Grand Rapids FRC Bulletin

April 1, 2012

 The Sunday School/catechism classes (Beginners – 7 grade) Psalter of the month is #302: 1, 4. Please review with your children. There will be no Sunday school/catechism classes today, due to spring break.  The Free Reformed Mission Committee asks that you seriously consider giving to the 1st collection for the Guatemala Mission Fund next Sunday. The amount of giving has decreased in the last two years, leaving us with a shortfall. May the Lord continue to bless our labors in Guatemala.


9:30 AM – The Salt and its Savour

Scripture: Luke 14

Text: Luke 14: 34, 35

~ Calendar ~

“The Lord willing...” James 4:15

April 6 (Friday) 7 PM Good Friday service led by Dr. A. Miskin April 7 (Saturday) 7 AM Men’s Bible Study at Rainbow Grill in Hudsonville. 5:50 PM - SONG SERVICE – Psalter 49: all and Psalter 408: 1, 3 6 PM – Agree with Thine Adversary April 7 (Saturday) 7 PM (YABS) Young Adult Book Study. We will be studying Just Do Something; chapters 4 – 7. Save the Date: YABS goes Paintballing on April 21 from 10 AM–2 PM, May 4 & 5 is the Pt. Peele Trip. April 8 (Sunday) 4 PM Young Peoples meeting. Snack: Franz Ude April 10 (Tuesday) 9:30 AM Ladies Bible Study. Coffee is at 9:30. The lesson starts at 10. Nursery is provided. Women of all ages welcome. Scripture: Matthew 5: 1 - 26 Text: Matthew 5: 25, 26 April 10 (Tuesday) 7 PM Dorcas Guild meeting. Our project will be Hygiene Kits for International Aid. Shampoo, Small towel, comb, toothbrush, 4.oz. toothpaste and soap are much needed. This will be our last regular meeting of the season. Save the Date!!!! June 12, 2012 is the date for our Annual Ladies Conference. April 11 (Wednesday) 5:45 PM Fellowship meal. Check your mailboxes or the narthex for details. April 11 (Wednesday) 7 PM Fellowship meeting led by Seminarian Rob VanDoodewaard. April 11 (Wednesday) Consistory meeting after fellowship meeting. April 11 (Wednesday) 7 PM Boys & Girls Club. Regular meeting for all. April 14 (Saturday) 7 PM Informal meeting at Mel Trotter Mission. April 24 (Tuesday) 7:30 Congregational meeting for male members.

“…..Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” Matthew 21: 9b

~ From The Consistory ~
Visitors, welcome. We hope you are blessed through worshiping with us this Palm Sunday.  Today, Rev. Maurice Roberts of the Free Church of Scotland (continuing) will conduct our services, the Lord willing.  There will be a Good Friday service led by Dr. A. Miskin, Friday April 6, at 7 PM, the Lord willing.  Next Sunday, Rev. M. Roberts will preach for our morning worship service and Dr. A. Miskin will conduct our evening worship service.

 Advanced Notice-Hosanna Choir Concert at First United Methodist
Church on Friday, April 20 at 8 PM (tickets available through Plymouth Christian High school) and Heritage Voices Choir Concert at Heritage NRC on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 PM OVER

~ Denominational News ~ ~ Church Family ~
New Address: Rev. Ray and Linda Lanning (District 5) Phone: 459-9530 415 Paris SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Please Remember in Our Prayers: Mr. Dave Huisjen, Mr. Case Kwekel  We commend our grieving families to your prayers and love. Sister Cindy VandenToorn’s mother passed away last week. The funeral was on Thursday in Chatham. You may recall that Cindy’s father passed away just a few weeks ago. May God comfort the grieving. Shut-ins: Mr. Vincent Faasse, Mrs. Dorothy Hitchcock, Mr. Cornelius Jobse and Mr. Case Kwekel. Servicemen: Dan Arnoudse, Jacob Hubach and Tyler Prince.

