Weekly Bulletin 4/6/2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Welcome to woship on this “spring day”. May God “spring-clean” our hearts and refresh us through this worship!


9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service

Worship Leader:  Pastor John Byker

Gathering ~ How Great Is Our God

Welcome & Opening Prayer

~ Praise Songs ~

I Will Give Him Glory

Ten Thousand Reasons

The Wonderful Cross

God’s Greeting & Our Shared Greetings

Service of Confession ~ Jake Porter

Mission Moment ~ Tom Tucker

Morning Prayer

Offertory Prayer ~ Pastor John

Tithe-of-the-Tithe ~ $1,702

Offering | HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

Offertory ~ He Has Forgiven Me

God’s Word ~  Mark 15:1-20  (pg. 1582)

Message | Pilate and Barabbas

God’s Blessing

New Doxology

Sending Praise

Prayer Ministry ~ Pastor John & Esther Vander Laan



 6 pm –  Evening Service

Worship Leader:  Pastor John Byker

Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12 (p. 1501)

Message| Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

Offering:  World Renew

Mission Moment | Remembering the Persecuted Church




Alvin Overbeek was called to his heavenly home on Tuesday, April 1.  The funeral service was held this past Friday.

We extend our sympathy to the Overbeek family in the death of their father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  Romans 14:8


Tom Tucker had a successful procedure done to his other leg last Wednesday at Metro Hospital and is recovering at home.


Rev. Wes Van Dyk, our former pastor, sends a special thank you letter (in your box) for our recent card and love gift!




Pastor John leads our morning worship in our Lenten Journey through Mark’s gospel as we study Pilate and Barabbas today.


Tonight we conclude our study of the Beautitudes from Matt 5.


Youth Outreach Project will be this Saturday, April 12.  We will be leaving the church parking at 4 pm to serve supper at Holland Rescue Mission.  Anyone is welcome to come and help.


Community Prayer for Crops will be held here on April 14 at 9:30 am.  Music by Mark Driesenga, Bernie Timmerman brings a message with prayer by area farmers.  See Kim Greving for info.


Good Friday Communion Service will be held April 18 at 7 pm.


Easter Flowers for our Sanctuary ~ Take this opportunity to place a spring flower for Easter in memory of your loved one or just from your family.  A sheet is available in the fellowship hall to fill out your information.  Bring your plant by noon~April 19.


Ray Vander Laan leads the 7 am Community Sunrise Service

on April 20 at Hamilton Reformed with breakfast following.


Mary Lourenco from Healing Hearts is our speaker at WNF on April 23 at 6:30 pm.  A ministry to women who had abortions.


Alpha Retreat ~Sign-up this week with Kirk Tyler for a weekend Alpha Retreat at Gull Lake on April 25-26.


New Leaders to be installed on April 27 at the 9:30 am service.


Requested & Expanded Announcements

April 6, 2014

Thank you Letter from Rev. Wes Van Dyk:

                  “Dear John,  We got the card and the gift ($100) a few days ago.  Can’t tell you how moved we were by your gesture.  Would you please convey to the congregation, as you see fit, our love and thanks! 

                  As I write I just finished a day of chemo and radiation.  (Radiation is Mon-Fri; chemo only on Tues PM).    The end of this week will mark the half-way point.  At the end, we wait a few weeks and then scan. 

                  Our prayer is that this scan will be clear.  In any case I am learning through cancer (as I’m sure many of your dear people have done through this disease and other afflictions) how fragile I am, how passing

                  this life is and how powerful our Savior is to hold us and bless us in all circumstances ~ “in life and in death.”   You and the dear church I was blessed to serve have put flesh and bones on that Truth. 

                  Thank you again in the love of Christ, Wes and Ellen Van Dyk

Sunday School classes will not meet on April 6, 13 and 20 due to Spring Break and Easter.

Church Bowling Night ~ will be Thursday, April 10 at Zeeland Bowling Lanes starting at 5:30 pm.  You do need your bowling ticket to bowl two games and for shoe rental.  If you need a ticket contact Zena Walters today.  Anyone is welcome to join in on the fellowship at the bowling lanes.

Youth Mission Project will be Saturday, April 12.  We will meet at church at 4 pm to go to Holland Rescue Mission to help serve supper.  Anyone is welcome to come along with the youth.  Contact Zena Walters if you plan on attending.

