March 11, 2018                                                Fourth Sunday in Lent: Liturgical Color - Purple

We will love God, share the good news of Jesus Christ, and serve others.

T O D A Y   A T   FI R S T   C H U R C H
WELCOME TO FIRST REFORMED CHURCH! “By grace you have been saved…as a gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). All are welcome here! Let us worship together.
OUR CHURCH HELPERS TODAY * Greeters-Allen Dykstra & Bruce Christensen. Greeter-Ramp Door-Dave Sheckler. After Worship Greeters: Center Doors-Larry & Sandy Senior; Side Sanctuary-Ike & Mary Temple; Balcony-Pastor Edie; Organ Exit-Chuck & LeAnn Smith; Library-Dave Sheckler. Usher-Arnie Huizenga. Nursery-Maxine Whistler & Lori Neighbour. Children’s Sermon-Nancy Dykstra. Children’s Worship-Cheryl Juist. Scripture Reader-Ron Pessman. Sound System-Ken Vanderploeg. Projector-Val Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Pam VanderVinne. Food Pantry-Elsie Foster. Elder Prayer After Worship-Randy Dykstra. Opening Church-Larry Shipma. Thank you for your help!
THIS MORNING we welcome The Girl Scouts. They will take part in our service in honor of Girl Scout Sunday.
COFFEE TIME is held in the library following worship. Everyone is welcome!
10:30 A.M. * Sunday School.
T H I S   W E E K   A T   F I  R S T   C H U R C H :
          6:30 P.M. * Elder’s Meeting.
          6:30 P.M. * Deacons Meeting.
          7:00 P.M. * Consistory Meeting.
          9:00 A.M. * Creative Crew.
          6:30 P.M. * Adult Bible Study.
          8:00 A.M. * Choir Practice.
          9:00 A.M. * Pastor Edie will lead us in worship.
          CHURCH HELPERS * Greeters-Chris Krum & Garry Medema. Greeter-Ramp Door-Allen Dykstra. After Worship Greeters: Center Doors-Maurice VanderVinne; Side Sanctuary-Paul VanderVinne; Balcony-Irma Bland; Organ Exit-Pastor Edie; Library-Val Bush. Usher-Paul VanderVinne. Nursery-Matt & Sarah Plumley. Children’s Sermon-Janvrin’s. Children’s Worship-None. Scripture Reader-Larry Senior. Sound System-Brian Lenz. Projector-Rick Mason. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Pam VanderVinne. Food Pantry-Elsie Foster. Elder Prayer After Worship-Randy Dykstra. Opening Church-Larry Shipma.
          10:30 A.M. * Sunday School.
          2:00 P.M. * Harbor Crest Chapel.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY today to Jerry Van Zuiden. Helen Temple will celebrate her birthday on Marcy 13. Donna Dykstra’s birthday is March 14. On the 17th Ruth Balk will honor her special day. Have a wonderful day!
THANK YOU to everyone who came to the breakfast fundraiser for Clair & Marcia Lathrop last Sunday. We were able to raise $623. Thank you also to all of our helpers!
Wilma Hoogheem was moved to Alverno. Vince Hoogheem has returned home. Bob Zuidema is in Mercy North Hospital. Please keep all the members of our congregation in your prayers.
AN EASTER MEMORIAL FORM is on the table in the narthex. You can give a memorial through an Easter Lily, library book, CD or DVD, or Radio Broadcast. Easter lilies are due next Sunday. You can turn the form in to the church office.
HELPERS ARE NEEDED for Maundy Thursday Service and the Good Friday Service. A sign up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board. The Maundy Thursday service will be held here at 7:00 P.M. on March 29. The Good Friday Service will be on March 30 at 6:00 P.M. at Second Reformed Church.
UPDATE FOR DIRECTORY: Please update the email address for Ray & Thelma Dykstra: Thelmadykstra31@gmail.com.
DVD OF THE WEEK: “VIRTUOUS” is a great film about dealing with adversity and overcoming it, and powerfully shows that perseverance and faith pays off. It will inspire and ignite you to live the principles of Proverbs 31—faith, integrity, wisdom and honor. Bonus features are included and a discussion guide is available. This DVD runs 124 minutes and is a Christmas Memorial given by Steve & Mary Gowan in memory of Marv & Beulah Hook.
ANYONE WANTING TO ASSIST WITH SERVING during social time is asked to please talk to Pam VanderVinne for the month of March. For the month of April contact Candie Schipper. If you only want to donate items or share baked goods, this would be appreciated too. Donations of snack foods, pop or cans of coffee may be donated anytime, just leave them on the counter in the library.
THE FOOD PANTRY ITEM for March is Toilet Paper. Please help support the pantry by bringing a donation to church.
INCASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER watch KWQC Channel 6 for cancelation of church events.
THE ROBERT FULTON COMMUNITY CENTER serves meals at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday’s and Friday’s. Wednesday’s meal is Potato Soup, Deli Sandwich, Cole Slaw and Cookies. Friday’s meal is Tator Tot Casserole, Veggie, Roll, and Dessert.
THE TWIN RIVERS “AFTER FIVE” group invites you to “The Girl Scouts of America!” dinner and program this Tuesday at 6:30 P.M. at Triple Play, 1601 9th Ave., Fulton. Cost of dinner is $11. The special feature is Sandy Gabriel with the Girl Scouts and Discovery Center. The speaker is Karen Blankenship. She will speak on “Finding Balance in Everyday Life.” For reservations call Ruth at 309-659-2175 or Carolene at 309-887-4097.
SPRING VALLEY REFORMED CHURCH welcomes “The Josties” in concert this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. This family is from southern Alberta, Canada. Dale Jost, father, served as a pastor for 17 years. In 1997, he stepped down from being a pastor and spent time with his family. In 2007, he felt God’s calling and began taking his family across Canada and into the United States to share the faithfulness of God through music. The family brings a lively blend of organic acoustic music with a folk/light contemporary flavor. Their lighthearted humor and fervent hope in Christ contribute to a refreshing and encouraging experience.
A NIGHT OF WORSHIP with “Freedom Hymn” Christian recording artist Austin French with special guests Ryan Dail and Hannah Rose this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at The Epic Center (formerly Trinity Church). Tickets are $10.
ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Albany, will be having their annual Spaghetti Supper this Saturday from 4:00-7:00 P.M. The dinner, which features spaghetti, all you can eat, tossed salad, French bread, beverage and various cakes and cookies for dessert will be served in the church hall. Donations for the meal are $9 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 12 years of age, and children under 5 are free. Carryouts will be available at the church.
PLEASE JOIN CAMP MANITOQUA and Retreat Center for their Good Friday Prayer Walk on March 30. Come walk their grounds as you read through the events leading up to the crucifixion of Christ. You and your family are welcome to check into the office between 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. where you will be provided with scripture and readings and ultimately end at the cross on the top of the hill. This is a free event. We would just like to bless your family with time to remember what Christ did for us on the cross as you prepare to celebrate Easter! For more information visit manitoqua.org/events or call the office at 815-469-2319.
OPENING DAY for King’s Camp is scheduled for Saturday, April 8. Visit kings-camp.org or call the King’s Camp office at 815-645-8277 for more information in planning a camping event with a group during this summer season.
THE PREGNANCY CENTER WALK FOR LIFE will be held Saturday, April 21. Registration begins at the Riverview Bandshell at 8:15 A.M. with the walk to follow at 9:00 A.M. Pledge forms are on the table in the narthex.