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"The Glory Of It All"
At the start
He was there He was there
In the end
He'll be there He'll be there
And after all
Our hands have wrought
He forgives

Oh, the glory of it all
Is He came here
For the rescue of us all
That we may live
For the glory of it all
Oh, the glory of it all

All is lost
Find Him there
Find Him there
After night
Dawn is there Dawn is there
And after all Falls apart
He repairs He repairs

Oh, He is here
With redemption
from the fall
That we may live
For the glory of it all
Oh, the glory of it all

After night Comes a light
Dawn is here Dawn is here
It's a new day, a new day
Oh, everything will change
Things will never be the same
We will never be the same

~ Song By David Crowder
Check it out On You tube
In the wake of Thanksgiving, it seems like an almost overnight transition from celebrating the harvest to decorating for Christmas. All around Christmas lights, Christmas trees,
and Christmas decorations are popping up. As I write this, our very own Sanctuary and Christ Center have been radically transformed through the work of amazing volunteers
sharing their gift of decorating talent. In addition, we’ll gather this coming Sunday to be blessed by our annual Kid’s Christmas program. And you really know Christmas season
is upon us when passengers flying over the area on commercial airline flights have to squint due to the plethora of lights radiating from the Criss’ home!
Earlier this week I was at a doctor’s office (I know what you are thinking – the Davis family at a doctor’s office – no way!) In the
waiting room of the office, stood a beautiful Christmas tree with wrapped boxes underneath. A little girl and her mother were also
in the waiting room. As they waited to be seen by the doctor, she could barely contain her excitement as she tugged on her mom’s
sweatshirt proclaiming, “What do you think those gifts are?  What do you think are in those boxes? The mother had the patience of
a saint and played along as the little girl went through every (and I mean every guess imaginable!) Now, I didn’t want to be a
scrooge and tell her that they were nothing more than beautifully wrapped empty boxes that simply added to the festive décor. I
know this because after they were called back I went over and picked up a couple to ensure the accuracy of my hypothesis. The
receptionist gave me sort of an odd look. I wanted, but didn’t announce with authority, “Don’t worry, I’m a pastor, and I’m just
verifying their emptiness for official church business!” After checking the presents and realizing they were in fact completely void
of any real gifts, I couldn’t get the words of James 1:17 out of my head,
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming
down from the Father of the heavenly lights.
 Holding those pretty, but empty gifts in the doctor’s office called to mind how
different is the greatest gift of all time – the incarnation of Jesus Christ, ordained by God according to His perfect plan of salvation,
unleashing the endless gifts Jesus lavishes upon us. Jesus didn’t come to this world beautifully wrapped in ornate fashion – He
came, born in the middle of nowhere, inside a dirty stable, surrounded by farm animals rather than fanfare. The Creator of the
universe was cradled in a feeding trough. Such an ordinary beginning for the most glorious of blessings! And unlike those
beautifully wrapped, but empty gifts in the doctor’s waiting room, the gift of Christ is the fullness of life every day, both now and
forever – to His glorious praise! I leave you with a few verses to reflect upon during this Advent season as you remember,
celebrate, and proclaim the wonder and fullness of His true Christmas presence.

Joy to the World, Joy For The World,
Pastor Rich
From Our Ministry Coordinator…
December 1, 2018

Dear Family in Christ…
Here we are…making preparations for the Christmas season!  Doesn’t it seem that we just put away the decorations?  But here we are…lighting the lights and trimming the trees.  Yes, indeed…it’s almost Christmas!
Our outreach choir, “Voices of Praise” has been preparing for Christmas since Monday, September 10!  On that night we gathered together wearing shorts, fans blowing and the air conditioners running!  Christmas
seemed so far away…but in the blink of an eye here we are.  Two more weeks and the cantata will take place!  This year, we are so excited to present our 12th annual Christmas cantata, this year entitled, “The King is
Here,” a Christmas Worship Musical for Multi-Generational Choirs.  This concert carried a list of 13 amazing songs…just a huge variety guaranteed to please all ages.  No matter your age or musical interest, there will
be music for you!  Guaranteed!   The music of these evenings includes wonderful arrangements of old familiar carols like “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Joy to the World,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “The First
Noel,” and “O Holy Night.”  Then, if you love contemporary worship music, you will love Stephen Curtis Chapman’s “Angels From the Realms of Glory,” Francesca Battistelli’s “Messiah,” Matthew West’s “Unto Us”
and All Sons and Daughter’s “Great Are You Lord.” For the classical music lover there is the timeless finale, Messiah’s “Hallelujah.”  One thing is certain, we in EVOP love this cantata and can’t wait to share it with all
of you!  We look forward to seeing you there.  Come and join us Friday and Sunday nights, December 14 & 16 at 7:00 p.m., as well as Saturday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m.  Be a part of the excitement!

