Bulletin 2-2-14

February 2, 2014
TODAY

This morning Pastor Jeremy will continue the sermon series on Work with a message from Genesis 3. 
In the evening Pastor Jerome Burton from Coit Community CRC will be our guest preacher.  His message will be God’s New Family from Mark 3. 
 
Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.
The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.

NEXT SUNDAY
 
Next Sunday is Cadet Sunday.  In the morning Pastor Jeremy will lead the service, with our Cadets and their leaders participating.
In the evening, Pastor Jeremy will lead the En•count•er service at 5:30.

 

Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.
The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.
 
Our giving opportunities will be Ministries Fund and Cadets in the morning and for Dordt College in the evening.

OUR WESTEND FAMILY
 
Jim Goote was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital with a serious blood infection.  He remains in the ICU.
 
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Beginning next Sunday, we transition into having just one evening service.  On the first, third and fifth Sundays our services will be held in the Sanctuary.  On the second and fourth Sundays the En•count•er service will be in the Fellowship Center.  All evening services will begin at 5:30.
 
Please Pray!  Ignite is three weeks away and we need to be in prayer that God will work through this ministry.  To help you pray, there is a prayer booklet on the desk by the kitchen.  Please take one and use it to ask for God’s blessing on this opportunity for our church.
 
Kids Hope Mentors – MAP testing at Shawmut Hills is this week and next.  Please communicate with your teacher to see if your mentoring time is affected.
 
This Wednesday is our Community Dinner.  Come at 6 PM for some delicious homemade spaghetti!  Stay after dinner for GEMS, Cadets, Bible Study and Nutrition Class.
 
The Ladies’ Thursday Bible Study meets this week.  Please study questions 3 and 4, page 37, and Lesson 12.
 
Take your sweety to a wonderful Valentine’s Dinner here at church this Saturday, February 8, at 5:30.  Fabulous food will be served by our very own Youth Group!  Sign up in the Fellowship Center today!
 
Men, have you given thought to the meaning of life?  It’s not too late to join the Saturday Men’s Group as they study Ecclesiastes.  Come for breakfast and join in the search.  Meet at New Beginnings (corner of Alpine and Richmond) each Saturday morning, 8-9.
 
Kids Hope Mentors and Prayer Partners – our January 29 dinner has been rescheduled to February 12, at 6 PM.  If you were unable to make the previous date and would like to attend, please contact Amanda.
 
Don’t forget to sign up for IGNITE!  This opportunity to learn about cooperating with the Holy Spirit will be led by Pastors Dave Westra and Gina Dick.  You won’t want to miss it!  Council encourages all adults (high school and older) to attend.  When?  Saturday, February 22, from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Where?  Here at Westend.  Additional registration forms are available in the Fellowship Center.
 
Seniors, reserve February 27 for our potluck luncheon.  If you no longer cook, don’t worry, there will be plenty of food.  We will hear Lisa VanRyn tell of the case of mistaken identity when Laura VanRyn was buried, thinking she was Whitney Cerak.  This happened after a tragic car crash in which multiple lives were lost.  Invite your friends to join us.  An offering will be taken for the Bible Camp where the VanRyn family serves.     
 
We have the questions, do you have the answers?  Our Trivia Night is February 28 at 6:45.  Call the babysitter (nursery is not provided) and bring a snack to pass.  Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship!
 
Adverse Weather:  Closing announcements will be made on TV13, TV8, the Westend Church facebook page, and on the church answering machine.  As always, your personal safety is Westend’s top concern.  Please do not drive if you feel the road conditions near you are unsafe.
 
YOUTH
 
JRock (6th – 8th graders)
JRock will meet this afternoon, 4-5:30.  Please note the time change.
This Friday is nerd bowling!  Meet at church at 6:30, return at 9:30.  Cost is $7.
 
LIFE (9th – 12th graders)
Our Valentine’s Dinner is this Saturday. Contact Brian today for your work shift.
We will meet next Sunday evening at 7 PM.
Friday, March 7, will be Midnight Madness!  Check your mailbox.
Save the date.  We are headed to Detroit for a weekend service trip  March 28-30.  We will be helping the organization Motown Missions.  

Mission Trip dates are set:  July 13-19. Information is in your mailbox. 

 

FINANCIAL UPDATE
 
Offerings last week:           January 19:    weekly goals:
Ministries          $7,046        10,314            11,090
Christian Ed.     $ 894                450             1,163
Pine Rest           $                    136
Bethany            $148
 
THIS WEEK

TODAY – 2/2
9:45 AM  Morning Worship
11:10 AM Discovery Hour
4:00 PM  JRock
6:00 PM  Evening Worship
 
MONDAY – 2/3
6:30 PM  Hip Hop
 
TUESDAY – 2/4
7:00 PM  Friendship Club
 
WEDNESDAY – 2/5
6:30 AM  Men’s Bible Study
6:30 AM  Men’s Life – New Beg.
9-noon   Westend Café
10-11 AM Blood Pressure testing
6:00 PM  Community Dinner
6:30 PM  Westend Wednesday    
               – GEMS and Cadets
               – Bible Study
7:00 PM  Nutrition Class
 
THURSDAY – 2/6
1:30 PM  Ladies’ Bible Study
7:30 PM  Ministry Directors
 
FRIDAY – 2/7
6:30 PM  JRock Nerd Bowling
 
SATURDAY – 2/8
8:00 AM  Men’s Life – New Beg.
5:30 PM  Valentine’s Dinner
 
NEXT SUNDAY – 2/9
9:45 AM  Morning Worship
11:10 AM Discovery Hour
5:30 PM  En•count•er
7:00 PM  LIFE
 
VOLUNTEER  SCHEDULE 
 
TODAY, February 2
Nursery:
AM  Bethany Kole, Jamie Mata, Brooklyn Verbeek, Faith Hoekzema
 
Children’s Worship:
AM  Beth and David Scheidel
 
Sight/sound operators:
AM  J Shultz, D VanderSchaaf
PM  R Dykstra, D Scheidel
 
Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)  
Elder Ben Cleveland, Bud and Eileen Stehouwer, Jackie Sutton, Mike and Michelle Terrell
 
NEXT SUNDAY, February 9
Nursery:
AM  Melanie Kremers, April Myles, Olivia Thomasma, Isabel Maat
PM  Alisha Myers, Haley Weesies
 
Children’s Worship:
AM  Beth and David Scheidel
 
Sight/sound operators:
AM  J Christians, L Meringa
 
Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)  
Deacon Geoff Cleveland, Jerry and Ruth Thomas, Arla Thomasma, Ross and Jaime Thomasma

Bulletin 1-26-14

January 26, 2014
TODAY

This morning Pastor Jeremy will continue the sermon series on Work. 
In the evening we will have a 5:30 En•count•er service led by Pastor Jeremy and a 6:00 Worship service led by Dan DeGraff. 
 
Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.
The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.

NEXT SUNDAY
 
Next Sunday morning Pastor Jeremy will continue the sermon series on Work.
In the evening we will have a guest preacher.

Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.

The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.
 
Our giving opportunities will be Ministries Fund and Faith Promise in the morning and for Christian Learning Center in the evening.

OUR WESTEND FAMILY
 
On Friday Mary Koets received an implant to help relieve her back pain.  Please pray that this implant will relieve as much pain as possible.
 
We extend our sympathy to the family of Pat Merryman who passed away Tuesday.  Her funeral was Friday.
 
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Nomination forms for the office of Elder and Deacon are on the table in the Fellowship Center.  If you wish to nominate people to these offices, please fill out and return the form today.  If you are reading this announcement online or via email because you are vacationing and out of state this month and you would still like to nominate someone, please email your nominations to jatsma@schs.org.
 
Please Pray!  Ignite is four weeks away and we need to be in prayer that God will work through this ministry.  To help you pray, there is a prayer booklet on the desk by the kitchen.  Please take one and use it to ask for God’s blessing on this opportunity for our church.
 
The next Westend Window will be in mailboxes February 2.  If you have anything for the February issue, please have it to the church office by tomorrow.
 
Our Kids Hope Mentor and Prayer Partner dinner is this Wednesday at 6 PM.  Come to share stories and encouragement with other mentors, and hear news about an exciting opportunity to expand our ministry at Shawmut Hills.  Please RSVP to Amanda today!
 
