Next Sunday, September 1

If you’re hosting a party, one of the most stressful parts is figuring out the guest list.  Who should come? Who shouldn’t? As we’ve seen, Jesus had some great advice for guests attending a party.  Next week we’ll hear some wisdom for the people throwing the party, especially as it pertains to the guest list.

This Week’s Offering is for Brian and Betsy Turnbull

Brian and Betsy Turnbull are church planters in Northeast Seattle, Washington, where their ministry of mission and discipleship is called The House. The offering through September 15 will be for the Turnbulls. 

Budget and Giving Information

July budget $42,945.08

July collections $42,397.88

July expenses -$36,021.07

July balance $6,376.81

2019 classical shares monthly budget $814.42

Classical shares paid in July $814.42

2019 denominational shares monthly budget $5,429.25

Shares paid in July $5,429.25

Year to date shortage on denominational shares $0

Fall Worship Time and Education Hour

Beginning September 8 we will go back to a 10:30AM worship time.  Our education hour also begins on September 8. Be sure to be here at 9:15AM to grow closer to God and deeper in his family! 

Jams/Jellies Sale

It’s back to school time. Time for PB&J’s - get your jams and jellies at the table set up after worship!  Jackie Cleveland makes many different delicious flavors. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to benevolence.  

New Directory

A new directory will be printed soon.  If you have had any changes to your contact information in the last year, please take a moment to check the table in the lobby and indicate corrections under your name.  You can also email the office with changes. If you’re not presently in the directory but would like to be, let the office know.

Adult Education

Thank you for your ongoing—and enthusiastic—participation in the adult education program at FCC. In your mailboxes at church is a schedule of the new fall season, which begins on September 8. Please look over the topics and speakers, then join us when you can on Sunday mornings at 9:15. Looking forward to seeing you! Note: This fall Bob Rozema is retiring as chairman of the adult education program. He thanks the committee—Jeanne’ Gembis, Jim Niewenhuis. Charla Proctor, Fern Emma Pruiksma—for all their excellent and continuing work on the adult education program. And we thank Bob for his many years of coordinating excellent, engaging sessions!  September 8 we will welcome Terri DeBoer as she speaks to us about “More than Just a Job.”

CROP Hunger Walk

Mark your calendars for October 6!  The Tri-Cities CROP Hunger Walk will be happening at FCC that afternoon.  Call the office or visit for more information or to donate. There will also be a table set up in the Commons in September to register to walk or donate.   This is the 45th annual Tri-Cities walk and it is the 50th anniversary of the CROP walk itself!  

Kids Hope

Kids Hope is a national organization which provides one on one mentoring to at risk kids in local public schools. FCC partners with Lake Hills School in Spring Lake. Mentors meet with their student once a week for about half an hour to an hour. We help with homework, play games, eat lunch, talk, color, read, and other things. FCC currently has 20 mentors serving children at Lake Hills School but we could use more! The need is great! Please talk to Judy Ponstine if you are interested in volunteering or if you just want to find out more about being a mentor. You may call Judy at 616-560-9542 or email her at

Clothing for Kids

This is just a "heads up": the Merz/Ponstine Life Group will be having a kids' outerwear clothing collection in the next month. So, right now, as you go through your kids' clothing to check what fits and what doesn't, please consider putting aside your good used items for the outerwear collection. We are looking primarily for coats and jackets, snow pants, boots, mittens, hats. The clothing will benefit the ever growing population of needy children, even homeless children, in the Tri City Area. Thank you!

