190 Athlone Cres., Stratford, ON N4Z 1H9
Email:[email protected]
Minister: Pastor Martin Dam PH: 519-508-6193 Email: [email protected]
Clerk: Stan Puklicz PH: 519-662-2795
Email: [email protected]
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Sunday, November 16, 2014
“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” Ps. 103:1
We extend a warm welcome to all who worship with us today.
This morning we
celebrate the sacrament of baptism when Josh and LaDonna Boersma present William
Joshua, and James and Breanne Olbach present Creedence Nadine for baptism. We
extend a special welcome to family and friends who are here celebrating this occasion
and invite all visitors to join us downstairs for refreshments and fellowship after the
morning service.
This evening we celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. May each one
experience the love of God through his Son, Jesus Christ, in the power and presence of
the Holy Spirit.
9:10 – pre-service prayer
9:30 a.m. – Pastor Martin Dam
Gathering Song: “I Will Worship”
*Call to Worship: Psalm 103 (responsive reading)
*Silent Prayer
*Mutual Greeting
*Songs of Praise: “To the River”
“Hosanna, Praise is Rising”
Explanation of Baptism
Josh and LaDonna Boersma present William Joshua, and James and Breanne Olbach
present Creedence Nadine
Hymn “Blessed Assurance” PH #490
Children’s Message
(Children age 4 to grade 2 leave for Sunday school. Parents, including visiting parents,
must accompany their children to obtain their children's registration ID key tags).
Song: “Blessed Be Your Name” LUYH #343
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1-3
Sermon: “Blessed To Be A Blessing”
Song of Response: “10,000 Reasons” LUYH #559
Congregational Prayer
Offerings: 1. General Fund/Ministry Shares
2. Back to God Ministries
Offertory: “Beautiful Scandalous Night”
Offertory Prayer
Doxology: “Mighty to Save” LUYH #611
*Threefold Amen
(Please allow the Sunday School students and their teachers to leave first.)
*means stand if you are able
Praise Team
Serving Elder: Eric DeBoer
Hall Monitor: Anton Van Maar
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community’s worldwide using radio, the Internet and other technology. Our goal hasn’t
changed for more than 70 years: seeing people’s hearts transformed by God’s grace. In
some places media outreach is the only way they will hear the Gospel. Through media
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OUR CHURCH FAMILY Let us remember one another before the Lord as only He
can strengthen, comfort and give physical and spiritual healing.
- those who are unable to attend church Ella Bebingh, Bonne DeBoer, Tina Meindersma,
Ron Schelhaas, Gerrie Vanmeurs and Norma Wright
- Mike and Maria Post, Mike Walsh, Ava Stam, Ron Berg and Jeff Geleynse
DIRECTORY: Please make the following correction in the latest church directory.
Warner and Cathy DeWeerd’s email address [email protected]
PROFESSION OF FAITH CLASS: Pastor Martin hopes to start POF classes sometime
early in the new year. We’ll pick a date and time to meet once we know who is
interested, so if you’re interested, let Pastor Martin know.
6:30 a.m. – Pastor Martin Dam
This evening we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. If you are a communicant member in good
standing of a church that professes Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, if you love and
trust Him alone for your salvation, if you are truly sorry for your sins, and if you
sincerely desire to live in obedience to Him, we warmly welcome you to participate with
us in the sacrament
Call to Worship
Silent Prayer & Hymn of Response “I Love You Lord And I Lift My Voice”
*God’s Greeting
*Hymns of Praise:
“Just As I Am, Without One Plea” #263
“We Believe”
Pastoral Prayer
Offerings: 1. General Fund/Ministry Shares
2. Back to God Ministries
Offertory Song: “You Are My King/Amazing Love”
Scripture Passage: 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10
Sermon: “Why Does A Forgiving God Have To Send People To Hell?”
*Hymn of Response “I Know Not Why God's Wondrous Grace” #495
Celebration of Lord’s Supper
*Doxology “Be Unto Your Name”
*Threefold Amen
*means stand if you are able
Praise Team: “For Him”
Serving Elder: Eric DeBoer
Hall Monitor: Anton Van Maar
LARGE PRINT BIBLES are available on top of the credenza at the back of the
sanctuary for use during the worship service. Please return them after the service. If they
are not there, please speak to an usher. Also, there are extra regular print bibles on the
bottom shelf of that same credenza.
