April 19, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for April 19, 2020

APRIL WORSHIP SERVICES:  All in-person worship services and activities are canceled for the month of April.  Streamed worship services will be available every Sunday by 9:30 a.m.  Please join us!

These services help us worship and hear God’s Word each week.  Streaming can be accessed through our Pella 2 Website (pella2crc.org), through our Facebook page (facebook.com/secondcrc), or on our YouTube Channel (bit.ly/Pella2).

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathy to Robert Rus on the death of his mother, Dorothy Rus on April 13.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

We wish a happy birthday to Virginia Van Kooten who will celebrate her 92nd birthday on April 21 and pray for God’s blessings for her.

NEWSLETTER REQUEST:  If you are graduating (or know someone who is) from eighth grade, high school or college (or other degree) this year, we’re planning the next newsletter and would love to hear from you!  Please contact Ryan Hoekstra (hoekstrateam@iowatelecom.net) and we’ll send you a brief questionnaire to respond to!

TODAY DEVOTIONALS AVAILABLE:  The May/June Today Devotionals have been placed in the enclosure of the elevator entrance so please pick up your copy any time.  These devotionals can also be found digitally online each day at www.todaydevotional.com.

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for Children’s Bulletins for two different ages, a page to color and an activity sheet for 7+.

UPDATE FROM THE LE MAHIEU FAMILY: dated April 16 – Dear family and friends, This is just a quick update to let you know that we arrived back in the U.S. almost a week ago.  It was a long trip but uneventful.  (We went from Ukarumpa – Goroka – Port Moresby – Honiara [Solomon Islands] – Honolulu – San Francisco – Dallas – Milwaukee).  Thank you so much for your prayers for us during this time.  The good-byes were difficult.  We continue to pray for friends and colleagues back in Papua New Guinea and others who have returned to their home countries.

We are living in Gibbsville, WI, in a mission home provided by the Gibbsville Refomed Church.  We  have been able to see Leif as well as Doug’s family (from a distance) and hope to see Cole soon.  We are living day by day and have not yet formulated any furlough plans.  Love and blessings, Doug, Benita, Noah and Tia

PURSUING PASTORAL MINISTRY?  If you are being called to pursue pastoral ministry in the CRC through seminary training, did you know that Classis Central Plains wishes to support you through prayer, encouragement and a financial scholarship?  To learn more information, please contact Aaron Gunsaulus at pastor.newtoncrc@gmail.com or by phone at 641-792-2162.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe the Son Ascended to Heaven – Join Groundwork as we study Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11, John 16:4-15, and Ephesians 1:18-23 to better understand why Jesus’ ascension into heaven is good and comforting for us, discover what he’s doing now and learn how we should respond.   Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  X-Monsters – Liz finds himself lost in the middle of his own X-Monsters adventure.  How can he use his skill and knowledge to survive in this video game world?  Listen at kidscorner.net.

KIDS CORNER AUDIO DRAMA:  Check out Kids Corner’s Bible Stories Podcast, an immersive audio drama series that retells the greatest stories of the Bible!  Choose from 30 stories spanning from Creation through the history of the Early Church, organized chronologically and thematically, each with its own coloring page. Learn more at network.crna.org/childrens-ministry/dramas-telling-greatest-stories-bible

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP -From Psalm 65: 8:  “The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.”  Make this passage your morning and evening prayer this week.  During the day, look for God’s “wonders” and point them out to the people you share life with.

KIDS IN ACTION DURING COVID-19:  Kids Corner wants to create an encouraging and fun video to tell the stories of real kids doing God’s work in the world during COVID-19.  Know someone 18 or younger creating great sidewalk art to cheer up neighbors?  A family sewing hospital masks for the local ER?  A kid who’s leading online worship with music?  Send us your videos and pictures and help us tell their story.  We’ll compile stories and create a video to share the good news of kids serving God during this difficult time.  To start, check out the KC you tube channel at www.youtube.com/c/kidscornertv to see past Kids in Action videos and get an idea of the way we tell stories.  Then check out kidscorner.reframemedia.com/kids-in-action-during-covid-19 for video tips and to learn how to send us your story.