Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
September 5, 2010, 9:30 A.M.
Route 9 and Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”
Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor
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 we invite you to fellowship with us and enjoy refreshments served by Dawn VanBuren at our Lemonade Stand on the front lawn of the church following today’s Worship Service.
A Prayer Partner can be available to pray with you if you so desire.
Ushers: Derrick Latorre, Steve Shpur, Bob Wildermuth
Greeter(s): Ted and Nancy Call
Preschool Nursery is available downstairs with Suzy Nieman supervising.
Order of Worship
WELCOME, SILENT PRAYER, & PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
VOTUM and GOD’S GREETING
God’s Children’s Approach
CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsive) Based on Psalm 66.
Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious! Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you,
they sing praise to your name.
Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works on man’s behalf!
Praise our God, O people, let the sound of his praise be heard;
he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.
You, Lord, are worthy of glory and praise!
Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
*HYMN OF PRAISE #656 Make Me a Blessing
CALL TO CONFESSION
Although we continually fail him, God never ceases to long for us to turn away from our sin and toward him. Knowing the richness of God’s mercy, let us confess our sins before God and one another.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
Merciful God, you created us out of love, calling us to choose blessings and to delight in your law; instead, we follow our own impulsive nature. Rather than seeing freedom in your decrees, we see constraints. We convince ourselves that we know what we need better than you do. We make choices that hurt others and lead us away from you.
[Silent Prayer of Confession]
Forgive us for all the ways we fall short,
both in what we do and in what we fail to do.
Instill in us the desire to grow in our faith and our discipleship
so we can help grow your kingdom with integrity. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Beloved of God, the Lord’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Amen.
*PRAYER OF BLESSING UPON OUR CHILDREN (Unison)
May these children always hold to the teachings of Christ and walk in discipleship with him, no matter what the cost, that they may know his truth and enjoy the freedom that it brings. (Based on John 8:31-32)
Children age 4 – Grade 4 are invited to attend Children & Worship.
God’s Opened Word
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSON Luke 14:25-33
MESSAGE Do I Even Want to Carry My Own Cross?
PRAYER OF BLESSING
God’s Children Celebrating Him
PRESENTATION OF OUR TITHES and OFFERINGS/OFFERTORY
*DOXOLOGY and OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)
Gracious God, you have blessed us with all that we need, and often with more than we need. Help us to receive what you give with grace. In turn, help us to be generous — with our monetary gifts, our possessions, our talents and our time. We ask that you would accept and consecrate all these gifts to further your work in the world. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS CONCERNING THE FAMILY OF GOD
PASTORAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER
*HYMN #658 Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?
*BENEDICTION RESPONSE My Friends, May Your 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.
To God be the glory, now and forever, now and forever, amen.
STARTING NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL AND MORNING WORSHIP WILL BEGIN TOGETHER AT 10 A.M. IN THE SANCTUARY. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED TO THEIR SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS LATER IN THE WORSHIP SERVICE AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME THE “CHILDREN AND WORSHIP” PROGRAM WOULD HAVE BEGUN.
Next Sunday is Communion Sunday, which has been designated for the presentation of gifts, over and above regular giving, to the Benevolent Fund. Please support this important ministry which provides assistance to needy church family & community members.
ANGEL FOOD MENUS & ORDERING INFORMATION FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON THE BACK TABLE. NOTE: ORDERING DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, SEPT. 14. FOOD DISTRIBUTION IS AT KRC SATURDAY, SEPT. 18, 11 AM – 12 N00N.
Praise God for the fellowship, food, and good time had by the 40 or more who attended KRC’s annual church picnic at the Tuttles’ last Sunday afternoon; and many thanks to Dawn and Ted, Liz Carroll, and the many others who provided food and helping hands to make this a special occasion.
PLEASE NOTE: CHURCH FAMILY MINISTRY’S FAMILY NIGHT THIS COMING FRIDAY IS IN NEED OF MENU DONATIONS AND HELPERS TO SET UP AND CLEAN UP. PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY ON THE SHEET AVAILABLE AT THE BACK TABLE OF THE SANCTUARY.
~Kinderhook Village-Wide Yard Sale – 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18~
KRC will participate in the day’s event with the following:
TAG SALE TABLES – Staffed by Patrice Lyons and Elize Visser. Helpers
are needed on Thursday, Sept. 16, to organize sale items.
You may set up your own table and donate 10% of your sales to KRC –
You bring in, organize, and take out all of your own sale items!
