Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Apr 13, 2007
APRIL 15, 2007
10:00 am Worship Service
Musical Introit “It is Finished” Sue Kurtz
Time of Praise
Call to Worship
* Greeting Time
* Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Exhortation to Self-Examination
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Mission Trip Send-Off
Ministry of Music “Reach Out and Touch” Sue Kurtz
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
Children are dismissed for Children & Worship
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Luke 5:27-32, 19:1-10 (Page 997)
Message: “TAXING AND TRANSFORMING”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 654 “Change My Heart, O God”
* Song of Departure No. 816 “We Give Thee But Thine Own”
Organist, Karen Ver Hulst
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
ELDERS INVITATION - If you have questions, concerns, joys, or
prayer needs that you would like to share, an Elder will be available
in the front of the sanctuary following the service this morning.
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
Call to Worship
* Opening Hymn No. 691 “Surely Goodness and Mercy”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 682 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
Living Word: Genesis 27:27-29, 38-40; 28:10-22; 32:22-32
Message “CLIMBING HIGH, WRESTLING DOWN”
* Closing Hymn No. 665 “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee”
*All who are able, please stand
TODAY AT GRACE
THIS MORNING Pastor Rick will begin a new series of messages entitled:
“THE GENEROUS LIFE”. See the insert in your bulletin today for all
OUR MINSTRY OF MUSIC this morning is presented by Sue Kurtz. We
thank you for being with us today and sharing your testimony in
CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Children ages 3 & 4 years meet in Fellowship Hall with
Worship Leaders Jennifer Elkowitz and Erika Wigent.
Children K – 2nd Grade meet in the choir room with
Worship Leader Gracia Class and Chelsea Boeve.
11:20 AM–12:20 PM SUNDAY SCHOOL - There are classes available for
all ages three years old and upward. A nursery is available for those
children under the age of three.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Sunday School Guide Class will meet in the Consistory Room. Join
them for lively discussions relating to our Christian walk.
Songs and Psalms Join Brad Class in the Chapel. This week we will
look at Psalm 18.
You Were Shaped For Serving God – Meet at the Crossing.
ALL ALASKA CHALLENGE TEAM MEMBERS meet in the Fellowship Hall
during the Sunday School hour. All HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE
SCHOOL students are invited to join them. No Sunday School classes
will be held for HS and MS students at the Crossing.
SUNDAY’S AT SIX – Join Pastor Rick in the Chapel for the message
“CLIMBING HIGH, WRESTLING DOWN”.
6:00 PM GRACE GIFTED – In addition to our regular Chapel service
tonight, Grace Gifted will be held at the Crossing. There will be a few
changes! The most significant change will be that there will be fewer
gifts displayed, as we are trying to turn this into a more contemporary
service. Upcoming services will be held on April 29 and May 20 from
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. There will be a lively worship time and a
relevant Gospel message preached by Darrell Delaney.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2007
1:15 PM THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will meet in the Consistory Room.
Study Session 6.
3:00 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2007
2:45 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 FOR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH
6:00 PM ALASKA CHALLENGE AUCTION! See insert today!
6:00 – 8:00 PM CADETS will meet and go to Craig’s Cruisers.
6:30 – 7:00 PM CHOIR PRACTICE. Note the change of time…so all can
participate in the Auction!
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2007
9:00 – 11:00 AM THE ADIC at the Crossing. Join us for coffee,
donuts and fellowship!
3:30 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
4:30 PM PRAYER MEETING in Pastor Rick’s office.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2007
9:00 – 11:00 AM ALASKA CHALLENGE Baking Marathon for all
those going to Alaska!
12 NOON – VBS MEETING at the Crossing! All those involved or
interested in hearing more about the opportunities are invited
to come. If you can’t be there, call Darrell this week.
NEXT WEEK – APRIL 22, 2007
NEXT SUNDAY we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper during our morning
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – June Snyder has moved to Luther Home,
Nursing Section, Room 403, 1950 – 32nd Street, Grand Rapids.
Please keep June in your prayers as she makes the adjustment.
Jan VanWyk continues at the U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. Adrian
Peterson underwent surgery Friday to remove tumors from his
bladder. See the Prayers and Praise Line for all other concerns of
the Grace family.
THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to the
LENT FOOD COLLECTION! Over 75 bags of groceries and personal
care items were given to Faith and Family Network of Wyoming
Food Pantries. “The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever
you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, YOU did for
ME.” Matthew 25:40
USE ME, JESUS, USE ME! This is the prayer of the now 15 persons going
to McComb, Mississippi. On Friday, April 20 at 6 PM, we will leave
church (you’re welcome to join us in prayer as we leave!) and travel
about 6 hours to Salem, IL where we will stay overnight. Saturday
morning we will continue our trip to McComb, MS (another 566
miles), hoping to arrive early evening. Sunday we will worship with
the congregation who is letting us stay in their former parsonage –
the Centenary House. Sunday will be a day of rest so we can get to
work Monday through Friday. We will be repairing houses and doing
clean up…we will be assigned jobs by the SW Mississippi Recovery
Network when we get there. Wednesday afternoon we will take time
to travel to New Orleans and go to the French Quarter and the Ninth
Ward, which is where the levy broke. Friday afternoon we will start
for home, staying in Hayti, MO overnight. Saturday, April 28 we will
continue on our way home. Please pray for safety for the group and
also pray that we will be a blessing to those we come to serve! On
May 13, we hope to share stories and pictures during the morning
worship service! Those going on the trip are: Joan Emaus, Jim &
Linda Emelander, Larry Kleymeer, Jim & Sheila Mc Elroy, Kara
Pierce, Nikki Probst, Phyllis & Rog Vander Sloot, Bill Ver Hulst,
Eric & Erika Wigent, and Dale & Shari Dood.
