Please uphold In Prayer …
  • All who have yet to trust the Savior Jesus.
  • The persecuted church around the world.
  • The world, national & state leaders.
  • 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.
  • The Missionaries our Emmanuel family supports: the Fields’ serving
    in Columbia; the McCleerys serving in Latin America; the Pitchers
    serving in South Africa; the Smith-Mathers serving in South Sudan
    & the Sundararajans serving  in India.

Our farmers during this challenging season.
Judy Becker as she continues her struggle with cancer.

Jennifer Schuler as she continues with her high-risk pregnancy.

Those who are healing and recovering:
Lloyd DeShane, Ethel VanZuiden, Al Ohlsen, Sandy Buikema, Margo
Atherton and Al Wagenecht

Those undergoing cancer treatments:  
Tim Wilkens, Deb Wikoff, Pat Dykstra, Mary Rasmussen, Jake
Vandermyde and Jonelle Hook

Those who have long-term needs:  
Jacob Green, Dawson Sterenberg and John VanderSchaaf

Those who are confined to their homes or nursing homes:
     Kim Schroth in her home.
Betty Tegeler & Lois Wiebenga 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, Gene Fuller, Logan Frederick,
Jacob Kunde, Rowdy Lathrop and Lloyd Wicker.
Magnifying Our Missions
July's Designated Benevolent Offering
Victory Center in Clinton Iowa


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From Our Ministry Coordinator…
“Take Ten” All men are invited to spend just 10 minutes to connect, pray and debrief, immediately after
Sunday Celebration in front of the Sanctuary each week.

Men’s Ministry will be ordering T-Shirts that will identify workers as Emmanuel “Event Staff” at our
car show on August 24th. These T-Shirts could be used at other events in the future, such as, Block
Parties, etc.  If you would like to order one or make a donation to defray the cost of these shirts,
please see Lloyd DeShane.

Men join us Sunday, July 28th:  
Venhuizen Farms is hosting Grill & Gawk at Kenny Venhuizen's farm. Bring your car, truck, tractor
or motorcycle. Enjoy a fun afternoon of food and looking and talking about your rides. Festivities will
start at 3:00 p.m. and we will be eating Brad Venhuizen's award winning BBQ around 5:00. A sign-
up sheet will go up in the Fireside room please make sure to sign up so Brad can make enough for
everyone. Invite your friends and don't miss out on a fun time!
JULY Birthdays & Anniversaries
July 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.
On June 11, 2019, the Consistory of Emmanuel Reformed
Church voted to extend a call to Pastor Al Pruis to be our interim
pastor.  He accepted and will begin here on September 3rd.
Getting to Know Judy Becker
  Judy was born at her Grandmother’s house in Fulton, IL.  She has a sister 7 years younger and a
brother 13 years younger than her.  She and her parents lived with her grandparents for a time when
Judy was small.  Judy has been told the story of her mother giving her, her first bath at home.  The
grandmother advised Judy’s Mom to make sure the room was warm enough for a bath.  Using a cook
stove her mother warmed the room up.  When the grandmother walked in later, she said,’ I told you to
keep her warm, not bake her’.  Apparently she had done a very good job of heating the room up!
  Judy was raised on a farm.  She states this is a good way to grow up.  Poodle Skirts and Elvis Presley
were popular when she was a teen.  
  Judy married 4 days after graduating from High School.  She and her first husband had two sons;
Craig and Steve.  They divorced.  Judy said the divorce was hard on her self-esteem.  About 3 years
later she met and married John Bodkin.  He restored her self-esteem.  Sadly, he got cancer and died
about 3 years after their marriage.  She met Nick Becker in 1979.  They married and have been together
since.  Nick has two children; Lisa and Nick, which Judy helped raise.
  Judy has lots of grandchildren.  She wants to be remembered for showing love, especially to her
grandchildren.   They make her smile.
  The smartest thing she ever did was marry Nick.  The dumbest thing she ever did was believing, at 17
years old, that she was grown up and knew everything.
  Judy has attended Emmanuel since 1960.  She has held many volunteer positions over the years:  
Librarian, Youth Group Leader, All Stars, Sunday School teacher, Mission Circle and Choir member.  
She also used to assist getting ready for Lunch on the Lawn.  Psalms is her favorite book of the Bible
and “Trust and Obey” is one of her favorite hymns.
  Judy was diagnosed with Gallbladder cancer a couple of years ago.  It has returned and she is now on
Hospice.  She states she has had a good life.  She is dealing with her cancer with grace and dignity.  Her
goal is to use this time to glorify God!
Our Emmanuel Family       by Lynette Damhoff
ALL women are invited to attend Women's Ministry Events - high school graduates on up.  
Come fellowship and enjoy one another!!
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” Matthew 18:20
Follow us on our Facebook page or check the bulletin for details on events and Bible studies.

July 11th – Craft Night – in the Fireside Room at 6:00pm – Details to follow in the bulletin or feel free to
contact Lindsay Buis @ 815-441-1125

Psalm 23: 1-6 – to begin Thursday, August 1st at 6:00pm in the Chapel.  Details to follow in the bulletin.
Please remember in prayer those adults that will be going on a mission trip to
serve the Lansing City Rescue Mission, in Lansing, Michigan from Monday,
July 8 through Friday, July 12.  Those who will be a part of that team are
Criss, Sharon Criss, Karine Fulton, Martin Koster, Jeff McDearmon and
Judy Smith.
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 28th.
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 25th.   

