VISIONS, POSSIBILITY AND MIRACLE SUNDAY
It seems impossible. A group of 8th grade students so excited about their class that they arrive 25 minutes early. That is what has taken place in this year’s Confirmation class. The students get up earlier on Sunday morning and come to church for vigorous discussions about the Bible, the Church, and about serving and being a Christian. They have taken on a challenge to read the four Gospels and they are having fun learning! They are being ‘formed’ as Christian disciples through the work of the Holy Spirit and skilled Confirmation teachers, mentors, parents, grandparents, and this congregation.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Mary said to the angel, “how can this be?” The angel said to Mary, “ The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;… For nothing will be impossible for God.” -Luke 1: 34-35
Inside this issue: Church Events, Caring Ministry, Blood Drive, memorials, VCI
Finance, UMW, Youth Ministry, Calendar
As you read this you may think that this is impossible. Yes, without God it would be impossible. Luke’s gospel points to the work of the Holy Spirit who accompanies and leads into new ventures for God. It is the power of the Most High which overshadows doubts and fears. A miracle is a God-thing. If God blesses our congregation and its future, a miracle of generosity and faithfulness will take place. God’s blessings come with expectations. We will need to search our hearts and make hard choices to do our part to reach the goal. I hope you will take every opportunity to attend the Miracle Sunday meetings and to ask questions of the leaders and of me. (One meeting will take place between the two services on May 4th) The miracle of Miracle Sunday will require us to trust God and one another as we work together toward the goal.
Miracle Sunday is a vital step into the future for our congregation. This step is About the same time our youth were about more than funds for a building. It learning with such excitement, a new challenge surfaced for our congregation. is a radical step of faith in God who in Christ is leading us to grow in ministry to A building inspector helped us become aware that it was time to replace the entire our community and our world. The Renovation team is working on a Master church roof. The cost is ambitious, Ministry Plan, and the Vital Church around $189,000. As faithful people Initiative Team is preparing to move to gathered to consider how to raise funds Phase Two of the renewal process for our for the project, another vision emerged. congregation. As we move toward June 8, There are other building improvements I ask you to pray and seek God’s which now or soon will demand our guidance. Expect the Holy Spirit to stir attention. The decision was made to be your heart. Most of all, remember the bold and take on the challenge of updating and equipping our building for promise of scripture: With God, nothing will be impossible. ministry for now and for years to come. With Church Council approval, June 8, -Pastor Lynn 2014 was designated as Miracle Sunday with a goal of raising $600.000. Included in the project are other improvements to the Education wing, the church kitchen, the sanctuary sound system, and organ. There may also be the opportunity to begin plans for future building renovations.
Happening this Month Come join the Lunch Bunch on Sundays following the 10:45 a.m. service. We will gather at the Good Shepherd window to get a head count and head out to a local restaurant. All ages are welcome to join including singles, couples, and families. Check the bulletin for the daysâ€™ location or contact David Newton.
Our last Book Club (until September) will be Monday, May 12. We will discuss The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. The following is the author's description of his book: "While a cellist plays at the site of a mortar attack to commemorate the deaths of twenty-two friends and neighbors, a woman sniper secretly protects the life of the cellist as Epsilon will meet Wednesday, May 21st at 11:30 AM at Beechwood Inn. Please call the church office 616-396- her army becomes increasingly threatening". Read the book and join us Monday, May 12 at 6:30 in the 5205 by the 19th for reservations. Conference Room. will NOT meet in May. Please consider volunteering at the church or the Civic Center Invite your friends, family and neighbors for the 27th Annual Tulip Time Handbell Concert Friday, May during Tulip Time. Call Sharon Rocker at 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Our 392-1966 for more information. three bell choirs: Sabbath Day Ringers, Family Fellowship will be hosting their Tintinnabulation Ringers and Celebration Cheap Date Night on Saturday, May 17th. If Ringers will present a program of sacred, you have any questions, contact Traci Howard Broadway, jazz, pop, rock, and classical and watch the facebook group and emails. music. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken to cover expenses.
