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February 21, 2021

 MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –February 21, 2021

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister    First Sunday in Lent

Preparation for worship: “Almighty God, we pray for your blessing on the church in this place. Here may the faithful find salvation, and the careless be awakened. Here may the doubting find faith, and the anxious be encouraged. Here may the tempted find help, and the sorrowful find comfort. Here may the weary find rest, and the strong be renewed. Here may the aged find consolation and the young be inspired; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen” (WSB pg. 46 #3).

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Prelude

*Call to Worship: Psalm 95:6-7

*Opening Song: SW#2 “Come, Let Us Worship and Bow Down” (sing through twice)

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

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

Song of Response: #142:1-4 “We Are People on a Journey” (LUYH)

Intercessory Prayer

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

*Song of Preparation: SW#15:1,2 “You Are My All in All”

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 22:24-34 (Text: vs. 31-32)

God’s Word Proclaimed: “A Prayer for Strength”

Prayer of Application

WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD

*Song of Response: SW#55:1-4 “I Need Thee Every Hour”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #461:1,4 “Beautiful Savior”

*Postlude     

   (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)

Your offering for Love, INC can be placed in the offering plates on your way out.

* indicates congregation stand 

organist: Lavonne Kats

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY:  Cory & Sherry De Wit, Deacon Dan Bonestroo 

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  Elder Lee & Donna Van Grouw, Elder Randy & Sandy Westra

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

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Mindy Winterfeld, Shondra Wielenga, Abby Fedders, Kyrin De Groot, Madison Emerick; PM Sean Baccam Family

USHERS FOR MAR.: 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 Love, INC.

NEXT SUNDAY: 1. 1. Christian Ed Fund; 2. Benevolence

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Tim & Ruth Kats                 NEXT SUNDAY: Jim & Vell Keizer

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

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Cody                                            NEXT SUNDAY: Kyle

CORRESPONDENCE: Matt Bosma to Justin Van Zee; Brent De Jager to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Roger De Kruyf to Michael Ribbons; Walt den Hoed to Kevin Schutte; Cory De Wit to Lauren Runia; Dan De Wit 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

 10:45 AM       Choir Rehearsal

 10:45 AM       Christian Ed Committee Meeting

   6:00 PM       Evening Worship Service

   7:00 PM       Christian Fellowship

WEDNESDAY

   6:45 PM       Cadets meet at the Youth Building in full uniform for a regular meeting.

   6:45 PM        GEMS meet at Hope CRC for a regular meeting

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

February 21, 2021

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL: Greetings, in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit on this first Sunday in Lent. Let us walk with Jesus and one another these sacred 40 days. 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 EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Daniel 3 titled “Standing Firm No Matter What”.

NEXT SUNDAY morning 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. Shut ins and those watching at home will need to purchase their own juice and bread. Elders will not be bringing the elements to shut-ins.

Professing members who participate in the Lord’s Supper at church will be asked to pick up a fellowship cup from a table in the back of church next Sunday morning prior to sitting down for the service.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The Annual Day of Prayer service with Hope CRC will be held on Wednesday, March 10, at 7:00p at First CRC.

SENIORS 65 AND OLDER: If you are struggling to navigate the sign-up process for a COVID-19 vaccine or need transportation to get to your appointment for the vaccine, contact Larry Wielenga (712-541-9036).

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!

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.

THANK YOU to our church community for all the support that we have received these past weeks after losing our dad & grandpa. Thank you to Pastor Kotman and Elder Rozeboom for their calls and visit. Also, thank you to our Care Group and to the Council for the flowers, plant and meal. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all the prayers, words of encouragement, phone calls, and visits. It is truly a blessing to be part of such a caring community!  -Ryan, Rachel & Calen Bolkema

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

John Scholten remains a patient at the Orange City Hospital. He was admitted on Monday after he passed out and then fell at his home. Doctors are monitoring his condition. He will be having more tests soon. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and healing for John.

Give thanks for continued progress for Arch Brummel from his hip replacement surgery. Arch is grateful to Pastor Loren for his calls and for all the cards and prayers from the congregation. Pray for complete healing. Visitors are welcome. Call first (712) 441-3008.

Jacoba Rens continues as a resident at Royale Meadows. Pray for God’s healing mercies and for strength.

Jean De Jong was admitted to the Rock Valley Hospital on Tuesday, February 9, with a compression fracture in her lower back and some heart issues. Give thanks for progress made. Continue to pray for healing.

Pray for Pete Soodsma in his struggles with Parkinson’s and depression.

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

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

DAFFODILS are the first flower of spring and the bright symbol of hope. To the American Cancer Society, the daffodil symbolizes the hope we all share for a cure where cancer no longer threatens those we love. Daffodil Days, has empowered people to make a difference in the fight against cancer by raising funds and awareness to help beat the disease. CANCER has touched us all in some way. Together, we are fighting cancer on all fronts. Together, we can make a difference. To order your daffodils for $10 a bunch, please contact Julie Mesman at Person Touch Designs at 439-1807 by March 5 or email her at juliemesman@yahoo.com. Daffodils will be available to be picked up the week of March 16. THANK YOU for helping to save lives and create a world with more birthdays.

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.

DORDT UNIVERSITY CHORAL DEPARTMENT will present a Choral Ensembles Concert on Friday, March 5, at 7:30p in the Dordt Auditorium. This performance will include Bella Voce (women’s chorus), Canons of Dordt (men’s chorus), Chorale (85-voice mixed choir), and Concert Choir (53-voice advanced mixed choir). The repertoire will focus on themes of worship, music’s beauty, and moving from darkness to light. The music draws from a wide range of styles from the Renaissance to new works. Also featured will be the Midwest premiere of John Muehleisen’s “Kyrie Angustiis” (Kyrie for Troubled Times). Joining the choir will be several instrumental collaborators including piano, string quartet featuring Dordt string faculty, and guitar. Bella Voce is conducted by Dr. Carrie Groenewold; all other ensembles are conducted by Ryan Smit. Due to limited seating because of the current pandemic, this concert is NOT open to the public but will be livestreamed at https://vimeo.com/event/572686. Only those who have received a ticket from a musician may attend in person. Masks are required for those attending and seating groups will be socially distanced. 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.

DORDT UNIVERSITY CAMPUS BAND & CHAMBER ORCHESTRA will present a concert on Saturday, March 6, at 7:30p in the Auditorium. The concert will feature music by Bob Margolis, Michael Colgrass, Gustav Holst, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and others. Undergraduate guest conductor Claira De Jong will take the stage in her instrumental conducting debut with the Campus Band to conduct Hugh Stuart’s “Three Ayers from Gloucester.” The ensembles are under the direction of Dr. Onsby C. Rose. Due to limited seating this concert is NOT open to the public but will be livestreamed at https://vimeo.com/event/572686. Only those who received a ticket from a musician may attend in person. Masks are required for this attending and seating groups will be socially distanced. 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.