The mission of the Dordt College International Friendship Family (IFF) Program is to celebrate and embrace diversity and cultural awareness, and to build a local support system for international students. In this program, we match a local family with an international student (or a few students, if they’d like) and the family spends time with their student about every 4-6 weeks. Families do everything from having their student over for dinner to bringing them along to their children's sporting events. We are currently in need of IFFs for five male international students. If you are interested in serving as an IFF, please contact Rebecca Tervo atRebecca.Tervo@dordt.edu or 712-722-6273.
When our RCA Missionaries need a home away from home our East and West Sioux Classis can provide that at 107-109th St NE in Orange City, Iowa. We want to be able to keep the home as a welcoming place for our missionaries, so gifts from our churches enable us to pay for the maintenance of this home. We really appreciate and need our churches to remember
this home in their yearly budgets.
Is someone in your church a "handyman?" We are in need of-someone to donate a little time to' check on simple maintenance issues at the Mission Home (furnace filters, leaky faucets, lights, etc.) If you know someone that would be interested in helping with this please let us know. We also welcome donations of. towel sets, bed linens and cleaning supplies. These donations can be dropped off at the Reformed Church Office building, 612 8th Street SE, Orange City, Iowa. Please contact a board member or Kathy DeKock at 712- 737 -4952, if you have any questions or if you would like to visit the Missionary Heme. THANK YOU!
You are invited to the Calvin College January Series beginning January 3, 2018 and continuing weekdays through January 23 at Covenant Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Each lecture will be shown through live feed from Calvin College from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and will cover topics ranging from millennials and faith, restorative justice, confident pluralism, radical generosity and so much more by top experts in their fields. Covenant CRC is one of more than 50 remote webcast sites across the continent, joining a daily audience of about 3,000 people a day. For information on the speakers and topics, visit the January Series website at www.calvin.edu/january . Don’t miss out on this chance to hear fabulous lectures and experience a piece of Calvin College right here in Sioux Center!
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to Sioux Center. From Jan. 3 through Jan. 23, 2018, Covenant Christian Reformed will be one of more than 50 remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series.
The January Series features one of the most influential scientific minds, a New York Times best-selling author and a former technology adviser to the White House. A few of the notable presenters in the 2018 lineup include Katherine Boo, a staff writer for The New Yorker whose work has been honored by a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant and Pulitzer Prize; Jeremy McCarter, co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution who witnessed the Broadway show’s journey from concept to cultural phenomenon; and Kevin Olusola, who is best known as the beatboxing member of the Grammy-winning vocal quintet Pentatonix.
“Each year I purposely pull together a lineup that is eclectic so that there is a wide variety of timely topics on the series,” said Kristi Potter, director of the January Series. “But this year as I reflected on what was happening in the news and what conversations would be good to have on the series in 2018, I felt a strong need to bring positive and encouraging stories. So as always, we will hear from speakers on a number of difficult topics like poverty, racism, pollution, restorative justice and dementia, but we will also hear stories of how we can make a difference in the world with our influence, our power, our money or even our mindset.”
The experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics, including race in America, technology and national security, biowaste and global poverty, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers.
The January Series lectures will be video streamed live at Covenant Christian Reformed Church (106 2nd Street NE, Sioux Center, Iowa 51250) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. The lectures are free and open to the public.
In 2018, more than 50 remote locations will carry the January Series—spanning 20 U.S. states, two Canadian provinces and one site in Europe.
For more information about the January Series, contact Dave Schelhaas at Dschel@dordt.edu or at 712-722-4465. To download a hi-res photo of any speaker, visitwww.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers and click on the name of the speaker.
Coming this January, Center for Financial Education (CFE) is hosting a Financial Peace University (FPU) class for engaged & newlywed couples. The class will be held 9 Sundays,* starting January 21, 2018. Attendees are invited to come to the Bridge of Hope Ministry Center at 43 2nd Street NE in Sioux Center from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Materials cost $109 per couple, payable to Center for Financial Education.
Here is the class link to register: http://www.fpu.com/1054182
*If necessary, based on class membership, the schedule will be altered to accommodate spring breaks.
Monday, January 22: Support the Dordt College Concert Band in raising funds for their European Tour by attending their Tip Night at the Sioux Center Pizza Ranch. 10% of all sales from 5-8 pm that evening, including dine-in, to-go, and carry-out orders, as well as all donated tips will go toward their fundraising goal. Take the night off from preparing dinner and enjoy some great food while contributing to a worthy cause.
