April 22, 2018

Prelude                                                                                                                            Melonie Vancura
Welcome & Announcements
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Call to Worship                                                                                                                      Psalm 47:6-9
Prayer & Greeting
*Hymns                                                                                                 #228 “Rejoice, the Lord is King”
                                                                                                                                    “I Can Only Imagine”
The 10 Commandments
Special Music                                                                                                                            Don Kuiper
Children’s Message                                                                                                         Molly Truesdell
Scripture                                                                                                             John 20:24-29 (pg. 1687)
Message                                          “Blessed are Those Who Have Not Seen Yet Have Believed.”
Offering                                                                                                     “Open the Eyes of My Heart”
Congregational Prayer                                                                                               The Lord’s Prayer
*Building Offering                                                                  #381 “Open My Eyes, That I May See”
* Congregation stands if able

Please Remember in Prayer:
* Janine Dekker –treatment for cancer
* Gerry Ossefoort – foot to heal
* Don Rabenberg – rehab from knee replacement
* Melonie Vancura’s mother, Arlene Kooistra – heart & lung conditions
* Bob Paplow – diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
* Ken Zylstra – diagnosed with ALS
* Del Kuhl, brother of Lou Kuhl – in hospice in Sioux Falls
* Howard & Lois Teerink – Passing of sister-in-law, Linda Cassens

Sunday, April 22:
• Building Offering
• Staff Appreciation Coffee Fellowship in the ARC Center
• 10:50 AM Sunday School
“Heroes of the Bible” (3 years – 3rd Grade) Various Leaders
4th & 5th Grade Girls Bible Study – Rebecca Haack
6th – 8th Grade – Pastor Tim
9th – 12th Grade – Maggie Gaudian
• Sunday School Guide Class – Arthea Raak
• “Jonah” Class – Marcia Aupperlee
• Carpool at church 1:00 PM – “I Can Only Imagine” Movie Matinee. Showing at 2:00 PM in Luverne
• 6 PM Faith & Friends Bible Study

Tuesday, April 24:
• 9:00 AM Partners in Prayer – Fireside Room
• 1:00 PM Graduation Quilt Group will tie quilts

Sunday, April 29:
• 9:15 AM – Kids 3 Years to 5th Grade meet in the choir room prior to the service to practice
• 10:50 AM Sunday School
“Heroes of the Bible” (3 years – 3rd Grade) Various Leaders
4th & 5th Grade Girls Bible Study – Rebecca Haack
6th – 8thth Grade – Pastor Tim
9th – 12th Grade – Maggie Gaudian
• Sunday School Guide Class – Vern Verbrugge
• “Jonah” Class – Marcia Aupperlee

May 12 – 10 AM Mother/Daughter Tea

Meet at church TODAY at 1:00 PM to carpool to the theater in Luverne to watch a 2 PM showing of “I Can Only Imagine”
– the backstory of how this song came to be. This is a true story that is uplifting and gives us hope. Cost is $7 for all ages.

Consistory Highlights:
o April 22 – Building Offering will go towards the purchase of the handicapped accessible door
o April 29 – Baptism of Logan Feldman
o May 6 will be the final date of Sunday School
o May 27 – Tom Johnson will be at ARC
o June 3-7 – VBS “Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus”
o New microphones were installed in the sanctuary
o Classis is seeking a full-time Classis Pastor


Ellie and I want say thanks to all for cards, thoughts, care, visits, and prayers. In Christ, Ken Zylstra

I would like to thank Pastor Tim for his visits and prayers and for the many church members that took the time to show their support with my daughter, Debbie and I and for the food brought to my home. THANK YOU! Al Van Der Linden Family

Thank you to the Congregational Committee for the nice card. It felt good to get that. Patrick Wolyniec.



 “Anyone for Tea?” Mother/Daughter Tea Just for the Girls is on May 12, 2018 at 10 AM. There is a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center for this special occasion. Cost is $5 for each participant. The program will feature different kinds of “tea” and sharing of God’s Word. Mothers, mother-in-laws, daughters, daughter-in-laws and Grandmas are all invited! Please sign up by May 6.

 “Partners in Prayer” meet Tuesday mornings at 9 AM in the Fireside Room. Next meeting is on April 24. Prayers focus on families, congregational and community needs. All those who desire to be partners in prayer are welcome. Marlene Rabenberg & Sherri Hietbrink.

Connect Groups/Events are member-led Groups & events of American Reformed Church that connect members of the church and community together in Christian faith and fellowship. If you have an idea for a new church group or event,
please let Pastor Tim or the church office know.


 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Project would like to try something different. Each month there will be suggested gifts to buy and donate. Watch the newsletter and the bulletin for ideas. There will be a box set up in the narthex for these donations. There will be a list on the bulletin board by the mailboxes for the year. For APRIL – Hair accessories, combs, & brushes.

The Consistory has approved fundraising for a handicapped automated door opener at the south door to the ARC Center. $1675 has already been donated. The Building Offering TODAY will go towards this project. A jar has been placed at the Welcome Center for your donations through April.

* Cell phone number for Donna Kempema is 360-6754.
* Tom & Marcia Aupperlee’s new address is 1053 Lexington Ave.,
Worthington, MN.

Congratulations to Laura (Huls) & Joey Blattner who were
married on April 8. May God bless this new home!


 Journey Ministries is hosting a Priscilla Shirer simulcast on April 28 from 8:00 am-3:30 pm at Phileo’s Coffee and Eatery (212 10th Street). Tickets are $40 which includes simulcast, resource book, lunch, snacks and coffee. Registration forms and tickets are available at Phileo’s or send payment to Journey-P.O. Box 1041 Worthington, MN 56187.

 Grief Recovery Support Group – Thursdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM February 8 – May 3 (join anytime) at First Lutheran Church. Call Love I.N.C. to register at 507-727-7291. See the flyer on the bulletin board in the narthex.

 The Nobles County Historical Society has been contacted about an independent film company shooting a film at Pioneer Village. It is entitled “He Leadeth Me”. The Society is asking for volunteers to help clean the Ludlow House, Parsonage, Large Church, School House, Doctor’s Office and the Depot on May 5 & 6, 2018. Please contact the office at 507-376-4431 or email at nchsociety@gmail.com.

 Hope Haven is preparing for the 2018 May Sale to be held at the Worthington Hockey Arena. Volunteers are needed for set-up, sorting & hanging clothes, and throughout the sale (May 11-June 1). Donations are also needed. See the information on the bulletin board.
 Life Line Screening, will be in our community on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at American Reformed Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery, Abdominal Aortic, Peripheral Arterial Disease, a Heart Rhythm Screening and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Register online TODAY at www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or sign up at the Welcome Center and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

 Sunny Days Preschool Open House and Registration for the 2018-19 school year – Thursday, April 19th, 4-7 pm. Call 507-376-6313 for more information.

Assisting in Worship:
GREETERS: Al Van Der Linden, David Van Der Linden, Don & Rebecca Van Der Linden, Kevin Van Der Linden Family
ELDER GREETER: Craig Hayenga
ACCOMPANIST: Melonie Vancura
POWER POINT: David Van Der Linden
SOUND & VIDEO: Joe Yeske & Ross Teerink
PRAYER TEAM: Marian Hayenga
NURSERY: Becky Darling & Molly Truesdell