Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through
him all things were made; without him nothing was made that
has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all
mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has
not overcome it.
Christian Reformed Church
December 28, 2014
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came
as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him
all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a
witness to the light.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the
world. He was in the world, and though the world was made
through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that
which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all
who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave
the right to become children of God— children born not of natural
descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We
have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came
from the Father, full of grace and truth.
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the
one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we
have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the
law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son,
who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father,
has made him known.
John 1:1-18 NIV
Made into word art for the front cover.
Restoring all people to God’s living truth
and equipping them to passionately live it out!
Today we welcome Pastor Art Verboon from Maranatha CRC for
pulpit exchange. We are glad you are here and invite you to stay
for coffee and fellowship after the service!
Welcome and Prayer
Songs: Anthem for Christmas
Here I am to Worship
Song: Hosanna (Praise is Rising)
Confession and Assurance
Song: The Potter’s Hand
Children’s Message
Song: My All in All
Congregational Prayer
Thank Offering: Ebenezer Ministries
RiseUp House
Scripture: Isaiah 49:1-7
Message: Looking back: Was it a good year?
Song: May the Mind of Christ my Savior
Song: Never Once
2014 WEDDINGS & BABIES – At the New Years Day service we as
a church like to recap the previous year and would very much like to
show pictures all the babies that were born in 2014 as well as the
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CHARITABLE DONATIONS - Today is the last Sunday of the year
and therefore will be the last Sunday for charitable donations for
2014. The office will be open on Monday & Tuesday mornings
(9-noon) if you would like to drop by bring by any last minute
donations for the 2014 tax season. Thank you! Jenny
CADET BOTTLE DRIVE - Bring your bottles
this weekend! The Cadets will be rounding up
bottles for their bottle drive this Saturday, January
3 from 9am-12pm. Please either bring your bottles
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up! Thank you for supporting this awesome
CADET CALENDARS - the 2015 Birthday & Anniversary Calendars
are in everyone’s mailboxes. The suggested donation per calendar is the same as
last year, $15.00. We will be collecting
donations for the calendars after the
service on Jan 4, 2015. We will have 2
Cadets in uniform at the doors to the
sanctuary to collect donations. This is one
of two big fundraisers for the Cadet
Program. The money raised from the
calendar goes towards minimizing the
travel expense for the boys to go to the
International Camporee.
We will be starting a new season,
January 7, 2015. Join us each Wednesday at 9:30am
for a Women’s Bible Study, Storyhour Children’s
program, and Nursery! Invite your friends and
neighbours and come out for a wonderful time of
connecting with our Saviour and with each other!
along with the King's University and Inglewood CRC, invites you to a
presentation by Calvin College Physics professor, Dr. Loren Haarsma
at the King's University Thursday, January 15 at 7:30 pm. As modern
science sheds more light on human origins, the questions of the
historicity of Adam and Eve and original sin are generating much
discussion in our denomination. In his presentation, Dr. Haarsma will
summarize both the scientific evidence and the main points of
Christian tradition around humans as God's image-bearers, the
human soul, and original sin. He will also discuss several competing
scenarios for harmonizing long-standing Christian doctrines with
recent scientific discoveries. This is a free public event. For more
information contact Rick VanManen at [email protected] or
visit the CRC Campus ministry Facebook page.
