Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:9-14 NIV p. 1037
Message: “Today Is A Gift”
I. The Fullness of God is Incomprehensible (vv.12-13)
A. Happiness is in eating and drinking (v. 11)
II. Life Is A Gift (v.13)
A. Yesterday is a memory
B. Tomorrow is a maybe
C. Today is a gift – that’s why it is called the present
Fellowship Christian Reformed Church
4375 Ivanrest SW Grandville, MI 49418 616-532-2350
Pastor Philip Boender
Fellowship Christian Reformed Church
4375 Ivanrest SW Grandville, MI 49418 616-532-2350
Pastor Philip Boender
Sunday, January 01, 2012
10:00 AM Worship ~ Pastor Phil Boender UPCOMING COUNCIL DATES AND INFORMATION
Monday, January 09 7 pm ADMIN meeting (reports due January 3)
The First Sunday in Christmas and New Year’s Day Monday, January 23 7 pm Elder / Deacon meetings
Happy New Year! The best way to enter into the gift of a new year
*Please note: Pastor Phil will be on vacation January 2-8. If a need arises, please contact your
is to worship the Author of time and eternity.
Prelude: Still, Still, Still ~ Christians Awake, Salute the Happy Morn ~ Glory in the Highest…….Carol Offringa
*Call to Worship ~ ―May It Be Done‖ by Cora M. Owen …………………………………..read by Brianna Koetje Today, Sunday, January 01
*God’s Greeting / We Greet Each Other 9:00 AM: Worship Team practice, sanctuary
*Songs of Adoration and Praise: Love Has Come! 9:00-9:15 AM: Prayer Time, library
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy 10:00 AM: Worship / 3’s Church School & Children’s Worship
Offering 5:30 PM: NO Evening Worship Service
Tuesday, January 03 ADMIN REPORTS DUE
Children’s Talk: ―A Star‖ (Matthew 2:2,9; Philippians 2:15)
(Children age 3 – Grade 3 are invited to come up and then are dismissed to children’s worship) 9:15 AM: Women’s ChristCare, room 18
11:00 AM: Staff meeting, office
A New Year Covenant – 2:00 PM: Men’s Bible Study, room 21 (Genesis 16:1 through Genesis 18:15
*Song: O God, Our Help in Ages Past 6:30 PM: Personnel meeting, office
Year In Review ~ A Celebration (Statistics of 2011 on PPT) 7:00 PM: Missions & Community Connections meeting, rm. 19
Pastoral Prayer Thursday, January 05
Our Tithes and Offerings: 1st General Fund and 2nd Christian Education (Of ourselves, and so forth) 7:00 PM: Personnel meeting, office
(Please sign the Fellowship Pad and pass it down your row.)
Next Sunday 01/08
Offertory: I Wonder As I Wander…….………………………………………..………………………..Carol Offringa
8;15 AM: Instrumentalists warm-up
*Song: In His Time 8:30 AM: Singers practice
Prayer of Illumination 9:00-9:15 AM: Prayer Time, library
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:9-14(NIV page 1037)…………………………...…….Scripture read by Jenny Jenkins 9:30 AM: Worship-Rev. Paul Mpindi / 3’s Church School & Children’s Worship
Congregation responds with ―Thanks be to God‖ 10:45 AM: Praise Band practice, sanctuary
Message: “Today Is A Gift‖ 10:55 AM: Church School, grades 4-12
Prayer 11:00 AM: Adult Bible Study ~ Matthew Room 11
*Song of Response: Great Is Thy Faithfulness Adult Bible Study ~ Ray VanderLaan DVD Session one ~ room 8
*Words of Service: Colossians 3:23-24 5:30 PM: Special Evening Worship Service ~ Trinity (Down Home Gospel Singers)
*God’s Parting Blessing: Romans 15:5-7, 13 7:00 PM: ChristCare
*Parting Song: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Sermons are now available on the web! Go to www.fellowshipcrc.com and click on the audio link near the top
*Postlude: Joyous Proclamation (J.S. Bach)………………………………………………………..Carol Offringa
right side on the page. You can listen online or download an mp3. Please contact Curt Stienstra with any ques-
*Please stand if you are able. Songs are displayed on the screen. tions or suggestions.
Song books and Bibles are located under your seat.
