Weekly Bulletin 12/14/14

Sunday, December 14, 2014

“Welcome on this third Sunday of Advent!  We gather to antipate the joy of God’s coming – at Bethlehem, in our hearts and at the end of days.”

 Worship Leader:  Mr. Jake Porter

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service


Welcome & Announcements

God’s Greeting

Opening Song:  Go, Tell It On the Mountain

Christmas Program ~ Always and Forever Love

Advent Candle Reading ~ Judi Rice & Matt Thies

Offering Prayer ~ Wes Lemmen

Tithes & Offerings | HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

God’s Word ~  Isaiah  2:1-5; Isaiah 9:6-7

Advent Meditation

Sending Praise ~ Go Tell It on the Mountain


Prayer Ministry ~ Wes Lemmen and Kim Greving

 6 pm –   Evening Worship Service


Worship Leader:  Pastor Ron Lugten

Scripture:  Joshua 3:7-17

Message ~  Living in the Shadow

Offering: Love INC Food Pantry



 Thank You ~ I would like to thank everyone for your prayers, cards, visits and words of encouragement during my recent surgery and recovery.  Thank you to those who brought meals – each one was very much appreciated.  Thank you to Pastor Ron and Jake for their visits and above all to God for bringing me thourgh surgery and healing.  It is such a great blessing to belong to the family of God here at Hamilton CRC.                                                                  ~Judy Overbeek



 Children’s Christma Program,  Always and Forever Love, will be presented by the Sunday School children this morning.  Following the service everyone is invited for refreshments and to celebrate Pastor Jake’s birthday (December 16).

Evening Worship Service will be led by Pastor Ron Lugten and next Sunday, December 21 by Rev. Ron De Young.

Ladies Guild Bible Study will meet Tuesday, December 16 at 10 am in the Council Room.  We will discuss lesson 7 – To Rome.  Following the Bible study we will go to Hawk’s Nest for our Christmas luncheon.

Men’s Breakfast will be held Saturday, December 20 from 8 – 9 am in the fellowship hall.  Men of all ages are invited to join for a great breakfast.

Communion Service ~ Next Sunday morning we will celebrate Holy Communion.  Prepare your hearts for this celebration as we look forward to the birth of Jesus and his return.

Christmas Cards for our missionaries and home-bound family can be placed in the Christmas mailboxes in the fellowship through tonight.  Your Christmas greetings  brighten their days.  Remember them with a Christmas greeting.

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 14 – Third Sunday of Advent

9:30 am ~ Christmas Program

                                                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 ~ Pastor Ron Lugten

                                                                Offering:  Love INC Food Pantry

Monday, December 15

7 pm ~ Council meeting

 Tuesday, December 16

10 am ~ Ladies Guild Bible Study & Luncheon ~ Lesson 7

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Ministry

Wednesday, December 17

7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary

7 pm ~ Praise Team

Thursday, December 18

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Ministry

Saturday, December 20

8 – 9 am ~ Men’s Breakfast in the fellowship hall

Sunday,  December 21 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

                9:30 am ~ Communion Worship Service ~ Pastor Jake Porter

                                Offering:  HCRC Ministries and Building Fund

                6 pm ~ Evening Worship ~ Rev. Ron De Young

 Advance Notices

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

Sunday, December 28 – Community Worship Service  6 pm

Wednesday, December 31  – Sr. Breakfast – 8:30 am


Requested & Expanded Announcements

December 14, 2014

 Always and Forever Love Christmas program will be presented by the Sunday School children and youth  during our morning worship service today.  Thank you to each child and youth for your participation in  our service this morning.

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.

December Worship Services ~ 

December 21 – 9:30 am – Communion Worship Service

Worship Leader:  Mr. Jake Porter

Communion Offering: Faith Promise Mission

6 pm – “The Majesty of Christ!”    Worship Leader:  Rev. Ron De Young

December 25 – 9:30 am – Christmas Worship Service ~ “A Savior Has Been Born!”

Worship Leader:  Mr. Jake Porter                                             Offering:  World Renew

December 28 – 9:30 am –  “My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation”

Worship Leader:  Rev. Thom Daubenspeck

6 pm – Community Testimony Service


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 through today     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

 Hamilton Area Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, December 18 at Hamilton Reformed Church      from noon until 5:45 pm.  For more information or to schedule an appointment go to redcrossblood.org    (sponsor code:  Hamiltonreformed) or call 1.800.REDCROSS.

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.

Hearts & Hands for Honduras ~ Use your hearts and hands with World Renew and its partner ministry Diaconia Nacional on their community improvement  projects in Honduras.  Work alongside local   laborers by building latrines, pilas and general construction.  Details can be found at www.crwm.org.        Pray that this need may be met.