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Deb Behrens
David Green
Sally Zuithoff
Jeremy & Dawn
Milt & Jan Bush
Kerrie Tenboer
Pat DeShane
Eliana McDearmon
Ed Pruis
Shelley Tiesman
Mark Coons
Mitch Meinsma
Matt Kuehl
Arlyn & Janette
Kasey Wiersema
Ken & Karla Burn
Diane Williams
Jason Decker
David Sterenberg
Wade Hackbarth
Scott & Renee
Vernon Schaver
Jaicee Schmid
Betty Pruis
Kim Renkes
Caden Bielema
Alexis Bealer
Anna Hogue
Luke Millard
Michaela Millard
Pat Oostenryk
Jeff Ryder
Kasey & Samantha
Diane Renner
Connie Tenboer
Ben Carpenter
Esther Ebbers
Brenda Haan
Noah Hogue
Mike & Kim
Jerry & Sally
Rebekah Mulnix
Arnie & Linda
Kathy Green
John Mouw
       As we journey through Holy Week this year, I can’t help but think of the life, ministry, and impact of Billy Graham, who passed away a little over a month ago at the age of 99. Graham, who
of course, is best known for his crusades that filled sports arenas to standing room only, was ordained in 1939, beginning his 70 plus years of ministry marked by his burning desire to see people
hear and respond to the life-saving and life-changing gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. His Christian crusades took him from the frenzy of Manhattan to isolated African villages and
according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, he preached to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history.  The BGEA put his lifetime audience at nearly 215 million
people in more than 185 countries and territories, with "hundreds of millions more" viewing him on television, video, film and webcasts. During his life, Graham also authored 33 books.

The journey through Holy Week begins with shouts of Hosanna, the cleansing of the temple, Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, the betrayal, arrest, and sentencing of Jesus, culminating with him
being sentenced to die by crucifixion. On Friday Jesus was dead, but death could not hold him.  Christ’s resurrection conquered death, pardoned sin, and offered to everyone with ears that hear and
hearts that respond an invitation to eternity. The empty tomb not only gives you hope for the future, but ought to give you confidence for today in whatever battles you face, burdens you bear,
struggles you endure, or tears you shed.

In one of the last books he authored, “Facing Death” Graham, who at the time was frail in body but mighty in spirit, proclaimed with joy and confidence words he spoke many times during his
ministry that seem to timely this Holy Week, “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed
my address. I will have gone into the presence of God."

And the same is true for you and me. And you want to hear the best part? It’s a hundred percent free gift. Jesus doesn’t try to make you earn it or achieve it. The greatest gift from a loving God is
all you have to do is humble yourself like a child and receive what Christ has already given.  The Apostle Paul says best in Romans 10:9  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and
believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

In honor of Billy Graham and for the encouragement in your daily walk with Christ, I’d like to end by sharing some verses of the iconic hymn, “Just As I Am”  used repeatedly throughout Graham’
s ministry.

    Just as I am, without one plea, But that thy blood was she'd for me, And that Thou bidd'st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
    Just as I am, tho' tossed about, With many a conflict, many a doubt, Fightings within and fears without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
    Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve, Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
All Glory, Power, Honor, and Praise to Our Resurrected King
~Pastor Rich                                        
From Our Ministry Coordinator
Director of Youth Ministries   (job description)
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 http:
// 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
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.

Ashley Deuth and her precious unborn baby continue to be patients at
Mercy Hospital-Rockford where they keep praying for the baby to stay
where he/she is supposed to.  The longer the baby stays put the larger the
baby will be, so please pray for Dan and Ashley specifically that Baby will
not deliver until such time he/she will be old enough to thrive.

Those who are healing and recovering:
   Jean Decker, Karen McDearmon and John VanderSchaaf

Those undergoing cancer treatments:  
    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

Our servicemen and women serving our country, including:
    Jason Akker, Riley Coffey, Brad Eissens, Logan Frederick, Jacob
    Kunde, Rowdy Lathrop and Lloyd Wicker
Upcoming dates/events

