June 2019   
This Week's Events


Small Group Bible Study
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Join us for a study of 1st Corinthians
Prayer Group
10:00 AM
Jr/Sr High Youth Group
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Students grade 6-12 are welcome to join us for food, fun, fellowship, Bible study & community service on Thursday nights from 6:30-8pm. Sign up for our weekly emails so you'll know what's planned each week!


Consistory retreat
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The KRC Consistory will gather together for a time of prayer, worship and learning.
Bible Search
November 13, 2016



“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Welcome visitors!  Please fill out a pew card and place it in the offering plate.



  Announcements, The Lord’s Greeting, and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise

  Scripture                                                                                                   Mark 1:16-22 (p. 707)

  Message                                                                                 Re-purposed by God, for God

  Prayer of Thanks

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn and Benediction



 Following worship today, all are invited to enjoy fellowship and refreshments

downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.


Thanks to today’s ushers, Jim Baker, Merrill Johnson, Max DiOrio.

Thanks to today’s greeter, Sally Heimroth.


Only two volunteers are needed to complete the greeters schedule for the remainder of this year!  Please sign up today on the sheet provided at the back table.


  Preschool nursery available downstairs.


  Prelude                        O Love, That Will Not Let Me Go ,   #531

“O Love, that will not let me go . . . I give thee back the life I owe . . . .”

  Welcome, Announcements, and God's Greeting


Drawing Near to God

Call to Worship  (Responsive)         Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren, Glen Arm, MD

          Like a fisherman, God has cast his net upon the sea,

and has drawn us into his boat. 

       But we are not like fish out of water.  We are not caught to be food.

We have been lifted up into this moment to be fed and sanctified for God's purpose.

       The One who is greater than all our struggles, whose holiness is like a fire        

       cleaning away the debris of our lives, is here with us now. 

So, brothers and sisters in Christ, passengers in this boat called the “church,”

lift your voices in praise to the Lord your God –

       Who was, and is, and is to be.  The whole earth is full of his glory!

*Hymn of Praise and Prayer # 562                                 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies


Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession  From Acts 3:19

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”


   Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon  (Responsive) 

Holy God, we call to you and name you as eternal, ever-present, and boundless in love. Yet there are times when we fail to recognize you in our lives. We lower our heads before you, and we confess that we have forgotten too often that we are yours. Sometimes shame clenches tightly around our hearts, and we try to hide from you. Sometimes we carry on our lives as if there is no God. Sometimes doubt and fear make us small, and we miss the chance to speak from your strength and fall short of being credible witnesses for you. Forgive us for our failures, and remind us to be who you would have us to be regardless of what we are doing or who we are with. Hold us to yourself, and renew our relationship with you. Give us clear minds and open hearts so that we may represent you boldly in our world. Amen.

 [Moment of Silent Confession]

O taste and see that our God is good!  Through the limitless compassion of Christ, our sins are forgiven. 

       Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are energized for the work of God’s       

       Kingdom in this world.   Thanks be to God!


Coming before God’s Open Word

  Children’s Sermon and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

Lord Jesus, may the hearts and minds of our children be filled with the light of your holy presence, making your goodness their goodness in the eyes of God.  May they be your light in this world, testifying without shame to your truth, and attracting many to your free gifts of salvation and eternal life.  Amen.

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture                                                                                                   Mark 1:16-22 (p. 707)

  Message                                                                                 Re-purposed by God, for God

  Prayer of Thanks

Celebrating God

  Offering/Offertory              “I will make you Fishers of Men if you follow me.”

*Doxology #809                                                  Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

 Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise him all creatures here below.

Praise him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

*Offertory Prayer (Unison)

Yes, Lord, we give thanks to you, with our whole heart - not just a little part of who we are. Fulfill your purpose in each of us, and reveal to us what that purpose might be. We are the work of your hands, and with these offerings, we add our hands to yours. Amen.   

