Hearty greetings to all who have come to worship! Let us join in the spirit of the psalmist who said: “I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips … I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation.” (Psalm 40:9 ff.) Warmly, eagerly let us praise God and extend love to one another.
Message: “A Cure For The Troubled Heart”
Scripture: John 14:1-6
Offering: Outreach Fund
December 20, 2015
Songs of Praise: God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Joy To The World
How Great Thou Art
O Come Let Us Adore Him
It Is Well
O Come O come Emmanuel
Even So Come
By The Sea Of Crystal
This week we are asked to pray for Dan and Tanya Obbink and children, Lisa Oppenhuizen, Dale and Deloris Perry, Joe Pruitt, Debra Reamer, Mona Reardon. Suggestions for prayers would be for their spiritual growth, opportunities to see Christ in their everyday life, and anything else that God puts on your mind for them.
A letter was received from the Cunningham Family and has been posted on the bulletin board in the foyer.
Thank you from the Friendship students and their teachers to all who attended their Christmas program and brought goodies to share. We had a large attendance and the students did a wonderful job.
I am thankful that I am a volunteer at Love, INC. Your help is so important as we help one family at a time move out of poverty. Thank you for partnering with us and making this happen. Deb McGovern
Items for the January issue of The Heartbeat are due Monday in the church office. Please let the office know if you have any meetings you want on the church calendar.
Join us Christmas Eve at 7pm for our service. Nursery will be provided and the choir will be sharing a special song with us.
GEMS will not be meeting this week and the church office will be closed on Friday, Christmas Day.
Volunteers are needed to help at the Jesus Gatherings on Sunday afternoons for the month of January. This would involve setting up their space with tables and chairs prior to the gathering and then putting away the items afterwards, including the cleaning of the bathroom. A signup sheet is in the foyer. Mitchell and Rochelle are taking the month of January as sabbatical leave, so help our church minister to them during this time.
Our service next Sunday will revolve around Luke 2:1-20. Everyone is encouraged to read the scripture passage prior to the service and prepare your heart for the message. The bulletin, which includes the order of worship, is usually posted online by Friday afternoons and the monthly sermon topics with scripture are listed each month in the Heartbeat.
Servants Next Sunday, December 27: Greeters: Ruth Stadt and Joe Pruitt; Nursery: Tricia Bravener and Pat Bosman; Snacks: Rockelle Ruiter and Jan Scholten; Ushers: Helen Bowman and Don Knutson; Prayer Room: Jay Kaemingk; Sunday school: Terry Vander Woude, Melissa Koning, Darlys Recker; Children and Worship: Diane Button and Ali Laninga
Servants Christmas Eve: Nursery: Arlene Veenstra and Terry Vander Woude.
The Council requests the church family set aside Jan. 15/16 for the church vitality meeting being held here at church. Childcare will be provided for the younger children. Be sure to read the article in the January issue of The Heartbeat.
Today you have a chance to order TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program) gift cards. Barb Zylstra will be in the foyer this morning with order forms. These gift cards are great for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers while supporting tuition assistance for children going to Lynden Christian School, including Evergreen Christian School in Bellingham. Barb has these cards available all year long. Order your cards today to be picked up next Sunday.
Beginning in January the prayer time has been moved to the third Sunday of the month during the Sunday school hour. Everyone is invited to stay after our fellowship time and join the church family in a time of prayer.
Zaycon has donated a large ham, we plan to serve it at our potluck lunch on January 31, which is the fifth Sunday of the month.
For the 29th year in a row, Calvin College will present its January Series, the award-winning, free liberal arts education delivered in 15 weekday lectures from Jan. 6 to 26 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. PST. Topics range from global health, interfaith leadership, the future of Russia, autism, justice in Honduras, cyber security in a shrinking world and more. Watch the live feed at the Youth House of Third CRC. For more information, contact Carol DeJong (354-1448 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.calvin.edu/january.
Hear sixteen leading Christian scholars, including former Muslims, speak on key issues related to Islam. This free video podcast will be shown at Third CRC on Jan 15 (7-9pm) and Jan. 16 (9am-3:30pm, with a lunch break on your own). To register or for details, call the church at 354-1448.