December 31, 2017

December 31, 2017 9:30 A.M.

Prelude Children’s Medley

Welcome and Call to Worship……….. Elder Brent Pierson

God’s Greeting, *Mutual Greeting

A Time of Praise led by Praise Team

* O God, Our Help in Ages Past Celebration #686:1, 4, 6

* Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us Celebration #688:1, 2, 4

* Grace Alone


What does baptism signify?

By it we are received into God’s church and set apart from all other people and religions, that we may be dedicated entirely to him, bearing his mark and sign.

It also witnesses to us that he will be our God forever, since he is our gracious Father.

What else does it mean?

Baptism signifies to us that just as water washes away the dirt of the body when it is poured on us and also is seen on the body of the baptized, so too the blood of Christ does the same thing internally, in the soul, by the Holy Spirit.

Should our children be baptized too?

Yes, we believe our children ought to be baptized and sealed with the sign of the covenant, as little children were circumcised in Israel on the basis of the same promises made to our children. Christ has shed his blood no less for washing the little children of believers than he did for adults.

Is the significance of baptism, then, similar to circumcision?

Yes, baptism does for our children what circumcision did for the Jewish people. That is why Paul calls baptism the “circumcision of Christ.” 

Brothers and sisters, on the strength of God’s gracious love for us, and in solidarity with this Christian congregation, do you promise to instruct this child by word and example, with the help of the Christian community, in the truth of God’s Word, and in the way of salvation through Jesus Christ?

Do you promise to pray for him and to nurture him within the body of believers as a citizen of Christ’s kingdom?

We do, God helping us.

The Sacrament

Solo The Prayer with slide show

Congregational Prayer

*Sing Wonderful Words of Life Celebration #406:1-3

Scripture Reading Luke 1:21-40

Pew Bibles – page 1588

Sermon “A Child of Great Potential”


Giving Our Firstfruits to God General Fund

Offertory: O God Our Help in Ages Past

*Response, singing O God, Our Help in Ages Past Celebration #686:1-6

Vs. 1-3 – All; vs. 4 – Women; vs. 5 – Men; vs. 6 – All



Guest Preacher: Pastor Rick Admiraal; Organist: Joyce Boender
Vocal Soloist: Levi Nieuwsma; Jon Guillet, accompanist

* = Please stand if able.

Boldface type = Congregational Response



OFFERINGS: January 7: Cary Truck; January 14: Youth Unlimited; January 21: Christian Education Fund; January 28: Christian Schools International

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Mary Van Haaften, Libby Braafhart, Adalynn Van Arendonk; January 7: (A.M.) Crystal Schreur, Martha Uitermarkt, Kaden Van Wyngarden

C4C LEADERS: January 7: Sharesa and Addie Van Arendonk

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Troy and Brenda Hugen; North Doors: Gerrit and Shirley Van Hal; South Doors: Jim and Barb Gosselink; January 7: East Doors: Ray and Lois Klyn; North Doors: Jeff and Teri Van Kooten; South Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson

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

Today: Carolyn Harthoorn – C,J,S; Susan Pierson – C,J,S; Mary Ann Vander Molen – C,S; January 7: Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Vander Molen; January 7: Jason Van Arendonk

JANUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center: Calvin Van Haaften, Jeff Vander Molen; North Side: Stu Bokhoven; South Side: Matt Walker

Attention January 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.

This morning we welcome Pastor Rick Admiraal from New Life Prison Community as he leads our morning worship service.

This morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Wyatt Jay Nieuwsma, son of Lance and Megan Nieuwsma. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

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. Classes will resume on January 7.

At 6:00 p.m. we will gather at Calvary CRC for a combined Old Year’s service. The offering will be for the New Life Prison church.

NEXT SUNDAY: At 6:00 p.m. next Sunday First CRC, Second CRC and Faith CRC will meet at Faith CRC. Pastor Dale Slings will be preaching.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: “We wish to thank the congregation for the many expressions of caring for Dorell’s birthday, Christmas and through his illness. We are overwhelmed by your love and prayers, and were delighted to have the Christmas Carolers sing for us at the Comfort House. A special thanks to Pastor Dale and Gloria for their frequent visits. We ask for continued prayers for God’s grace.” – Dorell and Elizabeth Uitermarkt

“I would like to thank the carolers for coming to sing. I enjoyed them very much! Also thanks to the kids for wishing me a Merry Christmas. That was so nice!” – Mary Klyn

MONDAY: Perk Up will not meet this week.

