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October 4, 2015

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. –October 4, 2015

       Rev. Loren Kotman.….Minister  

Preparation for Worship: “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you

will receive, and your joy will be complete.” John 16:23,24

GOD GATHERS US WITH JOY

Prelude 

*Responsive Call to Worship: (Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9)

            Pastor:        We are here

            People:       in the name of Christ Jesus

            Pastor:        So ask right now

            People:       and it shall be given you.

            Pastor:        Seek right now

            People:       and you fill find.

            Pastor:        Knock right now

            People:       and the door will be opened

*Hymn: SW#31 “Open the Eyes of My Heart” & #249:1,3 “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

*Hymn of Praise: SW#29:1,2 “Lord Most High”

GOD RECONCILES HIMSELF TO US

God’s Will For Our Lives

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Hymn of Assurance: #571:1-3 “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know”

Intercessory Prayer

Offering: 1. Building Fund: 2. Gideons

Offertory

GOD SPEAKS TO US THROUGH HIS WORD

*Song of Preparation: #427:1-5 “I Need Thee Every Hour” (Blue Psalter)    

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Matthew 7:7-12

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Ask, Seek, Knock”

Prayer of Application

GOD SENDS US OUT WITH HIS BLESSING

*Song of Application: #209:1-3 “Seek Ye First the Kingdom”

Report by Eric Rankin, Gideon representative

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #322:1,2 “God, the Father of Your People”

*Postlude       

   (please allow teachers/students to exit first)

*indicates congregation stand – organist…Connie Te Krony

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Jake & Kari Ney, Deacon Kyle Bolkema

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Jim & Aletha Oostenink, Elder Dave & Betty Vande Griend

NURSERY TODAY:  AM Betty Vande Griend, Emily Van Schepen, Chandler Pollema, Dylan Zomermaand, Aimee Vanden Bosch; PM Shad Kats Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Teresa Vanden Bosch, Hilary Van Hill, Dason Van’t Hul, Dana Driesen, Christopher Baccam; PM Eric Haveman Family

USHERS FOR OCT.: Terry Jansma, Dan Bonestroo, Cody Bauer, Ryan Bolkema

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Building Fund; 2. Gideon’s

NEXT SUNDAY:  Christian Ed. Fund

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Dan & Dana Fedders

COFFEE SERVERS NEXT SUNDAY: Mark & Teresa Fedders

POWER POINT TODAY: Sally                                                    NEXT WEEK:  Set: Julie; Run: Linda                            

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                                                   NEXT SUNDAY: Rick

CORRESPONDENCE:  Doug Pollema to Kevin Schutte; Pete Pollema to Justin Van Zee; Waylon Pollema to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Wilmar Pollema to Lauren Runia; Dan Poppema to Rev. Jan Van Ee

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM        Worship Service

 10:45 AM        Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM        Choir Rehearsal

 10:45 AM        Sunday School/Catechism

   6:00 PM         Evening Worship Service

   7:00 PM         Christian Fellowship. Lunch: Leaders. We are studying “Living God’s Grace”.

MONDAY

   6:45 PM         GEMS at Hope CRC (note time)

   7:30 PM         Friendship Bible

TUESDAY

   7:00 PM         Beth Moore Bible Study in the Youth Building

WEDNESDAY

    9:55 AM       Coffee Break at Hope CRC. Lesson 3 “Discover Acts-Part 1: The Early Church”

    7:00 PM        Mission Guild. Lesson 3. Opening Prayer: Lee Oostenink; Closing Prayer: Betty Pollema

    7:00 PM        Men’s Society

    7:00 PM        YPS. Food Pantry Drive. Devotions: Lee R. & Danae VH; Lunch: Marcus TK & Colin W.

    7:00 PM        Music & Worship Committee (meet downstairs by the kitchen window)

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

October 4, 2015

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL  The prophet Joel says: “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful.” Welcome, this autumn day, as we rejoice together in God’s goodness!  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 MORNING Eric Rankin, Gideon Representative, will give a brief report on the work of the Gideons.

WE WELCOME Rev. Klompien as he leads our evening service. His message is taken from Galatians 5 titled “What Really Counts”.

