November 11, 2018

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

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

Impromptu on Bringing in the Sheaves

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOD’S WORD

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

Pew Bibles – page 1818

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

“Amazing Grace” Series  Part 1

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Joyce Boender

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christian Fellowship Hour will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Lesson 18. All ladies are welcome and encouraged to join us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • November Council Report
  • October Financial Report

November 4, 2018

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

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

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

BAPTISM OF COLTON COREY MAGNUSSEN

PREPARATION

What does baptism signify?

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

What else does it mean?

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

Should our children be baptized too?

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

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

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

PRESENTATION

PROFESSION OF FAITH

   Questions for the parents.

   Question for the congregation.

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

.. Congregation:  We do.

   Affirmation of Faith – the Apostles’ Creed

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

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

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

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

BAPTISM

DECLARATION, BLESSING, AND WELCOME

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

Congregation:  We do, God helping us.

   Let us bless Colton together:

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOD’S WORD

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

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Living Hope

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

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

How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?

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

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

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

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

Offertory:  I Surrender

GOD’S WORD

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

Pew Bibles – page 1668

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

Announcements

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

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

C4C LEADERToday:  Lindsay Golliet

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

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

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

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

NOVEMBER MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser           –     Pearl Van Waardhuizen, Gertrude Wassink

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

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

Justin Van Zee                          –     Ken Van Gent, Wes Veenstra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

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

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

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

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Photo Directory Updates
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CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

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

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

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

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

October 28, 2018

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

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

A Mighty Fortress

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

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

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

Offertory Anthem:  Cornerstone

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

GOD’S WORD

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

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

Pew Bibles – page 1818

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

“God’s People” Series  Part 8

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

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

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

C4C LEADERNovember 4:  Lindsay Golliet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christian Fellowship Hour will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Lesson 17. Our Fall Project offering for Hope Ministries and Crossroads of Pella will be taken again at this meeting.  All ladies are welcome and encouraged to join us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

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

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

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

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

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

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

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

October 21, 2018

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

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

God of Grace

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offertory:   Video – “Psalm 139 Reflectors Reading”

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

GOD’S WORD

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

Pew Bibles – page 1818

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

“God’s People” Series  Part 7

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

© 1986, GIA Publications, Inc.

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

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

Offertory:  We Worship and Adore You

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

Pew Bibles – page 1666

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSOctober 28:  Calvinist Cadet Corps

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

C4C LEADERToday:  April Nieuwsma, Liam Nieuwsma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ITEMS OF NOTE:  October is Pastor Appreciation Month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

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

October 14, 2018

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

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

We Are One in the Spirit

OPENING

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offertory:   “Where Rivers Meet” Video

GOD’S WORD

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

Pew Bibles – page 1827

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

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

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

Holy, Holy, Holy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offertory:  Prayer for Peace  – Ruth Stevenson, pianist

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

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

Pew Bibles – page 1676

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

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

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

C4C LEADEROctober 21:  April Nieuwsma, Liam Nieuwsma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christian Fellowship Hour will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Lesson 16. Our Fall Project offering for Hope Ministries and Crossroads of Pella will be taken at this meeting and again on October 31.  All ladies are welcome and encouraged to join us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 7, 2018

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

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

Break Thou the Bread of Life

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

Hosanna

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

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

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

Offertory:  God So Loved the World

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

GOD’S WORD

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

Pew Bibles – page 1818

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

“God’s People” Series – Part 6

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

THE LORD’S TABLE

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Preparing to Receive the Bread and Cup

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

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

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

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

Communion

Invitation

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

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

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Receiving the Bread and Cup

Prayer of Thanks

CLOSING WORSHIP

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

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

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

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

Boldface type = Congregational Response

 

 

Announcements for October 7, 2018

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

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

C4C LEADERToday:  Melissa Tukker

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

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

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

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

OCTOBER MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser           –     Jerry Uitermarkt, Lawrence Vander Molen

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

Lloyd and Nancy Peckham      –     Ed Uitermarkt, Joyce Vander Molen

Justin Van Zee                          –     On Home Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

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

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: The Fall – Adam and Eve, a snake, and a tree — the most recognizable elements in the biblical story depicting the origin of sin. Join Groundwork as we study Genesis 3 to explore the Bible’s explanation for humanity’s ugly side and the world’s brokenness; together we’ll discover proof of God’s love through it all.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Hammer and Nails – Spike has a problem with anger.  Grandpa tells him a story about another boy who had the same problem, and how he learned to control it. Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – Involve kids in the practice of hospitality as often as possible.  When you’re expecting a guest, invite them to help prepare and serve food, choose flowers for the table, create place cards, and brainstorm conversation ideas or sightseeing destinations.  Encourage them to help you create a home where all are welcome.

