Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 12, 2013
3rd SUNDAY of ADVENT
DECEMBER 15, 2013
10:00 AM Worship Service
Lighting of the Advent Candle: Love
* Opening Song of Praise No. 269 …………….………. “How Great Our Joy”
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Discovery Kidz Christmas Program “SIGNS OF CHRISTMAS”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Luke 1:39-56 (Page 991)
Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
“SONGS OF THE SOUL: O TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY”
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
* Closing Hymn ……………………………... “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
* Song of Departure No. 270 (Verse 1) ………..………… “Joy to the World”
Postlude Organist, Karen Ver Hulst
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 our Lord. Please take a moment and sign your name and address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed today.
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 her time! Thanks to our kids and the
many volunteers who make it possible. Following their presentation,
the kids will head back downstairs to celebrate Jesus’ Birthday!
A PRAYER GROUP will meet following the service in the sanctuary
to pray for Pastor George and Connections.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE CLASS will meet in
the Consistory Room following the morning service today. This class
covers various subject matter pertaining to our Christian walk.
6:00 PM YOU ARE INVITED to Parkwood Presbyterian
Church for their Christmas Cantata, which is directed by Lorinda
Vander Werp. Parkwood is located at 7998 28th Ave. Jenison.
Maps are available on the narthex table. This will take the place of
the service here at Grace.
6:00 – 8:00 PM Y-LIFE for Middle and High School Youth. This will
be our Christmas Celebration! Please bring a $5 - $10 gift card of
your choice. Dinner will be provided. Bring along your favorite
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Mac Mc Alary was hospitalized earlier this week, but was expected to be
able to return Vista Springs (2708 Meyer Ave. SW, Wyoming 49519) Thursday.
Please keep Mac & Mary in your prayers. For all other prayer requests and praise reports, see
the Prayers & Praise Line.
IN APPRECIATION – A HUGE Thank you to Della & John Sawyer,
Les & Tinna VanWyk, Pat TerBeek, and Elaine Martin for giving
your time to watch our children so we could be a part of a Bible
Study. Our group would not exist without all of you! Thank you
Again ~The Friends and Fellowship Group
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the
Consistory beginning in January 2014:
ELDERS: Dennis Bush, George Grevenstuk
DEACONS: Tim Boeve, Rowin Mulder
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013
6:30 PM – ELDERS will meet.
7:30 PM CONSISTORY MEETING.
All newly elected Elders and Deacons are invited to attend these meetings.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013
12:00 Noon – THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will meet
at the Grandvilla in Grandville for lunch. All women at Grace
are invited to join. Make reservations with Mary Bush at
538-5646 before noon tomorrow.
3:15 – 5:15 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 5 & 6.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013
3:45 – 5:45 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 3 & 4.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER! On the Menu: PIZZA
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:45 – 8:00 PM GEMS CHRISTMAS PARTY - This year in
lieu of gifts, we are asking the girls to bring hats, gloves and
mittens to the party so we can donate them to local children
who need them. Meet at the Crossing.
VICTORS & BE BIG – CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS.
7:00 – 8:00 PM UNDERSTANDING YOUR BIBLE – This
class is led by Pastor Rick and meets in his office.
NEXT WEEK, DECEMBER 22, 2013
4th SUNDAY IN ADVENT
NEXT WEEK Pastor Rick will continue the Advent series with the message:
“Songs of the Soul: With Heart and Soul and Voice”. The
Senior Choir will present their Christmas Cantata “Festival of
Carols” during the morning worship service. We will also celebrate with
Professions of Faith and Baptism!
DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, December 25, 10:00 am CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION!
Join us here at Grace as Pastor Rick shares the message: “The
Wondrous Gift is Given”. Nursery: Linda Emelander, Chelsea Dornbos
Sunday, January 5, 10:00 am ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION
of newly elected Consistory members will be held.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 7:00 pm – SURPRISED BY HOPE by
N.T. Wright is subject of the new Adult Class that will meet on
Wednesdays beginning in January. This class is 6 weeks in length
and will be led by Keith Van Zoeren.
Sunday, January 12, 2014 10:00 am – We will celebrate the Sacrament
of the LORD’S SUPPER.
The SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and also
Christmas Day is designated for the Grace Building Fund.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Donna Oppenhuizen, Dan & Sue Stuk
Lower Doors: Rowin & Rachel Mulder
Dec. 22 Upper Doors: Joan Patterson, Larry & Bernice Palma
Lower Doors: Rick Postema
Today: Janell Nordlund, Cindy Wylie
Dec. 22 Pat Ter Beek, Tymie Boeve
DISCOVERY KIDZ - DECEMBER
Art: Shari Dood
Cooking: Tymie Boeve
Theater: Les VanWyk
Shepherds: Ray Zondervan, Katie Green, Elaine Martin
Prayers & Praise Line
December 15, 2013
Congregational Prayers and Praise
Mrs. Wilma Kamphuis, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs Ruth
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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