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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

 

3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

DECEMBER 14, 2014

10:00 AM Worship Service

 

 Prelude

 Lighting of the Shepherds Candle

 *Greeting Time

 *Opening Song of Praise No. 271 ……….  “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You”

 *Opening Prayer & God’s Greeting

 Discovery Kidz Christmas Program  “AWAY IN A MANGER”

 Offertory

 Tithes & offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.

 Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.

 *Doxology

 *Prayer of Dedication

 Living Word:  Luke 1:39-56 (Page 991)

 Message:  “PREPARE THE WAY: CHRISTMAS FAVORS” 

 Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen

 Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word

 *Closing Hymn No. 277…………………….  “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”

 *Benediction

 *Song of Departure No. 243 ………………………………………..  “Emmanuel”

 Postlude  Organist, Karen Ver Hulst

 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.

 

 

 WELCOME

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 today.

 

SUNDAYS AT SIX

Meeting in the Consistory Room

 Prelude

  Worship Sequence No. 268-271 … “Rejoice With Exceeding Great Joy!”

  Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting

  Moments of Sharing

  Moments in Prayer

*Hymn No. 272 ………..…………  “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”

  Living Word: Selected Scriptures

  Message:  “OH THOSE SHEPHERDS” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen

  Prayer of Blessing on the Word

*Closing Hymn No. 258 ………….………………  “Go Tell it on the Mountain”

*Benediction

 Postlude Pianist, Lorinda Vander Werp 

 

TODAY AT GRACE

 

OUR 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, dedication, energy and time!  Thanks to our

 kids and the many volunteers who make it possible. 

 

THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS will meet in the

 Consistory Room following the morning service today.  This class

 covers various subject matter pertaining to our Christian walk. 

 

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.

 

PRAYERS & PRAISE

 

HEALTH CONCERNS – Lucille Sytsema will undergo surgery on

 Thursday, December 18.  Please continue to keep MaryLynn

 Huizen in your prayers.  Her new address is: Sandalwood Manor,

 Room 20, 861 Oakcrest Lane, Jenison, 49428. 

 

 Also, Mac Mc Alary, continues to reside at Vista Springs, 2708

 Meyer Ave. S.W. #36, Wyoming, for any "pop in" visits (visits are

 encouraged!)  Since they do not have a central directive mailing

 system incorporated there, all of his mail should be sent to Mary's

 address, which is 2871 Green Meadow Dr. #2, Jenison, 49428.

 

AT THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, the following persons

 were approved to serve on the Consistory beginning in January 2015: 

 ELDERS: Sharon Dood, John Sawyer (one year term)

 DEACONS:  Pat Ter Beek, Jenny Hendges

 The Ordination and Installation Service will be held on January 4.

 

IN APPRECIATION - Thank you to Phyllis Vander Sloot, Kerri

 Baker, and Sandra Sorenson for your help wrapping all my crazy

 display boxes and gift boxes for Discovery Kidz. It was very much

 appreciated! ~ Heather
 

CALENDAR OF THE WEEK

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015

 6:30 PM ELDERS MEETING

 7:30 PM CONSISTORY MEETING

Newly elected Consistory members are invited to join this meeting.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014

 12:00 NOON - THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE is inviting all women

 to have a Christmas Lunch together at the Grandvilla

 (3594 Chicago Dr., Grandville). TODAY is the deadline make

 reservations with Mary Bush (538-5646)! 

 3:15 – 5:15 PM THE CROSSING (Club 3:16) for youth in

 Grades 5 & 6. 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014

 3:45 – 5:45 or 8:00 PM  THE CROSSING (Club 3:16) for

 youth in Grades 3 & 4.

 

 WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!

 6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – It’s Pizza Night!!

 6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.

 6:45 – 8:00 PM

 GEMS CHRISTMAS PARTY!  In place of exchanging

 gifts, please bring in a new winter hat, gloves, mittens, or

 scarfs to donate to Family Network of Wyoming! 

 VICTORS – Meet in the Fellowship Hall.

 BE B.I.G. – Meet in the Nursery!

Adult Classes will resume January 7.

 

NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014

4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

NEXT SUNDAY morning Pastor Rick will continue the series of

 messages “Prepare the Way” with the message “What’s In a

 Name?”  The SENIOR CHOIR will present their CHRISTMAS

 CANTATA “Rise Up! A New Light A-comin’. 

 

6:45 – 8:00 pm Y-LIFE MEETS. This will be our Christmas

 celebration night. Watch for more details coming to your mailbox.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

Wednesday, December 24, 6:00 pm - GRACE CHRISTMAS EVE

 CANDLELIGHT SERVICE!  Join us here at Grace for this special

 service.  Pastor Rick will share the message: “Glory Be”.  Our

 Christmas offering is designated for the 2015 Grace Mission Trip. 

 This will take the place of our Christmas Day service.

