September 15, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
September 15, 2019                                                                                                      9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………………………… Ancient Words…………………………………………………….

The Church’s One Foundation; How Firm a Foundation

OPENING AND GREETING

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

Report on Labor Day Family Fun Fest………………………………………………….. Shane Tukker

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

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

*Sing……………………………………………… We Believe……………………………………………………….

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……………………………………………………………….. World Renew

Life Groups Video: “Unstuck – Moving from the Mundane to the Meaningful”

GOD’S WORD

Vocal Duet…………………….. Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil…. Carson & Ethan Tukker

Scripture Reading…………………………………………………………………… Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Pew Bibles – page 1516

Sermon………………………….. “Growing Strong” (Discipleship)………………………………………

“Why Are We Here?” Series, Part 2

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

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

*Blessing, read responsively (based on St. Patrick’s “Prayer for the Faithful”)………………

Pastor: May the Strength of God guide us.  May the Power of God preserve us.

May the Wisdom of God instruct us.  May the Hand of God protect us.

May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us.

May the Angels of God guard us against the snares of the evil one.

All:       May Christ be with us!  May Christ be before us!

             May Christ be in us, Christ be over all!

Pastor:  May God’s grace be yours, as you leave this place, this day and always. Amen.

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

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

Pastor:  Paul Bradford; Organist: Joyce Boender; Worship Team

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements for September 15, 2019

OFFERINGSSeptember 22:  International Justice Mission; September 29:  Pella Christian Grade School Tuition Assistance (TAP)

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Mary Van Haaften, Amy Bokhoven; September 22:  (A.M.) Sarah Christensen, Regina Vaverka, Carter Vos

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: East Doors: Brent and Lisa Van Kooten; North and South Doors: Dan and Crystal Schreur; September 22:  East Doors: Jon and Glenda Van Woerkom; North Doors: Jon Van Haaften; South Doors: Corey and Katie Magnussen

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

Today:  Laura Branderhorst – C,J,S; Joyce Vander Molen – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; September 22:  Carolyn Harthoorn – C,J,S; Allison Van Wyngarden  C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday:  Gary Vander Molen; September 22:  Calvin Van Haaften

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

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

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

     The church picnic will be held today at Caldwell Park (across from the tennis courts on University Street).  You are welcome to start arriving any time after 11:30, before the 11:45 lunch that will be prepared for you (dinnerware provided), followed by a worship service.  Please bring your own lawn chair to use during worship.  At the conclusion of the worship service we will carpool over to the site of the new building and have a short property dedication.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church (formerly First CRC) and Faith CRC at Connect Church.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on The Name of God, Abba – Father.

NEXT SUNDAYChurch School will begin the season next Sunday, September 22.  Classes will meet from 10:50-11:35.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church (formerly First CRC) and Faith CRC at Connect Church.  Pastor John Ritsema will preach on The Name of God,  Yahweh – I Am.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We wish a happy birthday to Anne Bokhoven who will celebrate her 87th birthday on September 18 and pray for God’s continued blessings.

We rejoice at the birth of a healthy girl, Chloe Sue, on September 11 to Calvin and Stephanie Roose.  We thank God for this great gift!

“I felt so blessed by all the many cards, telephone calls and other acts of kindness for my birthday.  God has really blessed me for all these years, and I look forward to many more yet.” – Leona Nunnikhoven

New Address:  Tom and Sharon Walker, 700 West Fourth Street in Pella.

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

College Planning Night:  On September 16, parents of juniors and seniors at Pella Christian High School are invited to a presentation and question/answer session about navigating the college admission and financial aid process.  This information will be especially valuable for parents who have had no experience with the process previously.  We will meet in the school library at 7:00 p.m.

The Pella Christian Grade School Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. on September 16.

The Pella Christian High Board will meet on September 16 at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

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

CLASSIS CENTRAL PLAINS will meet at Newton CRC on Friday and Saturday.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR’s first rehearsal will be this Wednesday, September 18, 6:30-6:55 p.m.  All 1st-6th graders welcome!

IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!  The order deadline for Peoria Christian School Sub Sandwiches, Butter Braids, & Cookie Dough has been extended to Monday, September 16!  There are two sub sandwich options: Ham, Turkey, Swiss, & American Cheese on Hoagie Bun or Ham, Pella Bologna, Swiss, & American Cheese on Hoagie Bun.  Cost is $3 per sandwich or 13 for $36.  We are also selling Butter Braids & Cookie Dough. New this year is online ordering available for Butter Braids & Cookie Dough.  Go to https://store.myfundraisingplace.com/4ba638ac-dbd5-4d15-ac80-16a1f97e74fe and choose a student to submit order. You can access the link on Peoria School Facebook page. Money MUST be collected when orders are placed. Orders are due to the school on Monday, September 16.  They will be available for pick up along with sub sandwiches on Wednesday, September 25, after 4:00 p.m. Any questions or to place an order please contact a Peoria student or the school at 641-625-4131.

RIDE FOR LIFE: This Saturday, September 21, join other motorcycle and car enthusiasts to raise money for Pathways of Pella.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  Riders and drivers depart at 10:00 a.m. from the United Methodist Church parking lot, 1414 University Street, with a lunch stop at the Lake Ahquabi Beach Shelter House mid-way through the ride (just outside of Indianola). This meal is free for all registered riders/passengers. For those who wish not to participate in the ride, you are invited to come and enjoy the meal, for a small cost.  For more information, contact Jed Blauw at bhtees@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/434870260704528/.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING:  Hospice of Pella will have a six-week volunteer training class on Tuesday evenings, September 24-October 29, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Comfort House meeting room.  To sign up, or for more information, call Hospice of Pella at 641-620-5050.  All Hospice volunteers are required to complete the hospice volunteer training class.

THE PELLA COMMUNITY FOOD SHELF is seeking a few generous folks to add to their team!  Your time commitment can be two hours a month, once a month or even every other month, or more if you like!  We have ways to serve that can fit anyone’s schedule, age and gifts!

  • Wal-Mart pick up: Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 1:00-3:00 p.m. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. or more.  Best to have a partner.
  • HyVee pick up: Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
  • Setting up for Tuesday mornings – stocking nonperishables and other items. Perfect for families, youth groups or small groups as many activities can be done on a flexible schedule from Wednesday to Monday each week.
  • Helping at the shelf with clients sacking food, registration or some other tasks on Tuesday mornings, 7:45-9:30 a.m. or evenings 6:15-8:45 p.m. If you like people, this is the spot for you!
  • Sorting incoming donations: another activity great for families, youth groups or small groups. Can be done anytime!

If interested, please contact us at volunteercoord@pellacommunitfoodshelf.org or 780-1779.

LAKE VIEW CAMP:  Middle School and High School Students, mark your calendars!  Lake View Camp is offering retreats this fall and winter!  Middle School Fall Retreat is October 19 and 20.  High School Winter Retreat is January 25 and 26, 2020.  Learn more about how following God changes everything and have lots of fun with friends.  Registration forms can be found at www.lakeviewconference.com.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: We Are The Body of Christ – Discover how the human body helps us understand what it means to be the Church.  Study 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Ephesians 4:15-16, and Romans 12:3-8 with Groundwork to find out what being the body of Christ means for believers yet today. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Kind of Kind – Random Acts of Kindness are breaking out all over.  Who’s doing it?  And how can Liz discover how to be kind — even when it’s hard?  Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Life of Jesus Coloring Book.

AT-HOME FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP: In the book Liturgy of the Ordinary (IVP2016) Tish Warren writes, “We learn the craft of holiness day by day in the living of a particular life…we are part of God’s big vision and mission — the redemption of all things — through the earthy craft of living out our vocation, hour by hour, task by task.  I want to do the big work of the kingdom, but I have to learn to live it out in the small tasks before me.”  How might this insight change your perspective on the small tasks of your daily life? (Faith Formation Ministries; crna.org/FaithFormation).