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December 29, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – December 29, 2019

       Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister     

Preparation for Worship: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Jesus Christ is our life and light. In his name and in his power, let us worship God! Based on Isaiah 9:2 (WSB pg. 473)

GATHERING FOR WORSHIP

Prelude

*Call to Worship  

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

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

REMEMBERING GOD’S COVENANT

God’s Will for Our Lives

Pray of Confession

Song of Assurance: : #460:1-4 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

Congregational Prayer

Offering: 1. Village Northwest; 2. Autumn Center

Offertory

WE HEAR THE WORD OF GOD

*Hymn of Preparation: #357:1-3 “How Bright Appear the Morning Star”

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 2:21-38

God’s Word Proclaimed: “The Gift of Light”

Prayer of Application

*Song of Application: “Shine on Us” (On PPT)

WE GO OUT TO SERVE

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Hymn: #356:1-3 “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”

 *Postlude   

* indicates congregation stand

organist…Peg Visser

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Kirk & Stephanie Struik, Elder Ed & Noella Haveman

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Rod & Connie Te Krony, Deacon Ryan Fedders

NURSERY TODAY: AM AM Kate Bonestroo, Lindsey Pfingsten, Mya Kleinwolterink, Ashley Fedders, Emma Westphal; PM Joel Leusink Family  

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Danielle Bonestroo, Kaleigh Van Middendorp, Jessica Wielenga, Kyrin De Groot, Logan Baccam; PM Kyle LeLoux Family

USHERS FOR JAN:  Kyle Te Slaa, Nic Van Engen, Scott Kroese, Eric Haveman

VALET PARKING FOR DEC/JAN: Dec. 29: Cory Ney, Dalton Westra; Jan. 5: Tim Kats, Dalton Westra; Jan., 12: Lynn Anderson, Cory De Wit; Jan. 19: Bryce Veldman, Ben Vant Hul; Jan 26: Justin Pollema, Jason Kats

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

on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Village Northwest; 2. Autumn Center

NEXT SUNDAY: 1, Building Fund; 2. Guatemala Mission Project 

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Dave & Carol R.               NEXT SUNDAY: Mark & Sara S.

POWER POINT TODAY: Kirk                                                                     

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Rick                                         NEXT SUNDAY:  Ben

CORRESPONDENCE: Joel Leusink to Justin Van Zee; Ken Leusink to Steve & Tara Dekkers;  Rick Leusink to Michael & Megan Ribbons; Harry Meendering to Kevin & Kelli Schutte; Harlan Mouw to Lauren & Connie Runia; Jake Ney to Sos & Kara Maletoungou (For those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the church directory, first page, under “Missionaries Supported”.)

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM       Worship Service

 10:45 AM       Coffee fellowship in the basement

   3:00 PM       Afternoon Worship Service

WEDNESDAY

  9:00-12:00   YPS Waffle Breakfast

   

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

December 29, 2019

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome, on this final Sunday of 2019, as we continue to celebrate the Christmas season during 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. 

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 they will not shake your hand.

SUNDAY SCHOOL/CATECHISM classes will meet again next Sunday, January 5.

WE WELCOME Rev. Doug De Groot as he leads our afternoon worship service today at 3:00p. This will be our Old Years’ Service. There is no evening service.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH will NOT meet this afternoon.

REMINDER of the donation box in the narthex for the Guatemala mission project. A list of needed items is on the back table. Thanks for your help in blessing the “least of these”.

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-12:00 noon. Come out and enjoy the delicious waffles with your favorite syrup flavors as well as the tasty sausages.

NOTE: Do you have a Bible that you are not using? A Church History class at Western Christian High School is collecting Bibles for Keystone Recovery Center. Keystone hands out 50 Bibles a month. The Recovery Bible or newer versions that are easy to read are especially useful. Bibles may be placed in the box on the narthex table.

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church from Classis Heartland may apply for aid to assist them in their study for the 2020-2021 academic years by contacting Rev. Loren Kotman; 1111 5th Street; Hull, IA 51239; (712) 439-1123; pastor@hull1stcrc.com. The deadline is February 1, 2020.

ATTENTION: Men who love to sing and have a passion for the work of Hope Haven, please consider joining the Valley Male Chorus. Rehearsals will begin January 5, 2020 at 2:00p at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center. For more information, contact Ron Boote at 712-441-5225 or rjboote@premieronline.net. 

THANK YOU: Matt & LuAnn would like to say “Thank You” for remembering us at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We appreciate all that everyone does for us. It is such a blessing to belong to such a loving and caring church.

THANK YOU: Realizing that we are not even close to the end of this journey, we just want to thank this wonderful congregation for the outpouring of love and support following Lois’s diagnosis. The calls, messages, cards, visits and food brought in has been such a blessing to us! We thank Pastor Kotman and Elder Krommendyk for the calls and visits as well. We are so blessed to be in this community of believers! -Ted & Lois Salazar

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Give thanks that Liz Schmith returned to her home on Tuesday and is making good progress. Pray for God’s continued healing.

