The Lord's Day - December 17, 2017

WELCOME to all who have joined us in worship today. If you are visiting, we invite you to sign the guest book in the church 
entry or fill out your information on the pads in the church pew. You can place those in the offering bag. 

Morning Worship
Scripture: Luke 1:76-780
Sermon Series: The Songs of Advent
Sermon: "Zechariah’s John Song: The Rising Sunshine"  

Evening Worship
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Sermon: “Jesus Our Immanuel”

Offering:  TodayHope Haven of Edgerton
Dec. 24 - New Life Treatment Center

    Nursery:  Today - AM –  Sandy V.W., Cameron P. and Danica P.
                                  PM – 
Christmas Program.
                    Dec. 24- AM -  
Amy V., Lauren S. and Meghan S.
                                    PM -  
Verla K.
                    Dec. 31 - AM  - Michelle H., Nick S. and Emma S.
                                    PM  -
Marcia T. 

   USHERS:  December:  Ethan V. and Owen V  

   Greeters:  TodayAl & Sue Prins and Rog & Tami Krosschell
                      Next Week –  Leon & Sharla Vander Woude and Ivan & Amy Vogel

   Coffee Servers:  Today Rog & Tami Krosschell             Next Week:   Grant & Carolyn Prins

   Children's Church Leaders:  TodaySandy H. and Danielle H.
                                                   Next Week – Carolyn P. and Miranda H.

   Calendar:  
    Today   –  Christmas Program Practice/Adult Bible Studies. 10:00 AM Worship Service.
                 - Fellowship Coffee!
Please join us! 
                 - 6:30 PM
Evening Worship Service and Christmas Program. 
   
Wed.    - 9:30 AM Coffee Break Bible Study at 1st CRC in Edgerton. Lesson 9
   
Next Sun. – 9:00 AM No Sunday School or Bible Studies - Christmas Breaks. 
                    - 10:00 AM Morning Worship Service.
                    -  6:30 PM 
Evening Worship Service. Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols.

    ITEMS OF PRAYER AND PRAISE 

   Continue to pray for Al Prins as he was still in Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls on Friday and required surgery to repair his dialysis port.  We also 

 give thanks that the recovery from the knee surgery is going very well.
  We remember all of our members who reside at area care facilities. Chris SankeyDick Talsma and Marie Vander Top who reside at 

 Edgebrook’s Assisted Living, Gert Krosschell who resides at Edgebrook Apartments and Geneva Peters who resides at the Pipestone 

 Good Samaritan Care Facility.

   ANNOUNCEMENTS:   

     Today, Our Evening Service will include our Christmas Program. There will be coffee and cookies served after the program.
    Giving Tree Project - As a part of World Renew's Gap Gifts giving tree project, ornaments have been placed on the Christmas tree in

 the fellowship hall.  You can take an ornament from the Christmas tree to buy one or more items in honor of a friend or family member.  Please 

 place your orders directly from World Renew either by donating online, filling out the order form in the back of the catalog and mailing it in 

 along with your check to World Renew, or by calling them.  If you would like to receive a printed gift-acknowledgment card before Christmas

 to let loved ones know you made a gift to World Renew in their honor, place your order and request the cards by December 4.  Blank 

 cards to write your own gift-acknowledgment as well as extra catalogues are located on the table next to the Christmas tree.
   Reorganizing of Elder positions are: Cal Tinklenberg -- President, Al Vis - Vice President, Glen Schoolmeester - Clerk, 

 Dave Holm - Clerk of Records and Glen Talsma- Vicar. Reorganizing of Deacons positions are: Allen Van Dam - President, 

 Clyde Kreun - Treasurer, Chad Miersma - Building and Grounds, Roger Talsma - Special Offerings and Keith Westra - Benevolent Fund.
    Cadets and Gems Christmas party will be Wednesday December 27.  We will leave church at 3:00 p.m.  Plans are to go to the Midco 

 Aquatic Center in Sioux  Falls to swim, and  then for supper afterwards   All costs will be paid by Cadets and Gems, the kids do not need to 

 bring any money.  They need to bring a swimsuit and a towel ( Boys must wear swim suits with a liner.  No basketball style shorts allowed.)    

 Please let us know if you plan to attend ASAP so we have enough drivers. If a parent is willing to drive let us know as we will probably need 

 extra drivers. Thanks Don & Michelle. Don’s cell 507-227-6897 Michelle’s cell 507-227-0760.
    Edgebrook Angel Tree  You are invited to stop by the Edgebrook Business Office during business hours (Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.

 to 4:30 p.m.) through December and select a tag from our tree. On the back of each tag there will be a list of items that you can purchase for

 that resident. You choose to buy one item or all the items listed but we ask that you not exceed $20. Return the wrapped gifts(s) by

 December 17 and we will distribute them during Christmas week. 
    Scholarship Grants Available:  A portion of the Classis Minnesota ministry share for Christian Higher Education received during the 

 previous year is awarded in February to Christian college students in the form of scholarship grants.  Any students attending a 

 CRC-endorsed Christian college who completes an application form by the December 31 deadline is eligible.  Contact Pastor Josh 

 for an application or provide him with the student’s email address and a form will be emailed directly to the applicant.

    ADVANCE NOTICES 
   Dec. 25 - 9:30 AM Christmas Day Worship Service. (Please note time change!).
   Feb. 16 - Prison Ministry— Our next scheduled visit will be Feb 16.