Sanctity of Life Sunday January 17, 2010 ―For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.‖ Psalm 139:13-14 9:30 AM Worship (*Please stand if you are able) Prelude *Call to Worship Songs of Praise: ―This is the Day‖ R209 ―I‘ve Got the Joy‖ (see screen) *God’s Greeting *We Greet Each Other God’s Will: Litany for the Sanctity of Human Life (see screen) God formed man from the dust of the earth. We praise God for His gift of life to man and woman. God breathed into man the breath of life. The gift of life is precious in the sight of God. Man became a living being filled with the Holy Spirit. God formed man and woman in His own image from the dust of the earth. Life is sanctified and held holy by all who believe in God. The gift of life is precious and holy in His sight. We praise God for the gift of life and for the courage to embrace it, protect it, and honor it. We offer prayers of thanksgiving to honor the Sanctity of Human Life. We ask God to bless all who bring life into the world. Amen. Song: ―Jesus Loves the Little Children‖ R447 vs. 1 and 3 (Children aged 3 years through 4th grade may come forward for the Children‘s Message during the song.) Children’s Message: Brian O‘Donovan (Afterwards, children aged 3-6 may leave for Children‘s Worship in the upstairs Youth Room.) Song of Preparation: ―Lord, You Have Searched Me‖ G184 vs. 3-5 *Scripture: John 10:1-10 We Study God’s Word: ―God Offers an Abundant Life‖ Prayer *Response in Song: ―Fill Thou My Life, O Lord, My God‖ G547 vs. 1-3 Congregational and Offertory Prayer Offering: 1st: Bethany Christian Services 2nd: Scott Ritzema Training *Benediction *Parting Song: ―Trees of the Field‖ G197 *Postlude 7:00 PM Worship (*Please stand if you are able) Prelude Songs of Praise led by the Teen Praise Team *Call to Worship *God’s Greeting Prayers of the People led by Ken Homan Offering for Faith Promise Fund We Study God’s Word: Nehemiah 2:11-20 Prayer *Affirmation of our Faith: “Our World Belongs to God‖ G1033 #44-45 and #49 Following the apostles, the church is sent-- sent with the gospel of the kingdom to make disciples of all nations, to feed the hungry, and to proclaim the assurance that in the name of Christ there is forgiveness of sin and new life for all who repent and believe-- to tell the news that our world belongs to God. In a world estranged from God, where millions face confusing choices, this mission is central to our being, for we announce the one name that saves. We repent of leaving this work to a few, we pray for brothers and sisters who suffer for the faith, and we rejoice that the Spirit is waking us to see our mission in God's world. The rule of Jesus Christ covers the whole world. To follow this Lord is to serve him everywhere, without fitting in, as light in the darkness, as salt in a spoiling world. In marriage and family, we serve God by reflecting his covenant love in life-long loyalty, and by teaching his ways, so that children may know Jesus as their Lord and learn to use their gifts in a life of joyful service. *Benediction *Doxology: ―Halle, Halle, Hallelujah‖ (see screen) *Postlude Welcome We welcome our visitors and hope that you enjoy worshiping with us. The red Celebration Hymnals are located under the pew in front of you. Inform an usher if you prefer a large-print bulletin, and feel free to check one of the ―Visitor‖ mailslots in the narthex for additional materials. Children's Bulletins are available in the back sanctuary rack. Worship Notes Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday, a reminder to us that ―all human beings, at any and every stage of life [including the pre-born], in any and every state of consciousness or self-awareness…are persons of equal and immeasurable worth and dignity.‖ Dr. David P. Gushee, The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. This morning’s first offering is for Bethany Christian Services to support their various services such as orphan care, pregnancy counseling, adoption support, and foster care. Right now over 70 children, ages 7-13, are waiting in China for an adoptive family. Log onto www.bethany.org or call 1-800-BETHANY for more information. A second offering will be taken this morning to help defray costs for Scott Ritzema's training and travel expenses while serving on the Youth for Christ-Campus Life Regional Training Team; including his trip to the National Youth for Christ's Mid- Winter Conference held every other year. This is a 3-year commitment for Scott, and his first training session is in February. Any funds received in excess of his needs for this first session will go to YFC to help with his future training needs. This evening’s offering will be for Faith Promise – our support of local and world-wide missions (Cadets, GEMS, Local Outreach, Scott Ritzema, The Union, Dunc & Mary Pfantz, Brother Bob‘s Outreach, Pastor Ken Van De Griend). Verses of the Week: John 10:10 ―The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.