1st Connection - First Reformed Church of Fremont

Building Lives of Meaning and Purpose
Check the bulletin board in the foyer for all
community events!
-a communication of the FRC family
February 22, 2015
Sunday Mornings
8:30 A.M. Praise Team Practice/First Week of Lent
Guatemala “Go Team” Celebration Sunday/testimonies/
slide show, etc.
Special Offering for Capital Improvements
11:00 A.M. B.E.A.T Classes
7:00 P.M. Rise (Sr. High) Youth Group meeting
Mon. - 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Choose Joy by
Kay Warren, Bible Study
Tues. - 6:30 P.M. Elders/Deacons meet
7:45 P.M. Consistory meeting
W.O.W. (Worship on Wednesday)
Wed. - 4:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. Club 57 (Jr. High)
6:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. Family Night Dinner
Everyone welcome
6:30 - 8:00 P.M. Kingdom Kids (4 & 5 year olds)
Gems/Cadets (1st - 8th grade)
6:30 - 8:00 P.M. Adult Game Night meets in
Gathering Center
6:45 P.M. Praise Team practice
7:45 - 9:00 P.M. FRC Youth - Rise B.E.A.T: To Save a Life
Thurs. - 7:00 P.M. - Euchre League at FRC
Fri. - 7:00 A.M. - Men’s Lenten Breakfast at United Methodist Church/Rev. Marty
Cobb/ ENVY: Where is the Grass Greener?
7:00 P.M. - Muskegon Lumberjack Hockey Game. Cost is $5.00 a seat.
See Ken Golden if you should have any questions.
March 1 - Communion Sunday
March 2 - 5:45 P.M. SALT Dinner
6:15 P.M. SALT meeting
6:45 P.M. Ministry Team Devotions/prayer
7:00 P.M. Ministry Team meetings
March 5 - 7:00 P.M. Euchre League
March 6 - 7:00 A.M. - Men’s Lenten Breakfast at FRC/Rev. Kevin Schutt/
ANGER: Eleven Ways to Blow Up, Seven Ways to Cool Off
1:00 P.M. World Day of Prayer Service at FRC
March 10 - Elder/Deacon/Consistory meetings
March 12 - 7:00 P.M. Euchre League
March 13 - 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Perch Dinner
The public is invited
to a soup supper on Friday,
February 27, from 5 - 7 P.M.
at the First Congregational
Church of Fremont. Donations will be accepted.
Dear FRC,
Thank you for allowing us to share the
Teen Challenge ministry with you and
your congregation this past week. We
appreciated the time of worship and the
presence of the Lord. Your hospitality
was a blessing.
God bless you for investing in changed
lives. Our prayers are with you.
In Christ’s service,
Pastor Sam Bombara
Come to the Prayer Room
at 9:15 a.m. before
worship to pray for
15 minutes. Prayer is
critical to the fruitfulness of ministry.
Contact Information
Pastor: Kevin Schutt, email: [email protected]
Youth Pastor: Matt Pifer, email: [email protected]
Administrative Assistant:
Pat TerVeer, email: [email protected]
Office Assistant:
Mary Jo Boisvert, email: [email protected]
Gift-based Ministry Coordinator:
Mary Johnson, email: [email protected]
Custodians: O’Neals: Randy - 231-519-5903
Brittany Escalante -231-329-2318
Karen - 231-519-5902
Church building open:
Sunday—All day
Monday—Thursday 8:00 A.M.– 5:00 P.M.
Friday—Saturday - Closed
February 23 - Jean Stroven
24 - Phyllis Bushaw
Matt Schafer
Emily Shue
Lance Veenstra
26 - Robin Moore
27 - Anson Boisvert
Logan Stroven
Carl Tuuk
29 - Randy Schafer
Please use the prayer
cards that you will find in the
pews for your prayer request
and place them in the offering
Great things happened on our trip in Guatemala, incredible things (that always happens when
God reveals His magnificent grace). From people who received generous gifts of love in the
form of a new home, to those who received much needed medical attention… hearts were
opened to His gift of forgiveness & eternal salvation. How many? Who knows but God; all
glory to God! But Guatemalans weren’t the only ones on the receiving end of God’s grace.
