I like to think that the best outcomes come at the end of a pleasant journey. That if things are going well and steps are obvious and decisions are easy – that means you’re on the right track. And if things are hard, disappointing or tough – it’s time to make different sorts of decisions. But the fact is, somehow in the mystery of God’s providence, it’s often the hardest steps, the most difficult challenges that bring you to the best places. And there’s a skill in life that can make a huge difference in difficulty. Having the wisdom to realize when you’re in the middle of the mess, and having grit to keep moving forward while trusting the navigator – can give you JOY even as you take each step.
Order of Worship – December 11th
Prelude: Mrs. Lori DeBlock
Welcome & Opening Prayer: Mr. Adam Vitoulis
Song: Angels We Have Heard on High
Call to Worship: Psalm 5: 3-6, 12 – Mrs. Hillary VanDerMolen
Song: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Song: He Shall Reign Forevermore
Advent Candle Lighting – Candle of Joy
Mutual Greeting: (252 Kids Dismissed (K-5th grade)
Congregational Prayer (How can we pray for you?)
Message: Joyful Destinations, Hard Paths - Rev. Samuel Sutter
Closing Hymn: Angels From the Realms of Glory: BPH:240
December Second Offerings: 11- Spanish Church Plant, 18- Faith Promise, 25- Middletown Warming Station
Night of Carols (and cookies) Join us for a special night of Carols and the Christmas Story (candle light) – Sunday at 5pm on December 11th – Bring some cookies to share.
- Sunday, 11th – 5pm Carols and Cookies (and Candlelight)
- Monday, 12th – 7pm Sewing Circle
- Tuesday, 13th – 10am Coffee Break (Women’s Bible Study)
- Tuesday, 13th – 7:00pm GEMS/CADETS
- Wednesday, 14th - 7pm – Prayer Meeting (Elders to Follow)
- Friday, 16th – 6:30pm Spanish Bible Study
- December 25th – 9:30pm Christmas Worship Service
- January 1st – 9:30pm New Year’s Day Worship Service (Rev. Tim Strait)
Church Administrator: We’re hiring someone for a new church administrator position. If interested please contact Scott VDW or Pastor for details.
John & Grace Van Der Molen In this Season of Giving Thanks and the Birth of our Lord and Savior, we would like to Thank our church Family for the Love and Care you have showed us over this year. Thank you for your Prayers, phone calls, visits, food and cards. God Bless each and everyone with a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
GEMS Post Office: We are happy to announce that the GEMS post office is open for sorting and passing out your Christmas cards to the members of our congregation. There are two boxes located in the back of the church and the office door. If possible, please stop by the church lobby and check your mailbox. A donation to the GEMS, in lieu of postage is gladly accepted. All cards not collected by Dec. 20th will be mailed out by the church office.
God’s gracious hand has been on us. Just over three years ago our building committee rejoiced at the completion of our wonderful new addition! We were able to expand our greeting and entrance areas, replace and relocate our service elevator indoors, expand our children’s ministry area and nursery and add new bathrooms both on our lower level and on our worship level. Praise God! To accomplish these goals one of our funding models has included our Faith Partners program. Faith Partners are a group of dedicated individuals who have generously committed to make an annual $1000.00 donation to our building fund over the next 6 years. If you are not yet a Faith Partner, please consider becoming one. If you are already a Faith Partner than we want to take this opportunity to both sincerely thank you and to remind you to kindly submit your pledge amount to Jeff Davis, Henry Vogel or the deacons by December 25, 2022. Please note that all donations are tax deductible. Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can be a faith partner and supporter of God’s vision at Goshen Christian Reformed Church.
The Deacons gratefully acknowledge the receipt of the following collections for the month of November 2022:
General Fund $33,551.43 Faith Promise $2,459.00
Christ Healthcare $905.00 Benevolence $830.00
Goshen Ch Preschool $564.00 Faith Formation $300.00
For the eleven months ended November 30, 2022 general fund collections are behind budget by $3,588 (an improvement of $6,120 from October) and Faith Promise is ahead of pledged amounts by $8,012 (an improvement of $182 from October).
Norma and Bob Eck We are officially moved into our new home. Our new address in 3632 Miller St. Sierra Vista, AZ. 85650. Thank you for all your prayers as we made this big move.
Nursery Staff: December 11th – Amber Goufreau & Jessica DeVries
December 18th – Marci Wade & Britanni Gaucher
December 25th – Anne Amels & Brooke Vellenga
Coffee Hour: December 11th – Karen Van Eeuwen & Jim & Joyce Amels
December 18th – Doug & Marci Wade & Dan & Christine LaFrance