LOGO BMessiahUPDATE 2.16.20

Bible Memory Verse
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

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.

Congregational Meeting
Full Council requests the approval of the Messiah CRCcongregation to replace the current elevator with a larger elevator at a cost of $146,818.  The congregational meeting to vote is scheduled for March 4 at 7:00 pm. Absentee ballots will be available on the shelf in the narthex February 23.

Neighborhood Prayer Focus 
Hope Street & Nellie Avenue

Upward
Volunteers Needed: Check the Friday email for the link to sign up

Cadet Help Needed
Messiah’s Cadet ministry needs your help! We are looking for new Cadet Counselors to be a role model to boys grades 4-8, sharing the love of Jesus, and also having fun! Please see Craig Vugteveen or Kurt Meppelink if you’re interested or have questions.

FACTS Christian Education Form
Messiah CRC has a long history of strong support for Christian Education. Families who think they will need support for Christian Education during the 2020-2021 school year need to fill out FACTS online by March 31. This is the deadline for Messiah and the schools. Pledges toward supporting those in need will be taken in April.

Messiah Book Club
Our next meeting is March 11. Book selection: “Educated” by Tara Westover.

Church Ski Trip
Saturday, March 7 at Shanty Creek. More details to come. Sign up at the coffee counter. Contact Scott Vander Broek with any questions, 299-0529.

Furniture Delivery Helpers 
The Furniture Delivery Schedule is in your mailbox. Subs are still welcome. Contact Eric Bolt, 616-292-5788.

Prayer Bowl
We encourage you to put names in the Prayer Bowl of those you know who need to come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ so we can all pray for them. It’s located on the “cabinet” outside of the office.

TRIP
The TRIP program is here to raise money for families that struggle with the cost of Christian School. Order forms are on the back ledge. Talk to Mary Soodsma if you have any questions.

Sunday Morning Adult Education
Want to be an agent of hope in the world? The first step is learning a little about social justice. We will hold three adult education discussion groups after the morning services on February 16, March 1 & March 8. Topics will include living more simply, the persecuted church and human trafficking. Look for more information in your church mailboxes.

Libray News
Be INFORMED and INSPIRED by the lives of past and present Christians who stood firm amidst suffering for their faith. There is a shelf of books and videos about the persecuted church in the library just below the New Arrivals. Also available are prayer guides and newsletters from Voice of the Martyrs.

Coming Up
2.26 Ash Wednesday Service, 6:30PM
3.1   District 7 Coffee Hour (Vlastuin – Zeinstra) – Parsonage
3.4   Congregational Meeting, 7 PM
3.15 The Lord’s Supper

Upcoming Offerings
3.1   AM – General Fund & Faith Promise    PM – Focus on the Family
3.8   AM – General Fund & CEF   PM – Rehoboth Christian School
3.15 AM – General Fund & Benevolence   PM – Alpha Grand Rapids

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
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!

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.

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.