Kinderhook Reformed Church
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
Worship Services for January 20, 2013
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

A WARM WELCOME TO VISITORS
We would like to get to know you better, and invite you to sign our Guest Book in the entranceway and fill out a pew card and place it in the offering plate.

8:30 a.m.  Celebration of Worship
  Welcome/Announcements
*Morning Worship                                                           My Life Is in You Lord
  Morning Prayer
  Prayer for Illumination
  Scripture Lesson:                                                              John 2:1-11 (p. 751)
  Message:            "The Beginning of Jesus' Public Ministry”
  Prayer of Thanks
  Offering and Prayer of Blessing
  Intercessory Prayer
*Song of Devotion                         O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
*Benediction

10 a.m. Celebration of Worship
All are invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship
downstairs in the Fellowship Room following this Worship service.

Ushers: Jim Dunham, Fred Hickman, Barry Knights, Gary Leggett
Greeter(s):  Jane Smith
Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.
Guest Organist:  David Smith

Prelude        Jesus, Lead Thou On,     Jesus Priceless Treasure       Alec Wyton

Drawing Near to God
  Welcome and Announcements
*Morning Praise  Hymn #558                            Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
*God's Greeting
   Call To Worship (from Psalm 36:5-9)
Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

Allowing God to Forgive Us
   Call to Confession
If the Lord should mark our iniquities, then who could stand before the Lord? Trusting in Jesus’ forgiveness, let us confess our sins.

   Prayer of Confession
Almighty God, you desire that your Son, our Savior, have first place in everything in our lives. Yet, we so easily relegate him to a lesser place, choosing to live for ourselves and apart from you. We have chosen to go our own way for too long, and we now recognize the foolishness of this. We confess our sin before you and pray for transformed lives because of the redemption that is to be found in your Son.  
[Moment of Silence]
Realign our lives with your call, here today!
Forgive us our complacency and conceit. Re-establish us, O Lord, for one goal only, and that is to honor and glorify you. This we pray in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
   Assurance of Pardon
Beloved of God, the Lord’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. It is he who redeems us from all our iniquities. Know today that in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.  Hallelujah, Amen.
   Praise Songs
   Children’s Sermon and Blessing
May these children always hold to the teachings of Christ and walk in discipleship with him, that they may know his truth, and enjoy the freedom that it brings.  Amen.

Allowing God to Shape Us

   Prayer for Illumination and Scripture Lesson                 John 2:1-11 (p. 751)      
   Message             "The Beginning of Jesus' Public Ministry"
   Prayer of Thanks

Allowing God to Use Our Lives and Our Stuff

   Call to the Presentation of Our Offering
   Offertory                 God, who Madest Earth and Heaven            Alec Wyton
*Doxology and Offertory Prayer  (Unison)
  Prayer Requests
  Intercessory Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer
*Closing Hymn #130                                      O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
*Benediction
  Hymn of Response                                   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                                             

~ Many thanks to those who contributed to the Christmas poinsettias ~
Will and Jayne Ferguson – In loving memory of Will and Theresa Ferguson
Mid Glass – In loving memory of her parents, Marshal & Ruth Tebbutt
Arnie and Claudia March – In memory of all loved ones
Virginia Rothermel – In loving memory of
Ed, Bill, & Paul Rothermel, and Justin Lynch
Bill and Suzy Nieman – Florence Rivera – Sug Hawver

2013 KRC Budget copies are available on the back table for your reference and preparation for our congregational meeting next Sunday, January 27, immediately following 10 a.m. Worship

Youth Group for middle school youth Grades 6 – 8 starts this coming Tuesday, January 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m.  “God and Church”, the middle school level of the P.R.A.Y (Promoting Religion Among Youth) Program, will be the focus of the group’s study activity, and will run for 11 weeks.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Patti Varga.  

The 9 a.m. Thursday morning small group has just begun a new study entitled, Living on the Edge – Dare to Experience True Spirituality, by Chip Ingram.  Mr. Ingram, pastor, teacher, author, and discipleship leader, presents in this study a proven pathway to becoming an “r12” (Romans 12) Christian disciple in the image of Christ.  The group invites you to join them in the KRC conference room in what is certain to be a blessed and rewarding time of spiritual growth together.

"THE OLDE DUTCH AND SUCH" CRAFTS GROUP HAS BEGUN MEETING AGAIN ON FRIDAYS AT 9:30 A.M. in the main floor classroom opposite the church office. We are creating new plans and new items for the 2013 KRC Bazaar, and we are very much in need of new members and new ideas.  Last year’s preparation workshops were full of fun, laughter, and good fellowship, and the bazaar was a huge success.  We warmly welcome you to join us in our efforts to make this year’s even better!

An Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service will be held here at KRC on February 13 at 7 p.m.  Please reserve this date on your calendar and plan on attending this time of worship marking the beginning of the Lenten season.

