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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Wed, Nov 26, 2008
1st SUNDAY of ADVENT
NOVEMBER 30, 2008
10:00 am Worship Service
Introit “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Sue Kurtz
Time of Praise
* Call to Worship
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moment of Sharing: We know that God will certainly ___________.
Moment for Mission
Music Ministry “Mary Did You Know?” Sue Kurtz
Lighting of the Advent Candle Darrell Delaney
Hymn No. 293 ………………. “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
1st Offering – Regular Tithes and Offerings
2nd Offering – Family Network of Wyoming
Signing of the Fellowship Register
Children are dismissed for Children & Worship
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Mark 13:24-37 (Page 984)
Message: “WHEN THE ROOSTER CROWS” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 244 ……………. “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
* Song of Departure No. 270 (Verse 1) ……………..…… “Joy to the World”
* 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, an Elder will be available
in the front of the sanctuary following the service this morning.
We joyously welcome you to Grace. Let us join together
in celebrating the goodness of God, and singing songs
of joy before our creator. Please take a moment and
sign your name and address on the Fellowship Register
so we can get to know you better!
TODAY AT GRACE
CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Children ages 3 & 4 meet in Fellowship Hall with Worship
Leaders Darrell Delaney & Pat TerBeek. Children K – 2nd
Grade meet in the Choir Room with Worship Leaders
Lyndsey Boeve and Rick Veldheer.
OUR MINISTRY OF MUSIC this morning is presented by Sue Kurtz. Thank
you for sharing your time and talents with us this Lord’s day!
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of November is designated for the
FAMILY NETWORK OF WYOMING FOOD PANTRY. In addition to the
food pantry, Family Network offers many other services to the
Wyoming community. In your mailbox today is the latest “Network
News”, a publication of the Family Network, with new updates and
information about FNOW.
11:20 – 12:20 PM SUNDAY SCHOOL - There are classes available for all
ages three years old and upward. A nursery is available for those
children under the age of three.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Post High/High School Sunday School Class
will meet at the
Sunday School Guide Class
will meet in the Consistory Room. Join
them for lively discussions relating to our Christian walk.
Managing Our Finances God’s Way –
Discussion: Money Myths/Your
Money Questions. Meet in the Chapel.
4:30 PM GRACE CHOIR meet for practice.
6:00 PM – COMMUNITY ADVENT PRAISE SERVICE to be held here at
Grace! Choirs from Beverly, Faith, and St. John Vianney will join us.
The service will consist of scripture readings, carol singing, and
selections from each church choir. At the close of worship, the choirs
will be singing the Hallelujah Chorus together! Plan on joining us
for this special musical start to the Advent season. Coffee, punch and
cookies will be served following the service.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Bob Ver Merris continues to improve while at the
Spectrum Continuing Care Center on Kalamazoo. See the Prayers &
Praise Line for all prayer concerns & praise reports.
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2009:
ELDER: John Sawyer, Les VanWyk
DEACON: Rick Marshall, Ray Zondervan
The names of the elected are printed in order that any legitimate
objections may be presented to the Board of Elders for its judgment
prior to installation and ordination of these persons.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2008
6:30 PM ELDERS MEETING
7:30 PM CONSISTORY MEETING
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2008
2:45 – 5:00 PM HIGH SCHOOL CLUB 3:16
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2008
9:00 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY GROUP will meet in the
3:00 – 5:00 PM MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUB 3:16
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE
6:45 – 8:00 PM
GEMS for Girls in Grades K – 8. Meet at the Crossing.
Snacks: Stacy Veldheer
CADETS for Boys in Grades 1-8. Meet in the Fellowship Hall.
7:00 – 8:00 PM
PRESCHOOL – GOD LOVES ME! Meet in the nursery.
THE BELHAR CONFESSION CLASS – Meet in the Consistory Room.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2008
3:30 – 5:30 PM GRADES 3 – 5 CLUB 3:16
4:30 PM PRAYER GROUP meets in Pastor Rick’s office.
7:00 PM THURSDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY GROUP will meet at the
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2008
1:00 PM DISCOVERY KIDS! Meet at the Crossing to go ice skating at
Rosa Parks Circle downtown! If you would rather, you can meet us
downtown at 1:30 pm. PARENTS – you are invited to join us too!