  Pastoral Prayer

*Hymn of Exhortation #710                                             We Are Called to Be God’s People

*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)



       A panel discussion concerning mental health entitled "Identification and Support – You’re Not Alone," is being planned for 6:30 pm THIS COMING THURSDAY, November 17.  Panel members being invited to participate include a Christian therapist and other experts in the mental health field, and representatives from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and Ichabod Crane School.


       Also being planned is the opening of KRC’s sanctuary between 4:30 and 6:30 pm daily the week of December 7 thru December 11 for anyone needing a place and time of quiet reflection during the holiday season. Personnel to open and close the church will be provided, along with an elder who can lend an ear to anyone who needs to talk. Child care will also be available so that parents who must have their children with them can be blessed by the peace of the sanctuary.    

       Please watch upcoming bulletins for further details regarding these events.



The annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving service will be held at 7 pm on Thanksgiving Eve, November 23, at the newly-built Seventh Day Adventist Church located across from O' Kenny's restaurant on US Route 9.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.



Dear Kinderhook Reformed Church Family and Friends,

       Thanksgiving Food Baskets will be given again to families who use the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry and request one. The baskets will contain everything needed for Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, potatoes, corn, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and brownies. The Pantry buys all food items in bulk, and if you would like to help financially, checks may be made payable to “Kinderhook Reformed Church” with “Thanksgiving Baskets” on the memo line and dropped into the offering plate. Thank you in advance for any help you are able to give. Any monies or food items left over after the baskets are distributed will be put into the pantry account or onto the pantry shelves.

                             Sincerely, Jean S. Norton, for the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry



Along with the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry’s financial appeal in support of its Thanksgiving Food Basket program, KRC’s Outreach Ministry is once again collecting Thanksgiving food items for the pantry. THE DRIVE ENDS TODAY, so please remember to place your bagged donations in the foyer. In the event you are not able to leave donated items today, you may do so on the 20th, which is the day baskets will be packed at St. John's Church.       

Suggested food items most needed are CANNED SWEET POTATOES and YAMS; INSTANT MASHED POTATOES; CANNED VEGETABLES; CRANBERRY SAUCE; TURKEY STUFFING; TURKEY GRAVY IN CANS OR JARS; BROWNIE MIX; PUMPKIN PIE MIX.  As a result of generous financial contributions and food donations to this ministry last year, more than 100 needy families in our local communities enjoyed great thanksgiving dinners, and KRC contributed substantially to this effort. Let’s make this year even better!  Bags for transporting your gifts from market to church, including shopping lists, may be found on the back table.



All are welcome to attend a Bible study concerning four passages of scripture that may be applied to the inclusion of LGBT people in our church communities.  The Bible study will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 in the library of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack.  It will be led by Dr. Nancy Hoag, psychologist, and Rev. Linda Miles, pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack.  Listed below are the remaining dates and the passages that will be discussed: 

November 22 -  1 Corinthians 6   The Body as a Temple 

December 6 - Romans 14:1-15:7   Prohibition on Judging 

For more information, please call H or Pastor Linda at 845-430-3348.



       CITV’s enlarged 2016-2017 season continues with Royal Handel at 3 p.m. TODAY at Kinderhook Reformed Church. Included will be Handel’s most celebratory works for chorus, orchestra, and soloists.

       On February 12th CITV returns to The School/Jack Shainman Gallery with 20th Century Music for Strings and Women’s Voices, including works by Vaughan Williams, Britten, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc and Foote. The women of the Broad Street Chorale will perform, along with soprano Amanda Boyd, soloist in Britten’s Les Illuminations. On April 2nd at Kinderhook Reformed Church Masterpieces from the Classical Age will feature Mozart’s magnificent Mass in c minor, as well as Haydn’s virtuosic Sinfonia Concertante for which the soloists will be principals of the Broad Street Orchestra: violinist Elizabeth Silver, cellist Erica Pickhardt, oboist Karen Hosmer, and bassoonist Cornelia McGiver.

