April 5, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for April 5, 2020

APRIL WORSHIP SERVICES:  All in-person worship services and activities are canceled for the month of April.  Streamed worship services will be available every Sunday by 9:30 a.m.  We will also stream a Good Friday service on April 10 that will be available by 7:00 p.m.  Please join us!

These services help us worship and hear God’s Word each week.  Streaming can be accessed through our Pella 2 Website (pella2crc.org), through our Facebook page (facebook.com/secondcrc), or on our YouTube Channel (bit.ly/Pella2).

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

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

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for Children’s Bulletins for two different ages.

DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER?  If you would like to have a written copy of Pastor Paul’s sermons sent to you while we are not meeting together, call the office (628-2966).

SCOOP THE HEARTHSTONE LOOP!  This Sunday the Wellness Team at the Hearthstone Communities of Fair Haven East and Pella Manor have organized a Scoop the Hearthstone Loop.  Our residents have shared that during this time of isolation one of the hardest times is on Sundays when they are not able to be with their church families.  As a way of helping to lift their spirits you are invited to help them feel connected and valued THIS SUNDAY, April 5, from 4:00-4:30 by driving by and honking and waving and sharing in a spirit of community and love.  Our residents will be on their balconies and at their windows.  The route starts from Main Street — turn east on Independence St. and go two blocks, turn north on East 2nd St. and go two blocks, then east on Liberty St., drive into the parking lot and back out, continuing to East 3rd St., and turn south.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL has an opening for a Study Skills Instructor.  Interested candidates can contact Principal Dan Van Kooten at vankootend@pceagles.org for more information.  The teacher application packet for this opening is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

UPDATE #2 FROM THE LE MAHIEU FAMILY:  “After much prayerful consideration, our family has decided to return to the U.S.  The U.S. embassy is chartering a flight back to the U.S., and we have reserved seats.  We fly from Ukarumpa on April 5 to Goroka, overnight there, and the next morning fly to Port Moresby, then on to San Francisco via Honolulu.  We have not heard yet what quarantine protocols there might be.  From San Francisco we will make arrangements to fly to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A mission home is available for us to use in nearby Gibbsville.  Providentially, we should be able to stay in Gibbsville for the first few months of our furlough.

“Thank you so much for your prayers.  Leaving like this feels fractured and chaotic, with so many unknowns, and is not how we envisioned leaving Ukarumpa but we put our trust in a heavenly Father who is in control of all things.  We continue to pray for all of you in these changing times.  Love and blessings -Doug and Benita, Noah and Tia”

UPDATE FROM RYAN FABER: “I had hoped that we would be on the ground in Nigeria by now, but unfortunately we are not. We’ve been waiting for approval of our Nigerian visas since mid-February.  About the time we expected our visa applications to be approved, the Nigerian government adopted a travel ban due to Covid-19. Among those countries included in the ban is the United States. My understanding is that visas will not be issued until after the ban is lifted. We hope and pray that it will be soon, but expect that it depends on the future of Covid-19 in the U.S., which we also hope and pray will not be as bad as some predict and will pass sooner than many fear! Additionally, the Nigerian government has closed the country’s international airports through April 23, so we are stuck here!

“Resonate has provided us a lot of good orientation and training material that we are working through. I also continue to work on our communication plans with supporters and supporting churches. And I am supervising a few student theses from afar via email as much as possible.

“I learned late last week that the Nigerian government has ordered all schools in the country be closed. At least at that time, while there were no classes, students could remain on campus and were encouraged to continue reading and researching, but I expect that that may be changing as well. A colleague at the college quoted John 9:4 in an email to me the other day: “While it is day we must do the work of him who sent us, for night is coming when no one can work.” He thinks a night of restrictions similar to Europe and the U.S. is also coming soon in Nigeria.  We understand why they need to shut their borders to people from countries (in Europe and the U.S.) where the coronavirus is more widespread. We hope and pray that the virus does not spread in Africa as it has in Europe. Africa (and Nigeria) are not well-prepared to handle such a crisis.

“Thank you for your prayers and for your congregation’s commitment to our mission. We appreciate it.”

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  I Believe in the Son’s Life and Death – Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith.  Join Groundwork as we examine Luke 1:26-35, Matthew 27:11-26, Luke 23:44-46, and 1 Peter 3:18-20 to help us better understand what we profess to believe about Jesus’ life and death in the Apostles’ Creed.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Never Give Up – Liz, Lucille, and Scooter all try to be perfect – and they all fail.  Scooter now thinks that God might just give up on him.  Is Scooter right?   Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download this month’s Kids Corner Easter puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity Book Five, kidscorner.net/activities.

GOOD FRIDAY AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Take some time today to reflect on the events of Good Friday.  Read the story, and then use questions like these as you wonder about it:  What would it be like to be a friend of Jesus that day?  How would you feel?  What would you do?

LENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP: Spend time in the Easter story this week by engaging with it in a variety of ways.  If you have kids in your life, read it and then retell it together as you act it out or use crayons, markers, collage or even Lego to depict various scenes.  With other adults or on your own, read the story out loud several times, pausing in between to reflect and to circle or write down words that stand out for you.

March 29, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for March 29, 2020

APRIL 5 WORSHIP SERVICE:  In addition to the March 29 service, the April 5 worship service is canceled.  Worship services and other church events in April will continue to be reviewed by the Governing Board, in light of on-going developments and guidance from authorities.  Decisions on services and events are intended to be communicated in advance to allow sufficient time for planning – Pella II Governing Board

FROM PASTOR PAUL: During this unusual season when we cannot meet as a congregation Pastor Paul will be preaching a series entitled “Strength and Solace”. This Sunday the message, “Be Still and Know”, will be based on Psalm 46. Until we can meet again, we will be posting Sunday services online that will include worship, scripture, and Pastor Paul’s message. Past and future services and messages can be found on the church website (pella2crc.org), on the YouTube Channel (bit.ly/Pella2) and on our Facebook page (facebook.com/secondcrc). Also, please visit our church website (pella2crc.org) to listen to some encouraging hymns for this season which were recorded by our choir last week.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Stu and Amy Bokhoven on the death of Stu’s father, Bob Bokhoven, on March 20,  and to the family of Bill Schimmel, who passed away on March 25.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

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

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for a Children’s Bulletin for two different ages, furnished during this unusual time by the company we subscribe to for the weekly children’s bulletins.  Also attached are two pictures of palm branches.  Children – please color one of them and email your finished picture to secretary@pella2crc.org by Thursday, April 2.  On Palm Sunday, April 5, we will try to feature them in some way with the online service.

