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Bulletins 2014

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – July 6, 2014

Rev. Loren Kotman….Minister       

Preparation for Worship: “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” Ps. 103:1

 

GOD WELCOMES US

Prelude

*Responsive Call to Worship:

            Pastor:  Shout with joy to God, all the earth!

            People:            Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!

            Pastor:  Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies

                        cringe before you.

                                 People:            All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name.

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

   (Please feel free to greet those around you with words and a handshake or simply a smile.)

*Opening Song: #8:1-5 “Lord, Our Lord, Your Glorious Name” (refrain only after vs. 5)

Baptism of Samantha Renee Dirksen

Hymn: #435 “All Things Bright and Beautiful (vs. 1-3, new verse: The precious little baby, a gift from God above, created in His image, a wonder of His love; vs. 4)

 

GOD GUIDES US AND FORGIVES US

Law of God

Song of Confession: #254:1-3 “Remember Not, O God”

Words of Assurance

Intercessory Prayer

Offering: 1. Missions; 2. Center for Financial Education

Piano Offertory by Jo Dirksen

 

GOD SPEAKS TO US

*Song of Preparation: SW#16:1-3 “Praise Him! Praise Him!”  

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Psalm 96 (pg. 629), Deuteronomy 5:11 (pg. 189); Lord’s Day 36&37 (PH p. 907)

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Honoring God’s Name”

Prayer of Application

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD

*Hymn of Response: #634:1-3 “Father, We Love You”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: SW#18 “He Is Exalted”

*Postlude

*indicates congregation stand - organist…Lavonne Kats

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

 

GREETERS TODAY:  Daryl & Marvella Van Wyhe, Elder Harlyn & Linda Bolkema

 

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Dave & Sherry Vant Hul, Deacon Dan & Dana Fedders

 

NURSERY TODAY: AM LeAnn Bosma, Rachel Bolkema, Colin Westra, Justin Grevengoed, Kerrigan Kats; PM Eric Zomermaand Family 

 

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Tonya De Groot, Kelsi Byl, Mitchell Fedders, Rachel Kats, Carter Pollema; PM Sean Baccam Family

 

USHERS FOR JULY: Dan Poppema, Dan Kroeze, Scott Kroese, John Emerick

 

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Missions; 2. Center for Financial Education

 

OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: Christian Education Fund

 

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Waylon & Melissa Pollema

COFFEE SERVERS NEXT SUNDAY: Pete & Nelva Pollema

 

POWER POINT TODAY: Set up: Julie; Run: Linda;

POWER POINT NEXT SUNDAY: AM Arlene; PM Jon

 

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                          

SOUND SYSTEM NEXT SUNDAY: Rick

 

CORRESPONDENCE: Lee Van Grouw to Kevin Schutte; Arlene Van Schepen to Lauren Runia; Clark Van Schepen to Rev. Van Ee

 

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM    Worship Service

 10:45 AM    Coffee fellowship in the basement

  6:00 PM     Evening Worship Service

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH           

                                                                                July 6, 2014

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to worship in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in whom we have true freedom. A nursery and a 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 have the privilege of witnessing the baptism of Samantha Renee Dirksen, infant daughter of Art and Anna.

 

THIS EVENING Pastor Loren’s message is from Romans 3:9-30 & L.D. 23 entitled God’s Wonderful Grace .

 

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of council will be meeting in July to assign committee chairmen and members of the various church committees. If you no longer wish to be on a committee or if you would like to be on a committee, please contact Lee Van Grouw today!

 

VOLUNTEERS are needed for a personal prayer station the morning of Ragbrai, July 20th. A sign-up sheet, with time slots from 6:00a-11:00a, is on the narthex table.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL: We are in need of several Sunday school teachers in the lower grades for the upcoming season. Please prayerfully consider this for our current children. Thank you! Roger De Kruyf (725-2497)

 

PICNIC FUNDRAISER: Eric & Shelly Dirksen will be hosting their annual Picnic Fundraiser for their CRC church plant, Christ Church of Davis, CA, on July 31 from 5:30-7:30p at the East Shelter in the Rock Valley City Park. Join us for pulled pork sandwiches, homemade salads, and support their work of starting a new CRC church. A freewill donation is requested.

 

GEMS is needing at least 4-5 counselors for this upcoming year. If you are willing to serve as a mentor for the girls in our churches and community, contact Julie Horstman at 441-3441. We are hoping to begin our new year in August with training and a pool party, but will be unable to if we do not have enough leaders.

 

A HEARTFELT “THANK YOU” for cards, visits, prayers and food brought after Howard’s surgery. A special thank you to Pastor Loren & Norma for their visit and calls. Thank you to Rev. Klompien and Elder Dan & Kathy De Wit for the visit. Thank you to Care Group 8 for the fruit basket and Pizza Ranch gift card. Above all we thank our heavenly Father for healing mercies. –Howard & Marilyn Grevengoed

 

THANK YOU: We would like to thank Pastor Kotman & Norma and Pastor Klompien for their visits to both hospitals. We would also like to thank the congregation and care group for the meals, gifts and prayers during Case’s stay in the hospital. We are so blessed to be part of a caring church family.

                                                                                                                        -Rick, Koni, Annie & Case Leusink

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

  • LeRoy Jongetjes was able to return to Pleasant Acres after being hospitalized for an infection. Pray for healing.
  • Sandy Van Der Zwaag had a procedure to spot treat the tumors on her brain last week Friday. It went well and she will return to Mayo on July 8th. Pray for God’s strength and healing.
  • Doctors have changed Faye Huisman’s chemo treatment to pill form. Pray that this new chemo method will be effective.
  • Congratulations to Tanya Soodsma on the birth of a daughter, Faith Lynn Van Hill, born June 26th in Sioux Center.
  • Continue to keep Gerald Kroese, Howard Grevengoed, Dave Bonestroo, Wilma Altena, Bette Marra, and Nell Brunsting in your prayers. Pray for their continued strengthening.
  • Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres;  Don Westra and Fred De Jong in their home; Tena Pollema and Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; Elmer Raman in Rock Rapids, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

  • Elaine Wassink will be having hip replacement surgery on Tuesday, July 8, at Dakota Dunes. We pray for a successful surgery and a good recovery.
  • Mitchell and Jill Van Otterloo were married Saturday, June 28. We praise God with them and their families as they begin their life together.
  • Please keep Justin Vande Kerk, son of Jim and Linda Vande Kerk, in your prayers as he recovers from surgery. Surgeons removed tumors related to the cancer for which he is being treated. We pray for successful treatment and for healing.
  • Please keep Heath Bonestroo in your prayers as he anticipates back surgery.
  • Gary Roetman, father of Matt Roetman, continues his treatment for cancer. Pray for his strength, encouragement, and effectiveness of treatment.
  • We continue to keep Gene Driesen in our prayers as he is treated for cancer. We pray for Nella as she supports Gene, and we keep their family in our prayers as well.
  • We continue to pray for Mary Grooters and Harriet Kooiker as they reside at Aspen Heights.

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

      Hull Christian invites everyone out to the JR League Baseball Tournament, July 7-10. Come out and cheer on our area teams, and enjoy an easy supper at our concession stand, serving wonderful food all week long. Make sure you take your family out to enjoy some great baseball!

      NICSTO applications are due to HCS by Thursday, July 17. The application can be found at hullchristian.com under forms and documents. Please include a 1040 with your application. Thank you!

      Attention upcoming 2nd & 3rd graders of HCS. We would like to have you ride the float during Hull’s Summerfest Parade on Sat., July 12. Please meet at the Noah’s Ark Float on Railroad St. just south of Pizza Ranch at 9:45a.

      Doon Christian is seeking to fill a very part-time music teacher position. Call Carla Walhof at 726-3404.