DEACON’S DINNER: The deacons will be having another deacon’s dinner this year on
December 5, 2014 in the fellowship hall in this church. Social will be at 5:30 with dinner
at 6:00 p.m. Please contact a deacon if you would like to attend.
SENIOR BIBLE STUDY: Our next meeting is scheduled for this coming Thursday,
November 20 at 10:00 a.m. We will start at Proverbs 8 and see if we can do chapters 8
and 9. Hope to see you then.
discussion sessions will lead parents through the key aspects of intentionally raising
children to live as disciples of Jesus. Growing in God’s Word, Growing in Prayer,
Growing in Faith and Growing in Community will be linked to the Sunday morning
sermons for four weeks. Through Biblical knowledge, educational theory and personal
experience, parents will learn, share, be encouraged and inspired to live their own faith in
a way that nurtures the faith of their family. The last session is Wednesday evening
November 19, 7-8:30 pm. For more information or to confirm your attendance please
contact Jane Sinden or Michelle Vander Wal ([email protected])
YOUTH GROUP is cancelled for next Wednesday November 19, 2014. We will have a
regular meeting again on Wednesday November 26, 2014. If you still have a Christmas
Box, you can contact Wynne Mosterd to make other arrangements.
LADIES CHRISTMAS DINNER!! There are many new faces in the congregation we
need to get to know! Please join us for a festive evening of fine dining and fellowship in
downtown Stratford. Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00, at the Annex Room (38 Albert
Street). Let Jessie Campbell know if you are attending by November 23:
[email protected] or through Facebook. Thanks!
TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION: The Cadets are again this year
selling Poinsettia's and also Christmas Planters and Christmas Centrepieces.
This fundraiser will enable us to buy crafts and also badge material for our cadets and
cover camping cost for our yearly camping weekend. It also helps keep our yearly due's
low, enables us to buy new tools and other supplies for the club.
Downstairs in the fellowship hall there are 2 papers with pictures of the poinsettia's and
Christmas Planters and Christmas Centrepieces. Please check them out so you can see
what is available this year. In the next two weeks a Cadet will call and ask if you
would like to support the Cadet club by buying a Poinsettia or Christmas Planter or
Christmas Centre piece. Thank you in advance, The Cadets and Counsellors
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: The Youth Group would like to invite the
congregation once again this year to participate in the following:
Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be
involved in a simple, hands-on project of Samaritan's Purse that focuses on the true
meaning of Christmas - Jesus Christ - God's greatest gift.
How it works: Each shoebox is filled by Canadians with hygiene items, school supplies,
toys, and candy, and is given to children regardless of gender, race, or religion. When
culturally appropriate, copies of a book entitled The Greatest Gift, which has been
translated into 130 different languages, are offered to children after the shoeboxes have
already been distributed.
There are boxes available just outside the deacon’s office along with pamphlets and
instructions. Please have the boxes filled and returned to the church by Wednesday
November 19, 2014 and we will make sure they are delivered to the drop off center in
Stratford. They can also be dropped off at the Gospel Lighthouse before November 23,
2014. Feel free to contact the deacons or Wynne Mosterd if you have any questions.
TALENT NIGHT: The Blyth CRC Youth Group is hosting a Talent Night (admission
by donation) on Thursday, December 4 at 7PM. All youth are invited to let your talent
shine, whether in singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, a skit, a special poem or reading,
musical instrument or anything else at all! Youth can search the event "Trillium's Got
Talent" on Facebook. There will be food and socializing as well afterwards. Come on out
and show us your stuff! Any questions? Message Laurina VanDorp on Facebook or email
Becky Bosma at [email protected]
FREE PIANO: The piano downstairs in the fellowship hall is looking for a new home.
If you are interested in having it, please talk to Tanya Duiker or a member of Music and
BROKEN GLASS: Please remember not to throw broken glass in the garbage. There is
a container in the kitchen beside the compost pails marked “Broken Glass”.
