February 16, 2020

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

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

You Are My All in All; How Great Thou Art

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Almost Home – Worship Team

GOD’S WORD

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

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

“The Christian Family” Series, Part 4

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for February 16, 2020

OFFERINGSFebruary 23:  Pella II Cadets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

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

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

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

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

  • Building Update

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

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

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

February 9, 2020

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

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

How Beautiful

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

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

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

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

Anthem: By Faith – Adult Choir

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

GOD’S WORD

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

Pew Bibles – pages  1823 & 1877

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

“The Christian Family” Series, Part 3

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for February 9, 2020

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

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

C4C LEADERToday:  Crystal Schreur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

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

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

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

  • January Financial Report
  • Justin Van Zee’s letter

February 2, 2020

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

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

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

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

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

Offertory:  Crossroads Video

GOD’S WORD

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

Pew Bibles – pages 284 & 1823

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

“The Christian Family” Series, Part 2

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

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

CLOSING WORSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for February 2, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEBRUARY MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Council will meet at 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

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

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

  • Pella Christian High Reporter

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

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

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

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

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

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

January 26, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 26, 2020                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………….. Holy Is the Lord……………………………………………………

Holy, Holy, Holy

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Call to Worship – Responsive Reading (based on Psalm 99)……………………

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………….. Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty……… Celebration #3:1-4

*Sing………………………………………….. Holy Is the Lord………………………….. Celebration #75

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

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

Announcements………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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

Choir Anthem:  Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

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

*Sing………….. Doxology – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow. Celebration #815

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Alexis Vos…………………………………………………………….. Ephesians 6:1-4
Pew Bibles – page 1823

Sermon……………………………….. “Honoring Your Parents”……………………………………………

“The Christian Family Series, Part 1

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Trumpeter:  Robert Rus; Worship Team; Worship Leader:  Jon Golliet
Adult Choir, Phyllis De Vries – Accompanist, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for January 26, 2020

OFFERINGSFebruary 2: Crossroads Prison Ministries; February 9:  Office of Social Justice; February 16:  Christian Education Fund; February 23:  Pella II Cadets

NURSERYToday: Kala Talsma, Arlys Veenstra, Kaden Van Wyngarden; February 2:  Kim Hoekstra, Ryley Hoekstra, Alexa Matherly

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Gary and Norma Kuiper; North and South Doors:  Jon and Lindsay Golliet; February 2:  East Doors: Jeff and Teri Van Kooten; North Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson; South Doors: Jon and Nicole Yoder

C4C LEADERToday:  Lindsay Golliet

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

Today: Lindsay Golliet – C,J,S; Carla Nieuwsma – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; February 2:  Lois Slings – C,J,S; Taylor Vande Voort – C; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Gary Vander Molen; February 2:  Jeff Van Kooten

FEBRUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Gary Kuiper, Brian Van Kooten; North Side:  Jon Van Haaften; South Side: Tony Van Zee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  “I wish to thank all those who made my birthday special.  The congregation, family and friends made it more than a day to remember.” – Esther Van Gent

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

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

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

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

Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m.  The topic is “Jesus Served Others”.

Children’s Choir Rehearsal, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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

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

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

LIFE GROUP UPDATE:  Next Sunday, February 2, we will begin a new Life Group (we already have 4 full groups meeting). Life groups are small groups of around 8 to 12 people that faithfully meet together to share life, study God’s Word, support one another, and serve others. They give us a place to connect, and a time when we can encourage one another and grow deeper in our walk with the Lord.

You’ll be hearing more about Life Groups at our Sunday Services. There’s a sign-up sheet in the lobby and in the basement (just to your right as you enter the Fellowship Hall). Our first meeting on February 2 will be from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (due to the Super Bowl starting at 5:30 p.m.). We may move our group to a later time if everyone wants to do so. Please sign up if you’re interested, and we’ll contact you soon.

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

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

PCHS HOMECOMING:  Pella Christian High School invites you to attend their Homecoming activities on Friday, January 31, beginning at 1:00 p.m. sharp in the Vermeer Auditorium, with chapel.  Class competitions will follow in the gym and the activities will conclude with the introduction of the Homecoming Court at approximately 3:00 p.m. The PCHS constituency is welcome to join us for these activities as well as the evening basketball games with Indianola.  The JV girls game will tip off at 4:45 p.m. followed by the varsity girls at 6:15 p.m. and the varsity boys to follow at 7:45 p.m.

THE WELL invites you to their Good Grief Resource Nights.  Winter can be long, cold and lonely.  Each evening will feature a different speaker with topics to help you adjust to life without your loved one.  The time is 7:00-8:00 p.m. at The Well.  You are free to bring friends or family.  The evening is designed to be informative and comfortable. The schedule is as follows:  January 27Spiritual Help with Grief presented by Rev. Bob Johnson; February 10Making a Memory Keepsake presented by Angela Van Roekel; February 24Mindfulness and Other Grief Supports presented by Jean Holthaus, LISW; March 9Am I Grieving Right? Presented by Gina Jansen, LISW

ADVANCE NOTICES:

818 Forward With Faith’s 3rd Annual Dessert Dash will be Friday, February 7, at Sun Valley Barn in Pella. It will start with a silent auction from 4:00-6:00 p.m., followed by supper and desserts.  We will also hear an inspirational message from Former Navy Seal, Patrick Bisher.  Please RSVP to promotion@forwardwithfaith.org OR click “going” on our Facebook event!

Pathways of Pella will have their Spring Fling on Saturday, March 28.  More information and a form to use if you would consider hosting a table for our church can be found on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.

