We’re so glad you’ve joined us on this third Sunday in the season of Lent. God calls all who are thirsty to come to Him. Our prayer is that as we worship together, we will be refreshed with Jesus, the Living Water.
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.
CRC Weekly and Requested Community Announcements pages are available in the rack on the bulletin kiosk.
This Week's worship - March 24
10:00 AM Worship 5:00 PM Worship
Preacher: Pastor Stan Sturing Preacher: Pastor Stan Sturing
Text: Psalm 116, Luke 22:14-20 Text: 1 John 2:29-3:10
Offering: General/Building Fund Offering: Starlight Ministries
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 - March 24
Nursery Check-in Julie Baker
Nursery Gwen & Britta DeLong, Dawn Hop
Little Lambs Karen DeVries, Erin, Josh & Tyler Rotman
Children in Worship (Pre-K) Melissa Bebej, Emma Baker, Nichole DeBruin
Children in Worship (K) Erika Wykstra, Hayley Troeger, Jacob Buit
Sensory Room Rachelle Koetje
Next SUNDAY's Worship - March 31
10:00 AM Worship 5:00 PM Worship
Preacher: Pastor Ed Tamminga Preacher: Pastor Stan Sturing
Text: Exodus 12:8, 14-20 Text: 1 John 3:11-24
Offering: General/Building Fund Offering: Starlight Ministries
Children's Ministry Volunteers Next Week - Sunday, March 31
Nursery Check-in Tracy VanderLugt
Nursery Cherie Smith, Julia Doornbos
Little Lambs LaDawn Venema, Rachel & Alyssa Seinen, Megan Baker
Children in Worship (Pre-K) Jana Vugteveen, Katie Seinen, Emily Boeve
Children in Worship (K) Sandy Plantinga, Jessica Morales, Paige Lenters
Sensory Room Rachel Oudbier
Prayer Requests for March 24-30
LOIS OPPENHUIZEN (FG #5) was scheduled for surgery last Thursday to remove her endometrial cancer. Pray for good results and complete healing.
KAREN GREVENGOED (FG #6) is recovering well at home following her recent ankle surgery.
We express our sincere Christian sympathy to MARK & LaDAWN VENEMA (FG #10) and their family in the death of LaDawn’s father, Leo Penner, on Monday night. The Venemas travelled to Winnipeg last week for the memorial service. Pray for them as they mourn their loss, even as they celebrate that their father and grandfather is now face to face with his Savior.
With gratitude to God for his leading, we are pleased to announce that we have hired Eric Scholtens as our Director of Worship and Community Life. Eric will begin his work on April 8, with his first Sunday planning and leading worship being Easter Sunday. We thank God for Eric and his family.
THANK YOU FROM THE CADETS! This year we had our largest fertilizer sale, selling over 800 bags and sales over $16,000. Thank you, Fairway, for your generous support!
News & Notes
Notes From Council
At the Congregational Meeting last Sunday, March 17, the following members were selected to serve a 3-year term starting in April of 2019:
· Administrative Elder: Ron Buit
· Pastoral Elder: Dan Baker, Jim DeJonge, Ken Schaaf, John Wilks
· Pastoral Deacon: Judy Dykema, Linda Miedema, Nate VanderWal, Derek Wykstra
As we discern God's will for our church, Council has decided to open the offices of Elder and Pastor to women at this time. With this decision, we invite you to pray for unity in our church. Just as Christ prayed for oneness with God and among believers, in John 17, we welcome prayer for each member of our community to remain focused on our mission to seek and grow disciples. No matter how each of us may receive this news, may we remain a community committed to spreading unto the world the grace and peace of the Christ whose gospel has transformed each of our lives.
Newsletter Submissions Needed!!
The next “In the Fairway” newsletter will be coming out on April 28, and we’d love to hear from YOU! Tell us something about a Fairway ministry you’re involved in and how it has impacted someone’s faith journey. Articles should be emailed to Jim VanderMay (email@example.com) and/or Diane Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 12.
CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATES
Our church directory is scheduled to be updated in April. Please look at your current listing in the October 2018 version and email or call the office by April 5 if there are any changes that need to be made.
