April 25, 2021
MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – April 25, 2021
Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister
Preparation for Worship: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
WE ENTER INTO GOD’S PRESENCE
*Call to Worship
*Opening Song: #7:1-4 “Sing Praise to the Lord, You People of Grace” (LUYH)
WE CONSECRATE OURSELVES TO GOD
God’s Will for Our Lives
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Song of Assurance: #490:1-3 “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine”
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
Children’s message by Pastor Loren
*Song of Preparation: #761:1,2 “I Will Hide Your Word Inside My Heart” (LUYH)
Prayer of Illumination
God’s Word Read: Matthew 7:24-29
God’s Word Proclaimed: “Is Christianity a Crutch?”
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response: #526:1-4 “The Solid Rock” (Celebration Hymnal)
WE GO OUT TO SERVE
*Parting Song: #320:1,2 “Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing”
(please allow teachers/students to exit first)
Your offering for 1. Christian Ed Fund; 2. GEMS can be placed in the offering plates on your way out.
* indicates congregation stand
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:
GREETERS TODAY: Eric & Alysia Haveman, Elder Dave & Vanessa Te Slaa
GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Ed & Noella Haveman, Deacon Curtis & Emily Van Grouw
NURSERY TODAY: AM Sheila Van Schepen, Amy Emerick, Taryne De Groot, Braden Baccam, Konner Struik; PM Kyle LeLoux Family
NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Bethany Bosma, Janice Driesen, Kade LeLoux, Abby Fedders, Aubri Fedders; PM Rick Leusink Family
USHERS FOR APRIL: Jon Van Berkum, Rod Te Krony, Harlyn Bolkema, Lonny Van Schepen
USHERS FOR MAY: Jay De Wit, Kevin Driesen, Cory De Wit, Galen Kroese
VALET PARKING: May 2: Cory Ney & Scott Kroese; May 9: Lynn Anderson & Logan Baccam
OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated
on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Christian Ed Fund; 2. GEMS
NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Building Fund; 2. WCHS Music Dept.
COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Seth & Jaime NEXT SUNDAY: Brody & Jessica
POWER POINT TODAY: Kirk NEXT SUNDAY: Kirk/Emerick’s
SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Kyle NEXT SUNDAY: Ben
CORRESPONDENCE: Waylon Pollema to Justin Van Zee; Wilmar Pollema to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Dan Poppema to Michael Ribbens; Eric Rens to Kevin Schutte; Shirley Rens to Lauren Runia; Jim Rens to Sos & Kara Maletoungou (For those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the church directory, first page, under “Missionaries Supported”.)
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
9:30 AM Worship Service
10:45 AM Coffee fellowship in the basement
10:45 AM Sunday School/Catechism Classes
6:00 PM Evening Worship Service
5:00 PM YPS Diner. Serving from 5-7p. Menu includes Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Brats, Chips and Milk Shakes. Drive through service will be available along with to-go boxes.
6:45 PM GEMS will have their final meeting this week at Kid’s Park. Girls will be cleaning up the city park, having hot dogs and s’mores, and putting together a craft. Girls should wear clothes that can get dirty.
7:00 PM Cadets meet in the youth building for the end-of-the-year Points Auction. You do not need to wear your uniform! 1st CRC is having their 50’s diner night so take the family out for supper and then walk over to the Youth Building for the Points Auction!
FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
April 25, 2021
WELCOME TO FIRST HULL: Welcome to worship as we continue to rejoice in the good news of Christ’s resurrection. 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.
GEMS Sunday is being commemorated at Hope CRC this morning.
TODAY the Elders will be by the doors after the morning service, but they will not be shaking hands.
THIS EVENING we welcome Barry Miedema as he leads our service. His message is from Matthew 5:1-12 titled “Blessed are the Peacemakers!”
LADIES/MEN who would like to help out at JFA in Rock Valley on Tuesday, April 27, may meet in the upper parking lot of church at 12:45p to car pool.
VALET PARKING will begin again next Sunday, May 2nd.
