Weekly Bulletin 4/02/2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…” (John 3:16) to offer eternal life for all.  God does not condemn you, God reaches out to embrace you.  Welcome!

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service

Worship Leader:  Rev. Jacob Porter

Gathering Praise ~ Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble

Welcome & Call to Worship

Praise Songs ~

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Cornerstone   ~  O Lord You’re Beautiful

God’s Greeting and Our Shared Greetings

Confession and Assurance

Noisy Offering ~ Hand2Hand Ministry

Morning Prayer

God’s Word ~  Luke 17 (pg. 1626)

Message ~ On the Road to Jerusalem

Tithes & Offerings l HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

Pastor’s Trip to Israel

Offertory ~ Come to Jesus

Offering Prayer  ~ Fred Mireles

Tithe-of-Tithe ~ $1,558

God’s Blessing

Sending Song ~ Here I Am

Sending Praise


Prayer Ministry ~ Fred Mireles and Michele Dykstra


6 pm – Evening Worship Service

at Hamilton Christian Reformed Church

Worship Leader:   Rev. Jacob Porter



Thank you to Mark Driesenga for serving as our church’s Praise Team Leader for the past several years.  As of March 31 Mark has decided to leave this position of our church and wait upon God to see where he will lead him.  Show your appreciation to Mark by sending him a note of thanks as he served our church in this position.

Thank You for the prayers during my Spring Break while I was in New Orleans helping rebuild the ecosystem.  I had an awesome experience while serving there and seeing God’s creation in the Bayou and the National Park.  “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good for his mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 107).

~Courtny Schierbeek


 Morning Service ~ This morning Pastor Jake will lead us in worship as we journey to the cross.

Sunday School Classes for Pre-K – 5th grade will not meet on April 2, 9, and 16 due to Spring Break.

Evening Service will be held at at 6 pm at our church with Hamilton Reformed.  Pastor Jake will lead us in worship.

Ladies Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, April 4 at 10 am  in the fellowship hall.  We will discuss lesson 2 – Welcome to Jerusalem.

Congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, April 9 following the morning service.  We will be casting of lots for the office of elder and deacon.

Flowers for Easter ~ If you would like to place a flower in church on Easter in memory or honor of a loved one, or from your family, please sign the sheet at the Welcome Table with your information by Thursday, April 13.  Plants should be brought to church by Saturday noon, April 15.



Today:  April 2 ~ Fifth Sunday of Lent

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

                 Offerings  HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

                                    Pastor Jake & Kris’ Israel Trip

                             Noisy Offering ~ Hand2Hand Ministry

6 pm ~ Evening Worship Service at HCRC

Worship Leader:  Rev. Jacob Porter

Monday, April 3

6:30 pm ~ Executive Team meeting

7:15 pm ~ Elders meeting

 Tuesday, April 4

 10 am ~ Ladies Guild Bible Study – fellowship hall

 Wednesday,  April 5

7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary

 Sunday,  April 9 – Palm Sunday

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

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

                Offerings:  HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

                                   Noisy Offering ~ Hand2Hand Ministry

10:45 am ~ Casting of Lots for Officebearers

6 pm ~ Evening Worship Service  ~ Hamilton CRC

                       Worship Leader:  Rev. Ben Aguilera


Requested & Expanded Announcements

April 2, 2017

Special Offering ~ This morning we will have a special offering for Pastor Jake & Kris for the opportunity they have to go to Israel  with  Rev. Ray Vander Laan through That The World May Know Ministry from May 25 through June 9.

Congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, April 9 following the morning service to cast lots for the office of elder and deacon.

Nominated for two new elder positions

Kurt Dykstra                                       Bruce Eding                                        Wes Lemmen                                     Doug Wabeke

Nominated for two new deacon positions

Jon Barnum                                        Ron Childs                                           Dave Schierbeek                               Matt Walters

If you are unable to attend the meeting, absentee ballots for affirmation are available from any elder.   Pray for the Lord’s leading in this process and especially for his blessing on those men selected.

Ladies Guild Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, April 4 at 10 am in the church fellowship hall.  We will study  lesson 2 – Welcome to Jerusalem.  All ladies are welcome; no lesson preparation needed.

Flowers for Easter ~ If you would like to place a flower in the sanctuary for Easter Sunday in memory or honor of a loved one or from your family, please sign the sheet at the Welcome Table.  All plants should be at church by Saturday noon, April 15.

Building Fund offerings for March were $400.00.  This funds helps to pay for bi-weekly trash removal,sound equipment, snow plowing, lawn mower lease, building supplies, etc.  If you would like to give to this fund, please use the yellow giving envelopes for Building Fund and place it in the offering plate.

Offerings for March were:  Faith Promise Mission Support – $955.00:   Youth Group Mission Trip – $3,143.27;                        Pastor’s Israel Trip – $2,303.00;                                                           Noisy Offering (Hand2Hand) – $175.00

General Fund Offering – $15,573.00   (March 26 offering $2,770.00)

Bibles for Mexico Thrift Center in Holland is in need of volunteers to help in both stores (813 Lincoln Avenue and 91 Douglas Avenue).  If you are interested in volunteering contact [email protected] or call 616.662.3663.

Digital Library ~ Proverbs:  Just So You Know” is available free to all in the CRC through the Digital Library (crcna.org/Library).  This Bible study explores how God’s way offers peace, contentment and blessing while guarding us from foolish pitfalls.  Find wisdom for full living even as we engage with a drag-down world.

Pray for Inspire 2017 ~ Inspire 2017 is a conference to connect people from across the 1,000+ churches in the Christian Reformed Church for three days of worship, workshops, speakers, and conversation.  As we plan and prepare for this event, happening August 3-5 in Detroit, Michigan, please join in praying for the event and all who will attend.  This week, please pray for the atmosphere created by visuals and décor in Inspire 2017, and for those planning this often-overlooked but important part of an event.  Pray that presentations, visuals, direction signs and décor help to create an environment where people can listen, converse, worship and be inspired.

World Renew responds to major drought and famine ~ Famine is threatening communities in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.  Millions are at risk of starvation.  Your prayers and generous donations for World Renew’s response are urgently needed to help provide assistance in these communities before it is too late.  To donate, call 800.552.7972 or give online at worldrenew.net/donate.  You can also mail your check, marked “Famine & Drought Relief”, to World Renew, 1700 – 28th Street, SE., Grand Rapids, Michigan  49508

Try Out the New Banner App ~ Available for iPhone and Android, this new app gives you quick access to all the latest Banner news and features.  You can also use the app to locate churches and browse the latest content on The Network, CRC News, Think Christian, Today daily devotionals and more.  Search “CRCNA Banner” in your phone’s app store.

Coming Soon to the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds.  On Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 we will be having a TOTAL PRAISE BANQUET to celebrate that our new Worship Center is paid in full!  You are invited to join for a great time of food, fellowship and worship.  The evening will begin with punch bowl at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm and then a fantastic concert by several local artists including Kristin Bredewey, Kurt Vander Schuur, Marilyn De Mann, Dawn Bouman and MacKenzie Segard.  Reserved round table seating is available for $15 per person or $140 per table (10 people).  Call to reserve your spot at 616.842.4478.

Association for a More Just Society invites you to a Celebration of Justice Dinner on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 pm at the Frederik Meijer Gardens at 6:30 pm.  For more information see the flyer at the Welcome Table.  Building Hope, Growing Justice.