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GEMS SUNDAY
May 7, 2006
10:00 am Worship Service
 
 Prelude
 Time of Praise
 Call to Worship 
 *  Greeting Time 
*  Opening Songs of Praise with GEMS & Sunday School Children
*  Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
 GEMS Sharing
 “It’s God’s!  Handle With Care” Litany
 Theme Song “Maker of All Things”
 Moment of Sharing:  “Our children teach us that _______.
 Moments in Prayer
 Senior Choir “I Don’t Need to Understand” 
 Hymn No. 588  ………………………………………………………  “All for Jesus”
 Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
 1st Offering Regular
 2nd Offering - GEMS Organization
 Signing of the Fellowship Register
 Children are dismissed for Children In Worship
*  Doxology
*  Prayer of Dedication
 Living Word:  John 1:35-51 (Page 1028), 6:60-69 (Page 1035)
 Mark 12:28-34 (Page 983)
 Message:  THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS:  THE FOLLOWING CHURCH”
 Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
 Prayer of Blessing on the Word
*  Closing Hymn No. 593  ………………………………..  “Where He Leads Me”
*  Benediction
*  Song of Departure No. 436 (vs. 1) ....………………………..  “Freely, Freely” 
*  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.
 
 
 
 
WELCOME
 
We joyously greet those who are visiting with us today in the name of our Risen Savior!  Let us join together in celebrating the goodness of God, and singing songs of joy before our Creator.  Please sign your name and address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed today so we can
get to know you better!
 
TODAY AT GRACE
 
TODAY we welcome the GEMS and their leaders who will be sharing with
 us this morning!  THE SPECIAL OFFERING today is designated for the
 GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) ORGANIZATION.  Our
 thanks to the GEMS and also the Sunday School Children for their
 special part in our service today!
 
 CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
 Children ages 4 – 2nd grade meet in the Fellowship
 Hall today for Children In Worship.  Children are
 dismissed during the hymn prior to the message.
 
11:30 – 12:10 PM SUNDAY SCHOOL - There are classes available for
 all ages three years old and upward.  PARENTS are invited to join in
 the nursery for a time of fellowship with one another while the kids
 are in Sunday School!  Coffee and cold drinks will be provided!
 ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
 Sunday School Guide Class will meet in the Consistory Room. 
 Grace and the Millennium – Meet in the chapel with Brad Class.
 The Sunday Prayer Group will meet in the Sanctuary.
 
12:10 PM The DOOD/ZONDERVAN small group will meet at the Crossing.
 
PRACTICE SCHEDULE for tonight’s music service:
 4:00 PM MEN’S CHORUS 4:35 PM FAITH CHOIR
 4:10 PM WOMEN’S CHORUS 4:50 PM COMBINED GRACE & FAITH
 4:20 PM GRACE CHOIR 5:00 PM GRACE PRAISE TEAM
 
6:00 PM MUSIC APPRECIATION SERVICE.  A special evening is planned.
 The men & women from the Veterans Home will be our guests as well
 as the choir from Faith Reformed Church. Invite a friend to worship
 with you tonight!  Refreshments will be served following the service.
 
 
PRAYERS & PRAISE
 
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!  Today we want to spotlight Kim Wierenga
Kim is a student at Central Michigan University.  She is seeking a degree in Elementary Special Education for the cognitively impaired.  Currently she is working at Coldstone Creamery in Mt. Pleasant.  She also really enjoys volunteering at a local church (Young Church) working with 4th – 6th grade kids (called four6).  Kim will be moving to a new house in Mt. Pleasant soon, so you can send notes of encouragement to her home address: 1037 Buckingham, Wyoming 49509 or email krunning12@hotmail.com
 
THIS WEEK GRACE received the Service Award for 2006 from the
 Wyoming Education Association.  This award was for “the continued
 support to teachers, support staff, students, programs, and
 commitment to public education.”  Keith Benthin and Shari Dood
 accepted this award on behalf of our congregation on Thursday at the
 Wyoming Education Association Spring Reception.  We thank all
 those in our congregation who volunteered with the children of our
 neighborhood through Club 3:16, Buddy Tutoring at Gladolia, and
 other community outreach programs that have taken place
 throughout the past year!  Your efforts really do make a difference
 and are appreciated VERY much!
 
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you so much for your generous gift of food. 
 During the month of March we took food to 48 families, a total of
 122 people.  We are very grateful for your consistent and loyal
 donations.  We thank God for you and others like you, without
 whom we could not operate.  Of course, we thank God for His
 constant help and strength, without which we would be
 overwhelmed by this task.
 ~  In His Love, Connie Crater & Jim Bobeldyk – Faith Food Pantry
 
 I would like to thank all those who sent cards and those that called
 during my recent surgery.  I would like to thank Pastor Roger for
 his visit, the choir for the lovely flowers, the congregation for all
 their prayers.  It is such a blessing to have a caring and loving
 church family.  Thank you. ~Cheryl De Witt
 
KEITH AND FAMILY are in Kalamazoo today to celebrate with his former
 church, Greenwood Reformed, on their 50th Anniversary!
 