 

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

MUSIC IN THE PARK: You are invited to attend Music in the Park, a free outdoor Gospel Music Concert, on Thursday, July 10, at 7:00p in Westside Park in Hull. Three groups will be performing: The Vermeer Family from Sioux Center; Arnie and the Sohl Brothers from Hull; and James and Rachelle Vanden Bos from Rock Valley. Free root beer floats will be served. Bring your lawn chairs. This event is sponsored by the First Reformed Church and free will donations will be used for church mission projects.

 

HULL BLOOD DRIVE will be held Tuesday, July 15, from noon to 6:00p in the Hull Library. Call 800-287-4903 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome and will be fit in between appointments.

 

VILLAGE NORTHWEST Benefit Gold Tournament will be held on Monday, July 21, at Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City. Registration includes 18 holes of golf with cart, noon lunch, catered evening meal and prizes. For more information or to register call Judy at (712) 324-5416.

 

2014 MINN-IA-KOTA RETREAT: Make plans to come to a great retreat on Sept. 9 at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. The retreat is hosted by Bible League International Volunteers and is a day of spiritual renewal as you experience good fellowship, great music, and an inspiring speaker. Featured speaker Gracia Burnham will captivate you with her Filipino kidnapping story and the Gospel quartet, the Brown Family, will be our concert artists. The concert is open to everyone. Please refer to the brochure in your church mailbox.

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – September 7, 2014

Rev. Loren Kotman….Minister       

 

Preparation for Worship: “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3

 

GATHERING FOR WORSHIP

Prelude 

*Call to Worship

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

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting:

           Pastor:   Congregation of Jesus Christ, where is your trust placed?

           People: Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

           Pastor:   Grace, mercy, and peace to you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

           People: AMEN!

 

REMEMBERING THE COVENANT

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon: Romans 8:1

Song of Confession: #267:1-4 “And Can It Be”

Preparatory Exhortation for the Lord’s Supper (PH p. 976-977)

Congregational Prayer

Offering: World Renew Ebola Crisis

Offertory

 

HEARING GOD’S WORD

Children’s Message by Pastor Kotman

*Song of Preparation: SW#65 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”    

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Luke 11:1-13 (pg. 1087) & Lord’s Day 45 (PH p. 916)

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Prayer”

Prayer of Application

 

LEAVING TO SERVE

*Song of Response: #554:1-5 “In Sweet Communion, Lord, with You”   

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #625 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”

*Postlude

indicates congregation stand

organist…Connie Te Krony; pianist…Dana Fedders

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY:  Lynn & Linda Anderson, Deacon Eric & Michelle Zomermaand

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Elder Lee & Donna Van Grouw, Elder Roger & Fran De Kruyf

 

NURSERY TODAY AM Koni Leusink, Mary Leusink, Emily Fedders, Amanda Wiersma, Cassidy Vant Hul; PM Brent De Jager Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Kathy Mouw, Kari Ney, Marcus Te Krony, Jared Kats, Haley Driesen; PM Noah De Yager Family

 

USHERS FOR SEPT: Darren Bonestroo, Gary Kats, Mark Fedders, Matt De Wild

 

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for World Renew Ebola Crisis

OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: Christian Education Fund

 

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY:  Ted & Lois Salazar

COFFEE SERVERS NEXT SUNDAY: Glenn & Brenda Schaap

 

POWER POINT TODAY: Sally                    NEXT SUNDAY: AM Arlene; PM Jon

 

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben Vant Hul   SOUND SYSTEM NEXT SUNDAY: Rick Kiers

 

CORRESPONDENCE: Sean Baccam to Kevin Schutte; Cody Bauer to Lauren Runia; Harlyn Bolkema to Rev. Jan Van Ee

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM    Worship Service

 10:45 AM    Coffee fellowship in the basement

  6:00 PM     Evening Worship Service

  7:00 PM     Christian Fellowship Kick Off at Hubbling Park. All are welcome for food & games!

MONDAY

  6:30 PM     Elder’s Meeting

  7:00 PM     Deacon’s Meeting

  8:00 PM     Council Meeting Meeting

TUESDAY

   6:30 AM    Men’s Morning Bible Study (NOTE change of day)

WEDNESDAY

10:00 AM     Coffee Break Kick-off at Hope CRC         

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

  7:00 PM     Men’s Bible Study

  7:00 PM     Mission Guild. Introduction & Lesson 1 “True Transformation”.  Song Service: Aletha Oostenink; Closing Prayer: Betty Pollema

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH           

                                                                           September 7, 2014

 

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL Welcome to worship as we move from summer into fall. May we be blessed in one another’s presence and in the presence of our Savior. A nursery and a 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 Pastor Loren’s message is from Job 8&9 titled “Bildad: Miserable Comforter #2”.

 

THE OFFERING TODAY is for World Renew Ebola Crisis. World Renew is working with local partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia to respond to the virus. Your gift will make it possible for World Renew to educate communities in regards to how Ebola is spread, how to prevent it, how to recognize the symptoms, and what to do if one has the symptoms.

 

CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP will be kicking off their season at Hubbling Park after the evening service. All are welcome to join us for games and food. Larry Wielenga will be leading our study on the Psalms this year.

 

DIRECTORY: I am working on the new directory and would appreciate it if you would update me on new addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Call (439-1626), email: hull1crc@mtcnet.net or put a note in my church mailbox. Thank you! Karen

 

GEMS is desperately seeking woman willing to be GEMS leaders! We would love to be able to start this month, but at this time are unable to as we are needing 2 people who would be able to serve the girls in our churches and communities as GEMS leaders. Please contact Julie Horstman at 441-3441 with questions or if you would like to help out.

 

NEXT SUNDAY we will partake of the Lord’s Supper. Let us use this week to reflect on the Lord’s great love for us and pray that this may bring us to respond in joy and obedience. Anyone who is homebound and would like to partake of communion, contact Dave Te Slaa (439-2370) or Harlyn Bolkema (439-2485) by Friday.

 

MEN’S MORNING BIBLE STUDY will begin this week. They will be meeting on TUESDAY mornings at 6:30a. All men are welcome and encouraged to attend. We meet in the church basement for 1 hour.

 

COFFEE BREAK KICK-OFF will be Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 10:00-11:00 at Hope. This year we will study Discover Exodus and we will again provide a nursery for infants-2 years and a story hour for 3-5 year olds. Thinking about who you might ask to join us? Consider asking – a friend, a relative, an acquaintance, a neighbor or a young mom with kids. All are welcome!

 

MEN’S SOCIETY will begin Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7:00 PM. We encourage new members to join us. We will be studying the book of Joshua. If you are in need of a study guide, contact Ken Draayer at 439-2201.

 

BETH MOORE Bible Study will begin next week Tuesday, September 16, at 7:00p in the New Youth Building. If you haven’t signed up and would still like to, call Leona Vander Vegte at 439-1402.

 

THE SHARE GROUP (for widows/widowers) will be meeting on Thurs., Sept. 18, at 6:00p at the Homestead Commons in Hull to carpool to the Doon Steakhouse to share a meal and a time of fellowship. Any questions, please contact Pastor Katie at 470-4195 or Julie Marra at 439-1447.

 

SAVE THE DATE! Prayer Summit: Seeking God’s Face is scheduled for Fri. evening, Oct. 24, & Sat. morning, Oct. 25 in Sioux Center. Keynote speaker: Rev. Moses Chung, director of CRHM and son of the Korean prayer movement. Breakout sessions: “Listening Prayer” by Tony De La Rosa, “Prayer Saturated Churches” by Barb Hibma, and “Praying for Your Pastor” by Shawn Lohry. Registration details to follow.

 

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

  • Fred De Jong is now a resident at Pleasant Acres. Pray for him during this time of transition.

  • Sandy Van Der Zwaag goes to Rochester on September 9 for an MRI on the brain, blood work, x-rays, etc.

  • Continue to keep Faye Huisman in your prayers as she struggles with cancer.

