May 9, 2021                                           Sixth Sunday of Easter: 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! Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and women! Welcome to worship, as we praise the God who calls forth love in all relationships.

OUR CHURCH HELPERS TODAY * Greeters-Allen Dykstra & Carol Janvrin. Greeter-Ramp Door-Randy Dykstra. Children’s Sermon-Nancy Dykstra. Scripture Reader-Jan Ottens. Sound System-Ken Vanderploeg. Projector-Phil Bielema. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Nancy Dykstra. Food Pantry-Charlie & Marcia Carter. Elder Prayer After Worship-Bruce Christensen. Open Church-Paul VanderVinne. Thank you for your help!

THIS MORNING Jim Fullan 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.

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 :

MONDAY, MAY 10:

          6:30 P.M. * Elder’s Meeting.

          6:30 P.M. * Deacons Meeting.

          7:00 P.M. * Consistory Meeting.

TUESDAY, MAY 11:

9:00 A.M. * Bible Study with Renee Huckaby on the book of Galatians. A zoom meeting will also be held same day at 6:30 P.M.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12:

9:00 A.M. * Creative Crew.

11:30 A.M. * Senior Meals. The menu is Spaghetti Bake, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread, and Cookie.

6:30 P.M. * Pastor Chuck’s Bible Study based on the book “The Whole Armor of God: How Christ’s Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare” by Iain Duguid.

FRIDAY, MAY 14:

11:30 A.M. * Senior Meals. The menu is Ham Loaf, Scalloped Potato, Veggie, and Dessert.

NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 16:

          9:00 A.M. * Pastor Chuck will lead us in worship. We will have Dan & Renay Byers here to speak about their mission with the EPIC Center here in town. They are in need of various items to help with their mission. We have set up a gift table in the narthex so we can collect the following items: bottled water, toilet paper, individually wrapped snacks, heavy paper plates, Clorox wipes, and gas cards. We ask that you bring these items to church by next Sunday so we can show our support for the EPIC Center. We will also receive our World Vision $1 offering.

          CHURCH HELPERS * Greeters-Mark Krum & Phil Hook. Greeter-Ramp Door-Paul VanderVinne. Children’s Sermon-Nancy Dykstra. Scripture Reader-Larry Senior. Sound System-Dave Sheckler. Projector-Brian Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Nancy Dykstra. Food Pantry-Charlie & Marcia Carter. Elder Prayer After Worship-Bruce Christensen. Open Church-Randy Dykstra.

            FOLLOWING WORSHIP there will be a Car Show Meeting in the youth room.

PERSONAL ITEMS:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kathy Wiersema on May 11. Have a terrific day!

UPDATE ON THE HOSPITALIZED & PRAYER CONCERNS:

Please keep all the members of our congregation in your prayers.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS OF INTEREST:

FEED THE CHILDREN: Fruit cups and applesauce cups are due today!

GRADUATION TIME is just around the corner. If you have a child or grandchild graduating this year, please submit a photo and a brief write up about your graduate. Please have these to Karin by May 23.

WE ARE IN NEED of volunteers willing to learn how to run the livestream camera. This requires a smartphone and a short training session. See Karin or Pastor Chuck if interested. We also need sound system help, if interested contact the church office.

FEED THE CHIDREN PROGRAM: This year due to Covid and the health department guidelines all food will be gathered in Rock Falls. The lunches will be packed on Tuesdays and picked up on Wednesdays and brought back to individual sights. Three sack lunches will be given out to the children between 11:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. in our church parking lot each week. This begins on June 2.

DVD OF THE MONTH: You may have heard about “THE CHOSEN” on Facebook or seen clips of the show. We now have season one of “THE CHOSEN” on DVD in our library, ready for you to check out and enjoy. The first 8 episodes on 2 discs present the life of Jesus as a multi-season show for the first time ever. This film digs deeper into the backstories and context of the people and events of the gospels. The Chosen app is also available free to learn more about this new project.

THE FOOD PANTRY ITEMS for May are Vegetable, Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup and Crackers. Please help support the pantry by bringing a donation to church.

APRIL HOUSE in Morrison is collecting new, unused blankets for children coming through the center. Children are able to take home with them their own blanket that can be very comforting to them. They appreciate NEW child-friendly blankets for any ages, including teens. Character blankets are very popular for younger children, and Sherpa, print and tie blankets are suitable for teens. If you or your group is willing to make a new blanket donation, feel free to drop off the donation at their office (please call first 815-772-5286) – 507 N. Madison St., Morrison – serving all of Whiteside County.

1,000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN: The Schmaling Memorial Public Library wants to help your child or grandchild be ready for kindergarten. The concept is simple, read a book to an infant, or toddler. To participate in and qualify for the prizes from Schmaling’s program, the child or the parent or caregiver sponsoring the child must reside within the limits of the River Bend School District. So read with your child or grandchild, keep track of the number of books you read on your log sheet, once you read 100 books, turn your log sheet back in at the library and pick up a new log sheet. Your child will receive a prize. When you reach the 1,000 book level, your child will receive a book and a certificate of achievement and you will receive a gift too! For more information call 815-589-2045.

UNITY CHRISTIAN ATHLETIC BOOSTER GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Saturday, June 5 at the Fulton Country Club. The tournament will be an 18-hole best ball format with an 8:00 A.M. shot gun start. Entry fee is $50 per person for non-members, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental and the opportunity for prizes. There will be cash prizes for the top two teams of $200 and $120. All proceeds will benefit the Unity Christian Athletic Programs. For more information or to register a team contact Unity Christian School at 815-589-3912 or Jeff VanderEide at 563-657-7062. Thank you for your support!