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Weekly Pulse - May 21, 2013 The official eNewsletter of First United Methodist Church of Grand Rapids. If you are not seeing graphics in this email, click here to view it in your browser.


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Greetings Dear Friends,
With the end of the program year quickly approaching, it is amazing how much is going on at First Church!

• This past weekend we celebrated with nine amazing seniors graduating from high school and ten dedicated seniors graduating from university programs. Way to go and God bless!
• This past weekend we also took the opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has made our education programs at First Church a huge success. Did you know that it takes over 100 volunteers per year to make our commitment to Christian education here a reality? Amazing! Be sure to thank a teacher the next time you meet and maybe even honoring them by taking a class next fall.
• Our long awaited tower project has finally gotten underway. Last week a "dust prevention" wall went up in the balcony, safety fences were installed around the outside of the building, and Barclay Street became one-way. This week a crew will arrive with loads of scaffolding and things will really get hopping. Remember that during the week only the north lobby doors will be accessible, but during worship services you should be able to get in any door. We would also like to remind everyone that if they would like to avoid driving through the construction zone on Sundays (and only on Sundays) you may park in the Masonic Temple parking structure just east of our building on Fulton St.
• Speaking of our tower project…inquiring minds have asked…
• Q: Who is running this project? A: Pioneer Construction.
• Q: Are there any church member businesses involved? A: Rick Buist will once again tile the roof and George Buck will handle the organ repairs and updates. Thank you, gentlemen!
• Q: Are any of our usual contractors working on this project? A: B & V won the bid to handle the mechanicals and electric. This company has served our church well for years.
• You may have heard that during the flash rain storm that hit Grand Rapids on Monday, the first and second floors of First Place flooded. Never fear – at the first sign of water, our staff team (and our soon to be pastor, Robert Hundley, who just happened to be visiting) leapt into action protecting electronics, rolling up carpets, moving furniture and boxes and placing buckets, trash bins, and anything else that would catch water. Within short order the water was turned off (although we later discovered the plumbing wasn´t the problem), the building evacuated (thankfully our tenants didn´t suffer any water damage), and a cleanup crew called in to remove the water and dehumidify. Thanks to the quick actions of our great staff, the office building was back open and running on Tuesday morning. Way to go, team!
• You will have also heard of the devastation that happened in our countries heartland. As communities in Oklahoma, Texas, and other U.S. states reel from the devastation of tornadoes, remember that The United Methodist Church has a system in place for responding. Here are a few of the places to check for information and find out how you can be part of United Methodist relief efforts:
• UMNS Facebook page:
• United Methodist Committee on Relief:
• Facebook pages or websites for individual conferences. Find a conference:
• Facebook pages or websites for individual churches. Find a church:
• Donate to UMCOR relief efforts:
• Remember to be prepared. Churches dealing with disasters:

• Finally, don´t forget that we switch to our summer worship schedule this weekend. Services will be at 8:30 and 10:00 am.

There is a lot happening, and at times it can seem overwhelming, but God is in the midst of it all, celebrating with us and challenging us to love one another even more. I´ll see you on Sunday!

Pastor Tish

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Click the following links to download a PDF.
• "Reflections of Immortality!" Sermon Series
• Current Sunday Sign-Up Sheet: Sign up online at

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• May 26, 8:30 and 10:00 am  —    Summer Worship Begins
• May 27   —    Church and Offices Closed for Holiday
• June 2, 9:00 am   —    Faith Travelers Teachers/Shepherds Meeting
• June 6, 9:00 am  —    Fixin´ ‘n´ Fellowship
• June 9-15  —    IHN/Family Promise Week
• June 10, 3:00 - 7:00 pm  —    Blood Drive
• June 11, 7:00 pm   —    Infertility Support Group
• June 14 -16  —    Father/Child Camp
• June 15, 2:00 pm  —    International Trumpet Guild: Festival of Trumpets
• June 16  —    Farewell Sunday for Gary Haller
• June 17   —    Church Building and Office Summer Hours Start
• June 17, 12:00 pm  —    60+ Luncheon
• June 19   —    Road Trip: Detroit Tigers
• June 19, 8:00 am  —    Caring Connection
• June 20, 9:00 am  —    Fixin’ ‘n’ Fellowship
• June 23, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm   —   Child Care Staff Brunch
• June 24-28  —    Office Reorganization Week
• July 4  —    Church and Offices Closed for Holiday
• July 11, 7:00 pm  —    Infertility Support Group
• July 13, 12:00 pm  —    Methodist Connection Picnic @ Johnson Park
• July 17, 8:00 am  —    Caring Connection
• July 21, 11:15 am  —    Summer Picnic/Rev. Bob Hundley Welcome
• August 5 - 8  —    Arts Alive Camp: the Global Village

