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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 20, 2012



DECEMBER 23, 2012

10:00 AM Worship Service



 Choral Introit “Carol of Christmas”

 Lighting of the Advent Candle

*Opening Hymn No. 245 ……………………. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting

 Time of Sharing: The Inn Crowd

 Moments in Prayer


 Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom

 Signing the Fellowship Register


*Prayer of Dedication

 Living Word: Isaiah 40:21-26 (Page 701), Romans 4:18-25 (1093)


 Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen

 Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word

 Senior Choir Cantata “Heaven & Earth Rejoice”


*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, 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.




9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ MEET. All children ages 3

 years – 5th Grade meet downstairs by the youth desk. 



 Cantata! Thank you to Paul Kerkstra, our Minister of Music, for your

 time and dedication. Thank you to our choir for your special part in

 our Christmas celebration.



 the Consistory Room following the morning service today. This class

 covers various subject matter pertaining to our Christian walk.


A PRAYER GROUP will meet following the service in the sanctuary

 to pray for Pastor George and Connections.





HEALTH CONCERNS – Please be in prayer for Allie Mc Elroy as she

 undergoes some testing. For all prayer concerns and praise reports,

 please see the insert in your bulletin.


THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the

 Consistory beginning in January 2013:

 Elders: Larry Kleymeer, Les VanWyk

 Deacons: Brian Gort, Brian Licari  


 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 and INSTALLATION of the newly elected Consistory

 members will be held on Sunday morning January 6.


IN APPRECIATION: Thank you to Pastor Rick for all his calls and

 prayers and to the congregation thanks for the cards, prayers,

 visits, and other deeds of kindness! ~Louise Grimm


 Thank you all so much for the many thoughtful cards at Christmas! 

 I appreciate it very much! ~Amie Pierce





No Club 3:16 this week or next!



 10:00 am CHRISTMAS DAY CELEBRATION. Pastor Rick will

 share the message “WE WONDER”. Our Christmas Offering

 is designated for the Grace Building Fund. Nursery: Linda

 Emelander, Cindy Wylie



 6:00 PM CONNECTIONS will gather at the Crossing.




NEXT SUNDAY MATTHEW COOK, grandson of Art & Doris Cook,

 will lead our service and share the message. Matt grew up at Grace

 and is now a 3rd year student at Western Seminary. 


THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and

 Christmas Day is designated for the GRACE BUILDING FUND. 

 See the insert in your bulletin today for details.




CHRISTMAS BREAK – Please note that there will be no activities at

 Grace on Wednesday, December 26 & January 2, no evening service

 tonight or December 30. Discovery Kidz will not be held on

 Christmas Day. Club 3:16 will not meet the weeks of December 24 &

 30. Club will resume on January 8 and Wednesday activities will

 resume on January 9. 


DISCOVERY KIDZ –Beginning in January we will return to the 5

 week rotations of Art, Science, Theater, Cooking, and Games. 

 Teachers will be asked to make a 3 week commitment and Shepherds

 a five week commitment. Please sign up on the narthex table.


YOUNG ADULTS – A new small group will begin on Thursday,

 January 10 here at church. Childcare will be provided! Come out

 and join us for an evening of fellowship and growing in God’s word.


THE LORD’S SUPPER will be celebrated on Sunday, January 13.


OPEN ENROLLMENT for online giving is now available. If you

 would prefer to give your tithes and offering in this way, please

 contact Ray Zondervan or Ernst Otto. 


THANK YOU – The note below is in response to our “INN CROWD”

 campaign from last week when each person in the congregation

 received $10 and was asked to do good with it.


 “I would like to thank the nice couple who came up to me and handed

 me some money for Christmas. It really melted my heart and made

 my day. I am a single mother of 2 kids, a 4 year old boy and a 4

 month old baby girl. I work as much as I can to support them. My

 son’s dad just got back into his life after 3 years and my daughter’s

 dad is in jail at the moment for domestic violence between me and

 him. The money they gave really did help and I really appreciate it. 

 The couple told me that the church asked them to do this so I would

 also like to thank the whole church! Again thank you so much, this

 kindness will not be forgotten.”


 Do you have a story to share? Send it to the office or email

 Sue ( or Pastor Rick 

 ( We will put them together after

 the first of the year and share them with the congregation.





Today Upper Doors: Dick Postema; Gerald & Elaine Pylman

 Lower Doors: George & Hennie Rosema

Dec. 30 Upper Doors: John & Della Sawyer; Harvey & Sheryl Steensma

 Lower Doors: Lucille Systema



Today Sue Vander Wal, Laura Marshall

Dec. 30 Elaine Martin, Chelsea Dornbos





Prayers & Praise Line

December 23, 2012


Congregational Prayers and Praise


  • We thank and praise God today for the gift of music! Especially during this Christmas season.
  • Remember Marge Veldheer in your prayers following knee replacement surgery.
  • Please be in prayer for Allie Mc Elroy as she undergoes testing.
  • We remember in prayer the following family or friends of our members that are ill or receiving treatments: Randy Veldheer, Lola De Young, Brian Benthin, and Orville Hoag’s brother, John, who was just diagnosed with cancer.

  • Continue to keep Amie Pierce in your prayers as she is stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas.
  • We pray for all those serving in the military during this holiday season as many are away from their homes and families. 
  • Pray for our Shut-in’s: Mr. Ralph Bolt, Mrs Tena DeVink, Mrs. Jane Duthler,

 Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs Anne Hoezee, Mrs Ruth Ver Merris.



Connections Prayer Focus

Connections primary mission is to “Connect Neighbors to God”.

We are seeking the lost, the least and the last for God’s kingdom.

We call it the “Luke 15 Project”. Please pray for God to use our

small groups to that end as we enter 2013.


Small Groups for 2013


Kids Connection

Moms and Tots Morning Playgroups


Coffee Connections

Morning Coffee Chats


Music Connections

Guitar (Instrumental) Get-togethers


GM Connections

Retiree Coffee Times


Family Connections

Free supper and fun

1st Thursdays at 6pm


Study Connections

Bible, Book, Parenting, Finances, Job Search,

Home Improvement, Home Gardening

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