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September 13, 2015

KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE, September 13, 2015

 “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.

 

9 A.M.  CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

All are invited to refreshments and fellowship at the Lemonade Stand hosted by

the Bonnie and Jim Dunham on the front lawn of the church following Worship.

Ushers today are Derick LaTorre, Chris Laurie, Steve Shpur, Ken Sutherland.

Greeter today                             Preschool Nursery facilities available downstairs.

 

WELCOME TO THE HUDSON RIVER BELLS

Established in 1998 by its founding and current director, Kathy Boyer, the Hudson River Bells is an intermediate/advanced level handbell choir with an intergenerational group of 14 bell ringers from the First Reformed Church of Athens. The choir rings a 5-octave set of English handbells and choir chimes, and will be sharing their talents and the beauty of their instruments throughout today’s 10 am combined Communion Worship service. The Celebration Ringers, consisting of several teens and several of the Hudson River Bells ringers, will present a special story and number specifically for children. In addition to our regular offering today, a love offering will be taken as a thank-you to the Bells and to help cover travel and other choir-related expenses.

 

  Prelude, Hudson River Bells                     Glorious Celebration              Cynthia Dobrinski

  Announcements, Welcome, and God’s Greeting 

  Drawing Near To God

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)  Adapted from Psalm 90

O God, you have been our dwelling place.

       Let us dwell in you again and again.

You are God from everlasting to everlasting,

and to you belongs the reign of all worlds.

       As children cleansed because of the cross,

       help us glimpse your glory and love for us. 

Indeed, days and seasons come and go,

       but you, O Lord, remain the same now and forever more.

       Grant us now wise and worshiping hearts as we come closer to you.

*Hymn #11                                                                                      Glory Be to God the Father

 

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Children’s Story, Celebration Ringers

"The Smallest Handbell"  followed by Scherzetto - Jill Fedon

  Morning Prayer of Blessing on the Word Proclaimed (Screen)                 Speak, O Lord

 

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Scripture                                                                                           Job 23:1-9, 16-17 (p. 372)

  Message                                                                 “To Be Confronted and Helped by God

  Prayer of Thanks

Celebrating God

  Communion (Screen) 

  Offering and Offertory, Hudson River Bells          Amazing Grace       arr. Sandra Eithun

*Doxology (#809) and Offertory Prayer (Unison)

O God, because we have been given so much, help us to give more. Because we are loved so much, give us the strength to love more. Because we are accepted as we are, give us the grace to accept others without judgment or prejudice. We give ourselves and our gifts with grateful hearts. Amen.

 

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord's Prayer

  Love Offering for the Bells

*Hymn of Exhortation #540                                                                   Take Time to Be Holy

*Benediction and Blessing

*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, Hudson River Bells                       El Shaddai                        arr. Susan Gesche

 

KRC family and friends are encouraged to volunteer as front-door greeters

for our worship services. A signup sheet may be found on the back table.


 

 
                                           ~STOP HUNGER NOW FOOD-PACKAGING EVENT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26~
 Stop Hunger Now packages and ships food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global 
hunger in our lifetime.  Established in 1998, over 500,000 volunteers have been engaged to package meals, and over 180 million 
meals have been provided in 65 countries.  This year, 45 million meals will be packaged, and over $9 million in donated health 
supplies will be shipped.  A STOP HUNGER NOW 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 10,000 MEALS IN JUST TWO HOURS.  OUR LOCAL PACKAGING EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE BEGINNING AT 1 P.M. S
ATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, AT THE KINDERHOOK TOWN HALL (FORMERLY MARTIN H. GLYNN SCHOOL) ON CHURCH STREET IN 
VALATIE.  PLAN TO LEND A HELPING HAND TO THIS EXTRAORDINARY MINISTRY.  

 

The Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery is sponsoring a BROOKS BAR-B-CUE again this year on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the church.  Advance tickets will be available from members of the Cemetery Committee, and reservations can be made by calling the church office, 758-6401.  Full BBQ chicken dinner is $11; ½ chicken only is $6. All proceeds from the BBQ will go toward operation and maintenance of the cemetery grounds, an increasingly costly ministry to our community. 