  • Continue to keep LeRoy Jongetjes, Gerald Kroese, Dave Bonestroo, Wilma Altena, Bette Marra, Julianne Kats, and Nell Brunsting in your prayers. Pray for their continued strengthening.

    Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres;Don Westra and Fred De Jong in their home; Tena Pollema and Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; Elmer Raman in Rock Rapids, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

    Continue to keep Sam Scholten in your prayers. Pray for God’s protection and care for Sam. Pray also for him and his family as they are apart from one another.

    HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

  • We extend our sympathy to Doug & Judy Bonestroo and family as they mourn the passing of Gert Bonestroo, mother of Doug Bonestroo. Gert passed away this past Sunday and the funeral was held Wednesday in Hull.

  • Art Dykstra was transferred from Rock Valley hospital to Pleasant Acres this week as he continues his recovery from a broken collarbone. We pray for his continued healing and for Eldoris and family as they support him.

  • We continue to pray for strength and healing for Elaine Wassink as she heals from hip replacement surgery.

  • We continue to pray for strength for Gene Driesen.We pray for Nella as she supports Gene, and we keep their family in our prayers as well.

  • Gary Roetman, father of Matt Roetman, continues his treatment for cancer. Pray for his strength, encouragement, and effectiveness of treatment.

  • We continue to pray for Mary Grooters and Harriet Kooiker as they reside at Aspen Heights.

         

    SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

          HCS Rally Day Sale & Supper will be held Sat., Sept. 20. The meal will be served from 5-6:30p and will include pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, fruit salad, chips, and a variety of desserts. At 6:30p the bidding will begin for the sought after craft items, baked goods, farm supplies, toys, autographed Dordt College Men’s Basketball, an iPad mini, a Traeger grill, and much more. Come join us for a night of fun and fellowship in support of HCS!

     

    REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

    CONCERT: The Brown Family will be giving a concert at the 1st Ref. Church in Sioux Center on Sept. 9 at 7:00p. At the concert, hosted by Bible League International, there will be an offering to provide Bibles to South America. Tickets may be purchased at local Christian book stores or purchase them at the door.

     

    THE MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will be meeting on Wed., Sept. 10, at 1:00p at Whispering Heights. This Support Group is open to anyone who lives with or cares for someone affected by dementia of any kind. For more information, please contact Melinda at 712-476-8214. New members are always welcome!

     

    JFA invites you to their annual ‘Picnic’ & Auction on Sept. 11 at 1335 Valley Drive in Rock Valley. The ‘Picnic’ will be served from 5-7p (freewill gift) and the Auction will begin at 6:30p. This year JFA Youth Impact will also be holding a KIDS KARNIVAL from 6-8p.

     

    DORDT COLLEGE music department will present a faculty recital on Fri., Sept. 12, at 3:00p in the Auditorium. Highlights include Dvorak’s Piano Trio, Mozart’s Violin Sonata no. 18, Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs and Flanders and Swann’s A Word on my Ear. The recital is free and open to the public.

     

    NAMI: It’s not too late to join! The NAMI Iowa Family-to-Family Education Program for family members of persons with serious mental illness is being offered at the Sioux Center Public Library at 6:30p on Thursdays until Nov. 20. The course is FREE and is being taught by trained family member volunteer leaders Barb Addink (712-567-4727) & Shirley Matheis (722-4462) or nsmath@mtcnet.net). Call immediately to register.

     

    ALL ARE INVITED to join ARC on Sat., Sept. 13th, for an outdoor movie! God’s Not Dead will be shown outside on the SW corner of American Ref. Church in Hull! Bring your lawn chairs/blankets and join us beginning at dusk. Concessions available. Free will offering for ARC’s Youth Group. If inclement weather, it will be shown indoors at ARC. Bring the whole family for a fun night under the stars!

     

    DORDT invites the community to attend the guest recital of mezzosoprano Tracelyn Gesteland and baritone Brandon Hendrickson, vocal musicians and faculty in the SDSU music program, at 7:00p on Sat., Sept. 13.

     

    DORDT is offering a new Community Seminar Series designed to encourage worship leaders & musicians throughout the region and to allow them to network and learn from each other. The first session is Thurs., Sept. 18, from 7-9p in the Ribbens Academic Complex classroom 1144/1148. The presentation will be “Improving Your Church’s Live Sound.” Guest speaker is Jared Bennett who has more than 12 years experience performing live & 17 years recording. It is our prayer that you leave with practical advice, technical skill, and spiritual wisdom. Light refreshments provided.

     

    DORDT: Join Dordt for this year’s Instrumental Pops Concert “Around the World in 80 minutes” on Friday, Sept. 19, at 7:00p in the Auditorium. The college’s Combined Band and Chamber Orchestra will perform dance and folk tunes from countries around the world.

     

    DORDT: Wind or percussion players interested in participating in Campus-Community Band at Dordt are invited to the first rehearsal on Tues., Sept. 30, at 7:00p. High school players must have a recommendation from their high school band director. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7-9p. For information or to sign up, contact the conductor, Dr. Bradley Miedema at 722-6204. Deadline is Friday, Sept. 19th.

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – June 22, 2014

Rev. Loren Kotman….Minister       

Preparation for Worship: “For this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person - such a man is an idolater – has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.” Eph. 5:5

 

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Prelude

Call to Worship

*Opening Song: #249:1,3,4 “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”

*Opening Prayer

*Gods Greeting

           Pastor:   Congregation of Christ, in whom are you trusting?

           People: Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

           Pastor:   Grace, mercy, and peace to you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

           People: Amen!

WE ARE RENEWED IN GOD’S GRACE

The Call to Confession

           Pastor:   What is the great and first commandment?

           People: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your

                        mind.

           Pastor:   What is the second commandment like it?  

           People:  Love your neighbor as yourself.

           Pastor:   What does this mean?                  

           People:  Love is the fulfilling of the law.

           Pastor:   To what does this call us?                    

           People: To a life of faith working through love.

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of God’s Pardon

Hymn of Assurance: #121:1-5 “Jesus Calls Us, O’er the Tumult” (Lift Up Your Hearts)                      

Intercessory Prayer

Offering: Christian Education Fund

Offertory

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

*Song of Preparation: #499:1-6 “My God, How Wonderful You Are”

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Deuteronomy 4:32-50; 5:1-7 (pg. 188) & Lord’s Day 34 Q&A 94-95 (PH p. 905)

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Put God First”

Prayer of Application

WE GO OUT TO WALK WITH GOD

*Song of Response: SW#28:1-3 “As the Deer”

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song:  634:1 “Father, We Love You”

*Postlude

indicates congregation stand

organist…Lavonne Kats

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

 

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

 

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Lonny & Emily Van Schepen, Deacon Rod & Connie Te Krony

 

NURSERY TODAY: AM Marge Vander Esch, Maureen Veldman, Aimee Vanden Bosch, Christopher Baccam, Kelli Te Slaa; PM Dave Vant Hul Family

 

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Sandy Westra, Judi Wesselink, Amanda Wiersma, Marcus

Te Krony, Skyler Bonestroo; PM Travis Veldman Family 

 

USHERS FOR JUNE: Kirk Struik, Ryan Fedders, Dan Poppema, Dan Kroeze

 

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

 

OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: Habitat for Humanity of Siouxland

 

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Doug & Sandy Pollema

 

COFFEE SERVERS NEXT SUNDAY: Pete & Nelva Pollema

 

POWER POINT TODAY: Noah

 

POWER POINT NEXT SUNDAY: Cory

 

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Joel                          

 

SOUND SYSTEM NEXT SUNDAY: Rick

 

CORRESPONDENCE: Joyce Vande Griend to Kevin Schutte; Greg Vanden Bosch to Lauren Runia; Lawrence Vander Esch to Rev. Van Ee

 

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM    Worship Service

 10:45 AM    Coffee fellowship in the basement

  6:00 PM     Evening Worship Service

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH           

                                                                               June 22, 2014

 

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL A joyous welcome to worship in this first official Sunday of summer! Let’s join creation in praising God. A nursery and a 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 Pastor Loren continues his series on Heaven. His message is taken from Rev. 21:1-8; 22:1-6, 12-21 entitled “The Joys of Heaven”.

