Ready For Christmas?

Here are 3 things to know before Advent comes to a close!

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Did you give away your invite yet?  There’s still time to invite a friend to the Christmas Eve Service on Monday, December 24 at 6:30PM!  We will sing carols, read the Christmas story, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies!  See you there!

SOUP, SALAD, & PIE LUNCHEON
Nothing is better than a luncheon indoors with friends from Celebration during the winter!  Join us January 13 after church.  Sign up at the info booth to bring an item!  This is one of the best meals you will ever get!

YOUTH MINISTRIES CORNER
Next Meeting — Jan 6, 5:30-7:30PM.  – Lesson: What about all the other religions?”

UPCOMING EVENTS
Dec 24, Christmas Eve Service, Carols in the Fireside Rm, 6:30PM
Dec 24, Pray For Muskegon
Jan 6, Fellowship Team Meeting after church
Jan 6, Youth Group Meeting, 5:30 in the Fireside Room
Jan 11, Play to Learn, 10AM
Jan 14, Council Meeting, 6:30PM
Jan 15, Book Club, 6:30PM at IHOP

 

PRAYERS
Please join us in prayer for these requests.  This is the work of us ALL as the body of Christ!

Pray for our search for our next Director of Worship Arts and a Communications Specialist.
Praise God for blessings to Bill Essenberg lately.
Praise God for the great volunteers in the Children’s Ministries!
Praise God for a good Congregational meeting on Sunday!
Pray for Deseray and her family during this Christmas time and this next year with the recent birth of her daughter, Spirit.
Praise God for our students!
Praise God for the new Bible Study beginning in February.
Praise God for our guests who have been visiting Celebration lately!
Praise God for the new slide constructed for the Children’s Area!
Pray for those who will come to the Christmas Eve service.  May God do great things in their heart and lives!
Pray for Lynn Pluger who came home from the hospital this week.
Pray for new job opportunities.
Pray for good changes this year in so many areas of life: personally, church life, friends, work, journey with Jesus.
Pray for our youth group students and leaders.
Praise God for those who invite and bring family/friends to church.

World Missions Prayers: NIGERIA
Pray for the dismantling of widespread corruption which cripples all levels of society.
Pray for an emphasis on discipleship and balanced Bible teaching in the Nigerian church.
Pray for increasingly persecuted Christians to be characterized by supernatural love and forgiveness.
https://prayercast.com/nigeria.html

Important Christmas News

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Did you give away your invite yet?  There’s still time to invite a friend to the Christmas Eve Service on Monday, December 24 at 6:30PM!  We will sing carols, read the Christmas story, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies!  See you there!

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BOOK CLUB – TONIGHT
The Book Club is reading “Black Waterlilies” by Michel Bussi.  Join the discussion on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 at Egg Roll House. Contact Brian or Sue Vredevoogd for more information: bvrede13@aol.com.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES MEETING
The new Children’s Area is almost completely done!  YAY!  All Children’s Ministry Team members need to get on the same page with this new area.  So, plan on meeting on Sunday, December 16 at 9:30AM to coordinate the efforts of each ministry.

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be December 16   after the worship service.  We approve the budget and talk about important things happening at Celebration.  Pick up the proposed budget from the Info Booth.  Contact your Elder if you have questions for the meeting.

YOUTH MINISTRIES CORNER
Progressive Christmas Dinner & White Elephant Exchange — Dec. 16, 5:30-7:30PM.  – We will start and end at church.  Bring a friend and a White Elephant Gift to exchange.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Dec 12, Book Club Meeting at 6:30PM at the Egg Roll House.
Dec 16, Children’s Ministries Meeting, 9:30AM
Dec 16, Congregational Meeting
Dec. 16, Youth Group Progressive Dinner & White Elephant Exchange, 5:30PM
Dec 19, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
Dec 24, Christmas Eve Service, Carols in the Fireside Rm, 6:30PM
Dec 24, Pray For Muskegon
Jan 6, Fellowship Team Meeting after church
Jan 6, Youth Group Meeting, 5:30 in the Fireside Room
Jan 14, Council Meeting, 6:30PM

PRAYERS
Please join us in prayer for these requests.  This is the work of us ALL as the body of Christ!

