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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Nov 29, 2007
1st Sunday of Advent
December 2, 2007
10:00 am Worship Service
Introit “King Jesus is His Name”
Time of Praise
Lighting of the Prophet Candle
* Greeting Time
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moment of Sharing: When God disturbs, He also ____________.
Prayer of Confession (on screen)
Words of Assurance
Senior Choir “Glory to the Lamb”
Moments in Prayer
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
Children are dismissed for Children & Worship
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Micah 3 (Page 900)
Message: “A WELCOME DISTURBANCE”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 292 (Verses 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 Leader Lisa Braendle & Greeter Hennie Rosema.
Children K – 2nd Grade meet in the choir room with
Worship Leader Sandy Farris & Greeter Chelsea Boeve.
11:20 AM–12:20 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.
“Creeds and Confessions”
– Brad Class will lead this group in the
“Surrendering: Your Life for God’s Pleasure”
- meet at the Crossing.
4:30 PM CHOIR MEMBERS – Please be at Beverly Ref. Church to practice
for the evening service.
6:00 PM COMMUNITY ADVENT PRAISE SERVICE at Beverly Reformed
Church, 2141 Porter, Wyoming. The churches participating this year
include: Beverly, Eighth, Faith, Grace, Lee Street CRC, Rogers
Heights CRC, and St. John Vianney Catholic Church. The service will
consist of Scripture readings, carol singing, and selections from each
church choir. At the close of worship, there will be two mass choir
numbers, including the Hallelujah Chorus. Join us for this special
musical beginning to Advent.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007
6:30 PM ELDERS MEETING
7:30 PM CONSISTORY MEETING – All new consistory members
are invited to attend the meeting tonight.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2007
3:30 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 3-5.
7:00 PM WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – “BELOVED DISCIPLE”
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2007
9:00 AM THESSALONIANS II BIBLE STUDY in the Consistory room.
3:00 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for Middle School Youth.
6:30 – 7:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:45 – 8:00 PM
GEMS for girls in K – Grade 8. Reminder…We will have a
gift exchange. Bring a gift for $5 - $7.
CADETS for boys in Grades 1-8. Meet in the Fellowship Hall.
7:00 – 8:00 PM
PRESCHOOL “GOD LOVES ME” – Meet in the Nursery.
“JUST WALK ACROSS THE ROOM” led by Pastor Rick.
Tonight “The Power of Story”.
BIBLE STUDY WITH REV. DARRELL DALMAN in the
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007
2:45 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for High School Youth.
4:30 PM PRAYER MEETING in Pastor Rick’s office.
7:30 PM THESSALONIANS I BIBLE STUDY at the Crossing.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2007
9:00 AM WYOMING CHRISTMAS STORE – All those who are
volunteers report at your assigned time. If you have any
questions, see Shari.
NEXT SUNDAY – DECEMBER 9, 2007
2nd Sunday of Advent
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the series Micah’s Hope with the
message “Something Big is Coming to Town”.
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
Tuesday, December 11, 1:00 pm THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will meet for a
CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON at Grandvilla Restaurant in Grandville. All
Grace women are invited. Make your reservation to Carolyn Baker
(669-4742) or Gladys Kessel (878-1101) before Monday, December
10th at 4:00 pm.
Sunday, December 16 10:00 AM SENIOR CHOIR CHRISTMAS CANTATA.
6:00 PM CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
PRAYERS & PRAISE
IN APPRECIATION – Dear Grace Family, You have blessed me beyond
measure with your love, generous food gifts, beautiful plants and
flower arrangements, the special visits, calls and cards. It’s hard to
explain how much love is in my heart toward all of you. Thank you
for blessing me. ~ Love, Karen Ver Hulst
We appreciate everyone who helped us move into the parsonage. To
everyone who offered a truck, a trailer, prepared a meal, and
extended a helping hand, we thank you. ~The Delaney Family
CONGRATULATIONS are extended to Sean & Michelle Van Essen upon the
birth of a daughter, Dagny Eileen, on Monday, November 12.
(Their address is: 3559 – 3 Mile Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686)
We thank God for this precious gift of life!
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.
CHURCH HERALD – Due to action at the Congregational Meeting, we will
NOT be participating in the all church plan of subscribing to the
Church Herald. If you wish to continue receiving the Church Herald,
you must renew it yourself.
WYOMING CHRISTMAS STORE – All gifts should be in today. If that is not
possible, please bring them to church by Tuesday.
MAKING THE BUDGET – We are glad to announce that Peter & Pat Cook
have graciously offered to make up half of our deficit by years end if
the congregation will make up the other half. We are appreciative for
this challenge. In response we are initiating a fund drive called
“A Christmas Gift for Grace.” Special envelopes will be
distributed next Sunday and received back on December 23 & 30.
BEING THE HANDS PROGRAM – December 12 from 9-1 (Volunteers meet
at church). Gifts can still be purchased for this program at DeVos
Children’s Hospital. Needed are gifts for older youth and adults.
Gifts of any amount are appreciated. Extra helpers are still welcome
to join us! See Shari ASAP if you would like to help.
NEW NURSERY SCHEDULES will be put together soon! Many volunteers
are needed. Even if you can only help a couple times a year, please
sign up on the narthex table. If you have helped in the past, there is
no need to sign up again…we will automatically schedule you. Please
Note: All nursery workers High School age and above must have
attended a meeting on the Child Protection Policy. Another meeting
will be planned soon.
PRAISES 4 HIM, a Southern Gospel Quartet, now has a CD available for
purchase. As you know, Ben Van Kammen, is a member of that
Group and a former member of Grace. If you are interested in
purchasing a CD, contact Ben or we have some available in the
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: George & Hennie Rosema; John & Della Sawyer
Lower Doors: Bob & Terri Stadt
Dec. 9 Upper Doors: Harvey & Sheryl Steensma; Lucille Sytsema
Lower Doors: Scott Thornton
Today AM Service: Tami & Ashley Veldheer, Cindy Wylie, Angie
Dec. 9 AM Service: Sandy Farris, Beth & Rebekah Kubiak, Sandy Gort
PM Service: Sue Stuk
Prayers & Praise Line
December 2, 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…
• The birth of Dagny Eileen, daughter of Sean & Michelle Van Essen
• Our teachers & leaders
• Our Health
• Laura Groenenboom (Venenga), oldest daughter of John and Judy
Venenga, after being diagnosed with cancer. She had chemo but it has
come back and now it is in several new spots. She will be starting
radiation and a new chemo drug. Laura has two teenage children,
Jonathon & Ellie, and her husband Dan.
• Jonathan McGuire (Esther Hoag’s grandson) who was hospitalized
this week with an infection in his eye
• Karen Ver Hulst as she continues to recover
• All others recovering from recent surgeries and hospitalizations
• Carol Lankheet as she has begun a new experimental chemotherapy
treatment this past week
• Nancy Lipscomb who was rushed back to the hospital and is now in ICU after an infection
• Rick & Laura Marshall as they go through the adoption process
• 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,
Bob Benthin, Henrietta Alexander, Gavin Vander Wal, Emily Wilson,
Roger Roberts, Nancy Lipscomb, Brian Ciluffo, Yvonne Riemersma,
Linda Tacoma, 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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