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MORNING WORSHIP SEVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 3, 2017

Rev. Loren Kotman.…Minister First Sunday in Advent

 

Preparation for worship: A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a

highway for our God.” As we worship today, let us prepare to welcome God’s dramatic work in our midst, in our hearts,

in our community, and in all of creation. Let us worship God. (WSB 2nd Ed. D.1.2.2)

 

WE COME WITH JOY BEFORE THE KING OF KINGS

Prelude

*Call to Worship

*Opening Hymn: #351:1-3 “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting and Mutual Greeting

*Hymn: #348:1-3 “Away in a Manger”

 

 

THE JOY OF EXPECTATION

Advent Candle Reading: Evan Wielenga Family

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

Preparatory Reading for the Lord’s Supper (PH pg. 976)

Hymn: #328:1,3,4,7 “O Come, O Come, Immanuel”

Congregational Prayer

 

 

THE LOVE OF GOD’S WORD

*Preparatory Hymn: #342:1,3 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: Genesis 38:11-30 & Matthew 1:1-3

God’s Word Proclaimed: Mothers of the Messiah: Tamar

Prayer of Application

*Hymn of Response: #464:1-3 “Father, Long Before Creation”

 

 

GO OUT IN JOY

Offering: 1. Mission Fund; 2. The Banquet

Offertory

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Hymn: #464:4 “Father, Long Before Creation”

*Postlude

(Please allow teachers/students to exit first)

 

*indicates congregation stand

organist: Peg Visser

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Evan & Rachel Schroeder, Deacon Noah & Susan De Yager

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Elder Don & Mary Krommendyk, Elder Larry & Marcia Hoekstra

NURSERY TODAY: AM Jessica Pollema, Lisa Poppema, Emma Westphal, Ashten Winterfeld, Cory Ney; PM Heath Stoker Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Sandy Pollema, Nicole Rozeboom, Blaike Bonestroo, Dalton Westra, Haley Driesen; PM Duane & Aletha Vande Griend

 

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 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 1. Mission Fund; 2. The Banquet

OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: AM Churches for Middle East peace; PM Hull Sack Pack Program

 

  1. SERVERS TODAY: Merlyn & Linda K. NEXT WEEK: Ryan & Christine K.

POWER POINT TODAY: AM Arlene; PM Jason/Julie NEXT WEEK: Julie

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben NEXT SUNDAY: Shad

 

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

TODAY

9:30 AM Worship Service

10:45 AM Coffee fellowship in the basement

10:45 AM Sunday School/Catechism Classes (Beg.-5th grade meet up front in the sanctuary)

10:45 AM Adult Sunday School

10:45 AM Choir Rehearsal (basement)

6:00 PM Evening Service

MONDAY

6:00 PM Mission Guild Christmas Party in the Youth Building

6:45 PM GEMS Christmas Celebration. We will meet at Hope CRC for a night of Christmas caroling, crafting and card making. Wear your favorite Christmas hat, sweater, socks or attire. Fundraising orders will be available for pick up, so be sure to be ready to take them home to deliver.

7:00 PM Friendship Bible Christmas Party in the church basement

TUESDAY

2:00 PM Bereans. Lesson 6. Hostess: All (Note change of day!)

WEDNESDAY

9:55 AM Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 1 of Isaiah.

6:30 PM YPS Christmas Party – Supper & Games

7:00 PM Music & Worship Committee (Meet in the Council Room)

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

December 3, 2017

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to our celebration of Christ as the all-powerful King of our lives and the world. 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.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL Christmas Program practice for Beginners-5th grade will be held this morning. Meet in the front of church after the morning service instead of going to your regular Sunday School class room.

 

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Isaiah 40:1-5 & Matthew 3:1-12 titled “Preparing for Christmas”. NEXT SUNDAY EVENING will be the Children’s Christmas Program.

 

MISSION GUILD: Please join us for the Mission Guild Christmas Party on Monday, December 4, at 6:00p in the Youth Building. Come for supper, fun and fellowship! An offering will be taken for our Missionaries.

 

COFFEE BREAK INVITE: This Wednesday, the small groups of Coffee Break are beginning a new study, Discover Isaiah. It is a 10-week study of the first 12 chapters of Isaiah. If you are not coming to this community Bible study at this time we invite you to join us for this new study. Nursery is provided and Story Hour for 3-5 year olds.

 

LADIES are invited to help make fudge for prisoners in the church kitchen on Saturday, December 9, at 8:00a. Please bring a 9”x13” pan. All other supplies will be furnished.

 

TOUCH OF HOME boxes will be sent to all our college students prior to exam time. A box is available in the narthex or church kitchen for your items. We will be packing boxes on Dec. 9th so please have your items in prior to that date. Students enjoy getting these boxes so let’s all do our part to make this project successful!

 

NEXT SUNDAY we will partake of the Lord’s Supper. Let us use this week to reflect on the Lord’s great love for us and pray that this may bring us to respond in joy and obedience. Anyone who is home bound and would like to partake of communion should contact Larry Wielenga (541-9036) or Ed Haveman (441-2907).

 

FROM THE DEACONS: Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 27 national Church denominations and organizations working to encourage US policies that actively promote just, lasting and comprehensive resolutions to conflicts in the Middle East. CMEP helps church organizations, leaders, and individuals nationwide advocate in a knowledgeable, timely, holistic, and effective way to express their concerns about justice and peace for all people in the Middle East. Their mission is to mobilize US Christians to embrace a holistic perspective and to be advocates of equality, human rights, security, and justice for Israelis, Palestinians, and all people of the Middle East. For more information see http://cmep,org/. The first offering on December 10 will be taken for Churches for Middle East Peace.

 

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held on Monday, December 11 at 7:00p. The Proposed Budget and and Agenda are in your church mailbox.

