LOGO BMessiahUPDATE 10.17.21

Summary for Gatherings/Facility Use (Updated September 12, 2021):
-Masks are optional for our entire facility.
-The Youth Room will be used to accommodate sanctuary attendance overflow.
-Council will resume greeting our congregation after the worship service.
-Offertory plates will be passed, but for weeks where there is more than offering, all givings will be collected in the same plate. All loose cash gifts will go to the General Fund. Please use your giving envelopes. (Blank envelopes are available in the narthex).
-Offertory plates will not be passed in the  Youth Room. However, offertory plates will be available at the entrance.
-Communion services will continue to use the prepackaged wafer/juice container.
-The facility is open for special events, including those requiring food service.
-All church programs held on Sunday and those scheduled during the week will be available.

Welcome Visitors!
We are glad to have you join us in worshiping Christ together today. Please use the QR code on the back of the bulletin to leave your contact info or get more information. 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.

World Hunger & Peter Fish
We will be observing World Hunger Sunday on October 31 and taking a collection on behalf of World Renew’s work with our hungry brothers and sisters worldwide. This year COVID-19 has intensified the global hunger crisis. Consider joining our community by picking up a Peter Fish bank for the young ones in your life, and a devotional booklet (available next week) on what it means to hunger for good.

Moms Mentoring Group
Wednesdays at 9:30 am in the church basement (Room 131) there will be a weekly gathering for mothers. It is a time for community, discussion, and sharing; sometimes there will be speakers or other enriching activities. This time is hosted by a few seasoned mothers who are interested in providing care and community for younger moms. A light brunch will be served and children are welcome, as childcare is provided. If you are interested in joining or assisting with childcare, please contact Jess Bosch (813-4611).

Out of Office
Pastor Nate will be out of the office from October 18 – November 1.

GEMS
Girls grades 1-5: Plan to meet at church at 6:30 pm this week Wednesday to go to Nykamp’s hobby farm. We will finish our night with donuts and cider at church. Boots are recommended at the farm.

Girls 6th-8th grade: On Wednesday night we’re going to make the pies for the upcoming GEMS Dine & Sign. Please bring a hair tie and
hat for working in the kitchen.

Dine & Sign
Mark Your Calendars! Messiah’s first DINE & SIGN of the fall season will be Wednesday, November 3. Come indulge your palate with the warmth and richness of a good old-fashioned SPAGHETTI DINNER, prepared and served by your Messiah GEMS girls. But leave room for dessert! Our middle school girls, with the help of their leaders, will be making a variety of homemade pies for you to enjoy! You won’t want to miss out on this time of fellowship and good food.

Men’s Life
We will NOT meet this Thursday, October 21. Next meeting is October 28.

Reflect & Connect
Our next meeting is Sunday, October 24 after the evening service. We’ll enjoy a light dinner and warm fellowship, and then discuss the
evening’s message. Hope you can join us!

NEW at Messiah
The OLD[ER] Group…don’t need a babysitter but you’re too young to go to Florida? This is a group for you. Come to Lanning’s, Friday,
October 29 at 7pm to learn more. Cider and snacks, bring a chair. Inside if it rains.

Offerings
NOTE: Offertory plates will be passed, but for weeks where there is more than offering, all givings will be collected in the same plate. All loose cash gifts will go to the General Fund. Please use your giving envelopes. (Blank envelopes are available in the narthex). Offertory plates will not be passed in the Multipurpose Room or the Youth Room. However, offertory plates will be available at the entrance to each room

EVENING OFFERING:  
10/17-10.31 Reformed Mission Services 
World Hunger offering collected AM 10/31

COMING UP:
November-Family Life Center 
December-Starlight
January-Hand to Hand
February- Paradise Bound 
 
Directory Pictures
Does your family need an updated picture for the directory? Tammie Rozeboom will be taking pictures in the multipurpose room for the next couple of Sundays after the morning worship services.

Neighborhood Prayer Focus 
Elmwood Lake Condos
 
Counseling Needed?
Messiah CRC is part of the Church Assistance Program at Pine Rest. This offers our members many benefits, one of them being that you may see a counselor up to 3 times/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. Feel free to contact Pastor Nate with any ?’s.
 
TRIP
The TRIP program is here to raise money for families that struggle with the cost of Christian School. This is money that cost you nothing more than the face value of the gift cards. The merchants give this money back to us. Consider participating in TRIP if you are not currently in the program. Order forms are in the information rack outside of the office. Contact Mary Soodsma if you have any questions, 616-915-8832.
 
Office Hours
Tuesday-Friday, 9am-noon.
Note: Pastor Nate’s day off is Monday.
 
Weekly Email Updates
Don’t get the weekly church emails?  Send an email requesting them to office.messiahcrc@gmail.com
 
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!