Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
10:00 a.m. October 23, 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 we invite you to enjoy fellowship and refreshments with us at Coffee Hour downstairs in the Fellowship Room following today’s Worship Service.
Ushers: Chuck Rothermel, Bill Schneider, Andrew Welcome, Paul Zietsman
Greeter(s): Sug Hawver
Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.
Flowers are given today by Bill and Suzy Nieman in memory of Ginger Nieman
and other loved ones in the Nieman and Duck Families.
Order of Worship
WELCOME, SILENT PRAYER, and PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
VOTUM and GOD’S GREETING
Boldly Approaching Our God
CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsive)
Come, join and sing! Our God is ruler of all creation.
Come, stand and praise! Our God is sovereign over all the earth.
Come, lift your hearts! Jesus, our Savior, has risen from the dead.
Come, rest your souls! Jesus, our Savior, has defeated sin and death.
Come, watch and pray! The Holy Spirit is in this place.
Come now and worship! Give praise to God, the Father;
Jesus Christ, his Son; and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
*HYMN OF PRAISE #26 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
CALL TO CONFESSION
God’s forgiveness calms the ocean of anger, stills the waves of anxiety, settles the ripples of revenge, and fills the void within our naked humanness. Come, let your words and the prayers of your confession open the way to His life- giving forgiveness.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison) Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13
If we have spoken with the eloquence of poets and of angels
but have no love, Lord, forgive us.
If we have become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbals,
Lord, forgive us.
If we have faith that can move mountains but have no love,
Lord, forgive us.
If we have disposed of all we possess but have no love, Lord, forgive us.
If there are limits to our love's endurance, Lord, forgive us.
If, when all else has fallen, our love does not still stand, Lord, forgive us.
This we ask in the name of our Christ Jesus, who’s Love never, fails. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
God looks favorably upon those who seek him. He is quick to forgive. In the name of Jesus Christ, you have been forgiven. Amen.
God’s love is steadfast and true; his love is true,
and his forgiveness is from everlasting to everlasting. Hallelujah, Amen.
SLIDE PRESENTATION - The Destruction of Hurricane Irene
We Come before God’s Open Word
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION (Unison) From Psalm 25
Show us your ways, O Lord, and teach us your paths. Guide us in your truth and in what is right. In your great mercy and love, instruct us in the way you have chosen for us. Amen.
SCRIPTURE LESSON Luke 10:25-37 (p. 735)
MESSAGE “The Love for God and Neighbor Illustrated!”
PRAYER OF BLESSING
PRESENT OF OUR TITHES and OFFERINGS/OFFERTORY
DOXOLOGY and OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)
For cheer in giving, we pray. For the power to surrender to and in you, we pray. For knowing what is ours and what is yours, we pray. For doing what we are called to do even with our earthly portion, we pray. For lives that portray you as our ultimate God and King in everything we say and do, we pray. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS CONCERNING THE FAMILY OF GOD
PASTORAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER
*HYMN #710 We Are Called to Be God’s People
*BENEDICTION, BLESSING, and RESPONSE – By the Gift of God’s Grace
By the gift of God’s grace may your burdens be light,
and your heart with his love be aglow.
May your spirit be glad, may your soul be at rest,
and may Christ grant you peace as you go. Amen.
~KRC SMALL GROUPS ~
We are all, as Erwin Raphael McManus states, broken pieces of the image of God. And as Christians, too often we talk about God's ability to change lives without fully understanding how to access that power. Through this six-week small group study, we will learn about ourselves and the transformational power of God.
Each week, small group opportunities are offered on Thursday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m. Sally Heimroth is coordinator of the Thursday morning group, and Pastor Rudy the Thursday evening group. The theme for the final sessions of this current study will be, “Path of Servanthood”. Scriptures to be explored are Luke 9:48, Luke 9:62, Mark 10:43-45, Galatians 5:6, 5:13-14, John 13:2-17, John 14:6. Please feel free to join one of these groups – Walk- ins welcome!
~REBUILDING PRATSVILLE REFORMED CHURCH~
JIM HART’S BARE BONES BIKE CHALLENGE AND MOUNAIN-TOP TOUR, a benefit ride to support the rebuilding of the Prattsville Reformed Church after the devastation of Hurricane Irene, will take place October 29. Cyclists will complete a challenging 55-mile ride through affected towns in Greene and Ulster Counties, and the suggested entry fee is $50. If you are not a cyclist but wish to contribute, donations can be made by check payable to “Prattsville Reformed Church” and mailed to Jim Hart, 1635 Old Kings Highway, Saugerties, NY 12477. This event is sponsored by Dr. Mike Halstead, owner of Lake Katrine Animal Hospital. For more information, contact Jim at 845-246-1668 or email email@example.com.
Orders for 2012 calendars, featuring photographs of Kinderhook by Jim Dunham, are being accepted for a donation of $15 to benefit the Kinderhook Cemetery. To order one of these beautiful calendars, see or contact Jim, 758-6171.
