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November 27, 2016

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –November 27, 2016

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister    1st Sunday in Advent

Preparation for Worship: “I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” Ps. 2:7,8

GOD GATHERS AND GREETS US

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcements

*Song of Praise: #408:1,4 “Rejoice, the Lord is King”

*Responsive Call to Worship:

                               Pastor:   Rejoice in the Lord always

                               People: I will say it again: Rejoice!

                               Pastor:   Let your gentleness be evident to all.

                               People: The Lord is near.

                               Pastor:   We rejoice in the hope of Christ’s coming. Let us worship God!

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting and Mutual Greeting

Lighting of the Advent Candle (Samantha Pollema & Betty Pollema)

Song of Praise: #340:1-4 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

WE CONFESS AND GOD FORGIVES

Call to Confession.

God’s Will for Our Lives

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon:

           Pastor:   Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Your sins are pardoned. The penalty is paid.

           People: Thanks be to God.

Song of Assurance: #482:1-4 “Soon and Very Soon” (LUYH)

Prayers of God’s People

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

*Song of Preparation: #329:1-4 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”  

Prayer for Illumination

God’s Word Read:  John 1:1-5; John 20:30-31

God’s Word Proclaimed: “The One Who Brings Life”

Prayer of Application

GOD SENDS US TO SERVE WITH HIS BESSING

*Song of Response: #567:1-2 “Here I Am to Worship” (LUHY)

Offering: 1. Christian Ed. Fund; 2. Family Crisis Center

Offertory

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #342:1,2,5 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”    

*Postlude          

* indicates congregation stand - organist….Peg Visser

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

   Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a

GREETERS TODAY:  Walt & Lavonne den Hoed, Elder Dave & Kay Kroese

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Dwayne & Dori De Jong, Deacon Darren & Shar Bonestroo

NURSERY TODAY: AM Stephanie Struik, Shirley Van Engen, Erika Feenstra, Konner Struik, Dylan Zomermaand; PM Brian Rozeboom Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Betty Vande Griend, Emily Van Schepen, Blake Bonestroo, Emily Fedders, Dawson Feenstra; PM Lonni Westphal Family

USHERS FOR DEC.: Brent De Jager, Randy Westra, Dan De Wit, Curtis Van Grouw

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Christian Education Fund; 2. Family Crisis Center

NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Building Fund; 2. Banquet

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Randy & Maureen V. NEXT SUNDAY: Travis & Brittany V.

POWER POINT TODAY: Noah                               NEXT SUNDAY:  Kirk                           

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Joel                               NEXT SUNDAY: Ben

CORRESPONDENCE: Merlyn Kroese to Kevin Schutte; Bud Krommendyk to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Don Krommendyk to Lauren Runia; Kyle LeLoux to Sos & Kara Maletoungou

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM    Worship Service

 10:45 AM    Coffee fellowship in the basement

   6:00 PM    Evening Worship Service

 MONDAY

   7:30 PM    Friendship Bible

WEDNESDAY

   9:55 AM    Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 2 Discover the Gift of Christmas

   6:30 PM    Gospel Mission in Sioux Falls – meet in the lower parking lot to car pool

   6:45 PM    Cadets meet in full uniform. Do Lesson A7 in the November Quest. (5th graders will be working on their welding badge so wear old clothes!)

   7:00 PM    Mission Guild. Lesson 7. Opening Prayer: Joyce VW; Closing Prayer: Arlene VS

   7:00 PM    Men’s Society

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

November 27, 2016

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to worship as we start preparing our hearts for the coming of Jesus, our Savior and Lord. 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. 

ADVENT STARTS TODAY: Starting November 28, World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice will share a daily devotional series for Advent 2016 called The Things that Make for Peace, to orient your Christmas season. To sign up, go to crcna.org/advent.

SUNDAY SCHOOL/CATECHISM classes will not meet today. They will meet again on Dec. 4, 11 and 18th.

THIS EVENING we welcome Pastor Klompien as he leads our service.

REMINDER: All those who wish to have care packages for their sons/daughters need to email Ruth (ktsfmly@hotmail.com), text her at 712-578-9399 or put a note in her church mailbox. A basket has been placed in the narthex and a box in the kitchen to place your donations for the care packages. Monetary contributions can be given to Karen Bruxvoort or placed in her mailbox. Checks should be made out to First CRC “Touch of Home”. Donations will be accepted through November 29th. The plan is to pack the boxes on December 6th.

BAPTISM: Cody & Shelby Kiers have requested the sacrament of baptism for their infant daughter, Isabelle Lee. Baptism will take place next Sunday morning, December 4th.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Any grade school or high school student who would like to do a musical number (piano or instrument) for our prelude at the Christmas Program on December 11 should contact Shondra Wielenga at shondrawielenga@gmail.com. Please share your talents with us!

WE ARE SCHEDULED to do the service at the Gospel Mission in Sioux Falls on Wed., Nov. 30. We have a piano player but encourage anyone who has a musical gift to join us. The service starts at 7:45p.

THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BAKE SALE is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9:00a-2:00p in the Community Building. All church families are requested to bring one or more items. Please label and price your baked goods according to the price guidelines placed in your mailbox and bring them to the community building between 7:45-9:00a on December 3, or to the church kitchen on Friday, December 2. Thank you in advance for helping our church’s Christian Education Fund!

