January 21, 2018

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

Prelude Amazing Grace

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Welcome and Call to Worship

*God Greeting, Mutual Greeting

*A Time of Praise            led by Praise Band

My Lighthouse

Praise the King

Sanctity of Human Life Prayer of Lament

Sing            O Love That Will Not Let Me Go            Celebration #606:1, 3

Assurance of Grace            Responsive Reading

O love that will not let us go, We rest our weary souls in You.

Though we sin, fail, hurt, and destroy, You will not let us go.

Though we kill, impoverish, steal, rape, abort, and enslave, You will not let us go.

Though we judge, silence, forget, ignore, and harm, You will not let us go.

Though we fail to see the sanctity of life every day, in a million ways, You will not let us go.

*Sing Praise the King

Congregational Prayer

Giving Our Firstfruits to God Christian Education Fund

Offertory Song: Cry of My Heart – Sharesa & Nora Van Arendonk

Scripture, read by Bev De Vries James 2:14-26

Pew Bibles – page 1882

Sermon “Living by Faith”

Prayer

*Sing……….. By Faith……….. ………..

*Blessing………..

*Sing……….. By Faith……….. ………..

*Postlude……….. ………..

Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Melissa Geetings

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS: January 28: Christian Schools International; February 4: With Love Toy Ministry; February 11: Creation Station Christian Preschool; February 18: General Fund; February 25: Pella II Cadets

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Regina Vaverka, Kim Vander Molen, Claire Braafhart; January 28: (A.M.) Amy Bokhoven, Kala Talsma, Alexis Vos

C4C LEADERS: January 28: Lindsay Golliet

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Calvin & Stephanie Roose; North Doors: Stu & Amy Bokhoven; South Doors: Kathleen De Haan; January 28: East Doors: Will & Allison Van Wyngarden; North Doors: Phil & Vicky Slings; South Doors: Byron & Clarissa Van Zee

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

Today: Glenda Van Kooten – C,J,S; Lisa Van Kooten – C,J,S; JoAnn Boot – C,S; January 28: Kim Vander Molen – C,J,S; Sarah Van Zee – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Brian Van Kooten; January 28: Ken Van Woerkom

FEBRUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center: Shane Tukker, Jamis Christensen; North Side: Ken Van Woerkom; South Side: Byron Van Zee

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

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

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

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

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

Mission Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m. we will gather at Faith CRC with First CRC and Faith CRC. Pastor George Den Oudsten from Peoria CRC will be preaching, and baptism of Norah Faber, the daughter of Pastor Ryan & Jody Faber, will take place. Offering is for the Good Samaritan Free Clinic.

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

At 6:00 p.m. next Sunday First CRC will join us at our church. Pastor Dale Slings will be preaching.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Darlene Kloosterman will have hip replacement surgery on Monday. Please pray that all goes well.

We extend our Christian sympathies to Elizabeth Uitermarkt and her family on the death of Dorell on January 13. We pray that God will comfort and strengthen them in this loss.

“To Pella II congregation: Thank you so much for your birthday cards and Christmas greetings. I enjoyed them very much. And a big Thank You to the Christmas Carolers who came to Fair Haven East on Sunday evening. You were enjoyed very much.” – Gertrude Wassink

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

The Pella Christian Grade School Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. on January 22.

The Pella Christian High Board will meet on January 22 at 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: The Quilting Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the church basement.

Christian Fellowship will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Lesson 9. All ladies are welcome to join us!

Adult Choir rehearsal, 7:00-8:05 p.m.

Men’s Ensemble rehearsal, 8:05-8:30 p.m., for any men who would like to sing next Sunday.

CHURCH DRUM SET: If you have an interest in purchasing the prior used drum setup, please contact any deacon.

SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE SUNDAY is today. Decisions made by the Supreme Court forty-five years ago have resulted in the deaths of 59 million unborn babies. Churches across the United States use this day to celebrate God’s gift of Life, to commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and to commit to protecting life at every stage.

CHURCH DIRECTORY CHANGES? Please check your listing in a church directory on the table downstairs or in the narthex to see if it is up to date. If there are changes that need to be made to your address, phone number or email address (either changing or adding), that have not already been reported, please call the church office (628-2966), email secretary@pella2crc.org or write the change in one of the directories by January 28.

ITEMS NEEDED: The GEMS girls are collecting hygiene items to create 45 hygiene packs to be included in the Pack the Backpack program. This program provides extra food for students on Friday to ensure they have enough to eat Saturday and Sunday and that they come back to school Monday ready to learn. The program is now including a hygiene pack twice a year to ensure students also have the necessary items to physically feel their best. The GEMS will be collecting items downstairs through January 31. Please see the sign-up sheet downstairs for a list of specific items and size examples.

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Pella Christian High School’s Homecoming is scheduled for the week of January 29-February 2. The students will participate in a variety of fun activities including dress-up days and noon hour competitions. Friday, February 2, the public is invited to attend the afternoon activities that start at 1:00 with chapel followed by competitions in the gym. The final event will be the presentation of the homecoming court at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats to headline February 2 fundraiser for 818 Forward with Faith. Bob Vander Plaats, Family Leader’s CEO and author of “Light From Lucas”, about his son with disabilities, will be our speaker. In addition to the inspiration Vander Plaats will share, the evening will also include a silent auction, catered dinner and dessert dash. Proceeds will benefit Forward with Faith (forwardwithfaith.org), a community nonprofit raising funds to build a family-style home for men with disabilities in Pella. The event will be held at Federated Fellowship, 309 Roosevelt Road in Pella.  Auction browsing and bidding takes place from 5:00-6:00 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:15, followed by Vander Plaats’ presentation. Everyone is invited! Please contact Angie Vander Molen, angie.vandermolen@forwardwithfaith.org, or 641-204-1255, if you would like to attend or need more information.

NAMI: A free six-session educational program for parents and other caregivers of minor children with emotional and behavior difficulties will be held at The Well on Thursdays, February 1 through March 8, 6:30-9:00 p.m. See bulletin board for more details.

IF:Pella: What IF we followed God with perseverance instead of insecurity? At IF:Gathering 2018, we will look at one of Paul’s letters to Timothy as he reminded him of the power and responsibility of sharing the gospel. Join us on Friday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 10, 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium of Third Reformed Church for a weekend of being equipped, encouraged, and sent out into our families and communities! See the bulletin board downstairs for more information and how to register.

TEACHING POSITIONS:

Pella Christian High School is accepting applications for two full-time teaching positions: Family and Consumer Science and Vocational Agriculture. Interested applicants should contact Dan Van Kooten, Principal, at vankootend@pceagles.org or 641-628-4440.

Oskaloosa Christian School is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Principal beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. The Principal will provide leadership for the day-to-day operations of the school, be responsible for the administration of educational programs for grades K-8, and serve as school leader to the faculty/staff and students of the school. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to Christian education and be a member of a Reformed church. More information, including a job application, is available at www.oskaloosachristian.net. If you have specific questions about the position, please contact Board President Jim Eveland at evelandjs@gmail.com or 641-680-5350.

THANK YOU: To the congregation of Second CRC: Thank you so much for the support and gifts that our ministry, Back to God Ministries International, receives from your church. Know that we continue to share the Gospel around the world. We still use radio, television and printed materials like the TODAY devotional – but we are reaching people with all kinds of new media too – internet, blogs and smartphone apps. Not only do we share the Good News of Jesus Christ, we are also committed to discipling people and strengthening the Church. We so appreciate your partnership. We ask that you pray for our ministry and staff, and pray that the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of people who hear the message of salvation. Thanks again for your support

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Sanctity of Life leaflet

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDLINE: Light for the Nations – We all wish for church growth, but how do we react when it happens in ways that make us uncomfortable? Join Groundwork as we study Acts 13 to see how the early church reacts as they experience the same situation and discover what it teaches us about the scope of God’s mission. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Morrie the Samaritan – Lis is mean to Morrie, but that doesn’t stop Morrie from helping Liz when he crashes his bike. (Includes Bible story — The Good Samaritan.)  Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Free Stuff: KC invites you to print off our set of valentine cards, each featuring a favorite Bible passage.

WRITERS: Freelance opportunity, apply now. Have you seen the new Banner? The monthly publication of the Christian Reformed Church and its website thebanner.org has just had a makeover. We’re looking for new writers to contribute to our news section with stories of our congregations, ministries, and members. Coaching is available. Inquire about joining our correspondent team at news@thebanner.org and our news editor will get back to you.

January 14, 2018

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

Prelude If You But Trust in God to Guide You Ruth Stevenson, pianist

God Himself Is with Us

*Sing……….. God Himself Is with Us……….. Psalter #324:1-2

Holy, Holy, Holy! Psalter #318:1, *4

*Welcome and Call to Worship

Welcome of New Members

*God’s Greeting, Mutual Greeting

*Sing            There Is Power in the Blood            led by Praise Team

The Name of the Lord

Installation of Elders and Deacons

Giving Our Firstfruits to God Youth Unlimited

Offertory: Amazing Grace

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

Anthem……….. Kumbaya……….. Adult Choir

Congregational Prayer

Sing Trust in the Lord Children’s Choir, Congregation

Scripture, read by Nia Hoekstra James 4:13-17

Pew Bibles – page 1884

Sermon “Remember Your God”

Prayer

*Sing My Friends, May You Grow in Grace

*Blessing………..

*Sing……….. My Friends, May You Grow in Grace (chorus)……….. ………..

*Postlude……….. ………..

Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Joyce Boender; Trumpeter: Robert Rus
Adult & Children’s Choirs: Phyllis De Vries, Pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS: January 21: Christian Education Fund; January 28: Christian Schools International

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Allison Van Wyngarden, Brooke Van Woerkom, Tessa Vander Molen; January 21: (A.M.) Regina Vaverka, Kim Vander Molen, Claire Braafhart

C4C LEADERS: Today: Sharesa and Addie Van Arendonk

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Dave & Brenda Klyn; North Doors: Levi & April Nieuwsma; South Doors: Jamis & Sarah Christensen; January 21: East Doors: Calvin & Stephanie Roose; North Doors: Stu & Amy Bokhoven; South Doors: Kathleen De Haan

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

Today: Lois Klyn – C,J,S; Jeanetta Nieuwsma – C; Vicky Slings – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; January 21: Glenda Van Kooten – C,J,S; Lisa Van Kooten – C,J,S; JoAnn Boot – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Calvin Van Haaften; January 21: Brian Van Kooten

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

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

Installation of Elders and Deacons will take place this morning. New Elders are Ryan Hoekstra, Calvin Roose and Steve Roose. New Deacons are Corey Magnussen and Steve Talsma. Let us be faithful in our prayers for them as they take up their service in the new year.

