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March 5, 2017

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –March 5, 2017

Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister

Preparation for Worship: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP

Prelude

*Responsive Call to Worship:

Pastor: Let us worship God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.

People: We are new creations; the old has gone, the new has come!

Pastor: Let us worship God as Christ’s ambassadors.

People: Through us and through our worship may we announce the good news to all.

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

People: Praise God! We are reconciled, redeemed, renewed! (based on John 4:24; 2 Cor. 5:17-21)

*Opening Prayer

*Opening Song: SW#65 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

God’s Will for Our Lives

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Song of Assurance: #379:1,2,4 “What Wondrous Love”

Congregational Prayer

Offering: Missions

Piano Offertory by Susan De Yager

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

*Song of Preparation: #422:1,3,5 “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts” (Blue Psalter)

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: John 6:25-59

God’s Word Proclaimed: “I Am the Bread of Life”

Prayer of Application

*Hymn of Response: #282:1-3 “Break Now the Bread of Life”

WE PARTAKE IN HIS PRESENCE

Celebration of Communion (on PPT)

Hymn: SW#21 “There Is a Redeemer”

(Offering for Benevolence taken during this hymn)

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #543:3 “Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer”

*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: Elder Rob & Amy Westra, Elder Harlyn & Linda Bolkema

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Deacon Brad & Lisa Kats, Cliff & Esther Gort

NURSERY TODAY: AM Tonya De Groot, Sherry De Wit, Blaike Bonestroo, Emily Fedders, Taylor Westphal; PM Jake Ney Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Amy De Jager, Susan De Yager, Aubri Fedders, Dylan Zomermaand, Amanda Wiersma; PM Rick Leusink Family

USHERS FOR MAR.: Jonathon De Wild, Ross Te Slaa, Randy Feenstra, Jason Kats

VALET PARKING FOR MAR. AM Jerad K., Colin W.; PM Chris B., Marcus TK

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Mission Fund; 2. Benevolence

NEXT SUNDAY: Boiler Project

SERVERS TODAY: Harlyn & Linda B. NEXT SUNDAY: Darren & Shar B.

POWER POINT TODAY: Noah NEXT SUNDAY: Kirk

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben NEXT SUNDAY: Shad

CORRESPONDENCE: Randy Westra to Kevin Schutte; Rob Westra to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Mrs. Sid Westra to Lauren Runia; Evan Wielenga to Justin Van Zee; Larry Wielenga to Sos & Kara Maletoungou

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

9:30 AM Worship Service

10:45 AM Coffee fellowship in the basement

10:45 AM Sunday School/Catechism

10:45 AM Adult Sunday School

10:45 AM Choir Rehearsal

6:00 PM Evening Worship Service

7:00 PM Christian Fellowship. Lunch: Jim & Vell

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

MONDAY

6:45 PM GEMS will meet at Hope CRC for a regular meeting

7:30 PM Friendship Bible

TUESDAY

7:00 PM Beth Moore Bible Study

WEDNESDAY

9:55 AM Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 8 Discover Nehemiah

7:00 PM Men’s Society

7:00 PM Mission Guild. Lesson 11. Opening Prayer: Marge VE; Closing Prayer: Liz S.

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

March 5, 2017

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Though we’re in the midst of Lent, Sundays don’t count as days of that season because they’re always celebrations of the resurrection. Thanks be to God! 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. You are welcome to join us at the Lord’s table if you are truly sorry for your sins, sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as your Savior and desire to live in obedience to him. Gluten free bread will be available in the center section of each tray.

THIS EVENING we welcome Pastor Mark Klompien from Hawarden as he leads our evening service as part of a post-classis exchange. Pastor Kotman is at Immanuel CRC in Sheldon.

CHOIR REHEARSAL will be this morning! For those who were at the last rehearsal, a new schedule, different from what was discussed, has been made.

COLLEGE/CAREER BIBLE STUDY will meet next Sunday evening at 7:15 in the Youth Building.

PASTOR LOREN & NORMA will be attending the Ligonier Conference (RC Sproul) in Orlando and will be gone from Tues., March 7, returning Tuesday, March 14. In case of a special need, call your Care Group Elder.

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 13th. The Council asks that you pray for God’s guidance as we go through the nomination process.

THE “SHARE” GROUP for widows and widowers will meet on Thursday, March 16, at 6:00p at Homestead Commons (note change in venue as previously discussed). We will order in pizza from the Pizza Ranch for supper. Darla Etten will be with us to demonstrate how she taps and prepares maple syrup. Contact Pastor Aaron Deutsch at 605-742-4469 or Deanna Tiedeman at 439-2229 with any questions.

COMMEMORATION of the Annual Day of Prayer is scheduled for Wed., March 22, at Hope CRC at 7:00p.

OUR CHURCH is responsible for the service at the Gospel Mission in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, March 29. We have a speaker, but would love to have a volunteer to play the piano and offer special music. Call Tim Kats at 578-9728 if you would be willing to help out.

HAVE YOU BEEN HEARD? As a Christian Reformed Church denomination, we are on a journey of God’s work together. As with any journey, it is essential that as we travel we listen to each other and map our progress. With this in mind, our congregation is participating in the 2017 CRC denominational survey. It is crucial that as many people as possible from our congregation participate. Please visit crcna.org/survey and answer the survey questions to the best of your ability by March 31. If you have any questions, or if you need assistance accessing the online survey, please let the church office know.

