Pastor's Page October 2017
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What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? Whether you make a gratitude list or write what
you’re thankful for in a prayer journal, it’s likely that many items on your list are people, blessings,
or attributes of God like His grace and love. “During this Thanksgiving season, I have a confession
to make. It’s easier for me to be thankful for some of God’s attributes more than others. It’s
effortless for me to rejoice in God’s attributes of love and faithfulness. I savor His forgiveness and
provision. It’s easy for me to be thankful He is my Savior and Healer.

However, I don’t delight as easily in some of God’s other characteristics. How can I understand a
God whose nature is incomprehensible? Where is the joy in descriptions of God the Father as a
Consuming Fire and Jesus as a Man of Sorrows? And I struggle to be thankful that God is a holy
and jealous God.”

Dare I say most of us thank God for His blessings, His grace, the joy He imparts, and His
everlasting love. But being thankful for God means we are thankful for all of Him and all that He
is—even if we don’t fully understand every part of Him. The problem with only praising certain
attributes of God is that we start to define God by what we like. Here are 4 attributes of God that
aren’t often echoed in my prayer life – but they should be, and Lord willing, will be as I
contemplate them more.

Be thankful for God’s incomprehensibility.   (Read Psalm 145:3)
God’s incomprehensibility reminds us that God is greater than we are and that His ways are higher.
We should be in awe of who He is and that our minds cannot fully grasp His infinite nature.
Because God can never be fully known, those who seek to know God should be deeply humbled in
the process, realizing that they will always have more to learn. The appropriate response to God is a
heart of wonder and awe in light of his incomprehensible greatness.”    

Be thankful for God’s jealousy.    (Read Psalm Exodus 34:4)
The words jealousy, jealousness, jealously, jealous etc. carry a negative connotation in our culture.
We automatically put it in the sin pile because for humans it's hard to understand jealousy apart from
sin. But, God displays a sin-free, love filled jealousy for us God’s jealousy is not the same as human
jealousy. He is jealous for our eternal good. The jealousy of God is actually a wonderful thing. In the
original language, the word means to have zeal over one's property; it means “Hands off! This
belongs to me!”

Be thankful that God is an impartial judge.  (Read Romans 2:11)
Does this statement ring true to anyone but me? When we’re wronged, we demand God’s justice:
“Punish them!” But when we are wrong, we appeal to His mercy and compassion. In our world, and
even in the Christian church Too quickly we forget to forgive others as Christ forgave us at the cross
and as He continues to forgive us. For there is nothing that cannot be forgiven at the cross.

Be thankful that God is a consuming fire.  (Read Hebrews 12:28-29)
Our God is holy and any sin is an affront to Him, no matter how small. His consuming fire is just and
righteous, but it can also be daunting to us as sinners. This fire, which will consume His enemies, is
also a refiner’s fire for you and me. Just as extreme heat burns away the dross in precious metals,
God’s consuming fire purifies us. His Holy Spirit works to sanctify us—to set us apart from a sinful
world to a holy God.

May every name and attribute of God motivate us to joyful praise and cause us to be thankful. Every
name. Every attribute. Because together, they are the glory that is our wonderful, awesome God!

~ Pastor Rich

**Please remember… If you are unable to be here on your assigned Sunday, it is your responsibility to
make arrangements to trade with someone.
November 1, 2018   
Dear family of Emmanuel,
As we begin this month of Thanksgiving, I am reminded how thankful I am for so many things here at Emmanuel.  We are not a perfect church and with all churches, there will always be things that
need to be improved upon, but I take great comfort in knowing the Church is not a haven for saints, it is a hospital for sinners.  None of us are perfect, for only One walked on this earth that was.  But
because of God’s immeasurable grace, we are all able to belong to the family of God.  We are sinners saved by grace.  And for that promise and assurance, I am very thankful.
As I write this, I want to
celebrate some of those areas I am thankful for:

And the list goes on and on!  We do have so much to be thankful for.  And for that, I praise God!  May each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

With hope,
Rich C.
Jamie Rodriguez
Director of Jr. & Sr. High 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.

Those who are healing and recovering:
Jordan Wright, Dick Ebbers, Brayden Deuth, Judy Becker, John VanderSchaaf and Marv

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

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.
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
Magnifying Our Missions
November’s Designated Benevolent Offerings
Food for the Hungry

Food for the Hungry seeks to end ALL forms of human poverty.  They partner with churches,
leaders, and families working to eliminate world poverty and reveal God’s purpose to each
person.  Food for the Hungry is inspired and led by Christian beliefs serving without regard to
race, creed, or nationality.  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 November 25th.

The Missions Committee of Emmanuel Reformed Church
Corey & Tammy Johnson, Martin & Becky Koster, Tom Venhuizen and Pastor Rich
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
We look forward to hearing from you!

ALL women of the church are invited to attend Women's Ministry Events - high school graduates
thru age 99!  Come fellowship and enjoy!!


