May 22, 2022

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s Worship Services

Pastor Matthew will preach at both services today.

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 Room #4 downstairs. Parents, please escort your child(ren).

Sunday School classes are on break until September.

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!

 

TODAY AT WEST LEONARD CHURCH

 

This morning Pastor Matthew continues a sermon series entitled Fashioned for Purpose and Power: Discovering God’s Redemptive Story and Purpose for Women. Today’s message is “Jesus, Redeemer of Women.”

The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at the conclusion of this morning’s worship. You are invited to take the bread and juice with us if you have repented of your sin and confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord of your life.

Tonight we return to messages on Ephesians: Masterpiece, “Sketch,” Ephesians 2:1-10.

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 the Northwest Food Pantry tonight.

Thank you to those helping today:

Prayer Team: John & Betty Bouwman.

Nursery: Brian Buchanan, Ann Wiersma.

Children’s Worship: Linda Rienstra, teacher; Liz Nguyen, helper.

Floating Helper: Braden Schut.

Sound Technician: Rich Vander Meer.

 

NEXT WEEK

May 29/Ascension Sunday – Pastor Matthew will preach at the morning service.

Because of the holiday weekend, we will not have an evening service.

Offering: Morning for Benevolence.

Prayer Team: Ken Roedema, Marv DeBoer.

Nursery: Paul DeKorte, Mary Bouwkamp.

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

Floating Helper: Natalie Vander Meer.

Sound Technician: Cory McCallum.

 

OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Sympathy – Our congregation expresses our Christian sympathy to Wayne & Jo Warners following the recent passing from this life of Jo’s sister, Darlene Smitter, at the age of 76. Wayne and Jo have experienced the deaths of several people who were very close to them over the past several months. Please pray for the continued peace of the Spirit to comfort them.

 

PICTURE BOARD WALL UPDATE

If you are not yet on our prestigious West Leonard family picture wall (located by the offices in our main lobby), or if you would like to update your existing picture, now is your chance! Today I will be available to take your picture. Meet me in the lower lobby at door A (the main front door) after the morning service and we’ll figure out a good spot for the photo. If you consider West Leonard your church home, you are welcomed and encouraged to participate! If you can’t make it today, no worries. I plan to do this again for two weeks in June. Looking forward to seeing you!   - Amy Vander Slik

 

FARMERS MARKET

Todd Quick from Peach Ridge Farms will again be selling fresh produce in our front parking lot on Thursdays from now and into the fall. As he begins, Todd will be here from 8:30 a.m. to around noon but will expand his hours into the afternoon as produce becomes more prolific. Please stop by to say hello and support Todd and Bob.

 

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Our annual congregational meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. in our church sanctuary.

On the agenda will be approval of a proposed budget for July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Copies of the proposed budget are in your church mailboxes today.

The other agenda item is choosing three elders and three deacons to serve 3-year terms in our leadership. Those nominated for the office of elder are: Bob Hengeveld, Linda Rienstra, Dave Tacoma and Dusty Vander Meer. Nominated for the office of deacon are Cory Mc Callum, Sue Vander Meer, Amy Vander Slik, and Bill Wiersma.

Please begin praying now for God’s guidance through the decisions that will be made.

COFFEE SERVING SIGN-UPS

Volunteers are needed to facilitate Sunday morning coffee time after the service. Since we are now serving snacks and cold drinks in the upper lobby, the instructions have been slightly altered, but this is a very easy-to-do and valuable ministry. You only need to put out the cookies and cold water and do not have to facilitate coffee setup or takedown. Signups are now open on the Signup Genius link for dates through mid-July. The link was published in Friday’s email. Or you can sign up by contacting Sue Vander Meer. After this week, we have no one signed up for the next two months, so if you enjoy this fellowship time, please help out!

 

HELP US CLEAN UP AND CLEAN OUT!

Sign-ups began last week for our Clean Up and Clean Out Day on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Many willing hands (as well as some strong arms and backs) are needed to accomplish a long list of tasks that day. Volunteers are welcome to come and go as schedules allow. Lunch will be provided. A sign-up form was in last week’s bulletin and extras are provided at the snack table in the lobby, or you can sign up through a Signup Genius link that was published in this past Friday’s church-wide email.

NORTHWEST FOOD PANTRY

Simply Give has been extended at Alpine Meijer through Saturday, July 2.

Current Needs: Shampoo, hair conditioner, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products.

In honor of Fathers’ Day, the pantry would especially like to collect personal items for men (deodorant, shave cream and razors).

WEEKLY OFFERING UPDATE

General Fund needed each week   4,444.00

General Fund 05/15/2022                   810.00

Christian Education                             508.00

Building Fund                                         20.00

Faith Promise                                         20.00

Benevolence                                         495.00

NW Food Pantry                                     13.00

A Statement of Fund as of April 30, 2022, was in your mailboxes last week.

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THIS WEEK AT WEST LEONARD CHURCH

Today, May 22

            9:30 a.m.               Morning Worship – sanctuary

          10:30 a.m.               Coffee Fellowship – upper lobby and outdoors

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

Thursday, 26

            8:30 – noon          Farmer’s Market – front parking lot

 

​TOGETHER SEEKING GOD’S FACE

Forty Days of Prayer

Our denomination, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, is calling everyone in our churches to Forty Days of Prayer. This began on May 1. These 40 Days of Prayer lead up to the start of Synod 2022. You can sign up for daily prayer prompts at crcna.org/Pray. The theme for prayer this week is “Resting in Jesus and the Spirit, Who Are Interceding for Us.”

 

WALK FOR LIFE 2022

The Pregnancy Resource is sponsoring their annual Walk for Life on June 18. We have been invited to join in a 2-week prayer focus in preparation for this walk. Prayer guides are available today on the shelf below the mailboxes. A young woman named Alexandria has set a goal of $25,000 for her participation in the walk. If you would like to support her, a letter with that information is available next to the prayer guides.

 

MAY VERSE OF THE MONTH: Joshua 1:9

​Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,

for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

 

MAY SONG OF THE MONTH: “See A Victory”