First Reformed Church News
September 20 – September 26, 2020

Sunday's Message –“The Question"
(Jonah 3:10-4:11)

September 27 – Message – “The Envelope"
(2 Corinthians 3:1-6)


This Week’s Activities

6:00 PM – Deacon’s meeting in the north side of the Fellowship Room.

6:30 PM – Board of Elder’s meeting in the south side of the Fellowship Room. Closing Prayer – Dean Hengst

7:15 PM – Consistory meeting in the south side of the Fellowship Room.  Closing Prayer – Jeremy Huenink

9:00 AM – Eernisse Circle meets at church in the Fellowship Room.

More FRC News

The Sacrament of Infant Baptism will be administered this morning to Amaya Lucca Hahn, daughter of Eric & Jennifer (Hoitink) Hahn.

First through Fifth graders, we are gearing up for the return of in-person Bible Class. The first night will be Wednesday, September 30 from 6:30-7:30 PM.  Please go to the check-in table in the narthex, and then enter the sanctuary. Parents, please remember drop off and pick up is at the carport doors,and watch for an e-mail from Lori that will need your response.

We will be offering H.O.P. soon! Please watch the bulletin for details and temporary changes to this ministry for our youngest kiddos!

Elementary Bible School volunteers: We will have a short meeting on Wednesday, September 23.  Looking forward to seeing you!

Friendship Ministries Update: The Friendship Ministries Board met on September 16 and reluctantly decided that we should delay meeting together again until January 11, 2021.  We recognize that Friendship Ministries is a great time of Bible study and social interaction that many of us have been missing since last March, and deeply regret that we cannot be together sooner than January.  However,we also know that we have vulnerable individuals in our group and would deeply regret anything happening to a Friend or Mentor if we weren’t responsible about keeping everyone safe.  Please keep us in your prayers as we look for ways to support our group over the coming months,until we can meet again.

MISSION OF THE MONTH:  The offerings received in September will be going to Bob Abel for his work with Remember Nhu. The amount received to date is $3,394.75.

STITCHING FOR A CAUSE will resume meeting Tuesday,October 6th, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, in the Fellowship Hall.  Come and join us as we stitch items for the homeless and those in need.  No experience is necessary.  Who knows, you might learn a new skill and also enjoy some fellowship (socially distanced as much as possible.)  Questions?  Phone Francine at 920-254-1030 or Pam at 920-226-1081.

Faces of FRC: To ensure that Faces of FRC continues with fresh faces each week we could use your help. All you need to do is to take a few minutes to share your picture and answer a few simple questions and submit that information.  That can be done by going to the church website ( and clicking on Faces of FRC tab or if you would like to have a form sent to you, please contact the church office and then you can mail your completed form and photo to the church.  If you would like us to use your photo from the pictorial directory please contact the church office at 564-2319.  Thanks for your help!

CHURCH ATTENDANCE: Sunday, September 13 – 235

NOTE:  The offering received on 9/13/2020 totaled $18,333.00(Budget Amount Needed $16,904).

Looking for volunteers to help with the bake sale part of our Love INC Drive-thru/Pick-up Brat fry/bake sale on Saturday, October 3rd,from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  We need some baked goods for the sale.  Baked goods would need to be at the Piggly Wiggly by 9:00 AM that morning.  If you could put a few items on a plate or in Ziploc bags so people can just grab something on their way out of the store, we would appreciate that.  Examples of items are cookies, bars, puppy chow, little breads, etc. Contact Diane Joosse at 920-564-2861 or email her at if you are willing to help.  For more information about Love Inc. go to or check the bulletin board in the narthex area at church.

Kids Hope Pen Pal Mentoring 2020 – Kids Hope USA Update:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and for the safety of our mentors and students, we will NOT be meeting in person with our students this fall.  Our desire, of course, is for the students we mentor to know we care and know we want to connect with them – even if it’s different for a while.  So to begin the school year, we will be connecting via ‘old-school pen pals’. The mentors have all been given some guidelines, and with the help of the guidance counselor, we will make sure our students get a card, letter or treat of some kind each week. The students will be encouraged to write back to their mentors, providing them an opportunity to practice their writing.  If you were a prayer partner last year, could you please connect with your mentor to see how you can best support them?  Even if you aren’t a prayer partner, please pray for the students, faculty, and our mentors as they try this new way of staying connected.  These are challenging times, but God is aware of every need and no challenge is too big for Him!

NOTE:  See You At The Pole has been postponed until a later date.  Watch the bulletin for future updates.

Church family, you are amazing!  Thank you so much for your ongoing support of the food vault ministry.  At our September Drive Up Food Distribution we were able to minister to 39 families with the gift of food.  Our next distribution will be on Tuesday, October 13.



September 27 – Youth Group for 6-8th Grades at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

September 27 – Youth Group for 9-12th Grades at 7:00 PM in the Shed.

September 30 – Bible Class for kids in 1st through 5th Grades from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

September 30 – Zoom Small Groups for 6-12th Grades.  Middle School – 6:00 PM and High School – 7:00 PM.


Please be in prayer for the following people this week:

Pray for Dave Hilbelink who is home recovering from surgery.

Pray for Carol Hengst as she resides at the Haven Drive Campus of Pine Haven where she is receiving rehabilitative care.

Pray for Harland Hopeman who is home recovering from Legionnaires’ Disease.

Pray for Mary Jo Oonk who is receiving rehabilitative therapy at Rocky Knoll following her hip replacement surgery.

Pray for Randy Prinsen with his weekly chemotherapy and radiation treatments (three weeks on and then a week off).  Give thanks that his radiation treatments are done.  Pray that the treatments are effective with minimal side effects and pray for continued pain relief in his hip.

Pray for Faye Gabrielse who is recovering at her home after knee replacement surgery.

Pray for Muriel Ledeboer who has ongoing pain stemming from a previous case of shingles.

Pray for Pat Zurmond as her health is declining at Sheboygan Health Services.

Pray for Rollie Rauwerdink as he receives a chemo treatment on Wednesday. Pray that the treatment is effective with minimal side effects.

Pray for Henry DeBlaey that he will learn to take in the food that he needs to continue to grow.  Give thanks that he is up to 10 lbs.  Pray for Aaron and Morgan as they care for him.

Pray for strength for Sande Peters as she adjusts to living at Cedar Grove Gardens. Cards or notes of encouragement can be sent to her at 606 Van Altena Ave, Cedar Grove, WI 53013.

Pray for E. J. Caljouw as his body reacts to his most recent maintenance treatment.  Pray that the treatment is effective with minimal side effects.

Pray for Gary Feldmann that his counts stay where they need to be following his stem cell transplant.

Pray for Verla Westerbeke as her cancer count numbers have increased.  Pray for wisdom as she consults with doctors to determine next steps.

Pray for Jean Kohls as her body responds to her most recent maintenance treatment. Pray that her treatment is effective with minimal side effects.

Pray for our government officials and doctors and health care workers as they make decisions and care for people.

Pray for those who are isolated from family and friends in their homes or in care facilities and for those who provide care for them.

Pray for those who are unemployed or have had their work hours reduced.

Pray for the unrest in our country.

Copyright 2020 - First Reformed Church in Oostburg, WI