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



“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                                                                                                  Luke 19:1-10 (p. 743)

  Message                                                   “Caring for Those in the Margins Is God-Care?”

  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 as we celebrate our appreciation for Pastor Rudy.


Thanks to today’s ushers, Jason Brevoort, Derick LaTorre, Chris Laurie, Steve Shpur.

Thanks to today’s greeter(s), Johnathan and Jennifer Pratt.


Thanks to all who have recently signed up as front-door greeters for our 10 am worship services.  Only three volunteers are needed to complete the schedule for the remainder of this year!  Please sign up today on the sheet provided at the back table.


Flowers are given today by Jennifer Pratt in loving memory of her grandmother, 

Elsa Kjolseth Church, October 26, 1911 – July, 7, 2006.

  Preschool nursery available downstairs.


  Prelude                                          Jesus, I Come, #448

Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night - Out of my shameful failure and loss,

Jesus, I come to thee.”

  Welcome, Announcements, and God's Greeting

Drawing Near to God

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)  Based on Matthew 11:28-30 and Luke 19:1-10

We have gathered in this place to worship,

     because Jesus invites us to come!

We come as we are, with our faith, our doubts,

     because Jesus invites us to come!

We come as we are, with what we have, bringing with us all our successes and failures,

     because Jesus invites us to come.

Let us worship the God who came to seek and save the lost!

     Let us welcome God into our hearts, our homes, our lives.

Let us give of ourselves in this worship time, that we may know and serve God.

     Let us joyfully and with gratitude worship God!

*Hymn of Praise and Prayer  (Insert)               I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art

          Words: Attributed to John Calvin, 1545 - Music: Louis Bourgeois, Ge­nev­an Psalt­er, 1551          

  Morning Prayer 

Allowing God to Shape Us


  Call to Confession

The gospel calls us to turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ. As we offer ourselves to him in repentance and faith, we renew our confidence and trust in his mercy, our commitment to Godly behavior, and our joy in his salvation.

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)  Based on a prayer by John Calvin taken from

                               Prayers of the Reformers compiled by Clyde Manschreck

Almighty God, since you delay with so much forbearance the punishments which we have deserved, and which we daily bring upon ourselves, grant that we may not indulge ourselves, but carefully consider how often and in how many different ways we have provoked your wrath against us. May we learn humbly to present ourselves to you for pardon, and with true repentance implore your mercy. With all our heart, we desire to submit ourselves to you, whether you discipline us, or according to your infinite goodness, forgive us. Let our condition be ever blessed, not by flattering ourselves in our apathy, but by finding you to be our kind and bountiful Father, reconciled to us in your only-begotten Son. Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon  (Responsive)

The good news is this, that Christ calls those who repent to new life, and enables them to begin again and again and again. The God of mercy forgives all our sins, and the power of the Holy Spirit, strengthen us in all goodness.      

       Thanks be to our God of grace!


Coming before God’s Open Word


  Children’s Sermon and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

Father, may our children conform to your will in every purpose, thought, and action.  May they respond to your call upon their lives by following your plan for them and habitually practicing what is pleasing to you. In Jesus’s name.  Amen.    

  Scripture                                                                                                   Luke 19:1-10 (p. 743)

  Message                                                    “Caring for Those in the Margins Is God-Care?”

  Prayer of Thanks


Celebrating God


  Offering/Offertory                 Wonderful Grace of Jesus, #497

“Wonderful grace of Jesus, reaching to all the lost – Reaching the most defiled.”


Next Sunday is Communion Sunday, which has been designated for the presentation of gifts, over and above regular giving, to the Benevolent Fund.  Please support this important ministry which provides assistance to needy church family and community members.     


   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)

Precious Lord, you have reminded us today that we, like Zacchaeus, are sinners in need of Jesus’s redemptive love, and we have taken comfort in the embrace of your arms, the grace of your forgiveness, and your invitation to a personal relationship with you.   In love and gratitude, we dedicate these gifts for the benefit of others who likewise need to be blanketed in the same security of your tender care and mercies. Amen.  

