ORDER OF WORSHIP
As it is in Heaven
Prayer & Greeting
Jesus This is You
Come Thou Fount
I Need Thee Every Hour
Be Thou My Vision
Offering: Outreach Fund
Scripture: Ruth 2:1-14
Here I am Lord
Send Us Out
NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2017
Greeters: Del & Pat
Cookies: Denise, Faye
Serving Assistants: Maggie, Michal
Ushers: Joe P, Helen
Prayer Room: Herm
Children & Worship: Diane, Mattea
Children’s Sunday School: Jolene, Ida
Each week we pray for members of our church family. Suggested prayers are for their spiritual growth, opportunities to see Christ in their everyday lives, and anything else that God puts on your mind for them. This week please pray for:
-Don & Elaine, Karen S., Chris P., Mitchell & Rochelle: Jonathan, Elisha, Peter
Pray for World Renew: World Renew is sending volunteers in Christ’s name to help with clean-up and home repairs in Texas and Florida. Disaster Response Services personnel are on their way to Puerto Rico, securing volunteer opportunities for churches and offering services in recovering communities. Through unmet needs assessments, building estimating, and reconstruction, World Renew is committed to supporting local communities in their recovery efforts. This ministry is made possible by more than 2,300 volunteers. World Renew is not often the very first organization on the scene, but are very often the last to leave. You can join World Renew in responding to September’s hurricanes as the work is expected to continue for several years. Learn more at worldrenew.net/hurricanes.
Pray for and volunteer with Love INC: Love INC is looking for phone call volunteers for its Calling Center. If you are available to serve between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. any days Mondays through Thursdays, call the office at (360) 671-6201.
SUNDAY SCHOOL MEMORY WORK OCT. 22 – NOV. 26
Wonder Class: John 3:16-17
Marvel Class: Matthew 22:37-39
Dive Class: Isaiah 53:2-6
Congregational Meeting Today: Please plan to stay after the worship service for the 2017 Congregational Meeting at 11:00. Members will be asked to vote on several issues. Thank you for your input and support!
Come and help Christine and Ida! They need you to help them on Saturday, November 25th at 1pm as they decorate the church for Christmas. Don’t worry if you have no decorating skills, they have that covered! If you can pick things up & put things down, and follow directions, then you are a qualified and wanted helper.
New Members Class: If you are interested in learning about what it means to be a member of Hope In Christ Church, please come on Sunday, December 17th at 3:30 to meet with Pastor Scott. Anyone who would like to join, or is even just thinking about it, is welcome to come to listen and ask questions. Please call the church office so we can prepare materials for you: 360-733-6177.
January Series Lectures in Lynden: The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is at Third CRC from Jan. 3 to 23. The free lectures are open to the public and are video streamed live in the basement gathering room (please use the west entrance) weekdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. PST. Topics include millennials, inequality and racism, the death penalty, the environment, cybersecurity, dementia, and partnerships between churches and cities. For a schedule of speakers and topics, visit calvin.edu/january-series/speakers. Contact Larry and Harleen Stegink at firstname.lastname@example.org or the church at 354-1448 for details.
The congregation of Hope in Christ Church has made the Spirit-filled decision to move forward and become a healthy missional church. This week’s Missional Marker is:
Life Transforming Walk With Jesus (John 3:3, 30; Phil. 1:6)
– We teach our people how to be attentive to Christ in all circumstances.
– Our people understand the radical nature of the message and mission of Jesus that continually deconstructs and reconstructs a person’s life.
– Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to use a variety of spiritual growth resources, experiences and settings.
The GEMS Girls Club is selling Butter Braids and cookies to raise funds for the GEMS’ regional Summer Camp at Lake Retreat, Ravensdale, WA. Order until November 27th for pre-Christmas delivery. The girls will be taking orders in the foyer.
Thanksgiving Pies for Mission: Help those staying at the Lighthouse Mission by bringing Thanksgiving pies to the Second CRC education building between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and 9 and 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. For details, call (360) 733-5120 or visit www.thelighthousemission.org.
“Adopt” a Family for Christmas: If you would like to share your Christmas joy with a homeless family, New Way Ministries and Great Expectations again have their Adopt-a-Family program. They provide the ages and genders of the family and a wish list they made. You then buy the gifts for the family and bring them to New Way to be put by their door on Christmas Eve. Imagine the smiles and joy you will bring a homeless family on Christmas morning. To adopt a family, call New Way at (360) 354-9930.
Local Food Band Donations: The Deacons will be collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank at the Thanksgiving service.
Family Christmas Baskets: Len and Terry will once again be collecting for Christmas baskets for families who rely on the food bank in the Van Zandt area of Whatcom County. If you would like to donate a small turkey, a whole chicken or any food items for the baskets, please contact the Vander Woudes. Donations are needed prior to December 21.
Give to Love INC as you shop for Christmas! You can help Whatcom Love INC earn donations just by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to our nonprofit number 94022, and then shopping with your card. For more information, or go to fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. If you plan to do some of your Christmas shopping on Amazon, go online to smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3094817, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Love INC. Thank you for supporting Whatcom Love INC!
THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS EVENTS
Join us this Thursday at 9:30am for our Thanksgiving Service. We will be sitting at tables and sharing a bounty of grapes and bread for our communion.
Special Kings Men of Song Concert: Peter Wildeman (organ) and Gelinda van den Berg (piano and panflute) from the Netherlands will join the King’s Men of Song for a Thanksgiving concert on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at First CRC. The recommended donation is $10 per person and $25 per family. For more information, contact Dave at (360) 815-4837 or email@example.com.
The Hope in Christ Church Sunday School Christmas program will be on Dec. 17th, during the worship service. Dress rehearsal will be December 16th from 10am -11:30am.
Christmas Choir Cantata: Worship God and celebrate Christ’s birth at the eighth annual Lynden Christmas Church Cantata on Dec. 3 at 4 and 6 p.m. at Third CRC. Mark Hayes’ “Come to the Manger” will be performed by adult and children’s choirs from several Whatcom County churches with full orchestra. The offering will be for the Lighthouse Mission. For more information, contact the worship director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Advent Devotional: “Immanuel, Incarnate” is an e-mail devotional series that features reflections from CRC ministries around the world during Advent 2017. World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice will explore the Incarnation of Christ and His presence in our lives as we prepare to celebrate His birth. Each devotion will be delivered to your e-mail inbox every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Dec. 4 through Christmas Day. Go to crcna.org/advent to sign up today.
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