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Kinderhook Reformed Church

Easter Sunday Celebration of Worship, 10 a.m. April 1, 2018

 “To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

Welcome visitors! Please fill out a visitor’s pew card and place it in the offering plate.

Thanks to today’s ushers, Dave Ennis, Johnathan Pratt, and Chuck Rothermel.

Thanks to today’s greeters, Elize, Annake, and Liezl Visser.

Nursery facility available downstairs.


  Prelude                                                     Elevation, op. 13                         Camille Saint-Saëns

  Welcome and Announcements

We Enter His Presence

  Votum   Psalm 124:8 and 19:1

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  

  The Lord’s Greeting

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)  Based on John 11:25-26

I am the Resurrection and the Life.
       Anyone who believes in me, though they die, yet shall they live.
I am the Resurrection and the Life.
       Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.

Shouts of joy and victory abound!
       The Lord has done mighty and wondrous things!
God has conquered sin and death once and for all time.
       Let us proclaim the good news with joyous hearts.
Jesus Christ is risen today!
       Alleluia! He is risen indeed!

 *Hymn #248  (vs. 1 and 3)                                                                                            He Lives

We Celebrate God’s Visible Grace

   Baptism        Alexandra Jean Kupsch, Daughter of Audrey (Simpkins) Kupsch,

                                       Granddaughter of Gary and Bonnie Simpkins

*Hymn #247                                                                                          The Day of Resurrection

We Hear the Word of the Lord

  Prayer for Illumination  (Responsive)

Almighty God, who, through your Son, overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life, grant that we who celebrate our Lord's resurrection may arise from the death of our sin through the renewal of your Holy Spirit,

and may hear and obey your living Word of truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever.       Alleluia, amen! 

  Scripture Reading   Elder, Dawn Van Buren                                                     John 20:1-18 

  Message                         “ The Distance Between Being Recognized and Being Known ”

  Prayer of Blessing

Silent Prayer for Those Seeking to Accept Christ as Their Savior:

"Dear Jesus, I confess that I'm a sinner, and not right with you. I repent and ask forgiveness.    I believe that you died on the cross to take my punishment and to pay the price for my sins.     I believe that you rose from death to give me new life. Wash me clean from all sin, shame, and guilt, and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  In your name I pray.  Amen."

We Respond to the Word of the Lord

  Solo     From Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, “If with all your hearts you truly seek me”                     

Deborah Spaulding, soprano

*Confession of Faith  (Responsive)  Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 45

How does Christ's resurrection benefit us?

First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he won for us by his death.

Second, by his power we too are already now resurrected to a new life.

Third, Christ's resurrection is a guarantee of our glorious resurrection.

This is our faith and hope.

Alleluia, amen.

We Come with Thankful Hearts

  Offering/Offertory      Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness,” op. 122        Johannes Brahms

*Doxology #809                                                  Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

*Offertory Prayer  (Unison)

God of great grace and great gifts, this morning we give you praise, we give you glory, we give you thanks! Through the raising of Christ from the dead, you have given immeasurable grace to us, and with resurrection humming in our hearts, we joyfully present these gifts to you. May they reflect the grace we have received, and symbolize lives committed to the service of our risen Lord. Amen.

  Prayer Requests and Pastoral Prayer

 We Are Sent into This World 

*Hymn #251                                                                                                      Thine Is the Glory

*Benediction, Blessing, and Response Hymn            My Friends May You Grow in Grace

My friends, may you grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

My friends, may you grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

 To God be the glory, now and forever, now and forever, amen. (2x)

  Postlude                                         Voluntary in A major, op. VII/1                      John Stanley



Next Sunday, April 8, KRC will hold a single combined worship service at 10 am.


Donations for the Easter lilies decorating our pulpit area are greatly appreciated, and may be placed directly in the offering plate clearly marked for this purpose.



