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December 11, 2016

 

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 11, 2016

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister    3rd Sunday in Advent

Preparation for Worship: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. John 1:12 (ESV)

 

WE ARE GATHERED AND GREETED BY GOD

Prelude

*Call to Worship

*Opening Song: #340:1,3 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting and Mutual Greeting

Advent Reading and Lighting of the Candle (Skyler Bonestroo, Justin Grevengoed)

Song: #346:1,2 “Once in Royal David’s City”

WE CONFESS OUR SINS AND GOD PARDONS US

God’s Will for Our Lives

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Song: #250:1-4 “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (Celebration Hymnal)

Prayers of God’s People

Offering: Royal Family Kids Camp

Offertory

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

*Song of Preparation: #328:1,2 “O Come, O Come, Immanuel”  

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: John 1:1-13

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Receiving the One Who Brings Life”

Prayer of Application

*Song of Response: #256:1-3 “Love Has Come!” (Celebration Hymnal)

WE PARTAKE OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

Celebration of Communion (on PPT)

            During the reading of the form we will sing #337:1 “Joy to the World”.

            During the distribution of bread sing #341:1-4 “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

            During distribution of juice #287:1-5 “A Communion Hymn for Christmas” (Celebration)

Hymn of Response: #327:1-3 “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”

  (Offering for Benevolence taken)

WE GO OUT TO SHINE HIS LIGHT

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #327:5 “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”  

*Postlude     (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)                  

* indicates congregation stand

organist….Connie Te Krony; clavinova…Dana Fedders

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY:  Elder Larry & MaryLou Wielenga, Elder Rob & Amy Westra

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  Jonathan & Kaitlyn De Wild, Deacon Terry & Dee Ann Jansma

NURSERY TODAY:  AM Marge Vander Esch, Kathy Bauer, Logan Baccam, Aubri Fedders, Maeva Haveman; PM Duane & Aletha Vande Griend

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Becca Te Slaa, Sara Grevengoed, Cory Ney, Cassidy Van’t Hul, Jaiden Bonestroo; PM Ben Wiersma Family

USHERS FOR DEC.: Brent De Jager, Randy Westra, Dan De Wit, Curtis Van Grouw

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for Royal Family Kids Camp

NEXT SUNDAY: Christian Education Fund

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Roger & Carol V.    NEXT SUNDAY: Ken & Peg Visser

POWER POINT TODAY: Noah                             NEXT SUNDAY: AM Arlene; PM Jason                                     

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Rick                             NEXT SUNDAY:  Cody

CORRESPONDENCE: Harlan Mouw to Kevin Schutte; Jake Ney to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Larry Oolman to Lauren Runia; Jim Oostenink 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 (Christmas Program practice Beg.-5th Grade – meet in front of church)

 10:45AM     Christian Ed. Committee Meeting

   5:00 PM    Evangelism Committee meet in the Youth Building  

   6:00 PM    Evening service - Sunday School Christmas Program

   7:00 PM    Salt & Light Bible Study (Women)

   7:15 PM    College/Career Single Bible Study in the Youth Building

MONDAY

   6:30 PM    Elder’s Meeting

   7:00 PM    Deacon’s Meeting

   7:30 PM    Congregational Meeting

   7:30 PM    Friendship Bible

   8:00 PM    Elder’s Meeting

WEDNESDAY

   9:55 AM    Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 4 Discover the Gift of Christmas  

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

December 11, 2016

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL As Mary did on learning she would bear God’s Son, may we magnify the Lord and rejoice in God our Savior (Luke 1:46-47). Welcome! 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. 

THIS MORNING we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. You are welcome to join us at the Lord’s table if you are truly sorry for your sins, sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as your Savior and desire to live in obedience to him. Gluten free bread will be available in the center section of each tray.

THIS EVENING  the service will include a Christmas Program by our Sunday school children. Students (Beg.-5th grade) and teachers should meet in the church basement at 5:45p.

SALT & LIGHT BIBLE STUDY (women) will meet tonight at 7:00 in the Council Room.

COLLEGE/CAREER Single Bible study will meet this evening at 7:15p in the Youth Building.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held on Monday, December 12 at 7:30p.

LADIES are invited to help out at Justice for All in Rock Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Meet in the upper parking lot at 12:45p to car pool.

HOPE HAVEN MAILING will be held on Thursday, December 15, at 8:00a in the Rock Valley Hope Haven gym. Volunteers are welcomed to help. Meet in the upper parking lot at 7:45a to car pool.

SHARE GROUP for widows and widowers will meet Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6:00p at the Homestead Commons. Hot sandwiches will be served and you are invited to bring your favorite Christmas side to share. We will also enjoy a time of caroling. Contact Pastor Aaron Deutsch at (605) 742-4469 or Deanna Tiedeman at 439-2229 with any questions.

LOVE INC. GIVING TREES are located at the Pizza Ranch in Hull and M&H True Value in Rock Valley. Take a tag from the tree to purchase gifts. Please have the gifts returned to the same tree by Dec. 15.

