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July 26, 2015

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – July 26, 2015

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister

     

Preparation for Worship: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. Matthew 25:35

 

 

WE COME TO WORSHIP

Prelude 

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer

*Opening Song: SW#22:1,2 “Great Is the Lord”

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

 

 

WE COME TO CONFESS

God’s Law

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Song of  Assurance: #268:1-3 “Lord, I Pray”

Congregational Prayer

Offering: 1. Justice for All; 2. KDCR

Offertory

 

 

WE COME TO LISTEN

*Song of Preparation: #206:1,4,5,7 “Blest Are the Contrite Hearts”    

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Matthew 5:1-12

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Persecuted for Righteousness”

Prayer of Application

 

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Song of Response: #502:1,2,4 “The Church’s One Foundation”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: SW#19:1,3 “We Will Glorify”

*Postlude                        

* indicates congregation stand

 

 organist…Lavonne Kats

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

 

GREETERS TODAY: Merlyn & Linda Kroese, Deacon Brody & Jessica Pollema

 

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Bud & Lou Krommendyk, Elder Tim & Ruth Kats

 

NURSERY TODAY:  AM Cheryl Kats, Linda Kroeze, Justin Grevengoed, Dylan Zomermaand, Rachel Kats; PM Matt Bosma Family

 

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: Sally Winkel, Mary Leusink, Dalton Westra, Mackelle Grevengoed, Jessica De Jager; PM Rick De Groot Family

 

USHERS FOR AUG.: Randy Feenstra, Jason Kats, Matt Bosma, 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 1. Justice for All; 2. KDCR

NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Mission Fund; 2. Parking Lot

 

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY:  Dan & Kathy De Wit

COFFEE SERVERS NEXT SUNDAY: Jarvis & Shari De Wild

 

POWER POINT TODAY: AM Arlene; PM Julie    NEXT SUNDAY: Set: Julie; Run: Linda                           

 

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Joel                              NEXT SUNDAY: Ben

 

CORRESPONDENCE: Art Dirksen to Sos & Kara Maletoungou; Matt Dokter to Kevin Schutte; Ken Draayer to Justin Van Zee; Kevin Driesen to Steve & Tara Dekkers; John Emerick to Lauren Runia; Dan Fedders 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

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

July 26, 2015

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL  “Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise”. We gather to praise our God and Savior. Welcome! 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 EVENING we have the privilege of witnessing the baptism of Noah John, infant son of Eric and Bobbie Kroese.

 

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is taken from Nehemiah 8 titled “Building the City Within the City”.

 

THIS SUNDAY is Jane Kroese’s last Sunday with us. We are grateful for the ways that she has blessed our lives and wish her God’s richest blessing as she moves to Southern California.

 

BEGINNING NEXT WEEK (July 27th) there will be NO PARKING in the lower parking lot. Next Sunday you may park in the new parking lot at Hull Christian School which adjoins our parking lot. The bottom parking lot will be unavailable for the next several weeks as they begin the renovation project. Please keep in consideration parking for the elderly during the parking lot renovation.

 

NOTICE: Our church is responsible for the chapel service at the Union Gospel Mission on Wed., July 29.  Meet in the UPPER parking lot at 6:30p to car pool. Chapel starts promptly at 8:00p.

 

NEXT SUNDAY EVENING, August 2, our missionaries, Steve & Tara Dekkers will be giving a brief update during the evening service. This will be followed by a time of coffee and fellowship.

 

FUNDRAISER: Join Eric & Shelly Dirksen for a picnic fundraiser to support their work of starting Christ Church of Davis, a CRC plant. Come out on Thurs., July 30, from 5-7:30p at the City Park in Rock Valley for pulled pork, beans, potato salad, and dessert. Your support is critical in helping Christ Church become financially stable, and we hope to make this our last general budget fundraiser in Iowa. We hope this fundraiser will be a critical step to push CCD over the finish line of becoming an established congregation, so join us and help us finish well what we started together!

 

NW IA BIBLE LEAGUE VOLUNTEERS “Christmas in July” silent auction is Mon., July 27, at 1:00p at the Carmel Reformed Church. Ladies are invited to bring Christmas items, baked goods, crafts, etc. to be sold in a silent auction. Money collected goes to the Bibles for South America project. Afternoon program is a video by Dr. Joel Nederhood. Refreshments will be served.

 

THANK YOU to everyone who came down on Sunday morning for coffee and cake to help me celebrate my 90th birthday. It was wonderful to be able to visit with so many of you! Thank you also for the many lovely cards I received. It was all very much appreciated! I thank God for the many blessings he has given me throughout these many years. –Sally De Groot

 

THANK YOU: I would like to thank Rev. Kotman & Norma, Rev. Klompien, and Elder Dave & Vanessa Te Slaa for their visits and phone calls after my hip surgery. Also, thank you for all the many cards and visits from the members of our congregation. I am overwhelmed with all the prayers said on my behalf. God is good in good times and bad times. We feel his presence all the time. Thanks for being there with me in this time of yet another hurdle. I thank God every day for the great church family that I am a part of. –Glenda De Jong

 

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

Pastor Paul Hansen spent several days in the hospital with a viral infection that had settled around his lungs and heart. During his hospital stay he lost 25 pounds of fluid! He is feeling much better but must cut back on his work and take it easy for a few months. Pastor and Ruth praise God that his breathing is great, he feels great and his legs are almost normal! They request prayers for his full recovery.