 

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING we will install our newly selected elders (Harlyn Bolkema, Henry Kats, Darren Van’t Hul, Rob Westra) and deacons (Kyle Bolkema, Dan Fedders, Brad Kats).

 

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of council will be meeting in July to assign committee chairmen and members of the various church committees. If you no longer wish to be on a committee or if you would like to be on a committee, please contact Lee Van Grouw by July 6th.

 

NEWLY ELECTED members to the Christian Education Committee are Darla Van’t Hul & Noah De Yager.

 

THE OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY will be for Siouxland Habitat for Humanity. Their mission is to seek to put God’s love into action. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 2003 they have 5 Sioux County families who have worked with Habitat and made home ownership their new reality. They currently have plans to build a house in Rock Valley during 2014.

 

MUSICIANS NEEDED: On July 20 riders from across the country will be riding through Hull. The city would like to provide Praise and Worship music for the bikers as they pass through. Hull Christian has been asked to provide music for 30 minutes on July 20. You can get a small group together of classmates or family members to form a praise team or play instruments or sing a solo. If you are willing to participate, please contact Elizabeth Van Maanen lvanmaanen@hullchristian.com by June 30. She will also help in choosing a song and finding music.

 

HULL 1ST CRC will be joining the Cornerstone Prison Church in their evening worship on Friday, July 25. This is a CRC church located behind the walls of the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. If interested, please contact Arch & Val Brummel at 712-439-2500 or email at val.brummel@gmail.com for required forms. Forms must be returned to the Brummels by no later than Sunday, July 6.

 

THANK YOU: We want to give a big thank you to those who contributed to our grocery basket. The groceries will be very useful as we begin our life together. We feel very thankful for the support as we prepare for our upcoming wedding. What a blessing to belong to a caring church family! –Abby Hoekstra & Kendall Stroeh

 

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

 

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:

  • Give thanks that LeRoy Jongetjes was released from the Le Mars Hospital to Pleasant Acres on Tuesday. Pray for healing from his surgery.
  • Congratulations to Rick & Koni Leusink on the birth of a son, Case, born on Thursday, June 12th. Pray for Koni as she recovers from the C-section. Pray for Case at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls where doctors are monitoring his breathing and heart.
  • Congratulations to Jon & Bethany (Van Dixhoorn) Scholten who were united in marriage on Thursday evening. May God bless them with many happy healthy years together.
  • Kim Kroeze left Tuesday for a one week mission trip to Haiti. Please pray for safety and God’s blessing on the work that they will do there.
  • Sandy Van Der Zwaag had surgery on Wednesday in Rochester where doctors were able to remove the majority of two tumors in her right lung. Continue to pray for Sandy, her family and doctors.
  • Rick & Hilary Van Hill were evacuated from their home in Rock Valley on Monday and are staying at Hilary’s mom’s house in Hull. Pray for them and all those affected by the flooding.
  • Give thanks for continued healing for Gerald Kroese’ leg. Doctors are pleased with the progress.
  • Continue to keep Howard Grevengoed, Dave Bonestroo, Faye Huisman, Wilma Altena, Bette Marra, and Nell Brunsting in your prayers. Pray for their continued strengthening.
  • Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres;  Don Westra and Fred De Jong in their home; Tena Pollema and Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; Elmer Raman in Rock Rapids, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

  • We pray for Tasha Bloemendaal as she continues her rehabilitation and physical therapy. We continue to pray for perseverance, steady progress, and healing. We also pray for Jamie and Gwen and family as they support Tasha.
  • Gary Roetman, father of Matt Roetman, continues his treatment for cancer. Pray for his strength, encouragement, and effectiveness of treatment.
  • We continue to keep Gene Driesen in our prayers as he is treated for cancer. We pray for Nella as she supports Gene, and we keep their family in our prayers as well.
  • We continue to pray for Mary Grooters and Harriet Kooiker as they reside at Aspen Heights.

 

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

THE HULLGER GAMES: Teens are you up for a challenge? Hull Summerfest invites you to gather up your teams for a competition like none other.. “The Hullger Games” – Friday, July 11, at 8:30p in the open space north of Agropur!! There will be obstacles to challenge your physical strength as well as your mental strength – even some obstacles to challenge your adventurous spirit! Fantastic prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams!! Happy the Dog Ministries will be rocking our faces off while the Pizza Ranch serves up FREE pizza after the challenges have been completed!! For more information and to get your team registered, visit www.hullchamber.org. You won’t want to miss it – space is limited – so hurry up and get your team signed up!!

 

THE NW IA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Friends Board (Friends of NISO) is sponsoring a garden tour June 24 (4:00-8:00p) & June 25 (9:00a-1:00p). Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25. Gardens include Jay & Val Brink, Brad & Helen De Vries, Marc & Sheri Geels, Rog & Marlys Kroll and Ron & LuAnn Van Den Berg. Proceeds will go to support the NISO Student Scholarship Fund. Tickets available at the Chamber Office all day June 23&24 and the morning of June 25 or at each garden site both days.

 

THE CHRISTIAN RETIRMENT HOME in Sheldon cordially invites you to their ice cream social on Thursday, June 26th, at 7:00p. Come and join us for an evening of Southern Gospel Music with Leroy Mathieu. It will be held at the East parking lot; bring your own lawn chairs. If it rains, it will be held in the Lower Level Social Room. There will be bars, ice cream, coffee and punch to follow. Free will offering will be taken.

 

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP will meet on June 26 at 7:00p at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care. The program will be caregiver guilt/stress. Questions, call (712) 324-6467 or (712) 324-6470.

 

GEMS GIRLS’ CLUBS is looking for college-aged women to serve as counselors at our summer camp for early teen girls. Get Connected! Camp is August 4-8; counselors receive 2 days of training before campers arrive. Any 18-25 year old women interested in serving God, mentoring girls, and having a lot of fun this summer can find more information on the GEMS website: gemsgc.org.

 

DORDT COLLEGE FOOTBALL invites the community to be part of the Host A Player program to help out-of-state football athletes connect with people from the area. The program aims to build relationships between players and community and help athletes adjust to a new environment and connect to a local church. Anyone interested in learning about this unique and important opportunity should contact Coach Youngblood at Greg.Youngblood@dordt.edu or 712-449-5442.

 

CROSSROAD CONNECTION: To the Ends of the Earth. From Singapore’s skyscrapers to Tanzania’s baobab trees, CBI satellite campuses are springing up in diverse landscapes across the continents. Tune in this week to hear Sandra Chang Raak, CBI’s international coordinator, give a global ministry update. Go to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!

 

LUKE SOCIETY: Praise the Lord for his provisions for the ministry in Myanmar. Recently, Dr. Julius Surjadi, Asia Regional Coordinator, was able to make an unprecedented trip directly to the ministry. The new Hannie Memorial Center held its grand opening and is ready to serve the people in the community with medicine, guest housing, bookstore, seminary offices, and a prayer hall. Praise God for the fruition of this project. Praise God for the improving health of Dr. Felix Aldave in Trujillo, Peru. Aldave had been waiting to receive a kidney transplant for over a year. One May 1st, he received the transplant after 17 months of hemodialysis. Praise God for his provision and that Aldave is responding well to the transplant. Pray for the people living in Odisha, India who are enduring scorching temperatures as the heat continues to rise and cause heat stroke among the people. Pray for the ministry of Dr. Pushpa and Rev. Prem Rout as a newly elected government begins working in the country. Pray for sustained freedom of Christians. Pray for the ministry in Rivne, Ukraine. Particularly for resources for Pastor Vitaly and Dr. Oleg to accept more poor patients into the program who cannot pay for treatment. Pray for the new program to assist disabled children. Also pray for peace and resolution in all of Ukraine and protection over ministries in Lugansk, Rivne, and Transcarpathia. Pray for two evangelism teams in Papua, Indonesia on their three-week walking journeys into remote areas in the interior. Pray for safety and success in sharing the Gospel and health information. The groups are comprised of 10 visiting different regions going out from Bugalaga and Pagamba.

