All who have yet to trust the Savior Jesus.
The persecuted church around the world.
The world, national & state leaders.
Those battling addictions in their lives.
The families & marriages of our community & church.

The Missionaries our Emmanuel family supports: the Fields’ serving in Columbia; the McCleerys
serving in Latin America; the Pitchers serving in South Africa; the Smith-Mathers serving in South
Sudan & the Sundararajans serving  in India.
Our college students currently studying abroad: Allysa Criss in Bangor, Wales, Eryn Young in London,
England & Allyssa Renner in Spain on a mission trip through March 26th.
Please pray for the Davis family.

Our Christian sympathy is expressed to Judy Smith and family on the recent death of her mother-in-
law, Marianna Smith at Resthave, formally of Fulton. Services were held Friday in Fulton. May they
continue to feel God’s presence during this time.

Aggie Drane, mother of Pat Dykstra, fell a few weeks ago and has been recovering from pelvic and
neck fractures in a Lena, IL, nursing home.

Jennifer Schuler will be having surgery related to her pregnancy at OSF in Peoria on Monday, March
18. Please pray for a successful procedure and safety for her and the baby.

Those who are healing & recovering: Lloyd DeShane, Allen Buikema, & Julie Workman Jordan and to
those who have long-term needs: Linda Damhoff, Jacob Green, Dawson Sterenberg & John

Those undergoing cancer treatments: Nancy Rutledge, Pat Dykstra, Mary Rasmussen, Jake
Vandermyde & Jonelle Hook

Our servicemen and women serving our country, including Jason Akker, Riley Coffey, Brad Eissens,
Logan Frederick, Jacob Kunde, Rowdy Lathrop & Lloyd Wicker  

Kim Schroth in her home.
Betty Tegeler & Lois Wiebenga at Resthave.
Norma Boeck, Elwyn Nice, Roger & Marla Buikema at Windsor Manor.
Activities this week at Emmanuel
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8:30 a.m. - Sanctuary Choir Warm-Up                         Choir Room
9:00 a.m. – Sunday Celebration                                       Sanctuary
10:15 a.m. – Men’s Ministry “Take Ten”            Front of Sanctuary
10:15 a.m. – Coffee & Fellowship Time                      Christ Center
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School                                    Entire Campus
4:00-5:30 p.m. – Jr. High JAM                                    Youth Room
6:30-8:00 p.m. – Sr. High YF                                      Youth Room
**Please remember… If you are unable to be here on your assigned Sunday, it is your
responsibility to make arrangements to trade with someone.
    *“How Majestic is Your Name!”                                          
    *Welcome and Prayer                       
    Songs of Praise:                 “Lord, You Are Good”     led by Huntley Brown     
                                           “I Stand Amazed”
                                           “Lord, I Need You”        

    Sanctuary Choir:        “Lord, You’re Holy”     Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

    Pastoral Prayer                                                      Hilary McDearmon
    (concluding with The Lord’s Prayer using “debts & debtors”)  

    *Hymn #298  (Vs. 1, 2 & 3)  “To God Be the Glory”
    Receiving of our Tithes and Offerings
    Offertory:                “Holy Spirit Medley”                 
    *Prayer over the Gifts
    Magnifying Our Missions

    Scripture:                Mark 10: 46-52 (page 981)

    Message:                  “Lessons from the Life of Bartimaeus”     

    *Closing Hymn #122  (Vs. 1 & 3)  “Because He Lives”

    *Final Acclamation:    “His Glorious Name”  (Tune: Finlandia)
    *Postlude:                  “Jesus Shall Reign with Lord Reign in Me!”     
    As you leave the Sanctuary, remember you are now entering your mission field!
    9:00 a.m.…Sunday Celebration Begins!  
Today, March 17
    3:00 p.m. – Huntley Brown Piano Concert  

Monday thru Friday
    5:30-9:30 a.m. – Walking ministry            

Mon., Mar. 18
    6:30 p.m. – Choir Practice                     
         7:30 p.m. – EVOP Practice                      

