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Bible Memory Verse
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9: 23

Spiritual Gifts Inventory

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Welcome Visitors!
We are glad to have you joining 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.

Visitor Coffee
Visiting or recently joined Messiah? Would you like to meet some other people who are in the same (new) boat as you? Please join us for Visitor’s Coffee. We will meet next door, at the parsonage, during the Sunday School hour next week Sunday (Feb 25). Small children welcome -there will be other children there. Join us for coffee, treats and conversations!

Chili Cook-Off!
Messiah’s 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off needs your chili! If you are willing to submit your favorite chili to the Chili Cook Off Dine & Sign, please call Sarah Bolt 616-719-9222 or Craig Vugteveen 616-295-5314 by February 28th. All proceeds of this Dine & Sign go to Messiah’s Cadets and GEMS programs. Your chili is needed by 5:00pm on
March 7th. Who will be crowned the new champion?

Coffee Servers Needed
Please sign up at the coffee counter if you can help out!

New Sunday Morning Opportunity
How can we respond to people in need without accidentally doing more harm than good? Join us for a video based discussion of When Helping Hurts after the morning services February 18 through March 25. Please sign up at the coffee counter so we can order enough books. See Lynrae Frens if you have any questions.

Christian Education FACTS Program
Messiah CRC has a long history of strong support for Christian Education. Families who think they will need support for Christian Education during the 2017-2018 school year need to fill out FACTS online by March 31 and designate both their school and Messiah CRC for potential support. March 31 is the deadline for Messiah and the schools. Pledges toward supporting those in need will be taken in April.

Thursday Night Ladies Bible Study
We will be starting a new 6 week study on Thursday, February 15. We will be using the book/video “Discerning the Voice of God” by Priscilla Shirer. We will meet at 7pm in the Fireside room. Call Tammie Rozeboom with any questions, 896-3144.

Sunday Night Series
We are so excited to announce that we will be having a SMALL GROUP SUNDAY NIGHT SERIES on Sunday, February 25 – Sunday, March 25 during the evening service. Church members who are in 6th grade and older will be given the opportunity to break into small groups with other members during Sunday night sermon time to discuss the sermon topic. If splitting into small groups “is not for you”, you may also stay in the sanctuary. Pastor Nate will lead with the same discussion questions in the sanctuary. We would like to have people try and stay with the same small group and in the same room throughout the series. If you miss the first night or two, you can still join a small group. There will be activities/lessons offered for students 4 yrs. old -5th grade. We are looking for a few more couples who would be willing to lead one of the discussion groups. Please let Craig or Tara Bruins know if you would be willing to do this!

Volunteers Needed
We are again looking for Upward volunteers for February 24. Please sign up thru the link on the Friday email, on the church Facebook group, or talk to Fig.

40 Days for Life
Would you be willing to pray for one hour to end abortion? 40 Days for Life is a grass-roots, pro-life effort that consists of 40 days of praying, fasting, and holding a peaceful vigil in front of an abortion clinic. Messiah CRC has adopted Monday, March 5 to pray at the peaceful vigil at 320 East Fulton Street. At least two individuals are needed for each hour of the vigil from 7AM to 7PM. Signups will be on the coffee counter. For more information contact Pastor Nate or visit www.40daysforlife.com/GrandRapids.

Coming at Messiah
March 30 PM – Good Friday Service, 7:00

Upcoming Offerings
February 25 AM – General Fund; PM – Focus on the Family

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: Monday & Friday, 9am – 1pm; Tuesday – Thursday,9am – 4pm.
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.