Bulletin Announcements | 5.1.22
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please remember the following church family members in your prayers:
- Glenn A
- Terry B
- Paul & Christopher G
- Sierra & Skylar G
- Julie K
- Jose & Kathy F
- Linda VDH
- Lois VW
- Ken VL
- Jay & Jan V
- Service members Josh P, Brian S, Steph W
“In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Chrst, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” (Ephesians 1:5-6)
The verses in the Prayer Corner above are part of the healing prayer journey. Post them in a prominent place so you can read them & meditate on this gift God has given us in Jesus.
In the morning Dr. Jeff Weima, a Professor of New Testament at Calvin Seminary, will lead us in hearing God’s word.
In the evening we will gather as a church family to watch & discuss The Chosen. This week’s episode 6 of season 2, “Unlawful,” reminds us of the purpose of God’s law and how important it is to keep proper perspective. We also are reminded of how God responds to our failures and our struggles to understand the mystery of his ways. If you enjoy preparation, read 1 Samuel 21:1-9 & Mark 2:18-27.
In the morning we will hear & celebrate the professions of faith of Matthew Conover, Austin DeVries, Madelyn DeVries, Danyl Novak & Bella Sharp. We will also continue a series of messages called “You Matter!” and will look at the story of Ruth.
As it is Mother’s Day next week, we will have no Sunday evening activity.
Pastor Bob will return from vacation this week Wednesday, May 3.
Prayer Opportunity: After this week’s morning service, elders & prayer team members will be available to pray with those who desire it. “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14
MEN: The Thursday 12:30 pm Bible Study will meet on May 5 to study lesson 10 of Max Lucado’s study of the book of Acts. The lesson is entitled ‘Presenting The Gospel’. Our final meetings will be on May 19 & June 2.
RightNow Media is a streaming service with on-demand biblical content. Members of Providence have access to over 20,000 biblical videos for adults & kids! Contact the office for more information (616-698-7930).
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MINISTRY
Members of Providence with children in a Christian school are eligible to receive tuition assistance from the Christian Education Ministry Fund. In order to receive assistance for the 2022-23 school year, please print & fill out the Christian Education Ministry form found here. The form must be returned to Justin Gritter by May 15. *If you do not need assistance in the amount available, we ask that you either opt out of receiving assistance or give back to the CEM fund.
We are hosting a Drive-In Prayer Event this coming Thursday, May 5 (National Day of Prayer), from 11:30 am-1 pm & 4-5:30 pm. This is an opportunity for our community & a way for us to connect with them for any prayer needs. Please continue praying over this event! Pray for people to feel comfortable & safe to share their requests with our prayer warriors, for the Spirit to move & for connections to be made.
We’d love some input from the congregation before finalizing Refuel details for next fall! Here’s a quick survey!
The Reverse Garage Sale is coming up on May 21! For information on what a Reverse Garage Sale is, check out our Facebook event!
CARE & FELLOWSHIP
Pam DeWitt is on vacation May 3-12. Keri will be working Friday, May 6, in addition to her normal days/hours. Emails & voicemails will be checked from home periodically on Mondays & Wednesdays (May 4, 9 & 11). Pam will return May 13. Please plan ahead if you will need to gain access into the church building on a day we won’t be at the front desk. We appreciate your patience during these truncated office hours. Thank you!
Please celebrate those in our congregation enjoying a very special birthday this month: Margaret B & Lyle VG! And in the mission field: Deb Wray.
SAM’S 5TH ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE
On May 2, from 2-8 pm, we will be working with Versiti Blood Centers to help make our church & community an actual “Life Saving Station.” With rapid sickness affecting so many people, blood supplies are on a day-to-day basis. It takes every able-bodied individual capable of giving blood to step into the gap to be a life changer & life saver. Would you like to know more? Connect with the office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-698-7930) for more info, or visit www.versiti.org. Donations are preferred by appointment but walk-ins are welcome. Choose your time & schedule your appointment online. If we fill up all the slots, DON’T PANIC! That just means Versiti will need to schedule more staff to open up more seats! They LOVE IT when this happens. Every pint of blood helps to save three lives & the whole process usually takes less than 45 minutes.
I can’t believe I’m posting this already, but it’s time to start putting together our annual graduation slideshow! If you are graduating this year from 8th grade, high school or college, please complete this Google Form by May 19. (If you’d like a hard copy form, call or email Keri in the office & we’ll get you squared away). Thanks!
Open AA meetings are held at 7 pm in the loft on Mondays & Wednesdays. Enter via door B by the gym & contact Steve Huizinga with any questions (616-299-8809).
SPRING WEATHER EMERGENCIES
As we approach the spring season, we will follow these recommendations when severe weather occurs:
🗸 Severe Thunderstorm Watch/Warning in effect prior to a meeting: The person who convenes the gathering will use his/her own discretion in deciding whether to cancel. Church services will not be canceled.
🗸 Tornado Watch/Warning in effect one hour prior to a meeting: The church service or meeting will be canceled.
🗸 Tornado Watch issued during the church service or meeting: The Elders have arranged for a member of the congregation to monitor a weather channel for news of a tornado watch, who will inform any Elder. The Elder will interrupt the service & notify the Pastor, who will dismiss the people immediately.
🗸 Tornado Warning issued during the church service or meeting: An Elder will interrupt the service & notify the Pastor, who will dismiss the service immediately. Worshipers have the option to go home if they choose, or sit along one of the inside walls of the fellowship hall.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE
Our families, community, country & world need prayer, now more than ever! Please join us for a prayer service on May 5 at 7 pm in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer. Everyone is invited for this community-wide service held at South Grandville Church (4130 Wilson Avenue, Grandville). Areas of prayer will include government, military, media & business, education, church & families. If you have any questions, please call the church at 616-532-5413 or email email@example.com.
CHURCH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CAP)
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – KIDS
Untreated anxiety disorders in kids can be particularly disabling because of behaviors such as avoiding places & activities, recurring head & stomach aches, poor school performance & missing out on important social experiences. A therapist can help your child or teen recognize, evaluate & change their anxious thoughts. Members of Providence can schedule a free appointment with a licensed clinician. Call the office for more details (616-698-7930).