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December 15, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – December 15, 2019

       Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister    3rd Sunday in Advent 

Preparation for Worship: “Hark, the glad sound! The Savior comes, the Savior promised long! Let every heart prepare a throne, and every voice a song.” PsH#335:1

WE PREPARE FOR THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH

Prelude

*Call to Worship: #354:1 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

*Opening Prayer

*Opening Advent Hymn: #328:1,4 “O Come, O Come, Immanuel”

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

Lighting of the Advent Candle:

 -Children’s Message: Evan & Shondra

 -Advent Reading and Lighting of the Candle: Haley, Traylie, Addy

 -Advent Hymn: #231:1-3 “How Great Is the Love of the Father”

RECONCILIATION THROUGH JESUS OUR SAVIOR

God’s Will for Our Lives

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Hymn: #331:1-3 “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”

Congregational Prayer

Offering: Guatemala Trip

Offertory

GOD’S WORD, GOD INCARNATE

*Hymn of Preparation: #351:1-3 “Lo, How a Rose, E’er Blooming”  

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 1:57-80

God’s Word Proclaimed: “The Gift of Salvation”

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response: #337:1-4 “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”

WE GO OUT IN HOPEFUL EXPECTATION

*Benediction

*Closing Hymn: #345:1,3 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
*Postlude   

   (please allow teachers/students to exit first)

* indicates congregation stand

organist…Peg Visser

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Dave & Aletha Snieder, Deacon Eric & Michelle Zomermaand

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Pete & Helen Soodsma, Elder Dave & Carol Rozeboom

NURSERY TODAY: AM Amy De Jager, Susan De Yager, Jesse Ney, Talen De Yager, Sawyer Rozeboom; PM Tim Kats Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Lisa Kats, Sherry De Wit, Abigail Kats, Lane Driesen, Konner Struik; PM Seth Oostenink Family

USHERS FOR DEC:  Jay De Wit, Ryan Kroese, Jon Scholten, Rod Te Krony

VALET PARKING FOR DEC: Dec. 15: Ross Te Slaa, Zach Mouw; Dec. 22: Mitchell Winterfeld, Marcus Te Krony; Dec. 25: Dawson Feenstra, David Te Krony; Dec. 29: Cory Ney, Dalton Westra

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

on your envelope. The loose offering is for the Guatemala Trip; PM Hull Sack Pack Program

NEXT SUNDAY:  Christian Ed Fund

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Eric & Jana R.                                  NEXT SUNDAY: Brian & Nicole R.

POWER POINT TODAY: AM Arlene; PM Jason/Konner  NEXT SUNDAY: Julie/Tonya

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Cody                                                      NEXT SUNDAY:  Joel

CORRESPONDENCE: Cliff Koele to Justin Van Zee; Travis Kooima to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Nelvina Kroese to Michael & Megan Ribbons; Dave Kroese to Kevin & Kelli Schutte; Eric Kroese to Lauren & Connie Runia; Galen Kroese 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

 10:45 AM       Adult Sunday School

 10:45 AM       Choir Rehearsal in the basement with clarinets

   3:00 PM       Sunday School Christmas Program

WEDNESDAY

   9:50 AM       Coffee Break at Hope CRC.

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

December15, 2019

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL As the prophet says: “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God” (Isaiah 35:4, NRSV). 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 welcome Heidi Tubergen to First CRC. She comes to us from Doon United Reformed.

BEGINNERS-6TH GRADE will be having Christmas Program practice this morning after the service in the front of church.

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL Christmas Program will be held this afternoon at 3:00p. There is no evening service.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH will not be meeting this afternoon due to the Sunday School Christmas Program.

REMINDER of the donation box in the narthex for the Guatemala mission project. A list of needed items is on the back table. Thanks for your help in blessing the “least of these”.

CHILDREN AGES 1ST–6TH GRADE will be singing “Angels We Have Heard on High” with the choir on Christmas Day. They will have a short rehearsal after the morning church service on Sunday, December 22, in front of church and will perform on Christmas Day.

NOTE: Do you have a Bible that you are not using? A Church History class at Western Christian High School is collecting Bibles for Keystone Recovery Center. Keystone hands out 50 Bibles a month. The Recovery Bible or newer versions that are easy to read are especially useful. Bibles may be placed in the box on the narthex table.

THE “SHARE” GROUP for widows and widowers will meet on Thursday, Dec. 19th at noon at Homestead Commons. Melissa Beyer will be catering lunch. Please RSVP to Deanna Tiedeman (439-2229) by Dec. 16 and bring $10 for the cost of our meal. Following lunch, we will sing a few Christmas carols to get us in the holiday spirit. Call Deanna or Pastor Aaron Deutsch (605-742-4469) with any questions.

FROM THE CHRISTIAN ED CORE COMMITTEE: to date we have received about $58,000  of our $200,000 goal for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to everyone who made a faith promise pledge and those who have been generously supporting Christian Education here at First CRC. Please keep the Christian Education Fund in mind for your end of the year giving!

THANK YOU to everyone who remembered us with cards, prayers, meals, gift cards, and visits during our health issues. We are so blessed with a wonderful church family. All the support is greatly appreciated!

                                                                                                            --Heath & Kayla Stoker

THANK YOU to everyone for your cards and prayers and the visits from Pastor Kotman and Elders Don Krommendyk and Ed Haveman and for prayers following my surgery. It was very much appreciated!

