November 29, 2020

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

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

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

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

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

1 – Solo;  *2-4 All

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

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

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

GOD’S WORD

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

Pew Bibles – page 1497

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

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

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

TODAY:   Church School will not meet today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Choir rehearsal 7:15-8:15 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Creation Station Christian Preschool”.  Our offering December 6 will go to  “Crossroads Prison Ministries”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the QR Codemission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 22, 2020

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

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

Count Your Many Blessings

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

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

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

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

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

GOD’S WORD

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

Pew Bibles – pages 1504, 1510, 1697

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

“One Body, One Purpose” Series

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOVEMBER 16 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING RECAP:

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

o   Deacons: Shane Tukker and Will Vande Voort

o   Shepherding Elders: Jon Van Woerkom and Matt Vos

o   Governing Board Elder: Brian Van Kooten

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

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

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

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

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

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Crossroads of Pella”.  Our offering November 29 will go to  “Creation Station Christian Preschool”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or QR Codeorganization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

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

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

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

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

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

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

November 15, 2020

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

Prelude…………………………………… Here I Am to Worship……………………………………………….

He Is Exalted;  Come, Christians, Join to Sing

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

*Sing…………………………………………. Goodness of God…………………………………………………..

Sing…………………………………………… Jesus, Only Jesus…………………………………………………..

Baptism of Kaiya Supaluck Van Wyngarden……………………………………………………………….

Song………………………………………… He Knows My Name… Van Wyngarden Worship Team

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

Sing………………………. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning to End)……………………………..

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Allison Van Wyngarden… Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 4:23; Revelation 21:5

Pew Bibles – pages 1072, 1501, 1937

Sermon………………………………. “Advancing the Kingdom”………………………………………….

“One Body, One Purpose” Series

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

*Offering, as you leave……………………………………………………….. Christian Education Fund

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

Pastor:  Paul Bradford;  Prelude Pianist:  Debbie Nelson
Worship Team: Van Wyngarden Family

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSNovember 22:  Crossroads of Pella; November 26 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes; November 29:  Creation Station Christian Preschool

TODAY:   This morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Kaiya Supaluck Van Wyngarden, daughter of Will and Allison Van Wyngarden. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

We thank the Van Wyngarden Family for leading our singing this morning.

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

NEXT SUNDAY:  Next Sunday morning Doug and Benita Le Mahieu plan to join us and will speak briefly during the service about their mission in Papua New Guinea. They will also have a presentation immediately after the service through the church school time.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Joyce Vander Molen in the death of her brother-in-law, Larry Engbers, on November 8, and to the family of Gertrude Wassink who died on November 10.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

We wish a happy birthday to Viola De Vries who will celebrate her 87th birthday on November 21, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“We wish to “thank you” all who remembered us in many ways due to the passing of our sister.  All the visits to the Grinnell Nursing Home for the last five years made memories for us.” – Ken and Esther Van Gent

MONDAY:  The annual congregational meeting is scheduled for November 16 at 7:00 p.m.  The agenda includes: 1. Selection by lot of Council positions, 2. Vote on the 2021 church budget, 3. Updates from the Council, and 4. Sneak preview of the Cornerstone Church logo.

The Council nominees are:

  • Deacon (two positions): Dan Schreur, Shane Tukker, and Will Vande Voort
  • Shepherding Elder (two positions): Calvin Van Haaften, Jon Van Woerkom, and Matt Vos
  • Governing Board Elder (one position): Ron Branderhorst and Brian Van Kooten

The congregational meeting will be live streamed.

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

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

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

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

Adult Choir will practice 7:15-8:15 p.m. Please bring masks.  For more information, contact Barbara Boertje DeVries at worship@pella2crc.org.

THANKSGIVING FOOD OFFERING:  Nonperishable food items will again be collected at our Thanksgiving Day service for Pella’s Food Shelf.  There will be a table at the bottom of the steps inside the east entrance where you can place the food.

THANKSGIVING DAY:  You are encouraged to submit what you are thankful for in one or two sentences/words.  You have received or will receive instructions from Pastor Paul, sent by email and regular mail.  These items will be read by two readers at our Thanksgiving service.

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

To assist in planning, a survey will be sent to the congregation via email requesting the service time you prefer to attend as well as the number of persons in your group.  For those without internet, a paper survey form will be provided to you.  Tickets for each service will be issued and given to attendees, taking into consideration responses to the survey.  A response to the survey is required in order to receive a ticket.  Tickets will be required in order to be admitted to a candlelight service.  Thank you in advance for your flexibility as we work to accommodate as many attendees as feasible. – Governing Board

PANDEMIC PRECAUTIONS:  The health and safety of the congregation is of utmost concern, especially as the COVID infection numbers continue to increase.  Based on a review of pandemic precautions taken by other Pella churches, as well as information from government and health authorities, our church’s updated protocol for worship service attendees is:

  • Face masks are required to be worn while singing, as we have since the end of August.
  • Masks are now recommended to be worn while inside the church building.  This is in order to help fight further spread of the virus.
  • For clarity, masks are not required with the exception of singing.  Worship attendees who do not wish to wear masks, please either hum or listen reflectively without singing.
  • Six-foot social distancing guidelines between family groups when in the church building remains in effect.

