April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday

KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES

APRIL 5, 2015

 “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 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

 

  Ushers:  Pat Calhoun, Merrill Johnson, Bob Wildermuth

Greeter(s): The Visser Family          Preschool Nursery available downstairs.

 Guest Organist: David Smith

Easter Choir Members:

John & Isabelle Bosquet-Morra, Heather Diario, Barb Gross,

Jennifer Pratt, Mary Silvano, Vicki Smith, Tana Thompson

 

  Prelude   

     Prélude and Méditation     Louis Vierne    from 24 Pièces en style libre, Op. 31, Livre

  Announcements

  God’s Greeting

  Drawing Near To God

  Call to Worship   (Responsive)

CALL:  Our Savior died, but is dead no longer! 
       RESPONSE:  Praise God! He is risen! 
CALL:  Our Savior has defeated death and conquered the grave. 
       RESPONSE:  Praise God! He is risen! 
CALL:  Victory over sin has been won!
       RESPONSE:  Praise God! He is risen! 
CALL:  We are made new, and all of Creation can hope!
       RESPONSE:  Praise God! He is risen! 

 

*Hymn of Praise #234                                           Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)

Risen Jesus, Holy Lamb of God, we are all too comfortable with the fact that our daily lives often do not reflect a close relationship with you, and we are content to appear and behave as though we have not been called into discipleship with you.  We confess that these passive forms of denial are no different than the open renouncement and desertion you suffered at the hands of Peter and the other disciples the day of your crucifixion.  And we are all-to-ready to place the blame on the Romans, the Jewish leaders, and the traitorous crowds for driving the thorns, the nails, and the sword into you, and to ignore the hard truth that our own personal sin against you makes us just as guilty.  Forgive us, Jesus! Through the power or your resurrection, remake us into your righteous, faithful witnesses and unmistakable followers.  

  Easter Choir                       “The strife is o’er, the battle done”                            17th c.

*Song of Assurance of Pardon #238                                                            Because He Lives

  Coming before God’s Open Word

  Children’s Message and Blessing  (Unison)

Blessed Jesus, grace our children with a deep desire to be responsive to your direction and ready to go wherever you may send them.  Bless them with a strong faith that nothing can separate them from you, and that you are always present with them in whatever ministry you give them to fulfill.  Amen.  

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Lesson                                                                                     Mark 16:1-8  (p. 722)

  Message                                                                                                 “Meet Me in Galilee.”

  Prayer of Blessing

    Celebrating God

  Easter Choir         Alleluia, alleluia!  Give thanks to the risen Lord        Donald Fishel 

  Offering and Offertory                                      Free improvisation on an Easter theme

  Doxology and Offertory Prayer  (Unison)

Lord Jesus, we are awed by the incomparable gifts made available to us through your resurrection power and your grace: righteousness, reconciliation with God, and life eternal.  Sanctify the humble offerings we present to you now for the purpose of proclaiming the good news that your gifts of grace are freely available to all who believe in you.  Amen.    

  Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn of Affirmation #248                                                                                         He Lives!

*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    Postlude quasi fantasia       Louis Vierne      from 24 Pièces en style libre, Op. 31, Livre I  

 

Donations for the Easter lilies decorating our pulpit area

 are still being accepted and are greatly appreciated.

 

Many thanks to those who have already contributed:

                       Virginia Rothermel 

in loving memory of Ed, Bill, and Paul Rothermel, and Justin Lynch

                          Cricket Warren

in loving memory or her mother, Ann Van Benschoten

          Noreen and Alan Dick       Sug Hawver       

MANY THANKS to Sarah Bailey, who has volunteered to take over for Mid Glass as greeter coordinator for the 10 am Sunday Worship Services each Sunday.  KRC family and friends are encouraged to sign up to greet on the sheet provided on the back table of the sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

~CONCERTS IN THE VILLAGE 2014-2015 SERIES UPDATE~

Last Sunday at 3:00 p.m. an enthusiastic audience of over 225 gathered in the KRC sanctuary for CITV’s second major offering of its 2014-2015 season.  The concert was devoted to works of Beethoven and Schubert, and featured 67 performers.  All performing felt deeply rewarded and grateful once again for KRC’s essential role in making such concerts possible.  Special thanks are extended to the Church Family Committee for its hosting of the reception following Sunday’s concert.  Wonderful receptions have become integral to the CITV concert experience and provide a very welcoming opportunity for listeners and performers to share their impressions.  Growing numbers in the community, truly in the region, are thankful that KRC makes possible such inspiring concerts.  CITV is very pleased to regard Kinderhook Reformed Church as its primary performing venue, indeed its home.

UPCOMING CITV PERFORMANCES:

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 3 P.M.:  Exploring a New Space:  A Musical Introduction to Jack Shainman Gallery: The School.  Works of Elgar, Britten, Vaughan Williams and Holst.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2 P.M.:  The 10th Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert.  Cantatas and Orchestral Works of J. S. Bach.  At PS21 in Chatham.

