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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Wed, Nov 23, 2011

 

1st SUNDAY of ADVENT

NOVEMBER 27, 2011

10:00 am Worship Service

 

What is God Conceiving?

 

 Prelude

 Choral Introit “He is Jehovah”

 Time of Praise

 * Advent Call to Worship and Lighting of the Advent Candle

 * Greeting Time

 * Opening Songs of Praise

 * Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting 

 Affirmation of Faith – Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 53

 Moment of Sharing: The Holy Spirit is creating ____________.

 Moments in Prayer

 Choral Anthem “His Name is Jesus”

 Offertory

 Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom

 1st Offering – Regular Tithes and Offerings

 2nd Offering – Family Network of Wyoming

 Signing of the Fellowship Register

* Doxology

* Prayer of Dedication

 Living Word: Genesis 1:1-27 (Page 1), John 1:1-17 (Page 1027)

 Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen

 “THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO BROODS AND CREATES”

 Prayer of Blessing on the Word

* Closing Hymn No. 244 ……………… “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”

* Benediction

* Song of Departure …………………………………….. “Holy Spirit Live in Me”

* Postlude

*All who are able, please stand.

 

 Organist, Paul Kerkstra

 Pianist, Ruth Tacoma 

WELCOME

It is with warmth and joy that we welcome all who have come

 to worship today. May this be a time of encouragement

and inspiration. Please take a moment and sign your

name and address on the Fellowship Register as it is

passed so we can get to know you better.

 

TODAY AT GRACE

9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ MEET. All children ages 3

 years – 5th Grade can be a part of the Grace Discovery Kidz! Meet

 downstairs by the youth desk. During the Congregational

 meeting the kids will be able to watch a movie with

 Mrs. Heather so all parents can attend the meeting.

 

SPECIAL OFFERING for November is designated for Family

 Network of Wyoming. This offering will be received this morning.

 

A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held following the

 morning worship service today. The slate will be presented for

 approval of Elders & Deacons, the 2012 Proposed Budget will be

 presented and other church business will be discussed. Written

 reports from Pastor George Grevenstuk (Crossing Community),

 Heather Dood (Children & Youth Coordinator), and Shari Dood

 (Director of Outreach and Compassion Ministries) are available

 from the sound board. 

 

ELDERS INVITATION If you have questions, concerns, joys, or

 prayer needs that you would like to share, please see Pastor Rick 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 as

 it is passed today.

 

6:00 PM COMMUNITY ADVENT SERVICE. Area churches will

 join together at Newhall Community Church (3746 Byron Center Rd,

 Wyoming) for this special musical start to the Advent season. Grace

 choir…please meet at Newhall at 5:15 pm for practice.

 THE NEW MEMBERS CLASS will meet in Pastor Rick’s office.

 

CALENDAR OF THE WEEK

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011

 7:00 PM PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011

 3:15 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 5 & 6

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011

 3:45 – 6:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 3 & 4

 WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE

 6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER-Pizza, Breadsticks, Ice Cream

 6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR members meet for practice.

 6:30 PM DISCOVERY KIDZ practice for Christmas Program.

 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 GEMS & VICTORS will meet together tonight!

 BE BIG – For Preschool children. Meet in the Nursery!

 ADULTS – Meet in the Chapel with Pastor Scott Crane. 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011

 2:45 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 7 & 8

 6:00 PM CROSSING COMMUNITY DINNER.

 6:00 PM MOTHER-DAUGHTER CHRISTMAS DINNER. 

 For all with reservations! This will be a special evening

 celebrating the beginning of the most special time of the year. 

 The evening will include dinner, music and special guest

 speaker, Terri De Boer. 

 

NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011

2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the Advent Series “What is

 God Conceiving?” with the message “The Holy Spirit Who Spoke

 Through the Prophets”. See the insert in your bulletin today.

 

DISCOVERY KIDZ will have a full dress rehearsal immediately

 following the service next week. Rehearsal will be about 25

 minutes. This will be the only rehearsal!

 

6:45 PM Y – LIFE for Middle and High School Youth.

 

PRAYERS & PRAISE

 HEALTH CONCERNS – For all prayer requests and praise

 reports, see the Prayers & Praise Line.

 

IN APPRECIATION – We would like to express our deepest thanks to

 all of our Grace family, especially for your cards and prayers. 

 Again thank you for your deep concern. God bless each one of you. 