September 30, 2018

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

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

Here I Am to Worship

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

Build Your Kingdom Here

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God…………………………………. PCGS Tuition Assistance Program

Offertory Anthem:   Soon and Very Soon

GOD’S WORD

Sermon…………………………………….. “The Inheritance”………….. Text – Ephesians 1:11-14
“God’s People” Series – Part 5        Pew Bibles – page 1818

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

Solo…………………………………………………. One Day……………………… Glenda Van Woerkom……

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

*Sing………………………………………. O That Will Be Glory……………… Celebration #769:1, 2

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS:   October 7:  Christian Education Fund; October 14:  BackPack Program; October 21:  CRC Disability Concerns; October 28:  Pella II Cadets.

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Martha Uitermarkt, Sarah Christensen, Alexis Vos; October 7:  (A.M.) Crystal Schreur, Lindsay Golliet, Nia Hoekstra

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Levi and April Nieuwsma; North Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson; South Doors: Ray and Lois Klyn; October 7: East Doors: Jim and Barb Gosselink; North Doors: Larry and Janice Van Weelden; South Doors: Jon and Glenda Van Woerkom

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

Today:  Kim Vander Molen –  C,J,S; Allison Van Wyngarden – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; October 7: Paula Klyn – C,J,S; Jeanetta Nieuwsma – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday: Jeff Vander Molen; October 7: Sherwin Klyn

OCTOBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Bob Spencer, Adam Slings; North Side:  Sherwin Klyn; South Side:  Tony Van Zee

Attention October 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.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on John 10:1-10, I am the Door. The offering is for InterVarsity of Central College.

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

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

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Cathryn Van Ee who will celebrate her 88th birthday on October 1, and to Mary Klyn who will celebrate her 84th birthday on October 4, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

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 (628-1143) for more information.

Christian Fellowship Hour will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Lesson 15.  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.

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

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

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

SATURDAY:  You are invited to Pella Christian Grade School’s Open House.  Phase 3 is complete!  Come see our new space.  Please join us for an Open House on October 6, from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  The entire community is welcome!  A very special thank you to all of our donors!

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

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

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

Christmas Musical – Singers are encouraged to join us for our first rehearsal this Wednesday, October 3, 8:00-8:45 p.m.

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

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

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

Desserts currently scheduled include: October 2, 4, 11, 18, 23 & 25, November 6 & 8. You can sign up as far in advance as you’d like, but please sign up at least by the Sunday before the event so that we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION SEMINAR:  Living Into Our Faith – One Generation to the Next – The home is the most important influence on a child’s faith.  But talking about faith does not come easily to every parent or caregiver, and in today’s busy families, time is not always a friend.  How can the church support families in teaching their children how to live into their faith?

Peoria CRC invites you to a seminar on Saturday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. at Peoria Christian School gym on Family Faith Formation led by Trudy Ash from Faith Formation Ministries. She will be sharing a new practical resource on Family Faith Formation as well as walk through some basic shifts in our thinking that have the potential to build a stronger, more vibrant faith formation culture in your congregation.  All are welcome!  There is no charge and coffee will be provided.

 

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

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

Save the Date:  New Life Prison Community Church will be sponsoring a free Christian Concert on Saturday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m.  Jeff Arrandale Band will be playing at Grace Fellowship in Pella.  A free-will offering will be taken for New Life.

You are invited to help celebrate Faith Christian Reformed Church’s 50th anniversary on October 14 at 9:30 a.m.  A special service is planned with past pastors participating.  A light lunch will follow the service.

PCHS Alumni Football Night:  This is an invitation to all Pella Christian High School alumni to attend the home football game against Interstate 35 on October 19 at 7:00 p.m.  We will be recognizing the different eras of graduates throughout the evening and there will be a large tent set up north of the grandstands where you can catch up with other PCHS alum and enjoy free hot chocolate and snacks.  This is for adults only please.

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

Wycliffe Banquet – Want to learn about the latest techniques in Bible translation?  Interested in knowing more about the work of Wycliffe?  An Event Celebrating the Power of God’s Word may be for you.  This is a banquet to be held at Central College (Graham Annex) at 6:00 p.m. on October 20 where you can enjoy good food and fellowship while hearing how God is using Wycliffe to bring the Bible to more people in their mother tongue and how you can help.  The banquet is free, but you need to make your reservations before October 13 by calling Frances at 628-2587 or Kathleen De Haan at 628-1739.

