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March 22, 2020

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

March 22, 2020

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Just as God instructed Samuel to anoint David as Israel’s king, God has anointed each of you for special work. May this worship service strengthen you for service!  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.

REMINDER: We have ceased all handshake greeting until further notice. Greeters will still be available prior to the service to welcome you and Elders will greet you after the service but will NOT shake your hand.

SERVICES ON SUNDAY will be on Channel 77 and live streamed. The evening service will only be on cable

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Pastor Loren will begin a class on April 19 during the Sunday school hour for those who would like to make profession of faith. Let Pastor Loren know if you are interested (712-449-5222) or pastor@hull1stcrc.com.

ASPEN HEIGHTS is requesting no visitors until further notice.

PLEASANT ACRES is under a preventative quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. No visitors allowed.           

FROM THE CHRISTIAN ED COMMITTEE: Our church will again be mowing Hope Cemetery as a fundraiser for Christian Education this coming summer. We are looking for a few more volunteers to help with mowing. If you like to be outdoors and love the smell of fresh cut grass, please contact Dennis Vande Griend or Jay De Wit to help out.

NOTICE FROM JFA: Until further notice, we will be closing our drop off room and not accepting volunteer groups starting Wednesday, March 18th. The JFA Foundation event that was scheduled for March 26 has been rescheduled to Friday, August 21st.

MINN-I-KOTA YOUTH 10TH ANNUAL JR. HIGH RETREAT IS CANCELLED! For those who have already sent in registrations with payment, I will return your checks via PO Mail.

WALL OF NEEDS: Check out the bulletin board next to the church mailboxes to see how you can donate supplies to VBS this year. Simply grab a slip of paper and return the listed donation to church. They can be placed in the baskets at the back of church.

VBS VOLUNTEERS: We are needing volunteers to help with Vacation Bible School to help it run smoothly. Those interested in helping (junior high age and older) are asked to sign up on the sheet in back of church. (Please note that although VBS is starting on a Sunday again this year, you do not have to miss evening church to attend. Students and helpers are welcome to start their VBS experience on Monday as well). This year we are going to serve a small meal beginning at 5:00. We are asking for about 4-5 ladies to help out with that on Thursday, June 11. Please note that on the sign-up sheet if you are willing to help serve the meal. Any questions, please contact Rachel Bolkema, Jessica Pollema or Ashley Hulstein.

VBS REGISTRATION: Climb aboard for Rocky Railway – Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through. Hull Vacation Bible School is Sunday, June 7, through Thursday, June 11, from 6:00p-8:30p every night. There will be small program Thursday, June 11, at 8:30p. The meal for the kids attending and volunteers will be served from 5:15p-5:45p Monday through Thursday. You can register online this year at https://forms.gle/uVqcCE4rVsarUGWm7. Registrations are due May 1.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Congratulations to Brett & Kaleigh Van Middendorp on the birth of a daughter, Cambrea Marie, born on Saturday, March 14.

Heath Stoker had a 4-month check-up on March 9 where he received good reports. At the beginning of the year, his chemo dose was cut in half, which has increased his white blood count and given him a bit more energy. He will continue on this maintenance chemo for the foreseeable future and bone hardener until September. Heath & Kayla would like to thank the congregation for all the continued prayers and support they have received through their journey with Multiple Myeloma. Please continue to keep Heath in your prayers as he is still immunocompromised.

Anna and Dylan Zomermaand are suffering from frequent migraines. Anna has had chronic migraines for several years. Dylan began having daily headaches and frequent migraines last fall. Please pray for relief from pain and healing.

Dennis Kroese was able to return to his home. Pray for continued healing.

Sally De Groot is a resident at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. She is in Creek Side, Room 15. Visitors are not allowed at Whispering Heights until further notice.      

Jarvis De Wild is scheduled for his final chemo this coming week. Please pray that he stays healthy.

