January 28, 2018

January 28, 2018            Second Christian Reformed Church            9:30 A.M.

Prelude……….. Whiter Than Snow………..

Great is Thy Faithfulness

*Welcome and Call to Worship ………..

*God’s Greeting, Mutual Greeting………..

*A Time of Praise……….. led by Men’s Ensemble

*            My Faith Looks Up to Thee            Celebration #539:1, 2

*            Nothing but the Blood of Jesus            Celebration #337:1-4

Anthem            The Wonder of It All            Men’s Ensemble

Congregational Prayer

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……….. Christian Schools International

Offertory: O How He Loves You and Me

Children 3 years-PreKindergarten are dismissed to C4C (Children for Christ).

*Response, singing……….. O How He Loves You and Me……….. Celebration #349:1-2

Scripture, read by Joyce Vander Molen……….. Hebrews 12:1-13

Pew Bibles – page 1877

Sermon……….. “Running the Race” ………..

Prayer of Confession………..



Song of Invitation……….. Come to the Table……….. Celebration #464

Declaration of God’s Invitation and Promises

Hear the words of the institution of the Holy Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ:

The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread, and after giving thanks to God, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying “Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”

Prayer for the Work of the Spirit

Preparing the Bread and Cup

The bread that we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.

We who are many are one body, for we all share the same loaf.

The cup for which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ.

The cup that we drink is our participation in the blood of Christ.



Congregation of Jesus Christ, the Lord has prepared his table for all who love him and trust in him alone for their salvation. All who are truly sorry for their sins, who sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as their Savior, and who desire to live in obedience to him as Lord are now invited to come with gladness to the table of the Lord.

Holy Father, in thanks for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, in the joy of his resurrection, in the hope of his coming again, we present ourselves a living sacrifice and come to the table of our Lord.

The gifts of God for the people of God.

The Communion

Take, eat, remember, and believe that the precious body of our Lord Jesus Christ was given for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.

Take, drink, remember, and believe that the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ was shed for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.

Prayer of Thanks

*Song of Gratitude There Is a Redeemer Celebration #308:1, 2


*Response, singing            There Is a Redeemer            Celebration #308:3


Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Soloist: Will Van Wyngarden
Men’s Ensemble: Phyllis De Vries, Pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.

Boldface type = Congregational Response



Combined First CRC and Second CRC
January 28, 2018 6:00 P.M.

Prelude Almighty

Thine Is the Glory

*Welcome and Call to Worship

*God’s Greeting, Mutual Greeting

*A Time of Praise – Some of Your Favorites

* I Sing the Mighty Power of God Celebration #128:1-3

* Blessed Assurance Celebration #572:1-3

Softly and Tenderly Celebration #479:1-4

Evening Prayer, concluding with “The Lord’s Prayer”………..

Giving Our Firstfruits to God Christian Schools International

Offertory: Just a Closer Walk With Thee Ruth Stevenson, pianist

Scripture, read by Ray Klyn Matthew 5:13-20

Pew Bibles – page 1501

Anthem……….. Blest Are They………..

As directed, the congregation will please sing the refrain.

Sermon “Living the Christian Life”


*Sing Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart Celebration #169:1, 3, 4


*Sing Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart Celebration #169:5


Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Choir; Soloists: Crystal Schreur, Ken Van Woerkom
Phyllis De Vries, pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.




OFFERINGS: February 4: With Love Toy Ministry; February 11: Creation Station Christian Preschool; February 18: General Fund; February 25: Pella II Cadets

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Amy Bokhoven, Kala Talsma, Alexis Vos; February 4: (A.M.) Sharesa Van Arendonk, Lisa Vos, Taryn Hugen

C4C LEADERS: Today: Nia Hoekstra, Lindsay Golliet

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Will & Allison Van Wyngarden; North Doors: Phil & Vicky Slings; South Doors: Byron & Clarissa Van Zee; February 4: East Doors: Dave and Ruth Stevenson; North Doors: Debra Klyn; South Doors: Robert Rus

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

Today: Kim Vander Molen – C,J,S; Sarah Van Zee – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; February 4: Joyce Vander Molen – C,J; Arlys Veenstra – C,J,S; Wes Veenstra – S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Ken Van Woerkom; February 4: Gary Vander Molen

FEBRUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center: Shane Tukker, Jamis Christensen; North Side: Ken Van Woerkom; South Side: Byron Van Zee

Attention February 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.