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 leaders are Sharesa and Addie Van Arendonk.

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

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

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

At 6:00 p.m. we will gather with First CRC and Faith CRC at Faith CRC. Offering is for Lakeview Camp.

NEXT SUNDAY: Mission Committee will meet on January 21 at 4:30 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m. next Sunday First CRC, Second CRC and Faith CRC will meet at Faith CRC.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Dorell Uitermarkt suffered a mild stroke Thursday evening. He has also been fighting a fever. Continue to remember him and Elizabeth and their family in this time of waiting.

We wish a happy birthday to Glenda Klyn who celebrated her 82nd birthday on January 10 and to Esther Van Gent who celebrates her 86th birthday today, January 14, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Thank you to everyone who remembered me with cards, visits, phone calls and the many expressions of concern while I was hospitalized and throughout my recuperation. I have now been back at work for a full week, which is a blessing in itself. Your kindnesses have meant so much.” – Bryan Harthoorn

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

TUESDAY: All Pella Christian High School society members are invited to attend a special society meeting at PCHS at 7:00 p.m. on January 16. The Society will vote on two proposals: first, adding a Vocational Agriculture program to the PCHS curriculum, and second, making a slight change to governing board district structure. The VoAg motion is to add VoAg and FFA to the classes and programs offered at PCHS.  The governing board motion is to move one board position from both District I and District IV and add two At Large District positions.  A VoAg and Board Structure Factsheet is available on the school’s website at www.pceagles.org on the bottom right side of the homepage under Quick Links.

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

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

Adult Choir rehearsal, 7:00-8:05 p.m.

Women’s Ensemble rehearsal, 8:05-8:30 p.m.

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

MEN, PLEASE NOTE: Any men interested in singing in a Men’s Ensemble on January 28 are invited to our rehearsal on Wednesday, January 24, 8:05-8:30 p.m.

SEVENTH-TWELFTH GRADERS: Any 7th-12th graders interested in participating in our Youth Praise Team, please see Barbara Boertje DeVries.

FROM THE COUNCIL: At our last meeting the Council received the memberships of   Will Vande Voort from Peoria Christian Reformed Church, and Jon and Lindsay Golliet and their children, Noah, Jonah and Lilah from Sully Christian Reformed Church. We warmly welcome these new members to our fellowship with gratitude to God for bringing them into our church family.

CHURCH DIRECTORY CHANGES? Please check your listing in a church directory on the table downstairs or in the narthex to see if it is up to date. If there are changes that need to be made to your address, phone number or email address (either changing or adding), that have not already been reported, please call the church office (628-2966), email secretary@pella2crc.org or write the change in one of the directories.

ITEMS NEEDED: The GEMS girls are collecting hygiene items to create 45 hygiene packs to be included in the Pack the Backpack program. This program provides extra food for students on Friday to ensure they have enough to eat Saturday and Sunday and that they come back to school Monday ready to learn. The program is now including a hygiene pack twice a year to ensure students also have the necessary items to physically feel their best. The GEMS will be collecting items downstairs through January 31. Please see the sign-up sheet downstairs for a list of specific items and size examples.

FROM THE DEACONS: The Deacons would like to express their appreciation to our congregation for their faithful support of the church in 2017. God is good!

PCHS HEALTH CHALLENGE…New Year, New You: We encourage you to gain better fitness, AND your participation supports Winterim internships for PCHS students! See the link at pceagles.org and click on Pella Christian eHealth Challenge for more info. Consider joining friends, co-workers, Bible study groups, and encourage one another to better health and fitness in 2018. Team kick-off/weigh-in is set for this Saturday, January 20, at PPI in Pella.

NAMI: A free six-session educational program for parents and other caregivers of minor children with emotional and behavior difficulties will be held at The Well on Thursdays, February 1 through March 8, 6:30-9:00 p.m. See bulletin board for more details.

HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS NEED OUR HELP! There will be a World Renew mission/work trip to Port Arthur, Texas, February 17 through February 24. We will be doing various reconstruction work. Please respond by January 15. If you have any questions, or would like to join us, please contact Harold Van Wyk at 641-891-2038 or e-mail haroldtwyla@yahoo.com or Gary Van Engelenhoven at 641-660-0107.

IF:PELLA: What IF we followed God with perseverance instead of insecurity? At IF:Gathering 2018, we will look at one of Paul’s letters to Timothy as he reminded him of the power and responsibility of sharing the gospel. Join us on Friday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 10, 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium of Third Reformed Church for a weekend of being equipped, encouraged, and sent out into our families and communities! See the bulletin board downstairs for more information and how to register.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Peckham News Update

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDLINE: Beyond Jerusalem – True excitement about something that has changed our lives is hard to keep to ourselves. That’s exactly how the first believers began spreading the gospel message. Join Groundwork as we study Acts 8 to discover how God’s plan unfolds even as violence and oppression try to smother the message. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Horoscopes – Spike has Liz and Scooter following horoscopes and Scooter ends up on top of a water tower. Check out KC’s “God is Faithful” Memory Jar Activity as you begin this new year! Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.

WRITERS: Freelance opportunity, apply now. Have you seen the new Banner? The monthly publication of the Christian Reformed Church and its website thebanner.org has just had a makeover. We’re looking for new writers to contribute to our news section with stories of our congregations, ministries, and members. Coaching is available. Inquire about joining our correspondent team at news@thebanner.org and our news editor will get back to you.

January 7, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 7, 2018 9:30 A.M.

Prelude Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Welcome and Call to Worship from Isaiah 60:1-2

Anthem Arise, Shine, Your Light Has Come Adult Choir

Our Declaration of Trust and God’s Greeting

Congregation of Jesus Christ, in whom are you trusting?

Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

Grace, mercy, and peace to you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Amen!

Sing We Three Kings Celebration #288

1 – Trio; vs. 2-4 – Soloists; *vs. 5 – All

(All singing Refrain after each verse)

*Sing            As with Gladness Men of Old            Celebration #290:1-3

Time of Confession

Response, singing after each prayer            God, Be Merciful to Me            Psalter #94

The Assurance of Pardon

Congregational Prayer

*Sing O Little Town of Bethlehem Celebration #250:4

Giving Our Firstfruits to God Cary Truck

Offertory: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

Scripture Matthew 2:1-12

Pew Bibles – page 1497

Sermon “What the Magi Pondered”

Prayer

*Sing……….. As with Gladness Men of Old……….. Celebration #290:1………..

*Blessing………..

*Sing……….. As with Gladness Men of Old……….. Celebration #290:4………..

*Postlude……….. ………..

Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Trio: Dennis De Vries, Robert Rus, Corey Magnussen
Adult Choir: Phyllis De Vries, Pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS: January 14: Youth Unlimited; January 21: Christian Education Fund; January 28: Christian Schools International

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Crystal Schreur, Martha Uitermarkt, Kaden Van Wyngarden; January 14: (A.M.) Allison Van Wyngarden, Brooke Van Woerkom, Tessa Vander Molen

C4C LEADERS: January 14: Sharesa and Addie Van Arendonk

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Ray and Lois Klyn; North Doors: Jeff and Teri Van Kooten; South Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson; January 14: East Doors: Dave & Brenda Klyn; North Doors: Levi & April Nieuwsma; South Doors: Jamis & Sarah Christensen

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

Today: Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; January 14: Lois Klyn – C,J,S; Jeanetta Nieuwsma – C; Vicky Slings – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jason Van Arendonk; January 14: Calvin Van Haaften

JANUARY MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE:

Joel and Jeannie Huyser – Tom De Vries, Ray Klyn

Doug and Benita Le Mahieu* – Ron Branderhorst, Marion Klyn

Lloyd and Nancy Peckham – Kathleen De Haan, Jim Gosselink

Justin Van Zee – Dennis De Vries, Elmer Kloosterman

* P.O. Box 248, Waxhaw, NC 28173; e-mail remains the same as in directory

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

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

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

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

At 6:00 p.m. we will gather with First CRC and Faith CRC at Faith CRC. Pastor Dale Slings will be preaching on Matthew 3:13-4:17, “Jesus’ Baptism and Temptations”.

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

At 6:00 p.m. next Sunday First CRC, Second CRC and Faith CRC will meet at Faith CRC. Pastor George Den Oudsten from Peoria CRC will be preaching.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: “Thank you for the cards, words of encouragement, and to the talented group who sang ‘Happy Birthday’.” – Ray Veenstra

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

Consistory will meet at 6:15 p.m.

Council will meet at 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: The Quilting Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the church basement.

Christian Fellowship will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Lesson 8. All ladies are welcome to join us!

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

Children’s Choir (1st-6th 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, 7:00-8:05 p.m.

Men’s Ensemble rehearsal, 8:05-8:30 p.m.

MEN, PLEASE NOTE: Any men interested in singing in a Men’s Ensemble on January 28 are invited to practice with the Adult Choir men this Wednesday, 8:05-8:30 p.m., and next Wednesday evening.

CHURCH DIRECTORY CHANGES? Please check your listing in a church directory on the table downstairs or in the narthex to see if it is up to date. If there are changes that need to be made to your address, phone number or email address (either changing or adding), that have not already been reported, please call the church office (628-2966), email secretary@pella2crc.org or write the change in one of the directories.

ITEMS NEEDED: The GEMS girls are collecting hygiene items to create 45 hygiene packs to be included in the Pack the Backpack program. This program provides extra food for students on Friday to ensure they have enough to eat Saturday and Sunday and that they come back to school Monday ready to learn. The program is now including a hygiene pack twice a year to ensure students also have the necessary items to physically feel their best. The GEMS will be collecting items downstairs through January 31. Please see the sign-up sheet downstairs for a list of specific items and size examples.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Special Pella Christian High School Society Meeting: All society members are invited to attend a special society meeting at PCHS at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16. The PCHS Society will vote on two proposals: first, adding a Vocational Agriculture program to the PCHS curriculum, and second, making a change to the governing board district structure. A VoAg Factsheet and Board Structure Factsheet are available on the school’s website at www.pceagles.org. Contact the school if you would like a copy of the Factsheets to be mailed to you.   We encourage school supporters to attend this important meeting on January 16.

PCHS Health Challenge…New Year, New You: We encourage you to gain better fitness, AND your participation supports Winterim internships for PCHS students! See the link at pceagles.org and click on Pella Christian eHealth Challenge for more info. Consider joining friends, co-workers, Bible study groups, and encourage one another to better health and fitness in 2018. Team kick-off/weigh-in is set for Saturday, January 20, at PPI in Pella.

Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats to headline February 2 fundraiser for 818 Forward with Faith. Bob Vander Plaats, Family Leader’s CEO and author of “Light From Lucas”, about his son with disabilities, will be our speaker. In addition to the inspiration Vander Plaats will share, the evening will also include a silent auction, catered dinner and dessert dash. Proceeds will benefit Forward with Faith (forwardwithfaith.org), a community nonprofit raising funds to build a family-style home for men with disabilities in Pella. The event will be held at Federated Fellowship, 309 Roosevelt Road in Pella.  Auction browsing and bidding takes place from 5:00-6:00 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:15, followed by Vander Plaats’ presentation. Everyone is invited! Please contact Angie Vander Molen, angie.vandermolen@forwardwithfaith.org, or 641-204-1255, if you would like to attend or need more information.

HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS NEED OUR HELP! There will be a World Renew mission/work trip to Port Arthur, Texas, February 17 through February 24. We will be doing various reconstruction work. Please respond by January 15. If you have any questions, or would like to join us, please contact Harold Van Wyk at 641-891-2038 or e-mail haroldtwyla@yahoo.com or Gary Van Engelenhoven at 641-660-0107.

December 31, 2017

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 31, 2017 9:30 A.M.

Prelude Children’s Medley

Welcome and Call to Worship……….. Elder Brent Pierson

God’s Greeting, *Mutual Greeting

A Time of Praise led by Praise Team

* O God, Our Help in Ages Past Celebration #686:1, 4, 6

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

* Grace Alone

BAPTISM OF WYATT JAY NIEUWSMA

What does baptism signify?

By it we are received into God’s church and set apart from all other people and religions, that we may be dedicated entirely to him, bearing his mark and sign.

It also witnesses to us that he will be our God forever, since he is our gracious Father.

What else does it mean?

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

Should our children be baptized too?

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

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

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

Brothers and sisters, on the strength of God’s gracious love for us, and in solidarity with this Christian congregation, do you promise to instruct this child by word and example, with the help of the Christian community, in the truth of God’s Word, and in the way of salvation through Jesus Christ?

Do you promise to pray for him and to nurture him within the body of believers as a citizen of Christ’s kingdom?

We do, God helping us.

The Sacrament

Solo The Prayer with slide show

Congregational Prayer

*Sing Wonderful Words of Life Celebration #406:1-3

Scripture Reading Luke 1:21-40

Pew Bibles – page 1588

Sermon “A Child of Great Potential”

Prayer

Giving Our Firstfruits to God General Fund

Offertory: O God Our Help in Ages Past

*Response, singing O God, Our Help in Ages Past Celebration #686:1-6

Vs. 1-3 – All; vs. 4 – Women; vs. 5 – Men; vs. 6 – All

*Blessing

*Postlude

Guest Preacher: Pastor Rick Admiraal; Organist: Joyce Boender
Vocal Soloist: Levi Nieuwsma; Jon Guillet, accompanist

* = Please stand if able.

Boldface type = Congregational Response

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS: January 7: Cary Truck; January 14: Youth Unlimited; January 21: Christian Education Fund; January 28: Christian Schools International

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Mary Van Haaften, Libby Braafhart, Adalynn Van Arendonk; January 7: (A.M.) Crystal Schreur, Martha Uitermarkt, Kaden Van Wyngarden

C4C LEADERS: January 7: Sharesa and Addie Van Arendonk

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Troy and Brenda Hugen; North Doors: Gerrit and Shirley Van Hal; South Doors: Jim and Barb Gosselink; January 7: East Doors: Ray and Lois Klyn; North Doors: Jeff and Teri Van Kooten; South Doors: Brent and Susan Pierson

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

Today: Carolyn Harthoorn – C,J,S; Susan Pierson – C,J,S; Mary Ann Vander Molen – C,S; January 7: Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Vander Molen; January 7: Jason Van Arendonk

JANUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center: Calvin Van Haaften, Jeff Vander Molen; North Side: Stu Bokhoven; South Side: Matt Walker

Attention January 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 we welcome Pastor Rick Admiraal from New Life Prison Community as he leads our morning worship service.

This morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Wyatt Jay Nieuwsma, son of Lance and Megan Nieuwsma. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

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

There is no Church School today. Classes will resume on January 7.

At 6:00 p.m. we will gather at Calvary CRC for a combined Old Year’s service. The offering will be for the New Life Prison church.

NEXT SUNDAY: At 6:00 p.m. next Sunday First CRC, Second CRC and Faith CRC will meet at Faith CRC. Pastor Dale Slings will be preaching.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: “We wish to thank the congregation for the many expressions of caring for Dorell’s birthday, Christmas and through his illness. We are overwhelmed by your love and prayers, and were delighted to have the Christmas Carolers sing for us at the Comfort House. A special thanks to Pastor Dale and Gloria for their frequent visits. We ask for continued prayers for God’s grace.” – Dorell and Elizabeth Uitermarkt

“I would like to thank the carolers for coming to sing. I enjoyed them very much! Also thanks to the kids for wishing me a Merry Christmas. That was so nice!” – Mary Klyn

MONDAY: Perk Up will not meet this week.

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

GEMS will be bowling with the Cadets from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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

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

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

FROM COUNCIL: The Council would like to thank Andrea Van Waardhuizen for taking over as head organist.

THANK YOU: We would like to thank everyone who helped with coffee time after church. Many hands make light work! If you have not had your name on the list for a while, just let one of us know if you are willing to help. If you are unable to help, also let us know. Thanks again – Sharon Walker, Lola Spoelstra, JoAnn Boot

THANK YOU: Thank you for all the contributions of clothing items for those in need from Crossroads of Pella. Pella 2 contributed 29 pairs of gloves/mittens, 37 stocking hats, 17 pairs of socks and numerous other items. They are very much appreciated.

UPCOMING EVENING SERVICES SCHEDULE:

Jan. 7 – 6:00 p.m. at Faith CRC. Pastor Dale Slings preaching. (First, Second, Faith)

Jan. 14 – 6:00 p.m. at Faith CRC. Pastor Ryan Faber preaching. (First, Second, Faith)

Jan. 21 – 6:00 p.m. at Faith CRC. Pastor Brad Meinders preaching. (1st, 2nd, Faith)

Jan. 28 – 6:00 p.m. at Second CRC. Pastor Dale Slings preaching. (First, Second)

THANK YOU: Joel and Jeannie Huyser send their thanks for the many encouraging Christmas cards and notes. They especially want to thank the high school students who wrote their note in excellent Spanish!

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Special Pella Christian High School Society Meeting: All society members are invited to attend a special society meeting at PCHS at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16. The PCHS Society will vote on two proposals: first, adding a Vocational Agriculture program to the PCHS curriculum, and second, making a change to the governing board district structure. A VoAg Factsheet and Board Structure Factsheet are available on the school’s website at www.pceagles.org. Contact the school if you would like a copy of the Factsheets to be mailed to you.   We encourage school supporters to attend this important meeting on January 16.

PCHS Health Challenge…New Year, New You: We encourage you to gain better fitness, AND your participation supports Winterim internships for PCHS students! See the link at pceagles.org and click on Pella Christian eHealth Challenge for more info. Consider joining friends, co-workers, Bible study groups, and encourage one another to better health and fitness in 2018. Team kick-off/weigh-in is set for Saturday, January 20, at PPI in Pella.

Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats to headline February 2 fundraiser for 818 Forward with Faith. Bob Vander Plaats, Family Leader’s CEO and author of “Light From Lucas”, about his son with disabilities, will be our speaker. In addition to the inspiration Vander Plaats will share, the evening will also include a silent auction, catered dinner and dessert dash. Proceeds will benefit Forward with Faith (forwardwithfaith.org), a community nonprofit raising funds to build a family-style home for men with disabilities in Pella. The event will be held at Federated Fellowship Church, 309 Roosevelt Road Pella, Iowa.  Auction browsing and bidding takes place from 5:00-6:00 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:15, followed by Vander Plaats’ presentation. Everyone is invited! Please contact Angie Vander Molen at 641-204-1255 or email at angie.vandermolen@forwardwithfaith.org if you would like to attend or need more information.

HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS NEED OUR HELP! There will be a World Renew mission/work trip to Port Arthur, Texas, February 17 through February 24. We will be doing various reconstruction work. Please respond by January 15. If you have any questions, or would like to join us, please contact Harold Van Wyk at 641-891-2038 or e-mail haroldtwyla@yahoo.com or Gary Van Engelenhoven at 641-660-0107.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

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

KIDS CORNER: Hollywood – The school play is coming up and Liz is sure that he will not only have the lead role but also be asked to direct. That doesn’t happen, but Miss Wattle does give him the role of Old Ben which Liz still uses to be a “star” — with sunglasses, a chinchilla beret, silk scarf, and bodyguard. This causes Chamy and Miss Wattle to “fire” Liz and replace him with Morrie. Liz finally realizes that he once again has fallen to pride. Check out the “God is Faithful” Memory Jar Activity at www.kidscorner.net as you look ahead to the NewYear!

CALVIN SYMPOSIUM ON WORSHIP – You are invited to register and attend the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 25-27, at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. The three-day conference brings together a wide audience of artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, students, worship leaders and planners, and other interested worshipers. There are excellent rates for students and groups from churches. All worship services are free and open to the public. For information and to register, go to worship.calvin.edu/symposium/.

December 24, 2017

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 24, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent 9:30 A.M.

Prelude Once in Royal David’s City

Angel Carols

Reading of Isaiah 9:2……….. Sandi Vander Molen

Solo……….. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel……….. Nia Hoekstra, Bass Clarinet

Welcome and Call to Worship “The Wait Is Nearly Over”

God’s Greeting

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

Lighting the Advent Candle of Joy Jeff Vander Molen Family

Anthem Why Do the Shepherds Sing? Choir

*Sing How Great Our Joy! Celebration #269:1-4

Joy to the World! Celebration #270:1-3

Congregational Prayer

Offering Pella II Missions Fund

Offertory: Redeeming Love

Scripture Reading Revelation 21:1-7; 22:1-6

Pew Bibles – page 1937

Sermon “The River of Joy”

Prayer

*Benediction………..

*Response, singing……….. Joy to the World……….. Celebration #270:4………..

*Postlude……….. ………..

Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Adult Choir, Phyllis De Vries – Pianist, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 24, 2017 CHRISTMAS EVE 6:00 P.M.

Prelude Away in a Manger

Silent Night! Holy Night!

