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February 14, 2021

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – February 14, 2021

       Rev. Loren Kotman…. Minister        

Preparation for worship: “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not  always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger  forever.” Psalm 103:8-9

WE GATHER FOR WORSHIP

Prelude: “Lord, You Give the Great Commission” & “I Love to Tell the Story”     

*Call to Worship

*Opening Hymn: #438:1-4 “When Morning Gilds the Sky”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting       

 

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

God’s Will for Our Lives

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Hymn of Assurance: #560:1,2 “Like a River Glorious”

Intercessory Prayer

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

*Song of Preparation: #530:1-3 “I Love to Tell the Story”

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: John 1:29-42

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Outreach: Witnessing to Others”

Prayer of Application

WE GO OUT TO SERVE

*Hymn of Response: #528:1-4 “Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak”

*Our Call to Serve Responsive: (on PPT) “Affirmation: Joining the Mission of God”

*Parting Blessing

*Doxology: #562:1,4 “We Will Extol You, God and King” (LUYH)

*Postlude on a Missionary Hymn: “Salvation, the joyful sound proclaim, till earth’s remotest nation has learned Messiah’s Name”     

       (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)

Your offering for the Christian Ed Fund can be placed in the offering plates on your way out.

*indicates congregation stand

organist: MaryLou Wielenga

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Jay & Donna De Wit, Elder Daryl & Judi Wesselink

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  Cory & Sherry De Wit, Deacon Dan Bonestroo

NURSERY TODAY: AM Sandy Westra, Michelle Zomermaand, Kade LeLoux, Savannah Feenstra, Mitchell Fedders; PM Matt Bosma Family

NEXT SUNDAY: AM Stephanie Struik, Liz Bonestroo, Brooklyn Poppema, Isabella Zomermaand, Logan Baccam; PM Rick De Groot Family

USHERS FOR FEB.: Harlan Mouw, Brody Pollema, Tim Kats, Andrew Hoekstra

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated

on your envelope. The loose offering is for the Christian Ed Fund

NEXT SUNDAY: Love, INC

POWER POINT TODAY: Arlene                                         NEXT SUNDAY: Kirk/Emerick’s                                    

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Rick                                         NEXT SUNDAY: Cody

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY:  Terry & Dee                     NEXT SUNDAY: Tim & Ruth Kats

CORRESPONDENCE: Carl Bonestroo to Justin Van Zee; Darren Bonestroo to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Dave Bonestroo to Michael & Megan Ribbens; Dean Bonestroo to Kevin & Kelli Schutte; Devin Bonestroo to Lauren & Connie Runia; Tyler Bonestroo to Sos & Kara Maletoungou (those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the church directory, page 1, under “Missionaries Supported”.)

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM             Worship Service

 10:45 AM             Sunday School/Catechism Classes

 10:45 AM             Christian Ed Meeting

 10:45 AM             Choir Rehearsal

   6:00 PM             Evening Worship Service                              

WEDNESDAY

   7:00 PM             Mission Guild. Lesson 10

   7:00 PM             YPS Serve Project. Devotions: Chandler P & Ethan N; Lunch: Konner S &

                                Dason VH

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

February 14, 2021

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL: We remember that Jesus is with us in both the mountaintops and valleys of life. Welcome, as we do what the voice from heaven commanded: “Listen to him” (Mark 9:7). 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.

CHOIR will meet this morning after the service.

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Daniel 3 titled “Standing Firm No Matter What”.

MISSION GUILD will be meeting on Wednesday. Study Lesson 10. We have two more lessons so plans are to meet again on March 3 (Lesson 11) and March 17 (Lesson 12). If we want to continue meeting in April, we will need to find new material.

SHARE GROUP: While active COVID-19 cases in Sioux County continue to decline, the SHARE group for widows and widowers will wait one more month before resuming our meetings. Plans for the March gathering will be forthcoming. Pastor Aaron and Deanna are looking forward to seeing everyone again at that time.

MEMBERSHIP TRANSFER: The membership of Nic & Shirley Van Engen and daughter, Corrine, have been transferred, at their request, to the Inwood CRC. We wish them God’s blessing in their new church home.

OUR CHURCH COUNCIL has received a gracious gift from the Harry and Freda Klay estate. Harry and Freda were both long time members of this church. Harry spent his career in the communications industry, and our focus to honor his legacy is to use some of the funds to upgrade the churches communications technology. Our intent is to enhance the worship experience of those attending in person, and also those who participate on channel 77 or online. Additional uses for this gift are under consideration. We give thanks to God for this gift, and for blessing our church in this special way. May God’s name be praised!

