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July 23, 2017

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –July 23, 2017

Rev. Loren Kotman.… Minister

Preparation for Worship: I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1 ESV

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Prelude

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer

*Opening Song: #117 “Hallelujah, Hallelujah”

*God’s Greeting and Mutual Greeting

Ministry of Music: “Shine on Us” Chad Reitsma, Jeff Schemper, Treyton Schemper

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

The Law

Responsive Call to Confession:

Pastor: God of grace, you call us to wash and be clean,

People: but we are proud.

Pastor: You offer us a simple solution to our disease,

People: but we think we are important enough for wonders and grand acts.

Pastor: In those times when our pride blocks our sight of your graciousness,

People: wash the scales from our eyes, that we may see.

Pastor: For those times we grow too sure of our own importance,

People: forgive us

Time of silent prayer

Pastor: Here is Good News! God is willing to cleanse us from our pride, our blindness, our stubborn insistence on having things “our way”. Through God’s grace we are washed and forgiven.

People: Thanks be to God! Hallelujah! Amen

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of God’s Pardon

Hymn of Assurance: #489:1-4 “When Peace like a River”

Intercessory Prayer

Offering: Center for Financial Education

Offertory

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

Song of Preparation: #762:1,2 “Ancient Words” (LUYH)

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Riches Are Meaningless”

Prayer of Application

WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD

*Song of Response: #562:1-4 “Be Thou My Vision” (Celebration Hymnal)

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #927:1,2 “ God, The Father of Your People” (LUYH)

*Postlude

*indicates congregation stand - organist: Connie Te Krony; clavinova: Dana Fedders

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY: Kyle & Cindy LeLoux, Deacon Noah & Susan De Yager

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Ken & Mary Leusink, Elder Ed & Noella Haveman

NURSERY TODAY: AM Sherry Van’t Hul, Kari Ney, Braden Baccam, Maeva Haveman, Alyssa Fedders; PM Sean Baccam Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Sandy Westra, Michelle Zomermaand, Dason Van’t Hul, Logan Baccam, Aimee Vanden Bosch; PM Dean Bonestroo Family

USHERS FOR JULY: Zachary Mouw, Doug Pollema, Eric Kroese, Travis Kooima

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for the Center for Financial Education

OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Boiler Project; 2. Benevolence

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Mark & Teresa Fedders

COFFEE SERVERS NEXT WEEK: Rob & Donna Fedders

POWER POINT TODAY: Julie

POWER POINT NEXT SUNDAY: Set: Lisa; Run: Tonya

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Joel

SOUND SYSTEM NEXT SUNDAY: Rick

CORRESPONDENCE: Bob Soodsma to Justin Van Zee; Kirk Struik to Kevin Schutte; Ron Techen to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Rod Te Krony to Lauren Runia; Dave Te Slaa to Sos & Kara Maletoungou

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

9:30 AM Worship Service

10:45 AM Coffee fellowship in the basement (Ken & Peg Visser will be serving cake in honor of their 50th anniversary)

6:00 PM Evening Worship Service

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

July 23, 2017

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL In the words of Jacob: “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God!” (Genesis 28:17) Welcome to worship! 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.

THIS MORNING, after the service, the congregation is invited downstairs for cake in honor of Ken & Peg Visser’s 50th anniversary. Son-in-laws Chad Reitsma and Jeff Schemper and grandson, Treyton Schemper will sing “Shine on Us” during the service.

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Acts 4:32-37 titled “The Believers Share their Possessions”.

CLOTHE-A-CHILD: Please turn in your item for the child you have, with a receipt, by tomorrow, July 24th. Please place the item under the mailboxes.

LADIES who would like to work at JFA on Tuesday, July 25th, can meet in the upper parking lot at 12:45p to car pool.

PASTOR LOREN will be on vacation from July 24 and returning on Monday, August 7th. In case of a special need you may call Rev. Klompien or your Care Group Elder.

GEMS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE meets this week at Dordt College, July 27-30. Please pray for the 475 women that will be attending from all over the United States and Canada. Julie Leusink and Sherry Vant Hul from First CRC will be attending along with Karinda de Boom and Kristi Ten Pas from Hope CRC.

THANK YOU to Rev. Kotman & Rev. Klompien for their prayers and visits while I was recovering from my fall and to all who sent cards. Thank you also to our care group for the gift card. –Al & Jacoba Rens

THANK YOU to each of you for your continued prayers, encouragement and financial giving towards the ministry God has given to us in West Africa. We are grateful to share that together with you we reached our minimum support raising goal for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which ended on June 30. Your gifts enable us to continue in the work of discipling, mentoring, and training Christian educators in this part of the world. Thank you again for being a part of what God is doing here! –Sosthene & Kara Maletoungou

ADVANCE NOTICE: Our church is responsible for the service at the Union Gospel Mission on Wednesday, August 30th.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Ÿ We extend our Christian sympathy to Howard and Marilyn Grevengoed and Scott and Sara Grevengoed in the death of Howard and Marilyn’s great granddaughter who died on Friday, July 14, shortly after birth.

