Plan on it!
40 Day Red Letter Challenge coming to Heritage, starting January 10.
Study Guides/Devotionals for Adults and Kids will be available in the east entryway starting December 20.
9:30 AM – Sunday Morning Worship Online
This past week I had to tell myself once again to trust in God with regard to covid consternations (anxiety, shock, worry, fear). Our focus this Sunday will be on Combating COVID Consternations with Christmas Contemplations. Pastor Bob Huisman will open God’s word with us from Isaiah 9:6 and Luke 2:11. We will be introduced to three Christmas Contemplations plus one bonus Breath Prayer. Some of our students will help us journey through the season of advent and expectation as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth and God’s great love for the world.
We will gather online at 9:30 AM for the Facebook Premier of our pre-recorded morning worship service. You can also access the worship service on our website at heritagecrc.net. The service will remain available for on-demand viewing.
10:30 AM – Sunday Morning Children’s Worship Online
Children’s Worship online with Ann DeGroot has returned for the season of Advent. It will Premier on Facebook on Sunday morning at 10:30 and be available on-demand on our church website.
5:00 PM – Sunday Evening Christmas Celebration with High School/College Students
This Sunday, some of our students who attended the Awakening Worship Conference during the past two summers will leads us in song and word. Your heart will be blessed with God’s gifts of joy and peace.
6:00 PM – Sunday Evening Outdoor Christmas Carol Sing on Front Lawn
Do you love to sing Christmas Carols? Then grab your Michigan winter gear and bundle up for 25 minutes of Christmas Carols on the front lawn near the nativity display. BYO(HC) – Bring your own Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider or Hot Coffee to stay warm!
Thank You for your Gifts, Tithes, and Offerings
Thank you for your generosity to Christ’s Church. We know there are many requests for gift giving during the Christmas season. We encourage you to prioritize your local church in your giving because the local church is the hope of the world.
Christmas Eve Candlelight/Christmas Day Worship
For weeks and weeks, our musicians and technicians have been working overtime to create a beautiful celebration of Jesus’ birth. We have partnered with a local videographer to bring you the Christmas story from the Green’s Barn, the Church Nativity, and with stained glass beauty. Every year God meets us at midnight to welcome in Christmas. This year, the pre-recorded Christmas Worship Service will be available on our church website starting at 5:00PM on Christmas Eve. Gather to worship anytime that works for you and yours on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day or thereafter. It will premier on Facebook at 11:00 PM. We encourage you to share this celebration with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. It is our prayer that the good news of Jesus will be received by many this Christmas and that God will use this celebration as one of the ways He brings eternal life to the hearts and souls of men and women and boys and girls. Start praying and asking God with whom you should share this celebration of His great love.
Get Your Christmas Eve Candle and Star Words
Starting Sunday, December 20, in the east entrance, a Christmas Candle and a Star Word (a word from God to guide you through the year like the star guided the wise men to Jesus) wrapped together in a Christmas greeting will be available to each household to pick up. Use the candle at home to light when Pastor Bob lights the Christ Candle at the conclusion of the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Worship Celebration. If you or someone you know can not pick up their candle, contact the church office and we will glad to deliver them to their door. (878-1992).
Information for Connecting ONLINE
Go to https://www.facebook.com/HeritageChristianReformedChurch/ or click HERE
Sunday Morning Worship is also available on our church website – www.heritagecrc.net
Sermon Notes and Children’s Bulletin links are included in your Weekly Church Email and on our website.
Our worship services remain available for on-demand viewing on both Facebook and our Website.
Sunday Worship DVD’s are available to be delivered to those who are not able to connect to Facebook or the Church Website. Please contact the church office if you are aware of anyone who would like a weekly DVD delivered to their door. We are currently delivering about 10 DVDs a week. (878-1992)
In Need of Prayer?
Our pastors and prayer volunteers would love to lift you up before God in prayer.
Email or text Pastor Bob Huisman with your prayer request or to request one of the pastors or prayer volunteers to contact you by phone. We have male and female prayer volunteers who are eager to call and pray with you. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.682.7685)
District Elders and Deacons are available for pastoral care needs and concerns.
Household Last Name Elder/ Deacon Team
A—Buist Rick Jongsma, Mike Shear
Buista—Diekema Brent Mulder, Roger Tiller
Diekemaa—Groenewold Tom Beier, Todd Mingerink
Groenewolda—J Al Groenewold, James Oosterman
K– Meekhof Jim Sytsma, Matt Davis
Meel—O Mark Kooistra, Brad Diekema
P—Slager Al Smith, Tim Terborg
Slagera—VanderH Bruce Berkenpas, Ted Koster
VanderI—Z Tom Tiemeyer, David DeJong
Upcoming Worship Gatherings
Sunday, December 27
AM – Pastor Bob Bolt, Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
PM – No Sunday Night Connect
Sunday, January 3
AM – Pastor Kevin Van Wyhe
PM – Seminary Graduate Brad Diekema
Sunday, December 10 – Introduction to 40 Day Red Letter Challenge
Pastor Bob Huisman
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love,
which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14