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Small Group Bible Study
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
The Book of Revelation
Bible Search
May 1, 2011

Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
10:00 a.m. May 1, 2011
“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 invite you to enjoy fellowship and refreshments with us downstairs in the Fellowship Room immediately following Worship.


Ushers: Dave Ennis, Will Ferguson, Bob and Josh Horn
Greeter(s): Sara Hartman
Preschool Nursery facility is available for parental use downstairs.


Our appreciation to those whose donations provided the Easter lilies decorating our pulpit area:


Mid Glass, in memory of Helen Cullings
Virginia Rothermel, 
in Loving Memory of Ed, Billy & Paul Rothermel, and Justin Lynch
Nancy Swinyard,
in loving memory of Reginald and  Edna Swinyard
and Linda Swinyard Morehouse
Cricket Warren, in memory of her mother, Ann Van Benschoten
Jane Deane     Noreen and Alan Dick     Maureen Mooney 
Sue Patterson      Florence Rivera     


Order of Worship
   PRELUDE                                                              
  WELCOME, SILENT PRAYER, and PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
  VOTUM  and GOD’S GREETING

 

Boldly Approaching Our God

  CALL TO WORSHIP  Based on Psalm 8.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants, you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet.
ALL:  Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
*HYMN OF PRAISE #532                                                     Be Thou My Vision
  CALL TO CONFESSION  Exodus 20:2-18


  PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
Most holy God, we aren’t worthy of your love. Yet, still you love us. We aren’t worthy of your patience. Yet, still you wait for us. We aren’t worthy of your healing. Even still, you mend our wounded souls. We confess our weakness, our lack of trust and our lack of perspective on what you’re doing in and through our lives. We fail to see that you are living and active and deeply concerned about each fiber of our being. Restore our faith in you. Let us not forget the ways you have loved and waited, healed and worked. Thank you for your continual mercy and forgiveness. We are most grateful. Amen. 
  ASSURANCE OF PARDON  (Responsive)
Beloved of God, the Lord’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.     Hallelujah, Amen
  PRAISE SONGS
  CHILDREN’S PRAYER BLESSING  (Unison - Congregation may remain seated.)
Draw our children face-to-face with you, O Lord.  May they feel your presence, taste your goodness, and sense the value you place upon them. May they experience your power to renew and strengthen them in times of need; and may they long for more of you each day of their lives.  Amen.
Sunday School students are now invited to join their teachers.

We Come before God’s Open Word
  PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
  SCRIPTURE TEXT                                                                           Psalm 16 (p. 388)
  MESSAGE                          “LORD, You Alone Are My Portion and My Cup”
  PRAYER OF BLESSING

Celebrating God

  SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION (Insert)
  PRESENTATION OF OUR TITHES and OFFERINGS/OFFERTORY
*DOXOLOGY and OFFERTORY PRAYER  (Unison)
Father, you have blessed us beyond measure, and you have called us to worship. May our gifts today flow from hearts of worship to the One who provides all we need. May we never forget that all we have is yours! Take it and use it according to your will. Amen. 
  ANNOUNCEMENTS CONCERNING THE FAMILY OF GOD
  PASTORAL PRAYER
*AFFIRMATION OF OUR CHILDLIKE FAITH - HYMN #609                                                                                     
                                                                                 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
*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.  

  POSTLUDE                                     


Today 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.

BALLOTS FOR NOMINATING AN ELDER TO FILL OUT ANN VAN BUREN’S CONSISTORY TERM ARE DUE TODAY.  Please fold and drop your completed and signed ballot in today’s offering plate, or bring it to the church office. 
Northern Columbia County CROP Hunger Walk 2011
Date :  TODAY, MAY 1, 2011
Starting Location :  Kinderhook Elks Club, Route 9H, Kinderhook
Registration : 1:30 P.M. – Walk : 2:00 P.M.
CONTACTS FOR INFORMATION : ERIKA JOHNSON OR PATRICE LYONS
CROP Hunger Walks help children and families worldwide. Our local efforts are making a huge difference, and you can be a part of it! Last year’s CROP walk against worldwide hunger and in support of local food pantries was a HUGE SUCCESS! 160 walkers participated, and over $12,500 was raised.  $3000 went directly to our local food pantries.

