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Weekly Pulse - July 23, 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.


"Dear People …"

One of the greatest choral and orchestral conductors of the 20th century was Robert Shaw. Mr. Shaw was the founder of the Robert Shaw Chorale. I would imagine that anyone who has sung in a school choir has sung some arrangement or publication connected with Robert Shaw. During the Christmas season, whether you realize it or not, you have heard the recordings of Mr. Shaw as you have walked through the mall, listened to Sirius Radio, or tuned in to the Pandora Christmas channel. His musical excellence is legendary.

Perhaps the greatest attribute of Mr. Shaw´s success was that he was a consummate communicator. He wrote a letter to his ensemble almost weekly as a way to inform, teach, correct, reflect or encourage his singers or players. His salutation began with ‘Dear People.´ For Mr. Shaw, it was an endearing phrase because the people that he worked with really were ‘dear´ to him.

As a young person, Mr. Shaw developed values that were spiritually based. He was the son of a Disciples of Christ minister who attended Pomona College in California. Throughout his college experience, young Robert had aspirations of being in pastoral ministry. He loved working with people to make beautiful music. Fred Waring gave him a summer singing job with his touring choir, and Robert Shaw´s life was forever changed. Mr. Shaw lived out his fundamental values through musical leadership rather than pulpit communication.

After July 21 and our first Sunday with the people of First United Methodist Church, "Dear People" works as the salutation from me to you.

Already – I feel ‘at home´ with you. The welcome that has been extended to Pigeon and me has been gratifying and gracious. The warmth and care that has been demonstrated by staff, the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, retired clergy and various individuals have been genuine and heartfelt. We are blessed to be among you and beginning our work in ministry with you.

Most certainly, it will take time for us to get to know each other. The nametags are enormously useful to us as we get acquainted with you. Please be patient as we attempt to put names, faces, families and stories together. But we have time, don´t we? We are delighted to be here.

In 1990, I was blessed to be chosen as the Director of Pastoral Care and Senior Chaplain at Ingham Medical Center in Lansing. I had the opportunity to be the founding director. We started with a clean slate. But as we grew with staff and lay ministers, we developed a three word purpose statement. The three words that defined our ministry were; listen … prayer … hope! As ‘chaplains,´ we wanted to listen to the stories that shaped people´s lives … we wanted to offer prayer as a way to connect and care … and we wanted to offer hope – that we are not alone in our journey and that God´s love, mercy and grace are sufficient to get us through what we are going through.

As we begin our journey, the three words that were formational from the six years I spent as a hospital chaplain, are the primary agenda that I have for the first 90 days. I´m going to listen … and pray … and look for the ways that hope is both alive and possible within us and among us.

Thank you for being ‘dear people´ to us already. We look forward to the adventure that is ahead.

Please join us in worship this Sunday.

Grace and Peace to you.

Pastor Bob

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• July 28 All-Church Camp Sign-Up
• August 1, 9:00 am  —    Fixin´ ‘n´ Fellowship
• August 1, 10:00 am  —    Moms´ Group at Kentwood Splash Pad
• August 4  —    All-Church Camp Sign-Up
• August 5 - 8  —    Arts Alive Camp: the Global Village
• August 5 - 8  —    Junior High: Week of Giving
• August 13, 7:00 pm  —    Infertility Support Group
• August 15, 9:00 am  —    Fixin´ ‘n´ Fellowship
• August 15, 10:00 am   —    Moms´ Group at Boulder Ridge Animal Park
• August 17, 8:30 am  —    Feeding America Distribution
• August 21, 8:00 am  —    Caring Connection
• August 29, 9:00 am  —    Fixin´ ‘n´ Fellowship
• September 4, 6:00 pm  —    Taizé Sung Prayers
• September 5, 9:00 am  —    Prayer Quilters
• September 8, 9:15 & 11:00 am  —    Homecoming Sunday: Fall Worship Hours
• September 12, 9:00 am   —    Fixin´ ‘n´ Fellowship
• September 16, 12:00 pm  —    60+ Luncheon
• September 18, 8:00 am  —    Caring Connection
• September 21, 8:30 am   —    Feeding America Distribution
• September 21, 6:00 pm  —    Jazz Vespers
• September 23, 3:00 - 7:00 pm  —    Blood Drive
• September 26, 9:00 am   —    Fixin´ ‘n´ Fellowship

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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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CONSTRUCTION NEWS Barclay Avenue will be closed Monday - Friday during construction. Use John Street to gain access to the church and parking lots.

HOSPITALIZATIONS Are you or a family member hospitalized or having surgery? Due to strict hospital privacy rules, we won´t know unless you tell us! Each day of the week, pastoral care is covered by our parish nurse or one of our pastors who are happy to visit and pray with you before your surgery or during your hospital stay. If you don´t want your name mentioned in the Weekly Pulse or in Sunday services, please let us know. However, we would still like to visit and support you, even if it´s an outpatient procedure. Please contact Parish Nurse Marj Timmerman or Pastor Tish at 451.2879.

