Grace Reformed Church


December 17, 2017 – Third Sunday in Advent

All morning services in August and October are at the CRC

All morning services in September and November are at Grace



Preaching: Pastor Dan De Graff

Scripture: I Kings 3:1-15; 4:29-34

Message: A Real Know-It-All


Join us for a combined Carol Sing with

Harrison Church, here at Grace.


WELCOME to all who have come to worship today at Grace Reformed; we’re so glad you’re here. Please join us for coffee following the morning service in the Fellowship Hall. This afternoon, Harrison will join us for a Carol Sing.

ASSISTING TODAY: Greeters/Coffee: Darrell & Londa Vanden Hoek; Nursery: Jodi De Lange; Praise Team: Tom, Jennifer, Marissa, Kylee; C&W “Advent III”, Heather & Haley. 

11:15 AM Sunday School (last session until January 7).

NEXT WEEK AT CRC: Greeters/Coffee: Dave & Ann Scholten; Nursery: Chelsey Schelling; Praise Team: Gord & Betty, Sheryl, Cadyn; C&W “Advent IV”, Rachel & Corbin. 

CRC OFFERING: Today—DCS; Next Week—Church Library. 

GRACE BULLETIN DEL: Today--Don Bosma, Dec. 24—Troy Bosma, Dec. 31—Lowell De Vries, Jan. 7—Daren Feenstra, Jan. 14—Grant Lubbers, Jan. 21—Wade Sonnenberg 

CRC BULLETIN DEL: Today—Corey Vander Pol, Dec. 24—Bob Vander Pol, Dec. 31—Verlin Vander Wal, Jan. 7—Gord Feenstra, Jan. 14—Ron Groeneweg



MONDAY: 12 Noon—the Grief Support Group will meet in the chapel of Good Samaritan Society-Corsica; lunch will be provided.  Remember there is no cost or obligation. Now that we are in the winter months, if the weather is questionable, please call 946-5467 to confirm that is it still planned.

MONDAY: 7 PM CRC Council meeting (all at CRC)
                 8 PM Joint Leadership meeting.
                 9 PM Grace Consistory meeting
                          (New office bearers are welcome but not mandated to attend.)


DECEMBER SCHEDULE: Dec. 24/AM CRC No Afternoon Service
                                         Dec. 31/AM Grace 2:30 PM/Harrison—Pastor Drew Hoekema

ADVANCE: Wed., Dec. 27—7 PM Women of Grace Christmas Festival at Grace Reformed; Brooke Veurink will share her experience at the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer, you are welcome to bring a guest; there will be a $5 gift exchange for anyone who would like to participate.

Sun., Dec. 31: Brooklyn Vander Pol will be giving a presentation following the morning service. A special invitation is extended to the Sunday School students as well as the whole congregation to hear an update about her work with the Zion Project in Guatemala.

GRACE ANGEL TREE: Gifts this year will be for “Kingdom Boundaries” residents (newly released prisoners who are seeking the Lord). Items are needed for men: medium backpacks, wallets, bath towels, shaving supplies, shampoo; please leave items in the donation box, do not wrap them. Monetary gifts are also welcome (cash or checks to ‘Kingdom Boundaries’.….put these in Mary Bosma’s mailbox); Kingdom Boundaries will purchase items needed for the residents.

PRAYER CONCERNS: Bernard Beukelman returned to PVNH on Tues. where he continues his recovery for at least the next three weeks. Christie De Graff will be having an induction on Wed. evening to deliver, due to the continued swelling in the baby’s brain. Please be in prayer for our family. Pastor Dan plans to take some time of vacation and leave following this. Please contact your district elder or deacon with any needs or con- cerns. Lucille Noteboom is receiving treatment for health concerns at Parkston Hospital.
Continue to remember those with physical problems, undergoing treatments, shut-ins, those in Leisure Living & PVNH.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jerod Star (Dec. 17), Shelly Menning, Remi Vanden Hoek, Cadyn Plooster (Dec. 18), Londa Vanden Hoek (Dec. 19). Have a great day!

WINTER CLOTHING COLLECTION for Center of Hope…last day is TODAY. Especially needed: larger men’s clothing—coats, scarves, mittens/gloves, hats, black pants, and K-5th boys and girls—winter coats, mittens, hats, snow pants. Most people turn to family as a place of comfort and support in time of need. However, for many, even family is not a place of refuge; as Agnes (one of Center of Hope’s regular guests) said, ”The Center of Hope is about the only place and people in my life that gives to me and don’t take.” THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS! Anyone willing to bring the clothing collection to Center of Hope this week before Christmas, please contact Carol Sipma.

THANK YOU’S RECEIVED: Women of Grace—from Abbott House, Union Gospel Mission, Words of Hope, Ronald McDonald House, Center of Hope, International Christian Literature Distributors, Children’s Inn, CASA.

A BIG THANK FROM CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH: We enjoyed having you join us for worship. Come back again soon!

ELECTED: Grace: Elders--Daren Feenstra, Bruce Zomer; Deacons--Wylie De Lange, Devin Veurink. CRC: Elders--Dennis Niewenhuis, Bernard Schelling; Deacon--Troy Noteboom. Ordination and Installation will be held during the Jan.7 morning service.

MERGER VOTE: The joint leadership team is bringing before the congregation a vote to merge as an official union church of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Church in America. The congregations will vote separately following the morning service on Sun., Jan. 7. Absentee ballots will be made available, please be sure to sign and return to an elder or deacon.

DECEMBER AT GRACE: Share & Care—Congregation—share the JOY!
                                         Bulletin Board—Sheryl Muckey & Mary Van’t Haaff



Blood Drive: Mon., Dec. 18 If you could give the gift of saving 3 lives in return for 1 hr. of your time, would you do it? That is approximately how long it takes to donate a unit of blood: and that unit can save up to 3 people. United Blood Services will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church from 2-6 pm. Please consider donating!

Are you called to pursue gospel ministry? How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news!”  (Isaiah 52:7). Those members of a CRC congrega-tion within Classis Iakota who are feeling the call to pursue the Gospel Ministry within the Christian Reformed Church are invited to contact the Classical Ministerial Leadership Team about receiving various forms of support, such as orientation for seminary training, having a mentor, and obtaining financial aid. Contact Rev. Cory Van Sloten at by Jan. 1,2018

CRC Church Plant Update: Give God thanks for the progress in planting a fourth CRC on the west side of Sioux Falls. Rev. Peter Kelder of Resonate Global Mission has assessed the opening steps and encourages us to proceed; beginning in January 2018, Pastor Cliff Hoekstra will be working



Dec. 3—Bill & Wilma Vanden Hoek
—Darrell & Londa Vanden Hoek
—Trent & Abby Vanden Hoek

If you are unable to assist on the date scheduled, please trade
with someone listed and call Barbara for the bulletin (946-5806).