‖ Our Family Thank you from the family of Jerry Tjepkema: ―We appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers, and cards during Jerry‘s sickness and passing. Thank you to Pastor Craig for your prayers and thoughts with the family. Thanks also to the Funeral Committee and all those who worked or brought food.‖ Greetings Neen and I have deeply appreciated your generous efforts in sharing your good wishes and blessings for our faraway Christmas and the New Year—perhaps more cards and notes this year than any other to date. Those blessings still arriving. We are delighted and yet indebted in the Lord‘s grace expressed through so many of you as it endears and further confirms our mutual efforts on his behalf. Thank you so much Brother Bob and Neen (See your mailslot for more news from Brother Bob & Neen.) We rejoice with the following who will celebrate a birthday this week: Birthdays: Jan Jan Austin Huizenga 17 Stephanie Tjepkema 20 Amie Montsma-Riel 17 Brian Ten Pass 22 Shelly Bronkhorst 18 Marcia Buteyn 23 Bob Greenfield 20 The Youth Group thanks all who supported their Pizza Ranch fundraiser this past Wednesday. The $375 raised will go towards our Colorado trip this summer. Church News Council Notes from January 11, 2010: 1. Glen Greenfield will be our representative at Classis on Tuesday, February 23, at Bethel CRC here in Waupun. Louie Wierenga will be the alternate. 2. We celebrated the profession of faith Tyler Jansen and Becca Smits. Their public profession of faith will be scheduled at a later date. 3. Pastor Craig has been granted a week of vacation on February 1-7 to celebrate Christmas with his family. Monthly Budget Update Month ending December 2009 Year to Date Year to Date Fund Receipts Budget Difference Local Budget* 64,113.46 67,400.00 (3,286.54) Denominational Ministry Shares 9,651.82 37,081.00 (27,429.18) Classical Ministry Shares 6,111.77 9,985.00 (3,873.23) Faith Promise Fund** 7,538.04 9,000.00 (1,461.96) *Local Budget balance = $4001.76 (after Designated funds are withdrawn) **Faith Promise Balance = $515.06 Please check the narthex table for your pans/containers, etc. Items not picked up by next week will be donated to Bargain Galore. SWaT will meet in the basement at 5:45 PM today. We will be having a guest speaker. If you have not already done so, please remember your $5 for the year. Friendship Bible Study will meet tomorrow at Bethel CRC. Kids (ages 7-18) at 5:45-6:45 PM; Adults at 7:00-8:00 PM. Cadets will meet this Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM at the CWC Elementary campus. GEMS is hosting a Women's Night of Worship this Wednesday, 6:30-7:15 PM at Bethel CRC. We'd love to have women and girls of all ages join us in this casual evening of refreshing and recharging through praise and worship to our Father. This will be a simple time of songs (old and new) and scripture with a short update from the African GEMS Clubs. Gals, please join us on this special night, whether you're a GEMS mom/grandma/sister/friend, a former Calvinette/GEM yourself or just in desperate need of a ladies night out! The Safe Church Team will meet this Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Youth Group will hold a special meeting at 7:00 PM this Wednesday at the Union. We will discuss upcoming events. You will want to be there! Ladies’ Night Out: Ladies, let‘s start a night out to start or finish those craft projects you have lying around. There are lots of different projects, such as knitting, crocheting, scrapping, card making, needlework, beading, etc. Let‘s set aside the 4th Friday of the month, and we will start at 6:30 PM but feel free to join us when you can. Hope to see you this Friday in the church basement. Any questions call Allegra 324-4055 or Lois Mulder 920-318-1723. Plan to take advantage of a FREE movie night on Friday, January 29. We will be showing the movie ―Come What May‖—a vivid reminder that choosing what's right is never easy...but it's always worth the cost. The movie will begin at 7:00 PM with refreshments to follow. We are hoping for a great turn-out so invite your friends, family and neighbors. There will be a nursery and an alternate movie for the younger kids. To learn more, see our website at www.waupuncrc.com. We are looking for people to help out with the kids‘ movie and/or nursery during the movie night on January 29. If everyone takes a turn, then we will not end up having the same volunteers each time we show a movie at our church. If you are willing to help out with this, please talk to Bonnie Vander Berg. There is a new sign-up sheet for the Senior Supper, which has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 17. The food and fun begin at 6:30 PM, so please let us know if you