Next Sunday, October 21

This Fall we’ve been looking at a very counterintuitive statement: Less > More.  We’ve looked at how less of us creates more room for God. Next Sunday we will circle back to the beginning to reconnect with the great value of emptiness with a look at Matthew 13:44-46.  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 also be for the DeLanges.

Jam and Jelly Sale

On October 14 Jackie Cleveland will be offering her homemade jams and jellies for a donation. Proceeds will go to the Benevolence fund.  A huge thank you to all who’ve returned their empty jars!

Church Hike - October 14

Plan to meet up at Coast Guard Park this Sunday, October 14, at 2:30PM for a hike with friends and church family.  We will complete a 2-mile loop that includes the recently added Brill property in North Ottawa Dunes. Refreshments will follow the hike.

It’s time for a date night!

You deserve a night out with your spouse or significant other!  The Visker LifeGroup will be providing care, games, and activities for your children from 5:30PM-7:30PM on Saturday, October 20.  This is available for kids up to 10 years-old. You can sign up by calling the church office or go to

Help Wanted

One of our LifeGroups has committed to help at the Kids Food Bank in Muskegon on Wednesday, November 7, from 6:30-7:30PM. We need 8 more volunteers for that time. Interested? Please contact Norm Heerema: by Wednesday, October 17.  Pizza to follow at Fricanos!

Cadet 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 22, at FCC from 5:30-7:00. Come meet your friends and family, enjoy a wonderful meal and support your Grand Haven Cadet Club!!

Mitten Making

Come join the quilters in making felted, woolen mittens from recycled sweaters.  You will need 100% wool sweaters (we have some if you don't). Call Bev Gilmore (616/846-0698) or Jan Rozema (616/846-9525) for directions on how to wash and dry the sweaters. Our mitten meetings will be Tuesday, October 23, and Tuesday, October 30 at 8:45AM until 11:00 at church.

Thank You

Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers while my dad was sick. He will be moving to a rehabilitation floor at Blodgett hospital soon, and then home.         -Stacy Bonnema

FCC Kids on the App

Each week you have an opportunity to get a glimpse of what your kids are doing in class.  Looking at photos together can be a great way to talk with your kids about what they are learning and experiencing. You can also find take home pages and class schedules.

In the broader church app, you can listen to sermons, find contact information, and view the news page and prayer requests.  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 Sign Up

It’s not too late to join a LifeGroup!  Please go to and indicate a couple of LifeGroups you are interested in joining.  We will assign you to a group.

Happy Birthday!

This week we want to remember our homebound members who will celebrate birthdays soon.  Here is address information if you would like to send a card for the special day:

  • Barbara O’Brien, October 16, Grand Pines Rm C-7, 1410 S. Ferry Street, Grand Haven MI 49417

  • Elaine Kossuth, October 16, Stonecrest of Troy Rm 320, 3400 Livernois Road, Troy, MI 48083

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

10/16  Nolan Visser

10/18  Asa Proctor

See you Monday from 6:30 to 8:15!

S U M M I T  

  • Today, we’re joining together for a time of worship and Bible study. Join us at FCC from 4-6!

  • Mentor Sunday is NEXT WEEK: October 21. Weather permitting, we’ll have a bonfire at Sam’s house and play capture the flag. Plan on meeting at Sam’s house on that day!

B A S E  C A M P

  • Base Camp is meeting this week Wednesday, October 17, from 6:30-8:00 at FCC to finish our series on Moses! Bring a friend, and we’ll see you there!!

  • Join us Friday, October 19 for Laser Tag! We’ll meet at FCC at 7:00 and carpool down to the Lost City. We should return to FCC around 9PM!

