TODAY (11/14): 9:30 Rev. Paul Reynen - Healing Service 10:50 Children’s Sunday School 11:00 Youth Sunday School 11:00 Adult Sunday School 5:30 Senior High Youth Group 6:00 Rev. Darrell Koopmans here at First Church MONDAY (11/15): 7:00 Boy Scout Troop #147 TUESDAY (11/16): 9:00 Women’s Bible Study 7:00 Adult Education Ministry Team meeting WEDNESDAY (11/17): 7:15 Men’s Prayer Group 1:30 Staff meeting 3:30 Care Closet 5:00 Fellowship Supper 5:30 Bell Choir practice 6:00 Cadets, GEMS & Kingdom Kids 6:00 Adult Bible Study 6:15 Junior High Youth Group 6:30 Chancel Choir practice THURSDAY (11/18): 9:30 Moms in Touch 9:30 Holland Garden Club Board meeting 9:30 Women of Faith Bible Study 6:30 Care Closet #2 7:00 Bible Study FRIDAY (11/19): SATURDAY (11/20): SUNDAY (11/21): 9:30 Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Gillett 10:50 Children’s Sunday School 11:00 Youth Sunday School 11:00 Adult Sunday School 3:00 Free @ 3 Concert Series 5:30 Senior High Youth Group 6:00 Rev. Chris DeVos at Pillar Church

THIS MORNING, we will have a healing service. The Elders have decided to offer a special service of prayers 3 times a year. This has been a very meaningful service in the past. If you would like to “stand in” for a friend or loved one, please come forward (or to the narthex) for prayer. There will be three stations at the front and two in the back. The front brick side is all male prayers and the back window side is all female prayers. Kleenex are available. SAVE THE DATE: The annual Children's Christmas Program will be Sunday December 19th at 6:00pm. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus from the mouths of babes. All children ages 2 through 5th grade are involved. Please come support our kids. We have already started practicing so please encourage your children to attend Sunday School starting at 10:50 in the choir room. There will be a rehearsal the day before the program, Saturday December 18th from 9:3011:00. HELP NEEDED: The Children's Christmas Program is in need of a minimal "set" consisting of a store front and lamp post and star of Bethlehem. If anyone is interested in building something like this, or knows where to find something like this please contact Julia Cosgrove at 786-0130. Cleaning volunteers needed. Our custodian is short handed and needs some help doing some houseworklike cleaning while we look for a new assistant part time custodian. If you have a couple hours a week to spare for the next 3-4 weeks please talk to Thom Samuelson. Wanted: First Church Assistant Custodian, 10 hours/week, preferably Mondays and Thursdays. A person with a penchant for cleanliness, self motivated, and hard worker is needed to clean church rooms, bathrooms, and sanctuary as the primary responsibility. Full job description and applications are available in the church office. Applications/resumes should be returned to the church office by Nov. 29. WANTED: We will be decorating the church for the Christmas holiday season on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 26. We will start at 9:30 a.m. so PLEASE come and help. If you can come for only a few hours, great! Or longer, that is also great. With many hands we can have it done in a day. Last year, we set a record of six hours. Also needed area few tall men to help with the top of the trees. Come and enjoy the fun, and guess what? There will be donuts and coffee and maybe that wonderful person will again furnish pizza for lunch. Any questions, just give a call to Jeanne Poll or Judy DeVries. Thanks. In the sunshine of God’s love it will be a great day. THE CHRISTMAS SEASON AT FIRST CHURCH. The Christmas season at First Church will again be filled with lovely decorations, this year we will be having the poinsettias in the sanctuary. You can support this by giving a plant in honor of or in memory of someone for only $10.00 per plant. Complete an order form and leave it in the church office with your check or cash attached by noon on Monday, November 29, 2010. PLEASE, DO NOT PUT IN THE COLLECTION PLATE. Additional order forms can be found at the Information Post. There will be an ADULT EDUCATION MINISTRY TEAM meeting: Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. The RETIRED PASTORS GROUP will meet this Wednesday, November 17 at 9:00 a.m. THE CARE CLOSET would appreciate your donations this week of: laundry detergent, size 4 diapers, shampoo and paper grocery bags. Thank you! The VOCAL DIMENSIONS will join us on Friday, December 10 at 11:00 to do a special program for us followed by a wonderful luncheon. The cost is only $10 per person. Please sign up at the information Post and turn in your money to Pastor Paul or the church office (Checks made out to First Reformed Church.)