Men, have you given thought to the meaning of life?  The writer of Ecclesiastes asks the big questions like Where can I find fulfillment? and Who is really in control?  By struggling with these issues, he discovers how faith in God is meaningful in the real world.  It may be time to address these questions yourself.  Beginning February 1, the Saturday Men’s Group will begin a series on Ecclesiastes.  Come for breakfast and join in the search.  We meet each Saturday morning, 8-9 at New Beginnings on the corner of Alpine and Richmond.
 
Next Sunday is our monthly food collection for the Gold Avenue Pantry.  Items that are very much needed are cereal, oatmeal, rice, pasta, canned tomatoes, vegetables, meat, peanut butter, canned or powdered milk, personal care items, and disposable diapers.  Please, no items in glass containers.  Thank you.
 
February is almost here, and if your birthday is in February you are asked to spread the joy by bringing cookies to share at coffee time.  Cookies may be left in the kitchen and labeled Coffee Time.
 
It’s coming – Valentine’s Day!  Take your sweety to a wonderful Valentine’s Dinner here at church on Saturday, February 8, at 5:30.  Fabulous food will be served by our very own Youth Group!  Sign up in the Fellowship Center today!
 
Save the date for IGNITE!  This opportunity to learn about cooperating with the Holy Spirit will be led by Pastors Dave Westra and Gina Dick.  You won’t want to miss it!  Council encourages all adults (high school and older) to attend.  When?  Saturday, February 22, from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Where?  Here at Westend.  Information and a registration form was in your mailbox last week.
 
Seniors, reserve February 27 for our potluck luncheon.  If you no longer cook, don’t worry, there will be plenty of food.  We will hear Miss Lisa VanRyn tell of the shocking case of mistaken identity when Laura VanRyn was buried, thinking she was Whitney Cerak.  This happened after a tragic car crash in which multiple lives were lost.  Lisa will tell the story of the two families.  Invite your friends to join us.  A love offering will be taken for the Bible Camp where the VanRyn family serve as directors.     
 
We have the questions, do you have the answers?  Our Trivia Night is set for February 28 at 6:45.  Call the babysitter (nursery is not provided) and bring a snack to pass.  Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship!
 
THANK YOU
 
I would like to thank everyone for the cards and the prayers for healing.  It is all very much appreciated.  ~ Ron Griffin
 
Thank you, Westend Family, for the many expressions of sympathy in the death of my brother.  The cards, calls and prayers were greatly appreciated.  What a blessing to know our loved ones are with the Lord.  ~ Alida Terpstra
 
YOUTH
 
JRock (6th – 8th graders)
JRock will meet next Sunday, February 2 from 4-5:30.  Please note the time change.
Reserve Friday, February 7, for nerd bowling!
 
LIFE (9th – 12th graders)
Tonight is ExtremeLIFE at 7:00. We will discuss What Defines You?
Tubing at Pando – this Saturday.  Meet at church at 5 PM for pizza, then leave for Pando at 5:20.  Cost $10.
Save the date – Valentines Dinner, Saturday, February 8. Sign up or contact Brian for your work shift.
Mission Trip dates are set:  July 13-19.
 
AfterLIFE (post-high)
Tonight is ExtremeLIFE at 7:00. We will discuss What Defines You?

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
West Side Christian will hold an open house for future preschoolers and kindergartners and their parents on Tuesday, January 28, at 6:30 PM.  Visit www.wscsgr.org or call 453-3925 for more information.
 
Grandville Christian Schools’ auction will be held February 1.  Doors open and silent bidding begin at 5 PM, live auction at 6:30.  A buffet catered by On the Boarder will be available for $7.
 
Calvin Christian HS invites you to attend their Student Showcase on February 6, at 7 PM.  You have the opportunity to experience the academic program and see the students in action.
 
THIS WEEK

TODAY – 1/26
9:45 AM  Morning Worship
11:10 AM Discovery Hour
5:30 PM  En•count•er
6:00 PM  Evening Worship
7:00 PM  ExtremeLIFE
 
MONDAY – 1/27
6:30 PM  Hip Hop
 
TUESDAY – 1/28
12:30 PM Folding – Christian Rest Home
6:45 PM  Beth Moore Bible Study
 
WEDNESDAY – 1/29
6:30 AM  Men’s Bible Study
6:30 AM  Men’s Life – New Beg.
9-noon  Westend Café
6:00 PM  Kids Hope mentor dinner
 
SATURDAY – 2/1
8:00 AM  Men’s Life – New Beg.
5:00 PM  LIFE – Pando!
 
NEXT SUNDAY – 2/2
9:45 AM  Morning Worship
11:10 AM Discovery Hour
4:00 PM  JRock
5:30 PM  Evening Worship

VOLUNTEER  SCHEDULE 
 
TODAY, January 26
Nursery:
AM  Luanne Hoekzema, Linda Hoolsema, Isabel Thomasma, Anika Verbeek
PM  Julie and Kaylee Rodenhouse
 
Children’s Worship:
AM  Bethany and Olivia Kole
 
Sight/sound operators:
AM  S Myles, D Hoekzema
PM  M Broene, B Kastner
 
Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)  
Deacon Scott Myles, Barry and Sandi Ruiter, Dave and Beth Scheidel, Laurie Shepard, Loren and Faye Snippe
 
NEXT SUNDAY, February 2
Nursery:
AM  Bethany Kole, Jamie Mata, Brooklyn Verbeek, Faith Hoekzema
 
Children’s Worship:
AM  Beth and David Scheidel
 
Sight/sound operators:
AM  J Shultz, D VanderSchaaf
PM  R Dykstra, D Scheidel
 
Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)  
Elder Ben Cleveland, Bud and Eileen Stehouwer, Jackie Sutton, Mike and Michelle Terrell

Bulletin 1-19-14

January 19, 2014
TODAY

Pastor Jeremy will preach both morning and evening services.  In the morning, he begins a sermon series on Work.  This evening’s message will be One Body from 1 Corinthians 12.
 
Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.
The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.

NEXT SUNDAY
 
Next Sunday Pastor Jeremy leads both the morning service and the evening En•count•er service.

 

Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.
The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.
 
Our giving opportunities will be Ministries Fund and Christian Education in the morning and for Bethany Christian Services in the evening.

OUR WESTEND FAMILY
 
We extend our sympathy to John and June Atsma in the death of June’s father last week.
 
Don Ritsema recently moved to Yorkshire Manor.  Please pray for good adjustment to new surroundings.  
 
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Last week, the shepherd elders:
Made plans to celebrate communion at the February 16 morning worship service.
Selected two representatives to attend the next classis meeting on January 21.
The elders are willing to meet with and pray as a group for members with special needs, such as in the case of serious illness.  Contact an elder if you would like to arrange for this.
 
Nomination forms for the office of Elder and Deacon are on the table in the Fellowship Center.  If you wish to nominate people to these offices, please fill out and return the form by Sunday, January 26.  If you are reading this announcement online or via email because you are vacationing and out of state this month and you would still like to nominate someone, please email your nominations to jatsma@schs.org.
 
Nutrition Classes begin this Wednesday at 7 PM after our Community Dinner.  These will be led by Health Care Educator Amy Prins from the MSU Cooperative extension.  So come for a sloppy joe dinner, then learn what healthy food you should have eaten!
 
The Youth group is still looking for a few more Pando coupons from the Entertainment book.  If you have one to spare please put it in Brian Myers’ mailbox, or drop it off to the church office.
 
The next Westend Window will be in mailboxes February 2.  If you have anything for the February issue, please have it to the church office by Monday, January 27.
 
It’s coming – Valentine’s Day!  Take your sweety to a wonderful Valentine’s Dinner here at church on Saturday, February 8, at 5:30.  Fabulous food will be served by our very own Youth Group!
 
Save the date for IGNITE!  This opportunity to learn about cooperating with the Holy Spirit will be led by Pastors Dave Westra and Gina Dick.  You won’t want to miss it!  Council encourages all adults (high school and older) to attend.  When?  Saturday, February 22, from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Where?  Here at Westend.  Look for more information in your mailbox today.
 
We have the questions, do you have the answers?  Our Trivia Night is set for February 28 at 6:45.  Call the babysitter (nursery is not provided) and bring a snack to pass.  Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship!
 
