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September 15, 2021


Praise & Encouragement
Before I moved to the Quad Cities from Newton, IA I had a roommate who taught at the local Christian school.  She was a deep thinker and would often ask me questions I did not know how to answer. One question I have not forgotten after all these years was “If you could be something (an object) what would it be?”.  Of course, I had no answer but hers was a tree.  A tree???? Why?  Because my roots would be rooted deep in believing the Bible so that when strong winds or storms would come I would be able to with stand them.  

Recently I read a devotion out of Mornings with Jesus (Guidepost publication) that hit home with me again.  It was by Tracy Eldridge.  It was based on Jeremiah 17:7-8.  “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and has made the Lord his hope and confidence.  He is like a tree planted along a riverbank, with its roots reaching deep into the water—a tree not bothered by the heat nor worried by long months of drought.  Its leaves stay green, and it goes right on producing all its luscious fruit.”

This is what the devotion said: “I love looking at the big, tall trees on the riverbank by the Mississippi River.  I also appreciate their shade while I stroll on the bank, gazing at the muddy waters in the river.  The roots of those trees go deep down in the river, which lets me know they have been there a long time.  In my lifetime, there have been several floods that sent the river waters over the riverbank.  The water completely covered the park area and the parking lot.  Yet, after the water returned to the river, the trees on the riverbank were still standing tall.  They have managed to thrive in other harsh conditions as well.  Even in extreme heat, their leaves remain green.

In Psalm1:1-3, David compared the person who delights in the Lord and meditates daily on His Word to a tree planted by the riverbank.  The last line of the Scripture states that this person will be successful.  I desire to be like a tree planted by the riverbank with my roots in the water, confident I will always be watered and nourished.  As we learn to trust in the Lord, our hope and faith in Jesus will continuously fill us with confidence, helping us stand strong even when the conditions around us are hot and dry.  If we stay rooted and grounded in his Word, we will be as trees planted by the riverbank.”

So do you want your roots to grow deeper.  Then get involved with Digging Deeper and your roots will grow deeper and you will be a strong tree!!!
Carol Schipper, Elder 

Pastor Search
It's hard to believe that it's been a year since the pastoral search committee gathered for our first meeting to find who God has planned to be the next lead pastor of CFC. He has been faithful throughout this entire process and we desire to keep our eyes on Him as we look forward to steps ahead.
The search was launched a few weeks ago, and we have begun to receive applications. They are submitted to and first viewed by Sam Hamstra, the consultant that is working with our church through this process, and then forwarded to our committee, if they seem like they may fit the criteria developed over the past year for this position. We have already received applications and will have our first "first conversation" with a candidate this evening. If we sense God is leading us to go forward with a candidate after the "first conversation", then we will meet again and go more in depth into learning about this person and their competencies. There are many steps as we learn about candidates which include prayer, discussion, meeting with candidates, prayer, listening to sermons, reviewing resumes and still more prayer. Please join us in praying for our committee and all future candidates as we head into the beginning stages of the interview process, that we would have clarity, and be diligent and wise with our time.
If you know of someone that you would like to nominate for the lead pastor position, please point them to Sam Hamstra and have them send their application to [email protected] The position has been posted, we are receiving resumes and seeking the Lord's guidance as we move forward in this stage of the process.
Please also keep Pastor Brian and Mary lifted in prayer, that they will finish strong with their eyes on God.
"Let everything that has breath praise the LORD." Psalm 150:6
Kristen Andringa
Kat Carter
Ron Hessel
Kathy Schuett
Carol Schipper
Bryan Van Itallie
Greg VerMeer
Bruce VerMeer, chair

Thank You
Thank you dearly for prayers and cards of encouragement.  I am healing well.
Ellen Keller

Thank you all for the prayers for my mother, Evelyn Perkins, when she had surgery on 9/10 to repair a broken hip.  The surgery went well and she has been transferred to Manor Care for rehab until she is able to put full weight on her left leg and walk again.  Prayers appreciated for her spirits, patience, strength and endurance during rehab, and for wisdom and compassion for the staff.  Prayers appreciated for both Mom and Dad as they are separated until she recovers and returns home.  It is hard for them to be apart after 73 years of marriage .
Thank you all again for your prayers and emails and text messages of encouragement,
Sue Kvach

