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March 25, 2012

Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
10:00 a.m. March 25, 2012
“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: Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Arnie March, and Glenn Warren
Greeter(s): Barry Knights and Ann Carlisle
Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs, Dawn Tuttle supervising.

Donations for Easter lilies to decorate our pulpit area are now being  accepted, and are greatly appreciated.  Contributions may be placed directly in the offering plate clearly marked for this purpose.

Order of Worship

  PRELUDE                                     
  WELCOME, SILENT PRAYER, & PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
  VOTUM and GOD’S GREETING

Boldly Approaching Our God

  CALL TO WORSHIP  (Responsive) 
We are called to be faithful followers of the living God.
      God's faithfulness to us calls for a faithful response!
Even when we cannot see where we are going, God is faithfully leading us.
      We trust in God, and He will not disappoint us.
We will not always understand our circumstances.
      God is sovereign and good; we depend on the Lord's unfailing grace.
Our trials and difficulties do not diminish our hope.
      Faith is believing in what we do not see.
Our faith stands firm. We are confident in God's love.
      Let us be found faithful, holding fast to God's promises and mercy.
*HYMN of PRAISE and ASSURANCE #84                Children of the Heavenly Father
  INVOCATION                                         
  CALL to DEEPER DEDICATION - HYMN #540 vs. 1 & 3  Take Time To Be Holy
  SEARCH US, O LORD (Responsive) - From Exodus 20
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
“You shall not murder.
“You shall not commit adultery.
      “You shall not steal.
“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

  GOD’S ASSURANCE OF PARDON
  RESPONSE TO ASSURANCE   Hymn #11 vs. 2 & 4    Glory Be to God the Father
  PRAISE SONGS                                              You Are My All in All,  You Are There
  CHILDREN’S PRAYER BLESSING  (Unison)
Father, fill these children with your Holy Spirit, we pray. Show them how to exercise their spiritual gifts, and enable them to bear all the good fruit of your Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Amen.

We Come Before God’s Open Word

  PRAYER for ILLUMINATION   
  SCRIPTURE LESSON               Psalm 124 (p.441)
  MESSAGE                                                                        “No Safer Surrender” 
  PRAYER OF BLESSING


Celebrating God

  WE GIVE OUR TITHES and OFFERINGS / OFFERTORY                                            
*DOXOLOGY and OFFERTORY PRAYER
Help us to give and count not the cost, and to love without boundaries and stipulations. As we are transformed by your love, Lord, so may our gifts and our lives transform our world. Amen.
  PASTORAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER
  ANNOUNCEMENTS CONCERNING THE FAMILY OF GOD
*HYMN #374                                        Now Thank We All Our God
*BENEDICTION BLESSING & 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. (2x)
  POSTLUDE
                  
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Pick-up TODAY!
Church Family Ministry will be delivering homemade chicken noodle soup in the Fellowship Room today following the service.

"HEARTSONG” SINGERS TODAY!

JOIN US TODAY AT 4 P.M. for a country gospel concert featuring “Heartsong”.  Going into their second decade, Heartsong Singers for Christ has been sharing the gospel and their love for their Heavenly Father through song to the body of Christ. They are unique and energetic with a fresh progressive country sound peppered with contemporary. They have been able to blur the edges of country, southern gospel, and contemporary into a blend that is unmistakably Heartsong music. This distinct trio can take their harmonies and fashion innovative concepts and retool old traditional hymns as well.  They come as an excellent team of encouragement for any audience!

MAUNDY THURSDAY SUPPER AND COMMUNION WORSHIP
A bread-soup-salad supper will be served Maundy Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Room followed by Communion Worship at 7 p.m. Soup will be provided, but donations of bread, butter, tossed salad, and beverages would be much appreciated.  Please sign up on the sheet available at the back table.


FRIDAYS AT 9:30 AM IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL, please join Dawn Tuttle, Jane Deane, and Joy Bertram for crafts we will be making for the KRC fair/bazaar which will take place November 3.


KRC SMALL GROUPS
KRC’s small groups, offered on Thursdays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., will be continuing The Path to the Cross, led by Pastor Rudy. All are invited to join one of these groups, and walk-ins are always welcome!  Jean Hacker will be leading a Stonecroft study, Why Believe?, Sundays following Worship.
  