NEXT SUNDAY EVENING the Chamber Singers from Western Christian will be participating in the service. This will be a combined service with Hope CRC at our church.
SEVERE WEATHER POLICY: If Sioux County issues a severe weather warning within an hour of a service, church will be cancelled. You are encouraged to listen to KSOU 93.9 (KDCR is closing) for any announcements. You are also encouraged to watch for an email alert.
PARENTS: If you have a son/daughter who will be graduating this year from College, Vocational School, or Trade School and they did not get a questionnaire in their mailbox, please let me know. You can call (439-1626), email: email@example.com or leave a note in my mailbox. We will be recognizing our graduates on May 16th. -Karen
THE YPS DINER will be April 28, serving from 5-7p. We will be serving Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and Brats, chips, and milk shakes. Drive through service will be available along with to-go boxes. Come out and enjoy food, fun and fellowship!
PARKING LOT PRAISE NIGHT! We encourage ALL to come, but especially ALL Jr. High and High School Students to a night of praise on Wed., May 5th, from 7-8:30p on the upper parking lot of Hull 1st CRC. Troy Kooima will lead us in a time of worship. Caitie Fagen and Sean Baccam will share with us their journey through life – its struggles and God’s faithfulness. Bring your own blanket/chair and RSVP to Lee De Groot at 470-4244 or firstname.lastname@example.org before May 1st. (See additional information in News ‘n Notes)
ROCKY RAILWAY VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: We are so excited to have VBS this year!! The dates are Sunday, June 6-Thursday, June 10, from 6:00-8:30p. Registration is online at this link https://forms.gle/2GH9s8YD3bwGAeVY6. Deadline to register is May 7. Check the bulletin board for the list of donations needed. There is also a sign-up sheet on the narthex table for Adult Volunteers.
NEW ADDRESS: Ella Mae Vande Burgt has moved to Aspen Heights. She is in Room #117.
THANK YOU to our church family for the many acts of kindness by cards, calls, hugs, caring words, gifts, memorials, and food. Thank to the care groups for the gifts and serving lunch to “The Rens Family” after the visitation. It was very much appreciated! Thanks to Pastors Kotman and Klompien and Elders Larry Wielenga, Dave Te Slaa and Lee Van Grouw for their visits and calls. It’s been a rough 3 months with the passing of Mom and Dad so close, but with God’s help he will see us through. -Rick & Eleanor Kiers and Cody & Shelby Kiers
FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
Continue to remember John Bolkema as he struggles with Parkinson’s.
Carol Reekers will have a scan in two weeks to determine the effectiveness of her cancer treatment. Pray for good results.
Give thanks that Lindsey Pfingsten is making good progress in her recovery from surgery. Pray for patience as she continues with physical therapy and for complete healing.
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!
Pray for our shut ins: Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Wilma Grevengoed, Ella Mae Vande Burgt, and Goldie Veldman; Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats, Belle Draayer; Christian Retirement Home: Lou Krommendyk, Johanna Van Surksum; Royale Meadows in Sioux Center: John Bolkema, Ed Scholten. Darlene Kroese, Jo Westra; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.
HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
We mourn with Jamie Van Voorst in the passing of his aunt, Jana Haglund, of Sioux Center, who died last Sunday as the result of an accident. A memorial service will be at 11:00a Tuesday, April 27, at Bethel CRC. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be 3:00-7:00p Monday, April 26, with family present 5-7p at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center.
LeRoy Talsma had his back surgery last Wednesday and returned home on Friday. He is delighted with the success of the surgery and thanks the congregation for their prayers.
Gary Oldenkamp, brother of Kathy & Mel Te Slaa and Marj & Glenn Hulstein, is recovering from Covid. We pray that his health continues to improve.
Deb Verhoef’s brother, Brian Hofmeyer is recovering from a fall and infection. Pray for pain relief and that each day is better than the last.
Please remember Sarah Fykstra and her family as she goes through radiation treatments. We pray for healing and restoration of her health.
