November 29, 2015
MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –November 29, 2015
Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister First Sunday in Advent
Preparation for Worship: “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”. Matthew 3:11
WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
*Call to Worship (Ps. 118:24)
Pastor: This is the day that the Lord has made;
People: let us rejoice and be glad in it.
*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting
Advent Reading & Candle Lighting by Friendship Bible (on PPT & back of bulletin)
*Advent Hymn: #329:1-4 “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”
WE EXAMINE OURSELVES THROUGH GOD’S GRACE
Preparatory Exhortation for the Lord’s Supper (PH p. 976)
*Hymn: #146:1,4 “Praise the Lord! Sing Hallelujah!”
Offering: 1. Christian Education Fund; 2. Back to God Hour
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
*Song of Preparation: SW#52:1-3 “Be Thou My Vision”
Prayer of Illumination
God’s Word Read: Luke 1:5-25
God’s Word Proclaimed: “How Can I Be Sure of This?”
Prayer of Application
WE ANTICIPATE CHRIST’S COMING
*Song of Response: #328:1,2,4 “O Come, O Come, Immanuel”
*Parting Song: #337: 1,2,4 “Joy to the World”
*indicates congregation stand
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:
Greeters are requested to be here by 9:10a
GREETERS TODAY: Ted & Lois Salazar, Elder Tim & Ruth Kats
GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Elder Dave & Vanessa Te Slaa, Elder Rob & Amy Westra
NURSERY TODAY: AM Shar Bonestroo, Connie Grevengoed, Lane Driesen, Ashlyn Grevengoed, Skyler Bonestroo; PM Rick Leusink Family
NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Stephanie Bonestroo, Dana Fedders, Aubri Fedders, Konner Struik, Haley Driesen; PM Harlan & Kathy Mouw
USHERS FOR DEC.: Darren Bonestroo, Randy Winterfeld, Randy Veldman, Cory De Wit
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. Christian Ed. Fund; 2. Back to God Hour
NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Parking Lot; 2. Family Crisis Center
COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Eric & Alysia H. NEXT WEEK: George & Nancy Heynen
POWER POINT TODAY: Sally NEXT WEEK: Noah
SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Rick NEXT SUNDAY: Ben
CORRESPONDENCE: Everyone is encouraged to write Christmas/New Year’s greetings to our missionaries.
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
9:30 AM Worship Service
10:45 AM Coffee fellowship in the basement
6:00 PM Evening Worship Service
7:30 PM Friendship Bible
9:55 AM Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 1 “The Gentile Connection”
6:30 PM YPS Christmas party. Pizza will be provided.
7:00 PM Mission Guild. Lesson 6. Opening Prayer: Carol V.; Closing Prayer: Linda Brunsting Please bring a plate of goodies.
7:00 PM Men’s Society
7:00 PM Music & Worship Committee Meeting.
FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Nov. 29, 2015
WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near”. Welcome to worship this first day of Advent! 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.
THIS EVENING we welcome Greg Steggerda from Orange City as he leads our worship service.
NEXT SUNDAY we will partake of the Lord’s Supper. Let us use this week to reflect on the Lord’s great love for us and pray that this may bring us to respond in joy and obedience. Anyone who is home bound and would like to partake of communion should contact Dave Te Slaa (439-2370) or Harlyn Bolkema (441-6875).
JOIN US next Sunday evening, Dec. 6, at 6:00p for a “Service of Lessons and Christmas Carols”.
SUNDAY SCHOOL/CATECHISM classes will NOT meet today.
OFFERING: The second offering next Sunday is for the Family Crisis Center. They provide services to adults and children victimized in domestic violence and human trafficking and are now actively providing services in 17 counties in Iowa.
NEXT WEEK we will begin practicing our Christmas program in the sanctuary. Beginners-6th grade, please meet in the front of church immediately following the service. Students in 1st-6th grade please bring your props. If you were given a costume to wear, please bring that also.
ANYONE K-12th GRADE who would like to do a musical number for our prelude at the Christmas Program on December 20th, please contact Dana Fedders by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 439-2033 by December 6th. It can be a piano solo, duet or an instrumental number. Please share your talents with us!
TOUCH OF HOME: Our church would like to provide college students living away from home with a “Touch of Home” box. We’d like the boxes to arrive just before exam time. We will package the individual boxes on Tuesday, December 1, at 7:00p in the church kitchen. Anyone who would like to help is welcome.
THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BAKE SALE is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 5, from 9a-2p in the Community Building. All church families are requested to bring one or more items. Please label and price your baked goods and bring them to the community building between 7:45-9:00a on Sat., Dec. 5, or to the church kitchen on Fri., Dec. 4. Thank you in advance for helping our church’s Christian Education Fund!
JUSTIN VAN ZEE, our missionary in Cambodia, will be in the area Mon., Nov. 30-Wed., December 2. He is interested in meeting with groups or individuals from our church. You can contact Justin by email: email@example.com or contact Eric & Michelle Zomermaand at 712-578-9832 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
Continue to pray for strength and healing for Joyce Kroese.