This is a busy time for all of us.  In addition to the planning, preparing, decorating, baking, cooking, etc. etc. etc. we have many special events to attend as well.  There is no way to avoid it…it’s just plain busy!  But,
having said that, I pray that we as the people of Emmanuel, in the midst of a very busy and stress-filled season, will be able to rest and abide in the peace of that silent night in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago.  May the
Holy Spirit work within each of us and allow us to spend this season with “heavenly peace.”  That’s what God wants for His children…to have lives filled with peace and joy.

In closing, I want to issue each of you a challenge!  We all have people in our lives who are unchurched  and may really enjoy an invitation to Worship together!  We have such wonderful events coming up in the month
of December---let’s really be bold and INVITE people to join us!!  Do you know that 78% of unchurched people, if asked, will attend a church service?  Who is on your prayer list?  ASK THEM!!  Your doing that may
allow their life to be changed!  Go for it!!

Merry Christmas!
Rich~
DECEMBER 2018
"Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given."                (John 1:1)

"For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness."       (
Colossians 2:9-10)

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth
or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.                    
  (Colossians 1:18-20)

    CHILDREN’S MINISTRY NEWS
Nov. 14th was our final night of DELTA Club for the fall
term.  We ended with hay rides and fun games in the gym.  
Our mission project was to support the Weets family in Jeg’s
Fight Against NPC.  We were able to collect $500!  Thank
you to ALL those who donated towards this mission!  

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who help make
Wednesday nights possible!!  A special thank you to Ritch &
Heather Lindstrom, Lydia Ohlsen, Lynelle Criss & Brittany
VanDrew for all the wonderful meals and to our leaders of
DELTA: Lydia Ohlsen, K-2, Sam Wiersema, 3rd-5th, and
Jamie Rodriguez, Jr. High.  DELTA Club will resume on
Wednesday, January 9th!  
Upcoming dates/events
  • Sunday, Dec. 2 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Friday, Dec. 7 – Saturday, Dec. 8 – 9th Annual JAM Lock-IN  9pm-6am
  • Sunday, Dec. 9 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Saturday, Dec. 15 – 12:00 p.m.-YF members pick up cookies from fundraiser
    (Youth Room)
  • Sunday, Dec. 16 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Sunday, Dec. 23 – NO Jr. High JAM or Sr. High YF
  • Sunday, Dec. 30 – NO Jr. High JAM or Sr. High YF

2019 Mission Trip dates: June 8-15 (not June 15-22 as indicated on the handout at
the parent meeting)
Jamie Rodriguez
Director of Jr. & Sr. High Ministries
H. S. Girls Bible Study
Saturday mornings
8:30-10:00 a.m.
in the Chapel

Please be sure to check social media for
changes in dates, times or cancellations!!!
LOCK-IN

On December 7-8, I will be hosting
my 9th annual JAM Lock-In for Jr.
High Students. The Lock-In will last
from 9pm on the 7th to 6am on the
8th.
The Christmas Tree located by the mailboxes in the Fireside Room is our Morrison Helping
Hands Christmas Project 2018.
 A HUGE THANKS to everyone who so willingly took tags off
the tree this year.  Your wrapped packages (one box per tag please) are due back in the Fireside
Room by Sunday, December 16 with the ornament tag attached. The gifts purchased will help
local children in need and will be distributed through the Morrison Food Pantry on Thursday,
December 20.  Thank you for your generous support of this project!
T H E   G I V I N G   T R E E
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 who are healing and recovering:
Mike Allen, Judy Becker and John VanderSchaaf

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

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

Those who are confined to their homes or nursing homes:
Kim Schroth in her home.
Wilma Johannsen and Betty Tegeler 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
Please get all address, phone number & email changes or additions to the office as soon as
possible so that your information will be correct in the 2019 Church Directory.  You may
leave these changes in the bulletin box by the office or
email Pam at secretarypam@frontier.com
Church Directory Information
Be sure to check out the new books on the top shelf of the
library shelves in the Christ Center. There is a variety, so
maybe try something new that you don’t normally read or
look on the bottom shelf for Christmas themed books. There is
a list of the new books hanging on the side of the shelf.

