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Coming Sunday, May 28, we will have two worship services, a contemporary service (9:45 a.m.) and a traditional service (11:15 a.m.).

This coming Sunday is often called Ascension Sunday. On that day we will join with the whole church in celebrating the ascension of the risen Christ to the throne of God. We live in a nation of people that takes Ascension Day (last Thursday) off from work but, for the most part, have no idea why. Is the Ascension of Jesus really so important that it deserves a celebration day?  Come and rejoice!

Scripture reading:  Psalm 110 | Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon:  “Ascension Matters”  by Rev. Mark Vermaire

The following Sunday, June 4th, Pentecost, please wear celebratory clothing from your diverse cultures. If your culture’s clothing seems common, wear red, yellow, or orange, the colors of “tongues as of fire” that came upon the church that day.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL

The Sunday School continues during the 9:45 am worship service. Sunday School is provided for children ages 3 through 12 in the classrooms upstairs. Children up to age 3 years are invited to play in the nursery downstairs. For more information regarding the Sunday School program, please contact Angela van Hoeven or Anamaria Suciu. 

YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group meets Sundays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. We welcome all youth between the ages of 11-18 to join us for a meal, a lesson and fellowship.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

Women’s Bible Study will be taking a break during the summer months. Save the date for the Women’s Bible Study Fall Tea, Wednesday, August 30th at 10:00 a.m. All ladies are invited to join us!

WOMEN’S WORD OF GOD DISCUSSION GROUP

Women’s Word of God Discussion Group is now studying the Wisdom Literature, focusing on Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastics and the Song of Songs. Please join us for coffee and fellowship every Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall at APCH.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY

The 6:00 am Wednesday men’s group is doing a study from Neil Plantinga, “The Breviary of Sin: Not the way it is supposed to be.” We welcome all men!

RIGHT NOW MEDIA

Right Now Media is a new Christian growth/Bible study site that APCH has subscribed to allowing anyone in the church to access over 1400 videos on various topics, from children to in-depth Bible study. These can be seen on all of your digital devices at the time of your convenience. To sign-up, please email Donna Brown at zunbrown@netzero.com.

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END OF THE YEAR YOUTH BBQ – SAVE THE DATE

The end of the year youth BBQ is being planned for Sunday, June 11th  from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. All youth and their parents from ages 11 to 18 are welcome as we will celebrate the end of the school year. Help needed for set up and clean up. Please contact Ernie Shikles, eshikles@me.com if you are willing to assist in any way.

MISSIONS POTLUCK

Save the date for our next potluck on Saturday, June 17th . We’ll be hosting Freek and Mina vd Spek.

BAZAAR

60 years of Bazaar success! Here begins the call for your help and your donations for the November 4th Bazaar. EXCELLENCE is the name of our game and we urge you to donate your lightly used, – in great condition – household goods, clothing and books; we want to be able to offer the best to our visitors. There is a shortage of hands to sort and room to store old, tired items, also we cannot accommodate large furniture, computer or TV equipment. In June you can bring in donations, on Tuesdays or contact the church office to make other arrangements. Our efforts are multiplied a thousand times over as the proceeds are put to use by small organizations and individuals helping those in need. Please look for the list of recipients in the latest APCH Herald.

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 item 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 in the small room on top of the staircase from 9.15 till 9.40. They invite others to join them in prayers for the Pastor, the Worship and God’s protection for the Church. For more details, please contact Johan at johan.miriamrotman@gmail.com .


COUNCIL UPDATE

The APCH Council met on Tuesday May 16th and the approved minutes can be found at the link below. The two main topics for the meeting were the financial review where Council expressed concern on the fact that revenue is substantially behind budget and we discussed the APCH staff members in preparation for the annual reviews later this month.

http://www.apch.nl/download/apch_council/council_minutes/2017/APCH-Council-Meeting-Minutes-May-2017.pdf

FINANCIAL UPDATE

Here is the Financial report for the month of April. With this update, we would like to let you know that we are still missing some of the tithings as per approval at the beginning of the year; as mentioned in the last quarterly financial report, we implore everybody to please commit and be dedicated to their tithing plans for the year.

Our budgeted income for the month of April is €41k, but we have only received €25k for the month, this leaves us with a deficit of €16k at the moment; this has now brought our total year-to-date (April) deficit to €36k. The deficit this month is not a problem at this time because we have managed to keep our spending lower compared to the previous 3 months of the first quarter to €27k, which is slightly higher than the income received for this month. We encourage everybody to be dedicated to their planned tithings for the year because without achieving the approved Income budget we will be left vulnerable and handicapped in our commitments for the year.

We would like to use this opportunity to say thank you to the whole Congregation for your continued support from all angles and encourage everybody to continue to pray for God’s intervention and provision for our Church in Jesus name. 

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