Grace Reformed Church


Sunday -- October 8, 2017

All morning services in August and October are at the CRC

All morning services in September and November are at Grace



Preaching: Pastor Arlin Vande Zande

Scripture: II Corinthians 3:1-3

Message: Living Letters


Preaching: Pastor Gary Maas

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-10

Message: Blessed in Letting Go


Welcome! May you be blessed today as we worship our Savior, Jesus Christ. This morning we welcome Pastor Arlin Vande Zande of New Holland. Pastor Dan is serving a classical appointment at Bridge of Hope. Pastor Gary Maas will preach here tonight as Harrison Community Church joins us. Please stay for refreshments following worship.

Next week, we worship at the CRC for both services.

Assisting Today at CRC: Coffee: Verlin & Helen Vander Wal, Wade & Danelle Sonnenberg; Nursery:  Natalie Groeneweg; C&W: “Creation,” Rachel & Levi; Praise Team: Pat, Helen, Carol, Jennifer

Assisting Next Week at CRC: Coffee: Fred & Patty Ligtenberg; Nursery:  Heather Johnson; C&W: “Creation: The Fall,” Heather & Haley; Praise Team: Dennis & Jackie, Laura, Marissa

CRC Offering: Today: Building Fund; Next Week: We Care Fund

CRC Bulletin Del.: Today—Mike Noteboom; Oct. 15—Cody Schelling; Oct. 22—Corey Vander Pol; Oct. 29—Robert Vander Pol; Nov. 5—Verlin Vander Wal

Grace Bulletin Del.: Today—Wade Sonnenberg; Oct. 15—Grant Vander Wal; Oct. 22—Don Bosma; Oct. 29—Troy Bosma; Nov. 5—Lowell DeVries

October at Grace: Share & Care—Darwin & Jodi De Lange
                                Bulletin Board—Wendy & Raven Barse

Chapel Cleaning: Supplies are located in the southeast entry of the CRC.
        Wk of Oct. 9: Jim DeBoer         Wk of Oct. 23: Daren Feenstra


Our Church Family

Prayers for God’s People:

  • The De Graff family…Ultrasounds this week found that the De Graff’s baby has a significant build-up of fluid on the brain as well as other deformities that are likely due to genetic issues. It is believed that these are lethal, and testing is being done to know more. Please be in prayer for hope and comfort as they seek to trust God.
  • Continue to pray for Joyce Brink as she remains in rehab at Sanford most likely for another 10 days. Progress is slow is gaining back strength in her legs, and prayers are coveted for that.
  • Please continue to remember those undergoing treatments, with physical problems, shut-ins, those in Leisure Living and PVNH, and our missionaries.


Happy Birthday to Goldie Van Roekel (Oct. 11) and Joyce Brink (Oct. 14). Have a great day!

Pastor Appreciation Month: Regardless of the month, we are so thankful for the ministry of Pastor Dan and Christie in our church family and community. But October has been officially designated as Pastor Appreciation Month, so it’s the perfect time to share a personal thank you with the DeGraffs—and maybe other pastors who have had an impact on you and your family’s life.

Opportunities to Grow and Serve

Sunday 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship at CRC
              11:15 a.m. Sunday School at CRC; Music time downstairs
                7:00 p.m. Evening Worship at CRC

Monday 7:30 p.m. DCS Board Meeting at DCS

Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Coffee Break at CRC
                     1:30 p.m. Dorcas Society at CRC; Lesson 12
                     7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study at CRC
                     7:00 p.m. Youth Group meets at Lubbers

Friday 7:30 a.m. HS Breakfast Club at CRC


Grace Consistory Nomination Ballots are in mailboxes today and are due back Sunday, Oct. 15. If you did not receive a ballot, contact an Elder or Deacon.

Bible Study on Mark: In the book of Mark we meet Jesus, the man who is King. He shatters our expectations. He comes to serve and not to be served. He eats with sinners rather than royalty. And His crown is made of thorns. This is the one who calls us to follow Him. Dorcas Society is ordering books to start this study on Oct. 25. If you’re interested, let Pastor Dan or Juna know.

ADVANCESat., Nov. 4—5-7:30 PM  Grace Reformed Soup Supper & Fall Bazaar—note change of date—please mark your calendars!!! Baked goods and crafts are needed, and anyone wanting to design and donate a basket is welcome to do so, and it will be appreciated!

Cornerstone Prison Church: Consider joining a group from our church to worship at Cornerstone in Sioux Falls on Friday, December 1. A sign-up sheet is in the back of church, we can have up to 15. Per prison rules, visitors must be at least 18.

Dakota Christian School Announcements

With gratitude to God, the DCS Fellowship wishes, once again, to thank all who supported their recent Harvest Sale. Even in this "down year" He has been faithful and the total profits will be just over $75,200. God is so good!!

Today is the last day to order Dakota Tom sandwiches from the 5-12 DCS band students. Please put your order form, with a check made out to "DCS" in the box/bag in the back of church. Delivery to church will be Oct. 18.

Requested Announcements

Last chance to turn in recipes! The Harrison Community Youth Group still needs recipes for our Community Church Cookbook. We would like them sent in by October 11. You can send them to or give them to Pearce or Parker. Early orders are appreciated so we have a better idea of how many cookbooks to order. Thank you!

Classis Iakota Church Plant: Classis Iakota has convened a committee to explore a new church on the west side of Sioux Falls and in other growing communities in South Dakota like Chamberlain. Please pray for God’s guidance to begin a new church that will reach people who are not yet Christians and to rekindle faith in the life of people who have distanced themselves from church life.

Sat., Oct. 21, 5-8 p.m. Our Savior Lutheran Church annual Turkey Supper, serving turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, salads, desserts & beverage.  Proceeds go to the Douglas County Food Pantry, St. Dysmas Prison Ministry, Hurricane Relief and other Mission/Church Projects.

A seminar--Policies, Statuses, and Lives of Immigrants & Refugees--will be hosted by New Roots Ministry on Saturday, October 21 from 10AM-2:15PM in the Community Room of the Sioux Falls Ministry Center (225 E. 11th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104) Speakers include Amon Eustache as keynote speaker and two people who share personal experiences as refugees and with DACA--Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Learn, be inspired, and enjoy an ethnic meal! There is no cost! If able, please RSVP by October 17 by calling or texting (605)376-6330. If you are unsure, no problem; just come!  




Oct. 1—Lonnie & Jennifer Grathwohl
Oct. 15
—David & Phyllis Green
—Carol Rexwinkel & Sylvia Zomer
Nov. 5
—Grant & Vicki Lubbers
—Pete & Carol Sipma
Dec. 3
—Bill & Wilma Vanden Hoek
—Darrell & Londa Vanden Hoek
—Trent & Abby Vanden Hoek

If you are unable to assist on the date scheduled, please trade
with someone listed and call Barbara for the bulletin (946-5806).