PCHS SOCIETY MEETING and Board Nominations:  The Pella Christian High School Society meeting scheduled for April 17 has been postponed until later in May or possibly beyond.  We are currently looking for board member nominations for four open positions and would ask you to prayerfully consider whether you might be called to serve. Board members are called to serve as trustees for the mission of the school to ensure God-honoring, excellent education for students for generations to come.  Open board positions include:

District I (Calvary CRC, Faith CRC, Connect Church, Pella II CRC, Covenant Reformed)

District III (Newton CRC, Prairie City CRC, Sully CRC)

District IV (Oskaloosa I CRC, Oskaloosa Bethel CRC, Cedar CRC)

One At-Large Board Position (PCHS supporter from any church)

If you are interested in serving as a board member, please call the school or email Principal Dan Van Kooten at vankootend@pceagles.org by noon on April 6.  Each open position requires the nomination of at least two persons who are to be elected at the next PCHS Society Meeting.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL has an opening for a Study Skills Instructor.  Interested candidates can contact Principal Dan Van Kooten at vankootend@pceagles.org for more information.  The teacher application packet for this opening is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

FROM PELLA COMMUNITY FOOD SHELF:  We are so humbled by those reaching out to see how they can support the Pella Community Food Shelf (PCFS).  Many of the standard practices regarding receiving food have had to change due to COVID-19.

At this time, the best way to support the PCFS is by financial giving. That enables us to utilize our buying resources and provide for our friends and neighbors in need via the best possible way in accordance with the current guidelines.  We have several ways to do that:

  1. QR CodeThe locked drop box by the Food Shelf interior door in The Well fellowship area (enter on the east side through exterior door #2 or 3)
  2. By mail – P.O. Box 465, Pella, IA 50219
  3. Venmo- username: PellaCommunity_FoodShelf, or QR Code at right.

Thank you, THANK YOU for your financial support, donations, your many members who volunteer and prayers. – PCFS Team

FROM THE LE MAHIEU FAMILY:  We send you our love and greetings from Papua New Guinea.  We have been praying for you in this time of uncertainty, and we cherish your prayers as well, not only for our family but the people of Papua New Guinea.

We had plans to return to the U.S after Noah graduates, but these plans have been put on hold and our plane tickets (which had us going through Asia) have been cancelled.  Following PNG government mandates, the Ukarumpa center has been following a two-week isolation protocol. We will shelter here in Ukarumpa for now while closely following the news related to government travel bans.   While COVID-19 has found its way to PNG we really are not sure of the exact extent of its reach at this point.  We do ask for prayers for Cole and Leif back in the U.S.  Leif left New York City last week and has been following quarantine procedures in Wisconsin.  Cole remains in Lawrence, KS.  They both will continue classes online.

The Bau story book Bible dedication that was to have taken place March 26-27 has been cancelled.  We do not know when or how the story books will be distributed but trust that the Lord’s timing in all of this is perfect.

Please drop us a note and let us know how you are doing and how we can pray specifically for you and the challenges you may be facing.  Love and blessings, Doug, Benita, Noah and Tia

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  I Believe in God, The Son – What do we mean when we say “I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord”  Join Groundwork as we study Matthew 16:13-16, John 1:1-18 and Philippians 2:9-11 to discover who we believe Jesus Christ is and what this belief means for how we live our lives.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Beat the Buzzer – Liz and his friends are very excited about competing in the Beat the Buzzer game…so excited that they don’t complete their assignment for church school, figuring out the difference between grace, mercy, and justice.  Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download  an Easter puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity Book Five, kidscorner.net/activities.

LENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP: Hold a modified Seder meal with your family or friends to draw connections between the traditional Jewish Passover meal and the Last Supper.  This also provides a wonderful opportunity to teach children about communion and how Jesus asked us to remember him when we celebrate it.  Author Ann Voskamp offers Christian seder meal instructions at tinyurl.com/VoskampSeder.

March 22, 2020

Announcements for March 22, 2020

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Sylvia Langstraat who will celebrate her 95th birthday on March 27, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

We extend our Christian sympathies to Dave and Brenda Klyn, Elmer and Darlene Kloosterman and extended family on the death of their brother and son, Randy Kloosterman, on March 16.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

“Thank you to all who expressed your sympathy by word and by sending cards after the death of our brother-in-law.” – Shirley Van Hal and Ruth Van Hal

FROM COUNCIL:  The Council Chats and the Congregational Meeting concerning the new church name are all postponed.

PERK UP on Mondays will be canceled until further notice.

MONDAY’S PRAYER MEETING has been canceled, and future prayer meetings have been suspended until further notice.  At this time, feel free to contact Jon Van Woerkom with any prayer requests: 780-2638 or pellaglass@gmail.com.

BIBLE LEAGUE LUNCHEON scheduled for Monday, March 23, has been canceled.

THE P.E.T. FUNDRAISING AUCTION scheduled for March 25 has been postponed.

CADET-O-RAMA scheduled for this Saturday, March 28, has been canceled.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH PLAY scheduled for March 27 and 28 has been canceled.

DE KINDEREN KLOSET scheduled for April 3 and 4 has been postponed.

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

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

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

PURSUING PASTORAL MINISTRY?  If you are being called to pursue pastoral ministry in the CRC through seminary training, did you know that Classis Central Plains wishes to support you through prayer, encouragement and a financial scholarship?  To learn more information, please contact Aaron Gunsaulus at pastor.newtoncrc@gmail.com or by phone at 641-792-2162.

