May 24, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
May 24, 2020                                    Ascension Sunday                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………….. Eternal Father, Strong to Save…………………………………………

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, Jesus Shall Reign

Crown Him with Many Crowns – piano-organ duet

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

Recognition of 8th Grade Graduates:…………………………………………………………………………..

Alexis Vos

Carson Tukker

*Sing…………………….. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning to End)………………….. vs. 1, 3

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

Sing……………………………………………. The Love of God…………………. Celebration #157:1, 3

GOD’S WORD

Sermon……………………… “The Love and Kindness of Our Lord”………………………………….

“Strength and Solace” Series

Scripture: Psalm 103

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

*Offering, as you leave………………………………………………………………………. Pella Pine Rest

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSMay 31:  Bethany Christian Services;  June 7: Hope Ministries; June 14: Pella Christian Grade School Tuition Assistance (TAP)

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Jeff and Barbara  (Boertje) DeVries on the death of Barbara’s mother, Shirley Boertje, on May 17.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

We wish a happy birthday to Tom De Vries who will celebrate his 93rd birthday on May 26 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Thank you to my Church family for your loving support during the loss of my husband.” – Debbie Nelson

We express our congratulations and best wishes to Carson Tukker and Alexis Vos who are graduating from 8th grade this year.  May the Lord richly bless each of you as you continue your education.

LIVE STREAM HELP WANTED:  The new Pella II Live Stream ministry needs volunteers.  If you are interested in helping and are willing to be trained in technical aspects of this ministry, please contact Jason Van Hal (jsnvnhl@gmail.com).

OFFERING:  The deacons would like to express our gratitude to the congregation for their continued support of the church during these difficult times.  Your generosity has been a blessing, especially as there are many great causes in need of funds in this time.  As we return to limited worship in person, we will again support outside causes as a reflection of the blessings we have received.

QR CodeOur offering today will go to “Pella Pine Rest”.  Our offering May 31 will go to “Bethany Christian Services”.   Loose change and undesignated checks go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

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

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL:  Graduation is tentatively set for Tuesday, June 30, at 7:00 p.m.  More details will come but please be praying for wisdom as we plan how to have our graduation.

NEW LIFE PRISON CHURCH is looking for bicycle riders.  This year’s Pedal for Prisoners will be a virtual ride.  Want to participate?  Email PastorRick@newlife-prison.org

FROM THE LE MAHIEU FAMILY:   Dear Pella II,   We want to thank you deeply for your recent offering to support our family.  We know this is a challenging season for the entire world, and we are so grateful for your faithful support for us and our work with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  As you may know, we returned early to the U.S. due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  We were thankful to be able to travel safely and efficiently internationally.  Currently, we are staying in a Missionary House in Gibbsville, Wisconsin.  Doug is working remotely with some of his students in Papua New Guinea.  Our plan is to return to Papua New Guinea in January of 2021, Lord willing.  We are praying for all of you.  We know that some have lost jobs and that many businesses are suffering.  Thank you for continuing your worship services online; we are glad that we can keep up with you remotely.  May the good news of Jesus continue to change hearts. –

Doug and Benita Le Mahieu and family

FROM RYAN FABER:  There is not much new to report from my April letter. The lockdown and airport closures in Nigeria due to Covid-19 continue. We are still waiting for news from the consulate in NYC regarding our visas. The school is closed, but student research continues – including the students I am currently supervising.  God bless, Ryan

LAKE VIEW CAMPS have been canceled this summer.  Watch their Facebook page and website for opportunities and fun posts and activities.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  I Believe in Bodily Resurrection and Everlasting Life – What does this statement mean we believe?  Join us as we study Job 19:25-26, 1 Corinthians 15:20, 35-54, Revelation 21:1-5 and John 5:24-30 to discover what this means and conclude our study of the Apostles’ Creed.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: The Ninth Commandment – Spike has reached his limit with Skink and his bullying.  How will he get back at Skink and what does it have to do with the ninth commandment? Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s 10 Commandments Bookmark to help with your Bible reading and daily devotions (https://kidscorner.net/activities).

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – Although mealtime often serves as a reminder to pray, we can get into ruts about what to pray about.  Mealtime placemats like these downloadable versions from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry (tinyurl.com/FlamePlacemats) provide prompts for young children.  What might you include on a placemat for older children…or yourself?

SAFE CHURCH WEBINAR – On Wednesday, May 27 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern, Safe Church is hosting a webinar with Chuck DeGroat, author of When Narcssism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse.  The webinar will take place via Zoom and Facebook Live.  Learn more at network.crcna.org/safe-church/safe-church-webinar-chuck-degroat-author-when-narcissim-comes-church.

May 17, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE

May 17, 2020                                                                                                                9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………. Praise and Worship Medley…………………………………………..

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

Vocal Solo……………………………….. The King Is Coming……………… Glenda Van Woerkom

Moment of Encouragement…………… “Not the Same”………………………………. Bev De Vries

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

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

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

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Wes & Arlys Veenstra……………………………………………………. Psalm 103

Pew Bibles – page 939

Sermon……………………………………… “Praise the Lord”………………………………………………….