Pray for Marilyn Grevengoed as she continues to recover from hip replacement surgery. She is thankful for improvement and for all of your care and concern.  

Lois Salazar is scheduled for her last infusion on April 2. Pray for continued healing.

Sandy Starkenburg is scheduled for surgery on March 31 at Avera in Sioux Falls. Pray the surgery will go well and for complete healing.

Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Chuck & Darlene Kroese; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Wilma Grevengoed, Harry Klay, Goldie Veldman; Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats; Rick Rozeboom’s home: Esther Rozeboom; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS

We give thanks that currently we have no one in the hospital.  We pray for the elderly and those with weakened immunity who remain close to home and isolated. We pray for their encouragement, health, and well-being.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEME NTS

   HCS: If you are interested in making a positive impact on students and the many other benefits of working in a Christian environment, we might have the job for you. HCS is accepting applications for a middle school Language Arts Teacher, part-time PE Teacher and part-time Paraprofessional. Applications on our webpage (www.hullchristian.com) or contact the school (439-2273) or rtenpas@hullchristian.com with questions.

   HCS will be having a Community Impact Night at the Pizza Ranch on March 30 from 5-7p. The money raised will help cover the cost of TV’s that will be placed around school for announcements and tell the story of Christian Education. We hope to see you there!

   Because of the recent closing of schools by Governor Reynolds, 8th Grade Day at Western Christian High School, scheduled for Thursday, April 2, has been cancelled. Information will be coming on how 8th graders can register for next fall’s classes and will be available by calling the office at Western at 439-1013. If any parents or students would like a tour of the school and/or would like to visit about the registration process with Karinda de Boom, the Academic Registrar, please call the office to make arrangements.

    

REQUESTED ANNOUNCMENTS

DUE TO CONCERNS related to coronavirus and recommendations regarding large gatherings, the Hope Haven Auction scheduled for April 3rd has been postponed. More details will be announced at a later time. To stay up to date on this event and other Hope Haven news, check out hopehaven.org and follow Hope Haven on Facebook.

HUNGRY FREE KIDS of Sioux County free-will dinner & auction will be re-scheduled for a later date!

TIMOTHY LEADERSHIP TRAINING USA: Looking for a way to keep growing in your Christian faith? Consider entering TLT mentoring. The program is centered on personal growth through goal-setting, toward mentoring others. The 7-part life-building course includes: teaching Bible, visitation, family health, stewardship, etc. To find out more come to the: “Invitation to Explore TLT” event sponsored by Classis Heartland Education Committee on Sat., March 28, at Calvary CRC at 11:00a in Orange City. Enjoy free pizza for lunch.

LOVE INC OF SIOUX COUNTY: In response to COVID-19 Love, INC is now postponing the Love and Laugh fundraiser that was scheduled for March 28. Our prayer is that you and your loved ones are safe and rooted in peace that comes from our Lord Jesus Christ.

BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES BANQUET CANCELLED! We want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for your consistent prayers, advocacy and financial support you have given us. We cannot do this work without our church & community partners! In this time of unpredictability that we are facing regarding COVID-19, we have made the tough decision to cancel our 45th Anniversary Banquet on March 31st. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for Bethany since over 60% of our yearly budget is met by donations. It pains us to cancel our opportunity to share with you the great work we are doing in Northwest Iowa. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of our partners, staff and the clients we serve. We are confident in God’s plan amidst the chaos and we trust that God will take care of us and everyone we touch in our ministry.

CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH Benefit Banquet has been cancelled and rescheduled for June 29 at Trinity CRC in Rock Valley.

LIFELIGHT will be in Rock Valley on August 8th at the Sports Complex. LifeLight is a movement aiming to   proclaim the Gospel and unite communities. We see an opportunity that when we gather in the name of Jesus that culture is changed. We do this by engaging culture through Speakers, Music, Art, Action Sports, and Children’s Areas. Keep the date open! Invite your family, co-workers and friends.