Adverse Weather:  Services and church activities will normally be canceled when we are under a severe storm warning (thunderstorm, blizzard, winter storm), or when the local schools are closed for adverse weather.  The Moderator, Administrator, and Pastor will make the final decision at the time of closing based on current conditions.  Closing announcements will be made on TV13, TV8, the Westend Church facebook page, and on the church answering machine.  As always, your personal safety is Westend’s top concern.  Please do not drive if you feel the road conditions near you are unsafe.
 
YOUTH
 
JRock (6th – 8th graders)
We will meet this afternoon at 4:15.
Reserve Friday, February 7, for our next activity.
 
LIFE (9th – 12th graders)
We will meet this evening at 7:00. 
Next Sunday is ExtremeLIFE at 7:00.
Tubing at Pando – Saturday, February 1, 5-10 PM, cost $10.
Save the date – Valentines Dinner Saturday, February 8.
Mission Trip dates are set:  July 13-19.
 
AfterLIFE (post-high)
Next Sunday is ExtremeLIFE at 7:00.

THANK YOU
 
I would like to thank everyone for their concern and prayers.  Also, for the get well cards and Christmas wishes.  A big thank you to Jim and Grace Cremer for their faithful visits.  God is good.  
~ Melita DeVries

Thank you for all your prayers, cards and visits while I was in the hospital, and words of encouragement during my recent infection with my pacemaker.  A new one is installed and all is going well.  Thank you also for the cards at Christmas time.  It is a blessing to be remembered by my church family.  
~ Peter Teitsma

FINANCIAL UPDATE
 
Offerings last week:           weekly goals:
Ministries             $9,430          11,090
Christian Ed.        $1,542           1,163
Kids Hope            $236
Offerings January 5:
Ministries            $806               11,090
Faith Promise      $512
Kids Life               $50
 
Copies of the December 2013 financial statement are available on the table near the bulletin board.
 
Our ministries fund gifts for December were $105,403.  This amount helped in lowering our deficit.  Thank you to everyone who gave extra to see God’s Kingdom flourish here in the Westend community.  May God bless you and Westend in this new year.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
West Side Christian will hold an open house for future preschoolers and kindergartners and their parents on Tuesday, January 28, at 6:30 PM.  Visit www.wscgr.org or call 453-3925 for more information.
 
Grandville Christian Schools’ auction will be held February 1.  Doors open and silent bidding begin at 5 PM, live auction at 6:30.  A buffet catered by On the Boarder will be available for $7.
 
Calvin Christian HS invites you to attend their Student Showcase on Thursday, February 6, at 7 PM.  You have the opportunity to experience the academic program and see the students in action.
 
THIS WEEK

TODAY – 1/19
9:45 AM  Morning Worship
11:10 AM  Discovery Hour
4:15 PM  JRock
6:00 PM  Evening Worship
7:00 PM  LIFE
 
MONDAY – 1/20
6:30 PM  Hip Hop
 
TUESDAY – 1/21
7:00 PM  Christian Education mtg.
7:00 PM  Friendship Club
 
WEDNESDAY – 1/22
6:30 AM  Men’s Bible Study
6:30 AM  Men’s Life – New Beg.
9-noon  Westend Café
6:00 PM  Community Dinner
6:30 PM  Westend Wednesday
 – GEMS and Cadets
 – Bible Study
7:00 PM  Nutrition Class

 

THURSDAY – 1/23
9:30 AM  Knit and Crochet
 
SATURDAY – 1/25
8:00 AM  Men’s Life – New Beg.
 
NEXT SUNDAY – 1/26
9:45 AM   Morning Worship
11:10 AM  Discovery Hour
5:30 PM   En•count•er

7:00 PM   ExtremeLIFE 

 

VOLUNTEER  SCHEDULE 
 
TODAY, January 19
Nursery:
AM  Sue Shultz, Steph DeKryger, Olivia Kole,Betsy Freye
 
Children’s Worship:
AM  Bethany and Olivia Kole
 
Sight/sound operators:
AM  M Falk, L Vanderlaan
PM   G Cleveland, D Myers
 
Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)  
Elder Ed VanPortfliet, Bette Penning, Larry and Joan Rillema, Andy and Julie Rodenhouse
 
NEXT SUNDAY, January 26
Nursery:
AM  Luanne Hoekzema, Linda Hoolsema, Isabel Thomasma, Anika Verbeek
PM  Julie and Kaylee Rodenhouse
 
Children’s Worship:
AM  Bethany and Olivia Kole
 
Sight/sound operators:
AM   S Myles, D Hoekzema
PM   M Broene, B Kastner
 
Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)  
Deacon Scott Myles, Barry and Sandi Ruiter, Dave and Beth Scheidel, Laurie Shepard, Loren and Faye Snippe
 

Bulletin 1-12-14

January 12, 2014
TODAY

Our guest preacher this morning is Rev. David Balicki, who will preach from 2 Corinthians 5.
 
Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.
The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.
 
In the evening Rev. Henry Admiraal will bring us a message from Ephesians 3.

NEXT SUNDAY
 
Next Sunday Pastor Jeremy will preach both morning and evening services.
 
Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.
The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.
 
Our giving opportunities will be Ministries Fund and Fire Recovery Assistance for the Mike Maat family in the morning and for Pine Rest Christian Services in the evening.

OUR WESTEND FAMILY
 
On Monday night a house fire burned through the home of Mike and Jessica Maat.  While many possessions were lost, we are grateful that the family is safe and unhurt.
 
We express our sympathy to Alida Terpstra, whose brother passed away two weeks ago.
 
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Notice to Council members:  Council will meet this Wednesday, January 15, at 7 PM.
 
The Ladies’ Thursday Bible Study meets this week.  Please study Revelation 19, lesson 11.
 
The next Westend Window will be in mailboxes February 2.  If you have anything for the February issue, please have it to the church office by Monday, January 27.
 
Do you have an Entertainment book?  Our Youth group will be going to Pando on February 1, and would love to use the Pando buy one, get one coupon.  If you don’t plan to use yours, please put it in Brian Myers’ mailbox or drop it off to the church office.
 
Save the date for IGNITE!  This opportunity to learn about the power of the Holy Spirit will be led by Pastors Dave Westra and Gina Dick.  You won’t want to miss it!  Council encourages all adults (high school and older) to attend.  When?  Saturday, February 22, from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Where?  Here at Westend.  Look for more information in your mailbox next week.
 
What’s on your mind?  If it’s the answers to trivia questions, you won’t want to miss this!  Our Trivia Night is set for February 28 at 6:45.  Category suggestions can be put in the box of quiz master John Christians.
 
If inclement weather warrants the cancelation of worship services or Westend Wednesday activities, announcements will be made on TV13, TV8, the Westend Church facebook page, and on the church answering machine.
 
YOUTH
 
JRock (6th – 8th graders)
We will meet next Sunday at 4:15.
 
LIFE (9th – 12th graders)
We will meet this evening at 7:00. 
We will meet next Sunday evening at 7:00.
Tubing at Pando – February 1.  See the announcement about coupons.
 
THANK YOU
 
Dear Westend family, thank you so much for your many cards, letters and encouraging support.  As you share these precious blessings with me, I share with others in every way I can. ~ Ken Blake
 
Thank you for the beautiful poinsettia and lovely cards I received at Christmastime.  All are very much appreciated.  ~ Mary Koets
 
Thank you for the very thoughtful gift basket!  We have both been so blessed to grow up in such amazing church families!  We are grateful for the role the Westend family has been in our lives.  ~ Ben & Michelle (VanDam) Rouwhorst  

We want to thank our Westend family for your cards, thoughts and prayers during this past month.  Jane’s life gave us so much to be thankful for!  Special thank-yous to all who worked to make her Celebration of Life service so memorable.  We rejoice that she is now dancing and singing in her heavenly home!  Blessings. ~ Hal Rodenhouse, Barry & Sandi Ruiter and family
 
Thank you for all the prayers, cards, kind words and the visit from Elder Mark Kastner.  My surgery is canceled for now and I’m having therapy.  God is my refuge and strength.  Psalm 91:2.  ~ Marilyn VanderKlok
 
HEALTH PRIVACY 
 
Anyone who does not wish to have their name or medical condition printed in the bulletin, Westend Window, or mentioned on the prayer line when they are sick or hospitalized, should fill out this confidentiality form and return it to the church office.   
 