Welcome

God’s Greeting, *Mutual Greeting

*Sing O Little Town of Bethlehem Celebration #250:1, 4

It Came upon the Midnight Clear Celebration #251:1

Angels, from the Realms of Glory Celebration #259:1, 5

Angels We Have Heard on High Celebration #278:1, 4

Giving Our Firstfruits to God Pella II Missions Fund

Offertory: We Three Kings

Evening Prayer………..

Anthem……….. Chosen by God……….. Choir

Anthem……….. See Amid the Winter’s Snow……….. Choir

Sermon “Joseph’s Story”

Solo Joseph’s Song

Prayer of Blessing

*Sing Silent Night! Holy Night! Celebration #253:1, 2

*Postlude

Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Adult Choir; Soloists – Crystal Schreur, Will Van Wyngarden
Phyllis De Vries, Pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director
Reader: Ryan Hoekstra

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS: Christmas Day: World Renew; December 31: General Fund; January 7: Cary Truck; January 14: Youth Unlimited; January 21: Christian Education Fund; January 28: Christian Schools International

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Katie Magnussen, Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Carson Tukker; Christmas Day: Clarissa Van Zee, Kim Hoekstra, Ryley Hoekstra; December 31: (A.M.) Mary Van Haaften, Libby Braafhart, Adalynn Van Arendonk

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Gary and Norma Kuiper; North Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; South Doors: Les and Carla Nieuwsma; Christmas Day: East Doors: Ryan and Kim Hoekstra, Ray Veenstra; North Doors: Bob and Karen Spencer; South Doors: Andrea Van Waardhuizen; December 31: East Doors: Troy and Brenda Hugen; North Doors: Gerrit and Shirley Van Hal; South Doors: Jim and Barb Gosselink

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

Today: Emily Boender – C; Joyce Boender – C,J,S; Debra Klyn – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; December 31: Carolyn Harthoorn – C,J,S; Susan Pierson – C,J,S; Mary Ann Vander Molen – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Sherwin Klyn; December 31: Jeff Vander Molen

JANUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center: Calvin Van Haaften, Jeff Vander Molen; North Side: Stu Bokhoven; South Side: Matt Walker

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

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

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

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

There is no Church School today.

Adult Choir will practice at 5:05 this evening and 8:40 tomorrow morning.

NEXT SUNDAY: Next Sunday Pastor Rick Admiraal will lead our morning worship service. The evening service will be a combined service at Calvary CRC at 6:00 p.m.

Next Sunday morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Wyatt Jay Nieuwsma, son of Lance and Megan Nieuwsma. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

There will be no church school next Sunday. Classes resume on January 7.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Dorell continues at the Comfort House, having some good and some not-so-good days. Continue to pray for God’s grace for the Uitermarkt family.

We extend our Christian sympathies to Ken and Shirley Zylstra and Lenora Pleima on the death of their mother and sister-in-law, Alice Zylstra. We pray that God will comfort and strengthen them in this loss.

We wish a happy birthday to Ray Veenstra who will celebrate his 83rd birthday on December 29 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Thank you for the gift from the Thanksgiving offering as well as cards and prayers during my birthday and illness. It is a blessing to be part of a church that cares for all of its members.” – Joel Vander Molen

“I want to thank all those who came and sang Christmas Carols Sunday; it was greatly appreciated!!!” – Norm Nieuwsma

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

TO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SECOND PELLA: We wish you all a blessed Christmas and a wonderful beginning to a new year! We are grateful for the opportunity to have spent time with you over the last couple of months and we look forward to helping out here until the middle of February. We will be leaving this week for a few days back in Michigan with family. We hope to be back in town by the 4th of January. – Pastor Dale and Gloria Slings

YEAR-END GIVING: Tomorrow, Christmas Day, is your last opportunity to make contributions posted to your 2017 giving statement. Please contact any deacon if you have any questions. Thank you – the Deacons

WINTER ACCESSORIES NEEDED: For several years Pella 2 has gathered stocking hats, gloves and socks for families in need through Crossroads of Pella. Crossroads again has many families who need these items for winter. A bin has been placed downstairs for anyone who wishes to contribute to this cause. Additionally, if anyone has a need or knows of someone who needs any of these items, please feel free to take what is needed. This bin will remain downstairs until December 27. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

THANK YOU: As we close out this year, we wish to acknowledge 35-plus years of service to our church by Norma Kuiper as organist and Ron Spoelstra on sound. With gratitude we express our appreciation for your countless hours of service and devotion. Thank you both for a job well done!

THE 7TH ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE in memory of Megan Hoogeveen will be held at Pella Christian High School this Friday, December 29 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Appointments are highly recommended to avoid wait times and to help in staffing the event. They can be made by calling LifeServe at 800-287-4903 or Mike Hoogeveen at 641-780-7043, online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. or the events page of www.meganslegacy.org. Walk-ins are also welcome. Free t-shirts available to all who donate. Help us celebrate what would have been Megan’s 25th birthday by giving the gift of life with your blood donation. After donation birthday cupcakes will be provided by Vander Ploeg Bakery.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Childrens Choir (1st-6th grade) will next practice on Wednesday, January 3, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

Adult Choir will practice on Wednesday, January 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Special Pella Christian High Society Meeting: All PCHS society members are invited to attend a Special Society Meeting at PCHS at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16. The PCHS Society will vote on two proposals: first, adding a Vocational Agriculture program to the PCHS curriculum, and second, a change in governing board structure. We strongly encourage school supporters to attend this important meeting.

Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats to headline February 2 fundraiser for 818 Forward with Faith. Bob Vander Plaats, Family Leader’s CEO and author of “Light From Lucas”, about his son with disabilities, will be our speaker. In addition to the inspiration Vander Plaats will share, the evening will also include a silent auction, catered dinner and dessert dash. Proceeds will benefit Forward with Faith (forwardwithfaith.org), a community nonprofit raising funds to build a family-style home for men with disabilities in Pella. The event will be held at Federated Fellowship Church, 309 Roosevelt Road Pella, Iowa.  Auction browsing and bidding takes place from 5:00-6:00 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:15, followed by Vander Plaats’ presentation. Everyone is invited! Please contact Angie Vander Molen at 641-204-1255 or email at angie.vandermolen@forwardwithfaith.org if you would like to attend or need more information.

HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS NEED OUR HELP! There will be a World Renew mission/work trip to Port Arthur, Texas, February 14 through February 24. We will be doing various reconstruction work. Please respond by January 15. If you have any questions, or would like to join us, please contact Harold Van Wyk at 641-891-2038 or e-mail haroldtwyla@yahoo.com or Gary Van Engelenhoven at 641-660-0107.

FROM WORLD RENEW: Your donations are transforming lives! Thank you for your recent offerings. Through your support, prayers and involvement, World Renew can intervene in our hurting world, bringing practical help in development, justice and disaster response programs that create positive, permanent change. The scale of need around our world is beyond comprehension, especially recently with hurricanes, wildfires, and refugees — as well as the disasters, poverty and injustices that don’t make the news. It is in times like these that we can find comfort in remembering that our world still belongs to God. We invite you to join together in prayer for our hurting world — visit worldrenew.net/pray for specific ways to pray for World Renew’s ministry around the globe.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Pella Christian Grade School FOCUS
  • Focus on the Family bulletin
  • Update from Pastor Paul & Ellen Hoekstra (former pastor)

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

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

KIDS CORNER: Mary’s Miracle – Kids Corner presents this dramatic presentation of the miracle of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Mary. Check out KC’s new Christmas coupon book for a great gift idea at www.kidscorner.net.

WORLD RENEW: Thank you for standing in the gap with World Renew this Advent season – Today we give gifts to each other, remembering Jesus Christ who stands in the gap for us and reminds us to share His gifts with others, especially those in need.

December 17, 2017

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
Church School Christmas Program
Second Christian Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa
December 17, 2017 Third Sunday of Advent 9:30 A.M.

Prelude……….. Joy to the World………..

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Children’s Prelude – Christmas Selections………..

We Wish You a Merry Christmas (piano)            Ethan Tukker

Silent Night (piano)            Kate Braafhart

Angels We Have Heard on High (piano)            Adalynn Van Arendonk

Joy to the World (tuba)            Ryley Hoekstra

What Child is This? (piano)            Kirby Van Wyngarden

O Holy Night (piano)            Claire Braafhart

Carol of the Bells (piano)            Caleb Van Arendonk

Silent Night (piano)            Alexis Vos

Welcome and God’s Greeting

Lighting the Advent Candle of Peace             Stu Bokhoven Family

*Call to Meditation, singing            O Come, Let Us Adore Him            Celebration #196:1, 4

Scripture……….. Luke 2:13-14; Pew Bibles – page 1591

Meditation……….. “Pondering Peace on Earth”………..

Congregational Prayer………..

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

Offering            Pella II Christian Education Fund

Offertory: The Coventry Carol

(Children involved in the program will please go to the front during the Offertory.)

(The Program will proceed unannounced.)

Program presented by the Church School children ages 3 years-5th grade.

Angels We Have Heard on High

This is Matt’s first year in the Christmas pageant . As he and the other angels rehearse their parts, we remember the story of the angels and their good news.

CAST:

Matt            Kirby Van Wyngarden

Kristy            Kate Braafhart

Darren            Ryley Hoekstra

Samantha            Georgia De Vries

Mrs. Dixon            Nia Hoekstra

Angels We Have Heard on High sung by the children

Rehearsal Dialogue

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing – vs. 1-children; vs. 2-Taylor Walker, Xavia Walker, Carmen Walker, Haylee Walker; vs. 3-children and congregation

Rehearsal Dialogue

The First Noel sung by the children

Rehearsal Dialogue

It Came upon the Midnight Clear sung by the children

Rehearsal Dialogue

O Holy Night! – vs. 1-Rob Schreur; vs. 2-Alexis Nunnikhoven, Adalynn Van

Arendonk and Aurelia Zylstra

Rehearsal Dialogue

Angels from the Realms of Glory – vs. 1-children; *vs. 2 & 3-children and congregation

*Benediction

*Postlude

Minister: Interim Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Joyce Boender
Children’s Program Directors: Crystal Schreur, Melissa Tukker; Pianist: Paula Klyn

* = Please stand if able

Church School Participants

Three Year Olds – Pre-K

Jackson Boender
Jonah Golliet
Elle Magnussen
Jack Nieuwsma
Leah Nieuwsma
Annika Van Zee
Corbin Walker

Kindergarten – First Grade

Noah Golliet
Lydia Nieuwsma
Asher Van Zee
Madison Walker
Charlie Braafhart
Liam Nieuwsma
Luke Schreur
Declan Tukker

Second – Third Grade

Nora Van Arendonk
Kynlee Van Wyngarden
Isaac Walker
Antonia Zylstra
Georgia De Vries
Ethan Tukker
Haylee Walker

Fourth – Fifth Grades

Kate Braafhart
Adalynn Van Arendonk
Carmen Walker
Ryley Hoekstra
Alexis Nunnikhoven
Rob Schreur
Kirby Van Wyngarden
Taylor Walker
Xavia Walker
Aurelia Zylstra

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 17, 2017  4:00 P.M.

