KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE, JANUARY 22, 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.

 

8:30 A.M.  CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

  Announcements, The Lord’s Greeting, and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise

  Scripture Reading                                                                                   Exodus 17:1-7 (p. 52)

  Message                                                    “The Patient God Hears His Impatient People”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn and Benediction

 

  10:00 A.M.  CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

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

downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.

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

Thanks to today’s greeter, Dawn Van Buren. 

Nursery facility available downstairs

  Prelude                                 Adagio from Symphony No. 1                Charles Marie Widor

  Welcome and Announcements

  God's Greeting

  Drawing Near to God

  Call to Worship (Responsive)  Based on Psalm 95

We enter now into God’s holy presence.
       Come, let us worship. Let us bow before the Lord, our God.
It is fitting that we come with thanksgiving.
       God deserves our songs of praise.
For the Lord is a great God.
        He is Creator of all — the highest mountains and the depths of the earth.
The vast waters and the dry land were all God’s idea.
        This Holy One is our God, and we are his people.
We are called and chosen, fed and nurtured as the sheep of his flock.
         Let us come with open ears and hearts.  Let us worship the Lord, our God!

*Hymn #29                                                                                                    O Worship the King

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession

The Lord is a good and faithful God, yet we doubt and question God’s plans and intentions toward us. Let us confess our sins, that we might be reconciled to Christ and one another.

  Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Our God, forgive us for failing to understand and accept the great demands placed upon us by your love. We enlist in your causes, but find ourselves losing interest. We promise to be courageous, but find ourselves afraid. We want to be sensitive, but find ourselves hard and callous. Forgive us; take our limitations and turn them into possibilities for service. Have mercy on us and grant us your peace. Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon (Responsive)

As the dove gently settles on the tree, by his doing receive the gift of his peace.
As the flame rises free with light and warmth, by his doing, receive the Lord's gift of new life. As the wind moves and dances round the earth, by his doing, receive his Spirit-filled gift of forgiveness and love.

       Thanks be to God. Amen.

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Children's Sermon and Prayer of Blessing (Unison)

Great God, make your presence, known to these children; live within them and be with them always.  Assure them that you hear their prayers and that you always answer as a caring Father, even though the answer may not be what they expected.  Through every difficulty of life, may they know your comfort and peace.  Amen.

  Prayer Song for Illumination #536                                                       Open Our Eyes, Lord

  Scripture Reading                                                                                   Exodus 17:1-7 (p. 52)

  Message                                                    “The Patient God Hears His Impatient People”

  Prayer of Thanksgiving

     Celebrating God

  Offering/Offertory                             Offertoire, op. 39/2                   Alexandre Guilmant

*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)

Wise and loving God, through the scriptures, your Living Word, your patience, and your grace, you have sought to reveal to us your will for our lives.  Now, as we bring our gifts to you, we seek your wisdom and guidance in using them to successfully bring your truth and love to our desperately needy world. Amen.

  Prayer Requests and Pastoral Prayer

*Closing Hymn (Insert)                                                                                   The Lord’s Prayer

*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                                           Marche, op. 39/3                           Alexandre Guilmant

 

THERE IS MAIL IN THE CHURCH FAMILY MAILBOX (UPPER LEFT CORNER BOX)

FOR JANE DEANE AND SARA HARTMAN.

 

MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED

TO THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

Will and Jayne Ferguson, in loving memory of

Will Sr. & Theresa Ferguson,

 David Peterson, and Zoe Covey

 

Arnie and Claudia March, in memory of

all loved family

 

Suzy Nieman, in memory of the Duck Family

 

Virginia Rothermel, in loving memory of

Ed, Bill, and Paul Rothermel and Justin Lynch

 

Nancy Swinyard, in loving memory of

Reginald and Edna Swinyard and

Linda Swinyard Morehouse

 

Alan and Noreen Dick         Sug Hawver   

Maureen Mooney             Sue Patterson  

 Wayne Van Allen and Janet Smith

 

 

Please Note:  Anyone who would like to do so is invited to take a poinsettia home for themselves or to a home-bound friend or family member to enjoy. It may lose the red leaves that fired for the Christmas holidays, but in a sunlit area of your home and with just a minimum of watering care, it will last for years as a green plant.  It can be placed outside and will thrive in the sun during the summer months.

 

Sunday’s 9:45 am Bible-study group has completed its current study, and will begin a new study of the Book of Genesis next Sunday assuming the new study guides are available.  If you are interested in joining this group, please see Jean Hacker so that a guide may be ordered for you.

 

~THANK YOU FOR BEING A LIGHT IN THE LIVES OF KIDS!~

Dear Kinderhook Reformed Church Family and Friends,

       The Kinderhook family has continued to care for us and for kids in the Caribbean through your many years of faithful support and prayers.  Young Life has just reached ten years of ministry in St. Thomas, and your church will be forever woven into the fabric of God’s work here.                                             Seth and Melissa Rogati

 

 

2017 ENVELOPE SYSTEM AVAILABLE

A few boxes of envelopes are still on the back table awaiting pick-up.  If you are not currently using the weekly envelope system for your contributions to the church, but would like to do so in 2017, please pick up and complete one of the small green request forms and drop it in the offering plate.

 

CLASSIS ASSESSMENT 2017

KRC’s share of support this year is $5,310 for services and resources to be provided for us by the Reformed Church in America at the local, regional, and national levels. EACH MEMBER’S SHARE OF THIS YEAR’S CLASSIS ASSESSMENT HAS BEEN SET AT $88.50 (up 48¢ from last year).  All who are able to do so are encouraged to offer, over and above regular giving, their share of this support.  The full share does not have to be given at one time, but may be given in as many increments as are convenient. If offered weekly, that’s just around $1.77 weekly for the remaining weeks in this year. All Classis contributions should be clearly designated, “Classis Assessment.” 

