January 20, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 20, 2019                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………. His Matchless Worth………………………………………………..

Praise Him! Praise Him!

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer……………………………………………………………………………

Choir Anthem…………………………….. Sing Once More!…………………………………………………..

PRAISE TO GOD

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

*Responsive Reading……………………. “The Temple”…………………………………………………….

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

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

Sanctity of Human Life Prayer……………………………………………………………………………………

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

Offertory:  O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee – Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Marti Zylstra……………………………………………………… Ephesians 2:17-22……

Pew Bibles – page 1819

Sermon………………………………………… “The Temple”……………………………………………………

“Amazing Grace” Series, Part 5

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………………………. Sanctuary…………………………….. Celebration #655……

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

*Sing………………………………………………. Sanctuary…………………………….. Celebration #655……

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSJanuary 27:  General Fund

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Allison Van Wyngarden, Kala Talsma, Kaden Van Wyngarden; January 27:  (A.M.) Lisa Van Kooten, Kim Hoekstra, Ryley Hoekstra

C4C LEADERJanuary 27:  Melissa Tukker, Carson Tukker

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Jim and Barb Gosselink; North Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson; South Doors: Robert Rus; January 27:  East Doors: Glenn and Carol Matherly; North Doors: Phil and Vicky Slings; South Doors: Lois Slings, Carol Ver Woert

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

Today: Emily Boender – C,J; Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; January 27:  Susan Pierson – C,J,S; Allison Van Wyngarden – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Sherwin Klyn; January 27:  Jeff Vander Molen

FEBRUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Matt Vos, Tony Van Zee; North Side:  Sherwin Klyn; South Side: Adam Slings

Attention February 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 meet from 10:50-11:35 a.m.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship. Pastor Ryan Faber will preach on 1 Peter 1:22-2:3, Living a New Life of Love in an Angry World.  Offering is for the Good Samaritan Free Clinic.

NEXT SUNDAY: Next Sunday morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Everly Jane Vande Voort, daughter of Will and Taylor Vande Voort.  May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on 1 Peter 2:4-10, The Rock and Your Role.  Offering is for Back to God Ministries, International.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  “Thanks to my Pella II church family for the many cards and well wishes on my recent birthday.” – Ray Veenstra

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

Pella Christian Grade School will hold a special society meeting on January 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the PCGS cafeteria to consider an addendum to the January 25, 2016, Society meeting motion.  The addendum would allow the fourth and final phase of the building project to proceed according to a prioritized list as funding is secured.  Please see the complete motion at pellachristian.net.  If you are unable to attend the society meeting you can complete an electronic absentee ballot found on the PCGS website under “News and Events”.

The Pella Christian Grade School Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. on January 21.

The Pella Christian High Board will meet on January 21 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.  All ladies are welcome.

No Children’s Choir rehearsal — the next rehearsal is January 30, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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

C4C LEADER SIGN-UP:  There is a sign-up sheet downstairs for those who 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!

TODAY IS SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE SUNDAY.  Decisions made by the Supreme Court 46 years ago have resulted in the deaths of 60 million unborn babies in the USA alone.  Abortion was the number one cause of death worldwide in 2018, making it the “social justice cause of our time”.  Worldometers reports that there have been 41.9 million abortions in the course of the year.  Churches use this Sunday to celebrate God’s gift of Life, commemorate the millions of lives lost to abortion, and commit to protecting life at every stage.

CADET DERBY RACE CARS:  If anyone is interested in building a pinewood derby car for the Cadet derby races on March 6, please see Shane Tukker.  Free car kits are available on a first-come basis.  All cars must weigh 5 ounces or less.

USHERS NEEDED:  The Council has approved of expanding the number of people available for ushering.  Women and/or couples who feel led to volunteer in this capacity, please call Dave Stevenson at 620-9028 or 641-230-1086.

BABY GIFTS:  A table is located downstairs for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome Logan Luke, son of Luke and Jeanetta Nieuwsma, born on January 3. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR DIRECTORY LISTING?  It is important that you check your listing in a directory available on the table downstairs or in the narthex to see if it is up to date.  If there are changes or additions that need to be made to your address, phone number or email address, please write the change in one of the directories, call the church office (628-2966), or email secretary@pella2crc.org by January 31.

BackPack PROGRAM:  The number of students needing assistance from the Pella BackPack Program has increased.  Therefore, the BackPack Program is looking for help with food donations from area churches.  Pella II is asked to collect donations of single serving size of oatmeal packets and of raisins.  Please place donations in the box on the table downstairs by January 30.  Thank you for your help in providing assistance to children in need.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Pella II Ladies Retreat Friday, February 8 – Saturday, February 9.  The sign-up sheet is located downstairs on the table.  Limited space available so check your calendars and sign up if interested!  If a little fun, food, and spiritual growth sounds inviting, join us!

Pella Christian High School invites you to attend their Homecoming activities on Friday, February 1, beginning at 1:00 p.m. sharp, in the Vermeer Auditorium,  with chapel.  Class competitions will follow in the gym and the activities will conclude with the introduction of the Homecoming Court at approximately 3:00 p.m.  The PCHS constituency is welcome to join us for these activities as well as the evening basketball games with Dallas Center-Grimes.  The varsity girls game will begin at 6:15 p.m. with the varsity boys to follow at 7:45 p.m.

Freedom House Ministries will host a gala on Thursday, February 7, at 6:00 p.m. at Central College Graham Conference Center to raise funds to support a home for girls who have been victims of sex trafficking.  You are invited for dinner and to hear nationally known speaker and author Gary Thomas.  Tickets ($25) are available at the Sanctuary (check or cash) or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-house-gala-tickets-51812260867.  With questions, please contact freedomhouse17@gmail.com.

