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May 5, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – May 5, 2019

       Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister     

Preparation for Worship: But when the kindness and love of God, our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7

GOD WELCOMES US

Prelude

*Responsive Call to Worship:

                                        Pastor:     Let us worship the eternal God, the source of love and life, who creates us.

                                        People:    Let us worship Jesus Christ, the risen one, who lives among us.

                                        Pastor:     Let us worship the Spirit, the holy fire, who renews us.

                                        People:    To the one true God be praise in all times and places, through the grace of Jesus Christ.

*Opening Song: #241:1-3 “This Is the Day”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

*Song of Praise: #237:1-3 “We Praise You, O God”

GOD RECONCILES US TO HIMSELF

Reading of the Law

Call to Confession  

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of God’s Pardon 

Song of Assurance: #446:1-3 “If You But Trust in God to Guide You”

Prayers of the People

Offering: 1. Building Fund; 2. Western Christian Music Department

Offertory   

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

*Song of Preparation: #424:1-2 “Spirit of the Living God”

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read:  Revelation 21, Lord’s Day 22, Q&A 58

God’s Word Proclaimed: “A New Heaven and A New Earth”

Prayer of Application

GOD BLESSES HIS PEOPLE

*Song of Response: #618:1-4 “Jerusalem the Golden”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: Choir:  “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” (congregation keep standing)
*Postlude    (Please allow teachers/students to exit first)

                 * indicates congregation stand - organist…Peg Visser

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Henry & Cheryl Kats, Deacon Dave & Sherry Van’t Hul

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Tim & Ruth Kats, Elder Roger & Fran De Kruyf

NURSERY TODAY:  AM Kelsi Byl, Shae De Jager, Jessica Wielenga, Maeva Haveman, Mitchell Fedders; PM Seth Oostenink Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Amy De Jager, Susan De Yager, Mya  Kleinwolterink, Ashlyn Grevengoed, Mitchell Winterfeld; PM Joel Leusink Family

USHERS FOR MAY: Rick De Groot, Chris Hulstein, Bryce Veldman, Mike Grevengoed

VALET PARKING FOR MAY: May 5: Grant Vanden Bosch & Cory De Wit; May 12: Lynn Anderson & David Te Krony; May 19: Kyle Pollema & Alex Westra; May 26: AM ONLY: Justin Pollema & Andrew Hoekstra

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. Building Fund; 2. Western Christian Music Dept.

NEXT SUNDAY: Christian Ed Fund

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Scott & Sara G.                       NEXT SUNDAY: Mike & Connie G.

POWER POINT TODAY: Julie                                                                                           

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                                               NEXT SUNDAY: Rick

CORRESPONDENCE: Dwayne De Jong to Justin Van Zee; Jean De Jong to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Roger  De Kruyf to Michael Ribbons; Walt den Hoed to Kevin Schutte; Jarvis De Wild to Lauren Runia; Cory De Wit 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

TODAY

   8:50 PM       Choir Rehearsal in the Youth Building (singing during church service)

   9:30 AM       Worship Service

 10:45 AM       Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM       Sunday School/Catechism Classes

 10:45 AM       Choir Rehearsal in the basement room

 10:45 AM       Christian Ed Committee Meeting

   6:00 PM       Combined Evening Worship Service with Hope CRC – Chamber Singers are worshipping with us.

WEDNESDAY

   7:00 PM       Music & Worship Committee meeting in the Council  Room

THURSDAY

   7:00 PM       Service at Pleasant Acres. Care Groups 6&7 are in charge.  

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

May 5, 2019

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Dear people of God, welcome to worship as we continue to celebrate the season of Easter. 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. 

CHOIR will meet this morning at 8:50 in the Youth Building (will sing during the service). Choir rehearsal after the morning service in the basement room. Next Sunday morning we will also meet in the Youth Building at 8:50a.

THIS MORNING we welcome Ashlee (Fuerstenburg) Van’t Hul to the family of First CRC. Ashley is married to Zach and comes to us from First Reformed in Sheldon.

PARENTS: Today the Beginners through Kindergarten Sunday school classes will be giving a short program for parents, grandparents, and friends. They will sing a few of their favorite songs for you. The program will be held in the sanctuary at approximately 10:40. Have the children come down to their classrooms and we will come up to the sanctuary as a class. After they are finished singing, they will be free to leave with you.

SUNDAY SCHOOL/CATECHISM classes will meet today for the final meeting of the season. Thank you to all who gave their time willingly each Sunday morning to teach our children and young people God’s word.

THIS EVENING the Chamber Singers from Western will be ministering to us through their music. Rev. Kotman will bring God’s word. There will be no Children’s Church this evening. Refreshments will be served.

THE MUSIC & WORSHIP COMMITTEE will be meeting Wed., May 8 at 7:00p in the Council Room.

OUR CHURCH is responsible for the service at Pleasant Acres on Thursday, May 9, at 7:00p. Care Groups 6&7 are in charge.

GRADUATE SUNDAY: We will be honoring our grade school, high school and college graduates next Sunday morning during the worship service. Please meet in the church basement at 9:20p so you can go in as a group.  If you have not filled out your questionnaire please do so as soon as possible and put in Karen’s mailbox. Please let Karen know if you are unable to be here next week.

COLLEGE/CAREER singles Bible study will meet next week, May 12, at 7:15p in the Youth Building. This will be our last meeting for the season.