I __________________________________, do not with to have my name printed in the bulletin, Westend Window, or mentioned on the prayer line when I am sick or hospitalized.
 
 
Sign _________________________________ Date ______________
 
THIS WEEK

TODAY – 1/12
9:45 AM Morning Worship
11:10 AM Discovery Hour
6:00 PM Evening Worship
7:00 PM LIFE
 
MONDAY – 1/13
6:30 PM Hip Hop
7:00 PM Ad Board
7:00 PM Outreach Team
 
TUESDAY – 1/14
6:45 PM Beth Moore Bible Study
 
WEDNESDAY – 1/15
6:30 AM Men’s Bible Study
6:30 AM Men’s Life – New Beg.
9-noon Westend Café
7:00 PM Council
 
THURSDAY – 1/16
1:30 PM Ladies’ Bible Study
7:30 PM Ministry Directors
 
SATURDAY – 1/18
8:00 AM Men’s Life – New Beg.
 
NEXT SUNDAY – 1/19
9:45 AM Morning Worship
11:10 AM Discovery Hour
6:00 PM Evening Worship
 
VOLUNTEER  SCHEDULE 
 
TODAY, January 12
Nursery:
AM Bethany Hoekzema, Teresa Wyngarden, Sofia Shepard, Brianna Deppe
 
Children’s Worship:
AM Erin Viveros, Amber Philips
 
Sight/sound operators:
AM A Rodenhouse D VanderSchaaf
PM R Dykstra, D Scheidel
 
Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)  
Deacon Grace Cremer, Todd and Mary Jo Nanninga, Corry Olson, Mary Ouwinga, Chris and Stephanie Payton
 
NEXT SUNDAY, January 19
Nursery:
AM Sue Shultz, Steph DeKryger, Olivia Kole, Betsy Freye
 
Children’s Worship:
AM Bethany and Olivia Kole
 
Sight/sound operators:
AM M Falk, L Vanderlaan
PM G Cleveland, D Myers
 
Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)  
Elder Ed VanPortfliet, Bette Penning, Larry and Joan Rillema, Andy and Julie Rodenhouse

Bulletin 1-5-14

January 5, 2014

TODAY

 

Pastor Jeremy preaches from Psalm 77 this morning, and from Luke 19 this evening.

 

Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.

The discussion of the book Pure Grace will resume in the Café.

 

NEXT SUNDAY

 

Next Sunday our guest pastor in the morning will be Rev. David Balicki, and in the evening Rev. Henry Admiraal.

 

Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.

The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.

 

Our giving opportunities will be Ministries Fund and Christian Education in the morning and Kids’ Hope USA in the evening.

 

OUR WESTEND FAMILY

 

We praise God for Melita DeVries’ return home after many weeks in the hospital and in rehabilitation.

 

Joanne Kooi had successful knee replacement surgery and has returned home.

 

Mission Statement of Westend Church

 

Grateful for God’s amazing gifts, we:

gather for joyful worship of God,

give ourselves in loving service,

grow in faith and love,

guide people to Jesus Christ.

 

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ladies in the Nehemiah Bible study – please pick up a copy of Today.  Pastor Reggie Smith of Roosevelt Park Community Church has devotionals for the month of January on Ezra and Nehemiah.

 

Notice to Council members:  The next Council meeting will be Wednesday, January 15, at 7 PM.

 

Do you have an Entertainment book?  Our Youth group will be going to Pando on February 1, and would love to use the Pando buy one, get one coupon.  If you don’t plan to use yours, please put it in Brian Myers’ mailbox or drop it off to the church office.

 

What’s on your mind?  If it’s the answers to trivia questions, you won’t want to miss this!  Our Trivia Night is set for February 28 at 6:45.  Category suggestions can be put in the box of quiz master John Christians.

 

If inclement weather warrants the cancelation of worship services or Westend Wednesday activities, announcements will be made on TV13, TV8, the Westend Church facebook page, and on the church answering machine.

 

THANK YOU

 

Thank you for the cards and expressions of sympathy in the passing of Kathy’s brother Ed Heyboer on December 18.  ~ Jerry & Kathy Brecker

 

I want to thank everyone at Westend for the beautiful Christmas cards, which are used to decorate my room.  ~ Lorraine Rykse

 

FINANCIAL UPDATE

 

Offerings last week:                                   weekly goals:

Ministries                        $ 38,863                              11,090

Christian Ed.                 $  1,740                                    1,163

Rafiki Foundation       $     682

Coit CRC (Christmas) $ 2,354

Our total gifts to the ministries fund for December were $105,269.

 

YOUTH

 

JRock (6th – 8th graders)

• Our first meeting of 2014 will be this afternoon at 4:15.  Start out the new year with us!

• Cave Night!  When?  This Friday, 6:30-9:00.  Come hang out with friends, play games and eat snacks.

 

LIFE (9th – 12th graders)

• Our first meeting of 2014 will be this evening at 7:00.  Start out the new year with us!

• We will meet next Sunday at 7 PM.

• Tubing at Pando – February 1.  See the announcement about coupons.

 

EPIPHANY BANNER

 

Epiphany commemorates the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles in the persons of the Magi.  During Epiphany we are reminded to spread the Good News of Christ’s coming to all nations, that it may give light and love to all who hear.

As white added to colors enlightens them (tints) so the coming of the Lord enlightens the four corners of the earth (squares).

 

HEALTH PRIVACY 

 

Anyone who does not wish to have their name or medical condition printed in the bulletin, Westend Window, or mentioned on the prayer line when they are sick or hospitalized, should fill out this confidentiality form and return it to the church office.

 

I __________________________________, do not with to have my name printed in the bulletin, Westend Window, or mentioned on the prayer line when I am sick or hospitalized.

 

 

Sign _________________________________ Date ______________

 

 

THIS WEEK

 

TODAY – 1/5

9:45 AM Morning Worship

11:10 AM Discovery Hour

4:15 PM JRock

6:00 PM Evening Worship

7:00 PM LIFE

 

MONDAY – 1/6

6:30 PM Hip Hop

 

TUESDAY – 1/7

7:00 PM Friendship Club

 

WEDNESDAY – 1/8

6:30 AM Men’s Bible Study

6:30 AM Men’s Life – New Beg.

9-noon Westend Café

10-11 AM Blood Pressure testing

6:00 PM Community Dinner

6:30 PM Westend Wednesday

– GEMS and Cadets

– Bible Study

7:00 PM Nutrition Class

 

THURSDAY – 1/9

9:30 AM Knit and Crochet

12:30 PM Folding – Chr Rest Home

7:00 PM Book Club

 

FRIDAY – 1/10

6:30 PM JRock Cave Night

 

SATURDAY – 1/11

8:00 AM Men’s Life – New Beg.

5:00 PM Young Adult Bible Study

 

NEXT SUNDAY – 1/12

9:45 AM Morning Worship

11:10 AM Discovery Hour

6:00 PM Evening Worship

7:00 PM LIFE

 

VOLUNTEER  SCHEDULE 

 

TODAY, January 5

Nursery:

AM Margie Broene, Meg DuShane, Sarah Freye, Brianna Milanowski

 

Children’s Worship:

AM Erin Viveros, Amber Philips

 

Sight/sound operators:

AM J Christians, L Vanderlaan

PM M Broene, B Kastner

 

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)

Elder Steve Kooi, Josh and Amalia Mulder, Brian and Alisha Myers, Dick and Kathy Myers

 

NEXT SUNDAY, January 12

Nursery:

AM Bethany Hoekzema, Teresa Wyngarden, Sofia Shepard, Brianna Deppe

 

Children’s Worship:

AM Erin Viveros, Amber Philips

 

Sight/sound operators:

AM A Rodenhouse D VanderSchaaf

PM R Dykstra, D Scheidel

 

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)

Deacon Grace Cremer, Todd and Mary Jo Nanninga, Corry Olson, Mary Ouwinga, Chris and Stephanie Payton

Bulletin 12-29-13

December 29, 2013

TODAY

 

This morning Pastor Jeremy concludes the sermon series from Matthew 1. We will have the privilege of celebrating Communion, and witnessing the baptism of Harper Leslie Crow, daughter of Royce and Ashleigh.

