Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Dec 15, 2006
3rd SUNDAY of ADVENT
DECEMBER 17, 2006
10:00 am Worship Service
Choral Introit “Echo Noel”
Lighting of the Advent Candle
Time of Praise
Call to Worship
* Greeting Time
* Opening Song of Praise No. 269 …………….... “How Great Our Joy”
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moments of Sharing
Moments in Prayer
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
Children are dismissed for Children & Worship
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: John 1:6-8(Page 1027), Luke 2:8-20 (Page 992),
Acts 1:6-8 (Page 1055)
Message: “WHILE YOU WERE WORKING…GOD IN A FIELD”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
Senior Choir Cantata “Born a Savior, Born a King”
* Closing Hymn No. 258 ………………………. “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
* Song of Departure No. 86 …………….. “Jesus, Name Above All Names”
* Postlude Organist, Paul Kerkstra
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, an Elder will be available
in the front of the sanctuary following the service this morning.
TODAY AT GRACE
NO CHILDREN & WORSHIP 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.
Spiritual Warfare in the Old Testament – Brad Class will lead this
group in the Chapel.
You Were Shaped For Serving God – Meet at the Crossing.
5:40 PM CHILDREN INVOLVED IN THE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM meet in the
6:00 PM THE CHILDREN WILL PRESENT “CHRISTMAS AROUND THE
WORLD”. A celebration of the birth of Jesus as seen through the
eyes of children from other countries. Come and hear from our
children the wonder and excitement of the Savior’s birth.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2006
6:30 PM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2006
5:30 PM CHRISTMAS CAROLING –
Dinner will be provided for the carolers at 5:30 pm
and caroling to begin at 6:30 pm returning to
church by 8 pm. Please sign up in the narthex
TODAY if you plan to attend! See Jayme or Heather
Dood if you have any questions. GEMS AND CADETS
will be caroling with the group as well!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2006
4:30 PM PRAYER GROUP will meet in Pastor Rick’s Office.
NEXT SUNDAY – DECEMBER 24, 2006
4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the series of Advent messages
“OUT OF THIS WORLD”. Next Sunday’s message is “While You Were
Watching…God in the East ~ The Wisemen’s View of Christmas.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Lucille Sytsema will undergo back surgery on
Thursday, December 21. Jan VanWyk was hospitalized earlier this
week. She continues to wait for a liver transplant, but has been
moved up the list considerably. Please keep Les and Jan in your
prayers as well as Lucille this coming week. See the Prayers and
Praise line in your bulletin for other prayer requests and praise
IN APPRECIATION – I am going to physical therapy 3 days a week for
my shoulder. The exercises I have to do at home are going quite
well. Thank you for all the prayers and cards. ~Ron Lankheet
OUR SECOND ANNUAL WYOMING CHRISTMAS STORE was a huge success!
Thank you to everyone who replaced the tags on the Christmas tree
with wonderful gifts. Thank you also to many of you who set up
and/or worked at the store! Everything would have been
impossible without ALL of you!
The Christmas Store itself is finished but I trust the results have just
begun! There’s no doubt that, as a result of the store, many children
will experience the love and joy of receiving gifts from their parents!
Also, many volunteers have experienced the real joy of giving and,
hopefully, they will be inspired to give more of themselves to God
and others in the days to come. But, above all, I pray that everyone
will see beyond the gifts to God’s greatest gift of love…Jesus!
Continue to pray with me that God will speak to these families
through the gifts, Bibles, and CD’s that they received.
Thank you again! ~Shari Dood
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2007:
ELDER: John De Jong, Neal Klein, Larry Kleymeer
DEACON: Tim Boeve, Doug Grimm, Eric Postema
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.
Note: Jim Mc Elroy resigned due to work conflicts. Doug Grimm
has agreed to serve.
HOLIDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE:
DECEMBER 24 – 10:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE
CHRISTMAS DAY – 10:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE
DECEMBER 31st – 10:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE
NO EVENING SERVICES will be held at Grace on the 24th or 31st.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS – No Sunday School classes will be held on
December 24 or 31. Sunday School will resume January 7.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES will resume on January 10. GEMS and
CADETS will meet on January 17 & 31 and Middle School Youth
Group will meet on the 10th and 24th. See Darrell if you have any
questions concerning the schedule.
THE ADIC (Adult Drop In Center) at the Crossing on Thursdays will not
meet until after the 1st of the year. See you then!
NEW NURSERY SCHEDULES will soon be available. Many volunteers are
needed! Even if you can only help out a couple times per year, please
sign up on the narthex table! If you have helped in the past, there is
no need to sign up again…we will automatically schedule you.
MISSION OPPORTUNITY – Grace will take part in another hurricane relief
work trip next spring! We will be going to McComb, Mississippi on
April 21-28, 2007! Reformed Church World Service is partnering
with Southwest Mississippi Recovery Network to send work groups
to help in construction repairs to damaged homes and cleanup.
