Welcome to worship, Christian education and fellowship in the name of Jesus, the Savior of the world. Pastor Greg will begin a sermon series from the book of Luke. His sermon is titled “On a Journey” based on Luke 2:41-52.
The offering today is for Calvin Seminary. Calvin Seminary is a learning community in the Reformed Christian tradition that forms church leaders who cultivate communities of disciples of Jesus Christ.
THIS MORNING’S ORDER OF WORSHIP Call to Worship in Song Message
Welcome & Greetings Song of Response
Praise & Worship in Song Offering
Kids Dismissal Benediction
Congregational Prayer Closing Song
CALVIN CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS DID YOU MISS A SUNDAY AT CHURCH? There are bulletins and requested announcements from the prior week in the information rack on the back wall. We also keep bulletins for the previous four weeks up by the office that you may pick up.
THE FLU SEASON IS HERE - There are several bottles of hand sanitizer located throughout the church. Please note and use hand sanitizer regularly, especially during coffee time. CALVIN CONGREGATION – Just a reminder that if church or a church related event needs to be cancelled due to weather, closing information will be listed and announced on WOOD-TV, WZZM-TV, WSCG (91.3) and WJQ (99.3) radio.
WEDNESDAY DINNERS – Join us this week Wednesday for WednesdayDinners. Dinner will be served from5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Please come and fellowship with us. CALVIN CADET/GEMS ANNUAL PINEWOOD DERBY – The congregation is invited to Calvin’s Annual Pinewood Derby Races on Wednesday, March 16. Our regular Wednesday Dinner will be served from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. The races will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy a night of good food, fun and fellowship!! Following the Cadet/GEMS races, Cadets will be holding a Nostalgia Pinewood Derby Race fundraiser. See the flyer in your mailbox for more details.
MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE - This year we will be having a Maundy Thursday Service on March 24 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. This will be an informal service in which we will celebrate together the Passover as Jesus did with his disciples the night before his death. This service will be appropriate for elementary school age children and older. There will be child care for children through age 4 if needed. Will you be attending? RSVP by signing up on the sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain, calling the church office at 396-4563 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALVIN CHRONICLE – All submissions for the April/May Chronicle are due to Shelly Prins by next week Thursday, March 17. Thank you!
MISSION’S FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY - Several weeks ago Calvin’s Missions Team pledged to raise $500 to purchase 4 quality microphones and chords as a gift to Calvary Chapel of Murom, Russia following their recent robbery. This is the church where Kolya and Olya are worship leaders. The equipment was purchased and sent back with them. We invite you to still contribute to this fund by giving a financial gift to Calvin Missions. Please talk to one of the Missions Team (Gary Teja, Carol Peake, Sandy Bouwer, Jerry Mokma, Harriet Van Heest) if you have questions. Item needed: I am in need of Crystal Light plastic containers for Bible School this summer. Would you please start saving them for me? I'll collect them till June! Thanks, Kristyn Bouws THANK YOU - Thank you to everyone who has helped me in the past year. I appreciate everyone's generosity. God bless.
CALVIN CHURCH MISSION & PURPOSE
We believe God has called us to be a reflection of Jesus by Seeking God’s Heart and Sharing God’s Love. We will love God and others by……
..Worshipping God with our lives
..Connecting people, and creating a place to belong and
build each other up
..Growing to be more like Jesus
..Serving each other, our community and beyond
..Sharing the good news of Jesus
“…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”
HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING AT CALVIN! Children and Worship and Kid Connection: Sunday mornings for 3 ½ year olds thru 5th grade (exit during the service).
PRAYER AND PRAISE REQUESTS Please pray for Dave Busscher's mother, Shirley, as she has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Pray for peace and for her pain to be controlled over the last few months of her life and for her husband, Ray, as he cares for her at home. Pat Beyer was admitted to the hospital with dehydration and weakness and was undergoing several tests. Please pray for good test results and restored strength. Please pray for Sandy Hough as she struggles with pain. Pray for comfort and relief from her pain. Please pray for Jerry & Susan De Frell as they continue to seek help and guidance with Nicholas at home.Grace Weber is at home and doing better. Pray for complete healing and restored strength for Grace.
