This Week’s Church and Community News
Next Sunday, September 23
Jesus said a lot of seemingly bizarre thing during his time on earth. “The first will be last.” “Blessed are those who mourn. “Lose your life to find it.” So it shouldn’t surprise us when we discover another counterintuitive message in his teaching: Less is more. This fall we will discover how having less actually opens us up to having far more than we ever dreamed. We’ll kick things off next Sunday.
This Week’s Offering is for Brian and Betsy Turnbull
Brian and Betsy Turnbull are church planters in Seattle, Washington with Resonate Global Missions. Next week’s offering will be for TCM Counseling.
LifeGroups Sign Up
It’s not too late to join a LifeGroup! Please go to ferrysburgchurch.com/lifegroups or use the blue sheets to indicate 2-3 LifeGroups you are interested in joining. We will assign you to a group.
Ferrysburg Community Church App
We are excited to announce a new way to connect with your church! We have developed an app for your smartphone or tablet that will include all things FCC. You can listen to sermons, find contact information, see what your kids are learning, and find news 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.
Plan to stick around for a luncheon after church this morning! After the service head into the gym and look for the cluster of tables that is connected to the first letter of your last name.
Thank You from the Vissers
Words cannot express the gratitude that Lauren and their extended family felt when looking across the gym at the benefit Wednesday night. To know this is the chorus of people praying for Gerrit’s healing and for our family…Amazing Grace. We are humbled beyond words and thank you all for bringing together a glimpse of the true church family; a little heaven on this earth. Thanks to the many hands that joined by donating an auction item, bid on something, helped in some way with the clean-up or just enjoyed a great meal with us - we thank you all. Please continue to pray for Gerrit’s treatment and healing. A huge thank you that earthly concerns are less today because of you all.
Women’s coffee gathering at North Shore beach on Wednesday, September 19, starting at 9:00AM. Regular coffee and water will be available. Please join us for fellowship, a walk along the beach or trails and let your children play on the playground. Come early or stay late for personal quiet time with God with His beautiful creation. Coffee will be served under the covered pavilion in the rain or sunshine. In case of severe weather we will meet at church or have an announcement that day, Wednesday, September 19, on the FCC website.
Our GEMS Club Kick-off is this coming Monday, September 17 from 6:30-8:15PM. All girls in 1st-7th grade are invited to join GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior). Spread the word and invite friends! At GEMS we have fun, build relationships, learn new skills, serve others and learn how we are dearly loved by God. GEMS will continue to meet the first and third Mondays of the month from 6:30-8:15PM. Parents of new GEMS are invited to an informational meeting from 7:45-8:15 during the kick-off. Contact Lori Houskamp for more information.
Open Gym Playgroup
The gym will be open, bounce house inflated and toys ready! Beginning September 25 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to be added to an email list for updates/reminders.
You can now 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.
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!
In last Sunday’s sermon Jeff Boersma used pornography as an example of a willful sin. And it is way more prevalent than any of us realize. Please consider becoming more aware of the powerful addiction of pornography by attending a FREE film which will be shown at Calvin College in the Commons Annex Lecture Hall next Thursday, September 20, at 7:00PM. The film, “Over 18”, is a clear eyed examination of modern pornography and its effects on kids, teens and parents. Even if you cannot attend the film, please check out the trailer: www.over18doc.com. Questions: contact Barb Mengebier, 520-403-4722.
Youth and Education
09/21 Jude Proctor
S U M M I T
Mentor Sunday is happening TODAY from 4-6PM. We’re meeting at the Wallis’s house for pizza, fellowship, and ziplining!
B A S E C A M P
Base Camp is meeting this week Wednesday, September 19 from 6:30-8:00 at FCC! Bring a friend, and we’ll see you there!!
September 16: Engaging Our Community
Churches engaging with communities is so widespread in the United States that it is best described as a congregational norm. However, there is no formula or step-by-step plan for congregations to best engage their neighborhoods. Instead, this talk offers a brief overview to stimulate congregational thinking about engaging their community. It includes insights regarding social science and local context. Led by Mark Mulder, professor and chair of the Sociology department at Calvin College.
September 23: Safe Church Basics
Why do we have a safe church team at FCC and how does it fit into our overall mission to be a church for all kinds of people? Safe team members Lori Houskamp and Barb Mengebier will outline our goals as a safe church and present interesting (and sticky) situations for us to discuss. With hot topics such as sexual harassment and abuse prevalent in the news, we as a church need to educate and protect vulnerable persons of all ages.
Calvin + Community Worship Service
Calvin College welcomes its neighbors to participate in a community worship service on Sunday, September 30 at 10AM. The service will be held in the Covenant Fine Arts Center on Calvin’s campus and seeks to unite those both with and without ties to Calvin through our common identity in Christ. Please join us as we worship together as neighbors and friends!
Love in Action of the Tri-Cities is once again being blessed by Meijer’s Simply Give program. It began August 19 and will run through September 15. 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. Your help by purchasing a card will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, you may contact us at email@example.com or 616/846-2701.
Join forces with Positive Options and donate any of your gently used items for our 9th Annual Second Hand Sale on Saturday, September 22, 8AM-2PM. We need you to bring your donations to our storage unit on Kooiman Ave -- #220-- in Grand Haven. Text "donation drop off" to 616-308-2726 and receive the code for the unit. A generous THANK YOU to everyone for the abundant reply we received about our need for baby food. We have a lovely stock now!
Volunteers In Service
VIS is once again offering Deacon Orientation Training for all deacons or leaders who are working in the area of benevolence, justice and mercy. There are two date options, Monday, September 24, at Friendship Christian Reformed Church or Thursday, October 4, at Shawnee Park Christian Reformed Church. Training is from 7-9PM. There is no cost but to reserve your spot please email Bernita Tuinenga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come Celebrate 50 Years of Ministry with Cran-Hill! Cran-Hill Ranch has been transforming lives into the image Christ since 1968, and you are invited to come and celebrate all that God has done through the Ministry. The banquet is on September 27 at 6:00PM at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. Table sponsorships are available and tickets are $30. Reserve your seat online at www.cranhillranch.com/anniversary-celebration, or call 231.796.7669 today!
70x7 Life Recovery will be hosting our Annual Fall Banquet Fundraiser and Silent Auction on Thursday, November 1. This will be a combined event with the Grand Rapids and Holland Program Centers and will take place at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville; author and evangelist, Manny Mill will be our keynote speaker. New this year is the silent auction! This event is our main fundraiser of the year; please pray for good attendance and generous donations to support the work of this important ministry. Check our Facebook page and website for updates: www.70x7liferecovery.org.
Christian Reformed Conference Grounds Concert
Saturday, September 15 - Chris Hansen and the Hark Up “Good Old Gospel Hymn Sing,” 7PM, baked chicken dinner 5:00-6:30PM
September 16, 2018
Eric Christian and Chuck Gembis
Mark & Sandy Benson, Greg DeWeerd
Lori Houskamp, Barb Mengebier
September 23, 2018
Al & Lynn DeYoung, Rosemary VerHeul
Bethany Holtrop, Sara Meiste