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Kinderhook Reformed Church

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Worship Service for February 9, 2014 - Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

A warm welcome to visitors.  We would like to get to know you better

and invite you to sign our Guest Book in the entranceway and fill out a pew card and place it in the offering plate.




  God’s Greeting and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise                                                                                   O Worship the King

  Prayer for Illumination                                                                                                           

  Scripture Lesson                                                                              Micah 6:1-8  (p. 659)

  Message                                                                      “Living Humbly before the Lord”

  Prayer of Blessing                                                                                                        


  Intercessory Prayer

*Song of Devotion                                             Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord



All are invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship

downstairs in the Fellowship Room following today’s Worship service.

Ushers:  Al Dick, Bob Wildermuth, Paul Zietsman

Greeter(s): Will and Jayne Ferguson               Preschool Nursery available downstairs.


  Announcements and God’s Greeting     

  Call to Worship     From Psalm 15 and Micah 6:8.

Lord, who may dwell in Your sacred tent?

Who may live on Your holy mountain?
     The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous,

     who speaks the truth from their heart.

What does the Lord require of us?

     To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Let us humble ourselves before the Lord!

     Lord, purify our hearts that we may be blameless and humble before You.      

     We want to walk with You.

*Hymn of Praise  #29                                                                           O Worship the King

  Call to Confession    

Beloved, we are God’s children because of the love God has for us, yet we do find ourselves failing to respond to His outpouring of love. Let us confess our sins together.

  Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Forgive us, O God, as we eagerly prefer the old to the new, half life to full life, and our own achievements to Your gift of life. Forgive our reluctance to move from milk to solid food, O Lord.  We cling to the flesh and all it represents instead of adhering to Your message of salvation and grace. Forgive us as we so often fail to see the signs of Your presence in our life.

[Moment of silence]

Have mercy on us, O God.

Help us to lay hold of the life that is life indeed. Restore to us the joy of our salvation and uphold us as a church family with Your gracious Spirit. Deliver us from all our sin, through Jesus, our Christ. Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon  Hymn #60   (Verse 3)                         Great Is Thy Faithfulness

  Children’s Message and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

All-powerful God, preserve these children from the sins of arrogance and greed, and from the offenses of injustice, violence, and inhumanity that attend these evils.  Lead them into holy and virtuous lives of faithfulness to you, and of love and humble service to others. Amen.  

  Prayer for Illumination                                                                                                           

  Scripture Lesson                                                                                Micah 6:1-8 (p. 659)

  Message                                                                      “Living Humbly before the Lord”

  Prayer of Blessing                                                                                                       

  Invitation to Offering    Based on Psalm 50:14

Let us offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,

and pay our vows to the Most High.


*Doxology (p. 809) and Offertory Prayer  (Unison)

Father God, we bring You these gifts that represent the partnership we share with You in proclaiming Your gospel. Grant us a sense of our unrecognized abilities and our many opportunities – and the heart to be good stewards of Your grace.  Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

*Song of Commitment  (Insert)                     Humble Yourself In the Sight of the Lord *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)


St. Luke’s Lutheran Church family, Valatie, together with other area churches, continue the tradition of free dinners once a month in the St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall. KRC will be providing and serving the free dinner offered Tuesday, February 25, and it is anticipated that up to 150 people will be attending.  A sign-up sheet is now on the back table for volunteers who are willing to participate in this ministry.


The family now has an apartment in Stuyvesant on Church Street and hope to move in within a week. Cliff has a farm job on the Allen farm on Route 26A in Stuyvesant and started on Monday. A mailing address for the family is not yet available, but Susan is working on setting up their email address.  They will be needing beds (twin or double or bunk), washer, dryer, sofa, dressers, (preferably one for each member of the family), and other household furniture if anyone has anything extra. 


“God shows His love through the warmth and kindness

 of special people like you.  Thank you, and God Bless.”

