Weekly Bulletin 4/16/17

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Like the women who first heard the Resurrection news, we come not knowing what to expect.  Surprise us, Christ Jesus, with your living presence in life’s uncertainties.

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service

Worship Leader:  Rev. Jacob Porter

Gathering Praise ~ Christ Is Risen

Welcome & Call to Worship

Praise Songs ~

In Christ Alone  ~  Christ Arose  ~  Glorious Day

God’s Greeting and Our Shared Greetings

Confession and Assurance

Noisy Offering ~ Hand2Hand Ministry

Children’s Message ~ Sandy Lemmen

Morning Prayer

God’s Word ~  Luke 24:1-35 (pg. 1642)

Message ~ He Is Risen!

Tithes & Offerings l HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

Offertory ~ Chain Breaker

Offering Prayer  ~ Garry Nyboer

God’s Blessing

Sending Song ~ Here I Am

Sending Praise

Prayer Ministry ~ Garry Nyboer and Michele Dykstra


6 pm – Easter Hymn Sing

at Hamilton CRC

Led by Dean Michaels



Thank you to those who placed a flower in the sanctuary in memory of a loved one for this Resurrection Sunday.  After our evening service you are encouraged to take your plant home or share with others.


Christ Is Risen!  Today we rejoice that Christ arose from the dead and has offered us new life in Him.  Pastor Jake will lead us in worship on this Easter Sunday morning.

Sunday School Classes for Pre-K – 5th grade will not meet today, but are encouraged to be part of the children’s message during the service.  Classes will resume on April 30.

Evening Service will be held at 6 pm and will be a hymn sing led by Dean Michaels.  Join us as we sing the songs of the faith.

Congregational meeting ~ At the congregational meeting held last Sunday, Jon Barnum and Ron Childs were selected to serve as deacons and Kurt Dykstra and Doug Wabeke were selected to serve as elders.  The installation service will take place at the morning service of April 30.

Sunday morning service of April 23 will be held at Hamilton Reformed Church at 9:30 am.  The cantata, Jesus Messiah, will be presented.  Pray for someone to invite to come to this service that might not attend a regular worship service.

Small Group Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 pm at Berend & Nancy’s home.  We will be discussing lesson 2 on the Psalms.

Fellowship Night will be held Wednesday, April 26.  Supper will be served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

General Fund offering for April 2 was $2,424.00, the Building Fund offering was $425.00


Today:  April 16 ~ Easter Sunday

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

                    Offerings  HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

                     Noisy Offering ~ Hand2Hand Ministry

6 pm ~ Evening Worship Service at HCRC

Music Leader:  Dean Michaels

Monday, April 17

6:30 pm ~ Council meeting

Tuesday, April 18

10 am ~ Ladies Guild Bible Study – fellowship hall

Wednesday,  April 19

7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary


Sunday,  April 23

9:30 am ~  Cantata at Hamilton Reformed Church

6 pm ~ Evening Worship Service  ~ Hamilton CRC

                Worship Leader:  Rev. Tom Dekker


Requested & Expanded Announcements

April 16, 2017


Cantata ~ Next Sunday the cantata, Jesus Messiah, will be presented at Hamilton Reformed Church at 9:30.  We will not be having a church service at our facility. The evening service will be held at 6 pm at our church and led by Rev. Tom Dekker.

Newsletter ~ Articles and information for the May church newsletter are due April 23 and may be placed in the newsletter box in the narthex.

Ladies Guild Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 am in the church fellowship hall.  We will study lesson 3 – Betrayed and Defeated.  All ladies are welcome; no lesson preparation needed.

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.  If you would like to be part of a table of 10 for this evening contact Doug Wabeke at (269.650.5117).

Cadets ~ Our spring camp-out will be on April 28-29.  We will meet at the clubhouse at 5 pm on Friday night, April 28.  Also we will be having Cadet Sunday at the morning service on May 7.

Graduates ~ If you are graduating from high school or college for the 2016-2017 school year, please let the church office know so you can be added to the list of graduates.  If you have already been contacted by the church office your name is already on the list.  A graduation potluck will be held on May 21 at noon in the church fellowship hall to honor our graduates.

Golf League ~ Men or women interested in golfing are invited to join a Hamilton Area Golf League at Diamond Springs Golf Course.  The league is on Tuesday at 5:45 pm from May 9 – August 22 (16 weeks) and consists of 2 person teams.  The cost is $225 for walkers and $330 with a cart.  For more information or to sign-up call Sherwin Prins (616.820.9203) or Becky Kempkers (616.886.7478) or Diamond Springs (269.751.4545).

Hungry for Christ is hosting a Pancake Breakfast Open House and Fundraiser on Saturday, April 22 from 8 am – 10:30 am at their newly remodeled facility (4565 – 135th Avenue Hamilton).  A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10:30 am.  Everyone is welcome!

Lakeshore Little People’s Place is now enrolling for the Great Start Readiness Preschool (GSRP) for the 2017-2018 school year.  Your child must be 4 (but not five by September 1, 2017) and the family must meet the following income qualifications for free preschool (family of 2 under $40,600; family of 3 under $51,050; family of 4 under $61,500).  GSRP Preschool operates Monday thru Thursday from 8:45 – 3:45 pm at the Hamilton South Side location (3362 M-40).  Wrap-around childcare is also available.  Contact Evette Stezowski at 269.264.1261 or llpp.hamiltonsouth@gmail.com.

Bible League Spring Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 12 noon at Harderwyk CRC.  Lunch will be catered by James Street Inn and is $8 per person.  The speaker will be Jody Jacobsen who has worked several years with abused women and children in Capetown, South Africa.  For reservations contact Jan Van Dyke at 616.399.4549 by Monday, May 1.

Digital Library ~The Best Day Ever:  The Story of Easter” is available free to all in the CRC through the Digital Library (crcna.org/Library).  This newly revised storybook tells the story of Easter (found in John 20:11-18) in simple words a young child can understand, a prayer and suggestions for learning through play activities.  This Bible storybook is one of 52 storybooks designed for children ages 2-3.

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 us in praying for the event and all who will attend.  This week, please pray for keynote speaker Richard Mouw.  Pray that God will guide him as he prepares the message he will share at Inspire 2017 and that his words will encourage those listening.  Pray also for interactions and conversations he will have with people at the event.

Easter Sunday ~ Today we celebrate Christ’s victory over death and sin; a victory that was for all of His people!  Christian Reformed Home Missions helps people in Canada and the United States realize that they are part of Christ’s victory.  Your support of this ministry is important and appreciated.  To learn more about this work, visit crhm.org.