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December 18, 2016

 

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 18, 2016

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister    4nd 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. #335 vs. 1

WE COME IN EXPECTATION OF THE PROMISED MESSIAH

Prelude: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

*Call to Worship

*Opening Song: #354:1,2 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting

*Hymn of Praise:342:1-3 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

WE COME IN HOPE OF A PROMISED SAVIOR

Advent Reading and Lighting of the Candle (Jessica De Jager, Alyssa Fedders, Taylor Westphal)

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

Profession of Faith: (OWBG Art. 23&24)

                    Pastor:  When Israel spurned God’s love by lusting after other gods, by trusting in power and wealth, and by hurting the weak, God scattered his people among the nations. Yet he kept a faithful few and  promised them the Messiah: a prophet to speak the clear word, a king to crush the serpent’s head, a priestly servant willing to be broken for sinners. And he promised the gift of the Spirit to bend stubborn wills to new obedience.

                    People:  God remembered his promise to reconcile the world to himself; he has come among us in Jesus Christ, the eternal Word made flesh. He is the long-awaited Savior, fully human and fully divine, conceived by the Spirit of God and born of the virgin Mary.

Prayer of Confession

Hymn: #353:1,2 “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”

Prayer of Thanks and Intercession

Offering: Christian Education Fund

Piano Offertory by Berdena Bylsma…”A Christmas Carol Medley”

WE HEAR GOD’S PROMISES OF OUR REDEEMER, JESUS CHRIST

*Song of Preparation: #340:1,2 “O Come All Ye Faithful”   

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: John 1:1-18

God’s Word Proclaimed: “It’s All About Jesus!”

Prayer of Application

WE REJOICE IN THE GOOD NEWS OF EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US!

*Hymn of Response: #345:1-3 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

*Parting Blessing

*Doxology: #342:4,5 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”   

*Postlude: Toccata on “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”     

    (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)                  

* indicates congregation stand  

organist….MaryLou Wielenga

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

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

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  Jarvis & Shari De Wild, Elder Henry & Cheryl Kats

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

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Mindy Winterfeld, Maureen Veldman, Braden Baccam, Dalton Westra, Alyssa Fedders; PM Evan Schroeder Family

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

VALET PARKING: AM Justin Grevengoed, Skyler Bonestroo; PM Zach De Jager, Taylor Westphal

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

NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Hull Christian Building Project; 2. Atlas

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Ken & Peg Visser     NEXT SUNDAY: Daryl & Judi Wesselink

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

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Cody                            NEXT SUNDAY:  Joel

CORRESPONDENCE: Seth Oostenink to Kevin Schutte; Brody Pollema to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Doug Pollema to Lauren Runia; Pete Pollema 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 Classes

 10:45 AM    Adult Sunday School

   6:00 PM    Evening Worship Service

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

December 18, 2016

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL In the words of the apostle Paul: “To all God’s beloved…who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the cold and flu season, it was decided to cease all hand shake greeting for the time being. Elders and Pastor will greet you after the service today, but not shake your hand. Greeters will be available prior to the service, but will not shake your hand.

THIS EVENING we welcome Pastor Duane Tinklenberg from Sioux Center as he leads our worship service. His message is from Hosea 3 titled “Can God Really Love Like This?”

MEMBERSHIP TRANSFER: The communicant membership of Heidi Dokter has been transferred, at her request, to the First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids. We wish her God’s blessing in her new church home.

OFFERING: The offering for Christmas Day will be for the Hull Christian School Building Project in an effort to help pay for this project.

DAD’S BELGIUM WAFFLE BREAKFAST: Please come out on Monday, January 2nd (note the change of date) for the annual YPS Dad’s Belgium Waffle breakfast. We will be serving from 9 until 12. Come out and enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth waffles with your favorite syrup flavors as well as the tasty sausages.

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church from Classis Heartland may apply for aid to assist them in their study for the 2017-2018 academic years by contacting Rev. Loren Kotman; 1111 5th Street, Hull, IA 51239; (712) 439-1123; pastor@hull1stcrc.com. The deadline is February 1, 2017.

FRIENDSHIP CHURCH in Sergeant Bluff invites the congregation to join them in celebrating Verlyn Schaap’s retirement from 41 years of ministry on Sunday, Jan 15, 2017. Verlyn will give his farewell sermon during the worship service at 10:25, followed by a luncheon and concluding with a program at 1:00p, followed by dessert and coffee. An RSVP is needed only if you plan to attend the luncheon. Call Terry McFarland at 712-333-5556 or email tmcfarland75@gmail.com. If you have a photo, memory or story to share they can be sent to Kelly Vander Leest, 501 Stonegate Circle, Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054. Cards may be sent to Terry McFarland, 146 Golden Drive, Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054.

OFFERING AMOUNTS FOR NOV.:

General Fund:               $35,191.25                           Mission Fund: $3,198.93

World Renew:                  1,823.00                           Hope Cemetery:       380.35

Family Crisis Center:            350.00                           The Banquet:            664.00

THANK YOU: The ATLAS Orange City Area staff thanks everyone who took a tag from the Christmas tree and purchased gifts for the ATLAS Christmas Store. Local families were able to buy gifts for over 200 loved ones! Thank you for your faithful support and for making a merry Christmas for many in our community!

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  We rejoice with Eric & Jana Rens on the birth of Logan James on Thursday, Dec. 8th.

Ÿ  We extend our Christian sympathy to Bette Marra in the passing of her sister, Ann Van Surksum, of Sioux Falls. Remember Bette in your prayers as she mourns and as she struggles with her health.

Ÿ  Give thanks for a good report for Ella Mae Vande Burgt. What was thought to be a fracture turned out to be muscle strain.

Ÿ  Surgery went well for Nell Brunsting on December 8. She returned to Pleasant Acres on Monday.  

Ÿ  Give thanks that Goldie Veldman is making good progress. She moved to Aspen Heights on Tuesday and is in Room 118.

Ÿ  Dave Vant Hul injured his knee on Thanksgiving Day and ended up having knee surgery on Tuesday, Dec. 6th. He then experienced flu-like symptoms, which he went in for this past Monday. Blood work results showed he had severe kidney issues. He was transferred to Avera in Sioux Falls. He is on the mend, but pray for patience and healing as it’s a slow recovery process.

Ÿ  Give thanks that Don Westra is recovering well from pneumonia. Continue to remember Don and Jo in  your prayers.

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 praise God with Austin and Vanessa (Te Slaa) Vink who were united in marriage this past Friday evening. We pray for the Lord’s blessing upon them as they begin their life together.

Ÿ  We continue to keep Dave Mulder, brother in law to Mike and Marideth Van Otterloo, Henk Pastoor, father of Vanessa Steiger, and Carol Van Den Bosch in our prayers as they each continue their journey dealing with 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.     

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

SEA TO SEA BICYLE TOUR: Sea to Sea is looking for 35 more registered riders by the end of December. Kitchen volunteers are also needed. Are you the one? Whether you are up for the full coast-to coast ride or you prefer to join for part of the trip. Sea to Sea is for everyone with a heart for service and a sense of adventure. Get involved! Call us at 1-888-CRC-BIKE!