PCHS TEACHING OPENINGS:  Pella Christian High has the following teaching openings for 2020-21: (1) Middle School and High School Choir Director, (2) High School Math Instructor and (3) Spanish Immersion instructor.  Interested candidates may contact Principal Dan Van Kooten (vankootend@pceagles.org) for more information.  The teacher application packet for these openings is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until these positions are filled

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

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

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Courageous Faith in Vulnerable Times – When we feel vulnerable in our culture and communities because of our Christian faith, we can turn to Esther for the wisdom we need to continue living faithfully.  Join Groundwork as we study Esther 1-4 to learn how to have courageous faith in vulnerable times. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: A Few Good Lizards – In this week’s episode Liz and Lucille think they will have no problem finding 50 good people in Terrene, but as they meet with friends and family, they find it is not as easy as they thought.  Will Morrie, Grandpa Anole or Granny Anole even make the list?    Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Valentine Card Collection to share with family and friends.  kidscorner.net/activities

AT HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – “Pausing with children to read and to wonder about meanings in words and in illustrations of Bible stories is a spiritual practice,” writes Elizabeth Caldwell in I Wonder: Engaging a Child’s Curiosity about the Bible.  For a list of some wonderful Christian picture books the Faith Formation Ministries team loves and recommends, visit tinyurl.com/FFMpicturebooks

January 19, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 19, 2020                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………… Lamb of Glory……………….. Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

The Beauty of Holiness; I Surrender All

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Call to Worship and Prayer – “Choose Life”………………………………………………………………..

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing …………………………………………….. Lord of Life………………………………………………………

*Sing……………………………………………… Your Name……………………………………………………….

Congregational Prayer, concluding with The Lord’s Prayer……….. Elder Dave Stevenson

Giving Our Firstfruits to God…………………………………… General Fund (Hospitality Focus)

Anthem – God Made Me!  – Children’s Choir

*Sing……………………………………………….. Doxology…………………………….. Celebration #815

GOD’S WORD

Scripture……………………………………………………………………………………………. Matthew 16:24
Pew Bibles – page 1524

Sermon……………………………………. “Don’t Play It Safe”………………………………………………..

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………………….. Victory in Jesus……………………………………………………

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

*Postlude…………………………………….. Victory in Jesus……………………………………………………

Guest Pastor: Joe Brummel; Organist: Phyllis De Vries
Worship Team; Children’s Choir
Tammy Bradford – Accompanist, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for January 19, 2020

OFFERINGSJanuary 26:  Resonate Global Mission

NURSERYToday: Kim Roose, April Nieuwsma, Rob Schreur; January 26:  Kala Talsma, Arlys Veenstra, Kaden Van Wyngarden

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Will and Allison Van Wyngarden; North & South Doors: Levi and April Nieuwsma; January 26:  East Doors: Gary and Norma Kuiper; North and South Doors:  Jon and Lindsay Golliet

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

Today: Joyce Boender –  C,J,S; Kala Talsma – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S ; January 26:  Lindsay Golliet – C,J,S; Carla Nieuwsma – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Ken Van Woerkom; January 26:  Gary Vander Molen

JANUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Gary Kuiper, Brian Van Kooten; North Side:  Jon Van Haaften; South Side: Tony Van Zee

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 Pastor Joe Brummel who will be preaching at our morning worship service.  Joe is the Chaplain at Central College here in Pella.

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

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

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

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

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 January 20.

The Pella Christian High Board will meet on January 20 at 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY:  Cadets will go bowling from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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

(Children’s Choir’s next rehearsal will be Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-6:55 p.m.)

TODAY IS SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE SUNDAY:  An estimated 61 million preborn babies have been killed through abortion in the U.S. since the 1973 Roe v. Wade  Supreme Court decision made abortion legal nationally.  Worldometers reports that abortion was the leading cause of death worldwide (42.3 million preborn babies were killed) in 2019, making it the “social justice cause of our time”.  Today we celebrate God’s gift of Life, commemorate the millions of lives lost to abortion, and commit to loving and protecting Life at every stage.

LIFE GROUP UPDATE:  On Sunday, February 2, we will begin a new Life Group (we already have 4 full groups meeting). Life groups are small groups of around 8 to 12 people that faithfully meet together to share life, study God’s Word, support one another, and serve others. They give us a place to connect, and a time when we can encourage one another and grow deeper in our walk with the Lord.

You’ll be hearing more about Life Groups at our Sunday Services. There’s a sign-up sheet in the lobby and in the basement (just to your right as you enter the Fellowship Hall). Our first meeting on February 2 will be from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (due to the Super Bowl starting at 5:30 p.m.). We may move our group to a later time if everyone wants to do so. Please sign up if you’re interested, and we’ll contact you soon.

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

FALL DRIVE THANK YOU:  The Pella Christian High School board is grateful for the donations received for the annual fall drive and thank all who supported this fundraising effort.  Our goal was met due to God’s faithful provision and the gracious giving of our constituency!  This drive is instrumental in providing financial assistance to families so all parents who desire Christian education for their children can afford to do so.

THANK YOU:  “The Pella Community Food Shelf would like to thank you for your contribution to our annual turkey boxes.  Thanks to your generosity we were able to hand out 300 turkey boxes to our clients in the Pella area and to those who benefit from our monthly mobile food pantry in the southern Marion County area.  Thanks again for helping us provide a Thanksgiving meal for our clients.”

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The Well invites you to their Good Grief Resource Nights.  Winter can be long, cold and lonely.  Each evening will feature a different speaker with topics to help you adjust to life without your loved one.  The time is 7:00-8:00 p.m. at The Well.  You are free to bring friends or family.  The evening is designed to be informative and comfortable. The schedule is as follows:  January 27Spiritual Help with Grief presented by Rev. Bob Johnson; February 10Making a Memory Keepsake presented by Angela Van Roekel; February 24Mindfulness and Other Grief Supports presented by Jean Holthaus, LISW; March 9Am I Grieving Right? Presented by Gina Jansen, LISW

Pella Christian High School invites you to attend their Homecoming activities on Friday, January 31, beginning at 1:00 p.m. sharp in the Vermeer Auditorium, with chapel.  Class competitions will follow in the gym and the activities will conclude with the introduction of the Homecoming Court at approximately 3:00 p.m. The PCHS constituency is welcome to join us for these activities as well as the evening basketball games with Indianola.  The JV girls game will tip off at 4:45 p.m. followed by the varsity girls at 6:15 p.m. and the varsity boys to follow at 7:45 p.m.

818 Forward With Faith’s 3rd Annual Dessert Dash will be Friday, February 7, at Sun Valley Barn in Pella. It will start with a silent auction from 4:00-6:00 p.m., followed by supper and desserts.  We will also hear an inspirational message from Former Navy Seal, Patrick Bisher.  Please RSVP to promotion@forwardwithfaith.org OR click “going” on our Facebook event!

Pathways of Pella will have their Spring Fling on Saturday, March 28.  More information and a form to use if you would consider hosting a table can be found on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.

PCHS TEACHING OPENINGS:  Pella Christian High has the following teaching openings for 2020-21: (1) Middle School and High School Choir Director, (2) High School Math Instructor and (3) Spanish Immersion instructor.  Interested candidates may contact Principal Dan Van Kooten (vankootend@pceagles.org) for more information.  The teacher application packet for these openings is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until these positions are filled

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Sanctity of Human Life leaflet

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Our Motivation for Morality – The Epiphany or appearing of Christ in our world altered our destiny and made us different people.  Study Titus 2:11-15 with Groundwork to discover why the appearing of Christ, his light and grace, both motivates us and makes it possible for us to do good. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: What a Friend – In this week’s episode Scooter is bullied.  He tries to talk to his friends and others around him, but they don’t have the time to listen to him.  Grandpa listens and then reminds Scooter that Jesus is someone who will always listen and will understand.  Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download the Kids Corner eBook “Power Tools:  Taking a Stand Against Bullying” kidscorner.net/activities.

AT HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – “Marking faith milestones makes us sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit in our midst and helps us identify and share our stories of faith.  As we celebrate milestones, we become a community of seekers as well as believers, always on the lookout for God’s hand at work, always expecting to join in God’s mission.” – from Celebrating the Milestones of Faith, available from FaithAliveResources.org.  How might you mark faith milestones in your family or household this year?

WORLD RENEW Responds to Volcano Taal in the Philippines – Tens of thousands of people in the Philippines are displaced in the aftermath of Volcano Taal’s eruption on January 12.  World Renew is working to deliver emergency shelter and food to the survivors affected by the disaster.  The first $50,000 donated towards providing shelter for the survivors will be matched 1:1.  Please give today to this urgent need.  For more information, go to www.worldrenew.net

January 12, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 12, 2020                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………… Be Thou My Vision…………………………………………………

Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord; Open My Eyes

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Call to Worship – based on Isaiah 43:16-19………………………………………………………………….

Leader:  This is what the LORD says, he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters.

ALL:    “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!”

Leader:  “Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

ALL:    O Lord, in this new year we believe that you will do a new thing as we trust in you.

Leader:  Lead us, make a way for us, and show us your path.

ALL:    Be our guide, be our vision, and be our wisdom.  Amen.

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………………… Who You Say I Am………………………………………………….

*Sing……………………………………………… Great I Am……………………………………………………….

New Mission Venture in Nigeria……………………………………… Pastor Ryan and Jody Faber

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

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

Offertory Video: Resonate Global Mission – “Teaching in Nigeria – Ryan and Jody Faber”

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Matt and Lisa Vos…………….. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8;  Hebrews 1:10-12; 13:8

Pew Bibles – pages 1037 & 1863

Sermon…………………………………………… “Seasons”……………………………………………………….

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………………………. All Is Well……………………………………………………….

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

*Sing…………………………………………. All Is Well chorus………………………………………………….

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for January 12, 2020

OFFERINGSJanuary 19:  General Fund (Hospitality Focus); January 26:  Resonate Global Mission

NURSERYToday: Susan Pierson, Allison Van Wyngarden, Ethan Tukker; January 19:  Kim Roose, April Nieuwsma, Rob Schreur

C4C LEADERToday:  Nia Hoekstra

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Jerry and Martha Uitermarkt; North & South Doors:  Luke and Jeanetta Nieuwsma; January 19:  East Doors: Will and Allison Van Wyngarden; North & South Doors: Levi and April Nieuwsma

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

Today: April Nieuwsma – C,J,S; Joyce Vander Molen – C,J,S; Janiece Van Woerkom – C; Sharon Walker – C,S; January 19:  Joyce Boender –  C,J,S; Kala Talsma – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Brian Van Kooten; January 19:  Ken Van Woerkom

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

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

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

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.

Pastor Ryan and Jody Faber, our new mission partners, will join us for worship and host a presentation after this morning’s service.  Everyone is invited to come to the sanctuary around 10:50 a.m. to hear about the work God has called Ryan and Jody to in Nigeria.

Adult Choir will meet at Calvary CRC at 5:20 p.m. to sing for the 6:00 worship service.

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

NEXT SUNDAY:  Next Sunday morning Rev. Joe Brummel will be preaching at our worship service.

At 6:00 p.m. we will have our joint worship service at Calvary CRC. Pastor Nate Klingenberg will preach on the book of Leviticus.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Esther Van Gent who will celebrate her 88th birthday on January 14 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“I want to thank the congregation for the birthday cards, well wishes and your words of encouragement.” – Ray Veenstra

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

The all-church prayer meeting has been canceled this week.

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

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

Children’s Choir Rehearsal, 6:30-6:55 p.m., to sing in worship Sunday, January 19.

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

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

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

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTALISTS:  Please contact Barbara Boertje DeVries for opportunities to play in worship!

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

LIFE GROUP UPDATE:  On Sunday, February 2, we will begin a new Life Group (we already have 4 full groups meeting). Life groups are small groups of around 8 to 12 people that faithfully meet together to share life, study God’s Word, support one another, and serve others. They give us a place to connect, and a time when we can encourage one another and grow deeper in our walk with the Lord.

You’ll be hearing more about Life Groups at our Sunday Services. There’s a sign-up sheet in the lobby and in the basement (just to your right as you enter the Fellowship Hall). Our first meeting will be from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (due to the Super Bowl starting at 5:30 p.m.). We may move our group to a later time if everyone wants to do so. Please sign up if you’re interested, and we’ll contact you soon.

THANK YOU:  Dear Pella II, We want to thank you deeply for your support for the work of Bible translation throughout 2019.  Your partnership has been a huge blessing to our family as we continue to serve in Papua New Guinea.  We pray that your congregation will have a fruitful 2020 in serving our Savior, especially as you make important decisions.  Please pray for the upcoming dedication of the Bau storybook Bible scheduled for March. This is a huge milestone for the Bau people.  Our desire is that this book will clearly communicate the gospel to the Bau language area.  In Christ, Doug, Benita, Noah, and Tia Le Mahieu

PCHS TEACHING OPENINGS:  Pella Christian High has the following teaching openings for 2020-21: (1) Middle School and High School Choir Director, (2) High School Math Instructor and (3) Spanish Immersion instructor.  Interested candidates may contact Principal Dan Van Kooten (vankootend@pceagles.org) for more information.  The teacher application packet for these openings is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until these positions are filled

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • 2020 Pella II Missions Fund Update
  • Forward With Faith newsletter

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: We Are Christ’s Light – What does Jesus mean when He tells His followers “You are the light of the world”?  Join Groundwork as we study Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:13-15 to discover what it means for how we live our lives and shine our light as faithful followers of Jesus today.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

January 5, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 5, 2020                                                                                                            9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………….. Wonderful Name; We Three Kings……………………………………..

All Things Are Become New

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

Anthem…………………………………… Great, Great Morning……………………………. Adult Choir

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing …………………………………….. The Name of the Lord……………………………………………….

Sing……………………………………………….. Your Name……………………………………………………….

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

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

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

Sing…. We Three Kings….Celebration #288

Vs. 1 – Trio; vs. 2-4 – Soloists; *vs. 5 – All (All sing refrain after each verse.)

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Nicole Yoder…………………………………………………………. Matthew 2:1-18
Pew Bibles – page 1497

Sermon………………………….. “Taking Hold of God’s Miracle”………………………………………

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

*Sing….. “I will seek You in the morning, and I will learn to walk in Your ways……………

And step by step You’ll lead me, and I will follow You all of my days.”

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

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Worship Team; Adult Choir, Phyllis De Vries – Pianist, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director
Men’s Trio:  Robert Rus, Bryan Harthoorn, Ken Van Woerkom

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for January 5, 2020

OFFERINGSJanuary 12:  Youth Unlimited; January 19:  General Fund (Hospitality Focus); January 26:  Resonate Global Mission

NURSERYToday: Kim Vander Molen, Judy Van Zee, Alexis Vos; January 12: Susan Pierson, Allison Van Wyngarden, Ethan Tukker

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Jacob and Regina Vaverka; North Doors: Jeff and Rhonda Wichhart; South Doors: Tom and Sharon Walker; January 12:  East Doors:  Jerry and Martha Uitermarkt; North & South Doors:  Luke and Jeanetta Nieuwsma

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

Today: Glenda Van Kooten – C,J,S; Lisa Van Kooten – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; January 12:  April Nieuwsma – C,J,S; Joyce Vander Molen – C,J,S; Janiece Van Woerkom – C; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Calvin Van Haaften; January 12:  Brian Van Kooten

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

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

Installation of Elders and Deacons will take place this morning. New Governing Board Elders are Darrell Boot and Jason Van Hal; new Shepherding Elder is Dave Stevenson; new Deacons are Stu Bokhoven and Jamis Christensen. Let us be faithful in our prayers for them as they take up their service in the new year.

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

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

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

NEXT SUNDAY:     At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC at Calvary CRC for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Glenda Klyn who will celebrate her 84th birthday on January 10, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

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

WEDNESDAY:  Kingdom Kids meet 5:30-6:50 p.m.  The topic is Jesus Was Obedient.

Children’s Choir Rehearsal, 6:30-6:55 p.m., to sing in worship Sunday, January 19.

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

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

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

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTALISTS:  Please contact Barbara Boertje DeVries for opportunities to play in worship!

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY:  If you are willing to drive the church van that picks up members needing transportation to church services, please contact Ken Van Woerkom.

EVENING SERVICES:  This winter Pella II will be participating with Calvary, Connect, and Faith Christian Reformed Churches in joint evening services that will be held at Calvary CRC at 6:00 p.m. each Sunday evening.  Our sermon series will be based on the book How to Read the Bible Through the Jesus Lens by Dr. Michael Williams, Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary.  Each Sunday we will be preaching on one of the books of the Bible.  Today, January 5, the sermon will be on the book of Genesis.  The preacher will be Pastor Sheldon Starkenburg, the Pastor of Congregational Life and Outreach at Calvary.  Next Sunday, the sermon will be on the book of Exodus.  The preacher will be Pastor Paul Bradford.

NEW MISSIONARY SUPPORT:  The Mission Outreach team is pleased to announce Ryan and Jody Faber as new mission partners with Pella II.  On January 12, Ryan and Jody are planning to join us for worship and host a presentation after the service.  Everyone is invited to come up to the sanctuary around 10:50 a.m. to hear about the work God has called Ryan and Jody to in Nigeria.

