December 8, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 8, 2019                           Second Sunday of Advent                                      9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………… Love Medley; Love Divine……………………………………………

Calvary’s Love; What Child Is This?

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

Advent Candle of Love…………………….. Shane, Melissa, Carson, Ethan & Declan Tukker

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

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

*Sing………………………………………… Light of the Stable………………………………………………….

Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 14, Q&A #35 & #36………………………………………………

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

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……………………………………………………………. Pella Food Shelf
Sing We Now of Christmas – Men’s Quartet

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture………………………………………………………………….. Matthew 1:18-25,  Luke 1:26-38

Pew Bibles – pages 1497 & 1588

Sermon…………………………….. “The Way Miracles Happen”…………………………………………

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing……………………………. We yield our lives to You, Lord….   …………………………………..

For You alone are worthy….

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

*Sing……………………………….. We’ll give you all the glory….  ……………………………………….

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

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Phyllis De Vries
Worship Team; Worship Leaders: Will & Taylor Vande Voort
Men’s Quartet: Jon Golliet, Levi Nieuwsma, Joe Van Haaften, Will Van Wyngarden
Pianist:  Barbara Boertje DeVries

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for December 8, 2019

OFFERINGSDecember 15: With Love Toy Ministry; December 22:  Christian Education Fund; December 25 (Christmas): The Well; December 29:  New Life Prison Ministry

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Mary Van Haaften, Regina Vaverka, Tessa Vander Molen; December  15:  (A.M.) Vicky Slings, Lindsay Golliet, Taryn Hugen; (P.M.) Nursery will be provided.

C4C LEADER: Today:  Bev De Vries

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Troy and Brenda Hugen; North Doors: Glenn and Carol Matherly; South Doors: Robert Rus; December 15:  East Doors: Tony and Sarah Van Zee; North Doors: Stu and Amy Bokhoven; South Doors: Debra Klyn

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

Today: Crystal Schreur – C,J,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; December 15:  Martha Uitermarkt – C,J,S; Kim Vander Molen – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Gary Vander Molen; December 15:  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.

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 Bev De Vries.

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

Church School Classes will meet from 10:50 to 11:35 a.m.

At 4:30 p.m. we will meet downstairs to go caroling.  This is for all ages, and will be followed by pizza, and cookie decorating for the kids.  Please sign up downstairs.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Our Children’s Christmas Program will be part of the morning worship service on December 15.

Our Christmas Candlelight Service will be held on December 15 at 6:00 p.m.  Please join us for this special musical worship service.  Childcare will be provided.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  “Thank you for the beautiful cards and best wishes I received for my 85th birthday.  I thank God for His abundant blessings!” – Kathleen De Haan

“Thank you for the prayers, cards and well wishes I received at the time of my surgery.  Above all, thanks to God for His healing mercies.” – Ruth Van Hal

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:  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.  The letter in your church mailbox 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 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.

THE PELLA PRO-LIFE COOKIE SALE is Thursday, December 12.  Boxes of delicious decorated cookies will be sold at Ulrich’s Meat Market, 715 Franklin Street, from Noon to 5:30 p.m.  We appreciate your support for Life!

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Peoria Christian School Christmas Program is Friday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. Join us in remembering the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

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, on 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.

Save the Date:  Freedom House Gala featuring Stasi Eldredge will be Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. in Tamory Hall in Pella. More information will follow later.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • November Financial Report
  • Cary Connection, Cary Christian Center Newsletter

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Mighty God – As we continue to anticipate and think about the birth of Jesus Christ, we encounter Isaiah’s second name for our Messiah: Mighty God.  Join Groundwork as we study Isaiah 9:6-7 and Colossians 2:15 to discover how a baby who will later appear weak as he dies on a cross really is our Mighty God. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: It’s a Givin’ Thing – Liz and Lucille are trying to get the perfect gift for one another — with surprising results.  And how can Scooter demonstrate a giving spirit when he meets a lizard without a home?  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 Peace.  Through Jesus Christ, God gives us peace.  In what area of your life do you most need God’s peace?  How might you be a peacemaker this week?  Wonder and talk about that this week.

December 1, 2019

MORNING SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT
December 1, 2019                            First Sunday of Advent                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………….. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus………………………………………

Whiter Than Snow

Once in Royal David’s City

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………… O Come, O Come, Emmanuel……. Celebration #245:1, 2, 4

*Sing…………………………….. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus…….. Celebration #244:1-2

Advent Candle of Hope………………………………………………………………. Jon & Nicole Yoder

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God…………………………………………………………….. Freedom House

Anthem: An Advent Credo

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading…………………………………………………………………………………. Luke 1:26-52

Pew Bibles – page 1588

Sermon…………………………. “Faith to Receive God’s Miracle”……………………………………..

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

*Sing……………………………………………. Emmanuel………………………………. Celebration #243

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Preparing to Receive the Bread and Cup

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

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

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

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

Communion

Invitation

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

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

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Receiving the Bread and Cup

Prayer of Thanks

CLOSING WORSHIP

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

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

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

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

Pastor:   Paul Bradford; Organist:  Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Adult Choir: Phyllis De Vries, Susan Pierson, Accompanists,
Barbara Boertje De Vries, Director;   Worship Team
Readers: Bev De Vries, Glenda Van Woerkom, Nia Hoekstra, Luke Nieuwsma

* = Please stand if able.

Boldface type = Congregational Response

 

Announcements for December 1, 2019

OFFERINGSDecember 8:  Pella Food Shelf; December 15: With Love Toy Ministry; December 22:  Christian Education Fund; December 25 (Christmas): The Well; December 29:  New Life Prison Ministry

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Barb Gosselink, Amy Bokhoven, Georgia De Vries; December 8:  (A.M.) Mary Van Haaften, Regina Vaverka, Tessa Vander Molen

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Ken and Shirley Zylstra; North Doors: Dave and Ruth Stevenson; South Doors: Jerry and Martha Uitermarkt; December 8: East Doors: Troy and Brenda Hugen; North Doors: Glenn and Carol Matherly; South Doors: Robert Rus

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

Today: Katie Magnussen – C; Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; December 8:  Crystal Schreur – C,J,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Ken Van Woerkom; December 8:  Gary Vander Molen

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

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

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

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

Church School Classes will not meet today.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church and Faith CRC at Connect Church for worship.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on the Parable of the Lost Son.  The offering is for the New Life Prison.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 4:30 p.m. we will meet downstairs to go caroling.  This is for all ages, and will be followed by pizza, and cookie decorating for the kids.  Please sign up downstairs.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Mary Ann Vander Molen, Gary and Sandi Vander Molen, Lowell and Julie Vander Molen and Cathryn Van Ee on the death of their husband, father and brother, Lawrence Vander Molen, on November 26. May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY (continued):

“Thank you for the many cards I received for my birthday.  Each one was appreciated.” – Viola De Vries

“Thank you for the cards and well wishes, and for your prayers at the time of my surgery.  I thank God for His healing mercies.” – Ruth Van Hal

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

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

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

Kingdom Kids meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m.  The topic this week is “Jesus was a Teacher”.

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 would like to invite the congregation to prayerfully consider and submit name suggestions (and their reasoning, if desired) for consideration by today, DECEMBER 1st.  Suggestions can be submitted by email to bev@kcwnfm.org or jnyoder16@gmail.com, by placing in Bev De Vries’ or Jon Yoder’s church mailbox, or by speaking to any member of the team.  Suggestions can be signed or remain anonymous.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Our Children’s Christmas Program will be part of the morning worship service on December 15.

Our Christmas Candlelight Service will be held on Sunday, December 15, at 6:00 p.m.  Please join us for this special musical worship service.

The Pella Pro-Life Cookie Sale is Thursday, December 12.  Boxes of delicious decorated cookies will be sold at Ulrich’s Meat Market, 715 Franklin Street, from Noon to 5:30 p.m.  We appreciate your support for Life!

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Collection boxes will be available in the church basement through 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.

OSKALOOSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SALE: Do your holiday baking and Christmas shopping the easy way at the Oskaloosa Christian School Gym, at 726 North E Street in Oskaloosa, this Saturday, December 7, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Your favorite Christmas goodies will be for sale, including our famous decorated cookies!  Many vendors and crafters will also be available to help you with your Christmas shopping.

CUSTODIANS NEEDED:  PCHS has an immediate opening for two custodians to share afternoon/evening custodial duties.  Work duties would include general daily cleaning and could include some event management.  Hours are afternoon and evening hours with some flexibility, depending on the school’s events schedule.  These positions would be ideal for a parent or retiree.  Please contact Principal Dan Van Kooten at 628-4440 or vankootend@pceagles.org.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Wonderful Counselor – In the famous passage Isaiah 9:6, the prophet begins by describing the Messiah as a Wonderful Counselor.  As we look toward Jesus Christ’s birth, join us in studying Isaiah 9:2-6, John 14:15-17 and John 16:12-15 to discover the divine wisdom and help we receive from Jesus Christ our Messiah.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Attitude of Gratitude – Lucille’s article deadline is quickly approaching!  What can she possibly write for next edition of the Terrene Gazette?  Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Advent Gifts of Kindness devotionals to lead your family’s Bible study as you prepare for Christmas.

ADVENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – During Advent we light the candle of Hope.  Through Jesus Christ, God provides us with hope for our daily living and hope for our future.  How can you be a messenger of hope this week?  Wonder and talk about that with someone this week.

