Church Bulletin 4.1.18

  Part One:  The Empty Tomb

   Scripture                                                   John 20: 1-10                      (N.T. Page 1686)


   Special Music – “Forever”        Teresa Evers, Diana Kooy and Kevan Myers

   Offering of Gifts to God (Please sign and pass the friendship folder.)

   *Song – 357                                                                            “Christ Arose”   

  Part Two:  Jesus Appears to Mary

     Scripture                                                                               John 20: 11-18


     *Song                                                                                  “Christ is Risen”

Let no one caught in sin remain

Inside the lie of inward shame

But fix our eyes upon the cross

And run to Him who showed great love

And bled for us, freely You bled for us


Christ is risen from the dead, trampling over death by death

Come awake, come awake, come and rise up from the grave

Christ is risen from the dead, we are one with Him again

Come awake, come awake, come and rise up from the grave


Beneath the weight of all our sin

He bowed to none but heaven’s will

No scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown

No burden great can hold You down

In strength You reign, forever let Your church proclaim


Christ is risen from the dead, trampling over death by death

Come awake, come awake, come and rise up from the grave

Christ is risen from the dead, we are one with Him again

Come awake, come awake, come and rise up from the grave


O death, where is your sting

O hell, where is your victory

O church, come stand in the light

The glory of God has defeated the night

O death, where is your sting

O hell, where is your victory

O church, come stand in the light

Our God is not dead, He’s alive, He’s alive


Christ is risen from the dead, trampling over death by death

Come awake, come awake, come and rise up from the grave

Christ is risen from the dead, we are one with Him again

Come awake, come awake, come and rise up from the grave


(Christ Is Risen; Words & Music by Matt Maher; CCLI  Li. No. 716726)


 Part Three:  Jesus Renews the Disciples

   Scripture                                                                               John 20: 19-31


     *Song – 358                                                                   “Because He Lives”



THE REGULAR OFFERING will be received for the General Fund.

10:45 – 11:45 A.M.  SUNDAY SCHOOL for all ages. 

(Parents:  please pick your child up in his/her classroom.)   

w  3 yr. olds – 2nd grade meet in the Promiseland area to sing and have snack time then go to their classrooms.

w  3rd & 4th Grade will meet in the Bible Drill Room #21.

w  5th – 12th grade will meet in their respective classrooms.

w  3rd grade – 12th grade meet in respective classrooms.

w  An adult small group will meet in the Room 37.

w  The adult current events class will not meet today.

11:30 A.M.  EASTER EGG HUNT will be in the South Parking Lot.




MONDAY – April 2

1:00 P.M.  FELLOWSHIP CIRCLE will meet in the Fireside Room.           Silvia Andree will lead the lesson and host; Bonnie Sanow will do devotions.

TUESDAY – April 3

6:00 & 7:15 P.M.  FAITHFIT YOGA will be in the Fellowship Hall.



§  DINNER will be served from 5:15 – 6:30 P.M.                                                     Menu:  Breakfast for supper!   


THURSDAY – April 5

7:00 P.M.  HOPE CIRCLE will meet in the Fireside Room.  Lucile Bozell will lead the lesson, Lorri Owsley will provide Devotions/Spiritual Life Thought and Pennie Martin and JoAnn Abbring will host.

7:00 P.M.  EVANGELISM COMMITTEE will meet in the Consistory Room.  Members: Marv Peterson, Roy Gouwens, Matt Kallemeyn, Jonathan Hart, Kyle Kohlhagen, Steve & Tammy Szostek, Jay & Holly Starkey, Mike and Liz Bayci, Keith Jolink. New members welcome!


9:30 A.M.  WORSHIP

THE REGULAR OFFERING will be received for the General Fund and the second offering will be for DeMotte Christian Schools, Inc.

4:30 – 6:00 P.M.  JOURNEY will meet in the Fireside Room. 

                               Snacks – Madison Zeldenrust

6:00 – 7:30 P.M.  IMPACT will meet in the Youth Room. 

