Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
10:00 a.m. November 4, 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: Jim Baker, Bob Drier, John Schubert, Loren Speer
Greeter(s):  Mary Silvano
Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.
Guest Organist: David Smith
Flowers are given today by Donna Scalera in loving memory of her father, Theodore Trout Jr.

Celebration of Worship
  PRELUDE                       Canzonetta, op. 47                       Max Reger

Drawing Nearer to God

  WELCOME/ANNOUNCEMENTS
*GREETING AND PASSING OF THE PEACE
  MORNING PRAISE HYMN #20    Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee     
  CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsively)
     We gather for worship as children of God.
We come to remember who and whose we are.
     We gather for worship to be renewed in our faith.
We come with hearts open to receive God's love.
     We gather for worship to catch a vision of what might be.
We come ready to change what is.
     We gather for worship in gratitude for all we have been given.
With thanksgiving, we lift our voices in songs of praise.

Devotion and Intercession
In the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
PASTOR:  Eternal God, you are our foundation, the ground of all being. Comfort those who find themselves on shaky ground in the days following nature's devastating display of power.
DEACON:  For those who grieve their loss and for those injured, we ask for your healing touch upon their hearts and in their lives.
PEOPLE:  For those who have returned to total or severe loss of property, we ask for them to glimpse a glimmer of hope within the disorienting devastation.
ELDER:  Author of creation, your handiwork reveals you continually make all things new. Reveal O Lord, the green and growing places that rise from the heart of tragedy: Strength to rebuild, Courage to be led into new directions, and Acceptance that some things are gone forever.
ALL:  God of transformation, we also seek your presence in the hearts of those have been spared this tragedy. Grant them a generous spirit, a willing heart, and an open hand towards the displaced, the traumatized, and the fearful. In the name of Jesus Christ, we humbly pray.  Amen.

  CHILDREN'S MESSAGE AND BLESSING
     All-knowing and faithful God, lead our children along paths of    righteousness into the places and purposes that you have planned for their lives. May they trust always in your promise and power to guide and direct them in serving you and in bringing blessing to others.  Amen.

Allowing God to Shape Us

  PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION                                                                                                                                    
  SCRIPTURE LESSON                      Ruth 1:1-18 (p. 187-188)
  MESSAGE              “Following God into the Unknown”
  PRAYER OF THANKS

Giving Ourselves for God's Glory

  COMMUNION (Insert)
  OFFERING AND OFFERTORY Fugue no. 3 on B-A-C-H, op. 60     Robert Schumann
  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 OF BLESSING
  INTERCESSORY PRAYER
*CLOSING SONG HYMN #710       We Are Called to Be God's People
  *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   "O Welt, ich muss dich lassen”, op. 122     Johannes Brahms

                   ~THANKSGIVING FOOD COLLECTION BEGINS~
KRC IS COLLECTING ITEMS FOR THE VALATIE ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY FOR THANKSGIVING. The program will continue through November 18, so please place your bagged donations in the foyer on or before that date.  Suggested food items most needed are, CANNED SWEET POTATOES and YAMS; PUMPKIN; CRANBERRY SAUCE; WHITE, BLACK, and RED KIDNEY BEANS; FLOUR; SUGAR; CEREAL; and DISH SOAPS.  Otherwise, bring in whatever your heart moves you to provide - any nonperishable food items will be welcomed!   AS A RESULT OF THE PANTRY’S FOOD COLLECTION DRIVE LAST YEAR, 133 THANKSGIVING BASKETS WERE DELIVERED LOCALLY TO NEEDY FAMILIES, AND KRC ALONE CONTRIBUTED 318 FOOD ITEMS TO THIS EFFORT.  LET’S MAKE THIS YEAR EVEN BETTER!

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.

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

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

~2013 CONSISTORY ELECTIONS~

     NOMINATION BALLOTS AND INFORMATIONAL LETTERS FOR 2013 CONSISTORY ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN MAILED OUT, AND ALL ACTIVE, CONFESSING KRC MEMBERS SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THEIRS BY THIS TIME.  IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOURS, PLEASE CONTACT PAUL AT 859-4158.  ALL NOMINATION BALLOTS MUST BE RETURNED AND IN THE HANDS OF THE ELECTION STEWARDS BY NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, IN ORDER TO BE INCLUDED IN THE NOMINATION PROCESS.
     A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING/POTLUCK BRUNCH IS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 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 PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN TO ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT MEETING.

CHORUS, SOLOISTS AND INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
“THE GLORY OF MOZART AND HAYDN”
KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH
The well-received Concerts in the Village series continues at 3:00 p.m. NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, with “The Glory of Mozart and Haydn” featuring chorus, soloists, and instrumental ensemble.  The series is sponsored by the Kinderhook Reformed Church as part of its 300th anniversary celebration and is under the musical direction of David Smith.   Bringing together 55 performers, this concert will include Haydn’s magnificent and dramatic “Lord Nelson” Mass, and Mozart’s Ave verum corpus, Andante and Veni sancte spiritus. In addition to some of the finest orchestral musicians in eastern New York, performers include vocal soloists Amanda Boyd, Carol Curran, Rose Hunsberger, Vicki Smith, Timothy Reno, and Charles Martin.  Also performing will be flutist Sharon Levin, and organists Neil Keen and David Smith.

