This Week at Calvin 1/31/2024

News from Calvin Christian Reformed Church! Our church building is located at 326 7 th St SE. However,
our members can be seen around the community giving rides, leading worship at nursing homes, having
coffee together, studying the Bible together, having soup suppers, involving children in the community
in VBS, ministering to each other and our neighbors through caring relationships, and giving cheerfully of
our God-given resources to the many charities each month.
Through the leadership of our Pastor Brian Hofman and worship team, we praise God through creative
and joyful worship, sound Biblical preaching, an inspiring music ministry, and continual prayer.
This month Pastor Brian Hofman will preach through the seven signs (miracles) in the book of John.
This Sunday his text is John 6: 16 – 21 when Jesus walks on water.
Sunday School classes for all ages begins at 9:00 AM.
Worship begins at 10 AM on Sunday. The songs of praise will be “Great is the Lord”, “Ten Thousand
Reasons”, and “I Am Thine, O Lord,” “Jesus Shall Reign”, and “Soon and Very Soon”.
The February is for the Gospel Mission in Sioux City. Don’t forget to donate to The Table. Items are
collected in the blue barrel in the narthex.
The Children are welcomed up front to visit with Pastor for an introduction to the morning’s text. They
will then be dismissed to Children’s Worship led by Kaitlyn Visscher.
This coming week the Afternoon Women’s Bible Study will meet on Wednesday at 1:30 PM. Lyn
Bulthuis will lead the last study on Angels. You are welcomed to join us.
The church office is open Monday through Friday from 10 – noon. If you have concerns for the prayer
chain, please contact the church secretary at 712-546-4767.
All are welcomed to worship, study, pray, and fellowship with us.

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This Week at Calvin 1/24/2024

Happy Epiphany from Calvin Christian Reformed Church!
This month Pastor Brian Hofman will preach through the seven signs (miracles) in the book of John.
This Sunday his text is John 6:1-15 when Jesus feeds the five thousand.
Sunday School classes resume at 9:00 AM.
Worship begins at 10 AM on Sunday at 326 7 th St SE. The songs of praise will be “Be Still, fpr the
Presence”, “Everlasting God”, and “Who You Say I Am, ” “All Who Hunger Gather Gladly,”, and “We
Receive You Blessing”. The music will be led by the All For Him Praise Team. They are Mary Fedders, Lyn
Bulthuis, Patrick Visscher, Bob Hughes, Ron De Kok, Jim Viet, Miriam, and Dave Hector.
After the offertory, children are welcomed up front to visit with Pastor for an introduction to the
morning’s text. They will then be dismissed to Children’s Worship led by Kaitlyn Visscher.
Following the morning service, a Special Gathering will be held. We’ll have a chance to talk about a few
questions and comments celebrating Calvin’s 70 th Years of existence. Pastor is baking chocolate chip
cookies to serve with coffee.
Calvin will be leading services on Wednesday, January 31 at Prime Living (9:30), Accura Heath (10:00).
We welcome all residents to join us for singing favorite hymns, hearing The Word led by Pastor Brian
Hofman, join in prayer together, and receive God’s blessing.
We welcome the Lifewise Academy back this week to meet on Wednesday and Friday afternoons in our
facilities.
The Chuukese worship at 2:00 PM on Sundays.
The church office is open Monday through Friday from 10 – noon. If you have concerns for the prayer
chain, please contact the church secretary at 712-546-4767.
All are welcomed to worship, study, pray, and fellowship with us. Begin this year with Him.

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This Week at Calvin 1/17/2024