 

 

 

 

~PROPERTY MINISTRY PROJECT~

       It is the responsibility of the Property Ministry to see that the properties owned by the church are maintained and kept in suitable condition. The parsonage on Eichybush Road is one of those properties.

       In the 1970's a porch was added to the back of the parsonage behind the kitchen in a corner formed by parts of the structure. It was screened in, and during the years since then those screens deteriorated to the point where they were removed. In order to protect and preserve the remaining portions of the porch and also to further insulate the kitchen area of the parsonage, the Property Ministry recommended and the consistory approved a plan to close the porch in with sliding windows plus screens, making it much more serviceable. The church has contracted with Window World to have this done at a cost between $5,000 and $6,000. The work will begin as soon as the required windows have been produced.

       The Property Ministry plans to hold some fund raising events in the spring of '17 to help pay for this project. As always, any donations that a person may choose to make toward this work will be gratefully accepted to help reach our goal. If donations should exceed the amount required, they will be held for support of future projects which continually need to be addressed. 

~ CONCERTS IN THE VILLAGE 2016-2017 SEASON ~

       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.

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              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 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 Donald Trump and all of the new government officials taking office, 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. 
  • 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.
  • Betty Osborne, hospitalized from a recent stroke.  Pray for a speedy rehabilitation for Betty, who is doing well in her recovery.
  • Melissa Welcome, undergoing tests and evaluations at the ophthalmologist.  Pray for positive outcomes for Melissa.
  • Aaron Clause, undergoing tests this coming Wednesday.  Pray for reassurance for Aaron and his family, and for good test results.
  • Darla Skiermont, Maureen Mooney's sister-in-law, recovering from recent major surgery in NYC, and remember also her husband, Richard Skiermont, as he assists in Darla's recovery.
  • others awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: Kara (Ennis) Mobley; Alex Jennings; Karina Speer; Susan Lamont; Chris Nel; Dina; Mike Smith; Loren Speer; Vickie Metzger; Chrissy Blackwood; Alexandria Noxon; Eddie; Patti Varga’s Uncle Martin; Fred Borelli; Mark; Merrill Johnson;  Lynn; Rob, friend of Glenn and Cricket Warren; Virginia Rothermel; Maggie; Art Gross; Angie Rivera; Stacey Baker; Harriet Stockhoff; Ruth Edge; Jean Skipper; Floyd Haber; Paul Varga.
  • Bill, Janet Smith's brother, diagnosed with cancer. Pray for God's peace and reassurance for Bill and his family, and for successful treatment for his cancer.
  • Jen, in her second week of treatment following a diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. Pray for continued good results and a complete return to full health for Jen.
  • others battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: Ron Dick; Kim Helm; Carol Nel; Donna Scalera; Paul Osborn; Jeff Peter; Mark; Jay, Ann; Jill; Steve; Dorothy Wheeler.
  • those traveling, especially Adam Spaulding, traveling in Brazil.
  • those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: Jaheim, Angel Tree child, in need of appropriate school placement; Corrie Shattenkirk, relocating back to this area from Omaha, Nebraska; 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.
  • residence-bound KRC family, George Clowe.

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR

  • 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 Merrill Johnson’s surgery went well and has been successful in relieving the pain he was suffering.  Please continue to pray for a complete recovery for Merrill.  Notes and cards of encouragement would be greatly appreciated, and may be sent to Merrill at 533 Old Post Road, Ghent, NY 12075
  • 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.

HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAY !

 Paul Clause (2nd), Libby Little (2nd), Kari Anne Powell (2nd), Robert Carroll (12th), Jennifer Jennings (19th), Stacey Baker (20th), Noreen Dick (22nd), Sug Hawver (27th), Jean Skipper (29th), William Carroll (31st), Ainsley Clinton (31st)

 

A BIG "THANK YOU" to all those who provided and/or delivered gifts to this year’s Angel Tree families.  Your generosity and willingness to participate in this worthy program brought the Christmas message, Christmas joy, and happiness to many children and their parents, and are very much appreciated.                 

                                                                             Sara Hartman, Angel Tree Coordinator

 

 

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, visitations, and counseling.

For immediate assistance at any time, call 859-4158.

Church Phone   758-6401                Church Fax   758-6402

 

                                            

  KRC 2017 CONSISTORY

                              Deacons

Jane  Deane  ’17   

Noreen Dick  ’18

Beth Anne Rippel – ’18   

Tana Thompson  ’17

        Elders

Merrill Johnson’18

Dawn Van Buren’18

Patti Varga – ’17

Barbara Vosburgh – ’17

 

                                                                       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, January 22 

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       9:45 am  Please Note: Bible study in recess until next Sunday.

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

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

Mon,   January 23

       6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets

Tues,   January 24

       7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Thur,  January 26

    9:00 am  Small Group continuing Bible-based study @KRC

            “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

Sun,   January 29 

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       9:45 am  New Bible study of the Book of Genesis begins.

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

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

Tues,  January 31

       7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Fri,    February  3

       6:00 pm   First Friday free community dinner and fellowship. 

                                 Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Tues, February  7

Please Note:  Youth Group will not meet February 7.

Sun,   February 12  Scout Sunday

 

 

 

Servers Next Sunday, January 29

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

                                                                 Greeter(s):  

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