“Strength and Solace” Series, Part 1

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing……………………… 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord, O My Soul)………………………………

*Closing Instructions & Blessing………………………………………………………………………………..

*Postlude…………………………………. To God Be the Glory………………………………………………..

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

Pastor: Paul Bradford; Organist: Phyllis De Vries
Worship Team

* = Please stand if able.

 

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  “Thank you for the prayers, cards and support after the death of my Mother.  It was truly appreciated.” – Robert Rus

OFFERING:  The deacons would like to express our gratitude to the congregation for their continued support of the church during these difficult times.  Your generosity has been a blessing, especially as there are many great causes in need of funds in this time.  As we return to limited worship in person, we will again support outside causes as a reflection of the blessings we have received.

QR CodeOur offering today will go to the “General Fund”. Loose change and undesignated checks go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

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

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

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

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins – What is forgiveness?  How can God forgive and be just?  Join Groundwork as we study Psalm 103, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, Romans 8:1-2, and 1 John 2:1-2 to discover the scriptures that lead us to declare with the Apostles’ Creed that we believe in “the forgiveness of sins.” Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Mud, Bath, and Beyond – On the outskirts of Terrene, there are strange rumors of monsters emerging from the local mud pits.  How dangerous is it when Liz and his class go and investigate? Listen at kidscorner.net.

ASCENSION DAY (May 21) AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – Picture a kite soaring high in a summer sky.  “Even though we know scientifically how kites fly, there is still something magical, mysterious, beautiful, and special about the sight of a kite batting back and forth on an invisible breeze, tail twirling in the wind.  Talk about how the disciples must have felt seeing Jesus rise to heaven.  What emotions would they have felt (nervous, sad, excited, inspired?)”

May 10, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for May 10, 2020

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathy to Debbie Nelson and her family on the death of her husband, Tim, on May 5.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

We wish a happy birthday to Bill Stursma who will celebrate his 91st birthday on May 15, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

MAY WORSHIP SERVICES:  Worship for May 10 will continue to be via recorded services online.  We are currently preparing for May 17 to be the first Sunday of in-person worship.  However, the health and safety of the congregation and community remain of utmost concern.  Marion County officials and the CDC have issued guidelines for public worship.  We are also in contact with other Pella area churches, and are monitoring public health developments.  Information from all of these sources is being taken into consideration in determining how and when Pella II will resume in-person worship.  When in-person worship re-opens, please expect changes before, during, and after the service in order to comply with current health and safety guidelines.  Advance communication will be sent regarding the safety measures being taken and the changes that those who choose to attend worship can expect.  We look forward to worshiping together in a manner that seeks to protect the health of the congregation and community.  We will keep the congregation informed via email and One Call on the plans for re-opening in-person worship. – Pella II Governing Board

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

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

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

DVD’S AVAILABLE:  DVDs of our online worship services are available.  If you or someone you  know does not have access to the internet and would like DVDs of our services, please call the church office at 628-2966

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for Children’s Bulletins with activities for two different ages and a page to color.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL is in need of a part-time Study Skills Teacher assistant.  This applicant should be someone who is organized, resourceful, and caring.  Duties include meeting the needs of students with learning difficulties, collaborating with teachers to make accommodations, and working with parents to help students in the Study Skills classroom to be successful. This may include small group instruction, individual instruction, and classroom collaboration.  Competence in high school level math, writing, science, and study skills is valuable.  If you have any questions please contact H.S. Vice Principal, Greg Wojczynski at wojczynskig@pceagles.org.

OSKALOOSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is actively seeking applicants for a full-time 4th Grade teaching position.  Inquiries should be made to Principal Don Mitchell by email (mitchelld@oskaloosachristian.net) or phone 641-672-2174.  A faculty application form as well as other required documents can be found on our school’s website at www.oskaloosachristian.net.

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL:  Thank you to everyone who has surrounded Peoria Christian School and community in prayer this past school year.  We appreciate and covet your prayers and support through this uncharted territory of schooling in home and maintaining physical distancing.  Continue to pray for the students and teachers as they now face the reality of finishing the school year at home.  Pray also for wisdom as we discern when and how to best have an 8th grade graduation ceremony.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe in the Church, God’s Community – What is the Church?  Dig into John 10:14-16, Colossians 1:15-18, Ephesians 4:4-6, John 17:21, 1 Peter 2:9, and Acts 2:42-27 with Groundwork to gain a biblical understanding of the Church and the communion of saints. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Running in Circles – It’s racing season, and Liz and Morrie join pit crew #55.  But soon a car wins under suspicious circumstances.  Should Liz report what he saw?  Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download KC’s 10 Commandments Bookmark to help with your Bible reading and daily devotions (kidscorner.net/activities).

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – Today is Mother’s Day.  For some it’s a joyous occasion.  For others, it’s a reminder of grief.  Whatever your experience, give thanks today for the women in your life (biological mothers, adoptive mothers, mentors, teachers, and others) who pointed you toward Jesus and helped you along your faith journey.

