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March 13, 2016

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –March 13, 2016

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister    Fifth Sunday in Lent

Preparation for Worship: Holy and loving God, as we worship you today, we long for your spirit to both

comfort and challenge us, to help us become more holy and more loving. In a world that does not

understand repentance, we pray for new understanding, humility, patience, and discipline that will help

us die to sin and live for Jesus. (Worship Source Book J.1.1.2nd edition)

WE ARE GATHERED IN WORSHIP

Prelude   

*Responsive Call to Worship:

              Pastor:      Let us worship God, who has done great things.

              People:     We rejoice in our God, who made a way through the desert of this world.

              Pastor:      Let us worship God, who has caused streams of mercy to flow in the wasteland.

              People:     We are the people God has formed through Christ; we worship him, and we rejoice.

              Pastor:      Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.

              People:     We praise God for the grace that has saved us. Alleluia! We Rejoice!

*Opening Song: #379:1-4 “What Wondrous Love”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

Baptism of Rebecca Ann Dirksen

Song: #571:1-3 “Jesus Loves Me” & #349:1,2 “O How He Loves You and Me” (Celebration Hymnal)

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

Summary of the Law

Call to Confession

Song of Assurance: #260:1-3 “Not What My Hands Have Done”

Prayers of God’s People

Offering: Christian Ed. Fund

Piano Offertory by Jo Dirksen

GOD SPEAKS TO US FROM HIS WORD

 *Song of Preparation: #377:1,2 “Were You There”   

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: John 13:1-17

God’s Word Proclaimed: “An Example to Follow”

Prayer of Application

*Song of Response: #601:1-4 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #947 “We Receive Your Blessing” (LUYH)

*Postlude       

  (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)

*indicates congregation stand - organist: Connie Te Krony

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY:  Lawrence & Marge Vander Esch, Elder Darren & Darla Van’t Hul

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  Nic & Shirley Van Engen, Deacon Dean & Steph Bonestroo

NURSERY TODAY: AM Koni Leusink, Kathy Mouw, Skyler Bonestroo, Haley Driesen, Madison Emerick; PM Eric Zomermaand Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Sandy Pollema, Nicole Rozeboom, Blake Bonestroo, Teagan De Jager, Aimee Vanden Bosch; PM Cody Bauer Family

USHERS FOR MAR.: Mike Grevengoed, Scott Kroese, Dan Poppema, Kirk Struik

VALET PARKING:  AM Jerad Kats, Lee Rozeboom.; PM Zachary De Jager, Zachary Vant Hul

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

NEXT SUNDAY:  Hope Haven

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Ken & Mary L.                          NEXT WEEK: Rick & Koni Leusink  

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

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Shad                                               NEXT SUNDAY:  Cody

CORRESPONDENCE: Noah De Yager to Justin Van Zee; Jo Dirksen to Kevin Schutte; Art Dirksen to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Ken Draayer to Lauren Runia; Kevin Driesen to Rev. Jan Van Ee

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM        Worship Service

 10:45 AM        Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM        Sunday School/Catechism Classes

 10:45 AM        Choir Rehearsal

 10:45 AM        Adult Sunday School

   5:00 PM         Evangelism Committee Meeting in the Youth Building

   6:00 PM         Evening Worship Service

   7:15 PM         Salt & Light Bible Study (Women)

   7:15 PM         College/Career Bible Study (meet in the Youth Building)

MONDAY

   7:30 PM         Friendship Bible

TUESDAY

   7:00 PM         Beth Moore Bible Study

WEDNESDAY

   9:55 AM        Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 13 “The Gentile Connection”

   7:00 PM         Mission Guild. Lesson 11. Song Service: Lee O. Closing Prayer: Ella Mae VB

   7:00 PM         Men’s Society

   7:00 PM         YPS – Lesson. Devotions: Skyler B. & Chris B.; Lunch: Dana D. & Alyssa F.

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

March 13, 2016

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Our purpose is to share the good news of God’s love made known in Jesus Christ. 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. 

BAPTISM: This morning we will witness the baptism of Rebecca Ann Dirksen, infant daughter of Art & Anna Dirksen.

