March 31, 2019
MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – March 31, 2019
Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister Fourth Sunday of Lent
Preparation for Worship: No weight of gold or silver can measure human worth; no soul secures its ransom with all the wealth of earth; no sinners find their freedom but by the gift unpriced: the Lamb of God unblemished, the precious blood of Christ. Our sins, our griefs and troubles, he bore and made his own; we hid our faces from him, rejected and alone. His wounds are for our healing, our peace is by his pain. Behold, the Man of Sorrows, the Lamb for sinners slain! #374:1,2
WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD’S NAME
*Call to Worship
*Opening Hymn: #464:1-4 “Father, Long Before Creation”
*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting
WE RECONCILE OURSELVES TO GOD
God’s Will for Our Lives
Prayer of Confession
Assurance of Pardon
Song of Commitment: #568:1-3 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
Prayers of God’s People
Offering: 1. Vacation Bible School; 2. Cornerstone Prison
WE HEAR THE WORD OF GOD
*Hymn of Preparation: #386:1-4 “Ah, Holy Jesus, How Have You Offended”
Prayer of Illumination
God’s Word Read: Luke 23:1-25; Lord’s Day 15 Q&A 38
God’s Word Proclaimed: “Condemned for Us”
Prayer of Application
WE RESPOND IN THANKSGIVING
*Hymn of Response: #482:1-5 “Man of Sorrows-What a Name”
*Parting Blessing & Charge
*Parting Song: #473:1,3 “To God Be the Glory”
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:
GREETERS TODAY: Travis & Sarah Grevengoed, Deacon Dan & Lisa Poppema
GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: George & Nancy Heynen, Elder Dave & Kay Kroese
NURSERY TODAY: AM Shar Bonestroo, Connie Grevengoed, Haley Wielenga, Blaike Bonestroo, Dalton Westra; PM Justin Te Slaa Family
NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: Stephanie Bonestroo, Dana Fedders, Abby Fedders, Braden Baccam, Jaiden Bonestroo; PM Evan Schroeder Family
USHERS FOR APR.: Rick Leusink, Harlyn Bolkema, Cory De Wit, Tom Sheffield
VALET PARKING FOR MAR.: March 31: Alex Westra & Andrew Hoekstra; April 7: Jason Kats & Tim Kats; Apr. 14: Eric Rens & Sam Scholten; Apr. 19: Curtis Van Grouw & Scott Kroese;
OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated
on your envelope. The loose offering is for the 1. VBS; 2. Cornerstone Prison
NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Mission Fund; 2. Inspiration Hills
COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: John & Amy NEXT SUNDAY: Dan & Dana Fedders
POWER POINT TODAY: Julie/Tonya NEXT SUNDAY: AM Arlene; PM Jason/Kirk
SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Rick NEXT SUNDAY: Ben
CORRESPONDENCE: Roger Vis to Justin Van Zee; Ken Visser to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Darlene Wallenburg to Michael Ribbons; Daryl Wesselink to Kevin Schutte; Lonni Westphal to Lauren Runia; Mrs. Don Westra to Sos & Kara Maletoungou (For those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the church directory, first page, under “Missionaries Supported”.)
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
9:30 AM Worship Service
10:45 AM Coffee fellowship in the basement
10:45 AM Sunday School/Catechism Classes
6:00 PM Evening Worship Service
7:30 PM Friendship Bible
5-8 PM Tip Night for Matt & LuAnn De Wild at the Hull Pizza Ranch
9:55 AM Coffee Break at Hope CRC
2:00 PM Bereans. Lesson 11. Lunch: Joyce Vander Well
5:00 PM Christian Ed Supper & Auction in the HCS Gym. Supper served from 5-7 with the auction starting at 7:00p.
7:00 PM Mission Guild. Lesson 10. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DAY!
Opening Prayer: Lee Oostenink; Closing Prayer: Carol Vis
FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
March 31, 2019
WELCOME TO FIRST HULL I return to you, God, in guilt and sorrow. But you run – run! – to me, sweep me up in your loving embrace and exclaim, “Welcome home”! I am speechless. 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 the middle of April. 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.
THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Acts 17:1-15 titled “Of More Noble Character”.