Congregation is encouraged to sit toward the front on the piano side for this evening’s service.

Prelude……….. Listen to the Angels………..

Welcome and Call to Worship………..

God’s Greeting and *Mutual Greeting………..

A Time of Praise……….. Christmas Hymns

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

            Offertory: What Child Is This?

Scripture Reading……….. Judges 13:8………..

            Pew Bibles – page 395

Sermon……….. “What Shall We Do with This Child?”………..

Prayer, Blessing………..

*Postlude……….. And the Glory of the Lord………..

Minister: Interim Pastor Dale Slings; Pianist: Barbara Boertje DeVries

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS: December 24: Pella II Missions Fund; Christmas Day: World Renew; December 31: General Fund

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Sarah Christensen, Kim Roose, Grace Bokhoven; December 24: (A.M.) Katie Magnussen, Jeanetta Nieuwsma, Carson Tukker; Christmas Day: Clarissa Van Zee, Kim Hoekstra, Ryley Hoekstra

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Lawrence and Mary Ann Vander Molen; North Doors: Dennis and Bev De Vries; South Doors: Anne Bokhoven; December 24: East Doors: Gary and Norma Kuiper; North Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; South Doors: Les and Carla Nieuwsma; Christmas Day: East Doors: Ryan and Kim Hoekstra, Ray Veenstra; North Doors: Bob and Karen Spencer; North Doors: Andrea Van Waardhuizen

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

Today: Barb Gosselink – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; JoAnn Boot – C,S; December 24: Emily Boender – C; Joyce Boender – C,J,S; Debra Klyn – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Van Kooten; December 24: Sherwin Klyn

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

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

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

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

There is no Church School today.

There will be a Council Chat following the morning service.

This evening we will have an abbreviated worship service at 4:00 p.m. before we go caroling. The congregation is encouraged to sit toward the front on the piano side. See details about caroling elsewhere in the bulletin.

NEXT SUNDAY: Worship services at 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

There will be no church school the next two Sundays. Classes resume on January 7.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Please pray for:

Dorell and Elizabeth Uitermarkt. Dorell has been moved to the Comfort House this past week.

Alice Zylstra continues to weaken. The family has agreed to shut off her pacemaker as it no longer appears to be working.

Edith Van Zee has been in Jefferson Place this week fighting off an intestinal virus. She hopes to return home soon and then be scheduled for hip replacement surgery.

Remember all our aged and shut-ins as they often long to be with their church family during this Christmas season.

We extend our Christian sympathy to the family of Frances Ver Heul who passed away on Thursday at the age of 102. Visitation will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Garden Chapel Funeral Home with the funeral following there at 11:00 a.m. We are thankful for the hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ

We wish a happy birthday to Gertrude Wassink who will celebrate her 95th birthday on December 19, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

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

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

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

The Pella Christian High Board will meet on December 18 at 7:00 p.m.

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

THANK YOU so much to everyone who has helped and supported us and the church school children. A special thanks to Paula Klyn for your wonderful accompaniment. Thank you to Daryl Van Zee and Jason Van Hal and the sound crew, to the children for their hard work, and to the parents and families, for practicing speaking parts and solos. Thank you to the church school teachers and parents for supervision and input during rehearsals. And, of course, thank you to all of you who came this morning to watch the program. We hope that you hear the good news and feel His great joy this Christmas season.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING/PIZZA: This evening we have the opportunity to go Christmas Caroling! Anyone interested should gather downstairs immediately following the “abbreviated” 4:00 p.m. evening service. After caroling, we will gather for pizza, Christmas cookie decorating, and fellowship in the Pella II lower level. For planning purposes, there is a sign-up sheet downstairs. Any questions, contact Glenda Van Woerkom.

YEAR-END GIVING: The last date to make contributions posted to your 2017 giving statement will be Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day). Thank you, the Deacons

WINTER ACCESSORIES NEEDED: For several years Pella 2 has gathered stocking hats, gloves and socks for families in need through Crossroads of Pella. Crossroads again has many families who need these items for winter. A bin has been placed downstairs for anyone who wishes to contribute to this cause. Additionally, if anyone has a need or knows of someone who needs any of these items, please feel free to take what is needed. This bin will remain downstairs until December 27. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

FROM THE DEACONS: The Deacons would like to express their appreciation to the congregation for their generous Thanksgiving offerings. Thank you!

ADVANCE NOTICE:

Christmas Day Worship service at 9:30 a.m.

Childrens Choir weekly rehearsals resume Wednesday, January 3, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

The 7th Annual Blood Drive in memory of Megan Hoogeveen will be held at Pella Christian High School on December 29 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Appointments are highly recommended to avoid wait times and to help in staffing the event. They can be made by calling LifeServe at 800-287-4903 or Mike Hoogeveen at 641-780-7043, online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. or the events page of www.meganslegacy.org. Walk-ins are also welcome. Free t-shirts available to all who donate. Help us celebrate what would have been Megan’s 25th birthday by giving the gift of life with your blood donation. After donation birthday cupcakes will be provided by Vander Ploeg Bakery.

PCHS HEALTH CHALLENGE…NEW YEAR, NEW YOU: We encourage you to gain better fitness, AND your participation supports Winterim internships for PCHS students! See the link at pceagles.org and click on Pella Christian eHealth Challenge for more info. Consider joining friends, co-workers, Bible study groups, and encourage one another to better health and fitness in 2018. Team kick-off/weigh-in is set for Saturday, January 10, at PPI in Pella.

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

OSKALOOSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is seeking qualified applicants for School Principal beginning with 2018-2019 school year. Details on the bulletin board downstairs.

JOB OPENING FOR NURSE MANAGER: Pathways of Pella is accepting applications for the position of Nurse Manager for their STD and Ultrasound program. This is a part-time (12 hours/week) position. Qualifications – R.N. with current license, and a heart for the ministry of Pathways of Pella. Previous experience in obstetrics and/or ultrasound preferred but not required. Job description and application can be found on the website: www.pathwayspella.org/serviceopportunities.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • November Financial Report
  • Lloyd & Nancy Peckham’s Christmas Greetings
  • Breaking Barriers, Disability Concerns newsletter
  • Lake View Camp news

December 10, 2017

MORNING SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

December 10, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent 9:30 A.M.

Prelude……….. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring………..

Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne / The Birthday of a King

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Welcome and Call to Worship ………..

God’s Greeting………..

Lighting the Advent Candle of Love Jeff Wichhart Family

A Time of Praise……….. Led by Praise Band

*Light of the Stable

*What a Glorious Night

Profession of Faith of: Matt Bokhoven, Taryn Hugen, Lexie Matherly, Tessa Vander Molen, Max Wichhart

Presentation of Bibles by the Elders……….. ………..

Prayer………..

*Response of Gratitude, singing:

In my life, Lord, be glorified. In my life, Lord, be glorified today.

In Your church, Lord, be glorified, be glorified. In Your church, Lord, be glorified today.

In Your world, Lord, be glorified, be glorified. In Your world, Lord, be glorified today.

By B. Kilpatrick,© 1978 Bob Kilpatrick Ministries; CCLI #618659

Scripture Reading……….. Ezekiel 47……….. ………..

Pew Bibles – page 1364

Sermon……….. “Grace Flows Down” ………..

THE LORD’S SUPPER

Prayer of Confession………..

Declaration of God’s Invitation and Promises

Hear the words of the institution of the Holy Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ:

The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread, and after giving thanks to God, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying “Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”

Prayer for the Work of the Spirit

Preparing the Bread and Cup

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

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

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

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

Communion

Invitation

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

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

The gifts of God for the people of God.

The Communion

Take, eat, remember, and believe that the precious body of our Lord Jesus Christ was given for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.

Take, drink, remember, and believe that the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ was shed for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……….. The Well

Offertory: Communion Hymn for Christmas – Text on screen

*Benediction

*Response, singing            The First Noel            Celebration #265:6

Then let us all with one accord sing praises to our heavenly Lord.

  That hath made heaven and earth of naught, and with His blood mankind hath bought.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

*Postlude…..

Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Melissa Geetings
Duet: Arlys Veenstra, Joe Van Haaften

* = Please stand if able.

Boldface type = Congregational Response

 

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

December 10, 2017 Candlelight Service 6:00 P.M.

Christmas Prelude……….. The First Noel……….. Joyce Boender, Organist

Welcome to Our World

Away in a Manger

Welcome and Call to Worship……….. Pastor Dale Slings

God’s Greeting, *Mutual Greeting ………..

*Sing……….. O Come, All Ye Faithful……….. led by Praise Band, Choir

*Sing……….. Angels We Have Heard on High………..

Choir Anthem……….. He Come from the Glory……….. Bryan Harthoorn, Soloist

*Sing……….. Joy to the World………..

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……….. The Well
Offertory: Christmas Offering – Praise Band

Sing……….. The First Noel……….. vs. 1 – solo by Luke Schreur

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

Song……….. The Little Drummer Boy……….. Praise Band

Meditation……….. “What Mary Pondered”………..

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

Prayer………..

Sing……….. What Child Is This?……….. vs. 1 & chorus – solo by Will Van Wyngarden………..

Solo……….. Gesu Bambino / O Holy Night……….. Glenda Van Woerkom………..

Recitation of Luke 2:1-20……….. Ruth Stevenson

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

*Benediction………..

*Postlude……….. Silent Night………..

Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Praise Band
Adult Choir: Phyllis De Vries, Pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS: December 17: Pella II Christian Education Fund; December 24: Pella II Missions Fund; Christmas Day: World Renew; December 31: General Fund

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Vicky Slings, Susan Vander Molen, Carter Vos; (P.M.) Barb Gosselink, Melissa Tukker; December 17: (A.M.) Sarah Christensen, Kim Roose, Grace Bokhoven

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Lowell and Julie Vander Molen; North Doors: Jeff and Kim Vander Molen; South Doors: Brian and Glenda Van Kooten; December 17: East Doors: Lawrence and Mary Ann Vander Molen; North Doors: Dennis and Bev De Vries; South Doors: Anne Bokhoven

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

Today: Bonnie Boot – C,J,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; JoAnn Boot – C,S; December 17: Barb Gosselink – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; JoAnn Boot – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Gary Vander Molen; December 17: 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.

