After serving Bethel URC in Calgary, AB, for nine years, Rev. Joel Vander Kooi was installed as Minister of the Word and Sacraments in a ceremony on May 16, 2013. Sioux Center URC, led the service and emphasized the preaching of the Word as he spoke on “Fulfilling Your Ministry” from 2 Timothy 4:1-5. Rev. Simon Lievaart, Doon URC, assisted with the congregational vows and presented the charge to the minister and congregation. Council Chairman Korrie Van Maanen read letters of greeting from neighboring churches.
The choir of Rock Valley URC contributed to the service with “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” and “All Ye That Fear Jehovah’s Name.” Caity Laman accompanied some songs on the trumpet.
About 75 people from Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota attended the service, including Rev. Spencer Aalsburg from Sioux Falls United Reformed Church Fellowship and Rev. G.I. Williamson, a retired OPC minister associated with the Sanborn URC.
Rock Valley URC is comprised of around 100 members with more people who regularly attend. Services are at 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the church’s facility, which can be reached by following Main Street north for a mile and crossing the Rock River bridge.
The above article by Glenda Mathes appeared om page 21 of the July 31/August 21, 2013, issue of Christian Renewal.