Bulletin 10-22-17

October 22, 2017



This morning is our installation service for Pastor Kory. His father-in-law, Pastor Steven Childerston, will bring us the message For Such a Time as This, from Esther 4.




Next Sunday Pastor Kory begins a sermon series entitled Dear Westend with the message Subversive Slaves, from Romans 1.


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




We extend our sympathy to Lawrn VanderKlipp and his family in the death of his dear wife, Donna. The service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, October 28, 10 AM at Westend. Visitation will be Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Alt Shawmut on Lake Michigan Drive and 9-10 AM Saturday at church.




Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther nailed 95 thesis, written in Latin, to a church door, which started the Reformation. The banner shows the consolidation of these Latin thesis which Protestants still believe: Sola Scriptural – Scripture alone; Sola Fide – Faith alone; Solo Christo – Christ alone; Sola Gratia – Grace alone; and Soli Deo Gloria – Glory to God alone. It distinguishes us from other religions as well as cults.

The fellowship center banner is a quote from Philip Melanchthon who was a Protestant Reformation theologian and who systematized Luther’s ideas. It still is very applicable today.




November 1 will be our International Potluck Community Dinner to kick off Mission Emphasis week! Please sign up to bring your doro wat, risotto, quesadillas, kugel, kimchi, oliebollen, or french fries.


Helpers are also needed for future Community Dinners. Please sign up in the fellowship center.


The Outreach Committee is looking for a few good people to join their team. Please contact Mike Smallegan to volunteer or if you have any questions.


Pigs are coming! Those delicious pigs-in-blankets are being sold once again by the Christian Ed committee. Order forms and details are on the desk by the kitchen.


Apple pies! What’s better than eating apple pie? Eating pie that you don’t even have to make! The youth are making apple pies, both full and personal size. They can be frozen and baked for the holidays! Order forms were in mailboxes last week, or check the table in the fellowship center.


If you send mail to Ken Blake, here are some updates to their mail regulations:

  • All envelopes will be discarded. Be sure to include Ken’s name, ID number, and your return address on the mail itself.
  • Mail may only be in black or blue ink or lead pencil.
  • No labels, stickers, or embellishments.


It’s time again to make shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes are distributed around the world along with a booklet of Bible stories in the local language. We ask all families of children from 3s & 4s through grade 5 (or anyone else) to put together a shoebox, and bring it to church by November 12. Go to www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ for details or grab a flyer from the back of church.


If you are hurting from separation or divorce and anxious about the challenges the holiday season brings, there is hope. Find out how to get through the holidays, and find a new normal. Surviving the Holidays will be held here at Westend on Saturday, November 18, 10 AM – noon. For more information, please contact Doug or Deb Stapley.


When was your last night out without the kids? The Christian Ed committee is considering a drop off the kids night on Friday, November 24, if there is enough interest. Go shopping or have a quiet dinner. Contact April Myles.


Seniors, mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 12. You will be treated to a catered luncheon, followed by Christmas music performed by a gifted musician who plays the marimba like you’ve never heard before. For reservations, call Renz at by December 4.


With the blessing of Westend, Gold Avenue has begun the journey to become an organized church of the CRC. A celebration is being planned to honor God’s faithfulness, and to thank the many supporters of Gold Avenue. In an effort to tell Gold Avenue’s story, memories, photos, slides, videos, and stories of past volunteers are being collected for the celebration. If you have something you are willing to contribute, please give your contact information to Rose in the Westend office (office@westendcrc.org or 616.453.3077) along with a description of what you wish to contribute. Members of Gold’s celebration team will contact you.




JRock (middle school)

  • We meet this afternoon at 3:45.


  • Cave Night! Come Friday, November 10 for an evening of fun, food, and games.


LIFE (high school)

  • We meet this evening 6PM.


  • Saturday night is our bonfire night at Rodenhouse’s home. Meet at church at 5 PM, and we’ll return at 9:30. Come for food, friends, campfire, and games.


AfterLIFE (post-high)

  • Bonfire night! Check out the LIFE announcement.




There’s help for marriages in crisis – every marriage hits bumps in the road. But what happens when the bumps become huge roadblocks? Marriages in Crisis, an ebook from Family Fire, helps you find hope and see God at work in the most difficult time of your life. It’s yours free when you subscribe to Family Fire at familyfire.com/marriageincrisis.


Songs of Exultation. Celebrating its 20th season under the leadership of Dr Pearl Shangkuan, the Calvin College Alumni Choir presents the program Songs of Exultation beginning with the Reformation-era movements in Germany, England and France, continuing with uplifting texts and music through the centuries, and beautiful arrangements of timeless beloved hymns. Tickets for the 3 PM, Sunday, November 5, concert at Calvin’s Covenant Fine Arts Center are available through Calvin’s box office: 616.526.6282, or calvin.edu/offices-services/box-office/. Tickets are $20 Adult, $5 Student/Child (in advance).




TODAY – 10/22

9:15 AM    Prayer Time

9:45 AM    Morning Worship

11:00 AM    Discovery Hour

3:45 PM    JRock

6:00 PM    LIFE


TUESDAY – 10/24

12:30 PM    Folding CRH

6:30 PM    Divorce Care



6:30 AM    Men’s Bible Study

8:00 AM    Men’s Life

10:00 AM    Café

7:00 PM    Council


THURSDAY – 10/26

9:30 AM    Knit & Crochet

7:00 PM    Safe Church


SATURDAY – 10/28

5:00 PM    LIFE & AfterLIFE Bonfire



9:15 AM    Prayer Time

9:45 AM    Morning Worship

11:00 AM    Discovery Hour

5:30 PM    Study w/ D Kroeze




TODAY, October 22


Hannah Smallegan, Jill Helms, Lorie Miller

Children’s Worship

Bethany & Luanne Hoekzema


Sight/Sound Operators

A Rodenhouse, L Meringa


Coffee Servers

M Broene, L Kuiper-Heys, J VanGroningen


Gold Avenue Visitors (10 AM)

Deacon Sharon Bajema, Mrs Betty DeVries, Dennis and Phyllis DeVries


NEXT SUNDAY, October 29


Michelle and Hannah Terrell, Amalia Mulder, Lindsey Davies


Children’s Worship

Amalia Mulder, Alisha Myers


Sight/Sound Operators

J Christians, D Hoekzema


Coffee Servers



Gold Avenue Visitors (10 AM)

Elder Bill Mulder, Duane and Cathy Droge, Dennis and Judith Duimstra, TJ and Meg DuShane




Offerings of 10-15               weekly goals

Ministries        $    6,270          10,922

Chr Ed             $       455            1,787

Benevolence   $    1,769