Month: August 2017

Weekly Announcements

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Every Sunday
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.

Every Tuesday
Pub Theology 7:30 p.m. @ The Livery

Every Wednesday
Food Pantry Open 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bible Study and  Prayer 10:00 a.m.

Every Thursday
Food Pantry Open 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Prayer 5:15 p.m.
Community Supper 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, August 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. — Worship ~ Pastor Deborah preaching
After Worship — RELAX with an outdoor, water-spray, painting activity.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
7:00 p.m. — Open Wide Major Gifts Team meeting at church.

Sunday, August 20, 2017
10:00 a.m. — Worship at the Beach / Lion’s Park ~ Pastor Deborah preaching
After Worship —  Potluck Meal

Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:00 p.m. — Choir practice at Isabel Jackson’s home.

Sunday, August 27, 2017
10:00 a.m. — Worship ~ Pastor Deborah preaching, her last Sunday here
Featuring our choir, Rev. Tamber Bustance and Erica Curry Van Ee in dance, and special musical guests.
After Worship —  Explore dance worship with Tamber

This is our focus for the month of August!

August 13 – Relax with an outdoor,  water-spray, painting activity. The finished product will be used to create flags and decorate Goff Hall for the Art Auction.

August 20 – Refresh! We’re at the beach where water renews, water revives & water refreshes. We will circle up for an Agape Feast in which everyone will be blessed prior to our potluck meal.

August 27 – Rejoice! Pastor Deborah’s last Sunday will be a celebratory service with the choir, special musical guests, and Rev. Tamber Bustance and Erica Curry Van Ee in dance. We will praise God for His goodness and offer thanks for such a blessed summer with all of you! Following service, Tamber will offer a ‘dance studio’ in the sanctuary for you to explore dance movement as a form of worship. Children & adults are encouraged to engage in this activity. The cost for all of this is minimal which allows you to schedule a larger spiritual renewal activity with Pastor Laurie in September if you like with the designated Sabbatical funds.


CHOIR IS BEGINNING!  Practice is at Isabel Jackson’s home Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m.  Please bring a dish to pass and your choir folder.  Please see Isabel for directions.  We sing Sunday, August 27.   Our regular practice times are Thursdays at 6:30 and Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.  Please join us.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Benton Harbor Schools Back to School Bash and Community Fair is August 22, 11:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.  To volunteer contact Julie Earle at (269) 519-0965 or  To help give away books at the Bash contact Martha Momany at (269) 930-7543. More details on bulletin board.

OPEN WIDE OUR FRONT DOOR  A $10,000 contribution is coming this month from a church family, and a $1,000 contribution from a non-church family who was asked by our Major Gifts Team. Great Lakes Urban ministry gave “Open Wide” $300 after Great Lakes staff member Dave Kool and a work group stayed at the church. The total of pledges and cash in hand now stands at around $433,300, or $11,300 more since our last update. We are about 62 percent of the way to our goal of $700,000. We plan to end fundraising by next spring.

THANK YOU SUMMER MUSICIANS To all the summer musicians who have added so much to our worship, THANK YOU!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED We are collecting school supplies for Benton Harbor Schools.  Suggestions: glue sticks, tissues, hand sanitizer, copy paper, pencils, scotch tape, Clorox wipes, sets of colored pencils, boxes of 24 crayons, dry erase markers.

OPEN WIDE ART AUCTION  Consider sponsoring a table at the Art Auction on October 21 to help support our Open Wide fundraising.  Sponsors will be recognized on a placard at the designated table.

MORTON HILL BLUFF CLEAN-UP  We have a tentative plan for a clean-up day for the Morton Hill Bluff on Thursday, Sept 14.  The City of Benton Harbor will supply workers and equipment and Andrews University students, and others, will provide volunteer efforts.  More details forthcoming pending Session approval.

THE LEAF CAMPAIGN  David Baker, George Barfield & Lois Peeples are creating a permanent tree display of donations from 2015. YOU CAN STILL BUY A LEAF with your name on it or in memory or honor of someone. Donations to “OPEN WIDE.” Gold leaves are $100, silver $50, & copper $10. Forms in narthex!

FALL WOMEN’S RETREAT  Women, MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We will have the chance to go on retreat with the women from Westminster in Grand Rapids on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7. The Rev. MaryAnn McKibbon Dana, a leader in our denomination and a really cool woman, will be leading the retreat and is being funded by our own Lilly Grant. The retreat will be at Camp Henry and scholarships will be available. THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN and REFRESHING!


“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.


Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.