Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 11, 2014
3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 14, 2014
10:00 AM Worship Service
Lighting of the Shepherds Candle
*Opening Song of Praise No. 271 ………. “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You”
*Opening Prayer & God’s Greeting
Discovery Kidz Christmas Program “AWAY IN A MANGER”
Tithes & offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*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”
*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.
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
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”
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
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December is designated
for the Grace Building Fund. This offering will be received on
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
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
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
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.”
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
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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