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March 18, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SEVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –March 18, 2018

       Rev. Loren Kotman.…Minister    Fifth Sunday in Lent

Preparation for worship: “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord Your God.” Job 2:12-14

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Prelude

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

*Opening Song: #486:1-3 “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

God’s Will for Our Lives

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Grace

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

Intercessory Prayer

Offering: Christian Education Fund

Offertory: Video on Wycliffe

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

*Song of Preparation: #177:1-4 “Oh, to See the Dawn” (LUYH)

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: Mark 15:16-20

God’s Word Proclaimed: “If They Had Known Who Jesus Really Was”

Prayer of Application

WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD

*Song of Response: #557:1-4 “My Jesus I Love Thee”

*Parting Blessing

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

*Postlude

   (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)

*indicates congregation stand

organist: Lavonne Kats

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Lawrence & Marge Vander Esch, Elder Gerald Jansen

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  Joyce Vander Griend, Joyce Vander Well, Deacon Noah & Susan De Yager

NURSERY TODAY:  AM Amy De Jager, Susan De Yager, Ashley Fedders, Teagan De Jager, Logan Baccam; PM Mike Grevengoed Family  

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Lisa Kats, Cindy Te Slaa, Haley Wielenga, Faith Kleinwolterink, Rachel Kats; PM John Emerick Family

USHERS FOR MAR.: Kyle Bolkema, Rick De Groot, Bryce Veldman, Cory De Wit

VALET PARKING MAR:AM Mitchell Winterfeld, Zach Mouw; PM Colin Westra, Dawson Feenstra

 

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

OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Vacation Bible School; 2. Wycliffe

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Ted & Lois Salazar                                 NEXT WEEK: Mark & Sara S.     

POWER POINT TODAY: AM Arlene; PM Jason/Julie                        NEXT WEEK: Julie/Tonya

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY:  Cody                                                           NEXT SUNDAY: Joel

CORRESPONDENCE: Justin Te Slaa to Justin Van Zee; Kyle Te Slaa to Steve & Tara Dekkers;  Rog Tiedeman to Kevin Schutte; Ella Mae Vande Burgt to Lauren Runia; Dave Vande Griend to Sos & Kara Maletoungou (For those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the directory, first page, under “Missionaries Supported”.)

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 (10th/11th grade meet in the Council Room)

 10:45 AM        Choir Rehearsal

 10:45 AM        Adult Sunday School (meet in pastor’s office)

   6:00 PM         Evening Service followed by coffee/cookies in the basement

MONDAY

   7:00 PM         Cadet/GEMS Pinewood Derby. Supper served from5:30-7:00p. Free-will donation.

   7:30 PM         Friendship Bible

WEDNESDAY

   9:55 AM        Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 3 of Discover Thessalonians 1&2

   7:00 PM         Mission Guild. Lesson 12. Opening Prayer: Peg Visser; Closing Prayer: Shirley Rens

   7:00 PM         Men’s Society

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

March 18, 2018

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL “By grace you have been saved (as a) gift of God” (Eph. 2:8) All are welcome here! Let us worship together. 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 during the offertory we will see a DVD “The Road to Bible Translation” from Wycliffe. In the evening service Gary & Ellie (Eloise De Wit) Sikma will tell us about their plan to work with Wycliffe in South Africa by the end of this year or very early next year. A time of coffee and fellowship will be held after the service. The second offering next Sunday morning will be for the support of the Sikmas in their work with Wycliffe.

THIS MORNING we welcome Chris & Ashley Hulstein and their children Caden & Jace and Jon & Bethany Scholten and daughter Charlotte to the family of God at 1st CRC. The Hulstein family is in Care Group #6 and the Scholtens are in Care Group #3.

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Ephesians 1:3-14 titled “Our Salvation in Christ”.

CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: will meet next Sunday evening, March 25th instead of tonight.

