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From Our Ministry Coordinator…
Upcoming dates/events
  • Sunday, March. 3 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club
  • Sunday, Mar. 10 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Wednesday, Mar. 13 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club Pizza/Swim Party at
    High School
  • Sunday, Mar. 17 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Sunday, Mar. 24 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Sunday, Mar. 31 – NO Jr. High JAM or Sr. High YF

Jamie Rodriguez
Director of Jr. & Sr. High Ministries
End of the year DELTA Club Party!!!
    •Wednesday, March 13th 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!
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.

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 college students currently studying abroad: Allysa Criss in Bangor,
Wales & Eryn Young in London, England

Emmanuel Reformed Church is currently without a senior pastor and is
trusting God’s perfect will to provide a new senior pastor in the future.

Those who are healing and recovering:
Julie Workman Jordan, Kathy Green, Dawson Sterenberg, Deb Wikoff 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.
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, Logan Frederick, Jacob Kunde,
Rowdy Lathrop and Lloyd Wicker
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
Women of Emmanuel
You are invited to “Rooted in Christ”, a community wide conference
being held at Ebenezer Reformed on March 9 from 8 am - 12:30 pm.
Lee Nienhuis and Katie M. Reid will be the keynote speakers. Tickets
are now $25 and will be available at the door. Contact Brittany
VanDrew at 815-751-2682 for more questions.
Greetings Women of Emmanuel!

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.

Upcoming Activities:
•April 6 - Going Beyond simulcast with Priscilla Shirer. This is an all-day event with lunch included
that will be held in the Fireside Room at Emmanuel. Please check the bulletin for more details.
•May 4 – Mother Daughter Luncheon - More details to come.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY (continues through March 20th & 21st)
Kingdom Woman – Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:00pm in the Chapel
Dear family at Emmanuel,
As I sit at my desk today, I am reflecting on the wonderful ways God showed His presence during our recent YEAH trip to Hawaii.  We as a group talked so often during that trip about the impact God’s timing had
on all of us through the experiences we had.

Because of the magnitude of this trip, we had been assigned a tour director that accompanied us once we arrived at Honolulu airport and stayed with us until we flew home.  Because of a heavy pagan culture in
Hawaii, I was initially a bit concerned that our tour director might not be overly receptive to our having morning devotions and prayer each day, as well as allowing us some Sunday worship time.  For weeks before
we left, I had prayed I would be able to establish this routine without conflict.  I was humbled to see God’s Hand in this, as our tour director and wife, Frank and Lee Choo Lau, were not only receptive but thrilled
to be assigned to a faith-believing group as they were also born again believers!  Why should I have doubted that God would have arranged that?  What an absolute joy when we realized this and this really set the
tone for a great 12 days together!  Our devotions and prayer time started each day on a positive note and I was so grateful to have a tour director that was also grateful for that time together in God’s Word.  Frank
and Lee became part of our family and we grew to love them as a brother and sister in Christ!

Our Sunday evening worship service was also a wonderful time together as we gathered after our dinner in a private room the hotel had available for us.  We sang a couple of hymns and several praise choruses
accapella off of photo-copied, handwritten song sheets led by a makeshift choir of 9 people that came forward to help lead the singing.  Group members offered prayer and others shared about the way God was
using them in service at home, and I had the privilege to share a meditation.  We were reminded that a church is not a building, but is the family gathered and where “two or three are gathered in My name, there I
am in the midst.”  We truly “had church” and as Pastor Mike Durham would say, “It was a good meeting!”

The next Sunday evening we saw God’s Hand of mercy cover each of us in a very different way…a way that we were able to be used in a time of crisis.  We were on our way back to our hotel after an evening
meal when a small auto ran a stop sign directly into the path of our bus.  Unable to even have time to hit the brakes, our bus slammed into this little car and shoved it about 150 feet before coming to a stop.  The jolt
was minimal to us in the bus and none of our group were injured, but both passengers in the car were seriously hurt.  God’s working was noted right away as the door to the bus, in spite of the fact the driver
doubted in would open after the impact, opened when the button was pushed and Lynelle and I were able to try to help the passengers in the car within seconds.  God also provided another paramedic in the car
directly behind the bus that witnessed the crash, so there were three EMS caregivers immediately.  Our bus driver was terribly shaken up and because our group was faith-based, members immediately began
comforting the driver and praying with her, as well as others in the group began praying for the entire situation while remaining calm on the bus as the scene unfolded.  Our tour director said several times that he
has never had a group that so openly shared and lived God’s love and if this terrible situation had to happen, he was so grateful it was with our group that it did.  God’s timing was such that if that car had appeared
just one or two seconds later it could have hit the side of our bus and the situation with our group could have been much different.  While the outcome for one of the passengers in the car was very sad as we
learned she had passed away the next morning, we are so grateful for God’s presence during this time and that our group could be used to assist in various ways throughout this experience.  It was so humbling to
be used in this way.  We were so blessed that we remained safe and were not injured in this terrible accident.

There were so many other ways God’s love and protection was seen…from an 8-hour window between ice storms that we could safely get to Chicago the day we left, to wind storms we missed on islands we had
just departed from, to safe flights that were always on time without delays…the list goes on.  Over and over, God was there setting everything in motion for us.  It was so amazing!

The one take-away we learned from our 13 days together was this:  Never doubt the love and hand of God!  He is always there, even when we ignore Him.  We came back home stronger in our faith because of the
way we saw God care for us.  We give Him the glory and say “Thank you, God!”  We serve and love an awesome God!

