Weekly Newsletter Updated Every Thursday

Coming Sunday, September 24, we will have two worship services, a contemporary service at 9:45 am and a traditional service at 11:15 am.

Sunday morning, we continue with our journey in “The Story”. This week, we journey with Joseph and his brothers in what are some of the most memorable and engaging stories in the Bible. As we read, we might despair for Joseph, given his enemies and suffering. But, as the editors of “The Story” tell us, you can’t only pay attention to the “Lower Story.” There’s an “Upper Story,” too.  Thank God!  Come and grow!

Scripture reading: Genesis 37:1-8, 50:15-21 | 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Sermon: The Story, Week 3: “Providence” by Rev. Mark Vermaire

The following groups and household welcome you to come and join them in discussing this week’s part of the story:

• Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, all welcome, near The Hague Centrum

• Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, all welcome, in Wassenaar

• Wednesday mornings, 6:00 am – Men’s Bible study has begun to use this

• Wednesday mornings, 10:00 am – Women’s Word of God Disc. Group at APCH

• Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, (mid 20s-40s group) in Benoordenhout, The Hague

• Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at APCH, open to all each week

• Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, all are welcome near the Hague Centrum

• Thursdays, 8:00-9:30 pm, Fellowship group in Leiden (meets every other week starting September 21)

Contact the church office to find out more about the groups and sign up. If you can’t make it every week, join when you are able.

If you are out of town, you can listen to the sermons any time anywhere online at www.apch.nl. You can also subscribe to the APCH sermon Podcast Note: Sermons are made available by Monday morning the following day.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday School continues with the new series, “The Story” during the 9:45 am worship service. Children up to 3 years old are invited to play in the nursery downstairs. For more information, please contact the church office.

YOUTH GROUP

The Youth Group meets Sundays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. All youth who are 12 to 18 years old are invited to attend. We will be following “The Story” series. Come for a time of teaching, fun and fellowship!

THE AGE POLICY FOR YOUTH GROUP

In an attempt to align the children and youth programs, we have changed our age policy. All youth between the ages of 12 years old, as of September 30, 2017, and 18 years old are invited to join the youth group. All youth that were in the program last year are invited to continue in the program. The new 12 year olds will be invited to join the program only in the fall of the new school year. No longer will they be invited to the youth program at the time they turn 12 years of age.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

All women are invited to join us Wednesdays at 9:30 am for the Bible study, “Finding I Am” by Lysa Terkeurst. Join us for a time of teaching and fellowship!

WOMEN’S WORD OF GOD DISCUSSION GROUP

Women’s Word of God Discussion Group is studying the “The Story”. Please join us for coffee and fellowship every Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall at APCH.

WOMEN’S EVENING FELLOWSHIP

Join us once a month for a time of fellowship at the home of Liesbeth Sietses. We’ll meet the first Tuesday of each month. Our next gathering will be Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:30 pm. For directions and to RSVP please send an email to ehmsiet@gmail.com or call at (062) 145-0953.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY

Men’s Bible Study meets Wednesdays at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall at APCH. We are studying “The Story” – the material that the sermons, Children’s and Youth programs and various other Bible study groups will be using for the next year. We encourage all men to join us for this great time of fellowship, learning and prayer.

DIVORCE RECOVERY SMALL GROUP

A Divorce Recovery Small Group will start in September. Monique White, a member of APCH is leading this small group using the Peace After Divorce curriculum, which consists of an 8-week video session and work book. To sign up, please email Monique at mswoodenshoes@yahoo.com.

MISSIONS POTLUCK

Save the date, and plan to join in at the next potluck. Ruth and Paul van Zonnenburg, our missionaries serving with Stichting Hand, will join us on Friday evening, October 6th, at approximately 6:30 p.m.

BAZAAR HELP

Putting our HANDS together to serve others MAKES A DIFFERENCE in our world. Please sign up as BAZAAR VOLUNTEER, the options are many: pre-sorting, set-up, baking, selling, making food , cleaning up. The SIGN-UP table is located in the Fellowship Hall. Come by and add your name to the list… thank you!

BAZAAR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th – SAVE THE DATE

Give those classy and amazing things in your closets and cupboards a new lease on life – donate them to the Bazaar! Many thanks for all the donations so far! Donations are welcome Tuesday’s 10:00 to 14:00 or by appointment. Contact Helen at the APCH office for more information at office@apch.nl.

ROMANIA MISSIONS TRIP SIGN-UPS NOW OPEN!

For all those wanting to participate in the Romania missions trip on October 15-22, 2017, please go to the sign-up page at http://www.apch.nl/give/mission-trip-to-romania/ (which can also be found under the Menu items Missions -> Missions Trip to Romania from the homepage). Total trip costs are 450 Euros per person – it includes everything in terms of travel, lodging and food for our time together assisting Pastor Bert and Pastor Frank. We have space for 30 people. Sign up soon and join us! If you cannot travel but would like to donate so that someone else can travel, please reach out to Sammy Whenu at swhenu@hotmail.com.

PRAYER TIME

Johan and Miriam Rotman have started a new Prayer Time every other Sunday morning before the services, Johan and Miriam Rotman lead a time of prayer upstairs from 9:15 till 9:40. All are welcome.  For more details, contact Johan at johan.miriamrotman@gmail.com.


COUNCIL UPDATE

During the Council meeting earlier this week, we discussed two issues of importance which we want to share before the Council minutes are available next week.

First, we discussed the need for relief efforts and funds resulting from Harvey and Irma but also as a result of rainfall in Bangladesh and Sierra Leone to name two. As Council, we have decided not to organize any campaign or make APCH funds available, other than a consideration for the missionaries that we are already supporting. With that, we do encourage each and everyone at APCH to help where possible by using the multitude of available channels.

Secondly, and we will provide a detailed financial update at the end of next week, we want to report the aggregate expenses and income at the end of August from the beginning of the year as:

APCH Income:  € 211,000

APCH Expenses:  € 273,000

HAVE YOU SIGNED UP FOR INFELLOWSHIP?

InFellowship is our online ministry tool used to connect church members through individual profiles and groups. InFellowship will allow APCH to better communicate with you. It will give you the ability to find basic contact information on other members (church directory). You will be able to participate in groups that reflect the ministries that you are involved in, such as your small group, allowing more streamlined communication and participation among group members and leaders of APCH. You can find InFellowship on our website: www.apch.nl/infellowship
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