 

There will be no Discovery Hour classes.

 

There will be no evening service.

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

We come together Tuesday for a celebration of God’s care.  Our service begins at 7 PM.  Pastor Jeremy will preach from Psalm 77A collection will be taken for Friendship Club.

 

NEXT SUNDAY

 

Next Sunday Pastor Jeremy preaches during both morning and evening services.

 

Discovery Hour classes will resume.

 

Our giving opportunities will be for Ministries Fund and Faith Promise in the morning and Kids’ Life Bible Club in the evening.

Kids’ Life Bible Club organizes and supports after-school Bible Clubs in public schools, apartment complexes, and homes throughout West Michigan.  Volunteers are provided with materials to engage students in learning Biblical truths and applying them to daily living.

 

OUR WESTEND FAMILY

 

Congratulations to Dan and Jill Helms in the birth of a daughter last Sunday.  They named her Madison Stella.

 

Joanne Kooi will undergo knee replacement surgery this Thursday.  Please pray for a successful surgery and a quick and full recovery.

 

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ministries Fund Challenge 2013:  It starts with YOU today and ends with us rejoicing at the end of the year.  It is a challenge to raise $125,000 by year end.  Please prayerfully consider what YOU will GIVE over and above your regular tithe to help Westend meet this goal.  Together let us see how the momentum of our ministry will continue to build through joyful giving and the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

IRS requirements for year-end giving:  Donations must be delivered or postmarked by December 31, 2013 in order to claim a deduction for 2013.  Checks postmarked 2013 will be deductible even though the church may not receive them until 2014.  The last offering of 2013 will be the evening of December 31.

 

The Thursday Ladies’ Bible Study meets this week.  Please study lesson 10 with questions 3,4 and 5 on page 24.

 

Next Sunday is our monthly food collection for the Gold Ave. pantry.  The items most needed are cereal, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned veggies and fruit, canned meat and tuna, peanut butter, soup, cooking oil, personal care items, baby food, and disposable diapers.  Please, no glass jars.  Thank you so much for your continued support!

 

January is almost here, and if your birthday is in January, you are asked to spread the joy by bringing cookies to share at our coffee time.  Cookies may be left in the kitchen and labeled Coffee Time.

 

Nutrition Classes will begin in January on Westend Wednesdays!  These will be led by Health Care Educator Amy Prins from the MSU Cooperative extension.  Space is limited!  Sign up in the Fellowship Center, or email Amanda at amandalucille@live.com with your name and number of expected participants.

 

Do you have answers?  We have questions!   Our Trivia Night is set for February 28 at 6:45.  Mark your calendars now!  Category suggestions can be put in the box of quiz master John Christians.

 

If inclement weather warrants the cancellation of worship services or Westend Wednesday activities, announcements will be made on TV13, TV8, the Westend Church facebook page, and on the church answering machine.

 

HEALTH PRIVACY 

 

Anyone who does not wish to have their name or medical condition printed in the bulletin, Westend Window, or mentioned on the prayer line when they are sick or hospitalized, should fill out the confidentiality form below and return it to the church office.

I __________________________________, do not with to have my name printed in the bulletin, Westend Window, or mentioned on the prayer line when I am sick or hospitalized.

 

Sign _________________________________ Date ______________

 

THANK YOU

 

I would like to thank the congregation for the many Christmas cards.  It was nice being remembered at Christmas with all the well wishes.  Thanks also for the poinsettia.  ~ Henry (Joe) Baker

 

Thank you so much for all the beautiful Christmas cards and the poinsettia plant.  It’s wonderful to receive such a nice reminder of all the care from my Westend family.  ~ Jean Near

 

YOUTH

 

JRock (6th – 8th graders)

• Our first meeting of 2014 will be January 5 at 4:15.  Start out the new year with us!

 

LIFE (9th – 12th graders)

• Hang-out!  Come tomorrow, from noon til 4.  We’ll have pizza, dodgeball, and a time to hang around with friends.

• Our first meeting of 2014 will be January 5 at 7:00.  Start out the new year with us!

 

AfterLIFE (post high)

• Hang-out!  Come tomorrow, from noon til 4.  We’ll have pizza, dodgeball, and a time to hang around with friends.

 

THIS WEEK

 

TODAY – 12/29

9:45 AM Morning Worship

 

MONDAY – 12/30

12-4 PM LIFE, AfterLIFE hang-out

 

TUESDAY – 12/31

7:00 PM New Year’s Eve Service

 

WEDNESDAY – 1/1

New Year’s Day!

 

THURSDAY – 1/2

1:30 PM Ladies’ Bible Study

 

SATURDAY – 1/4

8:00 AM Men’s Life – New Beg.

 

NEXT SUNDAY – 1/5

9:45 AM Morning Worship

11:10 AM Discovery Hour

4:15 PM JRock

6:00 PM Evening Worship

7:00 PM LIFE

 

VOLUNTEER  SCHEDULE 

 

TODAY,  December 29

Nursery:

AM April Myles, Mary Rose Griffin, Carl Kaufman, Megan Scholten

Children’s Worship:

AM Gerri Oosting, Betsy and Sarah Freye

Sight/sound operators:

AM J Shultz, D Hoekzema

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)

Deacon Gerri Oosting, Philip and Lorie Miller, Kathleen Molewyk, Bill and Kristy Mulder

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE, December 31

Sight/sound operators:

AM R Dykstra, D Myers

 

NEXT SUNDAY, January 5

Nursery:

AM Margie Broene, Meg DuShane, Sarah Freye, Brianna Milanowski

Children’s Worship:

AM Erin Viveros, Amber Philips

Sight/sound operators:

AM J Christians, L Vanderlaan

PM M Broene, B Kastner

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)

Elder Steve Kooi, Josh and Amalia Mulder, Brian and Alisha Myers, Dick and Kathy Myers

Bulletin 12-22-13

December 22, 2013

TODAY

This morning Pastor Jeremy continues to preach from Matthew 1, and we will have the privilege of celebrating Communion.

There will be no Discovery Hour classes.

The evening service will be our Candlelight Service.

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

We gather Wednesday morning at 9:45 for a joyful celebration of our Savior’s birth.  We will sing familiar Christmas carols, hear a sermon from Pastor Jeremy, and end with the singing of The Hallelujah Chorus.  Our offering will be for Coit Community CRC.

 

NEXT SUNDAY

Next Sunday morning Pastor Jeremy preaches. There will be no evening service.

There will be no Discovery Hour classes.

Our giving opportunities will be Ministries Fund and the Rafiki Foundation in the morning and Friendship Club in the evening.

 

OUR WESTEND FAMILY

On Tuesday Jane Rodenhouse went to be with her Lord and Savior.  The suddenness has been hard on the family, particularly her husband Harold.  Yet, the family plans to celebrate a life well-lived.  A service of joyful reflection will be held Monday at 3 PM.  You are invited to stay for fellowship and refreshments.  As there is no visitation scheduled, it will be an opportunity to share your memories and well wishes with the family.

Sue Mellema underwent at Achilles tendon transfer on Friday.  Eventually, plans will be made for an ankle replacement.  Please pray for healing during this long process.

We are happy to report that Jeff Hawkins was released from prison last week.  He was so looking forward to worshiping with us this Christmas, but he has to be in a residential treatment program for 4-6 months.  His address is on the back page of the bulletin.

 

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ministries Fund Challenge 2013:  It starts with YOU today and ends with us rejoicing at the end of the year.  It is a challenge to raise $125,000 by year end.  Please prayerfully consider what YOU will GIVE over and above your regular tithe to help Westend meet this goal.  Together let us see how the momentum of our ministry will continue to build through joyful giving and the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

Children’s Ministry Position:  Westend CRC is hiring a Children’s Ministry Coordinator to oversee a comprehensive ministry to children from birth to 6th grade.  Details about this part-time position and the application process are available at our website:  westendcrc.org.

The January Westend Window will be in mailboxes next Sunday.  If you have an article for the Window, please have it in the church office by tomorrow noon.

Copies of letters from Dan and Jeananne Kuiper and Christie VanKuiken can be found on the table in the Fellowship Center.