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR
• Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled preacher of the Word and leader of vision.
• all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, and working together to complete projects and responsibilities.
• the encouraging news that Kara Ennis’s recent scans were all negative.
• the good report that Eleanor, mother of Patrice Lyons, is recovering speedily at Whittier rehab following recent hip replacement surgery.
• the good report that Judy Iocco is doing well  following treatment for leukemia.
• the joy of blessing the students of our growing Sunday School each Sunday morning as they go to their classes.
• His blessings of family, friends, and all the provisions for our basic life needs and much more.
• the wonderful ways God shows his love to us, especially during difficult times.
• those men and women who have served or are now serving our country, & those who have sacrificed their well-being and lives for the peace & liberties we enjoy.

Regular reports are needed on the progress or condition of all individuals on our prayer and praise lists.  If you have updated information, especially regarding individuals whose names appear in bold print, please forward this information, as well as new praise and prayer requests, to krc@fairpoint.net or call Paul at 859-4158.  If you are not already on our email prayer list, and would like to receive prayer and praise requests through email, please contact Paul to have your address added. If you do not have email, contact Jane Smith, 758-6442, to be included in the phone prayer chain.

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR
• those who do not know Christ, or are struggling in their faith or with other spiritual issues. 
• KRC’s 2013 Consistory members, especially those recently reinstalled or ordained and serving for the first time.
• KRC’s administrative ministries, their chairpersons, and supporting members.
• KRC programs & projects and those administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; KRC’s youth; church restoration; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group.
• our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
• our missionaries: Dave and Char Alexander; Perry Jones and Capital City Rescue Mission, Alex and Fran Knauss, Maureen Menard, Dick and Carolyn Otterness, Brian and Bea Post, Seth and Melissa Rogati, Betty Ann Stedwell. 
• our children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies..
• our military men and women, that they may know God’s presence and protection.
• families and friends of our military troops and victims of warfare, terrorism,  misunderstanding, and  violence worldwide,  that they may be blessed with God’s peace and the reassuring knowledge that he is in control. 
• Pastor Dan Herrick and the congregation of 2nd Reformed Church in Philmont at the loss of their church building to fire last Tuesday night.  The church, a historic landmark, was 175 years old.  Dan says that some of the church records may have escaped the fire, but not much else was saved.
• those, especially children, suffering natural disaster; the abuses of violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
• families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially: Donna Scalera and family grieving the recent loss of Donna’s mother, May Trout; those grieving the recent death of Don Berlin; Blas Ortiz and his children, close friends of Deborah Spaulding, grieving the recent death of wife and mother, Margie; those grieving the death of Max Kelly, 21, in a recent automobile accident; and those grieving the death of Nate Phelan, 31, son of Jon and Kathleen Phelan.
• Faity Tuttle, who is experiencing some health issues, now at home and showing some improvement following 2 recent hospitalizations; pray that doctors will find a correct diagnosis and effective treatment as testing continues.
• Frank Vosburgh, in rehab at Whittier, battling a number of health issues; pray that medication adjustments will speed recovery, and pray for Barbara as she attends to Frank’s needs.
• Mary Bridges, hospitalized and now recuperating in a rehab facility following hospitalization for influenza.
• those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Timmy Alvarez; Doris; Ken and Marion P; Fred Steeves; Jack, grandfather of Patti Varga; Pastor Glenn Metzler; Glenn Wallace; Kathy Varga; Jim Baker's dad;  Tom Saulpaugh;  Eleanor, mother of Patrice Lyons; Baby Savannah; Sara Schubert; Bert Beach; Bea Post; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Ruth Edge; Blanche Rogers; Dave Ennis’s father; Florence Rivera; Paul Varga. 
• those battling or recovering from cancer: Melissa M; Stephanie; Ron Jensen; Patricia’s mother; Dick; Suzanne W; Jenny Kline; Betsey Klein; Jill Shpur; Rosanne & Connie; Helen Drumm; Sal Alessi; Donna Scalera.
• those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Olivia, that God will give her peace, strength, perseverance, safety, and His direction; Paul, that God will give him wisdom, determination, and peace in making and carrying out the difficult decisions that are challenging him; the Royce Family; the Schuberts attempting to sell John’s mother’s home in Troy; Libby Little.
• God’s blessing on those recently engaged/married, expecting babies, new/first-time parents: Derick and Heather LaTorre, recently married; new parents, Ben and Kathryn Hart (Baby Daniel Robert, born October 29).
• those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.
• our residence-bound members, Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera, Gordie Van Buren.