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn of Praise & Commitment #89 Our Great Savior - “Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners!”

*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)

  Postlude                        Wonderful Grace of Jesus, #497 – Refrain


ACTIVE KRC MEMBERS:  Please remember that nomination ballots for the 2017 Consistory officers are due this coming Sunday.  If you have yours today, just drop it in the offering plate, but be sure to do so by NEXT SUNDAY.




      THIS COMING SUNDAY at 4 pm, Kinderhook Reformed Church will offer a Service of Lament for anyone who has lost someone to suicide or accidental overdose. This service is also for anyone currently dealing with mental health/substance use issues.  All are invited and welcome.



       A panel discussion concerning mental health entitled "Identification and Support – You’re Not Alone," is being planned for 6:30 pm Thursday evening, 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.



       Kinderhook Reformed Church recently hosted a Project Safe Point Narcan training workshop.  Over 75 attendees learned how to recognize an opiate overdose and how to administer Narcan injections to reverse it; and 70 FREE Narcan injection kits were prescribed and distributed.  Two people in the audience connected with the Chatham Cares 4 U program to enter detox/rehab! Planners of this important and timely event wish to praise God and thank all those who worked to make it such a great success.







       Thursdays at 7 p.m., a new Bible study group meets in KRC’s main-floor Conference Room. Led by Jean Hacker, the group is examining the important doctrines of the Bible using the guide book, “A Study Book for Serious Students of Scripture.”  Chapters include:

      1.  The Church                                        6.  Prayer

      2.  The New Birth                                 7.  The Believer's Destiny in This Age of Grace

      3.  Justification and Adoption      8.  About Angels

      4.  Repentance                                       9.  The Doctrine of Christ

      5.  Sanctification                                10.  About Satan

                      11.  Your Occupation Should Be Praising God and Blessing Others.

This study is appropriate not only for helping Christians who are young in their faith to greater maturity, but for providing seasoned believers with review and reinforcement of fundamental Christian principles.  All are cordially invited to join.

       Sunday, at 9:45 following the Early Worship Service, a new Bible-based study, “I Am a Church Member – Discovering the Attitudes that Make the Difference,” meets.  This study, also led by Jean Hacker, focuses on discovering - or rediscovering – the privileges, responsibilities, and Christian discipleship involved in being a church member.  This same study is being offered in the 9 am Thursday morning Small Group Bible Study.

       Beginning Sunday, November 6, the Adult Sunday School Class will begin a new study of the Book of Ephesians.  You are cordially invited to join this class, which meets at 11:15 in the main floor conference room each Sunday morning following the 10 am worship service.



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 1- Matthew 19:1-12   Divorce, Unchastity, Eunuchs 

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 518-851-3811 or Pastor Linda at 845-430-3348




       CITV’s enlarged 2016-2017 season continues with Royal Handel on Sunday, November 13, 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.




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.


Jim Dunham met with Lisa Henderson of Duncan & Cahill and Bill Brandow this past Thursday morning.  There has been little action this week, but they will get moving better next week.


10/26 -  Fredette Painting was working, but that was the first anyone was on site since Fredette was here painting on Monday, 10/17.


10/27 - Foreman Tim Falsen patched some holes in the bell tower level floor in preparation for painting.


10/28 - The 150' lift came in and one of the 120' lifts went out.  While moving the 120' lift out, the cross on the front of the roof and the finials on the turrets were installed.


10/31 - Dave Savage should be here to remove the weather vane from the top of the tower.  They still are confident that he will be able to restore it, and we won't need to replace it with a new weather vane.


The mason and painter should be working this coming week.  The mason has been waiting to get the required mortar. Also, the new sections of wood trim are about ready; they will be painted and should go up by the end of the week.  The roofer will be working soon now that the 150’ lift is available.


Setting the restored weather vane back on and restoring the lightning rod system will be the final tasks.



     Our weekly offering this past Sunday of $3,366 was well over our weekly need of $3,000 - Praise God!

     Many thanks to those who have recently made substantial gifts toward bringing our income more into line with expenses, and 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.