BIBLE TEACHER OPENING FOR 2020-21:  Pella Christian High School has a possible Bible Instructor position open for the 2020-21 school year.  Interested candidates can contact Principal Dan Van Kooten (vankootend@pceagles.org) for more information.  The teacher application packet for this opening is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL needs a part-time Spanish Teacher and a part-time Resource Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Contact Jeremy Copenhaver (principal@peoriachr.org) regarding this position.

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

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe in God, the Creator – Why can we trust God when bad things happen? Study Psalm 19:1-6 Job 28-34-41, and Psalm 104:27-30 with Groundwork to discover why we can believe in the creator God and His providence, and why this belief gives us comfort.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Purloined Pie – “Purloined Pie” pie baking for the Terrene Pies R Round Festival is interrupted when someone steals one of the pies.  Liz and Lucille are reminded that stealing is a sin.   Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Kids Corner, Easter puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity Book Five, kidscorner.net/activities.

LENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP: As Holy Week nears, create a worship space — a table or corner of a room where you can be intentional about spending time with God this week.  For now, decorate it with purple or black cloth, a cross, and other symbols.  Then on Easter morning, decorate this space with flowers, butterflies, white and gold cloth, etc.  Talk with kids about what these symbols mean. This space can continue as a worship area even after Easter is finished.

March 15, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
March 15, 2020                                                                                                            9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………… Lamb of Glory…………………………………………………….

Lamb of God

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Call to Worship – Psalm 46:1-7, 10-11 ………………………………………………………………………..

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………….. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God……….. Celebration #151:1, 2

*Sing……………………………….. The Battle Belongs to the Lord……….. Celebration #732:1-3

Sing………………………………………. What a Beautiful Name………………………………………………

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………. Creation Station Christian Preschool

Anthem:  O God Beyond All Praising – Adult Choir

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Anne Bokhoven…………………………………………………. Ephesians 6:10-13
Pew Bibles – page 1824

Sermon…………………………………….. “Satan’s Schemes”…………………………………………………

“Rise Up, O Church of God!” Series, Part 2

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing……………………………….. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God………….. Celebration #151:3

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for March 15, 2020

OFFERINGSMarch 22:  Ministry Shares; March 29:  Missions Fund

NURSERYToday: Arlys Veenstra, Crystal Schreur, Carson Tukker; March 22:  Vicky Slings, Lisa Van Kooten, Ethan Tukker

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Jim and Barb Gosselink; North Doors: Matt Walker; South Doors: Wes and Arlys Veenstra; March 22:  East Doors: Glenn and Carol Matherly; North Doors: Tom and Sharon Walker; South Doors: Lois Slings and Carol Ver Woert

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

Today:  Jeanetta Nieuwsma – C; Susan Pierson – C,J,S; Regina Vaverka – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; March 22:  April Nieuwsma – C,J; Arlys Veenstra – C,S; Wes Veenstra – S ; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Gary Vander Molen; March 22:  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 visitors and members of the congregation to a Fellowship Coffee downstairs immediately after the morning worship service.

Church School Classes will not meet today nor March 22 for spring break.

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

NEXT SUNDAY:  Next Sunday morning Pastor Dusty De Boef will preach.  Pastor Paul and Tammy will be visiting their children in California.

Children’s Choir will rehearse with Adult Choir on March 22 and 29, immediately after the worship service, for Palm Sunday, April 5.

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

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Lester Van Zee who will celebrate his 95th birthday on March 20 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

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

The Pella Christian Grade School Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. on March 16.

WEDNESDAY:  The Quilting Small Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the church basement.

Christian Fellowship Hour will meet at 1:30 p.m.  Note change of date.

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

COUNCIL UPDATE – NEW CHURCH NAME:  The Council passed a motion to bring the proposed new church name to the congregation for a vote.  The new name will be announced next Sunday, March 22, during a Council Chat at 11:00 a.m.

Council Chats focused on the name are planned for March 22 and March 29 at 11:00 a.m.  A congregational meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 6, which will include a vote on adopting the new name.  The Council extends a thank you to the Name Change Task Force for their work, and to those who submitted name suggestions.  We feel that this new name is an exciting step forward for us as a congregation.

QR CodeOFFERING:  Our offering today will go to “Creation Station Christian Preschool”.  Our offering March 22 will go to “Ministry Shares”.  Loose change and undesignated checks go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

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

COOKIES NEEDED:  The De Kinderen Kloset sale is right around the corner — April 3 and 4!  Would you be willing to help our important ministry and donate a few cookies?  Sign up on the table in the narthex or on the table in the basement.  Thank you in advance!

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

The Bible League Spring Salad Luncheon will be held Monday, March 23, 11:45 a.m. in the Trinity Reformed Church basement at 407 Franklin St.  Everyone, men and women alike, is invited.  A mini-concert will be given by a local young singing group, Molta Voce. The speaker will be Brian McLemore, who oversees the development of Easy-to-read Bibles into the world’s most needed languages for Bible League. An elevator is available on the southwest corner of the church.  A freewill offering will be taken for Bible League.

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

CONCERT CANCELED:  Rehoboth Christian School has regretfully canceled their 2020 Choir Tour due to the concerns from Coronavirus.  They hope to do virtual touring in the future to share the message they had wanted to share on the choir tour:  the hope that we are not our own, but belong to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. – Blessings from Bob Ippel and the Rehoboth Christian High School Choir

PURSUING PASTORAL MINISTRY?  If you are being called to pursue pastoral ministry in the CRC through seminary training, did you know that Classis Central Plains wishes to support you through prayer, encouragement and a financial scholarship?  To learn more information, please contact Aaron Gunsaulus at pastor.newtoncrc@gmail.com or by phone at 641-792-2162.

