Pastor's Page October 2017
From our Pastor
Brayden Mouw
Sharon Pruis
Josh Bush
Bertha Eliasen
Ritch Lindstrom
Bill & Pat Anderson
Tami Dolan
Linda Weets
Wayne Hook
Lois Kuehl
Ray & Megan Druien
Harvey VanZuiden
Bryson Deter
Jerry Lindsey
Kristen Peters
Bob VanZuiden
Scott & Breeanne Findley
John & Morgan Bahnsen
Todd & Pam Muur
Larry & Pat Oostenryk
Russ & Diane Renner
Ethan Farrand
Zach Osborn
Kevin & Lindsay Buis
Elizabeth Schmidt
Gracyn Schmidt
Krista VanZuiden
Jason & Rachel Decker
Marcia Pruis
Mitchell Johnson
Gabriella Stichter
Ashley VanderEide
Wilma Johannsen
John VanderSchaaf
Dennis & Norma Boeck
Russ & Holly Wallander
Sarah Deter
Larry Eliasen
Margaret Good
Bryar Kuehl
John & Carolyn VanderSchaaf
Hal Snyder
Judy Wiersema
Tammy Johnson
Todd Muur
Jerry & Linda Schlegel
Austin Wikoff
Jeff Dyke
Marissa Folkers
Emma Kuehl
Alex Osborn
Rhonda Woods
Fiona Huffstutler
Donna Wagenecht
Tiny & Kathie VanderVinne
Rollie Ebbers
Robert Wiebenga
Todd & Christine Schlegel
Loren & Connie Tenboer
Chael Ohlsen
Derek Adams
Paisley Pruis
Allen & Barb Bush
Mary Hook
Ashley Kuehl
Dayton Young
Dave & Marcia Brands
Randy & Lois Kuehl
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders
    and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes
    on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:1-2)

School is out! Busses are parked. Backpacks are empty, and in a weird twist of irony are actually hanging on their designated hooks in the entryway in an orderly fashion instead of dropped right
inside the door as if the carrier just realized it might contain some infectious disease and needed to be abandoned as soon as possible!

Summer is also the busiest season of travel, trips, and vacationing. Even as I write this, the church seems a little too quiet as my friend and partner in ministry is on a well-deserved vacation with
his family.

My recent reflections on travel brought back a memorable moment from years back.
Right after Shauna and I got engaged, her grandmother was celebrating a milestone birthday in Atlanta, Georgia.
Shauna was very close to her grandmother and desired deeply for her to meet me. We made the decision to fly out and surprise her.
Actually, Shauna decided the surprise part. I would have preferred a detailed pre-printed itinerary in triplicate. I don’t do surprises.

Back to the task at hand. Maybe it was because we were young and in love and thought it would be romantic, or maybe it was because
between the two of us we only owned one decent looking suitcase, but we decided it would be a good idea to pack together in one suitcase.
Wow were we naïve! Being the modern man I am, I held the belief of marriage being 50/50, which in my mind meant half the suitcase was
mine and half was hers. In an effort to protect all parties involved, let’s just say there were some changes in the mathematic proportions as
we packed. Suddenly, we were finding it very challenging to get everything in one suitcase. At one point, I foolishly resorted to rational logic based questioning, “Do you really need that many pairs
of shoes? Are you even going to where that?” If looks could love, I was the most loved man in the world at that moment! However, one thing did become crystal clear through our exchange of
loving glances – there definitely were some items we needed to “throw off” if we didn’t want to hinder our travels.

Now let me ask a personal question for your spiritual journey. Is there any extra baggage that you’ve been holding onto into your spiritual life that it’s time to throw off, lighten the load, so that you
may walk more faithfully and humbly with the Lord your God (Micah 6:8). Right now, is there any spiritual bitterness, an unforgiving spirit, misplaced anger, unholy actions, unrepentant sin,
unkept promises, unfulfilled vows, blindness to human need, or any other excess baggage that has hindered and entangled your spiritual journey? As we live our faith during this summer season of
travel, let each of us take a closer look any spiritual baggage it may be time to let go of.

Blessed to Journey in our Faith Together,
Pastor Rich
From Our Ministry Coordinator
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.
Many families in our congregation who are suffering the loss of loved ones.
The families and marriages of our community and church.

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

Those who are healing and recovering:
Lillian Unger and John VanderSchaaf

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

Those who have long-term needs:  
Judy Becker, Linda Damhoff, Tyler Davis, Ethel VanZuiden, Jacob Green and Alex Cartwright

Those who are confined to their homes or nursing homes:
Kim Schroth in her home.
Betty Tegeler and Lillian Unger at Resthave.
Norma Boeck, Elwyn Nice, Roger & Marla Buikema at Windsor Manor.

Our servicemen and women serving our country, including:
Jason Akker, Riley Coffey, Brad Eissens, Logan Frederick, Jacob Kunde, Rowdy Lathrop and Lloyd
**Our goal is to include everyone on the Birthday and Anniversary list, however, due to the large number of members we will no longer be including inactive members or those listed in the extended family
section of our church directory.  If you have not submitted your dates or if we have inadvertently overlooked them, please let Pam know in the office.  Thank You!
June Birthdays and Anniversaries

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**Rich Criss will be out of the office from Monday, May 28 through Saturday,
June 9 enjoying a vacation to Washington, DC. He will be back for Sunday
Celebration on June 10 and will resume regular office hours on Monday, June 11.  
He will leave again on Wednesday, June 20 to enjoy a few days of vacation before
attending his annual continuing education conference. This year he will be
attending Lifeway Music's "WORSHIP LIFE" conference which will be held
Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29th.  He will be back to the office on
Monday, July 2.
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!
part-time employment
Calling all kids:
4 years old
to entering 8th grade
Magnifying Our Missions
June’s Designated Benevolent Offering
Church World Service
Church World Service (CWS) is dedicated to assisting the marginalized
and vulnerable people of the world.  CWS help the world’s poorest by
addressing basic needs like food, water, and community infrastructure.  
Also, CWS advocate for changes in policy, representing the voice of
poverty and injustice.

