April 2019   
This Week's Events


Small Group Bible Study
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Join us for a study of 1st Corinthians
Prayer Group
10:00 AM
Jr/Sr High Youth Group
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Students grade 6-12 are welcome to join us for food, fun, fellowship, Bible study & community service on Thursday nights from 6:30-8pm. Sign up for our weekly emails so you'll know what's planned each week!
Maundy Thursday Service
7:00 PM
All are welcome to join us for our Maundy Thursday worship and communion service.


Bible Search
September 16, 2018

Kinderhook Reformed Church Sunday, September 16, 2018

 “To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Rev. Rudolph Visser, Pastor

Welcome visitors! Please fill out a visitor’s pew card and place it in the offering plate.


Following worship, all are invited downstairs for refreshments and fellowship.

Thanks to today’s ushers, Dave Ennis, Johnathan Pratt, and Chuck Rothermel.

Thanks to today’s greeter(s), Jim & Bonnie Dunham      Nursery facility available downstairs.



  Welcome, Announcements

  The Lord’s Greeting

   Drawing Near to God

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)  

We come rejoicing in God’s presence in this world, 

       rejoicing in his gifts of hope and life.

We come, humbled by God’s presence in our lives,

       humbled by the gift of grace; humbled by the invitation to begin again.

We come with gladness into God’s presence here in this place, 

       glad to be worshiping together as his children.

Praise to you, God of tender mercies! 

       Praise to you, God of infinite love!

*Hymn of Praise #497                                                     Wonderful Grace of Jesus

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession

Acts 3:19 reads, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord . . . .” Therefore, let us together draw near to the throne of our gracious God in prayer.

  Prayer Hymn of Confession, Commitment #448               Jesus I Come

  Song of Pardon (Screen)                          Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Coming Before God’s Open Word

  Blessing upon Our Children and Invitation to Youth Sunday School  (Unison)

Lord of grace and glory, transform the lives of these children with your divine and holy presence.   May their lips boldly speak your praises, their voices resound with songs of worship, and their hearts remain faithful to you forever.  Amen. 

  Prayer for Illumination and Scripture                                                               2 Samuel 9:1-13   

  Message                                                                                                         “Unaware of Grace?”

  Interpreting God's Word Together and Testimonials & Prayer of Blessing

Silent Prayer for Those Seeking to Acknowledge 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 Care, and His Abundance

  Video - Where is God at Work in the World?  (Screen)

  Offering/Offertory               Andante from Organ Sonata No. 6                Felix Mendelssohn

*Doxology #809                                                          Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

*Offertory Prayer  (Unison) 

Merciful and gracious God, whose bounty we have all received, accept this offering of your people. Remember in your love those who have brought it and those for whom it is given, and follow it with your blessing that it may promote righteousness, peace, and goodwill, and advance the kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.  

  Prayer Requests and Pastoral Prayer

*Hymn #669 (Verses 1 & 4)                                                         God of Grace and God of Glory

*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) 




                Our offering last Sunday was $2,659, nearly $500 dollars short of the $3,200 needed weekly to cover KRC’s daily operating expenses.  Notwithstanding, our deficit is now $5,613 after meeting this past week’s expenses. 

Income-to-date: $111,864   -   Expenses-to-date: $117,477

Stewardship Ministry asks that everyone prayerfully consider how they might adjust their giving so we can avoid falling further behind and having to tap into our very limited reserves to meet budgetary obligations.

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 sufficient to cover our commitments.



Adult Sunday School will start today at 10:30 am in the main floor Conference Room following worship.  The group will be using a study by Justin Buzzard of the book of John, and all are cordially invited to participate.


MANY HAVE NOT YET PICKED UP THEIR NEW CHURCH FAMILY DIRECTORIES from the back table!  If you had pictures taken, please pick up your free directory and check your name off the list.  If you did not have pictures taken, you are welcome to take a copy without charge, but if you are able, free-will donations designated “Directory” would be much appreciated and may be dropped into the offering plate to help cover printing costs.  


Joy Bertram’s email:  joybertra@nycap.rr.com

Sara Schubert’s Cell Phone:  518-929-7494




Our annual church-clean-up event is upon us once again, and all are invited to come and lend a hand.  Hope to see you there to help with organizing and putting things in tip-top shape!  Watch for details to come regarding an outdoor clean-up day for the parsonage as well.



     The Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery is sponsoring a BROOKS BAR-B-CUE again this year from 3:00 - 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, on the front lawn 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 those who want it. For a donation, homemade desserts will be offered to enhance the meal.  If you are able to donate baked goods to 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 today, reservations can be left on the church phone, 518-758-6401, at 518-758-9492, or on the sign-up sheet on the back table. 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. 



• 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 KRC worship from time to time.