BAPTISM: Travis & Brittany Van Otterloo have requested the sacrament of baptism for their infant son, Wyatt Allen. Baptism will take place next Sunday morning, October 11th.

CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP will meet this evening service in the Youth Building. Our leader will be Larry Hoekstra. We will be studying “Living God’s Grace”. New members are always welcome!

DIRECTORY: I am working on updating our church directory. If you have a new address, phone number or email address, please call me (439-1626), email me at hull1crc@mtcnet.net or put a note in my church mailbox. Thank you!  -Karen

YPS will meet Wed. at 7:00p. Devotions: Lee R. & Danae VH; Lunch: Marcus TK & Colin W.

FOOD PANTRY DRIVE – Oct. 7th: The YPS will be driving around town collecting food for the Hull Food Pantry on Wed., Oct. 7th. A listing of the food that the pantry is in need of is in your church box. If you will not be home that night and would still like to contribute, please bring your items to the church kitchen.

A GATHERING of college and career singles is planned for Sunday evening, October 11, at 7:15p in the Youth Building. We met last year once a month on a Sunday evening. Let’s talk about what we want to do this year. Questions: contact Curt Van Grouw (712-451-8272), curtisvangrouw@gmail.com or Pastor Loren 439-1123.

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 taking time for lunch or coffee with them.

YOUTH LEADERS’ RETREAT: Minn-I-Kota Youth, Synod of the Heartland, and Inspiration Hills, are partnering to bring you a YOUTH LEADERS’ RETREAT ON Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1. Join us in the rolling hills outside of Inwood in the beautiful Eagle Crest Lodge at Inspiration Hills. Our theme is “OVERWHELMED +” from Psalm 61:2. Join us for an encouraging and uplifting weekend: a time to learn, network, retreat, rest, and reconnect with God. Register online at minnikotayouth.net before Oct. 15th.

SAVE THE DATE!! The Hull Chamber is excited to welcome Mark Schultz with Love & the Outcome as they present their holiday tour “A Different Kind of Christmas, on Sat., Dec. 12, at 7:00p at Western. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1, with internet tickets available now at www.itickets.com/events/345991.html. 

TO THE CONGREGATION at Hull 1st CRC: The last 2 months have been quite a ride for my wife & me. Thank you to all of you for helping us through it all. Whether it be your thoughts, prayers, concerns, hugs, cards (especially those with handwritten notes), gift cards or food, these were all greatly appreciated. A special thank you to Pastor Kotman & Norma, Pastor Klompien, and Elder Henry Kats & Cheryl and to our Care Group #8. Above all, thank you to God Almighty for bailing me out yet one more time. –Duane Vande Griend

THANK YOU for all the cards and prayers offered in the passing of my sister-in-law, Marian, and my brother-in-law, Dick Altena. Thank you also to Pastor Kotman & Pastor Klompien for their visits. It was all very much appreciated! –Wilma Altena

THANK YOU for all the cards, prayers, visits, food brought in, and rides I received to Rock Valley for therapy. I am still receiving therapy but am no longer under Home Health Care, therefore am no longer home bound! Praise God for his healing mercies. –Henry Brinks

THANK YOU for all the cards and prayers said on my behalf following my fall. Also, thank you to Pastor Kotman and Elder Jansen for their visits. I am healing well!  -Rick Kiers

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

Duane Vande Griend continues to heal and is feeling better every day. Give thanks for good progress.

Joyce Kroese is very tired because of the recent chemo treatment. Pray for strength and healing.

Joyce DeVries moved to Aspen Heights last week. Pray that she will be able to return home soon.   

Wilmar Pollema continues with treatment for Multiple Myeloma. Pray for healing.

Continue to remember Sherry Brummel in your prayers as she continues to receive chemo.

Give thanks to God for answered prayer. Doctors have determined that the Chiari 1 malformation (i.e. brain is too far into spinal column thus preventing flow of spinal fluid and affecting the cerebellum) is causing all of Addison Pfingsten’s difficulties. Surgery will be scheduled in the near future at Mayo Clinic pending test results.

Gary and Susan Roetman are thankful for the good report Gary received showing no cancer. They appreciate your prayers and words of encouragement. Gary is now receiving chemo once every 3 weeks.