 ~John & Della Sawyer

 

OUR Y-LIFE YOUTH GROUP spent last Sunday evening working

 with snack donations not only that they brought, but yours as well. 

 They put together popcorn snack bags and snack sacks for Kids Food

 Baskets. They have helped 352 children have a snack when they may

 not have a meal to go home to. Our youth are making a difference!

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 PM A special night is being planned for

 our Grace Church family! AL JOHNSON will speak of his real life

 perils as a former paratrooper/OSS Agent and his “behind the lines”

 exploits in France and China during World War II. We will start the

 night off with a PANCAKE SUPPER sponsored by the Victors. 

 This will begin at 5:45 pm, with Choir meeting from 6:15 pm –

 7:00 pm. This will give everyone an opportunity to hear Al Johnson

 speak. Pastor Scott’s class will not meet. Invite a friend and come

 out for this special night!

 

Sunday, December 11, 10:00 am DISCOVERY KIDZ will present their

 Christmas Program.

 

Sunday, December 18, 10:00 am - Our SENIOR CHOIR will present

 their Christmas Cantata.

 

MISCELLANEOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

ONLINE OFFERINGS – Open enrollment for online giving is starting

 again in December. For 2011, over $28,000 will be donated to Grace

 automatically. Thank you to the individuals and families that are

 using this free service and helping our deacons with less counting

 and re-counting when necessary for the traditional envelopes. Please

 contact Ray Zondervan or Ernst Otto for more information.

 

BUTTERBRAIDS! THE GEMS are selling the delicious Butterbraids

 now through Nov. 30. They should be delivered around December 14

 PERFECT timing before Christmas! Cost is $12.00 each. 

 

BAKE SALE to benefit the Chiapas Mission Trip! This will be held on

 December 11. 

 

HOLIDAY OPPORTUNITIES

  • Wyoming Christmas Store – December 10. The tags on the tree are almost gone! Thank you! Please bring your gifts to church by December 7. 
  • YOU can help set up the Christmas Store on Thursday, December 8 from 2:30 on. A light supper will be provided. Help is also needed on the day of the store. A sign up sheet is available on the narthex table.
  • Help by purchasing gifts for the “Being the Hands” program that we are once again setting up at DeVos Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, December 14 We are in need of gifts for older youth and adults. Gifts of any amount are appreciated. Bring these gifts to the office opposite the Chapel. 
  • Holiday Baskets – Would you like to provide a family with a Christmas Food Basket? (It is required that you include everything for a dinner for the family, but you can choose to give extras.) You can pick up a form to complete on the table in the narthex, or you can go online www.accessofwestmichigan.org If you need help with this, contact Shari.

 

WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS

GREETERS

Today Upper Doors: Mac & Mary Mc Alary, Luke & Janell Nordlund

 Lower Doors: Wes & Linda Lowing

Dec. 4 Upper Doors: Dick & Ruth Locke, Marc & Diane Maitner

 Lower Doors: Donna Oppenhuizen

 

NURSERY

Today Lynda Ver Merris, Pat Ter Beek, Allie Mc Elroy

Dec. 4 Donna Oppenhuizen, Laura Marshall, Amy Grimm

 

Prayers & Praise Line

November 27, 2011

 

Church Plant Prayer Focus

 

We give praise to God for the two members of Grace

who are now a part of the steering team. 

Thank you to Larry Kleymmer and Les VanWyk.

 

 

Congregational Prayers and Praise

Please call the office if you would like to

share a Prayer Request or a Praise Report.

 

  • Jesus, we just want to thank you for our many blessings; for family and friends, for tables filled with healthy good food, for warm homes and warm clothes to keep us comfortable in the winter, for our church, our pastors, and church family…most of all Jesus, we are thankful that you gave your life to pay for our sins, so we can live with you forever!
  • Please keep Curt Boes, former member of our congregation, in your prayers as waits for a heart transplant.
  • We pray for the plans being made for the mission trip to Chiapas….may all the details work out and the fundraisers be successful. 
  • We remember in prayer the following family or friends of our members that are ill or receiving treatments: Dan De Vries, brother of Lisa Braendle; Norm Ver Merris, brother of Shirley De Bruin and brother-in-law of Ruth Ver Merris
  • Keep these friends and family serving in the military in your prayers: Amie Pierce, Mitch Dekker, Frank Senko, Adam Simons, Dave Vander Berg. 
  • Pray for our Shut-in’s: Mrs Tena DeVink, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs Anne Hoezee, Mrs Ruth Ver Merris,

 

 

 

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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