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8:30 AM
• Child Care — 0-Grade 2 Room 106

10:00 AM
• Infant Nursery — 0-23 months Room 107
• Toddler Nursery — age 2-young 3 Room 106
• One Room Schoolhouse — age 4-Grade 2 Room 202
(Dismissed from worship following Moments with the Children.)

Please contact Annette Erbes at 451.2879 or with any questions.

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FATHER´S DAY HONOR ROLL This year, Father´s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 16. Please join the United Methodist Women as we honor fathers by supporting the annual Father´s Day Honor Roll. 100% of donated monies will be given locally, 50% to United Methodist Community House and 50% to Martin Luther King Leadership Academy Fitness Track Build. United Methodist Community House, based in southeast Grand Rapids, exists to increase the ability of children, youth, adults, and families to succeed in a diverse community. The new fitness track at MLK School will help create a safe environment for children and their families to develop healthy lifestyles. If you would like to pay tribute to a father, living or deceased, send donation form and check to the church office by June 10, 2013 or email information to You may also make a donation without requesting a tribute. Please make checks payable to FUMC (note Father´s Day Honor Roll on memo line). Thank you for helping the United Methodist Women care for children in Grand Rapids. Those being honored will be listed in the bulletin on Father´s Day – Sunday, June 16.

NASHVILLE ROAD TRIP Join us in Nashville, Tennessee in October! This trip includes a guided bus tour of Nashville, a lunch cruise with entertainment on the General Jackson Showboat, a back stage tour of the Grand Ole Opry, as well as a 7:00 pm performance at the Grand Ole Opry! We should see lots of beautiful fall colors, too. The dates are October 10-12. A $100 deposit is needed to confirm your reservation. All itinerary and reservation forms are in the literature rack in the north lobby or online at

SUMMER WORSHIP HOURS BEGIN, MAY 26 Don´t forget to mark your calendar! Sunday Worship: 8:30 and 10:00 AM, no 9:30 am Church School.

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS BEGIN, JUNE 17 Don´t forget to mark your calendar!
Church Building Hours
Monday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
First Place Hours
Monday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

OFFICE REORGANIZATION WEEK will take place June 24 - 28. During that time the First Place office will be closed to the public; there will be a receptionist at the north lobby desk from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and 9:00 am - 9:00 pm on Tuesday.

UPCOMING BAPTISM DATES for 2013 are: May 26, June 2, or June 16. Please call Mary Molhoek in the church office at 451.2879 to schedule a baptism.

FIRST CHURCH AND FIRST PLACE will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

WEEK OF GIVING Are you entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade? Are you willing to give one week this summer? How can you give? Join the Jr. High youth this summer for a Week of Giving! What does that mean? During Arts Alive Camp, the Jr. High youth will team up to do mission work around the city. We will be working with Westminster Food Pantry, Kids´ Food Basket, and Arts Alive Camp. We will also tag along on a day trip to Heifer International in Howell, to learn more about their program. The cost for this Week of Giving is $75. For more information or to sign up use the Sunday bulletin sheet or visit Reserve your spot by June 15, 2013. Scholarship assistance is available. Contact Emily Uebbing at 855-6247 or with questions.

ARTS ALIVE CAMP: THE GLOBAL VILLAGE August 5 – 8 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Is every surface in your house a drum? Does your child love a good beat? Would she like to try African Drumming? Register now for Arts Alive Camp. Camp is for children entering 1st – 6th grade in the fall of 2013. Early Bird Rate: $45 if registered by July 8; $55 after July 8. Fee provides lunch and snacks each day, t-shirt, reusable water bottle, entrance fee and transportation to Howell Nature Center. Additional costs are underwritten by First United Methodist Church. For more information or scholarship information contact Camp Registrar, Laure Mieskowski at 616.451.2879 or Send registration forms to the church office or register at

NEW NAME TAGS will be available in Wesley Hall on Sundays from 8:15 - 11:30 am throughout the month of June beginning on Sunday, June 2. If able, we request a $5 per name tag donation ($20 max per family), however a donation is not required to receive a new name tag. Name tags may be stored on the new name tag boards located near the north lobby, Barclay entrance, or the east narthex entrance. If there is an error on your name tag or if you do not have a name tag, please contact the church office and we will have a new name tag made for you by the Sunday following your request.

