February 23, 2020                                       Transfiguration 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! “Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; for he is holy” (Psalm 99:5). Welcome.

OUR CHURCH HELPERS TODAY * Greeters-Arnie Vogel & Ken Vanderploeg. Greeter-Ramp Door-Dave Sheckler. After Worship Greeters: Center Doors-Pastor; Side Sanctuary-Bob Kuehl; Balcony-Clink Kettler; Organ Exit-Mark & Madison Krum; Library-Arnie Huizenga. Usher-Arnie Huizenga. Nursery-Lara Bielema & Madison Krum. Children’s Sermon-Larry Senior. Sound System-Bob Kuehl. Projector-Karin Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Candie Schipper. Food Pantry-Elsie Foster. Elder Prayer After Worship-Carol Janvrin. Opening Church-Kathy Barsema. Thank you for your help!

COFFEE AND WATER ARE AVAILABLE before worship at the back of the church in the narthex.

THIS MORNING Amanda Rahn will lead us in worship. Thank you for coming and sharing God’s Word with us.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME to join us for social time in the library following worship.

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 :


          9:00 A.M. * Creative Crew.

6:00 P.M. * Ash Wednesday Service at Fulton Presbyterian Church. The evening will begin with soup. The service will follow at 7:00. If you are able to bring soup, please sign up on the library bulletin board.


          8:00 A.M. * Choir Practice.

          9:00 A.M. * Ken Renkes will lead us in worship.

          CHURCH HELPERS * Greeters-Allen Dykstra & Larry Shipma. Greeter-Ramp Door-Paul VanderVinne. After Worship Greeters: Center Doors-Pastor; Side Sanctuary-Garry Medema; Balcony-Larry & Sandy Senior; Organ Exit-Candie Schipper; Library-Dave Sheckler. Usher-Charlie Carter. Nursery-Chris Krum & Mary Gowan. Children’s Sermon-Janvrin’s. Sound System-Dave Sheckler. Projector-Brian Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Pam VanderVinne. Food Pantry-Karen Dykstra. Elder Prayer After Worship-Randy Dykstra. Opening Church-Kathy Barsema.

          10:30 A.M. * Sunday School.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Larry Shipma on February 27. Denny Becker’s birthday is on February 29. Have a wonderful day!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Lawrence & Edna Mae Tegeler. They will celebrate their 69th anniversary on February 24. Gordon & Jane Sissing’s anniversary is February 25. They will be married for 59 years. Congratulations!


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



SEARCH TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: The search team met Wednesday, February 19. Sam presented to us the revised copy of the job description and our church graphic. The team approved both of them. We decided to share this document with the congregation. There is a copy in your mailbox. Sam also walked us through the steps of the discernment process, and what a first zoom (internet) conversation will look like when we begin interviews. He had us setup the area where we wanted to do the interviews, and worked with us to get all of the electronic side of the process in place. Karin will be checking into the possibility of getting us a faster internet connection to insure the interviews work smoothly without any glitches or delays in our Wi-Fi connection with the candidates. We are calling all prayer warriors (the congregation) to please be in prayer for us as we continue on this journey.

IT’S CAR SHOW TIME!! Our “Back to School” Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show will be held on August 15 here at church. A listing of businesses to visit for sponsorships or prizes is on the door outside the pastor’s study. If you can help, please place your name next to that business and then see Karin for forms. Your help is appreciated!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: For filling small dialysis pillows, the Creative Crew remains in need of soft textiles, such as old, even quite-worn T-shirts, sweaters, flannel shirts, blankets, toweling, batting, etc. Even if marred by some stubborn stains, the remaining fabric will be cut into small pieces, and when mixed with fiberfill and stuffed into pillows, will offer comfort during the long, arduous process of dialysis. Your donations may be left in the Creative Crew room downstairs, or beside the “grocery bag box” near the pastor’s study. See Judy Vanderploeg with any questions.

ITEMS THE CHURCH IS SAVING: Egg cartons, pop tabs, plastic bags, and greeting cards. There are boxes on the shelf next to the pastor’s office.

INCASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER please watch KWQC-TV6 for cancelations.

THE FOOD PANTRY ITEMS for February are Toothpaste or Shampoo. Please help support the pantry by bringing a donation to church.

THE FULTON COMMUNITY LUNCH PROGRAM serves meals on Wednesday’s and Friday’s at 11:30 A.M. Wednesday meal is catered in by Resthave. Friday’s meal is Creamed Chicken on Biscuit, Mixed Veggie, and Dessert.

UNITY CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL & Child Care Round Up for the 2020-21 schoolyear will be held on Thursday, March 5, from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Come anytime during those hours to tour the classrooms, meet the teachers, and check out our curriculum. If you are interested in preschool and/or daycare in a Christian environment, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity. The UCPC building is located at 502 12th St. in Fulton. For more information call 815-589-4940.

PANKCAKE DAY is Saturday, March 7 from 7:00 A.M. to noon at Self Help Enterprises, 2300 W. LeFevre Rd., Sterling. Its all you can eat sausage and pancakes. Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12. There will also be a Bake Sale and Craft Items. Come join us!