"I want to thank all who sent prayers and cards during my recent back surgery.  The 3 1/2 hour surgery was successful, but the recovery is slow.  The first couple of weeks I felt really good.  Then they took me off the narcotics and reality set in, but I'm doing o.k. and I'm looking forward to be back worshiping with you again soon."
Beverly Rice 

Dear Christ’s Family Church,
Thank you to everyone at Christ’s Family Church for your wonderful donation of the food for the Friendly House Food Pantry!  The Friendly House Food Pantry serves hundreds of families every year that live right here in our community, each with their own unique story.  Some are working mom, single dads, seniors living meagerly on Social Security, veterans, grandparents parenting grandchildren, mentally and physically disabled, young families trying to stretch a dollar, and those experiencing homelessness, just to  name a few.  The one thing they have in common is hunger because of food insecurity.
Because of your willingness to support our food pantry, we are able to help that one person or one family at a time until we have served the masses in our community.  We are extremely grateful for donors like you that give so selflessly for individuals they will never meet.  You are important to Friendly House and the work we’ve been doing for 125 years.  Thank you for being an amazing part of the team.
May you know in your heart that people are eating a warm, healthy meal tonight because of the difference you make.  Thank you for your generosity to Friendly House, which helps us provide care for people in need.
Thank you for all you do,                                              Sincerely, Terry Hendershott, Executive Director

The Prison Fellowship Team would like to thank Christ’s Family Church for the generous contributions.  In spite of covid restrictions, we were able to place 30 towel kits at the “RCF” this year.  These towel kits consist of a bath-size towel, hand towel, wash cloth, bar of soap, small shampoo, tooth brush, tooth paste and deodorant.  All of these items are rolled up in the large bath towel and strapped with rubber bands.  We also placed a copy of “God’s Bridge to Eternal Life” with Christ’s Family Church address and phone number on the towel kit.
Please continue to pray for those individuals we encounter on Wednesday evening.  We never know what impact these kits make but we do know we are appreciated by the residents and the members of the “RCF” staff.
We will continue to provide a drop box in the narthex closet for towels and any of the above-mentioned items.  The need is constant and we “Thank” all of you in advanced for your contributions, thoughtfulness and prayers.
Thanks again in Christ,
Ed Hanssen and Reg Shoesmith
Prison Fellowship

We have 3 tables of FREE COOKBOOKS.  They are located across from the elevator, by the church office.  Help yourself.

A note from the CFC Missions Committee:
Christ's FAMILY Church is more than a family inside the walls of the church. Our "family" extends far beyond. God is actively at work locally, regionally and around the world! And our church is immensely blessed to be a part of what God is doing through various organizations and missionaries. One way YOU can learn more about how God is working outside our church walls is to join the missions committee. We have 2 openings on the committee and anyone can join. We meet approximately one evening every 2-3 months. We exchange updates from supported ministries, distribute funds, meet with individuals of ministries and pray for God's hand to cover it all. It's a joy to hear how God's kingdom is being built through the passions and gifts of His people. If you would like to "preview" the missions committee, you are invited to a get-together with Nicole Opgenorth, a missionary supported by our church, who will be visiting October 15th to share more about the work in Nicaragua that God has placed on her heart. If you would like to attend or join the missions committee, please contact Kristen Andringa.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52:7
Kristen Andringa
Byron Baxter, chair
Sharon McElhinney

Food Pantry
Food Pantry items are accepted anytime.  Your donations go directly to Friendly House Food Pantry.  Some items needed are:  Spaghetti sauce, pancake mix, men's and women's deodorant, poise pads or depends, soap, peanut butter, Mr. Clean or any disinfectant.  Drop your items off in the closet in the lobby or leave them at the information desk.  They can also be dropped off at the church office during the week.

Ink & Toner Cartridges
Bring your empty ink and toner cartridges to the church office or leave them on the information desk.  We receive credit from Staples which helps lower our office expenses.

