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May 17, 2020


May 17, 2020


WELCOME TO FIRST HULL In the words of the psalmist: “Bless our God, O Peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard” (Psalm 66:8).  


FROM THE DEACONS: The events which have unfolded in our world have forced many changes upon us. Just as we have changed the way we meet together for worship, we must also find new ways to collect Tithes & Offerings. The church continues to have ongoing commitments that must be met for the General Fund, Building Fund, Missions, Benevolence, Christian Education & Special Offerings. Anyone wishing to make a donation can currently do so three ways: 1) Personal checks may be mailed to:  Attn. Deacons, Hull First CRC, 1121 5th St., P.O. Box 803, Hull, IA 51239. Please do not mail cash donations. 2) Make use of Bill Pay through your personal bank. If you already have an online account set up with your bank, you can send a donation right from your bank’s website. The church will then receive a cashable check in the mail. Please include in the memo which account or cause you would like your donation directed to. Any unspecified donations received will be directed to the General Fund.  3) An offering drop box has been set up next to the mailboxes in the back of the church. Any questions, please contact Ryan Bolkema or Eric Zomermaand


OFFERING SCHEDULE: The offering for today, May 17, is for the Benevolent Fund; May 24: Christian Ed Fund; May 31: Resonate Global.


MEMORIAL DAY is coming! Let’s remember our Veterans by wearing a poppy. They are available at local businesses, on the narthex table or from LuAnn De Wild (541-7254) or Melissa Pollema (439-1678).


COUNCIL NOMINATIONS: The following have been nominated for Elder (4 needed – vote for 8): Dave Vande Griend, Lee Van Grouw, Galen Kroese, Rob Westra, Henry Kats, Ken Leusink, Harlan Mouw, Randy Westra, Kevin Driesen, Rod Te Krony, Darren Vant Hul, Dave Snieder. The following are nominated for Deacon (3 needed – vote for 6): Cory De Wit, Travis Veldman, Kyle LeLoux, Jon Scholten, Curt Van Grouw, Jon Van Berkum, Ryan Kroese, Rick De Groot, Andrew Hoekstra. The voting process will be determined based on our ability to meet in person.


VOTERS: Due to the pandemic, you are urged to vote absentee. If you will be 18 by the Nov. election, you can vote in the June 2 primary. Absentee ballot requests are available in the city office or call Rog Vis (439-1366). Ballots can be put in church mailboxes. Mail to county auditor by May 25:  210 Central Ave. SW, OC, IA 51041.


THE BANQUET:  You may still donate $10 for the take-out meal that will be prepared for the guests on May 26.  Checks should be made out to the church and placed in Karen Bruxvoort’s church mailbox.


THANK YOU to everyone who supported me and my family in the passing of Dwayne. The food, flowers, memorials, cards, calls, the food and flower from Care Group 1, the Sunday afternoon people who drove by or walked by and all the prayers. It was awesome and greatly appreciated! We have a very caring church. I know everyone will help me get through this. – Dori De Jong and family



General Fund:    $37,744.56                                       Benevolent Fund:    $1,851.00

Building Fund:   $  3,276.00                                       Mission Fund:          $3,048.00

VBS:                  $     145.00







Ÿ  Noah and Susan De Yager and family will be moving to Rock Valley this week. We are grateful to God and them for all the ways that they have blessed our lives and served in this church. We wish them God’s blessing as they begin this new chapter in their lives.

Ÿ  We extend our Christian sympathy to Chuck and Darlene Kroese and John and Joyce Kroese and all who mourn the passing of their brother-in-law, Harry Klay on Monday evening.

Ÿ  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!

Ÿ  Give thanks Dennis Kroese continues to improve. He hopes to finish physical therapy in the next couple weeks.

Ÿ  Give thanks that the procedure to remove a kidney stone for Dori DeJong went well on Wednesday.

Ÿ  Diane Bonestroo continues to recover at home. She receives a daily antibiotic infusion. Pray for continued healing.

Ÿ  Please remember Larry and Marcia Hoekstra’s brother-in-law, Roger Dykstra from Grandville, Michigan. He continues to be a patient in the hospital following surgery for a brain bleed. His condition is serious.  Pray for healing.

Ÿ  Continue to remember Jewel Hofman (niece of Susan De Yager) in your prayers as she has been diagnosed with cancer. She began chemotherapy in Iowa City last week.

Ÿ  Continue to pray for Gary Roetman. The procedure he had on Monday to drain fluid is not producing the desired results as quickly as they had hoped.

Ÿ  Jo Westra’s daughter Ardelle, a resident of Courage Homes in Sioux city, has tested positive for Covid 19. At this time it appears to be a mild case. Please remember Ardelle and Jo in your prayers.

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


Ÿ  Please be in prayer for those who have been affected in so many different ways by the COVID-19 crisis. We think of those who are sick and those who care for them. We pray for those who have been economically impacted. We remember all whose routines have been interrupted and we pray that the Lord’s sovereign care will overcome any anxiety.

Ÿ  Please be in prayer for Pastor Todd that he will feel better soon and for Leah and the family as they provide support. Pray for healing, encouragement, and perseverance.




   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 part-time paraprofessional. Applications can be found on our webpage ( or by contacting school. Applicants should contact Mr. Ten Pas at 712-439-2273 or e-mail with any questions.





SHARE GROUP:  Out of an over- abundance of caution for the Coronavirus, the SHARE group for widows and widowers gathering scheduled this month for Thursday, May 21, has been CANCELLED. We are hoping to meet in June.