Tue., Mar. 19
    3:00-4:00 p.m. – Moms in Prayer

Wed., Mar. 20
    9:30 a.m.  – Adult Bible Study
    6:00 p.m. – Women’s Bible Study

Thur., Mar. 21
    6:00 p.m. – Women’s Bible Study

Sat., Mar. 23
    8:30-4:55 p.m. – Men’s Iron Sharpens Iron



Choir Room
Choir Room  




Mar. 17-Adam Lindstrom
Mar. 18-Zach Schuler
Mar. 19-Emerson Vegter

Mar. 20-Pam Muur
Mar. 21-Judy Leech
Mar. 23-Patti Nice
Coffee Hour Hosts continue to be needed!  Please sign up in the Christ Center today.

Special thanks to Huntley Brown for leading the praise songs and delivering the message today.  
Join us later today at 3:00 p.m. as he will give a fantastic piano concert in our sanctuary. No
tickets needed, but a love offering will be received to help further his ministry.

Rich Criss will be out of the office on vacation from Thursday, March 21 through Tuesday,
April 2 as he and Lynelle go visit Allysa in Wales, UK.  Please pray for safe travels and good
health on this trip.  Rich plans to return to the office on Wednesday, April 3.

Please direct congregational emergencies to the church office, Ministry Coordinator Rich Criss,
Consistory VP Jeff McDearmon or an elder.

Next Week in Our Pulpit:  Mike Stralow, a son of our church, lives in Palatine, IL, and is the
Director of National Partnerships, at Jill’s House, a Christian nonprofit that provides short term
overnight respite care to families raising children with profound intellectual disabilities.  

Congregational Budget Meeting – The congregation of Emmanuel Reformed Church is called to a
congregational meeting on Sunday, March 31st for the purpose of discussing and approving the
2019 budget.  Copies of the budget will be placed in mailboxes NEXT Sunday, Mar. 24.

Summer Mission Workers: If you are a high school or college age student intending to participate
in a summer mission trip, outside the YF mission trip to S. Dakota, please contact Martin Koster
@630-672-3029 or another member of the missions committee to discuss your trip funding.

Iron Sharpens Iron this Saturday, March 23rd: Men it's not too late to sign up for ISI. If you
want to go but finances are in the way, contact Scott Findley. We have scholarships available.

Men's Breakfast Saturday, March 30th:  Men join us for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Fireside
Room. This will be a great time to hear testimony from Iron Sharpens Iron, connect with other
men in the community and to hear what's coming in the future of Men's Ministry. Please sign up
in the Christ Center by Wed., March 27.

Women’s Ministry will be hosting a Priscilla Shirer simulcast on April 6th from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
in the Fireside Room.  Cost is $26 which includes lunch.  There will be a sign up table in the
Fireside Room during the fellowship hour each Sunday through March 31st.  

Missing Coat:  A men’s L or XL black leather coat was taken by accident on Sunday, March 3
from the coat rack in the Fireside Room.  The owners name is on the inside of the coat.  Please
check to see if you may have this coat. An XL St. Johns black leather coat is hanging in the
Fireside Room waiting to be exchanged.
The Gathering:  As we countdown the start of Sunday Celebration, we welcome all of you to gather and move about in the
Sanctuary to connect with other brothers and sisters, visit, offer a welcome to our guests and prepare to experience God in a very
special way.  Feel free to bring your coffee in if you wish…this is a place for us to grow in a comfortable manner.  This is the day the
Lord has made…we are going to rejoice!
Mar. 21-Jason & Ashley VanderEide