THE BANNER NEEDS YOU!  Did you receive our annual appeal letter in your mailbox?  The Banner is delivered free in print and online to every household in the CRC, and this annual donation appeal makes it possible.  If you haven’t given to The Banner yet this year, please give online now at www.thebanner.org/donate

May 3, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for May 4, 2020

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  Please join with Tim and Debbie Nelson and their family in praying in the name of Jesus for miraculous healing of Tim’s lungs in his significant battle with pneumonia (a complication of chemotherapy).  Tim is at the University of Iowa hospital in Iowa City.  The Nelsons began attending Pella II last winter.

We extend our Christian sympathy to Byron and Clarissa Van Zee on the death of Clarissa’s mother, Peggy Merida, on April 23.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

MAY WORSHIP SERVICES:  Worship for May 3 and May 10 will continue to be via recorded services online.  No in-person worship will be held.  We are thankful for Gov. Reynold’s re-opening of public worship in Marion County.  Moreover, the health and safety of the congregation and community are of utmost concern.  The first Sunday for in-person worship is currently planned to be May 17.  Marion County officials and the CDC have issued guidelines for public worship.  We are also in contact with other Pella area churches, and are monitoring public health developments as some restrictions are loosened.  Information from all of these sources will be taken into consideration in determining how and when Pella II will resume in-person worship.  When in-person worship re-opens hopefully on May 17, please expect changes before, during, and after the service in order to comply with current health and safety guidelines.  We look forward to worshiping together in a manner that seeks to protect the health of the congregation and community.  We will keep the congregation informed via email and One Call on the plans for re-opening in-person worship. – Pella II Governing Board

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

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

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

TODAY DEVOTIONALS AVAILABLE:  The May/June Today Devotionals have been placed in the enclosure of the elevator entrance so please pick up your copy any time.  These devotionals can also be found digitally online each day at www.todaydevotional.com.

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for Children’s Bulletins with activities for two different ages and a page to color.

MAY MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser           –     Marion Klyn, Gary Kuiper
Doug and Benita Le Mahieu    –     Debra Klyn, Jim Gosselink
Lloyd and Nancy Peckham      –     Brent Pierson, Robert Rus
Justin Van Zee                          –     Thressa Nieuwsma, Sherwin Klyn

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL is in need of a part-time Study Skills Teacher assistant.  This applicant should be someone who is organized, resourceful, and caring.  Duties include meeting the needs of students with learning difficulties, collaborating with teachers to make accommodations, and working with parents to help students in the Study Skills classroom to be successful. This may include small group instruction, individual instruction, and classroom collaboration.  Competence in high school level math, writing, science, and study skills is valuable.  If you have any questions please contact H.S. Vice Principal, Greg Wojczynski at wojczynskig@pceagles.org.

OSKALOOSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is actively seeking applicants for a full-time 4th Grade teaching position.  Inquiries should be made to Principal Don Mitchell by email (mitchelld@oskaloosachristian.net) or phone 641-672-2174.  A faculty application form as well as other required documents can be found on our school’s website at www.oskaloosachristian.net.

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CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe in God, the Holy Spirit – As the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit actively empowers believers and the Church.  Join Groundwork as we examine Matthew 28:19, John 14:16-17, Acts 2:1-4, and 1 Thessalonians 1:4-6 to help us better understand the person and work of the Holy Spirit.   Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Computer Caper – The school computers have been stolen and Liz is on the case…but unfortunately so is Skink.  Can they work together to find the thieves and return the computers?   Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download KC’s 10 Commandments Bookmark to help with your Bible reading and daily devotions (kidscorner.net/activities).

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – God’s big family is made up of people from every country on earth!  Print off a world map and put it on your refrigerator or kitchen table.  Each day, or once a week, choose a country (or if there are kids in your household, take turns).  Learn about that country and pray for the needs of its people.

CALL TO PRAYER – National Day of Prayer 2020 – May 7, 2020 is the National Day of Prayer in the U.S. We can hear this as an urgent call to prayer.  Join CRC pastors, members, and staff in a Zoom prayer meeting at either 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.  Learn more and register at network.crcna.org/prayer/call-prayer-2020-us-national-day-prayer.

April 26, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for April 26, 2020

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathy to Ron and Lola Spoelstra on the death of Ron’s sister, Shirley Slagter, on April 15 in Florida.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

MAY WORSHIP SERVICES:   Based on guidance from Marion County and Pella City Officials, we are cancelling all in-person worship services in May. We will continue to have weekly online services available by 9:30 a.m. on Sunday on our Pella 2 Website (pella2crc.org), our Facebook page (facebook.com/secondcrc), and our YouTube Channel (bit.ly/Pella2).  Let us stay connected and encourage one another in this time of isolation with phone calls, emails, texts, and notes. And remember the Lord’s promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5).

