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December 6, 2016

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 6, 2015

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister  Second Sunday in Advent 

Preparation for Worship: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9:6

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP OUR WONDERFUL COUNSELOR

Prelude 

*Call to Worship

*Opening Song: #345:1,2 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

Responsive Advent Reading & Lighting of the Candles by Friendship Bible

*Advent Song: #335:1-4 “Hark, the Glad Sound! The Savior Comes”

WE BOW BEFORE THE THRONE OF OUR MIGHTY GOD

Summary of the Law (Responsive) (PH p. 1018)

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Prayers of God’s People

Offering: 1. Parking Lot; 2. Family Crisis Center

Offertory

WE HEAR THE WORD OF OUR EVERLASTING FATHER

 *Song of Preparation: #192:1,3,4 “The People Who In Darkness Walked”

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 1:26-38; text: verse 34

God’s Word Proclaimed: “How Will This Happen?”

Prayer of Application

Song of Response: #342:1-2 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

Celebration of Communion (Form on PPT)

Communion Song: Solo by Darren Van’t Hul “A Communion Hymn for Christmas” 

  (Offering for Benevolence taken during the singing of this hymn)

WE GO OUT TO SERVE OUR PRINCE OF PEACE

*Parting Blessing

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

*Postlude       

   (please allow teachers/students to exit first)

*indicates congregation stand

organist…Connie Te Krony

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY: Elder Dave & Vanessa Te Slaa, Elder Rob & Amy Westra

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  John & Agnes Scholten, Deacon John & Amy Emerick

NURSERY TODAY:  AM Stephanie Bonestroo, Dana Fedders, Aubri Fedders, Konnor Struik, Haley Driesen; PM Harlan & Kathy Mouw

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Brittany Van Otterloo, Amy Emerick, Madison Emerick, Blaike Bonestroo, Christopher Baccam; PM Jake Ney Family  

USHERS FOR DEC.: Darren Bonestroo, Randy Winterfeld, Randy Veldman, Cory De Wit

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Parking Lot; 2. Family Crisis Center

NEXT SUNDAY:  Hope Haven

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: George & Nancy H.  NEXT WEEK: Larry & Marcia Hoekstra

POWER POINT TODAY: Noah                                                   NEXT WEEK: Arlene                                         

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                                                   NEXT SUNDAY: Shad

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

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM        Worship Service

 10:45 AM        Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM        Sunday School/Catechism

   6:00 PM         Evening Worship Service – Service of Lessons & Carols

   7:00 PM         Men’s Salt and Light Bible Study

MONDAY

   6:45 PM         GEMS meet at Hope CRC for a regular meeting. On Wed., Dec. 16, we will meet at      

Hope CRC at 6:30p for our skating party at the All Seasons Center. There will be games and a craft for those that don’t want to skate and want to join us for the fun.

   7:30 PM         Friendship Bible

TUESDAY

   2:00 PM         Bereans. Hostess: Berdena Bylsma. Please bring a plate of goodies.

WEDNESDAY

    9:55 AM       Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 2 “The Gentile Connection”

    6:45 PM        Cadets. Do Lesson A9 in your December Quests. Puffins will be handed out after the meeting.

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Dec. 6, 2015

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL  We invite you, as the prophet invited Israel: “Sing aloud! Rejoice and exult with all your heart…The LORD has taken away the judgments against us.” (Zephaniah 3:14-15) 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 celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. If you are truly sorry for your sins, sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, faithfully attend a Bible believing church and desire to live in obedience to him, you are welcome to join us at the Lord’s Table. Gluten free bread will be available in the center section of each tray.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PRACTICE in the sanctuary for Beginners-6th grade. Please meet in the front of church immediately following the service. Bring your props.

THIS EVENING we will have a “Service of Lessons and Christmas Carols”.

ANYONE K-12th GRADE who would like to do a musical number for our prelude at the Christmas Program on December 20th, please contact Dana Fedders by email at dandanaf@c-i-service.com or 439-2033 by December 6th. It can be a piano solo, duet or an instrumental number. Please share your talents with us!

LADIES: We will be going to JFA on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Meet in the upper parking lot at 12:45p.

THE MEMBERSHIP of Troy and Tina Bruxvoort has been received from Oak Hills Baptist Church in Sioux Falls. On Sunday morning, December 20, they will be welcomed, affirm their faith as members of this church and present sons, Alex and Andrew, for baptism.

POST HIGH: College/Career singles Bible study will be meeting the 2nd Sunday of every month at 7:15p in the Youth Building. Next meeting is December 13. Questions: contact Curt Van Grouw (712) 451-8272 or email curtisvangrouw@gmail.com.

PASTOR LOREN will be on vacation from Tuesday, December 8 through Tuesday, December 15. In case of a special need, please contact your Care Group Elder or Rev. Klompien.

NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Klompien will be leading our worship services.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held on December 14 at 7:30p. An agenda and copy of the budget is in your church mailbox.

LOVE INC GIVING TREES will be located at the Pizza Ranch in Hull and M&H True Value in Rock Valley. Take a tag from the tree to purchase gifts. Please have the gifts returned to the same tree by December 15. Thanks for your generosity.

HULL CHAMBER has set up a Giving Tree at Iowa State Bank for the Sack Pack Program. Please select a gift tag from the tree and purchase the item pictured on your tag. There is NO limit as to how many of this item you can donate! Any monetary donations can be given to Nathan at ISB. Return your donations to the bank lobby by noon, Dec. 24. The Hull Sack Pack program is designed to provide nutritious, healthy food to children in the Hull & Boyden communities, at risk of hunger. If interested in knowing more about the program and how you can help, call 712-441-1465 or email us at hullsackpack@gmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE! Day of Encouragement will be Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. 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 January 4. The Day of Encouragement, sponsored by Dordt College, is a day to inspire, encourage and equip God’s people for ministry. Everyone is welcome to participate.

 

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

Continue to pray for strength and healing for Joyce Kroese.

Joyce Vander Well is scheduled for hip replacement surgery on Friday, December 11. Pray that the surgery would go well and for a good recovery.

Don Westra was scheduled to return home this past Thursday. Pray for continued improvement.

Pray for Heidi Dokter as she is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday to have a kidney removed.

Give thanks for progress and healing for Gaylene Bouma.

Remember Sam Scholten in your prayers. He is serving with the 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. His e-mail address is sskoltn@gmail.com.

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

Continue to remember Sherry Brummel in your prayers as she continues to receive chemo.

Pray for comfort in this Christmas season for all those who have lost loved ones in the past year.

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 Vder Wilt in Sioux Center; and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

Dick Dykstra, 92, passed away and went to be with his Lord early Thursday morning, December 3. We extend our sympathy to the Steve and Laura Heitritter family, Grace Dykstra, Eldoris Dykstra, and the entire extended family as they remember their father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and brother-in-law. May God provide them with His comfort and hope.

Lyla Boer had knee replacement surgery and is doing well. We continue to keep her in our prayers as she heals and begins physical therapy.

Please keep Mary Grooters in your prayers. She has not been feeling well.

We praise God with Greg and Jasmine (Van Der Zwaag) Boer who were united in marriage on November 28 at Trinity CRC, Rock Valley. May God bless them richly as they begin their married life together.

Please remember Evelyn Dykstra and family in your prayers as they prepare for Evelyn’s move and transition to live near family in Michigan.

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

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

      Celebrate Christmas by attending Western’s Choral and Instrumental Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 14, at 7:00p at Dordt. All the choral and instrumental groups at Western will be performing and celebrating in music the birth of our Lord and Savior. Treats and coffee will be available for purchase during intermission. A free-will offering will be received.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHORALE SERVICE of Lessons & Carols will be today at 8:00p at Dordt. The 69 member Chorale shares the retelling of the redemption story interspersed with new and familiar carols, including audience singing, brass, and organ.

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will be meeting on Wed., Dec. 9, at 1:00p at Whispering Heights. This group is open to anyone who lives with or cares for someone affected by dementia of any kind.

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES CONCERT will be Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30p at Dordt. Featuring Campus-Community Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Band, the concert includes a lovely setting of Greensleeves by Alfred Reed, as well as the delightful Suite of Carols by Leroy Anderson.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Sat., Dec. 12, to assist with set up, tickets and more at the Mark Schultz event. Load in and set up start at 8:45a and willing hands and feet needed throughout the day for various jobs. If interested in helping and want more details contact Shelly at 439-1513 or hullchamber@cityofhull.org.

THE HULL CHAMBER is excited to welcome Mark Schultz with Love & the Outcome & Jan Bauer as they present their holiday tour “A Different Kind of Christmas” on Sat., Dec. 12, at 7:00p at Western. Tickets are on sale now: General Admission $20; Groups of 10 or more $15; Gold Circle $25 at the Chamber Office, Iowa State Bank in Hull, True Vine in Sioux Center and Something Special in Rock Valley.

DORDT COLLEGE:  If you stop over at Dordt’s campus this December, you’ll see a lot of well-dressed students braving the cold in dresses and ties. These students are dressing up to fight for human dignity, first by raising awareness of the global sex trade and then by raising funds to make a small dent in the growing problem of human trafficking. Join them in prayer and join them in fundraising. Find out more by going to http://support.dressemberfoundation.org/dcdressember.

DORDT COLLEGE: “In All Things”, an online publication by the Dordt College Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service, has begun its annual Advent devotional series that will continue through Christmas. Subscribe to receive a daily devotional at inallthings.org.

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 mkchsnr@gmail.com with any questions.