Decmber 13, 2015
MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 13, 2015
Rev. Carl Klompein.….Minister Third Sunday in Advent
Preparation for Worship: The season of Advent, a season of waiting, is designed to cultivate our awareness of God’s actions – past, present and future.
WE JOYFULLY GATHER
*Call to Worship
*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting
*Opening Song: #354:1-3 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”
Advent Reading & Lighting of the Candles by Friendship Bible (on PPT)
*Advent Song: #355:1-3 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”
WE ARE RECONCILED
Call to Confession
Song of Assurance: #347:1-3 “Angels We Have Heard on High”
Prayers of God’s People
Offering: Hope Haven
WE RECEIVE GOD’S WORD
*Song of Preparation: #328:1-4 “O Come, O Come, Immanuel”
Prayer of Illumination
God’s Word Read: Luke 1:26-45 & 76-79
God’s Word Proclaimed: “The Joy of Christ’s Coming”
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response: #337:1-3 “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”
*Parting Song: #337:4 “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”
(please allow teachers/students to exit first)
*indicates congregation stand
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:
Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a
GREETERS TODAY: John & Agnes Scholten, Deacon John & Amy Emerick
GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Matthew & Kait Schultze, Elder Harlyn & Linda Bolkema
NURSERY TODAY: AM Brittany Van Otterloo, Amy Emerick, Madison Emerick, Blaike Bonestroo, Christopher Baccam; PM Jake Ney Family
NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Bethany Bosma, Janice Driesen, Riley Grevengoed, Teagan De Jager, Mitchell Fedders; PM Duane & Aletha Vande Griend
USHERS FOR DEC.: Darren Bonestroo, Randy Winterfeld, Randy Veldman, Cory De Wit
OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for Hope Haven
NEXT SUNDAY: Christian Education Fund
COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Larry & Marcia H. NEXT WEEK: Terry & Dee Jansma
POWER POINT TODAY: Arlene NEXT WEEK: AM Sally; PM Julie
SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Shad NEXT SUNDAY: Cody
CORRESPONDENCE: Everyone is encouraged to write Christmas/New Year’s greetings to our missionaries.
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
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
7:00 PM Women’s Salt and Light Bible Study
7:15 PM College/Career Bible Study in the Youth Building
6:30 PM Elder’s Meeting
7:00 PM Deacon’s Meeting
7:30 PM Congregational Meeting
8:00 PM Council Meeting
9:55 AM Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 3 “The Gentile Connection”.
6:30 PM GEMS meet at Hope CRC for our skating party (see announcement in insert)
7:00 PM YPS. Devotions: Jerad K. & Rachel K.; Lunch: Samantha P. & Cassidy VH. We will be putting together care packages. Please bring a dozen Christmas goodies.
7:00 PM Men’s Society. Lesson 4 – Matthew 18:21-35
FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Dec. 13, 2015
WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to worship, sisters and brothers, as we look toward the coming of the Christ! 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.
WE WELCOME Pastor Carl Klompien as he leads our worship services today. His message this evening is from I Thessalonians 1:1-20 titled “It’s All Over But the Shouting”.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PRACTICE in the sanctuary for Beginners-6th grade. Please meet in the front of church immediately following the service. Bring your props if you haven’t done so yet. Parents: please note that practice could last a little longer.
POST HIGH: College/Career singles Bible study will be meeting tonight at 7:15p in the Youth Building. Questions: contact Curt Van Grouw (712) 451-8272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PASTOR LOREN will be on vacation through Tuesday, December 15. In case of a special need, please contact your Care Group Elder or Rev. Klompien.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held Monday, December 14 at 7:30p.
BAPTISM: Tom & Ranae Sheffield and Troy & Tina Bruxvoort have requested the sacrament of baptism for their children, Judson David Sheffield and Alexander Dean & Andrew Joseph Bruxvoort. Baptism will take place next Sunday morning.
LOVE INC GIVING TREES will be 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 December 15.
GEMS will meet Wed., Dec. 16, at 1st CRC lower parking lot at 6:30p for our skating party at the All Seasons Center. There are additional activities for those who choose not to skate. Estimated return time is 8:45p.
THE BANQUET is in desperate need of containers (cool whip, butter, etc.) for their guests to take home food. Please put your containers in the box in the narthex marked Banquet.
HOLIDAY GREETINGS: Please share your holiday pictures with the rest of the congregation by placing your Christmas pictures/cards in the mailbox of Darla Van’t Hul. The pictures will be displayed on the bulletin board in the entry! Thank you and Merry Christmas!
HULL CHAMBER has set up a Giving Tree at Iowa State Bank for the Sack Pack Program. Please select a gift tag from the tree and purchase the item pictured on your tag. There is NO limit as to how many of this item you can donate! Any monetary donations can be given to Nathan at ISB. Return your donations to the bank lobby by noon, Dec. 24. The Hull Sack Pack program is designed to provide nutritious, healthy food to children in the Hull & Boyden communities, at risk of hunger. If interested in knowing more about the program and how you can help, call 712-441-1465 or email us at email@example.com.
