Bulletin – December 9, 2018

Hamilton Christian Reformed Church – December 9, 2018

Our Church Calendar:
Today: December 9 – Second Sunday of Advent
9:10 am ~ Prayer Time (Pastor Jake’s office)
9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service –
Worship Leader ~ Rev. Jacob Porter
Offerings ~ HCRC Ministries and Building Fund
Noisy Offering ~ Love INC Christmas Project
Sunday School ~ Pre-K – 4th Grade
Story: Luke 2
Fellowship Time follows the morning service
12 noon ~ Prayer Partner Potluck – fellowship hall
6 pm ~ Evening Worship Service – Hamilton Reformed Church
Worship Leader: Rev. Adam Van Der Stoep

Tuesday, December 11
7 pm ~ Small Group Bible Study – lesson 3

Wednesday, December 12
7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary
5:30 – 6:30 pm ~ Fellowship Christmas Dinner
6:30 pm ~ Congregational meeting
6:30 pm ~ GRACE 360 Youth Group
6:30 pm ~ Cadets and GEMS

Sunday, December 16 – Third Sunday of Advent
9:10 am ~ Prayer Time (Pastor Jake’s office)
9:30 am ~ Sunday School Christmas Service
Worship Leader ~ Rev. Jacob Porter
Offerings ~ HCRC Ministries and Building Fund
Noisy Offering ~ Love INC Christmas Project
4 pm ~ Coffee with the Pastor – parsonage
6 pm ~ Hymn Sing with Nate & Friends at Hamilton Reformed Church

Requested & Expanded Announcements
December 9, 2018

Prayer Partner Potluck will be held today in the fellowship hall at 12 noon. If you have signed up for a child / youth to pray for or if you are a child / youth who has been assigned someone who is praying for you come to this potluck. This time will give each an opportunity to connect. Bring a hot and cold dish to share.

Evening Service will be held at Hamilton Reformed Church at 6 pm. Rev. Adam Van Der Stoep will lead the worship time. Everyone is welcome to come and worship with our brothers and sisters of Hamilton Reformed.

Small Group Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, December 11 at 7 pm. We will discuss lesson 3, The Grace Through Faith.

Fellowship Night will be held on Wednesday, December 12. A
Christmas dinner (ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and corn) will be available from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The youth group will be having a Dessert Bake-Off also during the meal. You will be able to taste various desserts made by the youth group and vote on your favorite with monetary gifts. The proceeds from the dessert bake-off will be for the Youth Mission Trip in 2019. If you plan to come to the meal sign-up at the Welcome Table today.

Congregational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm. The Budget for 2019 will be explained and voted on. All professing members, 18-years and older, are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend, absentee ballots are available from any elder.

Boy’s Cadets will meet on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm at the clubhouse. We will be having a special Christmas gathering. Our next meeting will be January 9, 2019.

GRACE 360 Youth Group will meet on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm in the youth room. We will have a lesson from Proverbs 27:17 and Philippians 2:1-11, Inappropriate Wreath. Our Christmas party will be on December 19 – bring a $5 wrapped gift.

Children’s Christmas Program will be next Sunday, December 16 at 9:30 am. The Sunday School children will present the story of Christmas through Luke 2.

Ladies Guild Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, December 18 at 10 am. We will discuss lesson 4 – Good News For All People from our Gift of Christmas study books. We will also have a Christmas luncheon at the Hawk’s Nest Restaurant following the Bible study. This will also conclude our Bible study until March.

Bible Study will meet on Wednesday, December 19 at 7 pm in the fellowship hall. We will view the DVD, The Mission of Jesus, with the discussion following. We will continue our study on January 16.

Christmas Open House at Pastor Jake & Kris will be held on Thursday, December 20 from 6 – 8 pm. Stop by for refreshments and fellowship.

Baby Basket ~ You have the opportunity to welcome little Lucy Vander Bok with a small gift / card today and next Sunday. The Baby Basket is located in the fellowship hall.

Christmas Cards ~ Remember our missionaries and home church family with Christmas greetings. Cards may be placed in the special mailboxes in the fellowship hall through this Wednesday, December 12.

Classis Holland will meet on Thursday, December 13 at 7 pm at 14th Street CRC. Our church delegates are Pastor Jake and Elder Dennis Burke. Candidate for ministry, Mr. Benj Petroelje will have his classical examination.

Christmas at Evergreens Commons ~ A variety of music and a lunch / dinner will be held on Tuesday, December 11
(11:30 am); Wednesday, December 12 (11:30 am); and Thursday, December 13 (6 pm) at Evergreen Commons in Holland. For ticket information call 616.355.5120.

Community Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, December 20 from 12 noon – 5:45 pm at Hamilton Reformed Church. To schedule an appointment, log onto redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: hamiltonreformed) or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767). Give more life, donate blood.

Kid’s Korner ~ Cole’s got a big bag of presents that he says are all for him! But why is he hiding his list, and why is he
sneaking around town all night? It’s up to the Lizarado Detective Agency to solve this Christmas Mystery! Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com to hear the story and receive free Bible activities.

Joy to the World ~ Hints of Christmas litter the Psalm book as the psalmists sings of the coming of a Savior, the Savior
we now know as Jesus Christ. Join Groundwork as we examine Psalm 98, Psalm 96, and Psalm 72 to learn what we can expect his coming to bring and what it means for us and for the world. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

GATE After School Program is expanding and needs volunteers. Currently the GATE serves 6th – 8th grade students on
Tuesdays and Thursdays, but in January they will be open on Monday afternoons for 5th grade students. With the expanded hours we need new faces to add to the volunteer team. If you are interested in volunteering contact the GATE director, Cassie Alderink at thegateministry,[email protected]

Advent Family Faith Formation ~ On this second Sunday in Advent, add things to your home that remind you that we are expecting Jesus to return. Set an extra place at the table when you eat or create and decorate a mural together that says, “Come, Lord Jesus”. (Faith Formation Ministries: crcna.org/FaithFormation).

Thank you from Love INC to everyone who helped make this year’s Christmas Sponsor-a-Family such a success! So many
great churches, and volunteers, so many wonderful sponsors, and so many grateful families and it all came together last Saturday at Dunningville Church. Thank you church family for your “pocket change” so that we could purchase gifts for a family of five. The gifts were given to this family at the Christmas gathering at Dunningville Church. For the reminder of December we will continue to collect your “pocket change” for Love INC Christmas project.