NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2014 Introduction #2 / Writing Your Life Chapter into The Story of Life If you think Genesis is just a band from the ‘80’s . . .
If you think it was Dr. Dolittle who took two of each animal into a big boat . . .
If you think an epistle is a woman married to an apostle . . . . . . you may need to know more of The Story.
You may be a bit intimidated by the Bible. You’re not alone; many people are. Back in seminary we had to take a Bible Comprehension Exam before we would be approved for ordination. If I remember correctly we had to have a score of 105 to pass. I remember getting together with a few other students to study for this exam. As we read through some of the previous year’s questions it soon became clear that there were as many, if not more, names and places in the Bible that we did not recognize than those we did recognize. There was plenty of learning to do even after three and a half years of seminary.
People who go to church, don’t want to look silly in front of other people. After all, a Christian knows everything in the Bible, right” So rather than digging in scriptures together many people avoid it. I have often heard, yes from people who have been in church their entire life say, “the Bible is just so complicated. I get a headache when I try and make sense of it”. Or, “I read it, but I don’t always understand it”. For many the Bible is made up of a lot of different, seemingly unrelated stories. But it really is one big, exciting story and learning together helps us all.
The Bible does not have to be complicated or confusing. The story is one big story. You can see it easily if you open your Bible to the beginning and then flip all the way to the end. The first words found in Genesis 1:1 read: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Then, if you turn all the way to the back of the book, Revelation 21:1, you find, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away . . .” In the beginning God is creating the heavens and the earth. At the end he is creating a new heaven and a new earth. So the big question is this: “What on earth happened between the beginning and the end of the Bible?” If you can answer that question you will have uncovered the one seamless story of God.
Don’t let your fears or anything keep you away from participating. It is God’s inspired Word, given to us as a gift. Read The Story with your family or call some friends up and have coffee and read it together. Studies indicate if the extent of your child’s exposure to things of the faith is only a weekly visit to church or Sunday School, the likelihood is very great that when she graduates and leaves home her relationship with the Lord will turn cold. However, if you as a parent engage your children in the experience of reading and discussing the Bible, chances go up astronomically that they will remain strong in their faith after leaving home. You don’t have to be an expert or have all the answers. You just have to be willing to experience it with them.
Get involved in The Story of God. It will forever transform your life and your family’s life. Every day God is seeking to guide you, forming sentences that flow into paragraphs that over time write the chapter of your life––a life committed to knowing him better. Will you choose today to take your life chapter and make it a part of the Big Story of what God is doing on earth?
Thank you to each of you who sent me cards of sympathy at the time of my sisters passing and to each of you who sent well wishes during my down time.
Nelma BykerOn August 16 we had the awesome privilege of going to Sioux Falls to help the Banquet with their backpack program, when they give backpacks filled with all the school supplies they need for each grade in the Sioux Falls schools and the surrounding area schools, from preschool through college. They handed out about 6700 backpacks. What a joy see the smiles on the kids faces as they pick out what backpack they would like. It is an awesome program and mission that they have. After they get their backpack they can come and pick out some free books to take home.
THANK YOU to all of you that donated books for Grandmas Love, it is really appreciated and hope to continue doing this again next year along with the books that are brought to the Banquet each month.
Grandmas Love, in memory of Thelma. Howard Bomgaars and family
A Special Giving Opportunity For Farmers
A farm commodity, presented to Village Northwest Unlimited as a gift, may represent a special opportunity to make a donation and reduce your taxes if you are an operating, materially participating farmer (this arrangement does not apply to a crop-share landlord). Grain and livestock are the most common commodity gifts. All you need to do is sell the commodity and ask for the check to be made payable to Village Northwest Unlimited. Then mail the check, along with your name as the donor, to Village Northwest Unlimited, 330 Village Circle, Sheldon, IA 51201. Upon receipt of the check, we will inform you that the transaction was completed. (Note: A charitable deduction is not to be claimed for this donation because the reduction in income fully accounts for the gift.) Your gift will be used to enhance the programs and services we provide at Village Northwest Unlimited, helping 180 individuals with a variety of disabilities live a fulfilling life. But that’s not all: this type of gift may benefit you also, by reducing income tax obligation, reducing self employment tax obligation, and offering a business deduction for production costs.
Thank you for considering a gift to Village Northwest Unlimited. If you have questions, contact your financial tax advisor or give Stacie Jorgensen a call at (712) 324-5405.
ATLAS of Orange City is hosting our 4th annual Life Support Half-Marathon from Sioux Center to Orange City on Saturday September 20. The race will begin at 8:00am at the All Seasons Center in Sioux Center. The course will end at the Orange City pool where there will be a free-will donation pancake breakfast for the community. Pre-race meeting is at 7:45am Saturday morning. You can walk, Run, or enter as a team and split up the course between your team. Registration is $35, which includes the race packet with a T-shirt in it. To register go to atlasorangecityarea.com/lifesupport and register online or you can come to our office at
322 Central Ave NW to pick up a form. If you have any questions you can call or email ATLAS at 737-4090 or email@example.com
Website: iretoncrc.com Remember to check out the website.
(Chairman is requested to call Hillcrest (551-1074) before 9 A.M. on the morning
of your service to remind them that your group will be there in the evening.)
HILLCREST SERVICE – MONDAY, OCTOBER 6 at 6:30 pm
Art Hamming (chair), Randy Sieck, Celia Ten Napel, Lynn Juffer, Doug Faber, Howard Bomgaars,
Brent Davelaar, John Jongma, Jay Broek, Don Van Sloten, Howard Hulshof
Worship Services Calendar: September 7 AM Baptism—Emery Beth --Born July 12, 2014 to Ryan and Jenna (Noteboom) Visser
October 26 AM Dordt College Praise Team
November 2 PM Worship Service at 1st Reformed—Reformation Day, Communion
November 26 PM Thanksgiving Service at 7:00 pm
Communion Schedule September 14, October 26PM –Reformation Day, November 30—Advent.
Sunday morning September 7 we will begin The Story Series. It will also be the Sunday the study times will be made available as well. Here are the study groups and times available. We want to encourage everyone to participate in a time of study. There are signup sheets on the back table. Please fill them out so we can have the correct amount of materials available.
Sunday Morning Sunday School- for 3yr old—High School ( Catechism )
Sunday Morning Adult Sunday School - 10:45- 11:45
Wednesday Evening Study-7:00pm - includes Women’s Coffee Break and Men’s Bible Study.
A Monthly Adult Bible Study - 7:00 pm 1st Sunday night of the month—Beginning Oct 5.
20-30s Bible Study - 7:00 pm 2nd Sunday night of the month