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January 1, 2017

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –January 1, 2017

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister    

Preparation for Worship: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the

new is here! II Corinthians 5:17



*Call to Worship

                               Pastor:   God of our life, through all the circling years, we trust in you. In all the past, through all

                                            our hopes and fears, your hand we see.

                               People: With each new day, when morning lifts the veil, we own your mercies, Lord,

                                            which never fail.         

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting and Mutual Greeting

*Opening Song: #506:1,2 “Better Is One Day” (LUYH)


The Law: Exodus 20

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of God’s Pardon: John 5:24

Hymn of Assurance: #170:1-3 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

Statistics for 2016

Hymn: #170:4-6 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

Intercessory Prayer

Offering: 1. Mission Fund; 2. The Bridge



*Song of Preparation: #755:1-3 “Speak, O Lord” (LUYH) 

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: Philippians 1

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Joy in Suffering”

Prayer of Application


*Song of Response: #408:1-4 “Rejoice, the Lord is King”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #562:1,2 “We Will Extol You, God and King” (LUYH)  


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organist….Lavonne Kats


   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY:  Jay & Donna De Wit, Deacon Kyle Bolkema

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  Cory & Sherry De Wit, Elder Lynn & Linda Anderson

NURSERY TODAY:  AM Brittany Veldman, Judi Wesselink, Ashley Fedders, Madison Emerick, Haley Driesen; PM Evan Schroeder Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Sherry Van’t Hul, Shondra Wielenga, Haley Wielenga, Marcus Te Krony, Aimee Vanden Bosch; PM Justin Te Slaa Family

USHERS FOR JAN.: Dan De Wit, Curtis Van Grouw, Don Krommendyk, Justin Pollema

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

NEXT SUNDAY: Boiler Project


POWER POINT TODAY: Julie                                                            

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                             NEXT SUNDAY:  Shad

CORRESPONDENCE: Jim Rens to Kevin Schutte; Gary Roetman to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Brian Rozeboom to Lauren Runia; Dave Rozeboom to Sos & Kara Maletoungou; Ted Salazar to Justin Van Zee



   9:30 AM    Worship Service

 10:45 AM    Coffee fellowship in the basement

   6:00 PM    Evening Worship Service


   9:00 AM    YPS Belgium Waffle Breakfast – serving from 9:00-12.


   2:00 PM    Bereans. Lesson 7. Hostess: Berdena Bylsma

   7:00 PM    YPS – Lesson. Lunch: Jessica De Jager & Dana Driesen


January 1, 2017

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to worship in this new year of our Lord 2017! Please greet one another in the spirit of Christ. 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 for the time being. Elders and Pastor will greet you after the service today, but not shake your hand. Greeters will be available prior to the service, but will not shake your hand.

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message  is from Psalm 27 titled “My Heart’s Desire”.

DAD’S BELGIUM WAFFLE BREAKFAST: Please come out tomorrow, January 2nd, for the annual YPS Dad’s Belgium Waffle breakfast. We will be serving from 9 until 12. Come out and enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth waffles with your favorite syrup flavors as well as the tasty sausages.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING we will witness the baptism of Logan Rens, infant son of Eric & Jana Rens.

COLLEGE/CAREER Single Bible study will meet next week Sunday at 7:15p in the Youth Building.

BAKED POTATO SUPPER will be held on Wed., Jan. 11, at HCS. Serving will be from 5:00-7:00p. There will be a freewill donation and proceeds will go to the Christian Education Fund. Anyone who does not have a child in school is requested to donate $10.00 towards the cost of the food. Please place your donation in the mailbox of Connie Grevengoed or Dana Fedders.

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church from Classis Heartland may apply for aid to assist them in their study for the 2017-2018 academic years by contacting Rev. Loren Kotman; 1111 5th Street, Hull, IA 51239; (712) 439-1123; The deadline is February 1, 2017.

FRIENDSHIP CHURCH in Sergeant Bluff will be celebrating Verlyn Schaap’s retirement from 41 years of ministry on Sun., Jan 15. Verlyn will give his farewell sermon at 10:25, followed by a luncheon and concluding with a program at 1:00p, followed by dessert and coffee. An RSVP is needed only if you plan to attend the luncheon. Call Terry McFarland at 712-333-5556 or email 

HULL 1ST CRC MISSION PROJECT: Our church Council has approved a mission project to Guatemala for 2017. This project will include house builds, home visits, food distribution, and wheelchair distribution. The dates are June 3-10. We are looking for a team of 10 adults (or students 16 or older accompanied by a parent). Team members will be responsible financially for their transportation, lodging, and meals. Please prayerfully consider this mission opportunity and stay tuned for details on an informational meeting coming in January. If questions, please contact Val Brummel at 439-2260.

DORDT: A day to inspire, encourage, and equip God’s people for ministry, Day of Encouragement, will take place Sat., Feb. 4, at Dordt. This year’s keynote speaker is Ed Stetzer. Day of Encouragement offers a variety of breakout sessions focusing on family, worship, youth, tech media, preaching, & shepherding. Early bird registration is available at until Jan. 24 for individuals & groups of 10 or more. Late registration will be available through Feb. 4.