JESSE TREE – God’s Big Advent Story is now available FREE for CRC families!  This downloadable package from Faith Formation Ministries includes 25 simple devotions for kids of all ages and printable ornaments that follow God’s story from creation to the birth of Jesus.  Each day’s reading invites families to read and wonder about a Bible story together, pray together and step away from the busyness of the season.  Learn more and download these Advent devotions at dwellcuriulum.org/home.

November 24, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 24, 2019                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

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

Now Thank We All Our God

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………………….. Thank You, Lord…………………………………………………..

*Sing…………………………… Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King…………………………………….

*Sing………………………………………….. Jesus Paid It All……………………………………………………

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God…………………………………………………………….. Ministry Shares
Anthem:  I Will Give Thanks

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Kim Roose………………………………….. Malachi 3:6-12 & Luke 16:10-13

Pew Bibles – pages 1490 & 1625

Sermon…………………………………… “The Lord’s Portion”……………………………………………….

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………. Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated Celebration #597:1, 4, 5

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

*Sing………………………. Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated…….. Celebration #597:6

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

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Joyce Boender
Worship Team Children’s Choir, Tammy Bradford – Accompanist, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for November 24, 2019

OFFERINGSNovember 28 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes; December 1:  Freedom House; December 8:  Pella Food Shelf; December 15: With Love Toy Ministry; December 22:  Christian Education Fund; December 25 (Christmas): The Well; December 29:  New Life Prison Ministry

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Emily Boender, Arlys Veenstra, Nia Hoekstra; Thanksgiving:  Melissa Tukker, Katie Magnussen, Matt Bokhoven; December 1:  (A.M.) Barb Gosselink, Amy Bokhoven, Georgia De Vries

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Will and Taylor Vande Voort; North and South Doors: Shane and Melissa Tukker; Thanksgiving:  East Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; North Doors: Bryan and Carolyn Harthoorn; South Doors: Les and Carla Nieuwsma; December 1:  East Doors: Ken and Shirley Zylstra; North Doors: Dave and Ruth Stevenson; South Doors: Jerry and Martha Uitermarkt

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

Today: Tammy Bradford – C,J,S; Kim Hoekstra – C,J; Tom Walker – S; Sharon Walker – C,S; December 1:  Katie Magnussen – C; Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Brian Van Kooten; December 1:  Ken Van Woerkom

DECEMBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Matt Vos, Shane Tukker; North Side:  Bob Spencer; South Side: Gary Vander Molen

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Choir will practice from 10:50-11:30

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church and Faith CRC at Connect Church for worship.  Pastor John Ritsema will preach on The Name of God – Yahweh Rohi – The Lord is my Shepherd.

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

Church School Classes will not meet on December 1.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church and Faith CRC at Connect Church for worship.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on the Parable of the Lost Son.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Kathleen De Haan who will celebrate her 85th birthday on November 28, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“I want to thank the congregation for cards and well wishes I received for my birthday.” – Edith Van Zee

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.

THANKSGIVING DAY:  We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday for our annual Thanksgiving Day worship service.  You will be encouraged to say what you are thankful for in a word, or one or two sentences. Our offering envelopes, which were mailed to you, and nonperishable food items for the Pella Food Shelf will be received at the front of the sanctuary.  There are extra envelopes and sheets explaining the causes on the table in the narthex for any guests who may desire to use them.

Christmas Caroling for All Ages:  Join us on Sunday, December 8, at 4:30 p.m. to go caroling, followed by pizza back at church, and cookie decorating for the kids.  Please sign up downstairs.

Our Christmas Candlelight Service will be held on Sunday, December 15, at 6:00 p.m.  Please join us for this special musical worship service.

FROM COUNCIL:  At the congregational meeting new council members selected to begin in 2020 are Governing Board Elders Darrell Boot and Jason Van Hal, Shepherding Elder Dave Stevenson and Deacons Stu Bokhoven and Jamis Christensen.  The council thanks all others who were nominated and willing to serve our church in this capacity.  The annual budget for 2020 was approved.

NAME CHANGE:  The Name Change Task Force would like to invite the congregation to prayerfully consider and submit name suggestions (and their reasoning, if desired) for consideration from now until DECEMBER 1st.  Suggestions can be submitted by email to bev@kcwnfm.org or jnyoder16@gmail.com, by placing in Bev DeVries or Jon Yoder’s church mailbox, or by speaking to any member of the team.  Suggestions can be signed or remain anonymous.

POINSETTIA SALES:  As is tradition, the PCHS Music Department is selling poinsettias for this holiday season.  Order forms are available from any PCHS band or choir student, in the school office, and on the school website.  Five different colors are available at a cost of $13.50 per plant.  Orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 26, and picked up at the school on Tuesday, December 3, between 2:30 and 5:00 p.m.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Cary Christian Center fish fry a success.  Some of you made desserts, helped serve, donated food items, cooked the fish and chicken and some of you came to eat and made a donation.  We appreciate your support!

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Do your holiday baking and Christmas shopping the easy way at the Oskaloosa Christian School Gym, at 726 North E Street in Oskaloosa, on Saturday, December 7, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Your favorite Christmas goodies will be for sale, including our famous decorated cookies!  Many vendors and crafters will also be available to help you with your Christmas shopping.

The Pella Pro-Life Cookie Sale will be Thursday, December 12.  We’re looking for more volunteers to make cookies and/or decorate and box cookies on December 12.  If you are willing to help, please contact Jocelyn Meinders at jclynmndrs@gmail.com or 515-346-8016.  We appreciate your support!

CUSTODIANS NEEDED:  PCHS has an immediate opening for two custodians to share afternoon/evening custodial duties.  Work duties would include general daily cleaning and could include some event management.  Hours are afternoon and evening hours with some flexibility, depending on the school’s events schedule.  These positions would be ideal for a parent or retiree.  Please contact Principal Dan Van Kooten at 628-4440 or vankootend@pceagles.org.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Pella Christian Grade School FOCUS
  • Lloyd & Nancy Peckham Update
  • Focus on the Family bulletin

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Lead Into God’s Grace – When the challenges feel insurmountable, the loneliness and temptation to give up creep in.  Join Groundwork as we study what Ezra and Nehemiah do in Nehemiah 8-9 and Nehemiah 13:22, 31 and discover how leaning into God’s grace and love is the antidote we need to carry us through.

KIDS CORNER: Turkey Rocket – On Thanksgiving Day, all of Terrene comes out to celebrate and be thankful, but Liz and the gang encounter some tough challenges and hard times.  Can they be thankful regardless of their circumstances?   Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Advent Gifts of Kindness devotionals to lead your family’s Bible study as you prepare for Christmas.

TEACH IN NICARAGUA!  Resonate partner Nicaragua Christian Academy in Nicaragua is searching for teachers.  As a teacher at NCA you’ll be training future leaders and forming Christ-followers who are motivated by heartfelt love for God.  Find a position that’s right for you by visiting www.resonateglobalmission.org/go and searching “Nicaragua Christian Academy.

November 17, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 17, 2019                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………… Let All Things Now Living……………………………………………

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Mission Report: JAARS………………………………………………………………… Kathleen De Haan

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing ………………. Open Up the Heavens/How Great Thou Art (chorus)…………………………

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

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

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………….. General Fund (Facilities Upkeep focus)

Anthem:  Lay Up Your Treasures in Heaven (based on Matthew 6:19-34)

Soloists:  Glenda Van Woerkom, Luke Nieuwsma

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading…………………………………………………………………………………… Luke 16:1-9

Pew Bibles – page 1625

Sermon………………………………….. “Insuring a Welcome”………………………………………………

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

Sing…………………………………………. Something for Thee…………………….. Celebration #671

  1. 1 – Will Van Wyngarden; *vs. 2 – Congregation

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

*Sing……………………………………….. Something for Thee…………………… Celebration #671:3

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

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen; Worship Leader: Jon Golliet
Worship Team; Adult Choir, Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for November 17, 2019

OFFERINGSNovember 24:  Ministry Shares; November 28 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Kala Talsma, Kim Hoekstra, Ryley Hoekstra; November 24:  (A.M.) Emily Boender, Arlys Veenstra, Nia Hoekstra; Thanksgiving:  Melissa Tukker, Katie Magnussen, Matt Bokhoven

C4C LEADERToday:  Jeanetta Nieuwsma

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Lowell and Julie Vander Molen; North Doors: Gary and Norma Kuiper; South Doors: Dorothy Rus; November 24:  East Doors: Will and Taylor Vande Voort; North and South Doors: Shane and Melissa Tukker; Thanksgiving:  East Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; North Doors: Bryan and Carolyn Harthoorn; South Doors: Les and Carla Nieuwsma

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

Today: Carolyn Harthoorn – C,J,S; Susan Pierson – C,J,S; Marilyn Vander Molen – C; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; November 24:  Tammy Bradford – C,J,S; Kim Hoekstra – C,J; Tom Walker – S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Sherwin Klyn; November 24:  Brian Van Kooten

DECEMBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Matt Vos, Shane Tukker; North Side:  Bob Spencer; South Side: Gary Vander Molen

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

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

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

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

We invite visitors and members of the congregation to a Fellowship Coffee downstairs 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 and Faith CRC at Connect Church for worship.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on The Name of God Yahweh Sabaoth – The Lord of Hosts

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church and Faith CRC at Connect Church for worship.  Pastor John Rinsema will preach on The Name of God – Yahweh Rohi – The Lord is my Shepherd.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  Mary Klyn is now living at The Cottages — South Holland, Room #5, 1734 Main Street.  She is doing well, however, she is still unable to use her right leg due to small strokes two weeks ago and is undergoing extensive physical therapy.  Continue to keep Mary and Sid in your prayers.

