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Sunday Worship
May 10, 2020

8:45am DayBreak | 10:30am BreakAway

“Blessings and Curses"
James 3:1-12
Rev. Trent Walker
Bonnie Meppelink (7130 88th Ave. Zeeland, 49464) returned home following a brief stay at Zeeland Hospital for intervention and treatment following a colonoscopy.

Bette Terpstra (2232 Valarie Zeeland, 49464) will undergo knee replacement surgery Tuesday, May 12.

Shirley Wissink (10686 Brookview Dr. Zeeland 49464) will undergo knee replacement surgery on Thursday, May 14. 

Lois VanderZwaag (176 Elemeda Holland, 49424) fractured her wrist, she is in a cast and recovering at home.

Scott & Danielle Jolman (3117 Randle Brothers Lane Clarksville, TN 37043) welcomed their sixth child, a baby girl on March 31.  Her name is Arleigh.  Scott is still deployed, was expected to be home in June, but will not be back until September. 

Lydia Bouwens' recent MRI showed the tumor has not grown in size but the tumor activity is increasing, and they have decided to begin chemo on May 12th. Lydia is the 11-year-old daughter of Tom and Theresa Bouwens (1488 Savannah Dr. Zeeland, 49464).

Arlen Meeuwsen (8810 Ransom St. Zeeland, 49464) was recently diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, and he began SBRT radiation treatment for 2 weeks.

Jim Berghorst (1782 88th Ave Zeeland, 49464) is now undergoing rehab at Blodgett Hospital. The pathology revealed the tumor was benign and is identified as a Hemangioblastoma stage 1 tumor.

Rose Houtman (230 S. State St, Unit 120 Zeeland, 49464) was diagnosed with facial cellulitis that has been very uncomfortable and requests prayer. 

Carla Schutte (9549 Crescent Dr. Zeeland, 49464) dislocated her shoulder and is consulting with an orthopedic doctor. 

Arloa TenHarmsel (285 N. State St, Room 408, Zeeland, 49464) remains in hospice care at SKLD. 

We extend sympathy to Lynda and Bernard Ozinga (113 S Zeeland Parkway Zeeland, 49464) the passing of Lynda's father, Raymond Darby.  

Thank you to everyone for prayers, cards, and calls before and after my heart procedure. A special thanks to Pastor Greg for praying with me over the phone. This was very comforting and I know our Savior is truly blessing me with his healing powers.
Linda Kraai

Thank you for the cards and prayers after the death of my brother in law, they were very much appreciated. Judy Timmer

Thank you for the recent cards and prayers. I get my PSA numbers checked again this week. Norm Nykamp

Thank you for all the prayers and cards during this time after my father's passing. We have a wonderful church...I am truly blessed. Michelle Johnson
Greetings from 104th Ave on a very cold May Friday afternoon!
This is Pastor Chris Pieters –

Happy Mothers’ Day Weekend to you all!

This has been an eventful 10-12 days for my siblings and I as my mother, Carol Pieters, passed at the age of 90 years old in Glenview, IL. She passed peacefully on Tuesday, April 28 after a battle with Alzheimer’s’ Disease for the past 4 years. My family and I are grateful for all the encouraging words of support and the cards that we have received from our church staff and congregation.

I want to share about the quality of ADAPTABILITY that I have been about through this journey. As I was preparing my funeral message, I was reminded how my mother responded to some of the challenges she faced in her life. My mother had been a stay-at-home mom for most of her life. In 1981, My 51-year-old father’s long battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease began. This version of the disease is very aggressive and my father’s mental ability declined rapidly but he lived for 14 more years before he passed. In response to this unexpected, unwanted struggle, my mother had to find a way to earn income to provide for our family. Even though our family situation seemed overwhelming, she found a way with God’s help to step into this new challenge. With a lot of courage and effort, she adapted to become a top producing real estate agent on the North Shore area of Chicago.

Right now, we are all facing the unexpected challenges of the Covid-19 virus. All areas of life have been paused or changed completely. (Church, Business, School, Sports, Travel, College, Media, Technology). No one knows exactly what the new normal is going to look like. My challenge for us all today is that with God’s strength and guidance we can start to courageously ADAPT to this new challenge. It may seem overwhelming to face your particular struggle - to find a new job, face a tough health challenge, teach your kids at home, care for your elderly parents, or lead a business/organization.

I was reminded of the SERENITY PRAYER written by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), the prayer was widely used in sermons and Sunday school groups and studies. In the early 1940s, the group Alcoholics Anonymous began to use a shortened version of the Serenity Prayer in their twelve-step program. 
Today, I am sharing a longer version that I hope encourages you to start letting God lead you, strengthen you, mold you, and use you to adapt to this new challenge of faithfully following Christ in these changing times.

Serenity Prayer
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


Written by Reinhold Niebuhr 
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