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January 3, 2016

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –January 3, 2016

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister    

 

Preparation for Worship:  A new day! A new year! Show me the steps you would have me take, O Lord.

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP

Prelude   

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

*Opening Hymn: #811:1-3 “Another Year is Dawning” (Celebration Hymnal)

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

God’s Will for Our Lives

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Song of Assurance: #556:1-3 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Prayers of God’s People

Offering: 1. Missions; 2. Atlas

Offertory

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

 *Song of Preparation: PH #544:1-3 “Lead Me, Guide Me”   

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 2:39-52 (pg. 1072)

God’s Word Proclaimed: “The Boy-Child Jesus

Prayer of Application

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Song of Response: #346:1-5 “Once in Royal David’s City”                   

*Parting Blessing

*Doxology: #638 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

*Postlude       

*indicates congregation stand

organist: Lavonne Kats

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY: Kirk& Stephanie Struik, Elder Henry & Cheryl Kats

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

NURSERY TODAY:  AM Lisa Kats, Cindy Te Slaa, Chandler Pollema, Mitchell Winterfeld, Dana Driesen; PM Seth Oostenink Family  

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Jana Rens, Bobbie Kroese, Sawyer Rozeboom, Alyssa Fedders, Cory Ney; PM Dan Poppema 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 1. Missions; 2. Atlas

NEXT SUNDAY:  Christian Education Fund

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Shad & Missy Kats  NEXT WEEK: Gary & Lavonne Kats

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

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                                       NEXT SUNDAY: Shad

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

   6:00 PM         Evening Worship Service

WEDNESDAY

   9:55 AM        Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 4 “The Gentile Connection”

   7:00 PM         Music & Worship Committee Meeting

   7:00 PM         Mission Guild. Lesson 7. Song Service: Lavonne Van Schepen; Closing Prayer:

                          Joyce Vander Well

   7:00 PM         Men’s Society

   7:00 PM         YPS – plan youth service with Pastor. Devotions: Jessie DJ & Anna Z;;

                          Lunch: Justin G. & Erika F.

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

January 3, 2016

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to our first worship service of 2016! 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 today, but not shake your hand. Starting next Sunday, greeters be available prior to the service, but will not shake your hand.

SUNDAY SCHOOL/CATECHISM classes will resume next week Sunday, January 10th.

WE WELCOME Pastor Klompien as he leads our evening worship service. His message is taken from Titus 2 & Lord’s Day 1 titled “Who We Are”.

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.

POST HIGH: College/Career singles Bible study will be meeting the 2nd Sunday of every month at 7:15p in the Youth Building. Next meeting is Jan. 10th. Contact Curt Van Grouw (451-8272) with questions.

BETH MOORE Bible Study will begin again on Tuesday, January 12th, at 7:00p.

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 for all the cards, gifts and meals during my surgery and recovery. Most importantly, thank you for the prayers! I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome and I’m very grateful for that. Heidi Dokter & family

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

Congratulations and God’s blessing to Glenda De Jong and Larry Oolman who were united in marriage on Thursday, December 31.

Alberta Vander Wilt was admitted to the Sioux Center Hospital on Tuesday with pneumonia. Pray for healing.

Congratulations to Art & Anna Dirksen on the birth of a daughter, Rebecca Ann, on Wednesday, Dec. 30th. Mother and baby are doing well.

Give thanks that Harlyn Bolkema is recovering well from his recent heart attack. Pray for complete healing.

We extend our Christian sympathy to Emily and Lonnie Van Schepen in the passing of Emily’s grandmother, Margaret Mitchell of Baldwin, Wisconsin on Wednesday, December 23. May God comfort them in their loss.

Mark and Sarah Sandbulte and boys (7th and 5th graders, 5, and 3 year olds) have been attending our church for the last few months. They had a house fire on Christmas Day and will be out of their home for 4-12 months during the remodel. (They have a house to live in for the time being.) Meals (call LuAnn at 439-1385 to set up), grocery items (place in basket in the back of church or give to LuAnn), monetary gifts (put in church offering plate in an envelope designated for them), or any other kind of service (call Eric Kroese 441-3070) would be helpful to them. Also, please remember them in your prayers during this difficult time.

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.

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. He will be starting therapy on Monday. Pray for a good recovery.

Give thanks that Don Westra is doing better. Pray for strength and encouragement for each day.

Give thanks that Sam Scholten was able to be home for a couple weeks. He returned January 3 to Ft. Bragg.

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 express our sympathy to Aldie and Bev Altena and family as they mourn the passing of their brother-in-law, Dave Van Vuren, 73, who passed away last Sunday in Tucson, AZ. Dave was married to Bev’s sister, Karen. May God provide the family with his comfort and peace.

We express our sympathy to John and Sherry Kooiker and family as they mourn the passing of their brother-in-law, Don De Boer, 80, of Leota, MN who passed away Saturday while they were in Mesa, AZ. Don was married to John’s sister, Louisa. May God provide the family with his comfort and peace.

Sam Kooiker continues his healing after falling on the ice last week and breaking his pelvis. Please pray for his healing and patience--for his recovery and also because he has recently moved to Cherokee and just started his new work.

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 to slowly improve and preparations are being made for him to eventually be fit with a prosthetic device because of the partial amputation of his foot. He will be spending the next few weeks in a rehabilitation facility. 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

THE NAMI Support Group will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7-9p on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are invited to join us. For information, call Shirley Matheis at 722-4462.

JFA will be heading to Juarez, MX the end of January to assist Harvest Hands Ministry with an orphanage they run just over the border in Mexico. Every year we get requests for items that are needed by the children and staff at the orphanage. We do our best to fill the requests with the items people so generously donate to our ministry center, but sometimes we need a little extra assistance fulfilling everything they’ve asked for. If you have any of the following items sitting around your house that you would be willing to part with, please contact JFA at 476-2804 or drop the items off at our drop-off center in Rock Valley by January 9. Drop off room hours: 24 hours M-F and 8-12 on Saturdays. Items needed: usable full-size mattress sets, gas stove, gas dryer, full-size refrigerators, apartment size refrigerators, microwaves, electric space heaters.

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. Directed by Dr. Bradley Miedema (Concert Band) and Mr. Kevin Linder (Jazz Band), the ensembles will perform works by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Gordon Jacob, Dana Wilson, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and more. 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.

THE ESTHER SCHOOL in Zambia, Africa, an outreach ministry of GEMS Girls’ Clubs, has openings for elementary school teachers for the 2016-17 school year. If you or someone you know is a teacher, would like to work in a cross-cultural mission setting where co-teaching with a Zambian teacher is the norm, and wants to experience a beautiful, African environment, contact Jill Postma at 616-241-5616 ext. 3054. This is a wonderful mission opportunity for an individual, couple, or family looking to invest in children’s lives.