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Love Link · January 2008

Love Link

Dear Congregation, Another year has come and gone. They say time goes faster the older you get. I would vouch for that, but last night at supper even Sam, our 15 year old, said, "It seems like we just had Christmas, and now it's here again." We offered to let him skip it this year and wait until next year but, he wanted nothing to do with that. I don't blame him. Whether you are 15 or 55, it is hard to believe we are standing on the threshold of another year. I sincerely hope 2007 has been a happy year for you. It is my prayer that as you look back over the past twelve months you can trace god's hand in your story, leading through the joys and sorrows of the year to take steps toward becoming the person He wants you to be. Speaking of your story and god's hand in it, I want to give you a snapshot of where we are planning to go, god willing, in early 2008. January 6, the first Sunday of the new Year, we will ordain and install our newly-elected elders and deacons to their respective offices in our Consistory. I anticipate a grand kick-off to the ministry that lies ahead of us as we take a fresh look at the vision from god that must motivate and guide us. That day will lay the groundwork for the six weeks that follow. god willing, beginning January 13, we are going to experience an exciting emphasis called Life on Loan. This is going to be the time we dig into the powerful truth of how our story intersects with god's story. Did you know that you are writing a story? You write a few pages every day . . . by the choices you make . . . and the characters you meet. god is writing an even bigger story . . . a never-ending story. And your story is part of it. You and I only get one shot at this thing called life. We can live it for ourselves . . . or we can use it to serve others. We have no idea how long we will have to write our story. All that we have ­ our loves, our talents, our resources, our opportunities ­ is from god, and He is concerned with how we will use these to extend His grace to others. god has loaned us the lives we have. His expectation is that we would understand that fact and dedicate our lives to becoming an integral part of His timeless story. I am excited about this because it will be more than just a sermon series. Cookie and Louise, my partners in crime (that is, in god's vision for the ministry of CRC), are planning and praying about how to convey the dynamic message of Life on Loan to the children, youth, and adults of our congregation. I plan to use my final days of continuing education the week between Christmas and new Year to put the pieces together for this emphasis. Join us in praying and stay tuned for what we believe will be a great adventure to kick off 2008. One other important prayer request for you: at our December Consistory Meeting, after four months of praying, discussing, and consulting regarding our staff needs, the elders and deacons unanimously voted to use the finances committed to one Associate Pastor to hire a part-time Pastor to Senior Adults and a full-time (ordained or non-ordained) Director of Discipleship Ministries. More will be said about this in the future when we begin to solicit applications and initiate searches for both positions. In the meantime, we must all pray for god's leading!!! Thank you for a wonderful 2007. May god's mighty and loving hand lead us as individuals, as families, and as a congregation to discover and do His will in 2008. Have a Blessed new Year! Pastor Jim goldschmeding

This Issue:

Letter from Pastor Jim Consistory/Information, Etc. Servant's Page Birthdays \new Member Profiles Calendar

2008 Church Family Verse:

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (Life Application Study Bible)

Coopersville Reformed Church

Love Link · January 2008

Consistory

Consistory Highlights - Dec. 4, 2007 1. Baptism was requested for Kyle Reese Castenholz, son of John & Jeana Castenholz. 2. The Congregational Meeting will be held in the Activity Center. 3. Approval was given for the hiring of a part-time Pastor for Senior Ministries and a full-time Director of Discipleship.

Information, Etc.

The following information includes advertisements and reminders of upcoming church events. For more information or to include your ad in this section, please contact the church office at 837-8949, or email Bethany van Kempen at [email protected] Thank you!

2008 Directory

A new printed church directory will be prepared in January. If you have any changes in address, phone number, or family member listing, please call the church office (837-8949) by Tuesday, January 8. We would like to include all regular attenders; please let us know if you are not currently listed and would like to be.

