December 8, 2019

THE APPROACH TO GOD
Prelude                                                                                                      Roxanne Hayenga-Johnson
Welcome
Lighting of the Peace Candle
*Songs of Praise                                                            #148 “O Holy Night!” #147 “Silent Night!”
Advent Reading & Prayer                                                                                                 Isaiah 40:3-5
Special Music                                                                                                                   Worship Choir
THE WORD OF GOD
Children’s Message                                                                                                    Maggie Gaudian
Scripture                                                                                                        Colossians 1:19-23 (1832)
Message                                                                                              “Peace through Christ’s Blood”
Prayer
THE RESPONSE TO GOD
Ministry Sharing                                                                                                     Partners in Prayer
Offering                                                                                   #133 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Please sign and pass the Friendship pads
Congregational Prayer                                                                                           The Lord’s Prayer
Mission Offering                                                                       #138 “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”
Announcements
*Doxology
*Benediction

Please Remember in Prayer:
* Lori Spartz – recovering from shoulder surgery
* Sherri Hietbrink – recovering from shoulder surgery
* Jim Teerink – recovering from shoulder surgery
* Celia Teerink – recovering from broken wrist
* Gerry Ossefoort – serious eye infection
* Joyce Klosterbuer’s sister, Rosetta Van Marel, passed away
* Jacoba Nagel’s brother – grieving the loss of his wife, Donna, while in
intensive care in Sioux Center
* Betty Teerink – receiving radiation treatments
* Janine Dekker – treatment for cancer
* Ken Zylstra – treatment for ALS

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:
Sunday, December 8:
 8:30 AM Worship Choir
 Mission Offering
 Christmas Program Practice (3 Yrs-12th Grade)
 Adult Sunday School Guide Class – Eva Schutte
 Adult “Revelation” Class – Marcia Aupperlee
 Adult Heidelberg Catechism Class – Pastor Tim
 6:00 PM Faith & Friends

Monday, December 9:
 6:30 PM “U-Turn” Meeting

Tuesday, December 10:
 9:00 AM Partners in Prayer

Wednesday, December 11:
 Wednesday Activities:
 3:30 PM Open Gym
 4:30 PM KFC Christmas Lesson
 5:30 PM Power Crunch Meal
 6:00-7:00 PM Christmas Program Practice (3 Yrs – 12th Grade)
 6:30 PM Adult Bible Study on Hebrews
Sunday, December 15:
 Children’s Christmas Program
 4:00 PM Christmas Caroling
 4:00 PM – The Hangout goes to the Escape Room

UPCOMING EVENTS:
• December 22 – Potluck in appreciation for Pastor Tim and his family.
• December 24 – 6:00 PM Christmas Eve Service
Pastor Tim’s last day

Congratulations to Carter &Maddi Lindner who were married Saturday.

FYI: Our Mission Fund is at 73%.

Automatic Deposit forms are at the Welcome Center for those interested in using this service for weekly offerings. They can be turned in at the Welcome Center or to the office.

HyVee & Fareway gift cards may be purchased to help raise resources for the Building Fund. Stop at the church office during the week or see a deacon.

CONNECT

 CHRISTMAS CAROLING – Dec. 15. Meet at church, supper will follow. Please bring a side to share after caroling. BBQ’s will be furnished.

 PRAYER CONCERNS – An envelope has been set on the Welcome Desk for anyone to jot down a prayer request. Our Partners in Prayer group (meets Tuesday mornings) will pray over these requests.

 “Partners in Prayer” meet Tuesday mornings at 9 AM in the Fireside Room. Next meeting is on December 10. Prayers focus on families, congregational and community needs. All those who desire to be partners in prayer are welcome. Marlene Rabenberg & Sherri Hietbrink.

 There will be a potluck lunch after church on December 22 for Pastor Tim and his family. Please bring a dish to share. Coffee & juice will be provided. A short slide show will be presented with time to share moments of reflection and appreciation with Pastor Tim and his family.
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.

SERVE

 ARCs Barbecue, Soup and Dessert supper is scheduled for
January 17, 2020. Please join us for food and fellowship that
evening There will be a free will offering that will be divided
between LOVE INC and Project Morningstar. Please keep the
date in mind and we thank you in advance for everyone’s help
with this. RCW Soup/BBQ, & Dessert Supper Committee

 GIFT OF HOPE: The youth groups will again collect money for purchasing animals for needy families through the RCA Gift of Hope instead of exchanging Christmas gifts with each other or with Maggie. A cow costs $500. A goat costs $60, and a flock of chickens costs $25. Please place donations in the designated box at the Welcome Center. Other congregation members are welcomed to give as well.

 ARC is looking for a coordinator for the furniture delivery next year. Our church, as part of the Love INC family is called upon three times in a year to make deliveries to clients. It only takes a few people each time and a couple of hours of time. Please prayerfully consider if this would be a place where you can volunteer. THANK YOU!
Thanks so much to all who helped put up the Christmas decorations on Wednesday. The church looks beautiful!

COMMUNITY

 First Lutheran is having their Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner TODAY, serving at 2:30 pm and also at 5:30 pm. See the poster for more information.

 Nondenominational Widow’s Ministry will meet on Monday, December 9th at First United Methodist Church at 408 11th St.. Worthington, at 2:00 p.m. Galen Benton will entertain with seasonal accordion music. Please bring a treat to share.

 The Klassens will perform at Solid Rock Church on December 15th at 6:00 PM.

No Sunday School last week – No report

ASSISTING IN WORSHIP:
GREETERS: Melissa Brands Family, Don & Helen Brands, Nate Brueggeman, Al & Judy Brueggeman
ACCOMPANIST: Roxanne Hayenga-Johnson
POWER POINT: Beth Van Hove
SOUND & VIDEO: Mark Schutte & Ross Teerink
ELDER GREETER: Paul Schutte
PRAYER TEAM: Nancy Teerink
NURSERY: Holly McCuen & Darla Teerink