From the Pastor’s Desk…
Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a member of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27.
The church is unlike any other organism in the universe. It is more than an institution, more than an organization, and much more than a building. We, as living images of God, come together around our united profession of Christ and become the one living, breathing Church. The language Paul uses as a ‘body’ helps us understand the power of who we are. Each part of the body is needed, valued, and intricately tied into the other parts. There are no members less useful or important than the other. The person who is unable to join us physically for worship but prays diligently for our church is just as important as the one running key, day to day ministries. The person working hard to balance our financials and administrate our details is just as powerful as the one who teaches from the pulpit. I don’t think anyone reading this would argue that the church is a body of people all of whom have a key part. It is often difficult is understand and know what your part could be and then having the faith and courage to step up and use that gift. There are many ways we can try to figure out who has what part in the body. We could offer gift assessments which help people understand their gifts. We could teach about the different parts of the body. One way, which is often overlooked in the church, is simply to step up and try something new in the life of the church.
Calvin is flourishing with abundant life, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for that. As we approach a new ministry year, we are excited for all the opportunities that are stirring. Children in Worship will start soon. Our Wednesday night ministries will resume which will connect with so many children and families. Our Nursery is filled with little ones. Ministries like Friendship, Life Groups, Youth Group, and many others are all approaching. In a nutshell YOU ARE NEEDED! We need many more volunteers this year as our ministries are growing. What could be your part in the body as these ministry opportunities arise? What seeds will you plant? I encourage us all to be seeking the Lord to discover our part in our body as we approach this exciting fall season.
Grace and Peace, Pastor Mark
Faithful Family Verse of the Month
We are using a designated verse(s) in some way during worship on a monthly basis. Our hope is that this verse will go home with you and be in your heart and mind during each month.
You will find our monthly verse in the bulletin, on the website and used in various ways during the month.
Let’s keep digging into God’s Word together.
September: Galatians 6:9-10
October: Jeremiah 17:7-8
Kid Ministries Summer Events…
Fall Kick-Off Carnival:
Wednesday, September 14th, 6-8 PM
All Ages Welcome! Food, Games, Face Painting, Animals and Bounce House!
Children in Worship:
Begins Sunday, September 18th
During the school year our kids, 4yrs - 5th grade, participate in a worship service downstairs that is geared toward their age. They sing, pray, take offering, have a Bible lesson and more while church happens upstairs.
This year we will have 2 classes:
Students may be dropped off at 9:50 AM.
We are in need of volunteers to teach and help in both classrooms. We have amazing curriculum that makes sharing the Bible stories easy and fun! Or if you prefer to not be the lead teacher, we can always use an extra set of hands to help in the classroom.
Please see Courtney if you have any questions or are interested in helping out downstairs. Our goal is 38 volunteers for this ministry, at 38 the commitment would only be to teach 4 Sundays a year.
Wednesdays at Calvin:
Begins Wednesday, September 21st
Check out “Wednesdays at Calvin” on Facebook for the most up to date ministry announcements. Pizza is served from 6:00 - 6:30 at a cost of $2 per person and Clubs go from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.
W@C includes classes for the following ages:
If you have questions or would like to help out with Little Peeps, Cadets or GEMS, please see Courtney.
Nursery will continue to be offered during Morning Worship, but we need to add 12 volunteers to the schedule. If you have little ones that utilize the Nursery, we ask that you strongly consider serving to give everyone a chance to participate in worship on a regular basis.
Looking Ahead: Wednesday, October 26th, Fall Fest!
~ Courtney Kingshott, Director of Children's Ministries
The Work of SERVE
A major component of SERVE is the work that the teens perform Monday through Thursday. We added some new sites this year and made friends and established a relationship with new groups in our community. The participants were divided into 8 teams, each named after a local lake and consisting of 6 students and 1 or 2 adult leaders. This year’s work projects included:
It was a busy hardworking week and numerous Calvin members and friends helped out by leading and overseeing many of these projects. Thanks to all of you.
~ Paul Wilson – Work Site Coordinator, SERVE 2022
Are you a friend? Do you like to have friends? It’s really an easy thing to be and can change a person’s life dramatically. That’s what Friendship Ministry does for individuals with differing abilities, and you can be a part of it!
Friendship meets from 7:00 – 8:00 PM on the first three Thursdays of the month October through April with no meetings in February. We have a prayer and share time, Bible story lesson with group discussion and end the evening with a snack. No special preparation is required. All you need to do is come and be a friend!
We have openings and need several new Friends (formally called “teachers” or “mentors”). The role has changed, and no teaching is required in a one-on-one situation anymore. You might have a certain friend that sits by you week after week, or you might make many differing friends as you sit with new people every week. Inclusion and feeling a part of a loving community is what Friendship is all about.
