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From Our Ministry Coordinator…
Upcoming dates/events
  
  • Saturday, Feb. 2 – 12:00 p.m.-YF Mission Team pizza pick-up (Fireside Rm)
  • Sunday, Feb. 3 – NO Jr. High JAM/5:00-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF Super Bowl Party
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club
  • Sunday, Feb. 10 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club
  • Sunday, Feb. 17 – NO Jr. High JAM or Sr. High YF
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club
  • Sunday, Feb. 24 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club

Jamie Rodriguez
Director of Jr. & Sr. High Ministries
H. S. Girls Bible Study
Times & Dates TBD

We are looking into finding the best
days/times for everyone to meet.
Please be sure to check social media!
Join us for Wednesday Night Activities
     
  5:30pm-6:15pm            Family Dinner
       
       
DELTA Club  
       
6:00pm-7:30pm           K-2nd & 3rd-5th
       6:30pm-7:30pm           Jr. High        

The winter term runs through March 13th.
"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 Kingdom Man Bible Study will be offered again. We will have 2 opportunities to get involved with this study
starting on Saturday, January 12 at 7 a.m. and on Sunday, January 13 at 3 p.m. A third time could be added if
the need exists. If you need materials for the study, please see or contact Scott Findley 309-236-3832 by
January 6 so the books can be ordered in time.

2019 will bring many opportunities to get involved with the men of Emmanuel.
Men’s Ministry is working on several events to further build relationships with the men of the church and with
Christ.  Some of the things we will be doing and some that we are still working on are.

  • Iron Sharpens Iron will be March 23rd
  • The Car Show will be August 24th
  • Movie and Pizza night
  • Grill and Gawk
  • Father Son Banquet
  • Skeet shoot
  • Men’s bible study

We are also looking for ways to serve our community and the members of our church.

We are looking forward to the New Year and what God has in store for Men’s Ministry here at Emmanuel!

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.      
                                                                                                       
1 Corinthians 16:13-15
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.
Please pray for the Davis family.

Those who are healing and recovering:
Arleen Alvarado, Margaret Pessman, 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.
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

February 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.
2019’s YEAH Events & Motor Coach Trips!
Please sign up with Rich for any of these trips.  Please only sign up if you are definitely planning on going.  Please do not simply sign up to “save a spot” should you decide to go!
No deposit is requested at time of sign-up, however payment in full is requested 30 days in advance.
No January Activity due to uncertain winter weather

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Wednesday, February 6 through Tuesday, February 19
Trip to Hawaii
(This trip is sold out and ticketed already.)

Thursday, March 14                        1:00-2:00 p.m.                St. Patrick’s Day Party
Come join together as we host a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day party for the residents at Resthave Home!  Spend an hour or so having fun, fellowship, refreshments and prizes as we celebrate shamrocks & leprechauns
with our brothers and sisters who are residing at Resthave.  More details will be presented, but please mark your calendars as we enjoy this event together!
Price: Free!

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Tuesday, April 16:                                         
12:00 Noon                      
Easter Potluck & Care Package Preparation for College Students
Come and join together as we have a great time celebrating Easter with a good old-fashioned pot luck meal, followed by an opportunity to bless the college students from Emmanuel.  In addition to a dish or two to pass,
please bring 2 dozen cookies or bars that we can use to create “packages of love” that will be sent to our college students to let them know we have not forgotten them and they are loved.  This will be a great time of
fellowship together.
Please sign up in the Christ Center by Sunday, April 14.
Beverages and table service provided.
Price: Free!

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Thursday, May 23                Depart:  Time TBA                Return:  Time TBA
MYSTERY TRIP!!!
Surprise, surprise…everything is a surprise!!
Price: $75.00 per person includes everything!

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Mon-Fri, June 10-14                Depart Monday at 8:00 a.m.           Return Friday at 4:00 p.m.
Adult Mission to Serve the Lansing City Rescue Mission, Lansing, MI
A unique opportunity to serve geared specifically for the 50+ age group
Monday will be a travel day as we head to Lansing, MI, stopping enroute for late breakfast/early lunch before arriving in Michigan.  We will stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, chosen due to the nice
accommodations but also because it offers a free hot breakfast each morning and a free evening supper is provided for hotel guests, as well. (There are restaurants within walking distance to this hotel if you care to eat
there instead of the complimentary supper at the hotel, but this will be at your own expense.)   

On Tuesday we will spend our first day of service at one of the three buildings of the Lansing City Rescue Mission.  With an estimated 5,000 people who identify themselves as homeless in the region, there is a huge
need for this ministry.  The mission’s executive director, Mark Criss, first cousin of Rich, said this mission with three buildings: one for males needing help; one for women and children needing assistance, and one for
persons struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.  100,000 meals each year are served from this rescue mission, and an average of 150 people each night receive shelter in this faith-based shelter.  Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday mid-mornings through late afternoon will be spent performing assistance such as painting, cleaning, sorting items for the thrift store, working in the food kitchen and other areas as needed.  
These activities will be specifically geared towards the physical abilities of the 50-60+ person with some of the work being able to be done until sitting.  On Friday, we will depart Lansing and head for Illinois, arriving
home late afternoon.

