June 21, 2015
MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – June 21, 2015
Rev. Loren Kotman.….Ministers
Preparation for Worship: Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4
WE TURN OUR HEARTS TO GOD
*Responsive Call to Worship (Psalm 100)
Pastor: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
People: Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Pastor: Know that the Lord is God.
People: It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Pastor: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and
praise his name.
People: For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues
through all generations.
*Time of silence to center our hearts for worship
*Opening Song: #246:1-4 “Come, Thou Almighty King”
*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting
WE CELEBRATE GOD’S GRACE
*Song: SW#38 “Sanctuary”
Children’s Message: The Law
Song of Response: SW#37 “Purify My Heart”
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance (in unison: Our World Belongs to God #2 PH p. 1019)
From the beginning, through all the crises of our times, until his kingdom fully comes,
God keeps covenant forever. Our world belongs to him! God is King! Let the earth be glad!
Christ is Victor; his rule has begun. Hallelujah! The Spirit is at work, renewing the creation.
Praise the Lord!
Hymn: #353:1-3 “Victory in Jesus” (Celebration Hymnal)
Song: SW#23 “Awesome God”
WE GIVE BACK TO GOD
Invitation to the offering
Offering: Center for Financial Education
Offering Prayer in Unison (SWB 5.2.6)
Gracious God, everything we have comes from you. You fill us with good things. Our hearts and lives overflow with your abundance. With thanksgiving, we bring to you our time, talents, and tithes. Use these gifts that you have given us to feed others as we have been fed, to serve others as we have been served, and to bless others as we have been blessed, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
WE ARE TRANSFORMED BY GOD’S WORD
*Song of Preparation: #206:2,6,7 “Blest Are the Contrite Hearts”
Prayer of Illumination
God’s Word Read: ; Psalm 37:1-13, 27-34; Matthew 5:5
God’s Word Proclaimed: “Blessed Are The Meek”
Prayer of Application
WE GO OUT TO SHOW CHRIST TO OTHERS
*Song of Response: #291:1-3 “May the Mind of Christ, My Savior”
*Parting Song: #291:4,5 “May the Mind of Christ, My Savior”
* indicates congregation stand - organist…Lavonne Kats
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:
GREETERS TODAY: Cliff & Marlys Koele, Elder Henry & Cheryl Kats
GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Travis & Megan Kooima, Deacon Dan & Dana Fedders
NURSERY TODAY: AM Heidi Dokter, Amy Emerick, Teagan De Jager, Jaiden Bonestroo, DaNae Van’t Hul; PM Mark Fedders Family
NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Dana Fedders, Connie Grevengoed, Haley Driesen, Jacob Emerick, Skyler Bonestroo; PM Ryan Bolkema Family
USHERS FOR JUNE: Brent De Jager, Tom Sheffield, Doug Pollema, Kyle LeLoux
OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for CFE
NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Christian Ed. Fund; 2. Amestad Christiana
COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Brent & Amy De Jager; NEXT SUNDAY: Rog & Fran De Kruyf
POWER POINT TODAY: AM Arlene; PM Jon NEXT SUNDAY: Julie
SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Cody NEXT SUNDAY: Joel
CORRESPONDENCE: Lynn Anderson to Sos & Kara Maletoungou; Sean Baccam to Kevin Schutte; Cody Bauer to Justin Van Zee; Harlyn Bolkema to Steve & Tara Dekkers; John Bolkema to Lauren Runia; Ryan Bolkema to Rev. Jan Van Ee
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
9:30 AM Worship Service
10:45 AM Coffee fellowship in the basement
6:00 PM Evening Worship Service
7:00 PM Salt & Light Bible Study – Men
FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
June 21, 2015
WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to worship today! Happy Father’s Day to dads and to other men who care for children in loving ways. 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 Pastor Loren’s message is from Nehemiah 5 titled “Problems from Within”.
WE DESPERATELY NEED 4 Care Group Leaders/Assistants for the 2015-2016 year. If you would be willing to help, please call the church office (439-1626) on Monday. Care Groups need to be finalized this week!
NEXT SUNDAY MORNING we will install our newly selected elders (Lynn Anderson, Gerald Jansen, Tim Kats) and deacons (John Emerick, Brody Pollema, Eric Rens, Brian Rozeboom).
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of council will be meeting in July to assign committee chairmen and members of the various church committees. If you no longer wish to be on a committee or if you would like to be on a committee, please contact Glen Scholten or Rob Westra by June 30th.
GEMS: We are looking for 5 GEMS counselors for this next year. Has God been whispering in your ear about getting involved with youth or mentoring girls? Are you ready to answer, “Send Me”. Karinda de Boom is taking over as club coordinator for this next year. Please contact her at 605-321-1038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or are ready to answer God’s call.