 

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – December 28, 2014

Rev. Loren Kotman….Minister         

 

Preparation for Worship: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,” I am the light of the world, Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

 

WE WORSHIP THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Prelude 

Call to Worship

*Opening Hymn: #354:1,2,4,5 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting

 

WE SEEK THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Responsive Reading of the Law (PH p. 1016)

Prayer of Confession

Song of Assurance: Solo by Connie Grevengoed  “Jesus, the Light of the World”

Congregational Prayer

Offering:  1. Christian Ed. Fund; 2. Justice For All

Piano Offertory by Teresa De Wit

 

WE LISTEN TO THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 *Song of Preparation: # 164:1-4 “O Lord, You are My Light” 

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: John 12:37-49 (pg. 1127)

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Jesus Came to Be a Light”

Prayer of Application

 

WE GO OUT TO LET OUR LIGHT SHINE

*Song of Response: #567:1,2 “Here I am to Worship” (LUYH)

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #461:4 “Beautiful Savior”

*Postlude                                               

       

indicates congregation stand

organist…Connie Te Krony

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

 

GREETERS TODAY: Brent & Amy De Jager, Deacon Eric & Bobbie Kroese

GREETERS OLD YEARS: Walt & Lavonne den Hoed, Elder Glen & Tami Scholten

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Eldon & LuAnn De Wild, Deacon Brad & Lisa Kats

 

NURSERY TODAY: AM Susan De Yager, Amy Emerick, Mitchell Fedders, Rachel Kats, Erika Feenstra; PM Ken Leusink Family

NURSERY OLD YEARS: Doug Pollema Family  

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Dana Fedders, Lynette Feenstra, Cory Ney, Aimee Vanden Bosch, Skyler Bonestroo; PM Eric Zomermaand Family  

 

USHERS FOR JAN: Dan Bonestroo, Clark Van Schepen, Dan De Wit, Mark Bosma

VALET PARKING: AM Zach D.J., Scott K., Lee R.; PM Carter P. & Jacob W.

 

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. Justice For All

OFFERING OLD YEARS: Rock Valley Flood Recovery

OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Missions; 2. Family Crisis Center

 

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Dave & Sherry Van’t Hul

COFFEE SERVERS NEXT SUNDAY: Darren & Darla Van’t Hul

 

POWER POINT TODAY:  Julie                    

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Joel                   NEXT SUNDAY: Ben

 

CORRESPONDENCE: Everyone is encouraged to write New Year’s greetings to our missionaries.

 

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM    Worship Service

 10:45 AM    Coffee fellowship in the basement

   6:00 PM    Evening Worship Service

WEDNESDAY

   7:00 PM    Old Year’s Service

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH           

                                                                          December 28, 2014

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL  Merry Christmas! Yes – the Christmas season continues, and we welcome you to worship at this festive time of year. God bless us as we join in praise and contemplation. A nursery and a 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 Pastor Klompien will lead our evening worship service. His message is taken from Luke 2:21-35 titled “The Way to Go”.

 

AN OLD YEAR’S SERVICE will be held on Wednesday, December 31, at 7:00p. The offering that evening will be for the Rock Valley Flood Recovery. The Siouxland Diaconal Conference is partnering with Disaster Responsive Services of World Renew, JFA, and the Rock Valley Recovery Group to organize volunteer groups to join the recovery work in the homes that were flooded the week of June 15th. They are asking for financial contributions that will be used to purchase the materials so that the volunteers can continue to move forward with restoring homes. Checks can be written to Justice For All with “Rock Valley Recovery” in the memo line.

 

MEN’S MORNING BIBLE STUDY will NOT be meeting on December 30th. They will start again on Tuesday, January 6th.

 

OFFERING: The second offering next Sunday morning is for the Family Crisis Center. They provide housing and assistance to victims of domestic violence and assault in Sioux, Lyon, and O’Brien counties.

 

NEEDED: Volunteers are needed to help with Valet Parking, especially for the evening service. We also could use more substitutes. Please call the church office if you are able to help (439-1626).

 

JOIN US as we worship with the congregation of the CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH at the SDSP in Sioux Falls on FRIDAY, JANUARY 30. If interested, please contact Val Brummel (val.brummel@gmail.com or 712-439-2260) for necessary visitor approval forms. Deadline to have forms returned is Sunday, Jan. 11th.

 

ANY ADULTS interested in making Profession of Faith, contact Pastor Loren. He will be offering a class the first of the year.

 

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church from Classis Heartland may apply for aid to assist them in their study for the 2015-2016 academic year by contacting Rev. Loren Kotman, 1111 5th Street, Hull, IA 51239; 439-1123; pastor@hull1stcrc.com. The deadline is February 1, 2015.

 

DAD’S BELGIUM WAFFLE BREAKFAST: Please come out on January 1st for the annual YPS Dad’s Belgium Waffle breakfast. We will be serving from 9:00a-12 noon. Come out and enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth waffles with your favorite syrup flavors as well as the tasty sausages.

 

EVERY DAY IS A CHALLENGE when you’re living your life for God. “Stepping Up” provides Biblical content that speaks to men where they are, right now. A Family Life, “Stepping Up” video event will be held at the 1st Ref. Church in Doon on Jan. 31. The event will run from 8:00a-3:30p. The cost is $15 a person. Breakfast & lunch provided. Register by calling Jim Timmermans 712-578-9430. Deadline to register is January 19; space is limited.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

  • Give thanks that the recent tests for Howard Grevengoed yielded good results. Treatment will begin after the first of the year. Pray for no side effects.

  • Fred De Jong was admitted to the Rock Valley Hospital early last Sunday morning for pneumonia. Give thanks that Fred is improving.

  • Joyce Kroese was admitted to Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls on Monday to build up her strength. Pray for better health and that Joyce would get stronger.

  • John Bolkema was admitted to Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls on Tuesday after having suffered a heart attack. Doctors inserted two stents in his heart. Pray for a good recovery.

    Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, Gert Zevenbergen, Fred De Jong, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena & Verne Huisman at Aspen Heights, Don Westra and Nell Brunsting in their home; Tena Pollema and Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; Elmer Raman in Rock Rapids, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

    HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

  • Art Dykstra was hospitalized in Rock Valley this week, but was able to return to Pleasant Acres. We pray for his continued care.

  • Heath Bonestroo continues to recover from surgery to remove a bone spur from his hip and to repair some damage that the bone spur caused.

  • We keep Alexis Van Voorst, granddaughter of Dave and Doris Van Beek, in our prayers as she recovers from surgery that she had on Wednesday, December 17, to correct a severe curvature in her spine. She is home and doing well.

  • We keep Ann Dykstra in our prayers as she continues to regain strength.

  • We keep Gene Driesen in our prayers as he continues his recovery after his recent hospitalization.

  • We continue to pray for our members who are in care facilities: Mary Grooters and Harriet Kooiker.

     

    REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

    THE CALVINIST CADET CORPS is thankful for the dedicated service Dick Broene has provided for over 30 years as our executive director. Now, as he is retiring in 2015, we are having a celebration for Dick on January 9, 2015 beginning at 7:00p. It will be held at Plymouth Heights CRC in Grand Rapids. If you want to join us for this celebration, please let us know you’re coming with an RSVP to info@calvinistcadets.org or by calling 616-241-5616, ext. 3027. If you can’t attend, notes may also be sent to the email address listed here.

