This Week’s Church and Community News
Next Sunday, October 27
Sometimes we say a prayer and it feels like nothing happens. We get discouraged and give up on God’s intervention. This is exactly what our enemy wants us to do: become discouraged in prayer. But what happens when we persist in prayer over time - even in the face of discouragement? Next Sunday we will examine the power of persistent prayer. We will also celebrate communion.
This Week’s Offering is for Ray & Angie DeLange
Ray and Angie DeLange are working among Muslims and Muslim background believers in Seattle, Washington. They are in the process of building relationships among the people of one particular Middle Eastern nation. Next week's special offering will be for Cribs/Benevolence.
FCC Game Night
Join us next Sunday, October 27, from 4:00 to 6:00 for GAME NIGHT! We’ll be serving the “three Ps” - PIZZA (50 cents a slice), POPCORN, and PUNCH. Come for a variety of games to play and puzzles to assemble while having fun and growing closer to each other at FCC.
Beginning in November, we will be adding email addresses to our online directory. We will use the email addresses that we have in our office database. If you need to update yours, please contact the office. If you do not wish to have your email included, please let the office know.
Cadets Spaghetti Dinner
How about a night out with your spouse and family? Well, it’s time for the annual Cadet Spaghetti Dinner! It will be held on Monday night, October 28, at Second Christian Reformed Church from 5:30 to 7:00. Come meet your friends and family, enjoy a wonderful meal, and support your Grand Haven Cadet Club!
Kids need hope. Kids, even here in the TriCities area, are hurting. Many lack sufficient nutritious food; many come to school without proper clothing; many are suffering emotionally. Some are homeless. Mentors can offer children a glimmer of the hope that they need. Just by “showing up” mentors provide some consistency in a child’s life. At this time, Ferrysburg Church Kids Hope program has 18 mentors. That’s a lot for a church our size! But the need is great. If you would like more information please contact Judy Ponstine at 616 560 9542 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clothing for Kids
The Merz/Ponstine Life Group is collecting good, clean, used outerwear for needy children in the Grand Haven Public Schools. The clothing will go first to children at Lake Hills School where FCC has a Kids Hope Program. If we get more than Lake Hills can handle, the clothing will be distributed to other schools. You will find two boxes in the hallway under the coat racks labeled "Clothing for Kids." Please fill these boxes with coats, snow pants, boots, mittens, hats, for children in preschool to 4th grade. If you have questions, please call Sherry Merz or Judy Ponstine. Thank you!
With a grateful heart I would like to say a big Thank You to my church family for the many acts of kindness shown to me during my recovery from knee surgery. It's wonderful being a part of such a caring community. Thanks, Sherry Ippel
Operation Christmas Child
Rather than rely on the FCC Quilters to pack and deliver shoeboxes as they’ve done for many years, this year you are invited to individually pack your shoeboxes, then drop the boxes off at First Baptist Church in Spring Lake during the week of November 18-25 for shipment to needy children around the world. In addition to small gifts that will delight the children, each box will include a Christian message along with a follow-up contact. If you need help selecting appropriate age-level gifts and packing boxes, check out OCC on www.SamaritansPurse.org for valuable tips. Pray that God will bless the children as they receive these gifts and hear the good news from local church contacts.
The gym will be open, bounce house inflated and toys ready! Bring your child on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11AM for “Gym Jam” playtime. We will meet every Tuesday morning. Invite your friends! Please contact Charla Proctor at email@example.com with any questions or to be added to an email list for updates/reminders.
Sanctuary Bibles are available on tables as you walk into the sanctuary. If you don’t have your own Bible, feel free to take one home with you.
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!
Grow Logo Stickers and Decals
We have decals that are specifically made for outdoor/auto use because of adhesive and UV protection against fading. We also have general-use stickers to be used for...everything else! Please email your decal/sticker request to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ferrysburgchurch.com/lifegroups and indicate a couple of LifeGroups you are interested in joining. We will help you find the group that’s right for you!
You can give securely to God’s work at FCC online. Go to our website - ferrysburgchurch.com - and click on “GIVE.” If you need help or have questions, contact the church office.
