How good to gather as friends in faith! Welcome to this time of praise and prayer, word and worship.

If you have children then let us serve them through our babysitting service (nursery), Children in Worship (CIW) and Little Lambs (LL). Nursery is available in the lobby for ages 0-2. Directions regarding CIW & LL kids for children ages 3 (as of March 2019) through Kindergarten will be provided during morning worship.

Noise reducing headphones are now available to borrow during the morning service at the nursery counter. If your child lives with sensory input concerns, please feel free to use them.

We offer a sensory-friendly worship area for morning services, available in the Music Room (at the end of the hallway past the offices).

Hearing Loop Headsets are available for those who are hard of hearing. Please stop by the sound booth at the back of the sanctuary to receive a headset.


This Week's worship

September 23, 2018

10:00 AM Service                                                                  5:30 PM Service

Preacher: Pastor Stan                                                          Preacher: Pastor Ed

Text: Jude 17-23                                                                   Text: James 2:1-13

Offering: General/Building Fund                                      Offering: Juvenile Justice Ministry

After our morning worship service there will be someone in the Prayer Room to pray with you, talk with you, and walk with you to God. The Prayer Room is at the east end of the church’s main hallway.


Children's Ministry Volunteers This Week Sunday - September 23

Nursery Check-in                         Corrie Weber

Nursery                                        Liz Wiersema, LaDawn Venema, Emily Boeve

Children in Worship (K)          Sandy Plantinga, Alyssa Morales, Paige Lenters

Children in Worship (PreK) Erika Wykstra, Nichole DeBruin, Emily Boeve

Little Lambs                                  Karen DeVries, Erin, Josh & Tyler Rotman

Sensory Room                           Melissa Bebej



Next SUNDAY's Worship - September 30

10:00 AM Service                                                                  5:30 PM Service

Preacher: Pastor Stan                                                          Preacher: Pastor Ed

Text: Ephesians 4:1-16                                                        Text: James 2:14-26

Offering: General/Building Fund                                      Offering: Juvenile Justice Ministry

Next Sunday morning we look forward to the baptism of Grayden Jrue, infant son of Jeff & Lisa DeVries. Lisa’s brother, Rev. Mike Koetje, will participate in the baptism.


Children's Ministry Volunteers Next Week - Sunday, September 30

Nursery Check-in                         Tracy VanderLugt

Nursery                                        Sue DeJonge, Liz Wiersema, Emma Baker

Children in Worship (K)          Julie Baker, Alyssa Morales, Paige Lenters

Children in Worship (PreK) Melissa Bebej, Alex Potter, Janae DeLong

Little Lambs                                  LaDawn Venema, Rachel & Alyssa Seinen, Megan Baker

Sensory Room                           Julie Lenters


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Prayer Requests for September 23-29

  • FAIRWAY MINISTRY OF THE WEEK: Give thanks for the many musicians and vocalists who bless our congregation with their musical leadership during our worship services. Thank God for giving them the talent and for their willingness to use those talents.

  • FAIRWAY STAFF MEMBER OF THE WEEK: Pray for our custodians, Paul Beebe and Roger Tiller, giving thanks to God for equipping them to keep our building clean and in good condition so that it enables us to bless our community as we seek and grow disciples.


News & Notes

Note from Council – Office-Bearer Nominations

Please pray for the council as the nomination process for elder and deacon begins for another year. Please pray that God challenges members regarding the importance of and need for leadership positions in our church. If you have nomination suggestions please let your fellowship elder or deacon know, contact Diane by email (office@fairwaycrc.org) or place a note in the clerk’s mail box.

Worship Participants – please read!!

ATTENTION EVERYONE that volunteers for worship positions during our worship services. We are having a meeting for everyone that volunteers in the following positions – instrumentalists, praise team members, worship leaders, and worship planners. We will meet in the GEMS room for a half hour after church on Sunday morning September 30. Questions? Please contact Rick Bouwkamp@ 616-406-5541.

Weekly Faith Formation Tip

Family Faith Formation Tip: Research shows that children are more likely to grow in faith if they have the support of at least five involved adults, in addition to family members. Who are (or who could be) your child’s “faithful five”? For more on this concept, check out The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family (Zondervan 2014). (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE: Our church directory is scheduled to be updated in October. Please look at your current listing in the April 2018 version and email or call the office if there are any changes that need to be made.

Opportunities to Connect with Others

AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP: Do you love someone with autism? Please join us for the Autism and Sensory Family Support Group on October 4 at 7:00 pm in the Youth Room at Fairway. Come, commiserate, share your thoughts, concerns, joys, and frustrations with other parents, grandparents and friends who understand. We meet on the 1st Thursday of the month, and everyone is welcome. Contact Kathy Boeve at autism-sensory@fairwaycrc.org with questions.

Zumba: We’re kicking off our fall season this week! Now is a great time to join us! We will meet on both Monday and Thursday nights from 7-8 PM; cost is $3 per class! We’d love to see YOU there!


·        Friday, Oct 5, 8:30 AM: Breakfast at Rainbow Grill, Hudsonville

·        Sunday, Oct 7, 6:30 PM: Sunday night meeting – Allen Pontarelli, Pastor of Southwest Community Church in the Black Hills; “Silence and Solitude”; bring finger food

·        Tues, Oct 23, 12 PM: Speaker (at church) – Susan Sherman, Gerald R Ford Airport – “History & Insight of Operation”

There is a schedule of the meetings and activities through the rest of the year on the sign-up counter in back.

