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Pastor’s Page March 2018
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give
an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope
that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:15
F E B R U A R Y   V O L U N T E E R S
**Please remember… If you are unable to be here on your
assigned Sunday, it is your responsibility to make arrangements to
trade with someone.
Bill Anderson
Kim Vandermyde
Pat Anderson
Lilyana Deter
Scott & Linda
Pat Mills
Dewey &
Karen Mulnix

Stan Merema
Martha Smith

Dawson Kuehl
Paul Vandermyde

Ron Garwick
Kaleb McCoy

Allen Bush
Jeremy Roberts

Conner Bealer
Al Ohlsen
Ashley Damhoff
Scott & Missy
Mike Longanecker
Jacob Tegeler

Adam Lindstrom

Zach Schuler

Pam Muur
Judy Leech
Jason &

Al & Donna

Denielle Peters

Jamie Dauphin
Jacob Ruchotzke
Dave Brands
Luke Kuehl
Sally Lindsey
Paul & Deb Wikoff
Becky Coons
Jordan Wright
Bill & Carla
Rustin Lindsey
Faith Green
Eryn Young
Sarah Stralow
Sarah Stralow
March Birthdays and Anniversaries
Along with some great volunteers, I’ve had the pleaseure of being part of our Junior High Delta Program on Wednesday nights while we continue to pray for the
Director of Youth Ministries position to be filled.  Each week, anywhere from 30-50 junior high students from the church and community gather in the Youth Room
for a time of Christ-centered teaching, fellowship, and of course some chaos mixed in

For the last few weeks, we have been unpacking Peter’s confession of Christ from Matthew 16. In this moment, Peter goes from following Jesus to pro
Jesus. With the crowds around him increasing rapidly in number, Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” (Mt. 16:13). The disciples report what

they’ve been hearing as they tell him, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others Jeremiah or the one of the prophets.” (Mt. 16:14) Then Jesus
suddenly shifts the focus of his question from public opinion to personal commitment by asking the most life-changing, soul-searching, eternal impacting question
spoken to the human heart,  “But what about you? Who do you say that I am?” (Mt. 16:15) Peter breaks the silence by bursting forth, “You are the Christ, the Son of
the living God.” (Mt. 16:16) From that moment, through word and witness, faith and fear, confidence and confusion, throughout his life until
his death,  Peter would
bear a daily witness to the gift, the gravity,
and the glory of his proclamation!

During this season of Lent I want to challenge you to consider your
own witness to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?”  What do your words say about
Him? What do your actions say about him? What does your worship say about Him? What do your relationships
say about him, what do your prayers say about him?
How is your response reflected in your daily witness?

Let me close with the lyrics to a song someone recently shared with me. The song touched my heart as it caused me to put my own spiritual life to the mirror and
caused myself to ask the question, Who am I saying Jesus is? May you reasonate with these lyrics and allow them to move from being words on a page to a prayer in
your heart.

Take away the melody - Take away the songs I sing - Take away all the lines                                        
And all the songs you let me write - Does the man I am today - Say the words you need to say –
Let them see you, In me - Let them hear you, When I speak - Let them feel you, When I sing –
Let them see you - Let them see you in me - Who am I without your praise - Another smile,
Another face - Another Breath, A Grain of Sand - Passing quickly through your hand - I give my life,
An offering Take it all take everything - Let them see you, In me - Let them hear you, When
I speak Let them feel you, When I sing - Let them see you - Just let them see you in me
                                                                                    ~ JJ Weeks Band “Let Them See You”

Together in Our Faith,

Pastor Rich        
March, 2018

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

It is so hard to believe that time has moved in such a way that we have entered the season of Lent!  It seems like the Christmas decorations have just come down.  The snow is melted,
and the last couple of days I have felt some warmer temperatures. (Although YEAH was spoiled with weather in the 70’s a few days while we were in Dallas…quite the teaser!!)  Yes, we
are looking forward to feeling the warmth of Spring stick around.  At least days are becoming notably longer and soon we will be able to enjoy the outdoors again!

And so in a short time we enter Holy Week, knowing the roller coaster of emotions this week brings.  We will experience the excitement of Palm Sunday.   We will celebrate that day with
exciting music, powerful preaching and spirit-filled worship.  We will cry “Hosanna!” to the King of Kings, yet know that the joy of this day will be brief.

On Maundy Thursday we will return to that same sanctuary in a much more subdued way to experience the passion and death of Jesus Christ.  Again, the music and the message will
combine with the Sacrament of Holy Communion to touch us, stir us and remind of us of what Jesus went through for our sake.  We will leave in silence…depriving ourselves of the
fellowship we love at Emmanuel as we remember that Jesus deprived himself of so much for our eternal lives.

And then, on Easter Sunday…joy comes once again!  Praise of our Risen King will once again ring forth with the sounds of blended worship!  The band will play, the organ will roar, the
choir will sing and the trumpet will sound!  We will celebrate the glory of Easter and we will rejoice that our Lord did not remain in the tomb, but rose victorious, conquering sin and the

And knowing that, we can be confident that Spring is just around the corner.  The crocus and daffodils will poke their little heads through the soil and the grass will turn green again.  