Nutrition Classes will begin in January on Westend Wednesdays!  These will be led by Health Care Educator Amy Prins from the MSU Cooperative extension.  Space is limited.  Sign up in the Fellowship  Center, or email Amanda at amandalucille@live.com with your name and number of expected participants.

Advance notice – our Trivia Night is set for February 28 at 6:45.  Mark your calendars now!  Category suggestions can be put in the box of quiz master John Christians.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you to my church family at Westend, for all the Christmas cards and beautiful poinsettia I received this year.  I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  ~ Stella Bergman

To my Westend family, your gifts of a poinsettia and many beautiful Christmas cards brought joy to my heart.  May the presence of the one we celebrate be with you as we worship our King at Christmas.

~ Ginny Boonstra

I want to express my thanks for the beautiful poinsettia and all the cards I received this year from my church family.  Merry Christmas to all of you!  ~ Helene Kooi

Thank you so much for the beautiful poinsettia, the many Christmas cards, and the pretty decorated gift bag from the GEMS.

~ Eleanor Rodenhouse

 

YOUTH

JRock (6th – 8th graders)

• Our first meeting of 2014 will be January 5 at 4:15.  Start out the new year with us!

LIFE (9th – 12th graders)

• Hang-out!  Come Monday, December 30, from noon til 4.  We’ll have pizza, dodgeball, and a time to hang around with friends.

• Our first meeting of 2014 will be January 5 at 7:00.  Start out the new year with us!

AfterLIFE (post high)

• Hang-out!  Come Monday, December 30, from noon til 4.  We’ll have pizza, dodgeball, and a time to hang around with friends.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

December 22 AM – Communion

December 22 PM – Candlelight Service

December 25 AM – Christmas Day Worship (9:45)

December 31 PM – New Years Eve Worship (7:00)

 

THIS WEEK

 

TODAY – 12/22

9:45 AM Morning Worship

4:00 PM Choir rehearsal

6:00 PM Candlelight Service

 

TUESDAY – 12/24

12:30 PM Folding – Chr Rest Home

 

WEDNESDAY – 12/25

Christmas Day

9:45 AM Christmas Worship

 

SATURDAY – 12/28

8:00 AM Men’s Life – New Beg.

 

NEXT SUNDAY – 12/29

9:45 AM Morning Worship

FINANCIAL UPDATE

Offerings last week:         weekly goals:

Ministries $ 44,688 11,090

Christian Ed.  $ 1,020 1,163

Benevolence $ 2,063

VIS $ 186

 

VOLUNTEER  SCHEDULE 

TODAY,  December 22

Nursery:

AM Jamie Mata, Christina and Ben Wyngarden, Stephenie Griffin

Children’s Worship:

AM Gerri Oosting, Betsy and Sarah Freye

Sight/sound operators:

AM S Myles, D VanderSchaaf

PM G Cleveland, D VanderSchaaf

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)

Elder Dave Bustraan, Joanne Meyering, Rob and Holly Milanowski, Gerald and Joan Miller

CHRISTMAS, December 25

Nursery:

AM Alisha Myers, Michelle Terrell, Lindsey DeMott, Blake Verbeek

Sight/sound operators:

AM B Cleveland, L Vanderlaan

NEXT SUNDAY, December 29

Nursery:

AM April Myles, Mary Rose Griffin, Carl Kaufman, Megan Scholten

Children’s Worship:

AM Gerri Oosting, Betsy and Sarah Freye

Sight/sound operators:

AM J Shultz, D Hoekzema

PM , D Myers

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)

Deacon Gerri Oosting, Philip and Lorie Miller, Kathleen Molewyk, Bill and Kristy Mulder

Bulletin 12-15-13

December 15, 2013

TODAY

 

This morning Pastor Jeremy will continue his Advent series from Matthew 1.  During the service, our Sunday School children will present their Christmas program, and Olivia Scheidel will make her public profession of faith.

 

Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.

The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.

 

In the evening Pastor Jeremy preaches, and we will be led in a Christmas Hymn Sing.

 

NEXT SUNDAY

 

Next Sunday morning Pastor Jeremy continues to preach from Matthew 1, and we will have the privilege of celebrating Communion.

 

There will be no Discovery Hour classes.

 

The evening service will be our Candlelight Service.

 

Our giving opportunities will be Ministries Fund and Christian Education in the morning and HIS Place in the evening.

 

OUR WESTEND FAMILY

 

Melita DeVries (care group 9) remains at Covenant Village for rehabilitation.

 

Congratulations to Marilee and Jeremy Marsman (care group 6) who were blessed with a healthy baby girl on Wednesday.  They named her Macey Noelle.

 

Christie VanKuiken (care group 6) went from Liberia to Senegal to have tests run because of pain in her leg.  Doctors found no blood clot (as suspected) but varicose veins appear to be causing the pain.  Christie planned to return to Liberia Friday, and thanks Westend for the prayers.

 

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ministries Fund Challenge 2013:  It starts with YOU today and ends with us rejoicing at the end of the year.  It is a challenge to raise $125,000 by year end.  Please prayerfully consider what YOU will GIVE over and above your regular tithe to help Westend meet this goal.  Together let us see how the momentum of our ministry will continue to build through joyful giving and the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

Elder Gleanings – last Wednesday, the shepherd elders:

• Enjoyed meeting with Olivia Scheidel and hearing Olivia profess her faith.

• Made plans to celebrate communion at the December 22 morning worship service.

• Accepted the membership transfer of Julie Bulson from Calvary CRC in Wyoming, to Westend CRC.  Julie will be welcomed at an upcoming worship service.

 

Children’s Ministry Position:  Westend CRC is hiring a Children’s Ministry Coordinator to oversee a comprehensive ministry to children from birth to 6th grade.  Details about this part-time position and the application process are available at our website:  westendcrc.org.

 

Following this Wednesday’s Community Dinner, we have the opportunity to hear from Jon Young.  So stay for an extra cup of coffee and hear about the Young family and their work in Slovenia.

 

Cadets, this Wednesday night is our Christmas party.  Don’t forget your $5 gift for the white elephant gift exchange.

 

Seniors, don’t forget our luncheon this Thursday.  Come at 11:45 for food, fellowship, and a wonderful program.

 

Nutrition Classes will begin in January on Westend Wednesdays!  These will be led by Health Care Educator Amy Prins from the MSU Cooperative extension.  Space is limited!  Sign up at this Wednesday’s dinner, or email Amanda at amandalucille@live.com with your name and number of expected participants.

 

Advance notice – our Trivia Night is set for February 28 at 6:45.  Mark your calendars now!  Category suggestions can be put in the box of quiz master John Christians.

 

If inclement weather warrants the cancellation of our worship services or Westend Wednesday activities, announcements will be made on TV13, TV8, the Westend Facebook page, the church website, and on the church answering machine.

 

THANK YOU

 

Thank you Westend family for the poinsettia and all the wonderful Christmas cards.  They brought me joy.  ~ Mart Besteman

 

Thank you all for your prayers for healing, and your cards and thoughtfulness.  ~ Ron Griffin

 

Thank you for all your prayers, cards, and food.  My knee is doing well and strength is returning.  Thanks to Ed and Leslie VanPortfliet for their calls and visit.  God is good.  ~ Shirley Jeltema

 

Thank you!  What a special time to have my elder come to bring a poinsettia and a GEMS bag filled with your cards and my new picture directory.  Now I can find your picture, read your card, and feel like we’re having a little chat.  Thank you again.  ~ Connie Rodenhouse

 

Many thanks for the lovely poinsettia and so many beautiful Christmas cards, and in such a pretty bag decorated by the GEMS girls.  Blessings to you all this season.  ~ Jo Tiesma

 

Thank you all for your continued support through your gifts and our fundraisers.  We are moving towards our goal for the year and feeling blessed!  ~ Christian Education Committee

 

Many thanks to the entire congregation from your Deacons for the strong support showcased during the Christmas Season.  Christmas blessings were received and will be given to various members of the congregation, the toy drive for the Other Way Christmas Store was a huge success, and the shut ins were very thankful for the cards and poinsettias.  Your deacons remain committed to serving this congregation.  If you have any type of need, feel free to contact your care group deacon.

 

YOUTH

 

JRock (6th – 8th graders)

• We meet this afternoon at 4:15.  We’ll have a Christmas party along with our lesson.  Please bring an unwrapped $1 gift.

