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January 5, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – January 5, 2020

       Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister   Covenant Renewal Service  

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP

Prelude

*Call to Worship  

*Opening Song: SW#34 “Step by Step”

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

*Song: SW#42:1,2 “Cry Of My Heart”

WE RENEW OUR COVENANT WITH GOD

Words of Instruction

Prayer of Confession

Re-Commitment:

          Pastor:         Trusting in the gracious promises of God, will you seek to grow in your knowledge and love

                                for the Lord?

          ALL:            I will.

          Pastor:         With God’s help, will you renounce sin and the power of evil in your life and in the world?

          ALL:            I renounce them.

          Pastor:         Who is your Lord and Savior?

          ALL:            Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

          Pastor:         Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his word and showing his love?

          ALL:            God being my helper, I will.

          Pastor:         Do you believe in God the Father?

          ALL:            I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

          Pastor:         Do you believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God?

        ALL:              I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy

                                Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,

                                died, and was buried, He descended to hell. On the third day he rose again from the

                                dead; he ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.

                                From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

          Pastor:         Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

          ALL:            I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the

                                forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

*Song of Dedication: #178:1,4,5 “What Shall I Render to the Lord”

Offering: 1. Building Fund; 2. Guatemala Mission Project

Offertory

WE RENEW OUR MARRIAGE COVENANT

Words of Instruction

Prayer of Confession: SW#37 “Purify My Heart”

Re-Commitment:

        Pastor     Before God and His church, we commit ourselves to building Christian marriages and Christian homes.

        Husbands:    As husbands, we will be respectful and considerate to our wives, placing their needs above our own.

        Wives:    As wives, we will love and honor our husbands in all things.

        Spouses  In our marriages, we will serve one another with tenderness. We will encourage each other to develop the gifts God has given us.

        Husbands:    We share each other’s joys,

        Wives:    And bear each other’s burdens.

        Spouses: We will witness Christ’s love for His church to the world

        ALL:      We will hold all marriages in honor as a sacred institution established by God himself. We will faithfully lift these marriages up to God in prayer.

*Song of Praise: #580:1-3 “O Perfect Love”

WE RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO FAMILY

Words of Instruction

Prayer of Confession

Re-Commitment: #451:1-3 “A Christian Home” (Celebration Hymnal)

WE RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO THE FAMILY OF GOD

Words of Instruction

Prayer of Confession

*Re-Commitment: SW#50 “The Servant Song”

WE DEPART TO LOVE AND SERVE

*God’s Blessing

*Closing Song: SW#69 “My Friends, May You Grow in Grace”

*Postlude

   (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)

* indicates congregation stand – MaryLou Wielenga

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

January 5, 2020

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to worship on this first Sunday of a new year. Let us praise the God who is always doing something new! 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. 

TO MINIMIZE the spreading of germs during this cold and flu season, we will cease shaking hands until the middle of March. Elders & Pastor will greet you after the service today, but not shake your hand. Greeters will be available prior to the service, but they will not shake your hand.

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is taken from Acts 19:1-22 titled “Obstacles and Opportunities”.

REMINDER of the donation box in the narthex for the Guatemala mission project. A list of needed items is on the back table. Thanks for your help in blessing the “least of these”.

NOTE: Do you have a Bible that you are not using? A Church History class at Western Christian High School is collecting Bibles for Keystone Recovery Center. Keystone hands out 50 Bibles a month. The Recovery Bible or newer versions that are easy to read are especially useful. Bibles may be placed in the box on the narthex table.

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church from Classis Heartland may apply for aid to assist them in their study for the 2020-2021 academic years by contacting Rev. Loren Kotman; 1111 5th Street; Hull, IA 51239; (712) 439-1123; pastor@hull1stcrc.com. The deadline is February 1, 2020.

ATTENTION: Men who love to sing and have a passion for the work of Hope Haven, please consider joining the Valley Male Chorus. Rehearsals will begin January 5, 2020 at 2:00p at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center. For more information, contact Ron Boote at 712-441-5225 or rjboote@premieronline.net. 

COFFEE BREAK INVITE: Coffee Break will begin a new 11-Lesson study on Discover 1&2 Peter on Wednesday, January 8. Coffee Break is a community small group Bible study that meets weekly at Hope CRC from 10:00-11:00 and offers a nursery and story hour for children. We welcome new ladies of the community to join us in the new Year! Call Bev Altena (439-2464) if this is something you might enjoy as part of the Hull community.

THE “SHARE” GROUP for widows and widowers will meet on Thursday, Jan. 16th, at noon at Homestead Commons in Hull. We will enjoy soups and cinnamon rolls for our meal and ice cream for dessert. If you had not volunteered to bring food, please consider bringing $5 to help cover expenses. Following our meal, we will hear a presentation from Pastor Corilee Boer on Destiny Youth Ranch, a non-profit camp near Alvord, IA destined to bring hope and healing through Christ with horses. Call Deanna Tiedeman (439-2229) or Pastor Aaron Deutsch (605-742-4469) with any questions.

DEAR FIRST CRC FAMILY: As we enter the year 2020, we thank and praise God for your love, faithfulness, and partnership in spreading the gospel throughout Africa. God is working in amazing ways there, even though there are ongoing spiritual battles. Before, they didn’t think God knew their language. Now, holding the Word of God, they are praising Him, realizing that they are important in His eyes. They are turning away from worshipping trees, mountains, and ancestors and instead are worshipping the King of kings and Lord of lords. You play a role in this. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus. I Thessalonians 1:2-3 ESV “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. Sent to serve, Gary & Ellie (Eloise) Sikma

THANK YOU to everyone that came out to support the YPS Waffle Breakfast! Thank you also for your continued prayers and support through the year!

