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October 18, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – October 18, 2020

       Rev. Loren Kotman…. Minister     

Preparation for worship: “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering to God.” Eph. 5:1,2,

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Prelude     

*Call to Worship: (Ps. 95:6)

*Opening Prayer

*Opening Hymn: SW#2 “Come, Let Us Worship and Bow Down”               

*God’s Greeting

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

God’s Will for our Lives

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Hymn of Assurance: #469:1-4 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS

Intercessory Prayer

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

*Song of Preparation: #755:1-3 “Speak, O Lord” (LUYH)

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 14:25-35

God’s Word Proclaimed: “The Cost of Being a Disciple”

Prayer of Application

WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD

*Hymn of Response: #459:1-4 “Jesus Calls Us; O’er the Tumult” (Blue Psalter)

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Hymn: #742:1,2,5 “Will You Come and Follow Me” (LUYH)

*Postlude     

Your offering for Luke & Fiona De Koster can be placed in the offering plates

on your way out.

*indicates congregation stand  

pianist:  Evan Schroeder

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Eldon & Lisa Van Schepen, Elder Dave & Carol Rozeboom

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Justin & Sheila Van Schepen, Deacon Dan Bonestroo

NURSERY TODAY: Brittany Veldman, Jessica Pollema, Brooklyn Poppema, Braden Baccam,

Cory Ney

NEXT SUNDAY: Mindy Winterfeld, Shondra Wielenga, Keagen Winterfeld, Ashley Fedders, Dalton Westra

USHERS FOR OCT.: Randy Winterfeld, Kyle LeLoux, Mike Grevengoed, Mitchell Byl

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 Luke & Fiona De Koster    

NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Christian Ed Fund; 2. Talking Bibles

POWER POINT TODAY: Kirk, set; Tonya, run

NEXT SUNDAY: AM Arlene; PM Jason/Kirk

                                                                                                                                

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Cody                                       

NEXT SUNDAY: Rick

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Carl & Danielle Bonestroo

NEXT SUNDAY: Darren & Shar Bonestroo

CORRESPONDENCE: Ryan Kroese to Justin Van Zee; Don Krommendyk to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Kyle LeLoux to Michael & Megan Ribbens; Ken Leusink to Kevin & Kelli Schutte; Rick Leusink to Lauren & Connie Runia; Harry Meendering 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

  6:00 PM              Evening Worship Service

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

October 18, 2020

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL: We gather as one body, with Christ as the head. Each of you brings unique abilities and contributions to our worship and ministry. Thank you for being here and welcome. 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 have the privilege of witnessing the baptism of Ruthie Michelle Leusink, infant daughter of Rick and Koni.

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Revelation 2:18-29 titled “Jesus’ Words to a Tolerant Church”.

PASTOR LOREN will be gone from Tuesday, Oct. 20 and returning on Tuesday, Nov. 3. In case of a special need, you may call our Elder of Visitation, Larry Wielenga or your Care Group Elder. Pastor Loren’s Sunday School class is scheduled to meet on October 25 and November 1.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING Rev. David Smit will lead our morning worship service and Barry Miedema will lead us in worship in the evening.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES for all ages will resume next Sunday morning, October 25th.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL will begin meeting next week Sunday morning. Adults of all ages are invited to attend after the morning service in the council room. Any questions, contact Evan Wielenga.

CHOIR will begin rehearsing next Sunday morning. If you like to sing and make a joyful noise, we would love to have you join us. Hope to see you there!

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE the East half of the sanctuary (youth building side) will be 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. Those who need to social distance due to age or health concerns are encouraged to sit on the East side. Members are reminded that the back 7 benches on both sides are reserved for families with small children.

PASTOR APPRECIATION: The month of October has been designated as pastor and spouse appreciation month. We encourage you to show your appreciation for what they have done and are doing in our congregation by giving them a call, sending a note, or some other way.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD brings hope and joy to kids worldwide through a simple gift-filled shoebox. Boxes are available under the mailboxes. There is a brochure inside the box with the gift suggestions and instructions. When you have filled the box, attach the label, which is on the brochure, indicating whether the gift is for a boy or girl and the age and tape it to the box. Filled boxes should be return to the church kitchen by Monday, November 16th.

OFFERING AMOUNTS FOR SEPTEMBER:

General Fund:    $25,487.82               Building Fund:      $1,208.00              Guiding Star:   $1,734.25

Missions:                   844.00               Benevolence:              710.00              Western:               977.50

Luke Society:            977.50               Love, INC                  367.00

THANK YOU to everyone who remembered me with prayers, cards, visits and food after having pneumonia and dealing with Parkinson’s. We give thanks to Pastor Kotman & Norma, Pastor Klompien, Elder Dave, Deacon Ryan and Elder Larry for their calls and visits and for many others who were concerned. We are truly blessed and grateful for our church family. – John Bolkema

THANK YOU to everyone for all the love and care shown to our family during this difficult time. The cards, phone calls, food, prayers and love shown and given were so very appreciated. Thank you to the care groups for the flowers and the delicious lunch made for our family after the funeral. The phone calls and visits from our elders and the pastor were a comfort. Once again, thank you for blessing us and loving our family.  -Charles P. Kroese family

THANK YOU: As the days become shorter and we hold on to the waning sunlight hours, we’re reminded of the importance of light. Within the Luke Society, our ultimate goal is to have people chasing the Light of Jesus. First CRC plays a crucial role in that process as we use your offerings to empower doctors and nurses to shine His light through their medical gifts. Thank you for helping to spread the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.

