Bulletin – Week of September 8, 2019

Bulletin – Week of September 8, 2019



9:30 a.m. Worship

11:00 a.m. Sunday School

September 8, 2019

Welcome to Hope in Christ Church! We are so glad you have joined us today.  After the service, we invite you to stay for refreshments and fellowship, followed by Sunday School at 11:00. There are various small groups that meet during the week as well. You are welcome to visit and find one that is right for you!

Order of Worship

How High and How Wide

“Believe” Theme Verse    John 15:5

Great is the Lord

Your Love, Oh Lord

Readings    Psalm 36:5-10 and Ephesians 1:3-8

The Love of God

Oh the Deep, Deep Love

Prayer of Confession

Offering    Kingdom Advancement Fund

Thank You, Lord

Prayer for the People

Scripture    1 John 4:7-12

Message    Cultivating Sacrificial Love

Will You Come and Follow Me



Bible Reading for This Week

Read through chapter 22 of Believe this week as you ponder the following questions:

  1. What in this chapter spoke to me the most?  Was there something I saw in a new light?
  2. What in this chapter draws me to live more fully for Christ?
  3. Is there something that I would want to share from my heart with someone who may  not know Jesus as their Savior?

Prayer for This Week

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:

  • Dan & Tanya O:  Amber, Chantel, Micah
  • Lisa O
  • Deloris P
  • Chris P
  • Joe P
  • Bridger R

Pray for Rev. Elisha Noma in Nigeria: JOS, Nigeria, September 5, 2019 (Morning Star News) – A Baptist pastor kidnapped last month in Nigeria was released over the weekend after his family and Christian leaders paid a ransom, sources said. Pastor Noma, 60, of [a] Baptist Church identified the kidnappers as armed herdsmen. After his release, he received medical treatment for injuries while in captivity. His left hand was broken, and his captors switched on their phone to let his family hear him cry in pain as they beat, cut and burned him to compel them to pay the ransom, according to CAN. He was left with scars from burns on his head and face.

“We can’t hold back our joy for his freedom, despite all he went through,” [Deacon] Kantihok told Morning Star News. “Let’s all pray for his total recovery as he is currently receiving medical treatment. We thank you all for praying with the family and the church.”

Missional Marker

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: Compelling Christian Community (Acts 2:42-47)

  • We understand that our love for one another is a powerful testimony to the deity of Jesus.
  • We love each other as we are, not as we should be.
  • We share life together beyond the worship service.

Announcements for This Week

Thank You: I want to convey my thanks for the prayers, calls, cards, flowers given me during my recent loss. I have felt so supported and am grateful to all of you. With much appreciation and love, Alice

Mission Trip to Ethiopia: Thank you for your generous monetary support for the upcoming Ethiopia Trip! We leave October 10, and we’d appreciate your prayers for safety, health, bonding as a team, that God would be glorified through all that our team does, and that we’d experience the blessing of seeing how God is at work in the lives of all those we encounter.

There are a few things that we’ll be collecting before we leave. Each of us will be bringing two 50-pound suitcases with the following items for the orphanages & other non-profits we’ll be working with:

  • – Children’s Tylenol (chewable and liquid)
  • – Hand sanitizer
  • – Children’s chewable vitamins
  • – Basic first-aid supplies (band-aids, Neosporin, anti-fungal)
  • – NEW School supplies: crayons, markers, pencils, glue sticks
  • – NEW School backpacks
  • – NEW clothes and shoes for kids at the school feeding program (age 8-17)
  • – Diapers & Formula
  • – Note: all donated items have to be new to pass through customs easily

If you have any of these items to donate, please give them to Brian & Abee. And thank you all for being a vital part of this mission!!!

Church Picnic Today: Hospitality Committee has planned a picnic at Birch Bay State Park following Sunday school. Everyone should bring their own beverages, plates, cups and silverware. There are no food assignments for this potluck/picnic, but casseroles, salads and desserts are needed. See you there!

Hymn Sing:  The deacons invite you to a Hymn Sing on October 6 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments to follow.

Winter Warmth Coat Drive: The deacons are asking for donations of clean, gently used coats for Interfaith Coalition’s winter warmth drive. A donation box will be in the foyer.

Women’s Wednesday Bible Study:  The Women’s Group will begin meeting this month and is starting a 10-week study by Max Lucado titled, “Ten Women of the Bible.”  The exact start date is TBD pending arrival of the book order.

Servants Next Sunday:  September 15th
  • Ushers/*Foyer:  Helen, * Bud
  • Prayer Room:  Del B.
  • Cookies:  Mona R., Darlys R.
  • Serving Assistants:  Amariah, Maggie, Chantel
  • Greeters: Jerry & Faye H.
  • Sunday School/Children and Worship:  Jenn B., Melissa, Aaron, Jen R., Abee
  • Observing Council Member: Tena V.

This Week at Hope in Christ Church


  • 8:15 a.m.   Prayer upstairs, all are welcome
  • 9:30 a.m.   Worship
  • 11:00 a.m.  Sunday School
  • Church Picnic at Birch Bay
  • 4:30 p.m.  Jesus Gathering
  • 7:00 p.m.  Laninga Group (in home)

MONDAY (Office Closed)

7:00 p.m.   Friendship Class

TUESDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)

10:00 a.m.  Elders Meeting

WEDNESDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)

7:00 p.m.   Council Meeting

THURSDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)

  • 6:30 a.m.   Men’s Support Group – Herm Laninga (733-1415)
  • 1:00 p.m.  Bulletin Deadline
  • 7:00 p.m.   Praise Team Practice- Melissa Koning (360-870-3552)

FRIDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)

SATURDAY (Office Closed)



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