LOGO BMessiahUPDATE 11.22.20

Sunday Services November 22-December 6
The Sunday morning service will be live-streamed on YouTube at 9:30 and also available to watch anytime after that.

The evening service/prayer time will be online only and available to members on our group Facebook page at 5:30pm.

Building Closed until December 9
Beginning November 18 the building will be closed to Bible studies, small groups, facility rentals, committee meetings, youth ministries.  The office will also be closed.

Thanksgiving
We will have both an outdoor and online service on Thanksgiving Day.  A 20-30 minute outdoor service will begin at 8am. The online service will be at 9:30. If you would like to participate in a video montage of thanks being shown at the 9:30 service please record a short video saying what you are thankful for.  Please take the video in horizontal/landscape mode and text it to Karen Lanning at 616-240-3706 by Sunday, November 22.  

Thanksgiving offering:  The suggested causes that are on this year’s envelopes are: Benevolence, Alpha Grand Rapids (Alpha Women’s Center), World Renew, Mel Trotter, Jehovah Jireh, Eastern Ottawa Young Life, Teen Challenge, CEF Shortfall, and Habitat for Humanity of West MI. You are welcome to add other causes if you feel so moved. Baskets will be available at the outdoor service.  For those of you who have a Breeze online giving account, the various causes are available for giving there. Checks can also be mailed to church. (Please do not send cash through the mail.) Either way, please identify the cause(s) of your choice with your offering. Thank you!

Christmas Gifts for M.O.M.S. Ministry
The M.O.M.S. Ministry is again collecting gift cards to give the moms as a Christmas gift from the congregation. Please consider showing love to these families by donating cards for gas, groceries, or other daily needs. Smaller denominations ($10-25) are most helpful. Because the church building is closed, gift cards can only
be dropped off at the parsonage or mailed to church. Donations need to be received by Monday night, December 14. Contact Mary Soodsma to order gift cards through the church TRIP program. A donation may also be made on Breeze
(the church giving site). At the giving spot designate your gift to MOMS. The deacons will then contact Mary Soodsma who will order gift cards through TRIP. The deadline for Breeze giving is Monday, December 7. Contact Jane Dyk 379-1219 with any questions.

Elder/Deacon Nominations
It’s time to nominate new Elders and Deacons. You can click on the attached link in the Friday email or send your nominations by mail to church. The deadline is December 13.

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.

Offerings
There will be a place for your offering at the door to the sanctuary and multi-purpose room before each service.  Thank you for your continued support of the ministries of Messiah.

Memorial Day Camping
We are planning to have the annual Memorial Day Church camping event in May of 2021. Many of you have received a communication from Silver Lake Camp Ground regarding making reservations for this coming Memorial Day. If you did not receive that communication and are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Gale.

Neighborhood Prayer Focus 
Summer Drive, Autumn Drive & Court

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
TRIP is alive and well! If you’d like to support the Christian Education Fund, please call Mary Soodsma at 616-915-8832 to order some TRIP. There are cards for groceries, gas, restaurants, and even garbage pickup. If you are thinking ahead to Christmas shopping, there are plenty of options for that too – Tanger Outlets, Macys, Dicks Sporting Goods, Cabellas, TJMaxx and many, many more – just ask Mary. Looking forward to helping Messiah get caught up on our CEF!

Office Hours
Monday & Friday, 9am – 1pm,  Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm 
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!