DEAR FRIENDS: What a joy and blessing for Ellen and I to be honored again on our leave taking from the role of Visitation Pastor at 1st Church. We have been so blessed in our service throughout our ministry and for some 23 years in 1st Church. Thanks for the cards, well wishes, gift and offerings in our honor to Western Christian and Luke Society. We continue in His service and keep you in our prayers as you continue to follow Christ.  -In Christian Love, Carl & Ellen Klompien

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:  

Congratulations to Ryan and Christine Kroese on the birth of a baby girl, Hayden Grace, born on Sunday morning, October 10.

We extend our Christian sympathy to Goldie Veldman and family in the passing of her sister, Nellie Keizer of Sioux Center, on Saturday, October 10.

Donna Rens is making very slow progress in her recovery from Covid. No visitors at this time, but phone calls are welcome. Jim Rens is doing well in his recovery. Continue to remember them in your prayers.

Matt was admitted to Sioux Center Hospital Thursday morning with Covid symptoms. He has a high fever and a bed sore. He expects to be in the hospital at least 2-3 days. Pray also for LuAnn in her struggle with Covid. Pray for healing and strength for both of them.

Jarvis De Wild had a biopsy of a lymph node in his neck this past Thursday. He will have an infusion this coming Thursday. He will have an esophagus stent placement on Friday. Please pray the treatments will be effective and that his swallowing and eating will improve.

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!

LeRoy Jongetjes is on hospice at Rock Rapids Health Centre. Pray that he will be comfortable. He is not allowed to have visitors but cards are welcome. His address is 703 S. Union Street, Room 315, Rock Rapids, IA 5124.

Matt Bosma fell and broke his left ankle on October 1. He is wearing a boot for six weeks. Pray for healing.

Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Darlene Kroese; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Wilma Grevengoed, Al & Jacoba Rens, Jo Westra, Goldie Veldman; Rock Rapids Health Center: LeRoy Jongetjes; Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats; Friendly Horizons: Esther Rozeboom; Royale Meadows in Sioux Center: Ed Scholten; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS

We express our sympathy to Keith Keizer & family and Kevin Keizer & family in the passing of their mother, Nellie, who passed away on Oct. 10. May God provide his comfort and encouragement as they mourn.

Dave Van Beek’s mother, Jean, from St. Thomas, Ontario, died Wednesday night. She spent the last 10 years in a nursing home with dementia. There will be no funeral service at this time due to Covid restrictions. Pray for Dave and Doris & his family as they work through their grief without being able to gather in person.

Marcus Maasen (11-year-old nephew of Evan & Sarah Wiersma) has been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer, Birkett Lymphoma. He started aggressive chemo and plans to continue this for the next few years. He is currently in the Pediatric ICU on a ventilator and sedated due to a large tumor in his abdomen causing low lung capacity. The breathing tube is doing what the doctors have hoped by opening up his lungs, giving his body time to heal and rest.

Gerry Van Roekel, father of Jerry, continues his recovery after having a stent put in for heart issues.

John Haveman has been diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. The treatment is medication to suppress his immune system. Pray that the treatment works and John is able to stay healthy. 

Jan Bakker started a series of chemo treatments on Monday to treat recurring lymphoma activity. Pray for strength and the effectiveness of these treatments.

Ed Visser (grandfather of Mandy Hoekstra & brother-in-law to Virg & Joan Horstman) was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. He had been hospitalized due to shortness of breath and weakness but is now home until Hospice care. Pray for comfort and peace for Ed and his wife, and the rest of the family.

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

   HCS will be holding their annual Service Day Tues., Oct. 27. The 6th-8th grade students can assist anyone needing extra help raking their leaves. Call school (439-2273) by Monday, Oct. 26, if we can assist you.

   HCS & Western are continuing to collect money for the NW IA Christian Schools Tuition Org. (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 (IRAs, C Corporations, S Corporations, LLC and Partnerships are also eligible for STO tax credits.) It can also be claimed as a deduction 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 Christian.

   Order forms for purchasing meat at Western’s Annual Fall Bonanza are on the narthex table or you may order online at https://www.westernchristianhs.com/office/fall%20meal%20.pdf. Orders must be in by Nov. 1. Your order will be available on November 20 at the school. There will not be meat certificates available the day of the auction. All meat must be preordered. Questions, contact the office at Western at 439-1013.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

DORDT student Claira De Jong will present a senior piano recital at 7:30p Sat., Oct.  24, in the Auditorium.

INSPIRATION HILLS Live & Online Auction will be Friday, Oct. 23. Doors open at 6:30p and auction begins at 7:00p in the Main Lodge. Go to www.inspirationhills.org to register & view items. Refreshments served.

HOPE HAVEN’S 56TH ANNUAL MEETING will be held Tues., Oct. 27, at 5:00p. This year’s meeting will be held virtually. To attend, please visit this link: hopehaven.org/society-meeting. This will send you a link to the meeting. Society members will have the opportunity to elect Board members, review recent audit and budgets, and receive the annual report on the ministry of Hope Haven. Hope Haven is a society owned agency; therefore, you are encouraged to exercise your membership and become involved in the business of Hope Haven.