North Street
Christian Reformed Church

deeply rooted • ever growing • bearing fruit



December 8, 2019


Morning Worship Service

9:30 AM


Message by Rev. Shaun Furniss

“The Angels Of Advent:

The Angel Appears to Mary”

Luke 1:26-38


Evening Worship Service

Prelude-5:20 PM; Service-5:30 PM


Message by Rev. Shaun Furniss

“The Birth Of Our Savior”

Luke 2:1-78






Sunday – December 8 – Second Sunday of Advent

9:30 AM    Morning Worship Service-Communion

                    Coffee Fellowship

10:45 AM  Sunday School/Catechism (’til 11:45 AM)

12 Noon    All Church Potluck Dinner

4:00 PM     Adult Choir Rehearsal – ‘The Grove’

5:20 PM    Prelude/Evening Worship Service

                    Christmas Program

                    NO Children’s Worship tonight

7:00 PM     High School Youth Group Meeting

                      Meal provided by Al & Sue Arendsen Family

Monday – December 9

7:00 PM     Congregational Meeting

                    Council Meeting to follow

Tuesday – December 10

6:30 AM    Elder Prayer Time

3:45 PM     Worship Planning Meeting

Wednesday – December 11

(GEMS/Cadets meet from 6:45-8:30 PM)

6:30 PM    GEMS Mtg. (girls 2-8th grades)

                    Christmas Caroling Night

6:45 PM     Jr.Cadets/Cadets (boys 2-8th grades)

8:45 PM     7th & 8th Grade Counselors’ Corner Mtg.

7:00 PM     Bell Choir Rehearsal – ‘The Grove’

Thursday – December 12

6:30 AM    Men’s Bible Study – Council Room

7:00 PM     Women’s Christmas Dessert Social





Dec. 15       Pastor Scott Geurink – PM Service

Dec. 15       H.S. Youth Group Meeting

Meal provided by Mark & Sharon DuBois Family

Dec. 16       Elders/Deacons Meetings

Dec. 18       GEMS/Cadets Christmas Party Night

Dec. 19       Dorcas Bible Study – Lesson #4

Dec. 20       Free Night of Babysitting

by Middle School/High School Youth Groups



Mark & Sharon DuBois Family:  Please join us in praying for Mark & Sharon’s nephew Liam, who is scheduled for heart surgery on Monday, December 9, to address his congenital heart disease.  We pray also for Liam’s parents, Dale & Laura, as they care for their son.


Caleb Lucas (8 year old son of Curt & Jamie):  We give thanks to the Lord that a recent visit to the doctor revealed that Caleb is responding to his immune treatments.  We are thankful for his progress and pray for continued progress.


Henry Meppelink:  We rejoice with Henry & Anna at the results they received this past Tuesday when they were told that Henry is approved to have surgery to repair his leaking abdominal aortic aneurism stent.  As preparations are made, we pray that this would be a successful surgery for Henry.


Shirley Nagelkirk:  Please keep Shirley & Pep in your prayers as they received the news that a mass found on Shirley’s kidney is cancer and is inoperable.  As she awaits further scans to determine if the cancer has spread, we pray that she would be able to return home this coming week after a stay at Heritage Rehabilitation.


Kristin Sterk:  We are thankful that after receiving heart ablations this past week, Kristin has experienced fewer irregular heartbeats.  Even though this procedure did not remedy the problem as they had hoped, we are thankful for the progress and pray that these irregular heartbeats will subside.


Council Member of Focus:

Elder of Visitation, Jim Staat, Sr.






Beautiful Gate in Lesotho, Africa, provides care for babies and orphaned children.  Their main emphasis has been on reaching children in crisis situations.  Check the website for more information.





Offering Schedule:

Dec. 15:  AM   Good Samaritan Center

              PM   North Street CAP


The Executive Committee requests that our greetings to each other be verbal only to prevent the spread of illness this winter.  We will continue to have greeters verbally welcoming at the doors, and the Elders doing likewise at the exits following the services.  Please make an extra effort to be friendly to our guests during this time.


A Congregational Meeting will be held tomorrow evening, December 9, at 7:00 PM.  The Agenda for the meeting is the Budget for 2020 and Introduction of Summer Internship.  Absentee ballots are available from Stephan Hilbelink, Council Clerk.


The total amount received from the Thanksgiving Day Collection was $20,547.50.  A breakdown of the amount received for each cause/agency will be listed in the next issue of ‘The Reflections’.