 

~NOTE OF THANKS~

Dear Congregation of the Kinderhook Reformed Church,

       Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness.  Your cards and good wishes were appreciated.  I am coming along slowly but surely.  Hope to see the congregation soon.                                                                                            Ruth Edge

 

HAPPY SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY

Jane Deane (1st), Donna Flansburg (5th), Morgan Hickman (5th),

Tana Thompson (6th), Abigail Wood (6th), John Bosquet-Morra (13th),

 Dawn Van Buren (20th), Sophie Barmen (22nd), Phil Sherman (23rd),

Bob Wildermuth (23rd), Nancy Baker (26th), Chuck Rothermel (30th

 

                                                                                 WEEKLY STEWARDSHIP UPDATE

                                                                               Last week's offering:  $1,350

                                                                        Income received to date:  $116,000

                                                                                Expenses to date: $125,000

                                                                                 Current shortfall:  $9,000

                                                     We are behind on budgeted income to date by $14,000. 

                                                             We are $622 over budgeted expenses to date. 

                                                Estimated weekly offering to maintain expenses is $3,000.

                                     Estimated weekly offering to overcome currently shortfall is $4,500

 

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

  • those who do not know Christ or who are struggling in their faith. 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
  • KRC programs & projects and those planning & administering them: KRC’s youth; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; First Friday and other outreach programs. 
  • KRC’s Consistory members and administrative ministries.
  • our state, national, and world leaders, 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, beginning boot camp with some anxiety, that he will experience God's protection and be blessed with His strength, and reassurance; Tom Eastman, fulfilling a tour of military duty in Afghanistan.
  • those throughout the world suffering from natural and other hardships and tragedies: wildfires, famine, and other climate-related disasters; economic instability; poverty, hunger, and poor health; political oppression and unrest; warfare and terrorism. Pray especially for the thousands of refugees flooding into European countries from the war-torn Middle East, and for wisdom and compassionate spirits for the leaders and institutions of these countries as they attempt to cope with the overwhelming magnitude of this situation.
  • the desperately poor population of Madagascar, and especially for those residents who attended the business-development training sessions provided recently by a U.S. team of Christian businessmen; pray that the knowledge shared will lead to successful small-business growth and a better quality of life for many.  Thank God also for Isabelle Bosquet-Morra's safe travel to and from Madagascar, where she acted as an interpreter at the training sessions.  Isabelle is very appreciative of all your prayers for her during her mission there.
  • families and friends grieving the death of loved ones, especially Alan and Susan Patterson and the Boylan Family grieving the recent loss of  Susan's father-in-law, James Boylan.  Remember especially Priscilla, James's wife.
  • those who, even after many years, still hurt from the void left by loved ones who have passed on from this world. 
  • Cindy, scheduled for bone marrow tests this week to rule out bone cancer; pray for God's peace, reassurance, and good rest results for Cindy.
  • Linda, undergoing open heart surgery October 13; pray that the surgery will be successful and for a speedy recovery and return to full health for Linda.
  • the alarming wave of new, young  addicts seen on the streets and at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany by Perry Jones and his colleagues; pray that these young people will find Christ and experience the power, the release from bondage, the new life, and the freedom that is in Him.
  • those in hospice care or battling or recovering from cancer: TJ Vooris; Zoe Covey Chris Howard and his ten-year-old son, Jonah; Elizabeth Clinton; Donna Scalera; Susan Lamont's sister; a friend of Erika Johnson; Bill Metzger, brother of Nancy Baker; Cheryl Johnson; Diane, friend of Cricket Warren; Jack; Bob Mellott; Marlene; Daniel; Andy; Lucy; Rodrigo; Jean.
  • those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: Chris Treadway; Paul Zietsman’s father; Suzanne; Ruth Edge; Ed Van Kampen; Cidney Rippel; Ted Tuttle; Noreen Kennedy; Merrill Johnson; Jean Skipper; Florence Rivera; Steve Shpur; Stacey Baker; Harriet Stockhoff; John Bowen; Floyd Haber; Art Gross; Alan Dick; Paul Varga; Jane Smith; Blanche Rogers; Liz Carroll; Ruth Edge; Laurie Maul.
  • those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: Russ and his family, experiencing a personal family crisis; Keith Hinton, husband of Leigh Ann (Haber) Hinton, following his recent pastoral ordination; Judy Simmons; those facing the challenges of graduation, beginning a higher level of education, or seeking a career -  pray that God will provide them with wisdom in making the many choices and decisions before  them; Stuart, that God will give guidance in providing home care; Greg L; 16-year-old teenager, 3-months pregnant, whose unborn baby has an irregular heartbeat and may not survive; Dana, mother and caretaker of her 2-year-Old daughter; Kevin and family, in crisis; Caleb; Vince Beaudoin; Libby Little – Copies of Libby’s August schedule are now available on the back table.
  • those who are traveling..
  • reassurance, peace, and dignity for our loved ones who are nearing the close of this life; those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.
  • Residence-bound members Murray Leonardson, Doris Schmieder, Joan Van Alstyne.