Happy New Year from Calvin CRC!
This month Pastor Brian Hofman will preach through the seven signs (miracles) in the book of John.
This Sunday his text is John 5: 1 – 18 when Jesus heals the man at the pool
Sunday School classes resume at 9:00 AM.
Worship begins at 10 AM on Sunday at 326 7 th St SE. Communion will be celerated. The songs of praise
will be “Joyful, Joyful We Adore You”, “Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”, and “What Feast of Love,”
“Alleluia”, “Table of Plenty”, and “Shine, Jesus, Shine”.
The January Special Offering is for the Le Mars Backpack program. The Backpack food program provides
nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food to children to ensure they get enough food on
weekends and holidays to avoid hunger when they can’t depend on school meals. Don’t forget to
donate to The Table.
After the offertory, children are welcomed up front to visit with Pastor for an introduction to the
morning’s text. They will then be dismissed to Children’s Worship led by Tessa Hofman.
Following the morning service, a Congregational Meeting will be held to approve the 2024 Budget.
This coming week the Afternoon Women’s Bible Study will meet on Wednesday at 1:30 PM. Lyn
Bulthuis will lead a new study of Randy Acorn’s book Heaven. You are welcomed to join us.
Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM, they begin a new study about Jacob. They will be studying the book
“God Never Gives Up on You” by Max Lucado.
On the 24 th Calvin leads worship at the Pride Home (9:30), Brentwood (10), and Park Place Estates
(10:30).
The church office is open Monday through Friday from 10 – noon. If you have concerns for the prayer
chain, please contact the church secretary at 712-546-4767.
All are welcomed to worship, study, pray, and fellowship with us. Begin this year with Him.

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This Week at Calvin 1/2/2024

Happy New Year from Calvin CRC! We begin this year with Epiphany when God incarnate as Jesus Christ
revealed his divinity to the Magi who visited young Jesus.
We welcome Pastor Brian Hofman back from vacation. This month he will preach through the seven
signs (miracles) in the book of John. This Sunday his text is John 2:1-12 when he turns water into wine.
Sunday School classes resume at 9:00 AM. The classes will be able to spend $1,500.00 for the children
of World Renew Christmas.
Worship begins at 10 AM on Sunday at 326 7 th St SE. The prelude will be “Twinkle, Twinkle”, “Do You
See What I See?”, and “Star of the East.” Hymns of praise will include: “Beautiful Savior”, “As with
Gladness Men of Old”, “We Three Kings”, “Our God”, and “Arise, Shine for Your Light is Come.”
The January Special Offering is for the Le Mars Backpack program. The Backpack food program provides
nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food to children to ensure they get enough food on
weekends and holidays to avoid hunger when they can’t depend on school meals.
After the offertory, children are welcomed up front to visit with Pastor for an introduction to the
morning’s text. They will then be dismissed to Children’s Worship led by Kaitlyn Visscher.
This coming week the Evening Women’s Bible Study will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Laura Grigsby
leads this group in their study.
We welcome Lifewise back this week to meet on Wednesday and Friday afternoons in our facilities.
The Chuukese worship at 2:00 PM on Sundays.
The church office is open Monday through Friday from 10 – noon. If you have concerns for the prayer
chain, please contact the church secretary at 712-546-4767.
All are welcomed to worship, study, pray, and fellowship with us. Begin this year with Him.

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This Week at Calvin 12/27/23

On New Year’s Eve Morning, Calvin Church, 326 7 th St SE, welcomes all to a special service of Faith and
God’s Faithfulness as summarized in the Apostles’ Creed. This service connects the creed to different
aspects of the Christian year. Worship begins at 10:00 AM with a prelude and offertory by Makayla
and Jonah Ver Mulm on the saxophone and trombone. Songs representing creation (How Great Thou
Art), Advent ( O Little Town of Bethlehem), Christmas , Epiphany (Arise, Your Light is Come!), Lent (In
Christ Alone), Easter (See, What a Morning), Ascension (Crown Him with Many Crowns), Pentecost
(Wonderful, Merciful Savior), Communion of the Saints, forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting (Sing To
the King)will be sung throughout the service.
Pastor Brian Hofman and his family are on vacation. Mr. Matt Dengler will lead our service with the
readings, scripture, prayer, and a short message.
Special offering this month is World Renew.
We praise God for His Faithfulness to each one of us. “His mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Lamentations 3: 22-23. We pray for your encouragement to live one’s faith boldly in everyday life!
This week there will be no Sunday School and no women’s Bible Study.
A Lifewise Christmas Tree is in the foyer. On it are items you can purchase to support LifeWise. Calvin
welcomes LifeWise Academy to our facilities.
A church library is stocked with wonderful books and DVDs to be borrowed by anyone.
The church office is open every morning from 10 to noon. If you have any prayer requests and
concerns you like included in the bulletin, please direct them to our church secretary at 712-546-4767.
Services may be seen on YouTube, on our newly designed website at Calvincrclemars.org, or by listening
to a CD.

