Corsica CRC



Third Sunday of Advent, December 16, 2018



Preaching: Pastor Dan De Graff

Scripture: Mark 13:24-27

Message: How Bad and How Good Will It Get?


Preaching: Pastor Dan De Graff

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13

Message: Standing in Faith


WELCOME! We are glad you have joined us for worship as we journey through the time of Advent. We anticipate both our Savior’s birth and His second coming during this month. All are invited to stay for refreshments and fellowship following the service.
This evening
we will worship at the CRC and be joined by the Harrison church family.

Next week we will worship at the CRC for both services. Our evening service will be a special service of Christmas lessons and carols.


Assisting in Our Service

Today at CRC: Greeters: Dave & Ann Scholten; Nursery: Natalie Groeneweg; C&W: “Advent III,” Rachel & Cali; Praise Team: Ivory, Sheryl, Kelsey, Lexie

Next Week at CRC: Greeters: Dan & Jeanne Noteboom; Nursery: Denise VanderPol; C&W: “Advent IV,” Corbin & Tyson; Praise Team: Elroy, Kylee, Laura, Natalie

CRC Offering: Today: Dakota Christian School; Next Week: CRC Church Library

Bulletin Del.: Today—Devin Veurink; Dec. 23—Dennis Niewenhuis; Dec. 30—Bruce Zomer

December at Grace: Share & Care—Congregation—Share the JOY!


Our Church Family

Prayers for God’s People:

  • Joyce Brink was able to return to Leisure Living following a hospitalization over the weekend for pulmonary hypertension. Continue to be in prayer for her strength and treatment.
  • Rich Van Zee is scheduled to have a tendon transfer surgery in hopes of increasing better function to his foot on Thursday in Sioux Falls. Let us lift him up to God that this would be successful, and for relief from pain while healing after surgery.
  • Continue to pray for Gordon Kredit; Marla, Ann Scholten’s daughter; Brenda Hector, Toni Sletten’s daughter; Shirley VanPeursem, Clara Noteboom’s daughter; and others who are battling with cancer.
  • All are welcome to join in a short time of prayer next Sunday morning from 9:40-9:50 a.m. downstairs as we pray specifically for our pastor and the worship time to come, as well as the work of our missionaries bringing God’s love to people who have never known Him. Feel free to leave prayer requests in Kim Zomer’s church mailbox.


Happy Birthday to Jerod Star (Dec. 17), Shelly Menning, Remi Vanden Hoek, Cadyn Plooster (Dec. 18) & Londa Vanden Hoek (Dec. 19). Wishing all a great day!

Thank you: I just wanted to thank all those who gave either money or toys to my giving project for Lifescape. We were able to deliver the toys and money last week. It was truly a great experience to give to the kids and learn more about Lifescape. Thanks again! ~Lexie VanderPol

Thank you: Women of Grace received a thank you letter from Children’s Inn for the recent monetary gift.

CRC Congregational Meeting will be held today following the morning worship service. CRC Elder/Deacon Nominations: The following men have been asked and are willing to have their names put in for the lot ballot at the congregational meeting: Dick Bordewyk, Dan Noteboom, Cal Zomer, Elroy Zomer. If you have any concerns about their eligibility, submit your concern to an elder ASAP.

Grace Congregational Meeting Results: The proposed budget was approved. Scott Muckey and Ivan Van Marel were elected as elders. Rich Van Zee and Chad Wentland were elected as deacons.

Advance Notice: Pastor Dan and Family will be away on vacation from Dec. 26-Jan. 7. Please contact your district elder deacon with any pastoral concerns or needs.

We’re on YouTube! Have you missed a sermon during a series while being out of town or due to an illness or weather that you really want to listen to during the week or go back to later? Have you invited a neighbor or friend to worship with us and want to share what our services are like? Sermons and special services that are recorded on video are now being uploaded to YouTube for viewing anytime. Go online to, and search “Corsica CRC/Grace Reformed Church.” Sermons that are available will typically be published Monday or Tuesday each week. (There is a "Watch Past Sermons" button at the top of this page that will bring you straight to the youtube page.)


December Worship Schedule:

Today—10 AM Worship             6 PM Worship—Corsica
Dec. 23—10 AM Worship           6 PM Candlelight Lessons & Carols—Corsica
Mon., Dec. 24—6 PM Christmas Eve Worship—Corsica
Dec. 30—10 AM Worship/Communion             2:30 PM Worship—Harrison North
Our 2
nd service will return to 2:30 p.m. and the normal Corsica/Harrison rotation starting in January.


Opportunities to Grow and Serve

Sunday 9:40-50 a.m. Aaron & Hur Prayer in CRC library
             10:00 a.m. Morning Worship at CRC
             11:15 a.m. CRC Congregational Meeting at CRC
              6:00 p.m. Evening Worship at CRC

Monday 7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study at CRC; Ch. 15, Total Surrender

Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Coffee Break at CRC
                     7:00 p.m. Youth Group at Lubbers’
                     7:00 p.m. Area Community Choir Concert at St. Paul Lutheran


Angel Tree: For their senior project, Haley and Heather Johnson are sponsoring an angel tree for Douglas County residents. The tree is in the CRC church entry. Please take an angel tag and return a wrapped gift with the tag attached by December 21.

Advance:  Jan.6–2 p.m. Women’s Christmas Tea rescheduled at Grace Reformed, sponsored by Women of Grace. You can still sign-up to attend.  Hope to see you there! 

The children at Resplandor De Vida Children's Home, Juarez, Mexico, are in need of a sweatshirt hoody. Since there are 38 children, we are asking both the Platte and Corsica churches to meet this need. Please contact Ken or Karla Overweg, Dave Kuipers, Dennis or Jackie Niewenhuis for a size/gender needed or if you'd rather donate $20 for us to purchase one. There should be no writing on the front as they speak Spanish. There will be a tote in back of church for new items of socks, knit hats, or mittens/gloves of any size children-adult for those living in the colonia.

Profession of Faith and Membership Classes: If you are interested in making public profession of faith and becoming a member of the CRC or Grace, please talk to Pastor Dan. Classes will begin in early 2019.


Requested Announcements

Christmas blood drive: Thursday, Dec. 20, at Our Savior Lutheran Church from 2 - 6:15 p.m. Call Shelly Menning (999-3114) for an appointment.

Area Community Christmas Choir Concert: This Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stickney. Come celebrate the season!

Pot Pies: Need a gift idea for someone who has everything? Or want to have an easy meal in your freezer for yourself or to bring to someone else? DCS Fellowship is taking orders for homemade double crust chicken pot pies, large or small. Talk to Harriett Sybesma or Ardelle Bruinsma or Virginia DeKam to place your order. Pot pies will be made on Feb. 14.

Cornerstone Prison Church Faith Fellowship Weekend: Friday, January 25 – 6 – 8 p.m. & January 26 & 27 – 7:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. The theme for the weekend is “Year of Reconciliation” based on 2 Chronicles 7:14  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions. The deadline for signing up is Monday, January 7. We would be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it. For more information or to sign up, please contact us at or call 507-215-3670.