BIBLE TEACHER OPENING FOR 2020-21:  Pella Christian High School has a possible Bible Instructor position open for the 2020-21 school year.  Interested candidates can contact Principal Dan Van Kooten (vankootend@pceagles.org) for more information.  The teacher application packet for this opening is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL needs a part-time Spanish Teacher and a part-time Resource Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Contact Jeremy Copenhaver (principal@peoriachr.org) regarding this position.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe in God, the Father Almighty – What does it mean for us to believe in God? Join Groundwork as we study Ephesians 1:18-21 and Romans 8:15-17, the scriptures that inform what we believe about God’s nature and identity as we profess it in the opening statement of the Apostles’ Creed.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Route 32 – Liz faces all kinds of disappointment, but in the end has some awesome experiences.  Liz learns from his dad that, “With each problem you face, God gives you an opportunity.”  Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Lent 2020 devotionals to lead your family’s Bible study as you prepare for Easter, kidscorner.net/activities.

LENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP:  During Lent, many Christians try to become more aware of the suffering of others as we remember Jesus’ suffering and sacrifice.  How might you do this?  Consider volunteering as a family, with friends, or on your own at a ministry of mercy, or visiting members of your congregation who can’t physically join you in worship on Sundays.

March 8, 2020

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

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

It Is Well

(GEMS Activities Slideshow)

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for March 8, 2020

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

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

C4C LEADERToday: Katie Magnussen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

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

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

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

PARENT PREVIEW NIGHT:  Pella Christian High School invites all parents of 8th graders to the annual Parent Preview Night this Tuesday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  Information about high school (academics, extra-curriculars, costs, financial aid, etc.) will be shared.  Refreshments and a time of fellowship and tours of the building will follow the meeting.  Anyone who knows of a family considering PCHS (for any HS-aged student) is encouraged to personally invite them to this meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ITEMS:

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

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

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

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

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

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

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

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

March 1, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
March 1, 2020                                                                                                              9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………… Exaltation Medley………………………………………………….

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………… Magnificent, Marvelous, Matchless Love…………………………………

*Sing…………………………………… Because He Lives (Amen)…………………………………………….

GEMS Litany……………………………………. “Loved”………………….. Led by Katie Magnussen

Ribbon Creative Movement……. Live Like You’re Loved…………………………………… GEMS

Summary of GEMS Year of Activities and Girls’ Bible Verses…………………………………….

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………………………. Pella II GEMS

Offertory: GEMS Activities Slideshow

Carmen Walker – Flutist
Kynlee Van Wyngarden – Pianist
Nia Hoekstra, Alexis Vos – Clarinetists

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Carmen Walker………………………………………………….. 1 John 3:1-3; 4:19
Pew Bibles – page 1900

Sermon……………………………………. “He First Loved Us”……………………………………………….

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………… O How He Loves You and Me……….. Celebration #349:1-2

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

*Sing…………………………………… We Receive Your Blessing……………………………………………

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

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Phyllis De Vries
Worship Team; Worship Leader: Jon Golliet

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for March 1, 2020

OFFERINGSMarch 8:  World Renew; March 15:  Creation Station Christian Preschool; March 22:  Ministry Shares; March 29:  Missions Fund

NURSERYToday: Mary Van Haaften, Nicole Yoder, Matt Bokhoven; March 8:  Lindsay Golliet, Lisa Vos, Carson Tukker

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Jamis and Sarah Christensen; North Doors: Kathleen De Haan; South Doors: Calvin and Stephanie Roose; March 8:  East Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; North Doors: Les and Carla Nieuwsma; Jon and Nicole Yoder

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

Today:  Ruth Stevenson – C,S; Mary Ann Vander Molen – C,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; March 8:  Tammy Bradford – C,S; Sarah Christensen – C; Carolyn Harthoorn – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Calvin Van Haaften; March 8:  Ken Van Woerkom

MARCH MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser           –     Darrell Boot, Dennis De Vries
Doug and Benita Le Mahieu    –     Ken Zylstra, Kathleen De Haan
Lloyd and Nancy Peckham      –     Dena Bokhoven, Ron Branderhorst
Justin Van Zee          –           Anne Bokhoven, Tom De Vries

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

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

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

Church School Classes will meet from 10:50-11:35.

At 6:00 p.m. we will meet at Calvary CRC to join Connect Church, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC for worship.  Pastor Nate Klingenberg will preach on the books of Samuel.

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

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

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We extend our Christian sympathies to Shirley Van Hal and Ruth Van Hal on the death their brother-in-law, Geurt Van Hal in Chicago on February 23.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

We wish a happy birthday to Ron Spoelstra who will celebrate his 80th birthday on March 2, and to Martha Slings who will celebrate her 102nd birthday on March 7, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

The Practical Care Team is requesting assistance with rides for John Van Zee to West Ridge in Knoxville on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, leaving Pella at 1:00 p.m., one way.  Contact Wes Veenstra, 641-204-1956, or Arlys Veenstra, 641-780-1967, for more details.

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

WEDNESDAY:  Come join the Cadets and GEMS on March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the PCGS gym for our annual Pinewood Derby races.  Everyone is welcome to race in our open class; even with an old car.  The only requirement is that the car weighs less than 5 ounces and be registered BEFORE 7:00 p.m.  Even if you don’t want to race, come join us for ice cream after the races!

ADULT CHOIR’S next rehearsal will be Wednesday, March 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Pella II GEMS”.  Our offering March 8 will go to “World Renew”.  Loose change and undesignated checks go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by going to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The P.E.T. Fundraising Auction will be held on Wednesday, March 25, at Pella Christian High School.   The meal will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the auction will start at 7:00 p.m.  There are sign-up sheets downstairs for auction items and volunteers.

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

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

Parent Preview Night – Pella Christian High School invites all parents of 8th graders to the annual Parent Preview Night on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  Information about high school (academics, extra-curriculars, costs, financial aid, etc.) will be shared.  Refreshments and a time of fellowship and tours of the building will follow the meeting.  Anyone who knows of a family considering PCHS (for any HS-aged student) is encouraged to personally invite them to this meeting.

CREATION STATION:  Online Creation Station Christian Preschool Intention forms for the 2020-2021 school year go live on the school website pellachristian.net under the Preschool tab at 9:00 pm. on March 3, 2020.  Preregistration for Creation Station Christian Preschool is highly recommended, as classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Creation Station will once again be offering Three School, Preschool, One-to-Grow-On and Spanish Immersion classes.  Be sure to mark your calendars for March 3! Check out Creation Station’s Facebook page for the latest information and updates.

