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April 24, 2016

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – April 24, 2016

Rev. Loren Kotman…. Minister        GEMS Sunday

Preparation for Worship: “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” (Psalm 119:97)



*Responsive Call to Worship:

            Pastor:        On this first day of the week we are called to worship by our God of grace and

                                love who desires that his children worship him.

            People:       Receive us, O Lord, and bend low to meet with us today.

            Pastor:        Our Lord, who calls us to worship him, has said that he desires we seek first his kingdom, trusting that all the other things will be added too.

            People:       Receive us, O Lord, and correct our values.

            Pastor:        Our Lord, who has redeemed us, calls us to understand that in all our daily tasks

                                it is the Lord Christ we are serving.

            People:       Receive us, O Lord, and deepen our commitments.

            Pastor:        Our Lord, who is calling us today, desires that in our lives we do all for the glory

                                of God.

            People:       Receive us, O Lord, and lift our sights high.

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting and Mutual greeting

*Opening Song: #486:1-3 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,”


God’s Will

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Hymn of Assurance: “Shine on Us.”


Ministry of music: 8th grade girls: #559 “Ten Thousand Reasons”  (LUYH)

GEMS Litany led by 8th grade girls (on PPT)

Ministry of Music: Theme song: “Thy Word.” 2nd-7th graders

Report on GEMS for the 2015-2016 year

Intercessory Prayer

Offering:  1. GEMS; 2. Bethany Christian Services

Offertory:  Slides of GEMS ministry 


*Song of Preparation: #762:1-2 “Ancient Words”  (LUYH)

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Psalm 119:97-112 (pg. 647)

God’s Word Proclaimed:  “Follow God’s Path”

Prayer of Application


*Song of Response: #276:1-5 “Teach Me, O Lord, Your Way of Truth”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: SW#67 “All Hail King Jesus”


     (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)

*indicates congregation stand - organist...Lavonne Kats


Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY: AM: GEMS; PM Justin & Sheila Van Schepen, Deacon Dan & Dana Fedders

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Lonny & Emily Van Schepen, Elder Rob & Amy Westra

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

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Betty Vande Griend, Hilary Van Hill, Dylan Zomermaand, Cory Ney, Jaiden Bonestroo; PM Mitchell Byl Family

USHERS FOR MAY: Nic Van Engen, Daryl Wesselink, Rod Te Krony, Marcus KroeseOFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. GEMS; 2. Bethany Christian Services

NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Missions; 2. Parking Lot

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Doug & Sandy P.                           NEXT SUNDAY: Pete & Nelva Pollema

POWER POINT TODAY: Set: Julie; Run: Linda                          

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Joel                                                       NEXT SUNDAY: Ben

CORRESPONDENCE: Galen Kroese to Justin Van Zee; John Kroese to Kevin Schutte; Larry Kroese to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Merlyn Kroese to Lauren Runia; Dan Kroeze to Rev. Jan Van Ee;  Bud Krommendyk to Sos & Kara Maletoungou



  9:30 AM           Worship Service

 10:45 AM          Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM          Sunday School/Catechism

 10:45 AM          Adult Sunday School

   6:00 PM           Evening Worship Service


   9:55 AM          Coffee Break  at Hope CRC. Lesson 6 “The Road to Rome” Salad luncheon to follow.


April 24, 2016

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL We worship in the name of our creative God, our all-loving Savior and the rejuvenating Spirit. 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. 

TODAY is GEMS Sunday. We welcome the GEMS to our morning worship service.

THIS EVENING Pastor Kotman’s message is taken from Revelation 22:12-21 and Belgic Confession, Art. 4&6. His message is titled “God’s Word is Complete”.

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. 

NURSERY: Just a friendly reminder to please check the bulletin nursery schedule. If you are scheduled and unable to work, please find an equal replacement, an adult for an adult, and in the evening, please find your own replacement. Thank you to all those who serve our young families in this manner. It is such a small, but important contribution to worship each week! Nursery Committee, Rachel & Kari

LADIES who are interested in helping at JFA on Tuesday, April 26, should meet in the upper parking lot at 12:45p to car pool. Call Joyce Vande Griend or Carol Vis if you have any questions.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Ascension Day service will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 7:00p.

