April 19, 2020
MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – April 19, 2020
Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister
Preparation for worship: As we prepare for worship, we pray that you will quiet our hearts, that we may hear your voice in your Word. We pray that you will stir our hearts, that we may more faithfully follow Jesus, and that you will be glorified by the praise and prayers we offer you.
WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
*Call to Worship
*Opening Song: #249:1-4 “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”
WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE
God’s Will for Our Lives
Prayer of Confession
Word of Assurance
Hymn of Response: #181:1-3 “See What a Morning” (LUYH)
WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND GIFTS
Offering: Vacation Bible School
GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD
*Song of Preparation: #762:1,2 “Ancient Words” (LUYH)
Prayer of Illumination
God’s Word Read: 2 Kings 20:1-11
God’s Word Proclaimed: “Seeking God in a Crisis”
Prayer of Application
WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD
*Song of Response: #559:1-3 “Ten Thousand Reasons” (LUYH)
*Parting Song: SW#68:1-3 “Because He Lives”
* indicates congregation stand
pianist: Evan Schroeder
FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
April 19, 2020
WELCOME TO FIRST HULL The risen Christ appears among us – despite our locked hearts, our fears, our attempts to hide – and says, “Peace”.
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 19 offering will be for Vacation Bible School. The offering for April 26 will be for the Christian Ed Fund.
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.
BIBLE LEAGUE SALAD LUNCHEON will not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This event is one of two of our fund raisers so we hope that you will seriously consider making a contribution. If you wish to make a contribution to Bible League International you can send a check to Linda Visser at 105 4th Street SW, Orange City, IA 51041.
OFFERING AMOUNTS FOR MARCH:
General Fund: $23,867.81; Bldg Fund: $1,441.00; Benevolence: $1,281; Hope Haven: $1,027; Resonate: $441.00
FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
Tami Westphal’s stepfather, Jim Smits, is making progress each day. Pray for a complete recovery.
Dennis Kroese is making good progress. He will soon have his knee brace adjusted for 90% movement. Pray for complete healing.
Harry Meendering had a six month checkup procedure on Thursday at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls to assess the healing in his brain since his brain bleed in October of last year. Pray for good results.
Pray for Pete Soodsma in his struggle with Parkinson’s and depression.
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.
Give thanks with Lois Salazar that she finished her last chemo treatment on Tuesday. Pray for continued good reports and for complete healing.
Continue to remember Sandy Starkenburg as she waits for surgery. Pray that she would experience relief from her discomfort while she waits.
Harry Klay returned to Aspen Heights on Tuesday, at which time he began 14 days of quarantine from the other residents. Give thanks that Harry is feeling really well.
Remember all those in our congregation who are confined to their homes as well as those in nursing homes or in assisted living as they are unable to have visitors at this time due to COVID-19. This is a difficult time for them so a phone call or a note from members of the congregation would be appreciated!
Give thanks with Wilma Grevengoed for the good progress she is making in her 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.
Phil Lammers cut his knee in a chainsaw accident April 10. He received 29 stitches. They are thankful that the cut missed tendons and meniscus in his knee. Please pray for his healing and recovery.
We pray for the continued recovery for Doug De Groot’s brother, Daryl De Groot, as he recovers from back surgery. We’re thankful that he was able to return home. We pray for his healing and recovery.
JFA: We hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe. With JFA’s closure for donations during the month of April, we anticipate May being a very busy month for us. With all of us spending more time in our homes during this COVID-19 season, we believe many will be dropping off donated items after we open our doors again. We wanted to encourage you all to continue to donate items that we can pass on to those in need. Please drop off clothing, household items, appliances, furniture, and kitchen items that are in good working order. Please do not drop off tv’s, computers, and items that cannot be reused by others. Thank you all for your support of our ministry. We continue to focus on our mission of “providing opportunities, building relationships, and redistributing resources through caring and sharing in Christ’s name.” Peace and Grace. Joe Vander Zee, Exec. Director
HABITAT HOME GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY will be at 12:00 PM on April 24 at 1608 30th Ave in Rock Valley. Give thanks to God for bringing this project together and for being able to celebrate with our partner family the Emiliano & Flora Ruvalcaba family. Everyone welcome! We will observe social distancing by standing 6’ apart at the site.