Don’t Miss This at Celebration!

Related imageHAWAIIAN SHIRT SUNDAY
We never have a dress code at church but on July 29 we strongly suggest you wear a Hawaiian shirt to celebrate summer!  Ask a friend if you don’t have one.  Grandpas always have one in the closet!  We will have ice cream sundaes after the service to add to the fun!

UNITY FEST—DAY ZERO
On August 8 the gates at Heritage Landing will open for the start of Unity Fest!  Show up at 5:00PM or earlier if you want to save a place for the group.  Bring money for food but entry is free!  All of Celebration and your friends are invited to enjoy David Crowder, speaker David Palau, and other musical guests.  The night will end around 10:30PM.  This is one of the coolest times you will have all year!  Don’t miss it!

FINISHING WELL
The new Children’s Area is almost done!  Take a tour to see what it will look like: Tiki Hut sign in, coffee bar in the Fireside Room, and cabinets in the Oasis and Children’s Nursery!  We are only $6500 short of completing the project!  Please send in your pledges or prayerfully consider financially supporting the project as we seek to finish well.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
July 20, Play to Learn Class, 10:00AM in the Fireside Room
July 23, Couples Small Group Bible Study, 6:30PM in the Fireside Room
July 24, Pray for Muskegon
July 25, Baby Basics, 10:AM in Fireside Room
July 25, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
July 29, Hawaiian Shirt Sunday
Aug 8, Unity Fest- Day Zero
Aug 26, Summer Ending Hot Dog Roast

 

PRAYERS

  • Praise God for Kennedy Bergman getting baptized this past Sunday!  May God bless you as you continue to follow him!
  • Praise God for a good recovery for Roger Doctor (Brenda) from double knee replacement.
  • Pray for Ray, a Lakeside Community friend, who is losing his fight with cancer.
  • Pray for Jackie Knight’s dad who was hospitalized this week with colon and stomach cancer.
  • Pray for those looking for affordable housing in Muskegon.
  • Pray for Teresa, Jeff K’s wife, who is dealing with the side affects of being weaned off her medication.
  • Pray for those feeling left out and isolated.
  • Praise God for continued improvement in her battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma.
  • Pray for Jim Espinoza’s daughter who is having trouble with her intestines.  She is down to 84 pounds!
  • Pray for a quick recovery for Tom Fredrickson who had nose surgery last week.
  • Pray for Maria Ramirez’ sister Delores and brother Rudy who are having health issues.
  • “Pray for my grandkids that they may stay on the right path with the Lord.”
  • Pray for those who have had surgeries or injuries lately and need healing.
  • Pray for Lilia and safe travels to Ukraine.
  • Pray for Sandy Ring and her back issues.
  • Pray for Dan, Reyes Hinajosa’s co-worker who badly hurt his back.
  • Pray for those with unpublicized medical issues.
  • Pray for those looking for employment.
  • Pray for those who battle loneliness and depression.
World Missions Prayers: PRAY FOR LUXEMBOURG

Pray for the power of God’s Spirit to triumph over materialistic ritual.
Pray for the Word to be quickly available in Lëtzebeurgesch.
Pray for healing of suspicious attitudes toward evangelicals.
Watch the Youtube video below to pray specifically for this country
http://prayercast.com/luxembourg.html

3 Things to Know This Week – July 11

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Join us July 11 at 10:30AM for a trip through 1st Corinthians to study the many issues dealt with in the early church which we still deal with today. We will use a study by Melissa Spoelstra “First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree.”  Also, you are welcome to arrive at 10:00AM to make layettes for Baby Basics.  Hope to see you there!

BOOK CLUB
The next Book Club meeting will be Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30PM at El Burrito Loco on Harvey Street near the mall.   We’ll discuss “Lost Among the Living” by Simone St. James.

