CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER THE WORD OF GOD *HYMN OF PREPARATION - #540 “Take Time to be Holy” (Children 3 yrs. old through 2nd grade are dismissed at this time for Kids Own Worship.) PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION SCRIPTURE - 1 Corinthians 2, pg. 1106. SERMON - “Christian School” PRAYER OF BLESSING THE RESPONSE TO GOD OFFERING OFFERTORY ANTHEM - “Be Thou My Vision” - John Ness Beck Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art. Thou my best thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light. Be Thou my Wisdom and Thou my true Word; I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father and I Thy true son; Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one. High King of Heaven, my victory won, May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all. Amen.
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EVENING WORSHIP - 6:00 P.M.
TIME OF PRAISE PRELUDE - “Just As I Am” GREETING * HYMNS OF PRAISE - #115 “Fairest Lord Jesus” #3 “Holy God, We Praise Your Name” - Bradbury / Kohlmann
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
DORIS OKKEMA was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday. GLENN CHITTENDEN was admitted to Holland Hospital with pain and internal bleeding on Tuesday and has since been diagnosed with stomach cancer. Free back issues of BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW are available. Contact Rachel Billings if you are interested. 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.
*INVOCATION HYMN OF PREPARATION - #309 “Wonderful Words of Life” TIME IN THE WORD SCRIPTURE - Revelation 22:6-21, pg. 1207. SERMON - “How Not to Miss Your Own Life.” TIME IN PRAYER PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE *CLOSING HYMN - #448 “Jesus, I Come” *BENEDICTION *CLOSING SONG - #840 “God Be with You” (verse 1) POSTLUDE - “Be Still, My Soul”
P.M. PARTICIPANTS: All of us gathered. Rev. Chris DeVos Mike VanDoornik
WORDS OF THANKS
Thank you so much for your cards, calls, and prayers during our recent surgeries and thank you Pastor Paul for your calls and visits they were all truly appreciated. Ken & Jean Dozeman - Finlandia Dear First Church Family, Thank you so much for all your prayers, cards, concerns and meals during my surgery and recovery. Also to Pastor Paul for his visits and phone calls. The healing shawl is such a comfort. What a blessing all of you are to Putts and myself. Anne Mulder
*DOXOLOGY - #808 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” *OFFERTORY PRAYER *HYMN OF RESPONSE - #560 “May the Mind of Christ” *BENEDICTION *CHORAL CLOSING - “Go Out With Joy” *POSTLUDE - “Trumpet Tune in D Major” A.M. PARTICIPANTS: All of us gathered. Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Gillett Rev. Mary Wisner Jason Naber The Chancel Choir Cheryl VanOss Craig Kleinheksel Richard VanOss - Norman Johnson - David N. Johnson
Next Sunday we will have the special privilege of commissioning several academic degrees for the sake of the Kingdom. Rachel Billings, Diane Schrotenboer and Tom Daubenspeck have all earned advanced degree that will be used by the wider church. We will celebrate with them next Sunday. Next Sunday JP and Katie Sundrarajan will give a report on their latest trip to India. This will be an informative and entertaining time. We will meet in the Sanctuary after the coffee time. 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. FIRST-FIRST AMAZING RACE...........get your team together for a fun event on Saturday, June 12. Race begins at church at 2:30 p.m. and ends with a light hotdog supper (and a basket for light donations!) Turn your registrations in to the church office............deadline for sign-ups is June 6. 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. 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.
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
A prayer of thanks for all those who have taught our education programs this past year.