THE HULL CHAMBER welcomes the Martins in Concert on Sat., Dec. 10, at 7:00p at Western. Tickets are $15 at the Chamber Office or Hull branches of American State Bank & Iowa State Bank.

THANK YOU to all those who participated in the Operation Christmas Child project. We filled 56 boxes!     

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

Ÿ  Goldie Veldman transferred to Pleasant Acres for further therapy. She is in Room 108.

Ÿ  Bette Marra is at Pleasant Acres for continued therapy. Pray for her strengthening.  

Ÿ  Doctors have started the evaluation process for a lung transplant for Eldon De Wild. Please keep Eldon and his family in your prayers during this time of uncertainty. A Caring Bridge page has been set up under Eldon De Wild.

Ÿ  Prayers are requested for Val Brummel as she is in Guatemala. She will be returning December 3. Val is Camp Coordinator for Hope Haven’s Camp for people with disabilities in Guatemala. This Christian camp is a joyous event for the Campers and volunteers alike. Pray for safe travels, good health and strength, and spiritual renewal for all.

Ÿ  Pray for our shut ins: Nell Brunsting, Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, Gert Zevenbergen, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena, Julianne Kats, Esther Rozeboom and Anthony Smit at Aspen  Heights; Don Westra in his home, Sally De Groot at Landsmeer Ridge Community in Orange City, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

Ÿ  We extend our sympathy to Jamie and Gwen Van Voorst and Corey and Tasha Hulstein and family in the passing of grandmother and great-grandmother, Eileen Van Voorst, 90, of Sioux Center. The funeral was held this past Monday. May God grant His comfort and assurance to the family at this time.

Ÿ  Hermina Hulstein suffered a serious stroke this past Sunday morning. She was hospitalized in Sioux Center. She has been placed under the care of hospice. We keep Hermina and family in our prayers.

Ÿ  We continue to keep Dave Mulder, brother in law to Mike and Marideth Van Otterloo, and Henk Pastoor, father of Vanessa Steiger, in our prayers as they are soon to begin or continue with treatment for cancer. We pray for encouragement, peace and healing.

Ÿ  We remember our members who reside in care facilities: Hermina Hulstein and Mary Grooters at Pleasant Acres, Marv Boon at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, and Evelyn Dykstra in Byron Center Manor in Byron Center, MI. We also pray for their families as they support them.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

      HCS & Western are continuing to collect money for the NW IA Christian Schools Tuition Organization (NICSTO). This gift helps families with tuition assistance. In exchange for your donation you will receive a 65% tax credit on your Iowa income tax (C Corporations, S Corporations, LLC & Partnerships are also eligible for STO tax credits). It can also be claimed on your federal income tax. If interested in donating, contact Randy Ten Pas (439-2273) at Hull Christian or Wes Fopma (439-1013) at Western.   

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

DORDT COLLEGE invites you to the Instrumental Ensembles Concert on Friday, December 2. The free concert will be held in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at 7:30p.

NORTHWEST IOWA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA will present its Fall Concert on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3:00p in the Dordt Auditorium. Consisting of middle school and high school string players, NISYO will perform works by Davis, Holst, Newbold, Piazzolla and more. The concert is free and open to the public.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Pork Burger Supper will be Sat., Dec. 3, from 5-7p at the Ireton Community Center. The Sioux County Pork Producers will be grilling, and we’ll fill your family up with sides, dessert and apple cider. Enjoy a great night together and help bless families in need of housing. Funds raised will support projects going on in Ireton and all of Siouxland. We would love to see you there!

JOIN US Tuesday, December 6, at 5:30p for the Loving Tree lighting ceremony in Sioux Center Health Town Center. This will be an evening of remembrance as we celebrate the lives of those we love. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

DORDT COLLEGE Jazz Band and Kantorei Concert will be Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30p in the Auditorium.

DORDT COLLEGE Choral Ensembles Concert will be Friday, December 9, at 7:30p in the Auditorium.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Village Treasure Chest is in need of volunteers! If you are looking for something fun and fulfilling to do in your spare time, The Village Treasure Chest has many volunteer opportunities available for everyone. If you’re interested, or for more information, please call Samantha Waterstone at (712) 324-5416.

JFA is gearing up for our annual service and learning trips! These trips are a wonderful opportunity to step outside your comfort zone while also having the chance to help one of our partner organizations further their call to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We’ll be going to Juarez, Mexico with Harvest Hands Ministries Jan. 27-Feb. 3, Jackson, MS with the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation (formerly the Spencer Perkins Center) Feb. 18-24, and to Jackson, MS with Voice of Calvary Ministries Feb. 25-March 3. We’d love to have you join us! For more info call Lauren at JFA at (712)476-2804 or email laurenk@jfa-nwiowa.org.

JOIN THE 2017 Sea to Sea Bicycle Tour. Sea to Sea is a bicycling mission fighting poverty through fundraising and awareness. Funds raised through this mission empower disadvantaged people through the work of our sponsor organizations, World Renew and Partners Worldwide. To register, to volunteer, or to simply learn more, visit www.seatosea.org.

KIDS CORNER - BE CONTENT: Liz and his friends present a two-act play on contentment. The first features Toad Liz, an enchanted toad which grants wishes but cannot give contentment; and in the second Herculiz looks for work that will bring him happiness. Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Check out KC’s special Advent Paper Chain Calendar craft at www.kidscorner.net.