PCHS SPECIAL SOCIETY MEETING:  Pella Christian High Society members are invited to a special society meeting this Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS auditorium.  The purpose of the meeting will be to report on our strategic work from the past year.  The agenda will include a vote regarding a modification in board member elections, information about a Pilot Spanish Immersion program, and the latest steps in implementation of our strategic road map.  Go to the PCHS website at www.pceagles.org to see the proposed bylaw change for board elections.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Freedom House invites you to attend The Freedom House Gala fundraiser on March 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Tamory Hall in Pella.  We will have nationally known speaker and author Staci Eldredge.  Tickets are $25, or we would love to have you host a table for $200.  Tickets go up to $30 after January 15.  Contact Monica Newendorp to reserve your spot at vmdorp@windstream.net.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Jesus is the Light of Life – Jesus’ saying “I am the light of the world” is a well-loved and beautiful word for us.  Join us as we study the original context of his teaching in John 8:12-59 to be reminded of our need for light and encouraged that the light of Christ will break through the darkness in our lives and world. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Racing to Win – Check out our kid shows at www.kidscorner.net.  In this week’s episode, “Racing to Win,” Liz wants to drive a racing car that he finds in Grandpa’s barn.  Instead, Grandpa agrees to teach him to drive, but with an old lawn tractor.  Will this training be enough for Liz?  Will his time ever come to race that car? Listen now at kidscorner.net.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP:  “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to  mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)  As we enter a new year full of unknowns, remind each other to take comfort in the knowledge that all your times are in God’s hand.

December 29, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 29, 2019                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………….. Selections from Handel’s Messiah………………………………………

(And With His Stripes We Are Healed, He Shall Feed His Flock, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth)

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

*Sing………………………………….. Go, Tell It on the Mountain………….. Celebration #258:1-3

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………………….. What Child Is This?……………….. Celebration #281:1-3

Sing………………………………………….. Christmas Offering…………………………………………………

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

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

Duet…….O Beautiful Star of Bethlehem – Randy and Colby De Vries

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Bryan and Carolyn Harthoorn………………………….. Luke 2:25-35, 39-40

Pew Bibles – page 1591

Sermon………………………… “Learning to Grow with a Miracle”…………………………………….

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Phyllis De Vries
Worship Team: Dennis, Randy, Jodi and Colby De Vries

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for December 29, 2019

OFFERINGSJanuary 5:  Christian Schools International; January 12:  Youth Unlimited; January 19:  General Fund (Hospitality Focus); January 26:  Resonate Global Mission

NURSERYToday: Martha Uitermarkt, Lisa Van Kooten, Kirby Van Wyngarden; January 5:  Kim Vander Molen, Judy Van Zee, Alexis Vos

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Wes and Arlys Veenstra; North and South Doors: Dan and Crystal Schreur; January 5:  East Doors: Jacob and Regina Vaverka; North Doors: Jeff and Rhonda Wichhart; South Doors: Tom and Sharon Walker

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

Today: Vicky Slings – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; January 5:  Glenda Van Kooten – C,J,S; Lisa Van Kooten – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Vander Molen; January 5: Calvin Van Haaften

JANUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Phil Slings, Brian Van Kooten; North Side:  Sherwin Klyn; South Side: Adam Slings

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

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

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

There will be no Church School today.  Classes will resume on January 5.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC at Calvary CRC for our annual Old Year’s Service.  Joel Vander Molen will bring the message.

NEXT SUNDAYAdult Choir will meet on January 5 at 8:30 a.m. to sing for worship.

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

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC at Calvary CRC for worship.  Pastor Sheldon Starkenburg will bring the message.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  “Thank you to Pastor Paul, Elder Steve and Kim, Elder Les and Carla, and to each and every one who remembered me with visits, prayers, phone calls and cards while I was in the hospital and after I returned home.  Thanks be to God for healing mercies.” – Hermina Stursma

“We thank the Pella II family for all your prayers, cards, visits and treats that you brought during the last 6-1/2 months.  Thank you, Pastor Paul, for hospital visits.  We praise God for no more pain and continued healing.  God is good all the time!” – John and Louise Van Woerkom

“Thank you for all the cards I received, and thanks to the carolers for coming to my home.  I really enjoyed all of it.” – Sylvia Langstraat

“Thank you for the gift through the Thanksgiving offering.  I am thankful for the help from the Pella 2 family and look forward to a blessed year ahead.” – Joel Vander Molen

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

FROM THE DEACONSYear-End Giving Deadline:  The last Sunday to put your Pella II offerings toward 2019 giving is today.  The deacons will be working on year-end count and preparing members’ giving receipts after that date.  Thank you!

This year we will be using Breeze to provide 2019 giving statements via email.  We know this is not everyone’s preferred method so we have placed a selection sheet in your mailbox last week for you to indicate your desire for a printed copy or digital copy.  Please return these to a deacon or the offering plate before the end of the year.  Contact Corey Magnussen with questions.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR’s (1st-6th grade) next rehearsal will be Wednesday, January 8, 6:30-6:55 p.m., to sing in worship on Sunday, January 19.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTALISTS:  Please contact Barbara Boertje DeVries for opportunities to play in worship!

FUTURE PM WORSHIP SERVICES: The Councils of Calvary, Connect, Faith and Second have decided to begin worshiping together in the evenings each Sunday at Calvary CRC beginning this evening, December 29.  Calvary provides nursery, video-streaming, and easy handicap accessibility.  Each congregation will contribute to preaching, music, and planning.  This arrangement will continue at least through August 2020, and may continue longer upon review by the Councils of the four congregations.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY:  If you are willing to drive the church van that picks up members needing transportation to church services, please contact Ken Van Woerkom.

LIFE GROUPS:  We will begin new Life Groups at the end of January for all who are interested.  Life groups are small groups that faithfully meet together to share life, study God’s Word, support one another, and serve others. Those involved in Life Groups have experienced encouragement, spiritual growth, and deepened relationships.  More information will be coming after the first of the year.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

PCHS Special Society Meeting:  Pella Christian High Society members are invited to a special society meeting on Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS auditorium.  The purpose of the meeting will be to report on our strategic work from the past year.  The agenda will include a vote regarding a modification in board member elections, information about a Pilot Spanish Immersion program, and the latest steps in implementation of our strategic road map.  Go to the PCHS website at www.pceagles.org to see the proposed bylaw change for board elections.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • New Life News, newsletter of New Life Prison Church
  • Disability Concerns

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

MAKE A RESOLUTION THAT STICKS: Start 2020 with a dive into God’s majestic Word using Psalm 119. Pick up a TODAY in the narthex and grow in your relationship with God.

