August 1, 2021                               Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: 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 as we gather to praise the God of all creation, our Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit who guides us in love.

OUR CHURCH HELPERS TODAY * Greeters-Allen Dykstra & Carol Janvrin. Greeter-Ramp Door-Dave Sheckler. Usher-Arnie Huizenga. Nursery-Chris Krum & Mary Gowan. Children’s Sermon-None. Scripture Reader-Carol Janvrin. Sound System-Ken Vanderploeg. Projector-Jerry Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Nancy Dykstra. Food Pantry-Harold & Helen Smith. Elder Prayer After Worship-Eric Janvrin. Open Church-Eric Janvrin. Thank you for your help!

THIS MORNING Pastor Chuck will lead us in worship. We will receive the Lord’s Supper and our missionary offering.

COFFEE TIME will be held in the library for those who wish to grab a cup of coffee and visit.

T H I S   W E E K   A T   F I  R S T   C H U R C H :

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3:

10:00 A.M. * Rainforest Book Club.

6:30 P.M. * Worship & Music Committee Meeting.

7:00 P.M. * Consistory Executive Committee Meeting.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4:

11:30 A.M. * Feed the Children.

11:30 A.M. * Senior Meal. The meal is catered in by Prairie Hills.

6:30 P.M. * Rainforest Book Club.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6:

11:30 A.M. * Senior Meal. The meal is Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Mashed Potato with Gravy, Veggie and Dessert.

NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 8:

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

          CHURCH HELPERS * Greeters-Mark Krum & Phil Hook. Greeter-Ramp Door-Ron Pessman. Usher-Paul VanderVinne. Nursery-Maxine Whistler & Lori Neighbour. Children’s Sermon-Janvrin’s. Scripture Reader-Larry Senior. Sound System-Dave Sheckler. Projector-Brian Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Nancy Dykstra. Food Pantry-Harold & Helen Smith. Elder Prayer After Worship-Eric Janvrin. Open Church-Arnie Vogel.

PERSONAL ITEMS:

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Ron & Gloria Pessman. On August 3 they will be married for 53 years. Matt & Sarah Plumley and Travis & Kara Ricklefs share an anniversary on August 4. Both will be married for 14 years. Dave & Brenda Sheckler will celebrate their 43rd anniversary on August 5. Bob & Kim Kuehl will honor their 28th anniversary on August 7. Congratulations!

FEED THE CHILDREN served 37 lunches this week.

UPDATE ON THE HOSPITALIZED & PRAYER CONCERNS:

Emma Ricklefs has been experiencing blackouts. They have run test and have discovered that she has a small heart. She had more testing in Iowa City on Friday. Rex Winget is in the University Hospital in Iowa City. Please keep all the members of our congregation in your prayers.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS OF INTEREST:

CONSISTORY NOMINATION LETTERS and ballots are in your mailboxes. We ask you to fill the ballot out and return it to church by August 29.

COACH LOWER and the Fulton Steamers Football team are delighted to return to First Reformed for breakfasts this year! Let Nancy or Karin know if you can assist this year!

PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER night will be August 16 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. This is to support our Fulton Steamer Football Breakfasts. So take the night off from cooking and come help support a great cause!

AN UPDATE ON VISION 2020 will be held in the church library on August 18 at 2:15 P.M. This will be via zoom and is for anyone interesting.

VOLUNTEERS are needed for the Car Show on August 21. We need people for set-up, registration, people to park cars, tents, and help cleaning-up. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the library bulletin board.

NEED SOMETHING TO DO on August 21? Come to the “Back to School” Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. The show will be from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. here at church. Lunch will be served by the Riverbend Athletic Boosters. If you have a car to enter in the show you can preregister by August 3 for $10 by calling the church office. Registration the day of the show is $15. Registration is from 9:00 A.M. to noon. Participant voting will begin at noon. Trophies will be given out at 2:00 P.M. There is no fee to browse the show. All car show proceeds to benefit the Fulton Schools.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES are due August 22.

MARK THE DATE of August 29 on your calendar for a church picnic. More details to come soon!

DVD OF THE WEEK: Summer means baseball, and we have several baseball movies in our library for you to enjoy. One of them is “THE PERFECT GAME,” the true story of an underdog foreign Little League team that overcame hardship & bigotry to compete in the 1957 Little League World Series. It runs 117 minutes and is rated PG.

THE FOOD PANTRY ITEMS for August are Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom Soup or Tomatoes. Please help support the pantry by bringing a donation to church.

SPRING VALLEY REFORMED CHURCH, 10960 Spring Valley Rd, Fulton, welcomes The Kramers. At an event with The Kramers, audiences can expect a variety of musical styles featuring beautiful family harmonies and accompanying instrumentation. Audiences are greatly moved, oftentimes to tears, by the sweet, yet powerful gospel message within each of the musical selections. Top all of this off with a time of hearing personal testimony, along with an opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, and many walk away greatly impacted by the gospel. We will also be serving Root Beer Floats! In case of rain or extreme heat, the concert will be moved indoors. A free will offering will be taken.

BLOOD DRIVE: The Fulton Presbyterian Church will hold a Blood Drive this Tuesday, August 3 from 2:45-6:00 P.M. Masks and appointments are required. To schedule an appointment call Megan Huizenga at 563-206-2968. Please eat before donating and bring photo ID.