Wilmar Pollema continues with treatment for Multiple Myeloma. Pray for healing.

Give thanks that Melvin Van Otterloo continues to recover from pneumonia. Pray for a complete recovery.

Doctors are trying a different medication for Addison Pfingsten. Pray that the medication will be effective in postponing the need for surgery.

Continue to keep Pete Soodsma in your prayers. Pray for continued healing and return to full strength.

Continue to remember Sherry Brummel in your prayers as she continues to receive chemo. Give thanks that she is feeling better.

Give thanks that the hyperbaric therapy treatment has yielded some good results for Russ Vander Schaaf. Pray for complete healing.

Gary Roetman continues with his biweekly cancer treatment. Continue to pray for God’s healing mercies.

Joyce Kroese was able to return home from the hospital on Monday. Pray for strength and encouragement.

Sam Scholten appreciates all the support he’s been given and is enjoying spending time with his family and friends. He leaves again on August 5th. Feel free to drop in any time to visit with him.

Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, Gert Zevenbergen, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena at Aspen Heights, Don Westra and Nell Brunsting in their home; Tena Pollema and Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

Please keep Mitchell Kiers, son of Marty Kiers, in your prayers. We pray for his strength and healing as he is treated for chronic leukemia. We are thankful that he was able to return home.

We pray for Jim Vande Kerk, former member of Hope CRC, who is being treated for colon cancer and also blood clots that developed in his heart, lungs, and legs. We give thanks that he has been making progress and gaining strength. We also pray for his wife, Linda, and family as they care for Jim.

We pray for Gene Driesen, Nella, and family as Gene receives care from hospice. We pray for Gene’s comfort and peace.

We also continue to remember our members who reside in care facilities: Dick Dykstra and Mary Grooters at Aspen Heights, Ann Dykstra and Hermina Hulstein at Pleasant Acres, and Harriet Kooiker at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. We also pray for their families as they support them.

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

           Western Booster Club golf tournament will be held Fri., Aug. 14, at noon at the Ridge Golf Course. The cost to golf is $80 per person and that includes 18 holes of golf, cart, a meal afterwards, and the chance to win prizes. To reserve your spot call Kris Marra at 712-578-9227 or Jamie Van Zee at 712-470-2829.

      The office at Western Christian will be closed from July 27 to July 31.

      Meat donation for HCS Rally Day: For many years we have been blessed with donations of beef for our Rally Day Sale. If you would like to donate a steer, please call Scott Westra (439-2292).

 

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

JFA is going to be helping at Life Light! We will be helping at the grounds in Sioux Falls on Thurs., July 30th, leaving from JFA at 8:00a and returning around noon to help with a painting project. We’ll also be going on Thurs., Sept. 3, to help set up tables & chairs, leaving JFA at 8:00a and returning around noon. We are looking for a group to help during the festival on Sun., Sept. 6, for 2 different shifts; 8:00a-noon & noon-4:00p. They are busy during this time with their church service and other events and could use some help. We’ll also be going on Tues., Sept. 8 from 8:00a-noon to help clean up after the festival. Please call Lauren at 476-2804.

 

THE NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Support Group will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7:00-9:00p on Tuesday, August 4. “Mental Health: Facts vs. Fiction” by Dr. Shawn Scholten, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Co-Director of the Creative Living Center. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are invited to join us. For more information, call Shirley Matheis at 722-4462.

 

DORDT COLLEGE: You may or may not know that the Dordt College traveling worship team: “New City”, has been traveling around the Midwest all summer at various summer camps and churches leading them in worship. We’d like to invite you to come out and worship in song with us as we celebrate with a homecoming event for them on August 5 from 7:00-8:00p at Central Park in Sioux Center. Mark your calendar, grab a lawn chair and bring a friend. We’d love to see you there!

 

2015 MINN-IA-KOTA RETREAT is scheduled for September 15 at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Sharing her memories from missionary parents, Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, Valerie Elliot Shephard will be our featured speaker at the retreat. Invite some friends and send in your registration today to the retreat hosted by Bible League International Volunteers. The deadline for registering is August 27. The day will conclude with a wonderful banquet and great concert by One Way Quartet.

 

JFA is going to Haiti Oct. 31-Nov. 7. We’re going with Touch of Hope out of Rock Rapids and we’re hoping to get a few people who know how to work with their hands so we can build a house, and also medically-minded people to work at the on-site clinic. If you don’t fall into either of these categories, no worries, there will be plenty to do! Interested? Have questions? Call Lauren at 476-2804 or email lauren@jfa-nwiowa.org. Don’t hesitate, we need to book tickets soon! 

 

WOMEN OF FAITH: A bus tour to Women of Faith has seats open to St. Paul, MN on Oct. 16-17, 2015. This is an all-inclusive trip with travel, meals, Women of Faith Farewell Tour, and motel for $294 (if 2 people per room), $264 (if 3 people per room), or $254 (if 4 people per room). Contact Julie De Ruyter (712) 230-1379.

 

DORDT COLLEGE is seeking new families to join our international student adoptive family program for the upcoming academic year. Adoptive families act as a home away from home, typically meeting with their students once or twice a month for a home-cooked meal, movie night or family outing. This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome students to America and the Sioux Center area. If interested, contact Alexis Kreun at 722-6273.