We wish a happy birthday to Viola De Vries who will celebrate her 86th birthday on November 21 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

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

Our annual Congregational Meeting will be held November 18 at 7:00 p.m.  At that meeting we will vote on the 2020 budget.  We will also vote on accepting the slate of candidates for elder and deacon from which names will be drawn.  The Council brings forward the following nominations for the respective church offices:

Governing Board Elders:  Darrell Boot, Brian Van Kooten, Jason Van Hal

Shepherding Elders:  Dave Stevenson, Jeff Van Kooten, Matt Vos

Deacons:  Stu Bokhoven, Jamis Christensen, Will Vande Voort,

Jon Golliet, Shane Tukker

The Pella Christian Grade School Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. on November 18.

The Pella Christian High Board will meet on November 18 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.  Our Fall Project offering for The Well will be taken again at this meeting. All ladies are welcome to join us!

Kingdom Kids meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m.  The topic will be – Jesus Was Thankful.

Children’s Choir (1st-7th grade) rehearsal, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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

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

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

NAME CHANGE:  The Name Change Task Force would like to invite the congregation to prayerfully consider and submit name suggestions (and their reasoning, if desired) for consideration from now until DECEMBER 1st.  Suggestions can be submitted by email to bev@kcwnfm.org or jnyoder16@gmail.com, by placing in Bev DeVries or Jon Yoder’s church mailbox, or by speaking to any member of the team.  Suggestions can be signed or remain anonymous.

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

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

SULLY CADET HOG ROAST will be this Wednesday, November 20, at the Sully Christian School, serving from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Pulled pork and pork patties, potato salad from the Coffee Cup and Pella Nursery pies will be available.  Come for a great meal and support the Sully Cadets.

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL DATE NIGHT FUNDRAISER:  Haven’t had a date night in a while, then this is the event for you. Feel free to drop your kids off at Peoria school and enjoy a date night with your spouse this Friday, November 22. Please bring your kids by anytime between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. The 7th and 8th grade students will be helping to babysit on this night as a fundraiser for the 7th and 8th grade students as they prepare to go to the Creation Museum and Ark in the spring. Help support our students and enjoy a date night at the same time. We will be having devotions, prayer, pizza, and plenty of fun. Please send any questions and RSVP to office@peoriachr.org so we have enough food for the event. Thank you for your continued support.

818 FORWARD WITH FAITH will be celebrating the grand opening of their first home, located at 812 Lincoln St., in Pella this Saturday, November 23,  9:00 a.m.-Noon.  Everyone is invited to stop by and see the new house! For those interested, a registry for 812 Lincoln St. has been created at Best of Thymes, Simple Treasures and Walmart to welcome the men to their new home.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Pella Christian High Concert Choir will be one of eight choirs featured at this year’s Little Hawkeye Conference Choral Festival Concert this Tuesday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. at Dallas Center-Grimes High School.  A mass choir made up of all eight choirs from the Little Hawkeye Conference, as well as the individual choirs, will perform at the concert.

Is PCHS the Place for You to Soar?  All area 8th graders are invited to Pella Christian High School on Tuesday, November 26, for a student preview morning!  Arrive by 9:15 a.m. for chapel, to visit classes, meet our administrators and enjoy a free Thanksgiving lunch.  Call 628-4440 for details and to RSVP by November 21!

Poinsettias:  As is tradition, the PCHS Music Department is selling poinsettias for this holiday season.  Order forms are available from any PCHS band or choir student, in the school office, and on the school website.  Five different colors are available at a cost of $13.50 per plant.  Orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 26, and picked up at the school on Tuesday, December 3, between 2:30 and 5:00 p.m.

The Pella Christian High School Fall Drive is currently underway.  If you have not yet responded, please consider prayerfully how you may help provide Christ-centered learning for our covenant young people.  Gifts can be mailed to 300 Eagle Lane, Pella.

Legacy of Grace Donations: The Legacy of Grace Student Tuition Organization (LOG STO) is once again actively seeking donations.  A 65% state tax credit will be given on the first $426,604 donated. Please check out the website at www.logsto.org for information and a donation form or go to www.pceagles.org for the link on the home page. These monies help to assist the families in their desire for a Christian education.

Pella Christian FFA Chapter Update:

  • More than 50 members and guests attended the kick-off event in September.
  • 25 members participated in FFA contests at Clark County fairgrounds September 17. Members were able to learn about livestock evaluation, dairy foods, and vet science.
  • Five members attended the National Convention October 30-November 1 and had a great time hearing from speakers and exploring the expo.

Upcoming events:

  1. Fruit delivery the first week in December. Hard copy ordering has now closed. You may still make purchases online at rethmeiere@pceagles.org.
  2. KEY Cooperative Bushels for Ag program allows producers to donate any amount of corn or soybeans to the Pella Christian FFA chapter at any KEY location. FFA members will then practice their marketing skills in class to sell the grain. Income from grain sales will go to the chapter to support events such as our annual banquet, state convention, FFA Week celebrations, and leadership training.

As you can see the PCHS Ag/FFA program has had a busy year already. Please continue to pray for this program and its members. We appreciate your support!

CUSTODIANS NEEDED:  PCHS has an immediate opening for two custodians to share afternoon/evening custodial duties.  Work duties would include general daily cleaning and could include some event management.  Hours are afternoon and evening hours with some flexibility, depending on the school’s events schedule.  These positions would be ideal for a parent or retiree.  Please contact Principal Dan Van Kooten at 628-4440 or vankootend@pceagles.org.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • 2020 Proposed Budget
  • Chaplaincy and Care Ministry leaflet
  • Huyser Prayer Letter
  • Mobility Worldwide Newsletter

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Building Blocks for Biblical Success – How can we deal with opposition when we are trying to rebuild after our life has fallen apart in some way?  Study Nehemiah 2:11-18, Nehemiah 4:1-15, and Nehemiah 5:1-12 with Groundwork to discover what we can learn from Ezra and Nehemiah’s experience with opposition.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: What’s the big deal about little sins?  Why is Liz’s dad so upset when Liz didn’t do anything really bad?  Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Advent Gifts of Kindness devotionals to lead your family’s Bible study as you prepare for Christmas.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – In the Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Warren writes,”In my daily life I’ve developed habits of impatience — of speeding ahead, of trying to squeeze more into my cluttered day.  How can I live as one who watches and waits for the coming kingdom when I can barely wait for water to boil?”  As the Advent season draws near, how might you more fully embrace the discipline of waiting in your everyday home life?

FREE ADVENT JESSE TREE RESOURCE – Jesse Tree: God’s Big Advent Story is now available FREE for CRC families!  This downloadable package from Faith Alive and Faith Formation Ministries includes 25 simple devotions that are great for kids of various ages and printable story symbol ornaments that follow God’s story from creation to the birth of Jesus.  Each day’s reading invites families to read and wonder about a Bible story together, pray together, and step away from the busyness of the season.  Learn more and download the devotions and symbols at tinyurl.com/DwellJesseTree.

November 10, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 10, 2019                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………. To God Be the Glory…………… Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing; Praise the King

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

Recognition of Veterans……………………………………………………………………………………………..

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

BAPTISM OF CHLOE SUE ROOSE

PREPARATION

PRESENTATION

PROFESSION OF FAITH

   Questions for the parents.

   Question for the congregation.

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

.. Congregation:  We do, God helping us.

   Affirmation of Faith – the Apostles’ Creed

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

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

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

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT

DECLARATION, BLESSING, AND WELCOME

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

Congregation:  We do.

   Let us bless Chloe together:

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

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

Slide Show of Chloe  – Good, Good Father

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Brent Pierson…………………………………………………….. Ephesians 5:21-33

Pew Bibles – 1823

Sermon………………………… “Husbands Who Love Their Wives”……………………………………

“Christian Marriage” Series, Part 5

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing……………………………………….. Good, Good Father…………………………………………………

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

*Sing…………………………………. O Praise the Name (chorus)…………………………………………..

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

Pastor:  Paul Bradford; Worship Team
Soloist:  Levi Nieuwsma; Guitarist: Calvin Roose

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for November 10, 2019

OFFERINGSNovember 17:  General Fund (Facilities Upkeep focus); November 24:  Ministry Shares; November 28 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) April Nieuwsma, Allison Van Wyngarden, Lexi Matherly; November 17:  (A.M.) Kala Talsma, Kim Hoekstra, Ryley Hoekstra

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Jeff and Kim Vander Molen; North Doors: Bob and Karen Spencer; South Doors: Jason and Marti Zylstra; November 17:  East Doors: Lowell and Julie Vander Molen; North Doors: Gary and Norma Kuiper; South Doors: Dorothy Rus

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

Today: Paula Klyn – C,J,S; Regina Vaverka – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; November 17:  Tammy Bradford – C,J,S; Susan Pierson – C,J,S; Marilyn Vander Molen – C; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Ken Van Woerkom; November 17: Sherwin Klyn

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

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

This morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Chloe Sue, daughter of Calvin and Stephanie Roose. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

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

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

Adult Choir will practice this morning, 10:50-11:30, to sing in worship on November 17.  Our next Wednesday rehearsal will be November 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church at Connect Church for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on The Name of God – “Yahweh Yireh” The Lord Will Provide.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church and Faith CRC at Connect Church for worship.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on The Name of God – “Yahweh Sabaoth – The Lord of Hosts”

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  Mary Klyn had 4 tiny strokes last Sunday. She spent several days at Pella Regional Health Center and then went to Des Moines for further treatment.  Please pray for a quick recovery as well as for grace and peace for both Sid and Mary.

John Van Woerkom will have hip replacement surgery on Wednesday, the 13th, at Mercy West Hospital in Des Moines.  Please pray for successful surgery and a good recovery.

“I want to thank the congregation for the cards and phone calls I received for my birthday.” – Thressa Nieuwsma

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:  GEMS will meet from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

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

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, Bill Schimmel, Phil Slings, Bob Spencer, Bill Stursma, Ed Uitermarkt, Doyle Vande Lune, Devin Vander Molen, Ken Van Gent, Carl Van Houweling, John Van Woerkom, John Van Zee

FROM COUNCIL:

  • Our annual Congregational Meeting will be held November 18 at 7:00 p.m. At that meeting we will vote on the 2020 budget.  We will also vote on accepting the slate of candidates for elder and deacon from which names will be drawn.  The Council brings forward the following nominations for the respective church offices:

Governing Board Elders:  Darrell Boot, Brian Van Kooten, Jason Van Hal
Shepherding Elders:  Dave Stevenson, Jeff Van Kooten, Matt Vos
Deacons:  Stu Bokhoven, Jamis Christensen, Will Vande Voort, Jon Golliet, Shane Tukker

  • The Council received and approved the following membership transfers: Elmer, Darlene and Randy Kloosterman to Third Church, and Ray and Lois Klyn to Covenant Reformed Church.

NAME CHANGE:  The Name Change Task Force would like to invite the congregation to prayerfully consider and submit name suggestions (and their reasoning, if desired) for consideration from now until DECEMBER 1st.  Suggestions can be submitted by email to bev@kcwnfm.org or jnyoder16@gmail.com, by placing in Bev DeVries or Jon Yoder’s church mailbox, or by speaking to any member of the team.  Suggestions can be signed or remain anonymous.

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 fruit cocktail for these boxes no later than November 17.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing cans of fruit cocktail.  A collection table is downstairs.

IMMIGRATION MEETING: You are invited to meet in the sanctuary of Calvary CRC today at 2:30 p.m. to learn more about immigration.  Nursery will be provided.  You will hear a story from a Dutch immigrant family, share your own stories, and learn how we can respond Biblically to immigration today.

LEADERSHIP ALLILANCE CONFERENCE: Vermeer Charitable Foundation invites you to an evening with Dr. Tod Bolsinger, vice president and chief of leadership formation at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Bolsinger has written three books including Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory and It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the Community of God Transforms Lives.  He will be speaking on the topic “Canoeing the Mountains: Leadership in Uncharted Territory.”  This free, open to the public event will be held Wednesday, November 13, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Vermeer Global Pavilion, 2110 Vermeer Rd. E., Pella, IA.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Children’s Choir’s (1st-7th grade) next rehearsal will be Wednesday, November 20, 6:30-6:55 p.m. to sing for the November 24 worship service.

Peoria Christian School Date Night Fundraiser:  Haven’t had a date night in a while, then this is the event for you. Feel free to drop your kids off at Peoria school and enjoy a date night with your spouse on Friday, November 22. Please bring your kids by anytime between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. The 7th and 8th grade students will be helping to babysit on this night as a fundraiser for the 7th and 8th grade students as they prepare to go to the Creation Museum and Ark in the spring. Help support our students and enjoy a date night at the same time. We will be having devotions, prayer, pizza, and plenty of fun. Please send any questions and RSVP to office@peoriachr.org so we have enough food for the event. Thank you for your continued support.

818 Forward With Faith will be celebrating the grand opening of their first home, located at 812 Lincoln St., in Pella on Saturday, November 23,  9:00 a.m.-Noon.  Everyone is invited to stop by and see the new house! For those interested, a registry for 812 Lincoln St. has been created at Best of Thymes, Simple Treasures and Walmart to welcome the men to their new home.

LEGACY OF GRACE DONATIONS: The Legacy of Grace Student Tuition Organization (LOG STO) is once again actively seeking donations.  A 65% state tax credit will be given on the first $426,604 donated. Please check out the website at www.logsto.org for information and a donation form or go to www.pceagles.org for the link on the home page. These monies help to assist the families in their desire for a Christian education.

 

PELLA CHRISTIAN FFA CHAPTER UPDATE:

  • More than 50 members and guests attended the kick-off event at Caldwell in September.
  • 25 members participated in FFA contests at the Clark County fairgrounds on September 17. Members were able to learn more about livestock evaluation, dairy foods, and vet science.
  • Five members attended the National Convention October 30-November 1 and had a great time hearing from speakers and exploring the expo.

Upcoming events:

  1. Fruit delivery the first week in December. Hard copy ordering has now closed. You may still make purchases online. If you wish to do so please contact Miss Rethmeier at rethmeiere@pceagles.org for the information.
  2. KEY Cooperative Bushels for Ag program allows producers to donate any amount of corn or soybeans to the Pella Christian FFA chapter at any KEY location. FFA members will then practice their marketing skills in class to sell the grain. Income from grain sales will go to the chapter to support events such as our annual banquet, state convention, FFA Week celebrations, and leadership training.

As you can see the PCHS Ag/FFA program has had a busy year already. Please continue to pray for this program and its members. We appreciate your support!

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Making Sense of Setbacks – Just like most building and construction projects, we can expect to encounter setbacks in our lives.  Join us as we study the setbacks Ezra and Nehemiah faced in Ezra 3-4 and Ezra 7:8-28 to gain a greater understanding and biblical perspective for enduring our own trials and setbacks.

KIDS CORNER: Remembrance Day – It’s time for the annual Remembrance Day parade, but what exactly are Liz and his friends remembering?  And why is Grandpa so sad Download DC’s Advent Gifts of Kindness devotionals to lead your family as you prepare for Christmas.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – “Wondering questions” are an excellent way to engage kids (and people of all ages!) with Scripture.  For example, after you read the creation story, ask open-ended questions like “I wonder what it looked like when God created the stars?” “I wonder what it would be like if there were no predators in our world?”  “I wonder what you would feel like if you were the first person in God’s creation?”

November 3, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 3, 2019                                                                                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………. Morning Has Broken………………………………………………..

Find Us Faithful

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Greetings from Cary Christian Center, Mississippi……………………………………………………….

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing …………………………………….. Blessed Be Your Name………………………………………………

*Sing…………………………………………… Jesus, Messiah…………………………………………………….

The children are invited to the front after this song.

Children’s Message………………………………………………………………………………….. Pastor Paul

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

Offertory: Sing – The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power

Children 3 years-PreK are dismissed to C4C (Children for Christ) after bringing their fish.

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Allison Van Wyngarden……………………………….. Ephesians 5:21-24, 33

Pew Bibles – page 1823

Sermon……………………… “Wives Who Respect Their Husbands”………………………………….

“Christian Marriage” Series, Part 4

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

Anthem for Choir and Congregation………….. Holy, Holy, Holy…………………………………….

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for November 3, 2019

OFFERINGSNovember 10:  Back to God Ministries International; November 17:  General Fund (Facilities Upkeep focus); November 24:  Ministry Shares; November 28 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Kim Roose, Judy Van Zee, Ethan Tukker; November 10:  (A.M.) April Nieuwsma, Allison Van Wyngarden, Lexi Matherly

C4C LEADERToday:  Sarah Christensen

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Matt and Lisa Vos; North Doors: Levi and April Nieuwsma; South Doors: Phyllis De Vries; November 10:  East Doors:  Jeff and Kim Vander Molen; North Doors: Bob and Karen Spencer; South Doors: Jason and Marti Zylstra

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

Today: Sarah Christensen – C,J,S; Bev De Vries – C,J,S; Melissa Tukker – C; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; November 10:  Paula Klyn – C,J,S; Regina Vaverka – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Vander Molen; November 10: Ken Van Woerkom

NOVEMBER MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser           –     Dave Stevenson, Bill Stursma

Doug and Benita Le Mahieu    –     Jerry Uitermarkt, Marilyn Vander Molen

Lloyd and Nancy Peckham      –     Ron Spoelstra, Ed Uitermarkt

Justin Van Zee                          –     Elizabeth Uitermarkt, Joyce Vander Molen

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 are encouraged to go upstairs after they go through the Offering processional.  Visitors are also welcome!  Parents may pick up their child after the service. Today’s leader is Sarah Christensen.

Today is World Hunger Sunday, and we will collect the Peter Fish.  Please pray for all in our world who struggle to have enough food each day.

We invite visitors and members of the congregation to a Fellowship Coffee downstairs 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 and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship.  Nate Klingenburg will preach.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Next Sunday morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Chloe Sue, daughter of Calvin and Stephanie Roose. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church at Connect Church for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on The Name of God – “Yahweh Yireh” The Lord Will Provide.

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

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

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

Kingdom Kids will meet 5:30-6:50.  Our topic is “God is Jesus’ Father”.

