Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Feb 23, 2007
1st SUNDAY of LENT
FEBRUARY 25, 2007
10:00 am Worship Service
“Lord, I Worship You”
Time of Praise
Call to Worship
* Greeting Time
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Affirmation of Faith
Moments in Prayer
Senior Choir “When the Saints Gather Round”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
1st Offering Regular Tithes and Offerings
2nd Offering for the Gideons
Signing of the Fellowship Register
Children are dismissed for Children & Worship
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Psalm 1 (Page 527)
Message: “THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 571 (Vs. 1,3,4)……………………..….. “Trust and Obey”
* Song of Departure No. 593 (Vs. 1 & Chorus) ......…. “Where He Leads Me”
* Postlude 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.
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
* Opening Hymn No. 140 ……………..……………………. “Great is the Lord”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 605 …………………………….…………………… “Living for Jesus”
Living Word: Mark 11:27-33 (Page 982)
Message “A QUESTION OF AUTHORITY” Rev. Bruce Osbeck
* Closing Hymn No. 596 ………..…………………………….. “I Surrender All”
* Postlude Pianist, Paul Kerkstra
TODAY AT GRACE
TODAY Pastor Rick will begin a new series of messages “A Pilgrimage of
Blessing ~ Psalms for the Lenten Journey”. See the insert in your
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of February is designated for the
GIDEONS. The Gideons International serves as a missionary arm of
the church – every scripture they distribute is provided through the
support of local churches and individual Christians. The Gideons
distribute more than two copies of God’s Word every second! Our
special offering for the Gideons will be received this morning.
CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Children ages 3 & 4 years meet in Fellowship Hall with
Worship Leaders Danielle Vining & Jennifer Moody.
Children K – 2nd Grade meet in the choir room with
Worship Leader Sandy Farris.
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.
Songs and Psalms – Brad Class will lead this group in the Chapel.
This week we will look at Psalm 147.
You Were Shaped For Serving God – Meet at the Crossing.
NEW MEMBERS CLASS – There is still time to join the new members class
held during the Sunday School hour. Just come to Pastor Rick’s
office if you would like to learn more about the Reformed Church or
if you would like to make Profession of Faith.
6:00 PM JOIN US FOR SUNDAY’S AT SIX – This week we begin with the
Lenten Pulpit Exchange with other area Reformed Churches. The
theme this year is “The Week That Changed the World”.
Tonight we welcome Rev. Bruce Osbeck, Pastor of Faith Reformed
Church, to our pulpit.
7:00- 9:00 PM INDEED HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP meets at the
Crossing. Dress warm…we will be flocking! Questions? See Darrell.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2007
6:30 PM PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.
7:30 PM CARING SHEPHERD TRAINING SESSION.
Note the change of time!
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2007
3:00 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2007
2:45 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 FOR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH
6:45 – 8:15 PM
SENIOR CHOIR will meet for practice.
TURNAROUND MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
7:00 – 8:00 PM
ARCTIC ANTICS – RESCUE 911 FOR KIDS PRESCHOOL – 5TH
GRADE! Meet in the Fellowship Hall.
LIVING BEYOND YOURSELF WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY meets in
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - Join Pastor Vern Hettinga for the
class “Opening Your Gift…Uncovering and Using
Your Spirit Given Ability”. Meet in the Consistory
IN DEPTH BIBLE STUDY – Meet in Pastor Rick’s office. We
will explore “Ordinary Superheroes”. This a class for those
who really want to dig in.
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2007
9:00 – 11:00 AM THE ADIC at the Crossing. Join us for coffee,
donuts and fellowship!
3:30 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
4:30 PM PRAYER MEETING in Pastor Rick’s office.
7:30 PM THESSALONIANS I BIBLE STUDY GROUP will meet at the
SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM CONSISTORY VISION RETREAT
ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN THE FUTURE OF GRACE CHURCH
is invited to join with the Consistory for this retreat. A
Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served. In order to
have enough materials and food for all, please sign up in the
narthex. See Pastor Rick if you have any questions.