• Our first meeting of 2014 will be January 5 at 4:15.  Start out the new year with us!

 

LIFE (9th – 12th graders)

• We meet this evening at 7.  We’ll have a Christmas party along with our lesson.  Please bring an unwrapped $1 gift.

• Hang-out!  Come Monday, December 30, from noon til 4.  We’ll have pizza, dodgeball, and a time to hang around with friends.

• Our first meeting of 2014 will be January 5 at 7:00.  Start out the new year with us!

 

AfterLIFE (post-high)

• Hang-out!  Come Monday, December 30, from noon til 4.  We’ll have pizza, dodgeball, and a time to hang around with friends.

 

FINANCIAL UPDATE

 

Offerings last week:           weekly goals:

Ministries         $ 10,211           11,090

Christian Ed.  $  1,425                1,163

 

THIS WEEK

 

TODAY – 12/15

9:45 AM Morning Worship

11:10 AM Discovery Hour classes

4:00 PM Choir rehearsal

4:15 PM JRock

6:00 PM Evening Worship

7:00 PM LIFE

 

TUESDAY – 12/17

7:00 PM Friendship Club

7:00 PM Christian Education mtg.

 

WEDNESDAY – 12/18

6:30 AM Men’s Study – Café

6:30 AM Men’s Life – New Beg.

9:00-noon Westend Café

6:00 PM Community Dinner

6:30 PM Westend Wednesday

– GEMS and Cadets

– Bible Study

 

THURSDAY – 12/19

11:45 AM Seniors Luncheon

7:30 PM Ministry Directors mtg.

 

SATURDAY – 12/21

8:00 AM Men’s Life – New Beg.

 

NEXT SUNDAY – 12/22

9:45 AM Morning Worship

4:00 PM Choir rehearsal

6:00 PM Candlelight Service

 

 

VOLUNTEER  SCHEDULE 

 

TODAY,  December 15

Nursery:

AM Amalia Mulder, Linda VanderSchaaf, Nathaneal Kastner, Eric Griffin

 

Children’s Worship:

AM Gerri Oosting, Betsy and Sarah Freye

 

Sight/sound operators:

AM M Falk, L Vanderlaan

PM B Kastner, D Scheidel

 

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)

Deacon June Atsma, Jeremy and Marilee Marsman, Rene and Jamie Mata, Larry and Ruth Meringa

 

NEXT SUNDAY, December 22

Nursery:

AM Jamie Mata, Christina and Ben Wyngarden, Stephenie Griffin

 

Children’s Worship:

AM Gerri Oosting, Betsy and Sarah Freye

 

Sight/sound operators:

AM S Myles, D VanderSchaaf

PM G Cleveland, D VanderSchaaf

 

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)

Elder Dave Bustraan, Joanne Meyering, Rob and Holly Milanowski, Gerald and Joan Miller

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

December 15 AM – Children’s Program

PM – Christmas Hymn Sing

December 22 AM – Communion PM – Candlelight Service

December 25 AM – Christmas Worship (9:45)

December 31 PM – New Years Eve Worship (7:00)

Bulletin 12-8-13

December 8, 2013

TODAY

 

This morning Pastor Jeremy will continue his Advent series from Matthew 1.

 

Sunday School children will have their dress rehearsal for the Sunday School program.  Please make every effort to have your child attend.

The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.

 

In the evening we will go caroling in the neighborhood.  Please meet here at church at 5:30.  We will divide into groups, carol from 6-7 (or whenever people get too cold) and return to church for hot cocoa and cookies.  Please bring some cookies to share with other carolers.

 

NEXT SUNDAY

 

Next Sunday morning Pastor Jeremy will continue his Advent series from Matthew 1.  During the service, our Sunday School children will present their Christmas program.

 

Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.

The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.

 

In the evening Pastor Jeremy preaches, and we will be led in a Christmas Hymn Sing.

 

Our giving opportunities will be Ministries Fund and Benevolence in the morning and Volunteers in Service in the evening.

 

OUR WESTEND FAMILY

 

We are grateful to God that no members of our congregation are hospitalized at present.  Please pray for those recovering from illness and surgery.

 

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Reflections.  As we celebrate the Christmas season and anticipate Christ’s return, we encourage you to look back on the past year and see how God has blessed you.  Too often we take for granted so many of our blessings.  While as a church we feel blessed with our new pastor, we have found that tithing has been less than anticipated.  We have been operating with a deficit for many months and ask that you consider how God can use you to be a blessing to Westend before the end of the year.

 

Children’s Ministry Position:  Westend CRC is hiring a Children’s Ministry Coordinator to oversee a comprehensive ministry to children from birth to 6th grade.  Details about this part-time position and the application process are available at westendcrc.org.

 

Pictorial Directory.  If you had your picture taken for the directory, you’ll find your copy of the directory in your church mailbox.

 

Parents of Sunday School children:  today is our dress rehearsal for the Christmas program.  Please have your children report to their classrooms promptly after church.  Next Sunday, please bring them to the Sunday School rooms at 9:15 AM so they can be costumed.

 

It’s not too late to join the Westend choir as we prepare for the Christmas season!  Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons at 4 in the Sanctuary.

 

Christmas Cards for Shut-ins.  If you would like to remember our shut-ins with Christmas cards, please place your cards in the beautiful bags created by our GEMS.  These will be delivered to shut-ins by our deacons.  Please bring your cards today!

 

Today is the last day to give a gift for the Other Way Christmas Store.  Gifts will be brought to The Other Way, and can be purchased by parents in the community.

 

Have you been financially blessed this year? Would you consider a special gift to be shared with people of our church family who haven’t been so fortunate?  Today is the last day you may place donations in the offering plate.  Please write Christmas Blessings on your donation.

 

Teachers are needed for Friendship Club, especially with winter coming, and some of our teachers headed south.  Would you be willing to spend and hour and a half twice a month with some fabulous friends?  No talent needed, just willingness to have fun.  Contact Leslie.

 

Kids Hope Mentors, please make note of the following schedule:

KH Christmas party – December 11, 3:30-5:30

Community sing-a-long at Shawmut (open to all) – December 20, 1:30.

 

Seniors are invited to a Christmas luncheon in our Fellowship Center on Thursday, December 19.  It will begin at 11:45 and a wonderful program will follow.  Reservations must be made by December 12.  Call Cliff or Huddy or see them in church to make a reservation.

 

Advance notice – our Trivia Night is set for February 28 at 6:45.  Mark your calendars now!  Category suggestions can be put in the box of quiz master John Christians.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

December 15 AM – Children’s Program PM – Christmas Hymnsing

December 22 AM – Communion PM – Candlelight Service

December 25 AM – Christmas Day Worship (9:45)

December 31 PM – New Years Eve Worship (7:00)

 

YOUTH

 

JRock (6th – 8th graders)

• We meet next Sunday at 4:15.  Please bring an unwrapped $1 gift.

LIFE (9th – 12th graders)

• We meet tonight at 7 PM.

• We meet next Sunday at 7 PM.  Please bring an unwrapped $1 gift.

 

THANK YOU

 

I want to thank everyone for coming out to our Ham Dinner on Wednesday.  It was another tremendous turnout and over $800 was donated toward our summer mission trip.  A special thank you to everyone who donated food and helped at the dinner.  What a wonderful gift our church family is to me and our student ministries!  ~ Brian

 

A big thank you to everyone who contributed jewelry for MCFS.  Your gifts will be appreciated by many.

 

Many thanks to Westend for all the joy you gave our mother in her later years, including rides to church, visits, and special care from her elder Mark Kastner.  She loved you all.  Thanks to Pastor Henry for officiating.  And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  ~ the children of Lee Roode

 

THIS WEEK

 

TODAY – 12/8

9:45 AM Morning Worship

11:10 AM Discovery Hour classes  

4:00 PM Choir rehearsal

5:30 PM Caroling

7:00 PM LIFE

 

MONDAY – 12/9

7:00 PM Ad Board

 

WEDNESDAY – 12/11

6:30 AM Men’s Study – Café

6:30 AM Men’s Life – New Beg.

9:00-noon Westend Café 

3:30 PM Kids Hope Party

7:00 PM Council

 

THURSDAY – 12/12

9:30 AM Knit and Crochet

12:30 PM Folding – Chr Rest Home

 

SATURDAY – 12/14

8:00 AM Men’s Life – New Beg.

