BULLETIN - July 25, 2021


Pastor Matthew will preach at the morning service and Rev. Henry Admiraal at the evening service.

You are asked to observe precautions with hand sanitizer and distancing out of respect for everyone’s safety

and health.

Large-print bulletins and morning song sheets are located on the coat rack on the east side of the sanctuary entrance.

Wireless amplifiers for the hearing impaired are available at the sound booth in the back of church.

Children’s Ministries

Children’s bulletins and activity bags are available in the back of church.

Children’s Time – Dismissal during the service to the downstairs fellowship room. Parents, please escort your child(ren).

Sunday School classes have concluded their season.

To Our Guests

If you are a guest today, we extend a very warm welcome to you. Our prayer is that you will feel the presence of the

Holy Spirit in this place and among God’s people gathered here. Please do us the favor of completing a yellow card

from the pew rack and placing it in the offering plate as you leave, and please join us again soon!


This morning – Pastor Matthew continues the sermon series: Promises for a Patriarch: Lessons from the Life of Abraham. Today’s message is “Danger Outside the Promise, Genesis 13.

Tonight Rev. Henry Admiraal joins us to preach from II Chronicles 20, “Praise Before the Battle.

Your offering can be placed in the plates as you leave the sanctuary. Offerings today not designated for another cause will be for the Building Fund this morning and New City Kids tonight.

Thank you to those helping today:

Prayer Team:  Bub & Karen Hengeveld.

Kids Care: Lisa Wisneski, Juanita Veenkant.

Sound Technician: Rich Vander Meer.



August 1 – Pastor Matthew will preach at the morning service and Rev. Jim Dykstra at the evening service.

Offerings: Morning for Faith Promise; evening for ACCESS.

Prayer Team:  Joe & Mary Polonowski.

Kids Care: Lisa and Natalie Vander Meer, Barb DeKorte.

Sound Technician: Cory McCallum.


Sally Driesens received therapy this week at Mary Free Bed. Please continue to pray for her healing and restoration.


Gary Hinken was re-admitted to the hospital this past Wednesday after spiking a fever. He has undergone many tests, both for the infection in his leg and his heart. Ongoing prayers are appreciated for wisdom for the doctors, for God’s healing power through him and for peace for him and Laurie.


Ted DeLeeuw had a lung biopsy on Wednesday; the results are pending.


Congratulations to Scott & Mandalyn Rienstra, who were united in marriage yesterday. Their new address is: 7330 Byron Center Avenue SW, Byron Center, MI 49315.


Our elders made the decision this past week to remove the rope barriers from alternate pews on the east side of the sanctuary. The ropes will remain in place on the west side. If you are concerned about social distancing, you might choose to sit on the west side of the sanctuary for worship services.


With the uncertainty this year amid the pandemic, it was decided that we would not hold our annual Vacation Bible School. Normally around this time we would be asking for more volunteers! We surely hope that a year from now we will be doing just that! VBS is always a fun yet busy time of the year, so perhaps we needed another year of rest. Let’s look forward to summer 2022 to be a revitalized year for VBS!



Please consider giving to our ongoing fund drive for replacement of our sanctuary air conditioning unit. Our progress is noted on the chart in the narthex.



Our deacons are hosting a School Supply Drive to benefit our neighborhood kids. Supplies will be given out at the Back-to-School Barbeque Bash, so please have supplies to the table in the narthex (will be labeled) by August 15. Supplies needed are backpacks, notebooks, pencils, crayons, rulers, erasers, and pencil sharpeners. A flyer about this is in your mailboxes today. Please reach out to any deacon with questions.


It’s back! Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.! We are looking forward to hosting this event for our neighbors and friends just before elementary schools go back into session. We are planning on distributing school supplies, serving a grilled lunch with lots of goodies and adding in some fun for the kids! ALL willing and able volunteers are needed to make this a fun and safe event!

Basic Needs: Morning setup, afternoon cleanup, food preparers, food servers, people to make connections with guests, playtime supervisors, etc. Those details are coming! We might also need some pop-up shade tents. Let’s bring some smiles to our neighbors! Questions/suggestions can be directed to Sue Vander Meer, 453-3255 or via email: rsvandermeer@comcast.net.



The pledge period for the Christian Education Fund is being extended through the end of July. To date less than one half of the needed amount of $43,235 has been pledged. All members are encouraged to fill out and return the form, even if you are not pledging. Additional forms can be found at the Welcome Center table in the narthex.



General Fund needed each week   4,444.00

General Fund 07/18/2021                2,915.00

Christian Education                              327.00

Building Fund                                        340.00

Faith Promise                                        125.00

Benevolence                                            20.00

New City Kids                                          20.00



This week is your last week to change your listing in the updated church directory by emailing our secretary at wleonardcrc@gmail.com. A draft copy of the directory will be available next Sunday for your approval.


A New Simply Give program is now running at Alpine Meijer through October 2! Meijer matches your donation on the Simply Give card and will double match the amount on August 14 and August 28.

Urgent Need! The pantry is completely out of stock of shampoo and women’s deodorant. If you can help, please leave your donation on the table in the lower lobby. Thank you!



JULY VERSE OF THE MONTH - Matthew 17:20b

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,

you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’

and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”



“Speak to the Mountains”