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

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

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

ORGAN UPDATE:  Earlier this year, we announced that a potential buyer came to see the organ first-hand.  This same buyer has now expressed interest in purchasing the organ.  The buyer and church leadership are working on specifics of a purchase agreement.  As part of the agreement, Pella II would retain the organ until mid-April or May of 2021. This is around one month prior to our June 1, 2021, closing date on the sale of the building.  We feel that the buyer would be a good home for the organ, and that it would continue to be used in worshiping God.  Updates will be communicated as developments warrant. – Pella II Governing Board

TODAY DEVOTIONALS AVAILABLE:  The May/June Today Devotionals have been placed in the enclosure of the elevator entrance so please pick up your copy any time.  These devotionals can also be found digitally online each day at www.todaydevotional.com.

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for Children’s Bulletins with activities for two different ages and a page to color.

ADVANCE NOTICE:  Pella Christian Grade School has tentatively scheduled the Annual Society Meeting for Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m.  See the school newsletter for details.

FROM THE PECKHAM’S:  We miss our students!  We regularly had priceless times of companionship watching the sunrise and praying for each other but we still see our students by means of Zoom.

Thank you to all who sent birthday greetings.  If you did not know that April 7 is my birthday and our son Joe’s, that’s fine.  It was a great day, even though Nancy got too cold in the rain and cut down our bike ride from twelve to three miles.  We have another April Birthday!  Ashriel Azennith Peckham was born to Joe and Jess on April 9 in San Luis Obispo, CA.  They are doing well.

Nancy serves our Saddleback Mobilodge Park as Editor.  The group here has discovered “Mata Elang” “Eagle Eyes”.  Nancy can even find a mistake in a language she has not yet studied.  Now she is the editor of the neighborhood “Scuttlebutt” which has been printed monthly for more than fifty years.  Recently a neighbor called her just to say that last month’s issue was the best ever.  She is amazing!

Prayer Requests:

  1. Computer repair.
  2. On-line teaching: some of the students and teachers and parents need patience.
  3. Blessing neighbors: there are wonderful interactions from a safe distance.
  4. Health: especially for Dr. Andy in Danville, PA.

Keep on blessing everyone around you. – Lovingly, Lloyd and Nancy

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe the Son Will Judge – The Apostles’ Creed declares that Christ “will come to judge the living and the dead.”  Study Mark 13:26-27, Acts 1:11, 2 Peter 3:3-13, and 2 Corinthians 5:10 with Groundwork to discover why believers don’t need to fear Judgment Day and what it means for how we live today.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Just Follow – Liz and Spike ask tough questions about Christianity, Grandpa responds by giving them an adventure map to follow.  Why a map?  How does this map help answer questions about following Jesus?   Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download KC’s 10 Commandments Bookmark to help with your Bible reading and daily devotions (kidscorner.net/activities).

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – Count your blessings as a household.  When something happens for which you are grateful, write it down or draw it on a piece of paper.  Collect these blessings in a bowl or jar, and at the end of the year reflect on the many ways God has blessed you — and blessed others through you!

FAMILY FIRE – Family Fire is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy.  Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com.  Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook.

April 19, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for April 19, 2020

APRIL WORSHIP SERVICES:  All in-person worship services and activities are canceled for the month of April.  Streamed worship services will be available every Sunday by 9:30 a.m.  Please join us!

These services help us worship and hear God’s Word each week.  Streaming can be accessed through our Pella 2 Website (pella2crc.org), through our Facebook page (facebook.com/secondcrc), or on our YouTube Channel (bit.ly/Pella2).

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathy to Robert Rus on the death of his mother, Dorothy Rus on April 13.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

We wish a happy birthday to Virginia Van Kooten who will celebrate her 92nd birthday on April 21 and pray for God’s blessings for her.

NEWSLETTER REQUEST:  If you are graduating (or know someone who is) from eighth grade, high school or college (or other degree) this year, we’re planning the next newsletter and would love to hear from you!  Please contact Ryan Hoekstra (hoekstrateam@iowatelecom.net) and we’ll send you a brief questionnaire to respond to!

TODAY DEVOTIONALS AVAILABLE:  The May/June Today Devotionals have been placed in the enclosure of the elevator entrance so please pick up your copy any time.  These devotionals can also be found digitally online each day at www.todaydevotional.com.

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

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

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for Children’s Bulletins for two different ages, a page to color and an activity sheet for 7+.

UPDATE FROM THE LE MAHIEU FAMILY: dated April 16 – Dear family and friends, This is just a quick update to let you know that we arrived back in the U.S. almost a week ago.  It was a long trip but uneventful.  (We went from Ukarumpa – Goroka – Port Moresby – Honiara [Solomon Islands] – Honolulu – San Francisco – Dallas – Milwaukee).  Thank you so much for your prayers for us during this time.  The good-byes were difficult.  We continue to pray for friends and colleagues back in Papua New Guinea and others who have returned to their home countries.

