December 9, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 9, 2018                           Second Sunday of Advent                                      9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………. God So Loved the World……………………………………………..

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling; Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

Advent Candle of Love………………………………….. Jamis, Sarah, Austyn, Ellet Christensen

*Sing……………………………………………………………………………………….. led by Worship Team

   * Angels We Have Heard on High……………………………………….. Celebration #278:1, 3, 4

   * What a Glorious Night………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……

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

*Nicene Creed……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

*Sing………………………………….. O Come, Let Us Adore Him…………. Celebration #196:2, 3

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………. New Life Prison Ministry

Offertory: Choir Anthem – Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (text on screen)

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Allison Van Wyngarden…………………………………….. Philippians 2:5-13……
Pew Bibles – page 1827

Sermon……………………………………… “King of Kings!”………………………………………………….

“Advent Series – A Christmas Carol” – Part 2

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing……………………. For He alone is worthy, For He alone is worthy, …………………………….

For He alone is worthy, Christ the Lord.

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

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

At His feet the six-winged seraph, cherubim with sleepless eye

Veil their faces to His Presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry:

“Alleluia, Alleluia!  Alleluia, Lord Most High!”

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Joyce Boender
Adult Choir; Soloists: Glenda Van Woerkom, Joe Van Haaften;
Phyllis De Vries- Pianist, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 9, 2018                       Pella I CRC and Pella II CRC                                   4:00 P.M.

Congregation is encouraged to sit toward the front for this evening’s service.

Prelude…………………………. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us…………………………………….

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring / Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Welcome to Our World

Welcome and Call to Worship…………………………………………………………………………………….

*God’s Greeting and Mutual Greeting…………………………………………………………………………

A Time of Praise……………………… Christmas Hymn Requests from the Caroling Booklets

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………. New Life Prison Ministry
Offertory:  Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Scripture Reading……………………………………………………………………………… Zephaniah 3:17……
Pew Bibles – page 1467

Sermon…………………………………… “Invaluable Venting”……………………………………………….

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

*Sing………………………………….. Go, Tell It on the Mountain…………….. Celebration #258:3

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

*Sing…………………………… Go, Tell It on the Mountain (chorus)…………………………………….

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

Preacher:  Pastor Brad Meinders; Liturgist:  Pastor Paul Bradford
Organist:  Joyce Boender

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSDecember 16:  Christian Education Fund; December 23:  The Well;  December 25 (Christmas):  World Renew;  December 30:  Resonate Global Mission

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Vicky Slings, Katie Magnussen, Ryley Hoekstra; December 16:  (A.M.) Mary Van Haaften, Regina Vaverka, Carson Tukker

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Kurt and Emily Boender; North & South Doors: Ryan and Kim Hoekstra; December 16: East Doors:  Will and Taylor Vande Voort; North Doors: Dennis and Bev De Vries; South Doors:  Al and Joyce Boender

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

Today: Anne Bokhoven – C,J,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; December 16:  Amy Bokhoven – C,J,S; Joyce Vander Molen – C; Janiece Van Woerkom – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jason Van Arendonk; December 16:  Calvin Van Haaften

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

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

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

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

At 4:00 p.m. Pella I CRC will join us at our church for an abbreviated worship service followed by caroling.  See details in announcement below.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Our Children’s Christmas Program will be part of the morning worship service on December 16.  There will be no church school next Sunday.

Our annual candlelight service will be held next Sunday evening.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: “Thank you, church family, for your cards, phone calls, and other expressions of good wishes for my birthday.  I am thankful the Lord has blessed me with another year.  All praise to Him!” – Kathleen De Haan

“Thank you for the cards and telephone calls for my 95th birthday.  I thank God for the many good years.  Death is known — the time unknown.” – Arietta De Graaf

MONDAY:  Perk Up will not meet due to the Christmas luncheon on Tuesday.

TUESDAY:  Perk-Up Ladies – don’t forget the Christmas luncheon at noon at the Golf and Country Club.

The music department of the Pella Christian High School invites you to join them for an evening of music focused on the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium.  The concert will present the message of Christmas in word and song.  Please join us for an evening filled with the musical joy recognized as part of the Christmas season.

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. to study Psalm 66.  We will have a Christmas potluck coffeetime.  All ladies are welcome and encouraged to join us.

Children’s Choir for December 16 Candlelight Service, 6:45-7:00 p.m.

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

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

Adult Choir rehearsal 7:00-8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY:  The Let’s Remember scrapbooking small group will meet in the church basement, 6:30-9:L30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  For more information contact Julie at 628-1303.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards.  Five collection boxes will be available in the church basement through today. 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.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING/PIZZA:  This evening we have the opportunity to go Christmas Caroling along with members of Pella I CRC!  Anyone interested should gather downstairs immediately following the “abbreviated” 4:00 p.m. combined evening service with Pella I CRC held at our church.  After caroling, we will gather for pizza, Christmas cookie decorating, and fellowship in the Pella II lower level. For planning purposes, there is a sign-up sheet downstairs. The food costs will be divided among the participants.  Any questions, contact Glenda Van Woerkom.

YEAR END GIVING:  Christmas Day will be the last opportunity to contribute for 2018. – The Deacons

PLEDGE UPDATE:  As of the end of November, $150,000 of $393,000 (38%) has been received for 2018 pledging.  This brings our building cash on hand to $511,000, not including the building sale.  We have also received communication of several large gifts to arrive in December.  If you have questions regarding your pledge, please contact Jerry Uitermarkt, Joe Van Haaften, Brent Pierson or Corey Magnussen.

BLUE CHRISTMAS:  A Blue Christmas community service of remembrance and hope for those dealing with grief during the holiday season will be held next Sunday, December 16, at First Baptist Church — 3:00 p.m. for pie, and 3:30 p.m. for worship.  You are welcome at this joint service.

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There is one “Dessert with the Bradfords” gathering scheduled yet this fall —Thursday evening, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Middle and High School youths are also welcome to join us.  Please sign up in the narthex or downstairs or email secretary@pella2crc.org.  If you need a ride, contact Ruth at the church office and it will be arranged.  Please sign up today. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Save the date!  Faith Formation will have their next Connections event on January 12 at Faith CRC.  The theme will be how intentional Intergenerational Ministry can be a blessing and catalyst for growth for all the different age groups found in our congregations.  More details later.

WORK TRIP:  World Renew Disaster Response Services will have a mission/work trip January 19-26 to Hammond, Louisiana, due to flooding.  Please contact Harold Van Wyk at 641-891-2038 or haroldtwyla@yahoo.com.

JOSHUA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY in Des Moines has a higher enrollment this year than ever before.  Praise God!!  They are requesting donations of the items below.  If you wish to donate any of these, there is a box downstairs for them, which will be picked up this Friday, December 14.  (1) Reams of copy paper; (2) Clear hand soap pumpers; (3) Clear hand soap refills; (4) Kleenex tissues

FROM PEORIA CHRISTIAN:  Come join us on Friday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. for our Christmas program at Peoria CRC.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Lloyd and Nancy Peckham’s newsletter

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Joy to the World – Hints of Christmas litter the Psalm book as the psalmists sing of the coming of a Savior, the Savior we now know as Jesus Christ.  Join Groundwork as we examine Psalm 98, Psalm 96, and Psalm 72 to learn what we can expect his coming to bring and what it means for us and for the world. Listen now on GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: The Christmas List Mystery – Cole’s got a big bag of presents that he says are all for him!  But why is he hiding his list, and why is he sneaking around town all night?  It’s up to the Lizarado Detective Agency to solve this Christmas Mystery! Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.  Free Giveaway:  Kids Corner’s “Know Your Bible Activity Book, Part 4!”  Can you figure out all Kids Corner Christmas puzzles?  www.kidscorner.net

ADVENT FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – On this second Sunday in Advent, add things to your home that remind you that we are expecting Jesus to return.  Set an extra place at the table when you eat, or create and decorate a mural together that says “Come, Lord Jesus”. (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

THE JESSE TREE:  A family devotional and craft for Advent – enjoy a fun and informative Advent activity to go along with December’s Today devotional.  You can download the devotional and Christmas ornaments at backtogod.net/downloads.

December 2, 2018

MORNING SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT
December 2, 2018                            First Sunday of Advent                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………… Mary, Did You Know?………………………………………………

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

Solo………………………………….. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel…………………………………………

Advent Candle of Hope…………………………………………………… Will & Taylor Vande Voort

*Sing………………………………… O Come, O Come, Emmanuel…………………………………………

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

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

Congregational Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer……………………………………………………………….

Giving Our Firstfruits to God…………………………………………………………….. Freedom House

Offertory:  It’s About the Cross – Men’s Quartet

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Jon Golliet…………………………………………………………… Matthew 1:18-23……

Pew Bibles – page 1497

Sermon………………………………… “O Come, Emmanuel!”  ………………………………………….. ……

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………… O Come, O Come, Emmanuel……….. Celebration #245:2, 3

THE LORD’S TABLE

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Preparing to Receive the Bread and Cup

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

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

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

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

Communion

Invitation

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

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

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Receiving the Bread and Cup

Prayer of Thanks

CLOSING WORSHIP

*Sing………………………………… O Come, O Come, Emmanuel…………… Celebration #245:4

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

*Sing……………. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!……………………. ……

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist:  Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Men’s Quartet:  Jon Golliet, Levi Nieuwsma, Joe Van Haaften, Will Van Wyngarden
Pianist:  Barbara Boertje DeVries

* = Please stand if able.

Boldface type = Congregational Response

 

Announcements for December 2

OFFERINGSDecember 9:  New Life Prison Ministry; December 16:  Christian Education Fund; December 12:  The Well;  December 25 (Christmas):  World Renew;  December 30:  Resonate Global Mission

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Melissa Tukker, Barb Gosselink, Nathaniel Veenstra; December 9:  (A.M.) Vicky Slings, Katie Magnussen, Ryley Hoekstra

C4C LEADERSToday:  Jeanetta Nieuwsma and Regina Vaverka

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Jacob and Regina Vaverka;  North and South Doors: Jon and Lindsay Golliet; December 9:  East Doors: Kurt and Emily Boender; North & South Doors: Ryan and Kim Hoekstra

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

Today: Laura Branderhorst – C; Martha Uitermarkt – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; December 9:  Anne Bokhoven – C,J,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Vander Molen; December 9: Jason Van Arendonk

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

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

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.

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

Today we will pause from our sermon series “Amazing Grace” to begin a special Advent Series entitled, “A Christmas Carol”.  Each week we’ll be discussing the amazing biblical truths found in some of the best loved Christmas songs.  You’ll be amazed!  Consider inviting a friend to join us.

We invite all visitors and all 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 a.m.

At 6:00 p.m. our worship service will be held at the First Reformed Church.  Our church is sponsoring the 60-voice Community Choir Musical Emmanuel, God with Us, including orchestration, to celebrate our Savior’s birth. There will be congregational singing and a meditation by Pastor Paul Bradford.   Proceeds from the offering will go to Freedom House.  Handicap parking and access to the sanctuary are available on the north side of the church.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 4:00 p.m. Pella I CRC will join us at our church for an abbreviated worship service followed by caroling.  See details in announcement below.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  Bryan Harthoorn returned home from the hospital on Thursday and will be off work recuperating for several weeks.  Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support. – Bryan and Carolyn

“Thank you for the phone calls and many cards for my birthday.  I am blessed.” – Viola De Vries

“We want to thank the congregation for the wonderful cards and gifts we received, both for Pastors Appreciation month and for our anniversary celebration.  We have felt very warmly welcomed at Pella II and praise the Lord that we have the privilege of serving this wonderful congregation.” – Pastor Paul and Tammy

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

Consistory will meet at 6:15 p.m.

Council will meet at 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY:  Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m.