Thank You to Our Volunteers
Ushers: Dennis VanBeek, Andrew Visser, John Taekema
New Year’s Day: Dennis Prins, Ruby Prins, Andy Lukas
Next Week: Frank Vande Kraats, Ted Koopmans, Dennis VanBeek
Greeters: John & Joyce Debbink
New Year’s Day: Henk & Hennie Groenewold
Next Week: Gary & Jenny Fiebich
Coffee Duties: Harold & Leona Hofstra, Rudy & Karen Gengler,
Tim & KerryAnne Hoogland
New Year’s Day: Scott & Jody Klooster, Josh & Michelle Klopstra,
Fred & Linda Knoppers
Next Week: Kurtis Horneman, Kyle & Gloria Horvath,
Matt & Leanne Klooster
Worship Team: Marianne & Team New Year’s Day: Joanne & Susan
Next Week: Alice & Team
Projection & Audio: Nicole & Mike New Year’s Day: Ted & Josh
Next Week: Wes & Pete
Serving Elder: Frank Vande Kraats
New Year’s Day: Josh Van de Kraats
Next Week: Pete Vlieg
Nursery: Supervisor– Christine Hofstra
Infants: Christine Hofstra, Michelle Opdendries, Bethany Groenewold
Toddlers: Christel Wakker, George Debbink, Esther Hoogland
New Year’s Day: Supervisor- Christine Hofstra
Infants: Johan Martens, Nicole Van de Kraats, Andrea Klooster
Toddlers: Janna Prins, Elizabeth DeWeerd, Sam Hoogland
Next Week: Supervisor– Laura Abma
Infants: Laura Abma, Josh van de Kraats, Isaac Meetsma
Toddlers: Jon Prins, Monique Tolsma, Josh Meetsma
Ministry Contacts
Church Office: Phone: 780-986-4119 Fax: 780-986-9797
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Bulletin Deadline: Thurs 12pm
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.ebenezercrc.com
the date of March 15, 2015 for our second classis prayer summit.
This will be a day to gather together as one body before our Lord
and enjoy inspirational worship, speakers, testimonials as well as
have opportunities to pray. Watch for more details and registration
in January. Stay tuned!
Monday & Tuesday 9am-12pm
Church Office will be open
New Year’s Day Service
Sunday (Jan 4)
10:00 am
Worship Service with Pastor Peter
-John 1:14
1st Offering - EBENEZER MINISTRIES - This offering is used to cover
the day-to-day expenses of the church, fund the various ministries at
Ebenezer, cover the salaries of staff, and contributes to the ministry
shares that we are committed to as members of Classis Alberta North
and the CRC Denomination.
2nd Offering - RISEUP HOUSE - Established in 2007 Riseup House
Society is an equipping and healing women’s outreach centre
responding to the reality of domestic violence and abuse. Riseup
House provides group support, counselling and resources for women
impacted by intimate partner abuse, and educates individuals and
community groups about preventing and responding to abuse. For
more info see riseuphouse.ca
New Year’s Day – EDU DEO MINISTRIES - EduDeo Ministries is a
Canadian, Christian, mission organization serving children in
developing countries with quality education rooted in a Biblical
worldview. Education is one of the most powerful instruments for
reducing poverty and inequality and lays a foundation for sustained
economic growth. The World Bank states that, "Among human capital
investments, education stands out as critically linked to poverty
reduction and improved productivity." At EduDeo, our goal is to take
this incredibly effective tool of education one extraordinary step
further and combine it with the transforming message of the Gospel.
Next Week - LEDUC FOOD BANK - The Leduc Food bank serves a
population of approximately 55, 000. Their mission is to promote
human dignity, bring surplus food together with people in need, lend
support to other agencies that care for those in crisis and develop
community awareness, co-operation and education. For more info
see leducfoodbank.ca
MARRIAGE VIDEO SEMINARS - Keep this date open and join
our 4 part Marriage video series “Laugh Your Way to a Better
Marriage” First evening Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 7:00pm. Other dates to be announced soon. The seminar features 4 sessions:
“Tale of Two Brains” - In this comical and informative session Mark
shows couples how many of their problems are the result of how
Men and Women THINK about life. He shows how most struggles
marriage are not the result of a HEART problem, but a HEAD
“The #1 Key to Incredible Sex” - In this session, Mark shows the
importance of sex in marriage while incredibly funny, Mark shows
how the sexual messages of our culture are fundamentally flawed
at best and destructive at worst. He then shows steps they can
take to achieving a great and healthy sex life, ending with the #1
Key to Incredible Sex.
“Why Does He/She Do That!?” - Mark Shows how to discover the
true reason why their spouse does what he or she does. A great
“stress reducer.”
“How to Stay Married and NOT Kill Anybody” - In this final session,
Mark shows how to avoid building resentment in your marriage and
the key to staying married for a life time.
Is the program appropriate for my teen/college age child? “People
always tell me ‘I wish I would have learned this stuff BEFORE I got
married.’ It is time we start preventing relationship problems –
not just fixing them.” Many parents have
expressed a desire for their young adults to
hear the information that Mark teaches about
relationships and sex, and Laugh Your Way is
happy to welcome them.
For more information contact Pastor Peter.