The Lord's Day - Dec. 23, 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: Exodus 1:22-2:10, Matthew 2:13-23
Sermon Series: “Advent from the Beginning”
Sermon: “A Child Saved for Redemption”

Evening Worship held at the Reformed Church

Offering:  Today - New Life Treatment Center
Dec. 30 - World Renew

    Nursery:  Today - AM –    Melanie V.S. and Levi C.
                       PM – No attendants provided but the nursery is open for you to use.
       
Dec. 30 - AM - Sandy V.W. and Danielle H.
        Jan. 6 - AM - Bobbi W. and Larissa H.

   USHERS:   December: Curt Miersma and Norm Kruse

   Greeters:  Today Ray and Sharon Talsma
                      Next Week – Roger and Pam Talsma

   Coffee Servers:  Today - Loren and Sandy Vander Woude                  Next Week:   Vivian and Nicole Elsing

   Children's Church Leaders:  Today - Carolyn P. and Cameron P.
                                                   Next Week –  Melanie V.S. and Ethan V.

   Calendar:  
   Today    -  10:00 AM Morning Worship Service.
 
                
- Fellowship Coffee after our morning worship service! Please join us!
                 -- 6:00 PM
Evening Worship Service of Lessons and Carols
 
 Tues.    - Council Meeting. Elders meet at 7:00 p.m. with full Council at 7:30 p.m.
   Wed.    -  9:30 AM Coffee Break Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall of the First CRC of Edgerton.
   Fri.       - Prison Ministry: We will leave church at 4:30 p.m.
   Next Sun. – No Church Education - Christmas Break. 10:00 AM Morning Worship Service.
                  - 6:00 PM Christmas Program.

    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 and Gert Krosschell who resides at Edgebrook Apartments.   

     Our sympathies to the Van Dam, Vander Schaaf, and Talsma families in the death of Donna Van Dam on Thursday.  The Lord is our

 refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

   ANNOUNCEMENTS:   
   This Sunday evening, at 6 pm you are invited to join us for a Service of Lessons and Carols.
   
If you have any needs or items of prayer this week, please contact your Care Group elder.
   As a new year approaches it is a good time for us as a church to evaluate our Bible reading habits, and make a commitment to follow a plan.   The Robert Murray M'Cheyne Bible reading plan reads through the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once, all in one 
 year.  A copy of the plan has been distributed in your mailboxes, and can be folded to be used as a bookmark.  There will be extra copies 
 available for spouses or children on top of the mailboxes.  If you are interested in a daily companion to guide your reading, we will be ordering
 a book called For the Love of God by D.A. Carson for $20 each.  If there is interest we can also meet to discuss what we have read and
 encourage one another in our reading. Sign up in the kitchen window by Christmas if you would like to order a copy, and indicate your interest
 in meeting together.
    Advent gift catalog campaign to help a family in need.  Here's how it works.  Step 1: Review the World Renew Gift Catalog placed in 
 your church mailbox.  Step 2: Choose an ornament from the giving tree set up in the fellowship hall that represents the gift your family would like
 to give to a family in need.  Step 3: Complete the order form at the back of the catalog.  Make out a check to World Renew for the 
 appropriate amount.  Step 4: mail your check and order form directly to World Renew or give online at worldrenew.net/gifts.  You can also use 
 the giving tree ornament to tell a friend or family member that you have bought a gift in their honor.  
     There will be no Sunday School December 30.
    Church service cancellation notice due to bad weather will be sent by text and also will be announced on the radio, 101.1 Luverne and
 106.1 Slayton. If we are under a blizzard warning 1 hour before any church activity it will automatically be cancelled. 
    Scholarship Opportunity:  A portion of the Classis Minnesota ministry share for Christian Higher Educating received during the previous year
 is awarded in February to Christian college students in the form of scholarship grants. Any student attending a CRC-endorsed Christian college 
 who completes an application form by the December 31 deadline is eligible. Contact Pastor Josh for an application form or provide him with 
 the student's email address and a form will be emailed directly to the applicant. 


   ADVANCE NOTICES
  January 6 -  Installation of Elders and Deacons