All Church Leaders January Preaching Schedule:

January Preaching Schedule Jan. 6 Pastor Jim Jan. 13 Pastor Jim Jan. 20 Pastor Jim Jan. 27 Pastor Jim Orchard Hill Reformed Church will be hosting "Equipping god's People for Ministry" seminar, Saturday, February 23, 2008, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This will be a wonderful day of worship, workshops, food, fellowship, and an inspirational message by Jhonny Alicea-Baez. Orchard Hill is located at 1465 Three Mile Rd. nW in grand Rapids.

Reminder of Weather Policies

If a tornado watch, tornado warning, thunderstorm watch, or thunderstorm warning is in effect or issued up to an hour before church is scheduled, services or church activities are canceled. Other weather conditions: If classes at Coopersville Area Public Schools are canceled, church activities for that day and evening are canceled. If Sunday services or other special activities need to be canceled, listen to WFUR (102.9 fm), WCSg (91.3 fm), WOOD-Tv (Channel 8), or WZZM-Tv (Channel 13).

Family Mailboxes

Don't forget to check your family mailboxes in the lobby coatroom. Some of the items in the boxes have been there for some time. Mailboxes will be updated early in 2008. If you currently do not have one and would like one, please contact the church office (837-8949).

M4C

The M4C is having a mini retreat at Camp geneva entitled "Keep the Fire Burning." Reserve the dates of February 22-23, 2008. We will leave church at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and return home Saturday at approximately 4:00-5:00 p.m. Friday night dinner will be included, as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday. You will need to provide your own sleeping bag, pillow, and toiletries. Cost will be $55.00 per person. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Boom, Bill Busman, or Tim Wurm. A sign-up sheet will be in the lobby throughout the month of January.

Coopersville Reformed Church

Love Link · January 2008

Servant's Page

January Nursery

Jan. 6 9:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Jan. 13 9:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Jan. 20 9:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Jan.27 9:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Infant Toddler Infant Toddler Infant Toddler Infant Toddler Infant Toddler Infant Toddler Infant Toddler Infant Toddler Shelly visser, Evan vander Kolk Katie van Huis, Alyssa Draft Lynda Kuperus, Angela grit Jill Sparks, Hannah Kuperus Becky Smoes, Jesslyn Bolthouse Kelly Christian, Marie vander Jagt Rhonda Molendyk, Abby grit Julie Bukrey, Megan Haner Regina Cushway, Melaine Chapin Sara Maki, Amber Draft Pete Mast, Leah Beach Carmen Langlois, Olivia McBride Freida grotenrath, Julie vander Jagt Rachel Tibbe, Kaitlin Chapin Beth Mast, Angela grit Melissa Madison, Eric Langlois

January Greeters

January 6 January 13 January 20 January 27 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Jon & Shelly visser Charlie & Bonnie vander Kolk Randy & Coralee vandenBrink Robert & Katie McEachen

Contacts

FW Friends Children's Sunday School Sound System Senior Choir 9:00 a.m. Ushers nursery greeters volunteer needed Carol groenink Jack Quist Scott Struyk Rick Draft Melissa Madison JoAnn Boom 837-6661 837-8798 997-8606 997-6861 837-8685 837-8563

Coopersville Reformed Church

Love Link · January 2008

January Celebrations

Happy Birthday!

3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Bob Hoop, Rebecca Straley, Lynnae van Ryswyk Jenna van Klompenberg Kristen Zemaitis Jayda gum, Rebecca Hulst, Jesenia Jaimes, Deb Young Colton Bos, Steve Bush, Ashley vanZytveld Ron Berrington, Frank Kuperus, Kevin Mills, Diane Rozema, Dillon Tanis Seth Hulst Margaret Schaaphok, Todd Swifink Tara Bosch, Judith Bouwman, Bryanna Hecksel, Jacob Hill, Mary Hofstra, Mark Mol, nick van Ryswyk Brittany Bos, Amy Sitzer, Deb van Houten, vanessa Young norma Busman, John Korolewicz, Ron Kuperus, Kristen Stuck Karl Dyke Bethany Woudstra, Erika Zemaitis Kathy van Klompenberg Tom Harsay Heidi Swifink, Hunter Throop, Travis Throop Carolyn Boersma, Laureen Mayeaux, Kaitlyn Tibbe Julie Hill, Robert McEachen, Jeanette Meindertsma Kelsey Haisma, naomi Smoes Heather Doneth, Ausha gum Jerry Breen Louise Boom, Ida Wallinga Matthew DeYoung, Megan Koetje, Melissa Walthorn Tim Boersma Connie Clauson, Hal Heckel, Lynda Johnson, Owen Schoolcraft Kalene Sietsema

If you would like your birthday included or deleted in the Love Link, please call the church office or leave a note in the Love Link mailbox. Thank you!

