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December 9, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –December 9, 2018

       Rev. Loren Kotman.…Minister    Second Sunday in Advent

 

Preparation for worship: “O Lord, how shall I meet you, how welcome you aright? Your people long to greet you, my hope, my heart’s delight! O kindle, Lord, most holy, your lamp within my breast, to do in spirit lowly all that may please you best.”

(Hymn #331)

 

WE PREPARE OUR HEARTS FOR THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH

Prelude

*Call to Worship

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

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

Lighting of the Advent Candles:

                Children’s Message

                Advent Reading & Lighting of Candles: Riley Grevengoed, Dason Van’t Hul, Chandler Pollema

                Hymn of Response: #272:1-5 “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” (Celebration Hymnal)

 

WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND GIFTS

Congregational Prayer

Offering: 1. Christian Ed. Fund

Piano Offertory by Dana Fedders

 

GOD’S WORD, GOD INCARNATE

*Hymn of Response: #336:1-3 “Savior of the Nations, Come”

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Matthew 1:18-25 & Lord’s Day 11 Q&A 29

God’s Word Proclaimed: “What’s in a Name? Jesus”

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

The Lord’s Supper (on PPT)

  (soloist: Darren Van’t Hul “What Feast of Love” st. 1&2 for bread; st. 3 for wine)

Hymn: #342:1,2,5 “Of the Father’s Love”

  Offering for Benevolence taken during the singing of this hymn

 

WE GO OUT IN HOPEFUL EXPECTATION

*Benediction

*Doxology: #337:4 “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”

*Postlude

 

*indicates congregation stand

organist…Connie Te Krony

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Elder Daryl & Judi Wesselink, Elder Ed & Noella Haveman

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Dwayne & Dori De Jong, Deacon Noah & Susan De Yager

 

NURSERY SUNDAY: AM Cheryl Kats, Mary Leusink, Addison Rozeboom, Blaike Bonestroo, Logan Baccam; PM Cory & Sherry De Wit

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Sarah Grevengoed, Julie Leusink, Ashley Fedders, Ashlyn Grevengoed, Aimee Vanden Bosch; PM Noah De Yager Family

 

USHERS FOR DEC .: Jay De Wit, John Emerick, Eric Rens, Justin Pollema

VALET PARKING DEC.: Dec. 9: David Te Krony, Sam Scholten; Dec. 16: Andrew Hoekstra, Lynn Anderson; Dec. 23: Ryan Kroese, Colin Westra; Dec. 25: Ross Te Slaa, Grant Vanden Bosch

 

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Christian Ed. Fund; 2. Benevolence;

Christmas Program: Kid’s Club

OFFERING NEXT WEEK: Love, INC.

 

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Devin & Kate B.                         NEXT WEEK:  Matt & Bethany Bosma

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

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Rick                                                    NEXT SUNDAY: Cody

 

CORRESPONDENCE: Ken Draayer to Justin Van Zee; Kevin Driesen to Steve & Tara Dekkers;  John Emerick to Kevin Schutte; Dan Fedders to Lauren Runia; Mark Fedders to Michael Ribbens;  LeRoy Feenstra to Sos & Kara Maletoungou (For those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the directory, first page, under “Missionaries Supported”.)

 

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 in front of church)

 10:45 AM      Christian Ed Meeting

 10:45 AM      Choir Rehearsal in the basement

    3:00 PM      Sunday School Christmas Program

    7:00 PM      College/Career Bible Study

WEDNESDAY

  9:55 AM        Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 4 Mark

  2:00 PM        Bereans. Lesson 5. Love Offering. Lunch: All

  6:45 PM        Cadets meet at the clubhouse for a regular meeting. Do Lesson 4. Any Cadet interested in being on the Snow Derby team is asked to stay for a short meeting after

                          we are finished.

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Dec.9, 2018

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL We’re one week closer! As we prepare our worship space and our homes for the coming of Jesus at Christmas, let us also prepare our hearts. 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 also will not shake your hand.

 

THIS MORNING we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. You are welcome to join us at the Lord’s table if you are truly sorry for your sins, sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as your Savior, and desire to live in obedience to him. Gluten free bread will be available in the center section of each tray.

