This Week at Calvin
For the Third Sunday of Advent Calvin Christian Reformed Church will continue our worship series on the carols of Christmas. This Sunday at 10:15 AM worship service, the carol "O Come, All Ye Faithful" has been chosen. In this well-known Christmas hymns, we are invited as God's faithful people to go to Bethlehem and adore Christ the Lord. We sing words borrowed from the Nicene Creed to express the Christian faith about the incarnation. "He is God of God, Light of Light eternal, Son of the Father, Word of the Father in flesh, and Christ the Lord. Rev. De Lapp's Sunday School class will be reading the lighting the 3rd candle of the Advent Wreath.
This is also Communion Sunday where all who are truly sorry for their sins, who sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as their Savior, and who desire to live in obedience to Him are invited to come with gladness to the table of our Lord this Sunday morning. As is Calvin's tradition, we urge all participants to contribute to the Christian Needs Center. Their needs include: canned vegetables )corn & green beans), canned fruit, pasta sauce )no noodles), granola bars, toilet paper, and bars of soap. These items are to placed in the blue barrel in the narthex and Dave Hector will deliver them.
This Sunday we have the privilege of having Jill Bomgaars lead us into worship with her euphonium. She will play "A Christmas Sonnet" for Euphonium and Piano. Her offertory will be a "Christmas Medley" including "Joy to the World", "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Away in a Manger". Jill will be joined by Patrick Visscher on the trumpet and Dave Davelaar on the tuba for the Christmas Carols to be sung by the congregation. Carols include the featured one this week "O Come, All Ye Faithful", "The First Noel", "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" and "Angels We Have Heard on High. Miriam Hector will accompany all on the grand piano.
The sermon this week will be based on the Gospel of Luke. Luke 3: 7 - 18. The Old Testament reading will be from Zephaniah 3: 14 - 20 and read by Dave Davelaar.
The Greeters this week will be Pete & Mary Attema, Coffee Servers - Fred & Glenda Vollink, Usher - John Klocksiem, Nursery - Elaine Van Otterloo, Sound System - Steve Ver Mulm and Power Point - Jeremy Kamp.
Our Sunday School classes meet again this week with classes for all ages at 9:00 AM. This year Calvin's Sunday School Classes decided to give their offerings to World Renew by selecting items from the Uzima Gift Catalog. Usima is a Swahili word that means "Full of Life". World Renew works for the whole person transformation in communities of poverty and that they many begin to experience the fullness of life God intends and His Plan of redemption. The Young Children's Group gave: 13 nutrition kits, 5 emergency drinking water, 2 Kindergarten starter packs, 1 herd, 1 friendship pack and 1 latrine. The Young Adult Group gave: 1 herd, 32 chickens, 5 adolescent health kits, 1 friendship pack, 1 nutrition kit 5 HIV test kits 1 latrine 11-acre farmer, 1 agriculture training, 12 free-a-family Southern Africa, 1 hygiene and sanitation. The Adult Group gave: 1-the best seller bundle which incudes 11 items from animals, sewing machines, wheelchairs and more, 2 ducks, 5 soybeans. Total offering given for Uzima gifts was $3500. Praise the Lord for all His abundance He has given us to share with those in need.
Mark your calendars to join Calvin in caroling to several nursing homes in Le Mars on December 23 at 3:30 PM.
We will conclude by gathering in the Fellowship Hall for soups and goodies. So whether you sing or not, please join us for some warm conversation and food.
Christmas Eve is always a special time at Calvin CRC at 5:30 PM. We mark the birth of our Newborn King with songs, scripture and candlelighting with all participants circling the sanctuary and passing the light of Christ to each other while singing Silent Night, now 200 years old. You will not want to miss this beautiful commemoration which will also witness a baptism that evening.
Calvin Church is located at 326 7th St SE or on the web at www.calvincrclemars.org.