PRAYERS FOR OUR PASTORAL TRANSITION As a congregation, let´s support our pastors with the gift of prayer during this time of transition. On June 2, there will be a bulletin insert listing their specific prayers requests and meaningful scripture for Gary, Tish and Bob. Please keep them in your prayers during the coming weeks.

HELLO FRIENDS! We´re looking for summer prayer partners for our students who are going to workcamp and summer camp. We´d love for you to sign up for a student or two to pray for while they are away and send them a letter of encouragement during their week at camp. If you´re interested or would like more details, please use the sign up sheet, sign up on Facebook, or email

INSPIRATION SATURDAY/JUNE 1ST Do you see the amazing potential of our church? Are you ready to work toward results driven ministry? Then Inspiration Saturday on June 1 is the event for you! Join us at Annual Conference at the Calvin College Fine Arts Center in Grand Rapids for a powerful day of learning, worship and fellowship. The day will be led by one of United Methodism´s visionary voices, Rev. Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., author of Bearing Fruit, Ministry with Real Results and Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. The day begins at 10:00 am with a leadership seminar, followed by a fellowship lunch and then powerful worship with thousands of United Methodists from across Michigan. There is also the opportunity to meet our new Bishop, Deborah Leider-Kiesey. Use the Sunday sign-up sheet (no later than May 28) to let us know you are attending. The cost for the entire day, including lunch, is just $15.

THE UMW FLOWER SALE is being held the entire month of May. Pick up coupon sheets in the narthex and north lobby. Use coupons for buying gift plants, hanging baskets, garden plants, and supplies at Romence Gardens (265 Lakeside Dr NE). UMW will receive 10% of your purchase total and that will go to mission support.

MOMS´ GROUP: JOHN BALL ZOO ADVENTURE Join us on Thursday, June 13 at 10:00 am. Meet us inside the gate by the John Ball statue to stroll through the zoo together. We´ll plan on lunch around noon. (Either pack a lunch or purchase one from the concession stand.) Admission: Adults - $8.50, Kids - $6.50, Ages 2 & Under – Free. Please RSVP by June 12 to Marj at 451.2879 or

METHODIST CONNECTION SUMMER PICNIC Everyone is invited to attend The Methodist Connection Summer Picnic which will take place at Johnson Park on Saturday, July 13 at noon. If you haven´t experienced the Methodist Connection, put a toe in the water and come to the picnic! Meat provided, bring a dish to pass.

THE ARDATH WILTSE MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP is available for those who wish to enhance their music training by attending a summer music camp or plan to focus on a college major or minor in music. Please contact Sharon Sorensen at or 451-2879, ext. 124 to obtain an application. Applications will be accepted through June 15.

SUMMER NEWSLETTER SCHEDULE: During the summer months the Weekly Pulse will be mailed out on an alternating schedule. Please remember to submit your Weekly Pulse articles by the prior Thursday: Weekly Pulse schedule
• June 4, submission deadline May 30
• June 11, submission deadline June 6
• June 25, submission deadline June 20
• July 9, submission deadline July 3
• July 23, submission deadline July 18
• August 6, submission deadline August 1
• August 20, submission deadline August 15
• September 3, submission deadline August 29

REMEMBER GOODNESS BY SPREADING GOODNESS The MLK fitness track project is a wonderful way to remember someone dear to your heart who has passed away. We will be compiling a pictorial book about the construction of our playground improvement. Included will be pages listing donors and those they choose to memorialize or honor. Please prayfully reflect upon your life and those who have significantly impacted you through the years. Making a memorial contribution will be a wonderful way to let the love live on in the lives of the students at MLK.

DID YOU KNOW? First Church construction updates and photos are available online at

MEMORIAL SUNDAY This Sunday, May 26, is Memorial Sunday. If you´d like to bring a flower from your garden to make a collective arrangement for the sanctuary, please come prior to worship. There will be vases for flowers brought in to make a memorial for loved ones.