Dordt College will host the group TriOmaha on January 29 at 7:30 pm in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The trio consists of three members of the Omaha Symphony: Alyssa Griggs on flute, Christi Zuniga on piano, and Dordt oboe instructor Heather Baxter on oboe. TriOmaha will present a recital and talk about the importance of music and music education
Throughout this retreat on February 2nd-4th there will be plenty of stories, speakers, pampering time, discussions, mentoring, delicious food, and a positive experience for you to take home. We promise to support and provide you a weekend you’ve been needing! We will provide you with a safe environment to share and grow in! You will receive the love of Jesus and we will encourage you in your relationship with Him! The theme comes from 1 John 4:19, "We love because He first loved us." So come and join us on this retreat where you will be rejuvenated, empowered, and filled with joy. RSVP by January 26th.
Day of Encouragement will be Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 on the campus of Dordt College. This year’s keynote speaker is Rev. Reggie Smith who will share his story of guiding change in transitional urban communities. Details will become available in November with registration opening December 1. The Day of Encouragement, sponsored by Dordt College, is a day to inspire, encourage and equip God’s people for ministry. Everyone is welcome to participate.
The biennial Dordt College Orchestra Festival will take place on February 9, at 7:00 pm in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. In addition to the Dordt Chamber Orchestra, three area high schools are participating in the festival: Le Mars Community, Unity Christian, and Western Christian. The concert will end with a mass orchestra consisting of more than 110 string players.
Have a 4th-6th Grader who just can’t stop talking about Summer Camp?? Register them today for our 4th-6th Grade Winter Retreat on February 16th-17th. It will be an exciting weekend to reconnect with Summer Staffers, friends from camp, and meet new ones. You will be staying in the Bunk Rooms, singing favorite camp songs, eating great food, and enjoying the outdoors. Make sure they bring their winter gear! Sign up before February 4th for the discounted price of $70! Go to our website for more information & how to register!
Learn more about the place you love! It is a night of worship, prayer, and vision as we tell ministry stories and seek the wisdom and direction of the Holy Spirit for this year and beyond.
Please plan to join us for this FREE event.
RSVP BY FEBRUARY 13TH:
The Hull Chamber invites you to a FANTASTIC NIGHT of entertainment for ALL AGES, welcoming BEN GLENN, The Chalk Guy to Hull – Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 7:30pm – at Western Christian High School. Ben Glenn has been a full-time speaker since 1995, sharing with church groups, students and teachers all over the world. His story of growing up with Learning Disabilities and ADHD, as well as his amazing live art demonstration that he performs as part of his presentation, combine into a powerful as well as entertaining program. He is the author of "Simply Special: Learning to Love Your ADHD" and the founder of the Chalkguy LEGO drive. He, his wife and 2 daughters live in Indianapolis. Tickets will be $5 per person and will go on sale DECEMBER 1 at the Hull Chamber Office, American State Bank & Iowa State Bank in Hull. For more information or to RSVP your Youth Group, please contact the Chamber Office – 712-439-1513 or email@example.com.
Dordt College is hosting a simulcast Work as Worship Conference on Feb. 23, 2018. With speakers like New York Times Best-Selling Author Patrick Lencioni, this conference champions a biblical and holistic viewpoint of work and faith. Whether you are the CEO or a new employee, we all have an enormous opportunity to give people a picture of God by the way we do our work. Plan to attend with a group from your workplace. Go to www.workasworshipretreat.org to register. Cost is $25/person and includes a continental breakfast, snacks and lunch. Contact Dianne De Wit at 712.722.6029 or Dianne.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This conference is sponsored by RightNow Media.
Join Inspiration Hills on our 2 day retreat by sending your Pastor’s Wife on March 20th-21st. (RSVP by March 16th). Be a part of rejuvenating, encouraging, strengthening, and thriving your Pastor’s wife through a retreat planned and created for her in mind.
This retreat is open to any women whose husband is in vocational ministry. So, you can either pass this information along or register them for this event. You are sure to provide them an opportunity to find some rest and encouragement.
Area residents are invited to several events that will take place on Northwestern College’s campus during Justice Week, Jan. 15–19. The theme for the week is “Blessed are Those Who Make Peace” from Matthew 5:9.
Dr. Mark Husbands, Northwestern’s vice president for academic affairs, will speak on “Strength to Love: Midnight and the Call to Justice” during a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day chapel service at 10:05 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, in Christ Chapel.
Martha Draayer of Sioux Center, a 2009 Northwestern alumna, will share her personal testimony of immigration, citizenship and faith in a chapel talk at 11:05 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Kurt Rietema, director of justice initiatives for Youthfront Ministries, will speak Tuesday evening at 7 in the Vogel Community Room on “Subverting Short-Term Mission: From Superman to Servant.” He will address “Who is My Neighbor? Racial Segregation and the Forces That Separate Us” in a talk Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 10:05 a.m. in the Vogel Community Room.
On Friday, Jan. 19, at 10:05 a.m., the Rev. Ann Bilbrew, lead pastor of Living Springs Riverdale Church near Chicago, will speak in chapel on “Do What You Can.”