March 8, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
March 8, 2020                                                                                                              9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………… Calvary’s Love……………………………………………………

It Is Well

(GEMS Activities Slideshow)

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements…………………………………………………………………………………….

Call to Worship …………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Opening Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………………… Glory Be to the Father……………………. Celebration #813

*Sing……………………………………… Glory to God Forever……………………………………………….

*Sing………………………………………… O Praise the Name…………………………………………………

Congregational Prayer, concluding with The Lord’s Prayer………………………………………….

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……………………………………………………………….. World Renew

Rise Up, O Church of God – Led by Jon Golliet

Children 3 years-PreK are dismissed to C4C (Children for Christ) following the offering.

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Tammy Bradford……………………………………………….. Ephesians 6:10-18
Pew Bibles – page 1824

Sermon………………………………………. “The Adversary”…………………………………………………..

“Rise Up, O Church of God!” Series – Part 1

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

*Sing………………………………….. Rise Up, O Church of God……………………………………………

*Blessing…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

*Sing……………………………. Rise Up, O Church of God (chorus)……………………………………..

*Postlude…………………………. The Battle Belongs to the Lord…………………………………………

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Worship Team

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for March 8, 2020

OFFERINGSMarch 15:  Creation Station Christian Preschool; March 22:  Ministry Shares; March 29:  Missions Fund

NURSERYToday: Lindsay Golliet, Lisa Vos, Carter Vos; March 15:  Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Crystal Schreur, Carson Tukker

C4C LEADERToday: Katie Magnussen

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; North Doors: Les and Carla Nieuwsma; Jon and Nicole Yoder; March 15: East Doors:  Jim and Barb Gosselink; North Doors: Matt Walker; South Doors: Wes and Arlys Veenstra

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

Today:  Tammy Bradford – C,S; Sarah Christensen – C; Carolyn Harthoorn – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; March 15:  Jeanetta Nieuwsma – C; Susan Pierson – C,J,S; Regina Vaverka – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Ken Van Woerkom; March 15:  Gary Vander Molen

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

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

Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to show the GEMS Activities Slideshow last Sunday, so please enjoy watching it during the prelude and/or postlude this morning.

C4C (Children for Christ) meets this morning on 3rd floor. Children 3 years old-PreKindergarten will be dismissed after the offering.  Visitors are also welcome!  Parents may pick up their child after the service. Today’s leader is Katie Magnussen.

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

Church School Classes will meet from 10:50-11:35.  Church School classes will not meet on March 15 or 22 for spring break.

At 6:00 p.m. we will meet at Calvary CRC for our combined worship service.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on the books of I & II Kings.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. our combined congregations will gather at Calvary CRC for the Gospel Singers Male Chorus concert.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Bill Schimmel (age 96) has been diagnosed with terminal cancer affecting major organs in his abdomen.  He has less than six months to live and is under Hospice care.  He’s currently not in pain, is living in his apartment at Fair Haven East, and is completely at peace with the Lord.  Please pray for continued peace and joy in the Lord in these final days.

“Thanks be to God for healing mercies after I fell.  Also, thanks to church members for prayers, visits, cards, well wishes and for many very tasty meals.  All of these expressions of love and concern were very much appreciated.” – Sid Klyn

MONDAY:  Perk-Up will meet at 9:00 a.m. at Happy Joe’s.  All ladies are welcome.

All-church prayer meeting at the parsonage from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  We invite all to join us to pray for the ministries and outreach of our congregation.

WEDNESDAY:  The Quilting Small Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the church basement. New members are welcome! Call Karen Spencer for more information.

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

GEMS will meet 7:00-8:30 for their year-end party.

Adult Choir will rehearse 7:00-8:30.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR will practice on Sunday, March 22 and 29, immediately after the worship service, to sing with the Adult Choir on Palm Sunday, April 5.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to “World Renew”.  Our offering March 15 will go to “Creation Station Christian Preschool”.  Loose change and undesignated checks go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by going to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

THE P.E.T. FUNDRAISING AUCTION will be held on Wednesday, March 25, at Pella Christian High School.   We will start with dinner (including cheesy potatoes!) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Immediately following dinner there will be an auction featuring delicious food items and fun events.  If you have any questions, please call Will Van Wyngarden at 641-780-7015.

     P.E.T. Auction items are needed.  There are sign-up sheets in the church basement for your Auction donations.  Please consider what food-related items or events you wish to donate, and sign up ASAP!  March 25 is right around the corner!

     P.E.T. Auction volunteers are also needed:  Please sign up in the church basement if you are able to help with food service and clean-up for the March 25 P.E.T. Auction.