Pray for the family of Bob Anderson, Roger (Sheri) Doctor’s friend, at Bob’s passing last week.
Pray for those who will come to the Christmas Eve service.  May God do great things in their heart and lives!
Pray for those buying gifts for our “Adopted Family” at Celebration.
Pray for Lynn Pluger who is in the ICU at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. She has a blood infection and low blood pressure.
Pray for new job opportunities.
Pray for the preparations of Pastor Jim from 1st Pres. Church who is taking a sabbatical to Israel in January.
Pray for Pastor Jeremy’s Mother in Law who is sick.
Pray for resolved tensions in family relations.
Pray for good changes this year in so many areas of life: personally, church life, friends, work, journey with Jesus.
Pray for our youth group students and leaders.
Pray for Thelma Bergman and Mike Kalinowski who are recovering from recent eye surgeries.
Pray for family members who do not know Jesus yet.  May God give us opportunities to show them Jesus and help them overcome obstacles to faith.
Praise God for those who invite and bring family/friends to church.
Praise God for our guests at Celebration this Christmas.
Pray for Deseray, Michael, and Spirit who are our “Adopted Family” this Christmas.
Praise God for those who faithfully contribute to the ministries at Celebration Community Church.  May God bless both the gift and the giver!
Pray for the search process for the next Director of Worship Arts.


World Missions Prayers: NIGER
Pray for focused efforts to evangelize those under the age of 15, half of the overall population.
Pray for speed and accuracy for the workers translating the Scriptures for many barely reached people groups.
Pray for a visible Christian presence in society and peace among struggling believers who feel isolated.
https://prayercast.com/niger.html

Advent For Everyone!

ADVENT
People attend church the most on Easter and Christmas.   This is why we make a big deal about it too!  We sing Christmas carols.  We decorate a Giving Tree with items to purchase for our “Adopted Family.”  We decorate the entire church with garland, stars, colorful lights, candles, and other festive items.  We have a special sermon series “Upside Down Christmas.”  And we celebrate together on Monday, December 24 at 6:30PM!  Christmas Eve!  May this Advent be the best one yet!

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BOOK CLUB
The Book Club is reading “Black Waterlilies” by Michel Bussi.  Join the discussion on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 at Egg Roll House. Contact Brian or Sue Vredevoogd for more information: bvrede13@aol.com.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES MEETING
The new Children’s Area is almost completely done!  YAY!  All Children’s Ministry Team members need to get on the same page with this new area.  So, plan on meeting on Sunday, December 16 at 9:30AM to coordinate the efforts of each ministry.

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be December 16   after the worship service.  We approve the budget and talk about important things happening at Celebration.  Pick up the proposed budget from the Info Booth.  Contact your   Elder if you have questions for the meeting.

YOUTH MINISTRIES CORNER
Progressive Christmas Dinner & White Elephant Exchange — Dec. 16, 5:30-7:30PM.  – We will start and end at church.  Bring a friend and a White Elephant Gift to exchange.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Dec 5, Baby Basics, 9:30AM in the Fireside Room
Dec 5, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
Dec 9, Pastor Tolbert’s Birthday
Dec 10, Council Meeting, 6:30PM
Dec 12, Book Club Meeting at 6:30PM at the Egg Roll House.
Dec 16, Children’s Ministries Meeting, 9:30AM
Dec 16, Congregational Meeting
Dec. 16, Youth Group Progressive Christmas Dinner & White Elephant Exchange, 5:30PM
Dec 24, Christmas Eve Service, Carols in the Fireside Rm, 6:30PM
Dec 24, Pray For Muskegon

 

PRAYERS
Please join us in prayer for these requests.  This is the work of us ALL as the body of Christ!

Pray for Thelma as she has eye surgery today.
Pray for students who are concerned about their grades.
Pray for Jenna’s brother who had rotator cuff surgery recently.
Pray for June Bishops Mother in Law who had heart surgery recently.
Pray for students trying out for Spring Musicals.
Pray for the family of June’s friend, Carl, who died of cancer recently.
Pray for family members who do not know Jesus yet.  May God give us opportunities to show them Jesus and help them overcome obstacles to faith.
Praise God for those who invite and bring family/friends to church.
Praise God for guests at Celebration this Christmas.
Pray for Deseray, Michael, and Spirit who are our “Adopted Family” this Christmas.
“Pray for Tom & Ashley during this time.  Tom’s dad passed on Thanksgiving.”
“Pray for my dad.  God knows what’s going on.  It’s hard when a father disowns his own child.”
Pray for Roger (Sheri) Doctor’s friend Bob Anderson who is in the final stages of cancer.  His doctor tells him to make his peace.
Praise God for those who faithfully contribute to the ministries at Celebration Community Church.  May God bless both the gift and the giver!
Pray for Clinton, Lacey Hentschel’s friend, who lost his 8 month old daughter to bleeding on the brain on Saturday.
Pray for Mike Kalinowski who had eye surgery recently.
Pray for the search process for the next Director of Worship Arts.


