January 24, 2021

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 24, 2021                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Organ Prelude……………………………….. Seek Ye First……………… Andrea Van Waardhuizen

As the Deer

God of Grace

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements……………………………………………………. Pastor Paul Bradford

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………. God of Grace and God of Glory………. Celebration #435:1,4

led by Worship Team

*Sing…………………………… Holy Spirit (You Are Welcome Here)…………………………………….

*Sing……………………………………………. Forever Reign…………………………………………………….

Short Stories…………………… Trying to Make a Difference”…………………. Brent Pierson

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

Sing……………………………………….. Think on These Things…………. led by Georgia De Vries

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Bryan and Carolyn Harthoorn………………………….. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, Philippians 4:8-9, Proverbs 4:23

Pew Bibles – pages 1804; 1830; 990

Sermon………………………………………….. “Thoughts”………………………………………………………

Series:  Little things that make a BIG difference

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing……………………………………… Think on These Things………………………………………………

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

Offering, as you leave……………………………………………………………………….. Ministry Shares

*Postlude…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSJanuary 24:  Ministry Shares; January 31:  General Fund

TODAY:   Men’s Ensemble rehearsal immediately after worship until 11:30 a.m., to sing next Sunday, Jan. 31.  All men invited!

Church School meets from 10:45-11:05 today.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We extend our Christian sympathies to the family of Ron Kramer who passed away on January  14.  May God comfort his family with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

“Dear Pella II, It was good to hear from many of you through your annual Christmas cards.  Knowing others are praying for you is such a terrific encouragement.  We also want to thank you for your recent financial gift.  Your church has been such a blessing to our family and our Wycliffe ministry.  Last week we received Tia’s passport and have filed paperwork with our quarantine plan which is required for admission into Papua New Guinea.  Once we receive this permission, we can purchase tickets.  Please pray for all the permissions and flights to align so we can return to PNG during this continued time of Covid.  We pray that God will bless your congregation as you live for him during 2021.  In Christ, Doug, Benita, and Tia Le Mahieu”

“Please let the church know that I hope they are all doing well and I really miss attending there. I’m praying for the new church building and all your families as well!” Katie Escoto

MONDAY: The all-church prayer meeting will be held online from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom.  We invite all to join us to pray for the ministries and outreach of our congregation, and to pray for our community and nation.  To join the prayer meeting, go online to: bit.ly/CornerstonePrayer.  You can also join by phone.  Dial 312-626-6799 and then enter the Meeting ID: 837 4073 2269 and Passcode:  316.

WEDNESDAY:  Christian Fellowship Hour will meet at 1:30 p.m.

Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:45-6:50 p.m.

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

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

Adult Choir will meet from 7:15-8:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: Discover Life Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: there will be no church school on the 31st

PICTURES NEEDED: The Implementation Team is working on content for the new website and is asking for any pictures of church activities within the last two years that could potentially be used.  If you have any pictures to share, please send them to info@pella2crc.org TODAY.

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Ministry Shares”.  Our offering January 31 will go to “General QR CodeFund”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings 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 scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

Pinewood Derby Cars: The church’s annual pinewood derby car race will be on March 10th at the PC Grade School.  There will be 3 divisions; Cadets, GEMS, and Open (any age).  Cars will be judged on appearance and speed.  Please contact Jon Yoder if you would like a car kit to enter into the Open division.

Pella Faith CRC is offering a Sunday evening class  entitled;  “What happens after death?”  This six week  class will cover  topics such as a biblical view of the present heaven and the new heaven and new earth to come, hell, death and dying and the second coming of Jesus.   Led by Pastor Dale Slings,  it will be a teaching/discussion format beginning  Feb. 7th at  6:00 PM.  We will maintain safe church practices.   All are welcome.   Please register by email;   Pastor@faithcrcpella.org

Pella Food Shelf is looking for volunteers for (1) Walmart pick-up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Must be able to lift 50 lbs. or more.  Best to have a partner.  (2) help at the Shelf with clients sacking food, registration or some other tasks on Tuesday mornings 7:45-9:30.  Call them at 780-1779 if you are interested in helping with either of these.

 

ADVANCE NOTICES

Homecoming Week at PCHS is set for January 25-29. Each day that week the students will be wearing attire appropriate for that day’s theme. At 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, the afternoon activities begin with a chapel followed by competitions in the gymnasium that will conclude with the presentation of the homecoming court.  The boys and girls basketball teams will be hosting Grinnell  that evening.  The JV girls game will start at 4:45 p.m. followed by the varsity girls at 6:15 p.m. and the varsity boys game to follow at 7:45 p.m. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions and limited seating, we will not be allowing outside guests to attend the Friday afternoon events. All homecoming events will be Live Streamed on our PCHS Youtube Channel.

DESSERT DASH:  818 Forward With Faith would like to invite you to their annual Dessert Dash on February 12. This event will be held at Pella Christian High School with all proceeds for this year’s event going toward the construction of a women’s home at 306 Columbus. Doors will open at 6:00p.m. with punch and appetizers served. We are thrilled to share that Jennifer Diers will be the speaker for this event. Jen serves as an associate professor and chair of the Education Department at Central College. Following a trip to Sierra Leone, Africa, Doug and Jen began a journey in adoption, special needs, and saying YES to Christ. They have eight children, Kobe-21, Luke-19, Esther – 19 Faith- 18, Sarah – 16,  Emmanuel – 14, Lucy -13, and Grace – 11. Three of their girls have major medical needs.  Please RSVP to this event on our website at www.forwardwithfaith.org under “Upcoming Events” or email us at contact@forwardwithfaith.org with names and how many will attend. We look forward to seeing you there! Thanks for your support!

January 17, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 17, 2021                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………… Change My Heart, O God…………………………………………….

Grace Alone

Be Still and Know

In Times Like These

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

Anthem……………………….. The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power……………………………………

*Sing…………………………………….. Holy Spirit, Rain Down………………………………………………

*Sing…………………………………… This Is My Father’s World…………… Celebration #143:1,3

Congregational Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Sing……………………………………………….. Way Maker……………………………………………………….

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Dan Schreur……………………………………………………… 2 Corinthians 6:3-7

Pew Bibles – pages 1799-1800

Sermon……………………………………………. “Actions”……………………………………………………….

Series:  Little things that make a BIG difference

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing……………………………. Yet Not I, But Through Christ in Me…………………………………….

