First CRC Weekly
September 20 - September 26
Our Mission: To Glorify God by making More and Better Disciples
From the Administrator
Welcome to this week's CRC newsletter! Here you will find time-sensitive announcements, events, service schedules, offering schedules, and prayer list. I will send these out at the end of each week. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!
Please continue to lift all those in our church family in prayer as we continue to navigate the COVID pandemic both together and apart. We pray that each of you finds peace in the midst of turmoil, hope in the midst of fear and doubt, and love for one another in the midst of this unprecedented time of uncertainty. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
"...for the Lord did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-control." 2 Timothy 1:7
Nancy - Church Office Administrator
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Sunday morning worship, September 20, 2020 will be at 10:00 AM
What's happening this Sunday morning
This Sunday text: John 9:1-7 - Breaking Strongholds - Opioid Crisis
Please join us for our Sunday "live" outdoor worship at 10 am. Remember to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on and to remain physically distanced. Hand-outs with the song lyrics will be available on the tables in the corners of the yard. You can find Children's Bulletins on these tables as well. Locked boxes will be available for your tithes and offerings.
To tune in to this week’s message online, please choose from one of the options listed below.
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Need assistance with viewing our online broadcast? Please contact Tim Thomas at 559-284-5573 or email@example.com.
If you have any questions about upcoming worship services or worship events, please contact Vince Godfrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Life Group Kick-Off and Fellowship Event
Sunday, Sep. 20th, 11am
2175 Leoni Drive
Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us as well!
Want to check out all of our Life Group options for this semester? Click here to see our groups and to sign up. Sign-ups will be live online starting Sunday, September 6, 2020, at 12:00 PM (Noon).
CALLING ALL KIDS AGES 3-6TH GRADE
We are so excited to introduce our very first STEM challenge. We have created challenges for four different age categories with varying degrees of difficulty. After church TODAY, please make your way over to the designated table to pick up your supplies along with the directions on how to complete the challenge. Winners will be announced on Sunday, October 4th. If you have any questions please call or text Sarah Zonneveld at 209-810-0883
Common Ground (9th - 12th grade) will meet Sunday from 6-7:30pm for small groups. Contact Lael Dunn (904-5149) to join.
Youth Ministries start THIS WEEK!
Middle School Ministry (7th & 8th grade) will meet via Zoom Wednesday at 6:30pm.
Cadets will meet in person (with Zoom option) on Wednesday (5th & 6th grade) and Thursday (3rd & 4th grade) from 6-8pm.
GEMS (3rd - 6th grade) will meet in person on Saturday from 8:30-10am on an assigned rotation. You must register your child to attend. Please visit https://hanfordcrc.org/connect/youth-registration-form.
Children's Worship is on ZOOM!!
If you have children ages 3-2nd grade and have not yet joined the weekly Children’s Worship zoom calls, we encourage you to connect with Sarah Zonneveld at email@example.com for the link and any additional details.
EVENTS THIS WEEK
New City Catechism of the Week: Does the Lord’s Supper add anything to Christ’s atoning work?
Sunday, September 20 Worship Time: 10 AM followed by Lunch, Fellowship and Fall Life Group Kick-Off Event
Middle School Ministry (7th & 8th Grade) Wednesday - 6:30pm via Zoom
Cadets (in person with Zoom option) 5th & 6th grade Wednesday - 6-8pm
Cadets (in person with Zoom option) 3rd & 4th grade Thursday - 6-8pm
GEMS in person on an assigned rotation Saturday - 8:30-10am
Common Ground will meet Sunday from 6-7:30pm for small groups. Contact Lael Dunn (904-5149) to join.
UPCOMING FIRST CRC SPECIAL EVENTS
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
Today: Jacey deJong
Monday: EddyDell Huffman, Dennis Mann, Ava Mendes, John Tos, Gerrit & Hinke deJong
Wednesday: John Frese, Abe Stout, Faye Zonneveld
Thursday: Dena Holden, Piet Zonneveld
Friday: Frank & Jana Zonneveld
Saturday: Steven Koelewyn (93), David teVelde, Dean & Harriet Johnson, Aaron & Rachel Schroeder
Next Sunday: Erin Kootstra, Jake & Ruth Stryd, Piet & Heather Zonneveld
This week: Christian Education
Next week: Faith Promise
General Fund Report of Offerings and gifts:
Approved budget for fiscal year 2019/2020 - $908,140
General fund offerings through August 31, 2020 - $766,887.83 (we reached 84.4% of our 2019/20 budget)
General Fund expenses through August 31, 2020 - $701,050.58 (we spent 77.2% of our 2019/20 budget)
Special Offerings for Fiscal year September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020
Open Door - $1,710; Teens Encounter Christ - $1,313; Soup Kitchen - $3,035;
CASA - $546; Hannah's House - $120; Safe Families - $2,252; Kings Gospel - $4,064.84
World Renew - $811; Gideons - $2,509; Crossroads Pregnancy Center - $1,171;
Salvation Army - $5,071.02
Faith Promise - $31,355.29 (distributed evenly between Rev. Cal & Jamie Hofland, Roger & Sue Scheenstra, and Zachary & Laura O'Leary)
Christian Education Fund - $17,150.54
Benevolence Fund - $31,323.80
Thank your continued partnership towards God's Kingdom mission!
