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December 27, 2015

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 27, 2015

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister    

Preparation for Worship: They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” Luke 7:16


Piano Prelude by Teresa De Wit 

*Call to Worship:

              Pastor:      Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him all you peoples.

               All:           For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord, endures forever. Praise the Lord.

*Opening Hymn: #355:1 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting


Call to Confession

Reading of the Law

Prayer of Confession

Hymn of Assurance: #353:1, 2 “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”


Congregational Prayer

Offering: 1. Parking Lot; 2. Kingdom Boundaries

Offertory: “For Unto Us” duet with Dawn Wielenga Tyler


Children’s Message by Pastor

 *Hymn of Preparation: PH #345:1-2 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”   

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Selections from Luke 1 & 2

God’s Word Proclaimed: “What Jesus Received”

Prayer of Application


*Songs of Response: SW#81 “Worthy, You Are Worthy”

                                   CH#271:1-2 “Joyful, Joyful We Adore You”                  

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Hymn: #345:3 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”


*indicates congregation stand… organist: MaryLou Wielenga


   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY: Dave & Aletha Sneider, Elder Harlyn & Linda Bolkema

OLD YEAR’S SERVICE: Pete & Helen Soodsma, Deacon Brian & Nicole Rozeboom

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  Kirk & Stephanie Struik, Elder Henry & Cheryl Kats

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

OLD YEAR’S SERVICE: Waylon Pollema Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Lisa Kats, Cindy TeSlaa, Chandler Pollema, Mitchell Winterfeld, Dana Driesen; PM Seth Oostenink Family  

USHERS FOR JAN.: Randy Veldman, Cory De Wit, Rick De Groot, Kevin Driesen

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 the 1. Parking Lot; 2. Kingdom Boundaries


NEXT SUNDAY:  1. Missions; 2. Atlas

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Brad & Lisa Kats       NEXT WEEK: Shad & Missy Kats

POWER POINT TODAY: Julie                                                    OLD YEAR’S: Julie                                           

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Joel                                                   OLD YEAR’S: Shad               


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



   9:30 AM        Worship Service

 10:45 AM        Coffee fellowship in the basement

   6:00 PM         Evening Worship Service


   7:00 PM         Old Year’s Service


Dec. 27, 2015

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to First CRC on the first Sunday after Christmas. Please greet those worshiping near you. Welcome to our worship service. 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 EVENING we will witness the baptism of Kylee Ann Bauer, infant daughter of Cody & Kathy Bauer.

WE WELCOME Sherwyn Bolkema as he leads our evening worship service.

NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICE on Thursday, December 31, at 7:00p.

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

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.

REMINDER to all those who have joined our church and have not had the opportunity to have your picture in the last picture book to please submit a photo to or put a photo in the box of Tim Kats, preferably by the end of the year if possible. –Thank you!

PORNOGRAPHY HURTS PEOPLE. Whether you know about it or not, someone in your life has likely been hurt by pornography. According to Covenant Eyes, “73% of kids are exposed to pornography…87% of teens have had multiple exposures to hardcore pornography.” Today, it’s not a matter of if your child will be exposed to Internet pornography…but when. It takes an entire community to combat pornography. Even if you’ve never faced this challenge in your life or your family, please join us for an evening of testimony, discussion, awareness, and healing from pornography and the hurt it causes. The evening will be led by Aaron Baart, Dean of Chapel from Dordt College, with contribution from ATLAS of Orange City Area. Parents and adults are welcome to attend “Pornography Awareness” at First CRC in Hull, Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7:00p.

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.

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; The deadline is February 1, 2016.

NEW ADDRESSES: Sally De Groot, Room 511, Landsmeer Ridge Community, 1007 7th St. N.E., Orange City, IA 51041. Anthony Smit, Aspen Heights, Room 112, Hull.

THANK YOU for the offering you took on behalf of Justice for All. We greatly appreciate the generosity and support your church has provided. Thank you, God bless. JFA Staff



Give thanks that Harlyn Bolkema is recovering well from his recent heart attack. Pray for complete healing.

Continue to pray for Cliff Koele as he has therapy and recovers from hip replacement surgery. 

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. He will be starting therapy next week. Pray for a good recovery.

Continue to pray for Heidi Dokter as she recovers from surgery.

Give thanks that Don Westra is doing better. Pray for strength and encouragement for each day.

Give thanks that Sam Scholten is able to be home for a couple weeks. He will be returning on January 3 to Ft. Bragg.

Continue to pray for Gary Roetman as he receives chemo and diabetes treatment.

Pray for Sherry Brummel as she continues to receive chemo. Pray also for relief from bronchitis.

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; Sally De Groot at Landsmeer Ridge in Orange City and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.


We extend our sympathy to Carolyn Cooper and family in the passing of Rev. Jim Cooper, 68, on December 14, 2015. Rev. Cooper served Hope CRC as pastor from 1973-1980. May God provide the family with his 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. He continues his recovery at Pleasant Acres.

We extend our sympathy to Tim and Vicki Lammers and family in the passing of Tim’s sister-in-law, Denise Lammers, 60, of Custer, SD. She died unexpectedly after an accident at home. The funeral was held Wednesday. We also keep Denise’s husband, Tony, and family in our prayers.

We pray for Jan and Dwight Bakker’s nephew, Kevin Dyk, of Denver, CO. Kevin had a severe infection in his foot which led to bacterial meningitis. Surgeons needed to perform a partial amputation of his foot to remove the infection. We pray for healing and strength.

We praise God with the Barkel family as they celebrate the wedding of Joel Barkel and Christina Espegren on December 31 in Gualala, CA. Please pray for them as they commit to one another and join their lives together.

The Barkels also give thanks that Luke Barkel has been granted all necessary funding and on January 9th will move to Sheldon to be a part of the new autism program at Village Northwest. He’ll be living in a house with two other young men, working in the community, and gaining workplace skills. Please pray for Luke in the month of January, that the transition will go smoothly.

We also continue to remember our members who reside in care facilities: Hermina Hulstein and Mary Grooters at Pleasant Acres and Harriet Kooiker at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. We also pray for their families as they support them.


THE NAMI Support Group will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7-9p on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are invited to join us. For information, call Shirley Matheis at 722-4462.

JFA: In February, JFA will be leading our annual trips to Cary Christian Center, Spencer Perkins Center, and Voice of Calvary Ministries in Mississippi. If you’re interested in going on one of these trips, or you would like more information, please email or call Lauren at or (712) 476-2804.

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 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

CROSSROAD CONNECTION: Songs for Broken Souls. Several years ago, Jeromy Darling got “the itch” to bring his music into prisons. This week, Jeromy shares how God opened doors for him to do just that through his ministry, The Salvage Project. Tune in to hear his story and a special performance of his song “In Their Absence”! Go to to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!