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

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

Adult Choir rehearsal 7:00-8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY:  The Pella Pro-Life Cookie Sale will be December 6.  Boxes of delicious decorated cookies will be sold at Ulrich’s Meat Market, 715 Franklin St. from noon-5:30 p.m. (or until gone).  Come and get your Christmas cookies and support a great cause!

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards.  Five collection boxes will be available in the church basement through December 9. 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.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING/PIZZA:  Sunday evening, December 9, we have the opportunity to go Christmas Caroling along with members of Pella I CRC!  Anyone interested should gather downstairs immediately following the “abbreviated” 4:00 p.m. combined evening service with Pella I CRC held at our church.  After caroling, we will gather for pizza, Christmas cookie decorating, and fellowship in the Pella II lower level. For planning purposes, there is a sign-up sheet downstairs. The food costs will be divided among the participants.  Any questions, contact Glenda Van Woerkom.

BABY GIFTS:  A table is located downstairs for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome Everly Jane, daughter of Will and Taylor Vande Voort, born on November 2. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

YEAR END GIVING:  Christmas Day will be the last opportunity to contribute for 2018. – The Deacons

PLEDGE UPDATE:  As of the end of November, $150,000 of $393,000 (38%) has been received for 2018 pledging.  This brings our building cash on hand to $511,000, not including the building sale.  We have also received communication of several large gifts to arrive in December.  If you have questions regarding your pledge, please contact Jerry Uitermarkt, Joe Van Haaften, Brent Pierson or Corey Magnussen.

DECEMBER WORSHIP SERVICE SCHEDULE:

Today    – 6:00 p.m. Emmanuel Christmas musical at First Reformed Church

Dec. 9    –  9:30 a.m.  Worship Service at Pella II

Dec. 9    –  4:00 p.m. Joint Abbreviated Worship Service at Pella II before Caroling

Dec. 16 – 9:30 a.m. Worship Service/Children’s Christmas Program at Pella II

Dec. 16 – 6:00 p.m. Candlelight Service at Pella II

Dec. 23  – 9:30 a.m.  Worship Service at Pella II

Dec. 23  –  6:00 p.m. Joint Candlelight with Communion Service at Pella I CRC

Dec. 25  – 9:30 a.m. Christmas Morning Service at Pella II

Dec. 30 –   9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Pella II

Dec. 30 –   6:00 p.m. Joint Old Year’s Service at Pella II CRC

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There is one “Dessert with the Bradfords” gathering scheduled yet this fall —Thursday evening, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Middle and High School youths are also welcome to join us.  Please sign up in the narthex or downstairs or email secretary@pella2crc.org.  If you need a ride, contact Ruth at the church office and it will be arranged.  Please sign up by the Sunday before so we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

DONATED BOOKS:  There are books in the library in front of the glass doors which Alberta De Jong donated at the time of her move.  You are welcome to look through them and take any you would like.  Any that are left will be donated to Bibles for Missions Thrift Center.

CROSSROADS PRISON MINISTRIES needs Bible Study Mentors – 10 million people are serving time in prison worldwide; 2.2 million are serving time in U.S. prisons; 88 percent of U.S. prisoners do not have regular visitors.  There is an epidemic of loneliness behind bars.  As a Crossroads mentor, you will review prisoners Bible study lessons and write them letters of hope and encouragement.  You will hear their stories and have an opportunity to let them know that they are not forgotten and that they are deeply loved by God.  To learn more, you are invited to hear Doug Cupery, Director of Church Mobilization for Crossroads, speak at the Youth House (by Calvary CRC) 408 Maple St., on Monday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP to jjessup@cpministries.org or call 641-629-1480.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The music department of the Pella Christian High School invites you to join them for an evening of music focused on the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium.  The concert will present the message of Christmas in word and song.  Please join us for an evening filled with the musical joy recognized as part of the Christmas season.

WORK TRIP:  World Renew Disaster Response Services will have a mission/work trip January 19-26 to Hammond, Louisiana, due to flooding.  Please contact Harold Van Wyk at 641-891-2038 or haroldtwyla@yahoo.com.

JOSHUA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY in Des Moines has a higher enrollment this year than ever before.  Praise God!!  They are requesting donations of the items below.  If you wish to donate any of these, there is a box downstairs for them, which will be picked up on Friday, December 14.  (1) Reams of copy paper; (2) Clear hand soap pumpers; (3) Clear hand soap refills; (4) Kleenex tissues

FROM PEORIA CHRISTIAN:  We want to thank all our supporters that have donated time, money and prayers.  That has been a tremendous blessing.  Come join us on Friday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. for our Christmas program at Peoria CRC.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: A Savior Foretold – We find the first talk of a Savior and the first indicator of Christmas while Adam and Eve are still in the Garden of Eden. Join Ground-work as we study Genesis 3:14-15 to allow the context from which God’s promise of a Savior emerges to broaden our understanding of Christ’s birth,  GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Honor Your Father – Do you know why Liz has been kicked out of baseball camp?  Find out the real reason on this week’s Kids Corner.  Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.  Check out KC’s Gifts of Kindness Advent Calendar and Devotional.

ADVENT FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Teach Us to Pray, published by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, is a wonderful resource for family worship.  The Advent section of this book is available as a free download at tinyurl.com/CICWAdvent. Each day’s page includes a Bible reading, questions, prayer ideas, and more (crcna.org/FaithFormation)

November 25, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 25, 2018                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………… Holy God, We Praise Your Name………………………………………

Now Thank We All Our God

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Call to Worship – Psalm 95:1-2…………………………………………………………………………………..

*Opening Prayer and Mutual Greeting…………………………………………………………………………

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………………. How Great Thou Art…………… Celebration #147:1, 3, 4……

*Sing……………….. Open Up the Heavens/How Great Thou Art (chorus)…………………………

*Sing……………………………………… This Is Amazing Grace………………………………………………

Congregational Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer……………………………………………………………….

Response, singing…………………. Great Is Thy Faithfulness………………. Celebration #139:3

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………………………… General Fund

Offertory:   Solo – Make It Grow – Levi Nieuwsma

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Rob Schreur………………………………………………………… Ephesians 2:8-10……

Pew Bibles – page 1819

Sermon…………………………………. “God’s Workmanship”…………………………………………….

“Amazing Grace” Series – Part 3

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………….. My Friends, May You Grow in Grace……………………………………

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

*Sing……………………. My Friends, May You Grow in Grace (chorus)…………………………….

*Postlude……………………………… Make Us Grow in Grace……………………………………………..

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Melissa Geetings; Worship Team

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for November 25

OFFERINGSDecember 2:  Freedom House; December 9:  New Life Prison Ministry; December 16:  Christian Education Fund; December 12:  The Well;  December 25 (Christmas):  World Renew;  December 30:  Resonate Global Mission

NURSERYToday: (A.M) April Nieuwsma, Emily Boender, Adalynn Van Arendonk; December 2:  (A.M.) Melissa Tukker, Barb Gosselink, Nathaniel Veenstra

C4C LEADERSDecember 2:  Jeanetta Nieuwsma and Regina Vaverka

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Corey and Katie Magnussen; North Doors:  Ruth Van Hal; South Doors:  Andrea Van Waardhuizen;  December 2:  East Doors:  Jacob and Regina Vaverka;  North and South Doors: Jon and Lindsay Golliet

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

Today: Glenda Van Woerkom – C,J,S; Sarah Van Zee – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; December 2:  Laura Branderhorst – C; Martha Uitermarkt – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday: Jeff Van Kooten; December 2:  Jeff Vander Molen

DECEMBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Gary Vander Molen, Stu Bokhoven; North Side:  Shane Tukker; South Side:  Jason Zylstra

Attention December Ushers:  If you are unable to usher your scheduled time, please contact head usher, Dave Stevenson at 620-9028 or 641-230-1086.

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

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

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

Church School classes will not meet today.

December 1 and 2 Christmas Musical Rehearsal, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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

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

Next Sunday we will pause from our sermon series “Amazing Grace” to begin a special Advent Series entitled, “A Christmas Carol”.  Each week we’ll be discussing the amazing biblical truths found in some of the best love Christmas songs.  You’ll be amazed!  Consider inviting a friend to join us.

Next Sunday evening our worship service will be held at the First Reformed Church at 6:00 p.m.  Our church is sponsoring the 60-voice Community Choir Musical Emmanuel, God With Us, including orchestration, to celebrate our Savior’s birth. There will be congregational singing and a meditation by Pastor Paul Bradford.   Proceeds from the offering will go to Freedom House.  Handicap parking and access to the sanctuary are available on the north side of the church.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  Bryan Harthoorn will be having foot surgery on Monday to remove a piece of infected bone.  This infection seems to be the underlying reason that the sore on his foot nearly heals, then breaks open again.  Surgery will be at Boone County Hospital, which is where he has been receiving wound care.  He will likely be in the hospital for most of the week, possibly coming home on Thursday or Friday, and will be off his feet (and off work) for a minimum of three weeks.  Please pray for a successful surgery and quick healing.

We wish a happy birthday to Arietta De Graaf, who will celebrate her 95th birthday on November 28, and to Kathleen De Haan, who will celebrate her 84th birthday on November 28, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“We want to thank the congregation for the wonderful cards and gifts we received, both for Pastors Appreciation month and for our anniversary celebration.  We have felt very warmly welcomed at Pella II and praise the Lord that we have the privilege of serving this wonderful congregation.” – Pastor Paul and Tammy

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

The Shepherding Elders will meet at 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY:  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. to study Psalms 65 and 62.  All ladies are welcome and encouraged to join us.

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

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

Christmas Musical Choir Rehearsal 7:00-9:00 p.m. in our sanctuary.

THURSDAY:  The Let’s Remember scrapbooking small group will meet in the church basement, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  For more information contact Julie at 628-1303.

Christmas Musical Choir Rehearsal 7:00-8:30 p.m. at First Reformed Church

FRIDAY:  Christmas Musical Choir Rehearsal 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First Reformed Church.

SATURDAY:  At 6:00 p.m., you are invited to attend the 60-voice Community Choir Musical Emmanuel, God With Us, including orchestration, to celebrate our Savior’s birth, sponsored by our church.  This will be held at the First Reformed Church (605 Broadway).  There will be congregational singing and a meditation by Pastor Paul Bradford.  Proceeds from the offering will go to Freedom House.  Handicap parking and access to the sanctuary are available on the north side of the church. This will be repeated on Sunday, December 2.

Do your holiday baking the easy way at the Oskaloosa Christian School gym, 726 North E St. in Oskaloosa on December 1 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Plates of many kinds of goodies will be available. Also do your Christmas shopping at a vendors/crafters sale at the same time.  Twenty-two vendors will be available.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Six adults are needed to assist ushers with collection of offering at the musical at First Reformed Church on December 1 and 2.  Please contact Joe Van Haaften or Rob Rus for details or to sign up for one of the nights.

PLEDGE UPDATE:  As of the end of October, $122,000 of $393,000 (31%) has been received for 2018 pledging for the new church building.  This brings our cash on hand to $487,000, not including the building sale.  The finance team will be following up with pledges in early December.  If you have questions regarding your pledge please contact Jerry Uitermarkt, Joe Van Haaften, Brent Pierson or Corey Magnussen.

BABY GIFTS:  A table is located downstairs for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome Everly Jane, daughter of Will and Taylor Vande Voort, born on November 2. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards.  Five collection boxes will be available in the church basement through December 2. 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.

PERK UP LADIESIf you haven’t yet signed up for the Christmas luncheon on December 11, you have until this Tuesday, the 27th, to do so.