NEXT WEEK – MARCH 4, 2007
2nd SUNDAY OF LENT
PASTOR RICK will continue the series on Psalms for the Lenten journey.
Next Sunday’s message is entitled “A Holy Rest Area” from
SUNDAY’S AT SIX – Next Sunday, Rev. El Zwart, Pastor of Beverly
Reformed Church, will share the message during our Lenten Pulpit
Exchange. Pastor Rick will be preaching at Unity Reformed Church.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS –Jan VanWyk was moved out of the Intensive Care
Unit at the U of M Hospital to a regular room. They are continuing
to remove a lot of fluid, but there are encouraging signs of
improvement. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. See the
Prayers & Praise Line for more Praise Reports and Prayer Concerns.
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you to Pastor Rick and Bill Tacoma for
visiting me at the hospital after my fall. Thanks also to the GEMS
for the card and gift; and to those who sent cards. Everything was
appreciated very much. ~Irwin Huizen
SCRAPBOOKERS!! All those who are interested in Scrapbooking are
invited to a Scrapbookers Weekend Retreat at Cran Hill Ranch
Friday, April 13 at 7:00 pm – Sunday, April 15 at Noon. You can also
choose to go just for the day on Saturday. The cost is $80 for the
weekend or $50.00 for Saturday only. This includes
accommodations, meals, door prizes and a scrapbooking packet.
RSVP to Heather Dood (534-1794) by March 23. Also…Scrapbooking
Night at the Crossing on Friday, March 16 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm.
CHANGE FOR ALASKA
How much change do you have in your pocket or purse?
Are you willing to give it to help the persons going on the Alaska Challenge?
Remember: Your little extra makes the extra difference for our trip!
Here are the details:
In the narthex there are 2 jars. One jar is the Students Change for Alaska Jar. The other jar is the Adults Change for Alaska Jar. So, you have a choice as to whether you give your change to the students or adults. To make this more fun, we are adding an extra rule…if you put dollar bills in either jar, that amount will be subtracted from the total in that jar. That means, if you put a dollar bill in the adult jar, it will subtract dollars in the adult jar! If you are confused, check out the signs by the jars in the narthex! Please note that the money will be collected each week, so the total in the jars is not the total that you see. Results will be posted every so often so that you know where to put your cash (or dollars)! Have FUN!
ALASKA CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS – We need your help in cooking
desserts for our dessert Sunday fundraiser. Please meet on March 3rd
and March 10 in the Fellowship Hall at 9:00 am to prepare such
desserts as pies, cakes, and breads. Please bring a mix and a throw
away pan. Everything else will be provided. If you have any
questions, contact Tymie or Kia (538-3100).
LOVE.FAITH.HOPE – CHRISTY KLEYMEER’S CD is still for sale and are now
priced at only $15.00! You can purchase one from Christy or her
parents. They are also available at Barnes & Nobles Bookstore and
other stores and businesses around town.
OUR YOUTH GROUPS are selling $5.00 coupon books to Yonkers.
The proceeds will go to the youth ministry account. These coupon
books are to be used on March 3, 2007, Community Day. When
you see the deals in the booklets, you will see that it more than pays
for itself! If you would like some, or would like to help distribute
them, see Darrell.
LENTEN FOOD COLLECTION FEBRUARY 21 – APRIL 8. Start bringing in
your donations! Collection boxes are by the narthex doors and the
MCCOMB MISSISSIPPI WORK TRIP: A couple of our people who were
scheduled to go on the Mississippi Work Trip, which leaves at 6 PM,
April 20 and returns late Saturday, April 28, are not able to do so
because of personal conflicts. So, there are 3 spots open for anyone
who would like to join us. Contact Shari if interested. Basically, the
trip does not cost you anything but what you eat in restaurants going
down and coming back. Note: There is a poster with pictures of the
Centenary House in the narthex. This is where our group will be
staying while in Mississippi! More details are coming soon.
