Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
10:00 A.M. June 17, 2012
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”
Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

You are invited to sign our Guest Book at the church entrance and to fill out a pew card and place it in the offering plate.  We would like to get to know you better, and we invite you to enjoy fellowship and refreshments with us at the Lemonade Stand hosted by Sally and Wayne Heimroth on the front lawn following Worship today.

Ushers: Jeff Barmen, Derick Latorre, Steve Shpur, Bob Wildermuth
Greeter(s): Sue Patterson
Guest Organist, David Smith
Preschool Nursery facility available downstairs.


  PRELUDE         Andante in D major (with variations)          F. Mendelssohn

Boldly Approaching Our God

  CALL TO WORSHIP   (Responsive)   Based on Psalm 20
In times of trouble and distress, God is always present with us.
     He is my answer in the day of trouble! When we call out, God hears us.
The name of the Lord brings comfort to heavy hearts.
     In God’s name alone do we put our trust.
The Lord will help those who seek God.
     God will answer the prayers of the people.
Some take pride in their might and accomplishments.
     We will boast in God alone.
We rise and stand on the righteousness of God.
     Let us worship God who is faithful, merciful, and just!
*HYMN OF PRAISE #130                                  O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
  CALL TO CONFESSION  1 John 1:8-10
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. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar, and his word is not in us.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION  (Unison)  Based in part on Psalm 52
We confess, O Lord, that we boast of our mischief all day long. Our tongues are like sharp razors. We love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. Our words devour, and our thoughts trespass. We find it so easy to be pompous and rude. Deliver us, O Lord, from putting down our neighbors. Protect us, O Lord, from cynicism about others, from intolerance, and from cruel indifference.  O God, we seek to put aside our mischief and trust in your steadfast love forever and ever.  We thank you forever for what you have done through your Son, and in the presence of your people, we proclaim your name, for it is good. Amen.
If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.  Hallelujah, Amen.

All-knowing and faithful God, lead our children along paths of righteousness into the places and purposes that you have planned for their lives. May they trust always in your promise and power to guide and direct them in serving you and in bringing blessing to others.  Amen.

We Come Before God’s Open Word
  SCRIPTURE LESSON                                             Ezekiel 17:22-24 (p. 596-597)
      MESSAGE                        "From Being Nothing to Being a Splendid Cedar"
  PRAYER OF BLESSING  Rise Up, O Men Of God! (Unison) 
        Rise up, O men of God!  Have done with lesser things;
    give heart and soul and mind and strength to serve the King of kings.
Rise up, O men of God!  His Kingdom tarries long;
    bring in the day of brotherhood and end the night of wrong.
Rise up, O men of God!  The Church for you doth wait,
    her strength unequal to her task; rise up, and make her great!
Lift high the cross of Christ!  Tread where his feet have trod;
    as brothers of the Son of Man, rise up, O men of God.
  Solo, Vicki Smith, soprano       “If with all your hearts” from Elijah     F. Mendelssohn
Celebrating God
                                                                             Fugue in D major        G. F. Handel
Help us to give and count not the cost, and to love without boundaries or stipulations. As we are transformed by your love, Lord, so may our gifts and our lives transform our world. Amen.
  CLOSING HYMN #661                                      Be Strong in the Lord
  BENEDICTION BLESSING & RESPONSE - 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             Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 557           J. S. Bach(?)               

This month, the Missions Ministry is presenting Maureen Menard, one of the missionaries KRC sponsors.  Maureen, who works with Bethany Ministries, is Vice President of Youth With a Mission International (YWAM) and Director of the International Center for Discipleship Training Schools (DTS).  She is currently stationed in Cape Town, South Africa.  The primary focus of DTS is on leadership development.  The Center provides encouragement, support, and expertise in program/resource development, and partners with YWAM.  Likewise, YWAM provides leadership, staff development, and training using Biblical concepts and principles to promote outreach to others.  Both agencies train missionary leaders.  Therefore, sponsoring Bethany Ministries is like “investing” in all of the many missionaries who attend their training schools.  Maureen's job involves much travel, and she has expressed a special interest in ministry to women and children at risk.  For more information, or to contact Maureen, visit Bethany Ministries, International DTS, or YWAM websites.

