September 27, 2015

KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE, SEPTEMBER 27, 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.

 

8:30 A.M.  CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

  Announcements

  The Lord’s Greeting and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise

  Scripture                                                                                                 Mark 9:38-50 (p. 715)

  Message                                              “It Is a Matter of Pars Pro Toto to Save Another!” 

  Prayer of Thanks

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn and Benediction

 

10 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

All are invited to refreshments and fellowship downstairs today following worship.

Ushers today are Pat Calhoun, Max DiOrio, Merrill Johnson, Dick Van Alstyne.

Greeters today are Merrill and Erika Johnson. KRC family and friends are encouraged to volunteer as front-door greeters for our worship services. A signup sheet for this purpose is available  on the back table.

Preschool Nursery facilities available downstairs.

 

  Prelude

  Announcements,

  Welcome, and God’s Greeting 

  Drawing Near To God

 

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)

Come, O you scattered and torn; 

       Here, find hope. 

Come, O you scared and lonely; 

       Here, find love. 

Come, O you tired and exhausted; 

       Here, find rest.

Come, O you confused and searching;

       Here, find guidance.

Come all, happy or sad;

       Here, find the song. Here, let your lives be embraced by God's grace. 

*Hymn #2                                                                                                            Holy, Holy, Holy

 

Allowing God to Shape Us

 

  Call to Confession

God gives all people the same gift of repentance that leads to life. Let us open that gift as together we confess our sins.

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)

You create us for profound love, O God. You have given us depth of feeling, to share it with others. You make us spiritually hungry, to search for you within ourselves and in those whose lives touch ours. Yet we seek to numb our feelings and feed our hunger with what is futile. Lord, so often we join in the mindless tasks of this world without noticing or searching for your presence in our lives. Forgive us, O God. Touch us once again in our deep places, the wells of hunger that only you can fill. Fashion us once again to be your vibrant people, alive for you in all that we say, feel, and do. Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon

For those who long for Christ to live in them, the old ways of doing things have passed. A new life, filled with grace and gratitude, forgiveness, and freedom, has begun. Know that we are forgiven, and be at peace.

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Children’s Message and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

Heavenly Father, help us to provide our children with a unified, prayerful, Bible-teaching church family that will draw them away from sinful pursuits and onto the path of righteous living.  Give them a hunger for your Word, bless them with spiritual leaders who are trustworthy and humble, and give them joy in the building of your kingdom.   Amen.

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture                                                                                                 Mark 9:38-50 (p. 715)

  Message                                              “It is a Matter of Pars Pro Toto to Save Another!” 

  Prayer of Blessing

Celebrating God

  Offering and Offertory

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

Mighty God, you have done great things for us, and holy is your name. Bless all we offer you - our selves, our time, and our possessions - that through us, your grace and favor may be made known to all the world, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

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

*Prayer Hymn #556                                                             Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

*Benediction and 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

 

The Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery is sponsoring a BROOKS BAR-B-CUE THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the church.  Advance tickets are 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 $7. All proceeds from the BBQ will go toward operation and maintenance of the cemetery grounds, an increasingly costly ministry to our community. 

 

 

~ MESSAGE FROM STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY ~

MAKING YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO KRC ELECTRONICALLY

 

     Just a friendly reminder that Kinderhook Reformed Church now has the ability to accept your regular contributions and designated gifts electronically on our website,

kinderhookreformedchurch.com

 

On the homepage, click the link “Donate” under “Contact Us” at the upper right side of the page, and follow the prompts.  Electronic checks and all major credit cards are accepted, and you will find options for 

making one-time contributions

setting up recurring payments for your regular contributions

designating contributions and gifts for special purposes or to specific funds such as 4th Century, Missions, Deacons Fund, Classis Assessment

 

     The online process is an easy one, and many of you may find it a convenient way to manage contribution goals and commitments you have set for yourself or your family. For each electronic transaction, the church is charged a small processing fee which decreases as the number of transactions increases.  If you have questions or need assistance or more information, please contact KRC Treasurer, Derick LaTorre.

 

~WEEKLY STEWARDSHIP UPDATE~

Last week's offering:  $14,023

Income received to date:  $133,023

Expenses to date: $131,603

Current shortfall:  $0

PRAISE AND THANKS BE TO GOD!

THROUGH THE RESOURCES HE HAS ENTRUSTED TO HIS SERVANTS AND THE SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY HE HAS NURTURED IN THEIR HEARTS, SUFFICIENT FUNDS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO MAKE UP KRC’S CURRENT SHORTFALL!