Children’s Choir (1st-7th grades) rehearsal, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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

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

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

ARE YOU WILLING TO HELP IN THE NURSERY?  More willing helpers are needed to care for our children in the nursery on Sunday mornings.  If you are able to help, please contact Sarah Christensen, 641-780-8855 or sarah.christensen88@gmail.com.

THANK YOU everyone who came out to Pizza Ranch!  The GEMS girls had so much fun seeing everyone and clearing tables.  Thank you for your continued support of our ministry.

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 fruit cocktail for these boxes no later than November 17.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing cans of fruit cocktail.  A collection table is downstairs.

CARY MISSION TRIP:  Pella II Mission Team is planning a trip to Cary Christian Center this winter.  Tentative dates are leaving December 1 or 8, CCC has nine roofs that need to be replaced. We will be staying in the dorms and hopefully finding someone to cook for us.  The trip could be a week, or shorter if the work is finished.  Please contact Jon Van Woerkom if you have interest in going.

WAFFLE SUPPER:  The IGNITE Youth Group of Oskaloosa 1st CRC will have their annual Belgium Waffle Supper this Wednesday, November 6, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Enjoy delicious waffles with all the toppings, sausages & drink.  Support the IGNITE Youth Group and their mission trip this summer.

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ANNUAL BAZAAR will be this Friday, November 8, at the Peoria Christian School Gym.  This year’s theme is “For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b.  Please plan to join us for a fun-filled evening.  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 that will be auctioned off.  Thank you for supporting Peoria Christian School.

FROM THE LE MAHIEU’s:  We appreciate your recent gift to support Wycliffe and our family in Papua New Guinea.  As we reflect on Reformation Day, we are so thankful that we have God’s Word in our own language.  This is our desire for our Papua New Guinean brothers and sisters, that they will understand God’s truths through a greater access to His scriptures.  Thank you for continuing to partner with us in this work.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

You are invited to hear the story of Dutch immigrants, share your immigration story and learn how immigration works.  How can we respond Biblically and less politically about immigration today? All faith communities are invited to Calvary CRC on November 10 at 2:30 p.m.  Nursery will be provided.

Veterans Day Lunch! You are invited to join Peoria Christian School in honoring Veterans with a short assembly and luncheon on Monday, November 11, at 12 noon.  If you would like to join us, please RSVP by November 8.

Vermeer Charitable Foundation invites you to an evening with Dr. Tod Bolsinger, vice president and chief of leadership formation at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Bolsinger has written three books including Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory and It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the Community of God Transforms Lives.  He will be speaking on the topic “Canoeing the Mountains: Leadership in Uncharted Territory.”  This free, open to the public event will be held Wednesday, November 13, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Vermeer Global Pavilion, 2110 Vermeer Rd. E., Pella, IA.

You are also invited to join us for a full day with Dr. Bolsinger on Thursday, November 14, at the Vermeer Global Pavilion.  During four sessions, Bolsinger will be presenting on the topic “Tempered: How leaders develop resilience amidst the crucible of change.”  This full day event requires a registration fee of $25 before November 6.  Further questions – call 641-628-3141 or e-mail charitablefoundation@vermeer.com.  More information can be found at www.vermeer.com, click on About Us, Community, Vermeer Charitable Foundation, Leadership Alliance.

The annual Pella Pro-Life Cookie Sale will be Thursday, December 12.  If you are willing to help or have questions, please contact Jocelyn Meinders at jclynmndrs@gmail.com or 515-346-8016.  Thanks for supporting LIFE.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • October Financial Report
  • Pella II Newsletter
  • Pella Christian Grade School FOCUS
  • Pella Christian High School The Reporter
  • Breaking Barriers, Disability Concerns newsletter
  • Focus on the Family bulletin

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Know That God Is Working – When life has fallen apart, it can be difficult to know where or how to begin rebuilding.  Join Groundwork as we study the rebuilding of Jerusalem in Ezra 1-2, Ezra 7:1-8, and Nehemiah 1:1-4 for Biblical wisdom and guidance for rebuilding with confidence after life knocks us down.   Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Liz: Temptation Hunter – Even though Grandpa warns him, Liz can’t ignore  the temptation of fame and fortune and an adventure looking for hidden treasure.  Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Kids Corner puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity book 8.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP: Some wisdom to think about and talk about this week:  “It’s a gift to joyfully recognize and accept our own smallness and ordinariness.  Then you are free with nothing to live up to, nothing to prove, and nothing to protect.  Such freedom is my best description of Christian maturity, because once you know that your ‘I’ is great and one with God, you can, ironically, be quite content with a small and ordinary ‘I’.” – Richard Rohr, Radical Grace: Daily Meditations.

(FaithFormationMinistries;crna.org/FaithFormation).

FROM WORLD RENEW:  Today is World Hunger Sunday! – Today we are taking a collection to support the work of World Renew as they walk with hungry families around the world.  Each of the 821 million hungry people on our planet are as particular and precious to God as you are.  Thank you for giving as you are able to a ministry that firmly believes that God can “accomplish abundantly far more than all we ask or imagine.”

October 27, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
October 27, 2019                                                                                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………. I Sing the Mighty Power of God………………………………………..

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Call to Worship…………………………. God Is Our Refuge……………………………………….. Choir

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

PRAISE TO GOD

* Litany for Reformation Sunday / Sing: A Mighty Fortress ………Celebration #151:1-4

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God………………………………………………. Christian Education Fund
Offertory…………Sing:  Living Hope…….led by Worship Team

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Jon Van Woerkom…………………………………………….. Ephesians 5:25-33

Pew Bibles – page 1823

Sermon……………………….. “The Covenant of Marriage, Part 2”……………………………………

“Christian Marriage” Series, Part 3

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

Sing………………………………………………… Yes, I Will………………………………………………………..

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

*Sing………………………………………………. Yes, I Will………………………………………………………..

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for October 27, 2019

OFFERINGSNovember 3:  World Renew (World Hunger Sunday); November 10:  Back to God Ministries International; November 17:  General Fund (Facilities Upkeep focus); November 24:  Ministry Shares; November 28 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Lisa Van Kooten, Susan Pierson, Alexis Vos; November 3:  Kim Roose, Judy Van Zee, Ethan Tukker

C4C LEADERNovember 3:  Sarah Christensen

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson; North Doors: Jerry and Martha Uitermarkt; South Doors: Calvin and Stephanie Roose; November 3:  East Doors: Matt and Lisa Vos; North Doors: Levi and April Nieuwsma; South Doors: Phyllis De Vries

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

Today: Paula Klyn – C,J; Arlys Veenstra – C,J,S; Wes Veenstra – S; Sharon Walker – C,S; November 3:  Sarah Christensen – C,J,S; Bev De Vries – C,J,S; Melissa Tukker – C; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Sherwin Klyn; November 3:  Jeff Vander Molen

NOVEMBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Stu Bokhoven, Jamis Christensen; North Side:  Tony Van Zee; South Side: Jeff Van Kooten

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

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

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

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

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

At 6:00 p.m. there will be a joint Reformation Day Celebration at Calvary Christian Reformed Church.  Dr. Jul Medenblik, President of Calvin Theological Seminary, will be bringing God’s Word, and there will be music by a joint choir.

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

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship.  Nate Klingenburg will preach.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We wish a happy birthday to Alberta De Jong who will observe her 86th birthday on November 3 and pray for God’s blessings.

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 GEMS club invites everyone to our Pizza Ranch fundraiser Wednesday Oct. 30th at the Pella Pizza Ranch between 5:00 and 7:30 pm.  Take a night off from cooking and come and support our great group of girls.

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

THE PCHS THEATRE TROUPE will open its 70th theatre season with Disney’s newest musical, Newsies, on October 31, November 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium.  Having just been released to the general public, Pella Christian will be only the 4th high school in Iowa to perform the show!  Reserved tickets are no longer sold in the school office but are available for purchase on-line at https://pchstt.booktix.com/  (This link will also appear on the school website.)  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.

FROM THE DEACONS:  If you have not yet picked up your Peter Fish, they are still available by the back sanctuary entrance.  Please consider filling them with your spare change and bring them back on November 3, World Hunger Sunday.  We will collect them at the a.m. service.  Please pray for all in our world who struggle to have enough food each day.

ARE YOU WILLING TO HELP IN THE NURSERY?  More willing helpers are needed to care for our children in the nursery on Sunday mornings.  If you are able to help, please contact Sarah Christensen, 641-780-8855 or sarah.christensen88@gmail.com.

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 fruit cocktail for these boxes no later than November 17.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing cans of fruit cocktail.  A collection table will be downstairs.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Children’s Choir’s next rehearsal will be Wed., Nov. 6, 6:30-6:55 p.m.  See Barbara Boertje DeVries for details.

Pella II Mission Team is planning a trip to Cary Christian Center this winter.  Tentative dates are leaving December 1 or 8, CCC has 9 roofs that need to be replaced, we will be staying in the dorms and hopefully finding someone to cook for us.  The trip could be a week or shorter if the work is finished.  Please contact Jon van Woerkom if you have interest in going.

Cary Christian Center Catfish Fry will be on November 2 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Faith CRC in Pella.  We will also be serving Chicken and hush Puppies along with some sides.  Please join us to support the programs at the Cary Christian Center.

