October 20, 2019

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

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

How Firm a Foundation; Jesus Loves Me

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

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

BAPTISM OF SERENITY RUTH VAN ZEE

PREPARATION

What does baptism signify?

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

What else does it mean?

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

Should our children be baptized too?

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

PRESENTATION

PROFESSION OF FAITH

   Questions for the parents.

   Question for the congregation.

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

.. Congregation:  We do, God helping us.

   Affirmation of Faith – the Apostles’ Creed

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

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

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

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT

DECLARATION, BLESSING, AND WELCOME

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

Congregation:  We do.

   Let us bless Serenity together:

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

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

Slide Show of Serenity

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

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

GOD’S WORD

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

Pew Bibles – pages 1823 & 1489

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

“Christian Marriage” Series, Part 2

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for October 20, 2019

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

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

C4C LEADERToday:  Jeanetta Nieuwsma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THANKSGIVING MEAL BOXES:  The Pella Food Shelf is again making Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to give to local families.  Pella II’s challenge this year is to bring 150  15.25 oz. cans of fruit cocktail for these boxes no later than November 17.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing cans of fruit cocktail.  A collection table will be downstairs.

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

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

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The PCHS Theatre Troupe will open its 70th theatre season with Disney’s newest musical, Newsies, on October 31, November 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium.  Having just been released to the general public, Pella Christian will be only the 4th high school in Iowa to perform the show!  Reserved tickets are no longer sold in the school office but are available for purchase on-line beginning October 21 at https://pchstt.booktix.com/.  (This link will also appear on the school website.)  Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students ($2 more at the door) which includes credit card and handling fees charged to the school.  All sales will be final.

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

The Peoria Christian School Annual Bazaar will be Friday, November 8, at the Peoria Christian School Gym.  This year’s theme is “For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b.  Please plan to join us for a fun-filled evening.  Bake Sale/Browse-n-Buy 3:00-6:30; Coffee Time 3:00-4:30; Supper 5:00-6:30; Live Auction and free childcare at 7:00.  Like Peoria Christian School on Facebook for more information and to see items that will be auctioned off.  Thank you for supporting Peoria Christian School.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • Disability Concerns brochure

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

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

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