First CRC Weekly
April 4 - April 10
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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SPECIAL HOLY WEEK SERVICES
We have a couple special church events for you to consider participating during Holy Week. We will have a special time of worship on Good Friday, April 2nd at 7:00pm, focusing on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. The format of the service will be similar to Christmas Eve and the Lord’s Prayer service from a few weeks back where we tell the story and message through the Bible, prayer, and a selection of traditional and modern worship songs! Additionally, Pastor Lambert will offer a special Good Friday meditation and we will observe Holy Communion during the service.
MENU & UPDATE ON EASTER EVENTS
We are also offering a couple special events on Easter Sunday, April 4th. Our Easter Sunday Worship is scheduled to be hosted outside on the front lawn (weather permitting). You are invited to bring your own lawn chairs/blankets, or we have invested in new chairs that will be set up on the lawn as well. In addition to our 9:30am worship service celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection, all are invited to a great time of fellowship, fun, and food with an Easter Breakfast anytime between 8:30-9:20.
Our Easter Breakfast will be catered by Panera Bread with a variety of breakfast sandwiches, pastries, bagels (with cream cheese options, of course), and coffees provided. We will also have water and juices available. Normally, we would plan on utilizing the many culinary gifts in our church family, but we want to be extra cautious as we continue to navigate through COVID. We can imagine that everyone eagerly wants to be done with COVID, and we understand that, but we also want to be respectful to those in our church and in our community, who are sensitive to COVID, in general, how we respond to it, and the precautions we take. We hope this will help make our breakfast more inviting to all, especially our surrounding neighborhood.
EASTER EGG HUNT FOR THE KIDS!
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt following the worship service on the south lawn and by the office. This event is for children Pre-K through 3rd grade, divided up into a couple different age groups. Some of the Common Ground students and leaders will be helping to facilitate the event in the different age groups. The Egg Hunt should take only 10-20 minutes, so the kids would be finished before all the fellowship after worship is done!
We hope to see as much of our church family and community as you/they are comfortable and able during these special times. Please prayerfully consider participating in these events.
children's ministry updates
Child Care on Sunday Mornings: Starting next Sunday, April 11th, we will be opening the nursery for our morning worship service schedule. Specific steps have been taken to ensure a safe and sanitized environment for our infants and toddlers. The hard-surfaces and toys will be steam-cleaned/sanitized after each Sunday morning service. We trust you will find the return to child care a welcome development after more than a year of closure.
Children’s Worship: We are fully prepared to return to a regular schedule of Children’s Worship starting next Sunday, April 11th. Stephanie secured enough volunteers to get underway. We have changed the curriculum and are very excited to see this program return to our Sunday morning schedule. Stephanie, our Children’s Ministry Director, is grateful for the number of volunteers who signed up but we still need more volunteers to keep this program functioning properly over the long-haul so please, if you can, sign on to help out in this vital program for our young children.
Cadet Pinewood Derby
The Cadets are planning a Pinewood Derby Race for Wednesday night April 7 in the social hall from 6-8 pm ( we currently have about ten boys coming regularly) so it might be a quick race. We have a new track that has to get the bugs worked out of. so there will be time for last minute tune up of cars.
Pacific Sierra Council Pinewood Derby and Car Show will be held Saturday April 10 at the Westra's 10 am till Noon. Contact Adam Danielson for details. (410-0443)
Associate Pastor Search
The Governing Council has decided that it would be beneficial for the congregation to have an associate pastor on our staff. The process to bring an associate pastor on board is underway. A search team is being assembled. Please pray for them. Several candidates have already applied for this position. We are excited to see whom the Lord will bring to our congregation and community. Please pray for the Lord’s leading in this regard.
Farewell to Curtis, Lael, Wilha, Asa and Daniela Dunn
Farewell to Beatrice Reyneveld
Front Lawn Renovation Project
Preparation work for this project is underway. Over the past two weeks signs and trees have been removed in preparation for what we believe a very beautiful and usable front lawn. We are eagerly awaiting the final plan from the landscape architect we’ve employed to do the design work for this project. As soon as they are ready, we will share them the congregation. We think you will be pleased with the dramatic improvement in the curb-appeal of this address.
EVENTS THIS WEEK
- New City Catechism of the Week: What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?
- Cadet Pinewood Derby - Wednesday, April 7, 6-8pm
UPCOMING FIRST CRC SPECIAL EVENTS
- Good Friday Service - 7pm
- Easter Breakfast - April 4 - 8:30-9:20am
- Easter Worship Service - 9:30am
- Easter Egg Hunt - 10:45am
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
Today: Noreen Mackey
Monday: Jake Bergman, Corey & Stevi Zonneveld
Tuesday: Dallas Neal, Jaelynn Zonneveld, Don & Deanna Koelewyn (30th),
John & Victoria Tos
Wednesday: Paul deJong, Jeremy Stryd
Thursday: Ella Goebel, Tim Koelewyn, Cher Rietema
Friday: Robin Fukano, Sarah Kohr
Saturday: Bob & Betty Stewart
Next Sunday: Steven Koelewyn
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 (559-381-6215) 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: Benevolence
Next week: Soup Kitchen
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 March 31, 2021 - $526,374 (we reached 59.7% of our 2020/21 budget)
General Fund expenses through March 31, 2021 - $337,157 (we spent 38.3% of our 2020/21 budget)
- 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.
Our Church Family
PRAYERS AND PRAISES
David Danielson - recovery from open heart surgery
Please pray that God's precious promises will comfort Don & Deanna Koelewyn and their family as they mourn the loss of Deanna's brother, Doug Dutra, who passed away last Monday.
Please pray that God's precious promises will comfort Anita Lemos, her children, John, Karin, Timothy and Kim and the entire family as they mourn the loss of their husband, father and grandfather, Richard Lemos, who passed away Thursday morning.
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 & Marilyn Maccagno, Helen Schilder, Dan & Janet Slootweg (living in their own home)
Martha Chandler (Alice Manor in Fowler)
Janet Henshaw (Lemoore Elderly Apts)
Helen Noland (The Remington)
Jeanette Stout, Corrie Vennema (Valley Christian Home)
Linda Reenders (Palm Village in Reedley)
RELATIVES OF FAMILY
Jill Smith (Janice Hofmans sister) undergoing hormone chemotherapy
Cal & Jamie Hofland and Roger & Sue Scheenstra
Stewart & Christine deJong
Jason Vryhof, Matt Morgan
Any active member of First Christian Reformed Church of Hanford who is in need of tuition assistance for K-8th grade Hanford Christian School and/or 9th - 12th grade Central Valley Christian High School should contact Tim Thomas at 559-284-5573 or firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN JUNE 1ST. All financial aid forms from the schools need to be filled out no later than JUNE 15th. If you are currently using the Tuition Assistance program and will continue to need assistance you also need to also contact Tim Thomas
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 sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God? (week 21) 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 email@example.com
Want to get in touch with our staff?
Vince Godfrey, Pastor of Worship and Liturgy - firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Sisneroz, Pastor of Assimilation and Discipleship - email@example.com
Shonie Holt, High School Youth Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Yang, Children's Worship Director - email@example.com
Tim Thomas, Director of Technical Services - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Azevedo, Church office administrator - email@example.com