Mr. Rogers always asked if we would be his neighbor, I am asking “Won’t you be a Friend?” Please see me to sign up or for more information.
~ Jan Weiden, Friendship Ministry Steering Committee Chair
Hearts & Hand…
But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (TLB)
Hands of Christ
Following World War II some German students volunteered to help rebuild a cathedral in England, one that had been badly damaged by the Luftwaffe bombings. As the work progressed, they weren't sure how to best restore a large statue of Jesus with arms outstretched and bearing the familiar inscription, "Come unto me." They were able to repair all the damage to the statue except for Christ's hands which had been completely destroyed. Should they even attempt to rebuild these?
Finally, the workers reached a decision that still stands today. They decided to leave the hands off and changed the inscription to read: "Christ has no hands but ours."
While Christ paid the price of and purchased our salvation on the cross with his life, he left the "hands on" work of building his kingdom in your hands and mine. We are his representatives and, for many, the only Christ they will ever see is "the Christ" in you and me. A poster on the wall at Wheaton College says it all:
"The living truth is what I long to see,
I cannot live on what used to be,
So close your Bible and show me how
The Christ you talk about is living now.”
Source: Daily Encounter.... Hands of Christ [Thursday, December 30, 2021]
Hearts and Hands will resume their monthly meetings for the new fall season on Monday, September 12th. We will meet in the Fireside Room at 1:00 PM. Please plan to come and join us in our efforts to reach out and care for the members of our church family and others in our community. We look forward to seeing you!
~ Antje Waldo, Hearts & Hands Secretary
Thursday Afternoon Bible Studies…
It’s been a good summer, but it’s just about over, which means Bible studies will resume on the first and third Thursdays at 1:00 PM in the Fireside Room and online in the Calvin Facebook group beginning on September 15th. These are led by myself and Pastor Mark with the technical assistance of Lance Karum.
We’ve been in Matthew’s Gospel for several years and will continue where we left off in June, with chapter 24, where the last of the five great discourses in Matthew begins. At this point in the gospel, the end of Jesus’ life is near and he is finishing his teachings. In this chapter he focuses on the coming destruction of Jerusalem and his return at the end of time. Join us in person, if you can, or online for the conclusion of this great Gospel.
~ Paul Wilson, Co-Leader
Books Added to the Church Library – July & August
From a Distance by Tamera Alexander - Timber Ridge Reflections Series, Book 1
Determined to establish herself as a photojournalist, Elizabeth Westbrook travels from Washington, D.C., to Timber Ridge, Colorado. But when one of her pictures is used as evidence in a murder trial, she finds her life in peril. Meeting Confederate sharpshooter Daniel Ranslett teaches Elizabeth something surprising about herself---but what she learns about Daniel is life changing!
Beyond This Moment by Tamera Alexander - Timber Ridge Reflections Series, Book 2
Dismissed from the university where she served as Professor of Romantic Languages, Dr. Molly Whitcomb travels west to start over in the secluded mountain town of Timber Ridge, Colorado, where she'll be teaching children. Her train stops in Denver, and on a whim, Molly purchases a wedding band; an attempt to cover a mistake, but also a chance at a fresh start. Sheriff James McPherson was eager to hire a schoolteacher, but Dr. Molly Whitcomb isn't what he expected. His instincts about people, which rarely miss the mark, tell him she's hiding something. When Molly's secret is revealed, her reinvented life begins to unravel. What's more, she risks losing her newfound relationship with the sheriff and her renewed faith in God.
Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander - Timber Ridge Reflections Series Book 3
Widow Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat and provide for her two young sons, though some days it feels as though her efforts are sabotaged at every turn. When her cattle come down with disease and her sons' lives are endangered, she must turn to Rand Brookston, Timber Ridge's physician and reluctant veterinarian. While Rachel appreciates his help, she squelches any feelings she might have for Rand--her own father was a doctor and his patients always took priority over his family. Rachel refuses to repeat the mistakes her mother made. But when she's courted by a wealthy client of the local resort, she faces a choice: self-sufficiency and security or the risk inherent in the deepest of loves.
Rekindled by Tamera Alexander - Fountain Creek Chronicles Series Book 1
When her husband disappears into a mountain snowstorm one morning, Kathryn Jennings is flung into the world of ranching, banking, and business. Penniless and pregnant, Kathryn is determined to keep her land as a legacy for her child. The man who offers her a job seems to have an awful lot of secrets, but she is desperate. Most disconcerting of all is the uncanny familiarity she feels toward the badly scarred ranch hand who works in the dark shadows of the horse stables.
