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.

All of our college students, including those currently studying abroad: Allysa
Criss in Bangor, Wales & Eryn Young in London, England
Please pray for the Davis family.

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

John VanderSchaaf has pneumonia and is currently a patient at Morrison
Community Hospital.

Those who are healing and recovering:
Judy Leech, Ray Bardell, Susan Schuler and Allen Buikema

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

Those who have long-term needs:  
Linda Damhoff, 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
May 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.
Greeters
May 5 – Gary & Dawn Meyer
May 12 – Mike & Suzi Mills and family
May 19 – Doug & Aimee Mouw and family
May 26 – Dewey & Karen Mulnix
June 2 – John & Karen Mouw
Ushers
May 5 – Bill Bush, Al Wagenecht, Lloyd DeShane
May 12 – Scott Weets, Al Wagenecht, Corey Johnson
May 19 – Daniel Deter, Al Wagenecht, Scott Mouw
May 26 – Ben Carpenter Al Wagenecht, Russ Renner
June 2 – Mike Damhoff, Kim Vandermyde, Kevin Buis
Acolytes
May 5 – Luke Carpenter and Ethan Bush
May 12 – Connor Roberts and Corbin Allen
May 19 – Cael Wright and Megan Folkers
May 26 – Gabbi Stichter and Joshua McDearmon
June 2 – Luke Carpenter and Ethan Farrand
Screens/DVD Operators
May 5 – Joshua McDearmon and Sarah Wallander
May 12 – Addi Wiersema and Jacob Schlegel
May 19 – Marissa Folkers and Isaiah McDearmon
May 26 – Shelby Wiersema and Mitchell Johnson
June 2 – Joshua McDearmon and Hannah Wallander
Nursery
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
May 5 – Sam Wiersema, Tammy Johnson, Megan Muur
May 12 – Janae Janssen, Lois Kuehl, Sarah Wallander
May 19 – Andrea Folkers, Breeanne Findley, Zach Coons
May 26 – Jess Wroble, Carla Bush, Addi Wiersema
June 2 – Sarah Schmidt, Kenzie Neubauer, Lauren Schlegel
Magnifying Our Missions
May’s Designated Benevolent Offering
Audio Scripture Ministries
Audio Scripture Ministries helps non-readers have access to God’s Word with audio recordings of the Bible in
their own heart language. In a tough world, God’s Word in audio can provide some hope and the knowledge
that there is a God who loves them enough to send His Own Son.

Audio Scriptures personnel record the Bible in other languages using native speakers, distribute digital audio
Bibles to non-readers, and work world-wide with international partners to help them distribute audio players.
For example, Wild-life Story Tellers are available for traumatized children so they can be comforted by Bible
stories read in their native language.

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 May 26th.

Serving Together as Christ’s Church,
The Missions Committee
Martin & Becky Koster, Tom & Amy Venhuizen, Corey & Tammy Johnson and
Russ & Holly Wallander

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Upcoming dates/events
  • Sunday, May 5 – NO Jr. High JAM
             5:00-7:00 p.m.-YF Mission Team Mexican Dinner Fundraiser
            “Celebrating Cinco de Mayo”  
  • Sunday, May 12 – NO Jr. High JAM or Sr. High YF (Mother’s Day)
  • Saturday, May 18 – Meat Sale Sorting/Pick Up
  • Sunday, May 19 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:00 p.m.-YF Parent & Mission
    Team Mtg/           6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Sunday, May 26 – NO Jr. High JAM or Sr. High YF (Graduation/Memorial Day
    weekend)
  • Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day Parade (Flag carrying @ Community State Bank)
  • Sunday, June 2 – 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 2nd

  • June 9-15– YF Mission Trip to Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Jamie Rodriguez
Director of Jr. & Sr. High Ministries
May 1, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Here I sit in my office, just hours after the last note of our Spring Cantata ended.  I am overwhelmed by what the Lord did this weekend.  The Holy Spirit was so strong and we have been told in person,
on Facebook posts, and in phone messages that hearts were touched and changed.  We praise God for that.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to each of you who had a part in this major event
that drew over 1000 people to our sanctuary.  This weekend is so much more than the singers in EVOP, it is so many of you that give of yourselves in the kitchen, child care, ushering, greeting, running
sound and screens, setting up tables and chairs, baking MANY cookies…and the list goes on.  It takes an army, and the army showed up!

