Weekly Bulletin 12/13/15

Sunday, December 13, 2015

“Let us “together… with one voice glorify the God and Father

of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15, NRSV).

Welcome to worship on this third Sunday of Advent.

 9:30 am ~ Children’s Christmas Program

I Believe In Miracles

Worship Leader: Rev. Jacob Porter


Welcome & Call to Worship

Children’s Program

Offering Prayer ~ Pastor Jake

Tithes & Offerings | HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

God’s Blessing

Sending Song ~ Joy to the World

Sending Praise

Prayer Ministry ~ Pastor Jake and Esther Vander Laan



6 pm – Evening Worship Service

Worship Leader: Rev. Jacob Porter

Scripture: Matthew 11:25-30

Message: Our World Belongs to God ~ Stanza 41-43

Offering: My Brother’s & My Sister’s House


Next Sunday – December 20 – 6 pm

Down Home Ministry



Christmas Cards for our missionaries and home-bound church family can be placed in the Christmas mailboxes in the fellowship hall through tonight. They will be mailed and delivered this coming week.

Thank you to ~ Morgan Childs, Connor Driesenga, Jaclyn Driesenga, Tyler Driesenga, Grace Kloosterman, Jenna Kloosterman, Bryn Nyboer, Jase Nyboer, Tyler Nyboer, Avery Overbeek, Olivia Overbeek, Dean Porter, Gabby Shook, Alyssa Streur, Brady Walters, Gavyn Walters ~ for your part in the Christmas program today.



Children’s Christmas Program, I Belive in Miracles, will be presented by the Sunday School children this morning. Following the service everyone is invited for a cake refreshement to celebrate Pastor Jake’s birthday (December 16) and to thank our children and the leaders for their dedication.

Offering for tonight will be given to My Brother’s and My Sister’s Houses. These five homes are owned and operated by the Holland Deacon’s Conference which houses 30 men and women with developmental differences. With the closing of Kandu and financial cuts from the State of Michigan there is a great need for additional funding and volunteers.

Communion Service will be celebrated next Sunday, December 20 at the 9:30 am service. Prepare your heart this week for this celebration.

Ladies Guild Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, December 15. We will discuss lesson 7 – The Lesson God Taught. We will also have our Christmas luncheon following our Bible study.

The General Fund Budget for 2016 was passed at the congregational meeting held this past Wednesday evening. Continue to pray for the finances of the church.


Today: December 13 ~ Third Sunday of Advent

9:30 am ~ Children’s Christmas Program ~

I Believe In Miracles

  Offering: HCRC Ministries and Building Fund

6 pm ~ Evening Worship Service

Offering: My Brother’s and My Sister’s House

Tuesday, December 15

10 am ~ Ladies Guild Bible Study – Lesson 7

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Center

Wednesday, December 16

7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary

3 – 6 pm ~ Middle School Youth

7 pm ~ Praise Team

Thursday, December 17

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Center

6:30 pm ~ Women’s Bible Study

Sunday, December 13 ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent

9:30 am ~ Communion Worship Service

Offering: HCRC Ministries and Building Fund

                  Faith Promise Missionary Support

3 pm ~ High School Youth

6 pm ~   Down Home Ministry

Offering: Down Home Ministry

Advance Notices

Monday, December 21 – 7 pm ~ Council meeting

Friday, Decemer 25 – 9:30 am ~ Christmas Day Service

Sunday, December 27 – 6 pm ~ Community Testimony Service


Requested & Expanded Announcements

December 13, 2015

Thank you ~ You are a blessing! Thank so much for the terrific support for our food pantries during November and December! The shelves look nice and full once again and we could not have done this without the generosity of so many. Thanks for your part in helping us provide food and nutrition to others in need. The Love INC Food Pantries of Hamilton CRC and Christ Community Allegan

Ladies Guild Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, December 15 at 10 am. We will study lesson 7 – The Lessons God Taught. Following our Bible lesson we will have a Christmas luncheon at Hawk’s Nest Restaurant.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, December 20 at the morning service.

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

Sunday School classes will not meet December, 13, 20 and 27. Classes will resume on January 3.

Christmas Cards ~ Remember our missionaries and church family with Christmas greetings. Cards may be placed in the special mailboxes in the fellowship hall through tonight. Our missionaries our: Jon & Melissa Barlow (Philippines); Rev. Jonanthan & Minet Fisher (New Hope / Maine); Rev. Mike & Gina Johnson (Texas); Rev. Ruth Lemmen (World Missions / 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) Our church family includes: Hazel Geurink; Ken Laninga;  Harlan & Harriet Meiste; Julia Menken; Wilma Schierbeek;  Charles Volkers

Looking Ahead ~ Our next Wednesday Fellowship Night will be January 13. We will having a winter picnic of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, baked beans and everyone should bring a dessert. The annual Chili Cook-off and Bread Bake-off is being planned for Wednesday, January 27. Start looking for those great recipes and mark these dates on your calendar.

Red Cross Blood Drive at Hamilton Reformed Church will be Thursday, December 17 from noon – 5:45 pm.  For information or to schedule an appointment, log on to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Love INC Ministry Need ~ Long time coordinators of the Furniture Ministry, Mary & Eldon Nyhof, are retiring from their volunteer service with Love INC. They have done a great job and we are grateful for their time! Love INC is currently looking for volunteers who would be willing to serve Christ and others by coordinating our Furniture Ministry. Our Furniture Ministry serves a great purpose in helping our clients. This is a ministry opportunity for one of our local churches or can be volunteers from more than one church in our area. The volunteer hours are flexible. If you are looking for an opportunity in the coming new year to serve those in need – please consider joining Love INC. For more information call the Love INC office at 269.751.2533 and speak with either Berne Nykamp or Char VanBeek.

Lakeshore Little People’s Place, a Christian non-profit, is currently hiring in Hamilton for teachers, assistants and cleaner. Full and part-time positions are available for year round employment (summer off possible). Degree in early childhood or related field preferred and required for some positions. Training provided and benefits available for full-time employees. We are also looking for a cleaner 2-3 hours/night evenings after 6 pm. Please email resume to llpp.office@gmail.com.

Thank you for your gifts to Christian Reformed World Missions. God calls us and our joyful response is to go and make disciples for Him. Through His Spirit your gift has changed lives in:

Nigeria ~ A seminary student of a CRWM missionary in Nigeria recently graduated and returned to his home country of Sierra Leone, where he is leading a youth ministry. Praise God for strong leaders that are growing in West Africa.

Japan ~ A missionary couple in Japan uses the philosophy “serving to enable others to serve”. Recently, a woman who the missionaries have been challenging to serve God with her talents decided to start a gathering for young adults to worship and study God’s Word.

Haiti ~ CRWM missionaries facilitate a youth-empowerment club in Haiti. Members of the community are starting to recognize the positive effects of this club, and have been offering words of encouragement along with supplies for their service projects.