Revealed by Tamera Alexander - Fountain Creek Chronicles Series Book 2
Annabelle Grayson has been given a second chance at life, but she can't claim it with the cloud of her past hanging over her in Willow Springs. After her husband dies, she advertises for a trail guide to accompany her to land waiting for her in Idaho--and a most unlikely candidate applies for the job. Matthew Taylor is a man on the run, with consequences of past mistakes pursuing him at every turn…
Meeting Annabelle the first time was unpleasant enough, but when she crosses his path again, her presence in his life--and what she reveals--is devastating. If given a single wish, Matthew would turn back time and right a grievous wrong. If given a second wish, he would make Annabelle Grayson pay.
Remembered by Tamera Alexander - Fountain Creek Chronicles Series Book 3
Veronique Girard sets off to Colorado Territory from France after the death of her mother. She is searching for her father, who set off to make his fortune in America as a fur trader twenty-five years ago. Unfamiliar with the language, customs, and the land, Veronique sets out on a dangerous journey to find a man she doesn't remember and answers to her questions. Jack Brennan has been working himself to death for the past fifteen years as a wagon guide to block out the pain of his wife and son's death. Now, he is ready to settle down in Willow Springs. When he is thrown together unexpectedly with Veronique, he becomes involved with her quest to find her father, but that is not the only way she has the potential to change his life.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott shares the innocence of girlhood in this classic coming of age story about four sisters-Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.
In picturesque 19th-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy are responsible for keeping a home while their father is off to war. At the same time, they must come to terms with their individual personalities-and make the transition from girlhood to womanhood. It can all be quite a challenge. But the March sisters, however different, are nurtured by their wise and beloved Marmee, bound by their love for each other and the feminine strength they share. Readers of all ages have fallen instantly in love with these Little Women. Their story transcends time-making this novel endure as a classic piece of American literature that has captivated generations of readers with their charm, innocence, and wistful insights.
The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry
The summer of 1972 was the most pivotal of Matt Plumley’s childhood. While his beloved Pirates battle for back-to-back World Series titles, Matt’s family moves from Pittsburgh to Dogwood, West Virginia, where his father steps into the pulpit of a church under the thumb of town leader Basil Blackwood. A fish out of water, Matt is relieved to forge a fast bond with two unlikely friends: Dickie Darrel Lee Hancock, a mixed-race boy, and Jesse Woods, a tough-as-nails girl with a sister on her hip and no dad in sight. As the trio traipses the hills and hollers, Matt begins to fall for Jesse, and their promises to each other draw him deeper into her terrifying reality. One night, the wrath of the Blackwoods and the secrets of Jesse’s family collide, and Matt joins Jesse in a rescue that saves one life and ends another… and severs the bond of their friendship.
Years later, Matt is pulled back to Dogwood and to memories of that momentous summer by news of Jesse’s upcoming wedding. He could never shake the feeling that there was more to the story of that fateful night, and he’s determined to learn the truth behind the only promise Jesse Woods ever broke.
Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti
While her humanitarian husband Liam has been digging wells in Africa, Mara Jacobs has been struggling. She knows she's supposed to feel a warm glow that her husband is nine time zones away, caring for widows and orphans. But the reality is that she is exhausted, working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage their three detention-prone kids, failing at her to-repair list, and fading like a garment left too long in the sun. Then Liam's three-year absence turns into something more, changing everything and plunging her into a sunless grief. As Mara struggles to find her footing, she discovers that even when hope is tenuous, faith is fragile, and the future is unknown, we can be sure we are not forgotten… or unloved.
With emotionally evocative prose that tackles tough topics with tenderness and hope, award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti invites you on a journey of the heart you won't soon forget.
Under the Magnolias by T. I. Lowe
Barely a teenager when her mother died, Austin was left to care for six siblings-and a father who retreated into his own darkness. Growing up on their farm was tough. Just when she glimpses a possible future with Vance Cumberland, Austin's father reveals an explosive family secret. Will she finally find freedom in the truth?
Sunset by Karen Kingsbury - Sunrise Series #4
The fourteenth and final book chronicling the Baxter family is a book of beginnings as well as endings. Woven throughout its pages are the recurring themes of the redeeming love and the unending faithfulness of God. Memories of times gone by meet with the changes of today in a story that proves that only the support of faith and family can take a person into the sunset years of life.
When I Meet You by Olivia Newport - Tree of Life Series #3
A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago leads Jillian and Nolan, a father-daughter genealogy team, to untangle the mystery of its contents —including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency’s Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed -twice- Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.
