April 26, 2020
MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – April 26, 2020
Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister
Preparation for worship: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you.
WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
*Call to Worship
*Opening Song: SW#1:1-3 “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”
WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE
God’s Will for Our Lives
Prayer of Confession
Word of Assurance
Hymn of Response: SW#64:1-4 “There Is Power in the Blood”
WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND GIFTS
Offering: Christian Ed Fund
GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD
*Song of Preparation: “Oh, Be Careful, Little Eyes”
Prayer of Illumination
God’s Word Read: Ephesians 4:17-32; Deuteronomy 5:19, L.D. 42
God’s Word Proclaimed: “Stealing or Stewardship”
Prayer of Application
WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD
*Song of Response: #602:1-5 “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life”
*Parting Song: SW#27:1-3 “Our God Reigns”
* indicates congregation stand
pianist: Lavonne Kats
FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
April 26, 2020
WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to worship “in the courts of the house of the Lord. Praise the Lord”.
TODAY WE REMEMBER OUR GEMS: Thank God for using GEMS to shape girls and leaders for over 60 years. Loved by God, their calling is to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Ask God to continue to strengthen leaders on their mission to help bring girls into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.
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 26 will be for the Christian Ed Fund. The offering for May 3 is for the Building Fund and May 10 for the Christian Ed Fund.
THE BANQUET: Our church will not be serving at the Banquet this year due to COVID-19 (they are only preparing take-out orders). Our church will pay for the food that is prepared for the guests on the day we are scheduled (May 26). 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.
VBS ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we regretfully announce that the VBS Directors have made the decision to cancel our 2020 VBS. We are disappointed, but look forward to seeing you in 2021! If you donated anything for our Wall of Needs, you are welcome to take it back because we will not need it. Things that are left in there in two weeks will be donated to the Hull Food Pantry. Thanks!
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.
THANK YOU: On behalf of the Hope Haven community we wish to express our appreciation for your recent contribution of cloth masks. We had over 1,000 masks donated! During this unique time, we are especially thankful for your thoughtful support. Hope Haven has been deemed “essential”, and that is especially true of our direct care staff. The work that they do for the people we serve with disabilities cannot stop for COVID-19. As our routines and services forge on, resources are limited and your cloth masks will be utilized and assist in the conservation of precious protective equipment. Because of you, Hope Haven will encounter obstacles with preparedness, safety, and security. Your contribution takes a special act of faithfulness and generosity, and special individual or family. We see you, and cherish you for opening your heart to us, our employees, and the people we serve.
FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
We extend our Christian sympathy to Nelva and Pete Pollema and family in the passing of Nelva’s sister, Fran Moss, on Monday afternoon. May God comfort them in their sorrow.
Tami Westphal’s stepfather, Jim Smits, is getting stronger. His progress is slow but steady. Continue to remember him in your prayers.
Give thanks that Dennis Kroese continues to improve. He has begun physical therapy and is hoping to have his knee brace removed by May 15. Pray for complete healing.
Give thanks with Harry Meendering that he received a good report from his six month checkup procedure.
Sandy Starkenburg had surgery on Thursday. Pray for healing and a complete recovery.
Harry Klay is in quarantine until Monday at Aspen Heights after having been hospitalized. Give thanks he is doing 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!
Dori De Jong was admitted to Avera in Sioux Falls with a kidney stone and infection last Sunday and has since returned home. The procedure to remove the stone is scheduled for Thursday, April 30. Pray for healing.
Duane De Jong is scheduled for gallbladder surgery on Tuesday. Pray that the surgery would go well and for God’s healing.
Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Chuck & Darlene Kroese; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Wilma Grevengoed, Harry Klay, Goldie Veldman; Whispering Heights: Sally De Groot; 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.
Brad Van Grootheest underwent surgery this past week to treat an abscess in his abdomen. The surgery went well and he was released from the hospital earlier this week. We pray for his continued healing.
Steve De Jong underwent surgery this past week on his shoulder. We pray for him as he continues his recovery at home. We pray for his healing and strength.
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
YOUR ARE INVITED to a monthly community prayer meeting with a global focus on Wed., May 6, from 7:30-8:30p. The meeting will take place on zoom: https://zoom.us/i/9411950597. The global focus will be Indonesia and the local focus will be Young Life. We would love to have you join us. We now have a Facebook group for people to stay informed of the prayer meetings. You can find it by searching: “Sioux County community global prayer meetings.” JOIN the group!