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

Offering, as you leave…………………………………………………………. New Life Prison Ministry

*Postlude…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Joyce Boender; Adult Choir, Debbie Nelson – Pianist, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director; Worship Team, Worship Leader – Jon Golliet

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSJanuary 24:  Ministry Shares; January 31:  General Fund

TODAY:   Church School meets from 10:45-11:05 today.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:

Welcome: The Council welcomes Bernard and Lois Beekhuizen with children Eric and Amy as members of our congregation.  Their transfers of membership from Faith CRC in Pella were received with thanksgiving.  We pray for God’s blessings upon their family.

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

MEN’S ENSEMBLE: All men interested in singing in the Men’s Ensemble on Sunday, Jan. 31, are welcome to practice with us today and next Sunday immediately after worship until no later than 11:30 a.m.  Questions?  See Barbara Boertje DeVries.

PICTURES NEEDED: The Implementation Team is working on content for the new website and is asking for any pictures of church activities within the last two years that could potentially be used.  If you have any pictures to share, please send them to info@pella2crc.org no later than January 24.

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “New Life Prison Ministry”.  Our offering January 24 will go to QR Code“Ministry Shares”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings 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 scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

Pella Faith CRC is offering a Sunday evening class  entitled;  “What happens after death?”  This six week  class will cover  topics such as a biblical view of the present heaven and the new heaven and new earth to come, hell, death and dying and the second coming of Jesus.   Led by Pastor Dale Slings,  it will be a teaching/discussion format beginning  Feb. 7th at  6:00 PM.  We will maintain safe church practices.  All are welcome.   Please register by email;   Pastor@faithcrcpella.org

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade invalidated 50 state laws and made abortion legal and available on demand throughout the U.S.  Since then, 61 million babies have been killed in this country.  Abortion was once again the number-one cause of death globally in 2020, with a record 42.7 million babies killed in the womb, according to data provided by Worldometer.  By comparison, worldwide deaths from the coronavirus in 2020 totaled 1.8 million, according to John Hopkins University.  Abortion is the “social justice cause of our time,” since the sheer magnitude completely overshadows other human rights issues.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: What makes worship a spiritual discipline? Study 1 Chronicles 15:16-22, Hebrews 10:19-25, Ephesians 5:15-20, and Isaiah 6:1-7 with Groundwork to learn why our pattern of worship matters and how habitually engaging in thoughtful, intentional, and Trinitarian worship is profoundly formative for our faith and life. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER:  In the Old Testament story, Joseph was thrown into a pit, accused of a crime, went to jail and then survived a famine. Yet he trusted God through all the ups and downs. Listen now at kidscorner.net.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Engaging Scripture: N.T. Wright wrote, “Reading and studying Scripture [is] central to how we grow in the love of God.” This coming week, start each day by reading 1 Corinthians 13 and praying that God’s love will flow through you to others.

January 10, 2021

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 10, 2021                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………… Trust and Obey……………. Phyllis De Vries, Organist

Where’er You Walk

The Lord’s My Shepherd

He Leadeth Me!

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements……………………………………………………. Pastor Paul Bradford

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

*Sing………………………………………………… Rescuer………………………………………………………….

Sing……………………………… Yet Not I, But through Christ in Me……………………………………..

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

Sing………………………………. I Belong to Jesus (Oh, Hallelujah)………………. Worship Team

GOD’S WORD

Scripture………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1 Timothy 4:7-8

Pew Bibles – page 1848

Sermon……………………………………………. “Habits”………………………………………………………..

Series:  Little things that make a BIG difference

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing……………………………. Yet Not I, But through Christ in Me……………………………………..

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

Offering, as you leave……………………………………………………………………….. Freedom House

*Postlude…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSJanuary 17:  New Life Prison Ministry; January 14:  Ministry Shares; January 31:  General Fund

TODAY:   Church School meets from 10:45-11:05 today.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We extend our Christian sympathies to Jerry Branderhorst  and Ron and Laura Branderhorst on the death of their wife and sister-in-law, Chris, on January 3.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

Ruth Van Hal is scheduled for knee replacement surgery on Tuesday.  Your prayers for a good outcome are appreciated.

We wish a happy birthday to Esther Van Gent who will celebrate her 89th birthday on January 14 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“We would like to thank the congregation for the prayers, cards, food and other expressions of sympathy after the passing of our dear wife and mother.  Also, ‘thank you’ to Pastor Paul for his prayers, and the comforting graveside message at a difficult time.  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15 – Sid Klyn and family

MONDAY: The all-church prayer meeting will be held online from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom.  We invite all to join us to pray for the ministries and outreach of our congregation, and to pray for our community and nation.  To join the prayer meeting, go online to: bit.ly/CornerstonePrayer.  You can also join by phone.  Dial 312-626-6799 and then enter the Meeting ID: 837 4073 2269 and Passcode:  316.

WEDNESDAY:  Christian Fellowship Hour will meet at 1:30 p.m.  We will have a potluck coffeetime (which was canceled in December).

Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:45-6:50 p.m.

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

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

Adult Choir will meet from 7:15-8:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: We’re beginning a “Discovery Life Group” for those considering membership at Cornerstone Church and for new members. The group is also open to other members who are interested in a deeper understanding of what it means to be a healthy member of Christ’s body in our local congregation. The initial meeting will be held via Zoom (due to COVID) this Thursday, January 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We’ll meet every other week. If interested please contact Pastor Paul via email (plbradford@me.com), phone or text (mobile: 248-824-3662).

FROM THE DEACONS: The deacons have completed 2020 giving statements.  They have been either mailed or emailed based on your delivery preference.  If you have questions, do not receive your statement, or wish to change your delivery preferences, please contact a deacon so that we can assist you.

OFFICE HOURS:  Regina plans to be in the church office on Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons while Ruth is out.  Other times, call before you come to check if she is at church, or you can leave a message on the church phone or email.

PICTURES NEEDED: The Implementation Team is working on content for the new website and is asking for any pictures of church activities within the last two years that could potentially be used.  If you have any pictures to share, please send them to info@pella2crc.org no later than January 24.

HYMN/SONG REQUESTS, ANYONE?  Even though “social distancing” has made it a challenge to stay connected, please be assured that you have not been forgotten!  Choir members and other musicians would be happy to serenade you with a hymn or song that’s meaningful to you, even if over the phone.  Contact Barbara Boertje DeVries with ideas, requests, and/or for encouragement!

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Freedom House”.  Our offering January 17 will go to the “New Life Prison Ministry”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of the QR Codeweek.  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 scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

FALL DRIVE THANK YOU:  The Pella Christian High School board is grateful for the donations received for the annual fall drive and thank all who supported this fundraising effort.  Our goal was met due to God’s faithful provision and the gracious giving of our constituency!  This drive is instrumental in providing financial assistance to families so all parents who desire Christian education for their children can afford to do so.