GROUNDWORK: A Light Shining in Darkness – The coming of the Messiah is often associated with light.  Join Groundwork as we study Isaiah 9:2-3, 60:1-3, 19-20, Matthew 5:14-16 and Rev. 22:1-5 to see what this theme means for our understanding of Christ’s light and how we live while waiting for his second coming. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Team Lacerta – Look out!  A racing team has invited Liz to join them.  But when Liz is assigned to clean up the garage and arrange the tools, he’s disappointed that he’s not an important part of the team!  Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Collection of Memories Kit 2020 for a family activity today.

December 22, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 22, 2019                         Fourth Sunday of Advent                                      9:30 A.M.

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

Star of the East; Angel Carols

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Call to Worship………………… God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen…………………. Men’s Quartet

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

Advent Candle of Peace……………………………………………………… Dave and Ruth Stevenson

Sing………………………………. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence….. Solo – Joe Van Haaften

Congregational Prayer, Prayer of Blessing on Alex and Merlita Agbuya……………………….

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………. Christian Education Fund
Trombone Trio:  While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

(Congregation may meditate on text in Celebration Hymnal #272.)

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Wes Veenstra…………………………………………………. Luke 2:25-35, 39-40

Pew Bibles – page 1591

Sermon………………………… “Learning to Grow with a Miracle”…………………………………….

Series: The Christmas Miracle: How to welcome God’s work in your life

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing…………………………………………. Festival of Carols………………. Choir & Congregation

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

*Sing………………….. We’ll give You all the glory…   Christ the Lord!……………………………

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

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Men’s Quartet:  Jon Golliet, Levi Nieuwsma, Joe Van Haaften, Will Van Wyngarden
Worship Team; Trombone Trio: Jon Golliet, Kaden Van Wyngarden, Carson Tukker
Adult Choir, Phyllis De Vries, Pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for December 22, 2019

OFFERINGSDecember 25 (Christmas): The Well; December 29:  New Life Prison Ministry

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Nicole Yoder, Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Carter Vos; Christmas Day:  Lisa Vos, Crystal Schreur, Carson Tukker; December 29:  (A.M.) Martha Uitermarkt, Lisa Van Kooten, Kirby Van Wyngarden

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Ken and Janiece Van Woerkom; North Doors: Calvin and Stephanie Roose; South Doors: Lois Slings and Carol Ver Woert; Christmas Day:  East Doors:  Jim and Barb Gosselink; North Doors: Sherwin and Paula Klyn; South Doors: Steven and Kala Talsma; December 29:  East Doors: Wes and Arlys Veenstra; North and South Doors: Dan and Crystal Schreur

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

Today: Laura Branderhorst – C,J,S; Barb Gosselink – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; December 29:  Vicky Slings – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Van Kooten; December 29:  Jeff Vander Molen

JANUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Phil Slings, Brian Van Kooten; North Side:  Sherwin Klyn; South Side: Adam Slings

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

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

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

There will be no Church School today.  Classes will resume on January 5.

Adult Choir will begin rehearsing 10 minutes after this morning’s service, until 11:15 a.m., for the Christmas Day service.  Our next Wednesday rehearsal will be January 8, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

A Winter Harp Gathering will be held today at 3:00 p.m. in Second Reformed Church’s Gathering Space.  You are welcome to listen to some peaceful and joyful music offered by ten area harpists.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for a special candlelight service.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC at Calvary CRC for our annual Old Year’s Service.  Joel Vander Molen will bring the message.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Dorothy Rus on the death of her brother-in-law, Loren Witzenburg, on December 16.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life I Jesus Christ.

We wish a happy birthday to Ray Veenstra who will celebrate his 85th birthday on December 29, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Thank you to a kind and caring church family for the many expressions of sympathy we received at the passing of Lawrence.  Former Pastor Dan Brouwer once said in a sermon — the Lord is with us on our mountaintop experiences and carries us through the valleys.  What a blessing.” – Mary Ann, Gary, Sandi, Lowell & Julie Vander Molen and families and Cathryn Van Ee

MONDAY:  Perk-Up will not be meeting on December 23 but will meet again on Monday, the 30th.

CHRISTMAS DAY:  We will meet for Christmas worship on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate our Savior’s birth.

NAME CHANGE:  The Name Change Task Force thanks the congregation for their submissions regarding a new name for Pella II.  After careful consideration we have narrowed down the list to four possible options.  A letter was placed in your church mailbox listing these names as well as how to give the committee thoughts and feedback on the options.  Your thoughts about the options are due today.”

CHILDREN’S CHOIR’s (1st-6th grade) next rehearsal will be Wednesday, January 8, 6:30-6:55 p.m., to sing in worship on Sunday, January 19.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTALISTS:  Please contact Barbara Boertje DeVries for opportunities to play in worship!

FROM THE DEACONS:

Year-End Giving Deadline:  The last Sunday to put your Pella II offerings toward 2019 giving is December 29.  The deacons will be working on year-end count and preparing members’ giving receipts after that date.  Thank you!

This year we will be using Breeze to provide 2019 giving statements via email.  We know this is not everyone’s preferred method so we have placed a selection sheet in your mailbox for you to indicate your desire for a printed copy or digital copy.  Please return these to a deacon or the offering plate before the end of the year.  Contact Corey Magnussen with questions.

FUTURE PM WORSHIP SERVICES: The Councils of Calvary, Connect, Faith and Second have decided to begin worshiping together in the evenings each Sunday at Calvary CRC beginning December 29.  Calvary provides nursery, video-streaming, and easy handicap accessibility.  Each congregation will contribute to preaching, music, and planning.  This arrangement will continue at least through August 2020, and may continue longer upon review by the Councils of the four congregations.

