I have a question – as you flipped your calendar from May to June did you remember this coming Sunday is Pentecost? In all honestly, I think we (and I
put myself in this same boat) sometimes fail to truly celebrate the full scope and wonder of Pentecost. Francis Chan in his great book refers to the Holy
Spirit as, “The Forgotten God.” With compelling words, Chan suggests that while many of us are pretty good at making a big deal of Christmas and
Easter, too often we underemphasize the Holy Spirit’s coming at Pentecost, which is just as central to our existence as a people connected to God.
Just as Christmas celebrates the coming of Christ to save us from sin, Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to enliven our faith, to
embolden our witness, and encourage our souls. The gift of Pentecost is nothing short of a God who offers to not only reside with us – but to reside
within us in order that His glory might shine through us. (1 Co. 3:16)
My grandparents were amazing people. They celebrated 52 years of devoted marriage before my Grandma passed away from a sudden heart attack at
the age of 72. Before long my Grandpa’s health began to fail to the point where it no longer was feasible for him to live alone. Although my Aunt and
Uncle had their hands full with three active children they insisted my Grandpa move in with them. After a lot of prayer, and some slight arm twisting, my
Grandpa finally agreed to move in. My Aunt was nothing short of amazing. From day one, she made it clear that he was not just someone in their house
– that they would do whatever it took to make their house his home. This included bringing his favorite recliner into their living room even though it was
a completely different color and style than their décor. My Grandpa had a vast collection of farm tractor models and baseball caps, and rather than then
relegating them to a Rubbermaid container in the basement storage room, my Aunt found places to display them around the house. Her abiding love
celebrated the opportunity to make her house a place my Grandpa could call home. I will never forget how she changed her house after my Grandpa
moved in. Within seconds of entering, it was clear my Grandpa lived there and had come to call her house his home.
The wonder, beauty, and power of Pentecost is about us inviting the Holy Spirit to literally take up residence and make our hearts His home. And I
guarantee when you invite Him to do so, things are going to look a lot different in your life. If we let Him, He will bring the best of his belongings. The
Bible calls these the fruit of the Spirit and they consist of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. And when we invite the Spirit
to move into our hearts just like my Aunt invited my Grandpa to move into her home, the evidence of His presence will be evident for all to see.
Pentecost is truly the celebration of the Holy Spirit’s homecoming into our hearts! Let us respond, receive, and rejoice over the one who desires to
empower our lives by making our hearts His home. May the world see the power of Pentecost through the witness of all God’s people not just on the
fiftieth day following the resurrection, but each day the whole year through!
Humbled to Share Our Journey of Faith,
June 1, 2017
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
SCHOOL’s OUT!!! By the time you receive this newsletter the final bell will have rung, teachers will have told their classes goodbye, playgrounds will be
empty and I will have backed my school bus into its spot for the last time for 11 weeks. For many students…the beginning of summer break is “the most
wonderful time of the year,” not Christmas! In their eyes, learning is over for a few weeks and baseball, softball, soccer and all other forms of fun become
For me, summer is a time that I begin looking forward to things upcoming. I already look forward to our YEAH Trip to Colonial Virginia from June 5-14.
We have the wedding of Lynelle’s niece in Maine over the July 4th weekend that will be a joyous time. I also look ahead to the upcoming year. September
brings a YEAH mini-trip to visit the lifestyle and tradition of the Indiana Amish in Shipshewana. September also brings the start of the new choir and EVOP
season. I have both cantatas picked out for our 11th season, filled with all brand new songs that will celebrate, touch and bless the soul. Seeing the return of
our fall activities at church is always so exciting as Fifth Quarter parties, Wednesday night activities and meals, Sunday School and all the other things that
make this a vibrant church restart. And yes, I always look forward to the lights and sounds of Christmas. I guess I’m still a kid.