C4C (Children for Christ) meets this morning on 3rd floor. Children 3 years old-PreKindergarten will be dismissed during the service. Visitors are also welcome! Parents may pick up their child after the service. Today’s leaders are Nia Hoekstra and Lindsay Golliet.

This morning we look forward to the sacrament of Holy Communion, and we joyfully anticipate taking the benefits of Christ’s salvation into our hearts through this holy supper. All those who name Christ as Savior and who undertake to follow him in repentance are welcome to join us at the table.

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

Church School will meet from 10:50-11:35.

5:15 p.m. – Adult Choir rehearsal for this evening’s service.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC will join us for worship at our church. Pastor Dale Slings will be preaching.

NEXT SUNDAY: Next Sunday morning Mr. Dave Stevenson will be preaching. At 6:00 p.m. First CRC will join us for worship at our church. Pastor Brad Meinders will be preaching.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We extend our Christian sympathies to Pastor Dale and Gloria Slings on the death of Gloria’s mother, Geneva Van Zee, on Friday. We pray that God will comfort and strengthen them in this loss.

“Thank You to all those who remembered me with a card, telephone call or even just a cheery ‘Happy Birthday’ with a smile. They were all appreciated. Blessings!” – Esther Van Gent

“The family of Frances Ver Heul wishes to thank those who were faithful visitors to her during the past 3-1/2 years at the Care Center. We appreciate all you have done for her.”

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.

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

GEMS will meet from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Cadets will meet from 7:00-8:30 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.

CHURCH DRUM SET: If you have an interest in purchasing the prior used drum setup, please contact any deacon.

CHURCH DIRECTORY CHANGES? Please check your listing in a church directory on the table downstairs or in the narthex to see if it is up to date. If there are changes that need to be made to your address, phone number or email address (either changing or adding), that have not already been reported, please call the church office (628-2966), email secretary@pella2crc.org or write the change in one of the directories by Tuesday, January 30.

ITEMS NEEDED: The GEMS girls are collecting hygiene items to create 45 hygiene packs to be included in the Pack the Backpack program. This program provides extra food for students on Friday to ensure they have enough to eat Saturday and Sunday and that they come back to school Monday ready to learn. The program is now including a hygiene pack twice a year to ensure students also have the necessary items to physically feel their best. The GEMS will be collecting items downstairs through January 31. Please see the sign-up sheet downstairs for a list of specific items and size examples.

OTL (OUT TO LUNCH) BIBLE STUDY IS RESUMING! After a quick organizational meeting last week, we’ll be meeting Tuesday for an introduction to our study, Wiser Together, by Bill Hybels. We’ll do our first lesson on Tuesday, February 6. Intentions are to meet for 6 weeks in a row. Join us at 11:30 (or as close to as you can) for lunch with our discussion time to follow. You’ll be ready to head back to work if need be within the hour. Lunch will be provided for a nominal fee, check out the menu on Monday on the OTL Facebook page and let us know if we can plan on you by commenting there. This is also where you can let us know if we need to order a study guide for you. If you’re not on Facebook, text or call Bev (780-3180). OTL is for women from 17 to 70 who desire to Learn, Love and Laugh, all during the Lunch hour! We currently meet at the KCWN Studios, 304 Oskaloosa Street.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL’S HOMECOMING is scheduled January 29-February 2. The students will participate in a variety of fun activities including dress-up days and noon hour competitions. Friday, February 2, the public is invited to attend the afternoon activities starting at 1:00 with chapel followed by competitions in the gym. The final event is the presentation of the homecoming court at approximately 3:00 p.m.