 

Friday, January 16, 7:00 pm – The Fellowship Team is inviting everyone

 to the Crossing to view the film, “GOD’S NOT DEAD”.  Mark your

 calendar!

 

MISCELLANEOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December is designated

 for the Grace Building Fund.  This offering will be received on

 December 28.

 

READ THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR!  Beginning in 2015 we,

 as a congregation, will be encouraged to read through the Bible in its

 entirety.  Pastor Rick will prepare messages to coincide with it as

 well.  The devotional books are here and you make pick yours up on

 the narthex table.  Our cost is $5.00 per book, so if you wish to

 donate that amount, you can just drop a little extra in the collection.

 

COOKBOOKS – We are very sorry to report that the cookbooks will

 not make it here by Christmas.  They are set to arrive on January 6. L

 

VOLUNTEERS still needed for the January rotation for Discovery

 Kidz.  Please sign up in the narthex.
 

THE CROSSING SUBS –LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS for

 the Crossing this winter.  Sign-up in Narthex or see Heather.

 

WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS

 

GREETERS

Today  Upper Doors:  Marc & Diane Maitner, Jim & Sheila Mc Elroy

 Lower Doors:  Rick & Laura Marshall

Dec. 21  Upper Doors:  Donna Oppenhuizen, Luke & Janell Nordlund

 Lower Doors:  Rowin & Rachel Mulder

 

NURSERY  

Today: Chelsea Dornbos, Elaine Martin

Dec. 21: Tymie Boeve, Jayme Dood 

 

 

 

Sending Christmas Cards this holiday season? 

A list of our Shut-in members is available on the narthex table!

 

MISSIONARY update/Christmas greetings from Paul & Dori Hoekstra

 and Al & Sue Schreuder are inserted into your bulletin today. Be sure

 to take a moment and get caught up with their ministry prayers and

 praise.

 

Thank you!

December 11, 2014

 

Dear Churches and other partner organizations,

Thank You to all the churches, small groups, and organizations who have ‘given’ so that the Wyoming Christmas Store and DeVos Hospital Christmas Store of 2014 could once again be a huge success and a blessing to so many families!  Twelve churches and organizations provided gifts for the stores and about 75 persons volunteered in some way! Every year I write thank you’s and with each passing year I realize that those words do not begin to express my deep gratitude to each person who has given of themselves in small or big ways to make events like this become a reality!  So, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!!

 

 In summary, the Wyoming Christmas Store was able to assist about 126 families which represented about 320 children.  It was a wonderful joyful experience for these families but it also brought tears to the eyes of many of us!  People were so appreciative that ‘someone’ would allow them to shop in this special store where they were treated like ‘kings’ and ‘queens’!  Tears were shed, encouragement given, and prayers offered for a mom who lost her son to suicide just recently and a family who was about to be evicted from their home.…. and there were many more stories shared or not shared.

 

At DeVos Hospital about 60 children were able to select gifts for their immediate family members.  Again, it was such a joyful occasion (in the midst of sadness) because we were able to express love to these ‘hurting’ children and families.  The staff at DeVos Hospital is so supportive and so appreciative of our efforts to bring ‘joy’ to their children. 

 

Thank You for serving with a heart like Jesus!

 

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your

work and the love you have shown him as you

have helped his people and continue to help them.”

 Hebrews 6:10

 

Have a blessed Christmas and New Year!

Shari Dood & Karen Besselson

 (on behalf of Family Network of Wyoming)

 

Prayers & Praise Line

December 14, 2014

 

Congregational Prayers and Praise

 

  • We thank and praise God today for our Children.  We pray that they will each come to know, love, and serve our great God.
  • We are so thankful today for Heather Dood and her love and care for our children.
  • We pray for those who are hurting this holiday season.  May they feel the love of God surround them.
  • We pray for the families and children that come to The Crossing.  We pray for Heather as she leads them. 
  • Please pray for Pastor George and Connections. We thank God for the lives that are touched by this ministry.
  • Continue to keep MaryLynn Huizen in your prayers as she has entered into hospice care.
  • We pray today for Lucille Sytsema as she submits to surgery Thursday.
  • We pray for Mac Mc Alary at Vista Springs. We pray for encouragement and strength.  We also pray for Mary as she has had some health concerns as well.
  • We continue to lift up Earl & Clare Reifel and the people they serve in West Africa as they battle the effects of the Ebola crisis there.
  • Continue to keep Lola De Young and her parents, Matt & Lindsey, in your prayers. 
  • We pray for all those who are serving in the military.  We think of them during this holiday season as many of them celebrate far from family and friends.  In particular we pray today for Amie Pierce serving in Kuwait.
  • Pray for our Shut-in’s: Mr. Ralph Bolt, Mrs. Tena DeVink, Mrs. MaryLynn Huizen, Mrs. Wilma Kamphuis, Mr. Mac Mc Alary, Mrs. Ruth Ver Merris.

 

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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