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June 7, 2015


       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Ministers      

Preparation for Worship: “A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.” Prov. 29:23



*Call to Worship:

                              Pastor:  The Lord be with you.     People:            And also with you.

*Opening Hymn: SW#8:1,3 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & We Greet Each Other

*Hymn of Praise: SW#29:1,2 “Lord Most High”


God’s Law

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession:

           Pastor:   God blesses those who realize their need, for the kingdom of heaven is given to them.

           People: But we have been proud in spirit, inflated with pride in our own self-sufficiency. We

            have forgotten how needy we are.

           Pastor:   Lord please show us your mercy.

           People: Lord have mercy upon us in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen

Assurance of Pardon

Song of Assurance: #32:1-3 “How Blest Are They Whose Trespass”

Congregational Prayer

Offering: Lower Parking Lot



*Song of Preparation: #206:1,6,7 “Blest Are the Contrite Hearts”   

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Matthew 5:1-12

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit”

Prayer of Application

*Song of Response: SW#21:1-2 “There Is a Redeemer”


Celebration of Communion (on PPT)

Hymn: #304:1-3 “Let Us Break Bread Together” (during passing of the bread)

Hymn: #297:1,3,5 “O Come My Soul Sing Praise To God” (during passing of the juice)

Hymn of Response: #475:1-3 “Praise , My Soul, the King of Heaven” (Offering for Benevolence taken)


*Parting Blessing

*Doxology: #475:4 “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven”


* indicates congregation stand - organist…MaryLou Wielenga



GREETERS TODAY:  Elder Dave & Betty Vande Griend, Elder Roger & Fran De Kruyf

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Jim & Vell Keizer, Deacon Rick & Tonya De Groot


NURSERY TODAY: AM Amy De Jager, Janice Driesen, Cory Ney, Erika Feenstra, Logan Baccam; PM Brad Kats Family  

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Susan De Yager, Anna Dirksen, Anna Zomermaand, Emily Fedders, Mitchell Fedders; PM Sean Baccam 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: Lower Parking Lot; Communion offering: Benevolence

NEXT SUNDAY: Christian Education Fund






POWER POINT NEXT SUNDAY: Sally                      


SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                            



CORRESPONDENCE: Roger Vis to Sos & Kara Maletoungou; Ken Visser to Kevin Schutte; Daryl Wesselink to Justin Van Zee; Don Westra to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Randy Westra to Lauren Runia; Rob Westra to Rev. Jan Van Ee




   9:30 AM    Worship Service

 10:45 AM    Coffee fellowship in the basement

   5:00 PM    Evangelism Committee Meeting in the Youth Building

   6:00 PM    Evening Worship Service


   6:30 PM    Elder’s Meeting

   7:00 PM    Deacon’s Meeting

   8:00 PM    Council Meeting



June 7, 2015

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL  as we gather for worship and Christian fellowship this morning. 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 we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. If you are truly sorry for your sins, sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, faithfully attend a Bible believing church and desire to live in obedience to him, you are welcome to join us at the Lord’s Table. Gluten free bread will be available in the center section of each tray.


THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is taken from Nehemiah 4 titled “Moving Ahead in the Face of Opposition”.


TODAY is Reuben Faber’s last Sunday with us. We are thankful for the ways that he has blessed our lives at First CRC and at Western Christian. We wish him God’s blessing as he moves back to Southern California.


COUNCIL MEETING: Newly elected elders and deacons are requested to meet with the council this coming Monday, June 8th, at 8:00p to elect officers.


ALL LADIES are invited to help at Justice for All in Rock Valley on Tuesday, June 9. Meet at 12:45p in the upper church parking lot to car pool. If you have questions, call Carol V. (439-1366) or Joyce VG (439-2060).


PRAY for Synod as it meets from June 12-18 at Dordt College.


BAPTISM:  Travis & Brittany Veldman and Justin & Sheila Van Schepen have requested the sacrament of baptism for their infant children, Stella Faye and Huxton Bruce. Baptism will take place next Sunday morning.


WE ARE IN NEED of Care Group Leaders/Assistants for the 2015-2016 year. If you would be willing to help out or need more information, please call the church office at 439-1626.


FROM THE BUILDING COMMITTEE: The Lower Parking Lot renovation will begin the middle of June. We are still in need of more funds for this project. Also, please keep in consideration parking for the elderly during the parking lot renovation.


THE “SHARE” GROUP for widows/widowers will meet on Thursday, June 18, at 6:00p at the Homestead Commons in Hull. We will be carpooling to Old 60 in Sheldon for our evening meal. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Katie at 470-4195 or Deanna Tiedeman at 439-2229.


