Our Bulletin

December 8, 2019


We welcome all members and visitors to our services today. Today is the second Sunday of Advent. Pray that we may worship God by focusing our attention on the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. We reflect on Hope and Peace today.


The Dec. 8, 15, 22, and 29 morning services are in the South Church at 10:30 a.m.

The evening/afternoon services are at:
    Dec. 8 – Grace Reformed – 6:00 p.m. (Corsica’s Sunday School Christmas Program),
    Dec. 15 – Grace Reformed – 7:00 p.m. (Corsica’ Youth Group Request Program),
    Dec. 22 – South Church – 2:30 p.m.
    Dec. 29 – South Church – 2:30 p.m.


We invite each one to join us after the morning service for fellowship and coffee.



Greeters: December 08: Keith and Norma De Waard
                  December 15:
Josh and Leah De Waard
                  December 22:
Micah De Waard and Kendall Veenstra
                  December 25:
Pastor Gary and Beth Maas and family
                  December 29:
Ryan and Cassie Erickson and family


Nursery: This week: AM: Cassie E, Daryan DV
                Next week: AM: Lisa S, Quinton DV


Bulletin/Mail Delivery: December 08 - Harlan, December 15 - Luke, December 22 - Trent, December 29 - Rod


Offering: This week: General Fund
                 Next week: Missionary Fund



Sunday: Sunday School Christmas Program Practice, 9:45 a.m., South Church
               Congregational Meeting immediately following the morning service, South Church

Monday: DCS Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., DCS

Tuesday: Men’s Prayer Breakfast, 6:30 a.m., South Church
                 DCS Scrip Orders Due, 8:30 a.m., DCS

Wednesday: Women’s Christmas Tea, 7:00 p.m., South Church

Thursday: Christmas Open House, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m., Leisure Living Corsica



December 22 – Sunday School Christmas Program, morning service

December 22 – Christmas Hymn Sing, South Church

December 25 – Christmas Service with Communion



*Please pray for complete healing for Julie Baan Hofman, Sarah De Boer, Pastor Pete and Carol De Jong, Leonard De Vries, Pat De Vries, Ruby De Vries, Mary De Lange, Carl Hoogers, Elsie Jongsma, Beth Markus, Mae Niewenhuis, Norman and Judy Pope, Hal Riemersma, Mary Vanden Hoek, Claire Vander Wal, Sarah Veenstra, Kaylee Weldon, and Brian Wiedner who are dealing with health issues.

*Pray for the elderly and shut-ins: Lavonne De Boer, Doris Markus, Nona Markus, Terry Vanden Hoek and Eltha Wolbrink.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY/ANNIVERSARY NEWS: We wish Happy Birthday Blessings to Andy H who is celebrating his birthday today, Dec. 8, to Darla BH who will celebrate her birthday Monday, Dec. 9, to Reed BH who will celebrate his birthday Tuesday, Dec. 10,and to Keith DW who will celebrate his birthday, Saturday, Dec. 14. We extend Happy Anniversary Congratulations to Delmer and Loretta VG who will celebrate their anniversary Tuesday, Dec. 10.


SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Sunday School Christmas Program will be held during the morning worship service on Sunday, December 22. Practice for the Sunday School Christmas program will be held during the regular Sunday School sessions of December 8, and 15 at 9:45 a.m. Please check your mailboxes for your children’s pieces for the Christmas program if you haven’t already this.


WOMEN'S GUILD: Ballots have been placed in your mailboxes. Please vote and return them to the ballot box below the mailboxes by December 22. Be sure to share any concerns or suggestions you would like to see addressed by the Executive Committee.


THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held immediately following the morning service today. Nominations for new Council members are: For Elder, Scott Feenstra, Tim Hollander, Gordon Lefers, Randy Niewenhuis, and Steve Veenstra. For Deacon: Josh DeWaard, Andy Hoogers, Jim Lefers, Seth Reimnitz and Clayton Vanden Hoek. We thank the retiring elders, Keith De Waard and Duane Wolbrink and retiring deacons Rod De Lange and Daryl De Vries for the work they have done in serving on the council. A budget will also be presented for approval.