PCHS Fall Musical:  PCHS’s theatre season opens with one of Broadway’s most popular musicals, Oklahoma!, to be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 25-27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Vermeer Auditorium at PCHS.  Now in its 75th year, Oklahoma! was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration, earning several Academy Awards for its 1955 film adaptation. Tickets go on sale October 15 in the school office or by calling 628-4440.  Adult tickets are $10 with $6 for children.  PCHS students attend free, but do need to reserve a seat at the school box office.

Grace Fellowship is taking orders for fresh home-made stroopwafels.  These delicious pastries are perfect for upcoming holiday gatherings.  Special pricing – 12 for $12.  To place an order, call 628-1885 or email office@gracepella.org no later than Wednesday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Empty Cradle invites you to “A Walk to Remember” on October 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Scholte Church in Pella Historical Village.  Empty Cradle supports and connects families who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.  Family and friends are invited to join us for a time of remembering these precious babies.  For more information, call  Hospice of Pella at 620-5050.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Creation – Religions and cultures of all kinds have stories and legends describing how they began.  By design, these stories impart meaning, purpose, and identity rooted in a shared history.  Join Groundwork in studying our creation story found in Genesis 2 to remember our identity and purpose as God’s created people.    Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Discord of Three – A bully is bothering Scooter, but what can Liz do about it?   Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – In her wonderful book Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home, Traci Smith suggests gathering your family weekly for a “gratitude café”. With coffee, tea, or cocoa in hand, invite each family member to write down and share five things that happened in the last week that they’re grateful for.  This one simple practice could have a huge positive effect on your family!

September 23, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
September 23, 2018                                                                                                      9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………… It Is Well with My Soul…………. Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

Anthem………………………………………. In Your Presence………….. Adult Choir/Congregation

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………………… Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King….. led by Worship Team

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………….. International Justice Mission

Offertory: God Is So Good

The children are invited to the front during the offertory.

Children’s Message………………………………………………………………………. Carolyn Harthoorn

Sing……………………………………………. God Is So Good………………….. Celebration #193:1, 3……

GOD’S WORD

Sermon………………………………. “The Gospel and the Seal”……. Text – Ephesians 1:11-14

“God’s People” Series – Part 4        Pew Bibles – page 1818

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS:   September 30:  PCGS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP); October 7:  Christian Education Fund; October 14:  BackPack Program; October 21:  CRC Disability Concerns; October 28:  Pella II Cadets.

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Clarissa Van Zee, Regina Vaverka, Carter Vos; September 30:  (A.M.) Martha Uitermarkt, Sarah Christensen, Alexis Vos

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Jon and Nicole Yoder; North Doors: Bob and Karen Spencer; South Doors: Lawrence and Mary Ann Vander Molen; September 30:  East Doors: Levi and April Nieuwsma; North Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson; South Doors: Ray and Lois Klyn

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

Today: Amy Bokhoven – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; September 30:  Paula Klyn – C,J,S; Kim Vander Molen –  C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday: Jeff Van Kooten; September 30: Sherwin Klyn

OCTOBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Bob Spencer, Adam Slings; North Side:  Sherwin Klyn; South Side:  Tony Van Zee

Attention October 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.

The children are invited to the front for a children’s message after the offering has been received.

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

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

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship.  Pastor Ryan Faber will preach on John 8:12, I Am the Light of the World.  The offering is for Geneva Campus Ministry.

NEXT SUNDAY: The Mission Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. on September 30.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on John 10:1-10, I am the Door. The offering will be for InterVarsity of Central College.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Lois Klyn who will celebrate her 85th birthday on September 26, and to Gertrude Van Zee who will celebrate her 87th birthday on September 30, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

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: Adult Choir will meet from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  (No Children’s Choir this week.)

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.

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

Children’s Choir will NOT practice this week.

Adult Choir will practice this Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Christmas Musical – This year our church will be sponsoring a community Christmas musical, as we’ve done the past two years.  Singers are encouraged to join us for our first rehearsal on Wednesday, October 3, 8:00-8:45 p.m.

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

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

Desserts currently scheduled include: October 2, 4, 11, 18, 23 & 25, November 6 & 8. You can sign up as far in advance as you’d like, but please sign up at least by the Sunday before the event so that we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

FROM THE COUNCIL:  As we are preparing to nominate and select church officers for 2019 we respectfully request that any potential nominees be given to current church officers for inclusion in that process.  Nominees should be provided by the end of today – Sunday, September 23.

FREEDOM HOUSE TRAINING – September 25, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Third Reformed Church.  This training will focus on developing the knowledge of what human trafficking is as well as developing skills for how to best work with victims and survivors of human trafficking.  We have room for 35 people.   The training is free, and $10 for lunch at Third’s Café.  If you are wanting to volunteer at the Freedom House, this will qualify for part of your training.  To secure your spot, send $10 to P. O. Box 815, Pella, IA  50219.