We are living in Gibbsville, WI, in a mission home provided by the Gibbsville Refomed Church.  We  have been able to see Leif as well as Doug’s family (from a distance) and hope to see Cole soon.  We are living day by day and have not yet formulated any furlough plans.  Love and blessings, Doug, Benita, Noah and Tia

PURSUING PASTORAL MINISTRY?  If you are being called to pursue pastoral ministry in the CRC through seminary training, did you know that Classis Central Plains wishes to support you through prayer, encouragement and a financial scholarship?  To learn more information, please contact Aaron Gunsaulus at pastor.newtoncrc@gmail.com or by phone at 641-792-2162.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe the Son Ascended to Heaven – Join Groundwork as we study Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11, John 16:4-15, and Ephesians 1:18-23 to better understand why Jesus’ ascension into heaven is good and comforting for us, discover what he’s doing now and learn how we should respond.   Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  X-Monsters – Liz finds himself lost in the middle of his own X-Monsters adventure.  How can he use his skill and knowledge to survive in this video game world?  Listen at kidscorner.net.

KIDS CORNER AUDIO DRAMA:  Check out Kids Corner’s Bible Stories Podcast, an immersive audio drama series that retells the greatest stories of the Bible!  Choose from 30 stories spanning from Creation through the history of the Early Church, organized chronologically and thematically, each with its own coloring page. Learn more at network.crna.org/childrens-ministry/dramas-telling-greatest-stories-bible

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP -From Psalm 65: 8:  “The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.”  Make this passage your morning and evening prayer this week.  During the day, look for God’s “wonders” and point them out to the people you share life with.

KIDS IN ACTION DURING COVID-19:  Kids Corner wants to create an encouraging and fun video to tell the stories of real kids doing God’s work in the world during COVID-19.  Know someone 18 or younger creating great sidewalk art to cheer up neighbors?  A family sewing hospital masks for the local ER?  A kid who’s leading online worship with music?  Send us your videos and pictures and help us tell their story.  We’ll compile stories and create a video to share the good news of kids serving God during this difficult time.  To start, check out the KC you tube channel at www.youtube.com/c/kidscornertv to see past Kids in Action videos and get an idea of the way we tell stories.  Then check out kidscorner.reframemedia.com/kids-in-action-during-covid-19 for video tips and to learn how to send us your story.

April 12, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for April 12, 2020

APRIL WORSHIP SERVICES:  All in-person worship services and activities are canceled for the month of April.  Streamed worship services will be available every Sunday by 9:30 a.m.  Please join us!

These services help us worship and hear God’s Word each week.  Streaming can be accessed through our Pella 2 Website (pella2crc.org), through our Facebook page (facebook.com/secondcrc), or on our YouTube Channel (bit.ly/Pella2).

NEWSLETTER REQUEST:  If you are graduating (or know someone who is) from eighth grade, high school or college (or other degree) this year, we’re planning the next newsletter and would love to hear from you!  Please contact Ryan Hoekstra (hoekstrateam@iowatelecom.net) and we’ll send you a brief questionnaire to respond to!

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

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

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for Children’s Bulletins for two different ages and a page to color.  Also check out activities for children under the CRC News section at the end of the bulletin.

UPDATE #3 FROM THE LE MAHIEU FAMILY:  Our flight back to the U.S. has been delayed, and a new departure time to leave Port Moresby has been tentatively scheduled for April 9.  As the embassy explained, “the plane is conducting multiple missions across the Pacific to repatriate Americans.  We appreciate your patience and understanding if there are additional delays.”

We have been thankful for the unexpected delay as it has given us extra time to ponder the questions, “What should we pack? In the event that we are never able to return to Papua New Guinea what are the things we cherish most as a family?’

In addition to clothes, here is our list of special things that we do not want to leave behind:  Bibles, brand new copy of the Bau storybook Bible, books of our family vacations, Christmas ornaments, art work, written poems and essays from the kids, Photos, letters and postcards from grandparents, Noah’s and Tia’s homemade ukuleles made with our dear Aussie friends, Tia’s thimble collection, homemade birthday, valentine and Mother’s and Father’s Day cards from the kids, PNG artifacts.

And that’s 12 years of memories, relationships, and places that we hold dear in our heart packed into a few suitcases. Yet while these items bring a sort of earthly comfort in the midst of our good-byes we hold them loosely and realize our hope and salvation is in our risen Savior.

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation.  He is my fortress.  I will never be shaken.  Psalm 62:1-2  Wishing you all a blessed Easter! – Doug, Benita, Noah and Tia

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe the Son Has Risen – Christians believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.  Dig into 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Luke 24:36-48, and Revelation 1:12-18 with Groundwork to examine the details of Christ’s resurrection and remember the crucial, life-changing meaning of this belief.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  The Miracle of Easter – Jairus and his family experience the very first Holy Week, when Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead.  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to witness the first Easter?   Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download this month’s Kids Corner Easter puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity Book Five, kidscorner.net/activities.

