Posted by: Sue Stuk on Sun, Jan 8, 2017
DECEMBER 3, 2017
1st SUNDAY of ADVENT
10:00 AM Worship Service
Choral Introit “I’ll Tell the World That I’m a Christian”
Lighting of the Advent Candle
*Opening Song of Praise
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
“King of Heaven”
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Moments of Sharing: I thank God for Reverend __________
Senior Choir “I Want My Life to Tell”
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Doxology No. 290, Verse 3 ……………… “As With Gladness Men of Old”
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: II Timothy 1:1-7, 4:1-8 (Page 1155)
Message: “THE GIFT OF REPRODUCING DISCIPLESHIP”
Reverend Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 258 ……………………… “Go Tell it on the Mountain”
*Song of Departure No. 248 ……………………………………… “I Extol You”
Organist, Paul Kerkstra
Keyboardist, Lorinda Vander Werp
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
*All who are able, please stand.
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 into the world. May such joy live within us as we worship the Lord. Please take a moment and sign your name and address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed today.
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ for kids ages 3 years – 5th
grade meets downstairs by the youth desk.
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.
PRAYER GROUP will meet following the service in the sanctuary
to pray for Pastor George & Connections, and the needs and vision at
Grace Reformed Church.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE CLASS will meet in the
Consistory Room after the morning service. They cover various
matters using the Sunday School Guide. You are welcome to join in!
5:00 PM – We will join with One Wyoming for the annual Advent
Unity Service. This year it will be held at Casa de Oracion,
1040 – 26th Street SW., Wyoming. This is a collaborative Christian
worship service for all! A free DINNER will be served following the
service. Note the 5:00 pm start time!
6:45 – 8:00 PM Y-LIFE will meet.
PRAYERS AND PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS: Continue to be in prayer for Bill Ver Hulst
who is at Spectrum Butterworth. Also, Marge Veldheer is a patient at
Spectrum Blodgett. For all other praise reports and prayer concerns,
see the prayers and praise line in your bulletin today.
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you for your prayers expressions of
concern and cards during my recent illness and surgery. It is very
comforting to have such a wonderful and caring community of
believers here at Grace Reformed Church. Thank you, Pastor Rick,
for your visit and prayers. ~Fred & Willie Hiemstra
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017
No PRAISE TEAM Practice.
7:00 PM SEARCH COMMITTEE will meet.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
7:30 AM for all those who signed up previously, we will be leaving
to go to De Vos Childrens Hospital for BEING THE HANDS.
If you have any gifts to donate, you may put them in the library
area, or on the desk in the office prior to Tuesday morning.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017
3:15 – 5:45 OR 8:00 PM THE CROSSING for grades 3-6.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – Subs are on the menu.
Come out and enjoy dinner and a time of fellowship prior to classes.
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:45 – 8:00 PM DISCOVERY KIDZ Christmas program practice.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017
7:00 PM The THURSDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY GROUP
2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 10, 2017
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will share the message: “The Gift of
Caring Community”. The children will present their Christmas
program “A Tree Lot Christmas”. This musical will bring to life
what it means to be a part of God’s family tree and the importance of
sharing His love with others.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Thursday, December 14, 7:00 pm WOMEN'S MINISTRY is holding
"CUP OF CHRISTMAS" event in the Fellowship Hall. You may
sign up to either just attend the evening with us or decorate a table
for Christmas and invite your own guests. We are asking everyone to
bring a dozen cookies if you wish to participate in the cookie
exchange. Sign up in the Narthex or email Heather.
Sunday, December 17, 10:00 am – The Senior Choir will present their
Christmas Cantata “SING AND SHOUT FOR JOY”.
Monday, December 18 - ELDERS AND CONSISTORY will meet.
Sunday, December 24, 6:00 pm CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE
SERVICE. We will also have a traditional 10:00 am service on
December 24. There will be no Christmas Day service.
Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am – This will be PASTOR RICK’S last
Sunday that he will be leading us and sharing the message. We will
have a time for cake and fellowship following the service.
Sunday, January 14 – Pastor Rick’s FAREWELL DINNER will follow
this service. This will be a special service honoring his years at Grace.
Please mark this date on your calendar!
At THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING last week the following
persons were approved to serve on the Consistory beginning in 2018.
ELDER SLATE: Dale Dood, Rick Postema,
Wes Dekker (One Year Term)
DEACON SLATE: Brian Licari, Lorie Norden
Written reports are available on the narthex table from Pastor Rick,
Heather Dood, and Pastor George Grevenstuk. Copies of the budget
are also available.
SHEETS NEEDED – I am a member of a quilt group at our Arizona
church. We make quilts for the girls at Mingus Mountain Academy.
We are always in need of gently used sheets which we use as a
backing for the quilts. The sheets should be full, queen or king sized.
If you have any to donate, please contact Willie Hiemstra at 532-2213.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Les & Tinna VanWyk Lower Doors: Lexie Wagoner
Dec. 10 Upper Doors: Lynda Ver Merris Lower Doors: Sandy Workman
Today Sandy Farris, Bella Licari Dec. 10 Diane Maitner, Mary Kubiak
USHER/COLLECTION Aisle 1 Aisle 2 Aisle 3 Aisle 4
December Schutter Wigent Stuk Ter Beek
PRAYERS & PRAISE LINE
December 3, 2017
Congregational Prayers and Praise
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 praises.
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