~CAPITAL CITY RESCUE MISSION BANQUET HIGHLIGHTS~

         PRAISE GOD FOR THE 63-YEAR-OLD CAPITAL CITY RESCUE MISSION, A DYMANIC CHRIST-CENTERED MINISTRY DIRECTED FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS BY PERRY JONES AND SUPPORTED BY KRC’S MISSIONS GIVING.  WHAT A BLESSING IT WAS FOR THOSE FROM KRC WHO ATTENDED ONE OF THE ANNUAL CCRM BANQUETS RECENTLY.
        ALL WERE DEEPLY MOVED BY THE POWERFUL PERSONAL TESTIMONIES OF MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE SHATTERD LIVES ARE BEING REBUILT THROUGH THEIR GROWING SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST.  22 PEOPLE NOW ON CCRM’S STAFF INITIALLY CAME TO THE MISSION IN NEED AND SEEKING HELP.  ONCE THERE, THEY EXPERIENCED LONG-TERM AND PERMANENT LIFE CHANGES.  THE EXTENT OF THE MISSION’S OUTREACH PROGRAMS SERVING THE NEEDY IS TRULY AMAZING:  TO DATE THIS YEAR AT CCRM, 509 FAITH DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE; 60,500 BEDS PROVIDED; 260,000 MEALS SERVED; 371,000 FREE ARTICLES OF CLOTHING DISTRIBUTED; AND 2,600 PATIENTS TREATED IN CCRM’S FREE MEDICAL CLINIC.

PERRY JONES WILL BE PREACHING AT KRC SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30.

Dear Friends in Christ,

     For the last two months, a number of you have answered the call of our Lord by attending meetings to discuss offering two Sunday worship services at Kinderhook Reformed Church.  We will have one more Sunday of discussion to finalize our thoughts. You are encouraged to attend this meeting at 8:30 a.m. next Sunday, November 11th, and become a permanent member of the planning team.  The current consensus of the team is to open a new era of early, contemporary worship at KRC beginning in January, 2013.
                                                         In the Name of Our Lord,                                                                               
                                                        Pastor Rudy and Dawn Van Buren

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 $2,743 has been received to help defray this expense and MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED.

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 outreach of KRC’s Bazaar/Crafts Fair/Lunch held yesterday.  Many thanks to all who contributed time and effort to make this event a success, especially the Dutch and Such crafts group who have been meeting and working together for many months creating craft items.
• Pastor Rudy’s recovery from recent surgery and his return to the KRC pulpit!
• the encouraging report that Paul Rogati, Carly Skow's son-in-law, continues to improve.  Caryl and her family wish to thank you for your prayers, and have said that it is only because of your prayer support that the family is holding together as well as it is under the terrible stress of Paul's accident.  Please continue to remember Paul, Karen, Caryl, and the rest of the family.
• the birth of Daniel Robert Hart, born October 29th at home with parents, Ben and Kathryn, and family.
• 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 call the church office.

Please forward 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 travel to the 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.
• those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: 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: 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; 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:  Ken Smith; 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.

2012 EVENTS IN CELEBRATION OF OUR 300th YEAR
Next Sunday, November 11, 3 pm
Fall concert with organist David Smith, choir, & orchestra
Sunday, December 16, 4 pm
3rd Annual Lessons & Carols with organist David Smith & choir
Monday, December 24, 8 pm
Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service

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.

KRC 2012-2013 CONSISTORY

Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory, Classis Delegate

                                                  Deacons
Noreen Dick – ’13,  Church Family    758-6640
Patrice Lyons – ’13,  Missions     758-8400
Barbara Vosburgh –’13,  Stewardship / Treasurer       758-6512

                                                   Elders
Dave Ennis – ’12,  Worship    784-9656
Maureen Mooney – ’12,  Evangelism / Clerk     210-6079
Dawn Van Buren – ’13,  Cemetery / Pastoral Relations /
                                           Personnel / VP of Consistory  758-7564
Patti Varga–’12,  Christian Education      392-4771

                   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

COMING EVENTS
Today, November 4
        8:30 am  Early Worship Service planning  meeting, Fellowship Room
      10:00 am  Worship and Communion Service and Sunday School
      11:15 am   Adult Sunday School meets, main floor conference room   
Food collection for Valatie Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving Baskets    
program continues through November 18.
Mon., November 5
        9:00 am  Take-down and clean up of Craft Fair/Bazaar
        7:00 pm  Missions Ministry meets
Thur., November 8
  9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC -  Joyce Meyer study               
                         “Battlefield of the Mind”
      10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC
Fri.,   November  9
     9:30 am  Weight Watchers meeting
Sun., November 11
      8:30 am  Early Worship Service planning  meeting, Fellowship Room
      10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School
      11:15 am   Adult Sunday School meets, main floor conference room   
   3:00 pm  Concert in the Village "The Glory of Mozart and Haydn"
Wed., November 14
        9:00 am  Cemetery Committee meets
Sun., November 18
    10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School
      11:15 am  Consistory elections at congregational meeting/brunch
  Food collection ends for Valatie Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving Baskets

Servers Next Sunday, November 11, 2012
Ushers:   Jim Baker, Bob Drier, John Schubert
Greeter(s): Fred and Angie Hickman and family

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