World Missions Prayers: NICARAGUA
Pray for the Church to both proclaim the Gospel and seek justice for the oppressed.
Pray for a righteous government that seeks the good of its impoverished people.
Pray for Gospel-centered unity among the various Christian denominations.
https://prayercast.com/nicaragua.html

Celebration News – Nov. 14

THANKSGIVING EVE MEAL AND SERVICE
WHAT food are you bringing to the Thanksgiving Meal at Celebration on THURSDAY, November 21?  Also, WHO are you bringing?  We have so much to thank God for this year!  Let’s celebrate with our friends from New Hope Baptist church.  The meal starts at 6:00PM followed at 7:00PM with a time of worship to our God! This will be an interactive, inter-generational event with active participation in thanking God.  See you there!

Image result for youtubeYOUTUBE CHANNEL
Did you know we had a Youtube channel?  We put the messages from each Sunday on Youtube for you and your friends in case you missed it.  We hope and pray they will be helpful for you.  Go to https://www.youtube.com/user/celebrationmuskegon and subscribe to see more from Sunday morning at Celebration!

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The Book Club is reading “Black Waterlillies” by Michel Bussi.  Join the discussion on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 at Egg Roll House. Contact Brian or Sue Vredevoogd for more information: bvrede13@aol.com.

YOUTH MINISTRIES CORNER
3rd Sunday — Nov 18, 12:00-2:30PM. Meet at church and we will go to the World Mission Thrift Store to help them.  The proceeds of the items they sell go towards placing Bibles across the world.  We will have lunch then go to the store to sort clothes and help them prepare the store for the next week.
Meeting at Church—Dec 9, 5:30-7:30PM.  LESSON: “What is Salvation All About?”

UPCOMING EVENTS
Nov 16, Play to Learn, 10:00AM in Fireside Room
Nov 18, 3rd Sunday – Youth Ministry to World Mission Thrift Store
Nov 19, Council Meeting, 6:30PM
Nov 21, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
Nov 21, Thanksgiving Eve Meal & Service with New Hope Baptist, 6:000PM
Nov 24, Pray for Muskegon
Dec 1, Council Retreat at Cerminaro’s, 9:00AM
Dec 5, Baby Basics, 9:30AM in the Fireside Room
Dec 9, Youth Group Meeting, 5:30PM at church
Dec 12, Book Club Meeting at 6:30PM at the Egg Roll House.
Dec 16, Congregational Meeting

PRAYERS
“Pray for Tom & Ashley’s job struggle.”
“Pray for Tom’s father who has lung cancer.”
“Pray for my new business.”
“I am blessed.  My family is happy and at peace.  I have a good job, a nice home, and a wonderful church to call home.  It would not be a wonderful life without the prayers of those that love me that are around me.”
“I am so happy to be at Celebration today!”
Pray for exam week for many students.
Praise God for birthdays to celebrate!
Pray for those experiencing loads of stress.
Pray for Carmen’s grandma who has back issues.
Pray for our parents.
Pray for Mia who plans to meet her dad for the first time.
Pray for the “Anti Intestinal Worm” Campaign in Mozambique.
Praise God for the freedom to worship each Sunday!
Pray for those finding it difficult to be thankful this year.
Pray for Kelly, friend of Eve Zwolinski, whose husband died recently.
Praise God for Pastor Rick who is starting his 3rd year of ministry at Spirit of Life Church in Muskegon!
Pray for Pastor Jim as he will travel to Israel in February to visit the Holy Land!
Pray for the lonely and depressed.
Praise God for reuniting with old friends.
Pray for Lester Crumb as he battles cancer.
Pray for new Bible Studies which hopefully will be starting soon.
Praise God for those willing and able to praise God with their voices and every other part of their lives too.
Pray for babies who come into this world addicted to drugs.
Praise God for new beds!
Pray for “sanity” in dealing with family issues.
“Pray for our nation with the recent shooting in Pennsylvania at the Jewish synagogue and bombs being sent to people through the mail.”
Praise God for smooth elections in our country.

World Missions Prayers: NEPAL
Pray for Jesus to be made known among unreached peoples in hard-to-access locations.
Pray for biblical training and Christlikeness for a rising generation of church leaders.
Pray for the Living God to restore those devastated by the earthquakes.
Watch this Youtube video to pray specifically for this country: https://prayercast.com/nepal.html

4 Things to Know This Week at Celebration

THANKSGIVING EVE MEAL AND SERVICE
WHAT food are you bringing to the Thanksgiving Meal at Celebration on November 21?  Also, WHO are you bringing?  We have so much to thank God for this year!  Let’s celebrate with our friends from New Hope Baptist church.  The meal starts at 6:00PM followed at 7:00PM with a time of worship to our God! This will be an interactive, inter-generational event with active participation in thanking God.  See you there!

Image result for Lilac GirlsBOOK CLUB
The Book Club is reading “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly.  They will meet at the Russ’ on Henry street on Tuesday, November 13 @ 6:30PM.  Contact Brian or Sue Vredevoogd for more information: bvrede13@aol.com.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Did you know we had a Youtube channel?  We put the messages from each Sunday on Youtube for you and your friends in case you missed it.  We hope and pray they will be helpful for you.  Go to https://www.youtube.com/user/celebrationmuskegon to subscribe and see more from Sunday morning at Celebration!

YOUTH MINISTRIES CORNER
Meeting at Church—Nov 11, 5:30-7:30PM.  LESSON: “Why are the Sacraments so Important?”
3rd Sunday — Nov 18, 5:30-7:30PM. Meet at church and we will go to the World Mission Thrift Store to help them.  The proceeds of the items they sell go towards placing Bibles across the world.  We will sort clothes and help them prepare the store for the next week.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Nov 9, Play to Learn, 10:00AM in Fireside Room
Nov 11, Communion Sunday
Nov 11, Youth Group Meeting, 5:30PM at church
Nov 12, Council Meeting, 6:30PM
Nov 13, Book Club Meeting at 6:30PM at the Russ’ on Henry.
Nov 21, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
Nov 21, Thanksgiving Eve Meal & Service with New Hope Baptist, 6:000PM
Nov 24, Pray for Muskegon
Dec 5, Baby Basics, 9:30AM in the Fireside Room

PRAYERS
Pray for a good recovery for Sandy Ring after her cataract surgery on Wednesday.
Praise God for Pastor Fred whose leg is almost healed after his motorcycle accident 3 months ago in Mozambique.
Pray for Zito who faces a possible leg amputation due to the bone marrow which has died in his leg.
Pray for those preparing for marriage.  May God be the center of all their plans.
Pray for the lonely and depressed.
Praise God for reuniting with old friends.
Pray for Lester Crumb as he battles cancer.
Pray for good doctors visits.
Pray for Eve Zwolinski’s friend Kelly whose husband died last Thursday.
Pray for new Bible Studies which hopefully will be starting soon.
Praise God for those willing and able to praise God with their voices and every other part of their lives too.
Pray for babies who come into this world addicted to drugs.
Pray for those battling lung infections.
Pray for Reyes and relief of his shoulder pain.
Praise God for good employment.
Praise God for our children.  May God guide their steps as they grow up.
Praise God for new beds!
Pray for “sanity” in dealing with family issues.
“Pray for our nation with the recent shooting in Pennsylvania at the Jewish synagogue and bombs being sent to people through the mail.”
Praise God for smooth elections in our country.
Praise God for a clean PET scan for Lynn Pluger!  Still cancer-free!
“Pray for those who pray for everyone but themselves.”
Please pray for Natalie Simms-Harris. She attended Celebration 3-4 years ago before she got married and moved to Kalamazoo. Since then her husband died and she has Lupus.

World Missions Prayers: NAMIBIA
Pray for continued religious freedom.
Pray for reformation among Christians who cling to unbiblical beliefs.
Pray for life-sustaining jobs for the 35% who are unemployed.
Watch this Youtube video to pray specifically for this country: https://prayercast.com/namibia.html