Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 8, 2016
3rd Sunday of Advent
DECEMBER 11, 2016
10:00 AM Worship Service
Call to Worship (On Screen)
Lighting of the Advent Candle
*Opening Song of Praise No. 271 ………. “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Discovery Kidz Christmas Program
“SHEPHERDS, SHEEP, AND A SAVIOR”
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Doxology – “Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow”
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Luke 2:1-7 (Page 992)
Message: “THE SMELLS OF CHRISTMAS”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 251 (Vss. 1 & 4) …“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
*Song of Departure No. 196 (Verse 1) …… “O Come Let Us Adore Him”
Keyboard, Lorinda Vander Werp
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
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 Coordinator, for her work with our children. We are so
thankful for her love, energy, dedication and time! Thank you to the
children and all those who were a part of the program this morning.
THE HANDBELL quartet will be rehearsing in the chapel following
the worship service this morning.
A PRAYER GROUP will meet following the service in the sanctuary
to pray for Pastor George & Connections, and the needs and vision at
Grace Reformed Church.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL class will meet in the Consistory
Room following the morning worship service. They cover various
subject matter using the Sunday School Guide.
5:00 PM Y-LIFE - Come hungry to our Christmas celebration!
6:00 PM– For the month of December we will be meeting at Beverly
Reformed Church, 2141 Porter, Wyoming. Rev. Harvey Hertz will
share the message.
PRAYERS AND PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS: Mary Huizen underwent surgery to drain
fluid from her eye on Monday, December 5. She will be going to her
daughter Joy’s home for a time of recuperation. Bill Ver Hulst is back
at home and had begun dialysis. For all other prayer requests and
praise reports, please see the Prayer & Praise line in your bulletin
AT THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING on November 27,
the following persons were approved to serve on the Consistory
beginning in 2017:
ELDERS: Bob Moreno, Jerry Vander Wal
DEACONS: Eric Wigent, Ray Zondervan
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016
7:00 PM PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016
3:00 – 5:15 PM THE CROSSING for youth in Grades 5 & 6.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
3:30 – 5:45 OR 8:00 PM THE CROSSING for youth in Grades 3 & 4.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – Pizza is on the menu.
Come and enjoy a time of fellowship prior to classes!
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:45 – 8:00 PM GEMS, VICTORS, and BE BIG
7:00 – 8:00 PM ADULTS
FORGIVING THOSE WHO HURT US – Class meets in
the Consistory Room. This upcoming week we will be studying
Chapter 11 in Lewis Smedes' book "The Art of Forgiving –
When You Need to Forgive and Don't Know How." We would
love to have you join us! If you need a book or study guide,
please let Lorinda know.
8:00 PM WORSHIP TEAM MEETING.
NEXT WEEK, DECEMBER 18, 2016
4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the Advent series
Christmas Makes Sense, with the message: “The Sounds of
Christmas”. Our SENIOR CHOIR will present their Christmas
Cantata “Sing and Shout for Joy”.
6:00 PM EVENING SERVICE we will meet at Beverly Reformed
Church for the month of December. The Beverly Choir will present
their Christmas Cantata!
DATES TO REMEMBER
Monday, December 19, 6:30 pm ELDERS MEET
7:30 pm CONSISTORY MEETING
All newly elected consistory members are invited to attend.
Saturday, December 24, 6:00 pm – “LIGHT FOR OUR
WILDERNESS” - A service of Lessons and Carols. Join us for this
special candlelight service.
Sunday, December 25, 10:00 am CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP
SERVICE. Pastor Rick will share the message: “The Sights of
SENDING CHRISTMAS CARDS? An updated list of the addresses
of our shut in members is on the narthex table.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December, Christmas
Eve, and Christmas Day is designated for the work of Godwin Idogo.
Pastor Cecil Martens has spoken of him in the past and will give us
more information next week! You may use your special offering
envelope, designate it on your regular offering envelope, or a pew
envelope anytime this month.
NO CROSSING after school program Dec 20-28th. We will resume
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Lucille Sytsema, Karen Roberts
Lower Doors: Khuon & Hon Tran
Dec. 18 Upper Doors: Bob & Shirley Tofferi,
Roger & Phyllis Vander Sloot
Lower Doors: Jerry & Sue Vander Wal
Today Eric Wigent, Sue Vander Wal
Dec. 18 Judy Beadle, Janell Nordlund
Prayers & Praise Line
December 11, 2016
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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