BAKE SALE TABLE (near Hot Dog Stand) - We are in desperate need of a
coordinator for this sale. Please contact Florence Rivera.
11 A.M. - HOTDOG STAND - Staffed by Gary Leggett and Ginny Rothermel.
Donations of hotdogs, rolls, “fixin’s”, & paperware items gladly accepted!
TOM LITTLE MEMORIAL FUND
Message from Doug Van Bronkhorst, Executive Director, Interserve
Tom Little didn’t go to Afghanistan thirty-three years ago - or to that last remote place he traveled to several weeks ago - to preach his faith. He went to live it out, with sacrificial love and service. That kind of faith is attractive. It is powerful. It changes lives. It is also threatening to those who selfishly use religion to control others, or who have a misguided need to control what others believe. What Afghanistan needs now, more than ever, is more Tom Littles. Many have expressed a desire to do something to recognize and honor his work. The best way is to pray for others who will take up the challenge to serve in the hard places, and help them on their way. Since Tom’s heart was with the Afghan people, we are establishing a “Tom Little Memorial Fund” to be used to help those specifically called to serve in Afghanistan. As it happens, in God’s plan there are eight adults already in the pipeline, looking for prayer and financial support to do just that. We pray for more to follow. Obviously, there will be some hard thinking regarding a wise and prudent response to the tragic deaths of Tom and his 9 team members, but our long-term commitment remains the same - to send and support Christian professionals like Tom Little for long-term service in places of desperate physical and spiritual need. Tom would not like his name mentioned so prominently in this way, but he would approve of others being helped to take up his work and carry it forward.
Thank you, Doug Van Bronkhorst
If you would like to give to the Tom Little Memorial Fund, please make checks payable to Kinderhook Reformed Church clearly marked “Tom Little Fund”. Your gift will be included in your personal KRC contribution record, and will be forwarded to Interserve. Interserve is also accepting donations on behalf of Libby Little to assist her in meeting the unexpected personal expenses incurred in the aftermath of Tom’s sudden death. Gifts to Libby may be made by check payable to Kinderhook Reformed Church clearly marked “Libby Little,” and will be forwarded to Interserve. Personal gifts to Libby will appear in your KRC contribution record, but are NOT tax-deductible.
Tom Little joined Kinderhook Reformed Church in 1963 at age 14, and remained a member until 1985. On Sunday, October 10, our church family will be memorializing Tom’s 33-year labor of love for his Lord and for the people of Afghanistan, and his recent martyrdom. A plaque in honor of his unswerving devotion and sacrifice will be installed near the plaque and display case memorializing Cornelius Van Alen Van Dyck, whose life and work as a physician/Bible translator/missionary from Kinderhook Reformed Church to the Middle East greatly inspired Tom as a young man. Donations will be gratefully accepted to help cover the expense (around $500) of honoring Tom in this way. Check memo lines or envelopes containing cash should be clearly designated “Tom Little Plaque”.
Libby Little is now Grandma Little! Baby Vivian Elise Stevens was born Thursday, September 2, to proud parents, Kate (Little) and Chris Stevens. “She is a beautiful, healthy and content little girl,” says Grandma Little. “Holding her in our arms, at such a time, feels like the tender, loving, mercy of God on our family.”
Please see the photo of Vivian Elise on the back table.
Join this women’s global conversation focused on
how to reach those in the 21st Century who need Jesus Christ!
The Countdown Begins! Impact '10 ~ Stir opens on 10/02/10.
God is stirring His people. Acts 17:28 tells us that "in Him we live and move and have our being." The questions are, “How are we responding? How are you responding? What about your local church? The Body of Christ?”
On October 2, 2010, Stonecroft Ministries will address these questions and more during Impact '10 ~ Stir, an extraordinary FREE online women’s gathering of global proportions. Regardless of your time zone, this 4-hour web streaming evangelism event - broadcast LIVE from Kansas City, Missouri – will be available just about anywhere on the planet—from Nigeria to Niagara Falls.
Kinderhook Reformed Church is one of hundreds of global host sites. Watch for more information in upcoming bulletins, and plan to join us. Together we will discover how God is moving, stirring, and how you can become involved in making Christ known in our communities.