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

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

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

February 23, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
February 23, 2020                                                                                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………….. Praise Him, Praise Him………… Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

Holy, Holy, Holy

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

*Sing……………………………………… Open Up the Heavens……………………………………………….

Cadet Landmarks…………………………………………………………………………………. Shane Tukker

Cadet Litany……………………………………………………………….. Led by Cadets and Counselors

*Sing………………………………………….. Living for Jesus………………………… Celebration #605

1 – Cadets; vs. 4 – All

Cadet Update……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God…………………………………………………………………… Pella II Cadets

Offertory:  A Cadet Activities Slideshow

Baptism of Ella Joan Talsma……………………………………………………………………………………….

Solo…………………………………………….. For This Child………………………………… Mariah Talsma

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Ethan Tukker…………………………………. Jeremiah 29:10-14; Mark 11:24
Pew Bibles pages – 1221 & 1574

Sermon……………………………….. “Our Father Is Listening”……………………………………………

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing……………………………………… He Will Hold Me Fast……………………………………………….

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

*Sing……………………………………… He Will Hold Me Fast……………………………………………….

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

Pastor:  Paul Bradford; Organist:  Joyce Boender; Worship Team

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for February 23, 2020

OFFERINGSMarch 1:  Pella II GEMS; March 8:  World Renew; March 15:  Creation Station Christian Preschool; March 22:  Ministry Shares; March 29:  Missions Fund

NURSERYToday: Barb Gosselink, Regina Vaverka, Nia Hoekstra; March 1:  Mary Van Haaften, Nicole Yoder, Matt Bokhoven

C4C LEADERToday:  Emily Boender

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Dennis and Bev De Vries; North Doors: Les and Carla Nieuwsma; South Doors: Bob and Karen Spencer; March 1:  East Doors: Jamis and Sarah Christensen; North Doors: Kathleen De Haan; South Doors: Calvin and Stephanie Roose

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

Today:  Ruth Van Hal – C,S; Sarah Van Zee – C,S; Nicole Yoder – C; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Brian Van Kooten; March 1:  Calvin Van Haaften

MARCH USHER SCHEDULE:  Center:  Jeff Vander Molen, Shane Tukker; North Side:  Gary Vander Molen; South Side: Brent Pierson

Attention Ushers:  If you are unable to usher your scheduled day, please find a replacement.  If you have any issues you can contact Regina Vaverka at 785-545-6226 or rgngrnnd@gmail.com.

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 Ella Joan, daughter of Steven and Kala Talsma. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

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

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

Church School Classes will meet from 10:50-11:35.

Choir Opportunity: You are welcome to join the Choir for this evening’s 6:00 p.m. combined worship service at Calvary CRC!  Please meet in Calvary’s sanctuary this evening at 5:05 for rehearsal.

At 6:00 p.m. we will meet at Calvary CRC to join Connect Church, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on the book of Ruth.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. we will meet for combined worship again at Calvary CRC.  Pastor Nate Klingenberg will preach on the book of Samuel.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: “We would like to thank our Pella 2 family for your expressions of sympathy following our dear brother Mike’s death.  Your kindness means so much to us.  We are so blessed to be part of the Pella 2 family.” – Steve and Kim Roose

“We would like to thank the congregation for all the cards that we received for our anniversary.  They were much appreciated. God is good!” – Ron and Lola Spoelstra

“This past Thursday, February 20, was the 35th anniversary of when my family’s lives took an unexpected turn.  It has not always been easy, but we are thankful for God’s care through the years as well as the help from Pella II.  I have been blessed with many more years than originally given and look forward to what may be ahead.  God is good all the time, all the time God is good!” – Joel Vander Molen

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

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

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

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

Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m.  The theme is: Jesus Forgave Others/Jesus is Our Savior.

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

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

Men of Adult Choir will rehearse upstairs 7:00-7:40 p.m.

Adult Choir will rehearse in sanctuary 7:40-8:30 p.m.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Pella II Cadets”.  Our offering March 1 will go to the “Pella II GEMS”.  Loose change and undesignated checks go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by going to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The P.E.T. Fundraising Auction will be held on Wednesday, March 25, at Pella Christian High School.   The meal will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the auction will start at 7:00 p.m.  There are sign-up sheets downstairs for auction items and volunteers.

FROM COUNCIL:  Looking ahead to Tulip Time, the Council approved a request from Joel Vander Molen and Jon Neifert for the church facility to be used as a base for Tulip Time outreach events.  The church facility was used for the same purpose as well during the 2019 Tulip Time. Various outreach events are planned all three days.

SUNDAY EVENING BROADCAST:  If you are unable to attend the Sunday evening combined worship services at Calvary CRC, you can view the live broadcast of the service on the Calvary website by tuning in with your desktop computer or your mobile devices at http://calvarypella.org/watch-live/.  You can also view archived services at any time.

TODAY DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET;  The March/April TODAY devotional booklets, covering the Lent and Easter season, are on the tables in the narthex.  Pick one up to use for your family devotions!

AWAKEN THE DAWN!  Join Grace Fellowship at 7:00 a.m. for Lent Sunrise Prayer every Wednesday starting on February 26.  For more information, please email Christy at office@gracepella.org.

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

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

WORLD RENEW WORK TRIP:  World Renew has a work trip scheduled March 21-27 in Meridian, Mississippi.  If you are interested in going or would like more information, please contact Gary Van Engelenhoven (641-295-3626) by February 29.

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

  • 2020 Church Directory
  • Pella Christian Grade School FOCUS
  • Focus on the Family bulletin

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Jesus Cast Out Demons – As Jesus went about his earthly ministry, he cast demons out to release people from their bondage.  Join Groundwork as we study Matthew 12:22-29 and Matthew 8:28-34 to discover his purpose, learn about God’s kingdom, and better understand how we should respond to evil today. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KID’S CORNER: Liz and Jonah – Miss Wattle gives Liz the task of warning Skink to improve his grades.  Why would she do that, and why should Liz even care about helping? Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Lent 2020 devotionals to lead your family’s Bible study as you prepare for Easter (kidscorner.net/activities).

