LOGO BMessiahUPDATE 1.23.22

Summary for Gatherings/Facility Use (Updated December 12, 2021):
-Masks are optional for our entire facility.
-The Youth Room will be used to accommodate sanctuary attendance overflow.
-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.
-We will temporarily stop greeting as COVID is prevalent in our area currently.

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.

Song Suggestions?
There is a song suggestion box on the table outside of the office next to the prayer bowl. Please include your name so Emily can follow up with you if needed.

House Visitation
With COVID numbers still high in the area, Pastoral Elders & Deacons are postponing house visitation at this time. We know this is a disappointment to many who enjoy having a reason to clean your house and make coffee after 5pm… they hope to reschedule soon. In all seriousness, please feel free to contact your Elders & Deacons at any time with questions, concerns, or just to touch base.

M.I.S.T. (Seniors)
Breakfast – Wednesday, February 2, 8:30 am at Russ’ in Grandville. A sign up sheet is on the table on the east wall in the narthex, or call Eunice Gemmen at 616-344-8218.

From the Deacons
We are looking for suggestions for our PM offerings. Are there any causes/organizations that are near and dear to your heart? Here is a list of the evening offerings we’ve already had or will have in the near future: Alpha Women’s Center, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Voice of the Martyrs, Jehovah Jireh, Bible League International, HY5 Youth center, Reformed Mission Services, Family Life
Center, Starlight Ministries, Hand 2 Hand, Kids Hope USA, Paradise Bound Ministries, Welcome Home Ministries, and Georgetown Harmony Homes. Please give your suggestions to any Deacon or put in a Deacon’s mailbox.

Java & Juiceboxes
Moms with preschool children: The next Java and Juiceboxes play time will be at Rebecca VanderMolen’s house on Jan 25 from 9-11am! If you have questions text or call her at 616-540-3190.

Pictorial Directory
Does your family need an updated picture for the directory? Tammie Rozeboom will be taking pictures in the multi-purpose room after the morning worship services. (*Don’t forget to look over your family’s information in the pictorial directory draft that was sent out.)

OLD[ER] Group
Save the date! February 4, 7 pm at the DeKocks. Please dress warm as we will be outside for part of the time.

Messiah Art Celebration
Many are familiar with the public art display in Grand Rapids, Michigan called Art Prize. Anyone, young and old, can submit original “art”
for the public to enjoy. We are planning a similar event at Messiah on Wednesday, February 2 during the “Dine and Sign” to support the High School Youth Group’s mission trip to Alaska. Having Messiah members’ art on display should add to the enjoyment of the evening. If you have produced a piece of art in the past or would like the challenge to create something new, this is the event for you. There will be 2 age groups, Youth (14 years and younger) & Adult, and 2 categories, Traditional materials (paint, clay, etc.) and Creative materials (paper clips,
popsicle sticks, etc.). There will not be “voting for the best” or prizes, but there will be the opportunity to comment and congratulate the artists. If you have any questions or would like to “Sign Up” contact Pastor Gale, 712-541-2744.

Save the Date for CPR training
We will be hosting a First Aid/CPR/AED Training Class on Saturday morning, February 26 from 8:30 to noon. The class will be led by American Heart Association certified instructor Tim O’ Conner, who is the founder of the local company Heartbeat LLC. Free admission for all Messiah members and those they bring with them. Young adults 12 years and older are also welcome. There will be
snacks and a pizza lunch provided. More info and a sign-up sheet will be provided after the holidays. Certification cards will be available for a fee if you need a certification of completion certificate. You can check out Tim on the web at www.heartbeatllc.com. Please contact Ken Brock or Fig VanderMolen if you have any questions.

From the Deacons
If you currently do not have giving envelopes but would like some, please contact one of the deacons or the office.

1.30 – General Fund 

1.30: Kid’s Hope

February- Paradise Bound 
March- Welcome Home Ministries
April- Georgetown Harmony Homes

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).

Neighborhood Prayer Focus 
Springdale Street
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.
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!