Today’s Worship Services

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

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 in the Activity Center today after the morning service.


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 a series called “In Step with the Spirit.” We will be exploring the work of the Holy Spirit and in particular what it looks like to cooperate and have a daily relationship with him. We will look at the Biblical foundations for growing in the work of the Holy Spirit as well as some specific ways that we engage with him. Today’s message is “Waiting in Power.” Please note that the scriptures are printed on the insert in this bulletin.

Our morning offering is for Friendship Ministries, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church. Their mission is stated on your morning order of worship.

Tonight we welcome back Seminarian Ryan Phan, who will preach from John 14:1-4 and Luke 10:25-37, “The Little Inn That Could.”

Thank you to those helping us today:

Usher:  Bill Wiersma.

Morning Nursery: Shelly Steensma, Carol Ann Keyes.

Children’s Worship: Sue Vander Velde, teacher; Mary Jane Aardema, assistant.

Floating Helper:  Braden Schut.

Prayer Team:  Ken Roedema, Marv DeBoer.

Sound Technician:  Rich Vander Meer.



January 26 – Pastor Matthew will preach at both services.

Offerings: Morning for the Building Fund; evening for New City Kids.

Morning Nursery: Marla Roedema, Bonnie Wiersma.

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

Floating Helper: Natalie Vander Meer.

Prayer Team:  Mary Jane Aardema, Marla Roedema.

Sound Technician:  Rich Vander Meer.



Please continue your prayers for God’s healing power, strength and patience for those people in our church family who are recovery from surgeries: Sherry Thomasma and Bonnie Wiersma after knee replacements, Brian Veenstra after rotator cuff repair, and Jan Breen after hip replacement on Tuesday. Jan had hoped to be home from the hospital this past Thursday.



Two weeks from how, February 1, is our annual Men’s Retreat. If you didn’t sign up last week, please do it today! The signup sheets are at the Welcome Center, the table in the narthex and on the coffee table downstairs. All men are encouraged to use that Saturday morning for fellowship and spiritual growth. Our annual retreats have always been very beneficial and enjoyable, so take a minute to sign up. More information is on a flyer in your church mailbox.



Classis Grand Rapids North of the Christian Reformed Church will meet this Tuesday, January 21, at 1:00 p.m. at East Leonard CRC. Our church’s delegates to this meeting are Pastor Matthew, Elder Ed DeKorte and Deacon Mary Bouwkamp. Please be in prayer as the leaders of our churches discuss issues and make decisions that affect the Christian Reformed churches in the north area of Kent County.



Our church is scheduled to serve a hot meal to our neighbors in need on Thursday, January 23, at the Community Kitchen at Trinity Reformed Church. This ministry depends on volunteers to serve every Thursday evening. This is our only time scheduled for the year. We arrive at 4:30 to do some prep work. Waverly Knight is always there to greet us and tell us what is on the menu for the meal. We need servers and a team to run the dishwasher. It’s a great way to show the love of Jesus to those in our community who rely on this ministry. We still need 3-4 more people. If you are interested, please contact Marla Roedema at 980-6704.



Today with many churches across our nation we celebrate Sanctity of Life Sunday. On an insert in today’s bulletin, you will find information on this topic from our denomination’s Office of Social Justice. If you are interested in the work of local pregnancy centers, please pick up the fliers from Alpha Women’s Center and Pregnancy Resource Center from the Welcome Center or below the mailboxes. Information about today’s memorial service for the unborn is on the back side of this bulletin.



General Fund needed weekly      4,239.00

General Fund                                 3,355.00

Diaper Ministry                                105.00

Christian Education                        120.00

Building Fund                                    20.00

Faith Promise                                  392.00


A new edition of The Vine will be distributed next Sunday, January 26. Articles are due no later than Tuesday, January 21.



Global Prayer Safari 2020 will be April 16-28 this year. This group of international Christians will be traveling together and praying on the east coast of the United States— from New York City to Washington DC. If you are interested in going – for all or part of the time – check o


News from the Felicianos – As previously communicated, our missionary in Mexico, Pablo Feliciano, was hospitalized around Christmastime with internal bleeding. His wife Jan this week gave an update indicating that doctors are controlling Pablo’s condition with medication and diet and that he is gaining strength and starting to feel a bit more normal. Pablo and Jan express thanks for your prayers for his healing and ask for continued prayer, as reducing stress is an integral part of his healing, and this is difficult with their busy schedule. They ended their note indicating that their prayer is that they will be able to serve for a long time to come, and wish our congregation God’s blessings in the New Year.



Needs for January: Canned veggies, canned soups, tuna, canned beans, crackers, pancake mix, syrup, oatmeal, mustard, ketchup, juice, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shave cream/gel, razors and feminine products. You can place your donation on the table in the lower narthex.



 Sunday, January 19, 2020

        9:30 a.m.            Morning Worship - sanctuary

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

     11:00 a.m.             Sunday School for grades 1-12 – Activity Center

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

Monday, January 20

      7:00 p.m.              Council Meeting. Agendas are in your mailboxes today.

Tuesday, January 21

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

                                      Nursery and Story Hour for children – church basement

      1:00 p.m.              Classis Grand Rapids North at East Leonard CRC

Wednesday, January 22

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

       5:45 p.m.              Fellowship Night – Dinner

      6:30 p.m.               Fellowship Night – GEMS Girls Club, Boys Club, Adult Bible Study



Grand Rapids Right to Life is again sponsoring this annual service to remember 47 tragic years of legalized abortion and mourning the 60,000,000 lives lost since the passage of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton on January 22, 1973. The service will begin today at 3:00 p.m. at Grandville Church of Christ (3725 – 44th Street SW in Grandville) and will feature Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., professor, author and sidewalk counselor and founder and director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society. A freewill offering will be taken, and diapers and wipes will be collected for local pregnancy centers.



He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them,

‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD

says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.’”


JANUARY SONG OF THE MONTH: “Come Alive (Dry Bones)”

January  19, 2020

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