May 3, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for May 4, 2020

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  Please join with Tim and Debbie Nelson and their family in praying in the name of Jesus for miraculous healing of Tim’s lungs in his significant battle with pneumonia (a complication of chemotherapy).  Tim is at the University of Iowa hospital in Iowa City.  The Nelsons began attending Pella II last winter.

We extend our Christian sympathy to Byron and Clarissa Van Zee on the death of Clarissa’s mother, Peggy Merida, on April 23.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

MAY WORSHIP SERVICES:  Worship for May 3 and May 10 will continue to be via recorded services online.  No in-person worship will be held.  We are thankful for Gov. Reynold’s re-opening of public worship in Marion County.  Moreover, the health and safety of the congregation and community are of utmost concern.  The first Sunday for in-person worship is currently planned to be May 17.  Marion County officials and the CDC have issued guidelines for public worship.  We are also in contact with other Pella area churches, and are monitoring public health developments as some restrictions are loosened.  Information from all of these sources will be taken into consideration in determining how and when Pella II will resume in-person worship.  When in-person worship re-opens hopefully on May 17, please expect changes before, during, and after the service in order to comply with current health and safety guidelines.  We look forward to worshiping together in a manner that seeks to protect the health of the congregation and community.  We will keep the congregation informed via email and One Call on the plans for re-opening in-person worship. – Pella II Governing Board

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

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.

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for Children’s Bulletins with activities for two different ages and a page to color.

MAY MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser           –     Marion Klyn, Gary Kuiper
Doug and Benita Le Mahieu    –     Debra Klyn, Jim Gosselink
Lloyd and Nancy Peckham      –     Brent Pierson, Robert Rus
Justin Van Zee                          –     Thressa Nieuwsma, Sherwin Klyn

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL is in need of a part-time Study Skills Teacher assistant.  This applicant should be someone who is organized, resourceful, and caring.  Duties include meeting the needs of students with learning difficulties, collaborating with teachers to make accommodations, and working with parents to help students in the Study Skills classroom to be successful. This may include small group instruction, individual instruction, and classroom collaboration.  Competence in high school level math, writing, science, and study skills is valuable.  If you have any questions please contact H.S. Vice Principal, Greg Wojczynski at wojczynskig@pceagles.org.

OSKALOOSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is actively seeking applicants for a full-time 4th Grade teaching position.  Inquiries should be made to Principal Don Mitchell by email (mitchelld@oskaloosachristian.net) or phone 641-672-2174.  A faculty application form as well as other required documents can be found on our school’s website at www.oskaloosachristian.net.

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CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe in God, the Holy Spirit – As the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit actively empowers believers and the Church.  Join Groundwork as we examine Matthew 28:19, John 14:16-17, Acts 2:1-4, and 1 Thessalonians 1:4-6 to help us better understand the person and work of the Holy Spirit.   Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Computer Caper – The school computers have been stolen and Liz is on the case…but unfortunately so is Skink.  Can they work together to find the thieves and return the computers?   Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download KC’s 10 Commandments Bookmark to help with your Bible reading and daily devotions (kidscorner.net/activities).

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – God’s big family is made up of people from every country on earth!  Print off a world map and put it on your refrigerator or kitchen table.  Each day, or once a week, choose a country (or if there are kids in your household, take turns).  Learn about that country and pray for the needs of its people.

CALL TO PRAYER – National Day of Prayer 2020 – May 7, 2020 is the National Day of Prayer in the U.S. We can hear this as an urgent call to prayer.  Join CRC pastors, members, and staff in a Zoom prayer meeting at either 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.  Learn more and register at network.crcna.org/prayer/call-prayer-2020-us-national-day-prayer.

April 26, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for April 26, 2020

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathy to Ron and Lola Spoelstra on the death of Ron’s sister, Shirley Slagter, on April 15 in Florida.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

MAY WORSHIP SERVICES:   Based on guidance from Marion County and Pella City Officials, we are cancelling all in-person worship services in May. We will continue to have weekly online services available by 9:30 a.m. on Sunday on our Pella 2 Website (pella2crc.org), our Facebook page (facebook.com/secondcrc), and our YouTube Channel (bit.ly/Pella2).  Let us stay connected and encourage one another in this time of isolation with phone calls, emails, texts, and notes. And remember the Lord’s promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5).

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

ORGAN UPDATE:  Earlier this year, we announced that a potential buyer came to see the organ first-hand.  This same buyer has now expressed interest in purchasing the organ.  The buyer and church leadership are working on specifics of a purchase agreement.  As part of the agreement, Pella II would retain the organ until mid-April or May of 2021. This is around one month prior to our June 1, 2021, closing date on the sale of the building.  We feel that the buyer would be a good home for the organ, and that it would continue to be used in worshiping God.  Updates will be communicated as developments warrant. – Pella II Governing Board

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.