~MESSAGES FROM CHURCH FAMILY AND MISSIONS MINISTRIES~
The Church Family Ministry extends many thanks to everyone who gave so generously of their time and effort to host the KRC Summer Tours. A total of 36 people shared the peace and beauty of our sanctuary. Some visitors came from Sweden, Canada, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Arizona, Mississippi, and Florida. Others came from New York City, Hyde Park, Wynantskill, and Schodack. Your help in making the Summer Tours program a success is very much appreciated.
DROP IN THE BUCKET
The Missions Ministry has begun a new “Drop in the Bucket” program for our flood- ravaged neighbors in Schoharie and Prattsville. Funds will be sent to area churches to aid with the recovery and relief efforts. A collection bucket is in foyer for any donation your heart suggests. Please make checks payable to the KRC, with “flood relief” in the memo, and thank you for your support.
Church Family Ministry is hosting a Chili Nite Saturday, November 12, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Chili, chili toppings, and beverages, will be provided, but volunteers are needed to round out the menu with cornbreads, tossed green salads and dressings, and brownies and ice cream. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR CONTRIBUTION ON THE SIGN-UP SHEET AT THE BACK TABLE, INVITE FRIENDS TO JOIN US, AND PLAN TO ENJOY AN EVENING OF GOOD FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP.
~YOUTH GROUP ASSISTANT(S) NEEDED~
Christian Ed is still in need of an assistant Youth Group leader, or multiple rotating assistants, for KRC’s youth meetings. The group meets every Tuesday evening from 7 - 8:30, and you are encouraged to pray about being a part of this truly rewarding outreach ministry! If you feel led to assist, please speak to Patti Varga.
krc’s 300th anniversary celebration
A committee for celebrating KRC’s 300th anniversary in 2012 has been formed, and you are invited to join us as a committee member. Please pray that God will continue to bless our church family as we move forward into our tricentennial year with great ideas for numerous celebratory events, and that these events will further our mission to know Christ and make Him known. EVERYONE’S HELP IS VERY MUCH NEEDED, AND WE ASK THAT YOU PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER HOW YOU MIGHT PARTICIPATE IN THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR MINISTRY TO OUR CONGREGATION AND COMMUNITY.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites you to an All Hallow’s Eve Party October 29 from 6 – 9 p.m. Fun and games for the whole family will include pie-baking and costume contests, goodie bags for the kids, and a refreshment menu of pizza, salad, treats, and beverages. The event is free, but donations are welcome to help with the cost of the food. If you want to join the party, kindly RSVP by October 25 to Penny Gutto at 784-5835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO THOSE IN THE KRC FAMILY CELEBRATING OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS:
Bonnie Dunham, Ashlee Olsen, Susan Patterson, Will Patterson, Aiden Visagie, Rudy Visser
COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF COLUMBIA/GREENE is beginning its semi-annual training for new patient/family volunteers in November. If you are interested in serving in this ministry, please pick up a flyer on the back table for more information.
A “Wounded Warrior” Pancake Breakfast is being offered at St. John the Baptist Church Sunday, November 6. Proceeds will go to the STRIDE adaptive sports program for teaching adaptive sports to recently injured military men and women. For details, please pick up a flyer from the back table.
MUCH APPRECIATION TO THE KRC FAMILY FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE VALATIE FOOD PANTRY. The Pantry served 95 families in August, including 158 adults & 142 children. Non-perishable foods that are always popular and needed are evaporated milk; coffee; sugar; boxed cereals; pancake mix; syrup; jelly; canned meats, fruits, and vegetables; spaghetti sauce; mac & cheese; dinner helpers; apple sauce; juice; cake & brownie mixes. (PLEASE NOTE: the Pantry is currently overstocked on pasta.) Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the front and side entryways of the church.
KRC’s share of support is $6,711 this year for services and 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 $80.85, UP $5.85 FROM LAST YEAR. Still, this averages out to only $1.55 per week. All who are able to do so are encouraged to offer, over and above their 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 throughout the year. All contributions made for this purpose should be clearly designated, “Classis Assessment.” MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE DONATED A TOTAL OF $3,480 TO DATE TO HELP DEFRAY THIS EXPENSE.
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
• Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled preacher of the Word and leader of vision
• The community outreach, delicious food, and financial success the recent Brooks’ Bar-B-Q fundraiser for the benefit of the Kinderhook Cemetery
• 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.
