Kinderhook Reformed Church

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Worship Service for March 16, 2014

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 Praise                                                                         Bless the Lord, O My Soul

  Prayer for Illumination and Scripture Lesson                         2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

  Message   “Remembering the FIGHT, the FINISH, and the FAITH”   Dawn Van Buren

  Prayer of Blessing

  Offering

  Intercessory Prayer

*Song of Devotion                                                       Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

*Benediction

10 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

Martha Andrews, Columbia-Greene Classis President, Guest Preacher

All are invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship

downstairs in the Fellowship Room following today’s Worship service.

 

Ushers:  Jim Dunham, Fred Hickman, Barry Knights, Gary Leggett

Greeter(s): Sue Patterson              Preschool Nursery available downstairs.
Guest Organist:  David Smith
 
 

Prelude                            Prelude in G major, Op. 37/2                          F. Mendelssohn

 

Drawing Nearer To God

Announcements and God’s Greeting

Call to Worship (Responsive)   Based on Psalms 95 and 96

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, the Rock of our salvation.   

     Let us come before Him with thanksgiving, with music and with song,

     for the Lord is the great King above all gods.
Come, let us bow down in worship.
     Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God,

     and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care.
Come, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.

     Let us bring an offering and come into His courts.

     Let us worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.

*Hymn of Praise #26                                               Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Turning Our Hearts to God

  Call to Confession   Based on Isaiah 45:21-22 and Romans 4:5

 “There is no God apart from me,” says the Lord.  “I am a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.  Seek after me, for I am God, and there is no other.” Let us turn to God and be saved, all of us.  Let us trust in Him, and He will justify us and count our faith as righteousness.

  Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon (Unison)

Righteous God, who will judge the living and the dead, we confess that, rather than follow you in faithful obedience, we blindly pursue worldly pleasures and passions. We acknowledge our need of Your salvation.  Purify us from all wickedness, and strengthen our hearts with Your holiness.

Empower us to be self-controlled and upright in this present age, eager to trust in You and serve You, without reservation, while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

[Silent Prayer of Confession]

Praise be to God, who forgives us through faith in his Son, our Redeemer;

who keeps us pure and blameless - who sanctifies us body, soul, and spirit for His righteous purposes - until the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

  Children’s Blessing  (Unison)

Loving Father, transform our children into the likeness of Your living Son, Jesus Christ. Guard them from the evils of this world, and renew their faith in You day by day.  Bring them ever closer to Christ’s perfection, and clothe them in His righteousness.   Amen.

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Prayer for Illumination

  Old Testament Scripture Lesson                                                     Genesis 12:1-4 (p. 8)

  New Testament Scripture Lesson    Romans 4:1-3, 13-17; John 3:1-17 (pp. 797, 751)

  Message                                                                                        “Uncomfortable Faith”

  Prayer of Blessing

  Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings/Offertory

      Prelude in G major, Op. 37/2         F. Mendelssohn

*Doxology and Offertory Prayer (Unison)

Heavenly Father, with glad and eager hearts we lay our offerings before You. Sanctify them for the purpose of bringing honor and glory to the name and Gospel of Christ, and increase to His kingdom.  Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn of Commitment #576                                         I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

*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                            Fugue in G major, Op. 37/2                        F. Mendelssohn

 

~CONCERT IN THE VILLAGE, 3 P.M. SUNDAY, MARCH 30 ~

        The third offering in the 2013-2014 Concerts in the Village series will be "Henry Purcell Sacred and Secular: Home, Church, and Dramatic Music of the Early Baroque in England.” Featured will be the Broad Street Chorale, soloists Amanda Boyd, Jon Morrell and others, and orchestra.  This program will include a concert performance of Dido and Aeneas, the first important opera in the English language, as well as instrumental and solo vocal music.

    IF YOU ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE FINGER-FOOD ITEMS

FOR THE RECEPTION FOLLOWING THE MARCH 30th CONCERT,

PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE SHEET AT THE BACK TABLE.