This morning we will experience the joy of witnessing the public profession of faith of Matthew Bokhoven, Taryn Hugen, Alexa Matherly, Tessa Vander Molen and Max Wichhart. May God be praised for his covenant faithfulness!

This morning we look forward to the sacrament of Holy Communion, and we joyfully anticipate taking the benefits of Christ’s salvation into our hearts through this holy supper. All those who name Christ as Savior and who undertake to follow him in repentance are welcome to join us at the table.

Cake will be served after the morning worship service in celebration of the professions of faith. All visitors and members of the congregation are invited to come downstairs for refreshments and fellowship.

Church School will meet from 10:50-11:35 a.m. Note: the 3-year-olds – 5th grades will meet in the sanctuary today for program practice.

Adult Choir rehearsal from 11:00-11:35 on the third floor.

You are invited to attend a Harp Gathering at 3:00 this afternoon (December 10) in the Gathering Space at Second Reformed Church.

This evening we will sing our closing song with candlelight and ask that each of you pick up a candle before you enter the sanctuary (use parents’ discretion for the children). Please leave your candles in the boxes at the exits after the service.

NEXT SUNDAY: Our Children’s Christmas Program will be part of the morning worship service on December 17. There will be no church school next Sunday.

NEXT SUNDAY (continued):

There will be a Council Chat following the morning service next Sunday.

Next Sunday evening, December 17, we will have an abbreviated worship service at 4:00 p.m. followed by Christmas Caroling. See details elsewhere in the bulletin.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Edith Van Zee is spending a few days at Jefferson Place recuperating from an intestinal virus. When she is well enough she hopes to have a hip transplant. Pray for good health for her.

Alice Zylstra remains at Jefferson Place. We pray that her pain will be well managed.

Dorell Uitermarkt remains at home. He experiences both good and difficult days.

Remember all those who are experiencing the Christmas season without the company of loved ones.

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

TUESDAY: 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, at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium. The concert will present the message of Christmas in word and song centered on the theme “Emmanuel Is Born”. Please join us for an evening filled with the musical joy recognized as part of the Christmas season.

WEDNESDAY: The Quilting Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the church basement.

Christian Fellowship will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Lesson 7. We will have a Christmas potluck coffeetime. All ladies are welcome to join us!

GEMS will meet from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for their Christmas party.

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES: It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Four collection boxes will be available downstairs through today. 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.

FROM THE CONSISTORY: At their request, the memberships of Chad, Becky, Haley and Alexis Van Houweling have been transferred to Trinity Reformed Church in Pella. Blessings to them as they continue their covenantal walk with Christ.

YEAR-END GIVING: The last date to make contributions posted to your 2017 giving statement will be Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day). Thank you, the Deacons

DECEMBER WORSHIP SERVICES SCHEDULE:

Dec. 17 – 9:30 a.m. Children’s Christmas Program

Dec. 17 – 4:00 p.m. Abbreviated Worship Service before Caroling

Dec. 24 – 9:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Services

Dec. 25 – 9:30 a.m. Christmas Morning Service

Dec. 31 – 9:30 a.m. Service

Dec. 31 – 6:00 p.m. Service at Calvary CRC

CHRISTMAS CAROLING/PIZZA: Sunday evening, December 17, we have the opportunity to go Christmas Caroling! Anyone interested should gather downstairs immediately following the “abbreviated” 4:00 p.m. evening service. After caroling, we will gather for pizza, Christmas cookie decorating, and fellowship in the Pella II lower level. For planning purposes, there is a sign-up sheet downstairs. Any questions, contact Glenda Van Woerkom.

SURVEY: The results of the survey taken from the congregation after the merger did not pass are in your mailboxes today.

ADVANCE NOTICE:

The 7th Annual Blood Drive in memory of Megan Hoogeveen will be held at Pella Christian High School on December 29 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Appointments are highly recommended to avoid wait times and to help in staffing the event. They can be made by calling LifeServe at 800-287-4903 or Mike Hoogeveen at 641-780-7043, online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. or the events page of www.meganslegacy.org. Walk-ins are also welcome. Free t-shirts available to all who donate. Help us celebrate what would have been Megan’s 25th birthday by giving the gift of life with your blood donation. After donation birthday cupcakes will be provided by Vander Ploeg Bakery.

OSKALOOSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is seeking qualified applicants for School Principal beginning with 2018-2019 school year. Details on the bulletin board downstairs.

JOB OPENING FOR NURSE MANAGER: Pathways of Pella is accepting applications for the position of Nurse Manager for their STD and Ultrasound program. This is a part-time (12 hours/week) position. Qualifications – R.N. with current license, and a heart for the ministry of Pathways of Pella. Previous experience in obstetrics and/or ultrasound preferred but not required. Job description and application can be found on the website: www.pathwayspella.org/serviceopportunities.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • December Council Report
  • Voices of Pella II survey results
  • Huyser Christmas Letter
  • New Life News

December 3, 2017

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE

December 3, 2017 First Sunday of Advent 9:30 A.M.

Prelude He Shall Feed His Flock

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel/Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus

Welcome and Call to Worship

God’s Greeting

Lighting the Advent Candle of Hope Troy Hugen Family

Anthem O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Advent Prayer

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

*Sing Emmanuel Celebration #243 (2x)

Words of Confession

Congregational Prayer

Response, singing: We’ll praise His name forever (3x), Christ the Lord

For He alone is worthy (3x), Christ the Lord.

Offering New Life Prison Ministry

Offertory: Star of the East

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

Scripture Reading Exodus 17:1-7

Pew Bibles – page 114

Sermon “Water from the Rock”

Prayer

*Response, singing……….. Like a River Glorious……….. Celebration #737:1-3……….. ………..

*Blessing………..

*Postlude……….. ………..

Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Adult Choir, Phyllis De Vries – Pianist, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS: December 10: The Well; December 17: Pella II Christian Education Fund; December 24: Pella II Missions Fund; Christmas Day: World Renew; December 31: General Fund

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Kelsey Boot, April Nieuwsma, Ty Hugen; December 10: (A.M.) Vicky Slings, Susan Vander Molen, Carter Vos; (P.M.) Barb Gosselink, Melissa Tukker

C4C LEADERS: Today: Melissa Tukker, Carson Tukker

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Jason and Sharesa Van Arendonk; North Doors: JoAnn Boot; South Doors: Ruth Van Hal; December 10: East Doors: Lowell and Julie Vander Molen; North Doors: Jeff and Kim Vander Molen; South Doors: Brian and Glenda Van Kooten

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

Today: Bev De Vries – C,J,S; Susan Vander Molen – C,S; Clarissa Van Zee – C,J; Sharon Walker – C,S; December 10: Bonnie Boot – C,J,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; JoAnn Boot – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Ken Van Woerkom; December 10: 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.

C4C 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 leaders are Melissa Tukker, Carson Tukker.

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

Church School will meet from 10:50-11:35 a.m. Note: the 3-year-olds – 5th grades will meet in the sanctuary today and December 10 for program practice.

This evening our worship service will be held at the First Reformed Church at 6:00 p.m. Our church is sponsoring the 60-voice Community Choir Musical Morning Star, including orchestration, to celebrate our Savior’s birth. There will be congregational singing and a meditation by Pastor Dale Slings.   Proceeds from the offering will go to World Renew Disaster Relief. Handicap parking and access to the sanctuary are available on the north side of the church.

NEXT SUNDAY: Next week Sunday morning we joyfully anticipate witnessing the public profession of faith.

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

Our annual candlelight service will be held next Sunday evening.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Joel Vander Molen is thankful to be able to return home from the hospital this past week. Bryan Harthoorn was also dismissed from Pella hospital early this past week and is recuperating at home. Alice Zylstra has been placed under hospice care in order to provide better pain management for her. She will continue to be cared for at Jefferson Place. Please pray for peace for Alice and for her family.

We wish a happy birthday to Dorell Uitermarkt who will celebrate his 85th birthday on December 8 and pray for God’s blessings.

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

Consistory will meet at 6:15 p.m.

Council will meet at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY: The Pella Pro-Life Cookie Sale is December 7. Boxes of delicious decorated cookies will be sold at Ulrich’s Meat Market, 715 Franklin St., from noon-5:30 p.m. If you are willing to help in any way, please contact Jocelyn Meinders, jclynmndrs@gmail.com or 515-346-8016. We appreciate your support for Life!

FROM COUNCIL: The elders are pleased to announce that five of our young people have professed their faith in Jesus as their Savior and Lord and wish to be identified with His people. Matthew Bokhoven, Taryn Hugen, Alexa Matherly, Tessa Vander Molen and Max Wichhart will make their public profession among us next Sunday, December 10. We give thanks to God for His Spirit being at work among us drawing these young people to Himself.

SIGNING OF BIBLES: In recent years we have begun the practice of giving those who make public profession of faith a Study Bible signed by the members/families of the congregation. In the narthex there are five Study Bibles for this purpose for the young adults who will be making public profession of their faith on December 10.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES: It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Four collection boxes will be available downstairs through December 10. 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.

MEMORIAL ARRANGEMENT: The candle arrangement on the wall above the piano is in memory of Bradley Klyn.

ADVANCE NOTICE:

Our Children’s Christmas Program will be part of the morning worship service on December 17.

Sunday evening, December 17, we will have an abbreviated worship service at 4:00 p.m. followed by Christmas Caroling. See details elsewhere in the bulletin.

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 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium. The concert will present the message of Christmas in word and song centered on the theme “Emmanuel Is Born”. Please join us for an evening filled with the musical joy recognized as part of the Christmas season.

YEAR-END GIVING: The last date to make contributions posted to your 2017 giving statement will be Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day). Thank you, the Deacons

CHRISTMAS CAROLING/PIZZA: Sunday evening, December 17, we have the opportunity to go Christmas Caroling! Anyone interested should gather downstairs immediately following the “abbreviated” 4:00 p.m. evening service. After caroling, we will gather for pizza, Christmas cookie decorating, and fellowship in the Pella II lower level. For planning purposes, there is a sign-up sheet downstairs. Any questions, contact Glenda Van Woerkom.

