Youth Ministries

CREW (High School) There are no regular CREW activities tonight but student & adult leaders will meet from 5:30-7:30 at the Vault for planning and Christmas decorating. Next Sunday is Growing Your Faith with Jim.

No middle school youth group tonight, but see you next week at the Hollenbeck’s house for a Christmas party! All middle schoolers are welcome to attend!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS – Dinner will be served from 6 – 6:30 this week Nov. 30 & next week Dec. 7.

GEMS Girls’ Club will meet this week Wednesday: Although it is the last Wednesday of the month, it is an extra one, so we will be meeting in church and doing some fun indoor activities. See you there at 6:30pm. Remember, friends are also welcome!

Upcoming Calendar for Middle School youth group: Christmas gathering at the Hollenbach’s house on December 4. Join CREW for a Celebration at the Vault on December 11. No meeting on December 18 due to carol sing. Open gym, pizza and hang-out night on Wednesday, December 28, 6-8 pm. Friends welcome!

College Care Packs – Thank you, Congregation, for your wonderful support, prayers, and encouragement with the College Care Packs! We had a wonderful response and it is greatly appreciated!


Newcomers Class: Are you new to LaGrave and want to learn more about how our congregation works? Are you considering membership but would like to get more information? Consider coming to our Newcomers Class on Tuesday, November 15 from 7-9 pm in the Parlor. That will be an opportunity for you to meet the staff, to hear some of our church’s history, and to get some basic information about how our congregation

Wednesday Night Dinner will be available again this week, November 16 as well as Nov. 30 & Dec. 7. We are excited to offer these almost weekly dinners that will make it easier for busy persons to participate in Wednesday evening activities. Dinners are served from 6:00 – 6:30pm. There is no charge for the dinners but donations will be accepted to defray the costs.

Men’s Coffee: You are welcome to join the men’s coffee group on November 17 at the Vault across from the church parking lot from 10am-11:30am on every 3rd Thursday of the month. All men of any age can enjoy this time of socializing and eating donuts. If you need a ride call 616-245-3803.

Mom’s Fellowship We will meet on November 18th this month. We will be creating homemade cards during our fellowship time. You can make any kind of cards that you would like, and don’t have to have any artistic abilities. We will meet in the parlor from 9:00-10:30, and childcare will be provided in the nursery. Come join us for treats, coffee, and crafts!

Hola Congregation! Adults, teenagers, niñas, niños – you are all invited to a Koinonia dinner on the evening of Sunday, November 20 here at LaGrave. This dinner will celebrate our congregation’s long fellowship with the Cuban Christians in the Cuban Christian Reformed Church. The service will be at 5:00pm and it will be immediately followed by a free dinner. We hope to see you there.

GEMS Counselors’ Cards for sale in MPR next week: We will have our annual boxed Christian Christmas card sale this morning in the MPR. There will be a few other types of cards as well, but primarily it is Christmas. Please note that our supply of Christmas cards is somewhat limited in number this year, so come soon after the morning services to check them out. We still have some LaGrave Doors Christmas cards for sale, which will be of interest to both new and long-term members.

Women’s Book Club – Please join us on Monday, November 28 at 7:30pm in The Parlor, to discuss The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. Books are available at local libraries and Schuler Books

LaGrave’s First Creche Exhibit! LaGrave Members are invited to show one of their favorite Christmas Creches (manger scenes). See the News and Opportunities Email blast for more information. Forms are welcome today through Sunday, November 20.

The Annual Instrumental Carol Sing with an All-Church Orchestra is returning after a four-year hiatus and will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 6:00 p.m. Members of all ages and skill levels who play a traditional band or orchestra instrument are invited to participate. If you are interested, look for the online sign-up form in the Nov. 8 email blast.

Congregational News

College Care Packs – College Ministry is planning to send notes and gift cards to our college students again this year. If you are a college student or parent of a college student and would like to receive this gift, please send the name and mailing address to Heidi Glover at or the church office. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 20, 2022.

Gift Cards Needed for College Students by November 20. The College Ministry is planning to send notes and gift cards to our students in early December. We need approximately 50 additional $25 Starbucks gift cards to include with these notes. Please bring the gift cards to the church office or send them to the church office marked “College Gift Cards.” Contact Heidi Glover with questions.

The College Ministry/Young Adult Career is looking for volunteer cinnamon roll bakers! If you would be willing to provide homemade cinnamon rolls for Cinnamon Roll Sunday, to be held on November 20, we would love to hear from you! Email Heidi Glover at or call 616-437-6830.

Christmas card bags: The list of names of home-bound members and 46 card bags will be set up this coming Wednesday in the hallway near the MPR and will remain there until December 14. Smaller boxes of cards are $5, and we were able to get larger boxes of 48 cards for only $10. You can pay today or do an IOU. Thank you for supporting our GEMS Club (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior)!

Part-time Receptionist Needed: LaGrave is looking to hire a part-time receptionist to work in the church office on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30am-4:30pm. It will be a job-share position with our current receptionist who recently had a baby. Please contact Amy Hermen ( for more information.

Nursery volunteers needed for the 10am Thanksgiving