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Time: Brunch
Place: Fellowship Hall
Please see the sign-up sheets on the table below the community bulletin board. We need
quite a bit of help to make this run smoothly. This is a very practical outreach for our
neighbours next door. Thanks! Lykke Van Drunen
STRATFORD BASKETEERS: Once again, our church facilitated the collection of gift
baskets for women starting over in new homes; sometimes with children, sometimes not
after much personal and family turmoil. We also contributed two gift baskets from our
church. In these baskets were both practical and personal items. The baskets were
collected yesterday and will be distributed over the coming year when residents move out
of Optimism Place or the Emily Murphy Centre. Thank you. Lykke Van Drunen
SATURDAY MORNING BOOK CLUB: Two copies of "Malala" are in Lykke's
mailslot. Please help yourself if you need a copy. Our next meeting is Saturday,
December 6, at 7:30 A.M. at Lykke's.
The House of Blessing will be holding their Christmas Food Drive on Friday December
and would appreciate your help! If you are a high school student in need of
community service hours you can volunteer at either Zehrs or No Frills for two-three
hours between 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Please contact Rita, Volunteer Coordinator, at
519-273-3433 ext 204 or email: [email protected] Thank you!
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…”Matthew 25:35
Thank you so much to the many back yard gardeners who kept us supplied with
fresh produce this summer. We were so blessed by your generous donations of produce.
This month our top needs are: Canned Soup, Canned Fruit & Crackers
Did you know: We can use your plastic shopping bags. No need to send them to
recycling, we’ll use them in our Food Bank! Please send them to the House of Blessing
with your food donations
DUTCH SERVICE will be held in Ancaster Christian Reformed Church on November
30, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. Rev. John Klomps will be preaching.
FROM THE KITCHEN: Please check the trolley in the fellowship hall for kitchen
items that have been left behind Several groups have totes on the shelves in the kitchen
where they store their weekly supplies. Please respect this and use only the supplies that
belong to your program.
Note and Men of Praise are performing together and hosting a Christmas Concert at
Maranatha Christian Reformed Church 735 Frontenac Crescent, Woodstock on
December 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Come and enjoy an evening of Christmas music with us.
There will be a free will offering to support the work of The Lighthouse. For more
information contact Rob Datema at 416-535-6262 or [email protected]
Mon., Nov. 17 – 7:00 p.m. – Friendship Group
Tues., Nov. 18 – Community Meals – Team 2
Tues., Nov. 18 – 6:30 p.m. – GriefShare
Tues., Nov. 18 – 7:00 p.m. – Choir Practise
Tues., Nov. 18 – 7:00 p.m. – Deaconess Meeting
Tues., Nov. 18 – 7:30 p.m. – Consistory Meeting
Wed., Nov. 19 – 7:00 p.m. – No Youth Group
Thurs., Nov. 20 – 10:00 a.m. – Senior Bible Study
Thurs., Nov. 20 – 2:00 p.m. – Shuffleboard
Thurs., Nov. 20 – 7:00 p.m. – Cadets / GEMS
Fri., Nov. 21 – Double Room Reserved
Sat., Nov. 22 – Church Reserved Family Christmas Celebration
Sun., Nov. 23 – Church reserved between services
Tues., Nov. 25 – Community Blood Donor Clinic
Christmas Schedule:
Dec. 21 – 9:30 a.m. Service
– 6:30 p.m. Candlelight Service
Dec. 25 – 10:00 a.m. – Christmas Day Service
Dec. 28 – regular service times
Dec. 31 – 6:30 pm – New Years Eve
Jan. 4 – regular service times
Bulletin Announcements are due Thursday’s 7:00 p.m.
CAROLFEST: Come sing carols of the season and enjoy the music of the Stratford
Concert Band, Kinnaris Chamber Choir and mass community choir at this annual
community event. All proceeds go to the House of Blessing’s Children’s Christmas
Program. Saturday, November 29th, 2:00 p.m., Central United Church 194 Avondale
Ave., Stratford.
FREEZER NEEDED: We are now out of freezer space. The big freezer is filled with
Community Meals food and Friendship baking as well as some larger meals for sharing.
