Bulletin – Week of December 18, 2016

Today is the fourth and final Sunday of Advent. We’re pleased to have each of you here. Please join us on Christmas Day to celebrate our Savior’s birth.

Message: Christ Alone

Scripture: Acts 4:8-12

Offering: Outreach Fund

Dec. 18, 2016

 Prayer Requests:

This week we are asked to pray for Marilyn Kaiser, Wilma Kelln, Don and Connie Knutson, Brian and Melissa Koning and their children, Lou and Ev Kooistra. 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.

We lift up Don and Tena Vanderpol, Paulino and Georgi Estrada and Don and Connie Knutson in prayer. Paulino, Tena and Connie are undergoing treatment for cancer.

Pat Bosman’s brother-in-law Nick Vander Veen passed away last week. Please keep the family in prayer.

Announcements:

Our sermon next Sunday will be “God’s Glory Alone” based on Luke 2:8-20. Everyone is encouraged to prepare their heart for the message. The monthly sermon topics with scripture are listed each month in the Heartbeat.

Our offering this morning will be for the Outreach Fund. The Deacons request that you designate on the memo line of your check if your donation is for the outreach or the general fund. All lose money will be placed in the outreach fund and undesignated checks will go to the general fund.

Join us on December 25 for our Christmas service, which will be held at the normal time of 9:30 am. There will be no Sunday school or Children and Worship that morning; we also will not be serving coffee and snacks after the service.

Coming in January for the 30th year, Calvin College presents the 2017 January Series – the award-winning free liberal arts education delivered in 15 weekday sessions. This year the series begins on Jan. 4 and continues through Jan. 24 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. PST with topics ranging from re-imagining healthcare, closing the gender gap in technology, global poverty and violence, vocation and calling, race and reconciliation, and so much more by top experts in their fields. Join the conversation by watching the live feed at Lynden Third CRC Youth House. For more information about the speakers, topics, remote sites and listening options, visit the website at www.calvin.edu/january.

Servants Next Sunday, Dec. 25—Christmas Morning: Greeters: David and Ida Richards and Jr. Johnson; Snacks: None; Serving Assistants: None; Ushers: Deloris Perry and Bud Brouwer; Prayer Room: Lorraine Brouwer; Sunday school: None; Children and Worship: None.

What pure joy it was to watch the children of our church present the story of our Savior’s birth once again. They never disappoint and take the task given to them seriously and they add their own unique personality into the character they are portraying. I would personally like to thank those that contributed to the task of adding some costumes to the wardrobe closet for the kids. New robes, gowns, sashes, and head scarves were sewn by the following women: Anne Geleynse, Helen Bowman, Jen Roberts, Evelyn Kooistra, Joann Schultz, Terry VanderWoude, Bekah Roberts, Faye Hop, and Karen Smith. They really set off the costumes with some color and a bit more style. The kids were excited to have more to pick from. I’d also like to thank Bekah for assisting me with the program, Melissa for accompanying on the piano, Ali for pulling together the choir, and all the choir members: Rockelle, Tricia, Ev, Mike, Mark & Ali. And thank you to all who donated candy and surprises for the kids treat bags, and to Jennifer Boer for organizing the assembly of them. Your support means so much to me and I know I can always count on all of you. Merry Christmas! Diane

Anyone who wishes to participate on the worship team vocals, instrumentalists, sound, or power point are asked to contact Melissa Koning as she is working on a new schedule and this would be a great time to join.

The Council is looking for volunteers to be on the Admin bldg. remodeling project steering committee. This committee will help plan, estimate and organize the project. Please contact Michael Boer for more information.

The January issue of The Heartbeat, our monthly newsletter, will be available after Dec. 30. So articles and calendar events need to be to the church office prior to Dec. 28.

The church has received a letter from Pastor Tony and Esther Louwerse. The letter and a picture has been posted on the bulletin board.  Pastor Tony is a former pastor of our church.

The church office will be closed from this Thursday, Dec. 22 until Wednesday, Dec. 28 as the church secretary will be on vacation. All notices for the bulletin need to be in the church office prior to Dec. 21.

Pick up a copy of the year-end financial statement this morning. Thank you to Dan Obbink for putting together the statement.

 

 

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