November 18, 2012

Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
10:00 a.m. November 18, 2012
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor


A WARM WELCOME TO VISITORS
You are invited to sign our Guest Book at the church entrance and to fill out a pew card and place it in the offering plate.  We would like to get to know you better, and we invite you to enjoy fellowship and refreshments with us at Coffee Hour downstairs in the Fellowship Room following today’s Worship Service.

Ushers: Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Arnie March, Glenn Warren
Greeter(s):  Bill and Kathy Schneider
Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.

Guest Organist:  David Smith

Celebration of Worship
  PRELUDE                       “Jesu, meine Freude”  BWV 713            J. S. Bach

Drawing Nearer to God

  WELCOME/ANNOUNCEMENTS
  CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsively)
     Today is a day for worship!
We have come to worship!
     Today is a day to rejoice!
We have come to rejoice!
     Today is a day to declare God's greatness!
We have come to declare God's greatness!
     Today is a day to hear from the LORD!
We have come to hear from the LORD!
God, we worship you today for you are great
            and greatly to be praised!
*MORNING PRAISE HYMN #384                              This Is My Father’s World
  GREETING AND PASSING OF THE PEACE

Turning Our Hearts to God

  CALL TO CONFESSION
All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and yet in His word He makes it clear that He yearns to be reconciled with us and to shower mercy on us. Let us confess our sins together, so that we may know the forgiveness of God.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Responsively)  From Psalm 51
Have mercy on me according to your steadfast love, O God;
According to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from   my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
[Quiet Personal Prayer and Confession]

Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight; you are justified in your sentence, and blameless when you pass judgment.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Amen.
  
  ASSURANCE OF PARDON
The mercy of the Lord is everlasting. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, we know that God's face shines on us and we are indeed forgiven.
     Thanks be to God!
  PRESENTATION OF BIBLES to Sunday School Children, Grades 2 - 4
  CHILDREN'S MESSAGE AND BLESSING
Heavenly Father, provide our children with a unified, prayerful, Bible-teaching church family that will draw them into community, give them a hunger for your Word, and involve them in your work; bless them with spiritual leaders who are trustworthy and humble.   Amen.

Allowing God to Shape Us


  PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION                                                                                                                                     
  SCRIPTURE LESSON                         Mark 13:1 - 8  (p. 719)
  MESSAGE     "Redirecting Our Praise And Repurposing Our Stuff”
  PRAYER OF BLESSING

Giving Ourselves for God's Glory

  THANKSGIVING PRAYER
  OFFERING AND OFFERTORY  “Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend”    G.P. Telemann
*HYMN #809  (Doxology)                   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.  Amen.
  PRAYER REQUESTS and INTERCESSORY PRAYER
*CLOSING SONG HYMN #53                              Let All Things Now Living
  *BENEDICTION and 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   Fugue in c minor                                    W. F. Bach
 

~2013 CONSISTORY ELECTIONS TODAY~

A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING/POTLUCK BRUNCH IS BEING HELD TODAY FOLLOWING WORSHIP.  PROVIDED CONSISTORY IS ABLE TO PRESENT A FULL SLATE OF NOMINEES, ELECTIONS TO CONSISTORY WILL BE HELD AT THIS TIME TO FILL THE OPEN POSITIONS OF 2 DEACONS AND 3 ELDERS.  PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT MEETING.

Dave Alexander, RCA missionary to Taiwan whom we support through our missions giving, will be visiting with us on Sunday, December 9.  MISSIONS MINISTRY IS LOOKING FOR A FAMILY OR INDIVIDUAL TO PROVIDE DAVE WITH LODGING, MEALS, AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 AND 9.  Please contact Patrice Lyons or Maureen Mooney if you are able to serve as host to Dave while he is in Kinderhook.

An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve worship which will be held at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Valatie this coming Wednesday, November 21. All are invited to attend.

~THANKSGIVING FOOD COLLECTION ENDS TODAY~

KRC IS COLLECTING THANKSGIVING FOOD ITEMS FOR THE VALATIE ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY THROUGH TODAY, so please leave any bagged donations you may have with you in the foyer.  MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS YEAR’S THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE!  YOUR GENEROSITY WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR MANY NEEDY FAMILIES TO ENJOY A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING DINNER.