Thank you for your understanding and support of the precautionary measures being taken.  These are regularly reviewed.  The goal is to provide a safe environment, where we can focus on worshipping God and demonstrate Christ-like concern for our neighbor.  –  Governing Board

HELP WANTED:  Looking for someone heading to the southwest and able to transport quilts to Rehoboth, NM.  They must arrive there by December 14 so the students can give them to families in need. Contact Ron Zwiers (628-2219 or zwiers@iowatelecom.net).

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

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

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Christian Education Fund”.  Our offering November 22 will go to  “Crossroads of Pella”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

LOG STO:  Legacy of Grace Student Tuition Organization is again seeking donations. A 65% state tax credit will be given on the first $489,751 donated.  Information and a donation form have been emailed or sent by regular mail.

PCHS ANNUAL FINANCIAL DRIVE:  The Pella Christian High School Annual Financial Drive is underway, with a goal of $80,000 to support the general fund of the school.    Please refer to the fundraising letter recently distributed through your church for details. Donations can be sent to the school at 300 Eagle Lane or given to a board member. Thank you for your ongoing support of the mission of Pella Christian High School.

November 8, 2020

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

Prelude…………………………………… My Jesus, I Love Thee……………………………………………….

Adoration;  Fellowship Medley

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………. I Sing the Mighty Power of God………. Celebration #128:1-3

*Sing………………………………………….. God, You Reign……………………………………………………

Sing……………………………………………….. I Got Saved………………………………………………………

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

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

Anthem……………………………………… Be Still, My Soul!…………………………………………………..

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Crystal Schreur…………………………………….. Romans 12:1-8;  Luke 6:38

Pew Bibles – pages 1763 & 1601

Sermon…………………………………. “Giving to Bring Life”……………………………………………..

“One Body, One Purpose” Series

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing………………………………………….. O Bless the Gifts…………………………………………………..

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

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

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

Pastor:  Paul Bradford;  Organist:  Andrea Van Waardhuizen

Worship Team
Adult Choir, Debbie Nelson – Pianist, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSNovember 15:  Christian Education Fund; November 22:  Crossroads of Pella; November 26 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes; November 29:  Creation Station Christian Preschool

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

NEXT SUNDAY:  Next Sunday morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Kaiya, daughter of Will and Allison Van Wyngarden. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to the family of Virginia Van Kooten, who passed away on November 5.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord. Visitation is this afternoon, 3:00-5:00 at Pella II. The funeral is Monday, 10:30 a.m. at Pella II.  The family asks that masks be worn at both.

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

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

Adult Choir will practice 7:15-8:15 p.m. Please bring masks.  For more information, contact Barbara Boertje DeVries at worship@pella2crc.org.

PANDEMIC PRECAUTIONS UPDATE:  The health and safety of the congregation is of utmost concern, especially as the COVID infection numbers continue to increase.  Based on a review of pandemic precautions taken by other Pella churches, as well as information from government and health authorities, our church’s updated protocol for worship service attendees is:

  • Face masks are required to be worn while singing, as we have since the end of August.
  • Masks are now recommended to be worn while inside the church building.  This is in order to help fight further spread of the virus.
  • For clarity, masks are not required with the exception of singing.  Worship attendees who do not wish to wear masks, please either hum or listen reflectively without singing.
  • Six-foot social distancing guidelines between family groups when in the church building remains in effect.

Thank you for your understanding and support of the precautionary measures being taken.  These are regularly reviewed.  The goal is to provide a safe environment, where we can focus on worshipping God and demonstrate Christ-like concern for our neighbor.  –  Governing Board

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, Marion Klyn, Sid Klyn, Ron Kramer, 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

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: The annual congregational meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.  The agenda includes: 1. Selection by lot of Council positions, 2. Vote on the 2021 church budget, 3. Updates from the Council, and 4. Sneak preview of the Cornerstone Church logo.

The Council nominees are:

  • Deacon (two positions): Dan Schreur, Shane Tukker, and Will Vande Voort
  • Shepherding Elder (two positions): Calvin Van Haaften, Jon Van Woerkom, and Matt Vos
  • Governing Board Elder (one position): Ron Branderhorst and Brian Van Kooten

VOTING OPTIONS: Two voting options will be available for the November 16 congregational meeting.  Please select one of the following two options:

Option A – In-person voting at the congregational meeting

Option B – Electronic absentee ballots

  • An electronic absentee ballot will be made available through Pella II Breeze.  A link to the Breeze ballot is planned to be emailed to members the week of November 8.  The email will be sent to the same distribution list as the weekly bulletin.
  • The voter’s name and email address are required when completing the Breeze ballot.  One submission per member.
  • Votes must be submitted via Breeze prior to 5:00 p.m. on November 16.
  • For members without internet, ballots have been mailed to you with instructions.

All absentee ballots are subject to an approved motion to accept them at the congregational meeting.

THE 2019 YEARLY FINANCIAL REPORTS are available for you to pick up.  They have been placed in various locations in the narthex and downstairs instead of in your mailboxes so we can practice “social distancing”.