KIDS CORNER AUDIO DRAMA:  Check out Kids Corner’s Bible Stories Podcast, an immersive audio drama series that retells the greatest stories of the Bible!  Choose from 30 stories spanning from Creation through the history of the Early Church, organized chronologically and thematically, each with its own coloring page. Learn more at network.crna.org/childrens-ministry/dramas-telling-greatest-stories-bible

EASTER AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Children learn best through story, so create a special time this week to share the Easter story with the kids in your life.  Use a picture book like The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross: The True Story of why Jesus Died and Rose Again (Good Book Co., 2016) or read stories from Jesus’ ministry, Holy Week, and Easter from a children’s Bible.  Show kids that God’s story is full of hope and joy!

KIDS IN ACTION DURING COVID-19:  Kids Corner wants to create an encouraging and fun video to tell the stories of real kids doing God’s work in the world during COVID-19.  Know someone 18 or younger creating great sidewalk art to cheer up neighbors?  A family sewing hospital masks for the local ER?  A kid who’s leading online worship with music?  Send us your videos and pictures and help us tell their story.  We’ll compile stories and create a video to share the good news of kids serving God during this difficult time.  To start, check out the KC you tube channel at www.youtube.com/c/kidscornertv to see past Kids in Action videos and get an idea of the way we tell stories.  Then check out kidscorner.reframemedia.com/kids-in-action-during-covid-19 for video tips and to learn how to send us your story.

April 5, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for April 5, 2020

APRIL WORSHIP SERVICES:  All in-person worship services and activities are canceled for the month of April.  Streamed worship services will be available every Sunday by 9:30 a.m.  We will also stream a Good Friday service on April 10 that will be available by 7:00 p.m.  Please join us!

These services help us worship and hear God’s Word each week.  Streaming can be accessed through our Pella 2 Website (pella2crc.org), through our Facebook page (facebook.com/secondcrc), or on our YouTube Channel (bit.ly/Pella2).

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

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

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for Children’s Bulletins for two different ages.

DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER?  If you would like to have a written copy of Pastor Paul’s sermons sent to you while we are not meeting together, call the office (628-2966).

SCOOP THE HEARTHSTONE LOOP!  This Sunday the Wellness Team at the Hearthstone Communities of Fair Haven East and Pella Manor have organized a Scoop the Hearthstone Loop.  Our residents have shared that during this time of isolation one of the hardest times is on Sundays when they are not able to be with their church families.  As a way of helping to lift their spirits you are invited to help them feel connected and valued THIS SUNDAY, April 5, from 4:00-4:30 by driving by and honking and waving and sharing in a spirit of community and love.  Our residents will be on their balconies and at their windows.  The route starts from Main Street — turn east on Independence St. and go two blocks, turn north on East 2nd St. and go two blocks, then east on Liberty St., drive into the parking lot and back out, continuing to East 3rd St., and turn south.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL has an opening for a Study Skills Instructor.  Interested candidates can contact Principal Dan Van Kooten at vankootend@pceagles.org for more information.  The teacher application packet for this opening is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

UPDATE #2 FROM THE LE MAHIEU FAMILY:  “After much prayerful consideration, our family has decided to return to the U.S.  The U.S. embassy is chartering a flight back to the U.S., and we have reserved seats.  We fly from Ukarumpa on April 5 to Goroka, overnight there, and the next morning fly to Port Moresby, then on to San Francisco via Honolulu.  We have not heard yet what quarantine protocols there might be.  From San Francisco we will make arrangements to fly to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A mission home is available for us to use in nearby Gibbsville.  Providentially, we should be able to stay in Gibbsville for the first few months of our furlough.

“Thank you so much for your prayers.  Leaving like this feels fractured and chaotic, with so many unknowns, and is not how we envisioned leaving Ukarumpa but we put our trust in a heavenly Father who is in control of all things.  We continue to pray for all of you in these changing times.  Love and blessings -Doug and Benita, Noah and Tia”

UPDATE FROM RYAN FABER: “I had hoped that we would be on the ground in Nigeria by now, but unfortunately we are not. We’ve been waiting for approval of our Nigerian visas since mid-February.  About the time we expected our visa applications to be approved, the Nigerian government adopted a travel ban due to Covid-19. Among those countries included in the ban is the United States. My understanding is that visas will not be issued until after the ban is lifted. We hope and pray that it will be soon, but expect that it depends on the future of Covid-19 in the U.S., which we also hope and pray will not be as bad as some predict and will pass sooner than many fear! Additionally, the Nigerian government has closed the country’s international airports through April 23, so we are stuck here!

“Resonate has provided us a lot of good orientation and training material that we are working through. I also continue to work on our communication plans with supporters and supporting churches. And I am supervising a few student theses from afar via email as much as possible.

“I learned late last week that the Nigerian government has ordered all schools in the country be closed. At least at that time, while there were no classes, students could remain on campus and were encouraged to continue reading and researching, but I expect that that may be changing as well. A colleague at the college quoted John 9:4 in an email to me the other day: “While it is day we must do the work of him who sent us, for night is coming when no one can work.” He thinks a night of restrictions similar to Europe and the U.S. is also coming soon in Nigeria.  We understand why they need to shut their borders to people from countries (in Europe and the U.S.) where the coronavirus is more widespread. We hope and pray that the virus does not spread in Africa as it has in Europe. Africa (and Nigeria) are not well-prepared to handle such a crisis.