May you feel the same love in your lives as we walk this road of life together.
With hope, Rich C.
Mar. 3 – Arlene McBride & Harvey VanZuiden
Mar. 10 – Mike & Dana McCoy
Mar. 17 – Luke & Ashley Kuehl and family
Mar. 24 – Richard & Janice McCoy
Mar. 31 – Jeff & Karen McDearmon
Mar. 3 – Corey Johnson, Jason McDearmon, Ernie Renkes
Mar. 10 – Daniel Deter, Jason McDearmon, Ben Carpenter
Mar. 17 – Kevin Buis, Jason McDearmon, Russ Renner
Mar. 24 – Al Wagenecht, Jason McDearmon, Ryan Venema
Mar. 31 – Jim Landheer, Jason McDearmon, Scott Findley
Mar. 3 – Luke Carpenter and Ethan Bush
Mar. 10 – Connor Roberts and Cael Wright
Mar. 17 – Corbin Allen and Joshua McDearmon
Mar. 24 – Gabbi Stichter and Megan Folkers
Mar. 31 – Ethan Farrand and Ethan Bush
Screens/DVD Operators
Mar. 3 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
Mar. 10 – Thomas Dauphin and Jacob Schlegel
Mar.. 17 – Addi Wiersema and Isaiah McDearmon
Mar. 24 – Thomas Dauphin and Mitchell Johnson
Mar. 31 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
Apr. 7 – Thomas Dauphin and Jacob Schlegel
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
Mar. 3 – Nicole Reed, Tammy Johnson, Addi Wiersema
Mar. 10 – Janae Janssen, Lois Kuehl, Aiden Roberts
Mar. 17 – Breeanne Findley, Jess Wroble, Fiona Huffstutler
Mar. 24 – Kenzie Neubauer, Carla Bush, Claire Coons
Mar. 31 – Kim Vandermyde, Sarah Schmidt, Marissa Folkers
**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
Magnifying Our Missions

March’s Designated Benevolent Offering
Support for Emmanuel Summer Mission Workers
Bill Anderson
Kim Vandermyde
Pat Anderson        
Lilyana Deter
Scott & Linda Weets
Pat Mills
Dewey & Karen Mulnix
Stan Merema
Martha Smith
Dawson Kuehl
Paul Vandermyde
Ron Garwick
Kaleb McCoy
Allen Bush
Jeremy Roberts
Peyton Emerson
Conner Bealer
Al Ohlsen
Ashley Damhoff
Scott & Missy
Mouw        12
Hal & Linda Snyder
Mike Longanecker
Jacob Tegeler
Adam Lindstrom
Zach Schuler
Emerson Vegter        
Pam Muur
Judy Leech
Jason & Ashley
Al & Donna Wagenecht
Patti Nice
Denielle Peters
Jamie Dauphin
Jacob Ruchotzke
Dave Brands
Luke Kuehl
Sally Lindsey
Paul & Deb Wikoff
Becky Coons
Jordan Wright
Bill & Carla Bush
Faith Green
Eryn Young        
Sarah Stralow
Tom Millard
Phil & Teri Bealer
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Please join the YEAH group as we host a fun St. Patrick’s Day Party at Resthave Home for the
residents on Thursday, March 14 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Spend an hour or so having fun,
fellowship, refreshments and prizes as the group celebrates shamrocks and leprechauns with those
residing at Resthave.  This is a wonderful way for us to reach outside the walls of Emmanuel and
provide some joy to those who are not able to reside in their own homes any longer.  Price is free,
but please sign up on the bulletin board near the office in the Christ Center to assure enough
refreshments.  For further information, please see Rich C.
Voices of Praise presents
our 12th Spring celebration:

“Your Name!”

Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday April 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Congregational Budget Meeting
Emmanuel’s congregational meeting for the purpose of
discussing and approving the 2019 budget has been
postponed until further notice.

    Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before
    going to bed on Saturday, March 9th   so that you arrive
    to church at the correct time on Sunday!
March 2019 Menu:
(**Subject to change)

Wednesday, March 6:
Ritch & Heather Lindstrom, cooks
*Leftover Night*
Salisbury Steak, Baked Pasta, Chicken Strips, Chili,
Mixed Veggies, Pudding & Ice Cream Cups
Wednesday, March 13:
Coz-E Corners Pizza and Pop at the High School
For March 2019, the Magnifying Our Missions special fourth Sunday offering will go towards
supporting college age youth from the Emmanuel family who are spending their summer serving the
Lord doing mission work. In anticipation of some our young people following a call to mission
work over the summer months, we wish to be prepared as a congregation to offer them financial
support. This is our chance not only to celebrate God’s call to serve, but our opportunity to offer
financial assistance as each must raise their own funding. Depending on the money available, each
participant will be funded up to cost of their trip, and only through their sending organization. At the
consistory’s discretion, additional money may be provided to the sending organization for the
purchase of supplies on the participant’s behalf. Please join us for worship throughout the coming
months to hear more from our young people who will be devoting their summer to Christian
service. Please prepare your hearts for our Magnifying Our Missions offering on Sunday, March

Thanking You in Advance for Your Prayers and Generosity.

Serving Together as Christ’s Church,
The Missions Committee
Martin & Becky Koster, Tom & Amy Venhuizen, Corey & Tammy Johnson and
Russ & Holly Wallander
Sunday, March 17 - Widely Acclaimed Huntley Brown will be back with us!

An ordained minister, Huntley will lead the worship set and preach the morning message
during our 9 a.m. Sunday Celebration. He will then return at 3:00 p.m. to do a fantastic
piano concert in our sanctuary. No tickets needed, but a love offering will be received to
help further his ministry.
“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 join us Saturday, March 23th at the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference in Davenport. This
is a Great opportunity to join like-minded 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
$56 per man and $40 per student (ages 13-22). Price includes on site lunch from Chick-fil-A.
up in the fireside room by Sunday March 10th.