Glorifying God by Knowing, Living and Proclaiming our Hope in Christ
December 31, 2017
Welcome to Hope in Christ Church. We are so glad you have joined us today. After the service, we invite you to stay for some coffee and join one of our education classes at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, or one of our small group meetings during the week.
Order of Worship
One More Time
What a Beautiful Name
Call to Worship: 1 John 1:4-5
Here I am to Worship
Ten Thousand Reasons
Offering: Benevolence Fund
Scripture: 1 John 4:1-6
Message: Cultivating Spiritual Discernment
One More Time
NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018
Greeters: Herm & Ali
Serving Assistants: Chantel, Caleb, Maggie
Cookies: Ida, Jen R
Ushers: Don K, Len
Prayer Room: Connie
Children & Worship: Dan, Kylie
Children’s Sunday School: Melissa
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:
Bud & Lorraine
Anita & children: Jonathan, AnaMaria
(World Renew) Disaster Response Services: Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in Sept. 2017. Due to ongoing power outages and a lack of resources, organizations struggle to host guests and volunteers from outside locations. Please keep asking God to help all who need assistance in Puerto Rico.
(Our Journey 2020) Church and community: Many Christian Reformed churches are being challenged by changes in their communities. Pray that congregations will seek opportunities to meet their neighbors and to listen, learn from, and serve them so that—in the words of the CRC’s ministry plan—“by our presence we will become channels for the love of Christ and the Holy Spirit’s life-giving transformation.”
Ministry to Seafarers: There are several ways you can help the local Seafarers ministry reach out with the Gospel to sailors in local ports. They are in need of good and Christian magazines, DVDs, jackets and hats. Items can be brought to the Project Hope building on BC Avenue in Lynden. If you are interested, the Seafarers always are looking for ship visitors. Please pray for their ministry. Call Port Chaplain John Van Hemert at (206) 778-1523 for more information.
The January HEARTBEAT newsletter is available online at hopeinchristchurch.org. Printed copies are available in the foyer.
SUNDAY SCHOOL MEMORY WORK DEC. 3 – JAN. 14
Wonder Class: Psalm 23:1-3, NIV
Marvel Class: Matthew 28:18-20, NIV
Dive Class: Isaiah 53:2-6, NIV
JANUARY SERIES LECTURES IN LYNDEN: The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is at Third CRC from Wednesday, Jan. 3, to Jan. 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 the death penalty, millennials, inequality and racism, cybersecurity, dementia, the environment, 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 email@example.com or the church at (360) 354-1448 for details.
SUITCASES, TEACHING MATERIALS NEEDED: If you have large, soft-sided, checked-bag-sized suitcases that you no longer use, please consider donating them to haul school supplies to Haiti for a January mission trip with Starfish Ministries. (The suitcases won’t be returned because they have other uses for the people in Haiti.) Also, if you are a teacher and have classroom teaching aids or decorations you could donate, they could be used to decorate classrooms (grades 3-6) in Haiti. If you can help or for more information, call Rod (360-815-2013) or Sharon Tjoelker (360-815-3219) by today, Dec. 31.
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.
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:
Sacrificial and Generous Living and Giving (Romans 12:1-8)
- We help people discover, develop, and deploy their spiritual gifts.
- We regularly, graciously, and unapologetically teach on the importance of financial stewardship in the spiritual growth of the Christian.
- We have many examples of lifestyle choices being made on the basis of stewardship and the priority God plays in the lives of our members.