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for Children’s Bulletins with activities for two different ages and a page to color.

ADVANCE NOTICE:  Pella Christian Grade School has tentatively scheduled the Annual Society Meeting for Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m.  See the school newsletter for details.

FROM THE PECKHAM’S:  We miss our students!  We regularly had priceless times of companionship watching the sunrise and praying for each other but we still see our students by means of Zoom.

Thank you to all who sent birthday greetings.  If you did not know that April 7 is my birthday and our son Joe’s, that’s fine.  It was a great day, even though Nancy got too cold in the rain and cut down our bike ride from twelve to three miles.  We have another April Birthday!  Ashriel Azennith Peckham was born to Joe and Jess on April 9 in San Luis Obispo, CA.  They are doing well.

Nancy serves our Saddleback Mobilodge Park as Editor.  The group here has discovered “Mata Elang” “Eagle Eyes”.  Nancy can even find a mistake in a language she has not yet studied.  Now she is the editor of the neighborhood “Scuttlebutt” which has been printed monthly for more than fifty years.  Recently a neighbor called her just to say that last month’s issue was the best ever.  She is amazing!

Prayer Requests:

  1. Computer repair.
  2. On-line teaching: some of the students and teachers and parents need patience.
  3. Blessing neighbors: there are wonderful interactions from a safe distance.
  4. Health: especially for Dr. Andy in Danville, PA.

Keep on blessing everyone around you. – Lovingly, Lloyd and Nancy

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe the Son Will Judge – The Apostles’ Creed declares that Christ “will come to judge the living and the dead.”  Study Mark 13:26-27, Acts 1:11, 2 Peter 3:3-13, and 2 Corinthians 5:10 with Groundwork to discover why believers don’t need to fear Judgment Day and what it means for how we live today.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Just Follow – Liz and Spike ask tough questions about Christianity, Grandpa responds by giving them an adventure map to follow.  Why a map?  How does this map help answer questions about following Jesus?   Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download KC’s 10 Commandments Bookmark to help with your Bible reading and daily devotions (kidscorner.net/activities).

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – Count your blessings as a household.  When something happens for which you are grateful, write it down or draw it on a piece of paper.  Collect these blessings in a bowl or jar, and at the end of the year reflect on the many ways God has blessed you — and blessed others through you!

FAMILY FIRE – Family Fire is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy.  Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com.  Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook.

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.

April 12, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for April 12, 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).

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!

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 and a page to color.  Also check out activities for children under the CRC News section at the end of the bulletin.

UPDATE #3 FROM THE LE MAHIEU FAMILY:  Our flight back to the U.S. has been delayed, and a new departure time to leave Port Moresby has been tentatively scheduled for April 9.  As the embassy explained, “the plane is conducting multiple missions across the Pacific to repatriate Americans.  We appreciate your patience and understanding if there are additional delays.”

We have been thankful for the unexpected delay as it has given us extra time to ponder the questions, “What should we pack? In the event that we are never able to return to Papua New Guinea what are the things we cherish most as a family?’

In addition to clothes, here is our list of special things that we do not want to leave behind:  Bibles, brand new copy of the Bau storybook Bible, books of our family vacations, Christmas ornaments, art work, written poems and essays from the kids, Photos, letters and postcards from grandparents, Noah’s and Tia’s homemade ukuleles made with our dear Aussie friends, Tia’s thimble collection, homemade birthday, valentine and Mother’s and Father’s Day cards from the kids, PNG artifacts.

And that’s 12 years of memories, relationships, and places that we hold dear in our heart packed into a few suitcases. Yet while these items bring a sort of earthly comfort in the midst of our good-byes we hold them loosely and realize our hope and salvation is in our risen Savior.

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation.  He is my fortress.  I will never be shaken.  Psalm 62:1-2  Wishing you all a blessed Easter! – Doug, Benita, Noah and Tia

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe the Son Has Risen – Christians believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.  Dig into 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Luke 24:36-48, and Revelation 1:12-18 with Groundwork to examine the details of Christ’s resurrection and remember the crucial, life-changing meaning of this belief.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  The Miracle of Easter – Jairus and his family experience the very first Holy Week, when Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead.  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to witness the first Easter?   Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download this month’s Kids Corner Easter puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity Book Five, kidscorner.net/activities.

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

EASTER AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Children learn best through story, so create a special time this week to share the Easter story with the kids in your life.  Use a picture book like The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross: The True Story of why Jesus Died and Rose Again (Good Book Co., 2016) or read stories from Jesus’ ministry, Holy Week, and Easter from a children’s Bible.  Show kids that God’s story is full of hope and joy!

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.

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.