“Thank you for your prayers and for your congregation’s commitment to our mission. We appreciate it.”

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  I Believe in the Son’s Life and Death – Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith.  Join Groundwork as we examine Luke 1:26-35, Matthew 27:11-26, Luke 23:44-46, and 1 Peter 3:18-20 to help us better understand what we profess to believe about Jesus’ life and death in the Apostles’ Creed.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Never Give Up – Liz, Lucille, and Scooter all try to be perfect – and they all fail.  Scooter now thinks that God might just give up on him.  Is Scooter right?   Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download this month’s Kids Corner Easter puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity Book Five, kidscorner.net/activities.

GOOD FRIDAY AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Take some time today to reflect on the events of Good Friday.  Read the story, and then use questions like these as you wonder about it:  What would it be like to be a friend of Jesus that day?  How would you feel?  What would you do?

LENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP: Spend time in the Easter story this week by engaging with it in a variety of ways.  If you have kids in your life, read it and then retell it together as you act it out or use crayons, markers, collage or even Lego to depict various scenes.  With other adults or on your own, read the story out loud several times, pausing in between to reflect and to circle or write down words that stand out for you.

March 29, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for March 29, 2020

APRIL 5 WORSHIP SERVICE:  In addition to the March 29 service, the April 5 worship service is canceled.  Worship services and other church events in April will continue to be reviewed by the Governing Board, in light of on-going developments and guidance from authorities.  Decisions on services and events are intended to be communicated in advance to allow sufficient time for planning – Pella II Governing Board

FROM PASTOR PAUL: During this unusual season when we cannot meet as a congregation Pastor Paul will be preaching a series entitled “Strength and Solace”. This Sunday the message, “Be Still and Know”, will be based on Psalm 46. Until we can meet again, we will be posting Sunday services online that will include worship, scripture, and Pastor Paul’s message. Past and future services and messages can be found on the church website (pella2crc.org), on the YouTube Channel (bit.ly/Pella2) and on our Facebook page (facebook.com/secondcrc). Also, please visit our church website (pella2crc.org) to listen to some encouraging hymns for this season which were recorded by our choir last week.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Stu and Amy Bokhoven on the death of Stu’s father, Bob Bokhoven, on March 20,  and to the family of Bill Schimmel, who passed away on March 25.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

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

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for a Children’s Bulletin for two different ages, furnished during this unusual time by the company we subscribe to for the weekly children’s bulletins.  Also attached are two pictures of palm branches.  Children – please color one of them and email your finished picture to secretary@pella2crc.org by Thursday, April 2.  On Palm Sunday, April 5, we will try to feature them in some way with the online service.

PCHS SOCIETY MEETING and Board Nominations:  The Pella Christian High School Society meeting scheduled for April 17 has been postponed until later in May or possibly beyond.  We are currently looking for board member nominations for four open positions and would ask you to prayerfully consider whether you might be called to serve. Board members are called to serve as trustees for the mission of the school to ensure God-honoring, excellent education for students for generations to come.  Open board positions include:

District I (Calvary CRC, Faith CRC, Connect Church, Pella II CRC, Covenant Reformed)

District III (Newton CRC, Prairie City CRC, Sully CRC)

District IV (Oskaloosa I CRC, Oskaloosa Bethel CRC, Cedar CRC)

One At-Large Board Position (PCHS supporter from any church)

If you are interested in serving as a board member, please call the school or email Principal Dan Van Kooten at vankootend@pceagles.org by noon on April 6.  Each open position requires the nomination of at least two persons who are to be elected at the next PCHS Society Meeting.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL has an opening for a Study Skills Instructor.  Interested candidates can contact Principal Dan Van Kooten at vankootend@pceagles.org for more information.  The teacher application packet for this opening is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

FROM PELLA COMMUNITY FOOD SHELF:  We are so humbled by those reaching out to see how they can support the Pella Community Food Shelf (PCFS).  Many of the standard practices regarding receiving food have had to change due to COVID-19.

At this time, the best way to support the PCFS is by financial giving. That enables us to utilize our buying resources and provide for our friends and neighbors in need via the best possible way in accordance with the current guidelines.  We have several ways to do that:

  1. QR CodeThe locked drop box by the Food Shelf interior door in The Well fellowship area (enter on the east side through exterior door #2 or 3)
  2. By mail – P.O. Box 465, Pella, IA 50219
  3. Venmo- username: PellaCommunity_FoodShelf, or QR Code at right.

Thank you, THANK YOU for your financial support, donations, your many members who volunteer and prayers. – PCFS Team

FROM THE LE MAHIEU FAMILY:  We send you our love and greetings from Papua New Guinea.  We have been praying for you in this time of uncertainty, and we cherish your prayers as well, not only for our family but the people of Papua New Guinea.

