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September 6, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – September 6, 2020

       Rev. Loren Kotman…Minister     

Preparation for worship: “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.” Romans 14:13

WE GATHER FOR WORSHIP

Prelude     

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer

*Opening Hymns:     #100:1-4 “All People That on Earth Do Dwell” (Tune #134)

                                      #440:1,2,4 “Children of the Heavenly Father”

*God’s Greeting

WE PREPARE FOR THE LORD’S SUPPER

Preparatory Exhortation for Communion (PH pg. 976)

Song of Assurance: #526:1-4 “The Solid Rock” (Celebration)

WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS

Kaleigh Van Middendorp – Guiding Star

Intercessory Prayer

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

*Song of Preparation: #280:1-3 “Blessed Jesus, at Your Word”  

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: James 1:9-11

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Rich Man! Poor Man!

Prayer of Application

*Hymn of Application: SW#45:1-3 “Knowing You”

WE SEEK TO LIVE AS GOD’S PEOPLE

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Hymn: #319:1,2,4 “Savior, Again to Your Dear Name We Raise”

*Postlude     

Your offering for 1. Building Fund; 2. Luke Society can be placed in the offering plates on your

way out.

*indicates congregation stand  - organist:  Lavonne Kats

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

USHERS FOR SEPT.: Brad Kats, Devin Bonestroo, Grant Vanden Bosch, Lynn Anderson

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. Luke Society  

NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Christian Ed Fund; 2. Benevolence

POWER POINT TODAY: Kirk                                                                       

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                                          NEXT SUNDAY: Rick

CORRESPONDENCE: Jay De Wit to Justin Van Zee; Ken Draayer to Steve & Tara Dekkers; Kevin Driesen to Michael & Megan Ribbens; John Emerick to Kevin & Kelli Schutte; Dan Fedders to Lauren & Connie Runia; Mark Fedders 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

September 6, 2020

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL: The psalmist declares that “the Lord takes pleasure in his people” (Psalm 149:4, ESV). As we gather before the God who delights in us, may we also delight in God. Welcome!

THIS MORNING Kaleigh Van Middendorp, executive director of Guiding Star in Orange City and member of our church, will share with the congregation two new and very important services that they plan to add to Guiding Star and offer their clients. The offering will be for Guiding Star on September 20.

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Revelation 1:9-2:7 titled “Rekindle Your First Love”.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING we will be celebrating the Lord’s supper. Shut ins and those watching at home will need to purchase their own juice and bread. Elders will not be bringing the elements to shut-ins. Professing members who participate in the Lord’s supper at church will be asked to pick up a fellowship cup (a prefilled cup with a soft wafer) from a table in the back of church next Sunday morning prior to sitting down for the service.

THE NURSERY and surrounding rooms are available to parents with small children who need to take them out of the sanctuary. There will not be a nursery staff and toys will not be available.

UNTIL FUTHER 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.

THE SHARE GROUP for widows and widowers will meet on Thursday, September 17, at 6:00p at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north and 2 miles east of Hull. We will enjoy hot ham and cheese sandwiches with sides for supper. Cookies and bars will be served for dessert. If you had not volunteered to bring food, please consider bringing $5 to help cover expenses. Following our meal, we will enjoy a program on monarch butterflies from Sioux County Conservation Board Naturalist Sarah Davelaar. Call Deanna Tiedeman (439-2229) or Pastor Aaron Deutsch (605-742-4469) with any questions.

THANK YOU: I would like to thank all of the very thoughtful and caring members of my church family for all the awesome and meaningful ways you have helped me through the difficulties in my life the past months. Thanks to Pastor Kotman, Elder Roger De Kruyf, and Deacon Dan Bonestroo for all of your calls and prayers. Above all, I thank my heavenly Father for everything He has done for me. I am truly grateful to all of you! May God bless you for all of your kindness. -Sandy Starkenburg

THANK YOU: We would like to thank our church family for your prayers and cards after my back surgery. Special thanks to Pastor Kotman for his many calls, prayers and visit and to Elder Daryl Wesselink for his phone texts. This was all very much appreciated. Above all, we thank our Heavenly Father for His healing mercies.

                                                                                                                        -Rog & Linda Tiedeman

THANK YOU: We greatly appreciate the encouragement and prayers that you have sent on behalf of our family during this time! Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me! – Eric and Jana Rens

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:  

Congratulations to Rick and Koni Leusink on the birth of a daughter, Ruthie Michelle, on Wednesday, September 2, at Sanford in Sioux Falls.

Pray for healing for John Bolkema. He was admitted to the Sioux Center Hospital on Sunday evening with pneumonia and returned home on Wednesday. He is taking medication for the pneumonia.

Pray for Jim Rens. He was admitted to the Sioux Center Hospital on Monday and remains a patient there. He has a mild case of pneumonia. Pray for healing and encouragement.

Continue to pray for Donna Rens in the ICU at Avera. Pray that her breathing would continue to improve. We give thanks that she is making gradual improvement and that doctors are optimistic.