~ECUMENICAL EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE~
At 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 8, the Stuyvesant Reformed Church will host a Sunrise Service to be held at the Allen homestead on Sharptown Road.  Following the service, participants are invited to return to Stuyvesant Church for a continental breakfast.  Directions and maps are available on the back table of the church.


During the month of April, Northeast Health/ Eddy Lifeline is offering free installation (normally $50) of a Lifeline 2-way emergency response system.  If you know someone who lives alone, or has a tendency to fall, or who is recovering from recent surgery and might benefit from this protection, the Eddy contact number is 833-1040.  The monthly cost of the system after the free installation is $38.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed to supervise the Nursery during Sunday Worship Service, and volunteers are also needed to provide for Coffee Hour following worship.  We ask that you would prayerfully consider offering your services to one or both of these ministries.  Sign-up sheets are available on the back table.        
                     
to Doris Schmieder (1st), Maureen Mooney (5th), Kathy Schneider (5th), Priscilla Frisbee (6th), Stan Bertram (12th), Nancy Call(14th), Greg Clause(19th),  Beth Ennis (30th), and Paul Zietsman (31st).  PRISCILLA FRISBEE, TURNING 94, IS THE OLDEST MEMBER OF THE MARCH BIRTHDAY GROUP!

NAMI, (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is sponsoring a program, the "Family-to-Family Education Program," as part of a nationwide commitment to provide a free series of classes to help families of adults with serious mental illness understand and cope with the challenges of this difficult life experience.  If you are interested in this opportunity, or know of others who might be, additional materials are available on the back table for your reference.

Anyone not already on our email prayer chain who is interested in receiving our regular prayer and praise requests through email,
please contact Paul or 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 or with other spiritual issues.  A special request has been made that each of us in the KRC family consider praying this prayer:  "Lord, heal my soul, touch my heart, touch my tongue, break down my walls."
• KRC’s Consistory members and administrative ministries.
• KRC programs & projects and those administering them: Vacation Bible School beginning June 25; Natural Church Development; Concerts in the Village & church restoration; tricentennial events.
• 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.
• families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially Helen Kulisek and family grieving the death of Ellen’s mother, Christine Kulisek;  the Lundquest Family mourning the passing of Bill Lundquest;
• Harriet Stockhoff, wife of Rev. Ron Stockhoff, recovering from a very serious and extensive cut on the leg sustained in a recent fall.
• Jim Baker's mother, battling kidney failure, as she recovers from recent pacemaker surgery. Remember Jim and Nancy as well as they assist in his mother's recovery.
• those dealing with cancer: Melissa M., diagnosed with stage 4 cancer; Judy Iocco; Stephanie; Ron Jensen; Patricia’s mother; 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:  Dave Mooney; Jean Keegan; Ruth F. and Ruth C; Irene Smith; Baby Brooklyn Faith Meyer; Joan Clause; Florence Rivera; Gordie Van Buren; Sue Jones; Ron Stockhoff; Ken Smith; Kathy Schneider’s father and Charles March, Sr. in Barnwell; Paul Varga.
• those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Kara (Ennis) Mobley; the Schuberts, as they attempt to sell John’s mother’s home in Troy; Clayton, as he selects a college; Louise; Libby Little, facing a demanding schedule; those struggling with unnamed issues; caregivers of children with health/developmental issues; those with employment or other economic troubles; those suffering discouragement, depression, despair, or other mental health issues; those struggling with dependencies/substance abuse, especially George in South Africa; those dealing with family relationships; young people challenged by the demands of schooling, looking for jobs, dealing with many temptations confronting young adults.
• God’s blessing on those recently engaged/married, expecting babies, new/first-time parents: Terry (Gaylord) Nawrot, expecting twins in July; Brad & Kelly Babic (Baby Taylor Marie), the Principis (Baby Gianna Drew).
• 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, and Matt Plescia - 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.


