Church Bulletin 11.25.18



   Scripture: Matthew 1: 18-25; Luke 1: 26-38              

   Message: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”                                                                                     Pastor Troy Nanninga





THE REGULAR OFFERING will be received for the General Fund and the second will be for our Missions & Benevolences Fund.

9:30 A.M.  CHILDREN’S CHURCH for kids 3 years old through 5th grade will meet in the Promiseland Area.

10:45 – 11:45 A.M.  SUNDAY SCHOOL for all ages.

(Parents:  please pick your child up in his/her classroom.)   

  3 yr. old – 12th grade will meet in their respective classrooms.

  EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY group will meet in the Consistory Room.

  Nursery is available upon request. 

11:30 A.M.  CHRISTMAS CHOIR practice will be in the Sanctuary.       Open to anyone 3rd grade – senior adults!

5:00 – 7:00 P.M.  MOVEMENT YOUTH MINISTRY will be in the Fellowship Hall. 


MONDAY – November 26

6:00 P.M.  JOY CIRCLE will meet at Gloria’s house.  Remember your gift to share and our Love Offering gift.

6:30 P.M.  DARTBALL:  Team #2 will be in the Fellowship Hall. 

7:00 P.M.  FAITH CIRCLE will meet in Room 16. Sarah Kikkert will lead the lesson.

7:00 P.M.  EVE CIRCLE will meet in the Fireside Room where Pam Schultz will lead the lesson, Julie Brodner will provide devotions and Barb DeVries will host.

TUESDAY – November 27

5:30 P.M.  CHILDREN’S CHURCH LEADER/HELPER meeting will be in the Promiseland Area.

WEDNESDAY – November 28

1:00 – 3:00 P.M.  GOD’S UNIQUE ANTIQUES will meet in the Fireside Room.  If you are retired and have some extra time on your hands, please join us.  We usually play a game and have refreshments!




Movement will be hosting a delicious soup supper this week!  Please come out and help support their various activities!  There will be many delicious soups to choose from!  Dinner will be served from                 5:15 to 6:30 P.M.  Hope to see you there!!  If you would like to donate soup, please contact Sue Steinke    (219-921-9189) ASAP!



6:30 P.M.  THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be in the Sanctuary for the purpose of selecting new consistory members. 

Elder candidates are:  Andy Andree, Dave Jolink, Mitch Kingma, Shannon Kramer, Jim Veldman, Tim Zylstra (three will be elected by lots).

Deacon candidates are:  Kevin Broertjes, Brian Hoffman, Kevan Myers, Scott Tysen, Tim Zylstra (three will be elected by lots).

If a nominee's name appears on both slates, their name will be removed from the deacon slate if they are elected as elder.

SATURDAY – December 1

6:00 – 7:30 A.M.  MEN’S LIFE will meet in the Fireside Room.

NEXT LORD’S DAY – December 2

9:30 A.M.  WORSHIP

     WE WILL CELEBRATE COMMUNION during worship.

THE REGULAR OFFERING will be received for the General Fund.



11:30 A.M.  CHRISTMAS CHOIR practice will be in the Sanctuary. 

5:00 – 7:00 P.M.  MOVEMENT YOUTH MINISTRY will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

6:00 P.M.  PRAYER MEETING/BIBLE STUDY will be in the Consistory Room.



Please continue to remember in prayer…

♦ Sharon Bovenkerk      ♦ Dan Kaluf        ♦ Chris Clark








O Come, O Come, Emmanuel


 Dec. 2

O Come All Ye Faithful


Dec. 9

Love Came Down at Christmas


Dec. 16

Joy to the World


Dec. 23

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear


Dec. 24

O Holy Night

YOU ARE INVITED to join in a season of prayer leading up to Christmas.  We are asking God to bring revival, new life, and kingdom growth to our church, our community, our families, our region, and our world.  Each day will have a different focus:


Sunday:          Pray for our church

Monday:          Pray for your family

Tuesday:         Pray for our community

Wednesday:    Pray for our region

Thursday:       Pray for missionaries

Friday:            Pray for confession and forgiveness

Saturday        Free day (pray as you feel led)


We are eager to see how God will use this season of prayer to make a big Kingdom impact!

