Today’s Worship Services

Pastor Matthew Pearce will preach at this morning’s service, and Seminarian Ryan Phan will bring the evening message.

Large-print bulletins, hymnals, 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 from an usher or greeter.


Children’s Ministries

Child Care during the morning worship service is provided for infants and toddlers. These rooms can be accessed from

the large fellowship room downstairs.

The Worship Center for ages 3 through 5 meets today in Room #4 downstairs. Children are dismissed during the

service and can be picked up after the service.

Children’s Bulletins and Activity Bags are available in the back of church.

Sunday School Classes for grades 1 through 12 meet today at 10:45 in the Activity Center.


To Our Guests

Thank you for joining us for worship today. Please fill out a yellow visitor card so that we may get to know you better.

If you would like to know more about the way of salvation in Jesus or would like to know more about the faith

community in this place, please ask any one of us. We are happy that you are with us. Please come again soon!


This morning Pastor Matthew continues the sermon series, Gratitude for His Grace. Today’s message is “Thanking God for His Work in Others” from Ephesians 1:11-23.

Baptism – As a congregation we rejoice today with Pastor Matthew and Tracy Pearce, as they bring their daughter, Anatasia Joy, for the sacrament of baptism. A special welcome to Matthew and Tracy’s extended family who are joining us in worship this morning to celebrate this special event.

We will also take time during our service to prepare for the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper next Sunday morning, November 17.

Tonight our guest will be Mr Ryan Phan. His message will be “We’re All Wet,” and the scripture is Matthew 14:22-33.

Ryan is a 26-year-old, second-year seminarian at Calvin Theological Seminary. He was raised in Ontario, and was not a Christian until he met Jesus during his first year as an undergrad at the University of Windsor. He then pursued a degree in Youth Ministry from Redeemer University and soon felt the Lord’s call to seminary. When Ryan is not reading and studying, he enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, and bugging Ken Vander Slik (a member of our congregation) at work. J

Tonight’s offering is for our local Northwest Food Pantry.

Thank you to those helping us today:

Usher: Bill Wiersma.

Morning Nursery: Ann Wiersma, Brian Buchanan.

Children’s Worship: Sue Vander Velde, teacher; Linda Rienstra, assistant.

Floating Helper:  Ben Wiersma.

Prayer Team:  Sue Lettinga, Linda Rienstra.

Sound Technician:  David Vander Velde.



November 17 – Pastor Matthew will preach at both services. Our morning service will include the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

Offerings:  Morning for Christian Education; evening for the General Fund.

Morning Nursery: Steve Davis, Lisa Wisneski.

Children’s Worship: Tracy Pearce, teacher; Andy Pastars, assistant.

Floating Helper: Braden Schut.

Prayer Team:  John & Betty Bouwman.

Sound Technician:  Rich Vander Meer.



Next week Sunday morning we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. Please take some time this week to prepare and to meditate on the great sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins.



The bulletin board with pictures of people in our congregation is being updated! If you haven’t already done so, please have your picture taken this morning in the downstairs fellowship room. Step up and smile!



We are continuing to collect household items for the people who will be moving into the new Pine Avenue apartments near our church. This project is in partnership with Dwelling Place. Please bring your donations to the table along the north wall of the downstairs fellowship room.



A new issue of The Vine was in your mailboxes last week. Articles for the next issue (December 8) are due in the church office no later than December 3.



GriefShare meets in our Activity Center from 4:00 to 5:30 each Sunday. Today’s video is “Lessons of Grief, Part 1,” discussing an often-overlooked reason that grief is so painful, why going to church can be so difficult and the benefits of helping others. If you are grieving the death of a loved one, you are encouraged to attend, and anyone can join the group at any time. Flyers are available at the Welcome Center, or you can speak with any of the facilitators: Mary Jane Aardema, Karen Kass, Lil Tacoma, Lori Tacoma, Joanne Vander Slik or Julie Vander Slik.


Surviving the Holidays – When you are grieving a loved one’s death, the holiday season can be especially painful. Our “Surviving the Holidays” seminar helps participants in how to deal with emotions, what to do about traditions and social events and how to find hope for the future. This seminar will be held in our church fellowship room on Saturday, November 16, from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. There is no charge to attend, and breakfast will be served. Flyers are available at the Welcome Center. Please invite anyone you know who is grieving. Reservations can be made by calling Karen Kass, 644-7980, or our church office at 456-1994 x201.




General Fund needed weekly           4,239.00

General Fund                                      5,050.00

Christian Education                              280.00

Building Fund                                        300.00

Faith Promise                                        756.00

Benevolence                                           20.00

Home Repair Services                           39.00




Dismemberment Abortion is a particularly cruel and inhumane procedure performed on babies between 13 and 24 weeks of gestation. There were 1,908 dismemberment abortions in Michigan in 2018. Both the MI House and Senate have passed a bill to outlaw Dismemberment Abortion, but Gov. Whitmer has promised to veto the bill when it reaches her desk.


Right to Life of Michigan has undertaken a petition drive to outlaw this heinous procedure. 340,000 signatures are needed to make this drive successful. When the signatures are validated, the petition will be presented to both the House and the Senate for their approval. RTL of MI is quite certain that our legislators will approve the petition, and when they do so, the bill automatically becomes law, and the governor cannot veto it. 12 other states have already passed bans on dismemberment abortion. Let’s make Michigan number 13!


Petitions are located in the large fellowship room downstairs by the clock. For those folks who do not go downstairs after the service, there are petitions in the workroom, off the foyer near the Welcome Center. Please note: You must sign the petition for the county in which you live. We have petitions for both Kent and Ottawa counties. For questions, contact John Bouwman or Joe or Mary Polonowski.


Grand Rapids Right to Life – If you are interested in upcoming events, please see the bulletin board in the basement hallway. It is located just outside the west door to the fellowship room.


Sunday, November 10, 2019

        9:30 a.m.            Morning Worship

     10:45 a.m.             Coffee Fellowship downstairs. Everyone is invited!

     10:45 a.m.             Sunday School for grades 1-12, Activity Center

      4:00 p.m.              GriefShare – Session 10, “Lessons of Grief, Part 1”

      6:00 p.m.              Evening Worship – downstairs fellowship room

Tuesday, November 12

     9:45 a.m.               Coffee Break Women’s Bible Study – Activity Center

                                          Nursery and Story Hour for children – church basement

Wednesday, November 13

      9:00 a.m.              Men’s Life Bible Study

       7 to 9 a.m.           Pray for Renewal and Revival!

Saturday, November 16

      9:30 a.m.              GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” – fellowship room



WSCS is in need of a bus driver. Training is provided to obtain your Class B CDL with school bus endorsement. Great benefits, including competitive pay, holidays and breaks off (summers too). Please contact Sue Folkerts, Transportation Coordinator, for more information:



And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name

of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.



November 10, 2019

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