Welcome to Elim Reformed Church Today’s Participants Sunday, October 2, 2011 Ushers: DeWayne Adams & Brad Engelkes Greeters: Maynard & Fran Bruns Our Mission – To glorify God by knowing Christ, growing in Christ, and making Him known. Next Week’s Participants Ushers: DeWayne Adams & Brad Engelkes *Indicates that you are requested to stand if able Greeters: Wayne & Linda Buettner The Approach to God What’s Happening This Week Prelude – Bev Kearns Wednesday 1:30 pm Ladies Aid Call to Worship Thursday 11:45 am Ladies Aid Outing to White Pines *Hymn of Praise # 320 – How Firm a Foundation Dinner Theater *Prayer of Praise Next Sunday 9:00 am Sunday school Prayer of Confession 10:00 am Communion Assurance of Pardon Consistory Nomination Ballots DUE! The Law of God – Responsive Reading 35 (The Moral Law) p.621 *Hymn # 327 – Trust and Obey Elim News Greeting of Friends and Welcoming of Guests This morning we welcome Rev. Norm Shirk to our pulpit. We Ministry of Music – Chuck Kearns greatly appreciate his filling in for Pastor Gerry today. Pastor Gerry and Jan are spending some time with family in Iowa The Word of God in Proclamation this weekend following the passing of Gerry’s uncle from injuries Scripture: Galatians 5:19-26 suffered in a farm related accident this past week. Sermon: Proof of Purchase Today there will be two offerings. The first offering will go towards the Benevolent Fund and be taken during the normal The Response to God offering spot. The second offering is a special offering for RCA Offering churches and families affected by Hurricane Irene. More details *Doxology are given in today’s bulletin insert. This offering will be taken *Prayer of Dedication during the singing of the last hymn. Sharing of Joys and Concerns Congregational Prayer Ladies Aid meets Wednesday, October 5 at 1:30 p.m. Cynthia *Hymn of Dedication # 381 – It Is Well with my Soul Donnelly will lead the lesson “Praying with Psalms.” Closing [Special Offering will be taken during hymn for Hurricane Irene victims] Moments are with Marge Bruns. Refreshment Hostess is *Benediction Eleanor Bonte. Don’t forget Thursday is the White Pines Outing. *Closing This month’s observance of the Lord’s Supper has been rescheduled for next Sunday, October 9. If you are unable to Please join us downstairs after the service for coffee and fellowship. attend the service and would like to receive communion, please contact Pastor Gerry. ***CONSISTORY NOMINATION BALLOT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9*** Also, the list of those ineligible for nomination to consistory was in error on the letter you received in the mail. Please note that the following is correct. Members not eligible to be nominated at this time are: Linda Buettner, Roger Hayenga, Norma Swanson, Dennis Alderks, Ron Adams, Arlene Hansen, Julie Mann, and Mary Ellen Rahn. Also, on the eligible list substitute Joe Mann for Julie Mann. Please prayerfully complete your consistory nomination ballot and return it to the ballot box located in the narthex by Sunday, October 9. If you did not receive a ballot, please contact Pastor Gerry as soon as possible. The Elim and Phone Address Directory will be updated very soon. Please check the front bulletin board in the narthex Elim Reformed Church and review not only your information but also any 140 S Church Rd. Kings, IL 61068 information of family members that do not attend Elim Office: 815.562.6811 Parsonage: 815.645.6056 Cell: 815.708.2869 regularly. Feel free to add email addresses as well if you www.goelimchurch.org would like. Contract Extension: The consistory has had informal conversations with Pastor Gerry about extending his contract for an additional year (to April 30, 2013.) If anyone would like to have input on this matter you are encouraged to contact one of the consistory members before the October consistory meeting. Meal Train for Sam & Harriet Gocken: Those that have signed up to bring a meal have been registered on the website. Please check the sign-up poster for other available dates in October and sign-up if you are interested. The availability of that date will be confirmed with the website and you next week. If you would prefer to sign up on the website yourself, email email@example.com so that you can be forwarded a specific link to Sam & Harriet’s page. Once you are on the webpage, you will need to set up your own ‘meal train’ account. All that is required is your name, email, and selecting a password. Please continue to pray for Harriet who is in the process of receiving chemo treatments. Today we will take up a special offering for those touched by the hurricane Irene flooding. There was a lot of damage to RCA churches and many RCA families were affected. The funds we collect will be channeled through the RCA agencies seeking to help especially RCA churches and families. To get a sense of the situation we offer this by Tom DeVries, the new General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America. Reflections on Irene Flooding: What It Means to Be God's People Tom De Vries, general secretary of the Reformed Church in America, spent Labor Day weekend visiting churches in New York and New Jersey that had been impacted by Hurricane Irene. Below are his thoughts from his time in New Jersey. Hillsborough, New Jersey, becomes an island when the creeks begin to rise around it. The Raritan River flows gently across the street from South Branch Reformed Church…at least today. That was not the case when Hurricane Irene came through the neighborhood. On September 5, as I drove over the bridge to the church with my wife, Laura, and Luis Perez, synod executive minister for the Regional Synod of the Mid- Atlantics, the muddy residue on all the trees, vegetation, and undergrowth displayed a water line that was above the top of our vehicle. This demarcation reflected the experience of many in Hillsborough and other communities in northern New Jersey. We inspected the impact on South Branch Reformed Church as pastor Steve Eckert walked us through the building. Most of the damage was in the basement. Flooding wiped out the kitchen facilities, community preschool rooms and equipment, two boilers, and carpet and flooring. The drywall and baseboards had already been removed four feet up the wall. Pastor Steve, a fire and rescue volunteer, shared how there were more than 300 rescues within the community the previous weekend as the storms were coming through. It was affirming to hear him tell us of other classis pastors from the Delaware-Raritan Classis who had responded and helped with the clean-up of the church, serving side-by-side with congregation members. South Branch is moving toward recovery, but it will take time, money, and ongoing help. Hillsborough Reformed Church is also located in this community, and Fred Mueller is the pastor of this congregation, started in 1766. The river flooded the parsonage, both basement and first floor, and the carpet and furniture were already removed as we examined the effects of the hurricane. Across the street, the church building experienced flooding that caused the backing up of the septic system into the church basement. The basement houses the church offices, children's classrooms, and music room. All contents will be destroyed. Drywall and baseboards will also be removed. As we spoke with members of the congregation, it was encouraging to hear the ongoing vision for ministry in the community, even in the midst of challenging loss. Further down the river is Griggstown Reformed Church. David Leung Kahler is pastor of this congregation in Princeton, New Jersey. He showed us the boiler that was flooded, the parsonage basement that had also flooded, and the results of a 60-foot tree that had blown down, catching a corner of the parsonage roof. The majority of clean-up had already taken place, and it was great to hear how Reformed Church of Willow Grove and Stanton Reformed Church had already sent volunteer groups to serve and help during this time of need. Our final stop was in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. Pompton Reformed Church was not directly impacted by Hurricane Irene, but desired to have a direct impact. Many homes and families in this community suffered damage from the storms and flooding, and the city asked the church to become a center for clothing, food, bedding, and toy distribution. The church opened its doors and hearts, and the donations have been overwhelming—so much so that they've run out of room! Under the leadership of pastors Debbie Rundecker and Tom Bartha, this ministry to the community is designed to reach out and extend Christ's love to the many who are struggling with the effects of flooding in the Pompton Lakes area. We share Christ's love together—directed toward others, directed toward each other. Even when going through tough times, we can depend on brothers and sisters in Christ to provide help and hope. The opportunities are before us to share and serve—to offer healing to RCA congregations in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the Virgin Islands. At least 15 RCA congregations have been impacted. The clean-up and recovery will not take days or even weeks; it will take months, and perhaps even longer. As a denomination it is our time to get involved in giving and serving, sharing in taking an offering for these churches or giving a personal financial contribution to be used for rebuilding. You can also help in coordinating a group to come and help these sister RCA congregations. Information to help you take the next steps is included below. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your support. Thank you for caring. But especially, thank you for getting involved—for not standing on the sidelines, but making the effort to do something now. It is what it means to be God's people. It is what is significant about being part of the Reformed Church in America.
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