Serving Together as Christ’s Church,

The Missions Committee
Martin & Becky Koster, Tom & Amy Venhuizen, Corey & Tammy Johnson
and Russ & Holly Wallander
Upcoming dates/events
        Sunday, July 7 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
        Sunday, July 14 –  4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
        Sunday, July 21 – 9:00 a.m. Youth Sunday/4:00 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30 p.m.-Sr. High YF
        Sunday, July 28 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
        Sunday, Aug. 4 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
        Sunday, Aug. 11 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
        Sunday, Aug. 18 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
        Sunday, Aug. 25 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF

Jamie Rodriguez
Director of Jr. & Sr. High Ministries
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this
year’s VBS a success. Thank you to those who
helped gather supplies and to those who took time
out of their evenings to help. I could not have
done it without ALL of your help! THANK YOU
and God Bless.

We will be doing a deep cleaning of the Nursery in
July.  Please look for details in the bulletin soon.  I’
m going to be getting rid of some of the toys that
have seen better days.  I would like to be able to
purchase some new toys and will be asking for
donations to help with that project.

Lydia Ohlsen
Emmanuel Reformed Church Car Show

Saturday, August 24th
Rain or Shine
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
On Main Street in Downtown Morrison, IL

No Admission Fee to Look
Morrison Farmers Market held from 8 am-Noon
Fresh Grilled Menu from Morrison Kiwanis

Please bring
2 canned goods for the Morrison Food Pantry
Registration 8–11 / Judging 11-12 / Awards at 2:00
Pre-entry cost by August 18th is $10 and day of show is $15

**The Car Show Committee needs volunteers to help during the show.**
Please contact Lloyd DeShane if you are able to help!
Morrison High School  Key Club
Blood Drive
Wednesday, July 24

12:30 to 5:00 pm at Emmanuel Reformed Church
To donate, call Gwenn Rickertsen at 563-212-7232
(or online to;
use code 2771 to locate the blood drive).

Last date to donate elsewhere:  May 29
Please eat prior to your donation! Bring photo ID.

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July 1, 2019

Dear family at Emmanuel,

John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."  

My Facebook memories popped up last week and showed a memory of Lynelle, Allysa and I being in Washington DC last year which brought up many memories. As
I reminisced in my mind, I was reminded of these words remembering when we stood at the war memorials during our trip. 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 Christ.

With hope,
July 7 – Pat Oostenryk and LuAnn Burkamper
July 14 – Todd & Christine Schlegel and family
July 21 – YF Members (Youth Sunday)
July 28 – Bill & Alice Senior
July 7 – Tim VanZuiden, Anna Ryder, Bill Bush
July 14 – Don Reed, Anna Ryder, Lloyd DeShane
July 21 – Art Pruis, Anna Ryder, Daniel Deter
July 28 – Corey Johnson, Anna Ryder, Scott Mouw
July 7 – Luke Carpenter and Connor Roberts
July 14 – Ethan Bush and Cael Wright
July 21 – Corbin Allen and Gabbi Stichter
July 28 – Megan Folkers and Elivia Decker
Screens/DVD Operators
July 7 – Marissa Folkers and Sarah Wallander
July 14 – Shelby Wiersema and Jacob Schlegel
July 21 – Addi Wiersema and Isaiah McDearmon
July 28 – Thomas Dauphin and Mitchell Johnson
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
July 7 – Ken & Carol Stralow, Baylee Merema ---- F.U.E.L.-Katie R. & Sam V.
July 14 – Lydia Ohlsen, Holly Wallander, Anna Lindstrom ---- F.U.E.L.-Steve & Dar H.
July 21 – Robin Henard, Michele VanBuren, Kayla Carpenter ---- F.U.E.L.-Jim & Diane L.
July 28 – Dawn Roberts, Nicole Reed ---- F.U.E.L.-Sam V. & Lynette D.
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
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
Jason & Jess Wroble        
Frances Damhoff
Art Pruis
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
Scott & Susie Holbrook
Todd Workman        
Jamie & Katie Rodriguez
Pat & Sara Young        
Bill & Alice Senior
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August Volunteers
Aug. 4 – Judy Smith and Joan Smith
Aug. 11 – Todd & Pam Muur and family
Aug. 18 – Julie Nardi and Mike Allen
Aug. 25 – Loren & Connie Tenboer
Aug. 4 – Ben Carpenter, Jeff McDearmon, Mike Damhoff
Aug. 11 – Russ Renner, Jeff McDearmon, Kevin Buis
Aug. 18 – Ernie Renkes, Jeff McDearmon, Jim Landheer
Aug. 25 – Ken Stralow, Jeff McDearmon, Ryan Venema
Aug. 4 – Joshua McDearmon and Ethan Farrand
Aug. 11 – Connor Roberts and Ethan Bush
Aug. 18 – Cael Wright and Corbin Allen
Aug. 25 – Gabbi Stichter and Elivia Decker
Screens/DVD Operators
Aug. 4 – Carver Findley and Hannah Wallander
Aug. 11 – Marissa Folkers and Sarah Wallander
Aug. 18 – Shelby Wiersema and Joshua McDearmon
Aug. 25 – Addi Wiersema and Isaiah McDearmonB
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
Aug. 4 – Lynelle Criss, Connie Tenboer, Shelby Wiersema ---- F.U.E.L.-Steve & Dar H.
Aug. 11 – Deb Eissens, Brenda Haan, Sarah Stralow---- F.U.E.L.-Amber W. & Katie R.
Aug. 18 – Katie Rodriguez, Kenzie Neubauer, Zach Coons ---- F.U.E.L.- Jim & Diane L.
Aug. 25 – Sam Wiersema, Lois Kuehl, Sarah Wallander ---- F.U.E.L.-Lydia O. & Lynette D.
**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!
AUGUST Birthdays & Anniversaries
Warren & Marcia Pruis
Joey Brackemyer
Frank Freas
Colton Kuehl
Roger Osborn
Howdy Mills
Kyle & Janae Janssen
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        
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
Tom Green
Luke & Ashley Kuehl