THE CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH OF STRATFORD 190 Athlone Cres., Stratford, ON N4Z 1H9 519-273-1292 Email:[email protected] Website: www.stratfordcrc.org Minister: Pastor Martin Dam PH: 519-508-6193 Email: [email protected] Clerk: Stan Puklicz PH: 519-662-2795 Email: [email protected] To listen in to the service from home, simply call 519-271-3534 five minutes prior to the start of a church service (morning and evening) and you will be connected automatically. “You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Ps 118:28,29 Sunday, November 9, 2014 We extend a warm welcome to all who worship with us today. This morning we celebrate the sacrament of baptism when Justin and Dayna Otten present Brooklyn Frieda for baptism. We extend a special welcome to family and friends who are here celebrating this occasion and invite all visitors to join us downstairs for refreshments and fellowship after the morning service. This evening we welcome Rev. Paul Droogers from Drayton to lead us in worship and Pastor Martin will be in Drayton. May each one experience the love of God through his Son, Jesus Christ, in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. 9:10 – pre-service prayer ORDER OF SERVICE 9:30 a.m. – Pastor Martin Dam Pre-service Song: “Holy Spirit” Call to Worship: Psalm 96:1-2 Silent Prayer *God’s Greeting *Mutual Greeting *Songs of Praise: “Hosanna” #738 “Jesus, All for Jesus” #739 “I Surrender All” Celebration of Baptism Children’s Message Song of Response: “O Lord, You’re Beautiful” Song of Approach: “Amazing Grace/ My Chains Are Gone” (Children age 4 to grade 2 leave for Sunday school. Parents, including visiting parents, must accompany their children to obtain their children's registration ID key tags). Prayer for Illumination Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Sermon: “Impressing the Faith” *Hymn of Response “Ancient Words” Offertory Prayer Offerings: 1. General Fund/Ministry Shares 2. The Voice of the Martyrs – Canada Congregational Prayer *Doxology “I Exalt Thee” *Benediction *Threefold Amen (Please allow the Sunday School students and their teachers to leave first.) *means stand if you are able Praise Team: “For Him” Serving Elder: Henry Centen Hall Monitor: Gene Veening TODAY’S COLLECTION: The Voice of the Martyrs – Canada. The Voice of the Martyrs is an evangelical, non-denominational, non-profit faith mission that helps persecuted Christians. Through raising a voice for persecuted Christians worldwide and providing practical assistance, VOM serves the suffering church in over 70 Countries. COLLECTION NEXT SUNDAY: Back to God Ministries INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH: Churches around the world are participating in the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The terrorism of ISIS and other extremist campaigns have targeted our brothers and sisters in Christ in Iraq, Syria, and throughout that region. Other religious minorities and moderate Muslims have also been targets of the ongoing violence in the region. Join churches across the world in prayer for those affected by the violence. To learn more about specific ways to pray, ways to partner with World Renew in providing humanitarian assistance to the region, and ways to speak up against this violence, please visit www.crcjustice.org. NEXT SUNDAY morning we celebrate the sacrament of baptism when Josh and LaDonna Boersma present William Joseph, and James and Breanne Olbach present Creedence Nadine for baptism. In the evening, God willing, we will celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. ORDER OF SERVICE 6:30 a.m. – Rev. Paul Droogers Welcome Call to Worship Silent Prayer Hymn of Response PH #195: v.1 “Our God Reigns” *God’s Greeting Songs of Praise: PH #479 “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” PH #483 “How Great Thou Art” PH #249 “Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty” Scripture: Luke 9:51-62 Sermon: “First