Thank You

Thank you for your support of our ministry during the special offerings.  Or as we say in French, merci pour votre soutien! Our French studies are wrapping up very soon and we will start learning a local language.  As we look over the past year and a half, we realize how much progress we have made in our French learning and in learning Senegalese culture and are encouraged for the next steps.  Thank you for the part that you have had in our journey here so far! Phil & Sarah 

We just wanted to thank everyone for their support during July when Mitchell was hospitalized with CF complications. He is back at work, has resumed normal activity, and is feeling great!  We are so thankful for modern medicine, a care facility for CF that is so close (Spectrum), and for the continued advancements in research and care of adults with CF. Your never-ending support, love, and prayers for Mitchell and our family mean the world to us!  Dave and Pam Landheer


Calling all 3rd and 4th grade boys: Would you like to go camping, learn woodworking, and many other activities with other boys? We do all those things in Cadets. Come with your parents to an introductory meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 7:30PM at First CRC (corner of Waverly and Ferry in Grand Haven) to find out more about Cadeting. The Grand Haven Cadet Club is a joint program of 1st, 2nd CRC, 2nd Reformed Church, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, and Covenant Life, but membership in the Club is not limited to boys from these Churches - in fact all boys are welcome to join the Club.  Bring a friend to the meeting.

Sanctuary Bibles

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 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 help you find the group that’s right for you!  

Online Giving

You can 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. 

Youth and Education 

Happy Birthday

08/29  Marcus Ippel

08/31  Charles Kuiper

08/31  Estella Kuiper

08/31  Samuel Kuiper


  • Thanks for an amazing year! We’ll resume Summit in September!

B A S E  C A M P

  • Thanks for an amazing year! We’ll resume Base Camp in September!

Community Announcements

Over 18:  A Documentary about Porn

Save the date!   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.  Same film: two locations. No charge. Registration is not required, but encouraged. Thursday, September 26; 7:00 pm. This first screening is in conjunction with the Fall Classis Meeting scheduled at First CRC-Fremont, 721 Hillcrest Avenue, Fremont, MI  49412. Register at:  Sunday, October 27 at 7PM.  Second CRC-Grand Haven, 2021 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven, MI  49417. Register at: Over18-Grand Need more information? Contact:

Simply Give

Love in Action of the Tri-Cities is once again being blessed by Meijer’s Simply Give program.  It will run through September 28. 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 days are August 30 and September 13. For every $10 card purchased, Meijer will double match up to a maximum Meijer donation of $10,000. Your help by purchasing a card is deeply appreciated. If you have any questions, you may contact us at or (616) 846-2701. 

Upscale Resale Store 

Love in Action of the Tri-Cities is looking for an Assistant Manager for its Grand Haven Upscale Resale Store.  It is a part-time position requiring strong math and cash handling skills. This position is in charge of the Grand Haven Store when the Store Director is not present.  They must be able to lift 40 lbs. To apply submit a resume and cover letter to

Summer Concerts:

Worship On the Waterfront
There is no cost, nor any tickets needed to attend W.O.W.  Check out our website Concerts begin at 7PM.  For more information call 616-842-6600.

  • August 25 Mark Schultz

Christian Reformed Conference Grounds

The doors to the Worship Center will open at 6PM, concerts will begin at 7PM.  No tickets are needed however a free-will offering will be taken to help offset our music ministry.

  • Saturday, August 24 - Greater Vision, chicken BBQ dinner available 4:30-6:30 


Come early and eat dinner in our dining room for preferred seating.  Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are preferred. Concerts begin at 7PM.  For more information call 231-798-2161 or visit our website

  • Saturday, August 24 - Huntley Brown

  • Saturday, August 31 - Collingsworth Family


Door Greeters















August 25, 2019

Mike Houskamp

Chris Holtrop

Al & Lynn DeYoung, Rosemary Verheul

Brian Meiste


Kate Laughlin

Sharon Pell & Renee Geschiere

Bethany Holtrop & Sara Meiste


Sara Meiste

Luke Proctor & Eve Geschiere

Michelle Boersma

Gabe Gauthier

August 25, 2019

Mike Houskamp

Chris Holtrop

Al & Lynn DeYoung, Rosemary Verheul

Brian Meiste


Judy Wierenga

Marilyn Derks & Emma Miller

Lori Houskamp & Sara Meiste

Phill Hallenbeck

Paige Knollinger & Elisabeth Bonnema

Lori Houskamp

Raegan Visker