Thanks be to God for giving us the hope that comes through the risen Christ.

With hope,

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.

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 at Resthave.
Norma Boeck and Elwyn Nice 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
Upcoming dates/events
       Saturday, Mar. 3 – NO HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
       Sunday, Mar. 4 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
       Saturday, Mar. 10 – 8:30-10 a.m. HS Girls’ Bible Study (off-site)
       Sunday, Mar. 11 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
       Saturday, Mar. 17 – 8:30-10 a.m. HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
       Sunday, Mar. 18 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
 Saturday, Mar. 24 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.-HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
       Sunday, Mar. 25 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
       Saturday, Mar. 24 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.-HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)

Dear Emmanuel Family,
First of all THANK YOU!!!! We are so blessed by your response to our recent cookie dough
fundraiser.  We will be distributing cookie dough orders on March 16.  Also, if you’re looking
for a quick and easy meal YF will be selling Manny’s pizzas beginning March 4.  Below you
will find other important dates for the coming months if you have a student attending the
mission trip.
“Use your freedom to serve one another in love.”     – Galatians 5:13 (MSG)

In Him,
Hilary McDearmon
If you have not already registered your child for camp, please do so by
going to the Manitoqua Web site.  If you still need a code please
contact me.

Please be in prayer for helping with VBS this year.  I know it seems
early to be thinking about it now in March, but it will be fast
approaching.  We are looking at VBS dates of June 17-22 OR June
24-29.  We are looking for anyone or a group who really like to act to
possibly do the daily skits during VBS week.  If you feel led to help in
any way a VBS please contact me!

God Bless,
Lydia Ohlsen
Director of Children's Ministries  
563-212-0325 or
**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
2018’s YEAH Events & Motor Coach Trips!
SOLD OUT!!! Please contact Rich C. to be placed on waiting list.
Wednesday, April 18:                        Depart: 10:45 a.m.        Return: approx. 5:30 p.m.
Circa 21 for “Rise Up, O Men”—the newest Church Basement Ladies!
Price: $75.00 includes motor coach, lunch, show, dessert of choice, and all tips

14 tickets left
Wednesday, May 23                        Depart: 7:30 a.m.                        Return at 6:30 p.m.
Collingsworth Family at Fireside!!
Price: $84.00 per person includes Fireside’s famous Fish & Chicken Buffet,  concert, coach and drivers tip

Mon-Thurs, August 6-9                Depart Monday at 7:30 a.m.           Return Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Mini-trip to Creation Museum and Ark Encounter
Price: $600.00 inclusive: hotel, motor coach, admissions, meals and activities

Only 11 spots left

Tuesday, September 18                Depart:  Time TBA                Return:  Time TBA
Price: $75.00 per person includes everything!

Only 8 spots left
Wednesday, October 10                Depart: 10:45 a.m.                  Return: 5:30 p.m.
Circa 21: “Mama Won’t Fly!”
Price: $75.00 includes motor coach, lunch, show, dessert of choice and tips
Tuesday, November 20                1:00-3:00 p.m.        Thanksgiving Party with Windsor Manor

Only 6 spots left
Saturday, December 1                        Depart:  9:30 a.m.                Return:  approx. 9:00 p.m.          
Moody College and Church’s “Wonders of Christmas” Candlelight Carols
Price: $89.00: includes motor coach, concert ticket, dinner enroute home and all tips

More details available in church office.  Please see Rich Criss to sign up.
Remember to set your
clocks ahead one hour
before going to bed on
Saturday, March 10th   so
that you arrive to church
at the correct time on
Important Dates for YF Mission Team
Mar. 4 – Manny’s Pizza Fundraiser Begins
Mar. 11 - $125 Mission Trip Payment Due
Mar. 16 – Cookie Dough Pick-Up Night
Mar. 25 – 6:00pm Student Mission Trip Planning Meeting AND Manny’s Pizza   
 Order Forms Due
Apr. 1 – Meat Sale Begins
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,
$100 Mission Trip   
                       Payment Due

The Little Folks Choir will be singing on
Palm Sunday!
End of the year DELTA Club Party!!!    
Wednesday, March 14th we will be having our Pizza and Swimming Party
Everyone is invited for the pizza party at the High School from
5:30-6:15 pm

All Youth are invited to swim from 6:00-7:30 pm at Morrison High School
Permission slips will be sent home with all children and will need to be
returned prior to swimming.

