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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Mon, Dec 19, 2005
4th SUNDAY of ADVENT
December 18, 2005
10:00 am Worship Service
Time of Praise
Lighting of the Advent Candle: Adoration
* Greeting Time
* Opening Song of Praise No. 249 …….. “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
* Invocation and Salutation
Moments of Sharing: We Adore Christ for His _________.
Hymn No. 250 ……………………………….… “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Ruth 1:22 (Page 257); I Samuel 16:6-13 (Page 277);
Luke 2:1-7 (Page 992)
Message: “RE-PLACED AT BETHLEHEM”
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
Christmas Cantata “Heaven & Earth Rejoice”
* Song of Departure No. 243 “Emmanuel”
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.
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 to the world. May such joy live within us as we worship the Lord! Please take a moment and sign the Fellowship Register when it is passed so we can get to know you!
Sunday’s at Six
Meet in the Chapel
* Worship Sequence Nos. 283, 284, 285 (vs. 1,3)
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments in Prayer
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Dedication
* Hymn No. 253 …………………………………….. “Silent Night! Holy Night!
Living Word: Matthew 1:18-25 (Page 933)
Message: “DUDLEY DO RIGHT”
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 267 ………….. “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
* Benediction & Postlude
TODAY AT GRACE
NO CHILDREN & WORSHIP today, December 25 or January 1st. Children
& Worship will resume on January 8.
11:30 – 12:10 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.
Grace and the Millennium – Brad Class will lead this group in the
Chapel. Today – “Let Scripture Interpret Scripture”.
The Sunday Prayer Group will meet in Pastor Rick’s office.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Stan De Witt has returned to his home after
having his gallbladder removed on Monday. Kody Kunnen
underwent surgery on his shoulder on Friday and was expected to
return to his home yesterday. See the Prayers & Praise Line for the
concerns of the Grace family.
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January of 2006:
ELDER: Brad Class, Bob Ver Merris
DEACON: Jayme Dood, Brian Gort
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.
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you to all the Grace family and friends, to
Pastor Rick for his calls, the Sunshine Committee for the flowers and
calls, to our Caring Shepherds for all their special cards and many
thanks for all the many prayers and cards following my recent
surgery and recovery. I am doing OK…growing stronger each day.
Thanks to our Grace Church family for all the cards, calls and
prayers during the illnesses and homegoing of our dear family
members, Harold Dykstra and Donna de Bries. We really
appreciate the love and support shown during these difficult weeks.
~The Veldheer, Ter Beek, and Wigent Families
Words can’t express my gratitude to all my friends at Grace for your
prayers, concern, cards, meals, etc. during the last 6 months. It has
been a difficult time, but I have seen the love of Jesus shine through
you. Please continue to pray as I am now starting another 6 month
course of chemo. My sincere thanks to you all! ~Carole Lankheet
Praise the Lord that He has provided an eternal home for us in
heaven! We as a family have truly been comforted in knowing that
our Mom and Grandma are now with Jesus! Thank you to each one
of you who prayed for us, showed up at the funeral home or funeral,
sent cards, and expressed your Christian sympathy to us in the
recent death of Doris Dood. It meant a lot to us!
~Dale, Shari, Jayme, Heather, & Baby Dood
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped in any way with our first
Wyoming Christmas Store! Thank you for the gifts…WOW! The gifts
were beautiful and we had plenty. Thank you to several of you who
helped with the store set up and at the store itself as wrappers or
shoppers assistants! We couldn’t have done it without YOU!
It was a thrill to se five churches working together with the common
goal of loving and helping low income parents provide gifts for their
children at Christmas time. Just seeing the joy on the faces of the
parents as well as the tears of appreciation made the day a highlight
of the Christmas season. Thank you again. ~Shari
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
No Club 3:16 this week or next!
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2005
6:45 – 8:15 PM GEMS CHRISTMAS PARTY.
6:45 – 8:00 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2005
4:30 PM PRAYER GROUP will meet in Pastor Rick’s office. Everyone is
invited to join them in this special time of prayer.
CHRISTMAS DAY, DECEMBER 25, 2005
Pastor Rick will share the message “Re-Placed TBA” based on John 1:1-
15. The special Christmas offering as well as the special offering for
December is designated for the Grace Mission Fund. There will
NOT be an evening worship service on Christmas.