will be able to attend. You can also call Scott & Jen Ritzema at 324-0714. The sheet is in the narthex, so please sign up as soon as possible. Are you looking for a great event to attend with your friends or family? We now have a links page on our web site where we will post events that might interest you. Our Social Committee will continue to organize church-wide events throughout the year; however, we certainly can‘t attend all the great events that are available. If you go to www.waupuncrc.com/social-links.cfm, you will find a listing of family-friendly outings that we will NOT be organizing as a church. Advanced notice: Camp Calvin will be held June 21-26 this summer. Mark your calendars now to reserve these important dates Community Happenings It is the season for singing! The annual Easter cantata practices will start on Sunday, January 24, 5:30 PM at 1st Randolph Reformed Church. We will be revisiting the cantata "Once and For All," so check your files to see if you have this cantata book. Invite your friends. We would love to have you join us in celebrating Christ's death and resurrection through song. If you have questions, call Chris Geleynse at 326-3691. How much of your estate should go to your children? This is one of the most common questions asked by Christians when doing Estate Planning. Don Long, a Christian attorney from Barnabas Foundation, will come alongside you to help you discover the right answer for your family. Barnabas Foundation provides helpful services to Christians like you, seeking ways to honor God with your wealth, regardless of the size of your estate, your age or stage of life. Don will be meeting with Christians in our area during the week of January 25–28. For more information or to arrange an appointment, please contact Barnabas Foundation toll-free at 888-448-3040. FIRST PLACE 4 HEALTH: Seeing ourselves through God’s eyes. A Bible-based weight loss/weight control program. Have you tried to lose weight over and over only to yo-yo back and perhaps add a little more? Well, FIRST PLACE 4 HEALTH may be your answer. There are many facets to the program: prayer partners, daily bible study, weekly memory verses that help you stay on track, a food & prayer journal, exercise of your choice, giving and receiving encouragement, and attending weekly meetings. With God on your side, you can release the weight and develop good eating habits. Orientation will be at First Reformed Church at 5:00 PM on January 25, and this session will begin at 5:00 PM on February 9. Please contact Toni Hofman for more information, or to reserve your place for this session. Toni‘s phone number is 920-960- 2748, or her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you looking for a Christ-centered option for your child's education? Would you like to learn more about CWC's high-quality education? Join all of us at Central Wisconsin Christian for our Open House event from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturday, January 30. It's your chance to tour both campuses, meet the teachers, and hear all about our top-notch learning environment that is academically challenging and spiritually enriched. We would love to partner with your Christian family to share in training godly kids to see today's world through God's eyes!! To find out more, log on to our webpage at www.centralwisconsinchristian.org, or call the Advancement Office at 920-318-1349. Kingdom Kids 4K Pre-School at Central Wisconsin Christian will be offering three sessions for the 2010-2011 school year. Three-day and two-day options are available in either our morning or afternoon programs. Sign-up for Kingdom Kids will begin on February 15th. Prospective parents who attend our Open House event on January 30 can take advantage of an early enrollment option and obtain priority placement in the section of your choice. To find out more, call the school office at 324-2721 or find more details online at www.centralwisconsinchristian.org. Waupun Bethel CRC/Young Peoples will be hosting their annual Chili Supper on February 10. Serving will be 4:30-7:00 PM; take out is available as well. A free will donation will be taken. This supper is also to welcome our new Youth Pastor Joe Nasvytis and family. Cabin fever setting in? Then consider coming along on Trinity Reformed’s Adult Mission Trip to Mt. Vernon, KY April 5-11. We will be working at Christ Outreach to the Blind, a camp that gives the blind an opportunity to participate in the summer camp experience. Work is plentiful and there is a job for everyone! Cost is $215 and you must be at least 14 to go. Contact Jim Nummerdor at 324-2364 if interested. Around the World CRWRC Response To Haiti Earthquake: On January 12, a massive earthquake struck Haiti about 10 miles from the capital city where both CRWRC and CRWM staff are stationed. Praise God that all