Sunday, November 14, 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 as the Prelude is being played. PRELUDE - “There Is a Balm In Gilead” (based on The Worshiping Church No. 611) ANNOUNCEMENTS PASSING OF THE FRIENDSHIP REGISTER GREETING ONE ANOTHER INTROIT - “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” SENTENCES *HYMN OF PRAISE - #20 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” *INVOCATION & SALUTATION *THE SUMMARY OF THE LAW ANTHEM - “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” -George Frederick Handel Sing praise to God who reigns above, Proclaim His name to all the earth. Sing to the Lord, the King of all, Be glad and praise the Lord on high! Sing joyful praise to God above, Rejoice and sing in loud acclaim, And bless the mighty Lord, our God. Sing joyful praise to God above. Come to the Lord, rejoice in song, And bless the mighty Lord, our God.

- Robert J. Powell

Pray for those going through illness, pain, and struggle and for their families as they provide support and care.

- Richard L. Van Oss

First Church morning worship services can been seen every week on Comcast Channel 24/916. Monday at 7:00 a.m., Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

November 28: AM to Wonderful Light. Isaiah 2:1-5. PM Advent Organ Recital. December 5: AM to Full Acceptance. Romans 15:2-13. PM Blue Christmas Service. December 12: AM to Rich Love. Psalm 146:1-13. PM Chancel & Bell Choir Concert. December 19: Christmas Breakfast. AM to God’s Nearness. Isaiah 7:10-16. PM Children’s Christmas Program. December 24: God Saving (Nativity) 6:00 p.m. Candlelight. 11:00 p.m. Candlelight & Communion

An Embody Story: This week at Embody a woman made a simple and Earth-shattering statement, “I prayed yesterday.” For you and for me, this might not be something new, but for her…big news. We’ve been praying for her, and God has been slowly drawing her toward Himself. This small sentence from her proves that she is intentionally making steps in God’s direction, too. Keep praying for us and for those who are praying for the very first time.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION - Psalm 130, NRSV Leader: Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Congregation: Lord, hear my voice! Leader: Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! Congregation: If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? Leader: But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. Congregation: I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more

than those who watch for the morning. Leader: O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER THE WORD OF GOD *HYMN OF PREPARATION - #517 “The Solid Rock” (Children 3 yrs. old – 2nd grade may leave for Kids Own Worship. ) PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION SCRIPTURE - James 1:2-4, 5:13-18. pg. 1172. SERMON - “Does God care when I am hurting?” PRAYER TIME #526 “Trusting Jesus” #623 “Sweet Hour of Prayer” #538 “I Need Thee Every Hour” THE RESPONSE TO GOD OFFERING OFFERTORY ANTHEM - “Seek the Lord” -John Carter Seek the Lord while he may be found call upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the righteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Seek the Lord while he may be found call upon him while he is near; seek the Lord.

TIME OF PRAISE PRELUDE - “It Is Well With My Soul” GREETING OPENING PRAYER * HYMNS OF PRAISE - #108 “Come, Christians Join to Sing” #30 “I Will Sing of the Mercies” INVOCATION *SALUTATION *SONG OF RESPONSE - #45 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” TIME IN THE WORD SCRIPTURE - Luke 15 SERMON – “Parables of Response” TIME IN PRAYER CLOSING PRAYER *CLOSING HYMN - #522 “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” *BENEDICTION *CLOSING SONG - #840 “God Be with You” (verse 1) POSTLUDE - “Day By Day” P.M. PARTICIPANTS: All of us gathered. Rev. Darrell Koopmans Mike VanDoornik - Ahnfelt - Bliss/Hayes

REV. RUSS NORDEN continues to recover from surgery and is now at Freedom Inn for therapy. RACHEL BLODGETT is responding to her chemotherapy treatments and is feeling good. Charlie and Rachel will be leaving for Florida shortly before Thanksgiving and she will continue her treatments there. DERK WALKOTTEN has been working in France and will come home December 1, so daddy will be home just in time for Avery’s birthday on Dec. 2. JUNE VLIETSTRA is doing well following knee surgery and will move on Friday to Freedom Inn for therapy before returning home. JENNIE DEWEERD had a biopsy on Thursday and is in Holland Hospital. 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.

