December 10, 2017

Order of Service

Prelude                                                                                                        Roxanne Hayenga-Johnson
Welcome & Announcements
Call to Worship                                                                                                                      Luke 2:11-12
*Prayer & Greeting
*Hymns                                                   #135 “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night”
                                                                                                         #141 “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
Advent Reading                                                                                            Larry & Ruth Klingenberg
Special Music                                                                                “Away in a Manger” Worship Choir
Children’s Message                                                                                                        Maggie Gaudian
Scripture                                                                                                                Luke 1:18-25 (pg.1587)
Message                                                                                                                  “Dealing with Doubt”
General Fund Offering                                                        #128 “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
                                                                                                    Please sign and pass Friendship Pads
Congregational Prayer                                                                                              The Lord’s Prayer
Mission Offering                                                                                                       #147 “Silent Night”
*Closing Hymn                                                                                 #82 “O Come Let Us Adore Him”


Sunday, December 10:
• 2nd Sunday of Advent – PEACE
• 8:30 AM Worship Choir Practice
• Mission Offering
• 10:50 AM Christmas Program Practice –
3 Yrs – 12th Grade
• 10:45 AM RCW Meeting in Chapel after the service
• 10:45 AM Candy Cane Give Away in narthex
• 6 PM Faith & Friends Bible Study

Tuesday, December 12:
• 9:00 AM Partners in Prayer – Fireside Room

Wednesday, December 13:
• 3:30 PM Open Gym
• 4:30 PM KFC Christmas Lesson
• 5:30 PM Power Crunch Meal
• 6:00 PM Christmas Program Practice
• 6:30 PM Adult Bible Study

Sunday, December 17:
• 3rd Sunday of Advent – JOY
• Christmas Program during worship
• No Sunday School today

Please Remember in Prayer:

* Terry & Sherry Gaalswyk’s family – passing of their brother-in-law, Brian Daiker
* Treatment for cancer – Debbie Van Der Linden, Janine Dekker & Twyla Rassmussen (Garry Drost & Dee Groenewold’s sister), and Kia Veen’s mother, Carolee Anderson
* Lily Gaudian – recovering from eye surgery
* Upcoming surgery, Gordie Wiertzema (Dec. 19), Simon & Marilyn Koster’s granddaughter, Camille (Dec 13) corrective surgery, & Arlene Rall (Dec. 11) shoulder replacement.
* Diane Handy (Cindy Handy’s mother-in-law) – in Comfort Care

The following were elected for Elder or Deacon:

ELDER: J.R. Luinenburg & Paul Schutte

DEACON:  Rod Smit & Nate Brueggeman

o A monthly budget update will be in each newsletter.
o Installation of Elders & Deacons will be on January 7.

Year-To-Date – General Budget is at 86%. $36,473 to meet budget.
Year-To-Date – Mission Budget is 69%. $22,208 to meet budget.


 Instead of exchanging gifts or giving Maggie a gift, this year the youth ministry is raising money for a LEGO project presented by Ben Glenn, the Chalk Guy, at Rocky Mt. High this summer. Donations can be placed in the LEGO house on the Welcome Center to purchase LEGO sets for children in need this Christmas. Anyone is welcome to help give toward this project. More info can be found at giveyourbricks.com.

 KFC is in need of toilet paper rolls, wrapping paper rolls, or paper towel rolls for a Nativity Project to be done on Dec. 20. If you have any to donate, please drop them at the office before Dec. 20. THANKS!

 World Vision and “Gift of Hope” offers a chance to give a different kind of Christmas gift—a flock of chickens, a sewing machine, or a scholarship—to people around the world who need it most. Catalogs can be found on the welcome desk if you are interested.
 The Gideons have donation envelopes in mailboxes for you to honor the Birthday of Jesus if you wish. Instructions are included.


“Partners in Prayer” will meet Tuesday mornings at 9 AM in the Fireside Room. Next meeting is on Dec. 12. Prayers will focus on families, congregational and community needs. All those who desire to be partners in prayer are welcome. Marlene Rabenberg & Sherri Hietbrink

 RCW Officers and Committee Members: We will meet in the Chapel TODAY following morning worship. Please come with ideas on how to distribute the additional funds and ideas for RCW-sponsored programs for 2018. RCW President, Beth Van Hove.

     CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Committee members are Moz Hayenga-Hostikka, Molly Truesdell,  Rebecca Haack, and Maggie Gaudian. The program is on Sun., Dec. 17 @ 9:30 AM. The practices for all participants are as follows:
TODAY – Sun., Dec. 10 @ 10:50 AM in the sanctuary
Wed., Dec. 13 @ 6 PM in the sanctuary

     The Christmas Program Committee is looking for some adult superhero costumes. Please contact a committee member if you have one available to use.

     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.


 Help attach Christian messages to candy canes after church in the chapel today. Everyone is encouraged to take a candy cane or two and find a way to give it to someone else as a random act of kindness or to invite someone to our church!

 VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES FOR 2018 WILL BE MADE SOON! Please contact the office if you are interested in being added to the Nursery/Prayer Chain (Email or Phone) etc., please note this on the forms at the Welcome Desk. THANK YOU

 THE 2018 CHURCH DIRECTORY will need updating soon. If any of your information has changed this year, please complete a form at the Welcome Desk. Be sure to note if you have a cell phone number that can be published as well.

 Mobile Meals – American Reformed Church is privileged to help deliver these meals in the month of December. Please look for a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Desk. Thank you.

 There are a few people who are in need of rides to and from church on Sunday mornings. If you would be willing to help, please contact the office.

Thank you to Pastor Tim, the Congregational Care Committee, and to all for the cards, food, and prayers we received during Donnie’s knee replacement surgery. We are blessed by each of you! Thank you!! Donnie and Marlene Rabenberg


GREETERS: Brad Baumgartner Family, Jeremy Braaksma Family, Al & Judy Brueggeman, Nate Brueggeman
ELDER GREETER: Gerry Ossefoort
ACCOMPANIST: Roxanne Hayenga-Johnson
POWER POINT: Matt & Maggie Gaudian
SOUND & VIDEO: Mark Schutte & Ron Drent
PRAYER TEAM: Karen Dykstra
NURSERY: Holly McCuen & Darla Teerink


Worthington Chamber Singers & Worthington Brass will perform TODAY at 2 PM at the 1st United Methodist Church.

Widow’s Ministry will meet Monday, December 11 at 2:00 pm at the American Lutheran Church on Winifred. Gretchen O’Donnell will be sharing a Christmas Message. Please bring a few treats to share for our coffee time. For more information call Peggy 376-4869 or Marlene 727 5817.