Dear Pastor Rudy and Congregation of Kinderhook Reformed Church,

     Words could never express the thanks we have for all the love and kindness you showed us through the toughest times.  May God always bless you all.  We love you all like our own family.  GOD BLESS.

                                                                                          Cliff, Susan, and Kids

Libby Little and her guests, Nel and Dirk Frans of Holland, worshiped with the KRC family last Sunday.  Dirk, who spoke briefly to the congregation, is the Executive Director of the NOOR Eyecare Project which Tom and Libby Little served with in Afghanistan; and he and Nel are also part of Interserve, as Tom and Libby were and as Libby continues to be.  Some members of the KRC family expressed their wish to donate to the work of Dirk and Nel, and in response, Dirk forwarded the following memo detailing current NOOR needs:

Dear KRC Congregation,

      It was a simple delight, a home-coming, to attend the service at the Dutch Reformed Church in Kinderhook. Nel and I were also happy to see where Tom and Libby had spent their youth and hear more about their life before Afghanistan. All in all it was a really blessed day for us.

      How encouraging also that some in the congregation want to contribute to the work of IAM in general and the NOOR eye care work in particular. As it is we are looking for funding to design and then build a dormitory for students from rural areas to attend the Ophthalmic Technicians course that NOOR runs in Kabul. The dormitory will house 40 students and will be built on the government-owned compound of the NOOR Eyecare Training Centre (NETC).

      Kabul is in an earthquake zone, so we want the building to be properly designed and the construction supervised by a trustworthy company. We have earlier worked with a German/Afghan company and were very please with their work. As you will understand, they are not as cheap as some of the completely local companies, but when they designed our Mental Health Clinic in Herat and supervised the building work, we ended up with a top-notch building and saved some money on the actual building contract.

      Before we can start fund-raising for the building of the dormitory we need an architectural and structural design, as well as the bill of quantities and the tender documents. The cost of that design work is US $ 7,500. Any and all contributions to that would be great. This would be like an investment, giving us a trustworthy design and documents that would help us raise the money for the actual building.

                                                                                       United in Him,  Dirk

If this is a ministry you would like to support, gifts can made through Interserve USA.  Send to:

International Service Fellowship

PO Box 418

Upper Darby, PA 19082-0418

In order for your gift to be directed appropriately, it should be designated clearly as follows:

Project Number 519846

NOOR Project Account

NOOR Eyecare Training Center (NETC), Kabul

Dormitory Architectural Design


Dear Reformed Protestant Dutch Church,

Your gift of $190 for our Christmas Campaign just arrived. Your generous support brings joy to my heart.  I can’t thank you enough.  Your gift has made a difference for many homeless people in our community – some of whom have spent decades suffering on the streets.  You have given these struggling souls a reason to be grateful this past Christmas season.  And that may change everything.  A decent meal, out of the elements, can inspire people who need help to pursue a better life. They may be moved to enter our long-term care, where they receive counseling, spiritual nourishment, accountability, and job retraining that helps them regain their independence and God-given purpose.  That’s why providing meals during the Christmas season is such a wonderful way to help your homeless neighbors.  It is a “spark” than can lead to transformed lives by the power of Christ.  Thank you and God bless you.

                                                   Gratefully,    Perry Jones, Executive Director

KRC’s share of support this year is $5,728.14 for services and resources to be provided for us by the Reformed Church in America at the local, regional, and national levels. EACH MEMBER’S SHARE OF THIS YEAR’S CLASSIS ASSESSMENT HAS BEEN SET AT $86.79.  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 less than $2 per week. All contributions made for this purpose should be designated, “Classis Assessment.” 

    Kinderhook Reformed Church is pleased to present the 2014 portion of Concerts in the Village (CITV), a concert series begun 4 years ago under the sponsorship of KRC’s Stewardship Ministry as a music outreach to the church’s surrounding communities featuring our refurbished pipe organ.  Continuing under the dedicated administration of KRC’s CITV committee and the capable and talented leadership of music director and organist, David Smith, the series has evolved to include a variety of orchestral instrumentalists, vocal soloists, a chorus of over 70 voices (now known as the Broad Street Chorale), and a wide selection of sacred and secular pieces from diverse musical periods and cultures.

