Weekly Bulletin 12/07/14

Sunday, December 7, 2014

“Greetings, on this second Sunday of Advent, in the name of Jesus, whose coming to earth we will soon celebrate.

 Worship Leader:  Mr. Jake Porter

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service

Gathering ~  Be Still For the Presence of the Lord

Welcome & Announcements

The Advent Candle ~ Mark & Diane Francisco Family

Praise Songs ~   O Glorious Day  / Of The Father’s Love Begotten

Confession and Assurance ~ Jake Porter

God’s Greeting & Our Shared Greetings

Children’s Blessing ~ Pre-K – 8th grade are dismissed for Sunday School

Morning Prayer

God’s Word ~  2 Chronicles 30:1-31 (pg. 717)

Message l  Hezekiah’s Passover – The Proimse of Return

Prayer of Application

Offering Prayer ~ Paul Kloosterman

Tithes & Offerings | HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

Tithe-of-Tithe ~ $1.963

Offertory ~ Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

God’s Blessing

Sending Praise ~ May the Grace of Christ Our Savior


Prayer Ministry ~ Paul Kloosterman & Esther Vander Laan

  6 pm –   Evening Worship Service

Worship Leader:  Rev. Ron De Young

Scripture:  Revelation 1:1-8

Message ~  “Look! He Is Coming!”

Offering: Love INC Food Pantry



John Judge passed away on Wednesday afternoon, December 3 following multiple health issues.  We remember Heather, Audrey and John V Judge, Corrie Judge and Dave & Jennifer Dietrich in prayer through this difficult time.    “Even though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me.”  May God give his comfort and grace to this family.

The visitation will be held today from 1 – 4 pm in the church fellowship hall.  The funeral service will be Monday, December 8 at 11 am at church.


 Morning Worship Services will be led by Mr. Jake Porter.  We are continuing on the Advent journey to Bethlehem.

Evening Worship Service will be led by Rev. Ron De Young.  Next Sunday evening Rev. Ron Lugten will lead us in worship.

Congregational meeting was held this past Wednesday evening.  The general budget for 2015 was passed.  Continue to remember the finances of Hamilton CRC in your prayers

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 Sunday, 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:  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

                                                Prayer Ministry & Fellowship Time follows the service

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

                6 pm ~ Evening Worship Service ~ Rev. Ron De Young

                                                                Offering:  Love INC Food Pantry

Tuesday, December 9

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Ministry

Wednesday, December 10

7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary

5:30 – 6:30 pm ~ Fellowship Night Supper & Bake Sale

6:30 – 7:30 pm ~ Fellowship Night Activities

~ Speaker:  Mr. Tim Vander Zwaag

7:30 pm ~ Praise Team

Thursday, December 11

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Ministry

6 – 9 pm ~ Christmas Open House at Jake & Kris

Friday, December 12

3 pm – Teen Life on Campus Christmas Party –fellowship hall

Saturday, December 13

9:45 – 11:30 am ~ Sunday School program practice

Sunday,  December 14 – Third Sunday of Advent

                9:30 am ~ Sunday School Christmas Program

                                                  Always and Forever Love

                                Offering:  HCRC Ministries and Building Fund

                6 pm ~ Evening Worship ~ Rev. Ron Lugten

 Advance Notices

Monday, December 15 – Council meeting – 7 pm

Tuesday, December 16 – Ladies Guild Bible Study – 10 am

Saturday, December 20 – Men’s Breakfast ~ 8-9 am

Sunday, December 21 – Communion Worship Service – 9:30 am

Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Service – 9:30 am


Requested & Expanded Announcements

December 7, 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  for our Christmas program.  We will also be practicing on Saturday,  December 13 from 9:45 – 11:30 am.

Fellowship Night ~ Our Fellowship Night will be held this Wednesday, 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 a severe farming accident and how God brought Tim and wife                         Teresa through this.  Invite a friend to join for this evening.

Bake Sale ~ During the Wednesday Night Fellowship supper there will be a Bake Sale to benefit the Judge  Family.  Lots of Christmas goodies will be available for a donation.

Always and Forever Love Christmas program will be given by the Sunday School children and youth next  Sunday, December 14 at 9:30 am.  Join with us as we are reminded that no matter how many times  God’s  heart is broken by us, he will Always and Forever Love Us!

Ladies Guild Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, December 16.  We will discuss lesson 7 – To Rome.   Following our lesson we will have a Christmas luncheon at Hawk’s Nest Restaurant.

Christmas Cards ~ Reminder your Christmas cards for our missionaries and those of our church family who  are unable to worship with us each week may be placed in the Christmas mailboxes until December 14.    Let’s each take time to remember these people with a special Christmas greeting.


Jon & Melissa Barlow (Philippines)     Rev. Jonanthan Fisher (New Hope / Maine)

Rev. Mike & Gina Johnson (Texas)    Rev. Ruth Lemmen (World Missions  / China)

Rev. Jimmy & Doris Lin (Back to God / China)                      

Sandi & Mark Nyboer (Teen Life on Campus)

Rev.’s Gil & Joyce Suh (World Missions / Cambodia)                        

Rev. Ray & Esther Vander Laan (That The World May Know Ministry)

(Please note:  Rev. Mike & Gina Johnson’s name was omitted from the list in the newsletter)

Our Church Family

Ron Boerman          Hazel Geurink          Ken Laninga         Harlan & Harriet Meiste

Julia Menken          Wilma Schierbeek          Charles Volkers

 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 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.

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.

Kid’s Corner ~ Christmas is the celebration of the greatest gift ever given by God – His Son Jesus Christ.  The     word “advent” has a Latin origin meaning “coming toward”.  Download the Kids Corner Advent Calendar  to teach your child the amazing significance of Christmas, the coming toward of the Christ-child through   daily Bible verses and stories.  Prepare their hearts for the joy of His coming and encourage    thankfulness, worship and service with daily discipline activities through the entire season of Advent.   Download it free.  Look for it under “free stuff” at www.kidscorner.net.

Calvin Symposium on Worship will be held on January 29-31, 2015 at Calvin College and Calvin Theological   Seminary.  This year’s theme in based on 2 Corinthians.  To register for the Symposium go to          worship.calvin.edu/symposium.

Winter Weather Policy ~ If there is a Winter Storm Warning, Blizzard Warning, Tornado Watch or Warning,   one hour before a worship service or scheduled church event, that event will be cancelled.    Cancellations will also be listed on WOOD-TV8.