WE WELCOME AND CONGRATULATE all of our Reason for the Season 5K participants!  You did a great job and we thank you for your support of the Backpack Ministry!   

WE EXPRESS sympathy to Jasper Brouwer, Beth Brouwer and all family and friends on the passing of Jasper’s grandson, Cole Ungaro.  Cole went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, November 17.  May God grant comfort during this difficult time.

THE PRAYER/BIBLE STUDY group will not meet tonight.

DECEMBER CALENDAR ITEMS are due to the church office by this Wednesday.

WHITE CHRISTMAS OFFERING will be collected in Sunday School during the month of December.

A GROUP which discusses current events with Christian perspective will meet during Sunday School time in the Cry Room during the month of December.  All adults are welcome to join us! 



  • ANGEL TREE PROJECT:  The Angel Tree Project blesses DeMotte Elementary students in need with Christmas gifts.  Bags are in the Fellowship Hall today available to be picked up.  If you choose to participate please select a bag from the table and write your name on the sign up sheet next to the code that corresponds with the one on the tag of the bag. Please leave the tag attached to the bag.  Gifts should be returned to the Fellowship Hall on or before Sunday, December 9. 

  • THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, we want to give back to our community by blessing the families of DeMotte Elementary School who have some needs.  We want to provide winter clothing and other items that can be given out at school to students in need.  There is a list of the items we will be collecting on the bulletin board by the women’s restroom downstairs.  Take a tag for the item you would like to purchase and bring the item to church (drop off in Fireside Room), along with your tag, no later than December 10. 

  • HAVE YOU EVER MET A HOMELESS PERSON?  Helped serve the hungry at a soup kitchen?  The soup kitchen in Michigan City has an opening on Saturday, December 8 for twelve people, over the age of seventeen, to help serve the homeless and hungry.  If you would like to help, please sign the sheet by the kitchen.  If you'd like to carpool we plan to leave church at 8:00 A.M.  If you have questions, contact Bob & Phyllis Belstra.

  • SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS NEEDED!  The KVMA is again this year coordinating a special mission of mercy outreach.  We will partner with the Salvation Army by placing a bucket at Tysen’s Grocery.  Our church has been asked to fill the bell ringer schedule for Sat., Dec. 22.  A signup sheet for one hour slots beginning at 9:00 A.M. and running through 7:00 P.M. is located by the kitchen.


  • Movement McDonalds Take-Over tonight after Movement.            Bring $$.

  • Friday, December 7, 7:00 P.M. – midnight “Five Guys & Glow Jump at Sky Zone” in Schererville.  $25 due December 2.  Permission slip needed.  (Please fill out Sky Zone waiver online also.)

  • All youth helping at the Movement Soup Supper Fundraiser this Wednesday.  Please arrive at 4:45 P.M.

  • Movement Christmas Caroling Party Sunday, December 16.              4:00 – 7:00 P.M.

  • Movement will not meet on the Sundays of December 23 and 30.

  • Snacks tonight (Nov. 25):  Kristy & Kelsey Kohlhagen

POINSETTIAS are ready to be ordered!  Every Christmas, we decorate our Sanctuary with poinsettias which can be purchased in memory or honor of a loved one.  After the Christmas Eve Service, you are welcome to take your poinsettia home.  They are available in white this year and come in two sizes, 6” ($8.00) and 8” ($15.00).  Order forms were placed in your mailbox last week.  Additional forms are in the kitchen window.  Please return them to Ann Kikkert’s mailbox by Wednesday, November 28.   


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     USHER:        Brian Hoffman       

     GREETERS:  Mark & Betty Boon, Jim & Julie Hoffman

     WING:             Dave & Dorothy Kampenga

     NURSERY:    Heather Veld, Sue Steinke

                          Kayla Fase, Luke Zylstra




     USHER:         Jeff Fase

     GREETERS:  George & Connie Altman, Kevin & Christy Nelms

     WING:           Murphy & Lori Meiss Family                                                             

     NURSERY:    Angela Myers, Lauren DeKock

                          Kelsey Kohlhagen, Kurt Kros                         



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Thanks Giving is when

We embrace everyday

with an attitude of gratitude,

and not just on one holiday.


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Senior Pastor:  Pastor Troy Nanninga;  

Pastor of Youth & Education:  Pastor Rob Latiak; 

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