5:00 PM Young Adult Bible Study

 

NEXT SUNDAY – 12/15

9:45 AM Morning Worship

(with Children’s Program)

11:10 AM Discovery Hour classes  

4:00 PM Choir rehearsal

4:15 PM JRock

6:00 PM Evening Worship

7:00 PM LIFE

 

VOLUNTEER  SCHEDULE 

 

TODAY,  December 8

Nursery:

AM Kathy Myers, Sandi Ruiter, Richerd  Shepard, Sam Deppe

 

Children’s Worship:

AM Gerri Oosting, 

Betsy and Sarah Freye

 

Sight/sound operators:

AM A Rodenhouse, D Hoekzema

 

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)  

Elder Jim Cremer, Larry and Diane Maat, Cory and Loreal Madison, DJ and Jenny March

 

NEXT SUNDAY, December 15

Nursery:

AM Amalia Mulder, Linda VanderSchaaf, Nathaneal Kastner, Eric Griffin

 

Children’s Worship:

AM Gerri Oosting, 

Betsy and Sarah Freye

 

Sight/sound operators:

AM M Falk, L Vanderlaan

PM B Kastner, D Scheidel

 

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)  

Deacon June Atsma, Jeremy and Marilee Marsman, Rene and Jamie Mata, Larry and Ruth Meringa

 

FINANCIAL UPDATE

 

Offerings last week:           weekly goals:

Ministries $ 10,694 11,090

Christian Ed.  $ 665 1,163

Faith Promise $ 1,837

Other Way Toys $ 276

Other Way / Guiding Light (Thanksgiving)  $  3,871

 

Bulletin 12-1-13

December 1, 2013

TODAY

 

Today is the first Sunday of Advent.  Pastor Jeremy will preach from Matthew 1 in the morning, and Brent Kladder will be our guest pastor in the evening with a message from Daniel 4.

 

There will be no Discovery Hour classes this morning.

 

NEXT SUNDAY

 

Next Sunday morning Pastor Jeremy will continue his Advent series from Matthew 1.

 

Discovery Hour classes for Children and Youth in K-12 will meet downstairs.

The discussion of the book Pure Grace will continue in the Café.

 

In the evening we will go caroling in the neighborhood.  Please meet here at church at 5:30.  We will divide into groups, carol until    7 PM (or whenever people get too cold) and return to church for hot cocoa and cookies.  Please bring some cookies to share with other carolers.

 

Our giving opportunities will be Ministries Fund and Christian Education in the morning.

 

OUR WESTEND FAMILY

 

We express our sympathy to the family of Lee Roode who passed away last nine days ago.  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. – Psalm 116

 

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Join the Westend Sanctuary choir as we prepare for the Christmas season!  Rehearsals begin this afternoon at 4 in the Sanctuary.  Let’s raise our voices in celebration of the Christ child!

 

Oh Fudge!  Today is your last day to order fudge and/or cleaning cloths from the Christian Education committee.  Please place your order forms with payment in the Myles’ mailbox.

 

This Wednesday’s Community Dinner is a very special Christmas Ham Dinner sponsored by our very own Youth Group.  Come for ham, mashed potatoes, veggies and homemade desserts, and support our youth as they raise funds for their summer mission trip.

 

Desserts!  If you are willing to make a dessert for Wednesday’s dinner, please sign up on the sheet in the Fellowship Center.

 

The Ladies’ Thursday Bible Study meets this week for their Christmas luncheon December 5 at noon.  Call Alma or Judy if you have questions.

 

Christmas Cards for Shut-ins.  If you would like to remember our shut-ins with Christmas cards, please place your cards in the beautiful bags created by our GEMS.  These will be delivered to shut-ins by our deacons.  Please bring your cards by December 8.

 

Our deacons are collecting toys and games for the Other Way Christmas Store.  Would you please consider buying extra gifts from their wish list?  Gifts will be brought to The Other Way, and can be purchased by parents who earn points by volunteering at their child’s school or in the community.  Please place donations (unwrapped and with price tags on) under our Christmas tree by December 8.  Thank you.

 

Have you been financially blessed this year? Would you consider a special gift to be shared as a Christmas Blessing with people of our church family who haven’t been so fortunate?  You may place donations in the offering plate or bring them to the church office any time up to December 8.  Please write Christmas Blessings on your donation.  Thank you.

 

Kids Hope Mentors, please make note of the following schedule:

KH Christmas party – December 11, 3:30-5:30

Community sing-a-long at Shawmut (open to all) – December 20, 1:30.

 

Seniors are invited to a Christmas luncheon in our Fellowship Center on Thursday, December 19.  It will begin at 11:45 and a wonderful program will follow.  Reservations must be made by December 12.  Call Cliff or Huddy or see them in church to make a reservation.

 

The book club will not meet in December.  We meet next on January 9 to discuss the book The Orphan Train.  Our February meeting will be the 13th to discuss Thunderstruck.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

December 8 PM – Caroling at 5:30, no regular service

December 15 AM – Children’s Program

December 15 PM – Christmas Hymnsing

December 22 AM – Communion

December 22 PM – Candlelight Service

December 25 AM – Christmas Day Worship (9:45)

December 31 PM – New Years Eve Worship (7:00)

 

YOUTH

 

JRock (6th – 8th graders)

• We meet this afternoon at 4:15 in the church basement.  Join us for fun activities and a Bible lesson on the Ripple Effect.

• This Friday is Midnight Madness!  We’ll meet at church at 6:45, go to the mall for a scavenger hunt, then top off the night with gymnastics at Arials & Baranis.  We’ll be done at midnight.  Cost is $10.

 

LIFE (9th – 12th graders)

• This Wednesday, December 4, is our Christmas Ham Dinner.  This is a fund-raiser to raise money for our summer mission trip.

• We meet next Sunday at 7 PM.

 

FINANCIAL UPDATE

 

Offerings last week:                   weekly goals:

Ministries                  $ 11,189           11,090

Christian Ed.            $ 1,040               1,163

World Renew           $ 3,558

(Philippines Typhoon relief)

 

You may still contribute to World Renew – typhoon relief for the Philippines, by marking your check or envelope “Philippines”

 

THIS WEEK

 

TODAY – 12/1

9:45 AM Morning Worship

4:00 PM Choir rehearsal

4:15 PM JRock

6:00 PM Evening Worship

 

TUESDAY – 12/2

6:30 PM Hip Hop

 

TUESDAY – 12/3

12:30 PM Friendship Club

 

WEDNESDAY – 12/4

6:30 AM            Men’s Study – Café

6:30 AM            Men’s Life – New Beg.

9:00-noon            Westend Café

10-11 AM            Blood Pressure Testing

6:00 PM Ham Dinner

6:30 PM Westend Wednesday

– GEMS

– Cadets

– Bible Study

 

THURSDAY – 12/5

12:00 PM Ladies’ Luncheon

 

FRIDAY – 12/6

6:45 PM JRock Midnight Madness

 

SATURDAY – 12/7

8:00 AM Men’s Life – New Beg.

 

NEXT SUNDAY – 12/8

9:45 AM Morning Worship

11:10 AM Discovery Hour classes

4:00 PM Choir rehearsal

5:30 PM Caroling

7:00 PM LIFE

 

 

VOLUNTEER  SCHEDULE

 

TODAY,  December 1

Nursery:

AM Lindsey Davies, Erin Viveros, Violet Kaufman Luke Scholten

 

Children’s Worship:

AM Gerri Oosting, Betsy and Sarah Freye

 

Sight/sound operators:

AM B Cleveland, D VanderSchaaf

PM R Dykstra, B Kastner

 

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)

Deacon Dave Young, Ken and Judy Laninga, Bill and Mary Beth Liszewski, Dan Maat

 

NEXT SUNDAY, December 8

Nursery:

AM Kathy Myers, Sandi Ruiter, Richerd Shepard, Sam Deppe

 

Children’s Worship:

AM Gerri Oosting, Betsy and Sarah Freye

 

Sight/sound operators:

AM A Rodenhouse, D Hoekzema

 

Gold Ave. Visitors: (10:00 AM)

Elder Jim Cremer, Larry and Diane Maat, Cory and Loreal Madison, DJ and Jenny March