       Suggested donation for all performances - $20.  For further information and assured seating go to www.concertsinthevillage.org or call 758-6869.



  Craft Items, Gently Used Gifts, Raffle, Bake Sale, Lunch

Sat. Nov. 19, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Lunch menu available), and after 4 pm service

                                                                     Sun. Nov. 20 - Following 7:30 and 10:30 services



The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The church is located at the intersection of Schodack Landing Road & Muitzeskill Road in Schodack Landing.  The Bazaar will include new and gently used Christmas decorations, cards, gifts, books, and a Luncheon Cafe and Bake Sale.  Hope to see you there!



       The 8:30 am Early Communion Worship Service will not meet December 4, but will combine with the 10 am Communion Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School.  Rev. Willem Nel, brother of Elize Visser and missionary at "Volta a Biblia" near Chokwe in Mozambique, will be preaching for us. Both Willem and his wife, Carol, are fluent in Portuguese and English, and Carol is in the process of “catching up” on her Afrikaans. 90 % of their ministry, however, is in Portuguese. Carol, who had been on our prayer list for several months in support of her recovery from breast cancer, is currently in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

     The 9:45 am Sunday Bible study will be in recess December 4, and will resume Sunday, December 11.    



Regular Journal updates will be published in our Sunday bulletins

to keep the KRC Family aware and informed regarding

 the restoration work being done on the tower.

This week, including Saturday, the mason has been repointing joints and replacing bricks. 

Tim Falsen of Duncan & Cahill has been replacing the bad trim sections all week.  More than likely, there is still a pile of the rotted trim pieces laying next to the hedge on the School side and in a box at the back of the church.  Take a look at them, if you get a chance, to see how deteriorated the trim was.

On Tuesday, Bill Brandow was down, and Tim Falsen took him up in the lift to see the rotted circular trim around the clock and the rotted 2' long vertical boards at the very top, just below the weathervane mounting.  These were trim problems not identified in the plans.  By Friday, Tim said the sections were already made to replace the circular trim around the clock.

The roofer is due in next week.  That's why the mason worked on Saturday, to get done so that the lift is available for the roofer.  It looks like they have the 150' lift through November, and Tim is trying to keep the 120' lift as long as he can.

Also, Tim showed us pictures he'd taken of a continuous bees’ nest that was under the middle level of trim that faces Rt. 9.




     Our weekly offering this past Sunday of $2,840 was just short of our weekly need of $3,000.

     Many thanks to our regular contributors who “doubled up” on their giving to cover the Sundays they missed. Stewardship Ministry continues to urge everyone to 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.



Dear Friends of Stop Hunger Now,

       Thanks you for your gift of $2,666.54 received on October 21, 2016.  You play a crucial role in our ability to distribute food and other life-changing aid to people around the world who suffer from hunger, and we are truly grateful.  With your help, we have shipped more than 200 million meals to schools, orphanages, vocational training programs, medical centers, and other development programs around the world.  Many of those 200 million meals have gone to school feeding programs like the one at St. Andre School in Haiti.  The meals the children receive at school are a vital step in their paths toward a successful life. 

       “I am really happy because sometimes this is the only meal I get for the whole day,” said Jonathan Lambert, a 6th grader at St. Andre.  “My parents are not able to buy me food.”

       Because of you, Jonathan is able to eat, learn, and grow.  His grades improved after he began eating meals at school, and he has more energy to study and focus on his schoolwork.  You have made a difference for Jonathan and children like him around the world. Thank you!

       Keep up with local events by visiting www.stophungernow.org, or by contacting your local program staff.  Please accept our sincere appreciation for sharing in our vision of a world without hunger.