- Feel free to mail your donations to the church office (2175 Leoni Drive, Hanford, CA 93230)
- Cash donations will be accepted during normal office hours only (M-TH 7:30 AM–3:00 PM)
If you are writing a check to the church, the bank has requested that all checks be made payable to the First Christian Reformed Church of Hanford. If the checks are made payable to another name they may be rejected.
Want to save time and hassle? Check out our Online Giving program at http://hanfordcrc.org/give-online or ask a Deacon for assistance. Thank you for your continued support.
2020/2021 OFFICE BEARERS
Chairman: Bill Tos
Vice Chairman: Robert Butts
Clerk: Scott Schmidt
Treasurer: Leland Kootstra
Ministering Deacons -
Chairman: Johnny Zonneveld
Comptroller: Piet Zonneveld
Our Church Family
Please pray that God's precious promises will comfort Richard and Eneke Vandersteen and the entire family as they mourn the loss of their mother and grandmother, Carrie Vandersteen who passed away last Sunday, September 13. Visitation will be at the People's Funeral Chapel on Monday, September 21 from 9-11am.
Fabric face masks: A new supply has arrived and is available in both children and adults sizes in the church office Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 2 pm. A minimum $5 donation is asked to benefit Crossroads Pregnancy Center.
"In House" New City Catechism - All parents with at least one child between the ages of 3 and 6th grade are invited to take part in New City Catechism! Download the app (search "New City Catechism APP") on your phone, tablet, or other electronic devices. The lesson this week will be: Does the Lord’s Supper add anything to Christ’s atoning work?
(week 47) Join the ‘New City Catechism Discussion with First CRC’ Group on Facebook!
Did you know that you can access our congregation's Business Meeting minutes directly from our website? That's right! All approved meeting minutes from the past year for Governing Council, Ministering Elders, Ministering Deacons, and our Annual Congregational Meeting Minutes are available online. Want access? Inquire with Nancy at the office. 559-582-4423 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PRAYERS AND PRAISES
Fred Koelewyn - chemotherapy
Richard & Eneke Vandersteen and family - mourning the loss of mother and grandmother, Carrie Vandersteen
Romans 12:10 says, "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves." It can be easy to forget about those that we don't see each week. We hope that you take some time to visit, send cards, and pray for these members of our family:
Joan Audrain, Bob Carvalho, Norm Galloway, Richard Lemos, Richard & Marilyn Maccagno, Helen Schilder, Dan & Janet Slootweg, Claudine Van Groningen (living in their own home)
Martha Chandler (Alice Manor in Fowler)
Janet Henshaw (Lemoore Elderly Apts)
John & Marge Duyst, Helen Noland (The Remington)
Bram Stout (Diamond Terrace)
Jeanette Stout, Corrie Vennema (Valley Christian Home)
Sadie Waanders, Linda Reenders (Palm Village in Reedley)
RELATIVES OF FAMILY
Shannon Reed's last scan showed no signs of cancer, but an additional surgery was required to resolve some treatment related issues. She returned home last night from NIH and is feeling much better. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers from the entire family.
Doug Dutra (Deanna Koelewyn's brother) who has been hospitalized in San Francisco. He has been stabilized and hopes to transfer to the San Joaquin Acute Rehabilitation in Fresno soon.
Jill Smith (Janice Hofmans sister) undergoing hormone chemotherapy
Cal & Jamie Hofland and Roger & Sue Scheenstra
Stewart & Christine deJong
Jason Vryhof, Matt Morgan
Outdoor Worship Service Cancellation Policy:
In our effort to comply with our governor's Covid-19 protocols we made the decision to host our worship services outside (weather permitting) until the governor modifies his guidance in this regard. One of the things we did not account for was "air-quality" issues and the impact they would have on being outside. With many fires burning throughout the state it's become an issue. Therefore we needed to craft a policy about that.
Moving forward, our policy is as follows:
If the Air Quality Index (AQI) is forecasted to be at 150 or higher on Sunday, by Saturday at 12:00 noon our out-door worship service will be cancelled and we will host a "LIVE-STREAM" only worship service.
A notification will be sent via email (only if the service is cancelled) and posted on our Facebook page.
Children’s Worship: Story Teller (3-TK):
Storyteller (K-2): Helper:
SERVING NEXT WEEK
Children’s Worship: Story Teller (3-TK):
Storyteller (K-2): Helper: