This Week’s Church and Community News
Next Sunday, January 27
Imagine spending a year living in another country with a different language and different customs. This year we’re learning that scenario isn’t just one to imagine. It’s the one we’re actually living in. We are not of this world. We belong to another kingdom. We’ve talked about what that means for us personally. Next Sunday we will explore what that means for engaging with the world around us. We will also share the Lord’s Supper.
This Week’s Offering is for Positive Options
Positive Options (Lakeshore Pregnancy Center) is a Christ-centered ministry that responds to unplanned pregnancy and believes that every life matters, healthy relationships are vital, Biblical sexuality is possible and hope is eternal. Next week’s offering is also for Positive Options.
Game Night Is Back
Join us January 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.
Kids Hope Mentors
Kids Hope is a national organization which provides one on one mentoring to at risk kids in local public schools. FCC currently has 21 mentors serving children at Lake Hills School. 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. We need more mentors! Currently there are seven children who are waiting for one. 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 email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 616-560-9542.
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 5:15PM-7:30PM on Saturday, February 9. This is available for kids up to 10 years-old. You can sign up by calling the church office or go to https://ferrysburgchurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/196750.
Thank you for the continued thoughts, prayers, and kindnesses shown our family during Gerrit’s hospital stay and continued journey. We are very appreciative of the community of faith that continues to hold our family and Gerrit up. Last week Gerrit went for routine lab work and a doctor check-in, and he continues to make strides toward health. We covet your prayers as the stem cells take hold; that they would work to keep Gerrit cancer-free for years to come. Thank you, Gerrit, Lauren, Nolan, Henry along with the Visser and VanAntwerpen families
New sanctuary Bibles are available on tables as you walk into the sanctuary. The old pew Bibles have been removed from the racks. We encourage you to bring your own Bible, use your mobile device, or pick up a sanctuary Bible on your way in. Bible passages will also be on the screen.
College/Military Care Packages
Starting next Sunday we will begin collecting notes and care package items for our 20 students living away from home attending undergraduate college and Becca (Hallenbeck) Davis, who is stationed in Afghanistan. Boxes will be shipped on February 11.
Save the Dates
We’ll be making a ROAR the mornings of June 10-14 with our VBS! Mark your calendars now and plan to be a part of this epic, engaging week where we’ll explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers us through this wild life.
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 email@example.com 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!
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 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!
Youth and Education
See you Monday from 6:30-8:15!
S U M M I T
January 20 is Mentor Sunday! We’ll meet at FCC from 4-6! Wear black - we’re playing SHADOW NINJAS!!
January 27 is game night! Join our church family at FCC for a fun night of games and fellowship!
B A S E C A M P
Base Camp will meet January 23 and February 6! We have lots of fun activities planned, so plan on joining us at FCC from 6:30-8:00!
January 20: Video: Bringing America Together
In this 2019 January Series video, Arthur C.Brooks addresses divisions that plague our country. He offers ways to disagree better and unite the nation. Brooks is president of a conservative think tank, American social scientist, frequent speaker, author, musician, and columnist for the New York Times. (Please note schedule change).
January 27: Islam 101
Paul Kortenhoven-- a retired CRC missionary who served in West Africa--will explain core beliefs of our Muslim brothers and sisters, whose numbers are growing in West Michigan. Recognizing religious and cultural differences will help us be the good neighbors that Scripture encourages us to be. Paul will also tell a few stories about his family’s living in a Muslim village in Sierra Leone for over 15 years.
CRC and RCA Disability Concerns
Mental health and suicide prevention training - One in five of us live with a diagnosable mental health condition, and mental illness is usually a factor when someone takes their own life. Clergy, youth group leaders, church staff, congregation members, and anyone with a passion for mental health are urged to attend a workshop to learn how to build healthier communities through mental health education and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. The workshop has been scheduled at four different times in Kent and Ottawa counties on February 7 and 19. See benice.org/be-nice-faith for details and to register. Sponsored by the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan with support from the Suicide Prevention Coalitions of Kent and Ottawa Counties and CRC and RCA Disability Concerns.
Christian Reformed Conference Grounds
We are looking for some young adults who love Jesus, love the Conference Grounds, and would love to have the time of their life working at the Grounds this summer! We currently have full-time openings for Lifeguards (1 male and 1 female), 2 male Youth Leaders, and Store/Bible School. These positions are full-time for the summer and include living accommodations on site in our beautiful staff cottages. If you are 18 or older and would like to apply please email us at email@example.com and we will send you an application or give us a call at 616-842-4478.
Muskegon Christian School
We were so blessed by the year-end support of our MCS Match Drive! We were not only able to utilize all the match funds but exceeded our goal, raising a total of over $100,000 for tuition assistance! THANK YOU! Our school is truly blessed by the faithful support of our community.
Cooler/Smarter: Living Your Climate Witness
Workshop Series - Cooler/Smarter: Living Your Climate Witness is a 7-session workshop series designed to help individuals and families that want to get serious about reducing their carbon footprints. Each workshop will take place at a different congregation throughout Grand Rapids and will be facilitated by a Climate Witness Partner. The Climate Witness Project is a campaign of the Office of Social Justice and World Renew. We will also be sharing highlights from the sessions via video later—stay tuned! Learn more and register at justice.crcna.org/cooler-smarter.
Grand Haven Christian
We will be hosting our Early Education Open House on Tuesday, January 22, from 6:00-7:30. Come and learn about our options for preschool - including half day, all day, and Spanish immersion, young 5's, and many options for kindergarten. Any questions, contact Kristin Clausing at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 616/842-5420.
Love in Action
We currently have a wonderful opportunity to personally share the love of Christ with those in our community who are facing challenges in their life. A Volunteer Client Advisor meets one on one with those who come to Love in Action seeking support. With the support of staff, they assist individuals in assessing their needs and connecting them to resources at Love in Action and throughout the community. Four-hour volunteer shifts are available throughout the week. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to impact your community for Christ, please contact Molly at email@example.com.
Looking for some mid-winter fun? Bring your family and friends to the CL Network (previously known as Christian Learning Center) Auction on Saturday, January 26, at Calvary Christian Reformed Church, 3500 Byron Center Avenue SW in Wyoming. Dinner and the silent auction start at 4:30PM and the live auction begins at 6:00. Bid on merchandise, gift certificates, experiences, and much more! Your participation helps equip congregations and schools to glorify God through purposeful, innovative inclusion of persons with varied abilities. Learn more at clcnetwork.org.
Western Michigan Christian High School is seeking applications for a Head JV Baseball Coach. Candidates must have strong communication skills and an excitement for working with high school student athletes. Western Michigan Christian is committed to developing athletes of high christian character that represent our school and community in a positive way. Contact Athletic Director Kurt Gruppen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Stone of Hope
You are warmly invited to join the Offices of Race Relations and Social Justice, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and Dr. Christina Edmondson on Monday, January 21, at 6:30PM at Madison Church to celebrate the work and words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and be encouraged to continue in our Gospel-driven work for racial justice. The evening will include spoken word, dance by Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige, performances by a mass choir and soloist Satrina Reid, and a message from Dr. Christina Edmondson. Madison Church is located at 1441 Madison Avenue SE in Grand Rapids.
January 20, 2019
Eric Christian and Chuck Gembis
Mark & Sandy Benson, Greg DeWeerd
Lori Houskamp and Diane VanderRoest
Fern Emma Pruiksma
January 27, 2019
Al & Lynn DeYoung, Rosemary VerHeul
Bethany Holtrop and Sara Meiste