 

 

   REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA

       Not since World War II has there been a refugee crisis that matched the seriousness of the current situation in Europe and the Middle East. Nearly 4 million people have fled Syria. Teachers, dentists, accountants—everyday people leaving their homes in hopes of finding a safe place for their children to live and grow up. To most of us in the United States and Canada, the thought of making the decision to leave all of our possessions and our homes behind because we no longer feel safe is unimaginable. But it is the choice that millions in Syria have been forced to make, a choice that thousands more are making each day.

        RCA Global Mission has made a commitment to help. Through mission partnerships in Turkey, Iraq, Italy, Hungary, and Austria, we are helping to provide for the daily needs of families who have fled the conflict in Syria. We are partnering with churches that have been turned into shelters; with social workers who are helping kids make sense of all of this; with organizations that are providing food, water, blankets, and other daily needs to people who don’t even know where home is at this point.

       Would you and your congregation stand beside us in this effort?

If you would like to help, please send gifts to the Reformed Church in America, 4500 60th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512. Please note “refugees” on the payment. For more information, or to give online, visit www.rca.org/refugee.

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/prayer requests, to krc@fairpoint.net or call 859-4158. 

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR  
  • Pastor Rudy Visser, our Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision.
  • 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 Ruth Edge is now home from the hospital, very happy to be there, and doing well. Cards and notes of encouragement may be sent to Ruth at 53 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106.
  • all His provisions for 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, church ministries, and committees; teach Sunday School; lead Youth Group, Bible studies, and prayer group; organize and carry out special church events; prepare food, serve, and clean up for coffee hours, receptions, and dinners; and who are always ready to offer whatever help and support they can to those in need.

 

 

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS  THE MISSIONS AND MISSIONARIES

AROUND THE WORLD THAT KRC HELPS TO SUPPORT:

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

 

 

~JOB-OFFER POSTING FROM PROPERTY MINISTRY~     

Property Ministry is seeking to fill, as soon as possible, a part-time sexton position (up to 15 hours per week) to take over the in-house duties of Greg Clause. Please contact Barbara Vosburgh, 758-6512, or Dawn Van Buren, 758-7564, if you are interested in applying. Greg is no longer able to continue as sexton, and his resignation will become effective as soon as a replacement can be found.  The Consistory and KRC Church Family extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Greg for the skill, creativity, and determination that he brought to this ministry during his several years of service, and wish him the very best in whatever new endeavors he pursues.

 

~CITV – LOOKING AHEAD – 2015-2016 SEASON~

 

 

 Sunday, November 8th at Kinderhook Reformed Church (3:00 p.m.)

