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Activities this week at Emmanuel . . .
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 Karen & Jeff McDearmon and the entire
family on the recent death of Karen’s brother, Jerry Randecker, of Texas,
following a courageous battle with cancer.  May they continue to feel God’s
presence during this time.

Our Christian sympathy is expressed to Judy & Doug Leech, Suzi & Mike Mills
and Harvey (Arlene) VanZuiden on the recent death of Grace Boelkins.  May they
continue to feel God’s presence during this time.

Rick Buikema, son of Marilyn Akker, will be going to Northwestern Univ. Medical
Center in Chicago on Monday, Nov. 20, to repair what failed in his heart surgery
this past April.

Those who are healing & recovering:  Ruth Reed, Marion Sterenberg & Scott

Those undergoing cancer treatments: Mary Rasmussen, Jane Darby, Judy Becker,
Jake Vandermyde & 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.
Norma Boeck, Elwyn Nice & LaVerne Rose at Windsor Manor.
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

Attendance last Sunday – 268   

Attendance last year – 332
Total Offering to Budget Last Sunday:
$  8,572.00
Mortgage Balance
$  42,037.82
2017 Budget:
$ 493,116.00
2017 Income YTD to Budget
$ 374,005.50
Total needed to meet Budget:
$ 119,110.50
Nov. 20-Ryan Damhoff, Pastor Rich,
Nov. 20-Madison Schlegel, Joy Tegeler
Nov. 22-Susie Ottens,
Nov. 22-Jamie Rodriguez,
Nov. 22-John Sterenberg
Nov. 23- Renee Kuehl, Scott Meinsma
Nov. 24-Dennis Boeck, Virgil Bush,
Nov. 24-Kyle McCoy, Paul Wikoff
Nov. 25-Bill Bird, Dawn Bush
Monday thru Friday
    5:30-9:30 a.m. – Walking ministry                               Gymnasium
Mon., Nov. 20
       6:30 p.m.  – Choir Practice                          
            Choir Room
       6:30 p.m. – EVOP Practice                                      Choir Room
Wed., Nov. 22
       6:30 p.m. – Sanctuary Choir Warm-Up            
         Choir Room
       7:00 p.m. – Thanksgiving Eve Service
Thur., Nov. 23 & Fri., Nov. 24
 Church offices will be closed
Don’t miss our annual Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wed., Nov. 22 at 7
p.m. in our sanctuary! This service will include a message by Pastor Rich
and music by our choir and praise team.  Bring your family and don’t
miss this celebration of thanks!  Nursery will be provided. The offering
that evening will go to our Benevolent Fund needs.  We also encourage
you to bring non-food items for the Morrison Food Pantry as there is
always a shortage of these items.  Let’s fill the front of the Sanctuary!

We are in need of nursery workers for the Cantata performances & the
Christmas Eve Service.  If you would be willing to help out, please sign
up in the Christ Center.

Attention YEAH members: If you have not yet had a chance to pay for
the Dec. 13th “Elf” Circa 21 trip, please do so as soon as possible.  
Thank you!

Morrison Helping Hands Christmas Project 2017:  Beginning today, you
are invited to take a tag off the tree in the Elevator Foyer, purchase the
item, wrap the item (one box per tag)  and attach the tag to the top of the
package. (Please do not write anything on the packages themselves)  
**The back of the tag will have some of the child’s likes/interests, if you
would like to include some extra items in your package.  All gifts must be
returned to Emmanuel by Sunday, December 17.  The gifts purchased
will help local children in need and will be distributed through the
Morrison Food Pantry on Thursday, December 21.  Thank you for your
generous support of this project.

Sunday School Christmas Program - Join us Sunday, December 3rd  at 9:
00 a.m. for "The Colors of Christmas" performed by Sunday school
children preschool through 5th grade.

The Women’s Ministry Team is having their 4th annual Christmas Cookie
Exchange on Thur., Dec. 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room.  All of
you wonderful bakers, please bring 4 dozen cookies (with recipes) for
the exchange, along with a container to take home a variety of 4 dozen
cookies.  This year we will be having a surprise drawing for door prizes!  
Hot chocolate and tea will be provided.  Don't forget to spread the word
and invite your non-Emmanuel friends.  The more the merrier!  Any
questions, please contact Breeanne Findley at 309-267-5743 or Robin
Henard at 815-535-7193.