THANKSGIVING MEAL BOXES:  The Pella Food Shelf is making Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to give to local families.  Pella II’s challenge is to bring 150  15.25 oz. cans of corn for these boxes no later than November 15.    A collection table is downstairs or they can be placed on the table at the main entrance.

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

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

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to  “Ministry Shares”.  Our offering November 15 will go to the “Christian Education Fund”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of QR Codethe week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

VETERANS DAY LUNCH/ASSEMBLY:  Join Peoria Christian School in honoring Veterans with a special lunch and assembly Tuesday, November 10, starting at noon.  Please RSVP to office@peoriachr.org or call 641-625-4131 by November 9

PCHS ANNUAL FINANCIAL DRIVE:  The Pella Christian High School Annual Financial Drive is currently underway.  The purpose of this drive is to support the general fund of the school.  The goal for this year’s drive is $80,000.  We are asking you to prayerfully consider a gift to the school by year end.  Please refer to the fundraising letter recently distributed through your church for details.  Thank you in advance for your faithful support of the mission of Pella Christian High School.

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ANNUAL BAZAAR is Friday, November 13, at the Peoria 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.  Like Peoria Christian School on Facebook for more information and to see items to be auctioned off.  Supper menu is pulled pork sandwiches, party potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, brownies and ice cream. Freewill donation.  New this year — “To Go Meals” available 4:30-5:30 p.m. by contacting Suzy Veenstra (641-780-8856) by 12:30 p.m. on November 13.

November 1, 2020

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

Prelude…………………………… Trust and Obey;  He Leadeth Me……………………………………….

Have Thine Own Way, Lord;  Be Still, My Soul

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Call to Worship – Litany for World Hunger Sunday, responsively…………………………………

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

PRAISE TO GOD

Sing………………………………………….. Oh How Good It Is…………………………………………………

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

*Sing………………………………………… Be Thou My Vision……………. Celebration #562:1, 2, 4

Children’s Message………………………………………………………………………………. Brent Pierson

Video……………………………….. “Every Table” – World Renew…………………………………………

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

Sing……………………………………. Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus…………………………………………..

GOD’S WORD

Scripture…………………………………… 1 John 1:5-7; Acts 2:42-43, 46-47; Ephesians 4:15-16

Pew Bibles – pages 1898,1694, 1821

Sermon……………………….. “Experiencing Life in Community”……………………………………

“One Body, One Purpose” Series

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

*Offering, as you leave……………………………………. World Renew (World Hunger Sunday)

*Postlude………………………………….. Oh How Good It Is…………………………………………………

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSNovember 8:  Ministry Shares; November 15:  Christian Education Fund; November 22:  Crossroads of Pella; November 26 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes; November 29:  Creation Station Christian Preschool

NOVEMBER MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser           –     Pearl Van Waardhuizen, Anne Bokhoven

Doug and Benita Le Mahieu    –     Ruth Van Hal, Darrell Boot

Lloyd and Nancy Peckham      –     Wes Veenstra, Ron Branderhorst

Justin Van Zee                          –     Jon Van Woerkom, Dena Bokhoven

TODAY:  Today is World Hunger Sunday. We will collect the Peter Fish in the narthex.  World Renew has the plans, the systems, the partners, and the people to come alongside communities experiencing hunger as a faithful response to the God who can accomplish abundantly more than all we ask or imagine.

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

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: “Thanks be to God for healing mercies.  Thanks to you who prayed for me, for delicious meals, for get well cards, phone calls, and for other ways of remembering me while I was recuperating after my second hospital event.  All of these kind deeds were very much appreciated.” – Sid Klyn

WEDNESDAY:  Christian Fellowship will meet at 1:30 p.m.  All ladies are welcome!

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

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

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

Adult Choir will practice 7:15-8:15 p.m. Please bring masks.  For more information, contact Barbara Boertje DeVries at worship@pella2crc.org.

THE 2019 YEARLY FINANCIAL REPORTS are available for you to pick up.  They have been placed in various locations in the narthex and downstairs instead of in your mailboxes so we can practice “social distancing”.

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

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 150  15.25 oz. cans of corn for these boxes no later than November 15.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing cans of corn.  A collection table is downstairs or they can be placed on the table at the main entrance.

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

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “World Renew for World Hunger”.  Our offering November 8 QR Codewill go for “Ministry Shares”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

THE WAFFLE SUPPER listed in last week’s bulletin for Wednesday, November 4, at Oskaloosa’s First CRC has been canceled.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Veterans Day Lunch/Assembly:  You are invited to join Peoria Christian School in honoring Veterans with a special lunch and assembly on Tuesday, November 10, starting at noon.  Please be sure to RSVP to office@peoriachr.org or call 641-625-4131 with the number attending by November 9.  We hope to see you there!

Peoria Christian School Annual Bazaar will be Friday, November 13, at the Peoria 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.  Like Peoria Christian School on Facebook for more information and to see items to be auctioned off.  Supper menu is pulled pork sandwiches, party potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, brownies and ice cream. Freewill donation.  New this year — “To Go Meals” available 4:30-5:30 p.m. by contacting Suzy Veenstra (641-780-8856) by 12:30 p.m. on November 13. Thank you for your support.

