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.
Please pray for the Davis family.

Our Christian sympathy is expressed to Lloyd & Pat DeShane and family on the recent death of Lloyd’s
sister-in-law, Carla DeShane.  May they continue to feel God’s presence during this time.

John VanderSchaaf was able to return home last Monday. He will need to return to the hospital every day
until January 23 for a half-hour IV.  The foot looks wonderful. Praise God!  Please continue to pray for
complete healing.

Deb Wikoff had additional surgery related to her breast cancer on Thursday at CGH in Sterling.

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.
Wilma Johannsen & Betty Tegeler at Resthave.
Norma Boeck, Elwyn Nice, Roger & Marla Buikema at Windsor Manor.
Activities this week at Emmanuel
Thank you to our volunteers/servers
Jan. 13
Jan. 20

Welcome Center Hosts
Al & Donna Wagenecht
Corey & Tammy Johnson    
Betty Pruis
Al & Donna Wagenecht
Corey & Tammy Johnson    
Betty Pruis

Coffee Hour


Men’s Ministry

Exit Greeters:   

Bill Bush
Al Wagenecht
Ben Carpenter

Bill Bush
Al Wagenecht
Ben Carpenter

Attendance last Sunday – 257

Attendance last year – 251
  Total Offering to Budget Last Sunday
  2019 Income YTD to Budget:        

$     9,316.90
$     9,316.90
Emmanuel Reformed Church  Copyright 2019  All Rights Reserved
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.
    *“Sweet, Sweet Spirit”                                          

    *Welcome and Prayer
    Songs of Praise:         “At the Cross”                                  Rich Criss          
                                   “Living Hope” (new)

    Sanctuary Choir:        “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”                       
    Pastoral Prayer        
    (concluding with The Lord’s Prayer using “debts & debtors”)  

    *Hymn #4 (Vs. 1, 2, 3 & 5)  “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

    Receiving of our Tithes and Offerings
    Offertory:                  “Day by Day”                        Arr. Schubert
    *Prayer over the Gifts

    Time with the Younger Church

    Message:                 “What to Leave Behind”               Pastor Ken Zuithoff
                           Psalm 27 (page 540)
    *Closing Hymn #379 (Vs. 1 & 2) “The Haven of Rest”
    *Final Acclamation:  “The Family of God”

    *Organ Postlude: “Heaven Came Down & Glory Filled My Soul”
    9:00 a.m.…Sunday Celebration Begins!  
Today, Sunday, Jan. 13
 3:00 p.m. – Men’s Bible Study     

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

Mon., Jan. 14
 6:30 p.m. – Choir Practice                   
      7:00 p.m. – EVOP Practice  

Tue., Jan. 15
 12:30-5:00 p.m. – Blood Drive
      3:00-4:00 p.m. – Moms in Prayer     
      7:00 p.m. – YEAH Hawaii Trip Kick-off  

Wed., Jan. 16
  9:30-10:30 a.m. – Adult Bible Study      
      5:30 p.m. – Free Comm. Family Dinner
      6:00 p.m. – K-2nd / 3rd-5th DELTA    
      6:30 p.m. – Jr. High DELTA   

Sat., Jan. 19
  7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study   
       8:30-10:00 a.m. – H. S. Girls’ Bible Study
       9:00 a.m. – Consistory Budget Meeting

Youth Room


Choir Room
Choir Room

Fireside Room

Fireside Room
Sanctuary, Basement Christ Ctr
Youth Room

Youth Room
Upper Room
Jan. 14-Karine Fulton
Jan. 14-Karen Mulnix
Jan. 14-Dan Vandermyde
Jan. 15-Ezra Rodriguez
Jan. 15-Kortlyn Workman
Jan. 16-Jen Bielema
Jan. 16-Reilly Dolan
Coffee Hour Hosts needed!  Please sign up TODAY in the Fireside Room.  We really appreciate
your service!

During Pastor Rich’s leave of absence, please direct congregational emergencies to the church
office, Ministry Coordinator Rich Criss, Consistory VP Jeff McDearmon or an elder.

Next Week in Our Pulpit:  Pastor Eric Ngun, from DeKalb, previously served as pastor at Victory
Baptist Church in DeKalb and is currently serving as a chaplain in the Rockford area.