 

In addition, at noon on Tuesday, April 14, the Broad Street Chamber Players (flutist Elizabeth Chinery, cellist Jay Shulman, pianist David Smith) will perform works of Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Saint Saëns, Philippe Gaubert and Alan Shulman at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, in its free Music at Noon series.  

 

 

~VALATIE ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY THANK-YOU FOR EASTER BASKETS~

Thanks to your generosity, Easter Food Baskets were given to well over 100 families who use the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry. The baskets included food for Easter dinner: ham, potatoes, yams, corn, green beans, pineapple, and brownies. All food items for the baskets were purchased in bulk by the Pantry, and it is still not too late 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 wishes to thank all who have contributed so far. All monies or food items left over from the Easter basket distribution will be put into the Pantry account or onto the Pantry shelves.

 

 

~THANK YOU FROM OUTREACH MINISTRY~

Our KRC family served dinner to 109 people at St. Luke's Church in Valatie, this past Tuesday evening. Many thanks from the Outreach Ministry to our chefs, sus chefs, servers, and dish washers, who did a splendid job making the dinner a complete success! Wonderful fellowship was enjoyed by everyone, while serving our Lord.    

        

KRC’S NEXT CONGREGATIONAL MEETING WILL BE SUNDAY, APRIL 19

following a combined 10 am Worship Service. The 8:30 am service will resume the following Sunday, April 26.  A light brunch will be served hosted by the Thursday Bible study group, and sign-up sheets for food donations will soon be available at the back table.

 

~ REMINDER FROM STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY ~

MAKING YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO KRC ELECTRONICALLY

 

     If you are not already aware, Kinderhook Reformed Church now has the ability to accept your regular contributions and designated gifts electronically on our website,

kinderhookreformedchurch.com

 

     On the homepage, click the link “Donate” under “Contact Us” at the upper right side of the page, and follow the prompts.  Electronic checks and all major credit cards are accepted, and you will find options for

making one-time contributions
setting up recurring payments for your regular contributions
designating contributions and gifts for special purposes or to specific funds such as 4th Century, Missions, Deacons Fund, Classis Assessment

 

     The online process is an easy one, and many of you may find it a convenient way to manage the contribution goals and commitments you have set for yourself or your family. 

     For each electronic transaction, the church is charged a small processing fee which decreases as the number of transactions increases.  If you have questions or need additional assistance or information, please contact KRC Treasurer, Derick LaTorre.

 

                      CAPITAL CITY RESCUE MISSION'S

                  HEARTS OF HOPE LADIES LUNCHEON

                                    To Benefit

New Faith Program – Transitional Living – Short-Term Shelter

Friday, April 17, or Saturday, April 18

Shaker Ridge Country Club, 802 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211

Registration – 11:30 a.m., Luncheon and Program – 12 Noon

Reservations necessary - $24 per person                Complimentary Valet Parking

To register:

Fill out a registration card from the back table and return it to Capital City Rescue Mission, ATTN: Hearts of Hope, PO Box 1999, Albany, NY 12201
Online at www.capitalcityrescuemission.com  or Call 462-0421

 

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR HEARTS PRAYERS THE MISSIONS AND MISSIONARIES

AROUND THE WORLD THAT KRC HELPS TO SUPPORT:

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

 

 

 

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

those who do not know Christ or who are struggling in their faith, especially Diane, that they will come to know the Lord or experience a renewal.
KRC programs & projects and those planning & administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; KRC’s youth; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; outreach programs. 
KRC’s Consistory members and administrative ministries, chairpersons, and supporting members.
our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace, especially Tom Eastman, fulfilling a tour of military duty in Afghanistan.  Pray for Tom's safety, and for peace and reassurance for his family as well.
survivors of warfare, terrorism, violence, and natural and other disasters worldwide, Pray for an end to the violence and persecution, for safety of Christians in Niger and throughout the world, and for protection of homes, churches, and businesses.
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.
those, especially children, suffering poverty and hunger; abuse; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
families and friends grieving the death of loved ones, especially Judy Simmons and her family following the death of Judy’s husband, Glenn Simmons; and the Binder Family and friends grieving the recent death of Bridget.
Faity Tuttle, who suffered a stroke earlier this week. Faity is in ICU at St Peters, and after rallying briefly Wednesday, had a setback.  Please continue your prayers for Faity, her children, and her extended family.
Marie Fronczak, resident of Buffalo, recovering from a stroke.
An unspoken request for prayers for Carly Ripple.
An unspoken request for prayers for the Smith Family. 
Floyd Haber, having hip-replacement surgery this coming Tueday, April 7.  Please pray for strength and reassurance for Floyd, as well as for successful surgery and speedy healing. Remember Kay as well as she assists in Floyd's recovery.
Finn Calhoun, who will be seeing a pediatric surgeon next month to discuss an issue with his hand and possible surgery. Please pray that surgery will not be required.
Donna Scalera, whose cancer has returned and is in 4 lymph nodes.  Please pray that the cancer has not spread from these sites so that treatment can be limited to radiation and chemo will not be necessary.
Maureen Mooney’s Aunt Joan Kennedy. Joan’s bone cancer is not responding to treatments and she is now at home receiving hospice services. Remember also Joan’s daughter, Rose, as she helps in meeting her mother’s needs during this difficult time. 
Marlene, diagnosed with cancer.
others battling or recovering from cancer: Mid Glass; Daniel; Larry and Leonard,  Susan Lamont’s brother and cousin; Zoe Covey; Andy; Lucy B. and Rodrigo; Jean; Edward Giordano; 2-year-old Logan; Sandy; Charlie Ropollo; Donna Scalera. 
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Bob, husband of Patti Varga's Aunt Kathy Jean Skipper; Stacey Baker; Alan Dick; Paul Varga; Floyd Haber; Alan Dick; Jane Smith; Blanche Rogers; Liz Carroll; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Florence Rivera.
first-time parents, Andrew & Melissa Welcome, expecting their baby girl in May.
those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions:  Susan Lamont and her children, now in Florida; Bill and Abby - pray that God will bless them with his strength, hope, and guidance; Kent Busman and his wife, whose home was destroyed by fire recently; Diane, friend of Cricket Warren, and Jim, in need of job opportunities; Greg L; Craig Johnson; Holly and Marc Morales; those facing the challenges of their college education - pray that God will bless them with wisdom in all of the many choices, and decisions that they are facing.
reassurance and peace for our loved ones who are nearing the close of this life; those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.
Residence-bound members Gordie Van Buren, Murray Leonardson, Doris Schmieder, Joan Van Alstyne.