 The Free Reformed Theological Education Committee is thankful to
announce that, at its meeting on March 23, it had liberty to recommend to Synod 2012 that Synod accept brothers Clarence Veld (Vineland) and Ken Pennings (St. Thomas) as students for ministry in the Free Reformed churches. The committee commends these brothers and our two current th st students, Rob VanDoodewaard (4 year) and John Procee (1 year), to your prayers.  Dr. Jerry Bilkes was led to decline the call to serve our Hamilton FRC. Please pray that our brother’s decision may be confirmed by the Lord. Pray also for our vacant congregations as we seek pastors after God’s heart.  Chatham FRC Annual Youth Meeting - Friday and Saturday, April 13th and 14th is the date. E-mail Alex at or Wanda at, with questions

~ Nursery ~
Mother In Charge – April: Laura DeJong Today: AM A: B: PM A B: Michelle Bilkes, Hannah Kleyn Aileen Rittner, Diane VanderZand Jane Bilkes, Trienna Moerdyk Kim Kleyn, Meta Moerdyk

Our annual youth camp happens this year in Alberta from July 16-19. Check out more information and registration at Registration for this camp is limited to 40 people, so registering early is recommended. Questions, contact Martin Overduin. All contact information is on the website.

~ Misson News ~
 Free Reformed Mission - This month it will be good if we concentrate our prayers on pastor Xicara. Reports to the Mission Committee about him are very positive and encouraging. God has sent a man to Cubulco who has a genuine calling to minister the Word to the Achi. Pastor Xicara has a love for the people and expresses that in a kind and caring way. Although he is not a young man he consistently makes the arduous treks to visit the outlying Aldeas. He is building rapport with the obreros and helping them to be more effective in their leadership roles. During Sunday School classes he is giving instruction using the catechism. The nearby hospital sees him on a regular basis ministering to the sick and injured. A busy schedule indeed. Please pray that he can maintain his stamina; that his ministry will be fruitful; that his rapport with leaders and people will strengthen more and more.  Word & Deed Update In Malawi, the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian (CCAP) has over a million members, but the leadership of these members is weak. Many church leaders do not have access to biblical
education at the high school level, let alone at the seminary level. This has resulted in leaders and churches that are weak in biblical knowledge, worship and godliness. Word & Deed has been partnering with Logos Ministries since 2007 to provide these local church leaders with training in theology and Christian living. Each month, up to four seminars are hosted. Please pray that Rev. Chisauka, Manuel and Confex (Logos staff) would be wise as they plan and present curriculum and that, through Logos Ministries, the CCAP would be strengthened for God’s glory.

Good Friday: Jamie Beeke, Kathy Pols, Maddie Prince Next Week: AM A: B: PM A: B: Cherise Bergsma, Naysi Pennings Laura DeJong, Karen VanderSloot Marlies Procee, Makenna Pronk Julie Spaans, Lisa VanStrien

~ Ushers ~
Today Next Week AM Chris Engelsma AM Sam Moerdyk PM Bill Moerdyk PM Pete VanStrien

~ Offerings ~
Today 1 collection: nd 2 collection: Box at Exits:

Next Week Guatemala Mission Education Christian Rest Home

General Denominational Christian Ministry to Israel

Good Friday: Word & Deed

Song Service: Psalter 49: all and Psalter 408: 1, 3

LITURGY April 1, 2012 Morning Service Votum & Salutation Psalter: 134 all Law Psalter: 204 all Scripture Reading: Luke 14 Text: Luke 14: 34, 35 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter: 337 all Sermon: The Salt and its Savour Psalter: 346 Prayer Offertory Psalter: 428: 1,2,5 Benediction Doxology: 195: 4, 5 ******

LITURGY April 1, 2012 Evening Service Votum & Salutation Psalter: 381 all Scripture Reading: Matthew 5: 1- 26 Text: Matthew 5: 25, 26 Apostles’ Creed Psalter: 69: 1, 2, 6, 7 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter: 263 all Sermon: Agree with Thine Adversary Psalter: 383 all Prayer Offertory Psalter: 369 all Benediction Doxology: 196 ******

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