The Lord's Day - April 29, 2018


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: 1 John 2:3-6
Sermon: "In His Steps"  

Evening Worship 
Scripture: James 5:7-12
Sermon: “Patience in Suffering”

Offering:  Today - GEMS
May 6 - Chandler Christian School

    Nursery:  Today - AM –  Bobbi W., Cody P. and Cameron P.
                                  PM – No attendants provided but the nursery is open for you to use
.
                    May 6- AM -  
 Michelle H., Danica P. and Lauren S.
                    May 13 - AM  - Sandy H., Meghan S. and Nick S .

   USHERS:  April:  Dale Kruse and Kent Schaap

   Greeters:  Today -  Wendale & Lavonne Vander Broek and Marv & Donna Van Dam 
                      Next Week – Al & Sue Prins and Rog & Tami Krosschell

   Coffee Servers:  Today Martin & Irene Hoekman            Next Week:   Bill & Rose Van Nieuwenhuyzen 

   Children's Church Leaders:  TodaySteph M. and Seth P.
                                                   Next Week – Bobbie S. and Nick S.

   Calendar:  
   Today    - 9:00 AM Church Education Classes. 10:00 AM Worship Service.
                 - Church Potluck
after our morning worship service! Please join us!
                 - 6:00 PM
Evening Worship Service. 
   
Thurs.  - 7:00 PM National Day of Prayer at Ebenezer CRC in Leota. (See announcement.)
   
Next Sun. – 9:00 AM Church Education classes.
                    - 10:00 AM Morning Worship Service.
                    -  6:00 PM
Evening Worship Service. 

    ITEMS OF PRAYER AND PRAISE
    We remember all of our members who reside at area care facilities. Chris Sankey who resides at Edgebrook Care Center, Dick Talsma 

 who resides 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 is GEMS Sunday as we celebrate what it means to walk in the steps of Jesus. Also, please join us for food and fellowship after

 the morning service for today's potluck.
    You are invited to observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3 in a service of prayer to be held at Ebenezer Christian 

 Reformed Church in Leota at 7:00 PM.  Please join us as we unite together in prayer for our land and our communities.  Refreshments 

 and fellowship will follow the service.
    There is a sign-up sheet for meals for Jan and Rog Reitsma on the kitchen counter along with a 2-page “Program Rules” sheet, 

 which shows the foods that he can or cannot eat for a while. It is important to follow these guidelines so he can comply with the doctor’s 

 instructions regarding his diet.
    With tornado season underway, we want to remind you that if we are under a tornado warning within one hour before a church event starts,

 that event is automatically cancelled.
    We have heard many favorable comments when a Praise Team leads the singing during the church service. However, we are in NEED

 of more singers (especially MEN)! We are going to revamp how it has been done in the past with 3 teams and go with one list of singers. You 

 will be called at random if you are available to sing on that particular Sunday and you may say yes or no if it doesn't work for you. At first we

 are going to continue with having a praise team once a month. If we get enough people willing to serve in this way, we may try and go to twice

 a month or sing every 3rd Sunday. We are asking you (young and old) to PLEASE consider serving in this way. There's a signup sheet by

 the kitchen window.
    VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: (June 25-29) This year's theme is Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. We will venture onto an uncharted

 island where kids survive, thrive and become anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life's storms.  Volunteer sign-up sheets have 

 been placed at both churches.  We look forward to an awesome week of learning about Jesus and serving our community. Please sign up

 to volunteer before May 13.  Contact Karen 760.412.1806 or Sandy 507.227.0585 with any questions. Thank you!
    To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under Heaven….. Ecclesiastes 3. This is the Bible verse for the month of 

 April at Southwest MN Christian High School. And yes, time for another school year to conclude. We are thankful for entrusting the 

 Christian educational instruction of your children, grandchildren, and church youth to us this year.  Part of our spring activities is the annual

 building fund drive. If you have not been contacted and would like to contribute to the physical school building needs, please forward

 your contribution to the school office – 550 W. Elizabeth, Edgerton.  We also are facing a shortfall in the general operating fund. Due to 

 enrollment changes at the beginning of the year and families struggling to meet their tuition costs, the general fund budget is running low on

 funds. Again, God’s provision is that we have been gifted a matching gift challenge. An anonymous donor is matching gifts for the general 

 fund totaling up to $10,000. Please earmark the area of your contribution in the memo line, building or general fund, for record keeping 

 purposes. Thank you for keeping SWMCH families, faculty and staff, and school board in your prayers! We also thank you for your 

 continued financial support and consideration in supporting year end needs.


    ADVANCE NOTICES
   May 11 - Our next scheduled visit to Cornerstone Church will be May 11.
   May 11 - 7:00 PM SWCH Spring Music Program.
   May 18 - 7:00 PM SWCH Graduation.
   May 28 - SWCH Circle #11 Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast. More info to come.
   June 25-29 - Save the date for Vacation Bible School! Volunteer sign-ups coming soon!!