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
Sunday, May 6, 10:00 AM GEMS SUNDAY. Our GEMS will take part in our
service. Our SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of April is designated
for the GEMS Organization. This special offering will be received on
May 6 (not the usual last Sunday of the month).
Sunday, May 6, 6:00 PM MUSIC APPRECIATION SERVICE. All our music
groups will participate!
NEWSPAPER COLLECTIONS will continue! You will notice a green “Paper
Gator” in the parking lot near the garage. You can now bring you
papers directly there. All newspapers, phone books, magazines,
paper, etc. can be deposited there (no cardboard or plastic).
Proceeds will benefit our Cadet Group and the Boy Scouts (many of
which belong to our congregation) equally.
CHANGE FOR ALASKA – Remember to drop your coins and dollars in the
Alaska Change jars in the narthex! Instructions are in the narthex.
BAKE SALE! Bake Sales will be held on April 22 & 29 with proceeds
benefiting the Alaska Challenge Group! Donations of baked goods
from the congregation are welcomed! Just bring your dessert,
cookies, bread...with you on Sunday morning and see Tymie or Kia in
the narthex for pricing. If you have any questions, please call Tymie
at 538-3100 or 531-5700. Thanks!
“TRANSPORT FOR CHRIST” is having a dinner banquet on Tuesday, April
17, 2007. If you are interested in attending or hearing more about
this, contact Wes Dekker at 534-9315 TODAY!
ALASKA TEAM – Plan on meeting in the church kitchen on April 21 & 28
from 9-11 am to prepare baked goods for the sale!
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - If you would like to help build the local RCA
sponsored Habitat home, fill in one of the forms on the table in the
narthex. There are times in April, May, or June. Please sign the
board that is setting by the sound system in the sanctuary….this
board will be built right into the home itself.
JOIN THE DIG AT The Quest for Truth - June 11-15! At Quest for Truth we
travel to Holy Land sites to uncover evidence that shows the truth
about Jesus. VOLUNTEERS are needed!! A volunteer meeting will be
held Saturday at Noon at the Crossing!
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS AND GIRLS – PURE PASSION for FASHION event.
This Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm at the Van Singel Fine Arts
Center. Tickets are $5.00 each. RSVP to Darrell or Kia by
TOMORROW! Meet at the Crossing at 6:00 pm.
COOKING UP A CURE – Tastefully Simple Open House Fundraiser being
held at 3948 41st Street – just off Wilson in Grandville on Tuesday,
April 17 from 6-8 pm. Heather Dood will be our consultant so drop
by for a few minutes with friends or family to sample some new
recipes and check out the newest products! 15% of all sales will be
donated to the Breast Cancer 3-day event. Contact Christy Kleymeer
530-4964 or email@example.com for more information.
CROP FOR THE CURE – Saturday, May 12 from 11 am – 10 pm at Grace.
Cost is $25.00 per person or scrap with your “Bosom Buddies”
4 tickets for only $80. Your ticket includes lunch, dinner, snacks and
1 raffle ticket the day of the event. Each cropper wearing pink will
get a free raffle ticket at the door! Please RSVP to Christy Kleymeer
no later than May 5.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Pierce Family; Jon & Bev Plooster
Lower Doors: R. Postema Family
April 22 Upper Doors: Dick & Ruth Postema; Gerald & Elaine Pylman
Lower Doors: Bob & Terri Stadt
Today AM Service: Phyllis Vander Sloot, Robin Zondervan, Cindy
Wylie, Allie McElroy PM Service: Sue Stuk
April 22 AM Service: Judy Beadle, Tami Veldheer, Diane Maitner,
Ashley Veldheer PM Service: Ruth Postema
Prayers & Praise Line
April 15, 2007
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
• The volunteers going on the Mission Trip to Mississippi
• The music ministry of Sue Kurtz
• The many items and services that have been donated for the Auction
• Answered prayers!
• Our church family
• The upcoming VBS “Quest for Truth” plans being made
• Ade Peterson following surgery
• Jan VanWyk in Ann Arbor
• June Snyder now living at Luther Home
• Dr. Jim Cook, Professor Emeritus at Western Theological Seminary& former son of our church, as he has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
• Casey VerMerris who has not been well
• Jennifer Moody who has been diagnosed with Cardio Myopathy ~ please pray for her as she adjusts to new medications
• Keri Boeve, living and working in California
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Gordon Ver Merris, Hope Munguia,
Lori Doom (Nikki’s sister), Bob Benthin, Harold Sandoval, Henrietta
Alexander, Mike Doucette
• Friends and family serving in the military: Matthew Vander Heide, Michael Beemer, Frank Senko, and Chad Thorner (Lacey Wylie’s boyfriend).
• Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mrs Gert Kerkstra, Mrs Gen Kroon, Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mrs Ann Rozema, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder, Henrietta TeRonde, Leora Totten, Mr Casey Ver Merris, Mrs Margaret Zylstra
As other prayers are shared, you are invited to write them down and
include them in your prayers for our congregation this week. Please
keep the church informed of your prayer needs and praise reports!
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