Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Sep 13, 2012
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
10:00 am Worship Service
Choral Introit “Let’s All Go Down to the River”
Time of Praise
* Call to Worship
* Greeting Time
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Discovery Kidz Kick-Off and Graduation Celebration
Moments in Prayer
Senior Choir “The Stranger of Galilee”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: John 1:19-34 (Pg 1027), Matthew 11:1-15 (Pg. 943)
Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
“THE STORY: JESUS’ MINISTRY BEGINS”
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 295 …………….…………… “Tell Me the Story of Jesus”
* Song of Departure No. 444 (Vs. 1 & Chorus)… “I Love to Tell the Story”
* Postlude Organist, Paul Kerkstra
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
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.
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
* Opening Worship Sequence No. 346-349 ………………… “This is Love”
* Invocation & Salutation
Time of Sharing
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 325 …………..……………………. “Why Should He Love Me So”
Living Word: Jeremiah 7:30-34 (Page 740)
Genesis 22:1-14 (Page 19), Matthew 27:45-54 (Page 966)
Message: HOLY PLACES: VALLEY OF GEHENNA
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 311 ……………………..….. “Hallelujah, What a Savior”
* Postlude Pianist, Paul Kerkstra
*All who are able, please stand.
TODAY AT GRACE
FALL KICK OFF SUNDAY!
We are so blessed that you are here today as we kick off our fall programs! Take note of the Education Guide in your bulletin today that outlines our fall education programs. Following the service this morning, a BBQ Lunch with delicious salads and dessert will be served.
Coffee will be available downstairs instead of on the patio today! KIDS…The Noah’s Ark Bounce House will be here to enjoy
and there will be games for both adults and children!
Everyone is invited to stay!
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ MEET. All children ages 3
years – 5th Grade meet downstairs by the youth desk.
WE CELEBRATE today with Bella Licari who officially graduates
from Discovery Kidz. We will have a special cake in her honor.
SUNDAYS AT SIX – Tonight we will begin meeting back in the
6:00 PM Y-LIFE begins for all students in Middle and High School!
We will start with dinner! Note the time. Meet at the Crossing.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
7:00 PM PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
1:00 PM THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will meet in the Consistory
Room. We will discuss Lesson 6 (Psalm 103) from the Study
Book Psalms. All women are welcome.
3:15 – 5:15 PM CLUB 3:16 Begins for Grades 5 & 6.
VOLUNTEERS...Please meet with Daniel at 2:30 pm.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
3:45 – 5:45 PM CLUB 3:16 Begins for Grades 3 & 4.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER - Come out and enjoy dinner
and a time of fellowship prior to classes. On the menu is a
pasta buffet. Lots of good pasta choices, salad, rolls, and
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
7:45 – 8:00 PM
GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) for girls in
grades K – 8th. Meet at the Crossing
VICTORS – For boys in grades K – 8th. Meet in the
BE BIG – For Preschool children. Meet in the Nursery!
7:00 – 8:00 PM
ADULTS – Come and join the discussion of “The Story”.
The study “CONNECT THE D.O.T.S. (Disciples of The
Story)” will connect the Sunday sermon with additional
study options. Pastor Rick will lead the class.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
6:00 PM CONNECTIONS gathers at the Crossing for a time of
Praise Singing, Devotions, and Dinner. Please see Pastor
George’s special requests and prayer concerns on the Prayer
& Praise Line today.
NEXT WEEK, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
NEXT SUNDAY – Pastor Rick will continue “The Story” with the
message “No Ordinary Man”. Prepare by reading Chapter 24.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Lucille Sytsema is at Brookcrest for a time of
rehabilitation. Please keep her in your prayers. For all other prayer
requests and praise reports, see the Prayers & Praise Line in your
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATIES are extended to:
Larry & Bernice Palma upon the death of Bernice’s mom, Hattie
Assink, who passed away earlier this week.
John & Fay De Jong upon the death of Fay’s Brother in Netherlands.
Jayme & Heather Dood and family upon the death of Heather’s
Grandmother, Sally Schutter, on Wednesday, September 12.
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
Sunday, September 30 – NOMINATIONS will be received for the 2013
Consistory. See the insert in your bulletin. Also an informative
letter concerning the process is in your mailbox today.
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - COMING… COUNTY FOOD DRIVE
with ACCESS! CHANGES are taking place this year and in the
future as to how the Food Drive operates. This year there will be a
week long collection of food at the local Family Fare Stores. The
Saturday neighborhood food collection, which Grace will host as they
have done in the past, will be held, but on a limited basis...there will
be less streets covered and limited hours. We will still need some
volunteers to drive the routes and sort and box the food, as has been
done in the past. Also, a few persons will be needed to serve lunch
between 11AM and 1 PM. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex,
or call Shari with any questions.