LENTEN DEVOTIONAL SERIES FROM TODAY:  Lent is a season to focus on the hope of Jesus Christ.  Receive a free Today devotional email series to help you refresh, refocus, and renew your faith during Lent.  Subscribe at todaydevotional.com/lent.

WORDS FROM THE CROSS:  Words From The Cross is a seven-part Bible study podcast from Groundwork.  In the season of Lent, dig deep into the significance and resonance of Christ’s words from the cross and let them focus your heart on our salvation through his death and resurrection.  Get it when you subscribe to Groundwork at groundworkonline.com/words.

February 16, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
February 16, 2020                                                                                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………….. O Worship the King…………………………………………………

You Are My All in All; How Great Thou Art

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Call to Worship …………………………… “God Is Good”…………………………………………………….

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………………….. O Worship the King……………. Celebration #104:1, 4, 5

*Heidelberg Catechism Q&A #1, responsively…………………… Psalter Addendum page #8

*Sing…………………………………………….. Living Hope………………………………………………………

*Sing…………………………………………… Amazing Grace………………. Celebration #343:1, 4, 5

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

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

Almost Home – Worship Team

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Lisa Van Kooten……………………………………………………. Ephesians 6:5-9
Pew Bibles – page 1823

Sermon…………………………. “The Christian in the Workplace”……………………………………..

“The Christian Family” Series, Part 4

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing…………………………………………….. Living Hope………………………………………………………

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

*Sing……………………………………….. Living Hope chorus…………………………………………………

*Postlude……………………………………… Almost Home…………………………………………………….

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Worship Team; Worship Leader:  Jon Golliet

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for February 16, 2020

OFFERINGSFebruary 23:  Pella II Cadets

NURSERYToday: Melissa Tukker, Amy Bokhoven, Georgia De Vries;  February 23:  Barb Gosselink, Regina Vaverka, Nia Hoekstra

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Steven and Kayla Talsma; North and South Doors: Matt and Lisa Vos; February 23:  East Doors:  Dennis and Bev De Vries; North Doors: Les and Carla Nieuwsma; South Doors: Bob and Karen Spencer

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

Today: Emily Boender – C,S; Vicky Slings – C,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; February 23:  Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; Sarah Van Zee – C,J,S; Nicole Yoder – C; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Sherwin Klyn; February 23:  Brian Van Kooten

MARCH USHER SCHEDULE:  Center:  Jeff Vander Molen, Shane Tukker; North Side:  Gary Vander Molen; South Side: Brent Pierson

Attention Ushers:  If you are unable to usher your scheduled day, please find a replacement.  If you have any issues you can contact Regina Vaverka at 785-545-6226 or rgngrnnd@gmail.com.

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

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

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

Church School Classes will meet from 10:50-11:35.

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

5:00 p.m. – Choir rehearsal at Calvary CRC (Room 107) for anyone interested in singing in a combined choir for the February 23, 6:00 p.m. combined worship service.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC at Calvary CRC for worship.  Pastor Sheldon Starkenburg will preach on the book of Judges.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Next Sunday morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Ella Joan, daughter of Steven and Kala Talsma. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC at Calvary CRC for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on the book of Ruth.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Dennis and Bev De Vries on the death of Dennis’ mother, Leona De Vries, on February 9.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

“Thank you to all who sent sympathy cards and phone calls following the passing of my sister-in-law.  It is certainly a reminder that Pella II is still my church home and family.” – Arie Boot

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 February 17.

The Pella Christian High Board will meet on February 17 at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

Women of Adult Choir meet upstairs 7:00-7:40 p.m.

Adult Choir meets in sanctuary 7:40-8:30 p.m.

CHOIR OPPORTUNITY:  If you enjoy singing in a Choir, you are welcome to join a combined CRC Choir for the Sunday, February 23, 6:00 p.m. combined worship service at Calvary CRC!  Rehearsals will be today (February 16) and February 23, 5:00 p.m. at Calvary CRC in Room 107.  We will sing the anthem Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing under the direction of Barbara Boertje DeVries.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Christian Education Fund”.  Our offering February 23 will go to the “Pella II Cadets”.  Loose change and undesignated checks go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The P.E.T. Fundraising Auction will be held on Wednesday, March 25, at Pella Christian High School.   The meal will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the auction will start at 7:00 p.m.  Save the date!  There are sign-up sheets downstairs for auction items and volunteers.

PULLED PORK SUPPER: Faith Church’s Outreach Ministry invites you to a Pulled Pork Supper on Wednesday, February 19, serving 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Faith. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, green beans, applesauce and homemade desserts.  Freewill offering.

LAKE VIEW WORK TRIP:  Want to make a difference during your spring break this year?  All high school students, college students, and adults are invited to join Lake View Camp as they head south to Cary, Mississippi March 13-21.  Bless families affected by the floods of 2019.  Help with home repair demolition, and local outreach in two of the poorest counties in the United States.  Go to www.lakeviewconference.com for more info and registration.

WORLD RENEW WORK TRIP:  World Renew has a work trip scheduled March 21-27 in Meridian, Mississippi.  If you are interested in going or would like more information, please contact Gary Van Engelenhoven (641-295-3626) by February 29.

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

  • Building Update

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Jesus Preached – When Jesus preached, crowds gathered.  Study Matthew 4:12, 17 and Luke 4:16-30 with Groundwork to help us better understand what preaching is and what preaching isn’t and to hear for ourselves Jesus Christ’s imperative and compelling message about the Kingdom of God. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KID’S CORNER: Junk Food Junkies – Liz and his friends are preparing for a race.  When it’s Liz’s turn to provide the snacks, his choices don’t help the others and actually make them feel sick after the training.  Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Lent 2020 devotionals to lead your family’s Bible study as you prepare for Easter (kidscorner.net/activities).