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
 
MONDAY, MAY 8, 2006
 7:00 PM SPECIAL CONSISTORY MEETING
 
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2006
 3:00 - 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for Middle School students.
 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2006
 2:45 - 500 PM CLUB 3:16 for High School students.
 6:30 PM The SENIOR CHOIR will meet at Sunset Manor.
 645 – 8:15 PM MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
 
 
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2006
 3:30 – 5:30 PM  CLUB 3:16 for Elementary students.
 4:30 PM PRAYER GROUP will meet in Pastor Rick’s Office.
 
NEXT SUNDAY - MOTHER’S DAY
MAY 14, 2006
 
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the series of messages
 “Eastertide:  The Resurrected Lord Brings His Church
 Alive!  Next week “The Teachings of Jesus:  The Discipling
 Church”.  We will also have a time of Mission Trip sharing.
 
SUNDAYS AT SIX – Join us in the Chapel as Pastor Rick leads in a study
 and discussion on the Book of Esther:  “For Such A Time As
 This”.  The message next week: “The Pride of King Xerxes”.
 
MISCELLANEOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
FIESTA VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at Grace.  The date is June 12-16! 
 HELP is still needed for Preschool and Elementary Crew Leaders and
 helpers and craft room helpers!  Sign up in the narthex!
 
FOOD DONATIONS FOR VBS – This has worked so well in the past and
 really saved on our VBS budget!  On the narthex table is a list of items
 needed for the snack time.  Please look over the list and see where you
 can help.  Donations can be brought to the church kitchen.
 
THE KENOWA DIVISION of the BIBLE LEAGUE invites you to their Spring
 Luncheon on May 16, at 11:45 am at Hudsonville Reformed Church,
 3950 Highland Dr.  Amira, formerly of Afghanistan, will tell her life
 story including her New Hope.  Cost is $6.00-Reservations can be
 made by calling Nella at 669-9568 or Barbara at 662-8142.
 
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
 
Monday, May 15, 7:00 PM CARING SHEPHERD TRAINING
 
Tuesday, May 16, 7:30 PM OUTREACH TEAM MEETING
 
Saturday, May 20, 2:00 PM FELLOWSHIP GOLF OUTING!  You are
 invited to Maple Hill Golf Course for a fun afternoon of Golf and
 fellowship!  Cost is $19.50 per person which will include the use of a
 cart.  Following golf, we will go back to the Crossing for dinner.  Sign
 up today in the narthex!
 
Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 pm INFORMATIONAL MEETING for all VBS
 Volunteers at the Crossing.  This is the ONLY meeting, so please
 make every effort to be there.  If you cannot come, contact Shari.
 
Sunday, June 4 – PENTECOST & GRADUATION SUNDAY.  High School
 Seniors – SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE DUE TODAY!
 
Wednesday, June 21 – ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC at Pinery Park – A very
 special evening is being planned!  Save the date.
 
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
GREETERS
Today Upper Doors:  Stan & Cheryl De Witt; Dan & Martha Derogee
 Lower Doors:  Jayme & Heather Dood
May 14 Upper Doors:  Jim & Lori Duimstra; Tim & Sue Dunkle
 Lower Doors:  Steve & Jennifer Elkowitz
 
USHERS/COLLECTION 
May Aisle 1 Aisle 2 Aisle 3 Aisle 4 Aisle 5 Aisle 6
 Moody Gort Veldheer  Johnson  Mc Elroy Palma
 
NURSERY
Today AM Service:  Phyllis Vander Sloot, Diane Maitner, Erika
 Wigent,  Allie Mc Elroy  PM Service:  Ruth Postema
May 14 AM Service:  Elaine Martin, Marge Veldheer, Robin
 Zondervan, Janna Emelander
 PM Service:  Lynda Ver Merris
 
FINANCIAL REPORT 
  Week of 4-30-06
 Offering Weekly Amount Needed Difference
 $7,264.05 $7,848.27 - $  584.22
Year to Date Offering Year to Date Needed Difference
 $127,782.89 $141,268.86 - $13,485.97
 
 
Prayers & Praise Line
 
May 7, 2006
 
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 music groups at Grace
· Those currently in the armed forces and the veterans who served our
 country in the past 
· The work of the GEMS Organization
 
Prayers for…
· Pastor David Jansen and CenterPoint Church
· New Life Community Church and Rev. Todd Bush
· Those who do not know the joy of new life in Christ!
· Plans being made for VBS in June
· The Community Outreach Search Team as they continue the interview
 process
· Shawn Gerbers studying at Western Theological Seminary
· Dorothy Church as she has been in and out of the hospital
· Jan VanWyk  and her continuing health concerns
· Ann Hoezee as she heals following her fall
· David Hoezee who will soon undergo surgery
· Marjean Tibbets with continuing back pain
· Ila Friar and her continuing health concerns
· Carole Lankheet as she continues Chemotherapy
· Dan Martin, son of Elaine, who is studying in Osaka, Japan
· The following friends and family members with health concerns:
 Carol Hoekstra, Lara Class, Frenchetta Powell, Samantha Allan,
 Katie Van Dam, Gordon Ver Merris, Jeff Gerwig,  Rev. Louis Benes
· Sean Van Essen, Nate Petter, and Mark DeBri  in the military
· Our Shut-in’s including: Mr Irwin Huizen, Mrs Gert Kerkstra,
 Mrs Gen Kroon, Mrs Millie Nevins,  Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson,
 Mrs Ann Rozema, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder,
 Leora Totten, Mr Casey Ver Merris,  Mrs Virginia 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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