 

THIS AFTERNOON at 3:00p the service will include a Christmas Program by our Sunday School children. Students (Beg.-5th grade) and teachers should meet in the church basement at 2:45p.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL/CATECHISM classes will NOT meet on Dec. 16, 23 & 30. Will meet again on January 6.

 

THE “SHARE GROUP” for widows/widowers will meet on Thursday, Dec. 20, at noon at Homestead Commons. We will enjoy Pizza Ranch and a side salad for lunch. You are invited to bring your favorite Christmas dessert to share. We also ask that you bring $5 to help offset the cost of ordering pizza. Following our meal, we will sing a few Christmas carols to get us in the holiday spirit. Call Deanna (439-2229) with questions.

 

PARENTS: We will be having the 1st through 6th graders sing with the choir on Christmas day. We will be rehearsing with them on December 16 and 23 right after the AM service in the front of the sanctuary. They will be singing the first two verses of Angels We Have Heard on High.

 

NOTICE: Ladies are invited to help make fudge for prisoners in the church kitchen on Saturday, December 15, at 8:00a. Please bring a 9”x13” pan. All other supplies will be furnished.

 

CARD SHOWER: Charles & Darlene Kroese are going to be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on December 16th. The family would like to ask you to help them celebrate by sending cards and notes. Their address is: Charles & Darlene Kroese, %Pleasant Acres, 309 Railroad St., Hull, IA 51239

 

LADIES interested in embroidering dish towels for the Christian Ed Sale contact Janice Driesen (578-9083).

LADIES/MEN who are able to help at JFA on Tuesday, Dec. 11, may meet in the upper church parking lot at 12:45p to car pool.

 

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church from Classis Heartland may apply for aid to assist them in their study for the 2019-2020 academic years by contacting Rev. Loren Kotman, 1111 5th Street, Hull, IA 51239; (712) 439-1123; pastor@hull1stcrc.com. The deadline is February 1, 2019.

 

THANK YOU: The Cadet Club would like to thank you for supporting our fund raiser again. We had another incredible year, and we are deeply grateful for the tremendous support from this community!

 

THANK YOU to everyone who helped in any way to make Winterfest a success. Whether you made baked goods, brought baked goods or gave a donation it was all appreciated. –The Committee

 

THANK YOU: Heath & Kayla Stoker would like to thank the congregation and especially the youth group for the generosity and blessings of the Angel Tree Gifts. Heath is doing well and will hit his 100 day post-transplant mark on Friday, December 14. He will have follow up testing on Monday, Dec. 17, in Sioux Falls. Heath & Kayla want to say thank you for the many prayers, as this critical period –post transplant went very well and they know it is because of the faithful prayers of everyone. Please pray specifically for upcoming testing to go well and continued health as Heath now starts to rebuild his immune system.

 

THANK YOU for your prayers and warm words of comfort and concern on the loss of my son, our brother and uncle, Dave Wynia. At his request, his body has been donated to cancer research and a funeral will not be held. The family is planning a memorial gathering in May of 2019 in Muskegon, Michigan.

                                                                                    -Joyce Vander Well, Kay & Dave Kroese and family

 

THANK YOU to everyone for the compassion shown to us during the time of the passing of our brother, brother-in-law and uncle, Jim De Kam. Your acts of kindness will long be remembered. The visits from Pastor and Norma, Pastor Klompien and others were appreciated. Also thank you for your prayers, food, cards, and for the flowers from Care Group 6. God’s faithfulness and goodness never fails.

                                                                                    –Pete & Nelva Pollema, Doug & Sandy Pollema and family

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

  • Duane Vande Griend was hospitalized for several days in Sioux City for an infection. Pray for better health. Also remember Duane’s father, Ed Vande Griend, a former member of this church, who has been released from Stanford Hospital and has moved to a nursing home in Garretson, South Dakota.
  • Continue to remember Lisa Wiersma in your prayers. She met with doctors on Friday to make a plan for radiation. She also met with the heart doctor to check on the blood clot.
  • Matt De Wild continues to do awesome. The plan is to be home on the 22nd. Please pray for continued healing and for safety on the roads coming home.
  • Continue to remember Esther Rozeboom in your prayers as she has a lot of pain due to a compression fracture in her back which cannot be treated with medication or surgery.  Pray for relief from the pain and for healing. She appreciates phone calls and visits.
  • Pray for our shut ins: PA: Chuck & Darlene Kroese, Sally De Groot, Florence Kroese; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Julianne Kats, Harry Klay, Goldie Veldman; Fieldcrest in Sheldon: Verne Huisman, Esther Rozeboom: in her son’s home; Good Samaritan Society in George: Wilma Altena; Ardelle Westra: S. City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:           

