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- Sir Arthur Sullivan
PASSING OF THE FRIENDSHIP REGISTER
MINISTRY MOMENT - “Special Offering for September”
GREETING ONE ANOTHER
*HYMN OF PRAISE -#52 “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”
*INVOCATION & SALUTATION
WE ARE A CONGREGATION OF THE REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA. WE GATHER IN WORSHIP TO EXALT THE LORD AND CELEBRATE GOD'S LOVE IN OUR MIDST THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. WE ENDEAVOR TO EQUIP THE SAINTS THROUGH THE WORD, SO WE MAY EACH MINISTER AND SERVE OUR LORD. WE STRIVE TO EVANGELIZE OUR WORLD NEAR AND FAR, SHARING THE GOOD NEWS IN WORD AND DEED SO THAT OUR GOD IS EXALTED. WE REACH UP, WE REACH IN AND WE REACH OUT WITH GOD AS OUR CENTER, THE SPIRIT AS OUR POWER, AND JESUS AS LORD.
*HYMN OF PREPARATION -#99 “When Morning Guilds the Skies”
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE - Matthew 14:13:21, pg. 948
The family of First Church welcomes you to our services today. You are our guest and we are glad you have chosen to worship with us. The following are services available to assist you: barrier-free entrances and restrooms; an elevator to the lower level; supervised child care for infants and toddlers in our spacious nursery; a hearing assistance system for use with hearing aids with the t-coils or headsets; pre-kindergarten to fifth grade children’s worship bags to aid your child during the service and volunteers who are ready to answer any questions at the Information Post at the rear of the worship center. If we can be of assistance during the week, please call the church office at 392-8085. If you are looking for a church home, please accept this as an invitation to ‘check us out.’ There is ALWAYS A WELCOME HOME for you.
7:15 Men’s Prayer Group
1:30 Staff meeting
3:30 Care Closet
9:30 Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Gillett
10:50 Children’s Sunday School begins
11:00 Youth & Adult Sunday School begins
COURTESY GREETERS: (9/5) R. & J. Cosgrove, H. Dakin, M. & P. DeHaan. (9/12) J. & E. DeVries, P. & M. Dunning, R. & T. Hopkins.
USHERS: (9/5) D. Walkotten, D. Geertman, D. Rumrill, L. Wisner. (9/12) S. Miller, S. VanHekken, M. DeVries, J. Geerlings.
ELDERS: (9/5 A.M.) L. DeVries, S. Liang, J. VanderStoep, S. Vlietstra. (9/12 A.M.) B. VanDoornik, D. Ebels, T. Aalberts, G. Bylsma. (9/12 P.M.) C. Kleinheksel, B. Carlson.
NURSERY, AM WORSHIP: (9/5) J. Klooster, J. Cosgrove, A. Tubbergen, E. Schrotenboer, J. Evenson, A. VanderStoep. (9/12) J. Klooster, P. Johnson, Al. Bosgraaf, M. Schrotenboer, C. Nienhuis, An. Bosgraaf.
FELLOWSHIP COFFEE: (9/5) Reynen. (9/12) Arendsen. DEACONS COUNTING TEAM: (September) C. Kleis, D. Walkotten, C. Nienhuis, K. Johnson.
Due to Herrick District Library’s suspension of Sunday hours this fall, the annual SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES will find its home in a new location. The series will now be held at First Reformed Church, 630 State St. in Holland. The first concert takes place Sunday, September 19 at 3:00pm. Concert Series Direc- tor Joan Conway will continue to oversee the series, bringing in top-notch musicians for the audience’s listening pleasure. At the back on the Information Post is a listing of the concerts for this season. They are FREE and open to the public, and a great ‘extra chair’ event. So please feel free to take the information and invite friends.
OFFERTORY SOLO - “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
*DOXOLOGY -#808 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”
*HYMN OF RESPONSE -#568 “Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated”
*POSTLUDE - “Fanfare and March”
All of us gathered.
Rev. Paul Reynen
EVELYN FRENCH has been released from the hospital and is staying with her daughter in Cassopolis. She will follow up with the Renal Specialist.
Congratulations to CORT KLEINHEKSEL and MAGGIE JETTER who were united in marriage this past Saturday. The wedding took place in Greenville, Ohio, and Pastor Dan and Sherrie will be traveling back from the wedding today. He will be in the office on Monday.
Our sympathy to SANDRA CHURCH in the death of her mother, Pearl Sissing on Friday, August 27 and BEV MULDER in the death of her step mother, Dena Hemmeke, on Saturday, August 28.
GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT: Pastor Paul and Tina would like to invite all those who are grieving the death of a loved one to their home for a picnic and fellowship on Wednesday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m. Please sign the list at the Information Post if you are planning to attend.
For further “Church Family” updates, please call the Prayer Line throughout the week. The local number is 395-3282. Out of town members should call 1-866-392-8085. If you have a prayer concern to be added or changed, or would like to receive Prayer Line updates by e-mail please call the
Today we have another ‘themed’ ministry of music. Today is an ‘all instrumental’ Sunday. Thank you to musicians ADAM CLARK, NATHAN WALKER, and JOAN REDMOND for their participa- tion. Thank you to all of our musicians who’ve been providing the ministry of music this summer.
This year’s fall series will be LOL: LIVING ON LORDSHIP, and will start on September 12 and go for 5 weeks with a break in the middle. The ‘book’ will be Colossians and focus on the Lordship and supremacy of Christ. A supplemental book is available for a donation of $10 in the narthex, ‘Jesus Manifesto’ by Leo- nard Sweet and Frank Viola. As usual, you can join a small group or Sunday School class, starting October 10, to interact with others as we study. You can get information from Pastor Mary.