On a lesser scale in terms of numbers, although equally significant, about 19 members of the YEAH group came together and enjoyed a delicious potluck meal during Holy Week and provided and packed
30 care packages for our college students and military personnel.  Through the generosity of those who gave your time, made donations towards postage, baked the goodies and brought in snack packs,
our college students and military members were reminded that they are loved and being prayed for.  We who gathered together that Tuesday have already decided we will do this again next February and
send Valentines’ boxes to them.  We hope more of you will come and be a part of it as we had a great time.

Another opportunity for adult service is being offered, but sadly may have to be cancelled.  Wanting to have a new and exciting opportunity to serve those less fortunate, I was encouraged to organize a
summer service week specifically designed for the 50+ adult.  Plans have been made to spend five days in Lansing, Michigan serving the Lansing City Rescue Mission, a huge organization that serves the
homeless, many battling addictions of some sort, in the downtown Lansing area.  Duties would range from light maintenance, to cleaning, perhaps simple painting, kitchen work and helping our in their
thrift store.  To date, only 7 people have signed up to go, and this trip will not be financially feasible unless we have 20 participants.  If we do not reach this number by May 10, the trip will have to be
cancelled.  This is such a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others doing duties that are not too cumbersome for the 50+ adult.  If you are considering this and have questions, please
ask me for information.  I know when we come home, we will all be blessed!

I look forward to other opportunities that we can serve others.  This is what we are called to do, no matter our age.  I once heard a pastor preach that we have to be careful not to be so “heavenly
minded that we become no earthly good.”  I think that is a great reminder for all of us.

Let’s continue to make a difference in this world as part of the greater Church!  

With hope,
Rich
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.
The Emmanuel Car Show Trophy Drive
will be held Sunday, May 5 in the Fireside Room after worship.
There are 10 “Best of” trophies at $35 each
and 30 regular trophies at $25 each.
There also will be a basket for donations to help
with other items such as door prizes.

Emmanuel’s 7th Annual Car-Truck-Motorcycle Show
will be held Saturday, August 24th from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
on Main Street in Morrison
Any questions, please see Lloyd DeShane.
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive
Tuesday, May 14th  
12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
at Emmanuel Reformed in the gymnasium
To make an appointment, contact Deb Eissens @ 309-714-2008.  
Emmanuel Reformed Church’s
Sr. High YF Mission Team
invites you to a Mexican Dinner








Sunday, May 5th

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
in the Gymnasium @ 202 E. Morris St., Morrison
Free-will donation – proceeds go towards their
South Dakota Mission Trip in June.

Beef Tacos
Chicken Quesadillas
Rice
Beans
Salsa & Assorted Toppings
Desserts
**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!
YF Meat Sale Pick Up
Saturday, May 18th
9:30 -11:00 a.m.
in the Gymnasium of The
Christ Center
* May 5th will be our last day for Sunday School classes.

* May 12th Mother’s Day:
    2nd graders will receive their Bibles during our 9:00 a.m. Sunday Celebration.
    K thru 5th grade classes will host coffee hour.  

*
VBS will be June 24-28. Emmanuel will once again be helping with the preschool and Kindergarten
    kids. I will be looking for volunteers, high school age and older. I will need volunteers for
    Lessons, Music, Games, Crafts and Helpers to lead the kids to and from activities. Please sign up
    on the board in the Christ Center.  The theme this year is “SHIPWRECKED.  RESCUED BY
    JESUS.”

    Lydia Ohlsen
    Director of Children’s Ministries
May 5th is our final day of Sunday School.  
Thank you all of our teachers for your work
this year.  You are appreciated for all you do!

Preschool – Dana Verdick and Amber Wright
K-1st Grade – Katie Rodriguez, Jim and Diane Landheer
2nd-3rd Grade – Breeanne Findley and Nicole Reed
4th & 5th Grade – Jason McDearmon
Jr. High Girls – Anna and Mackenzie Ryder
Jr. High Boys – Martin Koster
Little Folks Choir Director – Hilary McDearmon
2nd Grader’s will be presented
with their bibles on
Sunday, May 12th
2019 Graduates
8th Grade / High School / College

We will  be celebrating our graduates during
our 9:00 a.m. Sunday Celebration on May 26th.  
Please let the church office know your graduate’s information
by
Wed., May 15th so we can make the necessary arrangements. 815.772.3890       
secretarypam@frontier.com
STAFF OUT OF THE OFFICE

Pam will be out of town on vacation Tuesday, May 28th  through Tuesday, June 4th.  
She will return to the office on Wednesday, June 5th.  
The following Memorial Gifts have been made to the Emmanuel  Library in Memory of:

Family members passed on by Randy and Lois Kuehl, Denise Kuehl, Kevin Schisler, Stan and Kathy
Merema, Bernard and Kathryn DamhoffRaymond and Kathryn Bielema by Arnie and Linda Damhoff
Jim Fulton by Karine Fulton
Loved ones passed on by Mark and Connie Pruis
New Books made possible by the donations:
    The Memory House by Rachel Hauck
    Looking Into You by Chris Fabry
    Invisible by Travis Thrasher
    Here’s To Friends by Melody Carlson
    Hometown Ties by Melody Carlson
    Mercy’s Flight by Tammy L. Gray
    The Tinder Box by Beverly Lewis
    An Amish Home by Beth Wiseman
    The Discovery Saga Collection by Wanda Brunstetter
    Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton
    Brunch at Bittersweet’s Café by Carla Laureano
    New Beginnings Series by Mary Ellis
           #1 Living in Harmony, #2 Love Comes to Paradise, #3 A Little Bit of Charm
    Men of Lancaster County Series 1-4 by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner
    #1 The Amish Groom, #2 The Amish Blacksmith, #3 The Amish Clockmaker,
    #4 The Amish Widower
    An Amish Homestead Series by Amy Clipston
           #1 A Place at Our Table, #2 Room on the Porch Swing, #3 A Seat by the Hearth
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Our 8th annual Sharing Table will begin Sunday, June 2nd  in the
Fireside Room and will continue each week into October. This table has been a
wonderful tool to support the missions ministry of Emmanuel church.  Garden
flowers, vegetables, herbs, produce, baked goods, jams and jellies are all
welcome and have been enjoyed in the past!!
Saturday, May 11 – Letter Carrier Food Drive
Please leave non-perishable food items or
personal/cleaning supplies by your mailbox.  
They will begin picking up items at 9:00 a.m.
All items collected will go directly to
Morrison Food Pantry.
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On Tuesday, May 14th at 4:00 p.m.
we will meet at Kelly Park for a
Moms in Prayer prayer walk.  
RSVP by May 7th to Sam Wiersema
@ 815-718-5204.  
Also, if you are interested in attending one
of the other prayer walks, let Sam know.
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive
Tuesday, May 14th  
12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
at Emmanuel Reformed
in the gymnasium
To make an appointment, contact Deb Eissens @ 309-714-2008.  
1
Jan Bush
Isaiah McDearmon MaKayla Mulnix
Shayna VanDerLeest
2
Andrea Wolever        
3
Carol (Ken) Stralow
John & Rhonda Woods
4   
Angela Adams
Hannah Norman
Colton Vandermyde
Pat Young
Casey & Caitlin Pruis
7
Doug Bush
Tonya Jensen
Kyle VanDerLeest
Samantha Wiersema
Gwendolyn Wroble        
8
Steve Hook
Randy Kuehl
Lauryn Kuehl
Jason Wroble
10
Rowdy Lathrop
Janice McCoy
Marcia Todd
11
Clarita Vandermyde
13
John & Katrina Ruchotzke        
14
Lynelle Criss
Doug & Bonnie Bush        
15
Dustin Vandermyde
Matt VanDrew
Kurt & Carol Stralow        
16
Dawn Roberts
17
Bhodi Janssen
Baylee Merema
Mason Mills
Sydney Mills
David Stralow
Dana Verdick        
18
Hilary McDearmon
Uryah Wright
Bob & Lori VanZuiden
19
Nick Becker
20
Jarrett Ruchotzke
21
Ken Burn
Kayla Carpenter
Ernie Renkes
Darryl & Kathy Hogue    
22
Tammy Johnson
Todd Muur
Jerry & Linda Schlegel
23
Tim Dauphin
Thomas Vandermyde       
24
Paul & Karla Andersen
Jim & Paulette Strating
25
Tylr Dolan
Richard McCoy
Sarah Ohlsen
Carson Verdick        
26
Arlene McBride
Elwyn Nice
Justin Wallander
Ken Zuithoff
Mike & Suzi Mills        
27
Roger Stralow
Roger & Sheila Osborn
28
Teri Bealer
30
Alan Johnson
Dana McCoy
31   
Phil Bealer
Elizabeth Green
Jessica Jensen
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Greeters
May 5 – Gary & Dawn Meyer
May 12 – Mike & Suzi Mills and family
May 19 – Doug & Aimee Mouw and family
May 26 – Dewey & Karen Mulnix
June 2 – John & Karen Mouw