• the good report that Dave Ennis, diagnosed with a form of chronic leukemia, is experiencing no symptoms of the disease, and that based on recent tests showing his condition to be stable, Dave will not be needing medical treatments at this time.   

• the happy news that routine tests for Kara, daughter of Dave and Beth Ennis, have returned negative, and that Kara continues to be cancer-free

• 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.

• 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.


• 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, as he fulfills his ministerial duties.

• KRC ministries, programs & projects, and those planning & administering them as they seek new directions and God’s wisdom and blessing in moving our church toward a greater and more effective impact on our surrounding communities: KRC’s Consistory, especially newly installed officers, Jane Deane, Jean Hacker; Susan Patterson, and Deborah Spaulding; KRC’s administrative ministries; KRC’s Youth Group; Sunday School; KRC’s small group ministries and Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; 1st Friday Free Community Dinner; and other outreach programs. 

• our state, national, and world leaders, especially President Donald Trump and all of the government officials now in office, that God will grant them the leadership skills and wisdom needed to govern effectively. 

• our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace. 

• victims world-wide suffering natural and other hardships and tragedies; those suffering economic instability; poverty, hunger, and poor health; political oppression, unrest, war, displacement, gun violence, and terrorism.

• families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones. 

• those who, even after many years, still hurt from the loss of loved ones.


Next Sunday, September 23, at 4 pm, an initial meeting of GriefShare, a bereavement support group to be offered at the McNary Center of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Sylvester St., Kinderhook, will be held to introduce the program and to announce the planned schedule of 13 meetings on selected Thursdays.


• reassurance, peace, and dignity for those nearing the close of this life.

• those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: Dave Ennis; Elize Visser’s mother; Carly Rippel; Alan Smith; Jane Stutzman; George Graham; Fred Borrelli, Merrill Johnson. 

• those battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: 12-year-old Issy Kwei; Bill Nieman; Ben Kissel; Carol, future daughter-in-law of Erika & Merrill Johnson; Freya, Patti Varga’s aunt; Friend of Erika Johnson; Judy Alvarez; Charles Roppolo; Terri; Michael, brother of Mary Jane Haywood; Michael; Don Morse; Jill; J.B.; Jen; Bill, Janet Smith's brother; Ronny; Carol Nel; Jeff Peter; Mark; Ann; Steve.

• residence-bound KRC family, George Clowe, and those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially the Bakers, caring for Nancy’s mother, Vickie Metzger, 98.

• those who are traveling.

• those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: a young person with close ties to our church family who is experiencing serious depression and having difficulty finding purposeful, rewarding direction for moving ahead in life; our students as they deal with the challenges facing them at the beginning of this new school year, including college and career choices, and job searches; Greg Clause Jr.; the epidemic of life-threatening addiction


Outreach Ministry is asking that those who submit a prayer request to KRC’s family and friends also inform us if they know of any additional material or physical needs, beyond the initial prayer request, that we might be able to meet. We would love the opportunity to engage with those in need of prayer in tangible ways as well. 


Dave and Char Alexander, RCA missionaries, Taiwan;

Alight Pregnancy Center, Hudson

Perry Jones and Capital City Rescue Mission, Albany 

Compassion International, KRC-Sponsored Child, Evelin Chuquinia, 19

Alex and Fran Knauss, Trans-World Radio    

Maureen Menard, Youth with a Mission

The Silvas, 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






Each member’s share of this year’s classis assessment has been set at $94.68 (Up $6.18 from last year).  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 about $6.30 per week for the remaining weeks (15) in this year. Please clearly designate all contributions, “Classis Assessment.”


The School for Christian Living and Serving, Mid-Hudson/Orange Classes, is offering three fall courses: “Survey of the New Testament,” “Church History 2," and “Understanding Grief.”  For those interested, detailed information and registration forms are available on the back table.





Non-perishable foods always popular at the Pantry are evaporated milk; coffee; sugar; boxed cereals; pancake mix; syrup; jelly; canned meats, fruits, and vegetables; spaghetti/spaghetti sauce; mac & cheese; dinner helpers; apple sauce; juice; cake and brownie mixes. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the entryways of the church. Although we have collected empty egg cartons in the past, the Pantry is no longer in need of them.



Hi to Paul and the KRC Family:

       Thanks for your e-mail!  It was nice to hear from you.  We are fine and have had a busy summer!  Therefore, I haven’t made it to Kinderhook in a while.  Bill is healing well, with a few quirky things that will be his new normal, like some speech occasionally and sense of taste, but overall, we have been blessed with a great dentist who found the cancer in an early stage and a skilled surgeon who removed it. He has a check-up every month, and so far, so good!

