Kinderhook Reformed Church Celebration of Worship, November 19, 2017
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”
Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor
A warm welcome to visitors. We invite you to sign our Guest Book
in the entranceway and fill out a pew card and place it in the offering plate.
10:00 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
Following worship today, all are invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship
downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.
Thanks to today’s ushers, Greg Clause Jr, Jim Dunham, Gary Leggett.
Thanks to today’s Greeter, Dawn Van Buren.
Nursery facility available downstairs.
Guest Organist, David Smith
Welcome this Morning to Our Congregational Meeting as We Engage
in Worshiping Our Lord and the Worshipful Work of Our Church.
Prelude Pastorale in G major Charles Wesley
Welcome and Announcements
Votum, and God's Greeting
Call to Worship (Responsive) Based on Psalm 150
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
Oh, let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
*Hymn of Praise #50 (Verses 1 & 2) Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
Children’s Invitation to Sunday School and Prayer of Blessing (Unison)
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 how to serve you and in how to bring your blessings to others.
Ridder Church Renewal Introduced Ezekiel 11:17-20
Prayer for God's Blessing and Leading Hand (Unison)
O great Teacher, open our minds and ears to hear and see the new. Open our hearts to receive new relationships. Open our souls to your voice and your guidance. Never let us stop learning, we pray. As we learn, help us to see adventure, know change, and find purpose as we grow in faith. Bless us as you teach us, we pray. Amen.
*Hymn of Praise #669 (Verses 1 & 2) God of Grace and God of Glory
Learning Change 2 Corinthians 5:16-18
Prayer for God's Blessing and Clarity for the Road Ahead. (Unison)
God who is constant and ever-changing, we come before you as a people calling
for your presence here. With change upon us, we are anxious, not sure
what the future will bring. Through the Bible, O Lord, we know that change
includes opportunity, and yet, again and again, we resist change for fear of
losing control. Help us to welcome the new, embrace the different, and
move forward in the great expectation that all things work together for good
for those who love God. Amen.
*Hymn of Commitment #663 Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
Proclamation of His Word Luke 6:46-49
“Getting Ready to Build”
Dreaming God-sized Dreams Revelation 3:1-3
Prayer for God's Blessing and Our Transformation (Unison)
In the midst of all that is before us, Oh Lord, come and give us peace. When we are frightened, hold us tight. When we are despairing, reassure us. When we are angry, soothe our spirits. For when we put our trust in you, you will not lead us astray. Grant us the power to let go of knowing all things before they come to pass. Teach us to give our futures to you, for the glory of your great vision for all humanity. Show us how to sacrifice in meaningful ways, not always needing to see instant results. And in the midst of change, give us the confidence of your love above all else. We are bold to pray, “So be it!” Amen.
*Hymn of Praise and Devotion #45 (Verses 1 & 3) Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
2018 Budget Report
Prayer for Faithful Stewardship
God, our Provider, your Word creates our life and strength. Everything we have is a gift from your open hand. Guide us by your Spirit to be diligent and faithful stewards of all that you entrust to our care. May we not bury our gifts or fearfully hoard resources. Fill our hearts with trust, so that we can experience your joy in giving. May our congregation reflect your generosity through our mission in the world. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Offering/Offertory “A mighty fortress is our God” op. 79b Max Reger
*Doxology (#809) and The Lord’s Prayer
Prayer of the People
*Hymn of Loyalty (Insert) I Know Not Where the Road Will Lead
*Benediction, Blessing, and Response Hymn My Friends May You Grow in Grace
Postlude “Now thank we all our God” op. 79b Max Reger
Donations for poinsettias to decorate our pulpit area are now being accepted and are greatly appreciated.
Contributions may be placed in the offering plate
clearly marked for this purpose.
This coming Wednesday, November 22, at 7:00 pm, an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service will be led by Rev. Paige Convis at Stuyvesant Reformed Church, 9 Church St., Stuyvesant. All are invited to attend this time of thanksgiving and worship.
Next Sunday, November 26, worship services will be combined in one 10 a.m. service.
Please Note: In place of First Friday dinner in December, KRC will host its Annual Candlelight Night Annual Open House December 8.
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. For example - a prayer request was received not long ago for a woman whose husband walked out on her when she was 8 months pregnant; in addition to prayer support, the KRC family provided this mother-to-be with meals to help ease the difficulties and stress of her circumstances. 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.
~KRC's OUTREACH MINISTRY THANKS YOU~
Many thanks from the Outreach Ministry for your generous donations to the Valatie Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving Basket Program and to those who delivered them. We collected 39 overflowing bags of groceries that will truly make a "Happy Thanksgiving" for those in need.
~KRC TO SPONSOR AN ANGEL TREE PROGRAM AGAIN THIS YEAR~
Gift needs for KRC’s Angel Tree children are now displayed on angel cut-outs on the Christmas tree in the church’s main entrance. Each angel contains very specific age, size, and gift-request information for a particular child to assist donors as they gift-shop. Please consider taking an angel from the tree and returning it, together with your wrapped gift, to the church by the Sunday, December 10, deadline. Your generosity will bring Christmas joy to those Christ blessed and of whom he said, “The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Volunteers will also be needed to participate in the delivery of the gifts to local Angel Tree families. Anyone volunteering to deliver gifts will be partnered with another volunteer, and will receive an orientation to the family before the delivery visit. Please contact either of the Angel Tree program co-chairs, Janet Smith (518-859-6591) or Maureen Mooney (518-210-6079) if you would be willing to participate in the gift-delivery ministry.