Youth and Education
10/20 Claire Doty
10/25 Sabin Tamang
We meet on Monday, October 21, from 6:30-8:15PM. New 1st-7th grade girls are always welcome to join!
S U M M I T
Mentor Sunday is October 20. We’ll meet at Sam’s house (738 Farr Rd. Norton Shores, MI 49444) for a bonfire, s’mores, and fellowship!
Next week: It’s Game Night at FCC on October 27 at 4:00! Join us for a fun night of games!
B A S E C A M P
We’ll be carving pumpkins together and continuing our series on the life of David on October 23! Meet here at FCC from 6:30-8:00!
Next week: We’re meeting at Sam’s house for a bonfire! The address is 738 Farr Rd. Norton Shores, MI 49444!
T R E K
Trek is the 7th-12th grade Sunday school class that meets at 9:15 in the youth room.
We’re currently in a study on apologetics! We’ll continue our study this week on “Science and Christianity.”
October 20: Serving, Protecting, and Restoring God’s Earth
Jon Terry is Director of Community Development and Alumni Relations at the Au Sable Institute and the son of FCC member Barb Mengebier. He will present useful insights for the church and its members on caring for God’s magnificent creation. Jon will also share a brief history of the Au Sable Institute and its role as a science field station for 50 Christian colleges throughout the United States and Canada.
October 27: Wood Carvings, Sacred Meaning
We were recently challenged with Nick Kroeze's presentations on the agreement of science and the Bible. In today’s session, the retired Kuyper College president displays another strong interest, showing some of the many wood carvings he has produced over the years, ranging from mantle size items to a 24 foot high waterfall, with some entered in the annual ArtPrize contest (Grand Rapids, MI). Kroeze says he loves to express biblical and spiritual themes in his art.
Over 18: A Documentary about Porn
Pornography is readily accessible to everyone who uses the internet. It is becoming the “new drug.” Learn what you can do to help people you know fight against it. Classis Muskegon is sponsoring Over 18: A Documentary about Porn, a very informative and insightful film about the prevalence of addiction to pornography in our culture. No charge. Registration is not required, but encouraged. Sunday, October 27, 7PM at Second CRC-Grand Haven, 2021 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven. Register at: Over18-Grand Haven.eventbrite.com. Need more information? Contact: Muskegonsafechurch@gmail.com.
Hospice Candlelight Service
The annual candlelight memorial service will be held November 5 to honor individuals and remember loved ones who have died. It will take place at Harbourfront Grand Hall, 41 Washington Street in Grand Haven. Reservations are not necessary, but questions can be directed to the bereavement office at 616/846-2015.
Volunteer Opportunity with World Renew
World Renew is seeking trained, highly experienced volunteers (management professionals) to serve as International Relief Managers with our International Disaster Response team. IRMs provide critical support to staff and partners on the ground in crisis situations, managing and implementing projects in response to natural disasters and conflict. Project Management, International Development or Disaster Response experience an asset. Assignments are typically 3 months in length. Individuals and couples are welcome to apply. Contact us at email@example.com!
Covenant Life Church in beautiful Grand Haven, Michigan, is searching for a part-time, dynamic team member to join us as an Administrative Assistant. This is a part time, 30 hours/week position. Please submit a cover letter, resume and completed pre-employment questionnaire to Nelson Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail these materials to Covenant Life Church, 101 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven MI 49417.
Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys
The Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys begins its 30th year of singing this fall with a concert series led by the choir’s Associate Director, Dr. Martin Neary (former Master of Music at Westminster Abbey and Winchester Cathedral). The concerts are offered free of admission charge. Arrive early for best seating. A free will offering will be taken. October 25 and 26, 7PM, at the Cathedral of St. Andrew - 301 Sheldon Avenue SE in Grand Rapids. October 27, 5PM, at Mayflower Congregational Church - 2345 Robinson Road SE in Grand Rapids.
October 20, 2019
Al & Lynn DeYoung Rosemary VerHeul
Sharon Pell & Jack Laughlin
Bethany Holtrop & Nancy Cook
October 27, 2019
Norm & Sandie Heerema, Diane VanderRoest
Rosemary VerHeul & Renee Geschiere
Kris Grek & Tonya Plaisier