Next Sunday, December 23

Sometimes an event is so disastrous with so much collateral damage that it’s hard to see a silver lining.  It’s hard to even imagine how some things can be redeemed. Next Sunday we’ll conclude our Crooked Line series by looking at one of those events: David and Bathsheba.  

This Week’s Offering is for Benevolence and Crib Ministry

Ferrysburg Community Church provides cribs and handmade quilts to new moms in the Tri-Cities. This ministry is a tangible way of showing God’s love to those who struggle financially at this critical time of life.  The offering for next week will be for the Passion Conference.

2019 Proposed Ministry Budget

The proposed 2019 ministry budget was passed last Sunday by a vote of 115-4.  Thanks for your prayerful consideration of this financial plan and for your comments.  We look forward to another great year of ministry together.

Christmas Eve Choir

All singers are invited to join us for a Christmas Eve choir.  We will sing two anthems: In the Bleak Midwinter and Be Born In Me. There is a mandatory rehearsal at church on Thursday, December 20, from 7:00PM-8:30PM.  Talk to Sherry Merz if you have questions.

Memorial Service Photos

We will celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones and babies born to our church family this year during our service on December 30.  Pictures can be emailed to or dropped off to Natalie during church office hours. Pictures will be returned to you. Please submit names and photos by December 26.

Lost and Found

Please check the lobby lost/found table to see if any item belongs to you.  Things still left after Sunday will be donated.

Christmas Eve Service

We will celebrate the birth of Christ on December 24 at 7PM with a special Christmas Eve service.

Ladies Night/ViBella Sale

Thank you from the GEMS Counselors to all who came to the Ladies Night and to all who ordered ViBella products! We still have some items on hand that will be on display this Sunday that can be purchased from GEMS. You are also still welcome to order online through the link Orders placed online usually take 3-4 days.

Adult Education

Thank you once again for your ongoing—and enthusiastic—participation in the adult education program at FCC. A special thanks to FCC members who have led sessions in the past and who will lead some of our upcoming sessions as well. In your mailboxes at church is a schedule of the new Winter/Spring season, which begins on January 6.   Please look over the topics and speakers, then join us when you can on Sunday mornings at 9:15. Looking forward to seeing you!

Kids' Outerwear Needed

The Merz Life Group is focusing on children, more specifically needy children, for their "out." We have been buying used children’s outerwear for children at Lake Hills School. But the need is great! There are many children coming to school without basic warm clothing. We thought we would raise awareness of this situation and give more people an opportunity to make a difference in a kid's life. We need snow pants, boots, coats and jackets, mittens and hats. Please check your closets. Check with your friends and family and neighbors. If you have anything, please call Judy Ponstine or Sherry Merz to make arrangements for us to get it. Thank you.

Comfort My People CDs

Years ago the FCC music program created a CD of songs to bring comfort to people who are struggling and enjoyment to those who love music.  These CDs are located on the table by the office window. They make great stocking stuffers and are free for the taking.

Homefront Magazine

Issues of the December Homefront magazine have been placed in member mailboxes of families with kids through high school age. This beautiful magazine has seasonal ideas, recipes, games and articles on marriage and parenting. Be sure to check it out!

Service Members

If you would like to send a Christmas card to Becca (Hallenbeck) Davis, who is deployed to Afghanistan, her mailing address is:   Rebecca J. Davis

HHC, TF Golden Dragons

APO, AE 09355

Stickers and Decals Are In!

We have new decals that are specifically made for outdoor/auto use because of adhesive and UV protection against fading. There is a limited amount available in the church office. We also still have plenty of the general-use stickers to be used for...everything else! Please email your decal/sticker request to to receive your decal/sticker in your member box. Stick to GROWING!


Each week you can  you can listen to sermons, find contact information, and view the news page and prayer requests.  You can also get a glimpse of what kids are doing in class, find take home pages and class schedules. Simply text FERRYSBURGCC APP to 77977 on your device.  You will be sent a link to download the My Church app. Enter the keyword FERRYSBURGCC APP to connect it to our church. NOTE: The password for the directory is Fcc (case sensitive).


LifeGroups are the best way to get to know FCC and develop relationships in our church family.  Please go to and indicate a couple of LifeGroups you are interested in joining.  We will assign you to a group.

Open Gym Playgroup

The gym will be open, bounce house inflated and toys ready! Bring your child on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11AM for playtime. We will meet every Tuesday morning. Invite your friends! Please contact Charla Proctor at with any questions or to be added to an email list for updates/reminders.

