LOGO BMessiahUPDATE      5.21.17


Bible Memory Verse
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15: 13

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.

Helping Hand Meals
We are in need of volunteer-cooks to make a few meals (meals can be simple) for Jim/Shirley Coeling and Marion VanZalen. If you have a heart for helping or a heart for cooking please check out the sign-up sheets on the coffee counter or call Joy Albers, 667-9422.

Help Needed
The committee that caters the funeral luncheons for church is looking for some more volunteers to help with this. You are not called every time we have a funeral luncheon but will probably be asked to help a couple times a year as needed. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time please call Esther Zeerip at 669-6163. Thanks for considering!

Congregational Meeting
May 24 at 7:00pm for the approval of the 2017/2018 Annual Budget.  Copies of the budget and absentee ballots are available on the shelf in the narthex. Please place absentee ballots in an envelope and put them in Jon Frens’ Elder mailbox.

Care Givers Support Group
A group for spouses, children, siblings and friends of people experiencing any form of Alzheimer’s/Dementia or some related condition. It will meet here at Messiah Church this week Thursday (May 25) at 6:30pm in the Friendship Room.  For more information call 616-669-9091.

Coffee & Punch Servers Needed
Please sign up at the coffee counter to serve this summer.

Bible League
Today you received a letter from the Kenowa Division of Bible League International Volunteers. PLEASE read this letter carefully and prayerfully consider supporting their “God’s Ambassadors With Africa” project to provide a Bible, biblical resources, and training to waiting believers in Africa through new translations. Please respond on or before June 11. Together, we can strive to end the global Bible Famine helping people meet Jesus and changing lives for Him! Thank you for making an eternal difference.

The Nursing Home Ministry
This ministry needs volunteers to help lead the worship service on May 28 at The Laurels, 2:30pm. We need speakers, piano players and special music participants. Contact Ron Baker if you are interested or have questions. Thank you!

Offertory Video
Every year we collect Peter Fish filled with coins to support World Renew’s fight against hunger. However, relieving hunger is just one small piece of WR’s attempt to improve the lives of poor people around the world. WR recognizes that several dependent issues need addressing and applies an integrated approach to tackle short time needs and to establish strong communities that will be self-sustaining. Over the next couple of weeks we will see videos that illustrate the bigger picture of World Renew’s work as the CRC’s response to Christ’s charge to care for the poor.

New!  Book Club
Messiah Women’s Book Club: Missed the meeting? Sign-up sheet located in the Library.  Questions? Call Carole Visser, 896-9775.

Ministry Opportunity
This summer we have an opportunity to minister to children and youth at Presidential Estates. We are partnering with several area churches and ministries to host a Meet Up & Eat Up site. All students will receive lunch each day of the week and then volunteers will run simple games/activities for an hour. We are on the schedule for Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 with Immanuel CRC. Please look for more info on the sheet in your mailbox and sign up online.

Help Needed
Help run a Carnival Game at the Annual Jehovah Jireh Kids Day Fundraiser on June 10. One person needed for each of two shifts: 9:00am-12:00 (includes setup) and 12:00-2:30pm (includes cleanup). Interact with kids and help Jehovah Jireh raise money at this great fundraiser! Game, Equipment and Prizes all provided. Please talk to Fig if you are interested.

Name Tags
As an act of hospitality to visitors, new members and one another, please continue to wear your name tags every week. If you prefer a lanyard for your church name tag they are in the office hanging on the outside of the big black filing cabinet. Thank you!

Coming at Messiah
May 25 7PM – Ascension Day Service
May 28 PM – Rev. Josh Benton
June 11 AM/PM – Rev. Roger Kleinheksel

Upcoming Offerings
May 25 PM – Kids Hope USA (Ascension Day)
May 28 AM – General Fund; PM – Alpha Prison Ministry

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.