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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
 
 Prelude
 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
*  Doxology
*  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”
*  Benediction
*  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.
 
 
WELCOME
 
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
 Prelude
*  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. 
 ~Ann Hoezee
 
 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
 Consistory.
 
MISCELLANEOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
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.
 
FINANCIAL REPORT 
 
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
GREETERS
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 
 
USHERS/COLLECTION 
Dec. Aisle 1 Aisle 2 Aisle 3 Aisle 4 Aisle 5 Aisle 6
 Norden Boeve Ron Veldheer Elkowitz Gort Stephan
 
NURSERY
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
 Emelander
Jan. 1 AM Service:  Judy Beadle, Janell Nordlund, Cindy Wylie,
 Brittany Emaus 
 
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
 
Prayers for…
· 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 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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