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April 4, 2021

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – April 4, 2021

       Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister       Easter Sunday

Preparation for Worship: The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him’ Now I have told you.” Matt. 28:5-7

WE GATHER TOGETHER

Prelude

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting

*Opening Song: #388:1,3,5 “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”

Ministry of Music: Choir “Easter Medley” & “O Praise the Name”

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

God’s Will for Our Lives

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Hymn of Assurance: #396:1-3 “Low in the Grave Christ Lay”

Intercessory Prayer

WE RECEIVE GOD’S INSTRUCTION

*Song of Preparation: #402:1,5 “Alleluia, Alleluia, Give thanks to the Risen Lord”  

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read:  I Peter 1:3-9

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Why Easter Means Hope”

Prayer of Application

*Hymn of Response: #181:1-3 “See, What a Morning” (LUYH)

WE LEAVE TO SERVE

*Parting Blessing

*Closing Hymn: #405:1-3 “I Serve a Risen Savior”
*Postlude

Your offering for the 1. Mission Fund; 2. World Renew, Disaster Response Services may be placed in the offering plates on your way out of church

* indicates congregation stand – organist: Connie Te Krony

clavinova: Dana Fedders

Brass: Alison Kroese, Eric Kroese, Evan Schroeder

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Randy & Lynette Feenstra, Deacon Ryan Fedders

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Mike & Connie Grevengoed, Elder Rob & Amy Westra

NURSERY TODAY:  AM Cassidy Vant Hul, Jessica Pollema, Haley Struik, Jesse Ney, Ashten Winterfeld; PM Travis Kooima Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Lisa Poppema, Dana Fedders, Kaden Struik, Jessica Wielenga, Riley Grevengoed; PM Eric Kroese Family

USHERS FOR APR.: Jon Van Berkum, Rod Te Krony, Harlyn Bolkema, Lonny Van Schepen

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated

on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Mission Fund; 2. World Renew, DRS

NEXT SUNDAY: Christian Education Fund   

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Ken & Mary L                      NEXT SUNDAY:  Harlan & Kathy M.

POWER POINT TODAY: Konner                                          NEXT SUNDAY: Kirk/Tonya                                    

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                                           NEXT SUNDAY: Rick

CORRESPONDENCE: Galen Kroese to Justin Van Zee; John Kroese to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Larry Kroese to Michael Ribbens; Merlyn Kroese to Kevin Schutte; Ryan Kroese to Lauren Runia; Don Krommendyk 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

TODAY

   9:30 AM       Worship Service

 10:45 AM       Coffee fellowship in the basement

   6:00 PM       Evening Worship Service

WEDNESDAY

   7:00 PM       Music & Worship Committee Meeting (meet in the Council Room)

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

April 4, 2021

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL:  Christ is risen! Alleluia! Welcome to worship – and to resurrection life -  on this most joyous day. 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.

CATECHISM/SUNDAY SCHOOL classes will NOT be meeting today.

THIS EVENING we welcome Rev. Cliff Hoekstra from Sioux Center as he leads our worship service. His message is from John 20:1-9 titled “A Message of Hope – I’m Not Finished!”

PROFESSION OF FAITH: Young people interested in making profession of faith are invited to attend classes to be held on April 18, 25, and May 2 during the Sunday school hour. Let Pastor Loren know if you are interested (pastor@hull1stcrc.com or text him at 712-449-5222).

AT OUR MARCH COUNCIL MEETING, we approved the hiring of Rev. Tim Ouwinga, a newly retired pastor who recently moved to Sioux Center. He will be installed and serve as our Pastor of Visitation beginning in mid to late April and will be taking over for Larry Wielenga. We look forward to having him serve and are so very thankful for the wonderful work that Larry Wielenga is and has been doing in that role. A brief autobiography of Rev. Ouwinga is in the April News ‘n Notes.

SAVE THE DATE: The YPS diner will be held April 28th.

THANK YOU to our church family for prayers, visits, cards, and other expressions of concern following my back surgery. The food and gift cards were appreciated. Thank you to Pastor Kotman, Elder Henry Kats and Larry Wielenga for prayers, visits, and phone calls. I’m thankful to our Heavenly Father for my recovery to this point. -Dave Kroese

THANK YOU to everyone for your donations to the auction and also for all those who attended! It was a fun night with good food, fellowship and lots of lively bidding! -The Christian Ed Committee

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

We extend our Christian sympathy to Eleanor & Rick Kiers, Cody & Shelby Kiers and other family members in the passing of Jacoba Rens on Wednesday afternoon. May God comfort them in their sorrow.

Continue to remember Carol Reekers in your prayers. She had her last chemo treatment on Tuesday. She will have her last radiation treatment on Monday and then take a few weeks off before she begins immunotherapy.

Give thanks for a good report from the doctor for Lindsey Pfingsten. Pray for patience as she begins 6 to 8 weeks of therapy.

Pray for Pete Soodsma in his struggles with Parkinson’s and depression.

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, 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:

Please pray for those who recently had surgery. Remember them as they recover.

Please remember Sarah Fykstra and her family as she recovers. Pray for radiation treatments to work well as she looks forward to treatment.