Mark your calendars for the 11th annual “Voices of Praise” Christmas
cantata “Adore”!!  The cantatas will be Friday & Sunday, December 15
& 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.  

Christmas Cantata Workers/Cookie Donations Needed!  Attention non-
singers: Workers are needed in various roles for the upcoming cantata
including greeters, ushers, welcome table greeters and helpers for the
fellowship hour each night.    We are also in need of homemade cookie
donations (please do not bring store-bought).  If you are able to be part in
this vital outreach ministry of our church, please sign up on the sheets on
the “Sign Up Board” near the office.

    Prelude:                     “Fanfare on Lauda Anima”           Arr. Hustad
                       Tune: “Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven”

    *Call to Worship:  “The Solid Rock”
    Welcome & Announcements
    *Greeting Family of God

    Songs of Praise:   “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)”      Rich Criss          
                             “In Christ Alone”        

    Sanctuary Choir:          “Only a Heartbeat Away”  

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

    *Hymn #264 (Vs. 1 & 3)  “Crown Him with Many Crowns”
    Giving of our Tithes and Gifts
    Offertory:     “Bist Du Bei Mir” (If Thou Art Near)         J.S. Bach
    *Prayer of Dedication

    Magnifying Our Missions

    Message Series:         The Missional Life
                           Part 9:  “Anxiety at Work”

    *Closing Hymn #177 (Vs. 1 & 2)  “Make Me a Blessing”
    *Benediction Response:  “Three-fold Amen”    
    *Postlude:                “The Rejoicing”                               G.F. Handel

Congregational Meeting – The congregation of
Emmanuel Reformed Church is called to a congregational
meeting on Sunday, Nov. 19th immediately after worship for the
purpose of electing elders and deacons. The slate for this year’s
election will be published on the church’s newsletter e-mail list
as soon as possible.
Those Serving
November 19
November 26
Sound Techs:
Matt VanDrew
Nick Becker
Matt VanDrew
Nick Becker
Projection Tech
Hannah Stralow
Hannah Wallander
Thomas Dauphin
Reilly Dolan
Isaiah McDearmon
Shelby Wiersema
Luke Carpenter
Connor Roberts
R & H Wallander
S & A Adams
Scott Findley
Tom Millard
Tim VanZuiden
Scott Weets
Tom Millard
Jerry Schlegel
Sam Wiersema
Renee Kuehl
Megan Muur
Mitchell Johnson
Carla Bush
Breeanne Findley
Mackenzie Ryder
Lauryn Kuehl
Exit Greeters:
Scott Mouw
Don Reed
Tony Wright
Scott Mouw
Don Reed
Tony Wright
Welcome Table:
Karen Mouw
Karen Mouw
Coffee Hour:   
No Fellowship Hour
Nov. 19-Bob & Lois Wiebenga
Emmanuel Reformed Church of Morrison, IL is seeking a part-time
Director of Youth Ministries (approx. 20 hours per week) We are looking
for a Christ-centered servant who has a heart for Middle School (6th – 8th
grade), High School (9th – 12th grade) and working with lay volunteers.  
The ideal candidate will be relationally gifted, servant minded, biblically
proficient and passionate about leading young lives to Christ both within
the church and the community. A detailed job description can be found on
our website at or email
inquiries with cover letter and resume to Pastor Rich Davis at If you are looking to serve a church where the
focus is on the Word of God, the Spirit of God and the Ministry of God—
Emmanuel Reformed church just might be the place for you!
Magnifying Our Missions
November’s Designated Benevolent Offering:
Christians Unite Annual Work Camp

Become a part of a FRESH movement of teenagers who will UNITE for a week
of fun, serving, lively worship and relevant teaching.
Teenagers from many of the youth groups in our region will get together to serve
the communities of Fulton, Morrison and Clinton through service projects.  
Painting houses for the disabled, elderly, widows and families that don’t have
sufficient resources to do so on their own. Our support will provide even more
resources to allow us to purchase materials to reach and bless even more people.
Please pray faithfully about how God may be calling you to give your financial
support to this local ministry reaching out to be the hands and feet of Christ. The
offering will be received on November 26th as a second offering in addition to
our regular tithes and offerings that support the ministry of Emmanuel Reformed

Serving Together as Christ’s Church,
The Missions Committee