  • We express our sympathy to Bill Heynen and the entire Heynen family as they mourn the passing of Wilma Heynen. Wilma passed away Wednesday evening. Her funeral was held Saturday. We pray for the Lord’s comfort in their lives as well as hope rooted in the resurrection of our Savior.
  • Dennis Calkhoven was hospitalized earlier this week for pneumonia. He is doing much better and was able to come home this past Thursday. We pray for his continued healing and recovery.
  • Pete Steiger was released from the hospital and is doing much better. We pray for health and strengthening.
  • Dan Bosma had rotator cuff surgery this past Wednesday and is home and doing well. We pray for his recovery.
  • Cruise De Groot continues his deployment to the Middle East. Cruise’s address has changed, and his parents will provide his address if you’d like to send him a note. You may also message him through Facebook. Please pray for his safety and encouragement.
  • 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 remember those who reside at home but aren’t able to join us from week to week. We also pray for their families as they support them.

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

      Western Christian Music Department invites all to celebrate Christmas by attending the Western Choral and Instrumental Christmas Concert on Monday, December 10, at 7:00p in the Event Center at Western. All the choral and instrumental groups at Western will be performing and celebrating in music the birth of our Lord and Savior. Bake sale items to make your Christmas season easier will also be available. If you are willing to bring items for the Bake Sale, please text or call Stacy Andringa at 712-260-3274 or email stacyandringa@hotmail.com.                        

REQUESTED ANNOUNCMENTS

DORDT COLLEGE “Christmas Jazz Night” will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30p in the Auditorium and will feature the Kantorie (a 16 voice jazz choir) and Jazz Band. Come in out of the cold for a night of light, bright jazz music.

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will meet Wed., Dec. 12, at Whispering Heights. This group is for anyone who lives with or cares for someone affected by dementia of any kind.

DORDT COLLEGE Christmas Choral Concert will take place on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30p in the auditorium and will feature Bella Voce (women’s chorus), Chorale, and Concert Choir. The choirs will explore a wide range of repertoire for Christmas to commemorate and marvel at the great mystery and wondrous gift of the birth of Christ. Stunning a cappella compositions will be side by side with several forms of accompaniment that will bring a deep texture to the program, including piano, cello, guitar, flute, harp, percussion, and handbells.

CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH Faith Fellowship Weekend is Friday, Jan. 25 – 6:00-8:00p and Jan. 26&27 7:15a-4:00p each day. The theme for the weekend is “Year of Reconciliation” based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions. The deadline for signing up is Monday, Jan. 7. We would be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it. If you would like more information or would like to sign up, contact us at office@cornerstonepcsd.org or call 507-215-3670. Thank you for considering this wonderful ministry opportunity!

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Crossroads Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is accepting applications for Friday, Feb. 15-Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at the Reformed Church in Steen, MN. TEC is an interdenominational 3 day Christian retreat/lock in designed to help high schoolers learn more about their faith and their community. If you would like to learn more or to register, please visit www.CrossroadsTEC.com/apply or email CrossroadsTEC@gmail.com. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt, meals and other special gifts. Scholarships are available upon request. Crossroads TEC is also looking for adults with a passion for ministering to teens to help make the weekend a success.

JFA MINISTRY DATES: Jan. 18-26 Harvest Hands Ministries, Juarez, MX (must have a passport); Feb. 9-16 JVM Perkins, Jackson, MS; Feb. 17-23 Voice of Calvary, Jackson, MS; March 16-23 Grace Reigns, Colorado City, UT. Call Luke Grooters at JFA 476-2804 or email lukeg@jfa-nwiowa.org for more information. JFA would love to have you join one of their teams.