December 17, 2017

Church School Christmas Program
Second Christian Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa
December 17, 2017 Third Sunday of Advent 9:30 A.M.

Prelude……….. Joy to the World………..

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Children’s Prelude – Christmas Selections………..

We Wish You a Merry Christmas (piano)            Ethan Tukker

Silent Night (piano)            Kate Braafhart

Angels We Have Heard on High (piano)            Adalynn Van Arendonk

Joy to the World (tuba)            Ryley Hoekstra

What Child is This? (piano)            Kirby Van Wyngarden

O Holy Night (piano)            Claire Braafhart

Carol of the Bells (piano)            Caleb Van Arendonk

Silent Night (piano)            Alexis Vos

Welcome and God’s Greeting

Lighting the Advent Candle of Peace             Stu Bokhoven Family

*Call to Meditation, singing            O Come, Let Us Adore Him            Celebration #196:1, 4

Scripture……….. Luke 2:13-14; Pew Bibles – page 1591

Meditation……….. “Pondering Peace on Earth”………..

Congregational Prayer………..

*Sing……….. There Is a Redeemer……….. Celebration #308:1-3

Offering            Pella II Christian Education Fund

Offertory: The Coventry Carol

(Children involved in the program will please go to the front during the Offertory.)

(The Program will proceed unannounced.)

Program presented by the Church School children ages 3 years-5th grade.

Angels We Have Heard on High

This is Matt’s first year in the Christmas pageant . As he and the other angels rehearse their parts, we remember the story of the angels and their good news.


Matt            Kirby Van Wyngarden

Kristy            Kate Braafhart

Darren            Ryley Hoekstra

Samantha            Georgia De Vries

Mrs. Dixon            Nia Hoekstra

Angels We Have Heard on High sung by the children

Rehearsal Dialogue

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing – vs. 1-children; vs. 2-Taylor Walker, Xavia Walker, Carmen Walker, Haylee Walker; vs. 3-children and congregation

Rehearsal Dialogue

The First Noel sung by the children

Rehearsal Dialogue

It Came upon the Midnight Clear sung by the children

Rehearsal Dialogue

O Holy Night! – vs. 1-Rob Schreur; vs. 2-Alexis Nunnikhoven, Adalynn Van

Arendonk and Aurelia Zylstra

Rehearsal Dialogue

Angels from the Realms of Glory – vs. 1-children; *vs. 2 & 3-children and congregation



Minister: Interim Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Joyce Boender
Children’s Program Directors: Crystal Schreur, Melissa Tukker; Pianist: Paula Klyn

* = Please stand if able

Church School Participants

Three Year Olds – Pre-K

Jackson Boender
Jonah Golliet
Elle Magnussen
Jack Nieuwsma
Leah Nieuwsma
Annika Van Zee
Corbin Walker

Kindergarten – First Grade

Noah Golliet
Lydia Nieuwsma
Asher Van Zee
Madison Walker
Charlie Braafhart
Liam Nieuwsma
Luke Schreur
Declan Tukker

Second – Third Grade

Nora Van Arendonk
Kynlee Van Wyngarden
Isaac Walker
Antonia Zylstra
Georgia De Vries
Ethan Tukker
Haylee Walker

Fourth – Fifth Grades

Kate Braafhart
Adalynn Van Arendonk
Carmen Walker
Ryley Hoekstra
Alexis Nunnikhoven
Rob Schreur
Kirby Van Wyngarden
Taylor Walker
Xavia Walker
Aurelia Zylstra


December 17, 2017  4:00 P.M.

Congregation is encouraged to sit toward the front on the piano side for this evening’s service.

Prelude……….. Listen to the Angels………..

Welcome and Call to Worship………..

God’s Greeting and *Mutual Greeting………..

A Time of Praise……….. Christmas Hymns

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……….. Pella II Christian Education Fund

            Offertory: What Child Is This?

Scripture Reading……….. Judges 13:8………..

            Pew Bibles – page 395

Sermon……….. “What Shall We Do with This Child?”………..

Prayer, Blessing………..

*Postlude……….. And the Glory of the Lord………..

Minister: Interim Pastor Dale Slings; Pianist: Barbara Boertje DeVries




OFFERINGS: December 24: Pella II Missions Fund; Christmas Day: World Renew; December 31: General Fund

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Sarah Christensen, Kim Roose, Grace Bokhoven; December 24: (A.M.) Katie Magnussen, Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Carson Tukker; Christmas Day: Clarissa Van Zee, Kim Hoekstra, Ryley Hoekstra

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Lawrence and Mary Ann Vander Molen; North Doors: Dennis and Bev De Vries; South Doors: Anne Bokhoven; December 24: East Doors: Gary and Norma Kuiper; North Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; South Doors: Les and Carla Nieuwsma; Christmas Day: East Doors: Ryan and Kim Hoekstra, Ray Veenstra; North Doors: Bob and Karen Spencer; North Doors: Andrea Van Waardhuizen

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

Today: Barb Gosselink – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; JoAnn Boot – C,S; December 24: Emily Boender – C; Joyce Boender – C,J,S; Debra Klyn – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Van Kooten; December 24: Sherwin Klyn

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

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

Our Children’s Christmas Program will be part of the morning worship service.

