First CRC Weekly

January 24 - January 30

Our Mission: To Glorify God by making More and Better Disciples

From the Administrator

Hi everyone!

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


In Christ,

Nancy - Church Office Administrator


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INDOOR WORSHIP SUNDAY, JANUARY 24

This Sunday text: - B.A.S.I.C. TRAINING #2 - Salt and Light - Matthew 5:13-16


LiveStream options are available on Facebook, our Church Website, or via Boxcast (Roku/Apple TV)


"In church services" this Sunday with the following plans in place:

  • Worship Service 8:30 am
  • Windows and Doors will be open to allow for proper air circulation as per COVID guidelines
  • No child-care or Children's Worship
  • Seating in every other pew to maintain social distancing guidelines
  • No offering bags going down the rows, boxes available to drop your offering into
  • No mutual greetings
  • No refreshments offered after the service
  • We urge the wearing of masks. If you need one we can provide one for you
  • Bring your own Bibles
  • No Library
  • You can find Children's Bulletins on the table in the foyer. Locked boxes will be available for your tithes and offerings.

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

Live stream

Resolving Streaming Issues: We sincerely apologize for any online streaming issues with video and/or audio quality. Thank you to those who reached out to make us aware of the issues. We are addressing the issues and working to resolve them as soon as possible. We will still live stream this Sunday. If we have continued issues with the online this week, we will make sure to post an unaffected video of the sermon by Monday morning (it takes time to process the video). We are blessed to have a dedicated team who caringly serve God and the church to provide an excellent worship experience. Thank you for your continued support, patience, and understanding.

GINGERBREAD STEM CHALLENGE

We can't wait to announce the winners of The Great Gingerbread Build during service this Sunday, January 24th. Winners will be announced at the end of our Gingerbread highlight reel. I will be delivering prizes to your children the week of the 25th. Sarah Zonneveld

Baptism

Next Sunday morning, January 31, we will celebrate with Paul and Elizabeth deJong as they present their daughter, Charlotte Mae, for baptism, the sign of God's covenant with His people. May God's grace be theirs as ours as we vow to nurture our children in the way of Christian discipleship.

THANK YOU SARAH ZONNEVELD

I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you folks of a change in our ministry staff. Sarah Zonneveld, our Children's Ministry Director has decided to step back from her role at this time. She has been a tremendous resource for our children's ministry and she will be sorely missed. Her dedication, imagination, creativity and hard work has had a significant impact on the spiritual development and faith formation of our covenant children as well as the families in our community. We wish Sarah well in her future endeavors. She has promised to make her considerable gifts and talents available to us in a volunteer capacity when called upon. In the meantime, I"m in the process of securing her replacement. Please take the opportunity to thank Sarah in person when you see her next. Please pray for the Lord's leading in our search for the next director. Thank you Sarah. God bless you and your family.


Lambert Sikkema

Pastor

Life Groups!

Life Groups are underway! There is still time to sign-up!!



Theme: Whether athletes, musicians, businessperson, or a slew of many other professions, skills, and talents, it is often beneficial to “go back to the basics” to continue to grow. The same applies to Christians. All Brothers And Sisters In Christ (“B.A.S.I.C.”) need to be reminded of the basics of our spiritual life, teachings, and practices. The sermons for this Life Group series are based on Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” which focuses on the foundational truths of our spiritual lives. Whether you have heard these passages many times or this is one of your first encounters, we hope you will look and listen to all that God wants to reveal to you through these incredible, poignant, and meaningful lessons. This B.A.S.I.C. Training has the potential to be a life-changing time for you individually, the Life Group, the church, the community, and the world!



Online registration for Spring Life Groups is still open on our website hanfordcrc.org. Have questions or need help signing up? Contact Heather Thomas at (559) 816-1924 or heathert@hanfordcrc.org to answer questions or provide assistance.

hymn sing

Our Hymn Sing will be Sunday, January 31st at 5pm indoors. If you have hymns you'd like to request for the Hymn Sing or for any worship service, please email them or hand them to Vince, our Pastor of Worship & Ministry (vinceg@hanfordcrc.org).
Hymn sing update

TODAY DEVOTIONALS

Our January/February Today LARGE print devotionals are now available and can be found in the church foyer or the church office. You can also log onto the TODAY Back to God Hour website and find the daily devotionals at https://todaydevotional.com/.