Remember Don Westra in your prayers. He is in the Rock Valley Hospital with an infection.
Give thanks that Cliff Koele is making progress in his recovery from the hip surgery. Pray for complete healing.
Prayer for Heidi Dokter who was diagnosed with a tumor on her kidney. Surgery to remove the kidney is scheduled for December 9th.
Give thanks that Eleanor Kiers is doing so well after her surgery. She is making a good recovery.
Give thanks for progress and healing for Gaylene Bouma.
Remember Sam Scholten in your prayers. He is serving with the 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
Gary Roetman continues to receive chemo and diabetes treatment. Gary and Susan thank you for all the cards, prayers, and concern for Gary and for continued prayers and notes in this holiday season in the loss of Carrie.
Continue to remember Sherry Brummel in your prayers as she continues to receive chemo.
Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, Gert Zevenbergen, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena at Aspen Heights, Don Westra and Nell Brunsting in their home; Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.
HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:
We continue to remember those recovering from recent surgeries. We pray for recovery, healing and patience.
Evelyn Dykstra continues her recovery at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City. Please pray for her comfort and care. We also pray for her family as they anticipate her move to Michigan during the month of December.
We also continue to remember our members who reside in care facilities: Dick Dykstra and Mary Grooters at Aspen Heights, Hermina Hulstein at Pleasant Acres, and Harriet Kooiker at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. We also pray for their families as they support them.
Celebrate Christmas by attending Western’s Choral and Instrumental Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 14, at 7:00p at Dordt. All the choral and instrumental groups at Western will be performing and celebrating in music the birth of our Lord and Savior.
NAMI SUPPORT GROUP will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7-9p on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are invited to join us.
DORDT COLLEGE: On Tues., Dec. 1, Dordt will host a Christmas Season Celebration at the clock tower on campus beginning at 7:00p. The event features a festive reading by President Erik & Dr. Barb Hoekstra, a Christmas carol sing-along led by Dordt’s choir and hot cider served by student leaders. All are invited.
DORDT COLLEGE: Choral Ensemble Christmas Concert, Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30p. Bella Voce, Kantorei, and Concert Choir present a concert of seasonal choral music, ranging from music of the Renaissance to music from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
THE NORTHWEST SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA led by conductor Dr. Bradley Miedema, will present its Fall Concert on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 3:00p in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Consisting of middle school and high school string players, NISYO will perform works by Vivaldi, Handel, Grainger, Meyer, Leyden, and more. The concert is free and open to the public.
CHORALE SERVICE of Lessons and Carols will be Sunday, Dec. 6, at 8:00p at Dordt. The 69 member Chorale shares the retelling of the redemption story interspersed with new and familiar carols, including audience singing, brass, and organ.
INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES CONCERT will be Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30p at Dordt. Featuring Campus-Community Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Band, the concert includes a lovely setting of Greensleeves by Alfred Reed, as well as the delightful Suite of Carols by Leroy Anderson.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Sat., Dec. 12, to assist with set up, tickets and more at the Mark Schultz event. Load in and set up start at 8:45a and willing hands and feet needed throughout the day for various jobs. If interested in helping and want more details contact Shelly at 439-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE HULL CHAMBER is excited to welcome Mark Schultz with Love & the Outcome & Jan Bauer as they present their holiday tour “A Different Kind of Christmas” on Sat., Dec. 12, at 7:00p at Western. Tickets are on sale now: General Admission $20; Groups of 10 or more $15; Gold Circle $25 at the Chamber Office, Iowa State Bank in Hull, True Vine in Sioux Center and Something Special in Rock Valley. Tickets are still available and selling FAST!
SIOUX COUNTY ORATORIO CHORUS: This season brings exciting opportunities for the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus and you are invited to be a part of it! Our season will include performances of Schubert’s Mass in G and Handel’s Zadok the Priest at Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel, as well as a tremendous opportunity to join the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Rehearsals are at Northwestern beginning January 12 at 7:30p, with performances April 16 and 30. Spend your Tuesday evenings with us, bringing the best of the oratorio tradition to life! Contact Mike Ochsner at email@example.com with any questions.
CALVIN COLLEGE is pleased to announce a new $4000 Legacy Award to support new students who have a historical connection to the college. The Legacy Award will be provided automatically to Fall 2016 incoming students who are members of a Christian Reformed Church and/or are children of alumni and will continue for up to 5 years. The Legacy Award combines the Denominational Grant-in-Aid and the Alumni Legacy Scholarship awards into one program for new students. For further details, please contact the Calvin College admissions or financial aid office (www.calvin.edu).
CROSSROAD CONNECTION: There’s No Worship Like Prison Worship. Where words fail, music speaks. This week, Wayburn and Janae Dean, founders of Inside Prison Ministries, explain how they share the Gospel message in prisons through the power of music, bringing hope to prisoners in a language that touches their hearts. Got to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!