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December 2, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 2, 2018

       Rev. Loren Kotman.…Minister    First Sunday in Advent


Preparation for worship: “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”

I Thessalonians 5:16-24




*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer

*Opening Hymn: #328:1,3,4,7 “O Come, O Come, Immanuel

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

Lighting of the Advent Candle:

                Children’s Message

                Advent Reading & Lighting of the Candle: Aubri Fedders, Ashlyn Grevengoed, Maddie Emerick

                Advent Hymn: #329:1-4 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”



Preparatory for Communion (PH. Pg. 976)

Hymn: SW#21:1-3 “There Is a Redeemer”

Congregational Prayer

Offering: 1. Mission Fund; 2. Kingdom Boundaries




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

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Matthew 1:18-25

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Immanuel”

Prayer of Application



*Hymn of Response: #256:1-2 “Love Has Come!” (Celebration Hymnal)

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Hymn: #256:3 “Love Has Come!”


   (please allow teachers/students to exit first)


*indicates congregation stand

organist…Lavonne Kats


GREETERS TODAY: Brent & Amy De Jager, Deacon Dan & Lisa Poppema

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Elder Daryl & Judi Wesselink, Elder Ed & Noella Haveman

NURSERY SUNDAY: AM Jana Rens, Bobbie Kroese, Jesse Ney, Traylie Vander Schaaf, Emma Westphal; PM Rick De Groot Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Cheryl Kats, Mary Leusink, Addison Rozeboom, Blaike Bonestroo, Logan Bacaam; PM Cory & Sherry De Wit

USHERS FOR DEC .: Jay De Wit, John Emerick, Eric Rens, Justin Pollema

VALET PARKING DEC.: Dec. 2: Cory De Wit, Tim Kats; Dec. 9: David Te Krony, Sam Scholten

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Mission Fund; 2. Kingdom Boundaries

OFFERING NEXT WEEK: 1. Christian Ed. Fund; 2. Benevolence

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Dean & Steph B.                         NEXT WEEK:  Devin & Kate B.  

POWER POINT TODAY: Shirley                                                 

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                                                     NEXT SUNDAY: Rick

CORRESPONDENCE: Walt den Hoed to Justin Van Zee; Jarvis De Wild to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Cory De Wit to Kevin Schutte; Dan De Wit to Lauren Runia; Jay De Wit to Michael Ribbens; Noah De Yager to Sos & Kara Maletoungou (For those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the directory, first page, under “Missionaries Supported”.)



   9:30 AM       Worship Service

 10:45 AM      Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM      Sunday School/Catechism Classes (Beg.-5th grade meet in front of church)

 10:45 AM      Adult Sunday School

 10:45 AM      Choir Rehearsal (Basement)

   6:00 PM       Evening Service

   7:00 PM       Christian Fellowship. Session 5 “Confronting the Empire”.  Lunch: Rob & Amy


    6:15 PM      Elder’s Meeting

    6:30 PM      Deacon’s Meeting

    6:45 PM      GEMS Christmas party at Hope CRC (see announcement in insert)             

    7:00 PM      Congregational Meeting

    7:00 PM      Friendship Bible Pizza Party in the Youth Building

    8:00 PM      Council Meeting


  9:55 AM        Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 3 Mark

  6:00 PM        Mission Guild Christmas Party in the Youth Building

  7:00 PM        Music & Worship Committee Meeting (Council Room)

  7:00 PM        Men’s Society

  7:00 PM        YPS (church basement) Lesson. Devotions: Mackelle & Dawson; Lunch: Logan & Mitchell



Dec. 2, 2018

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL A blessed Advent to you! Today as we worship, we begin the season of anticipation, hope and preparation for the coming Messiah. 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. 


TO MINIMIZE the spreading of germs during this cold and flu season, we will cease shaking hands until the middle of March. Elders & 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 Christmas Program practice for Beginners-5th grade will be held this morning. Meet in the front of church after the morning service instead of going to your regular Sunday School classroom. The Christmas Program will be next Sunday afternoon, December 9, at 3:00p.


THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Acts 14:1-20 titled “From Throning to Stoning”.


THE EVANGELISM COMMITTEE will not be meeting tonight, December 2.


CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:00p. The agenda and church budget are in your church mailbox.


GEMS will have their Christmas party Monday, December 3, from 6:45-8:30p at Hope CRC. Girls are encouraged to wear festive holiday clothing. We will be decorating cookies, making a craft and making cards.


LADIES: Anyone who would be interested in embroidering dish towels for the Christian Ed Sale should contact Janice Driesen (578-9083).


NEXT SUNDAY we will partake of the Lord’s Supper. Let us use this week to reflect on the Lord’s great love for us and pray that this may bring us to respond in joy and obedience. Anyone who is home bound and would like to partake of communion should contact Larry Wielenga (541-9036) or Ed Haveman (441-2907).


MAURICE REFORMED CHURCH senior high youth group invite the congregation to their Traveling Nativity held on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, in Maurice from 5:30-8:30p. A horse drawn wagon will lead you down a lit path to events leading to the birth of Christ. Enjoy warm refreshments in the church’s Family Life Center before or after you ride. Freewill donations will go toward the senior high youth group at MRC. Hope you can make this special presentation celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.


ADVANCE NOTICE: Ladies are invited to help make fudge for prisoners in the church kitchen on Saturday, December 15, at 8:00a. Please bring a 9”x13” pan. All other supplies will be furnished.


THANK YOU so much to all of you that made the Angel Tree project a HUGE success. Your support and generosity are greatly appreciated. –The YPS leaders and kids


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Crossroads Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is accepting applications for Friday, Feb. 15-Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at the Reformed Church in Steen, MN. TEC is an interdenominational 3 day Christian retreat/lock in designed to help high schoolers learn more about their faith and their community. If you would like to learn more or to register, please visit or email The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt, meals and other special gifts. Scholarships are available upon request. Crossroads TEC is also looking for adults with a passion for ministering to teens to help make the weekend a success.



  • Duane Vande Griend continues with his regular cancer therapy. Pray for better health. Also remember Duane’s father, Ed Vande Griend, a former member in Stanford Hospital in Sioux Falls with cancer.
  • Val Brummel returned home yesterday from Guatemala. Give thanks for the work that she was able to do.  
  • Continue to remember Heath & Kayla Stoker in your prayers.
  • Give thanks that Lisa Wiersma’s pathology report revealed no cancer. She will begin radiation at a later date.
  • Charles & Darlene Kroese are now residents at Pleasant Acres. Pray for them as they adjust to a new home.
  • Matt De Wild is improving every day. He has been working on his slide board transfers by himself. The plan to come home has changed to December 23. Please continue to pray for more improvement and patience for the extended stay.
  • We extend our Christian sympathy to Joyce Vander Well and Kay and Dave Kroese & family in the passing on Monday of Joyce’s son and Kay’s brother, David Wynia, of Muskegon, Michigan. May God comfort them in their sorrow.
  • Continue to remember Belle Draayer in her ongoing challenges in life.
  • Continue to remember Esther Rozeboom in your prayers as she has a lot of pain due to a compression fracture in her back which cannot be treated with medication or surgery.  Pray for relief from the pain and for healing. She appreciates phone calls and visits.
  • Pray for our shut ins: PA: Sally De Groot, Florence Kroese; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Julianne Kats, Harry Klay, Chuck & Darlene Kroese, Goldie Veldman; Fieldcrest in Sheldon: Verne Huisman, Esther Rozeboom: in her son’s home; Good Samaritan Society in George: Wilma Altena; Ardelle Westra: S. City.