* Coins for Compassion Boxes
may be placed in the offering plate on any Sunday. *

If you are willing to offer your services to the Lemonade Stand ministry following Worship during the summer months, please contact Sally Heimroth, 784-3164.

     Christian Ed Ministry is looking for volunteers to teach and to help in our NATIONAL PARKS VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL program June 25th to 29th, 9 a.m. to noon each day. A volunteer sign-up sheet is available on the back table. For additional information about the positive rewards of serving in this ministry and the relatively small time commitment involved, please see Patti Varga. Forms are also available to pre-register children for this year’s fun, informative, spiritually-nurturing program. THE DATE IS FAST APPROACHING, SO PLEASE - ESPECIALLY KRC FAMILIES - SIGN YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS UP ASAP! Also on the back table, please note the lists of food items and materials needed for VBS.  If you have any artificial pine trees, a canoe, or a kayak that VBS can borrow, please bring them to church ASAP, as decorating will begin Tuesday the 19th! Monetary donations are also welcome! 
     All VBS families are invited to join us for Worship on Sunday, July 1st following the close of VBS.  The VBS songs will be sung that morning as well, and we will be holding a VBS picnic here at the church, rain or shine, directly after the service.  The entire congregation is encouraged to attend and to fellowship with the VBS families! A signup sheet for picnic food is located on the back table.  This is one way you can participate in VBS even if you're not available during the week!

Praise God for John Schubert and all others who worked with the Missions Ministry to make a success of KRC’s Annual Pancake Breakfast outreach and community fellowship opportunity; and for Maureen Mooney and all of the volunteers who assisted in the Plant Sale/Swap sponsored by Evangelism Ministry.  $414 in breakfast donations will go to the Valatie Food Pantry, and $300 in proceeds from the plant sale will be used to support Evangelism projects.


Leré Visagie (2nd), David Mooney (10th), Dawn Tuttle (10th),
Lois Bertram (13th), Richard Van Alstyne (13th), Seth Mooney (15th),
Brooke Barmen (21st), William Schneider (26th), Florence Rivera (27th),
Dick Van Alstyne (27th).


KRC offers a small group opportunity on Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the church.  This coming Thursday, the group will be researching and studying the scriptures that will be used in VBS, with Pastor Rudy leading.  All are invited to attend, and walk-ins are always welcome! 

Please note Libby Little’s June Update on the back table, and feel free to pick up a copy for your information and as a prayer guide.



Mark your calendars:  Church Family is having a "Kitchen Clean-up Day" this Friday, June 22 at 9:30 am in the KRC kitchen!  All are welcome to join--the more, the merrier!

Dear Rev. Visser,
     “With warmest thanks, grateful hearts, and deep appreciation for your thoughtfulness” I just wanted to thank you and your congregation again for all that was done [at the May 26 monument dedication] in remembrance of Lewis Abraham Williamson [and all those buried unnamed in the Kinderhook Cemetery].  I and the family are forever grateful.  Thank you.
                                                                                                      Michael S. Cowan.

aMARCH to CELEBRATE 236 YEARS of the USA and 300 YEARS of KRC!a
     At the June 11th Consistory meeting, the idea of participating in the annual Kinderhook People's Parade was suggested - and what a great way to celebrate KRC’s faith journey over the centuries, especially as we observe the 300th year of that journey!
     As usual, the parade is on July 4th - this year a Wednesday.  Some ideas are walkers with a banner announcing KRC, walkers carrying their Bibles, and kids possibly waving USA flags.  Does anyone have a convertible or a flat-bed tractor?   All ideas are welcomed.
     The walk is not too far:  parade line up is at the park on Rothermel Lane, and parade ending is at the Village Square.  And of course, all are very much encouraged to walk - a nice way to profess your faith, express your patriotism, fellowship with other KRC members, see neighbors, and exercise off those extra pounds you'll be putting on later in the day! Please see Patrice if you plan to walk and/or if you have ideas

PLEASE JOIN THE CRAFTS GROUP, "THE OLDE DUTCH AND SUCH", FRIDAYS AT 9:30 AM IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL. We are creating items for the KRC fair/bazaar which will take place November 3.  Please save wine corks and plastic grocery bags for use in this project.  A box is available in the room across from the church office for collecting these materials. 

