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February 25, 2018                                                     Second 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! God told the disciples: “This is my Son....Listen to him” (Mark 9:7). Welcome to worship, where we pause intentionally to listen to Jesus.
OUR CHURCH HELPERS TODAY * Greeters-Arnie Vogel & Ken Vanderploeg. Greeter-Ramp Door-Ron Pessman. After Worship Greeters: Center Doors-Pastor Edie; Side Sanctuary-Arnie Huizenga; Balcony-Clink Kettler; Organ Exit-Mark & Madison Krum; Library-Bob Kuehl. Usher-Paul VanderVinne. Nursery-Renee & Brody Mason. Children’s Sermon-Larry Senior. Children’s Worship-Cheryl Juist. Scripture Reader-Brenda Sheckler. Sound System-Brian Bush. Projector-Karin Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Jane Lewis. Food Pantry-Elsie Foster. Elder Prayer After Worship-Bruce Christensen. Opening Church-Arnie Vogel. Thank you for your help!
FOLLOWING WORSHIP there will be a Car Show Meeting in the youth room.
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 :
          9:00 A.M. * Creative Crew.
12:00 P.M. * Soup Luncheonto celebrate the Creative Crew’s 10th anniversary of fellowship and service. All current, former and “auxiliary” members are asked to join us during the morning as we work together downstairs, and then in the church library at noon for a time of fellowship, reunion and thanksgiving as we celebrate all that God has done for us, through us, and for all he has in store.
          6:30 P.M. * Adult Bible Study.
          7:00-9:00 A.M. * Breakfast Fundraiser for Clair & Marcia Lathrop. Breakfast will resume from 10:00-11:30 A.M. We are raising money for Clair & Marcia Lathrop so they can purchase a Service Dog. See the insert in the bulletin for more information on the service dog. The menu is Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Brown Potatoes, Cheesy Potatoes, Fruit and Pastries. Cost is by donation! Come join us! Also we are asking those who can to sign up to bring muffins, donuts, or breakfast desserts. There is a sheet on the library bulletin board if you can help.
          8:00 A.M. * Choir Practice.
          9:00 A.M. * Pastor Edie will lead us in worship.
          CHURCH HELPERS * Greeters-Paul VanderVinne & Randy Dykstra. Greeter-Ramp Door-Ken Vanderploeg. After Worship Greeters: Center Doors-Candie Schipper; Side Sanctuary-Pastor Edie; Balcony-Rick & Renee Mason; Organ Exit-Brody Mason; Library-Garry Medema. Usher-Charlie Carter. Nursery-Chris Krum & Mary Gowan. Children’s Sermon-Pastor Edie. Children’s Worship-None. Scripture Reader-Nancy Dykstra. Sound System-Dave Sheckler. Projector-Brian Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Pam VanderVinne. Food Pantry-Elsie Foster. Elder Prayer After Worship-Randy Dykstra. Opening Church-Arnie Vogel.
          10:30 A.M. * Sunday School.
          11:00 A.M. * Learning Community Group Meeting. (This is with the group formerly known as Ridder Leadership Group.)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Larry Shipma on February 27. Denny Becker’s birthday is on February 29. Have a wonderful day!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY today to Gordon & Jane Sissing. They have been married for 57 years. Congratulations!
THANK YOU to everyone who sent cards on our anniversary. They were all appreciated.
Howard & Gertrude Huizenga
Bob Barsema has returned home. Jim Van Zuiden had an angiogram on Wednesday. Everything turned out good. Maurice VanderVinne had a pace maker put in on Friday at Sterling Hospital. Please keep all the members of our congregation in your prayers.
AN EASTER MEMORIAL FORM has been placed in your bulletin. You can give a memorial through an Easter Lily, library book, CD or DVD, or Radio Broadcast. Easter lilies are due March 18. You can turn the form in to the church office.
DVD OF THE WEEK: Another new movie from Faith & Family Films is “EXPECTING A MIRACLE,” a story about a troubled couple on a quest to rebuild their marriage. Their weekend vacation becomes the journey of a lifetime as they are touched by the faith of Father Arturo and one little boy, as they help the couple discover that strength and hope can be found in each other. This DVD is a Christmas 2017 memorial from Ray & Thelma Dykstra in memory of their loved ones.
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 catered in by Windsor Manor. Friday’s meal is Meatloaf, Mashed Potato with Gravy, Veggie, and Dessert.
UNITY CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL and Child Care will hold its Preschool Round Up this Thursday from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Come and tour the classrooms, meet our teachers, and check out our curriculum. UCPC is located at 502 12th St. in Fulton. If you need more information, please call 815-589-4940.
CAMP MANITOQUA SUMMER CAMP OPEN HOUSE, join us on Tuesday, March 6 between 4:00-7:00 P.M., beginning in the chapel. Come take a tour of our facility and meet the staff. Summer campers, now is the time to bring your friends and introduce them to camp.
OPENING DAY for King’s Camp is scheduled for Saturday, April 8. Visit 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.