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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Oct 14, 2005

Sunday, October 16, 2005
 Today’s Message:
 “Created to Become Like Christ:  DISCIPLESHIP” 
 Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
 Scripture:  Romans 8:28-39 (Page 1097)
 Participants in Worship Today:
 The Praise Team
 Shari & Jayme Dood, Vocal Duet
 Karen Ver Hulst, Organist
 Christy Oppenhuizen, Keyboard Player
 Ruth Tacoma, Pianist
 Drama:  Pastor Rick Oppenhuizen, Keith Benthin, Jennifer Moody
Created to Become Like Christ.
From the very beginning, God’s plan has been to make you like His Son, Jesus.  God announced this intention at Creation: “Then God said, Let us make human beings in our image and likeness.”  What does the full “image and likeness” of God look like?  It looks like Jesus Christ!  The Bible Says Jesus is “the exact likeness of God,” “the visible image of the invisible God.” and “the exact representation of His being.” 
God’s ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development.  He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ.  Becoming like Christ does not mean losing your personality or becoming a mindless clone.  God created your uniqueness, so He certainly doesn’t want to destroy it.  Christlikeness is not produced by imitation, but by inhabitation.  We allow Christ to live through us.  How does this happen in real life?  Through the choices we make.  We choose to do the right thing in situations and then trust God’s Spirit to give us His power, love, faith, and wisdom to do it.  Since God’s Spirit lives inside of us, these things are always available for the asking. 
Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well-adjusted lives.  His purpose is far deeper.  He wants to make us like himself before He takes us to heaven.  This is our greatest privilege, our immediate responsibility, and our ultimate destiny.
Sunday’s at Six
Meet in the Chapel
*  Call to Worship
*  Hymn No. 727  ………………….………………………….  “Faith is the Victory”
* Invocation & Salutation
 Moments in Prayer
 Offering and Offertory
 Prayer of Dedication
 Living Word:  Mark 5 (Page 972)
 Message: “FAITH THAT CONQUERS EVIL” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen 
 Prayer of Blessing on the Word 
* Closing Hymn No. 151 (Vss. 1-3) ……..  “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
* Benediction
*  Postlude 
* All who are able, please stand
TODAY we rejoice as we celebrate the sacrament of infant Baptism as
 Quinton Stephen Hendrickson, son of Steve & Angie
 Hendrickson, is Baptized. Quinton’s grandfather, Jerry Hendrickson,
 will assist in the baptism today. 
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.
 Children ages 4 – 2nd grade meet in the Fellowship
 Hall today for Children & Worship with Worship
 Leader Sandy Farris.
11:30 – 12:10 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. 
 Sunday School Guide Class will meet in the Consistory Room.  Join
 them for lively discussions relating to our Christian walk.
 Grace and the Millennium – Brad Class will lead this group in the
 Chapel.  Today – “Christ and the Seven Lampstands, Part 2”.
 The Sunday Prayer Group will meet in Pastor Rick’s office. 

