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MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. April 2, 2017

Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister Fifth Sunday in Lent

Preparation for Worship: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Ps. 51:1,2

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Prelude

*Call to Worship: Hebrews 12:2,3

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

*Opening Song: #384:1-4 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

WE ARE RECONCILED TO GOD

God’s Will for Our Lives

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Song of Assurance: SW#61:1-4 “Nothing but the Blood”

Congregational Prayer

Offering: 1. Building Fund; 2. Sioux Falls Gospel Mission

Offertory

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

*Song of Preparation: #554:1-5 “In Sweet Communion, Lord, with You”

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: John 15:1-17

God’s Word Proclaimed: “I Am the True Vine”

Prayer of Application

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

*Song of Response: #568:1-3 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #947 “We Receive Your Blessing” (LUYH)

*Postlude

(Please allow teachers/students to exit first)

* indicates congregation stand

organist….Connie Te Krony

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY: Elder Harry & Dee Meendering, Travis & Sarah Grevengoed

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Deacon Brian & Nicole Rozeboom, Ed & Noella Haveman

NURSERY TODAY: AM Kate Bonestroo, Lindsey Pfingsten, Alyssa Fedders, Maeva Haveman, Konner Struik; PM Eric Kroese Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Lynette Feenstra, Teresa Fedders, Logan Baccam, Cory Ney, Jaiden Bonestroo; PM Eric Haveman Family

USHERS FOR APR.: Randy Feenstra, Jason Kats, Scott Grevengoed, Tom Sheffield

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Building Fund; 2. Sioux Falls Gospel Mission

NEXT SUNDAY: Boiler Project

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Loren & Gaylene NEXT SUNDAY: Arch & Val

POWER POINT TODAY: Noah NEXT SUNDAY: Kirk

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben NEXT SUNDAY: Shad

CORRESPONDENCE: Arch Brummel to Kevin Schutte; Phil Brummel to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Dennis Brunsting to Lauren Runia; Berdena Bylsma to Justin Van Zee; Brent De Jager 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

6:00 PM Evening Worship Service

7:15 PM Salt & Light Bible Study (Men)

7:15 PM Christian Fellowship. Lunch: Don & Mary

MONDAY

7:30 PM Friendship Bible

TUESDAY

7:00 PM Beth Moore Bible Study

WEDNESDAY

9:55 AM Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 4 Discover the Power of Forgiveness

7:00 PM Men’s Society

7:00 PM YPS. Lesson/Wrap-up. Lunch: Erika Feenstra & Justin Grevengoed

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

April 2, 2017

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to worship, brothers and sisters in Christ! May our various voices joined in praise bless the name of the Lord. 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.

PRE-CONFESSION class will meet this morning during the Sunday School hour in “David”.

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Colossians 1:15-20 & Ephesians 4:11-16 titled “The Government of the Church”.

COLLEGE/CAREER Bible Study will meet next Sunday evening in the Youth Building at 7:15p.

MINNIKOTA YOUTH & DORDT invite 6th-8th graders to the 7th Annual Jr. High Retreat April 7-9 at Inspiration Hills. This is an opportunity for students to come together and worship, serve, and meet new friends. Dordt students will become the students’ small group leaders, as well as lead in song, worship, games, service and drama. For more information contact Lee De Groot at 470-4244.

THE CONGREGATION is invited to an organ & panfluet concert on Wed., April 5, in Dordt’s Auditorium at 7:30p. Admission is free. The purpose of this concert will be to raise funds for Word & Deed Ministries - an inter-denominational Christian relief organization that has as its mission “to address the spiritual and physical needs of people in the developing world in accordance with biblical principles”. A free will offering will be taken during the concert. Thanks to local businessmen all concert-related expenses have been covered. 100% of the funds collected will be donated to Word & Deed Ministries’ Children’s Project in Ecuador.

THANK YOU for your expressions of sympathy in the death of our sister, Dr. Rena Brands. Thank you also for the cards given for our 55th wedding anniversary and to our Care Group #5 for the beautiful flowers. We can feel your prayers. –Don & Jo Westra

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Ÿ Congratulations to Travis and Brittany Van Otterloo on the birth of a daughter, Aubree Mae, who was born on Friday, March 24.

Ÿ Pete Pollema was admitted to the Rock Valley Hospital on Friday, May 24, with pneumonia. He was able to return home on Monday. Pray for healing.

Ÿ Eldon De Wild went to Madison, WI on Monday to have tests done at the VA. The doctors plan to meet in the next few weeks to decide on the transplant.

Ÿ Gert Zevenbergen continues under the care of hospice at Pleasant Acres. Pray that Gert will be comfortable.

Ÿ Pray for our shut ins: Sally De Groot, Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena, Julianne Kats, Esther Rozeboom, Goldie Veldman, and Anthony Smit at Aspen Heights; Don Westra in his home, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Ÿ Diana Dykstra had knee replacement surgery this past week. All went well. Please pray for her continued recovery and healing in the weeks to come.

Ÿ Dan Bosma had rotator cuff surgery on his shoulder this past week. We pray for his recovery and healing as well.

