Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY - 10:00 a.m. January 2, 2011
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”
Bonnie Pflegl, Guest Preacher
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 invite you to enjoy fellowship and refreshments with us downstairs in the Fellowship Room immediately following Worship.
Ushers: Chuck Rothermel, Bill Schneider, Paul Zietsman
Greeter(s): Eric, Margaret, John, and Joe Herrmann
Preschool Nursery is available downstairs, Laura Rafferty supervising.
~ Many thanks to those who contributed to the Christmas poinsettias ~
Will and Jayne Ferguson – In loving memory of Will and Theresa Ferguson
Mid Glass – In loving memory of her parents, Marshal & Ruth Tebbutt
Virginia Rothermel – In loving memory of
Ed, Bill, & Paul Rothermel, and Justin Lynch
Nancy Swinyard – In loving memory of
Reginald & Edna Swinyard, and Linda Swinyard Morehouse
Maureen Mooney - Suzanne Nieman
Florence Rivera - Gordie & Ann Van Buren
Order of Worship
WELCOME, SILENT PRAYER, & PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
God’s Children’s Approach
CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsive)
LEADER: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
PEOPLE: His love endures forever.
LEADER: The Lord is my strength and my defense,
PEOPLE: He has become my salvation.
LEADER: I will give you thanks for you answered me;
PEOPLE: You have become my salvation.
LEADER: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
PEOPLE: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
UNISON: His love endures forever.
*HYMN OF PRAISE #78 O God, Our Help in Ages Past
CALL TO CONFESSION - Based on Psalm 32
Let us not keep silent in our sin, but let us call upon our merciful God in confession, and seek renewal in the righteousness of Christ.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
Heavenly Father, we start a new calendar year with you. Forgive us, we ask, when we do the same silly things that we did last year, and the year before. We don’t mean to, but we are so easily distracted. May our inattention be brought to attention this year, and may we focus more on you and your promises to us. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON – From Psalm 103
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
God’s Opened Word
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSON Hebrews 13:1-8 (p. 853)
MESSAGE “Monday D1NT”
PRAYER OF THANKS
God’s Children Celebrating Him
PRESENTATION OF OUR TITHES and OFFERINGS/OFFERTORY
*DOXOLOGY and OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)
Holy God, as we face the challenges of this new year, use these offerings to renew our vision of your glory, our grasp of your truth, our understanding of the freedom that is ours through the work of your Son, Jesus Christ, and our passion to share our knowledge of you with those around us. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS CONCERNING THE FAMILY OF GOD
PASTORAL PRAYER and LORD’S PRAYER
*HYMN #656 Make Me a Blessing
*BENEDICTION and RESPONSE - 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.
To God be the glory, now and forever, now and forever, amen.
We would like to thank Ed and Lee Cooper of Kinderhook for their generous donation of the Fontinini Nativity Scene on display to the left of the pulpit. This beautiful porcelain set from Rome, Italy, is given in memory of Henry Snyder, who was a member of KRC during the 1850's and in whose original
home the Coopers live today.
Elected to Consistory
The following members of the Kinderhook Reformed Church have been elected to serve new terms on Consistory starting in 2011. As Deacons: Margaret Herrmann, Laura Rafferty, and Barbara Vosburgh. As Elders: Maureen Mooney and Patti Varga. Please keep them in your prayers as they serve the Lord in these ministries.
For those who are using the envelope system to present tithes and offerings to the church, new envelopes for 2011 are ready for pick-up in the back of the sanctuary. Boxes are labeled in alphabetical order by last name. PLEASE USE YOUR NEW ENVELOPES BEGINNING TODAY, JANUARY 2.
IF YOU ARE NOT USING OFFERING ENVELOPES, BUT WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN, PLEASE FILL OUT ONE OF THE SMALL GREEN REQUEST SLIPS (IN THE TRAY WITH THE NEW ENVELOPE BOXES) AND DROP IT IN THE OFFERING PLATE. YOU MAY DO THIS NOW OR AT ANY TIME WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.
The Cemetery Committee has 8 or so 2011 calendars still available. See Jim Dunham (759-6171) if you are interested in purchasing one. The cost is $10.
ANGEL FOOD MENUS & ORDERING INFORMATION FOR THE MONTH JANUARY ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON THE BACK TABLE
NOTE: ORDERING DEADLINE IS JANUARY 18.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
Many, many thanks to all those who participated in the CCRM Men’s, Star, and Angel Tree gift ministries – many experienced the joy of Christmas and will have a warmer winter due to your generosity!
