With a new school year underway, may we grow not only in knowledge and skills but in faith in God and love for others. As we kick off a new season of church education, join in prayer for blessings on all of our teachers and students. If you’re visiting, please stop by our Welcome Center for a gift. Please stay and enjoy a cup of coffee & conversation after morning 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 2020) through Kindergarten will be provided during morning worship.

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

We also offer a sensory-friendly worship area for morning services, available in the Sensory Worship Room at the end of the west hall.

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.

CRC Weekly and Requested Community Announcements pages are available in the rack on the bulletin kiosk.


This Week's worship - September 15

10:00 Worship                                                                                  5:00 PM Combined Worship Service

Preacher: Pastor Ed Tamminga                                                   Preacher: Pastor Len Kuyvenhoven

Text: Ephesians 5:15-20                                                                 Text: Matthew 25:14-30

Offering: General/Building Fund                                                Offering: Love INC

After morning worship 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.

This evening at 5PM we will be joining with our brothers and sisters from the other Jenison CRCs for our monthly combined worship service. This month’s host is Ridgewood (1571 Baldwin).

Children's Ministry Volunteers This Week - Sunday, September 15

Nursery Check-in                       Kelli Wilks

Nursery                                        Rachel Seinen, Ashley Smolinski

Little Lambs (age 2-3) Karen DeVries, Erin, Josh & Tyler Rotman

Children in Worship (Pre-K & K) Erika Wykstra, Nichole DeBruin, Paige Glass, Abby Reinhart

Sensory Room                           Julie Lenters

Next SUNDAY's Worship - September 22

10:00 Worship                                                                                  5:00 PM Worship

Preacher: Pastor Stan Sturing                                                      Preacher: Pastor Allen Pontarelli

Text: Jonah 1                                                                                     

Offering: General/Building Fund                                                Offering: Community Food Club

Children's Ministry Volunteers Next Week - Sunday, September 15

Nursery Check-in                       Julie Baker

Nursery                                        LaDawn Venema, Megan Baker

Little Lambs (age 2-3) Karen DeVries, Erin, Josh & Tyler Rotman

Children in Worship (Pre-K & K) Erika Wykstra, Nichole DeBruin, Paige Glass, Abby Reinhart

Sensory Room                           Kathy Boeve

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Prayer Requests for September 15-21

  • TOM DE GRAAF (FG #7) is scheduled for an ablation procedure on his heart tomorrow, Monday, September 16. Pray that the procedure brings a return to normal heart rhythm and good health for Tom.

  • DWIGHT WILLIAMS (FG #2) underwent shoulder surgery on Thursday, September 12. Surgery went well and he is recuperating at home. Pray for continued healing and relief from pain.

  • Pray for comfort for MARV & MARILYN SLACHTER (FG #2) and their family in the death of Marv’s brother, Adrian Slachter, on Tuesday, September 10.  Adrian lived in the Cadillac area. May God’s peace surround and uphold the family in this time of loss.

  • HELEN SMIT (FG #2) fell last weekend and sustained three broken ribs. Give thanks that her injuries were not more serious, and pray that she will heal quickly.

 News & Notes

Council Note

A Congregational Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, September 22, immediately after the morning service.  The purpose of the meeting is to approve the 2019-2020 church budget. Absentee ballots are available on the counter by the bulletin board and on the bulletin kiosk. Instructions are included with the ballot.

Education Ministry Note

Sunday School & Catechism classes began today. If you missed out on the first class, please join in next week! Classes are from 9-9:45 AM each Sunday.  


Office hours this week (Sept. 16-20) for Diane Reed, Administrative Assistant:

  • Monday-Wednesday, 8AM-4PM, Thursday 8-12. Office closed on Thursday afternoon & Friday.

  • Bulletin/News & Notes announcement requests should be submitted to the office by noon on Wednesday.

The address/phone directory will be updated in the next several weeks. Please email Diane at office@fairwaycrc.org if you have had any changes to this information.

Pastor Ed’s Retirement Celebration

Sunday, September 29, will be Pastor Ed’s last time preaching for us as our Associate Pastor. To celebrate his (second) retirement, we will be serving lunch following this special service. Mark your calendar and plan to stay to celebrate with Ed & Muriel!

Church Pictorial Directory Update

Please send an updated family picture to the church office for our new directory! Any digital photo of your family can be used – send it to Diane at office@fairwaycrc.org. If you don’t have a recent photo, ask someone to snap one with your phone and send that in! Professional quality portraits are not required. Thanks for your help with this project.

Eastern Ottawa Young Life

- The Banquet -

Celebrating 25 Years of Ministry in Eastern Ottawa!
It's been said that healthy things grow. A Young Life area can grow. So can a club. So can a kid's understanding of the gospel. Each of these examples (and so many more) are causes for JOY! At this year's banquet, we want to celebrate those parts of the work that are taking root, expanding exponentially or are now in full bloom!

Monday, October 7, 2019 – Hors d'oeuvres & coffee served at 6pm; Dinner at 6:30pm

The Pinnacle Center - 3330 Highland Drive in Hudsonville

Contact Chris Curia if you would like to join him at his table!

