March 18, 2018

March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent 9:30 A.M.

Prelude The Solid Rock / In Christ Alone

Welcome and Call to Worship

God’s Greeting, *Mutual Greeting

*A Time of Praise

* Sing To God Be the Glory Celebration #56:1-3

* Sing Lead Me to Calvary Celebration #310:1-4

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon, singing The Lord Is My Salvation

Congregational Prayer

Giving Our Firstfruits to God Christian Education Fund

Offertory: PCGS Building Project Video

Anthem……….. Be Strong in the Lord……….. Adult Choir………..

Scripture, read by Jon Van Haaften            John 17:20-26

Pew Bibles – page 1680

Sermon “Jesus’ Great Prayer (5): ‘May They See My Glory’”


*Sing……….. By the Sea of Crystal……….. Psalter #469:1……….. ……….. ………..


*Sing……….. By the Sea of Crystal……….. Psalter #469:2-3……….. ……….. ……….. ………..


Interim Minister: Pastor Tim Brown; Organist: Joyce Boender
Adult Choir: Sarah Van Zee, Soloist; Phyllis De Vries, Piano;
Calvin Van Haaften, Guitar; Nathaniel Veenstra, Drums;
Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.



OFFERINGS: March 25: Pella Christian Grade School Build Project; March 30 (Good Friday): Gideons; April 1: Resonate Global Mission; April 8: Pella Pine Rest; April 15: Back to God Ministries International; April 22: A.M. – World Renew; P.M. – Nehemiah Center; April 29: Pella II Mission Fund

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Katie Magnussen, Grace Bokhoven; March 25: (A.M.) Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Mary Van Haaften, Carson Tukker; Good Friday: Clarissa Van Zee, Martha Uitermarkt, Carter Vos

CRC LEADERS: March 25: Crystal Schreur, Rob Schreur

GREETERS: Today: East Doors: Steve and Kim Roose; North Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; South Doors: Corey and Katie Magnussen; March 25: East Doors: Lowell and Julie Vander Molen; North Doors: Steven and Kayla Talsma; South Doors: JoAnn Boot; Good Friday: East Doors: Jeff and Kim Vander Molen; North Doors: Dorothy Rus; South Doors: Ryan and Kim Hoekstra

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

Today: Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; JoAnn Boot – C,S; March 25: Barb Gosselink – C,J,S; Glenda Van Woerkom – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Brian Van Kooten; March 25: Ken Van Woerkom

APRIL USHER SCHEDULE: Center: Jim Gosselink, Gary Kuiper; North Side: Dennis De Vries; South Side: Adam Slings

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

No Church School today due to spring break.

Prayer Time in the north tower room at 10:50 approx. We are meeting to pray for our church and for each other. Please join us! If you have a prayer request, please let us know, or put your request in the box on the back table. God loves to hear us pray.

At 6:00 p.m. we will meet for worship at Faith CRC. Pastor Tim Brown will be preaching. The offering is for The Table in Denver.

NEXT SUNDAY: Adult Choir will practice next Sunday, March 25, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:50-11:30 a.m. New choir members are welcome to join us.

Missions/Outreach will meet at 4:30 p.m. on March 25.

At 6:00 p.m. we meet for worship at Faith CRC with First CRC and Faith CRC. Pastor Ryan Faber will be preaching. The offering is for Crossroads Prison Ministries.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We wish a happy birthday to Lester Van Zee who will celebrate his 93rd birthday on March 20 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“I want to thank my church family for cards and phone calls, and Elder Brent and Susan Pierson for their visit and food, and Robert Rus for his visit. God bless you all.” – Mildred Van Maanen

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

The Pella Christian Grade School Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. on March 19.

The Pella Christian High Board will meet on March 19 at 7:00 p.m.

TUESDAY: Parents with students participating in spring or summer sports at Pella Christian High School are strongly encouraged to attend a meeting on March 20, at 6:15 p.m. in the music room. Athletic Director, Dan Branderhorst and the coaches will discuss details and expectations.

WEDNESDAY: The Quilting Group will meet at 9:00 a.m.

Christian Fellowship will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Lesson 12.

The P.E.T. fundraising supper and auction will be held on March 21, at Pella Christian High School. The supper, including roast beef, chicken and cheesy potatoes, will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the auction following at 6:30. Please sign up for auction donations on the sheet in the basement. Remember, we are looking for food, services, and events. Plan to come for a fun evening.  Please have your auction items at our church by 4:00 p.m. or at Pella Christian High after 4:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Pella Christian Grade School invites you to the fifth-eighth grade spring band concert on March 22 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Pella Christian Grade School gym. This will be the debut performance for the fifth grade band that has been working hard on four challenging selections. The 6th/7th and 8th graders are also excelling on various selections, including “High Voltage” and “As the Eagle Flies”. Join us for a great evening of music.

SATURDAY: Pella Christian Grade School Building Project tour will be at 10:00 a.m. (Note change of time.) We will meet at the front entrance.

Cadet-O-Rama will be held on March 24 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Vermeer Pavilion. A display of Cadet projects, pinewood derby car races, carnival games, mini-golf tournament, delicious food, prizes and awards. Additional information is posted on the bulletin board downstairs. Treat your family to a great morning and support the Cadets of Hawkeye Council.