  •       Sunday, Apr. 1 – NO Jr. High JAM or Sr. High YF (Easter Sunday)
  •       Saturday, Apr. 7 – 8:30-10 a.m. HS Girls’ Bible Study (off-site)
  •       Sunday, Apr. 8 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  •       Saturday, Apr. 14 – 8:30-10 a.m. HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
  •       Sunday, Apr. 15 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  •       Saturday, Apr. 21 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.-HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
  •       Sunday, Apr. 22 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  •       Saturday, Apr. 28 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.-HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
  •       Sunday, Apr. 29 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/NO Sr. High YF (Prom Weekend)
**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!
Magnifying Our Missions
Important Dates for YF Mission Team
Apr. 1 – Meat Sale Begins
Apr. 4 – 5:00 pm Manny’s Pizza Pick-up
Apr. 15 – $100 Mission Trip Payment Due
May 6 – 5:30 pm Parent Meeting in the Fireside Room, 6:00pm Student
      Mission Trip Planning Meeting, $125 Mission Trip Payment Due
May 12 – 10:00 am Meat Sale Pick-up
June 3 – 6:00pm Student Mission Trip Planning Meeting
June 24 – 6:00pm FINAL Student Mission Trip Planning Meeting
Emmanuel Men: join us for breakfast April
7th  at 8:00 am in the Christ Center! Hear some
testimonies from Iron Sharpens Iron and what’s
coming in the future of Men’s Ministry here at
April Volunteers
**Please remember… If you are unable to be here on your
assigned Sunday, it is your responsibility to make
arrangements to trade with someone.
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
Emmanuel YF Update --
While YF usually stands for Youth Fellowship, these past few months it could stand for Youth
FUNDRAISERS!!   In April we’ll launch our third and usually biggest fundraiser – the MEAT
SALE!!  So if you love the grillables from Fulton Meat Market find one of your beloved high
school YFers and place your order!  After Easter we will also embark on a weekly study on
dating and relationships.  I am thrilled to discuss this topic based upon what scripture outlines
and not what culture dictates.  My passion for this topic also comes with much trepidation, as I
want to do it well -- so I covet your Emmanuel Family prayers as I seek to engage your
students in meaningful and authentic dialogue.

“Use your freedom to serve one another in love.” – Galatians 5:13 (MSG)

In Him,
Hilary McDearmon
Emmanuel’s Annual Meat Sale will take place
April 1-29!  Contact any YF member or place
your order in the Fireside Room each Sunday
this month starting on April 8th.
No Sunday School April 1st – Easter Sunday

Looking ahead......

VBS will be June 25-29. Emmanuel will once
again be helping with the preschool and
Kindergarten kids. I will be looking for
volunteers, high school age and older. I will
need volunteers for Lessons, Music, Games,
Crafts and Helpers to lead the kids to and
from activities.

Lydia Ohlsen
Director of Children’s Ministries
The Women’s Ministry Team cordially invites all women
and girls to our Mother-Daughter Luncheon
Saturday, May 5, 2018 1-3 Emmanuel Reformed

Special Guest Jim Behrens, owner of Behrz-Bloomz in
Sterling. Luncheon courtesy of Women’s Ministry.
Please sign-up on the Christ Center bulletin board.

Any questions, please contact Robin Henard,
The Emmanuel Car Show Trophy Drive
will be held Sunday, April 8 in the Fireside Room.
There are 10 “Best of” trophies at $30 each
and 25 regular trophies at $20 each.
There also will be a basket for donations to help
with other items such as door prizes.
Emmanuel’s 6th Annual Car-Truck-Motorcycle Show
will be held Saturday, June 16th from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Any questions, see a Car Show committee member:  Lloyd DeShane, Frank Freas or Shane Adams.
Moms in Prayer meetings will be every Tuesday from 7-8pm in the
Chapel.  This is open to all moms, grandmas or any other woman
wishing to pray for our children and schools.  We are looking at
adding a day time group as well (with the hopes of having childcare
at the day one) so watch the Bulletin and Facebook page for
updates.  If you would like to know more about Moms in Prayer,
please feel free to contact me anytime.                               

Sam Wiersema, 815-718-5204 or
April’s Designated Benevolent Offering
Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services

Baptist Children’s Home began 1918 in response to a need in Illinois to care for dependent
children who were orphaned as a result of WWI and the great influenza epidemic that struck

Through the years, the Children’s Home ministry has evolved in response to the needs of children
and families. No longer a need to care for orphans, the mission changed to focus on the
dependent, neglected and/or abused children. In 1995, the name changed to Baptist Children’s
Home & Family Services to better reflect that they are more family-focused in their work.
Today, BCHFS is a multi-faceted family crisis center consisting of five ministries that work
together to protect, heal and restore struggling children and families. Whether it is helping teens in
trouble, young women with unplanned pregnancies, or Christian counseling services – BCHFS
helps those who need it most reach their full potential.