If you have a new or nearly new 1/2 size freezer that you can donate please do so! We
have a place arranged already! Natasha De Vries, Angela Oosterom, Lykke Van Drunen DEAR SUPPORTERS AND FRIENDS OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION! A new
school year has begun in the life of Stratford and District Christian School! We eagerly
anticipate God’s continued faithfulness at the school in this upcoming year. During the
month of October, we will be holding our annual Membership Drive and we invite you
to support our school community by becoming a member. Our annual Fall Membership
Meeting is scheduled for November 26th . For more information on membership please
Jeff VanderHeide 519-393-5520, Danielle Streutker 519-462-2443, Lydia de Freese
519-655 2485 for the Membership Committee Stratford & District Christian School
GROUNDWORK - God's Glory in the Tough Places: We often let circumstances
determine behavior: we’re happy when times are good but unhappy in tough times.
Unhappiness can prevent us from seeing blessings. In Exodus, the Israelites grumble and
complain against God. God’s initial reactions are surprising. Join the Groundwork
conversation each week: subscribe for free weekly emails at
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KIDS CORNER - Facing Giants: Liz and Lucille are drawn into a super adventure
story with two caped crime fighters. Giant challenges abound as Liz and Lucille work to
accomplish their own mission. Can the story of a little boy and five stones help everyone
get the job done? Follow the Kids Corner adventures of Liz and his pals every week:
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TEACH OVERSEAS - Students in Kyrgyzstan would love to learn how to speak
English and World Missions is now giving them an opportunity to do so. Love working
with students? Looking for international travel? Want to make a difference in the lives of
young people? Then check out this teaching opportunity! For further details see or contact [email protected]
Nov. 16: Jessica Ward, Ella Visscher – “A Little Jar Of Oil”
Nov. 23: Emily Puklicz, Jake Oosterom – “1,2,3,4,5,6,7”
Nov. 16: Janna DeWeerd, AJ Visscher – Lesson 11
Nov. 23: Janna DeWeerd, Alexis, Dayna Mulder – Lesson 12
Nov. 16: Natasha DeVries, Neeka DeVries – Lesson 11
Nov. 23: Natasha DeVries, Neeka DeVries – Lesson 12
Nov. 16: Breanna Algra, Owen Duiker – Lesson 11
Nov. 23: Breanna Algra, Lyric Huygen – Lesson 12
Nov. 16: Jessie Campbell, Evan Goforth – Paul’s Race, God’s Grace – Lesson 1
Nov. 23: Jessie Campbell, Joel Algra – Paul’s Race, God’s Grace – Lesson 2
COMMUNITY MEALS: Tues., Nov. 18 – Team 2
Nov. 16: Betty DeWeerd
Nov. 23: Wynne Mosterd
Nov. 16: Jason DeWitt, Kate DeWeerd
Nov. 23: Justan Van Maar, Jason DeWitt
Nov. 16: Rennie Duiker, Luke Puklicz
Nov. 23: Matt DeWeerd, John DeWeerd
Nov. 16: Herb & Jane Sinden
Nov. 23: Bert Tiemens, Gerald or Amanda VanderPloeg
Nov. 16: Upper – Wilma de Young
Downstairs – Charlie & Wilma VanderHeide
Nov. 23: Upper – Bert & Nellie Tiemens
Downstairs – Jouke & Wiepkje Zylstra
Nov. 16: Ken & Michelle VanderWal, Joel & Cara Puklicz, Theresa Talsma
Nov. 23: Hans & Jantje Scheele, Gary & Tamara Van Zandwijk, Mark & Michelle
Nov. 30: Mike VanderPloeg, Peter & Sandra Visscher, Greg & Yvonne Meinema
Happy Birthday!