Birthday Wishes! These friends are celebrating at least their 85th birthday this month. Please extend your well wishes! May 3
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The deadline for article submissions for the June Focus is May 16. Please email articles to email@example.com by that date or earlier. If a hard copy must be used, please bring to main office by that date also. If you would prefer not receiving the Focus in the mail, please let Marj Haney know at firstname.lastname@example.org Page 2
Caring Ministry Sharon Rocker, Director of Visitation Ministries (ext. 104) Please be in prayer for these congregation members and friends... Karon Kauffman; Heather Doty; Bill Westerman; George Kleis; Marcia Riemersma Sympathy to Jim Beals and family on the death of Pat Beals on March 30. Pat’s memorial service was held here at the church on April 5. There will be a Celebration of Life to remember Pat on May 3, 2014 from 1:00-3:30 in the auditorium at Freedom Village. Family and friends are encouraged to attend this celebration! It will be the kind of party that Pat would have appreciated! Sympathy to the family and friends of Marilyn Witkop who died on April 7. Her memorial service was held here at the church on April 26.
Stephen Ministry TrainingMore Than Halfway There!
calls. One presenter gave the group information on 211: the area community service referral organization. “Christ Caring For People Through Peo- They have read books and articles; they even had homework! ple” And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ. —Philippians 1:9-1
Trainers Ann Nieuwkoop and Marsha Burnham have nothing but good things to say about this group. They are dedicated, devoted, and have been active participants in the classes. They will make fine Stephen Ministers, and are being commissioned sometime this spring.
The latest group of Stephen Ministers have completed The Stephen Ministry leadership team plans to much of their 50 hours of training, and will soon be recruit and train more Stephen Ministers in the future. ready to do “for real” what they have been learning There will always be a need for caring Christians through role-playing and study -- to provide Christian willing to provide one-on-one support. If you feel you care and a listening ear for people in need. want to become part of this group, contact Ann NieuTheir training has covered such topics as: treating the wkoop (email@example.com; 405-0701) or Marsha elderly, listening skills, and dealing with bereavement. Burnham (firstname.lastname@example.org; 395-0054). These Stephen Ministers have listened to guest speakers who talked about social work and hospital Notes of appreciation for visits, cards and Easter lilies have come to the office from Marlys Stewart, Ivy Cammenga and Alice McGeehan. These notes can be found on the bulletin board near the lounge in the 9th Street hallway.
Tish Bowman, a former member here at FUMC and currently the Associate Pastor at Grand Rapids First UMC will be ordained as an elder in full connection during Annual Conference next month. The West Michigan Annual Conference will be held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids June 11-14. The Ordination service will take place on Saturday, June 14 at 1:30 in the Fine Arts Auditorium on campus. More information will be available soon, see the June Focus. MAY
Nurture Ministry Marj Haney, Director (ext. 106) Heidi De Moss, Director of Adult Ministry Spark Rotation will have our last 4 week rotation of the school year, The Woman at the Well, the first three weeks of May. The 18th will be our last day of the Jubilant Journey for the school year. We will start back up with something brand new on September 7. Watch for details this summer!
Another week of Vacation Bible School will soon be upon us and many, many volunteers are needed to make the week go smoothly. This year’s theme is Workshop of Wonders and Summer camp registrations are now open at will take place July 27 http://westmichiganconference.org/eventsessions through July 31, Sunday through Thursday, each evenEverything you need to know about camping in the ing from 6:00 to 8:30ish. We will rotate the kids West Michigan Conference and beyond is at that same through 4 centers each evening— bible story, music, website. Please see Marj Haney if you need help recreation/snack, and science. We are still in need of navigating the site. The brochures are out now and someone to lead the science center. We also need those who went to camp in the past should have receive shepherds who will walk with the groups to the various one at their home address. There are a few extra here centers and help out in the classroom where needed. at the church. After registering for your week, Youth from grade 6 on up are welcome to help, either please let Marj Haney know so the scholarship can in a center or with a group. Adults are needed for each be sent to the Conference office. Camps must be group as well. We also are looking for someone to paid in full by May 15 so please let us know before that. “play” the main character and someone to manipulate the puppet for both the opening and closing portions Annual All Church Campout August 9-10, 2014 of the evening. If any of these things sound like fun to Plan now to join us for a weekend at Lakeview Campground in north central Michigan, about an hour you, please see Marj Haney as soon as possible. There north of Grand Rapids. We have 14 sites reserved and will be a leader meeting the first part of June, watch they are first come, first served. Our first night is paid your email for a message about that once you are signed for so you will just be required to pay $26 upon arrival up to help. for your second night. More information about the Another component we will be adding if we can get campground can be found at www.lakeviewcamp.org enough help for it is a more intentional outreach to the We have the Luke and John loops, sites 46-51, 53-56 surrounding neighborhoods of the church. It would be and 58-61. It may still be possible to book one or both great if people would be willing to canvass the of the cabins that are also in those loops but you will neighborhood with the information about our VBS a need to see Marj Haney asap about those. couple weeks before the event. If you have a passion Reservations are now available through Marj or Tim for this type of outreach, please let Marj Haney know as Haney. Look forward to seeing you there!! soon as possible. Please let us know soon if you plan to camp. So Wanted! New Small Group Leaders. Desired far, I have no reservations. If we end up needing to Qualities: heart for others; ability to guide a discussion; cancel, I would like to let the campground know willingness to commit 6 to 8 weeks to leading a study; far in advance. Thanks! maturing relationship with God that you are willing to share with a group. If that sounds like you call Heidi. If that doesn’t sound like you at all, but this is nudging at your heart, call Heidi. Let’s have a talk about where God might be leading you... (She’ll treat you to coffee or tea even if you don’t say yes) (616)307-2585 Heidi’s cell. Page 4
Adult Nurture Opportunities 2014 is a good year to grow closer to God... How can Nurture Ministries help?