       The highlight of our summer was a visit from 7 Duck cousins from England!  We had a wonderful time showing them a little of the Northeast.  I just returned from San Diego where there was another cousins get together, my mother’s side of the family (Magee) this time!  Our move here has resulted in seeing our kids and grandkids quite often, and we are very settled in Bristol, involved in things and making new friends.

       One of the blessings of our new life here is the church we are both attending.  I go to a group called Reflections once a week, and that’s just what it is . . . we reflect and discuss any number of things!  Always gets my mind moving!  Tomorrow, Bill will be giving a book talk to another group in the church.  It feels good to be involved.  I haven’t done anything about changing my membership, but after a year, I am thinking about it.  I will be in touch if I make that decision.  

       So, that’s the update.  Hope your family is doing well, and I love seeing the things the youth of the church are doing on Facebook . . . including your grandsons!!!  I do hope to get to Kinderhook in October . . . and will make a point of stopping to see Rudy if it’s not on a Sunday.  I would let him know when I’m coming . . . thought it would happen in the Spring, but surgery changed the schedule for a while.

My best to all at KRC,




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, visitations, and counseling.

For immediate assistance at any time, call 518-859-4158.

Church Phone   518-758-6401                Church Fax   1-518-758-6402




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)   






        Concerts in the Village has announced expanded programming for 2018-2019. This will be CITV’s 9th season, and opens with its 29th concert. Based in the Village of Kinderhook, this unique multi-ensemble organization is devoted to the performance of classical instrumental, choral and vocal music, particularly of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

       CITV’s resident ensembles are the experienced Broad Street Chorale, the professional Broad Street Orchestra, and the professional Broad Street Chamber Players, occasionally joined by guest artists. CITV draws audiences and performers from throughout the region, including Columbia and Greene Counties, northern Dutchess County, the Capitol District, and the Berkshires.

       For the first concert of CITV’s season, on September 23rd the Broad Street Orchestra joined by soprano Andrea Bargabos returns to The School│Jack Shainman Gallery for Glorious Strings: Light and Darkness in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Featured will be important works for string orchestra: the Romanian and Transylvanian Dances by Bartok, three songs by Sibelius, Stravinsky’s exhilarating Concerto in D (“Basle”), Shostakovich’s Adagio and Allegretto, op. 36, and the famous Serenade in E by Dvorak. CITV Assistant Conductor Noah Palmer will conduct the works by Bartok. As many listeners know from prior concerts at The School, in this acoustically resonant venue the sound of strings and voices really is “glorious”! Those attending are encouraged to view the current exhibition: Travelogue, a survey exhibition in the main space by Radcliffe Bailey, along with a concurrent series of solo exhibitions.http://www.jackshainman.com/school-2/ 3:00pm, Sunday, September 23rd. The School│Jack Shainman Gallery, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook.

       October 20th brings the first concert underwritten by the Emerging Singer Fund. The Broad Street Orchestra will collaborate with singers from the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program in a program of 18th c. music. Featured will be works for solo voice and vocal ensemble, as well as complementing orchestral works: Suite I in F from Handel’s famous Water Music, J. S. Bach’s comic cantata Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be still, stop chattering), also known as The Coffee Cantata, two highly charged concert arias of Haydn, and Haydn’s vigorous Symphony 78 in c minor. 4:00pm, Saturday, October 20th. Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook.

       On November 11th, one hundred years to the day following the armistice which ended World War One fighting “on land, at sea and in the air,” CITV offers two masterpieces by Mozart: the famous Requiem, K. 626, and the virtuosic Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364. Soloists in the latter are violinist Helena Baillie, who has performed throughout the world and teaches at Bard, and violist Judith Nelson, who is a member of the New York Philharmonic and resides part time in Columbia County. The Requiem will be performed in the brilliant completion by Robert Levin. 3:00pm, Sunday, November 11th. Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook.

       The second concert underwritten by the Emerging Singer Fund follows in February. It will be devoted to large-scale 19th and 20th c. music for orchestra and for voices with orchestra. Programming details will be announced by December 1st. 3:00pm, Sunday, February 24th. Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook.

       In March CITV offers two performances of Stravinsky’s masterpiece L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) – a strikingly theatrical work for narrator, dancer and seven instrumentalists. For this the narrator will be the distinguished Benjamin Luxon, who returns to CITV following his memorable performance in Honegger’s King David in February, 2016. Luxon, originally from Cornwall (UK) but now living near Great Barrington, has performed in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, including many engagements at Tanglewood. The instrumental ensemble will be the Broad Street Chamber Players. 4:00pm, Saturday, March 23rd, and 2:00pm, Sunday, March 24th. Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook.

