St. Paul wrote: “Let love be genuine; … hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection” (Romans 12:9-10, NRSV). In that spirit, we welcome everyone.
Message: Global Perspective and Engagement
Scripture: Matt. 28:19, Acts 1:8
Offering: General Fund
February 28, 2016
This week we are asked to pray for Scott Emory, Paulino and Georgi Estrada and Markus, Jessie Figenbaum, Virginia Figenbaum, Karen Funk. 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.
Roberta Maier had successful surgery on her back and wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, cards of encouragement and for the meals brought to her and Doug. It is very much appreciated by them and has been a witness to both of them.
This week we pray for the Classis Pacific Northwest meeting taking place this Thursday at First CRC in Mount Vernon. Classis Pacific Northwest is composed of the 35 Christian Reformed Churches that are located from Alaska in the north to Olympia in the south. This meeting is held twice a year. Pastor Scott and Mike Boer will be our delegates to the meeting.
We lift up Helen Bowman in prayer as Helen’s brother passed away and we lift her and the family up as we pray for peace and comfort for Helen and the family.
Our service next Sunday will be “A Culture of Godly Leaderships” based on Mt. 5:3-12. Everyone is encouraged to prepare their heart for the message. The bulletin is usually posted online by Friday afternoons and the monthly sermon topics with scripture are listed each month in the Heartbeat.
Please come explore the beauty of all that communion is on Sunday, March 6, at 6pm for our next TAG (Talking About God) meeting. I originally intended for this to be a discussion about children and the Lord’s Table, but in doing my research, there’s so much richness in all that communion is, that we’ll do more of a broad overview on the historical context starting from 1500 BC, to the time of Christ, then another snapshot of the theological discussions/struggles in the 1500’s AD. I’m looking forward to a fun time of singing, a Ray VanderLaan video snippet, looking at a number of Scripture references, and good times coming to appreciate the depth of love that our Savior has for us. Brian Koning
The March issue of The Heartbeat, our monthly newsletter, is available this morning and on-line. Have you checked out the church’s new web site yet?
GEMS will be meeting tomorrow, Feb. 28. They meet at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. The GEMS are collecting money for the Esther School and would love for you to take one of their decorated jars to put your loose change in. The jars and donation need to be returned to Darlys Recker.
This Wednesday is our monthly 24-hours of prayer. Please take an hour during that time to spend it in prayer. A list of suggested prayers is enclosed in the bulletin.
Hospitality is missing two containers that are used to store cookies in; we have the lids but not the bases. Please check your cupboards to see if you have one or more of them.
The Dordt College Concert Choir from Sioux Center, Iowa, invites you to a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at Bethel Christian Reformed Church (1105 Liberty Street in Lynden). The concert is part of a spring music tour with performances in South Dakota, Montana, Washington, British Columbia, Idaho, Colorado, and Iowa. Directed by Dr. Benjamin Kornelis, the ensembles will perform a wide variety of choral music, ranging from music of the Renaissance and Baroque to recently composed works, as well as folk songs and hymn arrangements. The concert is free, with a freewill offering received to help defray tour expenses.
Servants Next Sunday, March 6: Greeters: Jerry and Faye Hop; Nursery: Avis Kaemingk and Esther VandenBos; Snacks: Lisa DeSalvo and Denise Doezema; Ushers: Don Knutson and Helen Bowman; Prayer Room: Len Vander Woude; Sunday school: Jolene Skovron, Pastor Scott, Tena Vanderpol; Children and Worship: Diane Button and Kylie Thramer.
Help is needed on the sound board during the Sunday morning worship. A time of training for all those working the sound board is scheduled for Sept. 24 from 9-noon, so let Melissa Koning or Mark Ruiter know now if you are interested.
World Renew Disaster Response Services is committed to helping the elderly, disabled, and low-income survivors return to their homes — whether it be four months or four years after a disaster. Your financial gifts make this possible. Join World Renew and give generously on DRS Sunday, March 6.
Our church has committed to a mission trip through World Renew to assist those affected by the fires in the Okanagan area of eastern Washington. We will be working there from June 13-17. Some of us will be camping, some will be staying at a local church arranged by World Renew. Forms are in the foyer to sign up to join us that week.