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 Announcements - week of September 25, 2022

 

Reminder:  Children & Youth Ministries Team Meeting today after worship (by 11:30 AM) in the Fireside Room.  But first…   

            We asked and you answered!  We have been blessed with volunteers and we want to celebrate!  Join us after worship today for rootbeer floats in the Family Life Center. 😊

 

Student Ministries this Week… 

 

Offerings of the Day… 

Unspecified offering donations will be placed in the General Fund.                                       

 

Next Sunday’s Scripture will be Matthew 7:24-25.   

If you are new to Calvin and/or would like more information on a ministry and/or have a prayer concern, please take a moment to fill out a Connection Card located in the pew or at the Info Center and place it in the offering plate.           

Please remember to wear your nametag.  If you are in need of one, let Vickie in the office know (lanyard or magnet styles available). 

Children in Worship is for children 4 years old - 5th grade.  We meet downstairs in the Education hallway.  Our Classrooms open at 9:50 AM.  Parents, please bring your child(ren) downstairs to sign them in each week.  After church is over, come downstairs to pick them up or you may give us permission on the sign-up sheet to send them upstairs.   

Friendly Reminder:  Once Children in Worship is over this morning, the downstairs will be closed.  Kids are welcome and encouraged to play on the back lawn or in the gym under parental supervision.  Thank you for your help in communicating this to all our Calvin Kids.

Are you a volunteer for any of our Children’s Ministries?  If you answered yes, please check your mailbox.   There may be a Background Check form waiting for you.  If you received one, please take a moment to fill it out and return it to Courtney as soon as possible. 

We have had a difficult time finding leaders for Life Groups this fall.  We have decided to take a break until Spring 2023.  In lieu of Life Groups, we will be offering a Next Steps/New Membership Class this fall (more details soon).  Also, Coffee Hour with pastor will be offered on the last Monday of each month starting in October (October 31st). 

The Monday afternoon Bible Study of Matthew’s Gospel will meet this Monday (note change of day) at 1:00 PM.  It is held in the Fireside Room on the first and third Mondays of each month.  It will be streamed live on Facebook and will be available afterwards for those who are unable to attend or watch the live stream. 

Mom’s Bible Study:  Moms, join us at 1:00 PM (note time change) in the Family Life Center (gym) on Wednesday afternoons as we dig into God’s Word together.  Children are welcome to play.  See Sue Milkamp or Courtney Kingshott for details. 

Our next Widows & Single Ladies Luncheon will be on Thursday, October 13th at noon.  We’ll enjoy lunch and fellowship at Toast N Jam.  Please RSVP to Mary Lane (231-798-3545) by Monday, October 10th

Our sanctuary is equipped with an Induction Loop Assistive Listening System.  To utilize, please switch your hearing aid, cochlear implant or tactile device to “T” (Telephone) or you may need to contact your provider for assistance.

 

Opportunities to Serve 

Our next Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry Truck is Friday, September 30 at 5:00 PM.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Kathy Hoogstra (231-720-5487) or Nancy Mellema (231-750-1627) to sign up. 

The LOVE INC Household Pantry of Calvin Church began in March 2004.  Cornie & Trudi VanTol, with the help of Ric & Dee Scott and many other volunteers, have been managing this ministry for many years by keeping the shelves stocked, sorting and cleaning donated items, and scheduling volunteer workers.  Our funding comes from a variety of sources including Calvin Church, Muskegon Classis, Hearts & Hands, and the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce.  We often shop at local thrift stores and estate sales (when everything is half price) for important items like blankets, sheets, towels, dishes, pots and pans, small kitchen appliances, etc. and we often receive loads of donations from LOVE INC.  Every month, LOVE sends us five or six families who are in need of these items because they are starting over after a difficult divorce, an eviction, a house fire, or some other domestic tragedy.   The collapsed lung that slowed Cornie down recently raised one issue for us:  Who is prepared to take over when we can no longer do it?  If you’re interested in becoming involved a couple of hours a month, we’d like to talk with you.           Cornie 

The Deacons would like to start a list of drivers that would be willing to pick up/take home a shut-in(s) on Sunday morning(s) for worship.  If you are willing to serve in this way, please see any Deacon or let Vickie in the office know. 

Are you willing to share a story with our young ones?  Children’s Messages are a part of worship on Family Worship Sundays.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain.  Family Worship Sundays (No Children in Worship) are Communion Sundays… Holidays… Summertime.

 

Requested Announcements 

It's time to sign up for your Fall CSA at Community enCompass!  Now is the time to secure your spot in our Fall CSA!  This is a shorter 8 week share program.  We have Full and Half shares available.  A full share will get you a produce box every week for 8 weeks starting November 3rd.  A half share will be every other week.  Fall is the time of year where we grow some of our most flavorful veggies!  The Farm is asking for Your support so we can reach our goal of 20 shares and continue producing for the remainder of the year.  When you go to sign up you can select either a full or half share and you can choose the option to have veggies delivered to your house for a fee or pick up directly from the farm for free!  Use this link to sign up for Fall CSAs, make sure to select the Fall CSA options not the summer options...   http://www.communityencompass.org/mcgrows-csa-shop.  If you have any questions regarding the Fall CSA, please email: farmmanager@communityencompass.org.   

At-home Faith Formation Tip: What faith practices shape your life and the lives of the people who share your home?  “It’s easy for us to think that we create our habits, but our habits also create us.  The faith-forming things that we do together deeply affect the way we think and act.  Because of this, consistently committing to your faith practices as a family has a significant impact.”  —from Dear Parent: A Guide for Family Faith Formation, by Laura Keeley and Robert J. Keeley, available at FaithAliveResources.org.  (Tip from CRCNA Faith Formation; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

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