CADETS/GEMS Pinewood Derby will be Monday, Mar. 19 at HCS in the gym starting at 7:00p. GEMS will be serving a meal from 5:30-7:00p. Freewill donation will be collected to help with GEMS camp registration.

REMINDER of the Open House baby shower for Amber & Destiny Vande Weerd on Tuesday, March 20, from 6:30-8:00p in the church basement. All ladies are encouraged to attend.

INVITATION: Eli Birnbaum, will present “Christ in the Passover” at Hope CRC on Wed., March 28 at 7:30p. Join us for Christ in the Passover, from Egypt to Calvary, to what it means to us today.

20th ANNUAL CELEBRATION of Christian Ed. supper and auction is Wed., April 4. Mark your calendars for a night of fun and fellowship. A current list of auction items is in your mailbox. All donations are welcome!

SAVE THE DATE – April 25th – YPS 50’s diner! Come out to enjoy hamburgers, brats, hotdogs, and homemade milk shakes on Wed., April 25th, from 5-7p. Reminder that “To Go” boxes are available.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS interested in making profession of faith are invited to a preconfession class beginning Sunday morning, April 22, (note change of date) during the Sunday school hour. Call or text Pastor Loren (712-449-5222) or email him pastor@hull1stcrc.com if you plan to attend.

THE SHARE GROUP for widows/widowers will meet Thurs., Mar. 22 at 6:00p at Homestead Commons. We’ll enjoy soup & bread for supper. Gerry Holtrop will present information on Partners for Patriots.

MEMBERSHIP TRANSFERS: The communicant memberships of Art & Anna Dirksen and 3 baptized  children, Mikayla, Samantha, Rebecca, were transferred, at their request, to Hamlin Reformed Church in Castlewood, SD. The communicant membership of Anna (Vande Griend) De Raadt was transferred, at her request, to Escalon CRC in Escalon, CA. We wish them God’s blessing in their new church home.

SAVE THE DATE! Hull VBS is excited to announce “Shipwrecked-Rescued by Jesus,” our 2018 Summer Vacation Bible School! It will be June 3-7 from 6-8:45pm. It is for kids entering K-6 (Fall 2018). If you have any questions, contact Rachel Bolkema, Jessica Pollema or Ashley Hulstein.

THANK YOU to everyone for your cards, prayers, visits, and food brought in following the death of our mother, Margaret Hoekstra. Thank you also for the gifts from our Care Group and Christian Fellowship and to Pastor Kotman and Norma for their visit. It was very much appreciated!  –Jay & Donna De Wit

THANK YOU for cards and expressions of sympathy in the recent passing of our brother-in-law. It is great to belong to such a caring church. -Ken & Belle Draayer

THANK YOU to everyone that shared their thoughts, prayers and expressions of sympathy to us in the passing of our dear dad, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa! You expressed your care with loving words, heartfelt cards, and delicious food. Thanks to the Care Groups for the plant and flowers. Pastor & Norma Kotman and Elder Dan De Wit – our sincere appreciation for your calls and visits. We are blessed to belong to a caring church. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for each one of you! –Arlene Van Schepen, Brian & Nicole Rozeboom & family

OFFERING AMOUNTS FOR FEB.:

General Fund:      $31,057.62                           Missions:      $1,115.00

Building Fund:      $     905.00                           Dordt:          $1,076.86

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

Larry Hoekstra was admitted to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City early Wednesday morning. He was scheduled to have a procedure done on Thursday to stabilize his heart rhythm.

Henry Kats was admitted to the Sioux Center Hospital on Wednesday night with severe pain. Pray that doctors will determine the source of his pain and for healing.

Continue to remember LeRoy Jongetjes, Skyler Bonestroo, and Darlene Kroese as they recover from recent surgeries.

Shar Bonestroo’s mom, Betty den Hoed is still receiving treatment. Pray for strength and healing.

Continue to remember Heath Stoker and family in prayer. Heath has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He began radiation treatments a couple of weeks ago. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and healing for Heath. The family requests no visits at this time due to Heath’s immune system.