THANK YOU:  Dear Congregation of Second CRC, Thank you so much for your generous Thanksgiving offering to New Life Prison Church!  You are a blessing to us and we appreciate your prayers and support.  Blessings to each of you in 2021! – Pastor Rick and Rose

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: SABBATH REST – Does Sabbath rest just mean taking a day off?  Or is it more than that?  Join Groundwork as we study Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11, Deuteronomy 5:12-15, and Hebrews 4:6-11 to better understand what God designed and intended the Sabbath for and how this spiritual discipline can draw us closer to God.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER:  Esther went through some very scary times but still trusted God’s plan.  Maybe during the pandemic, you’ve been scared too.  Listen now at kidscorner.net.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Engaging Scripture: “Visio divina”  is the practice of meditating on Scripture using art or other images.  Try it by reading the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 and then meditating on the art in Calvin University’s collection based on this story (tinyurl.com/ProdigalArt).

January 3, 2021

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 3, 2021                                                                                                            9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………….. Prelude in C.. Andrea Van Waardhuizen, Organist

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Lead On, O King Eternal with The Lord Is My Light

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements……………………………………………………. Pastor Paul Bradford

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………….. O God, Our Help in Ages Past… Celebration #686:1, 2, 3, 6

*Sing…………………………………………… 10,000 Reasons………………….. led by Worship Team

Installation of Elders and Deacons………………………………………………………………………………

Congregational Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………..

GOD’S WORD

Sing………………….. O Be Careful, Little Mouths, What You Say. led by Jon Golliet Family

O be careful little mouths what you say,

O be careful little mouths what you say,

There’s a Father up above and He’s looking down in love,

So be careful little mouths what you say.

From “Be Careful, Little Eyes” by Colin Buchanan / ©1998  Wanaaring Road Music

CCLI #618659

Scripture, read by Joyce Vander Molen…………….. Matthew 12:34-36; Ephesians 4:29-30; Proverbs 12:18

Pew Bibles – pages 1515; 1822; 1001

Sermon……………………………………………. “Words”………………………………………………………..

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing…………………………………………………. Words…………………………………………………………..

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

Offering, as you leave…………………………………………………………………………. Missions Fund

*Postlude…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSJanuary 10:  Freedom House

TODAY:   Installation of Elders and Deacons will take place this morning. New Governing Board Elder is Brian Van Kooten; new Shepherding Elders are Jon Van Woerkom and Matt Vos; new Deacons are Shane Tukker and Will Vande Voort. Let us be faithful in our prayers for them as they take up their service in the new year.

There will be no Church School today.  Classes will resume on January 10.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  “Thank you to my church family for the many Christmas cards I received. They were appreciated very much.” – Sylvia Langstraat

“Thank you for prayers, cards and expressions of sympathy in the death of our dear sister-in-law, Mary Klyn.  God’s mercies are always near.” – Sylvia Langstraat, Marion and Glenda Klyn, Les and Linda Klyn

“Thanks, Pella II, for being the hands and feet of Jesus these last several months.  For all the ways you have remembered us during our isolation we say ‘Thank You.’  We’ve not missed anything going on at church thanks to all the livestreaming you’ve done.  Now during the Christmas season, for the packages and cards dropped off by several of you, for the ‘phone caroling’ done by the choir, for the notes, pictures and little gifts sent over from the GEMS, Cadets and Sunday School kids – and – we can’t forget the ‘wave’ and Christmas greeting from all of you on Christmas morning.  The list goes on and on.  Isolation is not something we’d like to do again but your thoughtfulness has helped probably more than you realize and we were blessed by it all.  So, thank you once again, hopefully it won’t be too much longer and we’ll be able to meet with you in person.  Blessings and Happy New Year!”   Anne & Dena Bokhoven and Mae Vander Wiel.

WEDNESDAY:  Cadets bowling from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at The Dutch 200 Bowl & Grill.  Dinner will be provided.

ADVANCE NOTICE:

We’re beginning a “Discovery Life Group” for those interested in membership at Cornerstone Church, or desiring to know more about our congregation to decide if they’d like to join.  The initial meetings will be held via Zoom (due to COVID) and will begin on Thursday, January 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  We’ll meet every other week.  If interested, or for more info, please contact Pastor Paul via email (plbradford@me.com), phone or text (mobile: 248-824-3662).  We currently have 8 people attending (including Pastor Paul and Tammy) and could take 4-6 more.

THANKS to our friends at Second CRC for the wonderful packet of Christmas cards.  We love you all and are so appreciative for your faithful and long-term partnership in the Gospel! – Joel and Jeannie Huyser

HYMN/SONG REQUESTS, ANYONE?  Even though “social distancing” has made it a challenge to stay connected, please be assured that you have not been forgotten!  Choir members and other musicians would be happy to serenade you with a hymn or song that’s meaningful to you, even if over the phone.  Contact Barbara Boertje DeVries with ideas, requests, and/or for encouragement!

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Missions Fund”.  Our offering January 10 will go to the “Freedom House”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of the QR Codeweek.  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 scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

SPECIFIC FACILITATOR REQUEST:  Peoria Christian School is looking for facilitators to serve in our 5th and 6th grade classroom.  This would be Monday-Friday, specifically from 10:45 until noon.  We are looking for individuals who can commit to a regular schedule for any one of those days.  If interested, please contact Jeremy Copenhaver at principal@peoriachr.org or 641-625-4131.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Commitment and Discipleship – Following Jesus is not always easy.  Join Groundwork as we study Matthew 13:3-23, Luke 14:25-33, and Hebrews 12:1-3 to better understand the spiritual discipline of commitment and learn how we can cultivate the lifelong discipline of following Jesus Christ.  Listen at GroundworkOnline. com

KIDS CORNER:  Being God’s Copycat – In Colossians 3:12, God shows us how we can do what He does by acting with “compassions, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”. Listen now at kidscorner.net.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Engaging Scripture:  Eugene Peterson says of Scripture engagement, “Reading is an immense gift, but only if the words are assimilated, taken into the soul — eaten, chewed, gnawed, received in unhurried delight.”  Read your favorite passage that way today.  Take time to savor and “gnaw” on it, noticing any new insights that come to mind.

CALVIN UNIVERSITY JANUARY SERIES – Each year Calvin University provides a publicly accessible series of speakers on various topics related to the Christian life and worldview.  This year the January Series runs from January 6 through 26, and because of COVID-19 is offered to us in the safety and comfort of our homes.  They are offering an impressive lineup of speakers and topics.  The series is free of charge, but you need to register to watch it.  More information on the content, speakers list, and Registration details can be found at www.calvin.edu/january.