Mar. 22-Al & Donna Wagenecht

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Mar. 3 – Arlene McBride & Harvey VanZuiden
Mar. 10 – Mike & Dana McCoy
Mar. 17 – Luke & Ashley Kuehl and family
Mar. 24 – Richard & Janice McCoy
Mar. 31 – Jeff & Karen McDearmon
Mar. 3 – Corey Johnson, Jason McDearmon, Ernie Renkes
Mar. 10 – Daniel Deter, Jason McDearmon, Ben Carpenter
Mar. 17 – Kevin Buis, Jason McDearmon, Russ Renner
Mar. 24 – Al Wagenecht, Jason McDearmon, Ryan Venema
Mar. 31 – Jim Landheer, Jason McDearmon, Scott Findley
Mar. 3 – Luke Carpenter and Ethan Bush
Mar. 10 – Connor Roberts and Cael Wright
Mar. 17 – Corbin Allen and Joshua McDearmon
Mar. 24 – Gabbi Stichter and Megan Folkers
Mar. 31 – Ethan Farrand and Ethan Bush
Mar. 3 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
Mar. 10 – Thomas Dauphin and Jacob Schlegel
Mar.. 17 – Addi Wiersema and Isaiah McDearmon
Mar. 24 – Thomas Dauphin and Mitchell Johnson
Mar. 31 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
Apr. 7 – Thomas Dauphin and Jacob Schlegel
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
Mar. 3 – Nicole Reed, Tammy Johnson, Addi Wiersema
Mar. 10 – Janae Janssen, Lois Kuehl, Aiden Roberts
Mar. 17 – Breeanne Findley, Jess Wroble, Fiona Huffstutler
Mar. 24 – Kenzie Neubauer, Carla Bush, Claire Coons
Mar. 31 – Kim Vandermyde, Sarah Schmidt, Marissa Folkers
EVOP Spring Cantata
(click to view)
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Spring
semester of Wednesday night suppers and DELTA Club!  
The weather caused many challenges this winter, but we
are so grateful to all who remained flexible during these
times.  The impact DELTA had on our community's
young people and the Wednesday night suppers made on
a mix of generations is a testament to the ministry at
Emmanuel.  Thank you Lydia, Sam and Jamie for their
leadership of DELTA Club and to the volunteers who
assisted them.  Thank you to Wednesday night supper
cooks: Ritch & Heather Lindstrom, Lydia Ohlsen, Lynelle
Criss, Brittany VanDrew and to Donna Todd who baked
cookies and cakes for dessert.  Thank you to those who
set up tables, helped serve, cleaned up, poured milk and
participated in this vital ministry.  We look forward to
resuming our DELTA Club and the meals
mid-September.  To God be the glory!

Attendance last Sunday –  197

Attendance last year – 229
Total Offering to Budget Last Sunday
2019 Income YTD to Budget:        
$    11,315.00
$    76,243.22
Magnifying Our Missions - March’s Designated Benevolent Offering:
Support for Emmanuel - Summer Mission Workers

For March 2019, the Magnifying Our Missions special fourth Sunday offering will go towards
supporting college age youth from the Emmanuel family who are spending their summer serving the
Lord doing mission work. In anticipation of some our young people following a call to mission
work over the summer months, we wish to be prepared as a congregation to offer them financial
support. This is our chance not only to celebrate God’s call to serve, but our opportunity to offer
financial assistance as each must raise their own funding. Depending on the money available, each
participant will be funded up to cost of their trip, and only through their sending organization. At the
consistory’s discretion, additional money may be provided to the sending organization for the
purchase of supplies on the participant’s behalf. Please join us for worship throughout the coming
months to hear more from our young people who will be devoting their summer to Christian
service. Please prepare your hearts for our Magnifying Our Missions offering on Sunday, March
24th. Thanking You in Advance for Your Prayers and Generosity.

Serving Together as Christ’s Church,
The Missions Committee
Martin & Becky Koster, Tom & Amy Venhuizen, Corey & Tammy Johnson and
Russ & Holly Wallander
F.U.E.L. Nursery:        
    K Rodriguez/L Ohlsen        
Exit Greeters:              
    Denny Boeck                        
    Ken Stralow                        
    Mike Damhoff                
Coffee Hour:                
Pre-Service Welcome Center Hosts:
    Al & Donna Wagenecht, Corey & Tammy Johnson                
Post-Service Welcome Center Greeter:  
    Betty Pruis        
March 14
Steve & Dar Hook

Denny Boeck
Ken Stralow
Mike Damhoff