*Tuesday, December 4th @ 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room (*please note change of date)
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.  Contact Robin Henard with any questions.
Come enjoy fun and fellowship!!
Nov. 4 – Pat Dykstra & Dick Bergman
Nov. 11 – Daniel & Sarah Deter and family
Nov. 18 – Rick & Glenda Deter
(Thanksgiving Eve) Nov. 21 – Shauna Davis and family
Nov. 25 – Gregg & Tami Dolan
Nov. 4 – Corey Johnson, Tom Millard, Ernie Renkes
Nov. 11 – Al Wagenecht, Tom Millard, Russ Renner
Nov. 18 – Ben Carpenter, Tom Millard, Jim Landheer
(Thanksgiving Eve) Nov. 21 – Scott Findley, Tom Millard, Steve Hook
Nov. 25 – Jerry Lindsey, Tom Millard, Art Pruis
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
Nov. 4 – Kim Vandermyde, Lydia Ohlsen, Hannah Stralow, Zach Coons
Nov. 11 – Brittany VanDrew, Sarah Schmidt, Claire Coons, Marissa Folkers
Nov. 18 – Ken & Carol Stralow, Baylee Merema, Hannah Wallander
(Thanksgiving Eve) Nov. 21 – Volunteers Needed!!
Nov. 25 – Hilary McDearmon, Missy Mouw, Anna Lindstrom, Kayla Carpenter
Nov. 4 – Megan Folkers and Nathan Davis
Nov. 11 – Ethan Farrand and Cael Wright
Nov. 18 – Joshua McDearmon and Connor Roberts
Nov. 25 – Luke Carpenter and Ethan Bush
Screens/DVD Operators
Nov. 4 – Thomas Dauphin and Luke Millard
Nov. 11 – Hannah Stralow and Hannah Wallander
Nov. 18 – Addi Wiersema and Sarah Wallander
Nov. 25 – David Stralow and Jacob Schlegel
Dec. 2 – Thomas Dauphin and Luke Millard
From Our Ministry Coordinator…

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Walking into the Youth Room on Wednesday evenings and seeing all the couches full of junior high students gathering for Bible Study presented in a way that relates to their lives.
Feeding 150-210 people of all ages each week for our Wednesday night meals.
Having our praise teams invited to reach outside our walls by providing nights of worship at the EPIC Center, a new ministry location in Fulton.  
Having 14 vehicles signed up to bless our community’s children at our first-ever “Trunk or Treat” event for Halloween night.  Additionally, others volunteered to provide candy,  
treats, cookies and help  serve hot chocolate to anyone who would like some in our gym.
Experiencing the stories and testimonies of the six couples and families during the New Members Luncheon and welcoming them in as new members on October 28.
Having the opportunity to have our Deacons utilize the “Christian Love and Care Fund” to reach out beyond our membership and help a young mom with car repairs she could
not afford which allows her to get to work and provide for her children.
Being able to help a homeless veteran with some immediate needs.
Remembering the ministry of volunteers that give of themselves in so many areas around our church.
Sitting with two tables of ladies in Bible Study each Wednesday morning being able to share and laugh and cry together while spending time in God’s Word.
Hearing the music that comes from the hearts of our choir and EVOP as they give of themselves each week.
Fall Mission Project for The Emmanuel DELTA Club
Each year we adopt a local outreach program and work to support their
mission.  This year we have selected to support the Weets family in Jeg’s
Fight Against NPC. We will be collecting monetary donations that the
Weets family can use toward whatever the family needs. The GoFundMe
page will provide more information:  
If you would like to make a donation please give it to Lydia or to Pam
in the office.
Help Wanted: The final Wednesday
night of DELTA Club for the fall will be
November 14th from 6:00-7:30 pm and we
will be having a fall fest with hayrack
rides.  We are looking for 2 tractors with
hayracks (with drivers) who would be
willing to take the kids on rides.  Please
contact Lydia @ 563-212-0325 or Sam @
815-718-5204 if you would be able to help
with this.  Thank you!
Please join us at 9:00 am on Sunday,
December 2nd for Emmanuel's
Sunday school program!

The stage is set in red and green, the Kids
Christmas Choir is waiting in the wings,
the script is written, and the narrators for
this year’s Christmas concert are all set   
and ready to go – well, all but one.  
This is the setting for this year's program
"For the Glory of the King"
Upcoming dates/events
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.-HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
  • Sunday, Nov. 4 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club
  • Saturday, Nov. 10 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.-HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
  • Sunday, Nov. 11 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club (Final night until
  • Saturday, Nov. 17 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.-HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
  • Sunday, Nov. 18 – NO Jr. High JAM or Sr. High YF
  • Saturday, Nov. 24 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.-HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
  • Sunday, Nov. 25 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
Sr. High YF Mission Team
Cookie Fundraiser
November 11-25

$17 per box of pre-portioned frozen
cookie dough pieces available in these
choices: Chunky Chocolate Chip, Peanut
Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar, M&M
Candies, White Chocolate Macadamia,
Triple Chocolate, Snickerdoodle,
Monster, Peanut Butter Cup, Carmel
Pecan Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
Spice, Mint Chocolate Chip & Toasted

Delivery/pick-up will be Sat., Dec.15
at 12:00 p.m. in the gymnasium.
To order, contact any YF mission
team member.
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.
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, November 18th   
Immediately following Morning Worship
for the purpose of electing 2019 Elders and Deacons
Remember to set your clocks back one hour before
going to bed on Saturday, Nov. 3rd  so that you
arrive to church at the correct time on Sunday.