DECEMBER WORSHIP SERVICES SCHEDULE:

TODAY: 6:00 p.m. Morning Star Christmas musical at First Reformed Church

Dec. 10 – 9:30 a.m. Communion, Professions of Faith

Dec. 10 – 6:00 p.m. Candlelight Service

Dec. 17 – 9:30 a.m. Children’s Christmas Program

Dec. 17 – 4:00 p.m. Abbreviated Worship Service before Caroling

Dec. 24 – 9:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Services

Dec. 25 – 9:30 a.m. Christmas Morning Service

Dec. 31 – 9:30 a.m. Service

Dec. 31 – 6:00 p.m. Service at Calvary CRC

JOB OPENING FOR NURSE MANAGER: Pathways of Pella is accepting applications for the position of Nurse Manager for their STD and Ultrasound program. This is a part-time (12 hours/week) position. Qualifications – R.N. with current license, and a heart for the ministry of Pathways of Pella. Previous experience in obstetrics and/or ultrasound preferred but not required. Job description and application can be found on the web site: www.pathwayspella.org/serviceopportunities. Completed applications and resume may be sent to Pathways of Pella, 703 Main St., Pella, Iowa 50219, or emailed to marilyn@pathwayspella.org.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY of Marion County, Inc. is currently receiving applications for the home located at 402 East First St. in Pella. See details on the bulletin board downstairs for application procedure.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENT:

Federated Fellowship Church, 309 Roosevelt Road in Pella will be hosting the Take Away Hunger” community food packaging event on Saturday, December 16 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. This is open to all ages. 100% of your $30 donation goes into the food being packaged. This is a great opportunity for individuals, families, community groups, organizations and businesses to come together to help others. Meals packaged this fall will go to South Texas and Florida to help with the needs of that area. If you would like to sponsor others wishing to help package meals, your donations are appreciated. You may sign up for this event by either contacting their church office or sign up online by going to federatedfellowship.org-Events-TakeAwayHunger. For more information contact Brad Flory at 780-9474 or their church office at info@federatedfellowship.org.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Wonderful Counselor – In the famous passage in Isaiah 9:6, the prophet begins by describing the Messiah as our 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 and subscribe to Groundwork’s weekly emails for future episodes. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: The Knights Before Christmas – When Liz and Lucille see a homeless family in front of church, they tell Liz’s dad. The church decides to help them, but then they find out that all is not what it seems. Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Check out KC’s Gifts of Kindness Advent Calendar and Devotional and invite your whole family to join you in giving daily gifts of kindness at www.kidscorner.net.

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL SERIES – Looking for more meaning in the midst of a busy Christmas season? This Advent, ReFrame Media offers a special email devotional series just for you. With daily devotions and encouragements from Today, Family Fire, Groundwork, and the fun of Kids Corner, we designed it to help your whole family experience the true wonder of Christmas, the coming Christ. Subscribe at reframemedia.com/advent.

 

November 26, 2017

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE

November 26, 2017 9:30 A.M.

Prelude Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Brethren, We Have Met to Worship

For the Beauty of the Earth

Welcome and Call to Worship

God’s Greeting, *Mutual Greeting

*A Time of Praise

* Come, Ye Thankful People, Come Celebration #797:1, 2

* Let All Things Now Living Celebration #794:1, 2

Words of Confession

Congregational Prayer

*Sing Good, Good Father led by Youth Praise Team

*Sing Your Grace Is Enough

Scripture Reading Isaiah 8:19-9:7

Pew Bibles – page 1072

Sermon “What Isaiah Knew”

Prayer

Mission Moment Kathleen De Haan (JAARS)

Offering Resonate Global Mission

Offertory Anthem: Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Adult Choir

*Blessing………..

*Response, singing……….. Great Is Thy Faithfulness……….. Celebration #139:1

*Postlude……….. ………..

Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Melissa Geetings
Adult Choir; Phyllis De Vries, Pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS: December 3: A.M. – New Life Prison Ministry; P.M. – Disaster Relief; December 10: Community Connections; December 17: Pella II Christian Education Fund; December 24: Pella II Missions Fund; Christmas Day: World Renew; December 31: General Fund

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Sharon Walker, Arlys Veenstra, Lexi Matherly; December 3: (A.M.) Kelsey Boot, April Nieuwsma, Ty Hugen

C4C LEADERS: December 3: Melissa Tukker, Carson Tukker

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Sherwin and Paula Klyn; North Doors: Steven and Kayla Talsma; South Doors: Corey and Katie Magnussen; December 3: East Doors: Jason and Sharesa Van Arendonk; North Doors: JoAnn Boot; South Doors: Anne Bokhoven

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

Today: Libby Braafhart – C; Crystal Schreur – C,J,S; Sharesa Van Arendonk – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; December 3: Bev De Vries – C,J,S; Susan Vander Molen – C,S; Clarissa Van Zee – C,J; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Brian Van Kooten; December 3: Ken Van Woerkom

DECEMBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center: Corey Magnussen, Les Nieuwsma; North Side: Gary Vander Molen; South Side: Dave Klyn

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

Adult Choir Rehearsal, 10:40-11:35 a.m.

Church School will not meet today.

December 2 and 3 Christmas Musical Rehearsal – 4:30-5:30 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC, Second CRC and Faith CRC will meet at Faith CRC. Joel Huyser will be preaching. The offering will be for Lakeview Camp.

NEXT SUNDAY: Next Sunday evening our worship service will be held at the First Reformed Church at 6:00 p.m. Our church is sponsoring the 60-voice Community Choir Musical Morning Star, including orchestration, to celebrate our Savior’s birth. There will be congregational singing and a meditation by Pastor Dale Slings.   Proceeds from the offering will go to Disaster Relief. Handicap parking and access to the sanctuary are available on the north side of the church.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Please pray for those in our church family with medical needs:

Bryan Harthoorn was admitted to Pella hospital with a cellulitis infection. He will remain hospitalized over the weekend as antibiotics are being administered.

Joel Vander Molen was admitted to Methodist hospital this week with an obstructed bowel. The family is hopeful that solutions are being found for him.

We extend our Christian sympathy to Dennis and Bev De Vries on the death of their brother-in-law, Brent Nikkel, this past week. We pray that God will comfort and strengthen them in this loss.

We wish a happy birthday to Kathleen De Haan who will celebrate her 83rd birthday on November 28, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Thank you for the lovely cards I received for my birthday, including the ones from Perk Up, Christian Fellowship and Scrapbooking. It was thoughtful of you, and I appreciate each one. May God bless you.” – Viola De Vries

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

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

TUESDAY: The Vision Teams will be meeting at 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: The Quilting Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the church basement. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Christian Fellowship will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Lesson 6. All ladies are welcome to join us!

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

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

December 2 & 3 Christmas Musical Rehearsal at First Reformed Church at 7:00 p.m.

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

FRIDAY: December 2 and 3 Christmas Musical Rehearsal at First Reformed Church at 6:00 p.m.

A benefit concert for the Freedom House (Restoration home for girls out of trafficking) featuring the Sinnema Family Band and Live Americana Gospel Music will be held at the First Reformed Church Chapel on December 1, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: At 6:00 p.m. you are invited to attend the 60-voice Community Choir Musical Morning Star, including orchestration, to celebrate our Savior’s birth. This will be held at the First Reformed Church (605 Broadway), sponsored by our Pella II congregation. There will be congregational singing and a meditation by Pastor Dale Slings. Proceeds from the offering will go to Disaster Relief. This will be repeated on Sunday, December 3.

Do your holiday baking the easy way at Oskaloosa Christian School Gym, located at 726 North E Street, on December 2, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Plates of goodies will include Decorated Sugar Christmas Cookies, Fudge, Divinity, Oreo Snow Balls, Peanut Butter Brittle and much more. Also, new to this year’s event is a vendors/crafters sale at the same time as the bake sale. Over 20 vendors will be available for your holiday shopping. Please contact Amie Roberts at 641-295-1619 if you have further questions, or visit our website www.oskaloosachristian.net under announcements.

FROM COUNCIL:

New council members selected at the annual congregational meeting for 2018 are elders Ryan Hoekstra, Calvin Roose and Steve Roose, and deacons Corey Magnussen and Steve Talsma. The council thanks all others who were nominated and willing to serve our church in this capacity. The annual budget for 2018 was also approved.

Retiring council members are elders Troy Hugen, Jon Van Woerkom and Ken Van Woerkom, and deacons Kurt Boender and Dan Schreur. Thank you for your faithful service over the past three years.

Eighteen members from our church who served on the vision teams this past summer have continued to meet on Tuesday evenings and are assisting council in developing Pella II’s future vision and direction. Council also wants to thank those serving in this capacity.

SIGNING OF BIBLES: In recent years we have begun the practice of giving those who make public profession of faith a Study Bible signed by the members/families of the congregation. In the narthex there are five Study Bibles for this purpose for the young adults who will be making public profession of their faith on December 10.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES: It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Four collection boxes will be available in the church basement through December 10. 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.

ADVANCE NOTICE:

Vocational Agriculture Program at Pella Christian High: All those interested in discussing the addition of a Vocational Agriculture and FFA program at Pella Christian High School are invited to an informational meeting in the PCHS Commons on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. Voc/Ag committee members will discuss the benefits of adding such a program and will answer questions from constituents. We would like to compile a list of questions/answers prior to that evening. Please send your questions regarding this program to Dan Van Kooten at vankootend@pceagles.org by Tuesday, November 28. Interest shown at this meeting will help the board determine whether to bring a Voc/Ag proposal to the Society in January.

The Pella Pro-Life Cookie Sale will be Thursday, December 7. Boxes of delicious decorated cookies will be sold at Ulrich’s Meat Market, 715 Franklin St., from noon-5:30 p.m. If you are willing to help in any way, please contact Jocelyn Meinders, jclynmndrs@gmail.com or 515-346-8016. We appreciate your support for Life!

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. If you are considering a gift to this drive please remember to make your gift by December 31.  There was a letter in your mailboxes last week explaining the drive. Donations can be sent directly to the school office at 300 Eagle Lane or given to any board member.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the mission of PCHS.

NEWS FROM THE WELL: (1) We are excited to celebrate the upcoming graduation of 11 students in the Getting Ahead (GA) Program. GA provides our clients with the tools and a plan that helps guide them in stabilizing their future. Each year we’ve transitioned our graduates from GA into a program called Connections that links the graduate with mentors to assist them in the implementation of their personal plan. Each student will be assigned two mentors that meet with them 1-2 times per month over the year by providing encouragement, support, and prayer. Training is provided and several meetings will be guided by a facilitator. We would like to have the mentors identified and given the opportunity to meet their student on January 8. We ask that you prayerfully consider becoming a mentor. Please contact Tabitha Vos at the Well (641-621-0164 x709) by Monday, December 18 to get involved.

