9:00 a.m.…Sunday Celebration begins!

    *“Alleluia! Alleluia!” (Ode to Joy)  

    *Welcome and Prayer

    Songs of Praise:         “Majestic”                                           Crosswalk    
                           “You Are My King (Amazing Love)”
                           “Now That You’re Near”
    Sanctuary Choir:          “He Never Failed Me Yet”
    Pastoral Prayer                                                      
    (concluding with The Lord’s Prayer using “debts & debtors”)

    *Hymn #268 (Vs. 1 & 4) “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”

    Prayer over the Giving of our Tithes and Offerings
    Magnifying Our Missions 2nd Offering: Baptist Children’s Home  

    Time with the Younger Church

    Message Series:         Resurrection Living – Week 3
    *Closing Hymn #415 (Vs. 1 & 3) “Victory in Jesus”

    *Final Acclamation:  “Because He Lives” (chorus only)
    *Organ Postlude:         “Easter Song”                                   Arr. Rich Criss

    As you leave the Sanctuary, remember you are now entering your
    mission field!

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Sundays at Emmanuel
8:30 a.m. – Sanctuary Choir Warm-Up                      Choir Room
9:00 a.m. – Blended Worship Service                            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
Activities this week at Emmanuel
Please uphold in prayer . . .

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

Our Christian sympathy is expressed to Nancy Tucker and her family on the
recent death her mother, Kathryn Pruis, of Resthave.  May they continue to feel
God’s presence during this time.

Brayden Deuth, infant son of Dan & Ashley Deuth, remains in the NICU at
Mercy Hospital of Rockford.

Those undergoing cancer treatments: Pat Dykstra, Mary Rasmussen, Jane
Darby, Jake Vandermyde, Jonelle Hook & Anita Gillard

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

Kim Schroth in her home.
Betty Tegeler & Lillian Unger at Resthave.
Norma Boeck, Elwyn Nice, Roger & Marla Buikema at Windsor Manor.
Attendance last Sunday – 243
Attendance last year – 250
Total Offering to Budget Last Sunday:
$ 10,055.00

Cantata attendance – 1,053


    Mortgage Balance

$  27,915.28

    2018 Income YTD to Budget
    2018 Budget:
$ 475,550.00
    Total needed to meet Budget:
$ 355,428.26
TODAY, Apr. 22
   10:15 a.m. – Profession of Faith Class

    NO Sr. High YF

Pastor Rich’s
Monday thru Friday
    5:30-9:30 a.m. – Walking ministry   

Tue., Apr. 24
    8:00-9:30 a.m. – Women’s Bible Study  
       7:00-8:00 p.m. – Moms in Prayer      

Wed., Apr. 25
  9:30 a.m. – Adult Bible Study   

Fireside Room
Thur., Apr. 26
      8:15-9:15 a.m. – Moms in Prayer

Sat., Apr. 28
       NO  H. S. Girls’ Bible Study         

Coffee Hour Hosts continue to be needed!  Please sign up in the
Christ Center today.

Emmanuel H. S. YF Annual Meat Sale: TODAY is the final day to
order/make payments in the Fireside Room after church! Please make
checks payable to Emmanuel YF. Pick up date is set for Sat., May 12th 9:
30-11:00 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Christ Center.

2018 Profession of Faith Class begins TODAY! The class will be held
April 22-May 13 during the Sunday School hour in Pastor Rich’s office.
Those making their profession of faith will be received during our Sunday
Celebration on May 20.

Women’s Ministry Bible Study:  Women of Emmanuel, you  are invited to
join a Tuesday morning Bible study which begins this Tuesday, April 24.  
The Quest, by Beth Moore, is a 6-week study which will run April 24 –
May 29 from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Chapel. More information is available on
the sign-up sheet. Please sign up today in the Christ Center!  

Moms in Prayer meetings are held every Tuesday, 7-8 pm and every
Thursday, 8:15-9:15 am in the Chapel.  This is open to all moms,
grandmas or any other woman wishing to pray for our children and
schools.  If you need childcare to be provided at the Thursday morning
meetings, please contact Breeanne Findley, 309-267-5743.  

The Women’s Ministry Team will hold a Mother-Daughter Luncheon on
Saturday, May 5th  from 1:00-3:00 p.m. here at Emmanuel .  All women
and girls are invited!  Special guest will be  Jim Behrens, owner of Behrz-
Bloomz in Sterling.  Please sign-up on the Christ Center bulletin board.  
Any questions, please contact Robin Henard @ 815-535-7193.

Emmanuel will be hosting a blood drive for the Mississippi Valley Regional
Blood Center on Tuesday, May 8th from 12:30-5 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Anyone who hasn’t donated since Mar. 13th will be able to give. To make
an appointment, contact Deb Eissens @ 309-714-2008.  If you would be
willing to help out that day, sign up in the Fireside Room.  We will need set-
up/take-down people and cookie donations.

