Weekly Bulletin 1/24/16

Sunday, January 24, 2016

“Welcome to worship on this winter morning! As brothers and sisters in Christ, we gather to praise his name, hear his Word and be strengthened to share his love with others.”

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service

Worship Leader: Rev. Jacob Porter

Gathering Praise

Welcome & Call to Worship

Praise Songs ~ Jesus Messiah

How Great Is Our God

There Is a Redeemer

God’s Greeting and Our Shared Greetings

Confession & Assurance ~ Isaiah 53:6 ~ Colin Klinkers

(children PreK – 4th grade are dismissed for Sunday School)

Morning Prayer

God’s Word ~ John 1:35-51 (pg. 1647)

Message l Look and See Jesus ~ The Son of God

Offering Prayer ~ Wes Lemmen

Tithes & Offerings | HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

Offertory ~ Your Name

God’s Blessing

Sending Song ~ Doxology

Sending Praise

Prayer Ministry ~ Wes Lemmen and Michele Dykstra


6 pm – Evening Worship Service

Worship Leader: Mr. David Penning

Message: Limited Vision

Scripture: Genesis 18:20-33; 19:27-28; 20:1

Offering: World Renew



Remember our elderly church family (Hazel Geurink, Ken Laninga, Harlan & Harriet Meiste, Julia Menken, Wilma Schierbeek, Charles Volkers) in your prayers throughout these winter months. Your prayers, cards, and visits are a dose of sunshine.


Sunday School Classes will meet today. Pre-K – 4th grade will be dismissed during the morning service; 5th – 12th grade will meet following the worship service.

Evening Worship will be led by Mr. David Penning who is a recent graduate of Western Theological Seminary. Currently he is serving as a Hospice chaplain but is also involved in youth ministry at his home church of Vanguard Church. He and his wife, Elisha live in Kalamazoo and are preparing for their first child in March. As a family they enjoy watching movies and playing with their dogs and cat and they are resting in hopeful expectation of how the Lord will continue to use their family in ministry together.

Chili Cook-Off and Bread Bake-Off ~ You need to sign-up TODAY if you plan to enter your chili or bread in the “best-of-the-best” contest for this Wednesday, January 27. All entries should be in the church kitchen by 4:30 pm for the fellowship team to set-up for this fun night. Everyone should come out at 5:30 pm to taste all the entries and vote on who has the “best-of-the-best” chili and bread.

Newsletter articles are due today for the February newsletter and may be placed in the newsletter box in the narthex.

Pinewood Derby Race ~ The Cadets will be hosting the Pinewood Derby race on Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The Cadets are inviting anyone of all ages to participate in this race. Details, car kits and sign-up is available in the fellowship hall. Come on out and join the fun. A pizza supper will be available before the race. See Kurt Dykstra with any questions.


Today: January 24

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

Offering: HCRC Ministries and Building Fund

Sunday School Pre-K – 4th grade

Story: Parable – The Mustard Seed

10:50 am ~ Sunday School – 5th – 12th grade

6 pm ~ Evening Worship Service ~ Mr. David Penning

Offering: World Renew

Tuesday, January 26

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Center

Wednesday, January 27

7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary

8:30 am ~ Sr. Breakfast at Hawk’s Nest Restaurant

5:30 – 6:30 pm ~ Chili Cook-Off & Bread Bake-Off

6:30 pm ~ Presentation of Traveling Trophies

6:30 pm ~ Cadets and Youth Group

Thursday, January 28

3 – 5:30 pm ~ GATE After School Center

Sunday, January 31

9:15 am ~ Prayer Time in the Council Room

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

Offering: HCRC Ministries and Building Fund

Sunday School for Pre-K – 12th grade

6 pm ~   Evening Worship Service

Offering: Love INC Food Pantry

Advance Notices

Monday, February 1 – 6:30 pm ~ Executive Team meeting

Monday, February 1 – 7:15 pm ~ Elders meeting


Requested & Expanded Announcements

January 24, 2016

 Chili Cook-Off and Bread Bake-Off will be held on Wednesday, January 27. If you have a favorite chili (categories – traditional, hot-n-spicy, alternative) and / or bread (categories – yeast, quick) sign-up to enter the contest. You will need to have your chili and/or bread to the church kitchen by 4:30 pm on January 27 for the taste judging to begin at 5:30 pm. Everyone is invited to come and be a judge of all the entries. Sign-up today, we need many entries of chili and bread to make this a fun night.

Membership Class ~ If you would like to consider taking the next step in your spiritual journey, Pastor Jake will be having a profession of faith / membership class soon. Let him know of your interest in this class.

Church Parking Assistance ~ If anyone needs assistance with having their vehicle parked or an extra hand in walking on the sidewalks into church please contact Matt Nyboer or Chad Schierbeek. They are serving as our church parking assistance team.

Newsletter ~ Articles for the February church newsletter are due today and may be placed in the newsletter box in the narthex.

Valentine Dinner hosted by the High School Youth Group will be held on Wednesday, February 10. A Valentine supper will be served from 5:30- 6:30 pm. Mark your calendar for this special night. The proceeds from this evening will be for the Youth Mission Trip 2017 to New York.

Church Camp-Out will be held July 15, 16 and 17 at Tri-Ponds Campground. If you would like to be part of  this fun weekend you can call Tri-Ponds at 269.673.4740 to reserve a camp site. They do have a few sites left for this weekend, but you need to call soon.

Summer Camp ~ Kid’s are your considering going to summer camp? Camp Geneva, located on the shores of Lake Michigan, has brochures and registration information available at the church mailboxes.

School ~ Parents interested in learning more about Holland Christian High School are invited to the High School Showcase on January 25 at 7 pm. For more information, contact Courtney Lampen at 616.820.2804 or clampen@hollandchristian.org.

SWaP ~ Would you like to be a part of Serve With a Purpose in Uganda or Honduras for 4 weeks this summer? SWaP is more than a mission trip – it’s a program for youth and young adults, ages 16-24 who are looking to plan, learn, grow and serve both globally and locally. Do More, Be More through missions. See details at www.worldrenew.net/gvp.

Calvin Symposium on Worship ~ Registration is now open for the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 28-30 at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. This year’s theme is based on the book of Isaiah. The preachers include Mary Hulst, Richard J. Mouw, Reggie Smith, Frank A. Thomas and Anne Zaki. For complete information go to worship.calvin.edu/symposium.

Thank You ~ Dear Hamilton CRC, Please accept our heartfelt “thank-you” from Hungry for Christ for your monetary gift, partnership and support. It is because of people like you that together we are able to bless so many. Your gift is a gift that keeps on giving. One area Backpack Coordinator recently shared with us that had been supplying food to a family for several years. When the family did not sign up this year, the coordinator was concerned. The mother informed them that they “we’re doing great, the Lord has blessed us and we no longer need the help”. She wanted to give back… she knitted hats and scarves for another program that is affiliated with the school to be given as Christmas presents to families in the community who were struggling. This is a gift that keeps on giving. Another act of kindness from the volunteers who distribute food for our Family Night program are often blessed by the expressions of gratitude from people we serve. Recently a woman, with tears streaming down her face, told a volunteer that without the food she receives from Hungry for Christ, she would not know another way to feed her family. She then added that this had been the first Thanksgiving in a very long time she was able to serve her family a turkey, one she had received from Hungry for Christ.