Every time I go I wonder who really benefits more; the “receivers” or the “givers” (team members)? In addition to being a spiritually uplifting week (using your gifts in new & profound
ways/seeing God’s grace poured out), it is a time of isolation from common distractions (life),
that leads to, in many cases, serious introspection. From the nightly devotions to a night of
dedication, what God is working on inside the hearts of team members comes out. Every time
I have went, I have heard the same type of comments (to paraphrase); “This week has made me realize how much I need to change how
I’m living my life…Why can’t I feel the same way back home like I feel right now?...etc, etc…. I’ll be honest. As a pastor, some of those
comments are hard to take. For example, one of the things that was repeated in our devotions by Dan (the leader) – the fact that the average Christian gives just two percent of their time to God each week - was a key part/illustration of a sermon I preached just 3 weeks before
we left. I, like any other pastor, have moments when I wonder, “Is anyone hearing what God is saying? Does our worship or preaching
His Word have any impact?” So to hear the comments…was tough, and I struggled with it. Yet…I praise God for it. I understand that the
context is radically different on our mission trip; God has your focus…there are no cell phones, TVs, internet, to grab your attention and
time. And if by chance that’s what it takes to get a person’s attention, I praise God for it! Which leads me to what the title implies, and the
comments I hear every time I go. The God that did great works in Guatemala is the same God you worship on Sunday in Fremont. The
difference is not with Him…but us. It can be the same. We can see God unleashing Himself in and through us. We can experience tremendous “God moments” and spiritual growth. We can; what happened in Guatemala doesn’t have to stay in Guatemala. And if you
haven’t went but have experienced incredible things, God things; it doesn’t have to happen once every 10 years, or every so often. It can
happen all the time! It simply depends on our response to what Jesus says, when talking about following Him in Luke 9 (vs.24); “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, and whoever wants to lose their life will save it.” You see, in Guatemala, everything that is done,
the building of homes, the clinics…has one purpose and one purpose alone; the eternal salvation of Guatemalans. Period. It is a flip-flop
of the two percent ratio; 98% of our time is spent on that one thing. What could be…if we did that in Fremont? Hesperia? White Cloud?
Newaygo? I think you know the answer. What God does when He has your heart and your attention…is mind blowing, and the impact life
changing. It can be the same back home. Will it be? For those that went (on any trip), and those that hear of what happened…I beg of
you; do not let what happens in Guatemala stay (or be confined to) Guatemala. Keep your heart open, and your eyes on Jesus! And the
celebration we hold today for those that will spend forever in the glorious presence of God through the grace of Jesus, will happen again,
and again, as your neighbors, friends, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, moms and dads, open their hearts to Him. May it be here, as it
was there…for the glory of the great Lord our God!
Praying for all of us to lose our lives to save them, -PK
Have you ever been hungry?
TrueNorth Food Pantry helps to feed families that are struggling. We pray you will
continue to help them feed the less fortunate in our community. We will be glad to
make the delivery for you. You can place
your donation on the table at the south entrance of the church and Len and Jean Rottman will deliver them for you. If you would rather make a monetary
donation and have someone do the shopping for you,
please contact Jean Rottman at 231-335-2261. Thank
You for all you do to help, it is appreciated!
World Day of Prayer 2015 will be observed
Friday March 6th, at 1st Reformed Church, Fremont,
1:00 pm. This is an ecumenical worldwide celebration of informed prayer and prayerful action. Join the
prayer service written by the women of The Bahamas, which draws us into a study of Jesus' radical
love as he washes the disciples ' feet. Locally, WDP
has been observed since 1933. All are invited to
attend this interdenominational event. Contact
person; Sherry Nook @ 924-5938.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
Final Instructions
we ask you, brothers and
sisters, to acknowledge those who
work hard among you, who care
for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the
highest regard in love because of
their work. Live in peace with each
other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who
are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the
weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays
back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for
each other and for everyone else.16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will
for you in Christ Jesus.
12 Now
We currently have the following open positions
at Muskegon Rescue Mission:
Women's Shelter Supervisor
Community Ministries Coordinator
• Volunteer Coordinator
• Thrift Store Cashier
• Women's Shelter Case Manager
For more information and for an employment application,
visit our website www.muskegonmission.org
Sandy Smith, Executive Assistant
Muskegon Rescue Mission
1715 Peck Street
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 727-6090
Fax (231) 722-7030