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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Dec 14, 2007
3rd Sunday of Advent
December 16, 2007
10:00 am Worship Service
Choral Introit “King Jesus is His Name”
Time of Praise
Lighting of the Visitation Candle
* Greeting Time
* Opening Song of Praise No. 271 ….. “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You”
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Prayer of Confession (on Screen)
Words of Assurance
God’s Direction for Living
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Micah 5:4-5a (Page 902)
Message: “A STRONG LOCK ON SECURITY”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
Senior Choir Cantata “Born a Savior, Born a King”
* Song of Departure No. 244 (Vs. 1)..“Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
* Postlude Organist, Paul Kerkstra
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
ELDERS INVITATION - If you have questions, concerns, joys, or
prayer needs that you would like to share, an Elder will be available
in the front of the sanctuary following the service this morning.
TODAY AT GRACE
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP will not meet today due to the Cantata.
11:20 AM–12:20 PM SUNDAY SCHOOL - There are classes available for
all ages three years old and upward. A nursery is available for those
children under the age of three.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Sunday School Guide Class will meet in the Consistory Room. Join
them for lively discussions relating to our Christian walk.
“Creeds and Confessions” – Meet in the Chapel.
“Surrendering: Your Life for God’s Pleasure” - meet at the Crossing.
6:00 PM CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM “Tell Me the Story of
Christmas”. Come and hear the wonder and excitement of the
Savior’s birth. Our offering is designated for the Family Network of
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2007
3:30 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 3-5.
7:00 PM WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – “BELOVED DISCIPLE”
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2007
3:00 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for Middle School Youth.
5:30 PM CHRISTMAS CAROLING – YOU are invited to join in on
the fun. Dinner will be provided at the Crossing at
5:30 pm. The caroling will begin at 6:30 pm. We will take
The church vans, but depending on the numbers of carolers,
additional cars may be needed. Please sign up TODAY if you
plan to attend! GEMS and CADETS will be caroling with this
group as well.
6:30 – 7:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
7:00 – 8:00 PM BIBLE STUDY WITH Rev. Darrell Dalman meets in
the Consistory Room
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2007
2:45 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for High School Youth.
4:30 PM PRAYER MEETING in Pastor Rick’s office.
NEXT SUNDAY – DECEMBER 23, 2007
4th Sunday of Advent
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the series Micah’s Hope with the
message “What Will You Give God this Christmas?”
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Carolyn Baker will undergo outpatient retinal
surgery on Tuesday…No visitors please ~ Dr.’s orders. John
Schoolenberg is at Brookcrest for a time after being hospitalized
earlier in the month. See the Prayers & Praise Line for all the other
praise reports and prayer concerns.
CONGRATULATIONS to Darrell & Kia Delaney upon the birth of their son,
Christopher Jaden on Wednesday, December 12. He is a healthy boy
weighing 7 lbs., 13.5 oz, and 21.5 inches long! We thank God for this
precious gift of life and ask for His blessings on their family.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to Keith, Cindy, and Rachel
Benthin and family upon the death of Keith’s father, Bob Benthin.
Bob passed away on Saturday, December 8 at the age of 76. Services
were held in Kalamazoo on Friday. (Keith & Cindy’s address is:
7517 Brewer Dr., Hudsonville, MI 49426)
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped in any way to make the
Wyoming Christmas Store a success! There were 92 families, a total
of 253 children, who had the privilege of taking part in our store.
Many of you purchased several gifts for the store…thank you for
giving! Several of you came Wednesday to set up the store…thank
you for giving in this way! Also, lots of you, including about 75
volunteers from all nine participating churches, took part in the
actual running of the store last Saturday…thank you for all your time
and effort! This could not have been possible without each one of
Another huge thank you to everyone who went to DeVos Children’s
Hospital this past Wednesday! The children who had the privilege of
shopping for their parents and siblings were blessed beyond words.
A women called me after the store and told me how discouraged she
was with all that was going on with her daughter Hannah’s sickness,
but she was so blessed while watching her daughter shop for her
brothers at the store we set up for them.
Please continue to pray that God’s love may be seen in all our efforts
this Christmas season. ~Thank you again, Shari
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2008:
ELDER: Dennis Bush, Stan De Witt, Rick Postema
DEACON: Lon Gerbers, Dan Stuk, Pat Ter Beek
The names of the elected are printed in order that any legitimate
objections may be presented to the Board of Elders for its judgment
prior to installation and ordination of these persons.
“A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR GRACE” FUND DRIVE – Extra envelopes are
available on the narthex table if you still need one. We are thankful
to Peter & Pat Cook who have offered to make up half of our deficit
by years end if the congregation will make up the other half. This is a
wonderful opportunity to “double” your gift. Gifts will be received on
December 23 & 30. See Treasurer Jayme Dood if you have any
THESSALONIANS I BIBLE STUDY GROUP – The next small group meeting
has been moved to Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 pm.
OUR CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICE will be held on Christmas Day at
10:00 am. Pastor Rick will share the message “A God Second to
None”. Our special Christmas offering is designated for Westown
Jubilee Housing/the Other Way Ministry. We will not have an
evening service on December 23 or December 30. Also, Sunday
School classes will not be held on those weeks.
CURRENT ADDRESSES of our shut-in members are available on the
narthex table if you would like to send Christmas cards.
OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December is designated for
LOVE INC. We are very fortunate to get many of our snacks for Club
3:16 from Love Inc. This special offering will be received on Dec. 30.
FAMILY NETWORK OF WYOMING FOOD PANTRY has an ongoing need for
plastic grocery/shopping bags, paper grocery bags, and egg cartons.
If you have donations of these items, drop them off in our church
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Bob & Shirley Tofferi; Pat Ter Beek
Lower Doors: Mike & Marjean Tibbets
Dec. 23 Upper Doors: Dan & Sue Stuk; Khuon & Hon Tran
Lower Doors: Roger & Phyllis Vander Sloot
Today AM Service: Judy Beadle, Laura Marshall, Willie Hiemstra,
PM Service: Terri Stadt
Dec. 23 AM Service: Lyndsey Boeve, Erika Wigent, Phyllis
Vander Sloot, Allie Mc Elroy
Prayers & Praise Line
December 16, 2007
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
• All those who in any way helped this past week with the Christmas Store and the Being His Hands program at DeVos Children’s Hospital
• The healthy birth of Christopher Jaden Delaney
• Our children and their teachers
• Carolyn Baker as she undergoes surgery Tuesday
• John Schoolenberg at Brookcrest
• Ron & Carole Lankheet ~ Ron as he heals after breaking his wrist and
Carole as she continues chemotherapy
• Tarah Fron and the August Team at IICD Dowagiac as they prepare
for an International Trip to Africa
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Gordon Ver Merris, Lori Doom,
Henrietta Alexander, Gavin Vander Wal, Emily Wilson, Roger
Roberts, Nancy Lipscomb, Brian Ciluffo, Yvonne Riemersma,
Linda Tacoma, Laura Groenenboom (Venenga), Wilma Osterink)
• Friends and family serving in the military: Frank Senko, Matthew
Halverson (Lucille Sytsema’s grandson), Dave Vander Berg
• Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mrs Tena DeVink, Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mr John Schoolenberg, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder, Mrs Henrietta TeRonde,
Mrs Nellie Workman, Mrs Margaret Zylstra
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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