  • We express our sympathy to the family of Grace Dykstra who passed away on Friday, Nov. 23. Her funeral was held this past Monday.
  • Jan Bakker submitted to parathyroid surgery in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, November 27. She is home and recovering. We pray for continued healing.
  • We continue to pray for comfort and peace for Wilma Heynen. We also pray for her husband, Bill, and the entire Heynen family.
  • Cruise De Groot continues his deployment to the Middle East. Cruise’s address has changed, and his parents will provide his address if you’d like to send him a note. You may also message him through Facebook. Please pray for his safety and encouragement.
  • We remember our members who reside in care facilities: Marv Boon at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City and Evelyn Dykstra in Byron Center Manor in Byron Center, MI. We also remember those who reside at home but aren’t able to join us from week to week. We also pray for their families as they support them.




      Western Christian Music Department invites all to celebrate Christmas by attending the Western Choral and Instrumental Christmas Concert on Monday, December 10, at 7:00p in the Event Center at Western. All the choral and instrumental groups at Western will be performing and celebrating in music the birth of our Lord and Savior. Bake sale items to make your Christmas season easier will also be available.                                   




THE ANNUAL NORTHWESTERN College Christmas Vespers will be given today, Dec. 2, at 3:00p at Christ Chapel in Orange City. Come to this meaningful service of scripture and music presented by the choirs, orchestra, and brass ensemble, along with organ solos, and carols for the audience singing.

THE “NAMI” SUPPORT GROUP will meet at Central Reformed Church from 7:00-9:00p on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are welcome. Call Shirley at 722-4462 for more information.

DORDT Campus-Community Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Concert Band will present a concert on Fri., Dec. 7, at 7:30p in the Dordt Auditorium. This concert of praise & celebration will feature a variety of selections.

THE LOVE INC Heart of Christmas Event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9:30-11:00a in the FLC at Faith Reformed Church in Rock Valley. This will be a family event which involves various fun activities such as cookie decorating, presentation of the Christmas story, hot chocolate and snacks, and the opportunity for families to receive a keepsake Christian Christmas book. The families who participate in the Christmas gift program will also receive their gifts on this day. We need volunteers to help at the various stations with the children and with set up/clean up. This is a new project for Love INC and our goal is to focus on the gift of Jesus Christ and family rather than simply on tangible gifts. Thank you in advance for your support!

THE NWIOWA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA, led by Dr. Angela Holt, will present its Fall Concert on Sat., Dec. 8, at 3:00p in the Dordt Auditorium. Consisting of talented middle school and high school string players, NISYO will perform works by Dvorak, Bohm, Plante and Stamitz as well as string arrangements from the PBS Series “The Civil War” and a traditional Christmas carol. The concert is free and open to the public.

DORDT COLLEGE “Christmas Jazz Night” will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30p in the Auditorium and will feature the Kantorie (a 16 voice jazz choir) and Jazz Band. The Kantorei will be celebrating the birth of Christ in unique and intricate ways with a cappella renditions of “Mary Did You Know” by Pentatonix, familiar carols like “Silent Night” and the Coventry Carol approached from a jazz perspective, and songs performed in collaboration with the Jazz Band. The Dordt Jazz Band will be swinging to some holiday classics like “Here Comes Santa Claus”, “Santa Claus is coming to Town”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Come in out of the cold for a night of light, bright jazz music.

DORDT  COLLEGE Christmas Choral Concert will take place on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30p in the auditorium and will feature Bella Voce (women’s chorus), Chorale, and Concert Choir. The choirs will explore a wide range of repertoire for Christmas to commemorate and marvel at the great mystery and wondrous gift of the birth of Christ. Stunning a cappella compositions will be side by side with several forms of accompaniment that will bring a deep texture to the program, including piano, cello, guitar, flute, harp, percussion, and handbells.

JFA MINISTRY DATES: Jan. 18-26 Harvest Hands Ministries, Juarez, MX (must have a passport); Feb. 9-16 JVM Perkins, Jackson, MS; Feb. 17-23 Voice of Calvary, Jackson, MS; March 16-23 Grace Reigns, Colorado City, UT. Call Luke Grooters at JFA 476-2804 or email for more information. JFA would love to have you join one of their teams.