WE NEED TWO PEOPLE to step up and teach for the second half of the Sunday School year. Both the 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade will need a teacher after the Christmas break. If God is calling you to fill one of these positions, please contact Dan B or Pastor Gary.


SOUTH CHURCH CLEANING: The South Church cleaning will be done in January, from the 6th to the 17th by groups 1, 2, and 3. Please watch mailboxes for work lists. Thanks for being willing to keep our places of worship clean.


CARD SHOWER: The children of Delmer and Loretta Van Genderen would like to honor them with a card shower in celebration of their 65th Anniversary on December 10. Cards may be sent to:

Corsica Leisure Living,

310 N Dakota Avenue - Apt # 123

Corsica, SD 57328

or feel free to place it in their Church mailbox


WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS TEA: All women and girls of the church are invited to The Women’s Christmas Tea to be held Wednesday, December 11, at 7 p.m. Please sign up to attend on the sheet in back of church or let Wyona Lefers know that you will be coming. Her phone number is: 946-5259 or cell 999-8366. If you don’t get ahold of her still feel free to come.


CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE will be held Thursday, December 12, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Leisure Living-Corsica. Come visit with the residents and have some Christmas goodies.


PRISON WORSHIP SERVICE: Those that would be interested in going to a worship service on December 29 at Mike Durfee State prison please contact Darrell by December 13.


DAKOTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL has been blessed with a $50,000 match donation challenge throughout the month of December. Every dollar donated to the school’s general fund will be matched, up to $50,000. So, one dollar becomes two, five dollars becomes ten, up to a grand total of $100,000. By way of information, your contributions to monthly church collections will count towards the $50,000 total. Look for updates in future bulletins, and please prayerfully consider a donation in December to Dakota Christian. Thank you!


FUNDRAISER: There will be a silent auction and bake sale at Dakota Christian School on Dec. 17 (at the double header basketball game with Ethan). The proceeds will be going to the Bruce and Dawn Lucas family. They both were teachers at New Holland Christian and Platte Christian Grade Schools before we combined to one school! Dawn is fighting an ongoing battle with breast cancer! We welcome any baked goods! You can bring them to New Holland CRC, Platte CRC or Harrison Community Church that day any time before 3 p.m. or bring them to Dakota Christian school that day. Any questions contact Carol Overweg 680-3266 or Lisa Spoelstra 680-2956.


CHRISTMAS CANDY FOR PRISONERS: Can you make fudge for prisoners and have it to church by December 19? Please do so. There are copies of the recipe in church.


FARM AND RURAL STRESS HOTLINE:  Avera- is Offering a Farm and Rural Stress Hotline. Anyone dealing with signs of depression, feelings of hopelessness, feeling isolated, thoughts of suicide, loss of pleasure in things that used to be enjoyable, or extreme mood swings. You are Encouraged and Welcomed to Call 1-800-691-4336 to talk.  Please Call!   Avera -Farm and Rural Stress Hotline.


ADVENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP: During Advent, we light the candle of Peace. Through Jesus Christ, God gives us peace. In what area of your life do you most need God’s peace? How might you be a peacemaker this week? Wonder and talk about that this week. (Tip from Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)




A.M. WORSHIP: 10:30 A.M.


Welcome and Announcements

Lighting of the First Advent Candle – Hope

*Hymn: CH #244 “Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus”

*God Greets Us

*We Greet Each Other

Lighting of the 2nd Advent Candle – Peace

*Praise Songs:

Congregational Prayer

Children’s Message – dismissed to Children In Worship

Scripture: Genesis 4:1-16

Exodus 20:13,15

Matthew 21:33-42

Message: “Hoping for Peace”

Prayer of Application

*Apostles’ Creed

Hymn: CH #526 “The Solid Rock” (while offering is received)


*Offertory Prayer


*Hymn: CH #270 vs.1,3,4 “Joy to the World”

Congregational Meeting


P. M. WORSHIP: 6:00 P.M.

(Service at Grace Reformed)