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January 14, 2018                              Second Sunday after the Epiphany: Liturgical Color - Green

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! Welcome to worship, fellowship and Christian education. May the Holy Spirit touch your life during your time here today.
OUR CHURCH HELPERS TODAY * Greeters-Ken Vanderploeg & Arnie Vogel. Greeter-Ramp Door-Ron Pessman. After Worship Greeters: Center Doors-Randy & Karen Dykstra; Side Sanctuary-Bud & Elsie Foster; Balcony-Arnie Huizenga; Organ Exit-Clink Kettler; Library-Pastor Edie. Usher-Paul VanderVinne. Nursery-Maxine Whistler & Lori Neighbour. Children’s Sermon-Michelle Snyder. Children’s Worship-Cheryl Juist. Scripture Reader-Brenda Sheckler. Sound System-Brian Lenz. Projector-Rick Mason. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Candie Schipper. Food Pantry-Jim & Kathy Van Zuiden. Elder Prayer After Worship-Ken Vanderploeg. Opening Church-Chuck Smith. Thank you for your help!
FOLLOWING WORSHIP the Property Committee will meet at the front of the sanctuary for a brief meeting.
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. * Adult Bible Study.
          8:00 A.M. * Choir Practice.
          9:00 A.M. * Pastor Edie will lead us in worship.
          CHURCH HELPERS * Greeters-Randy Dykstra & Paul VanderVinne. Greeter-Ramp Door-Ken Vanderploeg. After Worship Greeters: Center Doors-Pastor Edie; Side Sanctuary-Brody Mason; Balcony-Garry Medema; Organ Exit-Bob Kuehl; Library-Mark & Madison Krum. Usher-Charlie Carter. Nursery-Matt & Sarah Plumley. Children’s Sermon-Larry Senior. Children’s Worship-None. Scripture Reader-Nancy Dykstra. Sound System-Dave Sheckler. Projector-Brian Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Candie Schipper. Food Pantry-Jim & Kathy Van Zuiden. Elder Prayer After Worship-Ken Vanderploeg. Opening Church-Chuck Smith.
          10:30 A.M. * Sunday School.
          11:00 A.M. * Ridder & PLP Team Meeting.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ron Pessman on January 16. Marcia Carter will celebrate her birthday on January 18. Have a wonderful day!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Harold & Ramona Renkes. On January 17 they will be married for 71 years. Congratulations!
THANK YOU: Sincere thanks to all who sent birthday and Christmas cards. I know people care and support me. Blessings to you all. Thank you to everyone who brings me Saturday meals and to Creative Crew for the gift bag.                                                           With love, Millie Heun
Dean Brackemyer had surgery on Thursday at Mercy North Hospital for a hernia. Everything went well. Ardith Zuidema will have surgery on Tuesday to put a plate in her arm. Please keep all the members of our congregation in your prayers.
CONSISTORY HIGHLIGHTS: Phillip & Alison Hahn requested baptism for their daughter, Hazelle Lynn. A new washing machine was bought for the parsonage. Leo Casey’s estate left money to the Memorial Fund. Backpack numbers are at 17 and monies are there to cover that cost. The February communion offering is designated to pay a quarter share for Pastor Bode who is seeking support to go to Oman.
ELDER-DEACON CALLING TEAM sheets are on the table in the narthex. Pick up a copy today!
SECURITY:The consistory voted to lock the doors at nine on Sunday mornings while we worship for security reasons. The two main front doors will NOT be locked. Any outside door can be exited at any time.
HELP IS NEEDED in opening and closing the church on Sunday mornings. If you would be willing to help, a sign up sheet is in the consistory room. If you would like more information, please contact Randy Dykstra.
FYI: Painting has begun in the low ceiling room downstairs. You are asked to please not use this room until the project is finished.
CREATIVE CREW is collecting used greeting cards. They however cannot accept cards from Hallmark, Disney, or American Greeting. There is a box by the library bulletin board that these can be placed in.
DVD OF THE WEEK: For the kids, we have a “Hermie and Friends” DVD about prayer, called “MILO, THE MANTIS WHO WOULDN’T PRAY.” The garden gang learns an important lesson about how to trust God after we pray, and that His answers come in many different forms. Included is a cartoon short and other bonus material. Running time is 60 minutes.
ANYONE WANTING TO ASSIST WITH SERVING during social time is asked to please talk to Candie Schipper for the month of January. For the month of February contact Jane Lewis. 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 ITEMS for January are Bar Soap or Detergent. Please help support the pantry by bringing a donation to church.
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 Eagle Point. Friday’s meal is Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Potato, Veggie and Dessert.
THE TWIN RIVERS “AFTER FIVE” group invites all women to “Everything Old is New Again” dinner and program this Tuesday at 6:30 P.M. at Triple Play Banquet & Bowl, 1601 9th Ave., Fulton. Cost of dinner is $11. Joan Vidlak will show “How to Recycle Clothing” and speak on “Life, What an Adventure.” For reservations call Ruth at 309-659-2175 or Carolene at 309-887-4097.
SOUP SUPPER: The Fulton Fire & EMS Soup Supper will be held this Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Fulton Fire Station, 1802 16th Ave., Fulton. The menu is Chili, Vegetable Beef, Chicken Noodle, Split Pea with Ham, or Oyster Stew and Roll, Desserts and Coffee, Milk, Lemonade or Water. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of Fire & EMS Equipment.
TRIVIA NIGHT: The Fulton Presbyterian Church will hold a Trivia Night on January 28 at 6:00 P.M. Cost is $10 per person. There can be up to 8 members on each team. Refreshments are provided. Proceeds will benefit the Mission Starfish Haiti School and Community. To reserve a table contact Bill Wilkin at 563-249-3098. A list of items that they are collecting to take on their mission trip is posted on the library bulletin board. Take a look and see if you can help.
REGISTRATION FOR ‘SUMMER CAMP’ at Camp Manitoqua begins February 1. Remember to register early for preferred dates. Visit for more information and to register, or call 815-469-2319.
FATHERS AND SONS, join Camp Manitoqua and Retreat Center for our Forge weekend retreat, February 9-10. Designed to give fathers the opportunity to commission their sons to begin the process of becoming men though biblical teaching and hands-on learning. Visit for information and to register or call 815-469-2319.
CAMP MANITOQUA & RETREAT CENTER is looking for Camp Counselors for the summer of 2018. Visit for more information and to apply, or call 815-469-2319.
TEAMBUILDING: If you know of a group that could benefit from Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center teambuilding program on our Adventure Zone, please contact Also, we are currently hiring part-time staff to be AZ facilitators with training taking place this spring. Visit or call 815-469-2319 for either teambuilding or facilitators.

COOKS NEEDED! Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center is hiring cooks and kitchen assistants for weekend shifts and for the summer 2018. Cooks must have food service experience; sanitation license preferred. High School students & College students are ideal candidates for the kitchen assistant shifts! Visit or contact or the office at 815-469-2319 for an application.