Check your last Galaxy for more details, or, ask Shari. A sign up is in
the narthex. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve.
ALASKA CHALLENGE – Team Kickoff Meeting on January 7 following
church! If you have any questions, or are interested in joining the
team, contact Shari Dood or Ray & Robin Zondervan.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Linda De Vries; Shirley De Bruin
Lower Doors: Darrell & Kia Delaney
Dec. 24 Upper Doors: Wes & Arlene Dekker; Dan & Martha Derogee
Lower Doors: Jayme & Heather Dood
Dec. 31 Upper Doors: Jim & Lori Duimstra; Tim & Sue Dunkle
Lower Doors: David & Nicole Eckhart
Today AM Service: Brian & Sandy Gort, Sue Vander Wal,
PM Service: Lynda Ver Merris
Dec. 24 AM Service: Lynda Ver Merris, Sue Dunkle, Sandy Farris,
Dec. 31 AM Service: Erika Wigent, Luke & Janell Nordlund,
December Aisle 1 Aisle 2 Aisle 3 Aisle 4
Norden Dood Frontjes Elkowitz
GRACE SPECIAL OFFERINGS FOR DECEMBER
THE OUTREACH & MISSION TEAM has decided to offer three opportunities
for you to give your December special offerings. They have chosen
one local ministry, one foreign ministry, and our Grace Mission Fund.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – The Special offering is
designated for the FAMILY NETWORK OF WYOMING. The mission of the
Family Network of Wyoming is to assist low income families and
individuals seeking to better themselves mentally, physically,
socially, and spiritually by networking with business, church, civic,
and educational organizations in the Wyoming area. Some of the
services offered include, Client Choice Pantry, Mobile Food Pantry,
USDA Food Commodities Distribution, Home Health Care
Equipment Library, Job Assistance, and Educational Classes.
CHRISTMAS DAY SPECIAL OFFERING – The RCA has recommended
five different foreign ministry opportunities. We have chosen to give
to TRAINING LEADERS FOR THE QUICHE CHURCH. Quiche church
leaders in Guatemala are in great need of training in discipleship and
theology. The Quiche tribe is the largest of twenty two Indian-
language groups in Guatemala, where nearly half of the country’s 13
million people are of indigenous heritage. Although Guatemala is the
largest and most populous country in Central America, its per-capita
income averages half that of the other countries in the region. Over
75 percent of Guatemalans, including the Quiche people, live in
poverty. Quiche leaders don’t have the money to travel to far-off
seminaries for training, and their churches can’t afford to help them.
Since 1990 the RCA has partnered with Rutzij Tijonic, a Quiche
organization whose name means “Teaching His Word”, to train
leaders of the Quiche church. Rutzij Tijonic founder and director
Isafas Colop-Xec has set up six teaching centers in the Quiche region.
Rutzij Tijonic’s three year, three level program of Bible study is
designed specifically for Quiche pastors, most of whom have only a
second-grade education. This ministry needs financial support to
continue. It can be sustained for the next year for $13,000. With
help, Rutzij Tijonic can continue to train church leaders, and the
Quiche church will continue to grow in numbers and spiritual depth.
MONTH OF DECEMBER SPECIAL OFFERING – The December special
offering is designated for the GRACE MISSION FUND. Many different
opportunities exist right here at Grace! This special offering will be
received on the last Sunday of the month, December 31st.
Please consider giving generously during this holiday season.
Prayers & Praise Line
December 17, 2006
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
• The Music Ministry of our Choir
• The ministry opportunities at the Wyoming Christmas Store
• The many volunteers who helped at the Christmas Store and the Being
the Hands project a DeVos Children’s Hospital
• Our Children and Sunday School Teachers
• Pastor David Jansen and CenterPoint Church
• New Life Community Church and Rev. Todd Bush
• Irene Polderman, Les VanWyk, Ron Lankheet, Curt Boes, Tymie
Boeve, and Dan Stuk as they recover following surgery
• The job partner of Steve Elkowitz
• Lucille Sytsema as she undergoes surgery this week
• Our children & grandchildren who are away from home
• Rose Borkowski, mother of Anna, who is undergoing testing for pain in her arm
• Those in our congregation with continuing heath concerns:
Jan VanWyk, David Hoezee, Ila Friar, Mary Haagsman
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Carol Hoekstra, Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Katie Van Dam
Gordon Ver Merris, Cathy Duinkerken (Schoolenberg), Hope
Munguia, Lori, sister of Nikki Probst, Bob Benthin
• Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mr Irwin Huizen,
Mrs Gert Kerkstra, Mrs Gen Kroon, Mrs Millie Nevins, Mr & Mrs
Ade Peterson, Mrs Ann Rozema, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June
Snyder, Leora Totten, Mr Casey Ver Merris, 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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