Remember To Thank & Praise God for
• all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, & working together to complete projects and responsibilities.
• Maureen Mooney, doing well following a recent infection.
• the outreach and good fellowship of KRC’s annual pancake breakfast and plant swap and sale, and for all of those who gave so much of their time and talents to make these events such a success.
• a good recovery for Rev. Ron Stockhoff following shoulder replacement surgery.
• Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled preacher of the Word and leader of vision.
• the blessing of family and friends.
• the wonderful ways God shows his love to us, especially during difficult times.
• 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.


If you have prayer requests that you would like to have placed on the email and phone prayer chains, please forward them to or call Paul at 859-4158.  If you are not already on our email prayer list, and would like to receive prayer and praise requests through email, please contact Paul to have your address added. If you do not have email, contact Jane Smith at 758-6442, and she will be happy to include you in the phone prayer chain.

Regular reports are needed on the progress or condition of all individuals on our prayer and praise lists.  If you have updated information, especially regarding individuals whose names appear in bold print, please call the church office.


Remember to Pray for
• those who do not know Christ, or are struggling in their faith or with other spiritual issues. 
• KRC’s Consistory members and administrative ministries.
• KRC programs & projects and those administering them: Vacation Bible School beginning June 25; church restoration; tricentennial events.
• leaders & those attending KRC’s Sunday School, Youth Group, new small group ministries, adult Bible study, Community Prayer Group, & New Members’ Class.
• our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
• 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..
• those, especially children, victimized by natural disasters; abuses of war and violence; exploitation; neglect; and family hostility.
• families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially the Walsh Family grieving the death of Stephen Walsh.
• Blanche Rogers, mother of Diane Morgan and grandmother to Laura Rafferty and family, hospitalized at Albany Memorial with a fractured hip and much discomfort.  Pray also for guidance and peace for Diane as she makes decisions on her mom's behalf.
• Ruth Edge, still home-bound and battling extreme fatigue, the cause of which doctors have been unable to identify.
• Sara, Elizabeth, and Nancy, all with unspoken needs.
• Karina Speer, hospitalized with post traumatic stress disorder.
• Linda Moran, hospitalized and battling a heart condition.
• Fred Cappozzo and family. Fred's mother has had a serious stroke, and the wedding of his daughter, Stacy, is scheduled within the next couple of weeks.  Pray that God's presence, healing power, and peace will be evident to the Cappozzo family during this difficult and challenging time.
• John Bosquet-Morra facing surgery for treatment of the mass on his left kidney. John & Isabelle thank you for your prayers, which mean so much to them.
• others battling cancer: Roman Murynec; Helen Drumm; Tammy DeVito; Dick; Sal Alessi; Melissa M; Judy Iocco; Stephanie; Ron Jensen; Patricia’s mother; Donna Scalera; Tom Saulpaugh.  
• those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Kenneth Cadieux; Baby Luther; Bille-Jean Cartwright, ICC senior; Jack, grandfather of Patti Varga; Lou Galm; Romona DenBesten; Jim Baker’s mother; Dave Ennis’s father; Joan Clause; Florence Rivera; Kathy Schneider’s father in Barnwell; Paul Varga.
• a favorable outcome in John’s arbitration case.
• those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Kara (Ennis) Mobley; the Schuberts, as they attempt to sell John’s mother’s home in Troy; Clayton, as he selects a college; Louise; Libby Little, facing a demanding schedule; those struggling with unnamed issues; caregivers of children with health/developmental issues; those with employment or other economic troubles; those suffering discouragement, depression, despair, or other mental health issues; those struggling with dependencies/substance abuse, especially George in South Africa; those dealing with family relationships; young people challenged by the demands of schooling, looking for jobs, dealing with many temptations confronting young adults.
• God’s blessing on those recently engaged/married, expecting babies, new/first-time parents: Terry (Gaylord) Nawrot, expecting twins in July; 1st-time-parents Tom and Jaime (Welcome) Eastman (Baby Evan Anthony Eastman, born Saturday, May 19); Brad & Kelly Babic (Baby Taylor Marie); Jeannie and Scott (Baby Luther); the Principis (Baby Gianna Drew).
• those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan. 
• our residence-bound members:  Ken Smith; Murray Leonardson, and Mike Rivera.
• our military men and women, especially Josh Heimroth, recently deployed to Afghanistan - that they  may know God’s presence and protection.
• families and friends of our military troops, and victims of warfare & violence worldwide,  that they may be blessed with God’s peace and reassurance.