CRC missionaries and their families are safe. Financial donations are urgently needed to help CRWRC respond to the immediate and long-term needs of earthquake survivors. Gifts marked ―CRWRC-Haiti‖ can be placed in any offering bag. See your mailslot for more Haiti earthquake information and needs. The Winter Olympics are to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia February 12- 28. Check out the Christian Reformed World Missions website at www.crwm.org for a downloadable video which connects this event, with its flag-waving fan fare, and prayer for the nations. A prayer guide for the 17-day event is also available. The next Calvin College Festival of Faith and Writing will take place on April 15- 17. Speakers include Eugene Peterson, Parker Palmer, Kate DiCamillo, Mary Karr, Stephen Carter, Avi, Wally Lamb, and many, many others. Group discounts are available for book clubs and church-affiliated groups. Reserve your spot today by registering online at www.calvin.edu/festival. For more information, contact the Festival office by phone at 616-526-6770 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Go on Spring Break with CRWRC-DRS! Attention youth groups and families! Volunteer a week of service with CRWRC helping disaster survivors whose lives have been shattered by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and fires. Give ‗Em a Break! Your Spring Break! For information, call 1-800-848-5818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Calendar Today: 8:45 AM First Fellowship 9:30 AM Morning Worship 5:45 PM SWaT 7:00 PM Evening Worship Mon: 5:45 PM Kid‘s Friendship Bible Study @ Bethel CRC 7:00 PM Adult‘s Friendship Bible Study @ Bethel CRC Wed: 6:30 PM Cadets @ CWC Elementary Campus 6:30 PM GEMS Women‘s Night of Worship @ Bethel CRC 6:30 PM Safe Church Team 7:00 PM Youth Group special meeting @ The Union Fri: 6:30 PM Ladies‘ Night Out Next Sun: 8:15 AM 11th/12th Catechism 8:45 AM First Fellowship This Morning Transportation Randy K. (324-2160) Accompanist Morris T.G. (539-1246) Cara Aylesworth Ushers Children & Worship Keith Buwalda Teacher: Pete Vander Werff Jordan De Jager Helpers: Jenna Hofman Ray Hofman Thomas Venhuizen Ben Homan Fellowship Coffee Video Projection Steve & Heidi Smits Steve Wierenga Greeters Missionary Letters Trayton & Elaine Greenfield Dewey P. to Daryl Pfantz+ Nursery Don P. to Brother Bob Dale & Beth Andrew Karen P. to Chaplain Peter Trevor Zonnefeld + Please pray especially for this Sound System missionary family this week. Seth Aylesworth This Evening Nursery Accompanist Bonnie Vander Berg Brenda Hofman Jordan De Jager Greeters Sound System Jim & Lois Groenewold Seth Aylesworth Library Transportation Dorothy Schouten Randy K. (324-2160) Faith Miedema Morris T.G. (539-1246) Linda Pausma Video Projection Steve Wierenga Next Week Offering Accompanist AM – Local Budget AM – Junice Rens PM – Building Fund PM – Laura Ten Pass Pastoral Prayer Children’s Message Al Venhuizen Dominique Van Hill Sound System Children & Worship Dan Scheuers Teacher: Nancy Vande Berg Transportation Helpers: Austin Huizenga Randy Kamphuis (324-2160) Den Vande Berg Morris Te Grootenhuis (539-1246) Fellowship Coffee Ushers Gregg & Kristi Zonnefeld Keith Buwalda Greeters Jordan De Jager AM – Pastor Norman & Joyce Haan Ray Hofman PM – Dick & Barb Heeringa Ben Homan Library Video Projection Sandy Greenfield Katie De Jager Jan De Vries Angela Buwalda Musical Praise Gene Hofman Nursery AM – Steve & Melissa Wierenga Breanna Smits PM – Tabbie Vander Werff Anna Hofman Prayer List Shut-Ins Gerald Bossenbroek Delia Buteyn Ruby Buteyn Hazel Buwalda Bea Heideman Junice Kamphuis Eugene Kikkert Millie Kuiper Josie Looman Bud Navis Wilma Navis Howard Te Beest Minnie Tobak Military Wiebe & Ruth Buwalda’s grandson, Peter Woreck (Afghanistan) Larry & Trix Daane’s grandson, Jeff Daane (NAS Pensacola, FL) Sam Daane (Beal AFB, CA) Jack & Marla De Jager’s nephew, Jonathan Sturing (Fort Carson, CO) Casey Derksen (Camp Taji, Iraq) Chaplain Peter Hofman (Fort Bragg, NC) Louie & Nancy Wierenga’s grandson, Devin Terry (Baghdad, Iraq) Praise We rejoice with the Van Hill’s that they were able to (finally) finalize the sale of their house this past week. Praise God for answered prayer. We asked you to pray for Japanese listeners who heard Back to God Ministries broadcasts and were referred to a local church for discipleship. Mr. Murakami began worshiping with the Reformed Church in Saki, accepted Jesus as his Savior, and was baptized in December! Pray for God‘s continued work in Mr. Murakami‘s life. Requests Remember the people of Haiti and those who will be going there to help with the relief efforts. To add or remove a prayer request, please inform Marla. All requests will remain on the prayer list until notified otherwise.
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