190 Athlone Cres., Stratford, ON N4Z 1H9
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Minister: Pastor Martin Dam PH: 519-508-6193 Email: [email protected]
Clerk: Stan Puklicz PH: 519-662-2795
Email: [email protected]
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“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
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”
*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
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
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.
6:30 a.m. – Rev. Paul Droogers
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”
*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
(3) Council received by way of motion the membership of Bart Algra from the Clinton
(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.
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.
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.
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
Thank you for helping to "bring the message".
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
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.
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
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
Jeff VanderHeide 519-393-5520, Danielle Streutker 519-462-2443, Lydia de Freese
519-655 2485 for the Membership Committee Stratford & District Christian School
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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
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Nov. 9: Teresa Peachey, Tanner Meinen – “David and the Giant”
Nov. 16: Jessica Ward, Ella Visscher – “A Little Jar Of Oil”
Nov. 9: Erin Hill, Lucan Talsma, Elora VanderWal – Lesson 10
Nov. 16: Janna DeWeerd, AJ Visscher – Lesson 11
Nov. 9: Natasha DeVries, Neeka DeVries Lesson 10
Nov. 16: Natasha DeVries, Neeka DeVries – Lesson 11
Nov. 9: Kate DeWeerd, Makayla Meinen – Lesson 10
Nov. 16: Breanna Algra, Owen Duiker – Lesson 11
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
Nov. 9: Marjorie Vanmeurs
Nov. 16: Betty DeWeerd
Nov. 9: Kate DeWeerd, Luke Olbach
Nov. 16: Jason DeWitt, Kate DeWeerd
Nov. 9: Luke Puklicz, Eric Olbach
Nov. 16: Rennie Duiker, Luke Puklicz
Nov. 9: Harry Soepboer, Jeff Geleynse
Nov. 16: Herb & Jane Sinden
Nov. 9: Upper – Tim & Betty Van de Kemp
Downstairs – Gene & Corry Veening
Nov. 16: Upper – Wilma de Young
Downstairs – Charlie & Wilma VanderHeide
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
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
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
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
Esther De Young, Emily Talsma
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
Corry Veening, A.J. Visscher
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
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
Karen Goforth, Ella Visscher
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,
Val Algra, Jordan Van de Kemp
Christmas Day
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
Joanne Schreuders, Amy Baarda,
New Years Eve
Amanda DeWeerd, Sandy Hiemstra, A.J. Visscher
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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
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 for more
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
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 to sign up.