Kinderhook Reformed Church Sunday Worship, June 18, 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

  Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise

  Scripture                                                                                                           Genesis 18:1-15

  Message                                                                                                    “When God Laughs

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing    

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn and Benediction

 

  10:00 A.M.  CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

Thanks to today’s ushers, Ted Call, Bob Dreier, Jerry Flansburg.

Thanks to today’s greeters, Jean and Stacey Hurst.

Nursery facility available downstairs.

 

 

  Prelude                               Voluntary IV in g minor, op. 6/4                        Samuel Wesley                 

  Welcome, Announcements, and God's Greeting

Drawing Near to God

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)

We gather to worship God, the Creator and Redeemer. 
       The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and Esther, Sarah, and Ruth,

       our refuge and strength in times past, and the Lord of all history. 
The Father who is with us in all of life,

our provider and prompter in the here and now, the Lord of today. 
       The Maker of a new heaven and a new earth,

       our help and hope for what is to come today and tomorrow. 
Here now in our worship, fill us with strength and purpose. 
       Renew our spirits as we move into the future,

       always confident and hopeful as persons of faith. 

*Hymn of Praise #130                                                       O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

 

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession  1 John 1:6-7 

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

 

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison) 

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and soul and mind and strength and neither have we loved our neighbors as ourselves.

[Moment of Silent Prayer]

In your mercy, forgive what we have been.

              Help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may       

              delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.

  Assurance of Pardon (Responsive)  1 Peter 2:24

Sisters and brothers, hear the Good News: “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

              Thanks be to God. Amen.

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Children’s Message and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

Great God, make your presence known to these children.  Let them experience you and acknowledge you as a God of miracles and blessings – especially the miracles and blessings of their salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ.  May your presence in their lives overflow and bring life-changing blessings to others. Amen.

  Prayer for Illumination and Scripture Reading                                        Genesis 18:1-15

  Message                                                                                                   “When God Laughs” 

  Prayer of Thanks and Moment of Silent Meditation

Silent Prayer for Those Seeking to Accept Christ as Their Savior:

"Dear Jesus, I confess that I'm a sinner, and not right with you. I repent and ask forgiveness.  I believe that you died on the cross to take my punishment and to pay the price for my sins.  I believe that you rose from death to give me new life. Wash me clean from all sin, shame, and guilt, and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  In your name I pray.  Amen."

Celebrating God, His Abundance, and His Care

  Offering/Offertory                    Air, from Suite No. 3 in d minor                     G. F. Handel

*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)  Based on Luke 1

Gracious God, you work miracles. Nothing can hinder your purposes. Your love shines forth in your living Word. We pray that the world will reflect your Word. Use these offerings to create small miracles of transformation in our communities. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

   Prayer Requests, Pastoral Prayer, and The Lord’s Prayer

* Prayer Hymn #369                                                                             Lord of All Hopefulness

*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                              Voluntary III in c minor, op. 6/3                        Samuel Wesley

                                             

L OOKING AHEAD

~ SUMMER SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES - PLEASE NOTE ~

Sunday, July 2, through Sunday, September 10,
8:30 & 10 am worship services will combine for worship at 9 a.m.

 

~KRC’S ANNUAL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL~

At this year's “Hero Central” Vacation Bible School, kids will take on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God! Open to kids ages 3 (potty trained) to Grade 8. VBS Runs from 9-noon each day, August 21 - 25.  No fee to attend, but please register in advance if you can so we'll have enough supplies for everyone! Registration forms available at both Kinderhook and Muitzeskill Reformed churches, at the Cross Eyed Owl Gift shop, or you may call KRC at 758-6401 to register via phone!

 

~STOP HUNGER NOW FOOD-PACKAGING EVENT SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER~ 
Stop Hunger Now, which has recently rebranded itself “Rise Against Hunger,” packages and ships food and 
life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and works to end global hunger in our lifetime.  This 
year, nearly 60 million meals will be packaged by more than 350,000 volunteers, and will be distributed in 
needy locations around the world to nourish more than a half-million lives.  In addition, $15 million in 
donated medicines, medical supplies, clothes, soap, and solar lights will be shipped to at least 37 countries. 
 A RISE AGAINST HUNGER FOOD-PACKAGING EVENT IS AN IMMENSELY-REWARDING EXPERIENCE OF EASY, HANDS-ON WORK, FUN, 
AND FELLOWSHIP THAT YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS!  A group of 40 to 50 volunteers (any age) can package over 
10,000 meals in just two hours.  Our local packaging event will take place Saturday, September 9, at the 
Kinderhook Town Hall (formerly Martin H. Glynn school) on Church Street in Valatie, during which we hope to 
pack 20 – 30 thousand meals.  Plan to save this date on your calendar and to lend a helping hand to this 
extraordinary ministry. Donation baggies and canisters are now available on the back table of the sanctuary to 
take home for saving up your contributions, and you are encouraged to take canisters to work or to businesses 
willing to display them. A donation of 29¢ buys one meal, $29 one hundred meals, $290 one thousand meals.

