September 17, 2023
Today’s Worship Services
Pastor Matthew will preach at morning worship and Rev. Henry Admiraal at the evening service.
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.
Nursery for babies and toddlers during the morning service.
Children’s bulletins and activity bags are available in the
back of church.
Children’s Worship – Dismissal during the service to Room #4 downstairs.
Sunday School classes for grades 1-12 are on will resume next Sunday, September 24.
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!
Please stand where indicated with *.
*Song: “House of the Lord”
*Greet Each Other
*Verse of the Month: 1 Samuel 2:2
*Song of the Month: “Holy Forever”
(Please be seated.)
Scripture: Joshua 9:8-9
Song: “Knowing You”
Children dismissed for Children’s Worship.
Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Scripture: John 8:31-47
Message: Practices for Growth: 12 Spiritual Disciplines
Meditation on John 10:1-5
Prayer of Response
*Songs of Response:
“Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God”
“In the Secret”
*God’s Parting Blessing
*Parting Song: “Lay Me Down”
Minister – Matthew Pearce
Worship Leader – John Bouwman
Singers – Liz Nguyen, Kate Kuiper
Accompanist – Laurie Hinken
Drummer – Eli Verburg
Sound Technician – Cory McCallum
Live Stream – Michael Becker
TODAY AT WEST LEONARD CHURCH
This morning, Pastor Matthew continues the series: Practices for Growth: 12 Spiritual Disciplines. Today’s message is “Meditation,” learning to hear and respond to God’s voice and “knowing God” rather than “knowing about God.”
Tonight Rev. Henry Admiraal’s message is “Seeing the Promised Land.”
Your offering can be placed in the plates as you leave the sanctuary. Offerings today not designated for another cause will be for Church Operating Expenses this morning and the Northwest Food Pantry this evening.
Thank you to those helping today:
Greeters: Mike & Rachel Vander Wall
Prayer Team: Ken Vander Slik, Andy Butler.
Nursery: Mary Bouwkamp, Ann Wiersma.
Children’s Worship: Tracy Pearce.
Floating Helper: Natalie Vander Meer.
Sound Technician: David Vander Velde.
September 24 – Pastor Matthew will preach at both services.
Offerings: Morning for Church Operating Expenses; evening for NW Food Pantry.
Greeters: John & Betty Bouwman.
Prayer Team: Linda Rienstra, Mayme Becker.
Nursery: Paul & Rachael DeKorte, Brian Buchanan.
Children’s Worship: Lisa Vander Meer.
Floating Helper: Mason Vander Meer.
Sound Technician: Rich Vander Meer.
FALL ACTIVITIES RESUME
Coffee Break Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays, 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. in the Activity Center. Women of all ages are invited!
Men’s Life Bible Study – Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. in the Activity Center. All men are welcome!
Fellowship Night – Wednesday, September 20. Dinner at 6:00 followed at 6:30 by: GEMS Girls Club, Boys Club, Adult Bible Study. Child care is provided for those attending the Bible study.
Sunday School Classes will resume next Sunday, September 24, 10:50 to 11:30 a.m.
FALL NEIGHBORHOOD WORK DAY - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
We will again have the opportunity to help our neighbors with yard clean-up projects and painting and light carpentry projects if needed. Workers should meet at 8:45 a.m. in the back parking lot. Work is usually wrapped up by noon or shortly before. Signup sheets are located around church, and you are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible so we know what projects we will be able to take on. Bob Hengeveld can answer your questions. (The rain-out date is October 7.
WEEKLY OFFERING UPDATE
Church Operating Expenses
needed each week 5,054.00
Church Operating Expenses
received 09/010 4,790.00
Christian Education 390.00
Building Fund 400.00
Faith Promise 560.00
A Statement of Funds was in your mailboxes last week.
CLASSIS TO MEET
Classis Grand Rapids North will meet this Tuesday, September 19, at 4 p.m. at Sunshine Community CRC. West Leonard’s delegates to the meeting are Pastor Matthew and Elder Linda Rienstra. Your prayers for Classis are deeply appreciated as they engage in prayer and make decisions for the group of churches within our Classis.
You can take a stand for life on Sunday, October 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on 44th Street between Breton Road and Ivanrest Avenue. If you are interested in participating, more information is on the blue sheets below our church mailboxes.
EDISON CHRISTIAN LIFE SERVICES
The Women’s Service Board of ECLS presents The Voices of Victory Quartet and Covenant Christian Chamber Choir on Sunday, October 8, at 7:15 p.m. at Westend CRC (1015 Westend NW). The concert is a great opportunity to financially support those who make their home at Edison Christian Health Center. The proceeds from the concert are used to purchase items for the residents that are beyond the ongoing budget. Items that benefit several residents are usually selected. Please come for this inspiring, God-honoring concert!
THIS WEEK AT WEST LEONARD CHURCH
Today, September 17, 2023
9:30 a.m. Morning Worship – sanctuary
10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship – upper lobby
6:00 p.m. Evening Worship – fellowship room
Monday, September 18
7:00 p.m. Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 19
9:45 a.m. Coffee Break Women’s Bible Study – Activity Center
4:00 p.m. Classis Grand Rapids North at Sunshine Church
Wednesday, September 20
9:00 a.m. Men’s Life Bible Study – Activity Center
6:00 p.m. Fellowship Night – Dinner
6:30 p.m. Fellowship Night Activities: GEMS Girls Club, Boys Club
Adult Bible Study, Child Care for those attending Bible Study
Thursday, September 21
9 am to 1:00 Farmers Market – front parking lot (weather permitting)
SEPTEMBER VERSE OF THE MONTH: 1 Samuel 2:2
There is no one holy like the LORD;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
SEPTEMBER SONG OF THE MONTH: