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

 

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