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
Saturday, January 7, 6:00 PM – 2nd Annual FELLOWSHIP BOWLING
NIGHT at Clique Lanes. Dinner at Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant &
Pizzeria before bowling. Cost is $3.00 per game, which includes
shoes. Sign up in the narthex by next Sunday.
Sunday, January 8, 2006 INSTALLATION AND ORDINATION of newly
elected Elders & Deacons will take place during the morning service.
Monday, January 9, 6:30 pm ELDERS & DEACONS will meet separately
for orientation, followed by a brief orientation meeting for
IS SUNDAY GETTING TO BE AS HECTIC as your weekdays? Come down to
the nursery and join a fellowship whose only purpose is to give us a
chance to slow down and share a “cuppa” and some conversation
with friends. Send the kids to Sunday School and s-l-o-w down!
2006 BUDGET ENVELOPES are in your mailboxes. All communicant
members have been assigned envelopes. If you are not a
communicant member, but would like envelopes, please contact
the treasurer, Lorie Norden.
YEAR END CONTRIBUTIONS – persons desiring offerings contributed to
their 2005 contribution record should submit their final contribution
no later than December 25th.
NEW MEMBERS CLASS – Some of you have expressed the desire to
become a part of a New Member Class soon. We are planning on
beginning a class after the 1st of the year. Sign up in the narthex.
HOLIDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE:
CHRISTMAS DAY – 10:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE.
NEW YEAR’S DAY – 10:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE. We will celebrate
the sacrament of Holy Communion.
NO EVENING SERVICES will be held at Grace on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS – No Sunday School Classes will be held
December 25 or January 1st. Sunday School will resume January 8.
Week of 12-11-05
Offering Weekly Amount Needed Difference
$8,458.60 $7,927.15 + 531.45
Year to Date Offering Year to Date Needed Difference
$386,197.45 $ 396,357.50 - 10,160.05
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Gord & Karen Kosters; Dick & Ruth Locke
Lower Doors: Marc & Diane Maitner
Dec. 25 Upper Doors: Mark & Karen Matheis
Jim & Shelia Mc Elroy
Lower Doors: Rick & Laura Marshall
Jan. 1 Upper Doors: Marge Moody; Paul & Joyce Ostema
Lower Doors: Luke & Janell Nordlund
Dec. Aisle 1 Aisle 2 Aisle 3 Aisle 4 Aisle 5 Aisle 6
Norden Boeve Ron Veldheer Elkowitz Gort Stephan
Today AM Service: Sue Dunkle, Marge Veldheer, Erika Wigent
Rachel Pence PM Service: Sandy Farris
Dec. 25 AM Service: Pat Ter Beek, Sue Veldheer, Linda & Janna
Jan. 1 AM Service: Judy Beadle, Janell Nordlund, Cindy Wylie,
Prayers & Praise Line
December 18, 2005
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
· Our Senior Choir and Director, Paul Kerkstra
· The wonderful success of the Wyoming Christmas Store and the many gifts
that were given to help those in need
· The continued generosity of those in our congregation
· Grace’s NCD Health Team
· Pastor David Jansen and CenterPoint Church
· New Life Community Church and Rev. Todd Bush
· Those who have lost loved ones recently
· Stan De Witt following surgery
· Kody Kunnen following surgery
· Those in our congregation recovering from illnesses, or seeking treatment
for health concerns
· Carole Lankheet as she undergoes Chemotherapy
· Baby Ethan Veldheer and his health concerns
· Dan Martin, son of Elaine, who is studying in Osaka, Japan
· Jeff Gerwig, friend of Luke and Janelle Nordlund who is at the Lack’s Cancer
Center with spots on his brain, awaiting surgery to determine the cause
· Friends of Anna Borkowski who lost their father very unexpectedly
· The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Carol Hoekstra, Ashley Kielezewski, Lara Class, Frenchetta Powell
Serena Kroon, Samantha Allan, Katie Van Dam, Gordon Ver Merris
· Sean Van Essen, Nate Petter, Mark DeBri and Ben Smith in the military
· Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Doris Cook, Mr Irwin Huizen, Mrs Gert
Kerkstra, Mrs Myrtle Kooi, Mrs Gen Kroon, Mrs Millie Nevins,
Mr Harold Nollis, Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mrs Ann Rozema,
Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder, Leora Totten,
Mr Casey Ver Merris, Mrs Virginia Workman
As other prayers are shared, you are invited to write them down and include them in your prayers for our congregation this week.
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