June 2019   
This Week's Events


Small Group Bible Study
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Join us for a study of 1st Corinthians
Prayer Group
10:00 AM
Jr/Sr High Youth Group
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Students grade 6-12 are welcome to join us for food, fun, fellowship, Bible study & community service on Thursday nights from 6:30-8pm. Sign up for our weekly emails so you'll know what's planned each week!


Consistory retreat
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The KRC Consistory will gather together for a time of prayer, worship and learning.
Bible Search

Kinderhook Reformed Church, April 29, 2018

 “To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”


Rev. Rudolph Visser, Pastor

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





  Announcements, The Lord’s Greeting, and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise

  Scripture Reading                                                                                                     John 15:1-8

  Message                                                          “Branches Bear Fruit, They Don’t Make Fruit”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn and Benediction





Following worship, all are invited downstairs for refreshment and fellowship.

Thanks to today’s ushers, Greg Clause Jr, Jim Dunham, and Gary Leggett.

Thanks to today’s greeter, Joy Bertram.             

Nursery facility available downstairs.


  Prelude                                                     As the Deer                                     Martin Nystrom

“As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longs after you.

You alone are my heart’s desire, and I long to worship you.”

  Welcome and Announcements


  Drawing Near to God

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)

Christ says: I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. What do you say? 
       Christ is the vine, we are the branches. Shelter us! 
Christ says: You have been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 
       Christ is the vine, we are the branches. Prune us! 
Christ says: Abide in me as I abide in you. 
       Christ is the vine, we are the branches. Sustain us! 
Christ says: Apart from me you can do nothing. 
       Christ is the vine, we are the branches. Save us! 
Christ says: Ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 
       Christ is the vine, we are the branches. Alleluia! Amen. 

*Hymn of Praise #86                                                                       We Come, O Christ, to You


Allowing God to Shape Us

  The Law of God Matthew 22:34-40

  Affirmation of Faith  (Responsive)                                                 Based on 1 John 4:7 - 21

God is love and love is of God!
       Therefore, let us love one another.
God is love; if we know God, we love as God loves us.
       God’s divine love was revealed through God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
God loves us and wants us to abide in that love.
       If we love one another, God lives in us and God’s love is perfected in us.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.
       We love because God first loved us.  Thanks be to God! Alleluia. Amen.


Coming before God’s Open Word

  Prayer of Blessing upon Our Children (Unison), and Invitation to Sunday School

Blessed Jesus, make your presence known to these children; live within them and be with them always; through every task and challenge of life, may they cling to you, experience your strength, and become productive disciples in your kingdom.  Amen. 

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Reading                                                                                                     John 15:1-8

  Message                                                          “Branches Bear Fruit, They Don’t Make Fruit”

  Prayer of Blessing

*Prayer Hymn of Response (Insert)                                                                              As the Deer



Celebrating God, His Care, and His Abundance

Offering and Offertory          Leaning On the Everlasting Arms          Hoffman/Showalter

“What a Fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms”

*Doxology #809                                                    Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

*Offertory Prayer  (Unison)

Gracious God, you are the vine grower and we belong to you. Thank you for carefully tending us, especially in difficult times. You provide what we need in order to grow as disciples of Jesus. Help us to abide in him, the true vine. May these offerings and our lives bear much fruit and bring glory to you. We pray in Jesus’s name. Amen. 

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

*Prayer Hymn #540                                                                                  Take Time to Be Holy

*Blessing & Benediction

  Response Hymn (Insert- Verse #1 only)                  God Be with You ‘Till We Meet Again





Apostles’ Creed: What Christians Believe and Why

We’re all searching.  Sometimes the search is easy: simply type a question and the answer pops up.  But sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult to see and harder to articulate.  How do we discover and examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life?  Adam Hamilton believes that some powerful answers are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs.  Let’s break the Apostles’ Creed down and together make sense as it pertains to our daily questions!  *The Wednesday Evening Bible Study on the Book of Acts will meet immediately following the Apostles’ Creed study.*




Thanks to all who came recently to have their photos taken for the new KRC Church Family Directory.  We hope to have the new booklets in June! 

*If you did not have a photo taken with Lifetouch, but have a current photo we can use, please email a digital copy (in a high quality format) to the church office at: krc@fairpoint.net.  This process will incur an additional cost by Lifetouch, so we are requesting a $10 donation to support this fee* The deadline is TODAY Sunday, 4/29





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.  KRC 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
$2.71 per week for the remaining weeks (35) in this year. Please clearly designate all
contributions, “Classis Assessment.” 






       Our weekly offering this past Sunday was $2,798 – well below the $3,200 needed to cover KRC’s daily operating expenses.  Continued shortfalls, as we have experienced in the past, lead to eventual deficits that are difficult to overcome without falling back on our limited reserves.  

