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September 1, 2013

Kinderhook Reformed Church

Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY

Worship Service for September 1, 2013, Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

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 all are invited to enjoy fellowship and refreshments at the Lemonade Stand hosted by Dawn Van Buren on the front lawn following Worship.

Ushers:  Alan Dick, Merrill Johnson, Bob Wildermuth, Paul Zietsman

Greeter(s):

Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.

CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

  Prelude                              

  Welcome, Announcements, and God’s Greeting

DRAWING NEARER TO GOD

  Call to Worship (Responsive)  Adapted from Psalm 139

O God, you have searched us and known us —
     When we sit down and when we rise up,

     When we worship and pray, and praise and serve;
You discern our thoughts from far away —
     Our hopes and dreams, our worries and fears.

     You search out our paths, and are acquainted with all our ways.
Even before a word is on our tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
     You hem us in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon us.

     We praise you! Wonderful are your works! We worship you, O God!

*Morning Praise Hymn #86                                                   We Come, O Christ, to You

TURNING OUR HEARTS TO GOD

  Call to Confession

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Let us deny ourselves and come to Jesus, confessing our self-centered, willful ways and asking forgiveness for our sin.

  Prayer Of Confession (Unison)  Based on Romans 12:1 & the words of Malachi

Lord Jesus, we have not set our hearts to honor you, but have shown contempt for you by not offering ourselves to you as living sacrifices acceptable in your sight.  We have not revered your name, and we have not remembered your words. We have not responded whole-heartedly to your call to follow in your ways and we have not kept faith with you or with one another.  We have minimized and made excuses for our sin, and in some cases, have deceived ourselves into believing that our bad behavior was actually the right thing to do.  We acknowledge that we have fallen from grace, and we seek your mercy.

 [Silent Prayer of Confession]

Forgive us, Lord Jesus, we pray; purify us, and refine us.

Let your righteousness rise within us like the sun with healing in its wings.

  Assurance of Pardon Based on 1 Timothy 1:15

Here are words you may trust, words that merit full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  To all who confess their sins and resolve to lead a new life, he says, “Your sins are forgiven.”  He also says, “Follow me.”     

Hallelujah, Amen.

ALLOWING GOD TO SHAPE US

Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Lesson                                                                              John 1:43-51 (p. 751)

  Message                                                         “Called To Be . . . Mirror Twins of Jesus”

  Prayer of Thanks

  GIVING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES FOR GOD’S GLORY

  Offering/Offertory

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

Holy God, we offer these gifts to be used to preach the truth of salvation through Christ Jesus your Son, the only gateway to fullness of life and to life eternal; to proclaim his promise of renewal of mind, body, and spirit; and to make known the blessings that await those who listen and respond to his voice of love and reassurance.  Amen.

  Prayer Requests

  Intercessory Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

  Closing Hymn  (Insert)                                                                                       I Would Be Like 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                                  

 
A Bar-b-cue Lunch and Bake Sale on the church lawn, sponsored by KRC’s Outreach Ministry, is being planned for Saturday, September 14, the day of  the Kinderhook Village-Wide Yard Sale.   Please sign up at the back table to offer donations of baked goods or other support for this event.
 
~PLEASE NOTE THESE DATES~

 SEPTEMBER 8  Next Sunday - Last Sunday of joint summer Worship Services

  9:00 am  - Communion Worship Service

10:30 am - Brunch and Consistory Ministry Reports.  We are looking for donations of food items for the brunch.  If you are able to contribute an item to help fill out the menu, please sign up at the back table. Hot food dishes must be completely cooked before they arrive at the church, and the kitchen staff will keep them warm and ready to serve.

SEPTEMBER 15 

  8:30 am - Early Worship Service Resumes

10:00 am - Worship Service, Children’s Sunday School Resumes

Dear KRC Family and Friends,

     We would like to thank all who have contributed to the more than $3,500 received to date toward the cost of replacing the parsonage windows.  The total expenditure for this capital improvement is upward of $7,000, and additional donations will be greatly appreciated.    Gifts clearly designated "Parsonage Windows" may be placed in the weekly offering plate.

                                                     In His Name and In His Service,

                                                     The Consistory of KRC

HOSTA PLANTS FOR THE TAKING

In order to make way for KRC’s new permanent outdoor sign, quite a number of hosta plants had to be removed from the front lawn of the church.  The plants have been taken up in clumps of about a dozen plants each, and are now along the outside of the south wall of the church sanctuary between the wall and the handicap ramp.  Anyone who wishes may feel free to take whatever plants they can use for transplanting in their own garden landscapes.