Continue to pray for comfort and peace for those who have recently lost loved ones. Keep The Source Church in your prayers as they head into the Easter season. In South Florida, Easter is a time when many people go to church even if they are not church goers. Pray that they will be able to receive a good number of people that need to hear the message of what Jesus did for us through his death and resurrection. Pray that God will move hearts and change lives through His Spirit. Pray for AJ & Alaina (formerly Alaina Antuma) Westendorp and their work in Guatemala. Pray for Zachary & Sharon Segaar-King & family, our missionaries in Haiti, Randy Bouwer with RJB Ministries, and Gary Teja with Multiplication Network Ministries and Christian Reformed World Missions.
Remember to pray for those who are unable to leave their homes or care facility – Warren Wolters at Rest Haven (David’s House), and Pat Beyer at home.
Calvin Church’s Leaders, LIFE Group Leaders & Ministry Leaders – Thank God for their leadership and pray for God to equip them with wisdom and shepherding hearts.
REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS GROUNDWORK – A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS - God remembers his people no matter how far away from him we feel. Join Groundwork as we study Isaiah 49 to discover what God really wants to give all his covenant people and how, in the light of the servant’s mission, we are assured of God’s eternal love for us. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.
KIDS CORNER – FACING GIANTS - Liz and Lucille are drawn into a super adventure story with two caped crime fighters. Can the story of a little boy and five stones help everyone to get the job done? Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Find more great resources for kids and parents at kidscorner.net. This month's offer includes an Easter story puppet show craft.
FAMILY FIRE - is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy. Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com. Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook.
MOSES, Making OurSelves Equipped Servants, invites teens and adults to join us on our 29th annual Spring Break trip. Our destination, McLain MS, is warm and sunny. Serve needy people as Jesus' representative, by providing safe steps, ramps, railings, and cleaning yards. Dates are March 31- April 9. Contact Judy VanderArk at 616-949-0344 or email@example.com. Visit the MOSES website at mosesweb.org or on FB as MOSES, Inc.
Mid-America Reformed Seminary invites you to join a live-stream event featuring Dr. Derek Thomas, Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, for this year's Spring Conference entitled "The Problem of Pain." This series of lectures will concentrate on the Book of Job, the question of why Christ had to suffer, and rejoicing in tribulation. Dr. Thomas will present these three lectures on March 22, at 2:00, 3:30, and 5:00 pm.
Doo-Wop: A Night of Song, Dance, and Nonsense Syllables - Come join the Living Hope Singers for a fun night of solos, duets, and group numbers from the Doo-Wop era. Showcase 2016 will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Holland Christian Fine Arts Auditorium. Reserved tickets are available online at www.hollandchristian.org/livinghope for $10. Order tickets early for the best seats! (High school student general admission $8 tickets will be sold two week prior to the show during the lunch hours.) Benjamin's Hope will receive $1 from each ticket sold. For more information, contact Tam Treffers at 616-218-9181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
POSITIVE OPTIONS, a service of LAKESHORE PREGNANCY CENTER, with centers in Holland, Grand Haven, Allegan and Allendale, plus our roving Mobile Medical Center, is offering an EVENING TRAINING SERIES for Male and Female Client Advocate & Receptionist on May 16, 17, 19, & 20 from 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM plus Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. (Receptionist training is on May 14. All sessions are required for the Client Advocate role.) These high-impact volunteer opportunities, requiring one 4-hour shift per week, directly affect the lives of men, women, and babies in our communities. Please email Sheila.email@example.com for further information. Visit lpcenters.com to learn more about Positive Options and other volunteer opportunities.
"Many hands make light work" is never more true than in the kitchen! Do you have the gift of hospitality? Do you enjoy cooking or baking? Are you looking for a fun service activity for your family or small group? Does your church have a meal ministry? Do you own a restaurant or catering company? Positive Options, a service of Lakeshore Pregnancy Center, is in need of new names to add to our hospitality list to provide meals or side dishes and/or baked goods for our quarterly New Volunteer Training. If you would like to be made aware of the opportunities you will be contacted via email no more than 4 times per year. This is a zero-commitment opportunity with no obligation or expectation. You will simply be made aware of the need and you can respond if/when you choose. Our trainees enjoy being pampered with home cooking and it is a tremendous help to us! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our email list.
