Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Jan 13, 2011
SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2011
10:00 am Worship Service
Choral Introit “Nothing is Impossible”
Time of Praise
Call to Worship
* Greeting Time
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moment of Sharing: The Lord desires our ____________.
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Senior Choir “The World Medley”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: John 1:29-42 (Page 1028)
Message: “COME AND SEE” Rev. Scott Crane
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 384 ………………………………...………….… “Spirit Song”
* Song of Departure No. 560 (Verse 1 & Chorus) …….“More About Jesus”
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.
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
Call to Worship
* Opening Hymn No. 713 …………….…………………………… “Seek Ye First”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments of Sharing
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 425 ……………………………..…………………. “Bind Us Together”
Living Word: I Corinthians 12 (Page 1113)
Message: “MADE FOR COMMUNITY” Rev. Scott Crane
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 423 ………………………..…….……. “The Bond of Love”
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 am – 11:15 am DISCOVERY KIDZ MEET. All children ages
3 years – 5th Grade meet downstairs for your own service.
TODAY Rev. Scott Crane will lead our services and share the message.
Pastor Rick and Donna will return from vacation on Tuesday.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE CLASS will meet in the
Consistory room following the morning service.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011
7:00 PM THE SPIRITUAL GROWTH/YOUTH Ministry Team
will meet in the Consistory Room. Anyone interested is
welcome to join us for this meeting!
7:00 – 8:00 PM EXERCISE BOOT CAMP led by Lyndsey Boeve.
This week: Cardio Sculpt
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
1:00 PM THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will meet in the Consistory
Room. Study Guides are in your mailboxes. All women are
3:15 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 5 & 6.
6:15 PM PRAISE TEAM meet to practice for Classis worship.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011
NO CLUB – ½ DAY of SCHOOL
Wednesday Night Live
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – Casserole Buffet.
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR will meet.
6:45 – 8:00 PM
GEMS for girls in grades K – 8 meet at the Crossing.
VICTORS for boys in grades 1 – 8 meet in the choir room.
BE B.I.G. (Big in God) Preschool Class will meet.
7:00 – 8:00 PM
FEARLESS BY MAX LUCADO - Rev. Scott Crane will be
leading this class. Each of the six sessions will consist of a five
to ten minute video with discussion afterwards. Books and
study guides are available. Meet in the Consistory room.
BASIC BIBLE STUDY SMALL GROUP for new
members or anyone who would like to be a part of a small
group that covers Bible basics. Pastor Rick will lead this class
which will meet in his office.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
NO CLUB – ½ DAY AT SCHOOL
NEXT WEEK, JANUARY 23, 2011
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will begin a new series of messages
“Windows of Hope/Doors of Opportunity”. He will begin with the
message: “The Next Generation (A Strong Foundation)”.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Joan Patterson has been hospitalized at
Metropolitan Hospital with pneumonia. Keith Baker returned to his
home following partial replacement of both of his knees last Tuesday.
See the Prayer and Praise Line for all the prayer requests and praise reports.
THE CLASSIS OF SGR will be meeting here at Grace on Tuesday.
Classis exams will be held, dinner will be served, there will be a time
of praise and worship, and Classis meetings will take place. At this
time Pastor Rick will hand over duties after completing his service as
OFFICERS FOR THE 2011 CONSISTORY
Vice President: Les VanWyk
Stated Clerk: Keith Baker
Clerk Pro Tem: Dale Dood
Treasurer: Ray Zondervan
Assistant Treasurer: Ernst Otto
Chairman of the Deacons: Rick Marshall
WITH THE CONSISTORY being downsized this year from 8 Elders
and 8 Deacons to 6 Elders and 6 Deacons, Lorie Norden will be
serving a two year term instead of the usual 3 year term.
OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of January is designated
for WORDS OF HOPE. This offering will be received on Jan. 30.
LOOKING FOR A WEDNESDAY NIGHT SMALL GROUP
LEADER and class ideas for the next session which will begin in
February. Please call (534-0528) or see John Sawyer with any ideas.
EASTER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! That means that our
2nd Children’s Easter Event on April 23 will be here before you know
it! Many volunteers are needed. Sign up in the narthex or see Heather.\
THE MOMENTUM LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE will be held at
FairHaven Ministries, 2900 Baldwin, Hudsonville on Saturday,
February 26 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. You can go to
www.churchmomentum.org to read more about this conference
for Pastors, leaders, and volunteers. Please sign up in the narthex if
you are interested, or see Shari Dood for more details.
TOILET PAPER DRIVE - Toilet Paper is once again needed at
FNOW (Family Network of Wyoming)! In last year’s Toilet Paper
Drive, we collected over 1,200 rolls but that amount lasted only till
August! SOOOOOO we are once again having a toilet paper
collection and maybe we can top that amount this year!!! Please
watch for sales and bring in toilet paper (as much as you are able)
through the end of February! Thanks in advance!
