Worship Highlights 

September 27 – Jose Rivas Commissioned Pastor Ceremony, Jose preaching

October 4 – World Communion Sunday, Pastor Matt preaching

October 11 – Rev. Dr. Felix Theonugraha, preaching (President of Western Seminary)

October 18 – Jeff Watson, preaching

October 25 – Mission Sunday

November 29 – Communion – First Sunday in Advent

December 24 – Christmas Eve Services – 4:30 and 11:00pm

 

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Psalm 100:1

Chancel Choir, Youth Choirs, Handbell Ringers, Instruments and musical groups of all kinds – Oh, how we wish we could follow the words of Psalm 100 together with you here at church!  We will continue to follow the wisdom and directives of our “Re-entry Team” so stay tuned (literally!) for updates.

Patty Pratt and Barb Nienhuis anxiously await the time we can once again come together and make a joyful noise to the Lord.

Men’s Bible Study – Meets off site on the 2nd & 4th Thursday mornings at 9:00am.  Contact Chuck Porte for more information – 261-4402

 

Children’s Ministry

Drive-Thru Events – come as you are, stay in your car

Sunday, September 13th 2-4 pm– “Kick-Off Sunday Drive-Thru “

Come as you are, Stay in your car!  You will have the opportunity to drop off college care package donations, pick up the monthly Family Bible Lesson packet, play a couple of games from your car, and get ice cream from an ice cream truck!

Sunday, October 11th 2-4 pm  – “Fall Festival Drive-Thru”

You will have an opportunity to play games from inside or right next to your car, pick up the monthly Family Bible Lesson packet, and get a cool treat bag!

Sunday November 1, 2-4 pm – “Thankfulness Service Project Drive-Thru”

You will have an opportunity to pick up the monthly Family Bible Lesson Packet and get a packet with almost everything you need to do a service project for our missionaries and/or our community.

 Sunday, November 29th 5-7 pm – “Advent Festival Drive-Thru”

You will have an opportunity to drive thru the live nativity scene – possibly even step outside of your car to pet animals if you desire, pick up packets with most of the supplies for some Advent Festival crafts you can do at home with your family, pick up the monthly Family Bible Lesson Packet, and a prepackaged sugar cookie to decorate at home.

Family Bible Lesson Packets

Each month, families have the opportunity to pick up a Family Bible Lesson packet from our monthly drive-thru events.   If you are unable to attend the drive-thru event and would still like this packet, let Angie know and one will be delivered to the doorstep of your home.   This year we will learn Bible stories from Genesis to Revelation for ALL ages and ALL ages will be on the same story each week.  The lessons are broken up into two age groups:  Toddler-Kindergarten and 1st grade-5th grade.  These lessons are simple with one or two activities listed and one craft type of activity for each of the two age groups and most of the supplies are included in the lesson packet!  Each age group can watch the Bible story on their age appropriate level on the 1st Kids YouTube Channel.  Toddlers-Kindergarten select the Toddler-Kindergarten playlist while

1st-5th graders select the 1st-5th grade playlist.

 

1st Kids YouTube Channel

Each Sunday we will post the Bible Story for that Sunday on the playlist for Toddlers-Kindergarten and the playlist for 1st-5th grade (these are two different videos on the same Bible story but at those age appropriate levels)  Families and kids are encouraged to subscribe to this channel.  You can do a search on YouTube by typing in 1st Kids Family Message and then click on one of the videos and when you see the logo click on subscribe (logo looks like one above) or Here is a link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYEpPYTm8SCmBBWvNAiCrvA?view_as=subscriber

 Because we love you, care about you and miss your kids and family…..

The Children’s Ministry Nursery Leaders, Children in Worship Teachers, and Sunday School Teachers want to stay connected with you this year and hope to creatively do this monthly by any of the following ways:  text, phone call, video message, mail a note or drop off something, and/or maybe organize a zoom call with all the kids in the “class”.  You might even see your child’s leader doing the Bible Lesson video on YouTube one of the weeks.  We are hoping to use a variety of fun and creative ways to stay connected with your child(ren) and your family throughout this school year.

 

Angie Walker

616-828-6580 cell

angie@firstgrandville.org

 

Junior High Youth Ministry

While youth ministry will look very different this school year, it’s still happening!! Junior high school youth group meets on Sundays from 4:00pm – 5:30pm and will be for 6th – 8th graders. Instead of meeting inside the youth building, we will meet outside just south of the building in the parking lot and field. We will have ping pong, corn hole, a bonfire pit, and couches set-up each week. We plan to be outside as long as the weather permits. Once the weather gets too cold, we will move to a small group model during the winter.

 

Our Kick-off is Sunday, September 20th, from 4:00pm – 5:30pm at the church.

 

High School Youth Ministry

While youth ministry will look very different this school year, it’s still happening!! High school youth group meets on Sunday nights from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Instead of meeting inside the youth building, we will meet outside just south of the building in the parking lot and field. We will have ping pong, corn hole, a bonfire pit, and couches set-up each week. We plan to be outside as long as the weather permits. Once the weather gets too cold, we will move to a small group model during the winter.

Our kick-off pool party is Sunday, September 13th from 6pm – 8pm at Timmer’s (3501 Apache Ct.).

We are planning the international mission trip (juniors and seniors) for June 2021. Please pray that this trip can happen and for our fundraising efforts during such a strange and challenging time.

 

Jeff Watson

616-250-7148

jeffw@firstgrandville.org