 

 

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 and prayer requests, to krc@fairpoint.net or call Paul at 859-4158. 

 

 

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR 

Pastor Rudy Visser, our Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision.
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 encouraging report that Harriet Simpkins is now recovering at home and improving significantly following recent knee-replacement surgery. The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, notes and good wishes. 
the good news that Libby Little’s Australian speaking tour, though exhausting, was a great blessing to Libby and very well-received, and that she is back home safely.  Copies of Libby’s April Newsletter are now available on the back table.
recent tests showing that Zoe Covey’s brain tumors, though inoperable, appear to have stabilized. Please continue your prayers for Zoe.
the many dedicated and hard-working friends and members of the Kinderhook Reformed Church Family who serve on Consistory, church ministries, and committees; teach Sunday School; lead Youth Group, Bible studies, and prayer group; organize and carry out special church events; prepare food, serve, and clean up for coffee hours, receptions, and dinners; and who are always ready to offer whatever help and support they can to those in need.

 

 

HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAY !

 

Deborah Spaulding (1st), Annake Visser (6th), Beth Anne Rippel (11th),

Anne-Marie Zietsman (11th), Angela Rivera (12th), Diane Morgan (14th),

Bill Nieman (16th), Arnie March (17th), Leo Dolan (18th), Cydney Rippel (22nd),

Paul Zietsman (29th)

 

 

 

EMAIL, WEBSITE,  AND FAX INFORMATION 

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, pastoral visitations, and counseling.

For assistance on Mondays, and for immediate assistance at any time, please call 859-4158

Church Phone  758-6401                Church Fax   758-6402

Phone messages are picked up several times daily.

 

 

                                              KRC 2015 CONSISTORY

Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

                                                           Deacons

Liz Carroll – ’16,  Clerk of Consistory / Outreach / CITV Committee     758-6034

Noreen Dick – ’15,  Church Family    758-6640

Derick LaTorre – ’16,  KRC Treasurer / Stewardship /  Cemetery  376-1882

Barbara Vosburgh – ’15,   Property      758-6512

                                                             Elders
Merrill Johnson – ‘16,  Worship     828-6726


Patrice Lyons – ‘16,  Outreach   758-8400

Dawn Van Buren – ‘15,  Personnel / Pastoral Care     758-7564

Patti Varga – ’15  Consistory Vice President / Christian Education / Classis Delegate    392-4771

 

COMING EVENTS

Today, April 5Easter Sunday          

         6:30 am  Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service, 250 Sharptown Rd, Stuyvesant

       10:00 am  Combined Easter Worship Service

Please Note: Children’s Sunday School will be in recess Easter Sunday. 

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

Tues.,  April 7

         7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Thur., April 9 

       9:00 am  Small Group Bible Study meets

  Please join us as we continue our Bible study on the Book of Isaiah.

       10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

         3:15 pm  "Bells Across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox."                    

               In celebration, KRC’s  tower bell will be rung for four minutes.

Sun.,   April 12           

         8:30 am  Early Worship Service

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

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

Mon., April 13

         6:30 pm  Consistory meets 

Fri., Sat., April 17 & 18

       11:30 am  CCRM Hearts of Hope Ladies Luncheon

                Shaker Ridge Country Club, Loudonville, NY

Sun.,   April 19 - Please note:  Early Worship Service will not meet.

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

       11:15 am  Congregational Meeting and Brunch following combined 10 am      

           Worship Service.           

 

Servers Next Sunday, April 12, 2015

       Ushers:  Pat Calhoun, Merrill Johnson, Bob Wildermuth

       Greeter(s):  

 

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