Opportunities to Connect with Others

FRIENDSHIP MINISTRIES is looking for a few more mentors to join us on Thursday nights. 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 at Harbor House on one of the scheduled nights!  We meet from 6:45-7:45 at the Cove. 

September 5 & 19                January 9 & 16

October 3 & 17                      February 6 & 20

November 7 & 21                 March 5 & 19

December 5 & 19

Zumba will meet this Monday and Thursday, 7-8 PM in the Great Room. Feel free to join us – cost is just $3 per class! All women are welcome – no experience needed!

Ongoing Ministry for Depression: The Depression Support Group meets on the third Monday of each month from 7-8 PM in the education wing. This group is open to anyone who struggles with depression or has a loved one who is depressed. You are invited to attend this safe and confidential group experience. No registration is necessary. The group will meet on Monday, September 16. Contact Ruth Veenstra (748-8380) or Jim VanderMay (662-0962) for more information.           

Opportunities to Learn & Grow

WEDNESDAY MORNING MEN’S BIBLE STUDY will not meet this Wednesday, Sept. 18. Join us again on Sept. 25, 7-8 AM. All men are welcome!

COFFEE BREAK & STORY HOUR will meet this Thursday, September 19 from 9:45-11 AM. We will study Lesson 1. All women & pre-schoolers are welcome!

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Our next meeting will be Wednesday, September 25 at 1:30 pm. We will be discussing Lesson 9 in our “Meeting the Spirit” study. If you need a study book, contact Mary Hoeksema. New members are welcome. 

OTHER Upcoming Events at Fairway


PASTOR ED’S RETIREMENT – Special Worship Service and luncheon – September 29

CLASSIS GEORGETOWN MEETING @ Fairway – October 17, 4-8 PM

TRUNK OR TREAT – October 19, 10AM-noon

Faith Formation Tip

In the book Liturgy of the Ordinary (IVP 2016), Tish Warren writes, “We learn the craft of holiness day by day in the living of a particular life . . . we are part of God’s big vision and mission—the redemption of all things—through the earthy craft of living out our vocation, hour by hour, task by task. I want to do the big work of the kingdom, but I have to learn to live it out in the small tasks before me.” How might this insight change your perspective on the small tasks of your daily life?

Just For Kids

Sunday School & Catechism classes start TODAY!

So come and join us at 9:00AM for a time of learning, worshiping, and fun! When you arrive, find the classroom with your grade level displayed. If you missed it today, join us next week!

Your teacher will be waiting for you!

CADETS (for boys in 3rd-8th grades) and GEMS (for girls in 3rd-8th grades) will meet this Wednesday, September 18. We meet from 7-8:30 PM on the first three Wednesdays of each month.

Youth Group Events

TONIGHT: It's our first Sunday back for Jr. High Youth Group! Junior highers are invited to come enjoy dinner, games, and discussion at the Glass' house, 5:00-7:00.

For devotions, we'll be talking about Awakening to the Good News: How to go through life knowing that we're loved, safe, and have no need to fear.

Jr. High Fellowship Group: Kris and Mark Gort will be hosting a monthly dinner and fellowship hour (5-6:30) for our Jr. Highers as an opportunity for them to further grow as a community. Save the dates for those fellowship times this semester: September 29, October 13, November 10, and December 8. Let Chris know if you have any questions.

High School Youth Group News

We're looking to get more youth involved with the Sunday morning worship team this school year. If you have musical ability and you’re not already on the schedule, let Chris know, and he’ll help make that happen!

More About Fairway

At Fairway we are learning to seek and grow disciples of Jesus. A disciple is not someone who has it all together, but follows the One who has it all together. That One is Jesus.

Jesus has made a way for imperfect people to meet the perfect God and gather with others who are also meeting Him. Disciples of Jesus experience grace and find community.

  • To learn more about being a disciple of Jesus, feel free to contact one of our pastors this week: Pastor Stan – 662-0828 or Pastor Ed – 662-8979.

  • Office hours this week for Diane Reed, Admin. Asst.: Mon-Wed, 8AM-4PM, Thurs. 8-12.

  • Bulletin announcement requests should be submitted to the office by noon on Wed.

Not able to join us in person on Sunday? Tune in to our YouTube channel to watch our live streamed worship services. Search Fairway CRC.

Order of Worship - September 15


Welcome                                                                                              Eric Scholtens


* Songs of Praise                                            “10,000 Reasons”

                                                                            “Forever Reign”


* Words of Encouragement                                                                                                  Eric Scholtens


* Passing the Peace

Presentation of Bibles to 3rd graders                                                                    Sue Helder & Julie Lenters

Children’s Blessing


Morning Prayer                                                                                                                Pastor Ed Tamminga


Prayer for Illumination                                                                                                            Rick Bouwkamp

Message:                                    “Keep On Being Filled with the Holy Spirit”                                                       

Text: Ephesians 5:15-20

Prayer of Application

* Song of Response                              “Create In Me a Clean Heart”


* Parting Blessing