-preaching -worship leading -worship leading -director -snare drum -organist
TODAY (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 MONDAY (5/17): 12:00 Black River Cooking Class 7:00 Children’s Education Ministry Team meeting 7:30 Men’s Softball Game TUESDAY (5/18): 9:00 Women’s Discipleship class 12:00 Black River Cooking Class 6:30 Men’s Basketball WEDNESDAY (5/19): 7:15 Men’s Prayer Group 3:30 Care Closet 6:15 Junior High Youth Group 6:30 Chancel Choir practice THURSDAY (5/20): 9:30 Moms In Touch 9:30 Martha Circle 12:00 Black River Cooking Class 6:30 Care Closet #2 7:00 Bible Study 7:00 Ruth Circle FRIDAY (5/21): 12:00 Black River Cooking Class SATURDAY (5/22): 8:00 Garage Sale SUNDAY (5/23): 9:30 Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Gillett 11:00 Inquirer’s Class 5:30 Senior High Youth Group 6:00 Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Gillett
THE ANNUAL YOUTH GROUP MEAT SALE CONTINUES. Pick up an order form in the Family Life Center or contact Jason Naber for more information. 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). There will be an OUTREACH COMMITTEE MEETING this afternoon at 3:00 pm. There will be an CHILDREN’S EDUCATION MINISTRY TEAM MEETING, tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. EVERGREEN CHORALE, Saturday, May 22, 7:30 p.m., Zeeland High School auditorium.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
CORNER OF STATE & 26TH STREET (630 STATE STREET, HOLLAND, MI 49423)
www.firstchurchofholland.org 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.
Combined Worship & Picnic - June 13, 2010
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 13th we will once again have a First Church All Church Picnic. It will also be with our daughter church ‘Embody’ at their site (4608 66th Street, Holland, MI 49423). We will begin with a combined worship at 10:00 a.m. and continue with an old fashioned picnic.
MORNING WORSHIP—9:30 A.M.
THE APPROACH TO GOD THE PEALING OF THE BELLS (Let the Pealing of the Bells be a call to silent meditation and prayer.) PRELUDE - “My Lord! What a Morning” (based on The Worshiping Church No. 279) ANNOUNCEMENTS PASSING OF THE FRIENDSHIP REGISTER GREETING ONE ANOTHER INTROIT - “Praise” SENTENCES *HYMN OF PRAISE - #356 “All Creatures of Our God and King” *INVOCATION & SALUTATION *LITANY FOR TEACHERS Leader: On this Education Sunday we remember the Word of our God from Deuteronomy 6. Hear, O Israel: Congregation: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Leader: These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Congregation: Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Leader: Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Congregation: Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Leader: This is God’s word and our command. ALL: The Word of the Lord remains forever. MEMORY WORK AWARDS - Marcia Vlietstra - Norman Johnson - Raymond H. Haan
SERVING THE CHURCH TODAY
COURTESY GREETERS: (5/16) J. & S. VanHekken, M. VanLangevelde, J. VanGenderen. (5/23) P. & J. VanRegenmorter, J. & E. VanSlooten, B. & N. Veldhuis. USHERS: (5/16) D. Walkotten, D. Geertman, D. Rumrill, L. Wisner. (5/23) S. Miller, S. VanHekken, M. DeVries, J. Geerlings. ELDERS: (5/16 AM) L. DeVries, R. Nykerk., J. VanRegenmorter, S. Vlietstra. (5/16 PM) N. Unema, J. Geertman. (5/23 AM) B. VanDoornik, M. DeHaan, T. Aalberts, G. Bylsma. (5/23): C. Kleinheksel, B. Carlson. BUS DRIVER: (5/16) D. Rumrill / 399-1292. (5/23) T. Aalberts / 355-0924. HALL MONITOR: (5/16) S. Vlietstra. (5/23) B. VanDoornik. NURSERY, AM WORSHIP: (5/16) N. Kleinheksel, J. Raywood, S. Toth, E. Toth, A. Houskamp. (5/23) N. Kleinheksel, J. Evenson, E. Russcher, J. Hoffman, B. Kleinheksel, E. Walker. NURSERY, SUNDAY EDUCATION HOUR: (5/16) B. Ashby, N. Kleinheksel. DEACON COUNTING TEAM: (May) J. Russcher, R. Gorman, B. Geerlings, R. Doeden. FELLOWSHIP COFFEE: (5/16) Arendsen. (5/23) Arendsen.
Here’s what you need: lawn chair or blanket, dish to pass. Here’s what is provided: Main meat dish, table service, drinks
If you need a ride, the First Church bus and carpooling will leave First Church at 9:30 a.m. can give you a ride. If you don’t have a lawn chair, we can take care of that, too. Also, there will be a tent for those who can not be in the sun. Join us for this exciting part of our history and future!