     All concerts will be performed in KRC’s sanctuary, and a suggested donation of $15 will be gratefully accepted to assist in the ongoing funding of this exceptional series:

      SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 3:00 P.M.  The third offering in the 2013-2014 Concerts in the Village series will be "Henry Purcell Sacred and Secular: Home, Church and Dramatic Music of the Early Baroque in England.” Featured will be the Broad Street Chorale, soloists Amanda Boyd, Jon Morrell and others, and orchestra.  This program will include a concert performance of Dido and Aeneas, the first important opera in the English language, as well as instrumental and solo vocal music.


Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision.
all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, and working together to complete their callings.
KRC's Consistory, whose dedication to their calling is an inspiration to all.
all His provisions for our basic life needs, and the wonderful ways God shows his love to us, especially during difficult times.
the blessing that all members of the Laraway/Lamont family escaped without injury the recent fire that destroyed their home.  
the good news that Maureen Mooney's operation was successful and that her recovery at home continues to go well..
the good news that Liz Carroll’s surgery went well, pathology returned negative, and that Liz is getting back into her regular routines of life.
the healthy birth of Jane Deane's grandson, Fin.
those men and women who have served or are now serving our country, & those who have sacrificed their well-being and lives for the peace & liberties we enjoy.

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 and prayer requests, to krc@fairpoint.net or call Paul at 859-4158.


those who do not know Christ, or who are struggling in their faith.
KRC programs & projects and those planning & administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; KRC’s youth; VBS; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; outreach programs.   KRC’s 2013 Consistory members; KRC’s administrative ministries, chairpersons, and supporting members. 
our missionaries: Dave and Char Alexander; Perry Jones and Capital City Rescue Mission, Alex and Fran Knauss, Maureen Menard, Dick and Carolyn Otterness, Brian and Bea Post, Seth and Melissa Rogati, Betty Ann Stedwell. 
our children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies..
our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace.
victims of warfare, terrorism, and  violence worldwide,  that they may be blessed with God’s peace and the reassuring knowledge that he is in control.
our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
those, especially children, suffering violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially: the Wrigley Family, relatives of Arnie March, grieving the unexpected death of a dear family member; those grieving the sudden death of Rosemary Klugo, very close friend of Beth and Dave Ennis.
Ted Tuttle, recovering from cataract surgery this past Thursday.  Pray for complete success and rapid healing without complications for Ted.
Gerald Jennings, Adam Rivenburgh, and David Rivenburgh, 3 teens who were in a severe car accident recently.  All are currently hospitalized with serious injuries.
Nancy Baker, scheduled to have a tooth extracted this coming Wednesday. The tooth is evidently in the sinus cavity, and Nancy has been advised to have the surgery done at St. Peter's hospital.  However, if her blood pressure remains as high as it is now, they will not do the surgery.  Please pray for her blood pressure to lower so that the extraction can be done as planned.
the Laraway/Lamont family as they begin to establish themselves in a new rental home and for Cliff as he begins his new job.  Pray also for peace, reassurance, and release from fear, especially for the children.
the Christian community in Afghanistan, which is made up of Afghans as well as a wide international representation of Christians from all over the world who work, serve, and reside in the country. 
snow in Afghanistan.  The nation’s agriculture depends for its success on substantial mountain snows in winter which melt and flow down in spring and irrigate the country's farmlands.  So far this season, there has been no significant accumulation of snow in Afghanistan. 
the upcoming election of a new President of Afghanistan, that the person elected will be one of God’s choosing and able to negotiate a peace settlement with the armed opposition – a person able to offer the hope of a more normal life for the Afghan people who are tired and depleted by the death, devastation, and hardship of so many years of war.
those battling or recovering from cancer: Theresa Van Warner; Rosemary Whitmore & Mrs. Martinez, mothers of Paul Varga's best friends; Steven Blun; Mary, Jessica Farley's mom; Jen, Dawn Tuttle's daughter-in-law; Leonard, Susan Lamont's cousin; Kim Lyle's grandma; Rose and Joanne, friends of the Simpkins and Spaulding families; Charlie Roppolo; Luci & sister, Marilyn; Dan McNeil; Kathy White, friend of Dawn VanBuren; George, father of Nancy Baker’s friend; Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Sal Alessi; Donna Scalera.
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Jackie Gough, Susan Lamont's stepmother; Sylvia Ramm, Susan Lamont's aunt; Maureen Mooney; George Clowe; Jane Smith; Liz Carroll; Jane Zanchelli; Dawn Van Buren's mom, Doris; Rachel’s infant son; Noreen Kennedy; Dawn Tuttle; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Paul Varga; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera.

