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MORNING WORSHIP SEVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 17, 2017

Rev. Loren Kotman.…Minister Third Sunday in Advent

Preparation for worship: “Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand, Come, let us worship God.” (WSB 2nd Ed. 1.2.3)

 

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Prelude

*Responsive Call to Worship:

Pastor: Our souls magnify the Lord!

People: Our spirits rejoice in God our Savior!

Pastor: The mighty One has done great things for us!

People: Holy is God’s Name!

Pastor: Let us worship God.

People: For God is our Maker and our Redeemer; from generation to generation God

gives mercy.

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting

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

Advent Candle Reading: Eric Zomermaand Family

Advent Hymn: #337:1,3,4 “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”

 

WE ARE RECONCILED TO GOD

God’s Will for Our Lives

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Song of Assurance: SW#72:1-4 “In Christ Alone”

Congregational Prayer

Offering: Christian Education Fund

Offertory

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

*Song of Preparation: #353:1,2 “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: Ruth 1:1-18; Matthew 1:1-5

God’s Word Proclaimed: Mothers of the Messiah: Ruth

Prayer of Application

 

WE GO OUT TO SHINE HIS LIGHT

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

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Hymn: #345:1 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

*Postlude

*indicates congregation stand - organist: MaryLou Wielenga

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

 

GREETERS TODAY: John & Agnes Scholten, Deacon John & Amy Emerick

 

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Matt & Kait Schultze, Elder Tim & Ruth Kats

 

NURSERY TODAY: AM Melissa Pollema, Sara Sandbulte, Bryson Sandbulte, Dylan Zomermaand, Colin Westra; PM Brian Rozeboom Family

 

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Rachel Schroeder, Ranae Sheffield, Amanda Wiersma,

Treyton Sandbulte, Samantha Pollema; PM Eric Rens Family

 

USHERS FOR DEC.: Kyle Pollema, Ryan Bolkema, Devin Bonestroo, Zachary De Jager

 

VALET PARKING DEC.: AM Jerad Kats, Taylor Westphal/PM Marcus Te Krony, Curtis V.G.

 

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for the Christian Education Fund

OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: Hull Christian Building Project

 

  1. SERVERS TODAY: Don & Mary K. NEXT WEEK: Kyle & Cindy L.

 

POWER POINT TODAY: Kirk NEXT WEEK: Julie

 

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Cody NEXT SUNDAY: Joel

 

CORRESPONDENCE: Everyone is encouraged to write Christmas/New Year’s greetings to our missionaries (those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the first page of the directory)

 

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

9:30 AM Worship Service

10:45 AM Coffee fellowship in the basement

10:45 AM Choir Rehearsal

10:45 AM Adult Sunday School

6:00 PM Evening Worship Service

 

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

December 17, 2017

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL The Lord anoints us, as he did Jesus, “to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted” (Isa. 61:1). We gather here to be strengthened for this work. 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.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the cold and flu season, it was decided to cease all hand shake greeting from now until March 15. Elders and Pastor will greet you after the service today, but not shake your hand. Greeters will be available prior to the service, but also will not shake your hand.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL/CATECHISM classes are NOT meeting today. Classes will resume again on January 7th.

 

THIS EVENING we welcome Rev. David Smit from Sioux Center as he leads our worship service. His message is from Isaiah 7 titled “God Where Are You?”

 

ADVANCE NOTICE: There will be no Children’s Church on December 24 and December 31.

 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH TEACHER NEEDED: We are in need of another children’s church teacher for 2018. If you are interested in teaching or have any questions, please contact Lynette Feenstra at 578-9383.

 

THE COMMUNITY is invited to join with the Hull Chamber for an hour of Community Christmas Caroling Tues., Dec. 19. We’ll meet at 9:00a at Pleasant Acres, travel to the Homestead and finish at Aspen Heights with a Chamber Coffee being served there at 10:00a. RSVP to the Hull Chamber (439-1513) if you are able to join us.

 

COFFEE BREAK: There will be NO Coffee Break this coming Wednesday, December 20. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 10. If you are still interested in ordering a shirt, contact Bev Altena (439-1865).

 

THE SHARE GROUP for widows/widowers will meet Thurs., Dec. 21, at noon at St. Paul Lutheran Church, located 3 miles north and 2 miles east of Hull. (Note change of location). Hot ham & cheese sandwiches will be provided for lunch and you are invited to bring a side dish or Christmas goodies to share. Following our meal we will get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas carol sing-a-long. Call Deanna (439-2229) with any questions.

 

GOSPEL MISSION: We have an upcoming opportunity to witness at the gospel mission on Jan. 31. We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to give the message and volunteers for special music and piano players. In an effort to increase our involvement with the mission, we are also requesting 3 volunteers from Care Group 1 and 3 volunteers from Care Group 2 to join us in this mission outreach. We will meet at the church parking lot at 6:30p on Jan. 31. Contact an evangelism committee member with any questions.

 

ATTENTION HULL 1ST CRC: It is time to start thinking about our church’s Guatemala Mission Project which has been set for May 1-8. The project will include a couple of house builds, numerous home visits (food/clothing distribution), and a wheelchair distribution. The team is limited to approximately 10 people. Anyone 16 or older is welcome to join the team. (Minors must be accompanied by a parent.) A meeting will be schedule soon after the holidays at which time we will need to finalize the team and begin preparing. No experience is necessary…just a willingness to serve and share the love of CHRIST to the beautiful people of Guatemala. To sign up or for questions, please contact Val Brummel.

 

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church from Classis Heartland my apply for aid to assist them in their study for the 2018-2019 academic years by contacting Rev. Loren Kotman; 1111 5th Street, Hull, IA 51239; (712) 439-1123; pastor@hull1stcrc.com. The deadline is February 1, 2018.