 YOU ARE INVITED TO PICK UP FROM THE BACK TABLE:

● General Synod Update from Tom De Vries, RCA General Secretary

● Information on the reopening this coming fall of Faith Christian Academy, Pre-school through Grade 12,  and the opening of the new “Pre-Schoolers Academy Daycare”, administered by the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Stottville

● Invitation to participate in or donate to the Columbia-Greene “Out of the Darkness Walk” at Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill, NY, Saturday, September 13, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

 
"THE OLDE DUTCH AND SUCH" CRAFTS GROUP meets on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. in the main floor classroom opposite the church office, and we warmly invite you to join us. We are creating new plans and new items for the 2013 KRC Bazaar, and OUR GROUP IS NOW LOOKING FOR OLD TEACUPS WITH SAUCERS, AND FOR SMALL DECORATIVE MASON JARS (lids not needed) TO USE IN MAKING SOY CANDLES.  If you enjoy craft activities, but are unable to meet with us on Friday mornings, please consult with Dawn Tuttle about how you may be able to contribute to the Bazaar by working from home on your own time schedule. 
 

If you are willing to reserve Saturday, October 5, 2013 on your calendar for participating in the ministry of packaging 10,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Program at Ghent Reformed Church, please sign on the sheet provided on the back table. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a short time of devotions, followed by a brief gathering to learn about world hunger and the true blessings we have in our small community. Lunch is at noon, and the meal packaging process, which should take only about an hour and a half, will begin at 1:00 pm.

 HAPPY SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY!

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

Gordie Van Buren (11th – his 87th Birthday!)

John Bosquet-Morra (13th), Dawn Van Buren (20th), Sophie Barmen (22nd),

Phil Sherman (23rd), Nancy Baker (26th), Chuck Rothermel (30th).

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.  Pray also that the KRC church family would be consumed with our Lord's Word, and that from His Word, our deeds would glorify Him; our love and kindness for each other would overflow; and we would walk as the people He would have us be.
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. 
our children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies..
our military men & women, 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.
our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
an end to the devastating civil war in Syria that has now cost the lives of hundreds of innocent children, women, and men due to chemical warfare. Pray especially for the  survivors who are suffering and grieving.
Christians in Egypt who are being persecuted and whose churches have been attacked, vandalized, and burned.
those, especially children, suffering violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially: Alice, friend of the Riveras, grieving the death this past week of husband, Duke.
Jim and Barbara Hatch, former members of KRC, on the recent second anniversary of the loss of their precious daughter, Katie.
Gail, acquaintance of Sara Schubert, in constant pain following a fall in which she suffered a back injury.
Mary Ann, friend of Erika Johnson, diagnosed with breast cancer and having difficulty making decisions regarding treatment.
Roberta in hospice care; pray also for Roberta’s family at this stressful time.
others battling or recovering from cancer, especially: Jenny Kline; Dan McNeil; Susan Lavin;  Penny, cousin of Florence Rivera; Tom Kennedy; Charlie Roppolo; Barbette Leclair; Paul Varga’s friend; Peter; John Warren; Patti and Diane; Uncle Tony; Jack; Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Rosanne; Connie; Sal Alessi; Tom Saulpaugh; Donna Scalera.
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care:  Dan, friend of Patrice Lyons; Char, sister of Lori Kolb-Speer; Jim, cousin of Florence Rivera; Mr. O’Neil and son; Lucy Neubauer; Carol, Diane Morgan's cousin; Vicki Metzger, Nancy Baker’s mom; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Liz Carroll; Jeannie Dunbar; Joe McCormick; Paul Varga; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera; Maureen Mooney; Faity Tuttle.  
those who are traveling: Sara Lyn Schubert;  John & Isabelle Bosquet-Morra.
those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Joan Van Alstyne; the Lamont Family; the Crawford Family; Jonathan, dealing with personal issues; Olivia, that God will give her peace and guidance; Paul, that God will give him wisdom, determination, and peace in making and carrying out difficult decisions; the Royce Family; the Schuberts attempting to sell John’s mother’s home in Troy; Libby Little.
those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan.
residence-bound members, Gordie Van Buren; Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera.

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.

