Church Bulletin 12.16.18


   Promiseland Kids   “Joyous Celebration of Song”

   Christmas Choir                                         “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

    Profession of Faith – Hannah Veldman

   Scripture                                                                                 John 15: 9-11                                   

                                                                                               (N.T. Page 1677)        


   Message                                                                           “Joy to the World”

                                                                                       Pastor Troy Nanninga


Feel free to grab a cup of coffee from the Fellowship Hall/Kitchen serving ledge downstairs before the service!  You are also invited to stay for a time of fellowship and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall after the service!




WE WILL WELCOME Hannah Veldman into membership by Profession of Faith.

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.

  CURRENT EVENTS:  A group that discusses current events will meet in the Cry 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!

4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  MOVEMENT CHRISTMAS CAROLING PARTY will be in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a snack and a white elephant gift.

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


MONDAY – December 17

6:30 P.M.  DARTBALL:  Team #1 and Team #2 will be in the Fellowship Hall.

NEXT LORD’S DAY – December 23

9:30 A.M.  WORSHIP

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



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

 ♦ Judy Hood remains a patient in Porter Regional ICU.  She is no

   longer sedated and is alert and able to speak.

♦ Morgan Overstreet had her tonsils removed this past week and all

   went well.

♦ Silvia Andree is a patient in Jasper County Hospital.










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) this morning!  They will lift their voices in celebration of Christmas as a part of our morning worship service! 

YOU’RE INVITED to our Christmas Eve Candle Light service on December 24 at 6:00 P.M.  Come and enjoy a night of song, celebration and reflection on the birth of Christ.  An offering will be received for our Christian Aid Fund.

 WHITE CHRISTMAS OFFERING is being collected in Sunday School during the month of December.

FAITHFIT YOGA is taking a break for the holidays and will begin again on January 15.

OUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS will be on a break for the holidays and return in January.


  • Movement Christmas Caroling Party tonight, 4:00 –7:00 P.M.  Please bring a snack and white elephant gift.

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

  • Movement hoodies on sale now: $25; T-shirts also available for $10

 NURSERY VOLUNTEER  UPDATE:  We are looking to update our nursery volunteer list.  Volunteering in the nursery is a fun way to interact with ARC’s precious children!  Teens and adults of all ages are welcome to volunteer!  If you would like to be added to the list, please sign up on the sheet by the kitchen.  If you would like to be removed from the current list, please notify Heather Veld (219-869-3403) or Marie Hilton (219-707-1459).

GLOVES AND STOCKING CAPS, preferably that can cover the face but any will be appreciated, are needed at the Homeless Shelters. There is a box in the front foyer (exterior door #8) for your donations.  Thank you in advance.

 TWO SPOTS LEFT!!  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.

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).

DO YOU HAVE INFORMATION about your group, meeting, or committee you would like help publicizing?  We would be glad to get the word out in any way you wish. Please email any information or pictures to the Media Committee at


WOULD YOU LIKE to receive ARC updates and cancellation info via text message?  Now you can!  Just text @demottearc to 81010 to sign up! 

 IF YOU KNOW of someone who needs help from Christians Helping Christians, please contact Bonnie Sanow (987-6252).




 DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL will begin accepting sign ups for the 2019-2020 Kindergarten and Pre-School classes beginning January 7, 2019.  Space is limited so please call the school office soon at 219-987-3721.  All new families to the school will need to complete an application (available online at  For 3 year old Pre-school (T/Tham), your child must be 3 years old by August 1, 2019.  For 4 year old Pre-school (M/W/Fam of M/W/Fpm), your child must be 4 years old by August 1, 2019.  For Kindergarten (1/2 day or full day), your child must be 5 years old by August 1, 2019.



Children in Covenant

♥ Olivia Morgan Park

        ~by Great Grandma Phyllis Gaillard


♥ Millie Sue Zylstra

        ~by Great Grandma Carol Zylstra


If you have a new grandchild or great-grandchild whom you would like to  enroll in the  Children of Covenant, Please contact

Joyce Fase.



     USHER:          Steve Szostek

     GREETERS:    Henry & Pat DeKock

     WING:             Bryan & Sherri Overstreet

     NURSERY:    Kristi Bonicontro, Diane Ottinger

                                Lindsay Zeldenrust, Kayla Bonicontro



     USHER:         Scott Tysen

     GREETERS:  Tim & Joni Zylstra Family

     WING:           Matt & Debbie Luedtke Family                                                          

     NURSERY:    Marie Hilton, Lindsey Broertjes,

                          Gwen Walstra, Jillian Tysen


American Reformed Church

Senior Pastor:  Pastor Troy Nanninga;  

Pastor of Youth & Education:  Pastor Rob Latiak; 

Worship Leader:  Brittany Janiszewski;



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