Next Sunday, April 28

Living as followers of Jesus, we’re called to experience life in a new way. Next week, we’re talking about how to kill the old self and live as the new self that we’ve been given in Christ. Our Youth Director, Samantha Francart, will share this message from Colossians 3.

This Week’s Offering is for World Renew

World Renew's Disaster Response Services shows God’s love and brings hope to disaster-affected communities in North America by restoring the homes and lives of those who are most vulnerable. Next week’s offering is for the Youth Mission Trip.

Pastor Nate’s Sabbatical

Nate will be away for a time of rest and growth from April 22-June 2.  We have lots of exciting things planned at FCC while he is on sabbatical!  If care needs arise while Nate is gone, please contact your care elder or deacon.  Our Parish Nurse, Judy Ponstine, Pastor Howard Vugteveen, and Becky Tjapkes will also be available for pastoral care.

New Council Leadership

On Sunday, May 5, we will select three new elders and two new deacons to serve a three-year term on our church council. Nominated deacons are Stacy Bonnema, Al DeYoung, Jennifer Kempster, and Michele Schipma. Nominated elders are Dave Boer, Ann Holman, Michael Michaud, Cindy Reinhardt, and Kevin Youngquist. Please continue to pray for this process and God’s leadership of our church.


Thank you to all who supported and prayed for our new MOPS ministry.  We had a tremendous first meeting! MOPS will meet again on May 2 and on May 16 from 9:30AM to 11AM.  Pass the word along to anyone who might be interested in MOPS, or contact Lori Houskamp if you can help with childcare.  Mothers of Pre-Schoolers is a program of Christian fellowship at FCC.

Whitecaps Game

The 3rd annual FCC Whitecaps Game will be Tuesday, May 21. Game time is 7PM against Bowling Green at Fifth Third Ballpark. Tickets are only $15 each. A section has been reserved for FCC until May 1. A signup sheet is on the Happenings Board for you to sign up for a great evening out with FCC family.  See you at the old ball park!!

Thank You

We would just like to thank the amazing church family that we have at FCC for all their cards, their prayers, their hugs, their thoughts. Our church family is very important to us and we truly do feel loved. Thank you for all that you do for us. -Jackie Cleveland and Birdella Hawkins

Save the New VBS Dates!

We’ll be making a ROAR with our VBS the mornings of June 24-27! Plan to be a part of this epic, engaging event. Flyers are available by the Happenings board to invite participants.

Sanctuary Bibles

New 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.

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!

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


04/24  Gabriel Gauthier

04/24  Trenton Gauthier


  • Summit is canceled today! Enjoy Easter with your family, and we’ll meet again next week!

B A S E  C A M P

  • We’re meeting here at FCC on April 24 from 6:30-8:00!

Adult Education

There will be no adult education on Easter Sunday, April 21.

April 28: Estate and Legacy Planning

Have you wanted to create an estate plan, but weren’t sure where to begin? Do you have a will, but now you’re not sure it’s the right fit? Do you know what the Ferrysburg Community Church Legacy Foundation is and does? In this interactive, easy-to-understand workshop, FCC member Steve Baker, a Barnabas Foundation Senior Estate Planner, will provide practical tips to complete or review an effective plan that meets your needs and achieves your charitable goals.

Community Announcements

World Renew Responds to Cyclone Idai

Right now, 2.6 million people in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe are facing devastation in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. World Renew is working to deliver emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to the survivors affected by the disaster. Please give today to this urgent need or for more information, please go to:

Grand Haven Christian

One of our GHC supporters, who strongly believes in the value of a large endowment, has offered to match for the next five months all gifts to the endowment up to a total of $50,000. This fabulous opportunity will add up to $100,000 to this fund in a short period of time, yet will continue to support GHC for years to come. Gifts of any amount will be greatly appreciated.

GHC is currently enrolling students for the 2019-20 school year. We offer a faith-based PK-8th grade education. We have multiple options for Preschool and Kindergarten, including Spanish Immersion. Call 616.842.5420 for more information or to set up a tour.

Night at the Derby

TCM Counseling is having its biggest fundraiser of the year:  A Night at the Derby on Saturday, May 4, at the Spring Lake Country Club.  Details can be found at Please remember that TCM never turns anyone away, provides counseling in 30 schools (K-12) that is free to the students, and has trained 5,000 teens and adults in QPR suicide prevention.  If you cannot attend, please consider purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to go to BERMUDA! Raffle tickets can also be purchased at or by calling 616/842-9160.

Muskegon Christian School

Our auction is coming up on Friday, May 3, 6-9PM at The Innovation Hub in Muskegon.  Tickets are $10 and include a catered meal and beverages. We have exciting items up for bid this year, including a Mackinac Tower Tour for 2,  1 week stay at Florida Keys (2 bedroom condo), dinner cruise for 4 on the Aquastar, gorgeous 50” table from Blended Furniture Market, and much, much more. Please contact MCS at 231/773-3221 for more information - and plan to join us for an inspiring night in support of our students!

Safe Haven Ministries

Our Celebration of Hope is happening May 1, 6-8:30PM, at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids. Join us as we celebrate successes, create awareness, and raise funds for lifesaving services for victims of domestic violence.  Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Hospice Training May 14 and 21

Hospice volunteers serve in a wide variety of capacities, ranging from respite for a family, providing massage therapy or beautician services, playing games with a patient, assisting in our office with administrative duties, to baking cookies and doing minor repairs. Volunteer services are needed days, evenings and weekends. If you would like to find out more information on how you can make a difference, consider attending our next training. To register or for more information place contact Kristyn Ireland at 616/847-5215 or

Cran-Hill Ranch

CranHill is preparing for a full summer of ministry, and as partners in our mission, your prayers and support are greatly appreciated! Please join us in praying for following needs: additional staff - we need about 10-12 more staff members; project needs - skilled volunteers for painting and construction repairs; spring clean up help on May 4; camper scholarships. If the Lord leads you, or someone you know, to consider partnering with us in some way to meet these needs, please contact us at (231) 796-7669 or  Thank you!

Calvin College

Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning - Wondered what our courses are like? Membership is waived for our summer courses and only the $30 course fee applies. Classes meet the first two weeks of June and will include TED Talks, Russia, Mindfulness, Geography of the Bible, and more. Visit us at for more information or phone 616-526-8777.


Door Greeters


















April 28, 2019

Mike Houskamp

Chris Holtrop

Al & Lynn DeYoung, Rosemary VerHeul

Brian Meiste


Kate Laughlin

Elisabeth Bonnema

Bethany Holtrop and Sara Meiste


Charla Proctor

Emma Miller

Fern Emma Pruiksma

Jason Waldo

Sara Visker

Olivia Kuiper

May 5, 2019

Jim DePrekel

Steve Baker

Norm & Sandie Heerema Larry & Diane VanderRoest

Don VerHeul


Kate Laughlin

Ettienne Wallis

Kris Grek and Grace DePrekel


Erica Ippel

Austin Meiste

Michelle Boersma

Elisabeth Bonnema

Carley Hwang

Jenna Houskamp