 

DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT will be held on Saturday, February 3, at Dordt College. The full description for all sessions is available in the brochure on the narthex table. The cost is $45 for groups of 10 or $55/person through January 26. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration form found in the brochure and return to the church office by January 24th. The church will pay for those who would like to attend.

 

THE OFFICE OF SYNODICAL SERVICES is seeking young adults, between the ages of 18-26, to serve as young adult representatives at the annual synod in June. Contact pastor for more information.

 

OFFERING AMOUNTS FOR NOV.:

General Fund: $31,577.73 Building Fund: $1,995.00 SF Gospel Mission: $ 718.90

Missions: 3,440.00 The Banquet: 393.29 Peter Fish: 493.25

 

THANK YOU from World Renew for the recent offerings. Through your support, prayers and involvement, World Renew can intervene in our hurting world, bringing practical help in development, justice and disaster response programs that create positive, permanent change.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Ÿ Give thanks for successful knee replacement surgery for Arlene Van’t Hul. Pray for continued healing.

Ÿ Continue to remember Rob Fedders as he recovers from hip replacement surgery. Give thanks for progress made.

Ÿ Randy Veldman is still a patient at Avera McKenna Hospital in Sioux Falls. Give thanks for some progress. Continue to pray for wisdom for the doctors and for healing for Randy.

Ÿ Congratulations to Travis & Brittany Veldman on the birth of a daughter, Vivian Faye, born on December 11 at the Sioux Center Hospital.

Ÿ John Grevengoed recently completed five days of chemo treatment. He is beginning week two of three weeks off from the treatment and will then be reevaluated. Pray that the chemo would be effective and that he would be encouraged.

Ÿ Scott Kroese had wrist surgery on Wednesday at Dakota Dunes.

Ÿ Bernard Driesen, father of Judi Wesselink, had surgery on Thursday at Mayo Clinic for esophageal cancer. Pray for healing and a good recovery.

Ÿ Esther Rozeboom continues to experience back pain. Pray for relief from the pain.

Ÿ LeRoy Jongetjes recently completed his radiation treatments. Pray that the treatments were effective.

Ÿ Pray for our shut ins: Sally De Groot, Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena, Joyce De Vries, Verne Huisman, Julianne Kats, Anthony Smit, and Goldie Veldman at Aspen Heights; Esther Rozeboom in her son’s home, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Ÿ Diana Dykstra was able to return home after knee replacement surgery this week. We give thanks and pray for her continued recovery.

Ÿ Mark Steiger submitted to sinus surgery this week and also had his tonsils removed. We pray for a quick recovery.

Ÿ Vicki Lammers submitted to carpal tunnel surgery this week as well. We pray for her recovery.

Ÿ We pray for many others who continue to recover from recent surgeries, illnesses, or treatments. We pray for peace, patience, and endurance.

Ÿ Mary Grooters continues under the care of hospice. We pray for her comfort and peace. We also pray for her family as they support her.

Ÿ We keep Dave Mulder, brother-in-law of Mike and Meredith Van Otterloo in our prayers as he has entered the care of hospice. Please pray for peace and comfort for Dave as well as for his family.

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

Western would like to thank all those individuals and businesses that attended and contributed to the Fun’d Day dinner and auction last month. Fun’d Day gifts and proceeds will be used for tuition relief, transportation upgrades, and debt repayment. This year over $133,000 was raised through the Fun’d Day activities.

 

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

HOPE HAVEN INTERNATIONAL presents “Rejoice! The Gift of Mobility” featuring Nashville recording artist Jill Miller on Tues., Dec. 19, at 7:00p. Tickets are $15 and a limited amount of VIP Tickets are also available for $25. The VIP Meet & Greet begins at 6:00p in the Anne Zabel Studio Theater at the Orpheum and will feature hors d’oeuvres from Backyard BBQ Grill, Honeybaked Ham, Oh My Cupcakes! and HyVee. Tickets are on sale at the Washington Pavilion Box Office or through www.washingtonpavilion.org. The Christmas concert will also feature the Sioux Falls Christian school hand bell choir. Proceeds will go towards funding wheelchair sponsorships for an upcoming distribution trip to Vietnam in 2018.

 

JFA is planning the 2018 Service and Learning Opportunities and would love to have you join one of the teams! These weeks are wonderful opportunities to serve others but also experience and understand God’s Kingdom in new and important ways. Dates and places are: JVMP Foundation, Jackson, MS – Feb. 10-16; Voice of Calvary Ministries, Jackson, MS – Feb. 17-23; Houston Flood Relief – Feb. 24- March 3; Grace Reigns, Colorado City, UT – March 11-17. For more information call JFA 476-2804 or email joevz@jfa-nwiowa.org. There will be an information meeting on Tues., Jan. 2, 2018 at 6:30p, JFA Ministry Center.

 

SIOUX COUNTY ORATORIO CHORUS will be performing one of Joseph Haydn’s most popular works—the Mass in Time of War, or “Paukenmesse” as well as two shorter choral works by Rachmaninoff. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:15 beginning Jan. 16 and will be held at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Music Hall. The performance will be Sat., April 28. Email any questions to Mike Ochsner at mkchsnr@gmail.com.

 

CENTER FOR FINANCIAL EDUCATION is hosting a Financial Peace University class for engaged & newlywed couples on 9 Sundays, starting January 21. Attendees are invited to come to the Bridge of Hope Ministry Center at 43 2nd St. NE in Sioux Center from 1:30-3:30p. Materials cost $109 per couple, payable to Center for Financial Education. The class link to register is http://www.fpu.com/1054182.