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

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Christ Glorified: Love and Humble Sacrifice – The Gospel of John dedicates five full chapters to Jesus’ teaching in the Upper Room. Join Groundwork as we study John 12-14:14 to study what Jesus teaches his disciples about the true work and purpose of their long-awaited Messiah. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: The Stowaway-1  – Scooter hides on the bus so he can go on the fifth grade camping trip.  He’s discovered too late to send him home.  But in the morning, Scooter is missing!   Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Kids Corner Bible Story Coloring Packet:  The Story Begins.  (https://kidscorner.net/activities).

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Generosity:  A grateful heart overflows in generosity.  How might your gratitude for God’s good gifts overflow to bless your neighbor?  If you’re grateful for the gift of good food, for example, how might that spur you on to help make sure your community is fed?  If you’re grateful for your family, how might you extend a sense of love and belonging to others?

October 25, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
October 25, 2020                               Reformation Sunday                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………. How Firm a Foundation……………………………………………..

For All the Saints; Our Refuge and Strength

A Mighty Fortress

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

Anthem…………………………………….. God Is Our Refuge…………………………………………………

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

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Sarah Van Zee…………………………………………………….. Philippians 2:1-4

Pew Bibles – page 1827

Sermon………………………………… “Loving Christ’s Bride”…………………………………………….

“One Body, One Purpose” Series

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing…………………………………………. The Servant Song………….. Celebration #424:1, 2, 4, 6

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

*Offering, as you leave…………………………………………………….. Geneva Campus Ministries

*Postlude………………………………. Jesus, Firm Foundation……………………………………………..

Pastor:  Paul Bradford;  Organist:  Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Trumpeters:  Robert Rus, Will Vande Voort; Worship Team;
Adult Choir – Debbie Nelson: Pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries: Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSNovember 1:  World Renew (World Hunger Sunday); November 8:  Ministry Shares; November 15:  Christian Education Fund; November 22:  Crossroads of Pella; November 26 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes; November 29:  Creation Station Christian Preschool

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

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

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Leona Nunnikhoven has been moved to The Cottages as she heals and receives physical therapy for her broken leg.  Remember her in your prayers.

We extend our Christian sympathy to Ken and Esther Van Gent on the death of Ken’s sister, Esther Van Wyk, on October 18.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

“Thank you to my church family for all the cards sent for my birthday.  They were much appreciated.” – Arie Boot

MONDAY:  Our bi-monthly congregational prayer meeting is tomorrow, October 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Note that we will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

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

Adult Choir will practice 7:15-8:15 p.m. Please bring masks.  For more information, contact Barbara Boertje DeVries at worship@pella2crc.org.

PETER FISH:  If you have not yet picked up your Peter Fish, they are available in the narthex.  Please consider filling them with your spare change and bring them back next Sunday, November 1, World Hunger Sunday.  We will collect them in a container at the top of the steps before the service this year.  Please pray for the nearly 1 billion people around the world who are hungry.

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

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 150  15.25 oz. cans of corn for these boxes no later than November 15.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing cans of corn.  A collection table will be downstairs or they can be placed on the table at the main entrance.

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

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Geneva Campus Ministry in Iowa City”.  Our offering QR CodeNovember 1 will go to “World Renew -World Hunger”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

YOU ARE A BLESSING!  Thank you for your church’s gift to ministry shares.  Your gift makes it possible for us to share God’s story of grace, hope and love.  We could not impact the world through missions, media, and church development without your incredible and faithful support.  To learn more about the work you support visit crcna.org/ministryshares.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

Tuesday, October 27, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on site in the school gymnasium.  Masks are required for the in-person conferences.  School is dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 29, conferences will be held virtually from noon-2:00 p.m.  School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

A reminder that there will be no classes Friday, October 30, for a teacher work day.  A signup link for the conferences will be provided to parents via email.

Waffle Supper – On Wednesday, November 4, the IGNITE Youth Group of Oskaloosa’s First Christian Reformed Church (815 N. 11th St.) will have their annual Belgium Waffle Supper from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with social distancing in place.  There will also be Take-Out and Drive-Up options available.  A free-will offering will be taken.

FROM THE LE MAHIEU’s:  We want to thank you for your support of the Ministry of Wycliffe and our family.  You have been an important partner in allowing us to serve in the country of Papua New Guinea.  For many months, no Wycliffe missionaries had been able to enter the country.  However, restrictions are slowly lifting and some have been able to return.  We plan to return to Papua New Guinea in January if we can secure the proper paperwork in order to enter the country.  Please pray for all these doors to be opened and for patience during the process. We are also praying for you and your witness in the Pella area. – Doug and Benita Le Mahieu

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is looking for a part-time secretary.  If you are interested, please contact Jeremy Copenhaver (principal@peoriachr.org).

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

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Signs of Christ’s Power – Having power means having the strength, the ability, or the influence to accomplish something.  Study John 5-11 with Groundwork to discover the signs that reveal Christ’s power to us.  Together we’ll discuss what these signs show us about Christ’s power and why they point us to life.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Change of Plans – Lucille has great plans for the church’s youth camp, but everything is put on hold with a hospital visit.  Can Lucille’s replacement Liz pull it off perfectly?   Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Kids Corner Bible Story Coloring Packet:  The Story Begins.  (https://kidscorner.net/activities).