FROM PELLA FOOD SHELF:  “We would like to say a big THANK YOU to your congregation for their generous donation of school supplies.  We made a total of 137 supply bags specifically for each student’s grade and school in Pella and the surrounding communities.  Of the 137 students, we were able to help with supplies for 44 children of Vermeer employees.  Without your assistance, this ministry would not be possible.  Thank you again, Pella Community Food Shelf”

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Family Faith Formation Seminar:  Living Into Our Faith – One Generation to the Next – The home is the most important influence on a child’s faith.  But talking about faith does not come easily to every parent or caregiver, and in today’s busy families, time is not always a friend.  How can the church support families in teaching their children how to live into their faith?  Peoria CRC invites you to a seminar on Saturday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. at Peoria Christian School gym on Family Faith Formation led by Trudy Ash from Faith Formation Ministries. She will be sharing a new practical resource on Family Faith Formation as well as walk through some basic shifts in our thinking that have the potential to build a stronger, more vibrant faith formation culture in your congregation.  All are welcome!  There is no charge and coffee will be provided.

PCGS Open House – You are invited to Pella Christian Grade School’s Open House.  Phase 3 is complete!  Come see our new space.  Please join us for an Open House on Saturday, October 6, from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  The entire community is welcome!  A very special thank you to all of our donors!

Save the Date:  New Life Prison Community Church will be sponsoring a free Christian Concert on Saturday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m.  Jeff Arrandale Band will be playing at Grace Fellowship in Pella.  A free-will offering will be taken for New Life.

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

Save the Date for the Peoria Christian School Fall Bazaar on Friday, November 9.  Come for some delicious food and a fun night as we support Peoria Christian School.  If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Ver Meer or Heidi Van Wyk.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS:

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Does your child or adolescent struggle with emotional or behavioral difficulties? We have a resource for you — a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. (See poster on bulletin board.) We help parents and other family caregivers understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the family’s critical role in helping with the treatment of those illnesses. Meeting every Tuesday from September 25 through October 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at The Well. Please email info@thewelliowa.org, or call 621-0164, ext. 706 to sign up.

Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find freedom from your hurts, hang-ups, or habits through Jesus Christ. Are you struggling with addictions, drugs, alcohol, pornography, eating disorders, co-dependency, divorce, forgiveness, abuse, depression, perfectionism, fear, anger, anxiety, lying, insecurity, guilt? There’s a safe place for you to come for healing! Kickoff Date is September 27, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Join us on Thursdays at The Well. (See poster on the bulletin board.) Celebrate Recovery is a growing family of fellow strugglers who accept one another where they are, believing God can help us change and grow! More information available at The Well, 621-0164 or info@thewelliowa.org.

Empty Cradle invites you to “A Walk to Remember” on October 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Scholte Church in Pella Historical Village.  Empty Cradle supports and connects families who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.  Family and friends are invited to join us for a time of remembering these precious babies.  For more information, call  Hospice of Pella at 620-5050.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Pella Christian Grade School FOCUS
  • Focus on the Family bulletin

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: The Kingdom of God – What is life in God’s kingdom like?  When will it finally be reality?  Let’s study Matthew 5:3-10, Luke 17:20-21, and Revelation 4:1-6 to discover what life looks like in God’s kingdom, why Christians believe it’s both already here and not yet fully realized, and how we live as kingdom citizens now.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Where’s Your Manners? Part 2 – When Miss Manners comes to town for a reality show about manners the kids all try to win the contest.  But the winner is a surprise for everyone. Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – Need help explaining God’s salvation plan to kids?  You’ll find a brief gospel summary that kids of all ages can understand at tinyurl.com/FFMGospelSummary.  Children’s ministry leaders, this summary will be really helpful for you too!

FROM WORLD RENEW – Help East Coast residents after Hurricane Florence:  World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is responding to Hurricane Florence after it hit the U.S. Coast last week.  DRS regional managers are working with local officials and organizations to start initial planning to send early assessment and clean-up volunteers.  Nearly 50 inches of rain fell in some locations.  Please give to Hurricane Florence response at worldrenew.net/florence by calling 800-552-7972 or mailing your check, made out to World Renew with “DRS Hurricane Florence” in the memo line to World Renew, 1700  28th St., S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

September 16, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
September 16, 2018                                                                                                      9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………. We Shall Behold Him…………………… Piano/Organ Duet

The Heavens Are Telling

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………….. Crown Him with Many Crowns…….. Celebration #45:1, 3, 4

*Sing…………………………………………. My Savior’s Love……………… Celebration #348:1, 4, 5……

*Sing………………………………………. The Wonderful Cross……………………………………………….