ANTHEM - “Holy, Lord of Hosts” -Maxine Posegate Holy, holy, holy, Holy Lord of Hosts, all the earth is full of Thy power and glory, all the earth is full of Thy glory. All the shining seraphim joyfully adore Thee, multitudes of angels ever sing before Thee. “Glory, wisdom, strength and honor be to Thee forever.” Holy, holy, holy, Holy Lord of Hosts, all the earth is full of Thy power and glory, all the earth is full of Thy glory.
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Bible Memory Work Program—2010
Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” These two very short verses out of the book of Psalms are very important because it reinforces to all of us that God requires that we all learn His Word and hide it in our hearts so that as we journey down life’s path, His Word will truly be our guide. This is what we are trying to accomplish at First Church through the Bible Memory Work Program. We start with the youngest group of Twos and Threes and continue through the Fifth grade. At the Twos and Threes level they are introduced slowly through finger plays, songs and most importantly a Bible story that lets them know how important God’s Book is to them. In Faith Journeys the Preschool/Kindergarten group is required to learn in class; Psalm 136:1 “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Starting with the First and Second grade, they are required to say the memory work on a one to one basis to their teacher or Marcia Vlietstra. If they accomplish this, they will be called up front on “Awards Sunday” for special recognition. The First and Second graders in Faith Journeys will then build on the previous verses learned in class, and will add; The Lord’s Prayer The Twelve Apostles In Third grade they will add; The Books of the Bible - Old and New Testaments Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” In Fourth grade they will add; Psalm 100 Matthew 22:37-39 Summary of the Law In Fifth grade they will add; The Seven Last Words The New Apostles Creed The The 23rd Psalm
If a child completes all of the required work, they will be awarded a week at Camp Geneva or Cran Hill Ranch, from the church. (over)
Following, are the children that will be receiving awards; These are done in class as a group; Twos Sam Ashby, Brody Fredericksen, Norah Hegg, Evie Kleinheksel Threes Justin Arredondo, Amber Durfee, Lukas Hegg, Riley Immink, Ruby Klooster, Ben Risedorph, Landon Rozeboom, Abel Walkotten Fours/Preschool Mark Cosgrove, Austin Durfee, Williem Evenson, Xander Fredericksen, Emma Houskamp, Ian Kleinheksel, Lyndsay Neitzel, Crystina Van Eyck, Ava Van Eyck, Kolin Van Fossen, Avery Walkotten, Jackson Wiegerink Young Fives/Kindergarten Sage Doeden, Kirby Eggers, Hans Evenson, Christian Hoeksema, Jennifer Lance, Henry Nienhuis, Gene Raywood, Aiden Timlowski
Bible Memory Work Program—2010
These are to be said on a one to one level; First and Second Grade Olivia Fredericksen, David La Duke, Lucas Russcher, Lily Tubbergen, Tucker Van Regenmorter Third Grade Jack Doeden Fourth Grade Abigail La Duke, Ashley Russcher, Lucy Van Regenmorter, Abigail Tubbergen Fifth Grade Emily Bass Children ages Two through Kindergarten, please meet Marcia Vlietstra in the library after church for your award. Thank you.
SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010
KIDS OWN WORSHIP
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 16, 2010
CALLING ALL QUESTIONS
“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
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 today and run for four weeks. Contact Pastor Dick for more information.
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP
Senior High Youth Group meets on Sunday nights in L24 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Lesson: “The Answer.”
Room L23 L22 Age Group 6th-8th grade 9th-12th grade Time 11:00-12:00 11:00-12:00
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010
JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP
Junior High Youth Group, meets Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. Special Event: End of the year party!
Room L13 Age Group Post high-20 somethings Time 11:00-12:00
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 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.
Education Opportunities (Continued from the other side.)
THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010
MOMS IN TOUCH
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.
All women of First Reformed Church are invited to visit or join the Martha and Ruth Circles as we begin a new season of Bible Study. The Martha Circle meets at 9:30 a.m. and the Ruth Circle meets at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are on the third Thursday of the month from September through May. The Rev. Paul Alderink will be leading our Bible Study on 1 Peter. Study sheets are in your mail slot. Please contact Lori VanderVelde (Ruth Circle) 392-7641 or Adeline Sybesma (Martha Circle) 393-0275 to learn more.
The Intergenerational Bible study group meets on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. They are studying the book of Luke. Anyone is welcome.