February 9, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
February 9, 2020                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………… Fellowship Medley…………………………………………………

How Beautiful

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

Song…………………………………. Behold What Manner of Love……………….. Children’s Choir

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

*Sing……………………………………………… We Believe……………………………………………………….

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

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………….. Office of Social Justice

Anthem: By Faith – Adult Choir

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Ken Van Woerkom……………………….. Ephesians 6:4; Hebrews 12:7-11

Pew Bibles – pages  1823 & 1877

Sermon…………………….. “Parenting Like Our Heavenly Father”…………………………………

“The Christian Family” Series, Part 3

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

*Sing………………… Glory to God, glory to God, glory to God, forever!  ………………………..

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

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist/Adult Choir Accompanist: Phyllis De Vries
Worship Team; Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for February 9, 2020

OFFERINGSFebruary 16:  Christian Education Fund; February 23:  Pella II Cadets

NURSERYToday: Emily Boender, Katie Magnussen, Georgia De Vries; February 16:  Melissa Tukker, Amy Bokhoven, Tessa Vander Molen

C4C LEADERToday:  Crystal Schreur

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Brent and Lisa Van Kooten; North and South Doors: Ryan and Kim Hoekstra; February 16:  Steven and Kayla Talsma; North and South Doors: Matt and Lisa Vos

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

Today: Amy Bokhoven – C,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; February 16:  Emily Boender – C,S; Vicky Slings – C,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Vander Molen; February 16: Sherwin Klyn

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 after the offering.  Visitors are also welcome!  Parents may pick up their child after the service. Today’s leader is Crystal Schreur.

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. today in the sanctuary.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church and Calvary CRC at Calvary CRC for worship. Pastor Dale Slings will preach on the book of Joshua.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC at Calvary CRC for worship.  Pastor Sheldon Starkenburg will preach on the book of Judges.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  Sylvia Langstraat wishes to thank the Goodfellas for their help moving her to Vriendschap last week.  It was much appreciated.

Bill Gilsdorf (father of Kathy Shadden) passed away on January 28 at the Marshalltown Veterans Home.  If you wish to send a card to Jimmy and Kathy Shadden their address is 12803 Killdeer Ave., Kellogg, IA  50135.

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

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

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

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

Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m.  The theme is “Jesus Loved Children – Jesus Showed Love to People” (Valentines Day).

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

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

Adult Choir Rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

CHOIR OPPORTUNITY:  If you enjoy singing in a Choir, you are welcome to join a combined CRC Choir for the Sunday, February 23, 6:00 p.m. combined worship service at Calvary CRC!  Rehearsals will be Sunday, February 16 and 23, 5:00 p.m. at Calvary CRC in Room 107.  We will sing the anthem Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing under the direction of Barbara Boertje DeVries.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Office of Social Justice”.  Our offering February 16 will go to the “Christian Education Fund”.  Loose change and undesignated checks go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by going to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

FROM THE DEACONS:  Thank you to the congregation for the financial gifts you have given to Pella 2 over the past year!  Your contributions are vital to the work and ministry of Pella 2, and we strive to use these gifts for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.  Thank you for your support!

GRIEF SUPPORT:  The Well will host speaker Angela Van Roekel, Making a Memory Keepsake, this Monday, February 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Well.

LEIGHTON GEMS AND CADETS SOUP SUPPER is this Wednesday, February 12, at the Leighton CRC from 5:00-7:00 p.m., serving chili, chicken and broccoli cheese soups, beef burgers, hot dogs and homemade desserts.  Proceeds go to both clubs.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The P.E.T. Fundraising Auction will be held on Wednesday, March 25, at Pella Christian High School.   The meal will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the auction will start at 7:00 p.m.  Save the date!

Faith Church’s Outreach Ministry invites you to a Pulled Pork Supper on Wednesday, February 19, serving 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Faith. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, green beans, applesauce and homemade desserts.  Freewill offering.

LAKE VIEW WORK TRIP:  Want to make a difference during your spring break this year?  All high school students, college students, and adults are invited to join Lake View Camp as they head south to Cary, Mississippi March 13-21.  Bless families affected by the floods of 2019.  Help with home repair demolition, and local outreach in two of the poorest counties in the United States.  Go to www.lakeviewconference.com for more info and registration.

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

  • January Financial Report
  • Justin Van Zee’s letter

February 2, 2020

MORNING SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT
February 2, 2020                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………….. Grace Alone………………………………………………………

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………………………. I Will Sing of My Redeemer…………. Celebration #517:1-4

*Sing…………………………………………….. Build My Life……………………………………………………..

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………….. Crossroads Prison Ministries

Offertory:  Crossroads Video

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Jeanetta Nieuwsma…………………… Deuteronomy 6:4-8;  Ephesians 6:4

Pew Bibles – pages 284 & 1823

Sermon……………………………….. “Forming Our Children”……………………………………………

“The Christian Family” Series, Part 2

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

*Sing………………………………… O How He Loves You and Me………… Celebration #349:1-2

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

CLOSING WORSHIP

*Sing………………………………………. There Is a Redeemer………………. Celebration #308:1, 2

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

*Sing………………………………………. There Is a Redeemer………………….. Celebration #308:3

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

Pastor:   Paul Bradford; Organist:  Joyce Boender
Worship Team; Harpist: Barbara Boertje DeVries

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for February 2, 2020

OFFERINGSFebruary 9:  Office of Social Justice; February 16:  Christian Education Fund; February 23:  Pella II Cadets

NURSERYToday: Kim Hoekstra, Ryley Hoekstra, Alexa Matherly; February 9:  Emily Boender, Katie Magnussen, Georgia De Vries

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Jeff and Teri Van Kooten; North Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson; South Doors: Jon and Nicole Yoder; February 9:  East Doors: Brent and Lisa Van Kooten; North and South Doors: Ryan and Kim Hoekstra

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

Today: Lois Slings – C,J,S; Taylor Vande Voort – C; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; February 9:  Amy Bokhoven – C,J,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Van Kooten; February 9:  Sherwin Klyn

FEBRUARY MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser           –     Ken Van Gent, Pearl Van Waardhuizen
Doug and Benita Le Mahieu    –     Ruth Van Hal, Wes Veenstra
Lloyd and Nancy Peckham      –     Mary Ann Vander Molen, Gertrude Wassink
Justin Van Zee          –           Larry Van Weelden, Jon Van Woerkom

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.