THANK YOU to all those who brought food for the bake sale. It was very much appreciated!
SAVE THE DATE! Day of Encouragement will be Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. The keynote speaker will be Dordt College Dean of Chapel, Pastor Aaron Baart, who will address the topic of fear in our world. Details will become available in early January with registration opening January 4. The Day of Encouragement, sponsored by Dordt College, is a day to inspire, encourage and equip God’s people for ministry. Everyone is welcome to participate.
FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
Continue to pray for strength and healing for Joyce Kroese.
Joyce Vander Well had hip replacement surgery on Friday, December 11. Pray for a good recovery.
Continue to keep Don Westra in your prayers. Pray for continued improvement.
Pray for Heidi Dokter as she had surgery on Wednesday to have a kidney removed.
Give thanks for progress and healing for Gaylene Bouma.
Remember Sam Scholten in your prayers. He is serving with the 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue to pray for Gary Roetman as he receives chemo and diabetes treatment.
Continue to remember Sherry Brummel in your prayers as she continues to receive chemo.
Pray for comfort in this Christmas season for all those who have lost loved ones in the past year.
Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, Gert Zevenbergen, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena at Aspen Heights, Don Westra and Nell Brunsting in their home; Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.
HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
Lyla Boer continues her recovery after knee replacement surgery and is doing well. Pray for continued healing and progress.
Mary Grooters is now receiving hospice care. She is resting comfortably. Please pray for her and family as they continue to make decisions related to her care.
Evelyn Dykstra has moved to Michigan this past week. We give thanks for a safe trip and continue to pray for her and family as she adjusts to her new home in Byron Center.
Wilma Heynen had surgery this week to remove her gallbladder. All went well and she has returned home. We pray for her continued recovery.
We pray for continued recovery for Arnold Nielsen, father of Martin Nielsen. Arnold is recovering from surgery after receiving a new heart valve.
We also continue to remember our members who reside in care facilities: Mary Grooters at Aspen Heights, Hermina Hulstein at Pleasant Acres, and Harriet Kooiker at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. We also pray for their families as they support them.
Celebrate Christmas by attending Western’s Choral and Instrumental Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 14, at 7:00p at Dordt. All the choral and instrumental groups at Western will be performing and celebrating in music the birth of our Lord and Savior. Treats and coffee will be available for purchase during intermission. A free-will offering will be received.
Western Christian thanks all of those businesses and individuals who attended and gave generously to the Western Fun’d night auction and dinner. Over $135,000 was raised for educational support, transportation, and the new renovations. We thank God for blessing Western through the continued support of so many!
DORDT COLLEGE: If you stop over at Dordt’s campus this December, you’ll see a lot of well-dressed students braving the cold in dresses and ties. These students are dressing up to fight for human dignity, first by raising awareness of the global sex trade and then by raising funds to make a small dent in the growing problem of human trafficking. Join them in prayer and join them in fundraising. Find out more by going to http://support.dressemberfoundation.org/dcdressember.
DORDT COLLEGE: “In All Things”, an online publication by the Dordt College Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service, has begun its annual Advent devotional series that will continue through Christmas. Subscribe to receive a daily devotional at inallthings.org.
INSPIRATION HILLS TUBING HILL is looking forward to opening this season as snow falls. Inspiration Hills is looking for workers this year to tend to our tubing hill on weekends/occasional nights. You must be 16 years or older. Application is found online at www.inspirationhills.org. Contact Kristi at email@example.com with any questions or inquires. If you are looking to reserve a group or come out to enjoy the hill go to our website for details, times and prices! Tubing Hill opening date is dependent on snowfall and temperatures.
SINGLE MOTHER’S RETREAT! Inspiration Hills & ATLAS are partnering together to provide an event to support, encourage, and uplift Single Mothers on Feb. 5-7, 2016. Full description and registration for mothers is found at www.inspirationhills.org under the events tab. Would you like to serve? We are looking for volunteers to be a part of the Support Team (prayer team/table leaders) OR be a Sponsor to support the mothers in your life this holiday season! Go to www.inspirationhills.org for full description and registration.
SIOUX COUNTY ORATORIO CHORUS: This season brings exciting opportunities for the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus and you are invited to be a part of it! Our season will include performances of Schubert’s Mass in G and Handel’s Zadok the Priest at Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel, as well as a tremendous opportunity to join the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Rehearsals are at Northwestern beginning January 12 at 7:30p, with performances April 16 and 30. Spend your Tuesday evenings with us, bringing the best of the oratorio tradition to Life! Contact Mike Ochsner at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
SIOUX CENTER HEALTH is providing a community pre-diabetes class on Wed, Dec. 30 from 3 -5p in the hospital conference room 3. Cost is $25. Learn how to lower your chances of getting diabetes. To pregister, call 722-8125. Checks can be mailed to: Sioux Center Health, Attn: Therapy Center.
SHARE group for widows/widowers will meet Thursday, Dec. 17, at 6:00p at the Homestead in Hull. Hot sandwiches will be provided. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please call Pastor Katie (470-4195) or Deanna Tiedeman (439-2229) with any questions.