"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…" Ecclesiastes 3:1
I can hardly believe we are over half way through our interlude between senior pastors. The time is quickly flying by as we prepare to welcome Pastor Bob and Pigeon. Preparations are taking place for their arrival with a freshly painted office, a welcoming picnic planned, and so much more.
I want to thank all of you for your positive response to our current series, "Imagine the People of God." You have told me that you like having the announcements and the greeting time right at the beginning. You have told me that you enjoy the visual nature of the series. Some of you have even said that not being quite sure what was going to happen next has been "a good thing." I have personally appreciated the help of Steve Walker, Darlene Regula, Janet Carter, and (this coming Sunday) Kurt Kimball, who have all done a great job as liturgists. It´s been good to hear a few new voices.
I also appreciate those of you who have shared some of your concerns. Change is not always easy, especially when we are so comfortable with, and have truly enjoyed, the way things have been. Please feel free to share your concerns with me. I´m always happy to talk about why the Worship Design Team and I have made certain choices, and to hear how that has translated into a worshipful (or not so worshipful) experience for you. One suggestion that came up following a week with several videos was that there should be sub-titles for those who don´t hear as well as they would like. What a great idea! I had never thought of that (and maybe the producers of such videos haven´t either). I am definitely going to investigate this. If no one has done this, I´m going to pass on the suggestion!
Friends, I appreciate your willingness to try something new, to humor your associate pastor, and to imagine in different ways. You have been very gracious. Change happens in our lives whether we want it or not. It´s the nature of life. And so, as we prepare for a change of leadership, I am particularly comforted by the spirit I see in this body every time we gather. We have heard Christ´s promise, ‘I am with you always,´ and are moving forward in faith and trust.
I wonder what gifts we will discover as we move forward, as things change, as God´s Spirit works in new ways in our midst. Like the flight of a butterfly, seemingly random and heavily affected by the wind, and yet always moving toward the goal of the flower, our journey toward Christ will continue. We will discover new ways of looking at the world with all its gifts and challenges. We will work together to answer the call to help the poor and the needy. We will find new ways of being faithful disciples of Jesus. And in all of this, God will be present. We are so very blessed.
See you on Sunday!
P.S. Thank you in advance for your generous support of our Summer Mission Offering for Habitat for Humanity and JFON. Remember, half of every donation will be doubled when we give it to JFON.
P.P.S. July 21 is Pastor Bob and Pigeon´s first Sunday with us. Plan on attending worship and then join in the fun of our potluck picnic. It´s going to be a great day.
P.P.P.S. You are all doing a great job of remembering to wear your new nametags. Keep it up! I can assure you that Pastor Bob and Pigeon will appreciate it as they get to know all of us.
• July 9, 7:00 pm — Infertility Support Group
• July 11, 7:15 am — Road Trip: Chicago
• July 13, 12:00 pm — Methodist Connection Picnic at Johnson Park
• July 14, 9:30 and 11:00 am — Stephen Ministry Meet and Greet
• July 14, 11:30 am — Alicia Patch Oldham poetry reading
• July 17, 8:00 am — Caring Connection
• July 18, 10:00 am — Moms´ Group at Meijer Gardens
• July 20, 8:30 am — Feeding America Distribution
• July 21, 11:15 am — Summer Picnic and Welcome for the Hundleys
• July 28 — All-Church Camp Sign-Up
• August 1, 10:00 am — Moms´ Group at Kentwood Splash Pad
• August 4 — All-Church Camp Sign-Up
• August 5 - 8 — Arts Alive Camp: the Global Village
• August 5 - 8 — Junior High: Week of Giving
• August 13, 7:00 pm — Infertility Support Group
• August 15, 10:00 am — Moms´ Group at Boulder Ridge Animal Park
• August 16-18 — All-Church Camp at Lake Michigan UM Camp
• August 17, 8:30 am — Feeding America Distribution
• August 21, 8:00 am — Caring Connection
• September 4, 7:00 pm — Taizé Sung Prayers
• September 21, 8:30 am — Feeding America Distribution
• Infant Nursery — 0-23 months Room 107
• Toddler Nursery — age 2-young 3 Room 106
• One Room Schoolhouse — age 4-Grade 2 Room 202 (Dismissed from worship following Moments with the Children.)
Please contact Annette Erbes at 451.2879 or email@example.com with any questions.
WEST MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF CHRISTIAN MISSION now called "MISSION u" will be held July 24-27 at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. The 2013 mission studies are: "Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly," "Poverty - A Human Rights Issue," and "The Roma of Europe." There will also be classes for youth and children. The registration deadline is July 10 and forms are on the UMW bulletin board. The "Grand Rapids District Mission u" Drive-In Day is Saturday, August 10 from 9-3 at Alto UMC, registration fee is $10 and includes program and lunch. Forms are on the UMW bulletin board.
METHODIST CONNECTION SUMMER PICNIC Everyone is invited to attend The Methodist Connection Summer Picnic which will take place at Johnson Park on Saturday, July 13 at noon. If you haven´t experienced the Methodist Connection, put a toe in the water and come to the picnic! Meat provided, bring a dish to pass.