       The Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry has distributed Easter Food Baskets to families who use the Pantry and requested them. The baskets included food for Easter dinner: ham, potatoes, yams, corn, green beans, pineapple, and brownies. The Pantry bought all food items for the baskets in bulk, and if you would like to help financially with these purchases, checks may be made payable to Kinderhook Reformed Church, with Easter Baskets on the memo line, and dropped in the offering plate.  If you prefer, you may make checks out directly to Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry, Inc., with Easter Baskets on the memo line, and mail them to:  Jean Norton, 35 Harris Drive, Valatie, NY 12184. The Pantry thanks you for any help you are able to give. All left-over monies or food items from the Easter basket distribution are put into the Pantry account or onto the Pantry shelves.




For the next few Sundays, a printout of the names, email and mailing addresses, and phone numbers listed in our computerized Membership and Friends Manager will be available on the back table.  Please check over your particular information, and make any necessary corrections directly on the printout.  Also, please place a in the “Correct” column if no changes are needed.  If your information does not appear on the printout, and you would like to have it listed in the new directory, please enter it at the end of the printout.  Photos will be taken on April 12th and 13th for those who wish to have them included; photo appointment reservations are necessary through the church office, 518-758-6401, or online at:




Beethoven and Mendelssohn: Second Symphonies from the Romantic Age

3:00 pm NEXT SUNDAY, April 8, Kinderhook Reformed Church

       The Broad Street Chorale, the Broad Street Orchestra, and soloists offer three great works from the first half of the 19th century. Opening the program will be the brilliant, but seldom heard concert aria Infelice (1843) by Mendelssohn, with which the award-winning soprano Caroline Dunigan returns to CITV. This is followed by Beethoven’s exciting Symphony No. 2 in D major (1801-02), regarded by many as one of the master’s wittiest creations. Following intermission Mendelssohn returns with his monumental Symphony- Cantata Lobgesang (1840) for large orchestra, chorus and soloists. Written to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing and sometimes classified as the second of the composer’s five symphonies, this vocal-orchestral work is apparently modelled on Beethoven’s much more famous 9th Symphony. It shares with the earlier work both choral and orchestral magnificence and gorgeous writing for solo voices. The soloists for Lobgesang will be soprano Caroline Dunigan, mezzo-soprano Chloë Schaaf, and tenor Jon Morrell.  CITV Artistic Director David Smith conducts.

A 19th Century German Songbook for Voices and Piano Four-hands

4:00 pm Saturday, April 14, Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook

       With this concert CITV celebrates and supports the impressive talents of four singers from the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program and two Bard Collaborative Piano Fellows. Featured will be duets and quartets by Brahms, Fanny Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Schubert, as well as four-hand piano works by Clara Schumann and Schubert. Included will be the well-known and beloved Liebeslieder, op. 52 (1868) of Brahms, as well as that composer’s very beautiful earlier 3 Quartets, op. 31. Performing will be soprano Paulina Swierczek, mezzo-soprano Chloë Schaaf, tenor Eric Carey, bass Luke MacMillan, and pianists Florence Mak and Bethany Pietroniro. Since its founding CITV has benefitted from the participation of many fine singers and instrumentalists from Bard and in recognition is delighted to present these six very promising musicians. CITV has also enjoyed the contributions of Bard musicians in the beginning post-graduate years of their performing careers; among these have been the very well-received sopranos Caroline Dunigan and Kameryn Lueng. A 19th Century German Songbook for Voices and Piano Four-hands has been conceived by these six young performers at the invitation of Artistic Director David Smith.

A $20 donation is suggested from those attending either of the above concerts.



The March 27th outreach dinner at St. Luke's Church was a great success, serving seventy-seven attendees. Many thanks to our chef, sous chefs, servers, dishwasher, and those who helped to clean up after the meal; all made the evening run smoothly.  It was wonderful fellowship working with another church while serving the community in the name of our Lord.




