First Christian Reformed Church Learning to Love to Pray

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Winter Committee are pleased to present Trevor Dick, Pop Violinist
in concert. It promises to be an evening of fine music and decadent                                & Mike & Jean Talsma             -
desserts. Join us at Royal View Church on Saturday, April 1, 2006
beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Tickets are $10 each and available at the
LPCS office (455-0360). To learn more about Trevor Dick and listen
to music clips, visit his web site
                                                                                    First Christian Reformed Church
Spring Day of Encouragement                                                         Services 10:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.
"Lord, Let Your Light Shine Through Us" is the theme for the Spring                      Sunday, Mar. 12, 2006
Day of Encouragement to be held, d.v. on Saturday, April 8th in the
Strathroy Community Christian School. Much work has been done
to prepare for this wonderful day of praising the Lord and learning
together. Everyone, including the youth, are encouraged to attend.
Please remember that there is no registration fee and your only cost
will be a small fee for the lunch.
Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Your coffee, treats and your friends will
be waiting for you. For registration and information contact your
church council or MaryAnn Kingma, 245-0139 or e-mail:

                            WEEKLY SCHEDULE
      SUNDAY          10:00 am   Worship Service
      Mar. 12          6:00 pm   Common Ground Forum
      MONDAY           7:00 pm   Choir Practice
      Mar. 13
      TUESDAY         7:30 pm    Worship Practice
      Mar. 14
      WEDNESDAY       9:30 am    No Coffee Break
      Mar. 15         2:30 pm    Extendicare                                   Learning to Love to Pray
                      6:30 pm    No Alpha
      THURSDAY        12:00 pm   Senior Fellowship
                                                                         Thanksgiving: Gratitude for Love’s Gifts
      Mar. 16           7:00pm   No Cadets or GEMS this week
                        7:00pm   No Inquirer’s Class
                       7:00 pm                                           Pieter Pereboom – Lead Pastor –
                                 Common Ground Practice
                       8:00 pm                                           Willemina Zwart – Pastor of Congregational Life –
                                 No Pre-Marriage class                   Anita Plat-Kuiken – Youth Director –
      FRIDAY                     Collective Kitchen                      Barbara Morrison – Office Administrator –
      Mar. 17
                                                                         Office Phone Number 432-7997
      SATURDAY                   Sewing the Seeds of Friendship          Web: WWW.FIRSTCRC.ON.CA
      Mar. 18                                                            Campus Ministries:
   GREETERS:          Mar. 12: Fred & Trish Wassink                      Michael Wagenman – UWO Chaplain -
                               Cheryl Clydesdale & Bill Mennill          Grace Miedema-Fanshawe College Chaplain-
                      Mar. 19: Carl & Joyce Banninga
                               Harvey & Ciska Beizhuizen
                   Worship: Mar. 12, 2006                                              NNOUNCEMENTS
                                                                                      ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR YOUTH
                  Be joyful always;                                     YOUTH GROUP:
                  pray continually;                                     Happy March Break! Next meeting Sunday, March 26, 7-9 PM in
                                                                        the youth centre.
          give thanks in all circumstances,
    for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.                     Senior Youth:
                                  1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18              Movie Night: March 14 at Anita's. 7 - 10 PM. Bring a snack.

