April 21, 2019

EASTER MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
April 21, 2019                        Second Christian Reformed Church                              9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………….. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today………………………………………..

The Strife Is O’er

Pre-Service Singing……………………….. Christ Arose…………………….. Celebration #357:1, 3
He Lives…………………………… Celebration #368:1
Because He Lives……………………. Celebration #358:1

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements…………………………………………………………………………………….

Call to Worship………………………………. Easter Song…………………………………… Adult Choir

*Opening Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………….. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today……….. Celebration #367:1-4

*Statement of Our Faith  – Apostles’ Creed………………………………………………………………….

*Sing………………………………………… O Praise the Name…………………………………………………

Congregational Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……………………………………………….. Resonate Global Mission

Offertory:  Christ the Lord Is Risen Today  – Clarinet Trio

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading……………………………………………………………………………….. Luke 24:13-53

Sermon…………………………………… “The Road to Faith”……………………………………………….

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

*Sing…………………………………… Because He Lives (Amen)…………………………………………….

*Blessing…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

*Sing…………………………… Hallelujah Chorus…… Celebration #39… Choir, Congregation

*Postlude…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Joyce Boender
Adult Choir;  Phyllis De Vries – Accompanist; Kirby Van Wyngarden – Bells;
Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director; Brass Ensemble: Rob Rus, Will Vande Voort – Trumpet;
Jon Golliet, Kaden Van Wyngarden, Carson Tukker – Trombone; Lexie Matherly – Tuba; Worship Team;  Clarinet Trio: Nia Hoekstra, Alexis Vos, Barbara Boertje DeVries;
Readers: Arlys Veenstra, Wes Veenstra, Joe Van Haaften, Luke Nieuwsma

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for April 21, 2019

OFFERINGSApril 28:  Pella Christian High School; May 5:  Christian Education Fund; May 12:  Bethany Christian Services; May 19:  General Fund; May 26:  World Renew

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Lisa Vos, Kim Vander Molen, Kaden Van Wyngarden; April 28: (A.M.) Susan Pierson, Lisa Van Kooten, Lexie Matherly

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Calvin and Stephanie Roose; North Doors: Jon Van Haaften; South Doors: Jeff and Kim Vander Molen; April 28:  East Doors: Levi and April Nieuwsma; North Doors: Alex and Merlita Agbuya; South Doors: Lowell and Julie Vander Molen

C4C LEADERApril 28:  Jeanetta Nieuwsma

FELLOWSHIP COFFEE: C = 3 dozen Cookies; J = 1 gal. Juice; S = Serve

Today:  Arlys Veenstra – C,J,S; Wes Veenstra – S; Lisa Vos – C,J; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; April 28:  Martha Uitermarkt – C,J,S; Kim Vander Molen – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday: Ken Van Woerkom; April 28:  Gary Vander Molen

MAY USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Jason Van Arendonk, Les Nieuwsma; North Side:  Sherwin Klyn; South Side: Jeff Van Kooten

Attention May Ushers:  If you are unable to usher your scheduled time, please contact head usher, Dave Stevenson at 620-9028 or 641-230-1086.

TODAY: Welcome to Worship!  We welcome all who worship with us today!

Fellowship coffee is served downstairs at 9:00 a.m.

We invite visitors and members of the congregation to a Fellowship Coffee downstairs after the morning worship service.

Church School classes will not meet today.

Our 6:00 p.m. Easter service will be a combined service of Christian Reformed Churches at Calvary CRC.  Rev. Tom Wolthuis, director of Geneva Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa, will preach.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Next Sunday morning Rev. Tom Wolthuis director of Geneva Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa will lead us in worship.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC and Faith CRC will join us for worship at our church.  Pastor Ryan Faber will preach on Psalm 147, and the Pella Christian High Chamber Choir will participate in the worship service.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  Ken Van Woerkom is scheduled for knee replacement surgery on Tuesday, April 23, at Mercy West in Des Moines.  We pray for successful surgery and a good recovery.

“To my Pella II Church Family – My sincere thanks for the many cards, words of encouragement and sympathy at the time of my brother’s death.” – Joann Verhey

“Thanks to everyone who remembered me with cards, phone calls and other well wishes on my 94th birthday.  I enjoyed them very much.  Thanks to God above all for the many years He has given me.” – Sylvia Langstraat

MONDAY:  Perk Up will meet at 9:00 a.m. at Happy Joes.  All ladies are welcome.

An all-church prayer meeting will be held at the parsonage from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  We invite all to join us to pray for the ministries and outreach of our congregation.

TUESDAY:  All grandparents of PCHS students are cordially invited to our annual Grandparent’s Day on April 23.  The day starts at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium for chapel.  Then grandparents will have opportunity to attend classes with their grandchildren, enjoy performances in the auditorium, see displays of student work, and eat a delicious lunch.  Ample parking will be available along with handicapped parking on the west side of the building.  No reservations needed.

WEDNESDAY:  Adult Choir rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY:  PCHS Society Meeting is on April 25.  This year’s society meeting will be preceded at 6:00 p.m. with a free pork dinner served by the FFA Club and the Ag Advisory Committee.  The Society Meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. with reports on the recent strategic planning initiative, current financial status of the school, the upcoming Spanish Immersion program opportunity, and proposed board governance changes.  Nominees are as follows:

District I:  Michelle Brouwer (Faith CRC) and Chad Vink (Covenant Reformed)

District II:  Dan Belzer (Third Reformed) and Steve Heap (Third Reformed)

District IV:  Mike Boender (incumbent) (Oskaloosa I CRC) and Matt Groenendyk

(Cedar CRC)

Immediately following the Society meeting there will be a short meeting of the PCHS Endowment/Foundation Corporation Society.

Community Praise and Worship Night at First CRC on April 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m.  All are invited.

