February 28, 2021                                          Second Sunday of 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! Brothers and sisters in Christ, grace and peace be to you as we join in worship. Welcome.

OUR CHURCH HELPERS TODAY * Greeters-Jan Ottens & Nancy Dykstra. Greeter-Ramp Door-Ron Pessman. After Worship Greeters-None. Usher-None. Nursery-None. Children’s Sermon-None. Scripture Reader-Larry Senior. Sound System-Art Kilburg. Projector-Val Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-None. Food Pantry-Elsie Foster. Elder Prayer After Worship-Phil Hook. Open Church-Larry Shipma. 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 Class in the Consistory Room.

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 2:

9:00 A.M. * Women’s Bible Study with Renee. We will social distance. If you would rather not meet in person we are also holding a zoom Bible study, same night, at 6:30.

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

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

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3:

6:30 P.M. * Pastor Chuck’s Bible Study on The Ten Commandments.

NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 7:

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

          CHURCH HELPERS * Greeters-Dave Sheckler & Eric Janvrin. Greeter-Ramp Door-Ken Vanderploeg. After Worship Greeters-None. Usher-None. Nursery-None. Children’s Sermon-None. Scripture Reader-Irma Bland. Sound System-Bob Kuehl. Projector-Candie Schipper. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-None. Food Pantry-Val Bush. Elder Prayer After Worship-Eric Janvrin. Open Church-Mark Krum.

          10:15 A.M. * Day 1 Class in the Consistory Room.

          10:15 A.M. * The Memorial Committee will meet in the Library.

PERSONAL ITEMS:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Denny Becker on February 29 (he is a leap year birthday). Leon Ottens will celebrate his birthday on March 4. Have a great day!

THANK YOU for the cards, phone calls, thoughts and prayers while we were not feeling well and recovering. We are doing better and the healing is beginning. God is good!

Earl & Betty Engelkens

*** A heartfelt “thank you!” to all who prayed for me, sent a card, made a phone call, prepared a meal or two, or expressed a concern about how I was doing. All of these helped me through pneumonia and 10 days in the hospital with no visitors allowed. I am gaining strength and have lost more than 2 gallons of fluid. Thank you brothers and sisters in Christ,               Sandy Senior

UPDATE ON THE HOSPITALIZED & PRAYER CONCERNS:

Pam VanderVinne had knee replacement surgery at the University of Iowa Hospital on Wednesday. She is doing well and hopes to be home soon. Bernard Houzenga was moved to Resthave Nursing Home. He is under hospice care. Please keep all the members of our congregation in your prayers.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS OF INTEREST:

BOOKMARKS for March on are on the table in the narthex.

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS this week are due by 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday. Karin’s office hours this week are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The office will be closed on Friday.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT…it’s Car Show time!!! On the door outside Pastor Chuck’s office is a listing of businesses to visit for donations. There is also a listing of car shows to visit. Stop in and see Karin for flyers or donation sheets. Our car show will be held on August 21.

INCASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER please watch KWQC-TV6 or kwqc.com, for cancelations of events. We will also keep you updated by Facebook.

THE FOOD PANTRY ITEM for March is Toilet Paper. Please help support the pantry by bringing a donation to church.

ITEMS TO SAVE: Here is a list of what the church is saving: pop tabs, plastic bags, greeting cards, and egg cartons. These can be placed in the containers by Pastor Chuck’s office.

UNITY CHRISTIAN Preschool & Child Care Round Up for the 2021-22 school year will be held this Thursday from 5:00-7:30 P.M. Tour the classrooms, meet the teachers, and learn about our curriculum. Come and see how fun learning can be! Unity Christian Preschool & Child Care is located at 502 12th Street in Fulton. For more information, call 815-589-4940.

UNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL online auction will be held March 22-26. Register at charityauction.bid/unitysilentauction2021. You can browse the catalog and place bids until 10:00 P.M. on March 26. You can pick up your items on March 27 from 8:00 A.M. to noon. For more information contact Korri Marcum at 815-589-4196.