 

HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAY !

Leré Visagie (2nd), Jean Hacker (9th), David Mooney (10th),

Dawn Tuttle (10th), Lois Bertram (13th), Seth Mooney (15th,), Janet Smith (15th)

 

THANK-YOU NOTE FROM OUTREACH MINISTRY

Our recent annual Pancake Breakfast initially earned $958.71 for the Chatham Cares 4 U Program.  Many thanks to all of our cooks, kitchen helpers, servers, and cleanup team who made a most successful morning.  We were blessed with wonderful Christian fellowship while serving our community!  The Plant Sale was also a huge success, initially earning $870.00.   Thanks to everyone who worked at the sale and those who donated plants!  Since June 3rd, additional contributions have boosted the total raised by these events to over $2000.  Our deepest appreciation to all who contributed so generously to this mission!

 

MANY THANKS TO THE KRC FAMILY FOR SUPPORTING THE VALATIE FOOD PANTRY

In the month of April, the Valatie Food Pantry served 66 families, including 3 Seniors, 120 adults, and 82 children (233 total). Non-perishable foods always popular at the Pantry are evaporated milk; coffee; sugar; boxed cereals; pancake mix; syrup; jelly; canned meats, fruits, and vegetables; spaghetti/spaghetti sauce; mac & cheese; dinner helpers; apple sauce; juice; cake and brownie mixes. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the entryways of the church.

 

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 news that Don Morse’s recent hip surgery has healed nicely, and that his cancer treatments are going well with no negative side effects. Don is Kay Haber’s brother.  Thank you for all of your prayers.
  • the opportunities for outreach and fellowship at KRC’s Pancake Breakfast and Plant Swap/Sale held recently, and for the more than $2,000 raised to benefit the Chatham Cares 4 U program assisting those struggling with drug addiction. Praise God for, and sincere thanks to all who donated and worked so diligently to make these events so successful.
  • all those of KRC's family and friends who volunteer their time, talent, and energy so generously and so willingly to the various ministries and programs of our church, and who often do this quietly and selflessly behind-the-scenes with little notice or recognition.
  • His provision for all of our basic life needs, and the wonderful ways God shows His love to us, especially during difficult times.

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.
  • Pastor Rudy and Rev. Paige Convis, KRC’s associate pastor, as they fulfill their ministerial duties.
  • KRC ministries, programs & projects and those planning & administering them: KRC’s Consistory; KRC’s administrative ministries; KRC’s Youth Group; VBS; 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 now in 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, especially Beverly Morse and family grieving the recent death of Ken Morse, nephew of Kay Haber.   
  • 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.
  • Sally Heimroth, undergoing open-heart surgery tomorrow at St. Peter’s to replace an aortic valve that is not functioning as it should.  Pray for successful surgery and a speedy healing for Sally, and for God’s peace and reassurance for her and her family
  • Phil Morse, brother of Kay Haber, recovering from hip-repair surgery following a  recent fall getting out of the car; Phil’s rehab and recovery will be lengthy.
  • Brian Baxa, grandson of Phil Morse and recent high school graduate, recovering from major surgery on his pitching arm; Brian lives in Kentucky.
  • Our graduates facing challenges of higher education, career choices and job searches.
  • those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: Ahtua Teo; Gail Schubert; Annis and her young daughter; Betty Osborn; Darla and Jill; Lynn; Rob; Chris, Elize Visser’s dad; Carol Zincio; Christopher Dick; John and Cathy; Virginia Rothermel; Maggie; Art Gross; Angie Rivera; Harriet Stockhoff; Ruth Edge; Jean Skipper; Floyd Haber; Paul Varga.
  • Frank and his wife, Lynne, neighbors of Deborah and Michael Spaulding.  Frank was diagnosed with cancer last fall, and it has now metastasized to several organs.  Pray for strength and healing for Frank as well as strength, patience, and support for Lynne.
  • others battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: Michael; Don Morse; Jill; J.B; Jen; Bill, Janet Smith's brother; Ronny; Ron Dick; Donna Scalera; Kim Helm; Carol Nel; Paul Osborn; Jeff Peter; Mark; Ann; Steve; Dorothy Wheeler.
  • others facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: Nancy Baker and her mother, Vickie Metzger; Stacey Baker; Vince Beaudoin; Libby Little-Saxton, now back to work with refugees after assisting her husband, John, in his recovery from knee-replacement surgery; the epidemic of addiction to heroin and other substances.
  • residence-bound KRC family, George Clowe, and those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill

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

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO READ THE THANK-YOU NOTES ON THE MISSIONS BULLETIN BOARD IN THE FELLOWSHIP ROOM FROM SOME OF OUR MISSIONARIES.

 

 

New York Faithwalking Circle

101 Retreat

- - - SAVE THE DATE - - -

Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017

Holmes Presbyterian Camp & Conference Center Holmes, NY

     This Faithwalking 101 retreat is a weekend designed to start you on a journey to personal transformation that includes practices in spiritual formation, inner healing, emotional maturity, and missional living. We believe that this work in personal transformation clears space for us to effectively get on mission with God in the world, in all the places God has put us.

