September 17, 2017

Kinderhook Reformed Church Celebration of Worship, September 17, 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, and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise

  Scripture Reading                                                                                               Luke 23:33-43

  Message                                                                                                    “Unwavering Jesus”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn and Benediction

 

  10:00 A.M.  CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

Following worship today, all are invited to enjoy fellowship and refreshments

downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.

Thanks to today’s ushers, Derick LaTorre, Chris Laurie, Steve Shpur.

Thanks to today’s greeters, Chip and Courtney Wood and family.

 Nursery facility available downstairs.

  Prelude                                       Jesus, by Your Great Love

“Jesus, by your great love for us, you were brought low, turning from all that’s glorious that we might know the strength and joy of your salvation . . . “

  Welcome, Announcements, and God's Greeting

Drawing Near to God

  Call To Worship  (Responsive)   Adapted from Psalm 19 and Nehemiah 8:9b.

The heavens are telling the glory of God,

and the firmament proclaims God's handiwork.
       This day is holy to our God; do not mourn nor weep.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
       This day is holy to our God; do not mourn or weep.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.
       This day is holy to our God; do not mourn or weep.
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever;

the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
       This day is holy to our God; do not mourn or weep.
Praise the Lord.
       The Lord's name be praised.

*Hymn of Praise #20                                                                 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession 

Psalm 32:1, 2 reads, "Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit, there is no deceit". Seeking the blessing of forgiveness, let us now acknowledge our transgressions.

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon    Psalm 103.8, 10-12

"The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love . . . He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us." Thanks be to God!

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Children’s Sermon and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

Lord Jesus, lead our children into a deep awareness that you willingly offered   yourself up to suffering and death on the cross for their salvation.  Assure them that you speak up for them before God, and that because of you, they are good in God’s sight and will live forever with you in heaven.  Amen.  

  Prayer for Illumination  (Responsive)  Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894

Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening. 

       Grant us ears to hear, eyes to see, wills to obey, hearts to love. 

Then declare what you will. 

       Reveal what you will, command what you will, demand what you will.

  Scripture Reading                                                                                               Luke 23:33-43

  Message                                                                                                    “Unwavering Jesus”

  Prayer of Blessing

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

  Moment for Missions  Paula La Joy

  Offering/Offertory                           At Calvary  #510

“Mercy there was great, and grace was free; there, my burdened soul found liberty – at Calvary”

*Offertory Prayer (Unison)

Beloved Lord, you have offered us salvation and the promise of your Heavenly Kingdom through Jesus Christ, and these gifts of grace have freed us from so many unnecessary fears.  As children of your light, we are called to reflect your grace, now and always, and we offer these gifts so that others may share in the timeless blessing of your love.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.   

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

  Special Offering, Reformed Church in America Hurricane Relief

*Closing Hymn #218                                                                                       Were you There?

*Blessing, Benediction, and Response Hymn                            By the Gift of God’s Grace

By the gift of God’s grace may your burdens be light,

and your heart with his love be aglow. May your spirit be glad, may your soul be at rest,

and may Christ grant you peace as you go.  Amen.

  Postlude

 

     The Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery is sponsoring a BROOKS BAR-B-CUE again this year from 3:00 - 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 27, on the front and side lawns of the church. PRICES ARE $12 FOR THE FULL DINNER AND $8 FOR CHICKEN ONLY.  Full dinner includes a baked potato, coleslaw, and roll.  A variety of beverages will be available to those who are eating in the fellowship room, and for carry-outs, bottled water will be available. For a donation, homemade desserts will be offered to enhance the meal.  If you are able to donate baked for the dessert menu, please indicate your contribution on the sign-up sheet at the back table.

     All proceeds will go toward operation and maintenance of the cemetery grounds, which has, over the years, become an increasingly costly community ministry. Starting next Sunday, September 17, reservations can be left on the church phone, 518-758-6401, or at 518-758-9492. PAYMENT BY CHECK OR BY CASH FOR PHONE RESERVATIONS, WILL BE COLLECTED WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE BAR-B-CUE.  If you prefer, you may purchase prepaid tickets from Jim Dunham, Dawn Van Buren, Steve Shpur, Jane Deane, or Gary Leggett.

     The Cemetery Committee remembers gratefully your support of last year’s BAR-B-CUE, and is counting on your help in making this important fundraising event a success again this year.

 

 

All of us from time to time, as members and friends of the KRC family, have had concerns and issues about church policies; Consistory decisions; order and times of our worship services; the preaching ministry; and sometimes even issues and concerns related to our interpersonal relationships within the church family.  We would like you to know that the Elders are available to speak with you about any concerns you may have and invite you to contact them at any time.

 

HAPPY SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY!

Jane Deane (1st), Donna Flansburg (5th), Kaitlyn Morris, (6th),

 Tana Thompson (6th), Abigail Wood (6th), Dawn Van Buren (20th),

 Phil Sherman (23rd), Bob Wildermuth (23rd), Nancy Baker (26th),

Wayne Van Allen (28th), Chuck Rothermel (30th

 

 

COMMUNITIES IN CRISIS

Exhibits and Panel on Addictions and Recovery

Saturday, October 14, 4:00 p.m.

