Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 14, 2017
DECEMBER 17, 2017
3rd SUNDAY of ADVENT
10:00 AM Worship Service
Lighting of the Advent Candle
*Opening Hymn No. 271 ………………….. “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Prayer of Confession (On Screen)
Words of Assurance
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Doxology No. 290, Verse 3 ……………… “As With Gladness Men of Old”
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Acts 16:1-10 (Page 1073)
Message: “THE GIFT OF GROWING MISSIONS”
Reverend Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
Senior Choir Cantata “SING AND SHOUT FOR JOY”
*Song of Departure No. 258 (Chorus, Vs 1, Chorus)
“Go, Tell it on the Mountain”
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, 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 the Lord. Please take a moment and sign your name and address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed today.
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ will meet. All kids ages
3 years – 5th grade meet downstairs by the youth desk.
TODAY OUR SENIOR CHOIR will present their Christmas Cantata
“SING AND SHOUT FOR JOY”. Thank you to Paul Kerkstra, our
Minister of Music, for your time and dedication! Thank you to all the
members of the choir for your special part in our Christmas
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.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL class will meet in the Consistory
Room following the morning worship service. They cover various
subject matter using the Sunday School Guide.
6:00 – 8:00 PM Y-LIFE This is our Christmas celebration night! Our
theme: Flap Jacks and Flannels!! Yes that's right come hungry and
where your best flannel! Also bring a white elephant gift.
PRAYERS AND PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS: Pastor George Grevenstuk will undergo knee
replacement surgery tomorrow. Linda Kraft will also have knee
surgery Wednesday at Blodgett Hospital. Please continue to be in
prayer for Lorinda Vander Werp who fell and injured her right hand.
Bill Ver Hulst is at Marywood Health Center but expects to go home
on December 22. On Tuesday Jerry Hendrickson moved to
Waterford Place Rehab in Jenison. For all other praise reports and
prayer concerns, see the prayers and praise line in your bulletin
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017
6:30 PM ELDERS will meet.
7:30 PM CONSISTORY meeting.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017
3:15 – 5:45 OR 8:00 PM THE CROSSING for grades 3-6.
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 24, 2017
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will share the message: “The Gift of
A Loving Savior” at the 10:00 am worship service.
Join us at 6:00 pm for a CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE
SERVICE. This will be a service of Lessons and Carols.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am – This will be PASTOR RICK’S last
Sunday that he will be leading us and sharing the message. We will
have a time for cake and fellowship following the service.
Sunday, January 14 – Pastor Rick’s FAREWELL DINNER will follow
this service. This will be a special service honoring his years at Grace.
See the insert in your bulletin today!
LOOKING FOR CROSSING VOLUNTEER – After 17 years of
volunteering/ministering to our community children, Donna will be
retiring! Donna your many years of services has been very much
appreciated. With this being said I would love to have a volunteer to
fill that spot. 3:30-5:45 pm on Wednesdays. See Heather if you can
At THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING last week the following
persons were approved to serve on the Consistory beginning in 2018.
ELDER SLATE: Dale Dood, Rick Postema,
Wes Dekker (One Year Term)
DEACON SLATE: Brian Licari, Lorie Norden
OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and
Christmas is designated for Pastor Rick’s retirement gift. You may
designate on your regular offering envelope, use a pew envelope, or
your special offering envelope anytime this month.
YEAR END GIVING – Please have all gifts you wish to have credited
to your 2017 Contribution Statement in by December 31. Thank you
to all who have contributed so generously throughout the year!
2018 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES for Grace members are now
in your mailbox. If you are not a member and wish to contribute to
Grace Church, please call the office at 538-3100 and we will see that
you receive envelopes. Online giving is also available. If you are
interested in this, see Robin Zondervan or call the office.
CHRISTMAS BREAK – No Wednesday classes, Discovery Kidz, or
Crossing Afterschool program will be held from December 19 –
January 9 (with the exception of senior choir practice which will meet
December 20 & January 3). Wednesday family night and Crossing
after school program will resume January 10.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Ken & Cindy Wylie
Lower Doors: Ray & Robin Zondervan
Dec. 24 Upper Doors: Keith & Carolyn Baker
Lower Doors: Natalie Ayers
Today Elaine Martin, Sophie Licari
December 24 Sue Vander Wal, Brielle Wigent
PRAYERS & PRAISE LINE
December 17, 2017
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 praises.
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