for a unique opportunity to serve somewhere this summer? ServiceLink has some great ideas for you including a camp bus driver, camp lifeguard, cabin leader, family retreat camp volunteer, Urban Agriculture Coordinator and Ministry Center host. Check our website www.crcna.org/servicelink or contact us at volunteer@crcna.org for further details.

COME EXPERIENCE SWAP - Serve With A Purpose in Uganda for 4 weeks this summer. SWAP is more than just a mission trip! It’s a program for youth and young adults (age 14 – 24) who are looking to plan, learn, grow and serve both globally and locally. Do More, Be More with SWAP! Date: July 27-August 25, 2014. See details at www.worldrenew.net or contact volunteer@crcna.org.





    AM: Stan & Linda Hartog, Mike & Sue Hulstein, Harold & Gert Jasper
    PM: Henry Klumper, Dave & Vel Kooiman
: Curt Walhof, Gord Dyk, Randy Fey, Ryan Veldhuizen

    AM: Jan Schelhaas, Denise De Kam, Sara Shelhaas, Sydney Van Hulzen
    PM: Lois Schmidt, Benjamin Sluis
Elevator Committee
: Pete Boer
Children’s Worship
: No Lesson, Easter
: Bertha Baker, Lori Schelhaas, Jean Dyk, Marj Nibbelink
Medical Assistants
: AM: Evie Van Dam  PM: Rod Obbink



    AM: Fred & Betty Huisken, LeRoy and Martha Jongetjes, Verlyn & Brenda Kooi
    PM: Evert and Phyllis Krosschell, Adrian & Carolyn Kuiper
: Rod Corbin, Owen Tinklenberg, Leon Spronk, Ross Brands

    AM: Jan Fey, Thea Nykamp, Haley Tinklenberg, Israel Fey
    PM: Lori Van Essen, Derek Fey
Elevator Committee
: Paul Ward
Children’s Worship
: Erin Van Hulzen, Sydney Van Hulzen
: Eleanor Schoolmeester, Stella Vis, Henrietta Klumper
Medical Assistants
: AM: Cynthia Spronk  PM: Gord Prins



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