KRC will sponsor an indoor flea market and bake sale from 10 am – 2 pm Saturday, April 14, for the benefit of the youth mission trip to New Berlin, NY, this summer. Please see Dawn Van Buren for details on setting up your own table at the flea market ($20 fee), and Susan Patterson if you are able to donate baked goods.



The next Parents' Night Out at KRC is being planned for Saturday, April 14, from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.  You are invited to take advantage of this great opportunity to have your kids, ages 3 and up, well-looked-after as they enjoy activities, dinner, and movie entertainment, while you and your spouse enjoy a night out together.  The maximum number of kids that can attend is limited to 20, so parents must register their children in advance for this program; forms are available in the church fellowship hall.   Additional volunteers are needed to help out, and if you are able to do so, please contact a member of Outreach Ministry.  



Tens of thousands of CROP Hunger Walkers are committed each year to building a hunger-free world.  For nearly half a century.  CROP Hunger Walks have ensured that more people worldwide have access to nutritious, sustainable food sources.  From combatting droughts in Nicaragua to providing agricultural training in Indonesia to stocking shelves in hundreds of food pantries across the US, CROP Hunger Walks help end hunger by raising funds to support local food programs and the international anti-hunger work of Church World Service.  This year's walk is on Sunday, May 6, and will step off at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kinderhook.  The walk will still wind around the village of Kinderhook, but it will be a little shorter, making it more do-able for more people.  Kinderhook Reformed Church is once again invited to stand with its neighbors in our community who rely on food-assistance programs, and to partner with and support families worldwide struggling in the face of grinding poverty. CROP WALK committee chair this year is Beegee Ropollo (biroppolo@gmail.com, 518-320-6232).   KRC's contact person, Patrice Lyons, is prepared to pass along all necessary CROP WALK 2018 information to the KRC family and friends, and encourages our participation in this year's effort. 



Each member’s share of this year’s classis assessment has been set at $94.68 (Up $6.18 from last year).  All
who are able to do so are encouraged to offer, over and above regular giving, their share of this support. 
The full share does not have to be given at one time, but may be given in as many increments as are convenient.
If offered weekly, that’s just $2.38 per week for the remaining weeks (40) in this year. Please clearly
designate all contributions, “Classis Assessment.” 


Stewardship Ministry urges that everyone give prayerful consideration

to how they might adjust their giving to help keep income

at a level that will meet daily operating expenses.

Inspired by the abundance with which the Lord has blessed us,

 let us continue, as his faithful stewards, to be ever mindful of the need to maintain a weekly offering sufficient to cover our commitments.



Deborah Spaulding (1st), Annake Visser (6th), Beth Anne Rippel (11th),

Anne-Marie Zietsman (11th), Angela Rivera (12th), Bill Nieman (16th),

Arnie March (17th), Leo Dolan (18th), Cydney Rippel (22nd), Paul Zietsman (29th)