Davis Folkerts will be presenting an organ recital in our sanctuary on Friday, February 8, at 12:05 p.m., as part of his Second Friday of the Month recital series. All are welcome to attend!

818 Forward With Faith invites you to join them on February 8 their second annual Dessert Dash held at Pella Christian High School.  It will start with a silent auction from 5:00-6:00 p.m., followed by supper and desserts, and then an inspirational message from John O’Leary.  Please RSVP to promotion@forwardwithfaith.org or go to www.forwardwithfaith.org for more information.

Pella Christian Grade School will have their Winter Bash fundraiser on Friday, February 22.  We will be entertained by FamBlitz which is an exceptional, out-of-the-ordinary, show.  The doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a silent auction and gift certificate booth.  Supper will be served from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  The entertainment begins at 7:00 p.m.  Please join us at PCGS on February 22 for this fun, Christian, family-oriented event!

Peoria Christian School will have their Hostess Supper on Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.  Please contact the school at Office@peoriachr.org or call 641-625-4131 if you have any questions.  See you there!

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is having their Pre-K/Kindergarten Round-Up on March 6 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Please send them with a packed lunch. A parent meeting will follow starting at 12:35.  If you have children or know of any children that are going to be in Pre-K or Kindergarten, this would be a great way to see if Peoria is the school for you.  Please RSVP by March 4.  For any questions or to RSVP, contact the school at Office@peoriachr.org. or call 641-625-4131.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Sanctity of Human Life leaflet

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Genuine Faith Influences Behavior – There’s no doubt the Apostle Paul believes the Gospel message changes people.  But Paul argues that change is not just internal, it’s external and it influences all aspects of life.  Join Groundwork as we explore 1 Thessalonians 3:1 – 4:12 to see how our faith in Jesus Christ affects our behavior. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: A Trail of Lies – Scooter forgets his promise to Liz and Lucille and tells a lie to cover it up, but one lie isn’t enough.  Do more lies lead to more trouble?  Listen now at kidscorner.net and subscribe to KC’s weekly emails for future episodes.  Download KC’s Collection of Memories Kit 2019 for a family activity today.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – In Families at the Center of Faith Formation, John Roberto shares eight things that form faith in the home:  caring relationships, celebrating the liturgical seasons, celebrating rituals and milestones, learning the Christian tradition and applying it to life, prayer, devotions and spiritual formation, reading the Bible, serving and working for justice, and worshiping God.  How is your family doing?  What would you like to focus on more in this new year? (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

PRAY FOR INSPIRE 2019 – Inspire 2019 is a conference to connect people from across the 1000+ churches in the Christian Reformed Church for three days of worship, workshops, speakers, and conversation.  We plan and prepare for this event, happening August 1-3 in Windsor, Ont., please join us in praying for the event and all who will attend.  This week registration opens — please pray for all who are considering registering, that God will guide their decision.

January 13, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 13, 2019                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………. Holy, Holy, Holy…………………………………………………..

Praise Him in the Morning

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………………………………… My Lighthouse…………………………………………………….

* “The Nicene Creed”………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God…………………………………………………………… Youth Unlimited

Offertory:  Rock of Ages

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

Children’s Message…………………………. One Word…………………………………… Bev De Vries

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

Sing…………………………………. Jesus, Name Above All Names……………….. Celebration #86

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Barbara Boertje DeVries……………………………………. Ephesians 2:11-22……
Pew Bibles – page 1819

Sermon………………………………………… “The Nation”…………………………………………………….

“Amazing Grace” Series,  Part 4

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing…………………………………………. No Longer Slaves…………………………………………………. ……

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

*Sing………………………………….. No Longer Slaves (chorus)…………………………………………… ……

*Postlude……………………………………… My Lighthouse…………………………………………………….

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 13, 2019                Combined First CRC and Second CRC                           6:00 P.M.

Prelude……………………………………… Thanks Be to Thee………………………………………………….

The Heavens Declare (Psalm 19)

The Lord Is My Light (Psalm 27)

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

*Sing……………………………………… Nothing but the Blood……………… Celebration #337:1-4

*Sing…………………………………………….. Jesus Saves!…………………. Celebration #438:1, 2, 4……

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God…………………………………………………………… Youth Unlimited
Offertory:  Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Sing………………………………………… Take Time to Be Holy……………… Celebration #656:1-3

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading………………………………………………………………………………. 1 Peter 1:10-21……

Pew Bibles – page 1887

Sermon……………….. “Living as Non-Conformists in a Dying World”…………………………..

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing…………………………………… O Jesus, I Have Promised…………… Celebration #676:1-3……

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

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

*Postlude…………………………………….. Singing Medley……………………………………………………

Preacher:  Pastor Brad Meinders; Organist: Phyllis De Vries
Pianist:  Gloria De Bruin
Song Leaders:  Wes & Arlys Veenstra

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSJanuary 20:  Missions Fund; January 27:  General Fund

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Lindsay Golliet, Kim Vander Molen, Kirby Van Wyngarden; January 20:  (A.M.) Susan Pierson, Kala Talsma, Kaden Van Wyngarden

C4C LEADERToday:  Crystal Schreur

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Tony and Sarah Van Zee; North Doors: Dave and Brenda Klyn; South Doors: Steve and Kim Roose; January 20:  East Doors: Jim and Barb Gosselink; North Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson; South Doors: Robert Rus

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

Today: Paula Klyn – C,J,S; Kim Vander Molen – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; January 20:  Emily Boender – C,J,; Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Van Kooten; January 20:  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 during the service.  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.

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

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

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC will join us at our church for worship.