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This Week at Calvin 12/20/2023

On Christmas Eve Morning, Calvin Church, 326 7 th St SE, welcomes all to The Unexpected Gift. Sunday
School classes for all ages begin at 9:00 AM. Worship begins at 10:00 AM celebrating the Fourth Week
of Advent with the Patrick and Kaitlyn Visscher family lighting the candle of joy. This flame represents
the radiant joy that fills our hearts as we anticipate the birth of Jesus. Just as this small light can fill a
dark room, may the joy of Christ illumine our lives and bring hope to those around us. Children will show
us this joy as Ava and Ella Klemme play the prelude on their flute and piano. The All For Him praise team
will lead the singing of songs of Joy which include: “O Come All Ye Faithful” with Patrick on the trumpet,
“The Birthday of a King,” “What Child is This?” With Ava on flute, “Hope Was Born This Night”, and
concluding with the joyous “Hallelujah Chorus”. The children will fill our hearts with joy as they sing
“God is So Good/God Sent His Son/Jesus is Born” and “Away in a Manger.” Many readers will help us
hear the Christmas story anew and encounter a God who continues to surprise each of us.
Pastor Brian Hofman’s message will center on John 1: 1-5, 10-14, 16-18.
A Lifewise Christmas Tree is in the foyer. On it are items you can purchase to support LifeWise. Calvin
welcomes LifeWise Academy to our facilities.
The church office is open every morning from 10 to noon. If you have any prayer requests and
concerns you like included in the bulletin, please direct them to our church secretary at 712-546-4767.
Services may be seen on YouTube, on our newly designed website at Calvincrclemars.org, or by listening
to a CD.

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This Week at Calvin 12/13/2023

Calvin Church, 326 7 th St SE, welcomes all who are looking for a church family to worship, learn and
fellowship with us. Sunday School classes for all ages begin at 9:00 AM. Worship begins at 10:00 AM
celebrating the Third Week of Advent lighting the candle of love. This flame represents the incredible
love that God pours into our lives and calls us to share with others. Songs of love include: “Come Thou
Long Expected Jesus”, “Angels From the Realms of Glory,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”, “Hark! The Herald
Angels Sing”, and “Joy to the World”. Jill Bomgaars will provide service music on her euphonium
accompanied by Miriam Hector on the organ. Thank you, Jill.
Pastor Brian Hofman will be doing a Classical Appointment at Hawarden CRC this Sunday. Mr. Dan
Tracey from Orange City will us in worship. We welcome him to our pulpit.
After the offertory, the children are dismissed to Children’s Worship led by Kaitlyn Visscher.
This month’s Special Offering is for World Renew. The Sunday School class will be designating special
items to purchase with their year’s offerings. Come to be a part of this exciting decision. World Renew
is the relief and development arm of the Christian Reformed Church.
A Lifewise Christmas Tree is in the foyer. On it are items you can purchase to support LifeWise. Calvin
welcomes LifeWise Academy to our facilities.
The Afternoon Bible Study meets at 1:30 PM on Wednesday to fill goodie sacks for the children. Treats
to follow.
The church office is open every morning from 10 to noon. If you have any prayer requests and
concerns you like included in the bulletin, please direct them to our church secretary at 712-546-4767.
Services may be seen on YouTube, on our newly designed website at Calvincrclemars.org, or by listening
to a CD.

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This Week at Calvin 12/5/2023

Calvin Church, 326 7th St SE, welcomes all who are looking for a church family to worship, learn and
fellowship with us. Sunday School classes for all ages begin at 9:00 AM. Worship begins at 10:00 AM
celebrating the Second Week of Advent lighting the candle of peace. Just as this light illuminates the
darkness, may the peace of Christ shine brightly in our lives, guiding our steps and bringing hope to the
world. Songs of Peace include: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, “You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)” “He
Shall Reign Forevermore”, and “Emmanuel”.
Pastor Brian Hofman’s text for this Sunday is Isaiah 12: 1-6; “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and
be not afraid.”
After the offertory, the children meet with Pastor Brian for an interesting Children’s Sermon. Then they
are dismissed to Children’s Worship led by Tessa Hofman.
Sunday we also celebrate communion. As is tradition we encourage members to contribute to The
Table. Place items in the blue barrel in the narthex. This Sunday we have a special offering for World
Renew.
This week Calvin has the pleasure of leading worship services at the Prime Living (9:30), and Accura
(10:00).
A Lifewise Christmas Tree is in the foyer. On it are items you can purchase to support LifeWise. Calvin
welcomes LifeWise Academy to our facilities. On Wednesday the Kluckhohn 5th graders are bused over
and on Thursday the Franklin 5th graders walk to the church.
The Evening Bible Study meets at 6:30 PM on Wednesday.
The church office is open every morning from 10 to noon. If you have any prayer requests and
concerns you like included in the bulletin, please direct them to our church secretary at 712-546-4767.
Services may be seen on YouTube, on our newly designed website at Calvincrclemars.org, or by listening
to a CD