Inspired by the abundance with which the Lord has blessed us,

 let us continue, as his faithful stewards, to be ever mindful of the need

 to maintain a weekly offering of at least $3,000

 in order to meet expenses and avoid further deficits.

 

 

CAPITAL CITY RESCUE MISSION CORDIALLY INVITES YOU

to attend its 66th Annual Banquet & Silent Auction, either Tuesday or Wednesday, October 20 or 21.  CCRM IS EXCITED TO CELEBRATE THIS EVENT IN A NEW LOCATION, THE ITALIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER, 257 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY.  Silent Auction begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m. each evening.  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 destitute people who are hungry, street-weary, and hopeless. 

       “It’s hard to believe we’re thinking about the Fall Benefit Banquet again!

       The needs of struggling women and children are growing, so this year we will be raising funds so the Mission can begin renovating to accommodate more women and children in a larger space. Our first goal is to replace 125 large, broken factory windows. It takes $1,000 to remove, purchase, and install each custom, energy efficient window. So we need your help, and we hope you can join us this year as we offer shelter and hope to women!”

       Choose the evening you would like to attend, and see or call Paul Clause, 859-4158.  Your reservation and ticket payment will be made for you, and you can reimburse KRC $24 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 11, and TICKETS WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18.  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.

 

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.

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 remember in your prayers Pastor Rudy and Elize as they attend Camp Fowler’s “Listening Heart” conference for pastors and their spouses beginning Tuesday, September 29, through Friday, October 2.

 

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 his military career with some anxiety, that he will be blessed with God's protection, 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: earthquakes, 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.

those grieving the death of loved ones, especially Deborah Spaulding, family, and friends grieving the sudden death of Deborah’s mother, Harriet Simpkins, in a recent auto accident, and those grieving the loss of young Ahmir Spaan, who died as a result of the same accident.

those who, even after many years, still hurt from the void left by loved ones who have passed on from this world. 

Evangelique, Compassion child living in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and sponsored by John and Isabelle Bosquet-Morra.  The government of Burkina Faso, instead of being able to follow through with planned elections, has been taken over by military coup.

Bill Metzger, brother of Nancy Baker, battling stage 4 cancer, and Donna Scalera, whose cancer has returned, both struggling with the side effects of chemotherapy.

others in hospice care or battling or recovering from cancer: TJ Vooris; Zoe Covey; Chris Howard and his ten-year-old son, Jonah; Elizabeth Clinton; Susan Lamont's sister; a friend of Erika Johnson; 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: Cindy; Tristen Collins; Linda, awaiting open heart surgery October 13; 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: 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; the people of Madagascar, suffering from a very low standard of living; 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.

 

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  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

 

 

Clarion Concerts Presents

Newell Jenkins Memorial Baroque Concert

BAROQUE AND BEYOND

Music of Telemann, J. S. Bach, Quantz, Boismorʟer, Janitsch, Vivaldi

HERE AT KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH, 7:30 P.M. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10.

For ticket information and additional concerts offered in this series,

please pick up a flyer from the back table.

       The Leaf Peeper Concert Series, beginning its 34th season under the direction of acclaimed flutist Eugenia Zukerman, is 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 the county, 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.

 

~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.

 

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) 

 

CLASSIS ASSESSMENT

KRC’s share of support this year is $5,633.28 for services, grants, and other 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 $88.02.  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. If offered weekly, that’s around $6.75 for each of the remaining weeks in this year. All contributions made for this purpose should be designated “Classis Assessment.” 

 

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

 

COMING EVENTS

Today, September 27

         8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School

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

Mon.,  September 28  

         6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets

Tues.,  September 29

         7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Wed.,  September 30

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

Thur., October 1

          9:00 am  Small Group Bible Study meets

       10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Sun.,   October 4

         8:30 am  Early Communion Worship Service

       10:00 am  Communion Worship Service and Sunday School

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

Sat.,  October 10 

         7:30 pm   Leaf Peeper Concert @ KRC

Sun., October 11 – Missions 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

Tues, Wed., October 20, 21

         5:30 pm  CCRM Silent Auction

         6:30 pm  CCRM Banquet

Servers Next Sunday, October 4, 2015

       Ushers:  Dave Ennis, Will Ferguson, Chuck Rothermel, Jonathan Pratt        

       Greeter(s):  Mike Deegan and Donna Rhodes

 

                                       KRC 2015 CONSISTORY

                    Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

                                                      Deacons

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

Noreen Dick – ’15,  Church 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

 

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