WEDNESDAY: Children’s Choir (1st-6th grade) rehearsal 6:30-6:55 p.m.

GEMS will be bowling with the Cadets from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Cadets will be bowling from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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

THURSDAY: The Let’s Remember scrapbooking small group will meet in the church basement, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Julie at 628-1303.

FROM COUNCIL: The Council would like to thank Andrea Van Waardhuizen for taking over as head organist.

THANK YOU: We would like to thank everyone who helped with coffee time after church. Many hands make light work! If you have not had your name on the list for a while, just let one of us know if you are willing to help. If you are unable to help, also let us know. Thanks again – Sharon Walker, Lola Spoelstra, JoAnn Boot

THANK YOU: Thank you for all the contributions of clothing items for those in need from Crossroads of Pella. Pella 2 contributed 29 pairs of gloves/mittens, 37 stocking hats, 17 pairs of socks and numerous other items. They are very much appreciated.


Jan. 7 – 6:00 p.m. at Faith CRC. Pastor Dale Slings preaching. (First, Second, Faith)

Jan. 14 – 6:00 p.m. at Faith CRC. Pastor Ryan Faber preaching. (First, Second, Faith)

Jan. 21 – 6:00 p.m. at Faith CRC. Pastor Brad Meinders preaching. (1st, 2nd, Faith)

Jan. 28 – 6:00 p.m. at Second CRC. Pastor Dale Slings preaching. (First, Second)

THANK YOU: Joel and Jeannie Huyser send their thanks for the many encouraging Christmas cards and notes. They especially want to thank the high school students who wrote their note in excellent Spanish!


Special Pella Christian High School Society Meeting: All society members are invited to attend a special society meeting at PCHS at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16. The PCHS Society will vote on two proposals: first, adding a Vocational Agriculture program to the PCHS curriculum, and second, making a change to the governing board district structure. A VoAg Factsheet and Board Structure Factsheet are available on the school’s website at Contact the school if you would like a copy of the Factsheets to be mailed to you.   We encourage school supporters to attend this important meeting on January 16.

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 20, at PPI in Pella.

Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats to headline February 2 fundraiser for 818 Forward with Faith. Bob Vander Plaats, Family Leader’s CEO and author of “Light From Lucas”, about his son with disabilities, will be our speaker. In addition to the inspiration Vander Plaats will share, the evening will also include a silent auction, catered dinner and dessert dash. Proceeds will benefit Forward with Faith (, a community nonprofit raising funds to build a family-style home for men with disabilities in Pella. The event will be held at Federated Fellowship Church, 309 Roosevelt Road Pella, Iowa.  Auction browsing and bidding takes place from 5:00-6:00 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:15, followed by Vander Plaats’ presentation. Everyone is invited! Please contact Angie Vander Molen at 641-204-1255 or email at if you would like to attend or need more information.

HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS NEED OUR HELP! There will be a World Renew mission/work trip to Port Arthur, Texas, February 17 through February 24. We will be doing various reconstruction work. Please respond by January 15. If you have any questions, or would like to join us, please contact Harold Van Wyk at 641-891-2038 or e-mail or Gary Van Engelenhoven at 641-660-0107.




GROUNDWORK: A Light Shining in Darkness – In the Bible, the coming of the Messiah is often associated with light. Join Groundwork as we study Isaiah 9:2-3, Isaiah 60:1-3, 19-20, Matthew 5:14-16, and Revelation 22:1-5 to see what this theme means for our understanding of Christ’s light and how we live while waiting for his second coming. Listen now on

KIDS CORNER: Hollywood – The school play is coming up and Liz is sure that he will not only have the lead role but also be asked to direct. That doesn’t happen, but Miss Wattle does give him the role of Old Ben which Liz still uses to be a “star” — with sunglasses, a chinchilla beret, silk scarf, and bodyguard. This causes Chamy and Miss Wattle to “fire” Liz and replace him with Morrie. Liz finally realizes that he once again has fallen to pride. Check out the “God is Faithful” Memory Jar Activity at as you look ahead to the NewYear!

CALVIN SYMPOSIUM ON WORSHIP – You are invited to register and attend the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 25-27, at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. The three-day conference brings together a wide audience of artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, students, worship leaders and planners, and other interested worshipers. There are excellent rates for students and groups from churches. All worship services are free and open to the public. For information and to register, go to