CONSTRUCTION NEWS Barclay Avenue will be closed Monday - Friday during construction. Use John Street to gain access to the church and parking lots.
HOSPITALIZATIONS Are you or a family member hospitalized or having surgery? Due to strict hospital privacy rules, we won´t know unless you tell us! Each day of the week, pastoral care is covered by our parish nurse or one of our pastors who are happy to visit and pray with you before your surgery or during your hospital stay. If you don´t want your name mentioned in the Weekly Pulse or in Sunday services, please let us know. However, we would still like to visit and support you, even if it´s an outpatient procedure. Please contact Parish Nurse Marj Timmerman or Pastor Tish at 451.2879.
NASHVILLE ROAD TRIP Join us in Nashville, Tennessee in October! This trip includes a guided bus tour of Nashville, a lunch cruise with entertainment on the General Jackson Showboat, a back stage tour of the Grand Ole Opry, as well as a 7:00 pm performance at the Grand Ole Opry! We should see lots of beautiful fall colors, too. The dates are October 10-12. A $100 deposit is needed to confirm your reservation. All itinerary and reservation forms are in the literature rack in the north lobby or online at www.grandrapidsfumc.org/road-trips.
FIRST CHURCH TOWER PAINTING Get your limited edition print of our Mathias Alten painting of the First Church Tower for $35. Purchase your print at the north lobby desk after church, during the week, or contact Peg Terkeurst at 451.2879.
ALL-CHURCH CAMPING WEEKEND will be held August 16 - 18 at Lake Michigan UM Camp in Pentwater. Cost is $56. You can bring your own tent, trailer, or use the campground´s platform canvas tent with six beds. Sign up in Wesley Hall July 28 and August 4. Payment needs to be made to reserve your spot. If you have any questions, call Peg Terkeurst at 451.2879.
CARING CONNECTION The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 17 at 8:00 am at New Beginnings Restaurant (1455 Michigan St NE). We welcome anyone who would like to participate in caring for our homebound with phone calls, note-writing, and visits.
DÉGAGÉ MINISTRIES FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES Thank you for supporting us last summer! Your donations of fresh fruits and vegetables provided healthy options for our patrons. Would you please consider joining us again?
• Consider buying extra fruits and vegetables when you shop for your family.
• Tithe from your own garden.
• Drop off your items in the north lobby on Sunday and Dégagé will pick them up Monday.
• Begins July 8 and goes through the growing season.
ALL-CHURCH MEET THE HUNDLEYS POTLUCK PICNIC You are invited to the All-Church Meet the Hundleys Potluck Picnic on Sunday, July 21 following the 10:00 am worship service. Welcome Pastor Bob and Pigeon Hundley on their first Sunday at First Church by attending worship and staying for an outdoor potluck picnic. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks will be provided. Our Heartside neighbors are also invited so bring a generous dish to pass. Those with last names A - M should bring a side dish, N - Z bring a dessert. All food items may be dropped off in the north lobby before the worship service. (Please have food cut and ready to serve.) Helpers are needed to assist the Fellowship Committee. Please use the Sunday bulletin sign-up sheet or church website to volunteer.
YOUNG ADULT ZUMBA PARTY! Young Adults, you´re invited to meet us at The Vine on Sunday, July 21 at 4:15 pm to carpool over to the Pyramid Scheme (or just meet us there) for a Zumba Party. Please bring $5 (cash) and a bottle of water. Friends invited!
INKJET CARTRIDGE RECYCLING FUNDRAISER Drop off your used inkjet cartridges for recycling and help support the Senior High Youth. Cartridges can be deposited in the collection bin located in the north lobby drop-off room. Simply place your old cartridge in a plastic sandwich bag and deposit it in the bin. We do not accept any cartridges larger than 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.
SHOWING IN OUR FIRST CHURCH ART GALLERY through July is an exhibit by the Oldham family. At age 86, self-taught artist Alicia Patch Oldham was part of our 2012 ArtPrize exhibit at FUMC as well as being the oldest person to enter ArtPrize that year. She is joined by her daughters Lisa, Mary and Ronnie, whose fine art and photography are also on display. Together the family have collaborated on exhibits and concerts throughout Michigan. Alicia Patch Oldham will present a poetry reading in Wesley Hall on Sunday, July 14. Come meet Alicia following the 10:00 am worship service and then stay to hear her read her original works from 11:30 to noon.
IT´S INCREDIBLE BACK TO SCHOOL SAVINGS TIME AGAIN! Our Tutoring Center at Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy is ramping up for another wonderful school year. We provide over 500 students/teachers with supplies throughout the year and now is the time to stock up. Whenever you are out and spot a bargain, rest assured we can use the materials! Donations may be left in the collection room off the north lobby. All supplies are needed: pencils, pens, inexpensive solid colored folders with pockets and tabs, spiral bound notebooks, glue and glue sticks, children´s scissors, erasers, rulers, binders, tab dividers, highlighters, Crayola brand 24 crayons or larger sized primary crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencil boxes… Thank you for your continued support!