~A THANK-YOU FROM ANGEL TREE’S PRESIDENT~

Dear Pastor Rudy Visser and the KRC Family,
     As we celebrate the season of Christ’s birth, you and your church have poured your hearts out to bring joy to the hearts of prisoners’ children. We are confident that the time and effort you have sacrificed for “the least of these” will make an eternal impact. Thank you for leading your congregation to selflessly serve others during a busy season!
     Because of you and countless volunteers from Angel Tree churches across the country, hundreds of thousands of children of prisoners have received gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parents. But more than that, these children are seeing God’s grace in action, and they are hearing that God loves them enough to send them a gift beyond price - His Son, Jesus Christ!
     I’m sure it’s easy to wonder if investing in Angel Tree makes a long-term difference. Let me assure you that it does. This past year we reconnected with Jeffery Hopper. He was a hardened, suspicious man. A bitter cycle of crime enveloped his entire family when he signed up his five-year-old daughter for Angel Tree. After a local church delivered a gift, his daughter wrote him a letter and came to visit him on Christmas Eve, expressing her love and forgiveness. “God got to me through my daughter - the only weak spot I had,” remembers Jeffery. “After the visit, I went to the chapel and fell apart.”  Jeffery received Jesus as his Savior, went to seminary after release, and now serves as a hospice chaplain. He’s reconciled to his family, and his daughter, now 26, has a love for Christ, a godly husband, and a new baby girl. The cycle of crime has been broken!
     A simple gift can change a life, and churches like yours play an integral role. Thank you for your support and joining us in bringing hope to many difficult situations. We look forward to continuing to work alongside you to share Christ’s love with prisoners and their children!

For His Kingdom,

Garland Hunt
Angel Tree President

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 HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAY:

Paul Clause (2nd), Libby Little (2nd), Kari Anne Powell (2nd),
Harriet Simpkins (2nd), Stacey Baker (20th), Noreen Dick (22nd),
Sug Hawver (27th), Jean Skipper (29th), 
William Carroll (31st), Ainsley Clinton (31st) 

       For those who are using the envelope system to present tithes and offerings to the church, A FEW 2013 ENVELOPES ARE STILL AWAITING PICK-UP FROM THE BACK OF THE SANCTUARY.  IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, PLEASE PICK YOURS UP TODAY.  Boxes are labeled in alphabetical order by last name. 
       IF YOU ARE NOT USING OFFERING ENVELOPES, BUT WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN, PLEASE FILL OUT ONE OF THE SMALL GREEN REQUEST SLIPS (STANDING UP IN BACK OF ONE OF THE BOXES) AND DROP IT IN THE OFFERING PLATE.  YOU MAY DO THIS NOW OR AT ANY TIME WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

Please note, as the listing below indicates, that the Missions and Evangelism Ministries have now been combined to form the Outreach Ministry.  One deacon, Patrice Lyons, and one elder, Maureen Mooney, will be co-liaisons sharing the duties of overseeing the work of Outreach.

KRC 2013-2014 CONSISTORY

  Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

Jane Deane – ’14,  Christian Education   758-7051
Noreen Dick – ’13,  Church Family   758-6640
Derick Latorre – ’14,  Stewardship    610-8090
Patrice Lyons – ’13,  Outreach   758-8400

                                                   Elders
Dawn Tuttle – ’13,  Worship    758-6031
Maureen Mooney – ’14,  Outreach / Clerk   210-6079
Dawn Van Buren – ’13,  Cemetery / VP of Consistory   758-7564
Bob Wildermuth –’14,  Personnel / Pastoral Relations   828-0690

                John Schubert, Chairman, Classis Financial Committee

                                               
                                                   KRC STAFF
                      KRC Office Manager                     KRC Office Assistant     
                    Paul Clause – 859-4158                   Liz Carroll – 758-6034
    Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton
    Greg Clause – 369-8472, 758-1338


OFFICE, EMAIL, WEBSITE,  AND FAX INFORMATION 
Email Address – krc@fairpoint.net
Website Address – kinderhookreformedchurch.com
Rev. Rudy is scheduled to be in his church office
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.
If you wish to meet with Pastor during these times,
please call ahead for an appointment.
Evenings are set aside for meetings, pastoral visitations, and counseling.
For assistance on Fridays, please call 859-4158
Church Phone  758-6401                Church Fax   758-6402
Phone messages are picked up several times daily.
If you need immediate assistance anytime, call 859-4158.

COMING EVENTS
Today, January 20

    8:30 am  Early Worship Service
  10:00 am  Communion Worship Service and Sunday School
    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Classes:
                1st John study group meets in the classroom opposite the office.
                Romans study group meets in the main floor conference room.
Tues., January 22
       7:00 – 8:30  Middle School Youth, Grades 6 – 8, meet at KRC
Thur, January 24
  9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC -  Chip Ingram study,                
          Living on the Edge – Dare to Experience True Spirituality    
10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC
Fri.,   January 25
       9:30 am Olde Dutch and Such crafts group meets opposite KRC office
Sun.,  January 27
       8:30 am  Early Worship Service
10:00 am  Communion Worship Service and Sunday
Congregational meets to consider KRC’s 2013 budget following Worship 
   11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Classes:
                1st John study group meets in the classroom opposite the office.
                Romans study group meets in the main floor conference room.
Wed., February 13
       7:00 pm  Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service @ KRC

Servers Next Sunday, January 27, 2013
Ushers:   Jim Baker, Bob Dreier, Ben Hart, John Schubert
Greeter(s):  Sug Hawver
 

 

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