INSPIRE 2017 – A CRCNA event will be held August 3-5 at the Marriot Center in Detroit, Michigan. Featured will be worship, breakout sessions on various topics, and dynamic keynote speakers. Any church member who gives of their time, energy, and heart to minister to the church community is invited to attend. Registration begins in January. For more information visit the website at, or call Karen at 439-1626.



Ÿ  Bette Marra was admitted to Avera McKennan Hospital on Christmas Eve with three fractured ribs and for tests. Pray for better health for Bette.

Ÿ  Doctors are evaluating Eldon De Wild for not only a lung transplant but also a heart transplant. Please keep Eldon and family in your prayers during this time of uncertainty. A Caring Bridge page has been set up under Eldon De Wild.

Ÿ  Maria Kotman had a PET scan recently at Stanford. She will learn the results on January 9 when she goes to Stanford for her next appointment. Thanks for your prayers.

Ÿ  Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, Gert Zevenbergen, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena, Julianne Kats, Esther Rozeboom and Anthony Smit at Aspen  Heights; Don Westra in his home, Sally De Groot at Landsmeer Ridge Community in Orange City, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.


Ÿ  We continue to keep Dave Mulder, brother in law to Mike and Marideth Van Otterloo, Henk Pastoor, father of Vanessa Steiger, and Carol Van Den Bosch in our prayers as they each continue their journey dealing with cancer. We pray for encouragement, peace and healing.

Ÿ  We remember our members who reside in care facilities: Mary Grooters at Pleasant Acres, Marv Boon at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, and Evelyn Dykstra in Byron Center Manor in Byron Center, MI. We also pray for their families as they support them.


      Retirement Party: Everyone is invited to attend Mrs. Van Den Bosch’s retirement party on Wednesday evening Jan. 4, from 7:00-8:30. Come and help us celebrate her 28 years of service at Hull Christian with a time of refreshments and fellowship. There will be a formal program at 8:00. If you have a fun story or favorite memory to share please e-mail them to Mr. Ten Pas at         


DAD’S BELGIUM WAFFLE BREAKFAST: Please come out tomorrow, January 2nd, for the annual YPS Dad’s Belgium Waffle breakfast at the First Christian Reformed Church. We will be serving from 9 until 12. Come out and enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth waffles with your favorite syrup flavors as well as the tasty sausages. Freewill donation. Everyone is welcome!

JFA: If you’re interested in a JFA serve trip or would like to meet with others who are going on the various trips, join us on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 6:00p for pizza, an informational meeting, and a time to get to know each other. If you plan to attend, PLEASE RSVP by Jan. 6 to Lauren by calling 476-2804 or email Serve trip opportunities: Harvest Hands Ministries, Juarex, MX: Jan. 27-Feb. 3; Spencer Perkins Center, Jackson, MS: Feb. 18-24; Voice of Calvary, Jackson, MS: Feb. 25-March 3; Grace Reigns, Colorado City, AZ: March 19-25.

COME SEE what’s new for the 2017 season of the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus! Mark your calendars for Tues., Jan. 10, when rehearsals will begin in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Dr. Benjamin Kornelis, Director of Choral Activities at Dordt, will be leading us this year. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 7:30-9:15p with the performance scheduled for late April. Questions, contact Mike Ochsner at

JOIN OTHER AREA BUSINESS LEADERS and Patrick Lai for a breakfast on Tues., Jan. 10. Lai believes Christian business people and entrepreneurs have unanticipated opportunities to build kingdom-strategic business ventures. He provides conceptual foundations for understanding our unique place in global mission and prerequisites for engaging in it. He offers practical resources including strategic planning and step-by-step operational implementation regarding issues as management, sustainability and accountability. Breakfast begins at 6:45a in West Commons at Dordt College. The cost is $8. To register go to

SIOUX CENTER HEALTH is providing a Heartsaver CPR Class on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 6:30-10:00p in conference room 2. Come learn techniques on how to save lives of infants, children and adults in a cardiac arrest through high-quality Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Cost is $30. Contact Barb Vermeer at 722-8228 to sign up.

SIOUX CENTER HEALTH is providing a Multiple Sclerosis Support Group for Patients & Caregivers on Thursday, January 19, from 4:30-5:30p at Crown Pointe Gathering Room. The support group is to empower each member through new information and strategies for challenging problems, finding support or helping others and feeling empowered and more self-confident in coping with challenges. For questions, call Yaby at 722-8378.

LOVE INC SIOUX COUNTY is seeking a Clearinghouse Coordinator to help mobilize the churches in our county to assist those in need according to the Love INC Ministry Model. The position requires a compassionate yet discerning heart, good listening skills and attention to detail. A friendly, outgoing disposition and excellent phone skills are important. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel are preferred. This position will be 20 hours per week. If interested, please send resume to: Love INC Sioux County, PO Box 85, Rock Valley, IA 51247. For additional information regarding this position contact Debbie Van’t Hul at 476-5990.

THE ESTHER SCHOOL in Zambia, Africa is looking for a skilled contractor who would like to serve as our campus Facilities & Site Director. The full job description is available at Contact Jill Postma by email, or phone (616) 241-5616 ext. 3040 to inquire. The Esther School opened in 2012 as an outreach of GEMS Girls’ Clubs.