December 27, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 27, 2020                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………………… Jesu – Noel……………… Phyllis De Vries, Organist;

 I Wonder as I Wander                Debbie Nelson, Pianist

The Hallelujah Chorus

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements……………………………………………………. Pastor Paul Bradford

*Call to Worship…………………… O  Come, All Ye Faithful……………………………………………..

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………….. Angels from the Realms of Glory / Emmanuel……………………………..

*Sing………………………………. Angels We Have Heard on High……………………………………….

Congregational Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Duet……………………………………………. Manger Throne…………………. Jon & Lindsay Golliet

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Lisa & Alexis Vos………………………………………….. Deuteronomy 31:23;

Mark 11:22-24; Ephesians 6:16

Pew Bibles – pages 322, 1615, 1824

Sermon……………………………………. “Forward in Faith”………………………………………………..

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing………………………………………………… By Faith…………………………………………………………

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

Offering, as you leave……………………………………………………………………….. Hope Ministries

*Postlude……………………………. Ere zij God (Glory to God)……………………………………………

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSJanuary 3:  Missions Fund

TODAY:   There will be no Church School today.  Classes will resume on January 10.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Installation of Elders and Deacons will take place next Sunday morning.  Let us be faithful in our prayers for them as they take up their service in the new year.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Ray Veenstra who will celebrate his 86th birthday on December 29, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Thank you for remembering me with cards and calls during the death of my brother-in-law and my brother Ray.  They are now absent from us and we will miss them, but we rejoice that they are now in heaven.  To God be the glory.” – Mae Van Der Wiel

“The Kloosterman family thanks you for your expressions of sympathy with cards, phone calls, e-mails, and prayers during the loss of Elmer’s two sisters.  This is very much appreciated.”

PRAYER MEETING:  We will not have an all-church prayer meeting this week. Our next prayer meeting will be on January 11.

EARLY BULLETIN DEADLINE:  Due to New Year’s Day being on Friday, please have your January 3 bulletin announcements in no later than 9:00 a.m. on Thursday.  Thank you!

GREETINGS:  “Merry Christmas and Blessings for the New Year, 2021, to all our dear friends at Pella II.  I’m doing fine, as is Tim, and praying the same for all of you.  Excited for your plans for the new church building.  God Bless!” – Gerry Mouw

HYMN/SONG REQUESTS, ANYONE?  Even though “social distancing” has made it a challenge to stay connected, please be assured that you have not been forgotten!  Choir members and other musicians would be happy to serenade you with a hymn or song that’s meaningful to you, even if over the phone.  Contact Barbara Boertje DeVries with ideas, requests, and/or for encouragement!

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to “Hope Ministries”.  Our offering January 3 will go to the “Missions Fund”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you QR Codedesire 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 scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

TOY MINISTRY UPDATE:  We are pleased to have new leadership working to keep the Toy Ministry going.  Thank you for your past support. – For the Current Board, Gerry Harms, Treasurer

SPECIFIC FACILITATOR REQUEST:  Peoria Christian School is looking for facilitators to serve in our 5th and 6th grade classroom.  This would be Monday-Friday, specifically from 10:45 until noon.  We are looking for individuals who can commit to a regular schedule for any one of those days.  If interested, please contact Jeremy Copenhaver at principal@peoriachr.org or 641-625-4131.

PELLA PRO-LIFE COOKIE SALE:  Thank You to all who have supported this cause in the past by baking, volunteering, or purchasing cookies.  Due to the unusual circumstances of this year, we have postponed the cookie sale, but we really appreciate your continuous support for LIFE.

TODAY DEVOTIONALS AVAILABLE:  The January/February Today Devotionals are available in the narthex and also in the enclosure of the elevator entrance.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Faith Questions We All Ask – “Do we still need the Old Testament?”  “Does God really love me?  If He does, why is my life falling apart?”  and “Will we make it through the pandemic?”  Study Matthew 4:1-11, Psalm 13, Romans 5:8 and Matthew 25:31-46 with Groundwork as we seek answers to questions faithful believers have sent us this year, and grow stronger in faith together.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: Loving My Enemy – Check out this week’s new kid’s devotional about loving our enemies.  As you listen, remember that what bullies say about you doesn’t define you.  God has already said who you are. Listen now at kidscorner.net.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Hospitality:  Kathleen Norris wrote, “True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person.”  As you go through your week, focus on approaching every person you meet with this kind of open response.  At the end of the week, look back at how this approach changed your attitudes and actions.

December 20, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 20, 2020                          Fourth Week of Advent                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………….. Christmas Peace…………….. Joyce Boender, Organist

Angels We Have Heard on High ……………… Brass Ensemble

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements……………………………………………………. Pastor Paul Bradford

Call to Worship………………… God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen…………………. Men’s Quartet

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

PRAISE TO GOD

Lighting of Advent Candle – PEACE…………………….. Luke & Jeanetta Nieuwsma Family

Sing……………………………….. It Came upon the Midnight Clear……. Celebration #251: 1, 4

*Sing………………………………… Hark! the Herald Angels Sing………. Celebration #277: 1, 3

*Sing……………………………………………. The First Noel………………….. Celebration #265: 1, 6

Congregational Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Response, singing…. We’ll give Him all the glory…Christ the Lord……………………………..

For He alone is worthy…Christ the Lord.

GOD’S WORD

Scripture………………………………………………………………….. Isaiah 7:14;  53:2-5;  Micah 5:2; Hosea 11:1;  Jeremiah 31:31, 33

Sermon……………………………… “Dreams That Bring Hope”………………………………………….

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing………………………………… Good Christian Men, Rejoice……….. Celebration #273: 1-3

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

Offering, as you leave…………………………………………………………………………… General Fund

*Postlude… Sing We Now of Christmas / He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child……………….

Brass Ensemble: Robert Rus, Will Vande Voort – Trumpet; Lexie Matherly, Jon Yoder – Tuba
Jon Golliet, Kaden Van Wyngarden, Carson Tukker – Trombone
Men’s Quartet: Jon Golliet, Levi Nieuwsma, Joe Van Haaften, Will Van Wyngarden
Barbara Boertje DeVries – Saxophone; Debbie Nelson – Piano

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSChristmas Day:  Bethany Christian Services; December 27:  Hope Ministries

TODAY:   There will be no Church School today.  Classes will resume on January 10.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  “After our mother’s passing on November 21 we were blessed by your prayers, cards, a meal or two, and personal words of comfort.  A couple of quotes from Tillie – ‘This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it’ and ‘Take one day at a time’ among others repeated many times.” – Wes and Arlys Veenstra

“Pella II Family: Thank you for the gift from the Thanksgiving offering. I have not physically been able to join the Pella II congregation since March and miss seeing everyone. However, I am thankful for the livestream and the ability to worship with you in spirit. We all look forward to a time of being together again, but thank you for remembering me while we are apart.” – Joel Vander Molen

Address:  Leona Nunnikhoven’s address at the Cottages is Groningen, Apt. #9, 1756 Main Street, Pella, IA  50219; Phone – 641-780-8845

WEDNESDAY: Adult Choir “caroling” – 6:45-7:15 p.m.

