THE WEEKLY

THE WEEKLY
First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit
November 9, 2014
WORSHIP SERVICES
November 9
Series: Living in Two Worlds: The Sermon
on the Mount
Text: Matthew 7:7-14
Title: A Narrow Way
Choir
Offering: Community Assistance Program
November 16
Series: Living in Two Worlds: The Sermon
on the Mount
Text: Matthew 7:15-23
Title: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
Offering: Safe House
November 23
Series: Living in Two Worlds: The Sermon
on the Mount
Text: Matthew 7:24-29
Title: Shaky Foundations
Choir
Offering: God’s Kids
Wednesday, November 26, at 7:00pm
Thanksgiving Eve
Series: Living in Two Worlds: The Sermon
on the Mount
Choir
Have something for The Weekly? Please submit it to [email protected] no later than
5:00 pm Wednesday.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Thanksgiving Eve Worship: Please join us on Wednesday, November 23, at 7:00pm for a
service of Scripture, singing, communion and prayer.
CAP Thanksgiving Baskets: The Community Assistance Program has commenced its annual
Thanksgiving Meal program, which seeks to provide all the supplies for Thanksgiving Dinner for
300 families. Copies of the supply list are available on the table in the foyer. Baskets will be
collected Sunday, November 23, following our Sunday morning worship service. Thanks for
your contributions, and for your support through the year!
Sanctuary Decorating: Believe or not, the Christmas season is coming soon. We’ll be decorating
the sanctuary for the Advent season on Saturday, November 29, beginning at 9:00am and need
your help! Coffee, doughnuts, and Christmas music are provided and children old enough to help
are welcome. Please contact Elissa M. in the church office if you have any questions.
Poinsettias: Order forms are available today and due by November 23 to Helen M. Poinsettias
may be picked up on December 6 or 7.
Parents' Night Out is planned for Friday, December 5. We need workers for all age levels:
infants, preschoolers, and school-age. The only requirement is the desire to spend an evening
with children and have fun! Contact Helen M. if you can help.
Last Call: The 100th Anniversary DVD and group photo will soon go into the vault! The DVD
includes the programs from Saturday and Sunday as well as a slide show of historical photos. The
DVD also includes the photo taken of the group outside of church and some pictures taken at the
event. The price of the DVD is $10. Printed copies of the group photo are also available for $5.
Order forms are available in the foyer. Please attach a check made payable to First CRC of Detroit
and place it in the designated box. We also have a few extra copies of the Anniversary book if you
would still like one. Please direct any questions to Sally Z. and Kathy B. Our appreciation is
extended to Franklyn B. for all his efforts in putting this DVD together!
MINISTRIES AT FIRST
Current Sermon and Study series: We will spend the fall working our way through Jesus'
teachings about how to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God while navigating the challenges of
life in this world. An accompanying study guide will be provided free of charge for small group
Bible study. If you wish to dig deeper in your own study, Dallas Willard's The Divine Conspiracy
(readily available in print or eBook on Amazon) will be used as a supplement.
Bible Study group meeting times and locations are Mondays, 7:00am, at Higher Grounds;
Tuesdays, 10:00am, at Higher Grounds; and Tuesdays, 8:00pm, in Pastor Ben's study.
Bible Survey Class: Join Pastor Ben for a bi-weekly discussion of the major themes of the Bible
and the basics of the Christian faith. Held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 9:00am in
the Pastor's Study.
Support for People in Job Transition: First Church is a member of "Eastside Take Control", a
local organization devoted to equipping and supporting those recovering from job loss and
looking for work. If you are looking for support during your job transition process, or want to
know more about ETC, please contact Pastor Ben (313-443-5446; [email protected]).
Inquiries about Facility Use: Any individual or committee that would like to use the church
building for a one-time event can send a request to the church email account
([email protected]). Place "Building Use" in the subject line, and include in the body of
the email the following details: event purpose and participants; event date; and facilities needed.
MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT: COFFEE BREAK
Coffee Break started in the summer of 1970 as a Bible study for women. Over four decades,
Coffee Break has consistently provided fellowship and Bible study for women inside and outside
our congregation. Coffee Break is a study in which readers discover what the Bible has to say by
asking questions and seeking answers directly from the passage being studied.
Here at First Church, Coffee Break members meet on Tuesday mornings at 9:45AM in the church
basement for around an hour, after which we pray for individual prayer requests. We are blessed
with God's Word and growing friendships that encourage our faith. Refreshments are also
enjoyed by all of us. Coffee Break is open to anyone who is new to the Bible or may be a more
advanced student of the Bible as we all are learning together.
We are about to finish with our study in the book of Hebrews and will start a four-lesson series
on how to share Jesus on November 18. An invitation is open for all who would like to join us.
Please contact Mary H.
PRAYER CONCERNS
Please remember those in our congregation who cannot worship with us regularly because of
health concerns. We especially want to remember Marge F.
OCTOBER COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
In an on-going effort to share information with the congregation, the following items provide a
summary of the information discussed at the most recent Council meeting. If you have questions
or comments regarding any of these items, please contact an elder or deacon.
Administration: The financial reports were received noting that budget giving is currently about
$6,500 behind. Also minor repairs will be made to the organ in time for the holiday season.
Building & Grounds: The State of Michigan inspected the elevator on September 22; AED
training took place on September 27. Procedures where defined and put in place and
approximately a dozen people have been trained. Parking lot cracks were sealed.
Mission Focus: There was discussion regarding various avenues for promoting and providing
information about our Church and its activities through pamphlets, bulletin boards, displays, etc.
Education: The Sunday School program is underway with three classes being provided. Kris V. is
teaching K-2, Elissa M. is teaching grades 2-4, and Pastor Ben is teaching grades 5-8. Positive
comments regarding materials being used this year were received.
Website: There was a discussion regarding the need to update content on our church website.
Classis Update: A brief report was received regarding the recent Classis Lake Erie meeting.
Pastor Ben, elder Jack K., and deacon Jennifer P. represented our congregation.
Volunteer Surveys: Responses from the volunteer survey have been complied. Council members
were asked to follow up on those from their Care Circles who have not responded.
VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE
November 9
November 16
Greeters
Ushers
Nursery
Scripture Reading
Offertory Prayer
PowerPoint
Refreshments
Children’s Worship
Volunteer needed
Beth D.
Becky C., Jeff N., Josh S.
Mary K.
Nancy M.
Paul M.
Kelly and George S.
Kelly S., Jon K.
I-12: The Birth of John the Baptist
Paul H.
Rick Z.
Bev N., Tim P., Allison S.
Paul H.
Bruce V.
Heather D.
Evelin and Brian T.
Jen P., Nichole R.
16: How the Church Tells Time
CALENDAR
Week of November 9 – November 15:
Sunday
Adult Sunday School
Children’s Sunday School
Choir Rehearsal
Worship Service
Monday
Discussion Group
Council Meeting
Tuesday
Coffee Break
Discussion Group
Discussion Group
Wednesday
Choir Rehearsal
9:00am
9:00am
9:00am
10:00am
7:00am
7:45pm
9:45am
10:00am
8:00pm
7:30pm
Week of November 16 – November 22:
Sunday
Adult Sunday School
Bible Survey Class
Worship Service
Monday
Discussion Group
Tuesday
Coffee Break
Discussion Group
Discussion Group
Wednesday
Choir Rehearsal
CONTACT US
First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit
1444 Maryland Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230-1018 • 313-824-3511
www.grossepointecrc.org • [email protected]
Pastor: Rev. Ben Van Arragon 313-443-5446 [email protected]
9:00am
9:00am
10:00am
7:00am
9:45am
10:00am
8:00pm
7:30pm
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