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March 7, 2021

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –March 7, 2021

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

Preparation for worship: “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away?

Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill

heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23:23-24

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP THE LORD

Prelude

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer: #139 (LUYH)

        Pastor:     Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,

        ALL:        let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with

                          perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

        Pastor:     Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.

*God’s Greeting

*Opening Song: #244:1-3 “God Himself Is with Us”

WE RECEIVE GOD’S GRACE

God’s Will for Our Lives

Call to Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Song of Confession: #254:1-3 “Remember Not, O God”

Intercessory Prayer

WE HEAR THE WORD OF GOD

Children’s message by Pastor Loren

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

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read: Matthew 27:27-56 (text vs. 46)

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Forsaken by God”

Prayer of Application

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #316:1,4 “God Be with You Till We Meet Again”

*Postlude                                (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)

  Your offering for the 1. Building Fund; 2. Cornerstone Ministries can be placed in the offering

  plates on your way out.

* indicates congregation stand - organist: Lavonne Kats

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Kevin & Janice Driesen, Deacon Kyle & Shae Pollema   

GREETERS PRAYER DAY SERVICE: LeRoy & Eleanor Feenstra, Elder Merlyn & Linda Kroese

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY:  John & Amy Emerick, Deacon Travis & Brittany Veldman

NURSERY TODAY: AM Emily Van Schepen, Sara Grevengoed, Abigail Kats, Haley Wielenga, Faith Kleinwolterink; PM Cory De Wit Family

NURSERY PRAYER DAY SERVICE: John Emerick Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Marge Vander Esch, Christine Kroese, Makenna Fedders, Traylie Vander Schaaf, Chandler Pollema; PM Dan Fedders Family

USHERS FOR MAR.: Justin Van Schepen, Evan Wielenga, Ross Te Slaa, Tyler 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 1. Building Fund; 2. Cornerstone Ministries

PRAYER DAY SERVICE: Resonate Global

NEXT SUNDAY: Christian Ed Fund

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Eric & Bobbie                   NEXT SUNDAY: Larry & Faye

POWER POINT TODAY: Arlene                                         NEXT SUNDAY:  AM Kirk; PM Jason/Kirk

PRAYER DAY SERVICE: Kirk                    

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                                          NEXT SUNDAY: Rick  

CORRESPONDENCE: Rob Fedders to Justin Van Zee; LeRoy Feenstra to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Randy Feenstra to Michael Ribbens; Cliff Gort to Kevin Schutte; Howard Grevengoed to Lauren Runia; Mike Grevengoed 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

 10:45 AM       Choir Rehearsal

 10:45 AM       Adult Sunday School

   6:00 PM       Evening Worship Service

MONDAY

   6:30 PM       Elder’s Meeting

   7:00 PM       Deacon’s Meeting

   8:00 PM       Council Meeting

WEDNESDAY

   7:00 PM       Prayer Day Service

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

March 7, 2021

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL: Welcome to worship, whether in person or online! May zeal for God’s house consume us, as it did Jesus (John 2:17), but remember that the Holy Spirit lives in every human heart. 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 EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Daniel 5 titled “The Handwriting on the Wall”.

THE EVANGELISM COMMITTEE will not be meeting this month.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU to attend the Annual Day of Prayer service this Wednesday at 7:00p. We will be praying for Agriculture and Industry, Schools and Community, Families and Churches, our Nation and the World. Hope CRC will be joining us for the service in our church.

NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Loren has a classical appointment at First Sheldon CRC for both services.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CELEBRATION DAY will be held on Wednesday, March 31. We will start eating at 5:30p (concession stand) featuring pulled pork sandwiches, pizza, popcorn, chips and beverages. We are requesting each family with kids in school to bring some kind of baked goods (bars, cookies, puppy chow, etc.) to sell at the concession stand. Due to a generous donation, there will be meat at the auction!

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 Rob Westra by Monday evening, March 8th. 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 18, at 6:00p at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north and 2 miles east of Hull. We will enjoy hot ham and cheese sandwiches with sides for supper. Following our meal, we will be treated to a concertina program from Gary Siebring and Joan Johnson of George. Please consider bringing $5 to help cover expenses. Call Deanna Tiedeman (439-2229)  or Pastor Aaron Deutsch (605-742-4469) with any questions.

THANK YOU for remembering me on my eightieth birthday with cards, gifts and visits. I appreciate everything.-Pete Pollema

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

John Bolkema continues as a patient at the Sioux Center Hospital. A family care conference is scheduled for Monday.

John Scholten returned home from the hospital on Friday, February 26. Pray for strength and better health for John.

Jacoba Rens has an infection in the incision from her recent surgery. Pray for healing.

Give thanks for progress for Jean De Jong. Pray for strength and continued healing.

Pray for a complete recovery for Dave Kroese who had back surgery (lumbar fusion) on Wednesday. Give thanks that the surgery went well. Pray for relief from the pain.