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 by August 4. All itinerary and reservation forms are in the literature rack in the north lobby or online at

FIRST CHURCH TOWER PAINTING Get your limited edition print of our Mathias Alten painting of the First Church Tower for $35. Purchase your print at the north lobby desk after church, during the week, or contact Peg Terkeurst at 451.2879.

SIGN-UP FOR ALL-CHURCH CAMP WEEKEND THIS SUNDAY. Camp will be held August 16 - 18 at Lake Michigan UM Camp in Pentwater. Cost is $28 per night. For all new campers, buy one night - get one free. You can bring your own tent, trailer, or use the campground´s platform canvas tent with six beds. Sign up in Wesley Hall July 28 and August 4. Payment needs to be made to reserve your spot. If you have any questions, call Peg Terkeurst at 451.2879.

DÉGAGÉ MINISTRIES FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES Thank you for supporting us last summer! Your donations of fresh fruits and vegetables provided healthy options for our patrons. Would you please consider joining us again?
• Consider buying extra fruits and vegetables when you shop for your family.
• Tithe from your own garden.
• Drop off your items in the north lobby on Sunday and Dégagé will pick them up Monday through the growing season.

INKJET CARTRIDGE RECYCLING FUNDRAISER Drop off your used inkjet cartridges for recycling and help support the Senior High Youth. Cartridges can be deposited in the collection bin located in the north lobby drop-off room. Simply place your old cartridge in a plastic sandwich bag and deposit it in the bin. We do not accept any cartridges larger than 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.

SHOWING IN OUR FIRST CHURCH ART GALLERY through July is an exhibit by the Oldham family. At age 86, self-taught artist Alicia Patch Oldham was part of our 2012 ArtPrize exhibit at FUMC as well as being the oldest person to enter ArtPrize that year. She is joined by her daughters Lisa, Mary and Ronnie, whose fine art and photography are also on display. Together the family have collaborated on exhibits and concerts throughout Michigan.

IT´S INCREDIBLE BACK TO SCHOOL SAVINGS TIME AGAIN! Our Tutoring Center at Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy is ramping up for another wonderful school year. We provide over 500 students/teachers with supplies throughout the year and now is the time to stock up. Whenever you are out and spot a bargain, rest assured we can use the materials! Donations may be left in the collection room off the north lobby. All supplies are needed: pencils, pens, inexpensive solid colored folders with pockets and tabs, spiral bound notebooks, glue and glue sticks, children´s scissors, erasers, rulers, binders, tab dividers, highlighters, Crayola brand 24 crayons or larger sized primary crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencil boxes… Thank you for your continued support!

COFFEE CAN OFFERING BENEFITS HEIFER PROJECT INTERNATIONAL Join our Arts Alive campers by giving to Heifer Project International through our August 11 Coffee Can Offering. Our first – sixth grade Arts Alive campers will be collecting money to purchase a goat during the week of camp, August 5 – 8. The gift of a dairy goat represents a lasting, meaningful way to help a family on the other side of the world. A dairy goat can supply several quarts of nutritious milk a day - a ton of milk a year. Extra milk can be sold or used to make cheese, butter or yogurt. Families learn to use goat manure to fertilize gardens. Goats often have two or three kids a year making it easy for Heifer recipients to pass on the gift of a goat to another family in need. This great investment allows our partners to lift themselves out of poverty by starting small dairies that earn money for food, health care and education.

11TH ANNUAL "CHANGING THE COURSE FOR CHILDREN" - FAMILY PROMISE/IHN GOLF OUTING Family Promise is hosting its annual golf outing at Blythefield Country Club on September 16, complete with lunch and a reception. Family Promise is currently seeking foursomes and sponsors for the event. If you are interested in hosting a foursome, sponsoring the event, or donating some raffle goods, please contact Family Promise at 475.5220.

ACCESS HUNGER WALK! Thank you on behalf of the 36th Annual Access Hunger Walk! Over 800 Hunger Heroes participated on Saturday, May 4, and we have distributed over $90,000 to 23 local and international hunger-fighting agencies. Congratulations to the FUMC congregration for raising $5,038.

SUMMER MISSION OFFERING You may still contribute to our summer mission offering benefiting JFON of West Michigan and Habitat for Humanity. Reminder that 100% of our giving to JFON will be matched through a national grant. Checks may be sent to the church office and marked July mission offering.

SPEND AN EVENING WITH REV. BOB AND PIGEON HUNDLEY Six evenings during the fall months have been set aside to provide an opportunity for First Church members to spend an evening with Bob and Pigeon Hundley in a casual, relaxed in-home experience. If you would like to host a small group of church friends in your home for an evening of conversation with the Hundleys, contact Pat Hiler, chair of the Pastor/Parish Relations Committee at (616) 363.6130 or for more information and available dates.