Continue to pray for Leo, son of Greg and Jasmine Boer. He is in Sanford in Sioux Falls and breathing on his own and now we pray that he is able to gain weight. (updates on caring bridge)
Pray for those who recently had surgery. Remember them as they recover.
We pray for our council, guest pastors, and the search for a new pastor.
We pray for those who worship from their homes. May they be filled with hope.
HCS is actively seeking applicants for the following vacancies: 1. Part-time first grade teacher (teach in the morning); 2. Part-time paraprofessional; 3. Part-time librarian (person does not need a teaching license); 4. Athletic Director. If you are interested in any of these positions, or would like more information, please contact Mr. Ten Pas (email@example.com) or call the office at 439-2273.
Last week of Debt Elimination Challenge Days at Hull Christian. We only have $68,000 left, after all the pledges have been collected, on our building project. Last week was very successful where students and staff participated in Pie in the Face competition and Bean Boozled. This coming week we will have students and staff participate in Kiss the Pig and students will wear 50 items of clothing or accessories to celebrate collecting $50,000. You may go to our Facebook or webpage to view the videos. If you would like information on how you can participate in eliminating our building debt, please see our webpage (under Announcements) or contact school. Let’s stomp out the debt this week!
Greetings from Western! This is our final request for Spring Drive contributions. We are incredibly grateful to have already raised $92,000 of our $110,000 goal. Praise the Lord! We desire everyone’s participation regardless of the amount that you are able to give. As a reminder for what we will designate the funds towards: $60,000: to reduce tuition for all students; $20,000: Vehicle purchase for The Bargain Alley; $30,000: Replace the old metal fold-up chairs and 10 ft. tables (that weigh about 75 lbs. each!) for the Event Center. Thank you for your consideration of our request! Your gifts are tax deductible. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Western or a Board member at your convenience.
JFA BOARD is seeking an experienced Christian leader to guide, manage and grow the organization. The Executive Director will be the main representative of the organization in the community. They will be responsible for working with stakeholders to develop the strategic plan and broadly communicate JFA’s vision; to manage comprehensive fundraising efforts; to oversee JFA’s budget and operations; to provide leadership to the staff; and to support the Board. The successful candidate will be an experienced leader with a high level of integrity who has led and managed a similar non-profit or ministry. They will have an extensive knowledge of Christian Community Development; sharing the Gospel; have a successful track record of raising money and resources; have led organizational growth; and have experience working with volunteer boards. To be considered, applications must include both a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in JFA Ministries and why you think you are a good fit for this role. Only resumes with cover letters will be considered. No phone calls please. Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but preferential review will be given to candidate submitting their application by June 15, 2021.
JFA is organizing a co-ed softball tournament on May 15 at the Sports Complex in Rock Valley. Cost to enter a team is $200. Champions win a t-shirt. Concession stand will be available. Deadline to register is May 7. Register through JFA website or contact Joel at 712-476-2804. Join JFA for a day of fellowship, softball and fun!
DORDT MUSIC DEPARTMENT:
Tuesday, April 27, the 4th Avenue Jazz Concert will be held at 8:00p in the Auditorium. Featured will be the 4th Avenue Singers and the 4th Avenue Band. Come for a relaxed evening of big band standards, fresh jazz perspectives, featured solos, and a variety of collaborations between singers and instruments. The concert is open to the public and will not be ticketed. The concert will be livestreamed at https://vimeo.com/event/572686. Masks required and there will be a section designated for those who wish to maintain social distancing.
Friday, April 30, at 7:30p the Wind Symphony, Campus Band, and Chamber Orchestra will present their final concert of the semester. Masks are required and the event will be livestreamed. The concert is open to the public and will be ticketed due to reduced capacity. Call 722-6222 or email@example.com to reserve tickets.
Sat., May 1, at 7:30 the Choral Department will present their final concert of the year. This performance will include women’s chorus, men’s chorus, Chorale and Concert Choir. The concert is open to the public and will be ticketed due to reduced capacity. Call 722-6222 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets.