Digital Bulletin

Order of Worship

Sunday, September 12, 2021
Welcome
*Hosanna (Praise is Rising)
*Where I'm Standing Now
*Your Labor Is Not in Vain
Message | The Sabbath: God's Invitation to Worship Through Rest | Lynne McLaughlin, Pastor of Community Life
*King of Love
Benediction

*Congregational Song

Connection card

sermon outline & Study Questions

Outline
  1. The need for Sabbath
  2. Why was the Sabbath so important to the Jews?
    -  It remembered God as the creator of all things.
    -  It remembered God’s delivering them from Egypt.
    -  It was a sign of their covenant with God.
    -  It was one of the Ten  Commandments.
    -  It came with a promise of blessing.
    -  It came with the threat of death.
  3. The Sabbath was a major source of their spiritual identity with God.
    -  Not intended to be associated with heavy rules
    -  Intended to be a source of joyful freedom
  4. We are designed to need Sabbath
  5. Sabbath...
    -  Remembers the beauty and rest of creation
    -  Anticipates the beauty and rest of heaven
    -  Invites us to enjoy God’s rest
  6. How can you bring Sabbath rest into your week?

Giving

Offering
Support the ministry and mission of Thornapple through the regular practice of giving generously from the financial resources entrusted to you by God.  
July giving slightly exceed budget, and we remain above budget year-to-date.  We are grateful for your generosity and praising God for His provision!  As we transition from summer to fall, we continue to count on your faithful giving to God’s work through Thornapple.  Thank you!
Your financial gifts can be:
  1. Made online through our online giving platform 
  2. Mailed to the church office (6595 Cascade Rd. SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49546)
  3. Placed in the offering box at the Welcome Center

Events

  • Volleyball and Basketball (Teens + Adults) | Everyone interested in playing is welcome to join us for pick-up games in the Community Center, Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm (as follows):
    • Volleyball (contact Linda Winer with questions): Sept. 15., Oct. 13/27
    • Basketball (contact Peter Ek with questions): Sept. 22., Oct. 6/20
  • MOPS | We are excited to be offering Thursday morning gatherings with MOPPETS and a virtual/hybrid option in the evenings. Gatherings start September 23. Learn more and register here.
  • MOPPETS is looking for childcare workers/teachers for MOPS Thursday morning gatherings - if you or anyone you know would be interested, please contact Britta Heck.
  • WholyFit | Fridays, 9:30-10:30am in the Community Center (no childcare)
  • Support Group for Friends and Family of Aging Adults | Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7pm at Thornapple. Speaker Ashley Dykstra will be presenting: “Hospice and Palliative Care 101."
  • Trailblazers (3rd-5th) and MS JAM (6th-8th) | Moving to Tuesday evenings, 6-7:30pm, EVERY week Sept. 14-Oct. 26. 
  • HS Huddle (9th-12th) | Sunday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm starting Sept. 19 at Thornapple.
  • Women's Bible Study | Wednesdays mornings starting Sept. 15; two options available with childcare. Learn more and sign up HERE.
  • Interested in an evening Women's Bible Study? A group is gathering Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6:30-8pm for an informational meeting. We will make a decision on what to study at that time. If you are interested in an evening study, but are unable to attend this meeting or are interested in another evening, please email Lynne to let her know your study ideas/day availability.
  • Men's Small Groups | Groups meet 4 times during the week (Mon. evenings and Fri./Sat./Sun. mornings) starting the week of Oct. 4 and welcome new participants to any of these groups. Learn more and sign up HERE
  • Senior Adults | 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 10:30am, starting Sept. 9 (in-person and over Zoom). Details HERE.
  • Meaning of Membership Class | Two-part class on Oct. 10 and 17, 4-5:30pm, in person and on Zoom for people new to Thornapple. Completion of these two classes are required for membership. Learn more and sign up HERE.

NEWS

Teaching Pastor Search | We are accepting applicants for our the Teaching Pastor position.
Pine Rest Church Assistance Program | Complimentary counseling (and other programs – just say “I have a CAP with Thornapple Covenant Church” when you call to make an appointment) for you and your family and access to a virtual library of mental health resources (use the password “Thornapple” when prompted). Learn more here.
Stephen Ministry | Going through a crisis or having a difficult time? Maybe you could benefit from receiving care in a one-on-one partnership with a trained Stephen Minister. Contact Lynne McLaughlin
Benefit Mobile Fundraising for Children and Students | Did you know Thornapple participates in the Benefit Mobile fundraising program? It is an app you can use right on your phone and can be used at many places you already shop, like Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon, etc… Funds raised can be used for retreats, trips, Portage Lake, etc… If you are interested in learning more or signing up, contact Linda Winer.

Making a Difference

  • Bake Cookies | Sign up HERE to bake 2-dozen cookies for the Senior Adults Meetings.
  • Be a small group leader or teacher once a month with Children's Ministry. Email Lisa Udell to sign up.
  • Hands on Work Opportunities for Men and Women | LMDJ is gathering teams to serve with Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise and ICCF. Get the details HERE.
  • Fully vaccinated and love hanging out with babies/toddlers? Children’s Ministry could use your help as a Nursery volunteer on Sunday mornings. Please contact Lisa Udell if you are able to help and she we get you on the schedule!
  • Help with Outdoor Worship | Plenty of opportunities to greet, set up/tear down, serve coffee + treats, etc...  Learn more and sign up HERE.

