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December 8, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – December 8, 2019

       Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister    2nd Sunday in Advent 

Preparation for Worship: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Eph. 2:8,9

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Prelude

*Call to Worship (Ps. 92:1-2)

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

*Opening Song: #567:1,2 “Here I Am to Worship” (LUYH)

Lighting of the Advent Candle:

 -Children’s Message: Dana & Sherry

 -Advent Reading and Lighting of the Candle: Braden, Bryson, Jesse

 -Advent Hymn: #344:1-4 “Silent Night, Holy Night!”

WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND GIFTS

Intercessory Prayer

Offering: 1. Christian Ed Fund

Offertory

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

*Song of Preparation: #762:1,2 “Ancient Words” (LUYH)  

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 1:26-56   

God’s Word Proclaimed: “The Gift of Mercy”

Prayer of Application

Song of Application: #345:1,2 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

WE PARTAKE OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

Celebration of Communion (Walt & Lavonne will sing “I Cannot Tell” during the distribution)

*Hymn of Response: #342:1,2,5 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

  (Offering for Benevolence taken during the singing of this hymn)

WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #345:3 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
*Postlude   

   (please allow teachers/students to exit first)

* indicates congregation stand

organist…Lavonne Kats

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Elder Dave & Vanessa Te Slaa, Elder Larry & Marcia Hoekstra

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Dave & Aletha Snieder, Deacon Eric & Michelle Zomermaand

NURSERY TODAY: AM Tonya De Groot, Sherry De Wit, Abby Fedders, Haley Wielenga, Chandler Pollema; PM Jake Ney Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Amy De Jager, Susan De Yager, Jesse Ney, Talen De Yager, Sawyer Rozeboom; PM Tim Kats Family

USHERS FOR DEC:  Jay De Wit, Ryan Kroese, Jon Scholten, Rod Te Krony

VALET PARKING FOR DEC: Dec. 8: Sam Scholten, Alex Westra; Dec. 25: Ross Te Slaa, Zach Mouw; Dec. 22: Mitchell Winterfeld, Marcus Te Krony; Dec. 25: Dawson Feenstra, David Te Krony

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated

on your envelope. The loose offering is for the Christian Ed Fund

NEXT SUNDAY:  AM Guatemala Trip; PM Hull Sack Program

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Dan & Lisa P.                   NEXT SUNDAY: Eric & Jana R.

POWER POINT TODAY: Kirk                                  NEXT SUNDAY: AM Arlene; PM Jason/Konner                        

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Rick                     NEXT SUNDAY:  Cody

CORRESPONDENCE: Brad Kats to Justin Van Zee; Henry Kats to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Lavonne Kats to Michael & Megan Ribbons; Melissa Kats to Kevin & Kelli Schutte; Tim Kats to Lauren & Connie Runia; Jim Keizer to Sos & Kara Maletoungou (For those wishing to send an email, addresses are in the church directory, first page, under “Missionaries Supported”.)

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM       Worship Service

 10:45 AM       Coffee fellowship in the basement

 10:45 AM       Christian Ed Committee

 10:45 AM       Choir Rehearsal in the basement

   6:00 PM       Evening Worship Service

   7:15 PM       College/Career Bible Study

WEDNESDAY

   9:50 AM       Coffee Break at Hope CRC

   6:45 PM       GEMS will have “A Night to Sparkle and Shine” at Hope CRC. It will be their Christmas party with caroling, crafting, pampering, food and fun. The blessing project is jewelry sales for Women At Risk International. Each GEM girl is encouraged to invite a guest for the evening. Wear something that sparkles and shines.

  6:45 PM        Cadets meet in full uniform. Do Lesson 12. Short snow derby meeting afterwards for those interested. Snow Derby is Sat., Dec. 28, from 9:30a until finished.

                          Christmas party will be Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Dordt game room. Details later.

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

December 8, 2019

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL “The kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matt. 3:2), so let us repent – turn our lives around – and prepare for the Lord’s coming. 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 we will partake of the Lord’s Supper. You are welcome to join us at the Lord’s table if you are truly sorry for your sins, sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as your Savior and desire to live in obedience to him. Gluten free bread will be available in the center section of each tray.

