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April 12, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – April 12, 2020

       Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister       Easter Sunday

Preparation for Worship: The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him’ Now I have told you.” Matt. 28:5-7

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Prelude: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting 

*Opening Song: #388:1-5 “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Will for Our Lives

Ministry of Music: CD solo “Arise” (Larry Wielenga)

Congregational Prayer

Offertory: “The Stife Is O’er, the Battle Done, Alleluia! (#391)

Offering: Christian Ed Fund (slides on screen about giving)

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

Children’s Message by Pastor Loren

*Song of Preparation: #396:1-3 “Low in the Grave Christ Lay”  

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 24:1-12

God’s Word Proclaimed: “The Good News of Easter”

Prayer of Application

DVD from last year begins here

WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD

*Song of Response: “See What a Morning” (Walt & Lavonne den Hoed)

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: SW#72:1-4 “In Christ Alone”

*Hallelujah Chorus

*Postlude: “Now Christ Does End in Triumph” (Bach)

organist…MaryLou Wielenga

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

April 12, 2020

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Alleluia! Christ is risen! Welcome, as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and our own resulting new life!

FROM THE DEACONS: The events which have unfolded in our world have forced many changes upon us. Just as we have changed the way we meet together for worship, we must also find new ways to collect Tithes & Offerings. The church continues to have ongoing commitments that must be met for the General Fund, Building Fund, Missions, Benevolence, Christian Education & Special Offerings. Anyone wishing to make a donation can currently do so three ways: 1) Personal checks may be mailed to:  Attn. Deacons, Hull First CRC, 1121 5th St., P.O. Box 803, Hull, IA 51239. Please do not mail cash donations. 2) Make use of Bill Pay through your personal bank. If you already have an online account set up with your bank, you can send a donation right from your bank’s website. The church will then receive a cashable check in the mail. Please include in the memo which account or cause you would like your donation directed to. Any unspecified donations received will be directed to the General Fund.  3) An offering drop box has been set up next to the mailboxes in the back of the church. Any questions, please contact Ryan Bolkema or Eric Zomermaand

OFFERING SCHEDULE: The offering for Sunday, April 12, will be for the Christian Ed Fund. The April 19 offering will be for Vacation Bible School.

FROM THE CHRISTIAN ED COMMITTEE: The mowing schedule for the cemetery this summer is in your church mailbox. Please check to see when you are scheduled. Mowing starts the week of April 26th.

THE HIGH SCHOOL PROFESSION OF FAITH has been canceled until further notice. Watch the bulletin for rescheduling.

ANOTHER CALL OUT TO VOLUNTEERS to sew masks. This time it is for Hope Haven staff (780 needed) and clients. We will first supply our local Hope Haven area (Hull, Boyden, Rock Valley). We can supply all the materials and elastic. Are there a few people willing to sew? Hope Haven will accept the Olson masks and other useable mask patterns on you-tube. Norma Kotman is the contact person for 1st CRC (439-2345 or norma.kotman@gmail.com) Thanks so much for all your help. Let us all pull together to serve our community in these times. May the Lord cause a revival in our families and in our nation. God bless all the workers that continue to serve other people in this coronavirus pandemic. Thanks again, Lavonne Spaans

THE BANQUET: Our church will not be serving at the Banquet this year due to COVID-19 and the fact that they are only preparing take-out orders at this time. Our church will pay for the food that is prepared for the guests on the day we are scheduled. We are asking each family to donate $10 toward the cost of the meal. Checks should be made out to the church and placed in Karen Bruxvoort’s church mailbox or mail a check to church Attn: Karen. Any money that is left will go to the Banquet’s back pack program.

WALL OF NEEDS: Check out the bulletin board next to the church mailboxes to see how you can donate supplies to VBS this year. Simply grab a slip of paper and return the listed donation to church. They can be placed in the baskets at the back of church.

VBS REGISTRATION: Climb aboard for Rocky Railway – Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through. Hull Vacation Bible School is Sunday, June 7, through Thursday, June 11, from 6:00p-8:30p every night. There will be small program Thursday, June 11, at 8:30p. The meal for the kids attending and volunteers will be served from 5:15p-5:45p Monday through Thursday. You can register online this year at https://forms.gle/uVqcCE4rVsarUGWm7. Registrations are due May 1.

VBS VOLUNTEERS: We are needing volunteers to help with Vacation Bible School to help it run smoothly. Those interested in helping (junior high age and older) are asked to sign up on the sheet in back of church. (Please note that although VBS is starting on a Sunday again this year, you do not have to miss evening church to attend. Students and helpers are welcome to start their VBS experience on Monday as well). This year we are going to serve a small meal beginning at 5:00. We are asking for about 4-5 ladies to help out with that on Thursday, June 11. Please note that on the sign-up sheet if you are willing to help serve the meal. Any questions, please contact Rachel Bolkema, Jessica Pollema or Ashley Hulstein.

THANK YOU everyone for the help given me during my recent fall and broken kneecap. I would like to thank Pastors Kotman and Klompien for their many phone calls and visits. Thank you to Elder Daryl & Judi Wesselink for the phone calls and visits. Thanks to everyone who visited, called or sent cards. Thanks to everyone who gave food; it really helped. Thanks to my brothers who fixed up my house and took me to the doctors. Thank you also to Care Group 6 for their help. The love and kindness of this congregation was overwhelming. I couldn’t believe it. May the Lord bless you all. – Dennis Kroese

THANK YOU for praying for Connie’s ankle surgery. We praise God that her surgery went well. Please continue to pray for healing. We are so grateful for your prayers and encouragement and for being part of God’s caring family. -Lauren & Connie Runia

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:  

Congratulations to Zach & Ashlee Vant Hul on the birth of a baby girl, Addyson Lorayne, born on April 3.

Give thanks that Tami Westphal’s stepfather is doing better and continues to recover at home.

Dennis Kroese saw the specialist last Friday and the doctor said he is healing well. He was cleared to drive last week. He has adjusted his knee brace for 45% movement and it sounded like in 2 weeks he just needed to call the specialist and report in. They hope to have him adjust to more movement at that time.

Sally De Groot continues as a resident at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. She is in Creek Side, Room 15. Sally appreciates cards and letters.

Lois Salazar’s last chemo treatment is tentatively scheduled for Monday. Pray that she will be able to have the infusion. Pray for complete healing.

Sandy Starkenburg’s surgery has been canceled for now. Pray for peace of mind while she waits for surgery. Pray for relief from any discomfort that she experiences. She really appreciates all of your prayers and concern.

Continue to remember John Bolkema as he struggles with Parkinson’s.

Harry Klay had a stent inserted at the Avera Heart Hospital on Tuesday. The plan was for him to come home on either Thursday or Friday.

Wilma Grevengoed was released from the Rock Valley Hospital on Tuesday. Give thanks for a good prognosis. Pray for a speedy recovery.

Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Chuck & Darlene Kroese; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Wilma Grevengoed, Harry Klay, Goldie Veldman; Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats; Rick Rozeboom’s home: Esther Rozeboom; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS

Please be in prayer for those who have been affected in so many different ways by the COVID-19 crisis. We think of those who are sick and those who care for them. We pray for those who have been economically impacted. We remember all whose routines have been interrupted and we pray that the Lord’s sovereign care will overcome any anxiety.

We give thanks that Jerlyn Spronk, father of Chanda Bakker, was released from the hospital after experiencing complications from hip replacement surgery. We pray for his continued healing.

We pray for the continued recovery for Doug De Groot’s brother, Daryl De Groot, as he recovers from back surgery. We pray for his healing and recovery.