THANK YOU: We would like to thank everyone for the cards, prayers, and expressions of sympathy in the loss of our husband, dad and grandpa. Thank you also to our care groups #7, #1 and #3 for the plague, flowers and wind chimes and to Pastor Kotman for his many calls and visits. Thank you also to all those who sent get well cards. It’s nice to belong to a caring church family. -Jacoba Rens and families

THANK YOU for the calls, cards, visits and prayers following my knee surgery. -Dave Vande Griend

THANK YOU First CRC, Hope CRC, First Reformed and Hull Christian – we are SPEECHLESS. Oh, my goodness we cannot believe all that was collected for Promise. We do not know what to say… but thank you. We are in awe of your amazing church, school, and the kids that helped gather items for donations. Our closet is FULL…our closet for these donations has NEVER been FULL. I am sitting in my office bawling…what an amazing blessing you all are. You have no idea the Kingdom impact this is making, Praise God! -Kris Gesink, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator for Promise

OFFERING AMOUNTS FOR JAN.:

General Fund:       $39,276.87                                    Building Fund:         $1,195.00

Mission Fund:           2,357.00                                    Benevolent Fund:     2,156.00

Cadets:                         971.00                                    Alpha Center:               576.90

Guiding Star:                882.00

TIMOTHY LEADERSHIP TRAINING (TLT) Would you like to grow in “Caring for God’s People”? This spring, the first segment of TLT is being made available via Zoom. Suitable for elders, deacons or general followers of Christ, this training uses personal goal setting to foster development. The 8-week workshop is scheduled for Wednesdays from 6-8:00p, beginning April 7. To register or simply learn more, contact Rev. Sam Keyzer at samkeyzer@yahoo.com or call (402) 601-6566.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Congratulations to Marcus and Megan (Kelderman) Kroese who were united in marriage on Saturday, February 13. May God bless them with many happy healthy years together.

We extend our Christian sympathy to Rachel, Ryan and Calen Bolkema in the unexpected passing of Rachel’s dad, Kim Ochsendorf of Boyden on Sunday afternoon, February 7. May God comfort them in their sorrow.

Give thanks that hip replacement surgery went well for Arch Brummel on Tuesday. Pray for God’s healing. Visitors are welcome. Call first (712) 441-3008.

Jacoba Rens was admitted to the Sioux Center Hospital on Sunday, February 7, with a low-grade fever and the start of pneumonia. She returned to Royal Meadows on Monday. Pray for God’s healing mercies and for strength.

Carol Reekers, mother of Cindy LeLoux, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Pray for her as she begins treatment. Pray for healing. Pray for her and her family.

Pray for all those in this congregation and beyond who are struggling with Covid.

Remember all those in our congregation who are confined to their homes as well as those in nursing homes or in assisted living as they are unable to have visitors at this time due to COVID-19. This is a difficult time for them so a phone call or a note from members of the congregation would be appreciated!

Pray for our shut ins: Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Wilma Grevengoed, and Goldie Veldman; Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats, Belle Draayer; Christian Retirement Home: Lou Krommendyk, Johanna Van Surksum; Royale Meadows in Sioux Center: Ed Scholten. Darlene Kroese, Jo Westra, Jacoba Rens; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS

Pray for Mark Steiger as he recovers from gallbladder surgery. Pray for quick healing and that his abdominal pain resolves with this treatment.

We remember Leo, son of Greg and Jasmine Boer. The surgery to repair his esophagus is scheduled for March 15 (a day earlier than originally planned).

We continue to pray for those who are affected by Covid-19.

We pray for our families. Some have significant challenges in their lives for a variety of reasons. Let us pray for peace, stability, healing, and restoration.

We pray for those who join us in worship from their homes. Whether they are unable to attend or are taking appropriate precautions due to age or illness, we pray for the Lord’s presence and care in their lives.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

   Updated list of opening at HCS:  There are several openings for the 2021-2022 school year. HCS is accepting applications for a part-time first grade teacher, part-time resource room teacher, part-time para-professional, part-time librarian and full-time resource room coordinator/teacher. There is potential to combine some of these part-time positions into full time. Applications can be found on our webpage (www.hullchristian.com) or by contacting school. Applicants should contact Mr. Ten Pas at 712-439-2273 or e-mail rtenpas@hullchristian.com with any questions.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

SIOUXLAND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY is accepting partner family applications for our homeownership program for a future home in Hull. Are you or someone you know in need of a safe, decent and affordable place to live? Application forms are available at the Hull City Office, Hull Public Library, and online at http://siouxlandhabitat.org/our-programs//home-ownership/. Completed applications are due by February 17. If you have questions, please contact Kurt Franje, 476-2804 or email kfranje@siouxlandhabitat.org.

DORDT UNIVERSITY MUSIC DEPARTMENT will present a 4th Avenue Jazz concert on Friday, February 26, at 7:30p in the B.J. Auditorium. Featured on the performance will be the 4th Avenue Singers and 4th Avenue Band. Come for a relaxed evening of big band standards, fresh jazz perspectives, featured solos, and a variety of collaborations between singers and instruments. The 4th Avenue Singers are directed by Ryan Smit, and the 4th Avenue Band is directed by Kevin Linder. This concert is open to the public and will not be ticketed. Masks are required for those attending and seating groups will be socially distanced. The concert will also be livestreamed at vimeo.com/event/572686. Dordt University continues to monitor how COVID-19 affects our campus and community. Please visit dordt.edu/updates on the day of the event to see if there are any restrictions or cancellations.

LENT CREATION CARE CHALLENGE: This Lent, we’re inviting you to join us in a journey of Creation Care. We want to live out our faith by investing in the flourishing of God’s creation. Each week, we’ll share practical challenges and Scriptural reflections on how we can be faithful stewards during this season of worship. Get the full details here: justice.crcna.org/lent-2021.