this has come a new opportunity to reach into the community and to share the congregation's story of inclusion and growth. The DVD will be shown in sections, with discussion in between. DVD sections: There is still a chance to view and study the "The Doors Are Open" - An introduction to our conLenten Study, The Way: Walking in the gregation and it's mission of inclusion. Footsteps of Jesus by Adam Hamilton "Journey to Inclusion" - Our journey towards inclusion Join this small group and catch this ongoing study every and the challenges and insights along the way. other Monday in the lounge with The Rocker Small "Personal Reflections" - Testimonies and personal acGroup ~ contact Bill and Sharon Rocker for details counts from our congregation. "Power of Reconciling" - The step from inclusion to a Ongoing Classes reconciled congregation. FaithLinks Class Where : Filling Station contact Peg Minert May 25 ~ Memorial Day UMC FaithLinks material Leadership will be provided by FaithLinks members. Sunday Assortment Where : Lounge or Fellowship May 4 ~ The Nature Connection Hall (watch for posting) May 11 ~ Radical Life Extension What : Offering on a topic of interest. May 18 ~ Brunch (last meeting of the school year) Fellowship Space Coffee and Conversation Pastor Lynn’s Class Where : Conference Room Where : West end of Fellowship Hall led by Pastor Lynn What : A time to gather and visit with each other, or Sermon based Discussions just relax and refresh. Copies of the newspaper are prePastor Lynn will lead group discussion on the scripture sent, as well as coffee, tea, and often some light refreshtext for the day. This will correspond with the worship ments. for the day. May 4 ~ Two Emmaus Walk Stories May 11 ~ The Future Starts Now: Brand New Life May 18 ~ The Future Starts Now: Everything to Live For May 25 ~ A Holy People What do you think? ~ What are some of your big questions? in life? about Lecture/Presentation Classes Where: Lounge God? about faith? parenting? marriage? cooking? May 4 ~ Discussion and information on projects to be Chances are if you have a question, so does someone funded by our Miracle Sunday else. We can’t seek the answers together if we don’t share the questions. Let Heidi know what big questions May 11 ~ Mother’s Day are, and maybe we can work on some answers (or at least some pondering) together. Contact Heidi at (616) May 18 ~ Peace with Justice ~ presentation of DVD on 307-2585 with a text or a call, or email at King Avenue UMC becoming a Reconciling Congrega- email@example.com. tion ~ King Avenue United Methodist Church, Located in Columbus, Ohio has a long history of outreach and inclusion. I the mid-1990s the congregation reassessed its quiet acceptance of gay persons, and after a challenging transition period, King Avenue is now a Reconciling Congregation. It has witnessed its membership increase in the hundreds in every demographic category. With M A Y 20 1 4
United Methodist Women Service Circle is Shalom May 1: Executive Board, 6:30 pm 5-10: Tulip Time lunch and dinners will be served at the Church and Marktplaats at the Civic Center. To help at the church kitchen call Sally Garrett at 298-2016 or Kristina Shoulders at 403-5451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org To help in the dinning room call Linda DenUyl at 298-2781 or email email@example.com To help at the Civic Center call Dorothy Chamness at 396-3292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Serving at Tulip Time is lots of fun and very rewarding. We look forward to working together to raise money for missions. Please Note: Our church and the kitchen are still in need of additional men and women to volunteer to help in the kitchen during Tulip Time Week, with food prep and most importantly, dishwashing and dishwashing helpers!!!! We are now looking at a near record number of reservations bus groups and patrons for TT meals!!! HELP IN THE KITCHEN FOR DISHWASHERS and HELPERS is needed for the following times: Monday 5/5: 10:30am to 2:30pm. Tuesday 5/6: 10:30am to 2:30pm. Wednesday 5/7: 10:30am to 2:30pm and 4:30pm to 8:30pm. Thursday 5/8: 10:00am to 3:00pm. Friday 5/9: 10:00am to 3:00pm and 4:30pm to 9:00pm. Saturday 5/10: 10:00am to 3:00pm. Help is also needed for cooking assistance on Tuesday 5/6: 2:00pm to 8:00pm. If you can help for any of these times or maybe just part of the times, PLEASE CONTACT Sally Garrett at 616-298-2016. Thinking ahead to the bazaar this fall...if you have jelly jars or pint sized jars you arenâ€™t using, Polly Diehl would love to take them off your hands for a project. Please leave them in the church office with her name on them. Thanks!