A most hearty welcome to worship at First CRC London!                   CD's:
                                                                        Our next event will be March 25, 2 - 4 PM, fun and games in the
This morning we continue our series Learning to Love to Pray. So        youth centre.
far we have learned that prayer is all about loving God. Prayer is
the way we communicate in that love relationship. Last week we
learned that praise is the way we give expression to the love for
                                                                        Your forms and payments are in! Plan to host our chili and soup
God that is inside us.
                                                                        fundraiser the evening of April 7. Let me know if you'd also like a
Thankfulness, gratitude is an indispensable part of a relationship      Silent/Live Auction that night!
with someone else. If you are not grateful for the friendship of a
                                                                        No Catechism Classes are meeting this week due to Spring
good friend, if you are to begin to take all the benefits of a good
and loving relationship for granted, the relationship soon dies.
This is why thankfulness is so important in our prayer relationship     GEMS - Will not meet this week
to God. Thanksgiving means responding to what God gives. If             Cadets - Will not meet this week
we lack gratitude, our relationship grows cold.
                                                                        CHURCH SCHOOL TEACHERS:
ALL are welcome to the Common Ground Forum at 6 p.m. What               Teaching materials for Units 7,8,9 are available for pick-up in the
does it mean to be a discerning Christian in a media-saturated          upstairs resource room. You can also pick up your very own
culture? We’ll be discussing this in the Fellowship Hall, where we’ll   newsletter -- it's short but important! -- on the table there. Thanks!
be watching movie clips with our very own panel of Pastor Pieter
Pereboom, Dan Flaherty and Gayle Harrison. NOTE—some movie
clips will be appropriate only for mature viewers.                                                 OFFERING
                                                                          March 12: London First CRC Deacons.
                     WORSHIP SCHEDULE                                     March 19: Project SERVE
                                                                          The offering will be for the 13 youth and 3 leaders who will be
   Mar. 19:     10:00 A.M. - Pastor Willemina                             going on Project SERVE this summer. They will be traveling to
                Communion- Rev. J. DeVries                                Niagara Falls and Barrie to serve and witness to these
                  6:00 P.M. – Common Ground                               communities in the name of Christ.
                   Chaplain Grace Miedema
   Mar. 26       10:00 A.M. – Pastor Pieter
                  6:00 P.M. - Prayer Day Service
                      SMALL GROUPS                                                                    WELCOME
Common Ground:
Have you just graduated from high school? Are you a student               Welcome to our guests and newcomers. We hope that you
at Western or Fanshawe? Are you a “twenty-something”                      will feel at home among us. We invite you to fill out a Welcome
looking for a place to connect? Then, Common Ground is for you!           Card, located in the pews, so that we can get to know you and
Tonight we’ll have a discussion and a panel—Pieter Pereboom, Dan          meet your needs. And, please join us for refreshments in the
Flaherty and Gayle Harrison—as we wrestle with how to be                  basement Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Our
discerning Christians in a media age.                                     nursery, open to newborns through 2 year olds, is located at the
Upcoming Events: March 19—Common Ground Service                           far west end of the church basement. Children, ages 3 - Grade 5,
                     March 26—Through the Roof @ UWO                      are invited forward for a Children’s Message prior to the
                     April 2— Ordination Celebration                      sermon, and then dismissed to Church School classes held in
                     April 9—Common Ground Finale Service                 the upper and lower west section of the church. (Children
                                                                          younger than Grade 2 need to be picked up at their classroom.)
ATTENTION LADIES......COFFEE BREAK                                        Please browse our Information Desk downstairs for info on our
PLEASE NOTE: We will not be meeting on Wednesday, March 15th              church, parking, Alpha, Small Groups and other ministries and
due to March Break.                                                       classes available to you. May you be blessed here today.
For more information, please call Kerri Talsma at 455-5155 or email
at                                                                    CHURCH FAMILY NEWS
“Entering an Alternative Reality—Learning how to read the                 The surgery that Pastor Pieter will undergo on March 27, is to
Bible in a way that changes the way we live.” All our lives we’re         repair a partially torn tendon in his shoulder. We anticipate that he
taught how important it is to read and study the Bible. Every week,       will be out of commission for two weeks, in a sling for six weeks and
we come to hear yet another sermon. But really, can the Bible             full recovery will take a year to 18 months. Please pray that all will
transform the way we live? Come out 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday,        go well.
April 1to hear Darrell Johnson, Associate Professor of Pastoral
Theology at Regent College, to hear about the power of God’s living       We celebrate with John and Alison Lise with the birth of their
Word for our lives.                                                       second daughter, Sarah Jane Grace. So, Anna has a new sister!