                               Snacks – Nick and Cade Walstra

6:00 P.M.  PRAYER MEETING/BIBLE STUDY in Consistory Room.



 Please continue to remember in prayer…

♦ Donna Zandstra      ♦ Sharon Bovenkerk

FEEL FREE to grab a cup of coffee from the Fellowship Hall/Kitchen ledge downstairs before the service!  You are also invited to stay for a time of fellowship and donuts in the Fellowship Hall after the service!

AN EASTER EGG HUNT will take place in the South Parking Lot at 11:30 A.M. today.  This is for Pre-K through 4th Grade.  Children will be brought to the parking lot by their Sunday School teachers.  Parents and friends are encouraged to come and watch the fun!

CHILDREN’S CHURCH will not meet this morning.

THERE WILL be no evening prayer meeting tonight.

EASTER FLOWERS may be picked up after the morning service today.




 We’ve had such a great turn out for our Wednesday night meals over the past several weeks that we don’t want to quit!  This is great outreach as it gives us a chance to get to know people in the community while sharing a delicious meal with them.  Meals will begin again this Wednesday (5:15 – 6:30 P.M.) and we plan to run them until the end of the school year.  This week’s menu is:  BREAKFAST FOR SUPPER!  Come with your family and enjoy dinner and fellowship!!

 CONSISTORY meets next on Monday, April 9.

IMPACT STUDENTSThe $50 deposit for the summer mission trip to Detroit is due today.  Please contact Amanda DeVries (863-7844) with ?’s!

THE ANNUAL CAMP MANITOQUA WORK DAY will be on Saturday, April 21.  The work day is from 9:00 – 2:30 P.M. and lunch will be provided.  We will need handymen for projects and light construction.    If you are able to come along, please talk to Chuck Liebbe (741-7461).

THANK YOU for the recent financial gift given to me in the offering.” 

                                                                   – Theresa Mak

     Wow!  What a blessing to be part of the family of God here at American Reformed Church.  There has been a great response to the ARC TOGETHER program!  Get-togethers will begin soon!  The program is designed to strengthen relationships, welcome newcomers and engage in fellowship and fun.  If you have not yet filled out a guest info sheet, it would be helpful if you would. There have been a good number of host volunteers and it would be helpful to have some more in order to get more people included in a timely manner.  Forms can be turned in to the TOGETHER box on the table in the kitchen hall or in the Narthex.  There are extra forms on those tables as well.  For those who do not have a mailbox, please grab a form from the table.  If you have already volunteered to host a get-together, thank you!  You will find host information in your mailbox today.  Please pray that God will use this program to reach people, unite people and spread Christian joy and love.  If you have any questions, please call or text Kristi (219-964-9957 or 987-5195) or Donna (219-739-9824 or 987-4289).

 REQUESTS PLEASE!  Our Annual Request Program hosted by the RCWM will be on Sunday, April 29 at 6:00 P.M.  We are now taking requests!  Request drop boxes are located in the office window, in the front lobby, and on the table in the Fellowship Hall.  Please write down who you are requesting, what you would like them to do, and contact info (if not a member of this church) on the provided paper by the request boxes.  The deadline to get your requests in is April 8.

 COME LEAD A CREW!  VBS is taking volunteers for Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders.  If you are 16 years or older, we want you!  Sign up on the table by the mailboxes in the Fellowship Hall today!  This year’s theme is "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus" and the dates are June 11-15.  We look forward to having you join the fun!