Online Giving

You can now give securely to God’s work at FCC online.  Go to our website - - and click on “GIVE.”  If you need help or have questions, contact the church office.

Men’s Coffee Hour

A group of men from FCC and the community meet for a cup of coffee every Wednesday morning at 9:00 in the church lobby. Come and get to know some guys from your church family.  Friends are welcome too!

Youth and Education

Happy Birthday

12/19  Lucas Ippel


This Monday, December 16 will be our Christmas party! Join us from 6:30-8:15 to celebrate the blessing of Jesus’ birth!


  • Mentor Sunday is TODAY from 4-6. We’re going to American House to go caroling! Wear your Christmas sweater, PJ’s, or onesie!

  • This is our last meeting for December. We’ll meet again on January 6!

B A S E  C A M P

  • We’re not meeting the rest of the month! Check back soon for January’s plan!

Adult Education

December 16: Video: Why Millennials Are the Hope of the Church

This 2018 Calvin January Series video features Mary Hulst, chaplain at Calvin College. You’ll want to watch this informative, encouraging, and dynamic presentation. Learn what “millennials” are like and how they really are “the hope of the church.”

There will be no adult education on December 23 or 30.

Community Announcements

Simply Give

Love in Action of the Tri-Cities is once again being blessed by Meijer’s Simply Give program, running  through December 29. The purchase of a $10 Simply Give card at the Grand Haven Meijer store will help raise funds that are then converted into food-only gift cards used by LIA to stock its central pantry and by its 10 area church pantries to stock their shelves.  Double match day is Friday, December 7. That means for every $10 card purchased, Meijer will double match it. The total donation will be $30 per card up to a maximum donation of $10,000. Your help by purchasing a card will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, you may contact us at or (616) 846-2701.

Pancake Breakfast

The WMC Boosters invite you to the second annual ALL-U-CAN Eat Pancake Breakfast.  This is a fundraiser event sponsored by the boosters that raises money to support all WMC athletic teams.  The breakfast will take place on Saturday, December 22, from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the WMC cafeteria. Menu includes: pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and milk. The Breakfast is donation only. Please come and join us before you complete your last minute Christmas Shopping!

Muskegon Christian School Match Drive Update

We have received over $18,000 toward our matching funds so far - what a blessing!  But we would love to take advantage of the full $30,000 in match funds and raise $60,000 for tuition assistance by year-end.  To have your donation doubled, send your check marked 'Match Drive' to Muskegon Christian School by December 31. Our school relies on our faithful church community and we are encouraged by your prayers and support.  Thank you!

WMC Concert

The Western Michigan Christian HS Music Department warmly invites you to our 2018 Christmas Collage Concert!  The concert will be held on Tuesday, December 18, at 7PM at the Frauenthal Center (425 W Western Avenue in Muskegon).  It will be an evening filled with beautiful music from the Concert & Jazz Bands, as well as the Women's, Men's, and Chamber Choirs!  Many alumni will be participating as well! Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the WMC office or through the Frauenthal Box Office.  We hope to see you there!

Voice of Victory Choir

The Voices of Victory will be holding their annual Old Year’s concert on Monday evening, December 31. The concert will be held at Grandville's First Reformed Church - 3060 Wilson Avenue (across the street to the east of the Grandville Public Library). As in previous years, you are invited to come and go as you please at any time between 8 and 11PM. Refreshments will be served. A freewill offering will be taken for Georgetown Harmony Homes. Join the Voices of Victory and their guests, the Sacred Harmonies quartet, and participate in joyful audience singing throughout the evening!

From World Renew

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Positive Options

We are excited to announce that we have a new way for you to support Lakeshore Pregnancy Center - Gifts via text! Simply send a message "GIVELIFE" to 1(616)202.3773 and you will be given a direct link to our giving page. Giving is as easy a text message!


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December 16, 2018

Mike Houskamp

Chris Holtrop

Al & Lynn DeYoung, Rosemary VerHeul

Brian Meiste


Judy Wierenga

Rosemary VerHeul

Bethany Holtrop and Sara Meiste


Erica Ippel

Samuel Kuiper

Tina Teunis

McKayla Holtrop

Grace DePrekel

Gabe Gauthier

December 23, 2018

Mike Houskamp

Chris Holtrop

Al & Lynn DeYoung, Rosemary VerHeul

Brian Meiste


Michele Schipma

Emma Miller

Bethany Holtrop and Sara Meiste


Erica Ippel

Paige Knollinger

Lois Hallenbeck

Callen Carrier

Lori Houskamp

Tes Schipma