Understanding and Responding to Our Polarized Politics: A Christian Perspective.  Geneva Campus Ministry presents University of Iowa Associate Professor Cary Covington.  Join us for a lecture on how the church and Christians can engage amid strife and conflict in our culture.  Sunday November 3rd, 3pm. Shambaugh Auditorium. 125 W Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Waffle Supper:  Save the date and bring your appetite! The IGNITE Youth Group of 1st CRC will be having their annual Belgium Waffle Supper on Wednesday Nov. 6, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Enjoy delicious waffles with all the toppings, sausages & drink.  Support the IGNITE Youth Group and their mission trip this summer.

The Peoria Christian School Annual Bazaar will be Friday, November 8, at the Peoria Christian School Gym.  This year’s theme is “For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b.  Please plan to join us for a fun-filled evening.  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 that will be auctioned off.  Thank you for supporting Peoria Christian School.

You are invited to hear the story of a family seeking asylum here in Pella and learn more about the asylum process in the U.S.  How do we respond Biblically and less politically about immigration? All faith communities are invited to Calvary CRC on November 10 at 2:30 p.m.  Nursery will be provided.

Veterans Day Lunch! You are invited to join Peoria Christian School in honoring Veterans with a short assembly and luncheon on Tuesday, November 11, at 12PM.  If you would like to join us, please RSVP by November 8.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES AT PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL:  PCHS Parents, please plan to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences during one of the following times:

Monday, October 28, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  School dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 31, from noon-2:00 p.m. with an 11:30 a.mm. dismissal.

These conferences will take place in the gymnasium.  A reminder that there will be no classes on Friday, November 1, for a teacher work day.

The PCHS Theatre Troup will open its 70th theatre season with Disney’s newest musical, Newsies, Oct. 31, Nov 1 & 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium.  Having just been released to the general public, Pella Christian will be only the 4th high school in Iowa to perform the show! Reserved tickets are no longer sold in the school office but are available for purchase on-line at https://pchstt.booktix.com/ (this link is on the school website home page.) 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.

ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR OPENING: Pella Christian Grade School and High School have an immediate opening for a full-time Admissions Director.  The Admissions Director is responsible for representing and marketing PCGS and PCHS to parents, prospective parents, and community to bring in new students and retain current students. This includes managing the entire admission process and events from initial inquiry to enrollment to integration into the school. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please call the PCGS office (641-628-2414) or email (tegrotenhuisd@pellachristian.net). Mr. Te Grotenhuis would be happy to have a conversation with interested parties or make contact with potential applicants.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Lloyd and Nancy Peckham Update

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FAITH OF OUR FAMILIES – How do I nurture the faith of my children? My heart aches for a loved one who doesn’t believe in God. Join Groundwork as we dig into Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 1:18-19a, and more to answer questions you have sent us about encouraging the faith of those we know and love. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Bible New: Esther, Part Two – Clubhouse Theater presents the story of Esther. How can she save God’s people? Will she give the ultimate sacrifice? Listen now at kidscorner.net.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP: “Regardless of what a family looks like, its adult members can have a big impact on the development of children’s faith. And they do that primarily by modeling faith in everyday moments. What do those moments look like? They are amazingly ordinary. Holding hands, praying at the table, going to bed . . . talking about a bad day at school—those moments all have the potential to form faith.”—from Dear Parent: A Guide for Family Faith Formation, by Laura Keeley and Robert J. Keeley (Faith Formation Ministries; crna.org/FaithFormation).

October 20, 2019

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

Prelude………………………………………. How Great Thou Art…………………………………………………..

How Firm a Foundation; Jesus Loves Me

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing ……………………………….. Come, People of the Risen King………………………………………….

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

BAPTISM OF SERENITY RUTH VAN ZEE

PREPARATION

What does baptism signify?

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

What else does it mean?

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

Should our children be baptized too?

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

PRESENTATION

PROFESSION OF FAITH

   Questions for the parents.

   Question for the congregation.

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

.. Congregation:  We do, God helping us.

   Affirmation of Faith – the Apostles’ Creed

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

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

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

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT

DECLARATION, BLESSING, AND WELCOME

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

Congregation:  We do.

   Let us bless Serenity together:

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

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

Slide Show of Serenity

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

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Emily Boender……………………………. Ephesians 5:31-33;  Malachi 2:13-16

Pew Bibles – pages 1823 & 1489

Sermon…………………………. “The Covenant of Marriage, Part 1”………………………………………

“Christian Marriage” Series, Part 2

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………………….. Hymn of St. Patrick…………………………………………………..

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

*Sing………………………………………….. Hymn of St. Patrick…………………………………………………..

*Postlude………………………. Make Me a Blessing;  Trust and Obey……………………………………..

Pastor:  Paul Bradford; Organist: Phyllis De Vries; Pianist: Gloria De Bruin
Worship Team; Harpist: Barbara Boertje DeVries

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for October 20, 2019

OFFERINGSOctober 27:  Christian Education Fund; November 3:  World Renew (World Hunger Sunday); November 10:  Back to God Ministries International; November 17:  General Fund (Facilities Upkeep focus); November 24:  Ministry Shares; November 28 (Thanksgiving):  Thanksgiving Envelopes

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Lisa Vos, Kim Vander Molen, Kaden Van Wyngarden; October 27:  (A.M.) Lisa Van Kooten, Susan Pierson, Alexis Vos

C4C LEADERToday:  Jeanetta Nieuwsma

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Steve and Kim Roose; North Doors & South Doors: Jon and Glenda Van Woerkom ; October 27:  East Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson; North Doors: Jerry and Martha Uitermarkt; South Doors: Calvin and Stephanie Roose

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

Today: Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; Glenda Van Woerkom – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; October 27:  Paula Klyn – C,J; Arlys Veenstra – C,J,S; Wes Veenstra – S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Van Kooten; October 27:  Sherwin Klyn

NOVEMBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Stu Bokhoven, Jamis Christensen; North Side:  Tony Van Zee; South Side: Jeff Van Kooten

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

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

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

This morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Serenity Ruth, daughter of Tony and Sarah Van Zee. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

We invite visitors and members of the congregation to a Fellowship Coffee downstairs 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 and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on “Yahweh Shalom” The Lord is Peace.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. there will be a joint Reformation Day Celebration at Calvary Christian Reformed Church.  Dr. Jul Medenblik, President of Calvin Theological Seminary, will be bringing God’s Word, and there will be music by a joint choir.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We wish a happy birthday to Edith Van Zee, who will celebrate her 89th birthday on October 23, and to Thressa Nieuwsma, who will celebrate her 88th birthday on October 24, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Thank you for all the cards, calls and best wishes for my birthday.  I’m so blessed by all the love from my church family!” – Cathryn Van Ee

“Thanks to everyone who sent Best Wishes in so many ways for my 90th birthday.  It made for a very special day.” – Mae Vander Wiel

“Greetings from North Carolina and the Wycliffe/JAARS Center.  The time has been good and I thank you for your prayers and support.  On Wednesday, the 23rd, I fly back to Iowa.  Pray for good travel.  Thank you!” – Kathleen De Haan

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

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

The Pella Christian High Board will meet on October 21 at 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY:  Christian Fellowship Hour will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Psalm 65.  All ladies are welcome to attend!

Kingdom Kids meet 5:30-6:50 p.m.  Our topic will be “God is our Heavenly Father”.

Children’s Choir (1st-7th grade) rehearsal, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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

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

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

COMBINED CHOIR OPPORTUNITY:  Even if you are not currently singing in Adult Choir, if you have previously sung God Is Our Refuge (by Allen Pote), you are welcome to sing with our choir at a combined worship service on Reformation Sunday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. at Calvary CRC.  If interested, please attend rehearsal in our sanctuary on Wednesday, October 23, 8:10-8:30 p.m.  See Barbara Boertje DeVries for more details.

PETER FISHBe sure to pick up your Peter Fish today.  They are available in the narthex.  Fill them with that spare pocket change and return them on Sunday, November 3, at the morning service, when our denomination observes World Hunger Sunday.

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 fruit cocktail for these boxes no later than November 17.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing cans of fruit cocktail.  A collection table will be downstairs.

OFFICE HOURS:  Regina will be making the bulletins for the 27th while Ruth is on vacation. Her hours will be different; however, announcements can be left in the usual way.

ARE YOU WILLING TO HELP IN THE NURSERY?  More willing helpers are needed to care for our children in the nursery on Sunday mornings.  If you are able to help, please contact Sarah Christensen, 641-780-8855 or sarah.christensen88@gmail.com.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The PCHS Theatre Troupe will open its 70th theatre season with Disney’s newest musical, Newsies, on October 31, November 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium.  Having just been released to the general public, Pella Christian will be only the 4th high school in Iowa to perform the show!  Reserved tickets are no longer sold in the school office but are available for purchase on-line beginning October 21 at https://pchstt.booktix.com/.  (This link will also appear on the school website.)  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.

Save the Date:  Cary Christian Center will be hosting a fish fry on November 2 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Faith CRC.  More details to follow.

The Peoria Christian School Annual Bazaar will be Friday, November 8, at the Peoria Christian School Gym.  This year’s theme is “For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b.  Please plan to join us for a fun-filled evening.  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 that will be auctioned off.  Thank you for supporting Peoria Christian School.

Bethany Christian Services of Iowa invite you to their 9th annual Dinner and Dessert Gala at Tamory Hall, 616 Franklin St., Suite 201, Pella, on Saturday, November 9. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner; program and live dessert auction – 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Dinner is complimentary and reservations are required.  RSVP by October 26 at www.bethany.org/pella/events, email bcspella@bethany.org or call 628-3247.

You are invited to hear the story of a family seeking asylum here in Pella and learn more about the asylum process in the U.S.  How do we respond Biblically and less politically about immigration?  All faith communities are invited to Calvary CRC on November 10 at 2:30 p.m.  Nursery will be provided.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES AT PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL:  PCHS Parents, please plan to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences during one of the following times:

Monday, October 28, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  School dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 31, from noon-2:00 p.m. with an 11:30 a.mm. dismissal.

These conferences will take place in the gymnasium.  A reminder that there will be no classes on Friday, November 1, for a teacher work day.

THANK YOU:  The PC Eagles football program would like to thank all who came out to support us at our pancake breakfast on October 5.  The freewill donations given will go toward equipment and other items needed for the football program.  A special thank you goes to Bonnie and Doug for all of their help and to the Lion’s Club for allowing us to use their pancake griddle.

PCHS ANNUAL FINANCIAL DRIVE:  The Pella Christian High School Annual Financial Drive is currently underway.  The goal for this year is $75,000 used to support the general fund of the school. We are asking you to prayerfully consider a gift to the school by December 31. You received a letter in your church mailbox explaining the drive.  Donations can be sent directly to the school office at 300 Eagle Lane or given to any board member.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the mission of PCHS.

NEHEMIAH CENTER 20TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER AND PRESENTATION will be held at Grace Fellowship CRC at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24.  Meet the new Executive Director, Hultner Estrada, and learn how the Nehemiah Center is responding to the current social and political tension in Nicaragua.  Take advantage of an opportunity to support the work of the Nehemiah Center with your gifts and prayers.  To reserve a seat at a table, please contact Marlo Van Klompenburg before October 21 at 641-780-9450 or marlovanklompenburg@gmail.com.

ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR OPENING: Pella Christian Grade School and High School have an immediate opening for a full-time Admissions Director.  The Admissions Director is responsible for representing and marketing PCGS and PCHS to parents, prospective parents, and community to bring in new students and retain current students. This includes managing the entire admission process and events from initial inquiry to enrollment to integration into the school. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please call the PCGS office (641-628-2414) or email (tegrotenhuisd@pellachristian.net). Mr. Te Grotenhuis would be happy to have a conversation with interested parties or make contact with potential applicants.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Disability Concerns brochure

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Questions and Concerns About Faith – Have you ever worried about your faith life?  Maybe you feel a great desire to grow in faith or you’re concerned about giving in to past temptations.  You’re not alone. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Bible News: Esther, Part One – Clubhouse Theater presents the story of Esther.  Who is she in the Bible and why is she so important? Listen now at kidscorner.net.

October 13, 2019

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

Prelude………………… Fairest Lord Jesus with My Heart Ever Faithful……………………………

All Creatures of Our God and King

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing ……………………………. We Have Come to Join in Worship…….. Celebration #207:1-3

*Sing…………………………………………. You Never Let Go………………………………………………….

*Sing……………………………………….. Good, Good Father…………………………………………………

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……………………………………………………….. Crossroads of Pella

Singing:  The Love of God – Celebration #157:1-Will Van Wyngarden; 3-All

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by April Nieuwsma……………………… Genesis 2:18-24;  Ephesians 5:31-33

Pew Bibles – pages 4 & 1823

Sermon………………………………. “The Purpose of Marriage”………………………………………….

“Christian Marriage” Series, Part 1

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

Vocal Solo…………………………………………. Even If…………………………………. Levi Nieuwsma

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

*Response Singing…….. It is well (It is well) with my soul (with my soul),……………………..

It is well, it is well with my soul.

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Combined Connect Church and Second CRC Service
October 13, 2019                                                                                                          6:00 P.M.

Prelude……………………………… Jesu, Word of God Incarnate…….. Ruth Stevenson, Pianist

Reverence

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………………………. The God of Abraham Praise…………… Celebration #23:1-4

*Sing…………………………………….. Soldiers of Christ, Arise……………. Celebration #723:1-3

Sing…………………………………………. Faith Is the Victory……………….. Celebration #727:1-3

Responsive Reading – Psalm 20…………………………………………………………………………………..

Sing…………………………………………. Faith Is the Victory…………………… Celebration #727:4

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……………………………………………………….. Crossroads of Pella
Offertory:  There’s a Quiet Understanding

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading……………………………………………………………………………… Exodus 17:8-16

Pew Bibles – page 114

Sermon…………………….. “Yahweh Nissi” The Lord is my Banner…………………………………

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………….. Who Is on the Lord’s Side?………….. Celebration #674:1-3

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

*Sing………………………………….. Who Is on the Lord’s Side?……………… Celebration #674:4

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

Pastor: John Ritsema;  Organist:  Andrea Van Waardhuizen

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSOctober 20:  Disability Concerns (CRCNA); October 27:  Christian Education Fund

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Crystal Schreur, Brooke Van Woerkom, Kirby Van Wyngarden; October 20:  (A.M.) Lisa Vos, Kim Vander Molen, Kaden Van Wyngarden

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Gary and Sandi Vander Molen; North Doors: Jon and Nicole Yoder; South Doors: Alex and Merlita Agbuya; October 20:  East Doors: Steve and Kim Roose; North Doors & South Doors:  Matt and Lisa Vos

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

Today: Vicky Slings – C,J,S; Phil Slings – S; Ruth Van Hal – C; Sharon Walker – C,S; October 20:  Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; Glenda Van Woerkom – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Gary Vander Molen; October 20: Jeff Van Kooten

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

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

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

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

At 6:00 p.m. Connect Church will join us at our church.  Pastor John Ritsema will preach on “Yahweh Nissi”  The Lord is My Banner.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Next Sunday morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Serenity Ruth, daughter of Tony and Sarah Van Zee. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on “Yahweh Shalom” The Lord is Peace.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We extend our Christian sympathies to Jonathan Van Haaften on the death of his mother, Nellie Fee, on October 4.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

“Thank you for the many birthday cards.  They were much appreciated.” – Mary Klyn

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

TUESDAY:  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. Note change of day.

On October 15 at 7:00 p.m., the Pella Christian High School Music Department will premier its large performing ensembles at the annual Fall Concert.  The band and choirs will perform a variety of music in the school auditorium. Come and enjoy the musical gifts of our Pella Christian High School students.  A bake sale will also be held before and after the concert. The sale will begin at 6:00 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Music Department.

WEDNESDAYOur Cadet Club will be hosting its annual Pork Patty BBQ on October 16 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  The menu includes pork patty sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, desserts, and beverages.  Free will donations will be accepted.

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

CHILDREN’S CHOIR:  1st-7th grade choir’s next rehearsal will be Wednesday, October 23, 6:30-6:55 p.m.  See Barbara Boertje DeVries for more details.

COMBINED CHOIR OPPORTUNITY:  Even if you are not currently singing in Adult Choir, if you have previously sung God Is Our Refuge (by Allen Pote), you are welcome to sing with our choir at a combined worship service on Reformation Sunday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. at Calvary CRC.  If interested, please attend rehearsals in our sanctuary on Wednesday, October 16 and 23, 8:10-8:30 p.m.  See Barbara Boertje DeVries for more details.

NAME CHANGE TASK FORCE:  The Council is looking for anyone interested in joining the Name Change Task Force.  This team will gather name ideas from the congregation, add their own thoughts, and bring a list of top names, along with their reasoning for each name, to the Governing Board.  Please contact a Council Member if you would like to be part of this team.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Nehemiah Center 20th Anniversary Dinner and Presentation will be held at Grace Fellowship CRC at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24.  Meet the new Executive Director, Hultner Estrada, and learn how the Nehemiah Center is responding to the current social and political tension in Nicaragua.  Take advantage of an opportunity to support the work of the Nehemiah Center with your gifts and prayers.  To reserve a seat at a table, please contact Marlo Van Klompenburg before October 21 at 641-780-9450 or marlovanklompenburg@gmail.com.

The PCHS Theatre Troupe will open its 70th theatre season with Disney’s newest musical, Newsies, on October 31, November 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium.  Having just been released to the general public, Pella Christian will be only the 4th high school in Iowa to perform the show!  Reserved tickets are no longer sold in the school office but are available for purchase on-line beginning October 21 at https://pchstt.booktix.com/.  (This link will also appear on the school website.)  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.

Save the Date:  Cary Christian Center will be hosting a fish fry on November 2 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Faith CRC.  More details to follow.

The Peoria Christian School Annual Bazaar will be Friday, November 8, at the Peoria Christian School Gym.  This year’s theme is “For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b.  Please plan to join us for a fun-filled evening.  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 that will be auctioned off.  Thank you for supporting Peoria Christian School.

Bethany Christian Services of Iowa invite you to their 9th annual Dinner and Dessert Gala at Tamory Hall, 616 Franklin St., Suite 201, Pella, on Saturday, November 9. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner; program and live dessert auction – 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Dinner is complimentary and reservations are required.  RSVP by October 26 at www.bethany.org/pella/events, email bcspella@bethany.org or call 628-3247.

