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July 5, 2015


       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister      

Preparation for Worship: If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:3-4



*Call to Worship

*Opening Song: #244:1-3 “God Himself Is with Us”     

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

*Hymn: #505:1-5 “For All the Saints”


Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of God’s Pardon

Responsive reading of the Law led by Randy Feenstra (2 Chron. 7:14; Mark 12:29-31; Matt. 7:12; Romans 13:1-2,7,10; 1 Peter 2:13-17)

                              Leader:  If My people, who are called by My name

                              ALL:     will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

                              Leader:  Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.          

                              ALL:     Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

                              Leader:  Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.

                              ALL:     Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

                              Leader:  Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

                              ALL:     Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

                              Leader:  Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

                              ALL:     Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.

                              Leader:  For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

                              ALL:     Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Song: #264:1-4 “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”

Congregational Prayer

Offering: Missions



*Song of Preparation: #206:1,2,3,7 “Blest Are the Contrite Hearts”    

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Matthew 18:21-35; Matt. 5:7

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Blessed Are the Merciful”

Prayer of Application


*Song of Response: #545:1-3 “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #505:6,7 “For All the Saints”


* indicates congregation stand - pianist…Peg Visser



July 5, 2015

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL  Blessed by the freedom to worship God openly, we come before him in praise and thanksgiving. 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 Rev. Doug De Groot will lead our service. His message is from Mark 5:21-43 titled “Astonishing Power”.   


OFFICE HOURS: Please note that for this week only I will NOT be in the office on Monday. I will be in on Tuesday and Thursday. -Karen


PARENTS: Please turn in your 2015/2016 Faith Promise statement to the mailbox of Eric Haveman, Evan Wielenga, Loren Bouma or Dennis Vande Griend.


BAPTISM: Kyle and Becca Te Slaa have requested the sacrament of baptism for their daughter, Maxine Marie. Baptism will take place next Sunday morning, July 12th. We will also welcome them as members.


REMINDER: All church doors will be locked prior to 7:00 AM and after 5:00 PM unless there are services or meetings scheduled. This includes the doors by the mailboxes. If your group wishes to meet in the church or youth building, you will need to contact the secretary or janitors a day in advance.


MUSIC IN THE PARK: Everyone is invited to a free outdoor Christian music concert on Thursday, July 9, at 7:00p in Westside Park. Bring your lawn chairs. Free root beer floats will be served. A free-will collection will be taken for First Reformed Church mission projects.


TEENS: Got your teams registered for the HULLGER GAMES on Friday, July 10? Forms can be found at Complete the form along with the waiver form and return to the chamber office. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun challenges, Pizza Ranch pizza and “321 Improv”. Contact Shelly at 439-1513.


SUMMERFEST: Grab your lawn chairs & join us as we conclude Summerfest with The Brown Family at this fun filled outdoor worship event on Sun., July 12, at 6:00p on the parking lot of the 1st Ref. Church.


THANK YOU to those who sent cards and expressed their sympathy during the recent loss of family members. It is great to belong to such a caring congregation. –Ken & Belle Draayer


CLASSIS IAKOTA invites you to the ordination and installation of Mr. Douglas De Groot to the office of Minister of Word and Sacrament on Sunday, July 12, at Calvin CRC in Rock Valley at 2:30p. Doug has been called to serve as a pastor of the Cornerstone CRC, located in the SD State Prison in Sioux Falls. We praise God for his faithfulness and leading as we celebrate this occasion.


THE SHARE GROUP for widows/widowers will meet on Thurs., July 16, at 6:00p at the Homestead Commons in Hull. We will be grilling hamburgers for our meal. Following the meal we will view the next DVD’s of Bob’s Travel Africa. We need to have a count of how many are coming so please let Pastor Katie 470-4195 or Deanna Tiedeman 439-2229 know by July 13 if you are coming.


OPEN HOUSE: Sandy Kroese and Gary Westra invite you to celebrate their marriage at an Open House on Saturday, July 18, 1:00-3:00p at Hope CRC. Let your presence be your gift.