Sara Grevengoed’s dad, Jim Bynes is making slow progress with treatment and therapy. Continue to pray for Jim and Barb. You can follow Jim’s progress on Caring Bridge.

Pray for our shut ins: Sally De Groot, Florence Kroese, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Joyce De Vries, Verne Huisman, Julianne Kats, Anthony Smit, and Goldie Veldman at Aspen Heights; Esther Rozeboom in her son’s home, Wilma Altena at the Good Samaritan Society in George, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

We keep Cruise De Groot in prayer, as he spends time between home and Nebraska, where he trains and prepares for his deployment with the US Army.

We continue to pray for strength and healing for Jemma Jean De Jong, daughter of Sarah and Todd De Jong, and grand-daughter of Diana and Dave Kooima.

We pray for many others who continue to recover from recent surgeries, illnesses, or treatments. We pray for peace, patience, and endurance.

We remember our members who reside in care facilities: Marv Boon at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, and Evelyn Dykstra in Byron Center Manor in Byron Center, MI. We also pray for their families as they support them.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT

      HCS is looking for someone to work on a contract basis to perform bookkeeping duties. You can work from home with flexible hours. Duties will include preparing financial statements, managing all financial accounts and paying bills. Applications can be found on our webpage or by contacting school. If interested please contact Randy Ten Pas at 712-439-2273 or email rtenpas@hullchristian.com.

      Western 8th grade day will be held Thursday, April 5, at 3:00p. All 8th graders, regardless of their high school plans, are invited to visit Western on that day. Western will provide transportation for all the students to attend, and parents are requested to pick them up. If parents are not able to attend, we would be glad to arrange transportation home for any student. All parents are invited to come to Western at 5:30p for a free meal, displays, and tours. Questions, contact the office at Western (439-1013).

     

                                                            REQUESTED ANNOUNCMENTS

NISO will present a Guest Concert by the Camerata RCO of the Netherlands on March 20. It will be at 7:30pm in the BJ Haan Auditorium. Tickets available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center & Jubon Juweelen in Orange City. They may also be purchased at the door that night. For information call 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.

DORDT Concert Band invites everyone to a spaghetti dinner at First CRC in Sioux Center on Wed., March 21, from 5:00-7:00p. Freewill donations will be accepted to support the band’s upcoming tour to Europe in May.

DORDT Concert Choir will present their final concert of the season Friday, March 23. The concert is free, with a freewill offering received to help defray tour expenses.

HUNGRY FREE KIDS OF SIOUX COUNTY AUCTION: Friday, March 23 – free-will dinner from 5:30-6:30p followed by an auction in the Dordt Rec Center. The aim is to bring awareness to people in NW IA that there are children all over our nation who are hungry. Even in Sioux County there are kids from families who have food insecurities. Our goal is to raise over $50,000 towards the program and other hunger-related causes in Sioux County. In our county alone we are in need of over 16,000 sacks per school year.

LOVE INC would like you to join them to discuss how the Lord has used the church to bless the people of Sioux County in 2017! Our annual meeting will be held Monday, March 26 at 7:00p at the Main Street Plaza (across from M&H True Value). Everyone is welcome!

MINN-I-KOTA & Dordt are partnering to present the 8th Annual Junior High Retreat April 20-22 at Inspiration Hills. Contact Lee De Groot for more information: degrootlee@gmail.com or 712-470-4244. Forms are available on the table in narthex.

ALPHA CENTER requests the pleasure of your company as our guests for the Imagination Dinner on Friday, April 27. Welcome reception at 6:15p, Dinner & program at 7:00p, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Pre-registration is required. An opportunity to make a financial faith promise investment will be provided. To register visit www.alphacenterfriends.com or contact Alpha Center at 605-361-3500.

CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH invites you to their 12th Annual Benefit Banquet on Monday, April 9, at Trinity CRC. Doors open at 6:00p. RSVP by April 2 (476-5292) or www.cornerstonepcsd.org.