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December 4. 2016

 

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 4, 2016

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister    2nd Sunday in Advent

Preparation for Worship: “and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true. And in that place many believed Jesus.”John 10:41

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

relude

*Responsive Call to Worship:

                               Pastor:      All who come from near and far               

                               People:    Come and worship

                               Pastor:      All who thirst for God                              

                               People:    Come and worship

                               Pastor:      All whose hearts overflow with gratitude and hope   

                               People:    Come and worship

                               Pastor:      Through the grace of God’s Holy Spirit

                               People:    Come, worship Christ, the newborn King

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

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting and Mutual Greeting

Advent Reading and Lighting of the Candle (Erika Feenstra & Christopher Baccam)

Advent Song: #328:1,3 “O Come, O Come, Immanuel”

Baptism of Isabelle Lee Kiers

Ministry of Music: Cody Kiers & Kelly Sipma …”Find Your Wings”

WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND OUR GIFTS

Intercessory Prayer

Offering: 1. Building Fund; 2. The Banquet in Sioux Falls

Offertory

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

*Song of Preparation: #334:1,2,4 “The Prophets Came to Israel”  

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: John 1:6-8, 19-34

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Pointing to the One Who Brings Life”

Preparatory for the Lord’s Supper

*Song of Response:  #337:1-3 “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”

WE GO OUT TO SERVE

*Parting Blessing

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

*Postlude     (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)                  

* indicates congregation stand - organist….Lavonne Kats

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY:  Dwayne & Dori De Jong, Deacon Darren & Shar Bonestroo

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  Elder Larry & MaryLou Wielenga, Elder Rob & Amy Westra

NURSERY TODAY:  AM Betty Vande Griend, Emily Van Schepen, Blake Bonestroo, Emily Fedders, Dawson Feenstra; PM Loni Westphal Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Marge Vander Esch, Kathy Bauer, Logan Baccam, Aubri Fedders, Maeva Haveman; PM Duane & Aletha Vande Griend

USHERS FOR DEC.: Brent De Jager, Randy Westra, Dan De Wit, 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. Building Fund; 2. The Banquet

NEXT SUNDAY: Royal Family Kids Camp

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Travis & Brittany V. NEXT SUNDAY: Roger & Carol V.

POWER POINT TODAY: Kirk                               NEXT SUNDAY: Noah                            

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                             NEXT SUNDAY:  Rick

CORRESPONDENCE: Ken Leusink to Kevin Schutte; Joel Leusink to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Rick Leusink to Lauren Runia; Harry Meendering to Sos & Kara Maletoungou

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM    Worship Service

 10:45 AM    Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM    Sunday School/Catechism (Christmas Program practice Beg.-5th Grade – meet in front of church)

 10:45 AM    Adult Sunday School

   6:00 PM    Evening Worship Service

   7:00 PM    Salt & Light Bible Study (Men)

MONDAY

   6:45 PM    GEMS. We will be sharing God’s overflowing love by caroling at Aspen Heights, Pleasant Acres and around town. After caroling the girls will return to Hope for hot cocoa and goodies.

   7:30 PM    Friendship Bible

TUESDAY

   2:00 PM    Bereans. Lesson 6. Christmas Lunch.

WEDNESDAY

   9:55 AM    Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 3 Discover the Gift of Christmas

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

   7:00 PM    Music & Worship Committee Meeting (Council Room)

   7:00 PM    YPS Christmas Party. Meet at Hull Christian School Gym. Supper & Games (Ugly Sweater & White Elephant gifts)

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

December 4, 2016

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to Advent worship as we continue to prepare for Christ’s coming! 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 MORNING we will witness the baptism of Isabelle Lee, infant daughter of Cody and Shelby Kiers.

SUNDAY SCHOOL Christmas Program practice for grades Beginners-5th grade. Meet in the front of church after the morning service.

CHOIR REHEARSALS are finished for this year. We will resume again in the New Year. Watch the bulletin for an announcement.

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from I Corinthians 1:1-9 titled “Called to Be Saints”.

DURING OUR EVENING SERVICE Rev. Michael Ribbens will give a short presentation. Our church is partnering with Rev. Ribbens and his wife, Megan, as they minister in South Africa. They will also show a video during the offertory. Following the service you are invited downstairs for refreshments.

TOUCH OF HOME: Our church would like to provide college students living away from home with a “Touch of Home” box. We’d like the boxes to arrive just before exam time. We will package the individual boxes on Tuesday, December 6, at 7:00p in the church kitchen. Anyone who would like to help is welcome.

MISSION GUILD: Please join us for the Mission Guild Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 7, at 6:00p in the Youth Building. Come for supper, fun and fellowship! An offering will be taken for our Missionaries.

JUSTICE FOR ALL Volunteer Luncheon will be held Friday, December 9. Meet at church in the upper parking lot at 11:30a to car pool. Any questions, call Carol Vis at 439-1366.

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 Harlyn Bolkema (441-6875) or Larry Wielenga (541-9036).

NEXT SUNDAY at 6:00p the worship service will include a Christmas program by our Sunday School.

