Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Oct 18, 2007
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2007
10:00 am Worship Service
Introit “Song of the Soul Set Free”
Time of Praise
Call to Worship
* Greeting Time
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moment of Sharing: I’m thankful for my relationship with _______.
Moments in Prayer
Senior Choir “Press On”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
Children are dismissed for Children & Worship
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Colossians 4:2-18 (Page 1144)
Message: “CONNECTED TO OUR WORLD: NEW RELATIONSHIPS”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 444 …………………………..… “I Love to Tell the Story”
* Song of Departure No. 429 (Vs 1)……“They’ll Know We Are Christians”
* 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.
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Worship Sequence No. 322, 323, 324 ……… “The Cross – Tree of Life”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 143 …..……………………………….. “This is My Father’s World”
Living Word: Job 26 & 26 (Page 512)
Message “SUFFERING AND PONDERING” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 147 ……..………………………… “How Great Thou Art”
* Postlude Pianist, Paul Kerkstra
TODAY AT GRACE
CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Children ages 3 & 4 meet in Fellowship Hall with
Worship Leader Gracia Class and Greeter Danielle Vining.
Children K – 2nd Grade meet in the choir room with
Worship Leader Erika Wigent & Greeter Amy Grimm.
11:20 AM–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
Sunday School Guide Class will meet in the Consistory Room. Join
them for lively discussions relating to our Christian walk.
“Jesus in the Movies” – The life of Jesus in three major Hollywood
Films. Brad Class will lead this group in the Chapel.
“Surrendering: Your Life for God’s Pleasure” – This Contiguous
Connections Bible Study Group will meet this week for fellowship at
the Crossing. Next week we plan to have dinner after Sunday School!
SUNDAY’S AT SIX - Join us in the CHAPEL for the evening worship
service. A time of discussion will follow the message.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2007
7:00 PM PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2007
3:30 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 3-5.
7:00 PM “BELOVED DISCIPLE – THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF
JOHN”. This Beth Moore Bible Study for Women will
meet each week.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2007
3:00 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH
5:45 PM RESCHEDULED JR CADETS COOKOUT at Veldheer’s
house. Meet at church and we will ride together!
6:30 – 7:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:45 – 8:15 PM TURNAROUND MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
will meet at the Crossing.
7:00 – 8:00 PM
CHILDREN PRESCHOOL – 5TH GRADE – meet in the
Fellowship Hall for Bible lesson, crafts and fun!
BIBLE STUDY WITH Rev. Darrell Dalman. Rev. Dalman has
moved to the area after Pastoring in Winnebago, Nebraska
for 12 years. He will lead a 6 week study.
PRAYER GROUP – will not meet this week.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2007
2:45 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 FOR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH
4:30 PM PRAYER MEETING in Pastor Rick’s office.
7:00 PM CHILD PROTECTION POLICY TRAINING - For all
those who missed the earlier Child Protection Policy
meetings/training. Questions? See Darrell.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2007
7:00 AM FELLOWSHIP TEAM SHOPPING TRIP to BIRCH
RUN/FRANKENMUTH. We will take the church vans. Cost
is $5.00 which will cover doughnuts on the way and gas.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to sign up!
8:00 AM INDEED HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will participate in
the Calvin Christian High School Scrap Metal Drive. Wear
old clothes! Lunch will be provided afterwards.
NEXT SUNDAY – OCTOBER 28, 2007
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Vern Hettinga will lead our services and share the
message. OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of October is
designated for ACCESS (All County Churches Emergency Support
System). This offering will be received next Sunday.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Ruth Postema continues to be a patient at
Blodgett Hospital. You can get updates and send a message to Ruth
through her Care Page. Go to www.carepages.com ~ her care page
name is ruthpostema2007. See the Prayers & Praise Line for all
the other praise reports and prayer concerns.
IN APPRECIATION – Congratulations and thank you for participating in
the 11th ACCESS County Wide Food Drive. Over 1,700 volunteers
collected over 98 tons of food on Saturday, October 13. Your
generous support will help Kent County Pantries continue to serve
over 6,000 households per month. ~Marcia, ACCESS Caseworker
Thank you to our Grace family for the cards, calls, visits, and
prayers following my recent hospitalization. They are all very
much appreciated! ~Al Grimm
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
Thursday, November 1, 7:30 PM THESSALONIANS I Bible Study Group meets at the Crossing.
Wednesday, November 7, 9:00 AM THESSALONIANS II Bible Study Group meets in the Consistory room.
Monday, November 12, 7:00 PM PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE
Friday, November 16, 7:00 – 10:00 PM SCRAPBOOKING at the Crossing.
PASTOR RICK will be on study leave this upcoming week. If a need
should arise, please contact the church office.