2016 FESTIVAL OF FAITH & WRITING - There’s still time to register for the 2016 Festival of Faith & Writing: April 14-16, 2016 at Calvin College. Visit festival.calvin.edu for more information and registration, or call 616-526-6770. Featured speakers include Nadia Bolz-Weber, Christian Wiman, Makoto Fujimura, Tobias Wolff, Zadie Smith, and many more!
CALL (Calvin Academy of Lifelong Learning) - has been referred to as Grand Rapids’ best kept secret. Open to anyone 50 years and older, experience enrichment through one of our many spring classes, travel films, lecture series and trips. Our next Passport Travelogue film is March 15 at 7:00 p.m., titled America’s Grand Canyon. Tickets are $6 each through the Calvin box office at 526-6282. Also, come join us for free Noontime Lectures in March at the Calvin Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on March 3, 10, 17 and 31 at noon. Featured speakers are Sandra Warren- South High School and the B-17 Bomber, Ken Piers- Justice for the Earth: A Way Forward, Ashti Mamash- A Middle Eastern Journey to the Cross, and Len Vander Zee- From the Big Bang to the New Creation: God’s Big Six Billion Year Long Story of Creation and Redemption. Our second session of spring classes begins March 28 with 26 courses for $25 each. Enjoy subjects like Abraham Kuyper, Astronomy, Railroads, C.S. Lewis, and the Middle East. For more information about CALL, visit www.calvin.edu/call.
CALVIN COMMUNITY SYMPHONY - Join the Calvin Community Symphony, under the direction of John Varineau, for their spring performance. The performance will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 3 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Admission is free; tickets are not required.
CALVIN WIND ENSEMBLE - So you think you know what to expect from another band concert? Don’t be so sure! On Thursday, March 10, the Calvin Wind Ensemble will offer a program of music that goes “against the grain.” From the quiet repose of John Mackey’s Hymn to a Blue Hour to the tonal Theme and Variations, Op. 43a by famed serialist composer Arnold Schoenberg, you won’t want to miss this concert of “Denied Expectations.” Come enjoy an evening that is different than the “norm!” This performance starts at 7:30 p.m. in the CFAC Auditorium. Admission is free; tickets are not required.
DAVID REIMER RECITAL - David Reimer holds his DMA from the Ohio State University as well as MM and BM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Bernard Goldschmidt. Dr. Reimer is active in chamber music, orchestral music and as a soloist. He is concertmaster and soloist for the Baroque on Beaver Island Orchestra and is featured on a CD entitled Meditatio. Hear his solo recital on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 pm in the CFAC Recital Hall. Admission is free; tickets are not required.
RIVER CITY IMPROV - the Calvin Alumni Improv Team, provides clean, clever fun at the Ladies Literary Club at 7:33 pm on March 5, 12, 19 & 26. Additional information online: rivercityimprov.com.
TRAVEL WITH CALVIN COLLEGE - Visit central Europe (Prague, Vienna, Budapest) or England (including the Southern Cathedral Festival) on a tour led by a Calvin expert. See www.calvin.edu/go/travel for dates and full itineraries or contact (616) 526-6142 or email@example.com to request a tour brochure. These trips are open to all friends of Calvin.
Chaplaincy Fair - Chaplaincy and Care Ministry, together with Calvin Theological Seminary, is hosting a "Chaplaincy Fair" to be held at Calvin Theological Seminary Student Center. This is scheduled to happen on March 10, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. It will be a wonderful opportunity for interested students, pastors, laypersons, etc., to explore the field of Chaplaincy. More information can be found at www.crcna.org/chaplaincy.
Live and Learn in Mexico - Dave and Blanca Gifford, missionaries who serve in Mexico, have a new opportunity for young adults in North America who want to live and learn alongside college students in Mexico this summer—the Mexi-Connection young adult team from July 9-18. Visit crwm.org/Mexi-Connection for more information or to apply.