UNITY FEST—DAY ZERO
On August 8 the gates at Heritage Landing will open for the start of Unity Fest!  Show up at 5:00PM or earlier if you want to save a place for the group.  Bring money for food but entry is free!  All of Celebration is invited to enjoy David Crowder, speaker David Palau, and other musical guests.  The night will end around 10:30PM.  This is one of the coolest times you will have all year!  Don’t miss it!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:Related image
July 11, Baby Basics, 10:AM in Fireside Room
July 11, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
July 13-14, POSTPONED: Couples Small Group Retreat
July 13, Play to Learn Class, 10:00AM in the Fireside Room
July 23, Couples Small Group Bible Study, 6:30PM in the Fireside Room
July 24, Pray for Muskegon
Aug 8, Unity Fest- Day Zero

PRAYERS

  • Praise God for a good recovery for Roger Doctor (Brenda) from double knee replacement.
  • Pray for Ray, a Lakeside Community friend, who has cancer.
  • Pray for Jackie Knight’s dad who has colon and stomach cancer.
  • Pray for those looking for affordable housing in Muskegon.
  • Pray for Teresa, Jeff K’s wife, who is dealing with the side affects of being weaned off her medication.
  • Pray for those feeling left out and isolated.
  • Praise God for continued improvement in her battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma.
  • Pray for Jim Espinoza’s daughter who is having trouble with her intestines.  She is down to 84 pounds!
  • Pray for a quick recovery for Tom Fredrickson who had nose surgery last week.
  • Pray for Maria Ramirez’ sister Delores and brother Rudy who are having health issues.
  • “Pray for my grandkids that they may stay on the right path with the Lord.”
  • Pray for those who have had surgeries or injuries lately and need healing.
  • Pray for Lilia and safe travels to Ukraine.
  • Pray for Sandy Ring and her back issues.
  • Pray for Dan, Reyes Hinajosa’s co-worker who badly hurt his back.
  • Pray for those with unpublicized medical issues.
  • Pray for those looking for employment.
  • Pray for those who battle loneliness and depression.
World Missions Prayers: PRAY FOR LIBYA
  • Pray for a unified government that will rebuild the nation with justice and peace.
  • Pray for the tiny Libyan Church to be united and established despite intense persecution.
  • Pray for Jesus to reveal Himself to moderate and extremist Muslims alike.
  • Watch the Youtube video below to pray specifically for this country [http://prayercast.com/liberia.html]

 

3 Things to Know This Week – July 4

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, that they are endowed BY THEIR CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  This is the 2nd sentence of the Declaration of Independence.  It is the ideal from which our country was established!    It is one reason why we celebrate on July 4th each year.  This doesn’t mean we cannot be disgruntled when our actions do not back up this ideal.  We have a responsibility to point it out and strongly encourage people to live by this ideal.  Seek to treat your neighbor as your equal because they were created by God just like you!

John Adams, the 2nd American president, wrote, “I believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other…”  We of all people should be grateful for our freedoms and ideals and CELEBRATE TODAY!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Join us July 11 at 10:30AM for a trip through 1st Corinthians to study the many issues dealt with in the early church which we still deal with today. We will use a study by Melissa Spoelstra “First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree.”  Hope to see you there!

UPCOMING EVENTS:Related image
July 4, American Independence Day
July 8, Communion Sunday
July 9, Couples Small Group Bible Study, 6:30PM in the Fireside Room
July 9, Council Meeting, 6:30PM at Cerminaro’s
July 11, Baby Basics, 10:AM in Fireside Room
July 11, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
July 13-14, POSTPONED: Couples Small Group Retreat
July 13, Play to Learn Class resumes in the Fireside Room
July 23, Couples Small Group Bible Study, 6:30PM in the Fireside Room
July 24, Pray for Muskegon
Aug 8, Unity Fest- Day Zero