                                                                                                            --Rog & Fran De Kruyf

THANK YOU: It’s often said during the holiday season that it’s more blessed to give than to receive. The Luke Society is able to live that out all year in the way we help to fund the Christian calling of more than 40 ministry directors. First CRC is an important part of that process as directors reach their own people in Christ’s name. We thank you for your support and wish you a blessed Christmas season.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

We extend our Christian sympathy to Wilma Grevengoed and family in the passing of her sister, Arlene Meerdink, of Hartley who passed away on Friday, December 6. We extend our Christian sympathy to Jarvis and Shari De Wild and LuAnn De Wild and families in the passing of a brother-in-law, Merlyn (husband of Lonna) Smeenk, of Harrisburg, South Dakota who passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning. We also extend our Christian sympathy to Joyce Vande Griend and Sally De Groot and families in the passing of a sister-in-law, June (wife of Al) Woudstra, of Orange City. Funeral services were held on Saturday. We extend our Christian sympathy to Rick & Eleanor Kiers and Cody & Shelby Kiers and family in the passing of their father and grandfather, Henry Kiers on Thursday morning. Henry was a long time member of our church. May God comfort these families in their loss.

Remember Belle Draayer in her ongoing challenges in life.

Liz Schmith went to Pleasant Acres on Tuesday, recovering from recent knee replacement surgery. Pray for healing.

Norma Kotman had surgery on Tuesday at Avera and returned home on Wednesday. Pray for a good recovery.

Remember Ed Scholten in your prayers as he continues to recover. Give thanks that he has experienced a good measure of relief from pain.

Give thanks that physical therapy is going well for Shirley Rens. Continue to pray for Shirley as she recovers from surgery.

Sandy Starkenburg was scheduled for a muscle test on the muscle around her esophagus this past Friday at Dakota Dunes. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and better health for Sandy.

Berdena Bylsma had a pacemaker inserted on Tuesday. She was released on Friday to Pleasant Acres for rehab. Pray this will give her better health.

Continue to remember Jarvis De Wild in your prayers. His next chemo treatment is Monday. Pray that the eating process will continue to improve and for overall healing.

Give thanks that the shot that Lou Krommendyk received for her back pain is giving her relief. Lou appreciates visits.

Continue to remember Ted and Lois Salazar in your prayers. Lois’s next chemo treatment is scheduled for December 19. Pray that the chemo will be effective and that Lois will get the rest that she needs. Visitors are still welcome but please call or text first.

Duck Lokhorst was released from Unity Point Hospital in Sioux City and is continuing her recovery at Pleasant Acres.,

Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Chuck & Darlene Kroese, Sally De Groot; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Harry Klay, Goldie Veldman; Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats; Rick Rozeboom’s home: Esther Rozeboom; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

We express our sympathy to Marty Kiers and family as they remember their father, Henry Kiers, who passed away on Thursday morning. May the Lord provide his comfort and encouragement to family and friends at this time. We give thanks for our hope in Jesus and His resurrection.

Don Boer was released from the hospital earlier this week. We pray for his continued strengthening.

We pray for those dealing with illness, recovering from surgeries, and for those who may be struggling emotionally. May God provide healing and wholeness.

We pray for Lyla Boer at Pleasant Acres and Don and family as they support her. We also remember those at home who aren’t able to join us from week to week. We also pray for their families as they support them.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS.

   Western Music Department will present their annual Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 16, at 7:00p in the Event Center. Please join us in celebrating the birth of our Savior. In addition to great music, we will have a bake sale that evening to help support the arts at Western.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCMENTS

HEGG HEALTH CENTER is sponsoring a Pink Out Night on Tues., Jan. 21, during the Western vs. Estherville basketball games! The reason we host annual pink out nights is because people relate pink to breast cancer. Cancer doesn’t care who you are, what you look like, how old you are or where you live. We wonder how we can help – this evening is for just that: raising awareness about cancer and prevention against cancer. Free popcorn will be served at the concessions stand for all fans during both Girls and Boys basketball games, courtesy of Hegg Health Center. We encourage fans to wear pink or purchase a 2019 Pink Out T-shirt! Short and long Sleeve T-shirts are available for purchase online: https://western-christian-pinkout-2020.itemordercom/sale. Orders are due Dec. 16th. T-shirts will be delivered to your selected location about a week before the game. Proceeds from all t-shirts benefit technology upgrades within the Hegg Health Center Radiology department. 

CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH, SIOUX FALLS, FAITH FELLOWSHIP WEEKEND is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17 – 6:00-8:00p and January 18&19 – 7:15a-4:00p each day. Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions. The deadline for signing up is Monday, Dec. 30. We’d be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it. For more information or to sign up contact us at office@cornerstonepcsd.org or call 507-215-3670. 

JFA is planning the 2020 Service and Learning Opportunities and would love to have you join one of the teams!  For more information or to sign up, call Nick Leloux at JFA 476-2804 or email nickl@jfa-nwiowa.org. An informational meeting will be held on Tues., Jan. 7, at 7:00p at the JFA Ministry Center.

JFA is excited to invite you on a Discovery Bus Tour! The dates for this trip are April 21-28, 2020. If you are interested or want more information, contact Joel De Wit at JFA, 476-2804 or joeldw@jfa-nwiowa.org