Kinderhook Reformed Church, Sunday, July 22, 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.
 
 
 
 
 
9:00 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
Following worship, all are invited for refreshment and fellowship at the lemonade stand
hosted by Deborah Spaulding and Nancy Baker outside on the front lawn.
Thanks to today’s ushers.
Thanks to today’s greeter, Deborah Spaulding
Nursery facility available downstairs.
 
 
 
Prelude
Drawing Near to God
Welcome, Announcements, and the Lord’s Greeting
Call to Worship (Responsive) Based on Malachi 1:11
For from the rising of the sun to its setting, my name will be great among the nations,
and in every place, pure praise and worship will be offered to my name. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.
*Song of Praise (Screen) Bless the Lord, O My Soul
Allowing God to Shape Us
Call to Confession
Sisters and brothers, 1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” With humility and honesty then, let us come to the Lord admitting our sinfulness.
Prayer of Confession (Screen) Not in Me
Assurance of Pardon (Responsive) Based on Romans 5:1
Friends know and believe that by his death on the cross we have been justified.
Indeed we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Coming Before God's Open Word
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture Acts 16:25-34
Message “Jailbreak to Salvation”
Prayer of Thanks
Contextualizing the Word of God
Celebrating Rest and Peace in God (Screen) It Is Well with My Soul
Silent Prayer for Those Seeking to Acknowledge 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."
 
Celebrating God, His Care, and His Abundance
Offertory/Offerings and Tithings
*Doxology (Screen) Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
*Offertory Prayer
Holy God, we are in awe of you. In marvelous ways, you have brought us out of trouble into safety, out of bondage into freedom. With our whole heart, we want to serve you faithfully, following Christ your Son. Help us to set all our hope on you, for your love never fails! It is by your generosity that we present these gifts and offerings. Use them to help others in our community and across the world to know your great love. Amen.
Prayer Requests and Praises
*Song of Assurance (Screen) In Christ Alone
*Blessing, Benediction, and Response Hymn By the Gift of God’s Grace
By the gift of God’s grace may your burdens be light and your heart with his love be aglow.
May your spirit be glad, may your soul be at rest, and may Christ grant you peace as you go. Amen.
Postlude
 
Our new church family directories have arrived and are on the back table! If you had pictures taken, please pick up your free directory and check your name off the list. If you did not have pictures taken, you are welcome to take a copy without charge, but if you are able, free-will donations designated “Directory” would be much appreciated, and may be dropped into the offering plate to help cover printing costs.
 
 
 
 
A Congregational Meeting is planned for Sunday, August 5, following worship. The Church Family Ministry is organizing a potluck brunch for the meeting, and if you are willing to contribute food items to the brunch menu, please sign-up on the sheet available on the back table.
 
 
 
 
 
STEWARDSHIP UPDATE
For most of the past several Sundays, our weekly offerings have fallen several hundred dollars below the $3,200 needed weekly to cover KRC’s daily operating expense.
This has resulted in a shortfall of nearly $2,000 in required resources:
Income-to-date: $91,171 - Expenses-to-date: $93,138
Stewardship Ministry asks that everyone prayerfully consider how they might adjust their giving so we can avoid falling further behind and having to tap into our very limited reserves to meet budgetary obligations.
Many thanks to those who have recently made substantial gifts toward bringing our income into line with expenses, and to our regular contributors who have “doubled up” on their giving to cover the Sundays they missed.
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.
 
YOUTH GROUP REACH MISSION TRIP BENEFIT
AGAIN NEXT WEEKEND, SATURDAY, JULY 28!
REACH YARD SALE & FLEA MARKET
KRC will sponsor a YARD SALE from 8 am – NOON AGAIN NEXT SATURDAY, JULY 28th, for the benefit of the youth mission trip with REACH WORK CAMP. Please call the church or see Elize Visser for details on setting up your own table at the flea market ($15 fee for one day or $20 for both). Tables can be set up outside weather permitting. To donate goods for the church sale please contact Elize. We can arrange to pick up your items as well! Baked goods accepted too! Come join in the fun!
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOOKING AHEAD
~ANNUAL RISE AGAINST HUNGER MEAL PACKAGING EVENT~
Dear KRC Family and Friends:
I am writing to you today to invite you to be part of a life-giving event, our 4th annual Rise against Hunger meal packaging event Saturday, September 8, 2018, from NOON to 3 pm at the former Martin H Glynn School Building, Church Street, Valatie. You may have participated in some fashion in the past, or maybe this is the first time you are hearing about it.
This multi-generational event has packaged more than 50,000 meals over the years, and we will package another 20,000 or more this year. We have set a goal of $5,800 to pay for all those meals. That’s right, for about 29¢ we are able to feed a hungry person! These simple rice, vitamin, soy, and dried vegetable meals are packaged and then sent off to feed a family of six somewhere in the world, including in our own country when disaster strikes.
In addition, we have watched as members of our community come together to package these life-giving meals, and we have seen the friendships made, the laughter, and the energy that grows around the tables as everyone works with a common goal of helping those in need. It is truly a life-giving and transforming ministry, and I invite you to be part of it.
There are three ways you can become involved, and each is vital to the success of this ministry:
· Pray for those who are hungry around the world and for those who will come and pack meals on September 8.
· Make a donation. $8.70 feeds someone for a month. $105.85 provides someone with food for a year! All donations will make a difference. We thank you in advance for any monetary donation you can provide. Checks can be mailed to Kinderhook Reformed Church with RAH in the memo line, or look for donation jars around town. To allow us to plan properly, please mail in any donations by August 31.
· Join us on September 8th at the former Martin H Glynn School gymnasium to package the meals and experience this life-giving opportunity for yourself! We will be there from noon until we finish around 3 pm. You’re welcome to help with set-up at 11 am or to stay after 3 pm for cleanup as well. Wear a hat (unless you love hair nets!) and please RSVP to let us know you’re coming.
 