We had plans to return to the U.S after Noah graduates, but these plans have been put on hold and our plane tickets (which had us going through Asia) have been cancelled.  Following PNG government mandates, the Ukarumpa center has been following a two-week isolation protocol. We will shelter here in Ukarumpa for now while closely following the news related to government travel bans.   While COVID-19 has found its way to PNG we really are not sure of the exact extent of its reach at this point.  We do ask for prayers for Cole and Leif back in the U.S.  Leif left New York City last week and has been following quarantine procedures in Wisconsin.  Cole remains in Lawrence, KS.  They both will continue classes online.

The Bau story book Bible dedication that was to have taken place March 26-27 has been cancelled.  We do not know when or how the story books will be distributed but trust that the Lord’s timing in all of this is perfect.

Please drop us a note and let us know how you are doing and how we can pray specifically for you and the challenges you may be facing.  Love and blessings, Doug, Benita, Noah and Tia

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  I Believe in God, The Son – What do we mean when we say “I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord”  Join Groundwork as we study Matthew 16:13-16, John 1:1-18 and Philippians 2:9-11 to discover who we believe Jesus Christ is and what this belief means for how we live our lives.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Beat the Buzzer – Liz and his friends are very excited about competing in the Beat the Buzzer game…so excited that they don’t complete their assignment for church school, figuring out the difference between grace, mercy, and justice.  Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download  an Easter puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity Book Five, kidscorner.net/activities.

LENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP: Hold a modified Seder meal with your family or friends to draw connections between the traditional Jewish Passover meal and the Last Supper.  This also provides a wonderful opportunity to teach children about communion and how Jesus asked us to remember him when we celebrate it.  Author Ann Voskamp offers Christian seder meal instructions at tinyurl.com/VoskampSeder.

March 22, 2020

Announcements for March 22, 2020

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Sylvia Langstraat who will celebrate her 95th birthday on March 27, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

We extend our Christian sympathies to Dave and Brenda Klyn, Elmer and Darlene Kloosterman and extended family on the death of their brother and son, Randy Kloosterman, on March 16.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

“Thank you to all who expressed your sympathy by word and by sending cards after the death of our brother-in-law.” – Shirley Van Hal and Ruth Van Hal

FROM COUNCIL:  The Council Chats and the Congregational Meeting concerning the new church name are all postponed.

PERK UP on Mondays will be canceled until further notice.

MONDAY’S PRAYER MEETING has been canceled, and future prayer meetings have been suspended until further notice.  At this time, feel free to contact Jon Van Woerkom with any prayer requests: 780-2638 or pellaglass@gmail.com.

BIBLE LEAGUE LUNCHEON scheduled for Monday, March 23, has been canceled.

THE P.E.T. FUNDRAISING AUCTION scheduled for March 25 has been postponed.

CADET-O-RAMA scheduled for this Saturday, March 28, has been canceled.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH PLAY scheduled for March 27 and 28 has been canceled.

DE KINDEREN KLOSET scheduled for April 3 and 4 has been postponed.

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

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

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

PURSUING PASTORAL MINISTRY?  If you are being called to pursue pastoral ministry in the CRC through seminary training, did you know that Classis Central Plains wishes to support you through prayer, encouragement and a financial scholarship?  To learn more information, please contact Aaron Gunsaulus at pastor.newtoncrc@gmail.com or by phone at 641-792-2162.

BIBLE TEACHER OPENING FOR 2020-21:  Pella Christian High School has a possible Bible Instructor position open for the 2020-21 school year.  Interested candidates can contact Principal Dan Van Kooten (vankootend@pceagles.org) for more information.  The teacher application packet for this opening is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL needs a part-time Spanish Teacher and a part-time Resource Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Contact Jeremy Copenhaver (principal@peoriachr.org) regarding this position.

TEACHER NEEDED: SONshine Preschool, an interdenominational Christian Preschool, housed in Oskaloosa Christian School, is seeking applications for a teacher for the 2020/2021 school year.  Visit sonshinepreschool.org/employment opportunities for more information.  Contact Vickie at directorsonshineps@gmail.com with questions.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: I Believe in God, the Creator – Why can we trust God when bad things happen? Study Psalm 19:1-6 Job 28-34-41, and Psalm 104:27-30 with Groundwork to discover why we can believe in the creator God and His providence, and why this belief gives us comfort.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Purloined Pie – “Purloined Pie” pie baking for the Terrene Pies R Round Festival is interrupted when someone steals one of the pies.  Liz and Lucille are reminded that stealing is a sin.   Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Kids Corner, Easter puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity Book Five, kidscorner.net/activities.

LENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP: As Holy Week nears, create a worship space — a table or corner of a room where you can be intentional about spending time with God this week.  For now, decorate it with purple or black cloth, a cross, and other symbols.  Then on Easter morning, decorate this space with flowers, butterflies, white and gold cloth, etc.  Talk with kids about what these symbols mean. This space can continue as a worship area even after Easter is finished.