Happy Reading,
Connie Pruis, Librarian
“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.

 Although it's several months away, planning needs to begin for the 2019
Car Show. If you are interested in being part of this ministry there will be a meeting
Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room. The Car show is being
moved to Main Street. With the show being moved uptown to better reach the
community and for the church to grow outside our walls, it will take many hands to
make the Car Show a successful ministry and outreach to the community.

 2018 has been the year of growth in Men’s Ministry. We had several guys brave a
snow storm and go to the Iron Sharpens Iron event in Davenport and had a follow up
breakfast the following Saturday. We held two men’s studies, “Act Like Men” and
“Kingdom Man”. If you talk to any man that went through either study I am confident
they will tell you they got something out of the study and it was well worth their time.
We hosted a family day out at the ballpark at LumberKing stadium. We held a pizza and
movie night and watched “I Can Only Imagine”.  We had a cookout with great food and
good fellowship.  2018 has been a good year full of growth and opportunities to connect
with other men in the church. In 2019 we will continue to grow and have more
opportunities for you to connect with other men of the church and continue to
strengthen your relationship with Jesus.
Please join us at 9:00 am
Sunday, December 2nd for
Emmanuel’s Sunday School Program
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
3:00 P.M.

CHRISTMAS AT
THE PIPE ORGAN

Rich Criss, Organist

The EPIC Center
(formerly Trinity Reformed Church)
514-13th Avenue
Fulton, Illinois 61252
────
Familiar
carols
and
Christmas
music
────
Audience
participation
────
Free Will Offering to benefit EPIC Center
ministries will be received.
Playing the 1958 Moeller Opus 9153
17 rank, two manual pipe organ.