PLEASE RESERVE Tues., April 2, for a Community Impact Night for Matt & LuAnn De Wild. It will be held from 5:00-8:00p at the Pizza Ranch. The Impact Night is sponsored by First CRC, Bargain Alley, and Agropur. Modern Woodman is assisting with matching funds. Funds raised will help with the cost of remodeling their home to make it handicap accessible for Matt.
NEXT SUNDAY MORNING Blakely Jo Pollema, infant daughter of Brody & Jessica, will receive the sacrament of baptism.
FROM THE DEACONS: Our second offering next Sunday is for Inspiration Hills. They are encouraging our congregation to help with their Annual Fund to keep their summer camp and retreats affordable. They would also like to invite our congregation to consider sending our youth to their summer camp. Check out their video on YouTube under: Inspiration Hills 2019 Summer Camp Promo.
THE COUNCIL is seeking nomination 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 by April 8. The Council asks that you pray for God’s guidance as we go through the nomination process.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Pastor Loren will be offering a class during the Sunday School hour beginning April 14 for those interested in making profession of faith. Text (712-449-5222) or email Pastor Loren (email@example.com) if you are planning to attend.
YARN IS NEEDED for the stocking cap ministry at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. Stocking caps are made by the inmates which are distributed by various organizations serving people in need. Yarn may be placed in the box provided in the lobby. Thank you for supporting this ministry.
THE “SHARE” GROUP for widows & widowers will meet on Thurs., April 11, at 6:00p at Homestead Commons. Please note the change in day from our normal schedule. We will order in Pizza Ranch for supper. Please bring $5 to help offset the cost of supper. Following our meal, we will watch a production of “Samson” recorded in Branson, Missouri. Popcorn and treats will be served during the movie. Please call Deanna Tiedeman (439-2229) or Pastor Aaron Deutsch (605-742-4469) with any questions.
ADVANCE NOTICE: The annual Cadet-o-Rama will be held in Rock Valley on April 17. All Cadets from Three Rivers Council are invited to participate in the activities. More details to come.
FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
- Wilmar Pollema continues with chemo treatment. Give thanks that the numbers for his multiple myeloma have gone down. Continue to remember him in your prayers.
- Continue to keep Russ Vander Schaaf in your prayers. Russ will have a consultation with a surgeon on Tuesday.
- Matt De Wild was admitted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls very early Saturday morning, March 23, with breathing issues. He was released on Tuesday. Continue to remember Matt & LuAnn in your prayers.
- Gary Roetman was admitted to the hospital in Omaha early this past week. Give thanks that his numbers are back in the normal range, his heart suffered no damage, he is out of ICU status and that he began PT on Thursday. Gary and Susan are very grateful for your thoughts, prayers, texts and calls.
- Glenda Oolman had surgery on her shoulder on Friday at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City. Pray for healing.
- Duane Vande Griend continues with cancer treatment. Duane is grateful for answered prayers and ask that you continue to ask God for relief from side effects from the medication, a better appetite and for healing.
- Heath Stoker is doing well as he continues on maintenance chemo and bone hardener for Multiple Myeloma cancer. Please continue to pray for good health and building of his immune system.
- LeRoy Jongetjes returned home from Pleasant Acres on Friday, March 22. Give thanks for God’s healing.
- Pray for our shut ins: PA: Chuck & Darlene Kroese, Sally De Groot, Florence Kroese; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Julianne Kats, Harry Klay, Goldie Veldman; Fieldcrest in Sheldon: Verne Huisman, Rick Rozeboom’s home: Esther Rozeboom; Good Samaritan Society in George: Wilma Altena; Cobble Creek in Sheldon: Jo Van Surksum; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.
HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
- Art Van Otterloo was hospitalized this week with pneumonia and an elevated heart rate. Please pray for his healing.
- Gary Roetman, father of Matt Roetman, who was hospitalized earlier this week is showing improvement. He is out of the ICU and is receiving physical therapy. His lab numbers are now in normal ranges and his heart sustained no damage. We give thanks for healing and pray for continued improvement.
- Vanessa Steiger has been dealing with migraines and high blood pressure in recent weeks. Please pray for effective treatments, relief, and healing. We keep Mark and family in our prayers as well.