Choir rehearsal for Christmas Day worship service – 7:15 p.m.

CHRISTMAS DAY:  We will meet for Christmas worship on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate our Savior’s birth.

PELLA CORPORATION EMPLOYEES & RETIREES:  To use 2020 matching funds for the new building project, a request must be submitted by 12/31/2020.  To facilitate this, please have all gifts in by Sunday, December 13.  Please also contact Corey Magnussen to request a special giving receipt, and for any help needed submitting the matching funds request.

EARLY BULLETIN DEADLINE:  Due to Christmas being on Friday, please have your December 27 bulletin announcements in no later than 8:00 a.m. on Thursday.  Thank you!

HYMN/SONG REQUESTS, ANYONE?  Even though “social distancing” has made it a challenge to stay connected, please be assured that you have not been forgotten!  Choir members and other musicians would be happy to serenade you with a hymn or song that’s meaningful to you, even if over the phone.  Contact Barbara Boertje DeVries with ideas, requests, and/or for encouragement!

TOY MINISTRY UPDATE:  We are pleased to have new leadership working to keep the Toy Ministry going.  Thank you for your past support. – For the Current Board, Gerry Harms, Treasurer

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS:  Pella Christian Schools invite you to enjoy the sounds of the Christmas season with their virtual Christmas programs.  As we celebrate the birth of a Savior, may we also live in anticipation of His second advent.  These programs can be watched at any time.

PCHS Christmas Concert:  https://youtu.be/w2b-G9HNySY  – (Premiered Dec. 15)

PCGS Spanish Immersion Christmas Program: https://youtu.be/pjz60-WOU9U – (Premiered Dec. 17)

Creation Station Preschool Christmas Program: https://youtu.be/WlaLNQ15cRM – (Premiered Dec. 18)

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “General Fund”. Our Christmas Day offering will go to Bethany Christian Services.  Our offering December 27 will go to “Hope Ministries”.   Undesignated cash or check QR Codeofferings 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 scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

FINAL FALL DRIVE REMINDER:  If you have not yet responded to the PCHS Annual Financial Drive please prayerfully consider giving a gift by December 31 and help to provide Christ-centered learning for our covenant young people.  Donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off or mailed to 300 Eagle Lane, Pella.

TODAY DEVOTIONALS AVAILABLE:  The January/February Today Devotionals are available in the narthex and also in the enclosure of the elevator entrance.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Focus on Jesus – There’s no doubt Christmas comes with mixed feelings this year, but no matter what might be missing or different, focus on Jesus.    Study Colossians 1:3-23 with Groundwork and listen as the Apostle Paul reminds us why our hope is strongest when we fix our gaze on Christ and the promises of reconciliation His birth brings. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: Mary’s Miracle – Have you ever wondered what Mary thought about the very first Christmas?  Was she scared, excited, or happy?  Listen to Mary’s Miracle, the story imagined  through the eyes of Mary. Listen now at kidscorner.net and check out our new kids’ devotional.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Hospitality:  “…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no guest room available for them.”  In what ways might you  make more space for Jesus in your everyday life?

FROM CALVIN UNIVERSITY – Online Worship Learning – You are warmly invited to register for a free online learning experience held January 6-26, 2021, on key themes in worship and the Christian life.  Register for free at worship.calvin.edu/symposium/.  This experience is designed for all kinds of learners:  students, artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, teachers, worship leaders and planners, and all worshipers around the globe.  Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching.

January Series – Calvin University presents the 2021 January Series in 15 weekly, lunchtime lectures beginning on January 6 and continuing weekdays through January 26 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST.  This year it will be completely virtual and you will be able to watch on your personal devices.  For more information about the speakers, topics, remote sites and to register for personal viewing, visit www.calvin.edu/January.

December 13, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 13, 2020                           Third Week of Advent                                         9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………….. Lo, How a Rose………………. Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

Love Came Down at Christmas

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………………………………. Joy to the World!……………… Celebration #270:1, 2, 4

Lighting of Advent Candle – JOY…………………………………………… Zach & Stacia Veenstra

*Sing……………………………………… What a Glorious Night………………………………………………

*Sing………………………………… Glory (Let There Be Peace)”………………………………………….

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Wes Veenstra………………………………………………………. Matthew 2:13-23

Pew Bibles – page 1498

Sermon……………………………….. “Dreams That Guide Us”……………………………………………

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing………………………………………… Light of the Stable………………………………………………….

*Blessing & Exit Instructions……………………………………………………………………………………..

Offering, as you leave………………………………………………………………. Cary Christian Center

*Postlude…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Pastor:  Paul Bradford;  Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen

Worship Team

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSDecember 20:  General Fund; Christmas Day:  Bethany Christian Services; December 27:  Hope Ministries

TODAY:   Church School will meet from 10:45-11:05 a.m.  There will be no Church School the next three Sundays.  Classes will resume on January 10.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Mae Vander Wiel on the death of her brother Ray Vander Wiel on December 4, and to Sid Klyn, Sylvia Langstraat, Marion and Glenda Klyn and Les and Linda Klyn on the death of their wife and sister-in-law, Mary, on December 5.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

“Thank you, dear friends, for your cards, phone calls and well wishes for my birthday.  Also, I want to thank you for your prayers and concern while I was sick.  It is great to be a part of the family of God.” – Kathleen De Haan

MONDAY:  The all-church prayer meeting will be held online from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom.  We invite all to join us to pray for the ministries and outreach of our congregation, and to pray for our community and nation.  To join the prayer meeting, go online to: bit.ly/37Vo5Rx.  You can also join by phone.  Dial 312-626-6799 and then enter the Meeting ID: 781 4177 8542 and Passcode: 570820.

WEDNESDAY:  Christian Fellowship Hour will meet at 1:30 p.m.  We will have a Christmas potluck coffeetime.  All ladies are welcome to join us!

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

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

Adult Choir rehearsal 6:45-8:15 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Collection boxes are available at the foot of the east steps through today, December 13, for Joel & Jeannie Huyser, Doug & Benita Le Mahieu, Lloyd & Nancy Peckham and Justin Van Zee. No postage or envelopes are needed. Mission Outreach will handle the mailing.  Missionaries often tell us that they enjoy getting cards from Pella II.  Please show them your support with a card.