FROM THE COUNCIL:
Beginning today, there will be no folding chairs in the back of the sanctuary. The reserved section in the
back is for families with preschool children and the padded chairs are for those with medical conditions. Some of these people don’t arrive until right before the service begins, so please leave these areas available.
Beginning July 1, 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.
ADVANCE NOTICE: Our church is responsible for the service at the Union Gospel Mission in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, July 29th.
THANK YOU to Joyce V.G., Jo W., Goldie V., Joyce D.V. John & Agnes S., Nelvina K. and Joyce V.W. who again were willing to give of their time and bring Meals on Wheels during the past month as 1st CRC shared in this community service.
THANK YOU: A heartfelt thank you to Pastor Loren and Norma for “being there for us”; to all those with “love filled hands” that made, brought and served food; to all who offered their sympathy in so many amazing ways. The prayers of so many are being answered and will continue to give all of us, who miss our Carrie Ann so much, exactly what we need, when we need it. “God is Good – All the time”!
--The family of Carrie Ann De Jongh
FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
We express our Christian sympathy to Belle & Ken Draayer and Gerald & Harriet Kroese and their families in the passing of their brother, Irvin Kroese, of Grand Rapids on Monday. May God comfort them in their loss.
Continue to keep Howard Grevengoed, George Heynen, Wilmar Pollema, 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.
Knee replacement surgery for Rog Vis has been rescheduled for Monday, June 29th, in Sioux Center.
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.
HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
We give thanks with Tony & Katie Reitsma in the birth of a daughter, Lettie Mae, Saturday, June 13. Mother and baby are doing well.
We keep Bob Marks in our prayers. He has been having back issues and received an epidural block in his back. Please pray for relief.
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.
THE ESTHER SCHOOL in Zambia, Africa, an outreach ministry of GEMS Girls’ Clubs, has openings for lower elementary school teachers for the 2015-16 school year. If you or someone you know has teaching experience, would like to work in a cross-cultural 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 or email email@example.com for more details. The job description can be viewed at www.estherschool.org/get-involved/teaching-positions. This is a wonderful opportunity for an individual, couple, or family looking to invest in children’s lives.
ANNUAL PUBLIC INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: The Village grounds will be alive with carnival booths, a variety of great food choices, a Bill Riley Talent Search qualifying event for the Iowa State Fair, horse drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo, kettle korn, an Amazing Race competition, inflatables, a gigantic fireworks display and more on Friday, July 3. We are excited to bring Kelsey K to the outdoor stage for our musical entertainment! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the festivities. The food vendors will be ready to tempt your taste buds starting at 5p with entertainment beginning at 6p.
THE NORTHWEST IOWA Symphony Orchestra Friends Board (Friends of NISO) is sponsoring a garden tour on JULY 7 from 4-8p and JULY 8 from 9a-1p. Tour gardens are at the homes of Howard & Vicki Hall, Jerry & Shirley Isakson, Jack & Marlene Timmer, and T. Van Voorst. Truffles will be served at the Ground Effects gazebo. All proceeds are to support the NISO Student Scholarship Fund. Tickets ($15 each, or 2 for $25) are available at the Sioux Center Chamber Office all day July 6&7 and the morning of July 8. Tickets will also be available at each garden site both days.
VILLAGE NORTHWEST Benefit Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 20 at Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City. Registration includes 18 holes of golf with cart, noon lunch, catered evening meal and great prizes. For more information or to register, call Judy at 712-324-5416. What a great opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of golf while supporting people with disabilities.
REPORTS OF PERSECUTION IN INDIA increased 55% in the last year – 12 months after an election that ushered in a Hindu nationalist government. Anti-Christian groups have boldly declared their goal of returning India to a purely Hindu nation. Reports include churches being burned, mass “reconversion” events, and some Christians even being killed. Please pray with Mission India for India’s elected leaders to take action to uphold their constitution’s religious freedom.
CHANGE IS A FACT OF LIFE! That means it may be time to update your estate plan. Jim Prichard, a Christian attorney from Barnabas Foundation, will help review your current plan. This review is available to you at no charge and with no obligation. Jim will be meeting with Christian families in the area during the week of July 13-16. Call Barnabas Foundation toll-free at 1-888-448-3040 to schedule a conversation with Jim. To help you get started, you may also request a free special report titled “Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes or Misconceptions” by simply sending an e-mail request with “Top 10” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 MINN-IA-KOTA RETREAT is scheduled for September 15 at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Valerie Elliot Shepard is the featured speaker. Everyone is encouraged to come to the evening concert with One Way Quartet at 7:00p.
CROSSROAD CONNECTION: Empowering Returning Citizens with Help and Hope. Is a successful reentry to society dependent on landing a job? Finding a house? Joining a church? While all of these are key factors, Pastor Jim Bright, executive director of Living Water Prison Ministry Network, explains why hope is the most foundational element for reentry success. Go to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!