Sioux Center, Iowa — His is a story of hope, change, and redemption. So says former Major League Baseball player, Darryl Strawberry. Strawberry is headed for northwest Iowa with a message of hope.
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The four-time World Series champion with the New York Mets and New York Yankees (3) also appeared in eight consecutive MLB All-Star games. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, he was one of the most feared sluggers in the game, known for his prodigious home runs and his intimidating presence in the batter’s box. However, the fame and fortune of his baseball success also provided the foundation and means for drug and alcohol addiction.

Micheal DeJong tells us the story of bringing Strawberry to Sioux Center.

He says Strawberry’s message of hope will be given at the House of Missions and Equipping or “HOME,” which is located in the same building as Culvers and Hy Vee in Sioux Center, to the rear of Culvers. De Jong tells us about “HOME.”

The message will begin at 5 p.m. this Sunday evening, August 21st. DeJong says tickets are available online, but will not be available at the door. You can get tickets at by going to

Orange City, Iowa — The story of Dutch author and Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom will soon come alive to audiences of “ten Boom, the musical” in the sanctuary of First Reformed Church in Orange City.
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A cast and orchestra of church members will present the show, starting this Thursday night, August 18th. The show will run nightly at 7 p.m. through Saturday the 20th and then there will be a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday as part of the dedication of the church’s Project 78 facility addition.

We had a chance to talk with the production’s musical director, Tom Hydeen, who tells us about ten Boom.

He tells us how he picked this show.

Hydeen admits that the Holocaust is not exactly the first topic people think of when they think of musical theatre.

Director Leanne Bonnecroy tells us about the cast.

There is no charge for admission to the musical but a free-will offering will be accepted for a ministry to refugees by Samaritan’s Purse and for Project 78.

Bonnecroy says this is the first time the church members have taken on a production of this caliber. Plus, this will be only the second ever public performance of “ten Boom, the musical,” which was written by sisters Susan Meredith Beyer and Donna Marquean Griggs, who will be in Orange City for the performance.

For more information about the musical, contact First Reformed Church at 712-737-4909 or

Photo caption: Nancy Landegent, Christie Conover, Clark Pennings and Ron K. De Jong rehearse a scene from “ten Boom, the musical” in which the Nazis have just confiscated the ten Boom family’s radio.

January 29, 2015 - 3:50 pm - Posted in Church News, Community Calendar

The Rock Valley Christian School will host its annual “Winter Festival” Friday, February 27th in the school gym. Baked goods, meat, gift certificates, and many smaller auction items will be for sale during the afternoon beginning at 11 am. Beef and pork can also be pre-ordered by using the order form off of the RVCS website or by contacting the school office. A delicious supper consisting of pulled pork/creamed chicken buns, baked beans, orange salad, chips, and ice cream will be served from 5-6:30 pm with the auction beginning at 6 pm. The auction will include classroom projects, a wide variety of items for the home, farm, and outdoor activities.

January 29, 2015 - 3:38 pm - Posted in Church News, Community Calendar

musicThe Valley Male Chorus of Rock Valley will be presenting a sacred music concert during the evening worship service on Sunday, February 8 at the Christian Reformed Church of Sanborn. This worship service/concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is being sponsored by the Christian Reformed Church of Sanborn. A freewill offering will be taken for the benefit of persons with disabilities receiving services at Hope Haven. Everyone is invited to attend this evening of message and praise.

soup and pieBoyden, Iowa — A soup and pie supper is planned to benefit an Ashton man who suffered a stroke this past summer. The supper is at the St. John Lutheran Church of Boyden. We talked to St. John pastor Daniel Hart, and he tells us about Eric Johnson.

Johnson and his wife Kim have one child at home near Ashton.

Pastor Hart says the church has a soup supper every year.

The supper is this Saturday, October 25th at St. John Lutheran Church of rural Boyden. That’s at 3941 280th Street, four miles north of Boyden on Kennedy Avenue, and a little west. They’ll have homemade soups and pies, and they’ll be serving from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Thrivent Sioux County will provide supplementing funds.