Every effort is being made to make this trip as affordable as possible.  Fundraising for this trip may be an option, as well, to cut down on expenses.

Price: $600 per person includes bus, lodging and all meals.

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Tuesday, July 30                Depart: 7:30 a.m.                        Return at 6:30 p.m.
Ball Brothers in concert at Fireside!!
When it comes to the Ball Brothers, forget what you know about other "gospel quartets." Because this unique group stands in stark contrast to many preconceived notions regarding traditional quartet music,

the Ball Brothers have found life "outside of the box." Tenor vocalist, Andrew, states, "We're a younger group and we're a different kind of group. At first, it was a struggle trying to imitate other groups and fit into the
proverbial 'southern gospel mold'. We finally stopped apologizing for what we weren't and have embraced the uniqueness of our God-given voices and harmonies. Since then, our musical horizons have expanded, and
our ministry has really taken off."

Since their formation in 2006, the Ball Brothers have rapidly made their mark in Christian music by finding a musical balance between the old and the new. "We've never been to a place where every person in the
audience was the same age. On the contrary, most places we go have a mixture of young, middle-aged, and older people. So, our music style and song selection is based around that blend. It's great to see a grandmother
and granddaughter worshiping together and enjoying the same music. We get to see that on a regular basis," says lead vocalist, Daniel.

Price: $75.00 per person includes Fireside’s famous Fish & Chicken Buffet, concert, motor coach and drivers tip

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Thursday, September 19                Depart 9:30 a.m.        Return 5:30 p.m.
“Spirit of Peoria” Riverboat Cruise with the Kramer Family in Christian Concert!
Celebrating our 24th year, RiverLife gospel music lunch cruises combine quality family-oriented entertainment with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. RiverLife cruises are sponsored by Hands of Love Ministry
and hosted by The Kramers and take place on the beautiful “Spirit of Peoria” paddle wheeler.  A delicious lunch buffet is served prior to the concert.
Price: $75.00 per person includes buffet lunch on the boat, concert, motor coach and drivers tip

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Wednesday, October 16                Depart: 10:45 a.m.                  Return: 5:30 p.m.
Circa 21: “Singing in the  Rain!”
Rated G
Tap your toes and sing along in this splashy adaptation of the celebrated and beloved film.
The "Greatest Movie Musical of All Time" is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay in Singin' in the Rain. Each unforgettable
scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin'
in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
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Price: $75.00 includes motor coach, lunch, show, dessert of choice and tips

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Thursday, November 14                1:00-2:00 p.m.                Harvest Party
Come join together as we host a wonderful Harvest party for the residents at Windsor Manor!  Spend an hour or so having fun, fellowship, refreshments and prizes as we celebrate the season of Harvest with our
brothers and sisters who are residing at Windsor Manor.  More details will be presented, but please mark your calendars as we enjoy this event together!
Price: Free!

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Wednesday, December 4        Depart: 10:45 a.m.                  Return: 5:30 p.m.
Circa 21: Christmas Show yet to be Announced
Knowing the awesome reputation of Circa 21’s Christmas shows, I have secured us excellent seats for the December 4 matinee performance of their Christmas show what will be announced in June, 2019.  

As soon as I know what the show will be, I will get the word out, but wanted to have the date and activity decided.
As always, this will feature a plated meal choice so you won’t have to manage a plate of food while navigating steps and ramps that are part of the Circa 21 experience.  

Of course…choice of dessert will be included!
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Price: $75.00 includes motor coach, lunch, show, dessert of choice and tips
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 $20 through Feb. 14, $25 after
that or at the door. Shirts are available for $12 (if wanted to wear for
the conference please order by Feb. 14).  You may call Brittany
VanDrew at 815-751-2682 to sign up, order a shirt or for more
questions. There are also sign-up sheets in the Christ Center.  Also,
you can like them on Facebook at Rooted in Christ.
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!!

UPCOMING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Look for details to be announced soon!
Registration for Camp Manitoqua will open
Feb 1st (to register, complete the on-line process at
Manitoqua.org)  If your child did not receive a letter with
the code, please contact me at 563-212-0325 or
lydiaohlsen@yahoo.com  

Everyone must be registered by March 1st in order to
guarantee their place and discount!!


God Bless,
Lydia Ohlsen
Director of Children's Ministries  
Dear Emmanuel family,

I write this letter to all of you the day before we are expecting to get our coldest temperatures and wind chills in many years!  I pray that you all stayed safe and sound during this, as by the time you read this,
temperatures are expected to have rebounded nicely to more seasonal norms.  Let us hope!