ALUMNI HOMECOMING RECEPTION: All Pella Christian Alumni are invited for free cookies, coffee and lemonade Friday, February 2, in the conference room open during the girls varsity game through halftime of the boys game. Feel free to drop in to mix and mingle with other PC grads!


Feb. 4 – 6:00 p.m. at Second CRC. Pastor Brad Meinders preaching. (First, Second)

Feb. 11 – 6:00 p.m. at Second CRC. Pastor Dale Slings preaching. (First, Second)

Feb. 18 – 6:00 p.m. at First CRC. Pastor Brad Meinders preaching. (First, Second)

Feb. 25 – 6:00 p.m. at First CRC. Pastor Tim Brown preaching. (First, Second)

818 FORWARD WITH FAITH FUNDRAISER: 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 (forwardwithfaith.org), 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, 309 Roosevelt Road in Pella.  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, angie.vandermolen@forwardwithfaith.org, or 641-204-1255, if you would like to attend or need more information.

NAMI: A free six-session educational program for parents and other caregivers of minor children with emotional and behavior difficulties will be held at The Well on Thursdays, February 1 through March 8, 6:30-9:00 p.m. See bulletin board for more details.


The Oskaloosa First Christian Reformed Church extends an invitation to the churches of our Classis to attend the Installation Service of Pastor Jonathan Spronk as our Lead Pastor. This special service, led by our part-time pastor, Paul Hoekstra, will be held on Sunday, February 4, at 12:45 p.m. The church is located at 815 North 11th. Everyone is welcome to come to this special service of praise and thanks to God!

FROM DOUG & BENITA LE MAHIEU: Dear Pella II, You are a continual source of joy and encouragement to us as you so faithfully pray and stand with us financially. We thank you for your recent gift as well as the Christmas cards we received. Your support is important to us as we work to return to Papua New Guinea in June of this year. The Bau team has recently sent us 12 translated stories from the story book Bible they have been working on. We still have many checks to go before the book is finished, but you can pray with us that the translated story book will clearly communicate God’s redemptive plan and be used by the Holy Spirit to bring many in the Bau community closer to Jesus. In Christian love, Doug and Benita Le Mahieu

FROM PASTOR RICK & ROSE ADMIRAAL: Dear Supporting Church, As New Life Prison Community looks at completing seven years of planting a church behind the walls of the Newton Correctional Facility, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for all your prayers and financial support. We praise God for His goodness to this emerging church and all the ways God is moving and changing lives within the prison. Thank you for your continued support! Serving Him, Pastor Rick & Rose


Pella Christian High School is accepting applications for two full-time teaching positions: Family and Consumer Science and Vocational Agriculture. Interested applicants should contact Dan Van Kooten, Principal, at vankootend@pceagles.org or 641-628-4440.

Oskaloosa Christian School is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Principal beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. The Principal will provide leadership for the day-to-day operations of the school, be responsible for the administration of educational programs for grades K-8, and serve as school leader to the faculty/staff and students of the school. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to Christian education and be a member of a Reformed church. More information, including a job application, is available at www.oskaloosachristian.net. If you have specific questions about the position, please contact Board President Jim Eveland at evelandjs@gmail.com or 641-680-5350.




GROUNDLINE: Growth Through Controversy – Whenever we’re confronted with something new, we’re forced to consider and re-evaluate the legitimacy of what we know. Join Groundwork as we study Acts 15 to see how God works to create growth as the early church believers discern their way through controversy. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Lost and Found – Part 1 – Linda lives out the three parables of Luke 15 when she helps Granny find a lost ring, helps Grandpa find his lost chick, and watches Granny forgive Liz for his selfish behavior. Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Free Stuff: KC invites you to print off our set of valentine cards, each featuring a favorite Bible passage.