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
May the Joy of Easter Linger in Your Heart!

     Acts 1:3 tells us that after the resurrection there was a period of forty days in which Jesus appeared to His disciples. We see three things that Jesus did during that time.

1) Jesus restored His disciples’ faith & gave them hope.
     Jesus’ crucifixion devastated His followers. In Matthew 19:27 Peter said to Jesus, “We have left everything to follow you.” And in John 6:68 he said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” In John 20:9 we also learn that they “did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.”
     From the perspective of His followers, while Jesus was being crucified, everything they had hoped in and believed in was dying before their eyes.   So after His resurrection Jesus set out to restore their hope.
     We see Him appear to a sobbing Mary Magdalene in John 20:15-18. With one simple word, “Mary”, Jesus restored her faith and gave her hope.  Then in John 20:19-30 Jesus appeared to the apostles and “showed them his hands and side”, which had been pierced for their sin. Then we’re told the apostles were “overjoyed when they saw the Lord.” They had misunderstood. What the world had meant for evil, God meant for good.

2) Jesus taught His disciples how the scriptures pointed towards Him.
     As we saw earlier, Jesus’ followers did not understand what the Scripture said about Him. That’s why, once their faith was restored, Jesus moved to ground their faith through Scripture.
     We see this in Acts 1:2-3 where we find Jesus giving the apostles commandments and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.  Again in Luke 24:27 we see Jesus, beginning with Moses and all the prophets, explaining to His disciples what was said in the Scriptures concerning himself.
And again in Luke 24:32, the disciples’ “hearts burned” as Jesus “opened the Scripture” to them. They once were blind to the truth of the Bible, but Jesus gave them spiritual sight.

3) Jesus sent His followers out to share the good news.
     With their faith restored and strengthened, Jesus’ final instruction to the apostles in Matthew 28:19 was to “go and make disciples of all nations” by sharing with the world the great things that Jesus has done.

Scripture texts for sermons in May include the following:
Sunday, May 8, Luke 24:13-35
Sunday, May 15, John 10:1-10
Sunday, May 22, Rev. Tom McCrossan, Guest Preacher
  Sunday, May 29, John 14:15-21
     It is my hope and prayer that the scripture texts we are going to be working with during the month of May will help us to grow closer to Him and to live lives of victory because of His resurrection. May the joy of Easter and the resurrection linger in your heart as you grow stronger in Christ!
Pastor Rudy

~INVITATION FROM PROPERTY MINISTRY~
We need your help with the upcoming “work day” at the parsonage this Saturday, May 7. Everyone who has some time to spare is urged to come and help.  LUNCH IS ON US: FREE BURGERS AND HOT DOGS!


MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR 4 P.M SUNDAY, MAY 15!
Concerts in the Village: SPLENDOR IN THE SPRING
Music for Voices, Brass and Organ
Purcell, Handel, Karg-Elert, Smith, Baksa, and Vaughan Williams
Choral Ensemble
Soloists, Guest Trumpeters Eric Latini and Peter Bellino
David Smith, Music Director
Kinderhook Reformed Church,
Suggested contribution - $15                     
Reception follows at 5:30 p.m.

~WE NEED YOUR RECIPES!~
Dear Church Family,
       As you may know we are going to publish a KRC Cookbook to celebrate our church's 300th birthday.  To do so, we need you to share with us your most  delicious and favorite recipes, those that friends and family have been begging for.  Could we charm you enough to give at least 2 of those cherished recipes, more if you just can't decide which ones might be best?  (Should we have too many "apple pies" we can always select, after much tasting of course.) 
     WE NEED TO RECEIVE ALL RECIPES BY NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 8TH.  You can email them to isafleurisa@aol.com, the easier for us, or send them to: KRC Cookbook, c/o Isabelle, PO Box 22, Stuyvesant, NY 12173.
     Should you be in need of writing a recipe from scratch, guidelines are available on the back table to help you write it like a professional. 
      We hope you will all share with us your treasures.  We are counting on you - go and get those measuring spoons!  For those of you who may still have questions, you are welcome to call Isabelle at 917-815-3351.
                                     In the name of our Lord,
                                     Isabelle Bosquet-Morra, Bonnie Dunham, and Suzy Nieman

