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December 20, 2015

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 20, 2015

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister        Fourth Sunday in Advent 

Preparation for Worship: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2

GOD GATHERS HIS PEOPLE

Prelude 

*Responsive Call to Worship:

              Pastor:      Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors,

                                that the King of glory may come in.

              People:     Who is this King of glory?

              Pastor:      The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

              People:     Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors,

                                that the King of glory may come in.

              Pastor:      Who is he, this King of glory?         

              People:     The LORD Almighty – he is the King of glory.

*Opening Song: #337:1,2,4 “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

Responsive Advent Reading & Lighting of the Candles by Friendship Bible

*Advent Song: #354:1,2,5 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

Baptism of Judson Sheffield and Alexander & Andrew Bruxvoort

Baptism Hymn: #348:1-3 “Away in a Manger”

GOD CALLS US TO CONFESS OUR SINS AND RECEIVE FORGIVENESS

God’s Will for Our Lives

Prayer’s of God’s People

GOD SPEAKS TO US THROUGH HIS WORD

God’s Word Read: Luke 1:57-80

God’s Word Proclaimed: “What Will Become of This Child?”

Prayer of Application

GOD INVITES US TO RESPOND WITH OUR OFFERING

Song of Response: #327:1,2,3,5 “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”

Offering: Christian Ed. Fund

Offertory

GOD SENDS US OUT BY HIS GRACE

*Parting Blessing

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

*Postlude          (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: Matthew & Kait Schultze, Elder Glen & Tami Scholten

CHRISTMAS DAY: Tom & Ranae Sheffield, Deacon Eric & Jana Rens

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  Dave & Aletha Snieder, Elder Harlyn & Linda Bolkema

NURSERY TODAY:  AM Bethany Bosma, Janice Driesen, Riley Grevengoed, Teagan De Jager, Mitchell Fedders; PM Duane and Aletha Vande Griend

CHRISTMAS DAY: Tonya De Groot, Anna Dirksen, Jacob Emerick, Jaiden Bonestroo, Rachel Kats

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Kelsi Byl, Kelsey Westra, Braeden Kats, Ethan Ney, Aimee Vanden Bosch; PM Brody Pollema Family   

USHERS FOR DEC.: Darren Bonestroo, Randy Winterfeld, Randy Veldman, Cory De Wit

VALET PARKING: AM Skyler B., Justin G. PM Christopher B., Jacob W.

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

NEXT SUNDAY:  1. Parking Lot; 2. Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: .Terry & Dee J.   NEXT WEEK:  Brad & Lisa Kats

POWER POINT TODAY: AM Sally; PM Julie                          NEXT WEEK & CHRISTMAS: Julie                              

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Cody                                                NEXT SUNDAY:  Joel

CORRESPONDENCE:  Everyone is encouraged to write Christmas/New Year’s greetings to our missionaries.

 

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM        Worship Service

 10:45 AM        Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM        Christian Ed. Committee

 10:45 AM        Sunday School Program Practice

   3:00 PM         Sunday School Christmas Program        

FRIDAY

   9:30 AM        Christmas Service

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Dec. 20, 2015

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Just as the longest night of the year approaches, we light all four candles on our advent wreath. Indeed, Christ’s light shines in our darkness and the darkness cannot banish it. (See John 1:5) Welcome to worship. 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 will witness the baptism of Judson David Sheffield, infant son of Tom & Ranae and Alexander Dean & Andrew Joseph Bruxvoort, sons of Troy and Tina Bruxvoort.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM  practice in the sanctuary immediately following morning service. 

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM will be this afternoon at 3:00p. All students should meet in the church basement at 2:45.

BAPTISM: Cody & Kathy Bauer have requested the sacrament of baptism for their infant daughter, Kylee Ann. Baptism will take place on Sunday evening, December 27th.

FROM THE DEACONS: The 2nd offering next week Sunday is for Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare. This is a ministry dedicated to enabling people in prison to make a successful and healthy transition to society upon release, with the help and assistance of Christian mentors. Their vision is to help lower the return rate of inmates by fostering Christian character one person at a time.

PLEASE NOTE: While Harlyn Bolkema is recovering from his heart attack, Rob Westra will be taking his Care Group responsibilities.

LADIES: We will be going to JFA on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Meet in the upper parking lot at 12:45p.

INVITATION: Larry Oolman & Glenda De Jong invite you to celebrate their upcoming marriage with them on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 6:00-8:00p at the Oolman Chapel in Hull. NO GIFTS PLEASE!

DAD’S BELGIUM WAFFLE BREAKFAST: Please come out on January 1st for the annual YPS Dad’s Belgium Waffle breakfast. We will be serving from 9:00a until 12:00 noon. Come out and enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth waffles with your favorite syrup flavors as well as the tasty sausages.

WANTED: Don’t know what to do with empty Cool Whip or butter containers? The Banquet is in need of empty plastic containers with lids. If you have some to donate, please put them in the plastic container in back of church (where magazines for the Banquet can also be placed). This is an ongoing need, so can be donated at any time.

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 hullsackpack@gmail.com.

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church from Classis Heartland may apply for aid to assist them in their study for the 2016-2017 academic year by contacting Rev. Loren Kotman; 1111 5th St., Hull; 439-1123; pastor@hull1stcrc.com. The deadline is February 1, 2016.

TALKING BIBLES will be available for check out in the church library.  They can also be used for a friend or loved one.

PLEASANT ACRES SERVICES FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR: We are in need of volunteers for special music. If you are interested, a sign-up sheet is on the narthex table.

THANK YOU: We would like to say thank you for all of the cards, gifts, meals, and most importantly the prayers before and after Kylee was born. We are very blessed to be part of such a caring and loving church family.              –Cody & Kathy Bauer

THANKSGIVING OFFERING: $33,768 (Top 5 amounts)

Parking Lot:      $11,258.09                                          Sioux Falls Gospel Mission:      $1,460.00

World Renew:      4,501.01                                          Mission Fund:                             1,755.00

Love, INC.          2,155.00

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

Harlyn Bolkema had a heart attack on Tuesday morning. He was admitted to Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls where doctors inserted a stent. He was able to return home on Thursday. Give thanks that he is doing well.

John Bolkema returned home from Sioux Center Hospital on Wednesday after having been admitted on Sunday with an infection. Pray for strength and healing.

On December 11, Cliff Koele had a second hip replacement surgery on the same hip due to an infection. Pray for a good recovery. 

Continue to pray for strength and healing for Joyce Kroese.

Give thanks that Joyce Vander Well continues to recover well from her hip surgery. Pray for continued healing.

Give thanks that Bennett Bruxvoort continues to recover from his shoulder replacement surgery. Pray for a good recovery.

Give thanks that Don Westra is doing better.

Give thanks that surgery went well for Heidi Dokter, that the cancer was contained in the kidney and that no treatment is necessary.

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:    

Mary Grooters has moved to Pleasant Acres. Please pray for her comfort and peace.

We pray for Arnold Nielsen, father of Martin Nielsen, as he continues his recovery from heart surgery and some of the complications that followed.

We also continue to remember our members who reside in care facilities: 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.

 

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

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 kristipalsma@inspirationhills.org 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.

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 mkchsnr@gmail.com 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 by being active, losing weight and making better food choices. To pre-register, call 722-8125. Pre-payment is required and checks can be mailed to: Sioux Center Health, Attn: Therapy Center.

DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT will be Saturday, Feb. 6. 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 Jan. 4. This is a day to inspire, encourage and equip God’s people for ministry. Everyone is welcome to participate.