The elementary-age Sunday School class is doing a “Learning to Use your Bible” course, and the KRC Sunday School  is providing Bibles for the children to use in this study  We are looking for Bible sponsors willing to donate $15 per sponsorship to help with the cost of the Bibles.  Sponsors may drop their donations in the offering plate clearly designated “Bible Sponsorship,” and each sponsor will receive a bookmark imprinted with the names of all students in the class as a reminder to pray for them as they learn to use God’s Word.

~KRC SANCTUARY DECORATION~

Decorating the church for the Christmas Season will be done beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, December 6, under the direction of Jim and Bonnie Dunham.  All are invited to offer their services to this ministry of beautifying our sanctuary in celebration of the birth of our Lord.

HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

Fred Hickman (3rd), Ted Call (11th), Joy Bertram (14th), Claudia March (22nd), Jacob Mooney (25th), Joan Van Alstyne (26th)

~THANK YOU TO OLD DUTCH & SUCH BAZAAR VOLUNTEERS~

     The 300 Committee wishes to thank and congratulate all those who helped to make the Old Dutch & Such Bazaar such a great success. Planning began last February, with chairperson Dawn Tuttle organizing and steering the event.  Many thanks also to Jeff Barmen, Joy Bertram, Jane Deane, Noreen and Alan Dick, Donna Flansburg, Sug Hawver, Gary Leggett, Diane Morgan, Laura Rafferty, Birgitta Sherman, Ken Sutherland, Bev Van Alstyne, and Joan VanAlstyne. And let’s not forget Brooke and Sophie Barmen, Haley and Morgan Hickman, and Aubrey Konkle who also donated their time the day of the bazaar. 
     Others who helped contribute to the success of the bazaar, but whom we neglected to name last week, include Sarah Bailey, Liz Carroll, Bonnie Dunham, Sally Heimroth, Maureen Mooney, Deb Spaulding, Tana Strome, and Patti Varga.  Our sincere apologies for the oversight.  In reality, so many people helped it's difficult to remember all.  Hopefully we have it now.  If not, please forgive us . . . your work was definitely appreciated!
      The bazaar, which earned over $1900 for KRC’s Renovation Fund, was  much more than a financial success: it provided an opportunity to get together weekly to enjoy good fellowship, foster closer relationships, and ultimately create an extraordinary outreach to our community. Please join the 300 Committee in praising God for this dedicated, hard-working, and creative group.

2012 EVENTS IN CELEBRATION OF OUR 300th YEAR
Sunday, December 16, 4 pm
3rd Annual Lessons & Carols with organist David Smith & choir
Monday, December 24, 7 pm
Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 9 AM – NOON, a free clinic will be held to identify children who can benefit from the expert care provided at Shriners Hospitals for Children. If you know of any children, newborn to age 18 (please bring birth certificate), who might have orthopedic problems such as cleft lip and palate, scoliosis, spina bifida, dislocated hips, club foot,  or problems resulting from burns, bring them to this clinic at Hudson Valley Orthopedic Center, 23 Fish and Game Road (corner Route 66), Hudson.  No appointment necessary – walk-ins welcome.  ALL CARE PROVIDED AT SHRINERS HOSPITALS IS AT NO COST TO THE CHILD OR FAMILY. For more information about the clinic and the work that Shriners do, call 758-1778.

KRC 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 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, please call 859-4158.

