March 4, 2018

March 4, 2018 Second Christian Reformed Church 9:30 A.M.

Prelude Praise Him! Praise Him!

Blessed Assurance

Welcome and Call to Worship

God’s Greeting, *Mutual Greeting

A Time of Praise led by GEMS Praise Team

*Love Lifted Me Celebration #508:1, 3

*Lord, I Lift Your Name on High

Ribbon Creative Movement I Want to Be Like Jesus

Congregational Prayer

GEMS Litany “In His Steps” led by Katie Magnussen

Summary of GEMS Year of Activities

Giving Our Firstfruits to God GEMS

Offertory: Video of GEMS Activities

Bass Clarinet Solo.. Allegro.. Nia Hoekstra

Clarinet Duet.. Fughetta.. Alexis Vos, Claire Braafhart

French Horn Solo.. Amazing Grace.. Aurelia Zylstra

*Sing……….. He Will Hold Me Fast………..

Scripture, read by Claire Braafhart            John 17:13-19

Text: John 17:17-19

Pew Bibles – page 1680

Sermon “Jesus’ Great Prayer (3) ‘Sanctify Them’”


*Sing……….. Song for the Nations……….. Celebration #439:1, 2, 4, 5……….. ……….. ………..


*Doxology……….. We Receive Your Blessing……….. GEMS and Congregation


Interim Minister: Pastor Tim Brown; Organist: Phyllis De Vries
GEMS Praise Team Vocalists: Aurelia Zylstra, Alexis Nunnikhoven;
Guitarist: Nia Hoekstra; Pianist: Barbara Boertje DeVries

* = Please stand if able.



OFFERINGS: March 11: Crossroads Prison Ministries; March 18: Christian Education Fund; March 25: Pella Christian Grade School Build Project; March 30 (Good Friday): Gideons

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Vicky Slings, Melissa Tukker, Adalynn Van Arendonk; March 11: (A.M.) Barb Gosselink, Kim Roose, Ty Hugen

GREETERS: Today:   GEMS; March 11: East Doors: Jon and Glenda Van Woerkom; North Doors: Tom and Sharon Walker; South Doors: Ken and Janiece Van Woerkom

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

Today: Lisa Vos – C,J; Barb Wilson – C,J,S; Bill Wilson – S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; March 11: Carolyn Harthoorn – C,J,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jason Van Arendonk; March 11: Calvin Van Haaften


Joel and Jeannie Huyser – Brent Pierson, Robert Rus

Doug and Benita Le Mahieu – Gary Kuiper, Thressa Nieuwsma

Lloyd and Nancy Peckham – Debra Klyn, Phil Slings

Justin Van Zee – Sherwin Klyn, Dorothy Rus

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.

Church School will meet from 10:50-11:35. There will be no Church School the next two weeks for spring break.

Prayer Time – in the north tower room at 10:50. A group of us feel burdened to pray for our church and for each other. Please join us! If you would like someone to pray for you, please come, or put your request in the box on the back table. God hears and answers our prayers.

At 6:00 p.m. we will meet for worship at First CRC. Pastor Brad Meinders will be preaching. The offering is for the World Renew.

NEXT SUNDAY: Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour.

At 6:00 p.m. we will meet for worship at Faith CRC. Pastor Ryan Faber will be preaching. The offering will be for The Luke Society.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We wish a happy birthday to Martha Slings who will celebrate her 100th birthday on March 7, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Thank you Pella II family for the many cards, phone calls, and in-person wishes I received on my birthday. Above all, I thank God for giving me these 85 years. What a blessing!” – Lawrence Vander Molen

Lenora Pleima asks that you use her cell phone number — 641-660-0334 — when you call her as it is easier for her to answer.

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

Consistory will meet at 6:15 p.m.

Council will meet at 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: OTL will meet at 11:30 a.m. at KCWN. Lunch provided; watch our FB page for menu and your place to RSVP. We’ll discuss Lesson 4. Encourage your buddy this week. OTL will not meet during Spring Break. Any questions, text or call Bev, 641-780-3180.