MOMS´ GROUP: FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS FUN Join the fun on Thursday, July 18 at 10:00 am. You and your little ones are invited to join us for a morning at the Gardens. Please pack a swimsuit or change of clothes; most choose to get wet in the children´s area. We´ll end with lunch at one of the picnic pavilions. (Either pack a lunch or grab one there.) Admission: Adults - $12, Kids (5-13) - $6, Kids (3-4) - $4, Ages 2 & Under – Free.
Concerns & Prayers for:
• Donna Anton
• Shirley Etcher
• Jim Hoff
• William Polk
• Laura Wright
• Senior High Work Camp mission trip to Gettysburg, PA
• Chris Bolhouse
• Scott Grifhorst
• Stephan Mathos
• Jesse Mounts
• Trevor Norton
• Shawn Seher
• Peter Taylor, Jr
Congratulations to Leah and David Muir on the birth of a son, Leighton Wallace Muir, on July 5th. Proud grandparents are Kathy and Bill Laidlaw!
Thank you for the meals, cards, and prayers following the death of our daughter, Abigail Greer. We feel so loved by the congregation. Thank you for everything you have done for us.
Love, Brandon and Kelli Greer
Thank you for your cards of sympathy and prayers during this chaotic time of Michael´s death. Please continue to pray for God´s guidance and direction.
Gratefully, Diane and Luke Hagan
BASIC NEEDS The Social Concerns Commission would like to thank you for your tremendous response over the last several months as we help stock the shelves of Westminster Food Pantry. A few other BASIC needs often overlooked are feminine hygiene products and deodorant. Therefore, during the month of July the Social Concerns Commission will be collecting these items. Your donation may be dropped off in the north lobby office collection bins.
COME BE A PART OF THE GLOBAL ADVENTURE! There are currently 50 children registered for Arts Alive: The Global Village, so more helping hands are needed to make the week an enriching experience for our elementary students! Assist the art teacher or help with instrument making! Engage children in the week´s activities as a group shepherd! If you are a student completing ninth grade or above or an adult and can offer to assist all week or even for half a day the week of August 5-8, we would welcome your help. Note that helpers are especially needed on Wednesday, August 7th. See the sign-up sheet for opportunities to serve or www.grandrapidsfumc.org/sign-up-sheet. Contact Annette Erbes at 451-2879 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
ADOPTION MINISTRY (FAAFT) PICNIC Our annual FAAFT picnic will be held on Sunday, July 28th, from noon to 3pm at the home of Ed and Ruth Wezeman, 0-1080 Lincoln St NW. Everyone who has adopted, fostered, or is interested in adoption or being a foster parent is invited to join us. Bring a dish to pass and your bathing suit! Please RSVP by using the Sunday bulletin sign-up sheet or by calling Marj Timmerman at 901-9224. Hope to see you there!
FIRST RESPONSE TEAM Did you know that our First Response Team responded to 8 medical issues on Sundays in the past 8 months? Four of the people were taken by ambulance to a local emergency department (two of them were admitted), one went to ER by car, and three were cared for by our team. I am so grateful we have a team in place on Sundays to respond to the occasional medical problems that may arise. If you are current in your CPR/AED/First Aid training and would like to be part of the team, please contact me, Marj Timmerman RN, Parish Nurse at email@example.com or 901.9224.
MIDWEST MISSION DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN CHATHAM, ILLINOIS First Church and Genesis UMC will participate in a joint trip to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center on August 23 – 25, 2013. We will learn more about MMDC and volunteer in the UMCOR distribution center. Cost is $50 per person. Scholarship money is available. We will stay in a dorm and prepare our own meals. Dorm space is limited. RV hookup is available if you prefer that option. This trip is open to adults and families (children must be age 11 or older). For more information, or to register for this trip, contact Laure Mieskowski, 451-2879 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also indicate your interest by signing up via the Sunday bulletin insert.
CARING CIRCLES Have you been looking for something meaningful to do? Perhaps visiting one of our homebound members is the answer! We are looking for people who can be paired with a homebound person in their area and will visit once a month. Please use the sign-up sheet if you´re interested or have questions.
STEPHEN MINISTRY Have you been thinking of being a part of this caring ministry? Join us Sunday, July 14 at 9:30 am in the parlor for a brief video or after the 10:00 am service in Wesley Hall to meet and greet our Stephen Ministry Team. We are planning another training class for this fall. Contact Marj Timmerman for further information at 901.9224 or email@example.com. We are blessed to be a blessing to others!
FIRST AID STATION
WHO CARES? Ever wonder "who cares" about you and your life? We do and we´ll listen! Call your Church Assistance Program (CAP) for help. Just dial 455-6210 and make a CAP appointment today. As a member or friend of First Church, you will receive 2 one-hour sessions with a counselor at no charge to you. Confidential and safe, call CAP!