LOGO BMessiahUPDATE     8.12.18

Bible Memory Verse
“If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.  So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14: 8

Welcome Visitors!
We are glad to have you join us in worshiping Christ together today. We invite you to wear a name tag (found on the back ledge or in the Fellowship Registers) so we can better connect with you during our Fellowship/Coffee time following the service. Ready for a more permanent, printed name tag? Please contact the office.

Clothes Needed
When you’re getting your family ready for school remember “Alpha Grand Rapids”. They are in need of sizes 4T – 6 clothing, and can especially use boys clothes. (There is also a great need for all sizes of boys underwear.) A box is set up in the narthex for your new or gently used donations now through September 9.

Messiah’s 8th Annual Car Show
September 5! Please start spreading the word! Flyers and registration forms are available on the Narthex shelf. Please take a couple and hand them out to those who might be interested in showing a car or attending the show. We will also need volunteers to help with the event; there is a sign up on the Coffee Counter.

This September 8 and 9 in downtown GR a special evangelistic event will be held. “CityFest West Michigan” will have activities for the whole family including a Kids Zone, concerts and special speakers. Churches all across West Michigan are helping to host the event. Please consider putting up a yard sign at your house. Signs are available in the office – please come and take one or two to help promote this evangelistic event downtown. Be sure to save these dates on your calendar – there will be many ways for Messiah members to get involved. (A sign up will be coming soon.) In the meantime please pray for the event and the impact of the Gospel on many hearts.

Messiah Book Club
We will be starting up again on Wednesday, September 12 in the Blue Room. All women are invited. We will be discussing the book “Where We Belong” by Lynn Austin.

Church Picnic
Save the Date! September 15 at 5pm will be our Church Picnic. Invitations will be coming soon!

Annual Child Safety Training
 This is required annually for all adults who work with children Nursery – High School. You only need to attend one of the dates listed below.

Sept 5 – 7:30 (Blue Room)
Sept 9 – 4:30 (Blue Room)
Sept 16 – 11:00 (Sanctuary)
Sept 23 – 11:00 (Sanctuary)
Sept 30 – 4:30 (Blue Room)
The youth training will be on September 30 at 11am during the Sunday School hour, and is for any new youth volunteers. This will take place in the Yellow room next to the Men’s bathroom. They will be dismissed back to their SS classroom following the training.

Nursing Home Services
Are you willing to help lead worship at Cambridge & Georgetown Manor? We are looking for volunteers for the following Sunday afternoons: September 2, 9; October 7, 28; December 16, 23. There are many ways you can participate – giving the message, playing piano, or special music (singing or playing an instrument.) If you are interested please contact Pastor Ron at 826-2870. (We will be leading the worship service on November 4.)

Mentors Needed
Crossroads Prison Ministries offers a series of faith-based correspondence courses to people in prison. Each lesson that a student completes is corrected by a trained CPM Mentor who also writes the student a personal letter of encouragement. You can make a meaningful impact on many lives and your community by becoming a CPM Mentor. Please contact Fig with questions or visit www.cpministries.org for more information.

Coming at Messiah
August 26 PM – Josh Benton
September 16 PM – Troy Bierma
September 30 PM – Dan Gritter

Upcoming Offerings
August 19 AM – General Fund; PM – Kuyper College
August 26 AM – General Fund; PM – Tract League

Does the church office have your current email address? If we don’t have it or if it has recently changed, we would like to update things here in the office. You can send it to office.messiahcrc@gmail.com. You can also be added to our Friday email list to receive a weekly email which includes the coming Sunday’s bulletin, along with missionary newsletters, etc.

Office Hours
Year-round Office Hours:  Tuesday – Thursday,9am – 4pm, Friday, 9am – 1pm
Note: Pastor Nate’s day off is Monday.

From the Deacons
Can’t find last week’s offering amount? Check your inbox again! The Deacon’s Corner was attached to the weekly email sent out from the Office Staff. If you didn’t get it – make sure your current email is on file with the office or check your spam folder to make sure it didn’t get flagged. For those who do not wish to receive email update, a copy will be put in your individual mailbox.

NOTE: Don’t get the weekly church emails?  Send an email requesting them to office.messiahcrc@gmail.com

Bid 2 Benefit Youth
Do you shop at Bid 2 Benefit Youth? Please take advantage of a program they have where they donate 10% of your total purchase to our ministry. Ask the cashier to fill out the “Ministry Benefit Coupon” and designate “Messiah CRC Youth Group”.  Thanks for your support. See the flyer in your mailbox for more info or contact Fig with questions!

Paper Gator
Don’t forget about our Paper Gator, ready to receive your recyclable paper (newsprint, office paper, catalogs, magazines, phone books; NO cardboard of any kind, plastics or metal). The environment is happier and Messiah gets the profit!

The Fireside Room (located at the top of the stairs by the parking lot)
Available every Sunday during church services as a convenient place to quiet small children, feed a baby, etc. Audio from the services is played through a speaker in the room – a dial on the wall near the light switch controls the volume.