I am thankful that I have so much to look forward to. I am also thankful for a God that will take care of us no matter what. The Christian walk is full of ups
and downs, but one thing I have learned is this. God has never left me and never will. He has been with me every step of the way, even when I didn’t
acknowledge it. He has never left me orphaned. And for that, I say “Amen.”
Let’s enjoy a great summer of relaxation and renewal, but as we look ahead to the busy fall schedule that will come far too quickly, let us take a hold of God’s
hand to lead us through. He is our strong tower in the midst of the storms we will face.
Thanks be to God!
Greetings from Jamie:
Sunday, June 4 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
Incoming 6th and 9th graders are invited to join JAM or YF starting June 4th
Sunday, June 11 – NO Jr. High JAM/NO Sr. High YF
June 11-17– YF Mission Trip to Madison, WI
Sunday, June 18 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/NO Sr. High YF
Sunday, June 25 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
Director of Jr. & Sr. High Ministries
From Our Ministry Coordinator
FROM OUR PASTOR . . .
Bill & Pat Anderson
Ray & Megan Druien
Scott & Breeanne
Todd & Pam Muur
Larry & Pat Oostenryk
Russ & Diane Renner
Kevin & Lindsay Buis
Jason & Rachel Decker
Dennis & Norma Boeck
Russ & Holly Wallander
20 Sarah Deter
John & Carolyn VanderSchaaf
Tiny & Kathie VanderVinne
Todd & Christine Schlegel Loren
& Connie Tenboer
Allen & Barb Bush
Dave & Marcia Brands
Randy & Lois Kuehl
|Sunday Worship – 9:00 a.m Sunday School – 10:30 a.m.
Emmanuel Reformed Church
202 East Morris Street, Morrison, IL 61270
Church office: 815-772-3890 Fax: 815-772-2279
Rev. Rich Davis, Sr. Pastor Rich Criss, Ministry Coordinator
815-772-2518 (home) 815-772-4433 (home)
N E W S L E T T E R
June 4 – Michele VanBuren and Robin Henard
June 11 – Tiny & Kathie VanderVinne
June 18 – John & Carolyn VanderSchaaf
June 25 – Dan & Nancy Vandermyde
June 4 – Don Reed, Ritch Lindstrom, Tim VanZuiden
June 11 – Scott Weets, Ritch Lindstrom, Lloyd DeShane
June 18 – Darryl Hogue, Ritch Lindstrom, Ernie Renkes
June 25 – Jerry Schlegel, Ritch Lindstrom, Tony Wright
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers can not take the place of adult
June 4 – Steve & Dar Hook, McKenna King, Claire Coons
June 11 – Tammy Johnson, Kim Vandermyde, Baylee Merema, Meghan Sterenberg
June 18 – Sarah Schmidt, Amber Wright, Hannah Stralow, Michaela Millard
June 25 – Ashley Kuehl, Andrea Wolever, Megan Muur, Anne-Marie Wadsworth
June 4 – Sonja Huffstutler and Luke Carpenter
June 11 – Tristan Ohlsen and Shelby Wiersema
June 18 – Olivia Dauphin and Peyton Emerson
June 25 – Addison Wiersema and Tyler Peters
June 4 – Thomas Dauphin and Luke Millard
June 11 – Hannah Stralow and Hannah Wallander
June 18 – Emmit Shepard and Reilly Dolan
June 25 – Sarah Wallander and Maddie Sterenberg
July 2 – Emmit Shepard and Jacob Schlegel
**Please remember… If you are unable to be here on your assigned Sunday,
it is your responsibility to make arrangements to trade with someone.
|YEAH Fall Five-Day Trip
“The Indiana Amish”
A wonderful 5 day/4 night trip to the Shipshewana, Indiana area!
Monday, September 18--Friday, September 22, 2017
Cost per person $700.00 inclusive (based on double occupancy)
Please sign up on bulletin board near office!
This trip is filling up quickly.
