Lord's day bulletin

For April 22, 2018

*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. Phil Grotenhuis, continuing in a series on “Discipleship”.

Evening Worship — 5:30 PM

Tonight, we will be led in worship by Rev. Michael Spotts. Previously, we've seen how the Gospel provides an immovable anchor for souls. Nevertheless, assurance can sometimes feel upset when bobbing on seas of subjectivity and sin. Through Peter's epistle, the Spirit exhorts you to gain the ballast of godliness and experience smoother sailing. It will be our privilege to celebrate the Lord’s Supper during the evening worship service.

Youth Group Fundraising Supper

Saturday April 21st, 5 PM. The PURC Youth Group Families are hosting a Fundraiser “GreekFest” Dinner (yes, we will have baklava) there will be amazing food and childcare provided by the youth group. Seating is limited, so RSVP today!

Transgenderism and the Gospel

 In the last decade, gender identity has been a much discussed and debated issue - one which the church has been encouraged to address through the gospel. Walt Heyer, a former transgender person and convert to Christianity, will speak to the adult education class Sunday, April 22 after our morning worship service. Come and hear Walt describe his former life, his conversion to Christianity, and how the church can minister to those who struggle with gender identity issues.

Cadet/Men’s Camping Trip

The 3rd Annual PURC Father/Son/Men’s Camping Trip will be held June 15-17 on the Mogollon Rim, north of Payson. Rev. Spotts will be along to conduct our Sunday worship service in the great outdoors! More details will be coming!

Ladies Bible Study

Meets this Week! Hey busy ladies! Come as you are, no study or preparation needed to attend Ladies' Bible Study this Wednesday, April 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 Sections 31 & 32. Treats and childcare provided! 

2018 VBS

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual PURC Vacation Bible School scheduled for the week of June 4-8! More details will be coming. If you are interested in helping, please contact Megan Kuiper. 

Graduation Announcements

Please send all graduation announcements to Liz at secretary@phoenixurc.org. Please include the students name, grade or degree achieved, and school. Thank you!

Upcoming Events:


9:30 AM Worship Service

11:00 AM Sunday School

5:30 PM Worship Service


7:00 PM Elders


6:00 PM GEMS, Cadets, G.R.O.W.

6:30 PM Ladies Bible Study







Happy Birthday!

April 22—Tanner Gross

April 24—Isaac Buys

April 25—Trevor Gross, Tiffani Hamstra & Janet Woldt

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.



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 Zuni Christian Mission School

PM PURC General Fund & Benevolence

APR 29

AM PURC General Fund 

PM Hope Women's Center

upcoming Special Offerings

May 6--Westminster Seminary CA

May 13--Phoenix Christian School PreK-8

May 20--GEMS International & Benevolence

May 27--Phoenix Christian School PreK-8





volunteer Schedule



AM Macy Shafer, Angela Bowman, Joni Verburg, Sydney Shafer & Anelyse Jordan

PM Diane Kuiper, Melanie Danzeisen, Katie Gross & Jenna Danzeisen

April 29

AM Heidi Jacobsen, Peggy Shortridge, Lauren Burns, Adri Verburg & Libby Liston

PM Rebekah Sherwood, Irene VanHofwegen, Cassidy Danzeisen & Regan Moss



Gary VanHofwegen

Tom VanHofwegen

Calvin Kuiper

Damien Lampel

April 29

James Liston

Stephen Smith

Paul Sinkovits

Tim Byker




Pete & Linda Hamstra

Apr 29

Denny & Sharon Mulder

Sound System


Tyler Gross

apr 29

Peter Perkins




Orders of Service

The Lord’s Day
Morning Order of Worship

April 22, 2018 9:30 am

Rev. Phil Grotenhuis


God Calls Us To Worship

*Lifting Our Voices in Song: #318 “Holy, Holy, Holy!”

*Call to Worship & God’s Greeting

*Song of Response: “Holy God, We Praise Your Name” (insert)

Time of Confession & Assurance of Pardon

God’s Will for Our Lives

Song of Assurance and Pardon: “Psalm 130A” (insert)

God Hears Our Prayer

Congregational Prayer (concluded with corporate “Amen”)

Offering & Offertory: Zuni Christian Mission School

God Declares His Will

Scripture: Genesis 32:22-32

Ministry of the Word: “Violent Grace”

*Song of Response: #388 “Rock of Ages, Cleft For Me”

God Blesses Us

*The Lord’s Parting Blessing

*Parting Song of Praise: #316:3 “Now Thank We All Our God”

Postlude                                                   Pianist: Joy Grotenhuis 

The Lord’s Day
Evening Order of Worship

April 22, 2018 5:30 PM

Rev. Michael Spotts

O Come, Let Us Sing!

Lifting Our Voices in Song: “All Authority and Power” (insert)

Prayer Thanksgivings/Requests

*Psalm of Praise: #37 “Amid the Thronging Worshippers”

God Calls Us to Worship

*Call to Worship & God’s Greeting

God Hears Our Prayer

Congregational Prayer

Offering & Offertory: General Fund

God Declares His Will

Scripture: 2 Peter 1:1-10, Canons of Dort, Head 1, Art 12, 16

Ministry of the Word: “Ballast on the Sea of Uncertainty”

God Feeds and Nourishes Us

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper (p156)

Lord’s Supper Hymn: #138 “In Sweet Communion, Lord, With Thee”

**An offering will be taken at this time for the Benevolence Fund

God Blesses Us

*The Lord’s Parting Blessing

*Parting Song of Praise: #492 “Glory Be to the Father”

Postlude                                                      Pianist: Joy Grotenhuis

Prayer Needs

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