SATURDAY:  The Areopagus Spring Banquet is on April 27 at 5:00 p.m. at First CRC in Oskaloosa (815 N. 11th Street).  Hear about what God has been doing at Iowa State University through Areopagus and director Tyler Helfers, as well as our vision for the future of the ministry.  A BBQ meal from Pastor Jon Spronk and the Areopagus board will precede the program, and there will be an opportunity to partner financially with us in the ongoing work of the ministry. Please RSVP by April 24 at www.isu-areopagus.org/rsvp, contact Tyler Helfers at director@isu-areopagus.org or call First CRC at 641-673-4272.

Stand Up for Life Pro-Life conference, hosted by Central Students for Life at Central College, will be upstairs of the chapel on Central’s campus on April 27, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Speakers are Caitlyn Dixson, executive director of Iowa Right to Life, Martin Cannon, attorney who represented the state in the Heartbeat Bill lawsuit, and Tim Overlin from Personhood Iowa.  We will have raffle baskets to raise money for both Pathways of Pella and The Growing Place.  Please come to encourage these speakers and to raise money for these pregnancy resource centers.

FROM PASTOR PAUL:  Pastor Paul and Tammy will be leaving for a family vacation with their four children in France this Thursday, and will return Friday, May 3.  Thomas Wolthuis will be preaching on April 28.  Pastor Wolthuis is the director of Geneva Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa. Al Bandstra will be preaching on May 5 with Pastor Paul leading the other portions of the service.  Al, affectionately known as “Mr. B” by hundreds of former Pella Christian students, was a 5th Grade School Teacher at PCGS for 25 years, and has just returned from Korea where he taught and trained in a Christian School for the past 10 years.  Al has preached almost weekly in local congregations for decades.

TULIP TIME PARKING VOLUNTEERS:  We need your help covering parking shifts during Tulip Time.  Sign-up sheets are downstairs. Three shift options on Thursday, Friday and Saturday include 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., and 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE for your assistance!

TULIP TIME ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Pella’s annual Tulip Time Worship Service will be held Sunday, May 5, 11:00 a.m., at the Pella Christian High School Auditorium.  Both public and Christian school choirs will sing.  The speaker will be Kitty Kock, who has a compelling message that will inspire and encourage young and old alike. Kitty is a survivor of Japanese Internment Camps during World War II.  Be a part of the community of churches here in Pella as we celebrate God’s goodness together again this year!

The Eagle Boosters of Pella Christian High School invite you to stop by their concession stand during Tulip Time at its usual spot (East 1st & Franklin) for some great food including Dutch spiced beef, Pella bologna, walking tacos, cotton candy, snow cones and an assortment of drinks. We promise to satisfy your appetite and thirst while you support PCHS!

Volunteeers needed:  The Pella Christian High School Eagle Boosters booth at Tulip time has been an excellent fundraiser for PCHS in the past.  All proceeds raised at Booster concession stands are used to support PC academics, athletics, music, clubs and many other areas!  We need 140 parent concession stand workers across all three Tulip Time days.  To volunteer, contact Amy Bokhoven at stuamybok@gmail.com.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Save the date – June 2, 6:00 p.m.    Psalm 150

An all-day P.E.T. Build Day is tentatively planned for June 7.  More details to follow.

The annual PCHS Spring Choir Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium.

The annual Pella Christian High instrumental Pops Concert will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium.  You will want to reserve a table in advance or you may sit on the bleachers.  Reservation deadline is Friday, May 10, at 9:00 a.m.  This year the band will be performing several favorites including “The Lion King” and “Frozen” and many more.  This is a great event for multiple generations and the whole family.  Free popcorn and ice cream sundaes!!

Spring Cleaning?  If you have items you would like to donate for a garage sale for Cary Christian Center, please save them.  We are going to have a garage sale on May 18.  We ask that you have the items priced; they can be dropped off at Faith CRC after 2:00 p.m. on May 17.

LOG/STO:  LOG/STO and Tuition Assistance applications are now being accepted through April 30 for the 2019/20 school year.  Go to www.pceagles.org where you will find links to each application.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Pella Pro-Life encourages you to see the movie, “Unplanned”.  It will be showing at Pella Cinemas starting Friday, April 19, and be playing for six nights.

Freedom House is showing the movie “Gridshock” a documentary about sex trafficking in Iowa.  Please join us on May 9 at Federated Fellowship Church.  A freewill offering will be taken to provide items needed for the home.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Pella Christian Grade School FOCUS
  • Pella Christian High School The Reporter
  • Focus on the Family bulletin

 

CRC PRAYER AND NEWS ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Easter: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Matthew’s gospel records the fear and doubts experienced as Jesus’ followers first encounter their risen Lord and Savior.  Join Groundwork as we explore Matthew 28 to celebrate the victory of Christ’s resurrection and learn how to respond to doubts in our own faith. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER:  The Miracle of Easter – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet Jesus?  Or to be in Jerusalem the very week Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead?  Explore the miracle of Easter on this episode of Kids Corner.  Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Kids Corner Easter puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity book 5.

EASTER SUNDAY FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Got Lego, Playmobil, or other small figures?  Use them to reenact Jesus’ resurrection with kids today.  Read the Easter story from John 20:1-18 in a child-friendly version of the Bible like the NIrV (available at BibleGateway.com).  Then read it again, slowly, as kids act the story out with figures and experience it in a new way. (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

SHORT-TERM VOLULNTEERS:  Are you 18-24 years old and interested in embarking on a short-term volunteer opportunity with life-long impact?  World Renew’s Global Volunteer Program provides opportunities to live, work, eat, and play in an international community while exploring how God wants to use your talents and skills for His purpose.  For more information, contact Andrew at globalvolunteer@worldrenew.net.