Children’s Offering


Our September offering of $100 is on its way to help with earthquake relief in Haiti. Thank you for your part in helping our brothers and sisters in Christ in their time of need. October’s offering will be for the ministry of Lost Timber Bible Camp in Chandler. Haven’t ever heard of it? Check out all the very special things happening there, at


Pillow Cleaning


Save the date! Pillow cleaning at ARC will be Friday, October 29, 7:30 AM-4:00 PM. Contact  Glenda Schomacker at 507-220-3226 if you are willing to help.


Gospel Jubilee


Save the date! The 11th Annual Gospel Jubilee featuring The Browns will be at ARC on Sunday, October 24, 3:00-4:30 PM. Spread the word!


Partnership Discovery Lunch


For anyone who might be interested in becoming a partner (member) at American Reformed Church, you are invited to a Partnership Discovery Lunch. Pastor Mike will host the conversation on Sunday, September 26, 12-2:30 PM. If you have questions or are interested in attending, please contact Vicki Altena at or call 320-226-2459. Childcare will be provided.


Adult Learning Opportunity


“I Said This, You Heard That” If you ever said the wrong thing—or said the right thing in the wrong way—you know how quickly your words can make a big mess. But it doesn’t have to be this way! If improving communication in your relationships is something you desire, please join Pastor Mike for a six week study that uses advice from the Apostle Paul on how to improve your communication at work, in your marriage, and with friends and family. To join, please sign up at the table in the lobby by September 12. The study will be Sunday mornings after worship beginning September 19. Cost for the workbook is $20.


Patio Party

Let’s kick off the new education year together while enjoying great food and fellowship on Sunday, September 12. Grilled brats, rib ticklers, baked beans, salads, chips, ice cream bars, beverage, and fixings will be served starting at 11:30 AM. Children’s Carnival and Bean Bag Tournament will begin after the meal. Register your team at the table in the lobby. We are also in need of carnival supervisors; sign up in the lobby.


Background Support Specialists


Do you have some free time and a love of helping others? We are looking for Background Support Specialists to assist with some behind the scenes tasks for our children’s ministry. Throughout the year we could use people to cut fabric, sand/stain pieces of wood, package craft items, etc. and would like to have a list of people to contact when those needs arise. If you are interested or have questions, contact Becky Ossefoort at the church office, 283-8600.


Kitchen Thank You!


Thank you for your generous and timely giving in support of the Kitchen Project! The project has been completely funded and we are grateful to not have to pursue financing. We are still waiting for a cooktop that is on backorder, but are looking forward to using the new kitchen for many events, fundraisers, meals, and connection times in the years to come!


Special Congregation Meeting


A vote will be taken at a Special Congregation Meeting on Thursday, September 9, 7 PM regarding leaving the RCA and joining the Alliance of Reformed Churches. More information was mailed this week to active members. A Q&A session will be held next Sunday, August 22 in the Worship Center following worship. Absentee ballots will be available in the office.