~JUNE EVENTS HOSTED BY EVANGELISM MINISTRY~
Plan to attend the Garden Workshop from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at KRC.  Kerry Mendez of Perennially Yours will be the presenter.  Please pick up a flyer from the back table for more details.

Contributions from your garden and kitchen would be most welcome for KRC’s Plant Swap/Sale and Bake Sale to be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, June 11.  See Maureen or Lori for more information.

 

Marguerite Heald, who attended church here regularly until her move to Hawthorne Ridge in East Greenbush, is doing well in her new surroundings. Marge is able to drive to East Greenbush Reformed on occasion, but says that she misses fellowship with the KRC family. Phone calls would be appreciated (279-5437), and Marge would enjoy going to lunch if you plan to be in her neighborhood sometime. We will be forwarding Sunday bulletins to her from time to time to keep her updated on the KRC family, and notes and cards of friendship can be sent to Marguerite Heald, Hawthorne Ridge Room 213, 30 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061.   

 


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: Natural Church Development; church restoration; KRC’s 300th birthday celebration
• Leaders and those attending KRC’s Sunday School, Youth Group, Adult Bible Study, and Prayer Group
• Our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely
• A speedy end to the violence and unrest in the Middle East
• Our missionaries; children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies
• Those in the South who have lost loved ones, suffered personal injury, and lost homes, and businesses in the recent tornado devastation
• Other families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones
• Those, especially children, suffering natural disaster, abuses of war and violence, exploitation, neglect, family hostility
• Priscilla Frisbee, hospitalized this past week
• Ken Scofield, Patti Varga’s uncle, diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and beginning chemotherapy;  diabetes is delaying additional diagnostic tests needed
• Joann Marvin, co-worker of Nancy Baker, undergoing chemo for bone cancer
• Others dealing with cancer: Linda Martinez; Rick; Matt; Tom Saulpaugh; Walt; Joe; Jennifer Kline; Julie’s aunt; Dave’s wife; Connie; Carin; Kara Ennis Mobley
• A.J. Reyome, recovering from a tonsillectomy this past week
• Judy Krumpus, recovering from surgery this past week
• Sue, recovering from recent thyroid surgery
• Romona Den Besten, recovering from recent surgery
• Others awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Noreen Dick's cousin, Judy; Meg Herrmann; Faity Tuttle; Elizabeth; Florence Rivera; Susan Lamont’s family; Bea Post; Ron Stockhoff; Caitlyn; Tanya; Jonah Meldrim; Donna Scalera; Aaron; Doris Schmieder; John; Dawn VanBuren; Christophe; Bob Ringen; John Steneck; Ken Smith; Gordie Van Buren; Merrill & Erika Johnson; George Clowe; Kathy Schneider’s father in Barnwell; Paul Varga 
• Those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Libby Little; churches consolidating or considering closing their doors; caregivers of children with health/developmental issues, especially Ashley & Mike, expecting twins in June who may be born with possible medical problems; those facing employment/economic troubles; those suffering discouragement, depression, despair, or other mental health issues; those struggling with substance abuse, especially Greg L, Rachael, and Martin; those dealing with family relationships; young people challenged by the demands of schooling, 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: Derick Latorre and Heather Donahue, recently engaged; Gary and Sarah (Hubel) March, and Andrew & Melissa (Call) Welcome, recently married; first-time parents, Nicole (Baby Arianna), and Ryan & Jennifer (Deane) Anderson (Baby Grace); new parents, Leré & Anina Visagie (Baby Luke); Luke & Ryan (Hacker) Morris (Baby Jocelyn); Kate (Little) & Chris Stevens (Baby Vivian Elise)
• Those who are traveling
• Our military men and women, especially Courtney Hemmert; Will Ryan; Matt Plescia; Carrington Hessell; and Spencer Moore - 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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Remember To Thank & Praise God for
• All who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, & working together to complete projects and responsibilities
• His blessing of a wonderful, caring, Spirit-filled pastor of vision such as Pastor Rudy
• A huge praise to God from Patti and Paul Varga that they have found a rental home; they would like to thank all of you for your prayers and concern in this matter - the Lord has truly blessed them with the perfect place to call home, located just a few miles from their current house, on route 66 in Valatie, on the second floor of a converted barn set way back from the road
• Praise God for the new job that Nancy Baker started Monday - Nancy is still with the county, but is much happier in her new situation
• His protection of Joan Clause from serious injury in a recent auto accident that had the potential of being much worse than it was
• Safe travels for John Lyons
• 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


