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January 10, 2015

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –January 10, 2016

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister    

Preparation for Worship: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name through Christ, our Lord.    

WE GATHER IN WORSHIP

Prelude: “Come, Thou Almighty King” & “How Bright Appears the Morning Star” (#357)   

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

*Song of Praise: #246:1-4 “Come, Thou Almighty King”

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

Reading of the Law

Call to Confession

Song of Confession: #260:1-3 “Not What My Hands Have Done”

Words of Assurance

Prayers of God’s People

Offering: Christian Education Fund

Offertory: “How Bright Appears the Morning Star” –Kauffmann    

                “Jesus, Jesus…great Immanuel, come and hear us”

                Shirley Van Engen, clarinet

WE RECEIVE GOD’S WORD

 *Song of Preparation: #244:1,2 “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” (Celebration Hymnal)

Presentation by Ben Wiersma on Prayer Meeting   

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 3:1-20 (pg. 1073)

God’s Word Proclaimed: “A Message of Repentance”

Prayer of Application

WE GO OUT TO SERVE

*Song of Response:  #420:1-3 “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”                  

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #556:1,3 (refrain after vs. 3) “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

*Postlude: Toccata (#357) “Rejoice, O Heavens and Earth Reply...Amen! Alleluia!”

   (please allow teachers/students to exit first)   

*indicates congregation stand

organist: MaryLou Wielenga

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY:  Rod & Connie Te Krony, Deacon Brad & Lisa Kats

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Justin & Cindy Te Slaa, Elder Dave & Betty Vande Griend  

NURSERY TODAY AM Jana Rens, Bobbie Kroese, Sawyer Rozeboom, Alyssa Fedders, Cory Ney; PM Dan Poppema Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: Missy Kats, Cindy LeLoux, Dawson Feenstra, Dason Van’t Hul, Emily Fedders; PM Eric Rens Family

USHERS FOR JAN.: Randy Veldman, Cory De Wit, Rick De Groot, Kevin Driesen

VALET PARKING:  AM Skyler B., Justin G.; PM Christopher B., Jacob W.

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 Education Fund

NEXT SUNDAY:  Alpha Center

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Gary & Lavonne Kats  NEXT WEEK:  Jim & Vell Keizer

POWER POINT TODAY: AM Arlene; PM Jon                            NEXT SUNDAY: Noah                                                   

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Shad                                                    NEXT SUNDAY: Cody

CORRESPONDENCE: Darren Van’t Hul to Justin Van Zee; Dave Van’t Hul to Kevin Schutte; Orville Van’t Hul to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Daryl Van Wyhe to Lauren Runia; Goldie Veldman to Rev. Jan Van Ee

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM        Worship Service

 10:45 AM        Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM        Adult Sunday School

 10:45 AM        Sunday School/Catechism Classes

 10:45 AM        Choir Rehearsal

   5:00 PM         Evangelism Committee Meeting in the Youth Building

   6:00 PM         Evening Worship Service

   7:15 PM         Salt & Light Bible Study (men)

   7:15 PM         College/Career Bible Study in the Youth Building

MONDAY

   6:30 PM         Elder’s Meeting

   6:45 PM         GEMS meet at Hope CRC

   7:00 PM         Deacon’s Meeting

   7:30 PM         Friendship Bible

   8:00 PM         Council Meeting

TUESDAY

   7:00 PM         Beth Moore Bible Study

WEDNESDAY

   9:55 AM        Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 5 “The Gentile Connection”

   2:00 PM         Bereans – Hostess: Eleanor Feenstra

   6:45 PM         Cadets. Do Lesson A-12 in your January Quests.  

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

January 10, 2016

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL The wise men followed a star to Jesus. You, too, have followed the Holy Spirit’s leading and have come to worship him. Welcome! 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the cold and flu season, it was decided to cease all hand shake greeting until the end of February. Elders will greet you after the service, but not shake your hand. Also, greeters will be available prior to the service, but will not shake your hand.

THIS EVENING Pastor Kotman’s message is taken from Psalm 139 & BC Art. 1 titled “God Is Infinite”.

MISSING: A black petite coat (Worthington brand) from the back of church. If you inadvertently took the wrong coat, (there is a black coat hanging in back of church) please return it to the church. Thank you!

NEEDED: Power point people to set up the services. We would love to have some high school/college age students. Call Julie Leusink at 441-0757 if you would be willing to help out! Training provided!!

THE SALT AND LIGHT GROUP is starting a new Bible study: Couples of the Old Testament. Men usually meet on the first Sunday of the month, and women usually meet on the second Sunday of the month after the night service in the council room, but this month men are meeting January 10 and women are meeting January 17. We would love to have more join these groups. If you are interested, please contact Ben or Lisa Wiersma wiersma.lisa11@gmail.com (439-1950) or just show up.

LADIES who are interested in helping at JFA on Tuesday, Jan. 12, can meet in the upper church parking lot at 12:45p to car pool. Questions, call Carol Vis (439-1366) or Joyce Vande Griend (439-2060).

THANK YOU to the many people who have submitted pictures for the picture book update. For those who have not submitted a picture yet, we would appreciate it if you could do so soon. Either put a photo in Tim Kats mailbox or submit a photo to ktsfmly@hotmail.com.   

PRAYER MEETING OPPORTUNITY: Starting January 17, we will be having prayer meetings once or twice a month. We will meet at 5:15p in the youth building to pray together for 30 minutes before the evening worship service. It will be a time to gather together to pray and learn different styles of prayer. All are welcome to come. If you are interested, please show up at the youth building on Sunday night, Jan. 17th. If you have any questions, contact Ben Wiersma (439-1950) or ben.wiersma.84@gmail.com.