NEXT WEEK – DECEMBER 7, 2008
2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NEXT SUNDAY – Pastor Rick will continue the Advent Series “IN THE
WEARY AND THE WONDER” with the message “Wilderness Beginnings”
from Mark 1:1-8.
A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR GRACE – Today we are beginning a drive for the
Grace Building Fund. As you know, this building is now 44 years old
and in need of maintenance and improvement so we can continue to
share comfortable worship in this facility. Our goal is to raise
$120,000.00 towards these efforts. Envelopes are available in the
bulletin today for your gift. After today extra envelopes will be
available on the narthex table. We will have a special time for giving
of these gifts on December 21 & 28. Thank you for your continued
generosity and support!
THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will meet for Christmas Luncheon at the Grand
Villa in Grandville on December 16 at 1:00 pm. All women are
welcome! Make your reservation with Gladys Kessel (878-1101) by
WYOMING CHRISTMAS STORE – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6th
If you have not returned your gifts for the tags you took today, please
make sure they are here by Wednesday.
VOLUNTEERS – All volunteer positions for the store are filled except
for 2 persons in the nursery from 8:30 – 10:30 am. Also
cookie bakers would be great! Sign up in the narthex.
BEING THE HANDS PROGRAM – Wednesday, December 10 from 9-1
(Volunteers meet at church). Gifts can still be purchased for this
program at DeVos Children’s Hospital. We are in need of gifts for
older youth and adults. Gifts of any monetary amount are
appreciated. Bring these gifts to Shari’s office.
POINSETTIAS FOR SALE! Now is the time to order a Christmas
Poinsettias for a friend or loved one (or yourself)! Our GEMS are
selling 5-6 bloom flowers in your choice of Red, White, or Pink. The
deadline to order is TODAY! A sales sheet is available on the narthex
table. Cost $10.00 each. Orders will be available for pick up on
Sunday, December 7.
NEW NURSERY SCHEDULES will be put together soon! Many volunteers
are needed. Even if you can only help a couple times a year, please
sign up on the narthex table. If you have helped in the past, there is
no need to sign up again…we will automatically schedule you.
ATTENTION ALL CHURCH MEMBERS: we are going CHRISTMAS CAROLING
again this year and you're all invited! All who are willing and able to
sing around the neighborhood of the church please come, you're
voice is welcome! We will meet in the Crossing at 6:30 in
order to leave at 6:45 on Wed. Dec. 17. This year we have
decided to sing to the families of the Club 3:16 kids that live near the
church. EVERYONE is invited to come, bring a friend! If you have
any questions, see Darrell Delaney or Heather Dood.
CADET PANCAKE SUPPER - Wednesday, December 10, 6:00 pm before
Wednesday Activities. Mark your Calendars!
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Marc & Diane Maitner, Jim & Shelia Mc Elroy
Lower Doors: Rick & Laura Marshall
Dec. 7 Upper Doors: Andrea Maitner, Joan Patterson
Lower Doors: Luke & Janell Nordlund
Today AM Service: Diane Maitner, Phyllis Vander Sloot, Emily &
Allie Mc Elroy PM Service: Sue Stuk
Dec. 7 AM Service: Erika Wigent, Sandy Gort, Lyndsey Boeve
PM Service: Donna Oppenhuizen
Prayers & Praise Line
November 30, 2008
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
• Good news on Ron Vander Werp’s newest PET scan!
• Our many blessings!
• Our families
• The music ministry of Sue Kurtz
• All those who are sick with colds and flu this season
• Those looking for work in this tough job market
• All those who have recently lost loved ones
• Bob Ver Merris at Spectrum Continuing Care Center
• Willie Hiemstra following surgery
• Joan Formsma as she heals following foot/ankle surgery
• Esther Hoag and her health concerns
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Gavin Vander Wal, Nancy Lipscomb,
Shari Lubbers,Tina De Jong, Lucinda De Jong, Lucille Bosma,
Jack Tenbrink, Jerry Peterson
• Friends and family serving in the military: Doug Desmarais, Frank
Senko, Matthew Halverson (Lucille Sytsema’s grandson), Dave
• Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mrs Tena DeVink,
Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder,
Mrs Henrietta TeRonde, Mrs Hank Hoezee, 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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