Pastor Scott Geurink will lead us in our Evening Worship Service on Sunday, December 15.


Please Note:  All receipts for reimbursements or invoices to be paid for 2019 must be turned in by Thursday, December 19.  Please place these items in the Treasurer’s mailbox.


The Elders approved the request of Amy Kraai for the transfer of membership for her and her children, Carter and Greyson Postema, to The Foundry Church in Zeeland.  May the Lord bless them in their new church home.





A Church Christmas Potluck Dinner will be held today at 12 noon.  Please join us for a time of food and fellowship (even if you forgot to make a dish to pass).  There is always plenty of food to go around!


Ladies:  Join us this week Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7:00 PM for a Christmas Dessert Social.  Put your name on the list at the ‘Sign-up Station’ in the Narthex.


GROW Groups will meet next week Sunday, December 15.  Emily Romero, with Jubilee Centers International, will be with us to share updates on their ministry in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

On January 5, Jessica Dumea, with Wycliffe Translators in Romania, will be with us to share updates on this ministry.





Paul’s Missionary Journeys in Greece (April 2-14, 2020):  Travel by motor coach (8 days) and cruise ship (3 days) to sites connected with Paul’s 2nd and 3rd Missionary journeys, as well as visit other major sites of Biblical, archaeological, and cultural interest.  Jeff Weima, Professor at Calvin Theological Seminary and leading Pauline scholar, hosts this inspirational tour.  For more information, visit, or contact Dr. Weima (616.328.3100) or


The IRBC (Institute for Reformed Biblical Counseling) Reformed Family Services Marriage Retreat is returning to Michigan on January 10-11, 2020.  This event will again be held at the picturesque Shack Lakeside Log Lodge & Country Inn (White Cloud, Michigan).  The theme of the week is ‘The Meaning of True Love In Marriage’.  For more information and registration, visit  Registration deadline is December 17.


Save The Date:  Cornerstone URC’s 24th Annual Women’s Conference to be held March 13 & 14, 2020.  The conference will feature Julie Murphy; the topic is ‘Contrary to Popular Opinion: Personal Holiness’.  Contact Cornerstone URC (616.669.2190) or visit for more information.





We’re glad you are here.  Please find information about our church & a Guest Book for you to sign at the Welcome Center in the Narthex.

The Worship Services are projected in ‘The Fireside Room’ and ‘The Grove’ for those unable to worship in the Sanctuary.

Song Packets are available at the entrances of the Sanctuary.  Please feel free to pick up a copy if you have difficulty seeing the projection screen.

Children’s Worship meets during the Evening Worship Service, for children ages 3 through Kindergarten.  Children’s Worship Dismissal takes place following the Offering/Offertory, exiting the Sanctuary through the front door.  Parents, please come to the Children’s Worship Room (Room #1) after the Service to pick up your children.





Marlin Vis lives at Grace of Douglas in Douglas.


Cheryl Kroll lives at MediLodge in Holland.





The Outreach Committee would like to “Thank the Congregation for your continued support of the ‘Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Program’.  We filled 98 boxes this year (just short of our goal of 100 boxes).  We pray that the children who receive the boxes are blessed and may come to know the Lord!”


Allyn & Betty Kroll would like to “Thank our Church Family for all the love and support that you have given us in the passing of our grandson Keaton!!!  Thank you for your prayers and for your cards!  We have a journey ahead of us, but we know God is with us!  We are so blessed by our Church Family!”





Little Lambs Choir (threes–1st grade) will practice in the Sanctuary this morning for about 20 minutes.  They will then go to their classrooms for the remainder of the Sunday School time.


Children’s Choir (2nd–5th grades) and Middle School Students will practice in the Sanctuary this morning the entire Sunday School time (10:50-11:45AM).


The Sunday School Christmas Program will be a part of our Evening Worship Service.

                    Prelude:  Several students are playing for our Prelude this evening, beginning at 5:20 PM.  Please be seated by then and enjoy the musical selections they have practiced and now share with us!

                    The Little Lambs Choir (threes-1st grade) will sing at the beginning of the Service and then go sit with their parents for the remainder of the service.

                    The Children’s Choir (2nd-5th grades) and Middle School Students will sit in ‘The Grove’ during the Worship Service and come into the Sanctuary for their portion of the Program.

                    Parents of Little Lambs Choir (threes – 1st grade):  please come with your child to your child’s classroom after the Program.  The teachers have a gift to give each one of their students!