Bulletin – Week of April 10, 2016

Our goal as a church is to be a refuge, a place of love and acceptance for all. Be assured that your presence here brings joy to all followers of Christ.

Message: Don’t Grieve The Holy Spirit

Scripture: Eph. 4:30-32

Offering: General Fund

Prayer Requests:

This week we are asked to pray for Scott and Jen Roberts and their children, Mark and Rockelle Ruiter and their children, Doug and Jan Scholten, Joanne Schultz, Mitchell and Rochelle Senti and their children. 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.

Announcements:

Our sermon next Sunday will be “Choose Christ,” based on Eph. 119:105-112. Everyone is encouraged to prepare their heart for the message. The monthly sermon topics with scripture are listed each month in the Heartbeat.

Love in a Time of Fear: Recognizing Muslims as Our Neighbors – Monday, April 11. This free community forum, sponsored by Interfaith Coalition, Lutheran Campus Ministry at Western Washington University, Catacomb Churches and American Muslims of Puget Sound, invites you to join us and our special guest speakers for an evening discussing how, as people of many faiths, we respect our differences and celebrate our commonalities. Loving your neighbor as yourself, a core teaching of all great faith traditions, also means working for their well-being. This takes place at Bellingham High School Auditorium, 2020 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. All are welcome! Questions? Please call Interfaith at 734-3983.

The Light of the World Prayer Center will be hosting a fund raiser in our sanctuary this Thursday, April 14th.

Thank you to Deloris Perry and her helpers for providing breakfast Saturday morning to the hungry crew that came to clean up the campus grounds. The Building and Maintenance team also wants to thank everyone who came out to help beautify our campus by pulling weeds and spreading the bark around. The ham for the breakfast was provided by Zaycon, the company that uses our parking lot to distribute to their clients.

There is a box in the foyer for donations to the food bank. Please do not put non-food or perishable items in the box. It is not a place to put items to be recycled, such as newspapers, cans, or egg cartons. Everyone is encouraged to bring a few non-perishable food items each Sunday for the Bellingham Food Bank.

Servants Next Sunday, April 17: Greeters: GEMS; Nursery: Tricia Bravener and Avis Kaemingk; Snacks: Mona Reardon and Darlys Recker; Ushers: GEMS; Prayer Room: Ida Richards; Sunday school: Diane Button, Ida Richards, Herm and Ali Laninga; Children and Worship: Diane Button and Kylie Thramer.

Join us for the Annual Spring Hymn Sing on Sunday, April 17, at 6:30 followed by a time of fellowship over pie and ice cream. This is a great event to invite a friend or neighbor to. Be ready to share the reason a hymn is one of your favorites or has special meaning for you. Need a ride? Contact a Deacon (see weekly bulletin insert for phone #s) and we will make arrangements.

The Keepers of the Faith will appear in concert on April 30 at 6 p.m. at Faith Community Church. Enjoy an inspiring evening of gospel music and be blessed by their testimony in song. A CD will be awarded to the person bringing the most first-time attendees. Admission is free with a freewill offering taken. Doors open at 5 p.m. and a reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 354-4815.

DISCOUNT ON NEW DIGITAL LIBRARY: The CRC has launched a new digital library to provide its churches and members with free, online access to hundreds of Faith Alive titles, including curriculum, Bible studies, and more. As part of this pilot program, CRC members can access these resources anytime from anywhere on any web-connected device. CR churches will receive a 20 percent discount off print purchases. Visit crcna.org/Library for details and to reserve your spot.

Envision Mission is having a time of Song and Celebration at Over-Easy Restaurant located next to Trader Joe’s in Bellingham on April 23, Saturday night at 7pm. It will be an hour long time of music from the Senti family, a celebration of what God is doing through Envision and a love offering will be taken. Please come and join us. Decaf coffee and soda will be available and it will be a lot of fun!

CHURCH HISTORY WORKSHOP: Please come to this 3rd event in the Vitality Pathway for Congregational Renewal on Sunday evening, May 15th from 6:00-8:00pm. We will be discussing our church history, asking attendees to reminisce about the good events and the difficult events of each decade in our congregation’s history. After creating a by-the-decades chart of these events, we will then invite all present to reflect on any patterns, both good and bad, that emerge. We will also talk about how to sustain the healthy trends and steps we could take to mitigate and stop the difficulties. Please plan on coming and mark your calendars now.

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