Continue to pray for Leo, son of Greg and Jasmine Boer. The procedure to fuse the gap in his esophagus was successful. Pray that now he will successfully be able to be fed.

We pray for our council, guest pastors, and the search for a new pastor.

We pray for those who join us in worship from their homes. Whether they are unable to attend or are taking appropriate precautions due to age or illness, we pray for the Lord’s presence and care in their lives.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

   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; 4. Athletic Director. If you are interested in any of these positions, or would like more information, please contact Mr. Ten Pas (rtenpas@hullchristian.com) or call the office at 439-2273.

   WCHS 8th Grade Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 8! The event will begin with a “free” supper served anytime from 5:15-6:15p. A formal program will begin in the Event Center at 6:15p. Western’s primary goals are to 1) Begin the “belonging” process with students and the “partnership” process with  parents; 2) Familiarize students with the life of a WC high schooler!; 3) Communicate clearly who we are and what we do at WC; 4) Learn about class schedules, course offerings, extracurricular activities  and officially register students  for these opportunities. Watch for more information and the RSVP coming soon!

   WCHS Grandparent’s Day has been updated to Tuesday, May 18. We invite all Grandparent’s of Senior students to join us from 9:00-11:00a on that day.

   WCHS Spring Drive: Investments in effective fundraising have been made because of our mission: “To provide God-Centered secondary education to young men and women…” Our efforts with this year’s Spring Drive are profoundly important as we continue to develop our learning community for a second century of service. Regardless of the amount that you are able to give, we desire your participation. Look for information in your church mailbox. Thank you in advance for your generous support of Western Christian!

   Employment opportunities at Western: Maintenance Staff: Western is seeking to hire Full-Time and/or Part-Time Maintenance team members to serve midday-evening shifts. The ideal candidates are  people who: 1) have a strong work ethic, displaying drive & initiative; 2) demonstrate dependability, responsibility, flexibility, & good listening skills; 3) have an ability to effectively work & communicate with visitors, students, administrators, faculty & staff; 4) work well independently; 5) display a positive attitude & the willingness to try something new; 6) have an ability to perform labor-intensive work, including lifting, cleaning, bending, reaching, stooping, stretching, & more as required by the job duties; 7) exhibit a calm demeanor under stressful & time-sensitive situations; 8) demonstrate a willingness to serve others. If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Head Administrator, Mr.  Brian Verwolf brian.verwolf@westernchristianhs.com.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

HOPE HAVEN will host their Annual Benefit Auction on Friday, April 9, at Te Slaa Trucking. Doors open at 4:30; food booth at 5:00p and the live auction beings at 5:30p. Visit hopehaven.org/auction for a list of items.

HABITAT SPONSOR A STUD! Gather your friends, family, church group, business, etc. to sponsor one or more 2x4 studs for $50 each to help build the Habitat House in Hull! We will deliver the stud(s) to you, so you can decorate it with Bible verses, encouraging words, prayers, pictures, etc. The decorated studs will be framed into the house, and everyone will be invited to a Stud Finder Open House later on to see the studs and pray for the project. There are over 350 studs for the house, and we’d love to see them all decorated with love! Get more details and sign up by April 5 by contacting Kurt Franje: 641-780-9054 or kfranje@siouxlandhabitat.org.

JUSTICE FOR ALL will be working alongside Grace Reigns Ministry in Colorado City, AZ from April 30-May 7. We are inviting anyone interested in going on this trip to contact JFA. During the week you will serve their community and learn about their culture through God’s redemptive eyes. Call Nick LeLoux at JFA to sign up at 712-476-2804. Deadline to sign up is April 20th.

JUSTICE FOR ALL 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 UNIVERSITY seniors Ashley Van Engen, organ, and Loyal Tillotson, piano, will present a joint recital on Saturday, April 17, at 7:30p in Dordt’s Auditorium. Van Engen of Sioux Center will perform a wide range of repertoire, including the piece Fantasy for the Organ on Psalm 150 and the well-known Toccata from Symphony No. 5. Tillotson, of Rapids City, will be joined by senior Andrea Veldman of Hudson, SD, for a piano duet. Tillotson’s repertoire includes a sampling of different styles: a lively and charming Mozart duet, a grand and dramatic solo by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, a reflective and comforting hymn arrangement, a jovial, toe-tapping Scott Joplin rag, and more – a colorful assortment of pieces by some of his favorite composers. The recital is open to the public and will not be ticketed. Masks are required for those attending and seating groups will be socially distanced. Dordt continues to monitor how COVID-19 affects our campus and community. Please visit dordt.edu/updates on the day of the event to see if there are any restrictions or cancellations.

SINCE 1968, KDCR Radio has faithfully served the Dordt community at 88.5 FM. As we look to better serve and meet the needs of our worldwide audience through the Dordt Media Network, KDCR radio will discontinue broadcasting at the end of the academic year. The decision to say goodbye to KDCR radio was a difficult one, however, we are excited for the continued growth of the Dordt Media Network and the livestream broadcast opportunities it provides. 88.5 FM will continue to proclaim the good news with contemporary Christian music on K-LOVE beginning on May 15. The Dordt Media Network will provide expanded livestreamed access to athletic events, chapel, fine arts, and other programming.