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April 17, 2016

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –April 17, 2016

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister  Third Sunday after Easter   

Preparation for Worship: Lord, as we come into your holy presence, may we prepare our hearts and minds to worship you with reverence and awe, for you have commanded us: “Be still and know that I am God!” (Ps. 46:10)

WE WORSHIP THE RISEN LORD

Prelude: “Thine is the Glory” –Guilmant; “Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing!” -Willan   

*Responsive Call to Worship: 

              Pastor:        Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Death has met defeat!           

              People:       Alleluia!

              Pastor:        He who died and was buried, now lives forevermore!

              People:       Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer, we now worship and adore. Alleluia!

*Opening Hymn of Praise: #387:1 “Alleluia! Alleluia!”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

*Hymn: #403:1-3 “This Joyful Eastertide”

GOD, THROUGH CHRIST, RENEWS HIS COVENANT WITH US AND OUR CHILDREN

Baptism of Rebecca Ann Dirksen & Cohen Jesse Van Berkum

Songs of Response: #571:1-3 “Jesus Loves Me” & SW#41:1-2 “O How He Loves You and Me”

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Songs of Gratitude: #401 “Oh, How Good Is Christ the Lord” & SW#32 “Praise the Name of Jesus”

God’s Will for Our Lives

Intercessory Prayer

Offering: Sioux City/Sioux Falls Gospel Mission

Piano Offertory by Jo Dirksen

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

 *Song of Preparation: #397:1,4 “Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing”   

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Galatians 1:1-5 (pg. 1218)

God’s Word Proclaimed: “God’s Rescue Mission”

Prayer of Application

WE REJOICE IN THE GOOD NEWS AND GO OUT TO SERVE OUR RISEN LORD

*Hymn of Thanksgiving: #497:1-3 “How Vast the Benefits Divine”

*Parting Blessing

*Doxology: #387:4 “Alleluia! Alleluia!”

*Postlude: “But Thanks Be to God, Who Giveth Us the Victory” (from the Messiah) -Handel   

                (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)

*indicates congregation stand - organist: MaryLou Wielenga

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

  Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY: Eldon & Lisa Van Schepen, Elder Henry & Cheryl Kats

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  Justin & Sheila Van Schepen, Deacon Dan & Dana Fedders

NURSERY TODAY: AM Rachel Schroeder, Ranae Sheffield, Mitchell Winterfeld, Sawyer Rozeboom, Amanda Wiersma; PM Ryan Bolkema Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Stephanie Struik, Shirley Van Engen, Dason Van’t Hul, Ashten Winterfeld, Emily Fedders; PM Troy Bruxvoort Family  

USHERS FOR APR.: Dan Poppema, Kirk Struik, Nic Van Engen, Daryl Wesselink

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for the Sioux City/Sioux Falls Gospel Mission

NEXT SUNDAY:  1. GEMS; 2. Bethany Christian Services

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Jim & Aletha O.                      NEXT WEEK: Doug & Sandy Pollema

POWER POINT TODAY: AM Arlene; PM Set: Jason; run: Julie                                                         

POWER POINT NEXT WEEK: Set: Julie; Run: Linda

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Cody                                              NEXT SUNDAY:  Joel

CORRESPONDENCE: Tim Kats to Justin Van Zee; Jim Keizer to Kevin Schutte; Cliff Koele to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Nelvina Kroese to Lauren Runia; Dave Kroese to Rev. Jan Van Ee; Eric Kroese to Sos & Kara Maletoungou

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM        Worship Service

 10:45 AM        Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM        Sunday School/Catechism Classes

 10:45 AM        Christian Ed. Committee

 10:45 AM        Choir Rehearsal

   6:00 PM         Evening Worship Service

   7:15 PM         Christian Fellowship. Lesson 5. Lunch: Arlene Van’t Hul & Lois Salazar

MONDAY

   7:00 PM         GEMS Year-End Celebration. (see announcement in insert)

   7:30 PM         Friendship Bible

WEDNESDAY

   9:55 AM        Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 5 “The Road to Rome”

   5:00 PM         YPS 50’s diner. Come out & enjoy hamburgers, brats, hotdogs and milk shakes!