COURTESY GREETERS: (11/14) T. & E. DeLong, J. & M. Voss, D. & G. Weersing. (11/21) M. & B. DeVries, K. Diepenhorst, K. & J. Dozeman. USHERS: (11/14) H. Topp, R. Fortney, P. Mulder, S. Liang. (11/21) S. Vlietstram T. Coney, C. Kleis, M. DeHaan. ELDERS: (11/14 A.M.) N. Unema, J. Geertman, J. VanderStoep, S. Vlietstra. (11/14 P.M.) L. DeVries, S. Liang. (11/21 A.M.) B. VanDoornik, D. Ebels, C. Kleinheksel, B. Carlson. BUS DRIVER: (11/14) G. Collings / 748-0023. (11/21) J. Nykerk / 3926893. HALL MONITOR: (11/14) J. VanderStoep. (11/21) B. Ashby. KIDS OWN WORSHIP: (November) 3 yr oldPreschool: Kleinheksel, Risedorph. Kindergarten-2nd grade: Hegg, Hoeksema. NURSERY, AM WORSHIP: (11/14) M. Hoffman, J. Klooster, C. Griep, L. Larson, J. Sall, M. VanderStoep. (11/21) M. Hoffman, J. Cosgrove, E. Buit, A. Tubbergen, J. Evenson, S. Bass. NURSERY, SUNDAY SCHOOL: (11/14) C. Immink, G. Risedorph. (11/21) A. Houskamp, B. Ashby. NURSERY, WEDNESDAY: (11/17) B. Evenson, K. Wierenga. CLEAN UP CREW, WEDNESDAY: (11/17) B. & L. Riemersma. DISHWASHERS, WEDNESDAY: (11/17) K. & P. Johnson. FELLOWSHIP COFFEE: (11/14) Kleis. (11/21) Fortney. DEACONS COUNTING TEAM: (November) J. Russcher, R. Gorman, B. Geerlings, M. Sall.

*DOXOLOGY - #808 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” *OFFERTORY PRAYER SPECIAL OFFERING - “Camp Beechpoint” HYMN OF RESPONSE - #609 “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” *BENEDICTION *CHORAL CLOSING - “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” *POSTLUDE - “Healer of Our Every Ill” Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, Give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow. You who know our fears and sadness, grace us with your peace and gladness; Spirit of all comfort fill our hearts. A.M. PARTICIPANTS: All of us gathered. Rev. Paul Reynen Rev. Mary Wisner Intern Joy Poot The Chancel Choir Cheryl VanOss Richard VanOss – traditional African-American – Keith Kolander

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We will hold our much anticipated annual Thanksgiving Day service on Thursday, November 25, at 9:30 am. As usual, the choir will sing and we will have the treat of hearing several members our congregation speak; these moments are always uniquely entertaining and uplifting. They will share what they are thankful for, and we will also have the chance to do some thankful giving. The Deacons have designated that monetary gifts be given to Care Closet and Good Samaritan Centers. Personal care items will go to the Care Closet non perishable food goods will go to the Holland Rescue Mission. You may bring these items forward during the offering, or if you are unable to attend services because of family obligations, you may bring these items in the week before and place them near the Care Closet box by the stairwell. THE CARE CLOSET NEEDS LIST Baby Products: Diapers - all sizes, Baby Powder, Toiletries: Deodorant, Toilet Tissue, Razors & Diaper Wipes, Cotton Balls, Baby Shampoo, Q- Shaving Cream, Hand Lotion, Shampoo, CondiTips tioner & Hair Spray, Liquid & Bar Soap, Kleenex -preaching -worship leading -worship leading -director, pianist -organist, director Kitchen Items: Liquid Dish Soap, Plastic Wrap, Dental Care: Toothbrushes & Toothpaste, Dental Tall Kitchen Trash Bags, Window Cleaner, Paper Floss, Mouthwash Towels, Laundry Detergent, Liquid & Dry Household Cleanser Women’s Products: Sanitary Napkins & Tampons

Children ages 3yrs. 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. 3 & 4yr. olds are in Room L4 ; K – 2nd grade are in Room L16. Parents must pick up their children immediately following the worship service. Children will not be dismissed without a parent.