The cookbook committee has selected, cooked, and photographed recipes submitted by members of the congregation.  The book has now gone to press, and we need your help!  Donations to this project are greatly appreciated, and checks may be made out to Kinderhook Reformed Church with “cookbook” in the memo.

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Rev. Rudy is scheduled to be in 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, please call 859-4158.


June 25-29, 9-12 Noon daily “National Parks Vacation Bible School” for ages 3 through Grade 8
July 20, 7 pm  An evening of acoustic worship with Derek Levendusky -
Derek is the lead singer of the band, “Isaiah 6”
Fall Concert (details TBA)
November 3, Church Bazaar
December 16, 3rd annual Lessons & Carols with organist David Smith & choir


Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory, Classis Delegate

Noreen Dick – ’13,  Church Family    758-6640
Patrice Lyons – ’13,  Missions   758-8400
Barbara Vosburgh –’13,  Stewardship / Treasurer     758-6512

Dave Ennis – ’13,  Worship    784-9656
Maureen Mooney – ’12,  Evangelism / Clerk   210-6079
Dawn Van Buren – ’13,  Cemetery / Pastoral Relations /
                                           Personnel / VP of Consistory  758-7564
Patti Varga–’12,  Christian Education   392-4771

                   John Schubert, Chairman, Classis Financial Committee

                                             KRC STAFF
                   KRC Secretary                   Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton               
           Paul Clause – 859-4158          Greg Clause  –  369-8472, 758-1338 

Today, June 17
    10:00 am  Worship
    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School meets, main floor conference room    
               Stonecroft study group meets, main floor classroom
Mon., June 18 - Food Pantry Meeting
Tues., June 19
7:30 pm  Missions Ministry meets
Thurs., June 21-27
Pastor Rudy will be in Palace Heights, IL, attending the General Synod
              *If you are in need of assistance during this time,
    please contact Dawn Van Buren, 758-7564, or Paul Clause, 859-4158.
Fri., June 22
9:30 am  Church Family Kitchen Clean-Up Day
Please Note: Olde Dutch and Such crafts group will not meet
June 22, June 29, or July 6.  It will resume again July 13.
Sun., June 24
              10:00 am  Worship - Pastor Perry Jones preaching
    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School meets, main floor conference room    
               Stonecroft study group meets, main floor classroom
Mon. – Fri., June 26 – June 29 Vacation Bible School in session
  9 am - Noon daily, with programs for children age 3 through Grade 8.   
Sun., July 1
     10:00 am  Communion and VBS Family Worship
     11:15 am  Adult Sunday School meets, main floor conference room    
                Stonecroft study group meets, main floor classroom
  VBS Church Picnic - rain or shine - at KRC following Worship
Wed., July 4 – Kinderhook People’s Parade – More details to follow

Servers Next Sunday, June 24, 2012
Ushers:   Jeff Barmen, Derrick Latorre, Steve Shpur, Bob Wildermuth
Greeter(s):  Dawn Van Buren and Leo Dolan
Nursery Supervisor: 

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