KEN DOZEMAN returned home on Monday following emergency gall bladder surgery. SHELBY TOTH underwent surgery to remove a mass from one of her ovaries at Holland Hospital on Wednesday. Our sympathy to SCOTT & JILL VANDERSTOEP and family in the death of Scott’s mother, Laurie VanderStoep Owens on Friday, April 30. - Norman Johnson - Page C. Long The congregation is invited to attend the graduation open house of AMBER TEJEDA tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Amber is graduating from Wayne State University with a Masters of Arts in film studies. This open house is being sponsored by a group of our First Church family. A light lunch will be served. REV. TROY NANNINGA, our former youth director, has taken a call as Pastor of Youth and Education at American Reformed Church in DeMotte, Indiana. Troy will begin in about a month. 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 church office.

MOTHER’S DAY LITANY Leader: We look to God, in whose image we are created, People: And we give Him thanks for mothers who have nurtured and cared for us. Leader: We look to Christ who gave himself up for us, who sacrificed himself and showed us the full extent of his love. People: And we give thanks for mothers and grandmothers, who have given to us and sacrificed for us, that we might become what God has intended and that we might understand the God of love. Leader: We look to the Spirit who sustains us and guides us, who nourishes and empowers us. People: And we give thanks for teachers and mentors, aunts and friends and care givers who have helped guide and strengthen us. Leader: We remember those who have lost mothers and special people in their lives. People: We pray for the peace of Christ, the hope of the heavenward call and the freedom to fully grieve. Leader: We remember those who’ve longed for a child but that longing remains unfulfilled. People: We pray that the body of Christ will be the family that goes beyond biology and stretches into the greater family of the heavenly fellowship of eternity. Leader: We remember those who have been hurt, and today the memories of home are not bright ones. People: We pray that the shalom and wholeness that comes from God above might bring healing and help for this day and the days to come. Leader: We remember those who have adopted children both legally and informally. People: We pray that the love that comes from above and transcends even biology, might fully exalt you O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All: May we bless our families that the blessings might overflow to others, and that you, O God, might be blessed and praised, both now and forevermore. Amen. CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER THE WORD OF GOD *HYMN OF PREPARATION - #734 “Christ High-Ascended” (Children 3 yrs. old through 2nd grade are dismissed at this time for Kids Own Worship.) PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION SCRIPTURE - 1 Cor. 15:35-57, pg. 1117. ANTHEM - “Since By Man Came Death” -George Frederick Handel (from Messiah) Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

*DOXOLOGY - #808 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” *OFFERTORY PRAYER SPECIAL OFFERING - First Reformed Church’s Kids Hope USA program HYMN OF RESPONSE - #674 “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand” *BENEDICTION *CHORAL CLOSING - “Go Out With Joy” *POSTLUDE - “Toccata on The Day of Resurrection” (based on The Worshiping Church No. 247) A.M. PARTICIPANTS: All of us gathered. Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Gillett Rev. Paul Reynen Rev. Mary Wisner The God’s Sign Choir Jodi Geerlings Eric Steele The Chancel Choir Cheryl VanOss Richard VanOss

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Pray this week for our college students who are finishing their school year and for those graduating.