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Gratitude:  “Give thanks to Him and praise His name.  For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:4-5).  How has God been faithful to the generations in your family?  Tell those stories to each other.

October 18, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
October 18, 2020                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………. God of All Righteousness……….. Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

Built on a Rock

My Faith Looks Up to Thee

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements……………………………………………………… Elder Calvin Roose

Call to Worship – Psalm 100……………………………………………………………………………………….

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty….. Celebration #210:1, 2, 4

*Sing …………………………………. Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)……………………………………………

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

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

Song…………………………………………… I Love You, Lord…………………………… Worship Team

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading……………………………………………………………………………………….. Psalm 96

Pew Bibles – page 934

Sermon……………………….. “The Trees Sing, Why Don’t We?”……………………………………

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing……………………………………… The Trees of the Field……………………. Celebration #764

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

*Offering, as you leave……………………………………………………… Bible League International

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

Guest Preacher:  Pastor Rick Admiraal; Organist:  Phyllis De Vries
Worship Leader:  Jon Golliet; Worship Team

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSOctober 25:  Geneva Campus Ministries; November 1:  World Renew (World Hunger Sunday); November 8:  Ministry Shares; November 15:  Christian Education Fund; November 22:  Crossroads of Pella; November 26 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes; November 29:  Creation Station Christian Preschool

TODAY:   We welcome Pastor Rick Admiraal from New Life Prison Church in Newton who will bring the message this morning.

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

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Mary Ann Vander Molen, whose sister-in-law Shirley Bruxvoort passed away on October 10.  May God comfort her with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

We wish a happy birthday to Edith Van Zee who will celebrate her 90th birthday on October 23, and to Thressa Nieuwsma who will celebrate her 89th birthday on October 24 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“It is very difficult for Martha Slings to make phone calls because of her failing vision but she really appreciates receiving phone calls from the congregation (620-4130).”

“The family of Raymond Klyn is grateful for the expressions of sympathy given at the time of his passing.  The cards, memorials, plants and especially the prayers.   It was hard not to be able to see Ray when he was hospitalized with the COVID.  Ray is now in his heavenly home.  Thank you, Pastor Paul, for giving such a meaningful message at the grave site.  It has all been in God’s hands.  Thank you church family!  To God be the glory!” –  Lois Klyn, David and Brenda Klyn, Megan Klyn, Debra Klyn, Sylvia Langstraat, Marion and Glenda Klyn, Sid and Mary Klyn, Les and Linda Klyn

“Thank you for all the wonderful well wishes and cards for my birthday.  I’m so thankful for the 90 years God has blessed me with.  I miss worshipping with all of you.” – Cathryn Van Ee

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

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

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

Adult Choir will practice 7:15-8:15 p.m. Please bring masks.  For more information, contact Barbara Boertje DeVries at worship@pella2crc.org.

PETER FISHBe sure to pick up your Peter Fish today.  They are available in the narthex.  Feed them well and return them on Sunday, November 1, when our denomination observes World Hunger Sunday.  Nearly 1 billion people around the world are hungry.

FELLOWSHIP HALL: In view of the approaching fall and winter temperatures, the basement fellowship hall is now fully reopened, and available before, during and after worship services.  The areas previously closed off by the sliding doors are open to allow as much room as possible.  When in the fellowship hall, please maintain six feet social distancing between family groups.  Masks are welcome to be worn but are not required.  Also, the live stream will continue to be shown and this space remains available for anyone who needs to step away during the service.  –  Council

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

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

THE BACKPACK PROGRAM provides nutritious food for the weekend for local students who are food insecure (may not know where their next meal is coming from) so that students can return to school on Monday ready to learn.  The committee is collecting donations from local churches to help cover the number of students who need this assistance.  Second CRC has been asked to donate single serve packages of oatmeal.  A collection box is located near the front entrance and donations will be accepted through October 25.  Please contact Katie Magnussen at kathrynmagnussen@gmail.com or 563-260-2190 with any questions.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Bible League International”.  Our offering October 18 will go QR Codeto “World Renew -World Hunger”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

Tuesday, October 27, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on site in the school gymnasium.  Masks are required for the in-person conferences.  School is dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 29, conferences will be held virtually from noon-2:00 p.m.  School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

A reminder that there will be no classes Friday, October 30, for a teacher work day.  A signup link for the conferences will be provided to parents via email.

     Pella Christian High School Theatre Troupe will open its 71st theatre season with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  The Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors comes to vibrant and colorful life in this energetic musical which will also include elementary students in the ensemble.  Production dates are October 29, 30, and 31, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. with an additional Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.  Reserve Tickets are no longer sold in the school office but are available for purchase on-line beginning October 19 at https://pchstt.booktix.com/.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students ($2 more at the door) which includes credit card and handling fees charged to the school.  ALL SALES WILL BE FINAL.

The Peoria Christian School Annual Bazaar will be Friday, November 13, at the Peoria Christian School Gym.  Please plan to join us for a fun-filled evening.  More details later.

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is looking for a part-time secretary.  If you are interested, please contact Jeremy Copenhaver (principal@peoriachr.org).

