LOGO BMessiahUPDATE      4.22.18

Bible Memory Verse
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11: 25, 26

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.

Office Hours
NOTE: The church office will be closed on Mondays (on a trial basis). (The doors will be locked.)

M.I.S.T. Breakfast
Wednesday, May 2, 8am at Russ’ in Grandville. Sign up at the coffee counter.

Home Plate Event
The Outreach Committee is again organizing a trip to the Home Plate Event at Comerica Park. The program is Saturday, May 12 at 12:30pm – several players (past and present) will speak about their lives in professional sports and their faith in Jesus Christ prior to the game that afternoon. The game starts at 4:10pm. We are getting a block of tickets. The cost is $35 each. Tickets include entry to the game, the Home Plate presentation, and a $5 meal voucher for concessions in the park – a great opportunity for outreach to a friend or neighbor! Look for a sign up on the Coffee Counter with more info – contact Fig with questions (560-5607).

Reaching America Ministries
Last week 300 ‘Freedom from Guilt’ booklets were again mailed out to area 49428 zip code. Please pray that the spirit will work mightily in the hearts of those who receive this mailing.

Mentors Needed
We are still looking for two male mentors for our graduating high school seniors. If  you are interested or have questions please contact Holly Roon.

Messiah Book Club
Our next meeting is May 9. Book selection: ” 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess” by Jen Hatmaker.

Newsletter Article
The Love INC Newsletter is on the back shelf. (There’s an article about Angie, who came to our M.O.M.S. group for many years.)

Wild Game Dine & Sign
Ignite (Middle School Youth Group) would like to invite you to our annual Wild Game Dine & Sign on Wednesday, May 2. You will enjoy various wild game meat samples as well as Pulled Pork BBQ (“Wild Boar”!) We have a few fun activities planned for the evening as well so be sure to save the date. If you have wild game to donate, please
contact Fig. We are looking for fish and wild game, prepared how you like to serve it. We will have a grill and fryers going as well.

Council Nominees
The Council presents the following nominations for new Council members. The Congregational meeting will be held on May 6th, 2018 following the morning service to vote on the following names. We will select the final names by lot at the evening service. Absentee ballots will be available on the shelf in the narthex. Please place absentee ballots in  Jon Frens’ Elder mailbox.
The nominees are as follows:
Administrative Elders (1 to be selected): Greg Kerkstra, Larry Plowman, Don Veltman
Pastoral Elders (2 to be selected): Dwight Berens, John Boven, Kevin Piebenga, Bob Van Koevering
Deacons (3 to be selected): Eric Bolt, Keith Brouwer, Jon Huisman, Kyle Knoper, Joel Mulder, Aaron Van Dyke

Expansion Project Update
 Full Council has recently hired WLP Associates for architectural services to take our conceptual layouts for the expansion and turn them into preliminary architectural drawings that have been reviewed for an optimized layout, code compliance and construction feasibility. The goal is to have drawings ready to present to the congregation again in late spring/early summer.

Men’s Softball
Interested in playing on a Monday Night Men’s Softball League? There’s a sign up sheet on the coffee counter. Talk to Scott Roon if you have questions.

Parents: Save the date
Tuesday, May 1, for an evening out to enjoy a new movie put out by FamilyLife Ministries. The movie is “Like Arrows” and it focuses on a couple from their engagement through their 50th Wedding anniversary and all the joys and challenges of parenting and grandparenting that come along the way. We will be reserving a block of tickets. They will be $8 each. Look for more information in your boxes and a sign up sheet on the Coffee Counter. The Youth Group will be hosting FREE childcare at church from 5:00pm-9:30pm that night (dinner provided). This gives you plenty of time to head to dinner before the movie!

Coming at Messiah
May 3 – Prayer Day Service, 7PM
May 10 – Ascension Day Service, 7PM
May 20 AM – The Lord’s Supper & Graduate Recognition

Upcoming Offerings
April 29 AM – General Fund; PM – GEMS

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.

Spiritual Gifts Inventory
Click here to take the Spiritual Gifts Inventory

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.