April 5, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for April 5, 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.  We will also stream a Good Friday service on April 10 that will be available by 7:00 p.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).

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.

DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER?  If you would like to have a written copy of Pastor Paul’s sermons sent to you while we are not meeting together, call the office (628-2966).

SCOOP THE HEARTHSTONE LOOP!  This Sunday the Wellness Team at the Hearthstone Communities of Fair Haven East and Pella Manor have organized a Scoop the Hearthstone Loop.  Our residents have shared that during this time of isolation one of the hardest times is on Sundays when they are not able to be with their church families.  As a way of helping to lift their spirits you are invited to help them feel connected and valued THIS SUNDAY, April 5, from 4:00-4:30 by driving by and honking and waving and sharing in a spirit of community and love.  Our residents will be on their balconies and at their windows.  The route starts from Main Street — turn east on Independence St. and go two blocks, turn north on East 2nd St. and go two blocks, then east on Liberty St., drive into the parking lot and back out, continuing to East 3rd St., and turn south.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL has an opening for a Study Skills Instructor.  Interested candidates can contact Principal Dan Van Kooten at vankootend@pceagles.org for more information.  The teacher application packet for this opening is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

UPDATE #2 FROM THE LE MAHIEU FAMILY:  “After much prayerful consideration, our family has decided to return to the U.S.  The U.S. embassy is chartering a flight back to the U.S., and we have reserved seats.  We fly from Ukarumpa on April 5 to Goroka, overnight there, and the next morning fly to Port Moresby, then on to San Francisco via Honolulu.  We have not heard yet what quarantine protocols there might be.  From San Francisco we will make arrangements to fly to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A mission home is available for us to use in nearby Gibbsville.  Providentially, we should be able to stay in Gibbsville for the first few months of our furlough.

“Thank you so much for your prayers.  Leaving like this feels fractured and chaotic, with so many unknowns, and is not how we envisioned leaving Ukarumpa but we put our trust in a heavenly Father who is in control of all things.  We continue to pray for all of you in these changing times.  Love and blessings -Doug and Benita, Noah and Tia”

UPDATE FROM RYAN FABER: “I had hoped that we would be on the ground in Nigeria by now, but unfortunately we are not. We’ve been waiting for approval of our Nigerian visas since mid-February.  About the time we expected our visa applications to be approved, the Nigerian government adopted a travel ban due to Covid-19. Among those countries included in the ban is the United States. My understanding is that visas will not be issued until after the ban is lifted. We hope and pray that it will be soon, but expect that it depends on the future of Covid-19 in the U.S., which we also hope and pray will not be as bad as some predict and will pass sooner than many fear! Additionally, the Nigerian government has closed the country’s international airports through April 23, so we are stuck here!

“Resonate has provided us a lot of good orientation and training material that we are working through. I also continue to work on our communication plans with supporters and supporting churches. And I am supervising a few student theses from afar via email as much as possible.

“I learned late last week that the Nigerian government has ordered all schools in the country be closed. At least at that time, while there were no classes, students could remain on campus and were encouraged to continue reading and researching, but I expect that that may be changing as well. A colleague at the college quoted John 9:4 in an email to me the other day: “While it is day we must do the work of him who sent us, for night is coming when no one can work.” He thinks a night of restrictions similar to Europe and the U.S. is also coming soon in Nigeria.  We understand why they need to shut their borders to people from countries (in Europe and the U.S.) where the coronavirus is more widespread. We hope and pray that the virus does not spread in Africa as it has in Europe. Africa (and Nigeria) are not well-prepared to handle such a crisis.

“Thank you for your prayers and for your congregation’s commitment to our mission. We appreciate it.”

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  I Believe in the Son’s Life and Death – Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith.  Join Groundwork as we examine Luke 1:26-35, Matthew 27:11-26, Luke 23:44-46, and 1 Peter 3:18-20 to help us better understand what we profess to believe about Jesus’ life and death in the Apostles’ Creed.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Never Give Up – Liz, Lucille, and Scooter all try to be perfect – and they all fail.  Scooter now thinks that God might just give up on him.  Is Scooter right?   Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download this month’s Kids Corner Easter puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity Book Five, kidscorner.net/activities.

GOOD FRIDAY AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Take some time today to reflect on the events of Good Friday.  Read the story, and then use questions like these as you wonder about it:  What would it be like to be a friend of Jesus that day?  How would you feel?  What would you do?

LENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP: Spend time in the Easter story this week by engaging with it in a variety of ways.  If you have kids in your life, read it and then retell it together as you act it out or use crayons, markers, collage or even Lego to depict various scenes.  With other adults or on your own, read the story out loud several times, pausing in between to reflect and to circle or write down words that stand out for you.