Finance Update Kent Jagnow, Treasurer (ext. 103)
Schedule of Events
May 2014 Sun
Staff Parish 7:30 PM Trustees 7:00 PM
Endowment Team 7:00 PM
Finance 7:00 PM
Stephen Ministry Event 7:00 PM
Church Council 7:00 PM
JFON clinic on Friday, May 16
Each week: Tuesday noon: Senior Meal Thursday 7:00: Volleyball
LuAnne Stanley Hook, Director (ext. 108)
Happy Spring! It may be doubtful whether spring will officially come this year or not, but the calendar is marching forward in Youth Ministry! This is our last month of youth group meetings, and includes some of our favorite annual events. It also includes our leastfavorite event: saying goodbye to our seniors. We’re going to miss them greatly! Please pray for the graduating youth of our church as they move on from high school into “what’s next.” For many, this will be college, but for some it might be travel, a job, a mix of job and college classes, or other combinations. Each one needs our prayers and support as they move forward into a new phase of life and finding out what God is calling them to do and be. Thank you for supporting the youth of our church! Youth Schedule:
BYO drink to save on expenses. No other dinner provided this evening. Sunday, May 11: Mother’s Day, no youth group. Spend quality time with your mom and/ or grandma! Sunday, May 18: Last Youth Group Meeting of the Year! 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hook’s, 6618 Butternut Drive in West Olive. Please drop off in storage unit parking lot across the street and you’ll be “shuttled” down the long driveway. Youth leaders may park up by the house. Bring bug spray, dress for the weather, and plan on hanging out with your youth group family on our 10 acres. Picnic potluck meal will be organized by parents. Come and say goodbye to our graduating seniors!
Looking ahead to June: Saturday, May 3: Senior Saturday Event for high school Middle School Mission Trip to Grand Rapids, June 10seniors. Meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. for a day of considering your future beyond high school as follow- 12 ers of Christ. Senior High Mission Trip to Toronto, June 22-28 Sunday, May 4: Confirmation Sunday (held during It’s CAMP SEASON! All youth, sign up now for second service). church camp at one of the many great West Michigan Conference Camps! Let Marj Haney know if you sign Youth Group, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Annual Taste of Tulip Time! Bring money (at least $10) to buy fair food up, and half of the cost will be paid for with $10-for-10 funds from our generous church family. Further help is from the various Tulip Time vendors as we walk also available if needed, and for families with multiple around and enjoy the festival atmosphere together. children going to camp and mission trips. M A Y 20 1 4
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May 2014 Pastor Rev. J. Lynn Pier-Fitzgerald Phone: 616-393-6242
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Worship Topics for May
Sunday Morning 8:30 and 10:45 Pastor Lynn Pier-Fitzgerald, preaching Series: “The Future Starts Now” May 4
Confirmation Sunday “Two Emmaus Walk Stories” Luke 24:17-23 Holy Communion
“The Future Starts Now: Brand New Life” 1 Peter 1:1-5 (The Message)
“The Future Starts Now: Everything to Live For” 1 Peter 1:1-5
“A Holy People” 1 Peter 1:1-2, 9-10 Dedication of Memorial Window in Lounge