(2) Looking for a place to meet people and serve others? There is a place for you to volunteer at The Well. We have a wide variety of volunteer positions that are waiting for someone with just your heart and skill set. Go to www.thewelliowa.org to fill out a volunteer application today! The next volunteer orientation is Tuesday, December 12 at noon.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Pella Christian Grade School FOCUS
  • Justin Van Zee’s letter
  • Areopagus, Campus Ministry at Iowa State, news
  • Thank you from Rev. Wang’ombe
  • Lifeline from Pella Pro-Life
  • Focus on the Family bulletin

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: God’s Work Goes On – Many of us struggle with over-scheduling and repeatedly find ourselves over-committed. Yet we often wonder, “If I’m not around to do it, who will?” Join Groundwork in studying 2 Kings 2:1-18 to learn more about our servant participation in God’s kingdom work. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: MVP – In this classic episode Lucille starts her program for broadcast on WLZE, Liz’s radio station. One of her callers is Colleen, a basketball player, who is sick of her parent’s attention. But Rita O’Dell, a famous player, helps Colleen to see that having supportive parents is really a blessing. Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL SERIES – Looking for more meaning in the midst of a busy Christmas season? This Advent, ReFrame Media offers a special email devotional series just for you. With daily devotions and encouragements from Today, Family Fire, Groundwork, and the fun of Kids Corner, we designed it to help your whole family experience the true wonder of Christmas, the coming Christ. Subscribe at reframemedia.com/advent.

November 19, 2017

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE

November 19, 2017 9:30 A.M.

Prelude Praise to the Lord the Almighty

To God Be the Glory

Rejoice the Lord is King

Welcome and Call to Worship

*God’s Greeting, Mutual Greeting

*A Time of Praise led by Praise Band

* Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King

* Come, People of the Risen King

“Cross” Update Bev De Vries

Anthem The Sound of the Saints Children’s Choir, Praise Band

Words of Confession

*Song of Recommitment to Thankfulness Thank You, Lord

Congregational Prayer

Scripture Reading Genesis 48:1-20

Pew Bibles – page 80

Sermon “God’s Will Be Done”

Prayer

Offering Luke Society

Offertory: Give Thanks

*Response, singing Give Thanks Celebration #170

*Blessing………..

*Postlude……….. ………..

Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Joyce Boender
Children’s Choir; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

 

Announcements

OFFERINGS: November 23: Thanksgiving Envelopes; November 26: Resonate Global Mission

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Susan Pierson, Lisa Vos, Nia Hoekstra; Thanksgiving Day: (A.M.) Judy Van Zee, Emily Boender, Matt Bokhoven; November 26: (A.M.) Sharon Walker, Arlys Veenstra, Lexi Matherly

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Luke and Jeanetta Nieuwsma; North Doors: Darrell and Bonnie Boot; South Doors: Tom and Sharon Walker; Thanksgiving: East Doors: Dan and Crystal Schreur, North Doors: Ken and Janiece Van Woerkom; South Doors: Dorothy Rus; November 26: East Doors: Marion Klyn, Sherwin and Paula Klyn; North Doors: Steven and Kayla Talsma; South Doors: Corey and Katie Magnussen

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

Today: Amy Bokhoven – C,J,S; Katie Magnussen – C,J,S; JoAnn Boot – C,S; November 26: Libby Braafhart – C; Crystal Schreur – C,J,S; Sharesa Van Arendonk – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Calvin Van Haaften; November 26: Brian Van Kooten

DECEMBER USHER SCHEDULE: Center: Corey Magnussen, Les Nieuwsma; North Side: Gary Vander Molen; South Side: Dave Klyn

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

Adult Choir Rehearsal for Thanksgiving, 10:40-11:35 a.m.

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

Youth Praise Team – 11:35-12:15 a.m.

December 2 and 3 Christmas Musical Rehearsal – 4:30-5:30 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC, Second CRC and Faith CRC will meet at Faith CRC. Pastor Ryan Faber will continue the series on the Apostles’ Creed – the forgiveness of sins. The offering will be for Pella Pine Rest.

NEXT SUNDAY: There will be no church school classes next Sunday.

Adult Choir Rehearsal, 10:40-11:35 a.m.

December 2 and 3 Christmas Musical Rehearsal, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m. next Sunday First CRC, Second CRC and Faith CRC will meet at Faith CRC. Pastor Brad Meinders will continue the series on the Apostles’ Creed.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Please pray for healing for Lenora Pleima as she deals with asthma and a bladder infection, as well as continuing stomach problems.

Remember to continue praying for Dorell and Elizabeth Uitermarkt and Alice Zylstra.

We wish a happy birthday to Viola De Vries who will celebrate her 84th birthday on November 21, and pray for God’s blessings.

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

Our Congregational Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. Nominees for the office of elder for a 3-year term beginning in 2018 are Ron Branderhorst, Ryan Hoekstra, Calvin Roose, Steve Roose, Dave Stevenson and Bill Wilson. Nominees for the office of deacon for a 3-year term beginning in 2018 are Jamis Christensen, Corey Magnussen, Lance Nieuwsma, Steve Talsma, and Matt Vos. Three elders and two deacons will be selected by lot, and the budget for 2018 will be voted on.   If anyone has objections to any nominees serving our church, contact any council member. Absentee votes for the budget can be placed in a signed envelope and given to any council member.

The Pella Christian Grade School Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. on November 20.

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

THANKSGIVING DAY: We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday for our annual Thanksgiving Day worship service. 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.

SATURDAY: Youth Praise Team – 1:00-2:00 p.m.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Operation Christmas Child boxes are due today. Youth Group will be bringing them over to Grace Fellowship immediately following the church service so please have your boxes in the basement. If you forgot your box, you can drop it off at Grace Fellowship before tomorrow. If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Roose. Thanks again for your support of Operation Christmas Child.

A FREE THANKSGIVING MEAL is available on November 23. The meal is served from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at First Reformed Church. You can carry out a meal or have it delivered. If you have any questions or would like a meal delivered call the church office at 628-3493.

POINSETTIA ORDERS: As is tradition, the PCHS Music Department will be selling poinsettias for this holiday season. Order forms are available from any PCHS band or choir student, in the school office, on the school website or on the table in our narthex. Five different colors are available at a cost of $13.00 per plant. Orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 21, and picked up on Monday, November 27, between 2:30 and 5:00 p.m.

ADVANCE NOTICE:

A benefit concert for the Freedom House (Restoration home for girls out of trafficking) featuring the Sinnema Family Band and Live Americana Gospel Music will be held at the First Reformed Church Chapel on Friday, December 1, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Do your holiday baking the easy way at Oskaloosa Christian School Gym, located at 726 North E Street, on Saturday, December 2, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Plates of goodies will include Decorated Sugar Christmas Cookies, Fudge, Divinity, Oreo Snow Balls, Peanut Butter Brittle and much more. Also, new to this year’s event is a vendors/crafters sale at the same time as the bake sale. Over 20 vendors will be available for your holiday shopping. Vendors/crafters include Attic Creations, Gold Canyon Candles, Lipsense, Pampered Chef, Refurbage, Signs by Shari, 3 J’s Soap and many more. Please contact Amie Roberts at 641-295-1619 if you have further questions. Visit our website www.oskaloosachristian.net under announcements for more information.

Vocational Agriculture Program at Pella Christian High: All those interested in discussing the addition of a Vocational Agriculture and FFA program at Pella Christian High School are invited to an informational meeting in the PCHS Commons on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. Voc/Ag committee members will discuss the benefits of adding such a program and will answer questions from constituents. We would like to compile a list of questions/answers prior to that evening. Please send your questions regarding this program to Dan Van Kooten at vankootend@pceagles.org by Tuesday, November 28. Interest shown at this meeting will help the board determine whether to bring a Voc/Ag proposal to the Society in January.

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. If you are considering a gift to this drive please remember to make your gift by December 31.  There is a letter in your mailboxes today 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.

NEWS FROM THE WELL: (1) We are excited to celebrate the upcoming graduation of 11 students in the Getting Ahead (GA) Program. GA provides our clients with the tools and a plan that helps guide them in stabilizing their future. Each year we’ve transitioned our graduates from GA into a program called Connections that links the graduate with mentors to assist them in the implementation of their personal plan. Each student will be assigned two mentors that meet with them 1-2 times per month over the year by providing encouragement, support, and prayer. Training is provided and several meetings will be guided by a facilitator. We would like to have the mentors identified and given the opportunity to meet their student on January 8. We ask that you prayerfully consider becoming a mentor. Please contact Tabitha Vos at the Well (641-621-0164 x709) by Monday, December 18 to get involved.

(2) Looking for a place to meet people and serve others? There is a place for you to volunteer at The Well. We have a wide variety of volunteer positions that are waiting for someone with just your heart and skill set. Go to www.thewelliowa.org to fill out a volunteer application today! The next volunteer orientation is Tuesday, December 12 at noon.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • October Financial Report
  • PCHS Fall Drive Letter

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: God Listens and Whispers – When we feel overwhelmed or depressed or unjustly attacked and beaten down by the world, God is ready to listen to our complaints. Join Groundwork as we study 1 Kings 19 to discover our God who listens in our pain, then comforts and challenges us with a whisper. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: Turkey Rocket – In this favorite episode, On Thanksgiving Day, all of Terrene comes out to help to celebrate being thankful, but Liz and the gang encounter some tough challenges and hard times. Can they be thankful regardless of the circumstances?   Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Check out KC’s Gifts of Kindness Advent Calendar and Devotional and invite your whole family to join you in giving daily gifts of kindness – www.kidscorner.net.

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL SERIES – Looking for more meaning in the midst of a busy Christmas season? This Advent, ReFrame Media offers a special email devotional series just for you. With daily devotions and encouragements from Today, Family Fire, Groundwork, and the fun of Kids Corner, we designed it to help your whole family experience the true wonder of Christmas, the coming Christ. Subscribe at reframemedia.com/advent.

RESONATE GLOBAL MISSION: Serve individuals with disabilities in Nicaragua – Tesoros de Dios is a ministry for children with developmental disabilities in Managua, Nicaragua. If you would like to provide classroom or therapy support, occupational therapy assistance, or serve in another way, contact Lisa Sochacki at Lsochacki@crcna.org.

WORLD RENEW: Double Your Donation to Help a Family in Need – Between now and Giving Tuesday (November 28, 2017), you can double your gift to help a family caught in the crossfire of conflict in Syria through World Renew’s matching grant from One Day’s Wages (ODW). Give a $30 gift and see it doubled to $60, enough to feed a family of six for a month. Go to www.onedayswages.org/worldrenew to learn more, donate, or start a fundraising campaign. Checks can be sent to One Day’s Wages, P. O. Box 18070, Seattle, WA 98118, with “World Renew” on the memo line.