Access to New CRC Digital Library - Our church is being given access to a digital library of hundreds of Faith Alive products (including Bible studies, curriculum, devotionals, and more) as part of a new pilot program for the CRC. Everyone who attends our church can sign up to get direct access to the library at no cost. Details and signup are at crcna.org/Library.
PHOTOS - Do you enjoy taking pictures and have an eye for a great photo? Each Friday, we post a photo with Bible text on the CRCNA Facebook page. We’d love to feature your photos! Landscapes and nature close-ups are especially welcome. We can only use photos that you took, or to which you own the rights, and you need to have the permission of anyone who appears in the photo. Send photos, along with your name and your church name, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Registration Open for Engage 2016: A Multiethnic Gathering - Registration is now open for Engage 2016: A Multiethnic Gathering. People from every stripe and walk of life are invited to attend Engage 2016, June 8-10 at Calvin College, to engage in two days of conversations, relationship-building, and worshiping the God who unites us. Engage 2016 will feature worship, workshops, creative interactions and keynote addresses. Please spread the word and register at crcna.org/gatherings.
Death Penalty Forum - Calvin College CFAC Recital Hall, Monday March 7, 7:30pm. Panelists include Shane Claiborne (author and Christian activist), Dr. Chris Dorsey (professor at Western Christian Theological Seminary), Randy Steidl (death row exoneree) and Gail Rice (member of the CRC whose brother was murdered). This event will discuss the implications and complexities of the death penalty. Free and open to the public.
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY - The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has an opening for a 1-year full-time (40 hrs/wk) position for Justice Mobilization Fellow with the Office of Social Justice (OSJ). This opportunity is being offered to recent college or university graduates interested and qualified in the field of public justice and faith. This position is intended to support the congregational justice mobilization (CJM) program and its goals of educating and mobilizing churches for engagement in social justice. It will facilitate US CRCNA congregations in learning, involvement and effective advocacy in justice issues. For details visit www.crcna.org/jobs and to be considered, complete an online application, with a resume and cover letter by April 4, 2016.
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY - The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has an opening for a 1-year full-time (40 hrs/wk) Policy Analyst and Advocacy Fellow with the Office of Social Justice (OSJ). This opportunity is being offered to recent college or university graduates interested and qualified in the field of public justice and faith. The fellow will help the OSJ develop timely and effective advocacy strategies relating to selected issues of US and Canadian policies, specifically those that benefit the poor and oppressed. She or he will gain invaluable hands-on experience in real world advocacy. For details, visit www.crcna.org/jobs and to be considered, complete an online application, with a resume and cover letter by April 4, 2016.
Welcoming Refugees Event in Michigan - West Michigan interfaith organizations are joining together to discuss how the local community can make an impact on the refugee crisis. Officials from the City of Grand Rapids, Bing Goei of the Michigan Office for New Americans, and representatives from Bethany Christian Services, Lutheran Social Services, and Welcoming Michigan will be on hand to discuss local refugee programs that are currently in place. They will be joined by several refugees who will share their stories of settling in West Michigan, and a time for discussion and questions will conclude the event. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Catholic Information Center in Grand Rapids and is open to everyone. For more information or to RSVP online go to grwelcomingrefugees.eventbrite.com.
GLOBAL GIFTS - Come celebrate International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8 by shopping at Global Gifts. You can financially support women world-wide and give a gift at the same time when you purchase hand-crafted items at a Fair Trade store. Join us for our Grand Open House on March 8 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm; see our new space and enjoy refreshments while you shop. There will be a raffle and three chances to win beautiful, hand-made items specifically chosen from women around the world. The store is located at 2055 28th St SE (in between Breton and Kalamazoo). Call 616-245-2225 for more details.
GOLF OUTING & FUNDRAISER - Can you help Youth Unlimited embrace and equip students to live their lives for Jesus Christ? Youth Unlimited is holding its Annual Golf Outing and Fundraiser on Monday, May 2 at Pilgrim's Run Golf Course in Pierson, MI and would like to extend an invitation for you to represent your church at this event. The event is a 36 or 18-hole four-person scramble, and any four-person team can have one youth leader play free. For more information, visit youthunlimited.org/golf, email email@example.com or call 616.241.5616.