Mon., Nov. 17 – Esther de Young
Wed., Nov. 19 – Jasmijn DeBruin
Fri., Nov. 21 – Hart Boersma, Mikel Molenhuis, Fran Timmermans
Sat., Nov. 22 – Rachel Olbach
I – Infants
C – Crawlers NC – Nursery Class
* Means you are to greet the parents in the nursery. Please show up 20 minutes before the
service begins
I - *Kari Puklicz, Dave Brouwer, Kirsten De Jong
C - Julie Huls, Cathy DeWeerd, Jasmijn De Bruin
NC1 - *Amanda Mulder, Dave Grieves
NC2- *Sandy Hiemstra, Wilma VanderHeide
Ed Talsma, Alexis Algra
I - *Cara Puklicz, Fran Timmermans, Tyler Meinen
C - Ada DeJong, Angela Oosterom, Nick De Jong
NC1 - *Ashley DeWitt, Lori Tiemens
NC2 - *Nancy DeBoer, Bryan Flikkema
Betty Van de Kemp, Melissa Schreuders
I - *Jenn Hummel, Joanne Horensma, Elora VanderWal
C - Gary VanZandwijk, Teresa Peachey,
NC1 - *Alix Boersma, Bonnie DeWeerd
NC2 - *Laura-Lynn DeWeerd, Rachael, Hiemstra
Corry Veening, A.J. Visscher
I – Infants
C – Crawlers NC – Nursery Class
* Means you are to greet the parents in the nursery. Please show up 20 minutes before the
service begins
AM I - *Amy Van de Kemp, Hilko VanTil, Alex Vanmeurs
C - Heather DeWitt, Pamela Bartlett, Marcel Scheele
NC1- *Christa Dennis, Macy Seigner
NC2 - *Erin Hill, Mark DeJong
Karen Goforth, Ella Visscher
I - *Emily Puklicz, Tamara VanZandwijk, Anna Tiemens
C - Janna DeWeerd, Rita Weima, Samuel Meinema
NC1 - *Monica DeBoer, Megan Mohr
NC2 - *Rebecca Damen, Justin Otten
Heidi Baarda, Rachael Hiemstra
I - *Amanda Olbach, Jessie Campbell, Tyler Dennis
C - Linda Mosterd, Joanne Boersma, Meighan VanMaar
NC1 - Emily Grieves, Lydia DeWeerd
NC2 - Marjorie Vanmeurs, Shawn Hummel,
Val Algra, Jordan Van de Kemp
Christmas Day
AM I - *Jessica Ward, Jackie DeBoer, Makayla Meinen
C - Bonnie DeWeerd, Jean Centen, Lyric Huygen
NC1 - *Rose Heida, Scott Campbell
NC2 - *Ida DeBruin, Dayna Mulder
I - *Karen Brouwer, Nick Huls, Tanner Meinen
C - Betty DeWeerd, Hilda Olbach, Seth Huygen
NC1 - *Marg Olbach, Angela Mohr
NC2 - *Lykke VanDrunen, Andrew Hill
Joanne Schreuders, Amy Baarda,
New Years Eve
Amanda DeWeerd, Sandy Hiemstra, A.J. Visscher
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: London District Christian Secondary School has
several employment opportunities:
Part-time Bookkeeper/Data Entry Clerk
Part-time Math Teacher- Semester 2
International Student Program Assistant
For details please see the LDCSS website at
WORLD RENEW ONTARIO YOUTH TEAM - World Renew is sending a 2015
March Break team of youth to help alleviate hunger in Nicaragua. Team members will
work alongside Nicaraguan community leaders building relationships, bridging culture,
helping with different projects, and growing in their faith and leadership skills. Does this
sound like the challenge you're looking for? If so, please contact
[email protected] for additional details.
FREE WEBINAR - Join us on Nov. 19 for "Listening Prayer" presented by Mary
Sterenberg. In this webinar you'll learn how to recognize the voice of God and what
comprises "listening prayer" while we explore some of the many ways God speaks in
scripture and still speaks today. For more details and registration for this free, one-hour
event visit
POSITION OPENING - The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA)
has a position opening for an Interim Editor in Chief of The Banner. This position is parttime and anticipated to be a 1 year appointment, summer of 2015 - summer 2016. For
additional information or to indicate your interest in being considered for this position
please send an email to Rev. Joel Boot at [email protected] by December 1, 2014.
PARLEZ VOUS FRANCAIS? - Are you also interested in food security, agriculture,
health and nutrition? Here's an awesome opportunity to come alongside WORLD
RENEW staff in Niger for 18 months! See your BA degree come alive with hands-on
experience as you bless others. A grant to support the volunteer's expenses is available!
Further details can be found at or contact [email protected]