Adult Education

October 14:   The Colossian Way: A Christian Practice for Contentious Issues (part 1)

Too often we struggle to find our way through complex issues and we end up quarreling or splitting apart from each other.  The church seems to be as embattled as the culture around us. At the same time, these contentious issues offer an opportunity for Christian spiritual formation and discipleship.  In the midst of complex issues, we see a moment to grow our love for each other and for God. This two-part series offers an experiential learning exercise in a Christian practice of loving each other across our differences.  The first week will provide content and practice around the complexity of current issues and the challenges of unity. The second week will provide an opportunity to engage one another around our differences. Led by Chris DeVos, Colossian Forum staff and CRC pastor.

October 21:  The Colossian Way: A Christian Practice for Contentious Issues (part 2)

This second session on the above topic offers an experiential learning exercise in a Christian practice of loving each other across our differences.  Led by Michael Gulker, President of the Colossian Forum.

Community Announcements

Music at Calvin

Calvin College has a variety of musical performances during the month of October that are open to the community! Highlights: Calvin Music Festival features all the music department’s bands, choirs and orchestra - takes place on Friday, October 19, 7:30PM; Late Night with Capella on Friday, October 5 at 9PM; a recital featuring Prof. Forrest Wakeman, piano, on Friday, October 12, 7:30PM; the Orchestra on Saturday, October 27, 8PM; and many more! Several of these events are free admission, but please visit for more information or call the music department office at 616-526-6253.

Western Michigan Christian

WMC High School is looking for a coach for the girls track & field team this spring. If interested or have questions, please email WMC Athletic Director Kurt Gruppen at:

Volunteers in Service

VIS has many opportunities to serve, including cleaning/household chores, offering support as a friend, weeding, and exterior painting for community members unable to do these things due to physical limitations.  If you are able to serve, please contact Debbie Jones at or call 459-7500.

World Renew Disaster Response Services

Hurricane Michael Response - World Renew is organizing to help U.S. Gulf Coast residents affected by Hurricane Michael. DRS regional managers are working with local officials and other organizations to begin planning for early assessments and clean up after the storm. You can support Michael survivors who don't have the resources to recover from the storm on their own. Please give to Hurricane Michael response in your church offering, at, call 800-552-7972, or mail your check made out to World Renew, with Hurricane Michael in the memo line, to: World Renew, 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Barnabas Ministries Fall Banquet

The 24th Annual Fall Banquet will take place November 8 at 6:30PM.  Join us in celebrating what God has done! The event will be held at Immanuel Church, 325 104th Avenue in Holland.   Call 616/748-8435 or visit for more information.

Gary and Martha Matthew in Concert

You’re invited to a free concert of fun, joy, and worship with Gary and Martha Matthews on Sunday, October 21, at 5PM at Christ Memorial Church. Gary and Martha will feature a variety of instruments including trumpets, flute, piano, handbells, and voice. Invite family and friends to this time of rejuvenation! Christ Memorial Church is located at 595 Graafschap Road, Holland, 49423 –


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October 21, 2018

Eric Christian, Chuck Gembis

Cyndi McKinney

Mark & Sandy Benson, Greg DeWeerd

Steve Donselar


Kate Laughlin

Tes Schipma

Lori Houskamp, Barb Mengebier . 

Phill Hallenbeck

Ettienne Wallis


Michelle Boersma

Claudia Hwang


Lori Houskamp

Jason Waldo


October 28, 2018

Eric Christian, Chuck Gembis

Cyndi McKinney

Mark & Sandy Benson, Greg DeWeerd

Steve Donselar


Kate Laughlin

Claudia Hwang

Lori Houskamp, Barb Mengebier

. Phill Hallenbeck

Charlie Kuiper

Lois Hallenbeck

Jason Waldo

Lori Houskamp

Emma Visker

November 4, 2018

Mike Houskamp

. Chris Holtrop

Al & Lynn DeYoung, Rosemary VerHeul

Brian Meiste


Michele Schipma

Lynn DeYoung

Bethany Holtrop, Sara Meiste


Charla Proctor

Renee Geschiere

Lois Hallenbeck

Elisabeth Bonnema

Grace DePrekel

Jenna Houskamp