PORNOGRAPHY HURTS PEOPLE. Whether you know about it or not, someone in your life has likely been hurt by pornography. According to Covenant Eyes, “73% of kids are exposed to pornography…87% of teens have had multiple exposures to hardcore pornography.” Today, it’s not a matter of if your child will be exposed to Internet pornography…but when. It takes an entire community to combat pornography. Even if you’ve never faced this challenge in your life or your family, please join us for an evening of testimony, discussion, awareness, and healing from pornography and the hurt it causes. The evening will be led by Aaron Baart, Dean of Chapel from Dordt College, with contribution from ATLAS of Orange City Area. Parents and adults are welcome to attend “Pornography Awareness” at First CRC in Hull, Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7:00p.

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church from Classis Heartland may apply for aid to assist them in their study for the 2016-2017 academic year by contacting Rev. Loren Kotman; 1111 5th St., Hull; 439-1123; pastor@hull1stcrc.com. The deadline is February 1, 2016.

THANK YOU to everyone that came out to support the YPS Waffle Breakfast January 1st. We really appreciate all of the support for our youth program. --YPS kids & Leaders

THANK YOU for the prayers, visits, cards, phone calls, and words of encouragement following my heart attack. It was very much appreciated. Belonging to such a caring church is truly a blessing. –Harlyn Bolkema

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

Nell Brunsting was admitted to the Sioux Center Hospital on Friday evening, Jan. 1st, with pneumonia. Pray for God’s healing.

We extend our Christian sympathy to John and Betty Bolkema in the passing of John’s sister, Lucille Veltkamp of Rock Valley on January 2nd. Funeral services were held on Friday.

We extend our Christian sympathy to Fran & Rog De Kruyf in the passing of Fran’s brother, Norm Vogel, on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 5. Funeral services were held on Friday.

Congratulations to Mitchell & Kelsi Byl on the birth of a daughter, Harper Joy, on January 6th. Both mother and baby are doing well.

Continue to pray for Cliff Koele as he has therapy and recovers from hip replacement surgery. 

Continue to pray for strength and healing for Joyce Kroese.

Alberta Vander Wilt continues to recover from pneumonia. Pray for strength and healing.

Give thanks that Joyce Vander Well continues to recover well from her hip surgery. Pray for continued healing.

Continue to pray for Bennett Bruxvoort as he recovers from his shoulder replacement surgery.

Give thanks that Don Westra continues to do pretty well. He really appreciates your prayers for strength and encouragement.

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

Pray for Sherry Brummel as she continues to receive chemo. Pray also for relief from bronchitis.

Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, Gert Zevenbergen, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena and Anthony Smit at Aspen Heights, Don Westra and Nell Brunsting in their home; Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

We continue to pray for Sam Kooiker as he continues to recover from breaking his pelvis.

Marilyn Van Der Zwaag, mother of Cal Van Der Zwaag continues her recovery at Pleasant Acres after breaking her arm. We pray for her healing and strength.

Please continue to pray for Arnold Nielsen, father of Martin Nielsen, as he continues his recovery at Pleasant Acres.

Jan and Dwight Bakker’s nephew, Kevin Dyk, of Denver, CO continues his recovery from a severe infection and a partial amputation of his foot. We pray for healing, strength, and patience.

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

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will meet on Wed., Jan. 13, at 1:00p at Whispering Heights.

DORDT CONCERT BAND & JAZZ BAND invite you to their home tour concert at 7:30p on Friday, Jan. 15, in the Auditorium. The concert is the conclusion of a winter music tour with performances in Iowa and Missouri. The concert is free, with a freewill offering received to help defray tour expenses.

DORDT COLLEGE invites church youth groups to a high school youth group night at the Dordt vs. Morningside basketball game on Wed., Jan. 27. We invite youth pastors/leaders to bring a group of students to enjoy the game and popcorn provided free of charge. We ask the leader of the group to email Jordan Edens at Jordan.Edens@dordt.edu with the point person for the group and a number they will be bringing. Please be sure to have an adult chaperon.

NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT: The Classics of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jan. 30 at 7:30p at Dordt. The concert will feature favorites from Carousel, The King and I, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, etc. Shannon Salyards, soprano; Pamela De Haan, mezzo-soprano; Russell Svenningsen, tenor; and Brandon Hendrickson, baritone, will be joining the orchestra as guest artists for the evening.

NISO’s CELEBRITY CONDUCTOR CONTEST will be held in conjunction with this year’s Winter Pops Concert. Prominent local individuals have been invited to compete by soliciting support from family and friends. Each dollar donated to NISO constitutes one vote with results tabulated during intermission. The winner, with attire and baton of choice, will then have the distinct and well-earned privilege of conducting the orchestra in a special selection. Candidates are Josh Bowar, Sioux Center; Alan Laird, Orange City; and Marlowe Van Ginkel, Rock Valley. Advance tickets at True Vine & Dove Christian Bookstore or at the door the night of the concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

CROSSROAD CONNECTION: Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass. What is it like to have a family member in prison? Tune in to watch highlights from a recent seminar at CBI, which featured Ashley Lucas, associate professor of theatre and drama at the University of Michigan, performing her one-woman play. Her monologues offer a glimpse into life with a loved one behind bars. Go to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!

GLOBAL AGRICULTURE SUMMIT will be held at Dordt in March. This summit will focus on connecting and equipping attendees for action on feeding the world and ending poverty. Join others in the fields of agriculture, business, community development, and academia for an intensive 2 day conference on how Christians, farmers, and non-governmental organization can work together to restore our world. Find out more about the summit and register at agrisummit.org.