NEXT SUNDAY: At 6:00 p.m. First CRC and Faith CRC will join us at our church for worship.  Pastor Ryan Faber will preach on 1 Peter 1:22-2:3, Living a New Life of Love in an Angry World.  Offering is for Good Samaritan Free Clinic.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We extend our Christian sympathies to Ray and Lois Klyn on the death of Lois’ sister Cleora De Jong.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

We wish a happy birthday to Esther Van Gent who will celebrate her 87th birthday on January 14 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to our church family for so many kindnesses and prayers for Bryan’s recent foot surgery and recovery.  He was able to return to work this past week, which is a blessing, and continues to make good progress in the healing process. We thank God for His healing mercy and for the caring people who have supported us in so many ways.” – Bryan and Carolyn Harthoorn

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

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

Children’s Choir rehearsal (for 1st-6th Graders) 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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.

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.

THE DORDT COLLEGE CONCERT CHOIR from Sioux Center invites you to a concert at 12:45 p.m. today, January 13, at First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa (815 North 11th St.).  Directed by Mr. Ryan Smit, the ensembles will perform a wide variety of choral music, including hymn arrangements, gospel, classics from Mozart and Brahms, multi-cultural songs from around the globe, and profound works from exciting new composers.  The concert is free, with a freewill offering received to help defray tour expenses.

C4C LEADER SIGN-UP:  There is a sign-up sheet downstairs for those who 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!

USHERS NEEDED:  The Council has approved of expanding the number of people available for ushering.  Women and/or couples who feel led to volunteer in this capacity, please call Dave Stevenson at 620-9028 or 641-230-1086.

BABY GIFTS:  A table is located downstairs for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome Logan Luke, son of Luke and Jeanetta Nieuwsma, born on January 3. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

CHURCH DIRECTORY CHANGES?  Please check your listing in a church directory on the table downstairs or in the narthex to see if it is up to date.  If there are changes or additions that need to be made to your address, phone number or email address, please call the church office (628-2966), email secretary@pella2crc.org or write the change in one of the directories.

BackPack PROGRAM:  The number of students needing assistance from the Pella BackPack Program has increased.  Therefore, the BackPack Program is looking for help with food donations from area churches.  Pella II is asked to collect donations of single serving size of oatmeal packets and of raisins.  Please place donations in the box on the table downstairs by January 30.  Thank you for your help in providing assistance to children in need.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Pella II Ladies Retreat Friday, February 8 – Saturday, February 9.  The sign-up sheet is located downstairs on the table.  Limited space available so check your calendars and sign up if interested!  If a little fun, food, and spiritual growth sounds inviting, join us!

Please plan to join us on February 8 for 818 Forward With Faith’s second annual Dessert Dash held at Pella Christian High School.  We will start with a silent auction from 5:00-6:00 p.m., followed by supper and desserts, and then hear an inspirational message from John O’Leary.  Please RSVP to promotion@forwardwithfaith.org or go to www.forwardwithfaith.org for more information.  We look forward to seeing you!

Peoria Christian School will have their Hostess Supper on Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.  Please contact the school at Office@peoriachr.org or call 641-625-4131 if you have any questions.  See you there!

THANK YOU:  Thank you so much for your financial and prayer support for New Life Prison Community this past year!  We also appreciate your Thanksgiving offering.  God continues to work through us at the Newton Correctional Facility, as we bring hope to the lost and help men to change their lives. – Pastor Rick and Rose Admiraal

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is having their Pre-K/Kindergarten Round-Up on March 6 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Please send them with a packed lunch. A parent meeting will follow starting at 12:35.  If you have children or know of any children that are going to be in Pre-K or Kindergarten, this would be a great way to see if Peoria is the school for you.  Please RSVP by March 4.  For any questions or to RSVP, contact the school at Office@peoriachr.org. or call 641-625-4131.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE!  You can still join us for the first Perspectives class tomorrow night at Central College.  The Perspectives course will expose you to true stories of how God is using people like you, provide you with a greater perspective of what God is doing in the world and invite you to live your life with eternal significance and purpose.  We’re meeting on the first floor of the Maytag Student Center in the BMW rooms, 401 Broadway in Pella from 6:00-9:00 p.m. tomorrow.  Free parking across the street in the maintenance parking lot (former Webster school).  Register at www.perspectives.org, or just come check out the first class for free.  Contact Matt Diehl with questions: diehlm@central.edu.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • January Council Report

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Pleasing God Not People – Should we really trust all pastors equally?  What qualifies a person to share the gospel message? Join Groundwork as we examine 1 Thessalonians 2 to discover Paul’s teaching on authority and the importance of our discernment, motivation, and responsibility for the gospel message at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Walk It, Talk It – Liz and Spike want to figure out how to buy fancy shoes so they can be cool.  When their plans to raise money flop, they joke about stealing the shoes.  But it isn’t long before their joke causes big problems.  Listen now at kidscorner.net and subscribe to KC’s weekly emails for future episodes.  Download KC’s Collection of Memories Kit 2019 for a family activity today.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – It’s easy for kids to think of Bible people like Moses and David as mythical characters rather than real, flesh and blood, flawed people.  When you read Bible stories where the main character does something wrong (and there are many!), emphasize that God works through imperfect people, even when they make mistakes.  And share stories with your kids of how God is at work in your own imperfect life.  (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

January 6, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 6, 2019                                                                                                            9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………… Great Is Thy Faithfulness…………………………………………….

Be Thou My Vision

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

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……………………………………………….

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

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

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………. Christian Schools International

Offertory:  Make It Grow

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Rob Schreur………………………………………………………… Ephesians 2:4-10……

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 It Grow Reprise……………………………………………….

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Joyce Boender

Worship Team

* = Please stand if able.

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 6, 2019        Combined First CRC, Faith CRC and Second CRC                  6:00 P.M.

Prelude………………………………… March of the Three Kings……….. Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

We Three Kings

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………………………………… The Solid Rock…………………… Celebration #526:1-4

Standing on the Promises……….. Celebration #410:1, 3, 5

*We Profess Our Faith – Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1…………. page 8 in back of Psalter

*Response, singing……………….. Standing on the Promises………………. Celebration #410:4

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………. Christian Schools International

Offertory Vocal Solo:  Living Hope ……………. Analú Reigstad

GOD’S WORD

Scripture……………………………………………………………………………………………… 1 Peter 1:1-12……

Pew Bibles – page 1886

Sermon……………………………………….. “A New Hope”……………………………………………………

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing……………………………… Take the Name of Jesus with You……… Celebration #235:1-3……

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

*Sing……………………………… Take the Name of Jesus with You…………. Celebration #235:4……

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

Preacher:  Pastor Paul Bradford;  Liturgist: Pastor Ryan Faber
Organist: Joyce Boender; Pianist:  Barbara Boertje DeVries

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSJanuary 13:  Youth Unlimited; January 20:  Missions Fund; January 27:  General Fund

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Lisa Vos, Brooke Van Woerkom, Alexis Vos; January 13:  (A.M.) Lindsay Golliet, Kim Vander Molen, Kirby Van Wyngarden

C4C LEADERJanuary 13:  Crystal Schreur

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; North Doors: Ron and Laura Branderhorst; South Doors: Elizabeth Uitermarkt; January 13:  East Doors: Tony and Sarah Van Zee; North Doors: Dave and Brenda Klyn; South Doors: Steve and Kim Roose

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

Today: JoAnn Boot – C; Sarah Christensen – C,J,S; Barb Wilson – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; January 13:  Paula Klyn – C,J,S; Kim Vander Molen – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Ken Van Woerkom; January 6:  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.

Installation of Elders and Deacons will take place this morning.  New Elders are Les Nieuwsma and Bill Wilson.  New Deacons are Brent Van Kooten and Jacob Vaverka.  Let us be faithful in our prayers for them as they take up their service in the new year.

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. First CRC and Faith CRC will join us at our church for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on 1 Peter 1:1-12, A New Hope.

NEXT SUNDAY: At 6:00 p.m. First CRC will join us at our church.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on 1 Peter 1:13-21, Living as Non-Conformists in a Dying World.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We rejoice at the birth of a healthy boy, Logan Luke, on January 3 to Luke and Jeanetta Nieuwsma.  We thank God for this great gift!

We wish a happy birthday to Glenda Klyn who will celebrate her 83rd birthday on January 10, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Saying “thank you” hardly seems enough when I think of all the ways I was remembered by so many of you after my recent fall.  Visits and phone calls from Pastor Paul and Jon Van Woerkom, as well as all the other prayers, cards, phone calls, food and visits were such a blessing.  Please know they were gratefully received and enjoyed.  Healing is going well.  Blessings to you all.” – Anne Bokhoven

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:  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.   Children’s Choir rehearsal (for 1st-6th Graders) 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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.

PLEDGE UPDATE:  The new building finance team would like to thank the congregation for 2018 pledge support.  We finished the year with $343,000 of $393,000 raised, and have already received some 2019 gifts in addition to that total.  That brings our building cash on hand to $720,000, not including the building sale.  If you have questions regarding your pledge, please contact Jerry Uitermarkt, Joe Van Haaften, Brent Pierson or Corey Magnussen.

C4C LEADER SIGN-UP:  There is a sign-up sheet downstairs for those who 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!

CHURCH DIRECTORY CHANGES?  Please check your listing in a church directory on the table downstairs or in the narthex to see if it is up to date.  If there are changes or additions that need to be made to your address, phone number or email address, please call the church office (628-2966), email secretary@pella2crc.org or write the change in one of the directories.

THANK YOU:  “Pella II Church – Thank you for your letters.  We are so grateful that people are reading our letters.  And we are grateful for the packet of Christmas cards, as always.  Thank you, too, for the generous financial support of the church.” – Love – Lloyd and Nancy Peckham

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Pella II Ladies Retreat Friday, February 8 – Saturday, February 9.  The sign-up sheet is located downstairs on the table.  Limited space available so check your calendars and sign up if interested!  If a little fun, food, and spiritual growth sounds inviting, join us!

Location Change – The Distinctively Healthy Church Annual Event on January 12 will be at Calvary CRC.  This is a one-day event on the impact intergenerational ministry has on the local church.  Speakers include Dr. Syd Hielema, Pastor Joel DeBoer, Peter Kelder, Trudy Ash and Jill Friend.  All are welcome.  (We recommend attending as a team or a small group.)

When?    Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

Who?      People who love their church!  (Bring your church leadership team or a group of key leaders…)

Cost:       $35 per Individual or $30 per Individual in a group of four or more.

(Fee includes light breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials.)

How do I sign up?  RSVP to Trudy Ash by email (tash@crcna.org) and pay at the door.  (Registration deadline is January 10.)

The Dordt College Concert Choir from Sioux Center invites you to a concert at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, at First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa (815 North 11th St.).  Directed by Mr. Ryan Smit, the ensembles will perform a wide variety of choral music, including hymn arrangements, gospel, classics from Mozart and Brahms, multi-cultural songs from around the globe, and profound works from exciting new composers.  The concert is free, with a freewill offering received to help defray tour expenses.

Have you been considering taking the Perspectives course?  Visit the first class Monday, January 14, for free.  This is a great way for you to learn more about:

  • God’s unchanging purpose and mission in the world.
  • How God has used key events and people throughout history to extend His kingdom
  • How the Gospel is understood, received, and lived out by people from different cultures and with different worldviews.
  • The vital roles you can play in God’s global purpose by using your gifts, skills, and passions for God’s glory.