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.

 

 


Please pick up your family’s copy of FOCUS ON THE FAMILY from the back table today.  This easy-to-read publication features Bible-based articles of good counsel and practical advice especially relevant to families raising children or grandchildren, along with other features of general interest.  A new edition will be available to you each month.  

 

 

 

 

KRC OFFICE, EMAIL,WEBSITE,  AND FAX INFORMATION 
Email Address – krc@fairpoint.net
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 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 2011-2012 CONSISTORY

Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory, Classis Delegate
Deacons
Margaret Herrmann, Stewardship – ’12    758-6175
Laura Rafferty, Property – ’12   828-7189
Dawn Tuttle, Church Family, Clerk of Consistory, Cemetery – ’11  758-6031
Barbara Vosburgh, Missions, Church Treasurer – ’11   758-6512
Elders
Maureen Mooney, Evangelism – ’12   210-6079
Dawn VanBuren, Consistory Vice-President, Worship,
                               Pastoral Relations, Personnel – ’11  758-7564
Patti Varga, Christian Education – ‘12    758-1266

KRC STAFF
                    KRC Secretary                   Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton               
            Paul Clause – 859-4158           Greg Clause  –  369-8472, 758-1338 

COMING EVENTS

Sun.,  May  1 - Nomination ballots for Consistory elder due today.
    10:00 am  Communion Worship and Sunday School
    11:00 am  Fellowship and Refreshments, Fellowship Room
    11:15 am  Adult Bible Study, main floor conference room
      1:30 pm  Annual CROP walk, Elks Club, Rt. 9H
See Erika Johnson or Patrice Lyons for CROP walk information.
Mon.   May  2
      6:30 pm  ZUMBA fitness group, Fellowship Room
Tues., May  3
      7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets
Thur.,  May  5
    10:00 am  Community Prayer Group meets @KRC
      6:30 pm  ZUMBA fitness group, Fellowship Room
Sat.,    May  7 - Parsonage Work Day – Lunch provided
Sun.,   May  8 - RCA Cookbook recipes due
    10:00 am  Worship and Sunday School
    11:00 am  Fellowship and Refreshments, Fellowship Room
    11:15 am  Adult Bible Study, main floor conference room
Sun.,   May 15
    10:00 am  Worship and Sunday School
    11:00 am  Fellowship and Refreshments, Fellowship Room
    11:15 am  Adult Bible Study, main floor conference room
      4:00 pm  Concerts in the Village: SPLEDOR IN THE SPRING
Sun.,   May 22
    10:00 am  Worship & Sunday School, Rev. Tom McCrossan preaching
    11:00 am  Fellowship and Refreshments, Fellowship Room
    11:15 am  Adult Bible Study, main floor conference room
Tues.,  June   7
      6:30 pm  Garden Workshop with Kerry Mendez of Perennially Yours
Sat.,     June 11 
      9:00 am – Noon  KRC Plant Swap/Sale and Bake Sale


Servers Next Sunday, May 8, 2011
Ushers: Jim Dunham, Gary Leggett, Bruce and Matt Moore
Greeter(s): 
Nursery:
 

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