Loving Your Neighbor…

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Calvin Theological Seminary invites you to the second Loving Your Neighbor Conference which will be held at Calvin Seminary from July 30th to August 1st, 2018. Conference Theme: According to Jesus, the first and greatest commandment is to love God, and the second commandment is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But what does loving your neighbor mean for us today especially with neighbors who arrive as a result of migration, immigration or as refugees? Each year, thousands of people arrive in the United States and Canada as refugees or immigrants. Some refugees are children wholove-your-neighbour arrive as unaccompanied minors, having been separated from their families abroad as they fled violence or disaster. How does the Bible help us navigate in this time and place? We will ask, from a variety of perspectives, “What Does ‘Loving Your Migrant, Immigrant and Refugee Neighbor’ Mean Today?” We invite pastors, ministry leader, and lay members to attend this conference and to hear from a variety of speakers about their ministries and services to immigrants, migrants, and refugees. Get the details and register at www.calvinseminary.edu/neighbor/

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Youth Summer Mission Trip

taylorsville-nc-welcomeThis summer our youth group will experience the great beauty of both people and nature in the scenic small town of Taylorsville, North Carolina from June 30 to July 8. By participating in work projects, running a Kids Club, helping at a local nutrition program and supporting a few other ministries, we’ll make connections with the people of the area while addressing some significant needs. In the evenings, our group will visit a cowboy church, experience the thrill of a homemade water park, hike to the top of Lowe’s Lookout and partake in a community cookout. Our sponsor organization, YouthWorks has partnered with this community since 2006.

Serving in Blue Ridge Mountains
We will serve through painting, cleaning, helping with yard work or doing other simple work projects.
We will plan and lead children’s programming, including Bible lessons, games, crafts and reading activities.
We will partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
During the week, our students may serve at one or more of the service options.

 

Celebration of Life

10501963_300x300_1James L. Dykstra, age 65, of Reeseville, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Beaver Dam Hospital in Beaver Dam.

There will be a memorial gathering at Faith Community Church, 401 Stone Street in Beaver Dam, on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 2:50 p.m. A memorial service will follow at church on Thursday beginning at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Larry Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Reeseville Cemetery.

James was born on June 13, 1952 in Sheldon, Iowa to Frank and Aletha (Luitjens) Dykstra. On May 25, 1974, he was united in marriage with Joan Tamminga in Friesland, Wisconsin. Jim was a graduate of South Dakota State University Pharmacy School. In 1976, he purchased Abel Drug Store in Reeseville, which became Village Pharmacy, and he was the area pharmacist until he retired in November of 2014. Jim loved his Lord, loved his family and friends, and loved to fish. He was a member of Faith Community Church in Beaver Dam.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Dykstra of Reeseville; two children, Joshua (Shanna) Dykstra of Mayville and Jill Dykstra of Israel; three grandchildren, Julian, Laci, and Tessa Dykstra; his mother, Aletha Dykstra of Colorado Springs, CO; his sister, Pat (Wayne) DeKam of Colorado Springs, CO; sisters-in-law, Joyce Van Buren of Brandon and June Tamminga of Friesland; special friends, Abby and Emma Kooiman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Dykstra.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in James Dykstra’s name to Faith Community Christian Reformed Church, memo: Jill Dykstra Israel.

Kids…are you ready??

 

It will soon be time to sign up for CAMP CALVIN!!!!  

Camp Calvin registration will open on Sunday, March 18!  Camp Calvin is a Christian youth camp for students entering grades 4-9.  At Camp Calvin, students will explore and enjoy God’s creation, worship our Lord with songs, and receive inspiration from our spiritual leaders.  Camp Calvin will be held June 18-23, 2018.  For registration, camp information, photos, or to contact Camp Calvin with any questions, please visit www.CampCalvin.com.