To register or learn more about this class, visit www.perspectives.org.  Join us next Monday, January 14, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the BMW rooms in the Maytag Center (1st floor) on Central College’s campus.  Free parking is available across the street in the maintenance parking lot.  If you have questions contact Matt Diehl, 620-8231, diehlm@central.edu or Kathy Terlouw, 628-4900, kathyt@trcpella.com.

BackPack PROGRAM:  The number of students needing assistance from the Pella BackPack Program has increased.  Therefore, the BackPack Program is looking for help with food donations from area churches.  Pella II is asked to collect donations of single serving size of oatmeal packets and of raisins.  Please place donations in the box on the table downstairs by January 30.  Thank you for your help in providing assistance to children in need.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Lloyd & Nancy Peckham News Update

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: All You Need – If you spend any time watching TV or trolling the internet, you’ll quickly discover there’s a lot you just can’t live without…at least according to advertisers.  Join Groundwork as we study the Apostle Paul’s reminder to early Christians and to us in 1 Thessalonians 1 that in Christ we have all we need in life. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: What Not to Wear – Lacey talks Lucille into buying clothes she knows her mother won’t want her to wear.  What happens when Lucille starts lying and hanging out with the wrong gang of kids?  What will Liz do? Listen now at kidscorner.net and subscribe to KC’s weekly emails for future episodes.  Download KC’s Collection of Memories Kit 2019 for a family activity today.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – It’s true that faith is “caught” just as much as it’s “taught”.  Kids will learn to value Bible reading more if you let them “catch” you reading God’s Word on your own — not just in church or during family devotions.  Talk with them about what you’re reading and how it connects with your daily life.

December 30, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 30, 2018                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………….. Wonderful Name…………………………………………………..

Seek Ye First

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Our Declaration of Trust and God’s Greeting………………………………………………………………

Congregation of Jesus Christ, in whom are you trusting?

Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

Grace, mercy, and peace to you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

Amen!

PRAISE TO GOD

Duet……………………………………………. Manger Throne……………………………………………………

Sing……………………………………………. We Three Kings………………………… Celebration #288

vs.1 – Trio; vs. 2-4 – Soloists;  *5 – All  (All on each Refrain)

*Sing………………………………… As with Gladness Men of Old………………. Celebration #290

  1. 1, 2 – All; vs. 3 – Women & Children; vs. 4 – All

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

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……………………………………………….. Resonate Global Mission

Offertory:  Star of the East

GOD’S WORD

Scripture……………………………………………………………….. Isaiah 46; Pew Bibles – page 1133……

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.  All:  Thanks be to God!

Sermon……………………………… “Who Is Carrying Whom?”…………………………………………

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing……………………………….. O God, Our Help in Ages Past……. Celebration #686:1, 2, 5

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

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

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

Guest Minister:  Pastor Will Verhoef; Liturgist:  Glenn Matherly
Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen;  Duet:  Jon & Lindsay Golliet
Men’s Trio: Joe Van Haaften, Wes Veenstra, Jon Golliet

* = Please stand if able.

 

COMBINED EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 30, 2018    Calvary CRC, Faith CRC, First CRC, Second CRC                  6:00 P.M.

WE GATHER IN PRAISE

Prelude………………………… Lead, Kindly Light;  He Leadeth Me…………………………………….

Welcome…………………………………………………………………………….. Elder Jon Van Woerkom

Call to Worship (read responsively)…………………………………………………………………………….

Leader:   What a year this has been!
All:         So many things have happened. Some of them have been wonderful; others very sad.
Leader:   In all of this our Lord has been with us, guiding, healing, comforting, and rejoicing.
All:         Thanks be to God for God’s continual presence with us.
Leader:   Now we will soon be on the threshold to a new tomorrow.
All:         We don’t know what it will hold for us.
Leader:   In all of what is to come, our Lord will be with us.
All:         Guiding, healing, comforting, and rejoicing with us.  Thank you, Lord, for your steadfast love and presence. Amen.

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

*Sing…………………………….. Lord, Through All the Generations……………. Psalter #175:1-3

*God’s Greeting…………………………………………………………………………………………………………

*Sing…………………………………… Great Is Thy Faithfulness…………………… Psalter #408:1-3

WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God ………………………………………………. Resonate Global Mission

Offertory:  His Eye Is on the Sparrow                      

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Scripture……………………………………………………… 1 Samuel 7:1-14;  Pew Bibles – page 428

Sermon………………………. “Thus Far the Lord Has Helped Us”…………………………………..

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

WE LEAVE TO LIVE IN FAITH

*Sing…………………………… Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing …………  Psalter #314:1-3

*We Profess Our Faith – Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 26………. page 16 in back of Psalter

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

*Doxology……………………… O God, Our Help in Ages Past……………….. Psalter #176:1, 2

*Postlude …….. Another Year Is Dawning; O God, Our Help in Ages Past…………………….

Preacher:  Jeremy Engbers;  Liturgist: Nate Klingenberg; Organist: Phyllis De Vries

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSJanuary 6:  Christian Schools International; January 13:  Youth Unlimited; January 20:  Missions Fund; January 27:  General Fund

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Clarissa Van Zee, Crystal Schreur, Alexis Vos; January 6: (A.M.) Lisa Vos, Brooke Van Woerkom, Nia Hoekstra

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Les and Carla Nieuwsma; North Doors: Brian and Glenda Van Kooten; South Doors: Jeff and Kim Vander Molen; January 6:  East Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; North Doors: Ron and Laura Branderhorst; South Doors: Elizabeth Uitermarkt

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

Today: Barb Gosselink – C,J,S; Sharesa Van Arendonk – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; January 6: JoAnn Boot – C; Sarah Christensen – C,J,S; Barb Wilson – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Ken Van Woerkom; January 6:  Gary Vander Molen

JANUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Jeff Vander Molen, Jamis Christensen; North Side:  Ken Van Woerkom; South Side: Matt Walker

Attention January 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 welcome Pastor Will Verhoef who will lead our morning worship service.