This fun trip will take us into the heart of Amish country as we are immersed in the lifestyle of simplicity, horse and buggies and wonderful cooking! Staying all
four nights at the beautiful “Blue Gate Garden Inn” provides a wonderful hot breakfast each morning and incredible food at local restaurants and Amish homes.
Time for fellowship around the fire pit and fountains, card playing in the common areas and relaxation will be included. Wander on your own at the huge “Flea
Market” held each week, featuring Amish made furniture, crafts, food as well as home-grown produce. See livestock being auctioned as well. Theatre
performance, fabulous shoppes, bulk grocery stores, woodworkers, and beautiful floral quilt gardens are included in this trip. On our way home on Friday, we will
stop at Fair Oaks Farm, Fair Oaks, Indiana for an opportunity to see calves be born, pigs be birthed and the operations of a huge farm.
Continental Breakfast Monday 8:00 a.m.
Depart at 9:00 a.m. Monday, return at 8:00 p.m. Friday night
**Rich Criss will be on vacation Monday,
June 26th through Saturday, July 8th.
Emmanuel will once again be in charge of the PreK and
Kindergarten age group this year for VBS. So I will need
volunteers. VBS will be the last week in July 24-28.
Would like volunteers to be high school age or older.
Need someone to do lesson, music and games. I have
the material so just let me know. Sign up will be on the
bulletin board. I will also need rotation helpers. If you
have any questions please give me a call 563-212-0325.
Director of Children’s Ministries
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.
Our Christian sympathy is expressed to Rich, Lynelle & Allysa Criss and Matt &
Brittany VanDrew and family on the recent death of Lynelle’s father, Richard “Dick”
Bland. May they continue to feel God’s presence during this time.
Those who are healing and recovering:
Larry Eliasen and Margo Atherton
Those undergoing cancer treatments:
Jane Darby, Judy Becker, David Smith, Jake Vandermyde and Anita Gillard
Those who have long-term needs:
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.
Elwyn Nice and LaVerne Rose at Windsor Manor.
Our servicemen and women serving our country, including:
Jason Akker, Riley Coffey, Brad Eissens, Logan Frederick, Jacob Kunde, Rowdy
Lathrop, Austin VanDerLeest and Lloyd Wicker
Emmanuel Reformed Church
Saturday, June 17th
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
No Admission Fee to Look
Food Stand by Boy Scout Troop #96
Please bring 2 canned goods for the Morrison food pantry
Registration 9–11 / Judging at 11:00 / Awards at 2:00
Pre-entry cost by June 11th is $5 and day of show is $10
Pam’s office hours:
(Hours may vary during summer)
Pastor Rich’s day off: Thursdays (for the summer)
Rich C’s day off: Fridays
June’s Designated Benevolent Offering
Church World Service
Church World Service (CWS) is dedicated to assisting the
marginalized and vulnerable people of the world. CWS
help the world’s poorest by addressing basic needs like
food, water, and community infrastructure. Also, CWS
advocate for changes in policy, representing the voice of
poverty and injustice.
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 June 25th.
Serving Together as Christ’s Church,
The Missions Committee
|10th Annual YEAH Trip
“Warmth of Dallas, TX!”
A wonderful 10 day/9 night trip to
Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas!
Monday, February 12 thru Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Cost per person approximately $1995.00 inclusive (plus air fare) (based on double occupancy)
Please see Rich to sign up!
This trip will fill up quickly.
Following a two hour non-stop flight from the Quad Cities International Airport, Moline to Dallas, Texas, experience the excitement of luxurious accommodations at
the Homewood Suites in Dallas. While there, we will be transported by luxury motorcoach to our activities.
Activities include: John F. Kennedy Memorial and Assassination Spot; Sixth Floor at Dealey Plaza (Book Depository where gun was shot from); Dallas Cowboy
Stadium; Dallas Food Tour; George W. Bush Presidential Library; Dallas Zoo with monorail safari; Southfork Ranch dinner (where Dallas was filmed); experience a
black gospel church Sunday with Dallas Soul Tours and much, much more! Great food and fellowship, as expected!