Is Atheism Dead? by Eric Metaxas
In 1966, a famous Time magazine cover provocatively asked, "Is God Dead?" Now Metaxas responds with a question of his own by logically making an astonishing case; presenting new evidence and arguments against the idea of a Creatorless universe; and outlining why he believes atheism is implausible, unrealistic, and intellectually indefensible.
Humility and Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
For over a century countless readers have found in Andrew Murray a trustworthy…
guide to the deeper Christian life. As a pastor, evangelist, educator, and writer driven by concern for the spiritual guidance of new converts--and for revival in long-time believers--Murray penned some of the most enduring devotional classics of Christian literature. Though he ministered in a deeply-divided nation, his vision seemed blind to race, class, or political persuasion. From a remote corner of South Africa, his preaching, teaching, and writing would eventually fuel spiritual awakening with a worldwide impact. This edition pairs Humility and Absolute Surrender in one volume. These classics reflect Murray's longing for a closer walk with Christ and call us to a life of holiness and virtue, empowered not by our own strength but by the Holy Spirit.
The Cul-de-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson
Free-spirited Bree Leake refuses to be tied down! Then her parents offer to give Bree her grandmother's cabin---if she can stay in Abingdon, Virginia, for a full year. She accepts their challenge but makes it her mission to drive away annoying neighbor Chip McBride. An escalating battle of pranks ensues, but are the adversaries fighting---or flirting?
Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick
In 1853, pioneer schoolteacher Abigail Scott gives up her career to marry Ben Duniway. But when injury forces him to stop working, she becomes their growing family's primary breadwinner. Appalled by what she witnesses on the job, Abigail devotes the rest of her life to fighting for women's rights. Based on a true story.
Longing by Karen Kingsbury - Bailey Flannigan Series #3
Longing picks up where Learning ended. After a long and lonely silence from Cody Coleman, Bailey Flanigan becomes closer to her one-time Hollywood co-star, Brandon Paul. Nights on the town in New York City and long talks on the balcony of Brandon's Malibu Beach home make Bailey dizzy with new feelings and cause her to wonder if her days with Cody are over forever.
Meanwhile, Cody's work coaching a small-town football team has brought him and his players national attention. In the midst of the celebration and success, Cody finds himself much closer to a woman who seems to better understand him and his new life. Even so, never does much time go by without Bailey and Cody experiencing deep feelings of longing for each other, longing both for the past and for answers before they can move forward.
Will an unexpected loss be the turning point for Cody? Will Cody and Bailey find a way back together for the first time in more than a year? And if they do, will their brief time together be enough to help them remember all they've been longing for?
The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings
Daniel Whitely is a successful couples’ counselor, yet his own marriage is in crisis and his daughter is drifting further away each day.
When Daniel inherits an old camera from his grandfather, he notices an inscription on the bottom: “Use this camera wisely and remember, regardless of the picture you think you took, the camera never lies". When Daniel starts using the camera and develops his photos, they threaten to reveal secrets that could sabotage both his marriage and his career—exposing him as a fraud and destroying the life he has… worked so hard to build. He’s faced with a choice: keep his secrets and save his career or come clean and possibly save his family.
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
It started with a question, "Will you do my eulogy?" The question came from Albert Lewis, friend and rabbi to Mitch Albom. Based on the lives of his two spiritual mentors, Reb Lewis and Reverend Henry Covington, Have a Little Faith explores what faith, life, and relationships may be all about. Filled with humor, wit and inspiring stories Albom weaves a story of hope and friendship you won't soon forget.
Silent Night, Holy Night by Colleen Coble
Silent Night… As Christmas day nears, Bree Matthews and her faithful search-and-rescue dog Samson follow the trail of a troubling mystery into the snowy forests of Rock Harbor. Newlywed Bree Matthews and her husband Kade are preparing for Christmas guests when word arrives that a parachuter has disappeared in the North Woods, along Lake Superior's icy shore. Bree and Samson plunge into the search. Will this snowy, silent night search lead Bree and Samson to the missing girl?
Holy Night… One sinister phone call has derailed their Christmas wedding. Will it keep them apart forever? Leia and Bane are looking forward to their long-awaited Christmas wedding on the beach. Everything is going as planned-until Leia's phone rings and her world skids out of control. A muffled voice informs Leia that her sister has been kidnapped and will be killed unless Leia calls off the wedding without explanation-and no police. If she disobeys instructions and tells Bane, she'll risk her beloved sister's life. But can she handle this trauma without his help? And will he ever trust her again if she lies to him now?