COMMUNITY DAYS at Younkers, Saturday, November 10 beginning at
6:00 am! Our youth are selling coupon books for $5.00. These
booklets contain a $10.00 coupon off an item selling for $10.00 or
more and 8 coupons worth 20% off sale or regular priced items. The
$5.00 cost of these coupon books goes entirely to our youth
group. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for our fall
activities! See Darrell or one of our youth. Thank you!!
HOLIDAY BASKETS – Beginning October 1st through November 30,
ACCESS expects over 7,000 households to register for a Holiday
Basket to help stretch the family budget. Many families are
struggling with the loss of jobs, high gas prices and can’t make ends
meet. You can help! Please contact ACCESS soon if you can provide
a Thanksgiving or Christmas basket - or both. For more information
or to sign up, go to the ACCESS web site at
or call the office at 774-2175. If you have any questions, see Shari.
IT’S A BOY! All women of Grace are invited to Kia Delaney’s baby shower
on November 3 at 3:00 pm at the Crossing. Please RSVP
by October 28th to 452-1136. Kia is registered at Burlington Coat
Factory Baby Depot, Walmart, and Target.
HANGERS NEEDED for kids coats at Club 3:16 this winter. Wooden
hangers are preferred. A box will be in the narthex for your
FELLOWSHIP DINNERS – Our next Wednesday dinner nights will be
November 14 and December 12. Anyone willing to help with
Wednesday dinners contact Tymie Boeve at 531-5700 or 538-3100.
D & W SHOPPING DAYS
D & W will donate 3% of our purchases back to our youth programs
when we shop D & W October 21-27. It’s easy-all you have to
do is provide our code 95688 there are no sign ups or coupons
required! The next shopping days are November 18 – 24.
CLUB 3:16 COORDINATOR: At the present time we are looking for a
part-time person to lead the Club 3:16 activities. Here is the posting
we are sending out:
Club 3:16 is an after-school ministry of Grace Reformed Church for
grades 3-12. It meets weekly, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday and averages weekly attendance of more than 100
students. Needed is an individual with a passion and a heart to
reach out to and love urban children. Work details include directing
daily activities of Club 3:16, organizing weekly student information
and attendance, securing adequate volunteers, communicating with
the partner schools and administration, and investing in the lives of
“at-risk” kids. Non-negotiable work hours are Tuesday through
Thursday from 2:00 – 6:00 pm; the other 8 hours are flexible
around the individual’s schedule. If interested, resumes can be sent
to Grace Reformed Church or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know someone who may be interested in this position, please
submit their name to the church office. Meanwhile, we are grateful
for Kia Delaney who has agreed to help us out on an interim basis for
four more weeks. Please keep this process in your prayers.
GRACE GEMS are gathering items for Operation Shoebox -- personal
hygiene products, small toys, calculators, pens/pencils, hard candy;
shoeboxes, and Christmas wrapping paper. The GEMS will be
stuffing and wrapping boxes Wednesday, November 7th.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Ron & Carole Lankheet; Dick & Ruth Locke
Lower Doors: Jim & Shelia Mc Elroy
Oct. 28 Upper Doors: Marc & Diane Maitner, Luke & Janell Nordlund
Lower Doors: Rick & Laura Marshall
Today AM Service: Robin Zondervan, Sandy Gort, Lynda
Ver Merris, Samantha Johnson
Oct. 28 AM Service: Sue Veldheer, Lyndsey Boeve, Donna
Oppenhuizen, Kendra Veldheer
PM Service: Lynda Ver Merris
Prayers & Praise Line
October 21, 2007
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
• Pastor Rick’s ministry here at Grace – We appreciate you Pastor Rick!
• The 1,700 volunteers and 98 tons of food collected at the County Wide Food Drive!
• His presence in the storms of life
• Ruth Postema at Blodgett Hospital
• Those recovering from recent surgeries and hospitalizations
• Those who have just learned that their jobs will be phased out soon~
pray for direction during this difficult time
• Rick & Laura Marshall as they go through the adoption process
• Tarah Fron and the May Team at IICD Dowagiac (Institute for
International Corporation and Development) as they prepare for
an International Trip to Africa to help facilitate development through
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Gordon Ver Merris, Lori Doom,
Bob Benthin, Henrietta Alexander, Gavin Vander Wal, Emily Wilson,
Roger Roberts, Nancy Lipscomb, Brian Ciluffo
• Friends and family serving in the military: Frank Senko, Matthew
Halverson (Lucille Sytsema’s grandson), Dave Vander Berg
• Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mrs Gen Kroon,
Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mrs Ann Rozema, Mr John Schoolenberg,
Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder, Mrs Henrietta TeRonde,
Mrs Nellie Workman, 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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