BIBLE MEMORY WORK: Awards Sunday for the Bible Memory Work Program has been set for next Sunday, May 16, 2010. Please encourage your child(ren) to complete their memory work for the appropriate grade level. The memory work needs to be said to their “Shepherd” or to me. If you have any questions regarding the program, you can contact me at 772.5573 or find me on Sunday mornings in the Sunday School room downstairs. A special thank-you so very much for all the work and effort that is put into memorizing scripture with both the child(ren) and parents efforts. I truly appreciate it. Sincerely ~ Marcia Vlietstra IS GOD CALLING YOU TO JOIN FIRST Church? If you feel led to make this decision or would like to explore this possibility in a “no obligations” setting, come to the Inquirer’s class. The class will start next Sunday, May 16 and run for four weeks. Contact Pastor Dick for more information. Invite your family and friends to our CHANCEL CHOIR CONCERT on Sunday morning, May 30, during the 9:30 A.M. service. The choir will be singing favorite anthems from this past year to mark the end of their season. Now is the time to form your team for THE FIRST-FIRST AMAZING RACE! Registration forms are available at the information post. The event takes place on June 12 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sign up now for an afternoon/evening of intergenerational fun and fellowship. SUMMER CUSTODIAL POSITION: First Church is looking for part-time 20 hrs./wk custodian whose main responsibility will be cleaning for the months of June, July, and August. This person will not be eligible or considered for any future custodial positions at First. Please obtain a job description and/or submit a resume to the church office. Mark your calendars for August 15-20 if you are interested in participating in an INTERGENERATIONAL WORK PROJECT at Cran Hill Ranch in Rodney, Michigan. Lodging is available for those who do not have campers. Please sign up at the information post. You can contact Pastor Paul or Pam Johnson for more details. This week, the CARE CLOSET could use your donations of: size 4 diapers, mouthwash, laundry detergent and paper grocery bags. Bring your donations at any time to the bin beside the stairs across from the mail slots. Thank you for your continued support of the Care Closet.

First Church family, Thank you for the opportunity to serve as an intern this past year. I appreciated your love, encouragement and prayers. You have been gracious teachers and I have been so privileged to learn from you. Sandra Cammenga

SERMON - The Resurrection of the Body - REALLY!” PRAYER OF BLESSING THE RESPONSE TO GOD OFFERING OFFERTORY ANTHEM - “Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)” - Chris Rice Weak and wounded sinner. . Lost and left to die, O, raise your head, for love is passing by. Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus and live! Now your burden's lifted and carried far away and precious blood has washed away the stain, so, sing to Jesus, sing to Jesus, sing to Jesus and live! And like a newborn baby, don't be afraid to crawl and remember when you walk, sometimes we, fall on Jesus, fall on Jesus, fall on Jesus and live! Sometimes the way is lonely and steep and filled with pain. So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then cry to Jesus, cry to Jesus, cry to Jesus and live! O, and when the love spills over and music fills the night and when you can't contain your joy inside, then dance for Jesus, dance for Jesus, dance for Jesus and live! And with your final heartbeat, kiss the world goodbye, then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, and fly to Jesus, fly to Jesus, fly to Jesus and live!

TODAY (5/9): 9:30 Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Gillett 11:00 Sunday School classes MONDAY (5/10): 6:00 A. Tejeda Open House TUESDAY (5/11): 7:30 Black River testing 9:00 Women’s Discipleship class 12:00 Black River testing 1:30 Staff meeting 6:30 Men’s Basketball 6:30 Elders & Deacons meetings 7:15 Consistory meeting WEDNESDAY (5/12): 7:15 Men’s Prayer Group 12:00 Black River testing 3:30 Care Closet 6:15 Junior High Youth Group 6:30 Chancel Choir practice THURSDAY (5/13): 9:30 Moms In Touch 12:00 Black River cooking class 6:30 Care Closet #2 7:00 Bible Study FRIDAY (5/14): 12:00 Black River cooking class SATURDAY (5/15): SUNDAY (5/16): 9:30 Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Gillett 11:00 Sunday School classes 3:00 Outreach Committee meeting 5:30 Senior High Youth Group 6:00 Rev. Chris DeVos here at First Church