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

There will be no church school today.  Classes resume on January 6.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC will join us at our church for our annual Old Year’s Service.  Jeremy Engbers (Youth Director at Faith with license to exhort) will deliver the sermon.

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

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC and Faith CRC will join us at our church for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on 1 Peter 1:1-12, A New Hope.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  John Van Zee had knee replacement surgery on December 19.  Presently John is recovering at Jefferson Place and is doing well.

We extend our Christian sympathies to Dorothy Rus and Ray and Lois Klyn on the death of their sister-in-law, Clazina Hoksbergen.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

Pastor Paul and Tammy are on vacation today.  We wish you all a Happy New Year, and we’ll see you next week.

PERK UP will not meet until after the first of the year.

CHOIR SCHEDULES:  Our next regular Children’s Choir rehearsal (for 1st-6th Graders) will be Wednesday, January 9, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

Our next regular Adult Choir rehearsal will be Wednesday, January 9, 7:00-8:30 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.

FROM THE COUNCIL:  At their request, the memberships of Nick, Libby, Claire, Kate, Charlie and Simon Braafhart have been transferred to Third Reformed Church in Pella.  We wish them God’s richest blessings in their new church home.

THANK YOU:  “Thank you for the many Christmas cards we received from members of Second CRC.  We are thankful for you and for your partnership in the Gospel for the past 23 years!” – Joel and Jeannie Huyser

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Location Change – The Distinctively Healthy Church Annual Event on January 12, has changed locations.  We will no longer be at Faith CRC, but at Calvary CRC.  This is a one-day event on the impact intergenerational ministry has on the local church.  Speakers include Dr. Syd Hielema, Pastor Joel DeBoer, Peter Kelder, Trudy Ash and Jill Friend.  All are welcome.  (We recommend attending as a team or a small group.)

Where?   Calvary Christian Reformed Church

When?    Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

Who?      People who love their church!  (Bring your church leadership team or a group of key leaders…)

Cost:       $35 per Individual or $30 per Individual in a group of four or more.

(Fee includes light breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials.)

How do I sign up?  RSVP to Trudy Ash by email (tash@crcna.org) and pay at the door.  (Registration deadline is January 10.)

Are you looking for a way to make 2019 a year of significant spiritual growth?  Join us for the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course!  This is a unique opportunity for you to understand God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and learn how you can make an impact in the nations and in your neighborhood.  It is a 15-week class that will meet at Central College on Monday nights beginning January 14.  Speakers from all over the country, from a variety of backgrounds, will instruct us on the Biblical, historical, cultural and strategic aspects of God’s story.  I encourage you to check it out on the Perspectives website www.perspectives.org or contact Matt Diehl with questions at 620-8231, diehlm@central.edu.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Inquiring Minds Want to Know – What happened to Joseph?  Who was Julia?  How do I reconcile women in church leadership with 1 Timothy 2:11-15 and 1 Corinthians 14:33-35?  Is it right to denigrate other religions or churches?  Join us as we study scripture together to answer the questions you’ve asked Groundwork this year.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Bayou to the Future – There is trash in the bayou and in the playground.  Who is responsible for cleaning it up? Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.  Check out the “God is Faithful” Memory Jar Activity as you look ahead to the new year!  www.kidscorner.net

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – As one year ends and a new year begins, gather as a family to remember the highs and lows of this past year.  Thank God for being with you through everything that happened.  Then talk about what’s coming up in the new year.  This is also a great time to start new family faith formation practices in your home!

December 23, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 23, 2018                         Fourth Sunday of Advent                                      9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………. He Shall Feed His Flock…………………………………… Organ

Joy to the World,  O Come, All Ye Faithful

Good King Wenceslaus…………………….. Clarinet Quartet

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

Advent Candle of Peace………………………………… Jon, Lindsay, Noah, Jonah, Lilah Golliet……

*Sing………………………………….. O Little Town of Bethlehem……… Celebration #250:1, 2, 4

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

Choir Anthem…………………………….. Breath of Heaven………………. Sarah Van Zee, Soloist

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………………………………. The Well

Offertory: Alleluia  – Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

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

Children’s Message…………………… “Are You Ready?”……………………………. Brent Pierson

*Sing………………………………………… Away in a Manger………………… Celebration #262:1-3

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Laura Bradford………………………. Luke 2:1-20; Pew Bibles – page 1590

Sermon………………………….. “God and Sinners Reconciled!”………………………………………

“Advent Series – A Christmas Carol” – Part 4

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………… Hark! the Herald Angels Sing………. Celebration #277:1, 2, 4

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

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

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Phyllis De Vries

Clarinet Quartet: Nia Hoekstra, Alexis Vos, Lauren Trotter, Barbara Boertje DeVries

Adult Choir;  Tammy Bradford – Pianist

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSDecember 25 (Christmas):  World Renew;  December 30:  Resonate Global Mission

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Sarah Christensen, Ty Hugen; December 25 (Christmas):  Amy Bokhoven, Martha Uitermarkt, Tessa Vander Molen; December 30:  Clarissa Van Zee, Crystal Schreur, Alexis Vos

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Shane and Melissa Tukker; North Doors: Gary and Norma Kuiper; South Doors: Stu and Amy Bokhoven; December 25 (Christmas):  East Doors: Matt and Lisa Vos; North Doors: Bob and Karen Spencer; South Doors: Dan and Crystal Schreur; December 30:  East Doors: Les and Carla Nieuwsma; North Doors: Brian and Glenda Van Kooten; South Doors: Jeff and Kim Vander Molen

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

Today: Bev De Vries – C; Arlys Veenstra – C,J,S; Wes Veenstra – S; Sharon Walker – C,S; December 30: Barb Gosselink – C,J,S; Sharesa Van Arendonk – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Brian Van Kooten; December 30:  Ken Van Woerkom

JANUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Jeff Vander Molen, Jamis Christensen; North Side:  Ken Van Woerkom; South Side: Matt Walker

Attention January 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.