TULIP TIME PARKING:  The Pella II Parking fundraiser is selling our church parking spots for Tulip Time (May 7-9).  The parking spots are $50 each for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  After April 15, these spots will be available for the community to purchase.  There is a sign-up sheet in the basement.  Please make checks payable to Pella II Youth Group and give them to Glenda Van Woerkom.  Proceeds this year will be used for future Serve projects and the Pella II GEMS and Cadet Clubs.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Cadet-O-Rama – Treat your family to a great morning and support the Cadets of Hawkeye Council by attending the annual Cadet-O-Rama March 28, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Vermeer Pavilion in Pella. View badge work and projects of Cadets, enjoy great food and test your skills at carnival events.  For the Pinewood Derby race schedule and more details of the day, see the poster on the bulletin board downstairs.

The Bible League Spring Salad Luncheon will be held Monday, March 23, 11:45 a.m. in the Trinity Reformed Church basement at 407 Franklin St.  Everyone, men and women alike, is invited.  A mini-concert by Molta Voce, and speaker Brian McLemore, who oversees the Easy-to-read Bibles for Bible League, are featured.  A freewill offering will be taken for Bible League.

Pella Christian High School concludes their theatre season on March 27-28 with one of Oscar Wilde’s popular comedies, The Importance of Being Earnest.  The Victorian farce is set in 1894 and deals with the adventures of two care-free gentlemen both posing as ‘Ernest’ to win the girl of their heart. Reserved tickets will be available for purchase on-line beginning March 9.

The 47-voice Rehoboth Christian High School Choir from northwest New Mexico invites you to a time of worship entitled “My Song Forever” at Calvary CRC on Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. Songs will range from lament to celebration which places confidence in a God of love. A free-will offering will be taken with proceeds going towards Rehoboth’s ambitious goal of replacing six school buses in the next school year.

PARENT PREVIEW NIGHT:  Pella Christian High School invites all parents of 8th graders to the annual Parent Preview Night this Tuesday, March 10, 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.

CREATION STATION:  Online Creation Station Christian Preschool Intention Forms for the 2020-2021 school year are available now on the school website pellachristian.net under the Preschool tab.  Preregistration for Creation Station Christian Preschool is highly recommended, as classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Creation Station will once again be offering Three School, Preschool, One-to-Grow-On and Spanish Immersion classes.  Check out Creation Station’s Facebook page for information and updates.

HOST HOUSES NEEDED:  Rehoboth Christian School’s High School Choir is coming to Pella on Saturday, March 28.  Approximately 25 host houses are needed.  If you can accommodate some of these students and their chaperones, please contact Candice Vos (515-321-7456 or clvos6@icloud.com).  The choir will be singing at Calvary CRC at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and will need to be picked up following the concert by their host family and returned to Faith CRC by 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

DUTCH LETTERS:  Peoria Christian School Dutch Letter orders can be placed through March 13 with any school family or call Michelle De Haan (641-660-7373).  Each Letter is $4.25 or 6 for $25 or 12 for $48.  They will be made Saturday, March 21, and need to be picked up that day at the school or at Chris and Lisa Ver Meer’s in Pella.

TEACHER NEEDED: SONshine Preschool, an interdenominational Christian Preschool, housed in Oskaloosa Christian School, is seeking applications for a teacher for the 2020/2021 school year.  Visit sonshinepreschool.org/employment opportunities for more information.  Contact Vickie at directorsonshineps@gmail.com with questions.

HOSPICE OF PELLA has scheduled a six-week volunteer training class for Thursday mornings, March 19-April 23 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. at the Comfort House meeting room.  To sign up, or for more information, call 641-620-5050.

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ITEMS:

Peoria Christian School Pre/K-Kindergarten Roundup is Wednesday, March 11.  If  you are interested, contact the school at office@peoriachr.org or 641-625-4131 by March 10.

A part-time Spanish Teacher and a part-time Resource Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year at Peoria Christian is needed. Contact Jeremy Copenhaver (principal@peoriachr.org) regarding this position.

IN YOUR MAILBOX: (Extra copies are on the table in the narthex.)

  • February Financial Report
  • Ryan and Jody Faber (new missionaries) information card

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  I Believe – What is a Creed?  Is the Apostles’ Creed biblical?  Join Groundwork as we begin a study of the Apostles’ Creed and the scriptures that inform it.  Dig into Romans 10:9 and Deuteronomy 6:1-9 to discover the function these summary statements have in the life of faith and the value they offer us yet today.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Seventh Commandment – Grandpa Anole uses the story of David and Bathsheba to teach his church school class about the seventh commandment and broken promises.  Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Lent 2020 devotionals to lead your family’s Bible study as you prepare for Easter, kidscorner.net/activities.

LENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Many Christians practice giving something up for Lent in order to make more space for God.  If you have kids in your household, think together about how you might make more space for God this week.  For example, you might take a technology break each day and spend the time reading about Jesus’ life and ministry in The Jesus Storybook Bible or Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible and talking about the stories together.