Pastor's Page October 2017
July 1 – Mark & Becky Coons and family
July 8 – Dale & Kathy Green
July 15 – Todd & Brenda Haan
July 22 – Dan & Connie Heusinkveld
July 29 – Martin & Becky Koster
July 1 – Art Pruis, Paul Andersen, Ernie Renkes
July 8 – Don Reed, Paul Andersen, Steve Hook
July 15 – Scott Weets, Paul Andersen, Tim VanZuiden
July 22 – Bill Bush, Paul Andersen, Darryl Hogue
July 29 – YF Members
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
July 1 – Heather Lindstrom, Charme Millard, Hannah Wallander, Marissa Folkers
July 8 – Pam Muur, Nicole Reed, Hannah Stralow, Kayla Carpenter
July 15 – Katie Rodriguez, Hilary McDearmon, Baylee Merema, Alli Hogue
July 22 – Dawn Roberts, Andrea Folkers, Sarah Wallander, Michaela Millard
July 29 –Sam Wiersema, Lois Kuehl, Anna Lindstrom, Kamryn Davis
July 1 – Luke Carpenter and Megan Folkers
July 8 – Olivia Dauphin and Tristan Ohlsen
July 15 – Connor Roberts and Joshua McDearmon
July 22 – Corbin Allen and Shelby Wiersema
July 29 –Kenadi Buikema and Sarah Stralow
Screens/DVD Operators
July 1 – Addi Wiersema and Sarah Wallander
July 8 – David Stralow and Jacob Schlegel
July 15 – Thomas Dauphin and Luke Millard
July 22 – Hannah Stralow and Hannah Wallander
July 29 – 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.

    JULY/AUGUST 2018  
    N E W S L E T T E R
Pastor's Page
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then,  
and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
(Galatians 5:1)
This past May, I was honored to be asked by the town of Morrision to give the Invocation and Benediction at the annnual Memorial Day parade (plus I got to be driven around by Mark Schuler
). In our culture that’s so easily divisive and self-centered, I treasure those moments when we can celebrate in unity. While I certainly don’t agree with every polictical decision made by our
national leaders, I feel blessed to live in a land where generations of men and women have served or are currently serving so we can live in freedom.

I am so blessed, in fact, I have never known any other feeling. I was born free. My heart breaks for those around the world who are prisioners held in captivity, isolation, enslavement, or
entrapment. With all the bondage around the globe, sometimes I find myself asking who am I that I was blessed enough to be born into a life of freedom? What a gift!

In the basement of our house growing up was a wall devoted to my dad’s service in the Navy during the Korean War. Among the various pieces commenorarting his service, hung a picture of the
Aircraft Carrier he served on. Pictured in black and white is my dad as a young man in a group photo with about 12 other men.

One day, while my dad and I were in the basement playing video games, I asked him if everyone in the picture survived. Sadly the answer was no. Three of the young men pictured in such close
proximity to my dad were killed in combat. I never saw my dad cry, but I will never forget him choking up a bit saying those words. As a young kid, it was a powerful lesson and reminder that
freedom is never free. It comes with a price – sometimes the ultimate price. On days like the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, 9-11, or anytime I call to mind that black and white photo,
I am filled with an overall sense of gratitude for the gift of freedom that so many men and women have sacrificed for.  As we celebrate our gift of freedom this year, I encourage you to thank
those who have served, and lift in prayer those who are currently serving and families that have lost loved ones in service.

We must never take for granted our national freedom by forgetting the price at which it comes. I encourage you to do the same with your spiritual freedom. Never forget the One who set you
free. When we were held in bondage to sin, bearing the yoke of enslavement, Jesus Christ died to set us free. He fought the fight, paid the price, won the war, and rescued our lives so that we
might know the safety, security, and freedom found only in Him. It’s His gift given freely to us for which we never have, never will, or never could bring about by our own hands. We are set free
by the sacrifice he made. The blood He spilled. The grace He gave.  This 4th of July don’t only celebrate your country, celebrate your Chirst! Receive His gift. Praise His Name. Live daily in the
freedom only He offers!