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Signs of Christ’s Glory – The gospel of John recounts a number of events that reveal Jesus Christ’s glory.  Join Groundwork as we examine some of the stories found in John 2-4 to help us better understand what glory is and where we can expect to encounter the glory of Jesus in our own lives.   Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Future Forecast – After an aptitude test, Spike is convinced he’s good for nothing.  How can Liz and the gang show him otherwise?   Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Kids Corner Bible Story Coloring Packet:  The Story Begins.  (https://kidscorner.net/activities).

October 11, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
October 11, 2020                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………… Be Thou My Vision…………… Joyce Boender, Organist

Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord

They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………………… Who You Say I Am……………….. led by Worship Team

*Sing ………………………………………. Oh, What a Miracle…………………………………………………

*Sing……………………………………… Nothing but the Blood………….. Celebration #337:1, 3, 4

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

Sing………………………………………. Spirit of the Living God…………….. Celebration #389:1-3

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Matt Vos………………………………………………………… Galatians 5:1, 13-25

Pew Bibles – page 1815

Sermon………………………………… “Walking by the Spirit”…………………………………………….

“One Body, One Purpose” Series

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSOctober 18:  Bible League International; October 25:  Geneva Campus Ministries

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

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to the family of Arietta De Graaf, who passed away on October 7.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

We wish a happy birthday to Joann Verhey who will celebrate her 87th birthday on October 12, and to Arie Boot who will celebrate his 90th birthday on October 18, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“I want to thank the congregation for their prayers, concerns and cards I received while in the hospital.” – Thressa Nieuwsma

We rejoice at the birth of a healthy girl, Olivia Lynn, born October 1 to Mason and Cayla Wichhart.  We thank God for this great gift!

MONDAY:  Our bi-monthly congregational prayer meeting is tomorrow, October 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Weather and construction permitting, we will meet on our new building site.  Bring your own lawn chair.  We will put our chairs on the slab in what will be our new worship center, sitting six feet apart.  If needed we’ll meet at our existing building in the fellowship hall.  An update will go out on One Call on Monday morning confirming where we’ll meet.

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

Adult Choir will practice 7:15-8:15 p.m. Please bring masks.  For more information, contact Barbara Boertje DeVries at worship@pella2crc.org.

FELLOWSHIP HALL: In view of the approaching fall and winter temperatures, the basement fellowship hall is now fully reopened, and available before, during and after worship services.  The areas previously closed off by the sliding doors are open to allow as much room as possible.  When in the fellowship hall, please maintain six feet social distancing between family groups.  Masks are welcome to be worn but are not required.  Also, the live stream will continue to be shown and this space remains available for anyone who needs to step away during the service.  –  Council

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

THE BACKPACK PROGRAM provides nutritious food for the weekend for local students who are food insecure (may not know where their next meal is coming from) so that students can return to school on Monday ready to learn.  The committee is collecting donations from local churches to help cover the number of students who need this assistance.  Second CRC has been asked to donate single serve packages of oatmeal.  A collection box is located near the front entrance and donations will be accepted through October 25.  Please contact Katie Magnussen at kathrynmagnussen@gmail.com or 563-260-2190 with any questions.

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

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “Missions Fund”.  Our offering October 18 will go to the “Bible League International”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of the QR Codeweek.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

Thank you again for your continued support. – Pella II Deacons

WORLD HUNGER SUNDAY 2020 – Anybody want to feed some fish?  In three weeks, we will be observing World Hunger Sunday and taking a collection on behalf of World Renew’s work with our hungry brothers and sisters worldwide.  Look for Peter Fish banks next Sunday.

ADVANCE NOTICE:

     Pella Christian High School Theatre Troupe will open its 71st theatre season with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  The Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors comes to vibrant and colorful life in this energetic musical which will also include elementary students in the ensemble.  Production dates are October 29, 30, and 31, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. with an additional Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.  Reserve Tickets are no longer sold in the school office but are available for purchase on-line beginning October 19 at https://pchstt.booktix.com/.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students ($2 more at the door) which includes credit card and handling fees charged to the school.  ALL SALES WILL BE FINAL.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As Christians called to love one another, how can we talk about immigration in a way that unites us and is reflective of scripture?  Learn more about immigration from a biblical perspective through virtual workshops provided by the CRCNA — first three Tuesdays in October.  Questions? Contact Rose Admiraal, 641-204-1953, radmiraal44@gmail.com. Find out more at http://justice.crcna.org/church-between-borders.

Peoria Christian School is looking for a part-time secretary.  If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact Jeremy Copenhaver (principal@peoriachr.org).  Please be praying as we look to fill this position.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Jesus Christ Is – If you want to know who Jesus is, study the gospel of John.  Join Groundwork as we begin our study of the fourth gospel with John 1.  Together we’ll learn about Jesus’ identity and character and discuss what we can learn about being Jesus’ disciples even as we continue to grow in understanding. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Route 32 – On this extraordinary day, Liz experiences one disappointment after another.  So how does it become the best day ever?   Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Kids Corner Bible Story Coloring Packet:  The Story Begins.  (https://kidscorner.net/activities).

