MORNING WORSHIP SEVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 31, 2017
Rev. Loren Kotman.…Minister Old Years Service
Preparation for worship: “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” Ps. 89:1-2
WE GATHER TO WORSHIP
*Responsive Call to Worship: (WSB Ed. 2 – F.1.4.5)
Pastor: Everlasting God, you brought the nations to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising.
People: Fill the world with your glory, and show yourself to all the nations, through him who
is the true light and the bright morning star,
Pastor: Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
*Opening Song: #169:1,2 “I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord”
WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE
God’s Will for Our Lives
Prayer of Confession
Assurance of Pardon
Song of Assurance: #262:1-4 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”
WE REMEMBER GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
Reading of Statistics for 2017
*Epiphany Song: #358:1,4,5 “As with Gladness, Men of Old”
Offering: World Renew
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
*Song of Preparation: #46:1,2 “God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength”
Prayer for Illumination
God’s Word Read: Psalm 46
God’s Word Proclaimed: “We Will Not Fear”
Prayer of Application
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S MERCY AND STRENGTH
*Song of Response: #46:3-5”God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength”
*Parting Hymn: #630:1,2 “And Blessed Be the Lord Our God”
*indicates congregation stand
organist: Lavonne Kats
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:
GREETERS TODAY: Dave & Aletha Snieder, Elder Lynn & Linda Anderson
GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Kirk & Stephanie Struik, Deacon Brian & Nicole Rozeboom
NURSERY TODAY: AM Betty Vande Griend, Emily Van Schepen, Sawyer Rozeboom, Chandler Pollema, Cassidy Van’t Hul; PM Jake Ney Family
NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Mindy Winterfeld, Shondra Wielenga, Lane Driesen, Ashlyn Grevengoed, Marcus Te Krony; PM Rick Leusink Family
USHERS FOR JAN.: Devin Bonestroo, Zachary De Jager, Dan Poppema, Brad Kats
VALET PARKING JAN.: AM Jerad Kats, Taylor Westphal;PM Marcus Te Krony, Curtis Van Grouw
OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for World Renew
OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Building Fund; 2. Guatemala Trip
- SERVERS TODAY: Joel & Julie L. NEXT WEEK: Rick & Koni L.
POWER POINT TODAY: Kirk NEXT WEEK: Julie
SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Joel NEXT SUNDAY: Ben
CORRESPONDENCE: Everyone is encouraged to write 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
9:00-noon Annual YPS Dad’s Belgium Waffle Breakfast
7:00 PM YPS. Lesson. Devotions: Marcus TK & Colin W.; Lunch: Mackelle G. & Aimee VB
7:00 PM Music & Worship Committee Meeting in the Council Room
FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
December 31, 2017
WELCOME TO FIRST HULL As Simeon and Anna recognized Jesus as the Messiah and rejoiced over him, we also receive him with joy. A warm, joyful welcome to you all! 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Our second service today will be at 3:00p. Pastor Loren’s message is from Phiippians 3:1-14 titled “Don’t Let Yesterday Use Up Today”.
NOTICE: There will be no Children’s Church this afternoon.
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.
NEXT SUNDAY MORNING Destiny Lynn Vande Weerd, infant daughter of Jesse and Amber, will receive the sacrament of baptism.
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.
NEW ADDRESS: Wilma Altena has moved to the Good Samaritan Society in George. Her address is: 324 1st Ave. N., Room 302, George, IA 51237.
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 is Sat., Feb. 3, at Dordt. Day of Encouragement has something that interests you. Perhaps it’s how to set boundaries in your family, prevent child abuse in your church, or how to monitor your child’s technology. You can get tips on how to make difficult visits to the sick/grieving; learn how to involve youth in worship or how to better teach the gospels. You’ll want to hear keynote speaker Rev. Regggie Smith share his story of guiding change in transitional urban communities. Whether you are a worship planner, council member, church administrator, or person in the pew, this conference is designed to inspire, encourage and equip God’s people to be salt and light in our homes, churches and communities. 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 Jan. 26. If you’re interested in attending, please fill out the registration form in the brochure and return to the church office by Jan. 24th. The church will pay for those who’d like to attend.
