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January 17, 2016

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. January 17, 2016

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister   Sanctity of Life Sunday    

Preparation for Worship: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I

praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14a    


Prelude: “O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High” (#364)   

*Call to Worship

*Opening Song: #453:1-2 “Let All Things Now Living”  

*O pening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

Sanctity of Life Responsive Reading: OWBTG: The Contemporary Testimony of the CRC (Art. 11&44)

      Pastor:      Life is God’s gift to us, and we are called to foster the well-being of all the living, protecting from harm the unborn and the weak, the poor and the vulnerable. Life is a gift from God’s hand, who created all things.

     People:     Receiving this gift thankfully, with reverence for the Creator, we protest and resist

                          all that harms, abuses, or diminishes the gift of life, whether by abortion, pollution, gluttony, addiction, or foolish risks.

      Pastor:      Because it is a sacred trust, we treat all life with awe and respect, especially when it is

                        most vulnerable—whether growing in the womb, touched by disability or disease, or drawing a last breath.

       People:     When forced to make decisions at life’s raw edges, we seek wisdom in community, guided by God’s Word and Spirit.


Summary of the Law (pg. 1018)

Call to Confession

Song of Assurance: “The Lord is Our Help Forever” & #170:1,2,6;“O God, Our Help in Ages Past”  (vs. 6 in unison)

Prayers of God’s People                                                                       

Offering: Alpha Center

Offertory: “O Word of God Incarnate” (#279)


 *Song of Preparation: SW#65:1-3 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”   

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 4:1-13

God’s Word Proclaimed: “It is Written”

Prayer of Application

*Song of Response: #364:1-4 “O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High”


*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: # 364:5-6 “O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High”

*Postlude: “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise” (#361)     (Please allow students/teachers to exit first)

*indicates congregation stand

organist: MaryLou Wielenga…trumpeters: Bethany Bosma & Eric Kroese


   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

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

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: AM YPS Girls; PM Kyle & Becca Te Slaa; Deacon Eric & Michelle Zomermaand

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

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Lynette Feenstra, Teresa Fedders, Ashten Winterfeld, Amanda Wiersma, Jessica De Jager; PM Brian Rozeboom 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 Alpha Center


COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Jim & Vell Keizer                         NEXT WEEK:  Galen & Connie Kroese

POWER POINT TODAY: Noah                                                   NEXT SUNDAY: Set: Julie; Run: Tonya                                      

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Cody                                                NEXT SUNDAY: Joel

CORRESPONDENCE: Randy Veldman to Justin Van Zee; Travis Veldman to Kevin Schutte; Roger Vis to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Ken Visser to Lauren Runia; Daryl Wesselink to Rev. Jan Van Ee



   9:30 AM        Worship Service

 10:45 AM        Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM        Christian Ed. Committee

 10:45 AM        Sunday School/Catechism Classes

   5:15 PM         Prayer Meeting (Youth Building)

   6:00 PM         Evening Worship Service

   7:15 PM         Christian Fellowship.  Lunch: Mary Leusink & Linda Kroeze

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


   7:30 PM         Friendship Bible


   7:00 PM         Beth Moore Bible Study


   9:55 AM        Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 6 “The Road to Rome”

   7:00 PM         Men’s Society

   7:00 PM         Mission Guild. Lesson 8. Song Service: Arlene V.S.; Closing Prayer: Marge V.E.

   7:00 PM         YPS – Aspen Heights. Devotions/lunch: Leaders


January 17, 2016

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to worship, Christian education and fellowship this morning. May God bless you here. 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. 

REMINDER: Due to the cold and flu season, it was decided to cease all hand shake greeting until the end of February. We will still have greeters before the service and elders will greet you after the service. 

THIS EVENING Pastor Kotman’s message is taken from Jeremiah 32:16-44 titled “God is Almighty”.

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 church. Thank you!

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

PRAYER MEETING OPPORTUNITY: We will meet today 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. If you have any questions, contact Ben Wiersma (439-1950) or

DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT is Feb. 6 at Dordt College. Brochures are on the narthex table listing the breakout sessions that are available. The church will pay for your registration. You need to turn in your registration form to the church office by Monday morning, Jan. 25, for us to get the early bird rate.

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.