BEGINNERS-6TH GRADE will be having Christmas Program practice this morning after the service in the front of church. The Christmas Program will be held next Sunday afternoon, Dec. 15, at 3:00p.

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Matthew 1:18-25 and Lord’s Day 14 titled “The Virgin Birth”.

THE EVANGELISM COMMITTEE will not be meeting this month.

REMINDER of the donation box in the narthex for the Guatemala mission project. A list of needed items is on the back table. Thanks for your help in blessing the “least of these”.

LADIES: We will be making fudge for prisoners on Thursday, December 12, at 6:30p in the church basement. You are requested to bring a couple of 9”x13” pans along if you can. All other supplies will be furnished.

CHILDREN AGES 1ST–6TH GRADE will be singing “Angels We Have Heard on High” with the choir on Christmas Day. They will have a short rehearsal after the morning church service on Sunday, December 22, in front of church and will perform on Christmas Day.

THE “SHARE” GROUP for widows and widowers will meet on Thursday, Dec. 19th at noon at Homestead Commons. Melissa Beyer will be catering lunch. Please RSVP to Deanna Tiedeman (439-2229) by Dec. 16 and bring $10 for the cost of our meal. Following lunch, we will sing a few Christmas carols to get us in the holiday spirit. Call Deanna or Pastor Aaron Deutsch (605-742-4469) with any questions.

THANK YOU so much to everyone who put together and attended the shower for Spencer! We are so grateful for the gifts and even more so to be a part of such a wonderful church family! Carl & Dani Bonestroo + Spencer

THANK YOU so much for all of your generous gifts you showered on us. We appreciate your show of support and best wishes as we begin our marriage.  -Ryan & Kristiann Burns

THANK YOU for the cards and words of comfort you have expressed in the passing of Jana’s grandmother. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort”.

2 Corinthians 1:3     -Eric & Jana Rens

THANK YOU to everyone who remembered me with cards, prayers and visits and to those who brought food following my surgery. Also, thanks to Pastor Kotman and Norma for their visits and prayers. It was greatly appreciated!  -Shirley Rens

THANKSGIVING OFFERING AMOUNTS (total was $34,219.49)

Alpha Center:        $1,020.00              Benevolent Fund:       $2,250.00           Christian Ed Fund:  $1,605.00

World Renew:       $3,812.00              SC Gospel Mission:    $1,445.00           Missions:                  $5,613.49

The Banquet:        $1,181.00              SF Gospel Mission:     $1,075.00           Guatemala Project:   $3.095.00

Luke Society:        $3,000.00              Talking Bibles:            $1,870.00

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

We extend our Christian sympathy to Larry & Glenda Oolman and family in the passing of Larry’s mother, Arlene Oolman, of Orange City who passed away on Friday morning, Nov. 29. May God comfort them in their loss.

Liz Schmith had knee replacement surgery on Thursday at Dakota Dunes. Pray for healing.

Remember Ed Scholten in your prayers as he continues to recover. Give thanks that he has experienced a good measure of relief from pain.

Give thanks that physical therapy is going well for Shirley Rens. Continue to pray for Shirley as she recovers from surgery.

Remember Sandy Starkenburg as she waits for doctors to determine a next step. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and better health for Sandy.

Berdena Bylsma fell at her home on Wednesday evening. Pray for healing.

Continue to remember Jarvis De Wild in your prayers. Pray that the eating process will continue to improve.

Continue to remember Lou Krommendyk in your prayers. Pray that a shot that she receives this week will give her relief from back pain. Lou appreciates visits.

Give thanks with Jacoba Rens for the good progress that she is making. Pray for continued strength for Jacoba and Al.

Continue to remember Ted and Lois Salazar in your prayers. Lois’s next chemo treatment is scheduled for December 19. Pray that the chemo will be effective and that Lois will get the rest that she needs. Visitors are still welcome but please call or text first.