I wanted to focus this monthly letter to all of you on the theme…reach out and serve!  If you have seen our bulletin the past couple of weeks, you will notice there is an amazing new ministry coming to Emmanuel
Church!  This ministry will be coming to life in the next few weeks…one that has been needed at Emmanuel and in our community for a long time.  That need is specialized nursery services that would provide
child care for kids with special needs.  Director of Children’s Ministries Lydia Ohlsen recently met with Caitlin Pruis, Melissa Sterenberg and Katie Rodriguez to develop a plan and format for this ministry.  Out of
this meeting of four moms, the ministry F.U.E.L. was born.  F.U.E.L. stands for Families United in Experiencing the Lord.  This program will allow many families in our community the opportunity to worship
together, knowing their children are safe.  They are looking for interested individuals, high school aged and older, to sign up in the Fireside Room until February 10.  An informational meeting will be held in
February for those interested.  To learn more, please contact Katie Rodriguez or Lydia Ohlsen.  I am so excited about the ways God can use this ministry and so grateful to these four women who are willing to
take this on.  Please join them to help!

A second ministry area that is looking for servants is our YEAH aged family…those around 50 years of age and older who want to be able to be used by the Lord to make a difference.  If you have had a chance to
look at the 2019 YEAH schedule, you will notice there are four opportunities for ministry…opportunities that can include everyone!  The YEAH group is going to once again host fun afternoon get-togethers to bless
the residents at two of our local extended care facilities: Resthave Home and Windsor Manor.  A St. Patrick’s Day party will be held on Thursday, March 14 from 1-2:00 p.m. at Resthave and will be a great time of
fellowship as we play some games, award some prizes and enjoy some laughs with the folks at Resthave.  On Thursday, November 14 from 1-2:00 p.m., we will celebrate the Harvest season with the Windsor
Manor residents.  Both of these get togethers offer the Emmanuel and YEAH family the chance to provide joy to those who cannot live in their own homes any longer.  Won’t you give of an hour and bring smiles
to their faces?  

One other way YEAH will reach out is by enjoying one of our famous potluck dinners with an Easter theme on Tuesday, April 16 at 12 noon.  After we enjoy a great meal, we will assemble care packages for our
military members and college students.  What an opportunity to bridge the generational gap by reaching out to our students and those serving our country!  Please sign up for that fun event…you will be so glad you
did!

Finally, we are going to reach out in the name of Christ and serve those less fortunate in Lansing, MI during a five day, four night mission trip on June 10-14.   Monday will be a travel day as we head to Lansing,
MI, stopping enroute for late breakfast/early lunch before arriving in Michigan.  We will stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, chosen due to the nice accommodations but also because it offers a free hot
breakfast each morning and a free evening supper is provided for hotel guests, as well. (There are restaurants within walking distance to this hotel if you care to eat there instead of the complimentary supper at the
hotel, but this will be at your own expense.)   On Tuesday we will spend our first day of service at one of the three buildings of the Lansing City Rescue Mission.  With an estimated 5,000 people who identify
themselves as homeless in the region, there is a huge need for this ministry.  The mission’s executive director, Mark Criss, who happens to be my first cousin, leads this mission with three buildings: one for males
needing help; one for women and children needing assistance, and one for persons struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.  100,000 meals each year are served from this rescue mission, and an average of 150
people each night receive shelter in this faith-based shelter.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mid-mornings through late afternoon will be spent performing assistance such as painting, cleaning, sorting items for
the thrift store, working in the food kitchen and other areas as needed.  These activities will be specifically geared towards the physical abilities of the 50-60+ person with some of the work being able to be done
until sitting.  On Friday, we will depart Lansing and head for Illinois, arriving home late afternoon.

This is a first for us, and it offers a challenge for some of us to step out of our comfort zone and walk into a world that we sometimes would rather not see.  I hope many of you will seriously consider what the
Lord can do through us and join us as we spend this time in Michigan.  There is such a need…are you ready to step up and be a part of it?  You will come home feeling blessed by the experiences we will have
during those five days…I know you will!

Let’s have 2019 be the year where we all do what we can to help and serve others.  If you have any questions or want any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.  God is on the move!

Stay warm and safe these wintry days!  With hope, Rich Criss
February 2019 Menu:
(**Subject to change)

Wednesday, Feb. 6: Lydia Ohlsen, cook
Walking Tacos, Assorted Toppings & Churros

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Ritch & Heather Lindstrom, cooks
TBD

Wednesday, Feb. 20: Lydia Ohlsen, cook
Pulled Pork Sandwich, Chips, Baked Beans
& Cookies

Wednesday, Feb. 27: Brittany VanDrew/Lynelle Criss, cooks
Tater Tot Casserole
Congregational Budget Meeting
Emmanuel will hold a congregational meeting on
Sunday, February 17th   immediately following
Worship for the purpose of discussing and approving
the 2019 budget. Copies of the budget were placed in
your mailboxes on Sunday, February 10th.
Voices of Praise presents:
our 12th Spring celebration!

