November 22, 2020                                                  Christ the King Sunday: Liturgical Color - White

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 on Christ the King Sunday. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). May the Holy Spirit strengthen us for service in the kingdom.

OUR CHURCH HELPERS TODAY * Greeters-Jan Ottens & Clink Kettler. Greeter-Ramp Door-Ken Vanderploeg. After Worship Greeters-None. Usher-None. Nursery-None. Children’s Sermon-None. Scripture Reader-LeAnn Smith. Sound System-Art Kilburg. Projector-Candie Schipper. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-None. Food Pantry-Larry & Sandy Senior. Elder Prayer After Worship-Phil Hook. Thank you for your help!

THIS MORNING Pastor Chuck will lead us in worship. Offering will not be taken during the service. You are asked to place your offering in the plate at the back of the sanctuary. Following worship, if you wish to visit with people, we ask that you social distance.

10:15 A.M. * Day 1 (Catechism) Class in Consistory Room.

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. * Thanksgiving Eve Service. Greeters-Mark Krum & Dave Sheckler. Greeter-Ramp Door-Paul VanderVinne. Scripture Reader-Carol Janvrin. Sound System-Bob Kuehl. Projector-Karin Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Elder Prayer After Worship-Phil Hook. Everyone is asked to bring a canned good for the Fulton Food Pantry. Our offering will go to the Victory Center in Clinton.


          9:00 A.M. * Pastor Chuck will lead us in worship.

          CHURCH HELPERS * Greeters-Nancy Dykstra & Val Bush. Greeter-Ramp Door-Dave Sheckler. After Worship Greeters-None. Usher-None. Nursery-None. Children’s Sermon-None. Scripture Reader-Art Kilburg. Sound System-Ken Vanderploeg. Projector-Phil Bielema. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-None. Food Pantry-Larry & Sandy Senior. Elder Prayer After Worship-Phil Hook.

          FOLLOWING WORSHIP we will have the hanging of the greens. Come help us decorate the church for the Christmas Season!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY today to Rex Winget, Diane Van Zuiden and Larry Wiersema. Val Bush will celebrate her birthday on November 25. Bob Betsinger’s birthday is the 27th. Have a wonderful day everyone!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: We packed 36 boxes this year. A few less than the years before but still good. We will pray over them during the service. Then they will be dropped off at Community Reformed Church in Clinton, IA to be shipped. Thank you to everyone who helped with this special project!                                                                            Chris Krum


Ramona Renkes had surgery this week for a hip fracture. She is in skilled care in Morrison. Paul Norman is in Mercy One Hospital. Please keep all the members of our congregation in your prayers.


ADVENT MEMORIALS can be given to the church again this year. Forms are on the table in the narthex. Poinsettia memorials are due today. All other memorials are due December 13. Please have these to Karin by the deadlines.

YOUR 2021 OFFERING ENVELOPES are in your mailboxes.

OFFICE HOURS this week for Karin are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:00 A.M. to 3:15 P.M.; Friday, 8:00 A.M. to noon. The office will be closed on Thursday. Please have all announcements in by 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday.

WORSHIP GUIDES are available for those worshipping at home or for anyone who would like one. Please call or email the church office and we will put one in your mailbox at church or mail you a copy.

SENIOR MEALS will be canceled until after the New Year.

STAYING CONNECTED: We have made a link to Pastor Chuck’s articles that will be one click away. Just go to We also have a PayPal account set up on the church website ( So if you would like to give your offering online you can do so.

NEW BIBLE STUDIES will be starting mid-January. Pastor Chuck will start a study on “The Ten Commandments: A Guide to the Perfect Law of Liberty” and Renee will start a study on the book of Ephesians. Keep watch for day and time and a sign up sheet.

NEW TO THE LIBRARY: There is a new DVD on the library desk, ready for check out. It is “THE LEAST OF THESE,” a Christmas story about a homeless single mother and her young daughter, who find hope in a small town diner at Christmas time. It is unrated and runs 101 minutes. Now is a good time to make use of the many DVDs, CDs, and books in our church library.

THE FOOD PANTRY ITEMS for November are Rice or Noodles. Please help support the pantry by bringing a donation to church.

UNITY CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL & CHILD CARE has two immediate openings, 1 after school aide and 1 part time Preschool teacher approximately 20 hrs./week. Great work environment, paid holidays, and the option of working in our summer camps. If interested give us a call at 815-589-4940 for more information.