WEDNESDAY: The Quilting Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Christian Fellowship will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Lesson 11. All ladies are welcome to join us!

Come join the Cadets and GEMS on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the PCGS gym for our annual Pinewood Derby races. Everyone is welcome to race in our open class; even with an old car. The only requirement is that the car weighs less than 5 ounces. Even if you don’t want to race, come join us for ice cream after the races!

SENIOR CITIZENS: The kids from our Youth Group will be playing games with our senior members in the West Social Room at Pella Manor this Wednesday, March 7, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. We’d love to have you join us if you live in the Manor or Fair Haven, and even if you don’t! All are welcome!

WEDNESDAY PM CHILD CARE: If you are willing to provide child care in the church nursery on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in March or April, please contact Glenda Van Woerkom, or 641-628-1979. THANK YOU!

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 Rhett Joseph, son of Levi and April Nieuwsma, born on February 10, and to welcome Addilyn Grace, daughter of Jacob and Regina Vaverka, born on February 20. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group


Kindergarten Parent Information Night for parents to learn more about our Christ-centered Kindergarten in both English and Spanish programs and curriculum will be held Tuesday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Pella Christian Grade School Music Room.

Parent Preview Night: Pella Christian High School invites all parents of 8th graders to the annual Parent Preview Night to be held Tuesday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Information about high school (academics, extra-curriculars, costs, financial aid, etc.) will be shared. Refreshments and a time of fellowship and tours of the building will follow the meeting. Anyone who knows of a family considering PCHS (for any HS-aged student) is encouraged to personally invite them to this meeting.

Peoria Christian School will hold Kindergarten Round-Up on March 7 from 8:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please contact Peoria Christian School’s office with the names of any child who is interested in attending. We would like to send them a personal invitation.


The P.E.T. Fundraising Supper and Auction will be held on Wednesday, 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. Mark the date on your calendar and plan to come for a fun evening.

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, with tickets going on sale March 5.

Cadet-O-Rama will be held on March 24 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Vermeer Pavilion. Treat your family to a great morning and support the Cadets of Hawkeye Council.

The Spring Salad Luncheon for the Bible League will be held on Monday, March 26, 12 noon, at Covenant Reformed Church located at 2805 Fifield Road. 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.

LAKE VIEW CAMP: Making plans for summer? Don’t forget about CAMP! Lake View Camp has camps for all ages – day camps, overnight camps, service camps, and grandparent/grandchild camps. Discover “The Missing Piece” this summer! Camps are filling up fast so check this out soon.   Registration and more information available at There are brochures with information and registrations on the table in the narthex and on the bulletin board downstairs.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL is accepting applications for a full-time resource room teaching position. Interested applicants should contact Dan Van Kooten, Principal, at or 641-628-4440.

PCHS AG EDUCATION/FFA PROGRAM: Pella Christian High is excited to announce the beginning of an Ag Education program beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Plans are being made to choose curriculum, find an instructor, and to raise initial funds for the program. We cover both your prayers and gifts as we begin this program.

DUTCH LETTERS: Peoria Christian School Circle is once again selling delicious homemade Dutch Letters. These are perfect for Easter, Tulip Time and Mother’s Day! Order forms are available at the school office or by contacting Michelle De Haan. The cost is $48 for a dozen (12), $25 for ½ dozen (6) and individual letters are $4.25. All orders are due by Monday, March 5. The Dutch Letters will be made on Saturday, March 17 (starting at 8) and all orders must be picked up that afternoon from either the school gym or Lisa Vermeer’s home in Pella. Please contact Michelle De Haan at 641- 660-7373 or if you have any questions or to place an order.

FROM HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: To let the light of Christ shine, Habitat for Humanity envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Inc. is pleased to announce, as of March 1, we are currently receiving applications for two homes; one in Knoxville and one in Pella. To be considered, an applicant must submit a completed application before 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2018. Applications can be picked up at the following locations: In Knoxville – Marion County Public Health Department, Knoxville Public Housing Agency, Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Inc. In Pella – Crossroads of Pella, The Well Resource Center. To inquire further, you are invited to call Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Inc. at (641)828-8844 or email You can also visit for more information.


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