                                                                                   Thank you so much and warmest regards,

Rod Brooks, President and CEO

and Emily



  • 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, and others who lead worship at KRC from time to time.
  • those men and women who have served or are now serving our country, and those who have sacrificed their well-being and lives for the peace & liberties we enjoy.
  • the good news that Kay Haber's biopsy shows no cancer and that she will not require surgery at this time! 
  • the good report that Virginia Rothermel continues to do well. Ginny thanks the congregation for the cards and messages of encouragement she received, and she hopes to be back in church as the cooler fall weather sets in.
  • His provision for all of our basic life needs, and the wonderful ways God shows His love to us, especially during difficult times.
  • the many dedicated and hard-working friends and members of the Kinderhook Reformed Church Family who serve on Consistory, ministries, and committees; teach Sunday School; lead Youth Group, Bible studies, and prayer group; organize special events; prepare food, serve, and clean up for coffee hours, receptions, and dinners; and who always offer whatever support they can to those in need.


  • 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.
  • Rev. Paige Convis, KRC’s associate pastor, as she fulfills her ministerial duties as full-time pastor to the Muitzeskill and Stuyvesant Reformed Churches.
  • KRC ministries, programs & projects and those planning & administering them: KRC’s Consistory; KRC’s administrative ministries; Adult and Children’s Sunday School; KRC’s Youth Group; 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-elect Donald Trump, 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 South Korea.
  • victims world-wide suffering natural and other hardships and tragedies: famine, earthquakes, and other climate-related disasters; economic instability; poverty, hunger, and poor health; political oppression, unrest, terrorism, war, displacement.
  • those grieving the death of loved ones, especially Tabitha, family, and friends grieving the death of husband and father, Jeff; and Craig Wood, family, and friends grieving the sudden loss of Craig’s wife.
  • 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 loved ones nearing the close of this life.     
  • Alex Jennings, grandson of Alan and Noreen Dick, as he recovers from surgery to repair his clavicle, broken in two places.  Please pray for relief from pain and for a speedy and complete healing for Alex.
  • a family Lori Kolb-Speer is working with who must move by the end of the month and needs to find a 4 - 5 bedroom house in the ICC school district.  Please pray that the right house becomes available for them, and that God gives this family peace.
  • Karina Speer, who injured her foot and is still in a pressure boot for at least 5 more weeks.
  • Susan Lamont, recovering from a recent, very difficult abdominal surgery complicated by an infection and blood clot.  Praise God that biopsy results returned negative, and please continue to pray for speedy and complete healing, peace, and reassurance for Susan during this trying time.  Cards and notes of encouragement may be sent to her at 65 North Street, Catskill, NY 12414.
  • Jaheim, Angel Tree child whose mom has 5 years yet to serve in prison and who, along with his twin brother, is in his grandmother’s care, which includes church attendance.  Jaheim needs much prayer as no school has been willing to accept him due to behavioral issues.  Please pray for God to open a door to a school with a born-again Christian on the faculty who will take him under their wing and mentor him.
  • Rob, a friend of Glenn & Cricket Warren, hospitalized with congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and a kidney problem. Please pray for wisdom in his doctors and for a healthy recovery. Please also pray for Rob's wife and caregiver, Judy. 
  • Lyn, who is in the final stages of a fatal brain disease, and for her husband, Rick and their family. Lyn is the grandmother of the 6-month-old boy who had been very ill, but is doing very well now.
  • those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: Merrill Johnson; Chris Nel; Dina; Mike Smith; Loren Speer; Vickie Metzger; Chrissy Blackwood; Alexandria Noxon; Eddie; Patti Varga’s Uncle Martin; Jay Rippel; Fred Borelli; Mark; Virginia Rothermel; Maggie; Art Gross; Angie Rivera; Susan Clause; Stacey Baker; Harriet Stockhoff; Ruth Edge; Jean Skipper; Floyd Haber; Alan Dick; Paul Varga; Liz Carroll.                     
  • Donna Scalera, struggling with difficulty in her battle with cancer.
  • others battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: Jeff Peter; Paul Osborne; Mark; Jay, co-worker of Deborah Spaulding; Angie, friend of Sara Hartman; 6-month-old grandson of Rick; Ann; Jill; Steve; Dorothy Wheeler.
  • those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: Cydney Rippel, Carly Rippel, Greg Clause Jr., and others as they face the challenges of a higher level of education or seek a career; Vince Beaudoin; the alarming epidemic of  heroin addicts.
  • those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill: Nancy Stewart; Rick Scalera.
  • those traveling.
  • residence-bound KRC family, Murray Leonardson; Joan Van Alstyne; George Clowe.




