Lord's day bulletin

For November 19, 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. Phil Grotenhuis. Upon occasion, Christians will bemoan the loss of children to the world but this is nothing new. Psalm 78 provides a centuries-long record of the loss of generations due to the failure of our ancestors to pass the baton of faith. Reacting to this history, the psalmist encourages us as parents: stop the bleed. Holistically engage your children with the gospel by feeding their minds, forming their hearts, engaging their memories, and inspiring their wills.

Evening Worship — 5:30 PM

We will be led in worship this evening by Rev. Michael Spotts; continuing a study on the Heidelberg catechism, Lord’s Day 6. Tonight, we turn to the development the Gospel promise among the Patriarchs. We’ll find that in addition to receiving explicit news concerning the Seed of salvation, Abraham participated in an amazing display of God’s redeeming plan. This revelation of Christ from afar continues to stir our wonder and faith. Join us at 5:30 PM.

Membership Course

A Fall Membership Course is being offered by Pastors Grotenhuis and Spotts for all those who are interested in becoming members at PURC. The course will be offered on two consecutive Saturday mornings: November 25 and December 2 from 9-am-12 pm at the church. Coffee and bagels will be provided. Course selections offered: the meaning and importance of church membership, fundamentals and distinctives of the Reformed faith, URC church history, select portions of the URC church order as well as matters relating to PURC's beliefs, ministry, and mission. If you are planning to attend, please contact Pastor Grotenhuis: 

Thanksgiving Day Service

There will be a worship service Thanksgiving day, November 23rd, beginning at 10 A.M. An offering will be collected for Phoenix Christian School PreK-8. "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (I Thess 5:13).

Annual Cadet Hike

All men & boys are invited to join the PURC Cadets for the annual post-Thanksgiving hike this Saturday, November 25th. This year, we will be hiking a trail on Piestewa Peak. We will meet across from 302 Trailhead parking 5994 E Squaw Peak Dr. Parking at 1st parking lot on right side, inside the park at 6:30AM. The hike is 1.2 miles up hill, moderate to difficult rated.  Maps will be available Sunday.  If you have any questions, please see Craig Phillips.

Drive for Hope Women’s Center

Hope Women's Center is currently in need of gently used Women's Clothing. If you have any items you would consider donating, please bring them to PURC in the next few weeks. HWC is also always in need of paper products (paper towels & toilet paper) as well as hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash, razors, deoderant, toothbrushes & toothpaste, etc.  These items can also be brought to PURC. 

Holiday Choir

Come join our Seasonal Choir as we prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Practices are Sunday evenings, following the evening worship services. We will be singing during the Thanksgiving Day service, as well as the Lessons & Carols service, December 24th. Anyone high school age and up is invited to join! Please email or contact Joy Grotenhuis with any questions.

Homeless Project

PURC youth group will be serving the homeless on December 23rd with Dave Bennett. Please RSVP to tiffani.hamstra@yahoo.com if you are able to join us. We will be collecting used clothing, socks, blankets and toiletries in the boxes at the back of church for our homeless service.



Upcoming Events:


9:30 AM Worship Service

11:00 AM Sunday School

5:30 PM Evening Worship Service


6:30 PM Rooted


10:00 AM Thanksgiving Day Service


6:30 AM Cadet Hike 






Happy Birthday!

November 17—Suzanne L.

November 18—Calvin K.

November 20—Gregg M.

November 21—Claire G.

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 Hope Women's Center

PM PURC General Fund 

Nov 26

AM PURC General Fund

PM Providence Christian School

upcoming Special Offerings

November 23

Phoenix Christian School PreK-8

November 26

Providence Christian College

December 3

Rehoboth Christian School

December 10

Crisis Pregnancy Center

December 17

Mission India

December 24

Crisis Pregnancy Center

December 31

Phoenix Rescue Mission




volunteer Schedule



AM Anneke Moss, Lauren Burns, Katie Gross & Ruth Sherwood

PM Gail Danzeisen, Diane Kuiper, Cerys Phillips & Jenna Danzeisen

November 26

AM Rebekah Sherwood, Macy Shafer, Jennie Follett, Sydney Shafer & Olivia Ward

PM Ann Memmelaar, Lanae Bruxvoort, Kara Verburg & Fiona Phillips




Daniel Riley

Josh Verburg

Mike Woudenberg

Nov 26

Calvin Kuiper

Gary VanHofwegen

Tom VanHofwegen




Paul & Tiffani Hamstra

Nov 23

Ingrid Irvine & Damien Lampel

Nov 26

Gary & Irene VanHofwegen

Sound System


Peter Phillips

Nov 26

Tyler Gross



Denny & Sharon Mulder

Nov 23

Nicol Phillips & Rob Burns

Nov 26

Paul & Tiffani Hamstra 

Orders of Service

The Lord’s Day
Morning Order of Worship

November 19, 2017 9:30 am

Rev. Phil Grotenhuis


God Calls Us To Worship

*Lifting Our Voices in Song: #324 “God Himself Is With Us”

*Call to Worship & God’s Greeting

*Song of Response: #298 “I Will Extol Thee, O My God”

Time of Confession & Assurance of Pardon

God’s Will for Our Lives

Responsive Reading: Psalm 130 (insert)

Song of Assurance and Pardon:

“Come, My Soul, Bless God Your Maker”               

God Hears Our Prayer

Congregational Prayer (concluded with corporate “Amen”)

Offering & Offertory: Hope Women’s Center

God Declares His Will

Scripture: Psalm 78:1-8

Ministry of the Word: “Remember Ulrum”

*Song of Response:         “Tell Your Children” (insert)         

God Blesses Us

*The Lord’s Parting Blessing

*Parting Song of Praise: “Doxology” (insert)

Postlude                                                   Pianist: Lisa Gross  

The Lord’s Day
Evening Order of Worship

November 19, 2017 5:30 PM
 Rev. Michael Spotts


O Come, Let Us Sing!

Lifting Our Voices in Song: “Glory Be To God the Father”

Prayer Thanksgivings/Requests                              (insert)

*Psalm of Praise: “Psalm 67b” (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: General Fund

God Declares His Will

*Song of Preparation: “I Have No Other Comfort” (insert)

Scripture: Galatians 3:8-9, Genesis 22:1-19 HC Q&A 19

Ministry of the Word:  “Patriarchal Promises”

*Song of Response: #190 “Sing a New Song to Jehovah”

(Psa 98)

God Blesses Us

*The Lord’s Parting Blessing

*Parting Song of Praise:

#493 “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”


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.