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December 25, 2016

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 25, 2016

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister   Christmas Day

Preparation for Worship: People of God, through the coming of Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate, the Lord has comforted and redeemed us too! In Christ we receive the salvation of our God. Glory to God in the highest! based on Luke 2:14

WE COME TO WORSHIP THE NEWBORN KING

Prelude 

*Responsive Call to Worship: based on Isaiah 9:2

                              Pastor:   The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;

                              People: on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

                              Pastor:   Jesus Christ is our life and light. In his name and in his power, let us worship God!

*Silent prayer

*Opening Prayer

*Opening Prayer: #347:1-3 “Angels We Have Heard on High”

*God’s Greeting

Lighting of the Advent Candle (Orville & Cassidy Van’t Hul)

Songs of Celebration: #355:1-3 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”

WE RECEIVE GIFTS OF GRACE                                                                                                                                                 

 God’s Will for Our Lives: Colossians 3:12-17

Silent Confession

Responsive Prayer of Confession: (on PPT)

Assurance of Pardon based on Ephesians 5:8-10 (in unison) We were once in darkness, but now we are light in the Lord. We will live as children of the light for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. And we will strive to find out and do what pleases the Lord.

WE RESPOND WITH PRAYERS AND GIFTS

Congregational Prayer

Offering 1. Hull Christian School Building Project; 2. Atlas

Offertory

WE LISTEN TO GOD SPEAK

*Song of Preparation: #351:1-3 “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming”

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read:  Luke 2:1-20; 2 Corinthians 9:15

God’s Word Proclaimed: “God’s Indescribable gift”

Prayer of Application

GO OUT REJOICING IN CHRIST’S COMING

*Song of Response: #340:1-4 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

*Parting Blessing

*Closing Hymns: #90:1-4 “How Great Our Joy” (LUYH) & #356:1,3 “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

*Doxology: “Hallelujah Chorus” (organist: Lavonne Kats; director: MaryLou Wielenga)

*Postlude          

* indicates congregation stand - organist….MaryLou Wielenga

brass…Bethany Bosma, Alyssa Fedders, Alison Kroese

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

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

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Cory & Sherry De Wit, Deacon Kyle Bolkema

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

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Brittney Veldman, Judi Wesselink, Ashley Fedders, Madison Emerick, Haley Driesen; PM Tom Sheffield Family

USHERS FOR JAN.: Dan De Wit, Curtis Van Grouw, Don Krommendyk, Justin Pollema’

VALET PARKING FOR JAN.: AM Justin G. & Skyler B.; PM Zach DJ & Taylor W.

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Hull Christian School Building Project; 2. Atlas

NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Mission Fund; 2. The Bridge

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY:  Daryl & Judi W.    NEXT SUNDAY: Lonni & Tami W.

POWER POINT TODAY: Julie                            

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Joel                            NEXT SUNDAY: Ben

CORRESPONDENCE: Waylon Pollema to Kevin Schutte; Dan Poppema to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Eric Rens to Lauren Runia; Shirley Rens to Sos & Kara Maletoungou

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM    Worship Service

 10:45 AM    Coffee fellowship in the basement

   6:00 PM    Evening Worship Service – Service of Lessons & Carols

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

December 25, 2016

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to worship as we celebrate the birth of our Savior and as we follow the Lord of all eternity into a new year of life, faith and ministry! 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 will have a service of Lessons and Carols. We invite everyone to come out and sing your favorite Christmas carols.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH will not be meeting tonight.

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

LADIES who would like to help out at JFA on Tues., Dec. 27, should meet in the upper parking lot at 12:45p.

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.

HULL 1ST CRC MISSION PROJECT: Our church Council has approved a mission project to Guatemala for 2017. This project will include house builds, home visits, food distribution, and wheelchair distribution. The dates are June 3-10. We are looking for a team of 10 adults (or students 16 or older accompanied by a parent). Team members will be responsible financially for their transportation, lodging, and meals. Please prayerfully consider this mission opportunity and stay tuned for details on an informational meeting coming in January. If questions, please contact Val Brummel at 439-2260.

THANK YOU for your words of sympathy, your voice of concern, your gesture of caring and the love you offer. –The family of Marcia De Jong

DORDT: A day to inspire, encourage, and equip God’s people for ministry, Day of Encouragement, will take place Sat., Feb. 4, at Dordt. This year’s keynote speaker is Ed Stetzer, a prolific author & well-known conference and seminar leader. Day of Encouragement offers a variety of breakout sessions focusing on family, worship, youth, tech media, preaching, & 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 Feb. 4.

INSPIRE 2017 – A CRCNA event will be held August 3-5 at the Marriot Center in Detroit, Michigan. Featured will be worship, breakout sessions on various topics, and dynamic keynote speakers. Any church member who gives of their time, energy, and heart to minister to the church community is invited to attend. Registration begins in January. For more information visit the website at crcna.org/inspire2017, or call Karen at 439-1626.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

Ÿ  Congratulations to Devin and Kate Bonestroo on the birth of a son, Bryson Levi born on Saturday, December 17th.

Ÿ  We extend our Christian sympathy to Sheila and Justin Van Schepen and all who mourn the passing of Nell Brunsting on Tuesday morning.

Ÿ  Maria Kotman had a PET scan at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto on Tuesday to see if there is any cancer any place in her body. Pray for good results. She continues to have days in which she does not feel well. Thanks for your prayers.

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

Ÿ  Give thanks that Dave Van’t Hul was able to return home from the hospital on Monday. Pray for continued healing.

Ÿ  Pray for Bette Marra at Pleasant Acres. She fell on Tuesday evening and is very sore. Pray for strength and healing.

Ÿ  We extend our Christian sympathy to Bette Marra and family in the passing of her son Dennis on Thursday morning. May God comfort them in their loss.

Ÿ  Doctors are evaluating Eldon De Wild for not only a lung transplant but also a heart transplant. Please keep Eldon and family in your prayers during this time of certainty. A Caring Bridge page has been set up under Eldon De Wild.

Ÿ  Pray for our shut ins: 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 Brandon and Kaitlin (Brandt) Vander Stoep who were united in marriage this past Friday evening in Rock Valley. We pray for the Lord’s blessing upon them as they begin their life together.

Ÿ  Mariah Bonestroo was hospitalized this week with severe abdominal pain. Please pray for relief and healing for her.

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.        

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.

COME SEE what’s new for the 2017 season of the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus! Mark your calendars for Tues., 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. Questions, contact Mike Ochsner at mkchsnr@gmail.com.

JOIN OTHER AREA BUSINESS LEADERS and Patrick Lai for a breakfast on Tues., 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 is looking for 35 more registered riders by the end of Dec. 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. Call us at 1-888-CRC-BIKE!

THE ESTHER SCHOOL in Zambia, Africa is looking for a skilled contractor who would like to serve as our campus Facilities & Site Director. The full job description is available at estherschool.org. Contact Jill Postma by email jill.p@estherschoo.org, or phone (616) 241-5616 ext. 3040 to inquire. The Esther School opened in 2012 as an outreach of GEMS Girls’ Clubs.