December 5, 2021                                        Second Sunday of Advent: 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! “Blessed be the Lord God who has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them” (Luke 1:68). We gather for worship as the redeemed of the Lord.

OUR CHURCH HELPERS TODAY * Greeters-Phil Hook & Mark Krum. Greeter-Ramp Door-Allen Dykstra. Usher-Charlie Carter. Nursery-Maxine Whistler & Lori Neighbour. Children’s Sermon-None. Scripture Reader-Diane Christensen. Sound System-Art Kilburg. Projector-Jerry Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Food Pantry-Kathy Barsema. Elder Prayer After Worship-Phil Hook. Open Church-Eric Janvrin. Thank you for your help!

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

SOCIAL TIME will be held in the library. Everyone is welcome to grab a cup of coffee and a treat.

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 :

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8:

9:00 A.M. * Creative Crew.

11:30 A.M. * No Senior Meal.

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

7:00 P.M. * Consistory & Property Committee Meeting.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10:

11:30 A.M. * Senior Meal. The menu is Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potato with Gravy, Dessert and Roll.

NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12:

          8:00 A.M. * Choir Rehearsal.

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

          CHURCH HELPERS * Greeters-Nancy Dykstra & Jan Ottens. Greeter-Ramp Door-Randy Dykstra. Usher-Paul VanderVinne. Nursery-Lara Bielema & Madison Krum. Children’s Sermon-Janvrin’s. Scripture Reader-Arnie Vogel. Sound System-Dave Sheckler. Projector-Brian Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Food Pantry-Kathy Barsema. Elder Prayer After Worship-Phil Hook. Open Church-Randy Dykstra.

PERSONAL ITEMS:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY today to Genevieve Nedbal. Have a wonderful day!

THANK YOU: We are grateful to our church family for prayers, cards, visits, phone calls, and for helping getting me home after the accident and doctor visits. I still have a ways to go before any weight can be put on the leg and it’s improving.

Sincerely, Ken & Judy Vanderploeg

*** Thank you to everyone who helped decorate the church for the Christmas season. It looks great and your help was appreciated!

*** Thank you to the anonymous donor of the church parsonage furnace. This is very much appreciated and we thank you for your generosity!

UPDATE ON THE HOSPITALIZED & PRAYER CONCERNS:

Tom Nedbal is in Genesis Hospital. Please keep all the members of our congregation in your prayers.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS OF INTEREST:

ADVENT MEMORIALS for Books, DVD’s or Radio Broadcast are due next Sunday. Forms are on the table in the narthex.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES are due December 19.

THE GIVING TREE is up in the narthex. There are tags for the Pregnancy Center, April House and the Epic Center. Take a tag or two from the tree, and bring it back unwrapped. The deadline is December 26.

POSITION AVAILABLE: Kathy Barsema has decided to step down from the janitor position here at church effective December 31. If you or someone you know would be interested in this position, please see Karin Bush or Phil Bielema.

OUR CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE will be held on Friday, December 24 at 6:00 P.M.

DVD OF THE MONTH: A new DVD for Christmas is “CHRISTMAS WANDER.” Amy, a washed-up, bitter, angry bar owner in financial distress, busts her ailing father out of a retirement home and sets off on a road trip to find a large sum of money he says he stole many years ago. What she doesn’t bank on is an enlightening trip that will bond her to her father and stir up her own need for faith, forgiveness, and honesty. This film runs 90 minutes and is unrated.

THE FOOD PANTRY ITEMS for December are Peaches, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Applesauce or Jell-O. Please help support the pantry by bringing a donation to church.

SPRING VALLEY REFORMED CHURCH, 10960 Spring Valley Rd., Fulton, welcomes The McCloskeys tonight at 6:00. Pat & Kyla McCloskey are a husband/wife duo. They travel across the country singing soul stirring and inspirational music. Their preaching will challenge the heart and encourage Christians to give it all to Jesus Christ in service and in testimony. Riley Horton will do a prelude of Christmas songs prior to the concert. Please join us for an evening of Music and Ministry. A free will offering will be taken. Coffee and cookies will be served after the concert.

THE TWIN RIVERS “AFTER FIVE” group invites all women to “Celebration of Christmas” Dinner and Program this Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 P.M. at Triple Play, 1601 9th Ave., Fulton. Cost of dinner is $12. There will be Christmas Carols and speaker Judy Dagraedt will speak on “Peace in the Midst of Turmoil.” For reservations call Carolene at 309-887-4097.