       Many thanks to those who have recently made substantial gifts toward bringing our income into line with expenses, and to our regular contributors who “doubled up” on their giving to cover the Sundays they missed.

                                                                     Income-to-date:  $55,400

                                                                  Expenses-to-date: $54,410

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.



Dear Kinderhook Reformed Church,

I'm delighted to tell you that you helped raise over $50,000 for our women's programs at our 7th annual Hearts of Hope fundraiser this past weekend! These are much needed funds to continue God's work in transforming the hearts and lives of the women and children he entrusts to us.

Thank you for your compassion for women and children!


Perry Jones

Executive Director



*                                                 CHURCH FAMILY MAIL-CALL                                                            ~

Please be sure to check for mail in the office ‘KRC Family Mailbox’, when you submit reimbursement requests or are a member of a church committee.  The following people currently have mail waiting for pickup:  Joy Betram, Jim Dunham, Patrice Lyons,

 Johnathan Pratt, Janet Smith




Non-perishable foods always popular at the Pantry are evaporated milk; coffee; sugar; boxed cereals; pancake mix; syrup; jelly; canned meats, fruits, and vegetables; spaghetti/spaghetti sauce; mac & cheese; dinner helpers; apple sauce; juice; cake and brownie mixes. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the entryways of the church. Although we have collected empty egg cartons in the past, the Pantry is no longer in need of these items.






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)






     The Stuyvesant Reformed Church “Stitchers” will be meeting the third Saturday of every month from 10 am to 12 pm.  They will be prepared to do any light mending -buttons, hems, torn seams, patching, etc. - that members of the community may need done.  Free-will donations will be accepted in lieu of payment.

     On the fourth Saturday of every month, from 11 am - 1 pm (please note time change), SRC will offer a soup-and-sandwich lunch consisting of a limited number of soups and a limited number of sandwiches.  Free-will donations will also be accepted. 




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




  • 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, gun violence, and terrorism.
  • 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.
  • Scott Reichert, close friend of the Dick family, who has suffered a massive heart attack and is in Intensive Care at a hospital near Port Jervis.  Scott has had a stent implanted, and faces a long road ahead to full recovery.  Please keep his wife, Nancy, and his three children
    in your prayers as well.
  • Judy Krumpus, former teaching colleague of a number of members and friends of Kinderhook Reformed Church, who is now a patient at the Pines Nursing Home in Catskill. Judy is dealing with some serious illnesses and would appreciate your prayers.
  • the following friends of the Clause Family: Pete McCardle, in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, recovering from hip-replacement surgery - keep his wife, Stacy, in your prayers as well as she assists in Pete's recovery; Mike, battling alcohol addiction and doing very well at this time - Mike says that prayer is needed to keep him on track with his recovery, and would appreciate your remembrance of him; Ben Kissel, recovering from cancer surgery last Tuesday on his leg - Ben is suffering from a rare and deadly cancer that responds to surgery only, and prayers are needed that additional tests will show that all of the cancer was successfully removed during Tuesday’s operation;
  • others battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: Jean Hacker; Carol, future daughter-in-law of Erika & Merrill Johnson; Freya, Patti Varga’s aunt; 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.
  • those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: nephew of Jane Deane; Bill Lansing, father of Carol Zincio; Phil Sherman; Morgan Hickman; Friend of Erika Johnson; Ted Call; Fred Borrelli, 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.
  • 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.




Regular updates are needed on the progress or condition of all individuals on our prayer and praise lists, especially those whose names are in bold type.  Please forward this information, as well as new praise/prayer requests, to krc@fairpoint.net or call 859-4158



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.



  • 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.
  • the exciting news of the healthy April 3rd birth of baby girl, Addison Welcome, to Melissa and Andrew Welcome, and to Big Sister, Madeline.  Congratulations!
  • 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.




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




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


Clerk of Consistory

Patti Varga – 518-755-3054  patvarga66@gmail.com



Derick LaTorre 518-376-1882  derick.latorre@gmail.com





Today, April 29

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service

     10:00 am  Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School

Mon,  April  30

       6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets

Wed,  May 2

        6:00 pm Bible Study @KRC - Apostles’ Creed w/ Pastor Rudy

        7:00 pm Bible Study @KRC - Book of Acts, w/ Jean Hacker

Thur, May 3

       9:00 am  Small Group Bible study @KRC

            Group continues its study, The Holy Spirit –  Please join us!

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @KRC

       6:30 – 8 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Fri,   May  4

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

Sun,  May  6

       8:30 am  Early Communion Worship Service

     10:00 am  Communion Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School

Mon, May 14

       6:30 pm   Consistory meets  




Servers Next Sunday, May 6, 2018

Ushers: Greg Clause Jr, Jim Dunham, and Gary Leggett

Greeter(s): Jean and Stacey Hurst