Pastor ~ Rev. Philip Boender / 532.2350 ext. 10 / email@example.com
Singers: Sherri Funk, Rachel Kramer, Linda Philo, Joy Stienstra 9:00AM-12:00PM, Monday-Thursday; other hours by appointment
Accompanist: Carol Offringa Keyboard: Mary Bouma
Church Secretary ~ Tara Hendricks / 532.2350 ext. 11 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Percussion: Dustin Funk Guitar: John Kramer
Projection/PowerPoint Tech: Ann Nieuwkoop Sound Tech: Mike Philo 9:00AM-12:00PM, Tuesday-Thursday
Coffee is available in the narthex before the morning worship. Children’s Bulletins (2 age groups available) Pastor of Discipleship and Education ~ Barb Sanders / 532.2350 ext. 12 / email@example.com
and crayons are available at the bulletin table. Large print bulletins are available at the sound console.
Director of Worship & Music ~ Carol Offringa / 532.2350 ext. 16 / 896.9677– hm
Nursery: A staffed nursery for infants and toddlers is provided during each service. Coffee and Fellowship:
Guests, please join us for refreshments following the morning service. Information Center: We have an In- firstname.lastname@example.org
formation Center in the narthex where you may pick up additional information regarding our church. Cas- Custodians ~ John and Adrianna Lont / 532.2350
sette Tapes of our services are available on a loan basis from the sound technician at the back of the audito-
To make prayer requests ~ 616.532.2350 ext. 12
rium. Thank you for worshiping with us today!
CRC Denominational Prayer Line~ via the CRC webpage – www.crcna.org – get involved / prayer support
FROM MISSIONS & COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS (M&CC) Worship Notes and News
Back Pack Buddies: A special thank you for the generous donations to the BPB ministry over the year and
especially at the evening offering of Dec. 11. We will be putting that money toward Christmas food baskets Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying"; Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now
for the families we work with at Central Elementary as well as to provide for the remaining months of dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of
school. Thank you too for food donations and prayers for these families. If you would still like to make a all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel." Luke 2:28-32
donation, there are slips in the bags for food items needed for the month of January; please bring your do-
nations to the box in the Narthex by January 1, 2012. Please contact Sandy Campo if you have any ques- Our Morning Worship: As we continue our celebration of Christmas on this first Sunday in Christmas, we also
tions. celebrate the beginning of a New Year; Pastor Phil’s message is ―Today Is a Gift‖ (Ecclesiastes 3:9-14). A
FROM LOVE GROW SERVE PowerPoint of 2011 ―Year In Review‖ ~ A Celebration‖ (2011 statistics) will be shown. Please note there is no
evening worship service tonight.
Check out the Milestone library books that are available for your reading (located in the narthex). A few
titles from some of the milestone categories are:
Some Special Worship Services in the New Year, 2012
Milestone 5—Raising A Modern-Day Night by Robert Lewis
Sunday, January 8
Milestone 6—Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes to God by Kay Warren
Morning Worship: We welcome guest pastor, Dr. Paul Mpindi, to preach for us. His message is The Lamb of
Check out the Facebook page: LGS Group at Fellowship CRC
God Who Takes Away The Sin Of The World (John 1: 19-34). Ruth Eggerding will give the Children’s Talk.
Table Talk ~ For details look under Worship News and Notes. Brass instruments will accompany the singing.
FROM OUR DEACONS Evening Worship: We will have a Special Service of Praise and Worship beginning at 5:30 pm. The vocal en-
Thanks to the congregation for the gifts on December 25, 2011 semble Trinity (formerly known as The Down Home Gospel Singers) along with director Greg Hewitt will be
Received for General Ministries: $ 11,127.00 leading us in praise and worship. Pastor Phil will give a meditation. Be sure to invite family and friends to this
Average weekly collection should be: $ 5,828.86 special service. An offering will be taken for our nursery’s needs.
Received for Christian Education: $ 1,452.00
Received for Christian Education Benevolent $ 150.00 Sunday, January 15 ~ We will observe ―Sanctity of Human Life Sunday‖. At our morning worship, we cele-
Average weekly collection should be: $ 487.50 brate the baptism of Mollie Lyn Epema, infant daughter of John and Stacy. The Praise Band will be participat-
ing. Pastor Phil’s message is ―Living Truth‖ (Galatians 6:9). Our evening worship will be a ―Concert of Prayer‖
Our Evening Offering for next Sunday, January 8 will be a free-will offering for Fellowship CRC’s nursery. with a message entitled ―Celebrating God In Prayer‖ (Psalm 34:1-3). The evening offering will be for the Preg-
nancy Resource Center.