           Kinderhook Reformed Church is pleased to present the 2014 portion of Concerts in the Village (CITV), a concert series begun 4 years ago under the sponsorship of KRC’s Stewardship Ministry as a music outreach to the church’s surrounding communities featuring our refurbished pipe organ.  Continuing under the dedicated administration of KRC’s CITV committee and the capable and talented leadership of music director and organist, David Smith, the series has evolved to include a variety of orchestral instrumentalists, vocal soloists, a chorus of over 70 voices (now known as the Broad Street Chorale), and a wide selection of sacred and secular pieces from diverse musical periods and cultures.

        All concerts will be performed in KRC’s sanctuary, and a suggested donation of $15 will be gratefully accepted to assist in funding this exceptional series.
 
 ~WEE CARE – A NEW MINISTRY~

Wee Care is a new ministry providing mothers in need with receiving blankets and infant clothing.  Although there were no sign-ups last week for the sewing session that was to be held at KRC next Saturday, March 22nd, some individuals have indicated that they are sewing items at home.  Project coordinator Amy Deweerd will now be sewing at her home, 4125 Cramer Drive, Valatie, on the 22nd, and anyone who wishes is invited to join her there.  Please see or call Amy, 610-9066.

 
UPDATE FROM PROPERTY MINISTRY

Property Ministry at the present time is made up of Patrice Lyons - Chairperson, Dawn Van Buren - Secretary, Gary Leggett - Treasurer, Alan Dick, Paul Zietsman and Barbara Vosburgh - Liaison to the Consistory. It is our intention to spend some time getting rid of much of the accumulation of years found in all parts of the building. Last week we opened the boiler room for an inspection by a man from the insurance company and found all the paper, cardboard and wooden signs from many events stacked along one of its walls. No combustibles should be in that room and we pulled them all out into the foyer downstairs. We ask each ministry to find someone who will take the signs it uses home to be stored there. With ALL materials please adopt the policy, If you carry it in, carry it out. Thank you in helping us to clean things up.

 

Two of the three pianos in the Sunday School classrooms, plus the electronic organ in the handicap ramp entranceway, are free-for-the- taking to anyone who would like to make use of them or who knows of someone who would.  Although it has some issues, the organ is playable, and the pianos, which mainly need to be tuned, would make good practice instruments for beginning piano students. If interested, please contact Patti Varga.
 

HAPPY MARCH BIRTHDAY!

Doris Schmieder (1st), Maureen Mooney (5th), Kathy Schneider (5th), Priscilla Frisbee (6th), Jack Hart (10th), Stan Bertram (12th), Nancy Call (14th), Greg Clause (19th), Emily Wood (20th), Dave Ennis (30th), Paul Zietsman (31st).  PRISCILLA FRISBEE, TURNING 96, IS THE OLDEST MEMBER OF THE MARCH BIRTHDAY GROUP! ! If you wish to send a personal greeting, Priscilla’s address is P.O. Box 173, Stuyvesant Falls, NY 12174.

 

KRC’s share of support this year is $5,728.14 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 $86.79.  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 over $2 per week. All contributions made for this purpose should be designated, “Classis Assessment.”

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

those who do not know Christ, or who are struggling in their faith.
KRC programs & projects and those planning & administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; KRC’s youth; VBS; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; outreach programs.   KRC’s 2013 Consistory members; KRC’s administrative ministries, chairpersons, and supporting members. 
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. 
the Christian community in Afghanistan; winter snow in the country’s mountains to assure spring irrigation of farmlands; the upcoming election of a new Afghan President – one that will be of God’s choosing.
our children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies..
our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace.
victims of warfare, terrorism, and  violence worldwide,  that they may be blessed with God’s peace and the reassuring knowledge that he is in control.
our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
those, especially children, suffering violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
families and friends grieving the recent death of Don Chrysler; pray especially for wife, Marilyn, and son, Joe. 
Alex, suffering from autism and in need of much prayer.  Pray too for his mother and other family members as difficult decisions must be made regarding Alex's placement and treatment.
Dan McNeil, battling esophageal cancer, and recently placed in Hospice care at St. Peter's.  Please pray also for Dan's wife, Linda, at this time.
Sal Alessi, not doing well in his struggle with cancer.  Please keep his family in your prayers as well during this stressful time.
others battling or recovering from cancer: George, father of a friend of Nancy Baker; Kevin; Theresa Van Warner; Rosemary Whitmore & Mrs. Martinez, mothers of Paul Varga's best friends; Steven Blun; Mary, Jessica Farley's mom; Jen, Dawn Tuttle's daughter-in-law; Leonard, Susan Lamont's cousin; Kim Lyle's grandma; Charlie Roppolo; Luci & sister, Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Donna Scalera.
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness;  chronically ill; or in hospice care: George Clowe; Nora Tuttle; auto crash victims Adam and David Rivenburgh and Gerald Jennings; Sara Schubert; Bev Van Alstyne;  Maureen Mooney;  Jane Smith; Liz Carroll; Jane Zanchelli; Dawn Tuttle; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Paul Varga; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera.
those who are traveling, especially Pastor Rudy and family and Dawn and Ted Tuttle as they vacation in Florida.
those facing challenges and difficult decisions: The Laraway/Lamont family as they establish themselves in a new rental home and new jobs; the mom and child of one of our long-time VBS families, who had to leave their home recently due to family violence; Christians suffering persecution; Libby Little.
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 and Murray Leonardson.

