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December 20, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – December 20, 2020

       Rev. Loren Kotman…. Minister   Fourth 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.” Ps.H#335:1

WE PREPARE FOR THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH

Prelude     

*Call to Worship      

*Opening Hymn: #567:1,2 “Here I Am to Worship” (LUYH)

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting

Lighting of the Advent Candles:

   -Children’s Message: Kari Ney (3rd grade may come up for the children’s message)

  -Advent Reading and Lighting of Candles: Jesse – trumpet; Savannah, Jessica

  -Advent Hymn: #342:1-5 “Of the Father’s Love” 1. All; 2. Women; 3. Men; 4,5. All

    

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

God’s Will for Our Lives

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Hymn of Assurance: #347:1-3 “Angels We Have Heard on High”

Intercessory Prayer

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

*Hymn of Preparation: #244:1-2 “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” (Celebration Hymnal)

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 15:11-32

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Returning Home”

Prayer of Application

WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD

*Hymn of Response: #335:1,2,4 “Hark the Glad Sound”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Hymn: #345:1,3 “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

*Postlude     

Your offering for the Sioux City Gospel Mission can be placed in the offering plates on

your way out.

*indicates congregation stand - organist: Jan Van Otterloo Humphrey

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Sean & Stephanie Baccam, Elder Glen & Tami Scholten

CHRISTMAS DAY: Harlyn & Linda Bolkema, Deacon Jon & Bethany Scholten

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Carl & Danielle Bonestroo, Elder Roger & Fran De Kruyf  

NURSERY TODAY: Lisa Kats, Cindy Te Slaa, Taryne De Groot, Chandler Pollema, Ashlyn Grevengoed

CHRISTMAS DAY: Rachel Schroeder, Ranae Sheffield, Kade LeLoux, Jesse Ney, Addison Rozeboom

NEXT SUNDAY: Kate Bonestroo, Lindsey Pfingsten, Brooklyn Poppema, Abby Fedders, Teagen De Jager

USHERS FOR DEC.: Travis Kooima, Bryce Veldman, Tom Sheffield, Justin Pollema

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

on your envelope. The loose offering is for the Sioux City Gospel Mission

CHRISTMAS DAY: Atlas of Sioux Center

NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Christian Ed Fund; 2. Autumn Center

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

POWER POINT CHRISTMAS: Kirk                         

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Cody                                                        NEXT SUNDAY: Kyle

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Kevin & Janice                     NEXT SUNDAY: John & Amy Emerick

CORRESPONDENCE: Everyone is encouraged to write Christmas/New Year’s greetings to our missionaries (those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the church directory, page 1, under “Missionaries Supported”.)

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM             Worship Service

 10:45 AM             Choir Rehearsal

   6:00 PM             Evening Worship Service – service of Lessons and Carols       

FRIDAY

   9:30 AM             Christmas Day Service

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

December 20, 2020

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL: With Mary we sing: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47, NIV). 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.

TODAY the 3rd grade class will be invited to come up front for the children’s message.

SUNDAY SCHOOL/CATECHISM will NOT be meeting today or next week Sunday. Classes will resume again on January 3.

CHOIR will have a short rehearsal after the morning service.

TONIGHT’S SERVICE will be a service of Lessons and Carols.

“CHRISTMAS is a time to give thanks to God for His special gift to us. We are reminded as well of the blessings of your love, kindness and encouragement shown to us in various ways in the past year, and in this Christmas season. We thank God for you and pray that all of you will experience His blessing and joy during the Christmas Season and in the New Year. May you have a very Blessed and Merry Christmas.” -Pastor Loren & Norma

THE EAST HALF of the sanctuary is designated as a social distancing area during services. Both East and West halves will be seated every other bench until full, at which point remaining people will be seated in empty benches on the West half.

MISSION GUILD UPDATE: Several months ago, a questionnaire went out to all members of Mission Guild. The majority expressed a decision to wait with meeting until after the new year. For those who have indicated a desire to begin meetings again, Mission Guild will be starting Bible study on Wednesday, January 6, finishing the study book on “John’s Letters”. We will do Lesson 9.

ADVANCED NOTICE: Our Old Years’ service is scheduled for December 31 at 7:00p.

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church from Classis Heartland may apply for aid to assist them in their study for the 2021-2022 academic years by contacting Rev. Loren Kotman; 1111 5th Street, Hull, IA 51239; (712) 439-1123; pastor@hull1stcrc.com. The deadline is February 1, 2021.

A FEW 8TH GRADE STUDENTS in Hull Christian School’s STEAM class are doing a community service project. They chose to donate items to Promise Community Health Center. If you would like to help care for new moms and their babies, there will be a table in the back of church for you to put your donations on. A few items you may donate are diapers, baby bottles, baby clothes, wipes, blankets, etc. Items will be picked up the week of January 10th.