   7:00 PM         Men’s Society. Lesson 12

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

April 17, 2016

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Brothers and sisters in the risen Christ, grace and peace to you! Please greet one another as we prepare to worship God. A nursery and quiet room are available in the basement. TV’s are available so that the service can be viewed. We invite everyone to join us for fellowship & coffee after the morning service in the church basement. 

THIS MORNING we will witness the baptism of Rebecca Ann Dirksen, infant daughter of Art & Anna and Cohen Jesse Van Berkum, infant son of Jon & Nicole.

THIS EVENING Pastor Kotman’s message is taken from Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:1-4 and Belgic Confession, Art. 3. His message is titled “God’s Written Word”.

REMINDER: The back 8 benches on both sides of the sanctuary are reserved for families with babies to pre-school age children. We have a lot of young children and it is important that we keep these benches available for them. 

GEMS Year-End Celebration is Monday at 7:00p at Hope CRC. Make note of the time. Each girl may bring one guest. We will take one final collection for the Room to Grow Campaign to fill the fourth grade classroom with supplies at the Esther School in Africa. GEMS Sunday is April 24 at 1st CRC.

YPS 50’S DINER is Wed., April 20th. Come out and enjoy hamburgers, brats, hotdogs and homemade milk shakes. Serving from 5:00-7:00p.

IT’S TIME TO GET READY for Cave Quest VBS June 6-9: Following Jesus the light of the World! There are a variety of ways that you can help make Vacation Bible School a success. We are in need of Crew Leaders (high school age-adult). We also need donations. There was a sheet in your church mailbox that listed the items you can donate. Registration forms for your child(ren) were also in your mailbox or on the back table. VBS is for kids going into Kindergarten -5th grade (fall of 2016). Please contact Rachel Bolkema or Bobbie Kroese if you have any questions.

THE “SHARE” GROUP for widows/widowers will meet on Thursday, April 21, at 6:00p at the Pizza Ranch in Hull. Any questions, please call Deanna at 439-2229 or Pastor Katie at 470-4195. Look forward to seeing you there!

MEMBERSHIP TRANSFER: The communicant membership of Brett Kats was transferred, at his request, to the First Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. We wish him God’s blessing in his new church home.

OFFERING AMOUNTS FOR MARCH:

General Fund:      $26,487.08                                       Building Fund:               $ 3,719.00

Missions:                 1,325.00                                       Luke Society:                       548.00

Hope Haven:           1,267.61                                       American Cancer Soc.:       647.00

Livingstone Prison Church: $ 705.50

THANK YOU for joining Cornerstone in worship! The inmates appreciate fellowshipping with visitors and we enjoy getting to know you better. We would like to invite you to come back again soon!  -Cornerstone Prison Church

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

LeRoy Jongetjes continues to recover from knee surgery at Pleasant Acres.

Lindsey Pfingsten is recovering well from a recent procedure. John and Lindsey are thankful for all your prayers and concern.

Anna Dirksen’s sister, Elaine, continues to show signs of improvement. She is now at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln. Keep her and her family in your prayers.

Continue to remember Joyce Kroese in your prayers. Pray for continued strength and better health.

Continue to remember Gary Roetman in your prayers as he continues with chemo. Pray for strength and healing.

Cliff Koele will be going to Mayo Clinic on Monday because the ongoing antibiotic therapy is not working. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and healing for Cliff.

Remember Sam Scholten in your prayers as he serves our country at Fort Bragg.

Pray for our shut ins: Henry Brinks at Whispering Heights; Nell Brunsting, Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, Gert Zevenbergen, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena & Anthony Smit at Aspen Heights; Don Westra in his home; Marvin Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; & Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

We praise God with Kollen and Erin Driesen in the birth of a daughter, Sydney Lyla. She was born via emergency c-section and was having some difficulties so was flown to Sioux Falls. She will be spending 48 hours in the NICU for observation. Both mother and baby are hoping to be home this weekend. We praise God for this gift of life!

Jan Bakker continues her treatment for lymphoma. We give thanks with her that side effects have been minimal. We pray that the treatments are effective and for her continued strength.

We pray for Bev Altena as she continues to heal from knee replacement surgery.

Please keep Tasha Hulstein and her unborn child in your prayers as she remains on bed rest at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. She and baby are doing well. Please continue your prayers as she comes closer to her delivery date. Visits are welcome, but if you have any cold or flu symptoms, please wait until you are well. We keep her husband, Corey, and the rest of the family in our prayers as well.

