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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 20, 2007
4th Sunday of Advent
December 23, 2007
10:00 am Worship Service
Introit “Prince of Peace”
Time of Praise
Lighting of the Adoration Candle
* Greeting Time
* Opening Song of Praise No 251..“It Came upon the Midnight Clear”
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Children’s Christmas Program
“Tell me the Story of Christmas”
Senior Choir “Little Bitty Baby”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
Children are dismissed for Children & Worship
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Micah 6:6-8 (Page 903)
Message: “WHAT WILL YOU GIVE GOD THIS CHRISTMAS?”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 292 (Vss. 1 & 2) …. “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne”
* 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 & WORSHIP
Children ages 3 & 4 meet in Fellowship Hall with
Worship Leaders Janna Emelander & Sue Stuk.
Children K – 2nd Grade meet in the choir room with
Worship Leaders Heather Dood and Pat Ter Beek.
“A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR GRACE” FUND DRIVE – Today, as well as next
Sunday, we will receive your gift for our special 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. See
Treasurer Jayme Dood if you have any questions.
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES or EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE will be held
today or next week Sunday.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
No Club 3:16 this week or next week!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2007
10:00 AM CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHP SERVICE - 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.
NEXT SUNDAY – DECEMBER 30, 2007
NEXT SUNDAY Darrell Delaney will lead our service and share the
message. 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 next Sunday.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS –Irene Polderman is hospitalized at Butterworth
after suffering a severe heart attack. Please keep Irene and her
family in your prayers. See the Prayers & Praise Line for all the
other praise reports and prayer concerns.
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you to Peter & Pat Cook for the contribution
of the beautiful poinsettia in the sanctuary this holiday season.
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.
ORDINATION & INSTALLATION of newly elected Consistory members will
take place on January 6.
2008 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES are in your mailboxes. ALL
communicant members have been assigned envelopes. If you are
not a member, but would like envelopes, please contact the office.
YEAR END CONTRIBUTIONS – Persons desiring offerings contributed to
their 2007 record should submit their final contribution no later than
THESSALONIANS I BIBLE STUDY GROUP – The next small group meeting
has been moved to Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 pm.
THESSALONIANS II BIBLE STUDY GROUP – Your next meeting will be held
on Wednesday, January 9 at 9:00 am in the Consistory Room.
THE NEXT GALAXY will soon be published. Articles are due by January 4.
You can place your articles in the bin attached to the file cabinet in
the main office, or contact Pat Ter Beek or Sandy Gort.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Dan & Sue Stuk; Khuon & Hon Tran
Lower Doors: Roger & Phyllis Vander Sloot
Dec. 30 Upper Doors: Jerry & Sue Vander Wal; Les VanWyk
Lower Doors: Ron & Tami Veldheer
Jan. 6 Upper Doors: Rick & Sue Veldheer; Marge Veldheer
Lower Doors: Danielle Vining
Today AM Service: Lyndsey Boeve, Erika Wigent, Phyllis
Vander Sloot, Allie Mc Elroy
Dec. 30 AM Service: Robin Zondervan, Sue Vander Wal,
Danielle Vining, Samantha Johnson
Jan. 6 AM Service: Mark Roach, Heather Dood,
Sue & Kendra Veldheer PM Service: Sue Stuk
Prayers & Praise Line
December 23, 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…
• Sending His son, Jesus Christ
• Our children and their teachers
• The blessing of friends and family
• Our Grace Church Family
• Irene Polderman at Butterworth
• Carolyn Baker following surgery
• John Schoolenberg at Brookcrest
• Jennifer Moody following recent surgery
• Family members who are not able to be home for Christmas
• Those who have recently lost loved ones ~ especially during this holiday
• 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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