Ÿ We extend our Christian sympathy to Jeanette Boogerd in the passing of her sister-in-law, Dorothy Hulshof on Wednesday, July 19th. Funeral service will be held on Monday at the Community Building in Ireton.

Ÿ We also extend our Christian sympathy to Kyle & Cindy LeLoux in the passing of Cindy’s father, Harlan Vollink, last Sunday evening. May God comfort these families in their sorrow.

Ÿ Don Westra was admitted to the Rock Valley Hospital on Friday, July 14, with an infection. Give thanks that he is improving.

Ÿ Eldon De Wild will be having a teleconference with the Seattle VA Hospital sometime in the next 30 days after which they will make a decision on whether he can have the lung transplant. Continue to keep Eldon & LuAnn in your prayers during this time of waiting.

Ÿ Give thanks with Dar Sohl for progress made in her recovery from recent hip replacement surgery.

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

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Ÿ Dave Mulder, brother in law to Marideth and Mike Van Otterloo, will undergo tests this coming week, and if the results are good, he will receive radiation and chemo to prepare for a bone marrow transplant scheduled for July 27. Please pray for Dave’s physical as well as spiritual strength as they continue. We pray for his family as they support him as well.

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.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The 26th annual Western Christian Booster Club golf tournament will be held on Friday, August 11, at noon at the Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center. The cost to golf is $90 per person and that includes 18 holes of golf, cart, supper, and the chance to win prizes. Mulligans will also be sold at registration. To register or if you have any questions, feel free to call Mike Broek at (712) 395-0699 or Mike Roetman at (712) 449-5199.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE BIBLE LEAGUE “Christmas in July” will be held on Monday, July 24, at 1:30p at the Hospers CRC. You are asked to bring an item such as baked goods, crafts, plants, etc., to place on the silent auction tables. You will be given time to view the items and place your bids. Our guest speaker will be Loren Veldhuizen who will share his experiences in Africa with a power point presentation. Hope to see you all there.

KINGDOM BOUNDARIES PRISON AFTERCARE: Please join Kingdom Boundaries as we celebrate 4 years in ministry on July 29 from 4:00-8:00p at New Day Church, 27365 472nd Ave., Harrisburg, SD. Food will be served with pork provided by the Sioux County Pork Producers. Music by Larry Olson and Dakota Road and Rachelle Hope. For more information and a map, please visit our website: kingdomboundaries.org. Free will offering with $20,000 to be matched by a generous donor. Please bring lawn chairs.

SIOUX CENTER HEALTH is providing a Parkinson’s Awareness Support Group on Wednesday, August 2, at 1:00p at Royale Meadows West Community Room. Join us for a time of fellowship and mutual encouragement. For questions, call Glenda at 722-8328.

HABITAT BLOCK PARTY! Join us on August 5, from 5:00-7:30p for a block party at 8th Ave. NW in Sioux Center (near Westbrook Trailer Home Park). Bring your family to enjoy tacos, beverages, yard games, tour the Habitat house and much more. This is a free, family-friendly event. ALL ARE WELCOME!!

PROMISE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER (338 1st Ave. NW, Sioux Center) will host a Back-to-School Block Party on Wed., Aug. 9, from 2:00-7:00p. At the event, Promise will provide free immunizations, dental screens and vision screens that students need for school. Promise also will offer $25 school and sports physicals. Free drawstring bags with school and health supplies will be handed out. The event also will feature free food, car seat checks, games and activities offered by several community organizations. All area students and their families are invited.

VOLUNTEERS: Alpha Center is looking for volunteers at the Sioux Empire Fair on August 6-13 in the Expo Building at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds. Call 605-361-3500 or email info@alphacenter.org if interested.

JFA will be hosting our first Foundation Event on August 18th at Calico Skies winery. The doors will open at 5:30p with a catered meal starting at 6:00p. Entertainment will be provided by Nick Engbers. This event is for those who are a part of our Foundation or would like to become a part of it. If you’re interested in learning more about this fabulous evening, feel free to contact Joel DeWit at (712) 476-2804 or joeldw@jfa-nwiowa.org.

BIBLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS: Kendra Smiley has graciously accepted our invitation to share her life lessons on making the next right choice. She will be our featured speaker at a retreat on Sept. 12 at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Invite some friends and send in your registration today to the retreat. The deadline for registering is August 25. The day will conclude with a wonderful banquet and a great concert by the Valley Male Chorus. Contact Carol Vis for costs and more information. Everyone is invited to this special concert!

LUKE SOCIETY: Offer praise for continued construction progress on the new ministry clinics in Quininde, Ecuador; Dahra Senegal; and Bamenda, Cameroon. Pray that the clinics benefit health care in these regions for many generations to come. Pray for the protection of all our ministry partners. Many live in areas of great danger. Pray that the Holy Spirit goes before them to bring peace in their lands.