At-Home Faith Formation Tip – The Practice of Gratitude:  A great quote to ponder from author Alice Walker:  “Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say.  I say that one a lot.  Thank you expresses gratitude, humility, understanding.”  What are you thankful for today?

October 4, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
October 4, 2020                                                                                                            9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………….. Seek Ye First……. Andrea Van Waardhuizen, Organist

We’ve a Story to Tell;  Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

OPENING AND GREETING

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

*Call to Worship for World Communion Sunday…………………………………………………………

Leader:   Today we gather around God’s table as Jesus’ disciples from around the world.

All:         We are the people of God!

Leader:   Though we differ in language, custom, and tradition,

All:         We are brothers and sisters in Christ!

Leader:   For there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all.

All:         We are one in God’s Spirit!

Leader:   We are one, and together we remember our Lord Jesus’ death for our sins, receive his presence with us now, and rejoice in our certain hope of life with him forever.

All:         For we are God’s redeemed people!

Leader:   He gave himself up for us, so we could be reconciled to God.

All:         Come, let us worship the God of our Salvation!

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

Sing ………………………………………….. Jesus, Only Jesus…………………………………………………..

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

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Laura Branderhorst……………………………………………. Matthew 28:16-20

Pew Bibles – page 1550

Sermon…………………………………….. “Following Jesus”…………………………………………………

“One Body, One Purpose” Series

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing……………………………………………… Step by Step………………………………………………………

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

*Sing………………………………………. There Is a Redeemer………………. Celebration #308:1-3

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

Offering, as you leave…………………………………………………… GEMS National Organization

*Postlude……………………………………….. Step By Step………………………………………………………

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSOctober 11:  Missions Fund; October 18:  Bible League International; October 25:  Geneva Campus Ministries

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

Church School meets from 10:45-11:05 today.  Due to coronavirus, it looks a little different this year.  Three-year-olds through 5th grade meet on the third floor, and 6th through 12th graders meet in the back of the sanctuary, near the sound booth.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Mae Vander Wiel who will celebrate her 91st birthday on October 11, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Thank you for helping me celebrate my recent birthday.  It was a great day due, in part, to all the cards, emails, notes, gifts and well wishes received from so many of you.  I was blessed by receiving them as I trust you were blessed by sending.  Thanks!” – Anne Bokhoven

WEDNESDAY:  Christian Fellowship will meet at 1:30 p.m.  All ladies are welcome!

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

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

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

Adult Choir will practice 7:15-8:15 p.m. Please bring masks.  For more information, contact Barbara Boertje DeVries at worship@pella2crc.org.

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

NURSERY:  The nursery is open for use, but remains unstaffed for now.  If there is anyone (individuals or couples) currently willing to help out in the nursery on a rotating basis, please contact Sarah Christensen at sarah.christensen88@gmail.com or 641-780-8855.

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

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to “GEMS National Organization”.  Our offering October 11 will go QR Codefor the “Missions Fund”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

Thank you again for your continued support. – Pella II Deacons

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As Christians called to love one another, how can we talk about immigration in a way that unites us and is reflective of scripture?  Learn more about immigration from a biblical perspective through virtual workshops provided by the CRCNA — first three Tuesdays in October.  Questions? Contact Rose Admiraal, 641-204-1953, radmiraal44@gmail.com. Find out more at http://justice.crcna.org/church-between-borders.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Welcome and Care – Does Leviticus’ theme of hospitality extend to Christians and the church today?  Join Groundwork as we study Leviticus 19:33-34 and 1 Peter 2:9-10 to inform our thoughts and behaviors toward non-Christians and vulnerable people in our world today. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: A Star is Bored – Filmmaker Liz wants to direct a blockbuster, but he only has Morrie to act in it.  Can Liz make Morrie into a star?  Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Kids Corner Bible Story Coloring Packet:  The Story Begins.  (https://kidscorner.net/activities).

At-Home Faith Formation Tip – The Practice of Gratitude:  “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1).  Each day this week, look for one thing you’re grateful for, and then tell someone about it.  Write a note of thanks, make a phone call, say a prayer, or express your gratitude in another tangible way.

September 27, 2020

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

Prelude………………… O Love That Will Not Let Me Go;  Love Medley……………………………

What Wondrous Love Is This?;  Jesus, Lover of My Soul

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements……………………………………………………… Elder Calvin Roose

Call to Worship: Anthem for Choir and Congregation………….. Rejoice, the Lord Is King!

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………. Come, People of the Risen King……… led by Worship Team

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

Professing What We Believe – from Belgic Confession, Article 28 (read in unison)……….

We believe that since this holy assembly and congregation is the gathering of those who are saved and there is no salvation apart from it, people ought not to withdraw from it, content to be by themselves, regardless of their status or condition.

      But all people are obliged to join and unite with it, keeping the unity of the church by submitting to its instruction and discipline, by bending their necks under the yoke of Jesus Christ, and by serving to build up one another, according to the gifts God has given them as members of each other in the same body.

      And so, all who withdraw from the church or do not join it act contrary to God’s ordinance.

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

Sing………………………………………………… Holy Spirit……………………………………………………….

GOD’S WORD

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

Pew Bibles – page 1760

Sermon………. “Your Responsibilities as a Member of Christ’s Church”…………………..

