November 8, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 8, 2020                                                                                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………… My Jesus, I Love Thee……………………………………………….

Adoration;  Fellowship Medley

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………. I Sing the Mighty Power of God………. Celebration #128:1-3

*Sing………………………………………….. God, You Reign……………………………………………………

Sing……………………………………………….. I Got Saved………………………………………………………

Congregational Prayer, concluding with The Lord’s Prayer………………………………………….

Sing…………………………………………… Lord, I Need You…………………………………………………..

Anthem……………………………………… Be Still, My Soul!…………………………………………………..

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Crystal Schreur…………………………………….. Romans 12:1-8;  Luke 6:38

Pew Bibles – pages 1763 & 1601

Sermon…………………………………. “Giving to Bring Life”……………………………………………..

“One Body, One Purpose” Series

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing………………………………………….. O Bless the Gifts…………………………………………………..

*Blessing and Exit Instructions……………………………………………………………………………………

*Offering, as you leave……………………………………………………………………… Ministry Shares

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

Pastor:  Paul Bradford;  Organist:  Andrea Van Waardhuizen

Worship Team
Adult Choir, Debbie Nelson – Pianist, Barbara Boertje DeVries – Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSNovember 15:  Christian Education Fund; November 22:  Crossroads of Pella; November 26 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes; November 29:  Creation Station Christian Preschool

TODAY:   Church School meets from 10:45-11:05 today.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Next Sunday morning the congregation will be blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Kaiya, daughter of Will and Allison Van Wyngarden. May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to the family of Virginia Van Kooten, who passed away on November 5.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord. Visitation is this afternoon, 3:00-5:00 at Pella II. The funeral is Monday, 10:30 a.m. at Pella II.  The family asks that masks be worn at both.

MONDAY:  All-church prayer meeting in the Fellowship Hall from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  We invite all to join us to pray for the ministries and outreach of our congregation.

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

Adult Choir will practice 7:15-8:15 p.m. Please bring masks.  For more information, contact Barbara Boertje DeVries at worship@pella2crc.org.

PANDEMIC PRECAUTIONS UPDATE:  The health and safety of the congregation is of utmost concern, especially as the COVID infection numbers continue to increase.  Based on a review of pandemic precautions taken by other Pella churches, as well as information from government and health authorities, our church’s updated protocol for worship service attendees is:

  • Face masks are required to be worn while singing, as we have since the end of August.
  • Masks are now recommended to be worn while inside the church building.  This is in order to help fight further spread of the virus.
  • For clarity, masks are not required with the exception of singing.  Worship attendees who do not wish to wear masks, please either hum or listen reflectively without singing.
  • Six-foot social distancing guidelines between family groups when in the church building remains in effect.

Thank you for your understanding and support of the precautionary measures being taken.  These are regularly reviewed.  The goal is to provide a safe environment, where we can focus on worshipping God and demonstrate Christ-like concern for our neighbor.  –  Governing Board

OUR VETERANS:  As a congregation we join with our fellow citizens in honoring those who have served and are serving our country in the military.  Many have served in time of war, and some have been wounded in combat.  We honor all of them for their service and sacrifice.  They are as follows:  Ryan Hoekstra, Marion Klyn, Sid Klyn, Ron Kramer, Phil Slings, Bob Spencer, Bill Stursma, Ed Uitermarkt, Doyle Vande Lune, Devin Vander Molen, Ken Van Gent, Carl Van Houweling, John Van Woerkom, John Van Zee

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: The annual congregational meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.  The agenda includes: 1. Selection by lot of Council positions, 2. Vote on the 2021 church budget, 3. Updates from the Council, and 4. Sneak preview of the Cornerstone Church logo.

The Council nominees are:

  • Deacon (two positions): Dan Schreur, Shane Tukker, and Will Vande Voort
  • Shepherding Elder (two positions): Calvin Van Haaften, Jon Van Woerkom, and Matt Vos
  • Governing Board Elder (one position): Ron Branderhorst and Brian Van Kooten

VOTING OPTIONS: Two voting options will be available for the November 16 congregational meeting.  Please select one of the following two options:

Option A – In-person voting at the congregational meeting

Option B – Electronic absentee ballots

  • An electronic absentee ballot will be made available through Pella II Breeze.  A link to the Breeze ballot is planned to be emailed to members the week of November 8.  The email will be sent to the same distribution list as the weekly bulletin.
  • The voter’s name and email address are required when completing the Breeze ballot.  One submission per member.
  • Votes must be submitted via Breeze prior to 5:00 p.m. on November 16.
  • For members without internet, ballots have been mailed to you with instructions.

All absentee ballots are subject to an approved motion to accept them at the congregational meeting.

THE 2019 YEARLY FINANCIAL REPORTS are available for you to pick up.  They have been placed in various locations in the narthex and downstairs instead of in your mailboxes so we can practice “social distancing”.

THANKSGIVING MEAL BOXES:  The Pella Food Shelf is making Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to give to local families.  Pella II’s challenge is to bring 150  15.25 oz. cans of corn for these boxes no later than November 15.    A collection table is downstairs or they can be placed on the table at the main entrance.

HYMN/SONG REQUESTS, ANYONE?  Even though “social distancing” has made it a challenge to stay connected, please be assured that you have not been forgotten!  Choir members and other musicians would be happy to serenade you with a hymn or song that’s meaningful to you, even if over the phone.  Contact Barbara Boertje DeVries with ideas, requests, and/or for encouragement!

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to  “Ministry Shares”.  Our offering November 15 will go to the “Christian Education Fund”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of QR Codethe week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

VETERANS DAY LUNCH/ASSEMBLY:  Join Peoria Christian School in honoring Veterans with a special lunch and assembly Tuesday, November 10, starting at noon.  Please RSVP to office@peoriachr.org or call 641-625-4131 by November 9

PCHS ANNUAL FINANCIAL DRIVE:  The Pella Christian High School Annual Financial Drive is currently underway.  The purpose of this drive is to support the general fund of the school.  The goal for this year’s drive is $80,000.  We are asking you to prayerfully consider a gift to the school by year end.  Please refer to the fundraising letter recently distributed through your church for details.  Thank you in advance for your faithful support of the mission of Pella Christian High School.

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ANNUAL BAZAAR is Friday, November 13, at the Peoria school gym.  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 to be auctioned off.  Supper menu is pulled pork sandwiches, party potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, brownies and ice cream. Freewill donation.  New this year — “To Go Meals” available 4:30-5:30 p.m. by contacting Suzy Veenstra (641-780-8856) by 12:30 p.m. on November 13.