Things First” *Hymn of Response PH #285:1,3,4 “O Jesus I Have Promised” Offertory Prayer Offerings: 1. General Fund/Ministry Shares 2. The Voice of the Martyrs – Canada Kingdom Prayers *Doxology PH #618 “Jerusalem the Golden” *Benediction *Threefold Amen *means stand if you are able Piano: Mark Puklicz Serving Elder: Henry Centen Hall Monitor: Gene Veening OUR CHURCH FAMILY Let us remember one another before the Lord as only He can strengthen, comfort and give physical and spiritual healing. - those who are unable to attend church Ella Bebingh, Bonne DeBoer, Tina Meindersma, Ron Schelhaas, Gerrie Vanmeurs and Norma Wright - Mike and Maria Post, Mike Walsh, Ava Stam, Ron Berg - Jeff Geleynse who is dealing with pain and waiting for word from doctors Birthday Best Wishes to Rennie Andela (82) on Tuesday, November 11 and Bert Steenhuis (89) on Friday, November 14, 2014. LARGE PRINT BIBLES are available on top of the credenza at the back of the sanctuary for use during the worship service. Please return them after the service. If they are not there, please speak to an usher. Also, there are extra regular print bibles on the bottom shelf of that same credenza. COUNCIL CLIPS: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 (1) Council reviewed and approved the submitted list of Gems counselors and counselors in training. (2) Council reviewed and approved the submitted list of Sunday school and catechism teachers. (3) Council received by way of motion the membership of Bart Algra from the Clinton CRC. (4) Council discussed the feasibility of forming a “future growth committee” for this church, and will consider at future meeting. (5) Council approved the following Christmas schedule: Dec. 21, 2014 – AM service & PM service will be our candlelight service. Dec. 25, 2014 – 10 AM – Christmas Day Service Dec. 28, 2014 – AM & PM services Dec. 31, 2014 – 6:30 pm – New Years Eve Jan. 4, 2015 - AM & PM services (6) Council received standing committee reports. DISCIPLE YOUR CHILD THROUGH FAITH FORMATION: Four interactive discussion sessions will lead parents through the key aspects of intentionally raising children to live as disciples of Jesus. Growing in God’s Word, Growing in Prayer, Growing in Faith and Growing in Community will be linked to the Sunday morning sermons for four weeks. Through Biblical knowledge, educational theory and personal experience, parents will learn, share, be encouraged and inspired to live their own faith in a way that nurtures the faith of their family. Sessions are Wednesday evenings, November 12 and 19, 7-8:30 pm. For more information or to confirm your attendance please contact Jane Sinden or Michelle Vander Wal ([email protected]) COFFEE BREAK/ LITTLE LAMBS- Wednesday November 12, 9.30-11.00 am Bible Study: Too Busy Not to Pray – Lesson 8 – “The Hurt of Unanswered Prayer” Mom to Mom: Lesson 16 “Our Savior's Model: Compassion and Servant hood” Come join fellow ladies from church and community to Sing, Pray and Study God's Word. Nursery and Little lambs provided for the little ones. TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION: The Cadets are again this year selling Poinsettia's and also Christmas Planters and Christmas Centrepieces. This fundraiser will enable us to buy crafts and also badge material for our cadets and cover camping cost for our yearly camping weekend. It also helps keep our yearly due's low, enables us to buy new tools and other supplies for the club. Downstairs in the fellowship hall there are 2 papers with pictures of the poinsettia's and Christmas Planters and Christmas Centrepieces. Please check them out so you can see what is available this year. In the next two weeks a Cadet will call and ask if you would like to support the Cadet club by buying a Poinsettia or Christmas Planter or Christmas Centre piece. Thank you in advance, The Cadets and Counsellors LADIES CHRISTMAS DINNER!! There are many new faces in the congregation we need to get to know! Please join us for a festive evening of fine dining and fellowship in downtown Stratford. Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00, at the Annex Room (38 Albert Street). Let Jessie Campbell know if you are attending by November 23: [email protected] or through Facebook. Thanks! HYMNALS: If you are borrowing Hymn books, either red or grey, to be used for your group or event, please return them to the pews they were taken from. Thank you. COME AND ENJOY A CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT: Crescendo, Men of Note and Men of Praise are performing together and hosting a Christmas Concert at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church 735 Frontenac Crescent, Woodstock on December 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Come and enjoy an evening of Christmas music with us. There will be a free will offering to support the work of The Lighthouse. For more information contact Rob Datema at 416-535-6262 or [email protected] YOUTH GROUP BOWLING!!! On Friday November 14 at 7:30pm the youth are going bowling! Meet at Mike's Bowling Lane and bring $5 to bowl, plus some for ice cream after! TALENT NIGHT: The Blyth CRC Youth Group is hosting a Talent Night (admission by donation) on Thursday, December 4 at 7PM. All youth are invited to let your talent shine, whether in singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, a skit, a special poem or reading, musical instrument or anything else at all! Youth can search the event "Trillium's Got Talent" on Facebook. There will be food and socializing as well afterwards. Come on out and show us your stuff! Any questions? Message Laurina VanDorp on Facebook or email Becky Bosma at [email protected] OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: The Youth Group would like to invite the congregation once again this year to participate in the following: Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on project of Samaritan's Purse that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus Christ - God's greatest gift. How it works: Each shoebox is filled by Canadians with hygiene items, school supplies, toys, and candy, and is given to children regardless of gender, race, or religion. When culturally appropriate, copies of a book entitled The Greatest Gift, which has been translated into 130 different languages, are offered to children after the shoeboxes have already been distributed. There are boxes available just outside the deacon’s office along with pamphlets and instructions. Please have the boxes filled and returned to the church by Wednesday November 19, 2014 and we will make sure they are delivered to the drop off center in Stratford. They can also be dropped off at the Gospel Lighthouse before November 23, 2014. Feel free to contact the deacons or Wynne Mosterd if you have any questions. BEFORE YOU PUT AWAY ALL YOUR PATIO FURNITURE: If you have a bistro set (small round table and chairs), the GEMS would love to borrow it to create a cafe' setting to make their theme night both memorable and meaningful. If you can help in this way please contact; Yvonne Dunlop, Val Algra, Michelle VanderWal or Natasha DeVries. Thank you for helping to "bring the message". STUDENTS NEEDED – HOUSE OF BLESSING CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE: The House of Blessing will be holding their Christmas Food Drive and would appreciate your help! If you are a high school student in need of community service hours you can volunteer on Friday, December 5 at Zehrs from 3:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday at No Frills from 10:00 am – 3:00 p.m. We also require help to unload back at the House of Blessing at 3:00 pm. Please contact Rita, Volunteer Coordinator, at 519-273-3433 ext 204 or email: [email protected] Thank you! “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…”Matthew 25:35 Thank you so much to the many back yard gardeners who kept us supplied with fresh produce this