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November 15, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – November 15, 2020

       Rev. Loren Kotman…. Minister     

Preparation for worship: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Eph. 2:20-21)

GATHERING TO WORSHIP

Prelude     

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer

*Opening Hymn: #171:1-3 “It Is Good to Sing Your Praises”         

*God’s Greeting

HEARING GOD’S WILL

Litany for World Hunger (on PPT)

Summary of God’s Law

Song of Assurance: SW#15:1,2 “You Are My All in All”

Congregational Prayer

HEARING THE WORD OF GOD

Children’s message by Pastor Loren

*Hymn of Preparation: #603:1-3 “Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service”

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read:  Psalm 24 (text: vs. 1)

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Hunger in God’s World”

Ownership

The earth and everything in it belongs to God.

He founded and established the earth.

Stewardship

We are managers.

We share with those in need.

We live our lives to please God.

Prayer of Application

*Song of Response: #602:1-5 “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of  Life”

GOING OUT TO SERVE

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Hymn: SW#50:1-5 “Servant Song”  

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

            Your offering for World Renew can be placed in the offering plates on your way out.

*indicates congregation stand - organist:  Connie Te Krony

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Randy & Mindy Winterfeld, Elder Lee & Donna Van Grouw

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Zach & Ashley Vant Hul, Deacon Travis & Brittany Veldman

NURSERY TODAY: Missy Kats, Cindy LeLoux, Kaden Struik, Jessica Wielenga, Madison Emerick

NEXT SUNDAY: Kari Ney, Connie Grevengoed, Kyrin De Groot, Isabella Zomermaand, Mitchell Fedders

USHERS FOR NOV.: Rick De Groot, Eric Kroese, Jake Ney, Marcus Kroese

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated

on your envelope. The loose offering is for World Renew

NEXT SUNDAY: Christian Ed Fund

POWER POINT TODAY: Konner                                           NEXT SUNDAY: Kirk (set), Tonya (run)                         

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Cody                                            NEXT SUNDAY: Rick

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Mitchell & Kelsi Byl  NEXT SUNDAY: Rick & Tonya De Groot

CORRESPONDENCE: Liz Schmith to Justin Van Zee; Glen Scholten to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Jon Scholten to Michael & Megan Ribbens; John Scholten to Kevin & Kelli Schutte; Evan Schroeder to Lauren & Connie Runia; Tom Sheffield to Sos & Kara Maletoungou (those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the church directory, page 1, under “Missionaries Supported”.)

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM             Worship Service

 10:45 AM             Sunday School/Catechism Classes

 10:45 AM             Adult Sunday School

   6:00 PM             Evening Worship Service

   7:00 PM             Christian Fellowship

WEDNESDAY

  7:00 PM              YPS. Lesson. Devotions: Braeden K. & Emily F. Lunch: Lane D. & Madison E.

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

November 15, 2020

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL: Friends in Christ, it’s a joy to be with you today for worship! Please welcome one another with a sign of Christ’s peace. 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.

TODAY we are having an offering to support the work of World Renew and help put food on tables around the world. World Renew has the plans, the systems, the partners, and the people to come alongside communities experiencing hunger. We are excited to join this program as a faithful response to the God who can accomplish abundantly more than all we ask or imagine.

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Revelation 3:7-13 titled “Jesus’ Words to a Faithful Church”.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING the sacrament of baptism will be administered to Hayden Grace Kroese, infant daughter of Ryan and Christine.

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:

Thanksgiving Day Service: November 26 at 9:30a

Sunday School Christmas Program: December 13 at 3:00p

Congregational Meeting: December 14 at 7:30p

Service of Lessons and Carols, December 20 at 6:00p

New Year’s Eve Service: December 31 at 7:00p

REMINDER: The East half of the sanctuary is designated as a social distancing area during services. Both East and West halves will be seated every other bench until full, at which point remaining people will be seated in empty benches on the West half.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD boxes should be returned to the church kitchen by Monday, Nov. 16th.

THANKSGIVING OFFERING ENVELOPES are in the church mailboxes. Extra envelopes are available on the table.

SHARE GROUP: Due to continued concerns with COVID-19 cases in Sioux County, the SHARE group for widows and widowers will not meet in Nov. or December. Pastor Aaron and Deanna will reevaluate the situation in January and hope our gatherings can begin at that time. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

KIDS’ CLUB wants to thank those potential volunteers who came forward to say they would partner with us in January. Unfortunately, we were unable to gain an adequate number of volunteers to begin the program while still maintaining the safety of our students. For this reason, Kids’ Club will not meet this school year. Our sincere hope and prayer is to begin again in the Fall of 2021.

OFFERINGS FOR OCT.:

General Fund:    $20,514.00            Building Fund:      $1,100.00              Benevolent Fund:               $2,260.00

Mission Fund:    $  1,090.00            Talking Bibles:      $   760.00              Luke & Fiona De Koster    $1,462.75

THANK YOU so much for the care and concern shown to our family in the passing of our sister-in-law and aunt. We appreciate the calls, cards, food, and other acts of kindness during this difficult time. It is a great comfort to be part of a caring church community. Thanks again, Dan & Dana Fedders and family

THANK YOU for the prayers, cards, phone calls and encouraging words I received in the loss of my sister, Nellie Keizer. Your thoughtfulness and concern are so very appreciated. Thank you! -Goldie Veldman

THANK YOU: We want to thank the congregation for the financial gifts you’ve given to us over these past few months.  Thank you for your generosity, support and prayers. It is a privilege to serve as your missionaries.