     Through the two-day retreat, you’ll hear presentations from various presenters focusing on the values and practices that help you on the journey, spend time in prayer and solitude with guided meditations, and enjoy learning with a community of disciples who are on the journey together.

     Join us at Holmes Presbyterian Camp & Conference Center in Holmes, NY, on Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd (9am-6pm) and 24th (9am-5pm). The cost has not yet been finalized (it usually comes to about $225, yet varies based on overnight accommodations), and Scholarships will be available. Additional information and details will be sent out at a later date.

 

 

Dear KRC Family and Friends,

    Due to Tana Thompson’s resignation, Consistory asks all eligible members of the congregation to pray about serving as Deacon for the remainder of Tana's term, June-December, 2017.  If you feel the Lord calling you to serve in this capacity, please see Pastor Rudy.                           

                                                               Pastor Rudy and the Consistory Elders

 

KRC 2017 CONSISTORY

Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

Deacons

Jane Deane  ’17  Outreach, Cemetery. . . . . .  758-7051  jdeane1943@gmail.com

Noreen Dick  ’18  Church Family . . . . . . . . . . 758-6640  noreend122@twc.com

Beth Anne Rippel ’18  Stewardship  . . . . . . . 392-5044  barippel@yahoo.com

Elders

Merrill Johnson’18  Worship      . . . . . . . . . . . 828-6726  docjohnson36@gmail.com

Dawn Van Buren ’18  Pastoral Relations . . 758-7564  dawnandleo@fairpoint.net

Patti Varga  ’17  Christian Education, Outreach,

                                Consistory Vice President . .755-3054  patvarga66@gmail.com

Barbara Vosburgh  ’17 Personnel, Clerk. . . . 758-6512  vosburgh1@nycap.rr.com

 

KRC TREASURER

Derick LaTorre – 376-1882  derick.latorre@gmail.com

 

                                                                      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,   June 18

      8:30 am  Early Worship Service

      9:45 am  Bible study, Book of Genesis, continues.

    10:00 am  Worship Service

Mon,  June 19

      6:30 pm  Consistory meets

Tues, June 20

      7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Thur, June 22

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

              Group continues a new Bible study, 1 & 2 Thessalonians

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @KRC

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

Sun,   June 25

      8:30 am  Early Worship Service

      9:45 am  Bible study, Book of Genesis, continues.

    10:00 am  Worship Service

Mon,  June 26

      6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets

Tues.  June 27

      7:00pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Sun. July 2 – September 10  Combined Summer Worship Service @ 9:00am    

 

Servers Next Sunday, June 25
 

Ushers:  Derick LaTorre, Chris Laurie, Steve Shpur

Greeter(s):  Dawn Van Buren

  

 

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MON
Vacation Bible School
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
At this year's Hero Central Vacation Bible School, kids will take on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God!

Open to kids Ages 3(potty trained) to grade 8. Runs from 9-12 each day August 21-25. No fee to attend, but please register in advance if you can so we'll have enough supplies for everyone! Registration forms available at both Kinderhook and Muitzeskill Reformed churches, at the Cross Eyed Owl Gift shop or you may call KRC at 758-6401 to register via phone!
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TUE
Vacation Bible School
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
At this year's Hero Central Vacation Bible School, kids will take on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God!

Open to kids Ages 3(potty trained) to grade 8. Runs from 9-12 each day August 21-25. No fee to attend, but please register in advance if you can so we'll have enough supplies for everyone! Registration forms available at both Kinderhook and Muitzeskill Reformed churches, at the Cross Eyed Owl Gift shop or you may call KRC at 758-6401 to register via phone!
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WED
Vacation Bible School
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
At this year's Hero Central Vacation Bible School, kids will take on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God!

Open to kids Ages 3(potty trained) to grade 8. Runs from 9-12 each day August 21-25. No fee to attend, but please register in advance if you can so we'll have enough supplies for everyone! Registration forms available at both Kinderhook and Muitzeskill Reformed churches, at the Cross Eyed Owl Gift shop or you may call KRC at 758-6401 to register via phone!
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THU
Vacation Bible School
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
At this year's Hero Central Vacation Bible School, kids will take on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God!

Open to kids Ages 3(potty trained) to grade 8. Runs from 9-12 each day August 21-25. No fee to attend, but please register in advance if you can so we'll have enough supplies for everyone! Registration forms available at both Kinderhook and Muitzeskill Reformed churches, at the Cross Eyed Owl Gift shop or you may call KRC at 758-6401 to register via phone!
Small Group Bible Study
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FRI
Vacation Bible School
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
At this year's Hero Central Vacation Bible School, kids will take on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God!

Open to kids Ages 3(potty trained) to grade 8. Runs from 9-12 each day August 21-25. No fee to attend, but please register in advance if you can so we'll have enough supplies for everyone! Registration forms available at both Kinderhook and Muitzeskill Reformed churches, at the Cross Eyed Owl Gift shop or you may call KRC at 758-6401 to register via phone!
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