This morning our offering is for the Crossroads Prison Ministries.  Four of our Pella 2 members are mentors, who review the prisoners’ lessons and write them a letter of encouragement.  Many more are needed.  If this sounds like a ministry you would like to be involved in, please contact Kathleen De Haan.  Phone 628-1739 or email dehaanka@gmail.com and she will get you some information.  You will be blessed!

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. we will join Connect Church, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC at Calvary CRC for worship. Pastor Brad Bierma will preach on the book of Deuteronomy.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC at Calvary CRC for worship.  Pastor Dale Slings will preach on the book of Joshua.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Steve and Kim Roose on the death of Kim’s brother, Mike Van Weelden, on January 27, and to Arie Boot on the death of his sister-in-law, Angeline Van Den Berg, on January 23.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

We wish a happy birthday to John Van Woerkom who will celebrate his 89th birthday on February 8, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

New address:  Sylvia Langstraat has moved to Vriendschap Village, 2604 Fifield Road, 303-A, Pella.  Her phone number remains the same.

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

Council will meet at 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Children’s Choir Rehearsal, 6:30-6:55 p.m., to sing Sunday, February 9.

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

Cadets have Gym Night 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Adult Choir Rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

LIFE GROUP UPDATE:  Due to scheduling conflicts we are postponing the launch of our new Life Group until Sunday, February 16.  The group will meet from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Bradford’s home (603 Union Street).  We still have room for a couple more people.  The sign-up sheets are in the lobby and the Fellowship Hall.  Life Groups are small groups of around 8-12 people that faithfully meet together to share life, study God’s Word, support one another, and serve others.  They give us a place to connect and a time when we can encourage one another and grow deeper in our walk with the Lord.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to “Crossroads Prison Ministries”.  Our offering February 9 will go to “Office of Social Justice”.  Loose change and undesignated checks go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR DIRECTORY LISTING?   If  changes need to be made in your listing in the church directory, they can be written either in a directory placed on the table in the narthex or downstairs, OR in the online directory.  You can also call the church office (628-2966) or email secretary@pella2crc.org. For those who have access to the online directory, the information listed there is what will be used in the paper directory. Please makes necessary changes by February 4.

THANK YOU FROM MANOR RESIDENTS:  (The Manor residents needed to leave their homes for several days due to heating system problems.)  “The ‘exiled’ are back home – we started arriving around 10:00 a.m. and the last of our people came in about mid-afternoon (this past Thursday)!  All are well, very happy to be back and now we’re busy unpacking and doing laundry.  Most of us aren’t wild about living out of suitcases for a couple weeks – but – we were very well taken care of and all are very grateful!

“We had a nice, and much appreciated, surprise when we came home and found ‘welcome home’ packages on each of our doors from Pella II!  What a thoughtful thing to do — our teenagers would say ‘Pella II, you rock’ – we oldsters say ‘that’s the Pella II we know and love’.  I’m certain I’m speaking for everyone when I say, ‘Thank You so much’ for not only the welcome home packages but your thoughts and prayers for us all these last couple weeks.  Once again, proof that ‘God is Good – All the Time’!” – Anne Bokhoven on behalf of all our Manor residents

PCHS & PCGS INTEGRATION:  Pella Christian High School and Pella Christian Grade School are working on integration activities to strengthen and sustain the historic, distinctively Christ-centered mission of Christian schooling in this area.  Weekly briefings are archived near the bottom of the home page of the PCHS website in the “Integration Briefings” (www.pceagles.org).

818 FORWARD WITH FAITH’S 3rd Annual Dessert Dash is this Friday, February 7, at Sun Valley Barn in Pella. Silent auction from 4:00-6:00 p.m., followed by supper and desserts.  We will hear an inspirational message from Former Navy Seal, Patrick Bisher.  RSVP to promotion@forwardwithfaith.org OR click “going” on our Facebook event!

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Leighton GEMS and Cadets Soup Supper will be Wednesday, February 12, at the Leighton CRC from 5:00-7:00 p.m., serving chili, chicken and broccoli cheese soups, beef burgers, hot dogs and homemade desserts.  Proceeds go to both clubs.

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

  • Pella Christian High Reporter

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: The Hidden Hand of God – Life’s coincidences are much less coincidental when we recognize the hand of God at work.  Join Groundwork as we study Esther 5-10 to see how God worked in and through the actions of ordinary people and receive the assurance and hope we need to persevere in faith.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: The Six Clocks – There’s a thief on the loose in Terrene stealing clocks!  Why clocks?  What’s the thief doing with them?  What lesson does Grandpa Anole teach about contentment?  Join in on the adventure and see if you and your family can figure out the mystery before the Lizarardo Detective Agency does!   Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Valentine Card Collection to share with family and friends.  kidscorner.net/activities

AT HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – Looking for creative ways to pray with kids?  Check out a helpful blog post at network.crcna.org/Sunday-school/5-pointers-praying-kids, or take a look at the book Praying in Color:  Kids’ Edition by Sybil MacBeth, 2009 Paraclete Press.

OFFICE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE Sunday is next week.  OSJ Sunday is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the biblical call to justice.  OSJ provides resources for learning about the root causes of poverty, hunger, and oppression, and we empower the church to call on those in power to improve systems and enact just policy.

EXTREME CHURCH MAKEOVER IN HONDURAS – Do you have a passion for renovating buildings?  Do you know any skilled carpenters, plumbers, or electricians?  Resonate Global Mission has a volunteer opportunity for you!  We’re looking for a team to partner with a CRC church in Honduras to spruce up their new property so their ministry in their neighborhood can thrive.  Learn more at ResonateGlobalMission.org/makeover