DECEMBER WORSHIP SERVICE SCHEDULE:

Dec. 2    – 9:30 a.m.  Communion, Advent begins, at Pella II

Dec. 2    – 6:00 p.m. Emmanuel Christmas musical at First Reformed Church

Dec. 9    –  9:30 a.m.  Worship Service at Pella II

Dec. 9    –  4:00 p.m. Joint Abbreviated Worship Service at Pella II before Caroling

Dec. 16 – 9:30 a.m. Worship Service/Children’s Christmas Program at Pella II

Dec. 16 – 6:00 p.m. Candlelight Service at Pella II

Dec. 23  – 9:30 a.m.  Worship Service at Pella II

Dec. 23  –  6:00 p.m. Joint Candlelight with Communion Service at Pella I CRC

Dec. 25  – 9:30 a.m. Christmas Morning Service at Pella II

Dec. 30 –   9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Pella II

Dec. 30 –   6:00 p.m. Joint Old Year’s Service at Pella II CRC

CHRISTMAS CAROLING/PIZZA:  Sunday evening, December 9, we have the opportunity to go Christmas Caroling along with members of Pella I CRC!  Anyone interested should gather downstairs immediately following the “abbreviated” 4:00 p.m. combined evening service with Pella I CRC held at our church.  After caroling, we will gather for pizza, Christmas cookie decorating, and fellowship in the Pella II lower level. For planning purposes, there is a sign-up sheet downstairs.  Any questions, contact Glenda Van Woerkom.

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There is one “Dessert with the Bradfords” gathering scheduled yet this fall —Thursday evening, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Middle and High School youths are also welcome to join us.  Please sign up in the narthex or downstairs or email secretary@pella2crc.org.  If you need a ride, contact Ruth at the church office and it will be arranged.  Please sign up by the Sunday before so we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

DONATED BOOKS:  There are books in the library in front of the glass doors which Alberta De Jong donated at the time of her move.  You are welcome to look through them and take any you would like.  Any that are left will be donated to Bibles for Missions Thrift Center.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Pella II Ladies Overnight Retreat:  Save the date!  Friday, February 8 at 5:00 p.m. through Saturday, February 9 at 3:30 p.m.  More details after Thanksgiving!

Crossroads Prison Ministries needs Bible Study Mentors – 10 million people are serving time in prison worldwide; 2.2 million are serving time in U.S. prisons; 88 percent of U.S. prisoners do not have regular visitors.  There is an epidemic of loneliness behind bars.  As a Crossroads mentor, you will review prisoners Bible study lessons and write them letters of hope and encouragement.  You will hear their stories and have an opportunity to let them know that they are not forgotten and that they are deeply loved by God.  To learn more, you are invited to hear Doug Cupery, Director of Church Mobilization for Crossroads, speak at the Youth House (by Calvary CRC) 408 Maple St., on Monday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP to jjessup@cpministries.org or call 641-629-1480.

The Pella Pro-Life Cookie Sale will be Thursday, December 6.  We’re looking for more volunteers to make cookies, and/or decorate and box cookies on December 6.  If you are willing to help, please contact Jocelyn Meinders, jclynmndrs@gmail.com or 515-346-8016.  We appreciate your support!

Want to be a volunteer for New Life Prison Community?  A volunteer training will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 5:15 p.m.  Please contact Pastor Rick Admiraal at 641-204-1954 or PastorRick@newlife-prison.org if you wish to become involved.

JOSHUA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY in Des Moines has a higher enrollment this year than ever before.  Praise God!!  They are requesting donations of the items below.  If you wish to donate any of these, there is a box downstairs for them, which will be picked up on December 7.  (1) Reams of copy paper; (2) Clear hand soap pumpers; (3) Clear hand soap refills; (4) Kleenex tissues

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Pella Christian Grade School FOCUS
  • Focus on the Family bulletin
  • Lake View Camp newsletter

November 18, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 18, 2018                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………….. Thanksgiving……………………………………………………..

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

*Opening Prayer and Mutual Greeting…………………………………………………………………………

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………………… Open Up the Heavens……………. Led by Worship Team

*Sing………………………………………. How Great Thou Art………………………………………………..

Sing……………………………………………. The Love of God…………………….. Celebration #157:1

Confession of Sins……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Assurance of Pardon…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Sing……………………………………………. The Love of God…………………….. Celebration #157:3

Congregational Prayer ending with The Lord’s Prayer………………………………………………….

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………………………. Missions Fund

Offertory:  Give Thanks

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

Sing………………………………………………. Grace Alone………………………………………………………

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Anne Bokhoven…………………………………………………… Ephesians 2:8-10……

Pew Bibles – page 1819

Sermon……………………………………….. “Grace Alone”……………………………………………………

“Amazing Grace” Series  Part 2

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

Sing………………………………………………. Just as I Am………………………………………………………

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

*Sing…………………………………………….. Just as I Am………………………………………………………

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSNovember 22 (Thanksgiving):  Envelopes; November 25:  General Fund

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Arlys Veenstra, Judy Van Zee, Alexa Matherly; November 22 (Thanksgiving):  Sharon Walker, Kim Roose, Matt Bokhoven; November 25:  (A.M.) April Nieuwsma, Emily Boender, Adalynn Van Arendonk

C4C LEADERToday:  Emily Boender

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Luke and Jeanetta Nieuwsma; North Doors: Debra Klyn; South Doors: Jon and Nicole Yoder; November 22 (Thanksgiving):  East Doors: Jason and Sharesa Van Arendonk; North and South Doors:  Will and Allison Van Wyngarden; November 25:  East Doors: Corey and Katie Magnussen; North Doors:  Ruth Van Hal;  South Doors: Andrea Van Waardhuizen

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

Today: Crystal Schreur – C,J,S; Vicky Slings – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; November 25:  Glenda Van Woerkom – C,J,S; Sarah Van Zee – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday & Thanksgiving: Sherwin Klyn; November 25:  Jeff Van Kooten

DECEMBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Gary Vander Molen, Stu Bokhoven; North Side:  Shane Tukker; South Side:  Jason Zylstra

Attention December Ushers:  If you are unable to usher your scheduled time, please contact head usher, Dave Stevenson at 620-9028 or 641-230-1086.

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

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

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

We invite all visitors and all 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 a.m.

December 1 and 2 Christmas Musical Rehearsal, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC at First CRC for worship.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on Revelation 2:8-11 “The Life Sentence”. The offering is for Pella Pine Rest.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at First CRC for worship. Pastor Ryan Faber will be preaching. The offering will be for the Luke Society.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Viola De Vries who will celebrate her 85th birthday on November 21, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

Alberta De Jong has moved to an assisted living facility near her daughter Renae (De Jong) Martinez.  Her new address is Alberta De Jong, Ludington Woods Assisted Living, 502 North Sherman Street, Rm. 16, Ludington, Michigan 49431.

“Words are hard to find to thank you for all the prayers, the many cards received, and food.  Thank you each and everyone for remembering me after the death of my dear son.  Thank you to Pastor Paul and Ryan and Kim Hoekstra for your visits.” – Sylvia Langstraat

“I want to thank the Cadets and their leaders for raking leaves and taking them away a few weeks ago.  I appreciate this very much.” – Ed Uitermarkt

MONDAY:  Perk Up will not meet because of Thanksgiving week.

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

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

THANKSGIVING DAY  Adult Choir rehearsal at 8:30 a.m.

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday for our annual Thanksgiving Day worship service.  You will be encouraged to say what you are thankful for in a word, or one or two sentences. Our offering envelopes, which were mailed to you, and nonperishable food items for the Pella Food Shelf will be received at the front of the sanctuary.  There are extra envelopes and sheets explaining the causes on the table in the narthex for any guests who may desire to use them.

PLEDGE UPDATE:  As of the end of October, $122,000 of $393,000 (31%) has been received for 2018 pledging for the new church building.  This brings our cash on hand to $487,000, not including the building sale.  The finance team will be following up with pledges in early December.  If you have questions regarding your pledge please contact Jerry Uitermarkt, Joe Van Haaften, Brent Pierson or Corey Magnussen.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD:  Operation Christmas Child boxes are due today.  We will be bringing them to Liberty Evangelical Free (note change of drop-off location) immediately following the church service, so please have your boxes in the basement.  If you forgot your box, you can drop it off at Liberty E Free before tomorrow.  If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Roose.  Thanks again for your support of Operation Christmas Child.

BABY GIFTS:  A table is located downstairs for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome Everly Jane, daughter of Will and Taylor Vande Voort, born on November 2. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards.  Five collection boxes will be available in the church basement through December 2. 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.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING/PIZZA:  Sunday evening, December 9, we have the opportunity to go Christmas Caroling along with members of Pella I CRC!  Anyone interested should gather downstairs immediately following the “abbreviated” 4:00 p.m. combined evening service with Pella I CRC held at our church.  After caroling, we will gather for pizza, Christmas cookie decorating, and fellowship in the Pella II lower level. For planning purposes, there is a sign-up sheet downstairs.  Any questions, contact Glenda Van Woerkom.

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There is one “Dessert with the Bradfords” gathering scheduled yet this fall —Thursday evening, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Middle and High School youths are also welcome to join us.  Please sign up in the narthex or downstairs or email secretary@pella2crc.org.  If you cannot attend a time that you signed up for, or if you need a ride, contact Ruth at the church office and it will be arranged.  Please sign up by the Sunday before so we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

CANNED PEACHES:  The Mission/Outreach committee thanks all of you who brought peaches for the Thanksgiving Food Boxes!  The goal was met and they were provided to the Pella Food shelf.

DONATED BOOKS:  There is a box of books in the library which Alberta De Jong donated at the time of her move.  You are welcome to look through them and take any you would like.  Any that are left will be donated to Bibles for Missions Thrift Center.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Christmas Musical Emmanuel, God With Us:  On Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m., you are invited to attend the 60-voice Community Choir Musical Emmanuel, God With Us, including orchestration, to celebrate our Savior’s birth, sponsored by our church.  This will be held at the First Reformed Church (605 Broadway).  There will be congregational singing and a meditation by Pastor Paul Bradford.  Proceeds from the offering will go to Freedom House.  Handicap parking and access to the sanctuary are available on the north side of the church.

The Perk Up Ladies Christmas Luncheon has been set for Tuesday, December 11, at noon at the Pella Golf and Country Club.   A special invitation is being made to those former members who would like to join us — we’d love to have you.  Please let Anne Bokhoven know before November 27 if you would like to join us.  Give her a call at 628-4451 or send an email to annebokhoven@iowatelecom.net.

Pella II Ladies Overnight Retreat:  Save the date!  Friday, February 8 at 5:00 p.m. through Saturday, February 9 at 3:30 p.m.  More details after Thanksgiving!

Do your holiday baking the easy way at the Oskaloosa Christian School gym, 726 North E St. in Oskaloosa on Saturday, December 1 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Plates of many kinds of goodies will be available. Also do your Christmas shopping at a vendors/crafters sale at the same time.  Twenty-two vendors will be available.

Bluegrass and BBQ is set to be a fun, toe-tapping evening on December 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Pella Christian High School.  You will enjoy a BBQ dinner as you listen to the banjo picking and sweet harmonies by the Benson Family Singers, a family bluegrass band from Faribault, Minnesota!  This is a fundraiser for the PCHS Band Trip in April 2019 to Minneapolis and a concert at Bethel University.  Tickets are available on the band website band.pellachristian.net or the school office for $28.  Contact Mrs. Dykstra with questions at dykstras@pceagles.org.

The Pella Pro-Life Cookie Sale will be Thursday, December 6.  We’re looking for more volunteers to make cookies, and/or decorate and box cookies on December 6.  If you are willing to help, please contact Jocelyn Meinders, jclynmndrs@gmail.com or 515-346-8016.  We appreciate your support!

Want to be a volunteer for New Life Prison Community?  A volunteer training will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 5:15 p.m.  Please contact Pastor Rick Admiraal at 641-204-1954 or PastorRick@newlife-prison.org if you wish to become involved.

POINSETTIA SALES:  Pella Christian High School Music Department is selling poinsettias for the holiday season. Order forms are available from any PCHS band or choir student, in the school office, and on the school website.  Five different colors are available at a cost of $13 per plant.  Orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 20, and picked up at the school on Tuesday, November 27, between 2:30 and 5:00 p.m.