THIS EVENING Pastor Kotman message is taken from Psalm 145 titled “God is Good”.

REHEARSALS for the Community Easter Cantata “It is Finished” are Sundays at First CRC at 4:00p! ALL voices, High School age and older, are welcome to join us!! The performance will be held on Easter evening at 6:00p at First CRC.

POWER POINT could use one or two more people to set up power point and one more person that would be willing to run power point during services. There will be a meeting after church this morning to show any interested people how easy setting up power point is and how simple our program is to use during services.

WE WELCOME BACK Gary & Susan Roetman as members of 1st CRC. They come back to us from The River CRC in Redlands, CA.

THE COUNCIL is seeking nominations for Elders and Deacons. If you feel called to serve or know of someone you believe is well equipped for these positions, please contact a council member before March 14. The Council asks that you pray for God’s guidance as we go through the nomination process.

NEXT SUNDAY EVENING the Valley Male Chorus will be participating in the service.

FOR ANY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT considering professing their faith, Pastor Loren will be offering a pre-confession class in the near future. Please let him know if you are interested.

SHARE GROUP for widows/widowers will meet on Thursday, March 17, at 6:00p at the HOMESTEAD. Meal catered by Melissa. Reservations needed. Please call Pastor Katie at 470-4195 by Monday, March 14 for reservations. We will be playing Pass the Ace after our meal.

CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP will meet next week Sunday, March 20. Finish lesson 4. Lunch: Vell & Norma.

NOTICE: The annual Cadet-o-Rama will again be held in the Rock Valley clubhouse and bus barn March 23. All Cadets & their families are invited to attend. There will be a derby race (weigh-in is from 6:30-7p with races starting at 7p, an archery competition, a marksmanship competition, and a craft. There will NOT be an outlaw race this year, but there WILL be a concession stand with tavern, popcorn, hotdogs, pop, and candy available.

SAVE THE DATE: The YPS would like to invite all Senior Citizens to a night of games, fellowship and food on Wed., March 30, at 7:00p at the Youth Building.

CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH OPPORTUNITY: Hull 1st is planning a visit to the Cornerstone Prison Church located in the SDSP in Sioux Falls on Fri., Apr. 8. You must fill out a DOC visit approval form if you have not done so within the last year. Contact Val Brummel at val.brummel@gmail.com if you need forms & to get your name on the list. Sign up & forms must be turned in to Val no later than Wed., Mar. 23.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

We extend our Christian sympathy to Marvin Vander Wilt and family, Jo Van Surksum & family and Dave & Aletha Sneider & family in the passing of Alberta Vander Wilt on Saturday, March 5. Funeral services were held on Wednesday.

Esther Rozeboom was in the Sioux Center Hospital from Monday through Wednesday of this past week with complications from diverticulitis. Give thanks that she is doing better.

Henry Brinks was discharged from the swing bed program at the Rock Valley Hospital and is now a resident at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.

Continue to keep Jeanette Boogerd in prayer. She is currently at Pleasant Acres (Room 101) due to fracturing her hip. Pray for relief from pain and healing.

Continue to remember Joyce Kroese in your prayers. Pray for continued strength and better health.

Give thanks that a recent CT scan for Gary Roetman showed no cancer. Gary will continue with the same chemo routine.

Remember Sam Scholten in your prayers as he serves our country at Fort Bragg.

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

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

Please keep Tasha Hulstein and her unborn child in your prayers. She was admitted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls this week after her water broke prematurely. Tasha and baby are doing well, but will need continued monitoring. Visits are welcome, but if you have any cold or flu symptoms, please wait until you are well. We keep Tasha’s husband, Corey, and the rest of the family in our prayers as well.

We continue to remember Joan Buyert as she continues her recovery at home.

Eldoris Dykstra received good news that at this time she does not need to have any procedures related to her heart. We give thanks to God for that news. She continues treatments for her eyes. We also pray for her as she prepares for her move to the Alta-Aurelia area in the coming weeks to move closer to family.