Faithwalking Retreat:   January 25th & 26th  from 9am-5pm each day at Grace Valley CRC in
German Valley, IL.  The cost is $25 and includes all materials and lunch.  If you are interested in
attending, please contact Jeff McDearmon at 815-718-5074 by January 18th.

Jr. & Sr. High Ministries are in need of donations of bottled water (16 oz. please).  Thank you!

YF Mission Team members are selling Manny’s Pizza!!  Frozen 12” pizzas are available in
Cheese, Sausage or Pepperoni, for $6.50 each.  See any YF Mission Team member to order.  
This fundraiser will run until Sun., Jan. 20th.  Pick-up/delivery date is set for Sat., February 2nd.

Choir rehearsals will resume Monday, January 14th, with Sanctuary Choir from 6:30-7:15 p.m.  
followed by Voices of Praise from 7:30-8:30 p.m.  If you have been interested in joining choir,
this would be a great time to do so as we are beginning our new music for the year and EVOP
will start preparing the new Spring Cantata, “Your Name”, which will be presented April 25, 25
& 28 at 7:00 p.m.  Come and be a part of the fun and inspiration!!  All 7th grade and older are

Emmanuel is hosting a blood drive for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center on Tuesday,
Jan. 15th from 12:30-5 p.m. in the gymnasium. Anyone who hasn’t donated since Nov. 20th  
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  Financial Giving Reports are available upon request.  Please sign up in The Christ Center
on the bulletin board if you want one for your tax purposes.

Congregational Budget Meeting – The congregation of Emmanuel Reformed Church is called to a
congregational meeting on Sunday, February 3rd for the purpose of discussing and approving the
2019 budget.  Copies of the budget will be placed in mailboxes on Sunday, Jan. 27th.
Jan. 6 – Ernie Renkes, Denny Boeck, Russ Renner
Jan. 13 – Kevin Buis, Denny Boeck, Jim Landheer
Jan. 20 – Ryan Venema, Denny Boeck, Scott Findley
Jan. 27 – Steve Hook, Denny Boeck, Jerry Lindsey
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
Jan. 6 – Amber Wright, Jess Wroble, Claire Coons, Baylee Merema
Jan. 13 – Kenzie Neubauer, Carla Bush, Hannah Wallander, Marissa Folkers
Jan. 20 – Kim Vandermyde, Sarah Schmidt, Anna Lindstrom, Sarah Wallander
Jan. 27 – Ken & Carol Stralow, Alli Hogue, Kayla Carpenter
Jan. 6 – Connor Roberts and Corbin Allen
Jan. 13 – Cael Wright and Megan Folkers
Jan. 20 – Gabbi Stichter and Joshua McDearmon
Jan. 27 – Luke Carpenter and Ethan Farrand
Jan. 6 – Corey & Tammy Johnson and family
Jan. 13 – Brock & Dawn Huffstutler and family
Jan. 20 – Kristy & Peyton Emerson
Jan. 27 – Karine Fulton
Screens/DVD Operators
Jan. 6 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
Jan. 13 – Addi Wiersema and Sarah Wallander
Jan. 20 – David Stralow and Jacob Schlegel
Jan. 27 – Thomas Dauphin and Mitchell Johnson
Feb. 3 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
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!

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Opportunities to serve your church at Emmanuel:
Nursery Workers (adult and 7th-12th grade):  contact Pam Muur in the church office.  
Sound Technician: see Matt VanDrew at the sound booth
Funeral Committee: contact Kathie VanderVinne
Bread of Life Ministry: contact Michele VanBuren
Welcome Center Hosts: contact Al Wagenecht
Thank you for the thoughts, prayers and cards that I have
received.  I also appreciated the Christmas visits and treats.  And to
those who deliver the bulletins to me, I am grateful for your kindness.
                                                                   Wilma Johannsen
Free Community
Family Dinner

Menu for Jan. 16:
(Brittany VanDrew
& Lynelle Criss, cooks)
Tater Tot Casserole
Tossed Salad
Dinner Roll

Jan. 16-Arlyn & Jane VanZuiden
Jan. 16-Terry Mayfield
Jan. 16-Don Tegeler
Jan. 17-Daniel Deter
Jan. 17-Tate Kuehl
Jan. 17-Susan Schuler
Jan. 19-Darlene Hook
Jan. 19-Kris Schmidt