LIFE GROUPS:  We will begin new Life Groups at the end of January for all who are interested.  Life groups are small groups that faithfully meet together to share life, study God’s Word, support one another, and serve others. Those involved in Life Groups have experienced encouragement, spiritual growth, and deepened relationships.  More information will be coming after the first of the year.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

PCHS Special Society Meeting:  Pella Christian High Society members are invited to a special society meeting on Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS auditorium.  The purpose of the meeting will be to report on our strategic work from the past year.  The agenda will include a vote regarding a modification in board member elections, information about a Pilot Spanish Immersion program, and the latest steps in implementation of our strategic road map.

HOSTS NEEDED:  The Dordt University Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert at 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 3, in the Pella Christian High School Vermeer Auditorium and are in need of host families for that evening.  Host families would take the students home from the concert, provide a place for the night, serve breakfast, and bring them back to school on Saturday morning so that they can depart for their next destination.  If you are interested in hosting students or would like more information, please contact Tim Van Voorst at vanvoorstt@pceagles.org.

TODAY DEVOTIONALS for January- February are in the narthex.  Be sure to pick up your copy.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Joel & Jeannie Huyser Christmas Letter
  • Pella Christian Grade School FOCUS
  • PCGS and PCHS letters

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

MAKE A RESOLUTION THAT STICKS:  Start 2020 with a deep dive into God’s majestic Word through Psalm 119.  With quick daily devotions from TODAY, grow in your relationship with God through Bible reading and prayer.  Psalm 119 devotions begin January 1, 2020.  Pick a TODAY up in the narthex.

GROUNDWORK: Prince of Peace – What does it mean to declare and proclaim Jesus as the Prince of Peace?  Considering the present brokenness and pain in our world, when can we expect this peace to prevail?  Join Groundwork as we study Isaiah 9:2-7 and Isaiah 11:1-9 to discover the  meaning of this final title Isaiah gives the Messiah.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Mary’s Miracle – Have you ever wondered what Mary thought about the very first Christmas?  Was she scared, excited, or happy?  Listen to this dramatic presentation seen through the eyes of Mary. Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download Kids Corner’s Christmas puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity Book 4.

ADVENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP –  During Advent, we light the candle of Love.  Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection were all characterized by love.  In return, we are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  And love your neighbor as yourself.”  Consider how your family or household might do those things more fully in the coming year.

CHRISTMAS DAY AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – Today we light the Christ candle to remind ourselves that the light of Christ has come into the world.  Light a Christ candle in your own home today as you celebrate.  Consider lighting a candle at each mealtime in the coming week (or year!) to remind you that Jesus is always with you.

December 15, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
Church School Christmas Program
Second Christian Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa
December 15, 2019____________ Third Sunday of Advent___________________ 9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………….. Impromptu on ‘Gloria’…………. Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

Hark, the Glad Sound; How Great Our Joy

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Call to Worship – Responsive Reading based on John 1:1-4, 9-14…………………………………

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………………………………. Joy to the World!…………………. Celebration #270:1, 2

Advent Candle of Joy…………………………………………………………… Darrell and Bonnie Boot

Sing………………………………………… How Great Our Joy!…………… Celebration #269:1, 2, 4

Church School Christmas Program

Reading: Isaiah 9:6……………………………………….. Isaac Walker
Ring the Bells
Reading: Luke 2:4-7……………………………………… Georgia De Vries
Away in a Manger
Reading: Luke 2:8-12…………………………………… Ethan Tukker
Angels We Have Heard on High
The First Noel
Reading: Matthew 2:9-11……………………………… Kynlee Van Wyngarden
We Three Kings
Finale:  The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………… With Love Toy Ministry

Offertory:
We Three Kings ……………………….. Luke Schreur
Silent Night……………………………….. Kynlee Van Wyngarden
Go, Tell It on the Mountain………… Liam Nieuwsma
O Come, All Ye Faithful……………… Noah Golliet
The First Noel……………………………. Declan Tukker
Angels We Have Heard on High…. Ethan Tukker

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Alex Agbuya & Katie Escoto…. Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 1:31-33; 2:8-14

Sermon………………………. “The Miracle of God’s Deliverance”…………………………………..

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………………….. Joy to the World………………….. Celebration #270:3-4

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

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

Pastor:  Paul Bradford; Organist: Joyce Boender
Trumpeter: Robert Rus
Children’s Christmas Program Leaders: Lindsay Golliet, Melissa Tukker; Jon Golliet: Pianist

* = Please stand if able.

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 15, 2019                            Candlelight Service                                          6:00 P.M.

Prelude……………………. Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light Phyllis De Vries, Organ

Joy to the World; Adoration Medley

Men’s Quartet…………………….. “Christmas Glory” Medley……………………………………………

Welcome…………………………………………………………………………………… Pastor Paul Bradford

*Call to Worship – Sing ………… O Come, All Ye Faithful …………………………………………….

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

Anthem……………………………………. Celtic Advent Carol……………………………… Adult Choir

Scripture…………………………………………. Luke 2:1-7………………………………….. Bev De Vries

Anthem………………………………………… Gesu Bambino…………. Glenda Van Woerkom, Solo

Scripture………………………………………… Luke 2:8-14…………………… Kirby Van Wyngarden

*Sing……………………………………… What a Glorious Night………………………………………………

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

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

Sing……………………………………………… The First Noel…… vs. 1 – Solo by Georgia De Vries

Vocal Solo…………………………………………… Noel…………………………………… Lindsay Golliet

Meditation………………………. “The Poverty of God With Us”……………………………………….

Text: 2 Corinthians 8:9

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………… With Love Toy Ministry

       Solo:  Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence – Barbara Boertje DeVries, Saxophone

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

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

Duet………………………… What Child Is This? / Child of the Poor….. Jon & Lindsay Golliet

Lighting of Candles……………………………………………………………………………………………………

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

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

*Postlude……………………………… Silent Night! Holy Night!…………………………………………….

