We Gather to Worship Welcome & Announcements Opening Prayer *Call to Worship *Gathering Song: PsH 501 "Oh For A Thousand Tongues To Sing" *God’s Greeting *We Greet One Another *Praise & Worship: "Mighty To Save" "God Of Angel Armies" Cadet Presentation Cadet Hymn: PsH 292 "Living For Jesus" Children’s Message: Joy *Children’s Song: "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" **Children in JK-gr. 2 leave for Sunday School** We Hear and Respond to God's Word *Song of Preparation: PsH 284 "Father I Adore You" Prayer for Illumination Scripture: Jeremiah 29:12 Message: Hi God, It's Me *Song of Response: "He Knows My Name" Congregational Prayer **Children in grades 3-4 leave for Sunday School We Give Thanks Offering Prayer Offering: Church Ministries / Cadets Offertory We Go Out to Serve God *Closing Song: PsH 582 "Praise Be The Father" *God's Blessing *Doxology: "Do Lord" *Please stand, in body or in spirit
WELCOME We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our guests who have come to share in our worship service. May we be blessed as we worship our Lord together. Assistive hearing devices are available at the sound booth. Songbooks and large print Bibles are available at the back table (song lyrics are also projected on the screen). Everyone is invited for coffee, tea, and juice in the fellowship hall after the morning service.
OUR CHURCH FAMILY Prayer Requests: - for Teresa, Andrew K and Adrianna. - for Willemien, Brian, Harry, Mary Jane, and Chris R as they serve as our elders. - for Jake, Johan, Robert W, and Andrew S as they serve as our deacons. - for the Vanastra Food Bank program; give thanks for the volunteers who give their time to this ministry; give thanks for all the donations that supply items towards the Food Bank Truck and other areas of need; pray for the families who receive support from this ministry. - for our council and congregation as we continue to pursue a partnership with missions in Guatemala through World Renew; pray for progress in the work toward food security, community health, financial stability and peace and justice. - for Pastor Paul and his family while he is on sabbatical until February 2. - from Winnie H.: My brother in law Doug H. has fallen. His left hip, pelvis bones, and head of femur are completely shattered. The hospital in Thunder Bay has informed him that it may be March before the 10 hour surgery can be performed. We are asking for prayer for healing for Doug, his wife Kate who is also just out for hospital due to kidney stones, and that the house in Dryden will sell very quickly. We are so grateful that they both are believers and can recognize Jesus' presence in all this. Thank you so very much. - Give thanks that pastors and other ministry leaders are finding healing in Christ through trauma-healing workshops led by the Nehemiah Center, a Resonate partner in Nicaragua. “God is the one who transforms hearts,” said Jenifer, a worship leader and workshop participant. Please pray for Jenifer and other ministry leaders as they now help others to heal. - Many Resonate missionaries serve in regions where the coronavirus is spreading. Pray for health in their communities. - “We are hoping and praying for people we have been sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with to take the step of baptism this year,” said a Resonate partner ministry leader in Michigan. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead these new believers into a deeper relationship with Jesus. Upcoming Special Collections Feb 16: Church Ministries / Cadets Feb 23: Church Ministries / Pastor Church Resources This Week: The Calvinist Cadet Corps is an independent (non-denominational) youth ministry organization whose purpose is to provide the local church with ministry programs that will enable them to effectively share Christ’s love with boys from their church and community. Our Vanastra Cadets is a youth program for boys in grade 4-8 (grade 9 is optional as helpers). The program helps to develop various skills in the boys with a faith based background. The individual groups spend time doing bible studies, lessons from the Quest magazine, badge work from various skill sets and learning competitive skills for a Snow Derby and Cadetorama. These larger events are hosted by Maitland Valley Council and are made up of 9 other church Cadet programs that share the same common interests. Next Week: CRC Pastor Church Resources serves pastors, churches, and classes and they seek to promote healthy relationships, encourage one another in ministry, and discern next steps in seasons of growth, transition, or challenge. For more information please visit: https://www.crcna.org/pcr. Room2Grow: We have received a letter from Room2Grow with news from the past year. It is posted in the hallway and on the Bridge App. Learning Opportunity: Council is hoping for some volunteers from within the congregation to be willing to go to a one day training event that is being put on by Safe Church Ministries. Topics for the day include Developing a Ministry of Presence, Abuse and Forgiveness, Common Causes of Bullying in the Church, Criminal History and Volunteering in the Church, Harassment and the Church, LGBTQ+ Issues in the Church. Council will cover the registration cost for all members who are interested in going. The event in on Saturday March 7, 2020 from 9am to 3pm at Waterloo CRC. If you are interested please talk to Pastor Paul. Thank You!!! Over the first five weeks of 2020, we had the amazing opportunity to be on sabbatical seeking rest, replenishment, restoration and renewal. We would like to thank Council and the congregation for this opportunity. We return excited by the opportunity of our calling and ministry here and encouraged by the servant hearts of the people here at Vanastra Community CRC. We look forward to having opportunity to share a bit more of our sabbatical experience at a later date. For now, we just wanted to say "Thank You!" Pastor Paul and Juliana. Council Clippings: We received information on the upcoming Safe Church Conference and are encouraging all who are interested to attend. We have decided to wait until the spring nominations before we add a Youth Elder. Spring nominations will start soon, we'll be looking for 2 deacons, 1 elder, 2 youth elders. We reviewed items on the Classis agenda, in particular a request from the Home Missions Committee to grant $100,000 to River City Church in Cambridge as they are purchasing their first facility (this was approved at Classis on Wednesday). We heard a report from Pastor Paul on his sabbatical
OUR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY "Family Day" Vacation Bible School: Back by popular demand! We are having a one day VBS on Family Day, Monday, February 17 at Clinton Christian Reformed Church. The morning is for families so all children must come with an adult. We will provide child care for those under the age of 2. The morning will be like a regular VBS morning with singing, Bible story, games and crafts for ages up to 11 years. We will end the morning with a hot dog lunch and fellowship! Sign in begins at 9:15 and our gathering will start at 9:30. Lunch is planned to be done by 12:15. For more information, please contact Margot Uyl at email@example.com or text me at 519-860-9530. Please call the church to pre-register so we can plan for child care and for supplies. Please join us! The Torchmen In Concert: Saturday April 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Heartland Community Church in Clinton. A Freewill Offering will be taken up. See the poster in the hallway or on the Bridge App for more information about the Torchmen.
SCHOOL NEWS Is your child ready for Junior Kindergarten in the fall? Ready, Set, Alphabet! is a 6-week program for children turning 4 in 2020. Through engaging devotions, arts and crafts, worship, games and stories, your child will be challenged to begin an exciting and life-long journey of reading and writing. This program will take place at the Huron Christian School on Thursdays beginning April 9. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. For more information or to register, please check the bulletin board or contact the school at 519-482-7851. New To Shop ‘N Save: Come in to the school any day of the week and purchase available cards from Jennifer in the front office. Or leave your order and it will be filled the following Wednesday. Walmart rebate is now 3%!! Dollarama cards are new – rebate of 3%. Online shopper? Join our FlipGive campaign….raise money for the school and for personal tuition or tuition relief by simply shopping online and receiving a rebate. Download the app or go to www.flipgive.com and use the referral code 3NGRKY. We have already raised over 800$ through this program!! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school on Wednesday mornings and talk to Trish or Lorraine 519-482-7851.