 

THE COMMUNITY is invited to join with the Hull Chamber in spreading some Christmas Spirit this season as we come together for an hour of Community Christmas Caroling – Tuesday, Dec. 19. We will meet at 9:00a at Pleasant Acres, travel to the Homestead and finish at Aspen Heights with a Chamber Coffee being served there at 10:00a. ALL voices, from young children to senior citizens, are welcome to join as we share the GOOD NEWS of Christ’s Birth!! Please RSVP to the Hull Chamber (439-1513) or hullchamber@cityofhull.org that you are able to join us.

 

THANK YOU: We would like to thank the congregation and Pastor Loren & Norma for their visit and also for the words of sympathy, prayers and all the cards in the loss of our Brother and Uncle Frank.

Pete & Nelva Pollema, Doug & Sandy Pollema

 

THANKSGIVING OFFERING AMOUNTS: (Total offering: $27,871.11)

World Renew: $6,990.00 Talking Bibles: $2,415.00 Boiler Fund: $1,805.00

  1. 2018: 1,342.86 Love, INC. 1,285.00 Hope Haven: 1,125.01

SC Gospel Mission: 930.00 Alpha Center: 1,120.00 HCS Foundation: 875.50

Other: 4,246.74

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Ÿ Arlene Van’t Hul is scheduled for right knee replacement surgery on Friday at Dakota Dunes. Pray that the surgery goes well and for healing.

Ÿ John Grevengoed begins chemo treatment in Sioux Falls for the bone marrow disorder on Monday. Pray for healing.

Ÿ LeRoy Jongetjes completed radiation treatment on Thursday. Pray that the treatments were effective.

Ÿ 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:

Ÿ Trent Hulstein, son of Josh and Kaylee Hulstein, had a successful surgery this week, and was able to return home the same day. We praise God for this and we pray for his continued healing and recovery.

Ÿ We express our sympathy to Marv & Eilee Boon, Virg & Joan Horstman, and also extended family as they mourn the passing of Marv and Joan’s sister, Martha De Jager, of Rock Valley. We pray for the Lord’s comfort and assurance in their lives.

Ÿ Art Van Otterloo had surgery on his foot this past week. We pray for healing and patience during the recovery period.

Ÿ Mary Grooters continues under the care of hospice. We pray for her comfort and peace. We also pray for her family as they support her.

Ÿ Please continue to keep Dave Van Otterloo in your prayers as he continues to heal after his recent back surgery.

Ÿ We pray for Jan Bakker as she continues chemotherapy. Please pray for strength and effectiveness of treatment. We pray for Dwight and family as well as they support her.

Ÿ 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.

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

HCS is accepting applications for an immediate bookkeeper and Scrip director. The bookkeeper involves administrating payroll, tuition and monthly bills. The Scrip director will manage the Scrip program. The positions may be filled by one or two individuals. Applications can be found on our webpage or by contacting school. Applicants should contact Principal Randy Ten Pas at 439-2273 or email rtenpas@hullchristian.com with any questions.

Western Music Department will present a Christmas Concert on December 11 at the BJ Haan Auditorium at 7:00p. The concert will include the choirs, bands, and orchestra. We will have a bake sale at the concert to help support the music department.

 

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

LOVE INC of Sioux County’s Giving Tree is up at M&H True Value in Rock Valley and Pizza Ranch of Hull. Come pick up one (or more) of our Red Hearts and help a family this Christmas!

THE “NAMI” SUPPORT GROUP will meet in Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center on Tues., Dec. 5, from 7-9p. Nathan Huyser will share his story. For information call Shirley at 722-4462.

DORDT will present its Choral Ensembles Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec., 8, at 7:30p in the BJ Haan Auditorium. This concert will feature Bella Voce, Kantorei, and Concert Choir. Highlights include the holiday classic “Winter Wonderland,” two Alfred Burt carols, and “Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest,” an extended work for choir, harp, guitar, and marimba that is comprised of 11 Hispanic Christmas songs.

DORDT: The bi-annual Chorale Service of Lessons & Carols will be held Sunday, Dec. 10, at 8:00p in the Auditorium. This worship service will commemorate the Christmas story through a series of Scripture readings, carols sung by the Chorale, and hymns for congregation and choir.

THE NW IOWA Sympathy Youth Orchestra will present its Fall Concert on Sat., Dec. 9, at 3:00p in the BJ Haan Auditorium.. Consisting of talented middle school and high school string players, NISYO will perform works by Mozart, Grieg, and Gibbs, as well as string arrangements of Coldplay and Mannheim Steamroller. The concert is free and open to the public.

DORDT invites the community to attend the Instrumental Ensembles Concert on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30p in the Auditorium. The Campus-Community Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Concert Band will perform a variety of seasonal works along with traditional repertoire.

HOPE HAVEN INTERNATIONAL presents “Rejoice! The Gift of Mobility” featuring Nashville recording artist Jill Miller on Tues., Dec. 19, at 7:00p. Tickets are $15. Tickets are on sale at the Washington Pavilion Box Office or through www.washingtonpavilion.org. The Christmas concert will also feature the Sioux Falls Christian school hand bell choir.

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 January 16 and will be held at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Music Hall. The performance will be Saturday, April 28. Email any questions to Mike Ochsner at mkchsnr@gmail.com. Save the date! We’d love to sing with you!

SAVE THE DATE: The Hull Chamber invites you to a fantastic night of entertainment for all ages, welcoming Ben Glenn, The Chalk Guy, to Hull on Wed., Feb. 21, at 7:30p at Western. Tickets will be $5 per person and will go on sale Dec. 1 at the Chamber Office, American State Bank & Iowa State Bank. For more information or to RSVP your Youth Group, please contact the Chamber Office at 439-1513.