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; Tena Pollema and Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

We pray for Dave and Melinda Eekhoff and family in the passing of Dave’s brother, Alan Eekhoff, 50, of Kanawha, IA. Dave died unexpectedly from a heart related event while harvesting this past week. The funeral was held this past week. May God continue to provide his comfort and care.

We pray for Deb Verheof’s brother, Brian Hofmeyer, of Hospers, IA, who collapsed on Thursday morning. He was resuscitated and transported via helicopter to Sioux Falls. We pray for his healing and for God’s providing care.

Evelyn Dykstra continues her recovery at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City. Please pray for her comfort, healing, and for wisdom for the family as they make decisions for Evelyn’s care.

We continue to pray for healing and recovery for Luke Hulstein, son of Josh & Kaylee Hulstein, after his recent surgery.

Arnold Nielsen, father of Martin Nielsen, has shown improvement as he recovers from a hand injury. The hope is that he will be able to have the heart surgery that he needs a little earlier than was expected.

Dave Pluim continues to do well, but doctors continue to look for a cause for the episode he had earlier this year. We continue to pray for answers, effective treatment and healing.

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.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

      Hull Christian 6th, 7th, & 8th graders are selling World’s Finest Chocolate until Oct. 6.

      HCS Rally Day Supper & Sale Thank you. Many of you attended the recent Rally Day Supper & Sale. Your financial support was greatly appreciated! We took in over $50,000 for the evening! We praise and thank God for the generous bidding and giving of the HCS constituents and local businesses. Thank you to all who helped make this an enjoyable and financially successful evening.

      Western would like to invite all friends of Western to the Western Foundation Banquet in Western’s Auditorium on Thurs., Oct. 15, at 6:00p. The cost of the meal is $10. Karen Christians, English teacher at Western, and Kylie Miller, our new Ag instructor, will inspire you with their presentations, tours will be given of the renovations being done, and the evening will conclude with the Fall Music Festival in the gym at 7:30p.  Please call the school at 439-1013 or email wes.fopma@westernchristianhs.com before Oct. 9 for reservations.

      On Thurs., Oct. 15, Western Music Department will present their Fall Music Festival at 7:30p in the Main Gym. All the music ensembles will be performing under the direction of Mr. Van Ravenswaay, Mr. Van’t Hul and Mrs. Wielenga.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

DORDT: The community is invited to Dordt to hear Dr. Cornelius “Neal” Plantinga Jr. speak on Monday, Oct. 5, at part of the First Monday Speaker Series. Plantinga will give a lecture titled “Intellectual Love of God” at 11:00a in the Auditorium. The evening event, “Forgiving Those Who Hurt Us” will begin at 7:30p in Science and Technology Center Room 1606.

NAMI SUPPORT GROUP will meet on Tues., Oct. 6, from 7-9p at Central Reformed Church.

WOMEN’S NIGHT OF HOPE will be held Thurs., Oct. 8, at Western. The vendor fair begins at 5:30, pork loin supper at 6:30 and the featured speaker, Lisa Rambo, former contestant from The Biggest Loser, at 7:00p. Free will donation event with proceeds benefitting the Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. Reserve your seat by calling the Chamber Office at 439-1513 soon!

INSPIRATION HILLS invites you to join them on a 5K Run/Walk on Sat., Oct. 10, at 9:30a. Call Kristi at 712-986-5193 for more information or to register.

FAMILIES FINDING HOPE EVENT will be held on Thurs., Oct. 22, from 6:00-8:00p at 1st Ref. Church in Sioux Center. This event is an opportunity to gather and fellowship with others who have experienced the death of a loved one; whether it be a spouse, parent, grandparent, child, or sibling. Fun games for all ages, connecting with other families, free supper and balloon launch. Call 722-8108 by Monday, October 19th.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Sioux Center Women’s Expo will be held Oct. 23 & 24. This is 2 days of shopping, fun, and entertainment designed specifically for women of all ages. Visit www.siouxcenterchamber.com.

CENTER OF HOPE Fall Benefit will be held Sat., Oct. 24, beginning at 5:30p at Sioux Falls Christian School. More than 100 items have been donated. A grilled dinner will be held at 7:00p at NO cost. More details and a list of auction items are posted at www.centerofhopesf.org. Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of the evening. Advance reservations are NOT required.