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Concerns & Prayers for:
• Donna Anton (St Mary´s)
• Beth Colvin
• Shirley Etcher
• Kelli Greer
• Jim Hoff
• Vicki Jensen
• Alan Norton (Metro)
• Thora White (outpatient surgery 7/23)
• Richard Wimmer (Butterworth)
•  Renee Willey (mission trip to Pine Ridge SD)

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

The love and prayers of the congregation are extended to Shirley Rice and her family on the death of Shirley´s mother-in-law, Wilma Rice, on July 12th; to Doris and George Kieh on the recent death of Doris´s mother in Liberia; to Bob and Shelley Hudson and family on the death of Bob´s mother, Barbara Hudson, on July 14th in Chicago; to Bob and Faith Niewenhuis and family on the death of Bob´s brother, Wallace Niewenhuis, on July 161stth; and to Pastor Tish and Brian Bowman and family on the death of Tish´s grandmother, Gertrude Tinkham, on July 17th in California.

Congratulations to Lauren and Devon Carlson 1ston the birth of a daughter, Lisbet Fay, on July 6th; to Kelli and Brandon Greer on the birth of a daughter, Ava Hope, on 1stJuly 10; and to Liz Balck and Marty Monsma on the birth of a son, George Emmett, on July 15th.

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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


Click the following links to download a PDF.
• "Getting to Know Each Other" Sermon Series
• Current Sunday Sign-Up Sheet: Sign up online at

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

Worship Services
8:30 & 10:00 am

Getting to Know Each Other

Sunday, July 28
"It Has Been Reported"
1 Corinthians 1:1-13a
Ministry Focus – All-Church Camp

Sunday, August 4
"The Gift of Sharing Stories"
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Holy Communion & Healing Prayer

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BASIC NEEDS The Social Concerns Commission would like to thank you for your tremendous response over the last several months as we help stock the shelves of Westminster Food Pantry. A few other BASIC needs often overlooked are feminine hygiene products and deodorant. Therefore, during the month of July the Social Concerns Commission will be collecting these items. Your donation may be dropped off in the north lobby office collection bins.

COME BE A PART OF THE GLOBAL ADVENTURE! There are almost 60 children now registered for Arts Alive: The Global Village!! So, more helping hands are needed to make the week an enriching experience for our elementary students. Engage children in the week´s activities as a group shepherd or assist a teacher! 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, we would welcome your help. Note that helpers are especially needed on Wednesday, August 7th. See the sign-up sheet for opportunities to serve or Contact Annette Erbes at 451.2879 or with any questions.

***ARTS ALIVE VOLUNTEERS: Please note that t-shirts will be available for pick up on Sunday, August 4 in Wesley Hall.
***AN ORIENTATION MEETING for ALL SHEPHERDS will be held on Monday morning, August 5 at 8:00 am. Please mark your calendars! Please contact Annette Erbes with any questions.

ADOPTION MINISTRY (FAAFT) PICNIC Our annual FAAFT picnic will be held on Sunday, July 28th, from noon to 3pm at the home of Ed and Ruth Wezeman, 0-1080 Lincoln St NW. Everyone who has adopted, fostered, or is interested in adoption or being a foster parent is invited to join us. Bring a dish to pass and your bathing suit! Please RSVP by using the Sunday bulletin sign-up sheet or by calling Marj Timmerman at 901-9224. Hope to see you there!


FIRST RESPONSE TEAM Did you know that our First Response Team responded to 8 medical issues on Sundays in the past 8 months? Four of the people were taken by ambulance to a local emergency department (two of them were admitted), one went to ER by car, and three were cared for by our team. I am so grateful we have a team in place on Sundays to respond to the occasional medical problems that may arise. If you are current in your CPR/AED/First Aid training and would like to be part of the team, please contact me, Marj Timmerman RN, Parish Nurse at or 901.9224.

MIDWEST MISSION DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN CHATHAM, ILLINOIS First Church and Genesis UMC will participate in a joint trip to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center on August 23 – 25, 2013. We will learn more about MMDC and volunteer in the UMCOR distribution center. Cost is $50 per person. Scholarship money is available. We will stay in a dorm and prepare our own meals. Dorm space is limited. RV hookup is available if you prefer that option. This trip is open to adults and families (children must be age 11 or older). For more information, or to register for this trip, contact Laure Mieskowski, 451-2879 or You may also indicate your interest by signing up via the Sunday bulletin insert.


CARING CIRCLES Have you been looking for something meaningful to do? Perhaps visiting one of our homebound members is the answer! We are looking for people who can be paired with a homebound person in their area and will visit once a month. Please use the sign-up sheet if you´re interested or have questions.

STEPHEN MINISTRY Have you been 1st thinking of being a part of this caring ministry? We are planning another training class for this fall. Contact Marj Timmerman for further information at 901.9224 or We are blessed to be a blessing to others!


WINTER BLUES? The summer sun is shining. Are you still feeling the winter blues? If you want more guidance with your depression, call your Church Assistance Program (CAP) for help. Just dial 455-6210 and make a CAP appointment today. As a member or friend of First Church, you will receive 2 one-hour sessions with a counselor at no charge to you. Confidential and safe, call CAP!

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Sunday, July 14
Worship 8:30 am........52
Church School........26
Worship 10:00 am........220

Sunday, July 21
Worship 8:30 am........82
Church School........38
Worship 10:00 am........254

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