Opportunities to Learn & Grow

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON LADIES BIBLE STUDY will meet this Wednesday, September 26 at 1:30, studying Lesson 2.

ADULT ENRICHMENT - Next Sunday morning, Geoff Lenters will present: "Ancient Views of the Cosmos." Everyone is invited to join us at 9 AM in the GEMS Room.


·        October 7 - Ryan Bebej - "Approaches Scientists take on the Early Chapters of Genesis."

·        October 14 & 21 - "The Ministry of Women in the Early Church and Synagogue" - presentation by Dwight Pryor, Founder and President of the center for Judaic-Christian Studies.

COFFEE BREAK – Join us for Lesson 2 this Thursday, Sept. 27. All ladies are welcome to join us from 9:45 – 11 AM. Bring a friend!

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet again this Wednesday.

REV TALKS: This fall, Georgetown Church will host a project underwritten by Classis Georgetown called REV talks. Local pastors will have up to an hour to present something that stirs the heart, stimulates new thinking and doing, or encourages the imagination. Before REV talks each week, we invite you to join us at 6:10 pm for a community meal. To join us for a meal, please email office@ georgetowncrc.org with the number attending by noon on the Monday before. Please join us for a meal and REV talks this fall on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:15 pm at Georgetown Church, 6475 40th Ave. in Hudsonville. This week’s topic: Jeff Scripps: Forest Grove CRC – "Better the Sultan's turban than the Cardinal's hat"


Opportunities to Share Your Time

YOUTH GROUP & YOUNG LIFE SNACKS: We are looking for volunteers to help by providing snacks for both the Fairway Youth Group and Young Life at Jenison HS. Sign up using Sign-up Genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/ 10C0C44A8AB22A0FF2-fairway

FRIENDSHIP MINISTRIES is looking for a few more mentors to join us on Thursday nights from 6:45-8PM. We meet about twice a month and spend time in fellowship and fun with our friends at Harbor House. If you are interested contact Rachel Seinen or simply show up on one of the scheduled nights! Our next time will be Sept. 27 and we’re meeting at Post Family Farm – join us!

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT: Fairway is excited to be partnering with Bethany Christian Services again to resettle a refugee family, this time three siblings from the Congo. We are looking for more volunteers from the congregation to help arrange for items and services that they will need. Please see Doug or Gay Scholma to volunteer!


Upcoming Events


Dinner served by WingDoozies – 4:30-6PM;
Silent & Chinese Auctions begin at 4:30;
Live auction begins at 6PM


CHURCH CAMPOUT 2019 – July 18-21


Kids’ Korner

CADETS (for boys in 3rd-8th grades) and GEMS (for girls in 3rd-8th grades) will not meet this Wednesday. We meet from 7-8:30 PM on the first three Wednesdays of each month. Our next meetings will be on October 3.

SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CATECHISM CLASSES (for kids in grades 1-12) meet each Sunday morning at 9AM.

Youth Group Scoop

 This Sunday, 9/23: Sr. High ArtPrize Tour (5:30-7:30)

  • We will need backup drivers and students, able and willing, to drive. Are you and/or your child willing to help?

  • Since ArtPrize is all over the city, the worksheets I'll provide will give students the opportunity to explore a particular section of the exhibits. I'd suggest that students not venture far past their designated area, just for time's sake.

  • We'll meet back up around 6:45, at which time we'll head back to the Wendy's on Port Sheldon to swap stories about our time at ArtPrize. Plan on picking up your child there.

 10/7: Jr. High ArtPrize Tour (5:30-7:30)

  • For this night to work, we'll definitely need drivers and group leaders. Would any parents be willing to join us that evening? We'll head back to the church afterwards to give kids time to discuss.

New Ministry Opportunities for Students

We have some new ways for your teenager to grow spiritually. Check some of those out below:

  • Prayer Group: Wednesday mornings, 6:15-7:00, in the youth room. Donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. provided. Starts NEXT Wednesday, September 19.

  • Semester Bible Study: Students interested can reserve a copy of Immerse: Messiah, the first of six volumes in Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience and the focus of our Bible study this semester. This Bible series is uniquely arranged into a new reading format and supported by fresh "book club" conversations. Those who would rather follow along with their own Bibles can also follow the reading guide.

  • November 4 Evening Service: We've been asked by our evening service attendees to help lead worship on Sunday, November 4. Afterward, Jr. High Youth Group will resume as normal. Can your child help lead in some way? Let me know if they're interested in helping out (Jr. and Sr. High are welcome).


Order of Worship

September 23, 2018 - 10 AM

Gathering Song                                                   “Holy Spirit”

Welcome & Announcements

* God Greets Us

* Call to Worship

* Opening Song                                                 “The Servant Song”

                                                                              “Even So, Come”

* Prayer of Confession

* Song of Renewal                                        “Spirit of the Living God”

* Passing the Peace

Prayer with the Children

Morning Prayer

Offering:                                                   Fairway’s General/Building Fund


Prayer for Illumination

Message:                                                               “Built Up”                                                         Pastor Stan

Text: Jude 17-23

Prayer of Application

* Parting Song                                      “Build Your Kingdom Here”

* Parting Blessing

   Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.