PCHS FINANCIAL DRIVE:  The Pella Christian High School Annual Financial Drive is currently underway.  If you have not yet responded, please consider prayerfully how you may help to provide Christ-centered learning for our covenant young people.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Chaplaincy and Care Ministry leaflet
  • PET – Mobility Worldwide Newsletter
  • Cary Connection, newsletter from Cary Christian Center

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  I Belong: Therefore, He Watches Over Me – Can we be sure of God’s protection, even if accidents still happen and diseases still get diagnosed?  Join Groundwork as we look at Matthew 10:29-31, Romans 8:28 and Psalm 121 for the assurance that no matter our circumstances He watches over us, because we belong to Him.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  God Prints – Liz decides to open a detective agency.  He, Lucille, and Morrie investigate a series of “coincidences” and come to a surprising discovery.  Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.  Check out KC’s Gifts of Kindness Advent Calendar and Devotional and invite your whole family to join you in giving daily gifts of kindness.  www.kidscorner.net

PRAY FOR CHAPLAINS:  Chaplaincy is a healing, reconciling ministry of God, an expression and extension of God’s activity and mission in the world.  The CRC endorses 140 chaplains to embody the grace of Christ in our communities.  Join us in praying for and supporting the ministries of chaplains everywhere.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Help kids become eager participants in your family’s giving by inviting them to identify a ministry for your family to support together, either financially or through volunteering.  For older children, suggest that they research local ministries to find one that connects with their own gifts and passions.  For young children, give them a short list to choose from.

November 11, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 11, 2018                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………….. Proclaim the Glory of the Lord……. Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

Impromptu on Bringing in the Sheaves

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

*Opening Prayer and Mutual Greeting…………………………………………………………………………

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………………… Rescuer (Good News)…………….. led by Worship Team

*Sing………………………………………….. Behold Our God…………………………………………………..

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……………………………… Back to God Ministries International

Offertory:  Singing – If My People’s Hearts Are Humbled – Celebration #805:1-2

The children are invited to the front after offering is received.

Children’s Message……………………………………………………………………………… Jim Gosselink

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Alexis Vos…………………………………………………………….. Ephesians 2:1-7……

Pew Bibles – page 1818

Sermon……………………………………………… “Alive”………………………………………………………….

“Amazing Grace” Series  Part 1

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing……………………………………… Rescuer (Good News)………………………………………………. ……

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

*Sing…………………………………… Behold Our God (chorus)……………………………………………. ……

*Postlude………………………….. Eternal Father Strong to Save…………………………………………

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Joyce Boender

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSNovember 18:  Missions Fund; November 22 (Thanksgiving):  Envelopes; November 25:  General Fund

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Sharesa Van Arendonk, Lisa Van Kooten, Kaden Van Wyngarden; November 18:  (A.M.) Arlys Veenstra, Judy Van Zee, Alexa Matherly; November 22 (Thanksgiving):  Sharon Walker, Kim Roose, Matt Bokhoven

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Bryan and Carolyn Harthoorn; North Doors:  Troy and Brenda Hugen; South Doors: Elmer and Darlene Kloosterman; November 18:  East Doors: Luke and Jeanetta Nieuwsma; North Doors: Debra Klyn; South Doors: Jon and Nicole Yoder; November 22 (Thanksgiving):  East Doors: Jason and Sharesa Van Arendonk; North and South Doors:  Will and Allison Van Wyngarden

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

Today: Carla Nieuwsma – C,J,S; Ruth Stevenson – C,J,S; Lisa Vos – C; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; November 18: Crystal Schreur – C,J,S; Vicky Slings – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday:  Gary Vander Molen; November 18:  Jeff Van Kooten

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

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

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

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

There will be a Council Chat in the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC at First CRC for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on Revelation  22:12-13, “I Am the Alpha and the Omega”.  The offering is for Creation Station Christian Preschool.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at First CRC for worship.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on Revelation 2:8-11 “The Life Sentence”. The offering is for Pella Pine Rest.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  “Thank you for the cards, phone calls and well wishes for my 88th birthday.  Above all, I thank God for all the years He has given me.” – Edith Van Zee

“Thanks to each one of you who sent cards and well wishes on my recent birthday.  It made the day very special and I trust you were blessed in sending them as I was in receiving them.” – Mae Vander Wiel

“Thanks to everyone who said prayers, sent cards, messages, gifts, food from the Meals Ministry as well as others, following my knee surgery at Mercy Hospital and during my rehab at Jefferson Place.  Special thanks to Pastor Paul and Elder Jon V.W. for their many visits and prayers.  I am humbled and grateful for my recovery.  God bless you all.” – Dena Bokhoven

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

TUESDAY:  The Pella Christian High Concert Choir will be one of eight choirs featured at this year’s Little Hawkeye Conference Choral Festival Concert on November 13.  Pella Christian High will host the choirs of the schools in our conference.  A mass choir made up of all eight choirs from the conference as well as the individual choirs will perform at the concert which begins at 7:00 p.m.  Come and support our high school musicians and enjoy an evening of fine choral music.

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. to study Lesson 18. All ladies are welcome and encouraged to join us.

Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m.

Children’s Choir (1st-6th graders) will meet from 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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

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

Adult Choir will meet from 7:00-7:45 p.m.

Christmas Musical Rehearsal is 7:45-9:00 p.m.

FROM COUNCIL:  At the congregational meeting new council members selected to begin in 2019 are elders Les Nieuwsma and Bill Wilson, and deacons Jacob Vaverka and Brent Van Kooten.  The council thanks all others who were nominated and willing to serve our church in this capacity.  The annual budget for 2019 was approved.  The plan to switch the location we plan to use for a new church building from West 12th to the corner of Oskaloosa Street and 240th Street was approved.

OUR VETERANS:  As a congregation we join with our fellow citizens in honoring those who have served and are serving our country in the military. Many have served in time of war, and some have been wounded in combat.  We honor all of them for their service and sacrifice.  They are as follows:

Ryan Hoekstra, Randy Kloosterman, Marion Klyn, Sid Klyn, Ron Kramer, Norm Nieuwsma, Bill Schimmel, Phil Slings, Bob Spencer, Bill Stursma, Ed Uitermarkt, Doyle Vande Lune, Devin Vander Molen, Ken Van Gent, Carl Van Houweling, John Van Woerkom, John Van Zee

C4C LEADER SIGN-UP:  There is a sign-up sheet downstairs for those that would like to lead or help with C4C throughout the year.  There is very little prep involved, and anyone, middle school age or older, is welcome to take a turn!

PICTURE DIRECTORY:  The updates to the church picture directory have been placed in your mailbox along with instructions.  The committee will update your book if you would like.  Please put your name in your book and place it and the update packet in the box in the church library.  Please also see one of us if you need additional update packets.  Thank you! – The update committee:  Stephanie Roose, Melissa Tukker, Paula Klyn and Susan Pierson

BABY GIFTS:  A table is located downstairs for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome Everly Jane, daughter of Will and Taylor Vande Voort, born on November 2. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

THANKSGIVING DAY:  At our Thanksgiving Day service you will be encouraged to say what you are thankful for in a word, or one or two sentences.

THANKSGIVING FOOD OFFERING:  Nonperishable food items will again be collected at our Thanksgiving Day service for Pella’s Food Shelf.

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There are several “Dessert with the Bradfords” gatherings scheduled this fall; note that two new dates have been added — Saturday morning, November 17, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and Thursday evening, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Middle and High School youths are also welcome to join us.

Please sign up in the narthex or downstairs or email secretary@pella2crc.org.  If you cannot attend a time that you have signed up for, or if you need a ride, contact Ruth at the church office and it will be arranged.  Please sign up at least by the Sunday before the event so we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD:  It’s that time of the year where we remember the greatest gift ever given and we pass on the love and joy of that gift to others!  We’re letting our excitement team up with the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again this year.  This means sharing a little bit of what we have with kids that need it. A few suggested gifts for shoeboxes: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, yo-yos, jump ropes, pens, markers, crayons, paper, coloring and picture books, writing pads, solar calculators, t-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, etc. Please note: due to increasing customs, toothpaste, gum, and all forms of candy are no longer allowed. Do Not Include used or damaged items or war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or lotions/liquids. There are boxes downstairs or fill your own shoebox or small plastic container. If you want to fill a box but don’t want to do the shopping, please give your money to Stephanie Roose by Wednesday, November 14, and we will fill a box for you. Please return your box to church by Sunday, November 18.

THANK YOU for helping  make the Cary Fish Fry a success.  Thank you to those who worked at the supper and came to the supper to support Cary Christian Center.  The four people who came from Cary had a great time and enjoyed spending time with you.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The Perk Up Ladies Christmas Luncheon has been set for Tuesday, December 11, at noon at the Pella Golf and Country Club.   A special invitation is being made to those former members who would like to join us — we’d love to have you.  Please let Anne Bokhoven know before November 27 if you would like to join us.  Give her a call at 628-4451 or send an email to annebokhoven@iowatelecom.net.

Bluegrass and BBQ is set to be a fun, toe-tapping evening on December 1 at Pella Christian High School.  You will enjoy a BBQ dinner as you listen to the banjo picking and sweet harmonies by the Benson Family Singers, a family bluegrass band from Faribault, Minnesota!  This is a fundraiser for the PCHS Band Trip in April 2019 to Minneapolis and a concert at Bethel University.  Tickets are available on the band website band.pellachristian.net or the school office for $28.  Contact Mrs. Dykstra with questions at dykstras@pceagles.org.

POINSETTIA SALES:  As is tradition, the Pella Christian High School Music Department is selling poinsettias for the holiday season. Order forms are available from any PCHS band or choir student,  the school office, and the school website.  Five different colors are available at a cost of $13 per plant.  Orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 21, and picked up Tuesday, November 28, between 2:30 and 5:00 p.m.

CROSSROADS PRISON MINISTRIES is looking for people (mentors) who are willing to review prisoner lessons and write them a letter of encouragement.  A lesson would be sent to you weekly.  Their ministry is growing rapidly and students are waiting for a mentor.  I have done this for over 15 years and continue to be blessed.  Please consider being a part of this ministry. Talk to me and I will give you more information.  Thank you! – Kathleen De Haan

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Winter Retreat will be held at Lake View Camp on December 15 and 16.  The topic will be over John 3:30 – “He must increase, but I must decrease.”  We will see how we each can live this out in this world. See the poster and registration form on the bulletin board or at www.lakeviewconference.com.

FROM LE MAHIEU’S:  As we enter this month of Thanksgiving, we want to offer our sincerest thanks for your recent gift and ongoing support for our family and our work in Papua New Guinea.  Without your generosity we would not be able to continue our work with Wycliffe.  We are thankful that Doug can teach missionary children and Papuan New Guinean students at Ukarumpa International School.  We are thankful that Benita is able to work on the typesetting of the Bau storybook Bible.  We appreciate you continuing to walk with us.  May God enlarge your witness for His kingdom as you serve Him in central Iowa.  In Christ – Doug, Benita, Noah and Tia Le Mahieu

DATE NIGHT:  Drop your kids off at Peoria Christian School on Friday, November 16, enjoy a date night, and raise money for the school at the same time.  Students in 7th/8th grade along with Jeremy and Melissa Copenhaver will be watching your children.  We will have devotions, prayer, food, and plenty of fun.  Bring your children anytime between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.  This is a 7th/8th grade fundraising event.

818 FORWARD WITH FAITH is participating in a fundraiser and tip night at Culver’s on November 12.  Please plan to join us at Culver’s from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and support 818FWF (a non-profit organization dedicated to providing homes and opportunities for adults with disabilities).

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • November Council Report
  • October Financial Report

November 4, 2018

 MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 4, 2018                                                                                                             9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………… Thine Is the Glory…………………………………………………….

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

*Opening Prayer and Mutual Greeting……………………………………………………………………………..

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………………………. There Is Power in the Blood……………………………………………….

BAPTISM OF COLTON COREY MAGNUSSEN

PREPARATION

What does baptism signify?