First Church is use to having interns from seminary, we are committed to being a teaching church and raising up leaders. This fall we have something a little different starting. Hope College has instituted a 'ministry minor' as a course of study. Students in this minor are required to spend time in a church work- ing. As with most undergraduate internship/student teaching experiences, this is an unpaid position, but hopefully, one rich in learning and experience. So we will soon welcome Jerry DeBoer who is a senior this year at Hope. We were going to have just our Hope intern this year, but WTS has asked us (strongly) to please take on at least one intern. The words were, 'Our students have such a good experience at First, we really need to place a student there!' So stayed tuned for more.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS, If you have volunteered to serve our children sometime throughout the school year, as part of First Church’s child protection policy whether you are a seasoned veteran or first timer, you are asked to review and be familiar with the child protection policy and class- room behavior/discipline guidelines. If you have not already attended one of the sessions last week, please attend this Thursday Sept. 9 at 7:00 pm. We will meet in room L11 at that a base of the stairs. It will take approximately ½ hr. This is a short investment of your time but a long term investment toward a success- ful operation of our program and the safety of our children. If this is your first time serving in our chil- dren’s ministry you will need to sign a release form that allows me to do a background check on you. If you are in the Faith Journeys (Sunday am 1st- 5th grade) for the first time please plan to stay a little longer for an overview of the program, how best to utilize your notebook, and plan your lessons. Thanks, Pastor Mary
FOREVER YOUNG has planned a day trip for members and friends of First Church. On Friday, Octo- ber 29 we will go by charted bus to the Blue Gate Restaurant and Theater in Shipshewana, IN to see the play, “The Confession” based on the novel by Beverly Lewis. The cost of the bus, dinner and show is $60 per person. We have 50 spaces available. Sign the list at the Information Post and make out a check to the church (or cash) to reserve your spot. Turn in your check to Pastor Paul or the church office.
As summer begins to wind down, it soon will be time to begin your fall cleaning. Would you please consider donating any "stuff" (no clothing) that you no longer need to our ANNUAL GARAGE SALE FOR MISSIONS which will be held in the Family Life Center on Saturday, November 13. You can drop off your items any time during office hours (8:00-4:30) beginning now through November 12. Last year we raised almost $2,500 that went toward various mission projects. This is a great way to get rid of all that extra "stuff" and donate it to a worthy cause.
We can make a difference: One billion people in our world are without access to clean life-giving water. Every 15 seconds a child dies because of water borne diseases. Please help to increase the awareness of this global water crisis and also help provide safe water for thirsty people by joining hundreds of others on Saturday, September 25 in the “WALK FOR WATER” at 9:00 a.m. at Kollen Park. For more information and/or to register, see Water Missions International’s website: www.watermissions.org
Come see The Musical “Wicked” on Saturday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m. at Miller auditorium in Kalama- zoo! We are getting a group of people together from First Church and going to enjoy a night of magic and music. Tickets range from $50-75 per person depending on seating and group discount rates available. Sign up at the Information Post by Monday, September 20. Contact Amber Tejeda at 394-4792 for more infor- mation. “Wicked” is the prequel to the “Wizard of Oz”. This is an “extra chair” event so PLEASE con- sider inviting friends along.
Children ages 3 yrs. old through 2nd grade are dismissed during the Hymn of Preparation, meeting the teacher at the top of the stairs to proceed downstairs to rooms L4 and L19 for a worship experience that is age appropriate. Parents must pick up their child(ren) following the worship service.
Thank you to my First Church family for all they prayers, cards, visits and expressions of concern. Thanks also to the many visits of Pastor Paul. Roger and I appreciated all of this. I am looking forward to the day I can take part in the activities of church again. Jennie DeWeerd
Sandy is on supported staff with Wycliffe Associates and continues to raise support through them. WA is partnered with the organization that Albino works with, ATEK. ATEK is an inter-denominational Quechua organization that trains rural church leaders to have effective ministries in the church and reach out to their communities. Albino is responsible for the publications such as discipleship manuals, short stories, literacy helps, etc. all in the heart language of the people, Quechua. Sandy is responsible for host- ing foreign volunteers that serve ATEK. She is also helping develop children's ministry curriculum in Quechua. Thank you for your continued financial support and prayers.
The women’s circle at First Reformed Church is open to any women who wish to participate in a group for Bible Study and fellowship. The Rev. Paul Alderink leads us in Bible Study and sharing. We begin this Fall by studying the book of Exodus. The Martha Circle meets at 9:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month from September through May. Women do not need to be members of First Church in order to be a part of this group. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 16. The circle has a list of names of people who are shut in. These people are regularly remembered in prayer, by visits from certain members of the Circle and by letters and cards. Please call or speak with Adeline Sybesma at 393-0275 to learn more about the benefits of being part of this group, where women become better acquainted, learn, share, support and care for one an- other.
The Chancel Choir will rehearse this Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. in the choir room on the lower level. Rehearsals are just one hour long. Chancel Choir membership is open to anyone of high school age or older who loves to sing God’s praises. Prayerfully consider joining this year and using your talents in service to God and the church. If you have any questions, see Rick or Cheryl Van Oss after church, otherwise just come on Wednesday ready to have a good time. We look forward to seeing you.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT suppers and programming will begin SEPTEMBER 15. Supper will be served from 5-6:00. A donation of $3/person or $10/ family is suggested for those who are able to help offset the cost. Cadets/GEMS/Kingdom Kids for ages 4- 5th grade is from 6-7:30, Junior High Youth Group begins at 6:15, and Adult Bible Study on the Minor prophets will be offered from 6-7:00.
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