Church Bulletin 12.2.18


   Scripture: Matthew 11: 28-30      

   Message: “O Come, All Ye Faithful”                                                                                         Pastor Troy Nanninga





THE REGULAR OFFERING will be received for the General 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. 

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


MONDAY – December 3

1:00 P.M.  FELLOWSHIP CIRCLE will meet in the Fireside Room.  Christmas Party!  Bonnie Sanow will host.

6:30 P.M.  DARTBALL:  Team #1 will be in the Fellowship Hall.

6:45 P.M.  DARTBALL:  Team #2 will be at Faith Lutheran. 

7:00 P.M.  CONSISTORY will meet in the Consistory Room.  Those who would like to request baptism or make profession of faith in Christ are invited to meet with the elders at 7:30 P.M.

TUESDAY – December 4

6:00 P.M. & 7:15 P.M.  FAITHFIT YOGA will be in the Fellowship Hall.

WEDNESDAY – December 5


§  DINNER will be served from 5:15 – 6:30.        

Menu:  chicken alfredo

§  FOOD BACKPACKS will be stuffed in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00.

THURSDAY – December 6

7:00 P.M.  HOPE CIRCLE will meet in the Fireside Room.                Lesson – Pennie Martin; Devotions/Spiritual Life Thought – Lorri Owsley; Hostess – JoAnn Abbring

FRIDAY – December 7

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

SATURDAY – December 8

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

NEXT LORD’S DAY – December 9

9:30 A.M.  WORSHIP

THE REGULAR OFFERING will be received for the General Fund and the second offering will be for the DeMotte Work Team’s upcoming trip to Guatemala.



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

 ♦ Corrie Peterson will have knee replacement surgery this Tuesday in

    Porter Regional Hospital.

♦ Sierra Evers will have her adenoids removed this Friday.










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!

A JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF SONG will be led by our Sunday School kids (5th grade and younger) on December 16!  They will lift their voices in celebration of Christmas as a part of our morning worship service!  Don’t miss it!

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.  Our first date will be next Sunday, December 9.  All adults are welcome to join us! 

THE RESULTS of the Congregational Meeting Consistory Selection:

New Elders:  Andy Andree, Mitch Kingma, and Shannon Kramer

New Deacons:  Kevan Myers, Scott Tysen, Tim Zylstra (Tim will serve a 2 year term).

NEWLY ELECTED CONSISTORY MEMBERS are invited to attend tomorrow night’s Consistory Meeting at 7:00 P.M.



  • 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.




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

  • 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 (Dec. 2):  Cooper Luedtke

PASTOR ROB AND MOVEMENT would like to thank everyone who showed up to help, made soups or desserts and gave to our fundraiser. Our goal was to raise $2,500 for our Jr. High Conference “Believe”. We raised over $3,000!!!  A special “Thank You” to Tim and Sue Steinke who helped organize the whole event. ARC has made it known they care for our teens and seeing teens reached for Jesus. For that, we are thankful.”

THE FAMILY of Jim Nannenga thanks everyone for all the prayers, cards, and words of encouragement.  Thank you to Pastor Troy and Pastor Rob for the beautiful memorial service.  Thank you to all the ladies who prepared and served the wonderful lunch.  It is great to have such a loving and caring church family.  God is good.”

WE’D LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE for their thoughts, prayers and cards after the loss of Tim.  Thank you especially to Pastor Troy for his calls and kind words.”  – Jeff & Shannon Scheurich

THANK YOU for the most recent financial gift that was designated for me in the offering.  Your thoughtfulness means so much.”   – Theresa Mak

LAST WEEK’S OFFERING:  Regular Fund – $5,882.00; Missions & Benevolences Fund - $2,520.00; Movement - $100.00; Bathroom Upgrades - $100.00; Janice Patton - $100.00; Backpack Ministry - $50.00; Reason for the Season 5K - $200.00; Covenant Christian High School - $30.00.

THANKSGIVING EVE OFFERING:  Jasper County Women’s Crisis Center - $1,656.00; Linda Cotton (personal) - $50.00; Reach a Village - $200.00; Dan Kaluf - $100.00; Gospel Country Style - $50.00.


     USHER:        Jeff Fase  

     GREETERS:  George & Connie Altman, Kevin & Christy Nelms

     WING:             Murphy & Lori Meiss Family

     NURSERY:    Angela Myers, Lauren DeKock

                          Kelsey Kohlhagen, Kurt Kros



     USHER:         Mitch Kingma

     GREETERS:  Brian & Mallory Hanewich Family

     WING:           Ralph & Ardy Myers                                                            

     NURSERY:    Gayle Zeldenrust, Gianna Kallemeyn   

                                Kristy Kohlhagen, Kendra Zylstra




American Reformed Church

Senior Pastor:  Pastor Troy Nanninga;  

Pastor of Youth & Education:  Pastor Rob Latiak; 

Worship Leader:  Brittany Janiszewski;


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