By it we are received into God’s church and set apart from all other people and religions, that we may be dedicated entirely to him, bearing his mark and sign.  It also witnesses to us that he will be our God forever, since he is our gracious Father.

What else does it mean?

Baptism signifies to us that just as water washes away the dirt of the body when it is poured on us and also is seen on the body of the baptized, so too the blood of Christ does the same thing internally, in the soul, by the Holy Spirit.

Should our children be baptized too?

Yes, we believe our children ought to be baptized and sealed with the sign of the covenant, as little children were circumcised in Israel on the basis of the same promises made to our children.  Christ has shed his blood no less for washing the little children of believers than he did for adults.

Is the significance of baptism, then, similar to circumcision?

Yes, baptism does for our children what circumcision did for the Jewish people. That is why Paul calls baptism the “circumcision of Christ.”

PRESENTATION

PROFESSION OF FAITH

   Questions for the parents.

   Question for the congregation.

.. Do you promise to love, encourage, and support these brothers and sisters by teaching the gospel of God’s love, by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, prayer, and service?

.. Congregation:  We do.

   Affirmation of Faith – the Apostles’ Creed

.. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

      I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

      I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

BAPTISM

DECLARATION, BLESSING, AND WELCOME

Brothers and sisters, we now receive Colton into Christ’s church.  Do you welcome him in love, and do you promise to pray for, encourage, and help nurture him in the faith?

Congregation:  We do, God helping us.

   Let us bless Colton together:

Congregation:  The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.  Amen.

*Sing…………………………………………… Baptized in Water…………………… Celebration #465:1, 2

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

Anthem……………………………………. It Is Well with My Soul…………………………………………………

Response, singing………………………… It Is Well (chorus)…………………………………………………….

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Regina Vaverka……………….. Ephesians 1:15-23;  Pew Bibles – page 1818

Sermon………………………………………………. “Power”……………… “God’s People” Series  Part 9

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

Offering (procession to front)………………………. World Renew for World Hunger – Peter Fish

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

*Sing……………………… The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power (Chorus)……………………………….

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

Minister: Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Phyllis De Vries Pianist: Tammy Bradford
Adult Choir: Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director;  Worship Team

* = Please stand if able.    Boldface type = Congregational Response

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 4, 2018     Combined First CRC, Faith CRC and Second CRC                  6:00 P.M.

Prelude………………………………………. Lord, I Need You…………………………………………………..

Living Hope

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome…………………………………………………………………………………. Pastor Brad Meinders

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

*Opening Prayer and Mutual Greeting…………………………………………………………………………

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing – Resurrection Hymn Requests (Celebration Hymnal #357-368)………………………….

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

Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 17, Q&A 45…………………………………………………………..

How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?

First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he won for us by his death.

      Second, by his power we too are already now resurrected to a new life.

      Third, Christ’s resurrection is a guarantee of our glorious resurrection.

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

Offertory:  I Surrender

GOD’S WORD

Scripture………………………………………………………………………………………………. John 11:1-27……

Pew Bibles – page 1668

Sermon………………………….. “The Resurrection and the Life”………….. Pastor Ryan Faber

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing…………………………………………. Because He Lives……………………. Celebration #358:1……                                                                         ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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

*Sing…………………………………………. Because He Lives……………………. Celebration #358:3……

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

Preacher:  Pastor Ryan Faber;  Liturgist: Pastor Brad Meinders
Organist: Melissa Geetings

* = Please stand if able.

Announcements

OFFERINGSNovember 11:  Back to God Ministries International; November 18:  Missions Fund; November 22 (Thanksgiving):  Envelopes; November 25:  General Fund

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Allison Van Wyngarden; Susan Pierson, Taryn Hugen; November 11:  (A.M.) Sharesa Van Arendonk, Lisa Van Kooten, Kaden Van Wyngarden

C4C LEADERToday:  Lindsay Golliet

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Brent and Lisa Van Kooten; North Doors: Kathleen De Haan; South Doors: Ruth Van Hal; November 11:  East Doors: Bryan and Carolyn Harthoorn; North Doors:  Troy and Brenda Hugen; South Doors: Elmer and Darlene Kloosterman

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

Today: Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Sharon Van Zee – C,S; November 11:  Carla Nieuwsma – C,J,S; Ruth Stevenson – C,J,S; Lisa Vos – C; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday:  Brian Van Kooten; November 11: Gary Vander Molen

NOVEMBER MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser           –     Pearl Van Waardhuizen, Gertrude Wassink

Doug and Benita Le Mahieu    –     Ruth Van Hal, John Van Woerkom

Lloyd and Nancy Peckham*    –     Larry Van Weelden, Jon Van Woerkom

Justin Van Zee                          –     Ken Van Gent, Wes Veenstra

*New address: 118 Estrella St., Tustin, CA 92780

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

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

This morning the congregation is blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Colton Corey Magnussen, son of Corey and Katie Magnussen.

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

Today is World Hunger Sunday, and we will collect the Peter Fish.  Thanks for feeding the fish and fighting hunger.

We invite all visitors and all 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.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC and Faith CRC will join us for worship at our church.  Pastor Ryan Faber will preach on John 11:25-26, “The Resurrection and the Life”.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC at First CRC for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on Revelation  22:12-13, “I Am the Alpha and the Omega”.  The offering will be for Creation Station Christian Preschool.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We rejoice at the birth of a healthy girl, Everly Jane, on November 2 to Will and Taylor Vande Voort.  We thank God for this great gift!

“Thank you for all the cards and well wishes for my birthday. It’s such a blessing to be part of such a loving church family.”- Cathryn Van Ee

“Thank you to the Perk Up ladies for the flowers and to the congregation for their prayers, cards, calls and visits for my birthday.” – Kee Buitenwerf

“I want to thank everyone for the cards and telephone calls that I received for my birthday.” – Thressa Nieuwsma

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

There will be a Congregational Meeting at 7:00 p.m.  We will vote on changing future property locations (as mentioned in the last Council Chat), the 2019 Budget, and select new office bearers.  People having accepted the nomination for Elders are Les Nieuwsma, Calvin Van Haaften, Bill Wilson and Jason Van Arendonk.  People having accepted the nomination for Deacon are Jamis Christensen, Jason Van Hal, Jacob Vaverka and Brent Van Kooten.

Consistory and Council meetings will meet at “normal times”, pausing for the Congregational Meeting.

WEDNESDAY: Please join the GEMS girls at Pizza Ranch between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. for our fundraiser night.  Bring along the invitation in your mailbox and we’ll receive an extra 5% of your purchase.  We look forward to serving you and appreciate all your support!

Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:30-6:50

Children’s Choir (1st-6th graders) will meet from 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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

Adult Choir will meet from 7:00-7:45 p.m.

Christmas Musical Rehearsal is 7:45-9:00 p.m.

THURSDAY:  The Let’s Remember scrapbooking small group will meet in the church basement, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  For more information contact Julie at 628-1303.

FRIDAY:  The Peoria Christian School Annual Bazaar is at their school gym. Bake Sale/Browse-n-Buy 3:00-6:30; Coffee Time 3:00-4:30; Supper 5:00-6:30; Live Auction and free childcare at 7:00.    Please join us for a fun-filled evening.

C4C LEADER SIGN-UP:  There is a sign-up sheet downstairs for those that would like to lead or help with C4C throughout the year.  There is very little prep involved, and anyone, middle school age or older, is welcome to take a turn!

THANKSGIVING MEAL BOXES:  The Pella Food Shelf is again making Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to give to local families.  Pella II’s challenge this year is to bring 200 cans of peaches by next Sunday, November 11.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing some cans of peaches.

PICTURE DIRECTORY:  The updates to the church picture directory have been placed in your mailbox along with instructions.  The committee will update your book if you would like.  Please put your name in your book and place it and the update packet in the box in the church library.  Please also see one of us if you need additional update packets.  Thank you! – The update committee:  Stephanie Roose, Melissa Tukker, Paula Klyn and Susan Pierson

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There are several “Dessert with the Bradfords” gatherings scheduled this fall; note that two new dates have been added — Saturday morning, November 17, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and Thursday evening, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Middle and High School youths are also welcome to join us.

Please sign up in the narthex or downstairs or email secretary@pella2crc.org.  If you cannot attend a time that you have signed up for, or if you need a ride, contact Ruth at the church office and it will be arranged.  Please sign up at least by the Sunday before the event so we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD:  It’s that time of the year where we remember the greatest gift ever given and we pass on the love and joy of that gift to others!  We’re letting our excitement team up with the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again this year.  This means sharing a little bit of what we have with kids that need it. A few suggested gifts for shoeboxes: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, yo-yos, jump ropes, pens, markers, crayons, paper, coloring and picture books, writing pads, solar calculators, t-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, etc. Please note: due to increasing customs, toothpaste, gum, and all forms of candy are no longer allowed. Do Not Include used or damaged items or war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or lotions/liquids. There are boxes downstairs or fill your own shoebox or small plastic container. If you want to fill a box but don’t want to do the shopping, please give your money to Stephanie Roose by Wednesday, November 14, and we will fill a box for you. Please return your box to church by Sunday, November 18.

THANK YOU:  The Pella BackPack Program sincerely thanks the GEMS of Pella II for packing and donating hygiene kits to Pella BackPack Program.  Your kindness and generosity will help children in need in the Pella area.  Thank you!

CROSSROADS PRISON MINISTRIES is looking for people (mentors) who are willing to review prisoner lessons and write them a letter of encouragement.  A lesson would be sent to you weekly.  Their ministry is growing rapidly and students are waiting for a mentor.  I have done this for over 15 years and continue to be blessed.  Please consider being a part of this ministry. Talk to me and I will give you more information.  Thank you! – Kathleen De Haan

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Winter Retreat will be held at Lake View Camp on December 15 and 16.  The topic will be over John 3:30 – “He must increase, but I must decrease.”  We will see how we each can live this out in this world. See the poster and registration form on the bulletin board or at www.lakeviewconference.com.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

A Veteran’s Day Assembly will be held on November 12 at Peoria Christian School.  Please come and join us for “Lunch with a Vet”.  If you are a veteran or know of a veteran, invite them to join us for lunch and a special tribute to honor them.  RSVP to the school if you are interested in coming – 625-4131 or email office@peoriachr.org.

Bluegrass and BBQ is set to be a fun, toe-tapping evening on December 1 at Pella Christian High School.  You will enjoy a BBQ dinner as you listen to the banjo picking and sweet harmonies by the Benson Family Singers, a family bluegrass band from Faribault, Minnesota!  This is a fundraiser for the PCHS Band Trip in April 2019 to Minneapolis and a concert at Bethel University.  Tickets are available on the band website band.pellachristian.net or the school office for $28.  Contact Mrs. Dykstra with questions at dykstras@pceagles.org.

BENEFIT SUPPER: Joshua Academy Benefit soup supper on Wednesday, November 7, at Calvary CRC from 5:00-7:00 serving soups, beef burgers and pumpkin bars.  Principal Chris Hurley will share school news with us at 6:00 p.m.  Joshua Academy is celebrating their 10th year providing affordable Christ-centered education to 140 K-12 grade students in urban Des Moines.

FREEDOM HOUSE has closed on their new house!  Please consider an end-of-the-year donation toward paying off the home.  Checks can be sent to P. O. Box 815, Pella, or donate online (mark that it’s for the home) freedomhouseministry.org.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Photo Directory Updates
  • Justin Van Zee’s information card

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Belong: Completely and Forever – The Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1 brings great comfort to many believers.  Join Groundwork as we study Romans 14:1-12 and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 to explore the scriptures that give us the confidence to say we belong body and soul in life and in death to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: What is the Measure of You Success? – Liz really, really wants a Jeter 10,000 video game for Christmas.  Will he get it? Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.  Check out KC’s Gifts of Kindness Advent Calendar and Devotional at www.kidscorner.net.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Make prayer part of your everyday life with a family prayer bulletin board.  Post lists titled “Things we’re thankful for”, “Things we’re worried about”, “People who need our prayers”, etc.  Add to your lists after school or at bedtime, then pray together about all your joys and concerns.