“The King is Here”
A Christmas Worship Musical
Presented by
Emmanuel’s Voices of Praise
Friday, December 14 at 7 pm
Saturday, December 15 at 3 pm
Sunday, December 16 at 7 pm
You are cordially invited
Emmanuel Reformed Church
202 E Morris St, Morrison, Illinois 61270
emmanuelreformedchurch.org
1
Ray Druien      
3
Chad Wolever        
4
Jeannie Schaver
5
Missy Mouw
Ron & Deb Behrens
6
Katie Rodriguez
7
Ashley Vandermyde
Carolyn VanderSchaaf
8
John Bahnsen
Allysa Criss
Riley Decker
Dan Heusinkveld
9
Julie Nardi
Bonnie Reed
10
Nick Volckmann        
11
Martin Koster
Lynn Patten
12
Arlyn Bush
Rebecca Green
Pat Hadley
Dick & Esther Ebbers
13
Karen Mouw
14
Casey Pruis
Dale Wiersema
16
Chloe Bielema
17
Marlene Buikema
19
Mike & Dana McCoy
Don & Joy Tegeler
Matt & Brittany VanDrew        
20
Karen McDearmon
Janae Janssen
Zac Nardi
Jennifer Schuler
Jim & Diane Landheer
21  
Marcia Brands
Carol Heusinkveld
Parker Pruis
Hannah Stralow
Cassidy VanZuiden
Noah VanZuiden        
22
Don Reed
Dave Shetler
23
Riley Coffey
Sheila Osborn
Judy Smith
24
Breeanne Findley
Holly Wallander
27
Cory Bielema
Kenny & Nancy Venhuizen        
28
Dawn Bird
Lori VanZuiden
29
Jordan Bush
Addison Wiersema
30
Stan & Donna Todd       
31
Conner Roberts
Don & Martha Smith
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES
**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 ave inadvertently overlooked them, please let Pam know
in the office.  Thank You!
December 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.                           
Thank you!
Screens/DVD Operators
Dec. 2 – Thomas Dauphin and Mitchell Johnson
Dec. 9 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
Dec. 16 – Addi Wiersema and Sarah Wallander
Dec. 23 – David Stralow and Jacob Schlegel
Dec. 30 – Thomas Dauphin and Mitchell Johnson
Acolytes
Dec. 2 – Corbin Allen and Ethan Farrand
Dec. 9 – Nathan Davis and Cael Wright
Dec. 16 – Megan Folkers and Gabbi Stichter
Dec. 23 – Joshua McDearmon and Luke Carpenter
Dec. 30 – Ethan Bush and Ethan Farrand
Nursery
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
Dec. 2 – Heather Lindstrom, Holly Wallander, Alli Hogue, Sarah Wallander
Dec. 9 – Dawn Roberts, Andrea Folkers, Megan Muur, Mackenzie Ryder
Dec. 16 – Nicole Reed, Sam Wiersema, Lauren Schlegel, Zach Coons
Dec. 23 – Lydia Ohlsen, Tammy Johnson, Kamryn Davis, Addi Wiersema
(Christmas Eve 6:00 pm)  Dec. 24 – need volunteers!!!
Dec. 30 – Lois Kuehl, Breeanne Findley, Fiona Huffstutler, Aiden Roberts
Ushers
Dec. 2 – Scott Mouw, Tom Venhuizen, Kasey Wiersema
Dec. 9 – Ernie Renkes, Tom Venhuizen, Tim VanZuiden
Dec. 16 – Don Reed, Tom Venhuizen, Lloyd DeShane
Dec. 23 – Scott Weets, Tom Venhuizen, Bill Bush
(Christmas Eve 6:00 pm)  Dec. 24 – Mike Damhoff, Tom Venhuizen, Corey Johnson
Dec. 30 – Daniel Deter, Tom Venhuizen, Ken Stralow
Greeters
Dec. 2 – Scott & Breeanne Findley and family
Dec. 9 – Hilda Foster and Marlene Dorathy
Dec. 16 – Scott & Andrea Folkers and family
Dec. 23 – Darryl & Kathy Hogue and family
(Christmas Eve 6:00 pm)  
Dec. 24 – need volunteers!!!
Dec. 30 – Karine Fulton
“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.

Although it's several months away, planning needs to begin for the 2019
Car Show. If you are interested in being part of this ministry there will be a meeting
Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room. The Car show is being
moved to Main Street. With the show being moved uptown to better reach the
community and for the church to grow outside our walls, it will take many hands to
make the Car Show a successful ministry and outreach to the community.

    2018 has been the year of growth in Men’s Ministry. We had several guys brave a
snow storm and go to the Iron Sharpens Iron event in Davenport and had a follow up
breakfast the following Saturday. We held two men’s studies, “Act Like Men” and
“Kingdom Man”. If you talk to any man that went through either study I am confident
they will tell you they got something out of the study and it was well worth their time.
We hosted a family day out at the ballpark at LumberKing stadium. We held a pizza and
movie night and watched “I Can Only Imagine”.  We had a cookout with great food and
good fellowship.  2018 has been a good year full of growth and opportunities to connect
with other men in the church. In 2019 we will continue to grow and have more
opportunities for you to connect with other men of the church and continue to
strengthen your relationship with Jesus.
    Greetings Women of Emmanuel! The Women's Ministry Team is looking for
    new members! If you have a passion to help and see other ladies brought together in
    fellowship and the word of God, please contact Robin Henard @ 815-535-7193 or
    robin.henard@yahoo.com
    We look forward to hearing from you!

    UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WOMEN'S MINISTRY:
    ALL women of the church are invited to attend Women's Ministry Events - high school
    graduates thru age 99!  Come fellowship and enjoy!!

    CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE
    Tuesday, December 4th @ 6:00 pm in the Fireside Room
    Please make 3 dozen cookies of any kind to exchange for 3 dozen to take home.  Also,
    please bring one recipe of your favorite cookie to share and an empty container for
    your cookies to take home.  Contact Robin Henard with any questions.
    Come enjoy fun and fellowship!!

    UPCOMING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
    Look for details to be announced in January!