The Lord’s Day – December 4, 2016
WELCOME! On this second Sunday in Advent, we light the Bethlehem candle
and joyfully declare that there is room in our hearts for Jesus, our Savior and
King. As we thoughtfully prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth, reflect on
Mary’s (and your own) attitude of humble readiness to serve God’s purposes.
THE MORNING SERVICE: “Advent Anticipations: 2. Where is He
Scripture: Micah 5:1-5; Revelations 21:1-8, 22-27
THE EVENING MESSAGE: “Love’s Gifts: Peace, Joy, Hope and Life”
Offering today: Benevolent Fund
Offering next Sunday: ECES
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND SERVICE:
Sun 10:45 AM Church School
10:45 AM Community
Christmas Program rehearsal
7:45 PM Sunday Night
Bible Study - lesson 2
Mon 8:30 AM Worthington Thrift Store
ECES Christmas Program
Tues 7:00 PM Council Meeting
Wed 7:00 PM Men’s Life: Good Question, p. 339 “Money
Sat 8:30 AM Worthington Thrift Store
PRAYERS AND PRAISES
Vonda Danneman’s cancer surgery is scheduled for December
14. Pray for the Lord’s strength and for the gift of peace as they await
John Mouw passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the age of 86.
The funeral took place on Saturday. We pray for the Lord to comfort Milo and
Cheryl, Brad and Linda, Cindy and Dan, and Mike and Lori, along with their
children and grandchildren in their time of grief. We also extend our sympathy
to LaVonne Hulstein, Gord and Elaine Mouw, and Stan and Pat Prins.
Dorothy Vanderberg has been hospitalized this week due to
intense pain in her lower back where she had two vertebrae fused recently. Pray
for this problem to be resolved soon.
Continue to pray for Ruth Sas as she undergoes therapy at
Edgebrook following her stroke.
Ministry in Music: We are grateful to Lisa and Shelli for
organizing our morning praise team and to each of the singers on the praise
We express our thanks to Gene and Brenda Van’t Hof for participating in the
Advent reading and lighting of the Bethlehem candle this
What does the IHS symbol on the pulpit banner mean? IHS are
the first three letters in the Greek form of the name Jesus (IHSOUS). This
symbol is also popularly understood as the Latin initials for Iesus Hominum
Salavator (Jesus Humanity’s Savior).
Our newly selected elders and deacons are asked to meet with
the Council Tuesday at 7:00 pm to take part in electing council officers
at the opening of our meeting. Incoming elders are Garvin Vis and Mike Schuller;
incoming deacons are Dave Kuik and Cody Lubben.
Holiday services: Our morning service on December 18 will be
a Leota Community Christmas Service with a children’s musical and a combined
adult choir as special features. The evening service on December 18 will include
a closing candle lighting portion. Our Christmas Worship service will be held
Sunday morning, December 25. There will be no evening service. On Sunday, Jan.
1, Rev. Dale Ellens will be our guest minister. There will be no evening
service. Installation of incoming office holders will take place the morning of
Sound system operator needed: The Worship Committee is in
need of a person who is willing to serve as a sound system operator for one
month at a time every third month. Please contact Pastor Joe if you are
interested. Contact Garvin Vis, Brent Feikema, or Loren DeGroot with questions
about what this involves.
Everyone is invited to the ECES Christmas program on Monday,
December 5th at 7:00pm in our new school gym! We are excited to share the
true meaning of Christmas with you as K-5 presents the musical, "Really,
Really, Really Good News.” The combined 6-8 band and choir will perform
vocal and instrumental Christmas selections for your enjoyment. A violin
ensemble and 8th grade chimes will add to the holiday spirit! Bring a
friend and enjoy an evening of Christmas praise!
SWCH Circle # 5 is reminded to bring bars for the Burger
Feed Friday evening at SW. Parent of SW students are asked to bring 2 pans.
Please have them in the Ebenezer kitchen by 3:30 p.m.
There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer if anyone would be willing to help us
out with additional bars for our Burger Feed on Friday. Please
cut in 12-15 pieces and wrap individually.
Gems Christmas Party is Saturday, Dec 10.
Christian Fellowship Christmas Party is Saturday, December
10 at 6:00 p.m.
Cornerstone Prison Church is once again looking for homemade fudge
donations to put in the Christmas Sacks for the inmates. Fudge
needs to be at church no later than next Sunday, December 11. If you have
any questions, please contact Stephanie Van Der Linden.
Join the bands and choirs from SWCH as we celebrate the
light that has come into the world at Bethel CRC on December 12th at 7:00 pm.
The concert will include arrangements of two classic TransSiberian Orchestra
pieces as well as arrangements of favorite Christmas carols past and present.
Come celebrate the birth of our Savior with the staff and students of SWCH.
2017 CRWM Calendars are available in the foyer if you are
Justice for All is planning to bring 200 school supply boxes
and 200 hygiene kits along to Juarez, Mexico in January. A box is in the foyer
for any donated supplies. Please help if you can!
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