THANK YOU to everyone who gave Isabelle gifts after she was born and at the church baby shower. Thank you also to anyone who brought over meals for us! You are all very generous and kind. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful church family. Thank you! –Cody, Shelby and Isabelle Kiers

THANK YOU for the cards, expressions of sympathy and to my Care Group for the flowers given in remembrance of my sister-in-law, Sharon Van Oort. It was greatly appreciated. –Shirley Rens & family

GIRLS AND WOMEN, ages 8-88+, join the GEMS Girls Clubs for an evening of fitness and fun. Come for a night of REFIT fitness on Wednesday, March 22, in the gym of Hull Christian. Check-in after 6:30p with the workout from 7:00-8:00p. Goodie bags will be given along with door prizes! $5 reserved tickets or $8 at the door. Contact Valerie for tickets – northstar_gems@hotmail.com or 712-449-8150. Micah 6:8 t-shirts will be for sale for $10. Bring along a water bottle. We hope to see you there!

MINNIKOTA YOUTH & DORDT invite 6th-8th graders to the 7th Annual Jr. High Retreat April 7-9 at Inspiration Hills. This is an opportunity for students to come together and worship, serve, and meet new friends. Dordt students will become the students’ small group leaders, as well as lead in song, worship, games, service and drama. Neighbors, grandchildren, or family friends (6th-8th grade) are also welcome to attend. This retreat will work into every scenario. Registrations will be in church mailboxes next week. For more information contact Lee De Groot at 470-4244 or email her at mikyouthnetwork@gmail.com. The theme this year is “Fearless” based off of Romans 8… “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption…”

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Ÿ Eldon De Wild had another test on his heart on Friday at the VA in Sioux Falls. They hope to hear in the next couple of days if he is accepted or not. Please pray for the decisions that will be made.

Ÿ Liz Schmith is scheduled for back surgery on Monday at Dakota Dunes. Pray that surgery would go well and for healing.

Ÿ LeRoy Jongetjes was released from the hospital on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 23. Continue to pray for healing.

Ÿ Give thanks for successful surgery for Esther Rozeboom on Thursday at Avera Hospital. Pray for a good recovery.

Ÿ Gert Zevenbergen continues under the care of hospice at Pleasant Acres. Pray that Gert will be comfortable.

Ÿ Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena, Julianne Kats, Esther Rozeboom, Goldie Veldman, and Anthony Smit at Aspen Heights; Don Westra in his home, Sally De Groot at Landsmeer Ridge Community in Orange City, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Ÿ We pray for continued healing for Henk Pastoor, father of Vanessa Steiger, as he recovers from surgery for colon cancer.

Ÿ We pray for continued healing and strength for Dave Mulder, brother in law to Mike and Merideth Van Otterloo

Ÿ We remember our members who reside in care facilities: Mary Grooters at Pleasant Acres, 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 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Western Christian High School invites all 8th graders, regardless of their high school plans, to visit Western Christian on Eighth Grade Day. It will be held on Thursday, April 6, at 3:00p. Western will provide transportation for all the students to attend and parents are asked to join their 8th grader at Western that evening. 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. Call Western Christian at 439-1013 if you have questions or need additional information.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE “NAMI” (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Support Group will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7-9p on Tuesday, March 7. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are invited to join us. For information, call Shirley Matheis at 722-4462.

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will meet at Whispering Heights on Wed., March 8, at 1:00p.

CFE invites the congregation to their annual meeting on March 14 at 6:30 at the CFE office. This will be a time to hear about the previous year, elect officers and plan for the coming year.

DORDT COLLEGE Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band invite you to a concert at 7:30p on Friday, March 17. This free concert is part of a spring tour. Directed by Dr. Bradley Miedema, the ensembles will perform a wide variety of instrumental selections to contemporary wind band pieces. The concert is free, with a freewill offering received to help defray tour expenses.

ORANGE CITY Area Home Health & Hospice staff is hosting its 11th annual Hospice Memorial Service on Sunday, March 19, at 2:00p at New Hope Evangelical Free Church 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 2016-February 2017. Hospice chaplain Mary Block will deliver the message. Those interested in attending can call Home Health & Hospice at 712-737-5279.

AG SUMMIT 2017: The community is invited to attend Ag Summit 2017 “Thou Shalt Not Kill-What’s the Christian Response to the New Food Movement” on Wed., March 22, from 8:15-noon at Dordt College Campus Center. The keynote speaker is Kevin Murphy, owner and founder of Food-Chain communications. The event consists of breakfast, a 9:00a presentation, a panel discussion at 10:00a and a final presentation at 11:00a. Ag Summit 2017 is presented by Dordt College and the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee. Tickets are $15 and registration is appreciated by Thursday, March 16, by contacting the Chamber Office at 722-3457 or admin@siouxcenterchamber.com.

BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES “ASK” BANQUET will be held on Thursday, March 30, at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. Punch starting at 6:00p followed by a complimentary meal served at 6:30p. RSVP for the meal by March 20 by calling 737-4831 or email bcsorangecity@bethany.org. Help us “Make a Difference”. Join us for an evening of praise and recognition of God’s work in our ministry.

MID-AMERICA REFORMED SEMINARY cordially invites you to a promotional dinner at Dordt College on April 8. Punch at 6:30p followed by dinner at 7:00p. You must register by March 29. To register visit www.midamerica.edu/nwiadinner, e-mail info@midamerica.edu or call the seminary at 219-864-2400.

CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH invites you to the Annual Benefit Banquet on Mon., April 10, at 6:30p at Trinity CRC in Rock Valley. Door open at 6:00p. Call Trinity CRC at 712-476-5292 or go to our website www.cornerstonepcsd.org.