  • those who do not know Christ or who are struggling in their faith journey. Pray also that God will provide opportunities for us to witness for Jesus, and give us the courage and winsome words needed to make the most of these opportunities.
  • Pastor Rudy, as he fulfills his ministerial duties.
  • KRC ministries, programs & projects, and those planning & administering them as they seek new directions and God’s wisdom and blessing in moving our church toward a greater and more effective impact on our surrounding communities: KRC’s Consistory, especially newly installed officers, Jane Deane, Jean Hacker; Susan Patterson, and Deborah Spaulding; KRC’s administrative ministries; KRC’s Youth Group; Sunday School; KRC’s small group ministries and Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; 1st Friday Free Community Dinner; and other outreach programs.
  • our state, national, and world leaders, especially President Donald Trump and all of the government officials now in office, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
  • our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace, especially Jason Lansing serving in South Korea.
  • victims world-wide suffering natural and other hardships and tragedies; those suffering economic instability; poverty, hunger, and poor health; political oppression, unrest, war, displacement and terrorism, especially the survivors of, and those who have lost loved ones and friends in recent gun violence.
  • those grieving the death of loved ones, especially family and friends grieving the recent death of Terry Toomey, friend of Jim and Nancy Baker; Janet Smith, family, and friends grieving the recent death of Janet’s father.
  • those who, even after many years, still hurt from the void left by loved ones who have passed on from this world.
  • reassurance, peace, and dignity for those nearing the close of this life.
  • Jean Hacker, beginning radiation treatments this coming week.
  • Carol, future daughter-in-law of Erika & Merrill Johnson, recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  Pray that Carol may experience God's healing, reassurance, and peace, and pray for Carol's family, and the Johnsons, for strength as they help her during this difficult time.
  • Freya, Patti Varga’s aunt, recently home from the hospital with hospice care, and given 2 to 4 weeks to live. Remember as well Willard, Freya's husband, who was moved to a nursing home while Freya was in the hospital because he can no longer care for himself, and for their 3 children as they are faced with this new reality.
  • others battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: Friend of Erika Johnson; Judy Alvarez; Charles Roppolo; Terri; Michael, brother of Mary Jane Haywood; Connie Witkowski; Michael; Don Morse; Jill; J.B.; Jen; Bill, Janet Smith's brother; Ronny; Carol Nel; Jeff Peter; Mark; Ann; Steve.
  • Phil Sherman, dealing with eye issues.  Pray that Phil may experience God's healing, reassurance, and peace, and pray also for his wife, Birgitta, as she assists with Phil’s needs.
  • Morgan Hickman, daughter of Fred and Angie, who recently suffered a serious concussion and is currently experiencing many side effects from it. It is expected that she will have a long recovery ahead of her, but please pray for a speedy and complete healing for Morgan, and that she, her parents, and family will be blessed with God's strength, reassurance, and peace during this difficult time.
  • those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: Friend of Erika Johnson; Ted Call; Fred Borrelli, nephew of Jane Deane; Bill Lansing, father of Carol Zincio; Merrill Johnson; Virginia Rothermel.
  • those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: Jim Baker's mother, in nursing care in Livingston following; Vickie Metzger, 98, Nancy Baker's mother; a young woman who has just found out she is pregnant and is worried; Brianna; Merrill Johnson, dealing with unspoken issues; our students as they deal with challenges of higher levels of education in this school year, career choices, and job searches; Greg Clause Jr.; the epidemic of addiction to life-threatening drugs. Libby Little-Saxton, working with Afghan refugees – please pick up Libby’s latest update now available on the back table; God’s protection for travelers.
  • residence-bound KRC family, George Clowe, and those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Nancy and Jim Baker caring for Nancy’s mother, Vickie Metzger.


Dave and Char Alexander, RCA missionaries, Taiwan;

Alight Pregnancy Center, Hudson

Perry Jones and Capital City Rescue Mission, Albany

Compassion International, KRC-Sponsored Child, Evelin Chuquinia, 19

Alex and Fran Knauss, Trans-World Radio    

Maureen Menard, Youth with a Mission

Dick and Carolyn Otterness, RCA missionaries, Hungary

Brian and Bea Post, Wycliffe Bible Translators

Seth and Melissa Rogati, missionaries, Young Life Ministry, St. Thomas

Betty Ann Stedwell, Christar International Mission




  • Pastor Rudy Visser, our Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision, and for the Christ-centered messages God gives to Pastor each and every Sunday for the spiritual nourishment and growth of our church family. 
  • the inspirational ministries of our guest preachers, Perry Jones, Tom McCrossan, John Bowen, Derek DeJager, and others who lead KRC worship from time to time.
  • those men and women who have served or are now serving our country, and those who have sacrificed their wellbeing and lives for the peace & liberty we enjoy.
  • all those of KRC's family and friends who volunteer their time, talent, and energy so generously and so selflessly to the various ministries and programs of our church, and who often do this quietly behind-the-scenes with little notice or recognition.