PELLA CORPORATION EMPLOYEES & RETIREES:  To use 2020 matching funds for the new building project, a request must be submitted by 12/31/2020.  To facilitate this, please have all gifts in by Sunday, December 13.  Please also contact Corey Magnussen to request a special giving receipt, and for any help needed submitting the matching funds request.

ADVANCE NOTICE:

We will meet on Christmas Day at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate our Savior’s birth.

HYMN/SONG REQUESTS, ANYONE?  Even though “social distancing” has made it a challenge to stay connected, please be assured that you have not been forgotten!  Choir members and other musicians would be happy to serenade you with a hymn or song that’s meaningful to you, even if over the phone.  Contact Barbara Boertje DeVries with ideas, requests, and/or for encouragement!

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Cary Christian Center in Cary, Mississippi”.  Our offering December 20 will go to the “General Fund”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or QR Codeorganization 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 scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

 

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENT:

Peoria Christian School thanks everyone for your continued support through this past year.  Your words of encouragement, prayers and financial gifts were greatly appreciated.  We are excited to see what God has in store for us in this coming year!

Just off the press:  To Be Reborn: The Nehemiah Center’s Second Decade Transforming Lives by Carol Van Klompenburg.  A sequel to On Mended Wings.  Available at The Sanctuary Christian bookstore and Pella Books in Pella, The Book Vault in Oskaloosa and online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Royalties for all book purchases support the ongoing work of The Nehemiah Center.

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Jesus Christ Came with a Purpose – In the season of Advent, we celebrate the fact that Jesus came into the world.  Join Groundwork as we study 1 Timothy 1:12-17 to also remember the important reason why Jesus came into the world. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: How Much God Loves You – Check out our new kids’ devotion  at www.kidscorner.net

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Hospitality:  Ponder this quote from Mother Teresa: “This Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart?  Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God’s own concern.”  How might you and your family love and serve others during  this season?

FROM CALVIN UNIVERSITY – Online Worship Learning – You are warmly invited to register for a free online learning experience held January 6-26, 2021, on key themes in worship and the Christian life.  Register for free at worship.calvin.edu/symposium/.  This experience is designed for all kinds of learners:  students, artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, teachers, worship leaders and planners, and all worshipers around the glove.  Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching

December 6, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 6, 2020                            Second Week of Advent                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………… Christmas Carols Medley………………………………………………..

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

Lighting of Advent Candle – LOVE…………………………………… Jerry & Martha Uitermarkt

*Sing…………………………….. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus…….. Celebration #244:1-2

*Sing………………………………………………. Emmanuel…………………………….. Celebration #243

Congregational Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Sing………………………………………….. Christmas Offering…………………………………………………

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading……………………………………………………………………………… Matthew 2:1-12

Pew Bibles – page 1497

Sermon……………………………… “Dreams That Redirect Us”…………………………………………

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

*Sing………………………………… As with Gladness Men of Old………… Celebration #290:1-3

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

Communion……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

*Sing…………………………….. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence………………………………………

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

Offering, as you leave…………………………………………………….. Crossroads Prison Ministries

Pastor:  Paul Bradford;  Organist: Phyllis De Vries

Worship Team
Saxophonist: Barbara Boertje De Vries; Pianist: Debbie Nelson

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSDecember 13:  Cary Christian Center;  December 20:  General Fund; Christmas Day:  Bethany Christian Services; December 27:  Hope Ministries

TODAY:   This morning we look forward to partaking of the Lord’s Supper.  We joyfully anticipate receiving the benefits of Christ’s salvation as we receive the bread and cup in faith.  If you have put your faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and are seeking to faithfully follow him, you are welcome to join us at the table.

Church School will meet from 10:45-11:05 a.m.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Jerry & Chris Branderhorst and to Ron and Laura Branderhorst on the death of their mother, Pauline Branderhorst on December 1, and to Mae Vander Wiel and Mary and Dan Brouwer on the death of Charles Keur, Mae’s brother-in-law and Mary’s father, on November 28  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

“The family of Virginia Van Kooten would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and cards to our family after the passing of our mother Virginia Van Kooten.  We know she is in heaven singing praises to Jesus.”

Cathryn Van Ee has moved to The Cottages.  Her address is:  1730 Main Street, Apt. 16; Phone number: 620-4236

MONDAY:  Council will meet at 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY:  Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:454-6:50 p.m.

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

Adult Choir rehearsal 6:45-8:15 p.m.

CANDLELIGHT SERVICES CHANGE:  Two (instead of three) identical candlelight services are being arranged in order to accommodate more attendees while maintaining social distancing guidelines.  The adjusted times are: Saturday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m.  Please contact Regina at 785-545-6226 or info@pella2crc.org. for reservations as soon as possible to best meet your preference of the day you wish to attend.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Collection boxes are available at the foot of the east steps through December 13 for Joel & Jeannie Huyser, Doug & Benita Le Mahieu, Lloyd & Nancy Peckham and Justin Van Zee. No postage or envelopes are needed. Mission Outreach will handle the mailing.  Missionaries often tell us that they enjoy getting cards from Pella II.  Please show them your support with a card.

PELLA CORPORATION EMPLOYEES & RETIREES:  To use 2020 matching funds for the new building project, a request must be submitted by 12/31/2020.  To facilitate this, please have all gifts in by Sunday, December 13.  Please also contact Corey Magnussen to request a special giving receipt, and for any help needed submitting the matching funds request.

HYMN/SONG REQUESTS, ANYONE?  Even though “social distancing” has made it a challenge to stay connected, please be assured that you have not been forgotten!  Choir members and other musicians would be happy to serenade you with a hymn or song that’s meaningful to you, even if over the phone.  Contact Barbara Boertje DeVries with ideas, requests, and/or for encouragement!

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Crossroads Prison Ministries”.  Our offering December 13 will go to  “Cary Christian Center”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization QR Codeof 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 scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

THE PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH FINANCIAL DRIVE is currently underway. If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider including PCHS in your year-end giving to help provide Christ-centered learning for our covenant young people.

