Bulletin 11-19-17

November 19, 2017



This morning Pastor Kory will continue the sermon series Dear Westend with the message When Fitting In Isn’t Enough. During the service we will witness the public profession of faith of Josh and Erin Thomas, and the baptism of Josh and of Elliana Noel Thomas, daughter of Erin and Josh.




On Thanksgiving Day, our service will begin at 9:45. Let’s gather with grateful hearts to praise God for his many blessings to us, to our land, and to our church.  Our offering will be for our Benevolence Fund.




Next Sunday Pastor Kory will continue the sermon series Dear Westend with the message Dynamic Unity. During the service Jack Benjamin and Adam Levi, sons of Tyler and Christina Harms, and Adilyn-Grace Nichole and Emmahlyn Jane, daughters of Chris and Heather Woy, will be baptized.  


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




Chuck Tumbling has been released from the hospital, and is now receiving rehab care at St Mary’s on 4 Mile Road.


Veenstra’s 13-month-old granddaughter, Norah, is scheduled to have cranial surgery this Tuesday.


Virginia Visser spent a couple days in the hospital and has been released to the nursing section of the Christian Rest Home for recovery.




Kids Hope mentors – please be aware that there is no school this Wednesday thru Friday for Thanksgiving break.


Volunteers are needed for nursery on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please contact Alisha or respond to the email request that she sent.


The total of our Faith Promise pledges so far is $28,492. If you still wish to turn in a pledge, please do so soon.


Winter hats and gloves/mittens are needed for our Kids Hope kids. A box is in the fellowship center for donations.


If you would like to remember our shut-ins with Christmas cards, there will soon be decorated bags in the fellowship center for each of them. Please bring your cards in by December 3. Also, Bernie Langeland has been added to the list.


Our Kids Hope Christmas party is scheduled for Friday, December 8 at 3:30 (kids will be picked up from school) until 6:00. We will take students to the Kroc Center for swimming, gym, pizza, and a small program.


Seniors, Save Tuesday, December 12 for a catered luncheon, followed by Christmas music performed by a gifted musician who plays the marimba like you’ve never heard before. Sign up in the fellowship center or call Renz by December 4.


With the blessing of Westend, Gold Ave is becoming an organized church of the CRC. All are invited to a celebration on December 10 at 3 PM at Gold. No nursery is provided, so that all may participate.


Book Club schedule:

December – will not meet

January 11 – Glory Over Everything,

by Kathleen Grissom

February 8 – Heaven is Beyond Your Wildest Expectations,

      by Sid Roth and Lonnie Lane

March 8 – A Piece of the World,

      by Christina Baker Kline

April 12 – Light Between Oceans,

by M L Stedman

May 10 – Waves of Mercy,

     by Lynn Austin


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Thank you everyone for the prayers and well wishes after my back injury. We appreciate our church family so much! Recovery is coming along well. ~ Verna Betten


I want to thank everyone who supported our apple pie fundraiser. We made over 300 pies and raised over $2,500 for our summer mission trip. Thanks to everyone who purchased pies, donated ingredients, and spent a Saturday making pies! Special thanks to Jane VandePol who made it all possible and edible. It is wonderful to see how our church family supports our students! ~ Brian


A huge thank you to everyone who helped Wednesday with the Feeding America truck! All the helping hands and smiling faces made the distribution go smoothly and made all feel welcome.




Thursday, November 23

Service of Thanksgiving, 9:45 AM


Sunday, December 17

Children’s Program, 9:45 AM


Sunday, December 17

Candlelight Service, 5:30 PM


Monday, December 25

Christmas Day Worship, 9:45 AM




JRock (middle school)

  • We meet this afternoon from 3:45-5:30. Join us downstairs for food, fun, and a great discussion on the connection of Grace to Gratitude.


  • Midnight Madness!! Friday, December 8, 6:45-midnight. Come for fun as we have a mall scavenger hunt, eat some pizza, then head to Aerials gym to bounce around into the night. Cost is $10. Be sure to fill out the online waiver at www.aerialsgym.com.


LIFE (high school)

  • We meet tonight 6-8PM. Come downstairs for food, fellowship, and a discussion on Thanksgiving.


  • Broomball is this Saturday! Meet at church at 6:30 and hang out until 8:15. We take the ice at 8:30 and wrap up at 10. Cost is $5.


AfterLIFE (post-high)

  • Broomball this Saturday! Check out the LIFE announcement.




All are welcome to Fun Zumba Fitness on Monday evenings, 5:15-6:15, at Ridgeview Industries Gym (3093 Northridge Dr NW). Cost is $5. Questions? Contact Sandi Ruiter.




TODAY – 11/19

9:15 AM   Prayer Time

9:45 AM   Morning Worship

11:00 AM   Discovery Hour

3:45 PM   JRock

6:00 PM   LIFE


TUESDAY – 11/21

6:30 PM   Divorce Care

7:00 PM   Christian Ed meeting



6:30 AM   Men’s Bible Study

8:00 AM   Men’s Life

10:00 AM   Café

7:00 PM   Council


THURSDAY – 11/23

9:45 AM   Thanksgiving Service


SATURDAY – 11/25

6:30 PM   Broomball!



9:15 AM   Prayer Time

9:45 AM   Morning Worship




TODAY, November 19


Kristin Veltema, Lisa, Anika, and Blake Verbeek, Stephanie DeKryger


Children’s Worship

Amalia Mulder


Sight/Sound Operators

J Christians, D VanderSchaaf


Coffee Servers

M Broene, J Hoekzema, D Maat


Gold Avenue Visitors (10 AM)

Deacon Becky Katsma, Dan and Kloe Hansen, Jeff Hawkins, Dan and Jill Helms


NEXT SUNDAY, November 26


Alisha Myers, Brianna Deppe, Amanda TenBrink


Children’s Worship

Luanne Hoekzema


Sight/Sound Operators

J Shultz, L Vanderlaan


Coffee Servers

Dykhuizens, L Kuiper-Heys, J VanGroningen


Gold Avenue Visitors (10 AM)

Elder Joanne Kooi, Barb Helmus, Al and Mar Hoekzema, Bethany Hoekzema




Offerings of 11-12               weekly goals

Ministries            $    7,696        10,922

Christian Ed        $       621          1,787