FROM WORLD RENEW:  Today we bring our offerings to God and ask Him to use them to supply the needs of those living in poverty to achieve Uzima — a sense of wholeness and life as God intended it to be.

October 28, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
October 28, 2018                           Reformation Sunday                                      9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………… The Solid Rock…………………………………………………….

A Mighty Fortress

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Greetings from Cary Christian Center……………………………. Ruthie Kelly, Dewayne Davis

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

*Opening Prayer and Mutual Greeting…………………………………………………………………………

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………….. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God……….. Celebration #151:1-4

*Statement of Faith……………………… Apostles’ Creed……………………………………………………

*Sing……………………………………… This Is Amazing Grace………………………………………………

Giving Our Firstfruits to God…………………………………………………….. Calvinist Cadet Corp

Offertory Anthem:  Cornerstone

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

GOD’S WORD

Sing………………………………………… Open Our Eyes, Lord…………………….. Celebration #633

Scripture, read by Ray Klyn…………………………………………………………… Ephesians 1:15-18……

Pew Bibles – page 1818

Sermon……………………………………. “Glory and Riches”………………………………………………..

“God’s People” Series  Part 8

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing…………………………………………….. Cornerstone……………………………………………………… ……

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

*Sing………………………………………. Cornerstone (chorus)………………………………………………. ……

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Joyce Boender
Adult Choir: Phyllis De Vries, Accompanist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director
Worship Team;  Trumpeters:  Robert Rus, Will Vande Voort

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSNovember 4:  (World Hunger Sunday) World Renew; November 11:  Back to God Ministries International; November 18:  Missions Fund; November 22:  (Thanksgiving) Envelopes; November 25:  General Fund

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Kala Talsma, Lisa Vos, Alexis Vos; November 4:  Allison Van Wyngarden; Susan Pierson, Taryn Hugen

C4C LEADERNovember 4:  Lindsay Golliet

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften ; North Doors: Ken and Esther Van Gent; South Doors: Wes and Arlys Veenstra; November 4:  East Doors: Bryan and Carolyn Harthoorn; North Doors: Kathleen De Haan; South Doors: Tom and Viola De Vries

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

Today: Kathleen De Haan – C; Glenda Van Kooten – C,J,S; Lisa Van Kooten – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; November 4:  Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday:  Ken Van Woerkom; November 4:  Brian Van Kooten

NOVEMBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Jason Van Arendonk, Gary Kuiper; North Side:  Les Nieuwsma; South Side:  Jeff Van Kooten

Attention November Ushers:  If you are unable to usher your scheduled time, please contact head usher, Dave Stevenson at 620-9028 or 641-230-1086.

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

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

A special welcome to Ruthie Kelley and Dewayne Davis from the Cary Christian Center who will bring greetings during our service this morning.

We invite all visitors and all 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.

At 6:00 p.m. there will be a joint Reformation Day Celebration including several CRC churches at First Christian Reformed Church.  Dr. Kyle Dieleman, Assistant Professor of History at Trinity Christian College, will be bringing God’s Word, and there will be music by a joint choir.  A nursery will be provided and someone will be available to help with their elevator.  The offering is for Trinity Christian College.

NEXT SUNDAY: Next Sunday morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Colton Corey Magnussen, son of Corey and Katie Magnussen.  May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

Next week is World Hunger Sunday.  Don’t forget your Peter Fish!

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC and Faith CRC will join us for worship at our church.  Pastor Ryan Faber will preach on John 11:25-26, “I Am the resurrection and the Life”.

Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday –  remember to set your clocks back 1 hour.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Alberta De Jong who will celebrate her 85th birthday on November 3, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Dear Pella 2 Family – Thank you so much for the cards, visits, phone calls, and other ways you expressed your concerns.  Most of all, thank you for your prayers.  I thank the Lord for healing that is taking place.  God is Good, All the Time!” – Kathleen De Haan

“Thank you for all the beautiful cards and thoughtfulness of my church family for my birthday.  I thank God for the 85 years He has given me.  God is Good!” – Lois Klyn

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

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. to study Lesson 17. Our Fall Project offering for Hope Ministries and Crossroads of Pella will be taken again at this meeting.  All ladies are welcome and encouraged to join us.

Children’s Choir (1st-6th graders) will meet from 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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

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

Adult Choir will meet from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Christmas Musical Rehearsal is 8:00-9:00 p.m.

NEED LEAVES RAKED?  The Cadets will be raking leaves this coming Saturday afternoon, November 3.  If you have a yard or know of a yard that could use some leaf removal, please contact Shane Tukker (303-827-4085) or any other Cadet counselor.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING:  There will be a Congregational Meeting on Monday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m.  We will vote on changing future property locations (as mentioned in the last Council Chat), the 2019 Budget, and select new office bearers.  People having accepted the nomination for Elders are Les Nieuwsma, Calvin Van Haaften, Bill Wilson and Jason Van Arendonk.  People having accepted the nomination for Deacon are Jamis Christensen, Jason Van Hal, Jacob Vaverka and Brent Van Kooten.

C4C LEADER SIGN-UP:  There is a sign-up sheet downstairs for those that would like to lead or help with C4C throughout the year.  There is very little prep involved, and anyone, middle school age or older, is welcome to take a turn!

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We would like to invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There are several “Dessert with the Bradfords” gatherings scheduled this fall; note that two new dates have been added — Saturday morning, November 17, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and Thursday evening, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Middle School and High School youths are also welcome to join us. We have room for 12 adults and/or youths at each gathering.

Please sign up in the narthex or downstairs or email Ruth Van Hal at secretary@pella2crc.org.  If you cannot attend a time that you have signed up for, or if you need a ride, contact Ruth at the church office and it will be arranged.

You can sign up as far in advance as you’d like, but please sign up at least by the Sunday before the event so that we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

THANKSGIVING MEAL BOXES:  The Pella Food Shelf is again making Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to give to local families.  Pella II’s challenge this year is to bring 200 cans of peaches for these boxes by November 11.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing some cans of peaches.

SOUND OPERATORS (and anyone interested in being a part of this important ministry):  A sound training event will be held at Third Reformed Church on Saturday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Please contact Barbara Boertje DeVries by this Tuesday if you are interested in attending.

THANK YOU:  The PC Eagles football program thanks all who came out to support us at our pancake breakfast on October 20.  The freewill donations given will go toward equipment and other items needed for the football program.  Special thanks go to Bonnie and Doug for all of their help and to the Lion’s Club for the use their pancake grill.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The Peoria Christian School Annual Bazaar will be Friday, November 9, at their school gym. Bake Sale/Browse-n-Buy 3:00-6:30; Coffee Time 3:00-4:30; Supper 5:00-6:30; Live Auction and free childcare at 7:00.  More information and list of items to be auctioned are on their Facebook.  Please join us for a fun-filled evening.

Dutch Letters for Sale!  Sully Christian School is selling hand-rolled Dutch Letters. Each 12″ stick is stuffed with almond filling and comes to you frozen to bake at your convenience.  Six Dutch Letters are $25.00.  Pick-up date is Friday, November 9, noon-9:00 p.m. at Sully Christian School.  Delivery options are also available. To order –  Sandi De Vries, 641-793-2911, Cell 641-780-4049 or scsdutchletters@gmail.com.

A Veteran’s Day Assembly will be held on November 12 at Peoria Christian School.  Please come and join us for a “Lunch with a Vet”.  If you are a veteran or know of a veteran, invite them to join us for lunch and a special tribute to honor them.  RSVP to Peoria Christian School if you are interested in coming – 625-4131 or email office@peoriachr.org.

PCHS ANNUAL FINANCIAL DRIVE:  The Pella Christian High School Annual Financial Drive is currently underway.  The goal for this year is $75,000 to be used to support the general fund of the school.  You received a letter in your church mailbox last week explaining the drive.  Donations can be sent directly to the school office at 300 Eagle Lane or given to any board member.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the mission of PCHS.

PELLA CHRISTIAN GRADE SCHOOL OPENINGS:  PCGS has an immediate opening for a one-on-one teacher aide for a lower elementary student for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year. A current Iowa teaching or para-educator certificate is desired, but not required. See www.pellachristian.net/news/employment.cfm if interested or contact David Te Grotenhuis, tegrotenhuisd@pellachristian.net, for more information.

PCGS has a three-hour-a-day food service worker opening.  Primary responsibilities include washing dishes, serving K-2, and general clean up/help around the kitchen.  Go to www.pellachristian.net/news/employment.cfm for application information.  If you have questions, contact Taunya Van Maanen at vanmaanent@pellachristian.net.

PCGS has an opening for a kindergarten aide. The candidate would assist the teacher from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on days kindergarten is scheduled.  A para-educator license is preferred, but not required. The application and statement of faith can be found at www.pellachristian.net/news/employment.cfm.

PCGS has bus driver openings for the 2018-19 school year.  Interested applicants should contact Chris Fynaardt (fynaardtc@pellachristian.net or 641-295-4354).

REQUEST FROM PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL:  November 3 we will be working on accreditation for our school.  We need all stakeholders to attend, starting at 9:00 a.m. with breakfast and working through lunch.  Please consider attending part or all of this important process.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided so please RSVP to office@peoriachr.org by November 1.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Pella II Newsletter
  • Pella Christian High Reporter
  • Breaking Barriers, from Disability Concerns
  • Focus on the Family bulletin

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  The Tower of Babel – What is the purpose of this curious story?  Study Genesis 11:1-9 with Groundwork to learn what God’s intervention in a human effort to build a tower to the heavens teaches us about our human motivation and human efforts, our need for God, and God’s ultimate plan for all nations.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Liz Miserable – Liz is having a very bad, horrible week when he loses Grandpa’s antique coin, fails a surprise test, and gets a cold.  Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.  Check out KC’s new Mezuzah craft at www.kidscorner.net.

FROM WORLD RENEW:  Next week is World Hunger Sunday – In communities where poverty is prevalent, men, women, and children often struggle to grow enough food, lack access to clean water, fight to rebuild after a disaster, and experience injustice.  Through your Peter Fish contributions, you are helping those in need gain new skills and knowledge to improve their lives.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Faith5 is a simple five-step family faith formation practice that your family can do together.  First, share your highs and lows of the day.  Then read a Bible verse or story together.  Talk about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows, pray for one another’s highs and lows, and bless one another.  Faith5 is great for kids of all ages!  Check out Faith5.org for more.

FROM CALVIN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY: Interested in learning more about theology or biblical studies?  Feeling called to a ministry role, but don’t know where to start?  Calvin Seminary invites you to join us for an upcoming Preview Day which is designed to give you the fullest seminary experience so you can experience for yourself how Calvin Seminary is preparing men and women for biblically faithful and contextually effective ministry of the Word.  Upcoming dates at www.calvinseminary.edu/previewday.

October 21, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
October 21, 2018                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………. I Will Praise Him………………………………………………….

God of Grace

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

*Opening Prayer and Mutual Greeting…………………………………………………………………………

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………….. Open the Eyes of My Heart…………………………………………..

*Nicene Creed……………………………………………………………………… page 4 in back of Psalter

*Sing……………………………………………….. Hosanna…………………………………………………………

Anthem………………………………………… What a Friend…………………………………. Adult Choir……

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………. CRC Disability Concerns

Offertory:   Video – “Psalm 139 Reflectors Reading”

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Carolyn Harthoorn…………………………………………….. Ephesians 1:15-23

Pew Bibles – page 1818

Sermon…………………………………………. “Revelation”……………………………………………………..

“God’s People” Series  Part 7

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………… Break Thou the Bread of Life………… Celebration #413:1, 5……

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

*Sing………………………………… Break Thou the Bread of Life……………. Celebration #413:4……

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Worship Team; Adult Choir: Phyllis De Vries, Accompanist
Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
October 21, 2018       Combined First CRC, Faith CRC and Second CRC                  6:00 P.M.