Kinderhook Reformed Church is pleased to announce it will be hosting Dave Ramsey's live simulcast "EntreLeadership" seminar on Friday, November 5th, 2010, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Learn how Dave Ramsey trains his team for success to implement in your life, business, leadership role , or ministry. The event cost is $40.00 per person, which includes a workbook. Lunch will be provided for an additional $5.00 per person. Registration deadline is Friday, October 1, 2010. For registration, please contact KRC at (518)758-6401. For more information please contact Lori Kolb-Speer.
Please mark Saturday, November 6, on your calendar and plan to attend the organ & choral concert to be presented here in our sanctuary at 4:30 p.m. Watch for more information to come in future bulletins!
Praise God for the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry’s ongoing service to our community, and for both Dolly Petith and Maureen Mooney, who represent KRC so faithfully in this ministry. During the month of July, the Pantry served 69 families, including 147 adults and 97 children.
~ REMINDER FROM WORSHIP & NEW VISITORS MINISTRIES ~
Writing materials are available on the back table for use by children during the Worship service. Please see that your children use these rather than the pew cards for their writing needs. Many of the printed visitors’ cards, which are expensive to replace, are being written on, bent, or torn, and your help in preventing this misuse is appreciated.
Remember To Thank & Praise God for
• All who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, & working together to complete Ministry projects & responsibilities
• His blessing of a wonderful, caring, Spirit-filled pastor of vision such as Pastor Rudy
• Ann Van Buren’s return home from the hospital and having broken no bones in her recent fall
• The safe return from Afghanistan of Priscilla Frisbee’s daughter, Connie
• The success of the VBS program, and for the hard work and dedication of all those who planned and helped administer this valuable outreach; average daily attendance was around 50
• Successful rehab placement for Diane Morgan’s mom, and for the progress her mom has made in being able to walk again
• Successful surgery for Pastor Rudy, his manageable pain level, his steady healing signaled by his exchange of a cast for a brace, and for his presence in the pulpit today
• The good report that tests for Holly, daughter of Paul and Joan Clause, returned normal
• The good news that Brad Warren is out of the hospital and recovering at home
• Bob Rafferty’s sufficient recovery from pneumonia to be able to return to work
• The wonderful ways God shows his love to us, especially during difficult times
Remember to Pray for
• Those whose families and friends are praying for their salvation or other spiritual needs
• KRC’s Consistory members and administrative ministries
• New KRC programs & projects and those implementing and administering them: upcoming STIR and EntreLeadership webcasts; Natural Church Development; Angel Food; church restoration; KRC organ/choral concert
• KRC’s Sunday School staff, and youth leaders as they plan & administer programs this summer and for the fall season
• Our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and personal safety needed to govern effectively
• Our missionaries; children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies
• Those, especially children, suffering abuses of war, exploitation, neglect, family violence, natural disaster
• Families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially the families of Jane Deane’s brother, Allen Smith, and his wife, at the death Tuesday morning of Allen’s mother-in-law, Frances Kaiser; Libby Little, family, and friends grieving Tom’s death
• Ann Van Buren, home from the hospital, but suffering chronic back pain and serious mobility difficulties
• Those dealing with cancer: Joe, now in hospice care; Marlys Haughie; Kara Ennis Mobley; Lillian Roginski; Dawn Meyers; Melanie; Ed B.; Rylyn Swierzewski
• Others awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill, or in hospice care: Elfie; Vicki Dick; Pastor Rudy; Spencer Moore; Russell, nephew of Ruth Edge; Blanche Rogers; Tom Saulpaugh; Brad Warren; Bella Tarbox; the Afghans recently treated by Tom Little and his medical team; Bob Rafferty; Holly; Emese; Libby Little; Merrill & Erika Johnson; Priscilla Frisbee; George Clowe; Beth Ryan; Kathy Schneider’s father in Barnwell; Paul Varga
• Those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill
• Those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: challenges facing Earl Ennis now in nursing-home care, Diane Morgan, Jean Skipper, Nicole, the Riveras, the Vargas; caregivers of children with health or developmental issues; those facing employment/economic troubles, especially Cliff; those struggling with substance abuse, especially Greg L., Martin, & Andy; those suffering low self-esteem, discouragement, depression, despair, other emotional/mental health issues; young people returning to school, looking for jobs, dealing with the many temptations confronting young adults
• Those who are traveling, especially the Schuberts, on a road trip to and from Oregon
• Our residence-bound members: Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera
• God’s blessing on those recently engaged/married, expecting babies, new/first-time parents: Gary March & Sarah Hubel, recently engaged; Andrew & Melissa (Call) Welcome, recently married; new parents Kate (Little) and Chris Stevens (Baby Vivian Elise), Nate & Kristin Meldrim (Baby Lily), Terry (Baby David Matthew), Tim Schneider & Morgan (baby boy, born in January), Tiffany
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• Our Military men and women – especially Carrington Hessell, Spencer Moore, and Jay Rippel - that they may know God’s presence and protection; for those who would like to write or send a care package to Jay, his address is: 1SG Jay Rippel, Salerno Hospital, FOB Salerno, APO AE 09314. Care package info is available on the back table.