In addition to the residential youth home, Baptist Family Services also provides: 1) maternity,
adoption and foster care, 2) professional, confidential Christian counseling, 3) a Safe Families
program for preventing child abuse, and 4) international outreach in Africa.
BCHFS has a partnership with Arise Africa International and their Bukaleba Babies’ Home, located
in Bukaleba, Uganda. The orphanage is a relatively new facility which provides a home to over 50
children, age birth to 8.  As part of their Latreia International ministry, BCHFS hosts bi-annual
mission trips to the Bukaleba Babies’ Home.
More information can be found at:
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 April 22nd.

Serving Together as Christ’s Church,
The Missions Committee
Martin & Becky Koster, Tom Venhuizen, Pastor Rich
April Birthdays and Anniversaries
Pastor Rich will be offering a Profession of Faith Class for any of our youth desiring
to make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ or any youth interested in learning
more about what this means. The class will be held April 22 – May 13 during the
Sunday School hour in Pastor Rich’s office. If interested please contact Pam in the
church office so materials can be ordered.  Any questions, please contact Pastor Rich.  
Those making their profession of faith will be received during the worship service on
May 20.
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April 1, 2018

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

    I just can’t believe how quickly the year has gone!  Amazingly enough, it is time for EVOP’s eleventh annual Spring music celebration, “Say Amen!” which will be presented in three
    performances, Friday and Sunday evenings, April 13 & 15 at 7:00 p.m. and a matinee performance on Saturday afternoon, April 14 at 3:00 p.m.  Each year it seems like time goes faster, and this
    year was no exception.  It has been an awesome year and after a record setting attendance at Christmas time, we can’t wait to see what the Lord will do in two weeks!
    Moving from an all-gospel format to one that includes a huge variety of music, including a lot of worship music has been a key in drawing in a much younger audience.  While we do still
    highlight a couple of gospel selections, our move to a more contemporary format is blessing us with families with children attending, as well as young married couples.  We have been so grateful
    to see this and this will sustain our ministry for many years to come.  For this spring, our stage filled with 80 singers will energetically present music from a huge variety of musical genres.  
    Contemporary worship songs like “God is on the Move,” ”The Lord our God,” “Say Amen” “Trust in You” and “What a Savior” remind us of music heard on KLOVE.  Gospel rockers like
    “Jesus is Coming Soon & The King is Coming,” Ball Brother’s “Mercy Tree” and Jim Brady Trio’s arrangement of “The Half That’s Never Been Told” give us opportunity to revisit the days
    when gospel artists came to Emmanuel’s sanctuary.   Also included in these evenings are “Praise Medley”, a medley of Sandi Patty’s biggest hits as well as an up tempo arrangement “Joyful,
    Joyful We Adore Thee.”  As you listen, there will be times when some of you will want to clap your hands or tap your feet.  Others of you will simply smile, and most of you, at some point will
    have tears in your eyes.  Our prayer is that no one will leave our sanctuary the same way they came in.
    No tickets are needed for this 70-minute concert and a free-will offering will be received.  All ages are welcome and the church is handicapped accessible.  A fellowship hour will follow all
    performances, hosted by the women of Emmanuel.

    A free shuttle bus will be provided for one hour prior to and following all three performances.  This shuttle bus will pick up from Ebenezer Reformed Church’s parking lot just two blocks south
    of Emmanuel’s campus dropping you off at the curb in front of Emmanuel.  It is such good hospitality to leave as many parking spaces open as possible near the building, so if you are able, won’
    t you consider parking at Ebenezer and riding the bus over?  We would be so appreciative!
    Our choirs have worked hard this year.  When you see a choir member, give them a word of thanks for the ministry they provide not only our church family, but guests from many miles
    around.  What a blessings they are!

    With great anticipation,
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
(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 Wallander
April 29 – Breeanne Findley, Amber Wright, Fiona Huffstutler, Marissa Folkers
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive
Tuesday, May 8th  
12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
at Emmanuel Reformed
in the gymnasium