OFFERING AMOUNTS FOR NOV.:

General Fund:       $32,484.00                                          Building Fund:            $1,140.00

Mission Fund:       $  2,262.00                                          Benevolent Fund:       $1,225.00

World Renew:       $  1,325.30                                          Gideon’s:                    $   502.75

African Widow:    $  3,260.00                                          SF Gospel Mission:     $   345.75

THANK YOU to everyone who gave gifts for the baby shower of Marlee. Your thoughtfulness and generosity was much appreciated.  -Carter, Jodi and Marlee Pollema

DEAR FRIENDS AND PARTNERS AT FIRST CRC: Thank you for your recent gift towards our ministry of Christian education in West Africa! Your partnership enables us to serve Christian educators in this part of the world by supporting them through training and coaching. Specifically, over the past few months, we have been developing a Bible teaching curriculum, training elementary school teachers in teaching reading, serving preschool teachers to strengthen their knowledge and practices, and creating opportunities for reflection and dialogue on Biblical integration through various trainings and discussion groups. Thank you again for supporting us in this journey! Have a wonderful Christmas, -Sosthene and Kara Maletoungou

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Belle Draayer was discharged from the Sioux Center Hospital on Thursday and is now a resident at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon. She will be there long term. Pray for her and Ken as they adjust to a new situation.

We extend our Christian sympathy to Janice and Kevin Driesen and family in the passing of her mother, Mariann Haak, early Thursday morning. May God comfort this family in their loss.

Pray for Galen Drent as he continues to recover from his back and neck injuries. Give thanks that he is recovering well from Covid.

Continue to remember John Bolkema as he struggles with Parkinson’s.

Give thanks that Matt De Wild’s bed sore is healing well. The plan is for him to return home on Monday, December 21.

Give thanks that Jo (Mrs. Sid) Westra could move back to Aspen Heights on Friday, December 11.

Continue to pray for Judy Wesselink’s dad, Bernie Driesen, as he struggles with the aftereffects of Covid. Bernie was moved to the swing bed unit in the Rock Rapids Hospital.

Give thanks that surgery went well for Dave Vande Griend on Monday. He was able to return home on Wednesday. Pray that physical therapy goes well and for complete healing.

Congratulations to Colin and Jada (White) Westra who were united in marriage on Saturday, December 12, in Rock Valley. May God bless them with many happy healthy years together.

Pray for all those in this congregation and beyond who are struggling with Covid.

Remember all those in our congregation who are confined to their homes as well as those in nursing homes or in assisted living as they are unable to have visitors at this time due to COVID-19. This is a difficult time for them so a phone call or a note from members of the congregation would be appreciated!

Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Darlene Kroese; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Wilma Grevengoed, Al & Jacoba Rens, Goldie Veldman, and Jo Westra; Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats; Christian Retirement Home: Lou Krommendyk, Johanna Van Surksum; Royale Meadows in Sioux Center: Ed Scholten; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS

We pray for healing and quick recovery for those who have recently had surgery.

We remember Bernie Driesen, brother of Nella Driesen, as he deals with the aftereffects of Covid. Bernie was moved to a swing bed unit in the Rock Rapids Hospital.

Please pray for Janet Steiger, Pete and Jennifer’s mom in Washington. She recently suffered a brain bleed that resulted in several falls. She is in a facility where she can receive therapy and things are improving. Pray for healing and strength for Janet.

We remember Leo, son of Greg and Jasmine Boer, who continues to receive nutrition through a feeding tube. We pray that he can grow strong and that his upcoming surgeries to repair his esophagus go well.

We remember Marcus Masen as he goes through chemo treatments.

Pray for strength for Jan Bakker as she goes through chemo treatments.

We continue to pray for those who are recovering from Covid-19 or have family members that are dealing with this illness. We pray for healing and are thankful for so many that have recovered.

We pray for our families. Some have significant challenges in their lives for a variety of reasons. Let us pray for peace, stability, healing, and restoration.

We pray for those who join us in worship from their homes. Whether they are unable to attend or are taking appropriate precautions due to age or illness, we pray for the Lord’s presence and care in their lives.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

   NISCO UPDATE for Hull Christian. We want to make one last push to meet our NICSTO (Northwest Iowa Christian School Tuition Organization) goal to help offset tuition cost for our parents. We currently have raised $71,700 and our goal is $117,903. If you would like to contribute and get a 65% tax credit (C Corporations, S Corporations, LLC, and Partnerships are all eligible) please contact Randy Ten Pas at rtenpas@hullchristian.com.

   HCS Board is looking for nominations of individuals to serve. If you know of someone who would make a great board member to help carry out the mission of Hull Christian School, please contact a current board member or Mr. Ten Pas.

    

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

LOVE INC is looking for a class facilitator for their Boundaries class that will start in January. The study is based on the book with the same title by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Training and curriculum are provided by Love INC. We are also looking for mentors for our Faith and Finances class. Mentors will walk alongside class participants and help them apply what they learned in class to their personal finances. Requirements are basic understanding of financial management practices and systems, ability to hold people accountable and a passion for helping people develop financially healthy lives. Classes run for 12 weeks between January 19 and April 6 every Tuesday evening. For more information please call the Love INC office at 712-476-5990.