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OF SOUTHERN HEIGHTS

The place where you get all your Southern Heights communication.

HAPPENINGS is found any time on our website at www.s-heights.org/happenings.
Once per week HAPPENINGS will be emailed to everyone on our email list.
Contact us at shcrc1@gmail.com if you want to be added to the list.

 Pastor Todd’s Weekly Word

The Best way to spread Christmas cheer…is reading apocalyptic Bible passages in church for all to hear.  What…WHAT?!  We’re going to kick off our wait for the celebration of Jesus First Noel by taking a look at what we’re expecting from His second visit.  And have no fear, we’ll be singing lots of Christmas music throughout worship too.  See you Sunday morning as we begin to prepare for the Advent of our Lord!

See you Sunday morning at 10:30am!

COMING UP AT SOUTHERN HEIGHTS

Highlights only – there are many more groups and education events – CLICK HERE for the calendar to see a full listing

November 24 and 25 – There will be no Wednesday or Thursday classes due to Thanksgiving Break

November 28 – No Education Hour from 9-10 – Thanksgiving Break – Still worship at 10:30am

December 5 – Congregational Meeting to discuss and vote on 2022 Budget

December 12 – Children’s Christmas Program – “Christmas Traditions” – 10:30am

December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 5:30pm to 6:15pm

December 26 – Service of Remembrance – Light a candle for a significant memory, event or person in 2021

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – DECEMBER 5

Immediately after the worship gathering.

We will discuss and vote on the 2022 budget which you will receive by Sunday November 28 to review.
If you would like to submit an absentee ballot, please email your vote to the office at shcrc1@gmail.com.

We will also have a Q&A session about children at communion.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Our children are hard at work getting ready for the Christmas Program on Sunday December 12 at 10:30am.  We will hear from the children and parents and others about their traditions around Christmas time.  There will be gifts and singing, videos, a dance and choirs.  It will be a very meaningful experience for all.

ANGEL TREE – 2021

As we approach this Christmas season, your deacons are offering you the opportunity to be the church wherever you are.

Beginning Sunday, November 28 through Sunday, December 19, a Christmas tree – decorated with tags – will be set up in our lobby. Each tag is for a gift or gift card truly needed by someone who is struggling this Christmas. You may take as many tags as you wish but please buy the gifts for the tags you take.

Gifts are to be returned to the church unwrapped and with the tags from the tree attached. Gift cards can be placed in the gift bag on the tree marked for that purpose.

All gifts must be placed under the tree no later than Sunday morning, December 19. Please contact the church office (shcrc1@gmail.com or 269.349.4954) or contact Cheryl Kemink, Susan Hall, or Joy Veltkamp if you have any questions.

Please join your deacons in praying that both those who give and those who receive these gifts will be touched by Jesus’ love.

PASTOR TODD INVITES YOU TO READ THE BIBLE TOGETHER

Just click this link to join the group.

CLICK HERE

Enjoy reading the Bible and commenting on what you learn.  It is a great way to be in community with your church family.

EDUCATION HOUR CLASSES FOR ADULTS

SPECIAL NOTE – There will be NO Education Hour from 9-10am on Sunday, November 28th.  It is Thanksgiving Break.  No classes for Middle School, High School and Adult Bible Study.

In addition to classes for Middle School and High School, we have a Bible study class for adults as well.

David and Laura Van Zoest are facilitating a new study called “FOLLOW” by Andy Stanley with video and workbook segments.  Here’s a quote about the study: “Religion says ‘Change and you can join us.’ Jesus says, ‘Join us and you will change.'” There’s a huge difference. Jesus doesn’t expect people to be perfect. He just wants us to follow him.”

Senior Breakfast (60+)

Friday, Dec. 10 at 9am at LaRue’s Restaurant (6375 Stadium Drive).
RSVP to Marilyn at marilyn@dmboersema.net or 269.220.9254.
LaRue’s doesn’t take credit cards.

WE WANT TO SEE YOUR FACES!

We want to update our picture board in the lobby with new and current pictures.  It is a great way to get to know other people around Southern Heights, or to match a name with a face.  But it only works if we have your faces… and the more current the better.    Send your amazing pictures to shcrc1@gmail.com and we will print out the picture and put it on the picture board.  We love our church family!

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY!

Adult Non-Fiction

Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There – Trusting Him in Uncertain Times by Ruth Graham

Approval Addiction – Overcoming Your Need to Please Everyone by Joyce Meyer

Following Jesus – Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety by Henri J. M. Nouwen

When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg

Ten Days – An American Visits a Secondary School in Northern Uganda by Robert James Ruhf and Betty Pacutho Udongo

Adult Fiction

If I Were You by Lynn Austin

My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt

We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels

Shadow in Serenity by Terri Blackstock

The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden

Outlaw by Ted Dekker

The Outlaw Chronicles (Eyes Wide Open, Water Walker & Hacker) by Ted Dekker

Where Do I Go? (The Yada Yada House of Hope series book #1) by Neta Jackson

Who Do I Talk To? (The Yada Yada House of Hope series book #2) by Neta Jackson

Who Do I Lean On? (The Yada Yada House of Hope series book #3) by Neta Jackson

Who is My Shelter? (The Yada Yada House of Hope series book #4) by Neta Jackson

WANTED: Used laptops & smart phones

that you no longer need.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Honduras, the Gathering Hearts remote classes have a great need for used laptops & smart phones. Denny Boersema is planning a trip to Honduras in January and would love to take some of these items along. Place your donations in the box in the church office, and thanks so much for your generosity.

WELCOMING CHILDREN TO THE LORD’S SUPPER

This is an informational toolkit from the Christian Reformed denomination that explains the background and biblical foundation for its position about children at the Lord’s Supper.  It also contains resources for education.

CLICK HERE or on the picture to visit this toolkit to find out more.

LUNCH BUNCH EVERY SUNDAY AT NOON


Everyone is invited to come! Gather with other hungry & friendly people at the wooden entry doors in our lobby.

(Contact: Erica Deubner)

DiscipleSHip Journey (3 years-5th grade)

We start with our families in the worship gathering & are dismissed to classes from there.

This Sunday, Sailors (preschool) and Oceaneers (K-3rd) will meet.

*Divers (4th-5th) meet 1st and 3rd Sundays.

Your offerings to God

Present your offerings in person; by mail (4141 E. Hillandale, Kalamazoo 49008);
or by Venmo or PayPal at this secure link: https://www.s-heights.org/give/
NOTE: PayPal deducts a fee, while Venmo does not.

END OF YEAR GIVING

As we finish our giving for 2021, here are a few details to note…

If you want your gift to be included in 2021, please make sure your gift is in the offering plate, mailed into the office, or given online by Sunday, December 26 at 11:00am.  The gifts will then be counted and added to the last 2021 deposit.

If you wonder what you have given so far in 2021, you can check the church database where you can see your own giving history (you cannot see anyone else’s giving).  Just go to the following link and log in: https://shcrc.churchofficechms.com/user/login.

If you have trouble logging in, you can contact Judy in the office (email shcrc1@gmail.com) who can help you with your password.

2021 statements will be sent by email to everyone in January 2022.  If you do not have an email address on file, your statement will be mailed to you.

As always, if you have any questions you can contact our treasurer, Jeff Baas, at jmbaas1@gmail.com who will be happy to help.

DO YOU SHOP WITH AMAZON?

WANT TO JOIN A LIFE GROUP?

Life is better…together.  Life Groups are a wonderful way to have deeper relationships with other believers.  They’re where you can really share your struggles together and rejoice in the successes of life.  If you want to join a group, click on the picture to find out more, or email Tami Koning at tamikoning@yahoo.com

HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR MAILBOX LATELY?

If not, your mailbox misses you. 🙂

If you don’t have a mailbox and want one – just let us know at shcrc1@gmail.com.

DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST?

Click on the prayer prompter image or send an email to deborahbos2@gmail.com and it will be included in the weekly Southern Heights Prayer Prompter.  If you have a confidential prayer request, please note that and it will be sent a small specific group of elders and staff for confidential prayer.

Free & confidential counseling is available

If you feel the need to talk to a professional counselor, we have a Church Assistance Program (CAP) with Pine Rest Mental Health Services. To get started – or for more info – call 616.455.6210 or 800.442.0809 and mention our Southern Heights CAP membership when you do.

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