Outreach Ministry is asking that those who submit a prayer request to KRC’s family and friends also inform us if they know of any additional material or physical needs, beyond the initial prayer request, that we might be able to meet. We would love the opportunity to engage with those in need of prayer in tangible ways as well, such as with meals, emergency monies, a ride, a listening ear, a visit, childcare - to name a few.



Hearts of Hope Luncheon, "Women Helping Women”

Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21, 2018


Hearts of Hope is a women's fundraiser luncheon that will benefit our women and children's programs. There will be a testimony from a program participant, a fabulous lunch, and some door prizes! 


Shaker Ridge Country Club

802 Albany Shaker Rd

Loudonville, NY 12211

 (Shares driveway with Hilton Garden Inn)


Friday, April 20th

Saturday, April 21st

12:00 - 2:30pm

(Choose the most convenient day)



The cost is $24 per person and there will be complimentary valet parking for your convenience.

Online registration closes April 17th. Don't delay!


                                                                                 Sue Jones                                       Mandy Schettini

 518.462.0421                                518.462.0459 x 255

                                                               sjones@albanymission.com           mschettini@albanymission.com





Email Address – krc@fairpoint.net

Website Address kinderhookreformedchurch.com

Rev. Rudy is available at his church office

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.

Please call ahead for an appointment.

Evenings are set aside for meetings, visitations, and counseling.

For immediate assistance at any time, call 518-859-4158.

Church Phone   518-758-6401                Church Fax   1-518-758-6402



                                                       KRC 2018 CONSISTORY

                                      Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory


  Noreen Dick  ’18   Church Family. . . . . . . .     518-758-6640  noreend122@twc.com

  Susan Patterson – ’19  Property. . . . . . . . . .   518-755-4909  patterss@strose.edu

  Beth Anne Rippel ’18  Stewardship. . . . . . 518-392-5044  barippel@yahoo.com

  Deborah Spaulding ’19  Outreach. . . . . . .   518-758-7316  ber00519@fairpoint.net 


  Jane Deane  ’19  Christian Ed., Cemetery. . 518-758-7051  jdeane1943@gmail.com

  Jean Hacker – ’19  Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518-758-9412  jch9412@aol.com

  Merrill Johnson’18   Worship. . . . . . . . . . . 518-828-6726  docjohnson36@gmail.com

  Dawn Van Buren ’18  Consistory Vice-President, Cemetery, Pastoral Relations,       

                                             Personnel. . . . . . . . .  518-758-7564  dawnandleo@fairpoint.net




Today, April  1  Easter Sunday – Combined 10 a.m. Worship Service

Wed, April 4

       7:00 pm  Bible Study resumes at the home of Merrill and Erika Johnson.

Thur, April 5

       9:00 am  Small Group Bible study @KRC

            Group continues its study, Grace, by Max Lucado – Please join us!

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @KRC

       6:30 – 8 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Fri,   April  6

       6:00 pm  First Friday free community dinner – Doors open at 5:30.

Sun,  April  8

     10:00 am  Combined Communion Worship Service

       4:00 pm CITV Concert, Kinderhook Reformed Church

   “Beethoven and Mendelssohn: Second Symphonies from the Romantic Age”

Thur & Fri, April 12, 13 

       2:00 – 8:40 pm each day - Photo Sessions, New KRC Directory

Sat,  April 14

     10 am – 2 pm  Indoor Flea Market and Bake Sale @ KRC

          to benefit the youth REACH summer mission trip to New Berlin, NY

       4:00 pm CITV Concert, Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook

          “A 19th Century German Songbook for Voices and Piano Four-hands”

       5:30 – 8:30 pm  Parents’ Night Out 

Fri & Sat,  April 20, 21

     12 Noon – 2:30 pm each day

Capital City Rescue Mission’s Hearts of Hope Luncheon,

“Women Helping Women,” Shaker Ridge Country Club, Loudonville, NY


Servers Next Sunday, April 8, 2018

Ushers: Dave Ennis, Johnathan Pratt, and Chuck Rothermel

Greeter(s): Deborah Spaulding