Together in Christ,                                                                                       
   If the Son sets you free, you are really free.
Pastor Rich
From Our Ministry Coordinator…

July 1, 2018

Dear family at Emmanuel,                                                                                                       "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
                                                                                                                                                                                           John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
I was certainly reminded of these words two weeks ago as Lynelle and I, along with Allysa and her college roommate, stood at the war memorials in Washington, DC.  We stood quietly
remembering the sacrifices so many had made to preserve our freedom.  Each memorial poignantly reminded me that freedom does not come without sacrifice.  The Korean, Vietnam, World War
II and the Iwo Jima memorials told that story in such different ways, yet were all so clear.  The memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded me of the huge sacrifice he gave by fighting for
racial equality for our African American brothers and sisters.  As I looked at the huge sculpture of FDR, the lines and furrows in his face and forehead showed the strain the war had taken on
him.  Each of these vividly reinforced the truth that freedom is not free.

That turned my mind to the greatest sacrifice of all.  Jesus Christ willingly accepted death on a cross to offer for us the opportunity that we might also be free.  Free of the wages of sin being
death, free of the guilt and burden we all possess, free of the promise of eternal damnation.  No---because of his death and resurrection, we are able to stand as new, clean and sanctified people.  
Praise God for the gift and sacrifice of His son, Jesus.

My prayer for all of us is that we might embrace fully the gift of grace that God gave us.  That gift was given for each of us---no one is refused.  John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He
gave His only son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” How terrible we would feel if we gave someone a Christmas gift and that person refused it!  Accept
God’s love, accept Jesus into your life, so we may all live as a free people who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Have a wonderful Independence Day as we celebrate our freedoms that we, as Americans, are blessed with.  But never forget the ULTIMATE freedom we also have…the freedom from Jesus

With hope,
Upcoming dates/events
   Sunday, July 1 – NO Jr. High JAM/NO Sr. High YF
   July 1-6 – YF Mission Trip to Milwaukee, WI
   Sunday, July 8 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
   Sunday, July 15 –  4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
   Sunday, July 22 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
   Sunday, July 29 – 9:00 a.m. Youth Sunday -  NO Jr. High JAM/NO Sr. High YF
   Sunday, Aug. 5 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
   Sunday, Aug. 12 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
   Sunday, Aug. 19 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
   Sunday, Aug. 26 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
2018 Milwaukee, WI YF Mission Team Members
Depart July 1 @ 1:00 pm & Return July 6 @ 5:45 pm
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!
Lexi Allen                             
Alli Hogue  
Sarah Screnock
Nick Allen                
Shanna Hudson        
Joy Sipes
Paige Baker                
Jessica Jensen
Tyson Smith  
Gabby Banks                        
Steven Kramoski
Maddie Sterenberg
Kayla Carpenter
Hannah Lambdin  
Meghan Sterenberg
Claire Coons
Anna Lindstrom
David Stralow
Thomas Dauphin                
Michaela Millard
Hannah Stralow
Aaron Deter                
Megan Muur                
Taylor Stratton
Jenna Dykema       
Adam Neumann   
Grace Steines
Carver Findley                        
Molly Neumann
Faith VanderVinne
Cooper Findley                        
Hunter Newman
Noah VanZuiden
Emily Henson    
T. C. Ottens
Hannah Wallander
Kate Henson  
Anna Rinker  
Sarah Wallander
Hilary McDearmon
Jason McDearmon
Daniel Deter
Katie Tenboer
“Use your freedom to serve one another in love.” – Galatians 5:13 (MSG)
Thank you to our Emmanuel Family for the cards and gifts we received at the time of Ezra’s
birth and baptism. Katie and I pray that with our love and your support, one day he will
publically profess and dedicate his life to Christ in front of the Church.
I am immensely grateful for the reception that took place in May in recognition of my
dedication to the Emmanuel Church Youth Ministries. Thank you for the cards,
encouragements and gifts. Emmanuel isn’t just a place for Katie, Ezra and I to worship on
the weekends. It is our home, for many year’s Emmanuel has supported me in times of need
and in uncertainties. You as a Church have helped me make Youth Fellowship (YF) and
Jesus and ME (JAM) what it is today. The countless volunteers, hours, donations, support
and prayers cultivated an environment for students to study and learn about Christ in a safe
place. Please continue to keep these groups in your prayers during this time of transition.