VBS IS COMING SOON! “The Quest for Truth – Jesus: The Way, the Truth,
and the Life” – June 11-15. Ask God to bring children to hear the truth
of Jesus, who is the way, and the truth, and the life! Volunteer
recruitment has begun! Sign up today in the narthex.
CLUB 3:16 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We will be short of helpers from
March 13 – 27. Needed are volunteers on Tuesday (Middle School)
and Thursday (Elementary). Please see Nikki ASAP if you can
help. If we don’t have enough helpers, we will have to shut down
during this time. Thanks in advance for your help!
PLEASE SAVE YOUR NEWSPAPERS – The Cadets will have a paper drive in
March. The trailer will be in the parking lot beginning March 5. If
you need any papers picked up contact Rick Veldheer at 453-8384.
SCHOOL DAYS AT D & W – Designed to help support non-profit groups,
D & W will donate 5% of your total purchase to Grace Youth Groups.
Just give our code 95688 or tell them Grace Youth on February
25 – March 3. It’s that easy!! Tell your friends and family!
SOFTBALL ANYONE?? WE STILL NEED WOMEN and a few more men!
I know that with all the cold and snow it’s hard to imagine that spring
is just around the corner, but with spring comes softball season.
Please see Nikki or sign up in the narthex if you are interested.
A MEN’S WINTER JACKET was mistakenly taken two weeks ago. Possibly
someone with a similar coat picked up the wrong one. If you have a
blue & black nylon winter jacket, please check to be sure it is yours.
See Ernie Otto if you have mistakenly switched coats.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Ellsworth & Jeanette Johnson
Les & Magdalena Kiss
Lower Doors: Neal & Judy Klein
March 4 Upper Doors: Larry & Deb Kleymeer; George & Sue Koster
Lower Doors: Jon & Beth Kubiak
March 11 Upper Doors: Mac & Mary Mc Alary; Elaine Martin
Lower Doors: Rick & Laura Marshall
Today AM Service: Sue Stuk, Jennifer Elkowitz, Pat Ter Beek,
Chelsea Boeve PM Service: Lynda Ver Merris
March 4 AM Service: Erika Wigent, Phyllis Vander Sloot,
Sue Vander Wal, Allie Mc Elroy
PM Service: Donna Oppenhuizen
March 11 AM Service: Sandy Farris, Sue Dunkle, Lynda Ver Merris,
Jerrod Dunkle PM Service: Sue Stuk
February Aisle 1 Aisle 2 Aisle 3 Aisle 4 Aisle 5 Aisle 6
Grimm Moody Dood Elkowitz Maitner Veldheer
Prayers & Praise Line
February 25, 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 opportunities we have to worship
• Our church family
• His awesome presence in our everyday lives
• The upcoming VBS “Quest for Truth” plans being made
• Jan VanWyk in Ann Arbor and her family as they travel back & forth
• Baby Caleb Zondervan as he continues to grow stronger
• Marjean Tibbets with continuing back pain
• Matthew Vander Heide, son of Jim & Shelia Mc Elroy, as he makes preparations to leave for basic training in California on March 5
• Those in our congregation with continuing heath concerns
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Jim Hunter,Gordon Ver Merris, Cathy
Duinkerken (Schoolenberg), Hope Munguia, Lori Doom (Nikki’s
sister), Bob Benthin, Harold Sandoval, Henrietta Alexander
• Mc Elroy’s nephew, Michael Beemer and Elkowitz’s neighbor, Frank Senko serving in Iraq
• Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mr Irwin Huizen,
Mrs Gert Kerkstra, Mrs Gen Kroon, Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson,
Mrs Ann Rozema, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June
Snyder, Bill & Henrietta TeRonde, Leora Totten, Mr Casey
Ver Merris, 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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