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Bible Memory Verse
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2: 8

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’s 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 (October 22). Small children welcome – there will be other children there. Join us for coffee, treats and conversations!

Children’s Ministry Bags
Need something to help with wiggles during the service? Grab an activity bag from the narthex. Parents, please take all of your children’s artwork home and return the bag after the service ready for the next child to enjoy!

Book Club
The next Book Club meeting will be Wednesday, November 8. Book selection: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ” by Annie Barrows.

Reaching America Ministries
The last mailing of 9,000 went out to the 49426 zip code area for Reaching America Ministries. Thank you to all those who helped with the mailing! Now continue to pray that the Spirit will work in the hearts of those who received the packets.

Save the Date
Wednesday, December 6 will be our Ladies Christmas Dinner. Punch Bowl at 6pm; Dinner at 6:30pm; Sign-up and details to come.

World Hunger Campaign
We still have some Peter Fish looking for a home. It would be wonderful if every household had at least one fish setting on the kitchen table as a visual reminder of God’s blessings to us and how we can share those blessings with others. Please prayerfully considernext week’s World Renew Hunger Campaign offering. WR challenges us to give 1% of our income, but any amount you can give will go a long way in bettering the lives of those who struggle with poverty. All fish will be collected next week Sunday morning.

Meet with Margaret
Starting on October 16 Margaret Vander Schuur will need friends to sit with her from 8:30am to 8:30pm each day. Most shifts are four hours but some are for two or three hours. Perhaps you could find a time or a recurring time to sit with a sister saint. Please see the schedule on the coffee counter to sign up or Don Veltman
with questions.

Mentors Needed!
Do you have a heart for kids and an hour to give? Consider becoming a Kids Hope Mentor at Rosewood Elementary (Jenison Public Schools). Mentors from Messiah are matched with one student at Rosewood who needs a little extra love, care, and consistency in their life. Students range from Kindergarten – 6th grade and are referred by their teacher for the program. Mentors spend an hour each week connecting with their student in a variety of ways–sharing lunch, playing board games, crafting, coloring, painting nails, playing football, completing homework. The activity is less important than the message being sent–you matter, you are special, and you are worth my time. The online required training to become a mentor will be open between October 20 – November 20. Contact Kids Hope Director, Lea Oosterheert, if you’re interested in joining our ministry!

Prayers to end Abortions
Would you be willing to pray for one hour to end abortion? 40 Days for Life is a grassroots, 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, October 30 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.

Donations Needed
On average, among other items, the Love INC Food Pantry goes through 211 rolls of toilet paper, 34 bottles of laundry soap, 29 cans of tuna, 55 cans of oranges, and 21 cans of tomatoes per week along with other necessary items. If they had to buy this food, it would cost around $4,200 per week! We are taking donations the whole
month of October. You can bring your items to the table in the narthex. (There is a list of most needed items there also.)

Name Tag Magnets
We now have magnetic backs for your name tags if you prefer to use them. There are lanyards available also. You can pick them up at the coffee counter.

Coming at Messiah
October 22 AM – Jeff Weima
October 22 PM – Don Van Slyke

Upcoming Offerings
Oct 22 AM – General Fund; PM – Chosen People Ministry
Oct 29 AM – General Fund; PM – OMF

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.