The Special Offering for November has been designated for Camp Beechpoint and will be received this morning.

Education Opportunities: Remember there is always an EXTRA CHAIR! Invite a friend!

CHILDREN, YOUTH, & ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN: 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! 2 & 3 years old – 11:00 -11:45 – in Room L10. 4 years old & Kindergarten – 10:50 – 12:00 in Room L2. Faith Journeys 1st – 5th grade – 10:50 – 12:00 in Room L19. YOUTH: 11:00-12:00. 6th – 8th grade in Room L23 with Pastor Dan leading. 9th – 12th grade in Room L22 with Amber Tejeda leading. ADULT: Coffee and Current Events: Grab a cup of coffee and join facilitator, Bruce Eckert, in the library every Sunday for an informal discussion of current events and their relationship to our life and faith. “COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION: Connecting from the Heart” L11 The Rev. Randy Smit will help class participants to: find ways to express themselves, discover practical ways to strengthen relationships, and transform anger and conflict. It is possible to bring more harmony to the home, effectiveness at work, and peace in the world. . Randy Smit is an ordained RCA Pastor, has worked with congregations for the past 10 years, and is a former Professor of Philosophy. He is the founder of Compassionate Connection: A Formational Ministry of Peace, Healing and Creativity. If interested, class size is limited so please check in Room 11 for attendance availability. “HUMAN TRAFFICKING: What’s a Christian to do?” Rm. L6 Diane Schrotenboer will share the facts behind childhood trafficking and what it means to be a Christian advocate against this often overlooked crime. Diane is a member of First Church who recently completed a paper and class project on this topic for Western Theological Seminary. INQUIRERS CLASS 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 Sunday, October 31 and run for four weeks. Contact Pastor Dick for more information. SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP Senior High Youth Group meets at 5:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY Attention women! If you are interested in making committed connections with other women and being challenged to read daily, memorize, and study the scripture perhaps Tuesdays 9:00-10:30 a.m., will be of interest to you. We are studying the book of Colossians in keeping with the fall focus sermon series and book study. Any questions? please contact Pastor Mary.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PROGRAMS FELLOWSHIP SUPPER will be served from 5-6:00. A donation of $3.50/person or $10/ family is suggested for those who are able to help offset the cost. This year we have a separate menu for the adults and the kids and as always, dessert and salad bar. On the adult menu (11/17): soup (chili, bean, broccoli cheese) and ham sandwiches and on the kids menu: macaroni & cheese.

CADETS/GEMS/KINGDOM KIDS for ages 4- 5th grade is from 6-7:30 p.m. JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP meets at 6:15 p.m. ADULT BIBLE STUDY on the Minor prophets will be offered from 6-7:00 p.m. The CHANCEL CHOIR rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. in the Choir Room downstairs. It’s never too late to join the Chancel Choir. Join us this week.


Education Opportunities: Remember there is always an EXTRA CHAIR! Invite a friend!

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. WOMEN OF FAITH BIBLE STUDY
(formerly the Martha Circle)

WOMEN OF FAITH BIBLE STUDY. Any women interested in Bible Study and fellowship are welcome. The Rev. Paul Alderink leads us in Bible Study. Women of Faith meet at 9:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month from September through May. For more information, speak with Adeline Sybesma, 393-0275. BIBLE STUDY The Thursday night Bible Study class meets at 7:00 p.m. We will continue our study of Psalms - Lessons by Eugene Peterson. All are welcome.

The Christmas season at First Church will again be filled with lovely decorations, this year we will be having the poinsettias in the sanctuary. You can support this by giving a plant in honor of or in memory of someone for only $10.00 per plant. Complete this form and leave it in the church office with your check or cash attached by noon on Monday, November 29, 2010. PLEASE, DO NOT PUT IN THE COLLECTION PLATE. Please complete below: Enclosed $10.00___________________ Number of plants___________________ Please complete below: In honor of __________________________________________________________________________ . Name of a loved one still living. In loving memory of ___________________________________________________________________ . Name of a loved one who has died. Given by _____________________________________________________________________________ Your name as it will appear in the bulletin insert. _______________check _______________cash _______________paid Thank you! The Decorations Chairman and Committee

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