Please join us as we celebrate the end a wonderful year of DELTA Club!
Emmanuel Men: Join us Saturday, March
24th at the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference
in Davenport. This is a Great opportunity to join
likeminded men in masculine worship and
fellowship. There will be sixteen different
seminars designed for men at different seasons of
life, so we know there will be something for every
one of us. We would like to take as many men as
we can to this unique event. This one-day
conference is for men of all ages; beginning with
men age 13 and older. Cost is only $55 per man
and $40 per student (ages 13-22). Price includes
onsite lunch from Chick-fil-A. Sign up in the
Fireside Room by Sunday, March 18th.
March’s Designated Benevolent Offering
Audio Scriptures Ministries

Audio Scripture Ministries helps non-readers have access to God’s Word with audio
recordings of the Bible in their own heart language. In a tough world, God’s Word in
audio can provide some hope and the knowledge that there is a God who loves them
enough to send His Own Son.

Audio Scriptures personnel record the Bible in other languages using native speakers,
distribute digital audio Bibles to non-readers, and work world-wide with international
partners to help them distribute audio players. For example, Wild-life Story Tellers are
available for traumatized children so they can be comforted by Bible stories read in their
native language.

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
March 25th.

Serving Together as Christ’s Church,
The Missions Committee
Martin & Becky Koster, Tom Venhuizen, Pastor Rich
Emmanuel’s Voices of Praise

“Say Amen!”
A Concert of Thrilling Worship
This cantata brings the biggest variety of
musical styles the Voices of Praise have ever
presented!  From the opening medley of Sandi
Patty classics, to current worship songs like
The Lord Our God, Say Amen, God is On the
Move and Trust in You to gospel classics like
Jesus is Coming Soon as well as a fresh hymn
arrangement of Joyful, Joyful We Adore
Thee.  The evening even includes the Crystal
Cathedral Choir’s arrangement of Lord, You
Have Been Our Dwelling Place, accompanied
by the mighty Emmanuel organ.  The blending
of music is unsurpassed in this concert!    
Don’t miss out!

Friday evening, April 13—7:00 p.m.
Saturday afternoon matinee, April 14—3:00 p.
Sunday evening, April 15—7:00 p.m.
March Menu:
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018
Leftover Night:  Spaghetti, Tacos, Ham,
Chicken & Noodles,
Beef & Noodles, BBQ Pulled Pork and much more.

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018
Coz-E Corners Pizza and Pop at the High School
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Please help us bless our brothers and sisters in
Christ at Resthave!   Join the YEAH group in
hosting our first ever outreach event!

An Easter Party!!
Wednesday, March 28th from 2:00—4:00 p.m.
At Resthave Home

Hosted by the YEAH Group of Emmanuel Church
To provide a wonderful afternoon of fun, fellowship,
food and prizes

Won’t you give us a hand and help us make the
Resthave residents have a fun time celebrating the
Easter holiday.

No cost…just meet at Resthave about 1:45 p.m.
Party runs from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m

Please sign up on office bulletin board by March
25th to assure enough fun items for this party!
We encourage the Emmanuel family to invite your friends, family,
co-workers and anyone else to our Holy Week services.

9:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary!
Worship music led by “Exaltation!”
Sanctuary Choir anthem, “Jerusalem”
Special Music by “Little Folks Choir”
Final “The Me I Want to Be” Message by Pastor Rich

7:00 p.m. Communion Service in Sanctuary
Sanctuary Choir singing
Meditation by Pastor Rich

Celebration Worship
9:00 a.m.
Worship music led by “First Sunday” praise team.
Sanctuary Choir will sing two anthems
Sermon by Pastor Rich
Don’t Miss Out!!  We can’t wait!
No Coffee Hour or Sunday School on Easter Sunday
Holy Week Worship Schedule
March 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.
Mar. 4 – Gene Bonneur
Mar. 11 – Lynn & Donna Border
Mar. 18 – Boone & Shelly Brackemyer
Mar. 25 – Bill & Dawn Bird

Mar. 4 – Al Wagenecht, Steve Hook, Russ Renner
Mar. 11 – Kasey Wiersema, Steve Hook, Ken Stralow
Mar. 18 – Ben Carpenter, Steve Hook, Jason McDearmon
Mar. 25 – Jim Landheer, Steve Hook, Ernie Renkes

(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
Mar. 4 – Ken & Carol Stralow, Sarah Wallander, Marissa Folkers
Mar. 11 – Lydia Ohlsen, Brittany VanDrew, Hannah Stralow, Kaya Carpenter
Mar. 18 – Kim Vandermyde, Holly Wallander, Anna Lindstrom, Michaela Millard
Mar. 25 – Heather Lindstrom, Missy Mouw, Meghan Sterenberg, Alli Hogue

Mar. 4 – Olivia Dauphin and Joshua McDearmon
Mar. 11 – Tristan Ohlsen and Connor Roberts
Mar. 18 – Corbin Allen and Sarah Stralow
Mar. 25 – Kenadi Buikema and Shelby Wiersema

Screens/DVD Operators
Mar. 4 – Hannah Stralow and Hannah Wallander
Mar. 11 – Thomas Dauphin and Reilly Dolan
Mar. 18 – Sarah Wallander and Maddie Sterenberg
Mar. 25 – David Stralow and Jacob Schlegel
Apr. 1 – Thomas Dauphin and Luke Millard