McNary Center, St. Paul’s Church, 6 Sylvester Street, Kinderhook

Free of Charge       Open to the Public

   Addiction hurts individuals, families, and communities physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, economically, and spiritually. Working together, public, private, and religious institutions improve quality of life for everyone. The Kinderhook Public Library will showcase recovery literature, and community resources will be available to share information and answer questions.  

For information, call Father Tom, 518-758-6271, or SPECK1851.weebly.com/Contact Us

 

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; Sunday School; 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 S. Korea.
  • victims world-wide suffering natural and other hardships and tragedies: economic instability; poverty, hunger, and poor health; political oppression, unrest, terrorism, war, displacement.
  • those suffering famine, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other climate-related disasters, especially those in Texas, Florida, and other parts of the South
  • recovering from the devastation and hardships caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  
  • those grieving the death of loved ones, especially the husband and twin teenage sons of Megan Segura, 39, who died unexpectedly last Sunday – Megan was a vibrant and beloved member of the Community Life Church, Catskill, home church of Aaron and Susan Clause.
  • 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
  • Linda Moran, recovering from major surgery this past Tuesday.  Linda is a friend and former teaching colleague of a number of members of the KRC family.  Please pray for God's presence, reassurance, healing, and a speedy recovery and return to good health for Linda.
  • others awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: mother of Maureen Mooney; Rachael Beaudoin; Paul Clause; Jay Petith; Mell; Liezl Visser; Ruth Edge; Sara Schubert; Merrill Johnson; Rob Aciero; Barbara Vosburgh; Steve Canfield; Jack Lyons; the brother of Coleen, Mark Johnson's partner; Amy Deweerd; Virginia Rothermel; Art Gross; Harriet Stockhoff; Jean Skipper; Floyd Haber; Paul Varga
  • those battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: Connie Witkowski; Michael; Don Morse; Jill; J.B; Jen; Bill, Janet Smith's brother; Ronny; Ron Dick; Donna Scalera; Carol Nel; Paul Osborn; Jeff Peter; Mark; Ann; Steve; Dorothy Wheeler
  • those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: our students, from grade school to college, as they prepare to meet challenges of higher levels of education in this new school year, career choices, and job searches; Suzy and Bill Nieman as they settle into their new home in New Hampshire; Greg Clause Jr.; Stacey Baker; Libby Little-Saxton, working with Afghan refugees – Libby’s latest newsletter is available for pick-up on the back table of the sanctuary; the epidemic of addiction to life-threatening drugs.
  • residence-bound KRC family, George Clowe, and those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill

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, Derek DeJager 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 wellbeing and lives for the peace & liberty we enjoy.
  • Rachael Beaudoin, granddaughter of Paul and Joan Clause, now home, doing well
  • all those of KRC's family and friends who volunteer their time, talent, and energy so generously and so selflessly to the various ministries and programs of our church, and who often do this quietly 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.

 

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. 

 

 

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.

 

CAPITAL CITY RESCUE MISSION CORDIALLY INVITES YOU

to attend its Annual Banquet & Silent Auction, ONE NIGHT ONLY THIS YEAR, on Tuesday, October 10.  CCRM IS EXCITED TO CELEBRATE THIS EVENT IN A NEW LOCATION, THE ALBANY MARRIOTT, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY.  Silent Auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.  KRC has traditionally been well-represented at this inspiring event, where you will hear how your volunteer efforts, prayers, and generous support make a difference in the lives of people who are hungry, street-weary, and hopeless. 

       “George Chochos will share his dramatic story, “From Jail to Yale,” at the Banquet.  His first job out of Sing Sing prison was at the Capital City Rescue Mission.  You will be amazed by his transformed life.  We are looking forward to celebrating with you the hope God provides in Christ . . . especially as we report on progress for out new home for women and children.  Come invite your church family, and learn more.   God bless you, Perry Jones, Executive Director.

       If you would like to attend, see or call Paul Clause, 859-4158. Your reservation and ticket payment will be made for you, and you can reimburse KRC $35 per ticket reserved by dropping your designated check made out to KRC into the offering plate at anytime. RESERVATIONS SHOULD BE MADE NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, and TICKETS WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8.  CCRM banquet organizers will arrange for those attending from KRC to be seated together at 1 or 2 tables, depending on the number of reservations we make.  Reservations may also be made at capitalcityrescuemission.com or by calling Susan Jones, 462-0421.  Let Sue know if you wish to sit with the KRC group.

 

PULPIT FLOWERS

Many KRC family and friends have, in the past, provided cut flowers for the pulpit in celebration of an anniversary or birthday, in honor of a special day or event, and in loving memory of family and friends who have passed away. If you wish to provide flowers for a particular Sunday, contact Dawn, 758-7564.

 

THE SCHOOL FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING AND SERVING

A Ministry of the Mid-Hudson and Orange Classes

FALL 2017 COURSE OFFERINGS

(Please find information/registration packets on the back table of the sanctuary.)