Prelude………………………………………. Faithful Shepherd………………………………………………….

Welcome and Call to Worship……………………………………………………. Pastor Paul Bradford

*Mutual Greeting……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

*A Time of Singing Praise………………………………………………………………………………………….

* All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name……………………………………… Celebration #43:1, 3, 4……

* He Leadeth Me……………………………………………………………………. Celebration #690:1-3……

* Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us……………………………………….. Celebration #688:1, 2, 4

A Reading of Psalm 23 with Sung Refrain:……………………………………………………………….

“Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.”

© 1986, GIA Publications, Inc.

Evening Prayer…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………. CRC Disability Concerns

Offertory:  We Worship and Adore You

Scripture…………………………………………………………………………………………….. John 10:11-18……

Pew Bibles – page 1666

Sermon………………………………. “I Am the Good Shepherd”……………… Pastor Ryan Faber

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

*Sing……………………………….. Precious Lord, Take My Hand……….. Celebration #684:1, 2……

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

*Sing……………………………….. Precious Lord, Take My Hand…………………………….. verse 3……

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

Preacher:  Pastor Ryan Faber;  Liturgist: Pastor Paul Bradford
Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSOctober 28:  Calvinist Cadet Corps

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Kim Vander Molen, Kim Hoekstra, Tessa Vander Molen; October 28:  (A.M.) Kala Talsma, Lisa Vos, Alexis Vos

C4C LEADERToday:  April Nieuwsma, Liam Nieuwsma

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Jerry and Martha Uitermarkt; North Doors: Elizabeth Uitermarkt; South Doors: Matt Walker; October 28:  East Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften ; North Doors: Ken and Esther Van Gent; South Doors: Wes and Arlys Veenstra

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

Today: Susan Pierson – C,J,S; Kala Talsma – C; Melissa Tukker –  C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; October 28:  Kathleen De Haan – C; Glenda Van Kooten – C,J,S; Lisa Van Kooten – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday:  Calvin Van Haaften; October 28:  Ken Van Woerkom

NOVEMBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Jason Van Arendonk, Gary Kuiper; North Side:  Les Nieuwsma; South Side:  Jeff Van Kooten

Attention November Ushers:  If you are unable to usher your scheduled time, please contact head usher, Dave Stevenson at 620-9028 or 641-230-1086.

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

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

October is Disability Awareness Month so we are recognizing that today.  More info may be found at https://network.crcna.org/disability-concerns/topic/accessibility.

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

We invite all visitors and all 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.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC and Faith CRC will join us for worship at our church.  Pastor Ryan Faber will preach on John 10:11-18, I Am the Good Shepherd.

NEXT SUNDAY: At 6:00 p.m. there will be a joint Reformation Day Celebration including several CRC churches at First Christian Reformed Church.  Dr. Kyle Dieleman, Assistant Professor of History at Trinity Christian College, will be bringing God’s Word, and there will be music by a joint choir.  A nursery will be provided and someone will be available to help with their elevator.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Sylvia Langstraat on the death of her son, Carl Vander Molen, on October 18.  May God comfort her and her family with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

We wish a happy birthday to Kee Buitenwerf who will celebrate her 90th birthday on October 22, to Edith Van Zee who will celebrate her 88th birthday on October 23, and to Thressa Nieuwsma who will celebrate her 87th birthday on October 24, and pray for God’s continued blessings on each of them.

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

The Shepherding Elders will meet at 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m.

Children’s Choir (1st-6th graders) will meet from 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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

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

Adult Choir will meet from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Christmas Musical Rehearsal is 8:00-9:00 p.m.

THURSDAY:  The Let’s Remember scrapbooking small group will meet in the church basement, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Everyone welcome to attend. For more information contact Julie at 628-1303.

SATURDAY:  Cat Fish fry at Faith CRC serving from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  There will also be chicken and all the trimmings.  Free will donation for Cary Christian Center.  There will be four people from the Cary Christian Center there to visit with.  If you are able to help at the Fish Fry they would appreciate four people to help serve at 5:30 and then help clean up.   Please sign up on the sheet downstairs or let Ruth know if you can help.

PCHS FALL MUSICAL:  PCHS’s theatre season opens with one of Broadway’s most popular musicals, Oklahoma!, to be performed this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 25-27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Vermeer Auditorium at PCHS.  Tickets sales continue in the school office, or call 628-4440.  Adult tickets are $10; $6 for children.  PCHS students attend free, but do need to reserve a seat at the school box office.

IT’S TIME TO FEED THE FISH!  Peter Fish will be handed out after the morning service today.  We will collect them on November 4, World Hunger Sunday.  The proceeds go to World Renew’s efforts to fight hunger everywhere.

C4C LEADER SIGN-UP:  There is a sign-up sheet downstairs for those that would like to lead or help with C4C throughout the year.  There is very little prep involved, and anyone, middle school age or older, is welcome to take a turn!

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We would like to invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There are several “Dessert with the Bradfords” gatherings scheduled this fall; note that two new dates have been added — Saturday morning, November 17, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and Thursday evening, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Middle School and High School youths are also welcome to join us. We have room for 12 adults and/or youths at each gathering.

Please sign up in the narthex or downstairs or email Ruth Van Hal at secretary@pella2crc.org.  If you cannot attend a time that you have signed up for, or if you need a ride, contact Ruth at the church office.

One other date that has one available space is Tuesday, November 6.  You can sign up as far in advance as you’d like, but please sign up at least by the Sunday before the event so that we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

ITEMS OF NOTE:  October is Pastor Appreciation Month.

October 22 is Pastor Paul and Tammy’s 35th wedding anniversary.

THANKSGIVING MEAL BOXES:  The Pella Food Shelf is again making Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to give to local families.  Pella II’s challenge this year is to bring 200 cans of peaches for these boxes by November 11.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing cans of peaches.

THANK YOU:  The Cadets would like to thank everyone who came to the annual Pork Patty Supper!  You made it another successful year which will help fund a lot of different activities and projects.

SOUND OPERATORS (and anyone interested in being a part of this important ministry):  A free sound training event will be held at Third Reformed Church on Saturday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Please contact Barbara Boertje DeVries by October 30 if you are interested in attending or would like more information.

PCHS PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES UPDATE:  Conferences will be held from 5:00-7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 22 (this is different than previously advertised) and from Noon-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25.  Teachers will be in their classrooms both dates due to the 7:00 p.m. volleyball tournament game the 22nd.  Parents:  please reference the email sent from school to sign up for conference slots.

VERMEER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION invites you to an evening with Dr. Kara Powell, executive director of Fuller Youth Institute and faculty member at Fuller Theo-logical Seminary. She will speak on the topic “Growing Young: Helping Young People Discover and Love the Church”. This free, open-to-the-public event is this Monday, October 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Third Reformed Church.  Further questions – call 628-3141 or e-mail charitablefoundation@vermeer.com.  More information at www.vermeer.com;, About Us, Community, Vermeer Charitable Foundation, Leadership Alliance.

PCHS ANNUAL FINANCIAL DRIVE:  It is time for the Annual Financial Drive for the Pella Christian High School.  The purpose of this drive is to support the general fund of the school.  The goal for this year’s drive is $75,000.  We ask you to prayerfully consider a gift to the school.  A letter explaining the drive is in your mailbox today.  Thank you in advance for your faithful support of the mission of Pella Christian High.

PCGS OPENING:  Pella Christian Grade School has an immediate opening for a one-on-one teacher aide for 2018-19 school year.  The person in this position would provide services to a lower elementary student.  A current Iowa teaching certificate or paraeducator certificate is desired, but not required, for this opening.  Applicants should complete the application and sign the statement of faith.  Interested applicants can view the employment portion of our school website pellachristian.net or contact David Te Grotenhuis at tegrotenhuisd@pellachristian.net for more information.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • 2019 Proposed Budget
  • Lloyd & Nancy Peckham News Update
  • Pella Christian Grade FOCUS – (Project Overview & Recap available on the table.)
  • PCHS Financial Drive letter

October 14, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
October 14, 2018                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………… Amazing Grace……………………………………………………

We Are One in the Spirit

OPENING

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

Call to Worship, Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………

PRAISE TO GOD

Song………………………………………… We Are the Children……………………… Children’s Choir

*Mutual Greeting……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

*Sing……………………………………… Rescuer (Good News)……………… led by Worship Team

*Sing…………………………………………. Lord, I Need You…………………………………………………..

Mission Moment………………………………………………………………………… Rev. Justin Van Zee

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………………… BackPack Program

Offertory:   “Where Rivers Meet” Video

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading………………………………………………………………………….. Philippians 2:1-11

Pew Bibles – page 1827

Sermon…………………………………… “The Way of Christ”……………….. Rev. Justin Van Zee……

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………………… Be Thou My Vision……………….. Celebration #562:1, 2

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

*Sing………………………………………… Be Thou My Vision…………………… Celebration #562:4……

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Missionary: Rev. Justin Van Zee
Organist: Melissa Geetings
Children’s Choir: Tammy Bradford, Accompanist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
October 14, 2018                   Combined First CRC and Second CRC                              6:00 P.M.

Prelude……………………………. There Is a Name I Love to Hear………………………………………..

Holy, Holy, Holy

Welcome and Call to Worship…………………………………………………… Pastor Brad Meinders

*Mutual Greeting……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

*A Time of Singing Praise………………………………………………………………………………………….

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

* Jesus Is All the World to Me………………………………………………… Celebration #512:1, 2……

* My Faith Has Found a Resting Place…………………………………… Celebration #528:1, 3……

Evening Prayer…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………………… BackPack Program

Offertory:  Prayer for Peace  – Ruth Stevenson, pianist

Sing……………………………………………. You Are the Vine…… Vocal Ensemble, Congregation

Scripture, read by Ryan Hoekstra…………………………………………………………… John 15:1-12……

Pew Bibles – page 1676

Sermon…………………………………… “I Am the True Vine”……………… Pastor Paul Bradford

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

*Sing…………………………………… O Jesus, I Have Promised…………… Celebration #676:1, 4

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

*Sing………………………………………….. You Are the Vine…………………………………………………..

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

Preacher:  Pastor Paul Bradford;  Liturgist: Pastor Brad Meinders
Organist: Melissa Geetings
Vocal Ensemble:  Tammy Bradford, Accompanist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSOctober 21:  CRC Disability Concerns; October 28:  Calvinist Cadet Corps

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Amy Bokhoven, Brooke Van Woerkom, Kirby Van Wyngarden; October 21:  (A.M.) Kim Vander Molen, Lisa Vos, Tessa Vander Molen

C4C LEADEROctober 21:  April Nieuwsma, Liam Nieuwsma

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Ken and Janiece Van Woerkom; North Doors: Ken and Shirley Zylstra; South Doors: Steve and Kim Roose; October 21:  East Doors: Jerry and Martha Uitermarkt; North Doors: Elizabeth Uitermarkt; South Doors: Matt Walker

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

Today: Sarah Christensen – C; Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; October 21:  Susan Pierson – C,J,S; Kala Talsma – C; Melissa Tukker –  C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday:  Jason Van Arendonk; October 21: Calvin Van Haaften

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

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

We welcome Rev. Justin Van Zee, missionary in Cambodia, who will be preaching in our morning service.  He will have an additional presentation about his work in the sanctuary at 11:00.

We invite all visitors and all 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.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC will join us for worship at our church.  Pastor Paul Bradford will be preaching on John 15:1-12, I Am the True Vine.

NEXT SUNDAY: At 6:00 p.m. First CRC and Faith CRC will join us for worship at our church.  Pastor Ryan Faber will preach on John 10:11-18, I Am the Good Shepherd.

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

The Pella Christian Grade School Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. on October 15.

The Pella Christian High Board will meet on October 15 at 7:00 p.m.