DISCOVER HONDURAS - Serve on a team with World Renew and its ministry partner Diaconia Nacional on their community improvement projects in Honduras. Work alongside local laborers by building latrines, pilas, general construction etc. More information available at www.worldrenew.net or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIGH ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMP - Rock climbing, orienteering, rope courses, arts and crafts are some of the activities at this adventure camp high in the Staja mountain region of Romania. Join World Missions as a North American Christian role model and volunteer camp leader, challenging youth in problem solving, facing and conquering fears, team work, compassion and more. More info at www.crwm.org or contact email@example.com.
EAST AFRICA TEAM LEADER OPENING - Uganda or Kenya - World Renew, an agency of the CRCNA, has a full-time opening for a Team Leader based in Uganda or Kenya for the regional East Africa ministry team. The position will provide overall direction, regional and administrative leadership to ensure team organization, team development, and team performance, and represent the regional ministry team (MT) to the World Renew agency directors, teams, denominational (CRCNA) agencies and institutions, and external organizations. Please visit our website at www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information; to apply, submit your current resume and a cover letter indicating your related skills and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is March 14, 2016.
INTERNET SAFETY TALK - On Monday, March 14, Holland Christian Middle School will be hosting an Internet Safety talk at the HCHS auditorium starting at 7 pm. This event will feature Mr. Dan Landstra from Unity Christian High School, who has become a local expert and speaker on the Internet, its pitfalls, as well as safety and hope for families. Children who are in grades 6-12 are also invited, as this will ensure hearing a common message, and provide a wonderful opportunity to digest and discuss the message during the car ride home. Given the mature nature of the material discussed, students younger than sixth grade are discouraged from attending, but all parents are welcome.
DINNER THEATER - You are invited to a Dinner Theater at South Olive Christian School, Thursday, March 10 @ 6pm. People of all ages will enjoy the middle school presentation of "The Perfect Gift." Come and enjoy a delicious meal and a romantic comedy that will fill your night with fun and fellowship. Dinner will be served at 6pm and the play will immediately follow. Please stop in the school office, email us at email@example.com or give us a call @ 875.8224 by Monday, March 7 to make your dinner reservations. This is a middle school fundraiser. In order to cover the costs involved, we recommend $10/adult and $5/$7/child. Hope to see you there!
Holland Christian is blessed to have incredibly dedicated families who are passionate about raising their children with a Christian education. There are international parents who dream of providing the best education in the world for their children and are willing to sacrifice enormously for that. Holland Christian can provide teenagers around the world with a quality life-impacting Christian education. If you would like more information about being a host family and making a significant and lasting impact, please contact Karen DeRoo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PIG-IN-THE-BLANKETS - South Olive Christian School always has pig-in-the-blankets for sale. Our price is $9.00/dozen and they can be picked up at school; 6230 120th Ave., Holland or call 616.875.8224.
COOKBOOK FOR SALE - Central Avenue CRC is publishing a cookbook in celebration of their 150th anniversary. Cost is $12.00 per book. If you would like a copy, please call the church office at 396-6230. Cookbooks make great gifts!
Save the date! Rehoboth Christian School is bringing their 55 member choir to Michigan. They will perform at Harderwyk CRC on Monday, March 28 at 7:00. You will not want to miss this event. If you would like to host a couple of students please contact Mary Johnson at email@example.com or 505-870-2454.
Summer Day Camp Counselors Needed - Like kids? Applicants needed for 15 paid counselor positions to plan and lead activities at the 2016 Great Escape Summer Day Camp in Holland, serving kids 5-12 years old. Candidates should be outgoing, love children and have experience leading kids. College students studying Education or Youth Ministry, preferred. Assistant counselor positions available to high school seniors or 2016 graduates. Counselors shifts vary between 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday starting June 13. Job description and application at www.neighborsplus.org. Questions may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.