NOTE: Between October 3 – 8 volunteers will be needed to pre-bag
and pre-flyer a few streets in our neighborhood. Details to follow.
Saturday, October 13 – PUMPKIN PATH – We will be participating in
the Pumpkin Path activity once again this year at Lamar Park.
Volunteers are needed to help pass out candy. Please let Heather
know if you can help. ALSO CANDY is needed! We see about
3000 kids at this event!! You can bring your candy donations to the
youth desk downstairs! Thank You!
Saturday, October 27, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm - HABITAT FOR
HUMANITY WORK DAY at the construction site which is still to
be determined. We are hoping for 10-15 of YOU to sign up to help
work on one of the Habitat projects. They have several projects going
but will not know exactly what stage of construction the homes will
be in since progress is dependent on all the volunteers before our
date. The minimum age for volunteers is 16 years, although it is 18
for the 'deconstruction' phase. Please sign up or contact Shari if you
are interested. If you cannot give a whole day, please consider 1/2 day.
A PEANUT FREE policy is being put into place here at Grace and at
the Crossing building. An important letter explaining this is in your
mailbox. Please be sure to pick it up today.
'BELONGING' NEW MEMBER CLASS will begin the week of
September 23. Classes can be held Sunday following the worship
service or Wednesday evening after dinner. (whatever fits the group
of people who sign up) If you have questions, or are interested in any
way, check out the info and sign up on the table in the narthex or call
Shari at 538-3100.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of September is designated
for ACCESS (All County Churches Emergency Support System). For
29 years ACCESS has been committed to helping those in need in
our community. ACCESS maintains a network of 100 Food Pantries
and also work with congregations to provide Thanksgiving and
Christmas Baskets, and coordinate with the larger community in
responding to local disasters. This offering with be received on
Sunday morning, September 30.
NEEDED ASAP! DISCOVERY KIDZ VOLUNTEERS for
September 23. Please see Heather today, or sign on in the narthex!
VICTORS (Cadets) are looking for one or two guys to help out this
year. Victors meet on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday from 6:45 – 8:00 pm
through December. Beginning in January - March they will meet
each week. If you are interested, please see Brian Gort or Heather
WEDNESDAY KITCHEN HELP is needed! Would you be willing to
help Tymie in the kitchen serving and cleaning up? Needed at
5:00 pm and you would be done by 7:30 pm. See Tymie or call her
HELP NEEDED to run the PowerPoint/Media Shout program on
Sunday Mornings on a rotating basis. If you are familiar with
computers at all, we can train you to run the program! If interested
call Sue Stuk at 538-3100.
GALAXY – The next issue of the Galaxy will be published on Sept. 30.
If you have any articles you would like included, please drop them off
in the bin attached to the file cabinet in the main office, or contact
Pat Ter Beek or Sandy Gort by Wednesday, September 26.
GRACE FOOD AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS DRIVE – Please
bring in food items and personal care items from now until Oct. 7!
These will be added to the items collected on October 13 at the
County Food Drive. All items collected will be given to the local food
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Wes & Arlene Dekker, Dan & Martha Derogee
Lower Doors: Doug & Keri Desmarais
Sept. 23 Upper Doors: Ryan & Chelsea Dornbos
Lower Doors: Joan Emaus
Sept. 30 Upper Doors: Jim & Linda Emelander
Today Tymie Boeve, Linda Emelander
Sept. 23 Jayme Dood, Sue Stuk
Sept. 30 Lynda Ver Merris, Donna Oppenhuizen
DISCOVERY KIDZ VOLUNTEERS
Today 3 & 4
(T) Abbey Licari
(S) Rebekah Kubiak
(T) Brian Licari
(S) Bella Licari
(T) Robin Zondervan
(S) Beth Kubiak
Prayers & Praise Line
September 16, 2012
Church Plant Prayer Focus
Prayer of Praise for:
Another new family! Two new mentors!
As we continue to grow we invite other “church folk” to come alongside Connections
people to listen and encourage. We are looking for people who want to use their gifts
and talents in Connections on Thursday evening. It won’t interfere with any of your
current church responsibilities and at the same time gives you an opportunity to
exercise your gifts such as caring and listening and hospitality for the benefit of
everyone. All for the purpose of responding to the call of the Great Commission to
help a new church for non-churched folks grow. If you feel that God may be leading
you also in this direction let’s talk.
We also have an opportunity for adults to simply be available to help with our new
children’s program: “2 BY 2”. It’s a simple lesson format that teaches children about
God’s faithfulness based on the story of Noah’s Ark. No studying or preparation
ahead of time just be there to support the teachers and help the kids for as little a
commitment as once a month. There is a sign up sheet on the Narthex table if you
are able to help.
Please continue to pray for:
- Neighbors and members of other churches being called to Connections.
- New families and individuals joining in God’s plan for Connections.
- Connections families actively inviting others.
Congregational Prayers and Praise
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