2018 Graduates:  We will be celebrating our 8th grade, high school &
college graduates during our Sunday Celebration on May 27th – so please
let the church office know your graduate’s information so we can make
the necessary arrangements.  
Screens/DVD Operators
April 1 – Thomas Dauphin and Luke Millard
April 8 – Hannah Stralow and Hannah Wallander
April 15 – Thomas Dauphin and Reilly Dolan

April 22 – Sarah Wallander and Maddie Sterenberg

April 29 – David Stralow and Jacob Schlegel
There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of
adult helpers)
April 1 – Kathy Garrett, Charme Millard, Megan Muur, Maddie Sterenberg
April 8 – Dawn Roberts, Nicole Reed, Mackenzie Ryder, Mitchell Johnson
April 15 – Andrea Folkers, Lois Kuehl, Lauren Schlegel, Derek Bush

April 22 – Samantha Wiersema, Carla Bush, Claire Coons, Hannah

April 29 – Breeanne Findley, Amber Wright, Fiona Huffstutler, Marissa
Apr. 24-Kasey & Samantha Wiersema
Apr. 27-Mike & Kim Challand
Apr. 28-Jerry & Sally Lindsey

    WELCOME TO OUR April 22, 2018 Sunday Celebration!
    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!
    The congregation and friends of Emmanuel Reformed
    Church are cordially invited to a "Thank You" reception to
    honor Jamie Rodriguez for his years of faithful ministry to
    the Jr. High and High School youth of this church and
    community.  This will be held in the gymnasium
of the Christ Center immediately following our 9 a.m. Sunday Celebration on
May 20 where he and Katie's infant son, Ezra, will be baptized.  Light
refreshments will be served.  Please help us celebrate and thank Jamie for the
years he spent as Director of Jr. and Sr. High Youth Ministries.  A table will be
available for cards or other expressions of thanks.
Coffee Hour:    Venhuizen/Meinsma        Vandermyde/Costello
Welcome Center Hosts: Al & Donna Wagenecht
                 Corey & Tammy Johnson
Post-Service Welcome Center Greeter:  
Betty Pruis
A special note to our guests:  
We are so glad you have chosen to visit Emmanuel Reformed Church.  We
are a casual, come-as-you-are family who invite you to attend our Sunday
Celebration in whatever style of clothing you are comfortable in.  As you
arrive, please visit the Welcome Center where you can find information,
coffee and a warm greeting.  Please ask anyone with a nametag on for
information or directions to places like the nursery, restrooms, Sunday
School, etc. and we will be delighted to show you where those places are.  
Although we love children of all ages in our Sunday Celebration, a staffed
nursery is available for those infant through preschool aged. Immediately
after the service, join us for cookies, lemonade and coffee in the Christ
Center (building next door.)
We are blessed you are here!
Congratulations to Bradley & Kimberly Eissens, of North Port, FL, on the
birth of their daughter, Mia Grace, who was born on April 17th.  Mia weighed
7 lbs., 6 oz. and was 18.5 inches long.  She was welcomed home by her
sisters, Peyton, Hailee & Elizabeth.  The proud grandparents and great-
grandparents are Jeff & Deb Eissens and Gerry & Marcia Meinsma.
Apr. 22-Betty Pruis, Kim Renkes
Apr. 23-Caden Bielema
Apr. 24-Alexis Bealer, Anna Hogue,
Apr. 24-Luke Millard, Michaela Millard,
Apr. 24-Pat Oostenryk, Jeff Ryder
Apr. 25-Diane Renner, Connie Tenboer
Apr. 27-Ben Carpenter, Esther Ebbers,
Apr. 27-Brenda Haan, Noah Hogue
Thank you all for your prayers, cards and concerns after my recent surgery
and recovery.  It was very much appreciated.  Dale Green
April 1 – Roger & Marla Buikema
April 8 – Sandy Buikema
April 15 – Kevin & Lindsey Buis and family

April 22 – Ken & Karla Burn/John & Morgan Bahnsen

April 29 – Allen & Barb Bush


April 1 – Scott Findley, Ed Pruis, Jerry Lindsey
April 8 – Scott Mouw, Ed Pruis, Art Pruis
April 15 – Don Reed, Ed Pruis, Scott Weets

April 22 – Ernie Renkes, Ed Pruis, Tim VanZuiden

April 29 – Bill Bush, Ed Pruis, Steve Hook

April 1 – Isaiah McDearmon and Megan Folkers
April 8 – Luke Carpenter and Nathan Davis
April 15 – Olivia Dauphin and Tristan Ohlsen

April 22 – Connor Roberts and Joshua McDearmon

April 29 – Corbin Allen and Shelby Wiersema