COUNCIL NOMINATIONS: The following have been nominated for Elders (vote for 6 and 3 will be elected): Jim Keizer, Galen Kroese, Merlyn Kroese, Glen Scholten, Rod Te Krony, Dave Te Slaa, Lee Van Grouw, Dave Vande Griend, Randy Westra. The following are nominated for Deacon (vote for 6 and 3 will be elected): Matt Bosma, Rick De Groot, Cory De Wit, Kevin Driesen, Jason Kats, Kyle Pollema, Kyle Te Slaa, Travis Veldman, Eric Zomermaand. Voting will take place after the AM service on May 19 with the drawing of lots at the PM service on May 19.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Traffic in the Bargain Alley Thrift store has increased this last month and we really need more volunteers, especially on Saturday. Would you consider volunteering a couple of hours a week, or every other week, or even a month? There are various jobs that need to be done that we can plug you into.  Perhaps you can get a couple of people to carpool with you.  Call Kari Hoekstra at 712-441-2332 or Wes Fopma at 712-449-5382 if you are interested or if you have questions. We do need your help. Proceeds support Christian education.

THE SHARE GROUP for widows/widowers will meet Thurs., May 16, at 6:00p at Homestead Commons. We will be carpooling to the Middleburg Store for supper. Please RSVP to Deanna (439-2229) by Mon., May 13, and bring $15 to help offset the cost of the meal. Questions, call Deanna or Pastor Aaron (605-742-4469).

THANK YOU for all your kindnesses while Glenda was in the hospital and at Pleasant Acres. We also appreciated the food and visits at home. Please continue to pray for us. -Glenda & Larry Oolman

THANK YOU from the YPS to everyone that came out to the diner! We were in awe of the turnout and support! Thank you also to all who kept us in your prayers and donated to the serve trip! All of your support is greatly appreciated!

THANK YOU so much for your support for Back to God Ministries International. Thanks for partnering with us as we share the Gospel around the world. This year we celebrate 80 years of ministry—a ministry that began through partnerships with churches like yours. Although media technology has changed a lot since 1939, our Gospel message remains the same. We are still committed to our mission of proclaiming the Gospel, discipling people, and strengthening God’s church.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Thanks so very much for participating in OCC this past fall! The count is in: more than 10.5 million shoeboxes were packed and sent to over 100 countries. Northwest Iowa contributed more than 5,000 shoebox gifts to this total…Praise God! That number represents the number of children who will hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, and have opportunities to study what it means to be His disciples through The Greatest Journey lessons. Please continue to pray for these children, that they would come to know Jesus as their friend and Savior, and be equipped to boldly share His love with families, friends and communities.

                                                                        In Christ, Loralie Wiese, Sioux Center OCC Church Relations

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

We extend our Christian sympathy to Randy & Mindy Winterfeld and sons in the passing of Randy’s mother, Marlene Winterfeld, of Le Mars on Wednesday.

Wilmar Pollema is finished with chemo treatment, at least for now. Continue to remember him in your prayers.

Continue to pray for Russ Vander Schaaf that he will get stronger so that he can have the surgery that he needs.

Give thanks that the recent MRI for Gary Roetman came back clear; no sign of tumor or stroke. Give thanks also that the blood work came back normal with some levels even showing improvement from last week. Doctors in Omaha were pleased with Gary’s increased strength and mobility in the last week. Gary and Susan are very grateful for your prayers.

Duane Vande Griend was admitted to the Sioux Center Hospital last Sunday morning for observation. He was released on Tuesday.  Duane continues with cancer treatment. Pray for healing from pneumonia and for better health.

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; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS: 

We continue to pray for Lyla Boer as she continues to build up her strength after her recent illness. She remains hospitalized in Sioux Center.

Cody Bauer continues his recovery from back surgery.  Please pray for continued progress and healing.

We pray for those dealing with illness or continuing their recovery from surgery. We also pray for those who may be struggling emotionally. May God provide healing and wholeness.

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.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

      Western Christian Music Department will present their annual Spring Concert on May 15th in the Event Center at Western at 7:00p. The concert will include the band, the choirs, and the orchestra. The jazz band will perform prior to the concert beginning at 6:40p.

      HCS: On Tuesday, May 14, we will have a retirement social in Mrs. Westra’s honor. This event will take place following the preschool through eighth grade music program being held at First CRC. We will serve cookies and drink in the basement immediately following the program. Please use this time to thank Mrs. Westra for her years of service and wish her the Lord’s blessings as she starts a new adventure in her life.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCMENTS

THE NAMI SUPPORT GROUP will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center on Tuesday, May 7, from 7-9p. Topic: Borderline Personality Disorder. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are welcome.

BIBLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL SPRING SALAD LUNCHEON is Monday, May 6, at 11:30a 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. Drink provided.

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

HABITAT HOME GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY will be on May 10 at 12:00 PM at 410 11th St. SE in Orange City. Please join Siouxland Habitat for Humanity to give thanks to God for Him bringing this project together and to celebrate with the Miguel & Maria Vazqauez family (partner family) for the start of their home. Everyone is welcome!!

HABITAT CHALLENGE! Gather your friends & family to sponsor 1 or more 2x4 studs for $50 each to help build the Orange City Habitat House! We’ll deliver the stud(s) to you so you can decorate it with Bible verses, encouraging words, prayers, pictures, etc. They’ll be framed into the house and everyone will be invited to the Open House to see them. There are 380 studs for the house and we’d love to see them all decorated with love! Get more details and sign up by May 13 by contacting Kurt Franje at 641-780-9054 or kfranje@siouxlandhabitat.org