NEEDED: VOLUNTEERS TO TEACH THE KID’S OWN WORSHIP DURING THE SUMMER. In order to give our regular teachers a break during the summer months we are asking that people step up to the plate and teach two or three weeks, or be a shepherd for a month. The lesson plans are provided. KOW in the summer is for children 4 years old through those going into first grade and meets during the last half of the worship service. Please contact Pastor Mary if you are interested in helping continue this important ministry through the summer. THE ANNUAL YOUTH GROUP MEAT SALE CONTINUES. Pick up an order form in the Family Life Center or contact Jason Naber for more information. Each year the Holland Post Office offers our community a great way to support non-profit agencies that provide food to local folks who are homeless or struggling financially. This year the POSTAL FOOD DRIVE will be held Saturday, May 15, and they are looking for volunteers to help them. If you are interested, please sign up at the Information post. Young people as well as adults can have a part in helping others in our community. Two work shifts are available, the morning shift is 8:45am -1:30pm, they will be collecting the food and the afternoon shift is 1:30pm-6:00pm, they will be placing the food into large boxes for Holland Rescue Mission, Community Action House and The Salvation Army. Contact Pastor Paul with any questions. Come cheer on the FIRST CHURCH MEN’S SOFTBALL TEAM! All games are played on Monday nights on Field #3 of the Matt Urban Sports Complex off of 32nd Street. Calendar: May 10 at 8:30 p.m. (Quality Car Wash), May 17 at 7:30 p.m. (Wild Dog Grille), May 24 at 6:30 p.m. (Cops & Robbers), June 14 at 6:30 p.m. (First Presbyterian Church), and June 21 at 7:30 p.m. (Twistthink). Mark your calendars now for an exciting event that is both a return to a great piece of First Church history AND a part of our vital future. On June 13 we will once again have FIRST CHURCH ALL CHURCH PICNIC. It will also be with our daughter church ‘Embody’ at their site. We will begin with a combined worship at 10:00 am and continue with an old fashioned picnic. There will be an OUTREACH COMMITTEE MEETING on Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 pm.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

(616) 392-8085 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.

THE APPROACH TO GOD THE PEALING OF THE BELLS (Let the Pealing of the Bells be a call to silent meditation and prayer.) PRELUDE - “The Strife Is O’er” (based on The Worshiping Church No. 233) ANNOUNCEMENTS PASSING OF THE FRIENDSHIP REGISTER GREETING ONE ANOTHER MINISTRY MOMENT - “The First-First Amazing Race!” INTROIT - “Praise” SENTENCES *HYMN OF PRAISE - #247 “The Day of Resurrection” *INVOCATION & SALUTATION *THE APOSTLES' CREED I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON, OUR LORD, WHO WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY. HE SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED, AND WAS BURIED; HE DESCENDED INTO HELL. THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD. HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY. FROM THERE HE WILL COME TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD. I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY, AND THE LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN ANTHEM - “Sing to the Lord” -Craig Cassils Sing to the Lord a song of joy, sing to the Lord, alleluia! Sing to the Lord and praise his name, sing alleluia! Marvelous are the things he=s done, victory by him has been won! Make unto him a joyful noise, all of the earth, rejoice! Let all sea and creatures roar, flood waters clap their hands. Let all the hills be joyful now, joyful before the Lord! Sing to the Lord a song of joy, sing to the Lord, alleluia! Sing to the Lord and praise his name, sing alleluia! Alleluia, allelu! Alleluia! Amen. - Sue Carlson -Norman Johnson - Alfred V. Fedak

COURTESY GREETERS: (5/9) C. VanDoornik, E. VanDyke, J. & J. VanFossan. (5/16) J. & S. VanHekken, M. VanLangevelde, J. VanGenderen. USHERS: (5/9) S. Vlietstra, T. Coney, C. Kleis, M. DeHaan. (5/16) D. Walkotten, D. Geertman, D. Rumrill, L. Wisner. ELDERS: (5/9 AM) B. VanDoornik, M. DeHaan, C. Kleinheksel, B. Carlson. (5/16 AM) L. DeVries, R. Nykerk., J. VanRegenmorter, S. Vlietstra. (5/16 PM) N. Unema, J. Geertman. BUS DRIVER: (5/9) J. Nykerk / 392-6893. (5/16) D. Rumrill / 399-1292. HALL MONITOR: (5/9) N. Unema. (5/16) S. Vlietstra. NURSERY, AM WORSHIP: (5/9) N. Kleinheksel, K. Ashby, A. Bosgraaf, B. Eggers, P. Johnson, S. Gillett. (5/16) N. Kleinheksel, J. Raywood, S. Toth, E. Toth, A. Houskamp. NURSERY, SUNDAY EDUCATION HOUR: (5/9) A. Doeden, C. Tubbergen. (5/16) B. Ashby, N. Kleinheksel. DEACON COUNTING TEAM: (May) J. Russcher, R. Gorman, B. Geerlings, R. Doeden. FELLOWSHIP COFFEE: (5/9) Reynen. (5/16) Arendsen.

SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010
Children ages 3 years old through 2nd grade are dismissed during the Hymn of Preparation, meeting the teacher at the top of the stairs to proceed downstairs for a worship experience that is age appropriate. Parents must pick up their children immediately following the worship service. Children will not be dismissed without a parent. Room L2 L16 Age Group 3 & 4 year olds K, 1st and 2nd grade PRAYERTIME FOR PEOPLE WHO DESIRE PRAYER Join others in a time of prayer, Sunday mornings following morning worship in the Prayer Room. (F36, The “green” room off of the Family Life Center.) Any questions ask Tina Reynen 786-4815.

that if they parent perfectly this will be what will happen. In this class we will be debunking this theory and other myths that tie parents into knots while raising their children. Good things to know for parents with children of any age. Regular nursery will still be available but please feel free to bring your infant or toddler to class. This class will meet from 11-11:45 to accommodate parents who need to pick up their children from Sunday School. “American Idols” Teacher:: Rev. Gerald VanHeest Room L6. Many ‘American Idols’ distract Christians from a strong commitment to Christ. Rev. VanHeest, a long time favorite teacher here at First Church, will identify what those idols are and how they keep us from living as Christ intended.

Education Opportunities For the week of May 9, 2010

“CALLING ALL QUESTIONS” IS A CLASS for anyone who might be interested in asking questions about the Christian faith. We recognize that a safe and fun place to be able to ask ‘any question’ can be an important step as someone is thinking about faith and the claims of Jesus, or maybe just getting ‘grounded’ in the basics. We will meet during the Sunday School hour for about six weeks starting this morning in the conference room. Friends, neighbors, relatives are welcome as well.

Parents, To assist us in serving you and your child’s best interest and safety during the times that you have entrusted them to our children’s ministry leaders we ask that each week a parent or designated adult register/sign in your child and pick up him/her at the end of class. There will be a check in sheet at the entry point of each classroom. Also, Please note the time changes! Room L10 L2 L19 Age Group 2 & 3 yrs old 4 yrs old & Kindergarten 1st – 5th grade Time 11:00–11:45 10:50–12:00 10:50–12:00

Junior High Youth Group, meets Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. Lesson: “On a mission.” Scripture: Acts.

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.

Room L23 L22 Age Group 6th-8th grade 9th-12th grade Time 11:00-12:00 11:00-12:00

Room L13 Age Group Post high-20 somethings Time 11:00-12:00

THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010
Moms of children, infant through Kindergarten and their children, meet weekly on Thursday from 9:30 11:00 a.m. in the nursery for faith and fellowship. All are welcome.

COFFEE AND CURRENT EVENTS: Grab a cup of coffee and join facilitator, Bruce Eckert, in the library for an informal discussion of current events and their relationship to our life and faith. “THE MYTH OF THE PERFECT PARENT” Facilitators: Pastor Mary and Larry Wisner, in Room L11: For many Christian parents the most consuming concern is that their children ‘turn out’ - meaning church going, God honoring adults. They’ve adopted the behaviorist philosophy

The Intergenerational Bible study group meets on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. They are studying the book of Luke. Anyone is welcome.

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