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

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

Offertory: Amazing Grace

Response, singing………………………… Amazing Grace……………………… Celebration #343:1

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading……………………………………………………………………………. Ephesians 1:7-10
Pew Bibles – page 1818

Sermon…………………………………………. “Redeemed”……………………………………………………..

“God’s People” Series – Part 3

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

Sing…………………………………….. The Lord Is My Salvation…………………………………………….

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

*Sing…………………………….. The Lord Is My Salvation (chorus)…………………………………….. ……

*Postlude………………………… Leaning on the Everlasting Arms……………………………………….

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Phyllis De Vries
Pianist:  Gloria De Bruin; Soloist:  Sarah Van Zee

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS:   September 23:  International Justice Mission; September 30:  PCGS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Mary Van Haaften, Ty Hugen; September 23:  (A.M.) Clarissa Van Zee, Regina Vaverka, Carter Vos

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Tony and Sarah Van Zee; North and South Doors: Shane and Melissa Tukker; September 23:  East Doors: Jon and Nicole Yoder; North Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson; South Doors: Lawrence and Mary Ann Vander Molen

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

Today: Emily Boender -C; Joyce Boender – C,J,S; Carolyn Harthoorn – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; September 23:  Amy Bokhoven – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday: Gary Vander Molen; September 23:  Jeff Van Kooten

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

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

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

Church School will begin the season today.  Classes will meet from 10:50-11:35.  A brochure with class lists and room assignments is in your mailbox.  Children 3 years-Grade 5 will meet on 3rd floor for singing before going to their room.

Council Chat will be held at 11:00 this morning in the sanctuary.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at First CRC for worship.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on John 6:35, I am the Bread of Life.  The offering is for Hope Ministries.

NEXT SUNDAY: At 6:00 p.m. we will join Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship.  Pastor Ryan Faber will preach on John 8:12, I Am the Light of the World. The offering will be for the Geneva Campus Ministry.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We wish a happy birthday to Anne Bokhoven who will celebrate her 86th birthday on September 18 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Thanks to all who sent cards and placed birthday wishes on Face Book, e-mail, phone calls, and personal contacts for my 84th birthday.  What a blessing that we have an ever present God from whom all blessings flow, and that we can place all our trust in Him for both now, and in the future.” – Elmer Kloosterman

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY: Christian Fellowship Hour starts its new season at 1:30 p.m.  We will continue studying the book of Luke, using Lesson 14.  Laura Branderhorst will be leading us.  All ladies are welcome and encouraged to join us!

Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m. on the third floor.

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

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

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

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

CLASSIS CENTRAL PLAINS will meet Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22 at Tracy CRC.

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

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

Adult Choir will practice this Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Praise Bands – New and returning singers and instrumentalists are welcome!

Christmas Musical – This year our church will be sponsoring a community Christmas musical, as we’ve done the past two years.  Singers are encouraged to join us for our first rehearsal on Wednesday, October 3, 8:00-8:45 p.m.

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

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

Desserts currently scheduled include: September 20, October 2, 4, 11, 18, 23 & 25, November 1, 6 & 8. You can sign up as far in advance as you’d like, but please sign up at least by the Sunday before the event so that we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

FROM THE COUNCIL:  As we are preparing to nominate and select church officers for 2019 we respectfully request that any potential nominees be given to current church officers for inclusion in that process.  Nominees should be provided by the end of the day Sunday, September 23.

A PICNIC THANK YOU:  It takes many hands to put on our annual church picnic.  Thanks to all who came last Sunday to Caldwell Park on such a beautiful day!  To those who gave of their time and talents to help set up, prepare the meal, serve the food, lead in worship, and clean up, we are ever grateful.  We hope everyone had a wonderful experience. – The Deacons

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Family Faith Formation Seminar:  Living Into Our Faith – One Generation to the Next – The home is the most important influence on a child’s faith.  But talking about faith does not come easily to every parent or caregiver, and in today’s busy families, time is not always a friend.  How can the church support families in teaching their children how to live into their faith?  Peoria CRC invites you to a seminar on Saturday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. at Peoria Christian School gym on Family Faith Formation led by Trudy Ash from Faith Formation Ministries. She will be sharing a new practical resource on Family Faith Formation as well as walk through some basic shifts in our thinking that have the potential to build a stronger, more vibrant faith formation culture in your congregation.  All are welcome!  There is no charge and coffee will be provided.

