August 18, 2019


Opening Song                                                                                  “Great Are You Lord”
Scripture                                                                                                               Psalm 100
*Hymn                                                                             “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
Confession & Assurance                                                                                John 3:16-17
Special Music                                                                                             Sara Wiertzema


Children’s Message


Congregational Prayer                                                                        The Lord’s Prayer
Offering                                                                                  “Because He Lives (Amen)”
*Closing Hymn                                                “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone”


Please Remember in Prayer:
* Paula Wolyniec – broken wrist, will need surgery
* Rev. Dave Poppen – out of the coma and is responding following a motorcycle accident
* Jay Dekker – recovering at home
* Beatrice Groendyke – under Hospice Care at South Shore
* Janine Dekker – treatment for cancer
* Ken Zylstra – treatment for ALS


Cory on vacation this week.

Sunday, August 18:
 10:00 AM Worship by the Water at Chautauqua Park
 Meal and games to follow the service

Tuesday, August 20:
 9:00 AM Partners in Prayer
 6-7 PM Talkin’ Tuesday at Subway (9th -12th)

Wednesday, August 21:
 Volunteer at Bibles for Missions Thrift Store

Friday, August 23:
 6:00 PM Potluck Meal & Campout at Adrian Campground

Sunday, August 25:
 9:30 AM Worship
 Cookie & Coffee Fellowship in the ARC Center
 10:50 AM Adult “Sunday School Guide” Class
 5-7 PM ARC Steak Fry

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.

Steak Fry at
American Reformed Church
Food, fun, & fellowship!
August 25 serving from 5:00-7:00 PM.
“Master’s Voice” will provide entertainment. Free-Will donations will be taken for church ministries.
Flyers are available at the Welcome Desk!


 Join us Sunday mornings for the Engage Bible study geared for parents, grandparents, or anyone else looking for help and information when it comes to raising the next generation in this social media dominated world. A combination of video, discussion, and scripture will be used when discussing these five topic areas: 1) Understanding your child’s mind, 2) The spiritual battle, 3) How to connect with kids, 4) What history teaches us, 5) How to get it right. Remember that we are pioneers in raising a generation that has always had access to social media so we need to support each other. Let Maggie or Roxanne know if you are interested in attending.

 TALKIN’ TUESDAY: All 9th-12th graders are asked to join Maggie at Subway for supper on Tues., August 20 from 6-7 PM. The youth fund will cover the costs for the meals. It will be a fun time of fellowship, devotions, and food! Contact Maggie if you need a ride.
 AIR MADNESS NIGHT: All 6th-12th graders are invited to go to Air Madness in Sioux Falls on Wed., Aug. 28 for an awesome night including fun attractions like trampolines, bull riding, laser maze, dunk court, and ninja challenges. We will also share a meal in the party room with devotions too. Meet at church at 5:00 PM and return by 9:30 PM. Admission and pizza will be provided for all who attend. Friends and parents are welcome to come along as well. Sign up at the Welcome Center by Sun., Aug. 25.

 The “U-Turn” Church book is available at the Welcome Desk for a donation of $10.
The group met last week to continue praying for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in reaching the lost. Please join in with the group as they pray for some new possibilities, such as a new men’s bible study, new ways to greet guests, and musicians for contemporary music. All are welcome to the next meeting on August 26 at 6:30 pm in the library.

 Starting in September the adult Sunday School class, Deeper Roots, will be studying Revelation, the last book of the Bible. Class members will also use the study guide Revelation, from the Shepherd’s Notes series and edited by Dr. Edwin Blum.
Led by Marcia Aupperlee, we will examine this intriguing book chapter by chapter. Additional resources will also be used to present various interpretations of certain passages.
Join us as we learn about the pending demise of this present earth and the inauguration of the new heaven and earth! Please sign up at the welcome desk by August 25.

 “Partners in Prayer” meet Tuesday mornings at 9 AM in the Fireside Room. Next meeting is on August 20. 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 for the month of August is seeking donations of school supplies. There is a container under the mailboxes for your donations.

Please sign by the week(s) you will mow
the church lawn. We ask that mowing be done on the Thursday of the week you sign up for, if possible. Thank you!

 VOLUNTEER @ BIBLES FOR MISSION: Join Maggie in volunteering at the Bibles for Mission thrift store to help raise money to spread God’s Word in Kenya on August 21. Sign up for a shift at the Welcome Center. All 6th-12th grade students are encouraged to serve as well as their families or other adults from the congregation. American Reformed Church provides volunteers each Wednesday to run the thrift store. Come and see what this mission is all about!

New Addresses:
Shirley Van Veldhuizen
722 3rd Avenue
Worthington MN 56187

Ken & Ellie Zylstra
1040 S Crailsheim Rd
Worthington MN 56187

Pastor Dave Poppen’s address is First Reformed Church
901 Pleasant St., Boyden IA, 51234-0339.

I want to thank the church for the money that went toward my week at Inspiration Hills church camp. I had a blast swimming, doing lots of fun stuff, singing, and learning more about God. Our verse for the week was: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1.
I am already looking forward to next year!! I think I may want to try Wilderness camp
Love, Grace Gaalswyk


 There will be a presentation on distracted driving on September 4 at 7:00 PM at Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth, MN. This is a very powerful story. See the poster for more information.

 Project Morning Star is celebrating 5 years with a breakfast on October 26, 2019 at the American Reformed Church. Tickets are available for adults for $20 and children under 12 are free with a paid adult. The Breakfast begins at 9:00 am and there will be entertainment and testimonies from 10 to 11:30 am. Go to to get tickets.

“Jesus is alive:  Living proof you can’t keep
a God man down!”    Mike Egts