Posted by: Sue Stuk on Wed, Nov 23, 2016
1st SUNDAY of ADVENT
NOVEMBER 27, 2016
10:00 AM Worship Service
Choral Introit “Emmanuel”
Call to Worship (On Screen)
Lighting of the Advent Candle
*Opening Song of Praise
“He Shall Reign Forevermore”
“O Come All Ye Faithful”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
“Glory in the Highest”
Sharing Time: So we give thanks to God for _______.
Exhortation to Self-Examination
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance: Isaiah 9:2-7 (On Screen)
Senior Choir “O Wondrous Night”
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
1st Offering – Regular Tithes and Offerings
2nd Offering – Crook’s Family (Teach Beyond)
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Doxology – “Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow”
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Luke 1:39-45 (Page 991)
Message: “THE TOUCH OF CHRISTMAS Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 505 ……………………………..………. “He Touched Me”
*Song of Departure No. 196 (Verse 1) …… “O Come Let Us Adore Him”
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, 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.
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 will meet. All kids ages
3 years – 5th grade meet downstairs by the youth desk. Our theme for
November is “We need Jesus to help us guard our hearts”.
(Philippians 4:8). Activities will be available for the children
during the congregational meeting today.
OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of November is designated
for Josh & Alissa Crooks. This special offering will be received
A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held today following the
morning worship service. A slate with Elder and Deacon Nominees
will be presented for approval. The 2017 budget will be presented
and other church business will be discussed. Written reports are
available on the sound board from Pastor Rick, Heather Dood, and
Pastor George Grevenstuk.
ELDER SLATE: Bob Moreno, Jerry Vander Wal
DEACON SLATE: Eric Wigent, Ray Zondervan
6:00 PM– Tonight we will be meeting here at Grace for our evening
worship service. Rev. Harvey Hertz will share the message.
PRAYERS AND PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS: For all prayer requests and praise reports,
please see the Prayer & Praise line in your bulletin today.
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you to Pastor Rick and our Grace
family for holding our family up in your prayers over the last few
months as Dan’s brother fought cancer. He did receive ultimate
healing as he now has gone to his heavenly home. We appreciate
your prayers, kind words, and other expressions of sympathy.
~Dan & Sue Stuk
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016
7:00 PM PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016
3:00 – 5:15 PM THE CROSSING for youth in Grades 5 & 6.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016
3:30 – 5:45 OR 8:00 PM THE CROSSING for youth in Grades 3 & 4.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – Subs are on the menu. Would
you like to bring a dessert or salad?? Please contact Shari
Dood (538-7498). Come and enjoy a time of fellowship prior to
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:30 – 7:00 PM DISCOVERY KIDZ Program Practice.
7:00 – 8:00 PM S.O.N.G. (Soldiers of the Next Generation) for
all kids PreK - 8th Grade. Meet with Mrs. Heather in the
Discovery Kidz area.
7:00 – 8:00 PM ADULTS
FORGIVING THOSE WHO HURT US – Class meets in
the Consistory Room. This upcoming week we will be studying
Chapter 8 in Lewis Smedes' book "The Art of Forgiving –
When You Need to Forgive and Don't Know How". We would
love to have you join us! If you need a book or study guide,
please let Lorinda know.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016
2:30 PM SET UP for the CHRISTMAS STORE. A light
supper will be provided.
7:00 PM THE THURSDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY GROUP
will meet in the Consistory Room.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016
WYOMING CHRISTMAS STORE – If you have not brought the
gift you purchased to church already, please do so by the set
up time on Thursday. Sign up on the narthex table if you can
help. Everyone who volunteered to help, please come 10
minutes before your assigned time. If you volunteered to
bring cookies, please drop them off by Thursday set up time.
See Shari Dood if you have any questions.
NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016
2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NEXT SUNDAY we will celebrate the LORD’S SUPPER. Pastor
Rick will continue the Advent series Christmas Makes Sense, with
the message: The Tastes of Christmas”. See the insert in your
6:00 PM EVENING SERVICE we will meet at Beverly Reformed
Church for the month of December. Rev. Harvey Hertz will share the
DATES TO REMEMBER
Tuesday, December 6 – BEING THE HANDS at De Vos Children’s
Hospital. You can bring your donations to the library area by the
Christmas tree. Thank you to all who have donated!
Sunday, December 11, 10:00 am – Our DISCOVERY Kidz will present
their Christmas Program “Shepherds, Sheep, and a Savior”. Please
have your children to church by 9:15 am on that morning.
Children's Christmas program attire- All children participating are
asked to wear black bottoms and white tops. See Heather with any
questions. **Save the date: Wednesday, December 7th will be a full
dress rehearsal for children's Christmas program at 6:45pm.
Sunday, December 11 – Y-LIFE CHRISTMAS PARTY (not the 18th as
previously planned). More details to come!
Wednesday, December 14 – GEMS, VICTORS, and BE BIG
Sunday, December 18, 10:00 am The SENIOR CHOIR will present
their Christmas Cantata “Sing and Shout for Joy”.
Saturday, December 24, 6:00 pm – LESSONS AND CAROLS OF
CHRISTMAS. Join us for this special candlelight service.
Sunday, December 25, 10:00 am CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP
SERVICE. Pastor Rick will share the message: The Sights of
NO CROSSING after school program Dec 20-28th. We will resume
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who donated GROCERY BAGS
for Family Network of Wyoming. They will be so welcome,
especially at this time of year where there is great need. Your
donations are appreciated! A special thank you to Sandy Farris and
Lorinda Vander Werp for putting the bags all together and organizing
the efforts. Thank you also to Jerry Vander Wal for providing the
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Sandy Sorenson, John & Della Sawyer
Lower Doors: Don & Inez Schutter
Dec. 4 Upper Doors: Harvey & Sheryl Steensma, Scott Thornton
Lower Doors: George & Hennie Rosema
Dec. 11 Upper Doors: Lucille Sytsema, Karen Roberts
Lower Doors: Khuon & Hon Tran
Today Donna Oppenhuizen, Mary Kubiak
Dec. 4 Elaine Martin, Sophie Licari
Dec. 11 Eric Wigent, Sue Vander Wal
Prayers & Praise Line
November 27, 2016
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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