summer. We were so blessed by your generous donations of produce. This month our top needs are: Canned Soup, Canned Fruit & Crackers Did you know: We can use your plastic shopping bags. No need to send them to recycling, we’ll use them in our Food Bank! Please send them to the House of Blessing with your food donations CHURCH DIRECTORIES: This week in your mailslots you should find an updated church directory. Please exchange this new yellow one for your old blue one. If you don’t have a mailslot and would like to have a copy, come and ask for one at the church office. YOUNG ADULT COFFEE HOUSE: We are looking for more people to host young adult coffee house. If you are interested, please sign up downstairs on the signup sheet. Thank you FROM THE KITCHEN: Please check the trolley in the fellowship hall for kitchen items that have been left behind Several groups have totes on the shelves in the kitchen where they store their weekly supplies. Please respect this and use only the supplies that belong to your program. FREEZER NEEDED: We are now out of freezer space. The big freezer is filled with Community Meals food and Friendship baking as well as some larger meals for sharing. If you have a new or nearly new 1/2 size freezer that you can donate please do so! We have a place arranged already! Natasha De Vries, Angela Oosterom, Lykke Van Drunen 2014 STRATFORD BASKETEERS: We will once again be facilitating the collection of gift baskets for women starting over. For more information please check out the bulletin Board! The baskets will be dropped off on November 15 at our church from 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Contact Lykke Van Drunen if you would like to know more or if you have any questions. CHURCH CALENDAR AND COMING EVENTS: Mon., Nov. 10 – 7:00 p.m. – Friendship Group Tues., Nov. 11 – 6:30 p.m. – GriefShare Tues., Nov. 11 – 7:00 p.m. – Choir Practise Wed., Nov. 12 – 6:00 p.m. – Sanctuary reserved Praise Team Wed., Nov. 12 – 7:00 p.m. – Youth Group Thurs., Nov. 13 – 2:00 p.m. – Shuffleboard Thurs., Nov. 13 – 7:00 p.m. – Cadets Fri., Nov. 14 – GEMS Theme Night Fri., Nov. 14 – 7:30 p.m. – Youth Bowling @ Mike’s Sat., Nov. 15 – ‘Basketeers’ Program drop-off & Pick-up Sun., Nov. 16 – Church reserved between services ********************************************************** Tues., Nov. 18 – Community Meals – Team 2 Bulletin Announcements are due Thursday’s 7:00 p.m. MEALS ON WHEELS: Do you know a senior who can use some help? Are you and older person and need some assistance at home? Meals on Wheels is a great program which brings hot, home cooked meals right to your door in Stratford and takes the worry out of cooking and eating well for seniors, older adults and frail elderly. For information contact ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services. Meals on Wheels delivered to your door, Home Help, Dining for Seniors, EasyRide Transportation. For information call ONE CARE toll free at 1-877-502-8277 or see our website at www.onecaresupport.ca DEAR SUPPORTERS AND FRIENDS OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION! A new school year has begun in the life of Stratford and District Christian School! We eagerly anticipate God’s continued faithfulness at the school in this upcoming year. During the month of October, we will be holding our annual Membership Drive and we invite you to support our school community by becoming a member. Our annual Fall Membership Meeting is scheduled for November 26th . For more information on membership please contact: Jeff VanderHeide 519-393-5520, Danielle Streutker 519-462-2443, Lydia de Freese 519-655 2485 for the Membership Committee Stratford & District Christian School FAMILY FIRE is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy. Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com. Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook. KIDS CORNER - Rich in Joy: Chef Boy R Liz returns, but the competition is making money selling great pizzas. While Liz wants to make some green, Lucille has her hands full trying to show Liz, Chamy and the gang what it means to be blessed and to be a blessing. Valuable lessons come from a very familiar lizard. Follow the Kids Corner adventures of Liz and his pals every week: subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Find more great resources for kids and parents at kidscorner.net. ********************************************************************* 3 YEAR OLD SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Nov. 9: Teresa Peachey, Tanner Meinen – “David and the Giant” Nov. 16: Jessica Ward, Ella Visscher – “A Little Jar Of Oil” 4 YEAR OLD SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Nov. 9: Erin Hill, Lucan Talsma, Elora VanderWal – Lesson 10 Nov. 16: Janna DeWeerd, AJ Visscher – Lesson 11 5 YEAR OLD SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Nov. 9: Natasha DeVries, Neeka DeVries Lesson 10 Nov. 16: Natasha DeVries, Neeka DeVries – Lesson 11 6 YEAR OLD SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Nov. 9: Kate DeWeerd, Makayla Meinen – Lesson 10 Nov. 16: Breanna Algra, Owen Duiker – Lesson 11 7 YEAR OLD SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Nov. 9: Emilie Scheele, Tyler Meinen – God’s Family In Action – Lesson 5 Nov. 16: Jessie Campbell, Evan Goforth – Paul’s Race, God’s Grace – Lesson 1 COMMUNITY MEALS: Tues., Nov. 18 – Team 2 LIBRARY: Nov. 9: Marjorie Vanmeurs Nov. 16: Betty DeWeerd PROJECTION: Nov. 9: Kate DeWeerd, Luke Olbach Nov. 16: Jason DeWitt, Kate DeWeerd SOUND: Nov. 9: Luke Puklicz, Eric Olbach Nov. 16: Rennie Duiker, Luke Puklicz USHERS: Nov. 9: Harry Soepboer, Jeff Geleynse Nov. 16: Herb & Jane Sinden GREETERS: Nov. 9: Upper – Tim & Betty Van de Kemp Downstairs – Gene & Corry Veening Nov. 16: Upper – Wilma de Young Downstairs – Charlie & Wilma VanderHeide SERVERS: Nov. 9: Josh & Kari Puklicz, Jordan & Amy Van de Kemp, Adam & Esther Roth Nov. 16: Ken & Michelle VanderWal, Joel & Cara Puklicz, Theresa Talsma Nov. 23: Hans & Jantje Scheele, Gary & Tamara Van Zandwijk, Mark & Michelle Puklicz Happy Birthday! Sun., Nov. 9 – Pamela Bartlett, Amanda DeWeerd, Gerry Jurjens, Jacob Peachey Mon., Nov. 10 – Ed Mosterd Tues., Nov. 11 – Rennie Andela*, Megan Mohr Wed., Nov. 12 – Joseph Timmermans Thurs., Nov. 13 – Ashley DeWitt, Dibora Roth Fri., Nov. 14 – Breanne Olbach, Bert Steenhuis*, Isaiah Super *seniors NOV. 2014 – MOMS OF THE MONTH: AMANDA OLBACH & JOLENE DEBOER I – Infants C – Crawlers NC – Nursery Class * Means you are to greet the parents in the nursery. Please show up 20 minutes before the service begins 9 AM I - *Heidi Flikkema, Shirley Jepson, Remco Scheele C - Josh Puklicz, Linda Brouwer, Esther Bartlett NC1- *Karen VanMaar, Darren DeWitt NC2 - *Wilma DeYoung, Jake Oosterom PM Esther De Young, Emily Talsma 16 AM PM 23 AM PM 30 AM I - *Kari Puklicz, Dave Brouwer, Kirsten De Jong C - Julie Huls, Cathy DeWeerd, Jasmijn De Bruin NC1 - *Amanda Mulder, Dave Grieves NC2- *Sandy Hiemstra, Wilma VanderHeide Ed Talsma, Alexis Algra I - *Cara Puklicz, Fran Timmermans, Tyler Meinen C - Ada DeJong, Angela Oosterom, Nick De Jong NC1 - *Ashley DeWitt, Lori Tiemens NC2 - *Nancy DeBoer, Bryan Flikkema Betty Van de Kemp, Melissa Schreuders I - *Jenn Hummel, Joanne Horensma, Elora VanderWal C - Gary VanZandwijk, Teresa Peachey, NC1 - *Alix Boersma, Bonnie DeWeerd NC2 - *Laura-Lynn DeWeerd, Rachael, Hiemstra PM Corry Veening, A.J. Visscher DEC. 2014 – MOMS OF THE MONTH: ASHLEY DEWITT & JENN HUMMEL I – Infants C – Crawlers NC – Nursery Class * Means you are to greet the parents in the nursery. Please show up 20 minutes before the service begins 7 AM I - *Amy Van de Kemp, Hilko VanTil, Alex Vanmeurs C - Heather DeWitt, Pamela Bartlett, Marcel Scheele NC1- *Christa Dennis, Macy Seigner NC2 - *Erin Hill, Mark DeJong PM Karen Goforth, Ella Visscher 14 AM PM 21 AM 28 AM I - *Emily Puklicz, Tamara VanZandwijk, Anna Tiemens C - Janna