- We praise God that Cruise De Groot has completed his tour with the Army and has returned safely home. We give thanks for God’s providing care. Please pray for Cruise as he adjusts to civilian life and for discernment as he considers next steps.
- We remember Marv Boon at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. We also remember those who reside at home but aren’t able to join us from week to week. We also pray for their families as they support them.
HCS will be having a Community Impact Night at the Pizza Ranch on April 8 from 5:00-7:00p. The money raised will help cover the cost of a new sound system in the gym. We hope to see you there!
HCS is accepting applications for a part-time paraprofessional. The position will require working with a variety of students and assisting teachers in the classroom. Staff applications can be found on our webpage or by contacting school. Contact Principal Randy Ten Pas at 439-2273 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Western’s 8th Grade Day will be held on Thursday, April 4, 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 students who want to attend. Parents are invited to join them that evening at 5:30p for a meal, tours, and a program. If you have questions please call 439-1013 or email email@example.com.
NW IA SYMPATHY ORCHESTRA will present its annual Spring Concert, The Organ: King of Instruments, on Tues., April 2, at 7:30p in Dordt’s Auditorium. Guest organist is MaryLou Wielenga. Season tickets for next year will be offered that evening for a special discounted price. Advance tickets available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center or available at the door the night of the concert.
THE “NAMI” SUPPORT GROUP will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7-9p on Tuesday, April 2. Video: “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help”. Questions, call Shirley 722-4462.
HOPE HAVEN will host their annual Benefit Auction on Friday, April 5, at Te Slaa Trucking. Doors open at 4:30p, food booth & buy-it-now table opens at 5:00p and the auction begins at 5:30p. Help support the local and global ministries of Hope Haven through this exciting evening of fun and fellowship.
DORDT will present a recital, Seipp/Sheets Trumpet & Organ Duo, on April 5 at 7:30p in the auditorium. Free and open to the public.
ORANGE CITY HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE is hosting its 13th annual Hospice Memorial Service on Sunday, April 7, at 2:00p at 1st CRC in Orange City. This is a time for bereaved families, Hospice staff, and volunteers to come together to remember those who have died under Hospice care from March 2018 through March 2019.
NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA will present its Spring Concert on Monday, April 8, at 7:30p in Christ Chapel on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City. The concert is free and open to the public. Led by conductor, Dr. Angela Holt, NISYO will perform works by Anderson, Tippette, Stravinsky, and Mozart, among others. In its 12th season, NISYO is an auditioned group that consists of some of the most talented string students in middle school and high school from the surrounding area.
DORDT COLLEGE High School Band Festival will take place Fri., April 12, at 7:00p in the Auditorium. In addition to the 2 Dordt bands, 9 high school bands are participating. The concert will feature the Gaudete Brass Quintet performing with the Dordt Concert Band and will end with a mass band.
NW IA SYMPATHY ORCHESTRA in conjunction with a grant from Sioux Center Recreation & Arts Council will present a Guest Concert by Gaudete Brass on Sat., April 13, at 7:30p in the auditorium. Advance tickets are available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center or at the door the night of the concert.
BIBLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL SPRING SALAD LUNCHEON is scheduled for Monday, May 6, at 11:30 at the Alton Ref. Church. Come and enjoy a fashion show featuring clothes from the Bible for Missions Thrift Center. John Scafe, the national director of Bibles for Missions Thrift centers will also be at the luncheon. You are asked to bring a salad for every two people to share. Drinks will be provided. Please give this prayerful consideration. The attendance has been down and it would be so great to have a large group come together to support the work of Bible League International.
ATLAS OF SIOUX CENTER Community Auction will be held Friday, May 3, at New Life Reformed Church. Meal: 5:30-6:30 and Auction 6:30-9:00. To donate call 722-4900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Family friendly!
COME CELEBRATE WITH US! Luverne CRC is celebrating 75 years of God’s faithfulness on May 5. Special service and celebration starting at 9:30a at the church (605 N. Estey).
CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH 13th Annual Benefit Banquet will be held on Monday, April 8, at Trinity CRC in Rock Valley at 6:30p. Call Trinity at 476-5292 TODAY to reserve your spot!