NOTICE: Rev. David Heilman and S.T.E.M.M. (Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries) will be hosting a dinner on Mon., July 20, at 6:00p at Dordt College. All are invited to share a meal and learn more about S.T.E.M.M.’s ministry and share highlights of their recent trip to Tanzania. There is no charge but reservations required. RSVP on the website: or call 712-258-8282 by Mon., July 13.


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.




We express our Christian sympathy to Harry Klay, Chuck & Darlene Kroese and John & Joyce Kroese and families in the passing of a wife and sister, Freda Klay, on Friday, June 26th.

We express our Christian sympathy to Russ & Bonnie Vander Schaaf and their family in the passing of their father and grandfather, Elmer Raman, on Sunday, June 28th.

We express our Christian sympathy to Lisa & Ben Wiersma and family in the passing of her grandmother, Darlene Johnson, from Viroqua, Wisconsin on Sunday, June 28.

Glenda De Jong fell at her home on Thursday, June 25, and broke her hip. She had successful surgery on Friday, June 26, and returned home on Tuesday. She is making good progress.

Rog Vis had successful knee replacement surgery Monday in Sioux Center and has returned home.

Continue to pray for Addison Pfingsten as she continues to struggle with seizures. John and Lindsey are waiting to hear from the neurosurgeon concerning a next step. Pray for patience and strength for John and Lindsey and for healing for Addison.

Wilmar Pollema has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. He will begin treatment on July 13. Pray for healing.

Continue to keep Howard Grevengoed, George Heynen, DeAnn Timmermans, Jeanette Boogerd, and Sandy Starkenburg in your prayers. Pray for continued healing and return to full strength.

Continue to remember Sherry Brummel in your prayers as she recovers from surgery, continues to receive chemo and fights bronchitis. Pray for better health and encouragement.

Russ Vander Schaaf continues with hyperbaric therapy treatment. Pray that the treatments will prevent bleeding.

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

Continue to remember Joyce Kroese in your prayers. Pray for relief from the fatigue.

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; Elmer Raman in Rock Rapids, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.


We keep the Chris and Megan Raman family in our prayers as they mourn the passing of Chris’ grandfather, Elmer Raman, 85, who passed away Sunday, June 28. We pray for their comfort and for the hope we have in the Resurrection.

Please continue to keep Tricia Heynen in your prayers as she continues to rest and recover from her accident. We pray for strength and healing.

We continue to pray for healing for Wanda Talsma’s hand. We give thanks for progress so far.

We pray for Gene Driesen, Nella, and family as Gene receives care from hospice. We pray for his 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.



      Be sure to come to the 30th annual Hull Christian School Junior League Tournament July 6-9. Pool play games are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday nights. On Wednesday there will be a special home run derby for the 30th anniversary of the tournament. The derby will feature current players and alumni. Thursday night will be the championship games. Come and watch some baseball or get something to eat at the concession stand.



NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Support Group will meet at Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7:00-9:00p on Tuesday, July 7. We will see Unlisted; a documentary film about schizophrenia.


MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will be meeting on Wed., July 8, at 1:00p at Whispering Heights. This Support Group is open to anyone who lives with or cares for someone affected by dementia of any kind.


NOTICE: Would you like to help build a Habitat house in Alton? To learn more about Siouxland Habitat for Humanity’s ministry and how to get involved, come to a 7:00p meeting on July 9 at the Alton Public Library. Refreshments will be provided. Questions, contact Kurt at 712-476-2804.


JOIN SIOUXLAND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY for a Groundbreaking Ceremony on July 13 at 12 noon at 806 Park St. in Alton. Everyone is welcome!


OPEN HOUSE: The Center for Financial Education is hosting an Open House at the “Wells Fargo” house in Hawarden, 1224 N 10th St., Hawarden, IA, on Saturday, July 18, from 10-11:30a. If you are curious about what the inside of this grand home looks like, stop on by! We’ll be serving light refreshments. Join us!


VILLAGE NORTHWEST Benefit Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 20 at Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City. For more information or to register, call Judy at 712-324-5416.


BARNABAS FOUNDATION: Many Christians want to make a lasting statement about the importance of God’s kingdom in their lives. Jim Prichard, a Christian attorney from Barnabas, will be in the area the week of July 13-16. Call 1-888-448-3040 to schedule an appointment.