Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 8, 2011
3rd SUNDAY of ADVENT
December 11, 2011
10:00 am Worship Service
Presented by our Discovery Kidz
Advent Call to Worship
Lighting of the Advent Candle
* Hymn No. 259 (Verses 1, 2, 5) ……. “Angels, From the Realms of Glory”
* Prayer and God’s Greeting
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Isaiah 11:1-6 (Page 673), Luke 1:26-38 (Page 991)
Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
“THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO CONCEIVED IN A VIRGIN”
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 250 …………………..….. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
* Song of Departure …………………………………….. “Holy Spirit Live in Me”
Organist, Karen Ver Hulst
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
* Worship Sequence No. 276 – 278 …………… “The Word Became Flesh”
* Invocation & Salutation
Living Word: Luke 1:39-56 (Page 991)
“THE JOURNEY TO CHRISTMAS: ANGELIC ANNOUNCEMENT”
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 284 …………………………….. “The Birthday of a King”
*All who are able, please stand.
TODAY AT GRACE
OUR DISCOVERY KIDZ will present their Christmas Program this
morning. Our thanks to Heather Dood, our Children & Youth
Coordinator, for her work with our children. We are so thankful for
her love, dedication, energy, and time! Thanks to our kids and the
many volunteers who make it possible. See the insert for details of
ELDERS INVITATION – If you have questions, concerns, joys, or
prayer needs that you would like to share, please see Pastor Rick 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 as
it is passed today.
A PRAYER GROUP will meet following the service in the Sanctuary
to pray for Pastor George and the new church start. All are welcome.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE CLASS will meet in the
Consistory Room following the morning service today.
THE CHIAPAS MEXICO MISSION GROUP is going to have
BAKED GOODS available to anyone who would like to donate to
our mission project! When…right after the AM worship service!
Just come to the library area right after the service and give a
donation & in return you can select some yummy baked good item.
This is a way to cut down on your stress during the holidays…..we’ll
bake for you!
6:00 PM JOIN US TONIGHT for the DVD series “The Journey to
Christmas”. Follow the lives of five diverse people as they journey to
discover the TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2011
3:15 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 5 & 6
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011
7:45 AM Vans will leave church to go to De Vos Children’s Hospital
for BEING THE HANDS. We are still accepting gifts of
older youth and adults. Gifts of any amount are appreciated.
Bring these gifts to church by Tuesday. Let Shari know if you
are planning to go!
3:45 – 6:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 3 & 4
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – BBQ is on the menu!
6:30 SENIOR CHOIR members meet for practice.
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
S.O.N.G. – (Soldiers of the Next Generation)
This class is for Preschool Children – 5th Grade. Meet with
Mrs. Heather in the Fellowship Hall.
ADULTS – Pastor Scott Crane will lead the class in
discussion of the book Radical Together by David Platt.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
2:45 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 7 & 8
6:00 PM CROSSING COMMUNITY DINNER.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011
10:00 AM THE SENIOR CHOIR will meet for Cantata practice.
NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011
4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the Advent Series “What is
God Conceiving?” with the message “The Holy Spirit Who Baptized
Jesus”. We will celebrate with the Crane Family as Timothy makes
Profession of Faith. Our SENIOR CHOIR will present their
Christmas Cantata, “Rise Up! A New Light A~Comin”.
6:30 PM Y – LIFE Christmas Party for Middle and High School Youth.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – For all prayer requests and praise
reports, see the Prayers & Praise Line.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to Shirley De Bruin
upon the death of her sister-in-law, Wilma Boverhof, who passed
away Sunday, December 4. Services were held on Thursday.
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the
Consistory beginning in January 2012:
Elders: Scott Crane, Wes Dekker
Deacon: Eric Wigent
Ray Zondervan has agreed to remain on Consistory serving as a
Deacon for one additional year.
INSTALLATION AND ORDINATION of newly elected Elders
and Deacons will take place on January 8.
Officers for 2012:
Vice President – Dale Dood
Clerk Pro Tem – Elaine Martin
Treasurer – Ernst Otto
Assistant Treasurer – Ray Zondervan
Chairman of the Deacons – Lorie Norden
NEW BUDGET ENVELOPES are now in your mailboxes for the
year 2012. Please note: Open enrollment for online giving has
begun. If you would prefer to give your tithes and offering in this
way, please contact Ray Zondervan or Ernst Otto.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and for
Christmas is designated for the Grace Mission Fund.
GRACE FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE – Once again we are
decorating our Grace Christmas tree with ornaments collected from
YOU! Would you like to donate a special/favorite ornament from
your family tree? They will be returned to you!
NEW NURSERY SCHEDULES are being prepared. If you would be
willing to volunteer, please sign up in the narthex. If you are already
a volunteer…THANK YOU! We will continue to schedule you as in
THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will have their Christmas Luncheon on
Tuesday, December 20 at 12:30 pm at the GrandVilla, 3594 Chicago
Drive Southwest, Grandville. All women are invited to join them for
this time of fellowship. Call Mary Bush for reservations: 538-5646.
LAST CALL FOR CHIAPAS MEXICO MISSION TRIP – There is
space for 4 more persons to go along on the trip March 11-18.
Presently 12 persons are on board. If you have been thinking about it
and are on the fence, please consider joining the Team. See Shari for
more information. Deadline for adding new members will be Dec. 25.
CHRISTMAS BREAK – Please note that there will be no activities at
Grace on Wednesday, December 21 & 28 (with the exception of Choir
on the 21st), no evening service on Christmas Day and New Years Day
and no Discovery Kidz on Christmas and New Years Day. Also, Club
3:16 will not be held the weeks of December 19 & 26. Thursday Club
Dinners will continue however! Club will resume on January 3 and
Wednesday activities will resume on January 4.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Gladys Kessel, Elaine Martin
Lower Doors: Donna Oppenhuizen
Dec. 18 Upper Doors: Joan Patterson, Dick Postema
Lower Doors: Larry & Bernice Palma
Today Sue Vander Wal, Cindy Wylie, Chelsea Boeve
Dec. 18 Sue Stuk, Judy Beadle, Emily Mc Elroy
Prayers & Praise Line
December 11, 2011
Church Plant Prayer Focus
Please pray for the members of the Steering Team, Larry Kleymeer, Les VanWyk and
Pastor George as we prayerfully discern God’s plan to unveil the vision of the new church to the folks of the Crossing Community.
Congregational Prayers and Praise
Please call the office if you would like to
share a Prayer Request or a Praise Report.
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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