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR

Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision.
all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, and working together to complete their callings.
KRC's Consistory, whose dedication to their calling is an inspiration to all.
all His provisions for our basic life needs, and the wonderful ways God shows his love to us, especially during difficult times.
Praise God for the good news that Deborah Spaulding, scheduled to have a medical procedure on her leg recently, was informed, following a second diagnostic test and opinion from her surgeon, that there was no evidence that the procedure was needed and that she could return home.

for the encouraging update on sisters Rose and Joanne, cancer patients for whom we have been praying.  Rose is much better, and Joanne’s condition is relatively stable.
for the good report that Ginny Rothermel, following a recent emergency admission to ICU for breathing difficulties, is home and doing very well.  Doctors were able to diagnose her condition quickly and treat it successfully.
the KRC family and beyond who are always ready to offer whatever help and support they can to those in need.
the blessing of times in which families fellowship, grow, and bond together
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 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.

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, 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.

 

~A FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT PEW CARDS~

Just a note to remind parents to keep their children from writing on or tearing the visitors’ cards and the prayer and announcement cards found in the slots on the back of each pew.  The visitors’ cards are purchased from a professional printer, and are expensive to replace.   Please have your children make use of the writing and coloring materials available especially for them in the back of the sanctuary.  Your attention to this request will be greatly appreciated.

 

KRC 2014 CONSISTORY

 Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

                                           Deacons

Jane Deane – ’14,  Outreach    758-7051

Noreen Dick – ’15,  Church Family   758-6640

Derick Latorre – ’14,  Stewardship / KRC Treasurer    376-1882

Barbara Vosburgh – ’15,   Property   758-6512

 

                                                   Elders
Maureen Mooney – ’14,  Outreach / Consistory Vice-President   210-6079
Dawn Tuttle – ’15,  Worship / Personnel / Consistory Clerk  758-6031

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

Bob Wildermuth – ’14,  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

COMING EVENTS

Today, March  16

     8:30 am  Early Worship Service

   10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School

             Martha Andrews, Columbia-Greene Classis President, guest preacher   

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

             Please join in our continuing study of The Lord’s Prayer.

Tues., March 18

     7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets       

Thur, March 20

9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC

       Please join us as we continue our study of the book of Revelation.

    10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Fri.,   March 21

      9:30 am  Weight Watchers meet, KRC Fellowship Room

Sat.,  March 22

      1:00 – 3:00 pm  Wee Care sewing project, @ the home of Amy Deweerd

Sun., March 23

      8:30 am  Early Worship Service

    10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School

              Norman Mueller, guest preacher   

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

             Please join in our continuing study of The Lord’s Prayer.

Sun., March 30        

      8:30 am  Early Worship Service

    10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School    

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

             Please join in our continuing study of The Lord’s Prayer.

       3:00 pm  Third offering in the 2013-2014 Concerts in the Village series:      

                                  "Henry Purcell Sacred and Secular”

Servers Next Sunday, March 23, 2014

       Ushers:  Jim Baker, Bob Drier, John Schubert, Dick Silvano

       Greeter(s):  Arnie and Claudia March

 

 

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