Alexander’s Feast, or The Power of Musick  (c. 1751) 

Vocal and instrumental splendor combine in one of Handel’s most colorful oratorios.

                                                               

Midwinter (TBD), 2016 at Jack Shainman Gallery: The School

King David (1921) 

Arthur Honegger’s very dramatic, but neglected masterpiece,

performed in a space ideally suited to its sonic wonders.   Sung in English.

 

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at Kinderhook Reformed Church (3:00 p.m.)

Wagner Siegfried Idyll (1869), Brahms Schicksalslied (1871) and Mendelssohn Psalms 95 (1838) & 42 (1842)

19th c. choral-orchestral richness.

In addition there are expected to be two smaller-scaled (chamber) concerts.

 

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.

On Mondays, and for immediate assistance at any time, call 859-4158.

Church Phone  758-6401                Church Fax   758-6402

 

CLARION CONCERTS WILL PRESENT A LEAF PEEPER CONCERT

HERE AT KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH SATURDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 10. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

       The Leaf Peeper Concerts are presented each fall by Clarion Concerts in Columbia County, founded by the late musicologist and conductor, Newell Jenkins and his partner, Jack Hurley. It is the oldest classical music organization in Columbia County, New York, which is noted for its spectacular fall foliage. From its inception, the Leaf Peeper Series has added a colorful musical dimension to this autumn bounty by presenting world class chamber music concerts in various locations throughout the region. As it begins its 34th season, the Leaf Peeper Series under the direction of acclaimed flutist Eugenia Zukerman will continue to attract residents and visitors from a wide area with programs that focus on traditional and contemporary chamber music.

       Clarion Concerts in Columbia County promotes the performance of traditional and contemporary chamber music. Clarion encourages a wide spectrum of listeners to attend its concerts, including children and young adults; it seeks to enhance listeners’ understanding of chamber music by offering an educational component to its programs; it provides performance opportunities for promising young professionals; and it supports the expansion of the chamber music repertoire by commissioning new works by worthy composers.

 

                                           KRC 2015 CONSISTORY

                    Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

                                                        Deacons

Liz Carroll – ’16,  Clerk of Consistory / Outreach /CITV Committee      758-6034

Noreen Dick ’15Church Family    758-6640

Derick LaTorre ’16,  KRC Treasurer / Stewardship / Cemetery   376-1882

Barbara Vosburgh ’15,   Property   758-6512

                                                                                                         Elders
            Merrill Johnson – ‘16,  Worship      828-6726
            Patrice Lyons – ‘16,  Outreach     758-8400

Dawn Van Buren – ‘15,  Personnel / Pastoral Care    758-7564

Patti Varga ’15  Consistory Vice President /  Christian Education / Classis Delegate  392-4771

 

COMING EVENTS

Today,  September 13 - Hudson River Bell Ringers

       10:00 am  Combined Communion Worship Service

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

Tues.,  September 15

         7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Thur., September 17

         9:00 am  Small Group Bible Study meets

       10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Saturdays through September

       10:00 am – Noon  Free Guided Historic Tours, KRC Sanctuary

Sun.,  September 20 –  Back-to-Church Sunday

         8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       10:00 am  Worship Service and Opening of Sunday School

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

Mon., September 21  

         6:30 pm  Consistory meets

Sat.,   September 26

         1:00 pm  Stop Hunger Now food-packaging event. Kinderhook Town Hall,

                 Church Street, Valatie (Formerly Martin H. Glynn School)

Mon., September 28  

         6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets

Wed., September 30

         3:30 – 6:30 pm  Brooks BBQ Cemetery Fundraiser, KRC front lawn

Sat., October 10  Leaf Peeper Concert @ KRC

                                    Watch this space for additional details

Sun., October 11Missions Sunday with Alex and Fran Knauss, Trans World Radio

         8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School

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

                                Servers Next Sunday, September 20, 2015

       Ushers:  Pat Calhoun, Max DiOrio, Merrill Johnson, Dick Van Alstyne

       Greeter(s):