Freedom House Training – September 25, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Third Reformed Church.  This training will focus on developing the knowledge of what human trafficking is as well as developing skills for how to best work with victims and survivors of human trafficking.  We have room for 35 people.   The training is free, and $10 for lunch at Third’s Café.  If you are wanting to volunteer at the Freedom House, this will qualify for part of your training.  To secure your spot, send $10 to P. O. Box 815, Pella, IA  50219.

Save the Date:  New Life Prison Community Church will be sponsoring a free Christian Concert on Saturday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m.  Jeff Arrandale Band will be playing at Grace Fellowship in Pella.  A free-will offering will be taken for New Life.

Save the Date for the Peoria Christian School Fall Bazaar on Friday, November 9.  Please plan to join us for some delicious food and a fun night as we support Peoria Christian School.  If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Ver Meer or Heidi Van Wyk.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Parents of high school juniors and seniors are invited to a casual Parents Q&A Night with Trinity Christian College (from Palos Heights, IL).  If your student is interested in Trinity or you have questions about the college student experience and admissions or financial aid processes, come meet us on Wednesday, September 19, at The Loft (929 Opportunity Ln.) in Pella from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Brittany Minnesma, Assistant Director of Admissions, and current Trinity music professor Dr. Helen Van Wyck will be there.  Email Brittany at bminnesma@trnty.edu if you have questions.

Hospice of Pella has scheduled the next six-week training classes for Thursdays, September 20-October 25, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Comfort House meeting room.  To sign up, or for more information call Hospice of Pella at 641-620-5050. Hospice of Pella volunteers are members of the community that donate their time in service of those Hospice of Pella serves — whether reading to a patient, weeding the garden or running much needed errands for a hospice patient in their home.  All hospice volunteers are required to complete the volunteer training class.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Does your child or adolescent struggle with emotional or behavioral difficulties? We have a resource for you — a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. (See poster on bulletin board.) We help parents and other family caregivers understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the family’s critical role in helping with the treatment of those illnesses. Meeting every Tuesday from September 25 through October 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at The Well. Please email info@thewelliowa.org, or call 621-0164, ext. 706 to sign up.

Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find freedom from your hurts, hang-ups, or habits through Jesus Christ. Are you struggling with addictions, drugs, alcohol, pornography, eating disorders, co-dependency, divorce, forgiveness, abuse, depression, perfectionism, fear, anger, anxiety, lying, insecurity, guilt? There’s a safe place for you to come for healing! Kickoff Date is September 27, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Join us on Thursdays at The Well. (See poster on the bulletin board.) Celebrate Recovery is a growing family of fellow strugglers who accept one another where they are, believing God can help us change and grow! More information available at The Well, 621-0164 or info@thewelliowa.org.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Church School brochure
  • September Council Report
  • Lloyd & Nancy Peckham’s Update
  • New Life News

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Grace, Faith, and Becoming Holy – Salvation by grace through faith is one of the most crucial beliefs at the heart of Christianity.  Join Groundwork in studying Genesis 15:1-6, Romans 4:16-25, Galatians 2:15-21 to discover the biblical foundations for this belief and why it’s not a “get out of jail free card”, but a call to holiness.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Where’s Your Manners? Part 1 – When Miss Manners comes to town for a reality show about manners, the kids all try to win the contest.  But the winner is a surprise for everyone. Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.  Free Giveaway:  Kids Corner’s “Know Your Bible Activity Book, Part 3!”  Can you figure out all Kids Corner Bible puzzles?  www.kidscorner.net

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – Need help explaining God’s salvation plan to kids?  You’ll find a brief gospel summary that kids of all ages can understand at tinyurl.com/FFMGospelSummary.  Children’s ministry leaders, this summary will be really helpful for you too!

September 9, 2018

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

Prelude…………………………………………. How Beautiful…………………………………………………….

Just As I Am

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

Song… Praise Forevermore (composed by Dennis De Vries)… De Vries Family Worship Team

*Opening Prayer, Mutual Greeting………………………………………………………………………………

*A Time of Praise…………………………………………………………………….. led by Worship Team

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

* Build Your Kingdom Here……………………………………………………………………………………..

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

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

Response, singing……………….. Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus………………… Celebration #340

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

Offertory:  Living Hope

Scripture Reading……………………………………………………………………………… Ephesians 1:1-6
Pew Bibles – page 1817

Sermon……………………………………………… “Holy”………………………………………………………….