Day Care Now Hiring
Christ's Family Day Care has an immediate position available for a responsible individual with a heart of caring for children 6 weeks to 10 years. The individual will help provide a stable, enjoyable environment where children grow physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. They will help teach children to develop a good self-concept. Also to help children feel the love of God.  Experience is preferred but we are willing to train the right candidate. The individual must be available Monday through Friday until 6 PM. Up to 40 hours available. Don't miss this opportunity to work in a Christian environment with a family atmosphere with supportive staff and parents. Please contact Debi or Lorna for more information at 563-344-0063.

ALL ages can DIG into GOD’s WORD!

Different ages DIG with different tools and at different speeds, but we’re all starting at the same place….THE BEGINNING!

Adult Bible Study

You can DIG further into what the Bible says about Sunday’s sermon! It’s never too late to join one of our small group Bible studies that meet after worship.
IN PERSON groups meet in Room 201, 202 and the Conference Room.
If you would like to join a small group meeting on ZOOM, please contact Becky – [email protected] or 563-940-7605.

Bible Study 4 YOUTH

10:45 am – Youth Room – Family Life Center – Lower Level 
SR. HIGH – Come DIG further into what the Bible says about the worship sermon.  We’ll watch a short video, read through the Scriptures and explore how that part of God’s Story challenges how we think, feel and live!
MIDDLE SCHOOL – Starting in Genesis, we’re exploring how the Bible fits together to tell ONE BIG STORY of rescue and redemption. 
Every week we Learn. Love. Live. We LEARN the gospel story of Scripture, taking time to LOVE the Author and Subject of that gospel story, and then seek to LIVE out our part in the ongoing gospel story.

CFC 4 Kids

Kids get to DIG into the Bible – God’s ONE BIG STORY…
We’re SO excited that CFC Kids again have the opportunity to meet together on Sunday with other kids to explore what God says in His Word!! Caring leaders will help your kids engage with activities, music and videos that draw them into God’s BIG Story.
We have a group for 3 year olds through Kindergarten called P & K DIG Kids, and another group for 1st-5th graders called Reader DIG Kids.
Both DIG Kids groups will meet after worship from 10:45-11:45 am in the Lower Level.  P & K DIG Kids will meet in the Young Children & Worship Room (106), and Reader DIG Kids will meet in the Central Area at the foot of the north stairs.
PARENTS please come sign your child IN and OUT of class! And check out a small group where you can DIG into God’s Word yourself!

Watch for an announcement about something NEW for 1st-5th graders on Wednesday evenings!

We need new Family Information/Permission Forms for CFC Kids!
We need to have a family information/permission form for kids to participate in ALL Children’s Ministry activities, including Young Children & Worship, DIG Kids, and our upcoming Wednesday evening activities. It is also for those who will be cared for in the Nursery regularly. One form covers all family members, but they need to be updated (the last time we updated was 2 years ago)!  These forms tell us who may pick up your child, if your child has allergies or other special needs, as well as who to contact if a need arises during activities.    They also let us know when it’s time to celebrate a birthday!
Here’s the form:  FAMILY INFO/PERMISSION FORM. You can print out the form, fill it out and drop it off at the information desk on Sunday. You can pick up a printed form at the Children’s Ministry table in the lobby, or at Young Children & Worship. Thank you for partnering with us in discipling your children!!

Watch for an announcement…we are hoping to OPEN the NURSERY as a ministry VERY SOON!  
How are we making Nursery Ministry a new experience? We have music to play as young ones are dropped off and as they enjoy free play. Then we will spread a story quilt and invite toddlers and preschoolers to sit and have a little snack as they look at a picture and listen to a very short and simple Bible Story.
Please PRAY for our Nursery Ministry and ask….is God calling YOU to serve?  SIGN UP to get on the Nursery Ministry team (there is a place to let us know dates you are NOT available to serve!): I CAN SERVE IN OUR NURSERY MINISTRY!
If you’re not sure if Nursery Ministry is right for you…come check out what we’re planning to do! There will be Nursery Training on Saturday, September 18 at 10:00 am, Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 pm, and Sunday, September 26 at 11:45 am (LUNCH provided). You can pick the time that works best for you!