Remember to Pray for
• Those who do not know Christ, have turned their back on God, or are struggling in their faith
• KRC’s Consistory members and administrative ministries
• KRC programs & projects and those implementing and administering them: Natural Church Development; church restoration; KRC’s 300th birthday celebration
• Leaders & those attending KRC’s Sunday School, Youth Group, new small group ministries, adult Bible study, Community Prayer Group, and New Members’ Class
• Our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely
• Our missionaries: Dave and Char Alexander, Perry Jones and Capital City Rescue Mission, Alex and Fran Knauss, Maureen Menard, Dick and Carolyn Otterness, Brian and Bea Post, Seth and Melissa Rogati, Betty Ann Stedwell
• Our children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies
• Those, especially children, victimized by famine, drought, and other natural disasters; abuses of war and violence; exploitation; neglect; and family hostility
• Those grieving the loss of loved ones, especially the Wasson and Judson Families, grieving the passing of Bobby Wasson; and Bill and Suzy Nieman as they grieve the recent loss of Bill’s sister, Ginger, and as they take time to recover from weeks of commuting between Kinderhook and Connecticut in order to assist in Ginger's care
• Angie Rivera Maycole, at home since last Sunday and making good progress in fighting a second cellulitis infection of the leg - pray for quick healing without complications for Angie, and also for Florence as she assists in Angie’s recovery
• Sue Jones, wife of Perry Jones, who broke her ankle in three places - pray for a speedy and complete recovery for Sue
• Stacey Baker, recovering from a broken wrist bone and jaw injuries following a recent bicycle accident.
• Those dealing with cancer: Marcia Smith; Gordon Parker; Donna Scalera; Emese; Joann Marvin; Rick; Matt; Tom Saulpaugh;
• Those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Susan Dick, Ruth Edge, Gordie Van Buren; Betty, sister of Sally Heimroth; Morgan Hickman; Mark and Gordie VanBuren; Dawn VanBuren; Florence Rivera; Ron Stockhoff; Ken Smith; Merrill & Erika Johnson; George Clowe; Kathy Schneider’s father and Charles March, Sr. in Barnwell; Paul Varga
• Those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Libby Little, facing the challenges of a demanding itinerary of speaking engagements – Libby’s October-November schedule is now available on the back table; those struggling with unnamed issues; caregivers of children with health/developmental issues; those with 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
• God’s blessing on those recently engaged/married, expecting babies, new/first-time parents: Derick Latorre and Heather Donahue, recently engaged; first-time parents, Brad and Kelly Ennis Babic (Baby Taylor Marie), Nicole (Baby Alisandra), and Ryan & Jennifer (Deane) Anderson (Baby Grace); new parents, Leré & Anina Visagie (Baby Luke)
• Those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan
• Our residence-bound members: Murray Leonardson and Mike Rivera
• Our military men and women, especially Courtney Hemmert; Will Ryan; Matt Plescia; 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
~ BIRD’S-EYE FINANCIAL REPORT, OCTOBER 2011 ~
Income, October 1 to 23, 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $11,003
Bills Paid, October 1 to 23, 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,916
Current Checkbook Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,841
Outstanding Bills/Undistributed Designated Funds --------
Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,348
Pastoral Services and Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,422
Undistributed Designated Funds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,631
TOTAL Outstanding Bills/Undistributed Designated Funds. . . . . . . . $7,401
General Reserves Investment Account Balance, September 30. . . $36,019
Gains/Losses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . + $343
General Reserves Balance, October 21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $36,362
Benevolent Fund Available Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,103
Renovation Fund Available Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,620
Missions Pledges Budgeted 2011. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,500
Missions Pledges Paid Out to Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,000
Classis Assessment 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,711
Assessment Payments to Classis to Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,033
Assessment Donations to Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,480
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,
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
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
Dave Ennis ’11 784-9656
Maureen Mooney, Evangelism – ’12 210-6079
Dawn VanBuren, Consistory Vice-President, Worship,
Pastoral Relations, Personnel – ’11 758-7564
Patti Varga, Christian Education – ‘12 392-4771
KRC Secretary Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton
Paul Clause – 859-4158 Greg Clause – 369-8472, 758-1338
10:00 am Worship and Sunday School
11:00 am Coffee Hour, Fellowship Room
11:15 am Adult Bible Study, main floor conference room
New Members’ Class with Pastor Rudy
Mon., October 24
7:00 pm Consistory meets
Tues., October 25
7:00 pm KRC Youth Group meets
Thurs., October 27
9:00 am Small Group Session6, “Path of Servanthood”
Sally Heimroth, Coordinator
10:00 am Community Prayer Group meets @ KRC
7:00 pm Small Group Session 6, “Path of Servanthood”
Pastor Rudy, Coordinator
Sat., October 29
Bike Challenge Benefit for rebuilding Prattsville Reformed Church
6:00 pm St. Paul’s Episcopal Church All Hallow’s Eve Party
Fri., November 4
9:30 am Church Family Ministry meets, Dawn Tuttle’s home
Thur., November 10
1:00 pm Cemetery Committee meets
Sat., November 12
6:00 pm Family Chili Nite, KRC Fellowship Room
Servers Next Sunday, October 30, 2011
Ushers: Chuck Rothermel, Bill Schneider, Andrew Welcome, Paul Zietsman
Greeter(s): Susan Patterson
Nursery Supervisor: Sally Heimroth