Church Assistance Program (CAP): Losing a loved one can be hard on anybody. Sometimes it takes more
than time to work through your grief. Call your CAP Hotline at 455-6210 or 1-800-442-0809.
SERVING US TODAY: January 01, 2012—10:00 AM Service Thank you to everyone who made our Advent, Christmas Eve
Greeters AM: Sandie Davis / Jack & Sally DeWitte and Christmas Day worship services so special! Thank you for all of your time
Coffee: Andy & Chris Maddox / Jim & Pam Kortman
Ushers AM: Dan VanVugt / Paul Milkamp in practices and performances. “Glory to God in the highest!”
Library: Char Bell
Scripture Reader: Jenny Jenkins
Hall Monitor: Jack Emelander Feed the Fish Challenge: 1) All money found 2) Bring 10¢ for every New Years resolution you have made.
Nursery: (Supports the sponsorship of our World Vision child, Henry Ariel, age 4). Would you like to get to
Infant: Myrna Koning / Ruth Walburg know Henry better? Or send a gift to him? If you would like more information regarding sending a
AM Toddler: Ruth Eggerding / Nate Driesenga /Jessica Bouma letter, e-mail or package to Henry, please contact the office and we will gladly help you. Please
keep Henry in your prayers
SERVING US January 8, 2012
Greeters AM: Mike & Sandy Campo / Rob & Tricia Draeger
Table Talk: A part of Love Grow Serve is the take-home ―Table Talk ~ a follow-up devotional to the morning
Coffee: Bruce & Jayme Morren / Doug & Merrie Mulder
message which is meant to be an intentional tool for your devotional usage. Our hope and prayer is that you
Ushers AM: Dan VanVugt / Paul Milkamp Ushers PM: Bonnie Houtstra
will find this encouraging, as well as a personal and family blessing. ―Table Talk‖ sheets are in your mailboxes.
Library: Cathy Kraker
Scripture Reader: Jim Kortman
January Memory Verse - Love
Hall Monitor: Mark Offringa
1 John 3:16-18 (NIV) 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought
to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or
Infant: Jackie Buiter, Sarah Grasman
sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not
AM Toddler: Joy Stienstra, Adam Rhodes, Andrew Karel
love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
PM: Barb Van Ryn, Nate Van Ryn, Courtney VanVugt
3’S AND CHILDREN’S WORSHIP Pray for Bob Aardema, son of Don and Ann Aardema and brother of Sheryl Williams, that a kidney will be
3’s Helpers: found soon.
January 01: Maddison Woodfin January 08: Julie Oosterink Michigan Organ Donor Registry / www.giftoflifemichigan / 800.482.4881. There is no greater gift you
Children’s Worship Helpers: can share than the gift of life.
Purple: Nate Van Ryn Tony DeWitte Our Missionaries: Forgotten Man Ministries
Green: Lauren Van Vugt Joan Bosscher
Children’s Worship for January 01
Three Year olds: Rm. 3 Wisemen Worship Jesus Prayers for Our Ministries:
Purple (4 –Pre K): Rm. 5/7 Ephiphany / The Gifts of the Magi Council ~ Admin. Board, Shepherding Elders, Service Deacons ~ Pray for wisdom and insight in the vari-
Green (K-Gr. 1): Rm. 12 Ephiphany / The Gifts of the Magi ous situations they work with.
Pilgrim (Gr. 2-3): Rm. 6 The I Am’s—part 1 Board Committees ~ Building & Grounds, Christian Education, Fellowship, Love, Grow, Serve (LGS),
Missions & Community Connections, Stewardship, Worship, Technology, Safe Church Committee ~ Pray
Children’s Worship and Church School schedule for the Christmas season: for these various committees as they work to enrich aspects of our church life and ministry.
Jan 01 ~ 3’s Class / Children’s Worship meets, no Church School Prayer Ministry ~ Give thanks for the gift of prayer and for the various aspects of the prayer ministry at
Jan 08 ~ 3’s Class / Children’s worship meets, Church School resumes FCRC in which members can participate in focused prayer for others.