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

*Sing………………………………………. Take Time to Be Holy………….. Celebration #656:1, 2, 4

                                                                  Sanctuary…………………………….. Celebration #655

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

*Sing…………………………………… Build Your Kingdom Here…………………………………………… ……

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford;  Organist: Melissa Geetings
Worship Team:  Dennis, Randy, Jodi, Colby and Georgia De Vries

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS:   September 16:  Resonate Global Mission; September 23:  International Justice Mission; September 30:  PCGS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Katie Magnussen, Barb Gosselink, Carson Tukker; September 16:  (A.M.) Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Mary Van Haaften, Ty Hugen

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Dave and Ruth Stevenson; North Doors: Ruth Van Hal; South Doors: Phyllis De Vries; September 16:  East Doors: Tony and Sarah Van Zee; North and South Doors: Shane and Melissa Tukker

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

Today: Debra Klyn – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – S; Barb Wilson – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C; September 16:  Emily Boender -C; Joyce Boender – C,J,S; Carolyn Harthoorn – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday: Ken Van Woerkom; September 16: Gary Vander Molen

SEPTEMBER MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser           –     Thressa Nieuwsma, Phil Slings

Doug and Benita Le Mahieu    –     Ron Spoelstra, Bill Stursma

Lloyd and Nancy Peckham      –     Dave Stevenson, Liz Uitermarkt

Justin Van Zee                          –     On Home Service

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

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

We welcome the De Vries family — Dennis, his son Randy, daughter-in-law Jodi, grandchildren Colby and Georgia — who will lead us in worship through music this morning.

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

Pella II annual church picnic today.  Please come out to Caldwell Park in Pella following our morning worship and fellowship coffee.  A delicious lunch will begin between 11:45 and 12:00 noon.  Please come to worship our Lord, enjoy a good meal, and visit with many friends.  A short worship service with a meditation by Pastor Paul will follow lunch.  An offering will be taken for the General Fund. Ice cream will be served after the worship service.  Don’t forget your lawn chairs!  Parking:  Please be courteous of all, elderly or disabled, who may benefit by parking close to the shelter house at Caldwell Park.

Youth GroupCalling all high school students.  Meet this afternoon at church at 4:15 and we’ll join the “Rooted” group over at First Reformed Church.  Meeting time is 4:30-6:30 p.m.   If you need transportation or have any questions, call Brent Pierson at 641-780-3456.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC at Faith CRC for worship.  Pastor Paul will preach on John 8:31-59, I AM. The offering will be for Pella ProLife.

NEXT SUNDAY: Council Chat will be held next Sunday after the morning service.

Church School will begin the season next Sunday, September 16.  Classes will meet from 10:50-11:35.  A brochure with class lists and room assignments will be in your mailbox that morning.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at First CRC for worship.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on John 6:35. The offering will be for Hope Ministries.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: “Thank you for your prayers, cards and personal expressions of sympathy.” – Shirley Van Hal and family, Ruth Van Hal

“I wish to thank all who sent me cards and well wishes for my 87th birthday, and all the ladies of Perk Up and other groups too.  God is good, all the time, God is good.” – Ed Uitermarkt

“Thank you for the cards, telephone calls and visits I received for my birthday.  I thank God for the years He blessed me with and for my church family.” – JoAnn Boot

The congregation congratulates Joseph and Brandy (Mateer) Walker on their union in marriage yesterday, September 8.  May God guide and bless them in their lives together.  Their address is 609 North Market St., Oskaloosa, Iowa  52577.

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

Parents of juniors and seniors at Pella Christian High School are invited to a presentation and question/answer session about navigating the college admission and financial aid process on September 10.  This information will be especially valuable for parents who have had no experience with the process previously.  We will meet in the school library at 7:00 p.m.

TUESDAY:  Out To Lunch (OTL) Women’s Bible Study will be starting up again on September 11.  Please join us at the KCWN studio at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, fellowship and Bible study.  All ladies are welcome to join!  Please contact Bev De Vries or Allison Van Wyngarden with questions.

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

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

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

Adult Choir will meet from 7:00-8:30 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.

KINGDOM KIDS SIGN-UP:  Do you have a 4-year-old through 1st grader that would like to join us on Wednesdays for Kingdom Kids?  This year we are learning about “What Jesus Means to Me” – worship, giving, stewardship, thankfulness, obedience, and sharing with others about Jesus – how we show Jesus we love Him and spread His love to others.  Your boys and girls will enjoy crafts, snacks and other activities.  We meet twice a month (schedule will be given) on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:50, in the big room on the third floor.  Sign-Up sheets are in the basement and in the foyer at the entry, or you can call/text Arlys at 641-780-1967 with your information.  Start date is September 19!  Arlys, Carla and Les are looking forward to seeing you!

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

Adult Choir’s second rehearsal of the fall will be this Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  It’s not too late to join us!

Children’s Choir (1st-6th graders) will practice this Wednesday, September 12, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

Praise Bands – New and returning singers and instrumentalists are welcome!

