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October 25, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – October 25, 2020

       Rev. Wayne Kobes…. Guest Minister     

Preparation for Worship: “Fill our worship with grace, Lord Jesus Christ, that every thought, word, and deed may be acceptable to you, our Rock and our Redeemer.” Amen

WE GATHER FOR WORSHIP

Prelude: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” & “The Lord Is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want”     

Call to Worship  

Opening Prayer

*Opening Hymn:  #237:1-3 “We Praise You, O God”     

*God’s Greeting

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

Responsive Reading of the Law (PH. pg. 1013)

Prayer of Confession

Word of Assurance: John 3:16-17

Hymn of Assurance: #177:1-4 “Oh, to See the Dawn” (LUYH)

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:  Psalm 28

God’s Word Proclaimed: “I Call to the Lord, My Rock”

Prayer of Application

WE SEEK TO LIVE AS GOD’S PEOPLE

*Hymn of Response: #649:1-3 “I Call to You, My Rock” (LUYH)

*Parting Blessing

*Doxology: #632 “To God Be the Glory”

*Postlude: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”     

   (Please allow Teachers/Sunday School students to exit first)

Your offering for the Christian Ed Fund & Talking Bibles can be placed in the

offering plates on your way out.

*indicates congregation stand

organist: MaryLou Wielenga

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Justin & Sheila Van Schepen, Deacon Dan Bonestroo

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Darren & Darla Vant Hul, Elder Dave & Vanessa Te Slaa

NURSERY TODAY: Mindy Winterfeld, Shondra Wielenga, Keagen Winterfeld, Ashley Fedders, Dalton Westra

NEXT SUNDAY: Tina Bruxvoort, Ruth Kats, Cooper Emerick, Abigail Kats, Lane Driesen

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 1. Christian Ed Fund; 2. Talking Bibles     

NEXT SUNDAY: Building Fund

POWER POINT TODAY: AM Arlene; PM Jason/Kirk

                      

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Rick                                        

NEXT SUNDAY: Ben

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Darren & Shar Bonestroo

NEXT SUNDAY: Dean & Steph Bonestroo

CORRESPONDENCE: Harlan Mouw to Justin Van Zee; Jake Ney to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Larry Oolman to Michael & Megan Ribbens; Jim Oostenink to Kevin & Kelli Schutte; Seth Oostenink to Lauren & Connie Runia; Brody Pollema 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             Choir Rehearsal

 10:45 AM             Adult Sunday School in the Council Room

   6:00 PM             Evening Worship Service

WEDNESDAY

   6:45 PM             Cadets – regular meeting. Hand out fundraising information.

   6:45 PM             GEMS meet at Hope CRC for a regular meeting. 8th graders will be packing Operation Christmas Child boxes. (see announcement in insert)

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

October 25, 2020

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL: Welcome to worship today, where the God of changeless love calls and empowers us to reform whatever needs to be changed for the sake of such love. 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.

WE WELCOME Rev. Wayne Kobes as he leads our morning worship service and Barry Miedema as he leads our evening worship service.

PASTOR LOREN is gone and will be 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 meeting today and next Sunday morning in the pastor’s office.

 

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

GEMS will have a regular meeting Wed., Oct. 28, 6:45-8:30p at Hope CRC. Our 8th graders will be packing Operation Christmas Child boxes. Please be sure to bring in your donations of items or money to the meeting. Our goal is to pack 20 boxes to bless children this year.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING Rev. Dan De Groot, from Rock Valley, will lead our morning worship service and Barry Miedema will lead us in worship in the evening.

YOU ARE INVITED to attend Christian Fellowship this year where we will be studying the message that is preached during the morning service. We are excited to gather together to dig a little deeper into the preached Word of God. Join us twice a month on Sunday evenings to discuss how we can apply to our hearts what we hear and have it extend to our hands and feet. An outline of questions is in your church mailbox. Our first meeting will take place after the evening service on November 1 in the Youth Building. We would love to have you join us.

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.

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.

ANYONE WANT TO FEED SOME FISH? In 3 weeks, we will be observing World Hunger Sunday and taking a collection on behalf of World Renew’s work with our hungry brothers and sisters worldwide. World Hunger Devotionals for Adults and Kids are in your church mailbox. Peter Fish banks are in the Sunday School rooms for kids to take home (Beginners-6th grade). Extra Peter Fish are available under the church mailboxes. Peter Fish will be collected on November 15th.

GUIDING STAR OF ORANGE CITY would like to deliver a heartfelt THANK YOU to the congregation for supporting us with your special offering. As you may know, we have had to move out of our previous location due to funding concerns and we are currently providing all of our services virtually while we search for a new space that fits our needs. Your financial assistance will cover an entire month’s expenses as we build a culture of life by supporting and educating women to understand, embrace, and love their natural bodies. We are so grateful for your contributions!

A SINCERE THANK YOU for all the prayers, cards, and delicious food which was such a big help since I broke my wrist. We are blessed to be a part of your lives. -Norma Kotman

THANK YOU to everyone who gave us such thoughtful gifts at our baby shower! We are incredibly blessed to have a wonderful church family, and we are so grateful for your prayers and support as we raise our newest additions! -Kaleigh & Cambrea, Ashlee & Addyson, Kenzie & Parker, Emily & Waylon

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:  

Congratulations to Carter and Jodi Pollema on the birth of a daughter, Marlee Jo, born on October 19.

Donna Rens is making slow progress in her recovery from Covid. People may come visit; however, you are requested to call first and you need to wear a mask. Jim Rens is doing well in his recovery. Continue to remember them in your prayers.

Keep Matt & LuAnn in your prayers. Matt did not go to Pleasant Acres as was planned. They are still working on getting him into some facility soon. Pray for healing and strength for both of them.

Continue to keep Jarvis De Wild in your prayers. Please pray that the treatments he had 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

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 last 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.

   The Fall Bonanza has been a strong community building and fundraising event for Western Christian for 39 years, inviting a multitude of generations to engage in and support the mission of our school. This year we will take a break from an in-person gathering and auction, However, the need for your support remains the same! The Board of Western Christian High invites you to bid for and purchase items and gift cards, exclusively through our on-line auction platform. The link to the on-line auction is on our website. The Auction opens Friday, Oct. 30 at 1:00p and closes on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 1:00p. Auction proceeds benefit all students and all experiences. Meat orders are due to later than Nov. 2. Order forms can be found on the website.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

DORDT UNIVERSITY will present a Beethoven Piano Recital at 7:30p on Friday, Oct. 30, in the Auditorium. Students of MaryLou Wielenga will perform piano works of Beethoven. On Sat., Nov. 7, the fall 2020 recital by internationally-acclaimed organist Isabelle Demers will be held at 7:30p in the auditorium. The Joan Ringerwole Organ Recital series seeks to promote the organ and its repertoire for the musical education and enjoyment of students, alumni, and the community by bringing nationally acclaimed organists to Dordt. Masks are required and seating will be socially distanced. Please visit dordt.edu/updates on the day of the event to see if there are any restrictions on in-person attendance or cancellations.