CAN YOU SPARE A LITTLE TIME TO HELP AT “SECOND
CHANCE CLOTHING”, a store of used clothing that is run by
Trinity Reformed Church?? They are looking for volunteers who are
willing to do customer service during normal store hours. This
includes running the cash register, sorting clothes, and pricing
clothes. Grace is attempting to get a few volunteers for Tuesday,
January 25 (10AM-2PM), Wednesday, January 26 (10AM-2PM), and
Thursday, January 27(10AM-5PM…possibly more than one shift).
On the table in the narthex are copies of their newsletter which
explains this ministry in detail. Also, there is a sign up sheet where
you can pick your own hours!
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Khuon & Hon Tran; Roger & Phyllis Vander Sloot
Lower Doors: Don & Lillian Vander Veen
Jan. 23 Upper Doors: Jerry & Sue Vander Wal; Marge Veldheer
Lower Doors: Eric & Erika Wigent
Today Chelsea Boeve, Jayme Dood, Lyndsey Boeve
Jan. 23 Laura Marshall, Erika Wigent, Cindy Wylie
Prayers & Praise Line
January 16, 2011
We Pray and Trust God
This week pray especially for the leaders of our church. Pray for
them by name and ask God’s blessing on their lives and work.
Church Plant Prayer Focus
Pray for God’s clear leading in this process.
Congregational Prayers and Praise
Please call the office if you would like to
share a Prayer Request or a Praise Report.
We praise God today for our many blessings.
We thank God for our families and time spent together.
Pray today for Joan Patterson at Metropolitan Hospital.
Keep Keith Baker in your prayers as he begins rehab following knee surgery.
We think today of Al Grimm, Harvey Steensma and Lucille Sytsema. Pray for encouragement and strength.
We remember in prayer the following family or friends of our members that are ill or receiving treatments: Amee Bekkering, daughter of Dick and Ruth Locke receiving treatments for cancer; Larry VerMerris, son of Ruth Vermerris diagnosed with pancreatic cance; Linda Hoezee, daughter-in-law of Ann Hoezee who is undergoing chemotherapy; Connie Maile, sister of Jim Emelander, who is battling cancer.
Keep these friends and family serving in the military in your prayers: Amie Pierce, Doug Desmarais, Frank Senko,
Dave Vander Berg.
Pray for our Shut-in’s: Mrs Tena DeVink, Mrs Margaret Peterson, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs Anne Hoezee, Mrs Janet Yonkers
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!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ASSIST IN RESETTLING A REFUGEE FAMILY?
The Outreach Mission Team and Consistory have approved befriending a ‘Karen’ family from a refugee camp in Thailand by helping them resettle here in Wyoming. We will be working with Bethany Christian Services. Bethany is reserving an apartment in our area for them. The family consists of Grandma, Jae Lay, and granddaughter, Julia Win (8 years old). Jae has been caring for her granddaughter since the girl was two months old, when her mother died. They plan to arrive in Grand Rapids on Thursday, January 27. Our primary task right now is to get household items and furniture (new and used) and get the apartment ready for them to live in.
Anyone can help for as much as they would like! We could use a COORDINATOR to oversee the project and many other persons to just come out and assist in some particular way. Eight year old Julie might be a little frightened so it would be great if some families with young children come along side her to make her feel welcome.
Please check out the narthex table and sign up to bring in good used items that you are not needing. We will start collecting small household items in the office across from the chapel. Sign up for the larger items on the sheet and we will make arrangements for pick up and delivery to the apartment where they will be living. There is also a sheet with volunteer opportunities…sign up there and you will be contacted, or talk to Shari.
Refugee resettlement provides many blessings for
a congregation as a whole. It has a unique way
of encouraging church members to band together as
they show Christ’s love and compassion to
individuals and families in crisis.
Some Basic Information about Refugees
WHAT IS A “REFUGEE”?
Can you imagine fleeing your home – sometime in a matter of hours – often with little more than the clothes on your back? Maybe you have been separated from your family. Or some loved ones have died because of war, starvation, or unhealthy conditions in refugee camps. You cannot return home! A refugee is someone who cannot or will not return to his or her homeland because of a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinion.
CAN ANY REFUGEE COME TO AMERICA?
Of over 13 million refugees in the world today, less than one-half of one percent gain approval to come to the US.
HOW DOES A REFUGEE GAIN APPROVAL TO COME TO AMERICA?
The system is rigorous. Each year the U.S. government determines how many refugees can enter our country. A refugee must meet criteria set by the United Nations, the U.S. State Department and US Immigration Services. This requires registration, three or more separate interviews, and rigorous background checks. There can be long delays. Only a few of the most qualified applicants receive permission to come.
FROM WHAT COUNTRIES DO THEY COME?
In the past people have come from Bosnia and other Eastern
European countries. Some are from the Middle East, Southeast Asia
and Africa. Some of the “Lost Boys” from Sudan have resettled in this
area. Afghani women and children need to be resettled. Currently we
have families arriving from Burma (Myanmar), Bhutan, Cuba, Iraq
HOW WOULD A FAMILY GET ASSIGNED TO US?
Church World Services (CWS) in New York receives case
assignments from the U.S. Office of Immigration. They work through
affiliated denominations and local agencies committed to
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