THANK YOU for the cards, food, phone calls and visits that I received following my recent surgery. Thank you also to Pastor Loren & Norma and Elder Dave Kroese for their visits and prayers. I really appreciated it.
– Rob Fedders
- YOU for the prayers, cards and food when our sister, Marlene Van Beek passed away so suddenly. A special thank you to Pastor and Norma Kotman and Dave and Kay Kroese for their visit and prayers, Elder Dan De Wit for his phone calls and Fellowship for the Christmas plant. Your thoughtfulness during this difficult time was very much appreciated. --Ken & Mary Leusink and family
THANK YOU: I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, visits, cards and food after my knee surgery. A special thank you to Pastor Loren and Norma and Elder Tim and Ruth Kats for stopping by our home and to Elder Harry Meendering for his calls. Thanks you to our Care Group #7 for the flower arrangement. We feel truly blessed to be a part of the family of 1st CRC. I ask for continued prayers for a total recovery. –Arlene Van’t Hul
FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
We extend our Christian sympathy to Shelby and Cody Kiers in the unexpected passing of Shelby’s dad, John Harness, on Thursday evening, December 21, to LeRoy and Audrey Jongetjes in the passing of their brother-in-law, Gerald Van Voorst, who also passed away on December 21, to Duck Lokhorst and Esther Rozeboom in the passing of their sister, and John and Agnes Scholten, in the passing of their sister-in-law, Roberta Boogerd, on Tuesday and to Kyle & Janae Vander Schaaf in the passing of their brother-in-law, Dave Mulder, on Wednesday. May God comfort these families in their sorrow.
Pray for Gaylene Bouma who was admitted to the hospital in Sioux Falls in order to regulate her medication, Please no visitors or calls at this time.
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
Continue to remember Bernard Driesen, father of Judi Wesselink, as he recovers from esophageal surgery.
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; Joyce De Vries, Verne Huisman, Julianne Kats, Anthony Smit, and Goldie Veldman at Aspen Heights; Esther Rozeboom in her son’s home, Wilma Altena at the Good Samaritan Society in George, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.
HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
Vicki Lammers is recovering from the sinus surgery she had this past week. We pray for pain management and a quick recover.
We pray for many others who continue to recover from recent surgeries, illnesses, or treatments. We pray for peace, patience, and endurance.
We offer our sympathy to the family and friends of Dave Mulder, who passed away this past Wednesday. We pray for peace, comfort, and hope as they mourn his passing.
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 & 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.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME to come on January 1st for the annual YPS Dad’s Belgium Waffle breakfast in the church basement at First CRC. 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.
JFA is planning the 2018 Service and Learning Opportunities and would love to have you join one of the teams! 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 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.
BARNABAS FOUNDATION: Jim Prichard, a Christian attorney from Barnabas, will be in our area from January 16-18 to offer a free confidential Estate Planning consultation. Call toll free at 888-448-304 to schedule a time to meet with Jim. To help you get started, you may also request a free special report titled “Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes or Misconceptions” by simply sending an e-mail request with “Top 10” in the subject line to email@example.com.
CFE is hosting a Financial Peace University class for engaged & newlywed couples on 9 Sundays, starting Jan. 21. Attendees are invited to come to the Bridge of Hope Ministry Center in Sioux Center from 1:30-3:30p. Materials cost $109 per couple, payable to CFE. The class link to register is http://www.fpu.com/1054182.
DORDT COLLEGE is hosting a simulcast Work as Worship Conference on Feb. 23. With speakers like New York Times Best-Selling Author Patrick Lencioni, this conference champions a biblical and holistic viewpoint of work and faith. Whether you are the CEO or a new employee, we all have an enormous opportunity to give people a picture of God by the way we do our work. Go to www.workasworshipretreat.org to register. Cost is $25/person and includes a continental breakfast, snacks and lunch. Contact Dianne De Wit as 712-722-6029 Dianne.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This conference is sponsored by RightNow Media.