All is Calm, All is Bright by Colleen Coble
All Is Calm… special ops agent Brendan and murder witness Lauren seek refuge at Bluebird Ranch. Can they catch the killer?
All Is Bright… Delilah is deliberately run off the road. Sheriff Tom Bourne is determined to protect her. Will he save her from her shadowy attacker?
A Christmas Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter
When their wagons become trapped by a blizzard in the Sierra Mountains, penniless Cynthia; her mother, Mabel; and her rich fiancé, Walter, along with their fellow travelers, take refuge in an abandoned cabin. The tight quarters force Cynthia to rethink her arranged marriage to Walter. How can she wed a man she doesn't love?
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Meet the Herdmans: six scraggly, unchurched "welfare kids," who lie, steal, and smoke cigars (even the girls!). When these terrors of the town show up at Sunday school and muscle their way into the annual Christmas pageant, chaos---and hilarity---ensues! When Jesus said, "Let the little children come," he didn't mean the Herdmans---did he?
In the month of October, Calvin Church will once again be partnering with the Muskegon Rescue Mission in their effort to provide Thanksgiving Baskets. Our goal at Calvin is to contribute ingredients for Cornbread Casserole. We will be collecting 400 boxes of Jiffy cornbread & 400 boxes of creamed corn. Along with other churches in the area, they/we are hoping to bless nearly 900 families with a turkey and all the dinner trimmings in time for Thanksgiving Day. Donation barrels will be available in the church narthex on the last week of September to gather the ingredients.
~ The Deacons
Anniversaries: Our best wishes to the following couples who are celebrating
their anniversaries in September and October (50+ years together)…
Tom & Cheryl Veldman celebrating 56 years on September 9.
Bill & Louise Ypema celebrating 50 years on September 9.
Ted & Darlene Hewitt celebrating 52 years on September 25.
Bob & Ruth Keessen celebrating 61 years on September 29.
Ron & Mary Konyndyk celebrating 50 years on October 6.
Earl & Pat Lewis celebrating 62 years on October 14.
Craig & Brenda DeWind celebrating 51 years on October 22.
Dick & Gail Kraft celebrating 58 years on October 24.
Al & Judy Henderson celebrating 58 years on October 30.
Sept 1 – Cheryl Searles Sept 14 – Robin Semelbauer
Sept 1 – Emme Nummerdor Sept 15 – Len Fisher
Sept 2 – Len Hartman Sept 16 – Ray VanVoorthuysen
Sept 3 – Ron Rop Sept 18 – Darlene Dirkse
Sept 7 – Jim Bos Sept 20 – Colson Russell
Sept 8 – Joyce Borgman Sept 21 – Bobbi Lakatos
Sept 9 – Carol Marcil Sept 21 – Mark Duncan
Sept 10 – Mark Meengs Sept 22 – Val VanWoerkom
Sept 10 – Isla Folger Sept 23 – Jennie Gavin
Sept 11 – Matt Russell Sept 24 – Jean Wilbur
Sept 11 – Jana Sneller Sept 25 – Kurt Wolffis
Sept 11 – Ethan Duncan Sept 27 – Stacie Bannink
Sept 11 – Eliana Nicholas Sept 29 – Karen Swords
Sept 14 – Jeff Hopkins Sept 30 – Casey Gould
Oct 1 – Natalie Katerberg Oct 13 – Wilma Pontius
Oct 2 – Sara Nekic Oct 13 – Marcia Tortorice
Oct 2 – Dayton Jenkins Oct 13 – Meredith Best
Oct 4 – Rhonda Bolema Oct 13 – Mason Bonnema
Oct 4 – Sydney Murray Oct 13 – Annie Teusink
Oct 4 – Lainey Postema Oct 15 – Dava Lakatos
Oct 5 – Jan Dethloff Oct 17 – Jim Bartkowiak
Oct 8 – Al VanDonkelaar Oct 17 – Julie VanderMeulen
Oct 8 – Chris Beisel Oct 18 – Barb Workman
Oct 8 – Rick Hyma Oct 21 – Nick Wolffis
Oct 8 – Leah Sneller Oct 23 – Victorio Ledesma
Oct 8 – Sofia Hyrns Oct 25 – Bill Hyma
Oct 9 – Judy Henderson Oct 26 – Carl Bergman
Oct 10 – Chuck Wilks Oct 28 – Pam LaFayette
Oct 10 – Elizabeth Wakefield Oct 28 – Autumn Brown
Oct 11 – Lou Ann Karum Oct 29 – Liam Milkamp
Oct 12 – Naurine McPheron Oct 30 – Braden Twining
Oct 12 – Andrea Twining Oct 31 – Ken Sherburn
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