THANKSGIVING OFFERING total was $47,563.76. The top 8 offering amounts were:

World Renew (CRWRC)        $7,846.01          Parking Lot:         $5,815.00             Building Fund:      $4,900.00

Hope Haven:                           $4,225.00          Love, INC.         $3,230.00             Talking Bibles:     $3,190.64

Luke Society:                          $3,025.00          Missions:             $3,025.00

THANK YOU to the congregation and to the willing workers for making Hull 1st CRC bake sale at Winterfest a success! Thank you for your willingness to bring food and to buy food. Many treats were brought and many treats were bought! Thank you for helping our church! –Christian Ed. Committee

DORDT: A day to inspire, encourage, and equip God’s people for ministry, Day of Encouragement, will take place on Sat., Feb. 4, at Dordt. This year’s keynote speaker is Ed Stetzer, a prolific author and well-known conference and seminar leader. Day of Encouragement offers a variety of breakout sessions throughout the day focusing on family, worship, youth, tech media, preaching, and shepherding. Early bird registration is available at www.dordt.edu/doe until Jan. 24 for individuals & groups of 10 or more. Late registration will be available through February 4.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

Ÿ  Don Westra returned to his home after having been hospitalized for pneumonia. Continue to remember Don and Jo in your prayers.

Ÿ  Ella Mae Vande Burgt fell and broke a bone in her upper right arm. Pray for God’s healing mercies.

Ÿ  Nell Brunsting fell on Tuesday morning, broke a bone in her leg and she was scheduled to have surgery on Thursday at 1:00p at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Ÿ  Give thanks that Goldie Veldman is making good progress. She will soon be moving to Aspen Heights.

Ÿ  A CT scan for Bette Marra revealed four pelvic fractures. Pray that Bette would have relief from the pain.   

Ÿ  Doctors have started the evaluation process for a lung transplant for Eldon De Wild. Please keep Eldon and his family in your prayers during this time of uncertainty. A Caring Bridge page has been set up under Eldon De Wild.

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

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

Ÿ  We keep Tom and Carol Vanden Bosch, their families, and the Hull Christian School community in our prayers as Carol has decided to stop treatment after spots were found on her liver. We pray for the Lord’s comfort and strength over the next few weeks and months.

Ÿ  We continue to keep Dave Mulder, brother in law to Mike and Marideth Van Otterloo, and Henk Pastoor, father of Vanessa Steiger, in our prayers as they continue treatment and deal with the effects of cancer. We pray for encouragement, peace and healing.

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

      Retirement Party: Everyone is invited to attend Mrs. Van Den Bosch’s retirement party on Wednesday evening Jan. 4, from 7:00-8:30. Come and help us celebrate her 28 years of service at Hull Christian with a time of refreshments and fellowship. There will be a formal program at 8:00. If you have a fun story or favorite memory to share please e-mail them to Mr. Ten Pas at rtenpas@hullchristian.com.

      HCS & Western are continuing to collect money for the NW IA Christian Schools Tuition Organization (NICSTO). This gift helps families with tuition assistance. In exchange for your donation you will receive a 65% tax credit on your Iowa income tax (C Corporations, S Corporations, LLC & Partnerships are also eligible for STO tax credits). It can also be claimed on your federal income tax. If interested in donating, contact Randy Ten Pas (439-2273) at Hull Christian or Wes Fopma (439-1013) at Western.

      Celebrate Christmas with an evening of music as the Western Christian Music Department presents their annual Christmas Concert on Monday, December 12, at 7:00p, at the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College. Choral, string, and instrumental groups will inspire you with Christmas music as we rejoice in the birth of our Savior.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S BRUNCH will be held on Wed., Dec. 14, at 9:15a in the Whispering Heights Community room. “Precious Memories-Memories that Last a Lifetime” will be given by Beverly Turnwall Swenson. She will also present the feature of making garnishes of fruits and vegetables. We will have a sing along of Christmas Carols. An offering will be received for Stonecroft Ministries. Brunch is $4.00. All ladies are invited. Call Winifred at 470-5549 to join us. Reservations are essential!!

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will meet on Wed., Dec. 14, at 1:00p at Whispering Heights. This group is open to anyone who lives with or cares for someone affected by dementia of any kind. For more information, contact Melinda at 476-8214. New members are always welcome!

SIOUX CENTER HEALTH is providing a Multiple Sclerosis Support group for patients & caregivers on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 4:30-5:30 at Crown Pointe Gathering Room. The group is to empower each member through new information and strategies for challenging problems, finding support or helping others and feeling empowered and more self-confident in coping with challenges. Questions, call Yaby at 722-8378.

JUSTICE FOR ALL is gearing up to do our annual service trips! If you’d like to join us or want more information, feel free to call or email Lauren at (712) 476-2804 or laurenk@jfa-nwiowa.org. Harvest Hands Ministries, Juarez, Mexico; January 27-Feb. 3; Spencer Perkins Center, Jackson, MS: February 18-24; Voice of Calvary, Jackson, MS: Feb. 25-Mar. 3; Tentatively: Grace Reigns Ministries, Colorado City, AZ: March 19-25.

YOU ARE INVITED to come see what’s new for the 2017 season of the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Jan. 10, when rehearsals will begin in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Dr. Benjamin Kornelis, Director of Choral Activities at Dordt, will be leading us this year, and our program will feature Haydn’s Missa Brevis ‘Sancti Joannis De Deo’ also known as the “Little Organ Mass” and an exciting, recent composition of the Psalms of Ascent by Shawn Kirchner called “Songs of Ascent.” Rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 7:30-9:15p with the performance scheduled for late April. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Ochsner at mkchsnr@gmail.com.

JOIN OTHER AREA BUSINESS LEADERS and Patrick Lai for a breakfast on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Lai believes Christian business people and entrepreneurs have unanticipated opportunities to build kingdom-strategic business ventures. He provides conceptual foundations for understanding our unique place in global mission and prerequisites for engaging in it. He offers practical resources including strategic planning and step-by-step operational implementation regarding issues as management, sustainability and accountability. Breakfast begins at 6:45a in West Commons at Dordt College. The cost is $8. To register go to https://patricklai.eventbrite.com.