Join us this Sunday, December 29th at Harlingen Church at 10am for “Lessons and Carols”. We will sing Christmas carols and go through Christmas scripture readings.
Invite your Friends
to join us Christmas Eve!
“Candlelight Communion Service”
4:30 p.m.—December 24th
Join us this Sunday, December 22nd at 10am at Harlingen Church
for Pastor Bill’s sermon entitled
"God With Us!"
Sunday School Christmas Program! “Only Room in the Stable”
Sunday morning, December 15th, 10 a.m. The children of our Sunday School will present a pageant which will help us to celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. They're working hard just for you! :)
Christmas Caroling: If you are interested in singing, please join us on Sunday, December 15th. We will leave the church around 12 noon. Use the form below, or contact the church office or see Donna B for more information.
9 Carolers visited Emeritus Senior Living Home and 5 other residences to 'Sing in the Season'.
This picture was taken at Pastor Ruth's house
PS A good time was had by all. :)
“Christmas Jazz” concert: featuring Phillip Orr on the piano Hillsborough Reformed Church, next Sunday, December 15th at 3:00 pm
December Newsletter: The deadline to submit articles for this newsletter is next Tuesday, December 3rd. Your contributions are valued.
Last Tuesday Dennis O’Sullivan sent me the following write-up. In light of last Sunday’s Nov 3, 3, 2013 message about “Stewardship,” I’m copying this for you. You may find this very inspiring! Signed: Pastor Bill.
Henry Parsons Crowell—This is my favorite American icon who most people do not even know existed. Crowell was the founder of Quaker Oats Cereal. What I find fascinating about his life was this—he was born into a very affluent family, and could have avoided work his entire life if he so chose.
However, he had a religious fervor that I do not believe has a mainstream equivalent in American business today. With a strong belief in Jesus Christ, he believed that he had the moral imperative to work tirelessly and endlessly because he did not believe he could handle telling Jesus on his judgment day that he failed to reach his potential.
For the final four decades of his life, Crowell donated 70% of his personal and business profits to charity. However, because of his business savvy in running Quaker Oats, the profits kept increasing 15-20% per year, and he was able to die in Chicago in 1943 as one of America’s richest men, despite his almost comically high donation rate during the second half of his life. I find that remarkable—when Crowell was born, he could have chosen to indulge a life of Billy Madison-like leisure, never lifting a finger a day in his life. Instead, he built a breakfast juggernaut that continues to fund extensive charity work in America to this day.
If you get a chance, read the book about his life “The Cereal Tycoon.” He is one of the most impressive American businessmen who does not have the lasting reputation that he deserves
Join us this Sunday, November 17that 10am. Pastor Bill will talking about a dinner party from long ago…
“Jesus Has Dinner with Zacchaeus”
Nomination of Candidates: If you are a confessing member of Harlingen Reformed Church, you received a letter last week asking you to nominate candidates for the offices of elder and deacon at our church. Please return your ballots by Sunday, November 17th. You may place your nominations in the box in the Church House, or you may mail them to the church. Please give this your prayerful consideration!
New Members Class: Would you like to become a confessing member of Harlingen Reformed Church? Or would you like to check it out? You’re invited to attend the New Members Class that will start on Sunday, October 20th. The class will be held on October 20th & 27th, and November 10th & 17th. It will meet in the Church Lounge, below the Sanctuary, immediately after Morning Worship, from 11:15 to 12 Noon. A nursery for families with little children will be provided!
These folks join our church Nov 23, 2013.
Sunday, November 3rd at 10:00am Pastor Bill preached about “Finances—A Quick Review”.
In the middle of one of the busiest places on earth, a giant billboard features a quote from Billy Graham, urging people to tune in Nov. 7 to hear the Gospel message. Just weeks before his 95th birthday, Mr. Graham is telling the nation, “With all my heart, I want to leave you with truth.” My Hope America will air nationwide on Fox News (10 p.m. ET) as well as in all 50 states on Nov. 7-10. For nationwide TV listings, click http://www.billygraham.org/articlepage.asp?articleid=9715
Fall Rummage Sale: Fri, Nov. 1, 8:00-5:00 & Sat, Nov. 2, 8:00-noon (Bag Sale Day). Church member donations will be accepted Sunday, October 27, noon - 5:00 & on Mon and Tues, 9:00 - noon & 3:00 - 6:00. Please, no mattresses, TV’s, computers, baby cribs or car seats or large, overstuffed furniture. Contact Gemma via the church office with any questions. Proceeds will benefit the summer 2014 mission trip.
Unstoppable: On Sept 24th and Oct 3rd Liberty University will present the movie “Unstoppable” with Kirk Cameron in select theatres. “Unstoppable”. They say this movie is for anyone who has asked the question “where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?” Click on the link: http://unstoppablethemovie.com/ for locations and to buy tickets if this interests you. There are also some nice, short videos (1-3 minutes) under “Videos and Photos” on the website.
Sunday, September 15th
SUNDAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
at 10:00 a.m.
in the Church House
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP KICK-OFF
On Sunday, September 15th
at 6:00 p.m.
in the Church House
Senior Small Group Luncheon
Wednesday, September 18th
12 Noon — Church Library
This is for all of our seniors and their friends!
Vacation Bible School: Our VBS ended on Friday, August 23rd.
Thanks to Carol Skubik and everyone else who helped to create a VBS
that blessed and delighted the children. One of the daily Bible verses
was so appropriate: “You will be My witnesses to the end of the earth.”
Blueberry Picking Tuesday, July 9th: please contact Bonnie S. by filling out the form below for additional information if you would like to go.
July/August Newsletter: The deadline for our July/August newsletter is Wednesday, June 26th. If you have a contribution for our newsletters, please submit it by then. Thanks!
Sunday, June 23rd
Pastor Ruth Robbins
will be our guest preacher.
Pastor De Young will be away, attending the RCA’s General Synod in Pella, Iowa.
Please join us as Pastor Ruth leads us in worship this Sunday morning!