We also continue to remember our members who reside in care facilities: Hermina Hulstein and Mary Grooters 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

   HCS will be having an informational night and registration for Little Blessings Preschool the evening of March 22, from 6:30-7:30p. Mrs. Boer will be making a presentation at 7:00p regarding the daily activities of preschool. You can pre-register using the form found on our webpage (hullchristian.com) under the heading Forms and Documents. This pre-registration form will be posted on March 15 at 9:00a. Please submit your pre-registration form through e-mail (teekhoff@hullchristian.com), mail or by dropping it off at the school office. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 439-2273.

   Western Christian High School’s Eighth Grade Day will be held on Thursday, April 7, and will begin with a Praise and Worship service with our student body at 2:45p. All 8th graders, regardless of their high school plans, are invited to visit Western on that day. All parents are invited to come to Western that evening at 5:30p for a free meal, displays, and tours. Call 712-439-1013 for more information.

   Western: Please join the choirs and jazz band on Monday, March 14, for our concert “On the Lighter Side..”. The concert will begin at 7:00p in Western’s gym. Bring your sweet tooth; desserts will be served during the concert to raise money for the music boosters.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S BRUNCH on Wed., March 16, at 9:15a at the Whispering Heights Community room in Rock Valley. The feature is Ali Den Boer from the “Fitness Center” and Jill Christoffels will entertain us with her violin. Arlene Gabrielson, will present “What’s Really Behind that Happy Face?” An offering will be received for Stonecroft Ministries. Brunch is $4.00. Reservations necessary. Call Winifred at 470-5549.

DORDT COLLEGE CONCERT CHOIR invites you to a concert at 7:30p on Friday, March 18, in the Auditorium. The concert is the conclusion of a spring music tour. Directed by Dr. Benjamin Kornelis, the ensembles will perform a wide variety of choral music, ranging from music of the Renaissance and Baroque to recently composed works, as well as folk songs and hymn arrangement. The concert is free, with a freewill offering received to help defray tour expense.

MINISTRY VISION DINNER: You are invited to our first annual Ministry Vision Dinner to be held at our Main Lodge on Tuesday, March 29, at 6:00p. If you love Inspiration Hills, please join us for a night of fun, worship, prayer, and information as we tell ministry stories and seek the wisdom and direction of the Holy Spirit for this year and beyond. Please plan to join us for this FREE event by RSVP to kristipalsma@inspirationhills.org or calling 712-986-5193 by Tuesday, March 22.

DORDT COLLEGE & MINN-I-KOTA Youth organization, in partnership with Youth Unlimited, have organized a SERVE project at Friendship Community Church in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. Prairie Serve will include work on the Winnebago Reservation and travel to the Rosebud Reservation, the Badlands, and  Wounded Knee. Youth groups can sign up by March 31 to save $50 on the registration fee; about half of the 60 available slots are already taken. For more information, contact Dr. Jason Lief at Jason.Lief@dordt.edu or go to www.youthunlimited.org/serve/site-locations/sioux-city-iowa.

JFA is in need of beds, dressers, tables & chairs, couches and recliners as well as appliances and household goods. Our drop-off room is located at 1335 Valley Drive, Rock Valley and is open 24 hrs. Mon-Fri. and 8-noon on Sat. Call 476-2804 with any questions.

JFA will be partnering with Touch of Hope Ministries out of Rock Rapids to lead a trip to Simonette, Haiti. We will be going March 31-April 8. We’re hoping to build a home while we’re there so if you have skills that pertain to building/carpentry/cement work that would be a plus but is definitely not necessary! For more information, call or email Lauren at 712-476-2804 or laurenk@jfa-nwiowa.org.

NW IA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present its annual Guest Concert on Friday, April 1. At 7:30p in Dordt’s auditorium. Advance tickets at True Vine & Dove Christian Bookstore or at the door the night of the concert.

BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES ASK Banquet is Friday, April 1, at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. RSVP for the meal by March 21. Call Bethany at 712-737-4831.

ALPHA CENTER LIBERTY DINNER is Friday, April 29, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.  Registration is required. Visit www.alphacenterfriends.com; or contact Alpha Center at 605-361-3500..