Stephen Ministry ~ Give thanks for this one-on-one caring ministry. Pray for those who are involved in
FELLOWSHIP PRAYER REQUESTS AND PRAISES this ministry as care-givers and as care-receivers.
We extend our sympathy to Doug and Merrie Mulder, Scott and Krista Mulder and Gregg and Alisha
Mulder and family. Merrie's father, Kenneth Boelema, passed away Friday, December 23. The funeral was If you have an ongoing or current prayer item that you would like included in our bulletin or to be communi-
Tuesday, December 27. Pray that this family will experience God's Spirit enfolding them with Christ's faithful cated via prayer e-mail, please contact the church office. Please indicate if you would like your concern to
presence during this time. go via e-mail and / or in the bulletin. A prayer slot is located at the Information Desk for your prayer con-
cerns and items of praise. The Wednesday morning prayer group will pray for your request if you indicate
Pray for Aleda and Tom VandenBosch. Aleda is currently home with Hospice care. Pray that Tom and that. Prayer Cards are available in the Friendship Pads for you to fill out.
Aleda and their family will experience God's Spirit enfolding and sustaining them and God's people caring
for them during this time. FELLOWSHIP NEWS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Envelopes / Giving for 2011 must be turned into the deacons by TODAY, January 1, 2012 to be included
Menser VandenHeuvel recently moved into Royal Park Place / Retirement Living / 500 Parkside Drive / with the 2011 giving statements.
Zeeland, MI 49464. Pray for Menser and Pauline during this time of transition.
Garage Contributions: For those of you who made a financial commitment to the garage project but haven’t
Kristi Kortman is scheduled to start radiation treatments on January 4 and go for five and a half weeks. made your payment yet or to those who did not make a contribution and would like to: If you would like this
Approximately 2-3 weeks after treatments conclude, there will be a follow-up visit to learn the effectiveness contribution included with the 2011 giving statements please contact a deacon as soon as possible. Monies
of treatments. Please keep Kristi and family in your prayers. must be turned into the deacons by TODAY, January 1, 2012.
Pray for Dan Olthoff who ruptured his Achilles tendon earlier in December. He had surgery on Friday, Reminder: Following the morning worship service there are two study/discussion groups that meet. One
December 16 and is recovering at home. A full recovery is anticipated to take several months. Continue to group is focusing on the book of Matthew. This group meets in room 11. Contact people for this group are
pray for a good recovery process. Dave Cook and Mike Philo. Another group will be viewing a 7 session Ray VanderLaan DVD series Walking
With God in the Desert, January - February Sundays. This group meets in room 8 and the contact person is
Please pray for safe travel for Ashley Oosterink (and 12 other Calvin College students) and her profes- Barb Sanders. These groups begin meeting again on January 8, 11:00 - 12:00. New participants are welcome
sor and wife as they travel to Hyderabad, India on January 4. Ashley is doing an Internship in India and is in either group.
very excited to have this experience. May God bless her with an amazing time. She will be returning on
January 25 Looking ahead to the new year, another "Writing Your Story" class will be offered for four weeks on
Tuesday afternoons from 1-2:30PM starting February 7. Sign-up sheets will be posted in January. This is a
Continue to keep in prayer: fun way to spend a winter afternoon and get started preserving your family history for future genera-
Phil VanDommelen as he recovers from subdural hemotama and Gert Austhof, Carmen Colvin, Rich tions. Previous attendees are welcome to come again for encouragement, motivation and sharing!
DeWitte, Esther Gerrits, Liz Lubbers, Jackie Tuinstra, and Sy Wynia – various ongoing health concerns.
As part of our monthly prayer overview we would like to focus on one of our shut-in members each month Children at the Table: January 15 is a Town Hall information meeting regarding younger children partici-
and remember them with cards. This month we are highlighting: Carmen Colvin / Providence Health Care pating in The Lord’s Supper . Rev. Howard Vanderwell, a member of the CRC Faith Formation committee,
& Rehabilitiation Center / Gilead Unit, Room 200-1 / Carmen Colvin /285 North State Street / Zeeland, MI plans to attend. Information letters were placed in mailboxes a few weeks ago. More copies are available on
49464 the information table in the narthex.