LOGO BMessiahUPDATE   3.24.19

Bible Memory Verse
“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

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.

Neighborhood Prayer Focus
Each month we will be praying specifically for the residents in our immediate neighborhood. This month: Balsam Drive

Search Committee
Please continue to be in prayer for our Search Committee for the Pastor of Discipleship:  Jared Engelsman, Lynrae Frens, Dan Landstra (Chair), Pastor Nate Meldrim, Tammie Rozeboom, Fig VanderMolen

SUNDAY SCHOOL
This is the last week of Sunday school until fall. A huge “Thank
You!!!” to all of our teachers & pianists who give their time every week.

Belong Grow Serve Campaign
Mark your calendars for Apr 15, 16 or 17 when we will have District meetings to discuss the Belong Grow Serve Campaign.

Secretary Position
We now have a secretary position open and are looking for a new staff person. A job description is available on the shelf in the narthex. Resumes should be given to Rick Wierenga by April 9.

Office Note
While we are down to one Secretary we will be temporarily shifting our
Office Hours to Monday – Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm.

Easter Flowers
Help decorate the church for Easter! We would like to fill the front of church with lilies, tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. You can purchase them in memory of someone or just take them home on Easter to plant outside this spring. Cost is $7.50 each.  Please put order forms in Laurie Van Dyke’s mailbox. Deadline is April 7.

Messiah Book Club
Our next meeting is April 10. Book selection: “Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Ann Burns. See Carole Visser if you need a book.

M.I.S.T. Breakfast
Wednesday, April 3, 8am at Russ’ in Grandville. Please sign up at the coffee counter.

Counselors Available
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 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.

Kid’s Activity Bag Donations
If you have items you’d like to donate to the Kids’ Activity Bags please drop them off in the office instead of putting them directly into the bags. That will help us keep things organized and sort out items that belong in the bags and items that were accidentally left behind. Thanks for your help!

FACTS 
Families who need assistance with Christian Education costs for the upcoming 2019-20 school year will need to fill out the FACTS online application by March 31. If this process is new to you please contact Larry Plowman from church, or the schools are also glad to help.

Christian Education Support
In the coming weeks we commit money towards helping families of Messiah that need it with Christian Education support for the 2019-20 year. Last year our total recommended need by FACS was over $100,000, so please consider prayerfully what you can do. Cards to make those commitments were placed in your mailboxes and can be turned in to the deacons or the collection plate by March 31.

TRIP needs you!
Did you know 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 on the back ledge. Talk to Mary Soodsma if you have any questions.

Coming at Messiah

March 24 AM Gale Tien, Candidate for Pastor of Discipleship
Mar 31 PM Benjamin Hoekman
Apr 7 AM Todd Krygsheld
Apr 7 PM Benjamin Hoekman
Apr 18 PM Maundy Thursday Service, 7:00
May 5 AM Celebration Sunday for Belong, Grow, Serve

Upcoming Offerings
Mar 24 AM – General Fund; PM – Wycliffe Bible Translators
Mar 31 AM – General Fund; PM – Love INC

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.