~HISTORY OF ANGEL TREE~
Mary Kay Beard was a safecracker, a bank robber, and one of America's Most Wanted. Arrested in June of 1972, she quickly collected 11 federal indictments and 35 charges against her. She was told she would serve between 75 and 180 years. Instead, she served just 6, at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. While sitting in an Alabama jail cell, Mary Kay gave her life to Christ.
During that time, Mary Kay noticed how her fellow prisoners would collect toothpaste and soap - gifts from local church groups - and wrap them up as presents for their children at Christmas. "Most children wouldn't think much of such small gifts, but in prison there was such joy on their faces!" says Mary Kay. "It didn't really matter to them what they got; it was from Mama."
After Mary Kay was paroled, Chuck Colson invited her to become Prison Fellowship’s first Alabama state director in 1982. One of her first efforts was coming up with a Christmas project for prisoners. Mary Kay recalled the toiletries that the incarcerated women gave their children on Christmas. So she and a crew of volunteers began creating a program to provide real gifts for prisoners’ children.
Their plan was to erect a Christmas tree at Birmingham's Brookwood Mall, encouraging shoppers to buy presents for specific children. Then someone suggested writing the children's names on paper ornaments shaped like angels - creating an "Angel Tree"! Mary Kay helped cut out 100 paper-angel ornaments and then visited prisoners to invite them to sign up their children. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, all 100 angels were taken by shoppers. Mary Kay made more angels, and that year 556 Alabama children were served.
The next year Angel Tree expanded to 12 states, and eventually became a nationwide program. In total, more than 10 million gifts have been given to children on behalf of their incarcerated parents.
~CANDLELIGHT NIGHT FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8~
KRC will sponsor its annual Candlelight Night Open House 6 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, December 8, in conjunction with Kinderhook Village’s Candlelight Walk celebration. KRC’s Open House will feature tours of our beautiful sanctuary - decorated with lighted garlands, candles, poinsettias, the lovely Chrismon tree, and the nearly-life-size Fontanini Nativity - together with Christmas music, cookie decorating, refreshments, and community fellowship in the Fellowship Room. Co-chairs of this year’s open house, Jane Deane, Deb Spaulding, and Joy Bertram, are looking for volunteers to assist, as well as donations of desert-buffet items. Your contributions will be much appreciated, and a sign-up sheet is available on the back table if you are able to help with this ministry.
HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY!
Fred Hickman (3rd), Ted Call (11th), Joy Bertram (14th), Claudia March (22nd)
REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR
REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 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 Children:
Evelin Chuquinia, 15, Bolivia
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
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.
Last Sunday, our offering of $2,384 fell well below the $3,000 needed weekly to 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.
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.
All of us from time to time, as members and friends of the KRC family, have had concerns and issues about church policies; Consistory decisions; order and times of our worship services; the preaching ministry; and sometimes even issues and concerns related to our interpersonal relationships within the church family. We would like you to know that the Elders are available to speak with you about any concerns you may have and invite you to contact them at any time.
Many KRC family and friends have, in the past, provided cut flowers for the pulpit in celebration of an anniversary or birthday, in honor of a special day or event, and in loving memory of family and friends who have passed away. If you wish to provide flowers for a particular Sunday, contact Dawn, 758-7564.
KRC 2017 CONSISTORY
Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory
Jane Deane – ’17 Outreach, Cemetery. . . . . . 758-7051 email@example.com
Noreen Dick – ’18 Church Family . . . . . . . . . . 758-6640 firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrice Lyons – ’17 Property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 758-8400 email@example.com
Beth Anne Rippel – ’18 Stewardship . . . . . . . 392-5044 firstname.lastname@example.org
Merrill Johnson – ’18 Worship . . . . . . . . . . . 828-6726 email@example.com
Dawn Van Buren – ’18 Pastoral Relations . . 758-7564 firstname.lastname@example.org
Patti Varga – ’17 Christian Education, Outreach,
Consistory Vice President . .755-3054 email@example.com
Barbara Vosburgh – ’17 Personnel, Clerk. . . . 758-6512 firstname.lastname@example.org
Derick LaTorre – 376-1882 email@example.com
Paul Clause – 859-4158 Courtney Wood – 852-7172
KRC Sexton KRC Cemetery Supervisor
Steven Green – 505-4918 Greg Clause – 369-8472
Today, November 19 Combined Worship Service
10:00 am Combined Worship/Congregational Meeting Service
and Children’s Sunday School
Tues, November 21
7:00 pm KRC Youth Group meets
Wed, November 22
7:00 pm Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical Service
Stuyvesant Reformed Church, 9 Church St., Stuyvesant
Thur, November 23
9:00 am Small Group Bible study @KRC.
Group continues a new study: Grace, by Max Lucado – Please join us!
10:00 am Community Prayer Group @KRC
7:00 pm Bible study, 1 and 2 Peter, KRC main floor Conference Room
Sun, November 26
10:00 am Combined Worship Service
Mon, November 27
6:30 pm Outreach Ministry meets
Fri, December 8
6:00 - 8:30 pm KRC’s annual Candlelight Night Open House
Please Note: There will be no First Friday dinner in December.
Instead we will have our Candlelight Night annual open house December 8.
Servers Next Sunday, November 26
Ushers: Ted Call, Bob Dreier, Jerry Flansburg
Greeter(s): Joy Bertram