COLLEGE/CAREER Single Bible study will meet next week Sunday at 7:15p in the Youth Building.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Any grade school or high school student who would like to do a musical number (piano or instrument) for our prelude at the Christmas Program on December 11 should contact Shondra Wielenga at shondrawielenga@gmail.com by Wednesday! Please share your talents with us!

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held on December 12 at 7:30p. An agenda and copy of the budget is in your church mailbox.

SHARE GROUP for widows and widowers will meet Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6:00p at the Homestead Commons. Hot sandwiches will be served and you are invited to bring your favorite Christmas side to share. We will also enjoy a time of caroling. Contact Pastor Aaron Deutsch at (605) 742-4469 or Deanna Tiedeman at 439-2229 with any questions.

ADVANCE NOTICE: A day to inspire, encourage, and equip God’s people for ministry, Day of Encouragement, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at Dordt. This year’s keynote speaker is Ed Stetzer, a prolific author and well-known conference and seminar leader. Day of Encouragement also offers a variety of breakout sessions throughout the day focusing on family, worship, youth, tech media, preaching, and shepherding. Early bird registration is available at www.dordt.edu/doe until January 24 for individuals and groups of 10 or more. Late registration will be available through February 4.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

Ÿ  Our Christian sympathy to Jean De Jong and family and to John & Agnes Scholten and family in the passing of Marcia De Jong on Wednesday, November 23. Funeral services were held this past Thursday. May God grant His comfort and assurance to the family at this time.

Ÿ  Don Westra was admitted to the Rock Valley Hospital on Sunday evening with pneumonia. Pray for God’s healing.

Ÿ  Goldie Veldman continues her therapy at Pleasant Acres. Pray for strength and healing.

Ÿ  A CT scan for Bette Marra revealed four pelvic fractures. She is scheduled to see an orthopedic surgeon. Pray that Bette would have relief from the pain.   

Ÿ  Doctors have started the evaluation process for a lung transplant for Eldon De Wild. Please keep Eldon and his family in your prayers during this time of uncertainty. A Caring Bridge page has been set up under Eldon De Wild.

Ÿ  Pray for our shut ins: Nell Brunsting, 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 express our sympathy to Glenn & Marj, Josh & Kaylee, and Jeremy & Leandra Hulstein and the rest of the family in the passing of Hermina Hulstein, 96. She passed away Thursday evening, November 24. Her funeral was held this past Tuesday. May God provide his continued encouragement and care for them.

Ÿ  We express our sympathy to Todd & April Kooi and family in the passing of Todd’s grandmother, Tillie Kooi, 96, of Rock Valley, who passed away this past Thursday morning. We pray for God’s peace and comfort as they remember and give thanks for her life.

Ÿ  Vanessa Steiger’s father, Henk Pastoor, underwent a procedure this week as he is being treated for cancer. It was determined that future treatment likely will include another procedure and potentially surgery. We pray for healing and discernment as they move forward.

Ÿ  We continue to keep Dave Mulder, brother in law to Mike and Marideth Van Otterloo, in our prayers as he continues with treatment for 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

      HCS & Western are continuing to collect money for the NW IA Christian Schools Tuition Organization (NICSTO). This gift helps families with tuition assistance. In exchange for your donation you will receive a 65% tax credit on your Iowa income tax (C Corporations, S Corporations, LLC & Partnerships are also eligible for STO tax credits). It can also be claimed on your federal income tax. If interested in donating, contact Randy Ten Pas (439-2273) at Hull Christian or Wes Fopma (439-1013) at Western.

      Celebrate Christmas with an evening of music as the Western Christian Music Department presents their annual Christmas Concert on Monday, December 12, at 7:00p, BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College. Choral, string, and instrumental groups will inspire you with Christmas music as we rejoice in the birth of our Savior.

      The Board of Directors at Western would like to thank all those businesses and individuals who made donations that made the Western FUND night auction possible on November 19th. Thanks also to all those who attended and made purchases. Over $140,000 was raised through the meal, Kidzone, meat sales, and auction.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

JOIN US Tuesday, December 6, at 5:30p for the Loving Tree lighting ceremony in Sioux Center Health Town Center. This will be an evening of remembrance as we celebrate the lives of those we love. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

NAMI (NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS) Support Group will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7:00-9:00p on Tuesday, December 6. Pat Eggebeen’s topic is “Living with Depression”. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are invited to join us. For information, call Shirley Matheis at 722-4462.

DORDT COLLEGE Jazz Band and Kantorei Concert will be Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30p in the Auditorium.

DORDT COLLEGE Choral Ensembles Concert will be Friday, December 9, at 7:30p in the Auditorium.

THE HULL CHAMBER welcomes the Martins in Concert on Sat., Dec. 10, at 7:00p at Western. Tickets are $15 at the Chamber Office or Hull branches of American State Bank & Iowa State Bank.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Village Treasure Chest is in need of volunteers! If you are looking for something fun and fulfilling to do in your spare time, The Village Treasure Chest has many volunteer opportunities available for everyone. If you’re interested or for more information, please call Samantha Waterstone at (712) 324-5416.

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: February 25-March 3; Tentatively: Grace Reigns Ministries, Colorado City, AZ: March 19-25.