Kinderhook Reformed Church Celebration of Worship, March 18, 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.



  Announcements, The Lord’s Greeting, and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise

  Prayer for Illumination and Scripture Reading                                              John 12:20-33

  Message                                                         “The Cross, a Symbol of Life and Not Death”

  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, Phil Hurst, Matt Osborne, Andrew Welcome.

Thanks to today’s greeters, Susan Patterson.         Nursery facility available downstairs.


  Welcome, Announcements, and The Lord’s Greeting

  Call to Worship   (Responsive)

On these days of Lenten journey,
       Christ goes with us side by side.
While we gather here for worship,
       may our lives be focused with praise and care.
As we sing, pray, and listen,
       may God's Spirit deep within us come alive.
And may this time of worship
       be for us a constant guide.
Now let us sing with joy and vigor
       as we learn how to serve Christ more fully.

*Hymn #5                                                                                          Come, Thou Almighty King

  Morning Prayer  (Responsive)

Merciful God, we embrace this season of Lent

as we prepare again to walk with Jesus to the cross.

       Speak to us, we pray, the solemn truth of Christ's passion.

Remind us that there is no life without death,

no communion without separation, no glory without suffering.

       Give us courage and faith to receive these difficult truths

       and to align our hearts and lives with them.

May we choose to lose our lives so that we may gain them;

       to endure the pain of separation

       that we might enjoy the fellowship of all your saints;

to enter Christ's suffering by entering the suffering of your children on earth

that we may one day share in your eternal glory.

       For the sake of Christ, we pray. Amen.

*Hymn #100                                                                                               My Jesus, I Love Thee

  Children’s Sermon and Prayer of Blessing upon Our Children (Unison)

God of all creation who sustains and watches over the lives of these children, let your love and the glory of your Son, Jesus, flow abundantly into their lives.  Fill them with an irresistible desire to share your love and the gifts of your saving grace with others.   Amen. 

  Prayer for Illumination and Scripture Reading                                              John 12:20-33

  Message                                                         “The Cross, a Symbol of Life and Not Death”

  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."

*Prayer Hymn #552                                                                        My Faith Looks Up to Thee

Celebrating God, His Care, and His Abundance


*Doxology #809                                                    Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

*Offertory Prayer  (Unison) Based on Ezekiel 37:13-14

Lord, you commanded us to lay down our lives and follow you in service, and you have empowered us to fulfill this God-given task. Thank you for calling us to be an important part of your plan to bring in your kingdom. May our gifts presented today show our commitment to this mission, and may they bring glory to your name. Amen.   

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer 

*Hymn of Devotion #569                                                   Living for Jesus a Life that Is True

*Benediction and the Lord’s Parting Blessing

*Response Hymn                                                             My Friends May You Grow in Grace



Palm Sunday, March 25, Easter Sunday April 1, and Sunday, April 8,

KRC will hold single, combined worship services at 10 am.


Donations for Easter lilies to decorate our pulpit area are now being accepted, and are greatly appreciated. Contributions may be placed directly in the offering plate clearly marked for this purpose.


Jim Dunham will be chairing an Outreach Ministry subcommittee to create an active-shooter plan for our church building and congregation.  If you would like to participate in this effort, please contact Jim,, 518-758-6171.



       Easter Food Baskets will be given to families who use the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry and request one. In November, 135 families, accounting for 572 individuals, received Thanksgiving baskets, and we anticipate about the same number of families for Easter. The baskets include food for Easter dinner: ham, potatoes, yams, corn, green beans, pineapple, and brownies. The Pantry buys 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 in advance for any help you are able to give. All monies or food items left over after the Easter baskets are distributed will be put into the Pantry account or onto the Pantry shelves.



       On the following Wednesdays – March 21, and 28 – KRC will host Lenten Bible-Study Meals at 6 pm each Wednesday. “On the menu” will be soup, bread, coffee, and a healthy portion of the series theme, "RESTORED - Finding Redemption in Our Mess." The Bible study will be offered at the same time the meal is being shared in community by those attending, and we are prayerfully expecting a blessed, meaningful experience for all.


Kinderhook Reformed Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Beginning at 10 a.m. This Coming Saturday, March 24, 2018

 ~ Hop on for Fun and Fellowship ~

Crafts, Snacks, and more at 10 a.m.

Easter Story and Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m.


We need volunteers to make this event an awesome time for all who attend!  Please contact Patti Varga if you are available and willing to help out with this outreach ministry.



St. Luke’s Lutheran Church family, Valatie, together with other area churches, continue the tradition of free dinners during the winter months at the St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall. KRC will be providing and serving the free dinner on Tuesday, March 27.   Volunteers are needed to setup, cook, serve, and clean up, and a sign-up sheet is available on the back table for those willing to participate in this ministry.  



Kinderhook Reformed Church

will offer its annual Maundy Thursday Communion Worship Service

in the sanctuary on Thursday, March 29.

Good Friday, we know, and Easter most certainly. But what is Maundy Thursday? Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, believed to be the day when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples. Most notably, that Passover meal was when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples in an extraordinary display of humility. He then commanded them to do the same for each other. Christ's "mandate" is commemorated on Maundy Thursday - "maundy" being a shortened form of mandatum (Latin), which means "command." It was on the Thursday of Christ's final week before being crucified and resurrected that He said these words to his disciples:

       "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have          

         loved you, you also are to love one another" (John 13:34).

What was so "new" about this command? Well, for one thing, it raised the definition of love to a new and higher standard. Jesus sacrificially met His followers' deepest need - that of new spiritual life and the forgiveness of sins. He even loved His enemies, and He calls us to show love to those who don't appear to deserve it. Just as Jesus loved sinners "to the end" (or "to the max," John 13:1) when He had nothing to gain from them, so must we. The Bible says that there was nothing attractive about sinful mankind that drew Him to love us. God loved us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8).  Salvation is not only a wonderful gift that protects us from the penalty that we deserve (Romans 6:23), the work of Christ also imbues new life, grants spiritual strength, and motivates Godly action in those who believe:

       "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to     

        renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright,

        and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of

        the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to

        redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own

        possession who are zealous for good works." (Titus 2:11-14)

While Scripture doesn't require us to commemorate days like Maundy Thursday, the main question is, “Are we observing Christ's new command to love - especially those who deserve it least?”

       "Beloved, let us love one another. For love is from God, and whoever loves has  

        been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God,

        because God is love." (1 John 4:7-8)   

                                                                                                        Alex Crain,




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.  We ask that you take a look at the listing, check over your particular information, and make any necessary corrections and additions 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 in April for those who wish to have them included; photo appointment reservations are necessary through the church office, 518-758-6401, or online at



French Music from the early 20th century:

Works of Lili Boulanger, Nadia Boulanger, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy

4:00 pm Next Saturday, March 24, Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook

       CITV celebrates an especially beautiful and critical evolutionary period in music history, while also recognizing two centennials: the untimely deaths of Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Eight outstanding musicians are brought together for performances of richly-textured vocal and instrumental works, some well-known, others less so. The exceptionally precocious Lili Boulanger, at 19 the first woman to win the prestigious Grand Prix de Rome, will be represented by eight pieces, including four songs from her colorful, but not often performed song cycle, Clairières dans le ciel, written at the age of 20. Lili’s older and better-known sister, Nadia, is regarded by many as the most important musical pedagogue of the 20th century. Unfortunately, her talent as a composer has been largely overlooked. When Nadia Boulanger decided to cease composing, about 1922, Gabriel Fauré and other luminaries regarded this decision as a significant loss. In CITV’s program she is represented by seven dramatic, but virtually unknown songs (1906-1922), and the especially clever Trois Pièces for cello and piano (1914).

       Following intermission, Maurice Ravel’s exotic, forward-looking Chansons madécasses (1925-26) for soprano, flute, cello and piano, wondrously capturing the spirit of Madagascar, has a rare performance. The program concludes with Debussy’s last major work, the virtuosic Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916-17). Performers include sopranos Amanda Boyd and Andrea Bargabos, tenor Jon Morrell, violinist Elizabeth Silver (Concertmaster, Broad Street Orchestra), cellist Jay Shulman, flutist Elizabeth Chinery, and pianists Noah Palmer (CITV Musical Assistant) and David Smith (CITV Artistic Director).

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




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 (, 518-320-6232).   KRC's contact person, Patrice Lyons, will be attending an organizational meeting at 7 pm Monday, March 26, at St Luke's Lutheran Church to receive information and materials to pass along to the KRC family and friends, and to encourage participation in this year's effort.  


Maureen Mooney (5th), Nancy Call (14th), Greg Clause, Sr. (19th), Emily Wood (20th),  Beth Ennis (30th), Paul Zietsman (31st).