EASTER CANTATA: Anyone with a love for singing is invited to join in the Community EASTER Cantata “It is Finished” to be performed at 1st CRC on Easter evening, March 27. Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, January 31, at 1st CRC at 4:30p. Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses – High School age, Seniors, and anyone in between – we’d love to have you join us as we remember, rejoice and give thanks for the incredible sacrifice Jesus made, dying on the cross and rising again to give us eternal life! Questions: contact Shelly Van Otterloo at

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the CRC from Classis Heartland may apply for aid for the 2016-2017 academic year by contacting Rev. Kotman; 439-1123; Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016.

THANK YOU so much for all the hospitality and support shown to me during my recent leave over the holidays. I am grateful to be a part of a congregation that cares. Also, a special thanks to the Cadets for their thoughtfulness and words of encouragement. All of it is very much appreciated.

--Sam Scholten, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment

THANK YOU again for remembering us this past year, especially with your prayers. Don is doing much better.

                                                                                                --Don & Jo Westra

THANKS to our church family who remembered us this past 6 months with Rick’s accident and my surgery. Thanks for all the prayers, cards, visits, phone calls, food and gift cards. Above all we thank God for his faithfulness and healing.  –Rick & Eleanor Kiers

THANK YOU: we are so humbled by all the many groceries and meals received the last couple of weeks! We thank each of you for your generosity and for helping fill our cupboards again. Trials in this life aren’t easy, but we continually see the Lord’s hand through them and through all of you. Thank you too for the many prayers being offered up for without God’s grace and peace we would be a mess. “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.” (Ps. 37:5)

--Mark & Sara, Treyton, Bryson, Cobyn & Slayden Sandbulte


General Fund:      $30,802.12         Building Fund:      $2,350.00        Parking Lot:                   $10,802.22

Mission Fund:      $  4,347.00         Hope Haven:       $1,878.51        Family Crisis Center:      $     542.50

Love, Inc.            $  1,733.05         Atlas:                   $   515.00        Samaritans Purse:           $     289.00

                                                                                                         Kingdom Boundaries:     $     426.81




Nell Brunsting was released from the hospital on Tuesday morning and is now a resident at Pleasant Acres (Room 14) at least for the time being. Pray for continued strength and healing.

Bette Marra’s son, Dennis, from Merrill has been diagnosed with lung and liver cancer. He is in St. Luke’s Medical Center in Sioux City. He is very weak and receiving chemo. Pray for healing.

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

Give thanks that Bennett Bruxvoort continues to recover well from his shoulder 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 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 in his home; Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.


We pray for several in our congregation and extended family who are recovering from surgeries and procedures.

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.



CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S BRUNCH will meet on Jan. 20 at 9:15a at First CRC in Rock Valley. Music is by Becky Harmen. Inspirational speaker is Sharon Patton. Call Winifred at 470-5549 or Bertha at 476-2583 if you would like to come. An offering for Stonecroft Ministries and Brunch is $4.00.

THE “SHARE” GROUP for widows/widowers will meet on Thurs., Jan. 21, at 6:00p at the HOMESTEAD. Hot soups, crackers and cinnamon rolls will be provided. Bring a favorite side or dessert you would like to share. Questions: call Pastor Katie (470-4195) or Deanna Tiedeman (439-2229).

DORDT 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. Email Jordan Edens at with the point person for the group and a number they will be bringing. Please be sure to have an adult chaperon.

NW IA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT: The Classics of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jan. 30 at 7:30p at Dordt.

NISO’s CELEBRITY CONDUCTOR CONTEST will be held in conjunction with this year’s Winter Pops Concert. The winner, with attire and baton of choice, will have the distinct and well-earned privilege of conducting the orchestra in a special selection. Candidates are Josh Bowar, Alan Laird, & Marlowe Van Ginkel.

ALPHA CENTER PURITY BALL for Fathers & Daughters will be Sat., Feb. 6, at 7:00p at CJ Callaway’s in Sioux Falls. For tickets call 605-361-3500. Attire: Ladies: modest dresses or formal wear; Men: dress shirt, tie and dress pants, suits or tuxedos.

LIVING WITH GRIEF PROGRAM: Each year the Hospice Foundation  of America presents a nationally recognized distance learning program designed to help educate families, caregivers and professionals on issues affecting end-of-life care. This year’s program focuses on Managing Conflict/Finding Meaning – Supporting Families at Life’s End. This live webinar will be locally hosted in the lower level conference rooms at Orange City Area Health System’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE, Jan. 28 from 11:30-2:00p. The program emphasizes strategies to support families as they are dealing with a family member who is dying and grief after a death. Call 737-5279 for more information or to reserve a place.