EASTER LILIES: If you missed the chance to order a lily last week, contact Carla Nieuwsma, 319-246-2216. I ordered a few extra; the cost is $6.35 for each plant. Place your payment to Pella II CRC in the envelope provided downstairs or in the narthex. You may take your lily home after the Easter service.

SPRING DRAMA PRODUCTION: Pella Christian High School will end their successful theatre season this spring with The Crucible, a powerful drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Written by American playwright Arthur Miller, it is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. Under the direction of Van Peursem, The Crucible will be presented Friday and Saturday, March 23-24. Tickets are now on sale.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES: Palm Sunday 9:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. at Faith CRC

Good Friday 7:00 p.m., including The Lord’s Supper

Easter 9:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. combined Pella CRC’s at Faith CRC

MISSION TRIP OFFERING: The Deacons have approved the collection of funds for the Majestic Outdoor Adventures Mission Project in Dora, Missouri, with the following guidelines. Please place donations in a separate envelope, including giving number and labeled “Mission Project”. Make checks payable to Second CRC, with “Mission Project” in the memo line. Donations will be accepted through March 25 and tracked for year-end receipt.

BABY GIFTS: A table is located downstairs for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome Addilyn Grace, daughter of Jacob and Regina Vaverka, born on February 20. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY: We are looking for some people to take over Youth Group starting in the fall of 2018. Please think about if this is something you would like to be involved with and contact Brent Pierson if you are interested.


Men’s Ensemble will practice Wednesday, April 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m. All men who love to sing are welcome to join us!

The Pella Christian High School Chamber Choir will be participating in seven area church services between March 25 and May 6. The first service is at Community Heights Alliance in Newton on March 25 during their morning worship, and at Peoria CRC that evening. Other churches include Sully Christian Reformed on the morning of April 15, Oskaloosa First CRC on April 22 for the evening service, Pella I CRC April 29 in the morning, and the final concert is scheduled for May 6 at the Tulip Time worship service in Pella.

Parent-Teacher Conferences – Parents of Pella Christian High students are encouraged to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences in the gymnasium Monday, March 26, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (1:30 p.m. dismissal). No afternoon conferences held this year. And a reminder that there are no classes Friday, March 31, for Good Friday.

The Spring Salad Luncheon for the Bible League will be held on Monday, March 26, at 12 noon at Covenant Reformed Church. With the current focus on Bringing God’s Word to Latin America, Don Vos and Frank Reitsma will enlighten us about Nicaragua through their “Farmer to Farmer” experiences over many years. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend, including men who would also be truly blessed. A freewill offering will be taken for the Bible League.

Dad’s Belgium Waffles – Wednesday, March 28, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Faith CRC. Proceeds for GEMS to go to camp. We hope to see you there.

Gene Van Wyk Memorial Run: Mark your calendars! Join the fun and be part of the 11th annual Gene Van Wyk 5k Run, March 31. All proceeds from the run go towards the Gene Van Wyk Memorial Fund and the Gene Van Wyk Weight Room at Pella Christian High School. Registration costs are $15 for students, $20 for adults, and $70 for families if you register by March 19. Fees increase by $5 per event after March 19. Register on-line at or pick up a form at the high school office or at Home Realty located at 1212 Washington Street in Pella.

A Grand Day: Grandparents and special friends are asked to save the date of Friday, April 20, to come to Pella Christian Grade School for A Grand Day! celebration. The morning will begin with a student-led chapel of praise and worship. The students in grades K-2 will be sharing a few of their favorite songs with you too! After the chapel program you will have time to visit the classrooms before we dismiss at 11:35 a.m. We hope you will join us for “A Grand Day!”

Spring Musical: The evening before A Grand Day, April 19 at 6:30 p.m., you will not want to miss the 3rd-5th grade one-time performance of the musical “Malice in the Palace: The Story of Esther” by Tom S. Long and Allen Pote. The story of Esther is exciting and you will hear a powerful message that even the smallest person acting bravely can make an enormous difference, for God has placed us where we are for a reason. Hope to see you all there!

PCGS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITES: Pella Christian Grade School has the following openings to begin with the 2018-19 school year: Transportation Director – part-time; Janitor – three hours mornings or evenings; One-on-One Aide – for lower elementary student; Food Service Worker – part-time Monday-Thursday.  Job descriptions and more details are posted on the bulletin board downstairs. Applications will be accepted until each position is filled. Interested applicants can contact David Te Grotenhuis ( for more information.

OSKALOOSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is seeking a 60-75% Kindergarten/Pre-K (“Kinder Kids”) teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Other possible openings for next year include full-time teachers for Grades 4, 5, and Junior High Language Arts. If you are interested see more details on the bulletin board downstairs or check the employment section of our website (

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING: A six-week training class will be on Thursday mornings, March 22-April 26, 9:00-11:30 a.m. at the Comfort House meeting room. To sign up, or for more information, call Hospice of Pella at 620-5054.

TRANSFORM: The Well is launching the first annual Transform event on May 11 and 12. Transform is a two-day event bringing together servant-hearted volunteers to knock out several homeowner and community service projects. The Well is currently looking for volunteers, project leaders, and projects to complete in and around the Pella area such as construction projects, demolition, painting, landscaping, trash pickup, moving assistance, and more! If you have any other project ideas give them a call at 621-0164, ext. 709, or email If you are interested in volunteering, register online at




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