Coopersville Reformed Church

Love Link · January 2008

Welcome New Members

A little description to help us get to know them

Tim, Carolyn, Luke and Maria Boersma:

Tim and Carolyn live in Spring Lake. Tim works at Peninsular Securities and Carolyn is employed by Spring Lake Township.

Jason Bos:

Jason son of lives in Coopersville and is a student. His hobbies are cars, skateboarding and snowmobiles.

Ryan Bos:

Ryan lives in Coopersville. He installs HvAC systems for Lamphear Service. Ryan's hobbies include: snowmobiling and raising beef cattle.

Sharon, Megan and Shannon Haner :

Sharon and Michael live in Coopersville. Sharon is employed by the Prosecutor's Office of Ottawa County and works as a victim advocate. Sharon's hobbies are camping, canoeing, boating, movies and volunteering. Sharon and Michael have two children Megan, 13 years of age and Shannon, 8 years of age. Family interests include camping, vacations, boating and hanging out with friends and family.

Audra Klocko

Audra is a resident of Conklin. She is a pediatric critical care nurse at Helen Devos Children's Hospital. Here interests are spending time with Ryan, family and friends and camping. Larry and Amy live in Hudsonville. Larry is a police officer and Amy is a spanish teacher. Their interests include hunting, fishing, running, travel and spanish. They have a beautiful daughter Elliana who is 5 months old. Jim, Sue & family live in Conklin. Sue is self-employed and owns Blind Ideas - window treatment Sales & Services. Here interests are camping, reading and shopping. Jim's hobbies are hunting, fishing and wrestling. Jim and Sue have 3 children. Corey; 18 years of age, Eric; 15 years of age, and Alex; 13 years of age. Lindsey is the daughter of lives in Coopersville. She is a student and loves to babysit and play softball. Steven is the son of lives in Coopersville. He is a student and enjoys to hunt, play baseball, football and weight lifting Tonya and Eric live in Coopersville. She is a domestic engineer. She enjoys reading, walking and drawing. They have two children Shelby; 14 years of age and Alijah; who is 1 year old. Their family likes any kind of sports.

Larry, Amy, Elliana Matzen Jim & Sue Melinn

Lindsey VanDenBrink Steven VanDenBrink Tonya Wilson

Coopersville Reformed Church 423 West Randall Street Coopersville, MI 49404

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Mission Statement

The mission of Coopersville Reformed Church is to be a: Christ-Centered People Reaching Up and Reaching Out Changing the World One Life at a Time!

Church Staff

Jim Goldschmeding, Pastor email: [email protected] Phone: 837-8949 ext. 103 Cookie Speet, Director of Children's Ministries and Kids Hope USA · email: [email protected] Phone: 837-8949 ext. 107 Louise Boom, Director of Youth email: [email protected] Phone: 837-8949 ext. 104 Carol Riemersma, Secretary email: [email protected] Phone: 837-8949 ext. 100 Kristi Koetje, Assistant Secretary email: [email protected] Phone: 837-8949 ext. 102 Bethany Van Kempen, Love Link Editor email: [email protected] Jerry Bos, Custodian · Phone: 837-8949 ext. 101 Beth Mast, Treasurer Scott Struyk, Senior Choir Director Stan McGuire, Worship Leader

Don't Forget

9 a.m.

Spirited Traditional Service

10:15 a.m.

Sunday School

11:15 a.m.

Contemporary Service

Upcoming Dates

Installation of Elders/Deacons

Jan. 6, 9:00/11:15 a.m.

January 8, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Consistory Meeting

January 2008

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