THANK YOU to everyone who has been so kind to me in many special and meaningful ways. It has been hard to have to wait this long for a diagnosis, but my wonderful church family has helped me with cards, texts, and especially prayers. Also, special thanks to Pastor Kotman, Elder Roger De Kruyf and Deacon Dan Bonestroo for their many calls and visits.  My church family has blessed me so much. I hope that all of you will have a blessed 2020! -Sandy Starkenburg

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Give thanks that Liz Schmith is making good progress in recovering from her recent surgery. Pray for God’s continued healing.

Gary Roetman is scheduled for a CT scan on Monday in Omaha. Pray for good results.

Norma Kotman expresses her thanks to all who remembered her with cards, prayers, and food following her surgery.

Give thanks that Marilyn Grevengoed is making good progress. Pray for continued healing.

Remember Ed Scholten in your prayers as he continues to recover. Give thanks that he has experienced a good measure of relief from pain.

Doctors have determined that muscles in Sandy Starkenburg’s esophagus are not working well. The plan is a Botox treatment hopefully in the near future.  Pray for relief from the discomfort and for better health.

Jarvis De Wild had a chemo treatment last Monday. He goes in Thursday for a procedure to stretch his esophagus. Pray for overall healing.

Continue to remember Ted and Lois Salazar in your prayers. Pray for God’s healing mercies for Lois. Visitors are still welcome but please call or text first.

Pray for Duck Lokhorst as she continues her recovery at Pleasant Acres.

John Bolkema was admitted to the Sioux Center Hospital on Friday, December 27, with pneumonia. Give thanks for progress made.

George Heynen had a scope procedure done on his knee on Tuesday and is recovering well.

Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Chuck & Darlene Kroese, Sally De Groot; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Harry Klay, Goldie Veldman; Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats; Rick Rozeboom’s home: Esther Rozeboom; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

We express our sympathy to Gwen & Jamie Van Voorst and family as well as Lynne and Brad Van Grootheest and family in the passing of Gwen’s mother-in-law and Lynne’s aunt, Tressa Bloemendaal, 86, of Doon, Iowa. Tressa died Saturday, December 28, at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. Memorial services will be held Monday, Jan. 6, at 2:00p at Doon United Reformed Church. Visitation, with the family present, will be held today, Jan. 5, from 5:00-7:00p at Doon URC. We pray for the Lord’s comfort and encouragement at this time.

Vicki Lammers had shoulder decompression surgery this past Tuesday. The surgery went well. We pray for her recovery over the next few days.

We pray for those who are unable to join us for worship from week to week due to age, illness, or dealing with long term physical or emotional challenges. We pray for the Lord’s encouragement, restoration, and presence in their lives.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCMENTS

THE “NAMI” SUPPORT GROUP will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7-9p on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Jeanne Kleinhesselink and Hannah Buteyn of Sioux Center Health will discuss EMDR and Medication Management. Individuals and family members living with mental illness are welcome. For information, call Shirley Matheis 722-4462.

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will meet on Wed., Jan. 8, at 1:00p at Whispering Heights.

DORDT UNIVERSITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA invites you to a concert at 7:30p on Friday, January 10, in the Auditorium. This free concert is part of a winter tour with performances scheduled in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Directed by Mrs. Susan De Jong, the Chamber Orchestra will perform a wide variety of repertoire from the Maroque era to the 21st century. Featuring four student soloists and guest directed by Dr. Onsby Rose, program highlights include the music of J.S. Bach for flute and strings, several beloved hymn tunes, the sublime writing of Saint-Saens for cello and harp, and the contemporary writing of James Stephenson that utilizes extended string techniques. The concert is free, with a freewill offering received to help defray tour expenses.

THE NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT with NISO in concert with The Texas Tenors, January 18, at 7:30p in Dordt’s Auditorium. NISO’s Celebrity Conductor Contest will be held in conjunction with this Concert. Tickets are available to purchase online at https://niso.dordt.edu. Concert attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for this anticipated sell-out concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at 722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

HEGG HEALTH CENTER is sponsoring a Pink Out Night on Tues., Jan. 21, during the Western vs. Estherville basketball games! The reason we host annual pink out nights is because people relate pink to breast cancer. Cancer doesn’t care who you are, what you look like, how old you are or where you live. We wonder how we can help – this evening is for raising awareness about cancer and prevention against cancer. Free popcorn will be served at the concessions stand for all fans during both Girls and Boys basketball games, courtesy of Hegg Health Center. 

LOVE INC Love & Learn winter class session will begin Tuesday, Jan. 21. We will be offering 4 classes to the Sioux County community: Parenting, Grief Share, Faith & Finances (practical money management skills with optional mentorship) and Affirming Potential (personal evaluation of physical, emotional, relational and spiritual areas of life). A 5th class, Redemptive Compassion, will be specifically offered to church members, leaders and anyone interested in exploring how we can offer help that ultimately brings freedom rather than enables people to remain in a constant state of need. We’ll explore together what it means to offer charity compassion hand in hand with developmental compassion. Register by Jan. 14 by calling the Love INC office at 476-5990.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR LOVE INC CLASSES: If you have a heart for helping others, we have many opportunities for you to use your gifts and talents. Some of the opportunities to serve include child care, small group discussion leaders, financial mentors, prayer partners, kitchen hospitality and more! Please call the Love INC office at 476-5990 to find out more about ways to serve right here in our community!