PRAYERS

Prayers from our Celebration family:
  • Praise God for the safe return home for Dave DeBoer from his work with Orphans Unlimited in Mozambique.  We look forward to a report of how the Solar Bibles were received.
  • Pray for Tom Fredrickson who is having surgery on his nose today.
  • Pray for Maria Ramirez’ sister Delores and brother Rudy who are having health issues.
  • “Pray for my grandkids that they may stay on the right path with the Lord.”
  • Pray for those who have had surgeries or injuries lately and need healing.
  • Pray for Lilia and safe travels to Ukraine.
  • Pray for Sandy Ring and her back issues.
  • Pray for Dan, Reyes Hinajosa’s co-worker who badly hurt his back.
  • “Pray for my sister Nicole for strength.  She’s going through a lot in life.”
  • Praise God for a successful double knee replacement for Roger Doctor.  Pray for him as he recovers at home.
  • Pray for children caught in the middle of divorces.
  • Pray for those with unpublicized medical issues.
  • Pray for those taking vacations over the summer.
  • Pray for those looking for employment.
  • Pray for those who battle loneliness and depression.

Here are some prayers from inmates at the Muskegon County Jail:

  • “Pray for my family as I will be away from them for a while.”
  • “Pray that I may be able to let God control my life instead of me.”
  • Pray that peace can be made between me and my dad.
  • Pray for the delivery of my second child to be born in 2 weeks.
  • Pray for my family as we get reunited after 16 months.
  • Pray that I may stay on the path which God has for me.

World Missions Prayers: PRAY FOR LIBERIA
Pray for healing from terrible pain caused by two civil wars and the rebuilding that must occur in this impoverished nation.
Pray for spiritually mature leaders in the churches who will preach the Bible with integrity.
Pray for restoration for Liberia’s children — 50% of the population — who struggle to overcome the devastation of war.
Watch the Youtube video below to pray specifically for this country [http://prayercast.com/liberia.html]

 

Celebration Midweek – June 20

CLEAN UP NIGHT, THURSDAY, 6:00-8:30PM!
The workers have sanded all the walls but the dust has spread far and wide.  It’s time to clean up.  Join us THURSDAY NIGHT to help do some general cleaning for an hour or as long as you can give. Contact Dick DeBoer at 231-750-9566 if you have any questions.

YOUTH MINISTRIES DISC GOLF OUTING
Meet at Ross Park on Randall Road in Norton Shores on Wednesday, June 20!  Score cards will be provided but bring your own disc(s).   Contact Marc Baird if you don’t have any discs.  We’ll go to Frosty Oasis to finish the night right!  Bring a friend and money for ice cream.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
June 20, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
June 20, Youth Ministries Disc Golf Outing, 7:00-9:30PM
June 24, Pray for Muskegon
June 24, Youth Ministries Adult Leaders Meeting, Noon
June 25, Couples Small Group Bible Study, 6:30PM in the Fireside Room
July 1, Youth Ministries Mini-Golf
July 8, Communion Sunday
July 9, Council Meeting, 6:30PM at Cerminaro’s
July 13-14, Couples Small Group Retreat
July 13, Play to Learn Class resumes in the Fireside Room
Aug 8, Unity Fest- Day Zero

PRAYERS

  • Praise God for a successful double knee replacement for Roger Doctor.  Pray for him as he recovers at home.
  • “Pray for patience at work over the summer.”
  • Pray for Jim Ring who is at home recovering from a small stroke recently.
  • Pray for Mike Fairfield as he recovers at home from emergency stomach surgery.
  • Pray for those affected by the volcano eruptions in Guatamala.
  • Pray for children caught in the middle of divorces.
  • Pray for those with unpublicized medical issues.
  • Pray for those contemplating or planning on weddings soon.
  • Pray for those who will be residing in Muskegon on boats this summer.
  • Pray for those dealing with the scars of abuse.
  • Pray for those planning vacations over the summer months.
  • Pray for those looking for employment.
  • Pray for those “looking for a home church and follow God’s path in ministry”.
  • Pray for those who battle loneliness and depression.
  • Pray for those who feel alone in raising their kids.

