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.

There will be a 80th Birthday Open House for Betty Jasper from Orange City, Iowa this Saturday, April 12 from 2:00 to 4pm at the American Reformed Church basement at 407 Albany Ave of Orange City.

Join the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus for its upcoming performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C Major on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel at Northwestern College.

Sung in Latin, this great work incorporates choir, four professional soloists and chamber orchestra in a dramatic and moving setting of the Roman Catholic liturgy.  Under the baton of Dr. Thomas Holm, professor of music at Northwestern College, SCOC has recently presented such masterworks as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. John Passion, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

Do not miss this opportunity to hear a grand mass of one classical music’s greatest masters!  Tickets for adults are $8 in advance/$10 at the door and $5 for students.  Tickets can be purchased at Northwestern’s box office or the Dove Bookstore in Orange City, at True Vine or the Dordt music office in Sioux Center, and in Sheldon at Touch of Hope.

March 13, 2014 - 12:16 pm - Posted in Church News, Community Calendar

crossWhat do the Jewish Passover and Jesus’ last supper have in common? Sarah Ascher, with Jews for Jesus, will answer that question as she, presents “Christ in the Passover” at the Faith Lutheran Church located at 710 8th St SE in Orange City, IA 51041-7451 on Saturday, April 5th at 6:00 PM. You’ll gain wonderful insights on how the pieces of God’s plan of salvation fit together, and you’ll remember this visual display of the Passover pageantry for years to come. Join us for Christ in the Passover from Egypt to Calvary to what it means for us today. Call (712) 737-2112 for more information. There will be no admission charge.

Sheldon, Iowa — The former Joyce’s Food Store on Old 60 in Sheldon is in the early stages of becoming a church.

The former Joyce’s property is now owned by Living Water Church in Orange City, for use as a satellite church.

We had a chance to talk to Living Water’s pastor, Jason Van Wyk. Read The Full Story . . .