Remember To Thank & Praise God for
• All who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, & working together to complete Ministry projects and responsibilities
• His blessing of a wonderful, caring, Spirit-filled pastor of vision such as Pastor Rudy, and for steady healing and improvement in Pastor’s injured elbow
• The recent PET scan showing that Trisha’s cancerous tumors have disappeared – Trisha is the cousin of Lori Kolb-Speer
• Kris Morgan’s speedy healing following successful surgery and negative test results
• The beauty and joy of our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, for the many members of our community and church family who attended and joined in the congregational caroling, and for all who shared their singing and instrumental talents to provide a memorable evening of traditional Christmas music
• His blessing of the recent very beautiful organ and choral Christmas outreach program, “A Celebration of Lessons and Carols,” which proclaimed in song and word the Gospel of the birth of Christ; praise God also for all who contributed their time, talent, and energy to the success of this ministry to our community
• The many who served in Candlelight Night’s very successful Open House Outreach ministry by providing refreshments, cookie decorating, tours, music, and caroling
• The compassionate care and great support of hospice nurses and volunteers
• 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
Remember to Pray for
• Those whose families and friends are praying for their salvation or other spiritual needs
• The RCA General Secretary Search Committee requests, “Please include the search committee in your prayers every time you gather” - Wes Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary of the RCA, will retire in the fall of 2011
• KRC’s Consistory members and administrative ministries
• New KRC programs & projects and those implementing and administering them: Natural Church Development; Angel Food; church restoration; and other Ministry projects
• Leaders of KRC’s Sunday School, Youth Group, Adult Bible Study, and Prayer Group as they administer programs over the next several months; and for those attending these programs
• 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
• Those grieving the loss of loved ones
• Loren Speer, suffering pain from several ribs broken in a recent fall
• Larry Cady and his family – Larry is now in hospice care
• Gordie Van Buren, recovering at home and improving daily following recent successful surgery
• Those dealing with cancer: Carin; 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: Lauren Scalera; Dawn Van Buren; Matt; Vivian Williams; Blanche Rogers; Esther Baker; Stacey Baker; Elize Visser’s mother’ Irene Smith; John Hodgson; Karina Speer; Jack Taylor; Marie; Dorothy Novak; Christophe; Kris Morgan; Blanche Rogers; Ann Van Buren; Pastor Rudy; Tom Saulpaugh; Emese; Merrill & Erika Johnson; Priscilla Frisbee; George Clowe; Kathy Schneider’s father in Barnwell; Paul Varga; Earl Ennis
• The housemates of Yuchi Clause, grandson of Paul and Joan Clause, victims of the recent house fire in Catskill, that their needs for shelter and other necessities will be met and that they will recover quickly from their loss and displacement
• Those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Libby Little; the Riveras; the Vargas; local RCA and other churches consolidating or considering closing their doors permanently; caregivers of children with health or developmental issues; those facing employment/economic troubles, especially Rev. Michaelangelo, seeking a pastoral position; those struggling with substance abuse, especially Rachael, Greg L., Martin, & Andy; those suffering low self-esteem, discouragement, depression, despair, other emotional/mental health issues; those struggling with family relationships; young people dealing with the challenges of the school year, looking for jobs, dealing with the many temptations confronting young adults
• Those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan and John and Sara Schubert
• Our residence-bound members: Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera
• God’s blessing on those recently engaged/married, expecting babies, new/first-time parents: Nicole, expecting her first child; Gary and Sarah (Hubel) March, Andrew & Melissa (Call) Welcome, recently married; new parents Kate (Little) and Chris Stevens (Baby Vivian Elise)
• Those who are traveling, especially Antonio Maycole travelling to and from Denver
• Our military men and women – especially Will Ryan, recently deployed to Afghanistan, Matt Plescia, Carrington Hessell, Spencer Moore, and Jay Rippel - that they may know God’s presence and protection
• Families and friends of our military troops, and victims of warfare & violence worldwide - that they may be blessed with God’s peace and reassurance;
• The power of the peace & love of Christ to subdue everywhere the spirits of hatred, hostility, unforgiveness, cruelty, vengeance, and warfare
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.
~A STANDING INVITATION FROM COMMUNITY PRAYER GROUP~
KRC’s Community Prayer Group invites you to join us at 9 a.m. Tuesday mornings in the conference room kitty-corner from the church office. If you prefer not to pray aloud, we are delighted to have you join in prayer with us silently. We have a scripture, and pray for the pastor, consistory, our ministries, Sunday School, our youth, and illness and troubles in our families, church, and the world. We use unspoken requests to unload the cries of our hearts on the One who can do all things and do them well.
4 CARE packages have been sent out to Jay Rippel and his fellow soldiers serving near the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. Many thanks to all who contributed to this ministry.
Literacy Connections of Columbia and Greene Counties is actively seeking volunteers to help others in our community learn to read, write, and reach their potential. If you are interested in the rewarding role of becoming a literacy volunteer, call 518-697-8227 or 845-452-8670 or visit our website,
~IMPORTANT REQUEST FROM STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY ~
In an effort to exercise the best possible stewardship in the use of our heating fuel, we are requesting that individuals and ministries using the church building make a special effort before leaving the church to be sure that the doors between the various heating zones are properly closed. All of these doors have signs posted on them as reminders, with the exception of the doors leading into the front and rear of the sanctuary, and the wooden folding door leading to the meeting rooms behind the pulpit and the third floor classrooms of the Christian education wing; these doors should be closed as well when the sanctuary and the meeting rooms are not in use. Thank you.
KRC OFFICE, EMAIL,WEBSITE, AND FAX INFORMATION
Email Address – email@example.com
Website Address – kinderhookreformedchurch.com
Rev. Rudy is scheduled to be in his church office
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 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 Fridays, 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 Treasurer KRC Secretary
Barbara Vosburgh – 758-6512 Paul Clause – 859-4158
Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton
Greg Clause – 369-8472, 758-1338