     

    OPERATION PROM will host this year’s day of pampering and “shopping” for a free dress for girls who need them on Sat., Feb. 7, at the Sioux Center 1st Ref. Church Family Life Center. Private appointments can also be made when registering online at www.frcsc.org/operationprom.cfm. Anyone with a dress to donate may drop it off at the Sioux Center, West Sioux, Central Lyon, Western, or Unity High School offices on any school day between 8:30-3:30. If you have questions, call Kayla at 441-3999.

     

    COMPEL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: January 16&17 at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City, NE. This year promises to be one of our best COMPEL conferences to date as we welcome nationally known speaker Jennifer Rothschild. At the age of 15, Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative eye disease that would eventually steal her sight. Her dreams of becoming a commercial artist and cartoonist faded. Words and music have replaced her canvas and palette for more than 25 years. Through her signature wit and poignant story-telling, audiences are prompted to look beyond their circumstances to find unique “gifts” in unusual packaging. As we “look up” together, we’ll focus our eyes on Jesus. You can register on-line: www.compelconference.org or contact Krista Bonestroo at 712-395-2392.

     

    JUSTICE FOR ALL  is planning the 2015 Jan-Feb ‘Serving & Learning’ Opportunities and would love to have you join one of the teams! These weeks are wonderful opportunities to serve others but also to experience and understand God’s Kingdom in new and important ways! Projects are being planned in Mexico, Mississippi and Haiti throughout the months of Jan. & Feb. For locations/dates check our website – www.jfa.nwiowa.org; call Pat or Lauren at 476-2804; or email jfainfo@jfa-nwiowa.org. There will be an informational meeting Mon., Jan. 5, at 7:00p at the JFA Ministry Center. If interested in the Mexico trip, contact Pat by the end of Dec.

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

       Rev. Loren Kotman….Minister         Second Sunday After Christmas

 

Preparation for Worship: May our worship give glory to God alone: soli deo Gloria!

 

WORTHY, GOD, OF WORSHIP, HONOR, AND PRAISE

Prelude: Music to Call Us into Worship and Quiet Our Minds 

Call to Worship:

                            Pastor:     Our Savior has come! Immanuel, God is with us! We lift our hearts to worship him. We

                  have come to exalt the name of Jesus, our Savior and King, and to bring glory to God the Father. We bow before him in submission to our Lord and King.

         People:   Come, worship the Lord!

*Opening Song: #196:1-3 “O Come, Let Us Adore Him” (Celebration Hymnal)

*Opening Prayer

*God’s Greeting

*Hymn of Praise: #342:1,4,5 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

 

WORTHY, SAVIOR, OF REVERENCE AND FEAR

Prayer of Confession

Hymn of Assurance: #465 “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” (vs. 3, then vss. 1&4)

Law for Grateful Living

Prayer of Gratitude and Intercession

 

 WORTHY, COUNSELOR, OF OUR DEVOTION

 *Song of Preparation: #557:1,3 “O God Beyond All Praising” (LUYH) 

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: Psalm 111, Romans 12:1-2

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Worship: Designed to Glorify God”

Prayer of Application

 

WORTHY, MASTER & LORD OF OUR LOVE AND OUR GIFTS

*Hymn of Response: #547:1-3 “Fill Thou My Life, O Lord, My God”

 Offering of Thanksgiving and Gratitude:  1. Missions; 2. Family Crisis Center

Offertory 

Offering Prayer (Deacons Present Offering)

*Charge and Blessing on God’s People

*Doxology: #630:1,2 “Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God”

*Postlude: Music for Rejoicing                       

                       

indicates congregation stand

 

organist…Lavonne Kats

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY: Jarvis & Shari De Wild, Deacon Brad & Lisa Kats

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Eldon & LuAnn De Wild, Elder Lee & Donna Van Grouw

 

NURSERY TODAY: AM Dana Fedders, Lynette Feenstra, Cory Ney, Aimee Vanden Bosch, Skyler Bonestroo; PM Eric Zomermaand Family

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Teresa Fedders, Connie Grevengoed, Dalton Westra, Mitchell Winterfeld, Jessica De Jager; PM Evan Wielenga Family  

 

USHERS FOR JAN: Dan Bonestroo, Clark Van Schepen, Dan De Wit, Mark Bosma

VALET PARKING: AM Zach D.J., Scott K., Lee R.; PM Carter P. & Jacob W.

 

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for 1. Missions; 2. Family Crisis Centere

OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: Christian Education Fund

 

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Darren & Darla Van’t Hul

COFFEE SERVERS NEXT SUNDAY: Orville & Arlene Van’t Hul

 

POWER POINT TODAY: A.M. Cory; P.M. Jon       NEXT SUNDAY: Noah                     

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY: Ben                             NEXT SUNDAY: Rick

 

CORRESPONDENCE: Howard Grevengoed to Kevin Schutte; John Grevengoed to Lauren Runia; Mike Grevengoed to Rev. Jan Van Ee

 

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

TODAY

   9:30 AM    Worship Service

 10:45 AM    Sunday School/Catechism Classes

 10:45 AM    Coffee fellowship in the basement

   6:00 PM    Evening Worship Service

   7:00 PM    Christian Fellowship – Lesson 6. Lunch: Mary Leusink & Linda Kroese

TUESDAY

   6:30 AM    Men’s Morning Bible Study

WEDNESDAY

   9:55 AM    Coffee Break – Lesson 12

   7:00 PM    Mission Guild. Lesson 7 “The Christian’s Survival Kit”. Song Service: Arlene

                    Van’t Hul; Closing Prayer: Carol Vis

   7:00 PM    Men’s Society

   7:00 PM    YPS:  Justice for All. Devotions: Jared Kats & Rachel Kats; Lunch: Mariah Jansma &

                     Kerrigan Kats

   7:00 PM    Music & Worship Committee. Meet downstairs by the kitchen.

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH           

                                                                             January 4, 2015

 

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL  Happy New Year, and welcome to worship! May God restore and bless us as we praise his name together. A nursery and a 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.  

 

OFFERING: The second offering this Sunday morning is for the Family Crisis Center. They provide housing and assistance to victims of domestic violence and assault in Sioux, Lyon, and O’Brien counties.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL/CATECHISM classes are resuming today.

 

THIS EVENING Pastor Bob Pollema will lead our evening worship service. His message is taken from Psalm 130 titled “A World Without String…”

 

CHOIR will be meeting the 2nd and 3rd Sunday for the months of January and February.

 

OFFICE HOURS: Beginning this week I will be in the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. I will replay the Sunday morning service on Tuesday morning at 10:00a and the evening service at 1:00p on Tuesday. -Karen

 

JOIN US as we worship with the congregation of the CORNERSTONE PRISON CHURCH at the SDSP in Sioux Falls on FRIDAY, JANUARY 30. If interested, please contact Val Brummel (val.brummel@gmail.com or 712-439-2260) for necessary visitor approval forms. Deadline to have forms returned is Sunday, Jan. 11th.

 

EVERY DAY IS A CHALLENGE when you’re living your life for God. “Stepping Up” provides Biblical content that speaks to men where they are, right now. A Family Life, “Stepping Up” video event will be held at the 1st Ref. Church in Doon on Jan. 31. The event will run from 8:00a-3:30p. The cost is $15 a person. Breakfast & lunch provided. Register by calling Jim Timmermans 712-578-9430. Deadline to register is January 19; space is limited.

 

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

 

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

  • We extend our Christian sympathy to Jean De Jong and her family in the passing of Fred on Sunday evening at the Rock Valley Hospital. Funeral services were held on Friday.

  • We extend our Christian sympathy to Jarvis & Shari De Wild and Eldon & LuAnn De Wild and their families in the passing of their sister, Carleen Nyhuis, age 59, of Rock Rapids who passed away on Monday. Funeral services were held on Saturday.