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 blessing of family and friends.
• 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.
• successful surgery for Lonnie Hoyt to remove a brain cyst.  Surgery was more extensive than planned, but it went beautifully and Lonnie is already recovering at home.
• successful cardiac surgery for Sean, nephew of Maureen Mooney.  Sean is also recovering at home, and is doing well.
• Patricia Taliaferro, who is recovering well following a recent cardiac procedure

2012 EVENTS TO CELEBRATE OUR 300TH YEAR
March 25, 4 pm  Heartsong Concert - a blend of country, southern gospel and contemporary music
March 31, 10 am  Easter Egg Hunt (BYO basket) -  egg hunt, snacks, crafts, Easter story 
April 8, 10 am  Easter service
April 22, 3 pm  “Glory of Handel” with organist David Smith, members from the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and choral singers
May 20, 4 pm  Keynote Worship Service, Kinderhook Reformed Church Tricentennial Celebration - a portion of the service will be presented in Dutch, and a reception will follow the service
May 26, Abe Williamson Memorial at Kinderhook Cemetery -  dedication of a memorial monument placed by family members in remembrance of family members and others buried in the cemetery without markers
June 25-29, 9-12 Noon daily “National Parks Vacation Bible School” for ages 3 through Grade 6
July 20, 7 pm  An evening of acoustic worship with Derek Levendusky -
Derek is the lead singer of the band, “Isaiah 6”
Fall Concert (details TBA)
November 3, Church Bazaar
December 16, Third annual Lessons & Carols with organist David Smith and choir

MANY THANKS AND BLESSINGS TO THE KRC FAMILY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY IN SUPPORT OF THE VALATIE FOOD PANTRY.  The Pantry served 90 families in February, including 161 adults and 102 children.  The Pantry is heavily over-stocked on spaghetti at this time, but other non-perishable foods that are always popular 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. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the entryways of the church.

OFFICE, EMAIL,
WEBSITE,  AND FAX INFORMATION 
Email Address – krc@fairpoint.net
Website Address – kinderhookreformedchurch.com
Evenings have been set aside for meetings, pastoral visitations,
and counseling.
For assistance on Mondays, please call 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 2012-2013 CONSISTORY

Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory, Classis Delegate
Deacons

Noreen Dick – ’13,  Church Family   758-6640
Patrice Lyons – ’13,  Missions  758-8400
Laura Rafferty – ’12,  Property    828-7189
Barbara Vosburgh –’13,  Stewardship / Treasurer  758-6512

Elders
Dave Ennis – ’13,  Worship    784-9656
Maureen Mooney – ’12,  Evangelism / Clerk      210-6079
Dawn Van Buren – ’13,  Cemetery / Pastoral Relations /
                                           Personnel / VP of Consistory   758-7564
Patti Varga–’12,  Christian Education  392-4771

       John Schubert, Chairman, Classis Financial Committee

 

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

COMING EVENTS

Today, March 25
   10:00 am  Worship and Sunday School
    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School meets, main floor conference room              
                     Stonecroft study group meets in main floor classroom
           Delivery of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, Fellowship Room
     4:00 pm  “Heartsong” Country Gospel Concert at KRC
Tues.,  March 27 - KRC family cooks free supper at St. Luke’s
     7:00 pm  Youth Group meets
Wed.,  March 28 -   
     6:00 pm  300th Committee meets in Fellowship Room
     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Pot Luck and Lenten Study, Ghent Reformed Church
Thur., March 29
     9:00 am  Small Group meets @KRC, “The Path to the Cross”
   10:00 am  Community Prayer Group meets @KRC
     7:00 pm  Small Group meets, “The Path to the Cross”
Sat.,    March 31
   10:00 am  Easter Egg Hunt (BYO basket) - egg hunt, snacks, crafts,
              and Easter story
Sun,  April 1 - Palm Sunday Worship
Thurs., April 5 - Maundy Thursday Supper and Communion Worship
     6:00 pm  Soup, bread, and salad supper
     7:00 pm  Communion Worship
Fri.,   April 6
     9:30 am  Craft making for November Fair/Bazaar, Fellowship Hall
Easter Sunday, April 8
     6:30 am  Ecumenical Sunrise Service Allen homestead, Sharptown
                    Road, Stuyvesant -  continental breakfast following, Stuyvesant
                    Reformed Church
               Directions and maps are available on the back table of the church
    10:00 am  Easter Worship Service


Servers Next Sunday, April 1, 2012
Ushers: Al Dick, Merrill Johnson, Lere Visagie, Paul Zietsman
Greeter(s): 
Nursery Supervisor:  Suzy Nieman

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