There will be no church school today or next Sunday.  Classes resume on January 6.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at First CRC for worship, including a candlelight service with communion.  Pastor Ryan Faber will be preaching on Luke 2:1-14.

NEXT SUNDAY: Next Sunday morning Pastor Will Verhoef will lead our worship service.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC will join us at our church for our annual Old Year’s Service.  Jeremy Engbers (Youth Director at Faith with license to exhort) will deliver the sermon.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Ray Veenstra who will celebrate his 84th birthday on December 29, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

PERK UP will not meet until after the first of the year.

CHOIR SCHEDULES:  Our next regular Children’s Choir rehearsal (for 1st-6th Graders) will be Wednesday, January 9, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

Our next regular Adult Choir rehearsal will be Wednesday, January 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The Distinctively Healthy Church Annual Event – January 12, Faith CRC, Pella.  You are invited to a one-day equipping conference on the life-changing impact of connecting the generations in your congregation to each other.  We’ll explore what each age group brings to the table, as well as what they need from their church family.  We’ll also discuss how intentional intergenerational ministry can be a catalyst for community outreach and church growth.  Opportunities for discussion and ministry planning with your team are built into the day!  Dr. Syd Hielema (formerly a ministry professor at Dordt; now leader of Faith Formation Ministries) will present a keynote address, and several workshops will be offered.  (This event is put on by the Connections Project and Faith Formation Ministries.)

Where?   Faith Christian Reformed Church
When?    Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
Who?      People who love their church!  (Bring your church leadership team or a group of key leaders…)
Cost:       $35 per Individual or $30 per Individual in a group of four or more.

(Fee includes light breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials.)

How do I sign up?  RSVP to Trudy Ash by email (tash@crcna.org) and pay at the door.  (Or mail your name and registration fee to Trudy Ash, 13362  100th Ave., Milaca, MN 56353.  Make checks payable to Trudy Ash.  Registration deadline is January 10.)

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Joel & Jeannie Huyser Prayer Letter
  • Lloyd & Nancy Peckham Update
  • New Life News

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Christmas Remixed – Did you know the book of Revelation tells the Christmas story?  It’s true.  Complete with dragons and intense drama.  Study Revelation 12 with Groundwork; see the cosmic perspective on Christ’s birth and purpose revealed through the Apostle John’s vision.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Mary’s Miracle – The birth of Christ is the incarnation of God in human history.  Kids Corner presents this dramatic presentation of the miracle of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Mary!  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

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – On this fourth Sunday in Advent, retell the events leading up to Jesus’ birth using the figures in your nativity crèche.  Don’t have one?  Use Lego or Playmobil people and blocks to make your own.  Choose a narrator to read Luke 2:1-20 as the rest of you reenact the story.

JESUS WAS BORN FOR THIS – God offers us abundant life through His Son, Jesus Christ.  As we prepare our hearts for Christmas this week, include a gift for someone in need through the World Renew Gift Catalog.  Your gift of a wheelchair, a sewing machine, or an adult literacy class is the best gift someone who lives in poverty, injustice, or disaster will receive this year.  Go to worldrenew.net/gifts to give or call 800-333-8300 to order.

December 16, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
Church SchoolChristmas Program
Second Christian Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa
December 16, 2018___ Third Sunday of Advent___ 9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………. The First Noel; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

O Come, All Ye Faithful with O Come, Little Children

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………………….. Joy to the World………………….. Celebration #270:1-3

Advent Candle of Joy……………………………………………. Dennis, Bev and Georgia De Vries

Sing……………………………………………. Joy to the World…………………….. Celebration #270:4

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Ryan Hoekstra……………………………… Psalm 98; Pew Bibles – page 935……

Sermon……………………………………. “Joy to the World”………………………………………………..

“A Christmas Carol” Series – Part 3

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………… Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You………… Celebration #271:1-2

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

Offertory:  Selections by the children (see insert).

Glory to God in the Highest

Program is presented by the Church School children ages 3 years-5th grade.

*Sing………………………………….. Go, Tell It on the Mountain…………….. Celebration #258:1

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

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

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Melissa Geetings

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 16, 2018                            Candlelight Service                                          6:00 P.M.

Christmas Prelude…………………………………………………………….. Melissa Geetings, Organist

Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne / Birthday of a King

Tell the Good News; O Come, All Ye Faithful

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

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

*Sing…………………………………….. O Come, All Ye Faithful… led by Worship Team, Choirs

Anthem………………………………………… Christmastime………. Children’s Choir, Adult Choir

*Sing………………………………………….. Joy to the World…………………………………………………..

Scripture Reading…………………………………………………………………………………… Luke 2:1-14

Anthem……………………………… See Amid the Winter’s Snow……………………….. Adult Choir

Solo……………………………………….. Mary, Did You Know?…………….. Will Van Wyngarden

Scripture Reading…………………………………………………………………………………. Luke 2:15-20

Solo………………………………….. Gesu Bambino / O Holy Night……… Glenda Van Woerkom

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………………………………. The Well

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

Solo………………………………………………… Hallelujah………………………………. Levi Nieuwsma

Sing……………………………………… The First Noel…… vs. 1 – solo by Kirby Van Wyngarden

Solo………………………………………………….. Noel……………………………………… Lindsay Golliet

Meditation…………………………….. “What Child Is This?”……………………………………………..