World Missions Prayers: PRAY FOR LEBANON
Pray for preservation of religious freedom.
Pray for Christians to commit to staying in the land in order to spread the gospel to their neighbors.
Pray for healing and forgiveness for those deeply wounded by the tragedy of war.
Watch the Youtube video below to pray specifically for this country [http://prayercast.com/lebanon.html]

 

3 Things to Know This Week at Celebration

MAKING AN IMPACT
I was asked to list the “action items” from the June 10 sermon (“Making an Impact” – Matthew 5:13-16) in the Wednesday email.  My hope is for you to find them helpful for the week!

  1. Be SALTY My Friend! (Simply be who God made you to be!)
  2. Ask God for OPPORTUNITIES where you can shine the light of Jesus!
  3. Bring HOPE wherever you go this week!

FATHER’S DAY LA-Z-BOY RAFFLE
We started a tradition a while ago to raffle off the use of a La-Z-boy chair during the Sunday morning service.  It has been great!  Invite a dad (or male over 18) on Sunday, June 17 to enter the raffle.  (Winners must be present at the time of the drawing.)

YOUTH MINISTRIES DISC GOLF OUTING
Meet at Ross Park on Randall Road in Norton Shores on Wednesday, June 20!  Score cards will be provided but bring your own disc(s).   Contact Marc Baird if you don’t have any discs.  We’ll go to Frosty Oasis to finish the night right!  Bring money for ice cream and a friend.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
June 15, Play to Learn Class, 10AM in the Fireside Room.
June 11, Couples Club meets in Fireside Room, 7:00PM
June 17, La-Z-Boy Chair Raffle during the worship service
June 17, Strawberry Shortcake Festival after church
June 19, Book Club, 6:30 at the Egg Roll House.
June 20, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30 in Fireside Room.
June 20, Youth Ministries Disc Golf Outing, 7:00-9:30PM
June 24, Pray for Muskegon
June 25, Couples Small Group Bible Study, 6:30PM in the Fireside Room
July 1, Youth Ministries Mini-Golf
July 9, Council Meeting, 6:30PM at Cerminaro’s
July 13-14, Couples Small Group Retreat

 

PRAYERS

  • Pray for Mike Fairfield as he recovers at home from emergency stomach surgery.
  • Praise God for dads who did the best they could and with whom we are quite proud!
  • Pray for Jim Ring who is at home recovering from a small stroke recently.
  • Pray for Roger Doctor who will have both knees replaced on Monday.
  • “Pray for good housing.”
  • Pray for Brenda Swanson as she recovers from her fractured fibula and feinting episodes last week.
  • Pray for those going through radiation treatments for prostate cancer.
  • Pray for those who battle loneliness and depression.
  • Pray for those who had fathers who didn’t meet expectations.  May our Heavenly Father bring healing.
  • Pray for those who feel alone in raising their kids.
  • “Pray for peace and healing.”
  • Pray for those still feeling the affects of the volcano eruptions in Guatamala.
  • Praise God for the safe travel of Dave DeBoer to Mozambique and his great reunion with friends.  May God bless him during his “assignments” while he is with Brenda and her team from Orphans Unlimited.
  • Pray for children caught in the middle of divorces.
  • Pray for those contemplating or planning on weddings soon.
  • Pray for those who will be residing in Muskegon on boats this summer.
  • Pray for those dealing with the scars of abuse.
  • Pray for those planning vacations over the summer months.
  • Pray for those looking for employment.

World Missions Prayers: PRAY FOR LATVIA

  • Pray for harvest workers to embrace the younger generation before they follow in the footsteps of their atheistic ancestors.
  • Pray for despair and suicide to melt away before the hope of the Living God.
  • Pray for renewal and revival among lethargic churches filled with nominal believers.
  • Watch the Youtube video below to pray specifically for this country http://prayercast.com/latvia.html