                                                                     Gratefully Blessed, The Rodriguez Family
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center M.H.S. Key Club Blood Drive
Wednesday, July 25th
12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
at Emmanuel Reformed
in the gymnasium
Contact Kris Bielema @ 815-778-4801 to make an appointment.
Aug. 5 – Wayne & Mary Hook
Aug. 12 – Ritch & Heather Lindstrom and family
Aug. 19 – Denise Kuehl & Kevin Schisler
Aug. 26 – Terry & Brenda Mayfield
Aug. 5 – Ernie Renkes, Jeff McDearmon, Corey Johnson
Aug. 12 – Mike Damhoff, Jeff McDearmon, Al Wagenecht
Aug. 19 – Russ Renner, Jeff McDearmon, Jason McDearmon
Aug. 26 – Ben Carpenter, Jeff McDearmon, Ken Stralow
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult
Aug. 5 – Becky Coons, Lydia Ohlsen, Megan Muur, Addi Wiersema
Aug. 12 – Breeanne Findley, Carla Bush, Mackenzie Ryder, Aiden Roberts
Aug. 19 – Ken & Carol Stralow, Lauren Schlegel, Mitchell Johnson
Aug. 26 – Tammy Johnson, Amber Wright, Fiona Huffstutler, Zach Coons
Aug. 5 – Sonja Huffstutler and Gabbi Stichter
Aug. 12 – Luke Carpenter and Ethan Bush
Aug. 19 – Corbin Allen and Ethan Farrand
Aug. 26 – Nathan Davis and Cael Wright
Screens/DVD Operators
Aug. 5 – David Stralow and Jacob Schlegel
Aug. 12 – Thomas Dauphin and Luke Millard
Aug. 19 – Hannah Stralow and Hannah Wallander
Aug. 26 – Addi Wiersema and Sarah Wallander
Sept. 2 – David Stralow and Jacob Schlegel
**Please remember…
If you are unable to be here on
your assigned Sunday, it is your
responsibility to make
arrangements to trade with

Magnifying Our Missions
July & August’s Designated Benevolent Offerings
July – Victory Center in Clinton Iowa
The Victory Center is an emergency shelter located in the heart of Clinton, Iowa. Since its
inception in April of 1987, the Victory Center has been dedicated to providing services
for families, men, and women with children in need. Some of those services include: food,
temporary shelter, employment assistance, counseling and biblical spiritual guidance. The
shelter provides residence for up to 48+ people.  Three balanced nutritious meals are
served in the dining room every day. A clean change of clothes and a comfortable bed are
prepared for the needy every evening.  There are also showers, laundry facilities and a
chapel available.  Most importantly, they provide a caring and supportive environment
where lives are changed and individuals regain their self-esteem. To really know the heart
and soul of this great ministry you have to look no further than their Mission Statement
sets the direction for all they do. The Mission Statement for The Victory Center of Clinton
Iowa reads as follows: We are family of people committed to Glorify God and fulfill the
mandates of Jesus Christ; to feed and clothe the poor and equip people through Biblical,
spirit-empowered ministries. As we seek to bless their continued efforts to reach, feed,
house, love, value, and equip the poor in the Clinton area, our second offering to support
this ministry will be received on Sunday, July 22nd.
August – International Justice Mission
As the name of this Mission signifies, justice is their middle name. They minister out of their
abiding conviction that justice for the poor is possible. They exist to protect the poor from
violence in the developing world. They embrace their calling by seeking to show justice, mercy,
hope, and dignity to the “least of these.” (Matthew 25:10) They have built a global team
consisting of hundreds of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other
professionals who work through 17 field offices around the world. Wherever injustice exists
this ministry works to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors with the hope
of a new day, and to strengthen the justice system by working to stop corruption before it
starts. Seeking to embody the justice of God’s kingdom – International justice mission is
making life changing differences in such areas as sex trafficking, slavery, police brutality,
property grabbing, and citizens’ rights abuse. We will have an opportunity to come alongside
and support the efforts of this great cause when we receive our second offering on Sunday,
August 26th.   

