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Grand Rapids FRC Bulletin

January 27, 2013

9:30 AM An Evaluation of Our Human Nature

At its meeting of January 21, the consistory had the freedom to accept Russell and Laura Herman and their children Caleb, Nicolas, Anna, Lydia, & Seth as Associate Members of our congregation. They come to us from the Harvest Community Church in Orange City, Iowa while Russ studies for the ministry at PRTS. We are grateful for Russ' leadership of our YPS this year. Please take the opportunity to welcome Russ & Laura and their children after the morning service. We pray that God would bless them among us. There will be a meeting of the consistory with the male confessing (full) members of the congregation on February 6, 2013, beginning at 7:30 pm, Lord willing. This meeting will involve voting on proceeding with the synodical process of calling Dr. David Murray as outlined to you in December and also ask for approval of a seminarian internship program. An agenda and Information will be put in your mailboxes next Sunday, February 3, Lord willing.

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 7

Text: Ecclesiastes 7:29, Lords Day 3

5:50 PM - SONG SERVICE: Psalter 233:1, 2, 3,6 6:00 PM Why Are You Doubting?

~ Calendar ~

The Lord willing... James 4:15

Dorcas Notes: This is the last week to put items in the crib for the Pregnancy Resource Center. Thank you so much for your donations. Today - (Sunday) 4:15 PM Youth Group meeting. Snack: Pronk January 29 - (Tuesday) 12:30 PM Ladies fold laundry at the Christian Rest Home. January 29 (Tuesday) 7:30 PM Financial Peace University This weeks lesson is called Cash Flow Planning: The Nuts and Bolts of Budgeting. February 2 - (Saturday) 7 AM Mens Breakfast Bible Study at the Rainbow Grill in Hudsonville. February 4 (Monday) 7:30 PM Consistory meeting. February 5 - (Tuesday) 7 PM Dorcas Guild meeting. We will be making hygiene kits for Cubulco Hospital, Guatemala. We plan, the Lord willing, to take them down in March. We would appreciate any donations of the following: toothpaste 4-6 oz., hand towels, small hand sanitizer, shampoo (no round bottles/not larger than 15 oz.), bars of soap, toothbrushes and pic combs. February 6 - (Wednesday) 7:30 PM Congregational meeting for male members. February 9 - (Saturday) 7 PM Informal Service at Mel Trotter Mission. February 12 (Tuesday) 9:45 AM Ladies Bible Study. Coffee is at 9.45 and the lesson starts at 10. All ladies are welcome and nursery is provided.

Scripture: Matthew 14:13-33

Text: Matthew 14:31

Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

Psalm: 54:1

~ From The Consistory ~

Visitors, welcome. We hope you are blessed through worshiping with us this Lords Day. Today, we welcome Heritage Reformed PRTS student Mr. David Van Brugge, who will conduct our services. Next Sunday, Dr. Jerry Bilkes will conduct our services, Lord willing.

The Sunday School & Catechism classes (beginners 7 grade) Psalter of the month is #188: 1, 3 & 4. Please review with your child(ren). Next months Psalter is #394: 1, 3. The collection today for local evangelism, taken at the boxes at the exits, will go to support the work of the Fellowship Chapel. Thank you for remembering this ministry with your gifts and prayers.

~ Other News ~ ~ Church Family ~

New phone numbers for Dick & Julie Spaans: Dick - 616.835.1118 Julie - 616.914.3386 Please Remember in Our Prayers: Mrs. Elsie Arnoudse, Mr. Everett Beute, Mr. Trent Timmer, Mr. Howard Vanden Toorn, Mr. Rick Vander Veen and Mrs. Mina Van't Hof. Mr. Rick VanderVeens gall bladder surgery went well and came home Wednesday. Mrs. Gertrude VanderGraaf was able to return to her home this past week. Mr. Howard VandenToorn had a surgical procedure this past Wednesday.. Shut-ins: Mrs. Dorothy Hitchcock, Mr. Cornelius Jobse, Mr. & Mrs. Al and Shirley VandenToorn and Mrs. Gertrude VanderGraaf Serviceman: Dan Arnoudse Hamilton FRC Biannual Youth Meeting - On February 1 & 2. Contact for more information. Zion Christian Open House: We would like to invite interested families on Thursday, March 7, from 6:30-8:00pm. Whether you are interested in Preschool, High School, or in between, consider joining us for a brief school overview after which you can tour the school and have questions answered. FRC Mission Update The mission board is thankful to God for the faithful ministry of Pastor Xicara. We sometimes wonder what the churches in Cubulco would be like had this dear man not come at the Lords calling. He has good rapport with the church members and gives good direction to the obreros. He is active in visiting the hospital and makes regular trips to the Aldeas. Plans are in place to elect consistories in a few Aldeas with the goal of calling their own pastor. But in that culture they act slowly so it will likely be a number of months before concrete action takes place. Pastor Xicara is strong on the Reformed expression of church life. In October he had some well thought out presentations which were well attended. Check out our web site for more: Special Notice - FRC missions is saddened to report that translator Victoriano passed away on Wednesday, January 16. In addition to working for the translation department for the last 18 months, Victoriano was John Otten's administrator for 12 years at the Cubulco hospital. Victoriano wasn't feeling well for some time and recently had a blood clot in his leg which led to severe swelling and deep vein thrombosis. He was diagnosed with cancer the week before he died. He leaves behind a wife and 3 grown children. Please pray for the family and for the mission projects in Guatemala. Nico Kattenberg has posted more information about Victoriano on the missions website at

Mother In Charge January: Jamie Beeke Today: AM A: B: PM A: B: AM A: B: PM A: B: Suzanne Kleyn, Belinda Pennings Margot Timmer, Alexia Pronk Mary Cogbill, Naysi Pennings Betty Elliott, Karen Vander Sloot Michelle Bilkes, Mary Jo Haab Aileen Rittner, Maddie Prince Jen Pennings, Heidi Pronk Tammy Timmer, Annelise Moerdyk

Next Week:


~ Ushers ~
Today: Next Week: AM Dave Pronk AM Eric Wielhouwer PM Henry Boven PM Chris Engelsma

~ Offerings ~
1 collection: nd 2 collection: Box at Exits:

Today General Fund Education Fund Local Evangelism

Next Week General Fund Seminary Instructor Fund Pregnancy Resource Center

LITURGY January 27, 2013 Morning Service Votum & Salutation Psalter: 290:1, 2, 6, 7 Law Psalter: 65:2, 3 Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7 Text: Ecclesiastes 7:29, Lords Day 3 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter: 146:1-5 Sermon: An Evaluation of Our Human Nature Psalter: 141:1, 2 Prayer Offertory Psalter: 69:1, 2, 6, 7 Benediction Doxology: 292:5 ******

Song Service: Psalter 233:1, 2, 3, 6

LITURGY January 27, 2013 Evening Service Votum & Salutation Psalter: 174:1, 4 Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:13-33 Text: Matthew 14:31 Apostles Creed Psalter: 312:1, 5 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter: 415: 8, 10 Sermon: Why Are You Doubting? Psalter: 202 Prayer Offertory Psalter: 362 Benediction Doxology: 408:3 ******