Weekly Bulletin 12/18/16

Sunday, December 18, 2016

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, may the glorious good news of Christ’s birth fill us with love and good will.

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service

Worship Leader:  Rev. Jacob Porter

Gathering Praise ~ The King of Glory Comes

Welcome & Call to Worship

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Praise Songs ~  Joy to the World  ~

Angels From the Realms of Glory

Children’s Christmas Program ~

The Shepherds Wonder

Morning Prayer

God’s Word ~  Luke 1:39-80 (pg. 1588)

Message ~  Praising the Coming of the King

Tithes & Offerings | HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

Offertory ~ Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)

Offering Prayer  ~  Paul Nyboer

God’s Blessing

Sending Song ~ Good Christian Men Rejoice

Sending Praise

Prayer Ministry ~ Paul Nyboer and Esther Vander Laan

6 pm –  Evening Worship Service

at Hamilton CRC

Guest Pastor:  Mr. Maxwell Nkansah

Scripture:  Matthew 11:2-11

Message ~  How Is Your Submission?



Tom Tucker will be having surgery on Monday at Metro Hospital in Grand Rapids for two aneurysms.  Remember Tom and Marge in your prayers throughout this surgery.

Thank you to our Fellowship Night Team for the wonderful Christmas meal that was prepared and served this past Wednesday evening.

Thank You to our Sunday School children and leaders for their part in today’s worship service as we celebrate the birth of Jesus through the eyes of a child.

Thank You for your “pocket change” for the Sunday School Noisy Offering.  With the change we collected in November and December, we were able to give Christmas gifts and food to a family of five.


Morning Service ~ This morning our Sunday School children will present the Christmas program, The Shepherds Wonder.

Evening Service will be held tonight  at our church.  We welcome Mr. Maxwell Nkansah to lead us in  worship.

Christmas Day Worship will be next Sunday, December 25 at 9:30 am.    We will also celebrate Holy Communion.  Join us for this special service as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and look towards his coming again.   A special offering will be received for Faith Promise Mission Support.

Congregational meeting ~ At the meeting held this past Wednesday evening the General Budget for 2017 was passed. Continue to pray for the direction of HCRC and God’s leading.

Ladies Guild Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, December 20 at 10 am in the fellowship hall.  We will study lesson 7, Winning and Losing.  We will have our Christmas luncheon at Hawk’s Nest Restaurant following the lesson.


 Today:  December 18 ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent

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

                  Children’s Christmas Program

          Offering:  HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

6 pm ~ Evening Worship Service – Mr. Maxwell Nkansah

Monday, December 19

6:30 pm ~ Council meeting

Tuesday, December 20

10 am ~ Ladies Guild Bible Study ~ fellowship hall

                Christmas luncheon following meeting


Wednesday,  December 21

7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary

7 pm ~ Praise Team

Sunday,  December 25 ~ Christmas Day

9:10 am ~ Prayer Time ~ Pastor’s Office

9:30 am ~  Christmas Worship and Communion –

Rev. Jacob Porter

                     Offering:  HCRC Ministries & Building  Fund

                                        Faith Promise Mission Support

Requested & Expanded Announcements

December 18, 2016

Tonight for our evening service, Mr. Maxwell Nkansah will lead us in worship at 6 pm.  Mr. Nkansah was born in the Akwapim region in Ghana and then moved to the United States.  He is married with three children and is a second year student at Western Theological Seminary and is most interested in pastoral-care and family life.  His main focus is inter-generational relationships within the family.  He has worked in hospitality management on college campuses in the eastern part of this country.  He enjoys meeting and developing relationships and serving people.  Join us tonight for this service and welcome Mr. Nkansah to HCRC.

Newsletter information for the January Observer is due next Sunday, December 25 and may be placed in the newsletter box in the narthex.

Ladies Guild Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, December 20 at 10 am in the fellowship hall.  We will study Lesson 7, Winning and Losing. Following the Bible study we will have a Christmas luncheon at Hawk’s Nest Restaurant.

Sunday School will not meet the remainder of this year for Christmas break.  We will resume Sunday School on January 8.

Food Pantry is in need of volunteers to distribute food to the Love INC clients.  Pantry hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and Thursday,  5 – 6 pm.  If you would like to volunteer in the food pantry contact Paul or Teresa Nyboer.

Found some articles of clothing that have been left at church for the past few months.  These items are hanging on the coat rack in the narthex near the restrooms.  Please check if these items may belong to you.  Unclaimed items will be donated to Love INC.

CRC Digital Library ~ “Good News! The Story of the Shepherds” is available free to all in the CRC through the Digital Library (crcna.org/library).  This newly revised God Loves Me storybook retells a Bible story in simple language that young children can understand, a prayer and suggestions for learning through play    activities.

Sea to Sea Bicycle Tour is looking for 35 more registered riders by the end of December.  Kitchen volunteers are also needed.  Are you one?  Whether you are up for the full coast-to-coast ride or you prefer to join for part of the trip, Sea-to-Sea is for everyone with a heart for service and a sense of adventure.  Get involved!  Call for more information at 1-888-CRC-BIKE!

Gifts ~ You can give the BEST GIFTS EVER with World Renew this Christmas.  God’s power became visible in His son Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.  He is the Best Gift Ever.  You can give a powerful gift to someone in need this Christmas through one baby chick – or clean water for a whole community.  Find these and other empowering items in the World Renew gift catalog available at the Welcome Table or go online at worldrenewgifts.net.