A WALK TO REMEMBER: Empty Cradle invites you to A Walk to Remember today, at 3:00 p.m. at Scholte Church in Pella Historical Village.  Empty Cradle supports and connects families who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.  Family and friends are invited to come for a time of remembering these precious babies.

ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR OPENING: Pella Christian Grade School and High School have an immediate opening for a full-time Admissions Director.  The Admissions Director is responsible for representing and marketing PCGS and PCHS to parents, prospective parents, and community to bring in new students and retain current students. This includes managing the entire admission process and events from initial inquiry to enrollment to integration into the school. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please call the PCGS office (641-628-2414) or email (tegrotenhuisd@pellachristian.net). Mr. Te Grotenhuis would be happy to have a conversation with interested parties or make contact with potential applicants.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • PCHS Annual Financial Drive Letter

 

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: We are the Living Temple of God – God’s people, the Church, are the Living Temple of God, God’s very presence with His people.  Join us as we study Ephesians 2:19-22 and John 1:14 to gain a greater understanding of the relationship God desires to reestablish with us and our identity as God’s beloved people. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Everybody’s Good at Something – Morrie is convinced that he is not good at anything…until the class takes an aptitude test.  Boy, is he and all the class surprised by the results! Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Kid’s Corner puzzle and game giveaway, The Bible Challenge Activity Book 8.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Everyday Family Faith is a pocket-sized resource for parents and caregivers who want to weave faith into everyday family life in simple, natural ways.  For each day of the week it provides fun, do-able ideas and activities for exploring small portions of Scripture, praying together, talking about God together, and living out faith.  Check it out at FaithAliveResources.org (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation).

October 6, 2019

MORNING SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT
October 6, 2019                     Second Christian Reformed Church                              9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………….. Thy Love to Me, O Lord……………………………………………..

On Christ the Solid Rock; In Christ Alone

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Mission Update: Rehoboth Christian School……… Ken Zylstra, Director of Advancement

Call to Worship – Litany for All Nations Heritage Week………………………………………………

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………………… O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing…. Celebration #21:1, 2, 3, 5

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

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God…………………………………………….. Rehoboth Christian School

Song:  Jesus, There’s No One Like You – Katie Escoto, Soloist

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Dave Stevenson……………………………………………………. Revelation 2:1-7

Pew Bibles – page 1914

Sermon………………………………. “Desiring God” (Worship)…………………………………………..

“Why Are We Here?” Series, Part 5

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Preparing to Receive the Bread and Cup

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

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

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

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

Communion

Invitation

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

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

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Receiving the Bread and Cup

Singing……………………………….. What a Beautiful Name………………………………………………

Prayer of Thanks

CLOSING WORSHIP

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

*Sing…………………………………….. What a Powerful Name………………………………………………

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

Pastor:   Paul Bradford; Organist:  Joyce Boender
Worship Team

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

 

SERVICE OF PRAISE AND GRATITUDE
Hosted by KCWN Radio
October 6, 2019                                                                                                            6:00 P.M.

Gathering Music…………………………. KCWN Favorites…………………………………………………..

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

Men’s Trio………………………. I Sing the Mighty Power of God……………………… Jon Golliet

Levi Nieuwsma, Will Van Wyngarden

Welcome from KCWN………………………………………………………………………….. Bev De Vries

Choir Anthem…………………… He Never Failed Me Yet…. Jon & Lindsay Golliet – Soloists

Prayer……………………………………………………………………………………………… Ryan Zondervan

*Sing……………………………………… Open Up the Heavens……………… led by Worship Team

We Believe

O Praise the Name

Offering………………………………………………………………………………………… KCWN Ministries

Offertory Vocal Duet …. Psalm 46.. Colby De Vries – Guitar, Braden Meinders – Piano

Message………………………………………………………………………………….. Pastor Steve Heerema

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

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

Choir Anthems……………………………… Is He Worthy?……………… Levi Nieuwsma – Soloist

Revelation 19

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

* = Please stand if able.

Leading Worship This Evening:
Pastor Paul Bradford – Second Christian Reformed Church
Pastor Steve Heerema – Newton Church of The Way
KCWN Staff: Bev De Vries – Manager, Lisa Williams, Ryan Zondervan

Worship Team
Adult Choir, Phyllis De Vries & Tammy Bradford – Pianists,
Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSOctober 13:  Crossroads of Pella; October 20:  Disability Concerns (CRCNA); October 27:  Christian Education Fund

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Lindsay Golliet, Carson Tukker; October 13:  (A.M.) Crystal Schreur, Brooke Van Woerkom, Kirby Van Wyngarden

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Brian and Glenda Van Kooten; North Doors: Ruth Van Hal; South Doors: Phil and Vicky Slings; October 13:  East Doors: Gary and Sandi Vander Molen; North Doors: Jon and Nicole Yoder; South Doors: Alex and Merlita Agbuya

C4C LEADERToday:  Melissa Tukker

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

Today: JoAnn Boot – C; Glenda Van Kooten – C,S; Lisa Van Kooten – C,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; October 13: Vicky Slings – C,J,S; Phil Slings -S; Ruth Van Hal – C; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Ken Van Woerkom; October 13: Gary Vander Molen

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

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

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.

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

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

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

At 6:00 p.m. a worship service of praise and gratitude will be held at our church, hosted by KCWN Radio staff, including Bev De Vries and others, a message by Pastor Steve Heerema from Newton Church of The Way, and music by Pella II’s Adult Choir, Worship Team and you, the congregation!

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 6:00 p.m. Connect Church will join us at our church.  Pastor John Ritsema will preach on “Yahweh Nissi”  The Lord is My Banner.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We wish a happy birthday to Mae Vander Wiel who will celebrate her 90th birthday on October 11 and to Joann Verhey who will celebrate her 86th birthday on October 12, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“We would like to thank the congregation for the meal, the ladies who served at the funeral and for many cards in the passing of our mother and grandmother, Mildred Van Maanen.  Thank you also to Pastor Paul Bradford for the meaningful service.  Our warmest regards to you in Christ.” – The family of Mildred Van Maanen

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

WEDNESDAY:  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.  Our topic is “God is Our Friend”.

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

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

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

CHILDREN’S CHOIR:  1st-7th grade choir’s next rehearsal will be Wednesday, October 23, 6:30-6:55 p.m.  See Barbara Boertje DeVries for more details.

FROM THE COUNCIL:  A special Congregational Meeting was held on Monday, September 30, to vote on the motion from the Council that we change our name.  The vote passed 49 to 27, needing only a simple majority.   The next step in the process will be the formation of a Name Change Task Force.  If you would like to be a part of this team, please contact a member of Council.  The Name Change Task Force will gather name ideas from the congregation, add their own thoughts, and bring a list of top names, with their reasoning for each name, to the Governing Board.

BABY GIFTS:  There is a table located downstairs for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome Chloe Sue, daughter of Calvin and Stephanie Roose, born September 11, and Ella Joan, daughter of Steven and Kala Talsma, born September 18. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

FREEDOM HOUSE will be at Pizza Ranch Monday, October 7, 5:00-7:30 p.m.  5% of each guest check, plus tips, will go back to Freedom House.  They want to pay off their mortgage before opening in November.  Please come and support.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Our Cadet Club will be hosting its annual Pork Patty BBQ on Wednesday, October 16, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  The menu includes pork patty sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, desserts, and beverages.  Free will donations will be accepted.

A Walk to Remember: Empty Cradle invites you to A Walk to Remember Sunday, October 13, at 3:00 p.m. at Scholte Church in Pella Historical Village.  Empty Cradle supports and connects families who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.  For more information, call Hospice of Pella at 641-620-5050.

Nehemiah Center 20th Anniversary Dinner and Presentation will be held at Grace Fellowship CRC at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24.  Meet the new Executive Director, Hultner Estrada, and learn how the Nehemiah Center is responding to the current social and political tension in Nicaragua.  Take advantage of an opportunity to support the work of the Nehemiah Center with your gifts and prayers.  To reserve a seat at a table, please contact Marlo Van Klompenburg before October 21 at 641-780-9450 or marlovanklompenburg@gmail.com.

ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR OPENING: Pella Christian Grade School and High School have an immediate opening for a full-time Admissions Director.  The Admissions Director is responsible for representing and marketing PCGS and PCHS to parents, prospective parents, and community to bring in new students and retain current students. This includes managing the entire admission process and events from initial inquiry to enrollment to integration into the school. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please call the PCGS office (641-628-2414) or email (tegrotenhuisd@pellachristian.net). Mr. Te Grotenhuis would be happy to have a conversation with interested parties or make contact with potential applicants.

FROM PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL:  We are asking if someone could help our school on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-2:30 for the pre/k-kinder classroom.  We have this specific day and time that is a need, so if this is something that you could commit to, please email principal@peoriachr.org. Thank you for praying and considering this request.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • September Financial Report
  • New Life News – Newton Prison Ministry newsletter
  • Rehoboth Christian School leaflet

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: We are the house of God – Jesus Christ makes clear that the firmer our foundation, the more secure we will be when the storms of life come our way. Join Groundwork in studying Ephesians 2:13-20, Matthew 7:24-27, and 1 Timothy 3:14-15 to discover the true foundation of our faith life, both individually and as a body of believers. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Who needs a best friend? – Who is your best friend? What’s the best part about being best friends? Help Liz figure out how to be a best friend on this episode of Kids Corner. Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Life of Jesus Coloring Book.