You can use this link to register and donate online:
https://shn.secure.force.com/events/homepage?id=701f1000002pCYGAA2
 
Make it a family outing, invite friends and neighbors, and encourage your church or organization to donate toward our goal and to put a packing team together. Remember, many hands make light the work. We need at least 100 volunteers to make this event happen! My prayer is that you will help us do that. In advance, I thank you for your support in this ministry.
 
 
Peace,
Pastor Rudy Visser
 
 
REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR
• 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; VBS 2018; KRC’s small group ministries and Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; 1st Friday Free Community Dinner; and other outreach programs.
• the complete 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.
• 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.
• families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially family and friends grieving the recent loss of Virginia Rothermel.
• those who, even after many years, still hurt from the loss of loved ones.
• reassurance, peace, and dignity for those nearing the close of this life.
• those battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: 12-year-old Issy Kwei; Bill Nieman; Ben Kissel; 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; 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: Aaron Clause; Sal; George Graham; Pete McCardle; Fred Borrelli, Merrill Johnson.
• those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions:; Kim Panting, her daughter, and her foster daughter; Vickie Metzger, 98, Nancy Baker's mother; Brianna; our students as they deal with the challenges facing them at the close of this school year: final exams, college and 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 their aging parents.
 
 
 
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.
 
REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR
• 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.
• the good news that the serious issue facing Charles, member of Thursday Morning Bible Study, has been resolved positively in his favor! Charles is very grateful for your prayers.
• the successful mission and safety of the REACH team kids and chaperones as they provided practical service to needy families of New Berlin, New York, this past week.
• the rescue of the 12 children and their soccer coach from flooded the cave in Thailand.
• the good news that Dolly Petith has had some relief from her most recent bout of recurring shingles, and that she is able to be in worship with us again.
• 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. Regular updates are needed on the progress or condition of all individuals on our prayer and praise lists. Please forward this information, as well as new praise/prayer requests, to krc@fairpoint.net or call (518) 859-4158.
 
 
 
 
 
PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS OUR MISSIONS AND MISSIONARIES
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
The Silvas, 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
 
PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO READ THE THANK-YOU NOTES
ON THE MISSIONS BULLETIN BOARD IN THE FELLOWSHIP ROOM FROM SOME OF OUR MISSIONARIES.
 
 
 
 
The church is in need of a full-size, 4-drawer, fire-proof filing cabinet for storing irreplaceable historic documents. Please contact Bonnie Dunham or Dolly Petith if you know where such a cabinet might be available.
 
 
 
 
CLASSIS ASSESSMENT
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 about $4.10 per week for the remaining weeks (23) in this year. Please clearly designate all contributions, “Classis Assessment.”
 
 
 
 
EMAIL, WEBSITE, AND FAX INFORMATION
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
Deacons
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
Elders
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
 
KRC TREASURER
Derick LaTorre – 518-376-1882 derick.latorre@gmail.com
 
KRC STAFF
KRC Office Manager KRC Office Assistant
Paul Clause – 518-859-4158 Courtney Wood – 518-852-7172
 
KRC Sexton KRC Cemetery Supervisor
Steven Green – 518-505-4918 Greg Clause – 518-369-8472
 
 
COMING EVENTS
Today, July 22
9:00 am Worship Service
Mon, July 23
6:30 pm Outreach Ministry meets
Mondays, July 23, 30
11:00 am – 1:00 pm KRC assists with Ichabod Crane students’ summer
lunch program at the First Presbyterian Church, Valatie.
Wed, July 25
7:00 pm Bible Study w/Jean Hacker
Thur, July 26
9:00 am Small Group Bible study @KRC
Group continues its study, The Holy Spirit – Please join us!
10:00 am Community Prayer Group @KRC8
Sat, July 28
8:00 am – Noon REACH mission trip benefit yard sale @KRC
Sun, July 29
9:00 am Worship Service
Sun, August 5
9:00 am Worship Service
Brunch and Congregational Meeting is planned following August 5 Worship.
Mon – Fri August 20 – 24
9:00 – Noon Vacation Bible School - Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus
Sat, September 8
Noon – 3 pm Rise Against Hunger meal-packaging event,
Gymnasium, Former M H Glynn School, Church Street, Valatie
 
 
 
Servers Next Sunday, July 29, 2018
Ushers: Greg Clause Jr, Jim Dunham, and Gary Leggett
Greeter(s):
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