Ÿ We remember our members who reside in care facilities: Mary Grooters at Pleasant Acres, Marv Boon at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, and Evelyn Dykstra in Byron Center Manor in Byron Center, MI. We also pray for their families as they support them.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Each year the seniors at Western Christian High School are able to invite their grandparents to spend some time with them at Western. They attend a special chapel service, share a meal, and show their grandparents around the school. This year seniors are inviting grandparents to come on Tuesday, April 11, at 9:00a. The seniors have the information to share with you. Grandparents can have their grandkids let the office know they are coming or grandparents can contact the office at 439-1013.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE COMMUNITY is invited to hear Dordt’s First Monday Speaker series presenter Roger Wiens on Monday, April 3, at 11:00a in the Auditorium. Wiens leads the laser instrument team on the one-ton Curiosity rover that has been exploring Mars for the last four years. Wiens will present “Exploring Mars with Curiosity”.

THE NAMI SUPPORT GROUP will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7:00-9:00p on Tuesday, April 4. Carolyn Salberg, the supervisor of Hope Haven Peer Support Services will be the speaker. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are invited to join us.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Dordt Discovery Days June 19-June 23. This is for students who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. This camp offers more than 30 classes in the arts, sciences, and recreation. Residential, commuter and day camp options are available. Go to www.dordt.edu/events/ddd to see this year’s class line and to register. Contact Allison.Kraayenbrink@dordt.edu with questions.

DORDT COLLEGE THEATRE ARTS presents an original musical written by senior Kyle Fosse. Casually deep and playfully serious summarize the feel of this satirical musical. This lighthearted piece explores ideas relevant to the local community and American culture. Performances are April 6, 7, and 8 at 7:00p and April 8 at 2:00p in the New World Theatre at Dordt College. Purchase tickets at the door or at www.dordttickets.com.

DORDT COLLEGE senior Ashley Verhoef of Sanborn will perform a vocal recital on Friday, April 7, at 7:30p in the Auditorium. The community is invited to attend and to join the reception following the performance.

CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH 11th Annual Benefit Banquet is Monday, April 10, at Trinity CRC in Rock Valley at 6:30p. Call by April 2nd to 476-5292 or www.cornerstonepcssd.org. Join us for an evening of praise to God for his work through Cornerstone Prison Church inside the walls of the South Dakota State Penitentiary! A free will offering will be taken as an opportunity to financially support Cornerstone’s ministry. Southern Gospel music by Gale Van Engen, Arlan Boon & Heather Blom.

HOPE HAVEN Annual Benefit Auction will be Friday, April 7, at Te Slaa Trucking. Doors open at 4:30p, food booth and buy-it-now table opens at 5:00p and the live auction begins at 5:30p. Visit our website for a list of items to be auctioned off: www.hopehaven.org. Help support the local and global ministries of Hope Haven through this exciting evening of fun and fellowship. The whole family is invited to this community event!

THE NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY Youth Orchestra, led by conductor Dr. Christopher Stanichar, will present its Spring Concert on Sat., April 8, at 3:00 in Dordt’s Auditorium. NISYO will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Geminiani, Leroy Anderson, Eduardo Gamboa and local composer Deanna Wehrspann. The concert is free and open to the public.

LAST CHANCE! Mid-America Reformed Seminary cordially invites you to “Confident of Better Things,” a promotional dinner hosted by Rev. Andrew Compton, Rev. Mark Vander Hart, and Rev. Jeff De Boer, at Dordt College on April 8. The evening begins with punch at 6:30p, followed by dinner at 7:00p. You must register by Monday, April 3! Call the seminary at 219-864-2400.

THE NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present its annual Spring Concert Rocky! An All-Rachmaninoff Program on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00p at Dordt. Guest artists for the evening include University of Northern Iowa professor Sean Botkin on piano and founding conductor of NISO, Henry Duitman.

HOPE HAVEN BENEFIT CONCERT on Saturday, April 15, at 6:30p in Dordt’s Auditorium. The Dixie Melody Boys from Kinston, NC, Master’s Voice Quartet from Sioux Falls and the Triumphant Sound Quartet from Lawton will perform. Tickets are $15 per person and sold at the door only. Doors open at 5:00p.

JOIN the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus for an exciting concert on Saturday, April 22, at 7:30p in the Dordt Auditorium. SCOC will come together with the Dordt College Concert Choir, the Northwestern College Heritage Singers, soloists, orchestra and organ. Led by Dr. Benjamin Kornelis, professor of music at Dordt, the chorus will present Haydn’s Missa brevis Sancti Joannia de Deo, also known as the “Little Organ Mass” – an unfailingly joyful setting of the Roman Catholic Mass. SCOC will also be singing the Midwestern premiere of Songs of Ascent by Iowa native Shawn Kirchner. The ambitious and powerful work features texts sung by pilgrims journeying to Jerusalem. Tickets are $8 in advance/$10 at the door and can be purchased at Northwestern Music office, Windmill Park Jewelers, True Vine, Dordt music office or Touch of Hope.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Bible League Spring Salad Luncheon will be held on Monday, May 1, at 11:30a at the Sanborn URC. The program will include a presentation from Harold Trujillo, Regional Training Coordinator. He will speak about the Project Philip Program. Please bring a salad for every 2 ladies. We’d love to see a great turnout! We are issuing a special invitation to the area Pastors. Please give attending your prayerful and thoughtful consideration.