FROM THE LE MAHIEU’s:  Dear friends at Second CRC, As 2020 comes to a close, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your interest, involvement and partnership with our ministry in Papua New Guinea and the work of Bible translation.  Thank you for your prayers, letters, emails, encouragement and financial support you gave to us this past year.  We so appreciated the time we were able to worship with you and are thankful for your commitment to sharing God’s Word both locally and around the world.  Love and blessings, Doug and Benita Le Mahieu”

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Jesus Willingly Humbled Himself – Would you like to see the “Christmas spirit” last all year long?  Join Groundwork as we study Philippians 2:1-11 to study why the Apostle Paul challenges us to examine the incarnation and to understand how the humility Christ demonstrates is the secret.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: Salvation is a Christmas Gift – This week’s devotion talks about how God’s salvation is a free gift.   Listen at kidscorner.net

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Hospitality:  In the Bible, the Greek term that is usually translated as “hospitality” means “love of strangers”.  How might your home (whether it’s a house, an apartment, a dorm room or another place) become a space to practice the love of strangers?

FROM CALVIN UNIVERSITY – Healer of Our Every IllThe Campus Choir, Women’s Chorale and Capella have professionally recorded five sessions, which will debut on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship’s YouTube channel at 7:00 p.m. EST each Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve.  Each service is 30-40 minutes long and contains songs, Scripture, and prayer.  (worship.calvin.edu/news-events/events/)

November 29, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 29, 2020                            First Week of Advent                                         9:30 A.M.

Prelude… Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus with He Shall Feed His Flock…………………..

Once in Royal David’s City;  Star of the East

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………….. Wonderful, Merciful Savior…………………………………………..

Lighting of Advent Candle – HOPE…………………………… Ryan, Kim, Nia, Ryley Hoekstra

Sing………………………………….. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel………………. Celebration #245

1 – Solo;  *2-4 All

Anthem………………………………………… He Will Come!…………………………………………………….

Congregational Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Sing……………………………………………… Speak, O Lord…………………………………………………….

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Ruth Stevenson……………………………………………………. Matthew 1:18-25

Pew Bibles – page 1497

Sermon……………………………. “Dreams That Challenge Us”………………………………………..

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing……………………………………………. Speak, O Lord…………………………………………………….

*Blessing and Exit Instructions……………………………………………………………………………………

Offering, as you leave…………………………………………. Creation Station Christian Preschool

Postlude…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Pastor:  Paul Bradford;  Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Adult Choir, Debbie Nelson – Pianist, Bells – Kirby Van Wyngarden,
Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director;  Worship Team

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSDecember 6:  Crossroads Prison Ministries; December 13:  Cary Christian Center;  December 20:  General Fund;  December 27:  Hope Ministries

TODAY:   Church School will not meet today.

NEXT SUNDAY:  We look forward to celebrating the Lord’s Supper next Sunday morning.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Wes and Arlys Veenstra on the death of Wes’ mother, Tillie Veenstra, on November 21.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

“Thank you for the cards and phone calls I received for my birthday.  I enjoyed each one.  God has blessed us.” – Viola De Vries

“Thank you for all your prayers, phone calls, cards and visits to our mother over the years.  She deeply appreciated her church family.  Words cannot express how much our family relished the meal prepared by the Meal Ministry.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

“To the Van drivers:  Our mother looked forward to being able to ride to church in the van.  She not only valued the service but treasured her talks with the drivers; she so enjoyed hearing about what they and their families were doing.” – The family of Gertrude Wassink

WEDNESDAY:  Christian Fellowship Hour will meet at 1:30 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 7:15-8:15 p.m.

CANDLELIGHT SERVICES:  Three identical candlelight services are being arranged in order to accommodate more attendees while maintaining social distancing guidelines.  The times are: Saturday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  A ticketing process will help guarantee seating.

A survey form has been sent out by email to reserve tickets.  If anyone did not receive a survey please contact Regina at 785-545-6226 or info@pella2crc.org.  For those without internet, a paper survey form has been sent to you.  Tickets for each service will be issued and given to attendees, taking into consideration responses to the survey.  A response to the survey is required in order to receive a ticket.  Tickets, which are free, will be required in order to be admitted to a candlelight service.  Thank you in advance for your flexibility as we work to accommodate as many attendees as feasible. – Governing Board

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Collection boxes are available at the foot of the east steps today through December 13 for Joel & Jeannie Huyser, Doug & Benita Le Mahieu, Lloyd & Nancy Peckham and Justin Van Zee. No postage or envelopes are needed. Mission Outreach will handle the mailing.  Missionaries often tell us that they enjoy getting cards from Pella II.  Please show them your support with a card.

PELLA CORPORATION EMPLOYEES & RETIREES:  To use 2020 matching funds for the new building project, a request must be submitted by 12/31/2020.  To facilitate this, please have all gifts in by Sunday, December 13.  Please also contact Corey Magnussen to request a special giving receipt, and for any help needed submitting the matching funds request.

HYMN/SONG REQUESTS, ANYONE?  Even though “social distancing” has made it a challenge to stay connected, please be assured that you have not been forgotten!  Choir members and other musicians would be happy to serenade you with a hymn or song that’s meaningful to you, even if over the phone.  Contact Barbara Boertje DeVries with ideas, requests, and/or for encouragement!

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Creation Station Christian Preschool”.  Our offering December 6 will go to  “Crossroads Prison Ministries”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the QR Codemission 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 scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  The Son of God Became Like Us – In Advent, we eagerly begin singing about the baby Jesus.  Who is baby Jesus?  The Son of God incarnate.  Study Galatians 4:4-7 with Groundwork to discover why it was necessary for Jesus to be human and remember the reason God now considers us his beloved children. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: Kids Showing Gratitude – When is the last time you told a check-out clerk,
“Thank you for all you do,” or you told your restaurant server, “Thank you very much,” or the last time that you thanked your parents?   Listen at kidscorner.net

KIDS CORNER NEW WEBSITE has loads of new faith-building resources to help your child discover their part in God’s big story.  Begin each week with a KC devotion for kids, with Bible readings, reflections and prayer.  You’ll meet fun new characters in the Casey’s Day comic strip.  You’ll also receive a weekly encouragement just for parents.  Be sure to watch the encouraging Kids in Action videos. Subscribe to Kids Corner at kidscorner.net.

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL SERIES FROM “TODAY”:  It’s been a rough year.  Let Advent help you see God’s story in Christmas.  This special devotional series takes you deeper into the true meaning of Christmas, the coming Savior.  Subscribe at todaydevotional.com/advent.  It’s free!

FROM CALVIN UNIVERSITY – Handel’s Messiah is a 101-year tradition at Calvin University. This year, a true “pick-up chorus” of Calvin students, faculty, and staff joined the Calvin Orchestra to keep the tradition alive!  Join us for the Messiah Sing-Along Premiere on the Calvin University YouTube Channel on Friday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m.