DeWeerd, Rita Weima, Samuel Meinema NC1 - *Monica DeBoer, Megan Mohr NC2 - *Rebecca Damen, Justin Otten Heidi Baarda, Rachael Hiemstra I - *Amanda Olbach, Jessie Campbell, Tyler Dennis C - Linda Mosterd, Joanne Boersma, Meighan VanMaar NC1 - Emily Grieves, Lydia DeWeerd NC2 - Marjorie Vanmeurs, Shawn Hummel, PM Val Algra, Jordan Van de Kemp Christmas Day 25 AM I - *Jessica Ward, Jackie DeBoer, Makayla Meinen C - Bonnie DeWeerd, Jean Centen, Lyric Huygen NC1 - *Rose Heida, Scott Campbell NC2 - *Ida DeBruin, Dayna Mulder I - *Karen Brouwer, Nick Huls, Tanner Meinen C - Betty DeWeerd, Hilda Olbach, Seth Huygen NC1 - *Marg Olbach, Angela Mohr NC2 - *Lykke VanDrunen, Andrew Hill PM Joanne Schreuders, Amy Baarda, New Years Eve 31 PM Amanda DeWeerd, Sandy Hiemstra, A.J. Visscher From Back to God Ministries International Meet ReFrame Media - Did you know ReFrame Media is the English outreach of Back to God Ministries International? That means the producer of the Today Devotional, Kids Corner, Groundwork, and more is your media missionary, bringing the Good News of Jesus to the vital mission field of your own backyard. Visit MeetReFrame.com to see how ReFrame serves your mission fields: at home and in your community. GROUNDWORK - Challenges Facing the Gospel Today: Christians are facing some very big challenges. Whether it is the persecuted church in the Middle East or the growth of aggressively secularist societies and governments in the west, Christians today are confronted with opposition. How should we respond to these challenges? Join the Groundwork conversation each week: subscribe for free weekly emails at ListenToGroundwork.com or visit GroundworkOnline.com to find a local radio station or listen now. FREE WEBINAR - Join us on November 12 for "Why Don't They Just Snap Out of It" presented by June Zwier and Winnie Visser. This webinar will give you resources to walk alongside those who experience mental illnesses in a way that is supportive. To register for this free, one-hour event visit crcna.org/webinars. TEACH ENGLISH IN KYRGYZSTAN - Many young students in Kyrgyzstan coming from a Muslim nominal background want to learn English. This provides a great opportunity to not only teach these students, but share God's love with them through doing so. Consider this one year teaching opportunity with Christian Reformed World Missions. Visit crwm.org/volunteer for more information. KENYA PRAYER SAFARI - Have you always wanted to visit Africa? Do you have a heart for missions and the missionaries who serve there? Do you love to pray? Why not join the Kenya Prayer Safari in February 2015 and spiritually encourage, strengthen and refresh Christian missionary workers in various missions settings. Additional details can be found at www.crwm.org or contact [email protected] TOUR THE BIBLICAL LANDS OF ISRAEL - March 8 ,- March 19, 2015. Experience a refreshing renewal of your faith, and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, as you tour the biblical lands with teaching host, Pastor Peter Tuininga, and Sindbad Tours of Israel. See many of the biblical places (Jerusalem, Galilee, Caesarea, Jericho and much more), and gain spiritual and historical insights which will make the Bible come alive for you. For complete information, cost, and registration, call Peter Tuininga, (780 980-1133) or e-mail: [email protected] ADVENT DEVOTIONAL AND CALENDAR - Welcome the true Spirit of Christmas through an Advent devotional series and a calendar with daily ideas for reflection, prayer, and giving from World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice. You will receive an email a day (Nov. 30 – Dec. 25) to help you orient your Christmas season though prayer, meditation, and hope-filled stories of God’s reconciling work in us, through us, and around us. And the Advent calendar is a fun way for the family to participate, too! Go to crcna.org/adventdevos to sign up.
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