     USHER:         Brian Hoffman

     GREETERS:  Bryan & Sherri Overstreet, Steve & Tammy Szostek    

                             Wing:  Kyle & Jill Kohlhagen            

NURSERY:      Gayle Zeldenrust, Kristi Bonicontro,

                       Kayla Fase, Gerrit Ooms



     USHER:          Mike Curless

     GREETERS:  Robb & Kristi Walstra Family,

                           Wing: Matt & Debbie Luedtke Family          

NURSERY:     Heather Veld, Diane Ottinger,

                      Kaitlyn Zeldenrust, Hannah Veldman

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American Reformed Church

Senior Pastor:  Rev. Troy Nanninga    Worship Leader:  Brittany Janiszewski  Youth and Education: Rob Latiak

1021 So. Halleck St., P.O. Box 366, DeMotte, IN  46310

219.987.5115  ~  ~

DEMOTTE ELEMENTARY is in need of school supplies for students.  Throughout the year, the school office likes to keep supplies stocked for students in need and unable to afford supplies.  Supply donations may be put in the box in the Promiseland area under the “Fruits of the Spirit Tree” wall painting.  Specific items requested are:  stick glue, crayons (24 pack), pocket folders (plastic), pencil boxes, kid scissors, and dry erase markers (black).

DO YOU HAVE INFORMATION about your group, meeting, or committee you would like help publicizing?  We would be glad to get the word out any way you wish. Please email any information or pictures to the Media Committee at

OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS always remain in our thoughts.  We would like to send words of encouragement to them as they focus on their studies.  This week we ask Andy & Sharon Nannenga and Jim & Sandy Nannenga to send a note to Leah Gouwens (1001 Bethel Circle, Bridges, Room 308, Mishawaka, IN 46545) and Joe Steinke (122 West Wood St., Apt. 2, West Lafayette, IN 47906).

 “Connecting Our Community to Christ and His Church”

 American Reformed Church

1021 So. Halleck St., P.O. Box 366

DeMotte, IN  46310


Senior Pastor:  Rev. Troy Nanninga

Worship Leader:  Brittany          Janiszewski

Youth and Education : Rob Latiak

CAMP COUNSELORS WANTED:  Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center is looking for Camp Counselors for the summer of 2018.  Visit for more information and to apply, or call our office at 815-469-2319.

CAMP MANITOQUA REGISTRATION FOR 2018 IS OPEN!  This year’s theme is “Thrive” based on Colossians 3:17.  Church will again pay 2/3 for members and non-members.  You can register at  Informational brochures are available in the kitchen window.  Please call the church office for the coupon code.  Camp spaces fill up fast so registering ASAP is essential to get your first date selection.

 WOULD YOU LIKE to receive ARC updates and cancellation info via text message?  Just text @demottearc to 81010 to sign up. 

           DeMotte Christian Schools, Inc. Annual Society Meeting

DeMotte Christian Schools, Inc. (Covenant and DeMotte Christian) strongly encourage you to attend the Annual Society Meeting on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:00pm at DeMotte Christian Grade School.  For more information, call 219-987-3721.

  • Society members will vote on the proposed advisory budget and new Board members.  The bylaws require that a member “be 18 years of age or older and have individually contributed a minimum of $50 to the school corporation in the 13 months prior to the publication of the agenda.”
  • If submitting an absentee ballot for Board members, a member must complete the election ballot and the member affirmation statement, place in a sealed envelope, sign the outside, and turn in to one of the school offices.
  • Society booklets may be found on the DMCS (  Hard copies will also be available in the DMC and CCHS main offices.


CCHS Theatre Invitation

Covenant Christian High School Theatre will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” on April 13 & 14 at 7:30pm.  The musical is set in turn of the century Oklahoma territory, on the verge of becoming a state.  The story revolves around the romance between Laurey and Curly.  It includes rousing musical numbers, conflict, farmers, cowboys, and of course, a happy ending.  Admission is by free will donation.


 “Suds For a Cause” Fundraiser

It’s time for our semi-annual soap fundraiser!  Order from any DeMotte Christian Grade School student now until April 9.  Pick up your products on Thursday, April 26, at DeMotte Christian Grade School between 2:45-4:00pm!  For more information, call 219-987-3721.


IF YOU KNOW of someone who needs help from Christians Helping  Christians, please contact Bonnie Sanow (987-6252).


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