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This Week at Calvin 11/29/30

Calvin Church, 326 7 th St SE, welcomes all who are looking for a church family to worship, learn and
fellowship with us. Sunday School classes for all ages begin at 9:00 AM. Worship begins at 10:00 AM
celebrating the First Week of Advent lighting the candle of hope. As we light this candle, may our hearts
ignite with the flame of hope, illuminating our path through this Advent season. Songs of Hope include:
“Angels We Have Heard on High”, “He Came Down That We Might Have Hope,” “My Soul Cries Out”,
and “Song of Hope”.
Pastor Brian Hofman’s text for this Sunday is Isaiah 11: 1-16; “a shoot will come up rom the stump of
Jesse.” During the offertory, Lyn Bulthuis will lead us in singing “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming”.
After the offertory, the children meet with Pastor Brian for an interesting Children’s Sermon. Then they
are dismissed to Children’s Worship led by Kaitlyn Visscher.
This week Calvin has the pleasure of leading worship services at the Pride Group (9:30), Brentwood
(10:00), and Park Place Estates (10:30).
Calvin welcomes LifeWise Academy to our facilities. On Wednesday the Kluckhohn 5 th graders are bused
over and on Thursday the Franklin 5 th graders walk to the church.
The Afternoon Bible Study meets at 1:30 on Wednesday with the Lesson 6 “Angels and Guidance” led by
Lyn Bulthuis. Join us in discussing “How do we know if this is God’s will?” Discussion is followed by
prayer and dessert served by June Vos.
The church office is open every morning from 10 to noon. If you have any prayer requests and
concerns you like included in the bulletin, please direct them to our church secretary at 712-546-4767.
Services may be seen on YouTube, on our newly designed website at Calvincrclemars.org, or by listening
to a CD.

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This Week at Calvin 11/21/2023

Calvin Church, 326 7 th St SE, welcomes all who are looking for a church family to worship, learn and
fellowship with us. Sunday School classes for all ages begin at 9:00 AM. Worship begins at 10:00 AM.
Miriam Hector will provide the prelude. The All For Him praise team will lead the singing of “Blessed Be
Your Name”, “Your Grace is Enough,” “That’s Why We Praise Him”, “Mighty to Save”, and “To God Be
the Glory”. Those faithful members of the praise team are guitarists: Bob Hughes, Ron De Kok, and Jim
Viet. Percussionist: Dave Hector; Vocalists: Lyn Bulthuis, Mary Fedders, Steve Ver Mulm, and Patrick
Visscher, Keyboard: Miriam Hector.
Pastor Brian Hofman’s text for this Sunday is Isaiah 10: 5 -34.
After the offertory, the children meet with Pastor Brian for an interesting Children’s Sermon. Then they
are dismissed to Children’s Worship led by Tessa Hofman.
91 Operation Christmas Child boxes were delivered to Sioux Center. They were received with great
appreciation and covered with prayer. Thank you to everyone for participating and those who helped
with the tasks to do this mission project.
Calvin welcomes Lifewise Academy to our facilities. On Wednesday the Kluckhohn 5 th graders are bused
over and on Thursday the Franklin 5 th graders walk to the church. This week Lifewise is on vacation for
Thanksgiving.
Calvin is planning a Thanksgiving banquet. We will come together to share our thankfulness on Sunday,
November 26, 2023, at noon, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Let give thanks to God for the things He
has done.
The church office is open every morning from 10 to noon. If you have any prayer requests and
concerns you like included in the bulletin, please direct them to our church secretary at 712-546-4767.
Services may be seen on YouTube, on our newly designed website at Calvincrclemars.org, or by listening
to a CD.

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