Pam will be out of town on vacation
Saturday, Nov. 3rd through Wednesday,
Nov. 7th.  She will return to the office on
Thursday, Nov. 8th.  
Our 12th Christmas celebration:

“The King Is Here”

Friday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday December 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Join Emmanuel’s
for a night of Worship
Friday, November 16
at 7:00pm at the
EPIC Center
Everyone is invited to attend a night of Worship at the EPIC Center (formerly Trinity
Reformed Church, 514 13th Ave., Fulton) on Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m.  
Emmanuel's own "Exaltation" praise team has been invited to lead an hour of worship
music and is thrilled to reach outside our walls to help this new ministry to the Fulton
and surrounding areas.  Pastor Ralph Beidler of Spring Valley Reformed Church and
Rev. Kevin Verhoeven will share briefly during the worship night about the ministries
they represent in this new ministry.  In addition, a support group for those battling
addiction meets weekly.   A free will offering will be received to benefit the EPIC
Center.  Please mark your calendars and join with Exaltation in worship that night.
Welcome to Our New Members . . .
Laurie Adolph, 701 Deerview Ln., Morrison
*Patricia Nice
Michael Vegter, Hannah Norman & Emerson, 16180 Greenland Dr., Morrison
Nicholas & Samantha Volckmann, 203 Maple Ave., Morrison
*Russ, Holly, Justin, Emily, Hannah & Sarah Wallander
Todd Workman, McKenzie Neubauer & Kortlyn, 19660 Henry Rd., Morrison

*Already appear in church directory.
YEAH Hosts Thanksgiving Party at Windsor Manor
You are all cordially invited to come join together in
ministry to the residents at Windsor Manor as we host a
wonderful Thanksgiving party from 1-2 p.m. on
Tuesday, November 20.  Spend an hour blessing our
brothers and sisters at Windsor Manor by having fun,
fellowship, refreshments and giving prizes as we
celebrate Thanksgiving together.

This is an awesome opportunity to be the Church outside
our walls.
Please sign up by Sunday, November 18th
on the bulletin board near the office.

November Volunteers
November 2018 Menu:
Wednesday, Nov. 7: Ritch & Heather Lindstrom, cooks
Soup Supper: Chili / Chicken Noodle Soup / Broccoli Cheese Soup, Breadsticks & Brownies

Wednesday, Nov. 14: Brittany VanDrew & Lynelle Criss, cooks
(last dinner until January 2019)
Leftover Buffet:  Pulled Turkey Sandwiches (BBQ/Plain), Goulash, Salisbury Steak,
Green Beans, Ice Cream and more…
Join us for our annual
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Wednesday, November 21st
7:00 p.m.

Blended Worship with traditional
Thanksgiving hymns with organ &
piano, worship music led by a
praise band, an inspirational
message by
Pastor Rich Davis
and an exciting anthem by our
Sanctuary Choir.
Jason & Renee
Claire Coons
Karla Green
Aiden Roberts        
Nancy Venhuizen
Gary Meyer
Deb Pruis
Tom Venhuizen
Becky Koster
Allyssa Renner
Kathy Schoaf
Ava Wolever
Larry VanDerLeest
Daniel & Sarah Deter
Al & Lydia Ohlsen
Connie Heusinkveld
Lynn & Sue Patten
Lisa Bush
Lowell Gilman
McKenzie Neubauer        
Ryan & Tosha Venema
Peyton Buis
Mike Challand
David Meyer
Cal Vandermyde
Marilyn Akker
Ryan VanZuiden
Deb Wikoff
Lydia Ohlsen
Frank & Carolyn
Avery Venhuizen
Nate & Ashley

Mike Mills
Elivia Decker
Marv VanZuiden
Bob & Lois Wiebenga
Ryan Damhoff
Pastor Rich Davis
Madison Schlegel
Joy Tegeler

Susie Holbrook
Jamie Rodriguez
John Sterenberg        
Renee Kuehl
Scott Meinsma        
Dennis Boeck
Virgil Bush
Kyle McCoy
Paul Wikoff
Bill Bird
Dawn Bush
Rich Criss
Jonathan Deter
Tiny VanderVinne
Kathy Hogue
Suzi Mills
Nancy Rutledge
Mark Schuler
Meghan Sterenberg
Ethel VanZuiden
Tyler Peters        
William Buis
Joshua McDearmon
Jim Strating
202 East Morris Street, Morrison, IL  61270
Church office:  815-772-3890    Fax:  815-772-2279