DIRECTORY CHANGE: Please note that Sandy Starkenburg no longer has her landline phone. She still has her cell phone which is 712-578-8824. The new phone number for Glen & Tami Scholten is 439-6600.

YOUNG ADULTS-POST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: If you are interested in making profession of faith, contact Pastor Loren. Also, for anyone interested in becoming a member of 1st CRC, contact Pastor Loren.

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. A sheet was 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.

THANK YOU to all for your prayers, visits, cards and food brought in following my hip fracture. Special thanks to Pastor Kotman and Pastor Klompien and Elder Glen Scholten. –Jeanette Boogerd


The Executive Committee is in the process of reviewing the policy regarding marriages taking place in our

      church building.

Missionaries Jan & Darlene Van Ee are retiring and will make a final visit to our congregation in August.

      The congregation is invited to submit names of missionaries for potential future support.

The Council nomination list has been finalized. Election will take place on May 22 with installation

      scheduled for June 26.



We extend our Christian sympathy to Jo Dirksen and Art & Anna Dirksen and family in the passing of Jo’s infant granddaughter, Rachel Hope Leusink, daughter of Josh and Allison, who died on Thursday, April 14.

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

Marvin Vander Wilt was in the hospital Friday evening, April 15, until Sunday afternoon, April 17, with pneumonia. Pray for strength and better health.

George Heynen had emergency gallbladder surgery on Monday at the Rock Valley Hospital and has since returned home. Pray for healing and a good recovery.

Cliff Koele returned home from Mayo Clinic. Doctors are developing an ongoing plan that will take most of the summer. Pray for patience and healing.

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.

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.


Vicki Lammers spent some time in the hospital this past week due to a bulging disc in her back. She is home now. We pray for her in her recovery.

We pray for Deanne De Jong who is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

Vicki Lammers’ mother, Lucy Miedema, hopes to have surgery this Friday, April 29, to repair for an intestinal issue. We pray for a successful surgery and healing.

Jan Bakker has completed her scheduled round of treatment for lymphoma. We give thanks with her that side effects have been minimal. She will be having tests soon which will evaluate the effectiveness of her treatments so far. We pray for good results and clear direction.

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.


   Western Christian is seeking a host family for a student from South Korea who wants to attend Western next year. This particular student will be a 10th grade girl who speaks and writes English well, has a love for music, and hopes to become a music teacher. Hosting a student includes a stipend for the host family. If you would like more information or might be interested, please contact the office at Western at 439-1013.

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

   Western Christian FFA Chapter would like to invite you to our first annual FFA Banquet. It will be held on Tuesday, May  10, at 6:30p in the Western Gym. There will be a supper consisting of pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, potato chips, ice cream, and drink, After the supper, we will hear from the 2015-2016 Iowa FFA President, Michael Tupper, and go through a ceremony highlighting the members’ accomplishments over the past year. Please send RSVP’s to or call the school at 439-1013 by May 2.

   HCS is accepting applications for a part-time paraprofessional position for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications can be found on our webpage or by contacting school. Applicants should contact Principal Randy Ten Pas at 439-2273 or e-mail with any questions.       


MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) will meet on Wednesday, April 27, from 9:00-11:30a at Trinity CRC in Rock Valley. Childcare is provided and anyone is welcome to join or attend a meeting at anytime!

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will meet April 28 at 7:00p at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care. The program will be Caregiver Bill of Rights.

DORDT COLLEGE instrumental groups are performing their final concerts of the academic year. The Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band will perform Fri., April 29, at 7:30p. All choral groups will perform on Saturday, April 30, at 7:30p. The 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.

COMMENCEMENT ceremonies for the Dordt College 2015-2016 academic year will be held at 10:00a on Friday, May 6, in the Auditorium. Dordt College Professor of Education Timothy Van Soelen will give this year’s address, titled “Itchy Ears”. For those without tickets, overflow rooms will be available on campus. The ceremony will also be streamed live online at

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.

VILLAGE NORTHWEST UNLIMITED will host its 11th annual Run, Walk & Roll on June 4. With a 5k and 10k run and a 1 mile walk/wheelchair roll, there is something for every age and ability! Join us for a morning of exercise, fun, and to support adults with disabilities. In 2015, there were over 400 participants. Sing up today and help us to surpass last year’s numbers! Register online at or call Samantha at 712-324-5416 for more information.