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

Sing……………………………………….. What Child Is This?….. vs. 1 – solo by Will Vande Voort……

Duet………………………………… All Is Well…. Sharesa Van Arendonk, Will Van Wyngarden……

Sing (with candles lit)…….. Peace, Peace / Silent Night! Holy Night!…………………………….

*Benediction……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

*Postlude……………………………………….. Silent Night………………………………………………………

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Worship Team
Men’s Quartet:  Jon Golliet, Levi Nieuwsma, Joe Van Haaften, Will Van Wyngarden
Pianists/Accompanists: Tammy Bradford, Phyllis De Vries,
Cory Van Wyngarden, Barbara Boertje DeVries

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

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

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Mary Van Haaften, Regina Vaverka, Carson Tukker; December 23:  (A.M.) Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Sarah Christensen, Ty Hugen; December 25 (Christmas Day): Amy Bokhoven, Martha Uitermarkt, Tessa Vander Molen

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Will and Taylor Vande Voort; North Doors: Dennis and Bev De Vries; South Doors:  Al and Joyce Boender; December 23:  East Doors:  Shane and Melissa Tukker; North Doors: Gary and Norma Kuiper; South Doors: Stu and Amy Bokhoven; December 25 (Christmas Day): East Doors: Matt and Lisa Vos; North Doors: Bob and Karen Spencer; South Doors: Dan and Crystal Schreur

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

Today: Amy Bokhoven – C,J,S; Joyce Vander Molen – C; Janiece Van Woerkom – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; December 23:  Bev De Vries – C; Arlys Veenstra – C,J,S; Wes Veenstra – S;  Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Calvin Van Haaften; December 23:  Brian Van Kooten

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

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

     Our Children’s Christmas Program will be part of the morning worship service. We are grateful to Melissa Tukker for directing the children’s program. There will be no church school today.

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

     This evening we will sing our closing song with candlelight and ask that each of you pick up a candle before you enter the sanctuary (use parents’ discretion for the children).  Please leave your candles in the boxes at the exits after the service.

     The GEMS girls invite all visitors and members of the congregation downstairs immediately after the evening worship service for Christmas treats and fellowship.

NEXT SUNDAY:  There will be no church school the next two Sundays.  Classes resume on January 6.

At 6:00 p.m. on December 23 we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at First CRC for worship, including a candlelight service with communion.  Pastor Ryan Faber will be preaching on Luke 2:1-14. 

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Gertrude Wassink who will celebrate her 96th birthday on December 19, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

     “I would like to thank those who sent cards, flowers, calls and offered up prayers for my 90th birthday, and also following a recent fall.  Thank you to those who came to sing at Jefferson Place and at my room.  This was very much enjoyed and appreciated.” – Kee Buitenwerf

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.

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

The Pella Christian Grade School Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. on December 17.

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.

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

BLUE CHRISTMAS:  A Blue Christmas community service of remembrance and hope for those dealing with grief during the holiday season will be held today, 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.

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The Distinctively Healthy Church Annual Event – January 12, Faith CRC, Pella.  You are invited to a one-day equipping conference on the life-changing impact of connecting the generations in your congregation to each other.  We’ll explore what each age group brings to the table, as well as what they need from their church family.  We’ll also discuss how intentional intergenerational ministry can be a catalyst for community outreach and church growth.  Opportunities for discussion and ministry planning with your team are built into the day!  Dr. Syd Hielema (formerly a ministry professor at Dordt; now leader of Faith Formation Ministries) will present a keynote address, and several workshops will be offered.  (This event is put on by the Connections Project and Faith Formation Ministries.)

Where?   Faith Christian Reformed Church
When?    Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
Who?      People who love their church!  (Bring your church leadership team or a group of key leaders…)
Cost:       $35 per Individual or $30 per Individual in a group of four or more. (Fee includes light breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials.)

How do I sign up?  RSVP to Trudy Ash by email (tash@crcna.org) and pay at the door.  (Or mail your name and registration fee to Trudy Ash, 13362  100th Ave., Milaca, MN 56353.  Make checks payable to Trudy Ash.  Registration deadline is January 10.)

Freedom House Ministries will host a gala on Thursday, February 7, at 6:00 p.m. at Central College Graham Conference Center to raise funds to support a home for girls who have been victims of sex trafficking.  You are invited for dinner and nationally known speaker and author Gary Thomas.  Tickets ($25) are available at the Sanctuary starting December 17 (check or cash) or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-house-gala-tickets-51812260867.  With questions, contact freedomhouse17@gmail.com.

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.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • November Financial Report

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  The Covenant Fulfilled – Christmas is the culmination and fulfillment of God’s promise.  Join Groundwork as we explore the whispers of Christmas in Ezekiel 16:59-60, Luke 22:19-20, and Hebrews 8:7-10 to grasp the magnitude of God’s grace in Christ’s birth and the importance of remembering God’s covenant at Christmas. Listen now on GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Wreck the Halls – Live animals on stage?  75 elementary school kids flying like angels in the air?  It’s up to Lucille and Olivia to bring Liz’s Christmas drama back to earth.  And Grandpa has a story that might do just that!  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

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – On this third Sunday in Advent, spend some time talking about the many ways God shows that he loves us, including sending his own Son.  List as many ways as you can. Then talk about how your family can show that you love each other and how you can show love to your friends and neighbors. (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

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.