Weekly Bulletin 11/29/15

Sunday, November 29, 2015

“Stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28, NRSV). Welcome to worship on this first Sunday of Advent!

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service

Worship Leader: Rev Jacob Porter

Gathering Praise

Welcome & Call to Worship

Lighting of Advent Candle ~ The Porter Family

Praise Songs ~ Here I Am To Worship

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Reading ~ Lift Up Your Hearts #61-62 ~

Confession and Assurance

Noisy Offering ~ Sponsor-a-Family Christmas Project

Children’s Blessing ~

Children, Pre-K – 4th grade are dismissed for Sunday School

Morning Prayer

God’s Word ~ Genesis 38 (pg. 62)

Message l The Women of Matthew 1: Tamar

Offering Prayer ~ Harley Elshuis

Tithes & Offerings | HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

Offertory ~ Days of Elijah

God’s Blessing

Sending Song ~ Joy to the World

Sending Praise

Prayer Ministry ~ Harley Elshuis and Sue Tyler

6 pm – Community Christmas Hymn Sing

at Hamilton Reformed Church



Tami Klinkers and Wilma Schierbeek each had successful surgeries last week. Continue to pray for them for a complete recovery.

Zena Walters completed her second round of chemo last week. Continue to pray that the chemo is shrinking the tumors.


Morning Service will be led by Pastor Jake. We will begin the Advent series of The Women of Matthew, taking a look at who Jesus is. As we wait with Ancient Israel for the coming King we will see more of who Jesus is and the nature of His kingship by seeing the women that are singled out by Matthew for special note of his account of Jesus ancestors.

Community Christmas Carol Service will be held tonight at 6 pm at Hamiton Reformed Church. Join us as we sing the songs of the Christmas season.

Christmas Card Mailboxes for our missionaries and church family who are unable to worship with us each Sunday may be placed in the “special mailboxes” until December 13.

Thanksgiving Offering ~ We give praise to God for the faithful support of HCRC through the Thanksgiving offering of $12,367. We have a great God who provides for our needs.

Noisy Offering ~ Your extra “pocket change” is helping to purchase gifts for our Love INC Sponsor-a-Family Christmas Project. Our family consists of a mother and four children. Thank you from the Sunday School children for helping us with this project.

I Believe In Miracles will be presented by the Sunday School children on Sunday, December 13 at 9:30 am.

 Down Home Ministry will lead us in song on Sunday, December 20 at 6 pm. Join us in this evening of praise.


Today: November 29 ~ First Sunday of Advent

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service ~ Rev. Jacob Porter

The Women of Matthew 1: Tamar

Sunday School ~ Pre-K – 4th grade

Offering: HCRC Ministries and Building Fund

6 pm ~ Community Christmas Carol Sing ~

at Hamilton Reformed

Tuesday, December 1

10 am ~ Ladies Guild Bible Study – Lesson 6

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Center

7 pm ~ Small Group Bible Study at Royal Park Atrium

Wednesday, December 2

7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary

3 – 8 pm ~ Middle School Youth Group Dinner at the Porter’s

7 pm ~ Praise Team

Thursday, December 3

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Center

Sunday, December 6 ~ Second Sunday of Advent

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service ~ Rev. Jacob Porter

   The Women of Matthew 1: Rahab

Offering: HCRC Ministries and Building Fund

9:45 – 11:30 am ~ Pre-K – 4th grade Christmas program


10:45 am ~ Sunday School for Middle & High School

6 pm ~   Evening Worship Service

Advance Notices

Monday, December 7 – 6:30 pm ~ Executive meeting

Monday, December 7 – 6:30 pm ~ Elders meeting

Wednesday, December 9 – 5:30 – 6:30 pm ~ Fellowship Dinner

Wednesday, December 9 – 6:30 pm ~ Congregational meeting

Sunday, December 13 – 9:30 am ~Children’s Christmas program

Requested & Expanded Announcements

November 29, 2015

 Thank you church family for your donations to the Love INC Food, Personal Needs and Baby Pantries. Your donations can be placed on the tables in the fellowship hall through today. You are also invited to remember these pantries with donations any time throughout the year. Donations can be brought to the Love INC offices.

Spartan Labels ~ If you have been collecting Spartan UPC Labels for the church library, please turn them in by next Sunday, December 6. Spartan is changing the “cash for labels” program next year and at this time Spartan is unsure what the guidelines will be to qualify for the program. We would like to send in the labels we have by December 15. Continue to collect labels even after December 15 until we know what changes are being made to the program.

Ladies Guild Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, December 1 at 10 am. We will study lesson 6 – The Man Who Wouldn’t Quit. Our next meeting will be on December 15 and will include our Christmas luncheon.

Small Group Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, December 1 at 7 pm at Royal Park Atrium.   We will discuss Lesson 3 – Matthew 5, 6, & 7.

Fellowship Night will be Wednesday, December 9. A Christmas dinner will be served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The congregational meeting will follow the dinner.

Congregational meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 pm. At this meeting we will be voting on the General Budget for 2016. A copy of the budget and a letter of explanation is in your church mailbox. If you are unable to attend the meeting, absentee ballots are available from any elder.

The Sunday School children will present the Christmas program “I Believe in Miracles” on Sunday, December 13 at 9:30 am.

Down Home Ministry will lead us in song on Sunday, December 13 at 6 pm. Join us for this evening of praise and invite a friend.

December Newsletter is available in your church mailbox. Included in the newsletter the Christmas Card list for our missionaries and church family who are unable to worship with us each Sunday. Remember these people with a Christmas greetings. Cards may be placed in the “special mailboxes” in the fellowship hall until December 13.

Christmas Card Volunteers are needed to deliver Christmas cards to our church family. If you would be willing to deliver a package of cards and bring Christmas greetings to some of our home-bound friends let Lori know in the church office.

Right to Life of Holland Area’s 13th Annual Auction will be held in a new location and for one night only! It will be held at the Holland Fish & Game Club in Zeeland on Thursday, December 3 from 5 – 8 pm and will be a silent auction.

Love INC Basic Training will be held on Monday, November 30. Anyone interested in exploring the option to mentor or lead a class at Life Skills or in the Allegan jail please contact Jean at [email protected]. Training will be November 30 and December 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Love INC Hamilton office. “If not me and you…then who?” These words come from Matthew West song, “Do Something”. Please take some time to look up this song on YouTube and give yourself the opportunity for God to call you to where He wants you to serve Him!

Bentheim Reformed Church will be hosting Pianist Jim Hendricks, Professor of Music at Chicago State University on Sunday, November 29 at 6 pm. Jim’s arrangements are characterized as traditional Gospel and contemporary Christian.

Thank You ~ As we reflect on God’s goodness in our lives, we can’t ignore what a blessing you are in all of the goodness poured out through the ministries of Youth For Christ. This world can be a complicated mess. Each and every young person needs to hear the authentic message with the timeless promise: God is with us and we have forgiveness through Jesus. Each life that is touched for his glory is made possible because of your prayers and donations. Thank you for pouring God’s goodness through your gift which turns into the message of hope for lost kids reached through Youth for Christ in support of Jon & Melissa Barlow with their work in the Philippines.