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. to study Lesson 16. Our Fall Project offering for Hope Ministries and Crossroads of Pella will be taken at this meeting and again on October 31.  All ladies are welcome and encouraged to join us.

Our Cadet Club will be hosting its annual Pork Patty BBQ  from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  The menu includes pork patty sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, desserts, and beverages.  Free will donations will be accepted.

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

Adult Choir will meet from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Christmas Musical Rehearsal, 8:00-9:00 p.m.

SATURDAY: The Pella Christian High Eagle Football team is hosting a pancake breakfast at the high school.  Pancakes, sausage, cinnamon rolls, and drinks will be served from 7:30-10:00 a.m.  Free will donations will help fund the football program.

MUSIC MINISTRY NOTES (Please see Barbara Boertje DeVries for details.):

Children’s Choir will not meet this Wednesday.  Our next rehearsal will be Wednesday, October 24, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

Adult Choir will practice this Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Christmas Musical Choir rehearsal this Wednesday, 8:00-9:00 p.m.

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We would like to invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There are several “Dessert with the Bradfords” gatherings scheduled this fall, each will be on a Tuesday or Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Middle School and High School youths are also welcome to join us. We have room for 12 adults and/or youths at each gathering.

Please sign up in the narthex or downstairs for one of the evenings or email Ruth Van Hal at secretary@pella2crc.org. If you cannot attend a time that you have signed up for, or if you need a ride, contact Ruth at the church office.

Desserts currently scheduled include: October 18, 23 & 25, November 6 & 8. You can sign up as far in advance as you’d like, but please sign up at least by the Sunday before the event so that we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

GEMS REQUEST YOUR HELP!  The GEMS Girl’s club is once again collecting hygiene items to include in the BackPack program.  The BackPack program provides kids with extra food for the weekend and now includes hygiene items twice a year so kids can feel their best at school.  A sign-up sheet is located in the basement and we ask that items be dropped off in the basement by next Sunday, October 21.

THANKSGIVING MEAL BOXES:  The Pella Food Shelf is again making Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to give to local families.  Pella II’s challenge this year is to bring 200 cans of peaches for these boxes by November 11.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing cans of peaches.

PCHS ALUMNI FOOTBALL NIGHT:   All Pella Christian High School alumni are invited to attend the home football game against Interstate 35 this Friday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.  Look for the large tent just north of the grandstand where you will receive an alumni decal, register for prizes and enjoy free hot chocolate and snacks.  We will be recognizing the different eras of graduates during the evening and provide a cozy spot for you to rub elbows with fellow PCHS alum.  This is for adults only, please.

PATHWAYS OF PELLA annual Fall Fundraising Banquet is this Saturday, October 20, at Federated Fellowship, Pella, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The event is free (opportunity for financial support will be given). You will hear from Senator Amy Sinclair on the importance of Prolife legislation, and about changes made at Pathways of Pella this year. To reserve your spot, call 628-4827 or email marilyn@pathwayspella.org by October 15.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Vermeer Charitable Foundation invites you to an evening with Dr. Kara Powell, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. She will speak on the topic “Growing Young: Helping Young People Discover and Love the Church”. This free, open-to-the-public event is on Monday, October 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Third Reformed Church.  Further questions – call 628-3141 or e-mail charitablefoundation@vermeer.com.  More information at www.vermeer.com;, About Us, Community, Vermeer Charitable Foundation, Leadership Alliance.

Parent-Teacher Conferences at Pella Christian High School:  Parents, please plan to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences during one of the following times:

Monday, October 22, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  School dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 25, from noon-2:00 p.m. with an 11:30 a.m. dismissal.

These conferences will take place in the gymnasium.  A reminder that there will be no classes Friday, October 26, for a teacher work day.

Cary Christian Center – Come eat catfish and chicken with the folks from Cary Christian Center on October 27 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Faith CRC.

PCHS Fall Musical:  PCHS’s theatre season opens with the musical, Oklahoma!, to be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 25-27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Vermeer Auditorium at PCHS.  Tickets go on sale October 15 in the school office, or call 628-4440.  Adult tickets are $10; $6 for children.  PCHS students attend free, but do need to reserve a seat at the school box office.

The Peoria Christian School Annual Bazaar will be on Friday, November 9, at the Peoria Christian School Gym. Please plan to join us for a fun-filled evening.

October 7, 2018

MORNING SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT
October 7, 2018                                                                                                            9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………… Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing……………………………………

Break Thou the Bread of Life

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

*Opening Prayer and Mutual Greeting…………………………………………………………………………

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………………………… Build Your Kingdom Here……………………. Worship Team

Hosanna

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

Council Chat Invitation……………………………………………………… Deacon Corey Magnussen

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………. Christian Education Fund

Offertory:  God So Loved the World

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Sharesa Van Arendonk………………………………………. Ephesians 1:11-14

Pew Bibles – page 1818

Sermon……………………………………….. “The Deposit”  …………………………………………………..

“God’s People” Series – Part 6

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing…………………………………………. Jesus Shall Reign…………………………………………………………

THE LORD’S TABLE

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Preparing to Receive the Bread and Cup

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

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

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

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

Communion

Invitation

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

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

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Receiving the Bread and Cup

Prayer of Thanks

CLOSING WORSHIP

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

*Sing…………………………………………. Jesus Shall Reign………………………………………………….. ……

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist:  Phyllis De Vries
* = Please stand if able.

Boldface type = Congregational Response

 

 

Announcements for October 7, 2018

OFFERINGS:  October 14:  BackPack Program; October 21:  CRC Disability Concerns; October 28:  Calvinist Cadet Corps

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Crystal Schreur, Lindsay Golliet, Nia Hoekstra; October 14:  (A.M.) Amy Bokhoven, Brooke Van Woerkom, Kirby Van Wyngarden

C4C LEADERToday:  Melissa Tukker

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Jim and Barb Gosselink; North Doors: Larry and Janice Van Weelden; South Doors: Jon and Glenda Van Woerkom; October 14:  East Doors: Ken and Janiece Van Woerkom; North Doors: Ken and Shirley Zylstra; South Doors: Steve and Kim Roose

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

Today:  Paula Klyn – C,J,S; Jeanetta Nieuwsma – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; October 14:  Sarah Christensen – C; Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday: Sherwin Klyn; October 14:  Jason Van Arendonk

OCTOBER MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser           –     Jerry Uitermarkt, Lawrence Vander Molen

Doug and Benita Le Mahieu    –     Marilyn Vander Molen, Mae Vander Wiel

Lloyd and Nancy Peckham      –     Ed Uitermarkt, Joyce Vander Molen

Justin Van Zee                          –     On Home Service

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

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

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

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.

We invite all visitors and all 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.

There will be a Council Chat at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on John 14:1-11, I Am the Way.  The offering is for Chaplain Ministries.

NEXT SUNDAY: Justin Van Zee, missionary to Cambodia, will be preaching in our morning service on October 14.  He will have an additional presentation about his work in the sanctuary after the worship service.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC will join us for worship at our church.  Pastor Paul Bradford will be preaching on John 15:1-17, I Am the True Vine.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  Dena Bokhoven is scheduled for knee replacement surgery tomorrow, October 8, at Mercy West in Des Moines.  Your prayers will be appreciated.

We extend our Christian sympathies to Jerry and Chris Branderhorst on the death of Chris’s sister, Carolyn Arkema, on September 30.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

We wish a happy birthday to Mae Vander Wiel who will celebrate her 89th birthday on October 11, and to Joann Verhey who will celebrate her 85th birthday on October 12, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Grateful.  Thankful.  Blessed…is how I felt after receiving all the recent birthday wishes you sent.  The cards, calls, gifts, emails were so appreciated.  God Bless You All.” – Anne Bokhoven

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

TUESDAY:    On October 9 at 7:00 p.m., the Pella Christian High School Music Department will showcase its large performing ensembles at the annual Fall Concert.  The Marching Band, Concert Choir and Cantabile will perform a variety of music in the school auditorium.  Come and enjoy the musical gifts of our PCHS students.  A bake sale will be held before and after the concert.  The sale will begin at 6:00 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Music Department.

WEDNESDAY:  Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m.

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

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

Children’s Choir (1st-6th Graders) will meet from 6:30-6:55 p.m.

Adult Choir will meet from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Christmas Musical Rehearsal, 8:00-8:45 p.m.

THURSDAY:  The Let’s Remember scrapbooking small group will meet in the church basement, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Everyone welcome to attend. For more information contact Julie at 628-1303.

SATURDAY:  New Life Prison Community Church is sponsoring a free Christian concert by the Jeff Arrandale Band at Grace Fellowship on October 13 at 7:00 p.m.  A free-will offering will be taken for New Life.

MUSIC MINISTRY NOTES (Please see Barbara Boertje DeVries for details.):

Children’s Choir (1st-6th graders) will practice this Wednesday, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

Adult Choir will practice this Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Christmas Musical Choir rehearsal this Wednesday, 8:00-8:45 p.m.

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We would like to invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There are several “Dessert with the Bradfords” gatherings scheduled this fall, each will be on a Tuesday or Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Middle School and High School youths are also welcome to join us. We have room for 12 adults and/or youths at each gathering.

Please sign up in the narthex or downstairs for one of the evenings or email Ruth Van Hal at secretary@pella2crc.org. If you cannot attend a time that you have signed up for, or if you need a ride, contact Ruth at the church office.

Desserts currently scheduled include: October 11, 18, 23 & 25, November 6 & 8. You can sign up as far in advance as you’d like, but please sign up at least by the Sunday before the event so that we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

GEMS REQUEST YOUR HELP!  The GEMS Girl’s club is once again collecting hygiene items to include in the BackPack program.  The BackPack program provides kids with extra food for the weekend and now includes hygiene items twice a year so kids can feel their best at school.  A sign-up sheet is located in the basement and we ask that items be dropped off in the basement by Sunday, October 21.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Our Cadet Club will be hosting its annual Pork Patty BBQ on Wednesday, October 17, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  The menu includes pork patty sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, desserts, and beverages.  Free will donations will be accepted.

PCHS Alumni Football Night:   All Pella Christian High School alumni are invited to attend the home football game against Interstate 35 on October 19 at 7:00 p.m.  We will be recognizing the different eras of graduates during the evening and provide a cozy spot for you to rub elbows with fellow PCHS alum.

Pathways of Pella will have their annual Fall Fundraising Banquet on October 20.  The event is free (opportunity for financial support will be given) and will be held at Federated Fellowship, Pella, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  You will hear from Senator Amy Sinclair on the importance of Prolife legislation, and about changes made at Pathways of Pella this year.  To reserve your spot call 628-4827 or email marilyn@pathwayspella.org by October 15.

Pancake Breakfast – The Pella Christian High Eagle Football team is hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, October 20, from 7:30-10:00 a.m., at the high school.

Wycliffe Banquet – Want to learn about the latest techniques in Bible translation?  Interested in knowing more about the work of Wycliffe?  A banquet will held at Central College (Graham Annex) at 6:00 p.m. on October 20. The banquet is free, but you need to make your reservations before October 13 by calling Frances at 628-2587 or Kathleen De Haan at 628-1739.

Cary Christian Center – Come eat catfish and chicken with the folks from Cary Christian Center on October 27 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Faith CRC.  There will be a free-will offering to support this ministry in Cary, Mississippi.

PCHS Fall Musical:  PCHS’s theatre season opens with the musical, Oklahoma!, to be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 25-27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Vermeer Auditorium at PCHS.  Tickets go on sale October 15 in the school office or by calling 628-4440.  Adult tickets are $10 with $6 for children.  PCHS students attend free, but do need to reserve a seat at the school box office.

Grace Fellowship is taking orders for fresh home-made stroopwafels – 12 for $12.  To place an order, call 628-1885 or email office@gracepella.org by Wednesday, October 24.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • October Council Report
  • September Financial Report
  • Huyser Prayer Letter
  • Le Mahieu Letter from PNG

 

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