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August 19, 2014 - 11:02 am - Posted in Church News, Community Calendar

The Cornerstone Baptist Church, 221 Third Street SW, (block west of courthouse) Orange City invites everyone to a night of gospel singing Saturday, September 13 at 7:00.  The Bontrager Family singers from eastern Iowa will be presenting their musical program. A free-will offering will be taken and following the musical program, refreshments will be served.

The Bontrager family consists of Marlin and Becky and their 10 children. They travel extensively throughout the United States and Canada sharing in word and song a unique, refreshing gospel/bluegrass style. Providing their own instrumentation, they bring to the stage banjos, violins, keyboard, mandolin, guitars, dobro, harmonica and bass guitar.

Their one and only purpose is to glorify their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in all they do. Come and be blessed!

For more information call: 712/737-8444.

Boyden First Reformed Church services for this weekend have been changed due to Ragbrai.

Church services will be Saturday night July 19, 2014, at 7:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Boyden. There will not be Church service Sunday morning July 20, 2014. If you have any questions, please call the church 725-2366.

Pella, Iowa — A Sioux Center man will serve as Vice President of the Reformed Church In America.Evan VerMeer

Evan Vermeer of Sioux Center was elected vice president of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America on Tuesday morning. He was installed during General Synod closing worship and will serve over the next year.

Vermeer is an elder at First Reformed Church in Sioux Center and current president of the Regional Synod of the Heartland.

He will serve alongside General Synod president Greg Alderman, his former pastor at First Reformed.

Vermeer has previously served in various capacities with the regional synod, as classis and General Synod delegate, and with the General Synod Council. He also has served his congregation as teacher, deacon, and consistory vice president and clerk.

Asked to share a few words with synod after his election was announced, he said, “I told you [when I was nominated] that I will seek the Lord and serve you well, and I will do that. I thank you for your faith in me; I ask that you will pray for me.” He invited the church to move forward with him into Transformed and Transforming, the RCA’s new 15-year goal for ministry and mission.

Vermeer’s wife’s name is Nancy and they have five children and six grandchildren.

The RCA’s General Synod met June 12-17 on the campus of Central College in Pella.

western logoAaron Thomas, son of legendary Aplington Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas, will be speaking in chapel at Western Christian High School on Friday, May 9 at 9:15 a.m.

Aaron Thomas is a teacher, coach, and public speaker. Due to his unique life experiences Aaron talks about a variety of topics but will often focus on overcoming adversity, the power of God, and standing for something in today’s society.

The event is open to the public.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A little boy with northwest Iowa ties is fighting multiple rare disorders, and you can help his family through a pancake supper fundraiser coming up on Wednesday, April 30th.pancakes and sausage

Frank Luepke’s daughter Denise Birks is the boy’s grandmother and she says his family is from the Sioux Center area, but now lives in Kansas City. She tells us about Aidan Birks.

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She tells us how they they deal with that condition.

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But Birks says there’s more.

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Birks says he also recently spent a week in the intensive care unit after contracting a rare bacteria. She says the family is dealing with a large burden.

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Aidan Birks’ father, Ben Birks says his wife Caley’s family has been an anchor for Aidan since the very beginning. Caley’s parents, Bryan and Sonja Plowman of Loretto, MN as well as her sisters Emily Plowman of Loretto, MN and Brenna Bouma of Sioux Falls, SD have walked with Aidan in the midst of tremendous ups and downs. He says their debt of gratitude to them for all they have done is significant.

Denise Birks tells us about the benefit on Wednesday, April 30th in Sioux Center.

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If you can’t attend on Wednesday night and still want to donate, Birks tells us how you can help.

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Again that pancake supper is Wednesday night, April 30th from 5 to 7 PM. Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Center is across Highway 75 from Walmart on Sioux Center’s south side.