Lord's day bulletin

For Oct 22, 2017

*Updated Saturday Mornings


Welcome to Phoenix United Reformed Church! 

Welcome to Phoenix United Reformed Church!  We extend a warm welcome to those visiting us today. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” Matt 18:20. Please join us for coffee and refreshments following the morning worship service. Visitors are always warmly invited to participate in our Sunday School classes, available for all ages, following our morning worship services.

Morning Worship — 9:30 AM

We are led in worship this morning by Rev. Michael Spotts. Among Protestants, the choice not to marry is often overlooked or viewed with suspicion. The Bible, however, affirms certain advantages which unmarried life affords. Jesus and Paul go so far as to commend celibacy, though cautioning that most are better of pursuing a marriage partner. In any case, we will consider a Christian view of singleness as more than a sub-par holding pattern, but a period of distinct devotion for the kingdom. An offering will be taken for the Christian Education (Tuition Assistance) Fund. 


Evening Worship — 5:30 PM

We will be led in worship this evening by Rev. Michael Spotts, looking at Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 4, Q&A 10&11. If God is merciful, why does he inflict judgment on people? Tonight we’ll consider the justice of divine judgment, its nature, and the effect which this knowledge has one Christian devotion.

Mission Trip Opportunity

Reformed Mission Services (RMS) has scheduled two foreign trips for the 2018 winter months. First, RMS plans to travel to the Dominican Republic where a team will be constructing a church building and assist with maintenance on other buildings in the Sabana Boya de Grande region of the DR. And secondly a trip to Costa Rica, where the team will assist the Tepeyac School prepare for the new school year both at the grade school and the newly finished high school building. We will also be helping out at the CLIR print shop with a variety of duties. If you desire to learn more about these trips and register, please go to www.rms.org/trips/international/. RMS is continuing plans for trips to Baja, Mexico, Peru, Haiti, and Puerto Rico (disaster relief efforts) and other trips for the upcoming winter season.

Reformation Day Celebration

Join us at 5:30 PM on Sunday, October 29th for a special evening service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation! In lieu of November SNACS, we will have dinner afterward in the PURC Fellowship Hall and Reformation-themed activities outside. Families are asked to bring a side, salad, or dessert. Are you a great baker? Please sign up to bring baked goods for a cake walk!  

Follow this link to sign up:


Visitors are always warmly welcomed to stay as our guests!

Ladies Bible Study

Hey busy ladies! Come as you are, no study or preparation needed to attend Ladies' Bible Study this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the church in the Council Room. We are using R.C. Sproul's Everyone's a Theologian. If you would like to get the book from Ligonier Ministries at ligonier.org and read ahead of time, please look at Parts 16 & 17. Treats and childcare provided! 



Upcoming Events:


9:30 AM Worship Service

11:00 AM Sunday School

5:30 PM Evening Worship Service


7:00 PM Elders Meeting


6:00 PM GEMS & Cadets

6:00 PM G.R.O.W. High School Group

6:30 PM Ladies Bible Study



Happy Birthday!

October 23--Aubrey M.

October 24--Michael S.

October 27--Lloyd G. & Seth H. 

Sunday School ’17-18

basic class Info:

The PURC Sunday Education year will begin on Sunday, September 10th, and go until May 13th, 2018.  Classes are available for children and adults, and a nursery is also provided. The Sunday School bell will ring at 11:00 am to signal the start, and will ring again at 11:45am to mark the conclusion. Parents are asked to pick up their children from the classrooms in a timely fashion.

Adult Ed. Season: Marriage & Family

Our upcoming adult education season is slated to begin September 10. Like last year, our Fall adult education season will revolve around a three month preaching series. The preaching series will cover various texts relating to Christian marriage - a timely subject not only for the church but the world. Our adult classes will then involve an informal and small group-based discussion of each sermon in the series led by Pastor Grotenhuis.


Classroom Breakdown & Teachers:

Adult Classes: Fellowship Hall
Led by: Rev. Grotenhuis

Music (Preschool-2nd Grade): Room 5
Led by: Mrs. Lanae Bruxvoort & Mrs. Irene VanHofwegen

Music (3rd-6th Grade): Sanctuary
Led by: Mrs. Kelsey Gross & Mrs. Helen Brons

Preschoolers (age 2-3, must be potty-trained): Room 5
Teachers: Ms. Anneke Moss & Mrs. Rebekah Sherwood

PreK/Kindergarten (age 4-5): Room 4
Teachers: Mrs. Peggy Shortridge & Mrs. Angela Bowman

1st & 2nd Grade (age 6-7): Room 2
Teachers: Mrs. Tiffani Hamstra & Mrs. Katrina Waardenburg

3rd & 4th Grade (age 8-9): Room 3
Teachers: Mrs. Megan Kuiper & Mrs. Kelsey Gross

5th & 6th Grade (age 10-11): Room 1
Teachers: Mr. Paul Sinkovits & Mr. Mark Liston

7th & 8th Grade (age 12-13): Room 1 (back room)
Teacher: Mr. Damien Lampel & Mr. Phil Woldt

9th & 10th Grade (age 14-15): Council Room
Teacher: Mr. Kelly Moss & Mr. Tim Byker

11th & 12th Grade (age 16+): Library
Teacher: Rev. Michael Spotts

Offering Schedule


AM Christian Education-Tuition Assistance Fund  

PM General Fund 

Oct 29

AMPURC General Fund 

PM Benevolence 

upcoming Special Offerings

October 29


November 5

Grace Reformed Church, Jersey City Church Plant

November 11

Providence Christian College & Benevolence

November 19

Hope Women's Center

November 23

Phoenix Christian School PreK-8

November 26

Providence Christian College



volunteer Schedule



AM — Asa Broek, Angela Bowman, Jennie Follett & Ella Broek

PM — Cindy Woudenberg, Macy Shafer, Sydney Shafer, & Samantha Byker

October 29

AM--Andrea Smith, Kasie Strengholt, Christine Holloway, Olivia Ward

 & Fiona Phillips

PM-- Dawn Gross, Melanie Danzeisen, Jenna Danzeisen & Brookelyn Danzeisen




Daniel Riley

Josh Verburg

Michael Woudenberg

Oct 29 

Calvin Kuiper

Gary VanHofwegen

Tom VanHofwegen




Gary & Irene VanHofwegen

Oct 29

Darrel & Diane Kuiper

Sound System


Peter Phillips

Oct 29

Tyler Gross



Denny & Sharon Mulder

Oct 29

Joe & Lisa Harding

Orders of Service

The Lord’s Day
Morning Order of Worship

October 22, 2017 9:30 am
Rev. Michael Spotts


God Calls Us To Worship

*Lifting Our Voices in Song:

         #184 “Now With Joyful Exultation” (Psa 95)

*Call to Worship & God’s Greeting

*Song of Response:

     #350 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

Time of Confession & Assurance of Pardon

God’s Will for Our Lives

Song of Assurance and Pardon:

#71 “I Waited For the Lord Most High” (Psa 40)                       

God Hears Our Prayer

Congregational Prayer (concluded with corporate “Amen”)

Offering & Offertory:  Christian Ed (Tuition Assistance)

God Declares His Will

Scripture: Matthew 19:10-12

Ministry of the Word: “Kingdom-Driven Continence”

*Song of Response:    #479:1-4 “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord”           

God Blesses Us

*The Lord’s Parting Blessing

*Parting Song of Praise: #479:5 “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord”


Postlude                                                   Pianist: Lisa Gross

The Lord’s Day
Evening Order of Worship

October 22, 2017 5:30 PM
Rev. Michael Spotts


O Come, Let Us Sing!

Lifting Our Voices in Song: #306 “O Praise Ye the Lord”

Prayer Thanksgivings/Requests                              (Psa 149)

*Psalm of Praise: “Psalm 54” (insert)

God Calls Us to Worship

*Call to Worship & God’s Greeting

*Our Corporate Confession: Apostles’ Creed (PH p.3)

*Confessional Response: #491 “Glory Be to the Father”

God Hears Our Prayer

Congregational Prayer

Offering & Offertory: PURC General Fund

God Declares His Will

*Song of Preparation: “Be Thou My Vision” (insert)

Scripture: Ephesians 5:5-6, HC Lord’s Day 4, Q&A 10-11

Ministry of the Word:  “Justice Is Required”

*Song of Response:

#325:1-2 “Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing”

God Blesses Us

*The Lord’s Parting Blessing

*Parting Song of Praise:

#325:3 “Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing”


Postlude                                              Pianist: Lisa Gross

Prayer Needs

Note: Because of its personal nature, the prayer section is password-protected. Members, please inquire with our Secretary, Liz.