First CRC Weekly

June 6 - June 12

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

From the Office

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.


I’m really excited to be joining the staff as the Church Office Administrator. My husband Frank and I have 3 children, Ashlyn (18), Alana (14) and Aiden (11). We spend most of our free time watching the three of them play various sports. Prior to accepting this position, I worked at Wilson Middle School as the Athletics Director\Campus Supervisor. I hope that over the course of the next few months I get the chance to meet you all.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

In Christ,

Becky - Church Office Administrator


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SUNDAY, June 13 - 9:30am

This Sunday text: Matthew 10:1 "Mission Ready Disciples"


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

Offerings

As mentioned last week, we will be adding the "offering" portion back into our liturgy beginning this Sunday. In an effort to facilitate thoughtful and prayerful gifts to the church and kingdom, the deacons will be letting us know the "special" offering schedule as soon as possible. By all means please continue to utilize the "on-line" giving option if that has proven to be useful to you. It's the best way to keep records for us all. Thank you for all the generous gifts received throughout this difficult time. God is good.

Hanford CRC Podcast!

Did you know that now you can listen to our latest sermons through your favorite Podcasting services?


Why Podcast? Podcasts give you the ability to listen anywhere without having to worry about your internet connection, or using too much data. Listen in the car, at the gym, or while you're out working on the farm, ranch, or dairy. Simply put, podcasts are easily accessible and portable so you have the freedom to tune in anytime from anywhere. Pretty cool, huh?


Find our Hanford CRC Channel on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or Online direct from your favorite mobile device.

Council of Delegates Meeting

For the second year in a row, the Synod Meeting (our annual, bi-national meeting) has been canceled due to Covid-19 protocols remaining in place. However, the Council of Delegates is going to meet this week in order to take up the most significant issues that need to be dealt with now. Please pray for the members of this council as they meet beginning on Wednesday of this week.

Children's Worship

All parents of children ages 3-8 are invited to meet with Pastor Lambert upstairs in "The Loft" immediately after our worship service this Sunday morning. Hopefully all of you can attend this important opportunity to be informed regarding the future of this program.

Taco Night

Hello, all Families of CRC,

We invite you to come and join us as we welcome the summer. Our Family Summer Extravaganza program is well on its way! With that being said, we will be hosting taco night on June 19 at 6pm. We will be serving tacos, rice & beans for all.

HYMN SING

Mark your calendars: our next Hymn Sing is tentatively schedule for July 25th at 5:00pm in the Sanctuary.

Associate Pastor Search

Our background and reference checks are complete. Our search process continues on schedule. Our lead candidate is still on track. Please continue to pray for the team members in their efforts to discern the Lord's will in this regard.

Front Lawn Renovation Project

The plans are now under review by the City of Hanford. Once the site plan review process is complete, the next step will be the issuing of building permits. We received several positive comments about the design and a few concerns as well. The most common concern centered on the "depth" of the water in the fountains. The water will be no more than 8 inches deep and there will be a "grate" system to prevent anyone from actually getting into the fountain.

Back-Packs for Monroe Elementary

One of the events we have planned this summer is a "Back-Pack" gift project similar to the "Christmas-Box" project we used to do a few years ago. We have 300 back-packs available and we are looking for donations for filling these packs with essential resources for the students (paper, binders, pens, pencils etc.) If you would like make a special gift in support of this project please do so. We could use gifts of any kind or monetary gifts which we would then use to purchase materials for these packs.

Graduations

It's that season of the year once again where students mark key milestones in their education. Congratulations to all our 8th, 12th and college graduates. May each of you find the Lord's blessing as you progress in your preparation for your life's work.

Thank you

Dear Church Family,

Thank you so much for your kind expressions of sympathy in the recent passing of our Mom and Oma, Rena de Jong. Whether you sent a card or a text or just stopped to give one of us a hug, we appreciated it all! We will miss our Mom and Oma but feel so blessed to have had her! The de Jong, de Haan, Carpenter and Bergman Families.

Crossroads pregnancy center baby bottle fundraiser

Reminder: Please return your bottles to the crate in the foyer or to the church office.


The baby bottle campaign is used to fund the Center's programs that help women and men faced with an unplanned pregnancy and other services. Please pick up a bottle and fill with coins, cash or check and return the bottle to church by Father's Day, June 20. Thank you for providing the support that will save and change lives!

THIS WEEK

EVENTS THIS WEEK

  • New City Catechism of the Week: 31 What do we believe by true faith?

UPCOMING FIRST CRC SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Taco Night - June 19 @ 6pm


BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES

Monday: Lauren Zonneveld

Tuesday: Nathan & Brigit deJong, Cobi Joy deJong

Wednesday: Leonard Vryhof

Thursday: Gage Holden

Friday: Elijah deJong, Robin Brown

Saturday: William & Grace VanderMoren, Alana Villalobos

Next Sunday: Bill & Linda Tos, David & Ash Kohr, Jared & Lisa Johnson, Murray & Connie Minnema

YOUTH MINISTRIES

Common Ground is made of co-ed youth in grades nine through twelve. Meetings are held Sundays @ 6pm in the loft. 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.

Giving

Special Offerings:

This week: Living Water

Next week: Christian Ed.


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 May 31, 2021 - $630,800.95 (we reached 71.6% of our 2020/21 budget)


General Fund expenses through May 31, 2021 - $433,815.60 (we spent 49.2% of our 2020/21 budget)


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

Our Church Family

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PRAYERS AND PRAISES

CHURCH FAMILY


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, Johanna Hakker, Norm & Audrey Galloway, Richard & Marilyn Maccagno, Helen Schilder, Janet Slootweg (living in her 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)


FAITH PROMISE

Cal & Jamie Hofland and Roger & Sue Scheenstra


SEMINARY STUDENT

Stewart & Christine deJong

information

GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) is in need of volunteers. If you would like to help out with this need, please contact Martha Valdez at 619-471-4014.


Services for Dan Slootweg will be held in our sanctuary on Saturday, June 12 @ 9:30am


HCS Employment Opportunities

Hanford Christian School has the following jobs available for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Part-time Band/Choir Director
  • Part-time Bus Driver
  • Part-time Marketing Director.

If you or someone you know is interested in any of these positions, please contact the office.


"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 do we believe by true faith? (week 31) 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 Becky at the office. 559-582-4423 or beckyv@hanfordcrc.org

serving schedules

SERVING THIS WEEK:

Nursery: Erin Kootstra, Tamara Dragt

Children's Worship: Storyteller: Shonie Holt, Heather Zonneveld, Stevi Zonneveld

NEXT WEEK:

Nursery: Diana Schmidt, Audrey Dragt

Children's Worship: Storyteller: Stephanie Yang, Lilu Lizarga, Sunny Hernandez

Want to get in touch with our staff?

Lambert Sikkema, Pastor - lamberts@hanfordcrc.org

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

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

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

Stephanie Yang, Children's Worship Director - stephaniey@hanfordcrc.org

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

Becky Villalobos, Church Office administrator - beckyv@hanfordcrc.org

Adam Danielson, Custodian - 559-410-0443

About Us

Please join us for our Sunday worship service at 9:30am. Locked boxes will be available for your tithes and offerings.