  • 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 report that Virginia Rothermel is doing better. 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.



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


  • 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. Pray especially for the Stop Hunger Now campaign and upcoming October meal-packing event.
  • our state, national, and world leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely. Pray especially that God’s hand will direct our nation’s upcoming Presidential and other government elections.
  • our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace, especially Jason Lansing, being deployed to service 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.     
  • Chris Nel, Elize Visser's father, came through his retinal surgery yesterday very well, this past week, but will be facing an extended period of healing. Please pray also for peace and reassurance for Elize, who is so far away from her dad, and for her family in South Africa as they assist Chris in his recovery.
  • Dina, mother of Anna-Marie Zietsman, also came through her surgery well this past week. Pray for a complete and speedy recovery without complications for Dina, and keep Anna-Marie, who is also so far away from her mother, in your prayers, along with those in South Africa who will be caring for Dina as she recuperates. 
  • Paul Osborne as he deals with continued radiation therapy following lung cancer surgery.
  • Susan Lamont, recovering from surgery to remove an abdominal cyst.
  • Merrill Johnson, that appropriate means will be found to deal effectively with the pain that he is suffering.
  • Jeff Peter, recovering in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center following a recent double-lung transplant.  Jeff appears to be doing well, but please pray for a full recovery without complications for him, and for peace, reassurance, and strength for his family as they assist Jeff in his recovery.
  • Mike Smith, nephew of Jane Dean, who suffered a recent heart attack and is improving and recuperating at home following hospitalization at St Peter's. Please pray for God's peace, healing, and a full recovery for Mike.
  • Loren Speer, dealing with disabling medication-adjustment issues.
  • Sara Schubert, recovering at home from recent foot surgery.
  • those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: Vickie Metzger; Chrissy Blackwood; Alexandria Noxon; Eddie; Patti Varga’s Uncle Martin; Jay Rippel; Fred Borelli; Mark; Virginia Rothermel; Vicki Smith; 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, hospitalized again at St. Peter’s and not doing well in her battle with cancer.
  • others battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: 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: Wisdom for the Lamont Family as they move into a new residence 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, especially Nancy Stewart and Rick Scalera.
  • those traveling.
  • residence-bound KRC family, Murray Leonardson; Joan Van Alstyne; George Clowe.


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 requests, to krc@fairpoint.net or call 859-4158.



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



Bonnie Dunham (6th), Susan Patterson (14th), Jean Wildermuth (15th), Aiden Visagie (18th), Will Patterson (21st), Amy Clinton (22nd),

Rudy Visser (27th), Barbara Vosburgh (28th), Derick LaTorre (29th)


                                    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 


                                                                     COMING EVENTS

Today, October 30      

       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          

                  The class completes its study of the Book of Jude.

Mon,  October 31

       6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets

Tues,  November 1

       7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets @KRC

       7:00 pm  “Inclusion Bible Study Conversation,” @Claverack Reformed Church

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

Thur, November 3

        9:00 am  Small Group Bible Study meets @KRC

           We invite you to join us as we continue a new Bible-based study,

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

      10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @KRC

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

                                        “A Study Book for Serious Students of Scripture.”

Fri,    November 4

        6:00 pm  First Friday Free Turkey Dinner

                       Doors open at 5:30, dinner a 6. Stay for games following dinner.

Sun,   November 6 - Daylight Savings Time ends.  Clocks “fall” back 1 hour!

        8:30 am  Early Communion 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  Communion Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School

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

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

        4:00 pm  Service of Lament @KRC

    All who have lost someone to suicide or accidental overdose are invited.

Sun,   November 13 

        4:00 pm  Concerts in the Village continues its season with Royal Handel           

                                      @Kinderhook Reformed Church.

Thur, November 17

        6:30 pm  Mental health panel discussion,

                 "Identification and Support – You’re Not Alone"


                          Servers Next Sunday, November 6, 2016

       Ushers:  Jason Brevoort, Derick LaTorre, Chris Laurie, Steve Shpur

       Greeter(s):  Maureen Mooney