We also continue to remember our members who reside in care facilities: Hermina Hulstein and Mary Grooters at Pleasant Acres, Marv Boon at Fieldcrest in Sheldon, and Harriet Kooiker at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. We also pray for their families as they support them.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

   Western Christian is conducting their annual spring drive. We would like to conclude this drive by April 20. Thank you in advance for your generous support of Western Christian.

   HCS Spring Carnival: April 23 from 11a-2p in the gym. There will be inflatables and games for the kids for FREE! Pizza, pop/Gatorade/water, & popcorn available for sale. Everyone is invited for fun and fellowship!

   HCS: Cupcake walk donations needed for the spring carnival on Sat., Apr. 23. We are asking for donations of cupcakes as prizes. You can bring them to school any time before April 22 or the morning of the carnival. Your help is greatly appreciated!

   Western Christian is looking for an Assistant Maintenance Manager. Interested individuals should contact Dan Barkel at 439-1013 or dan.bakel@westernchristianhs.com.         

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present its annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30p in the BJ Haan Auditorium at Dordt. This Spring Concert will also feature the announcement of the 2016-2017 Season. Season tickets for next year will be offered that evening for a special discounted price. Advance tickets are available at True Vine Bookstore and Dove Christian Bookstore. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the concert.

HOPE HAVEN Christian Women’s Auxiliary will hold its Annual Spring Meeting with a luncheon in the Hope Haven gym beginning at 11:30a on Tuesday, April 19. The program will be L’attitude from Sioux Falls, SD. There will also be a business meeting and silent auction. Your attendance is desired. Bring a friend!

CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S BRUNCH will be held on Wed., April 20, at 9:15a in the community room at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. “Enjoy your photos forever” will be presented by Pam Van Roekel. Music and inspirational speaker will be provided by Terri Hout. Brunch is $4.00. An offering will be received for Stonecroft Ministries. Reservations are necessary. Call Winifred at 470-5549.

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will meet Wed., April 20, at 1:00p at Royale Meadows. Megan Ten Clay, Funeral Director, will talk about funeral planning. RSVP to Ashley at 722-8157 by April 18.

DORDT COLLEGE Theatre Arts presents “Fools,” a play about a new teacher who unwittingly finds himself in a village cursed with foolishness. Performances will be in the New World Theatre at Dordt on April 21 & 23 at 7:30p and April 23 at 2:00p. Tickets can be purchased at www.dordttickets.com.

DORDT COLLEGE will host Ideafest, a multidisciplinary event, where students from all majors present their research or projects. The community is welcome to attend the presentation held in various locations within the Campus on Thursday, April 21, from 1:00-3:30p.

DORDT COLLEGE Annual Ag Day will be Friday, April 22. This free family event is held from 9:00a-3:00p in the main parking lot, just north of the Dordt Campus Center. Pulled pork will be served by members of the Ag Club between 11:00-1:00p as a fundraiser for the club’s activities.

DORDT COLLEGE instrumental groups are performing their final concerts of the academic year. The Campus-Community Band and Jazz Band will perform on Friday, April 22, at 7:30p. The Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band will perform Fri., April 29, at 7:30p. Both concerts are free, with a freewill offering accepted.

DORDT Football Spring Practice Finale is April 30. Bring your family for fun, food, and football! Festivities for all ages include raffles, field goal challenge, obstacle course, corn hole, and more. Festivities begin at 5:00p, tailgate at 5:30 and the Spring Practice Finale at 6. Cost for tailgate is $4. Admittance to the stadium is free.

AUDITIONS for NISYO (string players from middle school through high school in all sections of the orchestra) will be Sat., April 23, at Dordt. Contact Dr. Miedema at 722-6204 or Bradley.Miedema@dordt.edu.

HOPE HAVEN GOSPEL MUSIC CONCERT is Sat., April 23, at 6:30p in Dordt’s Auditorium. Tickets are $15 per person and sold at the door only. Doors open at 5:00p and the concert starts at 6:30p sharp!  

BIBLE LEAGUE SPRING SALAD LUNCHEON will be held on May 2 at 11:30p at Bethel CRC in Sioux Center. Please bring a salad for every two ladies and enjoy the luncheon and fellowship with women from many area churches. The program will include a presentation about the Bible League visit to Uganda and Tanzania.