"Your Name"
Thursday, April 25 at 7:00
Friday, April 26 at 7:00
Sunday, April 28 at 7:00

2019 Consistory Teams
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the consistory members listed in the area of your concern.
1.        Pulpit Supply, Pastoral Prayer & Offertory Prayer committee:  Jason McDearmon and Ed Pruis
2.        Prayer Team:  Anna Ryder and Jeff McDearmon
3.        Congregational Care:  Al Wagenecht
4.        Communion Committee:  Tom Venhuizen and Doug Leech
5.        Audio Visual Team:  Dan Deter
6.        Youth Education:  Kasey Wiersema
7.        Buildings & Grounds:  Bill Bush, Ken Stralow and Al Wagenecht
8.        Vision Team: no one in charge as yet
9.        Missions:  Tom & Amy Venhuizen, Corey & Tammy Johnson, Martin & Becky Koster, Russ & Holly Wallander.
         
  Leader to be announced.
10.      Bylaw committee:  Denny Boeck & Russ Renner

2019 Executive Team consists of the VP of consistory (Jeff McDearmon), Clerk (Kim Vandermyde), Chair of the Deacons
(Bill Bush) and Treasurer (Jerry Lindsey)

Greeters
Feb. 3 – Lowell Gilman & Carol Heusinkveld
Feb. 10 – Kyle & Janae Janssen and family
Feb 17 – Jason & Renee Kuehl
Feb. 24 – Randy & Lois Kuehl
Ushers
Feb. 3 – Kasey Wiersema, Al Wagenecht, Don Reed
Feb. 10 – Art Pruis, Al Wagenecht, Ernie Renkes
Feb 17 – Tim VanZuiden, Al Wagenecht, Lloyd DeShane
Feb. 24 – Bill Bush, Al Wagenecht, Scott Weets
Acolytes
Feb. 3 – Ethan Bush and Connor Roberts
Feb. 10 – Corbin Allen and Cael Wright
Feb 17 – Megan Folkers and Gabbi Stichter
Feb. 24 – Joshua McDearmon and Ethan Farrand
Screens/DVD Operators
Feb. 3 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
Feb. 10 – Thomas Dauphin and Jacob Schlegel
Feb. 17 – Addi Wiersema and Isaiah McDearmon
Feb. 24 – Thomas Dauphin and Mitchell Johnson
Mar. 3 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
Nursery
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
Feb. 3 – Brittany VanDrew, Missy Mouw, Megan Muur
Feb. 10 – Hilary McDearmon, Heather Lindstrom, Mackenzie Ryder
Feb 17 – Holly Wallander, Andrea Folkers, Lauren Schlegel
Feb. 24 – Dawn Roberts, Sam Wiersema, Zach Coons
**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!
Magnifying Our Missions

February’s Designated Benevolent Offering
Emmanuel Reformed Church’s Christian Love and Care Fund
Your giving to this fund helps support individuals close to our church family who find themselves
facing financial hardships such as utility assistance, food, clothing, auto repair, and home repair just
to mention a few. Names of those who are helped are always kept confidential, but they quickly
come to know that they are thought of, cared about, and prayed for by a member of our pastoral
staff.

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 February 24th.

Joining Together to Glorify God,

The Missions Committee
Martin & Becky Koster, Tom & Amy Venhuizen, Corey & Tammy Johnson
and Russ & Holly Wallander
1
Jim Landheer
Dawson Sterenberg
John & Karen Mouw        
2
Hadley Vandermyde
Ailey Wright
3
Connie Pruis
4
Hayden Druien
Brad Venhuizen
5
Tyler Davis
Jason McDearmon
Nancy Tucker
Nick & Judy Becker        
6
Kollin Burn
7
Tim Ebbers
8
Charme Millard
Sarah Schmidt
9
Kelsey Challand
Cassandra Osborn
11
Andrea Folkers
13
Todd Schlegel        
14
Kim Challand
Wayne & Marilyn Akker
Terry & Sue Costello

Lloyd & Pat DeShane
Don & Bonnie Reed       
16
Mason Muur
17
Devin Mouw
18
Austin Adams
Russ Wallander
21
Carol (Kurt) Stralow
Dan & Connie Heusinkveld
22
Nicole Reed
23
Wesley VanderEide
24
Sue Bush
25
Beth Wiersema
27
Kenadi Buikema
Dewey Mulnix
Terry & Brenda Mayfield        
28
Sue Costello
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