Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Nov 27, 2015
1st SUNDAY of ADVENT
NOVEMBER 29, 2015
10:00 AM Worship Service
Choral Introit “Love Has Come”
*Opening Songs of Praise
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moments of Sharing: This Christmas I would like to give God _____.
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Choir Anthem “Light of Lights, King of Kings”
Moments in Prayer
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
1st Offering – Regular Tithes and Offerings
2nd Offering FNOW
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Romans 12:1-13 (Page 1100)
Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
“SAVED TO SERVE: WHAT WILL I GIVE GOD THIS CHRISTMAS?”
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 245 ……..…………… “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
*Song of Departure No. 244 (Verse 1 & Chorus)
“Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
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, 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 our Lord. Please take a moment and sign your name and address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ will meet. All children ages
3 years – 5th grade meet downstairs by the youth desk. Activities
will be available for the children during the congregational
OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of November is designated
for Family Network of Wyoming. This offering will be received today.
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 budget for 2016 will be presented
and other church business will be discussed. Written reports are
available on the sound board from Pastor Rick, Heather Dood
(Youth), and Pastor George Grevenstuk (Connections). Copies of the
2016 budget are also available.
ELDER SLATE: Jerry Hendrickson, Elaine Martin
DEACON SLATE: Don Schutter, Daniel Stuk
5:00 – 7:00 PM JESUS IS THE LIGHT JOINT ADVENT
SERVICE at Calvary Christian Reformed Church (3500 Byron
Center Ave, Wyoming). Come at 5:00 and have a light supper before
the 6:00 pm service. Grace Bible College Praise Team will lead the
worship. The Singing Hims will feature “In the First Light”. Our area
pastors will share Old Testament Prophesy and New Testament
fulfillment. Join us for this special start to our Advent season.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS –Joan Formsma will undergo knee
replacement surgery on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Metropolitan Hospital.
For all praise reports and prayer requests, see the insert in today’s
IN APPRECIATION - Dear Grace, This Thanksgiving I want to thank you for
the support you've given this year to our mission of starting CenterPoint
Church, Gahanna. You guys have been such amazing partners in this work. We
are so grateful to have your prayers and generosity! I am pleased to tell you
that we've gotten off to a great start. We had our Grand Opening on Oct. 4th
with about 200 in attendance. Since then we've been averaging about 160 each
week. God has truly blessed our work so far and we pray that we might stay in
the center of his action. Please continue to pray for our fledgling flock, that we
would continue to grow and build authentic community. Please also continue to
support this work. We've got a long way to go! I hope you all have a Happy
Thanksgiving. We're praising God for you this year! ~Pastor Dave Jansen
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015
3:15 – 5:15 PM THE CROSSING for youth in grades 5 & 6.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2015
3:45 – 5:45 or 8:00 PM THE CROSSING for youth in Grades
3 & 4.
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER
Enjoy dinner and fellowship prior to the evening classes!
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:45 PM KIDS PRACTICE FOR CHRISTMAS PROGRAM.
7:00 – 8:00 PM
GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) for girls in
grades K – 8th. Meet in the Choir Room!
VICTORS – For boys in grades K – 8th.
BE BIG – For Preschool children. Meet in the Nursery!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015
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 5, 2015
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. There are still about 10 tags on
the tree! If you have not taken one and would like to help a
family in need, please grab a tag today. 2 more wrappers
are needed on Saturday from 8:30 – 10:30. 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
sometime before the store opens. See Shari Dood if you have
NEXT WEEK, DECEMBER 6, 2015
2nd Sunday of Advent
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will share the message “Problems
Continue: Why Won’t Suffering Stop at Christmas? See the insert in
your bulletin with our special Advent season messages.
6:00 PM SUNDAYS AT SIX – Beginning next Sunday and for the
month of December we will be meeting at Grace in the Chapel with
our Faith Reformed family for our evening service.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Sunday, December 13, 10:00 AM – DISCOVERY KIDZ
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM “Christmas in Kid City”.
Tuesday, December 15, 12:00 Noon – The ELIZABETH CIRCLE will
have their Christmas Lunch at the Grand Villa. Call Carolyn Baker
(669-4742) by December 11 to make your reservations.
Sunday, December 20, 10:00 am CHOIR CHRISTMAS CANTATA.
Thursday, December 24, 6:00 pm CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS
EVE SERVICE at Grace.
Friday, December 25, 10:00 am Joint CHRISTMAS DAY Service at
Faith Reformed Church, 618 – 32nd Street.
GRACE COOKBOOKS – We have Grace Cookbooks available for you
to purchase this holiday season! Books are $8.00 each, buy 3 get one
free. Over 140 recipes were submitted by our Grace family. Proceeds
to benefit Grace Youth programs. Books are available on the narthex
table or the youth desk downstairs.
“BEING THE HANDS” will take place at DeVos Children’s Hospital
on Tuesday, December 8. We are in need of gifts for older youth and
adults. Gifts of any amount are appreciated. Gifts can be brought to
the library area by the tree. A box will be marked for these gifts.
OUR GEMS are collecting new underwear and socks for children of all
ages this Christmas season. There is a “Hello Kitty Hamper” by the
lower level doors for your donation. Or you may put them on the
desk in the office!
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today: Upper Doors: Luke & Janell Nordlund, Marc & Diane Maitner
Lower Doors: Rick & Laura Marshall
Dec. 6: Upper Doors: Larry & Bernice Palma, Joan Patterson
Lower Doors: Julia Grant-Najdowski
Today: Lyndsey Boeve, Bella Licari
Dec. 6: Sue Stuk, Sandy Farris
Prayers & Praise Line
November 29, 2015
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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