A Community Time of Prayer for our famers and spring planting will be Monday, April 14 at 9:30 am at our church.  Everyone is welcome to come and spend time in prayer as a new season begins.

Ladies Guild Bible Study will be on Tuesday, April 15 at 10 am and discuss lesson 6, followed by a business meeting.  We will also be meeting on April 29 and viewing the DVD on Esther to complete our study.  A luncheon at Hawk’s Nest Restaurant will follow the meeting.

Men’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 19 in the church fellowship hall.  All men are welcome to start the morning with a great breakfast.

Cadets ~ We will be having our auction night on Wednesday, April 23 (change of date) at 6:30 pm at church.

Cookies!  Cookies!  ~ We are in need of cookies for our church fellowship time following the morning service.  If you would be willing to donate store-brought or homemade cookies sign-up in the fellowship    hall for a Sunday.

Parents Resource Day ~ On April 27 immediately after morning worship, there will be a 30-minute meeting to assist parents of our church family.  Parenting is a tough calling and we often feel that we are alone but fear not!  There are many great resources available to us as we raise our children to the glory of the Lord.  Please join us to see what is available in our own library, and maybe ask some questions.

Mark your Calendars ~ A church potluck will be held on Sunday, May 18 after the morning service in the fellowship hall.  We celebrate many things of the church including high school and college graduates and also another year of children’s Worship and Sunday School.  Plan to join us – details to come.

Offerings ~ General Fund offerings for March:

March 2                                   $3,156.00

March 9                                   $4,871.00

March 16                                $3,729.26

March 23                                $2,960.25

March 30              $2,145.50

Total                          $16,862.01

Goal                             $18,246.15


Mission Fund offerings for March:

Faith Promise Mission – $484.00                                                                     Teen Life on Campus – $100.00

Food Pantry –  $80.00                                                                                                                 Building Fund – $70.00

Youth Director – $978.00                                                                                                         Ministry Shares – $1,702.00

Christian Support – $100.00                                                                                Love Gifts – $600.00

Fellowship Night – (March 12) – $109.05 / (March 26) – $167.00

Right to Life of Holland Area will hold its 30th annual Walk for Life / 5K Run on Saturday, April 19 at Lawrence Street Park in Zeeland.  Registration begins at 9:30 am and the walk/run begins at 10 am.  For more details call 616.396.1037 or you can download the flyer at www.rtlofholland.org.

Four His Glory Trombone Quartet will be performing a gospel music showcase at Overisel Reformed Church on Saturday, April 12 at 7 pm.  The will be performing music written by:  The Gather’s Signature  Sound, Erine Hasses and more.  Amy Vander Kamp will also be sharing an update about the ministry of Youth for Christ.  Feel free to invite your friends and family to this great event, a free-will donation will also be collected to support the ministry of Youth for Christ in the West Michigan area.

World Renew ~ Are you concerned about water damage or flooding this spring?  Go to Preparing for Disasters at worldrenew.net/drs where world Renew Disaster Response Services has an easy to follow process to make a complete plan for your home and church, before, during and after a flood.  Are you interested in volunteering in West Michigan flood response?  Contact World Renew DRS at      drs@worldnrew.net or call 800.848.5818.

Washington Mudslide Update:  Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their homes and are missing loved ones in the Oso Mudslide.  World Renew Disaster Response Services is monitoring the response and in contact with government and other response organizations.  World Renew regional managers remain on-hand as efforts progress and World Renew’s expertise is needed.  To contribute to future response efforts in Oso and other springs disaster in 2014, go to worldrenew.net/donate, call 800.552.7972 or by check designated “Spring Storms” to World Renew, 1700 – 28th Street, SE, Grand    Rapids, Michigan 49508.

Spring Weather Policy ~ The policy of the Hamilton CRC for severe weather is that any church function is cancelled when a tornado watch or warning is still in effect for the Hamilton area (Allegan County) within one hour of the starting time for any church function.  If possible cancellations will be announced on WOOD-TV8

Prayer Opportunities:  Each Sunday at 9 am (Council Room), and each Wednesday at 7 am (Sanctuary). A Prayer Team is also available after each morning service at the front of the sanctuary.