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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Oct 7, 2005

Sunday, October 9, 2005
 Today’s Message:
 “Formed for God’s Family:  FELLOWSHIP” 
 Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
 Scripture:  I John 3:11-16, 4:7-12 (Page 1184)
 Participants in Worship Today:
 The Praise Team
 Christina Kleymeer, Soloist
 Paul Kerkstra, Organist
 Ruth Tacoma, Pianist
 Drama:  Pastor Rick Oppenhuizen, Keith Benthin, Ray & Robin
 Zondervan, Jayme & Heather Dood, Jim Mc Elroy
You Were Formed for God’s Family!
God wants a family, and He created you to be a part of it.  The entire Bible is the story of God building a family who will love Him, honor Him, and reign with Him forever.  It says, “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure.”  When we place our faith in Christ, God becomes our Father, we become His children, other believers become our brothers and sisters, and the church becomes our spiritual family.  The family of God includes all believers in the past, the present, and the future.
Our families on earth are wonderful gifts from God, but they are temporary and fragile, often broken by divorce, distance, growing old, and inevitable, death.  On the other hand, our spiritual family-our relationship to other believers-will continue throughout eternity.
The Bible says, “Jesus and the people He makes holy all belong to the same family.  That is why He isn’t ashamed to call them His brothers and sisters.”  Let that amazing truth sink in.  You are a part of God’s family, and because Jesus makes you holy, God is proud of you!  Being included in God’s family is the highest honor and the greatest privilege you will ever receive.  Nothing else comes close.  Whenever you feel unimportant, unloved, or insecure, remember to whom you belong!
Sunday’s at Six
Meet in the Chapel
*  Call to Worship
*  Hymn No. 503  ………………….……………..  “Since Jesus Came Into My Heart”
* Invocation & Salutation
 Moments in Prayer
 Offering and Offertory
 Prayer of Dedication
 Living Word:  Mark 4 (Page 971)
 Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen 
 Prayer of Blessing on the Word 
* Closing Hymn No. 693 (Vss. 1 & 3) ……...  “A Shelter in the Time of Storm”
* Benediction
* Postlude 
* All who are able, please stand
TODAY we rejoice as we welcome new members into the family at Grace! 
 By Confession of Faith in Jesus Christ as her personal Savior:
 Diane Strauss, 1629 Kentfield SW, Wyoming, MI
 By transfer from the Palm Beach Baptist Church:
 Sandy Michaels, 3459 Burlingame Ave, Wyoming, 49519
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.
A FELLOWSHIP DINNER will take place immediately following the Sunday
 School hour TODAY!  On the menu:  BBQ, Salad, Dessert, Root Beer
 Floats…no reservations were necessary!  Please join us in the Fellowship
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 1”.
 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.
 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.
HEALTH CONCERNS – Phyllis Vander Sloot will undergo foot surgery on
 Monday.  Please keep Phyllis in your prayers this week.  See the Prayers
 & Praise insert for the other prayer concerns and praise reports.
IN APPRECIATION – I would like to thank the Grace congregation for the
 many cards and prayers following my recent surgery.  A special thank
 you to the Sunshine Committee, to Pastor Rick for his visits, and Bill
 Tacoma for his caregiving.  It has really been enlightening to see the
 care and love shown by this family at Grace. ~Al Grimm
CONGRATULATIONS are extended to Frank & Carrie Drudy upon the birth of
 a baby girl, Jayden Marie, on Wednesday, October 5.  We thank God for
 this precious gift of life and pray for His blessing on your family.
PLEASE BE IN PRAYER for Alan & Sue  Schreuder, the people of Chiapas and
 the surrounding area. The town and the areas around it have experienced
 extraordinarily heavy rains, flooded out roads, and have caused some
 20,000 people to become homeless, sheltered in warehouses, schools, and
 public auditoriums.  Many have lost everything.  For more information,
 copies of the Schreuder’s email Prayer Request are on the narthex table.
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the series of messages to correspond
 with the 40 Days of Purpose Campaign.  The message next week: 
 “Discipleship:  You Were Created to Become Like Christ”.   Join us at
 6:00 pm for the evening service.  Pastor Rick will share the message
 “Faith That Conquers Evil” from Mark 5.  Discussion will follow the
SPIRITUAL GROWTH TEAM – You will meet on October 17 @ 7:00 pm.
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 will be coming out in early November.
WOMEN’S CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS!  December 6th… Save the date! 
 A special evening is being planned for you, your family, and friends!  The
 program this year will be a ton of laughs … “Smile Awhile:  An Evening
 With Wilma”.  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. 
 HOSTESSES…Sign up today in the narthex if you would be willing to host
 a table this year.
THE FAMILY NETWORK OF WYOMING invites you to their second annual open
 house held at 2575 28th Street SW on October 24 from 5 – 7 PM.  Check
 out the client choice food pantry and other food services.  Also see their
 durable medical equipment library and what classes are being offered. 
 Refreshments will be served.
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!  You are invited to be a part of
 this choir.  If you are interested in being a part of this choir, contact Shari
 Dood prior to October 17.
Today Upper Doors:  Wes & Arlene Dekker;  Jayme & Heather Dood
Oct. 16 Upper Doors:  Jim & Lori Duimstra;  Tim & Sue Dunkle
October  Aisle 1 Aisle 2 Aisle 3 Aisle 4 Aisle 5 Aisle 6
 Elkowitz Boeve Norden Ron Veldheer Stuk Maitner
Today AM Service:  Donna Oppenhuizen, Keith Benthin, Jennifer
 Moody, Rachel Pence  PM Service:  Elaine Martin
Oct. 16 AM Service:  Sue Dunkle, Diane Maitner, Mark Roach, Janna
 Emelander  PM:  Ruth Postema
Week of 10-2-05
 Offering Weekly Amount Needed Difference
 $7,145.75 $7,927.15 -  781.40
Year to Date Offering Year to Date Needed Difference
 $310,398.08 $ 317,086,00 -  6,687.92
Special Offering for Hurricane Relief
RCWS $1,224.62
Moody Family  $1,881.88 
Prayers & Praise Line
October 9, 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 opportunity to get to know one another better through small group
· The healthy birth of Jayden Marie Drudy
· Continued healing and strength for those recovering from surgeries and
· God’s presence at Club 3:16 this past week
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
· Carole Lankheet as she undergoes Chemotherapy
· Baby Ethan Veldheer and his health concerns
· Dan Martin, son of Elaine, who is studying in Osaka, Japan through May
· 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 Van 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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