Weekly Bulletin 11/30/14

Sunday, November 30, 2014

“On this first Sunday of Advent, we come together as the people of God to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ.

 Worship Leader:  Mr. Jake Porter

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service

Gathering ~  Prepare Ye the Way

Welcome & Announcements

The Advent Candle ~ Tim & Dawn Driesenga Family

Praise Songs ~   O Come, O Come, Immanuel

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Confession and Assurance ~ Jake Porter

God’s Greeting & Our Shared Greetings

Children’s Blessing ~

Pre-K – 8th grade are dismissed for Sunday School

God’s Greeting and Our Shared Greetings

Morning Prayer

God’s Word ~  Joshua 5:10-12 (pg. 337)

Message l  Joshua’s Passover –

God’s Promise For Inheritance

Prayer of Application

Offering Prayer ~ Kurt Dykstra

Tithes & Offerings | HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

Offertory ~ Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

God’s Blessing

Sending Praise ~ Comfort, Comfort Ye My People


Prayer Ministry ~ Kurt Dykstra & Zena Walters

 6 pm –  Community Christmas Carol Evening Service

at Hamilton Reformed Church

Song Leader:  Mr. Jack Ten Cate

Offering: Love INC



 Today’s Worship Services will be led by Mr. Jake Porter.  We will begin our Advent journey as we prepare for the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.  Next Sunday Pastor Jake will lead our morning service and Rev. Ron De Young our evening worship service.

Community Christmas Carol Service will be held tonight at 6 pm at Hamilton Reformed Church.  Mr. Jack Ten Cate will lead us in singing the songs of the season.

Congregational meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 3 at 7 pm.  The General Budget for 2015 will be explained and voted on.  A copy of the budget is available in your church mailbox.  All professing members, 18 years and older, are encouraged to attend.  If you are unable to attend, absentee ballots are available from any elder.

Thanksgiving Offering ~ We give praise to God for the faithful support of HCRC through the Thanksgiving offering of $13,693.  We have a great God who provides for our needs

Christmas Fellowship Night will be held on Wednesday, December 10.  Supper will be served from 5:30- 6:30 pm.  At 6:30 pm Tim Vander Zwaag will share his story and testimony. Invite a friend to this special evening.

Open House ~ Pastor Jake & Kris will be having a Christmas Open House at the parsonage on Thursday, December 11 from 6-9 pm.  Everyone is invited to stop in for Christmas refreshments.

Sunday School children will present their Christmas program, Always and Forever Love”,  on December 14 at the 9:30 am service.

Weekly Prayer Opportunities are held every Sunday morning,

9-9:15 am and Wednesday mornings, 7 – 8 am in the church sanctuary.  Anyone is welcome to come and pray.


 Today:  November 30 – First Sunday of Advent

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service ~  Mr. Jake Porter

                                                          Sunday School:  Pre-K – 8th grade

                                                          Offering:  HCRC Ministries and Building Fund

                                                Prayer Ministry & Fellowship Time follows the service

                10:45 am – Sunday School: 9th – 12th grade

                6 pm ~ Community Christmas Carol Service ~

                                                Song Leader:  Mr. Jack TenCate

Offering:  Love INC

Monday, December 1

6:30 pm ~ Executive Team meeting

7:15 pm ~ Elders meeting

 Tuesday, December 2

10 am ~ Ladies Guild Bible Study – Lesson 5

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Ministry

Wednesday, December 3

7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary

7 pm ~ Congregational meeting

8 pm ~ Praise Team

Thursday, December 4

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Ministry

Sunday,  December 7 – Second Sunday of Advent

                9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service ~ Mr. Jake Porter

                                                Sunday School:  Pre-K – 8th grade

                                Offering:  HCRC Ministries and Building Fund

                10:45 am ~ Sunday School:  8th – 12th grade

                6 pm ~ Evening Worship ~ Rev. Ron De Young

 Advance Notices

Wednesday, December 10 – Fellowship Night – 5:30 pm

Thursday, December 11 – Jake & Kris’s Open House – 6-9 pm

Saturday, December 13 – Program Practice – 9:45 – 11:30 am


Requested & Expanded Announcements

November 30, 2014

 Sunday School kids, Pre-K – 8th grade will be dismissed at 9:45 am for Sunday School and will be meeting  until 11:30 am to practice November 30 and December 7 for our Christmas program.  We will also be  practicing on Saturday, December form 9:45 – 11:30 am.

Ladies Guild Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, December 2.  We will discuss lesson 5 – Paul in Ephesus.   We will also take a Love Offering at our meeting.  Our next meeting will be December 16 and we will  also have a Christmas luncheon at Hawk’s Nest Restaurant.

Congregational meeting will be held Wednesday, December 3 at 7 pm.  The 2015 budget will be discussed  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.

Community Christmas Carol Sing will be held tonight at 6 pm at Hamilton Reformed Church.  Mr. Jake Ten  Cate will lead us singing the songs of the season.  An offering will be received for Love INC.  Everyone is welcome to join for this special service as we prepare for Christ’s birth.

Fellowship Night ~ Our next Fellowship Night will be held on December 10.  A Christmas dinner will be  served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  Our program at 6:30 pm will be given by Tim Vander Zwaag.  Tim will share  his testimony and story of suffering a severe farming accident and how God brought Tim and wife  Teresa through this.  Invite a friend to join for this evening.

December Newsletter is available in your church mailbox.  Included in this newsletter are updates from  missionaries.

Noisy Offering collected during the morning service helps the Sunday School children purchase Christmas gifts for their Love INC Adopt-a-Family project.  Your “pocket change” is an encouragement to our youth.

Christmas Card Mailboxes for our missionaries and church family who are unable to worship with us each  Sunday are located in the fellowship hall.  Cards may be placed in the special mailboxes until December   14.  Take time to send greetings to these special people.  A Christmas card list is available in the          December newsletter.

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.

Love INC ~ You feasted Thanksgiving, You conquered Black Friday, You shopped Small Business Saturday,          You worshipped and regrouped on Sunday, You networked Cyber Monday, It’s time for… Giving      Tuesday!  Please consider Love INC on December 2, a global day dedicated to giving back.

Adopt-a-Family ~ As you gathered with family members on Thanksgiving day and make plans for Christmas,    please consider sponsoring a struggling family this Christmas season.  The Sponsor-A-Family for   Christmas is in need of sponsors.  Currently we have 8 families waiting to be sponsored and a growing waiting list.  Your generosity is much needed and appreciated.  For more information contact Ana at    751.2533, ext. 110.

The Live Nativity is a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season for the family and can be seen at  The Critter Barn (9275 Adams – Zeeland).  A schedule of hours is available at the Welcome Table.

Advent Devotional and Calendar ~ Celebrating Christmas isn’t a day, it’s a season.  Welcome the true Spirit of Christmas with daily Advent devotions and Advent calendar from World Renew and the CRC Office of  Social Justice.  Receive an email a day from now until Christmas that will help you slow down, reflect and   discover God’s reconciling work in us.  The Advent calendar is a simple, fun way for the family to participate in preparing to celebrate Jesus’ birth.  To sign up go to crcna.org/adventdevos.

Webinar ~ A free webinar will take place on December 3 entitled “Everybody Serves:  The Picture Needs  Each Piece” presented by Mark Stephenson and Shellie Power.  This webinar will teach ways to  recognize that every individual has been created with gifts that are needed by the body of Christ.  For registration and details go to crcna.org/webinars.

Winter Weather Policy for Worship Services ~ If a worship service would need to be cancelled due to   winter weather, the cancellation will be announced on WOOD-TV8.