Heath Stoker had a check-up recently. Pray for good results. 

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!

Remember LeRoy Jongetjes in your prayers as he begins hospice care. Pray that he will be comfortable.  

Give thanks that Peg Visser is making good progress. She is now finished with Physical Therapy. Pray for continued healing.

Pray for Glenda Oolman as she continues to recuperate from a bone fracture in her shoulder.

Diane Bonestroo is recovering well from thyroid surgery. Pray that she would continue to experience God’s healing mercies.

Remember Anna Zomermaand and Dylan Zomermaand as they continue to struggle with migraines. Pray for healing and relief.

Pray for our shut ins: PA: Verne Huisman, Chuck & Darlene Kroese; Aspen Heights: Joyce De Vries, Wilma Grevengoed, Al & Jacoba Rens, Jo Westra, Goldie Veldman; Hegg 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

Jeff Christensen, who attended Hope CRC for a time with his wife Shari, and daughters, Lauren and Shelby, passed away unexpectedly early Sunday morning August 30. A memorial service will be held on September 5 at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church of Meade, KS. We pray for the Lord’s comfort for the Christensen family

Joan Horstman continues to recover at home from her recent surgery. We pray for her continued strengthening and healing.

We continue to pray for those who continue their recovery from recent surgeries. We pray for their strengthening.

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 having their annual Rally Day Sale on Saturday, September 19, at 6:30p. There will be NO supper this year. If you would like to donate to the sale, please drop off items in the school office by Friday, September 18, at 4:00p. Thanks for supporting HCS!

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

CENTER FOR FINANCIAL EDUCATION will have their 1st fishing event on Sept. 11 at Big Sioux Recreation Area, Hawarden, from 4:00-7:00p. Bring the whole family! Canoes will be available, bring your own small boat or just fish from shore. Bring poles if you have them.  Admission is free. Bait, meal, and a drawing for prizes will be provided. For the little fishers, CFE will have a Bounce House. At the conclusion of the event we will be serving a hot dog meal. RSVP by calling 712-722-3527 or email info@cfeministries.org.

THE HEARTLAND Classical Education Committee is excited about Timothy Leadership Training (TLT). The program uses personal learning goals and peer encouragement toward motivating the participant into a Christ-exalting, yet attainable, next step in their faith journey. The spring session was cancelled due to coronavirus. Rescheduled events include: Sat., Sept. 12, at 10:00a: an on-line, ZOOM conference call. Contact Sam Keyzer to participate: 402-601-6566 or samkeyzer@yah00.com. A link will be sent via email to make joining easy. Thursday-Friday, Oct. 8-9: The TLT fall session at Prairie Lane CRC, Omaha. A short TLT presentation is also being planned for Classis Heartland’s fall meeting.

DORDT COLLEGE: Sat., Sept. 12, join the Dordt University Mass Band and Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dordt Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Dr. Onsby C. Rose, for our annual Pops Concert at 7:30p. This year’s concert will feature the music of master cinematic composer, John Williams. This year’s concert will take place in the football stadium beside the All-Seasons Center. We invite you to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and maybe even a snack, exercise social distancing and wear your mask, and enjoy the incomparable Iowa fall weather, as the Dordt instrumental ensembles treat your ears to a wonderful evening of music!

FALL BANQUET! Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare will be having their 6th annual fall banquet on September 14 at Faith Reformed Church in Rock Valley. Fellowship time and silent auction from 5:30-6:30p. Dinner, testimonials, live auction and a ministry update from 6:30-8:30p. Please RSVP Rhonda at 605-695-0059 or email: rhonda.h@kingdomboundaries.org or register on-line at www.kingdomboundaries.org/events/.

THE 3RD ANNUAL Guiding Star Fundraising Gala will be a Virtual Event on Tuesday, September 15, starting at 6:00p. Keynote speaker is Melissa Ohden.

You can still register to attend: email: kaleigh@guidingstarorangecity.org

1. Attend as a Host -$25. Hosts have the ability to access our virtual Gala for themselves and 7 guests! We do encourage hosts to continue to socially distance as possible, practice good hygiene, and wear masks when able. Hosts will receive a Host Packet that is filled with informational material and goodies!

2. Attend as General Admission - $10. This ticket will provide you and your immediate family members with access to view our Gala.

Can’t attend on Sept. 15th. Don’t worry! Whether you register as a Host or as General Admission, you will have access to view the recording of our special evening until November!

JUSTICE FOR ALL: You’re invited to join us at the combined Fall Banquet & Annual Meeting/Fall Auction on Thurs., Oct. 1. Dinner at 6:00p at the Parkview Events Center of Rock Valley. Due to COVID, we will not be inviting a ministry partner to travel this year, but you will hear from many of them virtually! There will be a short business meeting. The Fall Auction will be looking a bit different this year, as much of it will be online. There will be a Silent Auction at the event and a complete list of online items will also be available. Reservations for the meal are necessary and can be made by calling 476-2804 or emailing joeldw@jfa-nwiowa.org