Continue to remember Carol Reekers, mother of Cindy LeLoux, in your prayers. Pray that the radiation and chemo treatment will be effective in fighting the cancer.

Remember Glenda and Larry Oolman’s son-in-law, Todd Warntjes (Heidi’s husband) in your prayers. Doctors have determined that Todd has terminal cancer. Pray for him as he begins cancer treatment.

Pray for all those in this congregation and beyond who are struggling with Covid.

Remember all those in our congregation who are confined to their homes as well as those in nursing homes or in assisted living as they are unable to have visitors at this time due to COVID-19. This is a difficult time for them so a phone call or a note from members of the congregation would be appreciated!

Pray for our shut ins: Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Wilma Grevengoed, and Goldie Veldman; Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats, Belle Draayer; Christian Retirement Home: Lou Krommendyk, Johanna Van Surksum; Royale Meadows in Sioux Center: Ed Scholten. Darlene Kroese, Jo Westra, Jacoba Rens; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS

We extend our Christian sympathy to Dwight and Jan Bakker and Nathan and Chandra in the death of their sister-in-law and aunt, Connie Dyk, wife of Jan’s brother, Eldon. She passed away last Saturday morning in Denver.

We also extend our Christian sympathy to Dave & Leanne Van Holland and Kyle in the unexpected death of Jason Van Holland, their son and brother, and also a nephew of Jerry & Pam Van Roekel.

Pray that the surgery for Sarah Fykstra on Thursday, February 25, to remove a spot of early-stage breast cancer went well. Pray that the radiation which is scheduled to start in about 4 weeks will go well.

Please be in prayer for Lee & Wanda Talsma as they have both tested positive for COVID. Also, pray for Lee as he will now have to reschedule his back surgery to a later date due to testing positive.

We remember Leo, son of Greg and Jasmine Boer. We praise God that his esophageal gap has gotten smaller as his stomach grows bigger. The procedure to fuse that gap is scheduled for March 16 (back to the original date).

We continue to pray for those who are affected by Covid-19.

We pray for our council, guest pastors, and the search for a new pastor.

We pray for our families. Some have significant challenges in their lives for a variety of reasons. Let us pray for peace, stability, healing, and restoration.

We pray for those who join us in worship from their homes. Whether they are unable to attend or are taking appropriate precautions due to age or illness, we pray for the Lord’s presence and care in their lives.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

   Updated list of job opening at HCS:  There are several openings for the 2021-2022 school year. HCS is accepting applications for a part-time first grade teacher, part-time para-professional, part-time librarian and full-time resource room coordinator/teacher. There is potential to combine some of these part-time positions into full time. Applications can be found on our webpage (www.hullchristian.com) or by contacting school. Applicants should contact Mr. Ten Pas at 712-439-2273 or e-mail rtenpas@hullchristian.com with any questions.

      Hull Christian School Society Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 17, at 7:30p in the music room.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

DORDT UNIVERSITY WIND SYMPHONY will present their album preview concert titled “Music With Friends” on Monday, March 8, at 7:30p in the Auditorium. This concert is in celebration of the first full-length Wind Symphony CD which will be recorded on the Mark Custom Records label. The concert will consist of all selections to be recorded on the new album. Each of the composers represented on the album is a living composer that has a personal connection to Dordt. The recording sessions for this new album will take place March 10-13 and the official release of the album will be fall of 2021. Due to limited seating tickets are required to attend in person. To reserve your ticket, call 712-722-6222. Masks are required for those attending and seating groups will be socially distanced. The concert will also be livestreamed at https://vimeo.com/event/572686. Dordt University continues to monitor how COVID-19 affects our campus and community. Please visit dordt.edu/updates on the day of the event to see if there are any restrictions or cancellations.

LOVE INC, SIOUX COUNTY will hold its Annual Meeting on Monday, March 15, at 6:30p at Trinity CRC (Agape Room) in Rock Valley, Partner churches, volunteers and donors are invited to hear about what God has done in 2020 through Love INC and how God is leading us in 2012. Refreshments will be served.

ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP NWIA is looking for volunteers for our 2021 camp. This camp has touched every heart that has ever entered it (campers and volunteers)! God has always provided for this camp through churches and in miraculous ways. The dates for the 2021 camp are August 2 through August 6. If you are interested in serving these kids you can get more information at info@royalfamilykidsnwia.org to get an application. You can also go to their Facebook page and find the application there as well at: https://www.facebook.com/rfkcnwia.

FAITH FORMATION MINISTRIES: God’s Big Easter Story – Resource for Holy Week at Home. Families, are you looking for an easy way to celebrate Holy Week at home? DWELL at Home’s devotional God’s Big Easter Story is free to download. (And has a color-in printable!) You can read one devotion each day of Holy Week or combine readings over a few days. Find it at dwellcurriculum.org under “Family Support”.