order of worship

Sunday, September 12, 2021
Welcome
*Hosanna (Praise is Rising)
*Where I'm Standing Now
*Your Labor Is Not in Vain
Message | The Sabbath: God's Invitation to Worship Through Rest | Lynne McLaughlin, Pastor of Community Life
*King of Love
Benediction
*Congregational Song 

Connection Card

sermon outline & Study questions

Outline
  1. The need for Sabbath
  2. Why was the Sabbath so important to the Jews?
    -  It remembered God as the creator of all things.
    -  It remembered God’s delivering them from Egypt.
    -  It was a sign of their covenant with God.
    -  It was one of the Ten  Commandments.
    -  It came with a promise of blessing.
    -  It came with the threat of death.
  3. The Sabbath was a major source of their spiritual identity with God.
    -  Not intended to be associated with heavy rules
    -  Intended to be a source of joyful freedom
  4. We are designed to need Sabbath
  5. Sabbath...
    -  Remembers the beauty and rest of creation
    -  Anticipates the beauty and rest of heaven
    -  Invites us to enjoy God’s rest
  6. How can you bring Sabbath rest into your week?

giving

Offering
Support the ministry and mission of Thornapple through the regular practice of giving generously from the financial resources entrusted to you by God.  Your collective generosity has provided a strong start to the year – thank you! Your continued regular giving will fund Thornapple’s mission and ministry as planned in the months ahead. Thank you for your faithfulness!
July giving slightly exceed budget, and we remain above budget year-to-date.  We are grateful for your generosity and praising God for His provision!  As we transition from summer to fall, we continue to count on your faithful giving to God’s work through Thornapple.  Thank you!

Your financial gifts can be:
  1. Made online through our online giving platform (recently updated to a new provider so it will look different)
  2. Mailed to the church office (6595 Cascade Rd. SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49546)
  3. Placed in the boxes in the back of the Sanctuary by each door (when we meet in person)

Events

  • Volleyball and Basketball (Teens + Adults) | Everyone interested in playing is welcome to join us for pick-up games in the Community Center, Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm (as follows):
    • Volleyball (contact Linda Winer with questions): Sept. 15., Oct. 13/27
    • Basketball (contact Peter Ek with questions): Sept. 22., Oct. 6/20
  • MOPS | We are excited to be offering Thursday morning gatherings with MOPPETS and a virtual/hybrid option in the evenings. Gatherings start September 23. Learn more and register here.
  • MOPPETS is looking for childcare workers/teachers for MOPS Thursday morning gatherings - if you or anyone you know would be interested, please contact Britta Heck.
  • WholyFit | Fridays, 9:30-10:30am in the Community Center (no childcare)
  • Support Group for Friends and Family of Aging Adults | Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7pm at Thornapple. Speaker Ashley Dykstra will be presenting: “Hospice and Palliative Care 101."
  • Trailblazers (3rd-5th) and MS JAM (6th-8th) | Moving to Tuesday evenings, 6-7:30pm, EVERY week Sept. 14-Oct. 26. 
  • HS Huddle (9th-12th) | Sunday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm starting Sept. 19 at Thornapple.
  • Women's Bible Study | Wednesdays mornings starting Sept. 15; two options available with childcare. Learn more and sign up HERE.
  • Interested in an evening Women's Bible Study? A group is gathering Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6:30-8pm for an informational meeting. We will make a decision on what to study at that time. If you are interested in an evening study, but are unable to attend this meeting or are interested in another evening, please email Lynne to let her know your study ideas/day availability.
  • Men's Small Groups | Groups meet 4 times during the week (Mon. evenings and Fri./Sat./Sun. mornings) starting the week of Oct. 4 and welcome new participants to any of these groups. Learn more and sign up HERE
  • Senior Adults | 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 10:30am, starting Sept. 9 (in-person and over Zoom). Details HERE.
  • Meaning of Membership Class | Two-part class on Oct. 10 and 17, 4-5:30pm, in person and on Zoom for people new to Thornapple. Completion of these two classes are required for membership. Learn more and sign up HERE.

News

Teaching Pastor Search 
We are accepting applicants for our the Teaching Pastor position.

Pine Rest Church Assistance Program  
Complimentary counseling (and other programs – just say “I have a CAP with Thornapple Covenant Church” when you call to make an appointment) for you and your family and access to a virtual library of mental health resources (use the password “Thornapple” when prompted). Learn more here.

Stephen Ministry 
Going through a crisis or having a difficult time? Maybe you could benefit from receiving care in a one-on-one partnership with a trained Stephen Minister. Contact Lynne McLaughlin

Benefit Mobile Fundraising for Children and Students 
Did you know Thornapple participates in the Benefit Mobile fundraising program? It is an app you can use right on your phone and can be used at many places you already shop, like Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon, etc… Funds raised can be used for retreats, trips, Portage Lake, etc… If you are interested in learning more or signing up, contact Linda Winer.

Making a difference

  • Bake Cookies | Sign up HERE to bake 2-dozen cookies for the Senior Adults Meetings.
  • Be a small group leader or teacher once a month with Children's Ministry. Email Lisa Udell to sign up.
  • Hands on Work Opportunities for Men and Women | LMDJ is gathering teams to serve with Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise and ICCF. Get the details HERE.
  • Fully vaccinated and love hanging out with babies/toddlers? Children’s Ministry could use your help as a Nursery volunteer on Sunday mornings. Please contact Lisa Udell if you are able to help and she we get you on the schedule!
  • Help with Outdoor Worship | Plenty of opportunities to greet, set up/tear down, serve coffee + treats, etc...  Learn more and sign up HERE.