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					                IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH                                                December 4, 2011
                601 UNION AVENUE SHELDON, IA
                712-324-4523 E-mail: Website:

                   THE CHURCH OFFICE is open on MON morning, TUE and WED afternoons and THUR all day.
                        Please have all bulletin and announcement page materials in by Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m.

                                  IMMANUEL ANNOUNCEMENTS
The CES Action Auction has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 25. Watch the bulletin for upcoming

Tired of those pop cans setting around the house or garage? Remember you can donate them to CES by
dropping the cans off 24-7 in the CES-Shed; it is located across the street to the east of Farmer’s Market.

Please check the kitchen for any dishes, pans, utensils that may be yours from the apple pie project or other
recent events. Also left from the apple pie project are a few jackets that are on the top shelf of the coat rack on
the north wall. If the items are not picked up TODAY they will be donated. Thank you!

Service Opportunity: The Pharr, TX trip has been set for February 10-18. If you are interested in going,
please contact Dale Boer or Mark Dykstra.

Apple Pies available – they are going quickly and there are not many left (only about 30 left), don’t miss out!
They can be purchased during church office hours: Monday 8:30-12:00, Tuesday & Wednesday 1:00-5:00 and
Thursday 8:30-5:00.

Day of Encouragement: Please set aside Saturday, February 4 to attend the Day of Encouragement at Dordt
College. The keynote speaker is Tim Vink, Coordinator for Church Multiplication in the Reformed Church of
America. Plan to spend this day being encouraged in your faith and ministry as you take advantage of this
wonderful opportunity right in Sioux Center. A donor from Immanuel has agreed to cover the cost of your
attendance. Brochures will be available soon.

Homemade fudge is needed for the Christmas sacks (fudge, candy, peanuts & Christmas cards) given to
each man in the South Dakota State Penitentiary at Christmas. This is an outreach from Cornerstone Prison
Church and the other Christian ministries of the prison. It is a very easy fudge recipe and would be a
wonderful Christian service project to do with a child or grandchild. The fudge freezes well if you want to make
and wrap it ahead of time. If interested, please look for the recipe in the rack where the old mailboxes were.
Bring your fudge to the church office by December 12. Thank you for helping us bless the men in prison.

24-7 Dads: Immanuel is hosting the 24-7 Dads program on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the church
basement. This program is in conjunction with Upper Des Moines Opportunity and is intended to teach the
basic skills of fathering. It would be a benefit to new fathers or to those with children of any age who believe
they could use more tools and skills. The class is being facilitated by Rich Mattison. Children are welcome! As
dads will be interacting with their child(ren) during part of the program and care is provided. Contact Jayne
Davis (348-2610) with questions.

We are trying to get a truckload of items together to send to Pharr, Texas and are looking for people
interested in donating to this cause. Following is a list of items needed: MATTRESSES, BEDS, KITCHEN
DISHES, TOYS, SMALL APPLIANCES, and BEDDING. If you would like to donate any items, there is a trailer
located on the parking lot of Immanuel CRC. The trailer will be open from 9:00am-4:00pm daily. If you need
help call 712-348-1049 or712-348-0464. If you want to find out more about the outreach in Pharr log on to and click on Pharr community outreach project, or call 956-787-4529. Thank you, Otto Lawson
Pharr ministry.

                                     COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Opportunity to support local organizations: Iowa State Bank is currently hosting a fundraiser now until
December 9 for organizations in Sheldon. They have a holiday card available for you to sign and $5.00 per
signature will go to the organization of your choice. Sheldon Christian School, Love In the Name of Christ, and
Village Northwest Unlimited are a few of the organizations you can choose.
Baked Potato Supper on Monday, January 9, 2012. Serving from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Sheldon Christian
School. Meal includes: Baked Potato, toppings: chili, cheese, ham, broccoli, onion, sour cream and
butter; Roll, Salad, Homemade Desserts and Beverages. Freewill offering.

The sophomore class of Unity Christian High School will hold their annual soup/sandwich/dessert supper
on Friday, December 16, in the cafeteria, serving from 4:45-7:00 p.m. Free-will donation at the door.

Unity Christian High School’s annual Christmas concert will be presented on Thursday, December 15 at
7:00 p.m. at the BJ Haan Auditorium, Dordt College. All the school’s music ensembles will participate. A free
will offering will be received for the Music Department. Come and celebrate the birth of the King!

Join us for the annual Pink Out event at Unity Christian High School on December 17! Basketball games
between MOC-FV and Unity begin at 11:30. A silent auction will run from 11:30 through half time of the girls
varsity game. Taco Johns will be hosting a taco feed. Pre-orders of pink out t-shirts is closed but extras will be
available along with headbands on a first come first serve basis. All proceeds from this community event will
benefit local families with high medical costs.

Unity Christian High School is seeking to hire a para-professional for the 2nd semester of 2011-12. This is
an hourly part-time position of approximately 4-6 hours a day. For more information, please contact Mr. Wayne
Dykstra at 712-737-4114.

Western Christian High School invites you to their annual Christmas Concerts! The Instrumental Music
department will present their concert on Monday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. Performing will be the 727 Jazz
Band, the orchestra, and concert bands. The Vocal Music department will present their concert on Monday,
December 19 at 7:30 p.m. Performing will be the choirs and Chamber Singers. Both concerts will be held in
the WC auditorium.

The Vander Ploeg Funeral Home of Sheldon, cordially invites you and your family, relatives and friends to
attend The Holiday Memorial Service on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral
Home Chapel. This service is designed for those who are experiencing a void in their life during this Holiday
Season, due to the death of a loved one.

Young Single Adults are invited to a Bible Study on Friday, December 9, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the
Hope CRC in Hull, (1407 6th St.). We are studying "The Truth Project", Lesson 6 "History: Whose Story?" This
will be the only meeting for December. Call 712-729-3014 if you have any questions. Sponsored by area
Christian Reformed Churches.

The Sibley Christian Reformed Church invites you to the concert of the Faithful Fire Quartet which will be
given on Sunday afternoon December 11th at 3:00 p.m. in the Christian Reformed Church. The quartet
members are Richard Mack from Oto, IA, Jim Greve from Bellevue, NE, Samuel Lyon from Lincoln, NE and
Paul Rehm from Dow City, IA. Invite your friends to join you and come to hear the message they will be giving.

Justice For All is planning for the 2012 Jan-Feb-Mar Work Projects Ministry and would love to have you
join one of the teams! The work projects are wonderful opportunities to serve others but also to experience
and understand God’s Kingdom in new and important ways! Projects are being planned in Mexico, Mississippi
& Tennessee. For specific locations and dates you can check out our website –; call Pat
at 712-476-2804; or email There will be an informational/sign-up meeting on
Monday, January 9 , 2012 at the Justice For All Ministry Center – 1335 Valley Dr – Rock Valley, IA at 7PM.
You can also sign up by contacting Pat at JFA. Deadline is January 21. Please prayerfully consider joining us
– everyone can be used – you will be a blessing but also be blessed!!

The Sheldon Recreational Trails Committee is sponsoring a Belgian Waffle Supper on Monday, December
5 from 5:00-7:00pm in the Sheldon Community Services Building. Cost of the supper that will be served by
Dad’s Belgian Waffles is $6.00/person. Children ages 5 and younger are free. Proceeds will go towards to
Sheldon Trail project.

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