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

There is no Church School today.

There will be a Council Chat following the morning service.

This evening we will have an abbreviated worship service at 4:00 p.m. before we go caroling. The congregation is encouraged to sit toward the front on the piano side. See details about caroling elsewhere in the bulletin.

NEXT SUNDAY: Worship services at 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

There will be no church school the next two Sundays. Classes resume on January 7.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Please pray for:

Dorell and Elizabeth Uitermarkt. Dorell has been moved to the Comfort House this past week.

Alice Zylstra continues to weaken. The family has agreed to shut off her pacemaker as it no longer appears to be working.

Edith Van Zee has been in Jefferson Place this week fighting off an intestinal virus. She hopes to return home soon and then be scheduled for hip replacement surgery.

Remember all our aged and shut-ins as they often long to be with their church family during this Christmas season.

We extend our Christian sympathy to the family of Frances Ver Heul who passed away on Thursday at the age of 102. Visitation will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Garden Chapel Funeral Home with the funeral following there at 11:00 a.m. We are thankful for the hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ

We wish a happy birthday to Gertrude Wassink who will celebrate her 95th birthday on December 19, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

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

The Shepherding Elders will meet at 6:30 p.m.

The Pella Christian Grade School Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. on December 18.

The Pella Christian High Board will meet on December 18 at 7:00 p.m.

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

THANK YOU so much to everyone who has helped and supported us and the church school children. A special thanks to Paula Klyn for your wonderful accompaniment. Thank you to Daryl Van Zee and Jason Van Hal and the sound crew, to the children for their hard work, and to the parents and families, for practicing speaking parts and solos. Thank you to the church school teachers and parents for supervision and input during rehearsals. And, of course, thank you to all of you who came this morning to watch the program. We hope that you hear the good news and feel His great joy this Christmas season.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING/PIZZA: This evening we have the opportunity to go Christmas Caroling! Anyone interested should gather downstairs immediately following the “abbreviated” 4:00 p.m. evening service. After caroling, we will gather for pizza, Christmas cookie decorating, and fellowship in the Pella II lower level. For planning purposes, there is a sign-up sheet downstairs. Any questions, contact Glenda Van Woerkom.

YEAR-END GIVING: The last date to make contributions posted to your 2017 giving statement will be Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day). Thank you, the Deacons

WINTER ACCESSORIES NEEDED: For several years Pella 2 has gathered stocking hats, gloves and socks for families in need through Crossroads of Pella. Crossroads again has many families who need these items for winter. A bin has been placed downstairs for anyone who wishes to contribute to this cause. Additionally, if anyone has a need or knows of someone who needs any of these items, please feel free to take what is needed. This bin will remain downstairs until December 27. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

FROM THE DEACONS: The Deacons would like to express their appreciation to the congregation for their generous Thanksgiving offerings. Thank you!


Christmas Day Worship service at 9:30 a.m.

Childrens Choir weekly rehearsals resume Wednesday, January 3, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

The 7th Annual Blood Drive in memory of Megan Hoogeveen will be held at Pella Christian High School on December 29 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Appointments are highly recommended to avoid wait times and to help in staffing the event. They can be made by calling LifeServe at 800-287-4903 or Mike Hoogeveen at 641-780-7043, online at or the events page of Walk-ins are also welcome. Free t-shirts available to all who donate. Help us celebrate what would have been Megan’s 25th birthday by giving the gift of life with your blood donation. After donation birthday cupcakes will be provided by Vander Ploeg Bakery.

PCHS HEALTH CHALLENGE…NEW YEAR, NEW YOU: We encourage you to gain better fitness, AND your participation supports Winterim internships for PCHS students! See the link at and click on Pella Christian eHealth Challenge for more info. Consider joining friends, co-workers, Bible study groups, and encourage one another to better health and fitness in 2018. Team kick-off/weigh-in is set for Saturday, January 10, at PPI in Pella.

PCHS FALL DRIVE: If you have not yet responded to the PCHS Annual Financial Drive please prayerfully consider giving a gift by December 31 and help to provide Christ-centered learning for our covenant young people. Donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off or mailed to 300 Eagle Lane, Pella.

OSKALOOSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is seeking qualified applicants for School Principal beginning with 2018-2019 school year. Details on the bulletin board downstairs.

JOB OPENING FOR NURSE MANAGER: Pathways of Pella is accepting applications for the position of Nurse Manager for their STD and Ultrasound program. This is a part-time (12 hours/week) position. Qualifications – R.N. with current license, and a heart for the ministry of Pathways of Pella. Previous experience in obstetrics and/or ultrasound preferred but not required. Job description and application can be found on the website:


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