Raise Your Praise - Easter Choir                                          Pray for both Jonathan and Christine Boer and their families.
One final invitation for anyone who would still like to join us for our   Jonathan’s older brother, Rob, was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
musical journey to celebrate Easter. We will be practicing every          Christine’s dad continues to struggle with cancer.
Monday evening 7-9 PM from March 13 to April 10 in the church
                                                                          Pray for our London Christian High community—both students
                                                                          and teachers. Two of their students lost their father, Wilf Kuipers,
Ordination Celebration:                                                   in a tragic explosion. And a fellow grade 12 student, Harmen
On April 2, D.V., Willemina Zwart will be ordained in our church.         Schuurman, was diagnosed with leukemia and is undergoing chemo
What a cause for celebration and that's just what we hope to do.          treatment.
The entire church is invited to a potluck lunch at the Talbot Centre      Birthdays:
after the service. We hope to make it a time of rejoicing in our          Congratulations to Harry Cook on his birthday (Mar. 17).
blessings and want to celebrate the good work that God is doing at
First Church. Hope to see you there!!
           CHURCH                                                                                 OTHER EVENTS
                                                                         500 ML Plastic Containers for Collective Kitchen
                                                                         Collective Kitchens is in desperate need of 500ml. plastic containers.
Proportional Giving and Offerings:                                       If you have any that you can donate, please leave them in the kitchen
Offering Needed Weekly:                    $    8,500.00                 labeled “Collective Kitchens.” Many thanks
Last Sunday’s Offering:                         7,087.50
Budget Requirement Year to Date:               85,000.00
                                                                         Apartment for Rent
                                                                         Three one-bedroom suites are for rent at 101 Kent Street. These
Offering Received Year to Date:                63,759.22
                                                                         units are available May 1st. at a cost of $520 per month. Heat is
We praise God that Rev. George Saylor accepted the position for          included. This well-maintained building is directly to the north
our new Church Developer in Residence for the North London               of the Church and is owned by First CRC. For further inquiries,
Church Plant.                                                            please contact the superintendent Sharyn Zieman at 652-6122.

Northwest District Pot Luck Dinner                                       Cause of the Day
                                                                         At times the counting committees and ourselves have difficulty
Mark Saturday, March 25th on your calendars for an evening of
                                                                         determining which cause to send your donations to , unless the cause
food, fellowship, and fun! Whether you’re new to the district
                                                                         is clearly specified on the contribution envelope e.g. Last Sunday’s
or a seasoned NW veteran, we’d love to see you!
                                                                         cause of the day was Canadian Foodgrains Bank CRWRC , but we
Individuals with last names from A-M are asked to bring a hot dish
                                                                         have three other CRWRC related causes (CRWRC, CRWRC
or salad and those with last names N-Z are asked to bring a desert
                                                                         -Disaster Response, and CRWRC – World Hunger). Unless
or snack.
                                                                         donations are clearly designated we have difficulty determining
If you require a ride, please contact Jeff Cain at 473-9508 or Kurt
                                                                         where they are to be sent. In last Sunday’s Foodgrains offering,
Dionne 438-6907. The evening begins at 4:30 in the fellowship hall.
                                                                         we received quite a few envelopes designated CRWRC. We have
See You There!
                                                                         credited them to that cause but we wondered if some of them were
                                                                         meant for the Foodgrains Bank.
Attention Seniors:
                                                                         When making donations for the cause of the day, please check the box
You are invited to a dinner and Easter program on Thursday,
                                                                         on the envelope, otherwise clearly write the name in full, of the cause
April 6 at 12:30 P.M. at Bethel CRC. Cost is $8.00 per person .
                                                                         that the donation is intended for. Thanks for your help.
Please let Alice Pasma - 455-6624 or Trudy Ferwerda - 451-0878
                                                                         Ed & Lennie, Envelope Administrators.
know by April 2 if you plan to attend.
                                                                         Worship Service Tapes now available in Church Library
Bethel                                                                   Copies of our recent AM worship services will be available on loan
Mary Lynn McConnell is continuing her laser therapy treatments for       in the church library, for easy access. The library will shelf several
her back condition at a specialized clinic in Calgary. She plans to be   month's worth of tapes (or equivalent appropriate series lengths).
back in London in about 2 weeks. Pray for long-term effectiveness for    You will be able to copy the tapes at home should you choose to,
these treatments. Remember Jane Koopmans who is awaiting                 thus eliminating the need to purchase a copy through the church
further treatment with regard to her latest cancer diagnosis.            office. Now you can easily fill in the blanks for the Sundays that
                                                                         you miss worshipping with us.