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing…………………………….. We Are Called to Be God’s People…….. Celebration #415:1-3

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

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

*Postlude……………………………. Praise God (the Doxology)……………………………………………

Preaching this Morning:  Dave Stevenson; Guest Organist: Gerald Van Dusseldorp
Adult Choir, Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director;  Worship Team
Worship Leader: Jon Golliet; Trumpeter: Robert Rus

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSOctober 4:  GEMS National Organization; October 11:  Missions Fund; October 18:  Bible League International; October 25:  Geneva Campus Ministries

TODAY:  We welcome Dave Stevenson and Gerald Van Dusseldorp, who are assisting us in our worship today.

Church School will begin for the year today.  Due to coronavirus, it will look a little different this year.  Three-year-olds through 5th grade will meet on the third floor, and 6th through 12th graders will meet in the back of the sanctuary, near the sound booth.  Both classes will run from 10:45-11:05.

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

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathy to Dave and Brenda Klyn, Debra Klyn, Sylvia Langstraat, Marion and Glenda Klyn, Sid and Mary Klyn and Les and Linda Klyn on the death of their father and brother, Ray Klyn, on September 20, and to Ron and Lola Spoelstra on the death of their brother-in-law, Melvin Slagter on September 17 in Florida.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

We wish a happy birthday to Cathryn Van Ee who will celebrate her 90th birthday on October 1, and to Mary Klyn who will celebrate her 86th birthday on October 4 and pray for God’s blessings on them.

MONDAY:  Our bi-monthly congregational prayer meeting is tomorrow, September 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Weather and construction permitting, we will meet on our new building site.  Bring your own lawn chair.  We will put our chairs on the slab in what will be our new worship center, sitting six feet apart.  If needed we’ll meet at our existing building in the fellowship hall.  An update will go out on One Call on Monday morning confirming where we’ll meet.

WEDNESDAY: Adult Choir will practice 7:15-8:15 p.m. Please bring masks.  For more information, contact Barbara Boertje DeVries at worship@pella2crc.org.

MASK PRECAUTIONS:  At the end of August, worship attendees were asked to wear face masks while singing in an effort to help protect the health of the congregation.  As the virus case numbers remain higher than earlier in the year, we ask worship attendees to continue to wear face masks while singing.  This will be in effect until further notice.  For attendees who do not wish to wear masks, please either hum or listen reflectively without singing.  Pandemic developments are being actively monitored.  When conditions warrant, we look forward to announcing easement of some of these precautions.  Thank you for helping to show love and care for your neighbor. – Governing Board

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

NURSERY:  The nursery is open for use, but remains unstaffed for now.  If there is anyone (individuals or couples) currently willing to help out in the nursery on a rotating basis, please contact Sarah Christensen at sarah.christensen88@gmail.com or 641-780-8855.

BABY GIFTS:  There is a table located in the entryway for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome David Alexander, son of Dave and Ashley Voss, born August 21. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

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

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to for “Ministry Shares”.  Our offering October 4 will go for the QR Code“GEMS National Organization”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

Thank you again for your continued support. – Pella II Deacons

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Join local family, Stephen and Lacey Henderson and their daughter Estella, on Sunday, October 4, between 1:00-3:00 p.m. for a 5K event, One Million Steps for a Cure to End AHC.  Estella (22 months) has a rare disease called AHC and this event will help raise money for research to find a cure.  This will be held at the Pella Christian High School parking lot, and a 5K route will be available to walk, run or bike.  There is no official start time, and there is more information available on Estella’s Facebook page, END AHC for Estella, or on her donation website https://ahckids.z2systems.com/estellah.  To register for the race (free), go to www.ahckids.org/race and learn more about AHC and how to donate to the AHCF (Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation) to END AHC.

As Christians called to love one another, how can we talk about immigration in a way that unites us and is reflective of scripture?  Learn more about immigration from a biblical perspective through virtual workshops provided by the CRCNA — first three Tuesdays in October.  Questions? Contact Rose Admiraal, 641-204-1953, radmiraal44@gmail.com. Find out more at http://justice.crcna.org/church-between-borders.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Blood, Sacrifices, and Forgiveness – We don’t offer sacrifices anymore.  Join Groundwork in studying Leviticus 16:6-16, Leviticus 17:10-14, Hebrews 10:1-14, and Romans 3:21-26 with Groundwork to understand why the sacrificial system informs our relationship with God. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Cheer Up Chamy – It’s time to rally the troops!  Chamy needs everyone’s help.  It’s up to Liz and Lucille and the gang to cheer her up after her parents’ divorce.  But how exactly do you do that?  Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download God’s Got You Covered, an eBook to help kids and parents talk about divorce.  (https://kidscorner.net/activities).

At-Home Faith Formation Tip – The Practice of Sabbath:  In Rhythms of Rest, Shelly Miller writes, “God’s creation is a life-giving inhale for all of us, and Sabbath is the exhale.”  Wherever you are today, find a bit of God’s creation to enjoy as you take time to “exhale”.  Look at a leaf with a magnifying glass.  Sit and watch birds in flight.  Look at the clouds overhead.  Quiet your busy mind.   Then read Psalm 148 for a taste of how all creation praises God.