Pastor:  Paul Bradford
Men’s Quartet:  Jon Golliet, Levi Nieuwsma, Joe Van Haaften, Will Van Wyngarden
Adult Choir, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director; Worship Teams
Accompanists: Phyllis De Vries, Susan Pierson, Tammy Bradford, Cory Van Wyngarden

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for December 15, 2019

OFFERINGSDecember 22:  Christian Education Fund; December 25 (Christmas): The Well; December 29:  New Life Prison Ministry

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Vicky Slings, Brent Pierson, Taryn Hugen; (P.M.) Nursery will be provided; December 22:  (A.M.) Nicole Yoder, Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Carter Vos

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Tony and Sarah Van Zee; North Doors: Stu and Amy Bokhoven; South Doors: Debra Klyn; December 22:  East Doors: Ken and Janiece Van Woerkom; North Doors: Calvin and Stephanie Roose; South Doors: Lois Slings and Carol Ver Woert

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

Today: Martha Uitermarkt – C,J,S; Kim Vander Molen – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; December 22:  Laura Branderhorst – C,J,S; Barb Gosselink – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Sherwin Klyn; December 22:  Jeff Van Kooten

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

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

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

The deacons will be handing out bags of Christmas candy in the basement fellowship area to all children after this morning’s program and service.

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

Adult Choir will practice immediately after worship this morning until 11:15 a.m.

Please join us for our Christmas Candlelight Service at 6:00 this evening! Childcare will be available. We will sing our closing song with candlelight and ask that each of you pick up a candle before you enter the sanctuary (use parents’ discretion for the children).  Please leave your candles in the boxes at the exits after the service.

NEXT SUNDAY:  There will be no Church School the next two Sundays.  Classes will resume on January 5.

A Winter Harp Gathering will be held next Sunday, December 22, 3:00 p.m. in Second Reformed Church’s Gathering Space.  You are welcome to listen to some peaceful and joyful music offered by ten area harpists.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for a special candlelight service.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach.

Please plan to join us again in our sanctuary for worship on Christmas Day at 9:30 a.m.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Gertrude Wassink who will celebrate her 97th birthday on December 19, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

MONDAY:  Perk-Up – Notice change of time and place for our Perk Up meeting.  We’ll be meeting at Cranberry Stone Bakery at 10:00 a.m. to enjoy some of Sharesa’s cupcakes.  We’ll be meeting for approximately an hour as usual.  Join us if you like!

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

The Pella Christian High School board will meet on December 16 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.  We will have a Christmas potluck coffeetime.  All ladies are welcome to join us!

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

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

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

NAME CHANGE:  The Name Change Task Force thanks the congregation for their submissions regarding a new name for Pella II.  After careful consideration we have narrowed down the list to four possible options.  A letter placed in your church mailbox last week lists these names as well as how to give the committee thoughts and feedback on the options.  We would appreciate your feedback by December 22.

FROM THE DEACONS:

Year-End Giving Deadline:  The last Sunday to put your Pella II offerings toward 2019 giving is December 29.  The deacons will be working on year-end count and preparing members’ giving receipts after that date.  Thank you!

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Collection boxes are available in the church basement through today, December 15, for Joel & Jeanie 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.

FUTURE PM WORSHIP SERVICES: The Councils of Calvary, Connect, Faith and Second have decided to begin worshiping together in the evenings each Sunday at Calvary CRC beginning December 29.  Calvary provides nursery, video-streaming, and easy handicap accessibility.  Each congregation will contribute to preaching, music, and planning.  This arrangement will continue at least through August 2020, and may continue longer upon review by the Councils of the four congregations.

FROM COUNCIL:  The officers for 2020 as elected by Council at our last meeting:

Council President:  Calvin Roose
Council Vice President:  Bill Wilson
Council Clerk:  Jason Van Hal
Director of Operations:  Corey Magnussen
Director of Congregational Care:  Darrell Boot
Deacon Chair:  Corey Magnussen
Deacon Vicar:  Jamis Christensen
Deacon Treasurer:  Stu Bokhoven
Deacon Secretary:  Steven Talsma
Benevolence:  Brent Van Kooten
Governing Board Deacons:  Corey Magnussen & Jacob Vaverka

LIFE GROUPS:  We will begin new Life Groups at the end of January for all who are interested.  Life groups are small groups that faithfully meet together to share life, study God’s Word, support one another, and serve others. Those involved in Life Groups have experienced encouragement, spiritual growth, and deepened relationships.  More information will be coming after the first of the year.

PCHS CONCERT:  The music department of Pella Christian High School invites you to join them for an evening of music focused on the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, this Tuesday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium.  The concert will present the message of Christmas in word and song.  Please join us for an evening filled with the musical joy recognized as part of the Christmas season.

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

HOSTS NEEDED:  The Dordt University Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert at 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 3, in the Pella Christian High School Vermeer Auditorium and are in need of host families for that evening.  Host families would take the students home from the concert, provide a place for the night, serve breakfast, and bring them back to school on Saturday morning so that they can depart for their next destination.  If you are interested in hosting students or would like more information, please contact Tim Van Voorst at vanvoorstt@pceagles.org.

THANK YOU:  Peoria Christian School thanks each and every one of you for your continued support through this past year.  Your words of encouragement, prayers, and financial gifts were greatly appreciated.

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CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Everlasting Father – As Isaiah continues to describe the Messiah, he calls him “Everlasting Father”.  Join us as we study Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 1:16-18, and John 14:1-11 to find out what this title would have meant to its original Israelite audience and why it really is an appropriate title for Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Beyond Belief – What if you had been there the night Jesus was born?  Liz and friends find themselves in Bethlehem reliving the incredible Christmas story.   Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download Kids Corner’s Christmas puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity book 4.

ADVENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – During Advent, we light the candle of Joy.  Joy is not a fleeting happiness, but an attitude of the heart that springs from gratitude.  What brings you joy?  How might you spread joy to others?  Wonder and talk about that this week.