Bulletin December 31, 2017

Church Calendar:
Today: December 31
9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service
Offerings ~ HCRC Ministries and Building Fund
Noisy Offering – Love INC Sponsor-a-Family
Fellowship Time follows the morning service

Wednesday, January 3
7:00 am- ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary
6:30 pm ~ Youth Group – Lesson: Genesis 1-2, Creation

Sunday, January 7
9:10 ~ Prayer Time (Pastor Jake’s office)
9:30 ~ Morning Worship Service
Offerings ~ HCRC Ministries and Building Fund
Noisy Offering – Love INC
6 pm ~ Evening Worship at Hamilton Reformed Church
Worship Leader: Pastor Ron Lugten

Requested & Expanded Announcements
December 31, 2017

Newsletter ~ The January newsletter is available in your church mailbox and includes updates from our missionaries. Take time to read these updates and remember our missionaries in prayer.

Youth Group ~ We will be meeting on Wednesday, January 3 at 6:30 pm in the youth room. We will begin our lessons on Genesis starting with Creation.

Sunday School for Pre-K – 5th grade will resume next Sunday, January 7.

Chili Cook-Off and Bread Bake-Off will be taking place on Wednesday, January 10 in the church fellowship hall. If you have a favorite chili and / or bread to enter for this fun night, sign-up at the Welcome Table. Everyone will be judging the entries starting at 5:30 pm. The trophies will be presented at 6:30 pm.

Building Offering ~ There will be a special offering on January 14 and 21 for the parsonage remodeling project. The Building Team is estimating that $5,500 is needed for this project. Prayerfully consider your gift to this project.

Trophies ~ If you were awarded a trophy from last year’s Chili Cook-Off and Bread Bake-Off, please return your trophy for this year’s event to any Fellowship Team member.

GEMS Girls Club is a program designed to help bring girls into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ and to express their love for God and others. Starting in January our church will be starting a GEMS Club for girls (ages 4 – 5th grade). We will be meeting on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of each month at 6:30 pm. If you know of any girls interested in this program contact Zena Walters for more information.

Post High Bible Study ~ Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are
you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical solutions. God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Him. Beginning Sunday evenings in January all Post High (ages 18-28) are invited to a Bible study where we will explore the book, Crazy Love, by Francis Chan. Let’s fall in love with God – it will change everything. Let Zena Walters know if you are interested in attending this Bible Study group to be included in the book order.

Camp Geneva ~ All children and youth, grades 1 – College Freshman, Camp Geneva is accepting registration for summer
camp for 2018. This year’s theme is Wonder… the wonder of God’s creation… the wonder of our faith in God… A brochure is available on the Welcome Table with registration information.

Hollywood ~ The school play is coming up and Liz is sure that he will not only have the lead role but also be asked to
direct. That doesn’t happen, but Miss Wattle does give him the role of Old Ben which Liz still uses to be a “star” – with sunglasses, a chinchilla beret, silk scarf, and bodyguard. This causes Chamy and Miss Wattle to “fire” Liz and replace him with Morrie. Liz finally realizes that he once again has fallen to pride. Checkout the “God is Faithful” Memory Jar Activity at www.kidscorner.net as you look ahead to the New Year!

January Series 2018 ~ Coming this January for the 31st year, Calvin College presents the 2018 January Series – the award
winning free liberal arts education delivered in 15 weekly, lunchtime lectures. This year the series begins on January 3 and continues weekdays through January 23 from 12:20 – 1:30 pm, EST with topics ranging from millennials and faith to restorative justice, confident pluralism, radical generosity and so much more by top experts in their fields. Thousands in west Michigan will join on Calvin’s campus for the daily noontime lectures, others will join the conversation by watching the live feed at more than 50 remote sites, including Christ Memorial Church in Holland, while others listen online. For more information about the speakers, topics, remote sites and listening options, visit the website at www.calvin.edu/january.

IF is a non-profit organization that exists to gather, equip and unleash women to live out God’s calling in their lives. This is an organization based in Texas but reaches the world through their IF Gathering. This happens once a year and is a weekend set aside for women to worship together and to rejuvenate and be filled. The way they reach the world is through IF: Local gatherings in homes and churches wherever women can meet. This is a local gathering of women who get together to watch the live streaming of the IF: Gathering that takes place in Texas.
Next year a local gathering will be held in Hamilton. It is exciting for the women of Hamilton to come together for a weekend of worship, rest and relaxation. It is a two day event full of amazing speakers, worship music and fellowship. This gathering will take place on February 9 -10, 2018 at East Saugatuck CRC. This event is open to ALL women and is free. Registration is now open and can be found through facebook by searching IF:Hamilton. Any questions on this event can to directed to Leadership Team – Deanna Schrotenboer – (616.218.9652); Julie Reuschel (616.566.88636); Jamie Tidd (616.218.3154).