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 projects and responsibilities.
KRC's Consistory, whose Worship leadership last Sunday was both a moving testimony to their dedication to their calling and an inspiration to the church family.
the happy news of the recent birth of Dave and Beth Ennis's second granddaughter, Brynn Kathryn. Kelly and the baby are doing great!
the blessing of family, friends.
all His provisions for our basic life needs, and 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.
the good report that recent tests for Maxine, friend of Patrice Lyons, returned negative for cancer.
Dan, also a friend of Patrice, whose doctors discovered a blood clot on his brain and were able to treat it successfully with emergency surgery. Pray for speedy and complete healing without complications for Dan.
Gordie Van Buren's return home from a brief hospital stay.  Gordie is looking good and feeling much better.

KRC’s share of support is $5,788 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 $85.12.  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. All contributions made for this purpose should be clearly designated, “Classis Assessment.”

The KRC Cemetery Committee is pleased to announce the opening of Kinderhook Cemetery’s COLUMBARIUM, a portion of the cemetery specifically designed for cremation burials.  If you would like more information, please speak to Greg Clause, cemetery supervisor, or Jim Dunham, Cemetery Committee chairperson.

MANY THANKS AND BLESSINGS TO THE KRC FAMILY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY IN SUPPORT OF THE VALATIE FOOD PANTRY.  Foods that are always popular and needed are evaporated milk; coffee; sugar; boxed cereals; pancake mix; syrup; jelly; canned meats, fruits, and vegetables; spaghetti sauce; pasta; mac & cheese; dinner helpers; apple sauce; juice; cake & brownie mixes. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the front and side entryways of the church.

KRC GUIDED TOURS

The church will be open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday mornings through October 12. If you are willing to volunteer as a tour guide, help-sheets for noting points of interest within the sanctuary, recording the number of visitors, and opening and closing the church building are available to assist you in providing this outreach ministry.  If this appeals to you as a way to serve the Lord, please contact Jane Deane, 758-7051.

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.  During the summer months, those of you who are gardeners are invited to arrange and display your own garden flowers on a Sunday of your choice.  If you are interested in providing flowers for a particular Sunday, please contact Dawn, 758-7564.

OFFICE, 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.

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, call 859-4158.

 

KRC 2013-2014 CONSISTORY

  Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

                                            Deacons

Jane Deane – ’14,  Christian Education   758-7051

Noreen Dick – ’13,  Church Family   758-6640

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

Patrice Lyons – ’13,  Outreach      758-8400

                                             Elders

Dawn Tuttle – ’13,  Worship     758-6031
Maureen Mooney – ’14,  Outreach / Clerk     210-6079

Dawn Van Buren – ’13,  Cemetery / VP of Consistory     758-7564

Bob Wildermuth –’14,  Personnel / 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, 758-1338

 

COMING EVENTS

Today, September 1

      9:00 am  Worship Service

    10:15 am  Adult Sunday School classes – Main floor conference and class rooms

                    Please note:  8:30 am and 10 am Worship services will combine

                                 and meet at 9 am through next Sunday, September 8.

Tues., September  3

     7:00 pm  Youth Group meets

Thur, September  5

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.,   September  6 

      9:30 am  Weight Watchers new session begins, KRC Fellowship Room

      9:30 am  Olde Dutch and Such Crafts Group meets opposite KRC office

Sat.,   September  7

    10:00 am to Noon – Free guided tours, KRC’s sanctuary, Saturdays through 10/12 Sun.,  September  8

      9:00 am  Communion Worship Service followed by brunch and

              Ministry reports from Consistory, KRC Fellowship Room

   Please note:  September 8 is the last Sunday of joint summer Worship Services.

           Children’s Sunday School resumes at 10 a.m. Sunday, September 15.

Sat.,  September 14 
    10:00 am to Noon – Free guided tours, KRC’s sanctuary, Saturdays through 10/12
    12 Noon – 2 pm  Outreach Ministry’s Bar-b-cue and Bake sale, KRC lawn

Sun.,  September 15

      8:30 am  Early Worship Service

    10:00 am  Worship Service - Children’s Sunday School resumes.

    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Classes - Main floor conference and class rooms

Mon., September 16

      6:30 Consistory meets

 

Servers Next Sunday, September 9, 2013

       Ushers:  Dave Ennis; Will Ferguson; Chuck Rothermel; Andrew Welcome

       Greeter(s):