• Families and friends of our military troops - that they may be blessed with God’s peace and reassurance, especially Carrington’s mother, Gloria, and family; the Moores; and Jay’s wife, Beth Anne, & their two daughters; victims of warfare & violence worldwide
• The power of the peace & love of Christ to subdue everywhere the spirits of hatred, hostility, unforgiveness, cruelty, vengeance, and warfare
• 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.
Regular reports are needed on the progress or condition of all individuals on our prayer and praise lists. If you have updated information, especially regarding individuals whose names appear in bold print, please call the church office.
KRC OFFICE, EMAIL,WEBSITE, AND FAX INFORMATION
Email Address – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website Address – kinderhookreformedchurch.com
Rev. Rudy is scheduled to be in 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 have been set aside for meetings, pastoral visitations, and counseling.
For assistance on Mondays, please call 758-9703 or 859-4158
Church Phone 758-6401 Church Fax 758-6402
Phone messages are picked up several times daily.
If you need immediate assistance anytime, please call 859-4158.
KRC 2010-2011 CONSISTORY
Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory, Classis Delegate
Jane Deane, Missions, Assistant Treasurer – ’10 758-7051
Patrice Lyons, Stewardship, Pastoral Relations – ’10 758-8400
Loren Speer, Property – ’11 784-2901
Dawn Tuttle, Church Family, Clerk of Consistory – ’11 758-6031
Arnie March, Personnel, Pastoral Relations – ’10 758-6066
Ann VanBuren, Vice President of Consistory, Cemetery, Worship,
Classis Delegate – ’11 758-9703
Dawn VanBuren, Evangelism – ’11 758-7564
Patti Varga, Christian Education – ‘10 758-1266
KRC Treasurer KRC Secretary
Barbara Vosburgh – 758-6512 Paul Clause – 859-4158
Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton
Greg Clause – 369-8472, 758-1338
Today,September 5 - 9:30 am Worship and Children and Worship
Tue., September 7
9:00 am Community Prayer Group meets @KRC
7:00 pm Missions Ministry meets
Fri. September 10 - 6:30 pm Family Night @ KRC Fellowship Room
Sat., September 11
Saturdays through October 9, 10 am to Noon,
free guided tours of the KRC Sanctuary
Sun., September 12 - 10:00 am Communion Worship and
Opening Day of Sunday School
Mon, September 13 - 6:30 pm Consistory meets
Tue., September 14 – Deadline for September Angel Food Orders
9:00 am Community Prayer Group meets @KRC
7:00 - 8:30 pm Area youth leaders meet
Sat., September 18 – 9:00 am Village-Wide Yard Sale
9:00 am KRC tag and bake sales
10:00 am KRC guided tours
11:00 am KRC hot dog stand
11:00 am - 12 Noon, Angel Food Distribution, KRC Fellowship Room
Tue., September 21 and 28
9:00 am Community Prayer Group meets @KRC
7:00 - 8:30 pm KRC Youth Group meets
Fri., September 24 – 9:30 am Church Family Ministry meets
Sat., October 2
10:00 am KRC guided tours
12:30 – 5:00 pm STIR - Stonecroft Ministries’ global webstream
evangelism event for women, KRC Sanctuary
Sat., October 9
10:00 am Last day for KRC guided tours
1:00 pm Tom Little memorial service,
Loudonville Community Church
Fri., November 5 - 9 am – 3:30 pm Dave Ramsey’s
live simulcast “EntreLeadership” seminar, KRC Sanctuary
Sat., November 6 - 4:30 pm Organ/choral concert, KRC Sanctuary
Watch for details in upcoming bulletins.
Servers Next Sunday, September 12, 2010
Ushers: Alan Dick, Eric Herrmann, Merrill Johnson, Lere Visagie
Greeter(s): Members of KRC Youth Group