Serving Together as Christ’s Church,

The Missions Committee
Martin & Becky Koster, Tom Venhuizen and Pastor Rich

    Waylon VanDrew
    Sarah Wallander
    Todd Haan
    Dave Wiersema
    Mary Longanecker
    Jason & Hilary McDearmon
    Ryan Hogue
    Bonnie Bush
    Derek Bush
    Loren Tenboer
    Stan Todd        
    Corbin Allen
    Frank & Doris Vandermyde
    Olivia Dauphin
    Tom & Amy Venhuizen
    Owen Temple
    Ben Brackemyer
    Jon & Rhonda Bush
    Steve & Darlene Hook
    Dan & Nancy Vandermyde
    Bob Atherton
    Linda Schlegel
    Kenny Venhuizen
    Mark & Connie Pruis        
    Paul Andersen
    Noah Challand
    Shauna Davis
    Cal & Kim Vandermyde     
    Tisha Bush
    Anna Lindstrom
    Emily Wallander
    Britney Weets
    Bill Bush
    Dave Rose
    Karla Andersen
    Gregg Dolan

    Aubrey Bush
    Nate Osborn
    Thomas “TC” Ottens
    Mary Rasmussen
    Sarah Findley
    Luke Carpenter
    Denise Kuehl
    Tom & Charme Millard
    Chad & Andrea Wolever        
    Boone Brackemyer
    Milt Bush
    Scott Findley
    Tyler Green
    Ben Tegeler
    Al Wagenecht
    Doug & Aimee Mouw        
    Sara Young
    Jim & Shelly Bierman
    Dustin & Amanda Vandermyde
    Janette Bush
    Chris Peters
    Frances Damhoff
    Art Pruis
    Bill & Dawn Bird
    Dan Deuth
    Warren Pruis
    Sandi VanDerLeest
    Martin & Becky Koster        
    Deb Eissens
    Kurt Stralow
    Sonja Huffstutler
    Doris Vandermyde
    Brock & Dawn Huffstutler        
    Melissa Sterenberg
    Doug & Clarita Vandermyde
    Morgan Bahnsen
    Kara Todd
    Vicky Workman
    Heather Lindstrom
    Jamie & Katie Rodriguez
    Pat & Sara Young       
    Bill & Alice Senior
July Birthdays and Anniversaries
August Birthdays and Anniversaries

    Warren & Marcia Pruis
    Joey Brackemyer
    Frank Freas
    Colton Kuehl
    Roger Osborn
    Dej’a Williams
    Howdy Mills
    Dave & Judy Wiersema
    Jason Smith
    Isaiah Venema
    Lynette Damhoff
    Thomas Dauphin
    Jeff & Kathy Dyke
    Doug & Judy Leech
    Jean Decker
    Daniel Mouw
    Linda Snyder
    Cory & Jennifer Bielema
    Gregg & Tami Dolan
    Megan Muur
    Darrell & Janice Workman
    Brenda Mayfield
    Christine Schlegel
    Tosha Venema
    Gary & Dawn Meyer
    Shelly Bierman
    Lloyd DeShane
    Jason VanderEide       
    Jane VanZuiden
    John & Samantha Sterenberg        
    Alex Cartwright
    Zach Cartwright
    Jeff Henard
    Dylon Smith
    Zach Coons
    Dick Ebbers

    Jeff & Anna Ryder
    Fred Hadley
    Gerry Meinsma
    Dan & Ashley Deuth
    Arleen Alvarado
    Amy Venhuizen
    Hannah Wallander
    Zach Meinsma
    Morgan Mouw        
    Jerry Schlegel
    Doug Mouw
    Mike McCoy
    Josh Renner
    Lillian Unger
    Tom Green
    Luke & Ashley Kuehl        

    **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 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!

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    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:
    Vicky Workman, Ron Garwick, John VanderSchaaf, Janice McCoy, Tim Ebbers and Lillian Unger

    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 Wicker
Men’s Ministry is hosting a family day out
at the ballpark.  Join us Sunday, July 29th
at LumberKing Stadium when the Clinton LumberKings
take on the Peoria Chiefs. Game time is at 2:00 pm.  
Bring a church bulletin to the game and get $4 tickets.  
We will plan on sitting together in the
same section to enjoy the game and fellowship.
Emmanuel Men:  Join Men’s Ministry for a cookout at the church on
August 3rd from 5:00-8:00 pm. We will provide the main dish and drinks, please
bring a dish to pass. A sign-up sheet will be put up in the Christ Center soon.  
Please sign-up, so we know how much meat to get. Invite a friend and enjoy a
fun night of fellowship!