November 19, 2017


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”


Offering Luke Society

Offertory: Give Thanks

*Response, singing Give Thanks Celebration #170


*Postlude……….. ………..

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

* = Please stand if able.




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.


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 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 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 to fill out a volunteer application today! The next volunteer orientation is Tuesday, December 12 at noon.


  • October Financial Report
  • PCHS Fall Drive Letter



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