7:00 – 9:00 PM HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH will continue
 “WELCOME TO THE PLANET!”  Meet at the Crossing.
 1:15 PM THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will meet in the Consistory Room. 
 Study Session 5 pages 48 through Question 3 on Page 51.  Read
 Romans 14:1-6. 
 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH
 2:45 PM – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH
 “WELCOME TO THE PLANET!”  - Meet at the Crossing.
 3:30 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
 4:30 PM PRAYER GROUP will meet in Pastor Rick’s office. Everyone is
 invited to join them in this special time of prayer.
 5:00 – 9:00 PM MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH Fun Night at Fruit Ridge
 Farm in Kent City.  Cost - $10 per person.
 NOON – 5:00 PM HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH Fall Fun at Fruit Ridge
 Farm in Kent City.  Hayride, corn maze, bonfire…Cost - $12 p.p.
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the series of messages to
 correspond with the 40 Days of Purpose Campaign.  The message
 next week:  “Ministry:  You Were Shaped for Serving God”.   
 Join us at 6:00 pm for the evening service.  Pastor Rick will share the
 message “Life Lessons” from Mark 6.  Discussion will follow the
HEALTH CONCERNS –See the Prayers & Praise insert for the prayer 
 concerns and praise reports.
IN APPRECIATION – Dear Grace Family,  These last 6 months have
 been very difficult but we couldn’t have gone through it without the
 love and prayers from you during our son’s battle with cancer.  We
 asked for healing of Kirk and he received God’s perfect healing as
 he was brought to his Heavenly home.  Thank you for all your
 expressions of sympathy, your prayers, cards and visits.  Thank
 you to our Caring Shepherds, Joan Emaus and Marge Veldheer,
 for  their visit and dinner.  We appreciate all of you very much. 
 ~ Sincerely, Harve & Sheryl Steensma
 There are not words to express our heart-felt thanks for all you
 have done for us.  Through all the help we have received; we are
 beginning to have the makings of a home again.  Thank you first of
 all for your prayers and spoken concern for us.  Thank you also for
 the monetary gifts. ~ Love, Harvey & Doris (Moody Family)
 THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!  The County Wide Food Drive was a 
 huge success!  As of today the amount collected is well over 100
 ton of food.  About 9 ton of that was collected in the Wyoming
 area.  Thank you to each of you who helped with the food, went out
 in cars to collect the food, or stayed here at Grace to sort the food. 
 It is wonderful that you took time to help those who are in need
 locally.  Many will be blessed because you gave! ~Shari Dood
THE HOLIDAYS ARE FAST APPROACHING!  Once again we are making a
 Couple opportunities available for you to help those in need.
· Provide a Holiday Basket for a family at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Sign up in the narthex if you are interested.  Please respond by early November for a Thanksgiving basket and by early December for a Christmas basket.  Shari will contact UCOM and we will get back to you with the name of a local family.
· Participate by buying gifts for the new Wyoming Christmas Store.  This year Shari is working with Family Network of Wyoming and other area churches to have a store in our neighborhood for those who are not able to buy gifts for their children.  All the details in early Nov.
OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of October is designated for
 ACCESS (All County Churches Emergency Support System). This
 offering will be received on October 30.
WOMEN’S CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS!  December 6th… Save the date! 
 HOSTESSES…Sign up today in the narthex if you would be willing to
 host a table this year.
 This will be the last event planned by the present committee.  It is
 their desire that the Women’s Night Out will continue under new
 leadership.  Call Barb Schoolenberg (532-6415) or the office (538-
 3100) if you are interested in being a part of this committee. 
FIFTY AND FORWARD CELEBRATION – Our congregation will be joining in
 the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Synod of the Great
 Lakes on October 30, 6:00 pm at Fairhaven Ministries in
 Hudsonville.  We will all join together to praise God for His
 faithfulness over the past 50 years and for the exciting opportunities
 the He continues to lay before us.  The celebration will include God-
 honoring worship led by CJ Grier and Gary Matthews, with the help
 of a mass choir!  See Shari TODAY if you want to be part of the Choir.
Today Upper Doors:  Jim & Lori Duimstra;  Tim & Sue Dunkle
October 23  Upper Doors:  Joan Emaus;  Jack & Joan Formsma
 Lower Doors:  Jim & Linda Emelander
October Aisle 1 Aisle 2 Aisle 3 Aisle 4 Aisle 5 Aisle 6
 Elkowitz Boeve Norden  Ron Veldheer Stuk Maitner
Today AM Service:  Sue Dunkle, Diane Maitner, Mark Roach,
 Janna Emelander  PM:  Ruth Postema
October 23  AM Service:  Danielle Vining, Pat Ter Beek, Sandy Farris,
 Brittany Emaus  PM Service:  Marge Veldheer
Week of 10-9-05
 Offering Weekly Amount Needed Difference
 $6,324.97 $7,927.15 - 1,602.18
Year to Date Offering Year to Date Needed Difference
 $316,723.05 $ 325,013.15 - 8,290.10
Prayers & Praise Line
October 16, 2005
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 overwhelming response by our congregation to the Hurricane Relief
· The baptism of Quinton Hendrickson
· All those involved in the 40 Days  who have had a part in helping others
 grow closer to God
Prayers for…
· Each persons life to be enriched through the small group experiences
· Grace’s NCD Health Team
· Pastor David Jansen and CenterPoint Church
· New Life Community Church and Rev. Todd Bush
· Alan Schreuder as he ministers to those affected by the flooding in Chiapas
· Al Grimm as he recovers from back surgery
· Phyllis VanderSloot as she recovers from surgery this week
· Carole Lankheet as she undergoes Chemotherapy
· Baby Ethan Veldheer and his health concerns
· Dan Martin, son of Elaine, who is studying in Osaka, Japan
· Tarah Fron studying in London this semester
· The following friends and family members with health concerns:
 Carol Hoekstra, Ashley Kielezewski, Lara Class, Frenchetta Powell
 Serena Kroon, Samantha Allan, Lucille Bosma, Harold Dykstra,
 Donna De Bres
· Sean Van Essen, Nate Petter, Mark DeBri and Ben Smith in the military
· Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Doris Cook, Mr Irwin Huizen, Mrs Gert
 Kerkstra, Mrs Myrtle Kooi, Mrs Gen Kroon, Mrs Millie Nevins,
 Mr Harold  Nollis, Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mrs Ann Rozema,
 Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder, Leora Totten,  Mr Neil
 V an Dam, Mr Casey Ver Merris, Mrs Virginia  Workman

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 about your prayer needs and praise reports.

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