Remember To Thank & Praise God for
• all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, & working together to complete projects and responsibilities.
• the good news that Jane Deane’s daughter, Jenny, recovering from shingles, and granddaughter, Grace, recovering from pneumonia, are much improved.
• the encouraging report that Paul Rogati, Carly Skow's son-in-law, continues to improve. 
• the birth of Daniel Robert Hart, born October 29th at home with parents, Ben and Kathryn, and family. For those of you who may wish to send a card or note of congratulations to the Harts, their address is, 1195 Schodack Landing Road, Schodack, NY 12156
• Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled preacher of the Word and leader of vision.
• the blessing of family and friends.
• 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 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 at 758-6442, and she will be happy to include you 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 Consistory members and administrative ministries.
• KRC programs & projects and those administering them: Sunday School; Youth Group; church restoration; tricentennial events.
• 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 (visiting KRC December 9), 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, especially Josh Heimroth, recently deployed to Afghanistan - 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.
• those, especially children, suffering the abuses of violence; exploitation; neglect; and family hostility.
• victims of natural disaster, especially the millions of people suffering all manner of loss due to Hurricane Sandy.
• Wycliffe missionaries, Brian and Bea Post, as they visit Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and consult with doctors who may be able to diagnose the unknown causes of Bea’s life-threatening physical suffering.
• families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially those grieving the recent death of Arlene Wallace.
• Ken Smith, whose health and outlook continue to decline.  Please pray also for Jane as she and son, David, attend to Ken's needs at home, and as additional in-home assistance is being arranged for the days David is unavailable.
• those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Dave Mooney; Dolly Petith; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Baby Ian Henry; Pastor Rudy; Ken and Marion P; Pat Moore; Julie; Susie Barger; Paul Rogati; Doc, friend of Joan and Paul Clause; Rosemary Gotz; Frank Aiello; Noreen Dick; Raymond McKee; Marc Morales; Sara Schubert; Pete McCardle; Ruth Edge; Blanche Rogers; Jack, grandfather of Patti Varga; Jim Baker’s mother; Dave Ennis’s father; Florence Rivera; Kathy Schneider’s father in Barnwell; Paul Varga.
• those battling or recovering from cancer: Rosanne and Connie, friends of the Warrens; Betsey Klein; Don Berlin; Suzanne W; Jenny Kline; John Bosquet-Morra; Helen Drumm; Tammy DeVito; Dick; Sal Alessi; Melissa M; Judy Iocco; Stephanie; Ron Jensen; Patricia’s mother; Donna Scalera; Tom Saulpaugh.
• those traveling.
• those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: the Royce Family; Pastor Glenn Metzler battling a blood disorder and facing a bone marrow transplant; the Schuberts as they attempt to sell John’s mother’s home in Troy; Libby Little facing a demanding schedule.
• 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); first-time parents, Tom and Jaime (Welcome) Eastman (Baby Evan Anthony Eastman, born Saturday, May 19); Terry Nawrot (twins, Baby Joshua and Baby Brian, born June 29; Brad & Kelly Babic (Baby Taylor Marie); Jeannie and Scott (Baby Luther); the Principis (Baby Gianna Drew).
• those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.
• our residence-bound members:  Murray Leonardson, and Mike Rivera.
• our military men and women, especially Josh Heimroth, recently deployed to Afghanistan - that they may know God’s presence and protection.

CLASSIS ASSESSMENT

RC’s share of support is $6,546 this year 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 $81.72, UP ONLY 87¢ FROM LAST YEAR!  All who are able to do so are encouraged to offer, over and above regular giving, their share of this support.  Contributions made for this purpose should be clearly designated, “Classis Assessment.” To date, more than $2,760 has been received to help defray this expense and MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED.

COMING EVENTS
Today, November 18

      8:30 am  Early Worship Service planning  meeting, Fellowship Room
    10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School
          Please Note: Adult Sunday School class will not meet today.    
    11:15 am  Consistory elections at congregational meeting/brunch.
                   Food collection ends for Valatie Food Pantry’s
                                        Thanksgiving Baskets.
 Mon., November 19
      7:00 pm  Food Pantry Meeting
Tues., November 20
       7 –  8:30 pm  KRC Youth Group meets
Wed., November 21
      7:00 pm  Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve worship at
                   First Presbyterian Church in Valatie
Thur., November 22 – Thanksgiving Day
Please note: Small Group study & Community Prayer Group will not meet.                          
                          They will resume Thursday, November 29.
Fri.,   November  23
       9:30 am  Weight Watchers meeting
Sun.,  November 25
     10:00 am  Worship Service
Please Note:  Sunday School will be in recess Sunday, November 25
                     and will resume Sunday, December 2.
            
      11:15 am   Adult Sunday School meets, main floor conference room    
Sat.,   December 1
      10:00 am  Lia Sofia Party in Fellowship Hall
Thur., December 6
        9:00 am  Decoration of KRC sanctuary for the Christmas Season.
Sat.,    December 8
        9:00 am – Noon   Shriners Hospitals for Children free screening clinic,         
                        Hudson Orthopedic Center, Route 66, Hudson  
Sun.,  December 9
    10:00 am   Communion Worship Service and Sunday School –     
    David Alexander, RCA missionary to Taiwan, will be preaching.

    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School meets, main floor conference room    

Servers Next Sunday, November 25, 2012
Ushers:   Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Arnie March, Glenn Warren
Greeter(s): Dave and Beth Ennis
 

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