Christmas Musical – This year our church will be sponsoring a community Christmas musical, as we’ve done the past two years.  Singers are encouraged to join us for our first rehearsal on Wednesday, October 3, 8:00-8:45 p.m.

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We would like to invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There are several “Dessert with the Bradfords” gatherings scheduled this fall, each will be on a Tuesday or Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Youths middle school and older are also welcome to join us. We have room for 12 adults or youths at each gathering. Please sign up in the narthex or in the basement for one of the evenings. Desserts currently scheduled include: September 18 & 20, October 2, 4, 11, 18, 23 & 25, November 1, 6 & 8. You can sign up as far in advance as you’d like, but please sign up at least by the Sunday before the event so that we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

PHOTO DIRECTORY UPDATE:  We have updated photos for many of you but you may want to update your narrative too.  You have until September 12 to submit updated photos and/or narratives.  Ideas for the narrative include jobs, hobbies, favorite Bible verses, etc.  You can email changes to bpierson@iowatelecom.net or put in one of our mailboxes.  If you have questions or need assistance please see Melissa Tukker, Stephanie Roose, Paula Klyn or Susan Pierson.

OFFERING OF SEPT. 30 EXPLANATION:  One way the PCGS Board provides tuition assistance to families is through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).  The board’s desire is that Christian Education be an affordable option for all families.  This program is available to all PCGS families and is needs-based assistance.  This year approximately $100,000 will be awarded to qualifying families.  To learn more about PCGS’s tuition assistance options visit www.pellachristian.net

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Christian Fellowship Hour will begin its season on September 19 (that is not this coming Wednesday but next week).

Hospice of Pella has scheduled the next six-week training classes for Thursdays, September 20-October 25, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Comfort House meeting room.  To sign up, or for more information call Hospice of Pella at 641-620-5050. Hospice of Pella volunteers are members of the community that donate their time in service of those Hospice of Pella serves — whether reading to a patient, weeding the garden or running much needed errands for a hospice patient in their home.  All hospice volunteers are required to complete the volunteer training class.

Intergenerational Worship Workshop in Sioux Falls, S.D. – Join Faith Formation Ministries at First CRC on September 29 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. to learn about the importance of spiritual formation in the home.  Syd Hielema and Jill Friend will present on four important topics intended to help us strengthen both our families and church: connecting dots between worship, home and other church ministries; strengthening and growing an intergenerational (IGEN) leadership culture, naming and nurturing strengths already present in the congregation and faith storytelling ideas that will bless an IGEN culture.  Registration is free and lunch will be provided.  Learn more and register at network.crcna.org/faith-nurture/intergenerational-worship-workshop-sioux-falls-sd

Save the Date:  New Life Prison Community Church will be sponsoring a free Christian Concert on Saturday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m.  Jeff Arrandale Band will be playing at Grace Fellowship in Pella.  A free-will offering will be taken for New Life.

OPEN HOUSE AT THE WELL:  You are invited to an open house at The Well to learn about all of the resources and new programs available to community members.  Tour different resource booths, and hear about The Well’s vision moving forward, as the Lord continues to serve His people through The Well!  We hope you can join us this Thursday, September 13, between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. for light appetizers, and a brief program at 5:30 p.m. This is open to ANYONE interested in participating in a program, or learning more about the new programs being offered this fall.

SUB SANDWICHES:  Peoria Christian School is selling sub sandwiches again this year.  There are two types — Ham and Pella Bologna with Swiss and American cheese, or Ham and Turkey with Swiss and American cheese.  Sandwiches are $3 each or $36 for 13.  Along with the subs this year we are also selling Butter Braid pastries and Wooden Spoon cookie dough.  Orders are due Monday, September 10.  Orders can be emailed to emvangorp@iowatelecom.net or mvhart77@gmail.com or call the school (625-4131).  For questions on the Butter Braids or cookie dough contact Suzy Veenstra, 780-8856. Orders can be picked up at the school on September 26 after 4:00 p.m.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  God’s Salvation Plan – God’s salvation plan for maintaining his covenant relationship with us is unfathomable by human standards.  Join Groundwork in studying Genesis 3:14-15, Genesis 12:1-3, and Matthew 1:20-23 to discover how Jesus’ humility and weakness accomplish God’s ultimate redemption of humanity. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: No Idols – Do people worship idols today?  Lucille finds out when she gets caught up in the frenzy over a girl band called “Skin Deep”.  Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.  Free Giveaway:  Kids Corner’s “Know Your Bible Activity Book, Part 3!”  Can you figure out all Kids Corner Bible puzzles?  www.kidscorner.net.