those facing challenges and difficult decisions: Christians suffering persecution; Libby Little.reassurance and peace for our loved ones who are nearing the close of this life.those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan.
residence-bound members, Gordie Van Buren; Murray Leonardson.
those who are traveling


MANY THANKS AND BLESSINGS TO THE KRC FAMILY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY IN SUPPORT OF THE VALATIE FOOD PANTRY.  IN 2013, THE PANTRY SERVED 3915 PEOPLE REPRESENTING 1065 FAMILIES. Non-perishable foods that are 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 & brownie mixes. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the entryways of the church.



Jayne Ferguson (1st), John Schubert (4th), Courtney Wood (8th),

 Filip Carroll (9th), Mary Schubert (9th), Heather LaTorre (18th),

Chip Wood (23rd), Angie Hickman (24th), Jackson Carroll (24th)




Email Address – krc@fairpoint.net

Website Address – kinderhookreformedchurch.com

Rev. Rudy is available at his church office

 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

If you wish to meet with Pastor during these times,

please call ahead for an appointment.

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

For assistance on Mondays, please call 859-4158

Church Phone  758-6401                Church Fax   758-6402

Phone messages are picked up several times daily.

If you need immediate assistance anytime, call 859-4158.



 Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory


Jane Deane – ’14,  Outreach    758-7051

Noreen Dick – ’15,  Church Family  758-6640

Derick Latorre – ’14,  Stewardship / KRC Treasurer   376-1882

Barbara Vosburgh – ’15,   Property   758-6512


Maureen Mooney – ’14,  Outreach / Consistory Vice-President   210-6079

Dawn Tuttle – ’15,  Worship / Personnel / Consistory Clerk   758-6031

Patti Varga – ’15  Christian Education / Classis Delegate   392-4771

Bob Wildermuth – ’14,  Pastoral Relations      828-0690


                John Schubert, Chairman, Classis Financial Committee


                      KRC Office Manager                     KRC Office Assistant    

                    Paul Clause – 859-4158                   Liz Carroll – 758-6034

    Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton

    Greg Clause – 369-8472, 758-1338


Today, February 9

      8:30 am  Early Worship Service

    10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School    

    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Class - main floor Conference Room

             Please join in our continuing study of The Lord’s Prayer.

Mon.  February 10

      6:30 pm  Consistory meets @ Dawn Tuttle’s home

Tues., February 11  

     10:00 am Restoration Committee meets, main floor Conference Room

       7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Thur, February 13

  9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC
       Please join us as we continue our study of the book of Revelation.

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Fri.,   February 14

       9:30 am  Weight Watchers meet, KRC Fellowship Room

Tues., February 25 

       KRC serves free dinner served at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Valatie

Mon.  March 3

       6:45 pm  Outreach Ministry meets

Sun., March 30        

       3:00 pm  Third offering in the 2013-2014 Concerts in the Village series:     

                                  "Henry Purcell Sacred and Secular”










Servers Next Sunday, February 16, 2014

       Ushers:  Al Dick, Merrill Johnson, Bob Wildermuth, Paul Zietsman

       Greeter(s): Sara Hartman