       Finally, but importantly, April brings another masterpiece: the moving Requiem, op. 45 (Ein deutsches Requiem) by Johannes Brahms. For this the Broad Street Chorale, the Broad Street Orchestra and soloists, about 90 in all, will unite to bring CITV’s season to a suitably dramatic conclusion. Says Artistic Director Smith: “No listener can escape the power of Brahms’ music, truly the finest non-liturgical requiem ever written. It is a work of incredible richness and color, one looking back to the masterpieces of Bach and Handel, and at the same time forward to the 20th century.” 3:00pm, Sunday, April 14th. Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook.

       2019 will bring two additional concerts, one by the Broad Street Chamber Players and another by current students of the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program. Programming details for these concerts will be available in early 2019. Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook.

       CITV is also delighted to announcement the appointments of Noah Palmer as Assistant Conductor and Elizabeth Silver, Concertmaster of the Broad Street Orchestra, as Advisor to the Artistic Director.

       For each CITV concert the expected contribution is $20. For further information and assured seating visit www.concertsinthevillage.org, or call 518-758-6869. Regarding informal talks about CITV programs, including talks at Kinderhook Memorial Library, visit:

www.concertsinthevillage.org or the library’s website.

       CITV concerts are made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia, Greene and Schoharie Counties by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund. Generousfunding has also been received from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, T. Backer Fund, Eugene M. Lang Foundation, Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation, Stewart’s Shops, and The Price Chopper Golub Foundation, as well as from many individual and business supporters. Kinderhook Reformed Church is especially acknowledged for its many in-kind donations. 


David Smith, Artistic Director, Concerts in the Village




Today, September 16

          9:00 am  Worship Service and Youth Sunday School

        10:30 am  Adult Sunday School w/Jean Hacker, 

             Gospel of John study by Justin Buzzard, main floor Conference Room

Wed, September 19 

          7:00 pm Bible Study w/Jean Hacker, Book of Romans

                        Please Note:  Call Jean at 518-603-2450 for meeting location.

Thur, September 20

          9:00 am  Small Group Bible study @KRC

Group continues its study, The Holy Spirit

         10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @KRC

Sun,   September 23

           9:00 am  Worship Service and Youth Sunday School

         10:30 am  Adult Sunday School w/Jean Hacker, 

             Gospel of John study by Justin Buzzard, main floor Conference Room

           3:00 pm  CITV 2018 – 19 Season opening concert, Jack Shainman Gallery

         Orchestral Music for Strings, Bartok, Sibelius, Dvorak

           4:00 pm  GriefShare bereavement support group introductory meeting   

                     McNary Center, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kinderhook  

Mon,  September 24  

           Please Note:  Outreach Ministry will not meet September 24.

          6:30 pm  The Battlefield Is Now the Harvest field –  In Context International        

                                          @Kinderhook Reformed Church

Wed, September 26

          3:00 – 6:30 pm  Brooks BBQ dinner @KRC

Sat,  September  29

          9:00 am – Until . . . Church Clean-up Day 

Wed, October 10

          6:30 – 8:00 pm  Suicide Prevention:  Start the Conversation, Save a Life

Preventing Veteran Suicides - In Partnership with Faith-Based Organizations  


Servers Next Sunday, September 23, 2018

Ushers: Dave Ennis, Johnathan Pratt, and Chuck Rothermel




         Sermon Notes

   “Unaware of Grace?”

     2 Samuel 9:1-13   


                                                                      KRC 2018 CONSISTORY

  Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory


  Noreen Dick – ’18   Church Family. . . . . . . .     518-758-6640  noreend122@twc.com 

  Susan Patterson – ’19  Property. . . . . . . . . .   518-755-4909  patterss@strose.edu

  Beth Anne Rippel – ’18  Stewardship. . . . . . 518-392-5044  barippel@yahoo.com

  Deborah Spaulding – ’19  Outreach. . . . . . .   518-758-7316  ber00519@fairpoint.net  


  Jane Deane – ’19  Christian Ed., Cemetery. . 518-758-7051  jdeane1943@gmail.com 

  Jean Hacker – ’19  Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518-758-9412  jch9412@aol.com 

  Merrill Johnson – ’18   Worship. . . . . . . . . . . 518-828-6726  docjohnson36@gmail.com

  Dawn Van Buren – ’18  Consistory Vice-President, Cemetery, Pastoral Relations,        

                                             Personnel. . . . . . . . .  518-758-7564  dawnandleo@fairpoint.net 

  Clerk of Consistory

Patti Varga – 518-755-3054  patvarga66@gmail.com



                                                  KRC TREASURER

Derick LaTorre – 518-376-1882  derick.latorre@gmail.com

                                                       KRC STAFF

            KRC Office Manager                          KRC Office Assistant

     Paul Clause – 518-859-4158         Courtney Wood – 518-852-7172


                            KRC Sexton                            KRC Cemetery Supervisor  

     Steven Green – 518-505-4918         Greg Clause – 518-369-8472