We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting this wonderful ministry
with a second specifically marked offering in addition to your regular
offering when it is received on June 24th.

Serving Together as Christ’s Church,
The Missions Committee

Join us for awesome adventures and discover the qualities that make us heroic in God!
June 25-29           6-8  pm.    Morrison Junior High School

Register online at:
or pick up registration forms at local churches, Odell Public Library or through the school system
Virtual Backpack (

Register by June 13: $5/child or $10/family of siblings
Register after June 13 or at the door June 25: $10/child

This event is generously sponsored by the Morrison Ministers’ Council
Upcoming dates/events
      Sunday, June 3 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF                         
                                                          Incoming 6th and 9th graders are invited to join JAM or YF starting June 3rd   
      Sunday, June 10 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/
NO Sr. High YF (6 pm-Worship Night/Ice Cream)
      Sunday, June 17 –  
NO Jr. High JAM/NO Sr. High YF (Father’s Day)
      Sunday, June 24 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
 July 1-6 – YF Mission Trip to Milwaukee, WI
Dear Emmanuel Family,
The mission trip for our youth is fast approaching!!  Please cover us all in
prayer as we prepare to build one another up, fill our hearts with God’s
word, and seek to serve those around us.  We’d also like to invite you to a
special night of worship with Brethren in Christ’s worship team, Steadfast
and Emmanuel’s worship team, 1st Sunday.  Join YF afterward for ice
cream sundaes with homemade ice cream made by Kenny Venhuizen.
“Use your freedom to serve one another in love.” – Galatians 5:13 (MSG)

In Him,
Hilary McDearmon
Important Dates for YF Mission Team
June 3 – 5:45 pm Student Mission Trip Planning Meeting
June 10 – 6:00 pm-Worship and Ice Cream Night
Sunday, June 24 – 5:45 pm FINAL Student Mission Trip Planning Meeting
July 1-6 – YF Mission Trip to Milwaukee, WI
VBS will be held June 25-29 at Morrison Jr. High School.  Emmanuel will once again
be helping with the Pre-K & Kindergarten age group this year.  We are in need of
helpers high school age or older.  A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Christ
Center. We need volunteers for lessons, music, crafts, games and group leaders. We
are also collecting toilet paper rolls. A box for them is in the Fireside Room under the
coat rack. A list of other supplies & snacks will be on a table in the elevator foyer on
Sunday, June 3. Please bring your donated items back to that table by Sunday, June 17.
If you have any questions, please contact me @ 562-212-0325.

Lydia Ohlsen
Director of Children’s Ministries
YF Mission Team
is hosting a
Worship and Ice Cream Night
Sunday, June 10
at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary
Come for praise and worship with homemade ice cream to follow.  Brethren in Christ’s
Steadfast will be kicking the night off and then Emmanuel’s 1st Sunday praise team will
close.  Homemade ice cream made by Kenny Venhuizen and served by the Emmanuel YF
Mission Team will be offered afterward.  This is also an opportunity to support missions
as we will be taking donations to cover the travel costs of the YF mission trip to
Milwaukee in July.  Hope to see you there!!
Emmanuel Reformed Church
Car-Truck-Motorcycle  Show

Saturday, June 16th
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
No Admission Fee to Look
Food Stand by:  Take It To Go
Please bring 2 canned goods for the Morrison food pantry
Registration 9–11 / Judging at 11:00 / Awards at 2:00
Pre-entry cost by June 10th is $5 and day of show is $10

The Car Show Committee needs volunteers to help during the show.
Please contact Lloyd DeShane or Scott Findley if you are able to help!
June 3 – Rollie Ebbers and Dennis Boeck
June 10 – Jeff & Deb Eissens
June 17 – Lynelle & Allysa Criss
June 24 – Larry & Bertha Eliasen
June 3 – Russ Renner, Kim Vandermyde, Ernie Renkes
June 10 – Jason McDearmon, Kim Vandermyde, Ken Stralow
June 17 – Jim Landheer, Kim Vandermyde, Jerry Lindsey
June 24 – Scott Findley, Kim Vandermyde, Scott Mouw
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
June 3 – Pam Muur, Christine Schlegel, Mackenzie Ryder, Maddie Sterenberg
June 10 – Michele VanBuren, Robin Henard, Megan Muur, Mitchell Johnson
June 17 – Anna Ryder, Sarah Schmidt, Lauren Schlegel, Claire Coons
June 24 – Katie Rodriguez, Ashley Kuehl, Derek Bush, Fiona Huffstutler
June 3 – Tristan Ohlsen and Joshua McDearmon
June 10 – Corbin Allen and Kenadi Buikema
June 17 – Sarah Stralow and Isaiah McDearmon
June 24 – Shelby Wiersema and Nathan Davis
Screens/DVD Operators
June 3 – David Stralow and Jacob Schlegel
June 10 – Thomas Dauphin and Luke Millard
June 17 – Hannah Stralow and Hannah Wallander
June 24 – Thomas Dauphin and Reilly Dolan
July 1 – Addi Wiersema and Sarah Wallander
**Please remember…
If you are unable to be here
on your assigned Sunday, it
is your responsibility to
make arrangements to trade
with someone.

    JUNE 2018  
    N E W S L E T T E R