May 24, 2020
MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – May 24, 2020
Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister - Ascension Day Service
Preparation for worship: “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:14-15
WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
*Call to Worship
*Opening Song: #253:1-4 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE
God’s Will for Our Lives
Prayer of Confession
Word of Assurance
Hymn of Response: #409:1,2,4,5 “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise”
WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND GIFTS
Offering: Christian Ed Fund
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
Children’s Message (Children remain seated)
*Song of Preparation: #410:1-3 “Crown Him with Many Crowns”
Prayer of Illumination
God’s Word Read: Luke 24:50-53
God’s Word Proclaimed: “The Ascension”
Prayer of Application
WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD
*Song of Response: #408:1-4 “Rejoice, the Lord Is King”
*Parting Song: “Go Now in Peace”
* indicates congregation stand
pianist: Evan Schroeder
FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
May 24, 2020
WELCOME TO FIRST HUL: Jesus prayed 2,000 years ago that all his followers would be one. Whatever our differences, we are united in him. Let us worship God together.
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.
OFFERING SCHEDULE: The offering for today, May 24, is for the 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 business, on the narthex table or from LuAnn De Wild (541-7254) or Melisssa Pollema (439-1678).
THIS MORNING & NEXT SUNDAY MORNING we will be voting for Elders and Deacons. Ballots are on the narthex table, by the bulletins. Take along a pencil/pen to document your vote. After you have voted, leave your ballot on the pew and the Elders will pick them up. Absentee ballots should be put in an envelope with your name on the outside and put in Larry Hoekstra’s mailbox by May 31st. Drawing of lots will take place on May 31st. 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.
FROM THE CHRISTIAN ED COMMITTEE: We had a successful online sale last month and our summer fundraiser, mowing and trimming at Hope Cemetery, has begun! Thanks to all those who have continued to support Christian Education over the past few months. We have just over a month left in our fiscal year and need to collect $39,000 to meet our financial obligations for Hull Christian and Western. Help us finish the year strong and meet our goal!
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 for remembering me on my 88th birthday during this time for less contact and social distancing. I enjoyed the cards and phone calls from friends and a caring church family. I will be glad when we again are able to give a “wave” across the pews. Psalm 107:1 -Sincerely, Ella Mae Vande Burgt
THANK YOU for all the prayers, cards and expressions of sympathy in the passing of our brother-in-law, Dwayne De Jong. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. -Rob & Donna Fedders & family
THANK YOU for your continued support both financially and through your prayers. We are so blessed that you are part of this ministry with us. We also want to thank those of you who have sent thoughtful cards and have been praying for Connie’s recovery from her ankle surgery. She is hoping to be able to start walking within the next few weeks. – Lauren & Connie Runia
FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
Today is the last Sunday for Joel and Julie Leusink and family. They will be moving to Inwood. 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 best in their new home.
Continue to remember John Bolkema as he struggles with Parkinson’s.
Bennett Bruxvoort had knee replacement surgery last week Thursday. Pray for relief from pain and healing.
Dori De Jong will have a procedure done on Wednesday to remove a stent as a result of the kidney stone. Pray the procedure goes well.
Give thanks that Dennis Kroese continues to improve. Pray for God’s blessing on the physical therapy and for complete healing.
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!
Diane Bonestroo continues to recover at home. She receives a daily antibiotic infusion. Pray for continued healing.
Gary Roetman returned home on Tuesday. He is slowly improving; his appetite is getting better and he is getting strong. Gary goes for an x-ray on his lung and a meeting with the oncologist this Wednesday, May 27, to talk about treatment for the cancer. Gary and Susan greatly appreciate everyone’s prayers and concern.
Jo Westra’s daughter, Ardelle, a resident of Courage Homes in Sioux City has what appears to be a mild case of Covid 19. Give thanks that she is making progress in her recovery.
Larry and Marcia Hoekstra’s brother-in-law, Roger Dykstra, has moved to a rehab facility since his surgery for a brain bleed. His progress is slow. Pray for healing.
Continue to remember Jewel Hofman (niece of Susan De Yager) in your prayers as she struggles with cancer. Pray the chemo will be effective.
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.
HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS
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.
Please be in prayer for Gary Roetman, father of Matt Roetman. Gary is currently receiving care at Creighton Hospital in Omaha. Tumors have been found in the lining of his lungs and doctors are attempting to drain fluid so that they can begin chemotherapy. We pray for effective treatment and healing.
We praise God for healing for Pastor Todd. He is feeling much better after receiving treatment for pneumonia due to Covid-19. He is planning on picking up his responsibilities again after fulfilling all the guidelines necessary to ensure his and other’s health.
HOPE HAVEN will be holding its Annual Fishing Benefit at Lake Francis Case, Ft. Randall Dam on Friday, June 5, 2020, rain or shine. Registration fee is $60 which includes entry gift and eligibility for weigh-in prize categories. Children under 16 are free. All proceeds will benefit Hope Haven Support Foundation. Registration is due by June 4. Participants should follow all social distancing guidelines as recommended by the state of South Dakota at the time of the event. For more information and to register, visit www.hopehaven.org/events or call Scott at (712) 476-2820. Come enjoy a day of food, friends, fellowship, and fishing!
MISSION INDIA: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, their 2020 “Banquet-In-Place will be virtual. Go to www.missionindia.org/banquet for a 20 minute update from board member, Kanchana Paul, our founder, John De Vries, and we will go direct to India for a very special update. For $40 you can provide for a family of 4 for 4 weeks with an emergency Relief Kit which includes food items, hygiene necessities, fever reduces, vitamins, etc.