Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Dec 11, 2015
3rd SUNDAY of ADVENT
DECEMBER 13, 2015
10:00 AM Worship Service
*Opening Song of Praise No. 249 …………….... “O Come All Ye Faithful”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Discovery Kidz Christmas Program
“CHRISTMAS IN KID CITY”
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Colossians 1:15-23 (Page 1142)
Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
“CHRIST ALONE: NO CHRIST, NO CHRISTMAS:
KNOW CHRIST, KNOW CHRISTMAS”
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn …………………………………………………… “In Christ Alone”
*Song of Departure No. 244 (Verse 1 & Chorus)
“Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
Postlude Keyboard, Janet Dekkinga
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 our Lord. Please take a moment and sign your name and address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
SUNDAYS AT SIX
*Hymn No. 270 …………………………………………………… “Joy to the World”
Sharing our Joys and Concerns
*Christmas Hymn Sing
*Parting Hymn No. 253 ……………………..…… “Silent Night! Holy Night!”
Pianist, Lorinda Vander Werp
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 ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS will meet in the
Consistory room following the morning service. All are welcome!
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.
6:00 PM - SUNDAYS AT SIX – Join us tonight for a Christmas
Carol Hymn Sing!! The folks from Faith will be joining with us for
this fun evening.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS –Joan Formsma was able to return to her
home on Tuesday following knee replacement surgery. For all praise
reports and prayer requests, see the insert in today’s bulletin.
THANK YOU to everyone who baked desserts for our Wednesday night dinners! They are very much appreciated! There will be a new sign up after the first of the year. ~Tymie Boeve
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015
6:30 PM ELDERS MEET
7:30 PM CONSISTORY MEETING.
All newly elected Consistory members are invited to attend.
7:00 PM PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015
12:00 Noon – The ELIZABETH CIRCLE will have their
Christmas Lunch at the Grand Villa.
3:15 – 5:15 PM THE CROSSING for youth in grades 5 & 6.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015
3:45 – 5:45 or 8:00 PM THE CROSSING for youth in Grades
3 & 4.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – A Casserole Smorgasbord is
on the menu this week. Enjoy dinner and fellowship prior to
the evening classes!
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:45 – 8:00 PM
GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) for girls in
grades K – 8th. Meet in the Choir Room!
VICTORS – For boys in grades K – 8th.
BE BIG – For Preschool children. Meet in the Nursery!
NEXT WEEK, DECEMBER 20, 2015
4th Sunday of Advent
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will share the message “Worth Dying
For: A Christmas to Die For”. The Senior Choir will present
their Cantata “Noel Celebration”.
SUNDAYS AT SIX – We will meet here at Grace with our Faith
Family for the evening service. There will be no service held on
DATES TO REMEMBER
Thursday, December 24, 6:00 pm CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS
EVE SERVICE at Grace. See the insert in your bulletin today.
Extra copies are available on the narthex table. Please take a few and
pass them out to your family and friends!
Friday, December 25, 10:00 am Joint CHRISTMAS DAY Service at
Faith Reformed Church, 618 – 32nd Street.
AT THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING last Sunday, the
following persons were approved to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2016:
ELDERS: Jerry Hendrickson, Elaine Martin
DEACONS: Don Schutter, Daniel Stuk
The Ordination and Installation service will be held on January 3.
THE PRAISE TEAM would like to extend an invitation to any
vocalists or instrumentalists that would be interested in joining the
team - even if you would just like to join us during the Advent/
Christmas season. Please see Lorinda VanderWerp (or any team
member) following the worship service to let us know of your
interest, or feel free to join us at our next scheduled rehearsal on
Monday, December 14th at 7 pm. I am excited to be leading the
Praise Team in worship of our Lord and Savior at Grace Reformed
Church and welcome emails or phone calls as well (616) 261-2553
firstname.lastname@example.org ~Lorinda Vander Werp
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER to help with salting
around the steps and entryway on Wednesdays and Sundays and do
light shoveling during heavy snowfall days. See Brian Gort or John
Sawyer if you can help in this way.
Y-LIFE – Your next meeting will be on January 3. No meeting will be
held on the 20th.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and
Christmas is designated for the Grace Building Fund – Flat Roof
repair. This offering will be received on Christmas Eve and also
GRACE COOKBOOKS – We have Grace Cookbooks available for you
to purchase this holiday season! Books are $8.00 each, buy 3 get one
free. Proceeds to benefit Grace Youth programs. Books are available
at the youth desk downstairs.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today: Upper Doors: Gladys Kessel, Elaine Martin
Lower Doors: Lorie Norden
Dec. 20: Upper Doors: Deb Pierce, Rick Postema
Lower Doors: Donna Oppenhuizen
Today: Kerri Baker, Lynda Ver Merris
Dec. 20: Cindy Wylie, Jayme Dood
Dear Partners of the Wyoming Christmas Store,
This past Saturday, excitement filled the Fellowship Hall of Grace Reformed Church as clients of the pantry and persons of the participating churches, who were struggling financially, came to shop at the Family Network of Wyoming’s 2015 Christmas Store! They left with many wrapped gifts for their children as well as ‘treat bags’ for each child….but even more than that they left with joy in their hearts because they felt the ‘love’ and ‘joy’ shown them by the many volunteers who helped them!
We were privileged to have 15 partners to help in the Wyoming Christmas Store this year. At this store about 128 families, representing 328 children were registered. At the DeVos Children’s Hospital Christmas Store, we were able to help 77 children select gifts for their parents and siblings. During these events, about 70 volunteers from all the various churches came and gave of their time and talents!
Words cannot really express our thanks, and the thanks from the families who were blessed by being able to give their children presents that they selected and paid for themselves at a greatly reduced cost. All this would not have been possible without each one of you who gave of yourself in some way! Some of you purchased gifts for the store, some came to help set up on Thursday, some worked during the open hours of the store, some helped at the DeVos Children’s Hospital where we used the ‘left over’ gifts to bring a little sunshine to the children who were in the hospital.
Above all, many helped ‘bathe’ our efforts in prayer! Our goal was not just to help families get presents, but also to show them the real gift of Christmas, JESUS. We trust you also have experienced the joy of ‘giving’! Hear the words found in II Corinthians 9:13: “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else”
Because of your generosity, we were able to be the ‘hands and feet’ of Christ!
We wish you a Blessed Christmas and New Year!
Shari Dood and Karen Besselsen, Directors of the WCS
Family Network of Wyoming Board and Staff
Prayers & Praise Line
December 13, 2015
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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