YOUTH MINISTRIES

Common Ground is made of co-ed youth in grades nine through twelve. Please contact Shonie Holt at (559-936-3360) for more information.

Middle School Ministry is made of co-ed youth in grades seven and eight.

Cadets is a program for boys in third through sixth grade. Please contact Dave Danielson at (559-582-6504) for more information

GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) is a program for girls in third through sixth grade. Please contact Martha Valdez at (619-471-4014) for more information.

THIS WEEK


EVENTS THIS WEEK

  • New City Catechism of the Week: What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?
  • Common Ground will be going to Urban Air Adventure Park at 1pm this Sunday, January 24

UPCOMING FIRST CRC SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Hymn Sing - January 31


BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES

Today: Walt Zonneveld

Monday: Richard Vandersteen, Nick & Nanci Groenenberg

Tuesday: Robby & Denise Tarlton (50th)

Wednesday: LJ Zonneveld

Thursday: Dick Hofmans, Andrew Zonneveld, Teri Zonneveld

Friday: Ian Kohr

Next Sunday: Hudson Bergman, Reagan Zonneveld

Giving

Special Offerings:

This week: Faith Promise

Next week: Gideons


General Fund Report of Offerings and gifts:

Approved budget for fiscal year 2020/2021 - $881,400

($73,450 needed per month to make budget)


General fund offerings through December 31, 2020 - $357,336.763 (we reached 40.5% of our 2020/21 budget)


General Fund expenses through December 31, 2020 - $199,414.86 (we spent 22.6% of our 2020/21 budget)


The Deacons would like to thank you all for your generous giving to close out the year 2020. May God bless each of you in the New Year!


Giving is available online 24/7 at https://hanfordcrc.org/give-online Video and Written Instruction links will be provided for your convenience.

  • 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.

GIVE ONLINE

Click here to go to our online donation portal

2020 Year End Donation Statement

Your 2020 donation year end statement was sent to you via email or the regular mail. Please click on the link within the email to retrieve your statement. If you have further questions, please contact Deacon Chairman Johnny Zonneveld.

Our Church Family

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Bruce and Christine Pickering will be moving to Vancouver, Washington within the month. We thank them for all their service at First CRC. We wish them God's blessings in their new home and church family.


Fabric face masks: Facemasks are 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: What does God require in the ninth and tenth Commandments? (week 12) Join the ‘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 nancya@hanfordcrc.org

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

CHURCH FAMILY

Claudine VanGroningen - Kings Nursing Home on hospice care

Richard Lemos - bone cancer; hospice care

Fred Koelewyn - chemotherapy completed


SHUT-INS

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 (living in their own home)

Martha Chandler (Alice Manor in Fowler)

Janet Henshaw (Lemoore Elderly Apts)

John & Marge Duyst, Helen Noland (The Remington)

Jeanette Stout, Corrie Vennema (Valley Christian Home)

Linda Reenders (Palm Village in Reedley)

Claudine Van Groningen (Kings Nursing Home)


RELATIVES OF FAMILY

Jill Smith (Janice Hofmans sister) undergoing hormone chemotherapy


FAITH PROMISE

Cal & Jamie Hofland and Roger & Sue Scheenstra


SEMINARY STUDENT

Stewart & Christine deJong


MILITARY FAMILIES

Jason Vryhof, Matt Morgan

Want to get in touch with our staff?

Lambert Sikkema - lamberts@hanfordcrc.org

Vince Godfrey, Pastor of Worship and Liturgy - vinceg@hanfordcrc.org

Martin Sisneroz, Pastor of Assimilation and Discipleship - martins@hanfordcrc.org

Heather Thomas, Director of Communications and Life Groups - heathert@hanfordcrc.org

Shonie Holt, High School Youth Director - shonieh@hanfordcrc.org

Tim Thomas, Director of Technical Services - timt@hanfordcrc.org

Nancy Azevedo, Church office administrator - nancya@hanfordcrc.org

About Us

Please join us for our Indoor Sunday worship service at 8:30am. You can find Children's Bulletins on the table in the foyer. Locked boxes will be available for your tithes and offerings.