December 24, 2017
MORNING WORSHIP SEVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 24, 2017
Rev. Loren Kotman.…Minister Fourth Sunday in Advent
Preparation for worship: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him
shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
WE COME TO WORSHIP
*Responsive Call to Worship: (LUYH Pg. 81)
Pastor: All who come from near and far,
People: Come and worship.
Pastor: All who thirst for God,
People: Come and worship.
Pastor: All whose hearts overflow with gratitude and hope,
People: Come and worship.
Pastor: All whose hearts may be filled with despair or grief,
People: Come and worship.
Pastor: All who come with doubts or questions about life in Jesus,
People: Come and worship.
Pastor: Through the grace of God’s Holy Spirit,
People: Come, worship Christ, the newborn King.
*Opening Song: #354:1-4 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”
God’s Will for Our Lives (As summarized in Matthew 22:37-40 pg. 1018)
Prayer of Confession
WE ARE REMINDED OF GOD’S LOVE
Song of Assurance: #256:1 -3 “Love Has Come!” (Celebration Hymnal)
Advent Candle lighting and Reading: Ryan and Christine Kroese
Hymn of Response: #350:1-3 “Christians, Awake”
Offering: Hull Christian Building Project
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
*Hymn of Preparation: #340:1-4 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
Prayer for Illumination
God’s Word Read: 2 Samuel 11 & Matt. 1:1-6
God’s Word Proclaimed: Mothers of the Messiah: Bathsheba
Prayer of Application
WE GO OUT TO WORSHIP THE KING
*Hymn of Response: #250:1-4 “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (Celebration Hymnal)
*Parting Song: #354:5 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”
*indicates congregation stand - organist: Lavonne Kats
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:
GREETERS TODAY: Matt & Kait Schultze, Elder Tim & Ruth Kats
CHRISTMAS DAY: Tom & Ranae Sheffield, Deacon Brody & Jessica Pollema
GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Dave & Aletha Snieder, Elder Lynn & Linda Anderson
NURSERY TODAY: AM Rachel Schroeder, Ranae Sheffield, Amanda Wiersma, Treyton Sandbulte, Samantha Pollema; PM Eric Rens Family
CHRISTMAS DAY: Teresa Vanden Bosch, Hilary Van Hill, Ethan Ney, Mitchell Fedders, Jaiden Bonestroo
NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Betty Vande Griend, Emily Van Schepen, Sawyer Rozeboom, Chandler Pollema, Cassidy Van’t Hul; PM Jake Ney 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 Hull Christian Building Project
CHRISTMAS DAY: Atlas
OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: World Renew
- SERVERS TODAY: Don & Mary K. NEXT WEEK: Joel & Julie L.
POWER POINT TODAY: Julie CHRISTMAS: Arlene
POWER POINT NEXT WEEK: Kirk
SOUND SYSTEM TODAY & CHRISTMAS DAY: Rick
SOUND SYSTEM 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
9:30 AM Worship Service
10:45 AM Coffee fellowship in the basement
3:00 PM Afternoon Service of Lessons & Carols
9:30 AM Christmas Day Worship Service
FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
December 24, 2017
WELCOME TO FIRST HULL As Mary and Elizabeth found strength in togetherness, may we nourish one another. Welcome to worship as Advent borders on Christmas. 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.
CHOIR: There will be a short choir rehearsal this morning after the service. We will also meet before church on Christmas morning to run through our song.
PLEASE NOTE: Our second service today will be at 3:00p. We will have a service of Lessons and Carols.
NOTICE: There will be no Children’s Church this afternoon or on December 31.
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 until 12. Come out and enjoy the delicious waffles with your favorite syrup flavors as well as the tasty sausages.
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.
LADIES who would like to help out at JFA on Tuesday, Dec. 26, can meet in the upper parking lot at 12:45 to car pool.
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 may 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; firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
“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
DEAR FRIENDS & MINISTRY PARTNERS, From the beautiful and warm land of West Africa, we are wishing you all a Merry Christmas as you celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord! We pray that in the midst of the busyness, you will have time to reflect on the wonder that is His coming. May Immanuel, the reason for the season renew your hearts with peace, joy and everlasting hope! Please let us know if there are any special ways that we can be praying for you as we finish 2017 and prepare to enter the new year! Happy New Year in anticipation!! In His Grace, Sos, Kara and the Boys
FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
Give thanks for continued healing for Arlene Van’t Hul from her recent knee replacement surgery.
Continue to remember Rob Fedders as he recovers from hip replacement surgery. Give thanks for progress made.
We extend our Christian sympathy to Maureen Veldman, Travis & Brittany, Emelia, Gracie, Stella, and Vivian Veldman, Micah Veldman, Bryce Veldman, Abby, Jacob and Harrison Koedam, and Goldie Veldman in the passing of Randy on Saturday, Dec. 16th. Funeral services were held on Wednesday. We give thanks for the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ.
John Grevengoed’s condition remains about the same. He will begin a second round of chemo treatment on January 2. Continue to pray for healing.
Give thanks that Scott Kroese continues to heal from his recent wrist surgery.
Continue to remember Bernard Driesen, father of Judi Wesselink, as he recovers from esophageal surgery.
Esther Rozeboom continues to experience back pain. Pray for relief from the pain.
LeRoy Jongetjes recently completed his radiation treatments. Pray that the treatments were effective.
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:
Mary Grooters, 95, went to be with her Lord this past Monday, December 18. Her funeral was held this past Thursday. We pray for the Lord’s comfort for the Todd and April Kooi family as they remember their grandmother and great-grandmother.
We express our sympathy to John and Sherry Kooiker and family in the passing of John’s brother, Willis Kooiker, 89, of Grand Rapids, MI. Willis passed away on Sunday, December 17. The funeral was held this past Saturday. We pray for the Lord’s comfort to the Kooiker family.
Vicki Lammers will be having sinus surgery this coming week on December 27. We pray for a successful surgery.
Diana Dykstra and Mark Steiger continue their recoveries. We pray for continued progress and healing.
We pray for many others who continue to recover from recent surgeries, illnesses, or treatments. We pray for peace, patience, and endurance.
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.
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 pray for their families as they support them.
All Western Christian alumni and friends are welcome to join the pep band on Friday, January 5 and perform during the Cherokee basketball games for one or two performances. Our performance times will be approximately 5:30 and 7:00p. Free admission if you show up at the door with your instrument. A reception will be held for alumni pep band performers after the second performance in the student commons. Email Lyle Van Ravenswaay at Lyle.VanRavenswaay@WesternChristianHS.com.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.