Care Gram for Missions
Please stop by the table in the foyer and sign the Care Gram for our missionary, Kathy VanderKloet. Kathy is serving in Nigeria with Resonate Global Mission, our denomination’s mission/outreach agency. Jot a quick note of greeting and encouragement to let her know we’re praying for her and supporting her work!
Christian Education Assistance
If you are thinking about Christian Education for the 2019-2020 school year and need financial assistance, please look for the Christian Education Assistance packets on the information desk. Please also note that the deadline to apply is April 1.
Opportunities to Connect with Others
Do you love someone with autism? Please join us for the AUTISM AND SENSORY FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP on April 4 at 7:00 pm in the Youth Room at Fairway Christian Reformed Church. 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 email@example.com with questions.
· BREAKFAST: Friday, April 5 at 8:30 AM at the Rainbow Grill in Hudsonville.
· REGULAR MEETING (with finger food): Sunday, April 7 at 6PM. Speaker will be Sy Ellens, an artist whose art has won many awards and is displayed in collections around the world. Find out more about him and see his art at www.syellens.com.
· On Tuesday April 23, 11:15, we will go to Park Church in Grand Rapids for “Music at Mid-day” – Concert by Bob Ward, Bass trombone in the GR Symphony. Lunch will be served at 11:15 at a cost of $6. The concert will follow from 12:15-12:45.
HOMEWORK HELP will meet again this Wednesday. If you would still like to volunteer to tutor or help with snacks, please contact Jackie Boss or Paul Beebe.
VBS – Get In the Game!!
SUMMER is coming and that means VBS is approaching! We NEED your help! If you are already planning and able to Get In The Game with us, please contact Tracy VanderLugt or Kellie Wilks so we can get you on our volunteer lists, or check out the sign ups on the counters in the narthex. Come be part of this amazing week where we get to live out our church’s mission of seeking and growing disciples! June 24th -27th come Get In the Game with us!
Opportunities to Learn & Grow
WEDNESDAY MORNING MEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet this Wednesday, March 27. Join us for a great time of learning and discussion!
Weekly Faith Formation Tip
LENT FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP - As another exercise in self-examination, read Galatians 5:22-23 as a family this week. Talk about which fruits of the Spirit are easier for each of you to practice, and which are harder. Then pray for each other, asking the Spirit to grow those fruits in your family. (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)
Upcoming Events at Fairway
BURGER BASH – April 10
VBS 2019: “GET IN THE GAME” – June 24-27
CHURCH CAMPOUT 2019 – July 18-21
at Camp Michawana
CRAZY CAMPING OVERNIGHTER – August 9-11
· March 24: This Sunday, in honor of March Madness, Sr. High be having dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings (on 44th Ave in Wyoming), starting at 5pm. Bring money for dinner and meet at BWW at 5!
· April 7: Jr. High Game Night (5:00-6:30)
· April 14: Sr. High with Hager Park Church (Location TBA)
BURGER BASH: This year’s Burger Bash is April 10 (the Wednesday after Spring Break), and we’re looking for volunteers! If you or your child are able and willing to help by serving, cleaning up, and/or providing a dish, please let Chris know!
CADETS (for boys in 3rd-8th grades) and GEMS (for girls in 3rd-8th grades) are done for this school year. Thanks for a great season!
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CATECHISM CLASSES (for kids in grades 1-12) meet each Sunday morning at 9AM. Today, March 24, will be our last class for this school year.
Order of Worship - March 24
Gathering Song “O Come to the Altar”
Greeting and Announcements
* Songs of Praise “Great Are You, Lord”
Song of Response “Reckless Love”
Passing the Peace
Prayer with the Children Missy Beimers
Offering: Fairway’s General/Building Fund
Ministry Moment: Chris Curia – Young Life “Fill the Bus” Campaign
Prayer for Illumination Tori Morales
Scripture Reading: Psalm 116, Luke 22:14-20
Message: “The Cup of Blessing” Pastor Stan Sturing
Prayer of Application
Song of Response “Your Grace is Enough”
* Parting Blessing
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.