  • We extend our Christian sympathy to Orv & Arlene Van’t Hul in the passing of their brother-in-law, George Van Beek, of Rock Valley on Monday. Funeral services were held on Saturday.

  • Joyce Kroese was able to return home from the hospital. Pray for continued strength.

  • John Bolkema was transferred to the Sioux Center Hospital on Monday after having 2 stents put in at the Avera Heart Hospital last week. He was hoping to return home on Wednesday.

  • Eldon De Wild was admitted to the VA Hospital last Sunday with pneumonia. He is now being treated in the ICU for pneumonia and influenza. Give thanks that he is making progress.

    Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, Gert Zevenbergen, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena & Verne Huisman at Aspen Heights, Don Westra and Nell Brunsting in their home; Tena Pollema and Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; Elmer Raman in Rock Rapids, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

    HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

  • Vicki Lammers is home and doing well after her recent surgery.

  • We express our sympathy to Aldie and Bev Altena and family in the passing of Bev’s mother, Dena Joling, 92, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. The funeral was held this past Wednesday.

  • Art Dykstra has returned home to Pleasant Acres. He is now under hospice care. We give thanks that Art has been able to rest comfortably. We continue to keep Eldoris in our prayers as well.

  • We keep Ann Dykstra and Gene Driesen in our prayers. We pray that they will gain strength day by day.

  • We continue to remember our members who are in care facilities: Mary Grooters and Harriet Kooiker.

     

    SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

          HCS Pizza Ranch Community Impact Night: On Monday, January 12, from 5-7p, there will be a Pizza Ranch Community Impact Night at the Hull Pizza Ranch to help offset costs of the new playground. Come let the HCS Board serve you supper and enjoy a night of fellowship and good food.

     

    REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    THE “NAMI” SUPPORT GROUP will meet in the Fireside Room of Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center from 7:00-9:00p on Tuesday, January 6. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are invited to join us. For more information call Shirley Matheis at 722-4462.

     

    A “ROOTS & WINGS” concert event featuring Iowa native, world-renowned Simon Estes is scheduled for Saturday, January 17, at 7:00p in the BJ Haan Auditorium. Simon Estes will sing familiar Broadway, inspirational and spiritual selections and be joined by choirs from Dordt College and area high schools. Guest artist Leah McIntire-Barnett will also perform. The concert will conclude with Simon Estes and the combined choirs singing The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Tickets ($10/adult, $5/college-age and under) are available in advance or at the door. Email arts@siouxcenter.org or call 712-441-2371 for details.

     

    DORDT COLLEGE DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT is open to students, parents, church leaders, volunteers, worshipers, and more. This is a day to inspire, encourage and equip God’s people for ministry. Day of Encouragement is Sat., Feb. 7, and this year’s keynote speaker, Chuck De Groat, will present two sessions: Pulled in a Hundred Different Directions: Diagnosing Our Weary Souls and The Antidote to Exhaustion: Discovering Wholeness and Holiness. Brochures are available on the narthex table. Early bird registration is January 19 and registration closes January 30.

     

    CROSSROAD CONNECTION:  One Women’s Journey from a PHD to a PhD. Can a woman trapped in a cycle of abuse, prostitution and drugs escape the harsh realities of life on the streets? Dr. Elaine Richardson, author of PHD to PhD: How Education Saved My Life, shares how she broke free from this vicious cycle and became a college professor. Go to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection!

     

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. – December 21, 2014

Rev. Loren Kotman….Minister         Fourth Sunday in Advent

Preparation for Worship: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Is. 9:6     

WE COME INTO GOD’S PRESENCE

Prelude 

Responsive Call to Worship:

        Pastor:      All who come from near and far

        People:    Come and worship.

        Pastor:      All who thirst for God

        People:    Come and worship

        Pastor:      All whose hearts may be filled with despair and grief

        People:    Come and worship

        Pastor:      Through the grace of God’s Holy Spirit

        People:    Come, worship Christ, the newborn King.

*Opening Song: #355:1-3 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”

*Opening Prayer

*Gods Greeting and Mutual Greeting

WE ARE REMINDED OF GOD’S LOVE

Advent Litany and Lighting of the Advent Candle (Tom & Ranae Sheffield) on PPT

Hymn of Response: #353:1,2 “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”

God’s Will for our Lives

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Song of Assurance: #349:1-3 “Away in a Manger”

Prayers of God’s People

Offering: Lower Parking Lot Project

Piano Offertory by Susan De Yager 

WE COME TO LISTEN

 *Song of Preparation: #281:1,3 “What Child is This?” (Celebration Hymnal)

Prayer of Illumination

God’s Word Read: John 18:28-40

God’s Word Proclaimed: “Jesus Came to Testify to the Truth”

Prayer of Application

*Song of Response: #337:1-4 “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”

WE GO OUT TO SERVE

*Parting Blessing

*Parting Song: #272:5 “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” (Celebration Hymnal)

*Postlude                                               

      

indicates congregation stand

organist…Lavonne Kats

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE:

GREETERS TODAY:  Dennis & Linda Brunsting, Deacon Ben & Lisa Wiersma

GREETERS CHRISTMAS: Dave & Diane Bonestroo, Elder Roger & Fran De Kruyf

GREETERS NEXT SUNDAY: Brent & Amy De Jager, Deacon Eric & Bobbie Kroese

 

NURSERY TODAY: AM Amy De Jager, Anna Dirksen, Dylan Zomermaand, Mackelle Grevengoed, Justin Grevengoed; PM Joel Leusink Family

NURSERY CHRISTMAS: Heidi Dokter, Janice Driesen, Logan Baccam, Anna Zomermaand, Kerrigan Kats   

NURSERY NEXT SUNDAY: AM Susan De Yager, Amy Emerick, Mitchell Fedders, Rachel Kats, Erika Feenstra; PM Ken Leusink Family 

 

USHERS FOR DEC: Dave Kroese, Randy Westra, Dan Bonestroo, Clark Van Schepen

VALET PARKING: AM Jacob W., Zach D.J., Scott K.; PM Carter P. & Lee R.

 

OFFERINGS: Today – Envelope receipts are for the church budget or for the cause(s) designated on your envelope. The loose offering is for Lower Parking Lot Project

OFFERING CHRISTMAS:  Sos & Kara Mateloungou (CRWM)

OFFERING NEXT SUNDAY: 1. Christian Ed. Fund; 2. Justice For All

 

COFFEE SERVERS TODAY: Eldon & Lisa Van Schepen

COFFEE SERVERS NEXT SUNDAY: Dave & Sherry Vant Hul

 

POWER POINT TODAY: Sally                    CHRISTMAS: Julie         NEXT SUNDAY: Julie

SOUND SYSTEM TODAY:  Cody                NEXT SUNDAY: Joel

 

CORRESPONDENCE:  Everyone is encouraged to write Christmas/New Year’s greetings to our missionaries.

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

   6:00 PM    Evening Worship Service

TUESDAY

   6:30 AM    Men’s Morning Bible Study

THURSDAY

   9:30 AM    Christmas Morning Worship Service

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH           

                                                                          December 21, 2014

WELCOME TO FIRST HULL  Brothers and sisters, we’re glad to welcome you to worship and Christian fellowship! Take a moment to greet your fellow worshipers. A nursery and a 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 a Service of Lessons and Carols is scheduled. Join us as we focus on some of the “Name of Jesus” found in God’s word.

 

THE OFFERING on Christmas Day is for Sos & Kara Maletoungou. They are missionaries in West Africa that our church supports through Christian Reformed World Missions. Money raised will go towards purchasing and importing a vehicle so they can work with Christian schools and training teachers. A reliable vehicle is needed because many of the schools they work with are located in remote villages on unpaved roads.

 

NEEDED: Volunteers are needed to help with Valet Parking, especially for the morning service. We also could use more substitutes. Please call the church office if you are able to help (439-1626).

