Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 7, 2017
DECEMBER 10, 2017
2nd SUNDAY of ADVENT
10:00 AM Worship Service
Call to Worship
Lighting of the Advent Candle
*Opening Hymn No. 244 ………….. “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Discovery Kidz Christmas Program
“A Tree Lot Christmas”
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Doxology No. 290, Verse 3 ……………… “As With Gladness Men of Old”
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: John 15:9-17 (Page 1046), Acts 2:42-47 (Page 1057)
Message: “THE GIFT OF A CARING COMMUNITY”
Reverend Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 250 …………….……… “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
*Song of Departure No. 258 (Chorus, Vs 1, Chorus)
“Go, Tell it on the Mountain”
Keyboardist, Lorinda Vander Werp
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
*All who are able, please stand.
ELDERS INVITATION – If you have questions, concerns, joys, or
prayer needs that you would like to share, please see the Pastor or
an Elder today. Elders will be greeting at the doors as you leave the
sanctuary this morning and they are also listed on the back of your
bulletin. You may also make a notation on the Fellowship Register.
A warm welcome to our visitors and members alike during this season of Advent. As we prepare ourselves to celebrate again the coming of our Lord, let us affirm the joy Christ brought into the world. May such joy live within us as we worship the Lord. Please take a moment and sign your name and address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed today.
TODAY AT GRACE
THE DISCOVERY KIDZ will present their Christmas program this
morning. Our thanks to Heather Dood, our Children & Youth and
Crossing Director, for her work with our children. We are so very
thankful for her love, energy, dedication and time! Thank you to all
the children who were a part of the program this morning.
THE TRANSITION TEAM and EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will
meet in the Chapel following the service.
PRAYER GROUP will meet following the service in the sanctuary to
pray for Pastor George, Connections, and the needs and vision at GRC.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE CLASS will meet in the
Consistory Room after the morning service. You are welcome to join in!
PRAYERS AND PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS: Please be in prayer for Lorinda Vander Werp
who fell and injured her right hand. They are waiting until the
swelling goes down before they can fully evaluate the injury. Please
pray there is no break or fracture. Bill Ver Hulst moved to Marywood
Health Center on Tuesday for a time of rehab. Jerry Hendrickson
continues at Butterworth. Marge Veldheer has returned to her home.
Denny and Mary Bush have moved to Rose Garden, 3391 Prairie SW
#109, Grandville, 49418. For all other praise reports and prayer
concerns, see the prayers and praise line in your bulletin today.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017
NO PRAISE TEAM Practice.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017
3:15 – 5:45 OR 8:00 PM THE CROSSING for grades 3-6.
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – Lasagna is on the menu.
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:45 – 8:00 PM S.O.N.G. This is for ages 3 years – 8th Grade.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017
7:00 PM WOMEN'S MINISTRY is holding "CUP OF
CHRISTMAS" event in the Fellowship Hall. We are asking everyone to
bring a dozen cookies if you wish to participate in the cookie exchange.
3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 17, 2017
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will share the message: “The Gift of
Growing Missions”. Our Senior Choir will present their
Christmas Cantata “Sing and Shout for Joy”.
6:00 – 8:00 PM Y-LIFE This is our Christmas celebration night! Our
theme: Flap Jacks and Flannels!! Yes that's right come hungry and
where your best flannel! Also bring a white elephant gift.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Monday, December 18 - ELDERS AND CONSISTORY will meet.
Sunday, December 24, 6:00 pm CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE
SERVICE. We will also have a traditional 10:00 am service on
December 24. There will be no Christmas Day service.
Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am – This will be PASTOR RICK’S last
Sunday that he will be leading us and sharing the message. We will
have a time for cake and fellowship following the service.
Sunday, January 14 – Pastor Rick’s FAREWELL DINNER will follow
this service. This will be a special service honoring his years at Grace.
See the insert in your bulletin today!
LOOKING FOR CROSSING VOLUNTEER – After 17 years of
volunteering/ministering to our community children, Donna will be
retiring! Donna your many years of services has been very much
appreciated. With this being said I would love to have a volunteer to
fill that spot. 3:30-5:45 pm on Wednesdays. See Heather if you can
At THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING last week the following
persons were approved to serve on the Consistory beginning in 2018.
ELDER SLATE: Dale Dood, Rick Postema,
Wes Dekker (One Year Term)
DEACON SLATE: Brian Licari, Lorie Norden
OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and
Christmas is designated for Pastor Rick’s retirement gift. You may
designate on your regular offering envelope, use a pew envelope, or
your special offering envelope anytime this month.
SHEETS NEEDED – I am a member of a quilt group at our Arizona
church. We make quilts for the girls at Mingus Mountain Academy.
We are always in need of gently used sheets which we use as a
backing for the quilts. The sheets should be full, queen or king sized.
If you have any to donate, please contact Willie Hiemstra at 532-2213.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Lynda Ver Merris
Lower Doors: Sandy Workman
Dec. 17 Upper Doors: Ken & Cindy Wylie
Lower Doors: Ray & Robin Zondervan
Today Diane Maitner, Mary Kubiak
Dec. 17 Elaine Martin, Sophie Licari
PRAYERS & PRAISE LINE
December 10, 2017
Congregational Prayers and Praise
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 praises.
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