  • 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: 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; 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 S. Korea.
  • victims world-wide suffering natural and other hardships and tragedies, especially families and friends grieving those who were killed in the recent walkway bridge collapse in Florida; 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 grieving the recent deaths of Carl Racquet and Mark McIntosh.
  • 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, especially John Lewis.
  • 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.
  • Vickie Metzger, 98, Nancy Baker's mother. Please remember also Nancy and Jim as they serve as Vickie's caretakers.
  • Jim Baker's mother, in nursing care in Livingston after falling and suffering brain bleeds.  Pray that she may know God's presence, comfort, reassurance, and healing.
  • Two friends of Erika Johnson, one who is recovering from recent back surgery, and another who has been diagnosed with bone cancer. Prayers for successful treatment and full recovery for both would be greatly appreciated
  • Ted Call, recovering at home following recent hospitalization and the placement of 2 cardiac stents. Pray for Ted’s continued recovery as he begins cardiac rehabilitation, and for his family as they assist him in moving forward.
  • Jean Hacker, recovering at home from surgery this past Friday and doing well.  Continue prayers as Jean awaits additional test results to determine appropriate follow-up treatment.
  • Judy Alvarez, battling a very aggressive form of lymphoma.  Your prayers for healing for Judy, and for God's strength, comfort, and peace for her, will be greatly appreciated during this difficult time.                       
  • others battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: 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: Fred Borrelli, nephew of Jane Deane; Bill Lansing, father of Carol Zincio; Merrill Johnson; Virginia Rothermel.                       
  • those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: 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.; Libby Little-Saxton, working with Afghan refugees – please pick up Libby’s latest update now available on the back table; the epidemic of addiction to life-threatening drugs.
  • God’s protection for travelers.
  • residence-bound KRC family, George Clowe, and those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.

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.



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




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.x


  • 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 welcome news from Suzy and Bill Nieman that they have settled happily and comfortably into their new home, church, and surroundings in New Hampshire, and send warm greetings to all in the KRC Family.
  • 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.



Hearts of Hope Luncheon

Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21, 2018

"Women Helping Women"


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

518.462.0459 x 255




     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 4:30 – 6 pm, SRC will offer a soup-and-sandwich light supper consisting of a limited number of soups and a limited number of sandwiches.  Free-will donations will also be accepted. 


     On Saturday, March 24, the soup-and-sandwich meal usually offered between 4:30 and 6 pm, will be served between 11 am and 1 pm for a free-will donation.  During the same time period, SRC will also be offering soup for sale.



Email Address –

Website Address

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

  Susan Patterson – ’19  Property. . . . . . . . . .   518-755-4909

  Beth Anne Rippel ’18  Stewardship. . . . . . 518-392-5044

  Deborah Spaulding ’19  Outreach. . . . . . .   518-758-7316 


  Jane Deane  ’19  Christian Ed., Cemetery. . 518-758-7051

  Jean Hacker – ’19  Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518-758-9412

  Merrill Johnson’18   Worship. . . . . . . . . . . 518-828-6726

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

                                             Personnel. . . . . . . . .  518-758-7564


Clerk of Consistory

Patti Varga – 518-755-3054



Derick LaTorre 518-376-1882

                                                                        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





Today, March 18 

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service   

       9:45 am  Bible Study, Genesis, main floor Conference Room

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

Wed, March 21, and 28

       6:00 pm  KRC hosts a series of Lenten Bible-Study Meals:

            "RESTORED - Finding Redemption in Our Mess."

Please Note:  Wednesday evening Bible Study at Merrill and Erika Johnson’s

is in recess for the next 4 weeks to accommodate the Lenten Bible study series.

Thur, March 22

       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 

Sat,   March 24

    10:00 am  Annual Easter Egg Hunt @KRC

  11 am – 1 pm  Soup-and-Sandwich Meal (free-will donation), and Soup Sale

at Stuyvesant Reformed Church

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

Sun,  March 25  Palm Sunday

Please Note:  Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday April 1, and Sunday, April 8,

KRC will hold single, combined worship services at 10 am.

Mon, March 26

       7:00 pm  CROP WALK organizational meeting, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

Tues, March 27 – Free Community Outreach Dinner, St. Luke’s

       1:00 pm  KRC volunteer helpers begin preparation

       5:30 pm  Dinner is served

Thur, March 29

       7:00 pm  Maundy Thursday Communion Service, KRC Sanctuary

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

Sun,  April  8  Combined 10 a.m. Communion Worship Service

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

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

Fri & Sat,  April 21, 22

     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, March 25, 2018

Ushers: Phil Hurst, Matt Osborne, Andrew Welcome

Greeter(s): The LaTorre Family

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