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              Giulbert Muguna, 18, Kenya

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



Fred Hickman (3rd), Ted Call (11th), Joy Bertram (14th),

Claudia March (22nd),  Joan Van Alstyne (26th)



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. During the summer months, those of you who are gardeners are invited to arrange and display your own garden flowers on a Sunday of your choice.  If you are interested in providing flowers for a particular Sunday, contact Dawn, 758-7564.



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 859-4158.

Church Phone   758-6401                Church Fax   758-6402


                                KRC 2016 CONSISTORY

               Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory


Liz Carroll – ’16  Outreach, CITV Committee, Clerk  

Derick LaTorre  ’16  Cemetery, Stewardship, Treasurer  

Tana Thompson  ’17  Church Family

Chip Wood  ’17  Property   


                          Merrill Johnson – ’16  Worship
                          Patrice Lyons – ’16  Outreach, Clerk

Patti Varga  ’17  Christian Education, Vice President of Consistory

Barbara Vosburgh  ’17 Personnel and Pastoral Relations


                                                   KRC STAFF

                 KRC Office Manager              KRC Office Assistant          

              Paul Clause – 859-4158     Courtney Wood – 784-2134                                

                          KRC Sexton                 KRC Cemetery Supervisor        

           Greg Clause Jr – 653-2786       Greg Clause – 369-8472



Today, November 13  Food Pantry Donations Due Today

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       9:45 am  New Bible-based study continues

           “I Am a Church Member – Discovering the Attitudes that Make the Difference”

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

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

     New Study Continues: "Ephesians - Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ"      

       3:00 pm  Concerts in the Village continues its season with Royal Handel           

                                      @Kinderhook Reformed Church.

Mon,  November 14

       6:30 pm  Consistory Meets

       7:00 pm New Bible study group meets, @KRC main floor Conference Room

“A Study Book for Serious Students of Scripture.”

Tues,  November 15

       7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets @KRC

       7:00 pm  New members’ class meets @the parsonage.

Wed,  November 16

       6:30 pm  Property Ministry meets

Thur, November 17

      9:00 am  Small Group Bible Study meets @KRC

                 “I Am a Church Member – Discovering the Attitudes that Make the Difference”

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @KRC

       6:30 pm  Mental health panel discussion,

                 "Identification and Support – You’re Not Alone"

Sat, Sun, November 19, 20  Elves’ Christmas Sale - St. John’s Church, Valatie

       Sat, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Lunch menu available), & after 4 pm service

       Sun – Following 7:30 am and 10:30 am services

Mon, November 21

       7:00 pm New Bible study group meets, @KRC main floor Conference Room

“A Study Book for Serious Students of Scripture.”

Wed, November 23, Thanksgiving Eve

       7:00 pm  Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at the newly-built Seventh        

          Day Adventist Church, US Route 9, across from O' Kenny's Restaurant

Mon, November 28

        6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets

Sun,   December 4  Please Note:  The 8:30 Early Communion Worship will not    

      meet December 4, but will combine with the 10 am Communion Worship.  

   The 9:45 Bible study will be in recess and will resume Sunday, December 11.

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

           Rev. Willem Nel, missionary at "Volta a Biblia" near Chokwe in             

             Mozambique, preaching. Rev. Nel is the brother of Elize Visser.

     11:15 am  2017 KRC budget presentation & voting for new Consistory officers



Servers Next Sunday, November 20, 2016

       Ushers:  Jim Baker, Merrill Johnson, Max DiOrio

       Greeter(s):  Sara Hartman