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

(Preaching Elder & Commissioned Pastor candidates, General Interest)

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Eric Titus                                     

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1; 7-10 p.m.

Location: The Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot St., New Paltz, Ny 12561

Tuition: $100, plus books and materials

       This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of primary Christian doctrines from a Reformed perspective. In addition, methodologies and resources for constructing theological positions will be covered. The text will be  Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology by Daniel L. Migliore.

THE ART OF CARING VISITS

(Elders & Deacons, General Interest)

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Don Heringa

Date: Saturday, October 21, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Location: The Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot St., New Paltz, NY, 12561

Tuition: $15, plus books and materials

       Have you ever wondered what to say to someone who is sick, struggling with relationship difficulties or in grief? The Art of Caring Visits is an introduction to the pastoral and practical dimensions of visiting hurting people. This class is aimed at helping us respond following the way our God has responded to people throughout the scriptures, by following the principles of IDENTIFICATION, EMPATHY AND LOVING ACCEPTANCE.  This course includes theory and practice of active listening, psychology of illness, and biblical principles to help motivate caring visits. 

Course registration deadlines are one week prior to the course unless otherwise stated. Please register in time to insure the class will run. Scholarships are available from the School. Please contact the Registrar for financial assistance, (518) 537-4221 or albizu@gtel.net. 

COME CELEBRATE THE 500TH ANNIVESARY OF THE REFORMATION!

After returning from a trip to Wittenberg Church and Eastern Europe,

The Rev. Dr. Eric Titus will speak to us of this momentous anniversary.

When: Monday October 30 at 7 p.m. 

Where: Wallkill Reformed Church, 45 Bridge Street, Wallkill, NY 12589

Cost: FREE! Just let us know how many people will be attending from your church.  Call (518) 537-4221 and leave a message, text (518) 965-7538, or email <albizu@gtel.net>. 

 

~ IMPORTANT NOTE OF INFORMATION FROM CONSISTORY ~

       Those of you whose work requires interacting day in and day out with people who exhibit a variety of attitudes, needs, and joys, can attest to the fact that, whether on the job or off, one’s mind is never completely free of the responsibilities, concerns, and inevitable stress, and time away becomes a necessity, not a luxury.

       The minimum allowances to be made available to RCA pastors for vacation and professional development are shown below – currently 5 weeks vacation time* and 2 weeks professional development leave for Pastor Rudy.  These mandates are not of our own choosing or subject to change; they must be followed for all pastors, and have been established to protect them and insure that they are provided with healthy, productive arrangements with their individual churches:

REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA - CLASSIS OF COLUMBIA-GREENE

Ministerial Minimum Compensation Guidelines, Effective January 1, 2017

    A professional-development allowance:

        1/26th of the annual salary (2 weeks) plus two weeks per year study leave

        which may be accumulated for two years. 

    A vacation schedule based on the pastor's year of service in the ministry      

    starting from date of ordination:

          1 ‑ 10  years in ministry: 4 weeks vacation

      *11 ‑ 20  years in ministry: 5 weeks vacation

        20-plus years in ministry: 6 weeks vacation

 

 

 

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

Patrice Lyons – ’17  Property. . . . . . . . . . . . . .    758-8400  patricelyons50@gmail.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 – 852-7172

                 KRC Interim Sexton           KRC Cemetery Supervisor        

              Elize Visser – 758-9311         Greg Clause – 369-8472 

 

COMING EVENTS

Today, September 17  2-Service Schedule and Children’s Sunday School Begin.

      8:30 am  Early Worship Service

      9:45 am  Bible study, Book of Genesis, resumes, main floor Conference Room

    10:00 am  Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School

Tues, September 19

      7:00 pm  Youth Group meets @KRC.

Wed, September 20

       6:30 -7:15 pm  Last “New Direction” Wellness Class @KRC

Thur, September 21

       9:00 am  Small Group continuing Bible study @KRC.

              Group continues 1 & 2 Thessalonians

      10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @KRC

       7:00 pm  Bible study, 1 and 2 Peter, KRC main floor Conference Room

Sun, September 24

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       9:45 am  Bible study, Book of Genesis, resumes, main floor Conference Room

     10:00 am  Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School

Mon, September 25

       6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets 

Wed, September 27 

       3:00 – 6:00 pm  Brooks BBQ dinner, KRC’s front lawn & Fellowship Hall

Tues, October 10  Capital City Rescue Mission Silent Auction and Banquet

                      Albany Marriott Hotel, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY.

       5:30 pm  Silent Auction

       6:30 pm  Dinner

Sat,   October  14

       4:00 pm  Communities in Crisis - Exhibits &Panel on Addictions and Recovery

                McNary Center, St. Paul’s Church, 6 Sylvester Street, Kinderhook

 

Servers Next Sunday, September 24

Ushers:  Derick LaTorre, Chris Laurie, Steve Shpur

Greeter(s):  Jeannie and Stacey Hurst

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