     Healer of Our Every IllThe Campus Choir, Women’s Chorale and Capella have professionally recorded five sessions, which will debut on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship’s YouTube channel at 7:00 p.m. EST each Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve.  Each service is 30-40 minutes long and contains songs, Scripture, and prayer.  (worship.calvin.edu/news-events/events/)

November 22, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 22, 2020                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………….. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.. Phyllis De Vries, Organist

Count Your Many Blessings

For the Beauty of the Earth; The Lord’s Prayer

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements……………………………………………………. Pastor Paul Bradford

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………. In Thanksgiving, Let Us Praise Him…… Celebration #796:1-3

*Sing………………………………… Hear the Call of the Kingdom…………………………………………

Moment for Missions………………………………………………………… Doug & Benita Le Mahieu

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

Song…………………………………………… Ancient of Days……………………………. Worship Team

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Jon Golliet………………………………. Matthew 6:9, 9:35-38; Acts 4:29-31

Pew Bibles – pages 1504, 1510, 1697

Sermon…………………………………. “Thy Kingdom Come”……………………………………………..

“One Body, One Purpose” Series

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing………………………………… Hear the Call of the Kingdom…………………………………………

*Blessing and Exit Instructions……………………………………………………………………………………

Offering, as you leave………………………………………………………………….. Crossroads of Pella

Postlude…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSNovember 26 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes; November 29:  Creation Station Christian Preschool

TODAY:   This morning we welcome Doug, Benita and Tia Le Mahieu as they join us and speak briefly during the service about their mission in Papua New Guinea. They will also have a presentation immediately after the service through the church school time.

Church School meets from 10:45-11:05 today.

Adult Choir will practice after Church School this morning until 11:45 a.m.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Church School classes will not meet on November 29.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Kathleen De Haan who will celebrate her 86th birthday on November 28 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and cards in the loss of my brother-in-law, Larry Engbers.” – Joyce Vander Molen

MONDAY:  The all-church prayer meeting will be held online from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  We invite all to join us to pray for the ministries and outreach of our congregation, and to pray for our community and nation.  To join the prayer meeting, go online to: meet.google.com/dmw-nnnw-wgu.  You can also join by phone.  Dial 786-618-3414 and then enter the PIN: ‪191 317 325#.

THANKSGIVING DAY:  You are invited to meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday for our annual Thanksgiving Day worship service.  Our offering envelopes, which were mailed to you, can be placed in the offering plates in the narthex or, if you are not in attendance, you may mail them to the church or drop them off in the slot in the deacon’s door downstairs. There are extra envelopes and sheets explaining the listed causes in the narthex for any guests who may desire to use them.

Nonperishable food items for the Pella Food Shelf will also be collected on a table at the bottom of the steps inside the east entrance on Thanksgiving.

THANKSGIVING ENVELOPE NOTE:  We were informed last week that the With Love Toy Ministry will cease operations at the end of this year so, even though it is listed on your envelope, they are no longer in need of an offering.

CANDLELIGHT SERVICES:  Three identical candlelight services are being arranged in order to accommodate more attendees while maintaining social distancing guidelines.  The times are: Saturday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  A ticketing process will help guarantee seating.

A survey form has been sent out by email to reserve tickets.  If anyone did not receive a survey please contact Regina at 785-545-6226 or info@pella2crc.org.  For those without internet, a paper survey form has been sent to you.  Tickets for each service will be issued and given to attendees, taking into consideration responses to the survey.  A response to the survey is required in order to receive a ticket.  Tickets, which are free, will be required in order to be admitted to a candlelight service.  Thank you in advance for your flexibility as we work to accommodate as many attendees as feasible. – Governing Board

NOVEMBER 16 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING RECAP:

  • The 2021 budget was approved as presented. The vote totals were: 62 -Yes and 1 – No
  • The nominees selected by lot for the open Council positions were:

o   Deacons: Shane Tukker and Will Vande Voort

o   Shepherding Elders: Jon Van Woerkom and Matt Vos

o   Governing Board Elder: Brian Van Kooten

Thank you to each of the individuals who accepted their nomination, including those who were not selected for office at this time.  Please remember these five incoming Council members, as well as the entire Council, in your prayers. – Governing Board

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Collection boxes will be available at the foot of the east steps beginning next Sunday through December 13 for Joel & Jeannie Huyser, Doug & Benita Le Mahieu, Lloyd & Nancy Peckham and Justin Van Zee. No postage or envelopes are needed. Mission Outreach will handle the mailing.  Missionaries often tell us that they enjoy getting cards from Pella II.  Please show them your support with a card.

PELLA CORPORATION MATCHING GIFTS:  Pella Corporation’s Rolscreen Foundation has approved our building project as a qualified matching gift program for employees and retirees!  Gifts given between June 9, 2020, and June 9, 2023 will be eligible.  Please contact Corey Magnussen for additional information.

HYMN/SONG REQUESTS, ANYONE?  Even though “social distancing” has made it a challenge to stay connected, please be assured that you have not been forgotten!  Choir members and other musicians would be happy to serenade you with a hymn or song that’s meaningful to you, even if over the phone.  Contact Barbara Boertje DeVries with ideas, requests, and/or for encouragement!

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Crossroads of Pella”.  Our offering November 29 will go to  “Creation Station Christian Preschool”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or QR Codeorganization 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 scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

DISCOVER Hope 517 has partnered with The Well to bring addiction recovery services to the Pella area.  This is a faith-based Recovery Community Organization based out of Newton that is dedicated to providing recovery, restoration and HOPE for those struggling with addiction. Info sessions and volunteer training are held every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. and every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at The Well through December 16. Prayerfully consider if God may be calling you to come alongside DH to serve those seeking hope, recovery, and restoration.  Visit www.discoverhope517.org to learn more about them.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Jesus Christ Restores – Have you ever wondered if you’re too broken or if you’ve sinned too much for Jesus to love you?  Study John 21 with Groundwork and witness an interaction between Jesus and Peter that gives us the hope and courage to love Jesus despite our failings.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: Kids Showing Thankfulness – Have you read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?  Picture your worst day ever and ask yourself, “Could I be thankful to God even during a day as bad as that?” Read this week’s devotions on thankfulness.  Listen at kidscorner.net

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of  Generosity:  We often associate generosity with financial giving, but we can also cultivate a generous spirit in our relationships.  Ponder how you might practice this in daily life, perhaps by focusing on refraining from mental criticism, attributing the best motives to people’s actions, being “present” and attentive when spending time with others (especially children), or doing acts of random kindness.

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL SERIES FROM TODAY:  It’s been a rough year.  Let Advent help you see God’s story in Christmas.  This special devotional series takes you deeper into the true meaning of Christmas, the coming Savior.  Subscribe at todaydevotional.com/advent.  It’s free!