FAIR TRADE COFFEE is available for sale at our north lobby desk. Fair trade coffee is certified coffee that gives guarantees that farmers in third world countries receives a fair price for coffee production.

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Concerns & Prayers for:
• Lynne Beals (outpatient surgery 5/24)
• Ginnie Edwardson´s mother, Betty Frost
• Don Far
• Belinda Henderson (outpatient surgery 5/21)
• Mike Herweyer
• Cindy Nixon´s mother, Edith Davis

Service Personnel
• Chris Bolhouse
• Scott Grifhorst
• Stephan Mathos
• Jesse Mounts
• Trevor Norton
• Shawn Seher
• Peter Taylor, Jr

1stCongratulations to Dan Terkeurst and Jessica Woodson who were united in marriage on May 18th.

Thank you note from Dorothy Wimmer (long time devoted 2nd Best Sale volunteer) to everyone who donated and volunteered at the 2nd Best Sale. It was so heartwarming to learn the profits from all this work were very good indeed and others will be helped and encouraged by these donations. I´m sure the low income shoppers after 3 pm felt pleased with what they found. Thanks to everyone who took part in this substantial time and effort to hold this sale while I could only be a prayer partner.

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 Pastor´s Message
• Weekly Pulse Downloads
• Mark Your Calendar
• Summer Sunday Children and Youth Schedule
• Pathways: Growing In Grace
• News and Events
• Worship Service
• First Church Family Concerns
• Attendance

WEEKLY PULSE: Click the link to download a PDF version of the Weekly Pulse.

Worship Services
8:30 & 10:00 am

Reflections of Immortality

Sunday, May 26
"Faith is the Substance
of Things Hoped For"

Rev. Gary Haller
Hebrews 11:1-9

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BLOOD DRIVE Our next Blood Drive will be Monday, June 10 1stfrom 3:00 - 7:00 pm in Wesley Hall. Please use the Sunday sign-up sheet or call the office to reserve a time to donate blood. If you can´t donate blood, cookies and caffeinated beverages are also needed! Be a part of this important mission to save lives.

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS Did you know that Westminster Food Pantry stocks more than just food items? Yes, the clients who frequent the pantry also need household items. During the month of May the Social Concerns Committee will be collecting dish soap and laundry detergent to help fill the pantry shelves. Items may be dropped off in the north lobby collection area.

FIXIN´ ‘N´ FELLOWSHIP Thursday, May 23 at 9:00 am - meet at the church in room 105. We will start the day with fellowship over coffee and baked goods, then tackle minor repairs needed throughout the church buildings.


WOMEN OF FIRST: NAMESAKE is a six-week Bible study that explores the transformational power of God through the stories of biblical characters who met God and whose lives and names were changed forever. Join us in Wesley Hall on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Books are available for pick-up in the north lobby for $10.00 each. Come to the first session with chapter one complete.
• June 11: Abraham & Sarah – Led by Pastor Tish Bowman
• June 25: Jacob – Led by Jess Deboni
• July 9: Naomi – Led by Laure Mieskowski
• July 23: Daniel – Led by Pigeon Hundley
• August 6: Peter – Led by Megan Taylor
• August 20: Unnamed – Led by Pat Hiler

HELPERS NEEDED FOR ARTS ALIVE: THE GLOBAL VILLAGE Many hands are needed to make Arts Alive Camp an enriching experience for our elementary students this summer. If you are a student completing ninth grade or above or an adult and can offer to assist all week or even for half a day the week of August 5-8, it would be greatly appreciated! See the sign-up sheet for opportunities to serve or www.grand Contact Annette Erbes at 451-2879 or with any questions.


STRUGGLING? Sometimes it´s just hard to reach out for help. Your Church Assistance Program (CAP) understands. Just give CAP a call at 455-6210. They will answer the phone 24 hrs a day 7 days a week and will set you up to meet with a trained counselor. The first two one-hour sessions will be at no charge to you by telling them you are a member or friend of First Church! So don´t wonder any longer – call today! CAP Reminders

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Saturday, May 18
Jazz Vespers........56

Sunday, May 19
Worship 9:15 am........158
Church School 9:30 am........124
Worship 11:00 am........218
Evening Activities........54

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