THANK YOU for all the groceries and cards we received. We are grateful for all the prayers and support you have shown us as we enter this next stage in life. –Cory and Sherry De Wit


THANK YOU: I would like to thank Pastor Loren & Norma Kotman for their visits and calls. Also, thanks to Elder Dave Rozeboom for his phone calls. Thanks for the food, visits, cards and prayers with my foot surgery and my birthday! It is wonderful to have so many caring and loving people in my church family! May God bless you all!  -Sandy Starkenburg


TEENS are you up for a CHALLENGE? Hull Summerfest invites you to gather up your teams for a competition like non other…”The Hullger Games” – Friday, July 10, 8:30p in the open space north of Agropur!! There will be obstacles to challenge your physical strength as well as your mental strength – even some obstacles to challenge your adventurous spirit! And FANTASTIC prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams!! The Pizza Ranch will be serving up FREE pizza after the challenges have been completed and we are excited to welcome 321 Improv as our evening entertainment! For more information and to get your team registered, visit




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.

Sherry Brummel was admitted to Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls on Monday with fever and an infection. Pray for healing.

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

Give thanks that Gary Roetman’s cancer is in remission. Recent tests revealed that the cancer has not spread and that the cancer in the lymph nodes is shrinking. Gary will continue with his biweekly cancer treatment. Continue to pray for God’s healing mercies.

Congratulations to Cory & Sherry (Runia) De Wit who were united in marriage on Saturday, June 6, at the Christian Reformed Church in Volga, South Dakota. May God bless them with many happy healthy years together.

Continue to pray for Joyce Kroese. Pray for strength and healing.

Give thanks that Addison Pfingsten has not had a seizure for 5 weeks. Concerning the Chiari Malformation 1 (unrelated to the seizures), Addison will likely need surgery when she is older. Continue to pray for Addison. John and Lindsey are very appreciative of all the cards and prayers.

Continue to keep Sam Scholten in your prayers as he serves in the military.

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 pray for Gene Driesen, Nella, and family as they have received the news that recent tests have shown that the cancer has spread throughout Gene’s body. They will not be pursuing more treatment and he is receiving care from hospice. We pray for the Driesens that the Lord will give them peace, keep Gene comfortable, and that they can rest in His care.

We continue to remember our members who are unable to worship with us regularly; Gene Driesen and Hermina Hulstein at the Homestead, Dick Dykstra and Mary Grooters at Aspen Heights, Ann Dykstra 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 Board of Western Christian thanks the congregation for contributing to the Western Christian Spring Drive. The total contributions, from all the churches, are over $57,000. If you have not yet given your gift, please send it directly to the school and identify it for the Spring Drive.



MEMORY LOSS Support Group will be meeting on Wed., June 10, 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. For more information, please contact Melinda at 476-8214. New members are always welcome!


MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND the Sioux County American Cancer Relay for Life on June 12 in Rock Valley. Luminary bags are available at American State Bank, Iowa State Bank and Hull Pharmacy. Pick one up, decorate it, fill out form, enclose donation and return by June 10. It’s a wonderful way to honor or remember a loved one who has been touched by cancer. Questions, contact Loreen Marra at


HOPE HAVEN will be holding its Annual Fishing Benefit at Lake Francis Case, Ft. Randall Dam on Friday, June 12, rain or shine. Registration fee is $60 which includes evening meal, entry gift, and eligibility for weigh-in prize categories. All proceeds will benefit Hope Haven. Registration is due by June 11. For more information and to register, visit or call Missy at 476-3174. Come enjoy a day of food, friends, fellowship and fishing!


YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED to attend the Synodical Service of Prayer and Praise to be held at the First CRC in Sioux Center at 4:00p on Sunday, June 14. The service will also include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. We look forward to worshipping together with the delegates to Synod 2015 and to ask for God’s blessing upon our denomination.


HOPE HAVEN’S 20TH ANNUAL GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held at Central Park in Sioux Center on Friday & Saturday, June 19&20. The Gospel Music Festival will provide great continuous music from 1:00-10:00p on Friday and from 10:00a-10:00p on Saturday. Approximately 20 different groups from 5 states are scheduled to sing! This is a benefit for Hope Haven and freewill offerings will be taken each day. A lunch stand will be open both days. In case of inclement weather, the Music Festival will be held at the Rec Center on the campus of Dordt College.


RISE FEST 2015 is coming June 19&20 in Sheldon with 2 days of main stage entertainment featuring Newsboys, Matthew West, Jason Gray, Rend Collective, Sidewalk Prophets, Rhett Walker Band, Mark Schultz, Ginny Owens, Remedy Drive and more! Seminars, Kids Zone, ROTR Youth Tent; there’s something for everyone. All general admission tickets are only $35 for TWO full days! Kids 10 and under are free.


CROSSROAD CONNECTION: The WAR on Human Trafficking. Human trafficking may be an issue overseas, but does it happen here in West Michigan? Hear startling statistics from Becky McDonald, founder and president of Women at Risk, International, as she shares how WAR, Int’l creates circles of protection for vulnerable women around the world. Go to to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!