                                                                                    -Lauren & Connie Runia, Wycliffe Bible Translators

THANK YOU: As we enter this Thanksgiving season, we have so much for which to give thanks. We are grateful for our partnership with 1st CRC as together we seek to do the work of Jesus Christ around the globe. We are humbled by your generosity in this venture. May the Lord grant you many opportunities to reflect on His goodness to us in the weeks ahead. -Luke Society     

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

Galen Drent is gradually recovering from his back and neck injuries. His daughter from Hawaii will be here until November 20.  Pray for relief from pain and complete healing.

Give thanks that Jo (Mrs. Sid) Westra is slowly improving in her recovery from partial hip replacement surgery.  She was moved to Lyon Manor in Rock Rapids on Thursday.

Matt De Wild continues as a resident at Royal Meadows in Sioux Center. He will likely be there another two weeks. Pray for recovery from a bed sore.

LeRoy Jongetjes was moved on Tuesday to Meadow Lane at Whispering Heights, 2116 14th St., Rock Valley, IA 51247. Remember LeRoy and his family in your prayers.

Give thanks that Cambria Van Middendorp is recovering well. She will have a longer-term recovery process due to a compromised immune system. Brett and Kaleigh truly appreciate the meals, support and prayers as they navigate the adjustments they need to make to keep her healthy.

Dee Meendering is slowly recovering from Covid. Dee and Harry are very thankful for your prayers and concern.

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

Pray for Pete Soodsma in his struggles with Parkinson’s and depression.

Pray for Jim Oostenink as he is being treated for bladder cancer. Pray 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!

Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Darlene Kroese; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Wilma Grevengoed, Al & Jacoba Rens, Goldie Veldman; Rock Valley Whispering Heights: LeRoy Jongetjes; Rock Rapids Lyon Manor: Jo Westra, Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats; Christian Retirement Home: Lou Krommendyk, Johanna Van Surksum; Friendly Horizons: Esther Rozeboom; Royale Meadows in Sioux Center: Ed Scholten; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS

Our prayers are with the Keizer family as they mourn the loss of Jim Hofland (Lynda’s father) who passed away on November 7.

We pray for Darlene Van Holland, mother of Pam Van Roekel, as she deals with Covid and other health complications.

Please keep Bruce & Kim Heynen in your prayers as they are dealing with Covid. Kim is a patient in the Sheldon Hospital.

We remember Marcus Masen (11-year-old nephew of Evan & Sarah Wiersma) as he goes through chemo treatments.

Pray for strength for Jan Bakker as she goes through chemo treatments.

We continue to pray for those who are recovering from Covid-19 or have family members that are dealing with this illness. We pray for their healing.

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

   Western Christian could use your help with the alumni mailing. We will be working Monday night, Nov. 16, from 7:00-9:00p and Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 9:00a until finished. We will be working in the basement of the 1st CRC in Hull so we can spread out if that is what you wish. Please call Linda Kroese at 439-2159 or email to mlkroese@gmail.com so we know we have enough volunteers.

   Fall Bonanza: The Auction closes on Wed., Nov. 18, at 1:00p.   

   On Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:00p Western invites all 5th-8th graders and their parents to explore Western, an opportunity to learn more about Christian high school education. You will meet staff, tour the school and see how God is working in the lives of our students. To help plan for the event, please RSVP to 439-1013.

   Soup Supper Update: For many years our school has held a Fall Soup Supper. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided to offer a “Soupless and Workless Soup Supper” as an alternative fundraiser. The Circle Board is asking that you make a special offering to HCS before Dec. 1st. Payment Options: 1) checks can be made payable to HCS with “soupless supper” on the memo line and sent to school with your child or dropped off in the office; 2) Checks payable to HCS with “soupless supper” on the memo line placed in the “scrip” mailbox at 1st CRC & Hope CRC; 3) mail a check, with “soupless supper” on the memo line to HCS, 1301 5th St., Hull, IA 51239.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

LOVE INC is hosting the Heart of Christmas event on December 5th at Faith Reformed Church in Rock Valley. Drive up and be blessed with a gift bag full of fun kid-friendly things and a food basket to help you make a wonderful holiday meal. Register for this event by calling the Love INC office at 712-476-5990 before November 25th between 8:30-12:30. You MUST register to participate!

LOVE INC is going to have a GIVING TREE set up at M&H in Rock Valley and Pizza Ranch in Hull as a part of our Heart of Christmas event. Please take a heart off the tree, purchase the listed items and return them unwrapped to the tree by Monday, Nov. 30th.

NOTE: Due to capacity limits this season at home games, Dordt Defender general admission tickets & seat reservations for season ticket holders must be made online by visiting https://www.dordt.edu/athletics/tickets. There will be no walk-up tickets available.

DORDT MUSIC DEPT will present a 4th Avenue Jazz concert on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30p. Masks required. On Sat., Nov. 21, the Instrumental Ensembles will present their last concert. This is not open to the public but will be livestreamed at https://livestream.com/dordtwebcast/events/8581543. Family members will receive tickets.