Give thanks that Dylan Bonestroo, son of Darren and Shar, is recovering well from his recent surgery. Continue to pray for healing.

Norma Kotman continues to recover from her recent surgery. Pray for complete healing.

Marilyn Grevengoed is making slow progress in her recovery. Pray for better health.

Remember Ed Scholten in your prayers as he continues to recover. Give thanks that he has experienced a good measure of relief from pain.

Pray for Sandy Starkenburg as she continues to wait for test results from a muscle test on the muscle around her esophagus. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and better health for Sandy.

Give thanks that Berdena Bylsma returned home from Pleasant Acres on Monday and is doing well.

Continue to remember Jarvis De Wild in your prayers. His next chemo treatment is Monday. Give thanks that the eating process has improved. Pray for overall healing.

Continue to remember Ted and Lois Salazar in your prayers. Pray for relief from the uncomfortable side effects from her recent chemo treatment. Pray that Lois will get the rest that she needs. Visitors are still welcome but please call or text first.

Pray for Duck Lokhorst as she continues her recovery at Pleasant Acres.

Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Chuck & Darlene Kroese, Sally De Groot; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Harry Klay, Goldie Veldman; Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats; Rick Rozeboom’s home: Esther Rozeboom; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

We extend our sympathy to Don Boer and his entire family in the passing of Lyla Boer, 84, on December 24. Her funeral was held this past Saturday. We pray for the Lord’s comfort and encouragement for them in the days and the weeks that follow.

Please keep Don Boer in your prayers as he prepares for surgery to address his diagnosis of colon cancer. The surgery is planned for December 31. We pray for healing and the Lord’s peace for Don and family at this time.

We continue to keep Paul Vis in prayer as he continues his recovery from rotator cuff and carpal tunnel surgery.

We pray for those who are unable to join us for worship from week to week due to age, illness, or for a variety of other reasons. We pray for the Lord’s encouragement, restoration, and presence in their lives.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS.

   Thank you from HCS: The last couple of months we have kept you up-to-date on our NICSTO goal. HCS would like to thank everyone for their prayers and financial support throughout the process. We also would like you to know our NICSTO goal was met. We are praising God for you!

REQUESTED ANNOUNCMENTS

THE “NAMI” SUPPORT GROUP will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7-9p on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Jeanne Kleinhesselink and Hannah Buteyn of Sioux Center Health will discuss EMDR and Medication Management. Individuals and family members living with mental illness are welcome. For information, call Shirley Matheis 722-4462.

DORDT UNIVERSITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA invites you to a concert at 7:30p on Friday, January 10, in the Auditorium. This free concert is part of a winter tour with performances scheduled in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Directed by Mrs. Susan De Jong, the Chamber Orchestra will perform a wide variety of repertoire from the Maroque era to the 21st century. Featuring four student soloists and guest directed by Dr. Onsby Rose, program highlights include the music of J.S. Bach for flute and strings, several beloved hymn tunes, the sublime writing of Saint-Saens for cello and harp, and the contemporary writing of James Stephenson that utilizes extended string techniques. The concert is free, with a freewill offering received to help defray tour expenses.

THE NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT with NISO in concert with The Texas Tenors, January 18, at 7:30p in Dordt’s Auditorium. NISO’s Celebrity Conductor Contest will be held in conjunction with this Concert. Tickets are available to purchase online at https://niso.dordt.edu. Concert attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for this anticipated sell-out concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

HEGG HEALTH CENTER is sponsoring a Pink Out Night on Tues., Jan. 21, during the Western vs. Estherville basketball games! The reason we host annual pink out nights is because people relate pink to breast cancer. Cancer doesn’t care who you are, what you look like, how old you are or where you live. We wonder how we can help – this evening is for just that: raising awareness about cancer and prevention against cancer. Free popcorn will be served at the concessions stand for all fans during both Girls and Boys basketball games, courtesy of Hegg Health Center. 

CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH, SIOUX FALLS, FAITH FELLOWSHIP WEEKEND is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17 – 6:00-8:00p and January 18&19 – 7:15a-4:00p each day. Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions. The deadline for signing up is Monday, Dec. 30. We’d be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it. For more information or to sign up contact us at office@cornerstonepcsd.org or call 507-215-3670.  Thank you for considering this wonderful ministry opportunity!

JFA is planning the 2020 Service and Learning Opportunities and would love to have you join one of the teams!  For more information or to sign up, call Nick Leloux at JFA 476-2804 or email nickl@jfa-nwiowa.org. An informational meeting will be held on Tues., Jan. 7, at 7:00p at the JFA Ministry Center.

JFA is excited to invite you on a Discovery Bus Tour! This tour will focus on our ministry partners in Utah, Great Commission Utah and Grace Reigns. Come along, see and experience how God is shining HIS love and light through these amazing ministries to the FDLS communities. The dates for this trip are April 21-28, 2020. If you are interested or want more information, contact Joel De Wit at JFA, 476-2804 or joeldw@jfa-nwiowa.org.