Duck Lokhorst broke her hip and had surgery on Tuesday at Unity Point Hospital (formerly St. Luke’s) in Sioux City. Give thanks that surgery went well. Pray for healing.

Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Chuck & Darlene Kroese, Sally De Groot; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Harry Klay, Goldie Veldman; Sheldon Care Center: Julianne Kats; Rick Rozeboom’s home: Esther Rozeboom; Sioux City: Ardelle Westra.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

We give thanks that Shaina Hoekstra was dismissed from the hospital to her home in Ames last week and in time for Thanksgiving. She will continue home infusion antibiotics for the infection in her heart. Her kidney function continues to improve.

We pray for those dealing with illness, recovering from surgeries, and for those who may be struggling emotionally. May God provide healing and wholeness.

We pray for Lyla Boer at Pleasant Acres and Don and family as they support her. We also remember those at home who aren’t able to join us from week to week. We also pray for their families as they support them.

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

   HCS is accepting applications for a kindergarten teacher. The position will begin on January 2 and is an 85% position.  Applications can be found on our webpage (www.hullchristian.com) or by contacting the school. Applicants should contact Mr. Ten Pas at 712-439-2273 or e-mail rtenpas@hullchristian.com with any questions.

   HCS: Celebrate this Advent Season by coming to listen to the 3rd-6th grade students of Hull Christian sing Christmas Messiah for Young Voices on December 9. The program starts at 7:00 and will take place in the HCS gym. A few selections the students will be singing are Hallelujah, For Unto Us a Child is Born, and Glory to God.

   Western Music Department will present their annual Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 16, at 7:00p in the Event Center. Please join us in celebrating the birth of our Savior. In addition to great music, we will have a bake sale that evening to help support the arts at Western.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCMENTS

DORDT MUSIC DEPARTMENT: December 10, “Christmas Jazz Night’ will take place at 7:30p featuring the jazz choir and jazz band; December 13, the Instrumental Ensembles will present their final concert of the year titled “Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, and a March!”

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will meet on Wed., Dec. 11, at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.

NORTHWEST IOWA Symphony Youth Orchestra (NISYO) will present its Fall Concert on Sat., Dec. 14, at 3:00p in Dordt’s Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

HEGG HEALTH CENTER is sponsoring a Pink Out Night on Tues., Jan. 21, during the Western vs. Estherville basketball games! The reason we host annual pink out nights is because people relate pink to breast cancer. Cancer doesn’t care who you are, what you look like, how old you are or where you live. We wonder how we can help – this evening is for just that: raising awareness about cancer and prevention against cancer. Free popcorn will be served at the concessions stand for all fans during both Girls and Boys basketball games, courtesy of Hegg Health Center. We encourage fans to wear pink or purchase a 2019 Pink Out T-shirt! Short and long Sleeve T-shirts are available for purchase online: https://western-christian-pinkout-2020.itemordercom/sale. Orders are due Dec. 16th. T-shirts will be delivered to your selected location about a week before the game. Proceeds from all t-shirts benefit technology upgrades within the Hegg Health Center Radiology department. 

CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH, SIOUX FALLS, FAITH FELLOWSHIP WEEKEND is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17 – 6:00-8:00p and January 18&19 – 7:15a-4:00p each day. Join us for worship, large group talks and small group discussions. The deadline for signing up is Monday, Dec. 30. We’d be happy to have you join us for part of the weekend or all of it. For more information or to sign up contact us at office@cornerstonepcsd.org or call 507-215-3670. 

JFA is planning the 2020 Service and Learning Opportunities and would love to have you join one of the teams!  For more information or to sign up, call Nick Leloux at JFA 476-2804 or email nickl@jfa-nwiowa.org. An informational meeting will be held on Tues., Jan. 7, at 7:00p at the JFA Ministry Center.

JFA is excited to invite you on a Discovery Bus Tour! The dates for this trip are April 21-28, 2020. If you are interested or want more information, contact Joel De Wit at JFA, 476-2804 or joeldw@jfa-nwiowa.org