 

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: At the congregational meeting on December 8th, the proposed 2015 General Fund, Classical and Denominational budget totaling $410,481.78 was passed. Also the lower parking lot and window well repairs/replacement at a total of $225,000 was passed.

 

ANY ADULTS interested in making Profession of Faith, contact Pastor Loren. He will be offering a class the first of the year.

 

STUDENTS preparing for ministry in the Christian Reformed Church from Classis Heartland may apply for aid to assist them in their study for the 2015-2016 academic year by contacting Rev. Loren Kotman, 1111 5th Street, Hull, IA 51239; 439-1123; pastor@hull1stcrc.com. The deadline is February 1, 2015.

 

DAD’S BELGIUM WAFFLE BREAKFAST: Please come out on January 1st for the annual YPS Dad’s Belgium Waffle breakfast. We will be serving from 9:00a-12 noon. Come out and enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth waffles with your favorite syrup flavors as well as the tasty sausages.

 

EVERY DAY IS A CHALLENGE when you’re living your life for God. “Stepping Up” provides Biblical content that speaks to men where they are, right now. A Family Life, “Stepping Up” video event will be held at the 1st Ref. Church in Doon on Jan. 31. The event will run from 8:00a-3:30p. The cost is $15 a person. Breakfast & lunch provided. Register by calling Jim Timmermans 712-578-9430. Deadline to register is January 19; space is limited.

 

THANK YOU: We would like to thank everyone for all the cards, food, visits, prayers, and love shown to all of us during mom’s fight with cancer and death. A special thank you to Pastors Loren and Carl for all of their time spent visiting mom and standing with us during the final hours of mom’s life. Thank you to the care group for offering supper to our family after visitation. Your thoughtfulness and love will be remembered for years to come. Mom is in a much better place and we look forward to the day that we can join both of our parents.

                                                       --Ken & Rhonda Van Der Zwaag & girls, Darcy Mulder & boys

                                                        --Jay Foote & boys, Amy & Chad Cleveringa & girls

 

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

FIRST CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:   

  • Howard Grevengoed has been diagnosed with a rare kidney condition. It is not curable but it is treatable. He saw a specialist in Sioux Falls on Tuesday and received an encouraging report. He had tests done on Friday. Pray for good results.

  • We extend our Christian sympathy to Don and Jo Westra in the unexpected passing of Don’s sister, Deana Fluit, of Rock Rapids on Monday evening. May God grant comfort to the family.

  • Joyce Kroese begins round 2 of chemo this week. Pray for strength and continued healing.

    Pray for our shut ins: Audrey Jongetjes, Florence Kroese, Gert Zevenbergen, Fred De Jong, and Melvin Van Otterloo at Pleasant Acres; Wilma Altena & Verne Huisman at Aspen Heights, Don Westra and Nell Brunsting in their home; Tena Pollema and Marvin & Alberta Vander Wilt in Sioux Center; Elmer Raman in Rock Rapids, and Ardelle Westra in Sioux City.

    HOPE CRC FAMILY PRAISE AND PRAYER CONCERNS:    

  • We extend our sympathy to Gary Westra in the passing of Gary’s sister, Deana Fluit, 70, of Rock Rapids. She died unexpectedly on Monday, December 15, after a brief hospitalization at the Sanford-Rock Rapids Medical Center. The funeral was held Saturday, December 20, in Rock Valley.

  • We extend our sympathy to the Stewart and Cindy Vander Stoep family in the passing of Cindy’s grandmother, Tillie Ver Steeg, 102, of Rock Rapids. The funeral was held this past Friday, December 19, in Rock Rapids.

  • We keep Alexis Van Voorst, granddaughter of Dave and Doris Van Beek, in our prayers as she recovers from surgery that she had on December 17 to correct a severe curvature in her spine.

  • We keep Ann Dykstra in our prayers as she continues to regain strength.

  • We give thanks that Gene Driesen was able to return home lasts week from the hospital. We pray for continued strength and recovery.

  • We keep Art Dykstra in our prayers. He has grown weaker in recent days.

  • We continue to pray for our members who are in care facilities: Mary Grooters and Harriet Kooiker.

     

    REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    OPERATION PROM will host this year’s day of pampering and “shopping” for a free dress for girls who need them on Sat., Feb. 7, at the Sioux Center 1st Ref. Church Family Life Center. Private appointments can also be made when registering online at www.frcsc.org/operationprom.cfm. Anyone with a dress to donate may drop it off at the Sioux Center, West Sioux, Central Lyon, Western, or Unity High School offices on any school day between 8:30-3:30. If you have questions, call Kayla at 441-3999.

     

    DORDT COLLEGE CONCERT CHOIR has released two recordings, each with more than 70 minutes of music. Prepare the Way is a Christmas CD and Anchored in the Lord is a compilation of favorites. CDs feature choir performances from 2001 to 2013. Proceeds from the $15 CDs will be used to assist students with the expense of the upcoming performance tour to the Netherlands in May 2015. They are available at Dordt concerts and from any choir member. You can also order by mail using the form found at www.dordt.edu/music. Call 722-6222 for more information.

     

    COMPEL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: January 16&17 at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City, NE. This year promises to be one of our best COMPEL conferences to date as we welcome nationally known speaker Jennifer Rothschild. At the age of 15, Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative eye disease that would eventually steal her sight. Her dreams of becoming a commercial artist and cartoonist faded. Words and music have replaced her canvas and palette for more than 25 years. Through her signature wit and poignant story-telling, audiences are prompted to look beyond their circumstances to find unique “gifts” in unusual packaging. As we “look up” together, we’ll focus our eyes on Jesus. You can register on-line: www.compelconference.org or contact Krista Bonestroo at 712-395-2392.

     

    JUSTICE FOR ALL  is planning the 2015 Jan-Feb ‘Serving & Learning’ Opportunities and would love to have you join one of the teams! These weeks are wonderful opportunities to serve others but also to experience and understand God’s Kingdom in new and important ways! Projects are being planned in Mexico, Mississippi and Haiti throughout the months of January & February. For specific locations and dates check our website – www.jfa.nwiowa.org; call Pat or Lauren at 476-2804; or email jfainfo@jfa-nwiowa.org. There will be an informational meeting on Monday, Jan. 5, at 7:00p at the JFA Ministry Center. If you are interested in the Mexico trip, please contact Pat by the end of December.

     

    CROSSROAD CONNECTION: Delivering Christmas to Prisons. While the radio croons “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” many prisoners are singing a different tune. This week, CBI students express how personalized cards and letters from Crossroad help them fight depression during the holidays. Go to www.cbi.tv to watch this week’s Crossroad Connection.

     

    LUKE SOCIETY Prayer Needs: Please pray that the Ebola crisis will soon come to an end. Pray for God’s continued protection over Nurse Denise Maxwell and her team in Liberia as they continue serving patients at the New Community Clinic. Praise the Lord for His provision through generous Luke Society donors for funds to provide her with protective equipment. Though the international media has quieted down on Ebola headlines, people are still dying every day from the virus. Pray for Nurse Mahabat Juzmambetov in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, as she is searching for new office space for her ministry. Pray that God will provide a suitable place for the ministry base. Pray also that the Lord of the Harvest will raise up laborers to work with her. She is asking prayer for a physician and an English teacher to join her team. Praise report: Praise the Lord for seven new believers in a rural village served by the Luke Society ministry in N’Dali, Benin. Dr. Martin Luther Osse is thankful that not only these seven new believers have been added to the Kingdom, but several others have expressed interest to be baptized on the next visit. Praise the Lord for opening these hearts to the light and truth of Jesus in a place where traditional fetish worship and darkness have been their only way of life. Praise the Lord for the faithfulness of Pastors Lamehk and Didimus in Papua who organize teams to go into the unreached areas of the interior for weeks at a time with the gospel and medicines. Pray for their continued strength and commitment as they make plans for the coming new year.