LOGO BMessiahUPDATE     11.18.18


Bible Memory Verse
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5: 18

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.

Holiday Hours
Due to Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, the deadline for bulletin announcements will be Tuesday at 4:00pm. [The church office will be closed on Friday.]

Thanksgiving Day
Plan to attend our Thanksgiving Day Service on Thursday, Nov 22 at 9:30am. There will be an open mic for your expressions of thanks. Giving Envelopes with suggested causes are in your mailboxes and on the ledge. Before that service (7:30am) the annual Football Game between Council and STROnG members will be played in the grass area south of the parking lot. Come watch, and cheer us on!!

Adult Nursery Workers Needed
We have more kids in nursery and less volunteers.  This means the current volunteers are being scheduled every 7 weeks.  Please contact the office and volunteer – even if you can only do it a couple of times a year, we really need the help!!!

Memorial Day Campers
Reminder to all Messiah Campers! If you have not done so already, the deadline for registering with Silver Lake Campground and Resort for the 2019 Memorial Weekend is Nov. 30.  (You need to put your deposit down before the 30th as well.) Don’t forget to mention you’re with the Messiah Group! For any questions or concerns please contact Kate Thurkettle.

Moms with Young Kids
We are planning to get together the second Friday of the month, so plan on getting together Dec. 14 at Sarah Mulder’s!

Toy Drive
Alpha Grand Rapids will be serving 1,650 women and their children this Christmas and need lots of toys!!! We are collecting new (or like new) unwrapped toys for infants thru elementary-aged children (thru November).  Please place your donations in the box in the narthex.

Faith Promise
Cards were put in your mailboxes and the Friendship Registers.
Please prayerfully consider your pledge to support our missionaries in 2019. You may put the completed cards in the offering basket or the Mission Support Mailbox. If you misplaced yours, there are more cards on the ledge in the narthex.

Pine Rest Counseling
Messiah CRC is part of the Church Assistance Program at Pine Rest. This offers you many benefits, one of them being that you may see a counselor up to three times a year for free. To use this confidential service simply call 616-455-6210, say that you are from Messiah CRC and would like to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions feel free to contact Pastor Nate.

Post High Care Packages
We are again collecting items and notes to create care packages for our Post High Students! We will collect items through December 2 and send out the packages in time for Christmas/Exams. Please consider writing a note of encouragement for a Post High student this year – we’d like to include 10 for each student! Click here for a list of needed items.  A table set up to collect items will be located in the Narthex near the mailboxes.

Messiah Book Club
Our next meeting is December 12. Book selection: “A Man Called Ove”
by Fredrik Barkman.

Crossroad Mentors Needed
Would you be willing to give about one hour a week to correct a man or woman’s Crossroad lesson? You would receive a book with all the answers in it. You are also asked to write a one page letter to the student. You will be getting a new student each week, so you would be able to write the same letter each week. For some students, yours would be the only letter they receive. You would also grow in the Word as you look over these lessons. There are more than 5,000 lessons in the Crossroads office, waiting to be sent to a mentor. Is God calling you to serve in this big mission field? Read the flyer in your mailbox, pray about it, and contact Fig with any questions.

The Hudsonville Chr. School 100th Anniversary Commemorative Book
This is a full-color, 10×10 book of approximately 250 pages that TELLS THE STORY OF HCS in pictures, articles and memories from former students and staff, from our beginnings in 1917 to the celebrations we had last year for our 100th anniversary. The cost of the book is $20. They are available for purchase here in the church office and at both the HCS elementary and middle school offices. (School office hours are from 8am – 4pm.)

Thanksgiving Choir
It’s not too late to join the Thanksgiving Choir! We are planning to practice   Nov 18 in the Blue Room downstairs from 11-11:45, and then we’ll run through it on Thanksgiving morning at 8:50. I have a couple extra CD’S to listen/sing along with at home. If you’d like one or have any questions let me know! – Heather Collins, 352-408-9672.

Help Needed
Volunteers are needed during the Sunday School hour to watch the young children whose parents are attending “The Art of Parenting” study. Two unrelated adults are needed each week. (Care will be provided in the  nursery.) A sign up sheet is on the coffee counter.

Jehovah Jireh
The need for egg cartons and plastic bags continues. Messiah does a good job supplying them. Jehovah Jireh also needs complete cash register receipts from Family Fare in order to obtain financial grants. Please put the egg cartons, plastic bags, and cash register receipts in the box at the church’s main entrance (by the coat racks).

Coming at Messiah
Nov 18 AM The Lord’s Supper
Nov 18 PM William Hensen
Nov 22 AM – Thanksgiving Day Service
Nov 25 PM Roger Kleinheksel
Dec 16 PM Church School Christmas Program

Upcoming Offerings
November 18 AM – General Fund & Benevolence; PM – CRC Chaplaincy & Care Ministry
November 22 AM – Thanksgiving Day Offerings
November 25 AM – General Fund; PM – Dynamic Youth Ministries

Email?
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.